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3841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars on: March 28, 2011, 07:57:24 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 28, 2011, 03:55:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 28, 2011, 01:51:41 AM

gah!  almost finished with a mission, about to complete the last objective, and BAM! the game gives me an error and I have to restart.

Whoa!  That's not good.

That raises an interesting question: Can 3DS games be patched?
3842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! Live Action Fan Film revealed on: March 26, 2011, 10:34:54 PM
I just read the Dragon Age II - Final Thoughts at GameSpot, and it both frightens me and pisses me off. I can sum up the interview like this: "This is the right way for the Dragon Age franchise to go, and it only needs a little tweaking now to be perfect. Anyone who complaints about this game is either obsessed with Origins or doesn't know what he's talking about.", in a slightly more diplomatic tone. There's almost no signs of humility or admitting that certain design decisions were wrong. I also find it interesting that when asked about how they listen to fans, he only mentions two examples of feedback they look at: Players who disliked Origins and loved DA2, and players who disliked Origins and disliked DA2. It's like he doesn't care about the players who actually loved Origins in the first place.

Bioware truly have become blinded by their own success and are now growing arrogant. I hope it backfires, and judging by public opinion of DA2, that process might already have started.
3843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 26, 2011, 09:38:49 PM
Yay, I lost over 10000 nano catalysts on my last game exit. Not only that, but I'm in the negative by an unknown amount (it says 0, but anything I earn doesn't increase that value yet). Fun!

It's a good thing the game is so damn good, because this kind of bug is inexcusable.
3844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! Live Action Fan Film revealed on: March 26, 2011, 03:24:30 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 26, 2011, 02:39:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 26, 2011, 02:17:34 AM

Didn't they change things so that in Awakenings, if you tried to pick a lock with a non-rogue character, the rogue in your party would move over and automatically try and pick it for you?

Not that I remember.  I also remember, though, that thee rogues would make comments in the first game as well when you tried to open a chest with your main and they didn't have skills.

Yeah, they definitely did. I think Leliana's line was "I can do that for you".
3845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 26, 2011, 09:55:44 AM
The save system in general seems to be very buggy, but the rest of the game is mostly fine. Issues with saving I've seen so far:

- You lose nano catalysts when you exit the game. I've always started at 0 every time I've started the game so far, regardless of what I had when I turned it off.
- A sniper rifle I really could have used was available on my first run through an area, and I used it to good effect. Then I died and had to restart from the last save, but the rifle was no longer there. In other words, reloading while in the game might not refresh the world state exactly as it was when you saved.

The game also fails to save your cd key in the PC version unless you enter the multiplayer menus, type in your key, go back to singleplayer, enter the multiplayer menus and type in your key again.
3846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 25, 2011, 08:04:46 PM
Couldn't stop myself from playing some more, despite the nano catalyst bug. I'll just make sure to spend everything I have and then reaching a new checkpoint before quitting the game. Hopefully that will help.

I love the Nanovision mode. It's like right out of Predator and has been done really well. Click the picture for the full resolution version.


3847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: March 25, 2011, 07:03:53 PM

Quote from: ericb on March 25, 2011, 06:47:30 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 25, 2011, 04:04:06 PM

Great news!  I was worried this season would be it.

I actually prefer the red episodes because the cast dynamic is more interesting (it's better with Charlie).  Introducing the red side fringe team lead as a new character on our side last episode was a great move.  He adds a good dynamic, and offerred a much needed humor outlet for Peter.     

Yes, and I hope they make him a new "regular" now that he's been brought in to our side.

They welcomed him to Fringe division and told him his security clearance got upgraded, so I assume he's formally a part of the team from now on.
3848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 25, 2011, 05:37:31 PM
I just ran into a different game-breaking bug. With that I mean that I'll have to leave the game alone until it's patched. Nano Catalysts (the game's version of XP) reset every time you restart the game, and can get locked at 0 as well (which seems to have happened to me now). This means you'll never be able to collect catalysts or upgrade abilities. This sucks.
3849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts April 17th! on: March 25, 2011, 08:50:18 AM
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
3850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 23, 2011, 10:36:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2011, 10:28:13 PM

Quote
- The NPC selection is out of whack. There are only two warriors (the arguably most important class), one of whom is hidden inside an unassuming sidequest that is easily missed (I know I missed it), yet there are three rogues? It can be rough to play a mage when you've got only one available warrior to protect you, and what if you don't like that NPCs personality? What if the story makes that NPC leave you, temporarily or permanently?

I guess that depends on what class you are playing, but in the base game there are only 2 rogues (not including the DLC NPC who people aren't guaranteed to have):

Spoiler for NPC class breakdown:
3 warriors: Carver, Fenric and Aveline
3 mages: Bethany, Anders and Merril
2 rogues: Varric and Isabella

then there's Sebastian the Rogue, but like I said not everyone may have him.

so technically you could have 3 warriors, 2 mages and 3 rogues, or 2 warriors, 3 mages and 3 rogues.

No. What you're saying is technically correct if you count the number of NPCs included in the game, but that's not the same as what's available. Here's a corrected list:

Spoiler for NPC class breakdown:
2 warriors: Fenris and Aveline
2 mages: Anders and Merril
2 rogues: Varric and Isabella

You have access to one additional warrior (Carver) in act 1 if you're a mage, or one additional mage (Bethany) in the same act if you're not. After act 1, they are no longer available. Sebastian is also a rogue and should be counted as a third character there, particularly since he feels just as vital as Shale did in the first game.

Seems balanced, right? Wrong. One of the warriors hates mages, which can be a real issue when you play one (I don't know how rivalry factors into these things since I didn't go that route, but there are several situations in the game where it looks like certain NPCs may leave you for good).

It also doesn't help one bit that a large amount of quests in the game (all companion quests, for instance) require you to use a certain character or leaves some of them unavailable. This can hurt really bad when you depend upon them, such as during one quest where there were no warriors available to me whatsoever. I had to turn down the difficulty just to survive filler battles.
3851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 23, 2011, 10:08:31 PM
Okay, having spent a few days kicking around a document with my thoughts on Dragon Age 2, I think I'm finally ready to post it. Everything below should be reasonably spoiler-free, with the exception of things in spoiler tags (duh!).

My finishing thoughts on Dragon Age 2

I'll start with the conclusion since many people like to skip the foreplay and go straight to the climax. Naughty!

Dragon Age 2 is a game filled with lots of good intentions and very little understanding of the medium and the fans. This is very surprising, as we all know Bioware is a legend when it comes to RPGs. Mass Effect 2 last year was a masterpiece, and the first Dragon Age, while also with its fair share of flaws, was a fantastic experience and a love letter to those of us who miss the deeper RPGs of yore. The whole experience feels rushed, with a lack of polish and forethought that reminds me more of amateur developers than of Bioware.

On the whole, there were some great moments in the game, particularly at the end of each act where the Bioware magic was most apparent. It's what's between these moments that makes up the meat and bones of the game however, and this is where the flaws rear their ugly faces. The combat is different than Origins yet fun in its own way, but it grows repetitive and stale after the first half of the game.

I'm annoyed that I paid full price for this game, as it was definitely not worth it. It's worth playing, but only if you can find it cheap. To put it into perspective, I don't think Bioware has ever made a worse RPG than this (their release dates considered). Not that it's saying much considering their track record of excellency.

Now onto the details:


The Awesome:

- The story might vary a bit for each of us who plays through the game. This is a good thing and makes the events more personal in typical Bioware fashion.

- There was one section near the end that hit all the right notes and was very emotionally fulfilling. I don't think this is something that will happen in all playthroughs. Description of the event in the spoiler:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Anders used me to blow up the Chantry, killing everyone inside and escalating the templar/mage-conflict beyond repair. The whole sequence when his plan comes together was masterfully wrought, and despite not liking what the developers did to Anders' personality in this game, I was conflicted and sad when I decided that the only rational course of action was to personally execute him for what he had done. That my entire team was there to lend their opinion on the situation was great as well.


The Good:

- Being able to instantly change between night and day on the city map is a brilliant idea that I hope more games will use. It gets rid of the trite time-scaling that almost all games use where each day and night seems to last just a few minutes, and gives the player control over the passage of time so that they don't have to sit around waiting when all they have a quest that requires them to be present at a certain time of day.

- The combat is different than Dragon Age Origins, but fun in its own way (though there are some major caveats, see below). Setting up powerful attack combos is satisfying and demanding, and it rewards planning and tactical play, even if these tactics have little flexibility. I enjoyed it on Hard throughout the entire first act, at least.

- The more I think about it, the more I love the character of Bodahn and his relationship with his adoptive son, Sandal. I have no idea if it was accidental or not, but I've rarely seen a relationship between game characters that has felt so genuine and real. Bodahn's actor is also very good at what he does. I just hope Bioware don't think the charm of these two characters entirely consists of Sandal saying "enchantment!", because that would mean they've missed the point entirely.

- Tons of sidequests. You always feel like you've got plenty to do at all times. Some of the sidequests escalate into larger quests too, which is both cool and can have some nasty
consequences, such as missing out on companions because you didn't do the unimportant-looking sidequest that triggered their appearance.

- Repeat appearances by select companions from Dragon Age Origins and Awakening. Anders doesn't really work because they changed him too much, but the others that appeared in my game were a breath of fresh air and brought a smile to my face. I felt they have more charm than the ones in DA2, but I'm not complaining too much about that. The companions here are all interesting enough in their own way, even if they can't reach the level of greatness that was Morrigan, Leliana & co.


The Neutral:

- The race redesign is hit and miss. Mostly hit, admittedly. I really like the way they reimagined the Qunari, and for the most part the elves as well. Making them more fey-like is a good thing. The issue with the elves is their idiotic ears, obviously inspired by WoW. While traditional fantasy elf ears are merely a cosmetic change from regular humans to give them a bit of an exotic flair, the ones in this game would actually impair their hearing. It makes no sense.


The Bad:

- The story. To clarify, the basic elements of the story are good, but there are some serious problems in terms of pacing, hooks and foreshadowing that make the whole thing fall apart at the seams. To begin with, the story lacks a good hook to get you interested. It tries with its dwarf storyteller motif, but it doesn't put things into context and appears so rarely that you quickly forget about it and start wondering what exactly you're trying to accomplish. That gets even worse at the end of each act when it feels like you've already accomplished everything Hawke would want, which makes it hard to accept that he's still heading out adventuring and that his companions are still following him around. There is a lack of structure to the story, and while the groundwork for each act is laid down in advance and there are a few common threads, each act is still a completely separate story from the others.

- The action and style is way over the top. Sure, you can use the excuse that it's all because the dwarf is exaggerating, but that is beside the point when this is all we get to see as the player. People summersault through the air to land blows with swords that wouldn't look out of place in an Anime. Enemies explode into gory chunks when hit by arrows. It's all a bit much for a setting that started out as pretty low-fantasy except for the magic. I get the distinct impression that the developers are big fans of Anime in general and wanted to do something like that. That may work for some, but I'm not a fan of that at all. I expect a certain degree of believability in an RPG setting for me to get absorbed in it (which is why games like Zelda don't work for me, for example), but Dragon Age is heading in the opposite direction of that right now.

- Timed trap puzzles that are hopelessly bugged. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when you actually take damage by running across these traps. Sometimes you can run across unharmed while the trap is active. Most of the time you'll take damage when running across it when it's inactive. I still haven't figured it out, but it seems very clear to me that the whole thing is totally bugged.

- Speaking of bugs, the game has a lot of them for a Bioware title, some of them game breaking or at least storyline-breaking. We've seen mention of the slowdown bug and the one that messes up Merill's story and quests (more on that in the spoiler below). There's also stuff like the game pausing for minutes at a time (when this happens in the middle of an important cutscene it can be infuriating), blank faces, quests that are outright broken (like one in act 2 that never disappears from your quest log or one in act 3 where the quest objective can't be found) and your dog becoming completely unresponsive until you reload a saved game. The Merill bug had hilarious consequences for me: (end-game spoiler)

Spoiler for Hiden:
Merill's quests and story got bugged for me, so certain parts never appeared while others appeared out of order, in the wrong act, or had no effect on the rest of the world. This culminated in me romancing both Merill and Isabella at once and having the game let me do this. During the final preparations for the end battle, when you get to talk to each of your companions, both Isabella and Merill proclaimed their unending love for me while standing next to each other, each giving me a passionate kiss while the other one watched with no comment. It was bizarre. When the game was over and Varric mentioned who stuck with who, the game seemed to ignore Merill's romance and said that the Champion stayed with Isabella.

- The combat, while interesting initially, turns out to have little depth beyond how you construct your party (and some basic, repeatable tactics). I was having fun with the combat until I got a little bit into Act 2 and realized I was doing the same (effective) things every battle, against the same limited set of enemies with the same repetitive sort of encounter design. I turned the difficulty down to Normal to make things pass by quicker. In Act 3 I turned it down to Casual so I could ignore the combat completely. There was way too much fighting and way too little effort at making each encounter interesting.

- Reinforcements. Yeah I know, we've been all over this already, but I'd like to point out what's wrong with the concept. If you look at any one particular battle in Dragon Age 2 in isolation, the reinforcements can look interesting, even fun. However, they are used in almost every battle no matter how unreasonable the setup. Why is this guy's personal guard (who count in the dozens) storming in from different city blocks? Aren't they suppsed to be close? And who warned them about the attack? Why are fully armed templars jumping out of windows in private residences? Why are Qunari reinformcents teleporting in from nowhere? Why are dragonlings suddenly digging out of the ground? Why are darkspawn appearing from a wall with no openings in it, the floor or the roof? Why are reinforcements storming in late when I'm being ambushed? I mean, weren't they lying around waiting for me? Were these people off urinating or something? Reinforcements can be fun when used in moderation and when it makes sense. Dragon Age 2 uses them all the fricking time merely as a way to extend play time and artificially increase the difficulty.

- The boss encounters are ridiculous. I can't imagine that more than a small subset of players would ever enjoy this kind of thing. Who wants to fight the same, singular enemy for more than a minute or two? There's nothing as frustrating as failing a boss encounter after 15 minutes of non-stop fighting only to have to do it all over again. Then there's the way these encounters encourage you to die several times while you learn the attack patterns. This is NOT FUN, no matter the genre. I routinely turned the boss encounters down to Casual difficulty just to get them over with, and even then they lasted way, way too long.

- The NPC selection is out of whack. There are only two warriors (the arguably most important class), one of whom is hidden inside an unassuming sidequest that is easily missed (I know I missed it), yet there are three rogues? It can be rough to play a mage when you've got only one available warrior to protect you, and what if you don't like that NPCs personality? What if the story makes that NPC leave you, temporarily or permanently?

- The recycling of maps is horrible. I know this has been discussed to death already, but I think it needs repeating. Each type of environment in the game has only one map, and that map is repeated every time you visit that kind of environment. In other words, if you visit a cave, it will be the same exact cave as the last time you did so. They don't even bother to add background objects for ambience. The only stuff that changes is what they use to block off passages. Most of the time that's just a grey concrete wall. To make matters worse, the game is split into three acts that have almost no new scenery from the previous ones. By the time you've finished Act 1, you've more or less seen every map the game has to offer. Roleplaying games like Dragon Age should have an element of exploration (the first one had plenty), but there is no such thing in DA2. It's a damn shame, and quite possibly the game's biggest weakness.

- Mouse targeting is bad. Really bad. Really, really bad! For one thing, it can be nearly impossible to target the enemy you wish to attack. Each character seems to block off anything behind it, so if your warhound is standing between you and your enemy, you probably won't be able to target him without fiddling with the (locked) camera for a while, and maybe not even then. This is even though your warhound doesn't block the enemy visually at all. Even if the enemy isn't blocked, you may still have issues. Try targeting a moving Shade, I dare you! Those are the worst of the bunch and can only be targeted by clicking a specific point of their tail, which is way outside their targeting circle. At one point I couldn't target an enemy without clicking a random point high in the air about 2 meters away from him. Took me a minute or so of fiddling to randomly figure that out. Then there's the issue of invisible walls. The game is crawling with them. Even a tiny fence is considered a solid wall by the game engine, so it won't accept you targeting anything through it even though it's clear as day. Sometimes you won't even know these walls are there and become frustrated that the game won't accept your orders. In the first game you could get around this problem by moving the camera closer to the enemy, but here the camera is locked to your character, often making it impossible to attack certain enemies without manually moving closer. It may sound like I'm exaggerating. I'm not.

- The passage of time is only paid lip service. NPCs don't even change their clothes during the 10 or so years the game lasts, and nobody ages visually. It was particularly jarring when a character from DA:O appeared near the end of the game:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Leliana was probably between 25 and 30 years old in DA:O, I'd guess. This means that she's between 35 and 40 when she appears in DA2, but she still looks 20.

- I find the graphics to be dull and dated. This seems to be a point of contention. Either people love the graphics or they hate them. In my opinion, the graphics here are comparable to Lord of the Rings Online in many ways, yet that is a MMORPG and was released 4 years ago! Most areas consist of large, empty spaces with little detail. The city is blocky and bland. The ceilings (remember these? The very same ones Bioware told us were one of the reasons they got rid of the overhead view?) are particularly bad, to the point that Something Awful wrote an article making fun of them. Some characters do look good, and facial animations are certainly more than passable, but they are more of an exception than the rule. Bioware seems to have confused "cartoony" with "dated".
3852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 23, 2011, 09:30:51 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 23, 2011, 08:43:47 PM

I can't imagine a mage build without picking up mind blast with the stun upgrade, it's a lifesaver against rogues.  They may take half a mage's health on the first strike, but then they get stunned and knocked back, and then take your pick on either locking them down with petrify, crushing prison, or horror, or just killing them.  Stonefist also launches them across the screen to provide some breathing room.  Rogues are really no problem at all with...wait for it...the right tactics and abilities. icon_wink

I found Mind Blast to be quite useless, actually. It takes a little while to charge, so more than half the times I tried to use it I ended up getting interrupted by enemy attacks. This was especially bad for those situations where the spell seems like a perfect fit, in other words when you're surrounded. Good luck casting any spell at all when you are though! I ended up just respeccing my mage to get rid of the spell and use the points on something more useful.

The safest way to handle the enemies that pop out and do massive damage (and any other melee enemy, actually) is just to make your character run a few meters away when the enemy starts to attack. Their animations are so slow that it's easy to get out of reach before they hit you. Not very realistic, but it works.
3853  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [WTF] Republicans propose bill to "reaffirm" motto of "In God We Trust" on: March 23, 2011, 06:05:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 23, 2011, 06:01:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 23, 2011, 05:58:38 PM

I'm just annoyed because it has become impossible to discuss politics and religion in a serious way in this forum any more. Whenever Zekester replies, the discussion derails into a "look at the midget!" freak show event.

to be fair, some of us gleefully jump into the mud and are equally to blame.  But R&P is pretty much dead without the freak show.

The R&P forum at Octopus Overlords is reasonably active, and they have a considerable overlap in members with GT. If people have a choice of places to post their opinions, they're going to disregard the forum where their thread will derail within the first dozen posts. I believe people like Zekester may be just the reason why there isn't much activity in R&P here.
3854  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [WTF] Republicans propose bill to "reaffirm" motto of "In God We Trust" on: March 23, 2011, 05:58:38 PM
I'm just annoyed because it has become impossible to discuss politics and religion in a serious way in this forum any more. Whenever Zekester replies, the discussion derails into a "look at the midget!" freak show event. Add in his continuous insults and that he drags them into the other parts of the forum, and I really am amazed that he hasn't been banned.

But enough of that. He has said he'll stay out of this thread, so I'll stop commenting on it... here.
3855  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [WTF] Republicans propose bill to "reaffirm" motto of "In God We Trust" on: March 23, 2011, 05:49:43 PM
And yet another potentially interesting debate turns into a pile of compost because of Zekester. Can someone tell me why he isn't banned yet?
3856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: March 23, 2011, 03:45:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2011, 03:13:41 PM

they already have 3G though, and it's free so I'm not sure why you'd need WiFi.

Wi-Fi uses less power, so the battery lasts longer.
3857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: March 23, 2011, 03:08:40 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 23, 2011, 01:17:36 PM

I agree.  I have no desire at all to read on a color screen at all.  Unless it's color eInk, which I don't think exists yet.

It does exist, and I think even a couple of Asian e-readers have been created with the technology, but it's not very impressive yet. Amazon has a team dedicated to researching and improving the e-ink tech so that it can use colors, from what I understand. I expect them to be among the very first companies to use a proper version of color e-ink.
3858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica HD remakes on: March 23, 2011, 02:04:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 23, 2011, 01:28:58 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 23, 2011, 12:41:00 PM

What are those first 2 pictures from? Leon is in the second one, but I don't recognize that environment at all.

no i don't recognize them either,yet every other picture there is Resi 4

could it be the mentioned 'Another Order' mode(Separate Ways)?..that's to be included in this Resi 4 package?,as i haven't played that(was it an add on?)

Separate Ways was included in some versions of the game, and wasn't an addon. It uses the same locations as the main game, with only a few detours that don't present any major changes in scenery.
3859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24 the Movie on: March 22, 2011, 09:19:23 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 22, 2011, 09:08:13 PM

24 has been shit for a long time.  I see no reason to get excited about the film unless they're doing something special with it and not rehashing the same old story once again.

I think a movie version of 24 could get rid of most of the silliest clichés from the series ("Yay, we finally found an informant that can reveal the plan... oh no, he died!" and "Oh no, there is a traitor at CTU!") simply because they don't have to pad the story to fit into 24 episodes. Ideally it would become something closer to the Die Hard movies (which already are pretty close to 24 in many ways).
3860  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 08:43:15 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 08:24:10 PM

or "Political / Religious: As Long As Everyone Thinks the Same" ?

At this point I'd be satisfied with "Political / Religious: As Long As Everyone Thinks". Not that I'm holding my breath for that or anything...

3861  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:30:37 PM
Contrary to what you may think Zekester, some of us enjoy a good discussion or debate. You provide neither.
3862  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:24:03 PM
I'm looking forward to the day it will be possible to have a political discussion here on GT without having Zekester shitting on and derailing it with his lack of knowledge and complete disregard for the rules of, you know, debating.
3863  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 01:24:01 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 12:48:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 22, 2011, 11:16:27 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 11:08:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 22, 2011, 09:17:45 AM

wait, we don't have Azerbaijan, Estonia and Eritrea with us this time?  the whole venture is doomed!

According to Tilt, they must be the only smart ones this time around  Roll Eyes

I'm waiting for you to explain the logic behind that statement. I fully expect to wait forever.


I know my pill was rough going down, but you'll be fine. Really.

No no, it goes like this: You write something. I refute with counterarguments and whatever facts I can bother to dig up. You either agree or counter with your own arguments and facts. That's more or less how a debate works. Right now we're stuck with you making some kind of inane, nonsensical statement with neither purpose nor backing. I'm asking you to clarify and you only muddle things with insults.

Always glad to be of service.
3864  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 11:16:27 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 11:08:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 22, 2011, 09:17:45 AM

wait, we don't have Azerbaijan, Estonia and Eritrea with us this time?  the whole venture is doomed!

According to Tilt, they must be the only smart ones this time around  Roll Eyes

I'm waiting for you to explain the logic behind that statement. I fully expect to wait forever.
3865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: March 22, 2011, 08:02:06 AM

Quote from: The Rocketman on March 22, 2011, 07:57:25 AM

Sadly no cooperative mode it seems  tear. I don't get why games don't include it, everyone likes a good cooperative game...

Duke doesn't need help. slywink
3866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray news on: March 22, 2011, 06:58:58 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 22, 2011, 04:31:48 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2011, 05:58:55 PM

I'm very disappointed that they went for DVDs for all the extras. There's a reason why we're buying the Blu-ray edition, people!

I'm also somewhat disappointed (but not surprised) that most of the material seems to be exactly the same as the DVD edition, plus a few documentaries (that do look interesting). This means I'm going to have duplicates of 6 of the included DVDs, which sucks ass.


People actually watch the bonus stuff that comes with movies?  Holy crap!  Though for me, it is usually hard to get me to sit down for 2 or 3 hours to watch a movie at all, so there is slim to no chance I am going to watch extras or listen to director commentary mucking up the dialog.

I don't watch commentaries, but the other video features in packs like these are often very good. The LOTR stuff exceedingly so.
3867  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:51:07 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 04:20:35 AM

Bush was a kick-ass President, and history will show just how wrong his critics were.

That's not history. That's high fantasy.
3868  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:49:47 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 22, 2011, 02:24:30 AM

the hell he was rejected.

Yes, he was. I even went so far as to read up on the subject before posting my previous reply. the U.N. never approved of his actions, and Kofi Annan even ended up saying that Bush's actions were illegal according to international law. Bush finally abandoned the U.N. (and started a campaign to cripple it out of spite) because he was so convinced he was right, and started using political muscle to make others join him. I remember that well, as the main U.S. diplomat in Norway came with thinly veiled military threats against us to make us join the campaign out of fear for the political repercussions (and surprise! We never joined the coalition).

The coalition was filled with countries who either were misguided themselves or who wanted to strengthen their relationship to the US at any cost.

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not to mention he waited for the U.N. for a year and half before acting.

Waited my ass! If there was one thing Bush didn't do, it was to wait. He was so convinced that Saddam had WMDs ready at any moment that he refused to listen to the U.N. when they pointed out that there was little risk of any such thing. Iraq was even, to a certain degree, open to inspectors and wanted to show that they weren't hiding anything (while at the same time trying not to appear weak towards old enemies like Iran and Israel).

And guess what? The U.N. was right. Bush was wrong. He failed on every step of the way, from the research he based his conclusions on, to the conclusions themselves, the people he surrounded himself with, the lack of waiting, the invasion itself...

So can we please stop this idiotic discussion about Iraq in a thread about Libya, or can you at least do some fricking research before trying to convince those who have?
3869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 22, 2011, 06:36:28 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on March 22, 2011, 03:29:48 AM

One last thing.  Why oh why do they put uberweapons in the vendor stores that cost more gold that I ever amassed in the entire game.  Thats just evil!  Frikkin teases!

Just shows that you can't handle money between your hands. slywink I bought a robe for 140 gold at one point.
3870  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 12:25:15 AM

Quote from: Zekester on March 21, 2011, 10:03:27 PM

Bush went through the proper channels, and was rejected multiple times, at the U.N. before that coalition came together, a coalition that had nothing to do with the U.N.

Fixed that for you.
3871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray news on: March 21, 2011, 07:55:13 PM
I'm fine with them keeping the movies split in two, by the way. They are quite long, so changing the disc gives you a good excuse to take a break.
3872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 21, 2011, 07:53:20 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 21, 2011, 07:35:06 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on March 21, 2011, 06:38:32 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 21, 2011, 05:07:04 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on March 21, 2011, 04:05:55 AM

ps: as a mage Fenric will never, ever, ever like you.  Dont even try! Even when he does seem to like you you get rivalry points.
Spoiler for Hiden:
By the time I finished Fenris's companion quest he was almost at full friendship for me (playing a mage).  I noticed several of the milestones in his questline awarding large amounts of friendship (15 points).  He was my best bud by the end of the game, including switching back to my team at the gallows for the final fight, after initially siding with the templars.
So it is possible...but he's my friend, and you can't have him Tongue

I wonder if one of the problems with "finding" Isabella has to do with having Varric in your party.  I didn't have him in my group, and I received a quest to go speak with him at the Hanged Man (after a certain plot point).  Entering the Hanged Man triggerred the Isabella scene.  I couldn't proceed to the next major step in the main story without speaking to Varric at the HM, so there's no way I would have missed Isabella.  I'm wondering if that event isn't properly triggerring for some people.  That would be a major bug.

You can't talk to companions except at their "home" so having Varric in your party shouldn't matter in that regard - you still need to visit the Hanged Man.  Unless the conversation isn't firing at all, but that would presumably impact the Varric development.  On the other hand, if you ignore quests and advance the main story (which is possible), then you can miss out on companions.   Not only Isabela, but also Fenris, for example.

I completed every quest given to me in act 1 and I even went to the hanged man in act 1, and I don't have Isabelle either. I'm thinking it's a bug that caused her quest not to start when you go to the hanged man.

She doesn't appear there until some way into the chapter. I think I was about 2/3 done with it before she appeared.
3873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 21, 2011, 06:09:02 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 21, 2011, 06:02:32 PM

I think the guy playing Bilbo is perfect. I think he will be able to pull the role off nicely. Also Nemoy would be great as Smaug.

I just wonder how they are going to work Frodo into this movie and however they do it I hope they don't destroy the lore. I can see Legolas fitting into the story during the wood elf section, but Frodo seems like a stretch. Unless the movie starts with Bilbo back in the shire telling his story to Frodo.

I've said it before, but I can't imagine them doing it any other way than having Frodo be the narrator for the story, reading from Bilbo's memoirs. Perhaps he's entertaining an audience, perhaps not.
3874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray news on: March 21, 2011, 05:58:55 PM
I'm very disappointed that they went for DVDs for all the extras. There's a reason why we're buying the Blu-ray edition, people!

I'm also somewhat disappointed (but not surprised) that most of the material seems to be exactly the same as the DVD edition, plus a few documentaries (that do look interesting). This means I'm going to have duplicates of 6 of the included DVDs, which sucks ass.
3875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What recent PC game should I play? on: March 21, 2011, 05:25:00 PM
Crysis? Particularly since Crysis 2 is coming out this week.
3876  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 20, 2011, 10:31:43 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on March 20, 2011, 06:45:12 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 20, 2011, 05:05:18 PM

http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/03/20/quotes-arab-league-condemns-libya-airstrikes/

http://www.sudantribune.com/NAfrican-Union-demands-end-to,38339

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CAIRO—The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya on Sunday and said he would call a new league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention.

Moussa said the Arab League’s approval of a no-fly zone on March 12 was based on a desire to prevent Moammar Gaddafi’s air force from attacking civilians and was not designed to embrace the intense bombing and missile attacks—including on Tripoli, the capital, and on Libyan ground forces—that have filled Arab television screens for the last two days.
 

Yeah, I don't think you get a do-over.

I would guess that these comments are just playing to the cheap seats in their own houses; their real objective is Khadafy's removal. (Based on my vast inside knowledge of Arab League politics, of course).

Indeed. You also see both Russia and China complaining about the military actions, even though they agreed to them. Sure, they "abstained from voting" after a healthy dose of behind the scenes debating, but that's just their way of keeping their hands clean. It's just politics.

As for Africa, I think there are many countries there that feel threatened by these actions, so it's quite natural that they'll protest.
3877  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How much RAM should I have? on: March 20, 2011, 10:34:23 AM
I have 12 GBs of RAM and sometimes wish I had more. I use it for music composition though, with instrument libraries that can take up several hundred GB of HD space.
3878  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 20, 2011, 10:29:19 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 20, 2011, 04:18:04 AM

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WikiLeaks cables, independent analysts and reporters have all identified supporters of Islamist causes among the opposition to Col Gaddafi's regime, particularly in the towns of Benghazi and Dernah.

An al-Qaeda leader of Libyan origin, Abu Yahya al-Libi, released a statement backing the insurrection a week ago, while Yusuf Qaradawi, the Qatar-based, Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian issued a fatwa authorising Col Gaddafi's military entourage to assassinate him.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8391632/Libya-the-West-and-al-Qaeda-on-the-same-side.html

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Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/19/extremists-among-libya-rebels_n_837894.html

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A senior member of al Qaida urged Libyan rebels to continue their fight against Muammar Gaddafi and warned of the consequences of defeat, in a videotaped message posted on Jihadi websites, the Qatar-based Gulf Times reported on Sunday

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=212001

Regardless of the side that is "right", without any threat to national security there's no reason we need to get in the middle of another civil war.


So, the Al-Qaida is desperately trying to achieve some credit for a peaceful civilian revolution where their own terrorist approach has failed them. And this proves... what, exactly? Terrorists have tried to get rid of Gadhafi for decades with absolutely no success. Now, much to their annoyance, a peaceful movement (going against Al-Qaida's teachings) manages to do in weeks what they haven't been able to do at all. Of course they'll try to pretend they're part of it.

As for Gadhafi's offers to have foreign observers in Libya, it's a stalling tactic. The world already has live coverage from independent journalists in the area (and the Libyan government is arresting them. A Norwegian journalist was taken away just yesterday, for example). Gadhafi also claimed that he had called for a ceasefire, then bombed the civilians even harder than before and told the world that the rebels had broken the ceasefire. He knows that he only needs a few more days at most to destroy his opposition if the world doesn't stop him, so stalling is hist most valuable tactic.

I'm honestly flabbergasted that you're taking Gadhafi's side in this, particularly when you seem to have very little knowledge of the conflict. I just don't see what you think you, or the world, have to gain. Rarely does the world have a chance to do a military action in such a clean and good way as we are doing now, and there is massive world-wide support.
3879  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 19, 2011, 11:35:07 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 19, 2011, 11:21:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 19, 2011, 11:13:14 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 19, 2011, 11:06:07 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 19, 2011, 10:24:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 19, 2011, 09:20:53 PM

Good job Obama! Now we're in three wars!  

Who could have HOPED for this?!

This is hardly OUR war. If anything we are providing (with the co-operation of several other world powers) the much needed support that the Lybian figthers need and cannot possibly get on their own.

This is not Iraq or Afghan, we invaded those countries. This time the Lybian people started the war and are in it for their freedom. I would much rather support our intervention in Lybia than in Iraq. As I've said before, you cannot force democracy on people who do not want it. In this case the Lybians want it and they deserve our help getting it.

No this is a civil war that we have no place choosing sides in.   If a group starts a civil war hoping that someone will bail them out because they took on more then they could handle then they should lose.

I think you may want to read up on the background for the current conflict. The world isn't choosing sides between two armed factions. The UN went to the step it did because Gadhafi was bombing civilians who tried to demonstrate peacefully. This is a human right. It was clear that this would have turned into a massacre of unarmed civilians without intervention, so the UN stepped in. The stated goal so far is to keep the skies clear of bombers so that civilians will be safe, but there is also select bombing of military targets that are convening upon these same civilians.

The Libyan rebels didn't start a civil war. They protested peacefully and were killed for it, and are now merely protecting their own lives. Gadhafi started this war.

So when do you propose the air strikes start in North Korea, Bahrain, Russia and other countries that either treat their citizens worse then what is happening in Libya or their citizens have been shot for protesting their government?

These are not comparable situations. Gadhafi is indiscriminately bombing cities where rebels are, and doesn't care if he kills thousands of unarmed civilians while doing so. The other countries you mention are systematically oppressing their own people, but not in the same way, and certainly not in a way that requires air superiority RIGHT NOW before it's too late.

If the attacks on Libya had waited only one more day, Gadhafi might have been able to invade the besieged city at a massive cost of innocent lives, and it would all have been too late.

It really should serve as an indicator of how important this is that even Russia and China thought intervention was the best idea in this situation (it's almost impossible to get them to agree with western nations about these kinds of things). They may be publicly announcing their displeasure at the military actions, but that's just what they "have to do" because of politics. If they thought it was a bad idea, they would have used their veto.
3880  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 19, 2011, 11:13:14 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on March 19, 2011, 11:06:07 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 19, 2011, 10:24:58 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 19, 2011, 09:20:53 PM

Good job Obama! Now we're in three wars! 

Who could have HOPED for this?!

This is hardly OUR war. If anything we are providing (with the co-operation of several other world powers) the much needed support that the Lybian figthers need and cannot possibly get on their own.

This is not Iraq or Afghan, we invaded those countries. This time the Lybian people started the war and are in it for their freedom. I would much rather support our intervention in Lybia than in Iraq. As I've said before, you cannot force democracy on people who do not want it. In this case the Lybians want it and they deserve our help getting it.

No this is a civil war that we have no place choosing sides in.   If a group starts a civil war hoping that someone will bail them out because they took on more then they could handle then they should lose.

I think you may want to read up on the background for the current conflict. The world isn't choosing sides between two armed factions. The UN went to the step it did because Gadhafi was bombing civilians who tried to demonstrate peacefully. This is a human right. It was clear that this would have turned into a massacre of unarmed civilians without intervention, so the UN stepped in. The stated goal so far is to keep the skies clear of bombers so that civilians will be safe, but there is also select bombing of military targets that are convening upon these same civilians.

The Libyan rebels didn't start a civil war. They protested peacefully and were killed for it, and are now merely protecting their own lives. Gadhafi started this war.
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