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4001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 06:09:04 PM
Still down in Norway. Not that I care much. I pretty much never play multiplayer anyway.
4002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
Michael Pachter talks about the PSN situation in this week's Pach Attack. While he isn't privy to much insider information, he does know the legal stuff and economics.
4003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 15, 2011, 07:27:42 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on May 15, 2011, 12:02:43 AM



Been there, done that, laughed our asses off. smile
4004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 14, 2011, 09:41:47 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 14, 2011, 06:44:20 PM

this didn't cost hundreds of millions to make, remember they are a Polish company. Plus they probably didn't blow half their budget on marketing like some other publishers do.

If they didn't do that, they're fools. Them being based in a country with a cheap work force makes it even more likely that they've spent 50%+ of their budget on marketing, and that's how it should be, from a business perspective.
4005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: May 14, 2011, 09:38:09 PM
I suspect MP isn't the main focus for this game, as they barely talked about it at all during the looooong development. I fully expect the SP to be awesome. Duke Nukem says so, and he's awesome too.
4006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: May 14, 2011, 08:36:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 14, 2011, 07:21:37 AM

How do you select alternate costumes once you unlock them?

Instead of selecting a fighter in the normal way, hit Start when the cursor is pointing at him.
4007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The countdown is on.... on: May 13, 2011, 06:50:31 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 13, 2011, 06:31:26 PM

Quote from: spigot on May 13, 2011, 06:26:14 PM

Doesn't Skynet become self-aware when CK-Bot hits 50k?

I think CK IS Skynet.

Well, at least it's harmless then.
4008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 13, 2011, 03:04:48 PM
In for Mouth of War, if nothing else because it reminds me of the glorious days of playing Doom. smile Too bad This Love wasn't included.

4009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 05:26:50 PM
Like I said, with the deadline at the 31st of May, the original information was correct. My source was a different (Norwegian) news site that interpreted the Sony statements correctly.

As for the multiplayer being up within the next few days, that's from the same source. The idea was for Sony to bring up multiplayer last week, but with no Playstation Store. They missed that deadline, but announced that they were in the final stages of testing their solution. That should mean they're just days away, unless something unexpected happens.

But don't let me stop you all from panicking. What would be the fun in that?
4010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 04:56:14 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 09, 2011, 05:55:27 PM

May 31st is the new target date.  I'm just hoping they don't decide to cut corners in order to have things back up by E3.

Don't spread misinformation now. It's already coloring the opinions of several posters here, judging from the last few posts. May 31st isn't the target date, it's the deadline to bring the entire PSN network back up. Since they are willing to give us a deadline date, they probably intend to be done earlier than that. Furthermore, they do expect parts of the network to be up very soon. The multiplayer portion, for example, should be up in the next few days.
4011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 08, 2011, 08:09:41 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 08, 2011, 06:33:43 PM





has this scene been released 'officially' yet?..i have seen most of it on Youtube,but i think this could be one of the 'new' deleted scenes on Disc 8 of that Blu-Ray set,as well as that lightsaber construction scene from Jedi that was seen last year

IIRC, there were three deleted scenes, presented in full, on a Star Wars CD encyclopedia that was released in the mid- to late 90s. One of them was the scene where Luke meets Biggs Darklighter just before they take off for the Death Star attack. This scene was later added to the actual movie. Another scene was the one where Luke, along with a simple droid, watches the battle between the two ships next to Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope through a set of binoculars. The third and longest scene (I seem to recall it was nearly 10 minutes or so) was the one in your screenshots. It featured Luke and his local friends (including Biggs) hanging out at what appears to be a set of abandoned buildings (though that may just be because no special effects were added to liven the scene up) and talking about life in general. Biggs takes Luke aside and tells him that he has decided to jump ship with a group of people from the Academy and join the Rebel Alliance. I can easily see why this scene was cut, as it's quite long and dull at a moment when the audience is expecting to see more about the droids and Vader's hunt for them.

So in short: I don't think that scene has been released as DVD extras, but it has been released officially as part of a commercial Star Wars product.

It's funny how the original version of A New Hope featured Luke getting completely bummed out when Biggs dies during the attack on the Death Star. The audience hadn't even seen the guy before that battle, and they had no way to tell whether or not Luke knew him. Turns out all his scenes were cut, including the ones that explain how he's Luke's best friend, who grew up with him on Tatooine and practiced piloting with him. Biggs was the main reason why Luke was so eager to join the Academy (and later the Rebel Alliance). When you know this, Biggs' death suddenly ends up having quite an impact.
4012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 07:54:33 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 07:20:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/brand-new-upgraded-twins-in-transformers-3-169687/

Sounds like speculation based on just seeing two cars to me. Here's a more relevant article, from the 15th of April: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=76485

The interesting parts are

Quote
Don't expect the "twins" from "Revenge of the Fallen," that's for certain.

followed by

Quote
"There are two small characters. They start off a bit goofy, but they have a huge comeback. One of them is a new character."

So it sounds like either just one of the twins is back, or none. In their place is a different duo (with maybe one of the old twins in reimagined form) that is less silly and has a more important role to play in the plot.
4013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 03:32:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2011, 03:17:14 PM

Until KeePass gets hacked.

Wouldn't make any difference. My passwords are still protected in a secret place by a secret password. They aren't stored on a KeePass server.
4014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 02:52:42 PM

Quote from: JCC on May 08, 2011, 02:17:05 PM

I am talking about the people whose credit cards were stolen off of PSN.

You say that as if it was fact. There is little reason to believe any actual credit card numbers were stolen in the attack. If they were, they would have been used by now, as their value would have been reduced for every hour that has passed since the attack happened due to people being aware of the breach.

No, you should be much more concerned about your username and password. Hackers gaining access to my info doesn't worry me in the slightest since I have different, random passwords for every site I visit. I highly recommend that you follow this practice too. By using an application like KeePass Password Safe, this becomes much easier than it sounds.
4015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.
4016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 04, 2011, 08:49:40 PM
Regardless of the cover, this is a must-buy for me. I can't wait to see both trilogies in HD, even though The Phantom Menace is hard to stomach.
4017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good single system multiplayer & co-op games, indie and otherwise? on: May 01, 2011, 07:21:16 PM
The two games that immediately come to mind are Killzone 3 and Resident Evil 5. Both support playing through the entire campaign split-screen.
4018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down going on a week now on: May 01, 2011, 08:52:42 AM
I was surprised to see that the patch system on PSN still works. Has it been up the entire time?
4019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 09:56:45 PM
I recently watched the first three episodes again, and there's a lot of groundwork being laid for what comes later, even if it isn't clear at the time. Rewatching it, I notice a lot of the stuff going on behind the scenes. The first time around it felt strange that these characters would get mixed up in every fringe event out there. Now I know why that happens, and what it means. Hell, even major plot points used in later seasons are introduced early on, such as the amber appearing as early as episode 3.
4020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 07:54:54 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on April 30, 2011, 07:32:07 PM

You may be right but
Spoiler for Hiden:
Did you notice the date on the memorial plaque?  2021   Peter is also in the future! If you are right and the universes actually merge, its going to be interesting to see if the individuals merge as well or if theres doubles all over the place.

I don't know why you're using spoiler tags. Anyone stumbling into this thread without having seen the latest episode is begging for it. slywink

I didn't notice the plaque btw. That makes my theory less likely I guess.
4021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: April 30, 2011, 06:37:25 PM
It looks to me like the machine isn't actually going to destroy one of the universes, but instead is going to merge them and lead to an all-out war. That's the only viable explanation I can think of for the ending of this episode anyway. It took place at Ground Zero, which places it in our own dimension, but then agents from Fringe Division started showing up, which places it in the other dimension. The only logical explanation is that both are merging, with catastrophic results for both.
4022  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 27, 2011, 06:49:58 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 27, 2011, 06:43:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 11:42:14 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 26, 2011, 10:42:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM

There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile


How is the RP server different?

Ale

It enforces certain rules (at least in theory. It has slipped a little since the early days). Among these are naming conventions (if your name isn't appropriate to the setting, you must choose another one) and a requirement to never be out of character in public (ie. when talking with the Say command).

Wow, that last one seems like it'd be tough to enforce. Do they rely on other people reporting it?

Ale

Yes. It wasn't a problem during the first year or so after the game was released, as the community policed itself and worked very well. As far as I can tell, things have slipped a bit since, and Codemasters haven't been very adamant about enforcing the rules lately. It used to be that I could report someone for having a stupid or offensive name (like swearwords in non-English languages, or recognizable names from other settings), and they'd have it changed the day after.
4023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 2/HD/Stream/Cafe/Eel's Wet Dream Imminent? on: April 27, 2011, 04:36:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 27, 2011, 03:43:36 PM

maybe that is why they are releasing their new machine next year,as it will be similar specs to current 360 and PS3,but because it is new,people will buy it,even though they may even have a similar powerful console in the PS3 or 360

Where do you get this from? I haven't read much about this new console yet, but it's my understanding that it's supposed to be the first next-gen console with better specs than the PS3 and 360.
4024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: April 27, 2011, 03:07:55 PM
Yeah, it really just sounds like you were playing on the wrong difficulty.
4025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 27, 2011, 02:52:19 PM

Quote from: skystride on April 27, 2011, 02:42:29 PM

Anyone have tips for Raiden vs Shao Khan?  I'm willing to resort to cheese.

And cheese you must. It's a silly battle.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just walk up to Shao Kahn and immediately teleport once he attacks. Do a sweep, wait until he gets up and attacks again, then repeat until he's dead. It's really easy this way.
4026  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Age of America is about to end on: April 27, 2011, 04:56:34 AM
China's economic growth is partly artificial. They build entire new cities for the growing middle to upper class, but nobody moves in because so few can afford to. It's possible to visit these cities today, and you'll find them to be eerie ghost towns. China builds these cities to inflate their economy, but that will only last so long. When that shit collapses, it's going to collapse hard.
4027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down going on a week now on: April 27, 2011, 04:47:25 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 27, 2011, 02:55:43 AM

Quote from: msduncan on April 27, 2011, 02:43:55 AM

Well, I guess whatever goodwill the pricks from Anonymous had from the public that romanticized the whole hackers vs evil company thing is totally shot.    They should be treated as terrorists.

Anonymous is not all hackers and not all hackers are Anonymous.

Anonymous aren't even hackers to begin with. Most of them just use a pre-made application, type in a few values and hit "run". They aren't at all deserving of the attention they get in the media.

Also, Anonymous most likely had nothing to do with this situation.
4028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 26, 2011, 11:42:14 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on April 26, 2011, 10:42:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM

There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile


How is the RP server different?

Ale

It enforces certain rules (at least in theory. It has slipped a little since the early days). Among these are naming conventions (if your name isn't appropriate to the setting, you must choose another one) and a requirement to never be out of character in public (ie. when talking with the Say command).
4029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 26, 2011, 08:49:07 PM

Quote from: skystride on April 26, 2011, 08:23:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 26, 2011, 06:39:01 PM

hopefully the endings are better than this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvfP5BQxaw&feature=player_embedded

Wow that was awesome!  But I'm guessing MK9 doesn't have separate endings for characters because of story mode.

Yes it does. The traditional arcade mode is still available as Ladder mode, and each character has his own, individual ending there. Here's Kung Lao's ending, as an example (spoilers, obviously).

4030  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: April 26, 2011, 05:49:09 PM
There's no official RP server in America for LOTRO, is there? With this transfer, if the European servers become available for US players, you'd suddenly have access to a real RP server. smile
4031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: April 26, 2011, 04:27:54 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 26, 2011, 04:23:10 PM

Can we stop using Spoiler tags. I thought there was a general rule for these types of ongoing TV threads that people should not enter the thread unless they've seen the latest episode.

The spoiler tags seem to be there mostly when the discussion is about stuff that hasn't happened in the episodes shown so far.
4032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 26, 2011, 04:57:13 AM
Parkour was the best idea ever in order to accelerate Darwin's natural selection amongst humans. I have no idea what it is that causes idiots to think that they can perform parkour on video just because they've seen someone else do it before them, but at least it filters them out of the gene pool.
4033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: April 25, 2011, 05:44:59 AM

Quote from: naednek on April 25, 2011, 05:09:02 AM

Well it wasn't a good day for the characters I had control of...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I managed to kill the girl who was helping Ethan, and the FBI dude, and Ethan shot the guy in the apartment.  Wonder how this is going to play out. 

They ended up dying due to the stupid quick time events not registering my movements correctly.  I really hate the ones that make you hold down like 5 or 6 buttons at a time, it's nearly impossible.  This type of gameplay just ruins this game, and many like it.

Sounds like you're playing on Hard, which actually is hard. If you find that kind of movement difficult or even impossible, you might want to consider turning down the difficulty. Heavy Rain was the kind of game that I really wanted to play on Hard, but which showed that I no longer have the reflexes I used to have. In my case reflexes was the issue. I had no problems with the situations where you have to push many buttons at once, as they seem to be more about planning ahead (which fingers do you use to push those first few buttons?) than actual finger dexterity. Lower difficulties reduce the number of buttons needed for such sequences.
4034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 23, 2011, 08:26:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 23, 2011, 07:55:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 23, 2011, 07:45:38 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 23, 2011, 07:33:55 PM

the game is a lot of fun, if you ignore the lag online and the imbalances present smile

I wouldn't know. PSN is still down for me.

Quote
Had a guy playing scorpion show me how it feels to be hit with a 20+ hit combo for 60%+ damage that can be started with either a high or a low hit.  So basically at any given hit he has a 50% chance of guessing properly to kill me.  Kind of ruined my hopes for the game sadly.

Well, that guy clearly is going to go far up the ranks if he can pull off that complex a combo with regularity. That stuff is hard! Though when he does go up in rank and meets other strong players he's going to get his ass kicked when they use Breakers on him and lead that into combos of their own.


Breakers don't really help a whole lot.  You break once, then he can just jump right back in.  Not to mention the game basically comes down to flipping a coin if both people can perform at that level.  I guess I'm just not a big fan of huge combos, juggles or anything that does that much damage.  30% is more than plenty for a combo, 60% is just stupid, and that is without using the xray, he used combo breaker on all my combos.

I'm not a big fan of juggling either, which is one of the reasons I'm not a fan of games like Tekken. I guess Mortal Kombat should have gone with a similar system that Street Fighter IV has, where combos give diminishing returns. After a few hits, new attacks barely do damage at all.
4035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 23, 2011, 07:45:38 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 23, 2011, 07:33:55 PM

the game is a lot of fun, if you ignore the lag online and the imbalances present smile

I wouldn't know. PSN is still down for me.

Quote
Had a guy playing scorpion show me how it feels to be hit with a 20+ hit combo for 60%+ damage that can be started with either a high or a low hit.  So basically at any given hit he has a 50% chance of guessing properly to kill me.  Kind of ruined my hopes for the game sadly.

Well, that guy clearly is going to go far up the ranks if he can pull off that complex a combo with regularity. That stuff is hard! Though when he does go up in rank and meets other strong players he's going to get his ass kicked when they use Breakers on him and lead that into combos of their own.
4036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: April 23, 2011, 07:31:43 PM
Okay, I just finished the story mode. Holy hell, that was one of the darkest, most bleak stories I've ever seen in a video game. A feel-good story this is not. As reported by reviewers, the boss battles could feel incredibly cheap. I basically had to cheese any encounter with Shao Kahn because he breaks the rules to such a degree that your regular combat skills aren't worth much. Still, the whole story concept is very cool and well executed, and I kept plowing through both because I had fun and because I wanted to see how the whole thing would resolve itself. I was surprised at how easy the minibosses (Goro and his kin) were however. They barely defended against any of my attacks, so I had multiple flawless victories against them. Then again, I did play at the lowest difficulty (which was hard enough, let me tell you!).

I solved my initial problems with sound, btw. I've had a similar thing happen in Enslaved at one point, so I started digging outside of Mortal Kombat itself. Turns out that disabling DTS sound on the PS3 fixed the whole thing, as far as I can see. Haven't had any issues since I did that. Now I'm using regular Dolby surround instead, which works very well.

I love this game. It's a lot of fun. I'm not sure how balanced it is, but from what I hear it's not bad. Some fighters immediately feel much stronger than others, particularly the ones with teleport attacks. A friend of mine chose Noob as his fighter in one Versus match and was stunned at how powerful his teleport was. It happens so quickly that it's hard to defend against it unless you know it's coming, but if you do, Noob is vulnerable for a long second, which is enough to pull off your most devastating attacks against him. Once I wisened up to this I started kicking his ass. smile
4037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: April 21, 2011, 09:38:57 PM
I've only played half or so of the co-op missions, but they are even more challenging than the single player missions since you've got up to 4 portals and a myriad of other factors to consider. My friend and I had to really think to get through some of those, with a lot of collaborative puzzle solving and discussions.
4038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 2/HD/ Eel's Wet Dream Imminent? Also, Wii Price Drop? on: April 21, 2011, 12:28:06 PM
I have no idea where I read it at this point, but the idea was that Sony did something in a recent firmware update that, combined with having all new games ship with an updated code, means that the old one will only work for older games. I think that was the gist of it.
4039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 2/HD/ Eel's Wet Dream Imminent? Also, Wii Price Drop? on: April 21, 2011, 11:59:24 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 21, 2011, 11:44:03 AM

There is a significant incentive for Sony to push up the date of the PS4 now that the PS3's security is wide open. But, that's still likely to only be 1 year up so that they end up releasing the same year as the next 360, as opposed to 1 year behind.

AFAIK, they managed to fix the security problem with the PS3, forcing the hackers to start from scratch. Sony just replaced the cracked security code with a new one, pretty much.
4040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Batman [trailer] on: April 21, 2011, 09:52:33 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on April 21, 2011, 03:29:39 AM

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