Quote from: Purge on January 10, 2012, 04:38:56 PM
I like the system where the people vote for their leader, and their local representative separately.
Eg: You could vote for a local repub, but put Obama in charge ... or vice versa. It would end up forcing more collaboration. Perhaps you'd need a third or fourth party to help round that out.
That's not unique to your system. We vote for our local representatives over here too, who represent counties (not that counties can propose laws). This is in addition to the forced collaboration of the main government (unless someone gets the majority vote, which is very damn unlikely in the best of years).
It's becoming increasingly apparent that the current US voting system just means that one party controls more or less everything and the other party tries its hardest to sabotage it, stated goals be damned. That just doesn't happen over here. The leading party has the prime minister but can be thrown with ease if their partners aren't pleased with how things are working out. This means that everyone tries very hard to cooperate and reach mutually beneficial decisions.
Quote from: Turtle on January 10, 2012, 02:46:52 PM
Lucas doesn't have the ability to make something that really is, "Underworld". Unless he plans to make Sith all vampires and Jedi werewolves.
Lucas has clearly aimed the prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars series at families, including children. However, he has made it clear that this live action series will be adult in nature, and for once it won't be about any Jedi.
Quote from: EddieA on January 10, 2012, 08:22:12 AM
It looks like they're fighting an army of Sheldon Cooper clones Also, not to nitpick, but the texture on the trees and rocks looks really bad, and it appears that they used the same texture for both. I hope it's just an early shot.
I agree that the combat screenshot isn't the best first impression we could have gotten. It looks very dated. But hey, isn't that faithful to the X-Com spirit? I mean, the original also looked very dated when it was released
It's often kind of frustrating speculating about what's going on behind closed doors in the gaming industry, because it's rare for us to ever get any confirmation one way or the other so there's no way to know if you're right or wrong. That makes it extra refreshing to see that my speculation about this case seems to have been right. There was a ton of hate towards Bethesda related to this, and people seemed to think the current Interplay was still the same as the old one and would be able to make an awesome Fallout. Not only that, but they thought Bethesda were being assholes for trying to take Fallout away from Interplay.
But what do you know, Interplay was indeed in breach of contract, both related to the resources they were able to muster and the activity they could show. To paraphrase George R. R. Martin, the development of the Fallout MMORPG was a mummer's farce that has now been put out of its misery, and we gamers are probably way better off for it. Judging from the results posted above, Interplay received mere trinkets as compensation, which shows two things:
1) They realized that they had no chance in hell of winning the case. 2) The work they had put in wasn't significant.
Yeah, I noticed that too. They're also holding alien weapons. It's interesting to see that they've changed the grid into a hex map, which is an improvement in my opinion but can be a bit tricky for buildings. No buildings to see in those screenshots, so it's hard to tell how they'll handle that part.
For anyone doubting that Firaxis will be able to pull this off, they've at least got the right attitude. This video shows that they certainly understand what makes X-Com so good.
4th Edition sacrificed a few sacred cows that had long overstayed their welcome and made GMing a LOT easier. It made monsters feel different (try fighting an orc, a hobgoblin and a lizardman in 3rd edition and see if you can tell them apart without being told their names) and made combat truly interesting. It made every single class viable and considerably reduced the bling-factor by limiting magic items in numerous ways. For me it's the ultimate version of D&D, and I think going back to previous editions would be painful. I can't really imagine much that would make D&D better for me right now, but I'm willing to be surprised.
Still, I believe this will be a smoother process now than last time now that we have D&D Insider well established. If they continue the current model most subscribers will quickly start rebuilding their library for the new edition without having to run out and buy books (beyond the core books, that is).
I believe the best thing that could happen for the US, politically, would be for every vote to count individually, regardless of state (I guess that's what national popular vote means?) and to get rid of the winner-takes-all mentality. I say this as someone who lives in a country where both these things are in effect already, and it works very well. It's rare for a single party to get a majority vote, so they have to cooperate with other parties. These could even be some of the smallest parties as long as it gets them the majority, which means that even fringe opinions could end up having a certain degree of power. Norway typically ends up with three parties sharing the power and trying to appease each other, and any one of them could topple the leadership if they feel slighted.
This kind of system also means that the leadership usually isn't so polarized. Even if, say, a far-left party gets voted into power, it'll still have to cooperate with other parties to get anywhere, which means it'll have to pander to the middle most of the time. This is a good thing IMO.
Quote from: heloder on January 08, 2012, 09:38:21 PM
Then why do they have built in WiFi and links to the Amazon Storefront? Why is one of the advertised bullet point features the ability to shop for books on it? Is that just to tease its customers with functionality that's barely usable?
My 3rd generation Kindle (and my 2nd generation for that matter) has no issues accessing the Amazon store, and I've bought books that way multiple times, both through Wifi and 3G.
Am I the only one who thought the first movie was quite... well, crap? It was filled to the brim with bad horror cliches (something runs in front of the camera! A small girl walks away and the protagonist follows!) and things that happen simply because the writer thought it would look cool, and nothing makes any kind of sense. It wasn't scary at all.
I have heard good things about e-ink, but would like a multipurpose device if the reading experience doesn't suffer.
The problem with discussing e-ink is that if you haven't seen it in action it's impossible to understand just what kind of impact it has. I'd recommend finding an e-ink device and reading a bit on it to see what it's all about. An LCD screen can never compete in terms of comfort, readability and battery time (by far!). You have to ask yourself if you want to sacrifice reading comfort for something that can do more than display books. Personally I'd rather have an additional device for the stuff that has nothing to do with books, and use an e-ink Kindle for actual reading.
Ah, one more chance for the porn industry to show that they don't know the first thing about comedy. Also, Vivid makes the most dull porn of them all. It's a winning combination! At least it's got novelty value.
I think DAoC was my first MMORPG. I didn't play it for very long, and quit after the third consecutive session in a row where I logged out with less XP than I logged in with. Not my idea of fun, but then again, this was before the design conventions for games changed from "punish mistakes" into "reward success".
Quote from: Scuzz on January 05, 2012, 06:33:32 PM
The one thing DA2 did that frustrated people but made tactics crumble was the spawning/parachuting of enemies into areas you considered cleared out. Half way through a fight you would clear out an area only to suddenly be attacked from there again. Unless you had a building at your back you could never be sure somebody wouldn't come from that direction.
A building at your back offered no safety as enemies could climb out of windows, jump down from roofs, or even teleport right on top of you just to rub it in. In fact, there was no rational way to defend against waves as there was no logical pattern to where they appeared from. The best way to deal with them was to retreat to outside of the battlefield, forcing spawned enemies to approach from one direction. There are no limits to how idiotic the respawn mechanism was.
Quote from: Doopri on January 05, 2012, 05:36:10 AM
ah neat good to hear about the protected status of program files (i didnt know this here - i always hated saving to root and sort of defaulted to program files for my "misc" stuff).
It's okay for a regular user to not be aware of this stuff. It's worse when developers aren't aware of it, and horrifying when they decide to write bizarre and completely unsafe "workarounds" for what they consider to be a problem in Windows. I've had to educate my share of fellow developers who haven't had the faintest idea how to cooperate with Windows instead of brute forcing every problem they come across.
is it okay to just create a root\"whatever"\ file and save my stuff there instead of program files?
Yes and no. It's "okay" in the sense that Windows will allow it, but it's not a smart thing to do and certainly not what Microsoft intended when they designed the system. Windows Vista and up are designed so that installed applications go into one of the Program Files folders (requiring administrator rights during the installation) where they'll be protected against unwanted changes (like from a virus or worm) unless the user manually confirms elevated rights. By installing applications elsewhere you forfeit this protection, leaving your applications open to all kinds of bad stuff, including user errors.
If at all possible you should try to keep your applications in Program Files and everything else in your user folder or in libraries.
Quote from: Rowdy on January 04, 2012, 11:08:14 PM
#15 on that list makes me crazy. Pick up the damn phone you just called me!
I get the impression that it's the result of the phone system getting confused. The person you're calling is probably calling either you or someone else at the very moment you call back, and instead of getting the busy signal you just keep ringing. I've had it happen several times myself. I blame modern cell phones with their ability to handle multiple calls at the same time.
Quote from: CeeKay on January 04, 2012, 08:30:12 PM
I wonder how this could be ruled over here, with freedom of religion and all that. can we say that a religion in another country is banned?
There's no need to ban a religion. All you need to do is not recognize it. For example, Norway doesn't recognize Scientology as a religion, and thus they get no special treatment here (well, except for the fact that they get ridiculed in the major newspapers every time they try one of their stunts).
Quote from: Turtle on January 03, 2012, 11:54:27 PM
All I want is the combat of DA2
I'm not sure I do. It seemed interesting at first, but after about 1/3 of the game I realized that every fight was almost exactly the same in terms of tactics and actions. My party was so specifically built to support each other that not doing things in the planned way was just ineffective. The idea was good, but it's one of those that turn out to not work so well in practice.
Well, you've got Uncharted, Heavy Rain and Little Big Planet 2 covered already, so that's the big ones right there. If you like shooters you should have a look at the Killzone games too, and perhaps Resistance 3. If you've played Dark Souls you might want to play Demon's Soul. If not, I'd just skip directly to Dark Souls even though it's not exclusive. Many people are probably going to recommend the Infamous games, but I never liked them much.
You should also take a look at the Playstation Store. There you'll find such must-haves as Super Stardust HD, Echochrome, Flower, and PixelJunk Shooter.
Quote from: Blackhawk on January 02, 2012, 09:33:48 PM
Quote from: Azhag on January 02, 2012, 07:00:29 PM
Look online for the DLC reviews. Most only really provide 2-3 hours of gameplay, so up to you if it's worth it.
I did that, and other than Shadow Broker, got reviews that were all over the place. One says to avoid Arrival like the plague, the next says it is the best of the lot.
I think that as long as you mix them in with the rest of the missions as a first-time player, they'll all be good. It's when they're more or less stand-alone (for those of us who played them after finishing everything else) that the weaknesses come to the forefront.
In any case, play Shadow Broker if nothing else. It's good, and it can have a large impact on the ME2-campaign.
The book is the same in that regard. It's only with the two following books that Salander's backstory is dealt with in any way. Both movies (the Swedish and the American) actually take and use a part of the story from the second book (the burning) to give her a bit more nuance, though not enough that it isn't still a mystery.
Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 09:28:20 PM
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Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 08:57:52 PM
This kind of stuff should be reserved for pedophiles and murderers.
Edit - Actually, you know what? It's more than the threats. It's taking active joy in trying to bring someone down. I don't get that mentality.
It's because the assholes usually get away with it, and Paul would have gotten away with it too if Penny Arcade hadn't been involved. There are few things as satisfying as seeing an asshole get his comeuppance. Hell, if he had apologized (honestly, not like the stupid "let's see if I can placate these guys without admitting anything" efforts he's made so far) and tried to be humble, the shitstorm would have stopped almost immediately and this would have been a non-issue. Instead the guy keeps making it worse and worse for himself, egging on everyone in the process. Everything that has happened to him so far in this case (except threats, though I've yet to see a single one of them verified by anyone but Paul himself, and he's as questionable as sources come. He's even twisting the things Mike wrote to him, despite the fact that evidence to the contrary has been openly available online since day 1) has been well deserved and then some. Paul needs to hear this over and over until he realizes how much he fucked up.
Honestly, this is all his own damned fault. He's had opportunity after opportunity to stop this, he's been warned over and over again, and nobody (except the hypothetical threatener) has done anything beyond merely highlighting the guy's own words. He's doing this to himself and doesn't want to listen to the advice of people who're trying to help him.
I mean, I’m all right. There’s a lot of bad stuff on me right now, but today was a pretty good day. MSNBC put a real favourable piece up on me, there are a couple of radio interviews that I’m going to do, Spike TV’s going to come to my house on Monday to shoot a piece on me.
LOL, this guy just isn't very bright. What's the mental condition called where you're not able to see your own character flaws regardless of how obvious they should be?
Sooner or later the reality is going to come crashing down on him. I'm starting to suspect he'll self-destruct when that happens, rather than take any blame for himself and actually learn something from all of this.
Quote from: gellar on December 28, 2011, 07:10:00 PM
That's pretty clearly a fake twitter account, yo.
It's most definitely fake, but this thing has escalated to the point where people have stopped asking questions and blindly accept anything as gospel. It was particularly absurd on the PA forums where people kept reposting stuff from that Twitter account even though every other post pointed out that it's fake.
Quote from: D.A.Lewis on December 28, 2011, 01:32:42 AM
Quote from: TiLT on December 21, 2011, 08:18:25 PM
I've been on a bit of a Millennium-binge lately. I started reading the first book 2 1/2 weeks ago and finished the last one this last Sunday. Also watched the Swedish movie, and I just now came back from watching the American version at the theater.
First of all, I was a bit disappointed in the Swedish movie. . . .
Tilt, did you see all the Swedish movies? They made one for each book. I liked the orignal movies a lot, but obviously not as much as the books. Its sorta sad that we only got to experience 3 books from this very gifted writer. I plan on seeing the American version this week - thanks for the comparison/review.
It's quite incredible to see how much force the Fifth Estate (the Blogosphere) can bring to bear in some cases, and this time it was also entirely justified. This guy not only fucked up initially, but he even managed to fuck up his apology by making it crystal clear that it was only because of Penny Arcade's power he was apologizing, not because he was truly sorry. A lesson in humility was very much required here.
I always disliked Aliens and could never see what people think is so awesome about that movie. It's overacted and filled with idiot, subordinate marines. I much prefer the original Alien, and I consider the 3rd movie to be the second best as it went back to the roots of what made Alien so good. The less I have to hear the so-called great quotes from Aliens, the better.
Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2011, 12:07:12 PM
I watched the original movies, but I haven't read the books. Anyone care to spoiler on why the American remake is more accurate to the books?
That's a way more complex question than you think, so I'll limit myself to some vague, very important points in my mind: (huge spoilers!)
Spoiler for Hiden:
The Swedish movie changes the personalities of both Blomkvist and Salander. Blomkvist is insecure, unattractive, slow, and never solves a damn thing on his own. This is totally unlike in the books where he's confident, attractive, quick-witted and draws many important conclusions without needing Salander to do it for him. The movie had Salander join his case on her own accord, solving the mystery with the bible verses without Blomkvist even being aware of her existence. In the book Blomkvist figures out the significance of the verses with a clue accidentally given to him by his daughter, and later hires Salander after Dirch Frode accidentally spills the beans about hiring her before. In the Swedish movie Blomkvist accidentally stumbles into the main bad guy and gets captured by him without having a single clue about what's going on. In the book Blomkvist has more or less solved the mystery by the time the confrontation happens, and he retains more control. All of these things are done right in the new movie.
Speaking of the bad guy, his personality changed quite a bit in the Swedish movie too. He desperately wants to know what happened to Harriet and encourages the investigation into her disappearance in the book, but in the movie he barely even appears before the end, where he seems dull-witted and uncaring. He's supposed to be slightly off the hinges, actually screaming at Blomkvist to tell him what happened to Harriet when neither of them actually knows a thing. Once again the American movie handles it right.
Salander falls in love with Blomkvist during their investigation and actually wants to begin a more serious relationship with him in the end, but something happens (related to Blomkvist's personality. I'm being purposefully vague here) that hurts her badly, and she decides to cut him off from her life. In the Swedish movie the only hint of this is that she gives him an awkward kiss and runs out the door. Her dislike of Blomkvist is important to the second and third book, so I have no idea how the Swedish sequels fix the way they ended up in the first movie. The American movie stays very close to the book's version of events.
The Wennerström affair gets much more focus in the book, including Millennium's role in the whole thing and how the magazine plans to get out of its problems (which ends up tying into Blomkvist's investigation of the Vanger family). The whole thing gets proper closure in the book, whereas the Swedish movie glosses over it and more or less leaves it hanging with only some vague clues left. The American movie shows the whole sequence of events and gives it more or less the same closure as the book.
Blomkvist's relationship with the editor of Millennium is barely even mentioned in the original movie, while it gets much more attention in the new one. It's an extremely central part of Blomkvist's personality in the books, quite possibly his biggest flaw, and can't be glossed over without making the character feel flat.
There's plenty of dialogue throughout the entire movie that's been changed in the Swedish movie for no apparent reason. The American movie stays close to the book regarding what people say.
The Swedish movie spends a long time focusing on things that aren't important while the American movie keeps moving forward at a brisk pace. The result is that the latter manages to cram in much more plot from the book.
There's plenty more, but these are just some of the more obvious ones.
Quote from: metallicorphan on December 21, 2011, 10:00:57 PM
I read the first book at the beginning of the year while i was in Hospital and enjoyed it although it was slow to get into and the last 50-100 pages or so weren't needed IMO,but i have been trying to get into the second book and just can't do it
The second book has the slowest start of all three. In fact, I don't think you even get to know what the book is about until about 25% into it. Once you do however, it keeps a solid pace all the way to the end of book 3. The last two books are really just two separate parts of the same story, whereas the first book stood well enough alone. Once you get past the very long introduction in book 2 you'll be hooked.
Quote from: kronovan on December 21, 2011, 10:19:11 PM
Out of the US cast Rooney Mara seemed to be the unknown entity - how's her performance as Lisbeth Salander?
She's closer to her description in the book. Noomi Rapace made Salander sexy, but that's not really what she's supposed to be. Rooney Mara makes Salander younger and more androgynous, with a bit more of an edge to her.