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4081  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 10:00:36 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 23, 2012, 09:51:17 PM

Is there any kind of a file manager for this, some way to browse everything that's on the memory card like you could on the PSP?

Not that I know of, and I strongly suspect Sony won't ever release anything like that. Part of the reason why the memory cards are so expensive is because each one of them contains its own, unique security to prevent hacking and piracy. Sony wants to make sure that we know as little as possible about how things work behind the scenes, or so I suspect at least.
4082  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 09:31:34 PM
You can probably add Motorstorm RC to that list as well. I feel like I'm swimming in quality titles for the Vita, and it's just launched this week!
4083  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 05:07:36 PM
The 3DS is considerably more powerful than the DS though, regardless of whether you like the 3D effect or not. Just look at Resident Evil Revelations, a game that looks very good for a Nintendo console.

Pro tip:

Did you know you can replace the backgrounds for each screen on your main menu? I find the default menus to be somewhat chaotic and hard to organize. Considering that I'm a very organized person, that's a hard pill to swallow. Have no fear, a solution is here! Go to a site like PS Vita Themes and download the wallpapers you like. Copy them to your Vita through the Content Manager (or just use the Vita browser and download from there), then go to the main menu and hold your finger down for a few seconds until the menu changes into edit mode. In the lower right corner you'll now find a button that lets you change the background. Click this, then the upper left icon which represents bitmaps. Pick the wallpaper of your choice. This replaces the wallpaper for that page only, so if you've got multiple pages you can have different wallpapers for each one.

Here are two of my pages after tweaking and customizing them:





The icons appear to be slightly off in these images, but that's because they keep swaying back and forth.

You can also replace the image shown when you turn on the Vita, either from a completely powered off state or from sleep mode. You do this by going to the Photos app. Navigate to the picture of your choice (it should have a size of 960 x 544 to appear crisp on your screen) and press the bubble in the lower right. Choose "Use as Start Screen", and voila! smile
4084  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 02:50:43 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 23, 2012, 02:36:58 PM

Can anyone explain why of the 52 psp games I have downloaded to my PS3, only two are recognized by the Vita content manager? Peacewalker, Persona, Fate/Extra etc, etc, don't show up as being eligible for transfer

Are they installed on the PS3? As far as I understand, they must be A) Not installed (ie. not touched since they were downloaded from PSN) and B) Supported by the Vita.

I had three games in my list, and one of them wasn't possible to transfer. Further research showed that the Vita doesn't support that game yet.
4085  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 07:57:36 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 23, 2012, 07:47:58 AM

Don't know if the long-hold on the power button is what we're supposed to be doing

It is. Holding the power button for 30 seconds triggers the Vita's version of Safe Mode, and it's what you're supposed to do when nothing else makes the console respond. 
4086  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 23, 2012, 07:44:53 AM
What this console desperately needs right now is some kind of turn-based game that isn't a JRPG (and preferably not Anime-like at all, but I can live with it if I must). These last two days I've wanted to play the Vita a bit in bed before falling asleep, but playing action games isn't a good idea at that time of day. The closest I've got is Everybody's Golf (it's what Hot Shots Golf is called in Europe, it seems), but it's not quite the thing I'm looking for.
4087  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 22, 2012, 07:20:56 PM
Did you know that the Vita supports taking screenshots? You can do this by hitting the Home and Start buttons at the same time. Here's an example of a screenshot of Uncharted that I just took:

4088  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 22, 2012, 06:07:51 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 22, 2012, 05:49:35 PM

Motorstorm RC will be out ifor the Vita and PS3 in North America on March 6th, according to the Playstation Blog. Yay!

Wait what? It's not out over there? I bought the game yesterday. Does this mean that *gasp* a European Playstation owner gets a game before the US for once? *looks outside* Well, there is snow out there, so at least something is freezing over. Tongue
4089  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 09:10:24 PM
I've got to say, the graphics in Uncharted are very impressive. It's easy to forget that I'm playing this game on the Vita instead of on the PS3. Seeing a handheld pull off full scene pixel shaders isn't something I had expected to see for a while, but here it is.
4090  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 07:35:15 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on February 21, 2012, 07:32:33 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 21, 2012, 07:27:33 PM

Again, I'm an idiot, but I never noticed any Vita demos. Just games.

I'll check again tonight.

Thanks!

Don't feel bad - Sony is not doing their best in the PSN Store to make them obvious. You have to click into individual games - there'll be a free 'Demo' right under the Buy Now. They have them on the US store for Lumines, Rayman, Dungeon Hunters, Asphalt at least.

There is a separate section for demos in the European store at least. When I start the PS Store, the first screen that pops up has several categories, including "PS Vita Games", "PS Vita Add-Ons" and "PS Vita Demos", in that order. Maybe it's different in the US store?
4091  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 07:10:08 PM

Quote from: Devil on February 21, 2012, 07:09:00 PM

Keeping in mind that I'm an idiot:

Is there a way to download Vita demos from your Vita?

I haven't been able to see it in the store when I connect.

At the front screen of the store, under the "All" tab, you'll see several categories. The third from the top is "PS Vita Demos". That's what you're looking for. I have no idea how you missed it.
4092  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 07:09:07 PM
The screen is really nice, but I'm not getting the same experience as the rest of you it seems. Probably because I've been using an AMOLED screen for my cell phone for 2 years. slywink

In any case, it seems the European Vita store opened early, so I've been downloading a bunch of games now. The prices are very attractive too, for the most part lower than what I've seen in retail stores. A nice surprise indeed.
4093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: February 21, 2012, 03:19:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 21, 2012, 03:18:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 21, 2012, 02:08:19 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 21, 2012, 01:56:11 PM

Indeed, and there are more people than Americans wanting to see this!

Admittedly, that's more of a general problem than something specific to GoT. Until we get a system that works across the whole world and lets everyone watch shows at the same time this will continue to be the case.

maybe like a big collection of computers to share info worldwide.  a net, or web, all interconnected.....


with tubes.

I was going to add "Oh wait, piracy provides all that!" to my post, but thought better of it. Tongue
4094  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 03:02:08 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on February 21, 2012, 02:40:24 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 21, 2012, 02:05:52 PM

My Vita just arrived at the local post office one day early, so I'm going there to pick it up after work. Can't wait! smile The only problem is that the Vita section on the PSN store won't open until midnight tonight from what I understand, so I won't be able to download any games. I'll just have to survive for one day with Uncharted and possibly Rayman Origins. Oh the humanity!


Not sure about that. It's been working for the Early Release folks fine - I grabbed Super Stardust plus a bunch of demos from it no issue. Now, it may not update with the next week's stuff until midnight...

Keep in mind that I live in Norway. There was no Early Release in Europe.
4095  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: How do you determine bottlenecks in your system? on: February 21, 2012, 02:34:16 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 17, 2012, 04:03:10 PM

but my understanding is that vert sync is for when you are consistenly getting over 60 fps (or 30, I suppose).

This isn't quite true. Here's how it works (more or less):

Your monitor is quite likely running at 60 Hz. This means that if your computer sends it 60 frames per second they will all render perfectly. The same goes for 30 FPS, where each frame will stay on the screen for two "frames" seen from the monitor's perspective. You can keep halving this value. If running without vsync, any deviation from these exact values means a frame may start drawing before the last one is finished, showing a mishmash of two or more different frames on the screen at once. To combat this phenomenon you can enable vsync which locks your framerate to the ones mentioned above. The monitor will display the amount of frames per second equal to the first lower value below what you're capable of transmitting. This means that if you're capable of rendering at 70 FPS, you will be locked at 60. If you dip below 60 you'll suddenly be locked at 30 FPS until you can get above 60 again. The same goes for dipping below 30. The result is that you risk getting dramatically lower framerates than your computer is capable of handling when you turn vsync on, but the picture will remain clean and you will also prevent your graphics card from rendering way too much data during less intensive scenes, which could lead to overheating. You will also experience much more obvious dips in framerate during high-intensity scenes. If you're hovering around one of these exact values, vsync may become jarring as a dip of 2 FPS could end up being an actual dip of 30 FPS once the lock takes effect.
4096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: February 21, 2012, 02:08:19 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 21, 2012, 01:56:11 PM

Indeed, and there are more people than Americans wanting to see this!

Admittedly, that's more of a general problem than something specific to GoT. Until we get a system that works across the whole world and lets everyone watch shows at the same time this will continue to be the case.
4097  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 21, 2012, 02:05:52 PM
My Vita just arrived at the local post office one day early, so I'm going there to pick it up after work. Can't wait! smile The only problem is that the Vita section on the PSN store won't open until midnight tonight from what I understand, so I won't be able to download any games. I'll just have to survive for one day with Uncharted and possibly Rayman Origins. Oh the humanity!
4098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robocop Does Not Hold Up Well on: February 21, 2012, 06:22:32 AM
Robocop is a great movie even today. What I think rubs some people the wrong way is the Verhoeven style. It's not an 80s thing for him. It's just the way he does movies.
4099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Double Fine Adventure (Kickstart a classic adventure game from Schafer/Gilbert) on: February 20, 2012, 09:29:40 PM
They only have themselves to blame that the money flow has more or less stopped. The Order of the Stick kickstarter is a good indication of how this should be done.


(click to see in full size)

Now THIS is how it should be done. Rich Burlew kept enthusiasm going throughout the entire fundraiser, continually adding new rewards and writing semi-daily updates. By drawing and updating that graph he was able to add goals that the community could strive for the entire way, even now that we're a single day away from its end. The result speaks for itself. There isn't so much a curve as a line. In fact, it gets steeper towards the end!

With Double Fine Adventure being an example for the indie industry, it's a damn shame that they haven't done a single thing to keep the ball rolling. Imagine how far they could go if they actually communicated with the fans and customers at this early stage. Sure, they plan on doing thorough communication later, after the Kickstarter has ended, but then it's too late. I can't imagine why they don't see this.
4100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/20) on: February 20, 2012, 06:06:09 AM
Vita, Uncharted, Rayman Origins, Super Stardust Delta, and probably a few other things from PSN. We'll see. smile
4101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur Impressions on: February 19, 2012, 09:35:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 19, 2012, 09:33:01 PM

So what's the trick to dispelling chests?  I've only had it come up twice, and had no idea what I was supposed to do, even after reading the vague description a couple times.  The curses they apply for failure are pretty brutal as well.  The last one (which was right before a dungeon boss  icon_evil) knocked my armor rating down by 50%.

At least on my system I find that I have to click the button right before it looks like I'm supposed to. That confused me a bit initially, but once I got used to it it hasn't been a problem. I haven't put any points into Dispelling, so I never touch any chests protected with an average ward or higher. Those are the tricky ones, and it's just not worth the risk. Easy and very easy are no problem though.
4102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur Impressions on: February 19, 2012, 09:15:22 PM
Respecs are ridiculously cheap at the point I am now, yet I haven't used them. My first time respeccing will probably be near the end when I want to do some trophy whoring. slywink

I've played this game for 43 hours on the PS3 now, according to my savegame. My level is 25, and I unlocked the top-tier abilities in Might just a few levels ago. The big ability at the top of the tree is an AOE-attack that pulls enemies towards you then lifts them up in the air and slams them back down for massive damage. You can also frantically tap the ability button to deal even more damage. It's pretty crazy, but drains serious amounts of mana.

The really insane part of me having played 43 hours? I've still only explored two of the game's 5 regions, and I've still got plenty more to do in those two. I've also only completed one of the many factions (the House of Ballads). Speaking of factions, does anyone know where the House of Valor from the DLC is? I haven't seen any sign of it so far. Maybe it's on the other continent?

I just wish the scaling system wasn't so messed up. I did a quick run through one of the three regions I haven't explored, visiting roughly half of the areas there. Only later did I realize that I have now locked the levels of all outdoors enemies in those areas forever, so by the time I'm going to actually quest down there all enemies outside of dungeons will be grey to me.
4103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 19, 2012, 05:02:53 PM
I'm using a longsword/longbow combo. That's what I meant. It's a waste of points to devote yourself equally to both Might and Finesse if those are the two weapons you're going to use, as the longbow isn't really going to be much more than a supporting weapon for you and it works very well even if you've only put a few points into it.
4104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions Coming Soonish! on: February 19, 2012, 05:00:07 PM
Online functionality has supposedly not been completely enabled for all games on the Vita yet, which may lead to problems or even crashes if you try to play that way. Things will probably work better once the official release date has passed.
4105  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions Coming Soonish! on: February 19, 2012, 02:51:46 PM
I'd guess that Uncharted ranks lower for now because people want to dedicate some time to that game, whereas most of the other launch games are more of the variety where they can play a bit here and a bit there.
4106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 19, 2012, 09:39:04 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 18, 2012, 11:39:29 PM

I'm currently leaning towards a Melee (sword)/Finesse (archer) combo, but don't want to be completely stuck with it if that build ends up underpowered. 

Underpowered? That's my build (though I've put all but three points into Might at this point, at level 22) and I've been plowing through the opposition on Hard. Haven't died even once.
4107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 18, 2012, 08:40:26 PM
Oh this is just great. The game difficulty is a breeze, but I've just stumbled across a main (though seemingly optional, yet still important) storyline mission that is impossible to win. I do mean that in the literal sense of the word. I'm supposed to be protecting a person while she completes a ritual, but there is no way to do that. The enemies charge past me and kill her in a few blows, yet there's absolutely nothing I can do to stop this. If I attack one of them, another will attack her instead. Area attacks are of now use since the attackers approach at great speed from three different map directions, and staying where these intersect means any attacks against me that miss will hit the NPC instead. I now have a Quest Failed in my log for no other reason than crappy quest design. I wonder if any of the testers ever tried this mission on Hard?

No wonder people hate escort missions.
4108  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions Coming Soonish! on: February 17, 2012, 08:03:53 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 17, 2012, 04:47:09 PM

Guys, do you think it is remotely possible that, given a little time, we might see. Console games coming out on PS3/360/Vita? That is could full-blown console games start showing up on this thing?

Out of all the handheld consoles we've seen, this one is the most likely for stuff like that to happen since it has specs and controls that are pretty close to its bigger counterparts. As others have pointed out, we've already got examples of this with stuff like Rayman Origins. The Vita isn't powerful enough for direct ports in most situations though, and its resolution is lower than the ones console games are usually designed for. It's also got lower specs, which means a Vita edition would need to be carefully designed. If the Vita is successful, I'm sure many companies will try this out if nothing else.
4109  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions Coming Soonish! on: February 16, 2012, 04:46:39 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 16, 2012, 04:40:37 PM

The 3DS has a sort of similar thing to Near but with even more gamification (you can give gifts, customize avatars etc).  This sort of thing doesn't add much to a console imo.  I got bored of the 3DS thingy real fast.

I can imagine it's great for a bunch of school kids with these consoles, but for us adults it's less interesting.
4110  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Devil's Impressions Coming Forthwith! on: February 15, 2012, 05:07:55 PM

Quote from: msduncan on February 15, 2012, 05:03:43 PM

Quote from: Crusis on February 15, 2012, 04:55:29 PM

Quote from: skystride on February 15, 2012, 04:51:30 PM

Well I picked it up from a store near work.  Now I get to stare at the box for several hours.  I got Uncharted for free and bought 32GB memory and MvC.

How come Uncharted was free? I'm trying to hold out until the release next week but I'm scared I will see the box in a store and impulse buy that sucker. I've had the 3G version pre-ordered on Amazon for a few weeks.

Looking forward to impressions.

Other countries get Uncharted for free in some cases.    Us Imperialist United States citizens are crap and get shafted with Little Deviants.

I hope you all regret that Declaration of Independence now! *shakes fist*

slywink
4111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 15, 2012, 02:38:16 PM
I'm up to level 17 on Hard now and haven't died even once. I did discover today that I've messed up the difficulty for upcoming content as well. Turns out that the first time you enter an area, that area scales to your level (or as close to it as it can get within a certain range) and then stays there for the rest of the game. This means that if you run through several areas early on, those areas will be too easy when you come back later. I did this when I ran through a bunch of areas all the way down into the deserts/canyons in order to find content that would be, you know, challenging. The irony is that all I ended up doing was making the game easier for me. *sigh*
4112  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Devil's Impressions Coming Forthwith! on: February 14, 2012, 05:02:36 PM
I won't get the Vita until next week, but my preorder is looking better and better. The store I'm ordering it from has the lowest price I've seen, yet at the same time it has all these nifty bonuses (many of which are standard fare for this console, I guess). Among other things, I get a free copy of Rayman Origins, a set of earphones, and a code that lets me purchase one of Little Deviants, Super Stardust Delta, Hustle Kings or Escape Plan cheaper than usual (I'm going for Super Stardust Delta).

Really looking forward to playing with this thing. I'm a sucker for new gadgets.
4113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: February 13, 2012, 10:37:36 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 13, 2012, 10:04:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 13, 2012, 07:34:14 PM

So I've read all of the other ME novels - they're not great but have improved over time. I forgot that the 4th was coming out at the start of February, but now I've read that they are going to have to reprint the book due to all sorts of canon/lore issues people pointed out. Guess I'll wait.


The strange thing is that *all* the Mass Effect novels have read like poorly researched fan fiction.  Why are people suddenly up in arms over the fourth one?  I've read their list of complaints and I don't see anything nearly as bad as the first book's declaration that human biotics don't exist. 

Or that humanity went from discovering the existence of mass effect technology to having a prestigious seat on an interstellar council of aliens in a mere forty years.  Think about that.  David Anderson was twenty years old before humans even knew intelligent extraterrestrial life existed.  He's about fifty at the end of the first game.  From an asari point of view, that's like us electing cats to congress because, a couple months ago, they suddenly learned to talk.

-Autistic Angel

The first books were written by the lead writer for the games. That's why it's not fan fiction. This new book is not written by that guy.

Also, I felt that particular plot point you're talking about was explained well enough. Humanity was more or less handed a gift package that allowed them to skip generations of technological research and jump straight into intergalactic politics, where the traits of the human race allowed them to make a mark for themselves. It wasn't humanity that propelled itself to that stage. It was all arranged, though I can't remember by who (if it was ever even revealed).
4114  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' aka PlayStation Vita on: February 13, 2012, 10:31:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 13, 2012, 10:25:10 PM

Quote from: msduncan on February 12, 2012, 01:58:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2012, 12:00:44 AM

Quote from: msduncan on February 11, 2012, 11:18:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 11, 2012, 04:05:58 PM

Quote from: msduncan on February 11, 2012, 03:30:40 PM


don't worry, Amazon still has them, so does Target and Gamestop.

Oh I know, but it's good to see them sell out even if Walmart just understocked them (possible).    To the unwashed masses that don't know the gaming industry tricks:   Sold out means TOTALLY AWESOMES MUST HAVES!!!!!!!.

that's what my eBay account wants to hear!

[edit]  I was looking into Little Deviants - anyone else think they really should have included it as a free game (like Nintendo did with Wii Sports or the games that came with the 3DS) since it sounds like a great way to show off the system abilities?

Uhhh... yeah.  Big time.   Little Deviants should have been a package deal with every Vita.   The First Edition Bundles should have received Uncharted like they did in Canada.

judging from it's reviews it might not have been a good package deal idea after all.

Even more of a reason why it should have been part of the package. As it is, it's not worth paying for, but it would have been much better received if it was free. It's not like we're spoiled when it comes to this kind of thing. With the exception of Wii Sports, I can't think of any excellent games included with launch consoles ever.
4115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 13, 2012, 06:12:29 PM

Quote from: Arkon on February 13, 2012, 04:54:01 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on February 08, 2012, 03:19:55 PM

If you wait a few days, I'm sure people will start complaining about all the things they don't like.  Might save you some money.  

Also, in case it benefits anyone else:  I found out why my load screens were ridiculously long.  In a word... V-Sync.  I disabled it via the game and the loadtimes went from about 45 seconds to less than 3 seconds.  Found that little trick from reading the Gamespot forums of all places.

edit to clarify:  I'm speaking about the loadtimes upon entering/exiting a building or new area.


My load times haven't changed when using V-sync or not...however when I have V-Sync disabled, I get a weird "whining" sound coming from what I am guessing is the video card when I am on the loading splash screens and main menu.

You might want to keep v-sync enabled then. That sound you describe is the fan on the graphics card spinning up because your computer is suddenly trying to render hundreds of frames of menus to the screen per second. If the developers didn't plan for this (and many don't), you risk overheating and destroying your graphics card.
4116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/13) on: February 13, 2012, 12:35:55 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 13, 2012, 12:04:54 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 13, 2012, 11:11:39 AM

The Vita isn't out in Europe until next week, so... nothing for me this week.

What is The Vita?

Playstation Vita, of course. No capitalization of "the", unless, like in my case, the word is at the start of a sentence.

Not enough coffee today? slywink
4117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: February 13, 2012, 11:28:33 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 11, 2012, 06:04:32 PM

I have been reading up about getting a house for storage,which apparently i will probably get it tonight

The Chest in the house hold 155 items,and is 'shared' between all other houses

although i will easily fill that up,155 + whatever you are carrying(my total is currently at 80,not sure if i can get more backpacks),i guess that will have to do

I think my tally of completely worthless shit in Skyrim easily toppled 1000 items stuffed into all the chests in that one house in Whiterun  icon_lol

Why are you keeping so much stuff? The only things I keep in my house's chest are those that I'm not sure if might be useful for certain quests later. If a weapon, armor or apparel isn't better than what I have currently, I either take it apart at a forge (preferably) or sell it. There's no reason at all to keep all that stuff. Even if you want to change your playstyle halfway through the game it's easy enough to craft or buy what you need when that happens. You might be able to make a case for keeping set items around, but in my experience you'll never even get close to finishing a set before you've completely outleveled it.

In other news, I'm finding the game to be almost ridiculously easy, which is ironic since I'm playing on Hard. Yesterday I wandered into a zone that was above my level (currently 15). Almost every monster I came across there had an orange name, which I think indicates it's about 2-3 levels above yours. Through a freak accident I managed to aggro 4 whole groups of enemies at the same time while there (including a bunch of trolls and wolves), yet I won the fight without any major problems, chugging only one or two potions along the way. It doesn't help that I feel like I'm leveling way too fast. I've barely left the first major area in the game (the forest), yet I'm already getting close to reaching the second last tier of abilities in the Might tree.

They need to add a patch with a new difficulty like Hard, but which seriously reduces xp gain (perhaps reducing it to as little as 30% of the current values or so). That might fix all the difficulty issues I'm having.
4118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the top 50 best endings in games(get ready to call BS) on: February 13, 2012, 11:20:33 AM
Polls about this kind of thing are completely worthless. All they show is which games have been played by the most people. I'd guess that a large percentage of the asked people exclusively play Call of Duty, and so their answer to the poll is obviously going to be that.

Determining the best ending in some kind of measurable way must instead be done by a committee that has to discuss and explain their choices. This has been done before, I think.
4119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/13) on: February 13, 2012, 11:11:39 AM
The Vita isn't out in Europe until next week, so... nothing for me this week.
4120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Double Fine Adventure (Kickstart a classic adventure game from Schafer/Gilbert) on: February 11, 2012, 09:08:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 11, 2012, 03:43:19 AM

Funding seems to have slowed down considerably, but they are just on the cusp of $1.5 million.

For comparison, Tim mentioned that the budget for Day of the Tentacle was about $600K, Full Throttle was about $1.5M, and Grim Fandango was $3M.

Adjusted for inflation?
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