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4081  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.
4082  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
4083  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.
4084  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.
4085  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.

Quote
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?
4086  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.
4087  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.
4088  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.
4089  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.
4090  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.
4091  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.
4092  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.
4093  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.
4094  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.
4095  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

Quote
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.
4096  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.
4097  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.
4098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 19, 2011, 10:44:44 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 17, 2011, 08:23:03 PM

I encountered a very funny, unintentional story-banter disconnect while working on a companion quest in act 3.  If you haven't completed the game, please don't read this (unless you don't care).  It's about Merrill's companion quest resolution.
Spoiler for Hiden:
My group consisted of me (mage hawke), Merrill, Fenris, and Aveline.  We had just finished slaying her keeper, and killing off her entire dalish clan.  Her keeper allowed herself to be possessed by a pride demon to spare Merrill from the same fate.  She transformed into the demon before our eyes, and we had to destroy it/her.  Merrill then had to finish off her keeper and mentor by stabbing her.  As mentioned above, we then had to kill off her entire clan...to the last person.  None of them were bad or evil, they were just shocked and upset to learn of the death of their beloved keeper.  It was a very dark consequence to Merrill's use of blood magic and her obsession with the mirror.

I was expecting a cut scene to start immediately after the last dalish clan member died...nothing.  I thought maybe I had to move the group to the center of the village...nothing.  Weird.  She should be hysterical right now, sobbing, upset, inconsolable.  Nothing.  After feeling like the developers missed a major emotional plot moment, I decided to head out and move the group to the zone exit.  As we start moving, Merrill asks Fenris, "Why do you hate mages so much?" 

After laughing out loud, I yelled, "Are you kidding me??!!"  Come on Bioware!   


Heh, I had something very similar happen.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Once we left the dead Dalish camp behind us, she started talking to Isabella. The topic of discussion? How dull Isabella must think Merill's life is compared to her own. Right...
4099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 19, 2011, 10:41:36 PM

Quote from: Travis on March 19, 2011, 10:33:23 PM

Just beat it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So it was a terrible story, really.  I mean the third Act really is just tact on...Either that or the First and Second are...Just really disjointed.  I'm not sure if Act III really qualifies as a climax as it just kind of escalates so quickly.  Did anyone else think that both parties freaking out was just a little over the top?  Also, why is they looking for the champion?  I guiess I was just lost in the seemingly randomness of the story. 

Just finished it myself.

Spoiler for Hiden:
They were sort of building up to it, I suppose. It's just that it didn't work out very well. I was very pleased with how they handled the resolution of Anders' story though. That was probably the most emotionally significant event in the game for me, despite not liking what they did with his character earlier in the game.
4100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 19, 2011, 10:04:34 PM

Quote from: msteelers on March 19, 2011, 09:57:19 PM

I just picked this up today, and imported a save file from the end of Witch Hunt. But according to the references, the "Hero of Fereldon" died fighting the Archdemon. So is this normal, and nothing that happens in Awakenings or any of the other DLC that I downloaded matter in DA2? Or did something go wrong?

It's bugged, like so many other things in this game. Even worse in some ways, this is a known bug from even before the game was released.
4101  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 19, 2011, 06:49:40 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on March 19, 2011, 06:18:49 PM

Has there been any confirmation on whose jet that was?

Yes. It was supposedly a jet controlled by the rebels. The ironic thing is that it was the rebels who shot it down too because they have limited means of communication.
4102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 19, 2011, 09:20:36 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 19, 2011, 08:54:27 AM

Quote from: Travis on March 19, 2011, 05:51:25 AM

I do not understand his answer.  DAO had more connect IIRC can no reuse IIRC.  That seems like a weird excuse for the problem.

**Okay, so assets must mean dev time.  He should flat out say that.  At first I read it as hardware limitations...

in other words EA probably made them rush.  gotta love EA's influence; watch ME3 be 4 levels re-used 3 times each  icon_lol

It's not unthinkable that they were planning on doing the same thing with ME3. Their solution at this point would be to simply reduce the amount of missions, avoiding the problem that way. Either way, we lose.
4103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 18, 2011, 11:05:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2011, 10:57:27 PM

It's not like he said 'You tastefully coiffed Americans'.

It certainly isn't.
4104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Just reformatted the wrong drive... recovery options? on: March 18, 2011, 10:48:55 PM
The good and bad thing about formatting a harddrive is that it doesn't really overwrite anything, so you can recover pretty much everything on the drive unless you have been using it afterwards. The bad part is that so can other people if they get hold of your hardware.

This is why humanity invented the sledgehammer.

And magnets.
4105  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 18, 2011, 10:42:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 18, 2011, 10:38:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 18, 2011, 10:25:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 18, 2011, 05:43:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 18, 2011, 03:18:22 PM


For once you'll get to sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the world take responsibility. Hopefully that will shut up some of you, though that's probably a bit much to wish for. slywink


who do you expect to shut up and why?   icon_confused

I should have clarified. I meant "you" as in "you Americans", not as in "you GTers". There are those among you who insist that the rest of the world wouldn't be able to solve problems like this without direct US support. Now we get to prove them wrong.

ummm...many GT'ers are Americans.  Let's avoid lumping an entire nation of people into one stereotype.  Otherwise I'll be forced to return to my belief that all Norwegians are the product of incest.   Tongue

Uh, I thought "There are those among you" would be clear enough in that I wasn't lumping everyone together. I should start spelling everything out in every sentence from now on.
4106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 25 dozen free krispy kremes with the purchase of 300 dozen! on: March 18, 2011, 10:28:07 PM
I see no harm in consuming 3900 donuts in one orgy of a donut binge. Sugar is an all-natural substance, after all. It's good for you!
4107  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 18, 2011, 10:25:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 18, 2011, 05:43:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 18, 2011, 03:18:22 PM


For once you'll get to sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the world take responsibility. Hopefully that will shut up some of you, though that's probably a bit much to wish for. slywink


who do you expect to shut up and why?   icon_confused

I should have clarified. I meant "you" as in "you Americans", not as in "you GTers". There are those among you who insist that the rest of the world wouldn't be able to solve problems like this without direct US support. Now we get to prove them wrong.
4108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 18, 2011, 09:14:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2011, 08:53:09 PM

Quote from: Travis on March 18, 2011, 08:45:00 PM

After getting pretty far in Act III I have to say my biggest issue is the recycling of the maps.  I mean, EVERYTHING from buildings to dungeons to houses are recycled with the SAME map for each structure.  It is truly the aspect that makes me feel like I was ripped off.  If this one issue wasn't in the game I would think it is a LOT better of a game.  The monotony the recycled areas creates is making for a painful home stretch.
+1, and I'm still in chapter 1.

It's absolutely stunning how cheap Bioware was with art assets in this game. There's exactly 1 dungeon map, 1 cave map, 1 run-down hovel map, 1 mansion map, 1 coastal map, 1 hills map and 1 dark dungeon map, and these are reused constantly. I'm serious! There are unique locations in the game, but they are rare and you'll see almost all of them in the first act. After that they are (of course) reused several times each during the course of the next two acts. They didn't even bother to add fluff, like extra objects and debris for ambience, when reusing the maps. It's just the exact same thing with different entry and exit points and an assortment of closed doors to funnel you to the next, obviously placed encounter.

I also get the distinct impression that Bioware didn't create the cartoonish art style in this game to give it character. They did it because the kind of "cartoon" they chose for this game is much cheaper to make. Just look around you at any point in the game. You'll be surrounded by large, blocky environments with little detail to speak of. It feels like a 5-year old MMORPG graphically. As a matter of fact, I feel that DA2 is at a level with LOTRO, which looked absolutely stunning for a MMORPG when it was released (and still looks good as long as you don't compare it to other genres), but that just isn't good enough for a single-player RPG.

In addition, the free-roaming overhead view from Dragon Age Origins was removed because letting the player move it as much as we used to meant the artists had to spend more time on the environments to make sure every angle would look correct. By limiting your view to a locked, overhead camera, they could save a bit of money in that area too.
4109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 replay on: March 18, 2011, 07:50:07 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 18, 2011, 07:48:33 PM

Maybe I'm the only one but I actually missed the rover. It gave the first game a small Star Control 2 vibe during those away missions.

For once I actually agree with you. Tongue I believe Bioware was heavily inspired by Star Control 2 when they made Mass Effect, for there are a lot of similarities in more ways than just the Mako.
4110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Causality-Violating Higgs Singlets discovered tomorrow at the LHC on: March 18, 2011, 05:21:11 PM
A funny thing about light speed is that the closer you get to it, the more 2D everything will seem.
4111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 18, 2011, 03:52:38 PM
I love the way Bioware has handled DLC for this game. It's almost like episodic content, and it keeps me coming back for "just one more adventure" with Shepard, keeping things reasonably fresh in my mind for when ME3 is released. Most of it feels important too. It's not like we're just playing through the content that wasn't good enough for the main game. We're doing important stuff here that may have repercussions leading into the sequel.
4112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 18, 2011, 03:18:22 PM
The US isn't going to take an active part in this. It will be mostly up to France and the UK. Everyone knows that having the US intervene will cause more harm than good to the Libyan rebels, and the US forces are tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan anyway.

For once you'll get to sit on the sidelines and watch the rest of the world take responsibility. Hopefully that will shut up some of you, though that's probably a bit much to wish for. slywink
4113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 18, 2011, 02:34:11 PM

Quote from: Asharak on March 18, 2011, 02:27:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 18, 2011, 01:26:32 PM

What I'm referring to is neither of those two. The puzzles are rare and appear off the main path in dungeons, so you have to explore a bit to find them.

Fair enough, I must have just missed them. I do recall seeing one corridor that had a whole lot of sawblades and such but I never thought "puzzle", just "they've blocked this off for some reason, go the other way".

- Ash

There's always a bunch of loot on the other side of those puzzles, so they're well worth the effort. Now if only I knew the *rules* of the effort...
4114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 18, 2011, 01:26:32 PM

Quote from: Asharak on March 18, 2011, 01:24:29 PM

I never noticed (or understood, at any rate) a timed trap. What I did see - and what I got a pop-up tutorial tip about, the first time I encountered one - was a sustained trap, which activates whenever someone stands on a particular spot. There's no way to permanently deactivate them, other than just not standing on the trigger. They work for both your party or enemies, though, so the tool-tip said I was supposed to "use them against my enemies", presumably by Holding the party over the trigger and then aggro'ing the bad guys to run through the trap. More often than not, though, the layout of the room or enemies meant I was the one who had to run through it.

And then, of course, there was that optional little room right at end of the game that was nothing but an entire floor of sustained traps and a Rage Demon, with a door that locks behind you makes you solo the Demon. That was evil.

- Ash

What I'm referring to is neither of those two. The puzzles are rare and appear off the main path in dungeons, so you have to explore a bit to find them.
4115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 18, 2011, 12:36:39 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 18, 2011, 11:55:22 AM

Those aren't timed trap segments.

Just search the nearby areas for a disarming switch to pull and wait for the traps to stop firing and proceed. That's one area that I really don't like their implementation, it definitely looks like a timing puzzle.

No, it's definitely a timed puzzle. I've managed to do a few of them in the "right" way, but this last one was just baffling. Also, its deactivation switch was on the far side of the traps, which shows that you're mistaken. Yes, some of the puzzles (perhaps all of them) seem to have switches on the closest side, but you need to be able to spot them, which seems to require a certain amount of cunning. I get the impression that you are supposed to be able to time your way through the traps, or use the closest switch if you've got a sufficiently cunning rogue present. It just doesn't work the way it's intended.
4116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 18, 2011, 11:09:52 AM
Is anyone else having problems with the timed traps in the game? There are these sections where you've got traps triggering at intervals, and you're obviously supposed to use the Hold action on the rest of the party while the rogue traverses the trap and locates the deactivation switch on the other side. However, the times when I take damage and when I don't seem totally random and not at all related to what's going on visually. You can have a series of sawblades that occasionally appear from the floor. They'll have pauses of several seconds between each time they appear, yet trying to run across while they are inactive will more often than not cause my rogue to bounce back and get injured while bleeding all over the floor. Sometimes I can run safely through the traps while they are active and visible. It has no rhyme and reason that I can find.

To add insult to injury, once you trigger the deactivation of the trap it still takes a few moments for it to actually stop dealing damage. At the same time the rest of the party will start running towards the rogue (despite the Hold command), most likely injuring the whole bunch unless you're paying attention and can abort their movement.

I've tried saving and reloading in these sections, and it makes no difference.
4117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 17, 2011, 07:49:46 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 17, 2011, 07:38:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 17, 2011, 06:39:16 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 17, 2011, 06:00:51 PM

Spoiler stuff

Are you completely daft? Do you really think it's a good idea to post major spoiler material like that with no spoiler tag and no warning? I'm past that point in the story, but reading your post still makes me furious.

Someone with moderator powers should edit that post if Daehawk doesn't do it himself.

The old woman? Whats spoiler'ish about something that may not even be part of the story? I figured if there was a spoiler it would be replied to in a spoiler tag. If you notice I have used spoi8ler tags through out the thread when it actually..you know..contained a spoiler. I gave nothing away. Cheer up and be nice.

I'll cheer up once you start thinking before hitting the "Post" button. Your post contains a very clear reference to the eventual fate of one of the major plot characters in the game. You don't consider that a spoiler? Thanks for answering the first question in my previous post then.
4118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods Starting to Appear on: March 17, 2011, 06:39:16 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 17, 2011, 06:00:51 PM

Spoiler stuff

Are you completely daft? Do you really think it's a good idea to post major spoiler material like that with no spoiler tag and no warning? I'm past that point in the story, but reading your post still makes me furious.

Someone with moderator powers should edit that post if Daehawk doesn't do it himself.
4119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Causality-Violating Higgs Singlets discovered tomorrow at the LHC on: March 17, 2011, 05:13:01 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 17, 2011, 02:47:39 PM

That LHC is awesome. Didn't they already prove that if you move an object at the speed of light it's time slows down, while everything else stays at the same rate of time? I know I'm massacring that description. Basically if you could get something to move at the speed of light, then it's time would be going much, much slower than actual time. So theoretically if a spaceship was traveling at the speed of light it may take it several hundred years to reach its destination, but to the humans inside only a few years would actually pass.

"Nothing" can travel at the speed of light, but it's theoretically possible to get close. If something traveled at the exact speed of light, you'd run into all kinds of infinity issues. I think I once drew the conclusion that anything traveling at the speed of light would be everywhere at once. It's been a while, so I don't remember the arguments or even if I was at all correct.
4120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 16, 2011, 10:29:26 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 16, 2011, 10:05:25 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on March 16, 2011, 09:47:43 PM

Quote from: rickfc on March 16, 2011, 04:43:36 PM

Especially the Shadow Broker. Best DLC. Ever.

I don't get this.  I thought it was OK, but best ever?  Why?

IMO, it covered everything the game had to offer better than any of the other missions in the game, DLC or otherwise. Plus, it wrapped up a relationship from ME1 pretty nicely.

And a major storyline from both the games as well.
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