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4161  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [WTF] Republicans propose bill to "reaffirm" motto of "In God We Trust" on: March 23, 2011, 05:58:38 PM
I'm just annoyed because it has become impossible to discuss politics and religion in a serious way in this forum any more. Whenever Zekester replies, the discussion derails into a "look at the midget!" freak show event. Add in his continuous insults and that he drags them into the other parts of the forum, and I really am amazed that he hasn't been banned.

But enough of that. He has said he'll stay out of this thread, so I'll stop commenting on it... here.
4162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [WTF] Republicans propose bill to "reaffirm" motto of "In God We Trust" on: March 23, 2011, 05:49:43 PM
And yet another potentially interesting debate turns into a pile of compost because of Zekester. Can someone tell me why he isn't banned yet?
4163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: March 23, 2011, 03:45:50 PM

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

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

Wi-Fi uses less power, so the battery lasts longer.
4164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle: Kindle 3! on: March 23, 2011, 03:08:40 PM

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

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

It does exist, and I think even a couple of Asian e-readers have been created with the technology, but it's not very impressive yet. Amazon has a team dedicated to researching and improving the e-ink tech so that it can use colors, from what I understand. I expect them to be among the very first companies to use a proper version of color e-ink.
4165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica HD remakes on: March 23, 2011, 02:04:59 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Separate Ways was included in some versions of the game, and wasn't an addon. It uses the same locations as the main game, with only a few detours that don't present any major changes in scenery.
4166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24 the Movie on: March 22, 2011, 09:19:23 PM

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

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

I think a movie version of 24 could get rid of most of the silliest clichés from the series ("Yay, we finally found an informant that can reveal the plan... oh no, he died!" and "Oh no, there is a traitor at CTU!") simply because they don't have to pad the story to fit into 24 episodes. Ideally it would become something closer to the Die Hard movies (which already are pretty close to 24 in many ways).
4167  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 08:43:15 PM

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

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

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

4168  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:30:37 PM
Contrary to what you may think Zekester, some of us enjoy a good discussion or debate. You provide neither.
4169  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 06:24:03 PM
I'm looking forward to the day it will be possible to have a political discussion here on GT without having Zekester shitting on and derailing it with his lack of knowledge and complete disregard for the rules of, you know, debating.
4170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 22, 2011, 01:24:01 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Always glad to be of service.
4171  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.
4172  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
4173  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.
4174  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.
4175  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?
4176  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.
4177  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.
4178  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.
4179  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.
4180  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.
4181  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.
4182  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.
4183  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.
4184  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.
4185  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: U.N. votes for military intervention in Libya on: March 20, 2011, 10:29:19 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

I'm honestly flabbergasted that you're taking Gadhafi's side in this, particularly when you seem to have very little knowledge of the conflict. I just don't see what you think you, or the world, have to gain. Rarely does the world have a chance to do a military action in such a clean and good way as we are doing now, and there is massive world-wide support.
4186  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.
4187  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.
4188  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...
4189  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.
4190  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.
4191  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.
4192  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.
4193  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.
4194  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.
4195  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.
4196  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!
4197  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.
4198  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.
4199  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.
4200  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.
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