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4201  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: July 05, 2011, 06:58:56 PM
Yeah, my point wasn't to not bother being careful. It was to not despair if you're accidentally spoiled. Someone may just be messing with you.
4202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: July 05, 2011, 06:56:43 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on July 05, 2011, 05:33:33 PM

I appreciate the suggestions and comments. 

Quote from: Kagath on July 02, 2011, 03:10:48 PM

Yeah that's not required to do immediately. I kill some of the ants then leave for a while until a level or 2 later. It's worth doing as a good reward but challenging early.

The problem I had with it is that you don't know it is going to be overly challenging or nearly impossible to complete.  And it seems to be a discouraging design choice to place such a mission in a location so easy to stumble upon early in the game. 

You know once you try it. Unless you mess up, you're not going to get killed by your first ant, but you're going to realize that it's too tough for you, which should make you leave until you're better prepared. There will be many potential situations in the game where you'll find something is a bit too tough. That's a cue for you to leave that area alone for a while. Look at it as incentive to get more powerful. If everything was laid out according to your level progression, you'd just end up with something like Oblivion, where leveling up is almost pointless.
4203  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: July 05, 2011, 04:08:43 PM
According to George R. R. Martin himself, a lot of the spoilers are fake. I'd venture a guess and say that the vast majority of the spoilers are fake, simply because there's a lot more asshats out there than there are people who've received the book early.
4204  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 05, 2011, 04:39:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on July 04, 2011, 09:33:28 PM

I bought Alpha Protocol - there was a big patch for it, right?

It's Steam. You don't have to worry about patches. The game comes pre-patched when you download it, and if further patches are released, they'll be downloaded and applied automatically.
4205  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:47:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 04, 2011, 06:44:11 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 06:35:55 PM

... you're not helping my wallet any...

honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if they had a GOTY edition with all the DLC out by the time the Holiday sale rolls around.

Well, everything related to Fallout: New Vegas is 70% off today, including the DLC and strategy guide. It's one hell of an offer.
4206  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:36:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 04, 2011, 06:20:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 04, 2011, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 05:56:28 PM

I'm thinking about FONV.

How good is it? I may just wait till the xmas sale, since I have so many unplayed games ATM.

It's pretty much on level with the first two Fallout games.

Are you comparing New Vegas to Fallout 1 and 2?  saywhat  I think it is better than Fallout 3. Better use of factions and the ability to be truly good or evil depending on your choices. I've played over 100 hours of New Vegas, half of that coming just from mod content.

Yes I am. Obsidian got the setting just right. The problem with the comparison I made is that just about everyone who played the original games is wearing nostalgia goggles, and they're fastened with superglue.
4207  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 06:03:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 04, 2011, 05:56:28 PM

I'm thinking about FONV.

How good is it? I may just wait till the xmas sale, since I have so many unplayed games ATM.

It's pretty much on level with the first two Fallout games.
4208  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, whats your vacation plans this year? on: July 04, 2011, 05:08:07 PM
This is my last week of work before 4 weeks of freedom. In exactly two weeks I'm heading to Cyprus for a week of relaxing in the sun. Considering the weather here in Norway has reminded me of anything but summertime these last few weeks, that trip is long overdue.

Right now I'd settle for not having to wear a raincoat to work every fricking day, but then again, my town is known for being great in every regard but the weather. This is the kind of place where you can see a clear blue sky with soaring hot sunshine, a massive thunderstorm, bucketloads of rain, sleet and strong winds, all in the same day.
4209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: James Bond 007: Blood Stone on: July 04, 2011, 04:45:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 04, 2011, 04:36:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 03, 2011, 11:47:25 AM

The game is well worth the bargain price on Steam. Highly recommended.

Was this in one of the daily sales?  I must have glossed over it if so, although I suppose they usually come back on sale for the last day. 

It was a midweek madness deal two weeks ago, though looking at the game's store page right now I see it's still got the same price. It's 33% off right now, which I guess is part of the overall summer sale, though I don't know for sure. It might become a daily deal at some point during the sale. Still, I felt it was well worth the current asking price. Your mileage may vary.
4210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood PC (mouse/keyboard) on: July 04, 2011, 12:44:16 PM
Are you looking only for comments regarding the quality of the PC porting, or do you want more general information? I played through the game on PC with the 360-controller, and it was a smooth experience.
4211  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 12:42:43 PM

Quote from: earicci on July 04, 2011, 12:40:22 PM

Did anyone love AC:Brotherhood PC verson?

"Love" is a strong word. If you like Assassin's Creed 2 you'll like Brotherhood, and the PC version is competently done. If you want story though, look elsewhere. Apart from the last 5 minutes, the story in Brotherhood is completely inconsequential to the overarching plot.
4212  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 04, 2011, 09:18:25 AM
I always think that I have everything I could want from Steam, and I'm always proved wrong. So far in this summer sale I've bought Dawn of War 2: Retribution, Fable 3 (with the two biggest pieces of DLC) and Aliens vs Predator.
4213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: James Bond 007: Blood Stone on: July 03, 2011, 11:47:25 AM
I picked up this game in a Steam sale, and I'm sure glad I did so. It was surprisingly good, and I enjoyed myself tremendously throughout the entire thing (with the exception of the ice driving level that has been featured in several previews. That one was just aggravating and required memorizing the path instead of reacting to things as they happen).

The game starts with a bang, then calms down a little after the title sequence and slowly builds up to a series of awesome set pieces. Only the Call of Duty series handles cool environments in the same kind of way. I mean, jumping from a speeding hovercraft onto the wing of a sea plane while shooting enemies can never be anything but awesome. slywink The variation is good, even though you'll spend most of the time shooting or hitting enemies. The action is very satisfying though, so I never really tired of that.

The acting is also very good. It doesn't feel like the big name actors like Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are just dialing it in. They're giving it their best and it works very well. This is the new Bond we know from Casino Royale, which means he can be pretty cruel while being funny ("Please let me go! I'm no use to you any more!" "You got that right!" *kicks bad guy off a ledge*).

The game is well worth the bargain price on Steam. Highly recommended.
4214  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal on Hold For THE SUMMER SALE! on: July 02, 2011, 10:01:31 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 02, 2011, 08:40:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 02, 2011, 07:35:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 02, 2011, 03:23:06 PM

Quote from: jersoc on July 02, 2011, 07:25:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 01, 2011, 10:28:23 PM

Anybody that doesn't have Just Cause 2 at this point needs to buy it for $5!

no thanks.

??

Have you played it?  It's a lot of fun.  Easily worth $5.

i played the demo, wasn't my thing.


also, i only hate bad games, like dragon age 2.

 eek   Roll Eyes   icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol

Can't say I agree with jersoc much, but he's right there. Dragon Age 2 wasn't a good game.

Just Cause 2 is mindless fun though. The story is laughably bad, but hijacking a plane, flying it far above the clouds, then jumping out and landing on top of a skyscraper after a minute of free falling is worth $5 alone. smile
4215  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Streaming from PC to PS3? on: July 02, 2011, 12:17:20 PM
The regular media player doesn't support enough formats and isn't tailored for streaming to the PS3. I wouldn't use it unless you know for a fact that everything you need to stream works perfectly with it.
4216  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Streaming from PC to PS3? on: July 02, 2011, 11:44:37 AM
Use PS3 Media Server. That's about as easy as it gets.
4217  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 30, 2011, 07:55:39 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 07:37:15 PM

Quote from: gellar on June 30, 2011, 07:33:48 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 07:32:56 PM

Interesting.  All these years, I have been packing inefficiently.  I do not have a smartphone, but when I carry my cell I put it in my right pocket.

So when you start the car or open a door, you swap your keys from left hand to right hand?

I swap to start the car, of course, but I don't swap to unlock a door.

Clearly, I need some time and motion studies.

You are a flawed human being.  icon_razz
4218  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 30, 2011, 06:39:29 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on June 30, 2011, 05:47:02 PM

Why do you so many of you freaks carry your keys in your right pocket?  Everyone knows they go in the left pocket.

That's where my smartphone goes. I can lift it up with my left hand and use the right hand to interact with it without having to swap between the two. Since I can't keep my keys in the same pocket as my smartphone, the keys go in the right pocket... Which also means that when I pick them up I do so with my dominant hand.
4219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:58:01 PM

Quote from: skystride on June 30, 2011, 04:52:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 30, 2011, 04:40:50 PM

Every time I mention these things, someone always brings up head tracking as if it's a trump card. Even that amazes me. If you use head tracking to, say, control where you look in a racing game, you'd have to turn your eyes in the opposite direction of where you'd move them in real life, removing any advantage and realism this was supposed to bring in the first place, and also making the whole thing awkward.

Huh eyes move opposite direction?  That doesn't make sense.  It's not awkward for anyone that uses Track-IR so why would it be awkward here?  The legitimate concern is how precise it would be compared to Track-IR.

As an example: If you're trying to look left, you'll move your head in that direction, but in order to keep watching the screen you have to look towards the RIGHT with your eyes, even if it's ever so slightly.
4220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:40:50 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 30, 2011, 04:15:45 PM

Thank you for your opinion

No seriously! It's not something I just say. I've thought quite a lot about the potential uses of Kinect in gaming, and I'm still coming up short. Dance Central was a good example of how it could be used, but I've seen nothing else that has come anywhere close to that in gameplay.

There's tons of issues with it. The most obvious one is that you simply can't use it for traditional games in any way, shape or form. It won't let you control a shooter. It won't let you control a racing game (properly, that is). It won't let you play platformers. All it does is party games with limited input. Every time I mention these things, someone always brings up head tracking as if it's a trump card. Even that amazes me. If you use head tracking to, say, control where you look in a racing game, you'd have to turn your eyes in the opposite direction of where you'd move them in real life, removing any advantage and realism this was supposed to bring in the first place, and also making the whole thing awkward.

But Kinect isn't supposed to be used alone, some may say. I say bullshit! If you use the regular 360 controller with Kinect, which arm are you supposed to use? You have to awkwardly (that word seems to crop up a lot when talking about Kinect) let go of the controller while you do your hand movements, whatever they are. The 360 controller just isn't made for that kind of thing, and the result would be problematic for both hands. You'd end up relying on your feet (which means you'd have to move any furniture like tables out of the way) or your head (see above), neither of which would work particularly well. 

The Kinect might have been a PR success for Microsoft and an interesting experiment, but as a true gaming aid it's a colossal failure (so far at least. Who knows, there might be some obscure but brilliant trick to it that has yet to be revealed. I doubt it though).
4221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Kinect on: June 30, 2011, 04:07:05 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 30, 2011, 03:30:25 PM

7 months or so later and I hereby nominate the Kinect as my most overrated gaming device of 2010.   icon_cry

I'm still amazed that people ever believed that it would be otherwise.
4222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Empty your pockets please. on: June 29, 2011, 08:21:49 PM
Whenever I wear pants (ie. not now Tongue ) I always carry the same few things: My phone, my keys (one for my bike, one for my apartment), and a thin metal box containing a debit card and my membership card for the nearest fitness center.

When I wear a jacket, I also carry around lip balm, the code card for my bank's online services, and my access card at work (unless it's the weekend). Sometimes I also carry around a pack of mints.
4223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too late for a PS3? on: June 29, 2011, 05:19:56 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 29, 2011, 04:54:43 PM

The PS3 exclusive titles are less in number, but higher grade in more cases.

Unless you're counting XBLA games (which really shouldn't count for the most part, with a few rare exceptions), that's simply not true. The PS3 has more exclusives than the 360, and they are more varied too. It seems that Microsoft isn't willing to gamble on anything that isn't completely mainstream (Kinect notwithstanding), which means most of their exclusives are pretty basic shooters.
4224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too late for a PS3? on: June 28, 2011, 02:08:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 28, 2011, 01:56:05 PM

Microsoft just this week said they thought the 360 was halfway through it's life cycle.  icon_eek 

Of course, that could be smoke and mirrors.

If they keep up what they've been doing for the last two E3's, the 360 will be completely irrelevant in a few years. Even GameTrailers (which seems to give the 360 higher scores just for being the 360) made fun of Microsoft's lackluster E3 presentation this year.
4225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 months in whats been your GOTY up to now? on: June 26, 2011, 01:49:53 PM
Out of those choices? The Witcher 2.
4226  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The conservative image on: June 25, 2011, 07:42:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 25, 2011, 03:04:32 PM

I'm gonna chime in and say how sad I am that the words "liberal" and "conservative" have been co-opted by these religious and political idiots and turned into words used to demonize people.    Oh you are a liberal?  You are a bleeding heart and want to hug trees and love socialism.  Oh you are conservative?  You believe in equal rights for everyone who is white and Christian and enjoy screwing over everyone who isn't you.   When did these statements become divisional?  Conservative used to mean 'careful'. (He was more conservative with his lead foot as gas prices were so high) Liberal used to me 'use a lot of'.  (He placed a liberal amount of sauce on his wings)   It makes me a sad sad panda.

I dunno. I'm not terribly influenced by the party rhetoric since I'm a dirty foreigner, but I've always read those words as "traditionalist" (conservative. Let's keep doing the safe stuff that has always worked) and "supporter of freedom" (liberal. Let's think forward and pull up some roots, for liberty). Your descriptions seem to be written by conservatives, considering most people would always side with them if those were the way things really worked. Yet that's not the case. For example, the last conservative president (Bush) used an absurd amount of money and military resources during his terms compared to what most presidents do, yet a large amount of conservatives seem to support him in that.
4227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 02:31:31 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 25, 2011, 02:23:14 PM

That's interesting. The only change I ever noticed was the screen dimming when switching to 3D. Perhaps the titles I've seen are designed with the 3D in mind. That would imply that a strictly 2D game could be, in theory, vastly superior graphically?

This is kind of complicated. I don't know how the 3DS works internally, but I'd guess the hardware is designed with some shortcuts to render objects to two almost identical screens quickly. There are many ways to cheat to make this stuff fast. Most games will probably have the option (for the developers) of improving the graphics quality if you turn 3D off, but it's up to them to implement it. Zelda adds anti-aliasing when you turn off the 3D, which makes the graphics look more smooth. 

I don't think we're going to see any strictly 2D games on this platform, but I guess a game with absolutely no 3D support could push the hardware a bit further. Not enough to be worth it though.

Btw, has anyone else noticed that the screen feels larger when you turn 3D on in Zelda? Every time I turn off 3D I'm surprised by how small the screen suddenly appears.
4228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 25, 2011, 08:24:26 AM
Games on the 3DS obviously require more processing power when using the 3D effect. There's no free "magic trick" to avoid this, though there are tricks that reduce the power needed. The effect is minimal in Zelda though. You can see a slight dip in framerate when you go from 2D to 3D, but it's barely noticeable.
4229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 24, 2011, 01:36:22 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 24, 2011, 01:05:29 PM

Damn you! I know officially have no idea what language to start out with... I've tried VB and Python - Liked python, but am seeing a lack of how to make UI's can be crippling to me.

Our C# suggestions are bouncing off you, I see. How about this: C# and VB are pretty damn close, except C# is actually useful beyond MS Office macros. They use the same tools, so if you thought it was easy to make a GUI in VB, you'll find it easy to make a GUI in C#.
4230  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 24, 2011, 04:26:51 AM

Quote from: happydog on June 23, 2011, 10:16:04 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 22, 2011, 06:33:48 PM

Thanks Skylander, but for now, I think the best way for me personally, is to go ahead with something I'd find interesting myself, and Visual Basic seems to fit the bill. I may change my opinion of course ;-)

Does anyone know of any good tutorials for Visual Basic 2010 other than those at MS's own website? The second tutorial there has loads of errors in it, making it pretty hard (for me) to complete

I was going to add some other ideas, but then you said VB and I have to just yell STOP! If you think VB is ok, then go with C#. Where some people said you will learn a lot of great fundamentals by going with C/C++ you will do just the opposite with VB. It is a horrible language that needed to die many years ago.

Yeah. The only reason it's alive is because Microsoft backed it. I seem to recall that even they regretted that later. VB is a one-way street. Go with C#.
4231  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 23, 2011, 08:09:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 23, 2011, 08:07:50 PM

Not sure I like that casting for one reason (book 2 - 4 spoilers ahead!):
Spoiler for Hiden:
Isn't Margaery supposed to be 14? This actress is nearly 30. That's a big difference and will certainly be especially noticeable during her betrothal to Joffrey.

As with other children in the series, they've probably aged her up. The actress also has a pixie-like look to her that can make her look convincing as a 20-year old girl or so.
4232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 23, 2011, 07:17:26 PM
Zarkon, you're waaaaay too critical.

In other news, Margaery Tyrell has been cast.

4233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: June 23, 2011, 06:13:23 AM
I've played this for a bit now, but I don't feel like I've gotten very far. It's entertaining so far, and the 3D feels great. I don't quite see why people call it the best game ever yet, but I guess the reasons will become more obvious eventually.

Having said that, I tend to dislike Japanese game design by default, so it's an uphill battle for the game. The dialogue writing in particular is extremely lazy and anything but convincing. To paraphrase the first dialogue you have with Zelda herself:

Zelda: "I had this dream about a shadow across the land. I suspect it's that man you can see through that window, Gannondorf. Yes, it must be him. He's the shadow. Sure, he's swearing fealty to the King in there, but it must be an act! He's probably plotting the King's downfall as we speak. Yes, that must be it! You must stop him! If you don't, the realm is in danger. Wait, the entire world is in danger!"

Link: "Uh... okay. You want us to actively oppose one of the King's bannermen because you had a vague dream about a shadow? Can I have a second opinion before I head out on this epic quest of yours?"

If Link was capable of speaking (and what's up with that?) I'm sure that's what he would say.
4234  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 22, 2011, 02:09:14 PM

Quote from: zinckiwi on June 22, 2011, 01:19:26 PM

I think something to bear in mind, too, is that there are (broadly) two categories of learning "good programming". One is technical: python or C# isn't going to teach you about pointers and linked lists and memory management. C++ will.

But the other is logical: how to write modular code, choose the right flow control for the circumstances, learn "big ideas" instead of the minutiae of syntax; even something as simple as good formatting*. For someone just starting out, I'd say that the logical stuff is more important to learn early than the technical stuff.

I agree completely. All the pointer knowledge in the world isn't going to do squat to improve your applications if you don't know design.
4235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend me a programming language on: June 22, 2011, 11:58:09 AM
Do NOT attempt to start programming with C++ unless you've got a natural talent and more enthusiasm than you know what to do with. C++ is extremely flexible, which is why it's the wrong place to start in. Because of its flexibility, it allows you to develop bad habits which are going to be incredibly hard to get rid of later.

Java is often considered the perfect learning language, but I wouldn't recommend that either unless you're planning to code professionally. Java feels like a theoretically appealing programming language more than a practically appealing one.

Python, PHP and other scripting languages are a possibility, but I wouldn't recommend them either. They have some rather glaring problems in my eyes, and languages like PHP suffer from the same bad habit issue as C++.

Go with C#. It's relatively easy to learn and will force you to adapt good habits from the beginning. It gets you into the object oriented mindset that you're going to need, rather than the traditional way of teaching that has you starting with ANSI C and learning OO later (which is tough, let me tell you!). C# is popular both in professional business programming and in gaming these days. It may not be used for the game code itself in most cases, but it's often used for writing the toolsets.

An added bonus: Learning C# allows you to code and publish games for the Xbox 360 in the simplest way possible through the XNA Framework.

As an aside, be careful about accepting programming advice blindly from people who've been doing this kind of thing for a while (like me). Most of us aren't really capable of judging the best approach to programming any more, and we often went about it the wrong way ourselves. I myself started with Basic, then went through C, Java, C++ and later C#. While it's made me a better programmer in the end, it was a bad approach that forced me to unlearn many habits along the way. Learning C++ first will make it very easy to learn just about any other programming language later, but getting there in the first place takes years.
4236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 22, 2011, 04:38:13 AM

Quote from: rittchard on June 21, 2011, 11:03:55 PM

Side note, wtf was up with the scene with Pycelle (old dude) and the naked hooker chick?  I got absolutely nothing from it for the life of me.  Was there some backstory there I missed?  Or was it supposed to be funny?  Or just an excuse to show her titties?  Given it was the season finale, I would have preferred to see just about anything or anyone else.

Pycelle had been neglected most of the season, leaving most viewers thinking he was a witless old man and nothing else. That scene was put there to make sure people realize that he's playing a game himself, pretending to be weak and slow where in reality he's not. It was necessary to have a scene like that so that the viewers didn't just archive him in their "unimportant characters" folder.
4237  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 22, 2011, 04:33:01 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 20, 2011, 08:56:41 PM

If the dog is keeping up with the car, how fast could the car be going? 10? 15?

And with that, ATB reveals his lack of knowledge about physics.

I'd be surprised if the dog even lived after that fall. At the very least, it'd break all its legs and some ribs. Very poor taste to post that, but I do realize that a lot of people think like ATB in that they believe living creatures can take a lot more punishment than they actually can. That's why we keep seeing those "jackass-lite" videos on YouTube. The participants simply don't realize what kind of danger they put themselves in because all they know is Hollywood physics.
4238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 07:22:43 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 07:03:39 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on June 21, 2011, 05:53:44 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 21, 2011, 05:52:06 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on June 21, 2011, 05:41:52 PM

I guess all I want to know is do the people that I/we want to win finally win in some form? Or it going to continuously be me being pissed off that this show?

Basically, you are in for a world of hurt. Good guys don't automatically win, and things are going to get a helluva lot worse. That said, *some* do alright for themselves

Yeah, you may want to stop watching before season 3 :O

I guess part of me wonders what is the point then, why invest yourself into something that will end shitty. I mean part of me enjoys TV and novels and so forth because the people you want to win end up winning eventually. Just makes me questions the "escape" aspect of things like this I deal with real life politics and bullshit everyday I'd rather not come home and watch it. One of the main reasons that I got through Enders Game but I was just depressed through the whole thing and didn't read that much more of the series. And yeah I know the ending of Ender's Game but that wasn't really a "win". Hopefully that makes sense, ha.

Nobody knows how it ends. We're still 3 books away from that. We do know that there are major setbacks and major victories along the way, but unlike most stories the setbacks actually mean something.
4239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: June 21, 2011, 03:24:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 21, 2011, 03:10:03 PM

Okay, finale kind of surprised me as I'd always heard from folks that the reason they loved the GoT series of books was because it was a realistic depiction of a medieval empire.  

They probably meant a different thing from what they told you, in that case. A Song of Ice and Fire is a realistic depiction of a fantasy world.

And Joffrey is (or so he believes) the son of a powerful father who neglects him and a bitter, manipulating and slightly insane mother who fucks up his world view. That, and he's a teenager who suddenly got handed a large amount of power and who has a strong need to shape his own path beyond anyone's direct control. A lot of people would end up looking like evil caricatures under such circumstances.
4240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: June 21, 2011, 12:55:18 PM
I have one of these, which has survived hours upon hours of playing and taken me from the early days of Easy difficulty up to Expert. It's a joy to play and has real weight, making it feel like less of a toy and more authentic.

Then again, I don't have a massive amount of experience with these controllers. The others I've tried haven't felt anywhere as solid as this one though.
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