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4241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: December 20, 2011, 04:57:47 PM
I think it's a very good thing they changed his look. I mean, in those drawings even Bane's muscles have muscles!
4242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: December 19, 2011, 06:35:44 AM
Already got Trine 2 on the PC, so... nothing!
4243  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kim Jong Il has died on: December 19, 2011, 06:34:53 AM
I'm glad the old bastard died (there are very few people in the world whose death would make me happy, but this is one of them). It's not going to help stabilize the situation in Korea though. My impression is that the military is actually pretty powerful politically and may challenge the leader of the country, which is why Kim Jong-il occasionally threatened South Korea. It wasn't to scare the South Koreans, but to show the North Korean military who's in charge. With Kim Jong-il gone, the military could attempt a coup, which is even more likely when you consider that Kim Jong-il's oldest son is being skipped for leadership already, to be replaced with his younger brother.
4244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 19, 2011, 06:17:38 AM
LoL does require you to keep items from the beginning until the very end, which is unusual today. At least the game makes it clear that these items are important (I mean, the king sends you to pick up the Ruby of Truth and bring it to him. You shouldn't abandon that mission, after all). AFAIK, LoL2 also requires earlier items to complete the game, but there's often nothing to really separate them from the other things you find.
4245  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' aka PlayStation Vita on: December 19, 2011, 06:14:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 19, 2011, 04:25:53 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 17, 2011, 08:37:15 AM

The PSP Vita is out!!! (in Japan)
Restrained myself from picking one up today.  To be honest I'm not sure if there are even any wifi versions available.  They're probably all sold out.  Pretty decent starting line up.  They've got Uncharted and Let's Golf.  Those are two must have games. smile

One DAY later, the hackers are already running unsigned code on the device. *facedesk*

Yes, but only in the PSP emulator, using hacks that were already known. I don't know why those loopholes weren't closed, but they don't give access to the Vita iself.
4246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: December 18, 2011, 08:36:00 PM

Quote from: Crawley on December 18, 2011, 06:30:24 PM

For example you get something called Vahlen's Cube. It's used to destroy a magic barrier. Once used it's gone. Well after working you way up to the 4th level of this tower you encounter all these ghosts. The only way to hurt the ghosts is using Vahlen's cube. Problem is if you used it up to destroy the second barrier you have no cube. There is no way to survive the ghosts without the cube. So that means you have to load an older save before you used the cube. Hell even with the cube the ghost area is brutally difficult.

That's actually not really true. A couple of walkthroughs insist on what you're saying, but as long as you use emerald swords, that part of the game just becomes more difficult instead. The first time I finished the game I don't think I used the cube at all for that part, and was pretty surprised when I saw the walkthroughs suggested using it. It's a notoriously hard section though, one of the most difficult levels I've ever played in a computer game.

I just finished my replay of LoL this week myself. It was an awesome experience this time as well, but I also noticed what you're saying. I guess it's hard to avoid for such an old game, particularly since people had other ideas about game design at the time than what we expect today. There are a couple of situations where using the right item can make a HUGE difference (such as with the cube), but there are no in-game hints that can lead you to this conclusion. Even so, the game holds up really, really well and was fun from beginning to end. It was also much shorter than I seemed to remember. For someone who doesn't waste much time, it shouldn't be a problem to go through the entire thing in less than 10 hours.
4247  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: December 15, 2011, 08:28:54 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2011, 04:43:19 PM

also I have never had PayPal spam emails until i joined PayPal,which is another excellent reason to close my account if i also don't use it

There is absolutely no relation. PayPal has grown to the size and power that they have to be just about as secure as a real bank. Nobody has access to your account information. That you suddenly started getting PayPal spam happened by pure random chance. You being registered or not at PayPal will make no difference whatsoever regarding your security, your received spam, or what the spammers know about you. The only danger is yourself and whether you respond to spammers. Hell, I've received spam like that from people pretending to be my local bank, and then we're talking about a niche market (Norway) with a niche language (Norwegian). PayPal is huge, and spammers can easily afford spending a little time sending their emails to random addresses simply because membership is so common.

Ignore all emails that tell you that you need to update your account information. Never follow links you receive in emails. Never open attachments from unknown sources (or known sources if the email received is out of character). Those three rules are all you need to be safe in the world of email.
4248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 08:22:40 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 14, 2011, 08:12:22 AM

Quote
Whilst building
ITS FUCKING WHILE, WHILE. whilst doesn't make you sound smarter. it makes you sound like a douche that i would punch on the road just for seeing your stupid douche face.

It's a perfectly valid word in the UK, which is where the article was written. Or do you expect Brits to write American English?
4249  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: December 14, 2011, 06:34:39 AM
This thread leaves me speechless. If someone who is reasonably computer savvy (which I suspect everyone at this forum is) even considers for a second that these emails may be authentic and even cancels his PayPal account over it, it's no wonder why this kind of spam kept being sent.

A little critical thinking never hurt anyone, but you'd never be able to tell considering how few who actually try it out.
4250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 06:07:29 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 14, 2011, 03:15:39 AM

That article fails in so many places its laughable - barely worth commenting on. Talking about consoles in a 3 year time frame is ridiculous, unless of course you're talking about the non-slim 360 and it's pathetic failure rate. smile The shortest life cycle we've seen for a console -other than the ill fated Dreamcast- is the Xbox at 4 years. 5 years is more the norm and this gen its being streched even further; 6+ so far for the 360 and 5+ for the PS3 and counting. Even the hardware-challeged-from-the-get-go Wii will have a run of more than 5 years.

And what does that have to do with the content of the article? By all means, I don't agree with all of it, but the console life cycle has no impact on it. In fact, it could be used against consoles at this point since the current generation is unlikely to be in the lead for 3 more years before something new and shiny comes in and takes over.

It's not an article about how historically viable it is to purchase a PC over a console. It's an article about how viable it is now.
4251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 by BiowarEA on: December 13, 2011, 09:53:13 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 13, 2011, 08:41:14 PM

So madden would have the decision trees?


./-----throw the ball
|-----run the ball
'\-----ignore the ball, head back to the showers with a couple of cheerleaders.

Well, it's nearly a Bioware decision node, but you need to mix in some gay/lesbian sex in one of the options or it just doesn't sound right.
4252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/12) on: December 12, 2011, 07:47:45 AM
I'm finally starting to catch up with my backlog, so it's good to see that this week won't add any more to it.
4253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 from Bioware? on: December 11, 2011, 05:01:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 11, 2011, 04:55:25 PM

And the slow decline of Bioware gains momentum.....

Yeah, I've been thinking the same thing. Even if this game turns out to be a huge success, Bioware as a brand will have become watered down and will have less of an identity. They've always been known as a developer of quality RPGs, but now people will just start to get confused when seeing their name.

I suspect the game will be only a moderate success at best. I haven't heard of any huge market for these kinds of games outside of Starcraft in recent years. The Bioware name will help (sadly, IMO. It's not really Bioware after all). Combined with the disappointing Dragon Age 2, Bioware is really close to tipping over into mediocrity, which would be a shame. I just hope Mass Effect 3 turns out well, because if that fails, I can't see any hope for them in the near future.
4254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer Generals 2 from Bioware? on: December 11, 2011, 04:34:32 PM
It's from a company called Victory, not from Bioware itself. Electronic Arts merely changed the name of the company to Bioware Victory, and the press (and people) are going for it, hook, line, and sinker.
4255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: December 11, 2011, 06:40:23 AM

Quote from: shon on December 11, 2011, 12:06:11 AM

Started up my game again today and my save is gone.  15 hours lost.  Not sure if I'll replay or not.   Very disappointed....

Are you sure you logged properly into Games for Windows Live both before and this time? If you don't log in (or if GFWL for some reason isn't running in the background. You should check your system tray), your old saves won't show up AFAIK.
4256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on: December 09, 2011, 03:53:06 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on December 09, 2011, 03:33:01 PM

As far as the take on Irene Adler, yeah it wasnt the best performance but it wasnt totally anachronistic either.  Powerful and impressive women have used their brains and sexuality through out history, to get what they want.  Just look back at women like Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette.  We they rare and unique?  Certainly but they existed.

It wasn't just Irene Addler, but also Watson's wife. I don't recall if there were other notable women in the movie, but those two did not fit in at all and acted like 21st century women. Irene Addler certainly didn't behave that way in the books, where she in fact behaved rather meekly most of the time apart from a brief moment where she subtly showed off to Holmes without his knowledge (at the time).

Not to mention the whole setting. It felt almost steampunk at times. Having just finished reading through all 9 Sherlock Holmes books, I've become painfully aware of how much off the mark the movie was. Sure, Watson was nearly perfect and Holmes wasn't that bad. It's the rest of the movie, characters and scenery that messes up.
4257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 08, 2011, 01:55:57 PM
Just finished the main story myself. Was surprisingly short, actually. May have something to do with how the story progressed for me. It was mostly a variation of this:

- "Dovakhin, I need you to go to an ancient dungeon and retrieve an important artifact we'll need to succeed in our quest."
- "What, you mean this artifact I'm holding right here in my hand?"
- "Uh, yes actually. Where... How... Nevermind. Now we need to find a person who has been lost to us for a while."
- "Yeah, I think I know who you mean. I ran into him a couple of weeks ago. He wasn't very talkative."
- "You what? But... How... I mean..."
- "So, ready to go kill the dragons yet?"

This happened multiple times during the main storyline.
4258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] remakes part diggity-deux: Starship Troopers on: December 07, 2011, 06:11:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 07, 2011, 05:45:56 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 07, 2011, 05:40:19 AM

I kinda liked the Shining miniseries, but wasn't that in early 2000's and not in the 90's?

nope, it was in 1997.

Which coincidentally is the same year as when Starship Troopers was released. smile
4259  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gingrich: Child Labors Laws to Restrictive on: December 06, 2011, 10:09:02 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 06, 2011, 10:06:37 PM

You watch too much American television.  

1) Bullying will exist no matter what...but it doesn't turn into homicide in every instance, in spite of what Law and Order: SVU has taught you.  A new haircut will result in being bullied just as much as someone seeing you with an after school job.

2) Our schools are not full of both extraordinarily rich white people and poor african american children, in spite of what Beverly Hills 90210 has taught you.  They're usually reflective of the neighborhoods they're located in.  In any case, social programs along this line already exist outside the school systems and they're not resulting in massive murder rates as rich kids walk by and decide to shoot the poor.

What the fuck? I need to walk away from the keyboard right now, because I've rarely felt this insulted on GG, OO or GT ever, and if I keep typing I'll say something I'm going to regret. Maybe you want to reconsider the way you present your points?
4260  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gingrich: Child Labors Laws to Restrictive on: December 06, 2011, 10:03:00 PM
Anyone who thinks this is a good idea must have had a very isolated childhood. Fuck everything else, because the only thing the kids will see with this in effect is increased bullying. Kids will jump at anything to gain an advantage in the bullying department. If we, as adults, divide them into rich vs poor in this way, what the hell kind of signal does that send?

Let's put it like this: There's a damn good reason why most of the world forces kids to wear school uniforms. Think about it.

As for reasons to dislike this suggestion that none of you will care about: It will add further distance between the US and the rest of the world. Child labor is one of the most vile things society can do to its people, and there's a good reason why it's outlawed in pretty much every civilized country. The US would become a pariah and a laughing stock in human rights issues, and that's not an issue the country is well-regarded in already after the whole waterboarding travesty.
4261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of Thrones: The RPG on: December 05, 2011, 09:57:07 PM

Quote from: skystride on December 05, 2011, 09:36:45 PM

Is that the Witcher 2 engine?

Don't go confusing engines with art design now! Both games portray a bleak quasi-realistic fantasy world. I believe the graphics look better in the screenshots above than they will in actual play. The camera angles look very deliberate, particularly because I can't imagine they'll be facing up much of the time, if at all.
4262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/05) on: December 05, 2011, 08:10:30 AM
I'm buying every single PC game on that list!
4263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: December 04, 2011, 09:09:05 PM
I had been wondering where the funny little side stories like the guy with the Boots of Jumping in Morrowind were in this game. Well, I just found one! I accidentally stumbled upon a burning hut in the mountains, and decided to venture inside. There I found nothing of value, but there was a charred corpse there, holding a scroll of Summon Flame Atronach.  icon_lol
4264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: December 03, 2011, 10:54:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 03, 2011, 04:23:30 PM

We watched it in between Buffy seasons, and Buffy felt like the reward for doing so.

It went both ways for me. Some seasons Angel felt like a reward for Buffy, and others were opposite. The worst parts of Angel for me were seasons 3 and 4, where every episode of Buffy felt like heaven, but season 5 more than made up for it.

Quote
There are two characters that sort of shouldn't have existed, IMO:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lorne is one.  Never cared for him at all.  However, without him, we wouldn't have Amy Acker who is just fantastic.  The other is Connor.  However, the episode that spawned him is one of Angel's best ever.  The show is really a mixed bag.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I definitely agree about Connor, a character that could ruin any episode he was in. Lorne however was much better, though I didn't like him at first. He grows as a character and becomes sort of a more light-hearted anchor for the group. The way his arch ends is also awesome.

4265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/28) on: November 28, 2011, 07:34:56 AM
Nothing! I'll get Assassin's Creed Revelations at some point in the future when it's discounted, but I don't like neither Ubisoft nor the way in which they've changed the originally planned story in these games, so I'm in no hurry.
4266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: November 27, 2011, 02:34:07 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 27, 2011, 02:18:57 PM

Haven't had much TV time but I managed to finish season one last night. My rememberer must be a little broke, need some help with the Angel / Darla relationship... and I guess we still need to use spoilers? This may stray into Angel's own series:

Spoiler for Darla:
I know I could google this but thought I would ask here. In the S1 episode where Buffy learns that Angel is a vampire, I don't remember Angel actually killing Darla to save Buffy. It was quite a shock as I would have sworn that Darla was the one that bears Angel's child. Or a child, in any case. Note, I'm not thinking of Conner and all that, but a pregnant Darla out in the rain allowing herself to be killed by Angel to save the child. What am I remembering?  icon_neutral

Spoiler for Hiden:
She's resurrected in Angel by Wolfram & Hart.
4267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration on: November 26, 2011, 03:59:02 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 26, 2011, 03:55:33 PM

This reminds me, I read about a danish woman who died about 6 months ago, due to drinking too much water...3-4 liters in an hour over a prolonged period was apparently lethal!

Water is definitely lethal in large amounts. There's the occasional case of water poisoning during marathons for example, as people will drink far too much water in preparation for running. Those who advocate "cleaning your body" by drinking large amounts of water should be jailed for attempted (hopefully) murder.
4268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: November 26, 2011, 03:55:32 PM
Just a little warning: Make sure you're actually running Games for Windows Live before you start this game. I had mine disabled since it takes an average of 45 seconds to load during the Windows 7 boot, and didn't remember to turn it back on for Batman. The game didn't give me a single warning (though I did wonder why I couldn't bring up the Live interface) and let me play as normal. Played for about 2 hours then called it a night. Started it up again this morning and... there was no evidence I had ever played the game. No saved games whatsoever. All my progress lost.

If you're not seeing the GFWL interface, quit the game and make sure you're actually running the application first.
4269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 26, 2011, 03:36:17 PM

Quote from: Calavera on November 26, 2011, 02:20:07 PM

But how many grams to a cm^3?  icon_wink

Exactly 1, as long as we're talking about water. Any other questions?
4270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We as a society are messed up on: November 26, 2011, 01:27:49 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on November 26, 2011, 12:56:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 25, 2011, 09:06:38 PM

Those Black Friday insanities are thankfully mostly an American thing. Jesus...


Those Black Friday insanities are thankfully an annual thing,  the rest if the world has soccer, Jesus...

I don't care about sports, but outside of the small hooligan groups, soccer is way, way less insane than what's shown in the videos above.
4271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 26, 2011, 12:44:46 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 26, 2011, 12:16:59 PM

gotta say though the amount of glitched quests are now stacking up,i have about half a dozen i can't finish in my journal,and i have had to do a lot of reloading to work a way round a few other quests

Quests you can't finish? How does that work? Is there some item you need that won't spawn? An NPC that doesn't appear? I've played for 47 hours so far and haven't run into any such glitches.
4272  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 26, 2011, 12:18:11 PM

Quote from: Chordian on November 26, 2011, 11:01:29 AM

Please don't kill the messenger. Tongue

Mind if I give you a high-five instead? slywink
4273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 10:11:38 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 25, 2011, 10:10:46 PM

Have you completed the main quest?

Nope. I haven't gotten all that far in it yet.
4274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 10:07:13 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 25, 2011, 09:59:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 25, 2011, 09:49:50 PM

But did you both have the quest there before heading in? The one that leads you to the artifact? That was the most awesome part, and the quest seems to be quite hidden. I only found it after I wanted to see what happened if I reached the end of the world map, and then realized that the end is quite a bit farther out than I suspected.

Hmm, its part of the main quest, as far as I remember?

Is it? I found it quite separately from the main quest, and I can't really see how it would relate.

Spoiler for Hiden:
A crazy old man in a remote mountain island is trying to open a door, and this involves one of the legendary Elder Scrolls in some way or another (he's not quite lucid, so it's hard to understand the details of his scheme). The first part of his quest sent me into Blackreach where the goal was in the same room as the Elder Scroll itself. I'm not sure if the scroll was part of the objective.
4275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 09:49:50 PM
But did you both have the quest there before heading in? The one that leads you to the artifact? That was the most awesome part, and the quest seems to be quite hidden. I only found it after I wanted to see what happened if I reached the end of the world map, and then realized that the end is quite a bit farther out than I suspected.
4276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 09:39:48 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 25, 2011, 09:39:08 PM

Was it Blackreach?

Yes.
4277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 09:38:16 PM
Holy shit, I'm mixed up in some really important stuff in this game right now, and it's not even related to the main quest as far as I can tell. The quest I'm currently on is the most epic of all the ones I've seen, and it's incredibly hard to find in the first place. It has led me through a massive dungeon which ended up in an underground city filled with incredible treasures (a clear sign that this isn't Oblivion. I really felt like I had stumbled upon the untouched remains of a powerful society) and what may or may not be the most powerful/important artifact in the entire game. I could imagine my character picking it up with trembling hands. I fought a named dragon underground and saw so many awesome things that I'm going to have to go back to this place later to explore more of it. You know you're dealing with exotic and rare stuff when you pick up a herb growing in the area and immediately get a quest to figure out what the heck it does. And the place has plenty of it growing all around.
4278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We as a society are messed up on: November 25, 2011, 09:06:38 PM
Those Black Friday insanities are thankfully mostly an American thing. Jesus...
4279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 25, 2011, 05:11:34 PM
Yeah, I have the occasional dragon that will just ignore me too. I sometimes try to climb the highest point in the vicinity and try to attack it with spells, but it just keeps adjusting its trajectory so that I can't hit. Damn tease! It sometimes even happens with dragons in combat. Even though I do the vast majority of the damage to it, it won't even think about attacking me. Instead it'll focus on NPCs and monsters nearby, even in the cases where they haven't noticed the dragon in the first place. It's so bad that if I'm standing within melee range it'll just fly off instead of attacking me, then go kill some unlucky creature nearby. I can keep attacking it the entire time, but it just doesn't care, and then it's dead.
4280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Downloads- Is this Accurate? Could use some advice... on: November 25, 2011, 02:54:33 PM

Quote from: Asharak on November 25, 2011, 02:10:09 PM

Really, it's just that the whole "I bought something for a price I was perfectly willing to pay but then it went on sale X time units later and so I feel I should have gotten that price" thing is one of my pet peeves. It comes up every time Apple drops the price on an iProduct, for instance, and everyone who bought one two weeks to a month before the change complains about how ripped off they got.

Yeah, I have to agree. I really don't see what Steam did wrong here.
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