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4241  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Give & get Sale 2010 is ON! Fill you wishlist up! on: November 30, 2010, 07:17:03 AM

Quote from: Moliere on November 29, 2010, 06:36:51 PM

>Aliens vs Predator
>Colin McRae DiRT 2
These two are tempting. Anyone have opinions about the games?

Dirt 2 is excellent and well worth it.
4242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leslie Nielsen on: November 30, 2010, 07:10:49 AM
I just bought the Naked Gun trilogy on DVD for dirt cheap to reminisce. Looking forward to it. smile

Leslie Nielsen might be dead, but he lived a long life and left the rest of us with several great comedies that will live on for a long time.
4243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: November 29, 2010, 09:54:51 PM
From the casting news that have emerged so far, I'm not impressed at all. While I do enjoy Mark Wahlberg's work (except Max Payne, a role he butchered), he doesn't fit Nathan Drake at all. Wahlberg is just too... soft, I guess. I just can't see him shouting out funny lines like Drake does all the time.

And what's that stuff about Drake's father and uncle? Is that really necessary? Nothing in the game canon has even hinted that these people are alive and well, or even that they're involved in the same kind of stuff as Nathan. Robert De Niro might be able to fit right into the Uncharted setting without too much effort, but Joe Pesci? Seriously? They're just going to play him as pure comic relief (scary Goodfellas performance notwithstanding), and it's not going to work.
4244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/29) on: November 29, 2010, 07:18:20 AM
Nothing. I'm quite pleased that releases have slowed down. I even started up King's Bounty again (after a long break in the middle of the campaign) this weekend and promptly lost 10 hours to it. We're spoiled with frequent game releases.  icon_cool
4245  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So what do you think about wikileaks? on: November 28, 2010, 09:56:34 PM
When the leaked documents reveal war crimes, I'm all for it. Nobody should get away with that kind of stuff. When they reveal internal diplomatic notes, they're rather pointless and end up helping nobody. In fact, they put innocent (and not so innocent) people's lives in severe danger.

I get the impression that the guy behind Wikileaks is simply desperate for attention and doesn't care if he causes anarchy with his methods.
4246  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 27, 2010, 10:18:11 PM
Something Awful had not only one, but two photoshop series dedicated to that dog picture.
4247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another Assassin's Creed in 2011 on: November 27, 2010, 10:15:59 AM
Yet another Ubisoft game I'm going to have to boycott then, at least as long as they continue using their idiotic DRM system on the PC.
4248  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Black Friday/Thanksgiving Sale 2010 info (not on yet) on: November 24, 2010, 06:57:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 24, 2010, 06:38:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 24, 2010, 06:19:29 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 24, 2010, 05:43:40 PM

I'm interested in M&B Warband.  I don't know how well a 6-pack is going to go over, however.

if you plan on playing it 6 times, you'll need it.  each pack is one play. 

Yeah, they embrace the Super Hardcore mode.  If you die, the game uninstalls itself and you have to buy another one.  slywink

That's no joking matter! slywink There was a game back in the old days that deleted the premade playable characters from the floppy whenever they died, removing them from your grasp forever!
4249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 24, 2010, 06:23:01 PM
Perhaps the fact that we're up to page 255 (an important number in computing) has something to do with it? A new thread might be a good idea if so.
4250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 22, 2010, 04:19:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 22, 2010, 04:03:37 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 22, 2010, 03:42:01 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 22, 2010, 03:03:49 PM

That 1993 example looks like a Doom2 map?

I was thinking Doom.  In fact, isn't it the first level?

yep.

Nah. I've been looking at that map for a while, and it certainly doesn't look like E1M1 to me.
4251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Steam Recomendations! on: November 20, 2010, 10:02:12 PM
The two recommendations I've gotten so far were:

- A strategy guide for a game I don't own.
- A game I already own through Steam.

I think it needs a little more polish. Tongue
4252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT :EDIT 10/13(thx JZ) : DELAYED AGAIN on: November 20, 2010, 11:07:55 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on November 20, 2010, 07:10:51 AM

I saw copies of this where I work yesterday.   ninja

I'm going to be very surprised if this sells well.  Racing games are down in general and it's been a long time since Gran Turismo 4.  If there is buzz for this, I haven't seen it.


The thing with Gran Turismo is that it seems to attract a lot of people that don't ordinarily play games. For example, my boss at work isn't a gamer but will buy a PS3 when GT5 comes out.
4253  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard on: November 20, 2010, 11:02:56 AM
There's a lot of confusion about what the upgrade to DX11 means. Many people seem to think that it means the game will suddenly look much better, but there's no reason for that. "We're upgrading our engine to DX11" is just marketing speech. It means absolutely nothing. What you want to look for are new graphical features. So far I've only heard of two, IIRC:

1) The graphics should run faster because of better multicore support.
2) There's a crappy new ripple effect when you walk through water.

And that's it. As you can see, nothing to get excited about.

Edit: For comparison, LOTRO also went through an upgrade from DX9 to DX10 around the release of Mines of Moria. The new effects they added back then were a little more significant, including dynamic shadows from vegetation (looks great!) and somewhat upgraded water rendering. It still didn't really have anything to do with DX10, but that system just made it easier for them to do this kind of thing.
4254  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Care Law on: November 19, 2010, 06:19:19 PM

Quote from: Zekester on November 19, 2010, 06:16:30 PM

What's that, that this forum is predominately liberal and salivate over the chance to pile on insults to someone that they dont agree with? and then get pissy and whiney when an insult is hurled back?

Ya, I got that part  icon_razz

Okay thanks, that clarifies things.

You don't get it.
4255  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Care Law on: November 19, 2010, 06:11:42 PM

Quote from: Zekester on November 19, 2010, 05:40:04 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 18, 2010, 10:44:54 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 18, 2010, 01:56:28 PM

I don't get it. Zekester gets a pass because, what, he didn't insult anyone specifically, he just insulted a whole group?

No, I just haven't read this thread yet.  If you see something that is against the COC, please do your part and hit the report to moderators button.  That sends us an email with your chance to explain why, and links to the said offense.

There's no way I'm or the other mods will be able to read each and every thread.  

About an hour ago this thread was reported, and I'm just about done reading it.

...and of this moment, nothing that I can see has been changed. Which tells me naednek, although not having any love for me  icon_razz knows damn well that shots were fired from both sides, and is choosing to remain fair.

Here's an offer........those of you that took shots at me personally: remove them, and I will remove mine as well.

Deal?

You still don't get it, do you?
4256  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSOD sh!tstorm on: November 19, 2010, 01:05:46 PM
Dunno. I just replaced my card entirely.
4257  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: BSOD sh!tstorm on: November 19, 2010, 12:26:40 PM
Are you sure all the fans are running properly? I had a similar problem once when the fan on the graphics card suddenly stopped, causing the card to overheat.
4258  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard on: November 19, 2010, 10:43:47 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2010, 10:39:24 AM

Quote from: Razgon on November 19, 2010, 10:22:43 AM

Indeed - but bear in mind that Turbine has stated that they will follow DoD's 2 month cycle of adding a new content patch, and lots of stuff has been planned between the release of Isengard and now.

true.  Still, I imagine anything Minas Tirith related will be a full expansion, which could mean 2012 at the earliest  crybaby

Dream on! First they'll do Rohan, and possibly even northern Mirkwood and the Lonely Mountain. We could also end up getting the Gondorian cities on the southern side of the mountains before we even see Minas Tirith.
4259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: November 19, 2010, 05:53:57 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 19, 2010, 02:45:36 AM

Bah, who cares if it isn't true to the written stories, looks like fun to me!  smile

I do. They can fuck all they like with regular fantasy settings, but don't they dare touch the Lord of the Rings setting without wearing silk gloves!
4260  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: WH40k RPGs: Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, and Deathwatch on: November 18, 2010, 07:34:30 AM
I'm very familiar with the Warhammer FRP system that these games are based upon, so I'm curious what you see as its greatest failings, seeing as you have actual play experience?
4261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: November 17, 2010, 05:27:33 PM
There is no right and wrong order, particularly after the difficulty of certain areas was modified in a patch. Just play in whatever order feels right for you. Things you do in one area may affect what you can do in other areas, but this isn't something you should plan for.
4262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: November 17, 2010, 04:24:36 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 17, 2010, 04:15:29 PM


Goddammit Microsoft, stop fucking up for gamers by paying for DLC exclusivity! It's just such a snotty thing to do. In essence they aren't really bringing anything to 360 owners, they're denying something to PS3 and PC owners.

Fuck you, Microsoft! Fuck you!
4263  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: WH40k RPGs: Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, and Deathwatch on: November 17, 2010, 08:14:32 AM

Quote from: kadnod on November 16, 2010, 11:26:24 PM

I haven't played any of them yet, but I've purchased 2 of the Rogue Trader books and the Dark Heresy monster book.  I was really impressed with all 3 of them.  In particular, I think the Rogue Trader "Profit" system is just great.  It looks like an awesome way to motivate players to come up with their own adventure ideas. 

I haven't even read about the Profit system in detail yet, and I still thought in the same lines as you. smile I'm thinking that this could be a great system that easily lets the GM improvise most of the adventures.
4264  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 16, 2010, 11:07:27 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 16, 2010, 10:34:23 PM

I haven't played since the beta, but I'm wanting to get back in now that it's F2P. I'm wondering what classes have some healing and also half decent melee &/or ranged ability? I remember back in the beta that the Minstrel was the primary healer, but they were also a bit too squishy for my liking. For anyone here who also plays DDO, I play a War-Bard in it and that's about my ideal of a healer-melee balanced toon.

If it makes any difference, I'm almost certain I'll never go VIP , but I'll probably end up with a premium account. If the LotRO pricing model is like DDO, I'm comfortable with the idea of leveling up as far as I can and then strategically buying what's required to advance. I doubt I really want to grind a toon to level 5 on every server though just for the sake of a bit of extra TP. slywink

Sounds like you might want to play a Captain. Their concept is to be at the front of any melee engagement, slashing away with their halberd while motivating (read: healing and buffing) their allies, particularly when enemies fall. They're a secondary healer but can take on the primary healer role if you specialize them. They can also work nicely as tanks. They are an exceptionally good solo class, though some will say it's too slow for their tastes due to their low DPS (which was increased when F2P was launched). I don't think there's any other class in LOTRO that has as high survivability as a captain. You'll almost never die. You'll pretty much never be denied a spot in a fellowship.

My main is a captain, and I love the class. It fits my style perfectly.

They don't have any ranged worth speaking of though.
4265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Missile in Southern California on: November 16, 2010, 09:44:56 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 16, 2010, 09:08:08 PM

And NASA weighs in.

The first part of that link reminds me of something I thought about during the first day of this debacle.

I speculate that the reason so many people are willing to believe this is a missile is because their attention was deflected by the way news articles automatically went with the missile story and presented its origin as the only real mystery. I have no idea if much research has been done on this, but I suspect that if you have an situation and make a faulty observation about it while at the same time presenting a related problem, the human mind will automatically jump right to the problem without considering the authenticity of the observation itself. It should be obvious from threads like this that most of us jumped right at the assumption that this was an actual missile (me included) without even considering if that part of the mystery was true, simply because a more alluring problem was presented at the same time (who fired this missile?).

Stuff like this almost makes me regret not taking psychology classes when I was in school.
4266  Gaming / Analog Gaming / WH40k RPGs: Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, and Deathwatch (and Black Crusade!) on: November 16, 2010, 08:19:03 PM
So, I headed to my local gaming store yesterday while waiting for someone I was supposed to meet a little later. I don't often go to these kinds stores any longer as I do almost all my purchases at online stores. What caught my attention was a rulebook called Deathwatch, which is an RPG system that lets you play space marines in Warhammer 40k. "That's neat" I thought, "they finally got around to publishing the next RPG in the setting after Dark Heresy". Then I noticed Rogue Trader, which is from the same setting with the same system (with some modifications to suit the type of gameplay) where you play, well, rogue traders traveling across the galaxy trying to earn the big bucks. I was flabbergasted. How did I miss both these?

Fast forward to today. I've now ordered both Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, and their respective GM screens from my favorite "local" online store (not interested in Dark Heresy really, so I'll skip that one). I've been... ahem... "previewing" the Rogue Trader book while waiting for the package to arrive in the mail, and it looks very interesting so far.

Does anyone here have any experience with these systems?
4267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 15, 2010, 10:02:46 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 15, 2010, 09:52:58 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 15, 2010, 09:33:55 PM

Quote
Oh...and those who think the Steam client is so hastle free with a minimal footprint, try running the client on a legacy laptop when it does an update. That process kicks the living shit out of my legacy laptop I play legacy games like Civ 3 and Hearts of Iron 2 on. Most Gamers are running relatively recent or bleeding edge computers - they have no idea just how piss-poor Valve's Steam dev teams' coding skills are.

Most gamers are running relatively recent or bleeding edge computers because they're running relatively recent or bleeding edge computer games. Why should Steam focus development efforts on ensuring their client runs well on computers that can't even run 90% of the games they sell? Doesn't really make much sense from a financial standpoint.

Well for one I can run other download managers on my legacy laptop and still do tasks such as surf the web or run a spreadsheet. Why does the Steam client have to be so unruly for something as simple as downloading an update - those updates are the fraction of the size of a full game I download from a service like DD or GoG. As well, even Steam's game downloads don't impact my legacy laptop as hard as the client updates - just shoddy coding of the Steam client whether you want to admit or now. Secondly, I wouldn't at all say 90% of their games are targeted at bleeding edge PC's - Many of the Casual and Indy games are targeted at less resourced PC's as are a number of the legacy strategy games. Thirdly, if Steam is going to be a major, if not the major, player in the retail game market, they ought to have mandatory software that runs on older machines too. Me thinks your logic that only Gamers with bleeding edge PC's need apply is flawed on many fronts.

The work Steam has to do is considerably more resource intensive than downloading files with a download manager or surfing the web (as long as you stay away from those nasty Flash sites). The download itself isn't that bad, but Steam also has to decrypt its files (which is a massive job for any old PC) and merge them with the larger files you've already got installed. Your HD in particular is going to be a bottleneck here, I suspect. There's not really much Valve could have done to make the process smoother, as getting rid of the encryption would probably cost them a large amount of business from publishers.
4268  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Missile in Southern California on: November 15, 2010, 09:53:19 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on November 15, 2010, 04:29:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 14, 2010, 08:48:59 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on November 14, 2010, 12:47:38 AM

There is really no explanation other than it is the first stage in an multistage rocket.  Nothing else will put out a contrail like that.  The only way to prove or disprove this is to find out the speed it was going, which would be in the radar records.  Those will probably stay a secret cause we are too scared to admit to who was testing missiles off our cost.  My guess is China.

I've got this bridge I'd like to sell you. Very cheap! Oh, and I've got this tower in Paris too. I can give you an awesome bundle price!

Unless you have something to contribute, why don't you keep quiet?  I stated my opinion, no one asked you to come here and act like a dumbass.

Sorry, I always get snippy around people who believe in conspiracy theories (I just don't find it worthy of discussion). Here's my actual, serious contribution:

http://contrailscience.com/

The entire thing is explained in detail there, with pictures. Believing this was a missile is extremely naive, but I'll admit I was tricked by the news for the first day or so after the news report myself considering how every media outlet stated that it was a missile as absolute truth, and that the only mystery was its source. With the evidence presented both in my link and in raydude's, you're going to have to toughen up and get ready for some more abuse coming from my direction if you keep believing this was a missile. slywink
4269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 15, 2010, 09:42:49 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on November 15, 2010, 03:41:10 PM

Quote from: frost on November 15, 2010, 02:15:31 PM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on November 15, 2010, 04:32:16 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 14, 2010, 07:01:10 PM

... That is, of course, unless you keep your system around for that long and can still keep it running at that point. Unlikely at best, and if you do you represent such a small fraction of gamers that it's not even worth bringing into a serious discussion about the future of gaming.
I guess I'm one of that very small fraction then. While I haven't kept every single system I've ever owned since 1993, I have always known that there was a good chance that my old games would not work on new hardware and OS's. So, having the love that I've always had of revisiting my old games, I do keep a selection of systems around (at least one of every DOS/Windows OS since 1993)

I have to ask.  Do you have an entire room of your house dedicated to your setup of rigs?

Yes. One room for computers and games, and another room with just games on shelves (along with two full-size pinball machines).
And the computers are on a long table just along one wall of that room. I have two complete retro rigs that I use frequently. The rest of the machines share a monitor/keyboard/mouse, as I need them much less frequently. The whole 17 years of my hobby/collection really doesn't take up that much space.

I envy you, but you're still a freak of nature. slywink
4270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/15) on: November 15, 2010, 10:56:20 AM
Would have bought Assassin's Creed, but my Ubisoft boycott still stands, I'm afraid.
4271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winnie the Pooh - Brand new!! 2011 on: November 15, 2010, 05:31:51 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 14, 2010, 06:26:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 14, 2010, 02:47:14 PM

I never realized it was Optimus Prime doing Eeyore's voice.

Honestly, that Eeyore didn't sound quite right to me.  Listen to the Eeyore in this video and then go back to this part in the this new movie, and they sound like two different people.  That first video definitely sounds like Peter Cullen, this new one (which is supposedly the same guy) sounds more like Ed Asner as the cranky old guy from Up.

People's voices change as they grow older, sometimes dramatically. Just listen to the voices they added to the special edition of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly for a good example. smile
4272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 14, 2010, 09:25:03 PM

Quote from: heloder on November 14, 2010, 09:05:52 PM

Er, you said if you had a Steam archive without access to Steam you could just download a crack (assuming one is available). So basically, it just saves you from downloading the full pirated version of the game. That doesn't seem to be worth much to me.

I think I'd rather have a non-Steamworks boxed copy, to be honest with you.

Yeah, because then you'd be FORCED to download a pirated copy of the game instead. Victory is yours!

(the cracks are already available, btw)

Admit it: You just don't like Steam, to the point where you're willing to make completely irrational arguments to make yourself feel better about it. Come on, just be honest. I'd be more inclined to accept it if you just said you don't like Steam because, but instead you're using illogical statements about Steam making it harder to play your games in 15 years. As long as you keep doing that, I'll keep calling you out on it.
4273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 14, 2010, 08:45:01 PM

Quote from: heloder on November 14, 2010, 07:30:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 14, 2010, 07:17:37 PM

Just like we knew about DOSBox, MAME, and ScummVM fifteen years ago?

Yes that would fall under the "other things" that I mentioned in the paragraph you quoted.

But I'm glad we got to the bottom of my original query. Yes, Steam archives are basically worthless.

I presented a solid argument for why the Steam archives are much more worth than a DVD with the game on it. You ignored it, and still claim the opposite. So let me rephrase your statement:

Quote
But I'm glad I got to the bottom of my original query. Yes, Steam archives are basically worthless.
4274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 14, 2010, 07:01:10 PM
Sure, if you're the kind of guy who keeps 15-year old hardware around just to play your ancient games, you're going to suffer in the future no matter what.

Are you still using your old floppies to play the games from 15 years ago? If you are, you're one crazy son-of-a-bitch and I'll concede. If not, you're not playing the games you got back then.

Even in the worst case scenario where Steam goes under and there's no way to play your games through their service, there's still cracks (readily available already today, I expect) to make them playable. If you back up your Steam games, your backups even come with their own, separate installers, for crying out loud! This option is probably going to be considerably easier to pull off than getting your old DVDs to work on your discless system (you don't seriously expect computers to use DVDs or even optical media in 15 years, right?). That is, of course, unless you keep your system around for that long and can still keep it running at that point. Unlikely at best, and if you do you represent such a small fraction of gamers that it's not even worth bringing into a serious discussion about the future of gaming.

The discussion here is about whether a game bought on DVD today will be easier to get running on computers 15 years into the future than the same game on Steam, regardless of the status of Valve's servers. You say yes. I say bullshit.
4275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: November 14, 2010, 11:18:20 AM
Just finished the game at level 30 and got the Hardcore achievement. Steam says I've played for 64 hours, so it's one massive game. smile
4276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mystery Missile in Southern California on: November 14, 2010, 08:48:59 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on November 14, 2010, 12:47:38 AM

There is really no explanation other than it is the first stage in an multistage rocket.  Nothing else will put out a contrail like that.  The only way to prove or disprove this is to find out the speed it was going, which would be in the radar records.  Those will probably stay a secret cause we are too scared to admit to who was testing missiles off our cost.  My guess is China.

I've got this bridge I'd like to sell you. Very cheap! Oh, and I've got this tower in Paris too. I can give you an awesome bundle price!
4277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 14, 2010, 08:46:16 AM

Quote from: heloder on November 14, 2010, 02:03:00 AM

Hypothetically, say in fifteen years Steam no longer exists (or I just don't have access to it for whatever reason) and I've just built a new computer. How do I access my archived Steam games?

This is a pointless line of argument. We have no idea what will be required to play today's games in 15 years. Maybe Steam still exists and it has now adapted to include emulator features so that today's games can run on tomorrow's computers? If Steam exists at that point (and that's a big if. 15 years is a LONG time. 15 years ago I was happily playing Doom 2 which had just come out the year before), it'll probably have to do something like that anyway.

I can pretty much guarantee you that your games won't run on computers in 15 years without jumping through some big hoops, and probably not by installing from the original CD/DVD. You're probably just going to be rebuying the game from a GoG-like service for cheap because it's so much more convenient.

And then you'll be bored within an hour because you just realized that nostalgia got the better of you, and the game you thought was so fun 15 years ago is too ancient to enjoy now.
4278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 13, 2010, 10:58:07 AM
Huw the Poo, you're fixating on the tiny amount of people with problems, and denying yourself a great service simply because people complain on the Internet (stop the press!). There are always people who get problems with a product, no matter what it is. Just read 10 random forums for random games. You'll be left with the impression that all 10 games are bug-ridden pieces of crap.

Steam is a service that has taken great steps towards making PC gaming as easy and convenient (and sometimes more so) as console gaming. It lets users stop worrying about going to the store or waiting for a shipment in the mail. It lets them immediately read impressions about a game in the integrated forums before making a purchase decision. It lets them see who of their friends already own and/or play the game. It removes game installations from the equation; the games are downloaded in pre-installed form. Sometimes games need to do stuff on first startup, such as checking that directx or the visual studio runtime library is up to date, but this is done without user input (as it should be) to keep the process simple and appealing. The download speeds themselves are fast and without problems. When preordering games, you can even download them in advance. Once you're in a game, you still have access to the Steam interface through an extra layer you can bring up with Shift+Tab. Here you can chat with friends and do other useful stuff, all without ever leaving the game. This is so convenient that many people add their non-Steam games to the application so that they'll get that interface there as well. When a patch is released for a game, it's instantly applied, and patch notes are shown in the news ticker for the game itself.

Steam takes the complexities of PC gaming out of the equation (for the most part) and gives users a convenient way to access their games from wherever they want (given they have access to a computer), whenever they want. They encourage indie gaming (if you've made an indie game that has produced some degree of interest, it's pretty easy to get it into Steam, and Valve is very generous with how the money is distributed. I think you as a developer is left with 70% of the purchase price, which is almost unrivaled).

I tend to blame Activision for the whole $1 = 1 debacle. Back when everyone paid with dollars, Activision released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and insisted that Europeans should pay a much larger price than Americans, probably to protect the retail chains. The game ended up costing more than $70 for Europeans, perhaps even as much as $80, if I remember correctly. Valve protested against this kind of thing, but that fell on deaf ears. Not much later, the numbers we see in the Steam shop were balanced for both sides of the pond, except we suddenly had to pay with Euros.

It has to be said that even for those games that cost more on Steam than in a regular store, I still buy the Steam version simply because all the added convenience is so worth it.
4279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valve killing the PC game market? on: November 12, 2010, 09:35:23 PM
If Steam is a "glorified DRM layer", then I insist we call the PS3, 360 and Wii the same thing.
4280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: November 12, 2010, 05:34:50 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 12, 2010, 12:36:34 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2010, 09:10:12 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on November 11, 2010, 08:02:33 PM

Compared to some of the mages you run into in BG1 & 2 the mages in DOA are fairly easy to take down....but then I always thought they over did it in the BG series....

Yeah, I'm not mentioning those games for a reason. They're from a different age of game design and archaic in more ways than one when it comes to how the rules are used. Having said that, unless my memory is completely off, mages were (mostly) difficult in the BG games because they artificially gave them instant immunity spells at the start of combat, forcing you to use various means of dispelling to even damage them in the first place. The spells they cast weren't (usually) as powerful as the ones you are subjected to in Dragon Age.

There so far has been no need to use dis-spelling spells in DOA ( i am about 3/4 thru the game). The strategy is when you run into a spellcaster...take him down first and fast. Then worry about the other guys.

Yes, I mentioned the dispelling as something unique for BG compared to DA. They compensated in DA by pumping up the spell power, which made things different (and in my opinion, considerably worse).
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