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4321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: November 05, 2010, 01:18:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 05, 2010, 12:21:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 05, 2010, 05:58:57 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 05, 2010, 04:51:17 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 04, 2010, 06:36:25 PM


Not quite as haunting as "twinkle, twinkle little star."

Yeah didn't have the same feel did it.

Seriously?  People aren't sick to death of off-key children's songs being used to equate horror?  That was ridiculous to me in the last one, too.  This one I couldn't even watch, and the song is at least appropriate to death on a massive scale.

If the FEAR games taught me anything, it's that stupid, horrible clichés won't stop most people from being scared shitless. I just find that kind of "horror" insulting.

The rest of the Dead Space stuff is neat and creepy though, just not the children's songs.
4322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Open Letter to People Who Make Games on: November 05, 2010, 07:28:56 AM

Quote from: Clay on November 04, 2010, 10:39:40 PM

An exec producer friend of mine told me that marketing for AAA titles costs almost as much as the development these days... that depresses the crap out of me.

This is true of almost any commercial service. One thing I learned during the time running my own company was that you should budget 50% of your expenses towards marketing.
4323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: November 04, 2010, 01:24:32 PM
With just one more game to go, which is probably going to be Baldur's Gate 2, it sounds like they won't get around to NWN2 with its expansions. A shame. I was hoping to finally catch up with that game.
4324  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 03, 2010, 04:34:43 PM
Man, I must be tired. I realize now what you meant by "anuminus". You wanted to say "Annuminas". I've been there, but it required too much organization for too little reward back in the days, so I never gave it a serious try.
4325  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 03, 2010, 04:25:43 PM

Quote from: envy24 on November 03, 2010, 03:48:56 PM

but the crafted armour isnt as good as the helegrod or anunimus armour. Tongue

Maybe. I haven't looked at it yet. I'm not going to do any Helegrod runs anyway, and I don't even know what Anunimus is. Generally I'm not really that much into running group instances. I almost always play nothing but solo content. This is to a large degree because of the pathetic tiered instancing that Turbine introduced back with Mines of Moria. Before that I'd run instances all the time with my kin, but I don't have the patience to grind instances so I can move up in tiers to reach the more interesting ones.

Since Turbine has said that they're going to remove the tiering (ie. Radiance) because it was universally reviled, I'm going to take another look when that happens.
4326  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 03, 2010, 01:27:02 PM

Quote from: Scraper on November 03, 2010, 01:24:14 PM

If I were you I would save my skirmish marks for armour. You can look at the new armour sets in the skirmish camps. The best sets take about 2300 marks per piece, plus other types of marks.

I'm investing my marks in getting my soldier to my own level so that it will be considerably easier to earn marks faster later. Walking around with an underpowered soldier just means I won't be able to do anything but the easiest of skirmishes, and even then I'll have trouble.

Also, I'm a supreme grand master metalsmith (or whatever the top level of metalsmith crafting is called), and I've already crafted myself a full suit of awesome armor.
4327  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 03, 2010, 11:58:35 AM
So, this was finally released in Europe yesterday, almost two months late. Took them quite some time to update the servers too. Mine wasn't open until 10 in the evening.

Still, once I got in it was fun. Didn't get to play much, but I did upgrade my legendary items again, as well as upgrading my skirmish soldier (got all his ranks to 18, 19 or 20. He's awesome), and I did start the new book quests, getting all the way through the first session play instance, which was fun but a bit easy. Bought two vault upgrades and an upgrade to my shared storage in the LOTRO store with my free points, and I've still got about 900 left.

Looking forward to playing some more when I get time, which probably won't be until the weekend.
4328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 02, 2010, 11:13:07 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 02, 2010, 07:21:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 02, 2010, 06:31:04 PM

Ooh, I live smack in the middle of its eye.

I didn't think the planet even supported life that far north! smile

Yes it does! You just need to build a solid igloo. No second-rate stuff here!
4329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 02, 2010, 06:31:04 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 02, 2010, 05:15:08 PM

HEY!!!

Quit your whining, prey!

Ooh, I live smack in the middle of its eye.
4330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: November 02, 2010, 06:25:41 PM
There's a detailed guide at the Rock Band site.

Man is this game addicting. Time just flies when I sit down and play it, and I don't even notice the world around me until my wrists start to hurt (on guitar) or I'm drenched in sweat from particularly challenging songs. RB3 is my first music game, and I've already started to 5-star some of the easier songs on Hard with bass. Hey, that might not be impressive to you, but it's impressive to me. slywink
4331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: November 01, 2010, 09:02:58 PM
I just did Riders on the Storm with the bass on Hard. I'm new to music games, so this was one of my first attempts going above Medium. Man, that song was torture! The bass is just repetition over and over again, and it requires enormous finger dexterity. I was sweating and cramped up in my thumb after finishing it with 3 stars. Only afterwards did I learn that The Doors didn't even use a regular bassist for that song, they used a keyboardist. Bastards! Tongue
4332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: November 01, 2010, 08:06:18 PM
I'm waiting for Poets of the Fall (you know, the guys behind the themes to Max Payne 2 and Alan Wake) to release some DLC for the game. I know they've been working on it for a while, so it's probably not far away. smile
4333  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 01, 2010, 08:44:07 AM
About fucking time! It took them nearly two months.

Still looking forward to trying it out, but my expectations have been lowered by the way this was all handled. At least we'll probably get the november patch at the normal time, which means we get two patches in quick succession.
4334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/1) on: November 01, 2010, 07:21:38 AM
Nothing this week. I'm still happily playing Rock Band 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
4335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: October 30, 2010, 10:04:23 AM
Is there a way to have multiple bands in RB3? I can't see an option for it.
4336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 30, 2010, 10:01:39 AM
There's also a very different feel to the setting between the two games. Fallout 3 was set in a bleak, destroyed and deserted landscape. You could walk for ages without finding civilization, and you could even walk straight past a group of friendly people because their town was so hidden. When you visited the city itself, it was nothing but ruins, with only madmen staying within the city borders. Communities were few and isolated, never having much to do with each other.

In Fallout: New Vegas it feels like you're wandering around in an area where the nuclear war has become a memory and civilization is on the rise again. There's communities everywhere, and they often interact with each other regularly. New Vegas itself is bustling with activity and people. The big, nasty critters are mostly hidden away, and they'll stay there until you wander into their nests. I've been hoping for a Fallout game with less super mutants since Fallout 2 (you destroyed their source in the first game, after all), and this one seems to be it. I haven't even seen a super mutant yet, and I'm level 14. The people you meet are all more concerned about each other than about the wildlife. For the first time in a while, it feels like the Fallout setting is changing and that something of importance is happening again.
4337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed II on: October 29, 2010, 08:37:34 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 29, 2010, 08:30:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 29, 2010, 03:57:51 PM

....and so far there have been no "kicking ass with the Force" moments.....

 saywhat

But isn't that the entire point of the game?  That was my biggest issue with the first.  You were supposed to be ridiculously powerful with the force, but then you'd meet enemies with force-resistant suits on who could resist your force powers, making you no more powerful than a run-of-the-mill Jedi.  If reviews indicate that FUII isn't even as good as the first, then perhaps I don't really need to see how things end all that badly. 

It doesn't even end, from what I've been told. It just leads almost directly into another sequel.

I miss the days when any game Lucasarts made was an instant classic.
4338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dark Knight Rises on: October 27, 2010, 04:26:56 PM
I'm disappointed that it's not about the Riddler, but I'm sure Nolan will make a stunningly good movie anyway. smile
4339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit] Neverwinter Nights on: October 27, 2010, 04:06:58 PM
The main NWN campaign was one of the absolutely worst D&D campaigns we've seen on the computer, both in terms of gameplay and story, so I'd skip it and play the much more fun expansions instead. Or download some of the excellent mods available (or try mine).
4340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 27, 2010, 01:52:04 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 27, 2010, 01:49:01 PM

Nope - I told one to wait outside a place I knew he would try to tear up if I took him with me...I know exactly where it is - The other one waited outside a tent, where I was told I had to enter alone - both of them had the order to "wait here"...

both are just..gone

That should teach you to treat your employees better! Tongue
4341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: October 27, 2010, 12:29:40 PM
The release date for this thing is tomorrow here in Norway, but I have no idea whether any of the instruments will be available at that point. Most online stores I've looked at report not getting any instruments (including the keyboard+game bundle) until early to mid November.

I haven't played a Rock Band game before but I'm getting somewhat excited for this one. Wish I knew when I can play it though...
4342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A clever way to steal in Fallout New Vegas on: October 26, 2010, 07:04:32 PM
Giving it a bit further thought, I do have to admit it's damned clever. It's still cheating though. slywink
4343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A clever way to steal in Fallout New Vegas on: October 26, 2010, 06:12:42 PM
Sure, it's clever if you like cheating. Can't say the concept appeals.

Was this worth an entire thread, btw?  icon_confused
4344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Telltale Games-Back to the Future(no 360 version) on: October 26, 2010, 03:50:09 PM
I think the reason Telltale doesn't release this for the 360 is because Microsoft isn't offering a good way for people to preorder episodic content as an entire season at once. Sony was very forthcoming with this kind of functionality on the other hand.
4345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 25, 2010, 06:23:54 PM
You can choose between several different categories when browsing your inventory (also while shopping), but I agree that there could have been more.
4346  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 25, 2010, 11:48:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 25, 2010, 11:29:28 AM

Ooooooookay...   saywhat

I have no idea what that is either. Looks like a sloppy LSD-trip of a poorly done GIF-animation.
4347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 25, 2010, 10:29:07 AM
Nothing strikes me as a must-have right now. I might just get Rock Band 3 at some point, but not this week. Despite playing and enjoying Fable 2, Fable 3 just doesn't sound interesting from the previews I've read. The Force Unleashed 2 needs to have seen some major fucking improvements from the first game for me to consider it.
4348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 25, 2010, 04:51:14 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 25, 2010, 04:09:38 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 24, 2010, 01:24:28 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 22, 2010, 01:19:46 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM

Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.


It's being tested in a widespread way right now and it's a fix people used with previous versions of this game engine with great success.  Best of all, if it causes problems you simply delete the file. 

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't something one person tried and liked - it has some history.


I just tried it myself after experiencing some choppiness while turning around in the game. Didn't improve anything, but I noticed the first graphical anomaly within a minute: With the alternative DLL-file, the game can't render the blur effect through transparent textures. Made a plant look like a box while I was in dialogue. Exited the game, deleted the DLL and tried again, and everything looked normal.

So in short: Avoid.


Didn't work for you, oh well.  Works fine for me and a lot of others both on the official forums and other boards.  Still worth trying for people who are having issues.

What I'm saying is that it causes changes in the graphics rendering that people may not want. So if people get faster framerates with it, it's probably because they've essentially turned down the detail level without being aware of it.,
4349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 24, 2010, 01:24:28 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 22, 2010, 01:19:46 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM

Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.


It's being tested in a widespread way right now and it's a fix people used with previous versions of this game engine with great success.  Best of all, if it causes problems you simply delete the file. 

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't something one person tried and liked - it has some history.


I just tried it myself after experiencing some choppiness while turning around in the game. Didn't improve anything, but I noticed the first graphical anomaly within a minute: With the alternative DLL-file, the game can't render the blur effect through transparent textures. Made a plant look like a box while I was in dialogue. Exited the game, deleted the DLL and tried again, and everything looked normal.

So in short: Avoid.
4350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitman 5 on: October 23, 2010, 10:24:33 PM
There's usually only one or two "perfect" ways of solving a mission, but most missions in the later games have multiple satisfying ways of winning. Coming up with clever ways to deal with a problem is the best part of this series.
4351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 22, 2010, 11:46:35 AM
Woot, the game has now unlocked in Europe! I tried it for an hour and half before work today. Built a character with high charisma and intelligence, as well as the traits that give him better accuracy at the cost of firing speed, and better social skills at the cost of combat skills. Playing on hardcore.

Love it so far. It was very refreshing from a Fallout perspective to actually order some squirrel stew in a bar and eat it, where in Fallout 3 that would just have counted as junk in my inventory. Love the effects certain types of consumables have on the hunger/thirst/sleep counters too.

4352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 22, 2010, 11:02:21 AM
Yeah, but I thought you meant reshooting it for The Lord of the Rings, which I think is unnecessary.
4353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 22, 2010, 10:34:18 AM
They don't have to reshoot it. Ian Holm looks very similar to Martin Freeman in that scene.
4354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM
Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.
4355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: October 20, 2010, 07:16:36 AM
I think you can only use that horse in a limited part of the map (thank god! Talk about immersion breaker), and it's super rare.
4356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 19, 2010, 11:08:44 AM
I think you'd get the best experience from Hardcore mode if you use it on your first playthrough. On your second playthrough you'll know where to find the resources you need to survive, which sort of defeats the point of having to scavenge for your life.
4357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 19, 2010, 04:50:56 AM
At least Peter Jackson actually directed the entire Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, instead of just 2 minutes. Tongue
4358  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Total new person/people/everyone to DnD on: October 19, 2010, 04:46:55 AM
Are you asking for advice on how to run Gamma World or advice on D&D 4E?
4359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 19, 2010, 04:43:20 AM
I think the joke is being taken way too far now. People might end up not buying the game and never visiting these threads again if they take the joking seriously. It was funny the first few times. This isn't the first few times.
4360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 18, 2010, 08:58:51 PM
"Hott Fuzz star", eh? That's a bit of a stretch, considering he was in the movie for like 2 minutes. slywink
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