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4361  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 27, 2011, 06:31:41 PM
Well, don't forget before before. Take a look at Bad Taste, and you'll realize Peter Jackson looks more like himself now than when he filmed The Lord of the Rings.
4362  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' on: January 27, 2011, 02:25:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 27, 2011, 02:24:05 PM

Any word on non-digital PSP games?  ie What the hell do I do with all of my discs?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3QUO4StfCE

slywink
4363  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2 Revealed, Codenamed 'NGP' on: January 27, 2011, 01:27:54 PM
There's nothing standard about the OLED screens yet. From what I hear, they aren't produced at anywhere near the rate they'll have to be. Hell, there's barely enough produced for the few cell phones that use them.
4364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MagicKa - Diablo style Coop Mage Action :) on: January 26, 2011, 09:19:27 PM
I've played the first two levels so far with no bugs or issues at all. It's a lot of fun, though the magic system seems a bit unbalanced. I found a simple combo that instantly deals with all goblins near me, for example:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Lightning + Arcane, cast as an area attack. No charge time, instant kill for pretty much anything around me. I tend to charge it with 4 x lightning and one arcane, but I don't know if it makes a difference.

Other spells barely touch the same enemies. There's a lot of freedom in how to design your spells though. One thing that confuses me is that I have several spells (one of them handed out to me in the tutorial) containing a power icon I don't recognize, which means I can't cast these spells. Do I get more of these icons later?

There's LOTS and lots of pop culture references here. Off the top of my head, some of the most memorable references I've seen were to Star Wars, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, King's Quest and World of Warcraft ("Now if only I could figure out how to get rid of this exclamation mark that has been following me around lately..."), as well as half a dozen RPG systems. The voiceovers are in a bizarre The Sims-like nonsensical language that still contains tons of real words from both English and Swedish, and they are particularly hilarious if you understand both those languages.

Also, gotta love Vlad (who's definitely not a vampire!).
4365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 05:58:29 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2011, 05:33:33 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 26, 2011, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2011, 03:19:23 PM

It's funny that new Matrix movies are being discussed like they're happening when the rumor's already been debunked in this very thread.

Are we discussing any new movies in here? I couldn't tell. As far as I can see, all the recent discussion has been about the existing movies.


Some people are.

What is my post doing at the end there?
4366  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 26, 2011, 03:19:23 PM

It's funny that new Matrix movies are being discussed like they're happening when the rumor's already been debunked in this very thread.

Are we discussing any new movies in here? I couldn't tell. As far as I can see, all the recent discussion has been about the existing movies.
4367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 01:40:17 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 26, 2011, 12:31:38 PM

I don't mean a 1 on 1 fight.  I mean smith is coming to erase pretty much everything the merv has created and his cushy existence in the matrix..why not at least showcase a battle between his guards with a little extra oomph that merv has up his sleeve to make it interesting...
And then after all the guards have been assimilated,  there's some awesome conversation between smith and merv about purpose and cause and effect.

None of that would have served the story or drama in any way, shape or form. It would just have been a waste of time and would repeat things we saw elsewhere. We saw Smith assimilating one of the most powerful programs when it took over the Oracle. We saw the Merovingian talk more than enough about cause and effect. Going through those things again would have been bad storytelling.

Besides, there wouldn't have been a fight between Smith and the bodyguards. He would just assimilate them. The Merovingian has no "oomph" up his sleeve. He's a program with a specific purpose (dealing with obsolete programs from earlier versions of the Matrix). He's in no position or with no ability to change the rules he's programmed to handle.

Technically, I suppose the Merovingian would have been the program to send Smith to the Source once he was infected, but we all know that never happened (Neo eventually handled that part). It still doesn't make a difference.
4368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 11:12:51 AM
Besides, the Chateau fight was the equivalent of a physical showdown with the Merovingian. He let his bodyguards do the fighting while he watched.

Most of the programs in the Matrix were never designed for physical confrontation. My impression is that the only ones that did resort to such means were the Agents and rogue programs (ghosts, vampires, werewolves, etc.). The Merovingian was neither of those.
4369  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 10:07:40 AM
That would have sort of defeated his purpose and mystique. He wasn't a fighter.
4370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space Extraction PS3 on: January 26, 2011, 07:08:33 AM
You don't get Extraction for free unless you purchase the collector's edition, and then it's not free, is it? Tongue
4371  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 05:36:36 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 25, 2011, 11:46:34 PM

Perhaps for the future movies they're going to do how the machines took over and stuff.  That's what the Terminator franchise should have done after T2 instead of crapping out T3 and T4.

They already covered that in Animatrix.

And huge fight scene between Smith and the Merovingian? Are you kidding?
4372  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PSP2: To Be Revealed on the 27th? (only a rumor so far) on: January 25, 2011, 12:50:39 PM
OLED screens are stunningly detailed (you can fit much more detail into a 15" OLED screen than a 60" plasma screen, AFAIK) with near perfect color and black levels. You can't get anything better with current consumer technology, and they are produced in such low quantities that any device with such a screen should be treasured. My HTC Desire smart phone has an OLED screen that makes the iPad look pale and drab in comparison (I know. I've put them side by side).
4373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 10:43:56 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 24, 2011, 04:44:54 PM

I loved the first movie as well - the two others were ok, but I gave up understanding what went on in the third one.

If you need any help with specific things from that movie, ask! I eventually figured out the movies, and particularly the ending, which made a lot of other things throughout the trilogy suddenly make a lot more sense. There was a lot of foreshadowing in all the movies, but if you didn't understand the ending, you wouldn't really feel that what led to it was very interesting either.
4374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 24, 2011, 03:56:13 PM
According to Ain't It Cool News anyway. Here's the relevant quote from someone who was in the audience with Keanu Reeves speaking:

Quote
- Says he met the Wachowski's (no emphasis on the word brothers), for lunch over Christmas and stated that they had completed work on a two picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of the matrix as Neo. Says the brothers have met with Jim Cameron to discuss the pro's and con's of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again. keanu stated that he still has an obligation to the fans to deliver a movie worthy of the title "The Matrix" and he swears this time that the treatment will truly revolutionise the action genre like the first movie. Wachowski's are working on a movie called "Cloud Atlas" at the moment, once that concludes they will talk again.

Unlike most people I like all the three movies, but I'm not sure I see the need for more movies in the Matrix universe. Revolutions ended things quite conclusively after all, with only the slightest hint that Neo might return some day. Still, if they do this right it could be very cool indeed. Few movie settings have captivated me as much as the Matrix.
4375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 24, 2011, 08:36:10 AM
Dead Space 2, probably for PS3 (though PC is still an option as I'd get better graphics there) and most likely the Collector's Edition so that I get Dead Space Extraction along with it. smile
4376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]L.A. Noire, finally some info coming on: January 22, 2011, 04:58:25 PM
Oh great, both LA Noire and The Witcher 2 on the same day... and it's the Norwegian national day. Figures.
4377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fringe Premiere on: January 22, 2011, 12:15:30 PM
And of course Christopher Lloyd's character got involved with Fringe because of time travel. Figures. slywink

There was a nice little Twin Peaks reference too. Walter used glasses with one red and one blue lens, and mentioned that he'd received them from a Dr. Jacoby. In Twin Peaks, Dr. Lawrence Jacoby used similar glasses.
4378  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum slow today? on: January 22, 2011, 10:31:48 AM
The forum has been extremely slow for me again since yesterday. Sometimes a page loads quickly, sometimes it takes about 10-15 seconds for it to even start loading a page, and sometimes it never finishes loading. A quick traceroute showed no significant problems, but I had slight packetloss at the mail.gamingtrend.com server. Interestingly, the length of the route seems to vary. The first time I went through two steps at the same GamingTrend server, but the next two times it was only once.
4379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: January 21, 2011, 10:12:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 21, 2011, 09:21:34 PM

yeah, the final boss fight was a big 'wtf?' moment but I don't remember it being hard.

It wasn't hard once you understood what you had to do. The problem was:

1) Everything you had done or learned to that point in the game was no longer necessary. You had to learn something completely different for this one fight. Your choice of class was ignored.
2) There was little to no visual or audio feedback. For my first few tries I mostly struggled with not knowing whether or not my strategy was working, since I couldn't tell if the boss was taking damage.
4380  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 21, 2011, 05:26:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 21, 2011, 04:18:41 PM

pretty expensive since that averages to more than $10 a drink, no?

Welcome to Norway!  icon_wink
4381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: January 21, 2011, 05:19:35 PM

Quote from: naednek on January 21, 2011, 04:52:47 PM

I'm kinda suprised how fast it's being released after Gearbox took over.  That means either two things.

1: The game was nearly complete when they received it
2: Gearbox is just releasing it as is with some bug fixing and cut their losses

I'd say it's 3: The previous project leadership was completely ineffective (what else is new). Gearbox probably received a version of the game with some gameplay issues as well as a campaign with holes in it. Gearbox then tweaked the gameplay to standards they know work, and made some cuts/additions to fix the holes.
4382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: January 21, 2011, 03:31:57 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 21, 2011, 02:25:29 PM

Don't want to go that route if it's gimped though.

It's gimped. Go with the PC version.
4383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 21, 2011, 09:48:14 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 21, 2011, 03:10:06 AM

that bar tab is huge, but at least that's not dollars.

seems to be roughly $2k which is still one hell of a bill.  That's a lot of booze!

According to the exchange rates (Norwegian Kroner vs US Dollars) at that particular date, it's actually the equivalient of $3319 (plus some change).

Tabs like that aren't unheard of around here. They tend to happen when workplaces arrange nights out. I think my own boss has had larger tabs.
4384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Quest for Glory Retrospective on: January 20, 2011, 08:18:10 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 20, 2011, 12:02:09 AM

Weird, but i remember the graphics on the 2nd one being worse than the first one.

You might have played the remake. Only the second game was never officially modernized.
4385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 20, 2011, 08:14:19 AM

Quote from: kathode on January 20, 2011, 02:54:41 AM

FYI, Pete Hines of Bethesda posted on his Twitter that they'll definitely be putting out the mod tools like before.

That's great news, though I'm not surprised. smile
4386  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who needs a colonoscapy when you can get this on: January 19, 2011, 06:12:41 PM
Well, I guess this just reconfirms that whatever passes for Large in Europe is Small in America. And thank god for that!
4387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War: Exile on: January 19, 2011, 06:04:06 PM
If this gets announced for both the 360 and the PS3, Microsoft is in trouble. Tongue
4388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Quest for Glory Retrospective on: January 19, 2011, 02:48:49 PM

Quote from: Morgul on January 19, 2011, 02:41:50 PM

As a example, In old games (perhaps not heros quest, my memory is blurry), when you interected with a NPC, you just typed in what you wanted to say.

The first two Quest for Glory games were like that, but they have both been remade later and are now available as point-and-click games just like the later titles in the series.
4389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Quest for Glory Retrospective on: January 19, 2011, 02:46:27 PM
These were some of my favorite games while I was younger. They didn't take themselves all that seriously, but the dramatic elements still worked very well. They were also probably the only adventure games with RPG elements I've ever played. The replayability was immense as well, with up to 4 different playthroughs for each game, one for each class. I'm going to read that retrospective later. smile
4390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Schwarzenegger is back! on: January 18, 2011, 06:55:05 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 18, 2011, 05:33:48 PM

He sure as fuck couldn't handle the roll of governor.......

Governors have to roll now? What other crazy political rules do you have over there in the wild west?
4391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Schwarzenegger is back! on: January 18, 2011, 08:56:28 AM
Happy days and jubilation! smile
4392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 17, 2011, 06:47:26 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on January 17, 2011, 06:24:06 PM

Okay I just have to ask as I have been wondering about this since Morrowwind. In all the games they keep citing "Elder Scrolls" lore. Where does this lore come from? Were there books about The Elder Scrolls worlds before Bethesda started making games? Or is all the lore from Bethesda?

Wikipedia is your friend! smile
4393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: January 17, 2011, 07:33:35 AM
Well, I know better than to argue details of the Fallout 3 mechanics with you. slywink I'm sure the game will work fine, as much as I'm sure I'm going to install a mod that reduces the level scaling at some point.
4394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/17) on: January 17, 2011, 06:14:15 AM
LittleBigPlanet 2! smile
4395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: January 17, 2011, 06:05:43 AM
I'm talking about outdoor areas. I know I've seen this happen.
4396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: January 17, 2011, 05:33:28 AM
Most good AV packages should let you set up folders or files that the scanner should ignore, with no other issues caused than leaving that folder/file potentially exposed to viruses. Are you saying McAfee won't let you do that?
4397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: January 17, 2011, 05:31:29 AM
I'm mostly fine with the Fallout 3 level scaling system (though we're talking about my pain treshold here, not what I enjoy), but I can't stand the way that game spawns enemies based on your level wherever you are. Go back to the starting area in the late game and you'll find powerful enemies suddenly wandering the landscape there for no good reason. It makes it feel like the world revolves around you, and that's not a good thing in RPGs.
4398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Male Enhancement Options Poll on: January 16, 2011, 10:18:44 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 16, 2011, 04:51:50 AM

now that's some pretty sweet derailing right there.

Some threads are better off derailed. slywink
4399  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars Miniatures & RPG are Returning - Publisher Unknown on: January 15, 2011, 09:05:40 PM
Nothing can beat the old Star Wars D6 system for me. It's such a smooth and cinematic system that has served me well over several campaigns in the past. smile

I fear FFG is going to do something similar to their interpretation of Warhammer, which is to make it an RPG/boardgame hybrid. I don't think Star Wars is very well suited for that kind of thing, as it needs to be much more cinematic and less concerned with stats and placement in battle. Still, this is coming from someone who hates Star Wars D20 with a passion ("Woohoo, I'm a level 4 jedi / level 12 smuggler!").
4400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: January 14, 2011, 11:08:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 14, 2011, 10:37:03 PM

Quote from: Appollo on January 14, 2011, 10:14:08 PM

Just picked up the 2 Riddick games for 5 bucks on sale which is cool as I havn't ever played it and always wanted to  thumbsup
it's worth it for butcher bay alone.

I just couldn't finish that game. I ended up encountering too many sections where it looks like you're supposed to sneak past and you're heavily punished for not doing so, yet the enemy is placed in such a way that getting past undetected is next to impossible.
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