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4361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 25, 2011, 04:54:28 AM
There seems to be some sort of controller delay bug in the game. I've noticed it for other things apart from Estus Flasks too, such as attacking. I've sometimes hit the L1-trigger only to have my character attack with his right hand weapon (once this happened at a point where I hadn't had my finger near the right triggers for a minute or so) instead of blocking with his shield. It doesn't happen often, but for a game that punishes mistakes this hard, it still happens too often.
4362  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 24, 2011, 06:56:27 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 24, 2011, 05:43:00 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on October 24, 2011, 05:20:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 24, 2011, 03:47:24 PM

Only off by one!  (x7)

Wow  not only is every number off by one they are all down by one.  The odds of hitting the lotto are insane but the odds of being one number short on every number picked has to be beyond astronomical. 

I'm pretty sure the odds of having every number 1 less are exactly the same as winning the lottery  ninja

Technically that's not quite true. If one of your numbers is the highest possible number in the lottery, there's no way you're going to be one less than each the winning numbers. The difference is slight, but it's there. slywink
4363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception!! on: October 24, 2011, 06:17:33 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 20, 2011, 08:07:56 AM

And holy crap, Elena looks a bit different up close. Her eyes now have slightly Asian features in there.

I've avoided all but the first trailer and merely watched the very beginning and end of GameTrailers' review (released just moments ago), but I did notice the changes they made to Elena in one scene I did see. Those aren't slight Asian features. They went all-out Asian with her. She looks like a completely different person, at least in the clip I saw. That's not good. Makes me think the design change was so gradual for the developers that by the time she reached the state she's at now they were unable to see the difference, whereas we see it right away.
4364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rage on: October 24, 2011, 12:58:14 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on October 24, 2011, 02:56:41 AM

Progress!  I reinstalled the drivers while wiping out the old ones.  Then I disabled my anti-virus temporarily. 

I made it into the buggy of the guy who saved me!  He drove up the hill!  The game crashed... finger  FU id...

You might want to look in your own back yard before complaining about id Software. You're getting graphics card related errors in Windows. How can you expect a game, which demands even more from the card, to remain stable? It sounds to me like you have a defective graphics card, either from overheating or from something else. That some games "work" (after a lot of nudging, apparently) should be attributed more to pure luck than to the skills of the game programmers.

Having said that, I'll never understand why John Carmack insists on using OpenGL. Even he has admitted that Direct3D passed OpenGL a while ago, so there's no reason for them to stick to that technology any longer. It's barely supported and has been outdated since the early 2000's. Odds are Rage would only show the same symptoms as your other games if it ran on Direct3D drivers.
4365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/24) on: October 24, 2011, 08:31:06 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 24, 2011, 08:04:09 AM

Battlefield 3 for 360,midnight opening......Friday Morning icon_frown


is the reason that Back to the Future is not making an appearance on the Xbox because of that stupid Microsoft rule that the 360 can't have games if they have already appeared on the PS3?(with BTTF already being available as downloads)

Possibly, TellTale has had other issues with the 360 model that has soured their relationship. Microsoft doesn't seem to have a system that allows people to preorder an entire season's worth of games and receive them individually as they are released, while Sony was very accommodating and implemented new functionality to help them do exactly that on the PS3.
4366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/24) on: October 24, 2011, 07:51:27 AM
Nothing for me. There's probably some good stuff in that list, but it doesn't appeal to me.
4367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! New DLC on: October 23, 2011, 08:37:35 PM
Yeah, Bioware is balancing on a knife's edge right now. They've got more than a decade of goodwill from their fans, but if they continue in the direction indicated by Dragon Age 2, it's all going to spill away. They've gone from being the masters of RPGs to becoming increasingly marginalized in a genre with some amazingly talented studios. Games like The Witcher 2, Deus Ex Human Revolutions and Fallout: New Vegas have moved the bar. Bioware is trying to catch up and win by pleasing everyone, which means, as in the old cliché, that they end up pleasing nobody.
4368  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 23, 2011, 04:56:44 PM

Quote from: godhugh on October 23, 2011, 02:39:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2011, 09:08:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 22, 2011, 06:49:45 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 22, 2011, 05:52:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2011, 05:08:52 PM

Is all the single ladies a song lyric?

Or another obscure superman quote?   ninja

Here you go.

I'm proud to say I didn't get it until your link.

+ always.

Why is that something to be proud of? Understanding basic pop culture references isn't shameful.

Being able to catch references to crappy pop-music would indicate I actually listen to that kind of stuff. I don't, and I take pride in that. In my eyes, recognizing the joke above indicates you have a horrible taste in music or live with someone else who does, and neither is something I'd ever want for myself. Yeah I know, I'm a terrible person.
4369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 23, 2011, 12:36:48 PM
The joke will be on them soon enough, if what I've heard about an upcoming patch is true. Supposedly the weapons are being balanced to stop stuff like that.
4370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 22, 2011, 07:36:09 PM

Quote from: Ascendent on October 22, 2011, 07:31:13 PM

I hate blighttown not because it's difficult but because it's annoying beyond measure, frame rate issues, camera getting wonky, and constantly being poisoned. Second time through there and I still haven't found the ninja immune poison suit *shrug*


The poison isn't so bad. It takes a long time to really damage you, and you can get a solid poison resistance ring at the base of the bell tower for 15000 souls. It gives +400% poison resist, which helps a lot. Curing poison is also really cheap, as long as you remember to stock up on moss before heading down to Blighttown.
4371  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gaddafi is dead/captured on: October 22, 2011, 07:08:32 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on October 22, 2011, 02:20:50 PM

What happened to Gaddafi is kharma in action.  Im basically a non violent individual and I certainly dont condone how things ended for Gaddafi.  Still I understand.  This dictator routinely murdered and tortured his citizens.  He oppressed his people into starvation while living like a rock star.  After decades of his abuse, begging for his life was probably the worst thing he could do as he showed no such mercy for those he had killed.

I don't support the death penalty, but I can't say I regret that Gadaffi died. It's the way in which he died that bothers me. The general public should never take the law into their own hands. Separation of judge, jury and executioner is a central aspect of any civilized society, and once those three roles start to overlap, things get out of hand.

If you stand cheering over your helpless, wounded enemy who's begging for his life, then lynch him before shooting him in the head, you barely deserve to be called human.
4372  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 22, 2011, 06:49:45 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 22, 2011, 05:52:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 22, 2011, 05:08:52 PM

Is all the single ladies a song lyric?

Or another obscure superman quote?   ninja

Here you go.

I'm proud to say I didn't get it until your link.
4373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 22, 2011, 06:46:36 PM
I'm progressing slowly through this game, but slow seems to be good. Doing solid preparations before difficult areas is key. From the moment I entered Blighttown until the moment I defeated Queelag, I died only 5 times (and every time I managed to regain my souls/humanity). Once to the very first enemy because I underestimated how far back he'd knock me with his attacks, once because of a trap that took me by surprise, and once because a player with Fog Ring invaded me (my first invasion, yay!). The rest were good, clean deaths. Took out Queelag on my first try. I'd heard a lot of horrible things about Blighttown, so by the time I had defeated the boss, I was thinking "that's it?".  icon_razz
4374  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: US Troops out of Iraq by end of 2011 on: October 21, 2011, 07:47:34 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 21, 2011, 07:39:32 PM

Doubt it, hopefully Iran or Syria next.

Bad idea. The pot is boiling over in the Middle East this year, and the worst thing the US can do is to present the people down there with a common enemy they can unite against. Let them deal with their own problems until they threaten to spread violently into other countries.
4375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 21, 2011, 07:45:11 PM

Quote from: Covenant on October 21, 2011, 07:40:20 PM

Painting spoiler

Spoiler for Hiden:
You can enter the painting after you find the "strange doll" and have it in your inventory.  Unfortuatnely, I can't remember where I found it.  Maybe Blighttown?

It's located in:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Your old cell in the Undead Asylum.
4376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: October 21, 2011, 07:40:32 PM
That doesn't really make any sense. It was perfectly possible to discuss seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy before the rest of the seasons were released, just as it's perfectly possible to discuss seasons 1 and 2 of Buffy today without bringing later seasons into the discussion (and use spoiler tags if something from later seasons is worth mentioning). But don't mind me, I'm not being spoiled here. I was just pointing out that several people in this discussion are disregarding Gratch's request to spoiler tag the fates of characters in the shows. I enjoyed Buffy and Angel a lot, so I get sympathetic with others who are about to do the same and hate to see their experience being lessened with unnecessary foreknowledge.
4377  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: October 21, 2011, 05:25:51 PM
I may be more extreme than most in this regard, but I don't even look at DVD covers for seasons beyond the point where I'm currently watching in a series, precisely for that reason.
4378  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 'EngineNo9 Kicked Us Out of the Other Thread' Buffy Discussion Thread on: October 21, 2011, 04:57:52 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2011, 07:06:10 PM

Just a quick plea to please be sure to tag spoilers.  This is a Joss Whedon show after all, so I'm reasonably confident not everyone is going to make it through to the end.  I just don't want to know who.  smile

Seems you're out of luck the way everyone keeps talking about who lives throughout the shows. I know some people don't really see that as spoilery, but if I hadn't already watched both shows to the very end I would have been very annoyed at reading stuff like that.
4379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Impressions, Mods and all that good stuff! on: October 20, 2011, 02:35:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 20, 2011, 02:26:50 PM

was playing around with the tutorial last night, checking out my new video card, and ran into a dead end during the riposte training-  the icon never appeared over the guys head for some reason, even though I was parrying his attacks.....  you just hit the parry key when he is attacking, right?  I was definietly blocking his attacks so I'm guessing it was a glitch.

of course it wouldn't let me save the game at any point, so I get to go through everything up to thatb point again.  not a lot of stuff, but annoying none the less.

I struggled with that part too. Turns out you need vigor to do it, which the tutorial doesn't mention. Took me several minutes to figure it out. Just stay away from the enemy for a few moments while your vigor regenerates and try again. It's really easy once you figure out that little detail.
4380  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gaddafi is dead/captured on: October 20, 2011, 01:51:58 PM
According to some, he was captured alive and later ended up dead, and he may also have been begging for his life. If he was executed, that's really bad for everyone. If he died in a real firefight, then it's a different kind situation.
4381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception!! on: October 20, 2011, 08:28:26 AM

Quote from: Turtle on October 20, 2011, 08:07:56 AM

And holy crap, Elena looks a bit different up close. Her eyes now have slightly Asian features in there.

Speaking of Elena and switching main characters... I don't think Elena is going to feature much in this game from what I understand. It's a shame too, since she's one of my favorite characters in this series. Chloe works best as a backup character, but not when the spotlight is on her.
4382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: October 18, 2011, 07:39:50 PM
It says November 15th here in Europe too. I hope they fix that, as the game's release is November 11th over here.
4383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 18, 2011, 06:01:41 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 18, 2011, 05:58:35 PM

Capra Demon



If it makes you feel any better, we've all been there...





... But we're not there any longer, and we laugh at your suffering, LAUGH! icon_twisted
4384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 18, 2011, 05:59:54 PM

Quote from: rickfc on October 18, 2011, 05:14:32 PM



Eh, a nice attempt, but those don't strike me as good comparisons with their respective browsers. The Safari one is probably the most fitting, if anything.
4385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 18, 2011, 05:54:30 PM
I finally ventured into Blighttown today, after holding it off for ages. I've been doing lots of other content in the game in the meanwhile, building up my soul level (it's at 34 now) and improving my armor (Elite Knight Armor, all parts are +3) as well as weapons (currently using a Claymore +8). I prepared myself with equipment I'd need for this area, including tons of moss (all types), the spider shield, and the ring that gives +400% poison resistance. I can block seriously heavy attacks with my shield without taking any damage, so I was able to get through the opening part of the area, but I still died twice before I reached the first bonfire. I can see why everyone dies a lot here, but I've managed to stay in relatively good shape with a little care and planning. smile
4386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Live may be hacked on: October 18, 2011, 03:48:53 PM
That makes sense. Thanks!
4387  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PayPal email warning on: October 18, 2011, 10:03:08 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 17, 2011, 03:40:27 PM

I got the same email, but actually went to the site, logged in and updated all my information including the bank account they asked to verify.

Of course, my login was [email protected] and password was jigalo69. For the name and address and bank account fields, I entered similar names and streets from movies.

At the end I submitted the 'updated' information, and the paypal website thanked me for updating my information.

The downside to this is that the phishers may put a tracking number on the link in your email, which means that as soon as you visit their webpage they know your email is not only being read, you also clicked their phishing link, making you a very popular target for further spam.
4388  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: how to clear and fix windows print spooler on: October 18, 2011, 06:41:46 AM
On Windows 7 you can just hit the Windows key, type "services", hit Enter and click the Services (local) item to get an overview of all services running on your computer. Make sure the print spooler service is running from there.
4389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it time to forgive Mel Gibson? on: October 17, 2011, 08:53:58 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 17, 2011, 01:50:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 17, 2011, 08:33:30 AM

Apocalypto is a decent movie, but feels like a ripoff of the classic Norwegian movie Pathfinder with a different culture.

Classic?



Boy, you guys are sure hurting for films.   Tongue

Oooh, it's on! slywink

I'm of course referring to this movie, which indeed is a classic. The movie you linked to is an Americanization of the Norwegian one, and a pale imitation at best, a horribly crappy movie at worst.
4390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 17, 2011, 05:15:11 PM

Quote from: Roman on October 17, 2011, 05:05:47 PM

I gave the blacksmith in the undead parish my crafting thingy - when can/should I go back and see what he made out of it?
I tried once or twice shortly after but there was no prompts that anything was ready.

The embers simply unlock ways for you to upgrade your items. You won't receive anything unless you hand in a weapon with (I think) either a +5 or +10 enchantment (and there are some other conditions too. I suggest looking it up).
4391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: October 17, 2011, 03:17:46 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on October 17, 2011, 03:08:07 PM

Quote from: Reemul on October 17, 2011, 02:59:42 PM

The general feeling is they start with console and upgrade rather than down grade.

Wow, that seems back asswards and a lot more work.

On the contrary, it's far less work. You begin with the most basic version (which is the console version since consoles have the greatest limitations by far) and make sure it works there, then add extras on top of that for the PC version. Of course, the basic version isn't built in a vacuum, so the groundwork is laid for the added features to make it easy to implement them later.
4392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: October 17, 2011, 03:14:55 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on October 17, 2011, 02:50:55 PM

Hmmmm. I guess what I don't get is that if the source textures and assets are created at a high res, then dumbed down for the consoles, wouldn't the PC version require less work since they can give out the native res?

I don't know why you think the delay is because of art assets, but I can pretty much guarantee you that those are not the issue. This is more likely caused by last-minute bugs (it's harder to debug a PC-game than a console game), driver issues, work needed on the menus, or marketing. Or all of the above. Art assets don't enter into the equation.
4393  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it time to forgive Mel Gibson? on: October 17, 2011, 08:33:30 AM
Apocalypto is a decent movie, but feels like a ripoff of the classic Norwegian movie Pathfinder with a different culture.
4394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/17) on: October 17, 2011, 07:15:04 AM
Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles again? Is this becoming some kind of running gag? slywink

Apart from Batman, there's actually nothing that appeals to me this week, and that game I already own for PC. Just waiting for it to get released... later.
4395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 16, 2011, 08:53:27 PM
I've been looking closer at the crafting system lately, and I'm starting to worry that my straight-up strength-based shield and sword character is going to get seriously gimped along the way. There is very, very little in the game that rewards a high strength unless you want to go all-out with two-handed weapons. Most weapons, except the two-handers, that get scaling from stats get it from dexterity, intelligence or faith, usually only with a slight boost from strength. Finding a weapon to use with a shield with more than a D for strength is almost impossible. The result is that a random character with low strength who gets an enchanted weapon is going to deal either the same or more damage than a strength-focused fighter while keeping more options open at the same time. There's really no viable upgrade path for strength characters outside of simply upgrading the basic weapons, and that never gets anywhere close to the effectiveness of, say, fire or lightning weapons. I'm seeing all these awesome potential weapons that intelligence- and faith-characters can get, but there's really nothing that stands out for my own.

I guess the conclusion is that I should have been focusing on dexterity for my build, but that's really counterintuitive.
4396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham City on: October 15, 2011, 08:28:41 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 15, 2011, 07:53:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 23, 2011, 09:10:25 PM

Delay aside, the game is now sitting in my owned game list in Steam and teasing me. I received a brand new Geforce card today, and they're running a promo where you get a free Steam copy of Arkham City with the purchase. Looking forward to playing it, even if I have to wait an extra 14 days or so.
Does somebody have a link for the Steam store page for Akham City? I've done searches in the store there (Batman, Arkham, etc.) and nothing comes up for it, not even a trailer - can only find listings for the original game.  confused I'd assume there's no Steam release, but I keep seeing posts about the Steam version (for Arkham City). Where is it?  icon_confused

It's not available to buy yet. I don't see anything for it either. They probably don't want it to appear in the lists until closer to release so that people don't tire at looking at it (or forget it) before it's even out. People who get it through special promotions (like me) are a different case though. The game is probably added like usual to the Steam systems but set to be invisible.
4397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 15, 2011, 08:24:31 PM
Oh man, I just walked into the most awesome trap ever in the Depths:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I came across a fork in the tunnel. The right side seemed safe, while the left side contained a rat that was looking straight at me. Not wanting to leave enemies alive behind me, I slowly moved towards the rat. It stayed still. Sensing a trap, I kept looking all around me for danger, but saw none. I moved further in, and suddenly the rat turned and ran deeper into the tunnel, finally stopping and looking at me again, daring me to keep coming closer. "Hah, you can't fool me!" I proudly said to myself and turned around, heading down the other corridor, at which point I stepped into thin air and fell down a chute into a bunch of curse frogs, losing half my health from falling damage in the process. As I fought for my life (surviving and without curses, luckily), I kept laughing at how the game cleverly caught me off guard. biggrin
4398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2011, 05:26:02 PM

Quote from: Toe on October 15, 2011, 04:20:10 PM



Who said bards only exist in D&D?

"Shoot, shoot, shoot the evil infidel!"
4399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 14, 2011, 07:50:17 PM

Quote from: Bob on October 14, 2011, 07:21:17 PM

Eff Havel the Rock.  That is all I have to say.

Havel the Rock is incredibly cheap, which is why you should be incredibly cheap in return. I mean, a bad guy who, even with a backstab, doesn't take enough damage that you can see a change in his HP bar, and who can one-shot you regardless of your defenses? AND you have to fight him in an enclosed area? They certainly didn't want to make him easy in any way. There's a simple way to cheese him though:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pull him to the door leading to the Undead Burg and let him follow you to the stairs. He'll either withdraw immediately or attack and then withdraw. He will never turn around, but that's not necessary. Give him a whack every time he moves away and pull him to the same spot again. Repeat this until he dies. It should take 5-10 minutes. Don't wear any armor or shield. It's not going to help you anyway, and you need all the rolling speed you can get.
4400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dark Souls on: October 14, 2011, 06:40:54 PM
I'm reading these things immediately before or immediately after defeating those enemies. Don't read too much into my posts. I never even knew about the ring you mentioned, but I suspect it appears so late that it hardly matters at the point where I am anyway. I mean, I'm not statting up for NG+. I'm statting up for NOW. Artificially holding off content because of an item that will appear in the future, making things harder for me now to increase my chances of getting better loot later, just doesn't appeal to me. Suggesting I do so isn't going to lead anywhere.

As for the stats, my build is probably different from yours by a wide margin. I haven't even been to the Depths yet, but I've killed every non-respawnable enemy in the Undead Burgs (including the Wyvern) and have a strength of 30. Being able to wield weapons is the least of my problems at the moment.
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