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4361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NWN 1 on Win7 64 bit? on: July 24, 2010, 05:46:07 PM
The rule of thumb is that 32-bit games and applications made for Windows XP or later shouldn't have any issues with Windows 7. There are always exceptions though.
4362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Origins 2 Comic Con impressions on: July 24, 2010, 08:38:25 AM
I've got mixed feelings about what's been presented so far, but adding voice to the main character gets a big thumbs-up from me. The lack of speech for the main character in the first game was always kind of disturbing.

For those who complained about the graphics in the first game, did you play it on a reasonably powerful PC with the view fully zoomed out? The game looked hand-painted at that scale. It was absolutely beautiful. When you zoomed in the effect was lost, but it worked very well in tactical view. I hope they retain that.
4363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console RPGs, Part 1: The JRPG-What is wrong? on: July 24, 2010, 08:31:11 AM
Good article!

I don't remember who, but (if I recall correctly) one of the current lead JRPG designers recently complained that the reason JRPGs are failing compared to western RPGs is because the latter is constantly changing and evolving, while the former has been standing still for years. He said that JRPGs have a lot to learn from western games.

For the record, I don't play nor like JRPGs. I simply can't stand anime, and I haven't seen a JRPG-setting that has felt anywhere near realistic to me yet (which is an important criteria for me personally).

That reminds me of another, related comment I read. JRPG heroes are usually all similar whereas western audiences are used to a more diverse cast. Japanese gamers are (supposedly) not ready for, say, an old, grizzled war veteran as the lead character. They expect a larger-than-life, young, attractive lead character, perhaps with a troubled past. The reason was that western audiences are more used to realism (comparatively) and variety in characters thanks to Hollywood, while Japanese audiences want a more fairytale approach that lets them forget about the worries of the real world.
4364  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Del Toro to remake Haunted Mansion(No Eddie Murphy) on: July 23, 2010, 10:15:48 AM
Where's At the Mountains of Madness? WHERE? WHEEEERE??  crybaby
4365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 22, 2010, 07:03:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 22, 2010, 02:20:17 PM



LOL, that's fantastic! biggrin You can see the cat reacting and stiffening long before it hits the water, and it jumps out so fast you don't even see it turn around.
4366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Game of Thrones: Genesis on: July 18, 2010, 09:00:39 PM
There isn't really much room for an epic RPG within the confines of the story, unless you set the game far back in time.
4367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A Game of Thrones: Genesis on: July 16, 2010, 08:13:09 PM
This is promising. Fantasy Flight Games have already shown that it's possible to make a truly excellent strategy game in Westeros with A Game of Thrones: The Boardgame after all.
4368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DeathSpank - "Monkey Island meets Diablo" on: July 15, 2010, 05:25:41 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 15, 2010, 03:54:19 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 15, 2010, 03:58:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2010, 12:53:05 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 15, 2010, 12:43:03 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 15, 2010, 12:30:10 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 14, 2010, 11:22:14 PM

Quote from: vizionblind on July 14, 2010, 09:18:54 PM

no online co-op = fail

Yup.

it also singlehandedly drops this from buy now to buy on sale in a lull. Reviews pegged it at being on the shirt side as well, so I'll stick to my backlog and my rentals.

You'd prefer the pants side?

I can't wait to hear him pleat his case.

Hahahah

ha, yuck it up you louts.  i meant short.  the kotaku review said he plaid it for 8 hours and 25 minutes finishing 96% of the quests.  for a diablo clone, 8.5 hours is pretty short.

I haven't read the review, but that sounds about on par with Diablo 2 for me. Most of the longevity in that game came from replaying the campaign, either with different classes or at a higher level of difficulty.
4369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman Arkham Asylum 2 on: July 15, 2010, 06:56:37 AM

Quote from: belfong on July 15, 2010, 06:17:56 AM

I think games that utilizes Unreal engine needs to take into consideration that many people are using LCD monitor.

Uh, yes. You are absolutely correct in that many people are using LCD monitors. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that more than 95% of us (probably more) do. The developers do too.

If the game is too dark for you no matter what you do, it's very likely your specific monitor. Different monitors have different brightness, and most get darker with age.
4370  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: ESRB accidentally releases email addresses of Real ID complainants on: July 13, 2010, 04:29:53 AM
That's got to be, like, the pinnacle of irony or something.  icon_lol
4371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: July 13, 2010, 04:28:39 AM
It seems like they took the somewhat unique look of the game and made it look like any generic console RPG instead.
4372  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: July 09, 2010, 12:31:48 PM
LOTRO had this kind of "alertness" system years ago. Most hostile creatures will attack on sight (such as orcs and wargs). Others may warn you before attacking, giving you a few seconds to get away before things turn ugly. Examples of these include many animals, most of which will turn towards you and growl if they feel threatened. The third kind is creatures that find you interesting and will approach to get a closer look at you. Bear cubs will do this, for example. Once they get reasonably close, they may decide to attack.
4373  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] the Next Bond Movie has been Cancelled on: July 09, 2010, 06:17:30 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 08, 2010, 09:59:49 PM

What the frack is that supposed to mean anyways? 

Beside the fact that Fleming used the title himself, it's a word play on the Quantum organization and that Bond's motivation in the movie is to find some degree of relief for his sorrow (ie. a quantum of solace) over the loss of the girl he loved.
4374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] the Next Bond Movie has been Cancelled on: July 06, 2010, 08:09:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 06, 2010, 06:52:28 PM

although we know that the Hobbit has been put on hold as well,hopefully it wont get out and out canceled like James Bond has

Ian McKellen was just quoted as saying that an announcement about The Hobbit is imminent, but he didn't know its nature.
4375  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 30, 2010, 04:13:53 PM

Quote from: Cragmyre on June 30, 2010, 04:07:25 PM

In the city I also get citizen quests, which are now able to be done with 1-5 people.  There are also the bank robberies you can help stop, you'll notice that, at times, the cops will be around a bank, if you go near enough you'll get a popup quest to help them out.  Both of those types aren't necessarily quests, more like little side missions smile

I do the citizen quests religiously when I get them (I need the XP so that I won't run out of quests too early). The only ones I haven't done are the ones where you fight the Demon group, because those are horribly unbalanced and impossible for me to complete even when I'm 3 levels above them.
4376  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 30, 2010, 04:52:28 AM
We had a Captain Chaos (yeah, he had a name tag to that effect) when I was in the army. He had the worst boot polish in the entire unit.
4377  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 30, 2010, 04:50:03 AM
I created my character at launch and have been leveling him only occasionally, so there might have been changes to the leveling curve. I haven't heard about anything though, and it seems very few quests below max level have been added in patches.

My complaint about lack of quests is the most common complaint about this game from what I can see, so I'm not alone.
4378  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sex offenders can be kept in prison on: June 30, 2010, 04:42:18 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on June 29, 2010, 08:59:31 PM

There is no "cure", treatment only helps them to not act on their urges.

Actually, it is my understanding that most kinds of pedophilia (if that is what we're talking about) can be cured (and the success rate is high), but it takes many years. Pedophilia isn't really comparable to homosexuality, for example. Most pedophiles are attracted to adults.
4379  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sex offenders can be kept in prison on: June 29, 2010, 12:42:13 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on June 29, 2010, 03:47:33 AM

Even if the description of the facility is even half true it still remains that these people were tried and sentenced and served their time as determined by jury or judge but are then denied their freedom.

I do not doubt that their crimes were severe but if they are so severe then the sentence of the court should be the mechanism to deprive them of their freedom not some administrative trick.

If they can do this to them they can come with other "tricks" as they define other types of undesirables.

Bingo!

Even if the description corruptrelic came up with is true (which I doubt), it doesn't bother me too much. These people have already been punished and have served their time. The idea behind these rehabilitation centers is to make these people safe to release into the general society. Their freedom is taken away from them during this time (I'm continually amazed at how little value people put on freedom when discussions about prisons come up. Freedom is a basic human right, and losing it is a major blow to just about anyone), and giving them some degree of "luxury" during their rehabilitation hardly compensates.

Don't forget that when the treatment is over and the (now cured) sex offenders are released back into society, they will be able to become productive and contribute to society at large (if nothing else, by paying taxes). This way they end up paying back the costs of the treatment in a concrete way.

Don't let the idea of sex offenders having some comfort during their treatment cloud your judgment. I'd be willing to bet that if there was a possibility for them to be instantly cured and released (without having to be neutered or anything like that), every one of them would take it instead of spending more time in treatment.
4380  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 29, 2010, 09:14:03 AM

Quote from: KePoW on June 29, 2010, 08:39:07 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 29, 2010, 04:43:37 AM

The game is fun, but its main problem (which I'm amazed they haven't fixed yet) is that you have to do every single quest available to level up. If you miss any (which is easy to do if you're not looking up quest givers online), you'll have to grind. The game needs double the amount of quests it currently has.

Hmm I haven't run into that yet at level 27.  But I have been pretty diligent in following all quest givers and paths.  If I ever have to grind to level up, then I'd be pissed... I hate grind leveling in MMOs unless I choose to.

Have you played recently, or is your observation from around launch time?

Both. You've seriously reached level 27 without noticing that you have to do every quest available? It got to the point for me where I had to do quests above my level because I had run out of on-level quests, and this was with an internet tool that scanned my quest log to find my missing quests. I even did both the Desert and Canada introductory areas because the basic quests weren't enough to get me ready for Millennium City. I'm level 26 or 27 right now, and according to that guide I've done all quests below my own level so far with only 1-3 exceptions, and I still struggle to stay on-level. That's no way to design a MMORPG.
4381  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 29, 2010, 04:43:37 AM
The game is fun, but its main problem (which I'm amazed they haven't fixed yet) is that you have to do every single quest available to level up. If you miss any (which is easy to do if you're not looking up quest givers online), you'll have to grind. The game needs double the amount of quests it currently has.
4382  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who will reserve CeeKay.xxx first? on: June 28, 2010, 09:02:11 PM

Quote from: Moliere on June 28, 2010, 08:48:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 28, 2010, 08:18:54 PM

It should also be easier to set up filters to block porn sites and avoid such sites just by glancing at the url.

This seems like the very reasons that porn sites would not want to use the domain.

Any serious porn site respects these kinds of things. There's plenty of unserious actors in the field, yes, but those are impossible to have any kind of control over anyway. Just because something is porn doesn't immediately mean that whoever runs it wants to promote their material everywhere, no matter what. Anyone who thinks otherwise has a very skewed view of the porn industry.
4383  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who will reserve CeeKay.xxx first? on: June 28, 2010, 08:59:26 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 28, 2010, 08:24:54 PM

And who's going to force these sites to move? 

Quote
Even when .xxx is finally approved, new or existing adult sites will not have to use .xxx. Any legislation in the U.S. to compel such a move would likely be struck down by the Supreme Court on free speech grounds, given how the court ruled on a website-labeling provision pushed by the U.S. government in the Clinton administration.

Nobody's going to force anyone to move. Since .xxx is a new domain, good names will be more available there, attracting the sites. If someone already has a .com or .net or .whatever domain, they're probably not going to want to leave it. This change came too late for that. It's probably going to mean that many sites will choose to only have an .xxx name, which means the regular domains will have less porn.
4384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who will reserve CeeKay.xxx first? on: June 28, 2010, 08:18:54 PM
This is a good thing, and if anything, I believe it will lead to LESS porn, at least within the regular domains. It should also be easier to set up filters to block porn sites and avoid such sites just by glancing at the url. Considering that more than 100 000 people and/or companies are already in line for purchasing domain names in the .xxx domain, we're going to see a lot of traffic move there pretty quickly.
4385  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 28, 2010, 04:48:01 PM
That's brilliant. Particularly the Zork one. smile
4386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: older games from steam, work on windows 7 65 bit? (discples 2, etc.) ;) on: June 28, 2010, 03:05:30 PM
I'm sorry. If you have a 65-bit system, I'm afraid you won't find many games that work with it. If you have a 64-bit system however, all bets are off. slywink
4387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/28) on: June 28, 2010, 06:26:22 AM
Nothing, but only because I'm in the process of moving.
4388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: June 28, 2010, 04:22:52 AM
Sounds like that strategy guide is trying to make the game unfun for you. I think I won't be following its advice when I eventually get the game.
4389  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alizee -- (NSFVCW... not suitable for very conservative workplaces) on: June 27, 2010, 07:57:43 PM

Quote from: WinoMcCougarstein on June 27, 2010, 07:25:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 27, 2010, 06:54:08 PM


That... doesn't even look like the same person.

I don't think it is.
4390  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: #new? on: June 27, 2010, 04:40:33 PM
Solution: Use a real browser.

slywink
4391  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: #new? on: June 27, 2010, 10:26:00 AM
I'm not seeing this behavior in Opera. Tried restarting the browser? It could be stuck in a popup window with the "#new" identificator.
4392  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 27, 2010, 07:31:07 AM

Quote from: jersoc on June 27, 2010, 06:44:52 AM

Quote from: KePoW on June 27, 2010, 12:49:19 AM

Shrug, you guys are obviously convinced, so there's no reason to talk about it further.  Only thing I'll say again, is that in every other MMO I've played, when people get hacked a lot of them are also fully convinced that there was no possible way they did anything wrong.  Doesn't mean it's true.

Anyway, since yall hate Blizzard and battle.net because of this, I hope none of you are planning on playing Diablo 3.  Cause it's gonna be the same system.

this is what i said way back when. it's 100% the person's fault. either they choose a weak password, they went to a fishing site whatever.

it's 100% the account holders fault. even if you don't have a current wow account and use bnet get an auth. on your account. that is 99.9% hack proof. if you get hacked using one chances are it's blizzard's fault then.

if you don't use one, you have no one to blame but yourself. no sympathy what so ever. the auth is free for almost every current major phone out there or the price of shipping. blizzard makes no profit off selling them. you pay for shipping.

sorry you guys don't want to hear it. but you got hacked, it's your fault. you can only dipshit proof so much.

What the fuck are you talking about? The authenticater was released YEARS after I stopped playing, and I never logged in during that time. Of course, you were barely coherent in your post, so perhaps you just failed to bring your point across in a readable manner? One can always hope.

4393  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 26, 2010, 09:19:24 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 26, 2010, 09:12:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 26, 2010, 09:05:29 PM

Yeah you are, sort of. I wasn't hacked. Blizzard was hacked. There's a HUGE difference between those two.

Ok, so we're just making the assumption that the changed password/account-info was not due to anything on your end.  That may or may not be true... maybe you're right, it's just not something anyone can say with 100% certainty.

In any case though, even if we go along with your scenario, lots of other online companies have gotten hacked too (not just Blizzard).  For every MMO game out there, you can find plenty of players who have gotten their account messed up, that *insist* it was not their fault.  So it's not just Blizzard games where that happens.

Well, if you have any good theories as to how someone could get access to my account that hadn't been used in years, then be my guest. And if you can explain how there was a sudden wave of these reports for WoW, bonus points to you.

Yes, other companies can get hacked, and it occasionally happens. The difference is that every time this has happened to other companies that I've even heard of, these companies promptly issued public statements about the incident and what caused it. Blizzard seems to have only looked at the problem as a chance to sell additional security layers to secure their own systems. Frankly, it pisses me off.
4394  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 26, 2010, 09:05:29 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 26, 2010, 09:04:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 26, 2010, 07:41:48 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 26, 2010, 07:35:24 PM

What are all you guys suggesting?  That you know for sure it's a Blizzard inside job?  I find that hard to believe.  I've never been hacked nor any of my friends, and we have all had accounts since launch.  Obviously that's a small sample size, but so are you guys.

The only thing I'm suggesting is that my account has been stolen and that it's not my fault, nor was it stolen through hacking my computer or by observing some kind of transaction between my computer and Blizzard (as I haven't played the game in years).

The only conclusion I can draw from this is that it's Blizzard's fault, and Blizzard's fault alone, that my account is now gone forever. I don't care if this happens with everyone, with 50%, or with just one person. It should NEVER happen, particularly not with a company the size of Blizzard.

What should never happen?  Someone getting hacked in any MMO?  Because no matter how big or small a MMO, some player has gotten hacked in every single online game out there.

Or am I misunderstanding what you're saying?

Yeah you are, sort of. I wasn't hacked. Blizzard was hacked. There's a HUGE difference between those two.
4395  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 26, 2010, 07:41:48 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 26, 2010, 07:35:24 PM

What are all you guys suggesting?  That you know for sure it's a Blizzard inside job?  I find that hard to believe.  I've never been hacked nor any of my friends, and we have all had accounts since launch.  Obviously that's a small sample size, but so are you guys.

The only thing I'm suggesting is that my account has been stolen and that it's not my fault, nor was it stolen through hacking my computer or by observing some kind of transaction between my computer and Blizzard (as I haven't played the game in years).

The only conclusion I can draw from this is that it's Blizzard's fault, and Blizzard's fault alone, that my account is now gone forever. I don't care if this happens with everyone, with 50%, or with just one person. It should NEVER happen, particularly not with a company the size of Blizzard.

4396  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 26, 2010, 04:20:55 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 26, 2010, 03:28:06 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 26, 2010, 02:41:41 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 26, 2010, 01:14:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 21, 2010, 05:46:44 PM

Still I enjoyed the (brief) Godric flashback (I still say I'd love an Eric and Godric prequel series, really seems like they've had the most interesting vampire lives) and shape-shifting/stripping scenes.

I get a bit distracted by Godric's dialect during those scenes. He speaks Swedish occasionally, and while he does an admirable job at it it's still clear he's no Swede.

He isn't supposed to be Swedish, right? I thought he might be Egyptian, although I can't remember for sure.

I thought they were Norwegian?

Edit: Eric is supposed to be Norwegian, but I now realize you are talking about Godric. Turns out the actor is a Dane, which might account for his accent while speaking Swedish.

If they're Norwegian, that would be very surprising, particularly since neither of them has ever mentioned Norway nor spoken Norwegian. They both speak Swedish regularly though.
4397  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: June 26, 2010, 03:13:21 PM
I haven't really played WoW since the first year after it was launched, but I tried logging into it just to see if I was affected. I can't remember the login details, but I have a very systematic way of dealing with passwords and usernames, and I don't get trojans or keyloggers or anything like that, nor do I open phishing emails.

Still, no matter what combination of usernames and passwords I used, I couldn't log in. Trying to recover my account based on my email address failed as well. At this point it doesn't look like there's any way for me to recover my account, which indicates it has probably been hacked. I really don't care whether I've lost the account or not (I'll never play WoW again), but this is beyond amateurish by Blizzard. Because their systems were hacked into somehow, I'm now subject to 10-15 WoW-related spam emails every day. Thank you Blizzard! I guess it's a good thing I'm no big fan of your games (Diablo excluded).
4398  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: June 26, 2010, 01:14:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 21, 2010, 05:46:44 PM

Still I enjoyed the (brief) Godric flashback (I still say I'd love an Eric and Godric prequel series, really seems like they've had the most interesting vampire lives) and shape-shifting/stripping scenes.

I get a bit distracted by Godric's dialect during those scenes. He speaks Swedish occasionally, and while he does an admirable job at it it's still clear he's no Swede.

Both episodes so far have been really enjoyable. I didn't think they had any dull moments at all, but then again, I'm not expecting action at every point.
4399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: June 25, 2010, 06:08:03 AM
If you thought that was nifty, have a look at how ClearType in Windows works. smile
4400  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: LOTRO 60 day gamecards $5.99! on: June 24, 2010, 09:46:38 AM
Daehawk, I recommend actually reading up on what that entails for the game before drawing the conclusion that "Free to Play" means "Free to play the entire game".

On the other hand, are we sure that these cards are going to be valid once F2P hits? I seem to recall reading something about this. VIP memberships may not end up being compatible with these cards for all we know.
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