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4441  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.
4442  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.
4443  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.
4444  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
4445  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.
4446  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.
4447  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.
4448  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.
4449  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
4450  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!
4451  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
4452  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.
4453  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
4454  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?
4455  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Schwarzenegger is back! on: January 18, 2011, 08:56:28 AM
Happy days and jubilation! smile
4456  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
4457  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.
4458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/17) on: January 17, 2011, 06:14:15 AM
LittleBigPlanet 2! smile
4459  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.
4460  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?
4461  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.
4462  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
4463  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!").
4464  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.
4465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: January 14, 2011, 11:06:29 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 14, 2011, 09:17:53 PM

I'm only at chapter 2 bu I'm really enjoying it. The game is gorgeous, I love the creature design, it's fun to play and you can seriously bring the hurt. It also nails the tone and feel of a Castlevania game despite not being in a castle at this point. Really cool. And I don't mind that it rips off so many other games (Shadow of the Colossus being the most egregious example up to this point) because there's so much energy to it that I'm willing to run with it and have fun. Hopefully the rest is just as good or better.

The great thing is that where other games lose their luster after the first few levels, Lords of Shadow remains fun and interesting until the very end. It's always got some new, awesome sight, a new enemy type, a new boss or a new gameplay mechanic to keep things varied. The game also paces itself well, with stretches of continuous combat punctuated by a puzzle or two, followed by a bit of exploring and a cutscene. Combine all of this with a well-told story that'll keep you guessing until the final cutscene, and you've got a winner.
4466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: January 14, 2011, 10:59:36 PM
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration:

- PS3-games are huge! They can easily reach a size of 50 GB or so, if I'm not mistaken. That's not easy or convenient to pirate.
- Sony supposedly has a system built into the PS3 that sends reports about your recently launched applications and some other simple information via PSN, even if you're not signed in or have a PSN account! This means that as long as you have the PS3 connected to a network, it will report to Sony that you've used the hack. The only way around this that I know of is to not be connected to the internet with the hacked PS3 at all.
- Sony can supposedly remotely shut down and disable any PS3 that is connected to the internet. They've never done so to this point, probably to avoid bad press and innocent console owners getting tossed out with the garbage, but they could change their mind if the hack gets too popular. Combine this point with the former, and you've got a disaster brewing for anyone using the hacks with an internet-connected PS3.
4467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: January 13, 2011, 07:44:58 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on January 13, 2011, 05:40:10 PM

Saw the trailer for this at Kotaku last night. It's looking really good! I might pick it up even though I've not played the original.

Play the original! It's dirt cheap by now and still very, very good.
4468  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 12, 2011, 05:35:51 PM
I would expect Frodo to be reading There and Back Again, essentially serving as a narrator for the movie.
4469  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] the Next Bond Movie has been Cancelled on: January 12, 2011, 07:27:48 AM
I think this new movie was always intended to be the final part of a trilogy dealing with the Quantum organization, so it has to be a direct sequel unless they want to drop that plot completely.
4470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 Reasons to Own a Playstation 3 in 2011 on: January 11, 2011, 10:25:29 AM
Sony has posted a list of 20 exclusive games coming for the PS3 this year, with descriptions and screenshots of every one of them.
4471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Fighting game on a PC on: January 11, 2011, 07:45:00 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 11, 2011, 12:55:11 AM

One Must Fall: 2097

Best. Fighting game. Ever!
4472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 05:25:26 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on January 10, 2011, 05:04:52 PM

The Elder Scrolls series is known for games built around the modding community.  Morrowind, Oblivion, even Fallout 3 and NV thrived on it.  Is it possible they'll abandon that?  Sure, anything's possible, but it would kill the thing that makes their games so unique, the thing that makes them stand out from all the others out there.  It could happen, and if it does I'll shed a tear, pour out a Cyrodilic brandy on the curb, and move on to something else.

AFAIK, Daggerfall and Area weren't all that modable. Morrowind and Oblivion (and the two Fallout-games) shared the same engine which had good mod support already from Morrowind's release. Since Skyrim is using a brand new engine, there's no guarantee that it will be easy to mod.

However, I would be very surprised if Bethesda doesn't release powerful mod tools. Modding wasn't the Elder Scrolls-series original strength, but it has become so over time and is the main reason why people still buy and play Morrowind and Oblivion.
4473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 05:15:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 10, 2011, 05:04:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 10, 2011, 04:38:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 10, 2011, 04:25:04 PM

This list tells me that sony has made a lot of new game announcements (or has pushed back a lot of holiday games) while microsoft hasn't made too many announcements yet.

Wouldn't matter much if that was true. Companies don't generally announce games and release them in the same year. If Microsoft has something big up its sleeves that hasn't been announced, chances are we won't see it in stores until 2012.


That's not really true.  Nintendo's the one from this year that sticks out in my mind, but they had a ton of exciting new announcements. Metroid Other M, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Epic Mickey, Goldeneye, Donkey Kong Country Returns.  All out this year.  Only the new Zelda game was announced as 2011.

Sure, I'll concede on that, but you can't really use Nintendo as an example for anything. They operate by their own rules.
4474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 04:38:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 10, 2011, 04:25:04 PM

This list tells me that sony has made a lot of new game announcements (or has pushed back a lot of holiday games) while microsoft hasn't made too many announcements yet.

Wouldn't matter much if that was true. Companies don't generally announce games and release them in the same year. If Microsoft has something big up its sleeves that hasn't been announced, chances are we won't see it in stores until 2012.

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Also, since it's been six years since the 360 came out, I bet this year we'll see an announcement for a new generation of consoles for 2012.

No chance in hell! Tongue Microsoft just launched Kinect, and Sony launched Move. These are very obvious attempts to extend the current generation's life cycle. I do believe we're going to see the first announcements in 2012 or perhaps as late as 2013 though, but I don't think there's even the slightest chance that we'll see anything this year as both companies want to keep their new brands going strong (particularly during the next holiday season).
4475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 02:07:28 PM

Quote from: Morgul on January 10, 2011, 02:01:43 PM

What a shitty list of games.  Nothing of interest coming out this year at all...

Gaming is dying imo..

Please tell me you're joking.
4476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 11:26:32 AM

Quote from: jersoc on January 10, 2011, 11:23:01 AM

diablo 3 this year  icon_lol

That's actually very likely to happen, since Blizzard doesn't have anything else of major importance lined up this year that I know of.
4477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 11:18:47 AM
I sure hope this hasn't been posted before. Couldn't find anything, so here goes...

I stumbled upon this handy chart yesterday, though I have no idea where it's from (which also means I can't vouch for its accuracy). It lists the big releases of 2011 divided into consoles and PC, letting us see at a glance what is exclusive or limited to which systems.

(click the chart for the big version)


We can more or less just ditch the Wii from this discussion already. Man, what a poor year it's going to have. Ignoring that however, it also seems the 360 is going to have a pretty damn lousy year compared to the PS3 and the PC. Only 3 exclusive titles compared to the PS3s 20 isn't very assuring, and there are even a few multiplatform games that will appear on the latter but not the former. The opposite is only true for one game: XCOM. The 360 probably has a few promising XBLA-titles up its sleeve though, but they fall outside the scope of the chart.

The chart should also put to rest any speculation that the PC is dying as a gaming platform. smile
4478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 07:07:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 10, 2011, 05:42:21 AM

another thing I saw that may have been mis-read:  they say you get one perk per level, but then they also say there are 50 levels.  so either they have to come up with an insane number of perks or everyone is going to be the same at 50?

Considering there are no classes any more and skills advance as they're being used, I suspect there will be only minor differences between characters in different playthroughs anyway.
4479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 05:32:21 AM
Will they? I haven't heard anything about modding yet, and this is a new engine.
4480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: January 08, 2011, 09:29:39 PM
Do we know if it will be possible to buy and download the games online?
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