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4441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: September 30, 2010, 08:44:51 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on September 30, 2010, 08:10:07 PM

I can go buy a next gen console

Psst, none of the current consoles are "next-gen", and they haven't been for years. slywink
4442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planescape Torment NOW ON GOG!!!!!!!1! on: September 29, 2010, 08:40:47 PM
There's a very detailed journal. Illustrated, no less.
4443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planescape Torment NOW ON GOG!!!!!!!1! on: September 29, 2010, 04:28:37 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 29, 2010, 04:25:17 PM

I can't decide whether to get this.  I'm all for story-driven RPGs but the one time I did play it I got kinda bored after a couple of hours.  I probably didn't give it enough of a chance.

Is it really that good?  Really?  Honestly?!

A game that allows you to casually slit your character's own throat during dialogue and then continue playing can't  be bad. slywink
4444  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First time in 15 years on: September 29, 2010, 03:27:12 PM

Quote from: envy24 on September 29, 2010, 02:01:46 PM

Woooooo!!!!! The Reds are NL Champs!!!!!! icon_lol icon_razz nod icon_cool thumbsup unibrow dude headbang Cabbage Patch High five!

When I first opened this thread I thought you were going to announce you got laid. slywink
4445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: September 29, 2010, 03:23:55 PM

Quote from: spigot on September 29, 2010, 03:11:41 PM

Somewhat interested. Will rent to see if Castlevania: Lords of Shadow/God of War/Shadow of the Colossus is as fun as it looks.

Castlevania: Shadow of the God of the Colossus Warlords?
4446  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: which Windows 7 do I need? on: September 29, 2010, 01:22:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2010, 01:06:09 PM

Edit: regarding the file being corrupted/issue with backups - there are a lot of posts on the internet about this particular file (tcpmon.ini) being corrupted and also with people having the backup error, which led me to believe it was a Vista issue.

If it's a common issue with Vista, then that puts the whole thing in a different light. It's just that I do support for a large amount of Windows users at work, and I've never heard of issues like yours outside of harddrive failures. If you scanned the HD and the results were clean, you probably don't have anything to worry about.
4447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: September 29, 2010, 01:08:41 PM
In an unusual twist of events, according to the GameSpot review the PS3 version has a smoother framerate than the 360 version, which suffers from occasional hiccups during action sequences and cutscenes. It's the first time I've heard about differences between the two versions.
4448  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: which Windows 7 do I need? on: September 29, 2010, 11:19:31 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 28, 2010, 11:16:20 PM

My wife has a Vista Home Premium machine. The thing is acting up (files corrupt over and over, refuses to create restore points) so I want to upgrade it to Windows 7. Will she have the same capabilities with Home Premium, or do I need to spend the extra money on Professional?

Thanks...

Home Premium is fine. However, there's one thing that strikes me as odd here: Windows shouldn't corrupt your files over and over. That sounds more like a problem with the harddrive to me. Are you sure this is a software problem?
4449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: September 29, 2010, 08:55:11 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 29, 2010, 01:17:41 AM

what the hell is EBG?

Oops, got confused between GT and OO again. I meant the Off-Topic forum. smile
4450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: September 29, 2010, 08:46:38 AM
GameSpot and GameTrailers came out with their own reviews now. 7,5 and 7,9 respectively. They are the most harsh reviews published so far that I can see.
4451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: September 28, 2010, 09:45:18 PM
Uh, could you guys please move the general F1 discussion over to EBG? I was hoping to see more impressions of the actual game here, but that stuff now drowns in a discussion that doesn't belong here.
4452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: September 28, 2010, 02:00:39 PM
Great review that removes some of my fears that the game is too much of a GoW clone. Looking forward to playing this now. Let's hope it's not too difficult. smile
4453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 - PC or console? on: September 28, 2010, 09:25:02 AM
According to the Steam product page, the multiplayer is in for the PC version. Requires Games For Windows Live though.
4454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 - PC or console? on: September 28, 2010, 06:27:43 AM
From what I've heard the graphics are noticeably crisper on the PC, and you'll be able to have far more zombies on the screen at once.

It's unlocked on Steam now and waiting for me when I get home. smile
4455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/27) on: September 27, 2010, 07:05:05 AM
I might get Dead Rising 2 for the PC via Steam. Haven't decided yet though.
4456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: September 26, 2010, 10:36:21 PM
A hardware hack requiring soldering, with more and more caveats appearing as people look into it? I can't imagine Sony shaking in their boots from this.
4457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: September 26, 2010, 10:33:08 PM
From what I've heard the brake assist can actually be more of a hindrance than help. With it on you start braking earlier before turns. With it off you can brake at the last second, gaining valuable time in the process.
4458  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 26, 2010, 07:39:32 PM

Quote from: disarm on September 26, 2010, 05:28:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 26, 2010, 04:54:09 PM

Watching other people use a computer.

the guy who drew that missed the fact that Google usually discourages using quotes around your search terms because you'll get better results without them...

Nonsense! That's only true if you're not 100% sure that your phrase is the exact one you're looking for. Using quotes can mean the difference between several million hits and half a dozen, with the latter option being the good one.
4459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! Now a Musical! on: September 26, 2010, 02:25:23 PM
Yeah, in Civ 4 I felt reluctance towards building new units since they would be obsolete almost before they were done being built. In Civ 5 your units stay relevant for much longer.
4460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! Now a Musical! on: September 25, 2010, 10:26:47 PM
I just played and won my first game. Cultural victory in 1963 AD. Achieved a rating of Winston Churchill (#5) and a score of 1892. Played as Greece. Warlord difficulty. Standard sized map with the Continents style.

It sure was different from how I would have played earlier Civilization games. I had to rethink my habits. I stopped expanding when I had four cities in total, and when I invaded a pesky neighbor at one point, I set up his three cities as puppet cities. When I later had to destroy another neighbor's military capabilities just because she was getting hostile, I burned the three cities she gave me to the ground. The two of us had a massive continent almost to ourselves in the end, but less than half of it was actually settled, with me in the minority.

When going for a cultural victory, you get punished hard if you expand too much. It's going to be interesting to see what people end up considering the sweet spot when it comes to the number of cities. As it is, I didn't do too bad, but accumulating culture was a slow process. In the end I was getting more than 650 culture points per turn, and it still took 10 turns per policy.

My policy choices ended up giving me a whole crapload of Great Artists too. After building half a dozen monuments I just started using them to trigger golden ages. I think I spent nearly 1/4 of the game in golden ages. I had as much as 40 happy faces at one point, but it varied a lot depending on my trade agreements.

City states weren't terribly important in this match. Most of them (at least on my continent) were out of the way and didn't present any kind of an obstacle. My neighbor started attacking enough of them near the end that all the city states in the world declared war on her. I think she did it just to spite me. Most of the city states in the world were allied to me, something that was easy to accomplish when playing Alexander and earning plenty of gold. The missions they gave me were usually very hard to accomplish since I'd be tasked to kill barbarians in the middle of other civilizations' borders or defending a city state on the other side of the continent.

Great fun, all in all. The game took me about 12 hours to complete, so I think I need a little break now before I go at it again with a random leader. smile
4461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! on: September 24, 2010, 04:30:50 PM
I've played through 4 of the 5 tutorials so far (just got home from work, and the game didn't unlock until today), and the game runs smooth as butter with everything on high and 4xAA at 1680x1050. Load times are near instant, and the intro movie can be skipped almost immediately. Very pleased so far. smile

My computer specs:
Intel i7 2.67 GHz
12 GB RAM
Regular HD (no SSD)
GeForce GTX 275
Windows 7 x64
4462  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 24, 2010, 01:47:18 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on September 24, 2010, 01:42:12 PM



4463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Arcania: Gothic 4 - Demo released! on: September 24, 2010, 01:34:42 PM

Quote from: Morgul on September 24, 2010, 01:21:38 PM

I downloaded "risen 2" in the background last night while playing civ 5 like a fiend.  I figured I would try it out tonight.   But, for some reason, I am itching to just restart the witcher again and try it from a different angle. 

When you're done with your time machine, do you mind if I borrow it?
4464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! on: September 24, 2010, 04:37:27 AM
Woo, it's finally unlocked over here! Too bad I have to go to work, but at least it's waiting for me when I get home. smile
4465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Move on: September 23, 2010, 02:56:16 PM
I see much more enthusiasm here than for the Kinect, so at least there's that.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the Move. Its way of controlling things is a known quantity through the Wii, only it's better implemented here and with a much better console. I think we're going to see a lot more sales of the Move once there's a larger library of good games for it. Right now there's so little available that you'd take a bigger risk by by purchasing it than if you wait a little longer.
4466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F1 2010 on: September 23, 2010, 08:55:22 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 23, 2010, 08:26:10 AM

The only racing sim I've ever really liked was Forza 3 and I still hardly play it. I like upgrading though.

And that is relevant to this thread how? Come on, we know you play games, but you don't have to tell us your racing game history unless it relates in some way to what the thread is about. This isn't Forza.
4467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Demo out! on: September 22, 2010, 03:11:39 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on September 22, 2010, 03:06:59 PM

So.  I'm confused.

I have a Great Person (general, stacks with troops).  But I find no way to link the general with troops so they all move at one time.  Ideas?

Are you sure you want him to? Doesn't the general provide a bonus to all troops within a certain radius, regardless of stacking?
4468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! on: September 21, 2010, 02:31:53 PM
I hate you all so very, very much!  crybaby
4469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: September 21, 2010, 06:22:00 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 21, 2010, 06:18:08 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 21, 2010, 12:59:59 AM

apparently the Writer is going to be the last bit of DLC....

really? I have yet to see any kind of "Episodic content DLC" promises that were actualyl kept.

Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 have been pretty long lasting.
4470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another !#@#!@ reason to hate Steam (Civ 5) on: September 21, 2010, 04:43:22 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 20, 2010, 11:08:15 PM

Well after disabling AVG it still won't work.  Again I can get onto the help section using my known account name and password but neither the main steam page nor the stand alone log in program will accept the same account name and password.  This is why having to use Steam even with a physical copy sucks, I'd rather have to keep the DVD in the drive, at least that works for me.

Uh, don't you need a separate account for the help section? It sounds to me like you registered for the help section and are trying to use that account to log into Steam itself, which won't work.
4471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/20) on: September 20, 2010, 07:10:35 AM
Civ Civ Civ Civ Civ! smile
4472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG closing shop? Say it ain't so! on: September 19, 2010, 07:40:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2010, 06:46:26 PM

Yeah, if this is a marketing stunt I won't be buying any more games from them.

I wouldn't go so far. This is going to come back and kick them in the ass regardless. The press is going to make every cheap shot they can, the customers get angry, and someone's job ends up hanging from a damn thin thread.
4473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another !#@#!@ reason to hate Steam (Civ 5) on: September 19, 2010, 05:50:27 PM

Quote from: Tals on September 19, 2010, 05:41:36 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 19, 2010, 05:26:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 19, 2010, 05:23:09 PM

plus their sales rock

Steam's sales are pretty good, yeah - especially given their normally vastly inflated prices for Europeans - and that's the one thing I feel I'm missing out on.

Not sure if that is true. Take Civ 5 - you can buy that retail or from Steam and it's the same thing so the pricing doesn't come into it. F1 2010 is available at 26.99 - again not much more if any from retail.

Both I have bought smile

Most of Europe is forced to pay using Euros, and those are the prices that are inflated. This sucks especially much for Norway, since we're not even a part of EU and don't use the Euro in the first place. If we could pay with Dollars, I'd end up paying 20% less.

The worst part? All this extra money goes right into the pockets of the publishers. I pay a lot more for the same product that you Americans get for no good reason at all. Before they forced us to use Euros, some publishers even forced Valve to charge extra from Europeans. Do you think $70 for Modern Warfare sounds reasonable? That's what we had to pay if we wanted to buy it on Steam. I could buy it brand new on release day for half as much in any local retail store.
4474  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Homonid skull found on Mars on: September 19, 2010, 02:55:13 PM
I don't see a resemblance to a skull at all. If anything, it looks like a stormtrooper helmet.
4475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another !#@#!@ reason to hate Steam (Civ 5) on: September 18, 2010, 07:34:49 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on September 18, 2010, 06:40:41 PM

Imagine my delight when I was in Walmart today and saw Civ 5 on the rack three days early.

Imagine how pissed off I got when I got home, installed it, and Steam wouldn't let me start it because it's before the release date?

To hell with this garbage.  If I buy it at a store and take it home I should be able to play the game, PERIOD.  Last Steam game I ever buy.

One would imagine this was Walmart's fault, not Steam's, don't you agree? It was the former that broke street date, and while you had to suffer disappointment for it, it's entirely their responsibility that you were put in that position.
4476  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DSL speed in apartment building on: September 18, 2010, 08:00:48 AM

Quote from: morlac on September 17, 2010, 03:43:57 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 17, 2010, 12:28:13 PM

They probably offered the same speed for the same price, but DSL quality degrades quickly as the distance from the central increases.

Nope.  That is their advertised speeds.  Fastest DSL they offered was 8-10, fasted Uverse speed was 18.

Well, at least you got what they advertised then.

Around here I can easily get VDSL with speeds of up to 40 mpbs (at least from the one provider I just checked. There's lots of choice, so others might offer something better).
4477  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DSL speed in apartment building on: September 17, 2010, 12:28:13 PM

Quote from: morlac on September 17, 2010, 12:23:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 17, 2010, 06:15:10 AM

Quote from: morlac on September 16, 2010, 03:55:45 PM

Except for the whole speed factor.  DSL is much slower than Cable, at least in my area.  18 mbps max vs 10 mbps max.  I switched from DSL to cable and paid the same price per month for roughly twice the speed.

DSL can reach some pretty damn fast speeds, but you need to live reasonably close to the central.

What's odd is that I had my DSL with ATT and maxed out at 8-10 mbps (can't quite remember) but when  I switched to ATT Uverse I was able to get 18 mbps for the same price even.  Different tech and all that but still wass kinda funny.

They probably offered the same speed for the same price, but DSL quality degrades quickly as the distance from the central increases. Also keep in mind that there are several different DSL technologies. There's a big difference between ADSL and VDSL, for example.
4478  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DSL speed in apartment building on: September 17, 2010, 06:15:10 AM

Quote from: morlac on September 16, 2010, 03:55:45 PM

Except for the whole speed factor.  DSL is much slower than Cable, at least in my area.  18 mbps max vs 10 mbps max.  I switched from DSL to cable and paid the same price per month for roughly twice the speed.

DSL can reach some pretty damn fast speeds, but you need to live reasonably close to the central.
4479  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: DSL speed in apartment building on: September 16, 2010, 01:00:43 PM
If it's not shared, you'll be fine. You won't notice much of a difference as a single user between DSL and cable.

If it's shared, you're in for some serious pain. The shared/not shared situation is what you need to figure out. Whether or not it's DSL has less impact.
4480  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 16, 2010, 12:27:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 16, 2010, 12:06:39 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 16, 2010, 05:50:15 AM



I admit that I'm really tired today, but I'm not getting that at all.

Get her drunk and... ? slywink
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