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4601  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 01, 2010, 02:01:35 PM
There's only one Batman villain I can think of that would work perfectly for this new movie (without being Catwoman, which I think they should avoid for now). That villain would be The Riddler. They could use him as an insane mass murderer who's desperate to prove how superior he is to everyone else and use it as an excuse to kill them. Sort of like Saw, but without the torture porn. I'd also like to see Two-Face return.
4602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 01, 2010, 01:14:26 PM
Oh. I just assumed there had to be more to it since the net is crawling with these kinds of SSF4 videos by now. Since I can't read Japanese I wasn't able to see by the site alone if there was some context there.
4603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 01, 2010, 10:35:26 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 01, 2010, 10:30:52 AM


How about giving us some context?
4604  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: April 30, 2010, 09:44:12 AM

Quote from: Razgon on April 30, 2010, 06:17:20 AM

I dont think its that bad, but...the story isnt very good, but the effects are quite good, and its a beautifull movie. Its just not a movie with any kind of depth.

Says the guy who saw less than a third of it.
4605  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-29-2010: Codemasters Racing Pack 75% off on: April 30, 2010, 05:22:24 AM
Dirt 2 and Grid are worth the price alone. Excellent racing games!
4606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 29, 2010, 06:04:35 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 29, 2010, 05:24:07 PM

I picked this up, always been a big SF fan, but I skipped SFIV when it came out. Anyway, I'm almost 36 and my dexterity for fighting games isn't what it used to be, so can anyone recommend some good characters, with relatively easy moves to pull off, that aren't complete junk?

Try Ryu. He's the perfect newbie character. He's powerful and his moves are easy to pull off and understand.
4607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bungie and Activision partner up on: April 29, 2010, 05:07:32 PM

Quote from: morlac on April 29, 2010, 04:04:37 PM

"Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed."

"Activision claims the deal 'significantly broadening its global reach by providing the resources and support to develop, distribute and release games worldwide on multiple platforms and devices'."

I'm confused.  Is Activision funding them?  Or just acting as the marketing and distributioon arm of the venture?  If it's the former than these statements will contradict themselves sooner than later.  No way Activision just gives them money wihtout any say on making their games 'more marketable'.

There's more to game development than pure cash. Without having been a part of the process myself, my understanding is that a publisher can provide tons of data about systems and compatibilities, test labs, marketing, and perhaps even game code libraries from other projects that can be ported over instead of having to start from scratch on everything.
4608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: April 29, 2010, 02:52:55 PM
I don't think Blood 2 got very good reviews at the time. It certainly wasn't as good as the first game.
4609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: April 29, 2010, 06:08:05 AM
Isn't Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic supposed to be a sort of modernized version of MoM?
4610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 01:52:09 PM
Also: Dammit! The game has been delayed for a week in Norway, probably because of the whole volcanic eruption thing on Iceland. That sucks. By the time it's here I'll have to start working again.
4611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 01:51:00 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 28, 2010, 12:46:21 PM

Usually DLC is marketed as "things we couldn't fit in before release," Or "being available due to the game's great reception." 

Is it? I see you're saying that, but I see nothing to back it up. Those two types of DLC might have been the vision when the concept was brand new, but nowadays it's used as an incentive to buy games new, as a way to do planned microtransactions, and as expansion packs. The last edition of Bonus Round at GameTrailers had some industry people discussing this very concept, including one of the guys from Capcom.

DLC has to be planned for at the very beginning of the development cycle for it to work. This means that someone decided to make this DLC most likely immediately after finishing SF4, or perhaps even earlier. If DLC wasn't possible, the content probably wouldn't have been created.

Owning a disc gives you no ownership of the content provided on it. As an example: I compose music. One of the virtual instrument providers I use can sell me a brand of instruments labeled Silver, Gold or Platinum, with a few variations in between. IIRC, Gold and Platinum are actually exactly the same set of discs, but Gold only gives access to 1/3 of the content. The license key you enter when registering the product decides which version you get. You can upgrade anytime online, giving you access to the rest. According to your viewpoint this is the wrong way to treat customers, yet the people who buy the Gold edition loves it.

A different example: I have a boxed copy of World of Warcraft on my shelf. I haven't paid for a subscription in years. If I try to install it, I can't play, despite owning the disc and having paid for a subscription before. Is that unfair?

You've got a bias here that is clouding your judgment when it comes to DLC. In the end it only ends up hurting you.
4612  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Rockstar Week on: April 28, 2010, 07:04:57 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 27, 2010, 07:00:13 PM

has securom. avoid imo

What's wrong with Securom? That's one of the most common types of DRM for games out there, and is probably used in way more than 50% of the games most of us own.
4613  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 28, 2010, 07:01:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 28, 2010, 01:31:25 AM

I'm you're father?

I am you are father?
4614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 05:25:25 AM
It's possible the graphics assets were on the disk already because they were planned out in advance, but that the code wasn't ready. In any case, the idea with launch-day DLC is that they supposedly wouldn't have developed the extra content at all if they couldn't earn back the costs in the form of DLC. Whether it's on the disk or not is irrelevant.
4615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: April 27, 2010, 06:57:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 27, 2010, 06:55:47 PM

i just ordered this game for £2.99 from GAME(they are having specials each day)..i thought what the hell,if its shit,its shit..but at £2.99,it can't be too shit Tongue

It's not a shit game. In fact, it's quite good. It's just that there are some annoying design decisions that keep it from being great.
4616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 27, 2010, 05:13:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2010, 04:54:00 PM

My feeling from perusing other forums is that the new highly-used characters will be Cody, Dudley, and Ibuki. Haven't seen an inordinate amount of buzz around Guy.

Hmm, perhaps I'll have a look at Guy then. I don't really know his fighting style yet, but from what I've seen it looks interesting.
4617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 27, 2010, 04:32:41 PM
Is the game out in the US already? We're not getting it until Friday here in Norway. Have it preordered, and I own two Hori Fighting Stick 3s so that I'll be ready. Add in a week of home-time because of knee surgery, and I'm all set. smile

I just can't decide which character to main. Guy is sort of appealing, but my gut is telling me that everyone and their grandmothers are going to be playing him (sort of like Ken in vanilla SF4). Perhaps Cody? I used to main Gouken and Fei-Long, but both seem to have been sort of shafted in SSF4 (the former more than the latter).
4618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 4 Complete DRM free, anywhere? on: April 27, 2010, 05:46:54 AM

Quote from: Darkstar One on April 27, 2010, 12:11:39 AM

Looking to pick this up DRM free--any of the download services have it that way?

Just to check: Are you sure you actually know what you're asking here? Do you want it to be 100% DRM free, or do you want it to not have a restrictive DRM? The former is nearly impossible to find for any game these days, so there's not really even any point in looking for such a solution. For the most part, you'll only find games like that among indie developers and Stardock.
4619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 25, 2010, 07:34:44 PM
Are you saying they usually take 1-week hiatuses between each episode? I feel cheated! slywink
4620  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 25, 2010, 05:57:09 PM
You make it sound like there's a 2-week hiatus.

There's probably a 1-week pause because of some kind of scheduling conflict for the series finale, which will air on a Sunday. Also, they seem to want to show Ab Aeterno again, which I can understand.
4621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 03:42:15 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on April 22, 2010, 11:50:05 AM

Please tell me I just don't remember where that sweet boat came from.

I'm surprised you don't remember it. It's been an important plot element throughout several seasons now. smile
4622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 05:01:34 AM
I wonder if the artillery is going to cause Jack to become paralyzed from the waist down. It would be an interesting conclusion to his path from man of science to man of faith.
4623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2010, 09:36:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2010, 09:21:56 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on April 21, 2010, 09:04:15 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on April 21, 2010, 08:57:51 PM


I bet he needed a new pair of underwear.

I seem to recall that the guy actually got hit in the heel by one of the vehicles. I don't remember if he broke anything though, but he didn't get away cleanly. Still, his reaction time was impeccable. smile
4624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 21, 2010, 03:08:15 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 21, 2010, 03:03:12 PM

Wtf... why?  After you got used to it, Indestructible is really good.

You are dead to me, sir.
4625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 20, 2010, 07:54:41 PM
I'm in! I've read that Gouken (my old main) has been somewhat nerfed in this edition though, and I was already struggling like hell with him, so I guess I'll have to find a different main. Perhaps Fei-Long.
4626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 20, 2010, 07:50:37 PM
The Hammerhead is completely separate from the story.
4627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 20, 2010, 07:15:20 PM

Quote from: spigot on April 20, 2010, 06:48:23 PM

So I got my copy back the other day after lending it to a friend to play the Kasumi DLC mission. It was decent, nothing spectacular. I also downloaded the Firewalker pack, but didn't see where to access these missions? I loaded a save I made after completing the game but didn't see any new journal entries. I heard it was only playable when starting a completely brand new story?

The Hammerhead is immediately available when installed, even on already existing or completed games. You should receive a message on your terminal about where to pick it up. If you didn't, you probably didn't install the DLC correctly.
4628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why did it take so long to come up with logical mouse/keyboard controls? on: April 20, 2010, 03:57:04 PM
This isn't unique to gaming. Up until the 90s, developers weren't really focusing a lot on user friendliness. When they did start to think about these things, they were all amateurs at it. Just look at Microsoft Bob.

Certain things may seem obvious in retrospect, but until someone actually invents them, you won't think of them.

4629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: April 20, 2010, 06:12:23 AM
Blaster shots don't move at the speed of light. They're not lasers, after all. slywink

I'm going to buy this for sure when it comes out.
4630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system; Manuals going bye bye too! on: April 19, 2010, 06:16:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 19, 2010, 05:23:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 19, 2010, 05:21:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 19, 2010, 05:13:00 PM

it looks like Ubisoft, along with eliminating their PC user base, has decided to eliminate manuals.  I suppose a pdf manual would be OK for PC games, but it will kinda suck for console users.

As a 99% console player, I really don't have a problem with this. HOWEVER, either that in game manual better be very good, or give me a really good tutorial. At this time, we are very used to getting jokes for manuals. It's really rare that I look at the manual anyway. But if you are going to save money/the earth by not printing up that manual, use a small portion of that saved money to make me a really nice, comprehensive manual that explains everything about the game.

"Ubisoft’s digital game manuals will provide multiple benefits for the player and the environment. Including the game manual directly in the game will offer the player easier and more intuitive access to game information, as well as allow Ubisoft to provide gamers with a more robust manual."

Hopefully that is indeed what they meant by "more robust"... we shall see.

Manual writers cost money. In other words, wave those dreams goodbye.
4631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft to become the Sequel Factory/ they're also eliminating manuals! on: April 19, 2010, 06:14:40 PM
I have mixed feelings about this. While there's of course no doubt that Ubisoft is doing this for nothing but their own bottom line (as if they care about the environment. HAH!), it does sort of make sense. Most games today have tutorials that teach you everything you need to know to get started, and then more advanced concepts are introduced gradually through the game. On the other hand, I'm worried that this is going to be a problem for more complex games like Civilization and Europa Universalis. Those games really benefit from a written manual you can read in bed or on the toilet, letting you dig deep into the intricacies of the game between matches. The Civilopedia in Civilization is great, but it's no replacement for the manual. Not at all.

4632  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can't stop laughing at this- Jesus playing Chat Roulette on: April 19, 2010, 09:46:39 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 19, 2010, 09:07:16 AM

He's put on a few pounds since the last supper.

And became Caucasian. Tongue
4633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:32:30 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 16, 2010, 01:27:02 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullshit that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes

Not sure if you have any personal experience with American military, but a ton of guys in it actually do act and talk this way.  So as far as I'm concerned, games are actually pretty accurate when it comes to characters with military background.

As you know, the Gears of War characters are directly in the military and basically marines.  And yet you want them to be like Nathan Drake?  That would be a hell of a lot more unrealistic and out of place.  You're not going to find a lot of Nathan Drakes in front-line military infantry troops.

You misread me. I don't want military types to be like Nathan Drake, but I at least want them to act like military types. Someone who sneers at his superior officer and says "I'm not doing this for you!", or who puts his loaded weapon across his lap and points it at his fellow soldiers, or who smashes his rifle repeatedly against a parked car out of frustration over a personal issue wouldn't last long in ANY army, American or not. I've taken sergeant's training myself in the Norwegian army, and I never encountered anyone who acted even remotely like the people in this game. If there are American soldiers who act like this and get away with it, you (as in "your country") have got a serious problem.
4634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:09:31 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 16, 2010, 12:48:04 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullcheese that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes, the sooner gaming will become a storytelling medium we can all be proud of.

Read. The. Books.

Karen Traviss does an amazing job of layering in humanity on top of the characters in the gears world- their motivations, emotions and friendships- and moves them far away from the macho cutouts that they are in the games.  They're quite well done.

I'd rather not. I don't want to read a book to make the characters interesting when they had plenty of chances to do this through two games. Also, a book won't be able to eliminate the asshattery from their actions in the games.

I read the Mass Effect books, but that was because I already liked the setting and its characters.
4635  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-15-2010: Star Wars Force Unleashed Sith Edition 50% off on: April 16, 2010, 07:16:37 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2010, 12:10:24 AM

only $14.99 until Monday.

That is $30 too expensive.
4636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 05:36:25 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2010, 05:06:20 AM

yeah, but I imagine the design is pretty close to the look from the game. 

No it's not. Those are costumes for pre-existing avatars who can't look like zombies. Nor do they have the proper shape. LeChuck is fatter, for example. The result is a set of costumes that make you look vaguely like the characters, but expecting the actual game characters to look that way is not a good idea.

Btw, I seem to recall that all the characters in the remakes have been hand-drawn.
4637  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 16, 2010, 04:53:42 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on April 15, 2010, 11:54:32 PM

When I listen to the mp3 version of Cursive's "The Ugly Organ" and then compare it to the CD version of the same album there is a world of difference to me. The high frequencies on the CD version are MUCH more clear and less compressed. There is a huge difference but I am extremely picky about audio quality when it comes down to "listening" to music.

Classical music must be played on a near lossless format and I refuse to purchase it in mp3 or acc format.

Not to be an ass, but this post is meaningless without bitrates. I can tell you with no fear of being contradicted that you'd never hear the difference between a 320 kbps MP3 file and the source file. Some guy did a blind test on a forum full of music composers a while back, and pretty much nobody was able to hear a difference. Among those who said they heard a difference, there were just as many who thought the source file was the MP3 file and vice versa as there were people who picked the right file. This was with orchestral music, btw.
4638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 04:48:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2010, 09:33:07 PM

more screenshots.  if that's the new look for LeChuck in the 4th and 5th pick I'm not I care for it.

You do realize those are screenshots from Playstation Home, right?  icon_lol
4639  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 08:58:48 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 15, 2010, 08:50:31 PM

I must be the only one here who thinks that lettuce got screwed into buying milk with a greatly shortened shelf life.

Short shelf like is actually quite common here in Norway. Our rules are stricter than necessary so as to create a "safety buffer". This means that while the expiration date may pass, you can still often safely consume the product many days later. It's not at all uncommon to buy milk with an expiration date 1-3 days ahead.

Also: LOL @ hepcat. biggrin
4640  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 06:35:15 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on April 15, 2010, 06:26:20 PM

I refuse to buy any mp3's.

I like my CD quality, and I love a physical product.  Once I buy a CD though, I usually download the mp3's to throw on my ipod, etc.  Convenience is awesome.

What if the artist offered lossless files for download online with better sound quality than CD? Some actually do this. Remember that when an artist creates music, what he ends up with usually has to be downsampled to CD quality.

Also, any self-respecting music download site offers FLAC-files as well as MP3s.
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