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4681  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 31, 2010, 01:57:51 PM
Well, with only 7 episodes left, one of them being two hours long, the way I saw it was that if Walt wasn't in the locked room in the sub, he wasn't coming at all. We now know that Walt wasn't in that room.
4682  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 31, 2010, 10:03:14 AM
I guess this means we'll never get an answer to what was up with Walt.
4683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: March 29, 2010, 09:59:49 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 29, 2010, 09:48:47 PM

I hope Elena isn't back for the third installment.  While I'm glad they created a leading lady who doesn't have ridiculous gravity-defying proportions, she's as dull as dishwater.

Blasphemy! Elena is a great character. She's a rarity in games in that she's hot in a non-model way and strong-willed without being an asshole or boyish. Drake and her play off each other perfectly (a great example is when they reach the train station in Uncharted 2. He's trying to explain his plan, but she's already figured it out on her own, much to his frustration).
4684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Apology for Battlefield Earth on: March 29, 2010, 09:42:58 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on March 29, 2010, 09:13:06 PM

Now if only we could get Ron Hubbard to apologize for Scientology.

Haven't you seen Life of Brian? It would only make people believe in Scientology even more. slywink
4685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 06:52:47 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 29, 2010, 06:13:24 PM

I'm glad to give all of those up if it means lower hardware prices. I forgot about the 4 USB ports it used to have though, strange they would cut that down. There's no way to do 4 player split-screen on the PS3 then, eh?

You do realize that the current console generation is wireless, right? slywink
4686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Major Nelson Hacked on: March 29, 2010, 05:26:01 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 29, 2010, 05:16:49 PM

4-chan?

Trust me, you're better off not knowing. Tongue
4687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 04:40:54 PM
At least they let people run Linux in the first place. Even if they later retracted the offer (unless you stay with old firmware, which I guess is ok for those who use PS3s for data processing only) they're still one step ahead of the other consoles in that regard.
4688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: March 29, 2010, 03:50:51 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 28, 2010, 10:37:02 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 28, 2010, 10:23:34 PM

just got done watching ep 2. It amazes me that the marines at Guadalcanal mostly were armed with the old bolt-action M1903 springfield rifles. I also loved the looting of the Army supplies after Army reinforcements were landed. It brings to mind a quote from another HBO mini-series "Generation Kill" - "when the Army goes to war, they bring it all. Marines, we make do."



Although it makes for "comic relief" the "unrequisitioned acquisition of supplies" has become very cliche in these types of movies/shows/series.
Heck, half of Black Sheep Squadron shows had some sort of antics like this.

It also seems to be how these things worked in real life. The Band of Brothers book mentions this at one point. Supplies were being sent inland to the troops, but the people who handled the supplies on their way there took what they wanted, which meant that when they reached their destination almost none of the good stuff was left.
4689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: March 29, 2010, 10:28:15 AM
It looks like an anime costume. Not sure I'm liking that.
4690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: March 28, 2010, 07:28:39 PM
There are two MP trophies in the original game, but they are only for completing two different kinds of multiplayer matches with no other requirements. They were obviously added to encourage people to try the MP.
4691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Picked up a PS3 on: March 28, 2010, 02:57:51 PM
For exclusives you can't go wrong with Uncharted 1 and 2, Heavy Rain and Little Big Planet.
4692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: March 27, 2010, 07:36:33 PM
The graphics in Outcast were amazing at the time. They did things that have only been surpassed these last few years. The only drawback was the low resolution, and this was what most people seemed to notice when the game was new.

I still remember how amazing it was to climb up onto the roof of a building and look upon a whole city being rendered in realtime with barely any hit to the framerate. That's the kind of thing that even modern games have problems accomplishing.
4693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 27, 2010, 02:26:32 PM
I'm amazed that you can't save at all during missions with the Hammerhead. I can't believe game designers as professional as the ones at Bioware keep making serious mistakes when it comes to how they handle saving. Mass Effect 1 was horrible at this too.
4694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Wireless N Adapter on: March 27, 2010, 10:48:59 AM
I bought this for my brand new 360 and it works flawlessly. Dunno what else I can say. smile
4695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 26, 2010, 10:09:43 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2010, 09:24:07 PM

Quote
Great concept, horrible execution. The controls on the screen rarely had anything to do with what was going on, and the floaty text wasn't dealt with in anything close to the Heavy Rain fashion. I love the idea and thought the video was funny, but it felt like the author had no idea what he was doing when he made it.
totally disagree, I think that 7 thing nails the game EXACTLY.  I've played through Heavy Rain twice and that 7 things nails it.

Well, if you're going to be bragging about numbers, I've completed it 3 times. Tongue

Anyway, I can't see how you feel it nails it. It hits neither the mood nor the controls. To take the controls first, they pretty much never match what the character does on screen in this video. An example that comes to mind: Shaking the controller to release a switchblade (which is a button in real life), then pressing a button to slice up a box with it (which would be a quick hand movement in real life). Heavy Rain mirrored these actions with reality pretty damn well. This video doesn't even try. Also, the video tries to replicate the "thoughts"-button but fails horribly at this as well. It shows a combination of thoughts and actions, and even worse, the actions actually lead directly to doing them. Heavy Rain always kept a clear separation between thoughts and actions.

Then there's the mood. Whenever you see the thoughts in this clip it's childishly immature crap. "My vagina hurts"? "Popeye rulez!"? Seriously? I know the author is trying to be funny here, but come on! You've got to be pretty damn young to find that stuff funny.

As I said, it's a good idea, but it's horribly executed. I'd love to see someone do a decent attempt at it.
4696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 26, 2010, 05:44:01 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 26, 2010, 04:56:03 PM

This is the most brilliant thing ever.

What if Se7ven was Heavy Rain Major Spoilers to the Movie 7.


Great concept, horrible execution. The controls on the screen rarely had anything to do with what was going on, and the floaty text wasn't dealt with in anything close to the Heavy Rain fashion. I love the idea and thought the video was funny, but it felt like the author had no idea what he was doing when he made it.
4697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: March 26, 2010, 12:30:28 PM
Geralt is described as rather handsome in the books, so I can see why they're changing him. He didn't exactly look stunning in his previous incarnation.
4698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & max returning in 2010 in the Devil's Playhouse on: March 25, 2010, 04:37:11 PM
Telltale tends to be extremely generous with their free game codes. So far I've paid for Sam & Max seasons 1 & 2 as well as Tales of Monkey Island. In addition they've given me enough free codes that I've been able to get all the Wallace and Gromit games as well as one of the Strongbad episodes for free.
4699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & max returning in 2010 in the Devil's Playhouse on: March 25, 2010, 03:41:40 PM
If you preorder on Telltale's site you get any episode of your choosing from their archive, almost no matter the game (ie. you get to choose between Sam & Max season 1 and 2, Wallace & Gromit, Strongbad, Bone and Telltale Texas Hold'em). You also get access to the VIP-thingy that way, so their offer is better than Steam's. slywink
4700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 25, 2010, 12:44:40 PM
My current theory is that Lost actually has a similar setup to Fringe (another JJ Abrams show) in that there are two realities in opposition to each other. The twist here is that Nemesis isn't trapped on the Island. He's trapped in our dimension, and the Island is what stands in the way of him returning to his own. This is why things seem so much brighter in the flash-sideways sequences. Nemesis simply isn't present in that dimension, though he is trying really hard to come back.

This would also explain how the two realities will be merged. At some point in one of the next few episodes the cork will pop and the gateway between these two realities will open. The remaining Losties will then have to desperately stop Nemesis in order to protect their alternate selves, though they may die or corrupt themselves in the process. With this in mind we can also assume that the flash-sideways sequences are indeed sort of the epilogue to the show.
4701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 10:39:52 PM
I suddenly realized why it's so important that Nemesis doesn't leave the Island. It may have been obvious to the rest of you, but I didn't catch it until I rewatched this episode. Jacob says during his wine analogy that if the darkness gets out of the bottle, it will spread. I didn't really catch what he meant at the time, but thinking more about it he's probably talking about the Infection. If Nemesis gets to the mainland he can start infecting everyone, turning them into mindless thralls in the same way as Sayid. It doesn't matter if he's good or evil, because this outcome is bad no matter how you twist and turn it.
4702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 06:20:30 PM

Quote from: JayDee on March 24, 2010, 02:01:43 PM

Great episode, but a textbook example of Retcon 101. They did a good job though.

I was about to ask why the episode was a retcon, but then I looked up the definition and realized you are right. It's just that the word "retcon" these days is usually used to describe a situation in which the writers of a story go back and change something because they regret how the original story ended up. I seriously don't think that's the case here.

Also, awesome episode! Very unusual style for Lost, but it's been a long time coming. smile
4703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Sci-Fi Captain? on: March 23, 2010, 09:34:10 PM
Some people in this thread need to learn that Admiral does not equal Captain, and vice-versa.  Tongue
4704  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 20, 2010, 11:19:09 AM
Threads like this could always use a dose of Derek Smart's Desktop Commander! biggrin
4705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG enters Another World on: March 19, 2010, 07:25:23 PM
That's interesting, because I seem to remember that Flashback got a lot of flak back when it was released for several reasons. One was that it had absolutely nothing to do with Another World's story, and the other was that its gameplay was totally different as well. Most people at the time seemed to prefer Another World's gameplay.

Edit: I just remembered: Flashback wasn't even the real sequel to Another World. A game called Heart of the Alien was. It's a parallel story to the original, letting you control the alien that helped you out throughout the game.
4706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: March 19, 2010, 02:40:50 PM

Quote from: WarPig on March 19, 2010, 02:23:58 PM

Is it me, or is there a LOT more TV/movie crossover for actors than when I was a kid?  It seemed you were either on the big screen or the little screen (usually after your time on the big screen) and that was it.

Yes, there is. TV series (and games) weren't respect before, but with shows like 24 and Lost they've gained a lot of traction in Hollywood.
4707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What would be the effect of leaving global leaderboards out of a game? on: March 19, 2010, 01:51:37 PM
The few leaderboards I've seen seem to allow you to toggle friends-only mode, and it works reasonably well. I can't see how it would affect sales in any way however, so I'm not sure what you mean with "have a positive impact on the game".
4708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]L.A. Noire, finally some info coming on: March 19, 2010, 01:01:22 PM
I seem to recall that the actors in Avatar had to wear full body suits. How is that different from the old techniques?
4709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG enters Another World on: March 19, 2010, 12:55:29 PM
I did play it again a few years back. It's not a frustrating game, but it is challenging and you'll die a lot. The idea is to figure out the trick to each scene. For example, an early scene has you fleeing a bunch of guards when you reach a locked door. Your companion starts hacking through the lock while you have to defend him. This is a scene that teaches you how to properly set up and maintain shields with your gun, and if you don't do it right, you (or your companion) will die. The skills that scene teach you are vital to later parts of the game. It's never unfair though. If you die it's because of something you did wrong, and you always feel like you should be able to do better.
4710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]L.A. Noire, finally some info coming on: March 19, 2010, 12:51:37 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 19, 2010, 10:13:25 AM

The game uses a new technology where the performances of live actors are captured and directly turned into 3D models.  The articles says that the character and facial animations are far beyond even the most realistic of today's games.  This new system is also important to the gameplay, as you must read people's faces and body language in order to decide how best to question them.

That just sounds like a lot of marketing buzz to me. Motion capture is an ancient technology in computer games, and motion captured facial animations are nothing new either. Hell, the developers of Heavy Rain even developed a system for capturing eye movement! I also doubt their facial animations are better than what Resident Evil 5 managed, a game that skipped the entire uncanny valley syndrome.

As for the second buzzpoint quoted above, even Fallout made you read people's faces and body language to decide how to best question them.
4711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG enters Another World on: March 19, 2010, 07:57:57 AM
This is an amazing, cinematic game that everyone should try at least once, all the way to the end. It's not a long game but is filled with exciting set piece after set piece. Unlike most games of that era you spend more time fleeing from overwhelming odds than you do killing enemies.
4712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: USB Storage for 360 in Spring Update on: March 18, 2010, 09:29:30 PM
This will be very nice for Xbox Live Indie Games developers who would usually have to purchase a memory unit for testing. With this change we can test using just a regular thumbdrive or something similar, and most of us should have something like that.
4713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 18, 2010, 07:35:05 PM
So I ended up geeking out completely and bought myself a 12-month subscription to XNA Creators Club Online which allows me to publish indie games on the console. Hopefully you'll see one or more games from me there in the future. I've got a very clear idea of what my first project will be (down to the contents of the menu screens) and I've got the game coding experience to pull it off. This should be fun. smile
4714  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 12, 2010, 08:18:53 AM
Derek Smart may know a thing or two about business, but he's no leader. His people skills are so low they go into the negatives, and he's unable to say anything at all without bragging and being condescending. While I agree with a lot of the things he says in that post, he should never have been allowed to say them. I'm amazed that the investors even allow him to do PR when he would be better off hiding behind the scenes.

And publicly flaunting about firing the top people in the company is just bad form. It's no wonder he wasn't respected.

Mr Smart, respect is earned, not given.
4715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 06:00:13 PM
Heh, I don't need my consoles giving me a guilt trip over how much I play. It's bad enough with the Wii's history already. slywink
4716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 05:30:57 PM

Quote from: Clay on March 11, 2010, 05:15:09 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2010, 07:18:57 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 08, 2010, 07:03:40 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 07, 2010, 03:03:15 PM

As for getting a new hobby... do you mean something like boardgaming? I have about 30 different boardgames in my shelf. Roleplaying? I have tons and tons of RPG books and I'm DMing a 4th Edition D&D campaign. How about something non-gamey, like composing music? I've got a reasonably beefy home studio for that already, thank you very much. slywink

Umm...actually I remembered you lived in Scandanavia. I was thinking one of the those eXtreme nordic sports where you do some major endurance skiing and pack around an arsenal of weapors, or maybe Reindeer breeding.  icon_razz

Well, we don't tend to pack weapons, but we do go skiing. In fact, that was the point of this weekend, except last year I tore a couple of ligaments in the knee that are still bothering me (operation pending). I let the other people do the skiing this time while I did the drinking.  ninja


Vi skåler til våre venner
og dem som vi kjenner
og til dem som vi ikke kjenner
dem driter vi i, hei skål!

or something like that.

That sounds familiar.   icon_lol

Anyway, I had to take a break from the 360 for now. I didn't know a common cold could be this devastating. My eyes are watery and red, my nose is constantly running and tickling, and my throat hurts. I can't really concentrate on the games, so it's better to do something else for a little while.
4717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 03:25:09 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 11, 2010, 03:13:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 11, 2010, 12:24:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 11, 2010, 10:45:43 AM

Okay, I'm all set up. This console is noisy like hell!

My gamertag seems to be TiLT42.


Welcome to the world of Microsoft hardware. Jet like noises, RROD, and Disk Read errors are a part of the 360 gaming experience.

Not the new Jasper models.

Tilt, you got the new Elite bundle right?  It shouldn't be that noisy at dashboard.  If you're talking about in-game, then I highly recommend that you install every game you play to the HD... when you do that, the console is very quiet.  Do you know how to do that?

It's not excessively noisy at the dashboard, but enough that I can hear it. I played a little Fable 2 and couldn't believe how loud it got though.

I didn't initially know how to install games to the harddrive, but I do now. It'll probably help a lot. I'm finding the 360 interface to be confusing for someone who's used to the PS3 so far (and the bizarrely placed left thumbstick is giving me all kinds of finger issues). I was surprised I needed to fork out extra to make the controller rechargeable.

Got myself a really cheap 13-month membership to Live Gold, but dunno when I'll actually start taking advantage of it. I've got a bad cold right now which would make online communications even more awkward than usual. slywink

Just finished downloading Shadow Complex and will give it a try. I'll welcome all friend requests. smile
4718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: March 11, 2010, 10:46:33 AM
I'm TiLT42.
4719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 10:45:43 AM
Okay, I'm all set up. This console is noisy like hell!

My gamertag seems to be TiLT42.
4720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F1 2010 on: March 11, 2010, 10:09:01 AM
Excellent! I love both GRID and DiRT 2, and the F2/F3 sections in GRID were very interesting and different from the other racing types. I guess I'm in the minority, but I'm hoping they don't overdo the sim aspect so that people like me can get into it a bit more easily.
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