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4681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: August 23, 2010, 06:19:55 AM
GameTrailers posted a series of gameplay videos yesterday from the GC 10 presentation. I'm posting the links here for your perusal. There's a lot of juicy info here, though the game is still a little rough around the edges. Facial animation is sorely lacking (the characters look like their faces have been carved from rock) and melee combat is... weird. They're still working on all these things though, so I'm confident it will look better in the finished product.

Anyway, here are the links, in chronological order:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4 (Nudity, NSFW)
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
4682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on: August 20, 2010, 06:55:53 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 20, 2010, 02:37:13 AM

From the Gamespot preview -
Quote
There is a point when you look at Lord of the Rings: War in the North and inevitably think to yourself, "Well, then. I don't think I've played a Lord of the Rings game quite like this before." Perhaps that moments arrives when you see your first feral goblin decapitation. Or, maybe it's when a mountain troll saunters along, picks up your elf friend, and quite literally rips her in half. Regardless of when it happens, the point remains: War in the North is certainly treading new (if slightly bloodied) ground with this beloved license.

It's no coincidence, either. Developer Snowblind studios has made violence one of their main areas of focus for War in the North.

Ugh.  This is what I was afraid of when they said the game would be "mature".  Psychotic violence and gore are exactly what the LOTR franchise doesn't need.

Is that what bothers you most about this game? I'd say spell-wielding mages is exactly what the LOTR franchise doesn't have and didn't need. At least blood and gore exists in the setting even if it hasn't really been shown much in earlier games/movies/books.
4683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: August 20, 2010, 06:52:51 AM
Sony is indeed "cruising". The PS3 has become profitable and is getting more interesting exclusive titles than then 360.

I hope the console hasn't been hacked, just like the last time someone made this claim and backed it up with video (it was a hoax). Nobody who's worth caring about will benefit from the PS3 becoming open to piracy.
4684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: August 19, 2010, 08:46:46 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 19, 2010, 08:42:25 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 19, 2010, 08:15:34 PM

Don't believe everything you read. The pictures/videos that have been distributed show this "hack" being done on a debug system. In case you don't know, a debug system can already do the things this USB dongle supposedly does.

So then why would it appear on a bunch of news sites like it did? You'd think that somebody would've checked up on it and gone "Hey, this isn't right" and posted it as such.

Crazy if it's true though. Silly if it isn't.

Websites reported on it, and the better ones updated their reports when they studied it in more detail. Joystiq was one of the sites that updated their article to reflect the news about the debug unit.
4685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: August 19, 2010, 08:15:34 PM
Don't believe everything you read. The pictures/videos that have been distributed show this "hack" being done on a debug system. In case you don't know, a debug system can already do the things this USB dongle supposedly does.
4686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Arcania: Gothic 4 on: August 19, 2010, 06:13:06 PM
That was a pretty crappy trailer, to be honest. Let's hope the game is better.
4687  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 detecting second hard drive? on: August 19, 2010, 05:58:00 PM
Perhaps you have to manually assign it a drive letter? Hit the Windows key and type "create and format" and you'll see the "create and format hard disk partitions" application. If the drive is indeed present, you can manage it from here.
4688  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 19, 2010, 02:51:12 PM
crybaby
4689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: August 19, 2010, 09:18:20 AM
Looking forward to it. Risen is a great game.
4690  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Europe in December? on: August 18, 2010, 08:45:45 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 18, 2010, 08:17:16 PM

It rained, hard, for the entire four days we were there (in Sept, I believe it was).

Were you expecting snow? Even here in Norway, we usually don't get snow until late November or December. In recent years global warming seems to have moved winter back even more, so we're now lucky to have snow by Christmas. (not counting the areas way north in the country, where they have snow nearly all year round)
4691  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Europe in December? on: August 18, 2010, 08:16:57 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 18, 2010, 07:58:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 18, 2010, 06:52:43 PM

In defence of the northern European winters: Unlike America, our countries don't stop because of snow, so there's no need to be afraid that the winter would ruin anything for you. If anything, snow can make things look better.

Unlike just about every where in N.A., you have real public transit and really no need to drive. That makes snow a heckuva lot easier to take. Besides, snow isn't really a big problem for you, because you're all huddled closer together and your collective body heat makes it melt.  Tongue

Haha, have you seen the size of Norway on a map recently? Cross-reference that with the amount of people living here. Tongue
4692  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Europe in December? on: August 18, 2010, 06:52:43 PM
In defence of the northern European winters: Unlike America, our countries don't stop because of snow, so there's no need to be afraid that the winter would ruin anything for you. If anything, snow can make things look better.
4693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! Now coming to the PS3! on: August 17, 2010, 02:58:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 17, 2010, 02:57:27 PM

and they just announced it coming to the PS3 next year.

January, to be exact.
4694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: August 17, 2010, 11:11:44 AM
Russell Edgington is a great villain! smile
4695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: August 16, 2010, 08:00:10 AM

Quote from: Turtle on August 16, 2010, 07:38:51 AM

Wow, that's actually a pretty good scene. It had one of the few things that Luke's character really needed through all the movies, self motivation and a showing of Luke's growing competency.

I assume that the scene would have been shown at the beginning of the movie. If so, it's pretty much completely unnecessary and would actually reduce the impact of other early scenes. That he built a new lightsaber is pretty much a given. He lost his old one in Empire Strikes Back, so when he shows up with a new one in Return of the Jedi, we can draw our own conclusions.

Luke's competency is shown clearly when he's first introduced in the movie. He masterfully and confidently gets himself into Jabba's palace, granting himself an audience with the creature. Showing him before this scene would make it less interesting, partly because his identity isn't clearly shown initially.
4696  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Someone hijacked my WoW account...long on: August 16, 2010, 07:21:29 AM

Quote from: Cragmyre on August 16, 2010, 03:00:46 AM

And no, the last 4 aren't even close to mine.

Aha! Now I can use the process of elimination to figure out your actual credit card number. So close!

biggrin
4697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: August 15, 2010, 06:41:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 15, 2010, 05:30:35 PM

super creepy looking guy they had in 1980

Woman, actually. Good riddance!
4698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: August 15, 2010, 02:52:33 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 15, 2010, 02:21:49 PM

Question:-if all 6 films got released(one at a time)in 3D at the cinema,would you go and see them?

Dunno. Movies don't really look good in 3D unless they were filmed specifically for it.

Hayden Christensen in the end of ROTJ never really bothered me, btw. I felt that it tied the two trilogies nicely together, and the justification is good enough (Anakin "died" when Darth Vader took over, and thus the Force remembers his looks at the moment of that particular death).
4699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system; R.U.S.E. Not using it! on: August 13, 2010, 07:07:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2010, 07:02:48 AM

of course you could always rent it and play it, which gives you enjoyment of the game while not giving Ubi a cent of your money.  I like that idea.

Might as well pirate it at that point (which I won't, for the record). Not that renting games is something I could do around here. I suspect that's a much more common concept in America than in Norway.
4700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system; R.U.S.E. Not using it! on: August 13, 2010, 06:57:17 AM
Even Assassin's Creed won't make me budge. What's the point of a boycott if I'm just going to cave when an interesting game appears? Boycotting means making a few sacrifices for the "greater good".
4701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system; R.U.S.E. Not using it! on: August 13, 2010, 04:47:30 AM
I've been able to keep my self-imposed boycott so far, so it shouldn't be a problem to keep not buying Ubisoft games (for the PC or any console). They've got nothing in the pipeline for the next year that I absolutely need anyway.
4702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Irrational teaser site (Bioshock : Infinite) on: August 12, 2010, 09:38:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 12, 2010, 09:25:07 PM

Kind of figures they'd put this city in the sky. Now what's next, the moon? Mars?

Ooh, ooh, I know! It'll be on two spaceships!
4703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect: Are you In or Out? on: August 12, 2010, 07:14:49 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 11, 2010, 10:26:17 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 11, 2010, 09:03:09 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 11, 2010, 08:57:52 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 11, 2010, 05:59:19 PM

Are you referring to a different Kotaku article? This one just debunks the rumor that has been going around that the Kinect will support finger detection. The Kinect actually does support it, but it requires the better camera that was used with the prototype.

Debunks it by saying it's been "dumbed down" and no longer supports a feature it likely was never going to support anyway.  To me, they took two pieces of information - no sign language support, and an older prototype with a higher res camera - and constructed an article that leaves you with the impression that features have been removed.  Furthermore, the 320x240 resolution they quote only applies to the depth camera.  The optical camera is 640x480.  

Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of reasons to dislike Kinect if you want.  I just think the article is reaching a bit beyond just saying "no sign language, actually."

You seem to be forgetting that this is all based on a patent submitted by Microsoft, and that the MS spokesperson quoted in that article implied with his answer that later versions of Kinect may have this functionality if the first version is a success. The sign language thing was a rumor well before this article, as evidenced by previous posts in this very thread.


I don't know about "well before."  I'd only heard it about a week ago.

On the Internet, that's like last century! slywink
4704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect: Are you In or Out? on: August 11, 2010, 09:03:09 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 11, 2010, 08:57:52 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 11, 2010, 05:59:19 PM

Are you referring to a different Kotaku article? This one just debunks the rumor that has been going around that the Kinect will support finger detection. The Kinect actually does support it, but it requires the better camera that was used with the prototype.

Debunks it by saying it's been "dumbed down" and no longer supports a feature it likely was never going to support anyway.  To me, they took two pieces of information - no sign language support, and an older prototype with a higher res camera - and constructed an article that leaves you with the impression that features have been removed.  Furthermore, the 320x240 resolution they quote only applies to the depth camera.  The optical camera is 640x480.  

Don't get me wrong - there are plenty of reasons to dislike Kinect if you want.  I just think the article is reaching a bit beyond just saying "no sign language, actually."

You seem to be forgetting that this is all based on a patent submitted by Microsoft, and that the MS spokesperson quoted in that article implied with his answer that later versions of Kinect may have this functionality if the first version is a success. The sign language thing was a rumor well before this article, as evidenced by previous posts in this very thread.
4705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II demo for 360 out now on: August 11, 2010, 07:18:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 11, 2010, 05:47:22 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 11, 2010, 05:06:29 PM

at least from the first mafia, your friends would fire back when you drove, but i don't remember being able to do that myself.  it would be nice if you could at least use the pistol to fire back.  

In the original you could miss with a one hand weapon (pistol) while driving.

Fixed that for you. slywink
4706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect: Are you In or Out? on: August 11, 2010, 05:59:19 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 11, 2010, 05:51:12 PM

Typical Kotaku  icon_rolleyes Motion capturing fingers with an optical system is something even high-end movie studios struggle with.  They're small, fast moving, and almost constantly occluding one another.  It was never going to be solved with a little camera in front of your TV.

Are you referring to a different Kotaku article? This one just debunks the rumor that has been going around that the Kinect will support finger detection. The Kinect actually does support it, but it requires the better camera that was used with the prototype.
4707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect: Are you In or Out? on: August 11, 2010, 12:29:59 PM
Here's the article, by the way: http://kotaku.com/5609840/kinect-dumbed-down-to-save-money-cant-read-sign-language?skyline=true&s=i
4708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: August 11, 2010, 11:41:06 AM
Referring to mine? I was tongue-in-cheek.
4709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: August 11, 2010, 11:27:14 AM
I think marcusjm has a good point. Sid Meier should definitely take a hint from Bioware and have Civilization VI be a third-person shooter, as they clearly showed that it can be very well received and earn them a lot of money. What could possibly go wrong?
4710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect: Are you In or Out? on: August 11, 2010, 10:45:08 AM
Haha, the Kinect actually can't read sign language. It's just a patent that is impossible on the regular Kinect's camera, only usable with the prototype. The Kinect can't even detect your fingers in the first place. This is all according to a new statement by Microsoft.
4711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Clone Wars(2003) Vs The Clone Wars(2008) on: August 11, 2010, 10:15:44 AM
The new Clone Wars completely replaces and invalidates the old one, and is very good. I have no issues recommending it.
4712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: August 11, 2010, 06:59:27 AM
Oh well, at least DA2 shares one thing with its predecessor: All its marketing is bad marketing.
4713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: August 11, 2010, 04:46:32 AM

Quote from: MaxSteele on August 11, 2010, 12:38:36 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 10, 2010, 03:59:21 PM

Good cast. Let's hope they can actually make them sound good too. Let's face it, Bethesda's track record with voice acting isn't exactly stellar. Oblivion's big name actors sounded like they were half asleep, and the Fallout 3 actors (outside of Liam Neeson, who also sounded half asleep) were just uninspired in their performance... with just a few exceptions.



Remember though, Bethesda is only publishing.  It's Obsidian who developed New Vegas.

True, I forgot. It's still something the publisher might end up doing for the developers though, but I have no idea how it's being done here.
4714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: August 10, 2010, 03:59:21 PM
Good cast. Let's hope they can actually make them sound good too. Let's face it, Bethesda's track record with voice acting isn't exactly stellar. Oblivion's big name actors sounded like they were half asleep, and the Fallout 3 actors (outside of Liam Neeson, who also sounded half asleep) were just uninspired in their performance... with just a few exceptions.

4715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: August 10, 2010, 11:37:22 AM

Quote from: marcusjm on August 10, 2010, 11:35:45 AM

As a side note, as expensive as developers in Norway are it would be intersting to hear how they handle feature requests there slywink.

As a Norwegian developer, I mostly just laugh in the face of feature requests and tell the user to send an email so I can "archive" it. slywink
4716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II: No Isometric view, lead platform becomes console on: August 10, 2010, 11:33:57 AM

Quote from: Razgon on August 10, 2010, 11:30:18 AM

Quote from: marcusjm on August 10, 2010, 11:05:30 AM

But they lose, since options take time to create (unless you hare satisfied with a couple of textboxes that look cool).

I also like options but they have to make sense.

Are you serious? So, if they make the overhead view, the game will suffer horribly? And making it doesnt make sense?

I think his point might be that if there's an overhead view, they must design the graphics and the levels so they look good both from that view and from the regular 3rd person view. It might seem like something that would just "work", but it's not that simple.
4717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Neverwinter Nights? on: August 10, 2010, 06:18:25 AM

Quote from: Razgon on August 10, 2010, 05:49:09 AM

DDO has well over a million subscribers by now, by all accounts - that makes it one of the most succesfull MMO's out there, so I seriously doubt it will fold just because another MMO shows up, be it fantasy, D&D or anything else.

Is "subscribers" really accurate here? How many of those have actually (or ever will) paid money to play the game? How many actively subscribe in that they pay a monthly fee?

Success in Free To Play MMORPGs is a bit more complex than just counting the number of active players.

Edit: I know DDO has become a success for Turbine after it went F2P, but 1 million subscribers sounds a bit much.
4718  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 (spoilers) on: August 10, 2010, 04:56:02 AM
I thought it was a great episode, though I did cringe during the gay segments. Lots of payoff for several plot threads that have been going on throughout the season, but no final resolution yet. smile
4719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is why Kinect will fail on: August 10, 2010, 04:52:10 AM
I think the Kinect will fail simply because I haven't heard of a single Kinect game that will appeal to the 360s core gamer. Sure, the stuff I've seen would appeal to kids and such, but what about the rest of us? Sony presented games like Heavy Rain and Resident Evil 5 for the Move. What does Microsoft have?

It'll never succeed without the games. Anything else is just wishful thinking.
4720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Neverwinter Nights? on: August 10, 2010, 04:48:23 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 10, 2010, 01:28:43 AM

Why would DDO be viewed as competition for a new D&D MMO?  DDO used the Eberron setting and 3.5 edition rules.  If anything, WoTC would probably prefer a new game that promotes the current rules, not those from years ago. 

I just don't see "competition" being a deal killer in terms of a new D&D Forgotten Realms based MMO.

Well, it's not the setting really. It's the D&D rules. The amount of people who are attracted towards a computer game simply because it's D&D is relatively small. The people playing DDO are likely to either think "hey, a new D&D MMORPG. Screw this, I'm going to play the other one instead" or "I'm already playing a D&D MMORPG. Why should I play another?". Setting is a smaller factor here than the rules.

For people who have no particular interest in D&D, the setting is the most important part. I would argue that the Forgotten Realms is a too generic and weak setting to succeed very well outside of the core fans, so we're back to square one and the rules. It just doesn't sound like a good idea.

It's all a bunch of speculation and gut feelings, but this is mine. A NWN MMORPG would probably do reasonably well, but it wouldn't be a big success, and even if it were, it would more or less kill DDO.
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