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4681  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.
4682  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.
4683  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.
4684  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.
4685  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
4686  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
4687  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



4688  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?
4689  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
4690  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.
4691  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.
4692  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?
4693  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
4694  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.
4695  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.
4696  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
4697  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.
4698  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.
4699  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.
4700  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.
4701  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).
4702  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.
4703  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.
4704  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.
4705  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
4706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: September 16, 2010, 07:13:40 AM

Quote from: neofit on September 16, 2010, 06:48:12 AM

And who made you boss to close cases?

Meh, you can argue about non-existing faults with the game as much as you want if it makes you happy. I don't think you'll find anyone else in this thread who even suspects a change in the save system. As I said, there's no reason to discuss this because if there was a change, it would have been so controversial that it would have been explicitly pointed out in previews and/or discussed angrily on message boards. Since it hasn't been... well, case closed and all that.
4707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II on: September 16, 2010, 06:19:38 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 16, 2010, 05:34:43 AM


And here's a little nod to the previous record holder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKUSSFzRZGY
4708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: September 15, 2010, 01:14:32 PM

Quote from: neofit on September 15, 2010, 12:50:04 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 15, 2010, 12:28:35 PM

I don't see why they'd change it from Fallout 3, which was save anywhere.
Alpha Protocol?

What does that have to do with Fallout? New Vegas is a total conversion for Fallout 3. Case closed. Nobody's talking about it because there's no reason to.
4709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: September 15, 2010, 12:28:35 PM
I don't see why they'd change it from Fallout 3, which was save anywhere.
4710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: Now Steam powered! on: September 15, 2010, 11:02:24 AM

Quote from: neofit on September 15, 2010, 10:22:39 AM

I do not understand these map packs. So if for example I order from Steam, I will be able to play a game on Earth, with something that looks like Iraq and the Persian, but this Earth will have no Asia, no Americas and no Mediterranean? Or these are special maps that would only be used on small, regional scenarios?

There was similar stuff in the older Civs. The Mediterranean map is just that. It contains only a detailed version of the Mediterranean and the areas directly around it. It's the same way with the others. None of these affect the Earth map.

In the stream it was mentioned that the Earth map was scalable, as in it's actually generated for you as you begin the game, allowing you to play it on any map size. I assume these map packs work in the same way.
4711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 14, 2010, 04:41:17 AM

Quote from: Giles Habibula on September 14, 2010, 02:44:57 AM

I'm maybe an hour into the full game.
And I'm loving it. Are all the paintings I'm seeing just copies of actual works of art, or did someone create them for the game?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Do I really need to be hoarding all these tinderboxes and oil flasks? There's a few places I would have loved to have lit up, but this damn game is really ramping up the suspense, and I'm scared to death I might need this stuff later. No, I mean I'm really scared... and nothing has really happened yet...

The tinderboxes and oil flasks are there to be used. I feel like I've been lighting up a lot of torches and used the torch plenty of times, but I've still got 40 tinderboxes and 15 oil flasks left now that I'm 2/3 through the game.
4712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/13) on: September 13, 2010, 08:19:23 AM
Nothing this week. Next week however... smile
4713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 13, 2010, 07:15:07 AM
Given that I'm a bit more interested in game mechanics than most people, I've stumbled upon something that is making the game less tense for me than it should be. The spoiler section below contains no story spoilers, but might lessen the game's impact if you read it before playing it. You've been warned.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm in the cisterns right now. So far it seems that every single monster encounter in the game has been scripted. In other words, they are spawned in specific situations and despawned when out of sight for a while. Does this change?

The reasons for why I think they are scripted:
- If I don't make progress (ie. I don't discover new areas or find progress-related items), I never ever run across monsters.
- If I make progress (discover a new area or find progress-related items) the game will often spawn a monster. If I hide, the monster will despawn after a while. This can be verified by stumbling upon a monster at a dead end and finding no trace of it afterwards, or having a monster appear behind you when you've been running for a while.
- I've never seen a monster appear while standing still and doing nothing.

This is a bit of a disappointment to me. Scripting monster appearances is nice, but when that's all you do, it becomes predictable. I've had several situations where I've been expecting a monster because of something I've done, and been right. If nothing else, they should have set at least one monster to wander the corridors and make things more unpredictable.
4714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: September 11, 2010, 09:47:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 11, 2010, 09:34:37 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on September 11, 2010, 08:52:14 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on September 11, 2010, 08:30:07 PM

Quote from: Razgon
I'm letting it rot at the postoffice - I wont be paying 100 dollars for this piece of crap.

Considering some of the other shit you've posted about playing in the past, this surprises me.  For someone who hasn't even played it, you sure have posted alot about the game.  Did Stardock rape your cat?

When you buy the game directly from Stardock you have the option of getting a physical copy mailed to you on top of the digital copy that is available immediately.  So Razgon downloaded the game and has been playing it while waiting for the physical copy to arrive.  He's already paid $50 for it an now he has to pay an import tax on top of that, making the total cost $100.  Since he's not that happy with the game, he's questioning his desire to spend the $50 he needs to get the physical copy.   I don't see any problem with this approach.
I don't either since it's not my money. I just don't get why someone would import a physical copy of the game when they knew it would be taxed whether the game was good or not. Especially since you can re-download any time you want through Impulse so the physical copy is worthless (In fact you are required to use Impulse if you ever want to update the game). As far as the game itself was concerned, you could get a feel for the game and the manual from the beta. Plus if the game is that bad, and you have no faith in Stardock to fix it, if he would have never got the physical copy he could have already got his money back. Sounds like Razgon should have thought things through a little more.

If you're not familiar with importing software to a country with heavy toll, I can see why you'd be confused. Let's say you order a season of Sam & Max from Telltale before it's completed. Part of that deal is that you get the option to get the whole thing on DVD later for just the price of shipping. There's a trick here that makes this system appealing to those of us who have to consider import fees and taxes. When the DVD is shipped, Telltale can write on the box that the contents cost $0 plus shipping, and it'd be legal. No matter what the original season cost, you just got to skip customs.

Many online stores do things in similar ways. Some will even go so far as to write a fake price on the package that is low enough for it to not trigger any toll (for example, if I import a DVD to Norway I don't have to pay toll if its total price was less than 200 NOK), though this is shady and can result in confiscations if they do it a lot. Some, like Amazon, will use couriers that have their own systems for dealing with toll, removing the administrative costs from the equation. In Razgon's case the administrative costs actually were larger than the toll itself, which means that stuff just above the lower toll limit are a waste of money to import unless you can get a system like the one Amazon uses.
4715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 11, 2010, 05:40:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 11, 2010, 05:24:23 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 11, 2010, 05:16:44 PM

What am I not getting about the package opener?
The picture on it is pretty funny, plus it's in the same packaging it makes fun of.

That's one interpretation.

I think it's funny how its name is "Stop Struggling" when the product is a knife. Makes me think of back alleys. slywink
4716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]anybody interested in the new F1 game? on: September 11, 2010, 02:32:59 PM
I'm intrigued by this game. I love GRID and Dirt 2, but this one looks a bit hardcore. I'm also worried that driving nothing but F1 cars is going to get old fast.
4717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 11, 2010, 02:28:21 PM
I bought Amnesia yesterday, and so far I've played it for three hours according to Steam. It plays nice for a long while, but I've just now reached the part where the gloves come off. The thing that makes this game so scary is that you're essentially powerless. You can't harm your enemies, they're way more powerful than you in the first place, and the only respite from the pressing darkness is light, which just ends up making you way more vulnerable to being seen by the monsters you're trying to avoid.

People tend to say that the best horror monster is the one you don't see. Amnesia does this well. If you are close enough to a monster to see it, you're in grave danger, and looking straight at it tears away at your sanity and increases the chances you'll be discovered. Not only that, but the enemies are so vague that I still can't describe what they look like, except for them being humanoid in shape. That's a good thing.
 
4718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: September 11, 2010, 11:52:06 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on September 11, 2010, 11:31:13 AM

Why does your government do that?  Doesn't it discourage people from buying things from overseas? 

That's exactly why they do it. Local stores have to pay toll to import their wares, so if you could just buy them from, say, American stores and skip the toll, there'd be no reason for anyone to ever buy locally. It's a system that has to be there to protect local and national commerce.
4719  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 10: LotRO and Girls of Summer on: September 11, 2010, 07:03:42 AM
Okay, I guess that's reasonable enough. I wonder how ancient the game client on the disc is though. Might have been a smaller download just to get a fresh client from the net.
4720  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 10: LotRO and Girls of Summer on: September 11, 2010, 06:54:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 11, 2010, 06:30:10 AM

Quote from: TiLT on September 11, 2010, 06:22:28 AM

They're trying to sell LOTRO after it's become free to download and play? Wow, that's some nerve.

they have to clear their inventory  icon_wink

seriously though, check out the item description.

I can't. It's region blocked and just goes to the home page.
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