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4761  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.
4762  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.
4763  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
4764  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.
4765  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.
4766  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.
4767  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.
4768  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).
4769  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.
4770  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.
4771  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.
4772  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
4773  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.
4774  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
4775  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.
4776  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.
4777  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.
4778  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.
4779  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
4780  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.
4781  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.
4782  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
4783  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.
4784  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.
 
4785  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.
4786  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.
4787  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.
4788  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale! Day 10: LotRO and Girls of Summer 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.
4789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elemental: War of Magic on: September 11, 2010, 06:15:50 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 11, 2010, 06:10:29 AM

wow - got the CE box, or rather, a slip of paper telling me it was being held, and I had to pay toll for it... 286 kroner! or 49 dollars  icon_eek

I'm considering just letting them keep it.

You were surprised by that? Physical game boxes are always taxed to hell and back around these parts.
4790  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LoTRO Server Info on: September 10, 2010, 09:11:57 PM

Quote from: Fez on September 10, 2010, 08:21:13 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 10, 2010, 05:02:27 PM

I didn't realize as a old LOTRO player that I get Premium access in the free version. Pretty cool I suppose.

Hmm...didn't realize this either.  What does the premium access give us?

All the information you need is on the game's website. To be specific, you can find a chart here: http://www.lotro.com/free.php

If you've got any questions about things in that chart, ask me in the other LOTRO thread since this one is about servers. smile
4791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 10, 2010, 04:48:39 AM
Lip balm. I'll moisturize those zombies to death!
4792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 10, 2010, 04:45:42 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 10, 2010, 01:45:30 AM

and can you still find Playboys?

The Playboys only appear at very specific points in the story, so I strongly doubt it. There's not a single one you can find outside of its specific time and place.
4793  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 09, 2010, 08:33:37 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 09, 2010, 08:07:48 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on September 09, 2010, 07:47:17 PM

So theres some server talk in this thread but i haven't seen a single one singled out. Are we just all over? My old paid server was Landroval i think. but i think this free stuff ill start on one of the new servers..probably imladris

Dude there is a whole separate and new thread for that.

Don't be too hard on him. Reading is difficult! slywink
4794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 09, 2010, 06:26:40 AM
It's not a new concept for Codemasters. You haven't been around in LOTRO for very long, but I can assure you this has happened before. It tends to happen when there are problems with the American launch (and there has been some pretty big problems this time from what I hear). Codemasters lets Turbine fix the biggest issues before translating the patch to the EU client. We have to wait longer (sometimes for weeks), but when we do get the patch, it works much better than the one the Americans got initially.
4795  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 09, 2010, 06:02:52 AM
Yeah, and Codemasters hasn't even given us a hint of when the patch gets released. Curses!
4796  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 08, 2010, 03:14:03 PM
Nothing has been done yet. I'd expect this in the next patch (ie. not the one this week).

The instances and raids will be way more accessible with this change. No more need to do the same instance over and over in order to qualify for the next one, which you'll have to do over and over to qualify for the raid you REALLY wanted to do from the beginning. Since Radiance goes away, the massive amounts of Dread in the high-level instances will also have to be reduced to compensate, but that's the way it always was before the expansions anyway.

Nothing is going to get easier. It's just going to get more fun. I've already seen posts from people who left the game when Radiance was introduced, but who are now coming back because it gets removed again. I certainly understand that.

Turbine knew already when Moria was released that Radiance wasn't working the way they had hoped. They tried to fix it with Mirkwood by giving us access to Radiance gear through Medallions, reducing the massive grind to just a large grind. It didn't solve squat. They seem to have accepted the community feedback now.
4797  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: September 08, 2010, 12:42:17 PM
This appeared in a LOTRO dev chat:

Quote
<Jalessa> We took Radiance outside, tied it up to some railroad tracks, and...well...I think you saw the end of this in Red Dead Redemption. Look for this in the future - we will be removing Radiance from LOTRO.

Radiance is the feature I hate the most in this game, so this is good news in every way imaginable. I loved how raiding and instances worked before the expansions. It didn't matter if you had just hit level 50 and had only your quest equipment. You had everything you needed to not only enter, but to win each and every instance in the game with a decent group. With the expansions you suddenly had to grind Radiance gear to even be able to do the instances, which is not fun.

Edit: It's possible they'll replace it with something they're experimenting with for the new patch. The redesign of Helegrod splits it into 4 sections (through the Skirmish panel). There are three individual 12-man raids that handle a separate section of Helegrod. Once you have completed each of these (you only have to do it once), you gain access to the fourth part of the raid, which simply is a 24-man boss encounter. As long as you've done the three initial parts, you'll permanently have access to the final boss whenever you want (as long as you can gather a 24-man raid of course). This is a much better system than Radiance.
4798  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO vs WoW on: September 07, 2010, 09:00:42 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 07, 2010, 08:42:49 AM

If you dont see it, even though I posted some of the grinding areas, then nevermind. We'll never agree anyways.

I saw the things you posted, but none of them are needed to reach level 65, so my point stands. If you find yourself grinding those things before the cap, you're just ruining the experience for yourself.
4799  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO vs WoW on: September 07, 2010, 08:15:04 AM
There's no more need to grind at levels 50-65 than there was at level 1-50, so I don't really see what you're saying. It sounds to me like you forced yourself to play repetitive content, not because the game made you do it but because you thought you had to.
4800  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO vs WoW on: September 07, 2010, 07:17:25 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 07, 2010, 06:58:59 AM

Quote from: Scraper on September 01, 2010, 04:13:28 AM

I have played both games extensively and to say that LotRO has no endgame is complete bullshit. Crap article for me.

if endgame is insane Grind, then yes, Lotro has endgame.

Eh, that's not really accurate. If you play all the time, then yes, it'll turn into a grind. I've been at the level limit for ages, and I've always got quests to do or other activities that don't feel like grinds. Then there's the new book quests that keep getting released, making sure there's plenty of story to go through at the cap.

I've had a break from the game this summer, but when I last played I entertained myself by playing skirmishes. There are enough of them that they remain entertaining. With the skirmish refund coming up in this patch I think I'm going to finally get my soldier up to my own level. smile

If you're trying to get the best equipment (which isn't really that important in this game as the differences are minor and the equipment is pretty specialized) you'll have to grind instances. That's not something that concerns me though. I've always got something else of interest to do.
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