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4921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft to become the Sequel Factory/ they're also eliminating manuals! on: April 19, 2010, 06:14:40 PM
I have mixed feelings about this. While there's of course no doubt that Ubisoft is doing this for nothing but their own bottom line (as if they care about the environment. HAH!), it does sort of make sense. Most games today have tutorials that teach you everything you need to know to get started, and then more advanced concepts are introduced gradually through the game. On the other hand, I'm worried that this is going to be a problem for more complex games like Civilization and Europa Universalis. Those games really benefit from a written manual you can read in bed or on the toilet, letting you dig deep into the intricacies of the game between matches. The Civilopedia in Civilization is great, but it's no replacement for the manual. Not at all.

4922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can't stop laughing at this- Jesus playing Chat Roulette on: April 19, 2010, 09:46:39 AM

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

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

And became Caucasian. Tongue
4923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:32:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

You misread me. I don't want military types to be like Nathan Drake, but I at least want them to act like military types. Someone who sneers at his superior officer and says "I'm not doing this for you!", or who puts his loaded weapon across his lap and points it at his fellow soldiers, or who smashes his rifle repeatedly against a parked car out of frustration over a personal issue wouldn't last long in ANY army, American or not. I've taken sergeant's training myself in the Norwegian army, and I never encountered anyone who acted even remotely like the people in this game. If there are American soldiers who act like this and get away with it, you (as in "your country") have got a serious problem.
4924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:09:31 PM

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

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

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

Read. The. Books.

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

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

I read the Mass Effect books, but that was because I already liked the setting and its characters.
4925  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-15-2010: Star Wars Force Unleashed Sith Edition 50% off on: April 16, 2010, 07:16:37 AM

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

only $14.99 until Monday.

That is $30 too expensive.
4926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 05:36:25 AM

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

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

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

Btw, I seem to recall that all the characters in the remakes have been hand-drawn.
4927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 16, 2010, 04:53:42 AM

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

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

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

Not to be an ass, but this post is meaningless without bitrates. I can tell you with no fear of being contradicted that you'd never hear the difference between a 320 kbps MP3 file and the source file. Some guy did a blind test on a forum full of music composers a while back, and pretty much nobody was able to hear a difference. Among those who said they heard a difference, there were just as many who thought the source file was the MP3 file and vice versa as there were people who picked the right file. This was with orchestral music, btw.
4928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 04:48:00 AM

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

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

You do realize those are screenshots from Playstation Home, right?  icon_lol
4929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 08:58:48 PM

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

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

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

Also: LOL @ hepcat. biggrin
4930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 06:35:15 PM

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

I refuse to buy any mp3's.

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

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

Also, any self-respecting music download site offers FLAC-files as well as MP3s.
4931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 04:43:40 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 15, 2010, 04:33:35 PM

I think he's trying to say I'm white, which is true.  

by the way, I just looked at my calendar and noticed today is 4/15!!!!

*Gasp!* Those are two of the Numbers from Lost!!!!!111!eleven!!1
4932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 04:30:59 PM
A black line with no ends? A rectangle? A picture frame?
4933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 04:20:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2010, 04:16:41 PM

you should ditch the CD system in your car and install a turntable for vinyl!

Amateur! You should have a whole orchestra in the back seat.
4934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I Was Buying Milk the Other Day on: April 15, 2010, 03:21:07 PM
And here I was beginning to think that you're not crazy...  'tarded!
4935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC on: April 15, 2010, 10:02:27 AM
Comparing this to the complaining about Fallout 3 is silly. Both Fallout 2 and Fallout 3 are RPGs. There's no such direct comparison between X-Com and this new travesty. I say travesty because I'm incredibly disappointed that we're still not going to get a true X-Com game.
4936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music quality question on: April 15, 2010, 08:37:55 AM
MP3s use compression to fit your music into way less space than an uncompressed wave-file. This compression is not lossless, which means that something is removed or reduced in quality in the process. The way an MP3 encoder does this is by analyzing the sound in the file and removing the sound that the human ear might not be able to hear in the first place. The theory is that you can safely remove stuff that wouldn't otherwise be heard. In reality it isn't quite that easy.

To make it simple, most people won't be able to tell the difference between a 196 kbps MP3-file and a CD. Try a blind test between a file at that compression level and a raw wave file (from CD) and see if you can hear the difference. You probably won't. Even if you do, you can still compress at higher bitrates and get pretty much perfect quality.

So unless your MP3 files are encoded at less than 196 kbps, you don't need to worry. Your music will sound fine.
4937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 15, 2010, 07:21:47 AM
That's a lot of new music. Am I right in that the new radio stations are only included in the retail version? If so, it seems like there's no perfect choice here. Tongue
4938  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: April 14, 2010, 09:47:57 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 14, 2010, 09:43:28 PM

Personally, if it were my kid, the guy would never make it to trial.  I'd probably exterminate him and his entire bloodline. 

If half of the people on forums were even half as tough as they think they are, they could probably take over the world. slywink
4939  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: April 14, 2010, 09:37:59 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on April 14, 2010, 05:25:39 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on April 14, 2010, 05:03:32 PM

I am not sure what you mean by the "opportunity to strike again and again"?  I didn't read that the man had done something like this before.

Due to our law system current lack of actually dispensing Justice, this man would likely get serve a reduced sentence after which he would have an opportunity to stike again. Our law system has a shitty, short-term memory. Thus, I argue this man shouldn't be allowed to live if found guilty of this heinous crime.

The major flaw in your argument is that you're describing situations that haven't happened. Unless there's major information missing here, this guy did this once. Ok, I agree that once is way too much when it comes to crimes like this, but killing him won't stop anyone else from doing the same thing (there's no logic involved when you do something this criminally insane), and I haven't heard of any cases where the criminal has repeated this kind of crime after serving his sentence. From what I've read, therapy is actually quite effective at "fixing" people like this, making it possible for them to return as productive and safe members of society after their sentence.

So in short, your "solution" of killing the criminal solves nothing. It only serves to satisfy your bloodlust, and that is not a noble goal nor the goal of any civilized justice system.
4940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 08:38:31 PM
Okay, thanks for the in-depth information. There's still one thing that seems a bit vague in the things I've read though. They say that in the DLC version the new music is mixed in with the old stations. Does this mean the music is added to the old stations, or are they put into new ones?

The radio is an important part of GTA to me, which is why I ask so many questions about it. smile
4941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 12:54:59 PM
I don't trade games, so that's no concern. I was thinking that maybe the original music would be included in the retail version of the PS3 disc since it's Blu-ray instead of DVD. I haven't seen anyone specifically say anything about this regarding the PS3-version.
4942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Episodes From Liberty City (PS3) on: April 14, 2010, 09:08:54 AM
So, with Episodes From Liberty City being released this week for the PS3 (finally!), I was wondering what the differences are between the DLC and retail versions. I know what the differences are for the 360-version, but I seem to recall that things would be done differently for the PS3. Anyone know? I need to figure out which version to get ASAP. smile
4943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC on: April 14, 2010, 07:25:13 AM
I just hope this isn't the new X-Com game we have been hearing rumors about for the past two or so years. That would be extremely disappointing.
4944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars getting remade on: April 13, 2010, 07:29:01 PM
Loved it. I would be able to get through an entire move like that no problem. smile
4945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: April 13, 2010, 07:17:04 PM
Penny-Arcade isn't really a comic you laugh out loud at. That made me dislike it for a long time. I've only warmed up to it recently. It's the kind of humor that makes me smile, not laugh.
4946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM
This thread was starting to stink, so I thought it was about time someone cast Raise Dead on it.

Anyway, I just finished Gears of War 2, and I liked it a lot. It was a great game with excellent pacing and plenty of good set pieces. I kept comparing it to Uncharted 2 while playing, and while that game is the stronger of the two, GOW2 gives it at least a solid workout. smile

Since other posts in this thread have already covered all the good parts in detail, I'll instead mention the two things I didn't like about the game:

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullshit that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes, the sooner gaming will become a storytelling medium we can all be proud of. Uncharted is one of the best examples of how to do this right. Gears of War is one of the best examples of how to do it wrong. On the other hand, the setting was pretty good if you ignore stuff like weapons that would never last more than a few seconds in battle in real life (chainsaws on a gun? Come on! It'd get clogged immediately) and elite soldiers making mistakes rookies get taught not to do on their first day of training (never point your gun at another soldier, if even by accident and for a fraction of a second. These guys do it all the time, everywhere).

- The weapon pickup system. Twice during the game I accidentally picked up a crappy weapon while dropping my favorite one, only for a cutscene to immediately kick in and rob me of my chance to rectify the mistake, leaving me with a weapon loadout that wasn't at all suitable for the situation ahead and with minimal ammo. Another time I got through a long battle only to realize I had picked up a weapon and dropped my lancer without even noticing, and the lancer had long since despawned. The game should require you to hold a button for a few seconds to pick up a weapon, while ammo should remain instant like it is now.
4947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 13, 2010, 09:47:09 AM
That's actually an amazingly accurate and in-depth summary of the show, if you ignore the characters and focus only on the big mysteries. smile
4948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 13, 2010, 04:42:00 AM
You can supposedly also save time by looking at the type of planet and scanning accordingly. For example, a rocky planet with plenty of asteroid impact craters is likely to have almost all its valuable resources in or next to the craters. A previously inhabited planet is likely to have its resources in the habitable zones. You get the point.
4949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 12, 2010, 08:07:01 AM
One thing most people forget when it comes to new party members for Mass Effect 2 is that they also participate in dialogue throughout the entire game. I picked Kasumi up for my second playthrough yesterday and brought her along with me for the mission to get the Krogan crewmember. She had several lines of dialogue during the mission that fit in just as well as any other party member's comments would have.

She's also incredibly fun to bring along. I absolutely love her sneak attack power. If I'm attacked by a group of enemies and they have a heavy weapons guy, I like to hide behind cover while sending her out to kill him. She'll pop up behind him, kill him in one blow, and just as everyone turns their weapons toward her she'll disappear and I'll fire at will. When fully upgraded you can choose to reduce the recharge time of her sneak attack by 80% if she kills her target (and she usually does unless they're heavily shielded and armored), so you can send her out quite often.
4950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 11, 2010, 08:57:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2010, 12:12:06 AM

I have a feeling the chauffeur knows what is going on too, especially after the way he was asking if Desmond needed anything after he talked to Eloise.

I didn't get that impression. On the other hand, if there's anyone else apart from Desmond who should be able to figure things out easily, it would be him. He was also unstuck in time at one point, after all.
4951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 10, 2010, 03:44:36 PM

Quote from: Moliere on April 10, 2010, 03:02:19 PM

Gotta feel bad for the red shirts that Syeed kills at the end of the episode. Doesn't really make sense that he would spare this random woman and tell her to "Run". He's a cold blooded killer that helped wipe out women and children at the temple. Why spare her?

Probably to send Widmore a message.
4952  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 10, 2010, 08:38:05 AM
Dark City?
4953  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Internet stops working but open connections still ok?? on: April 10, 2010, 08:35:10 AM
This one is (theoretically) easy. You're losing contact with your DNS server for whatever reason. This means you could still connect to websites if you merely used their IPs, even if you can't reach them with normal URLs. I can't say why this happens, but you might want to try an alternate DNS server. Google has one, for example, with instructions on how to set it up.
4954  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [Live] - BFBC2 - planned game this evening @ 10pm EST. Any interest?? on: April 09, 2010, 01:41:13 PM

Quote from: Roman on April 09, 2010, 01:31:51 PM

Thoughts?

Yeah, I'm thinking you posted this in the wrong forum section. slywink
4955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanet = new porn site? on: April 08, 2010, 04:38:37 AM
Well, what can you expect from a site that sells a service you can get for free everywhere else? FilePlanet has been dying for years, and has only survived this long because of their contacts and shrewd business deals. Won't save them from their inevitable collapse though.
4956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 07, 2010, 09:26:31 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 07, 2010, 08:31:17 PM

Does Kasumi have more dialog than Zaeed while on the ship?  You know, like actual conversation trees?

You get to speak with her a few times during her recruitment and loyalty mission, but she has no dialogue trees on board the ship. She has quite a few things to say anyway though, and will even comment on recent events with other crewmembers. For example:

Spoiler for Romance spoiler. Safe to click if you know the options available:
My romance was with Tali. Kasumi told me that she had spoken to her and that Tali was completely in love with me and that I was all she ever talked about. "Treat her well." was her final advice. It was actually quite satisfying to hear.
4957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting/ Sitcom coming too? on: April 07, 2010, 09:22:33 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 07, 2010, 03:16:38 PM

4. It gets really annoying how stupid the Jedi are.  Week after week they do stupid things, are arrogant, are shortsighted, etc.  Heck you start to feel they deserve to be wiped out. 

Skipping your other points, I believe this is actually a major motif in the new trilogy. The Jedi Order has become convoluted, ritualistic, ineffective and blind. The new trilogy points these things out in some subtle and some less subtle ways, for example through the fact that they are unable to see Palpatine's plot under their very nose. They don't even allow their Jedi to love, which turns out to be a pointless and even dangerous (look at Anakin) gesture. Their prophecy says that Anakin will bring balance to the Force, but they don't realize that it will be through wiping out the Jedi Order (through Anakin) and then rebuilding it from scratch (through Luke) with new and improved ideals.
4958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 07, 2010, 05:14:59 PM
I picked this up and played through it just now. It's a good mission with a decent amount of variety and some cool moments. Definitely worth adding to the game. Perhaps not worth going back to it again for if you're not feeling motivated, but the mission didn't disappoint.
4959  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Trying to find the cause of my system freezing on: April 07, 2010, 01:22:49 PM
My first instinct was the RAM, but as you said you've scanned it already. With that out of the way, experience dictates that it might be the power supply. Are you sure it's powerful enough to handle your entire setup? If it is, it might be faulty.

I'd wait until others have responded before getting a new one though. I'm not really a hardware person even though I do computer support at work. smile
4960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: April 05, 2010, 05:38:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 05, 2010, 04:23:12 PM

Says who?

Let's put it like this: Would you bet money on the chance that a document that the user couldn't see until he bought the product, and which he hasn't signed with a pen on paper nor any proper digital signing method, would be able to override actual laws in court?

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