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4921  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: December 28, 2010, 10:28:09 PM
According to Joystiq, Mark Wahlberg isn't anywhere near to being confirmed as Nathan Drake, which makes it puzzling why he'd go out in public and claim the opposite. The game director seems to be well aware that Nathan Fillion is the fan favorite for the role. Also, the whole thing about the "family dynamic" in the movie is supposedly just hogwash.

I'm desperately clinging to the hope that everything we've heard about the movie so far is false. At least this last bit of news gives some slight hope.
4922  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dungeons and Dragons Novels on: December 28, 2010, 11:02:36 AM
I tried reading the chronologically first Drizzt novel and was bored to tears, so I wouldn't start there.

On the other hand, I've been reading several different Warhammer and Warhammer 40k novels recently, and they've all been excellent.
4923  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 26, 2010, 10:31:28 AM
I've found that my download speeds from Steam have been slow during the sales, but if I completely close and restart Steam, I get to download at 2 MB/s or more immediately.
4924  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 24, 2010, 02:56:08 PM

Quote from: earicci on December 24, 2010, 02:35:10 PM

I was a big Gothic fan up until Arcania (didn't buy it based on poor reviews). I understand Risen is much like Gothic. Anyone think Risen is worth the $15 tag?

4925  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 24, 2010, 09:06:43 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 19, 2010, 09:08:03 PM

The saddest thing about this whole ordeal is that Zekester isn't going to learn anything from it.
4926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: December 24, 2010, 09:01:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2010, 11:54:38 PM

FFS, why does Steam feel the need to reinstall Direct X every time I boot up a new game?   icon_evil

It doesn't actually reinstall anything. The DirectX installer just checks to see that everything is up to date, and then quits if no updates are needed. The process is quite quick. The reason you see this every time you start a new game is because Steam otherwise wouldn't have an installer for its games, and that would lead to frustration when people wouldn't get the correct DirectX-version or would be missing any other important tool the game might require (such as OpenAL or Visual Studio Redistributables).
4927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Foods You Ain't Use to like, but Now Do? on: December 22, 2010, 12:24:22 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 20, 2010, 11:04:19 PM

A friend of mine had this theory that as your taste buds get older and "decay," certain things whose taste you couldn't stand in your youth sort of transform into something you can stand or even like.

It's true. Kids have more sensitive taste buds, which means that things that we adults consider plain and tasteless can be a real taste explosion for them, and things they consider inedible can be extremely tasty for us.

Also, this thread title makes me cringe every time I see it. That poor grammar...
4928  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boycott Purveyor of Pedophile Literature on: December 21, 2010, 10:18:59 PM
Imagine this: Every time someone posts about smoking a joint, the cops trace down their IP address (and check other recent traffic of theirs in case the suspect has further advocated drug use elsewhere) and force the person to go through a full drug test.

If anyone here thinks the above sounds fucked up, but still supports arresting or investigating the author of the book in question, you're a fucking hypocrite.
4929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 - update 11-3: Facebook mini-game coming on: December 21, 2010, 05:26:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 21, 2010, 05:11:31 PM

Looks more fun to me. All the tactics are still there.

They're not missing textures, instead, they've actually gotten rid of all the little incidental objects littered around the levels, things like the ever present cheese wheels, detritus, rubble, etc. Turns out, people really didn't care about it.

No, it turns out Bioware believes people really didn't care about it. I think they're very wrong, and I miss those things already. The cartoonified style for DA2 doesn't appeal at all, and is a major step down from what they had before.
4930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: December 21, 2010, 08:25:36 AM
This thread should be renamed to "My Great Steam Experience!". slywink
4931  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 21, 2010, 05:35:31 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on December 20, 2010, 09:51:48 PM

Relief.  I'm on a really tight budget at the moment so I'm glad there's not a great deal that tempts me.  I'm definitely picking up that Indie Fantasy pack though - I'd have paid 4 for Spectromancer alone. smile

You do know the deals will change every day, right? slywink
4932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 - update 11-3: Facebook mini-game coming on: December 21, 2010, 05:26:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2010, 03:15:44 AM

Quote from: EddieA on December 17, 2010, 07:47:03 AM

Here's a new (I think) video showing some combat in both real-time and pause-and-issue-orders modes.
  interesting.  is it me or does it look like they are missing some textures there?

I think it's more alarming that they're missing what was fun about the first game.
4933  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 starts the 20th! on: December 20, 2010, 06:46:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2010, 06:25:06 PM

Hee hee it's starting  icon_twisted

Is it? I'm not seeing any banners or indications that a special sale is going on.
4934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/20) on: December 20, 2010, 01:14:49 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 20, 2010, 11:37:05 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2010, 08:03:24 AM

Back to the Future episode One is released this week.

I will trial the game,but waiting for the 360 version,this weeks SentUAMessage on Inside Xbox had a comment from Telltales games when someone asked if it was coming to the 360..they(Telltale) said that if there is enough interest for the game to go to 360 they would love to bring it...obviously a stupid f**king answer,because i think everyone knows it would probably sell more on the 360,if it was released simultaneously ...SUAM said to send a tweet to telltale games to say you want it on the i did icon_biggrin

AFAIK, TellTale won't release episodic games on the 360 until the entire season is ready since Microsoft won't allow them to sell the entire season at once before all the episodes are released. Sony on the other hand has been very forthcoming with allowing this kind of release system on the PS3.
4935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 19, 2010, 09:08:03 PM

Quote from: Zekester on December 19, 2010, 06:18:07 PM

I started this thread without a strand of racism against Asians. I, in fact, happen to love most Asian culture and peoples, and to visit Japan or China are on my top two choices of places wanting to visit before I die. I grew up with a Vietnamese friend in middle school. So those of you here that assumed that I was racist against Asians were just flat-out 100% WRONG.

The only thing I can think of when reading that is this.

The saddest thing about this whole ordeal is that Zekester isn't going to learn anything from it.
4936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] demon's souls impressions on: December 18, 2010, 06:32:12 PM
Does anyone know if this also applies to the European servers? I can't recall seeing any such server events here.
4937  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 16, 2010, 09:53:30 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on December 16, 2010, 09:25:34 PM

I think for some of us there is a need to know a little background on this poster as to me the initial thread didn't seem to far out there...

Is it me or is there a history?

See here. Read it and weep/laugh, depending on how much you care about the future of the human race. Tongue

Btw, I'm offended and I'm neither American or Asian (or gay).

4938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 -EDIT : finally released on: December 16, 2010, 09:49:25 PM

Quote from: Morgul on December 10, 2010, 08:41:23 PM

Quote from: joeyjazz on December 09, 2010, 09:29:34 PM

You mean the new Need For Speed Hot Pursuit?  

Yea, that one.  Play the shit out of them and let me know.  I liked the racing parts of Grand theft auto, and thought I would give one a try.  But I cannot decide which to get.

I might like to race online too, if its like a "black ops" racing game heh..

But yea, I want to get one to play around on and see if I can get into it, so would like a reccomendation.

I haven't played either but am quite familiar with both nevertheless. They're completely different types of racing games. GT5 is hyper-realistic and the ideal choice if you're looking for the ultimate simulation. NFS:HP is the best choice if you want a focus on action and high-speed chases with only the occasional nod towards realism. NFS:Shift is a better comparison to GT5.
4939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 16, 2010, 06:03:40 PM
One thing's for sure: this thread won't have a happy ending.
4940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: December 15, 2010, 10:03:08 PM

Quote from: Appollo on December 15, 2010, 09:35:21 PM

I won't touch the alchemist side of things unless it becomes apparent that it is something that is required.

It's not required, but a little effort put into understanding the options available to you will make the game considerably easier for you. Some battles would get very difficult if you don't use potions. There's a reason why even the intro shows an extended sequence of Geralt consuming a potion in preparation for battle.
4941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2010, 09:53:05 PM
I seem to recall posting a relevant pic about internet arguments on the previous page... slywink
4942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 14, 2010, 02:40:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 14, 2010, 02:21:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 14, 2010, 05:34:34 AM

I honestly didn't think Fallout 3 was much better than Oblivion when it came to voiceovers.

really? Oblivion apart from the famous people,they used what seemed like a total of 5 other voices for all the NPCs,the Fallout 3 voices no one seemed to share the same voice

Oh come on, it was the same few people all the time. For example, IIRC they only used one voice actor for all the old men in the game.

A different example: In Fallout New Vegas, try visiting the army base in the southwest. Every male character there is the same voice actor.
4943  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides on: December 14, 2010, 08:46:14 AM
That looked reasonably compelling. In so far. smile
4944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 14, 2010, 08:20:29 AM

4945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: December 14, 2010, 05:36:48 AM
Sounds fine to me. I barely used stimpaks in my hardcore playthrough. While I rarely had more than about two dozen stimpaks at once in Fallout 3, I routinely had around a hundred of them in New Vegas. I felt like I was swimming in them even by the time I left the first town.
4946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 14, 2010, 05:34:34 AM
I honestly didn't think Fallout 3 was much better than Oblivion when it came to voiceovers. Fallout New Vegas was somewhat better, but far from good enough. I consider voiceovers to be Bethesda's major weakness, partly because there's too few voice actors being used for too many people (it doesn't help much in a game like this if you have a ton of voice actors but only use most of them for one unique character each, when the majority of the game is spent talking to more generic NPCs) and because they somehow seem to drain the "energy" from their performances. I don't know what it is that does it, but even the best actors who've been in Bethesda games have sounded nearly asleep (again, New Vegas was better, but far from at the level I'd expect from the actors involved). Maybe it's related to the general lack of emotion the NPCs are able to display during conversation with the current engine, which limits the acting range that can be used.
4947  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: December 13, 2010, 07:32:27 PM
It's Evendim, sir, not Everdim. You make it sound so bleak. slywink

North Downs was always one of my favorite zones. It's huge and varied, with lots to do and plenty of freedom to go wherever you like without being funneled through barely masqueraded tunnels. It also features many of the important elements of LOTR: Elves, dwarves, men and rangers all have their own separate camps there. Orcs are present in large numbers. You've got grasslands, hills, mountains, valleys, a huge lake, and even the necropolis of Fornost, the seat of the king in the old days. The epic quest in the region has you trying to convince the various races to prepare for war against the orcs swarming out of Angmar, and you can do this in any order you like.
4948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/13) on: December 13, 2010, 07:22:16 PM

Quote from: jersoc on December 13, 2010, 10:19:28 AM

game dev story hit android. that game is pure crack. 3 people in wow heroics playing that didnt' go well.  icon_lol

Damn you! DAMN you! Tongue
4949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 13, 2010, 07:19:20 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 13, 2010, 06:47:44 PM

I just wondering what approach Bethesda will take to geography this time; will it be a much smaller area like Oblivion's or a full continent like Morrowind. Transporting to different locations on the continent in Morrowind captured my imagination much more than the series of towns and mountains surrounding a small lake featured in Oblivion. That said, I can't say I care for the World Map approach Bioware took with Ferelden in DA.

Technically, Oblivion covered a larger land mass than Morrowind. Take a look at the map above. Morrowind didn't cover even half of the Morrowind province, but was set only on the island. Oblivion on the other hand covered pretty much the entiretiy of Cyrodiil, the largest province in the Elder Scrolls world.

As an aside, Daggerfall covered only a minor part of the Hammerfell province, while Arena covered the entire world.
4950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V (continuation of Oblivion?) on: December 13, 2010, 11:05:01 AM

Quote from: Razgon on December 13, 2010, 11:00:56 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 12, 2010, 01:40:22 AM

I remember them or someone saying it was gonna be in Skyrim,which made me look up the map for it

now there was a lot of snow to the North of Cyrodiil(Oblivion) i wonder as Skyrim is north of that,i wonder if it will just be a winter wonderland

Skyrim is where the emperor originally came from, and is where the Nords are from originally as well.

Basically, its Denmark ;-)

Flat, windy and liberal?
4951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: December 12, 2010, 11:51:09 AM
So much for Bethesda saying that this game would have an incredibly short timespan between its announcement and its release.

Still excited though.
4952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Achievement or Trophy are you most 'Proud' of getting this year? on: December 11, 2010, 08:05:09 PM
I guess that'd be my Uncharted 2 Platinum trophy.
4953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: December 10, 2010, 10:05:32 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 09, 2010, 04:49:29 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 09, 2010, 02:45:03 PM

Here's the question - do the transformations still look like someone hucking a magnet through a knife-shop?

Yes, they do.  icon_razz

I think teaser looks great!! But I can't identify the robot in it. That's definetely not Shockwave (Shockwave only has one eye).. It sorta looks like Rodimus Prime, and that's a good chance it is 'cause Optimus Prime could die for good in this third movie. It ain't Galvatron either. And that's definetely not Unicron.

I'd guess it's a new robot invented for the movies, just like the big bad in Transformers 2.
4954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 10, 2010, 02:54:25 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 10, 2010, 02:50:30 PM

Quote from: envy24 on December 10, 2010, 02:22:01 PM


I don't get it...

4955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception!! on: December 09, 2010, 02:40:39 PM
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!
4956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA: Single Player games Are Finished on: December 09, 2010, 02:17:24 PM
The irony is, of course, that games such as Call of Duty and their popular multiplayer components are becoming a problem for publishers. The analyst Michael Pachter has commented on this a number of times, pointing out that when people can get hundreds of hours out of the multiplayer in a game like CoD, they'll be less inclined to purchase more games. A good multiplayer game might earn them more sales of that particular game, but it could also keep that same player from buying their next several releases simply because he's satisfied with the first one.
4957  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ok top 2%ers - explain this to me on: December 07, 2010, 07:26:07 AM

Quote from: Moliere on December 07, 2010, 06:54:40 AM

Btw, does it sound fair that the top 1% income earners pay 38% of all income taxes?

Absolutely not. It shows that they clearly earn way too much.

I'm serious.

4958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/06) on: December 06, 2010, 06:07:29 AM

Quote from: mytocles on December 06, 2010, 05:56:58 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on December 06, 2010, 04:51:18 AM

Absolutely nothing, and it's wonderful.

Bingo!   thumbsup


There hasn't been anything new to play for me since Fallout: New Vegas, which has let me catch up on old gems like King's Bounty. There's nothing I want to buy this week either, which pleases me.
4959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Prototype on it's way? on: December 05, 2010, 09:24:38 AM
I sure hope it's Prototype. I loved the first one. While Infamous (which was released almost exactly at the same time) was a series of frustrating gameplay experiences and horrible writing, I enjoyed Prototype tremendously from start to finish.
4960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN]Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime on: December 03, 2010, 06:16:56 AM

Quote from: The Grue on December 03, 2010, 04:16:17 AM

I loved that game.  I played it from start to finish over and over and over on my Atari 1200XL computer.  So much fun.

Yeah, it was probably my most played game on the C64. A classic!
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