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4961  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.
4962  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.
4963  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
4964  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?

4965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: April 05, 2010, 04:20:59 PM
EULA's aren't worth crap in the courts.
4966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witcher Enhanced - Mods? on: April 04, 2010, 09:57:47 PM
I wasn't even aware the game was moddable, and I certainly don't think it needs any. It's a great game on its own.
4967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gothic 2 on GoG on: April 04, 2010, 12:40:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 04, 2010, 12:00:31 PM

So, I noticed they have Gothic 2 on GOG at 5 euros...pretty nice price, and as far as I can tell, its the one that people really like, right? So, tell me - is G2 worth getting? The expansion is included as well of course

Did you play Risen? Gothic 2 is pretty much the exact same type of RPG. Both games are well worth playing, but don't approach them like you would a normal RPG, or you're bound to get frustrated.
4968  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Win 7 (64bit) and cookies on: April 04, 2010, 08:47:20 AM
What kind of antivirus and spyware blockers are you using? Try disabling them and see if it helps. Also, you could try running the browser in administrator mode (right click the icon and choose "Run as administrator") to see if it makes a difference.
4969  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What should CPU usage be at in Win 7? on: April 03, 2010, 03:26:06 PM
It's possible for Explorer to "hang" while it's doing heavy processing. This usually seems to happen when it runs into corrupt files that it thinks it can read properly or when it's doing something on a slow disk. Try killing Explorer with Task Manager and see if that helps (if it doesn't start up again by itself, use Run and type "explorer" to get it back up and running). If it doesn't help, the problem is probably not Explorer itself, but a third-party application or virus.
4970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: April 03, 2010, 01:42:46 PM
Since Heavy Rain Chronicles Episode 1: The Taxidermist was released as DLC a few days ago, I finally got around to playing it. Goddamn, when am I going to learn to not play this on hard difficulty? I get completely physically and mentally exhausted from this game. I've only played it once so far and got what I believe is the best ending (out of 5). The episode is short but extremely polished. There's tons of things to do, and I barely scratched the surface with one playthrough. The voice actor for Madison isn't the same as for the main game, which is slightly distracting. She's got the same kind of voice, but this one speaks faster and is more playful in the way she says things.

I guess I know why Madison is plagued by nightmares now.  icon_eek
4971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife on: April 03, 2010, 11:37:45 AM
Lol, they're still trying to copy elements of the Resident Evil games even though the story has diverged enormously. One of those pictures seems to be of an enemy from Resident Evil 5. smile
4972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Akira movie on: April 03, 2010, 11:34:36 AM
This project has been known about for a while already. I haven't read the article you linked to, but the Hollywood version will have some rather major changes made to it. For example, it will take place in an American city with American characters.

I'm cautiously optimistic, particularly since they want to give it a two-film treatment and have chosen the perfect moment in the story to split the two of them (without spoiling anything, the setting goes through a pretty big change at the end of book 3). On the other hand I'm not a big fan of Leonardo Dicaprio.
4973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I hate MS Points so much on: March 31, 2010, 02:02:12 PM
MS Points are easy to hate. I find I prefer the Sony approach by a wide margin.
4974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 31, 2010, 01:57:51 PM
Well, with only 7 episodes left, one of them being two hours long, the way I saw it was that if Walt wasn't in the locked room in the sub, he wasn't coming at all. We now know that Walt wasn't in that room.
4975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 31, 2010, 10:03:14 AM
I guess this means we'll never get an answer to what was up with Walt.
4976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: March 29, 2010, 09:59:49 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 29, 2010, 09:48:47 PM

I hope Elena isn't back for the third installment.  While I'm glad they created a leading lady who doesn't have ridiculous gravity-defying proportions, she's as dull as dishwater.

Blasphemy! Elena is a great character. She's a rarity in games in that she's hot in a non-model way and strong-willed without being an asshole or boyish. Drake and her play off each other perfectly (a great example is when they reach the train station in Uncharted 2. He's trying to explain his plan, but she's already figured it out on her own, much to his frustration).
4977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: An Apology for Battlefield Earth on: March 29, 2010, 09:42:58 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on March 29, 2010, 09:13:06 PM

Now if only we could get Ron Hubbard to apologize for Scientology.

Haven't you seen Life of Brian? It would only make people believe in Scientology even more. slywink
4978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 06:52:47 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 29, 2010, 06:13:24 PM

I'm glad to give all of those up if it means lower hardware prices. I forgot about the 4 USB ports it used to have though, strange they would cut that down. There's no way to do 4 player split-screen on the PS3 then, eh?

You do realize that the current console generation is wireless, right? slywink
4979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Major Nelson Hacked on: March 29, 2010, 05:26:01 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 29, 2010, 05:16:49 PM

4-chan?

Trust me, you're better off not knowing. Tongue
4980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want to run or are currently running another OS on your PS3? on: March 29, 2010, 04:40:54 PM
At least they let people run Linux in the first place. Even if they later retracted the offer (unless you stay with old firmware, which I guess is ok for those who use PS3s for data processing only) they're still one step ahead of the other consoles in that regard.
4981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [HBO]The Pacific on: March 29, 2010, 03:50:51 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 28, 2010, 10:37:02 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 28, 2010, 10:23:34 PM

just got done watching ep 2. It amazes me that the marines at Guadalcanal mostly were armed with the old bolt-action M1903 springfield rifles. I also loved the looting of the Army supplies after Army reinforcements were landed. It brings to mind a quote from another HBO mini-series "Generation Kill" - "when the Army goes to war, they bring it all. Marines, we make do."



Although it makes for "comic relief" the "unrequisitioned acquisition of supplies" has become very cliche in these types of movies/shows/series.
Heck, half of Black Sheep Squadron shows had some sort of antics like this.

It also seems to be how these things worked in real life. The Band of Brothers book mentions this at one point. Supplies were being sent inland to the troops, but the people who handled the supplies on their way there took what they wanted, which meant that when they reached their destination almost none of the good stuff was left.
4982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: March 29, 2010, 10:28:15 AM
It looks like an anime costume. Not sure I'm liking that.
4983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: March 28, 2010, 07:28:39 PM
There are two MP trophies in the original game, but they are only for completing two different kinds of multiplayer matches with no other requirements. They were obviously added to encourage people to try the MP.
4984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Picked up a PS3 on: March 28, 2010, 02:57:51 PM
For exclusives you can't go wrong with Uncharted 1 and 2, Heavy Rain and Little Big Planet.
4985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: March 27, 2010, 07:36:33 PM
The graphics in Outcast were amazing at the time. They did things that have only been surpassed these last few years. The only drawback was the low resolution, and this was what most people seemed to notice when the game was new.

I still remember how amazing it was to climb up onto the roof of a building and look upon a whole city being rendered in realtime with barely any hit to the framerate. That's the kind of thing that even modern games have problems accomplishing.
4986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 27, 2010, 02:26:32 PM
I'm amazed that you can't save at all during missions with the Hammerhead. I can't believe game designers as professional as the ones at Bioware keep making serious mistakes when it comes to how they handle saving. Mass Effect 1 was horrible at this too.
4987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Wireless N Adapter on: March 27, 2010, 10:48:59 AM
I bought this for my brand new 360 and it works flawlessly. Dunno what else I can say. smile
4988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 26, 2010, 10:09:43 PM

Quote from: tcweidner on March 26, 2010, 09:24:07 PM

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Great concept, horrible execution. The controls on the screen rarely had anything to do with what was going on, and the floaty text wasn't dealt with in anything close to the Heavy Rain fashion. I love the idea and thought the video was funny, but it felt like the author had no idea what he was doing when he made it.
totally disagree, I think that 7 thing nails the game EXACTLY.  I've played through Heavy Rain twice and that 7 things nails it.

Well, if you're going to be bragging about numbers, I've completed it 3 times. Tongue

Anyway, I can't see how you feel it nails it. It hits neither the mood nor the controls. To take the controls first, they pretty much never match what the character does on screen in this video. An example that comes to mind: Shaking the controller to release a switchblade (which is a button in real life), then pressing a button to slice up a box with it (which would be a quick hand movement in real life). Heavy Rain mirrored these actions with reality pretty damn well. This video doesn't even try. Also, the video tries to replicate the "thoughts"-button but fails horribly at this as well. It shows a combination of thoughts and actions, and even worse, the actions actually lead directly to doing them. Heavy Rain always kept a clear separation between thoughts and actions.

Then there's the mood. Whenever you see the thoughts in this clip it's childishly immature crap. "My vagina hurts"? "Popeye rulez!"? Seriously? I know the author is trying to be funny here, but come on! You've got to be pretty damn young to find that stuff funny.

As I said, it's a good idea, but it's horribly executed. I'd love to see someone do a decent attempt at it.
4989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 26, 2010, 05:44:01 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 26, 2010, 04:56:03 PM

This is the most brilliant thing ever.

What if Se7ven was Heavy Rain Major Spoilers to the Movie 7.


Great concept, horrible execution. The controls on the screen rarely had anything to do with what was going on, and the floaty text wasn't dealt with in anything close to the Heavy Rain fashion. I love the idea and thought the video was funny, but it felt like the author had no idea what he was doing when he made it.
4990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: March 26, 2010, 12:30:28 PM
Geralt is described as rather handsome in the books, so I can see why they're changing him. He didn't exactly look stunning in his previous incarnation.
4991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & max returning in 2010 in the Devil's Playhouse on: March 25, 2010, 04:37:11 PM
Telltale tends to be extremely generous with their free game codes. So far I've paid for Sam & Max seasons 1 & 2 as well as Tales of Monkey Island. In addition they've given me enough free codes that I've been able to get all the Wallace and Gromit games as well as one of the Strongbad episodes for free.
4992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam & max returning in 2010 in the Devil's Playhouse on: March 25, 2010, 03:41:40 PM
If you preorder on Telltale's site you get any episode of your choosing from their archive, almost no matter the game (ie. you get to choose between Sam & Max season 1 and 2, Wallace & Gromit, Strongbad, Bone and Telltale Texas Hold'em). You also get access to the VIP-thingy that way, so their offer is better than Steam's. slywink
4993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 25, 2010, 12:44:40 PM
My current theory is that Lost actually has a similar setup to Fringe (another JJ Abrams show) in that there are two realities in opposition to each other. The twist here is that Nemesis isn't trapped on the Island. He's trapped in our dimension, and the Island is what stands in the way of him returning to his own. This is why things seem so much brighter in the flash-sideways sequences. Nemesis simply isn't present in that dimension, though he is trying really hard to come back.

This would also explain how the two realities will be merged. At some point in one of the next few episodes the cork will pop and the gateway between these two realities will open. The remaining Losties will then have to desperately stop Nemesis in order to protect their alternate selves, though they may die or corrupt themselves in the process. With this in mind we can also assume that the flash-sideways sequences are indeed sort of the epilogue to the show.
4994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 10:39:52 PM
I suddenly realized why it's so important that Nemesis doesn't leave the Island. It may have been obvious to the rest of you, but I didn't catch it until I rewatched this episode. Jacob says during his wine analogy that if the darkness gets out of the bottle, it will spread. I didn't really catch what he meant at the time, but thinking more about it he's probably talking about the Infection. If Nemesis gets to the mainland he can start infecting everyone, turning them into mindless thralls in the same way as Sayid. It doesn't matter if he's good or evil, because this outcome is bad no matter how you twist and turn it.
4995  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 24, 2010, 06:20:30 PM

Quote from: JayDee on March 24, 2010, 02:01:43 PM

Great episode, but a textbook example of Retcon 101. They did a good job though.

I was about to ask why the episode was a retcon, but then I looked up the definition and realized you are right. It's just that the word "retcon" these days is usually used to describe a situation in which the writers of a story go back and change something because they regret how the original story ended up. I seriously don't think that's the case here.

Also, awesome episode! Very unusual style for Lost, but it's been a long time coming. smile
4996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Sci-Fi Captain? on: March 23, 2010, 09:34:10 PM
Some people in this thread need to learn that Admiral does not equal Captain, and vice-versa.  Tongue
4997  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Alganon and Derek Smart - Their new CEO on: March 20, 2010, 11:19:09 AM
Threads like this could always use a dose of Derek Smart's Desktop Commander! biggrin
4998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG enters Another World on: March 19, 2010, 07:25:23 PM
That's interesting, because I seem to remember that Flashback got a lot of flak back when it was released for several reasons. One was that it had absolutely nothing to do with Another World's story, and the other was that its gameplay was totally different as well. Most people at the time seemed to prefer Another World's gameplay.

Edit: I just remembered: Flashback wasn't even the real sequel to Another World. A game called Heart of the Alien was. It's a parallel story to the original, letting you control the alien that helped you out throughout the game.
4999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Robert Rodriguez's Predators on: March 19, 2010, 02:40:50 PM

Quote from: WarPig on March 19, 2010, 02:23:58 PM

Is it me, or is there a LOT more TV/movie crossover for actors than when I was a kid?  It seemed you were either on the big screen or the little screen (usually after your time on the big screen) and that was it.

Yes, there is. TV series (and games) weren't respect before, but with shows like 24 and Lost they've gained a lot of traction in Hollywood.
5000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What would be the effect of leaving global leaderboards out of a game? on: March 19, 2010, 01:51:37 PM
The few leaderboards I've seen seem to allow you to toggle friends-only mode, and it works reasonably well. I can't see how it would affect sales in any way however, so I'm not sure what you mean with "have a positive impact on the game".
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