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4961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:12:05 PM
The day this gadget beats Kindle for ebooks will be a sad day. I'm not looking forward to cries of "haha, if you guys had waited you could have bought an iPad instead of that stupid Kindle!", particularly since anyone who thinks like that has no idea what the Kindle is and what it can do. That this thing is at all marketed partly as an ebook reader is absurd to me. Might as well call phones or laptops the same thing.
4962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 27, 2010, 02:11:50 PM
They have released a bunch of screenshots now.

http://www.grimdawn.com/media.php
4963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 01:48:51 PM
Damn you all! The game still isn't out here until tomorrow. I can't wait!
4964  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any reason to upgrade to Windows 7? on: January 27, 2010, 07:13:36 AM

Quote from: Zero on January 26, 2010, 06:19:24 PM

I'm running Vista Ultimate....its been stable.  I was lucky in that the machine I have it on actually supports it pretty well.  I've had very minimal crashes (maybe 2 in the past 8 months).  Games seem work fine on it, and it supports/does everything pretty well.  In my experience, machines that didn't have the memory, CPU or graphics card didn't do well with it - Went through a laptop and another desktop that couldn't handle it well.  Games seem to work OK, and haven't run into any major problems.

So is there any reason I would want to upgrade at this point?

Are you using a 64-bit version of Vista? If not, you might want to consider updating to Windows 7 for that alone, at least if you have more than 2 GB RAM. I have 12 GB RAM in my current computer, something that would have been completely pointless in a 32-bit system. smile
4965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS being sued over points on: January 26, 2010, 09:58:26 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 26, 2010, 09:27:38 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 26, 2010, 09:19:09 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 26, 2010, 08:51:56 PM

It would be nice if they did what Sony does and allow you to basically pay only what you need to when buying something.  Of course, Sony messes it up too by having a $5 minimum, so you can still wind up with extra money on your account.  Better than nothing though.

it'd be great if sony let you pay what the item costs. A movie rental is 3.99. Minimum buy in is 5.00. I hope they get sued next.

Nah.  They'll just raise movie rentals to $5.00

This. As Harkonis points out, there are transaction fees involved. Sony would end up losing money by not having a minimum transaction fee. The choice they have is to either:

1) Lose money on transactions below a certain amount.
2) Have a minimum purchase amount (letting you keep the leftover money in your account) set at a level that ensures Sony doesn't lose money.
3) Set the minimum price for anything on PSN to $5.

Of those three options, I'm sure we can all agree that number 2 is ideal under these circumstances.
4966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 25, 2010, 10:47:17 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on January 25, 2010, 08:52:22 PM

Temple of Elemental Evil literally could format your hard-drive if you uninstalled it - and that was its most notably feature.

No no NO! That was Pool of Radiance 2, a totally crappy D&D game where most of it was done without access to the rules (3rd edition D&D was still being created while development was going on). Where PoR2 had no redeeming features, Temple of Elemental Evil was actually a very well done game for D&D fans, albeit a buggy one, and still gives me the itch to go back to it for another round of Iron Man. I wish we'd get more turn based D&D goodness, but I have my doubts.

My theory: GOG has acquired the entire back catalog of D&D and AD&D titles, Temple of Elemental Evil being one of them. That's assuming they didn't want to spoil the entire surprise with their first Twitter clue.
4967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/25) on: January 25, 2010, 06:17:10 AM
Mass Effect 2 for PC already bought, just waiting for it to unlock on Steam in 2.5 days.

Why is Braid listed for the PC this week? That game was released on the PC months ago.
4968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: January 25, 2010, 06:13:27 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 25, 2010, 06:07:54 AM

Crap, 29 0f 30 Codex pages found and I can't find the last damn one to move the story forward.  mad

It's on your map. If it's not, then you haven't explored all the cities thoroughly.
4969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 24, 2010, 08:04:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 24, 2010, 07:22:05 PM

1 day and 10ish hours!

3 days and 4 hours here. It feels so pointless having a digital download unlock at different days according to your region. Still, I've got plenty of other things to do to keep me busy while waiting.
4970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Only Level on: January 24, 2010, 04:58:01 PM
8 minutes 25 seconds. Clever game.
4971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 23, 2010, 11:11:41 PM
I'm not impressed with the first episode. The show has promise, but only if they stop all of the fucking slow-mo and blood sprays (and stop magically manifesting tears in people's faces in less than a second). I don't think I exaggerate when I say that roughly 1/4 of the episode was in slow motion. That effect can be cool, but only when it's used sparingly and as an exception, not a rule.

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a show with full frontal and swearing that isn't on HBO.
4972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone needs to tell my boss he's doing it wrong on: January 23, 2010, 11:07:43 PM
Speaking of hand-dryers that use hot air, I read that they are way, WAY worse than paper towels when it comes to fighting germs. The hot air only moves the germs around on your hands, while the towel will actually wipe most of them off. It's the same with washing your hands without soap, even with hot water.
4973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone needs to tell my boss he's doing it wrong on: January 23, 2010, 05:36:31 PM
People who don't wash their hands after urinating are idiots, pure and simple. "Urine is sterile", they'll say. Yeah, but the doorknob which you used twice (times two if you entered a stall), the toilet paper and the flusher are not. Your hands aren't exactly clean before entering either. Even if you insist that you're not getting any bacteria on your hands during a toilet visit, wash your hands anyway just to get rid of the bacteria from your desk, your keyboard, your mouse, your food, your car, your ass when you last scratched it, and so on.

I think less of people who don't wash their hands.
4974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok I changed my mind - Sony sucks :( on: January 23, 2010, 04:41:15 PM
The newest firmware update lets you copy all save games, even the copy protected ones. Did it arrive too late for you to use it?
4975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 23, 2010, 11:19:58 AM

Quote from: Eightball on January 23, 2010, 03:14:55 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 21, 2010, 01:15:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 21, 2010, 01:11:24 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 21, 2010, 12:56:03 PM

If they had gone the M&B way and wanted 10 bucks, I'd be happy to shell that out - but, those prices are way too crazy for me to even think about it.

Oh? The cheapest preorder is $19.85. That's 105 DKK with our current exchange rates. I bet you spend more on your Saturday dinners. smile

so true - its not that much, but its still money where I have no guarentee at all I will get anything from my money. I know I WILL get my saturday dinner though ;-)

105 DKK won't get you much of a dinner in Copehagen...

True, true. I was talking about home-made dinner. smile
4976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ronon Dex to play Conan on: January 22, 2010, 06:09:48 PM

Quote from: Kagath on January 22, 2010, 05:45:53 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 22, 2010, 04:33:00 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 22, 2010, 02:23:00 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 22, 2010, 02:05:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 22, 2010, 10:31:09 AM

I have trouble picturing him as Conan, but it could be cool too see The Ram play his dad!

Is the story earlier Conan? Conan was a thief, not a freakin tank. Arnold was way too big for the role IMO.

In the novels Conan's huge muscles are described often and in detail.

i didn't know that Conan was a gay story....... Roll Eyes
I'm sure you could read it that way if it's your thing.

And that's actually not a joke either. Robert E. Howard spends quite some time describing the bodies of both Conan and those he meet (mostly beautiful women).
4977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ronon Dex to play Conan on: January 22, 2010, 02:23:00 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 22, 2010, 02:05:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 22, 2010, 10:31:09 AM

I have trouble picturing him as Conan, but it could be cool too see The Ram play his dad!

Is the story earlier Conan? Conan was a thief, not a freakin tank. Arnold was way too big for the role IMO.

In the novels Conan's huge muscles are described often and in detail.
4978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ronon Dex to play Conan on: January 22, 2010, 01:50:23 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 22, 2010, 12:52:38 PM

what do you mean, hopefully??!

I mean that only the pilot has been greenlit by HBO so far. There's no guarantee that they'll agree to create more than that episode, though it's unlikely that they won't.
4979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ronon Dex to play Conan on: January 22, 2010, 10:41:59 AM
Interesting. This is the same guy that plays Khal Drogo in the (hopefully) upcoming Game of Thrones TV series, btw.
4980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achievement whoring on the 360... on: January 22, 2010, 07:14:57 AM
With 9 platinum trophies on the PS3, you could say I'm a trophy whore. smile I go for platinum on games where I enjoy the trophies (or where they are so easy that it would be a crime to skip them, such as with Terminator Salvation and Alone in the Dark), so I do enjoy the process. There's the occasional trophy hunt that will annoy me because it forces me to play a part of the game that I don't like as much as the rest (like the crypts in Assassin's Creed 2), but if I don't find myself enjoying the process, I'll just skip the whole thing.

Trophies have added a lot to my enjoyment of PS3-games though. Games like Uncharted 1 & 2 lasted a lot longer with trophies than they would have without them, and they made me play through the games on Crushing difficulty, something I otherwise wouldn't have done. It's a very satisfying experience.
4981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 05:29:47 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 21, 2010, 04:52:59 PM

Do they even have a back up plan? 

They seem to have had only one plan initially: To get an investor. When the pre-order method was suggested to them they realized that they could use this to retain control of the franchise. If pre-orders go well (and they seem to), they won't need an investor at all.
4982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 03:14:35 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 21, 2010, 02:50:56 PM

How do you calculate this having a higher chance of succes, than anything else? Basically, we have a company which has admitted they need money, and they seem to operate like a true developer house, i.e. costing LOADS of money. And they ask the potential buyers to purchase the game now??

How are they going to make ANY money? I dont get this scheme...

They are 6 developers who work for cheap. I can't imagine many other big expense posts in their budget. Marketing is probably non-existent and based on word of mouth. It's not an easy way to develop a game, but their pre-orders make it much easier.

I've been in the same situation myself, leading a 4-man development team for an indie game. We never achieved our goal, but we did manage to keep development going for 3 years with minimal amounts of money. Most of our time was spent on engine development. If we could have skipped that and gone straight to content development, reaching our goals would have been relatively easy.

I have faith in this project because they have clear goals, an experienced team (not only with general game development, but with the same engine and the same game genre), a fully working engine and a revenue stream that can let them avoid the problems an investor would cause.
4983  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Would you play a PVP'less MMO? on: January 21, 2010, 02:24:36 PM
I consider lack of PvP a plus in MMORPGs. It means the devs were able to focus their efforts on things that matter more to me as a player.
4984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 02:10:45 PM
These guys have a fully functioning, tried and tested engine though. An engine that has been used for exactly the same type of game before. They are probably able to jump almost immediately to content creation instead of spending months on getting the engine to behave.
4985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: January 21, 2010, 01:37:07 PM
The bards are easy to deal with. Just throw some money at the ground and they won't bother you. If you run into them, you will attract attention from suspicious guards, though if you quickly leave the area that won't be a problem.
4986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 01:11:24 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 21, 2010, 12:56:03 PM

If they had gone the M&B way and wanted 10 bucks, I'd be happy to shell that out - but, those prices are way too crazy for me to even think about it.

Oh? The cheapest preorder is $19.85. That's 105 DKK with our current exchange rates. I bet you spend more on your saturday dinners. smile
4987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 12:50:07 PM
I forked out for the Legendary preorder (the $48 one). Considering the current exchange rates between Norwegian Kroner and USD it was cheap anyway, and I loved Titan Quest. I've also got a soft spot in my heart for indie developers, so I wanted to support this. Looking forward to trying the alpha whenever it's ready.
4988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: January 21, 2010, 07:11:14 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 21, 2010, 12:03:23 AM

I just started this last night and made it to the point where I get the Altair's armor. 

That's not Altair's armor. You'll know what that is soon enough, but what you have is simply the assassin outfit.
4989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 20, 2010, 10:33:30 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on January 20, 2010, 02:02:58 PM

[picture with lots of Legos]

That's pretty cool. Small Norwegian coastal villages actually look like that (well, without the Legos). I assume this is a picture from Legoland in Denmark?
4990  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online? on: January 20, 2010, 08:43:17 PM
Bethesda had better have a really solid plan on how to market this. By making the Elder Scrolls a MMORPG, they take away pretty much every single thing I enjoy about the series. Also, as a fantasy setting it's generic like hell and doesn't really separate itself from the crowd in any way.

Edit: Real time and MMO don't mix well? Are you saying that most MMORPGs today are turn-based? In that case you might want to look up the definition of that word. Tongue Every single MMORPG I've seen so far has been real time. Just because there's a pause between attacks doesn't change that. For example, many first-person shooters give you guns that need to be charged for a few seconds between each shot (often against bosses that also have large pauses between their attacks). That doesn't make those games turn-based, so why should it for MMORPGs? (Using "ticks" to synchronize timing between the server and the client doesn't count as turn-based either)
4991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Simple physics question on: January 20, 2010, 01:51:36 PM
Terminal velocity wasn't a part of what I was talking about. I was responding to this:

Quote
Im pretty sure mass is invovled-a feather doesnt accelerate the same as a bowling ball surely.
4992  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Simple physics question on: January 20, 2010, 12:36:24 PM
There's also absolutely no difference in how fast two objects will accelerate. If you dropped a feather and an iron ball in a vacuum, they'd both hit the floor at the same time. Under normal conditions a feather falls much slower because of air resistance.
4993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 3.... 2 years out? on: January 19, 2010, 08:06:54 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 19, 2010, 07:52:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 19, 2010, 05:26:38 PM

no Half Life games in 2010?  I'm really hoping they just misquoted the guy.

Maybe they decided to drop the episode concept considering it was taking so much time to develop that they decided to turn Episode 3 into HL3. That's my theory as to why it's taking so long.

About time. I consider the Half Life episodes to be the single greatest failure in episodic gaming so far. Yes, greater than even Sin Episodes. It's better to try and fail than to try and fail, then fail again for the exact same reasons. (I'm not talking about the quality of the episodes here, but merely the failure of providing the concept of episodic gaming in a satisfying form)

Valve didn't understand their own limitations, or this was all a case of the left hand having no clue what the right hand was doing.
4994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: January 18, 2010, 07:53:19 AM

Quote from: jersoc on January 18, 2010, 07:29:53 AM

So no, please don't give the "i dont give a shit" attitude because this is why games today are sucking ass and half finished.

You, sir, lack historical perspective. Your nostalgia is getting the best of you. Tongue
4995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/18) on: January 18, 2010, 07:26:52 AM
Nothing for me. Eagerly awaiting Mass Effect 2.
4996  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers 3! 7-1-2011! on: January 16, 2010, 03:09:12 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 16, 2010, 02:29:27 PM

Isn't optimus ridiculously OP now?

He discarded his bonus loot after the climax in Transformers 2.
4997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 3 possible in 2010? on: January 16, 2010, 03:05:05 PM
Don't get your hopes up. It's not like the actors can just walk into the studio and record voiceovers for a few days and be done, like in other games. First they have to do casting, which is an involved process in this instance since Nolan North takes an active part in it. Then they have to record the cutscenes early enough in the process that the artists will have time to work with them. The basic movement that is recorded is only part of the process. Scenery has to be created, facial animations are manually created by the artists based on video recordings of the actors, etc. And then there's the voiceovers and recording movement for the characters during actual gameplay.

Nolan North will probably do a lot of stuff with Uncharted 3 this year, but we won't. I would be surprised to see the game before summer 2011.
4998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 15, 2010, 07:05:00 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 15, 2010, 06:56:48 AM

Yeah, it seems a LOT dumped down.

Dumbed down, raz. Dumbedicon_biggrin
4999  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 09:01:30 AM

Quote from: heloder on January 14, 2010, 12:02:21 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 13, 2010, 10:07:00 PM

the norwegians, if i remember correctly.

Nope. It was those crazy Swedes.

:b

Hey Sweden!

It actually was Norwegians. It's pointed out at several times in the movie and the helicopter has "Norge" written all over its said. Also, the guy who gets shot in the beginning speaks Norwegian (poorly. They got a non-native Norwegian to play the part). He says something to the effect of: "That's not a dog! It's some kind of thing!".
5000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 release date to be ...EDIT:Delayed on: January 13, 2010, 07:04:53 PM
Need for Speed Shift is supposedly the closest you'll get that isn't 360-exclusive at the moment. It's a bit more sim than Grid is, but not much. It's got an awesome dashboard view though. smile
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