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5521  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 08:34:46 PM

Quote from: kadnod on October 22, 2009, 08:03:41 PM

As a tech illiterate, this is where I get confused on the concept.  If my phone company was my ISP, and they decided all forms of VOIP get low priority because they want me to keep my old-school phone line, that violates the "neutrality" principle even though they haven't cut a special deal with anyone, right?

I don't think so, though I may be wrong. At least it should be ok as long as they aren't boosting a service they offer while reducing speed on services that compete against them. The idea isn't to stop service throttling. The idea is to stop huge companies from gaining an impenetrable monopoly because smaller companies can't get the same quality of service from ISPs. Imagine if Google (who supports net neutrality, btw) paid all American ISPs to prioritize traffic from YouTube. If a smaller competitor were to try and break into the market for streaming video, they'd never be able to achieve the same quality of service as YouTube simply because the ISPs won't let them. It kills competition, and the only ones who lose are us, the customers.
5522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:48:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 22, 2009, 07:00:54 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 22, 2009, 06:56:10 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was kinda hoping Elena would have died, not that I didn't like her character, but they could use that to make another game, Uncharted 3: Nates Revenge

Spoiler for Hiden:
 I'm glad that she didn't die not only because she is a great character but because for the most part they seem to have avoided cheap melodrama in the series (Chloe I thought was even more likely to die just to generate some emotion).  

However it certainly brings an interesting dilemma to how to handle the next game.  Breaking them up again just won't work.  So either they perhaps give her a dire injury to serve as Nate's motivation for the next game's artifact (as I think Turtle speculated) or perhaps they do that rare thing and just write them as a happy couple that enjoys adventuring together.  I kind of hope it's the latter just because it's so rare that anyone attempts it it any medium and I think Amy Hennig is probably up to making it work.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think this is the likely option. Elena has shown herself to be a viable counterpart to Nate without making things boring. She's often even one step ahead of him, challenging him to deal with situations in ways he might not expect, though they do think very much alike.

Also, killing her off would have made the game way too dark, and that doesn't suit Uncharted in my opinion.
5523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 07:44:25 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 22, 2009, 07:27:33 PM

I think we need to see there are really two issues.  One is QoS as in how all VOIP is prioritized and one is "special" prioritization (for lack of a better term) as in VOIP from Cisco has a high priority and VOIP from Vonange is give a much lower priority to purposefully push people to using Cisco.  I don't have a problem with the first but the 2nd is why we need net neutrality.  I don't want a situation where since I have AT&T Youtube plays great becuase they have an "agreement" but Hulu plays terrible. 

Thank you! This is what I was trying to say. The issue often gets muddied because people think the net neutrality debate is about both those things.
5524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 05:58:15 PM
Well, American providers are sort of known for not following the net neutrality principle in the first place, so you are probably right about that. I strongly disagree that VOIP and streaming video won't work without artificially prioritizing those services though. If that was the case, my internet connection would be a mess.
5525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 22, 2009, 09:30:56 AM
Throwing in the towel here. I might not have played this particular game.
5526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:40:14 AM
Yeah, when you get attacked by multiple armored guys I make a habit out of picking up the nearest shotgun and using it to take them down. It's really effective, particularly since its spread means you need to spend less time out of cover in order to aim. Against normal enemies I stick to my rifles though. smile

At least they made all weapons viable in this game. In Uncharted 1 I barely used anything else than the pistol, even at the end of the game. The pistol was just way too good there. It's still really good in Uncharted 2, but it's no longer the ultimate weapon, and you get plenty of ammo for the other weapons anyway.
5527  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 04:52:35 AM

Quote from: Einsteinium on October 22, 2009, 01:31:37 AM

The problem is, if the net was entirely neutral, these technologies wouldn't work at all. You can't resend a missed voice packet, or a missed video section, because they'd be out of sequence, and it would end up jibberish. Data, mostly web, email, and file transfer, is built to accept and deal with that as well.

I think you need to research this a bit more. What you're talking about has nothing to do with the net neutrality debate and seems to be mere speculation coming from a lack of understanding of the IP protocols. For example, every ISP in Norway is completely neutral (one of them tried something a year back and got all kinds of nasty feedback, so they reverted their decision) but video streaming and voice chat still works perfectly here. There is little to no packet loss whatsoever.

I'm sure you know that the TCP/IP protocol guarantees that packets will arrive and in order. The ISP doesn't need to do anything in particular to make this work. For time critical applications you can use UDP which is way faster but doesn't make such guarantees, yet it's easy enough to code a wrapper around the protocol to replicate the behavior of TCP while keeping most of the speed of UDP. ISPs don't prioritize packets in order to make this work. It's just not necessary.

The point is moot in any case. Net neutrality doesn't prohibit an ISP from optimizing their internal operations. It merely prevents them from making deals with content providers to prioritize their particular content over other providers' content. The debate is very specific in this regard, but there is occasionally confusion about what those of us who support net neutrality are actually arguing for.
5528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 21, 2009, 01:12:29 PM
The two of you could perhaps consider using the spoiler tag, hmm? That's why it's there.
5529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 21, 2009, 10:44:47 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Return to Castle Wolfenstein?
5530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 21, 2009, 10:25:43 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Lemmings 2.
What do you need this for?
5531  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man 4: Sam Raimi learns his lesson on: October 20, 2009, 09:31:22 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 20, 2009, 08:49:25 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 20, 2009, 08:33:38 PM

Quote
Oh, and CeeKay, in a sense, they had Scarecrow in Dark Knight, too.

but he had about as much effect on the story as Zsasz did in Begins.

Don't think we'll ever see Zsasz as a main villian.  Joker is a manical psychopath, but Zsasz is on a whole different level when it come to what he does.   Bane should be next

I would be surprised if The Riddler isn't a major villain in the next movie. He fits the new style perfectly.

Also, Batman Begins actually had 3 villains, though one of them was Bruce Wayne's villain (the mob boss) while the other two were Batman's. The Dark Knight did not overindulge in villains.
5532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 20, 2009, 12:56:40 PM

5533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what has been your worse game this gen? on: October 19, 2009, 10:21:57 PM
My most disappointing game was probably The Force Unleashed. It simply wasn't fun to play at all, and I found myself going through it on the easiest difficulty just for the story. There's no chance in hell I'll pick up the DLC.

The worst game that should have been better? Alone in the Dark. Even the improved PS3 version was nothing but one long series of annoying design decisions. You could see that they had ideas that might have sounded good on paper, but that just didn't work in a game that's supposed to be fun. The story sucked as well, and the characters were completely unlikeable from one end to another. The main character, who's supposed to be an immortal defender of humanity against evil or something like that, is so stupid that Hodor from A Song of Ice and Fire would be able to outwit him in dialogue. And when he doesn't understand something he just says "fuck" as if that's the manly and useful thing to do. His love interest (handled poorly and unconvincingly) was whiny and annoying already in her introduction scene. I actually got a Platinum trophy for this game, but only because it was so easy that I only spent an additional hour or two after finishing the story in order to get it.
5534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 19, 2009, 07:22:22 PM
I guess what you're describing is possible at Hard or below in Uncharted 1, but having played through it in Crushing mode, let me tell you that your described tactics are next to impossible at that difficulty. Your only option at that level is to never use cover (even blind firing is going to get you killed) like the game intends you to do, and instead stand behind tall pieces of cover and use your regular aiming to abuse the AIs limited line of sight around corners. Take a look at the YouTube videos of people playing through Uncharted. They'll do it exactly like I just described.

Also, melee is way too dangerous and imprecise to use on Crushing in the old game. There's no way you'd survive jumping from cover to cover, scrounging for ammo while people are shooting at you, or doing anything but dishing out headshot after headshot.
5535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 19, 2009, 07:05:55 PM
I just finished the game on Hard (second playthrough in 5 days). Based on my experiences with the final boss, it should be entirely winnable on Crushing if you can beat it on Hard.

Spoiler for the next-to-last chapter:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I was a bit scared about reaching the room where they throw everything and the kitchen sink at you just before you reach the Cintamani Stone, but I actually managed to win it at the first try.

I love how you're still encouraged to do outrageous stunts even on the harder difficulties. In the first Uncharted you just couldn't win at Hard and above if you didn't stay in a corner and take pot shots, or abuse the enemy's limited sight when you're looking around corners, but here you can still run and jump all over the place, get into a fisticuff in the middle of a gunfight, and experiment with different weapons and still win. It's great! smile
5536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 19, 2009, 03:26:15 PM
Well, at least it makes the whole thing look more pulp...
5537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 19, 2009, 12:15:36 PM
Favorite quote from the game:

Spoiler for Hiden:
"How the hell am I supposed to fight a hel-lo!"
5538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/19) on: October 19, 2009, 05:38:49 AM
Nothing, I think. Need a week off from gaming after the last few weeks. smile
5539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on: October 18, 2009, 03:41:21 PM
I think it's just whining from a bunch of hardcore multiplayer people who think every other COD-player on Earth plays the game for exactly the same reasons as them.
5540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 18, 2009, 03:10:13 PM
Good to hear that it's a bit easier than it used to be, but do you still get killed in 1-2 shots, or did they change that from the first game?
5541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: October 18, 2009, 11:05:47 AM
The problems are mostly related to the forced combat at certain points, and the fact that many parts of the game require you to have perfect knowledge of the level in order to survive, and you don't have enough time to do that without dying repeatedly while trying to figure things out. A game like this needs to allow you to improvise, not force you to win by trial and failure.

I also dislike the pixel perfect jump mechanics, though they work well enough in the story mode. Try the speed challenges and you'll find yourself cursing loudly at the screen.
5542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 18, 2009, 08:29:26 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 18, 2009, 02:02:15 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
4) Loved, the train.  Especially playing through it on Crushing where I had to be far more tactical in weaving in and out of windows, on the roof, etc.  I think Convoy was even better though.  The entire time I was playing Convoy all I could think was "OMG, I'm playing the truck chase from Raiders!!!! I'm playing the truck chase from Raiders!!!"

So you're playing on Crushing and are actually managing to get somewhere? Did you play Crushing in the first game? Is it still the same here, in that you die from one or two shots? Some of the battles in this game look impossible on Crushing if that is the case (and I dread the final battle).
5543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 17, 2009, 10:44:45 PM
The biggest problem I had with axes was that I didn't find a single magical axe until chapter 4, while I found tons of good swords. So unless you know a good source of axes or can make them yourself, be prepared to use an old, rusty weapon for a while. Keep in mind that I went mage, so I didn't exactly go looking for axes.
5544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:17:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 16, 2009, 11:13:23 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 11:05:33 PM

Also, I would argue that
Spoiler for END GAME SPOILERS:
like Uncharted 1, it really wasn't necessarilly supernatural or mystical.  The resin was a naturally occurring product that was kind of like a super drug that had evidently corrupted the population that lived in Shambala. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't understand this about U1, don't you think the "curse" of El Dorado was supernatural?  What was the natural explanation for what the mummy inside did to those people?


The spoiler below is for Uncharted 1, not 2:

Spoiler for Hiden:
It seemed to be an airborne disease or virus of some kind, or perhaps even some kind of tiny parasite. It wasn't supernatural.
5545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:07:44 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 16, 2009, 09:46:02 PM

Spoiler for end game story question:
Did they ever explain the other changes that happen when you drink/eat the life juice/resin?

I'm not sure what happened to Marco Polo's crew.  I know Shafer kills his team to prevent the nazis from getting it, but not sure what happens to Marco polo's crew and who/what kills them.  Considering that crew did have black teeth so they ate the stuff.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My impression was that the resin made people animalistic and aggressive, leading them to attack each other in resin-infused rage.
5546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:57:24 AM
If you open the Chapters menu from the main screen, you'll see how many treasures you've found and how many are hidden in each chapter.
5547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: October 15, 2009, 08:44:21 PM
Inon Zur didn't make the music for either of the Baldur's Gate games, but he did make the excellent music that was added in the Throne of Bhaal expansion. He also made the music for Fallout 3 (which sucked. Come on, you don't have to use orchestral instruments for EVERY soundtrack you make), Crysis (cool and fitting, but forgettable), and the latest Prince of Persia titles (kind of anonymous soundtrack) among other things. He's good, but he also suffers from being stuck too much in a rut, although not to the extremes of composers like Jeremy Soule who will cry uncontrollably if you take away his brass instruments.
5548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 15, 2009, 01:12:18 PM
I don't think it's $100,000 for completing the game, but for getting the platinum trophy. At least that's what the devs indicated in early previews. My guess is that you're getting $30,000 because you completed 30% of the trophies (or medals if you did this before trophy support was added).
5549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 15, 2009, 06:11:50 AM
You guys might feel that the game is easier, but I dread my Crushing playthrough. From what I can see, the level design will make Crushing much, much, MUCH more difficult than in the first game. In Uncharted 1 you could stand behind tall obstacles and use shoulder view to fire at enemies without exposing yourself (as long as you didn't use the actual cover system). This was absolutely vital to winning at that difficulty. In Uncharted 2 there doesn't seem to be nearly as many tall obstacles, and some difficult battles don't have them at all. There are some battles I can't even imagine being possible to win at Crushing.

Also, the difficulty in Uncharted 1 was uneven. Some of the hardest battles in the game were in chapters 4 and 5, while you were still learning to play properly. Uncharted 2 seems pretty balanced so far (reached chapter 17 in one evening of play. The game says I'm about 55% complete, but I don't know how accurate that is).
5550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 13, 2009, 08:46:33 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 13, 2009, 08:43:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2009, 08:42:38 PM

I'm guessing your PS3 is dying. 

It's a brand new PS3 slim.

And that makes a difference how? Crashes like you're experiencing don't just happen on a console for no reason. You should contact Sony ASAP and see what they can do to help you out. Even new hardware can have faults. It sucks, but the faster you get it fixed, the faster you can enjoy a fully working PS3. smile
5551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 13, 2009, 05:36:55 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on October 13, 2009, 05:23:55 PM

A quest question.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I have gotten Patty outside harbor town and I know there is a further quest line with her but I haven't triggered been able to trigger it yet. Is it chapter dependent? I heard you get it from the Don's area. Is it from Finnegan? I taalked to him but nothing triggered.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As far as I can tell, that quest line won't start until you talk to Patty in chapter 2. I don't think you need to talk to anyone else, though speaking to the pirate leader at the harbor makes the plot a bit more interesting.
5552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: October 13, 2009, 05:34:14 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on October 13, 2009, 05:23:12 PM

Anyway, I obviously stepped on someone's kitten by criticizing a few aspects of Dragon Age so I'll just leave it be.

I don't think that's what happened. It seems people here just feel your opinion in this matter is somewhat misguided. I myself agree with them. Managing endless inventory clutter across several characters (and taking weight into account) and having an interface that occupies 1/4 of the screen might have been acceptable 10 years ago, but nowadays we have so many new, shiny games to choose between that such things become tedium when you really just want to fight another enemy or see the next part of the story. Realism is a good thing in all games, even fantasy (I prefer low-fantasy myself), but I don't need a realistic inventory management system for me to feel involved in the setting. I'd rather have the game hand out less crap loot. In my D&D 4E campaign for example, my players never loot non-magical equipment, which means they're carrying around very little equipment at all times. I don't even care what their encumbrance is as long as the players don't attempt to abuse the system.

I do wish there were more turn-based RPGs though. Pausable realtime isn't even close to being turn-based, despite what some people seem to think (hint: It's TURN-based. As in "taking turns").
5553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 13, 2009, 12:01:00 PM
I wasn't aware of all these alternatives. Still pisses me off that they force me to use local alternatives when Steam or Impulse would work much better for me as a customer. Hopefully there's still a chance that the game will be possible to purchase from Steam, but we'll see. Thanks for the help though.
5554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 13, 2009, 11:24:50 AM
I think you misunderstand. The issue isn't finding Dragon Age. The issue is finding a Dragon Age digital download. I can easily walk or bike to any of my local game stores and they will have the game on release day, but I prefer the digital version. I find it very annoying when download services such as Steam, Impulse and D2D are forced to restrict my access because I live in Norway.
5555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 13, 2009, 08:07:56 AM

Quote from: marcusjm on October 13, 2009, 07:55:10 AM

Tilt, this version contains all bonus content so I can't really see what you mean.
http://downloads.webhallen.com/product/?id=15072

I bought Sims3 via Ztorm and it worked perfectly, unlike Steam you can uninstall everything else but the game and it still works.

I'm unfamiliar with this site. What is it all about? Is it limited to Swedish residents? I can read Swedish, but it just takes a little longer than Norwegian or English. Tongue

Is this a download version of the game? What are its limitations? Why is the release date almost two weeks earlier than the official one? It all sounds a little sketchy. It's also MORE expensive than the EA Store version.
5556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 12, 2009, 03:17:32 PM
Yeah, I think so. Which makes their treatment of non-US and non-UK customers even more appalling. We're some of the world's most active gamers here in Scandinavia (thanks to the weather and the expensive beer), which makes it extra insulting when we're treated like we don't even exist.
5557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 12, 2009, 01:28:49 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 12, 2009, 01:06:14 PM

I bought some Open Lock scrolls, but it wasn't able to open any of the chests that I dug up/found. I guess there is a limit to the open lock scrolls.

Those particular chests are quest related and can't be opened until the plot tells you to.
5558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 12, 2009, 08:34:27 AM
The way things are looking, I might just end up buying from EA Store because it's the edition that offers the most "bonus content" and I might as well see how their store works (or doesn't). I need to think some more about it.
5559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 12, 2009, 06:51:14 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 12, 2009, 06:37:27 AM

I also found 2 rings that give +1 to sword each- all I need is a better sword (something more powerful than Arics) that gives me +1 to sword and I'll have it maxed out.

I never found any other swords that gave bonuses to the skill, so don't count on it. I was extremely thorough in my exploration too, going into every single cave I could find and more or less exterminating every hostile creature on the island, as well as completing nearly every quest.

I was pretty glad to have the Open Lock rune in the end, despite having rank 2 in the skill. About half the chests you find in chapter 4 are locked and need rank 3 to open, and the lockpicking system is FUBAR anyway. I mean, what were they thinking? There's no skill involved, so they might as well have gone with random chance. The way it's now is just annoying and I found myself using the rune instead of the skill even for chests I could pick manually.
5560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/12) on: October 12, 2009, 05:44:00 AM
Uncharted 2!!!!! (gasp! Five exclamation marks. A sure sign of a truly insane mind)
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