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5561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I ragequit Civilization on: December 11, 2009, 05:40:56 AM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 11, 2009, 04:00:03 AM

I swear, no other game can make me as happy or as angry as Civ.  I just ragequit Civ 4 because two nations jumped me out of the blue.  Sure, one of them was a neighbor, but one was extremely friendly with me throughout the entire game and had NO reason to come get me.  Drives me absolutely insane.  Can't stand it.

I know the feeling. It's something I experienced a lot during my early boardgaming years. I'd set up profitable alliances with other (human) players, then at some point, and for no apparent reason, they'd betray me to my great frustration.

The point is, however: There is a reason why they attack. You did something wrong. You left yourself open and vulnerable. You got too powerful. You didn't give them the technology they asked for. You didn't come to their defenses when they needed you. Another player gave them an offer they couldn't refuse.

Put simply, you made a large tactical/strategic blunder. At some point you'll stop being angry about it and start seeing what you can do to stop it from happening again. That's what happened to me in boardgaming. I went from being the guy who got betrayed, to being the guy who sets up the most solid alliances. Yes, it can cost me, but nothing is free when it comes to friends.
5562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Weird Spiral over Norway on: December 10, 2009, 09:06:20 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 10, 2009, 09:04:46 PM

The real question is how does a missile cause that blue-beam thing people were seeing?

Razgon answered that above. What's the matter, can't you read Norwegian? slywink
5563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 10, 2009, 05:36:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 10, 2009, 04:43:25 PM

I know he gets a lot of complaints but I really liked the voice acting for the Male Shepherd. 

I did too. He gave me the "Don't fuck around, I'm here to do business!" impression, which worked well for the role.
5564  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 09, 2009, 02:12:59 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on December 09, 2009, 01:54:45 PM

Hahahahaha!  I love that!

Yeah, except the final line. Some amateur comedians online (it's particularly visible at Something Awful) seem to be completely unable to think of a joke as complete without profanity. The final line could have been dropped completely, and the joke would have been much better for it.
5565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: December 09, 2009, 07:16:48 AM
I hope they don't go overboard with this style. I hate anime!
5566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tiger Woods seriously injured in car crash on: December 08, 2009, 01:17:23 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 08, 2009, 12:55:30 PM

reasonable integgilent people

Not all of us are, it seems. slywink
5567  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New HD & WIN 7 OS, can't run Steam(or any other) games anymore(FACEPALM!) on: December 08, 2009, 07:56:07 AM
Pfft, NOD32 is better anyway. smile
5568  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2009, 09:55:19 PM

Quote from: Jag on December 07, 2009, 09:43:52 PM

Look closer (.)(.)



LOL. I didn't get it at first and thought it was a horrible joke, but then I started thinking outside the box.  icon_biggrin
5569  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: DC Sniper Executed = another death penalty thread on: December 06, 2009, 09:51:18 PM

Quote from: cheeba on December 06, 2009, 09:34:59 PM

Justice.

It's possible to have justice without being barbaric, you know. That's why we don't cut the hands off thieves any more. Or perhaps you think we should start doing that again?
5570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jon Burton says PSP GO game prices must come down or die on: December 06, 2009, 09:49:03 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 06, 2009, 09:38:31 PM

be careful what you wish for. there is no telling what, once the keepers of the keys have all of them, they might decide to do with them. what i can't fathom is the faith some people have in these keepers, & how they continue to believe that these keepers will do the right thing (while they continue to make this up, on the fly, on their own, with no outside oversight)...

How exactly is this different from what we had before? There were only a few publishers before, just like there are only a few digital publishers today. While many stores could carry the games, competition was strictly between themselves, as they all got the games from the same source. If it was even possible to abuse the power like you describe, it would have happened long ago with physical products. It didn't happen.

Steam will also *never* completely dominate the download arena. That's just not how the market works. If they remain somewhat reasonable (something they have shown that they aren't with the Euro vs GBP vs USD fiasco) they can dominate, but that means giving the customers good offers and solid prices. When they aren't reasonable, other download services will step in to offer us better deals.

So again, how is this different from what we had before? I see this as simple paranoia from having the arena change from the comfort zone into something most people are less familiar with.
5571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jon Burton says PSP GO game prices must come down or die on: December 06, 2009, 06:34:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 06, 2009, 03:10:01 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 06, 2009, 03:02:42 PM

I'll be honest...I don't see an upside to digital distribution.  "You mean, I can buy games at FULL PRICE and never be able to trade them for a different game ever?  Where do I sign up?"  I think the only reason we have a halfway decent view of it is because of Steam, but most companies are definitely not Valve.

I think I want that game.
*click*
I have it!

Along with a bunch of other advantages. Among them:

- Automatic patching.
- No need to keep track of your CDs/DVDs.
- No need for serial numbers (in theory. Some games still insist on using them when they really don't have to)
- You don't have to worry about damaging your physical media.
- No need to go to the store or wait for the game to arrive via mail.
- You don't have to swap CDs/DVDs when you want to play a game.
- Unites games under just a few interfaces (Steam, Impulse, etc), where games used to have no such system before.
- Gets rid of hopeless DRM systems like limited activations.
- You can delete the game from your system and redownload it if you need it again.
- Preloading of certain games. At release day you can just download a few MBs of data and be playing. Even DVD games can have install times of up to an hour in extreme cases.
- Allows smaller companies to release games in a visible location without being burdened by large publishers (digital distributors take a way, way smaller piece of the cake than regular publishers do, and they aren't anywhere near as picky about its flavor). This means more diversity in games for us, the consumers.
- Steam gives its games a unified interface to allow you to chat with friends and do other things while in-game.
- Many people end up getting real bargain prices when allowed to pay with foreign currency, without being burdened with import taxes. For example, Norwegians end up actually paying about half price if we can pay the full price in Dollars.

I'm sure there are many more reasons. I simply can't fathom the level of paranoia required to oppose digital downloads these days.
5572  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: December 06, 2009, 10:33:25 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 06, 2009, 08:57:57 AM

the devil runs the D.C. Dollhouse... icon_lol

No no, that was Leland Palmer! Tongue
5573  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 06, 2009, 10:30:45 AM

Quote from: ericb on December 06, 2009, 12:32:36 AM

Any change to xp rates since the last big one?  I'm sorry but after playing my hunter the last big come back week at 2x experience and rest bonus I was thinking this is exactly where the exp should be normally.  No way I could go back without a change...which is sad because I really, really want to see Moria (almost 40...so close).

You're about to enter the best part of the game for leveling, so keep at it. Once you get past level 40 there are many different areas for you to choose from, and you can skip some of them entirely if you feel like it.
5574  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: December 05, 2009, 09:05:37 PM

Quote from: Freezer-TPF- on December 05, 2009, 08:50:24 PM

Brilliant work as usual from Victor.

He's impressed me from the very beginning. He seems to be able to play any role really convincingly. I do believe it was his voice we heard, imitating Topher. He was just that good at it. smile
5575  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 05, 2009, 06:56:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 05, 2009, 04:51:27 PM

Having finally recovered from my L4D2 motion sickness last night, I shall endeavor to go kill some greys somewhere in the scintillating start of the skirmish tutorial. Perhaps the 2nd quest will send me to go kill some rats? Or maybe rescue a damsel's cat from a tree?  disgust icon_razz

Uh, that's exactly what you CAN'T do. How about this: Instead of obsessing over a kill quest that lets you kill pretty much any intelligent creatures you wish, just go ahead and visit Mirkwood. Do a quest or two there. You'll finish your skirmish quest without even thinking about it.
5576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is better-Achievement or Trophy sound effect? on: December 05, 2009, 05:47:45 PM
Just like the other achievement vs trophy thread, this one is pretty much useless. People will just vote for their primary console.
5577  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 04, 2009, 09:28:08 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 04, 2009, 08:52:06 PM

I think I saw an online comic where a couple panels were all about crazy presentation, thunderstorms, cyclones, whirling winds, flashing lights. And then the final panel was the smoke-enveloped NPC saying...
"Go... Kill stuff... bring their guts back to me."  icon_razz

Something like this?

5578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 03, 2009, 03:22:07 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 03, 2009, 03:05:14 PM

The feathers have an even more minor reward, and are mostly useful for the achievements.

Reward? It looked more like punishment to me. Tongue
5579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 02, 2009, 01:48:35 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 02, 2009, 01:06:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2009, 07:12:11 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 02, 2009, 07:09:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2009, 06:29:26 AM

well, the final tomb has officially knocked this out of GOTY running for me.  I follow the directions for the wall jumping to the letter and 90% of the time Ezio jumps the wrong way.  you don't need to finish the tombs to finish the game, right?  if so I might as well trade this in now.

I mentioned this above. The tombs are optional. Thank god.

missed that.  thanks!

The nice part is that even the armor that you earn for finishing them all is completely optional.  Its stats are exactly the same as the final set of armor that you can buy.  So basically all that work gets you is a different looking armor set and some additional value in your villa.

It's a niiice looking armour though. smile
5580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 02, 2009, 07:09:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2009, 06:29:26 AM

well, the final tomb has officially knocked this out of GOTY running for me.  I follow the directions for the wall jumping to the letter and 90% of the time Ezio jumps the wrong way.  you don't need to finish the tombs to finish the game, right?  if so I might as well trade this in now.

I mentioned this above. The tombs are optional. Thank god.
5581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 01, 2009, 02:21:11 PM
It would be hilarious if Desmond's idea of scouting a vantage point would be to take the elevator.
5582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 01, 2009, 01:54:55 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on December 01, 2009, 01:36:42 PM

What's really sad is I just don't care anymore.

Age tends to do that to people. slywink
5583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 01, 2009, 01:53:35 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 01, 2009, 01:48:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 01, 2009, 01:33:15 PM

Why would a modern day assassin have to climb skyscrapers anyway? There's elevators, and being at the top of a skyscraper's roof won't exactly help you navigate. I don't think they'd set it in a city with an overabundance of such buildings anyway. I imagine we'd be more likely to visit European or Asian cities.

I'm mainly thinking the climbing because that's pretty much been the main focus of the AC games so far.  As soon as you remove the climbing and move the whole thing indoors, in my mind, you're now playing Splinter Cell.

I don't see why you think I'm talking about indoors action, but ok. Tongue I was trying to point out that once you move away from American metropolises as the centerpieces of all modern games ever, you can still have a modern day adventure take place in an ancient city if it's set in for example Europe or Asia. You'd still have plenty of interesting buildings to climb, with the occasional very large building, just like the first two AC-games.
5584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 01, 2009, 01:33:15 PM
Why would a modern day assassin have to climb skyscrapers anyway? There's elevators, and being at the top of a skyscraper's roof won't exactly help you navigate. I don't think they'd set it in a city with an overabundance of such buildings anyway. I imagine we'd be more likely to visit European or Asian cities.
5585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 01, 2009, 11:28:37 AM
I think "OO online for a short time" would be more appropriate.
5586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on: December 01, 2009, 07:41:17 AM
I even Platinumed it, so I'm a bit disappointed the new game will ignore the story from that game and instead continue a storyline from the last generation of consoles that I wasn't a part of. Way to alienate a large portion of your potential customer base.
5587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/30) on: November 30, 2009, 05:52:27 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2009, 05:41:54 AM

Hey, it's after midnight somewhere, right?

You bet! I just got up and am getting ready to leave for work!

Buying nothing this week. Even though I finished Assassin's Creed 2 this weekend, I still have Dragon Age, the God of War Collection and New Super Mario Bros Wii to deal with before I buy anything else. I'll probably get Dirt 2 later.
5588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I get a PS3 for Christmas? on: November 29, 2009, 10:40:43 PM
If I give people advice on which consoles to buy, I go by this informal guide:

Basically, you have two potential, optimal setups if you don't want every single console, the way I see it:

1) PC, PS3, (Wii)
2) 360, (Wii)

The idea is that if you've got a solid gaming PC, you can skip the 360 and go for the PS3 instead as most "exclusive" 360-titles also appear on the PC (often in improved form), while the same isn't true for PS3-games. If you haven't got a good PC, you might want to go for a 360 instead of the PS3, since it has a lot of great games you'd otherwise not get access to. The Wii is a nice complement to any setup, but should never serve as the main console for any serious gamer.

However, considering the development in PS3 exclusives for the last year (and the year to come), I'm starting to think there's a third viable setup right now:

3) PS3, (Wii).

As of the moment of writing, I'd prioritize the three options in the order listed, but 2 and 3 are very close. If you're a really hardcore gamer (and lots of us are here at GT), you should get all the consoles (Wii optional).

For the record, I have a monster PC, a PS3 and a Wii (and a PSP and DS, but they don't count). I don't really miss the 360 at all, as neither Halo nor Gears of War appeal to me.
5589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 29, 2009, 03:35:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 29, 2009, 03:30:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 29, 2009, 02:23:06 PM

Finished the game yesterday, and got a Platinum for it right now. That's my 8th Platinum so far. smile

What's a Platinum? Completed all Achievements? Yikes, I've never done one.

It means I've got all the Trophies for the game. I don't think the 360 has anything similar.

I'm pretty pleased with how they dealt with the Platinum in AC2, btw. Most sandbox games require you to do absolutely *everything* to get it. For AC2, that would have meant getting the villa to 100%, finding all the feathers, glyphs, treasures and weapons, as well as completing every side mission in the game. As it is, you can skip all the side missions and ignore the treasures and weapons if you like. You don't even need to max out the villa. 80% is enough. Because of this, I now have plenty of side missions left that I can do at my leisure instead of feeling rushed because I want the Platinum.
5590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 29, 2009, 02:23:06 PM
Finished the game yesterday, and got a Platinum for it right now. That's my 8th Platinum so far. smile

Loved the game, with a few exceptions. The crypts were really, really bad. I'd rather collect another 100 feathers than do the crypts over again, seriously. I can't imagine who thought "Hey, I bet timed puzzles with vague paths and goals, and annoying camera angles will be fun!". I also got the feeling that this game was worse than AC1 in predicting my path and intentions. Ezio would very often end up jumping in a seemingly random direction while I was trying to do rather straightforward moves, even if I wasn't pointing the joystick anywhere near the direction in which he jumped. Sometimes he'd fall off ledges with no provocation, when I myself have a really hard time making him drop down when I want to without using the circle button. When performing an assassination move against one of the (far too numerous) messengers, I'd more often than not end up assassinating one or two innocent people in the crowd instead, even if the messenger was closer. They really need to work on their prediction routines for the next game, as the randomness right now makes it hard to even follow the laid-out free-running routes throughout the cities. Notoriety is a rather pointless feature except for the sections of the game that involved it for story reasons. I never had any problems staying incognito.
5591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 29, 2009, 10:53:44 AM

Quote from: Razgon on November 29, 2009, 10:46:10 AM

okay, I'm close to giving up on the game now...I HATE some of those annoying strange symbol codewheels...the ones where frigging everything turns at the same time- why oh WHY is it neccesary to make them so hard??

You can skip them if you like. You only have to do them if you want the trophy/achievement or you really want to find out The Truth.
5592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 28, 2009, 02:45:01 PM

Quote from: Clay on November 28, 2009, 02:13:24 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 28, 2009, 09:50:57 AM

-Totally superfluous, but I like that just playing through the game normally will net you a massive amount of achievement points.  I didn't go out of my way to earn achievements, and I think I'm down to less than 10 to go.  I'm so close that I'm going to actually grind out the collect missions and 1000g this thing.  I think.


I'm in the same boat. One of the remaining achievements is to throw sand in 4 or more guard's faces at the same time...  I don't think I threw sand the entire game! How do you do it?

You probably missed the combat trainer, same as I did. They didn't seem to tell us that you could learn new moves by training at your villa. Talk to him and learn unarmed combat, and you'll get to try out the sand trick. I think you also need to do this to get the move you need for another trophy/achievement.
5593  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 28, 2009, 10:22:05 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on November 27, 2009, 11:15:23 PM

Nice screenshots! So that's what it looks like. Kind of like a snowy Coruscant.

You do realize that would just be a city with snow on the rooftops, right? Tongue

Anyway, Alderaan is a bit more varied than those screenshots indicate. Perhaps they're just from one particular region on the planet. You can see how Alderaan looks in both Episodes 1 and 3, I think.
5594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 28, 2009, 10:18:06 AM
Can you confirm that you're able to continue playing after finishing the game, in order to get all the feathers, glyphs, and so on?
5595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Crux Meets Ana Ivanovic! (now with 100% more pictures) on: November 27, 2009, 06:15:05 PM
Dammit Crux, you look almost exactly like my father and uncle (twins). This is freaking me out!  eek retard icon_razz
5596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I get a PS3 for Christmas? on: November 27, 2009, 08:19:24 AM
Considering my shelf contains 25 PS3-games I'd consider good at the moment, I say yes, purchase a PS3. smile
5597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sqeenix: 'Consoles are going to go byb-bye!' on: November 27, 2009, 08:16:54 AM
Not to mention that net neutrality is or will be a law around here, which means throttling of traffic gets tricky for the ISPs. One thing's for sure though: Any ISP here that dares to start capping their traffic is doomed and will lose their customers in an instant. Our biggest phone/broadband company tried doing this about 6-7 years ago. It lasted no more than a year, and they lost a large amount of customers in the process.
5598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sqeenix: 'Consoles are going to go byb-bye!' on: November 26, 2009, 10:43:17 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on November 26, 2009, 09:28:24 PM

I've been saying for ages now that the days of uncapped connections are over, or almost so. 

That's a very American perspective. I would suggest looking at ISP development in some other countries, particularly Scandinavia (which is considered a forerunner in Internet use and technology). Capped connections are almost non-existent here, and we have access to some seriously beefy lines for very reasonable prices (and a lot of them. I could probably choose between a dozen different providers where I live, none with caps). There are also no indications that this will change in a negative direction. To the contrary, fiber optics (sp?) are being rolled out across Norway these days, and has been present in Sweden for years. Despite our countries covering a large area geographically compared to the small amount of people who live here, we still have more than 95% broadband coverage AFAIK.

Capped connections are only a symptom of limited broadband development. It'll just take a while for your ISPs to get to the point where caps would be counterproductive to them, and for that you need some more competition.
5599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 26, 2009, 07:51:49 PM
OO is just playing hard to get.
5600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sqeenix: 'Consoles are going to go byb-bye!' on: November 26, 2009, 06:26:12 PM
Well, 10 years is a long time in the games industry, but still... Games haven't changed THAT much since '99. I seriously doubt streaming will take over anything at all, particularly because of issues like latency that aren't likely to ever be solved.
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