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5561  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tired of reading same books over and over...need suggestions on: May 26, 2009, 08:13:11 AM
You could try the Fencer trilogy by K. J. Parker. It seems to be a lesser known series (she's got more fantasy books out than just these, so there's more to go on), but it's very enjoyable and dark like hell. Like A Song of Ice and Fire, there's no black and white, only shades of grey. You'll particularly enjoy these books if you're even moderately interested in the crafting of medieval weaponry and armor.

The first book is called Colours in the Steel. The second is Belly of the Bow, and the third (and final) is The Proof House.

Edit: Just to be clear about the genre, these books are very low-fantasy. There aren't any elves or dwarves, there are no monsters, and magic is so limited and unpredictable that its power mostly comes from the myths built up around those who practice it.
5562  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 25, 2009, 02:20:15 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 25, 2009, 01:48:00 PM

I might be able to answer these questions about your Nemesis, but then I'd have to kill you (stupid NDA).

It's okay, you can tell us. We don't mind if you kill Lockdown. slywink
5563  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Why do I keep getting MMO's on: May 23, 2009, 08:14:30 AM
I think the basic mistake most of us do with MMORPGs that ruins them for us is that we think we want to play them "all the time". I've been a subscriber to LOTRO for almost 2 years now, but I haven't played it all that time. I usually start out getting hooked, playing it for a few months, and then I grow tired of it. Instead of forcing myself to play, I just put the game aside. A few more months later, I pick it up again and find myself having lots of fun once again.

In other words, be more casual in how you approach MMORPGs. You're clearly not a hardcore player (for these kinds of games, anyhow), so don't force yourself to be. If you find yourself picking up tons of MMORPGs and leaving them behind, try going back to the first ones again (if you enjoyed them in the first place, that is). You might be surprised to rediscover the magic that hooked you initially.
5564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain - gameplay video on: May 22, 2009, 03:57:12 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 22, 2009, 01:49:35 PM

with Heavy Rain it looks as though the QTE for this game doesn't look as though they are gonna be the main thing(see that guy getting out of the car crusher in Heavy rain)on the screen this time round,much smaller action buttons(triangle etc)..hopefully i wont miss the action this time round icon_lol

You can see the QTE icons moving around on the screen, either around your character for more generic stuff like dialogue, or on top of the items the QTE will make you interact with. This coordination between GUI and the game should make it much easier to see what's going on, since your eyes will be forced to look at the important areas of the screen.

Or at least I think that's the idea. I'm looking forward to seeing how it works in action.
5565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain - gameplay video on: May 22, 2009, 09:37:46 AM
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!
5566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor/Video: [PS3] Trico - Video of Team Ico's next game? on: May 20, 2009, 11:30:13 AM

Quote from: Maggot on May 20, 2009, 10:55:35 AM

Just wonderinf if you have played any of the previous team ico games ? Ico and SotC are also in this dreamy kind of world, it fits the games very well... Much better than a grown up man would.

Nope, never owned a PS2. I got the impression from screenshots that Shadow of the Colossus featured an adult (though a young one) as the protagonist though.

5567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor/Video: [PS3] Trico - Video of Team Ico's next game? on: May 20, 2009, 10:31:05 AM

Quote from: Maggot on May 20, 2009, 10:20:48 AM

The same time when western devs will stop using macho bald guys that swears a lot.

I don't like that either, but at least an overly macho guy should have some of the stuff needed to approach and survive dangerous situtations. A kid wouldn't.
5568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor/Video: [PS3] Trico - Video of Team Ico's next game? on: May 20, 2009, 09:52:16 AM
The creature looks fantastic, but when will Japanese game developers stop putting in 8-year old kids as the main characters? It rips me straight out of the illusion they are trying to create.
5569  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay on: May 18, 2009, 01:36:34 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 15, 2009, 06:25:22 AM

This is "low-fantasy" at its highest..eh... :-D

I've had some big discussions with various people over this. I agree that it's low-fantasy, but it would be even more appropriate to call it dark fantasy. Some people seem to insist that it's high-fantasy since it contains magic, dragons (well, sort of), and so on, but that would be missing the role of those aspects in the world (using magic is dangerous and is likely to get you lynched by an angry mob. Dragons are almost extinct.).

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a great RPG system and setting. As long as you don't go into it expecting D&D, you'll love it. It's more about surviving in a hostile of cosmic horrors than about venturing into dungeons and finding treasure. If you try the latter, you're likely to end up in an asylum with a couple of missing limbs (and potentially a couple of extra ones brought on by mutation) and some kind of strange madness.

The Warhammer world is a world in which humanity WILL lose in the end. It's just a question of how long they can hold out first.
5570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 18, 2009, 11:22:23 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 18, 2009, 08:59:53 AM

oh well so,is Sayid headed for a Mass Grave then?

No, the person in that mass grave was Horace. He was killed during the Purge, and all the bodies from that were dumped into a mass grave. We haven't seen any additional bodies with Horace's name on them, so we have no way of knowing what will happen to Sayid yet.
5571  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 16, 2009, 11:19:05 PM
The screen has only gone white in Lost during time travel. Juliette could very well survive.
5572  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 14, 2009, 07:02:11 PM
Lol, I don't see that cartoon's relevance to the discussion, but it sure reminds me of some of the battles in this game.  icon_smile
5573  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 14, 2009, 04:53:39 PM
Yes, I know these things. I've been trying to hint at this for a few posts now, but please stop talking to me like I'm new to the game. I've been playing this since one month after the original game launched and have followed the dev feedback about new game systems long before they've been implemented on the live servers. I appreciate that you're trying to be helpful, but in this case it's wasted. Don't take it the wrong way though, I'm not annoyed or anything, just trying to steer the discussion somewhere more constructive. smile
5574  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 14, 2009, 02:46:47 PM
Yeah, I have room for a gem, but I'd rather save that slot until I get a level 5 or 6 gem to use on it. At the moment I haven't got any gems above level 2, I think, which just isn't good enough to even consider using as a temporary buff. I want the freedom to add a more powerful gem in there without losing one I've already placed. Relics are hard enough to build up to a suitable level as it is.
5575  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 14, 2009, 05:03:52 AM
I finally found a legendary weapon worth using!



It started out with 4 very useful legacies right away, and the potential to reach level 40, which is nice indeed for a 3rd Age weapon. It's too bad that it didn't have any gold legacies (only silver), but after getting to level 20, I already have two of those anyway. smile At the time this screenshot was taken, I hadn't even fought using the weapon. All I had done was to apply item xp I had saved up, which brought it straight to level 26.

The DPS is extremely good on this one compared to what I was using before. I went from struggling to take down enemies to cutting them down like butter. Ah, power! smile
5576  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 12, 2009, 09:01:10 PM
Of course I know that, but the legendary weapons are also heavily reliant on their minimum level. A weapon with a minimum level of 51 or 53 just isn't going to be able to match quest reward weapons at level 59 (the DPS in particular is very bad in comparison, even when upgraded to its max). I haven't had much luck with Captain halberds so far, so I'm actually much better off using regular weapons until I actually find something decent to use. Hopefully I'll be able to locate a 2nd Age halberd with good stats, but I'm not holding my breath.
5577  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO: Book 7 Update on: May 12, 2009, 05:23:03 PM
Nice coincidence. I hit level 60 this weekend too. The last two levels were spent entirely in Lothlorien, and I still have lots of stuff to do there. I'm almost starting to look forward to heading back into Moria to kick the collective asses of anything that threatened me there before.

Interestingly, I don't own a single legendary weapon at this point. I just haven't found anything I felt was good enough to focus on, and my old weapons both became outdated and were melted down. I now have about 230 000 item xp waiting for my next weapon. smile
5578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 12, 2009, 12:45:14 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 12, 2009, 11:52:27 AM

Vista won't run Freedom Force? Oh no, that's one I always meant to get back to!  I wonder if the virtual XP mode in 7 would run it.

Probably not. The Virtual XP mode isn't meant for games.
5579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BS or not?....PS3 getting GTA4:L+D on: May 10, 2009, 11:09:17 AM
I would love to see L&D for the PS3, but I seriously doubt that this rumor is even remotely true. Microsoft paid for the development of the expansion, which gave them exclusivity. I don't think there even would have been an expansion if MS hadn't stepped in.
5580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 09, 2009, 03:55:59 PM

Quote from: hentzau on May 09, 2009, 03:12:35 PM

Hit my first glitch with Win 7.  I've been unable to get City of Heroes to run in any way, shape or form.  That's the only glitch I have found so far.  I'm going to try and re-install CoH and see if that fixes it.  (Note that I did an upgrade, and not a fresh install.)

I wouldn't call that a glitch with Win 7, as it's most likely some kind of assumption City of Heroes makes in its code for Vista that no longer applies to Win 7. The devs will probably fix it soon enough.

In related news, LOTRO runs perfectly on Win 7 x64. I can't say the same about Vista x86, where it would crash all the time.
5581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 09, 2009, 01:52:41 PM
Windows 7 didn't install drivers for you automatically? And are you sure you're installing correct drivers for your OS version (you can't use 32-bit drivers in a 64-bit OS, for example).
5582  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 on: May 08, 2009, 09:10:14 AM
Windows 7 is also supposed to be the last Windows OS with a 32-bit version. From there on, you'll only get 64-bit. You might as well go all the way now and get it over with.

I'm really happy about Win7 x64, after having run it on my laptop since tuesday. No crashes, no bugs, no problems at all. It's been a perfectly smooth experience, and the only game I've run so far, LOTRO, runs better than it did on Vista.
5583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: May 07, 2009, 05:56:46 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 05, 2009, 02:22:03 AM

Okay, this episode and the last felt like filler for the big finish. I really hope Olivia goes down by the end of the season and that Aaron shoots her. A lot. Then walks away and saves Jack Bauer before disappearing into the sunrise.

I'm wondering if it wasn't Aaron who actually hired the killer or did the killing himself. It would be somewhat out of character for him, but so is the stuff with Tony right now.
5584  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 07, 2009, 01:47:36 PM
I've heard you can use the same key for 3 different computers, so you should be able to use it. On the other hand, the keys are free, so there's no reason not to get another one.
5585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer busted! on: May 07, 2009, 08:36:40 AM

Quote from: Space Herpes on May 07, 2009, 06:24:05 AM

Just out of curiosity, how long should someone play a game to find the fun?  Shouldn't a game be fun (or interesting) within a few minutes of playing? 

If that was the requirement, the first two Fallout games would be among the worst games ever.
5586  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 06, 2009, 03:26:59 PM

Quote from: JCC on May 06, 2009, 03:21:25 PM

Is there any good reason for me NOT to try Windows 7 (other than having to reinstall XP in March at the earliest)?

Yes. You won't be able to go back to XP after trying Windows 7 for yourself. You may consider that a drawback. slywink
5587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 06, 2009, 01:26:21 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on May 06, 2009, 01:17:24 PM

Doesn't seem to support 3D acceleration. Without that, it is not that useful for gamers to run games that are incompatible with Vista/Windows 7.

Which is why it isn't even in the Home version of Windows 7. It's not meant for ordinary consumers, it's meant for businesses that need to be able to use their old software that might not be directly Windows 7 compatible.
5588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SONY get publishing rights to Ghostbusters on: May 06, 2009, 01:23:16 PM
It's kind of funny to see 360 owners being all mad about this after all the times PS3-owners have had to suffer because of Microsoft buying up exclusivity for game after game. I think buying exclusivity is a stupid thing no matter which direction it goes, but getting all up in arms about this shows a lack of perspective regarding the treatment MS gives players.
5589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 06, 2009, 06:40:52 AM
I installed Windows 7 x64 yesterday, and it seems to run smoothly so far. Can't wait to get home from work and play around with it some more.

There are some things that have changed a lot from Vista, such as the newly reimagined Taskbar (it can sort of be described as a combination between the old Taskbar and the Quick Launch bar) and the way the Control Panel works. Now if only I can figure out how to force it to use HDMI for audio when available (and only then), I'll be set.

Kagath, the two versions are the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions. If you've got more than 2 GB RAM in your computer, download the 64-bit version. Otherwise you might want to stick with the other one.
5590  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 05, 2009, 09:33:42 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 05, 2009, 07:00:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 05, 2009, 06:58:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 05, 2009, 05:18:01 PM

icon_lol I wonder how long it will take them to crack that.

I don't see why they'd want to. The full OS will be available long before that.

Arrr, matey, there be pirates that shant wish to part with the doubloons said purchase would force them to release from their coinpurse.

Yeah, but they are going to crack the full version, not the RC which isn't going to be updated any more at that point.
5591  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 05, 2009, 06:58:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 05, 2009, 05:18:01 PM

icon_lol I wonder how long it will take them to crack that.

I don't see why they'd want to. The full OS will be available long before that.
5592  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: May 04, 2009, 08:06:19 PM
I'm seriously considering replacing my Vista install tomorrow with Windows 7, dual boot be damned! I just need to confirm that there are working drivers for my laptop so that I can get all my hardware working on the 64-bit version. Might as well make the jump to 64-bit now. Microsoft says Windows 7 will be their last OS with 32-bit support.
5593  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 04, 2009, 04:57:48 PM

Quote from: Shinjin on May 04, 2009, 04:11:10 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 03, 2009, 07:42:31 AM

i seriously did not even see that twist coming.

I had read a spoiler earlier in the season and while watching that episode I thought that it was possibly planted misinformation.  I didn't catch on to the twist until about a minute before it happened.  Looking forward to the next episode.

I had the same reaction. I couldn't see how his appearance in this episode could tie into what I had heard, so I believed I had been misinformed as well. Only near the end did things start to make sense, and by the time the twist was revealed, I was waiting for it. Still good though. smile
5594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 03, 2009, 06:44:28 AM
In a very recent interview with the guys behind the show, they talked about that video in a way that made it sound like the fans were just thinking they hear Faraday talking. It could turn out to be someone else entirely.
5595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 02, 2009, 03:21:19 PM
Ah, I see. It has to be mentioned that even though Mr Eko has returned as a ghost, the actor didn't, so the relationship between ghosts and actors isn't exactly strong.

As for the Desmond's son = Charlie theory, take a look at this articleparanoid icon_wink
5596  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 02, 2009, 02:53:53 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 02, 2009, 02:10:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 02, 2009, 09:51:05 AM

That quote above about deaths confuses me. What's the difference between Charlie's and Michael's deaths in terms of their relationship to the show? Apart from Hurley seeing Charlie in his insane visions, that is.

I think there are 3 types of death on Lost:

ghost dead (e.g., Charlie)
resurrection dead (e.g., Locke)
dead dead (e.g., Michael)

I disagree. As far as I can tell, there are two types of deaths: Dead or resurrected by the Island. Hurley is a mental patient and sees things. We know he's seen, talked to, and interacted with several dead people, including Charlie and Mr Eko. That doesn't make them ghost dead. "Ghosts" seem to be more closely related to Jacob and the smoke monster, as we've seen a couple of people manifest and disappear into thin air, such as Christian Shepard. Charlie isn't one of these people.
5597  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 02, 2009, 09:51:05 AM
That quote above about deaths confuses me. What's the difference between Charlie's and Michael's deaths in terms of their relationship to the show? Apart from Hurley seeing Charlie in his insane visions, that is.
5598  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: April 30, 2009, 08:59:01 PM
Mandy wasn't working for anyone. She's a hired gun available to anyone who can pay. It also doesn't make sense that Nina's organization would be the same as the one we're seeing in this season. Our current evil organization consists of nothing but leaders of US private military groups. Nina's organization was based in Germany.
5599  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24: Season 7 (spoiler tags are certain!) on: April 30, 2009, 03:50:23 PM
The group has been too exposed for that, both to us viewers and to the investigators in the show. I suspect Jack is going to take down Tony and the impersonator-chick, plus her contact in the Group by the end of the season. Following their takedown, the rest of the group disassembles and never meets again. Or Chloe manages to bypass the anonymity of the network and traces every computer involved, leading to big arrests.
5600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Pirate Bay loses trial on: April 28, 2009, 09:06:55 PM

Quote from: brettmcd on April 28, 2009, 08:36:22 PM

You posted what you called legal uses of pirates bay to say its only used occasionally for illegal purposes. 

No I did not. Read my post again. I don't deny that The Pirate Bay's main use is as a source of pirated material. What I said was that there was the occasional pirated torrent among the searches I posted ("among the searches above" really should have hinted pretty strongly at this). What YOU said was that you didn't believe that The Pirate Bay is used extensively for legal torrents. I proved you wrong by making simple searches that turned up hundreds of legal torrents, almost all of them with seeders and leechers (ie. uploaders and downloaders). Yet you completely dodged this fact in your replies, hoping that nobody would remember your mistake if you brought attention to something else.
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