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5921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 09:46:10 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 01, 2010, 09:39:52 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 01, 2010, 09:20:44 PM

I had a friend of mine just finished the game.  He said he put about 30 hours into it, and that the ending just kind of 'popped out' at him.

He said he scanned "lots" of planets but only found 4 anomalies.  He said it didn't really have the scope or feel of exploration compared to the first one.

Anyone else finding this?

I found the narrative in ME2 much tighter, with less aimless wandering about the universe.  I think your friend and I are saying the same thing, but from different perspectives. The player is faced with an immanent threat that has to be dealt with now...there's not a lot of room for tooling around exploring the galaxy.  In fact, the ending can be different if the player goofs off too much near the very end.  I like that.  There is still plenty of freedom, just not as many inconsequential worlds with random mako missions.    

Uh, without spoiling anything, are you saying that I'm actually messing up my chances in the final mission by trying to do every mission and anomaly in the game before finishing? I've been thorough in the hopes of (Achievement spoiler)
Spoiler for Hiden:
keeping all my crew alive in the suicide mission (note that I haven't gotten that far yet, so I don't know anything more than that)
5922  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Self Publishing and eBooks? The future of Print? on: February 01, 2010, 09:39:38 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 01, 2010, 09:36:56 PM

And finally just to mix it up a bit, over lunch I was actually thinking about whether anyone would want to help develop an "Indie Reader" app for the iPhone/iPad.  The main app would be a Reader + Store, similar to Kindle, except we would allow any Joe Blow to upload their text, keywords, summary etc. and set their own price.  The app would have all the bells and whistles, top 10 lists, user reviews, user favorites, our own personal favorites, searches by genre and topic, etc. - basically a complete venue for wannabe/"independent" authors to show off their work.  All we would do is maintain the software, database and collect money lol.  But I forgot about all the legal crap with copyrights and such, so I kind of thought it wasn't worth mentioning, unless someone has an idea to get around all that.  I suppose we could just have a disclaimer but that doesn't seem very satisfying.

Amazon is already implementing this. IIRC, their new system allows any author to upload his books to the Kindle Store and set his own price. I think Amazon takes 30% of the profit, while the author keeps the rest.
5923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 09:33:40 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 01, 2010, 09:20:44 PM

Anyone else finding this?

Nope. There's plenty of anomalies around. Some of them lead you into other missions, and those mission may lead you into yet another (as far as I can tell). It seems every sector has 1-2 anomalies, with additional missions coming in on top of that. Also keep in mind that certain sectors are only available once you buy navigation charts for them.
5924  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 01, 2010, 08:42:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 01, 2010, 07:36:08 PM

One more day, I can't wait!!!!

The most recent commercial I saw on Desperate Housewives last night seemed to reveal quite a bit (or not).
BUt it seemed counter to what we saw in that 4-minute teaser thing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I couldn't tell what was going on, but clearly in the commercial Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and Jin at least were all still on the island.  Sawyer points his gun at Locke a couple times and threatens him.  Locke asks Sawyer if he wants to know the answer to what/where the island is.  Which seems to imply the "reset button" did NOT work, though the teaser video implies it did.  It looks more like the explosion just bounces our main cast into yet another different time period, or is it another different timeline?


Spoiler for Hiden:
As I hinted at in my post earlier in this thread, I think time will become "unhinged" for the main characters, leaving them in multiple timelines at the same time. The creators of the show have said that the flashbacks/flashforwards and the way these have been altered all throughout the show have been there to prepare us for something that is going to be very important in this season. Since this is in the same category as the flashbacks but is something we haven't seen before, detached time is my main theory.

They've also said that the start of the season will be very confusing, btw. Tongue
5925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/1) on: February 01, 2010, 08:40:15 AM
Nuthin'.
5926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: January 30, 2010, 01:08:07 PM
George R R Martin posted a somewhat cryptic post on his Not a Blog page yesterday. It might just look like A Dance with Dragons has been completed.

I'm getting excited! smile
5927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 29, 2010, 09:16:30 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 29, 2010, 09:04:37 PM

First five minutes up now.

SPOILERS BELOW:
Spoiler for Hiden:
What ever they did works.  Not sure I like that.

Spoiler for Hiden:
There was only like 15 seconds of new material in that preview, but ok... Tongue I actually suspected it was fake until the very end.

It's been well known for a while that whatever they did worked, but it's the ramifications of that we still don't know. I suspect the Losties will feel detached from reality, perhaps even exist at several points in time at once. Looking forward to finding out next week. smile
5928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 07:59:05 PM
I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite store in the Citadel!
5929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 02:45:39 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 29, 2010, 02:43:19 PM

Can someone spoil the location for the fast scanning upgrade? Wherever it is, that's where I want to go first.

I think you start out with it. At least it was there the first time I looked at the list of available upgrades.
5930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain - gameplay video on: January 29, 2010, 01:40:54 PM
No, the episodes are all prequels from what I understand. The first one is what I believe is an extended version of the first scene they ever showed to the public, a scene that was never intended to be part of the main story. All the new scenes in Heavy Rain Chronicles will delve deeper into the histories and personalities of the main characters.
5931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 09:48:54 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 29, 2010, 09:44:51 AM

Anyways - loving the game...its just so much me! Only thing I'm missing is teammember bantering...there's really ...nothing. This leads to lack of personality in my teammembers, something that DA could have shown them how to include in spades.

I noticed this as well. It makes the decision on which team members to bring along on a mission trivial, as they end up being pretty much nothing but a set of mobile combat abilities. They will once in a rare while interject a conversation, but not often enough for it to really matter.
5932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 09:41:49 AM
I'm the kind of player who will quicksave after almost every corner. Mass Effect 2 accommodates this nicely by not slowing down or stopping at all while it saves.
5933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 08:37:46 AM
That's why you quicksave! As always with PC games that have a quicksave available, if you have to revert to an ages old save it's your own fault. Tongue
5934  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need you guys to settle an argument on: January 29, 2010, 07:56:29 AM
It's on the Internet, so it must be true!
5935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 06:58:05 AM
Yay, the game is finally unlocked on Steam here in Europe. I got up an hour earlier so that I could try the game before work. Played long enough to see that the DLC armor doesn't let you remove the helmets, which makes it all worthless. Almost feels like I wasted the money on the digital deluxe edition now. Oh well...

Can't wait to play more after work. smile
5936  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.
5937  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
5938  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!
5939  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
5940  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.
5941  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.
5942  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.
5943  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.
5944  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.
5945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Only Level on: January 24, 2010, 04:58:01 PM
8 minutes 25 seconds. Clever game.
5946  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.
5947  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.
5948  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.
5949  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?
5950  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
5951  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).
5952  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.
5953  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.
5954  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.
5955  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.
5956  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.
5957  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.
5958  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.
5959  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.
5960  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.
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