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5921  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 22, 2009, 07:43:12 PM
A bit of a contradiction there, Scraper. You need the Moria expansion to play the Warden or Rune Keeper.
5922  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars Galaxies cutting it's servers by almost half on: September 22, 2009, 12:22:09 PM
It wasn't normal at the time to do so. Having patch notes and open customer relations is a relatively new thing for MMORPGs unless I'm completely mistaken. Sony wanted to improve the game but failed miserably. I'm not trying to defend their decision to change the game, as it was a completely retarded thing for them to attempt to do, particularly at the same time as an expansion. Thinking that they did it to purposefully screw with their customers is nearly as retarded though. They wanted to save the game, but only managed to destroy it through ineptitude.
5923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: September 22, 2009, 07:16:50 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on September 22, 2009, 06:39:10 AM

I can't believe there's still like 2 hrs to go. When is SOMETHING going to happen.

Something important is happening all the time throughout that movie. Don't expect an action movie. This isn't The Dark Knight or Spiderman.
5924  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars Galaxies cutting it's servers by almost half on: September 22, 2009, 07:08:17 AM
A design mistake (although one of the biggest ones I've ever seen in the game industry) doesn't necessarily make you a scumbag. It just makes you a poor designer.
5925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 fake pictures on: September 22, 2009, 07:02:45 AM
Am I the only one who thinks the designs in the original post are absolutely atrocious and should disqualify the artist from making any further predictions about console development?
5926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: From Your Personal Perspective, Who is Winning This Generation of Consoles? on: September 22, 2009, 07:00:29 AM
This is a somewhat pointless topic. I think most here will say the 360 is their primary and favorite platform. I don't think this is necessarily because the 360 is a better platform, but because it was first. Considering that we're all gamers here, most of us are somewhere along the cutting edge of consoles. With the 360 having had an advantage with being first on the market and most supported for its entire lifetime, it has traditionally been the go-to console for enthusiasts. Add in Achievements, and you'll find yourself locked in on the first platform you bought, which for most here will be the 360.

As for myself, I don't have a 360 and don't feel any need to get one. The PS3 combined with a PC lets me play almost any game I want, including so-called 360 exclusives (which usually end up on the PC). The trophies keep me locked to the PS3 as well, making the transition to a different platform harsh. I suspect that if I were to get a 360, it would sit there gathering dust. All this is because I got the PS3 first. Were it the other way around, I would probably be a supporter of the 360.

So, as I said, this thread is somewhat pointless. You might as well change the question in the original post to ask "which console of the 360/PS3 did you buy first" and the answers would still remain valid.
5927  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You just have to LOVE FOX news! on: September 21, 2009, 01:11:22 PM
Not only that, but every serious news publication I know about do the same thing. Imagine a kidnapping case where a journalist managed to find out that the police was planning to take out the kidnappers during a money exchange and how they were going to do so. Publishing that could and probably would lead to someone's death, and the press doesn't want that. The media has great power, but they also have a large degree of responsibility considering the information they get access to as part of their profession.

Edit: I don't count causing attrition during wartime as part of this journalistic integrity. If the press reports news from the front that leads to reduced support from the people back home, that's just the way it is. The exception is, of course, when they bring reports that could put people's lives in danger. That would be bad.
5928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: September 21, 2009, 09:16:31 AM
Simple. You only have to press Alt + Page Up + 5 to swing your sword left, and Backspace + Scroll Lock + Tab to swing it right. Goes without saying, really.

Tongue
5929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You just have to LOVE FOX news! on: September 20, 2009, 07:59:52 PM
Okay, good to see we could get that cleared up.

You can't prove that CNN fabricates news (or worse, as you're implying), so the conclusion must be that they don't.

Edit: Also, this isn't a thread about news bias. It's a thread about news fabrication. Are you accusing CNN of fabrication or bias? If it's bias and worse than FOX' fabrication, it'd better be one HELL of a bias.
5930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You just have to LOVE FOX news! on: September 20, 2009, 07:32:25 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 20, 2009, 07:05:56 PM

CNN sucks and is just as bad if not worse.

I'd like to see you prove that. I've yet to see CNN deliberately present false information in order to promote liberal views, as opposed to Fox' way of distorting or lying to promote conservative views. Examples of the latter are already produced in this thread. Examples of the former are not.

You're on.
5931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 20, 2009, 08:11:43 AM
The devs have been talking a lot about the new stealth elements in the game. It's not a stealth game, but you can use trickery to surprise your enemies. If you pop out of cover and shoot someone, then sneak away, the enemies will investigate the area the shots came from, allowing you to flank them and take them out from behind. They don't have total knowledge of your current location, and will have to search for you if they can't see you.
5932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: September 18, 2009, 07:38:17 PM
I played the original in 16:10 with no problems.
5933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: September 18, 2009, 03:36:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 18, 2009, 01:18:43 PM

Wow, that looks fantastic.  I like the much cleaner on-screen display this time around, looks much less cluttered.

On a side note, anyone else think it's a bit douchbaggy for them to post a video with a huge "Confidential Video - Internal Use Only" tag on it?  I know it happens all the time, but it rubs me the wrong way.  This is obviously a promo piece that's going to be released anyways.

I don't think it's "douchebaggy" of them at all, since this is clearly an internal video (probably for showing to investors). No company would publicly release videos with low framerate and placeholder voices, particularly this long before release. It'll just drive away people who don't understand that these things change. Look at the YouTube comments for the video to see this in effect.
5934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on: September 18, 2009, 07:26:55 AM
Of course Geralt's voice is a placeholder. I even think it's the same guy as the one who introduces the video. This is a video meant for internal use, from the early stages of the development process. It's common for the devs to record their own voices at this stage in order to test timing issues and prepare the game for the actual finished voices. They're probably not very happy that this thing leaked.
5935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: September 17, 2009, 04:31:11 PM
I played through it 3 times already (gaining a Platinum trophy in the process), and I'm starting to feel the urge to play through it again. The only thing stopping me is that Uncharted 2 is coming out in only a month. It's just a very good game with combat that is dynamic and fun enough to play through several times, trying different things every time. It's also a relatively short game which means you can plow through it quickly if you know what you're doing.
5936  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC spontaneously rebooting on: September 17, 2009, 09:21:57 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on September 17, 2009, 01:43:48 AM

It should not have been underpowered... 550 watts is plenty for a gaming system and one video card, even a 275.

Actually, 650W and above is recommended for the Geforce 8 series and higher.
5937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scribblenauts on: September 16, 2009, 03:51:54 PM
But these aren't words that are powerful or even useful! There's way WAY too many words in this game for a few dozen in this thread to be considered spoilery.
5938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scribblenauts on: September 16, 2009, 02:54:22 PM
Why is everyone using spoilers to hide which words you've been typing? These things are listed in your average thesaurus, people! It'd be more logical to just spoiler the effects of the words. smile
5939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for Speed: Shift on: September 16, 2009, 12:28:30 PM
I'm starting to get interested in this game, but I'd prefer to buy it online. The problem is that it doesn't look like Steam is getting it, and Direct2Drive will only sell to the US, UK, and EU areas, while I'm in Norway. Argh! I hate dealing with DVDs for games.
5940  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Opera issue: animated gifs not working on: September 16, 2009, 08:34:09 AM
F12 -> Enable animated Images.

I love Opera. smile

Edit: If that doesn't help you could also check your site preferences. Opera allows you to set up individual settings for each web page you visit. Right click an empty area on the site and choose Edit Site Preferences. From there you can go to the Content tab to toggle the animated images for that site on or off.
5941  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC spontaneously rebooting on: September 16, 2009, 08:32:53 AM
It's either a faulty power supply or an overheating issue. I'd check the latter first, particularly since this happens after prolonged gaming sessions. Make sure the case is getting enough air circulation. Vacuum the inside if you can, and particularly the fans as dust may gather up in massive quantities inside them. You could also try moving PCI cards away from each other and (particularly) the graphics card if there's room. Another alternative is to check if you can remote control your fan speeds through software. If so you can run software that will automatically adjust fan speed based on CPU and GPU temperatures.
5942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 14, 2009, 11:19:35 PM
Neat tip when using spoiler tags: Add some text before the tag so people will know whether or not it will spoil something they haven't seen. A lone spoiler tag tells you nothing until you click it, and then it's too late.
5943  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk returns.... on: September 14, 2009, 08:47:22 PM
I guess the minis still aren't pre-painted? I just haven't got the time to paint dozens of minis for one single game these days.
5944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 14, 2009, 08:40:18 PM
About Poison Ivy:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a really hard time with her until I realized I could fire my batarangs at her without aiming. If I tried to aim, I would be hit by the fireballs. If I just fired without aiming, I could dodge them with ease. The fight got MUCH easier once I realized this.
5945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 14, 2009, 04:31:20 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on September 13, 2009, 11:31:59 PM

Beat the game today. What a great ride, not have I been that in to a game since bioshock. I only got 65% but I am happy with that. I don't feel a need to try and solve all the riddles or do the challenges - the game and story it self was great.

The riddles are part of the story, and in a very satisfying way. You'll see what I mean if you get them all. smile
5946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: inFamous or KillZone 2 on: September 14, 2009, 04:30:15 AM
I thought Prototype was WAY better than Infamous (which annoyed me from start to end), so my vote goes to KZ2.
5947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 04:17:59 PM
Thank You For Smoking.
5948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 02:39:25 PM
The Firm?
5949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: September 09, 2009, 06:42:32 AM
You should all read the Wikipedia page for the series.

There aren't going to be any jedi or sith (though they'll be mentioned), and the tone of the show will be mature. Battlestar Galactica and Firefly have been cited as influences.
5950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 09, 2009, 06:36:13 AM

Quote from: Turtle on September 09, 2009, 01:24:44 AM

They just did a poor job of training the player to deal with this situation.  It became trial and error along with timing.

They should have had recorded dialog of Nate talking to himself, telling himself to "wait for it... wait for it... move!" etc... Which would have help clue the player into what was going on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I disagree strongly. The shooting of the boxes had happened all the way throughout the final level, so you should have been prepared for him to destroy your cover. From experience you would also know he'd need to reload, giving you time to get closer. The final QTE was just the Brutal Combo that you *should* have been using numerous times throughout the game, and it IS the most natural thing to do when you run up next to him, so most people might have just hit those keys anyway. I think I completed that sequence on the second attempt, using the first attempt to realize I'd get shot if I stood up too early.
5951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Case of Swine Flu confirmed at PAX on: September 08, 2009, 08:13:58 PM
Man, the hysteria regarding swine flu is absurd. It's actually less dangerous than the regular flu, yet nobody would post a thread about someone at PAX having that, would they?
5952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 08, 2009, 08:11:50 PM
Yeah, the boss fight is actually about getting to the boss in the first place. Once you're next to him, he's toast. It suits the game perfectly, as a prolonged boss battle would feel out of place.
5953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 08, 2009, 05:27:24 AM
Tastes differ, I guess. I loved the way they did the ending. Without spoiling anything, all you have to do is a button combination you should have done many times throughout the game during regular fights, and that's that. The game doesn't cheapen the experience with this either, as there's plenty of normal fighting against the boss and his minions before the QTE.
5954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 12:03:45 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 07, 2009, 11:43:58 AM

we already have random encounters.

No we don't. There are no random encounters in Arkham Asylum.
5955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freespace series on: September 07, 2009, 04:27:15 AM
You might want to run the mod that lets you play Freespace 1 as a mod to Freespace 2 instead. Lets you get the advantages of the improved engine.
5956  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 04, 2009, 06:37:20 PM
It's a bit disappointing in that this means we probably won't see Rohan for another year, while what we get instead is only slightly larger than one of the patches we were used to last year, but this time we have to pay for it. It doesn't help that the developers have repeatedly hinted that Dol Guldur and Southern Mirkwood would be a free update.

Turbine built up a lot of goodwill with how they handled the first year after LOTRO's launch. I hope this isn't a sign of their new direction.
5957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 04, 2009, 12:53:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 04, 2009, 12:16:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 04, 2009, 05:27:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2009, 04:59:46 AM

Quote from: warning on September 04, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Man.  Does it seem like the guy who does Spike's voice from Cowboy Bebop does the voice for every third character you meet?

speaking of voices, looking at the IMDB cast list there are parts listed that I don't remember being in the game, like:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Richard Moll as Two Face/Harvey Dent and Efrem Zimbalist Jr as Alfred Pennyworth.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I mentioned Harvey Dent's voice casting earlier in this thread. I expect that the first DLC for the game will have us fighting Harvey in Gotham City while Alfred provides support over the comlink. They've probably already finished the voices along with the rest of the main game.

They were both the voices for the same characters in the animated series.  There may have been some cutting/pasting going on with the IMDB listing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I doubt it. Particularly since Batman leaves to fight Harvey Dent in the end, clearly leading into an expansion or DLC adventure.
5958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 04, 2009, 05:27:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2009, 04:59:46 AM

Quote from: warning on September 04, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Man.  Does it seem like the guy who does Spike's voice from Cowboy Bebop does the voice for every third character you meet?

speaking of voices, looking at the IMDB cast list there are parts listed that I don't remember being in the game, like:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Richard Moll as Two Face/Harvey Dent and Efrem Zimbalist Jr as Alfred Pennyworth.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I mentioned Harvey Dent's voice casting earlier in this thread. I expect that the first DLC for the game will have us fighting Harvey in Gotham City while Alfred provides support over the comlink. They've probably already finished the voices along with the rest of the main game.
5959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: September 02, 2009, 07:50:18 PM
October 22nd, from what I can see.
5960  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 02, 2009, 06:21:30 PM
It's not an actual item, just an extra costume part under the Back header. Go to the costume designer to see it. It's got its own section in the upper right of the menus.

This all assumes you've actually registered your preorder key first though.
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