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5921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain - gameplay video on: September 26, 2009, 07:59:35 PM
It's not supposed to be a turn on. You're trying to find a way to knock out and interrogate the guy who's holding the gun. You only have to undress if you're unable to find a way to deal with the situation. "Tacky" is when God of War gets you into a threesome with silicone-enhanced girls who never utter a word. "Tacky" is when GTA: San Andreas makes you push a button for every thrust during sex. "Tacky" is when you slip a stripper a dollar in Duke Nukem to make her show you her tits.

The Heavy Rain developers have stated in interviews that they're using nudity in situations that will make the player uncomfortable. It's a way for them to create tension and promote emotion in their players.

Or perhaps you think it's tacky because it's a video game? Movies never have this issue.
5922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Revisiting Titan Quest and Immortal Throne on: September 26, 2009, 06:42:30 AM
The masteries have different paths and specializations. I've played a Warfare/Defense build all the way to 40, and it worked very well. There will always be parts of masteries that don't fit your build, but the game doesn't punish you for ignoring them. I ignored the dual-wielding stuff, which is only a small part of Warfare.
5923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: September 26, 2009, 06:40:05 AM
Risen's release date IS October 2nd. What's this about the 6th?
5924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 10 New Gaming Cliches on: September 25, 2009, 06:11:32 PM
Half Life had a cool sequence where a group of soldiers heard you crawling in the vents and started shooting holes in it. Vents can be cool if used right. Of course, they usually aren't.
5925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No new Gears until the next gen? on: September 25, 2009, 05:35:50 PM
I've got Gears 1 on the PC but have never been able to finish it. It's just... bland. I've played tons of better shooters than this. Doesn't help that the story and characters are the typical juvenile "macho" stuff that is littered all across the game industry.

If the style and setting appeals to you, you'll probably find some enjoyment in it. Don't go in there expecting one of the greatest games ever though, because that it isn't.
5926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Revisiting Titan Quest and Immortal Throne on: September 25, 2009, 12:02:38 PM
I just reinstalled Titan Quest and the expansion a few days ago, though I don't think I'll get much chance to play it. Great game, and huge! Almost too huge. By the time I'm able to play on the higher difficulties I'm burnt out.
5927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space on your Wii on: September 24, 2009, 08:08:27 PM
What's up with the reviewer repeatedly pointing out that the original game was a 360 game when it actually was on all major platforms?
5928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend trailer on: September 24, 2009, 05:21:11 PM
I'm not into metal at all, and my only interest in Jack Black is that he looks like me, but I'm really looking forward to this game. On the other hand, since this game will be out at the same time as Uncharted 2 it won't get any playtime until that game is done. smile
5929  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quicktime, Windows Media player, Media Player Classic -- No Video. on: September 24, 2009, 09:05:51 AM
It's not about bad UI. It's about codec packs fucking up your system, almost without exception. The ramifications might not be apparent within the first days, weeks, or even months, but when they do hit you're in for a world of frustration.

It's not a coincidence that a lot of game troubleshooters always recommend using system restore if you've installed codec packs and have trouble with the game.
5930  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quicktime, Windows Media player, Media Player Classic -- No Video. on: September 24, 2009, 08:22:18 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 24, 2009, 02:29:26 AM

and installed the latest Combined Community Codecs

That's probably your problem right there. You should stay away from those things as they almost always lead to nothing but trouble. Use VLC instead. It's safer for your sanity.
5931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft to purchase EA? on: September 23, 2009, 09:29:07 PM
For all the love I have for Microsoft thanks to excellent releases like Visual Studio and Windows 7, it'd all turn to hate in a second if they did this. We all know Microsoft well enough to know that this would mean tons of exclusives for the 360, not because the games couldn't be done on the PS3 but simply because Microsoft wouldn't want them to.
5932  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.
5933  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.
5934  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.
5935  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.
5936  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?
5937  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.
5938  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.
5939  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
5940  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.
5941  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.
5942  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.
5943  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.
5944  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.
5945  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.
5946  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.
5947  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.
5948  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.
5949  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
5950  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.
5951  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.
5952  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.
5953  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.
5954  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.
5955  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.
5956  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
5957  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.
5958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 04:17:59 PM
Thank You For Smoking.
5959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 02:39:25 PM
The Firm?
5960  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.
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