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5921  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.
5922  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.
5923  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.
5924  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.
5925  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.
5926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn 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
5927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 21, 2010, 12:50:07 PM
I forked out for the Legendary preorder (the $48 one). Considering the current exchange rates between Norwegian Kroner and USD it was cheap anyway, and I loved Titan Quest. I've also got a soft spot in my heart for indie developers, so I wanted to support this. Looking forward to trying the alpha whenever it's ready.
5928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: January 21, 2010, 07:11:14 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 21, 2010, 12:03:23 AM

I just started this last night and made it to the point where I get the Altair's armor. 

That's not Altair's armor. You'll know what that is soon enough, but what you have is simply the assassin outfit.
5929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 20, 2010, 10:33:30 PM

Quote from: dbt1949 on January 20, 2010, 02:02:58 PM

[picture with lots of Legos]

That's pretty cool. Small Norwegian coastal villages actually look like that (well, without the Legos). I assume this is a picture from Legoland in Denmark?
5930  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online? on: January 20, 2010, 08:43:17 PM
Bethesda had better have a really solid plan on how to market this. By making the Elder Scrolls a MMORPG, they take away pretty much every single thing I enjoy about the series. Also, as a fantasy setting it's generic like hell and doesn't really separate itself from the crowd in any way.

Edit: Real time and MMO don't mix well? Are you saying that most MMORPGs today are turn-based? In that case you might want to look up the definition of that word. Tongue Every single MMORPG I've seen so far has been real time. Just because there's a pause between attacks doesn't change that. For example, many first-person shooters give you guns that need to be charged for a few seconds between each shot (often against bosses that also have large pauses between their attacks). That doesn't make those games turn-based, so why should it for MMORPGs? (Using "ticks" to synchronize timing between the server and the client doesn't count as turn-based either)
5931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Simple physics question on: January 20, 2010, 01:51:36 PM
Terminal velocity wasn't a part of what I was talking about. I was responding to this:

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Im pretty sure mass is invovled-a feather doesnt accelerate the same as a bowling ball surely.
5932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Simple physics question on: January 20, 2010, 12:36:24 PM
There's also absolutely no difference in how fast two objects will accelerate. If you dropped a feather and an iron ball in a vacuum, they'd both hit the floor at the same time. Under normal conditions a feather falls much slower because of air resistance.
5933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 3.... 2 years out? on: January 19, 2010, 08:06:54 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 19, 2010, 07:52:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 19, 2010, 05:26:38 PM

no Half Life games in 2010?  I'm really hoping they just misquoted the guy.

Maybe they decided to drop the episode concept considering it was taking so much time to develop that they decided to turn Episode 3 into HL3. That's my theory as to why it's taking so long.

About time. I consider the Half Life episodes to be the single greatest failure in episodic gaming so far. Yes, greater than even Sin Episodes. It's better to try and fail than to try and fail, then fail again for the exact same reasons. (I'm not talking about the quality of the episodes here, but merely the failure of providing the concept of episodic gaming in a satisfying form)

Valve didn't understand their own limitations, or this was all a case of the left hand having no clue what the right hand was doing.
5934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: January 18, 2010, 07:53:19 AM

Quote from: jersoc on January 18, 2010, 07:29:53 AM

So no, please don't give the "i dont give a shit" attitude because this is why games today are sucking ass and half finished.

You, sir, lack historical perspective. Your nostalgia is getting the best of you. Tongue
5935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/18) on: January 18, 2010, 07:26:52 AM
Nothing for me. Eagerly awaiting Mass Effect 2.
5936  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers 3! 7-1-2011! on: January 16, 2010, 03:09:12 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 16, 2010, 02:29:27 PM

Isn't optimus ridiculously OP now?

He discarded his bonus loot after the climax in Transformers 2.
5937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 3 possible in 2010? on: January 16, 2010, 03:05:05 PM
Don't get your hopes up. It's not like the actors can just walk into the studio and record voiceovers for a few days and be done, like in other games. First they have to do casting, which is an involved process in this instance since Nolan North takes an active part in it. Then they have to record the cutscenes early enough in the process that the artists will have time to work with them. The basic movement that is recorded is only part of the process. Scenery has to be created, facial animations are manually created by the artists based on video recordings of the actors, etc. And then there's the voiceovers and recording movement for the characters during actual gameplay.

Nolan North will probably do a lot of stuff with Uncharted 3 this year, but we won't. I would be surprised to see the game before summer 2011.
5938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 15, 2010, 07:05:00 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 15, 2010, 06:56:48 AM

Yeah, it seems a LOT dumped down.

Dumbed down, raz. Dumbedicon_biggrin
5939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Thing Prequel on: January 14, 2010, 09:01:30 AM

Quote from: heloder on January 14, 2010, 12:02:21 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 13, 2010, 10:07:00 PM

the norwegians, if i remember correctly.

Nope. It was those crazy Swedes.

:b

Hey Sweden!

It actually was Norwegians. It's pointed out at several times in the movie and the helicopter has "Norge" written all over its said. Also, the guy who gets shot in the beginning speaks Norwegian (poorly. They got a non-native Norwegian to play the part). He says something to the effect of: "That's not a dog! It's some kind of thing!".
5940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 release date to be ...EDIT:Delayed on: January 13, 2010, 07:04:53 PM
Need for Speed Shift is supposedly the closest you'll get that isn't 360-exclusive at the moment. It's a bit more sim than Grid is, but not much. It's got an awesome dashboard view though. smile
5941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Gran Turismo 5 release date to be ...EDIT:Delayed on: January 13, 2010, 04:09:15 PM
Gran Turisimo Forever!
5942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 11, 2010, 05:12:37 PM
The second part of a trilogy usually ends with only a minor victory for the good guys, while the very real possibility of total defeat looms close on the horizon. It's a common literary technique. smile
5943  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: OpenGL vs. Direct X: fight! on: January 11, 2010, 05:09:26 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on January 11, 2010, 03:13:26 PM

The OpenGL vs Direct3D fight was over years ago and DX won. About the only game company that kept it around at least on the PC has been iD Software cause Carmack likes it.

Liked it is more like it. In recent years he has become a supporter of Direct3D as well.
5944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 10, 2010, 08:19:16 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 10, 2010, 07:35:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 10, 2010, 04:05:55 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 10, 2010, 03:25:00 PM

Wonder what this asshat is going to do now?

Wow, you really don't understand even a single thing about global warming, do you?


Do you see the irony in your post considering his handle?

Yes, I did. Doesn't need to mean anything though. I mean, I'm pretty straight for being named TiLT. Tongue
5945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 10, 2010, 04:05:55 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 10, 2010, 03:25:00 PM

Wonder what this asshat is going to do now?

Wow, you really don't understand even a single thing about global warming, do you?
5946  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: OpenGL vs. Direct X: fight! on: January 10, 2010, 10:45:24 AM
I've used both, though it's been a few years since I dabbled with OpenGL. I prefer Direct3D (it's not called DirectX any more after most of the technologies that were part of that package got obsoleted, such as DirectDraw, DirectPlay and DirectInput) for many reasons:

- It's easier to use and much, MUCH better documented.
- It's way better supported and updated regularly. Using OpenGL leaves you open to risks from lack of driver support, something that is very hard to test for.
- The 360 also uses a variation of Direct3D, which makes porting between PC and 360 relatively simple.
- Converting a Direct3D application to Mac is a breeze using 3rd party converters. Many large companies do this, and it only takes them anywhere from a few hours to a few days of extra work. Using OpenGL would bring the risk of using many months more development time because of the lack of support and documentation.
- No consoles support OpenGL in the first place.
- The Linux gamer market is so incredibly small that it's not worth risking the use of less supported technology to reach out to it.
- Much to the annoyance of Microsoft haters worldwide, Direct3D innovates while OpenGL imitates (at least at this point in their history. It used to be different, but times change).
- If you want to assemble a team of top-notch OpenGL programmers for a new game, you'll have a much, much smaller pool of applicants than if you were to use Direct3D programmers.

Sorry if this got a little incoherent. I'm suffering from the flu. Tongue
5947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bat Boat gets rammed by whaling ships on: January 10, 2010, 09:48:13 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 10, 2010, 03:26:14 AM

Whales should not be hunted under any circumstance.

Why not? Do you have a rational reason why they shouldn't be hunted?

There are enough of them as long as the fishing isn't overdone. Japan isn't very good at regulating this, but they still have quotas. Norway regulates whale fishing very well, and the whale population here is in no danger. Also, whale meat is tasty (I've eaten it several times).
5948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bat Boat gets rammed by whaling ships on: January 07, 2010, 10:20:52 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 07, 2010, 10:05:23 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 07, 2010, 04:46:18 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 07, 2010, 02:39:19 PM

Read the book The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals and you may have a different take on those people. 

Fill us in, I'm too lazy to read it.

Short summary: They're defending those who can't defend themselves.

None of the animals we hunt can defend themselves. So what? We're at the top of the food tree for a reason.
5949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 07, 2010, 11:08:18 AM
That pic does reveal a few things about the season. Claire is back and Juliet is gone. The cast is standing in front of the ruins of a building bearing the Swan logo (the Hatch), which is where the Incident also happened. Locke remains important, though if they don't change things dramatically from the last season, he's not important in the way anyone thought he would be.
5950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bat Boat gets rammed by whaling ships on: January 07, 2010, 08:03:11 AM
According to a naval expert who studied the video here in Norway the smaller boat broke the rules for right of way and placed itself in front of the bigger boat, which was actually trying to avoid them.

Serves the fuckers right anyway. I have less than zero respect for eco-terrorists.
5951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 07, 2010, 07:59:31 AM

Quote from: Clay on January 07, 2010, 12:28:47 AM

Hvor bor du? Jeg var (utvekslings)student på Toten Folkehøgskole i 94-95. Litt sør for Gjøvik. Etterpå fant jeg en norsk kone, men nå er vi skilt.

Nice! That's pretty flawless Norwegian! smile And to answer your question:

Jeg bor i Trondheim, landets tredje største by.
5952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Zelda gets a release window on: January 06, 2010, 09:49:29 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 06, 2010, 09:47:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2010, 09:46:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 06, 2010, 09:43:00 PM

I look at it more like a fairy tale that has both whimsy and darkness.

And that's what it is. It just doesn't work for me, that's all.

It's cool.  We can never talk again, though. slywink

Just like Link. He can only express himself through text. Tongue
5953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Zelda gets a release window on: January 06, 2010, 09:46:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 06, 2010, 09:43:00 PM

I look at it more like a fairy tale that has both whimsy and darkness.

And that's what it is. It just doesn't work for me, that's all.
5954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Zelda gets a release window on: January 06, 2010, 09:40:17 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 06, 2010, 09:24:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2010, 09:01:51 PM

Zelda seems to take itself way too seriously while being set in a cartoonish, childish world.

Yes, Tingle is pretty serious.  All kidding aside, I've never thought the Zelda series was one you could accuse of being serious.  It is pretty whimsical.

It's whimsical, but it has a lot of drama that just doesn't fit at all. This is where it takes itself seriously. You can't have that stupid mailman come running at me like a bad running (ha ha) joke you can't make yourself look away from, and then follow it up with a sad drama scene with the princess. They need to decide: Either make the game totally whimsical and fun, or make a dramatic story in a somewhat believable setting. As it is it feels like it was designed by a committee that couldn't agree on what they were trying to accomplish.
5955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 06, 2010, 09:05:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 06, 2010, 08:51:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2010, 08:46:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 06, 2010, 07:53:03 PM

Snow Storm Warning in Chicago.  Come on heavy snow.  I wanna work from home in my jammies tomorrow!

If it snows, it's too warm. At the really low temperatures it just doesn't snow any more.

plus, you have the added problem of downed alien ships buried in the ice that are carrying dangerous shape shifters.  that just sucks.   icon_cry

So you read the news about the upcoming prequel to The Thing as well? slywink
5956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Zelda gets a release window on: January 06, 2010, 09:01:51 PM

Quote from: depward on January 06, 2010, 07:56:00 PM

Really, really tried to like Twilight Princess but, like just about every Link-related release since A Link To The Past, I had no motivation to push further about halfway through.

Same here. I think I got a little further than halfway, but I have absolutely no real need to finish it. It's the setting that kills it for me. Zelda seems to take itself way too seriously while being set in a cartoonish, childish world. I just couldn't sympathize with any of the characters, and some of them outright annoyed me (like that cat-like thingy that follows you around. Why do you always have to have a "cute" animal sidekick in Japanese games?).

There was also the outright stupidity of some of the sequences you have to go through. Worst of the bunch was a situation where you had to cross a bridge. When you were halfway across, an enemy creature appeared at the other end and slowly fired a burning arrow into a pool of oil on the opposite end (the camera followed the arrow slowly drifting above your head). Then it lit the oil on its own side. Link could have run back and forth across the bridge half a dozen times in the time it took for that "trap" to be sprung, but instead he chose to just sit there and watch. This is also very typical of Japanese games. Even the Resident Evil games suffer from this despite their western mindset.
5957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 06, 2010, 08:46:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 06, 2010, 07:53:03 PM

Snow Storm Warning in Chicago.  Come on heavy snow.  I wanna work from home in my jammies tomorrow!

If it snows, it's too warm. At the really low temperatures it just doesn't snow any more.
5958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: January 06, 2010, 05:15:33 PM

Quote from: hispanicgamer on January 06, 2010, 04:00:49 PM

San Diego is so cold this morning that I had to wear pants instead of shorts. How about some pictures Tilt?

Well, here's the fun part of living near the arctic circle: When I go to work in the mornings, it's pitch black outside. When I leave work in the afternoon, it's pitch black outside. The only time of day in which there would be any point in taking pictures is when I'm at work, and by the time the weekend rolls around the temperatures will have gone up again. Not that cold weather looks very special, mind you. Tongue
5959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / It's cold! on: January 06, 2010, 01:01:49 PM
So, I live in Norway. You'd think I'd be used to cold temperatures and lots of snow. Not so! I live in the middle of the country where we're lucky to get even one month of snow per year, and it's mostly just wet snow anyway. Temperatures are regularly above 0 degrees Celsius during the winter, often even going above 10 degrees.

Then comes this winter. In the middle of December the first cold wave struck. It wasn't so bad. Temperatures could nearly go down to 10 degrees below freezing, which while it can be uncomfortable isn't really a problem. Today the REAL cold wave struck however. We're now at -20 degrees Celsius (which should be -4 F for you yanks). The cold is seeping in everywhere. My feet won't get warm when I go to bed in the evening, forcing me to wear socks during the first few hours of the night. I walk to and from work every day. Each direction takes about 20 minutes. 20 minutes outdoors in these temperatures makes your face hurt, and then you go numb. Your nostrils stick, and today even my eyelids got stuck and I had to use my thumb to pull them apart. When I got to work I had to rub ice away from the area around my eyes (the shock from the cold air made them go wet). I covered my face with a scarf, which got wet and cold pretty soon. I have to wear long wool underwear. What's worse is that the temperatures are going to drop even further for the next two days before rising again.

I thought I was toughened up against this kind of thing by living over here. I was mistaken.
5960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Frank Herberts Dune being re-made again on: January 05, 2010, 09:05:42 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on January 05, 2010, 08:03:24 PM

Explosions? There aren't many explosions in Dune. How's he going to figure that in?

There's plenty of explosions in Dune. In fact, explosions is a major plot point in several of the novels.

Also, you didn't actually bother to read the spoiler in the first post, did you? Tongue
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