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6001  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random 100% CPU while playing Games on: May 02, 2010, 05:20:01 PM
Does the CPU usage stay at 100%, or does it go down again after a few seconds?

I had a similar problem a few years ago. Turns out it was the wireless card that was looking for wifi signals. Peaked the CPU for a few seconds while it did its thing. I eventually just removed the card from the computer as I didn't use it anyway.
6002  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: May 02, 2010, 11:43:26 AM
I have no problem with microtransaction in MMORPGs as long as you can't buy things that give a direct advantage in normal gameplay. Champions Online has the right idea. There you can buy new costume sets, action figures, emblems for your costumes, extra character slots, retconning of stats, renaming of characters and access to extra costume slots. Many of these are really cool to own, but nothing is vital and nothing gives anyone an advantage over the other player when actually playing the game.

For LOTRO I could see the same thing happening. Buying unique mounts (I can accept them being as good as the reputation mounts, but there should be some kind of drawback to compensate if so), unique clothing or armor (not powerful armor, but armor to use for cosmetic changes to your character), and so on. If they started letting people buy customized legendary items (to skip the process of random chance) or powerful weapons, I'd start protesting though.
6003  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 02, 2010, 10:59:02 AM
I did log in again for the first time in ages, perhaps even a year. Got me hooked again right away. smile Did my first few skirmishes in duo mode with a friend of mine, and we found them to be really fun and challenging, though perhaps a little long. It's nice that you can configure the experience so freely to suit your needs. You can set the level you want the enemies to be (especially nice if there's a gap in levels in the fellowship), the overall challenge of the skirmish (3 different ranks), and how many players it should be balanced for (1, 2, 3, 6 or 12), and what skirmish you want to play. They generally seem to come in two types: Offensive and defensive.

In the offensive ones you clear an area of enemies before claiming a flag. Once you do, there's a very high chance that the enemy will immediately launch a massive counterattack which you have to defeat. When that is done, you own that control point and move on to the next one. This repeats until you control all points.

The defensive ones have you simply defending one or more spots. For example, in the Siege of Gondamon, you defend a dwarf fortress that is being attacked from three sides. You need to pay attention to messages telling you where the next attack is coming from, then run there and deal with it. You lose if the dwarf in the middle of the fortress dies, which can quickly happen if you don't pay attention. In the end there's usually some kind of boss to defeat before victory can be claimed.

You get to create and level your own soldier NPC to follow you into skirmishes. I'm using a Herbalist, who specializes in healing and restoring power, but can't attack. If you want to do well in skirmishes, you'll spend most of the skirmish points you earn to level up this NPC, and that soon gets expensive. There's a whole load of things you can spend these things on, including weapons, armor, jewelry, cosmetics, and even stuff to help out in crafting (mass producing of ingots comes to mind. One recipe you can buy lets you create 25 ingots at a time instead of the usual 1, IIRC).

Another nifty thing with skirmishes is that you can have a fellowship all fight in one without having to meet up. You just hit Ctrl+J anywhere in the world and get instantly teleported to the skirmish. When it's over, you get teleported back. Really easy.

I'm also having fun with the Mirkwood area. It's pretty large and very solo-friendly, and it has some unusual quest types for MMORPGs ("patrol this road", "scout this orc camp for weak spots", "gather 10 boar meat"... oh wait. slywink ).
6004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 01, 2010, 04:05:22 PM
I wouldn't be so sure that Dent is dead. Don't forget that both Batman and Gordon wanted to hide what had happened to him from the general population. They may have stowed him anonymously away in Arkham Asylum and held a fake funeral to give people closure. The last thing they'd want is for someone to find Two-Face and start asking him those uncomfortable and dangerous questions.

Also, why couldn't Dent survive that fall when Batman got away unscathed?

6005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 01, 2010, 02:01:35 PM
There's only one Batman villain I can think of that would work perfectly for this new movie (without being Catwoman, which I think they should avoid for now). That villain would be The Riddler. They could use him as an insane mass murderer who's desperate to prove how superior he is to everyone else and use it as an excuse to kill them. Sort of like Saw, but without the torture porn. I'd also like to see Two-Face return.
6006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 01, 2010, 01:14:26 PM
Oh. I just assumed there had to be more to it since the net is crawling with these kinds of SSF4 videos by now. Since I can't read Japanese I wasn't able to see by the site alone if there was some context there.
6007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 01, 2010, 10:35:26 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 01, 2010, 10:30:52 AM


How about giving us some context?
6008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: April 30, 2010, 09:44:12 AM

Quote from: Razgon on April 30, 2010, 06:17:20 AM

I dont think its that bad, but...the story isnt very good, but the effects are quite good, and its a beautifull movie. Its just not a movie with any kind of depth.

Says the guy who saw less than a third of it.
6009  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-29-2010: Codemasters Racing Pack 75% off on: April 30, 2010, 05:22:24 AM
Dirt 2 and Grid are worth the price alone. Excellent racing games!
6010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 29, 2010, 06:04:35 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 29, 2010, 05:24:07 PM

I picked this up, always been a big SF fan, but I skipped SFIV when it came out. Anyway, I'm almost 36 and my dexterity for fighting games isn't what it used to be, so can anyone recommend some good characters, with relatively easy moves to pull off, that aren't complete junk?

Try Ryu. He's the perfect newbie character. He's powerful and his moves are easy to pull off and understand.
6011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bungie and Activision partner up on: April 29, 2010, 05:07:32 PM

Quote from: morlac on April 29, 2010, 04:04:37 PM

"Bungie remains an independent company and will continue to own their intellectual property. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed."

"Activision claims the deal 'significantly broadening its global reach by providing the resources and support to develop, distribute and release games worldwide on multiple platforms and devices'."

I'm confused.  Is Activision funding them?  Or just acting as the marketing and distributioon arm of the venture?  If it's the former than these statements will contradict themselves sooner than later.  No way Activision just gives them money wihtout any say on making their games 'more marketable'.

There's more to game development than pure cash. Without having been a part of the process myself, my understanding is that a publisher can provide tons of data about systems and compatibilities, test labs, marketing, and perhaps even game code libraries from other projects that can be ported over instead of having to start from scratch on everything.
6012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: April 29, 2010, 02:52:55 PM
I don't think Blood 2 got very good reviews at the time. It certainly wasn't as good as the first game.
6013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atari goes all a GOG on: April 29, 2010, 06:08:05 AM
Isn't Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic supposed to be a sort of modernized version of MoM?
6014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 01:52:09 PM
Also: Dammit! The game has been delayed for a week in Norway, probably because of the whole volcanic eruption thing on Iceland. That sucks. By the time it's here I'll have to start working again.
6015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 01:51:00 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 28, 2010, 12:46:21 PM

Usually DLC is marketed as "things we couldn't fit in before release," Or "being available due to the game's great reception." 

Is it? I see you're saying that, but I see nothing to back it up. Those two types of DLC might have been the vision when the concept was brand new, but nowadays it's used as an incentive to buy games new, as a way to do planned microtransactions, and as expansion packs. The last edition of Bonus Round at GameTrailers had some industry people discussing this very concept, including one of the guys from Capcom.

DLC has to be planned for at the very beginning of the development cycle for it to work. This means that someone decided to make this DLC most likely immediately after finishing SF4, or perhaps even earlier. If DLC wasn't possible, the content probably wouldn't have been created.

Owning a disc gives you no ownership of the content provided on it. As an example: I compose music. One of the virtual instrument providers I use can sell me a brand of instruments labeled Silver, Gold or Platinum, with a few variations in between. IIRC, Gold and Platinum are actually exactly the same set of discs, but Gold only gives access to 1/3 of the content. The license key you enter when registering the product decides which version you get. You can upgrade anytime online, giving you access to the rest. According to your viewpoint this is the wrong way to treat customers, yet the people who buy the Gold edition loves it.

A different example: I have a boxed copy of World of Warcraft on my shelf. I haven't paid for a subscription in years. If I try to install it, I can't play, despite owning the disc and having paid for a subscription before. Is that unfair?

You've got a bias here that is clouding your judgment when it comes to DLC. In the end it only ends up hurting you.
6016  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Rockstar Week on: April 28, 2010, 07:04:57 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 27, 2010, 07:00:13 PM

has securom. avoid imo

What's wrong with Securom? That's one of the most common types of DRM for games out there, and is probably used in way more than 50% of the games most of us own.
6017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 28, 2010, 07:01:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 28, 2010, 01:31:25 AM

I'm you're father?

I am you are father?
6018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 28, 2010, 05:25:25 AM
It's possible the graphics assets were on the disk already because they were planned out in advance, but that the code wasn't ready. In any case, the idea with launch-day DLC is that they supposedly wouldn't have developed the extra content at all if they couldn't earn back the costs in the form of DLC. Whether it's on the disk or not is irrelevant.
6019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: April 27, 2010, 06:57:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 27, 2010, 06:55:47 PM

i just ordered this game for £2.99 from GAME(they are having specials each day)..i thought what the hell,if its shit,its shit..but at £2.99,it can't be too shit Tongue

It's not a shit game. In fact, it's quite good. It's just that there are some annoying design decisions that keep it from being great.
6020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 27, 2010, 05:13:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 27, 2010, 04:54:00 PM

My feeling from perusing other forums is that the new highly-used characters will be Cody, Dudley, and Ibuki. Haven't seen an inordinate amount of buzz around Guy.

Hmm, perhaps I'll have a look at Guy then. I don't really know his fighting style yet, but from what I've seen it looks interesting.
6021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 27, 2010, 04:32:41 PM
Is the game out in the US already? We're not getting it until Friday here in Norway. Have it preordered, and I own two Hori Fighting Stick 3s so that I'll be ready. Add in a week of home-time because of knee surgery, and I'm all set. smile

I just can't decide which character to main. Guy is sort of appealing, but my gut is telling me that everyone and their grandmothers are going to be playing him (sort of like Ken in vanilla SF4). Perhaps Cody? I used to main Gouken and Fei-Long, but both seem to have been sort of shafted in SSF4 (the former more than the latter).
6022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 4 Complete DRM free, anywhere? on: April 27, 2010, 05:46:54 AM

Quote from: Darkstar One on April 27, 2010, 12:11:39 AM

Looking to pick this up DRM free--any of the download services have it that way?

Just to check: Are you sure you actually know what you're asking here? Do you want it to be 100% DRM free, or do you want it to not have a restrictive DRM? The former is nearly impossible to find for any game these days, so there's not really even any point in looking for such a solution. For the most part, you'll only find games like that among indie developers and Stardock.
6023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 25, 2010, 07:34:44 PM
Are you saying they usually take 1-week hiatuses between each episode? I feel cheated! slywink
6024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 25, 2010, 05:57:09 PM
You make it sound like there's a 2-week hiatus.

There's probably a 1-week pause because of some kind of scheduling conflict for the series finale, which will air on a Sunday. Also, they seem to want to show Ab Aeterno again, which I can understand.
6025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 03:42:15 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on April 22, 2010, 11:50:05 AM

Please tell me I just don't remember where that sweet boat came from.

I'm surprised you don't remember it. It's been an important plot element throughout several seasons now. smile
6026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: April 22, 2010, 05:01:34 AM
I wonder if the artillery is going to cause Jack to become paralyzed from the waist down. It would be an interesting conclusion to his path from man of science to man of faith.
6027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2010, 09:36:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2010, 09:21:56 PM

Quote from: GuidoTKP on April 21, 2010, 09:04:15 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on April 21, 2010, 08:57:51 PM


I bet he needed a new pair of underwear.

I seem to recall that the guy actually got hit in the heel by one of the vehicles. I don't remember if he broke anything though, but he didn't get away cleanly. Still, his reaction time was impeccable. smile
6028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 21, 2010, 03:08:15 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 21, 2010, 03:03:12 PM

Wtf... why?  After you got used to it, Indestructible is really good.

You are dead to me, sir.
6029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: April 20, 2010, 07:54:41 PM
I'm in! I've read that Gouken (my old main) has been somewhat nerfed in this edition though, and I was already struggling like hell with him, so I guess I'll have to find a different main. Perhaps Fei-Long.
6030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 20, 2010, 07:50:37 PM
The Hammerhead is completely separate from the story.
6031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: April 20, 2010, 07:15:20 PM

Quote from: spigot on April 20, 2010, 06:48:23 PM

So I got my copy back the other day after lending it to a friend to play the Kasumi DLC mission. It was decent, nothing spectacular. I also downloaded the Firewalker pack, but didn't see where to access these missions? I loaded a save I made after completing the game but didn't see any new journal entries. I heard it was only playable when starting a completely brand new story?

The Hammerhead is immediately available when installed, even on already existing or completed games. You should receive a message on your terminal about where to pick it up. If you didn't, you probably didn't install the DLC correctly.
6032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why did it take so long to come up with logical mouse/keyboard controls? on: April 20, 2010, 03:57:04 PM
This isn't unique to gaming. Up until the 90s, developers weren't really focusing a lot on user friendliness. When they did start to think about these things, they were all amateurs at it. Just look at Microsoft Bob.

Certain things may seem obvious in retrospect, but until someone actually invents them, you won't think of them.

6033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: April 20, 2010, 06:12:23 AM
Blaster shots don't move at the speed of light. They're not lasers, after all. slywink

I'm going to buy this for sure when it comes out.
6034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system; Manuals going bye bye too! on: April 19, 2010, 06:16:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 19, 2010, 05:23:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 19, 2010, 05:21:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 19, 2010, 05:13:00 PM

it looks like Ubisoft, along with eliminating their PC user base, has decided to eliminate manuals.  I suppose a pdf manual would be OK for PC games, but it will kinda suck for console users.

As a 99% console player, I really don't have a problem with this. HOWEVER, either that in game manual better be very good, or give me a really good tutorial. At this time, we are very used to getting jokes for manuals. It's really rare that I look at the manual anyway. But if you are going to save money/the earth by not printing up that manual, use a small portion of that saved money to make me a really nice, comprehensive manual that explains everything about the game.

"Ubisoft’s digital game manuals will provide multiple benefits for the player and the environment. Including the game manual directly in the game will offer the player easier and more intuitive access to game information, as well as allow Ubisoft to provide gamers with a more robust manual."

Hopefully that is indeed what they meant by "more robust"... we shall see.

Manual writers cost money. In other words, wave those dreams goodbye.
6035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft to become the Sequel Factory/ they're also eliminating manuals! on: April 19, 2010, 06:14:40 PM
I have mixed feelings about this. While there's of course no doubt that Ubisoft is doing this for nothing but their own bottom line (as if they care about the environment. HAH!), it does sort of make sense. Most games today have tutorials that teach you everything you need to know to get started, and then more advanced concepts are introduced gradually through the game. On the other hand, I'm worried that this is going to be a problem for more complex games like Civilization and Europa Universalis. Those games really benefit from a written manual you can read in bed or on the toilet, letting you dig deep into the intricacies of the game between matches. The Civilopedia in Civilization is great, but it's no replacement for the manual. Not at all.

6036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can't stop laughing at this- Jesus playing Chat Roulette on: April 19, 2010, 09:46:39 AM

Quote from: Canuck on April 19, 2010, 09:07:16 AM

He's put on a few pounds since the last supper.

And became Caucasian. Tongue
6037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:32:30 PM

Quote from: KePoW on April 16, 2010, 01:27:02 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullshit that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes

Not sure if you have any personal experience with American military, but a ton of guys in it actually do act and talk this way.  So as far as I'm concerned, games are actually pretty accurate when it comes to characters with military background.

As you know, the Gears of War characters are directly in the military and basically marines.  And yet you want them to be like Nathan Drake?  That would be a hell of a lot more unrealistic and out of place.  You're not going to find a lot of Nathan Drakes in front-line military infantry troops.

You misread me. I don't want military types to be like Nathan Drake, but I at least want them to act like military types. Someone who sneers at his superior officer and says "I'm not doing this for you!", or who puts his loaded weapon across his lap and points it at his fellow soldiers, or who smashes his rifle repeatedly against a parked car out of frustration over a personal issue wouldn't last long in ANY army, American or not. I've taken sergeant's training myself in the Norwegian army, and I never encountered anyone who acted even remotely like the people in this game. If there are American soldiers who act like this and get away with it, you (as in "your country") have got a serious problem.
6038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: April 16, 2010, 01:09:31 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on April 16, 2010, 12:48:04 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 13, 2010, 07:09:16 PM

- The characters. Honestly, this is the kind of macho bullcheese that gives gaming a bad name. The sooner we can get rid of steroid-ridden, angsty, aggressive and outright rude heroes, the sooner gaming will become a storytelling medium we can all be proud of.

Read. The. Books.

Karen Traviss does an amazing job of layering in humanity on top of the characters in the gears world- their motivations, emotions and friendships- and moves them far away from the macho cutouts that they are in the games.  They're quite well done.

I'd rather not. I don't want to read a book to make the characters interesting when they had plenty of chances to do this through two games. Also, a book won't be able to eliminate the asshattery from their actions in the games.

I read the Mass Effect books, but that was because I already liked the setting and its characters.
6039  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 4-15-2010: Star Wars Force Unleashed Sith Edition 50% off on: April 16, 2010, 07:16:37 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2010, 12:10:24 AM

only $14.99 until Monday.

That is $30 too expensive.
6040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 16, 2010, 05:36:25 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2010, 05:06:20 AM

yeah, but I imagine the design is pretty close to the look from the game. 

No it's not. Those are costumes for pre-existing avatars who can't look like zombies. Nor do they have the proper shape. LeChuck is fatter, for example. The result is a set of costumes that make you look vaguely like the characters, but expecting the actual game characters to look that way is not a good idea.

Btw, I seem to recall that all the characters in the remakes have been hand-drawn.
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