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6001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achievements > Trophies on: October 29, 2009, 05:42:34 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 29, 2009, 05:37:31 PM

Ah, see, this I didn't know.  Probably because it's not explained anywhere. 

That said, I still prefer the 360's easily digestible gamerscore.  While trophy tiers are neat, I have to actually sit and look at them to get the information I want.  Is the 812 in that pic the total number of trophies? If so, since that's the easiest number to grok, were I an e-peen farmer, I'd probably just go collecting bronzes, which isn't terribly different than farming 360 achievements.

Trophies won't make all that much sense unless you yourself use a PS3, in much the same way as the 360 gamerscore doesn't make sense unless you use a 360. For example, Darren8r mentioned a guy having a gamerscore of 48000. To me that's just a random number that doesn't tell me anything about whether it's good or bad unless I have some context to place it in. It's the same with the PS3, except that if you get some of the concepts explained it will make more sense. If I tell you that the uppermost trophy type shows how many games I've gotten all trophies in, everyone will have some concept of my accomplishments.

Also, in a competitive environment you wouldn't get much respect from farming bronze trophies. It's the Platinums that count, followed by the level.
6002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 29, 2009, 05:36:22 PM
Oh come on, that was waaaay too easy. Try showing just part of the image next time, without the most recognizable parts like the agents and the interface. smile
6003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achievements > Trophies on: October 29, 2009, 05:26:41 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 29, 2009, 05:20:50 PM

It's that little mostly empty bar on there that I was talking about.  It kind of undermines TiLT's achievements.  Yes, he's got all those trophies, but look at all the ones he doesn't have.

That isn't what you think it is. It's my "XP bar", representing how far into level 12 I am. When it reaches 100%, I become level 13.
6004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achievements > Trophies on: October 29, 2009, 04:49:52 PM
Hmmm, I guess you Americans don't have official Playstation Network cards yet, do you? One of the things that makes trophies appealing is the card that we get in Europe for posting online, like this: (It's in Norwegian)



If we maintained a list of trophy cards here at GT, how would this skew your opinions about achievements vs trophies?
6005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Achievements > Trophies on: October 29, 2009, 03:21:39 PM
I have no idea what's so great about achievements compared to trophies. I only have a PS3, but from what I've seen of the 360, its achievements seem completely unexciting. I'd much rather work towards levels with some significance and division into various levels of trophies instead of looking at a generic gamerscore. It's very satisfying to bring up my PSN card and see that I'm level 12, that I have 7 platinum trophies, that I have 26 gold trophies, etc. Seeing that I have, say, a gamerscore of 25390 would only be a number without meaning and wouldn't catch my interest.
6006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: October 29, 2009, 02:25:25 PM
Isn't "droid" trademarked by Lucasfilm?
6007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 29, 2009, 02:22:33 PM
I wouldn't be so worried about the spoiler. It doesn't really spoil the plot except for showing a short glimpse of what you'll go through. I suspect it's from very, very early in the game anyway. It doesn't show you any plot twists or reveal anything about any characters.
6008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 29, 2009, 02:20:18 PM
Somewhat spoilerific for both games:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The "monsters" serve a very clear purpose in both games. They show what happens to those who get tempted to abuse the powerful artifacts the antagonists are looking for. Without them, the consequences of failing your quest would be much harder to show. Also, they provide a welcome respite from the regular fighting, and especially in Uncharted 2 they don't appear for very long.
6009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age: Where to buy? on: October 29, 2009, 01:54:55 PM
Steam will supposedly start pre-loading the game tomorrow, according to a reply someone got from Steam support.
6010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 29, 2009, 01:46:57 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 29, 2009, 01:44:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 29, 2009, 01:14:57 PM

What zombies? There have never been zombies or anything remotely close to it in Uncharted.

Did you play the first game?  They were pretty much zombies.

Really? They weren't undead. They didn't shamble. They didn't eat people. They were intelligent (at least enough to build traps). They observed the intruders quietly for a while before mounting a full, organized attack. They could breed. They couldn't infect people (except through breeding). They weren't rotting.

So tell me, how were they "pretty much zombies"? It's an honest question, because I simply can't understand how you could compare those two things.
6011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 29, 2009, 01:14:57 PM
What zombies? There have never been zombies or anything remotely close to it in Uncharted.
6012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 29, 2009, 01:12:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 29, 2009, 01:03:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 29, 2009, 12:53:57 PM

Spoiler for MAJOR ENDING SPOILERS:
  I don't know-  is there that much difference between the Yeti and the Guardians in terms of being a "monster"?  I don't have a problem with either (and really liked the reveal) but for people who seem opposed to inhuman enemies in the series I'm not sure if that distinction matters.

Spoiler for WHAT HE SAID:
It made a huge difference to me.  I was a little disappointed to see the series heading into the supernatural.  Not that I'm against supernatural elements in games, but it seemed out of place for Uncharted.  It was a big relief and nice surprise to see that they were sticking to their roots after all.  I admit that I'm making a big assumption that SL will feel the same way, but I think he probably will.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't see how you can call the Yeti "supernatural" even if they were the real deal.

Anyway, Naughty Dog have stated that they consider the "monsters" an integral part of the Uncharted experience, so I suspect we will keep seeing them. Pulp is supposed to be larger than life, but Uncharted doesn't go into the supernatural territory.

Actually, there haven't been any real monsters at all in the two games we've seen so far. The creatures in the first game were just the results of humans being infected with a powerful virus, followed by several generations of cross-breeding. The "monsters" in this game are merely humans who've drunk from the Tree of Life all their lives, greatly mutating their bodies.
6013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Chris Taylor gets job at Interplay for Fallout MMO on: October 28, 2009, 10:20:47 PM
Not sure this is a good thing. I'm skeptical towards any attempt to MMORPGify the Fallout universe, and I'm doubly skeptical because Interplay is behind it, which is now mostly just a shell of a company.
6014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 28, 2009, 03:32:54 PM
It's real. smile
6015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 08:54:29 PM
And BANG! I was waiting for the first person to forget the spoiler tag. Oops, Ridah?  icon_razz
6016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you listen to the voice files in L4D from Valve? on: October 27, 2009, 06:19:13 AM
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Why look for an old out of date L4D1 thread that would not have a title anywhere resembling my problem

Because that's what pretty much ANYONE else on this forum would do. Think about it.

Oh, and "Daehawk abuse"? Seriously? You can't tell that I'm actually trying to be as polite as I can about this issue? That I'm not attempting to insult you?

But sure, go ahead and be defensive. If you won't learn from feedback, I guess that's your choice. Don't be surprised if the "Daehawk abuse" continues then.
6017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you listen to the voice files in L4D from Valve? on: October 26, 2009, 09:24:49 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 26, 2009, 09:22:47 PM

yeah, I dont really get the issue? Its a thread, if you dont like it, ignore it... Its not like the forum is made for people who only have nobel prizes in writing and excell in making interesting posts...

I wasn't saying anything about Daehawk's writing abilities. Just imagine what would happen if all of us started new threads when we had a question related to a game. The forum would become useless and cluttered.
6018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you listen to the voice files in L4D from Valve? on: October 26, 2009, 09:23:43 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 26, 2009, 09:20:59 PM

Sometimes folks like to know how a problem was solved and I left it in case someone asks.

Yeah, that reminds me of another thing that annoys me with this thread. You present a problem, then immediately say that you have a solution without presenting that very item. It makes the thread even LESS interesting to most of us.

Please PLEASE make a habit of starting less threads and instead using the ones already present. Your initial post in this thread would have been welcome in a proper L4D thread.
6019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The 10 RPG Commandments on: October 26, 2009, 09:09:20 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 26, 2009, 09:03:43 PM

Also, "..." and  "!" should should be stricken from RPG vocabualry.

Thank the Japanese.

Now that I think about it, the Japanese should be stricken from the list of countries who are allowed to make RPGs. The only ones they've made that have managed to catch my interest are the Mario ones, and I could live without those.

...

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6020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can you listen to the voice files in L4D from Valve? on: October 26, 2009, 08:15:01 PM
Why is this a new thread and not simply posted in the existing threads for the game? There's nothing here of interest to the general readership of this forum, if I may be so bold.
6021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 07:59:07 PM
There may be some truth to that. The fight ended shortly after I stormed their spawn area in desperation, having nearly given up out of frustration. I took some big chances but picked off tons of them at once, nearly getting onto the stairs before the whole thing was over.
6022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 07:52:34 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 26, 2009, 07:47:24 PM

That final big battle *does* have never ending spawns.  I'm not sure what trigger it uses.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I watched a YouTube video of someone finishing the fight from the initial vantage point (on Crushing), only running down to grab ammo three times or so (and he started with only half ammo). That didn't work for me at all. Something was messed up.
6023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 07:44:29 PM
Yessss! The Platinum is mine! biggrin

Those were some really tense battles in the end. I think I had a bug with the last big battle before the end boss, because I seemed to have what felt like neverending spawns when I haven't seen that before. I think my opponents respawned about 10-15 times before the battle was over, forcing me to use nearly all the ammo that was possible to pick up. They only respawned about 3-4 times on earlier playthroughs. And then the game crashed afterwards, further confirming my suspicions.

Man, I'm completely spent right now. I need to relax for a bit. smile
6024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: October 26, 2009, 01:31:23 PM
Windows 7 does require those of us with old habits to rethink them. Things like the new taskbar require that we discard our old habits and try to use available features in the way they were meant to. If you're upgrading to Win7 and finding that you're having a hard time doing something the way you're used to, it might be time to try a new way instead of growing increasingly frustrated that it doesn't do things the way you want in the way you want them.

When I first installed Windows 7 I was aware of this and decided to throw away all my preconceptions of how to use the OS and its features. I found it worked out well, and the new way of doing things felt natural within just a few days.
6025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 26, 2009, 06:21:52 AM
Nothing.
6026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 25, 2009, 08:09:25 PM
Don't quit when you've got to the final boss. Compared to the rest of the game, it's very easy to do. Watch a YouTube video of it if you want reassurance. I have to say I agree that it's an annoying fight since they don't give you any feedback about whether what you're doing is helping or not. I struggled with that battle for a while before I gave up and went to YouTube. Before I saw someone else playing it I had no idea what I did that was wrong and what was right.
6027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: October 25, 2009, 01:13:40 PM
Yes they can. What is your point, exactly? Are you not familiar with the word "should"?  icon_neutral
6028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: October 25, 2009, 11:12:15 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on October 25, 2009, 10:29:38 AM

Are you saying with confidence that Win7 doesn't have any bugs? slywink

No, I never said anything remotely close to that.
6029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: October 25, 2009, 10:21:38 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on October 25, 2009, 06:31:41 AM

It hasn't been without its problems though.  It's just not as stable yet as XP was after a couple of service packs.

Yes it is. You should check that you're not having hardware or driver problems. Win7 shouldn't crash at all, and hasn't for me on 3 different systems since the RC release.

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Oh yeah, and despite all the "you wanted fewer clicks" rhetoric, it now takes bloody ages to dig out the defragger!

Here's an important part of the Win7 interface that you need to learn: Want to do something with it, for example access a specific part of the Control Panel? Just hit the Windows key and type its name, or part of it. Typing "defrag", for example, brings up the Disk Defragmenter shortcut. You can use Enter to start the shortcut too, so if you only get one hit you can quickly hit the Windows key, type a search word, and hit Enter. Once you get used to this, you'll never open the Control Panel again.

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Question.  If an installed game doesn't automatically go into the Games library, how do I force it in?

The same way you add links elsewhere. Just drag the game launcher in there.
6030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 24, 2009, 08:26:48 PM
Yeah, good work indeed! I'm nearly halfway through my playthrough on Crushing now, and I have all the other trophies. Looking forward to that platinum trophy. smile
6031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 24, 2009, 05:41:18 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 24, 2009, 02:40:49 AM

One in the monastery I can't believe anyone found, especially considering it takes an absolutely perfect jump to reach it and many would think that you aren't supposed to go there after you fell to your death a couple of times.

Yeah, that one is pretty bizarre. You actually have to let Nate run a couple of steps past the edge of the platform before jumping, which makes very little sense.
6032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 23, 2009, 06:30:33 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
It's definitely Max Payne. Recognized it instantly. It's the poster where Max Payne stands behind police barricade tape that reads "Do not cross".

Also, the reason I didn't recognize the last one was because I haven't even heard about the game.
6033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 23, 2009, 03:49:34 PM
Okay Einsteinium, you sound like you know what you're talking about, so I'll assume you are correct in what you're saying. However, the thing that still doesn't make sense to me (based on your explanations) and which you haven't explained is how the internet works so well in Norway when all ISPs here follow the net neutrality guidelines to the letter? Attempts to throttle particular kinds of traffic have been quickly struck down by either the lawmakers or the general public. For example, decisions to limit torrent bandwidth have been quickly reversed. All our ISPs agree today that net neutrality is an important concept, and the government either has, or will in the very near future, make it law.
6034  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Descent: Journeys in the Dark on: October 23, 2009, 08:28:33 AM
Yeah, I'd love to do that, but I have a different job that I like and that actually pays well now. I'll probably get back into the game industry at some point, but right now I prefer to have a comfortable income. smile
6035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Washington really as interesting as Dan Brown makes it sound? on: October 23, 2009, 07:35:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 23, 2009, 06:52:55 AM

Oh so essentially Dan Brown's latest is just a complete fabrication then?

What else is new. Tongue
6036  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Descent: Journeys in the Dark on: October 23, 2009, 06:42:04 AM
If you've got Descent questions, I'm the guy to ask. smile I worked on a PC version for a couple of years, although it was canceled last year. It was more than enough time for me to absorb pretty much every little nuance in the rules, though it's been a year since I played it last.

Chaz is correct, btw.
6037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 08:34:46 PM

Quote from: kadnod on October 22, 2009, 08:03:41 PM

As a tech illiterate, this is where I get confused on the concept.  If my phone company was my ISP, and they decided all forms of VOIP get low priority because they want me to keep my old-school phone line, that violates the "neutrality" principle even though they haven't cut a special deal with anyone, right?

I don't think so, though I may be wrong. At least it should be ok as long as they aren't boosting a service they offer while reducing speed on services that compete against them. The idea isn't to stop service throttling. The idea is to stop huge companies from gaining an impenetrable monopoly because smaller companies can't get the same quality of service from ISPs. Imagine if Google (who supports net neutrality, btw) paid all American ISPs to prioritize traffic from YouTube. If a smaller competitor were to try and break into the market for streaming video, they'd never be able to achieve the same quality of service as YouTube simply because the ISPs won't let them. It kills competition, and the only ones who lose are us, the customers.
6038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:48:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 22, 2009, 07:00:54 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 22, 2009, 06:56:10 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was kinda hoping Elena would have died, not that I didn't like her character, but they could use that to make another game, Uncharted 3: Nates Revenge

Spoiler for Hiden:
 I'm glad that she didn't die not only because she is a great character but because for the most part they seem to have avoided cheap melodrama in the series (Chloe I thought was even more likely to die just to generate some emotion).  

However it certainly brings an interesting dilemma to how to handle the next game.  Breaking them up again just won't work.  So either they perhaps give her a dire injury to serve as Nate's motivation for the next game's artifact (as I think Turtle speculated) or perhaps they do that rare thing and just write them as a happy couple that enjoys adventuring together.  I kind of hope it's the latter just because it's so rare that anyone attempts it it any medium and I think Amy Hennig is probably up to making it work.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think this is the likely option. Elena has shown herself to be a viable counterpart to Nate without making things boring. She's often even one step ahead of him, challenging him to deal with situations in ways he might not expect, though they do think very much alike.

Also, killing her off would have made the game way too dark, and that doesn't suit Uncharted in my opinion.
6039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 07:44:25 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 22, 2009, 07:27:33 PM

I think we need to see there are really two issues.  One is QoS as in how all VOIP is prioritized and one is "special" prioritization (for lack of a better term) as in VOIP from Cisco has a high priority and VOIP from Vonange is give a much lower priority to purposefully push people to using Cisco.  I don't have a problem with the first but the 2nd is why we need net neutrality.  I don't want a situation where since I have AT&T Youtube plays great becuase they have an "agreement" but Hulu plays terrible. 

Thank you! This is what I was trying to say. The issue often gets muddied because people think the net neutrality debate is about both those things.
6040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 05:58:15 PM
Well, American providers are sort of known for not following the net neutrality principle in the first place, so you are probably right about that. I strongly disagree that VOIP and streaming video won't work without artificially prioritizing those services though. If that was the case, my internet connection would be a mess.
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