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7961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C3 Demo Today on: February 27, 2007, 11:50:38 AM
Downloaded it at 2mbps from my campus network.

Played it a bit and it feels like C&C, albiet at the pace of Generals.  It's probably closer to red alert than the original C&C, which isn't a bad thing.

Combats happen fast, the pace is frantic.  It's fun, but I don't think I'll be playing this on online against random people.  CoH was bad enough, but this is a build fest where you throw units at the enemy along the lines of Supreme Commander, albiet, with limited resources.

One thing I don't like is the way the queus are handled, instead of two buildings making the units queued up build faster or so, now multiple buildings means multiple build queus that you have to click back and forth from.  This can be confusing if you're in the middle of battle with so much happening.  And especially so since batles happen so damn fast that it's over in the time you switch between a queu, place the building, and switch back.

So, as much as this is C&C, it's also paced worse than Generals, which is a bad thing in my eyes.  Sure, red alert and the original C&C had pretty fast pacing, but this game is like it's meant for kids on speed.  They weren't kidding when they said it was fast paced, but this is too frantic for there to be any more strategy than build unit, send them to die.
7962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phil Harrison the next Krazy Ken? [Negative PS3 post] on: February 26, 2007, 09:08:01 PM
Sounds like Bill Gates' brash statements back in the 640k days.  He's learned to mostly shut up since then.

Frankly, I get the feeling that this guy got into his position when the PS2 was at the top of its game and all the success they had, so he got to keep his job and not do all that much to maintain it.  Now, he's fighting against two successful competitors with a system that has had many bad decisions made about it and he's just blundering after having not been in practice.

I actually get that feeling about a lot of Sony hardware execs.

They really need to either shut these guys up or fire them.  In fact, I think one of the main reasons why they haven't been fired already is the clout he gained from being around while the PS2 was popular.
7963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Mass Effect] I'm a sucker for books based on games on: February 26, 2007, 09:03:28 PM
Depends on how it's written.  I got burned on the Splinter Cell novel after a few recommendations.  That was a horrifically written novel.  I literally could have written it better.  Every damn sentence started with the world "I".

Meanwhile, the latest Halo novel was good, Ghosts of Onyx, and I recall the Dig book was pretty good too.

So assuming the Mass Effect book isn't bad, I'll probably pick it up to get me all set for the game's release.
7964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you guys seen this? UFO: Extraterrestrials = X-COM next gen? on: February 24, 2007, 07:27:33 AM
They have nothing to do with X-Com.  I guess neither company bothered to trademark that name, or are even willing to fight for the name.  I think that's because they're both just pretenders to the throne of X-Com, aka UFO: Enemy Unknown.
7965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Hot Shots Golf 5 on: February 23, 2007, 07:25:31 AM
Those realistic backgrounds with the realistically shaded anime characters makes me think of those people who dress up in those freaky full body anime doll suits.

Seriously, there's a point at which the full on big head small mouth look no longer works.
7966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you guys seen this? UFO: Extraterrestrials = X-COM next gen? on: February 23, 2007, 01:58:44 AM
Ah well hell.  That's a good or bad thing.  We wait longer, but they get more time to polish...  I'd rather have polish, especially since my wallet is hurting right now.
7967  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Tabula Rasa is soundin good. on: February 21, 2007, 10:24:45 AM
All they need now is a name change.

Basically, it sounds like everything I want in an MMO.  It's still stat driven, but action based where you aim at a target to lock on to it and every click shoots.  However, many factors determine if you hit and how bad the damage is, with things like stance, target's cover usage, weapons, range, armor, stats, etc.  It's up to you to position yourself and choose the right targets.

Since the game is based on ranged combat, the AI is more geared towards ranged, they'll take cover and try to flank you.  Not sure if there's suppression modeled in.

They've now dropped all the space hippy stuff too, except for things like the power of Pi. (Mmm... Pi).
7968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TAGES CD Protection on: February 21, 2007, 10:19:02 AM
Might not be TAGES, but Starforce went through a huge rebrand where nearly nothing is the same about the name.  But the software is basically the same except it was stripped of some, but perhaps not all, of its harsher protection methods.  Unfortunately, there's no real way to be sure since if it is starforce in disguise, there isn't much accountability for the developers.

Still, I loves me some controversy.
7969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 Mascot?] Marcus Fenix vs. Master Chief on: February 21, 2007, 07:48:29 AM
The Chief, he was the original X-Box exclusive, and despite him not saying much in general, he's had more charactarization than Fenix, even though Fenix had so much more opportunity for characterization.

Besides, Master Chief fought in the open and won, whereas Fenix was always cowering behind from low wall.  Tongue
7970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TAGES CD Protection on: February 21, 2007, 07:42:25 AM
Well let's inject some controversy into this by saying that, wasn't TAGES just a different version of Starforce by the shady Russian company?
7971  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Goodwill / Salvation Army bargains on: February 20, 2007, 08:51:41 AM
There's a $15 copy of Splinter Cell Double Agent at my local goodwill.  There were also 2 or 3 other recent games that were severely discounted.
7972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Dresden Files 2-18-07 on: February 19, 2007, 10:02:20 AM
I really didin't like the last episode of Dresden Files, it was horribly contrived, messed up the characters, and overall just poorly written.

So I wasn't hoping for much when I watched tonight's episode.

When the pretty woman came on screen at the beginning I thought all hope was lost, until she walked into Dresden's office and things suddenly became a great deal like the books.  Dresden, looking disheveled and ratty?  Check!  Classic detective plot that goes wrong?  Check.  Funny dialogue, check!  Bob the horny spirit?  Check!

It was like they fired whatever crappy writer wrote that last episode and started over.

Then, brimstone.  More book references.  Morgan the High Council enforcer.  Dresden and Murphy once again meeting under a bad situation.  Check!

So it sounds like not only did they fire that bad writer, but the writers go back and actually start reading the books.

I noticed the inclusion of Dresden's staff, and the explanation that the drumstick was his wand.  Also there's more of the setting "rules" from the book.

Overall, the whole episode seems like it could come out of a book.  There's still some issues with timing and character saying a little too much out in the open, and the plot was still a bit predictable.  But otherwise it's a good watch.

They haven't quite redeemed themselves from the last episode, and the fact that they didn't show the pilot first, but if later episodes are like this or better the show could slowly gain an audience.
7973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NSFW: God of War 2 sex minigame on: February 19, 2007, 06:55:18 AM
On the other hand, Indigo Prophecy had some detailed sex scenes that while not entirely necessary, were handled somewhat maturely.
7974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can't believe I am saying this, Red Steel ain't so bad on: February 19, 2007, 12:24:24 AM
I think it had great potential and fell short on a lot of aspects.  However, the firefights were great and doing things like raking the room with automatic fire hasn't felt more fun than on the Wii, there's just something about moving the controller to shoot that works great, but that damn turning thing that can't be changed is a problem.  Too bad they can't really patch it in.

Those people having trouble with the crosshairs going wonky... make sure your cell phones and other broadcasting electronics are away from your Wiimote.  They interfere with the signal.
7975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 version 2 on: February 19, 2007, 12:19:02 AM
I think the thing people were trying to point out was all that commotion over the PS3, it's price, and the cost of those extra features it really wasn't that big a deal when you look at how this new Xbox version costs almost as much as the lower end PS3.

I also wonder if people will make as big a stink if they don't include an HDMI cable.

Overall though, it's just been said.  So this new 360 version is kind of an FU to early adopters, and their whole policy on not having a HD standard is kind of biting them in the arse.
7976  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Planning to build/buy a new small form factor PC, ideas? on: February 18, 2007, 10:43:26 AM
Ah, okay thanks.  So it looks like I'll buy a barebones because their warranty and support really isn't worth it.
7977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 18, 2007, 10:39:25 AM
Not to be redundant, but have you tried turning all the details to low, the restarting the game?

This game is pretty CPU dependant, then that video card starts getting hurt when you do all those shadows and per pixel effects on all those units.

I suspect this game also uses vertex shaders to put all those units on the map at once, so the latest video card drivers can help.
7978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 17, 2007, 09:25:15 AM
I wonder if this means my current system can run it.
7979  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Planning to build/buy a new small form factor PC, ideas? on: February 17, 2007, 07:43:37 AM
I want to get a small form factor PC as my next PC.  I plan to use it for both gaming, and doing 3D animation work.

The way I figured this is that getting a laptop would be wasteful since if I got a gaming laptop, I'd have to plug it in wherever I play, and the laptop would be big and heavy anyway.  Gaming computer tend to get replaced quickly, and since I don't have the money for anywhere near top of the line, I'll need to replace it pretty soon.  Then I'd basically be paying for a lot of extra hardware that I couldn't reuse in a new PC, especially the display.  So if I was to get a laptop, it'd be small and very portable.

The computer labs at college have very high end 3D workstations so if I need to do advanced 3D work I'll use those.  Unfortunately, they're G5 Macs, so doing modding work for PC games is out of the question.

That leaves a SFF PC that I can easily being with me to campus and back.

So far I've only looked at Shuttle PC, and the prices are reasonable.  I saw that they have barebones PCs, so I wouldn't mind building it myself either.

Any thoughts?
7980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 16, 2007, 01:05:54 AM
Someone was already working on a Starship Troopers mod for this game.  I wanna nuke me some bugs.
7981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who says 3rd party games don't sell on Nintendo consoles on: February 16, 2007, 01:00:59 AM
Well another thing is that the Wii has big word of mouth in the casual gaming department, which means a lot more people playing in general.

Overall, that means we'll see more games of all types for the Wii.
7982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When Opticians Go Bad! on: February 15, 2007, 05:18:18 AM
Even crazier was the message left by the guy, he's talking about finding god and all that.
7983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you guys seen this? UFO: Extraterrestrials = X-COM next gen? on: February 15, 2007, 01:47:29 AM
Yeah, the game popped up on the forums a while back.  The announced release date is Feb. 28, I'm excited.

Unfortunately, they dropped a lot of features from the game from when they initially announced it.  They actually planned to have multiplayer in the form of tactical battles.
7984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dresden Files 2/11/07 on: February 14, 2007, 08:16:09 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on February 14, 2007, 04:34:00 PM

I thought the episode was fine. I agree with dbt in that it's not a show that I'll go out of my way to watch, but I certainly disagree with many of your criticisms. I'm not interested in another soap-opera style show with multi-episode arcs and meandering plotlines.

I basically see Dresden Files as a sort of gothic horror version of Columbo. From that standpoint, it's enjoyable.

Actually, it's a bit like Kolchak, but so far the old Kolkchak was better.

I'm not asking for another soap, I do like the whole investigative aspect.  The thing is, the show is predictable, and overall mediocre in writing.

Jim Butcher, the author of the books, could weave these stories along a very investigative path, there's always be a nice twist regarding each supernatural thing.  However, it usually wasn't so much some weird and mind bending twist, just a different take on it what would fit in very well with with the setting.

I don't know how best to describe it, but the books kept the soap opera out of the story, but still involved some interesting characters and plots that keep driving towards a final end.  In fact one great thing about Butcher's reads were that you could always be satisfied with the end, usually some showdown like in classic detective movies where the detective figures things out, busts in to save the day, etc... but with sorcery involved and some witty banter.  The books were very easy reads, closer to classic simple storytelling than "Lost" style meandering plotlines.
7985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dresden Files 2/11/07 on: February 14, 2007, 08:02:52 AM
Any hope I had for this series is dwindling away.  This episodes really shows how bad the writers are screwing up a good premise and good characters.

Murphy got no representation in this episode, even after showing a tiny bit more character last episode.

They go all cliched werewolf story, where the werewolves seem too much like vampires.  Then they base it on some arbitrary ritual.

The characters get into long dialogue where all that happens is question answer.

Towards the end there's a lot of stupidity regarding the Heather.  I mean, if the FBI guy killed 8 other werewolves with super strength and he only secures her with handcuffs?  What's with Dresden becoming so attached so quickly?  Dresden's a good guy, but even in the previous episodes and in the book he was very cautious to get attached.

They really should have waited on this whole lycanthrope thing until they could give it the proper treatment by basing a whole 3 episode arc on the book involving werewolves.  They could have then used the Dresden mythos surrounding werewolves and such to make the setting feel more alive.

Then there's the stupidity with the ending fight, as to why Dresden knew the lycanthrope could only be killed by silver, and still chose to shoot the thing with a gun.

They need to just buck up and go hire the writers for Buffy or Angel in order to save the show, because this one was a turn for the worse.  Fire whoever wrote this episode, hire the Buffy and Angel writers who knew how to setup a world with interesting rules and interactions and still make it character drive, without resorting to overly cliche plots.

Hell, I really don't like the show Supernatural and even they had better writing than this.  What sucks is that there's a lot of good actors here.  Dresden in particular really fits the role, Murphy is a great actress when they're not giving her deadpan lines from her detective side.  Bob is great, I really like the take on him, it differs a lot from the book but I kind of like him better this way.
7986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: halo 3 multiplayer beta on: February 13, 2007, 06:35:03 PM
I'm actually hoping they introduce some more in depth game types for Halo.  Something involving classes and two different sides and such where you can have Covenant Vs. Humans, Brute Alliance vs. Elite Alliance.  Even some interesting other modes like Survive the Flood, where one person starts off as a flood member, and anyone a flood member kills becomes another flood.

The Halo setting is ripe for such game modes with its excellent setting.  Yet it doesn't look like they plan for this, instead going with yet even more deathmatch variants.  For all the little additions, options, and mutators you can set for Halo MP, it's still basically deathmatch with extra rules to me.

Imagine a game where you have various classes like Grunt, Jackal, Brute, Elite, each with differing abilities and weapons.  Grunts would be the cheapest to spawn as and can respawn the fastest, maybe even getting their own little squad of grunts that they control, but they'd be less accurate and slow.  Elites are faster, have shields, more accurate, better weapons, but they're somewhat weak without their shields.  Juggernauts, Brutes, etc... all would have their own abilties.

On the human side you have different soldier classes, along with Helljumpers, Spartan 2's and 3's.  More teamwork related abilities.

Too bad there are no Halo mod tools because modders would just line up to make such a mod.
7987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Damn you, Half Life Episode 2!!!! on: February 13, 2007, 01:34:55 AM
One of the reasons it's going for less at retail is the retails are slashing the prices on the game right at the beginning a bit as a way to undercut the idea of online distribution.
7988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3--Is this a 2007 title? on: February 12, 2007, 12:05:10 AM
I don't think anyone here is saying buy the game without looking at reviews and gameplay footage.

But on the other hand, simply dismissing the game before any information about the game has been released is a little overboard.
7989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Damn you, Half Life Episode 2!!!! on: February 12, 2007, 12:00:02 AM
While Valve does have a track record of delays, they also have a track record of actually putting that time to good use.
7990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 11, 2007, 10:29:40 AM
Well, it looks like I need to upgrade my system because SupCom at the lowest settings possible still killed my PC.  I guess that since there's so many units on screen the game is very CPU dependant, and I only have an Athlon XP 2000+.

Overall I liked it, I figured out how to get transports to automatically ferry units from one point to another and used to to land a massive invasion force behind enemy lines on the first mission, and as my factory created units they'd go straight to the transports to be taken to the front.

I figure I'll enjoy this game more if I had a better system, but it's basically TA2 to me, so I'm happy.
7991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander Demo - Impressions? on: February 10, 2007, 09:23:58 AM
It'll probably ship with the game itself.

Also remember that the interface is completely moddable, the devs were talking about how that would be available to modders, so like WoW, they could customize the interface however they want.  If the feature takes off, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out.
7992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Virtua Fighter 5 Impressions on: February 10, 2007, 09:21:42 AM
Ah, but actually they aren't.  A lot of FPS games actually rely on some movement prediction models, which means you're usually not shooting at where the player is, but where the computer thinks he'll be.  This is lessened somewhat by broadband these days.

the hiding of lag, etc...  The FPS was one of the first big games to go real-time online play.  Much of the online network code has been developed and researched for FPS games.
7993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere, an action-RPG from Atlus on: February 10, 2007, 09:15:53 AM
You're never done with backwards compatability!  Tongue

Well more like it's a massive install base that will still be around.  Many PS2 users that started as kids are now adults, or at least teens who buy and play RPGs.

Gah, this makes me want to buy a PS3 so I can play both older games, and then enjoy all the new games.
7994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone tried Linux on their PS3 yet? on: February 08, 2007, 10:25:03 AM
Or it could be that no PC OS has been written with the cell processor in mind, so it's not really utilizing all that it could.
7995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 08, 2007, 06:52:26 AM
Well, I'm not complaining if they really do go mature.

I think the very fact that Wii has gotten huge sales, and looks to get even more sales will be a big factor in the release of mature games for the system.  Eventually, someone will realize that there are quite a few adults playing the system and they'd be interested in mature games.
7996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 07, 2007, 08:40:17 PM
But why manhunt?  I mean, isn't wasn't much of a game, the mechanics were already done elsewhere in other games, and probably better too.  The main thing manhunt had was its violence and controversy.

I suspect Nintendo execs were clamoring for a mature game to show that with their new market share, they could sell mature games.  They then found the most "mature" company they could find, Rockstar, and told them to make something for the Wii.
7997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fun flash game to pass the time @ work on: February 05, 2007, 09:23:07 AM
What I like about this game as opposed to the panguin or cat ones is the addition of the glide meter.  It actually gives you a measure of control over your hamster, making it less random and adds more skill to the game.
7998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: dresden files on sci fi/pre-BSG? on: February 03, 2007, 05:58:09 PM
The problem is that the pilot is meant to setup the characters up first, along with setting up future plotlines and such.

By forcing it to be aired later, and forcing the director to make episodes without using all that established information, it creates a problem where there's confusion about the characters and what the overall plot will be, it also limits him to simple one off episodes that don't advance things much since he can't use elements from the pilot.
7999  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: February 03, 2007, 12:27:30 AM
Here's the article:
http://www.gamingreport.com/article.php?sid=23091&mode=thread&order=0

There's a new official Halo collectable miniatures game.  Just like Mageknight, Star Wars, etc...

This may be the only CMG I buy in to, at least to get miniatures so I can use them with other rules.  I'll be buying up commons left and right for this too.
8000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: dresden files on sci fi/pre-BSG? on: February 02, 2007, 05:27:37 AM
Murphy has a soft side, but she's a cop, on homicide no less.  You have to be a little hard for that.  She lightens up in the books, and no doubt she'll lighten up in the series as she gets more air time.

Overall, I think this show was limited by lack of budget as much as okay writers.  It could have been easy enough to keep a lot more elements from the book, even using some of the more rules of the setting from the books to help provide texture for the magic in the show.

Also, you'd think they'd have learned from Firefly when they chose not to air the pilot first.
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