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8321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AGEIA's PhysX Processor on: March 25, 2006, 08:16:46 PM
Wow, what'd they do, kick your dog?

It's perfectly reasonable that you can't use this kind of physics interaction online simply because no internet connection besides giant corporate T1s could ever handle the amount of data being transferred for these physics interactions.

It's not their fault the internet only has so much bandwidth at a cost.

That said, I'm not sure I'd buy a physics only card for $200-$300 right now, but it'd be a big factor in my next big PC purchase.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 25, 2006, 08:12:14 PM
Hah, if you guys see me online at the time, invite me to the chat because I'm really liking the game too.

I let my friends play Oblivion, and even one that hated morrowind with a passion likes Oblivion.  They just got it right.

However, I also had a story where they were unprepared for the new feature of monsters going across zones.

In one instance, my friend had gone into an old fort, got in a little too much trouble and ran for the door zone.  As he stepped outside he breathed a sigh of relief, but I was grinning an evil grin as he did so.  When he asked me what was up I told him NPCs can now go through zones, and just then the imp that had been chasing him showed up and nailed him with a fireball.  He freaked out, but finally managed to kill it.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo is up on Live! on: March 25, 2006, 08:05:41 PM
My friend and I rented this game last night to play in co-op.  It bored us even in co-op mode.  Mindless and repetative in the SP campaign.

They would have been better off to put the SP team towards making very good AI bots for the multiplayer game and used that as the single player.
8324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loken should take the Red Pill on: March 25, 2006, 10:45:47 AM
At the very least, he makes sex scenes well.

Maybe after losing all his funding from the German tax loophole being closed he'll take up a career in porn?
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AGEIA's PhysX Processor on: March 25, 2006, 10:42:41 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Oblivion has amazing physics and it runs well enough.  I don't see why it can't be done on todays cards, unless they passed the money hat around to UbiSoft...

Most current games have physics, but the key here is that those physics are only working on a few things at the same time, and are limited in how they can react and collide with each other.  

The videos they show have hundreds of not thousands of physics objects that can all be affected by physics at the same time.

You know how in some games with physics objects will get stuck inside each other?  This is because collisions in video games or the digital world in general are very difficult to handle correctly.  It takes quite a bit of power to handle collisions well, a physics processor can help a great deal with that.
8326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Unofficial Oblivion Help thread. on: March 25, 2006, 10:34:37 AM
I wonder, if you set the quest as your active quest, wouldn't he have a compass arrow pointing towards him?
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 25, 2006, 10:33:38 AM
Someone please spoil me on where to get the painter quest.  I already know about it from foolishly reading the clearly marked spoiler sectrion of GT's Oblivion preview.
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion: Mods on: March 25, 2006, 10:22:58 AM
Speaking of mods, I just wanted any modders here to know that I'm offering my artistic skills for anyone making a mod and needs original art assets.  These will be free and so long as I get to use them for my portfolio.  I'm finishing up my animation degree so anything that'll help me get hired later I'll do.

Also, I'm looking to make a mod that turns Oblivion into a western.  If you think about it, Oblivion already has many things that make westerns.  Wide open landscapes, horses, small isolated towns, etc.  It'll be a lot of work, but for a fan of westerns it'll be worth it.
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Freaking Great... on: March 25, 2006, 10:07:44 AM
Does this have split screen multiplayer or co-op?  How many people can play split screen, 2 or 4?
8330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Starcraft : Ghost cancelled on: March 25, 2006, 10:05:52 AM
It's not that I have blind faith in Blizzard, but I do know that Blizzard has a very well established releasing very well polished games that while they may not innovate, they are certainly very fun.

They're also unafraid to can something, even if it's a long way into development, just to make sure that their record remains untarnished, and that's really saying something.

If you really think about it, SC Ghost would be perfect if entirely rebuilt for next gen consoles.

The next gen systems can handle massive amounts of troops on screen at the same time with a very long draw distance.  So, you could play as a ghost doing missions in the midst of battles straight out of the SC RTS.  For instance, you could play a ghost sneaking into a rebel base that's currently being swarmed by a zerg army, with thousands of zerglings running across a plain towards the base as marines mow them down.
8331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ghost Hunters? on: March 24, 2006, 08:28:47 AM
It's kinda funny that these days are also kind of like spokepeople for Rotorooter.  But, I do like how practical these guys are about the whole thing.

They also know about homes, construction, etc... so things that might seem odd to normal people they can explain.

Like the Queen Mary episode where someone thought an area was haunted because some equipment kept turning on that was supposed to be disabled/broke/out of use.  It turned out it was a water heater that was running fine.
8332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for Opinions on V for Vendetta on: March 24, 2006, 08:24:51 AM
Eh, I think it was only by the quality of Alan Moore's writing and setting up memorable scenes that the movie didn't suck.  In fact, I think it's a good movie, but it could have been much better with a few small changes.

I do like how they kept quite a few very critical scenes from the comic.

About Evey's ordeal:
Spoiler for Hiden:

In the comic, she goes through her breakdown and liberation just as quickly as in the movie.  However, in the comic there's much more dialogue to the breakdown and it's not for some time afterwards does Evey really forgive V.

Here's my thoughts and spoilers covering the differences and similarities to the comic.
Spoiler for Hiden:

The V and Evey love storyline was contrived, like they put it in just to have a love story.

They missed a big opportunity to highlight the differences between V and Evey, when they were in the room filled with roses and the actress's posters.  There's a key line of dialogue from the comic where V offers to kill someone for Evey, saying that all she has to do is pluck a rose for them.  Every says, to let it grow.  This really highlights the difference between V's destructive nature and Evey's growth, and really hammers home why V must die at the end.

I dislike how they tried overly humanize V, whereas Evey is supposed to be the human link to the movie.  In the comic, V is always acting crazy, never doubting his actions.  Seeing how in the movie V doubts his own words at times really went against his character.

One thing I do have to respect the director and writers were not removing his mask.  That was a key element of the comic, that V should remain faceless.  However, they really should have kept V's ailment mysterious.  Not showing anything like the burn hands would have made things interesting.
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion-Tips , Advice and Help-Spoilerific on: March 22, 2006, 08:34:18 PM
How to get a horse in 5 easy steps.  And I'm not bothering with the spoiler tag because this can be done the moment you get out of the sewer.

1.  Go through the intro dungeon.

2.  Fast Travel to Weyland Priory (sp?).

3.  Talk to Jauffre, go through his whole conversation arc.

4.  Once done talking, go downstairs and talk to the monk that initially greeted you at the door.

5.  Choose the conversation line that says, "Assistance"  He will give you permission to take his horse.

Voila, now you have a horse.  Yes, that's right.  You can get the horse at the very beginning of the game.

You can talk to all the monks in the house and use the assistance option to have them give you something useful.
8334  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / What does it take to ban a troll? on: March 21, 2006, 07:42:47 PM
Yeah, usually I see LE's posts are pretty reasonable.  Probably was either tired or in a bad mood. Tongue
8335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 07:35:01 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
C'mon now.. can anyone confirm if mercenaries made it into the game or not? My decision to buy the game is based on that feature alone and I'm ready to head out to compusa today if it's in before they sell out all their copies.

I suggest you get the PC version then.  One of the more common mods in the PC version were NPC companions and mercenaries of all sorts.
8336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Are you lonely?You're not alone. on: March 21, 2006, 04:52:57 PM
I'd actually feel offended about the picture and how the woman is depicted, but that's such a ludicrous picture I find it funny these days.  I especially find it funny how her facial expression does look like the big "O".  Especially considering the smug expression on the guy's face.

That said, I definitely feel the whole lonely thing.

And not surprisingly, ever since I made some small but important changes in my life things are getting much, much better.  I started working out, which gives me the confidence to just talk to new people, whereas I'm normally shy.  Starting to look for new hobbies that get me outside, like swing dancing for instance.
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Im getting sucked into the hype on: March 21, 2006, 04:48:02 PM
On the other hand, I would still recommend at least a rental if only because TES games tend to promote exploration and wide open worlds.  Zelda had something similar.
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 on: March 21, 2006, 04:47:09 PM
I'll wait for reviews.

That, and I'm pretty sure there are better mods for other games than this full game, and these mods I can get for free.
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 questions on: March 21, 2006, 04:42:25 PM
More people are playing GRAW right now, CoD2 has some big problems with its Live matching service, you can't make your own server, just auto matches.

CoD2 does have a very good SP campaign, and the multiplayer is great.  It's just the matching service that sucks and there's a bug where once you get one small lag spike the network code chokes up and it'll stay laggy (whereas normally it should return to normal after a player leaves the server).

GRAW on the other hand has very good Live play, albiet it's a very lethal and long ranged game.  Expect to get killed in one shot by people you don't see quite often.
8340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Redo of Request for feedback on photo.....(NSFW) on: March 21, 2006, 08:02:45 AM
I wouldn't mind a better look at the face.

Too much hair in the face looks like she's trying to hide her face.  Try having just a clumps or strands going over her face to give that unkempt look.
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 21, 2006, 08:00:18 AM
denoginizer, that certainly wasn't needed.  You're only adding to the problem now.

I respect LE's opinion, but I don't necessarily agree with them.  I do admit that screenshot doesn't look that great, but I suspect that it's more some wrong settings on that person's PC or some strange incompatability.
8342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stuck in GRAW. Help on: March 19, 2006, 05:58:51 PM
These bugs, and teammate AI and control, were the main reason why GRAW doesn't rate higher than an 8 for me.
8343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Day of Defeat: Source on: March 18, 2006, 10:19:16 AM
Two shots of Red Orchestra, stat!
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Feeding Frenzy - Up on Live Arcade on: March 18, 2006, 08:23:37 AM
I think it'd be perfect for my little sister.  It seems that Xbox Live is where all the kids games will be, at least until Via Pinata comes out.

I'm thinking that since MS promoted the system as mainly an adult's system, considering the price, look, and content of release games.  Even Kameo, the most kid-like game was violent and bloody.

Well, this one has violence, but it's more natural violence.  Tongue

My little sister, a 9 year old, loves Hexic and Zuma.  I think she'd enjoy this one and will be buying it for her.
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: March 17, 2006, 08:20:22 PM
I don't know about you, but I want to see if it's possible to give the player a permanent party.

I have some interesting ideas to do this in context of the game to make having a party be more story based than just mooks to send to the slaughter.
8346  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Mouse is dying - recommendations for a new one? on: March 16, 2006, 03:21:07 PM
Logitech g5 gaming mouse.  I think that's the cordless one.

If you're willing to splurge, there's the G7 mouse, which is getting all sorts of good reviews.
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Blazing Angels - Mar.24th on: March 16, 2006, 03:19:31 PM
I've seen videos, it's more action based.  Slightly more realistic flight scheme than Crimson Skies, but that's not saying much since they're both very actiony flight schemes.

The previews hint at some sort of online co-op mode.  Not sure if it's just for two players or ten.
8348  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Big Book Trade topic on: March 16, 2006, 06:53:43 AM
Well, the idea behind this is not pay it forward, rather just simple trades.
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 06:45:46 AM
I'm still quite glad I not only pre-ordered, but my store will sell regardless of street date.  So, if it does come in early, I'll be playing this weekend.
8350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rare's next game: Viva Piņata for 360? on: March 15, 2006, 06:49:14 PM
I'm definitely in.  I love little non-violent games just as much as I do the bloody ones.
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 15, 2006, 05:30:31 PM
You know what'll be even better?  I'm betting they'll include the original BG&E with the sequel.
8352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 info from press conference on: March 15, 2006, 05:29:03 PM
I suspect they'll be aiming for a $400-$450 price point.  They wouldn't dare hit the dreaded $500 price point.

Did they confirm if the hard drive is included standard?

Also, did they comment on that rumor that the US and Japanese PS3s will use the same standard?  E.g. japanese games can play on US systems and vice versa?
8353  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Big Book Trade topic on: March 15, 2006, 07:05:02 AM
I was thinking, a lot of people read here.  Why not have a topic where we just trade books of various kinds?

I have:
A Feast for Crows hardback George R R Martin
Fables comic trade paperbacks Volumes 1-6
Powers comic trade paperbacks volumes 1-9
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Sin City vol 1 and 5

Art books of any kind, most especially ones dealing with production art or renaissance masters.  Preferably with lots of pictures.  slywink
Thud! by Terry Pratchett
Comics of any kind.
The Dark Tower
Scifi and fantasy novels
8354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: March 15, 2006, 06:58:12 AM
I think this'll be fine.  DS was too simple for me, but I could tell it was more trying to be an RTS than a hack and slash diablo type game.

Secretly in his heart he wants to make RTS games, and now he can.
8355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 15, 2006, 06:56:58 AM
So, does M often feel uncomfortable when playing online?

Thinking about it now and the kind of people I've played with, I think I've answered my own question.  She probably gets quite a few "OMG!  UR a GRL?" from gaming in text, but when that's said in a squeeky voice through your headset it might be enough to make you want to disconnect right there.

Of course, I prefer to stay on her good side, after all, she is behind me most of the time with a sniper rifle.  Tongue

Unfortunately, my free Gold sub ran out not too long ago, and I'm really low on cash right now.  I have to wait until I start my new job and get my paycheck before I can subscribe again.
8356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 11:51:13 PM
Heh, they never said the video was of gameplay.  Still, a short walk in this game is a lot more interesting than short walks in other games.

I think future videos they show will be more action packed.
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is Tim Schafer up to? on: March 14, 2006, 11:36:07 PM
I'll buy it.

Anything from Tim I'll buy.

Same with Irrational Games.
8358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit=6.7 from Gamespot on: March 14, 2006, 11:35:09 PM
As I suspected the single player game would be dull.  Unless they had really good AI that handled things strategically with emplacements and in controlling the leaders and the enemy units, then the game would pretty much be a MP only thing.
8359  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Starcraft board game announced on: March 14, 2006, 04:52:25 PM

Definitely not a rehash of the warcraft boardgame.  More like something to the level of the World of Warcraft game, a big $80 box full of components.

I especially like that idea of a galaxy map then having smaller planetary maps to fight land battles on.
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 05:01:58 AM
Is it me, or does the new radiant AI and new AI features (moving through zones) seriously look like it could support a player party?  Something a group of modders could plug away at and produce a bunch of NPCs that will stay with you for most of the game, providing combat, packmule, or just witty commentary on situations?
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