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8321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Buying comic books on: June 23, 2006, 06:21:04 AM
You can actually ask your local stores to mail comics to you every time the ones you want comes out.  Special things like that are what local stores are great for.

I'm fortunate enough to have two great comic shops nearby.  One within walking distance and one within easy driving distance.  I buy from both.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 23, 2006, 06:18:05 AM
And in other news, they released an update for the PC version that includes about the same amount of content as this... for free.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey demo is out... on: June 22, 2006, 08:28:14 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Count me as a meh. I'll admit I'm just not as much into the DOOM 3 engine as others. I think something like Source just appeals more to me. As soon as the trip up to the alien ship happened I started to feel like I was running around in Quake 4 again. I mean can't they think of something besides the whole overused machine/organic look? The art direction looks almost exactly the same. Also the whole Gordon Freeman wrench thing at the beginning was kinda lame. I'll admit I liked some of the wall walking topsy, turvy stuff they have going on but its not enough for me to drop $50 day one on it.


I definitely understand where you're coming from.  The art of Prey, while very well rendered, it still looks like generic alien industrial organic technology that they've been aping from Alien/Giger since it came out.

However, it's not the fault of the Doom 3 engine.  Some mappers actually took Half-Life 2 artwork (textures and some models) ported them into the Quake 3 engine, and made some really good looking levels from them.

So, it's probably more that Valve is just an artistic powerhouse when it comes to artistic design within technical constraints (because let's face it the Source engine isn't as powerful as they make it out to be).  Their art style tells a story, from the dystopian eastern european city, to the cold and otherworldly architecture of the combine.

With Prey, and many other Doom engine games it seems, it looks as much like a technical showcase as artistic expression.  With the art still focusing on cool effects.  Not a bad way to go, but being a story guy, I like the other approach.
8324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW!! on: June 22, 2006, 08:16:21 PM
In the press release that's on most major gaming news sites.  slywink
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 22, 2006, 08:15:43 PM
Released. It's a $15 download for an okay amount of stuff.  4 new co-op maps, 8 maps relit but otherwise the same, new weapons, etc...

I may only buy it for the co-op.
8326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cleaning for the cleaning lady? on: June 21, 2006, 09:22:49 PM
Anyone else have a mom/spouse/SO that cleans before the cleaning crew comes?

Anyone else see this as obsessive compulsive and self defeating?  Not to mention a waste of money?
8327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Took in a stray/abandoned/runaway dog on: June 21, 2006, 09:18:53 PM
An old cat showed up in our yard a few years back.  No collar, really ragged, look thin and weak.  It was obviously domesticated, but probably abandoned or lost since it was a really friendly cat.

I fed it a bit, but couldn't let it into the house since at the time my mother was really strict about animals.

My sister found it dead near the side of the house and I had to bury it the same day.

Since then, I've promised to adopt a shelter cat, an older one.
8328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need help identifying someone who keeps calling my house on: June 21, 2006, 09:14:40 PM
If it gets bad, just call the police or ask to talk to the manager (or manager's manager) at the phone company.

It's clearly harassment and if they don't help you put a stop to it then they're not doing their jobs.
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: June 21, 2006, 08:10:35 AM
Well, I can honestly say that I hate both playing as and playing against Jesper.  Just did the hard tournament with Jesper and the guy is such a one trick poney that I had the worst time beating the last two guys.  Then there's his odd momentum that would take him out of optimal position after a shot. something which the CPU would always capitolize on.

Currently my favorite is Jeurgen.  His quick feet and heavy spins are just right for my play style, and I'm going to try and win the rookie league fast so I can unlock all the other characters.

As much as I didn't want to, I may actually buy a Live subscription just to play this online.
8330  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / question about phpbb on: June 20, 2006, 11:50:13 PM
phpbb is not a portal/CMS system.  It's just a forum system.
8331  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns Brando technology on: June 20, 2006, 05:20:58 PM
Well, he's a talking face in a crystal. Tongue
8332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Superman Returns Brando technology on: June 20, 2006, 04:39:28 PM
I think they wanted to stay as close to the original films as possible.

Also Rythm and Hues is well known for doing talking animals in the industry, doing films such as Babe and almost anything else involving talking animals.
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Screen [56k] on: June 20, 2006, 04:31:27 PM
Just to spite all these games with monochrome lighitng, someone needs to make a lighting engine that replicates all the subtle color shifts of light, the sort of stuff that painters often exaggerate in paintings.
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Shock 3? on: June 20, 2006, 04:29:56 PM
Wrong, people will buy Bioshock because they've shown a very good art style and graphics to the gaming masses.  That's an initial attractor.  The deep gameplay will then make it another classic.

Yeah, I'm getting ahead of myself as the game isn't out yet, but knowing Irrational, I'm willing to bet that for a smaller company like Irrational, they'll blow EA's sequel out of the water.
8335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WTF 360, what did you do to WE9 you BASTARD!!! on: June 20, 2006, 04:22:32 PM
Fortunately, there are places that will take a CD and run a special machine on them that'll usually fix scratches, even really deep ones.

I'm fortunately to have a place nearby that'll do this for a few dollars, and with all the disc eating consoles between my friends and I, we've used the service a lot.
8336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: June 19, 2006, 10:25:42 PM
I suspect I'll be playing it for a few months, unlocking things and generally learning the game.

From there on I suspect I'll only play it when friends are over or I need something to play online.

It's a good game to have in your library, as it's something simple and quick that can be played by anyone at a moment's notice.  It's also only $40, a good price for a game that has nearly infinite replay value.

The game is simplistic, as said before.  But much like chess, checkers, or some other simple games, there's a lot to work with and it'll take a while to master.
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 19, 2006, 10:14:19 PM
The gameplay video looked a little actiony to me, and the AI, if it was AI playing, was kinda stupid.

The hounds didn't have as sense of weight either.

However, this was a video from a long while back, so things may have changed.
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 19, 2006, 11:00:39 AM
What's the word on split screen multiplayer?

With all the focus on Live, good split screen, or even single screen multiplayer games are falling by the wayside.
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: June 19, 2006, 02:33:04 AM
Just bought this with some store credit.  Man, I'm glad I did.  It's a simple, but deep, non-violent game that is very fun to play.

For some reason it works a let better than top spin for me.  I think it's becaus the game is more in your face, and pace is faster.

I have only one question, what's the effect of the Focus meter going up a level?  In the manual and in game they mention that the focus meter goes up a level after filling it and then using the full focus mode.  However, they never say what this extra level does.
8340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FiringSquad; Shooters that need sequels on: June 16, 2006, 08:07:57 AM
Jumangi, you can try the War World game, it's basically an actiony multiplayer shooter involving giant robots only.
8341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Civil liberties just took a big hit on: June 15, 2006, 05:00:40 PM
Haven't police already been doing this?  When they get a warrant for a raid, they'll go in and the only knock they give is the swat team's battering ram opening your door.

This isn't a declaring that police can enter your home without a warrant.  In fact it clearly states that the police must have a warrant.  In this case, the police already have some sort of evidence or enough probably cause to get a warrant from a judge.

It's still customary for police to knock to search homes where there isn't some risk.  This ruling just makes sure that police, having already lawfully obtained a search warrant, can gain entry to the place they have the right to search without first alerting its occupants.

Although that, in a way, is a problem since the occupants may have a right to know they're being searched.
8342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone playing PDZ with the update? on: June 15, 2006, 03:44:37 PM
I thought the but update was free?  I think it's just the map pack with a new new game modes cost 500 points.
8343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: June 15, 2006, 01:53:15 AM
It's not so much the automation that made it a bad game, it was the lack of choices.  You had no choice about where to go or what path to take.  You had no choice about character progression beyond choosing what weapon they should use and what spell they should equip, and even then that wasn't much of a choice because most items were either crap or clearly better than previous gear.

In combat you had some choices, but since it worked just fine to let the AI do the killing, you didn't really need to intervene.

I really think they should have structure the game more closely towards the Infinity engine style games (Baldur's Gate), except purely combat focused.  What I mean is that each encounter is a challenge where you must use your party's abilities to overcome various challenges, instead of Diablo style where creatures are thrown at you en mass, and you just spam attacks and powers to beat them.

This would help seperate the game from Diablo.

But, back to TA.  From what I'm reading you still have choices to make, in this case the automation AI helps ease the burden of managing the traditional RTS base.  So after making initial choices about how to setup the base, you then can let the AI handle that.  From there on you make choices about how to deploy your army.

Of course, this all depends on how much tactical variation they build into each army.
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / City Life = No review from GT on: June 13, 2006, 08:39:53 PM
It's starforce rebranded.
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 more C&C Screenshots for ya... on: June 13, 2006, 07:21:20 AM
Quote from: "juniordan"
Look at all those tanks.
seems like the good ol tank rush is still alive and kicking.
woop-tee-friging-do. Rolling Eyes


Wow, and you managed to discern all that gameplay information from a staged screenshot meant to show off the game's graphics.
8346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 08:38:56 PM
I wonder if they'll include some kind of multiplayer, similar to Splinter Cell's Spies vs. Mercs mode.
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 12, 2006, 07:33:28 AM
She basically has Halo style health.  If she gets hurt enough in a short timespan she'll die.  But, if you have a moment to rest she regains all of her health.

They've also given her a lot of health to begin with to cope with the fact that she's an AI and can't react the same way the player can.  Oh and she can't pickup health packs.

On top of that you have her semi-scripted reactions to various creatures that allow her to deal with close in threats like zombies.

While it may not be realistic, it's gameplay focused, so it works.  I was playing on normal difficulty and she never died on me.  I guess you guys just don't treat your women well.  Tongue

Also, it's really, really cool to listen to the developer commentary on how they evolved Alyx's character during the development of episode 1.  For instance, they originally had Alyx kinda taking the lead, or have Alyx urging Gordon on to try and create a sense of emergency.  However, they found that this made her into basically a nag, so instead she basically follows you and backs you up when needed.
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 11, 2006, 09:20:31 PM
I just realized, this is the first game in which having a teammate along with me that I had to protect didn't feel like a chore.
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose = Atlus will publish on: June 09, 2006, 08:06:40 AM
They should include an english track on the Japanese version, then, when the PS3 comes out with no region limits, we can import it from Japan.
8350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Understanding Combat in Heroes V on: June 09, 2006, 01:33:18 AM
Damage might be how much damage a unit can take before one of it dies?
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 more C&C Screenshots for ya... on: June 08, 2006, 06:08:55 PM
I suspect they also use inverse scaling when zoomed out more.  Homeworld did this too.  It's where, when you start zooming out everything gets smaller, but when you reach a certain zoom level everything starts getting scaled larger so that it's easier to see them.
8352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [War] al-Zarqawi has been killed on: June 08, 2006, 06:05:59 PM
While it may seem morbid to wish someone dead, the world is better off without him.
8353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (sketch) I've still got it! on: June 08, 2006, 06:04:56 PM
I also used a toy as a reference for that Gamera drawing, so it wasn't from memory.
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (sketch) I've still got it! on: June 08, 2006, 07:12:56 AM
Sketch battle!

I call forth Gamera!

8355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth (360) - will this RTS work? on: June 08, 2006, 02:08:22 AM
How do the controls work on the 360?
8356  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Xiang Qi (chinese chess) anyone play and where to buy? on: June 03, 2006, 08:25:41 AM
Thanks, I'll see if I can buy it via click through from your site.
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 03, 2006, 08:21:43 AM
I'm hoping we get more time with Barney in some other episode.  Haven't seen him yet in Episode 2, but I know he's in there from a screenshot somewhere.

As much as I love Alex, it'd be cool to run around with Barney, with him constantly cracking jokes about things that happened back in Black Mesa.

I mean, I still want to hear him deliver that line, "Remember when we thought Black Mesa was as bad as it could get?"
8358  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Xiang Qi (chinese chess) anyone play and where to buy? on: June 02, 2006, 08:59:54 PM
I'm interested in getting into Xiang Qi, or chinese chess.  Anyone else here play?

I'd actually like to get a nice set (preferrably portable) so I can play with friends while out cafe sketching.  Anyone know some good places I can order from?
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 03:01:34 PM
Um, guys, this has been happening in every RTS game since the genre was created.

It's called scale compression.  If you make infantry as small as they're supposed to be, you'd have to zoom in way too far to see any of them in action.  Same goes for tanks.

Just don't worry about it, I mean, if you really look, it happens in almost any game.
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 07:02:00 AM
Ah, well then, C&C3 will have some serious competition.
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