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8361  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.
8362  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.
8363  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.
8364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / City Life = No review from GT on: June 13, 2006, 08:39:53 PM
It's starforce rebranded.
8365  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.
8366  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.
8367  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.
8368  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.
8369  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.
8370  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?
8371  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.
8372  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.
8373  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.
8374  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (sketch) I've still got it! on: June 08, 2006, 07:12:56 AM
Sketch battle!

I call forth Gamera!

8375  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?
8376  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.
8377  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?"
8378  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?
8379  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.
8380  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.
8381  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 Table Tennis for Condemned (360) or Black for PS2 on: June 02, 2006, 04:49:31 AM
I'm very interested, unfortunately, I need a better idea of what you're looking for.
8382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 04:47:30 AM
One thing I really hope is that basic infantry is actually useful this time around.

In Generals, ground pounders got the shaft as infantry were just completely useless, even if garrissoned.  I hope they either make them tougher, or find a way that makes infantry more useful in combat without micromanaging them.

I suppose I'll have to wait for Company of Heroes for that.
8383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 30, 2006, 06:42:22 AM
No more word on the meta game?  I recall they did give out a bit more information, like being able to attack certain parts of a territory, building up structures in territories and such.

And that about confirms that the third faction are aliens.  And most likely they seeded the world with tiberium and are here to harvest it.

I wonder if they'll include country specific advantages in multiplayer this time?  Things like sub-factions such as Kane led nod, or splinter nod factions along side various GDI member states.
8384  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MPAA sued...by Torrentspy? on: May 30, 2006, 06:33:19 AM
It all depends on what you have downloaded.

Torrents are actually pretty common with download sites now and can be used to download plenty of legitimate material.

But there's just as much, and probably more illegitimate material out there on torrent networks.

There seriously needs to be more accountability for corporations, other than simply monetary.  These are criminal acts and a few million in fines is just a drop in the bucket.
8385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 30, 2006, 06:29:54 AM
Actually, The Two Thrones deals with such diverging continuity by assuming you had the good ending, and explaining away the bad one.

They also include both endings from WW as easily unlocked extras.
8386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 29, 2006, 10:50:35 PM
One thing I don't like are those open helmeted infantry walking through a dense tiberium field.  Ouch.

One thing I'm most interested in for C&C3 is the metagame between missions.  It seems they're taking C&C's original pick a nation to attack and RoN's conquer the world mode and kicking it up a notch.

And I suspect the third faction that appears once you finish the two campaigns are aliens who originally seeded Earth with tiberium, and now they've come to harvest it.
8387  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Photoshop question. on: May 29, 2006, 10:49:34 PM
Will this image only be viewed on the web and on computers?  If so, make sure you resolution (DPI) is set to 72.  Most photos you take are at difference resolutions like 180.
8388  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dark and Light mmo to have account type with no monthly fee on: May 29, 2006, 10:44:01 PM
First go here:
http://www.darkandlight.net/article.php3?id_article=2396

Then click on the link towards the bottom of the page that says "More about the Master Subscription or Freedom Card"

It seems that there are two account types for Dark and Light. The first being a standard MMO monthly subscription.

The second is an account that's more limited, but has no monthly fee. Instead you get something like credits that you use to unlock restricted areas and equip higher level items. When you repair these items you'll have to use a credit to reequip them. You also can't get certain titles and positions in the world with this account. It seems very limiting, but in essence it's a pay as you go system.

In both cases, you still have to pay an initial cost of around $55 for the game.

Seems like a decent enough idea to me. I could buy the game, play it for as long as I like until my credits run out and not feel like I'm wasting my money by playing it every day of the week.  Since my credits stay active for a year since my last login, I can take long breaks.  And when I finally run out of credits, well I can ditch my high end gear and become just another mook to participate in the realm vs realm combat.
8389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 29, 2006, 10:24:37 PM
In the words of Penny Arcade, "I smoulder with generic rage."

That about sums up the game.

They made the game dark for the sake of goth and punk kids.

Sure, the material they're dealing with is dark, but instead of simply letting the subject matter and characters portray how dark the Prince's world has become, they tried to ham it up.

The two thrones is a much better game in this regard.  But the damage was done in WW, so it still doesn't live up to SoT.

I'm very eager to see what they do for the next Prince of Persia series.
8390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: May 24, 2006, 07:30:20 AM
In another example they stabbed the cyclops after it bent down to grab the player from inside a hidey hole.  In this case, the swinging log missed the cyclops.
8391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 16, 2006, 09:30:25 PM
I think the whole no place to hide thing is that there are less arbitrary hiding places, and Snake will rely on his sneak suit camo to hide himself.

They still need to explain to me why they don't just give Snake one of those predator style stealth suits.

Okay, so new camera, new gameplay, multiplayer, old cast back, and a return to MGS1's storyline?  Count me in.

Er... that's assuming I come into a lot of money and can afford a PS3.
8392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 14, 2006, 02:53:04 AM
Since the common files are so large, you might want to just install HL2, then use the Steam menu to delete all the HL2 specific files, leaving the common files to be used by everyone.
8393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 13, 2006, 02:11:13 PM
No.

The outcry is over the poor quality of the endgame, the developer and the publisher are both aware of that.  The outcry only serves to point out to the developer and publisher that the public is aware of it too, and that'll affect their buying decision later.

If that means KOTOR3 is put off because of a unwillingness to dedicate the time and money to make a proper game, then so be it.  Sometimes, it's just not enough to have the game made, it needs to be made well.  I mean, look at all of Uwe Boll's movies.  Sure, those game movies were made, but they're crap not worth watching.

I think all the outcry is justified.  If you really think before you shout, then you'll realize that yes, we got a game that was cut to shreds at the end.  We should be unhappy over it.

Or should we just roll over and take it every time a company sells us broken merchandise?

Kotor1 sold like mad, KOTOR2 I'm unaware of the sales.  I think it sold well initially, but then peterred out at word spread.  There's a lot of things they could do with KOTOR3 in terms of gameplay and story that would combine the market appeal of KOTOR1 and the depth of KOTOR2, and it would probably sell great so long as the game was of quality.
8394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 13, 2006, 02:04:28 PM
If you have a cd key for DoD and HL2, you can try to just register the key on steam, pause the main HL2 download, and download only DoD and CS.  However those games might usually use some of the same assets that HL2 uses, basic things like materials and the like.

I'm not sure if this'll work, but it's worth a shot.
8395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 10:16:22 AM
Trust me, make a fuss, but don't be mean about it.  Just make sure the higher ups know about what that store is trying to pull.
8396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, uh, how bout the PSP? on: May 12, 2006, 10:14:08 AM
Field commander looks like Advanced Wars for the PSP, which isn't a bad thing.  I hope it has a bit more depth to it as I got bored with AW after a while.
8397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 11, 2006, 10:34:40 AM
Whoah, I really like that they've done to the MGS series in this one.

The shot of snake with his gun was just heartbreaking, and it really looks like they mean to end the series in a great, but hearbreaking way.

I definitely like what they made Raiden into, but then again, after seeing him with the sword in MGS2, I was pretty much expecting Raiden to return as such.

I definitely like how they include all the old cast this time.  Colonel, Meryl, Naomi, Otacon, etc... Maybe Mei Ling will even make an appearance.

Also, if they're trying new things they might use the new camera from MGS3S.
8398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XIII and spinoffs? on: May 11, 2006, 10:11:10 AM
Anyone get more info on these?  I'd like to see a video.

I definitely like it how the new main character is a tougher looking female.  Hopefully we won't have to but up with male leads that look like women.

Made by the FF10 crew, I wonder how they plan to top Auran as the most badass character in an FF game.

The Versus game seems like it might be an online FF action game, at least from the title.
8399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Metal Gear Signature on: May 11, 2006, 02:15:03 AM
Heh, you don't know how difficult animation is when you've had to animate a minute of animation by hand, then film it by hand.

After doing that, these gif animations just don't impress me much anymore.
8400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So Fasa has something Shadowrun related in the works on: May 10, 2006, 02:21:42 PM
Wow.  What a way to waste a license.
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