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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 13, 2013, 01:01:39 AM
I think the server serves two functions, for the city saves and the region saves (or snapshots). No complex computation on the server side.

To play, you need to be able to load your saves then you can lose connection to the server and you can continue play as long as you don't quit. And to be able to save your progress, you need to have access to the server when you quit the game.

So there is no real  gameplay reason why there is no offline mode.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 06, 2013, 01:15:38 AM
Played about 2 hours by joining a public region in Oceanic server. Didn't get to try the region play because the other players are mostly inactive or maybe I just didn't know how to interact with them.

Can't offer any services to the "active" players because there is an abandoned city between my city and them.

Without the region play, this is just like a smaller Simcity 4 where you have to build everything that your city need. I think it'll be more fun if a bunch of us get together and split role so that we each start a city that focus on something that the other cities need.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Euro Truck Simulator 2 on: February 16, 2013, 11:05:05 PM
50% off at GMG and also work with 20% off code GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS. Final price is $12 and it is the Steam version.

http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/id/en/pc/games/simulation/euro-truck-simulator-2/
84  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Cannot Update Steam on: February 16, 2013, 03:52:41 AM
If you can login to the client then go access the setting windows then try changing the Download Region to other location at the Download + Cloud tab. Try several location if it still doesn't work.

Here are the latest client update note:

Changes:
- Fixed texture corruption when using the Game Overlay in OpenGL games
- Fixed failing to do HTTP downloads from hosts that started with a numeral  <--- Maybe this bug is the cause of your problem.
- Linux - Added X window manager name to system info dialog
85  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GMG: Max Payne 3 + Season Pass 75% off on: February 14, 2013, 09:52:44 PM
http://www.greenmangaming.com/s/id/en/pc/games/action/max-payne-3-complete-pack/

Separately they're only 66% off.

Also works with 20% discount code: GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS

Price after the 75% off and the 20% discount code is $14.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Omerta - City of Gangsters [PC/X360] on: January 15, 2013, 03:47:42 AM
For the Steam version, if you go to greenmangaming, you can get it cheaper.

They have the same 15% discount but then you can use 25% preorder discount coupon GMG25-XTYYZ-POSL1 and bring the price down to $25.50.

In addition you can get either $2 cash back or $3 store credit.

So price after the cash back is $23.50 or $22.50 if you choose store credit.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need your opinion on whether or not to run a review on: December 28, 2012, 01:52:08 AM
It is just a game. Review it and give your honest opinion on it. If it is a good game with AO rating then some readers of your site might want to know about it. If it is very bad then some of your readers also want to know.
88  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 35% extra off discount code for Hitman: Absolution at GMG on: November 18, 2012, 03:14:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 18, 2012, 03:31:42 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on November 18, 2012, 01:23:43 AM

If you have ordered, you can try to contact the support to see if they'll give you store credit for the difference in pricing.

thought about doing that, but when I looked at my receipt I found I only paid about 4 bucks more than what it is now so I figure it's not worth the hassle.  the part that sucks is that there doesn't seem to be a pre-load coming, and I've heard the game is quite big, with a final install size of supposedly 23 gigs.

I got $4.5 credit from gmg. It was easy, I just opened a support ticket and asked if I can get store credit for ordering a few days before the extra 35% discount.
89  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 35% extra off discount code for Hitman: Absolution at GMG on: November 18, 2012, 01:23:43 AM
GMG35-FGR37-COY0B

If you haven't ordered it on GMG, you can now get extra discount using that code if you want to order.

If you have ordered, you can try to contact the support to see if they'll give you store credit for the difference in pricing.
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: November 14, 2012, 08:33:44 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 14, 2012, 05:28:41 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on November 14, 2012, 03:48:51 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 13, 2012, 02:43:39 PM

Prejudicial judgement is almost always a result of racism.  The existence of one doesn't automatically preclude the existence of the other.  They exist together as hunger exists in the wake of starvation.  Why you're trying to say otherwise, I do not know.  I suspect Tilt is either correct in his assumption that you don't know what racism is at even the most fundamental level, or you're simply playing devil's advocate and attempting to use faulty semantics to extend the life of a discussion that was essentially answered already.

And yes, I'm attempting to be civil today.

p.s. Chinese is not a race.  I'm assuming you meant to say Asian.  Otherwise we're discussing nationalism.

Chinese is a race. Asian is not a race.


You're wrong.  Chinese is a nationality.  Asian (or, more accurately, mongoloid) is a race.

I guess I got mixed up between race and ethnicity.

So if you don't like Chinese people, but not Pakistan people, you're racist or not?

91  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama's a <n word> but I'm not racist! on: November 14, 2012, 03:48:51 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 13, 2012, 02:43:39 PM

Prejudicial judgement is almost always a result of racism.  The existence of one doesn't automatically preclude the existence of the other.  They exist together as hunger exists in the wake of starvation.  Why you're trying to say otherwise, I do not know.  I suspect Tilt is either correct in his assumption that you don't know what racism is at even the most fundamental level, or you're simply playing devil's advocate and attempting to use faulty semantics to extend the life of a discussion that was essentially answered already.

And yes, I'm attempting to be civil today.

p.s. Chinese is not a race.  I'm assuming you meant to say Asian.  Otherwise we're discussing nationalism.

Chinese is a race. Asian is not a race.
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What will Obama's Scandals Be? on: November 08, 2012, 04:52:26 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 07, 2012, 03:45:37 PM

They always happen in the 2nd term because all the corrupt things presidents do in the first term come to light.

What are they going to be for Obama?

Donald Trump worked for Obama. smile
93  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 - 10/26/2012! on: November 02, 2012, 07:01:11 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 01, 2012, 04:57:11 PM

I fiddled with Windows 8 a bit at a Best Buy, on one of the newer Ultrabooks (which has a touchscreen if you feel like it etc.). Hadda get a bud at another forum to explain to me how to get back to the Metro main screen, once you're in a program/application (click/touch lower left corner). I woulda thought maybe Esc or something like that would get you back.
Press the Windows/Start button get you back to the main screen. Think of the Metro Main screen as a full screen simplified start menu.

My problem with the metro interface is that you need to do more than one click/touch to access your programs on your old start menu. You need to get to the start menu then open the bottom bar to show the All Apps button. Then you touch or click that to show the contents of your old start menu.

And it also ignore second level folder of your start menu. So anything under gog.com/<sub folder> are now listed in gog.com section so all those utilities that is contained in each game folder are now all together, since a lot of those have the same name, now it is hard to find the correct one.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DISNEY buying LUCASFILM....More Star Wars coming... on: October 31, 2012, 07:20:44 AM
What if they get Joss Whedon to write and direct new Star Wars movie?
95  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: UN Convention on the Rights of a Child UPDATED: Now with UN Taxes on US Citizens on: October 12, 2012, 04:30:37 AM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 11, 2012, 04:26:47 PM

People believe some crazy shit. My BIL is posting on facebook DEFINITIVE PROOF that Obama is a Muslim, because apparently some pattern on his wedding ring looks like Arabic. Or something.

Obama's wedding ring is proof that he is not a Muslim. smile

http://islamqa.info/en/ref/21441

Quote
With regard to the wedding ring, which is worn on the occasion of marriage, this is not one of the customs of the Muslims. If it is believed that it generates love between the spouses, and that taking it off and not wearing it will have an effect on the marital relationship, then this is regarded as a form of shirk and is a kind of jaahili belief. Based on the above, it is not permissible to wear a wedding ring under any circumstances.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Looper on: October 10, 2012, 02:24:08 AM

Quote from: Rowdy on October 07, 2012, 12:18:54 AM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2012, 08:29:51 PM

I saw it last weekend and agree that it's a really good movie...interesting concept, good action, and it's a time-travel movie that actually holds up pretty well under scrutiny. It's definitely one of the better scifi movies that I've seen in quite a while  icon_cool

I actually thought that while it was pretty interesting take, and I loved how the lines between good guy and bad guy were very blurry, the time travel logic broke down pretty fast.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
The scene where they dismembered young Seth to get old Seth to come back (only to be killed), while impressively disturbing, was broken.  They proved that they changed Old Seths history by doing things to young Seth - so obviously then that should extend to the thirty years that Old Seth spent up to that point!  As soon as they started cutting off feet and hands clearly Old Seth would never have left that hospital bed, never did anything for 30 years and would never have run away, even assuming he had existed until his loop...  Wasn't the whole point of not killing young Seth because the future impact would be too catastrophic, according to Abe?

I think Young Joe killing himself was more consistent, although it's harder to follow the loops.  At that moment Old Joe ceased to exist... so that means that nothing Joe did after that event ever happened.  No future mob life, no killing off the mob (so I assume Abe and the gang appeared as soon as Old Joe disappeared), no killing of the kids, etc.  They implied that the future was totally changed, so I guess that one works.

Just felt like they were a little inconsistent in the writing around the impact of changes in the past on the future.

Spoiler for Hiden:
If Seth die young then there'll be no old Seth to send back. Young Seth will not fail to kill his old self because that can't happen. So it'll become a big paradox, the future can totally change.

The point is to leave young Seth alive so that the next young Seth can fix the problem. The point is to close the timeline loop or in this case a loop of two timelines.

To do that, they have to send old Seth back to young Seth. So I think what they're doing is to capture young seth, cut his limbs to force old Seth out then keep him alive for 30 years and send him back to be killed by young Seth. They're hoping that in the next timeline, young Seth will not fail to kill his older self because Seth will know what'll happen to him if he can't kill his older self. He'll then kill his older and invalid self and then the timeline loop will change back to Seth get to live for 30 years healthy. So I think in this case there are two possible timeline that keep looping. One is young Seth failed then next one Seth succeeded then loop back to the first version. This kind of loop is probably acceptable since the future will be the same for at least one version. 50% of future dimension change is better than 100%.

I think this is how the looper organization deal with the failure. They make sure that it'll not fail in the next version.

Now with the young Joe killed himself, that is something that the organization try to avoid. It is why they choose people who are selfish to be loopers. As long as young Joe doesn't kill himself, the loop can be closed. Joe's loop is longer than Seth. Joe has a complex timelines that close in one big loop.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: [TDS] Barack Obama is the Luckiest Dude On The Planet on: October 09, 2012, 02:39:00 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 09, 2012, 02:00:56 AM

Well, on the topic of alternative energy I got a whole-house solar quote over the weekend.   For me to exit the grid completely it'll cost me roughly 14k, with roughly 1600 of that being paid by rebates from the state.  When you look at the fact that I've spent $2674.00 in the last 12 months on power, it'll take just 5.2 years for me to break even.  At that point I'll be immune to rate hikes and other nonsense.   Tell me again how Solar is a waste of investment and should be cut from federal research?

What is the cost to maintain the solar power equipment per year? And how long does they last before you need to replace them.
98  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: These forums don't remember me!!! on: October 08, 2012, 11:02:37 PM
Are you using http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums or http://gamingtrend.com/forums ? If you are using the first one then try the second one.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Nation Celebrates First Full Week Without Mass Shooting!! *UPDATE* NEVERMIND on: August 27, 2012, 10:46:34 PM
Another shooting:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shooting-baltimore-area-high-school-day-back-student-opens-fire-cafeteria-article-1.1145379
100  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Sleeping Dogs for $33.75 on: August 08, 2012, 04:02:49 AM
ORDER-NTCOM-PLETE 25% off any game? I used it to get Sleeping Dogs for $33.75.
101  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 - 10/26/2012! on: July 26, 2012, 07:45:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 26, 2012, 04:06:53 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on July 25, 2012, 11:12:08 PM

I think he is worrying about losing to Microsoft's version of apps store and the flood of cheap $1-$5 games on that store.

I highly doubt that.  

Apple's apps store had "cheapen intellectual properties" far more than Steam sales. $10 in Apple apps store is considered to be expensive. The same with Google Play's apps pricing.

If Microsoft manages to get ios developers that make cheap casual games to make apps for Windows 8 apps store that can run on Windows RT tablets, Windows 8 tablets, and Windows 8 Desktop and laptops, it can affect the pricing of PC games and also compete with Steam.
102  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 - 10/26/2012! on: July 25, 2012, 11:12:08 PM
I think he is worrying about losing to Microsoft's version of apps store and the flood of cheap $1-$5 games on that store.

103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 24, 2012, 07:30:15 AM

Quote from: VictorGrunn on July 24, 2012, 03:00:20 AM


To use one example, here's a report on how Australia's gun ban has affected gun crime.

Quote
It is a common fantasy that gun bans make society safer.  In 2002 -- five years after enacting its gun ban -- the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime.  In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner.

I'm sure someone's going to call bias on the site, but the stats are what they are. Passing a law is not equivalent to enforcing the law. The Prohibition shows as much. Don't confuse a ban on guns with the literal lack of availability of guns, particularly for people who are willing to break the law anyway.

Not only biased, that article is wrong.

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/gun-control-in-australia/

Quote
Have murders increased since the gun law change, as claimed? Actually, Australian crime statistics show a marked decrease in homicides since the gun law change. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, a government agency, the number of homicides in Australia did increase slightly in 1997 and peaked in 1999, but has since declined to the lowest number on record in 2007, the most recent year for which official figures are available.

Furthermore, murders using firearms have declined even more sharply than murders in general since the 1996 gun law. In the seven years prior to 1997, firearms were used in 24 percent of all Australian homicides. But most recently, firearms were used in only 11 percent of Australian homicides, according to figures for the 12 months ending July 1, 2007. That’s a decline of more than half since enactment of the gun law to which this message refers.

What is higher? 24 percent in the 7 years prior to 1997 or 16.3 percent of 2006?

Now if you don't trust factcheck.org then check directly to the source:

2007-2008 http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/8/9/D/%7B89DEDC2D-3349-457C-9B3A-9AD9DAFA7256%7Dmr13_004.pdf : 12% of homicide are by firearms.

2006-2007 http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/F/F/B/%7BFFB9E49F-160F-43FC-B98D-6BC510DC2AFD%7Dmr01.pdf : 10% of homicide are by firearms.    

2005-2006 http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/8/B/0/%7B8B014968-18C2-44D4-8055-1F66C6BE0F2A%7Drpp77.pdf : 14% of homicide are by firearms.

And compare to prior of gun control (1989-1996):

http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/F/2/6/%7BF267B5F0-BB7E-4772-A64C-1B36DC33B377%7Dti75.pdf : 21% of homicide are by firearms.

As for the total homicide incident rate per 100000 (not only firearms related)?

1989-90 1.8
1990-91 1.9
1991-92 1.8
1992-93 1.9
1993-94 1.8
1994-95 1.8
1995-96 1.6
1996-97 1.6
1997-98 1.6
1998-99 1.7
1999-00 1.6
2000-01 1.6
2001-02 1.8
2002-03 1.5
2003-04 1.4
2004-05 1.2
2005-06 1.4
2006-07 1.2
2007-08 1.2
104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 08:02:29 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 23, 2012, 07:59:31 PM

Our country was formed by the violent overthrow of our colonial masters.  Gun ownership is enshrined in our Bill of Rights, part of our amended Constitution.  It's a central tenet of who we are.

Isn't that outdated? Guns were useful in overthrowing oppressive colonial masters, but in modern world, you need bigger firepower and military equipment to do it.

105  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 07:59:35 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 23, 2012, 07:48:54 PM

Besides a ban on guns wont stop criminals from having guns, it will just stop law abiding citizens from having them. 

It'll stop a large percentage of criminals from having guns. Just look at countries with a total ban on guns, there are still some criminals that have access to guns but majority of the criminals don't.

Why have a law against drunk driving? People still drive while drunk. It'll not stop law breakers from drunk driving, it will just stop law abiding citizens. smile
106  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 07:54:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on July 23, 2012, 07:21:38 PM

We're not tossing out the 2nd Amendment. 

Why not?

Why do you need the 2nd Amendment?
107  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 07:52:30 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on July 23, 2012, 07:34:49 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on July 23, 2012, 07:15:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2012, 06:47:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 23, 2012, 06:16:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2012, 05:23:59 PM

Generally, it feels like gun control laws are much like the piracy warnings on DVDs.  Law abiding people get annoyed and hindered by them, while the law breakers bypass them entirely.

I disagree with this mostly.  Stealing a movie or game is difficult to get caught in and the consequences are rather light (short of getting wtfsued by the RIAA or MPAA).  Getting caught with a gun is considerably easier to do than getting caught with an illegal copy of Call Me Maybe on your iPhone.

You seem to be focused on the odds of getting caught, but the intent of my analogy was with regards to the effectiveness of the preventative measures.  Criminals are stymied by strict gun control just as much as a movie downloader is stymied by the copy protection notice he will never see.

A total ban of gun can stop someone like this Holmes.


Sure because theres no way if theres a total ban of guns, that Holmes could have gotten his hands on one.   retard

It'll make it harder if not near impossible for him to get guns if there is a total ban. People always claim that criminals can always get guns, but it'll still be much harder for them to get them if there is a total ban. For someone like Holmes that have no criminal background and connection, it'll be much harder.
108  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 07:15:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2012, 06:47:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on July 23, 2012, 06:16:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 23, 2012, 05:23:59 PM

Generally, it feels like gun control laws are much like the piracy warnings on DVDs.  Law abiding people get annoyed and hindered by them, while the law breakers bypass them entirely.

I disagree with this mostly.  Stealing a movie or game is difficult to get caught in and the consequences are rather light (short of getting wtfsued by the RIAA or MPAA).  Getting caught with a gun is considerably easier to do than getting caught with an illegal copy of Call Me Maybe on your iPhone.

You seem to be focused on the odds of getting caught, but the intent of my analogy was with regards to the effectiveness of the preventative measures.  Criminals are stymied by strict gun control just as much as a movie downloader is stymied by the copy protection notice he will never see.

A total ban of gun can stop someone like this Holmes.
109  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Aurora and gun control on: July 23, 2012, 08:06:50 AM
A question to those that think that having more guns help in this situation. If there are multiple people that carry guns and shooting, how do you as a gun carrier know which one to shoot at and how do you avoid getting shoot by other gun carriers? How do you know if the "terrorist" is acting alone or if there are multiple of them?
110  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE! - 30% Trade Bonus at GameStop for Steam Funds on: July 16, 2012, 11:24:41 PM
Fable 3 is up for flash sale.

Since the game is not available for my country, can someone here help me by gift Fable 3 Understone Quest Pack DLC to me. It is only $1.24 during the flash sale, but the sale end less than 2 hours from now.
111  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: What's your Steam Sale haul on: July 16, 2012, 04:07:39 AM
Two Worlds II Velvet Edition
Darkness II
Bastion
Skyrim
Trine 2
Alan Wake Franchise
112  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum Consolidation? on: July 09, 2012, 02:13:46 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2012, 12:38:34 AM

I'll post this here as well, what actual purpose does the sub forum thing do?  It seems to negatively impact the user experience (you can't see if there are any new posts in that board from the main board page) and has no noticeable value other than moving the location of the forum link (which to me is no value at all).

I agree. I don't think sub forum is a good idea. Merging game forums are good idea, but using sub forum doesn't have any benefit. Please move R&P forum back to being a separate forum instead of sub forum of off topic.
113  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Space Ark on: July 03, 2012, 03:36:35 AM
EA convinced Valve to stop "cheapen intellectual property" so no summer sales this year. smile
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Red Bottom Shoes on: June 15, 2012, 11:15:15 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 14, 2012, 06:33:39 PM

Does anyone know where I can actually get some shoes with red bottoms?   I have this bizarre desire to find some now for some reason.   ninja

http://us.christianlouboutin.com/shoes-1.html smile
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 11, 2012, 05:06:14 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 11, 2012, 04:30:28 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 11, 2012, 02:12:09 AM

cross posted from OO:

Saw it friday after work.  While I enjoyed it, it did reinforce my opinion that Ridley Scott as a director is, in my opinion, overrated...at least in light of his last decade of work.  The designs and cinematography were great, but I don't believe they lived up to the hype.  I really wanted something new and exciting.  And while I did have fun, I also didn't find anything in it to make it stand out.

As for the story, my issues were:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Our alien creators leave a sign post leading us to their...weapons research facility?    icon_confused

Why did they cast Guy Pearce as an elderly man?  We still haven't advanced enough in film to the point where makeup creates an effective illusion of advanced age.  You've got hundreds of great, older actors out there, for god's sake.  

The last surviving Engineer on the planet is reduced to acting like Jason Vorhees when his ship gets shot down?

If they'd cut out the whole alien pregnacy thing, including the final battle between Space Squid and the Engineer, I wouldn't have minded.  It just seemed tacked on.  Plus, every time Rapace's character ran a quarter mile or so in a full spacesuit after having had major invasive surgery, it just took me out of the film with its goofiness.

Like I said earlier, I enjoyed it, but it did leave me a bit disappointed.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As for why they left the map to a WMD facility...I thought about this too, but they did say that one drawing was 35,000 years old and the dead body was only 2,000 years old, so maybe it wasn't always a WMD making moon?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think you're correct. The planet is either a hub planet that connected to all planets that the engineer visited or it is their closest base to earth. They're not producing weapons at that planet, they're using the planet as the staging area for their WMD attack on earth.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 01, 2012, 09:05:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 01, 2012, 07:53:49 AM

Korean Government Raids Blizzard Offices Over Diablo 3 Launch:

Quote
Blizzard can add the Korean Fair Trade Commission to the list of people who were less than pleased about the way it handled the Diablo 3 launch. The FTC raided the game company’s Seoul office on Monday following reports that it denied refunds to eligible gamers, reports the Korea Times.

“We have received many complaints from Diablo 3 users,” FTC spokesman Kim Hyung-bae told the Times. The organization is launching an investigation

The twelve-year wait for the new Diablo game proved anticlimactic for users across the globe when a massive wave of traffic shut down Blizzard’s servers and subjected legions of would-be demon slayers to the unstoppable force of “error 37.” Since Diablo 3 is an online-only game, it meant that even people who only wanted to play single player still found themselves incapable of signing into Battle.net.

Blizzard apparently refused dissatisfied Korean gamers refunds based on sales contract agreements, and the FTC is looking into whether or not those contracts are unfairly keeping gamers from getting their money back after they discover problems with the game.

I hope Blizzard and other publishers learn the right lesson from this. They didn't learn from the Ubisoft's DRM backlash.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: May 31, 2012, 06:48:22 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 25, 2012, 06:33:54 PM

I've read too many articles about too many cast members being added and too many characters (I think we'll need a flow chart diagram on our smartphones to understand who the heck all these people are).

I'm afraid all that was not so right about Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 and other overblown sequels that can't figure out who their main villain is or what story to focus on may still come to pass. Which would be a shame. Hopefully I'm wrong.  paranoid

imho the more recent IM comics they're trying to draw inspiration from are great. I just have a sick feeling they're biting off more than they can chew in one 2 hour film.

I just get the impression when they don't have an Origin story to fill in the gaps, studios get worried and throw in as many secondary characters and multiple villains as possible to fill that gap. But what do we really want? We probably want more of the characters we love, and deeper development of them. And a villain who's memorable.

Right now it's sounding like IM3 could have 3, or 4 villains. imho, one primary, memorable villain and maybe an interesting secondary or "lieutenant" is all you really need. The more they overstuff it, the less chance anyone has to be memorable. I just have a sick feeling they're over-stuffing this. Filming starts soon (or maybe already), so we'll see soon enough.

What if they're only focusing on one or two villains? For example: Start the movie with an action sequence of Ironman defeating a villain before the main title. Then the movie is about one main villain (or two). Then after the story conclude, Iron man face the fourth villain and we get "The End" before the actual fight between Iron man and the new villain.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 04:15:55 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on May 16, 2012, 04:12:47 AM

Okay, I'm an idiot sucker... I'm downloading this now. Can't wait!

Error 37 is waiting for you. smile
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 04:09:11 AM

Quote from: Crusis on May 16, 2012, 03:30:56 AM

Hmm. Maybe I spoke too soon. I just got booted out and can't get back in. I can't remember, did Starcraft 2 have these problems at launch? Annoying, but I'm sure the last thing Blizzard wants is any kind of outage on launch day.

Bummer, too. I was in an EPIC fight surrounded on all sides, taking on some massive beast that towered over me, the blood vial was pulsing, quaff a potion, get ready to finish the beasty and BAM! Disconnected.

Starcraft 2  let you to play single player without requiring constant internet connection to the server.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 02:17:06 AM

Quote from: Misguided on May 16, 2012, 02:12:57 AM

While I suppose I can understand some people (in general) being frustrated with issues today, I think it would be unreasonable to expect the launch of a game of this magnitude to go without a hiccup or two.

It would be reasonable to expect Blizzard to improve in quality of their games. With Diablo and Diablo 2 both had stable launch, it is reasonable to expect the same or better launch with Diablo 3. If it is not because of the client/server DRM, we won't have this big disaster. Blizzard didn't learn from Ubisoft's mistake.
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