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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC, drops the dash and becomes XCOM on: August 29, 2011, 12:37:32 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 28, 2011, 05:31:09 PM

....
http://www.2kgames.com/blog/presenting-the-xcom-e3-2011-playthrough
Quote from: Jordan Thomas
So we’ve been flying under the radar with XCOM, for about a year – and felt that it was about time to put together a little video update in order to lift the curtain on the reasons why.

2K Marin had just finished working on BioShock 2, and that game will always be deep in our DNA – but our first crack at adapting XCOM to a more personal, real-time experience was way too much within our creative ‘comfort zone’. It was kind of a run-and-gun affair, without a lot of focus on the command of your squad, or indeed on tactical play itself.

Candidly, it just wasn’t “XCOM” enough for the hardcore fans of the original games at 2K Marin, who serve as our creative conscience.  So over the past year, we’ve made some pretty aggressive design changes, in pursuit of the feelings that we experienced when we played the original games. I’ll cover those in the video itself, but a quick note about story:

Narratively, XCOM is an all-new origin story in its own timeline; a deliberate reimagining
.... along the lines of something like Battlestar: Galactica or Batman Begins. What that means in practical terms is that while we take narrative inspiration from the original games, we have also deviated in a couple of key ways. For example, our game is set in 1962 within the continental United States – at the moment the XCOM organization is formed.

We wanted to tell the story of the first man on the ground – exaggerating cold-war fears about invasion from within – via this alien threat for which there is no precedent. And we felt the best way to express that kind of intimate take on the XCOM universe is from that character’s perspective: limited information, overwhelming odds, and direct personal involvement.

In our XCOM, you play William Carter, Special Agent in Charge of field operations at XCOM. So as you start up the video, I’d like you to slip into his shoes as he reviews a piece of evidence which was discovered somewhere out there in mid-century America.
I think one thing you really can't easily transfer from the original couple games to a shooter is that sense of dread on the turn-based ground battles where you couldn't quite see what was lurking around the corner until you moved a trooper or turned him in a certain direction (fog of war). I don't know if there's a good way to have that in a shooter per se.

I find it amusing that they created a game that isn't at all like x-com because Bioshock wasn't "x-com" enough for the hardcore players. I'd love to know which hardcore players he's talking about.  Does this guy actually believe his own BS? I'd love to give the guy some credit for whatever worth the game has, but he keeps dragging us back down that road.

That said, I think the game looks like it has potential. I just hate how they keep trying to beat us over the head with how much more awesome their version of the IP is because they are smarter than us.     Roll Eyes
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: August 29, 2011, 12:19:30 AM
I paid for one battery aug, its nice to have multiple if you have several things you need to do that need power, otherwise I tend to agree. The recharge augs are worth it, I have all of those, it significantly offsets power consumption.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 28, 2011, 04:55:32 PM
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 26, 2011, 04:06:23 AM
Fallout: Nuka Break - Fan Film
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Superman: Christopher Nolan Producing, Director is.... on: August 25, 2011, 05:21:12 AM
The suit needs the red to break up all the blue, doesn't have to be briefs on the outside, a belt would do too.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Superman: Christopher Nolan Producing, Director is.... on: August 25, 2011, 04:09:26 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 24, 2011, 11:35:07 PM



Gah - that suit looks horrible.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 24, 2011, 04:46:47 AM

Swindon girl Chloe Holmes gets bionic fingers
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 24, 2011, 04:45:48 AM
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 23, 2011, 05:17:49 PM
Brett's Paperclip Weapons



Made with paperclips and glue.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Conan the Barbarian on: August 23, 2011, 03:34:12 AM
The thing is there were two types of Conan, Howard wrote excellently at times, however knew that when times were tough he could easily sell stories of sword & sorcery and the damsel in distress. These aren't the sum of the Conan stories, aren't nearly the best of them, but are still classically Conan.  While I haven't seen the movie, I suspect it is true to form for his 'starving writer' stories; it is unfortunate there are some fantastic tales that were passed over because the studios want to sell brawn, blood, & tits.  Apparently they aren't as good at it as Howard was.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 22, 2011, 03:17:30 AM
Duct Tape Tron
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple unveils the new iMacs on: August 21, 2011, 09:45:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 21, 2011, 06:03:23 PM

So I've been a PC guy since the 8086 era.  I got my first Mac just this year, and it's been my primary home computer for the past 6 months.

There are some aspects of "the Mac way" that I don't like, but for the most part I have to say it really does provide the simpler user experience that people tout when they recommend it for people like your mom.

For instance, think about how you properly remove a memory card from a Win7 PC.  You have to find the correct icon in the bottom right:


Why would someone like your mom think to click on that before she removes her memory card?  Worse yet, it's not always visible and might have to click on the little carrot to expand the menu and find it.  What happens if you don't do it right?  Unless I'm remembering it wrong: nothing happens. You just yank out your memory card and you have no idea that you just did it the wrong way.

Now on OS X if you just pull it out then a little pop up box tells you in plain English that you should have ejected it first, and how to do it.  How do you eject it?  You select the memory card icon on your desktop and drag it to the eject button.  The process is so much easier to understand for someone clueless.

Then how about the typical application install process?  Windows 7 installation wizards are easy enough for OO folk, but other people see the multi-page menus and get overwhelmed.  On OS X you generally just see a pop up window that asks you to drag an icon an inch to the right into the applications folder.  That's it.  If you buy something from the new app store, it's even simpler.

Again, Apple isn't getting everything right, but for the most part I do think they succeed in making things easier to use.

I am a PC guy, however when my mother needed a new computer I convinced her to get a mac for the ease of use.  That said, there are some things on it that are messed up.  If you want to set up a home network using the imac as the router, you can't go to network to set it up because the network won't be permanent, it goes away when the computer sleeps. You have to first go to sharing, share the internet, click on a little button under the sharing popup to get to the network box and then set up the network.  Note: this is the same network box as before, but you have to go to sharing first or it won't work correctly.

So yes, in general the mac is easier to use, but some things you have to do to set it up are just strange. I have found there is a tendency for them to follow the 'mac way' even when there are more efficient ways to do things (i.e. right click gives more options & functionality on a mouse, with the mac you have to figure out how to turn it on as it isn't default- why?).  I find for a non-gaming computer, it does everything pretty well, however the few things it does strangely are enough to annoy the hell out of me.

I am in no way trying to say that PCs are easier to use (they can be an insanely frustrating pain in the ass), just that mac's aren't the end all be all ease of use, it like they said 'meh, mac's easier to use than a pc and that's good enough.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] The Woman in Black on: August 19, 2011, 02:28:07 AM
Teaser

I'm intrigued.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Warner Developing Justice League Movie? on: August 14, 2011, 04:59:46 PM
They'll screw it up.
95  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Path of Exile on: August 13, 2011, 03:16:04 AM
This looks uninspired. A copy of similar games only with modern graphics.
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: August 11, 2011, 04:16:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 11, 2011, 01:18:59 AM


And she doesn't even blink when she says it; awesome!
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In Time [movie] on: August 09, 2011, 04:10:59 AM
This looks like it might be interesting:  trailer.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC Comics Movies Animated vs Live Action on: August 01, 2011, 12:23:10 AM
Routh was fine as Superman, the movie however was a poorly written travesty.  It played Lex Luthor (supposedly one of the smartest men on the planet) as a megalomaniac (ok) idiot (not ok).    I'm not sure why they can't seem to put together a decent movie. Marvel has figured out the formula for blockbuster supers movies, DC has figured out the formula for fantastic supers animated movies.

Part of the superman issue is the best Luthor stories pit his strength against Luthor's intelligence, something I don't think translates well on the big screen (or at least hasn't in the past).  I think if they want a blockbuster Superman movie, they need to do Superman vs. Darkseid - something that would have lots of action. 

It would help if they hired some decent script writers and got rid of some of the politics & bickering I keep hearing they have in the background of each of their movies.
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tron: Uprising [animated series] on: July 30, 2011, 06:28:09 PM
This has potential:  trailer.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 28, 2011, 03:00:26 AM
Nice necro post!   icon_biggrin
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Knights of Badassdom [movie] on: July 24, 2011, 06:13:35 PM
Trailer

This looks interesting, in the Army of Darkness genre of campy-horror.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 14, 2011, 03:40:52 AM
A dogs lesson about round objects & slopes.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 13, 2011, 04:49:02 AM
Disturbing, and potentially NSFW.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 12, 2011, 05:11:01 AM
The Sagan Series (part 6) - End of an Era: The Final Shuttle Launch
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 12, 2011, 04:53:52 AM
106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DC Universe Impressions on: July 12, 2011, 04:51:29 AM

Quote from: Destructor on July 12, 2011, 02:15:15 AM

So, by all accounts DCUO is dead, has no players on it, will be server merged to like 2 servers per region in the near future, and what do you do to bring players back?

That's right! You offer a PAID DLC expansion!

I can't make this stuff up:

Quote
Today, SOE said that DCUO's first batch of paid downloadable content will be available for both the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game this summer. The Green Lantern has been chosen as the subject of this first wave of DLC. Titled Fight for the Light, the add-on pack lets players create heroes that make use of Green Lantern-like light-based powers. It also includes three new gameplay scenarios.

...

The Fight for the Light DLC will cost $10.

Seriously, SoE. You should've given this away for free, or say, for those who resub for a month past their free 45 days or something.

This should have been in at release, oh yeah, and might and mastery. When is that going in?  This is way to little and so late it doesn't even mater.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 04, 2011, 03:59:37 AM
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate returns! Open Beta! on: July 04, 2011, 02:18:07 AM
I decided to try this out - free is a good price. 

I have a summoner to level 6 and am enjoying the game, however, can see why it failed.  It is still really rough around the edges and looks like its about 8 years old.
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 23, 2011, 04:30:18 AM
Totall SFW, however, you can actually see the moment this guy craps his pants.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The thread where Knightshade starts his Mid-Life Crisis (Motorcycles!) on: June 22, 2011, 04:12:32 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 20, 2011, 09:46:51 PM

So I picked up my Spyder on Friday.  I have to admit this thing is better than I could have expected.  It is a comfortable ride, an incredibly stable bike, and is a BLAST to ride.  Even at higher speeds the bike never feels like it's unstable, and it just gets more fun the more I ride it.  So far I've had:

1 Harley Rider flip me off
1 Harley Rider almost dump his bike doing the rubberneck to look at my bike
Countless questions about my 'odd bike'.  smile

I love this thing!


There are a few of those where I live and one guy who I see regularly on the boat commuting. He loves his too.  They also make a matching tow container if you want to take it on trips.  Did you get the sport or the touring version?

Not sure why a Harley Rider would flip you off, there are numerous Harley trikes and most aren't nearly as interesting as the Can-Am Spyder.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Logitech Harmony Remote Advice on: June 20, 2011, 05:16:25 AM

Quote from: Chaz on June 20, 2011, 03:03:13 AM

Yeah, touch screen remotes seem like a neat space-age thing to have, but then you have to actually use them and the whole concept falls apart.

I don't find that to be an issue with the harmony one.  I can find all the keys I need by feel.   I only need the touch screen if I need to find some random ass, rarely used command specific to a component.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 20, 2011, 05:13:54 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 20, 2011, 03:19:29 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on June 20, 2011, 03:00:38 AM

Damn Im way too old.


  Oh and Ralph Wiggum, I find your posting to be highly objectionable, especially the dog jump one.  If you find humor in most of that, I recommend you seek counselling.



I believe his second post is a pre-planned reply to you.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Logitech Harmony Remote Advice on: June 20, 2011, 02:09:18 AM

Quote from: Roman on June 20, 2011, 01:43:41 AM

Sorry one last thing. The ONLY ACTUAL difference between models that i can think of is that the 890 & 1100 use RF over IR.
So if you plan on using it thru walls and also to control lighting and ceiling fans that would steer you to one of those model$.



I've heard of complaints about how the RF remotes are set up, less functionality (I haven't verified that one way or another) and unless you have an RF controlled device you'll need a RF converter to run everything form the remote.  It isn't an issue if you remember 2 things: 1) don't place anything in front of your equipment as it will potentially block the signal, and 2) be patient when you click the button & let all the commands go through. When I hit "watch TV" it turns the TV on, receiver on, sets all the inputs correctly so they are working nicely, and sets the TV aspect ratio. That takes a few seconds for all the commands to go.

My biggest problem is my dogs like walking between the remote & TV as I'm turning things on forcing me to either turn it all off & start over or hit the help button to fix it.

114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 20, 2011, 02:01:39 AM


If you can make the connection between these items, you are old. 
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 19, 2011, 06:42:46 PM
Woolite Commercial: "Torture" (Directed by Rob Zombie)

Interesting sales pitch, however, it doesn't really work for me.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 19, 2011, 06:39:46 PM


117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Logitech Harmony Remote Advice on: June 19, 2011, 12:11:50 AM
I use the One as well, and have used various Harmony remotes for the last 10 years.  I won't go back - the things are just too useful not to have.  You do have to get used to pointing at the device for a bit longer for all the commands to work through, however, once you are used to that you'll love it.

118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 14, 2011, 04:42:23 AM
NSFW WARNING: Graphic (and this is one of the milder video's by these guys!)

Something is seriously wrong with this dude!. 
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Trump on: June 12, 2011, 12:21:47 AM
I'm not necessarily a fan of Trump, but I found this interesting.

Trump on why he isn't running

I actually agree with what he's saying about the republicans having a death wish, which is unfortunately because we really could use some fiscal reform.  It would be doubly nice if we could get it without getting religious conservatism as well.

Now as far as Trump, meh, he's showboating. Although I think he's probably honest about it (i.e. why deal with the political mess when he's being offered a ton of money to continue doing something he enjoys).
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 12, 2011, 12:05:08 AM
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