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2721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Profitability Via 3D Technology on: November 19, 2009, 09:15:24 PM

Quote from: Bob on November 19, 2009, 08:31:46 PM

Sony depending on all of us to buy new 3D capable displays is loony.

Exactly.  I just had to buy an HDTV for Blu-ray etc.  Now they think I will buy another TV just for gaming?  Not a chance. 
2722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 19, 2009, 03:13:50 PM
Did you mean cheesy or easy?
2723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spike Video games Awards 2009 on: November 19, 2009, 02:19:39 PM
It might be garbage but it is free, they don't require an email or registration to vote so why not? 
2724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Alan Wake videos! on: November 13, 2009, 07:41:52 PM
Looking very good and very interesting.  I am hooked.  I want to know if we can save poor Rusty!
2725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 13, 2009, 03:51:08 PM
Yeah I think Rogues are one of the best classes to play.  Backstabbing is great and you don't have to waste a NPC position for someone to open locks.  The AI never seems to move the rogue around for backstab damage so I ended up controlling them anyway so why not make it the main character? 

Now from what I have read the damage calculation for ranged weapons is a bit off so ranged is not as strong of a choice for your rogue but it is still a lot of fun.

2726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 12, 2009, 08:25:11 PM
He is right!
2727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 12, 2009, 04:02:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 12, 2009, 03:20:13 AM

Quote from: farley2k on November 12, 2009, 02:38:55 AM

You know after reading through several threads about the game I really think I would enjoy the PC version more.  The 360 version is fine but I just don't think I am getting the best version...First time I have felt the console version is "gimped" over the PC! 

About bloody time us PC gamers got something better than you console folks. Tongue

Luckily I bought Uncharted 2 from another GTer so I won't be feeling to bad once that arrives.  You should play it...oh wait it doesn't come out on the PC.... smile

2728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 12, 2009, 04:01:05 PM
It isn't just about the camera but that is a huge part.  After I said that though I played another hour or so because aside from combat this game is perfect.  I love the dialogue, I love the story, I even love the graphics! 

Let me describe an early fight and why I just hate it.  I will use spoilers though so no one has to see something they don't want but it is an early fight after the origin story.

Spoiler for Hiden:

So I did the fight where you get Zevran.  I knew it was a trap but I couldn't set my team to hold back, or even to split up because it has a scripted event where they all group together.  When combat started I instantly pulled the trigger to pause and tried to check out the battle field, but even using the d-pad to switch targets I really couldn't get a good feel for it.  Then I issued an order and instantly realtime started again.  I quickly jumped to Morrigan and pause it again and tell her to cast fireball!  Then real time starts again, and suddenly Alistar is dead!  That was fast but things happen really fast and he dies a lot being a tank.  Then suddenly I am stunned, and knocked down, and then dead.  In short order everyone is dead.  I felt frustrated the whole time because I never felt in any tactical control of the fight.  I never felt I could draw my people back to safer positions because I had no way of really looking around to see where those might be, heck I didn't even really know how many people I was fighting! 

I dropped it to casual and I still don't know how many people I was fighting becuase then the fight was over so quickly I didn't even get to count.  It was just stupid easy.  I think I had time to run to one enemy and swing before they were all dead.  I wondered if I turned on God mode! 

All in all it just annoyed the crap out of me that I couldn't move the camera around, that I couldn't easily order each party member and that I never felt like I knew what was going on.   Of course that was the part where I continued to play because Zevran is fun to talk to. 
2729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 12, 2009, 02:38:55 AM
You know after reading through several threads about the game I really think I would enjoy the PC version more.  The 360 version is fine but I just don't think I am getting the best version...First time I have felt the console version is "gimped" over the PC! 
2730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: November 11, 2009, 09:16:35 PM
Cancelled  I don't think I understand why they at least don't finish what they have for season two and see how the ratings go before giving it the ax but I am not as smart as the people at that is really insulting to myself.
2731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - Slim or Fat? on: November 11, 2009, 04:17:18 PM
I can't think of a reason to buy the fat unless you want PS2 comparability (and that is only in certain models) or cheaper price buying a used one. 
2732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 11, 2009, 01:15:12 PM
I think you are right.  It feels like the game was balanced for the PC.  Since the way actions are controlled on the console are different I think it just is often mismatched. Of course many reviews have said that the battles often too hard then too easy.  It seems like something they didn't do a great job of tweaking.
2733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 11, 2009, 03:05:38 AM
After another hour or so and some final dungeon battles I feel confident to say combat is poorly balanced - to the point of being broken.  I died 4 times in one fight where enemies just pop in all around you, so I scaled from normal to casual - and I didn't even need to move or attack in that same battle and my team won.  So from very difficult to ridiculously easy.  That just isn't right.

Come to think of it though I think this is how Mass Effect was.  If you cranked it down to easy it was just stupid easy. 

2734  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ex-Miss California USA settles suit after video surfaces [NSFW] on: November 10, 2009, 10:17:02 PM

Quote from: cheeba on November 10, 2009, 10:09:37 PM

I'd still like to know how this is not extortion though. I mean this sex tape has nothing to do with her case, does it?

If I sue McDonald's because their coffee is too hot, is it ok for them to investigate me and find a tape of me getting a hummer from a tranny and telling me, "hey, what say we settle this case or this tape goes public?"

Well it would depend on her contract.  I don't know the specifics but her contract does have certain morality clauses so if the jury found she violated those clauses she may lose everything but maybe not.  I guess she looked at the odds and decided she would rather take the money than risk losing it all.

2735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 10, 2009, 09:58:17 PM
That is more what I would expect.
2736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 10, 2009, 09:45:16 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 10, 2009, 09:37:38 PM

For those confused about tactics and issuing orders.  Change the radial menu to HOLD.  When you hold it open, with the left trigger, you can issue orders to everyone in your party by using the RB or LB to change characters.  When all done let go of the left trigger.
I will give that a try.  It is very annoying to only be able to order one party member then have it go back to real time.

By the way, I think if you select any of the AI characters during combat it will stop doing your programmed tactics for that character and just do the current action and then stop waiting for more orders from you.  If you set up your tactics ahead of time and don't touch your AI characters during combat they will continue to follow your set up.  That's what it seems like to me.

Does it seem they ever go back to following their tactics?  They must in the next fight but do they ever in the current battle?  Because if they don't then giving an order basically screws you.  You then have to give orders for the rest of the fight which seems fine but if I have to hold left trigger and give an order for each attack...well that is just insane.

2737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 10, 2009, 09:41:43 PM
I am not getting into combat yet.  I thought I was last night when I faced a huge single foe.  I was able to switch between characters and feel in control.   However a couple times I triggered an event that made 5-10 monsters just appear all around me...which got me slaughtered.  That wasn't fun and I certainly didn't feel in control.  I guess I know on reload to have my party hold position then run in trigger event and run back.  I think that will even work but that just feels cheesy.

2738  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Uncharted 2 (ps3) FS, Borderlands (360) FS on: November 10, 2009, 09:29:47 PM
PM sent for Uncharted 2.
2739  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 10, 2009, 06:25:38 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird

I am 99% sure I am right so I will take the next one.  If I am wrong...well then I just look silly.

2740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III demo impressions on: November 09, 2009, 08:17:00 PM
I am in the camp of people who liked the first and none of the other ones.  For me it was character.  In the first Kratos is a man done wrong!  He is righteous!  In number two he is an a-hole who likes killing people.  They try the angle of him being used again but it just doesn't work because we see that even when Kratos has won he is just a violent jerk.   I stopped playing because I didn't want to help him anymore. 

Maybe 3 will have a much better story.
2741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 09, 2009, 07:38:50 PM
I love the voice acting, and the story but combat...well it is fine but it isn't very exciting or even fun.    I like pausing to issues order but the second you issue the order it goes back to real time...what if I want to issue orders to everyone?  It is annoying.  And why can't you issue more than one order?  And tactics - why can't I issue to my rogue - go behind enemy?  That is where they are the most useful.   If the VA and story were not so fun it would be a dud.
2742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 05, 2009, 08:36:17 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 05, 2009, 08:29:45 PM

Do people really think the graphics are ugly?  I thought I was a graphics whore and I really don't have any problem with DAO.  I'm finding the environments immersive, character detail and animations are nice.  The bonus is that I am running everything on highest with 8X AA.  Probably couldn't do that if they went for pushing the envelope graphics.

Your on the PC the complaints have been about the console versions.  Even so I would say it doesn't look as good as The Witcher on the PC (comparing two RPGs on the same platform)
2743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 05, 2009, 08:13:44 PM
I thought people were doing pretty good.  I guess I skimmed. smile  It wouldn't hurt anything to have a spoiler thread but someone can start one when they just have to get something off their chest.

2744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 05, 2009, 04:42:21 PM
It is kotor in fantasy land!  That is my overwhelming impression after a couple hours.  It feels the same, the menus look similar - heck even many of the talents are the same (rapid shot leapt out of the list right away)  Since I loved kotor it isn't a problem for me but I can see why others might have expected a different game.

At the first camp out side of town I went over to a ledge to take in the view and wow, wow it was like looking at an alpha screen.  The trees in the distance looks like little plastic trees.  I know the game is graphically intensive but I was really shocked at how bad it looked.

2745  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 04, 2009, 03:50:52 PM
They hold a special place in my heart but I think I am done with them.  While I have "known" many of them for years they really don't discuss much for games (especially console) and the social stuff I can get here or from GamersWithJobs. 
2746  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: PS3 on: November 03, 2009, 09:35:08 PM
Looking for a PS3.  Anyone got one for $200 or so?  (that is about going price for fatties on Amazon or Ebay but I would prefer to give money to someone here)  Unless it is a 60 or 20 gb version with full backwards compatibility for that I would pay more (of course)
2747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 03, 2009, 02:05:21 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2009, 11:41:32 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 02, 2009, 10:54:42 PM

Am I the only one who thinks Bioware made the wrong call in lowering the difficulty of combat instead of actually fixing the console version so that queued commands ARE kept when you switch characters? I definitely have soured on the console version now, and don't think my PC can handle it.

I think everyone needs to either wait on concrete reviews of both versions tomorrow or try and rent it.  Because all Bioware have stated are that they adjusted difficulty settings to fit each versions interface.  What we don't have a solid opinion on is which difficulty is most appropriate.  It could be that the PC version is so hard that it's frustrating and the console versions may be a smoother experience for many.


Bioware has never "done me wrong" so I think I will get the game, play it and judge.  I am sure the console version will be different but I think they both may be great in their own ways.  Bioware has earned a lot of trust from me.
2748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 02, 2009, 09:46:26 PM
From Quarter to Three's forums

Quote from: Boinkology;1951857
Yes, the console versions are easier than the PC version.  This was necessary partly because the change in the interface, and the way characters shift completely over to AI when you soul-jump to another party member, as opposed to the PC version, where characters retain their command queue and movement orders even after you have selected another party member.

Also, with the PC difficulty, it was very unforgiving on a 360 controller because you couldn't effectively control all the members of your party fast enough.

The amount of enemies in the game is more or less the same.  They have been reduced somewhat, but the difficulty settings for the console also affect friendly fire, and damage mitigation.  We found that these where the PC level of difficulty was particularly unforgiving.  Because you can only move one character at a time in the console version, friendly fire damage from aoe spells (fireballs for example) had to be drastically reduced in all but the highest difficulties on console.  On the PC, even on Normal, you can take some nasty damage from your own aoe spells if you aren't careful..

In short, both versions are good, but the PC is more Baldur's Gate 2 style with the ability to go top down, and because of the higher capacity for tactical strategy and a mouse interface, it is more difficult.  The console version plays more like KOTOR, and is less about group tactics and more about the Player determining the greatest threats and dealing with them, while the AI controlled party members take out the rest.

*Disclaimer:  I worked on the console versions, although my knowledge of the intimate details of the game design is not as great, as I worked on the audio aspect of the game.

I think that pretty much answers the question of why they modified the console version.  I guess they could have just not put it out at all for the consoles but it seems like they instead tried to really tweak it so the game worked well on consoles. 

2749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/02) on: November 02, 2009, 02:05:54 PM
Nothing but I got notice from Gamefly that they sent out Dragon Age.  Lucky me.  Since there hasn't been a lot of talk about the console version I feel like I saved $60 on a risk.
2750  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: 1 nice laptop is all that is left! on: October 30, 2009, 02:03:33 PM
Trying to clear out some stuff.  All the prices are from looking at ebay for the same item and then picking a number close so feel free to make other offers.  I am planning on buying a PS3 60gb model so if you would prefer to trade for that I am game!  smile

1. Dell Inspiron 700m.  $200
The specs are
# Intel Pentium M 725 (Dothan 1.6GHz Pentium M Processor)
# 512MB RAM
# 12.1 WXGA Widesceen
# Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11 b/g) Internal Wireless
# 40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive, 4200 RPM
# 32 WHr 4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
# 24x Combo DVD/CD-RW Optical Drive

Works great but like any older laptop the battery only lasts about 30 minutes.  Other than that it is great.  Right now I dual boot between Ubuntu and XP.  I can leave it like that or format the drive if you want.
2751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies] James Cameron's Avatar on: October 29, 2009, 06:13:27 PM
New trailer posted today.

Looks fine.  Doesn't blow me away but he is a pretty good director so I will give it a try.

2752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transforsmers: Revenge of the Fallen on: October 28, 2009, 02:18:48 PM
I can't believe a movie so bad, with such obvious and frequent plot holes, is still being discussed.  It would be like having an 11 page thread about Hudson Hawk and how it could really happen! 
2753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 23, 2009, 08:46:19 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 23, 2009, 07:57:18 PM

Dragon Age: Origins went gold for PC, 360, AND PS3!   ->

So your review of the 360 version is coming when?  (if you are really backed up I will take a review copy and call in sick for a week to play it and review it. smile)
2754  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 22, 2009, 08:53:17 PM
Oh goodie!  She can use the stones to talk about their relationship issues like everyone else has.  That will be great. 
2755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Net Neutrality? on: October 22, 2009, 07:27:33 PM
I think we need to see there are really two issues.  One is QoS as in how all VOIP is prioritized and one is "special" prioritization (for lack of a better term) as in VOIP from Cisco has a high priority and VOIP from Vonange is give a much lower priority to purposefully push people to using Cisco.  I don't have a problem with the first but the 2nd is why we need net neutrality.  I don't want a situation where since I have AT&T Youtube plays great becuase they have an "agreement" but Hulu plays terrible. 

2756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ballmer says Blu-ray add on coming to 360 on: October 22, 2009, 01:30:48 PM
Gee I swore they said it would never happen.
2757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just got a DS - slightly late to the party? on: October 21, 2009, 12:44:46 AM
I think that after you browse the web for 5-10 minutes you will find that you really don't care if the DS connects to the Internet. 

I would get Devil Survivor, Dragon Quest 5, and The World Ends with You for RPGs.  I would get Puzzle Quest for just fun gaming. 

Your in for a lot of fun.
2758  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 20, 2009, 03:35:01 PM

Quote from: walTer on October 20, 2009, 03:32:10 PM

Although I recall someone bringing up the fact that using the meeting stones to go see an estranged spouse instead of having Daniel Jackson go to the ship to fix it was pretty lame....and it is.

+1  Why aren't McKay, and Carter using the stones all the time to figure out how to help?  Instead we have stereotypical ego guy 101 Rush. 
2759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stargate Universe on: October 20, 2009, 03:33:42 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 20, 2009, 03:08:10 PM

What's everyone's take on the series so far?

It is fine but I really wish something would happen!  Realistically they got to Destiny, sealed leaking air vents (with a senator!) gated to a planet, found the mineral, power went out, and the ship braked around a gas giant.  To me that is a 2 hour premier not 4 hours of time.  Way, way to much time with flashbacks and stone using.  

It could be fine but can they really continue the "crisis" of the week thing?  How many systems can break on Destiny.  Enough for one season?  What is going to happen in season 2?  

Anyway it is probably better than any other sci-fi on tv right now but that isn't saying much.  
2760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what has been your worse game this gen? on: October 19, 2009, 01:48:13 AM
Lets drop the personal jabs. 

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