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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HDMI - Help on: November 27, 2009, 06:09:51 PM
Derail for my own problem.

I got an HDMI cable for my PS3 and everything is fine for picture but the sound has to be cranked way, way up to be heard and there is a ton of white noise in it.  The sound is going from the PS3 via HDMI to the TV and then out the TV to the stereo receiver.  The 360 uses component to go to the TV but instead of the sound going through the TV to the receiver it goes straight from the 360 to the receiver.   The Tivo does the same thing.   The sound is normal on both of those.  If they are at say 25% volume the PS3 is at 75% to get the same volume - with the white noise too.  Is this because the sound is going through the TV and somehow being degraded? 

Is there a way for the PS3 to use HDMI for video but something else for audio?  And how could I do that?

Thanks,
2842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I get a PS3 for Christmas? on: November 27, 2009, 04:02:36 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 27, 2009, 03:56:06 PM

Or.. If you have a Harmony remote as I do - you could always go for one of these: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/devices/5732&cl=us,en

Great addition.

That is certainly nicer but also a lot more expensive.  It is $60 vs. $20 for the Nyko product. 
2843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I get a PS3 for Christmas? on: November 27, 2009, 03:56:57 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 27, 2009, 03:53:35 PM

The only major knock I have against the PS3 (and it's a purchase-killer) is that I absolutely loathe the PS3 controller. The 360 controller is a million times better than the PS3 controller, IMO.

Don't let that be a purchase killer by any means.

2844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I get a PS3 for Christmas? on: November 27, 2009, 02:08:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2009, 05:32:42 AM

and don't forget the best accessory purchase you can make.

and the second best.


If you already have a universal remote you might want to get the Nyko remote instead.  It will allow you you use your current remote with the PS3.  Much better than having two remotes.
2845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 25, 2009, 10:09:21 PM
I googled my guess and found the same pic so I am 100% sure now.  Here is mine.



And unlike my usual post you can look at those image properties all you want they don't help a bit.
2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 25, 2009, 10:06:49 PM

Quote from: map on November 25, 2009, 02:16:07 PM

I may be a little over confident but I love this movie;


The Bishop's Wife.
2847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Road on: November 25, 2009, 10:05:34 PM
It seems like the film most likely to push up those holiday suicide numbers! 
2848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Assassin on: November 25, 2009, 07:26:48 PM
So this opens today anyone going to check it out?  I am interested but I know I won't have time till after the weekend so some other guinea pig should check it out!
2849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Well, so much for Christmas this year on: November 24, 2009, 04:25:52 PM
That sucks but maybe you can put a bow around the new duct work. smile
2850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] New Moon! OMFG! on: November 23, 2009, 09:41:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 23, 2009, 09:35:16 PM

I'll be curious to see how the movie does in subsequent weeks though.

I bet great.  Kids have a lot more free time to see movies and there isn't anything.  I remember all those girls who saw "Titanic" over and over again. Kids also have some of the highest amounts of disposable income.
2851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: When do you go to bed? on: November 20, 2009, 03:34:43 PM
Between 10-11 here.  I thought I went to bed really early but it seems average around here.

Once a week or so though I just crash.  I put one of the kids to bed around 8pm and just fall asleep then.  I seem to need to catch up.
2852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS RENEWED! Chuck vs. The Third Season **spoilers for S2**! on: November 20, 2009, 02:12:44 PM
io9 has a little trailer for Chuck Season 3 in their morning spoilers.  Looks like fun! 
2853  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. 
2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 19, 2009, 03:13:50 PM
Did you mean cheesy or easy?
2855  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? 
2856  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!
2857  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.

2858  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: November 12, 2009, 08:25:11 PM
He is right!
2859  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

2860  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. 
2861  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! 
2862  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 Fox....wow that is really insulting to myself.
2863  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. 
2864  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.
2865  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. 

2866  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.

2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 10, 2009, 09:58:17 PM
That is more what I would expect.
2868  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.

Quote
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.



2869  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.

2870  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.
2871  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.

2872  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.
2873  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.
2874  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)
2875  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.

2876  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.


2877  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. 
2878  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)
2879  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.

+1

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.
2880  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. 



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