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2841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 mods on: November 25, 2008, 10:03:48 PM

Quote from: Two Sheds on November 25, 2008, 09:39:34 PM

Yeah, I agree. I thought I wanted ammo to have weight, but then I tried it out and it didn't make anything more fun. It just added tedium.


I have been conducting a 35 year experiment and generally speaking reality has a lot of tedium. smile  Which is why I play video games!

I could see a mod which made the game more tense, difficult, challenging, or such but increasing the weight of items really falls flat since I can just walk back to a market if I need to. 

Now a mod which limited how many weapons you could carry might be more challenging/tense and more realistic.  You would have to judge what kinds of weapons you were good with, what kind of weapons your enemy was likely to carry for repairs, etc.  It would make you have to think about your destination when leaving your base so you picked a weapon you were good with, could find ammo for, and repair.

Another good weapon mod - but big in scope- would be more weapon classes.  I shouldn't be good with a handgun and a rifle and combat shotgun, assault rifle, etc.  Small guns could be broken down a lot to allow for a more defined character.  I could have to choose between long range (hunting rifle, sniper rifle, etc.) and close up (combat shot gun, assault rifle, SMG) 



2842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 mods on: November 25, 2008, 06:34:37 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on November 25, 2008, 06:07:28 PM

A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned but there are still some more I like.

Ammo Weight:  I was looking for more realism and an higher difficulty.

I don't get that.  All that will do is make you have to run to a trader more often.   

But I am not big on realism either.  They could mod it so you took a realistic time to recover from injuries too.  But who wants to wait around 30-60 days in their house?


2843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 mods on: November 25, 2008, 05:41:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 25, 2008, 05:05:51 PM

I can't wait for the 'Better Guardrails' mod for Megaton so random NPC's don't fall to their death.

So your looking for some sort of "OSHA mod" where things in the nuclear wasteland are safer. smile


2844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pixar Movies: Favorite to Least Favorite on: November 24, 2008, 07:43:10 PM
1. Ratatouille
2. Monsters Inc.
3. Finding Nemo
4. The Incredibles
5. Wall E
6. Toy Story
7. Toy Story 2
8. Bugs Life


Sadly I have never seen Cars so I really can't judge.
2845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 02:45:36 AM
It is hard to get a good likeness.  I wish I was this thin but the general features are as close as I can get.


2846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Race to Witch Mountain on: November 19, 2008, 03:01:17 PM
I must have one of those man crushes on the Rock because I just enjoy watching him.  I think he does good action scenes but also has good comedic timing. 

2847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 19, 2008, 02:24:47 PM
Yeah.  In a thread of sometimes tacky photos that is about the most offensive - and unfunny.  Several are not funny and a lot are offensive but that photoshop really captures both.
2848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laptops for young teens? on: November 18, 2008, 09:59:49 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 18, 2008, 07:35:43 PM

I realize of course this might belong in Hardware or in Steals & Deals, but humor me please.

To all you real smart guys out there that know where to shop for bang-for-your-buck...

Where would you buy two laptops for pre-teens that need computers for homework and gaming?

Do you shop at Best Buy?  Do you shop online?  Do you guys have reliable places you get computers like this from?

I need a few suggestions, please.


Any old laptop can do the homework but the gaming will require a more expensive machine.  I would check the refurbished areas of Dell first.  They have good deals and are good laptops.
2849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's October 2008: What's your GOTY so far? on: November 18, 2008, 07:08:51 PM
I was torn between The Witcher and Fallout 3 but then I remembered The Witcher came out over a year ago!  So Fallout 3 for me.


2850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 17, 2008, 07:19:04 PM
It didn't blow me away but I think I will like it.  We will see how the whole story works out.  I didn't really care for the car crashing thing but after that everything was fine.
2851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: State of the PSP on: November 16, 2008, 02:18:17 PM
I don't have a clue what is up with the system.   It seems to be dying but at the same time they keep pushing out new versions, etc.   

2852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: November 14, 2008, 09:37:32 PM
I think this is the difference between a site hosted for free and a site which is paid for.  If OO was paying it wouldn't settle for the kind of service Rip gives, but he is very generous to offer the bandwidth, server space, etc.  It is probably pretty good for free.

2853  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: November 14, 2008, 09:14:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 14, 2008, 07:17:56 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 14, 2008, 06:03:27 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 14, 2008, 04:02:05 PM

That's probably because even highlighting your text doesn't work.  Also, I'm not going to use a different web site to de-spoil the other nonsense here, that's way too much effort.

I appreciate that it is a pain in the butt but since it is a bug with the software it isn't like there is a choice.

We can either

1. ignore it and just post spoilers.
2. have a ban on posting any spoilers
3. find some other solution which allows people to post spoilers and still not spoil things for other people.


Option 3 while annoying does seem the most fair. 

I'm considering option 4 - lock forum, reinstall forum software, roll back to previous version.  :/


Ah the nuclear option! smile


2854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: November 14, 2008, 09:12:49 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 14, 2008, 08:32:57 PM

I think "serious" is more appropriate than "dark" or "depressing." 

To each his own.  The credit crisis is serious, divorce is serious. The stuff that goes on in BSG, The Shield, The Dark Knight, etc. is dark to me.
2855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: November 14, 2008, 08:03:22 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 14, 2008, 06:31:29 PM

I just hate this current trend in movies having to be darker, grittier and depressing in order to be praised. 

It seems to be the trend but I hope it ends soon.  A darker Bond, a darker Batman, a darker Battlestar Galactica, a darker Mickey Mouse (wait that is still in the planning stages).  It seems like darkness/violence is all that young people can relate to.  The biggest shows - non-repeats have been things like the Sopranos, the Shield, Deadwood, etc.  Dark sells right now.
2856  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: November 14, 2008, 06:03:27 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 14, 2008, 04:02:05 PM

That's probably because even highlighting your text doesn't work.  Also, I'm not going to use a different web site to de-spoil the other nonsense here, that's way too much effort.

I appreciate that it is a pain in the butt but since it is a bug with the software it isn't like there is a choice.

We can either

1. ignore it and just post spoilers.
2. have a ban on posting any spoilers
3. find some other solution which allows people to post spoilers and still not spoil things for other people.


Option 3 while annoying does seem the most fair. 
2857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 100 movie spoilers in under 5 minutes! on: November 13, 2008, 09:55:07 PM
100 movie spoilers in 5 minutes!  Very funny but there are spoilers!
2858  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 09:53:53 PM
100 movie spoilers in 5 minutes!  Very funny but there are spoilers!
2859  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 04:28:17 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 13, 2008, 04:17:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2008, 04:07:44 PM

Quote from: Laner on November 13, 2008, 02:55:44 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 13, 2008, 02:49:35 PM

Rosebud was his sled.

DAMMIT!

Bad spoiler

While a 50 year old movie like citizen kane can't reasonably be spoiled, i would presume that the movie you mention can be...


There should be an established length of time for things to stay spoiler free.  After 13 years I would say that the movie is question is just about out of that time.  So somewhere between 13 and 50. 
2860  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: November 13, 2008, 03:46:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 13, 2008, 03:20:17 PM

gbb zhpu jbex :c

Vg vf abg nf avpr nf gur gntf ohg vs vg vf ernyyl n oht va gur fbsgjner jr arrq fbzrguvat ryfr gb uryc crbcyr abg or fcbvyrq ohg or noyr gb cbfg. 
2861  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: November 13, 2008, 02:56:20 PM
Here is a basic converter page

Simply type in your spoiler, hit "Cyper" and then cut and paste the new text.  Very simple
2862  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: spoiler not working for me on: November 13, 2008, 02:53:15 PM
we could also start using ROT13  There are several sites and even a plugin (I think) for Firefox which allows you to type your spoiler, then convert it to ROT13 and post that.  Ars Technica uses it and it produces things like this
Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Llamaboy:
Fb vf gurer n jnl gb trg gur cragubhfr xrl va Gracraal vs lbh'ir nyernql tbg gur ubhfr va Zrtngba? V xvyyrq gur tubhyf, ohg jnfa'g bssrerq nalguvat ohg cenvfr. V gevrq gb cvpxcbpxrg gur byq qhqr ng gur gbjre, juvpu fgnegrq n oebhunun gung yrsg rirel frphevgl thneq qrnq. Nsgre ybbgvat gur pbecfrf, naq fubbgvat Ze. Gracraal bss bs gur onypbal, V fgvyy pbhyqa'g erfg va gur gbjre (rira gubhtu gur erfvqragf fgvyy ybirq zr...)


I am going to guess no, considering it is meant to be a residence. It's one or the other I presume.

On Tenpenny and the residents thereof:
V guvax vg'f ohyyfuvg gung gur tubhyf xvyy rirelbar naq gur tnzr vf yvxr "ub-uhz, gungf yvsr". V erghearq naq gurer vfa'g rira na bcgvba sbe ergevohgvba. V gevrq zheqrevat gur yrnqre thl va pbyq-oybbq naq YBFG Xnezn. Jgs?
V zrna jura lbh xvyy Ohexr va pbyq oybbq va Zrtngba, lbh TNVA Xnezn, ohg urer lbh ybfr vg?

Jung ernyyl vexf zr vf gung gur erfvqragf jub ernyyl unq n ceboyrz jvgu gurz YRSG, fb gur bayl crbcyr jub jrer ernyyl yrsg jrer gur bcra zvaqrq crbcyr yvxr gur Qnfujbbq thl.

V nz ybbxvat sbejneq gb frrvat zl "rivy" bcgvbaf ba zl arkg cynlguebhtu. Gura ntnva vg jvyy cebonoyl or PBZCYRGRYL qvssrerag fvapr V cyna ba ahxvat Zrtngba arkg gvzr.. juvpu vzcyvrf V jvyy cebonoyl zheqre gur Tubhyf.

2863  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 02:49:35 PM
Rosebud was his sled.


2864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 [Hints and Spoilers thread] on: November 13, 2008, 02:10:26 PM

Quote from: Gromit on November 13, 2008, 12:35:59 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 13, 2008, 07:42:25 AM

Weird, looks like all spoiler tags are no longer working.  Hoo boy, this'll be interesting.

I just woke up, and I was beginning to think I was seeing things.  LOL

It will be interesting.


I assumed it was something about the latest Google Chrome update but if everyone it having the trouble that can't be it.


2865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 12, 2008, 08:23:24 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 12, 2008, 06:21:16 PM

The ship looks more aerodynamic. Hopefully it'll stop all the swooshing sounds you heard before when it was flying through outer space.  icon_twisted

Go back to your Firefly, hater.

Having sound in space would at least be the same as the show and other movies.
2866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: November 12, 2008, 07:39:41 PM
Well that worked!  I am happy I can finally play the game again.


2867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: November 11, 2008, 07:22:28 PM
I installed it at work and have exported the registry key.  Tonight I will see if importing that to the Vista machine helps.


2868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 [Hints and Spoilers thread] on: November 11, 2008, 05:22:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2008, 03:20:41 PM

From Penny Arcade's FAQ:

I want to explore the Wasteland, but I don't want to skip any of the story!
There are a couple of places you should avoid in general exploration if you move away from the story quest. I'll be vague, but just don't go to these places or talk to these people until you get to that point in the main quest.

Spoiler for Hiden:
*GNR Radio
*Dr. Li in Rivet City
*Vault 112
*Jefferson Memorial Rotunda - specifically, don't pick up the data tapes next to the big machine.



So I may avoid talking to certain people and hopefully still find the kid a home. 


2869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 [Hints and Spoilers thread] on: November 11, 2008, 03:12:51 PM
Am I going to screw myself up or spoil the story if..

Spoiler for Hiden:
In order to complete "Those" I found a way to Rivet City by crossing the river near bottom of the map.  I got to Rivet City and suddenly I am asking everyone about my dad.  My current "step" in the dad quest is to go to GNR radio.  Am I going to screw things up by finding out something too early (either story wise or gameplay)?  I just want to find a poor kid a home!  I don't want to know what dad is up to yet.
2870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: November 11, 2008, 02:48:50 PM
*slight rant*

So I reformatted my PC and put Vista on it last night.  When I tried to register Witcher so I could install the patch I kept getting a message saying I must be logged in. - please enable cookies in IE.  After a bit of hair pulling on my own I googled the phrase and found a 55 page long thread on the Witcher forums about the issue.  Their advice?  Install it on an XP machine, register, export a specific reg key and put it on your Vista machine!!! 

Fucking pain in the ass shit.


2871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 10:06:08 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 10, 2008, 07:30:29 PM

I guess I should have been clearer and mentioned that I wondered if there was a way to do it without any outside aid in the form of clothes or drugs or putting points in.  Like maybe some tool whose only purpose was allow you to complete this quest.

Then I would say no.  I think that is fairly standard in RPGs - some quests can't be done by certain character types.  I have found a couple others in the Wasteland and I just don't sweat them because I am not "that type" of character. 
2872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 06:24:21 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 10, 2008, 05:09:19 PM

Yes, but that didn't complete the quest.

Well poop.  Sorry, I thought it did complete it. 

2873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 04:21:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 10, 2008, 04:07:15 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 10, 2008, 04:02:17 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 10, 2008, 03:08:38 PM

I do have a question about one of the quests in Megaton.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I need an Explosives skill of 25 to interact with the bomb at the centre of town. My current skill is around 18. I have no interest in bumping up my explosives skill as I'm trying to play a gunslinger who uses nothing but pistols and rifles. Is the game forcing me to put skill points in something I would never otherwise use?

Spoiler for Hiden:
You can use mentats, and certain clothing to bump up stats temporarily.  I think you should be able to get from 18 to 25 with that.  And really you don't have to disarm the bomb anyway.  Like any RPG some characters can do certain things.  You can still either destroy Megaton or save it without even touching the bomb itself

Spoiler for Hiden:
But how?  I had wondered this myself, but I neded up spending the points to get to 25 just to do it.  I had killed the dude who wanted the bomb blown up, but the quest didn't go away until I actually disarmed the bomb.  Are you saying you can get a complete on that quest without disarming it?


Spoiler for Hiden:
Did you tell the sheriff about the guys plans?  Once I told him, the sheriff went to arrest him, got killed, I killed the guy but I was the savior of town.
2874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ UP! .....Pixar's new one on: November 10, 2008, 04:06:06 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 10, 2008, 03:27:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 10, 2008, 03:26:14 PM

I'll have to see more before I make a decision, but I really wish it was was The Incredibles 2 they were advertising.

Me too!  And I hears that Cars 2 is coming already...wtf?  Incredibles is their best movie yet!  Cars the worst...c'mon Pixar!

Umm dude.  Check out toy catalogs this year.  Targets toy ad which was in this Sunday's paper had a ton of Cars toys and that is what 3 years after the movie came out?!  Cars is by fartheir biggest merchandising.  While I love them, and they have enough clout with Disney to put out stuff like UP!, but they are also a company and Cars 2 will probably make them more money than any other movie they have done. 


2875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 04:02:17 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 10, 2008, 03:08:38 PM

I do have a question about one of the quests in Megaton.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I need an Explosives skill of 25 to interact with the bomb at the centre of town. My current skill is around 18. I have no interest in bumping up my explosives skill as I'm trying to play a gunslinger who uses nothing but pistols and rifles. Is the game forcing me to put skill points in something I would never otherwise use?

Spoiler for Hiden:
You can use mentats, and certain clothing to bump up stats temporarily.  I think you should be able to get from 18 to 25 with that.  And really you don't have to disarm the bomb anyway.  Like any RPG some characters can do certain things.  You can still either destroy Megaton or save it without even touching the bomb itself
2876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie[ UP! .....Pixar's new one on: November 10, 2008, 03:13:03 PM
It didn't blow me away, but they have never let me down so I will go. 

2877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 10, 2008, 03:06:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2008, 05:27:21 AM

Man, I absolutely suck at this game.  About 6 hours in, and I just got to
Spoiler for Hiden:
GNR
.  Ended up having to turn it down to "very easy", and I'm still really struggling.  Thought I built my character OK for a small guns focus (pumped up Agility, tagged Small Guns & Repair, took the Gun Nut perk X3), but it seems like I'm still struggling to hit with any sort of regularity.  There have also been multiple times when I'm being shot at for a couple minutes before I can figure out where the hell they are, which drives me nuts.

Maybe this just isn't the game for me.

Lots of good advice but I think the best advice is wander just wander around a lot.  You will find tons of spots with raiders, radscorpions, vicious dogs, etc.  That XP builds up. 

One thing it has taken me a long time to get used to is get close to the enemy.  I was constantly trying to kill them at a distance when I had 50% chances and it was burning through ammo.  Once you spot the enemy, run up as close as you can then blast away.  Your %s get a lot better and they don't seem to hurt as much as I feared.

On the 360 I find myself tapping right shoulder button to bring up VATS all the time.  VATS can often spot an enemy before they even show up on radar.  I don't shoot at them but once I know where they are I can start covering the distance.  So tap that button a lot.  Sometimes I just stop and do a complete circle checking everywhere for enemies I can't see. 

2878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Collectors guide on: November 07, 2008, 09:52:20 PM
I broke down and bought this off Amazon today.  It was only $20!  I had a couple other things to buy so shipping was free.  How could I resist?
2879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 07, 2008, 09:50:57 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 07, 2008, 08:48:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 07, 2008, 08:39:16 PM

At 15 points each level that means only 300 points - so only 3 skills maxed out.  Now there are some perks, books, etc. which can add extra points so that isn't exact but it does give you something to think about. 

If you have 10 int plus the perk that gives you 3 extra sp per level, that's 23 per level and then with the comprehension perk you get 2 skillpoints for each book and there are 25 books for each skill for 50 skill points plus a bobblehead for each skill worth 10 skill points... this means there's a lot of skill points to be had if you are truly obsessed.  icon_twisted

That is a lot of scrounging.   eek 

I guess my way of thinking of it is more for the casual build rather than a true hardcore player.


2880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 07, 2008, 08:39:16 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 07, 2008, 07:45:32 PM

ok, got a couple general questions i need to get cleared up before i get too far.   i just hit level 5 and thus far i'm just choosing skills i like to put my points into.   however, should i just concentrate on one weapon skill or is it ok to go between 2?   for example, i've been splitting alot of my points between small arms and heavy weapons.   am i spreading myself too thin or is this ok?

One thing to remember is there is a hard level cap of 20.  At 15 points each level that means only 300 points - so only 3 skills maxed out.  Now there are some perks, books, etc. which can add extra points so that isn't exact but it does give you something to think about. 

Are you pumping up anything besides weapons - barter, repair, science, etc.?  Some of those are really important skills.  Repair is invaluable I think since it saves a lot of money and well maintained weapons do much more damage.


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