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3161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 26, 2008, 06:48:39 PM
I am pretty sure that is their target demographic.  Watch reruns of "Goldengirls", "She's so Raven", or "The Beverly Hillbillies" and I bet you won't see a single commercial for it. smile
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: November 26, 2008, 05:15:14 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 26, 2008, 04:41:13 PM

I wouldn't sweat it- you're still basically doing a tutorial mission and don't have the full array of units available.  Alicia is a scout so her interception fire skills are very poor.  After that mission you'll be able to use your shocktroopers to set up interception fire and they aren't nearly as susceptible to damage as Alicia. 

Perhaps it will open up more when I have more troop types.  I don't really mind it actually.  I am hooked on the story and love the look of the game so I will be playing more no matter what.


3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving weekend, games, and you on: November 26, 2008, 04:05:21 PM
Just to rant again -  My freaking 360 RRoD so I will be playing something besides Fallout 3!
3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: November 26, 2008, 04:03:52 PM

Quote from: Chaz on November 26, 2008, 03:04:33 PM

I don't know that I'd agree with that.  For example, I've never used grenades, and I'm a mission or two past where you are.  It's possible that getting an A rank requires a set strategy, but from what I've read, the difference in XP between an A and a C is so small that it doesn't really matter, and you can always play skirmishes to gain additional XP.

Generally, I've found that if I'm getting killed, it's because I'm doing something strategically wrong, like sending scouts way out ahead into the teeth of the enemy.  Scouts are really meant to find out where the enemy is, and get out of there, with maybe some harassment if they're able.  Once you've found the enemy, you should be bringing in your shock troopers to do the killing.  Plus, final positioning of your troops is vital, since the opportunity fire can severely cripple enemy movement on their turn.  Generally, I've been extremely impressed with the level of strategy required for it, and I haven't felt locked into one winning method yet.


Try that mission again (if you have a save) and run Alicia across the road the tank comes down.  This allows you to have two people on one side and one on the other so you can get a good crossfire on people....you would think.  Moving her across the street also stops your troops from being bunched up which you would think was a good idea with a tank bearing down on you.   But ever trooper comes right down that side you have Alicia on, they are not killed before they get to her and they rip her to shreds.  It is really clear that you are not supposed to move her (or anyone) across the street. 

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a major criticism but simply the nature of the game.  The AI is going to do certain things.  The troops will always run down the one side of the street, the tank will not shoot at troops instead always shooting at the gate, etc.  I am enjoying the game a lot and I do think there are many valid choices to be made but certain options - even though they seem logical and sound tactically fail because of how the AI is setup.


3165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew! on: November 26, 2008, 02:59:23 PM

Quote from: mytocles on November 26, 2008, 01:28:48 PM

That's somewhat like asking whether Zelda or Halo is the better game... and I'm glad I wasn't there, lol.  icon_wink

That is just silly.  Everyone KNOWS that Zelda is a better game....and I'll shove my piece of triforce up your nose if you don't agree!!!!
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [RRoD] Freaking crappy Xbox!! on: November 26, 2008, 02:56:43 PM
I got the RRoD on my second Xbox last night.  What a POS!  Seriously, I am not a heavy user.  I can only think of 3 games I have spent more than 20 hours with (Oblivion, Bioshock, and Fallout 3), I have played some Rock Band, some Halo 3, and a few other rentals but quite often my 360 has spent months turned off!  Yet this will be my second return for the same issue!  These machines are just really crappy. 

I guess I am lucky that I had Valkyria Chronicles to entertain me on the PS3 but I think I am addicted to Fallout 3 like Psycho and Buffout  - with no doctor to give me a shot. 


3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: November 26, 2008, 02:51:30 PM
Since my Xbox went RRoD I am getting some time to play this great title (one good thing about the Xbox I guess).  I am only on like mission 3-4 (first one where I can use a tank) but I am really enjoying it.  The only drawback is that you do have to replay the missions once you know what is going on. 

Lite spoilers

In the current mission I kept moving Alicia to what I thought tactically was a good position but all the enemy troops ran down that way and she kept dying.  After 2 plays I realized she wasn't supposed to go over there but stay where she was and use grenades.  That is fine but until I did it a couple times I couldn't guess what the level designers were thinking.  So the game really doesn't allow for any tactic and it really has ways it wants people to play the levels. 

End spoilers


Still a great game though and a lot of fun.   
3168  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) 



3169  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?


3170  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


3171  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.
3172  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.


3173  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. 

3174  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.
3175  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.
3176  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.


3177  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.
3178  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.   

3179  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.

3180  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


3181  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.
3182  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.
3183  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. 
3184  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!
3185  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!
3186  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. 
3187  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. 
3188  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
3189  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.

3190  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Spoiler Tags No Longer Working on: November 13, 2008, 02:49:35 PM
Rosebud was his sled.


3191  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.


3192  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.
3193  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.


3194  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.


3195  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. 


3196  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.
3197  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.


3198  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. 
3199  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. 

3200  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.
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