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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ebay: $10 off all video games and credit/gift cards today on: November 14, 2014, 06:27:13 PM
$10 off $50 or more purchase.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 14, 2014, 03:05:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 14, 2014, 12:41:41 PM

Um...

I think calling officially remastered versions that you have to buy separately "games from 1998" is a stretch, but I'd still take Trespasser over the OOT 3D or MGS remake. Banjo Kazooie (not Crash Bandicoot) looks exactly the same, except rendered in a higher resolution and run through decent cables. You can probably get as good an image if not better just by using Project64.

The updated textures and lighting you can get for the dark engine are really nice, though. I still think the realistic outdoor environments are more impressive for a 1998 game (especially since the Trespasser mod doesn't even change any of the assets from the original game), but I'll admit that's a great mod.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 14, 2014, 02:12:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 14, 2014, 12:40:00 AM

I'll be the outlier and say it does actually look much better.  It's not like a total overhaul that replaces all the meshes and textures and stuff, but it does look much better and I'm sure even more-so in motion.  Those dynamic shadows definitely crank it up a notch too.  

Do you need the original Trespasser in order to run that mod?  That game isn't even on GOG or anything these days.

It really is night and day—especially in motion. It's even quite beautiful in some areas, which is a hell of a trick considering how it looked and ran originally. I defy anyone to post a screenshot of a game from 1998 that can touch the one I just posted.

It does require the original game and unfortunately the only legal avenue I'm aware of is through eBay these days where you can expect to pay $10-$20 shipped.

If you're even thinking about buying it I should warn you that this is not a great game. It's actually quite terrible in most respects, which is academic at this point if you've even heard of it prior. If you view it through the lens of modern gaming even its positive aspects will fall flat; almost everything that was special about the game then is commonplace now. The physics, the big outdoor environments, the attempt at a living, breathing world.

What you have to remember is that this game came out in 1998. A time when physics in FPS games meant pushing a box on a flat surface and if you came to a hill the box stopped. In Trespasser you can pick a box up, roll it around, toss it down a hill and watch it tumble realistically. You can drop objects onto dinosaurs (or yourself...) and kill them. It remains the only game I'm aware of that allows you to accidentally shoot yourself to death with your own gun (and no, I don't mean by ricochets).

But for all of it's delightful quirks and emergent-y gameplay, Trespasser, as a game, is quite bland. The puzzles aren't particularly engaging, the UI (aka, WackyArm™) is too stupid for words (though you do get somewhat used to it eventually), the story—while servicable—is nothing special. The AI was shipped in a mostly broken state that was never fixed proper. The dinosaurs, which were supposed to have a variety of emotions that drove their behavior, now mostly either stomp around innocuously (herbivores) or catch sight of you and chase you down until they kill you or you kill them. Their interactions amongst themselves are woeful, but occasionally hilarious.

I could go on for pages describing all that's wrong with the game, but if you have a few minutes I would have you read this fantastic article from Game Developer magazine that focuses on the ambition, development, and inevitable failure of the project.

Trespasser Postmortem

Personally, I did enjoy this replay. There's not much new territory here at this point, but I'll be damned if I didn't have a grin on my face throughout. As stupid as the AI is, on four occasions at least I had a velociraptor catch me unaware until I heard footsteps, turning only to see a mouthful of teeth filling my screen. Clever girl...

It's a nostalgia trip for me, as well. The late 90s were the Golden Age of gaming for me, and as a big fan of both the book and the movie, Trespasser was something I very much wanted to see succeed. When it stumbled out of the gate half-baked, I was pretty bummed out. It's already been mentioned here in this thread, but there are precious few good games using the Jurassic Park license.

I've rambled on enough here, so I'll just say that I can't recommend the game. It's for people who can appreciate its many qualities, while tolerating its even more numerous flaws.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 13, 2014, 11:33:44 PM
Actually you just reminded me that if you turn the brightness down...



Dynamic shadows! smile
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 13, 2014, 11:22:03 PM
Hey you altered the gamma on that image and made the modded version look washed out. What are you trying to pull here?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 13, 2014, 10:05:50 PM
Lol you guys suck. You should go download the demo so you actually know just how terrible the game looks unmodded. This is one of the most effective graphical mods that isn't a source port I've ever seen for a game. The only thing I can think of that's really comparable is the Morrowind Graphics Extender. I'd take this though since default Morrowind already looks relatively nice.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 13, 2014, 12:13:00 AM
I could save a fortune on computer hardware if I had such an eye for graphical fidelity.

First of all, the mod correctly enhances the horizontal field of view; nothing is "stretched". Also, the entire thing is rendered at 1920x1080 as opposed to 800x600 which is the max resolution by default. The 2D sprite to 3D model pop-in of the original is very ugly and distracting (as partly evidenced by the horribly pixelated trees in the original) and is eliminated completely in the newer build, where all models are properly rendered in 3D, all the way to the horizon. Similarly, the low res to high res texture pop-in has also been greatly reduced, as you can see from the hills in both pictures, if nothing else.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 12, 2014, 10:34:31 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 12, 2014, 05:06:28 PM

I agree, I'd love to see something like a real attempt at what Trespasser tried back in the day with today's technology.

You and me both. I actually just played through the entirety of Trespasser with the new Trespasser CE mod and you wouldn't believe how it looks and runs. Full resolution support with proper FOV, huge draw distance, DX9 renderer, AA, AF, 32-bit color, modern sound support. You name it we got it! smile

Here are a couple comparison shots I took of the default renderer alongside the new one.









If you've never played the game you'll have to note that everything past like 30 feet in the original engine is a 2D sprite that pops into 3D once you get close enough. With the new renderer it's all 3D. The environments are incredible considering this is a game that was developed in the mid-late 90s. Its only contemporary that can really hold a candle to it is Outcast as far as I see it. Even Unreal is bland and boxy in comparison (though it's a wonderful engine as well, for different reasons). The physics engine is an even more amazing achievement.

Sorry for hijacking your LEGO thread, Eddie!
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 12, 2014, 02:51:27 PM
I think this is the most criminally underutilized IP in gaming, so I have no problem with this, though I'd prefer a good JP game not based on LEGO.
10  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Computer Issues (Video Related) on: October 30, 2014, 05:59:20 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 30, 2014, 05:27:56 PM

My wife through out the rubbing alcohol because it expired.  GRRR it would still work.

It would've worked even better since rubbing alcohol turns into acetone which is an even more effective solvent!
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 02:12:39 PM
Considerably cheaper than eBay at least, since you get both the '94 and '98 releases (and of course DRM-free to boot). That being said, I already have the Collector Series so I'll wait till they go on sale to pull the plug.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 22, 2014, 01:30:39 AM
I cannot even fathom how so many people can care so much about something so obviously fucking contrived and unimportant. I have honestly attempted to read about the topic on Broken Forum and other places and I just can't do it. I can't! My brain just starts rejecting it in the name of self-preservation and I'm compelled to do something—anything—else with my time.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 06:18:29 PM
My PC by far, followed by my Nexus 7. Beyond that I own a Gamecube which I rarely use, and an iPod Touch and Playstation 2 that are more or less just collecting dust at this point. After reading Brian Rubin's thread on QT3 I'd like to get some more PS2 classics and try them out, though.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 15, 2014, 08:45:46 PM
I wonder if there's such a thing as a hyperchondriac where even if they're bleeding from every orifice and on their death bed they're like "Nah, I'm fine".
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sierra Returns! on: August 08, 2014, 04:15:03 PM
And I just managed to get rid of Sierra Utilities...
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 08, 2014, 12:22:23 AM
I think Hebrew Nationals do as well typically.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 10:41:25 PM
For burgers I put mayo (real mayo—not that disgusting miracle whip crap) with freshly ground black pepper on the bottom bun and a little ketchup on the top. Then onions, pickle, lettuce, and tomato. The onion is crucial for flavor and texture, and the lettuce is mostly for friction.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Where do you stand on the crucial topic of hotdogs? on: August 07, 2014, 07:52:57 PM
Nathan's or Hebrew National usually. I most often pan fry in olive oil or butter and put the bun over the top when it's close to being finished so that the bun gets warm and the top (which is touching the pan) gets toasted in delicious fat. As far as toppings—I usually forgo them unless I'm also caramelizing some onions. I dislike mustard in general except as an ingredient. I do like chili on a hot dog when available. I hate sauerkraut, but I like relish. I honestly have not experimented with cheese much. But I love cheese, so I'm sure I would like it. Maybe even some blue cheese...

I don't mind ketchup in moderation, but it's really not very good. I'm kind of repulsed by a couple members of my family who will just absolutely coat fries / any kind of potato, eggs, and hot dogs in the stuff to the point where you can't even see the underlying food.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's your current jam? on: July 14, 2014, 07:59:12 PM
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: tie fighter (PC) on: June 28, 2014, 01:06:13 PM
Two things. Firstly, that link isn't even for TIE Fighter, but X-Wing vs TIE Fighter. Secondly, it's way overpriced.

The only reasonable method of legally acquiring TIE Fighter that I'm aware of is on eBay. There are a number of versions.

DOS 3.5 Floppy - You probably don't want this.

DOS CD-ROM - You'll need to use DOSBox, but this version has the added advantage of the iMUSE MIDI soundtrack which a lot of people prefer to the Redbook audio in later versions.

Windows CD-ROM - You'll probably need to jump through a few hoops to get it to install and run on Windows 7/8, but shouldn't be a huge issue.

TIE Fighter Collector's Edition Windows CD-ROM - Same as above, but this re-release ported the game to the more advanced X-Wing vs TIE Fighter engine which enables the use of 3D Acceleration (which I should note does not seem to work with modern nVIDIA drivers unfortunately—at least for me).

X-Wing Collector's Series - Contains the updated versions of both X-Wing and TIE Fighter along with their expansions. This is the version I have.

X-Wing Trilogy - Contains the updated versions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter along with X-Wing Alliance.

You can expect to pay $100 or more for the Trilogy box if you can even find one for sale. The Collector's Series goes for less than half that and there are usually a few auctions up at any time. I think I paid about $25 for mine. The other discs are pretty common and vary in price depending on whether or not the box, artwork, etc, is included.

I'm actually playing through X-Wing and TIE Fighter right now and I'm enjoying them a lot. For comparison's sake, I bought Wing Commander 4 on GOG a while back and I can't even get into it enough to finish the first mission.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's official good hates me this week on: May 15, 2014, 01:28:10 AM
My week started off with a couple days worth of kidney stones followed by a falling out with a dear childhood friend followed by a humiliating instance at work that has basically destroyed my reputation there.

Take that.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Games on: May 06, 2014, 10:59:31 PM
Rogue Leader is a really good game and would very likely find a place in my Top 10 (though there are a lot of Star Wars games I've never played). I really, really wish it had been ported to the PC. It's actually the chief reason I bought a Gamecube a few years ago (I still only have four games for it).
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 10, 2014, 11:23:01 AM
Well I'll be. After a quick Googling I've discovered that they were actual ribs!

Obscenely expensive from what I see, though. You can go to an actual BBQ place and get a half rack for almost the same price.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: April 09, 2014, 11:36:42 PM
Ribs? Or "ribs"?
25  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble specials - Humble PC and Android 9, Humble Destructoid weekly on: April 03, 2014, 07:58:14 PM
It's Little Inferno, Little Inferno just for me! I've got the fireplace that burns at a hundred billion degreeeeees! It's Little Inferno just for me!
26  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dead Space (1) for PC for free on Origin on: March 28, 2014, 08:41:51 PM
If it makes you feel any better I wouldn't install Steam either.
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Dead Space (1) for PC for free on Origin on: March 28, 2014, 11:22:43 AM
Almost cheap enough for me to install Origin.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 27, 2014, 09:03:13 PM
I watched a few minutes of it just as he arrived in Oz and was amazed at both the mediocre script and acting, and also that a movie made 75 years before could look so much more realistic.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 14, 2014, 08:54:45 PM
I thought it was a tasteless practice until I heard rodeo carnivals do it as well.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 14, 2014, 04:09:37 AM
I ordered two things on the 8th and it has said "shipping soon" for days. If they release it tomorrow that would put it at 3-6 days till their delivery estimate. I bet they even use the exact same delivery service as Prime for simplicity's sake, making it no less expensive at all on their part.

Doesn't this strike anyone else as wrong? A company intentionally delaying shipment of products that you ordered for almost a week just so you'll spend money on a "premium shipping service" which is entirely the same as the free one except for the intentional delay?
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 12, 2014, 09:03:42 PM
What kinda annoys me is that I don't believe it really costs them much more to Prime-ship than to ship regularly. In fact, I have a feeling that not having Prime just means your shit gets stuck in a box and then sits in their warehouse for 4 days before they send it out. Whenever I buy something without using Prime these days I invariably wait 3 or 4 days for them to say it's been shipped, and then I receive it 2-4 days later. Back in the day they got shit out the door far quicker.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 26, 2014, 11:18:31 PM
Oh whoops I didn't see that! Yeah 800 is something else.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've been in the hostpital - A warning on: February 26, 2014, 10:46:31 PM
What was your blood sugar reading?

When I drove my dad to the ER because of an infection (which turned out to be an absolutely horrific flesh eating bacterial infection that nearly killed him and earned him a week in and out of surgery) his was about 650 I think (he's been Type 2 for fifteen years or so). For those that don't know—about a hundred is average. Two hundred is pretty bad. Three hundred means you should go to the hospital, etc...
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 'Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition' for iOS Submitted to Apple for Approval on: January 21, 2014, 04:42:24 PM
Gamer rage level reduced 1 notch.
35  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 'Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition' for iOS Submitted to Apple for Approval on: January 21, 2014, 04:33:21 PM
They retrofitted IAP into Baldur's Gate? You can't be serious...

I'm going to work on getting GemRB running here shortly on my Nexus 7.
36  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 02:08:20 PM
I would think not with that kind of consistency. On screens that light up and then immediately go dark I've found the problem to be the backlight inverter (or perhaps the backlights themselves causing the inverter to shut the light off), but if that's the case you should be able to shine a light on it and see the Windows desktop faintly. How long is the screen staying lit? If it's on during POST and then shuts off for Windows then it's likely a driver issue.

Also, is this a CFL or LED lit screen? If it's the latter, then it's far less likely to be the light itself.
37  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Issue with laptop display on: January 21, 2014, 01:27:17 AM
Shine a flashlight onto the screen and see if you can make the image out. If so, the backlight or inverter is bad. If not, perhaps the connection between the GPU and monitor got jarred loose.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 09, 2014, 01:13:13 AM
Probably with a stack of newspapers 10 feet high with all of the important articles highlighted and cataloged.
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android phones you are looking forward to on: December 27, 2013, 05:49:06 PM
The new Sonic All Star Racing game immediately comes to mind.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas Loot Thread! on: December 27, 2013, 05:55:03 AM
I got some money that I doubled towards a Nexus 7 32 GB and a $150 Amazon gift card that I'm not yet sure what to use on. Also got a box of really great cookies from a bakery in Grand Rapids as well as a bunch of delicious popcorn.

With the Amazon card I think I might get:

Hanger for my guitar (mere days after I tossed my belt on my bed and forgot that my guitar was laying on it and gave it a couple nice dings...d'oh)
Hohner Special Twenty Harmonica
Game of Thrones book series
H.P. Lovecraft story compilation
Case for my Nexus 7 (eeny, meeny, miny, moe)
Kill 'em All (I'm a bit late on this one)

I suppose I should save some to put towards Android apps as well (I'm not entirely certain how the whole Android ecosystem works yet, but I assume I can get Android apps from Amazon that will work on my Nexus).
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