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1  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free games, get yer free games, heeyah! on: February 10, 2017, 10:49:42 PM
Thank you!

I have Steam keys for the following games that are up for grabs as well.

The Secret World
Dungeons 2
Stronghold Crusader 2
X-Wing vs TIE Fighter - Balance of Power Campaigns
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Star Wars Bundle (again?) on: February 08, 2017, 12:51:34 AM
I just bought X-Wing vs TIE Fighter two days ago, so you're welcome for this bundle.
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP votes to hide the costs of repealing the ACA on: January 10, 2017, 01:11:12 AM
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 25, 2016, 03:48:02 AM
I've only played Asylum and City, but I disagree. I think they're both wonderful and I don't feel that City lost more than it gained by having a broader scope. Considering just how well it was received, I'd say I'm not alone there.

Open worlds can certainly be done poorly (and Arkham City doesn't fit that description in the least), but the same is true for linear games as well, so I'm kind of confused when I see somebody insinuate that open worlds in general are somehow a bad thing. It doesn't make any more sense than me saying linear game worlds are a bad thing. They each have their place.

But you know, when I was playing through Witcher 3 I did not once stop and think "man, I really wish I didn't have all this freedom". Same goes for Morrowind and basically every other open world game I've ever played.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 24, 2016, 11:26:10 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 22, 2016, 07:20:20 PM

Does anyone still consider “open world” to be a good thing? 

Surely you jest.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite game purchase going blind (i.e. not looking at any pre-release stuff) on: August 06, 2016, 11:28:29 PM
When I was a broke-ass kid I purchased a Genesis game on a whim with all of my birthday monies. Thankfully I struck gold with Zombies Ate My Neighbors, which I played for countless hours and actually do still to this day (through an emulator though).

As an adult the only one that comes to mind is Psychonauts. I was perusing the Big Lots bargain bin and saw a copy for $6 and picked it up. I thought it looked really weird and wasn't expecting it to be nearly as great as it was.

But still, ZAMN wins this one.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Decline of American architecture? on: June 05, 2016, 02:27:21 PM
Hey we're making houses out of old shipping containers now. Isn't that avant-garde enough for ya?
8  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: All of my Steam games updating??? on: April 14, 2016, 01:45:13 PM
Steam begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 1:45 a.m. Eastern time, April 14th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug...
9  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: weird artifact on: March 12, 2016, 04:24:06 PM
Don't discount the possibility of a wonky cable, either. I'd probably try that before swapping the monitor and GPU.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 27, 2015, 12:41:35 AM
I hope this causes bacon prices to drop so I can eat more of it.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long do you give a game to capture your interest? on: October 22, 2015, 06:04:50 PM
That first-hour drudgery is kind of a hallmark of the RPG genre.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of you specifically playing horror games since its October? on: October 10, 2015, 04:06:05 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 10, 2015, 01:16:08 AM

As for Dwarf Fortress, I've never tried it, but heard excellent things. But, damn.....those, er "graphics". It looks like computer generated pointillism.

It's definitely not something that you can just pick up and play. The graphics aren't even the biggest hurdle—it's the jumbled mess of menus and keyboard shortcuts that make up the interface. But if you have the patience to get over the learning curve I would have no problem calling it the most engrossing and satisfying video game ever made (and I suck at it).

Which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. When people think of immersion in video games they often attribute things like aesthetics and sound. Games like STALKER, Thief, Metro, and Bloodlines. Amnesia, Diablo, and Fallout. Games with wonderful ambient soundtracks and game worlds dripping with atmosphere. Then you have Dwarf Fortress which actually has no sound at all apart from an endlessly looping 4 minute ditty played adequately on a guitar. A game which—as you so bluntly put it—has "graphics" as opposed to graphics.

It's not supposed to work, but yet it does so beautifully. The simplistic visuals belie a level of detail unsurpassed by anything else in the hobby, and perhaps those archaic aesthetics help facilitate that detail better than any distracting, texture-mapped 3D model ever could. Your imagination deals with the intangible while you're busy trying to figure out how to survive another Winter.

And it turns out that ditty is actually quite enchanting; a haunting tune that perfectly captures the essence of the game.

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 10, 2015, 01:16:08 AM

You keep your house temperature in the 50s?? My friends think I'm crazy to set the temp at 68!

Upper 50s, if that makes you feel any better. smile
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of you specifically playing horror games since its October? on: October 09, 2015, 10:11:14 PM
For me, October is merely the start of a six month long horror marathon of books, movies, and video games. This is also the time of year I prefer to get into the classic isometric CRPGs of old. And the incomparable Dwarf Fortress—a game about shelter and ever-present peril makes perhaps the ultimate cold-weather game. I keep my house in the 50s during Winter generally, and I just love curling up and devouring this stuff with some hot chocolate or tea.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 01:48:00 PM
I've been running 10 for months and the only game I haven't been able to run so far is Re-Volt.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: You! Must! Build! A! Boat! on: July 22, 2015, 10:31:26 PM
I found a bug yesterday in 10000000 that allowed me to run past everything while my score just kept going up. I put my tablet on the counter and walked away for a while and came back with my score at like 34,000,000 and then just gave up. It's a really fun game though, and I'm not typically a fan of of the match-3 genre.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: May 07, 2015, 09:20:54 PM
Training raptors doesn't seem terribly farfetched to me. It's not like we don't train birds, dogs, etc. Why would raptors be different?
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 05, 2015, 06:56:25 PM
Hotline Miami crashed on start-up and I never tried it again, so I guess that one wins.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 20, 2015, 06:31:00 PM
TiLT sucks.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Carls Jr - now in Toronto should I try it? on: April 15, 2015, 10:00:07 PM
$18?? That's the most ridiculous god damn thing I've ever read. I've never even been to Carl's Jr but fuck Carl's Jr.

I will say that when I was in Lexington a couple years ago I tried Five Guys and Smashburger for the first time (we don't have them around here), and I thought Smashburger had the better sandwich, the better fries, and the nicer restaurant. There was also an unbelievably gorgeous petite young lady eating at the table outside the building with a great dane the size of a horse, but that's neither here nor there.

We do have a Culver's around here and—while I've enjoyed the burgers I've had there—I thought their fries were pretty mediocre, and the cheese curds I got were half-frozen, and I thought overpriced. But maybe I just thought they were overpriced because they were half-fucking-frozen.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 16, 2015, 09:16:14 PM
Where the hell is my cookie?
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remember when Worms was good? on: March 15, 2015, 08:05:46 PM
Scorched Earth / Scorched Tanks?
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: March 09, 2015, 09:21:11 PM
Come to think of it I can't remember the last time I didn't use self-checkout at a store that offered it. Has to be years.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scientists discover new spiders on: March 02, 2015, 09:24:34 PM
Skeletorus and Sparklemuffin? Those are Pokemon characters, right?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoG: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter on: January 22, 2015, 12:30:57 AM
You can play X-Wing Alliance in modern widescreen resolutions (though you'll have to use a third party hack to do so (I helped create it though so don't worry :b)). X-Wing vs TIE Fighter however is limited to whatever the built-in resolutions were at the time. Even if you could alter the code to up the resolution, the HUD is completely 2D in that game so it would never scale.
25  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.
26  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


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.
27  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.
28  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
29  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?
30  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.
31  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.
32  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!
33  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.
34  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!
35  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.
36  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.
37  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.
38  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".
39  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...
40  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.
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