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921  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 14, 2010, 06:36:07 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 14, 2010, 02:30:04 PM

I've added everyone in the username thread to the GT channel, so hopefully you guys will get the invites and be able to use it now. Remember it's the click menu in lower left corner of chat tab, and then Gaming Trend should be one of the chat channel choices.
Okay, I'm now friends with Blackjack!  I'd definitely be up for playing with you guys, but I should warn you that I'm not checking the Chat at all.  It seems to be a constant stream of talk about which Star Trek shows suck and which ones didn't.  So I'm pretty much ignoring it and usually have the Chat window on a different tab.  So if I'm not replying, it probably means I don't see your post, not that I don't like you!
922  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 14, 2010, 05:36:19 PM

Quote from: Arclight on January 14, 2010, 03:34:49 PM

How is the game running for you guys? Not server action but the PC performance.
At medium settings I find it very stuttery..

Intel duo core cpu E6850@3GHz
4 gigs of fairly fast ram
8800 GTS vid card 512........Vista home 32 bit.

Are they still running a debug version of the game?
When the server isn't having problems it's great on my E6850 4Gig Gtx285.  I do sometimes see stutters where my position keeps on getting corrected, I'll move forward a bit, then get instantly moved backwards.  I assume this a server issue though as my FPSs are still very good.

I've got basically the exact same specs as you except for my GTX285.  I've been really happy with the GTX285.  No idea how much it's selling for, but it's definitely at least 2-3 times more expensive than any graphics card I'd ever purchased before.  So it was definitely a splurge for me.
923  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 11:47:59 PM

Quote from: Wargus on January 13, 2010, 11:31:49 PM

If you are having combat troubles - for those fights that are hard make sure to set your stance to defensive otherwise I go offensive (I set it so weapon power is about 3/4, putting the remainder into shields and aux, with minimum in speed).  Load forward intensive weapons (cannons or dual phasers, +torp) in your starter ship. Start firing everything once they are in range (works fine on the starter ship -later ships you'll eat through power too fast), when you get to about 5, and hit reverse.  Set power to forward shields as needed. If you start having problems keeping that shield up, go back to forward motion & start circling him plinking with your rear phaser & turning in for the torps until your forward shield is full. Then rince & repeat.

My latest strategy has been to put weapons on maximum and then even things out as my shields take damage.  I figure they seem to be pretty slow striking back, and that power to shields is just wasted until your shields have taken at least some damage.  Might as well put that extra energy towards the phasers until it's needed elsewhere.

I hit with forward phasers and torpedoes at 10km and then turn sideways so that both forward and aft phasers can hit.  I stay there until the shields are down a bit, then I swing back toward the enemy (using evasive manuevers if necessary to make sure I can get into the shield arc I've been firing into with my torpedoes pointing at him), then hit my Tac officers torpedo buff and fire away.

The problem I was having with the Klingon Negh'Var was that his shields and weapons are just too powerful.  I can't bring his shields down, even if I sit next to him and pound him.  On the other hand, he can bring my shields down quite handily with only two or three salvos.

I've been trying to take full advantage of my officers special powers, which is how I got it down to 80% hull integrity.  But I suspect it's just too powerful for me to take.  Essentially it's a Battle Cruiser that I'm trying to take on with a Reliant class Cruiser.  So it's no surprise I'm getting my ass-kicked.
924  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 11:20:04 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 10:54:14 PM

What happens when you "die," btw? I've read there's no penalty, just wasn't clear if you just end up back in spaceport Earth or something.

Pretty close to no penalty.  You end up back where you started when you loaded that particular ground area / space sector.  AFAIK there are not other penalties.

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 10:54:14 PM

Can we team up on something like that or does that patrol seem to be solo-only? Or would that just make it even more difficult? I figure part of the fun is ships complementing each other, so maybe a Science vessel (assuming it didn't "draw aggro") could debuff the nasty cruiser, and make it a more manageable fight. Or my engineering-focused vessel could cower behind yours and try to keep you repaired.  icon_smile

I don't think it's solo only (in fact that may be my problem).  Although there's some discussion on whether or not the bad guys scale with number of players, and I haven't seen a straight answer on that.  I might be around a bit tonight, probably more on Thursday and Friday night.  I'll PM you my info for the Fleet.
925  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 09:37:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 08:58:57 PM

I sense from forums that space battle difficulty is something they'll be continually tweaking. Apparently some CB testers pushed for a difficulty slider similar to what City of Heroes' instances offered (where you chose 1 of 5 difficulty levels, affecting the size and quality of the mobs you'd encounter)  but Cryptic said it wouldn't happen for STO.
Yeah, I'm getting my ass kicked.  I did the rescue the freighter no problem, and the Vulcan sector patrol went okay -- some tough but doable fights.  But now I'm on the Patrol the Orion Sector mission.  I got through the first planet.  But the Kinjer has this tough sob of a ship that's blasted me to bits 3 times.  I'd upgraded screens, phasers, and photons to level II, so I thought I'd do okay, but no go.

I ended going back to patrolling the Vulcan sector.  The missions seem to reset themselves on some sort of a timer, I don't have the "Vulcan Sector Patrol" mission itself, but visiting the individual systems often seem to have the scenario for the system reset and you can rerun it for more experience.  Hopefully I'll be good enough shortly to try taking on the Orion Sector again.

[Edit:] Okay, I went back after I leveled once, and I did better, but nowhere near good enough.  It's a Negh'Var warship listed at +1 which means one level above me.  Memory alpha says "
The Negh'Var warship was the largest class starship known to operate in the Klingon Empire during the late 24th century."  Lovely, just lovely.

I got it's shields low, and it's hull integrity down to about 80% before it blew me to smithereens.
926  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 04:22:39 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 04:08:20 PM

As far as phasers go, I'm just wondering if maybe they have some optional effects/attributes that the rifles don't. that out yet. I agree I feel a little strange running around space dock with a rifle in my hand -- I wish there was some option to "holster" our weapons, aside from removing them and putting them in inventory. Personally, I would've preferred rifles and heavy weapons be limited to, say tactical officers and
security red shirts, but, I dunno, most players probably prefer being able to use everything.
Hit the "H" key.  There's actually a little icon for it down in the toolbar.  I wasn't sure what it did, so I clicked on it.  I couldn't figure out what the significance of the letter was, but seeing your post, it must stand for Holster.
927  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 03:35:30 PM
I'm enjoying the space combat a lot.  My poor Miranda-class cruiser had a very tough go against three Orion Pirates.  Barely squeaked out with hull integrity below 50% and shields low and completely out on one side.  I still haven't decided about the ground combat, as I haven't done much past the tutorial, it did seem fun from what I saw.

Going off of Blackjack's comment in the other thread (which I'm copying here to keep the other thread screenshots):

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 02:05:06 PM

I was skeptical how phasers-focused combat could have any variety, but there appears to be some variance

Is there any reason to use phaser pistols?  I feel bad dragging around a phaser rifle all the time, it seems very non-canon (at least very non-ToS and NextGen, I haven't seen much of the newer series).

I did notice one mission where I was only allowed to bring down one crew member.  Seems like it might make sense to have missions where you weren't allowed to bring in heavy weapons.
928  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 13, 2010, 02:52:16 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 13, 2010, 02:29:51 AM

OK I was ready to see my Ship inside the bridge, but what exactly is my avatar doing out in space as some gigantic God? This was just after the bridge tutorial. Bizarre.  icon_confused
Apparently there's a bug in there that causes some people to show up where there ship should and to have their ship show up where their character should.  So you could be running around the station as a tiny-sized starship.
929  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 12, 2010, 08:36:46 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on January 04, 2010, 02:23:57 PM

Question - what is the skirmish schedule for those who didn't buy the latest expansion? I hit level 30 Friday evening and did the 2 tutorial skirmishes.  I then failed (oops) a solo skirmish that evening.  Then the skirmish bar was locked out and it wouldn't let me create a new one.  I couldn't get into any skirmishes on Saturday or yesterday either.

From the Patch Notes from the patch currently undergoing testing:

Quote from: Bullroarer Patch Notes
Non-Siege of Mirkwood players are no longer limited to 3 skirmishes.

No idea when it's going live though.
930  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 12, 2010, 07:58:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 12, 2010, 07:51:05 PM

I remember using bit torrent for the WoW open beta way back when (2004 I guess) and that was just Blizzard's modus operandi at the time, so maybe it's something Cryptic should consider for its open beta stuff in general, not just for the pre-order folks. It's no magic bullet, I guess, but I figure the more options and mirror sites, the more spread out the downloading stress is.
Blizzard does seem to use them a lot.  For example I think the applications they used to distribute the Diablo III videos right after it was announced were some kind of peer-to-peer distributed downloader.

I'm guessing the Star Trek Downloader is probably some sort of torrent-like thing. 
931  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 12, 2010, 07:43:40 PM
I went back on FilePlanet to try to restart the download and the West Coast server (which is what I was using before) is now missing from the list.  I guess their whole server (server farm?) went down.
932  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 12, 2010, 07:40:31 PM
Okay, after my FilePlanet download crapped out I went to the STO site and they had something called the Star Trek Downloader, which they warned "would be slower than the other methods" and I should only use it if another method failed.  Boy they weren't kidding when they said slow.  I'm getting 0.46kB/s.  At this rate, it might finish in the next year or so.
933  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 12, 2010, 07:35:04 PM
And ... my STO download just crapped out.  Firefox says the transfer ended because it could not find the file on the server any longer.
934  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 12, 2010, 06:37:19 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 12, 2010, 06:21:20 PM

My 63 Captain finally reached the "meat" of Mirkwood. What was a little confusing to me is there's an "initial invasion" version of Mirkwood with its own set of quests, along with a series of Book chapter quests. Finish the Book chapter quests, and then you "unlock" the slightly different version of Mirkwood that extends further east and has at least a provisioner you can sell stuff to in the early area (the "starter" Mirkwood version, has no NPC there you can sell to, forcing you back to Lothlorien or to map to another zone to do that).

To really get confusing, you can team with someone who's in the "other" version of Mirkwood. You may see each other as blips on the map, but you won't technically be in the same zone, and once you've completed and moved past the starter Mirkwood zone, you can't return to it to help someone there.

I actually liked the way they did it from a "story" perspective.  It was neat to start out with a small beachhead, with enemy troops all around, and then later have a new version of the zone where the Elves controlled at least a large part of the woods, and were pushing inland.  Although I can imagine it was a disaster for grouping.  It kind of reminded me of the way they did Moria with a before opening and after opening versions.

Quote from: Blackjack on January 12, 2010, 06:21:20 PM

I got frustrated with a couple certain quests until I realized the regularly repeating waves of friendly Maladrhim soldiers attacking orc bases is really just there for flavor -- i.e., you can waltz by that (avoiding drawing aggro from large groups of orcs) and into the base proper to get the needed boss or object, and then waltz out. It is kinda fun to battle alongside the good guys but you really can't win -- it just continually spawns more and more orc reinforcements.

It took me a while to figure out what was going on there too.  At first I thought it just wasn't balanced for single player.  I'm curious as to whether a strong enough player would actually be able to push through and completely wipe out the enemy, or there was some balance mechanism that increased the number of Orcs and decreased the number of Maladrhim soldiers as you did better.  I could hang out there for a few waves of soldiers, but I always ultimately ended up either having to retreat or dying.
935  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 12, 2010, 05:41:05 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 12, 2010, 04:35:12 PM

At least I'm not alone on the Fileplanet speeds being a mess. I also downloaded the CB client from them previously and it d/l fine (very fast), I think they just didn't prepare for the open beta traffic volume, which is hard to understand when they had so much advance notice:
A joke right ? Ave 50kbs download (30hrs to go)
http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?p=1370433#post1370433
I'm getting slightly better numbers on FilePlanet.  I've been downloading for probably at least an hour and a half.  It's showing 122KB/sec with 13 hours and 46 minutes remaining.  icon_frown

I'm expecting a greater than 50% chance that it will crap out at some point and I'll have to restart from scratch.
936  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Trek Online (Cryptic's "other" new MMO) on: January 11, 2010, 09:27:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 11, 2010, 05:54:16 PM

Additionally, you can turn on 'open grouping'. In short, if you have somebody entering the same system as you, and who has the same quest as you in that system, the game will automagically group you up. Once again, you have to turn this option on (by default it's off, after a lot of complaints).
So the game is mostly instanced, at least for missions?
937  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 07, 2010, 06:37:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 07, 2010, 04:40:52 AM

Whew, I finally won the Yule race today.
Congrats Blackjack.  That's a nice looking horse.
938  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 06, 2010, 08:20:46 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 06, 2010, 04:42:34 AM

I think the Yule Fest ends today. I took one more stab at that stupid horse obstacle race. I finally traveresed one of the ramps, got the speed buff, promptly found myself unable to leap over a 2 foot fence for interminable seconds, slipped off the 2nd ramp, and of course ran out of time just shy of the finish line. Sigh. No festival mount for me...  tear
According to the Calendar on the Official Forums webpage (see left sidebar) it's running until Monday January 11th.  If I'm reading it correctly it stops at 9pm EST.  So hopefully you'll have an opportunity to take another go at it.
939  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: January 03, 2010, 10:23:30 AM

Quote from: Chordian on January 03, 2010, 09:33:42 AM

Normally I'm just lurking here, but now that you're fiddling with housing and armor items I thought I'd make use of this opportunity to show you a section on my web site where you can see what they look like before buying them. The section is fairly new, so perhaps you haven't heard of it yet: Chordian's LOTRO Barterers
Wow, that is really a slick piece of work Chordian!  Are you doing all that with JavaScript and CSS?  It look great and seems to work very smoothly.

I'm sure you've got more than enough work on your plate.  But it would be really great to see something similar for the Skirmish cosmetics.  I'm very curious as to what all the Soldier cosmetic options actually look like.
940  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: iPod Movie Issues on: January 02, 2010, 05:39:01 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on December 31, 2009, 08:53:07 PM

Try a restore, maybe that'll help.
Thanks ravenvii.  A "restore to Factory Settings" on the iPod combined with Deauthorizing and then Reauthorizing the computer she was synching to cleared up the issue.
941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 31, 2009, 07:36:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 31, 2009, 06:03:16 PM

Quote from: ydejin on December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.

Quote from: coopasonic on December 30, 2009, 02:45:44 PM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 02:40:12 PM

I <3 this one.

I'm not 100% sure, but this may be the first xkcd that has me at a total loss.  saywhat

Spoiler for explanation from xkcd forums:
As a quick explanation, in discussions of cryptography and encodings, etc, Bob is the standard name of the party sending information, and Alice is the standard name of the party receiving information. If there's a passive listener on the line, eavesdropping on the call, we call her Eve (get it, Eavesdropping = Eve?). If Eve fiddles with the information, she's called Mallory, and if there's a trusted third party, he's called Trent. We just use names instead of letters or roles because it's easier to say "Bob's message is read by Eve" than "The outgoing message sent by the first party was intercepted and read by a passive third party listener who's not trusted".

Sorry, missed the spoiler.
942  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mirkwood review on: December 31, 2009, 07:04:40 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on December 31, 2009, 05:11:58 PM

... This allows you to skip places you don't like (for example, I hate Barrow-Downs and the Old Forest). ...
I loved both those areas Blackadar.  I thought they did a great job creating a real "sense of place," really evoking the atmosphere that I read about in the books.  I particularly liked creeping through the Old Forest.  I started in the Elf area, and coming through the Shire, visiting Bucklebury, and then heading into the Old Forest was really when LotRO took hold for me and I realized I was playing in Tolkien's Middle Earth and not some generic Fantasy Game.

I suppose to me the places which I enjoy the most are the areas that are well described in the books (note I've only read the Hobbit and the 3 LotR books, and I've only skimmed the RotK appendices).  I'm pretty meh on the North Downs and Angmar.  Although I did like Forochel and Evendim.
943  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mirkwood review on: December 31, 2009, 06:49:53 PM
Nice writeup Scraper.  One thing you might want to mention is that while it might be considered a "full expansion" it's not priced like one.  The pre-release deals were great, but the current $19.99 is still quite low.
944  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.
945  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / iPod Movie Issues on: December 31, 2009, 04:09:16 PM
I sent a friend an iPod Touch for Christmas. She can't get it to play movies. She buys them on iTunes on her computer and can watch them there, but when she trys to play them on the iPod it says "Cannot play movie."

I'd send her to Apple Tech Support but she's deployed with the US Army and doesn't have easy access to their Tech Support. Any ideas?
946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPGs in 2010 on: December 29, 2009, 04:18:55 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 26, 2009, 08:24:42 PM

I wouldn't play ME again with ME2 right around the corner. You are absolutely right in how broken the game is gameplay wise and technical wise. ME2 looks much, much improved in all fronts.
I dunno, I'm planning to do another play through of ME1 before ME2 comes out.  I haven't played ME1 in quite a while and want to remind myself about how the story goes.  While I'm sure they'll make some attempt to catch people up on the story if they haven't played ME1, I can't imagine it will be able to provide them with half the information ME1 players will have had.  And for me, I thought the original Mass Effect story was really great, by far the best part of the game, although the characters, and the combat (especially the force powers -- err, I meant biotic powers) was fun too.

As far as Andrew's complaints goes, yeah, they are pretty much spot on.  The unexplored planets are by far the weakest part of the game, and the Citadel was badly designed and probably the slowest most boring part of the game after the unexplored planets.  It was particularly bad because it slows the tempo of the game right at the start immediately after the "tutorial" section.

Andrew, I'd recommend giving it another try and just skipping all the unexplored planets.  You can also probably whip through the Citadel skipping most of the side quests.  The other hand designed planets are really great, and there's a terrific story in there.
947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 12:36:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2009, 12:25:58 PM

Quote from: ydejin on December 22, 2009, 11:40:52 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2009, 09:16:21 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
What, I'm working with Cerberus now?  Aren't those the scum bags from the last game that killed all sorts of innocent people and were doing illegal research?

Heh, that was my reaction.  How much do you want me to spoil about that?  Well, here's info you get in the first 15 minutes of the game.  If you chose not to read what I posted about how the game begins, it's also a good idea to skip this spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
After the Normandy SR1 is destroyed and Shepard ejected into space and dies, Cerberus recovers his body and basically rebuilds him, taking 2 years and roughly 4 billion credits to do so.  You are definitely Shepard though, The Illusive Man, who runs Cerberus says that Shepard's abilities and knowledge cannot be replicated, and he's the only one that can save humanity.

Apparently Cerberus really is an offshoot of the Alliance black ops, and it's very pro-humanity, but in a kind of fascist, ruthless, power hungry renegade way.  Anything to further the human agenda and put us at the top of the galaxy's power structure... anything.

Well turns out humans and entire human colonies are disappearing all over the Galaxy, no one knows why and the Alliance can't handle it.  Illusive Man thinks it's the work of the Reapers, and asks Shepard to investigate it.  To help in this matter, Cerberus gives Shepard a new ship, the Normandy SR2.  Shepard, with little else to do and a whole lot of resources from Cerberus behind him, goes to investigate.

Of course, that's just the beginning, I'm sure that if you pursue it, you can definitely make Cerberus answer for its crimes.

Uggh.  I can't say I'm too excited about that.  I wonder if this was planned from the beginning (when they wrote ME1) or if they had a directive from EA to make the game "edgier."  
Spoiler for Hiden:
I can't say working with Cerebus is something my paragon Shepherd would have wanted to do, but I suppose with the fate of the galaxy on the line, Shepherd will do what needs to be done.

Doesn't this basically mean you're working with the Nazi's though?  The "Ends-Justify-the-Means" type people who were ready to kill our own soldiers, perform experiments on people, and do anything they wanted in order to increase their power?  Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Well I'm glad I read your spoiler Turtle.  Better to be forewarned and set my expectations appropriately.
948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 11:40:52 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 22, 2009, 09:16:21 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
What, I'm working with Cerberus now?  Aren't those the scum bags from the last game that killed all sorts of innocent people and were doing illegal research?
949  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: What was your top MMO in 2009? on: December 22, 2009, 11:17:05 AM
Definitely LotRO for me.  First MMORPG I've played, and I played a huge amount this summer.
950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 22, 2009, 04:08:55 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 20, 2009, 03:56:21 AM

The bonus for reaching level 60 will be significant, no word on exactly what though, but you'll really notice it.  There is some hints that it won't make the game easier, but will definitely reward "hardcore" players in a way they'd like.
Thanks for the updates Turtle.  I guess I'm going to have to go for another play through and boost my level 59 Shepherd up to level 60.
951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My New Order of the Stick Book Just Arrived!!! on: December 18, 2009, 08:23:47 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 18, 2009, 07:14:53 PM

Is there anywhere to get the books for a decent price? I have a hard time paying MSRP, but I can't find them besides at the OOTS site, and they're damn expensive there.
You can get "Scratch and Dent" copies of most of the OOTS books for $10 off, which as far as I can tell are books that somehow didn't pass quality control.  Doesn't look like there are "Scratch and Dent" copies of the new book available yet.

Quote
About Scratch & Dent Books: This is a "scratch & dent" product. That means that it has minor cosmetic damage (such as dings, spots, scratches, or dents), usually on the cover or title page. All scratch & dent books are still perfectly readable, however, and the binding is just as sturdy as pristine copies. We offer our damaged books at a lower price so that readers who don't care about the way they look can enjoy a bargain on a product we couldn't sell otherwise. Please note, however, that all scratch & dent sales are final.
952  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Destructoid's top 50 games of the decade on: December 18, 2009, 01:08:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 12, 2009, 06:03:48 PM

Civ III over Civ IV?
Yeah that was definitely a WTF for me.  I know there are people that really like Civ2, and I personally liked Civ3, although I know many did not.  But I just can't see picking Civ3 over Civ4, which IMO is the best of the series.  All I can think of is the people making the list are non-PC players and maybe never even played Civ4.  Are there any other PC games on the list other than #7. Diablo II?
953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 17, 2009, 11:52:12 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 17, 2009, 06:33:52 PM

I have three systems I could buy downloadable games on and yet I don't buy any because I tend not to have time to play all of the awesome disc-based games I own and so I am certainly not going to make time for these smaller games.
I take the opposite approach.  When time is short and I'm busy with work, I'm far more likely to play an XBox Live game.  They're less involved and less complicated, so they're easier to get into on a short time schedule.  I'm more likely to play regular games after I've been pushing at work, made some major deadlines, and then things slow down and I have more free time at home.
954  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bedroom furniture? on: December 17, 2009, 11:36:04 AM

Quote from: Chaz on December 17, 2009, 05:33:17 AM

Except for a mattress.  You do not want a used mattress.  Or even a used futon pad.  Basically, there's all kinds of things that could be living in either of those.  You don't want to find out that your new bedding came with a bonus case of lice or worse, and you definitely don't want to turn on a black light and play the "is that semen, urine, or blood?" game.  Get a mattress new, everything else used.
Yep.  Our University housing office says in some cases they have tracked bed bug infestations based on movement of sofas and mattresses across campus.  You do not want bed bugs.  They are very nasty and hard to get rid off, and used mattresses and sofas are a primary source.
955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: December 16, 2009, 09:37:33 PM
This looks terrific!  The Wild West always seems a bit underused in gaming, particularly given how many popular, iconic Western movies are out there.  Definitely looking forward to this.
956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game 2010 on: December 16, 2009, 09:08:07 PM
Alpha Protocol is at the top of my list.

Also Mass Effect, Elemental: War of Magic, Victoria 2, and Combat Mission: Normandy.

[Edit:] Adding Red Dead Redemption after watching the trailer vizionblind has linked in his new thread.
957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 16, 2009, 08:14:52 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 16, 2009, 05:38:49 PM

Almost done here.  Just have Virmire left and I'm looking through the guide for any side quests I missed.

One of the reasons why I went back to replay this fourth time was on my second paragon play through (to recreate my paragon game from my 360 play through) I didn't pick the Colonist background, as such I didn't get the personal side-mission that I'd wanted.  This time around I did, and the Colonist's personal side-mission is a very short, heart-breaking mission dealing with a woman named Talitha.
Interesting.  So have you done all three (I'm assuming it's three) background missions?  I remember running into the Spacer background mission, but don't remember if I managed to finish it.  All I remember of it was (*** minor spoiler ***) getting to call my mom who was serving on some space cruiser.  That part was kind of cool.  It made Shepherd feel more like a real person, with parents and everything.

Are all the background missions found on the Citadel?  I seem to recall the Spacer background mission was awful easy to miss.  IIRC it was triggered by some random guy sitting in one of the Citadel corridors.  I don't think he's there on the initial Citadel visit either (although he might have been, and I just missed him).
958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 16, 2009, 12:39:18 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 16, 2009, 10:30:24 AM

It's a single player game and I've already played it twice before, I think I've earned it.  The PC version still has achievements and recognizes the saves despite that, which is good since ME1 can get really tedious.
I'm up to 830/1200 Gamerpoints.  I'm mostly missing the Tech Ability achievements and four of the six NPC Ally achievements.  I've had vague thoughts of finishing them up, but then I realize that getting the Ally achievements would probably require me to muck around with the Mako on unexplored planets, and that does indeed sound rather "tedious."

I might give it another run through right before ME2 comes out and just do a straight shot through the story planets, remind myself about the universe and the plot points, and try to hit level 60.
959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: December 16, 2009, 09:11:17 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 12, 2009, 10:05:26 PM

I'll likely be getting my character to level 60 in this latest run through.  Sadly, I will probably using PC cheats to get to 60 because I'm not going to do 2 complete run throughs.
It takes a huge amount of experience to get up to level 60.  I've played a character through twice and that only got me to 59, and IIRC based on the amount of XP needed to get from 59 to 60 it will take almost another half play through to get to 60.
960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: December 15, 2009, 04:29:10 PM
OO appears to be back up.
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