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News Comments > Fallout 3 DLC Interview
26. Re: High level content Dec 17, 2008, 17:25 Scottish Martial Arts
You show someone a screenshot of Fallout 2 and they'd probably say "Beirut?"

That doesn't look like the post-apocalypse to you? You'll get no argument from me that New Reno is out of place, although it is an excellent location filled with great quests and characters. That said, the game looks about as post apocalyptic as you're going to get with 2D tile-based graphics.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Fallout 3 review Dec 16, 2008, 16:41 Scottish Martial Arts
It's really obvious when a reviewer hasn't played Planescape Torment or any classic RPGs.

Or read a genuine work of literature. There are things to praise in Fallout 3, but the insipid writing isn't one of them.
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Editor (GECK)
17. Re: Fallout 3 Editor (GECK) Dec 11, 2008, 21:21 Scottish Martial Arts
Yes, but even though we know what's going to happen it's still crazy fun

Uh, what's so crazy fun about it? The explosion? Because the quest consisted of pressing your use key and then selecting between "disarm bomb" and "rig bomb to detonate". Not exactly a pinnacle in gameplay there.
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News Comments > Ghostbusters Dated, Baldur's Gate & NWN to be Revisited
12. Re: Ghostbusters Dated, Baldur's Gate & Dec 2, 2008, 16:55 Scottish Martial Arts
An Obsidian developer is dropping hints over at RPGCodex that they'll be doing BG3:
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Coming
53. Re: Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Coming Nov 26, 2008, 13:07 Scottish Martial Arts
Super Mutants are perfectly fine as they are now, too.

Except that they can easily be killed by second level character playing on very hard difficulty. What was once a major threat that took skill, tactics, and a little luck to overcome -- at least until you found hardened power armor and a modified plasma rifle -- is now a common, unremarkable enemy that is easily dispatched. At least Deathclaws didn't turn out to be total pushovers.
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Coming
42. Re: And so Nov 25, 2008, 19:57 Scottish Martial Arts
I bet some of you feel pretty stupid now?

Fallout 3 plays nothing like Fallout 1 or 2 and retains all of the flaws of Oblivion. Wasn't that exactly what we said would happen? A great PC franchise has been consolized, just like us "whiners" said it would be, so I'm not sure why exactly I'm supposed to be feeling foolish.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Coming
33. Re: Fallout 3 Editor and DLC Coming Nov 25, 2008, 16:19 Scottish Martial Arts
It's really not worth comparing Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3, they are completely different types of games in almost every way.

Well both games have you exploring a post apocalyptic environment, fighting mutants/zombies from a first person shooter perspective, while searching for items that will help keep you alive.

In all honesty, you're right that Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 are pretty different, but you have to admit that the actual gameplay of Fallout 3 has a lot more in common with your average first person shooter than your average cRPG. I suppose that's what bugged me most about Fallout 3: it played nothing at all like it's predecessors. Well, that, and the insipid writing, cookie cutter dungeons, weak character system, and boring, uncreative quests (although the replicant one was pretty cool). That said, it was fun for the first 10 hours or so, and I did actually finish the game, so I guess it was worth 50 bucks, but on the other hand I doubt I'll still be returning to it and still finding new stuff a decade from now.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Neverwinter Nights 2: S Nov 23, 2008, 01:23 Scottish Martial Arts
So is this good or not?

I haven't played that much of it yet, but so far it looks pretty good.

Death is now functions according to DnD rules: if you hit 0HP then you are incapacitated, losing additional HP every round, until either a teammate heals you or you die. If you die, then you have to pay for a resurrection back in town.

Combat is quite a bit more challenging now, partly due to the new death system and partly because the encounters are just tougher. It took me a half dozen reloads or so to finish the opening battle.

There are skill checks everywhere: every dialogue so far has had multiple skill checks. Likewise, the two short quests I've done so far both made liberal use of skills. Furthermore, Overland Travel relies on skills such as survival, spot, hide, and diplomacy extensively.

I'm really, really early in the game so this is all I can comment on so far. I spent about 3 hours crafting my party so I very little of my play time has been spent advancing the plot.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2008, 01:31 Scottish Martial Arts
you suck at games

Seriously. The only challenging area I've encountered is Old Ohlney which is infested with Death Claws. At least Death Claws are still fearsome and dangerous as hell, unlike the emasculated Super Mutants. Now that I have T-51b Power Armor and a Plasma Rifle however, I kind of doubt even the Death Claws will pose much of a challenge.
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Patch
34. Re: Fallout 3 Patch Nov 7, 2008, 12:53 Scottish Martial Arts

Mostly because it doesn't play much like a Fallout game. Most of your time in Fallout 1 and 2 is spent in towns, talking with NPCs, getting and doing quests, and solving puzzles. Compare this with Fallout 3 where there are only 2 towns of a any size (Rivet City and Megaton), which you really only visit to sell off loot you picked up either fighting monsters in the wastes or exploring dungeons. Likewise, every quest I've encountered so far has been a dungeon crawl, usually with some item you have to retrieve at the end of it. Fallout 1 and 2 certainly had quests like that, but they were few, and the dungeons themselves had puzzles, NPC interaction, and a storyline. Given that all the quests seem to be dungeon crawls, it's no surprise that about 85% of the game is spent either in combat or immediately between fights. Fallout 1 and 2 simply weren't this combat focused.

When I play Arcanum I feel like I'm playing Fallout: Steam-Punk Edition. When I play Fallout 3 I feel like I'm playing Elder Scrolls: The Oblivion of Post-Apocalypse. Fallout 3 simply doesn't play much like Fallout, no matter how often you see the Vault Boy. In other words, it plays like an Elder Scrolls game. Admittedly I think this is the best Elder Scrolls game since Daggerfall, but nevertheless it's an Elder Scrolls game regardless of it's post-apocalyptic setting, just like Arcanum is a Fallout game regardless of it's steam-punk setting.
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Patch
27. Re: Fallout 3 Patch Nov 7, 2008, 02:00 Scottish Martial Arts
If you dont like this, frankly just fuck off and quit playing games.

I'd tell you to go fuck yourself but given how far the game industry's cock is up your ass that would just be redundant. If you want to champion mediocrity be my guest. But don't tell me that I have give a blow job to a game that doesn't hold a freaking candle to it's decade old predecessors. A Fallout game Fallout 3 most definitely is not.
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Patch
9. Re: Fallout 3 Patch Nov 6, 2008, 17:49 Scottish Martial Arts
It's more or less bug free on my end (PC.)

Seriously? I get regular crashes on saving or exiting the program. Additionally, there seems to be a scripting error that prevents me from progressing now that I've just entered the Citadel. I guess that means I need to either reload an old save or call it quits on this game. At this point I've seen what there is to see, and I highly doubt a couple more dungeon crawling fetch quests will change my opinion. Given that Bethesda says that the isometric perspective and turn-based combat of the originals were only due to technology limitations, I can only assume that good RPG design must also be unnecessary now that we have radiant AI and bloom to make up for it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
96. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 02:32 Scottish Martial Arts
I think that voting is for the ignorant and we should just pull the shadow-government out the fucking shadow install a goddamn Empire.

I shouldn't even bother responding to this, because you either didn't read what I wrote, or didn't bother to understand it. Whatever, I like talking about Rome, so here we go.

Fuck it if the Roman Republic turned into an Empire, thats the way the US republic should go too!!!

You are aware that Julius Caesar was a Populares, right?

It would take way to long to go through the fall of the Republic step by step but here are some key themes:

1. The wealth of empire was overwhelmingly benefitting the senatorial class. Meanwhile, the small land holders were losing their farms after years of overseas service (during the Republic the army was a propertied militia).

2) The land redistribution legislation proposed by the brothers Gracchi marked the introduction of political violence.

3) Gaius Marius reorganized military recruiting to allow the poor and disenfranchised to serve. Since these new poor soldiers were dependent on their commander for getting payed, their loyalty was to the general and not the state.

4) Beginning with Scipio Aemilianus, we see Roman politicians leveraging popular support in order to force policy through.

Combine the above factors, and you have a situation in which Roman politicians, in order to achieve their political goals, leverage their armies and their supporters among the people, offering such incentives as land reform or, after the Social War, voting rights for the Italian allies. The result was essentially a mob turf war, starting in 133BC (need to double check that date, whenever Tiberius Gracchus was assassinated) and not ending until the Battle of Actium 100 years later.

The point here is that the Republic didn't fall because Octavius woke up one morning and decided he wanted to be emperor. Rather, there was extreme discontent among the ever-growing class of urban poor, which folks like Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Marius, Cinna, and Julius Caesar were able to leverage to achieve their political goals, often resorting to mob violence, assassination, and ultimately marching on Rome. Likewise, conservative politicians like Sulla were not above using their essentially private armies to knock some heads among the Populares. Over a century of civil war, Roman statesman were killed off one by one, until only Octavius was left standing, allowing him to take control.

Look, I'm not proposing genocide or something here by saying that there isn't supposed to be a popular vote for President. It's in the US Constitution for crying out loud: Article II Sec. 1, check it out if you don't believe me. All I have tried to say in the past few posts, is that I believe that what is in the Constitution is a little more coherent and well thought out than the mishmash of electoral procedures we currently have.

The Founding Fathers didn't have blind faith in democracy, and, honestly, that's because they thought a little more seriously about its implications than most do today. Most of us have been raised in democracies, and been taught since early childhood that democracy is the one, true, best way to govern a country. If you want to cling to your enculturation, fine. But the Founding Fathers didn't take your faith in democracy for granted, and accordingly they thought more seriously about what the dangers of letting a simple majority decide everything might be, and designed the US government accordingly. You don't like it? Fine, but it's what's in the Constitution, and I happen to believe in that document and to believe in the thinking that went into it.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
92. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2008, 00:18 Scottish Martial Arts
If you seem hell-bent on painting the entirety of the American citizenship as completely ignorant and unworthy of having a say in their own government, why do we vote at all?

That's not my intent, although I can certainly see how I've come off that way. The essential danger of democracy is that the majority can be wrong. The challenge then, and I quote this straight from High School Civics, is to have majority rule while protecting minority rights. Part of how the Constitution sought to prevent a tyranny of the majority was to have various offices, with different powers, elected at different times, or not elected as the case may be, by different constituencies. This way a simple majority cannot dominate the policy making process, but instead must compromise with various parties in order to get anything done.

If we consider the Congress and the Presidency, we will find that there are three tiers: from lowest to highest, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President. In order to make policy, all three tiers have to cooperate. As designed in the Constitution, the higher the tier, the less the office is directly influenced by a simple majority, so that a misguided majority cannot dominate the policy making process. Accordingly there is an additional degree of separation between the people and the office-holder for each tier; the people directly vote for their representative; the people vote for their state legislator who votes for a Senator; the people vote for their state legislator who votes for electors who vote for president.

Since the President has the most power, there is the most danger if he makes the wrong decision. Accordingly, it is dangerous to make his decision making directly accountable to a majority that may or may not be right. That's why the Article II Section 1 makes no provision for a popular vote.

This is thinking that I happen to agree with. Your mileage may vary. I don't believe that the majority is always right, and I believe that moderation is the best way to avoid bad policy. Accordingly, I think the Founders were right to design the Constitution as they did. Again, you may feel differently, but I hope you at least understand that I don't simply feel that Americans are too incompetent to vote.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
88. Re: Meh. Nov 4, 2008, 19:51 Scottish Martial Arts
Now we have a direct, nearly transparent view of our candidates, and we can all make proper judgments.

Uh, are you sure about that?

The electoral system is antiquated and serves now only to obfuscate the voting process.

Stupidity and mob rule, which the electoral system was designed to mitigate, are never antiquated.

This comment was edited on Nov 4, 2008, 19:56.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
84. Re: Meh. Nov 4, 2008, 19:23 Scottish Martial Arts
Personaly I think the electorate system youve got there in the US is total bullshit. A vote is a vote. For some reason a vote in one state is worth more than a vote in another.

As designed in the Constitution, there are three degrees of electoral separation between the average citizen and the President: citizens vote for state legislators, state legislators vote for electors, electors vote for President. The idea is to insulate the Presidency from the whims of the majority, and therefore to allow him or her to take a more circumspect and thoughtful approach to governing, less pressured by a volatile popular opinion.

What has happened is that over time state legislatures decided to turn the selection of electors over to a popular vote. As a result, when a citizen votes for President, you aren't voting for the candidate per se, but voting for a slate of electors who have pledged to vote for that candidate. Electors can vote how ever they want once selected, but it is virtually unheard of for an elector to vote against his or her pledge.

It's important to note that this is not how it was originally intended to work, nor how it worked for quite some time. Again, state legislatures would select prominent non-office-holding individuals in their state, whom they felt would vote wisely, to be electors. These electors would then vote for the presidential candidates, with the first place candidate being President and the second place candidate being Vice-President.

That a vote in one state is worth more than a vote in another state is not because the electoral system was stupid to begin with, but because there was never supposed to be a popular vote for President to begin with! Now, with a very poorly educated populace thanks to the failure that is the US public education system, people have come to believe that there is supposed to be a popular vote for president, when there never was supposed to, and cannot understand what this baffling electoral college is for.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3
115. Re: Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3 Nov 3, 2008, 11:09 Scottish Martial Arts
Is it as prevalent in fo3?

It's not as obvious as in Oblivion, but there is still a fair amount of voice actor repetition.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Oct 30, 2008, 11:02 Scottish Martial Arts
Huh, seriously? Can anyone who actually plays real RPGs (no oblivion doesn't count) verify this?

It's bullshit. Fallout 3 is very, very RPG-lite. For what it is, it's a decent action game but it certainly isn't much of an RPG. I've been playing it for two days now and I have posted some extensive impressions over in the Ships Ahoy Fallout 3 thread, if you're interested.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3
99. Re: My Two Cents Oct 30, 2008, 01:33 Scottish Martial Arts
I also wanted to say that although I've been mostly negative about Fallout 3 so far, I'm still having fun with it. It doesn't feel much like a Fallout game, and it still has all of Oblivion's flaws, but it still manages to improve on Oblivion and be a decent first person shooter. I highly doubt I'll still be playing this a decade from now, and it certainly doesn't even hold a candle to the originals, but I'm sure I'll finish it and don't feel like I flushed money down the toilet by buying it. I still think this is a lame sequel and that Bethesda was the absolute wrong choice of developer, but on the other hand, for what it is, Fallout 3 isn't terrible either.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3
98. Re: My Two Cents Oct 30, 2008, 01:26 Scottish Martial Arts
Either you're talking shit or you're playing on the easiest mode or something.

I'm playing on Normal difficulty. I met the Super-Mutant in a tricycle factory that I think was to the southwest of Megaton. It took a clip worth of VATS headshots to bring him down, plus 2 stimpacks to keep me alive, but was otherwise no trouble. Given that I had about 100 rounds of 10mm ammunition and 20 stimpacks, that was hardly a huge outlay of resources to kill what had been in the earlier games one of the most dangerous foes you could encounter.

In other news, I've got a pretty good feel for VATS and the combat system now, so here are my thoughts: VATS is a slightly more sophisticated autoaim system, nothing more. Locational damage is in the game, whether you use VATS or not. Therefore, if you're a good shot, you can simply aim for your targets head and score critical hits without having to wait for your action points to regenerate. VATS is just a tool to be used if you don't want to go through the trouble of aiming, or you really want to see a slow motion rag doll fly through the air. Other than that, combat is exactly like any other first person shooter. Combat skills affect damage, both in and out of VATS, and your accuracy, in VATS only; in other words, combat skills don't seem to have a dramatic impact on your character's ability to fight.
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