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Nickname Icewind
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Signed On Aug 21, 2002, 18:44
Total Comments 1477 (Pro)
User ID 13929
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Nov 17, 2010, 01:08 Icewind
Ms Essentials isn't a bad anti-virus, but I didn't care for it. It's certainly less of a resource hog than AVG/McAfee/Symantec, but I still think Avast is the best of the bunch.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 17, 2010, 01:06 Icewind
Boutique PC makers are a complete rip-off. It isn't even the high price markup either (I built a PC for $2960 that, when configured on Falcon NW's site cost approximately $6100), it's the fact that most of the people working at these places don't know shit about building.

I remember I bought a VoodooPC back around '04. Got the thing 2 months after ordering it, and he not only had both ATI and Nvidia drivers installed (I had an nvidia 6800gtx in it) but he installed an incompatible bios for my mobo. Had to redo the whole system.

Had some run-ins with Alienware and Micron, but not as bad as that.
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News Comments > Yar's Revenge Remake
3. Re: Yar's Revenge Remake Nov 17, 2010, 01:01 Icewind
I hope they don't make the same mistake as that other 2600 remake, Haunted House.

19.99 for that? A total rip-off, and looking at the boards I'm not the only one who thinks so.
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News Comments > Witcher 2 Dated, CE
7. Re: Witcher 2 Dated, CE Nov 17, 2010, 01:00 Icewind
Bumpy wrote on Nov 16, 2010, 23:17:
May the beasts of hell chew and spit this game out if it excretes but one drop of consolitus within its bowels!!!!

It might. CD Projekt has said they want to bring it to consoles. I fully expect some dumbing down. It's bad enough that this brown dome appears over you and your enemies when you're attacked. It looks silly.

That being said, I want the game but I'm not paying over twice as much for some paper garbage.

I'll stick with my digital version on steam, thanks.
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV Explanations
17. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Explanations Nov 16, 2010, 15:34 Icewind
This just proves that, as I've said before here and elsewhere, the Japanese cannot make RPGs.

Oh, they had their time. The problem is that it isn't 1992 anymore and we aren't limited to the SNES or a Genesis. Times have changed and they never changed their design philosophy to go along with it. Now they are simply paying the price.

FF13 was in the bargain bin a week after release in Japan. Anyone with common sense can see that their castle is crumbling. Granted, it'll take a long time to collapse due to their name recognition and bottomless wallets, but the market will eventually correct itself and they'll be either forced to do a full rethink of their game design practices or be put out of business.
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News Comments > C64 RPG Newcomer Nears
9. Re: C64 RPG Newcomer Nears Nov 16, 2010, 02:19 Icewind
I actually still own my Commodore 64, but the Disk Drive is dead.

Also, wasn't it LOAD "*", 8, 1?

I remember half my games were pirated and I'd be greeted with the familiar Eaglesoft crack group logo and the awesome chiptune music that played differently in each game.

Staying up until midnight playing Pool of Radiance, getting introduced to Ultima 3, playing Infocom games and thinking they were the most interactive a game could possibly get.

Time to bust out the emulator again.
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News Comments > WoW Welcomes You Back
19. Re: WoW Welcomes You Back Nov 15, 2010, 14:32 Icewind
I never understood how people can get addicted to WoW. I tried it. Played it for two weeks in the summer of 2006 and was bored out of my mind. It had no story, was nothing but constant combat and the players were all "lol"-spewing sh*theads. Though that last part may be due to me playing on the "Horde" side as an orc, I don't think it was much different anywhere else on the server.

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News Comments > Baldur's Gate 2 Complete on
19. Re: Baldur's Gate 2 Complete on Nov 15, 2010, 14:27 Icewind
BG2 is my third favorite CRPG of all time. (Under Gothic 2 and Fallout 1) I still remember having to drive 50 miles north just to find an Electronics Boutique that had a copy and treasuring my collector's edition like it was a winning lottery ticket.

I must have played through that game at least a dozen times. I have end game save files spread out over all of my PCs and now I think I might boot it up again and take another trip.

You know, in my opinion it had the best game soundtrack ever. I used to play the soundtrack CD (Came in the Collector's Edition) for hours on end. Such great mood music. Me and some friends used to play it in the background whenever we had our tabletop games going.
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News Comments > Elemental Patch This Week
6. Re: Elemental Patch This Week Nov 14, 2010, 22:38 Icewind
Slashman wrote on Nov 14, 2010, 19:30:
In some completely off-topic news...Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga is out and I'm wondering if I should pick it up.

It's the remastered Ego Draconis + the expansion. Anyone here think it's worthwhile?

I'm a huge fan of the original one and I say yes. I'm about halfway through the game myself (Getting close to the point where the new expansion begins) so I'll give it a shot.

First thing I noticed was that weapons now do considerably more damage, making the game significantly easier. I was only lv8 when I found my first 100+ damage one handed sword. I'm 28 and now have a One handed sword that does a little over 500 damage. Two handed swords do even more. I went through the game 3 times earlier this year and didn't even find weapons that powerful near the end game. It seems they "re-balanced" the equipment prefixes and suffixes to make them more powerful. Heck, I had a melee/magic defense of 46.0 and I was only level 12. The game's items are REALLY ramped up now, which evens out the huge spikes in difficulty that occurred.

Plus the graphics have been greatly improved, but that comes at the cost of performance. I used to run the first game comfortably on Ultra but this I had to tone down a little.

...and of course you get a "good" ending now.
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Interview
3. Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Interview Nov 14, 2010, 00:17 Icewind
Rhialto wrote on Nov 13, 2010, 14:16:
Didn't know they had a facebook page now.

Who doesn't?

Only the sane.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Update
7. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Update Nov 14, 2010, 00:16 Icewind
Easy prediction:

This game fails.

Bioware blames EA, EA blames Bioware.

....while EA Louse sits smugly in his/her chair.
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News Comments > Hexen: Edge of Chaos Released
3. Re: Hexen: Edge of Chaos Released Nov 14, 2010, 00:15 Icewind
A little slow Blue. This has been up since Thursday morning.

That being said it's a great mod that got me to reinstall DOOM 3.

And to anyone saying they misplaced their DOOM3 CD, you might want to check that shelf marked "bittorrent".
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News Comments > On StarCraft II in Korea
5. Re: On StarCraft II in Korea Nov 14, 2010, 00:14 Icewind
Escapist did an article about this too yesterday.

Really, it's due to Blizzard being douchebags about the whole mandatory online thing and the lack of LAN play. I knew it would come back to bite them in the ass and it turns out I was right after all. Though to be fair, a lot of others saw this coming as well.

It also doesn't help that they are suing people who cheat at the game. Blizzard is basically morphing into a mini-Activision and it won't be long until that transformation is complete. Or if it already is.

Wonder how they'll dick over Diablo fans.
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans
22. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans Nov 7, 2010, 19:34 Icewind
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 7, 2010, 14:57:
That DLL isn't hacked. It simply forces a lower shader version, and it's used for benchmarking.

As for bugs, I've run across a few. One being nipton(crashes when you're supposed to attack), and a broken quest link from Camp Hope, where if you don't pick up a quest right away you can't complete it.

Actually, you're wrong. I didn't want to type out the whole explanation because I didn't want to come off as a smart ass, seems you beat me to it though.

What the .dll does is force the game to run in native dx9 mode. They changed FO:NV so that it sort of emulates dx9 through dx10 on any vista or win7 machine. This is what is causing the game's problems, since this emulation method makes it unnecessarily taxing to do non-conversational facial emotions on NPCs. This is a problem when there are a lot of NPCs on the screen since they are all frequently shifting emotions and facial expressions causing the engine to get bogged down. Simple as that.

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News Comments > Battlefield Play4Free FAQ; Trailer
19. Re: Battlefield Play4Free FAQ; Trailer Nov 7, 2010, 19:31 Icewind
Surf wrote on Nov 7, 2010, 17:11:
"And using the "HD" marketing gimmick term for a PC release? Ugh."

It's also done on Atari's games. Even the Witcher had a big "HD GAMING" intro during the load up screens. It always made me laugh, since that game was certainly not looked upon favorably for its graphics.

It's a by product of the dumbing down of the gaming hobby. Most of the teens and trailer park twenty-somethings who haven't been gaming for 20+ years think "HD" sounds cool and means the games will make them look cool to their friends.

HD in the 21st century is sort of like how the phrase "Hi-fi" was in the 20th century. It really doesn't mean anything and can be applied to any product to make it sound *awesome*.
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Video Diary
2. Re: The Witcher 2 Video Diary Nov 7, 2010, 14:42 Icewind
StingingVelvet wrote on Nov 7, 2010, 13:51:
Atari? I thought they had a different publisher this time, some Japanese company.

You're probably thinking of Namco-Bandai (A Japanese publisher) who is handling the game's distribution through Western Europe for some reason.

CD Projekt is handling the rest of Europe and Atari is taking care of the US.
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans
3. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans Nov 7, 2010, 14:36 Icewind
Most people are experiencing a problem with ATI 4 & 5 series cards where the FPS drops down to single digit levels whenever there are a dozen or more NPCs on the screen. You need a hacked .dll file to fix it, which I and many others grabbed off of Fallout Nexus.

There are several broken quests too, and followers do have a tendency to not "zone" with your character when you go to certain areas (Most notably the strip itself)

While I'll agree it's nowhere near as buggy as FO3 was at launch, it still isn't exactly free of guilt.

I just wish the patch notes for this said something about the ATI fix, because it seems silly having to trick the game by using that hacked .dll file.

Also, their atimgpud.dll file is 32bit, which means that if you want HDR with an ATI card and you have a 64bit OS you have to pull a 64bit atimgpud.dll from the web.

This was a known problem in FO3 yet is still left unfixed in FONV.
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News Comments > The Old Republic Delay?
1. Re: The Old Republic Delay? Nov 6, 2010, 14:25 Icewind
Maybe this was true after all.

Probably scared EA enough to want to devote more time to it.

Though as far as I can tell, it looks exactly like KOTOR. Same stuff 2001 animations, same ugly 2001 textures. Maybe the gameplay will save it, but I somehow doubt it.
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Hotfix
2. Re: AMD Catalyst Hotfix Nov 6, 2010, 00:56 Icewind
I'm waiting for 10.11

I tried 10.10 and even with the hotfix I was getting VPU recovery messages. Rolled back to 10.9 and they stopped.

I love ATI, but their drivers are dice rolls for me. Even moreso than Nvidia used to be.
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News Comments > Pachter: CoD Subscriptions Next Year
15. Re: Pachter: CoD Subscriptions Next Year Nov 6, 2010, 00:53 Icewind
PHJF wrote on Nov 6, 2010, 00:31:
Boys who think "Nintendo" is cool ARE the worst!

The politically correct term is Wii.

You know, like a penis.
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