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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: What Niko Bellic carries Jun 3, 2009, 10:19 Ecthelion
It would be interesting to see the same analysis applied to a standard FPS that lets you carry more weapons than GTA4. Gordon Freeman carries a good deal more, for instance (fewer grenades and rockets, but more weapons and ammunition).

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News Comments > Return(s) to Monkey Island
7. Re: Return(s) to Monkey Island Jun 1, 2009, 13:27 Ecthelion
The remake looks pretty cool. I'm cautiously hopeful.  
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Announced
35. Re: Crysis 2 Announced Jun 1, 2009, 13:13 Ecthelion
I hated Far Cry, and thought Crysis was a lot better in terms of story pacing and combat. I didn't even mind fighting the aliens this time around. It wasn't a superb game, but it wasn't bad for $20.

I haven't played enough of Far Cry 2 to judge it yet. It's next on my list of shooters to play.
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jun 1, 2009, 07:38 Ecthelion
I signed the petition, although I really doubt it will do any good.  
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale May 30, 2009, 00:13 Ecthelion
Ooo Freedom Force. One of those games I always wanted to play and didn't. Might just pick this up, but .75 cent savings isn't a must buy this weekend. Definitely will get it when I have the time to play.
They're both great games. It's not the best game in its genre, but its storyline and atmosphere more than makes up for it. I'm not even a comics fan and I still loved the over-the-top feel.
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News Comments > Left Behind Sequel Next Month
104. Re: Left Behind Sequel May 27, 2009, 13:03 Ecthelion
If you ban gay marriage then less people will be gay?
Since fundamentalist Christians believe sexual orientation is strictly a life choice, they probably believe that some of the gays and lesbians would convert to heterosexuality. But that's not the core of the issue. They believe that gay marriage "threatens" the concept of marriage, so that's why they want to outlaw it. I'm married myself, and from my point of view nothing can cheapen the special value and sense of commitment that my marriage represents. Why the hell would I care if 2 guys want to get married, or even if someone wants to marry an animal? That doesn't affect my marriage in the slightest. If you want to look at threats to marriage, then how about the appalling rate of divorce?

Maybe it doesn't bother me because I don't put a lot of value in the piece of paper that says I'm married (besides the legal benefits it gives my wife and I). To me, the value of my marriage is in the emotional commitment we have made to each other, not in our legal status. It's nice to have that marriage certificate because of its benefits, but it's just a formality.

I think everyone should have the right to make that commitment formal and legal, no matter who they're marrying.

If you outlaw abortion then people won't get pregnant accidentally? Or people will love being parents in the end?

I don't get it. There was a youtube video that asked a very simple question to abortion protestors, "What should be the punishment for Abortion?" And the people who answered were dumbfounded...Punishment? Yeah if you want something to be illegal it needs to be punished if you do what should happen to women who get abortions...almost no one wanted any form of punishement. (I think one did but there always has to be one) WTF are you standing out there asking for abortion to be illegal for if you have no clue what you want to happen once it's illegal. It's like they only see this one objective and nothing else matters. Just make that thing illegal and everything will be ok...WHAT?! When is anything in your life that simple!? Whenever you do anything it has consequences of same shape or form but you blindly support this bill with no idea what you're even asking for.
This one bothers me as well, and it hits close to home for me since my Conservative Christian parents have adopted several kids. I don't like abortion in non-rape/abuse/mother-threatening cases, because I don't think it's fair for a fetus to have to die because its parents were irresponsible. Ideally, people would actually practice safe sex and unwanted pregnancy would become all but unknown. Unfortunately, that's probably never going to happen, especially since to my knowledge nobody has created a condom that doesn't lessen sensation; there's also the simple fact that most people are careless and just don't give a damn about the consequences of their actions (so they might not wear a condom even if it felt as good as not wearing one).

Anyway, even though I don't like abortion, it's very reckless for the anti-abortion community to blindly advocate outlawing abortion. Besides the question of punishment that you raised, the big question is what would be done with all those unwanted babies? Many of the mothers in question wouldn't be able to support their babies, and even now adoption agencies have trouble placing adoptions. So what's going to happen when we have thousands of babies unloaded on adoption agencies? That group doesn't have a solution, they just want to make abortion illegal and foolishly think that the problem will solve itself. There simply aren't enough people with big enough hearts to adopt all of those kids.

I don't get it. I'm all for churches on the community level but where did this need to govern come from? A church should be a church. We don't need any more politicians.
Personally, I don't plan on taking my kids to church. I don't need them surrounded by groupthink and rhetoric - I'll find them another outlet for social interaction.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 22, 2009, 19:48 Ecthelion
And add a duck button.
Unreal didn't let you crouch? Funny how you forget these things over the years.

A remake would be cool, as long as it wasn't a "reimagining". Keeping it simple would be important, like you said.

This comment was edited on May 22, 2009, 19:51.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Unreal May 22, 2009, 11:26 Ecthelion
Leaving the crashed ship and seeing the planet's environment in the beginning of Unreal is one of those gaming experiences I will never forget. Standing there and looking down at the river was a really impressive view at the time, at least for me.

The upgradable pistol was really cool too.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 21, 2009, 15:12 Ecthelion
Thankfully I never got into the habit of drinking soda (probably because I was homeschooled up until college). I drank a decent amount of it in college, but before and after my consumption was/is about one soda a month on average.

Still, HFCS is in almost everything these days. My wife and I try to avoid it as much as possible. I'm not a big fan of artificial sweetener either, but it's also hard to avoid. It took me a while to catch on to marketing speak - "Sugar-free" usually means artificial sweetener, while "Natural" usually means Sugar/sweetener free.

When I need a little caffeine, I stick with green tea. At least that's fairly healthy.

This comment was edited on May 21, 2009, 15:12.
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News Comments > Another Fallout 3 DLC Hint?
6. Re: Another Fallout 3 DLC Hint? May 18, 2009, 11:49 Ecthelion
Actually, Bring Down the Sky has apparently been cracked. Just do some searching on The Pirate Bay or another torrent site and you'll see it.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 15, 2009, 14:39 Ecthelion
The reason I'm not interested in Blu-Ray is that I don't have a HDTV. I have a regular old CRT TV, which suits me fine. Would I mind having a giant HDTV? Of course not, but I don't feel like buying one is a good use of my money. I can't justify spending $30 for a movie either... I try to buy movies for $10 or less.

As for the Special Features argument, it is incorrect that Blu-Ray always has better Special Features than DVD. Sometimes they don't even have the existing DVD Features. I have read reviews of several movies where some of the DVD Special Features were dropped from the Blu-Ray release. Just look at the recent Star Trek movies collection. Yes, some cool new features were added for Blu-Ray, but why the hell are we getting the theatrical versions of the movies? Just so they can release a "Special Edition" collection in a year or two that includes the Director's Cut of the Motion Picture and the extra footage from ST6? I've also read several reports of bad transfers. If I'm going to pay extra for Blu-Ray, I better be getting a top-notch presentation.

Anyway, for my movie and TV-viewing, regular DVD suits me just fine. I'll upgrade if and when they stop making DVDs of the movies and series I want to own.
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale May 15, 2009, 08:14 Ecthelion
Best Buy has Empire Total War for $30.  
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News Comments > Creative Rebate and Switch
19. Re: Creative Rebate and Switch May 14, 2009, 14:37 Ecthelion
Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only gamer on the planet who has never had a problem with Creative sound cards. I have honestly never had a single issue with them (same as with ATI video cards).

Maybe I'm just lucky... I remember I gave one of my cards to my brother after upgrading my system, and he had problems with it from day one (even though it worked flawlessly for me). I've had a SB16, Live!, Audigy, Audigy 2, Audigy 2 ZS, and X-Fi. In between I've had periods of a few months where I used onboard sound, but most of the time I've used Creative hardware. I wonder what I'm doing right (or wrong) to make them work perfectly?
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News Comments > Creative Rebate and Switch
10. Re: Creative Rebate and Switch May 14, 2009, 13:24 Ecthelion
So far, the only company I've encountered that does rebates right is Staples. They do all of their rebates online, and they work perfectly. They are easy to claim, and I have received 100% of the rebates I've submitted through them.

It's a shame other companies haven't followed their example and implemented similar systems, but that's greed for you. It's easier to maintain the status quo and count on most people being too lazy to submit the mail-in rebates on time.
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News Comments > On Hitman 5
2. Re: On Hitman 5 May 12, 2009, 08:46 Ecthelion
Yeah, that was the great thing about Blood Money. For the most part, you could play it however you wanted. If you wanted to go and shoot everyone, you could. The previous games forced a certain amount of stealthiness, which is still the ideal way to do things in Blood Money. But you aren't prevented from playing Rambo style if you want.

I can't wait for the next one, and I hope they continue to improve the gameplay by adding new ways of killing your targets (e.g. I loved the addition of accidents in Blood Money).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2009, 15:15 Ecthelion
I'm still puzzled why people are falling over themselves raving about the film, I know it's been seven years since the last motion picture go around and sci-fi movies have been shoved to the side to make way for all the superhero flicks but it just didn't do much for me, I guess you need to be a hardcore Star Trek fan.
Actually, the movie is trying to appeal to non-fans. Most of the rave reviews that I've seen have been from casual fans or non-fans.

Count me as a hardcore fan who has no interest in the movie at all. I'm not paying money to see it in theaters... the trailers did nothing to convince me that the movie was actually Star Trek instead of wannabe Star Wars (I love Star Wars too, but the franchises are very different and rightly so). So far I don't think I like the new direction the franchise is headed in. The movie could always blow me away, but I'm not taking the chance that it won't. I'll check it out on DVD.
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News Comments > Steam Global Gameplay Stats
4. Re: Steam Global Gameplay Stats<br> May 8, 2009, 08:31 Ecthelion
My rarest is Get Some Grub in Episode Two, with a 1.0% completion rate.
That one and Neighborhood Watch still elude me. I have all the rest, and I've only replayed Ep2 twice, so maybe I'll get those last two eventually...
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News Comments > Windows 7 RC
46. Re: Windows 7 RC May 7, 2009, 15:54 Ecthelion
Anyone here have experience running current and older games on the 64bit versions of either Vista or Win7?
I'm on build 7057 (the beta is 7100), and I'm using the 64-bit version.

I've played X3 Terran Conflict, Red Alert 3, GTA4, Crysis, and Hitman Blood Money so far, and they all work fine. I haven't tried older games, because the current ATI drivers don't have fixed aspect ratio scaling working for Windows 7 yet. That feature is very important for anyone using a widescreen monitor with games that don't support widescreen resolutions, because it keeps the image from being stretched. Hopefully that featured will be working in the next version and I can start testing older games. For now, I have to play them in Vista 32-bit (I don't have a 64-bit key for Vista, so the Win7 beta is my first real exposure to 64-bit Windows outside of work).

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Velvet Assassin
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - Velvet Assassin Apr 30, 2009, 14:25 Ecthelion
I remember back when the original Ghost Recon (the PC one, not Advanced Warfighter) came out, I thought it was a lot easier than the Rainbow Six games (1-3) because it had a quicksave (although it was only one slot, IIRC). Now that I'm older, I can't cut it in games like the old Rainbow Six ones anymore. I can deal with checkpoints, but entire levels with no saves are too frustrating for me these days.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mysteries of Westgate
18. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mysteries of Westgate Apr 30, 2009, 13:53 Ecthelion
Creston, I see what you're talking about now. NWN2 doesn't want to work in Win7 because of a check that DX11 does (it's probably not the only game either, but plenty of DX9 games work fine). There is a file that you can replace which gets it working again. Check out the tech support forums for NWN2 to find out how.  
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