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7. Re: The 10 Greatest MS-DOS Games of All Time… Oct 22, 2011, 21:26 jimnms
 
That's kind of a stupid list to make. MS-DOS was around for a long time, and lots of games ran on it (and the other MS-DOS alternatives).  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link
25. Re: Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link Oct 19, 2011, 17:49 jimnms
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Oct 19, 2011, 14:07:
I find it amusing that the stuff you get from XP you say was useless, but then you still went way out of your way and altered your play style just to farm said useless XP. You DO have OCD! You do get XP from headshots though, which is a bonus for lethal that equals the non-lethal bonus. The only unbalanced thing is the ghost bonus really, and you can get that lethally as long as you use silenced weapons.

I didn't "farm" the XP system, I discovered it doing the mission where you have to get into that abandoned warehouse that turns out to be the FEMA place. Once I snuck past everyone and reached the elevator, it triggered the end of that part of the mission, and gave me the bonuses for ghost, etc. I realized there was still unexplored places, and I wanted to go back to the guy at the beginning of the level and sell some crap. After triggering the end of the mission, it didn't matter if you were spotted or an alarm went off because you already had your bonuses. I obviously didn't do that because I got the achievement for not setting off alarms. I did sneak back out to explore the rest of the map, knocking people out along the way.

And you don't get the same XP for going lethal or non lethal. A non lethal take-down gives you 50 XP, and a head shot with the tranquilizer gives you a total of 40 XP. A head shot with a gun gives you 20 XP.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
5. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Oct 18, 2011, 23:49 jimnms
 
I did run into a bug that crashed the game if you tried to examine one of the quest items. That was listed as a fix in the previous patch though. I did find one quest that wouldn't mark a part of the quest as complete and show you the next part, but it didn't stop the quest from being completed. You just didn't get a mark on your map telling you exactly where to go to do the next part, which is the way they all should have been.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link Oct 18, 2011, 23:39 jimnms
 
I finished DX:HR over the weekend. It took me 89 hours, but I'm a bit OCD and have to make sure I explore every inch. It was one of the better games of recent years, but I was left disappointed by it.

A lot of the augments were useless, and I saved my praxis points until I needed them. At one point I had 14 unused point, so I went ahead and fully upgraded dermal armor for the stupid boss battles, and the cloaking thing even though I'd made it that far without using it. I wasn't going for a pacifist run, but I was doing stealth and non-lethal because you get more XP. By the end of the game I had 9 unspent points. I never upgraded the battery things because I got by just fine with the single re-generating cell. I did upgrade the regen speed of unused cells though. I carried 5 of those energy bar things with me, and if I came across another one I just ate it. I never found a place where I needed more than two cells.

I felt the whole take-down system kind of ruins the game and made the stun gun completely useless. First, why bother with having a lethal or non lethal option? You get more XP for a non-lethal take-down and there is no down side to using it, but using the lethal take-down causes any enemy on the map to hear it. They should have reversed it, have the lethal take-down quick and silent, but the non-lethal take-down louder. That would make doing a pacifist run much more challenging and make the stun gun useful.

It was also way too easy to get XP. After finishing a mission stealthily and getting the bonuses, you could turn around, go back and kill everyone for more XP.

Hacking was too easy, and the stop worms and nuke viruses were useless. The only time I used one was by accident, and I had over a hundred of each by the end of the game.

Then there was the endings. My biggest (maybe only) complaint about the original Deus Ex was that you get right to the end to make your choice, but it wasn't as lame as walking into a room and being told push this button for this ending, or push this button for this ending... The second Deus Ex, as flawed as it was, wasn't as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. One thing it almost got right was the way the endings played out. Depending on which side you worked with more earlier in the game changed the way the final level played, but you could still change your mind and pick a different side at the last minute.

I've started another game, but this time I'm just going to run and gun through it and find all 29 of the XP books. I think I only missed one, and I know where it is. I saw it, but I couldn't get to it and after I cleared the way I forgot to go back for it. After that I'll play one more time on the hardest difficulty and go for the pacifist achievement. I did get the achievement for not setting off any alarms, which surprised me because I thought a turret spotted me and set off an alarm early in the game.

As for the DLC, I think I'll wait for a $5 sale.
 
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News Comments > XIII Returning Next Month
10. Re: XIII Returning Next Month Oct 17, 2011, 22:59 jimnms
 
That is really weird. I have the original, box and all sitting on my shelf. For some reason earlier today it caught my eye and I've been thinking about it all day. I was thinking of installing it, but then I thought I remembered the original having starforce on it. Might be worth picking up on GoG either way.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Battlefield 3 Oct 12, 2011, 21:20 jimnms
 
Saw this deal about half an hour ago and pre-ordered it, now the site is giving an error. I wonder if it's getting too much attention. Now I need to cancel my $47 NewEgg pre-order. I still may cancel this one before release because I'm not sure if I'll play it enough. I bought BFBC2 on a Steam sale for $7.50 a while back, but I've only had time to play through the SP and maybe 3 MP games, although each of those MP sessions sucked me in for ~6 hours.  
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
11. Re: Hardware Reviews Oct 12, 2011, 15:48 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on Oct 12, 2011, 12:52:
I haven't seen the newer generation closed loop consumer kits yet though, how are they for noise? The first gen ones had noisy pumps and that put me off, I like my systems very quiet.
My system is practically silent. I can actually hear my netbook over my desktop when its fan kicks in. The H50 has a 120mm fan on it, another 120mm fan is in the front of the case and the PSU also has a 120mm fan. The PSU's fan regulates itself, and I use the default setting for fan control in the BIOS (it has a quieter setting, but it lets the temps get hotter before speeding up the fans). I have the radiator fan plugged into the CPU fan spot, the pump in the aux fan with fan control disabled, because the pump is supposed to run at full speed, and the front case fan plugged into the chassis fan. During normal use, the fans all run at the lowest speed of 900RPM. When there's a load on the CPU, the radiator fan will speed up, but it's barely noticeable since it's mounted in the back of the case. The front fan hardly ever speeds up, and the HD stays cool. The pump is silent except for an occasional swishing sound when I first turn it on.

Even with fan control disabled and all fans at max RPM, it is still quieter than my old AMD Athlon 64 X2's stock fan at idle. The loudest thing in my system is the GTX 470's fan.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
6. Re: Hardware Reviews Oct 12, 2011, 12:38 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on Oct 12, 2011, 11:15:
It is really hard to beat the price to performance ratio on the 2500k, it's one of the best consumer CPUs ever made in terms of efficiency, has a ton of headroom for overclocking and is pretty good at almost all workloads. Where AMD competes these days is mainly budget seekers.

I'm still using a first gen Core i5 750 at stock speed. I bought it because of it's overclocking potential. I usually don't overclock at first, but do it later to squeeze more life out of the machine before I need to do a major build. I have a Corsair H50 cooler on it, and I did do some early overclocking on it to see what it could do. It easily goes up to 4GHz, ran stable for 8 hours with Prime95's stress test and stayed within the designed temps. At 4.2GHz or more it would take some tweaking because it runs hot and started to get errors after a few hours, but it would probably be OK for gaming since prime95's stress test puts more stress on the CPU than any game would.

So far, at the stock settings with a GTX 470, it handles everything I have on max settings.
 
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News Comments > Hitman Absolution Trailer
3. Re: Hitman Absolution Trailer Oct 11, 2011, 02:33 jimnms
 
I hope we don't have to play though in 3rd person and rely on conveniently placed cover spots, and wtf is up with the stupid red lines telling you exactly where the cops are going?

It's hard to tell how scripted the AI was, but as I played previous Hitman games (and DX:HR), I wished games like this would put some dynamic/randomness to the enemy patrols. It basically comes down to watching the enemy patrols and figuring out the weakness they put in for you to exploit, and they continue to follow those paths forever.
 
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News Comments > Leisure Suit Larry Revival
13. Re: Leisure Suit Larry Revival Oct 11, 2011, 01:28 jimnms
 
If it's like the recent re-releases of the Monkey Island games, that would be fine by me.  
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Oct 11, 2011, 01:23 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 10, 2011, 23:41:
What did Metro come free with? I have it in my games library, but I didn't buy it....was it given free with Fallout or something?

I got it free with my video card. It came as a piece of paper with a Steam code on it. I played it, enjoyed it a lot. I didn't realize it had three endings though, so I've been meaning to play it again to see what the others are.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. The Stanley Parable (Half Life 2 Mod) Oct 7, 2011, 01:37 jimnms
 
That was short but enjoyable. I got a good hour out of it going back and trying to find all of the different endings.  
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News Comments > Rockstar on (Lack of) PC Red Dead Redemption
17. Re: Rockstar on (Lack of) PC Dead Red Redemption Oct 5, 2011, 23:40 jimnms
 
Hey Rockstar, I'm not interested in L.A. Noire or Max Payne 3, I won't be buying L.A. Noire or Max Payne 3 (maybe I will if/when they're on sale for < $20), but I would buy RDR for full price the day it releases.  
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever DLC Next Week
11. Re: Duke Nukem Forever DLC Next Week Oct 5, 2011, 23:35 jimnms
 
I got in the first access club for buying Borderlands GOTY, but I don't have DNF. Do I still get the DLC for free when I buy DNF if it goes on sale for $5?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2011, 16:25 jimnms
 
Hard drives are very reliable these days. I really can't remember the last time I had an HD failure. I had a scare about a year ago when my HTPC blue screened and the system log had several errors about bad sectors when it restarted and performed an auto disk check.

Being a 2TB drive full of recorded TV shows and not having enough spare HD space to back it all up, I was very worried. I manually did a full scan with WD's diagnostic software and it said the drive was fine. I did a full scan with Windows 7's chkdsk, and it passed and unmarked the sectors as bad. It has been running fine since.

I still do regular backups (every 2-3 days) of important things on my main system. I have an eSATA dock and a 1TB drive which I use for backing up files. I also have a 1TB USB drive that I backup to as well and keep in a fire-proof safe. When I go out of town I take the USB drive with me just so both of my backups aren't in the same place. I use TrueCrypt to encrypt it so if it gets lost or stolen, no one can get my stuff.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Tweaks
12. Re: RAGE Tweaks Oct 4, 2011, 15:55 jimnms
 
Where's the rage (punny?) over this? People went ape shit because you had to edit a config file to tweak certain things in Dead Island, but it seems id is getting it easy.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Firefox 7? Sep 28, 2011, 23:17 jimnms
 
Did they remove Firefox  4.3  7 from auto updating? I updated my desktop system they day it was released. A day later my notebook and another system didn't ask to update, and when I manually check for an update it says Firefox is up to date. My notebook is still running WinXP, the other two systems are Win7 64-bit.  
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News Comments > Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle
2. Re: Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle Sep 28, 2011, 23:04 jimnms
 
I already have Frozen Synapse (and a spare key) and the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle. I tried to get a friend to give it a try, but he won't.

I haven't played Frozen Synapse in a while. It's a fun game, but my only complaint is people that don't finish games when they realize they're beat. The last three MP games I played the opponent realized they could not win and they just quit. I thought that if the game started and both players made moves, if one quits and doesn't make a move after 2 weeks that you get the win. Apparently that isn't the case because I my win score didn't go up and they show up in history as in progress.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas DLC
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Fallout New Vegas DLC Sep 27, 2011, 21:20 jimnms
 
Now they just need to have a sale on all of the DLC bundled together for about $20.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 24, 2011, 22:22 jimnms
 
I've been noticing problems with YouTube videos pausing even when there is more than enough buffer to keep playing. For example, I'm watching a 10 min video, and I'm about 3 minutes in. The buffer shows a little over half way, but then the buffer bar stops moving or slows down. The video pauses anyway even though I should have a a few minutes buffered before it needs to stop. It's like it stops downloading or slows down, but even though there is video buffered, it pauses anyway just because of the slow down rather than playing whats in the buffer.  
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