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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2013, 12:05 Ratty
 
Those news anchors are the same ones who mocked whats her name Kardashian. They're a hoot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCs1Q565E4g
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 22, 2013, 12:00 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 11:47:
The novel I'm currently reading, "The Great North Road" by Peter F Hamilton, unintentionally has a very topical part about how they investigate a murder in a city where every single inch is covered with the future equivalent of cameras.

Essentially they just pull all the data from every "camera" in the entire city for a set amount of time and colate it into this VR 'zone' which allows them to observe the city second by second and backtrack basically everyone and everything that way.

It's a cool thing to read, but quite unnerving if you think about it. It seems pretty likely that's the direction it's going to go, though. Especially in the UK (where Hamilton is from.)

Great sci-fi writer, btw. If you love expansive sci-fi, pick up his "Pandora's Star" novel. Best sci-fi novel ever, imo.

Creston
Love love love Hamilton (except his endings, those have consistently stunk). I was thinking about getting North Road but I don't really care for detective scifi. Murder mysteries in spaaaace. Nah.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 22, 2013, 11:57 Ratty
 
Agreed, as much as the cultish nature of Apple turns me off they have made some spectacularly cool things. First the IPod, then the IPhone. Their walled garden approach to these is OK with me but I'd never get an IPad. That's too close to a computer that could do real work and I refuse to be limited to Apple-approved apps bought on ITunes for something like that.  
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News Comments > Another Bethesda Mini-Tease
6. Re: Another Bethesda Mini-Tease Apr 17, 2013, 14:54 Ratty
 
His all too rare editorial comments is what makes this site head and shoulders above the rest.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to "Next Adventure"
42. Re: Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to Apr 15, 2013, 16:53 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 14:07:
Why do you all want Elswyr so much? I"d much rather have the Black Marsh. Utilize some underwater adventures with the Argonians. Ruined towers in the swamps, trolls, etc. Black Marsh would be hella more cool than Elsewyr!

So totally agree. I'm hoping for Black Marsh too. I've always loved a swampy setting in games, ever since Redneck Rampage. Valenwood would be cool too - lots of treehouse type stuff a la the Ewok moon of Endor.

I'm bummed all we're getting is two mediocre DLCs though. Maybe they'll license out some DLCs to a third party. I mean, why wouldn't they?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2013, 14:36 Ratty
 
Ha, I watched Spartacus a couple of times when they had those free Starz weekends. The gore and sex was so hilariously gratuitously over the top. It was like the perfect essence of what the gladiator genre is supposed to be. It wasn't quite my cup of tea but maybe you'd have to watch awhile to get into the characters and the plot. Though I really would have liked to see more of Xena.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
5. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 13, 2013, 12:34 Ratty
 
Panickd wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 10:41:
Benefits? Always having the latest updates which add new functionality and stability to whatever the product is
Why would you need ALWAYS on to get the latest updates? A one time check at startup would accomplish that. Better name a couple more.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2013, 13:29 Ratty
 
I hope the cicadas show up around these parts. I remember being absolutely terrified and fascinated by them as a little kid. Like gigantic enormous horseflys - I was sure they had a nasty bite. Creepy is the best word to describe them.  
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News Comments > LucasArts Closed
18. Re: LucasArts Closed Apr 3, 2013, 15:18 Ratty
 
Epic Jabba!  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
30. Re: Evening Q&As Apr 3, 2013, 14:39 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 13:33:
I remember that. Tim posted about how difficult the economic realities of running a studio are.
People flipped out and said he was an asshole because they didn't understand what he wrote.
I heard about the Looking Glass guys playing UT on their last day because they told that story in the context of that quote. As in this is a game we loved and admired so much this is what we chose to go out with. And then the quote. I guess they didn't understand what he wrote either because they were bitterly disappointed. Whatever truth there may have been it was still tasteless so soon after the closing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
25. Re: Evening Q&As Apr 3, 2013, 13:27 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 12:29:
Approximately one week after the PS4/720 are out, Epic's monkeys will be back to their "TEH PC IS PIRATEZ! FUCK TEH PC!" rhetoric.

They're the most predictable clowns in gaming history.

Creston
I played Unreal Tournament for hours a day, just about every day, for YEARS. What an awesome game that was. I remember when Looking Glass Studios closed, the employees talked about spending their last day playing Unreal Tournament together. Then whatsisname at Epic, Tim something posted a comment on Looking Glass's closure deriding a company made up of "MIT grads" and saying basically oh well, sink or swim, survival of the fittest, if you can't turn a profit you shouldn't be in the business. Tasteless. Then they released Unreal Tournament 2 and the magic was truly gone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 3, 2013, 11:50 Ratty
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 11:17:
I do see consoles with 8 gig of ram a huge win for pc games and have said so a dozen times.
Oh totally agree there. I've never been so excited about a console launch in like forever, even though I wouldn't get one. It's a huge huge win for PC gamers. Eventually. I just wonder how long it will take for us to reap the benefits.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 3, 2013, 10:38 Ratty
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 09:56:
I like how he focuses on 32 Bit Windows limitations as the big difference between the PC and PS4:

A. Most of us can go beyond that now but have been held back because of console memory limits.

B. Those that don't have 64 bit windows, will upgrade when truly needed.

He mentions most pc's are still 32 bit, I thought Win7-64 is now the dominant gaming o/s, no? I hope he's not being stupid counting all pc's in existence as 99% of those are made for gaming.
Actually, despite my skepticism when clicking the link (to see what Sony ass kissing thing Epic had to say), the memory limit is a good point. I hadn't thought about it before. It will be interesting to see how long it will take before 64-bit OSes will be required. And until then will 32-bit OSes be the lowest common denominator that limit games for a change? Will games released after the new console releases not be made for PCs because the number of 64-bit systems is still too small to be profitable? Steam Hardware survey lists 64-bit Windows 7 at 55% so I'm guessing that won't be the case. Also we have yet to see what the new XBox will bring to the party,
 
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News Comments > The Journeyman Project Trilogy Remake
6. Re: The Journeyman Project Trilogy Remake Mar 28, 2013, 19:12 Ratty
 
I played it too. I think it was the second computer game I ever played, after Myst. I remember going to the game store to look for a game that specifically ran in Windows like Myst did cause I thought that would be a good thing. Didn't know back then DOS games with all their boot disk and upper memory shenanigans were where all the good games were happening. Anyway, I bought it because it was just about the only Windows game I could find.

I still remember the magic of that evening in Leonardo Da Vinci's studio and gardens. I could almost smell the honeysuckle.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite
44. Re: Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite Mar 26, 2013, 17:15 Ratty
 
No quicksaves is a deal breaker for me. Won't be getting this until it's on a cheap sale sometime down the road.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite Mar 26, 2013, 11:46 Ratty
 
vrok wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 11:32:
Checkpoint system combined with resurrection drives me nuts.
So what does that mean, checkpoint system? And why does it suck? By resurrection do you mean something like the old Vita chamber system? No way to turn it off?

I was going to wait for the price to come down but goddamit if I don't have a stinkin 4-day weekend coming up.
 
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News Comments > New Thief's New Garrett Profiled
20. Re: New Thief's New Garrett Profiled Mar 14, 2013, 16:37 Ratty
 
dheer wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 15:41:
go ahead and make trailers with fighting, backstabbing, blood and some crappy music of the day
Actually in all seriousness you made me remember that the trailers and gameplay footage for Thief 2 were an awful lot more actiony than the game actually was, depending on how you played of course. Lots and lots of arrows taking down guards, sword fighting with Haunts and the like. I'm still pessimistic but what you say is not out of the realm of possibility.
 
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News Comments > New Thief's New Garrett Profiled
14. Re: New Thief's New Garrett Profiled Mar 14, 2013, 15:19 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 15:06:
Ok, I give them the benefit of the doubt - and so should all of you - after Ass Creed and DXHR. However, I agree, that video did nothing to reassure me. In fact, it set my teeth on edge. The designer being both too young - and french - clearly doesn't seem to get why people love Garret and Thief. Whatever changes Batman has been through at his core he's still the Batman. You don't need to reinvent him and you don't need to reinvent Garret. So, in short, this game has gone from top of my list to a now reserved status. Le sigh.
I feel like a father who finds out his kids love the newer Star Wars episodes more than the original trilogy. Then is horrified to realize all their friends agree. More action, better special effects - and more Jar Jar! Just like I feel every time I read a young gamer who says Thief Deadly Shadows was better than the originals and Deus Ex Human Revolution was way better than the first one on account of how ugly it was. It's a losing battle, man. Just step back and cherish your memories.
 
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News Comments > New Thief's New Garrett Profiled
5. Re: New Thief's New Garrett Profiled Mar 14, 2013, 11:28 Ratty
 
At this point I just wish they'd let Thief die a dignified death. Whatever they come up with is gonna suck.  
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News Comments > Thief (4) Details Inbound
38. Re: Thief (4) Details Inbound Mar 5, 2013, 15:17 Ratty
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 12:30:
The chances of this being a pure stealth game are slim to none. It'll most definitely make combat a more viable option than it was in the previous games.
I'm betting you're right. Which is a shame. Dishonored had some great stealth gameplay but I felt the design and gameplay options they added to support full combat weakened the game. I know everyone loves Dishonored and I enjoyed playing it but there was some element of "meh" to the whole thing I can't quite put my finger on. Something a little too Harvey Smith minimalist about it a la Deus Ex Invisible War. Like he applied his philosophy of boiling everything down to the absolute core elements needed and discarded anything else as distractions. Maybe it's that half the equipment and powers were useless to me. Yet when I compare stealth features of Dishonored against those of Thief they come out about even. Like I said, I haven't put my finger on it yet.
 
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