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News Comments > Something Growing at The Farm 51
3. Re: Something Growing at The Farm 51 Apr 17, 2012, 17:48 Ratty
 
necrovision was so so. Not as good as Painkiller but I played through it twice so that says something.  
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News Comments > Crysis 3 Announced
31. Re: Crysis 3 Announced Apr 16, 2012, 12:46 Ratty
 
Setting looks intriguing. Did Crytek ever claim Crysis 2 was a sandbox game?  
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News Comments > Valve Confirms Hardware Plans
76. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 19:46 Ratty
 
eunichron wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 19:24:
Dev wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 19:19:
I'm not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing lol.

Might be great for them, but it's bad for us.
I'm reminded of how Valve leveraged Half-Life 2 to force the adoption of Steam on everybody. Wanna play Half-Life 2? Then you gotta install Steam. Sure, most of us love it and all NOW, but boy at the time I resented it.

I'm worried they'll try the same thing with Half-Life 3, only this time it's not something we're ever going to love.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:50 Ratty
 
I'll occasionally play the lottery but I stayed out of this one. Could you imagine what your life would be like? I don't need that.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2012, 15:09 Ratty
 
Rossafur wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 14:16:
A couple quick thoughts about the human CO2 emissions article:

1. As one commenter pointed out, the argument is akin to saying that since people killed each other before guns were invented, guns couldn't also be used to kill people.

2. The Daily Mail is *not* a super reliable source.

3. "The research was recently published online in the journal Earth And Planetary Science Letters and will appear in print on ****April 1****." [emphasis mine]

This is a pretty big deal. Though the Daily Mail isn't the most unbiased source they do point to a reputable journal.

Man-made global warming deniers always point to Europe's little ice age and the warming trend that preceded it. And supporters always rebut this by pointing out it only took place in Europe and is irrelevant for the discussion of global warming. If this research bears out, it's a huge blow to supporters' theories. A couple of other points still stand though: The warming trend in question was far, far less in magnitude than what we're seeing today and it is believed to have happened during a solar maximum, again, unlike today. So it's still not a total disproof but a significant blow nevertheless.
 
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News Comments > Good Old Games Becomes GOG.com
2. Re: Good Old Games Becomes GOG.com Mar 27, 2012, 11:46 Ratty
 
Hey, Darwinia! I haven't though about that game in a while. I might just fire it up again.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
12. Re: Skyrim Patched Mar 20, 2012, 23:30 Ratty
 
Just in time for my fourth playthrough. I did two archer playthroughs, then I tried a destruction mage playthrough since I've never done an ES mage before, but got bored with it and quit. Tonight I just started an illusion mage playthrough. Using rage to get your enemies to kill each other is just too damn much fun.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls MMOG Announcement in May?
21. Re: The Elder Scrolls MMOG Announcement in May? Mar 16, 2012, 11:38 Ratty
 
wtf_man wrote on Mar 16, 2012, 11:36:
You are confusing the in-house Bethesda developers, with the parent company, Zenimax.

Bethesda Game Studios has no interest in creating an MMO, nor a multi-player version of TES, for that matter. They only make Single Player games.
I hope that's true. I just don't want to see any Bethesda staff or resources devoted to anything else than the upcoming DLC and the next SP Elder Scrolls.
 
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News Comments > "Spectacular" Crytek Announcement Next Month
30. Re: Mar 12, 2012, 12:44 Ratty
 
ItBurn wrote on Mar 12, 2012, 12:37:
And to those saying that the ai and stealth was broken, you are crazy. Crysis 1 and Far Cry had the best ai I've ever seen in a shooter. They don't shoot you if they don't see you. Clearly you weren't hiding.
We had some Far Cry discussion here a few weeks ago and that prompted me to replay the game. A stealthy playthrough, where possible, was damn fun. I emptied out entire levels with my silenced MP5 with no one the wiser. Tag them on your radar, crawl into position in the brush, and a single bullet to the head to take them out one at a time.
 
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News Comments > "Spectacular" Crytek Announcement Next Month
28. Re: Mar 12, 2012, 12:34 Ratty
 
ItBurn wrote on Mar 12, 2012, 10:58:
The first Far Cry is one of my favorite games ever. Best multiplayer since Blood. And I loved the mutants. It added a layer or horror and survival to the game. It was a very varied game.

Crysis 1 was ok, big open spaces, lots of options, but it lacked something that can't be described. It was sanitized.

I haven't even played the second one. I mean, a corridor shooter? "Press start button"? Autoaim? Really?
Totally ditto here on all counts. FarCry: the most awesome thing in the universe. Crysis: pretty fun but no FarCry. Crysis 2: didn't even bother.
Beamer wrote on Mar 12, 2012, 12:01:
Far Cry was great until it became impossible in the end.
Sepharo wrote on Mar 12, 2012, 12:09:
I remember the rusted out boat level being a little strange. You had to swim out to it and then navigate an annoying entrance and fight helicopters from the deck right? Not a good area.
Of course the big problem with FarCry was uneven difficulty but I much prefer a game to be too hard than the opposite. We just don't get hard games nowdays. So I'm OK with it.
 
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News Comments > Romero on Making an Old School FPS: "I Have Plans"
13. Re: Romero on Making an Old School FPS: "I Have Plans" Mar 11, 2012, 15:29 Ratty
 
I'd look forward to playing it if I had an IPad or smartphone.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 "Biggest Entertainment Launch of 2012"
33. Re: Mass Effect 3 Mar 10, 2012, 12:33 Ratty
 
Bhruic wrote on Mar 10, 2012, 04:33:
Doesn't mean I like it, frankly I thought the ending(s) sucked. I felt the same way I did with the Deus Ex endings - instead of having the various decisions I made along the way matter, they just give you a bunch of options (crappy ones in this case) and make you choose. Ending cop-out 101.
Name any modern game that advertises how your choices influence the game and doesn't cop out with the lame multiple cutscene endings. All the Deus Exs did it, FO3 and FO:NV, Elder Scrolls, etc. I'm with you: that has always annoyed me no end.

The only game I can think of that truly did branching into radically different games based on decisions you made was one called Strife. It was built on the original Doom engine, so you know how long ago that was.

Wasn't there an article here a couple of days ago mentioning how game designers were loathe to ever put things in a game that not everybody would see? Perfectly understandable but I don't have to like it.
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot
4. Re: BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot Mar 8, 2012, 10:45 Ratty
 
That "Protect our Race" sign is a new, darker detail of the game I didn't know about.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 8, 2012, 10:42 Ratty
 
Netflix May Resurrect "Terra Nova".
The turd that wouldn't die. I wouldn't even hope for resurrecting Firefly; those guys have gone off to do other things. But Stargate Universe is still ripe for the plucking. It took a while but I came to really love that show.
 
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News Comments > Molyneux Quits Lionhead
17. Re: Molyneux Quits Lionhead Mar 7, 2012, 11:53 Ratty
 
Waah. Every time I see Dungeon Keeper mentioned somewhere it makes me cry.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 15:40 Ratty
 
eunichron wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 14:53:
  • Dexter; kind of disappointed with the last season, but it's really hard to top seasons 2 and 4
  • Dexter definitely has its ups and downs. Almost all of the last season was sitting on my DVR until I was finally bored enough to watch the whole thing over a few nights. Hate the baby. I'm sure the producers (or the original author) thought ha ha, how fun would that be? A serial killer by night and a diaper changer by day. But it just gets in the way and is distracting. But the big thing is how any peril Dexter gets into - whether it's almost getting discovered or almost getting killed - seems to be wrapped up neatly in the first five minutes of the next episode. Oh no! Dexter's drugged and tied up in the back of the killer's van! Next episode: he wakes up and somehow manages to untie himself and kill the guy in the first scene. And there's a LOT of that sort of thing in Dexter.

    Still, the last season's cliff hanger was pretty awesome and kind of what everyone had been waiting for. If THAT's tied up neatly and forgotten about by the end of the episode next season I'm definitely cancelling my subscription to Showtime. (Then I can start watching Spartacus!)
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 12:45 Ratty
     
    PHJF wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 12:35:
    You shouldn't admit in public to watching True Blood.

    Blue, where is your talk of Spartacus? We're half way through season two here!
    Heh, I thought I'd get called out for New Girl, not TB.

    I'd watch Spartacus too if I got Starz.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2012, 12:29 Ratty
     
    Thank god Terra Nova's gone. Flat hokey characters, flat hokey dialog. Maybe Fox will have enough money now to keep Fringe going.

    What I watch:
    Archer (of course)
    Walking Dead/Talking Dead
    True Blood
    Dexter
    Fringe
    Family Guy
    Supernatural
    Psych
    New Girl

    I tried to watch Game of Thrones but I just don't like it. All the evil people and betrayals make me feel bad.
     
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    News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer
    15. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer Mar 6, 2012, 12:11 Ratty
     
    Love the "ant farm" base. Very cool.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2012, 12:23 Ratty
     
    brother19 wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 09:59:
    When I make chili I combine dry spices in a cast iron pan, with a small amount of oil, and sear them a little bit. Brings out the flavor.
    Yup. It's called "blooming." Like you said, you can really taste the difference. I bloom some dried anchos and chipotles (but without any oil) then grind them into powder. My chili powder is 8 tbsp whole cumin seed, 8 tbsp oregano, 4 tbsp paprika and a tsp of cayenne. Bloom them in the skillet for a minute or two then into a coffee grinder to make the powder. I don't make texas-style chili but I'm going to give Blue's recipe a try real soon. Better than any cook book I'm guessing with all the tweaks he's discovered.
     
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