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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo for All
16. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo for All Feb 17, 2012, 11:15 Ratty
 
How depressing. The only thing I'm looking forward to this year are the upcoming Skyrim DLCs. I'm moderately interested in Bioshock Infinite but for some reason it doesn't excite me. I think all the heavy scripting in the previews they've shown has turned me off, though that may be unfair.

Sorta curious about the ME3 demo. It looks awful consoley in the gameplay videos and chock full of cutscenes. But I might give it a go depending on other people's experiences.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 17, 2012, 10:51 Ratty
 
Verno wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 10:24:
I like Chrome as well but I always find its lacking one or two little things that I can't get without FF extensions. The Chrome "app" situation hasn't improved much since the last time I checked it out unfortunately, maybe I should just bite the bullet and look at the API to see if I can hack together a few of the things I need.
You actually should give it a try. If you already know javascript, DOM, HTML, etc., it's pretty simple and a bit liberating. There was something very specific and fairly simple I wanted my browser to do that I knew no one else would write an extension for so I set aside some time to learn about it all and did it myself. Packaging it correctly was complicated but I later found there's all kinds of programs out there that will do that part for you.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 in September
23. Re: Far Cry 3 in September Feb 16, 2012, 10:45 Ratty
 
I didn't get Far Cry 2 because a) it wasn't on islands anymore - the whole Africa setting just didn't appeal to me, and b) there were no sci-fi elements in it anymore. It's funny, I know the sci-fi elements are what most people bitch about: "it would have been a great game except for all the mutant shit," but realistic shooters don't appeal to me. Since FC3 is on islands again I'm inclined to get it, even without mutants.

The original Far Cry is in my top 5 favorite games of all time. Some of those maps were just legendary.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Tim Schafer on Game Budgets
12. Re: Quoteworthy - Tim Schafer on Game Budgets Feb 12, 2012, 09:24 Ratty
 
just because someone is an expensive well known movie star doesn't mean they can do good voice acting.
Yeah, Linda Carter was OK, but not worth the millions they probably paid her.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Helicopter parents Feb 10, 2012, 15:59 Ratty
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 14:24:
Ratty wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 10:56:
So funny. Right out of my favorite Everybody Loves Raymond episode ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cThuaPUD_Q

Good times... One of the few shows where I have the entire collection on DVD... Course, it helps that they were like $15 a season... : )

I stopped buying TV Shows (and movies, I guess) though... Takes up too much room : )

-Alamar
I only got to know the show through reruns. Was never the least bit interested when it broadcast. I mean, who wants to watch something that starts with "Everybody Loves ..." Now, I've probably seen every one 4 or 5 times - a few a lot more than that.

I haven't bought a TV show on DVD for years and years but I just got the Blu Ray set for Space: 1999 Season 1 a couple of days ago for something like $40. It was sooo worth it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Helicopter parents Feb 10, 2012, 10:56 Ratty
 
So funny. Right out of my favorite Everybody Loves Raymond episode ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cThuaPUD_Q
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2012, 13:08 Ratty
 
DNForever wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 12:41:
How does freezing enhance the flavor?
I should add I make vegi chili from the Greens Cookbook. I'm not a vegi myself, I just really like it. So yeah, possibly meat chunks could get messed up. The beans are fine though. Not mushy or anything. (Now I feel bad for polluting Blue's Texas Style chili thread with mention of beans).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 9, 2012, 11:27 Ratty
 
Canning your chili or the nagas? I've never thought about canning my chili - it's an interesting idea. I'll be interested to hear how that turns out.

Ever since I discovered how much freezing enhances the flavor I now always make my batches a week in advance and freeze them into portions. Though I also have to make it twice as hot because it gets milder over time. It's pretty inedible right after I cook it.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Sizzle Reel
3. Re: Skyrim Sizzle Reel Feb 9, 2012, 11:17 Ratty
 
Drayth wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 10:58:
I do hope some of those do make it.. the spear combat looked pretty rad.
Actually just about all of them were pretty awesome. The problem is they'd have to dedicate resources to test for balance issues and bugs. I've long wished I could buy training for my followers but I can see how that might imbalance things.

The giant mudcrab is a no-brainer though. That MUST go in with the next patch.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 8, 2012, 13:32 Ratty
 
Why do I feel oddly embarrassed when someone else's cell phone rings and I pull my own out of my pocket to check? I feel a little like an idiot. It's similar to when you see somebody waving in your direction and you wave back, but of course they were waving at someone behind you.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
67. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 20:54 Ratty
 
Yup. You can tell the difference. It looks nice. But I lost my nudie textures *grump*  
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
29. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 16:10 Ratty
 
Kastagir wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 15:28:
I think there will be quite a few people who end up owning two copies of Skyrim. One for their (shit) console and one for the PC.
I finally broke down and got an XBox about a year ago and bought a used copy of Oblivion for it. I thought it'd be fun to relax in a big chair in my living room and play it on a big screen TV rather than hunched over at my computer for a change. But as an archer it was impossible. At that first Ayeleid ruin you get to after leaving the sewers I kept getting my ass kicked by that one archer. Granted he's pretty tough anyway at level one but it took me about 15 or 20 seconds to even line up my bow to take a shot at him, in which time he'd dodge to the right or the left or shoot me 5 or 6 times. So really, you can be an archer using a controller?

After that I gave up and only used the box to watch Netflix - except Netflix never streams anything I want so it's just been gathering dust unless the kids come by.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
13. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 15:03 Ratty
 
I have a nudie mod installed. Do you think I should get rid of that before getting the hi-res mod?  
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News Comments > Thief Gold Steals Its Way Onto GOG.com
15. Re: Thief Gold Steals Its Way Onto GOG.com Jan 31, 2012, 14:10 Ratty
 
Bill Borre wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 12:57:
Return to the Cathedral scared the shit out of me. One of the few moments in any game where I was genuinely frightened.
Heh. Games don't scare me. but I do remember one very tense moment where I had to pick a lock under a bright glowing street light right by where a zombie was making his shambling patrol and I had to be very quick before he turned around and saw me. No shadows to hide me there and, yeah, I guess it made me a teensy bit scared.

Another great thing I liked in that level was the opportunity to pit the living against the undead since they hated each other. Tease a horde of zombies into chasing after you right into a group of spiders and burricks, jump out of the way and watch the mayhem unfold. I've always been partial to mayhem by proxy and wish more games would incorporate it.

I am reminded of this because I was playing Skyrim last night and there is one quest where you have to kill the Silver Hand. On the way in you find a werewolf locked in a cage and I tried repeatedly to release him and get him to attack his Silver Hand tormentors but instead he kept getting into a fight with Vilkas (who I could not leave behind out of the way somewhere). It was kind of disappointing I couldn't make it work and I remembered Return to the Cathedral. Those guys were great at giving you what you wanted.
 
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News Comments > Thief Gold Steals Its Way Onto GOG.com
6. Re: Thief Gold Steals Its Way Onto GOG.com Jan 31, 2012, 12:01 Ratty
 
MajorD wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 11:32:
T1 is in my Top 10 without a doubt.
Even though T2 had much better graphics (16-bit textures vs 8-bit) and many other improvements, I always thought T1 was better. The devs said they added a lot more action elements, like undead, to the first one because they didn't think such a stealth-focused game could be successful without a broader appeal. I missed those elements in T2, though many disagree with me. Return to the Cathedral: The one where you navigate the ruins of the old city crawling with undead, burricks and spiders. Has to be my all time favorite level of any game ever. The atmosphere of that place was sublime.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 Ratty
 
Wonder if the new XBox will have more memory that many developers have been screaming about for years. I understand a console needs far less memory than a PC, but 512 MB of RAM seems laughable. Imagine what Bethesda might have done with Skyrim if only they had twice that to work with.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jan 23, 2012, 20:23 Ratty
 
Monty Python was real big among my friends in high school. They'd show up in the morning spouting all the latest lines they'd seen in quivering british old lady voices. For some reason I could never get into it. It was just not funny to me.

But I DO remember this particular clip and always thought it was hilarious.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Trailer
11. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Trailer Jan 19, 2012, 16:04 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2012, 14:48:
Yeah OWB was the best. However, I haven't got Lonesome Road yet, was that any good?
It was shorter than the previous two and little more monotonous - and VERY linear. But I'm still glad I bought it at full price. Definitely get it if you find it on sale.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Trailer
4. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition Trailer Jan 19, 2012, 14:42 Ratty
 
Played the last three. Honest Hearts and Old World Blues were the best. Very meaty and satisfying for DLC. Bethesda says there won't be any expansions for Skyrim. That's a shame but I can live with DLC only if it's on par with New Vegas's.  
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Parties Like It's 1999
10. Re: BioShock Infinite Parties Like It's 1999 Jan 19, 2012, 13:43 Ratty
 
This is promising. A compromise between "accessible" and "old school." By default, dumb the game down to the lowest common console player but give users the option to play it with more depth and consequence. I hope it's a trend that catches on.

It's hard to say exactly what they're doing but the first thing that comes to mind is once you choose an augmentation you're stuck with it - like the original Deus Ex. If you examine the quote, 1999 mode might not be anything more than that: irreversible augmentation. Oh, the baseline health thing might just mean no regenerating health too.

If that's all it is, I think it's funny how alarming the quote makes it sound. An especially demanding experience, sweat out the consequences. Don't do this unless you're REALLY sure!
 
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