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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2012, 15:24 Ratty
 
nin wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 15:00:
Ratty wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 13:23:
Pink Snoballs rul!

My father loved those.

I bet your father and I would get along famously. Never was a twinky guy myself. I'd maybe pick up a pack of powdered mini donuts on rare occasion. But I can eat 5 packs of pink Snoballs in one sitting easy. Hmmm, wonder if this means we won't be seeing the green ones come St. Patricks?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2012, 13:23 Ratty
 
Pink Snoballs rul!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2012, 16:14 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 3, 2012, 14:18:
Some good sales at GMG today.
Great timing. As of today I'm officially bored with Skyrim but don't have anything else to play. Thinking of getting into Minecraft.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: A game devs thoughts Dec 29, 2011, 11:42 Ratty
 
Jeez, I wish I could find it now. I read an interview with Ken Rolston after his retirement and though he was cordial I couldn't help taking away the impression he was much unhappy with Bethesda's new direction of RPGs for the masses. He was never critical in the interview but he did say something along the lines of "Apparently voice acting is what all the kids want nowdays."

Voice acting is such a two-edged sword. On the one hand it really does make the game come alive. Yes, I loved that Oblivion introduced all spoken dialog. On the other hand, it's obvious: as the author states, voice acting is crippling to the AI. Without voice acting Skyrim could be an entirely different game with a whole new level of immersion. But I'd sure hate to see it go. Having partially spoken dialog like Morrowind just wouldn't do it for me though.

Ah, just looked it up again and found a reference in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_IV:_Oblivion#Audio
 
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News Comments > Trion Breached
8. Re: Trion Breached Dec 23, 2011, 12:23 Ratty
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 11:56:
Keeping your SS# and your bank account information safe is important, credit card info is irrelevant.
I sure wish they had a system for SSNs like they do for credit cards. I.e., they're only stored with SSI which issues tokens only for those who need it.

Anyway, reading the story again, since all that was potentially compromised were the first and last four digits, they probably WERE using a token system already. I still think what they did store was more than they needed though.
 
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News Comments > Trion Breached
6. Re: Trion Breached Dec 23, 2011, 11:54 Ratty
 
MxxCon wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 11:28:
Ratty wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 11:12:
There is no excuse for storing credit card numbers in any form on website, encrypted or not, last four digits or not. You'd think with all the press about break ins companies would get the message.
how would they handle subscriptions then?
You store a token assigned by the credit card company.
 
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News Comments > Trion Breached
2. Re: Trion Breached Dec 23, 2011, 11:12 Ratty
 
There is no excuse for storing credit card numbers in any form on website, encrypted or not, last four digits or not. You'd think with all the press about break ins companies would get the message.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Comic Book Marriage Proposal Dec 22, 2011, 11:12 Ratty
 
My gaydar just went off.  
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News Comments > Grateful Dead Game Next Year
6. Re: Grateful Dead Game Next Year Dec 21, 2011, 17:20 Ratty
 
I played the Kiss game many years back. It was pretty good.  
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