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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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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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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Skyrim Viking video Dec 12, 2011, 15:03 Ratty
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 14:13:
Actually he sounds more middle eastern....playing a viking...and doesn't sound like his first language is English. Which is glaring by the vast amounts of swearing he does. Very juvenile.

oh, audio NSFW on that....
I thought he said he was Swedish in the video? I know, not exactly Viking but pretty fucking goddam close.
 
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2. Re: Skyrim Viking video Dec 12, 2011, 11:50 Ratty
 
Shok wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 10:30:
Congratulations you are now a badass. You will get all the titties and nipples in the world.

I didn't think I could watch that whole 8 minute video but that guy is hilarious!
Pretty awesome, and I think we can trust his advice cause it sounds like he's a real viking. Course I already put a lot of points in my smitting. Now I'm tempted to do my next playthrough using only unarmed.
 
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News Comments > Unused System Shock Items Detailed
3. Re: Unused System Shock Items Detailed Dec 10, 2011, 14:26 Ratty
 
The original System Shock, Fallout, Ultima - those were games I really regret not ever having played in their time.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2011, 11:31 Ratty
 
Yes, and thanks. I just caught your cold today.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
68. Re: Skyrim Patched Dec 1, 2011, 15:28 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 15:21:
Ratty wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 15:07:

2. Moving service.
Yes, it's super convenient but I HATE that crappy hovel in Whiterun (though it's much nicer now that I figured out how to get rid of that harpy Lydia - all that "my lord" talk, I KNOW she's just being a sarcastic bitch). I have enough septims to buy another house someplace nicer but the thought of moving ALL my heavy crap makes me ill.

Bethesda will sell this to you for the low price of $19.99. What the DLC does is activate the console and type "tgm"! Oh, and the DLC will also make all bandits attack with shovels rather than weapons.

Creston
Console commands are cheating while exploits aren't. That's my motto Then again, if I PAID Bethesda to do it for me then maybe that wouldn't be cheating.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
65. Re: Skyrim Patched Dec 1, 2011, 15:07 Ratty
 
Hey, I just thought of the perfect DLCs:

1. Dog armor.
Through enchanting I got my Ebony Bow up to 270 damage which is INSANE. One shot kills 99% of the time. And I could get it even higher if I maxed out my Smithing. Ditto my glass armor. Anyway, I gifted Faendal with his own super bow and armor and he's now a killing machine (I made a big deal of gifting it to him, but he just stood there - sheesh, a little gratitude would be nice). But poor Stray Dog feels left out. C'mon Bethesda. How about a little dog love? Eeew, that didn't sound right ...

2. Moving service.
Yes, it's super convenient but I HATE that crappy hovel in Whiterun (though it's much nicer now that I figured out how to get rid of that harpy Lydia - all that "my lord" talk, I KNOW she's just being a sarcastic bitch). I have enough septims to buy another house someplace nicer but the thought of moving ALL my heavy crap makes me ill. So we need a DLC that adds a new house modification option that you can buy: moving your old crap. Yes, I know the exploit that lets you force your companion to carry way more than he's built for but I thought it'd be fun to wait around between 11 AM and 2 for the moving guys to show up, check for missing or broken items when they finish the job and spend a couple of weeks writing letters of complaint to the company demanding payment for the damage.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 30, 2011, 15:23 Ratty
 
I played for about an hour before work this morning (5-6 AM PST - no issues). Will it do any good to play offline tonight or has the patch already been applied? Does it only patch when I restart Steam because lately I've been leaving Steam going and putting the computer in sleep mode. Haven't restarted Steam for a few days now.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Patch Wednesday
35. Re: Skyrim Patch Wednesday Nov 29, 2011, 10:41 Ratty
 
It's pathetic that I'm grateful they're finally making ESC exit menus, something they never bothered to do in Oblivion. PC players are like dogs starved for attention. Any little sign and our tails wag.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Nov 23, 2011, 10:56 Ratty
 
Aw. I don't know Andrea True, but Anne McCaffrey just died. She was 85.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
49. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 21, 2011, 11:38 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2011, 11:17:
I think if you overpower yourself in this game, it becomes boring way too quickly. If you don't go for the 100 smithing and enchanting, and don't give yourself Godly Armor of Unkillability, it remains much more of a challenge.
That's pretty hard not to do. The ONLY skills I have actively developed are Archery and Smithing. My high Stealth just came along for the ride. Didn't train or grind and it's already at 100. So if I'm only actively developing two out of eighteen skills, how could that be considered power leveling? The only alternative is to become a jack of all trades and develop a little bit of every skill but I find the rest of them boring. That's reverse grinding: actively doing boring things in the game to simply NOT develop specific skills.

In Oblivion there was a true power-leveling technique: choosing main skills you rarely used so you could level when you wanted to. In Skyrim - thankfully - that option is gone. But it's still too easy to become overpowered.
 
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