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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > BioShock Dated
30. Re: Woot! Mar 2, 2007, 14:38 Ratty
 
"a team to focus on the PC user's needs."
That sounds like a bunch of bullshit. Especially since "both versions will be exactly the same."
Cynical old me. It occurs to me a team can be made up of just one person. Working part time. Nah, Irrational wouldn't be THAT nasty.

 
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News Comments > BioShock Dated
23. Re: Woot! Mar 1, 2007, 20:03 Ratty
 
It'll be an open city by the time you're almost finished, but then what's the point going back to old areas? (levels)
Resources. In System Shock 2 anyway. You might remember a vending machine from a previous level with something you needed. Or a healing machine with more points left on it.

I doubt it will be this way in Bioshock but in System Shock 2 I used previous levels to store all the extra crap I couldn't fit into my inventory. I'd choose a safe area right by the elevator and stack all my shit up on the floor. Then I new where it was when I needed it. I'd just pop down the elevator. Somehow I don't think Bioshock's inventory system will work the same way, but who knows.

 
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News Comments > BioShock Dated
21. Re: Woot! Mar 1, 2007, 18:51 Ratty
 
If they're not completely full of crap like Bethsoft, we should be ok, cept for the low res textures.
Are low-res vs. high-res textures an issue with the XBox 360? It definitely was for the XBox but XBox 360 has more memory. Maybe we'll be OK there. My biggest concern is map size and load zones. Ken addressed that saying the size of the maps was just fine, but I never believe anything anymore ...

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
14. Re: No subject Mar 1, 2007, 17:03 Ratty
 
I've heard great things about BSG, not sure why I haven't caught up with that
I used to love BSG. I dunno, seems to have jumped the shark to me.

My schedule:
- Heroes
- Ugly Betty
- Desperate Housewives
- Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.
- Battlestar Galactica

And I actually started watching Lost this season, though don't know if I'll keep up.

Hmmm, a lot of chick shows in there ...

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News Comments > BioShock Dated
18. Re: Woot! Mar 1, 2007, 16:56 Ratty
 
Oblivion ... Even with all of the PC useres crying foul, they didn't even bother to have someone rework it
Didn't that suck? How much effort could it have taken for them to release a UI with smaller fonts? At the very least. As much as I understand the pressures developers are under, that complete and total contempt for PC users really really pissed me off. Yes, users have modded a better UI since but they shouldn't have had to!

And ironically, Morrowind is the one example of a game that didn't seem to suffer much from parallel development. It was no Daggerfall to be sure, but UI wise it was just fine.

Oh, and I just noticed this:
The Q&A did offer some new hope to BioShock fans. Both the 360 and PC versions of the game will "be exactly the same"
Oh boy! What GOOD NEWS. Now us PC users don't have to worry about higher resolution textures or fewer load zones or enemies that aren't design for auto-aiming. Yay! Thank you Irrational!! Thank you!

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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Upside down pee dogs Mar 1, 2007, 14:48 Ratty
 
They're not so uncommon. My coworker has a little dog that pees in exactly the same way. He'll actually walk along on this front legs while peeing (the dog, not my coworker). He actually hurt his hind leg a few years back and, though it doesn't actually *hurt*, he's very touchy and careful about it. That maybe has something to do with his odd peeing behavior.

 
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News Comments > Morning Q&As
1. No subject Mar 1, 2007, 14:34 Ratty
 
Heh, the Journeyman Project was the second computer game I ever played after Myst. I loved it.

 
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News Comments > BioShock Dated
8. Re: Woot! Mar 1, 2007, 14:32 Ratty
 
I hope we can play this without thinking console, it will be the line everyone is watching (well at least the fans).
Amen. A couple of years ago I would have been as psyched as Meatforce, but nowdays, after so many bitter disappointments, I approach parallel PC/Console games with a big dose of caution and skepticism. Warren Specter used to be my hero--I practically worshipped that man. But today he's irrelevant to me. I wish him all the best in his endeavors and all that, but his path has diverged from mine.

Ken Levine has been awesome in dealing with the community. His design philosophy is exciting. He's also guaranteed us that the PC version hasn't been compromised by the console version. But we've heard that before, haven't we? I don't take anything for granted nowdays until I actually see the finished product.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Poor Gunnar Feb 13, 2007, 12:51 Ratty
 
t seems MrsBlue went to sleep forgetting she had let him out.
That bitch.

 
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News Comments > etc.
1. RIP BethSoft Feb 9, 2007, 14:02 Ratty
 
... and then when the PC version of the game was released at the end of December we all saw it for what it was...a cheap port of a console game.
It's sad to see a great game company die. It'll go on and make profits but it's BethSoft in name only. The company we knew and loved is gone.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Too much space Feb 8, 2007, 12:51 Ratty
 
But I'm of the put as much information on one screen as possible school of web design. I hate when the web designers around here take my stuff and spread it out so I have to scroll forever.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. No subject Feb 7, 2007, 12:44 Ratty
 
Like everyone I find those Mac vs PC ads annoying, pompous and inaccurate. The security one is *hilarious* though.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. No subject Feb 6, 2007, 13:12 Ratty
 
I never eat chili the same day I make it. It needs to age in the fridge for 24 hours. I always add way more hot chili than I like because by the next day it's calmed down somewhat and blended nicely with the other flavors. The hotness decreases every day after that.

 
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News Comments > THQ Sequel Plans
23. Re: Hopefully Feb 4, 2007, 14:59 Ratty
 
First Red Faction was pretty good
I liked it. I played through a few different times. But I usually started with a savegame just after you get the railgun. The game really started to shine after that. They made a big mistake by marketing the entire game around the destructible environments. It turned out to be just a mildly interesting feature and not something which radically changed conventional gameplay (for the SP game at any rate). I'd forgotten about the lame endgame! I wonder if I still have the CD lying around someplace ...

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Molly Ivins Feb 1, 2007, 13:03 Ratty
 
I'll miss her syndicated column in the KC Star each week. She had a nice down-to-earth writing style that was much more entertaining to read that that of George Will, Michelle Malkin, or any of their ilk.
Yeah, this is really sad. I'll miss her. I knew she had cancer but was shocked and saddened when I read about her death this morning. Hers was a life well-lived.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. No subject Feb 1, 2007, 12:57 Ratty
 
Really the only thing about Vista I can't tolerate is all the new DRM it's infested with. I'm not a pirate--haven't stolen software or entertainment for decades--but even I'm pissed off about all the things the entertainment industry is taking away from legitimate users. Will I be able to save over the air HDTV content to my harddrive and take screenshots without it becoming downrezzed? Will I be able to fast forward through commercials? Skip the obnoxious FBI warnings and movie previews? Save HDTV to Blu-ray or Digital tape?

I just bought my first LCD HDTV and so those things are on my mind lately.

The only thing I really WANT from Vista is DX10. I'm wondering whether it'll be possible to do a dual boot system, Windows XP and Vista?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Global Warming Effects Could Be See Jan 30, 2007, 13:19 Ratty
 
I hope these aren't the same guys who are telling me what the weather will be like next week.
I couldn't agree more. I hate when a few scientists proclaim some hurricane or heat wave is due to global warming. They get all the headlines while the more cautious ones are ignored. We're having weird weather, cold snaps, heat waves, unseasonable temperatures here in California, and respectable climatologists, the vast majority, will point out that it is due to El Niņo, not global warming.

Yes, global warming caused by man is real. It is serious and we're in big trouble. The oil companies and Republicans use the tactic of introducing doubt, claiming there are real scientists out there who do not agree, when the science couldn't be more clear. This is the same strategy they use to combat the teaching of evolution in our schools.

Ten years isn't a long time. When scientists predict half of Indonesia will be underwater in 10 years (seriously!), what will happen when ten years have gone by and Indonesia is still fine? What happens when we have a mild hurricane season? It plays right into Republican hands.

 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots - DNF?
7. Re: No subject Jan 26, 2007, 12:02 Ratty
 
It looks more like an action figure to me. But if it is a real game shot, then that is pretty impressive. Although it could be a cinematic from the game and not actual game play.
I'm thinking maybe it's true in-game as George claims but with some kind of super computer setup. 4 high-end SLI video cards, quad CPU, something like that. And it probably plays at something like 10 FPS or something. Whatever it is I'll bet 99% of players won't see anything like that when/if the game comes out. More like a marketing stunt, sell it to people using screenshots like that I'll bet.


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News Comments > Ritual Ends SiNning Ways?
40. Re: No subject Jan 25, 2007, 13:39 Ratty
 
Quite frankly I think they deserved this. Their business decisions and miscalculations of the desires of the consumer combined with arrogance have taken them here. Had SiN 2 been a regular game they'd likely been in a different position.
I don't think they had a choice. They'd shopped SiN2 around to different publishers with a demo they'd made and simply couldn't sell it. Steam was their ONLY recourse. I imagine the decision to make it episodic also had mostly to do with finances (regardless of what their marketing guys may have claimed). Without the money from a publisher it was probably their sole option.

Too bad about Ritual, I always liked them. But at least they haven't gone out of business.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. No subject Jan 23, 2007, 13:29 Ratty
 
Mmm, misread that last article title ...

 
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