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Signed On Apr 26, 2005, 15:11
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans
4. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans Apr 13, 2012, 10:41 Alamar
 
improved display resolution auto-detection at first launch

The game ran at max resolution for me on first launch... Just about no other title I've ever played does that... They all start with a low, shitty looking guaranteed-to-work resolution... And then half of them STILL (crazy in this day n age) require a game restart to change it (half may be exaggerating)...

And thanks nin; that's nice to hear : )

I restarted the game last night, with a custom party, and I feel much more powerful... I also understand the skill system a bit better, so getting Fireball real early, and assassination's reach make things a bit nicer... I am curious what kind of levels (and therefore, skill points) we'll end up with... I want to max a few skills, but am not sure if it's possible, or we'll end up with enough for 3-4 maxed skills... For most chars, I'm levelling two skills at about the same rate (though for the warriors, I went pure armor for the light, then heavy, armor specs, as with finding secrets, you can get two heavy pieces pretty damn early)...

Btw... The slimes suck, but with my low level fireball, it was doable... Plus some fleeing & resting. And admittedly, running all the way back, arms a flailing in the air, to the 'save stone' to res/heal : )

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News Comments > EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration?
50. Re: EA: Tanks for the Warhammer 40K Inspiration? Apr 12, 2012, 15:41 Alamar
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 15:34:
As a 3d-modeller I always demand concept art from an concept artist now when I work in a game project or I give them the clear answer that there is a chance the res models will not be what you want, but you will have to pay for them anyway. Exactly to avoid this issue. Then again, I am freelancer so I can choose what to do.

But Dmitri_M you really made a superb point. This is exactly what likely happened here. No concept artists. It doesn't help that concept artists learn to model (a very dangerous combination) so companies think they can forgo dedicated concept artists and dedicated modelers. But it is VITAL that modelers do NOT draw/find the concepts for their models themselves. A second "look" at concepts and interpretation is often what shifts a concept away from "looks like this from that" into a unique model.

I'm not in this field, so I defer to your opinion... But personally, I always thought concept artist was a wasted position... Or rather, something that any other artist or modeller should also be able to do...

And that's mostly ignorance, and I understand why there is a distinction... As an example, I can model... I can draw/copy... But to create something from scratch, just seems so foreign... In short, I have technical, not artistic, skills...

On topic... I love the title Blue... That's half the reason I keep coming back : )

And I think both example tanks look pretty damn similar, but again, I admit my ignorance about tank design; I don't know which portions 'every' tank would have (which could include the oddly similar rivet patterns). Also, taking a quick glance, they look 'exactly the same', but studying them for a minute, you can see quite a few differences (but I still think they look 'too' similar)...

As for a big company being able to prevent this kind of thing... I don't see how... There is always going to be something out there, somewhere, that looks close enough to 'get in trouble'... And if they have no employees that know what <insert cult interest> looks like, how would they know to even question they could look the same? I'm a big fan of intent being more important than the result... I also hate maliciousness : )

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
107. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 14:38 Alamar
 
Dev wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 14:18:
ASeven wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 14:12:
Tip: You can use spears on the back characters as normal weapons.
I'm guessing anything that says REACH can be used like that.

A good tip... My 'throwing weapons' character is nearly always using the spear, because throwing weapons are in such short supply (and opening the inventory to grab a new/different stack takes too long)...

The first few Undead Skellies I killed, I reacted in typical old school rpg/adventure game fashion... I grabbed every shield and spear... But there is no vendor to offload this stuff heh...

I still have a bunch of crap (armor mostly) that I'll likely never use, but haven't purged yet..

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
103. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 14:03 Alamar
 
killer_roach wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 13:59:
nin wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 13:41:
But a bunch of people here seem to give an irrational amount of slack to a game simply because it's by an indie developer.

Maybe because they have a much better reputation?


What reputation?

I assume you mean the Grimrock developers... but that's only half the equation...

Let's say they start at 0, because they're unknown (I still don't know the name)... But since EA is at -10275097812346071235, the Grimrock developers have a much higher rep : )

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
100. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 13:40 Alamar
 
killer_roach wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 13:29:
Necrophob wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 11:45:
If EA had published it, it wouldn't be DRM free, it would be 2 hours long, and it would have cost $50 at release. And a year after release, the studio that made it would be let go. Or renamed to Bioware Finland.

Straw man argument. You basically read what I said and proceeded to completely disregard it.

If they did that, you'd have reason to complain. But a bunch of people here seem to give an irrational amount of slack to a game simply because it's by an indie developer.

I've put a bit of time into LoG myself... it is quite good. Still has its rough edges, but it does, as the Brits are fond of saying, what it says on the tin. Definitely a worthwhile scratching of a nostalgic itch, now to see just how deep this rabbit hole actually goes...

I think the fact (and argument around) it is by an indie developer isn't purely the reasoning... It's more the other aspect... Indie title are typically cheaper...

If this were an indie title priced at $50, I wouldn't have picked it up, and if I had, I would be disappointed...

If it were an EA title at $15, I don't think things would be much different, for me, but I would have expected more...

So essentially, I agree, but think the cost is more of a factor than that it's labelled 'indie', especially in these times when some big big companies label their shit as 'indie' : )

Oh and yay 100 : )

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
98. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 13:22 Alamar
 
Bhruic wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 12:28:
Alamar wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 12:24:
Another thing to note... Falling down trap holes can be beneficial

-Alamar

Really? I haven't fallen down any - what exactly do you/can you get from falling in them?

I haven't been in each one, but you can get gear (there is even a note somewhere that tells you something is down one), as well as an achievement (that I believe can be gotten no other way), if you care about that sort of thing

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
95. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 12:24 Alamar
 
Another thing to note... Falling down trap holes can be beneficial

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
92. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 12:13 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 09:11:
Bucky wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 01:24:
Just make sure there aren't any monsters nearby. I woke up to an unpleasant surprise....

Additionally the blue crystals can be used to resurrect more than once, not sure how the limit is set but I just used one on the same level twice.

No limit, just a cooldown...

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
45. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 11, 2012, 22:40 Alamar
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 22:22:
Bosanac wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 21:28:
I don't get this game. Why is everyone so excited about it?

Is it turn based?

I haven't gotten to any monsters, mostly because I can't figure out how the mage works with his spells.

If its real time, how do I command 4 characters to do something without it being turn based?

I'm so very confused about this game.

It's like phased base. It's on a timer, it's like turn but if you don't do anything, it will gladly continue on. Bioware'ish.

You have to get a scroll to learn the spells. You don't use them or anything, you learn it as you pick it up. Scroll worthless afterwards.

Right click a magic users hand, click the icon in the scroll, then click the blue swirl. Presto changeo!


Just to nit pick here... You don't use a scroll to 'learn' a spell... It just gives you the 'recipe'... Which you can also find out on your own...

And on the other side, having levels for spells unlocked, but not knowing what they are, is rather annoying... I have most of my points in Fire/Spellcraft, and three lines of Spell: ???... I guess I need to experiment more (fighting the urge to google it).

Necrophob wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 22:39:
Also, I really hate those damn skeleton warriors.

Just wait till you get 4 at a time : ) Though, I find that easier than the 2-3 wandering separately...

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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 Alamar
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 10, 2012, 10:24:
I think its unfair that these reviewers get to play the game before I can. Unlock is coming tomorrow but its still unfair. Did they pirate it maybe?

Well it IS a PC game... must have been...

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchases Grant Beta & Early Access
11. Re: Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchases Grant Beta & Early Access Apr 10, 2012, 11:24 Alamar
 
That was a rather disappointing video... Was hoping something new and interesting would be in there... The shatterer was cool back in '09 ; )

I'm looking forward to GW2, even if it is just more of the same fedex/kill quests in a new world, branded as dynamic... And as long as the combat is good, I'll likely level everything to max... Just too bad there's nothing significant to do there ; )

I do hope some of their 'additions to the genre' stick, even though it seems to take a decade for others to catch on to the previous ones (like public quests, global names, etc).

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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Apr 9, 2012, 19:38 Alamar
 
SOL: Exodus... Thoughts?

A demo is available, but my PC is not...

And with Grimrock unlocking in 2 days... hmmm...

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News Comments > The Pets of Torchlight II
16. Re: The Pets of Torchlight II Mar 31, 2012, 21:09 Alamar
 
eunichron wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 20:51:
PHJF wrote on Mar 31, 2012, 20:03:
That said, I'm in the closed beta now, and... Path of Exile currently is mediocre at best. The skill system is fairly interesting, but the passive skill map is more cumbersome than cool, in my opinion.

Concur.

Thirded. If you're the type of person that hates Diablo 3 because it's not "Diablo," and you loved doing endless Pindle runs with 80% magic find, you'll love PoE.

The skill tree and gem/skill system are neat ideas, but somewhat convoluted... and given how they operate (your character is ENTIRELY dependent on on the skill tree and gem skills), I don't even know why they bothered with set classes. They could have just gone the TES route and given you a generic character (with more character customization [of which there is none]), and let you customize it as you liked.

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Clarification; the classes do start out at different points in the skill tree, but it seems to me it would have made more sense for them to go with a traditional skill based system, rather than this massive spiderweb that they have now.

The illusion of choice... Is very powerful...

Before the days of 'gimped builds' vs 'flavor of the month cookie cutter OP builds' and going the wrong way up any kind of skill tree, this kind of thing (the passive skill web) would have been popular. But these days, if you want to compete (PvP OR PvE) at high levels, you need an optimal build (which in a semi related note, has it's own set of fans)...

Blizzard knows the choices aren't 'real', and that's why the D3 (and Pandaria Talents) system is 'simplified', and also why people bitch... They want their useless choices...

I want those choices... I look at the web and want to branch off my int-only witch build to pick up something that sounds neat that isn't directly related, but I don't know how many points we'll end up with, so again, don't want to miss out (gimp myself) on the really juicy caster stuff : )

And lastly... The passive skill 'web', is pretty similar, though in a different format, obviously, to Titan Quest's style... Points in the main line give you stats... Points in the tree have lots (but not as 'web' like) pre-requisites, and each talent had different levels, much like any of the lines/circles of the PoE web...

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News Comments > Epic Mickey 2 Coming to PC & Mac
4. Re: Epic Mickey 2 Coming to PC & Mac Mar 30, 2012, 19:56 Alamar
 
I haven't heard of Epic Mickey (1), so I wasn't sure this wasn't a drinking game until I got to the full disclosure ; )

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News Comments > Wasteland 2 and Obsidian
25. Re: Wasteland 2 and Obsidian Mar 30, 2012, 19:52 Alamar
 
Dev wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 19:35:
BTW, if you haven't noticed already, this is a MUST READ interview. I picked out some of the most interesting parts to me personally, but its well worth RTFA if you have any remote interest at all in these subjects.

Here's the link again if you missed it earlier (thanks for the find ASeven):
link

I totally disagree : )

But I do appreciate some of the quotes, even if you're obsessing : )

Personally, I don't remember Wasteland, and watching a video of it removed any remote interest I may have generated looking at the passion in these threads...

So I'll look at it when it's near completion, and I hope it's what you all want : )

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News Comments > Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered
8. Re: Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered Mar 29, 2012, 22:40 Alamar
 
Necrophob wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 22:08:
I'd imagine looking back at that code must be a trip for the guy. I remember dinking around with stuff like mode 13h, back in the day when you could still get at that kind of stuff. DirectX and OpenGL spoil us with their power, while seeming to make stuff that used to be fairly simple more difficult.

It's amazing looking back at old games and seeing the weird crap that the programmers pulled off back then. I remember looking through the Wolfenstein 3d code, thinking it would be very simple, only to be baffled in most places. I could have sworn I saw some dynamically generated assembly.

Gawd... 320x240 with direct 8-bit addressing... Those were the days... I mean, other than being able to do it now at any res... heh

I wrote a palette rotation program in assembler that I used as a password checker... It was pretty ; )

Also, while addicted to Eye of the Beholder (and similar style games), I wrote a 3D maze program that used Bresenham's line drawing algorithm to texture the walls...

Some of these things, I still have around on a backup somewhere, and ya, it's neat going back to it, so I totally get the nostalgia bit ; )

As for the cool shit people were doing in 13h... The demo scene was awesome... Some really neat stuff packed into crazy tight code : )

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News Comments > Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend
10. Re: Path of Exile Stress Test Weekend Mar 29, 2012, 22:12 Alamar
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 07:45:
Hmmmm I've been signed up for the beta for a while (haven't gotten in; highly interested) - and yet I haven't received any notification about the public weekend. I wonder if they haven't send out a blast or if my account is wonky.

I signed up last week, as a result of someone bashing D3 and suggesting this...

Got the email about the stress weekend a few days ago...

As for the download, it's in the faq, 3rd answer.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Solar Struggle
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Solar Struggle Mar 29, 2012, 22:02 Alamar
 
Optional nickname wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 15:51:
venomhed wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 12:06:
Fuck all that. I want games for grown ups and games that target specific groups of people. Chances are that a game that appeals to 10 year olds isn't going to appeal to me, I am fine with that. But when you try to satisfy all you wind up with a big pile of human dog shit.... wait that didn't make sense.

So when are the armchair vets here at Bluesnews going to finally create your own gaming development studio?

Looking for testers with iOS devices ; )

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News Comments > Trine 2 Hardcore Mode Added
1. Re: Trine 2 Hardcore Mode Added Mar 29, 2012, 21:51 Alamar
 
Don't know if it was mentioned yet, but this also brought about a 50% off sale for this weekend, which put it at the right price for me...

$7.50, and I still won't buy games like uhm... That new ID game, oh right, Rage, for over $5 ; )

I need to stop though; I've jumped on about 5 different sales in the last ~10 days.

Enjoying the first campaign of the first Spellforce game : )

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News Comments > Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered
5. Re: Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered Mar 29, 2012, 21:48 Alamar
 
Three words... ebay dot com...

Seriously though, I'm happy for him... But I can't imagine how it's of any use, beyond nostalgia of course : )

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