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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
30. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 00:36 Ray Marden
 
I would definitely have to question your sample group based upon my own experiences as well as the worldwide gross, but to each their own. It is not a perfect movie and there are certain aspects that certain people will obviously dislike.

On a different note, I don't believe the "environmentalism" is solely tied to Earth vs. Pandora or limited solely to the trees.

On a compeltely abstrate noce , I am definitely interested in seeing what else Sam Worthington does. I think he was the only decent thing in the abomination that was Terminator Salvation and I think he showed a nice range in Avatar. I originally scoffed at the remake of the movie, but Worthington's presence in Clash of the Titans is at least making me curious...

I still think, if you like a wide range of movie types, that most people will enjoy Avatar.
I'm not sure if I am excited for ME2 so much as looking forward to a new game to play...
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News Comments > BioWare on ME2 Day 1 DLC, New Trailer
4. Re: BioWare on ME2 Day 1 DLC, New Trailer Jan 17, 2010, 00:24 Ray Marden
 
If you don't already have, you can get the digital download version from EA (edit) for $5 when you use the following promotional code: M93SW4PQQ2.

URL fixed by Blue

I grabbed that from CAG:

http://www.cheapassgamers.com/
http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=249391

...so I am not sure how long that lasts (but it is currently working.)
Still a bit of a generic BioWare game, but the futuristic setting is nice.
Not in love with the game like many are, but definitel thinking it is wort $5,
Ray

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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
25. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 16, 2010, 23:57 Ray Marden
 
The movie is very good, but not revolutionary by any means. You have seen this movie before, but not in this way.

Otherwise, you have to be open to a wider range of genres/beliefs - it has some parts of romance, environmentalism, anti-capitalism, etc.

Otherwise, I can say that I very, very much enjoyed the movie and the advertisements are complete crap. I know the genre nerds had been going on about the movie for some time (years) prior to its release, but I was not particularly impressed by the final world and character reveals to say nothing of the trailers. However, anybody I know that has seen the movie has really loved it - hands down and across a wide range of ages/sex/people/etc. That is what made me finally go see it and I completely agree with all the other people that speak highly of it.
It isn't bad - look at how long it has been #1 as well as its financial success.
Possibly going to see it again in the theaters and definitely buying the Blu-Ray,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
23. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 16, 2010, 23:43 Ray Marden
 
What? No, no - it was just a victim of the holiday schedule.

Terrible game? Poor reviews? Signifiance price to quality ratio? A simple game based on a fairly self contained story? Crazy talk! All of it!
And this guy makes how much per year?
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News Comments > Rumored Mass Effect 2 Day One DLC Details
11. Re: Rumored Mass Effect 2 Day One DLC Details Jan 15, 2010, 20:34 Ray Marden
 
It inherently decreases the value of the core game.

From the day one purchasers that are already missing something to what could have been in the game in the first place to either how much sooner the game could have been released or how much better it could have been with that team working on the game.

Lastly, I realize this is an outdated mentality, but I think it is really nice to love a game and then later find out that the developer is going to expand it rather than, one day one, know that a numbger of things are already missing from a game you have yet to even be able to pick up/play.

Of course, that is all philosopical - Bioware just cares about the money and the market will support this so that is all it cares about. I would note what a failure the DA DCL has been. Only the stuff cut from the game and sold separately day one DLC has been released while it continues to botch the release, withdraw, release, and withdraw of Return to Ostagar.

Honestly, I would rather take a fleshed out expansion of the past in place of this piecemeal junk. If we do go this low-cost, lite content route, where do you draw the line? How many weapons are free until you get to charge for one more? How many characters? Quickie dungeons? Maps?
It's still gray for "expansion packs," but those attempt to offer much more.
Fighting for the principle of it all, but conquered by the economics of it all,
Ray

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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jan 15, 2010, 13:18 Ray Marden
 
Well, if it cannot even figure out how long 48 hours is...
Stooopded munkee!
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News Comments > Dark Void PC Demo [Updated]
17. Re: Dark Void PC Demo Jan 14, 2010, 19:31 Ray Marden
 
I loved me some Crimson Skies, but this has done too many things to piss me off.

There is all the unzipping and installing to then install crap, but the installer itself took quite some time...I hit the launch command and nothing happened the first time...the abrupt start of the demo...not being able to access any options until I started playing a new game...and then the flight controls were totally f*ck*d up.

Mind you, I am going at this with a mouse and keyboard, but everything was fine (Windows, main screen, and ground portion) early on, but the moment I hit the jetpack, the game was endlessly moving me in the last direction I had moved the mouse. This wasn't the old "stuck key" (or tilted joystick) issue, but the game itself was endlessly repeating any mouse movement I had.

I'm spinning to the left so I move the mouse slightly to the right; now I'm spinning to the right. Maybe it's just an issue with that axis? Except moving the mouse forward a millimeter ends putting me in circles. And move the mouse down slightly? More circular motions, but in the opposite direction. Ultimately, the only way I could fly straight was to literally shake the mouse from side to side.

Who knows? Maybe this game just has crap mouse support, maybe there is some weird incompatability I am experiencing, or maybe I hit some strange toggle, but that was enough for me.

It's a shame, too, because I loved Crimson Skies. I would rather go play one of my current games (much less the ones just weeks away...) than deal with any more of this crap.
Talk about a bad first impression.
Wishing those jerks that Bioware would actually communicate about the DLC...,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2010, 18:33 Ray Marden
 
Poor Conan. Admittedly, he isn't for everybody, but I will say he has a real wit, energy, and quirkiness to him.

In contrast, Leno is just some dude that is on late.

Leno seems like a real jerk and I hope NBCs fails thatmuch harder now.
I just think Conan has more potential than generic 'R us Leno.
Thinking someobody should punch Fuc...Zucker in the face,
Ray
 
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News Comments > On BioShock 2 Vita-Chambers and Backtracking
29. Re: On BioShock 2 Vita-Chambers and Backtracking Jan 13, 2010, 18:13 Ray Marden
 
So sad.

One of my main gripes with the original game was the lack of backtracking. Although you could do it, there was almost no point to it (except for the one "gift" scenario.)

It's a really blatant way to shout out "SINGLE TRACK GAME LEVEL HERE" and really detracts from the overall world atmosphere. Besides adding a touch of realism, there is nothing like having that one ominous place from early on in a game.....and then finding our you're forced to go in there at a certain point. They don't have to be mandatory or story-related either; it just fleshes out the world.

Oh well. This is definitely unfortunate, but there are much bigger issues in this game (Big Daddy player character, lack of continuation of first game, escort missions, etc.)
I just played through Bioshock and enjoyed it, but I'm hesitant about this game.
At the very least, expecting less and less from this game each day,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Steam Preorders
2. Re: Mass Effect 2 Steam Preorders Jan 13, 2010, 18:01 Ray Marden
 
Well, given that the war propagandists will pay $60 for a "standard" game...
One with even less features than the first game!
Heaving the Team America song each time I play that game ,
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News Comments > Steam Top Sellers
4. Re: Steam Top Sellers Jan 12, 2010, 19:51 Ray Marden
 
It is listed, but not available for purchase - just as it has been for the past week or so.

Until EA and Valve "allow" the scum...er...paying customers to purchase it, grab it over at D2D.
Or retail. Lulz.
Hoping they fix the boring vehicle portions for ME2,
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News Comments > GameStop Financials
11. Re: GameStop Financials Jan 7, 2010, 12:56 Ray Marden
 
Welcome to capitalism?

It isn't enough to break even, it isn't enough to do well, and it certainly ins't enough to do as good as last year (especially in a worldwide recession.)

Which is really stupid, but it is not like I can change things. Although the government may not make it seem like this and even accounting for population increases, money does not just magically appear out of thin air.

If one person is taking in more money, other people are losing more of it. Well, that or just inflate everything across the board so then we can all say we took in more...
I know, I know - crazy talk.
Wishing somebody would do something about this forum code...,
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Return to Ostagar Delayed
3. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Return to Ostagar Delayed Jan 5, 2010, 12:36 Ray Marden
 
Nice that they could not manage to figure this out until the actual day of release.
Nice kwaluhtee ahshuRRenz there!
But hey, everybody, let us start promoting our new expansion in the meantime!!!

Thinking this is something that only EA would...oh, wait... ,
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. DVD/Blu-Ray sales Jan 5, 2010, 07:48 Ray Marden
 
If I didn't know better, the disc-based portion of the industry seems to want to kill itself off. It's kind of sad; DVDs are routinely being sold for candy ($5-$10) whereas Blu-Rays are frequently being sold in the $25-$35 range, if you can find a specific title.

Looking solely at Blu-Rays, who actually has a decent stock of them? Best Buy at least has a few aisles of them, but they are easily some of the highest prices to be found. Target has a handful of discs, but an inconsistent selection and significant DVD/Blu-Ray disparities (I want to buy the Blu-Ray, but not for $15+ more...) Dying Blockbuster has relegated Blu-Ray to maybe one-third of one wall.

Even looking at destroying the country - shopping at Walmart - I've seen two different stores in the area and neither even has an aisle of Blu-Rays. Akin to the earliest years of DVD, they have pictures of available Blu-Rays displayed on a wall somewhere and you presumably need to ask an employee for one of the shown discs...and, again, at very inflated prices.

Amazon (or shopping via Walmart's website) is about the only company to both have a wide range of Blu-Rays as well as making any effect to discount Blu-Rays.

Meanwhile, for just $5 a month, I get a wide selection of HD channels from the cable company. These are not generally superior to a good Blu-Ray, but in many, many cases these "HD" films look extremely good, do show a signficant improvement over any DVD, and cost nowhere near the $25+ many places charge for a multi-year old release on Blu-Ray (all made worse in cases of any prior VHS/DVD purchases.)

Obviously, digital downloads are going to be the future of television, but I am surprised at how quickly (relatively, mind you) the transition is occurring in the U.S. For Blu-Ray wanting to advance in any form in the market, the industry seems intent on stiffling any growth...
Yes, get Blu-Ray! It looks really good! And then you can pay 7x as much!
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News Comments > On Duke Nukem's Future
34. Re: On Duke Nukem's Future Dec 27, 2009, 08:44 Ray Marden
 
Nothing like spending a decade doing nothing and still having the balls to brag about it...
I mean, really, Miller? Really???
Wishing they had any respect for the market, franchise, or (especially) the gamers,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
11. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 12:54 Ray Marden
 
Nor have I - it's both funny and saddening having a 24" monitor and sitting at the Windows desktop with black bars on all four sides (depending on the resoultion.)

Samsung 2433BW:
http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/office/monitors/essential/LS24CMKKFV/ZA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

Vistiontek HD 4850 512MB:
http://graphics.visiontek.com/video/4000/4850.html

This is using DVI, with and without the monitor driver installed, and I would have to be back at home to break down which resolutions do what.

Everythign was fine on the Windows 7 x64 install and even the 9.11 drivers up until I actually selected a different refresh for one resolution (I think it was 1680x1050 where I noticed Windows was running at 59hz, but I selected 60hz) and then everything went screwey.

Literally, I am at my wit's end on this - I've tried with and without the monitor drive, custom timings (that disappear,) different driver versions, removing all drivers, etc.

I have found quite a few people with similar issues via Google, but no specific cause/fix as of yet. It's quite funny/sad spending so much time just trying to get an video signal to fit my monitor (which works pre-Windows, certain resoultions, when I set Windows to a specific resolution/refresh, etc.)

I didn't have time to fiddle with it last night nor will I have much time tonight, but I am hoping to resolve it this weekend. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 so I may just give in and try rolling back or even doing another fresh install...
And no hardware changed what so ever and all worked until that one point.
Shrugging,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
8. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 10:21 Ray Marden
 
Yes, my whininig aside , ATI is significantly better than what it was.

In the old days, price and performance might not have mattered as much - the real question was whether or not you could get the thing running reliably.

I am just frustrated that, with each time I jump over to ATI, I frequently run into some bizarre bugs. In a weird way, it's less about the quantity of bugs so much as how strange they are (like the above mentioned letterbox issues...WTF??? )

Having said that all, ATI is about the only company making video cards these days. It really is just a Nvidia/ATI world (R.I.P. everybody else,) but clearly NVIDIA has no idea what in the heck it is doing right now. Maybe, maybe we'll see something early next year - but at what price? What performance level? What will ATI be able to respond with in turn? I do have to give ATI credit, too, for not abusing its position as nvidia would historically do. Yeah, some prices have edged up a bit, but nothing like the past.

Ultimately, they're the only company pshing (I use that relatively) 3D graphics on PCs right now and you aren't wrong for purchasing an ATI card, but I could definitely go for a generation of card/driver that didn't give me some really strange functionality. Mind you, I make matters worst by virtue of constantly mixing a combination of 2D and 3D items simultaneously (DVD playback, work document, DreamScene, and a windowed game...)

Likely to upgrade in the next generation,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
6. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 20:36 Ray Marden
 
http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=78815

As for the ATI/Windows 7 refresh issues, go look them up on Google. I haven't honestly tested the new drivers since being home, but the previous version(s?) was a nightmare.

I had one game that was acting a little strange, acting like it was running at the wrong refresh rate. I went to check the refresh rate in CCC and it was set lower than it should.

No problem - just change it back and.....WHAM 80% of my resolutions are now running in letterbox. It's like a full resoltuion (1900x1200) signal is being sent to the monitor, but the desktop is only displaying at the corresponding pixel count (black borders on all four sides, depending on the resolution selected.) You can manually fix your desktop resolution, but CCC won't save changes to non-selected resolutions.

These current drivers still make some mention of the issue (which is scary,) but any manually set resolutions would disappear. I'll find out this weekend if everything is fixed, but.......fail, total fail, by ATI.
Seriously, can ATI not bother to fix the 2D/3D bug???
Edit: Yes, obviously, I have the correct monitor driver.

Tired of ATI,
Ray

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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
1. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 17:44 Ray Marden
 
Maybe Borderlands won't constantly reset the display adapter now without tinkering with the CCC?

Maybe most Windows 7 resolutions won't run in letterbox now?

Yeah, about that driver kWaLitTeE...
Queue the rabid supporters...
Hoping NvIdIa will give me something in the new year,
Ray
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation
9. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation Dec 15, 2009, 17:37 Ray Marden
 
The second game was an average shooter with some absurd action moments, but really out of touch for what made the first game so special and the combat was a major downgrade.

I'd like a third F.E.A.R. game eventually, but only after some time spent mulling over what made them go so offcourse and, ideally, with some different people.

In the meantime, I would really like to have an updated NOLF and I would be interested in a modern Blood. Heck, I might even be up for the silliness that is Shogo.
Heck, I'd even take a new Claw over the next F.E.A.R.
Noting new IPs are always nice, too,
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