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Signed On Nov 2, 2002, 13:54
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
3. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Oct 22, 2009, 15:33 Ecthelion
 
The drivers page also links to the 9.9 AVIVO package, when the page mentions a 9.10 version.

EDIT: It's fixed now.

This comment was edited on Oct 22, 2009, 15:44.
 
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News Comments > WoW Mouse Levels Up
6. Re: WoW Mouse Levels Up Oct 21, 2009, 16:40 Ecthelion
 
Quite possibly one of the worst statements I have ever seen on this site.
That means a lot considering some of your posts.
 
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News Comments > WoW Mouse Levels Up
2. Re: WoW Mouse Levels Up Oct 21, 2009, 15:21 Ecthelion
 
That genre has spawned all sorts of ridiculous words and phrases. I blame it for all that's wrong with Western civilization.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 21, 2009, 14:20 Ecthelion
 
How to prep for an XP to Windows 7 upgrade :

step 1 : Wait for MS to finally make that fucking family pack available.

step 2 : goto 1.

End of line.
According to this, it will be available starting tomorrow (tomorrow is the retail launch of Windows 7 if I'm not mistaken). I don't know why it's not listed on Amazon and other sites and ads for preorder though.

This comment was edited on Oct 21, 2009, 14:32.
 
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News Comments > US PC Sales
2. Re: US PC Sales Oct 20, 2009, 20:07 Ecthelion
 
So it's all casual games and MMOs. How depressing...

I guess September was a lean month for game releases, but it would still be nice to see a "real" game up there.

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News Comments > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Oct 18, 2009, 02:30 Ecthelion
 
I've been a big fan of GoGamer ever since I ordered Jedi Outcast from them back in 2002. I may have used them before that, but that's the first game I specifically remember ordering from them.

Who cares what those percentages represent? Just go to the site and see what the actual price is. Their 48-Hour Madness sales are worth checking out regularly anyway.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 16, 2009, 19:28 Ecthelion
 
I record and watch TV, that's about it. I watch DVD's on my desktop because I have a nicer monitor and sound setup back here, and I'll stream the recorded TV to my desktop sometimes.
You may want to upgrade your HTPC for the "library" function then. It's a nice alternative to using shares, and Media Center doesn't seem to support external shares for the DVD library (while it does support external library locations). That would let you keep your media on the HTPC and still watch from your desktop without much hassle.

Of course, this is assuming you use the DVD Library feature of Media Center on your desktop now.

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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
34. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 14:39 Ecthelion
 
Of course I just looked at the Steam Store page and of course the link is there. I guess not all games have the right click option in the My Games list.
Yeah, that's annoying. At least the manual is available from Steam in some form though. So if that's the concern for Dragon Age, I'm sure it will be there.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
30. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 14:05 Ecthelion
 
You mean a printed manual? That would be cool, although it would be hard to implement for a digitally-distributed game.
Pretty sure he is referring to a PDF manual, as several games on Steam don't include even that, which is rather annoying. I was looking for one for Batman Arkham Asylum last night as I wanted to know more about how the combat combo system worked...but instead had to download a guide from GameFAQs.

I have noticed that some Steam games don't have a link for the manual from within Steam, but the Steampowered website has a link on the game page. This actually allows people to download the manual without owning the game.

For example, here's the one for Batman: http://store.steampowered.com/manual/35010/.

I don't think I've seen a single recent game on Steam that doesn't have a PDF manual.

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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
28. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 13:47 Ecthelion
 
Mass Effect achievements actually unlocked stuff in the game itself. Got a million credits? It unlocked SPECTER gear from a merchant in game (and it stayed there, so you could go get it in new games as soon as you had the 350K necessary to buy it.)

Finishing the game with the same characters as your sidekicks the whole way would unlock achievements that gave bonus damage, bonus exp, things like that. Using a power 100 times allowed you to add that power to a character that would normally not have that power.

It was minor stuff, but fun enough that I found it was worth it to try and unlock them.
That actually sounds more useful than most achievement systems. It actually makes a difference in the game instead of just adding to your bragging rights.

Is the Digital Deluxe Edition at least going to have a MANUAL?
You mean a printed manual? That would be cool, although it would be hard to implement for a digitally-distributed game.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 16, 2009, 13:05 Ecthelion
 
If you don't mind using LogMeIn, it works just fine with Windows 7 and it's free for personal use.

I was going to order a few copies of Windows 7, but I decided to go the TechNet route instead. The only downside I can see to that option is that technically you need to renew each year to be able to do reinstalls and new installs after the first year. It still seemed like the best option to me though.

What do you do with your HTPC? I built one that had been running Vista (I just upgraded it to Windows 7), and the Windows 7 improvements are great from what I've seen of them. I only use mine to watch archived DVDs ripped directly (no conversion or anything), and Windows 7 supports that usage better than Vista (and presumably MCE 2005). The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't support playing Closed Captions from DVDs, even though Media Player (and Vista Media Center) does.

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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
21. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 12:11 Ecthelion
 
It's probably in-game achievements like Mass Effect had. Given the community focus of Dragon Age and the social network it attaches to for DLC, Mods and such, I guess they will be viewable by others, which makes them somewhat more worthwhile.
Excuse my ignorance, but I haven't played Mass Effect. Did the game have its own achievements that were viewable only in-game? It couldn't be seen by anyone else?

If I understand it correctly, isn't that rather pointless, even for achievement whores?

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News Comments > Dragon Age Pre-Purchase [Updated]
16. Re: Dragon Age Pre-Purchase Oct 16, 2009, 11:21 Ecthelion
 
I wish all DLC focused on quests or missions. I've seen a lot of item-based DLC that is not at all balanced to the normal game content.

Most of this DLC doesn't sound that way (although it's hard to know without having the game to compare "normal" items to the bonus rings and armor), but it's probably still somewhat unbalanced. Hopefully it just adds the items to a shop (for an expensive price) instead of magically dropping it into your inventory. At least the Digital Deluxe Edition comes with the Warden's Keep and The Stone Prisoner DLC that is more substantial.

Steam and/or EA need to be more careful in their game descriptions. The blurbs for Warden's Keep and The Stone Prisoner both mention achievements, which only applies to the XBox360 version of the game (which is obviously not the one Steam is selling). I guess the descriptions were just copied and pasted for all the platforms and not error-checked afterward. I suppose it's technically possible the PC version will have Steam Achievements, but I think Steam would advertise that when it's this close to release.

This comment was edited on Oct 16, 2009, 11:27.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Oct 16, 2009, 08:19 Ecthelion
 
I really enjoyed SR2 on the PC (I think I paid about $30 for it). Sure it had some issues but it certainly wasn't unplayable. I think it even got a few patches after I finished playing it, but even in the state I played it I thought it was well worth the money. For $7.50 anyone interested in it should definitely get it, as long as you can tolerate occasionally choppy framerate (really only during driving, and even then only intermittently). I didn't find the game buggy at all, it just had some performance issues.  
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News Comments > X3: Terran Conflict Patched
14. Re: X3: Terran Conflict Patched Oct 15, 2009, 10:37 Ecthelion
 
Pretty sure you just look out your window for that
Yeah, but the problem then is that when I shoot somebody or blow up cars I go to jail.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 14, 2009, 20:29 Ecthelion
 
"How to Get Books, CDs, DVDs and Games for Free"

That article is about swapping your old stuff for new stuff. It's a misleading title if you ask me (not Blue's fault though... the author gave it that title). Maybe I'm the only person who actually buys CDs, DVDs, and games to keep though. I've never sold or traded a game and I'm not about to start now.

It's a useful read for anyone who's interested in trading, but it's not about getting stuff for free. It's about trading.

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News Comments > X3: Terran Conflict Patched
6. Re: X3: Terran Conflict Patched Oct 14, 2009, 18:52 Ecthelion
 
Way to ruin my fantasy with your "facts!"  
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News Comments > X3: Terran Conflict Patched
4. Re: X3: Terran Conflict Patched Oct 14, 2009, 18:38 Ecthelion
 
Is there any game that doesn't get boring after playing it solidly for a few months?
Probably not. I'm just more accustomed to playing through linear games that end before they get boring.

I like the open-world games I've played, but I wish they managed to stay interesting for a longer period of time. I guess that's just wishful thinking though. The only one I can remember that was actually disappointing was Far Cry 2. I don't think I even made it through half of the missions before I decided I had played the same few missions over and over again. Sure, it was fun to have different ways of killing the bad guys, but even that lost its charm eventually.

I hope to see my idea of a perfect game before I die, but that's probably not realistic. I'd like to see an open-ended game that had a completely destructible environment and completely destructible objects, a completely open world, and near-infinite real variety in missions (i.e. near-infinite variety in types of missions, not just mission details). Too bad it's probably an impossible dream.

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News Comments > X3: Terran Conflict Patched
2. Re: X3: Terran Conflict Patched Oct 14, 2009, 17:02 Ecthelion
 
I got bored of X3:TC after playing it solid for the past few months. I took a break to play through The Witcher for the first time (which I just finished), and I have little motivation to go back to X3:TC even after this nice patch. I was excited about the patch (especially the Flak fix) before I got tired of the game.

It's a great game, but like the past games in the series it gets boring after a while, at least for me. But hey, the same thing happened with Morrowind, Oblivion, and Fallout 3 (after playing for 50 hours or so and finishing the main quests I got bored), and I consider those purchases to have been good investments since those 50 hours were highly entertaining.

I have nothing but respect for Egosoft. Especially now that they seem to have completely put the Steam patch fiasco behind them (this one was added to Steam before the retail version!). I eagerly await their next game.

EDIT: I also noticed this patch (the Steam version, if that matters) added what looks like a polish version of the manual in the Documents folder of the game directory. Talk about strange. Huh

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News Comments > Gold - Borderlands
31. Re: Ok, it's gold. What DRM? Oct 12, 2009, 17:00 Ecthelion
 
As soon as I heard that they would be releasing the GotY edition, fully updated and with all the packs on-disk, I stopped considering buying the other two expansion packs, uninstalled the game, and now wait for them to ship it. Even though I already have the collectors edition, I will buy the game again so that I never have to fool with GfWL again.
Do you mean you won't have to log in to GfWL? Because the Fallout 3 GotY edition is still a GfWL game.
 
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