Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:
United Kingdom 06/02

Regularly scheduled events

User information for Jim

Real Name Jim   
Search for:
 
Sort results:   Ascending Descending
Limit results:
 
 
 
Nickname MeanJim
Email Concealed by request - Send Mail
ICQ None given.
Description
Homepage None given.
Signed On May 30, 2003, 01:18
Total Comments 2752 (Senior)
User ID 17277
 
User comment history
< Newer [ 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ] Older >


News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Nov 24, 2015, 16:54 MeanJim
 
Bethesda is dumbing down shoes now?  
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Metaverse
23. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 24, 2015, 15:49 MeanJim
 
saluk wrote on Nov 23, 2015, 23:52:
I guess I'm the only one using tab groups. They are so good though. I'm tired of companies just ditching good ideas that they failed to promote.

Numbers are all that ever matter anymore.

I use them all the time. It's faster and creates less clutter. I have 4 tab groups I keep open all the time. It's faster to keep pages I frequent open in tab groups and switch to them when needed rather than open a bunch of bookmarked pages in the current window every time I want to get to them.

This is a stupid move by Mozilla. This used to be an addon which they took over and incorporated into the browser, now they're killing it off. They keep removing features I like, so I'm beginning to wonder why I stick with their browser.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Nov 18, 2015, 17:52 MeanJim
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 18, 2015, 14:47:
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 18, 2015, 13:50:
InBlack wrote on Nov 18, 2015, 12:44:
Choice and consequence was a staple of the previous games. No longer it seems?

It's like a JJ Abrams movie where there are several layers of plot or, in this case, dialogue but only one is fully fleshed out to create an often underwhelming payoff. Like the 5 things video above, you play as a very narrow character who can only go as far as being a jerk because he's the heroic dad looking for his son.

In one case, I introduced myself to the Railroad because I wanted to fill out my quest log but, once you meet them, you HAVE to join them regardless of the dialogue options in order to finish that chain. You can say no but it really means 'not now'. Being a member of the Brotherhood and even being acknowledged by a Railroader (?) as a member should have given me an option to tell them to piss off with their 'Free Synths' ways or eat a lead salad.

I mean, I could have just untracked the quest chain at that point but that's the poor man's way of saying no.

That sounds very unfallout like, actually very unlike Bethesda. Were they secretly bought out by EA or Activision? Honestly I usually the follow good guy try to help everyone path, but I like the option to be bad. If I find a faction annoying sometimes its nice to erase their existence from the game.

No, that's very Bethesda like. Did you play Skyrim? Shit like that was everywhere in Skyrim. Not only could you join the mage's college, you could become the arch mage of the college without ever casting a single spell. Once you find one of those gem things or just travel to Riften you get the quest to join the Thieves Guild whether you want to or not. The only guild you have the option of joining or wiping out is the Dark Brotherhood.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Nov 17, 2015, 20:19 MeanJim
 
LC wrote on Nov 17, 2015, 15:25:
Does anyone seriously believe Interplay could have pulled off anything decent by that point? Sure it sounds good on paper but what would have came out would have most likely been a buggy, half-finished and unsupported mess.

According to The Vault:
In 2003, the game was canceled and the Black Isle employees were laid off. At that time the engine was about 95% done. You could create characters, use skills, perform both ranged and melee combat, save/load games and travel across maps. A tutorial level was done that would let the designers do all of the above. All areas but one had been designed. About 75% of the dialogue was done and at least 50% of the maps. BIS already had many of the character models and monster models.

Didn't Obsidian or inXile recently trademark Van Buren or something like that. Maybe we'll get a Fallout spin off.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Game Reviews
42. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2015, 21:42 MeanJim
 
Dacron wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 05:15:
So his reply, based off personal experience playing the game is "fanboy undies all wadded up." but your 2 replies, doing nothing but bitching and moaning off videos you've seen of it without playing it and needing to drop f-bombs (due to emotions?) is being rational?

You're projecting your insecurities on others. Creston isn't the one looking like his knickers are all twisted when he answers like that and your reply is to insult and repeat your complaints with added cussing.

I'm trying to decide if this is worthy of my money, so yes I'm going to look at reviews and game play footage first. All I did was bring up some observations I noticed about the game from watching live streams. If I observed something incorrectly, which I did, then correct me and leave the attitude out of it. My f-bombs were directed at Bethesda because after 13+ years of using this engine they still ship games out with the same damn problems (mouse acceleration, no FOV slider, the console key not working for some people and the 64hz bug. Why does Bethesda get a pass on this? Other developers have patched in FOV sliders after release when people complain about it, but with Bethesda's games everyone just says "edit the ini and quit complaining."

I'll man up and apologize for snapping back. It's just the fanboys are out in droves with this game. Here and other places where I've posted observations or simply asked questions, rather than being corrected or answering my question I get attacked for daring to question the all mighty Bethesda.

Great White Shark wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 07:34:
In other words, you learned nothing of value because you still have zero first hand experience. Ok.

There are small things you can learn about a game by watching but most of the important things you learn only by playing. Someone else playing a game is not the same way that you will play the game. Random idiots on twitch will not seek out methods to fix their problems and instead lead you to false assumptions about the game and its limitations. Be open to learning the obvious lesson here.

I learned enough not to waste $60 on this. One of the "random idiots" on twitch was trying to fix his game. He was one that couldn't get the console key to work to set the FOV and was editing the ini files to set the FOV and trying to fix the mouse acceleration.

What is this obvious lesson I'm supposed to learn from this? Pre-order a game and be thankful for what I get, bugs and all? No, I learn from my mistakes and the mistakes of others. I've been burned by pre-ordering a game or buying games at launch too many times. Now I wait for others to make the mistake and learn whether the game is worthy first.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
89. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 11, 2015, 13:37 MeanJim
 
nin wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 10:01:
jimnms wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 09:53:
You wouldn't be saying that if some company bought the rights to a game franchise you loved and then shit all over it. This game could have stood on its own as a new IP, but buying the name of a loved RPG franchise and slapping its name on your product is going to draw comparisons to the originals.

Times change, and so does what's popular and what people like. Getting pissed about it isn't going to reverse that.

Enjoy the classics and let other folks enjoy what they like.

I know times change and what's popular changes. That's fine, create a new game for that crowd. I like all kinds of games so I might like it too, but don't take an existing game and turn it into something else just because that's what's popular now. I wonder how many people that came into Fallout at #3 had ever played the first two. I bet most of them probably couldn't get through it with the lack of attention span these days. You had to pay attention to the conversations and pick up on clues instead of relying on quest markers to take you exactly where you need to go next.

When I look at FO4 and try to ignore that this is supposed to be Fallout, it actually looks like a decent open world FPS game, well except for the ugly, ridiculously huge weapon models taking up 1/4 of the screen.

BobBob wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 10:50:
Welcome to getting older. Thumbsup

That has nothing to do with it. I have no objection to change, as long as it's for the better. Change, just to change something to say "hey look we changed" is where I have a problem. This would be more like taking your favorite TV show after establishing itself over a few seasons then having it changed it to a completely different genre. What if the 5th season of Breaking Bad was all of the sudden a family friendly sitcom? It might be a good show released under its own name, but it's no longer the same show.

Fallout was never about the combat. Honestly the combat in the originals sucked. Now they've improved the combat, which is great, but they've stripped down the role playing that it's now pretty much just an an open world FPS.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
84. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 11, 2015, 09:53 MeanJim
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 10, 2015, 16:59:
shihonage wrote on Nov 10, 2015, 15:37:
Fallout 1 had compact and effective writing. Effectively designed abstraction . . . [middle gutted] . . . where too many people offloaded crucial parts of their brains onto Google.

TL;DR you clearly have "issues" with Bethesda's Fallout series. Instead of bitching about the "good old days" (it's NEVER coming back) find another game you can enjoy. I hear the crowdfunded Wasteland 2 is quite good; or perhaps Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void is more your thing.

You wouldn't be saying that if some company bought the rights to a game franchise you loved and then shit all over it. This game could have stood on its own as a new IP, but buying the name of a loved RPG franchise and slapping its name on your product is going to draw comparisons to the originals.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Fallout 4 Popular
31. Re: Fallout 4 Popular Nov 11, 2015, 09:45 MeanJim
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 03:23:
What difference does it make to be rid of the extraneous 1-100 values, when all that mattered before was the 4-5 breakpoints we're left with now anyway?

That only applied to skills like lock picking and science for hacking computers. The thing is, it was Bethesda in FO3 that put in the arbitrary break points lock picking and hacking. They could had done a lot of things different than having tiered skill requirements (0, 25, 50, 75 and 100) to pick/hack locks/terminals. The easiest thing they could have done was to have locks/terminals that had requirements in between those levels. That would have made chems that increase PER and INT more useful to boost your skill a few extra points if you come across a lock/computer a few points above your skill level.

Without skills, does this mean every character is proficient at everything from the start? I've looked at the perks from that character planner that was released last week and things like weapon perks are all ripped straight from Skyrim, i.e. each rank increases damage 20% for certain weapon types. What about aim and weapon/armor degradation? I see no perks that increase aim, just improved chances to hit in VATS. Is weapon/armor degradation even still in the game or did they remove that too?
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Game Reviews
39. Re: Game Reviews Nov 10, 2015, 20:08 MeanJim
 
Creston wrote on Nov 10, 2015, 09:18:
That's funny, because I've turned off mouse smoothing and switched the FOV through an .ini file, and the console works just fine for me. Then again, I've actually played the game rather than just watch Twitch streams and declare something plain broken off of that.

Wow, I didn't mean to get get your fanboy undies all wadded up. No I don't personally know about the console not working, but more than one person mentioned it not working. I believe Skyrim had this problem if you had a joystick or controller plugged in. Like I said, these are issues that have existed in their last 5 games. All except the 64hz bug can be fixed with ini tweaks, so why the fuck don't they just fix it? Is it really that hard to add an FOV slider FFS.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Game Reviews
37. Re: Game Reviews Nov 10, 2015, 09:10 MeanJim
 
I browsed Twitch TV last night looking at random streams. I avoided the ones at the start of the game and tried to find ones later in the game. It was tough finding someone playing with a keyboard and mouse. I don't know if most of the streams were consoles or people using a controller on PC, but the majority of the streams I found were playing in 3rd person with a controller.

Once I found some PC streamers using KB/M, I still didn't like what I saw. It really just looks like a first person shooter with some dialog here and there, and even that was pretty bad. The shooty bits weren't that great either. The damn weapon models take up 1/4 of the screen and the iron sights are an abomination. The weapons look cartoony compared to FO3 and FNV. From what I could tell, you seem to be limited to one companion, and you're forced to have them at least during the early game. Power armor seems to be required during certain parts/quests, almost like their own version of a turret section, so screw you if you don't like playing power armor characters.

The UI is butt ugly, even for a console. There was some screen, I think it might have been crafting, where the guy had to scroll through lots of stuff. The font is so big and the place where the text was is so small that it only has room for 3 lines to text and he had to scroll through dozens of items.

The game has the same technical issues that have plagued their last 5 games using this engine, like the mouse smoothing and acceleration that can't be turned off, and it seems to still have the 64hz bug (google it). There are mods that fix it in previous games, so WTF Bethesda? There doesn't seem to be an FOV slider as usual and the console is disabled so you can't use the console to set your preferred FOV.

There are some things I like. I like that hacking and lock picking are real time and no longer pause the game. I used a mod for FNV that makes hacking and lock picking real time because it felt stupid in the previous two games when you could run into a room with defenses and time stops while you hack the computer and shut them down.

This is definitely not worth $60. I might pick it up in a few years when it's finished for under $10.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Fallout 4 Preloads
7. Re: Fallout 4 Preloads Nov 6, 2015, 21:36 MeanJim
 
Task wrote on Nov 6, 2015, 20:35:
Get 'er while its hot. Good luck folks.

I'll hold the buy button until later (1-2 years until 5 bucks?). The future of fallout. (shows the progression of the series, kind of like 'shock' game maps) Source from NMA.

I had a similar idea after seeing the E3 footage, but I was going to use this screen shot I snapped during the FNV game I was playing at the time.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Fallout 4 Build Planner
6. Re: Fallout 4 Build Planner Nov 5, 2015, 19:44 MeanJim
 
Skyrim with guns. Tears  
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Screenshots
35. Re: Morning Screenshots Nov 4, 2015, 02:52 MeanJim
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 23:51:
jimnms wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 18:50:
Looking at the screen shots and the leaked videos, like Fallout 3, this doesn't look like something you'd see 200 years after a nuclear apocalypse. It looks more like 20 years.

How many nuclear apocalypses have you lived through?
Just the one (Chernobyl).

NamecaF wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 01:02:
Creston wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 21:35:
Wouldn't that make sense? The game starts with you playing your character before the war, so it couldn't really then shift 200 years and you're still the same guy/girl.

Maybe the Vault has cryo-chambers?

That's basically what they hinted at in the E3 presentation. FO4 takes place after the events of FO3.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Screenshots
30. Re: Morning Screenshots Nov 3, 2015, 18:50 MeanJim
 
Looking at the screen shots and the leaked videos, like Fallout 3, this doesn't look like something you'd see 200 years after a nuclear apocalypse. It looks more like 20 years.  
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Screenshots
18. Re: Morning Screenshots Nov 3, 2015, 14:45 MeanJim
 
Dacron wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 10:33:
Plus, most dialogue in fallout 3/NV turned out to be 4 or fewer choices but in a text box instead of a prompt.

Fallout 3 maybe, but NV, nope. A lot of those options opened up farther branches of dialog with more options. So far from the leaked videos coming out, the dialog looks more like something from a Tale Tell game. You get 4 options, pick one and the conversation goes to the next step. They don't seem to open up other branches of dialog.

Peter M. Smith wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 11:01:
I can't get worked up over a max of four dialogue choices. One of the most useful (and telling) Perks from FO2 was the one that showed which of the dialogue choices actually meant anything. I'd see five or six choices in the scroll box, with one blue and one red. The rest were filler. If Bethesda is going with a hard limit of four choices (plus the walk away option) but each choice has meaning, I consider that an improvement over the past.

The perk you're talking about did not show which ones meant anything, it only showed if a dialog option would cause a positive or negative reaction with that character. Options in red would piss them off, blue would cause a positive reaction and the rest were neutral, but still important.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Leaked Fallout 4 Footage
24. Re: Leaked Fallout 4 Footage Nov 2, 2015, 17:39 MeanJim
 
I'm less excited about this now. They've turned it into less of an RPG and more of an FPS. The voiced character is bad enough, but if you can't turn off the talking to yourself shit, I don't think I could play this. I don't want to "hear" my toon thinking whenever I look at items.  
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Sunday Screenshots
8. Re: Sunday Screenshots Nov 1, 2015, 19:20 MeanJim
 
Rattlehead wrote on Nov 1, 2015, 17:11:
So an early review on Reddit says the dialogue system is pretty bad. It boils down to 4 choices. Good, bad, sarcastic, and tell me more.

Have you got a link for the review? This is what I feared after seeing the E3 footage. I can wait for this to be 75% off. I've got plenty of real RPG's and other games to play until then. I still need to finish my new F:NV game I started a few months ago when my arm heals and I can use the mouse again. I might re-play Fallout and Fallout 2 if my Steam controller comes before then since I can still work a controller.

I bet FO4 will still get glowing reviews and multiple GotY awards despite shitting all over the Fallout name.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Into the Black
15. Re: Into the Black Oct 31, 2015, 04:17 MeanJim
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 30, 2015, 22:37:
I am a seatbelt nazi. You get in MY car you put on YOUR seatbelt.

I can't drive or ride in a car without a seat belt. It just feels weird, like leaving the house without pants on. I'm the same way with passengers. My car doesn't move unless everyone's buckled up. The first thing I do when I get in is put the seat belt on. It drives me crazy when people get in my car and I look around before taking off and I'm the only one wearing my seat belt. Not only is it the law here and I can get a ticket for a passenger not wearing a seat belt, but I don't want to get sued if we get in a crash and your ass gets killed or hurt.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Windows 10 Oct 29, 2015, 19:34 MeanJim
 
The Windows 10 free upgrade program has so far concentrated on those Windows 7 and 8 users who reserved their copy in the weeks leading up to the operating system's release.

I didn't reserve it and it's tried to force it's way onto both of my systems already. My gaming system I only have it set to notify me of updates and manually update after checking to make sure another Win10 update didn't sneak in or unhide itself. My other system is a media center/home server/Steam streaming box, and I have most things set to automatic on a schedule.
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 29, 2015, 14:08 MeanJim
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 29, 2015, 13:37:
Move Over Sit-and-Stand Desks, Here’s the Power Reclining Workstation.

Want! But $4K (sale price!) is a bit over the top.

What keeps the mouse from sliding off?
 
Avatar 17277
 
MeanJim on Steam
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
2752 Comments. 138 pages. Viewing page 14.
< Newer [ 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ] Older >




Blue's News is a participant in Amazon Associates programs
and earns advertising fees by linking to Amazon.



footer

Blue's News logo