Into the Black

I hadn't had any aggravation from my SmartPhone lately, so I decided to give myself a headache by trying to get it to synch with my PC via Bluetooth. Of course this simple goal has been impossible to accomplish so far, and by far the most remarkably nostalgic aspect of this is how it includes configuring a virtual comm port, bringing to mind the old days of trying to get Doom to run over serial cables using SirDoom. Oh well, it could be worse, this all could have also involved IRQ conflicts. Weee!

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Nov 3, 2006, 10:06
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bringing to mind the old days of trying to get Doom to run over serial cables using SirDoom. Oh well, it could be worse, this all could have also involved IRQ conflicts. Weee!

That is why a little thing called a NULLMODEMCABLE was the shizzle. There was a better program to use though than SirDoom - I acn't think of it off the top of my head - need to look at some backup stuff.

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Re: NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 3, 2006, 08:46
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Nov 3, 2006, 08:46
 
Weird, I'm quite happy with how the game runs on my AMD Athlon 2-something and radeon 9800 pro.

And that is why I'm sure that it's a bug with the game. With a Core 2 Duo E6600, 7950 GX2 and 2 GB of RAM I should not be having this issue. It's the same for others with equally high-end systems. I wouldn't mind so much if I could turn the options down and get playable framerates, but as it stands now any combination of settings won't even net me over 10 FPS once I walk into the fair.

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Re: Europe Dart Game
Nov 3, 2006, 08:39
Jim
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Nov 3, 2006, 08:39
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I could understand the names just fine; the problem lay with my actually hitting anywhere near the target....

Guess my geography isn't up to par as it should be.

I did pretty well with the Western European cities (average 80-120km) but the Eastern European ones sometimes couldn't even click the correct country. My closest stab was London at 20km, then I think Rome and Lisbon at 79 or so. Furthest guess (don't remember which one) was 1055km.

Jim
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smart phone
Nov 3, 2006, 08:22
Jim
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Nov 3, 2006, 08:22
Jim
 
I am proud to say that I do not own a cell phone (never have) or any handheld devices (except an ipod if that counts- which I usually only take with me when I travel).

Jim
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Re: NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 3, 2006, 05:02
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Nov 3, 2006, 05:02
 
I just wanted to say that I don't hate you(who already own nwn2) anymore.
*installs nwn2*

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Re: NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 3, 2006, 03:27
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Nov 3, 2006, 03:27
 
Stay far, FAR away from this damn game until they fix the framerate issues. I get 10-30 FPS at 1600*1200 with everything maxed and 10-30 FPS at 800*600 with everything at the minimal level (it looks like software rendering FFS).

Weird, I'm quite happy with how the game runs on my AMD Athlon 2-something and radeon 9800 pro. Some slow downs, obviously.. but nothing below 15 fps with medium textures, most shadowing off.... generally low/medium settings.

The plot is better than NWN, but the game world generally (plot, art, characters/writing, voice acting, etc all summed together) is not up to BG 2 standards... who knows if anything ever will be. Combat is definitely better than NWN, but getting your NPCs to stop wasting spells (I still play like it takes 8 hours to rest) can be a minor hastle.

I agree about the interface, whoever decided clicking on one of your groupmates should target them, rather than select them is an idiot. The whole group control interface should mirror BG 2's, the remnants of the old NWN spirit (automatic groupmates) is not welcome

Good game so far, not sure how long I've played.. up to level 7 with my bard. Combat, as I mentioned, shows promise. Especially at higher levels as there's a great amount of character branching in terms of skills (which Oblivion was totally lacking.)

Some uninspired enemies, but that's par for the course in modern RPGs (hint to devs: if it wasn't in BG 2 it's probably a stupid, derivative idea )


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Re: NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 3, 2006, 00:41
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Nov 3, 2006, 00:41
 
It's a gorgeous game as long as you stand still.

I think they aimed the technology a little too far in the future on this one. Because of the whole dynamic lighting system, I doubt there will be a simple fix to the less-than-stellar frame rates unless you have a large wad of cash to drop on an 8800. You have to turn off most of the interesting graphical features to get (what I consider) reasonable frame rates.

World design is nice. The shadows look great. Elven character models are terrible. Story and characters are more interesting and engaging than NWN so far. Character creation is much nicer. The new UI is all over the place, and not in a good way. My biggest peeve is that they disabled all anti-aliasing which makes the conversation close-ups look terrible. At least this is confirmed to be fixed in the next patch.

I'm not disappointed I dropped the $$ on the LE, but I'll have to wait a bit to get a better play experience. The high machine requirements are going to hamper the modding community for some time.

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Re: Europe Dart Game
Nov 3, 2006, 00:28
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I could understand the names just fine; the problem lay with my actually hitting anywhere near the target....

Guess my geography isn't up to par as it should be.

Dan =0)

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Re: Europe Dart Game
Nov 2, 2006, 23:31
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I was mostly within the outer ring of each dart shot, although some of the more odd german names threw me off.
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Re: Europe Dart Game
Nov 2, 2006, 23:17
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Nov 2, 2006, 23:17
 
The names of the cities in German threw me off. My furthest off was Moscow, simply because you have no point of reference for placing things in Russia.

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Europe Dart Game
Nov 2, 2006, 23:14
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Nov 2, 2006, 23:14
 
Heh, I got within 40 km of London. My metropolitical knowledge is lacking apparently; especially when throwing a dart at a blind map of the European continent with no clues except for political borders.

Of course having said that im still getting a Revo on the 19th

Heh, I've been flaking it hard this weekend. I saw Children of Mana for the DS and bought it today. It'll be another week or two before I get to it because I'm still busy with Contact, which I'm really liking so far.

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Re: NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 2, 2006, 23:05
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Nov 2, 2006, 23:05
 
Its crap like this which makes me wait a few days before buying something new. I got burned on Oblivion, not gonna let that happen again!


Of course having said that im still getting a Revo on the 19th
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NWN2 Early Impressions
Nov 2, 2006, 22:27
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Stay far, FAR away from this damn game until they fix the framerate issues. I get 10-30 FPS at 1600*1200 with everything maxed and 10-30 FPS at 800*600 with everything at the minimal level (it looks like software rendering FFS).

Did I mention that this is right after character creation, when I'm in a tiny room not even fighting?

There's already a 19 page thread on the BioWare forums about it, with everyone saying the same thing.

*sigh*

The game manual isn't bad.

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