What are YOU playin' ? (game thread)

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Originally posted by Wanderer:
Who'se on Steam, anyway? I need to update my Steam friends list. Maybe i can make a Wigber Steam group....


I had to create a Steam account to install the thing, but I haven't done anything online-ish with it yet. colinpeters is the name.

I spent too much time playing Portal last night. I'm into the second part of it, after the test chambers.

Portal is well deserving of the accolades. Runs well on my ancient system, very entertaining. The level where you carry and use the weighted companion cube through the whole thing was a great example of manipulating the player's expectations. I love those GlaDOS comments too.
Turn on the commentary for Portal on your second run, Colin (it's not like DVD commentary, you activate speech balloons if you want to hear about a specific part of the game, so you can ignore 'em if you wish.) It made me think that Valve's one of the few companies treating videogames as their own genre.

It's well worth it.

I didn't get too attached to the WCC, partly because of all the hype (and misinformation) that surrounded it for the last two years, compared to what actually happened in the game.

But I do have the MP3 of Still Alive stuck firmly in my playlist - "Now these points of data make a beautiful line/And we're out of beta, we're releasing on time/So I'm glad that I got burned/Think of all the things we learned/For the people who are still alive..."
I am on Steam as crash_010101 (Stray Neutrino).

Already have Wanderer and Arkan as pals but feel free to add.

Playing D&D Online, since it's now free in Europe. Dumb fun for my first MMO outing and play with a local group of friends as a "party".

Still jump to Arma 2 from time to time.
Finally finished off that last gold medal in GT5P, so I have a full set. Once again, it wasn't pretty--I basically got close enough to boot the other car out of the way on the last turn, but hey! All golds! Smile

I might try and go back later and clean up my line a little more to pass him instead of bumping him.

Also started playing NFS: Shift last night at about 10pm and finally quit at about 4am, lol. It's a lot of fun! Unfortunately, the physics model still sucks. They had a change to do it right and they passed on it, instead doing "simcade". It initially feels like it's a sim, but after a while you realize that no the case. You can certainly drive it like a sim BUT you can also go well past that point to the area where you would lose grip and control in a real car and everything will magically straighten itself out in NFS: Shift rather than putting you straight into a wall. So you end up trying to figure out what the limits are for the game physics rather than just driving it like a real car.

Oh well. It's still a lot of fun, but I hope to hell they get the message in GT5 and actually include a simulation mode rather than just a "more difficult" one!
Yeah? Star Wars, you say?

Maybe I'll marinate my nuts in piri-piri and flop 'em on the barbie.

Why it has to be a fucking money-grab of a tired, old finance to take the title of "Most Voice Actors In a Computer" game away from The Longest Journey, I'll never know.
Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Absolutely wonderful, on a par with Bioshock for atmosphere, once it gets going, but resplendent in its Batman Animated Seriesyness. A consummate game - lots to do, and it captures Batman's prowess perfectly. Hardcore brutality and a strong stealth game in the mold of Metal Gear.
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Originally posted by Vec:
Did someone pee in your vegemite this morning?

I happen to like Star Wars Smile


Never eaten vegemite.

As for Star Wars, I think it's about twenty years past its prime, but hanging on tenaciously like most fantasy movies tend to do.

I like Grim Fandango better.
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Originally posted by heavyboots:
Also started playing NFS: Shift last night at about 10pm and finally quit at about 4am, lol. It's a lot of fun! Unfortunately, the physics model still sucks. They had a change to do it right and they passed on it, instead doing "simcade". It initially feels like it's a sim, but after a while you realize that no the case. You can certainly drive it like a sim BUT you can also go well past that point to the area where you would lose grip and control in a real car and everything will magically straighten itself out in NFS: Shift rather than putting you straight into a wall. So you end up trying to figure out what the limits are for the game physics rather than just driving it like a real car.


Hey! First time I can really participate here. I started NFS Shift a couple of days ago. I also find it difficult to get used to the handling. The latest driving car game I've played was Colin McRea 2005 and it was a lot more realistic than this. I'm very close to getting it though. Just let it and it will come back by it itself. But I like the whole set up of the game. I tried taking a snapshot but it said I'd have to register to EA online to upload an image. I haven't checked yet though if it's save on the clipboard.

And also I'm all in for a multi-player game. I'll go check what that Steam thingy is you all been talking about.
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Originally posted by yer.andreas:
Oh.. only thing I find really irritating in Shift is how long it takes to load each race. You have the same problem, or is it my machine?

Hmmm, unfortunately I am on a PS3 not a PC so that's pretty much par for the course for me. Also, no Steam from PS3. Frown
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Originally posted by Vec:
Ditched WoW foreva last night. Cancelled the account, uninstalled it. Thinking about changing my battle.net account password to something I won't ever remember. Anyway, WoW is old and busted.

Champions online is the new hotness :P


I'm enjoying WoW. I've been playing about 5 months, so it hasn't got stale yet, and I have a reasonable social guild. I find there's plenty to do. I'm working on Argent Tournament mostly, and earning titles.
While i do like the innovative spirit of the Wii, the catalog of big title games is rather slim. I guess because the console is so underpowered compared to XBox 360 and PS3, companies can't port their titles to the Wii without seriously downgrading the graphics and complexity. Which is, of course, a shame.
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Originally posted by Wanderer:
While i do like the innovative spirit of the Wii, the catalog of big title games is rather slim. I guess because the console is so underpowered compared to XBox 360 and PS3, companies can't port their titles to the Wii without seriously downgrading the graphics and complexity. Which is, of course, a shame.


A shame indeed. What stupid company puts gameplay and entertainment over normal-mapping and pixel shading? Who wants to have fun when you can watch a five minute long unskippable cutscene of a character who's a perfect reflection of the Xbox's key demographic a painfully over-compensatingly masculine white American male shouting drunken fratboy dialogue as mows down wave after wave of brown things/people in a similarly brown landscape (occasionally an over-compensatingly masculine American female shouting drunken fratboy dialogue mowing down wave after of brown things/people, but with her tits out to Wednesday.)

And why make games longer than ten hours when you can bundle it with a figurine and have a Director's Cut ($119, with five exclusive new weapons to unbalance the multiplayer) or a Special Edition ($109, only three new weapons, but the menu's a different colour) or Limited Edition ($129, new player skin, different multiplayer map, ten new unbalancing weapons)?

Though, I must admit, it's easier to pirate games on consoles.
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Originally posted by Kradlum:
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Originally posted by Vec:
Ditched WoW foreva last night. Cancelled the account, uninstalled it. Thinking about changing my battle.net account password to something I won't ever remember. Anyway, WoW is old and busted.

Champions online is the new hotness :P


I'm enjoying WoW. I've been playing about 5 months, so it hasn't got stale yet, and I have a reasonable social guild. I find there's plenty to do. I'm working on Argent Tournament mostly, and earning titles.


I was "forced" to quit WoW because my computer is too "small" for it after the last big patch and I decided I just can't be bothered to change that by buying an external drive. Which made me realize I don't want to play that much. Once I got to lvl 80, it just seemed like work and pressure--gotta do these raids, gotta have this exact equipment, gotta stand in *this spot* for 15 seconds, then run like hell to this other spot for 30 more seconds... no thanks. My roommate's comp is right next to mine, so I know what happens in all the raids anyway.

Once I'm motivated enough to upgrade my machine I'll probably play Age of Conan, or maybe KotOR when it comes out.
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Originally posted by yer.andreas:
Oh... ok.


So, after a while on NFS Shift and:
i. I oversteer like hell.
ii. I couldn't drift if my life depended on it.

Start race. Crash. Restart. Crash. Restart. Crash. Restart. Not crash, finish 1st.


Dude! According to VirtualR.net, you can download a patch to make it more realistic, turn off blurred cockpit, improve the AI etc. See, now I'm definitely jealous of the PC version!
Yes, the price did drop to $300 (at least here in the US.) I've been debating buying one, less for games, more for Blue ray. Not that there are several PS3 games I'm interested in. Also several PSN games that look fun and relatively cheeap.

And yes, Brutal Legend does look excellent.

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