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TV / Family Guy is returning!
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:07:42 pm »
For those of you that don't know, the best animated comedy ever is returning shortly. Family Guy will be back I believe on the first sunday of May. I already got to see the first new episode, and the show is just as funny as it once was, if not funnier. Much better than American Dad, which was a dissapointment.

PC Games / Psychonauts!
« on: April 12, 2005, 07:09:56 pm »
I've been anticipating this game for awhile now, but the demo was just released. I just finished the demo level (which is the first training/tutorial level - it's pretty long). It's a great game! Graphically it's pleasing, and artistically, the style is awesome. The gameplay is pretty much your run-of-the-mill platforming stuff although the artistic direction of the entire game makes it seem new and exciting. The gameplay concepts are also interesting, as you enter other characters' minds, filled with many literal interpretations and stuff. For example, you'll sort through your trainers emotional baggage by finding their tags. You'll have to pick up figments of imagination. I didn't get to see anything about the story or plot in the demo, but the characters and overall atmosphere of the game is very playful, humourous, and entertaining. I'd love to get this game! (But I don't have any money!)

Everything Else / Anyone take the new SATs?
« on: April 11, 2005, 05:01:25 pm »
I was wondering if anyone took the new SATs? I just got my score today. I got a 2040 out of 2400. I was wondering if that was any good? I don't know much about these scores.


Everything Else / Anyone know of a program like this?
« on: April 08, 2005, 05:09:13 pm »
Does anyone know of a program where you can just right click an image in a folder and then resize it from there, keeping it proportionally correct? I don't know if such a program exists, but I think it would be incredibly useful if it did.

PC Games / Battlefield 2
« on: April 01, 2005, 05:02:53 pm »
I don't know if anyone is as excited for this game as I am, but IGN just released some new screenshots, including some of the player models. They are looking amazing! Check them out here:

For those of you that don't know, Battlefield 2 is a modern-era successor to Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield: Vietnam. They are both multiplayer-based war games that support up to 64 people per server, so you can have battles of nearly epic proportions. In this game you can fight for either the Chinese, the U.S., or the Middle East (they're known as the MEC, or Middle Eastern Coalition here, and naturally, they've been made more like a terrorist cell). The game seems pretty similar to BF1942 and BF: Vietnam (personally the latter was a dissapointment; it was not much different than BF1942. It was more like a mod more than anything else.) but should hopefully improve in the poorer aspects of each previous game. The environment is supposed to be completely destructable, so you'll be able to demolish bridges to cut off infantry routes or maybe even destroy buildings where troops are garrissoned. This should add an very interesting tactical aspect to the game. Now you'll actually be able to see the environment "evolve" as the battles rage on.

Maps will adjust in size according to the amount of players on a server. If you've ever played those massive maps in the previous two Battlefields, this will be a great addition. I myself have hated playing on small servers and having to take a 5 minute trip to the battle after dying. This isn't a massive update, but it's useful nonetheless.
A huge military chain-of-command/player reward system is being implemented. In the previous Battlefields, there wasn't much incentive to be a medic or an engineer. You weren't rewarded for repairing an ally's vehicle or healing a wounded ally. Now, you actually get points for such accomplishments, just as an assault infantry would get points for killing an enemy. These points will eventually accumulate and begin determining your position in a military chain-of-command. There will be an organized hierarchy now, in which there are your basic "grunt" infantry commanded by squad leaders, which are in turn commanded by sergeants and so on. There will also be a commander at the top of the chain. The commander can switch between first person view or an overhead satellite type of view. From there he can coordinate attacks, air strikes, supply drops, and so on. If people are cooperative enough, this sounds like it will GREATLY enhance the feeling of working as a team and as an effective squad. In previous Battlefields, there was a lack of coordination between teammates and, on most servers, people went off as lone wolves and fought by themselves. This new system should encourage teamplay.

Speaking of commanding supply drops, all health and ammo boxes are being removed. Instead, you have to rely on commanders ordering supply drops to get you what you need. This should add yet another interesting tactical aspect. I'm not sure if the enemy will be able to use your team's supply boxes (I wouldn't be surprised if they could), but if they can, then you'll need to guard those supplies the best you can.

Finally, there's another very cool addition: Battlefield TV. Essentially, your game is recorded and you can play it back from any perspective, be it yourself, an enemy soldier, or just as a bystander. You can then edit the recordings to make your battles seem like epic war films. It will be interesting to see what people can come up with using this tool. Maybe we'll see some new sort of Red vs Blue ripoff.

Beyond these major changes are the usual updates you'd see in a sequel. New guns, player models, maps, vehicles, and whatever else they generally include. There's supposed to be a slew of new vehicles, such as fighter jets, modern-era helicopters, and more tanks. The maps I believe are located in urban desert as well as lush jungle environments. And, as mentioned previously, they're all destructible.

Battlefield 2 is due out by May. It's being published by Electronic Arts and developed by DICE.

At this point, I can't remember anything else. Hopefully this will satisfy any craving for information on this excellent looking game.

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