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PC Games / Oblivion PC mods
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:24:09 pm »
So I picked up Oblivion and once again have begun the journey to close shut the jaws of Oblivion (mostly just cuz waiting for Fallout3 has me in an RPG mood). I completely forgot how awesome this game is! But I'm thinking about getting it for the PC, so I can use the construction set and so I can try out all the player mods floating around out there.

Question: where's the best place to find player mods? and what are some of the best ones out there?

Everything Else / Working in the Industry sucks
« on: October 26, 2007, 09:30:57 pm »

The bitter blog of an EA employee's spouse, probably worth the read through. It tells the tale of her husband being purposefully exploited by EA management into working 80-100 hour weeks without any extra vacation, overtime, etc. It kinda turns me off to the idea of ever working in the Industry, ever. Even though this makes me want to piss on EA all over again, it apparently isn't just them. And what does this mean for recently bought developers like Bioware and Pandemic? Are their people gonna be treated like junk, and are we gonna see their games decline as a result of that?

PC Games / KOTOR II --- deleted content
« on: September 17, 2007, 06:59:19 pm »
***Spoiler Alert*** duh

RPGs are my favorite genre. KOTOR series is my favorite RPGs. So I was playing KOTOR II again, and I ended up looking at user reviews and stuff; apparently, people really hated Obsidian for the job they did on the game. Too many loading screens and an incomplete storyline. As I read further, most of these problems weren't Obsidian's fault, but rather Lucas Arts for rushing the game into completion. Because of the deadlines, Obsidian had to cut a lot of content.

But a while ago, somebody was cruising the PC files of the game, and discovered a boat load of the deleted content, including:
    * The long-lost HK Droid Factory! (not the same as the Droid Planet M4-78)
    * Several ways to murder Visas!
    * A whole new group of people who want to kill you!
    * Multiple endings! (no, really, actual endings)
    * Various ways to be responsible for the deaths of all your party members!

Anyways, a lot of extra dialog and story was discovered, and it can be found in transcript and audio form here:

There's just some really cool things that should have been in the game. The Genoharadran (that mysterious bounty hunter group that approached you in the first KOTOR) were supposed to play a big role in the game, you had a lot more influence over your people, the ending was supposed to tie in more with the first one with the Exile leaving known space to follow Revan)...It's worth a look.

The other cool thing is that a mod is being developed (PC only) so you can play the game with a lot of the missing content. That's here:

Anyways, sorry if this has already been posted, but whatever...

Everything Else / Rupurt Murdoch and the Wall Street Journal
« on: August 01, 2007, 09:25:43 am »
I'm pissed. Anyone who reads or watches the news knows the quality of actual news being presented is sinking lower, is really starting to suck. I don't care if its CNN and Fox News doing 24/7 coverage of Paris Hilton, Jessie Davis, and Hillary Clinton's Cleavage (yes, that deserves to be capitalized), or newspapers devoting more space for advertisements and the rest for a few random AP stories you can find on Google. It's all looking pretty bad.

The Wall Street Journal, I think, is one of the last good newspapers in America. And now this:

Rupurt Murdoch and his News Corp. baby, the very spittin' image of mainstream, commercial news, is buying the WSJ. All you have to do is turn on Fox News or crack open one of his tabloid-esque newspapers to see that, not only are his news outlets 95% biased (and 5% orange juice concentrate), but they don't give you any good **** to read either. So despite his pledges to maintain the WSJ's integrity and w/e...frankly, I'm worried.

Everything Else / Typing Program
« on: June 28, 2007, 10:12:30 am »
I have a family member who doesn't know .02$ about computers, and wants to learn how to type. Are there any good programs out there you might recommend? I want to get All the Right Type, the one I learned with, but it's $25...

Music / Concert Tees
« on: June 24, 2007, 09:38:31 pm »
A videogame forum: probably not the best place to search for this information, but whatever, I'm desperate.

See, I went to the Heaven and Hell reunion concert a month or so ago, when they came around to Cleveland in my area. So despite the $70 I paid for the ticket, I was pretty happy to see my all time favorite rocker singer: Ronnie James Dio. The problem was that after the $70, I was pretty much broke, and could not afford the concert T, which are always expensive.

So if anybody knows a website where they sell concert tees (and I mean the actually Concert Ts, not just plain old band shirts), then I'd be super grateful for the information.

And oh yeah, feel free to turn this into a thread on your favorite rock concert or whatever...

Half of that is true. Apparently Sony's launch party for GoW2 got a little out of hand...

*Nudity alert! Just a small nipple on the bottom corner of the screen.... 8) So here's another version for the weak of heart: all I can say. So does this affect your decision to buy a PS3 or any other Sony products in the future?

One other thing, I really don't know if this is true...but the Sony images they put in the picture have to make the newspaper liable to some kind of fraud/copyright law infringement, so I really don't think they'd risk that.

Console Games / One more reason to get a Wii...
« on: February 05, 2007, 07:55:25 pm »
One of the few complaints people have with the Wii is the lack of games with substance. Of course this is the case with most every console in its upstart year, and like most of those other consoles, this problem is solved with time.

I give you: Sadness.

But please do be happy. A survival-horror with a story and sweet gameplay. What's not to love?

My interests were first intrigued by the trailer:

This encouraged me to look it up on IGN, where they gave this description: "...In my head there is a voice, different from the others. Whenever it answers it overwhelms the remaining voices, it mixes up thoughts and destroys peace. It tells me that I'm only mixed up in a thought which yearns to prove its own existence. It is the original voice, which wants to free itself from my head, to free itself from the logic and reason it is being stifled by. It is the voice of chaos which is now screaming frightfully in my head for me to take an axe resting against the wall and cut off my father's head..."

From the upstart Cracow, Poland development team of NIBRIS, Sadness is a gothic horror adventure game with survival horror elements. The game plans to make players confront their fears with only what they can grab up out of their environment to protect them.

For those of you afraid that the Wii is destined to be another kiddie games console, Rejoice! Of course it might turn out to be steaming kangaroo poo, for all we know. But you've got serious issues if this isn't exciting.

PC Games / Sierra sweetness and crazy KiLLeR machines!!1!
« on: December 19, 2006, 03:29:26 pm »
A while back, I was reminiscing with a friend about the good ol' times we had in fourth grade. One of my favorite memories was all the games they had on the computers there. Some that I could remember: Kings Quest, Gold Rush!, Space Quest, Manhunter, Dr. Brain, Oregon Trail (not sure about this one...), but my absolute favorite...The Incredible Machine.
As best as I can surmise it, it's all those Rube Goldberg device pictures made into a game. The game has about 80 puzzles, becoming progressively harder as you advance (duh...), that task you with performing various feats (popping all the balloons, lighting the candle) using a set of objects (scissors, handguns, rockets, mice, and bowling balls). The physics are very realistic, amazing for a 1993 computer game. It doesn't sound awfully fun just reading about it, but if you've ever played it, you know what I'm talking about. While I was looking for a semi legal download, I read that the original is up for download on XboxLive sometime next year; so if you happen to see it, give it a whirl.

Portable Games / Brain Age 2
« on: November 25, 2006, 08:03:48 am »
Wow, I just got back from watching a construction site all night with some friends, and it was a blast. Work ='s fun? some of you might ask. Why yes it does, if you all have DSs and an imported copy of BA2. Using the WiFi and downloadable gaming, we spent hours playing the different multiplayer games, and completley forgetting to patrol the darned place. My favorite is a pictionary type game, where a word is given, and you must draw a picture on the touch screen, with people voting on their favorite picture. It's fun if you have the right people, and someone to translate Kanji for you. Great game overall, but does anybody know when this baby is coming state side?

Everything Else / GamerAndy
« on: October 29, 2006, 10:47:34 am »
Is anybody really acquainted with I was reading something on his website and saw he had a similar format to GamingSteve; podcast, forum news updates, etc. Just wondering how his podcast compares to to GamingSteve, how the forums rate, etc. Like hell I have time to be an active member on two forums and the like, but when I'm on the computer typing up an essay on Soviet style communism and having no knew GS podcast to listen to, should I bother with this guy?

Music / A Matter of Life and Death
« on: October 02, 2006, 03:55:00 pm »
Has anybody out there gotten the new Iron Maiden album yet? As a long time fan and owner of nine Maiden CDs, I have to say I really wasn't expecting something this extraordinary. After the recent dissapointment of some of my favorite classic bands (i.e. Queensryche, Operation: Mindcrime II, anything Metallica puts out), I was beggining to view these gods of old as tired, washed out geezers. Fortunately, I have been proven wrong. Every track on this album is epic and grand, formulaic Maiden. For sure, it's not easy listening, but the music grows on you. I'm listening to it on my way to school, work, church (is that a bad idea? ;D), at home...sheesh. Killers is still probably my favorite album though. But if you're a fan at all of the band, or even the music style, you must own this. Instant classic.

Plus it comes with a cool cloth patch with the Maiden logo on it...who wouldn't want one of those?

Console Games / Dear Sega...
« on: September 30, 2006, 08:24:30 pm »
Dear Sega, stop making sucky Sonic games. Please!

I just downloaded the new Sonic demo, wrongly expecting of Sega a good game. I thought that after years of games never breaking the mediocre bar, especially after having made Shadow the Hedgehog, they'd have learned from their mistakes and stopped rehashing the same "3D Sonic" formula of the blue guy ungodly fast along a set, linear path. And somewhere along the line you have guns?? I had high hopes for this new one. Oh well.

My idea for a good Sonic game: An open ended world, like in a city or something, where you can go anywhere, literally. Like being able to keep up with cars on the highway, run up the side of buildings. Add in real time physics so that everywhere you run, debris flies everywhere. Maybe you start fires when you run, so the real fire effects can kick in and burn down the entire city, leaving you a flat, barren landscape to run across to your heart's content. I dunno! What do you think would save the series?

Console Games / NextGen Star Wars
« on: September 14, 2006, 07:54:17 pm »
I'm sure most of you have heard about the "next-gen Star Wars" game, E3, the minute long uber video with some real Jedi ass kickin'. But anyways, how many of you are looking forward to it? I'm guessing from the video that this game could very well become the Star Wars game I've been sub-consciously waiting for, maybe the game I've been waiting for my entire life. That's a lot to assume from a single video, but one can hope.

I dunno, just thinking of all the creative ways to use the force, with a completely destructible enviornment, the AI the Stormtroopers showed, maybe they could get Bioware to do the story...

But's a link to the video, and to an article concerning it.

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