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Console Games / Re: Dante's Inferno
« on: July 01, 2010, 10:15:50 pm »
I'm about 3/4 through this game.  I'm enjoying it thus far.  Music is great, as is the scenery.  They let you adjust the difficulty in the options menu so if things get too tough or too easy you can adjust it.  Some of the puzzles frustrated me as did swinging between the levels.  I just took a break and came back to it later and it just clicked.  It's not a perfect game.  But it is fun.

Everything Else / Happy Canada Day!
« on: July 01, 2010, 01:13:15 pm »
July first is Canada day up here in Canada.  TCanadian playstation owners is a reason to celebrate because we now have access to the PS3 movie / TV show part of the store.   Now to decide which movie to rent or buy.

Spore: General / Re: Is Spore Dead?
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:48:55 am »
I haven't touched the game in a year but I was thinking about getting the expansion packs and giving it another whirl... I did like making creatures.

On another note....  The Dr. Pepper promotion is certainly them doing something towards the game.  Down but not out? 

Console Games / PS3: Users, Master Accounts and Sub-accounts
« on: December 28, 2009, 01:37:32 pm »
I got a PS3 for Christmas and I can't quite figure out the best way to set up the users in the house and link them to the online PS3 accounts.  I guess you can either set-up several "master accounts" on a playstaion or one master account with several people under that account.  Which is the best way to do this?  The playstation implied that subaccounts wouldn't be able to purchase things or play 16+ games.  Basically I want the best way to set up all the adults of the house.

PC Games / Re: Killing Floor - Free Weekend
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:10:31 pm »
Silly question.... Does killing floor play in teams the way L4D does or is it more of a every person for themselves kinda thing?  I think Uroboros's comment about diluted combat is a good one. 

PC Games / Re: Gametap
« on: October 25, 2009, 09:39:27 am »
Not every likes to play the newest games in town.  Not all computers can handles the newest games out either.  Gametap... while not for everyone... is definately a good option for those who want to play games from recent memory.  Bioshock for example is still a 20 dollar game.

PC Games / Re: Killing Floor - Free Weekend
« on: October 25, 2009, 09:34:13 am »
Alot of the user reviews on various sites pretty much say the same thing:  You'll think the game totally rocks for the first week or so.  And then once you've done everything... it gets boring pretty quick.

PC Games / Eufloria (previously known as Dyson)
« on: October 22, 2009, 06:08:59 pm »
Anbody enjoying the game previously known as Dyson... aka Eufloria?  I really liked the demo and I'm about 4 hours into the game and quite enjoying it.  The levels are procedurally / randomly generated to a certain extent which might have some appeal to people (I seem to recall a thread asking this very question).  The game also considers itself to be part of the new "ambient gaming" genre such as Osmosis.

Spore: General / Expansion Bundles
« on: August 07, 2009, 09:33:18 pm »
I was kinda hoping that Galactic Adventures and Cute and Creepy might be made availible in a bundle.  Thus far I have been disappointed.  Has anybody heard anything at all about the expansions being bundled at some point?  They have done this with the Sims in the past.

PC Games / Re: Randomizeing Games?
« on: August 02, 2009, 11:57:01 pm »
Left 4 dead apparently does this to some extent.

Console Games / Re: Tiger Woods 2010
« on: August 02, 2009, 11:50:27 pm »
Weather thing spontaneously started working.  I guess it needs time to update.  The biggest in game effect is wind speed.  They'll also make you play in the rain (I wonder if they'll make a rain attachment I can hang from the ceiling).

Motion plus is great.  I've never played any of the other tiger woods game but was an avid wii sports golf fan.  I was holding out because of the rumours of the motion plus.  I find my putting is alot better and I can actually make very lite putts when the need occurs.  Overall it is quite well done.  I'm still working on my draw and fade but seem to be getting the hang of it after a few round.  It also has a frisbee golf mode where the 1:1 motion is even more obvious.  There's about a half second lag but is spot on.  I also got wii resort which I'll pull out tommorrow but that might be for another thread.

Console Games / Tiger Woods 2010
« on: August 02, 2009, 06:56:31 pm »
I got Tiger Woods 2010 for the wii. Just getting in to it, but I noticed the weather in the courses is wrong. It says it's spring even though I have the real time weather set to on. Anyone else experienced this?

PC Games / Shift from Family gaming PC to single user
« on: June 04, 2009, 06:35:33 pm »
I've noticed in recent years there has been a sizeable shift from developers to move from assuming that families are sharing computers and the games on them to that of a single user computer.  The biggest impact this has had is on games that have an online component and could be seen in a one serial number one screen name approach.  My two most recent experiences have both been with EA games. 

The first is spore, initially they only allowed one account per game which meant family members all uploaded their creatures to the same accounts.  This upset alot of people because the ownership over their creatures and wanted to take credit for them.  Not to mention brother might not like sister's subscription to the unicorn channel (or perhaps vice versa).  As part of their back tracking on the DRM, EA did eventually allow sub accounts.

The Sims 3 also provides no sub accounts.  Again if more than one family member wants to use the online interfaces (the exchange) and upload their customizations they all get lumped together.  The origional sims had built in functionality to allow for 5 sub accounts.

From a philosohpical sense this trend shows either a lack of awareness or worse, an intentional disregard for family gaming.  It also ignores the ecomonmic realities for most -- simply the Smith family is not going to buy 3 copies of a game for $150 so the 3 children can each have their own accounts.  Perhaps this is what the developers wish would happen.  The most user friendly options would be to allow either sub accounts or allow 3-5 registrations per account key or computer.  The current system means most families will "suffer" through sharing accounts.  Sharing first person shooter gaming stats or creative content is less than ideal of most people.  I wonder if a fair compromise would be to allow additional registrations for a small fee of 5 - 10 dollars. 

Interestingly, utility developers who in my experience have often disregarded this reality have recognized multi computer households. My anti-virus program for example allows 3 simultaneous registrations for 3 seperate computers.  Gaming has gone the opposite direction whether it is FPS, Spore, the sims or Steam.  The focus is one user, one key, one account. 

I guess where I'm going with all this is that I'm disppointed the direction things are going despite the many possible creative solutions.

PC Games / Re: World Of Goo 5$ on Steam
« on: March 07, 2009, 05:57:44 pm »
I downloaded the wii version of the game.  It is an excellent excellent game.  The physics are really slick and the challenges are inventive and will keep you playing right up until the end!

PC Games / Re: Best Storylines in Games
« on: February 26, 2009, 06:01:54 pm »
What about the old Myst games.  You were thrown into these worlds and I fould I spent as much time solving the puzzles as I did figuring out the events (story) that led to the problems I was left to resolve.

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