Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video)
You weren't very good at SC2 then. I am out of practice now, but back then I could beat almost any ship with any other ship, including taking out a Chmmr Avatar with a Pkunk Fury.
While this is true on average, there has been some relatively interesting results lately. The Star Control 2 port named Urquan Masters added internet multiplayer for melee a while back. The result is their forums are full of some interesting ship rankings on which is best. There have even been some pretty good results of redoing the cost of each ship based on how powerful they actually are. Results are pretty surprising.
Just one example of many. This particular one is geared toward veteran arena players, however.
Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video)
It seems like all the old designers of all the cool games from my youth are suddenly coming out with Kickstarters and/or new products. For old time Sierra it was Al Lowe, then Jane Jensen of Gariel Knight fame, and just recently the Two Men from Andromeda are back(Space Quest). Brian Fargo of Interplay fame is back with Wasteland 2, and Shadowrun is back with its original creator. Its an exciting development, but my hunch is its short lived.
Liesure Suit Larry was never a big favorite of mine, mostly because I was too young to get any of the jokes. I still donated though just to show support for the old Sierra crew. Next we need to get Toys For Bob to work on Star Control 4.
Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development
3d Realms is taking it badly -- they forcibly closed all forums related to Duke Nukem, even the older ones. It looks like Take 2 stole their IP.
You should probably actually visit their forum before posting misinformation. What has actually happened is that the main forum moderator, Joe Siegler, has been hired by Gearbox to handle their Duke Nukem community. As such they have moved Duke Nukem related forums over to the new Gearbox forum.
See his posts here and here for confirmation.
Whether they now own the Duke Nukem IP is unknown as no announcements have been made one way or the other.
The Kindle Killer Arrives
Outside? What is this place? Tell me more.
It's like this really big room, with a bright blue ceiling. It's on the other side of this door that is usually locked...
So you're saying its inside my wife's room? Huh...
Apple Issues Firmware Upgrade For MacBook Pro
This is news because it points out that an expensive supposed "top of the line" laptop, and a very famous one, has downgraded their hardware performance. This is more of a confirmation that they did infact release it with Sata 1 when the system itself is capable of Sata 2. It's not just a "patch" its a part of a developing story about the new macbooks.
Also news gets posted about MS patches quite frequently, so I'd say this is about the norm.
3D Realms Sued Over Failed Duke Nukem Forever Plans
It's not about money. Take 2 did agree(albeit verbally) to give 3DR $5 million. However they later decided not to, and instead to pay 3DR $30 million if they sold the IP to Take 2. They declined, and thus closed.
I think this is another attempt to get Duke Nukem. They sue them for money which they don't have, and instead demand that they be given the rights to Duke Nukem.
Does Professional Gaming Have a Future?
If they want to advertise to people who would be interested in gaming, why not just pay the game company to has advertisements inside the game itself? It's happened before. Advertisements for pro-gaming isn't going to save it.
Pro gaming needs a single game. It needs a game specifically designed for competition with a time-proven system. The only thing that I can think of that comes close is counter-strike, but even that is kinda iffy.
Resident Evil 5 Dev Talks Demo Feedback
Yes I have. Its nothing like the original SH games. They pull scares that the originals tended to avoid, such as the generic jump out at you scary. That type that RE uses heavily is very heavily used in SH 5. Control scheme is about usual, and by that I mean bad as always. Story isn't that interesting compared to the old ones. In short it shows that the original SH creator didn't work on this one.
Resident Evil 5 Dev Talks Demo Feedback
That said, I think this way of gaming has hit an impasse. Everyone complains about controls but most don't realize that they are intentionally bad. That is one of the ways they introduce challenge. Same as back in one of the first of these types of games, Alone in the Dark. Controls always suck in these games.
However I think that in this day and age, intentionally crippling the player control wise to make it difficult is a pretty lame way to design a game. I loved RE 1 and 2 because it was a zombie game and there were so few so I was willing to look past the horrible controls to play it. Now however I have many more options, whether it be Left 4 Dead or plenty of other games. Most of which don't have control issues.
I did play the demo, but the atmosphere really doesn't hook me. Its mostly day time, and its not really scary. Controls are horrible, and although its zombies its just not interesting to me. I'll be skipping this RE game.
Game Technology To Watch In 2009
Actually DVD's did improve something about gaming, but it wasn't the games so much. The best thing that DVD's brought to the table was having only 1 dvd instead of 2-3 CD's. The games themselves didn't really improve much, and at the moment there are very few PC games(if any) that come on multiple DVD's. Not that it matters, I don't buy games on DVD anymore, I just d/l them off steam. No disc, no problem.
Boxee Drops Hulu Support
As a boxee user, and as a hulu user, I can agree with this. It really pisses me off to find out that they demanded that it be removed. If they were circumventing Ads that would be one thing, but they still see all the ads, its just slightly prettier. However Hulu is a great service and I'll still watch them even if their content providers are being retarded. You'd think with this current economic situation they'd be glad to get revenue from any stream.
Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?
Haha, I use a lot of the same server names. Nice choice.
SpaceX Successfully Tested Draco Thruster
Well, Space X had somewhat of an advantage compared to when NASA was founded. When NASA was founded no one had gone to the moon and thus had to research how to do it. Space X's main dilemma was to reproduce existing technology in a more cost friendly form, however that requires much less research then figuring out how to go to the moon.
Now I agree that Space X is doing a great job, and I think that in the realm they are specializing in, they do it better then NASA. However I think this is because that is all they do. NASA isn't specialized in just that one field. They have to manage many different fields from mars rovers, to satellites, and other such things. With that comes the inevitable problem that always happens when organizations get larger and larger, they get a lot slower. Now in this case I personally think that they're slow because they have a lot of retarded managers, which can happen in large companies more so than smaller ones.
The real question is if Space X had been founded with the same type of money it has now, but with the knowledge that NASA had when it first started, could it have gotten this far? My bet is no. NASA paved the way for stuff like this, but I think it is clear that NASA is no longer a viable entity for paving the road to space anymore. NASA does some neat experiments, and the rovers did a great job...but I think anything as large as a shuttle/manned space mission is out of their league in its current form.
Is There a Cyberwar, and Is the US Losing It?
Actually I don't think it's because we like war so much. Although considering the culture that is a very possible reason. I think it's more that most people don't listen to any warnings unless it borders fear-mongering. So both media and the government use this as a way to get viewers/money. All they have to do is call the next minor problem a "war" or a danger to our "freedom" and they can get almost anything they ask for.
Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"
Klatu Verata N*cough cough*
10 Years of Half-Life
The second game was as well, but the disc was encrypted or something and needed to download gigabytes of crap from Steam before it could be played. Basically the copy of the game that one could purchase in the store was a giant trojan that put Steam on your PC.
Bzzzt. Wrong. I purchased the collectors edition of Half Life 2 the day it came out at Best Buy. At the time I was on dial-up and all it needed to do was download something small to decrypt the files. I only had a 56k modem connection and it took less than an hour and I was in the game. I understand that there are those that still dislike steam games having to connect to a server every so often, however it really isn't that big of a problem. I did it for 2 years with only dial-up.
Stardock Tried To Make Star Control, Master of Orion Sequels
I have never understood why companies don't release what amount to identical games under the hood with heavily updated graphics which remain true to the original art style of the previous game.
This kind of development only really works for certain types of games. Case in point: Command and Conquer 3. It is extremely boring because it is basically the same game mechanics as the first game. While they are stuck with the original mechanics, which were good for their day, the rest of the strategy market has moved on to strategy elements that turn out to be much better such as the Company of Heros/Dawn of War cover system.
Now as a big Star Control 2 fan, I agree that it would be good to have a game that played like the second one but with better graphics if this was our only choice. However I would much rather prefer to let the original game designers take the lead and take the sequel to wherever they think it should go.
This is accentuated by the fact that Star Control 2 did not play like Star Control 1. The first game was a sort of strategy with 1 on 1 battles, whereas the second was more of a free-roam with 1 on 1 battles. Second game was similar in some respects to star flight, but the first game was not. This series has a history of changing, and I personally would like to see where the original designers would take it
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