2231 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 08:25 GMT
Beneath a Steel Sky!
That said, I think the old-timey pixel art and animation has its own charm that a HD remake would lack. There are very few modern releases with even a fraction of the atmosphere that some old pixel-drawn and well narrated PC classics have.
And another thing!
Sega have got something to answer for with all these re-releases. The pricing of some of their re-hashes is a bit much. As an example, HOTD: Overkill recently made it to PS3, and they want £40 for the port! When Dead Space: Extraction made the same move, it cost £15. Even with the added content, that's a purchase I haven't managed to justify, especially as my previous PS3 purchase was Child of Eden @ £15 on release.
Hmm, a dilemna. Do I track down a decent copy of the PC version of MGS2 for the superior controls, or go the PS3 route for the superior everything else... Also - are the MGS games the extended versions with more game and (proportionately) less movie?
Video games are bad. They make evil feckless layabout Young People want to kill their fellow man! They should all join the army and get a real career in state-sponsored killing.
It is astonishing how much of my time I spend pissed off at human logic...
Wait, "Koran" and "Torah" are offensive? How does that work? If you ask a Jew what the name of their holy book is, are they gonna go nuts and punch you?
I tried reading the review but couldn't get past all that gushing on the first page. Hearing people call Halo the greatest game franchise of all time...hurts. It physically hurts. I've got games in my veins, and I thought the first Halo* was so ball-bustingly mediocre I was baffled by it ever getting a sequel, let alone a misty-eyed re-release.
I await your (inaccurate) cries of "Sony Fanboy!", but since gaming got popular, it's suffered from a bulging, sweaty mass of players with no goddamned taste.
*Colon, Combat Evolved! Phhhtt....
Still haven't seen it clarified yet whether this applies to all Steam accounts, or just those linked to the forums. Any news, El Reg? My details have already been swiped once this year, twice if I count you lot. ;-)
Doesn't matter - they never want to sell the bloody PC version anyway. On console it would just be a waste.
What I've seen of BF3 actually quite interests me, and I didn't think it would. I might give it a shot when it comes down in price a bit.
I'm also wondering if those people without a forum account are OK.
I've just remembered a dormant account I have with another bank...might make it a patsy account for online transactions, top it up as required.
It's not to hide from patent litigation - it's so they can enable the features later on a newer device and claim it's an amazing, magical new upgrade. Only $500, kids!
Largely, yes. The .NET Framework is one culprit, and the Windows version of the Java plugin from Oracle is another. When you install those programs they stick a globally available add-on into your Firefox installation. They're generally to help out with stuff, but not always, and prior to now you'd get no notification one was installed.
And hand-eye co-ordination. And, depending on the game, reflexes. After playing Time Crisis (yes, there I go again) to competitive levels, I've now got lightning-fast reactions. Pity my *ahem* chunky form doesn't allow me to make as great a use of them as I'd like.
While it's not going to inconvenience most people, I honestly don't get the point. Steam will let you log in to your account from a range of devices, operating systems and versions, and get your games on all of them. You can only actually *use* any one given device at once, but that's the same as PSN.
Where I can see this potentially causing a problem is in anything that runs on both PS3 and PSP. I've already got one of each, and before long I'll have a Vita too, so Playstation Classics might be an arse...
Never mind my arse, my chest is a good 22 inches wide. How's that for elbow room?
The thin end of the wedge was when they used these powers to block child porn. Now they're blocking copyright material on the basis that "well, you already have the capability to block, right?" It's good old function creep. It'll go something like this:
Block child porn (Think of the kiddies....not that way!)
Block anything considered extreme by middle class white people (The terrorists want to kill you.)
Block copyright infringing sites (You're a filthy pirate.)
Block any porn considered a bit much by middle class white people (It's filth. Think of the kiddies!)
Block anything you like so long as you can get the Daily Fail to support the ban. Site mentioning drug use? Ban it. Site potentially used for prositution? Ban it. Site reflecting real life? Ban it!
Oh man, why didn't they build them?? That would have been awesome - a working Mk II StarFury. But then that's one of the things I love about B5 - their tech is futuristic, but looks and feels very practical, and because of that comes across as more plausible.
NASA, I am disappoint.
"Frankly it surprises me that Apple hasn't already patented it, given that it's one of the few things they did legitimately invent themselves."
Given that I was using it (after a quick mod) on Windows Mobile 5....no they didn't.
The *tube* is expensive?? Phht, in my experience it's cheaper than elsewhere. Up here in sunny Leeds, we seem to pay more and more every 6 months, and get less. Our promised "new rolling stock" turned out to be 20 year old London hand-me-downs, and yet my regular commuter train has recently started turning up a carriage short, which is great fun.
No prizes for guessing where all our money's gone to.
Well, you know, perhaps job losses in the public sector aren't always a bad thing. If new technology heralds a major improvement to a system that makes it better for every one of it's millions of customers (and, I would imagine, substantially cheaper), then the layoffs may simply be necessary. It's not pretty, and re-training or reallocation would always be preferable, but the notion that anything that costs jobs is automatically bad has always puzzled me. Technology's *always* done that. There's a reason we don't have hundreds of men staffing car assembly lines any more.
Plus, as you said, the tube drivers love striking more than they love Gregg's pasties.
I did post earlier that someone wasn't in the list I received, but it occurs to me now that this list is probably compiled from real name fields, and that your comment handles may well be (and it seems, often are) different from the name you input, so I will shut my trap and let El Reg answer from here on in.
Very cool. That second one isn't as convincing for some reason (other than the odd shape), but the first one is superb. Excellent work, sirs.
Kinda split on this - half amused because it's you guys, but also as unimpressed as I would be by anyone else chucking my info around. I did get a copy, and it looks like someone pasted a big CC set in the wrong field and then didn't proof-read anything... Can we get a "rolling my eyes" icon?
Did decide to have a shuftie through the list for rude words and spambots, just because I'm a sad shit.
"I'm no expert on this, but I understand there's already tons of space debris up there already."
Exactly - we don't want to make it worse! The Chinese blew up a satellite a while back and tracking stations all over the world are still following bits of it.
OK, OK, not as big an impact as we should be having now, but while there were less of them, they didn't even *attempt* to lessen their impact on the environment, as the stained walls on this one Yorkshire street alone will attest.
If you blow it up before it comes down, congratulations, you've just made a shitload of space debris.
If you try to blow it up on the way down, tough titties, you're out of radio contact.
A timer might work, I suppose, halfway through re-entry. But at those speeds, the sharp change in angle caused by an explosion could increase the possible impact area many hundreds of times.
Besides, anything that comes into the atmosphere without heat shielding will not exactly be intact by the time it hits the ground. Not satellites, broken shuttles, European supply pods, whales or potted plants. You'd have to be bloody unlucky to get hit.
I doubt it would so much ricochet off a 747 as go straight through it and out the other side. ;-)
Surely, SURELY there's a gay American Football porno out there he could have used?
IIRC, the FCC doesn't regulate cable (or part of it) because it's not broadcast wirelessly - their remit only covers stuff you can pick up with an antenna, because it could be received by anyone, or some such blah blah. That's why cable channels like HBO can put on shows like Bullshit!, and show all the titties and full frontal nudity they like, whereas Howard Stern isn't allowed to even say "bullshit" on air.
I cannot agree with Mr Webb more. I own a terrifying number of consoles, including at least one revision of every Nintendo machine ever made, but I keep coming back to the Sony machines because they get a lot of things right. Not everything, but a lot of things.
I meant for handheld games (and console games right up to the Cubes). They're all carts, and the only reason the Wii has an SD slot is because they were too cheap to give it any internal memory, so it's basically "insert missing drive here".
Yes, I do own a Wii. And a DS, And a DS Lite. And they all *suck*.
OK, you're a troll. You have to be. "The better iOS games." What, Infinity Blade? Don't make me piss myself.
I also have an original PSP, and while I admit the lineup wasn't as good as the PS2 itself, it beat the shit out of my DS, and continues to do so. Chains of Olympus was so good it's hard to tell it apart from GoW II.
"on a handheld..keep on drinking that sony cool-aid."
Perhaps you should go and take a look at the Vita demo videos. Yes, that is Uncharted. Yes, that is MGS4. No, those are not pre-rendered. Yes, these are announced releases.
Don't agree on the slider, as the Go was a monumental failure, and partly because of its flat controls. But I agree on the storage - it was soooo nearly standard Micro SD, but they had to tweak it. Then again, this is kinda to be expected. Nintendo have *never* used a standard storage format, and Sony do have form for promoting storage options no-one wants.
"It's going to have to play games much much better than the touch, otherwise I can't see this getting off the ground."
....You're fucking kidding me, right?
Available for iPod Touch, which has no physical game controls: Angry Birds.
Available for the PSP2, which is a dedicated gaming machine: Metal Gear Solid IV.
Been drooling over this since it was first announced. That said, I am still gobsmacked that it doesn't do video, at all. Also, it looks like, as with every console with a gimmick, all the first wave of titles are legally obligated to include as many touchscreen/shaking/rear touch/motion gimmicks as humanly possible. To my dismay, Super Stardust appears to be one of them.
"Crush asteroids with your finger." Riiiight, I could piss about doing that, or you could let me SHOOT THEM.
Personally I'm glad they left it alone. I *love* the visuals and animation in Flashback/Another World. Normally I'm quite welcoming to graphical updates, such as the Final Fantasy/Gradius upgrades on PSP, but these games are just so stylish that I would fear them losing that individuality.
Touchscreen though? You'd have to be nuts. It was infuriating enough on a real device, but on an iToy...?
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