1519 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: Oh dear,
It's been a blast guys.Have my ashes put onboard Vulture 2.
Agreed. This problem has been the bane of hardcore games phones for years. Even a system with a dedicated touchscreen - the Nintendo DS - doesn't use it beyond a couple of quick time events and menu navigation because it doesn't allow for fast responses or multiple simultaneous inputs. Even if a touchscreen could register four finger presses at once, you wouldn't be able to play because your hand would be over the screen.
A gaming system must have dedicated (and ergonomic) gaming controls.
If it's reaching the stage where it's becoming harder and harder to support traditional voice calls, why not scrap it altogether, allocate the bandwidth to more data and have phones communicate via VoIP instead? This isn't a troll attempt, I'm just curious (and ignorant). =)
Was it Scratch 'n' Sniff?
Re: I kind of like my PlayBook
Is it possible to get a keyboard for the Playbook? I'd like a really cheap tablet that has a physical keyboard of some sort. Something light I can carry to and from work and use it to type fairly long documents on. pdf and ebook support is a must.
Any suggestions? =)
A major omission
Where the heck is Team Fortress 2? Whine as much as you like about hats but the original vanilla Team Fortress 2 is for many people the first step into FPSes!
Unreal Tournament is another one, although I can appreciate it'd fall under "Unreal". You also missed Left 4 Dead as well. That's a more important inclusion because it actively forced players to work together.
I've never had sex with a condom. I've only ever had sex with women. =/
With Windows, you have panes of glass, so I suppose you could call it Panes.
Because then you could have growing panes when it is first launched and it can eventually become a pane in the arse once its established.
You missed Pathalogic and Ice Pick Lodge's most recent creepfest The Void. Hearing the Brothers speak in their hellish metallic voices, not to mention what they *look* like certainly gives me the heebie-jeebies.
They really shouldn't be holding their breath
I understand that having a lung full of air will cause more damage in a vaccuum than if you've exhaled completely.
Can't remember whether it was Event Horizon or Sunshine that put that theory forward.
Re: WoW could have been eternal
While I don't agree with everything you've said, the comments about dungeons really does ring true for me. Granted, it was a massive pain in the ass looking for the right class with the right cc for a dungeon and using "Fear" was often an amusing recipe for suicide but because the dungeons were hard, you *had* to talk to the other people in the group and sometimes you'd even make a friend in the process.
I'd like to see dungeons go back to the time time when CC was essential and planning careful pulls was the mark of a good tank. It is really is just "go nuts with you AoE, don't forget the loot on the way out".
I still remember the dungeon runs people did for the Warlock and Paladin epic mounts back in vanilla. They were ball busting challenges and truly deserving of the "Epic" epithet.
Now get the hell off my lawn you goddamn punk kids.
The next new thing
Is this the mysterious "Project Titan" that's been alluded to in various magazine articles? It's been worked on for a number of years now iirc. I can't help wondering what the graphical quality will be like and whether it will be much of a step up from Warcraft.
I am truly hoping it's not just WoW 2 or World of Starcraft. It'd be nice to see Blizzard explore slightly more mature themes than fluffy pandas.
Re: I can see this technology being very useful
I am deeply concerned about how the sensors identify a "ball".
It also reminds me of the time a visiting sheikh looked for an escort service. He ended up riddled with bullets after the agency sent an 18-year-old girl instead of a bodyguard.
Re: Now you've done it
It is a positive if it comes with some of the old Spectrum games. =3
Damn straight. You know what this story needs to liven it up? A patent trial where Bosch and Dyson race to get each other's products banned while driving judges and jurors to drink.
Re: quite a nice breakthrough, if it, eh, breaks through
I think it's a bad idea myself. The plane takes off and the faintest whiff of cooking oil floats through the cabin, putting you in just the right frame of mind for a fry up and instead you get served an undercooked chicken swimming in a sauce technically described as "red shit".
In other news
A notable El Reg commentard, Thomas 4, recently announced that his revolutionary new liquid storage medium, the iBottle, was experiencing supply shortages.
"Well, I only have the one empty bottle left after lunch and I dunno if I have the bladder capacity to manage another Coke right now," he was quoted as saying.
This shocking news has result in vicious battle royales between bottle fans desperate to get their hands on the iBottle, with opportunists purchasing the iBottle at its normal RRP of £369 before selling them on eBay for a tremendous mark up.
Whales or scientists?
The problem with Server Snakes and Ladders is that there's one very, very small ladder at the start which you can only use once and every single other square has a malware-riddled snake on it.
Seriously? £31 for a piss poor 500Mb a month?
As someone that moved around a lot for his previous line of work, I was dependant on a 3G dongle to play online gaming (and God forbid I should try to play a game that used P2P like Civ or Company of Heroes). In the space of a month I could *easily* burn through about 3Gb on nightly usage, game updates, driver updates, Teamspeek, Steam, etc, let alone downloading a full game.
No one and I do mean no-one uses 500Mb or more just to look at fricking web pages, which seems to be the delusion that Vodafone and other telecos seem to be living under.
7a. Forced to code in Visual Basic on a ZX81 keyboard.
Re: We have all been there...
That Firelands raid isn't going to organise itself and I speak from experience in this regard. -.-
Re: We have all been there...
I think it was XKCD that said something like "there is no force in the universe that can stop a geek desperate for an internet connection."
I forgot something!
I forgot to add the shining jewel of my obscure tech hoarding:
1 x fully boxed and working Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA.
Yup, my cupboard is a vertiable IT graveyard of various bits and pieces. Off the top of my head....
1 x Palm Tungsten T5 - fully boxed
1 x Palm Infrared Fold Out Keyboard
1 x Compact Flash I USB reader - I have no earthly idea how this got there
1 x Nokia 6230
1 x Blackberry Pearl
1 x Motorola Droid (now reincarnated as an alarm clock)
1 x Experia Play with a busted touchscreen that I really should send away for repair
1 x Amstrad GX4000 (old school baby!)
1 x Asus Eee PC 701 (Mint in box, used twice)
1 x unholy rats nest of VGA cables, coaxial network cables, fibre optic cables, audio plugs, microphones, antennas and something that scratches around in the bottom of the box and keeps me awake at night
I really should dump some of this crap on eBay. Except maybe for the last one. I'm not touching that. oO
Sorry sir, your jacket exploded and took half the room with it.
My mouse has been hovering over the "vote" button for ten minutes now and I'm still no closer to a decision. X_x
Re: I can't believe this would happen...
In fairness I would derive a certain satisfaction from watching Michael Gove get tasered though.
How's that 15 year old purple iMac doing these days? =p
Re: Ooh, syndicate
I haven't given up hope on this one yet. Given that PC gaming critics are currently wanking themselves into a coma over the new X-COM, someone may decide that there's money to be made in high quality re-releases of old strategy games.
However, given that Syndicate is currently in the iron-clawed grip of EA, I'm not holding out a lot of hope that it'd be good....
You're not Spartacus. You're BillG. It says so right next to the title of your post. You're fibbing to us, *on the internet*. Have you no shame sir?
Disclaimer: I am not a Labour support, so don't read too much into the following.
So far, the only MP that has shown any kind of true enthusiasm for the games industry is a chap called Tom Watson. His name has often come up when Keith Vaz et al are trying to get something banned as the other side of the coin. I don't know what his other policies are - he might be a completely moron in all other respects. However, at least he legitimately recognises the rights of adults to play games without having to have their hobby gutted and vetted by the Mummy Brigade.
If they were sourced by G4S, it would make for a remarkably dull and short Bond movie.
Re: Here we go again
Ummm...just a small question. If people won't buy WinPhone 8 handsets until they have an established user base, how will they get an established user base?
Not a shot at you personally, more highlighting a paradox that can screw over even the biggest phone makers. Remember how long it took the G1 to get Android recognised?
"We all want a fair and even patent system...
...we just don't want these other guys to have it as well."
What, you mean you want him to pass the sound barrier *alive*?
People are so damn picky sometimes.
Re: thought police
"They really believe that by telling you what to think, you will end up thinking it. Has it ever worked on anybody on here?"
I'd reply to this but a thousand screaming fanbois have finally shown me the light and I'm now off to get an iPhone 5.
People don't buy the OS. I get mine from the CDs on Linux Format. =P
McAfee used to be a pretty decent AV system a few years back - it was fairly nippy and didn't ask for too much in the way of system resources to run. These days, it seems to have become a rather bloated monster, like Norton. Maybe by trimming some of the fat from their personnel, some of the fat may be trimmed from the software too. Although it's never cool to see a hard working person lose their job. =/
Re: Lets build it!
Better and much more enjoyable question: Why not?
Re: meal out of reach?
It's odd that the Koreans are pushing OLED technology when it was a Japanese company that first started shipping a commerical OLED device about 10 years ago. The first time I became aware of it was with Sony's line of Palm OS handhelds. The very last one they produced, which sadly only reached the Japanese market featured an OLED display. It looked rather spiffy and was hellishly expensive.
Not a bad article
But I preffered their one about Penetrating Encrypted Networks In Secret.
A monstorous commie plot
Maybe bond adds the peppercorns to get rid of the fluoride content of the vodka. It's in children's ice cream after all...
I can see what you're saying about Brosnan, especially in the very sub par The World Is Not Enough. At the beginning of Goldeneye though, the scene with the power plant, he does have a fair amount of his old ruthlessness, given that he was willing to blow up his fellow agent in order to complete the mission, not to mention the scene where they're beating the crap out of each other on the radio transmitter.
Re: Surely that should be...
Hmmm...it's easier to evaluate them based on individual films rather than overall:
1) Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
2) Sean Connery in Goldfinger
3) Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye
4) Roger Moore in Live And Let Die.
Re: Bondnote 3
I can't remember whether it was one of the books or the films but I recall one of Bond's friends saying that his Walther PPK was a "girl's gun".
Anyone can sit on a chair. That is why Facebook is ass.
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