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Re: How does that work, exactly?
I've just watched the trailer and Lara's various reactions, not just in that scene, which frankly was too quick for me to make out clearly what was going on but overall, she does seem to have been reduced to a spineless wimp that complains all the time. What happened to the Lara that offered naff James Bond like quips before blasting someone in the face?
Nice idea, but....
I play a fair few MMOs but I don't think a mouse with that many buttons in such a small area is a good idea, especially for those of us with huge sausage digits. I can all too easily imagine hitting the wrong buttons by mistake and sending a raid encounter up Clusterfuck Creek.
My current dekstop uses a Razr Nostromo gaming pad and a Deathadder mouse. Same number of buttons but much, much more managable.
Re: Is he still news?
Mr Assange (TM) is a valiant defender of free speech and liberty, except for those bits of it currently rotting away in a military prison on his behalf.
This is a true application of technology
Low cost but the potential to help so many people, even if it's just with basic post-disaster mapping and sensor recordings. I wish them the very best of luck.
That's the second time this week I've clicked on an article, only to find it completely devoid of zero-gravity goings-on. I feel like I'm being shamelessly trolled here.
A brilliant idea
So you find out your local GP surgery is staffed exclusively by assholes and when you try to go to one of the "nice" ones, you find out you're not in their catchment area.
Net benefit - Fuck all squared in a box.
Re: Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Illustrated Man was the first book of his I read at the age of 15 and subsequently plowed my way through the rest of my parent's Bradbury collection.
Just trying to remember - which book was it that had a short story about a city that was alive and ate a bunch of explorers?
*Real* men store their data on tapes, then cry when they get a Read Error B and have to load it all over again.
Put simply, it's fricking laziness.
I'm an Xperia Play owner and when I heard that there were going to be PSOne games available for it, I was really enthusiastic - a lot of my favourite titles were PSOne games - Final Fantasy, Legacy of Kain, Parasite Eve, Crash Bandicoot 3, Silent Hill - all kinds of really great PSOne titles that I would love to play on a phone with a control system that supported them natively.
Instead what happened was that after releasing the Sony owned titles like Medieval, Crash Bandicoot and WipeOut, I never saw another PSOne title released by them. What a waste, thanks to nothing more than rampant apathy.
And the moral of the story is....
Don't buy clapped out hard drives off eBay.
Re: Lee Dowling
There are worse places for your remains to spend eternity that watching over the Earth and gazing out across the infinite reaches of space.
Bungie: "We're finished with Halo and we want to move on and do new things!"
Gaming community: "Wow, cool, so what great new things can we expect from you guys?"
Bungie: "We're working on an FPS with a sci-fi theme to it!"
Gaming community: .......
Re: Wot! No beanz?
Screw the beans, where's the damn hash browns? You have an article dedicated to cooking things mortal frying pans were not designed to cope with and then you show us a breakfast with no hash browns?
Epic Fail, senor.
Re: X-rated Meerkats
I now have a mental image of a lady's intimate area singing opera. I hate you so much right now.
In my case, I pre-ordered Diablo III. The reason was twofold:
1) I wanted to play on launch day without having to waiting 13 hours to download the game.
2) I wanted the Collector's Edition, which *is* limited in quantity, with all the various cds, books and digital bits present and correct, something, unlikely with a second hand copy.
What actually happened was I ordered it through Amazon and from what I can gather the wretched thing still hasn't even left the damn warehouse yet. -.-
Re: Post I made on the Steam forums about this:
I dunno, I'd have to disagree that all Kickstarter games are like that. Grim Dawn springs to mind - the team developing it (the same guys that made Titan Quest) have managed to make the basic outline of the game including some very solid looking demos of actual gameplay footage and have turned to Kickstarter to get it finished off.
Not disagreeing with your take on the Carmageddon project - if they really did spend 333k just getting the naming rights before doing a spot of code - but don't be too quick to discourage others from looking into Kickstarter games.
"Giant Vampire Squid" is not a bad analogy but it instantly puts me in mind of a Facehugger from Alien. You deeply regret making out with it and then find out in the worst possible way it left a little surprise for you.
Re: Dear Jorma :- I am curious.
I fall under the category of want Nokia to go back to what they were in the late 90's and early of 2000-2010. I want to see them push *original* ideas for phones, stuff like the Communicator range, the original N-series phones, the apocalypse surviving 6210. I want to see PHONES from them, not black slabs with Windows OS shoehorned into a generic form factor.
Quick, someone phone Roland Emmerich! There's a disaster film in there somewhere!
When you think that the Moon is the closest celestial body to us and then realise it's still 350,000km away, it's a little disheartening to think how far we'd have to go to reach somewhere like Mars.
These things sucked blood like a Street View car sucks Wifi.
If anyone's capable of realising when something isn't suitable for it's intended purpose, it's our MPs.
Re: IT connection
It still makes me snigger when I hear my South African colleagues refer to a USB stick or floppy disk as a "stiffy".
Well that's okay then, if no-one's actually been extradited. Gary McKinnon has been having a nice, relaxing easy life arranging his schedule around, lawyers, more lawyers and staring bankruptcy in the face to fight an extradition charge.
Seems a little implausible
£22,000 worth of Macbooks. Now, being educationally minded, these probably aren't Macbook Pros but one of the older, pre-Air sorts. Now, assuming the school cough about £1k per laptop, factoring in bulk buying and less taxes, etc, it's 22 Macbooks.
In an adult, it can contain about 300ml, according to wikipedia or in another word's a Coke can's worth. In a child it's probably about the size of a Capri Sun.
I'm just trying to work out he would have arranged the Macbooks in order to ensure they all get soaked to bust the warranties. If he put them all in a huge stack, i.e. 22 ontop of each other, would he have been able to fire up to reach the ones on the top?
But then if he laid them out on the floor in a 4x5 grid arrangement, would there be enough surface area to cover them all....?
Re: The cure to nostalgia!
That, sunshine, depends an awful lot on the game in question.
Although graphically something like Elite is crap compared to a HD game like Skyrim, the gameplay mechanics of it are still as rock solid now as they were back then. Don't believe me? Fire up a good two player game like Ikari Warriors or Vindicators and plow through waves of baddies to the accompaniment of explosions everywhere. Or perhaps with your new found gaming leetness, you can finally finish off that game of Dizzy that you almost-finished-but-never-quite-made-it.
Sure, not everything that came out on an Amstrad or Spectrum was gaming gold and some of them were truly awful but to dismiss everything as being unworthy of a second playthrough many years later reeks of snobbery.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go back to that game of Syndicate I'm playing on GOG.
Re: Oh yeah...
Yay for other Amstrad users! ^_^
CPC6128 user myself, with a COLOUR screen. Those were the days, when a game was £9.99 for a new release (or if you wanted to save yourself a multiloading headache, £14.99 for the disk version). The budget ranges like Hit Squad and the ever cheap and cheerful Codemasters releases with Fantasy World Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy and Dizzy in the Shamelessly Shoehorned Into What Would Otherwise Be A Crappy Puzzle Game Adventure.
The joys of Read Error B and its more evil cousin Read Error A. These no good punk kids don't appreciate what makes a good game these days....
Re: It was obvious
Pretty much this.
You can call it whatever you've been calling it for the past four years but the economy doesn't need a special label for everyone to know it's fucked.
Re: What?! JK Greye and Malcom Evans!
Seconding all of these.
You also missed classics like Pitfall, Boulderdash and for CPCers amongst you - the Roland series (Roland in Time, Roland on the Ropes, etc). Also, I saw a reference to Adrian Mole but no Monty Mole? For shame.
Re: I haven't heard any comment from any teachers
This is going to sound appallingly arrogant but fuck it...
The thing that educated me most about computers wasn't the clapped out BBC Micro I had in middle school, because it was just one program we used on there to teach us how to form sentences, a task that could have been more easily done with a blackboard and a book.
It wasn't in secondary school either, where we used Acorns for 5 years and only had a brief glance at Windows 95 in our final year and what "IT" information was in the course was confused and pointless.
No, my real education started at the age of 5 or 6 with my Amstrad CPC and learning to type out lines of code in BASIC. Fiddling with bits of information here and there to see what would happen (hint: it usually ended in the phrase "syntax error").
The next phase of my education came with my dad's 286DX PC and a floppy disk that offered to teach me the mysteries of MS-DOS. It started as boring distraction but the more I messed around with file systems the moer I began to enjoy myself and the knowledge I was gaining.
Phase 3 still haunts my nightmares even now and it's all thanks to Desert Strike. A highly frustrating game in itself but even getting to the final mission of the final campaign and dying to a lack of fuel was nothing compared to getting to actually run. Yes, from this monumental pain in the arse I learned how to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat files - the arcane mysteries of EMM386.exe, LOADHIGH and HIMEM, all trying to squeeze the right mix of memory in order to run it.
Then came Windows 95 and my inevitable surrender to a non-command line OS. Again, most of what I learned came from trying to run games - things such as drivers, installing new hardware and basic PC housekeeping. My dad had finally relented at this point at got me my own PC at last. The blistering speed with which it ran when it had a whopping 16Mb RAM.
I guess the point of this horribly self indulgent wall of text is that most of the stuff I learned about computers didn't come from school tuition, which in my teenage arrogance I saw as being vastly below me, but instead came from crashes, debugging and a burning desire to play games.
I still have fond memories of almost failing my computing A-level. I got bored with the database they'd asked us to work on and instead spent my time building a quite passable game of pontoon with an AI that knew when to bet and when to hold.
So you mean our Silicon Roundabout really *can't* compete with Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook?
Yup - you've nailed it there.
Cruise put in a fairly decent performance, the special effects were good and the terraforming sequence was creepy as hell....
...but that kid, that ENDLESSLY SCREAMING KID. Jesus.
I too have fond memories of my earlier Nokia phones. I loves my faithful 6210 with its cutting edge IR port for my Psion Revo. I remember the bold designs Nokia came out with in its first launch of the N-series, the N90 that changed from a clamshell phone into a camcorder (sort of).
And now? We have an endless series of the same boring black square slabs that every other manufacturer is cranking out, except with an OS that Joe Public doesn't understand and techies do not like.
Fuck Elop and his reinvented Nokia.
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