Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MP Wish List, 07/2009

Go forth and read my musings....
Multiplayer Wish List, July 2009

CoD4 = yawn

I'm amazed at how disappointed I am in Call of Duty 4 (granted, I'm just now getting around to playing it). Seriously, people think this is better than WaW? I know that'll get me shot and/or ostracized, but it's how I feel. Very on-rails, lots of random deaths you can't control, endlessly spawning enemies till you reach a certain point...I just have no motivation to keep playing it. World at War did the enemy spawn points now and then, but somehow it didn't annoy me as much as it does here. Feels like I'm playing a carnival game with nightvision goggles.

And that SAS commander guy sounds like he's talking with a mouth full of oatmeal. Without subtitles, I'd have no idea wtf he is saying. Back to Far Cry 2 for me. :\

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Far Cry 2 wasn't supposed to suck

I read this in GI the other day, and an extended version is on the web:
http://gameinformer.com/News/Story/200901/N09.0127.1901.42518.htm

In it, Clint Hocking (producer at Ubi Montreal) talks about all these ideas and things that were supposed to be fixed, tweaked, and fleshed out in Far Cry 2 that, from the sounds of it, WOULD have made it a much better game, but alas, everything got cut due to the publisher wanting to have it out by Xmas. That's really annoying.

The most appalling explanation he gives is about why the Camo suit costs so much and does so little. Basically they had to cut weapons and had diamonds left over, but rather than removing some from the game and having to retest to make sure it was balanced and didn't break anything, they just dumped them all into the Camo suit cost...which apparently doesn't actually do much in the game. And another thing....stealth didn't get the attention it deserved, and basically doesn't work in the game. The villages were supposed to be populated like Assassin's Creed's, the wildlife was supposed to be its own ecosystem, feeding off each other and attacking NPCs and whatnot...it goes on and on. Give it a read. You can tell the guy is apologetic of how badly Ubisoft made them screw the game over just to hit a release window. I still find it mildly amusing, but Crysis blows it away in every conceivable way. But Crysis won't run playably on my laptop. :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Download Paradise = breakage

Burnout Paradise forced me and Sean to download patch 1.90 just to play online last night. His son was playing the game just fine a few hours earlier. Apparently the patch breaks online play, and/or I read a rumor about Tuesdays being "maintenance" day at Criterion. I have yet to confirm the latter, but I can assure you that after wasting time downloading a 400MB+ stupid worthless patch, the online component of the game -- the only thing we were interested in at the time -- is completely broken, because no longer could either of us connect to the "Paradise servers."

Just another reason we don't need some frigging middleman third party futzing up the works when trying to game online. Rainbow Six Vegas kicked this off on the PC (Ubi's servers su-u-u-uck), and it's spread elsewhere. Direct-connect and/or private console to console sessions work JUST FINE. Hamachi for the win; if only it worked on consoles.

The end. Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Escher Legos

It's in Spanish, but the images still rock. Escher paintings, redone in Legos.

What Not To Watch

Instead of "What Not To Wear," it should be called "we're going to make you look even more awful in the other direction."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cannon Fodder

A classic, packaged with its own Genesis emulator strapped on.
http://www.games4win.com/games/cannon-fodder/
http://www.games4win.com/download/cannon-fodder

Far Cry 2 PC Keyboard Config File

If anybody knows where this file is stored and how to access it (to modify it manually and fix some stuff that doesn't work), please tell me and I'll love you forever.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lolra Sez... The Movie

Well, not a movie yet, but give it time.

Lolra sez... There's totally a FedEx right over here

Me: So where's this FedEx?
Lolra: Just on the other side of that awning.

We walk past the awning, all the way to the end of the building. There is no FedEx Kinko's

Me: So, um, where is it?
Lolra: Maybe I saw that Rinkov optical place and just "saw" Kinko's.
Me: Reading fail.

Lolra sez... Interviews: Getting You Out Of The House

Lolra: At least this interview should get me out of the house.
Me: [chuckling] What, no option to have them come to our place?
Lolra:

Resident Evil 5 penile humor

Playing RE5 online with Sean the other night, and amidst all the finds of "Gold (small)" and "Gold (large)," I said, "If your wiener was an item in this game, it would be 'Penis (small).'" I lol'd for like five minutes (and still do every time I think about it). And for that, he called me stupid, and said I got way to much enjoyment out of the joke. :)

Lolra sez... Laughing = wanting to go there

Watching a show on PBS where a guy goes to Bath, England, drinks some mineral water and says, "That tastes bad enough to be good for you."

Me: [laughs]
Lolra: You laughed, that must mean you want to go there!
Me: Titty bar, HAHAHAHA!
Lolra: [frown] That makes no sense.
Me: I laughed, that must mean I want to go there.
Lolra: Oh. You're stupid.

Lolra sez... USB Tweezers

Lolra: Why do you have my tweezers?
Me: What are you talking about?
Lolra: Aren't those my tweezers in your hand?
Me: This is a USB flash drive.
Lolra: Oh.
Me: USB Tweezers would be cool tho.

He's Poopin'

Mirror's Edge thoughts

Spent some moar time helping Lolra suffer thru this game. It really is buggy and kind of unpolished. Faith's inability to grab shit right in front of her half the time stands out even more when compared to the rampant and generally well implemented "grab" mechanics in Infamous, which is a blast if you haven't tried the demo. Mirror's Edge has an undue amt of trial and error (try, die, fail, repeat) at times and the combat sucks ass; I get that the combat probably sucks on purpose to force people to want to run away, but still, this game's got nothing on Infamous, Assassin's Creed, or Prince of Persia, IMO. Frankly, I'll be glad when it's over.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

PerfectDisk Error Fixed!

PerfectDisk error:

DefragFs: PerfectDisk failed to start correctly.
Hit any key to restart immediately. Restarting in 10 seconds.

Starting optimization for C:\
Volume is not dirty
Failed to open volume using Defrag32 (32, 538).
\DosDevices\Volume{21b7ef55-85bc-11dda7f8-806d6172696f}
Could not gain exclusive access to drive C:\ (32)
There is a possible driver conflict. (C:\)
..........

SOLUTION:
Go to this registry key (via regedit):
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager"

Open the value named "BootExecute"

The normal entry for ME there is:
pdboot.exe
autocheck autochk *
lsdelete

Delete anything else that's in there, restart, and try doing another offline system file defrag. Should work now.