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  1. The Witcher 2

    I finally got a computer that's capable of running this game properly, and completed it yesterday. It was enjoyable, but, honestly, I was a bit disappointed. It's been years since I played the first game, but I remember enjoying it so much more. My biggest beef with it was the story, and the game's story telling techniques. It was a confusing, epic storyline that was ultimately generic and uninteresting. I don't give a shit about the kings of such-and-such or who owns what. There was all of this political crap at the expense of standard witcher monster hunting and investigation. Additionally, the banal plot was presented in such a weird incongruous fashion. Sometimes there are rendered cutscenes. Sometimes it's graphic novel panels. Sometimes Danilion is narrating weird transition scenes. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, you're controlling a character that isn't Geralt. The game is all over the map. It doesn't have a single unified point-of-view. What's more the game seems intentionally cryptic about who people are and what's going on for the first part of the game, and then you just sit down with Letho at the end and have him read off an extended plot summary for you. That was only necessary because the game does such a poor job of unfolding the plot. Anyway, it was fun. I enjoyed the combat, and some of the side quests. I'm looking forward to the next one, and hope there's more witching to it.
  2. The Witcher Saga

    Seems like they changed their mind: Thanks for the recommendation. I ordered The Last Wish. It's going to be a witchy September. Tomorrow, I'm finally getting a computer that's capable of playing The Witcher 2.
  3. Gone Home from The Fullbright Company

    Who stole all of the VCRs?
  4. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

    I swear there's already a thread about it, but I failed to find it. Anyway, apparently it's being released on the 18th. Has anyone seen any recent gameplay footage? I'm quite curious to see what they did to it.
  5. Broken Age - Double Fine Adventure!

    They aren't splitting the game, right? It sounds like they're just pre-releasing part of it to get a little more cash.
  6. Nintendo 3DS

    Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are superb. I'm really looking forward to being able to play them again.
  7. Torment: Tides of Numenera

    Personally, I think it's fine if he isn't super involved. Sure, ideally, I'd like him to lead the game, but since he isn't, why muddy the waters? It seems weird to me that they just keep on piling on more "big names". I fear it may become an unfocused mess.
  8. Brütal Legend on PC!

    God damn, I hate the driving.
  9. Oblivion

    Anyone have it yet? I'm hopefully going to get it either Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone watch the marathon on Gamespot? I had nothing better to do, so I figured I'd spend a couple of bucks and watch Greg blunder around in Oblivion for a bit. I must say the game really does look amazing. I can't wait to play it. I'm thinking of being a ranger-esque character, possibly a wood elf or one of those cat things. I want to run around in the woods making crazy potions out of 'shrooms.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    I just watched The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, and it was excellent. It's a shame there's such a long wait till part 2.
  11. elmuerte, everything you said is true. I shudder when I think back on the code that I wrote fresh out of college. I was fortunate enough to work with some good developers early on who taught me a lot. I fully support hiring un-experienced people out of college, but you must invest heavily in them to grow good development practices. That said, it's often easier than working with an experienced developer who has entrenched bad habits. The last company that I interviewed at, and was hired by, was also into those worthless puzzlers and quicksort type questions. The only way I know of accurately evaluating someone is to sit down and write something non-gimmicky with them. Ironically, at this company, after 6 hours of interviews I wasn't allowed to touch a keyboard once. The mind boggles.
  12. Ah, in that case, I agree.
  13. I'm also only part way through. I disagree with the assertions about programmers' skills somehow being more quantifiable that others. Granted, I can't speak for programmers working in the game industry, but I can't imagine it's much different than other industries. Schools don't pump-out cookie-cutter programmers. In fact, most of what you learn in college is rubbish that does not make you great at real-world programming. It's difficult to find people who are genuinely good at it, or have the potential to be, ask any recruiter. Furthermore, the state of the code bases even at prominent tech companies is shockingly bad. I'm not doing a great job expressing my point, but it's essentially that schools don't train programmers well, there is a huge range of competencies, and truly skilled programmers are in short supply.
  14. Project Eternity, Obsidian's Isometric Fantasy RPG

    What's a good source to get Mask of the Betrayer? It does not appear to be on Steam or GOG, my usual stops.
  15. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

    Boo. Pushed back to the end of November.
  16. Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition

    BG is one of my all-time favorites too. It'll be nice to have both games together, but I am a little concerned that it's so close to release and they seem so reluctant to show-off what they've done.
  17. Pokemon

    I recently got a 3DS, and, fueled by fond childhood memories of Pokemon Blue, purchased Pokemon Black to go along with it. I'm only 4 badges in and my pokemon are about to hit their 30s, but I have to say that I'm not terribly impressed so far. For just about every "new" pokemon that I see I think, "Oh, this guy is just pokemon X from the original with a different skin." It almost makes it worse that they pretend that they're substantively different. Some of the new organizational and battle stuff is pretty cool, but I still haven't figured out why I'd want to play dress-up or ride a battle train. I suppose I shouldn't complain about the plot, it is a Pokemon game after all, but, for some reason, it surprised me just how unengaging it is. Not that it's all bad, but it doesn't make sense to me that it seems to be highly regarded critically. Perhaps I'm just not far enough yet.
  18. Movie/TV recommendations

    I'd recommend watching it. Overall, it's a solid show, but not an exceptional one. All of the lead characters are excellent.
  19. Pokemon

    What I mean is that most of the "new" pokemon are analogues for the originals. I'm not saying their stats are identical, but the fit a common role. For example: Pidgey = Pidove Rattata = Patrat Geodude = Roggenrola Emolga = Pikachu Paris = Dwebble and the list goes on... As I just scrolled through the pokedex, it looks like there's some fresher looking things towards the bottom of it. Also, I swear I am so sick of fighting those damn elemental monkeys.
  20. Odd quotes that stick

    I recently replayed Grim Fandango for the first time in years and years, and it struck me how much of the dialog is ingrained in my memory. Oddly, the quote that I've had replaying in my head (and out loud if I'm alone) the most is the memo from Don at the beginning of the game: Not a very useful quote, but I love it. Anyone else have any quotes that unexpectedly get chiseled into memory?
  21. Movie/TV recommendations

    The Dark Knight Returns
  22. Odd quotes that stick

    Words to live by. I wonder if they're going to keep it in the enhanced edition.
  23. Movie/TV recommendations

    New Yorker gave it a less than glowing review.
  24. Resonance

    Where is the fuse box puzzle that was causing trouble? Is there one besides the one with the three fuses in the vault? Did I miss something?