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  1. I dunno if someone has mentioned it already, but the best B-Movie ever IMO was Peter Jackson's Braindead, which i think is retitled Dead-Alive in the states for some stupid reason. It was hilarious, It's so ridiculously over the top I couldn't stop laughing the whole way through. Its very gory, like i think it holds a record for the most blood used in a film ever, but it's a masterpiece of NZ cinema i think, much like Jackson's later work The Lord of the Rings. I like some Australian films as well so I'd have to recommend Mad Max 2 (again retitled Road-Warrior in the states ) and I also lik
  2. Agreed I highly recommend these too, I have HD555's and if you can afford them Crispy they're extremely comfortable and have great sound. Mine lasted 2 - 2.5 years but i wore the heck out of them and they got too manky so i bought some new ones. They're not USB but so you'll need to have the correct port on your PC (3.5mm jack). I got mine online from a place in Melbourne called PC Case Gear (unfortunately they no longer seem to sell them) and they were cheaper than retail; but you can shop around, i know JB Hifi sells them if you're interested. They retail pretty expensive though; like betwee
  3. Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh thats right, Operation Flashpoint devs said the same thing too. Infinity Ward also came up with 'This is the single biggest development we've made for PC...' bullshit when they released the matchmaking system they named IWNet. Turned out they pretty much lied straight to everyone faces because it was basically just a console port. I wouldn't hold your breath over a PC exclusive; you can count on your fingers the number of PC exlusive games released in 09, and most of those would be either MMO's or strategy games, neither of which work well on console
  4. To my knowledge most of the industry awards are all web based, ie. gaming review websites giving out goty awards or something whereas what I'm thinking of with an Academy Awards of Gaming is something on the lines of the hollywood version with all the glitz and glamour. Though already i can see holes in this idea; mainly because the protagonists of games aren't real people who can show up but pixels on a screen. And that therefore means any such industry wide awards would have to be given to the developers and I dont think I'd spend valuable time watching the likes of Cliffy B or Derek Smart
  5. If we're recommending 2D games (or at least platformers) I'm gonna throw my 2 cents in and vote for Trine! I quite enjoyed this game even though the puzzles were fairly easy. It kind of reminds me alot of the Lost Vikings which I played when i was a kid On the subject of older games being more intereseting I'm kind of half and half; i do think alot of the older games are better than their conemporaries but i think if i were to play them now they'd be crap. That said there are alot of older gems that truly were both fun to play and had engaging storylines and other elements; or truly revolut
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    Wow the screens and that video seem pretty impressive. I know very little about graphics and modelling; but i'm assuming Tesselation allows you to produce better looking curves in a model without increasing polygon count? By which i mean instead of adding more and more vertices to try and create a curved or circular object you can simply create a rough outline and use tesselation to simulate the curve?
  7. Wow just goes to show how much I know about it I've never actually seen any of the animated stuff, so it came as quite a surprise to me! I would never have picked it though, having seen him pretty much only in Star Wars and never in any other movie I never really thought he was that good an actor to be honest, and thus would have thought a character like the joker beyond his thespian skills.
  8. Yep; great game IMO. It was pretty short i thought, but I liked how they expanded on the comic book universe, as opposed to the recent movies; but that they still managed to keep it mature and sophisticated enough to keep my interest. Combat was excellent, very fluid, it really made it seem like batman was a true martial artist. Graphics were very pretty too, and the soundtrack and voice acting were fantastic. Mark Hamil as the Joker was just one of those wtf!? moments for me; having never seen him outside of the Star Wars movies I wouldn't have picked him to do voice acting, particularly th
  9. Meh, alot of posters on ttlg to my mind seem to be too conservative and simply want a cut/paste of thief, and are unwilling to see any changes to a game they seem to perceive as flawless. More on topic though, one thing I particularly liked about the combat was the parrying and blocking done by guards. It seemed as though after they hit you they immediately assumed a defensive stance, ready for your counter-attack. Thus the combat seemed more rythmical to me and is how I woud perceive melee combat to play out. I particularly like also how there seems to be more emphasis towards foot-work and
  10. On the subject of battle-bread and combat I have to say the sword fighting looks great in TDM; it seems you guys have managed to capture the essence of combat in the thief games whilst making it much more visceral, i look forward to seeing it in the final release. From the videos it also seems like the thief is getting his arse kicked more often than not it'll be interesting to finally play an fps more about avoiding and escaping combat than engaging in it. I never really tried many of the mods or fms for thief and as such found the vanilla games to be fairly lenient in regards to being di
  11. I'd say he's talking about Norton's Ghost backup program, which I believe is still dos-based, and basically partitions and creates a mirror image of your hdd. Damn, I'm using AVG at the moment. My firewall keeps defaulting to 'Allow All' when I start windows, and even when i change it to 'Small Home or Office Network' it sometimes randomly changes back to allow all. I should probably change as well. I use Norton on my other computer and it doesn't seem too bad. Does anyone on these boards use McCaffee or PC-Cillin? I havent tried them in ages.
  12. Try the second installment in the series guys: Black Plague. You get no weapons at all so forget about ambushing people you have to use physics to fight them! Having said that though the enemies are pretty slow and stupid; towards the end of the game there was this one bit where I just kept running around a pillar until the bad guy couldnt keep up with me. There are some good parts though when you dont have anywhere to run and this dude is breaking down the door trying to get inside and gut you; those moments were pretty tense. But overall the AI needed a little more work. Speaking of sc
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    Thief 4

    Thi4f: Now I'm really worried about the game's development; if he can't get the title right....
  14. I just wanna know how the hell they kept getting money and investors for as long as they did. They must have had a really fantastic marketing team and PR campaign to stay afloat for that long and release only 2 other games (Prey and Max Payne). I heard the graphics engine they are using in that trailer is some incarnation of the Unreal Engine; but apparently the development process was taking so long that they changed the engine more than a few times over the years to keep current with other games being released. Bit of a shame really because the 3DRealms team had talent, and they showed t
  15. I've had the red ring of death twice so far since I bought the 360 on release, both times I just bitched about it to EB until they gave me a brand new one. You have to call India though to get a special number which is seriously the biggest pain in the arse. The one I have now so far is working fine, i just keep it well ventilated and try not to move it overly much (read:at all). I think I like the 360 more than the playstation 3 (which I also own) simply because you can get more DLC; though mitigating this asset is having to pay for all the DLC with microsoft's special Disney money and hav
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