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    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013
    My boyfriend tends to get motion sickness from most FPS games. I know this is totally anecdotal, but he heard ginger can relieve motion sickness and bought some in capsule-form; every time he's used it, it's apparently worked (YMMV, but ginger's good for you anyway...).

    I'm not so sure about Borderlands. Shooting stuff is fun, but so many hard-to-read words and the inventory is a pain and am I seriously gonna have to keep level-grinding those rat things to be able to kill the next bandit boss?

    I've been more distracted by Sims 3. Though I'm not too keen on the sims having shelf lives now (I haven't played since the first game); I started one as an adult and a few hours later her hair had gone gray, and I'm not mentally prepared for the idea of SIMS DYING OF OLD AGE.
    I really just need to make a torture household and just get that out of the way.

    Oh, and I got Fable 3 as a late Christmas present from our friends. Liking it so far, though I haven't gotten too deep. A gracious bow to Flabyo for his work on it; it's looking like I'm gonna enjoy it as much as I did w/ 2 (which is quite a lot).
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013
    I had forgotten you had that issue, Chiaslut. I wonder if there if there is some sort of smoothing interpolation I could do to the camera movements to reduce hand jitter. Or maybe it has to do with colour palettes of foreground and background. Lots of possibilities. Hmmmmmmm....
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013
    Finally had more than 20 minutes to myself and I wasn't totally exhausted, so I started and finished the Feros mission on ME1. Falling in love with this game all over again and still love it, but I'm also pretty anxious to finish it and move on to 2 and, eventually, 3.

    Trying to remember if the stuff that's bugging me with the PS3 version is what bugged me for Xbox. LOTS of audio sync and level problems and a few big glitches...

    Out of curiosity, would someone hear who knows the process of bringing a game on to another console tell me or show me a link to a good explanation of the process?

    LittleBigPlanet is still my go-to "fuck this day" game and so might the 2nd one, considering that it now seems to be about $20.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    @oldhat - short version while I go looking to see if there's a good online explanation:

    There are two ways of doing a game across multiple platforms.

    Parallell development: This is how they would've done ME2 and ME3, both of which appeared on PS3 at the same time as the 360. In this, you try to keep as much of the code and assets common as you can. You then concentrate on what has to be different (usually the rendering engine, as the machines behave quite differently there, but also things like how it does audio, data streaming, achievements etc...) It helps if you're using a middleware engine like Unreal or Unity, as that deals with those elements for you for the most part.

    Porting: You write the entire game targeting only one platform. And then at the end when you have that fully finished and debugged, you take the code base and make it work on the new target. This is how they will have had to approach ME1 for the PS3. This *can* be easier than parallell dev because the code you're porting isn't also still changing as you go, but is usually a lot harder because the original version will be chock full of 'tricks' that only work on that platform (and will sometimes use things that you can legally only use on one platform, patents being horrid things)

    Most big games these days take that parallell approach. Porting tends to lead to problems, especially if it's outsourced (compare Bayonetta on PS3 and 360 for a particularly nasty example).

    In terms of 'why is the PS3 version just as buggy as the 360 one', I'm guessing the port is pretty straightforward (I think they use some in-house variant of Unreal) and it wasn't deemed cost effective to do anything more than just port it. You run the risk with any bugs you try to fix of introducing new ones, and the team involved was probably pretty small.
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    @Flabyo: Small correction: ME2 appeared on the PS3 a while after the 360 version. However, they really put effort into porting it, sticking it on an early version of the Mass Effect 3 engine rather than simply recoding the original game for another platform.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    @brittanica - I never felt like I was grinding in Borderlands. I just followed the main story quests and went off and did the side quests when I felt like it. I very rarely felt like I was underpowered by the time I got to a boss fight. Also, thanks for the tip about the ginger. Maybe I'll get my hands on some and take another stab at Red Chasm.
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    @brittanica - I found I had the opposite issue with Borderlands, that if I wanted to do all the missions and not horribly outlevel everything I had to run like hell when I ran into a cluster of non-mission monsters. I'm really not sure why they coupled damage output to experience level in an action game anyway.
    • CommentAuthorFrank
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    Finally finished Xcom Enemy Unknown on Classic difficulty HOORAHHHH!!!!

    Last few missions and especially the last one was surprisingly/fairly easy; only lost one of my men and wasnt too gutted as the guy wasnt especially noteworthy when it came to reaction shots (i.e he misses 100% of the time BAH!!!)

    So ... what's next ? *** strokes 3 day old stubbled chin ****

    I'm not sure if I want to play XCOM on Impossible, I think that's it for me and hope Firaxis will release some DLCs to keep the franchise going

    I might get me Dishonored; been getting good reviews and from what I heard from friends it's pretty d4mn good -- kinda like Thief (remember that?) meets Bioshock and had a child out of wedlock :-)

    (can I say that here?)
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
    @Frank: You can say anything here.
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    Stupid DC Universe Online sucked me back in. Currently in the middle of bringing my new EU PS3 server hero "Silver Dollar" up to the endgame.

    At least he gets to have some tender moments along the way.

    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2013
    Much like @oldhat, I recently acquired a ps3. Been playing a bit of the Borderlands 2. I know there is a Whitechapel Steam group, but are there any PSN peeps out there that play anything online sometimes? I know a couple people have mentioned it here or there.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2013
    Good question. I'm oldhat on there as well, though I don't have any multiplayer games yet aside from LittleBigPlanet and Mass Effect 3 (which will not be touched until I finish ME2).

    Struck lucky today! Hitman: Absolution's price went down to $30 and I had a preorder ticket I hadn't cashed yet AND a crapload of old xbox games to trade in. At the end of it all I didn't have to add on any money. Technically getting a somewhat new game for $5? Bitchin'.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2013
    I got Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for christmas (I know, I'm late in the game) and promptly finished it and bought Uncharted 2. Now I've finished that as well. Incredibly compelling games with some fantastic-looking set pieces without feeling like too much of a cutscene/quick time event clusterfuck. I'm always really impressed with what the PS3 exclusives manage to achieve in terms of visuals, especially considering it's a 6 year old system. The pull-focuses in Uncharted look very filmic and natural, and the framerates are great. Looking forward to getting back from LA and hopefully buying Uncharted 3, though I hear it's not as good as 2.

    I'm also on Playstation Plus now, which means I got Infamous 2 for free as well as Littlebigplanet 2. It's surprisingly good value, I have to say.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013
    So yesterday's announcement of the Pokemon 3DS titles made me happy in a way perhaps not entirely appropriate for a man pushing 30, but I do love those games. Love the central mechanic, love the design aesthetic. Excited. I imagine that Skyrim will keep me occupied until they get released. Man, that game is huge. I've barely touched the main quest, haven't even set foot in most of the towns, and that's after weeks of play. A masterclass in making fetch, kill and carry missions endlessly repeatable, and pretty to boot.
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    @magnulus Uncharted three has some brilliant set pieces and a slightly better flow to running and jumping - definitely worth a couple of run throughs.
    X-com is arriving today, I think I'm getting a bit less work done this week. Hopefully I can use it to get the taste of RE6 out of my mouth. Ackpthl!
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    @Magnulus: It's true according to the entire Internet that U3 isn't as good as U2, but that's only because Uncharted 2 is one of the best games of this generation, and the game that perfected the Uncharted formula. Doesn't mean that Uncharted 3 is bad! Apparently still a great game... Just not AS great :)

    By the way, being sick with the flu sucks when you're not even feeling energetic enough to play games.
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    @Magnulus Yeah, Uncharted 3 is kinda weak compared to 2, but it's still fun.

    There are actual games to play this year, which is weird: Fire Emblem Awakening, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Anarchy Reigns, Metal Gear Rising, Tomb Raider, Bayonetta 2. Maybe new god of war as well.

    Too bad no new Castlevania or Mega Man but I'll live.
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    Chewed my way through a few games since Christmas. Got Bulletstorm for Christmas - it was okay and has some funny dialogue, but about halfway through it just felt like a dull slog and the story isn't very engaging. I went back to Arkham Asylum and finally finished it. Now I want to try out Arkham Asylum. Picked up Lego Batman 2 for less than fifteen quid, both me and my wife have been working our way through it. I've mostly finished and my wife isn't far off, though we're baffled about the concentration on single player achievements in the trophies (we have a PS3 to avoid confusion there) when it's a game that's so wonderfully set up as a co-op experience.

    Jealous of all the people who are playing Borderlands 2.

    @ cjkoger, I'm Lean_deal on PSN.

    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013 edited
    This has been a ridiculous week for consoles and console-like devices, though not from Microsoft and Sony. There's the Valve Steam box, which is a tiny but powerful computer. Razer announced the revamp of their console-laptop-tablet-thingy, which looks... interesting, I guess? But I think by the time that comes out the industry will have shifted past that sort of design. The Ouya (which is a $100 android console in development) is getting a competitor in the Gamestick, which is a console-in-a-controller, running android and shooting for a low (sub-$100) price point. NVidia's Project SHIELD is another controller-turned-console, but much higher quality (and presumably price), this time with a built-in screen a la the WiiU gamepad. The interesting thing about Project SHIELD is the ability for it to also stream games from your Steam-running computer.

    All in all, quite the week. Good ol' CES.
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2013
    I forgot to say I am The_James_King on PSN if and invite pops up. Thanks Will and Robin.

    I grabbed BL2 on a crazy sale in the states around Thanksgiving time. Gotta take advantage of the good bits of unbridled consumerism when you can. It's has been entertaining, though I am still a mouse and keyboard FPS player at my core, and I am just finally decent at consoling through this style of game. I have a stack of stuff still shrink-wrapped that I'll hopefully work through now that I have a bit of free time again.