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Posts posted by aramike

  1. Usually you can find me on the golf course these days. :D

    You're right about both Elite and Star Citizen. Elite I think they spent a ton of time fleshing out the sandbox but forgot to include the sand. The beta is fun, though, and the flight dynamics feel good. Just not sure the multiplayer aspect is going to pan out how they like.

    As for Star Citizen ... you took the words out of my mouth. All that money, no game yet. I feel like I've been following the development for years at this point. Everyone here knows that delays in game development are inevitable (hell, I think some are planned parts of the hype machine) but it's mind-boggling to me how Roberts can be so consistently lagging his own time lines with that kind of dough.

    I haven't had a chance to try LoD yet, btw, but I'm very happy you're still making games, Derek. I hope all is well with the family. :)

  2. Not gonna lie, I was thinking about how cool a BC3K v2 remake was made the other day while playing the Elite: Dangerous beta (popping a cap in Resnig's back is a bonus). I would love to see the piloting complexity of Elite combined with the command complexity of Battlecruiser. Still, will people buy it? No idea. BC has always been niche and a pain-in-the-ass to play/learn. Still, can't help but wonder what the game would be like with the soul of the original and the lessons to be learned from some of the newcomers.

  3. My last SH game was SH3. The mod community did a great job at making it playable.

    When SH4 came out I hesitated for a long time before deciding not to buy the game after all.

    With their new DRM scheme Ubi made that decision for me not to buy any of the products anymore.

    That's no way to treat your customers. I didn't even know they made you pay for patches.

    Microsoft would be out of business if they did that...

    That's the thing: the Silent Hunter series is a unique niche. As such, they know they can milk that crowd for all its worth. Ubi is a garbage company, in some respects. On the other hand, Ubi is the only company that would take on such a niche genre.

  4. Yeah, I won't touch SHV with a 10 foot pole. SHIV was bad enough, but like you said, a MASSIVE modding community really made it into something special.

    What really started pissing me off about UBI was that the final official patch for SHIV was released with the UBoat missions - and they CHARGED FOR IT!

    Ubi's business model seems to be, release incomplete game, patch it a bit, create new content to go with next patch, sell content+patch, and still have an incomplete game.

  5. Yes I did!! Seems I completely forgot to post about it. I absolutely loved it. Quite brilliant how that was shot and the sci-fi feel was a tad more realistic and conveyed (at least to me) how things would probably be if an alien race showed up. I like how they didn't overdo the weapons and such.

    I am glad its doing well (approaching $100m domestically already!!) and I hope they make a sequel in which he comes back for the rest of his people. That promise he made seemed quite sincere and was particularly moving (as was the whole movie). I'm definitely going to go see it again before it ends it run and its a day one Blu-Ray buy for me.

    Glad you liked it! I figured you would, considering what seems to be your tastes and the pure brilliance of the film.

  6. I finally got to see this and I would also have to rate it at 10/10.

    I started watching it thinking that this movie would screw up the franchise. By the end of the movie, I've come to the realization that I don't think it did screw anything up. :D


    Funny enough, my wife who's absolutely not a sci-fi fan loved it, as did I. This is what movies should be like!

  7. Hi everyone,

    Its been a long time since I've posted. :D

    I periodically check this board every so often. Been busy with family life (mainly a wonderful and cute 2 year old daughter). That and I'm stuck with an old computer that can't really run the newer games. :boohoo:


    Holy shit, there's a name I haven't seen in awhile!

    You and Cruis.In.

    LD, you need to PC-up man, get back into the fold!

  8. I was planning on seeing this after my Steam stint was completed, but I heard that it was too gory? Is that the case?
    It was a bit gory, but not disturbingly so. Think of a guy getting shot and disintegrating in a split second rather than drawn-out graphic scenes.

    Let's put it this way - I HATE overly-graphic gore fests (like Saw and its ilk). The gore in this movie is, for lack of a better term, comical. Didn't bother me at all.

  9. Loved it. What a flick, and to be honest, a surprise.

    D9 was poignant, ballsy (seriously, doing a movie about even alien segregation based in South Africa, with its history of apartheid is pretty gutsy), seemed more anchored to reality than most scifi, plus it had some really good action.

    As an aside, even the name is smart: District 9 is no doubt a reference to District 6 near Cape Town, that saw forced relocation in the '70s. My only criticism was that the first 30 minutes was too vague of a narrative, and the viewer probably was a bit detached. But damn, the film does a fine job drawing you in when the time comes!


  10. I can hardly believe that so few of the old-timers post around here these days! I'd like to arrange a reunion of the folks that helped make this one of the most well-run, fun, premier gaming-and-otherwise forums of its time.

    So post here, old-timers and let me know you're still out there lurking. Same with the newbies. To tide you all over, here's my old-timer story:

    I found this place in late '99 (I can't believe it's almost been a decade) when I bought this damned BC3Kv2.0 game off the shelve at some game store because it looked like a cool way to pass the time. After trying for about a week to orbit a planet (hehe, look it up) I posted a topic on these forums. It was quickly deleted due to it being a topic that had been covered time and time again.

    Didn't take me long to realized how the community worked, and I quickly assimilated myself, even becoming a mod and admin of the old UBB forums. In those days there were 100s of posts each hour at times. It was almost a part-time job just keeping up with the idiots, who were never in short supply.

    Ultimately, I found a few friends here to help me out when trying to start my own business, and just generally an awesome supporting crowd. It's been tough keeping up, as I have a government job that sends me all over the place but there's still a spot on my heart for this group, these games, the discussions, and the gruff softy that is Derek Smart.

    Now I'm back in town, hopefully permanantly this time, with my wife and kids, and look forward to getting in touch with the rest of you. I think an overwhelming sense of nostalgia kicked in when reading through my PMs, which went back nearly 10 years and covered everything from CAT (10 points to anyone who remembers what that stands for) to the Remo incident(s), to a load of other things.

    So vets, reintroduce yourselves. Where have you been and what have you been up to? And new guys, help me get aquainted!

    Hope to hear from you all!

  11. I went to see it at the old "value" theater today and, I have to admit, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be. While it was somewhat shallow in story and goofy in execution, it was a decent popcorn flick.


  12. I thought it was pretty freakin' good. I liked that it had...


    A car chase, a boat chase, a airplane chase, a foot chase, etc. Only needed a train chase.

    Actually, I think the whole movie was somewhat of a departure from the series. A continuation of a story from a previous Bond movie is certainly not normal. So, I set aside my expections of "Bond" and watched it for what it is. I liked it.