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|Mar-10-17|| ||TheAlchemist: Well, that was a pain. Hopefully an all-round reminder of why I shouldn't slack off :-).|
|Mar-10-17|| ||perfidious: My thanks for removing the political detritus which had sullied Memorable Quotes for a time.|
|Apr-07-17|| ||Memorable Quotes: Archived
<<Apr-04-17 User: Abdel Irada>: ∞
A third hypothesis holds that it resulted from a collaboration — a "marriage of Heaven and Hell" — to construct a game to represent the moral struggle for mankind.
(What is little known is that although he is the inferior player — it being notoriously difficult to defeat omniscient opponents — Satan has received the odds of pawn and move. God wins in the end, but first He must overcome the devil's initiative, while always closely defending His vulnerable light squares on e6 and f7.)
And there's a fourth hypothesis: that chess evolved over a long period of time from simpler board-game forms. However, chess creationists point to gaps in the fossil record in the early pre-Chaturanga period, while Young Game creationists deny that the pre-Chaturanga period existed.
For the record, I think it's not a bad post, #4 is actually very amusing, but it's technically a discussion, sorry.
|Apr-18-17|| ||Knight13: What country in eastern Europe is the best to live in? I didn't give up my communist citizenship for this #### in the States (you know what I'm talking about).|
|Apr-18-17|| ||TheAlchemist: Haha :-). But ok, seriously, probably the Czech Republic. It seems to have a reasonably healthy economy as far as I've read, although their growth has slowed down a bit in recent times (still in the EU average, while the unemployment rate is one of the lowest), plus there are the beautiful locations, beautiful women, great (and mostly cheap) beer.|
|Apr-18-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> No EU, if it can be avoided. They've gotten too authoritarian. How good is your country, by the way (Slovenia)?|
|Apr-19-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <knight13> Well, I don't know, non-EU is a pretty tall order (I assume you don't mean Switzerland, Norway, Iceland etc. and even they have a lot of bilateral agreements and common regulations, I think it will even expand a bit - Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and then very little remains - Bosnia and Albania will probably take longer, Kosovo even more, since it isn't even recognized by all as a potential candidate, while I don't want to speculate on Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and others, since they aren't even on the "radar").|
Slovenia is a bit of a mixed bag, I'm sad to say. It is a beautiful and geographically diverse country, I think the quality of life is still ok, but it's been stagnating for years after the crisis in 2009. We have a little economic growth now, but I still think we produce too little and too much is focused on selling/reselling, services etc. And even in manufacturing the added value is small compared to many countries to the North and West, so the wages aren't all that great in a lot of the private sector (many work on minimum wage). A lot of people get by only just (I think there aren't many who are very poor, but the safety net is strained), there's a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy, political unwillingness for reform (it would cost too much in the next elections), the public sector is very inefficient, too much corruption, cronyism led by people from the communist times, etc., which leads to a lot of wasted (stolen) government money. Sadly this mentality of quid pro quo, nepotism etc. permeates throughout.
My own situation is not so bad, I live on the coast, where the climate is quite mild and one thing I think we still don't appreciate enough is we are very safe, both regarding violent crime (what is more common are family tragedies) and especially terrorism. Who knows if this will last, though.
I guess it really depends on what you do. If you make a good living it should be pretty great if you don't mind the so-so public sector services.
|Apr-20-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Okay, you know what, non-EU over geographical location (like Eastern Europe). Lots to research, but you gave me a good idea on where to start. Will look into Switzerland and Israel first. Norway and UK are compromised, Iceland is too cold.|
|May-12-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Just finished playing Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 yesterday. Female Shepard, Paragon (mostly), Sole Survivor, Colonist, Infiltrator (both games), no romance in ME1, with Garrus in ME2. Really disliked the Cerberus bull*$@!% in ME2. Also, too many recruiting missions, not enough story-progression missions. ME2 felt a lot shorter than ME1 despite there being more hours of gameplay. Wasn't a fan of being forced into missions in ME2, either. However, ME2 had better atmosphere, deeper characters, and was overall more emotionally engaging.|
|May-13-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> That's a really good summary, the thing is that they went to being more character focused in ME2 (that's why there are so many squadmates, each with their recruitment and loyalty mission), whereas ME1 was more about the story (and an intro to the universe), so I suppose it depends on which you prefer, I think both were done well overall. I still tend toward liking ME1 a bit more even now (I wasn't as bothered by the gameplay, I even think they went too far in removing some things in ME2), but each has its good and bad points. The Cerberus railroading wasn't really executed well, I think it could have been done better (after all, they were the only faction that believed you). I agree about the characters/atmosphere, also the voice acting was better overall which helps too.|
Anyway, judging by what you said, if you plan on playing ME3 you'll probably find it a mixed bag, it has some of the highest and lowest points of the entire series.
|May-14-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> I didn't trust The Trustworthy Man at all. I suspect that he's the one who gave the Collectors the location of Shepard's Normandy SR-1 in the beginning of the game so that he could rebuild Shepard with the Lazarus Project to use as an asset to accomplish his own goals. The game didn't explain how the Collectors found Shepard at the beginning of the game, though. Didn't trust Miranda Lawson throughout the entire game either, even after the loyalty mission. And I just saw her last week as a waitress in a Steak n' Shake. Looked exactly like her. |
Shepard was pretty charismatic, much more so in ME2 than ME1, at least the Paragon version. Shepard did come across as someone people would follow anywhere and give their lives to. If Paragon Shepard was real, I'd fight and die for him or her. Garrus, too. So wasn't hard to choose who to romance in ME2. Guess they did very well on these two characters.
Won't be playing ME3 in the near future 'cause it's not on Steam and I don't like EA's Origin inconvenience-everyone-to-grab-more-cash @!!$.
|May-15-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Yeah, unfortunately some things are never made clear throughout the games or are only hinted at. But about Shepard's body <spoiler alert> it was the Shadow Broker (it's explained in the DLC Lair of the Shadow Broker and in the comic ME Redemption). Again from the DLC, it's mentioned there by Liara that the Shadow Broker knew about the Reapers and was looking for a way to survive, so he made a deal with the Collectors. Whether it's really that simple I don't know, but the Collectors were definitely interested in Shepard. As far as I know, the extent of TIM's involvement leading up to the attack is never mentioned. It is possible, though, the Collectors would have attacked regardless, this way he knew when and where.|
Some of what happened between ME1 and ME2, various characters' backstories etc. is featured in the many comics they released (I didn't read them, I only know they exist - the summaries are on the ME Wiki).
There are also many novels written throughout the years (by lead writer Drew Karpyshin and others), but from what I understand, since I didn't read them, they are only peripherally related to the games. E.g. one describes how Anderson was betrayed by Saren in more detail, another how he came into contact with Sovereign, one of the major characters (Paul Grayson) is only mentioned in passing by Tali on Freedom's Progress (it was about how Cerberus attacked the Flotilla when they were sheltering a human biotic).
BTW, about Miranda, if you complete her loyalty mission and take her to the final boss, she will quit if you decide to blow up the base, so there's that.
|May-15-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> The DLC wasn't on Steam. :( And I did blow up the base because I didn't trust Cerberus and TIM. I don't remember Miranda quitting Cerberus in the main game, though, so it must've happened afterwards. She just told Shepard on the ship after the mission that she thought it was the right decision. I wonder if she thinks wearing heels into a firefight is a a good decision.|
|May-16-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> No, I meant when you decide whether to blow up the base, when TIM tries to convince you to reconsider, he will order Miranda to stop you and she will refuse and say she quits (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj4...). I only wish there was a "Whoops... aaaaand we're out" in there :-)|
|May-16-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Oh, I see. I didn't take her to the last battle, so I missed that cutscene. |
Also, the Reapers should branch out to other galaxies if they care so much about "managing" advanced organic lifeforms. All they need are a dozen or so Reapers to wipe out everything in the Milky Way anyway, and there are thousands of them.
|May-18-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> One question: Commander Shepard, is the Insanity difficulty mode of ME1 and ME2 worth playing?|
|May-19-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> In ME1 not so much, since most organic enemies just spam Immunity and it gets a bit annoying (also, you can only unlock it in the third playthrough, one in Veteran and one in Hardcore, so I don't know if you've the patience for it - well, unless you hack your config files). In ME2 I think it's a bit more challenging and I'd recommend it there. For both I'd say to try at least Hardcore, since it gives enemies more protection, which makes using biotics a bit harder.|
But for both I'd say they aren't that hard even on Insanity, in some games I find the highest difficulties way too much, here not really. In ME1 you struggle until you're level 20 or so when you start getting tier II equipment drops (and the Krogan Battlemaster on Therum is a huge difficulty spike if you go for Liara immediatly), in ME2 I think only Horizon is really difficult.
BTW, if you'd like a higher FOV, there is a hack for that as well:
And remember to always back up your files :-)
|May-19-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> I've only finished ME1 and ME2 on Veteran difficulty. I guess I'll try Insanity difficulty for ME2. I rarely revived or used my squadmates in ME2, and I had them on auto level up. Can't do that in Insanity and get away with it, I'm guessing.|
I don't use hacks or any type of mod for any game. I like to play the games as the developers intended.
|May-24-17|| ||Knight13: Commander, you have a new message at your public terminal.|
<TheAlchemist> I am dedicating my ME2 playthrough on Insanity difficulty to you. :-)
|May-24-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Good to hear it. I brought you back, it's up to you to do the rest.|
|Jun-10-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> So I beat ME2 on Insanity difficulty and did every Mission and Assignment and the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC (bought it from Bioware's website). Completely worth the second playthrough, more fun on Insanity. Thanks for the recommendation! :-D|
What else you got? I hear ME: Andromeda was a failure. In a surprising twist, every spacefaring civilization in the Milky Way must team up with the Reapers to fight a genocidal, extra-galactic invasion force comprised of one million military spaceships. Mass Effect 4, coming to Earth in 2023.
|Jun-10-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> No problem, I'm glad you liked it.|
MEA was indeed bad, or at least very disappointing. Too many incomprehensible design decisions, cut content, bugs, etc. As far as I know it's been put on ice until further notice (which could very well mean the end of the series). Just as well, most of the people that made 1-3 are long gone, but it's still sad.
Hmmm, more recommendations... what genre/type are you looking for, exactly? ME1-2 and TW2-3 are more RPG/action hybrids, something in this style? The more "pure" recent RPGs I've liked have been mostly old style isometric, with either turn based or real time with pause combat (there is quite the resurgence lately). I'm usually don't play many action/shooter games with some exceptions.
|Jun-12-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Real-time with pause combat that also combines action/shooter/RPG. Hmm, let me guess: Dragon Age: Origins?|
Me likes action/shooter and RPG the most. Haven't played many isometric games, but Transistor (2014) was pretty good. Also played a little bit of Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.
|Jun-12-17|| ||TheAlchemist: <Knight13> Though I love Origins, I meant more recent things like Pillars of Eternity, Divinity Original Sin, Tyranny, Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Dragonfall and Hong Kong, Blackguards, The Age of Decadence, etc.|
Maybe you'd like something like Fallout New Vegas (though I would recommend modding it at least a bit)? As far as shooters go, perhaps the Metro or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series? I liked the two new Tomb Raiders as action/adventure goes and if you like more mindless fun, the Saints Row Series. Oh, and as far as Bioware goes, you could check out Jade Empire.
|Jun-13-17|| ||Knight13: <TheAlchemist> Thanks, I'll look into all of them, except Fallout: New Vegas, which I've already played (no modding, of course, as I don't do mods) and enjoyed the hell out of.|
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