Morning Discussion

By Chris Faylor, Oct 14, 2008 6:41am PDT Hey hey hey, welcome to Tuesday. This means two things.

First, those in North America should be able to find Dead Space in stores tomorrow. I think it's worth a look, as I came away impressed, and a little scared.

Second, we're one day closer to Friday, which, coincidentally, is when my Xbox 360 comes back from ye olde repair shop. Come home soon darling, I miss you :(

Oh, and if you're one of those Diablo fans, you pretty much need to check out the mind-boggling display of Diablo 3 information that Nick has compiled in his Diablo 3: What We Know So Far preview.

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  • Colonization feels like a giant cocktease after you spend a good deal of time with it.
    They somehow lost sight of a video games goal in several design decisions. I've been playing with the Europe victory off - since i'm a fairly "meh" player when it comes to independence and I really just want to colonize the continents, kill the natives and capture the other european cities.

    Now I turned off the Independence victory, because I don't want the game to end just because I declared independence (what if I declared in the first twenty turns, somehow won or whatever?) so I started playing. I was really enjoying the round, purchased some warships with my cash from exploring and blitzed freedom with only two cities, got the 50% and then... and then...
    They turned off independence just because I couldn't win that way, and I don't see the reasoning behind this. What was the point of selecting slavery or freedom at all if the game ends immediately after a player wins? Or even if you continue, you get the big "X has Won a X victory" on half your screen, and mechanics begin to falling apart as each turn progresses, its frustrating.

  • So I need some windows help.

    I am trying to help someone with their computer and I am having a hard time getting around the ol' reformat/reinstall.

    What happened was that after a USB mp3 player (old school one, a USB mass storage device for all intents and purposes) induced some strange noises. The computer was shut down and now when I try to turn it on it hangs right after the windows startup splash screen with a blinking underscore in the top left.

    I have also tried to use the windows recovery console but when I boot from a windowsxp install CD the installer loads all the drivers it needs and then just hangs before it gives you the option to install/run recovery console. The BIOS is also incredibly useless so I can't turn off all the things MS says to turn off if the installer hangs.

    So a few questions:
    1) Wtf do I do?
    2) is there a way to get rid of the xp startup screen without being in windows to add /sos to the boot.ini/startup settings?
    3) Why wont the windows installer load? Is there funky hardware that is making it hang?