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#148459 Take Two!

Posted silencer_pl on 10 December 2015 - 02:48 PM

You know what makes me sad? This stupid money grab. Right now I would like to send an angry NoX mob to Take Two HQ and release it's ever accumulated anger about everything bad related to gaming. Specially EA hatred.


It’s an exciting day for XCOM fans, Commander. We’ve revealed the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, available for pre-purchase now at $74.99, which includes the full XCOM 2 base game, digital soundtrack and the Reinforcement Pack. But what’s in the Reinforcement Pack? Let’s break it down.

And what does this bloody pack contains. 3 things:


Anarchy’s Children: Rebellion-themed content with more dramatic soldier customizations. Available Spring 2016.

Alien Hunters: New gameplay highlighting an elite alien hunting unit of XCOM as it tracks down “Ruler” aliens, plus a new mission, additional soldier customization options and more powerful weapons and armor. Available Summer 2016.

Shen’s Last Gift: Introduces a brand-new soldier class with unique upgradeable weapons, armor and customization features, as well as an additional narrative-driven mission and map. Available Summer 2016.

Fuck You, Take Two, just Fuck You.

#144340 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

Posted Kret on 22 July 2015 - 03:19 PM

View PostSpace Voyager, on 21 July 2015 - 11:13 AM, said:

Kret, where have you been?! Welcome back! And I agree that it is always wise to wait a while.
I'm still around, I'm just in super-lurker mode so that's why you don't see much activity from me.

The only reason you find yourself where you "must" upgrade would be if you really "must have" that game that only works in the DirectX version that windows 10 has. Otherwise, patience is key, take a couple of days off from any work and social interaction, have all the install/recovery disks and drivers ready for a reinstall if things go horribly wrong, backups aren't a bad idea or just accept that if something does go wrong you will lose data. You could also get a new (or used) HD to perform a fresh windows install so that you can test the upgrade process on that drive. Not sure if dual booting will be possible between your current version and 10 or if the upgrade won't allow for that unless you already have a dual boot setup.

#144339 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

Posted Sunflash on 22 July 2015 - 02:33 PM

So I admit the original post(from tumblr) about the Win10 upgrade thing is gone, so I'm doing this mostly from memory; but the primary reason to upgrade would be because it would allow for so many extra programming extras that  you just can't pull off in older windows.

I mean, there's software reasons(Was it XP or Vista that couldn't handle a certain amount of RAM that made the market panic?) that things arn't backwards comptiable as well as hardware reasons(can you picture a WinXp game trying to make full use of a six-core cpu with dual video cards and a bucket of ram?) for upgrading.

I dunno, like I said I don't have the full explantion-post that laid it out pretty well and I'm sorry; but I don't really see a reason NOT to upgrade. Sure, maybe not the day of or something, but there's enough bonuses from where I'm sitting(improved handling of hardware through windows, more up-to-date security stuff, simpler access to the newer games(which will also benifit from the handling thing), plus its not a set-in-stone thing. Don't lose your license for the previous version of windows.)

I'll be 1) Backing up my Steam Library and the like beforehand.
2) (Make sure you have a physical system restore disk)
3) Waiting at least a few weeks, probably closer to a month, to let them figure out the worst of the issues(8.0 to 8.1, after all)
4) Jumping in full throttle.
5) If something goes wrong, use my re-install disks to revert back to Win7 and lose a minor amount of time from the whole ordeal; and try again in a few months.

MOST games that are post-XP should work pretty well from what I've heard/read; and even XP games should DOS-Box well enough. Of course, that's so hit-and-miss even in 7 YMMV as usual.
I unno. Just seems like there's more reasons TO for me than NOT TO. But, of course, to each their own. :)

    #144307 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

    Posted Kret on 21 July 2015 - 09:59 AM

    What I think I'll be doing is making the reservation and wait until others make reports of the upgrade process and see if there's any major issues. You're not required to upgrade inmedietly once it's released, you can hold off for a while. Once enough guinea pigs come back alive, then I'll take the leap myself.

    #144305 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

    Posted Nookrium on 21 July 2015 - 07:30 AM

    I've been hesitant too, at least on my main PC that I run my LP's with.  Since I do several older games I'm worried about compatibility, finding patches/fixes for windows 8 is pretty easy since it's been around for a while now, but I'd have to wait a while if 10 caused issues.

    It is free and we're due for a "good" windows if you follow the every other year rule though...

    #143797 New XCOM game confirmed?

    Posted Zombie on 02 July 2015 - 04:53 AM

    Forum created! Posted Image

    In the future, if people would like to petition for a new forum to be added, please, please, please make a post in the Announcements & Feedback forum and I'll get to it when time permits (I check that forum everytime I log in). Or, shoot me a PM. That'll certainly get my attention fast. The only reason I found out about this was through Thorondor. Posted Image

    Yeah, creating a forum for this should've been on my radar, but it just didn't register for me as there wasn't a ton of topics about this yet.

    By the way, I was reading the information about this in the wiki and came across these points
    • The aliens established a world government called 'Advent Administration' staffed with human collaborators and their propaganda claims that the aliens had came initially in peace but by engaging the aliens in combat XCOM has caused countless casualties. They also created a holiday called 'Unification Day' to mark the date of their take over of Earth. 12
    • The alien overlords have built megacities where war, poverty, crime and disease are supposedly eradicated, but which only serve as a cover for more sinister plans for humankind. Those cities have been built to attract the human population into them by offering gene therapy4.
    Not sure if any of you are familiar with the miniseries V, but it sounds very similar. Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. Posted Image

    - Zombie

    #143626 Zombie's TFTD Giveaway!

    Posted Zombie on 25 June 2015 - 04:18 PM

    Hi everyone! Some of you might know that Terror From the Deep celebrates it's 20th birthday this year. So in observance of this momentous occasion, I decided to do something special: giveaway 10 free Steam keys for the game. That's right, I said FREE. No contests, no hoops to jump through, no facebook popularity scams, just an old-fashioned giveaway!

    Even though this isn't a contest, there has to be some ground rules to make it fair for everyone:
    • Be (or become) a member of StrategyCore. This is mandatory as I have to contact the winners through PM.
    • Do not already own a copy of TFTD. I prefer people who haven't played the game yet (if you've played UFO:EU before, that's ok), but I'll give a copy to those who do not have it in their Steam library already.
    • Have a Steam account. You can't get the key to work without an account there.
    • Be willing to let us use your forum name for the winner's list.
    • Use the game for yourself. I'm not against re-gifting a key to someone else if you deem necessary, but if they are able to enter themselves it's better.
    There are two little points I hope everyone can adhere to if you win:
    • Do not resell the game.
    • Do not trade it for something else.

    I can't enforce these, so please act responsibly.

    So now you are all wondering how to enter the giveaway, right? It's simple, start a post in this topic with the words "I'm in!". Only one entry will be counted. If you want to make a case for why you want a key, go ahead, but your chances will not increase. :P Guest posts are not eligible to enter and will be ignored. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received, but in my experience you'll have a pretty good opportunity to walk away with a copy. This giveaway will probably remain open for 1 month to give everyone time to enter and will close at or around midnight CST July 31 2015. Winners will be announced here in this topic and I will also send them a PM. Unclaimed prizes (I'll give you a couple weeks to reply to my PM) will be sent to the next eligible applicant. Winners will be chosen at random with a random number generator.

    A big thanks to Thorondor for helping me with the funds to acquire some of the steam keys!

    Finally, please "Like" this post if you thought this was a good idea. I want to get an idea how popular a giveaway like this is with everyone. Maybe I'll do another in the future with a different game! :)

    - Zombie

    #143198 Take Two!

    Posted Space Voyager on 09 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

    Firstly, I agree. Secondly, I agree. Point 3, I have no idea.

    Personally I never liked the TFTD much, except Tentaculats. ;) So I'm happy we're staying on the ground. Perhaps I'd like a continuation of the story better, but a new twist on the same period is fine, too. As long as there are enough differences for a whole new game, which, it seems, will be so.

    But the new situation is interesting. So, the aliens plan to coexist with us, at least for the time being. And gather us in ghettoes, for whatever (breeding?) purposes. They have not killed or eaten us (all at once). The most interesting thing is, we can and do communicate, aliens and us, so we're not that different. This could bring a great twist, like UFO:Afterlight did; some aliens could not be as comfortable with the whole plan and seek deeper relations with Humans (no, I'm NOT speaking of banging some good looking Muton lady), like, you know, actually think that we should be free and equal and have rights - and join XCOM.

    #143229 Take Two!

    Posted JellyfishGreen on 09 June 2015 - 10:23 PM

    Excited to see the Snakemen make a return!


    snake-lady Vipers
    ...or Snakewomen. Equal opportunity employer!

    #142788 Name That Strategy Game

    Posted Thorondor on 26 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

    Now why did you go and put SV and AS out in harm's way like that? You think friendly fire is a funny thing too?

    Let's see you laughing once I whip out my H&K CAWS, buster! Posted Image


    *scores updated!* Posted Image

    #142469 Invasion Postponed Until 2012

    Posted Space Voyager on 14 May 2015 - 10:07 AM

    I still hope they do something about the length of battles... I hate shaving in the middle of combat. ;)

    #141489 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

    Posted Tycho on 04 April 2015 - 07:09 AM

    98SE is the last version of Windows to be a Windows Shell over a DOS core.  XP is very much like Windows NT/2000 in how it boots.  It has a command line interface that can be reached but that is more similar to the NT command line interface.  For those old games I'd go with WIN98SE as a second OS option.  The only issues I had with 98 were how poorly the USB subsystem was supported under 98 and how easily driver issues would crash your system.  Also, getting drivers that work for later chipsets, video, and sound might be a problem.

    #140778 Let's Play X-Com: Terror from the Deep

    Posted silencer_pl on 06 March 2015 - 02:39 PM

    View PostNoX, on 06 March 2015 - 07:47 AM, said:

    don't care Mr. Vampire. you can school me all you want.
    wanna fight? lol!! errrh



    Congratulations, you can now receive your usual Boot to the head.

    #140412 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

    Posted silencer_pl on 20 February 2015 - 10:26 AM

    For windows 98 you need a really old stuff too. When XP was released, sometimes Windows 98 liked to kill itself even after fresh install. I used to have on those days two partitions, one with XP and one with 98SE, until one day I've just fed up with 98 because the components I had, were too modern for 98. With SP1+ W98 became obsolete.

    However there is no need for dual systems with Windows 8, because there is a little workaround. It worked fine for few old windows games for me like X-COM Interceptor or Divine Divinity or Jagged Alliance 2.

    Try downloading this: https://www.mediafir...7xk062enx70pm75 and extract the dlls where the games exe is. Should work.

    #140405 An OS (Operating System) Moral Dilema

    Posted NKF on 20 February 2015 - 08:53 AM

    Lots of great old games work on XP so it's a decent choice. But ultimately it depends entirely on what games you want to play. If it's an older game around the Direct X3.0 era (like Interstate '76, to name an obscure example), perhaps Windows 95 ~ 98. I know old favourites of mine like Fallout, Battlezone and Baldurs Gate engine games work great on these.

    Alternately, get a removable hard drive rack and a couple of hard drive mounting frames for the rack. This way you can have separate hard drives for each OS that you can plug and unplug as you wish. I got one of these back when I was still at university with the intention to set up a spare HD with Linux , but for whatever reason the blasted copy I had would never set itself up after preparing the HD partitions. After the motherboard mysteriously split in two, I haven't really had a desktop PC since. It's certainly an option.

    - NKF