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BIOSHOCK UP THE ASS!
August 21st 2007, 18:41 CEST by Dumdeedum

Quoth Wikipedia:
BioShock is an action-adventure, survival horror first-person shooter video game by 2K Boston/2K Australia (previously Irrational Games.)[5]

So now you know.  There's lots of other details, plot and stuff, but mostly we're here because it's one of our "event games", a game everyone buys and then we play it together and compare notes and spoil the plot for each other and so on.  There's also a fair chance that either Bob, Gaggle or Hugin will decide they hate it and everyone else will insult them for it.
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#2 by CheesyPoof
2007-08-21 18:49:28
What if Bob, Gaggle and Hugin all like it? Is that a sign of the apocalypse?

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#3 by Matt Perkins
2007-08-21 18:49:45
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
So I thread a won't be reading for a bit...cool. Though I can probably bet on Greg to give it a spoilar or three in the other threads, right? :)

My intelligence, then, is not absolute but is a function of the society I live in

"I'm not sure it's possible to make a "subtle" jab at Matt's writing ability." - Ergo
#4 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 18:52:50
I'm not planning on getting the game. The demo was pretty fun the first time, mildly fun the second time, and downright annoying the third time (I only played it a third time for screenshots, which I didn't get).

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#5 by LPMiller
2007-08-21 18:54:49
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
So, you were bored doing the same thing 3 times in a row in rapid succession? I'm surprised.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#6 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 18:55:40
When the Painkiller demo came out, I played it about a dozen times over a couple of days. Bioshock, sadly, is no Painkiller.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#7 by Hugin
2007-08-21 19:02:17
lmccain@nber.org
And with that, I have a sig for the first time in my PC existence.

"Bioshock, sadly, is no Painkiller." - BobJustBob
#8 by Jamie
2007-08-21 19:07:05
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
Gonna get the Xbox version. Right after I get an Xbox.

#9 by CheesyPoof
2007-08-21 19:07:48
I'm not planning on getting the game. [/qujote]
Whew! The end of days is not yet upon us.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#10 by Ray
2007-08-21 19:10:38
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
What's the most reliable download location, ya think?

#11 by m0nty
2007-08-21 19:12:46
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Ray (#10):
What's the most reliable download location, ya think?

The Internets.
#12 by m0nty
2007-08-21 19:13:45
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Oh, and thanks Gabe! You even provided extra Bob for the occasion.
#13 by gaggle
2007-08-21 19:16:59
Oh we got a new topic. Hadn't even noticed.

"a four-dimensional real vector space equipped with a nondegenerate, symmetric bilinear form."
#14 by Ray
2007-08-21 19:25:08
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
No torrents at work.

#15 by CheesyPoof
2007-08-21 19:28:47
The best place for the demo? Steam. I got it pretty quick yesterday. Who knows if those ports are open though.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#16 by jjohnsen
2007-08-21 19:32:07
http://www.johnsenclan.com
The Steam demo came down in about an hour for me too Ray.

#17 by jjohnsen
2007-08-21 19:32:53
http://www.johnsenclan.com
And it worried me that Bob liked it, his recent disappointment =happy face for me.

#18 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 19:39:07
I'm so glad you could take pleasure in my lack of pleasure. Maybe I could punch myself a few times for your amusement!

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#19 by Ergo
2007-08-21 19:45:30
I'm sure none of us would object.

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religions. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, intelligent enough. --Aldous Huxley

DVDs
#20 by Greg
2007-08-21 19:54:13
As soon as someone tries to pansy spoil, then I will right their wrong.

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#21 by Dumdeedum
2007-08-21 20:00:31
http://www.dumdeedum.com
Tert urnyf yvxr n arys!

MP3 Of The Week: should I just put this thing out of its misery?
#22 by Greg
2007-08-21 20:02:37
That's still better than you, Mr. Quit and Now Wants to Resub!

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#23 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 20:03:05
Is that what Greg was talking about? Announcing that he's still a piece of shit?

Oh, Greg, we know. We know.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#24 by CheesyPoof
2007-08-21 20:05:29
Dum want to re-sub to WoW after quitting a week ago? Poor, Dum. He's going to need an intervention. It's probably easier to quit smoking.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#25 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 20:06:59
I dunno, they were both pretty easy.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#26 by anaqer
2007-08-21 20:12:23
Updating to the new beta driver got rid of the CTD, but not the abismal frame rates. It fluctuates within the 15-25FPS range, which isn't quite enough for me to consistently hit the flying security bots, or even just to not be annoyed by the slideshowiness (that was at 800x600 - guess the old 6800GS is really crying for mercy by now...). Gameplay was reasonably fun, but pretty hectic towards the second half... I was expecting a little more exploration, a little less action (please).

The one thing I could absolutely have done without though was the abundance of invisible clip brushes. For fuck's sake, LET ME jump off the railing and even if you didn't think of hiding goodies or something scary below the stairs, LET ME check it. If it looks like I can get there, I should be able to fucking get there. It's likely not a big problem for others, but I've found that stuff like this breaks immersion faster than, say, forced risk-taking.

'We run a pretty tight ship around here.' 'With a pool table?' 'It's a gaming ship.'
#27 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 20:16:19
Oh seriously. The invisible walls were horribly overused.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#28 by eggbert
2007-08-21 21:05:29
http://www.stuffresearch.com
The answer!?!

We did spend some time with the guy who came up with the idea of the Big Daddies and he said that he always found diving suits scary. We also had to ask him the ultimate motivation-irking BioShock question, "What would possess a man to take a syringe, with no explanation of what's inside it, and jam it into his forearm?"

His response: "We get that one a lot. We probably should have had Atlas say something to make it more fluid. But it'll all make sense by the end of the game."
#29 by Squeaky
2007-08-21 21:07:15
So the Big Daddy figure is pretty cool. Bigger than I thought it was going to be. I'm gonna have to glue it to some kind of base as it's not really all that stable. The soundtrack was a little disappointing as it's 3 tracks remixed by Moby. And well, it sounds like Moby :(

Haven't watched the DVD, and don't have time to play the game before work.

#30 by Trunks
2007-08-21 21:07:36
Thinking of picking this up on 360, but I'm too hooked on Persona 3 right now.  :(

#31 by Squeaky
2007-08-21 21:08:52
We also had to ask him the ultimate motivation-irking BioShock question, "What would possess a man to take a syringe, with no explanation of what's inside it, and jam it into his forearm?"

heh.

#32 by Dumdeedum
2007-08-21 21:17:23
http://www.dumdeedum.com
Dum want to re-sub to WoW after quitting a week ago?

The operative word is wants, I should be able to hold out at least until after I'm done with Bioshock so that'll give me a couple of weeks to pick up a new addiction.  Drinking heavily or something...

And even if I do have a relapse, it'd be on a much much more casual basis.  I've been there and done that on the whole hardcore raiding and collecting epics thing, so I'd probably end up just messing about with the classes I never tried last time and seeing what the whole pvp thing is about.

MP3 Of The Week: should I just put this thing out of its misery?
#33 by assemblerer
2007-08-21 21:23:33
http://uglycode.com
First of all, SecuROM developers need to be punched in the face before whole youtube and then ****** with big black ***** in their *****. Quit process explorer and reboot? WTF? Noobs.

I was expecting a little more exploration, a little less action (please).

QTF. I won't mind action, but I was hoping for more exploration and less action.

So yeah, I've played the demo twice (on Normal), one, very very slowly and still it took just an hour, with full detail on some widescreen 960x*** resolution. Choppy chop. Second time was speed run (not very fast) that took 20 minutes, half of which were damned unskippable cut-scenes as you all know. On 800x600, minimum details, very smooth at all times. My HW: PCI-E GeForce 7300GT 128MB, Sempr0n "2800+" OC from 2000 to 2800MHz, 1GB DDR400, Windows Server 2003.

Impressions:
+ system shock (2) influence is obvious, which is rather good
+ you have to combine plasmids and guns, but nobody tells you how and when (this is the most open thing on the game)
+ most water effects
+ monsters aren't as dumb as I was afraid they would be
+ just about right amount of ammo (that is, if you shot down the security camera soon enough, not after the third wave of bots)
+ Unreal Engine 3 scales well
+ heavily scripted / storytelling

- heavily scripted / storytelling
- COME ON, let me shoot little sister in the head while she doesn't see me.
- unskippable cut-scenes
- effect "water on camera lens" - Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked had this so much nicer.

#34 by Ray
2007-08-21 21:26:17
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
You guys know you CAN run up to the camera and hack it, right?

#35 by Squeaky
2007-08-21 21:31:08
#34 by Ray

You guys know you CAN run up to the camera and hack it, right?

The game makes no mention of this at all. I didn't know until someone here mentioned it.

#36 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 21:31:11
Is that what he's talking about? Yeah, I hacked the camera every time. And the only time I saw a security bot was when it was killing my enemies for me.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#37 by Squeaky
2007-08-21 21:31:17
*demo

#38 by Ray
2007-08-21 21:32:32
ray@frenden.com http://frenden.com
Hacked every time too. FTW.

#39 by assemblerer
2007-08-21 21:41:48
http://uglycode.com
I thought camera hack was possible, even when I didn't try it. I was too disoriented for the first time, because the game woke me up from my quiet, slow exploration walk. But I hacked the first security bot that showed up. The second time I played it, the camera was smoking before it could say "beep!" (and then, the turret on the toilet was mine before it could say "beep?").

Also, another thing I miss on Bioshock. Not enough sneaking. I mean no sneaking, which is sad, because it could employ thief/oblivion-thief gameplay.

Yeah, and I hope that hacking on HARD will be real-time.

#40 by Mank
2007-08-21 22:46:30
The steam decryption process started a little while ago(but only after a restart of Steam), and now it's downloading what appears to be another sizable chunk of data.

Anyone purchase anything recently using Steam that has used this process?

#41 by Mank
2007-08-21 23:37:55
Oh wow. Upon further digging in the Steam games folder, it looks as if another 1.2gig chunk of game data is now being downloaded to complete the installation. What's bad is the servers are apparently being hammered as is indicated by my wildly fluctuating(and paltry) download speeds of 25-40K.

=(

#42 by gaggle
2007-08-21 23:42:26
Was it Valve who got, like, the creator of P2P networks on their team? I vaguely recall Steam wanting to do P2P distribution but nothing ever came of it? I'm still on the fence on that issue.

"a four-dimensional real vector space equipped with a nondegenerate, symmetric bilinear form."
#43 by jjohnsen
2007-08-21 23:45:59
http://www.johnsenclan.com
How do you hack the cameras?

#44 by jjohnsen
2007-08-21 23:46:55
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#41 by Mank

Oh wow. Upon further digging in the Steam games folder, it looks as if another 1.2gig chunk of game data is now being downloaded to complete the installation. What's bad is the servers are apparently being hammered as is indicated by my wildly fluctuating(and paltry) download speeds of 25-40K.

=(

Woah.  Really?  How can that be that after pre-loading you still need another 1.2 GB?

#45 by lwf
2007-08-21 23:48:00
Zap the camera, walk up to it, hack it.

5 reasons to hate minorities: Poor, Lazy, Smell bad, Wrong religion, and the rich ones take all the women. Wii.
#46 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 23:52:20
I think it's the 'V' key. It's in the controls screen. Also, the game tells you "Press 'V' to hack" or whatever key it really is, when you're close.

Mank, that's the way Steam does things. They won't allow you to preload everything because they're scared of hackers. Holding back 20% does seem extreme.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#47 by BobJustBob
2007-08-21 23:53:01
I guess I'm the only one who looks at the keybinding list immediately upon starting any game or demo just to see what my possible actions are.

"Games are not novels, and the ways in which they harbor novelistic aspirations are invariably the least interesting thing about them." - Steven Johnson
#48 by anaqer
2007-08-21 23:55:52
I don't think I've actually even located the camera, as by the time I got there for some reason I didn't feel like looking around too much anymore... and I think I shouldn't have lowered the gamma that much, either. I'll check it out tomorrow.

'We run a pretty tight ship around here.' 'With a pool table?' 'It's a gaming ship.'
#49 by assemblerer
2007-08-21 23:56:42
http://uglycode.com
#47 by BobJustBob

No.

#50 by G-Man
2007-08-22 00:05:51
Seconded.

Also, Mank is retarded.
#51 by Mank
2007-08-22 00:08:39
Woah.  Really?  How can that be that after pre-loading you still need another 1.2 GB?


Yessir. The Steam forums are ablaze with people(like myself) who had no idea this was being done.

Bob,

Yes. 20% or, in this case, another 1.2 gigs. Fucking insane.

I did fix my download speed issue though. To save everyone here who purchased it on Steam some time, do the following if your download speeds are subpar:

1: Shtudown Steam.
2: Navigate to your Steam folder and delete the file named "clientregistry.blob"
3: Restart Steam and let it update.
4: After it updates, go to you games tab in the Steam client and unpause your Bioshock download if it is paused.


I'm back at 130K/sec after doing this. Found this fix on the Steam Forums

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