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#1 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

Yea I figured it was about consoles but I thought there might be some pc users out there that didn't know how easy it is to avoid the intro videos... No need to burst my bubble man :P

Ps thanks for that site! Never had to really use a site like that before but I can see it being useful one day

#2 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

I just finished listening to the latest bombcast and there was that question about being forced to watch those intro videos as the game boots up. There's an easy way to get around this for PC users at least and I've been doing it for years now with no problems.

Firstly go to the game's directory and just look for the folder where video files are stored. In the case of Shadow of Mordor on my PC it the directory is as follows:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\ShadowOfMordor\game\interface\videos

In this folder can be found a bunch of files such as intro.vib, nvidia_splash.vib, WBPlay.vib. These are pretty obviously the videos that run as you launch the game so what I always do is create a new folder and move these files into that folder. So basically when the game goes looking for them and can't find them it just skips it entirely and BAM the game loads straight away! It doesn't work with all games though (i.e. Lords of the Fallen takes just as long to boot up but at least there's no annoying splash screens).

This is probably a well-known trick but hopefully it helps a few people out!

#3 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

Oh this sounds cool, I'm downloading it now thanks for the link!

#4 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

@personandstuff: I tihnk they said it's just going to be a once off thing, but then again if the response is good they might continue?

#5 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

@joetom: I'm not a huge fan of stuff like that because I always seem to either just stand there and listen or I try to continue and kill dudes and miss half of what the person is saying...

#6 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

@bigmess: It's not worth seeing. Samuel L Jackson is literally the only person whose acting is passable in that movie.

#7 Edited by caska (145 posts) -

@octaslash: What system are you and others using? Aside from the cutscene issues and the annoying no F5 if using a controller, the game has been pretty smooth on my oldish regular gtx760 and i5-4670.

#8 Edited by caska (145 posts) -

@hunter5024 said:

@mirado said:

@hunter5024 said:

I feel like you could say the same thing about fantasy though, provided you're in a setting without magic. Admittedly it's not a super well explored concept but there's some fantasy that's basically just historical fiction set in a medieval analogue.

You are probably right, although I think we're drifting from the original sticking point: that some sci-fi can be explained, whereas any elements you'd call fantastical are by definition not grounded in reality (and can't have a believable explanation because of that). That distinction doesn't bother me like it apparently bothered the duder who originally made that statement, but now that you've brought up the idea of historical fiction that isn't really historical, I'm kind of intrigued. Do you have any examples of something you'd consider to be fantasy without actually having fantastical elements? So no spells/dragons/elves/enchantments, but something medieval feeling without it taking place in Earth's medieval time frame/geography?

I'm interested in the idea of a fictional story that takes medieval trappings and applies them to an author's original setting, something like Conan without the monsters or Lord of the Rings without the...rings, I guess.

Guy Gavriel Kay is the author I had in mind when I said that. I only know of him secondhand though, having never read his stuff, so I can't speak to how well it matches the definition, let alone quality. It always sounded interesting to me though.

Guy Gavriel Kay is amazing! Most of his books are slow to start but holy crap are they all worth it. He has books covering a bunch of different time periods too so it's not all just medieval England but a whole bunch of other cultures. And yea, dude writes his books like poetry so that every word is on the page for a reason. It also has little elements of the fantastical, so there may be snippets of magic or the supernatural but it's all in service of the story instead of just being there to kill people. A good place to start might be A Song for Arbonne which uses tropes from troubadour culture. If you can I'd definitely recommend getting the audiobook version by Euan Morton. Amazon has the sample of him reading the first chapter or the prologue I can't quite remember but it gives a great idea of what Guy's writing is like.

In terms of the actual thread question I'll say that I'm more of a fantasy person myself but every now and then I'll read some Sci Fi on the side. I'm definitely drawn more towards fantasy because I love the escapism and just being able to be fully immersed in a whole new world. I'm not really a fan of basic kinda pulpy fantasy though so it's takes effor to find the good stuff but I think it's worth it.

#9 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

I know you asked for iOS but if anyone comes in here wondering about Android then the answer to that is PocketCasts (Which is also available for iOS). It just works! They have some weird way for updating the podcasts so they update when they're released instead of pinging the servers every few hours/days/weeks etc. checking for new podcasts. I can't remember how they do it but it made sense when I read about it :P.

Also one of their big things is that it syncs between devices. You do have to make a separate account but it's really neat to be able to listen to a podcast in my car and then be able to pick it up at the same spot on my laptop or tablet or something.

#10 Posted by caska (145 posts) -

I really liked the combat in Kingdoms of Amalur, although I might be alone on that front. Seemed to me that they did a good job of blending magic and melee and give it that sense of power that most games miss.