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Grunfee
So I went into Cohens apartment in Bioshock (waay late in the game) and I found a few bottles of absinthe lying around. If you haven't heard of Bioshock, well lets just say that calling it amazing is an understatement.

PS: Cohen is an "artist" in the game who is completely insane…

The hand is transparent because of a chameleon plasmid being active.


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Alice the absinthe eater
Hah, that bottle looks like the mexican stuff that I can't seem to remember the name of.

is the game any good? I don't have 360, but it looks pretty spiffy.
Grunfee

It's the most incredible thing to have ever graced any console.

I've played it for 25 hours and I am still not finished. I thought the game was over on the 18th hour. I was wrong lmao.
Bruno Rygseck
"…like all food and drink, it is consumed immediately…"

What, no aging?

And, with that weapon in your hands, you cannot really properly louche it.
Tibro
Butt it's a squirt gun filled with ice water, no?
speedle
Spoon, I don't see no stinkin' spoon. Must be naturally sweet.
traineraz
They spelled "absinth" wrong.

Looks like a Czech Strong bottle to me.

Donnie Darko
I got the game, but was away on vacation until this evening so I couldn't play it, but I sure as hell will be playing it soon. It seems it's been consistently reviewed as the best game out there, even better than Oblivion, and I thought Oblivion was incredible, so I can't wait to get into this one.



Alice the absinthe eater
Donnie, have you played Morrowind? it makes Oblivion look like bill gate's buttplug.
Grunfee
I tried Morrowind and it looked like poo. I guess I care too much about purty shiny graphics.
Donnie Darko
I haven't tried Morrowwind, don't own a PC. I tend to like FPS style play over turn-based action though so I'd probably like Oblivion better.
Alice the absinthe eater
Morrowind is not turn based, it's the game that came before Oblivion and it's the same style of game, but it's more open ended and you are more free to choose what you do in the game. The graphics are not as good but they are not crappy either.



I forgot to add they are both better on PC with mods and almost never ending game play.
Grunfee
QUOTE(Alice the absinthe eater @ Aug 26 2007, 04:45 PM) *

Morrowind is not turn based, it's the game that came before Oblivion and it's the same style of game, but it's more open ended and you are more free to choose what you do in the game. The graphics are not as good but they are not crappy either.



I forgot to add they are both better on PC with mods and almost never ending game play.

Yeah they are both better on pc. I heard oblivion is coming out with a final edition for the xbox 360, with shivering isles, all the armor, knights of the nine etc…

Dell replaced my 7900gs with a x1400 so I am fucked out of gaming on my inspiron.
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Alice the absinthe eater @ Aug 26 2007, 04:45 PM) *

Morrowind is not turn based, it's the game that came before Oblivion and it's the same style of game, but it's more open ended…


Wow, more open ended than Oblivion is about as open ended as you can get. I didn't realize it wasn't turn based, I must be thinking of Elder Scrolls II. No PC though, so no game for me. I'm too busy with Bioshock anyway, it's amazing how good the game is, definitely the best game on the 360. Not as open ended as a good RPG, but the action is super-intense and the entire environment of the game is gorgeously demented.
Conte d'Ugenta
This is amazing!

I already had Bioshock in my buy-list, and the demo I tried on my 360 was stunning, but after this I think nothing will stop me from buying it today afternoon!

Btw, after seeing that I'm not the only absinthedrinker-gamer here, I want to share this experience:

I enjoyed absinthe while gaming many times, and one of these was while trying to beat up a bonus stage, really fucking hard! I succeeded without replaying it thousand times as usual; I tought I had been only lucky. Next time, another hard stage, and no absinthe. I didn't succeed and replayed many and many times. Then I tried again after a couple of large glass of absinthe, and succeeded in a significant lesser time.
I'm not saying that with absinthe I was able to beat up every hard stage without effort, but that the time needed to beat the stage was definitely lesser.

Any of you noticed something like that?

hartsmar
I think it's the thooojone
Alice the absinthe eater
I never had that happen with absinthe, but if I drink enough beer or whisky I can play an almost perfect game of Pool. Normaly I can't even get one ball in.
Tibro
Sounds like a serious Jeopardy question:

What do T-bones, Bioshock and Oblivion have in common?
MrsAbsomphe
QUOTE(Alice the absinthe eater @ Aug 27 2007, 05:26 AM) *

Normaly I can't even get one ball in.


I think you'd probably have difficulty even copping a feel.

---Tish
Absomphe
QUOTE(Alice the absinthe eater @ Aug 27 2007, 05:26 AM) *

…if I drink enough beer or whisky I can play an almost perfect game of Pocket Pool.


Of course, presuming that you're the only eyewitness, it would be really easy to cut yourself some major slack in that situation, wouldn't it?
traineraz
I'd guess that you're more relaxed, Conte, and therefore focus on playing the game instead of worrying about beating the game.

And same for you, Alice. You focus on workin' your stick and balls, rather than stressing over various potential dysfunctions.
Alice the absinthe eater
Jesus, it's like a roaming husband and wife tag team all up in this bitch forum.
G&C
Some people need tagging.
Alice the absinthe eater
That's what Hitler thought. harhar.gif
Absomphe
That's some funny xit.

Give that comedian a yellow gold star.
Conte d'Ugenta
QUOTE(traineraz @ Aug 27 2007, 09:15 AM) *

I'd guess that you're more relaxed, Conte, and therefore focus on playing the game instead of worrying about beating the game.

And same for you, Alice. You focus on workin' your stick and balls, rather than stressing over various potential dysfunctions.



Actually this was my assumption… I think that both the relaxing and stimulant attributes of absinthe herbs makes me enough relaxed to avoid stress-based errors, and at the same time not numbed so I don't drop my attention level. In the end it's nothing more than what we already know about the "clarity of mind" related to absinthe…
But anyway it could be interesting to verify that there are some task you can complete better after drinking absinthe than without abs-cheers.gif

Cheers!
Neptunati
Damn it Greenfee You beat me to the punch! I found the moonbeam absinthe last night while playing bioshock. This is my second time playing Bioshock. I must have missed it the first time I beat the game. Oh well cheers to that. Anyone ever see Absinthe in a video game? It's a first for me. Oh and by the by Green fee that first pic is my new desktop background. Bioshock is the best game ever! nj absintheglass-glow2.gif
Neptunati
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traineraz
QUOTE(Neptunati @ Sep 25 2007, 09:47 PM) *

Anyone ever see Absinthe in a video game?

Phantasmagoria from Sierra On-Line, 1995, by Roberta Williams.

As noted:
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In the bar is a bottle of absinthe. If you check the bottle as the game progresses, you will see it go from full to almost empty before it is removed from the bar altogether. Someone is drinking it.

Contributed by MrBucket (17) on Apr 13, 2003.
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Neptunati @ Sep 26 2007, 01:47 AM) *

Bioshock is the best game ever! nj absintheglass-glow2.gif


I was blown away by it, it's the 2nd best video game I've played (Myst IV Revelation is still my all time favourite, games don't get any more imaginative than that), but definitely the best FPS I've ever played. Bioshock isn't as open ended as an RPG like Oblivion but you don't mind since the story, gameplay, design and characters are so incredibly rich and unique. I see from the screenshot you were still feeling the effects of Fontaine's health drain when you went into Sander Cohen's apartment…

I played through it both ways (harvested little sisters the 1st time, rescued them the 2nd time), but I won't be playing it anymore since I sold my Xbox 360 and got a PS3. Right now the 360 has better games (like Bioshock and Halo 3) but my 360 got the 3 rings of death twice and then my 2nd replacement unit destroyed my Guitar Hero II disc, so I wasn't about to waste money on another game only to have the console break it or fail and have to be returned for a 3rd time. MS makes great games but makes cheapo disposable hardware.

The PS3 is amazing, definitely superiour hardware and better graphics than the 360, and is technically cheaper when you factor in the Blu-Ray, built-in WiFi and free online service. Unfortunately there won't be too many amazing exclusive titles until '08 (LittleBigPlanet, MGS4, Gran Tourismo 5), but I'm happy playing Heavenly Sword and Warhawk until then. And Assassin's Creed is coming out Nov 13th, and that looks friggin unbelievably amazing, I can't wait for that one to come out.
Artemis
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Donnie, have you played Morrowind?


No, but I have. Like six times, from start to finish. Played it sometimes 12 hours a day for months. Ditto for Oblivion.

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it makes Oblivion look like bill gate's buttplug.


Let's see - Oblivion was the SEQUEL to Morrowind, by the same people (Bethesda), and it was YEARS in the making, and it was purposely designed for PCs that didn't even exist yet, to the extent my PC that ran Morrowind like a breeze wouldn't run Oblivion AT ALL, and the graphics, physics engine, interaction with NPCs, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. all blow Morrowind out of the water. So yes, if you were playing Oblivion on a toaster oven in a cave, I suppose thoughts of a rich man's anus might come to mind, but otherwise, Oblivion is superior to Morrowind by lightyears in every possible way. And if it wasn't, the people who have come up with everybody's idea of the best game of the year, period, with Morrowind and again with Oblivion would have UTTERLY FUCKING FAILED in their effort. And they didn't. Except in your case, but that's not their fault.

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Morrowind is not turn based
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Don't know what that means.

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but it's more open ended


It is not.

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and you are more free to choose what you do in the game.


Bullshit. You are completely free to do what you choose in either game.

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The graphics are not as good but they are not crappy either.


Crappy, Morrowind graphics are not. You really must have played Oblivion on an UNPLUGGED toaster oven if you can't see how vastly superior the graphics in Oblivion are. I finished the introductory quests for the Mages' Guild in Oblivion on my old machine - all the settings turned down to zero. I couldn't see more than five feet in front of me and all my movements were like swimming through molasses. Then I bought a state of the art gaming machine just to play Oblivion. My character happened to be standing on an island at the time. When the scene fired up on the new machine and I realized I was standing in a field of flowers swaying in the wind, it made me dizzy.

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I forgot to add they are both better on PC with mods and almost never ending game play.


I haven't seen them on anything but a PC, but the game play is as never-ending as you want it to be with either game. There is no end to the game, just endings to certain plots.

As for the expansions for Oblivion that they dribble out for non-PC players a little at a time, I've played them all. Knights of the Nine, Shivering Isles, etc. I've beaten every quest in Oblivion as three different characters - an Orc (strength) a High Elf who looked disturbingly like Michael Jackson (magic) and a Khajit (stealth). Morrowind, I could beat while beating off.
Donnie Darko
I only beat it as one character (Dark Elf), but it loved it the whole way through. Oblivion is by far the best RPG I've ever played. I particularly enjoyed the Shivering Isles expansion, I thought the quality of the writing and voice acting was an improvement upon the main game, which was already very good. My favourite quest in the game is when you encounter that serial killer's house, and if you take the severed head on the table, the reaction you get when you drop it in front of him when you encounter him later is priceless. The quest where you had to rescue the guy stuck inside his own painting was pretty amazing too.

I'm really looking forward to Bethesda's Fallout 3, looks like Oblivion except set in a Mad Max post-apocalyptic future. The website is really cleverly designed:
http://fallout.bethsoft.com/home/home.php
Artemis
Yes, I liked Shivering Isles very much - Lord Sheogorath's realm - he's the one who sets you the quest in the main game to crash the party of a snotty duchess and throw a spell that makes everybody get naked. Once you do it, it's hard to get out of the castle without the guards killing you though - quirky sense of humor old Sheogorath has, and it's cool that he looks like Colonel Sanders. I really like the Golden Saints in Shivering Isles - they're vastly improved over those in Morrowind - and they don't try to kill you on sight like they did there.

I checked out the Bethesda website last week to see what they had cooking, and I was surprised to see Cthulu - Dark Corners of the Earth, which apparently they took over from some other outfit. I bought it but haven't played it yet - it's set in the 1920s, Lovecraft's era, and has only weapons from that time, such as Tommy Guns. Apparently you have to spend most of your time fleeing, which isn't my style, but I'll give it a go I guess.
Alice the absinthe eater
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I'm really looking forward to Bethesda's Fallout 3, looks like Oblivion except set in a Mad Max post-apocalyptic future. The website is really cleverly designed:
http://fallout.bethsoft.com/home/home.php



Yeah, that does look really really good. Too bad it's coming out in fall of 08'.
Shabba53
As a FPS, I really enjoyed Gears of War for Xbox360. It was a GREAT game.
Nymphadora
Boys and their toys.
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Shabba53 @ Sep 30 2007, 02:27 PM) *

As a FPS, I really enjoyed Gears of War for Xbox360. It was a GREAT game.


Yeah, that was a blast. I liked how it was all about taking cover instead of most FPS that are about shooting and jumping. The graphics were killer too. The single-player was pretty short though, and multi-player didn't have enough good maps, but it was still then 2nd best FPS after Bioshock I've played. Those Beserkers are SCARY. Having a blind beast that just stampedes at you smashing everything in its path is enough to induce heart failure.
Shabba53
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Oct 1 2007, 02:26 PM) *

Those Beserkers are SCARY. Having a blind beast that just stampedes at you smashing everything in its path is enough to induce heart failure.

The first encounter with a Zerker in that cathedral was almost enough to cause PTSD. Not only are the graphics amazing, but the music and sound effects, especially during those encounters are unbelievable.

I agree about the cover issue too. It makes you think more. I liked the controls a bit more in GoW than in Bioshock. Bioshock is most definitely an amazing game though.
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Artemis @ Sep 28 2007, 04:51 PM) *

Yes, I liked Shivering Isles very much - Lord Sheogorath's realm - he's the one who sets you the quest in the main game to crash the party of a snotty duchess and throw a spell that makes everybody get naked. Once you do it, it's hard to get out of the castle without the guards killing you though -


I had completely forgotten that was a Sheogorath quest, that one was great. I actually had to do it twice because as I was trying to run away the first time I got between a guard and the Duchess and he swung his sword at me and I dodged right and he killed the Duchess, and then because the guard attacked the Duchess, the game's AI made the other guards rush to kill that guard, so they all just ran past me to the party as I ran away. Pretty funny.
absinthist
QUOTE(Nymphadora @ Sep 30 2007, 11:10 AM) *

Boys and their toys.


"We lose our genius, when we stop being children"-Pablo Picasso.

And I wish I had that time Donnie and Shabba have to play their favourite games! Keep it up, buddies!
Shabba53
Shit, I have NO time. I just have to make it. Luckily I only need 4-5 hours of sleep to feel rested. wink.gif
Artemis
Well I'm fairly sure it was Sheogorath who offers the strip party quest. That's cool that her own guard offed her.

In the Imperial City there's a guy in a richly embroidered robe who walks around - if you approach him he'll tell you he used to be a mage but now he just studies pornography, or some such crap. There's no other interface with him. So one day I walk through that area and he's in a fight with a guard for some damn reason. He kills the guard and then about 17 more guards show up and waste him. I looted his body and got a really cool magickal staff - normally you would never know he had it because there's no reason to kill him or anything. Had to be some error that made it happen - probably a Mythic Dawn attack on me that I didn't even notice.
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