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    A quick treatise on development in SimCity 4:

    There's only two things that will halt development: Lack of demand, and lack of acceptable zones.

    The former is itself determined by two parameters. The first parameter is determined by type of zone: For residential, it's jobs. For commercial services, it's traffic. For commercial offices and industrial, it's educated people.

    The second parameter is demand cap: For residential, everything in the parks tab raises the cap. For commercial services, media buildings raise the cap. For commercial offices, airports, convention centers and stock exchanges raise the cap. For industry, seaports and road connections to the outside world raise the cap.

    The latter is determined by what the zones don't like: Residential doesn't like high crime or high pollution (and doesn't much care about traffic until you're rich). Commercial doesn't like high crime but loves high traffic (and doesn't much care about pollution until you're rich). There's practically nothing you can do to stop industry from developing aside from high taxes.

    However, all this stuff will not stop zones from existing, only zones from developing. This means you can run a highway with all its air pollution from auto exhaust straight through a residential neighborhood without much concern over the quality of life of that neighborhood: It'll just stop new buildings from being built. This also means you can convince people to develop a zone they wouldn't ordinarily develop by surrounding it with parks and other incentives, which you then remove once that zone is where you want it to be, as they won't subsequently move out (provided, of course, they can still get to work on time, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanH View Post
    I have started a game of Skyrim with some custom rules I have made up to simulate being a Bard.
    I thought the Bard College quests were probably the biggest disappointment in the game. Do you use some sort of mod?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    You can actually skip dirty altogether if you're willing to triple the amount of time it takes to grow your city
    Yup, OTOH, while it takes a bit longer to make the city grow (and the advisors will bitch non-stop), it saves you a lot of time and hassle in later stages when you're fighting a hopeless battle against pollution and trying to convert to tech/clean industry. That takes a fair amount of micromanaging AFAICT (for one I had to hunt the disused 1-sq buildings and raze them myself), and IIRC the tech industry requires clean-ish air anyway.

    Another thing I found helps to keep the budget in control is, if you have other cities, selling services. It does not pay as well as having undesirable buildings in the middle of nowhere (which is very doable as long as the city is kept as compact/dense as possible)
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    It took me about ten hours to become decent in Become a Legend mode (PES13),as left wing forward i'm rated 71,otherwise 66. But i'm still 18 years old so i'm not worried,great future lays before me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    It took me about ten hours to become decent in Become a Legend mode (PES13),as left wing forward i'm rated 71,otherwise 66. But i'm still 18 years old so i'm not worried,great future lays before me.
    I love how because you will get older and slower it is essentially a roguelike on par with dark souls, your career WILL END can you become famous in the mean time.
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    I think I've officially been seduced by Fallen Enchantress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by internetonsetadd View Post
    I think I've officially been seduced by Fallen Enchantress.
    "He thought, as he caressed her fallen bosom".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rauten View Post
    "He thought, as he caressed her fallen bosom".
    Granny grabbing or are we doing more necrophilia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliocentric View Post
    I love how because you will get older and slower it is essentially a roguelike on par with dark souls, your career WILL END can you become famous in the mean time.


    Why don't you play PES men,i want you to play pes! Play eet damn it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by internetonsetadd View Post
    Granny grabbing or are we doing more necrophilia?
    You're the one caressing her, you tell me how alive her bosom feels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthile View Post
    I thought the Bard College quests were probably the biggest disappointment in the game. Do you use some sort of mod?
    I'm just using personal rules, console commands, and dice rolls. I will give a full write-up of the rules once I've played for a few dozen hours and worked out what decent rules are. Just playtesting at the moment.
    Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.

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    Apparently I'm the worst Antichamber player ever because it took me almost 14 hours to complete even though the average is around 3-4. Oh well, it was freaking fun anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    It took me about ten hours to become decent in Become a Legend mode (PES13),as left wing forward i'm rated 71,otherwise 66. But i'm still 18 years old so i'm not worried,great future lays before me.
    It took me forever so I quit and played FM2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    Why don't you play PES men,i want you to play pes! Play eet damn it!
    Which one is the "right one"? Where would I buy it for less than 9999 or whatever obscene price tag the latest sports games carry?
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    Oh man, I should not have left it a week between starting and resuming The Witcher. Lesson learnt, I'll pick it up sooner again. Anyhow, been dropped into the first area and it's still a bit overwhelming, but I'm getting the hang of it. The magic spell you get at the beginning becomes something of an I-Win button if used at the right time, from what I can tell. Also, dumping points into parry is hilarious as I've gone from kersplatdead to "heheheh, it's just saying parry all the time". So there's that!

    Also, I'm grinding my way through the time attacks in Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed. Up to the fourth level and it's stumping me. You need to do things called "risk boosts" to gain enough speed to beat the best ghost time - risk boosts are where you're careering into something, but at the last section dodge it and you're rewarded. In a map where there aren't too many obstacles whilst also drifting in a plane, not the easiest thing in the world, it starts getting a bit hard. I'd love if there were some other RPSers though who had the game and would like to get together for some organised MP at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirDavies View Post
    Apparently I'm the worst Antichamber player ever because it took me almost 14 hours to complete even though the average is around 3-4. Oh well, it was freaking fun anyway.
    Steam tells me I did it in five, but I don't believe it. Feels more like ten. The dev thought the average was about ten, but that could have been substantially lowered now that the game is out. Regardless, it went pretty fast once I actually figured out how to read the map properly. Circles = dead ends, arrows = wormholes, squares/rectangles at the sides of corridors/rooms = unexplored places. Those get difficult if there is no door or other sort of puzzle in plain sight. I see I'm still missing five illustrations, which I hope to get once I explored the whole map.

    I wonder if I'll ever see that pink cube again.

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    I finally bought a gamepad, and picked up Super Street Fighter IV to celebrate. I'm delighted by how much it feels like SFII from my youth. I'd taken several characters as far as Seth, the boss, but never beaten him until I did a playthrough with Dan, Street Fighter's canonically weakest character. After bouncing off Seth's stupidly cheap stolen moveset I hit upon a novel tactic: just keep walking forward and mashing the light punch button. Using the weakest character's weakest move I slapped the strongest character to a standstill. For all its cheesiness as a tactic it was very satisfying.

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    Deus Ex and I got up to the part where I have to broadcast a distress signal in Manhattan. I'm gonna try and save Paul's ass at the Hotel but I'm out of LAMs
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    You better put down the walkthrough if this is your first time playing Deus Ex.

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    I'll just go for walkthroughs if I'm really stuck in any game. I don't want to spoil the experience but spoiling DX isn't much of a problem when there just so many ways to brea- I mean, play this game
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