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Nickname Steele Johnson
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Signed On Apr 5, 2002, 20:41
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News Comments > Splinter Cell Blacklist PC Confirmed
8. Re: Splinter Cell Blacklist PC Confirmed Jun 5, 2012, 01:01 Steele Johnson
 
I thought Conviction was a really fun co-op game. I didn't even bother playing the single-player. Me and a friend just blasted through and was one of the most entertaining co-op games I've played in a while.  
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month
38. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P Next Month Jun 5, 2012, 00:54 Steele Johnson
 
This game was a failure as soon as it was announced. The genre was burnt out even before the project started. Not to mention choosing a burnt out theme and one that not too many female gamers care about. Bioware made a really bad choice.  
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News Comments > Epic Wins Case Versus Silicon Knights
6. Re: Epic Wins Case Versus Silicon Knights May 30, 2012, 21:20 Steele Johnson
 
That's what happens when you outsource your programming to China and have only bonehead managers at the main office managing the project.  
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News Comments > 38 Studios Closed?
4. Re: 38 Studios Closed? May 24, 2012, 19:31 Steele Johnson
 
That's too bad. I'm having a lot of fun with the game. I believe the failure was combo of piss poor management and biting off more than they could chew. I really don't believe that a game startup should be taking out a 75 mil loan and hiring 400 people for the very first game. Doesn't make any sense.  
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News Comments > Tribes: Ascend Passes 1M Downloads
40. Re: Tribes: Ascend Passes 1M Downloads May 16, 2012, 15:26 Steele Johnson
 
The Pyro wrote on May 16, 2012, 13:30:
Steamrolling
I have mixed feelings re: steamrolling. It sucks to be on the receiving end, but Tribes is a team-oriented game and it makes no sense to discourage friends from playing on the same team. Built-in VoIP would mitigate the issue IMO, as then it would be possible to achieve a similar level of coordination (if not skill) with a random group of pubs. Then again that might just be my L4D-inspired addition to voice support.

Graphics/Performance
Fair criticism; the game performs VERY poorly for the level of eye candy that you get. This is literally the only game in my entire library that I run at a non-native resolution to get a decent framerate*. I wouldn't call it ugly, but the graphics are not groundbreaking in any way.

They seriously need to optimize this sucker. Smoke effects in particular are a major bottleneck.

* Performance is playable at native resolution, but when sniping I'm at a disadvantage due to low fps. Therefore I run it at a lower resolution to maintain 60 fps.

EDIT: My comments on performance may have been a little harsh. Performance isn't too bad if I'm just flying around the map; it's the explosions and smoke effects (mostly the smoke) that kill it. The issue is non-trivial, though, because smoke and explosions tend to occur at the times when you need good framerates the most.

That's interesting. I have no performance problems on my 6 year old machine running Vista with a 1.5 year old graphics card. No problems at all.
 
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News Comments > Saints Row 4 Outed?
7. Re: Saints Row 4 Outed? May 16, 2012, 13:20 Steele Johnson
 
Considering it was the only game that made THQ any money, I can see why it's being announced.  
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News Comments > Tribes: Ascend Passes 1M Downloads
19. Re: Tribes: Ascend Passed 1M Downloads May 16, 2012, 13:17 Steele Johnson
 

"This game is ugly as shit and when I played, I had a laser gun that was definitely firing at sub light speed, slower than bullets in fact it was useless. Pass."

Tribes is skill-based game, so yeah, you're probably not the type of player for this game. Can I recommend another game for you? Call of Duty.
 
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News Comments > Tribes: Ascend Passes 1M Downloads
18. Re: Tribes: Ascend Passes 1M Downloads May 16, 2012, 13:14 Steele Johnson
 
It turned out to be a very good game indeed. And probably the best free-to-play model I've ever seen. Other companies should follow.  
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News Comments > 38 Studios in Financial Trouble?
11. Re: 38 Studios in Financial Trouble? May 14, 2012, 23:19 Steele Johnson
 
I think the game is a lot of fun.  
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News Comments > Tribes Ascend Patched
1. Re: Tribes Ascend Patched May 9, 2012, 22:17 Steele Johnson
 
Sweet! Looking forward to the new map!  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons
12. Re: The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons May 7, 2012, 21:44 Steele Johnson
 
That's what they get for sinking all that money into a dying genre. Do some market research the next time, EA! Doh!  
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News Comments > Official The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement
27. Re: Official The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement May 4, 2012, 01:26 Steele Johnson
 
A little late to the burned out genre.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Apr 23, 2012, 23:30 Steele Johnson
 
I knew The Secret World was going to be your basic mmo with a different theme. Levels or not, skill system or not, it's still a boring mmo. This genre is really hurting. I really think the only hope we have for this genre is the upcoming mmofps games. Planetside 2, Dust 514, etc. At least it will be fun while grinding. The problem with all standard mmos these days is that they're just not fun anymore.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Apr 18, 2012, 23:04 Steele Johnson
 
Another perfect 10!  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
10. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 18, 2012, 22:50 Steele Johnson
 
Toejam & Earl III, BEST co-op game ever! I would love to see another one!  
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News Comments > Origin Bans No Longer Cover Solo Play
34. Re: Origin Bans No Longer Cover Solo Play Apr 17, 2012, 00:07 Steele Johnson
 
No Origin for me. I do not trust that company at all.  
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News Comments > EA Denies Layoff Rumor
43. Re: EA Denies Layoff Rumor Apr 17, 2012, 00:05 Steele Johnson
 
I can believe the rumor. A lot of money went into the development of their Star Wars mmo even though everyone and their f'n grandmother knew that the mmo genre bubble had already burst, and limiting their online sales of their latest games to the Origin spyware platform.

What did they expect? Clueless execs with no common sense.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Update Bears Gifts
27. Re: The Old Republic Update Bears Gifts Apr 13, 2012, 18:42 Steele Johnson
 
free gifts ->> merged servers ->> going free to play ->> good night  
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News Comments > Tribes Ascend: Launches
45. Re: Tribes Ascend: Launches Apr 12, 2012, 19:13 Steele Johnson
 
loomy wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 19:04:
what bf3 taught me is that I'll play a shitty unlocking game for a while to unlock things so I can see what the game is really like.

what this tribes news story taught me is that I won't do that very often. I won't be putting myself through that again for a long time.

since I'm probably not alone I think all these companies racing toward the imaginary gold mine of free-to-play are going to get burnt when the player base dries up. then they'll smack their foreheads when they realize people will pay for a good game. the cycle continues

I think in this case, it's a little bit different. Tribes is a skill based games. Skill based games usually have a smaller player base when compared to games like Skyrim. So the only way they have a chance to make a good amount of money from this game, is by nickle and diming their player base with this type of business model. Serious Tribes gamers will fork out the cash.
 
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News Comments > Tribes Ascend: Launches
43. Re: Tribes Ascend: Launches Apr 12, 2012, 19:02 Steele Johnson
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 16:43:
Quinn wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 16:39:
I'll pass on this, then.

Not gonna play for free to be PWNZ0RZZZ by people who're willing to spend hundreds..
The unlockables don't make that much difference. If someone is gonna PWNZORZZZ you, then they would do so with or without unlocks. Skill and teamwork are by far the biggest factors. By the time you get the hang of the game, you should have earned enough experience to unlock quite a bit.

That's not true, the unlockable items make a pretty big difference. I can usually give any player a one-on-one run for their money with a heavy/energy combo, but that's a class that has to be unlocked. So now I'm getting pwnd using heavy/repair while I grind enough points to unlock my class of choice. And it's going to take a while because the grinding is too much in this game. And of course, that's their way for you tp pay money; like all those FTP games.
 
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