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Nickname Steele Johnson
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Signed On Apr 5, 2002, 20:41
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News Comments > Salem Perma-Death Explained
5. Re: Salem Perma-Death Explained Feb 10, 2011, 13:00 Steele Johnson
 
No one has even played it yet, so dissing the features is a dumb thing to do at this point. Give them a chance to be a bit creative with their mmo; creativity is definitely what this genre needs at this point, whether it fails or not.  
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News Comments > On PC Dragon Age II
17. Re: On PC Dragon Age II Feb 9, 2011, 14:38 Steele Johnson
 
For every pc-only gamer who refuses to buy games like this, there's probably 20 new consoles gamers who will. lol  
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News Comments > Cel-Shaded Darkness II
3. Re: Cel-Shaded Darkness II Feb 9, 2011, 13:48 Steele Johnson
 
It depends on how it's done. If it's similar to Borderlands, it will probably look kind of cool, but if it's anything like Champions Online, I'll pass.  
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News Comments > Planet Calypso Sold for $6M
8. Re: Planet Calypso Sold for $6M Jan 27, 2011, 21:17 Steele Johnson
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2011, 21:00:
Fools and their money.

Nope. Just people who don't have to worry about money like you do.
 
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News Comments > DC Universe Online Trailer
5. Re: DC Universe Online Trailer Jan 11, 2011, 12:10 Steele Johnson
 
"An MMO on the PS3?

*headplosion*"

I'm hearing that it plays better on the ps3 than the pc. Kind of a surprise.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Specs
3. Re: Bulletstorm Specs Jan 11, 2011, 12:07 Steele Johnson
 
Maybe some people don't want to install a new OS if everything is already working. What's the point in upgrading if you don't need to?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Jan 5, 2011, 21:43 Steele Johnson
 
No, really? lol  
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever Interview
8. Re: Duke Nukem Forever Interview Dec 29, 2010, 11:47 Steele Johnson
 
Is this game ever going to be released?  
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News Comments > Earthrise in February
2. Re: Earthrise in February Dec 28, 2010, 16:14 Steele Johnson
 
Earthfail  
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News Comments > Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom
5. Re: Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom Dec 21, 2010, 15:30 Steele Johnson
 
nin wrote on Dec 21, 2010, 14:03:
If they stayed focused on making music "games" and didn't waste all their money on their music creation network and music tutoring software, they'd probably be doing very well right now.

Except that the whole music game genre crashed this year...

I don't think you can simply say that it "crashed". People who love the genre are disappointed in the direction the developers took. Rock Band 3 had so much potential, but the developers clearly took the wrong path. The game could have been much better if they made the actual gameplay more fun rather than turning it into tutoring software and keeping the same ol' features of the previous versions. They added nothing to make gameplay more fun. Increasing the difficulty and adding new songs is not the path they should have taken.
 
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News Comments > DC Universe Online Next Month
15. Re: DC Universe Online Next Month Dec 21, 2010, 15:20 Steele Johnson
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Dec 21, 2010, 13:33:
Steele Johnson wrote on Dec 21, 2010, 12:03:
I can't imagine any new mmo that's subscription based doing well. I think WoW pushed it to the limit and now the genre has to change. Since so many people have had WoW accounts (or still do), I can't see anyone subbing a new one that has generally the same mechanics. MMO 2.0 has been played to death. The genre needs to change or be updated to something more engrossing for people to willingly pay a monthly sub. Until that happens, the MMO 2.0 market will continue to decline.

12 million WoW subscribers and something like 4 million Cataclysm sales on day one say that market is not dead. The problem is no one but Blizzard is putting a product out there that justifies the price and loyalty.

The Old Republic certainly plans to try and change that... will it be the one? Probably not.

I apparently didn't make myself clear. As I've stated "I can't imagine any "NEW" mmo that's subscription based doing well." The point is that if you currently have a WoW account, that's all you really need given that the game mechanics for all of these games are roughly the same, only using a different skin. That's why tons of these games have been failing over the years. They offer nothing new over your standard MMO 2.0 features. Might as well play the best game of the bunch, which I can easily say is WoW. I think the majority of mmo players feel that way.
 
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News Comments > Ex-Rockstar Dev Speaks Out?
17. Re: Ex-Rockstar Dev Speaks Out? Dec 21, 2010, 12:36 Steele Johnson
 
Numinar wrote on Dec 21, 2010, 12:09:
Is this what it takes to make one of my favorite games of the year?

No, the game would have been the same (possibly better) without this type of management. In fact, if it continues, you'll see their games get worse over time because they'll start to lose talented employees.

I can't see how anyone would think that this type of management is the right way. Take a look at companies like google who've created an incentive-based culture. They went from a garage to being worth $160 billion. If Rockstar continues to run with this type of management culture, their quality will start dropping and their games will feel rushed and uninspiring. You've seen it before with other companies.
 
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News Comments > Ex-Rockstar Dev Speaks Out?
16. Re: Ex-Rockstar Dev Speaks Out? Dec 21, 2010, 12:24 Steele Johnson
 
It's not just the gaming industry. It's a lot of software companies. Managers don't understand the technology which in turn causes a lot of stress among the workers. Managers who don't understand the technology should not be allowed to manage these projects. I don't care what people think, software development is a really difficult and tedious job. Unless you're working on your own project at your own leisure, working in a team-based environment can be a nightmare if the managers don't understand how things work. I've found that to be that case in lots of companies I've worked for. The best projects are seriously the ones where the manager is the tech lead, and there are no managers at the exec level involved other than checking on status and letting the team go their rightful pace.

Managers at the exec level have one important responsibility, and that is to incentivize and motivate the workers. Not crack whips and create a stressful, unstable team environment. Managers like that should be let go.

This article is a bit disconcerting to me because Rockstar is one of my favorite companies. They need to fire these managers who cause all this stress if the company wants to remain where they are today. Otherwise they'll lose a lot of good talent.
 
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News Comments > Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom
3. Re: Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom Dec 21, 2010, 12:13 Steele Johnson
 
Kind of a lame lawsuit. Harmonix made some piss-poor decisions and now they're going down kicking and screaming. If they stayed focused on making music "games" and didn't waste all their money on their music creation network and music tutoring software, they'd probably be doing very well right now. They've had so many new features that they could have introduced in RB3 and instead they opted to create tutoring software which requires expensive equipment. DOH!

Their biggest mistake was to abandon the party game genre where both kids and parents enjoy together.
 
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News Comments > DC Universe Online Next Month
5. Re: DC Universe Online Next Month Dec 21, 2010, 12:03 Steele Johnson
 
I can't imagine any new mmo that's subscription based doing well. I think WoW pushed it to the limit and now the genre has to change. Since so many people have had WoW accounts (or still do), I can't see anyone subbing a new one that has generally the same mechanics. MMO 2.0 has been played to death. The genre needs to change or be updated to something more engrossing for people to willingly pay a monthly sub. Until that happens, the MMO 2.0 market will continue to decline.  
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News Comments > Planetside Next Beta Nears
8. Re: Planetside Next Beta Nears Dec 18, 2010, 22:19 Steele Johnson
 
I'd rather they don't listen to the current PS player base.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 15, 2010, 13:18 Steele Johnson
 
"I wonder if the new internet-enabled Comcast boxes are as slow and miserable as the current ones."

I agree. Their cable boxes are horrible. I can't believe that they can get away with charging a customer a monthly fee for that horrid piece of shit. It's quite sad.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Dec 15, 2010, 13:14 Steele Johnson
 
mmos don't go free-to-play unless their subscriber base is considered "too small" to make any kind of profit. WoW is not even close to this.

If David Radd truly believes this, he's an idiot. It has nothing to do with the 5 reasons he listed. It's all about being profitable, and WoW is currently extremely profitable and I don't see this changing for at least a few more years.
 
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News Comments > The Assassin's Creed Decade
14. Re: The Assassin's Creed Decade Dec 3, 2010, 13:52 Steele Johnson
 
each iteration gets better, and they're doing it the proper way by making small but much needed changes. That's always the best way to keep a series going strong. There's too much of a risk when you make huge changes and throw them at your fan base.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Date? New Blizzard Game Revealed?
30. Re: Diablo III Date? New Blizzard Game Revealed? Dec 1, 2010, 15:08 Steele Johnson
 
This sounds like bull crap.  
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