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Signed On May 27, 2002, 02:26
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News Comments > Portal 2 Nears
107. Re: Portal 2 Nears Apr 19, 2011, 00:23 Stolk
 
The tears will soon cease. Hallelujah.  
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News Comments > Portal 2 Watch
40. Re: Portal 2 Watch Apr 17, 2011, 01:38 Stolk
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 16, 2011, 20:18:
Classic piece of stupid marketing.

Steam top sellers. Portal 2 number 1. The Potato Sack number 3. Portal 2 + The Potato Sack number 4. Such stupid marketing!!!
 
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News Comments > Portal 2 Watch
39. Re: Portal 2 Watch Apr 17, 2011, 01:33 Stolk
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 17, 2011, 01:03:
This is why this board isn't fun anymore.


Few here, or rather likely the quiet majority, take any enjoyment out of gaming.
For the loudest of you the entertainment no longer comes from actually playing games but from bitching, moaning, whining and feeling like victims. It's not even fun discussing that topic anymore because it's beaten to death and some of you go further and further into some kind of loathing. It's hard to believe you still dedicate this much time to something you hate. Yeah, I know, "we want it to be what it once was!" but all your bitching and moaning isn't helping. Go away for a while. Get some bright air. Rather than complain that Valve is doing all this, or as someone in another thread claimed "wasting money on marketing" stop paying attention. Start being that guy that's happily surprised to walk into the video game section of Target and see a new game by your favorite developer that you hadn't been aware was on its way out.



What kills me most is how some of you fail to realize that you've changed as much as the industry has. On top of becoming bitter, jaded dicks you've just become more mature consumers, frankly, adults. There's an interestingish article in the newest KillScreen in which an author relates how he received the NES version of Dragon Warrior for free with a 2 year subscription to Nintendo Power (man, I remember getting my parents to sign me up for that deal, too.) He talks about how he was unable to play for 6 weeks after receiving the game, but he had the poster of all the enemies that NP included. He read the poster constantly. He memorized it. He worshipped it. It was religion to him and he knew every single tiny thing he could about the game without playing it. That game was his entire world and it completely captivated him. He was absorbed. Nothing could possibly matter more. I remember being the same way. For a long while nothing in my life mattered as much as video games. Games I played and games I didn't, honestly - I can think of a few games I was obsessed over based upon articles in Nintendo Power only to discover they totally blew, or games I obsessed over that I owned only to go back recently and discover that the game sucked and most of the joy was my own imagination running wild with the general theme of the game.
But the author will never, ever be into a game as much as he was into Dragon Warrior. I'll never be as into a game as I was Blaster Master or Doom or Duke Nukem or X-COM or Syndicate. We're not kids anymore. It's impossible for a game to captivate us like that. Games are far deeper with much more atmosphere than some of the ones I listed above but they won't hold on to me because there's so much in life that takes priority.

What kills me is how regularly I see comments here in which people blame the games for that. Some of you get irate that games don't make you feel the same way. You don't seem to realize that you changed more than games. Go up to a kid today and he feels the same way you once did.


Some of you a miserable, humorless, impossible to please and completely pointless. Verno, you always seem to think I'm talking to you and I'm not - you're fairly miserable at times and often humorless but irregularly for both of those and always thoughtful and worth reading. I'm surprised to see nin so bitter here as he usually is humorous in his hate and seems to enjoy gaming by and large. But there are some usual people here that never, ever say anything positive or interesting. Just a lot of one line comments like "suck my balls Valve" or "way to screw us over by trying not to go into the red" or "man, I haven't played an original video game since Space Wars, everything since is just you hitting a button and stuff happening just like that game!" Wait, not that last one - it contains too much content. People at least used to try - it used to be common to see the "popular threads" list have multiple triple-digit threads in which people debated the merits of various things. No longer even debate - just condemnation, industry ignorance and one line curses.

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News Comments > Gabe Newell Interview
3. Re: Gabe Newell Interview Apr 8, 2011, 00:20 Stolk
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 7, 2011, 21:44:
Towel boy = code for fluffer at men's bathhouse???

Way to NOT ask about wtf is going on with HL! That's all anyone wants to know.

To get another 'no comment'? That's a great idea!
 
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News Comments > Prey 2 Screenshot
4. Re: Prey 2 Screenshot Apr 7, 2011, 23:40 Stolk
 
Enahs wrote on Apr 7, 2011, 22:59:
Am I the only one that gets the feel of Blade Runner with Aliens from the concept and screen shot?

No, there are 7 of you total.
 
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News Comments > Mafia II Director's Cut Announced
20. Re: Mafia II Director's Cut Announced Mar 30, 2011, 23:17 Stolk
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Mar 30, 2011, 20:44:
Lorcin wrote on Mar 30, 2011, 19:13:
The story was weak and predictable, the characters almost universally unlikeable and the main character quite regularly made major plot decisions which I had no control over and he always chose the "this is a fucking bad idea" option.

Uhh, it's not an RPG.

Yes to that. I'd think you guys would be gamers here but the criticisms for this game are plot, characters, story? What about gameplay? Sorry to repeat, but Mafia 2 is simply a game of connect the dots. The dots are some decent cutscenes connected by long drives and easy shoot-outs. But, Mafia 2 is a pretty decent PC port, and this is Blue's comments, where a good PC port is better than a good game.
 
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News Comments > Mafia II Director's Cut Announced
7. Re: Mafia II Director's Cut Announced Mar 30, 2011, 15:13 Stolk
 
Can't we leave this awful memory behind and move on to prettier thoughts? Like a consolized Max Payne 3. That would be better. Much!  
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Manual Patch
2. Re: Crysis 2 Manual Patch Mar 28, 2011, 11:16 Stolk
 
My first thought was this is an update to the game manual.

I'm waiting for the patch that makes it cheaper.
 
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News Comments > Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV
58. Re: Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV Mar 1, 2011, 14:51 Stolk
 
They reveal an upcoming "big picture" mode, "which will offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction,"

And it continues on to say what it will enable. That is not vague.
 
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News Comments > Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV
44. Re: Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV Feb 28, 2011, 17:17 Stolk
 
Nameless Again wrote on Feb 28, 2011, 16:36:
As if they weren't stretched thin enough already. Well, at least we'll have Portal 2 to play for the next two years...

Oh and Valve, I already beat you to it. It's called a DVI-to-HDMI converter. $3 on Amazon. Hope you can beat that price.

A 3 dollar converter the modifies the UI of Steam?!? That sounds pretty fancy.
 
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News Comments > Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV
20. Re: Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV Feb 28, 2011, 14:32 Stolk
 
Sounds to me like a UI change, at least in early phase. Perhaps I'm not reading between the lines?  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 22, 2011, 00:27 Stolk
 
That sold me. I'll be playing Beyond Good & Evil again.  
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News Comments > Valve: Portal 2 "Finished"
29. Re: Valve: Portal 2 Feb 21, 2011, 01:23 Stolk
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 20, 2011, 18:55:
So I wonder where all those people are that bitch about games costing more than they 'should'... Because holy hell, Portal 2 is not something I would pay fifty (or forty, thirty, etc) bucks for...

And yes, that's not actually based on Portal 2... It's based on the first one, that did just about nothing revolutionary, and was way the hell overhyped : )

I do hope you all enjoy it though : )

-Alamar

With all of those smilies you must understand!
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Key Remap Patch Plans
17. Re: Dead Space 2 Key Remap Patch Plans Feb 8, 2011, 15:28 Stolk
 
I doubt it was malicious but I cannot see how it wasn't intentional. Both Dead Space 1 and 2 have had these problems. It didn't take me long with Dead Space to search and find multiple people having the same problems. Intentionally lazy with the PC release.  
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Key Remap Patch Plans
6. Re: Dead Space 2 Key Remap Patch Plans Feb 8, 2011, 11:39 Stolk
 
So can we consider being left-handed disabled as well? There are some other keys I'd love to bind.  
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC
17. Re: Dead Space 2 DLC Dead 2 PC Jan 27, 2011, 01:53 Stolk
 
They stole 5 bucks from me for the PC version of Dead Space off Steam. Is anyone here left-handed that tried that game for the PC? It was a complete disregard for the people that buy games from them on the PC. Literally, an executive ate tacos and shit that version of the game out.

I don't care how good this game is, I'm not buying it on anything. There are plenty of good games to play from devs that appreciate PC gamers.
 
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News Comments > More Fallout: New Vegas DLC Confirmed
10. Re: More Fallout: New Vegas DLC Confirmed Jan 24, 2011, 13:02 Stolk
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 24, 2011, 12:20:
Dodging the question like that sounds suspiciously like a contractual blackout period.

Suspicous? I would say Obvious.
 
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News Comments > No Dynamic Difficulty in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
35. Re: No Dynamic Difficulty in Deus Ex: Human Revolution Jan 18, 2011, 14:29 Stolk
 
spindoctor wrote on Jan 18, 2011, 12:13:
Trainwreck wrote on Jan 18, 2011, 11:08:
Why does the game look like 2150 if it's only supposed to be 2027?

Are you from the future? How the fuck did you decide that the art direction looks like 2150 instead of 2027?

You really cannot see how 2027 should look far less 'futurlike' than 2150? 2027 is only 16 years away you know.
 
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News Comments > No Dynamic Difficulty in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
19. Re: No Dynamic Difficulty in Deus Ex: Human Revolution Jan 18, 2011, 12:31 Stolk
 
Sho wrote on Jan 18, 2011, 12:18:
spindoctor wrote on Jan 18, 2011, 12:13:
Is there nothing you people will not complain about?

It's gotten worse lately, hasn't it? The average negativity in Blue's News comment threads has risen pretty sharply, IMHO. Makes reading them quite a grind, sadly ...

It seems to be about the same as always, which is always quite laughable. People prefer a quality PC port and non-consolesque menus over a good game. Aside from that, I really don't know what it is about Blue's that makes people that like video games so angry at video games.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Launch
7. Re: In other related news... Dec 7, 2010, 12:55 Stolk
 
Using sick days or vacation should offer a positive XP modifier. Just saying.  
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