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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > EA's Old Republic Role Expands
6. Re: EA's Old Republic Role Expands Nov 11, 2010, 18:38 Scottish Martial Arts
Still, the game does not look good at all. It may surprise on release, but if I had to bet, my money would be on this being as big a debacle as Star Wars Galaxies.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Nov 5, 2010, 21:41 Scottish Martial Arts
The reboots with Craig were far too serious and felt like a two hour long episode of 24. He was basically a British Jack Bauer.

I take it that you haven't read any of the novels. Lemme guess, Roger Moore is your favorite Bond?

And Creston cannot into bestsellers apparently.
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News Comments > Icewind Dale 2 Complete on
4. Re: Icewind Dale 2 Complete on Nov 4, 2010, 23:29 Scottish Martial Arts
For those who are curious, the Complete moniker is a bit misleading. The adventure pack included in this release is in fact nothing more than an extra merchant who sold a half-dozen or so unique items. Still a solid game though.  
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV Launches
16. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Launches Oct 1, 2010, 00:17 Scottish Martial Arts
I haven't played a FF games since Tactics on the PSX, and my understanding is that FF14 is soul-draining Asian grindfest MMO, but I do really appreciate that Square continues to make games for their fans rather than "innovating to bring the experience to a whole new audience", where innovating means just ripping off what ever is popular at the moment and fobbing it off as something new and exciting.  
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News Comments > Xbox 360 Auction for Brian Wood Trust
1. Re: Xbox 360 Auction for Brian Wood Trust Sep 16, 2010, 18:31 Scottish Martial Arts
I have to admit that I'm a bit dubious of the whole "swerving to put his body in the way" thing. I don't wish to imply that that wasn't in the guy's character -- I'm sure it was -- but accidents like these happen so quickly and are so surprising there is no time to consciously make such a decision. One second you're absorbed in the banality of driving home or to work like you do everyday, and the next second there is an SUV bouncing across the freeway like a basketball leaving a trail of shattered glass, metal and plastic.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 10, 2010, 02:30 Scottish Martial Arts
I live right by Palo Alto, which has one of the coffee shops mentioned in the article. It's been a while since I was last in a Palo Alto coffee shop, but the description of Matrix-like zombies with lukewarm cups who type but don't talk is entirely appropriate. One would think that a coffee house would be a social destination, but instead it's become yet one more place to isolate from the rest of the world with technology. I'm not a coffee drinker, but if I were, I would make a point of patronizing these cafes that have turned off wifi.  
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News Comments > WSJ: StarCraft II Cost More Than $100M
48. Re: WSJ: StarCraft II Cost More Than $100M Jul 17, 2010, 14:46 Scottish Martial Arts
ASJD wrote on Jul 16, 2010, 22:32:
At this point, I think they're really overrating how popular this game is going to be.

If this bombs I'm going to be giddy.

You can kiss what's left of PC gaming goodbye at that point.

As for the cost, it sounds about right. The game has been in development since 2003, which averages out to a little less than $15 million per year of development, which is about average for a AAA title. I think this is just an instance where costs are high because development was so long.
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News Comments > AvP Bughunt DLC
7. Re: AvP Bughunt DLC Jul 15, 2010, 20:27 Scottish Martial Arts
I thought AP was pretty decent. Wasn't perfect but I don't think it deserved all the flack it got. Definitely wasn't surprised it didn't sell though.  
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News Comments > 38 Studios May Move
8. Re: 38 Studios May Move Jul 13, 2010, 19:53 Scottish Martial Arts
AngryMax wrote on Jul 13, 2010, 13:15:
Whats Rhode Island like anyway?

New England in general is pretty awesome, although I never made it down to Rhode Island itself.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 7, 2010, 02:48 Scottish Martial Arts
Zyrxil wrote on Jul 6, 2010, 21:21:
Obsidian Wouldn't Mind Tackling A Chrono Trigger Sequel.

WTF? I enjoy their games despite the flaws, but that seems to be an incredibly bad idea.

The comment was in answer to a speculative "If there was one Square/Enix property you'd like to work on, what would it be?" sorta question. The question prompted of course by Square's ownership of Gas Powered Games whose Dungeon Siege property Obsidian is now developing a sequel for. I highly doubt Chrono Trigger 2: Torment is in the offing anytime soon.
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News Comments > BioWare now BioWare Mythic [Updated]
10. Re: BioWare now BioWare Mythic Jul 2, 2010, 00:22 Scottish Martial Arts
I believe EA has been wanting to put together a dedicated RPG division, like EA Sports, under the Bioware brand. EA's MMO studio, Mythic, is probably being renamed Bioware Mythic to reflect that branding.  
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News Comments > QUAKE Engine Retrospective
4. Re: QUAKE Engine Retrospective Jun 26, 2010, 02:33 Scottish Martial Arts
It's kinda lame. They claim that a bunch of quake engine games are indexed in Germany, and that since the site's servers are in Germany screenshots of those games aren't included. Of those that they do feature, the dates are wrong on a couple of them and even more are out of chronological order. And for some arbitrary reason they left out Half-Life. They say they left the Half-Life branch of quake engine games on purpose but seeing that that branch consists of just Half-Life + expansion and Gunman, that seems pretty retarded.  
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News Comments > Import Civ4 Maps into Civ5
2. Re: Import Civ4 Maps into Civ5 Jun 25, 2010, 04:35 Scottish Martial Arts
Creston wrote on Jun 25, 2010, 00:55:
Very smart and customer-friendly decision.

I wish I had the time to play something like Civ again.


Duel-sized world, and quick gamespeed. You have enough time again, Creston!
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
9. Re: Steam Sale Jun 24, 2010, 16:09 Scottish Martial Arts
kxmode wrote on Jun 24, 2010, 16:07:
Does anyone know why KOTOR 2 isn't being sold on Steam?

LucasArts has significant gaps in their steam catalog. There might be a specific reason, or it might just be one of the game they haven't put on the service yet.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Anniversary, Sale
11. Re: Deus Ex Anniversary, Sale Jun 23, 2010, 00:48 Scottish Martial Arts
Bumpy wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 23:55:
So Invisible War is pretty much crap but were community mods or hacks made for the game which fixed complaints about it to make it tolerable to play?

Like Creston said, it's perfectly playable as is; it just pales in comparison to the original. The only real mod that was developed for it was John P.'s Community Texture Pack, which upgrades the low-res, clearly-made-for-xbox-memory-limitations textures. The biggest problem with the game are the absolutely minuscule levels, which isn't something a modder can fix without completely redoing the game.
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News Comments > MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
34. Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 22, 2010, 01:49 Scottish Martial Arts
If Microsoft is serious about reinvigorating the PC platform they need to create new incentives for PC exclusive development. At a bare minimum, more multiplatform developers need to make the PC the lead SKU, like Valve does. If all the PC platform gets is 3rd rate ports of 6-month old console games, no amount of Games for Windows marketing and platform development will make a difference.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 20, 2010, 20:49 Scottish Martial Arts
I wish they could've let you know ahead of time what the deals were going to be. Looking back on the week I wish I had bought the Crysis collection. As it was, I kept weighing a potential purchase against whatever the deal could be the next day, and I ended up buying nothing.  
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News Comments > Civilization V Trailer
5. Re: Civilization V Trailer Jun 18, 2010, 05:12 Scottish Martial Arts
Roachmojo wrote on Jun 18, 2010, 03:10:
Civ IV is $3 on gogamer right now. I've never played any of them but have played lots of RTS and other 4X games. I'm wondering if I should pick this up...

Civ has pretty much nothing in common with RTSs, but at that price Civ4 is a must buy. Since you haven't played a Civ game before, be sure to play the tutorial and read the manual.
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News Comments > Command & Conquer Sale
4. Re: Command & Conquer Sale Jun 16, 2010, 21:00 Scottish Martial Arts
C&C3 is worth it at the sale price. Not so much C&C4.  
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News Comments > Portal 2 E3 Trailer
6. Re: Portal 2 E3 Trailer Jun 15, 2010, 18:43 Scottish Martial Arts
Looks good. I'm sure it will be fun. I can't believe a PS3 port was the surprise.  
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