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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Rovio Acquires Futuremark Games Studio
1. Re: Rovio Acquires Futuremark Games Studio Mar 27, 2012, 10:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
Seems like an odd fit given what Rovio makes and what Futuremark has made so far. Weirder still is that apparently Futuremark (who is going to continue to make benchmarks independently) is retaining all the rights to Shattered Horizon and Unstoppable Gorg, even though they are not going to be making any games in the future. So Rovio basically just hired the staff and took over whatever project they were working on. Maybe they were working on some big new casual franchise. Angry Gorg?  
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News Comments > Angry Birds Space and Demo Released
4. Re: Angry Birds Space and Demo Released Mar 22, 2012, 23:09 Parallax Abstraction
 
Rovio is the Nickleback of game development. They take a genre others have done far better things with before, make something in it that's serviceable at best, take no risks with it whatsoever, make it as dumbed down and mainstream as it can possibly be, iterate only as little as they have to each time, get rich off it and then prance around like their god's gift to the artform. Angry Birds was a lucky hit for them but to hear their CEO talk, you'd think he practically invented video games.  
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News Comments > ECA vs Video Games Labeling Act
2. Re: ECA vs Video Games Labeling Act Mar 22, 2012, 10:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 10:24:
Yet when it came to SOPA these cunts had no problem supporting that law. It's fine as long as it protects our freedoms but when it comes to gamer's freedoms they can do anything. Fucking hypocrites.

That was the Entertainment SOFTWARE Association, a totally different group that represents the industry. Not the biggest fan of the ECA either but they don't represent publishers.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
28. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:43 Parallax Abstraction
 
Right, I forgot, this is a Blue's News thread. No good will come from having a dissenting opinion here. My break's over anyway, back to work.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
26. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:41 Parallax Abstraction
 
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:39:
How about because it's a video game?

Please stop with this silliness, different things matter to different people. Blah blah its just cars, its just sports, etc etc. Most people had very reasonable complaints considering the time invested and how the game was experienced. Just because some idiots filed an FTC complaint doesn't mean the entire userbase was doing it too.

And I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I said. People can not like it, people can complain. But BioWare is responding to this because the "movement" has gotten so out of control that it's affecting their PR. Again, if you believe in what you're creating, the PR value of such a thing shouldn't matter. By giving in to this, the Retake Mass Effect movement will feel validated and that means we'll see more of that nonsense every time a vocal group doesn't like something about a title (which guess what, is every game ever released now).
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
19. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 14:19:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 14:18:
(I have not yet seen the Mass Effect 3 ending but I can't imagine any ending that would warrant the level of outrage we've seen),

So why are you bitching about this? How about you SEE how bad it is first before you call everyone a bunch of whiners?

Creston

How about because it's a video game? I hated the ending of LOST and The Sopranos too but I wasn't creating web sites and filing complaints with the FTC over it. Let me be clear, people certainly have a right to not like the ending (from what little non-spoilery tidbits I've pieced together, I'm sure I won't like it either) but if BioWare believed in what they were creating, retconing it just to please a bunch of people screaming on the Internet shouldn't be on the table. I don't care if people didn't like the ending, that's fine. But the people review bombing the game and filing complaints with the government are idiots and shouldn't be taken seriously. By even considering changing the ending, BioWare validates this behaviour.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
1. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 14:18 Parallax Abstraction
 
Great, cause listening to whiners on the Internet sets such a great precedent. Either you believe in the work you released or you don't. By capitulating to the whining idiots (I have not yet seen the Mass Effect 3 ending but I can't imagine any ending that would warrant the level of outrage we've seen), you tell people that by screaming loud enough, they can just get whatever they want. Stand by what you made.  
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News Comments > PC Binary Domain Next Month
1. Re: PC Binary Domain Next Month Mar 19, 2012, 20:08 Parallax Abstraction
 
This game's been getting some decent buzz. Apparently the gameplay is good and the story and acting are so bad they're endearing. If they port it well (but it's Sega so I'm not hopeful), I might pick this up on PC.  
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Bonus Missed by 1 Point; Obsidian Layoffs
11. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Bonus Missed by 1 Point; Obsidian Layoffs Mar 15, 2012, 21:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 21:16:
Not sure why you'd ever agree to a deal where you get money based on an aggregate score of subjective views by third parties.

No tears shed here.

Creston

Aside from it being a standard industry practice, it's easy to say that when you're choices are sign that deal or possibly have to close your company and lay all your staff off because it's your only prospect. Independent AAA developers (especially ones who are in a work-for-hire state and don't own their own IP) operate in a brutal business environment right now where the publishers basically have all the cards. You play by their rules or you go out of business. I'm curious what you'd do when faced with such a choice.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Mar 11, 2012, 18:45 Parallax Abstraction
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 11, 2012, 17:09:
MattyB wrote on Mar 11, 2012, 17:07:
Stop thinking you're a producer and telling us when and where we should be building our content

Wow.

Hahaha, "Dear customers, stop telling us what you want, we'll tell you what you want."

Hey, it seems to work for Apple.
 
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News Comments > No PvP in Diablo III Launch
14. Re: No PvP in Diablo III Launch Mar 9, 2012, 23:00 Parallax Abstraction
 
Between the very dated looks, bad voice acting and completely unevolved play mechanics, the beta for this was already making me wonder if it was worth buying. Plus the whole always-on DRM thing and now they're stripping features out before launch. Yeah, I think I might skip this out of the gate.  
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News Comments > Fraud Claim Dropped in Infinity Ward Lawsuit
5. Re: Fraud Claim Dropped in Infinity Ward Lawsuit Mar 9, 2012, 18:25 Parallax Abstraction
 
zirik wrote on Mar 9, 2012, 16:26:
are they still under a non-compete agreement? they dont seem to be working on any project.

Respawn Entertainment is operating and working on something for EA that many think will be revealed at E3 this year.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
12. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 10:33 Parallax Abstraction
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:13:
Darks wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:06:
How about just maybe the game really does kick ass and you just canít accept it for what it is. A great game and a great closer on the trilogy. Hmmm!

BioWare hasn't made an overall great game since BG2. And, no, I do not define cutscenes and NPC romance as a "game."

You're opinion. Guess what? Not everyone thinks like you.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Feb 29, 2012, 20:33 Parallax Abstraction
 
nin wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 09:51:
Yea for Gary!

Hope it's better than Book of Eli. That movie was painful.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears
37. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 14:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
Pineapple Ferguson wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 09:37:
This is one of those games that I was originally excited about, but the more I learned about it the less interested I became. I'm at the point now where I feel like I probably won't bother with this.

This. I finally got a beta invite and after a few hours, my reaction is "This took a decade to make?" Looks dated and doesn't feel like there's any gameplay innovation whatsoever. This also isn't anything like an MMO and I'm now more convinced than ever that their always-on requirement is just straight DRM. There is no reason whatsoever that this couldn't still have a single player mode.
 
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News Comments > Steam Downtime [Updated]
23. Re: Steam Downtime Feb 12, 2012, 20:32 Parallax Abstraction
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 12, 2012, 18:02:
Out of curiosity did this effect anyone's ability to play single-player games/modes? I wonder because something like this is certainly a validity check on the fears people have concerning steam and single-player game access. I'd have checked my own steam games, but it seems service was restored before I saw this notice.

I tried to play The Darkness II for the first time today during the downtime and the game refused to run saying it couldn't contact the "key server". Turns out all it retrieves from that key server is the pre-order Comixology bonus code, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the game and is not at all necessary for it to run. Once you've got that key, the game will run without problems but yeah, I couldn't access a single player game I paid for today due to their outage, all to get a key for something I couldn't care less about. Ultimately not a big deal but still, was not impressed.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 4 Reveal This Year
17. Re: Unreal Engine 4 Reveal This Year Feb 10, 2012, 14:03 Parallax Abstraction
 
LittleMe wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 11:27:
btw wtf is Just Cause 3?

I'm pretty sure someone from Avalanche recently said there will be a Just Cause 3. If so, I can't bloody wait.
 
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News Comments > Double Fine Crowdsourcing
31. Re: Double Fine Crowdsourcing Feb 9, 2012, 18:42 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 16:51:
Kajetan wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 13:04:
Verno wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 11:26:
I think everyone reasonable can agree the traditional publishing model is now reaching the point of absurdity when a company can somehow manage to sell a million copies of a title and not make a profit.
Just look at EA. A revenue of billions of dollars a year, no profit at all for years.

On paper. No profit at all on paper.

Trust me that that company's making plenty of money, but the wonderful IRS lets them deduct everything as an expense so ostensibly they wind up in the red and owe no taxes.

Creston

If they were actually banking profits, there stock wouldn't be going down. And the stock price is what keeps CEOs employed. Look at THQ, I highly doubt their CEO taking a paycut and their stock being threatened with delisting is just them hiding profits. If your company is actually making money and you're hiding that from investors, that's illegal.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront III Outed?
16. Re: Star Wars Battlefront III Outed? Feb 8, 2012, 09:25 Parallax Abstraction
 
Spark Unlimited's development history is...well there's no other way to say it, it's bad. I don't know how this studio has managed to survive so long given the garbage they've been churning out but yeah, not much hope for this title with them helming it.  
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News Comments > Jaffe & More Out at Eat Sleep Play
1. Re: Jaffe & More Out at Eat Sleep Play Feb 7, 2012, 10:16 Parallax Abstraction
 
*sigh* Another AAA developer who doesn't like how hit driven that industry has become going into mobile games which...is completely hit driven and the chances for guaranteed success are pretty much just as poor now.  
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