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Signed On Aug 21, 2002, 18:44
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
40. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 29, 2013, 07:40 Icewind
 
Meh.

Meh, the world moves on so should you...



Yeah, it moved into a decline.

A decline? Project Eternity, Divinity Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Torment 2 (And that stuff from Double Fine I can't remember the names of), X Rebirth and lots of unique Indy games coming up....

If that's what a decline looks like I hope it never ends. The next year and the next months are going to be glorious for PC Gamers.

Don't play coy, you know what he meant. He means the mainstream went into a decline. He mentioned Wasteland 2 and no doubt knows about all the Kickstarter CRPGs and their revolution they've started. He's talking about the upper, more visible layer of the hobby.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
39. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 29, 2013, 07:37 Icewind
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 06:23:
Sup SMA

Fighting the good fight on Blue's News, I see.

My favorite memory of Fallout 3 was the message "uninstall complete".

Regardless of lore, regardless of comparisons to the prequels, and entirely on its own, the game was a piece of garbage.

Awful UI, ugly piss-filter on even uglier graphics, load screens every time you enter a tiny hut(Terminator: Future Shock called from 1995, wants its engine back), abysmal writing (the worst I've ever seen in a game made by English speakers), inane location design, stupid/duplicate/nonintuitive dialogue choices, retarded logic, vampires (lolz), insta-ghouls, heavily railroaded gameplay progression despite illusory claims of "sandbox", SPECIAL system almost entirely lacking impact on gameplay, nuke launcher, invulnerable children used as a quest wall...

Fallout: New Vegas corrected many of these flaws, but far from all. It is, however, a title that may actually be kind of worthy of remembering. It is what happens when a reasonably skilled team takes an engine from drooling retards at Bethesda and tries to do something decent with it within a very limited amount of time.

So, so true. I actually screenshotted your post and saved it. Rarely do you see such brilliance...and no, I'm not being sarcastic.

I enjoyed New Vegas enough to beat it once and go through a 2nd and 3rd time. Fallout 3 was a "one and done" title for me. Meaning I completed it once and uninstalled it, never to return to it again. Such a lifeless, boring, poorly written and poorly designed game. Even if it wasn't named Fallout it would have still been this bad. I think a lot of people forget this or refuse to accept this fact.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Infinity Ward: Many COD Players "Aren't Gamers"
7. Re: Quoteworthy - Infinity Ward: Many COD Players Oct 28, 2013, 11:23 Icewind
 
Does driving only to 7-11 for a slushie once a week make you a driver? Perhaps, though not a good one nor a respected one.

Does reading one book a year make you a reader? Perhaps, but no one is going to you for book suggestions.

Does painting a water color paint-by-numbers picture make you a painter? In a manner of speaking yes, but you aren't Picasso, much less Bob Ross.

Does playing CoD and only CoD make you a gamer? Technically, yes, but you aren't on the same level as the guy replaying Shadow of Chernobyl for the 8th time or the person who has a collection of 400+ PC games and has finished them all, sacrificing their social life while doing so.

You can defend them and call them gamers. You can wish to include them within our circle so you can feel happy about how large our hobby has gotten over the past decade, but they aren't true gamers. Laugh, giggle, make fun of what I'm saying but it's the truth: There is gaming and then there is *gaming*. For the same reason I wouldn't put a kid splashing paint in numbered shapes on cardboard on the same level with the head of the art department at my college is the same reason I wouldn't put someone who only plays Call of Duty in the same group as someone like, say, Total Biscuit or the guy from Matt chat. Or for that matter, someone like myself who has been gaming for 32 years and who before selling them had nearly a thousand games.

I love whenever a comment is made like this the older, less "hardcore" gamers come out and defend them. They like to think people like my wife, who only play candy crush and tetris on their phone, are gamers. No, even she would tell you that she isn't. A gamer is someone who has ate, breathed, and drank this hobby for decades and obsessively follows it to the detriment of nearly all else. This is partly why I no longer consider myself a gamer since two years of married life has sent my weekly game time down to maybe 2-3 hours a week if I'm lucky.

Does a gamer have to be a neckbeard with cheeto-stained fingers and poor hygiene? No, but they should be devoting as much time and money to the hobby as the malcontents who fit that stereotype.

Why is this so hard to accept?
 
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News Comments > 64-bit Cross-Platform Nitrous Engine Announced
15. Re: 64-bit Cross-Platform Nitrous Engine Announced Oct 24, 2013, 14:48 Icewind
 
I have always ran both, on multiple machines, and I can tell you there are really no differences. I *prefer* AMD/ATI myself, but the pendulum swings both ways. To say one is significantly better than the other in the driver department is pure lunacy. Maybe 5-6 years ago I would have said you had a point (ATI had their foot in their rear) but now there really isn't a problem. During the past 2-3 years I've downloaded probably 4 dozen or so drivers between the two platforms for my PCs/Laptops and I've never experienced anything major.

Worst that happened was an Nvidia update giving the HUD in Crysis 2 a bad case of flickering. Cleared up the next release though.
 
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News Comments > Console Emulation Through Steam
24. Re: Console Emulation Through Steam Oct 13, 2013, 19:03 Icewind
 
I've been doing this myself on Steam for years now. NES (Nestopia), SNES (snes9x), Genesis (Kega Fusion), PSX (epsxe), and PS2 (Pcsx2) all support making command line load shortcuts that eliminate the gUI and run in open GL/direct3D, making them able to fully work in Steam *and* have steam chat in-game. I even do DOSbox games in steam and run them in opengl so I can get full steam overlay support.

It's remarkably easy too.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 Developer List Found
35. Re: Half-Life 3 Developer List Found Oct 2, 2013, 18:50 Icewind
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 2, 2013, 17:47:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 2, 2013, 12:57:
Promising short dev time for episodes never happened? I seem to recall that happening. Then their staff got bored and decided to work on overrated crap like portal and Left for Mediocrity er I mean Left for Dead and re releasing Counterstrike 17 times in different forms. Now they're making their little steam box.

Valve along with Blizzard are prolly the two most overrated over protected entities in the entire industry.

They promised? Did they make this promise to you? Where did they use the word promise? Perhaps you can point it out.

They tried a different development approach, it didn't work out. They still make some pretty great games that sell exceedingly well so while I would love to see Half-Life 3, I'm willing to be patient about it instead of spouting off stupid shit about mediocrity when I'm demanding another title from the same company. Better yet put your money where your mouth is and uninstall Steam since Valve offends you so much.

Nope, didn't think so.

I don't know about *promise*, but Valve did say, time and time again, that their plan for episodic gaming was to have a very short turnover time. Clearly, that didn't happen but no one called them on it because Valve is god.
 
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News Comments > Stardock Lawsuits Settled
6. Re: Stardock Lawsuits Settled Sep 24, 2013, 19:07 Icewind
 
Orogogus wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 18:25:
Icewind wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 18:11:
She basically admitted that she was in the wrong by deleting the data. Sounds like she was just trying to screw him over for something job related. Been there before, saw this kind of thing.

If this story gets posted on Kotaku you'll have 5,000 angry women and 25,000 single 30-something males screaming about how this is unfair and Wardell should be hung.

I'll wait and see if they post it...

You know that Blue is reporting based on the Kotaku article, right?

That's kind of what I was getting at.

Notice the feminine sounding usernames already playing the oppressed gender card.
 
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News Comments > Stardock Lawsuits Settled
3. Re: Stardock Lawsuits Settled Sep 24, 2013, 18:11 Icewind
 
She basically admitted that she was in the wrong by deleting the data. Sounds like she was just trying to screw him over for something job related. Been there before, saw this kind of thing.

If this story gets posted on Kotaku you'll have 5,000 angry women and 25,000 single 30-something males screaming about how this is unfair and Wardell should be hung.

I'll wait and see if they post it...
 
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News Comments > Always Sometimes Monsters Announced
1. Re: Always Sometimes Monsters Announced Aug 29, 2013, 06:09 Icewind
 
Oh boy, another indie 16-bit RPG with either no combat (To the Moon) or very watered down combat (Breath of Death 7).

These arthouse wannabe developers are completely clueless.

Let's tromp around having relationships with pixels because we don't have anyone IRL.

Screw that crap, let me kill things and level up. If your "RPG" doesn't include combat then it isn't an RPG, it's an adventure game. Yet they always pull that "Well, what is an RPG, really?" bullcrap.

Arthouse idiots.
 
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News Comments > Pro Pinball: Timeshock! - The ULTRA Edition Kickstarter
5. Re: Pro Pinball: Timeshock! - The ULTRA Edition Kickstarter Aug 8, 2013, 15:02 Icewind
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 12:39:
Speaking of pinball, where the eff is Pinball Arcade?

I broke down and got it on PS3, though I'd still rather see it on Steam.

I'm also mad they haven't done the Addam's Family table yet.
 
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News Comments > Pro Pinball: Timeshock! - The ULTRA Edition Kickstarter
4. Re: Pro Pinball: Timeshock! - The ULTRA Edition Kickstarter Aug 8, 2013, 15:01 Icewind
 
I still have the CDs for all four of them. Still play them from time to time. Especially The Web, which was my favorite.

Really hope they get this off the ground.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
16. Re: Sunday Consolidation Aug 5, 2013, 22:51 Icewind
 
Barring the Wii's hardware explosion and taking into account its horrible attach rates, we all know the Xbox 360 led the previous generation....which means it'll be mighty hard to repeat.

Sony did it with the PS/PS2, and while the Genesis dig in fairly well, the NES/SNES combo did too though not without fierce competition.

The Xbone, however, doesn't look like it will repeat. I really see this as PS4's time to shine.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
1. Re: Evening Previews Aug 5, 2013, 22:47 Icewind
 
My only gripe about the first one was the really small, repetitive dungeon floors. From early screenshots it looks like there is an overworld to explore now, so this will probably be to Grimrock 1 what Eye of the Beholder 2 was to its predecessor.

 
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News Comments > Voxel-based EverQuest Next Details
18. Re: Voxel-based EverQuest Next Details Aug 2, 2013, 17:14 Icewind
 
Voxels or no, I'm still looking forward to an MMO that isn't made by a company I detest.  
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News Comments > 15 Unreal Years
11. Re: 15 Unreal Years May 22, 2013, 22:29 Icewind
 
Good memories. I bought a brand new PC when Unreal came out. P2-450 with a Riva TNT. Loved that game so much. Had a super long singleplayer and some extremely challenging fights. Can't say the same for Gears of War.  
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
22. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 22, 2013, 22:25 Icewind
 
NKD wrote on May 22, 2013, 21:41:
TychoCelchuuu wrote on May 22, 2013, 21:27:
Yawn. Steam's taking baby steps onto Linux - in a decade I wonder if anyone's going to have to care about Windows at all when it comes to gaming.


Even if by some miracle Linux was to take off as a gaming platform, what exactly do we gain other than saving a few bucks on a software license every 4-6 years?

You're looking at it backwards. It's not what you gain, but what you don't have to worry about LOSING.

With a reliance on Windows you are letting MS gradually take away your rights to your games and limiting your access (Or at least making it more unintuitive to do) to your OS with every new version.

Would you really rather have your gaming machine ruled by MS? I'd gladly take Linux which has no ulterior motive, no shareholders to please and no need to placate casual folks with dumbed down interfaces and buried OS options.

Sure, 10 years ago people said the same thing about Linux...but ten years ago Linux didn't have one of the biggest software companies on Earth standing behind them.
 
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
21. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 22, 2013, 22:19 Icewind
 
ItBurn wrote on May 22, 2013, 22:02:
Third party devs will continue releasing PC versions and Steam will continue to dominate. Regardless of if Microsoft wants it or not.


Exactly.

Really, did anyone expect anything different from MS? They have long since left the PC gaming community and haven't shown signs of returning anytime soon. Hell, they spent the last decade or so spurning the PC. They even tried to get people to move to Vista by dangling Halo 2 in front of them and trying to convince us it needed the new OS to operate. Spoiler: It didn't.

What will really happen is the same thing that happened when the 360 came out. MS will swear off PC, three years will go by and they'll slowly start trickling out their formerly Xbox exclusives as PC ports. (Like how we were given Fable's Lost Chapters)

It doesn't matter much though since most of the AAA titles come from third parties not sworn by blood to MS so expect plenty of cross platform releases regardless.

In short, nothing to see here. Smells like Blue is trolling on his own site to be honest.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House Foul-up
29. removed May 8, 2013, 18:42 Icewind
 
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News Comments > Eternal Darkness Spiritual Successor Kickstarter Tomorrow
8. Re: Eternal Darkness Spiritual Successor Kickstarter Tomorrow May 6, 2013, 01:05 Icewind
 
I don't know what's worse....the fact that just about any two bit code writer can vomit an idea onto kickstarter using a popular but forgotten franchise....or that there are numbskulls that will dump money on them.

Not worth it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
6. Re: Saturday Interviews Mar 30, 2013, 19:28 Icewind
 
NKD wrote on Mar 30, 2013, 18:44:
All games should be crowd-funded. I don't want the traditional publisher business model to exist at all. It stifles creativity.

I don't understand you people who think crowdfunding should be used to get your company off the ground just so that you can sell out. It needs to be THE business model. You guys need to stop thinking about it like it's charity or welfare to be reserved for the needy.

The whole attitude where "Hey you have X amount of money therefore you should be required to gamble all of it instead of making your case to crowdfunders." makes not one bit of god damn sense.

Plus I think it should be up to ME to decide what I want to fund. Arbitrary restrictions based on some vague estimate of someone's non-crowdfunding resources will just fracture the crowdfunding community and reduce the visibility of any single project.

That's a bit extreme, but I can see where you're coming from though. The big publishing houses have too much power nowadays and they've effectively shackled developers and have not permitted them to make the games they want. I'm sure you show this thread to Chris Avellone and he'd tell you a dozen or so stories backing that up.

The problem is when a publisher becomes to big and begins thinking they know better than the gamer and the developer.
 
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