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Real Name Myrddin Emrys   
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Signed On Nov 3, 2002, 04:27
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News Comments > Spore Movie(s)
20. I'm Buying It Mar 15, 2007, 17:20 The Raven
 
Honestly, I'm willing to lay money on unique games. Sometimes it works out great... other times, the game is a complete flop. But I'm rarely disappointed in a totally unique game by a AAA studio.

Black & White was a good example... was it a great game? No. But it was so unique that I thoroughly enjoyed it for a good 20-30 hours. Not nearly as good a value as other games I've purchased which gave me hundreds or thousands of hours of entertainment for the same money, but still worthwhile.

I doubt Spore will be the next Sims, but I think it'll be a very successful game, and I'm sure it'll be worth MY money at least.
 
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News Comments > MM-LEGO-RPG
8. Second Life Copycat? Mar 5, 2007, 19:30 The Raven
 
I get the impression they're going for a copycat of second life... the whole 'build your own world' toybox idea is very like Second Life. But without the porn, it'll fail I think.  
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News Comments > G.O.L.D. - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
52. Re: Wow Mar 2, 2007, 17:57 The Raven
 
What exactly does the development time have to do with whether or not the end game is enjoyable?
Actually, they can be strongly correlated. Games that have very long dev times USUALLY have reasons why... severe problems, bugs, poorly coordinated teams, etc. A long development time is symptomatic of many bad problems that can compromise the quality of the end product.

It's not proof... if a team is willing to dump what doesn't work, make the hard sacrifices, and start portions of their work over then they can still come out with a good, late game... Valve is well known for that.

But the sad fact is that very few games come out years late AND worth the wait.
 
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News Comments > Multiwinia Announced
3. Re: No subject Feb 27, 2007, 17:01 The Raven
 
Damn straight. Definitely looking forward to this. I wonder if owners of Darwinia will get a coupon?  
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News Comments > More Pro Gaming on TV
5. Hate the Culture Feb 20, 2007, 22:35 The Raven
 
I like watching Pro quality videogamers. Unfortunately, I loath the culture they are surrounded with... I sound like a fucking fogey, but I hate the fast cuts, childish humor, atrocious commentary... partly because video games are such a marginalized sport, they have no money, and thus very little talent, so the coverage of video games is purile and amaturish.

If it ever reaches mainstream appeal, I may enjoy watching it, because the production values will no longer be crap.
 
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Update
10. Re: No subject Feb 10, 2007, 00:39 The Raven
 
I do it for a couple reasons:

A) If I KNOW I'm gonna buy the game anyway, it's a way of putting the money aside for it. I'd make MAYBe a nickel in interest on my $40... or, I can rest assured that my copy of the game is already paid for.

B) The game store guys get praised for getting pre-orders, and so I might as well help them along if I'm gonna buy the game anyway.

I agree that sometimes it's a bad idea to buy a game sight-unseen. But in the past year, I've only made one mistake (Red Steel), out of about 10 pre-orders, so I'm not complaining.
 
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Update
7. Re: No subject Feb 10, 2007, 00:26 The Raven
 
God damn, guess the old saying wasnt true "Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice you won't fool me again because I can't be fooled"

Actually, the saying is "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Far more poetic.

And I pre-ordered TF2 back in 1998... no, I'm not joking. I've moved several times since then, and can't recall what store I did it with, so I'll never get my 'paid for' copy, or a refund... but oh well. But I was fooled a looooooong time ago, and I've ceased to allow myself to get very excited. It always takes longer than it's supposed to. I think TF2 will eventually come out, I have faith. But I do mean 'I have faith' in the most literal sense of the word... I believe it without any real factual or reasonable reason, and I know it. :-) So I'm not disappointed when the messiah doesn't arrive on schedule.


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News Comments > Gold - Rag Doll Kung Fu
26. Not a Good Game Feb 7, 2007, 12:38 The Raven
 
I bought Rag Doll Kung Foo when it first came out, and I do have to agree that it's not a very good game. But it's also not a bad game... it's just mediocre.

I also agree that Valve needs to start lowering their prices... digital distribution costs LESS than retail, and you get less (no manual), but the prices don't reflect that. I do like Steam, but I agree that their pricing needs work.
 
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News Comments > Supreme Commander Demo Tomorrow
27. Where? Feb 6, 2007, 12:50 The Raven
 
Perhaps I'm stupid, but I can't find a download link on Gamespot... am I missing something?  
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News Comments > Evening Q&As
2. Re: No subject Feb 5, 2007, 15:50 The Raven
 
Yeah, limits suck. But they're part of reality... not EVERY adaptation of a paper-RPG needs to be a computer RPG. While I'm as sad as anyone to see a rich backstory converted into a 1 minute video clip, there's no hate involved. Different strokes and all that. I may well enjoy the game quite well.

Kinda like the Lord of the Rings trilogy... sure, the movies left out 3/4 of the book, skimming along the main plot, and applying heavy editorial changes... but were they still good movies? Of course.
 
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News Comments > WoW Patches
25. Re: Games should ship on DVD Jan 24, 2007, 14:12 The Raven
 
If by scalability you mean lack of technological flair. Even when it came out it was very limited; Blizzard has never been known for pushing the hardware envelope. They just possess enough artistic talent to cover it up.

Not to bitch, but you realize that this is a good thing, right? What matters is how it looks, not how many bells and whistles they program in... if some places can't make a game look good without requiring a $2000 new rig, but another place can make a game look good on a 2 year old $500 special... yeah, I'll vote for the latter as being the better artists and game programmers.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: No subject Jan 23, 2007, 15:09 The Raven
 
I'm with you. Few launch titles use a new system well. Take a look at the crappy RPG that came out for the DS... Lunar: Dragon Song. I bought it with high expectations, and they were dashed. Does that mean RPGs on a touch interface are going to suck? No, it means launch titles usually suck.

Give the Wii a year, and you'll see good shooters for it I suspect.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - WoW: The Burning Crusade
7. Played It Jan 16, 2007, 12:32 The Raven
 
Pre-ordered from EB, was first in line, took it home, installed, and was online around 12:45am. Then I proceeded to ignore my normal sleep cycle, and played until nearly 6am.

Sleep is for the... umm... for the... for the WEAK! Thassit. I'm totally not impaired by lack of sleep, nuh-uh.
 
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News Comments > Steam Plans
17. I love Steam Jan 12, 2007, 17:10 The Raven
 
I really do like it, and have liked it since I got it when it first came out, however many years ago. However...

Friends has never worked for me. I suspect that this is because I have an original account, back when your 'username' was your email address. I cannot add people to my list by right-clicking, nor can other people add me. The favorites list works, but the history is completely empty. In other words, the client is broken, and I suspect it is broken for many tens of thousands of people who have had it since it first came out.

Later users don't have this issue... they have a username, not an email address, and I suspect it works fine. I don't know why Valve has not corrected this issue... I've emailed them about it a couple times, with no response.

It's not a big deal for me... XFire is far better than Valve's friends list, and I use The All Seeing Eye, so I don't really miss the lack of a working history. But Steam is not perfect; it has flaws, and has had them for years unfixed.

But these flaws don't really affect me, so I still like Steam. I think it's a great benefit for mod authors.
 
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News Comments > Murder on the Orient Express Demo
2. Re: No subject Dec 20, 2006, 16:44 The Raven
 
The 'buttler'? Perhaps you boycott dictionaries as well as Starforce?  
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News Comments > Saturday Q&As
2. Re: Cool new ideas for prey 2 Dec 17, 2006, 06:36 The Raven
 
I didn't see anything wrong with the respawn method in Prey... it was unique, interesting, and far more convenient than reloading. What I *did* dislike was their excessively difficult sections. I agree that if they had not had their odd respawn method, they would have fixed those stupidly hard parts.  
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News Comments > Evening Q&As
5. Re: Spore Dec 14, 2006, 19:09 The Raven
 
No, not a different game, but GalCiv2 does let you create vehicles from scratch, designed to your current needs... just as the first poster mentioned.  
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News Comments > Steam Guest Passes
12. Steam Bashing Dec 13, 2006, 13:07 The Raven
 
Well, since most everyone's a negative, I'll put in a positive.

I like Steam, have since it was introduced. I'm always online, and it's harder for me to go to the store than it is for me to pop a credit card online. Steam has done a lot for getting indie games and mods published.

That said, I'm not stupid... I don't buy the big retail games through steam because it costs more and I don't even get a box. But I *want* steam to succeed and get into more homes because then they will be able to say 'fuck off' to the retail giants and price the big games lower than the brick & mortar shops.

And the Guest pass is a good idea, just like the free weekends... it spreads Steam to non-customers, and they get to try out a game with a friend that they wouldn't be able to do otherwise. Essentially, they're allowing you to do what people already do with CDs... lend it to a friend for a while so they can try it. But you can play multiplayer games with your friend while you lend them the game, unlike with a copy protected CD game.

So I'm all for it. You can bitch and moan if you like... but it's not like they're FORCING you to buy anything over Steam if you don't want to.

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News Comments > EVE Online Expands Tuesday
23. Re: No subject Dec 12, 2006, 17:48 The Raven
 
Unfortunately when I am looking for social interaction I either head to a bar or the rec center, not my computer.

While that's certainly a choice, many others prefer socializing online. Both I and my mother have Asperger's syndrome, which means A) we can be tedious bores, and B) we get tired of the inanities of others easily. Socializing online allows us to leave at any time, with nearly no social stigma. And it's easier to tell if you're being a bore when you have to type everything out.

For many people, MMOs become their third home:
http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/20/1241251

And $15 per month is a cheaper than even one night out at a bar. Even if you count the Internet bill, $50 per month is still cheaper than just 3 nights out at a bar.
 
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News Comments > Evening Q&As
2. Re: UT2007 Dec 5, 2006, 14:18 The Raven
 
That was a... contentless post.

I'm somewhat interested in UT07. The Epic guys have the best engine architecture, in my opinion, though they don't have the best game. But theirs is the most fun to hack with.
 
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