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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 12:30 HoSpanky
Her complaint about Destiny is absurd. They went out of their way to make the game as neutral as possible (to the point that it's lifeless and boring), and she bitches about a sitting animation that was likely put in so a bunch of people sitting didn't look exactly the same.

BUT, her point about more female characters in games isn't a bad one. My girlfriend ended up madly in love with Forza Horizon 2 (as any sensible human would), yet you're forced to use a single character model. There's no reason for it, as your character never talks, and is no more detailed than the other characters. Why can't we pick from a handful of the character models the game uses? She just wanted a female one. Your character stands next to his car at the end of each race for no reason (hilarious when in hurricane weather), why not let people have a LITTLE choice? The models are already right there.

Her complaint about catwoman is bullshit, does she not KNOW that the character has always BEEN heavily sexualized? Remove that from the game and EVERYONE but her would cry foul.

Any game with a character-based storyline can't be retooled for the option of a female character, just like Tomb Raider couldn't offer an option to play as a guy. I'm surprised she doesn't use the new Lara Croft as one of her positive characters. She starts off terrified and horrified at what she has to do to survive, and by the end is a wrecking ball, and spends NO time being flirty/sexy. She spends the game filthy, angry, and awesome.

Anyway, I agree with some of what she says, but she definitely goes gonzo-overboard on some of the things she expects. I forget who on here said she's more worried about her personal pity-party, but She isn't completely wrong, but from the way she talks, she won't be happy until every game has a butch/overweight woman in every race possible, that everyone treats like a man.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 26, 2015, 11:52 HoSpanky
Holy crap, I'm going to be playing a Fast&Furious game. Never thought I'd say that, but if Playground Games is making it, I'm in. Especially since it's free. I'm betting they're hoping people like it, want more, and buy Forza Horizon 2, the best goddamn racing game available. If you have an Xbone, and like racing games AT ALL, pick it up. Do NOT buy it for the 360, it's developed by someone else and is apparently a terrible game that should never have been made.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 18, 2015, 21:41 HoSpanky
Because that'd mean GFWL. Don't wish that on WoT.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
52. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 17:24 HoSpanky
Red wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 16:59:
In regard to some other comments suggesting that I or anyone doesn't understand how herd immunity plays a role in vaccination.. I get it. I've done my homework. But my conclusions are not the same in every case. Plus, I am probably personally biased towards a more primal version of evolution. The weakest in the herd are holding it back.

That's so awesome, Red. I really hope one of your children is one of the "weak ones" holding us "back" (from what?), and dies from a completely preventable disease. I expect you to shed no tears at her funeral, spitting on her grave and saying "she was WEAK" with a sneer.

Your reasons all boil down to: you are paranoid and selfish. Do you honestly believe Polio is only a memory because "the strong prevailed"? Do you think there's some big cover-up conspiracy where thousands upon thousands of vaccinated children are contracting something awful from the vaccination itself? Please post links to these things happening! Show us your "homework"!
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News Comments > PC Assassin's Creed Rogue Next Month
16. Re: PC Assassin's Creed Rogue Next Month Feb 6, 2015, 09:26 HoSpanky
This will be a bargain bin purchase for me as well, I LOVED Black Flag's ship combat, it was definitely something different for the franchise. The tech behind it is pretty astounding, when there's no load time from being on foot to being in a ship, despite how much easier it would have been to code them as separate systems. I found BF's story to be super lame, but I've heard Rogue has one of the better storylines in any AC game...but that it feels like a TON of assets were copy-pasted from BF.

If you haven't played Black Flag, grab it when it's $10 or so. The ship combat is different and surprisingly FEELS like you're in giant ships. Every "large vehicle" game I've ever played felt more like you were on a normal-sized vehicle in a miniature world. This feels distinctly different.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 26, 2015, 12:34 HoSpanky
Rocket cars is visually fantastic, but the first time you skid a hair too close to the endge of the track, it'll spin your car and send you, often, straight into yet another obstacle.

The steering isn't intuitive, as you grab the back of the car and push it, so to turn left, you slide your finger to the right. It never feels natural, I've played for maybe an hour and in tense moments, I'll turn the completely wrong direction. And no, you can't switch it, aside from an even worse corner-tapping control scheme.

It's your usual FTP, with paywalls for doubling income and buying gems to buy cars.

But back to the looks fanTASTIC. The art style looks like clay models drawn on with colored pencils, that's my best approximation. Very smooth animations, the cars lean and wobble wonderfully. Shame about the controls.
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News Comments > Grow Home Next Month
8. Re: Grow Home Next Month Jan 23, 2015, 07:56 HoSpanky
It's quite likely that the dev team invested what little Ubi gave them into the plant growth/climbing mechanic. If it get decent reviews I'll probably pick it up. So tired of the news feed's constant "here's another zombie survival game" listings. I would much rather play this than shoot one more terribly animated zombie in the face.  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jan 22, 2015, 20:27 HoSpanky
The price of the base CaH game is $25, and it's black and white. this *appears* to be using color cards. My girlfriend works VERY part time (conventions) for a small game maker, the cost to produce something when you DON'T own the facilities is shocking. Go to a board game convention, see games that cost $45-$50, and there's just a game board, a bunch of cards, and maybe some wooden markers, and you think "why is this so expensive?". It's expensive because the people who OWN the facilities that can produce these things want to get paid for what they do, and small run stuff requires JUST as much set up as massive-run things.

The initial $10k is likely the smallest amount of money they could spend to get a factory to pump out even a small number of their card game. YES, -now- they're going to make a ton of profit, but the initial pricing was *just in case* they only hit 10K.
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
1. Re: Hardware Reviews Jan 19, 2015, 14:58 HoSpanky
I got the nzxt s340 for Christmas (yay geeky girlfriend!), and it's pretty nice. The two 3.5inch drive bays are impossible to get all 4 screws into if your PSU is already in place, and there's the obvious lack of a 5.25" drive bay, but it's the cleanest-looking case I've ever seen by a long shot, the entire thing is designed to hide wires and simultaneously show off your computer's innards. Nice and compact, for being able to house a full size motherboard, two extended length video cards, and a water block. The fans it came with are surprisingly quiet for what they are.

Super pleased, although it's not for everybody.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 19, 2015, 07:25 HoSpanky
Techie714 wrote on Jan 19, 2015, 00:44:
JohnBirshire wrote on Jan 18, 2015, 22:18:
I bought H1Z1, but can't play it because you can't even remap your controls. ?!?!?!?!?!? *facepalm*

So far they are failing hard at basic game design, not off to a good start.

People like you are the problem with PC Gaming today. Early access....Geez!

Are...are you trying to defend a massive company's a use of a system designed for struggling independent developers? There's no reason SOE should be releasing a game that isn't feature-complete. I still don't understand people buying unfinished games, especially with the incredible number of them that have sat in EA for over a year, several of high have stopped getting updates.
You wouldn't be happy to pay for the first half of a movie, with the ending arriving...sometime. Maybe. Or half of any other product, for that matter. Why are people excited to pay for half of a game?
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News Comments > Evolve System Specs
15. Re: Evolve System Specs Jan 12, 2015, 14:53 HoSpanky
I played in the beta and SLI isn't just unsupported, it's unplayable. The framerate lurches like it's constantly streaming an absurd amount of data. Disabling SLI got me smooth framerates but I don't want to be changing that setting because a game's dev team can't be bothered to fix it.

50gb install?? It's only got a few maps, are they pulling a Titanfall here and piling on a ton of uncompressed audio for people with machines that can't run it anyway?

Not impressed here. Great idea, but I found the beta to be underwhelming, and not just because of the SLI issue. GTAV is getting my gaming money this month.
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News Comments > Job Posting Hints MS RTS Revival
3. Re: Job Posting Hints MS RTS Revival Jan 12, 2015, 14:39 HoSpanky
Damn, Jdreyer beat me to it. Was gonna say, Halo Wars 2?

If you have a 360, and a friend (that second part is just as important), find two copies of Halo Wars. It's blah in single player but in co-op, it's brilliant. You command the same army and will quickly find one of you is barking out what units you need on the front line while the other is managing upgrades and unit production. It's a simplistic rts but the units are surprisingly smart to help with the lack of precision from the controller scheme. And the cutscenes were a constant wow factor, although probably not as much now (but they're pre-rendered, and super pretty still).

I'd be happy with another Halo Wars, if it managed to be as fun as the first.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 9, 2015, 13:40 HoSpanky
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 11:23:
nin wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 11:16:
Microsoft reassures Xbox One owners over DRM rights

"Don't worry about your DRM rights. You'll have none, just like you didn't have any before."

I like how MS says "Oh, don't worry, you can always just go into your download history and redownload the game from there."

Okay. What if that history is wiped somehow? What if your box breaks and you get a new one? Seems to me like you're gonna be screwed.

The message, as always: Don't Trust Microsoft On ANYTHING.

The box doesn't keep the sole copy of your download record. It's your account. It works the same way Steam does, where the rare de-listed title can still be downloaded if you have it in your account. So unless you lose your account, you should be fine.

If the game was locked to THAT console (like on the wii), then when the 360s would red ring, customers would lose all downloaded games forever. That would have singlehandedly killed the digital market, people wouldn't buy digital anything, for fear of losing it when the hardware it was bought on died.
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News Comments > Codemasters Layoffs Coming
2. Re: Codemasters Layoffs Coming Jan 9, 2015, 10:55 HoSpanky
If they're lucky (and have the skills needed), they can get in at Playground Games. Other Codies ended up there already, as well as people from Bizzarre. They made the only non-disappointing racing game so far this generation, so they're probably not gonna be scaling back anytime soon.  
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News Comments > Chaos Ride Begins
6. Re: Chaos Ride Begins Jan 2, 2015, 15:11 HoSpanky
jdreyer wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 14:42:
I would love an updated version of that Star Wars podracing game from the late 90s. I really enjoyed that game.

Ahh, Pod Racer, a game that was better than its source material. Since Mario Kart will forever be on Nintendo systems, your only other decent option is Sonic Racing Transformed, which, like Pod Racer, is way better than it needed to be. Graphically, it's not quite at the standard of Mario Kart 8, but it's still quite pretty, with tracks that change during each lap. Also, there's no replacement for the Luigi Death Stare in it.

Sadly, I give you this info right after Steam's sale ended. Sonic Transformed drops to $5 all the time though.
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News Comments > Chaos Ride Begins
1. Re: Chaos Ride Begins Jan 2, 2015, 10:25 HoSpanky
"Does anyone remember a game from GRIN called Ballistics? We really liked that game, because this is the same thing, with graphics that have inexplicably not advanced in the 14 year gap."
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam
2. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam Jan 1, 2015, 11:08 HoSpanky
Is this due to a licensing issue, as the Deadpool game did last year (after being on sale for maybe 2 months)?  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: Sunday Consolidation Dec 28, 2014, 20:30 HoSpanky
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 28, 2014, 18:25:
Wow! Xbox 360 games on demand, if you don't have GTA5 it is only 25.00!!!!

Waiting for the PC version.
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News Comments > SPINTIRES Developer/Publisher Spat
1. Re: SPINTIRES Developer/Publisher Spat Dec 28, 2014, 19:26 HoSpanky
Well, that's a shame. Hopefully this is just a misunderstanding, it'd suck to see a game die early. I can't get my friends interested in Spintires, it looks like a differnt sort of game to play in multi.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. SSDs to outprice HDDs Dec 28, 2014, 14:28 HoSpanky
This would be great, I still haven't been able to pull the trigger on a 1tb SSD for my games.  
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