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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Evolve Alpha Signups
6. Re: Evolve Alpha Signups Jul 4, 2014, 20:37 HoSpanky
 
Since all 4 hunters are drastically different, I wonder how the game plays once the monster takes one out. If it happens in the first couple minutes, will the hunter team simply quit?

I signed up anyway, as I hope it's like playing Citizen Kabuto multiplayer, without the game-breaking cheapness the Reapers gain midway.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Z
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - Z Jul 4, 2014, 10:26 HoSpanky
 
As much as I recall liking this game, I also recall it being multiplayer, and this "HD remaster" or whatever looks super weak. They appear to have altered it for widescreen, aaaand...that's it. Oh, and removed multiplayer.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jun 27, 2014, 16:05 HoSpanky
 
Yes but the same idiots who wouldn't "GET" the name of Broforce are also the same dudebros who would buy it based on its name.

Also, my phone always has autocorrected the other game title to Bulletstork. That is all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 26, 2014, 13:01 HoSpanky
 
That kleargear trial went...as expected. KG sent no representative, and I doubt anyone at the company ever responds again. They're long gone by now.

As for the best buy thing, I don't think it's a shady move, particularly, just a bit desperate. I doubt BB treats its retail employees any worse than any other retail chain. Retail is a shit job, and requires so little effort on the employee's part that they're easily replaceable.

I do wonder what cities people live in where jobs are hard to find. I can't drive a block without seeing a Now Hiring sign. Maybe it's just my part of the US isn't in as dire of circumstances, or maybe it's people who can't swallow their pride and get a less-desirable job than they wanted/had. I had a buddy who almost lost his house because he refused to get a job that wasn't IT management, because that's what he had done before. I offered to put in a good word for him where I work, but he didn't want it. Finally he ended up working in a call center, which pays WAY less than the job I could have helped him get. But call center hiring is fast, and he held off until the bitter end. It takes, on average, 3 months to get a job where I work, he had plenty of time when I offered.

Again, maybe it's different elsewhere, but HERE, when people say there aren't any jobs, they mean "there aren't any jobs in the niche field I want one in".
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Incoming
1. Re: Titanfall Patch Incoming Jun 26, 2014, 09:49 HoSpanky
 
Have they patched it so you can opt for compressed audio and have an 18gb install instead of 46gb? Not willing to give up a tenth of a 512gb SSD for one fucking game, especially when it's huge for bullshit reasons.  
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
39. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 18:24 HoSpanky
 
Hello Games' first game was a ps3 exclusive, and it showed up on pc alongside its weirdly xbox360-exclusive sequel. Both games are largely the same, graphically, with AA and whatnot but no better textures. They're a small company. The Joe Danger games are pretty damn fun tho, mix of Mario and Excitebike.

Last year they were independent and planning for an initial release on pc, then their offices were flooded and their insurance didn't cover it. I have a feeling that's when Sony swooped in to save their asses, they went silent for a while.

Complaining that it WAS on pc first and now isn't... is your own fault. If you're so butthurt, why didn't YOU cover their financial problem? Because you don't have the money, or you didn't care THAT much. Without Sony stepping up, NMS would have died.

Controls-wise, I never expected the game to require a billion buttons. It doesn't appear to be an overly complex game. If you think a team of like 10 guys is going to build a game remotely as complex as a 47 million dollar behemoth, you're delusional. I was just disappointed that there's no direct multiplayer. You can see people's notes and discoveries but not other actual players. I had hoped for at least some co-op exploration...oh well.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter
30. Re: Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter Jun 19, 2014, 12:02 HoSpanky
 
It's not so much that the developer isn't getting paid, it's that someone ELSE is, for the developer's work. If the income from those videos was split down the middle, there wouldn't be a discussion. As the article mentions, PewDiePie makes 4 million a year, playing other people's games. That's not insignificant.

Also, again, in single-player games that are interactive rollercoasters, posting a video showing the story beginning to end IS giving away the game. A cutscene-heavy game isn't remotely different during those cutscenes as when someone is playing it themselves. We aren't discussing whether or not a game like that is worth playing, that's irrelevant and subjective. It's whether an entire storyline should be posted online, with monetary benefit going SOLEY to the poster, none to the creators.

You watch LPs to decide if you want to play a game, that's fine. Do you watch the entire thing? See how it ends? See all the plot twists ahead of time, and STILL purchase the game? If you only watched, say, 20 minutes and decided the gameplay does or doesn't interest you, that's not an issue, nor is it what I'm saying here. Once you've seen a game all the way through, you've seen the funny lines, the amazing cutscenes and vistas, you know the story entirely. Do you watch entire story playthroughs and still buy the game?

If you say no, you wouldn't have bought it anyway, yet you watched someone else play the game, entirely, then you're lying. You wanted to play it and couldn't afford it? Fine, why does some youtuber get paid and not the creator? You didn't watch that YouTube guy the entire time, you watched someone else's creation.

Yes a lot of this is saying the same thing in a slightly different way, but you seem blind to what I'm saying here. It's not the experience they're worried about, it's seeing everything a game has to offer, for free, while some douche who created NOTHING is the one getting paid.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter
28. Re: Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter Jun 19, 2014, 11:30 HoSpanky
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 10:37:
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 09:34:
I dot think Phil is entirely wrong here. People aren't just posting small bits of the game, they do multi-hour "let's play!" videos that basically show you the entire game. I'd be pissed if someone was getting PAID to display the game I'd spent years of my life making, in it's entirety. Movie companies shut down full feeds of their movies, and rightfully so. Aside from not being the active player, what's the difference between watching someone play thru an entire game you didnt buy, and watching a pirated movie? You still see all the content, free. And someone ELSE gets PAID to do this. I'd be cranky as well.
You can say piracy is unstoppable, and you'd be right. But YouTube is a legitimate company that is allowing essentially pirated videos to make people money. A game reviewer video isn't a problem here, those guys don't show you every piece of a game's story/puzzles/art. Is Phil an overreacting douche? Oh yeah. Jesus he's a spaz.

But I don't think he's completely wrong.

Your argument went completely into insanity land when you equaled watching someone playing games to watching copies of movies...

Games are entertainment content that you buy to play. And a developer that thinks someone recording himself playing his game is piracy is a nutjob. Unless that game was made to be watched instead of played, in which case that thing shouldn't even be called a game to begin with.

Art, Sound and Music are all secondary. Games are defined by GAMEPLAY something you can record but never replicate by watching.

Heck, the experience of watching a let's play and playing a game is completely different.

So, then you agree that it'd be OK to post a video of someone reading an entire book aloud on YouTube, and tolerated by the author? Because by your logic, it's a different experience, despite containing all of the media involved in the product. So the author should be cool with it, right?
Games are an interactive medium, yes. Are you saying that all of the artwork, story and cutscenes should be free, and only if you want to actually have a controller in your hands should you pay for any of those? Do you think that someone who watches an entire play through of bioshock infinite would purchase the game afterwards? The creator gets NOTHING, while some asshat with a video capture device actually gets PAID, by a legitimate, massive company.
Videos of CoD rounds aren't the issue here. There's no story there, and shot-of-a-lifetime videos are likely pleasing to content creators; it makes people want to play the game. Watching an entire single player game played out isn't going to make someone buy the game. It gives them a way to experience the story without paying.

Now, if Phil is trying to say ANY video, even a small, short one, of the game is a problem, he's a moron. Those DO help sell games. Full-length videos of a single player story are as likely to sell copies as posting full length movies.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter
25. Re: Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter Jun 19, 2014, 09:34 HoSpanky
 
I dot think Phil is entirely wrong here. People aren't just posting small bits of the game, they do multi-hour "let's play!" videos that basically show you the entire game. I'd be pissed if someone was getting PAID to display the game I'd spent years of my life making, in it's entirety. Movie companies shut down full feeds of their movies, and rightfully so. Aside from not being the active player, what's the difference between watching someone play thru an entire game you didnt buy, and watching a pirated movie? You still see all the content, free. And someone ELSE gets PAID to do this. I'd be cranky as well.
You can say piracy is unstoppable, and you'd be right. But YouTube is a legitimate company that is allowing essentially pirated videos to make people money. A game reviewer video isn't a problem here, those guys don't show you every piece of a game's story/puzzles/art. Is Phil an overreacting douche? Oh yeah. Jesus he's a spaz.

But I don't think he's completely wrong.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 18, 2014, 12:38 HoSpanky
 
I'd like to read about the Amazon phone thing, but WSJ wants $8 a month to fill more than half the screen with ads and show me a story about a product that I'm QUITE sure there'll be more media about than I could ever consume.

Fuck you, WSJ.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 18, 2014, 12:14 HoSpanky
 
I picked up MK8, and while it's certainly polished to a fine sheen, it feels...less of a game than Sonic All-Stars Transformed. There's only two game modes in MK8, and one is so lazily tacked-on that it feels like someone, a week before shipping, said "oh shit, we forgot to do Battle mode!".
MK8 has an advantage over SAST with better-defined borders, but amazingly, SAST has more consistent-feeling drifting, and WAY more variety in the single-player segment. SAST also has more characters (not just doubling the roster with Baby versions).

If you don't have a WiiU, wait for the next time SAST goes on sale for $5 and pick it up. Unless you HAVE to see Mario himself, it'll fulfill that need for some silly Kart racing.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 09:26 HoSpanky
 
The video games with friends article is pretty good. While I enjoy a good single player narrative, my Ouya that I got at goodwill gained surprising traction with its large number of same-room multiplayer games. Nothing on the Ouya is PRETTY, but they're definitely FUN. My girlfriend really enjoyed No Brakes Valet, Bombsquad was enjoyable. Hidden In Plain Sight can entertain WAY more than just the 4 people playing, and the controls are very simple, you can convince ANYONE to play it. PS3 and 360 controllers can be hooked into it with ease, making expanding to 4 players (or 8, for a couple rare titles) less expensive than you'd think.
I like the idea of a bar that has these crazy games set up for play, especially ones with unique control methods that are likely too expensive to purchase for home use. I don't know if such a place would succeed in my city, but I'd gladly head up to Chicago for a day to go to one.
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation About 15 Hours
1. Re: Alien Isolation About 15 Hours Jun 18, 2014, 09:03 HoSpanky
 
In reality, if the game lasts 7-8 hours, and keep that oh-so-sweet-looking atmosphere the entire time, I'd be pleased.

I'm really on the fence with it. God LORD is it gorgeous, but there's only the one alien. A super clever game design can keep that from being dull, but there have been ZERO Alien-based games that had super clever designers.

Here's hoping these guys are the Rocksteady of the Alien franchise.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 18, 2014, 08:47 HoSpanky
 
So, will Youtube ALSO be blocking the 10,000 OTHER videos that pop up when you type in "[artist] - official video". When I type in "official video", I don't want to see 10 seconds of the video and then cut to some fat fuck giving me his or her opinion on the video.

THAT is what kills people watching music videos on Youtube. If they're put in a different area, or there's a keyword that will push directly to ONLY the actual video by the artist....that'd be a nice change.
 
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News Comments > GRID Autosport Street Discipline Trailer
5. Re: GRID Autosport Street Discipline Trailer Jun 18, 2014, 08:42 HoSpanky
 
Ehh...The multiplayer menu in G2 is what killed the game for me. You have to pick what area you want to play in, with NO indicator of how many people are playing that discipline. No games? Backing out isn't fast. Checking each one (and they overlap, so there's more than actually necessary) takes about a minute n a half. Finding no games, I generally just quit out of the game. Did that about a dozen times, was done with it.

I'm sure if I got a console version of it, there'd be players, that's the worst part.
 
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News Comments > Free Peggle on Origin
4. Re: Free Peggle on Origin Jun 18, 2014, 08:35 HoSpanky
 
"What's the catch?"

"You have to install Origin."

I haven't honestly had any trouble out of Origin, I just don't like the idea of having a bunch of different platforms installed for running my games. Steam is running SO far out in the lead at this point that these other companies can't even offer what Steam does, much less something BETTER.
 
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News Comments > Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA
5. Re: Free DLC with Tropico 5 Disc in NA Jun 16, 2014, 20:04 HoSpanky
 
It's a "Thanks for not cancelling your pre-order when you found out the disc version would come out later than the digital one, leaving us with thousands more physical copies than we expected to have" gift.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Gameplay Footage
13. Re: The Witcher 3 Gameplay Footage Jun 16, 2014, 17:01 HoSpanky
 
Alright Rattlehead, at least if you really did get that tattoo, the witcher logo is reasonably badass. Even if the game series dies and is long forgotten, the tat can survive on its own merit.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Patch Plans & Homebrew Visual Upgrade
8. Re: Watch Dogs Patch Plans & Homebrew Visual Upgrade Jun 16, 2014, 10:18 HoSpanky
 
Verno wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 09:52:
I like many aspects of the gameplay but I agree the story is beyond terrible, Aiden is the worlds most unlikable protagonist whose characterization changes drastically from cutscene to cutscene. Also there is something comical about a middle aged guy trying to wear an outfit that looks like it belongs on a 20 year old. It's a good first entry but Ubisoft really needs to hire competent writers.

Wait, Aiden ISN'T in his early 20s? Every bit of promo for it appears that he is, but I haven't been paying THAT much attention I guess.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jun 16, 2014, 10:14 HoSpanky
 
Hundreds of dollars?
Who's giving their kid their credit card info?
 
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