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Nickname HoSpanky
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
8. Re: Amazon.com: Best of 2012 in Video Games. Jan 3, 2013, 01:05 HoSpanky
 
I finished playing thru Spec Ops today. Not terribly long, gameplay is basically Gears of War with modern military skins.

The storyline is pretty messed up. By the final quarter of the game, even the load screens question your motives. It is not the happy jokey game that Gears is, at least not for long.
The graphics feel dated when you're out in the desert, but some of the indoor areas are absurdly gorgeous.

An aside: the developer decision to have the solders have their uniforms seal up over their neck-stumps when you blow their heads off? looks super weird. The game is jam-packed with horrific shit happening to people, yet having a bloody stump was just that little step too far, eh?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 18, 2012, 16:36 HoSpanky
 
Nega, while you would break out the gravy, you also are a bit more tech savvy and realize this COULD happen. The type of people who would actually CONSIDER renting a computer have zero clue about this sort of thing. And as a commenter on the original story said, it's ENTIRELY likely that an unscrupulous manager would rent a computer out to a pretty girl and then report it as past due simply to get photos of her. Odd, considering you can't search for ANYTHING on the internet without stumbling across porn, but maybe it's the idea of having compromising pictures of someone you've actually MET.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 28, 2012, 22:18 HoSpanky
 
Man, For a brief moment, I felt really sorry for the child porn guy, he had a pretty fucked up life. But then....*sigh*. He's probably a very, very angry person, and not entirely unwarranted. He got dealt a shit hand. Then he goes and writes an Xbox-Live-in-game-chat-level email to an FBI officer.


And of course, the whole child porn thing.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Nov 26, 2012, 21:08 HoSpanky
 
Good lord, with the age of a couple of the "contestants", they could have had a murder on their hands!

Also, what protected the little girl from someone "fighting their fears" and beating the crap out of the her?

I believe I have just seen about 10 or so people who will never get on an elevator for the rest of their lives.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Consolidation
1. Re: Black Friday Consolidation Nov 23, 2012, 18:25 HoSpanky
 
Forza Horizon for $15. Read that again until you buy it.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
17. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 21, 2012, 18:16 HoSpanky
 
Intrusion 2 for a little over $3, which is a pretty entertaining contra-esque shooter made by one guy. Also Critter Crunch for under $2, which is a steal.  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Week
30. Re: The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Wee Nov 9, 2012, 10:33 HoSpanky
 
nin wrote on Nov 9, 2012, 09:13:
Dammit, he fixed all the headlines!


After I'd turned off my computer and was in bed, I realized I should have photoshopped and sent Blue a "Blue's New" logo for the front page.

Next time, gadget, next tiiiiime!
 
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News Comments > Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Suit
9. Re: Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Sui Nov 8, 2012, 23:11 HoSpanky
 
The Smartphone authenticator works for every blizzard game, your info was wron  
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News Comments > Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Suit
3. Re: Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Sui Nov 8, 2012, 21:46 HoSpanky
 
You can get the authenticator free on any smartphon  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Week
10. Re: The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Wee Nov 8, 2012, 21:45 HoSpanky
 
yeah now it's apparently free to play past level 15. Not sure what they'll be charging FOR, but whatever. I'm not going to complai  
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News Comments > No PC Halo 4 Because It's "Designed Specifically for Xbox 360"
51. Re: No PC Halo 4 Because It's Nov 7, 2012, 08:19 HoSpanky
 
I found that when I played halo 1 on the pc, the super slow-motion action was just too easy. Headshot-o-Rama with the pistol, it was literally the only weapon you needed.

Due soley to the speed the game runs at, it feels designed for a Somewhat crippled control interface. Halo games on the 360 feel like they move JUST fast enough.

Also, as the consoles reach the end of their cycle, developers push harder and harder to squeeze every bit of power out, including lots of tricks that are system-specific and may require more work than you'd think to port it. I'm not saying that's the main reason H4 isn't being ported, but I guarantee it'd be a bigger undertaking than porting halo3. Forza Horizon has all KINDS of crazy shit going on behind the scenes to make it run at a rock-solid (and oddly buttery-smooth) 30 fps. It even uses spare CPU cycles to slip some FSAA in there, making it look as next-gen as I've seen on a console. It would not be a small task to change that, especially since the game's logic is tied inextricably to the framerate. Pc gamers would insist on higher framerates or would call it a sloppy port, but it'd require the game's entire functional logic to be re-written. It couldn't possibly be the same game, in the end. If the same tricks are being used in halo4, they'd have to rebuild most of the game's programming. Again, I doubt that's the real reason, but it would definitely add to potential development time.
 
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News Comments > AirMech Open Beta This Week
7. Re: AirMech Open Beta This Week Nov 5, 2012, 14:27 HoSpanky
 
The game is pretty fun, I played it months ago (it's been openly available using Chrome for almost a year). Very fast, multiplayer version of Herzog Zwei. Oddly has no gamepad support, altho that was months ago.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
6. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 4, 2012, 07:50 HoSpanky
 
Yeah, a $50 season pass (and very little chance of a steam-level sale on it) is rough. The rally expansion is supposedly going to be $20, which is super crazy unless it's a massive addon...and even then that's a bit hard to swallow.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 4, 2012, 00:33 HoSpanky
 
It's less praise and more "just the truth" than you think. When Activision killed Bizarre, a large number of them ended up at Playground Games. Play the demo, you'll see.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
1. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 3, 2012, 23:42 HoSpanky
 
No matter how awesome a racing game is, I refuse to buy extra cars. Give me a physical land expansion (there's a rally addon coming, apparently), and you've got my attention.

Btw, just to state it again: Forza Horizon is incredible. Where NFS: Most Wanted is a thinly veiled Burnout Paradise 2, Forza Horizon is pretty much Project Gotham: Out in The Desert.
 
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News Comments > Two TrackMania2 Additions Announced
4. Re: Two TrackMania2 Additions Announced Nov 2, 2012, 21:14 HoSpanky
 
If they offer a deal for both of em, I may pull the trigger. the new Need for Speed is apparently quite a disappointment, and there really hasn't been a really gonzo racing game in quite a while.

Altho I did pick up Forza Horizon, which I didn't even know was coming out until about a week before launch. Basically, it's filled the gap that PGR left behind, and it looks fan-fucking-tastic doing it.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed Most Wanted Launch Trailer
2. Re: Need for Speed Most Wanted Launch Trailer Oct 27, 2012, 09:09 HoSpanky
 
Super stupidly excited about this game. I like that the trailer is entirely in-game footage, even showing a couple rendering errors along the way.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 23, 2012, 21:15 HoSpanky
 
err, you are correct!

Off I go, hoping to be wowed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 23, 2012, 20:47 HoSpanky
 
This is the first Forza game that I'm actually interested in. I'm not a fan of overly sim-heavy racing, but I also like the cars to take more skill to drive than Ridge Racer. Since Bizarre Studios decided to self-destruct, I can't have any more PGR.

I'm holding off until I actually find it running in-store or they release a demo, but I'm pretty interested. I'd have bought it outright if Need for Speed: Burnout Paradise With Real Cars wasn't so close to release.
 
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News Comments > Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Demo
1. Re: Carrier Command: Gaea Mission Demo Oct 4, 2012, 20:58 HoSpanky
 
I watched the trailer for this game and thought "OH MY GOD this is gonna be a blast to play with my buddies!".

Oh, it's single-player only? I'm sorry, but since the story can't possibly be tied to a single character's every move, the lack of multiplayer loses my sale. This game SCREAMS for campaign co-op.
 
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