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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > The Saboteur Preorders
1. Re: The Saboteur Preorders Nov 17, 2009, 20:51 HoSpanky
oh boy, I can't wait to preorder a game with no developer left to support it!

And the best part is, it's a game set in WWII! Why doesn't anyone ELSE make games where you fight Nazis?
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News Comments > Dirt System Specs
4. Re: Dirt System Specs Nov 12, 2009, 23:50 HoSpanky
Heh, I second that GRID2 bit. Although honestly, the first game looks so f'n amazing, the next one might not look THAT much better. I mean really, I'd rather they just keep the cars from sticking to each other at high speeds.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: God of War 3 Ultimate? Nov 3, 2009, 13:09 HoSpanky
I agree, Tumbler...I was hoping for a version that included the previous two. And I know, for a fact, that as soon as I buy and open the GOW1/2 package, they'll announce a version that has all 3.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 1, 2009, 20:34 HoSpanky
I went in on the 4-pack for Borderlands, and it's a blast. The RPG elements aren't as strong as more traditional titles, but the lack of armor customization is pretty much there to keep things moving along faster. We ALREADY spend 5+ minutes sorting through the guns that drop during large encounters. If they had a full armor set like most games, we'd forget how to fight by the time we got done fiddling with it all.

Although I will say right now that I hate the way the cars drive. They drive like the warthogs in Halo, which also are designed to Piss You Right The Fuck Off. You can't look around the vehicle without turning that direction, so we have to rely on callouts from one of the people in the turrets. Before figuring this out, we were running the cars into rock walls (and each other) all the time while just trying to get our bearings.

The absurdly overhyped art style is neat at first but you'll forget all about it after a couple hours.
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Race Changes Underway
8. Re: World of Warcraft Race Changes Underway Oct 27, 2009, 21:14 HoSpanky
I cancelled my account finally, and yeah, WHOOOO I have a lot of spare time now.

also, it's interesting to note that the spellchecker for Blue's thinks "cancelled" is spelled wrong. In fact it is QUITE sure it's spelled "canceled". So is the spellchecker built into the site, or is it built into my browser? I honestly don't know. Running Firefox, whatever the latest version is.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Man Oct 26, 2009, 20:28 HoSpanky
well Borderlands WAS $44 before it launched. My buddies n I bought the 4-pack for $134 ($33.50 each). hella deal! same with l4d2, the complaints about it being more of an expansion pack are kinda moot when you pay the price OF an expansion pack for it.  
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News Comments > Cliffski Interview
8. Re: Game Reviews Oct 22, 2009, 20:36 HoSpanky
This isn't a strategy game as much as its a planning game.

The closest I can think to it is Mind Rover. You were given an objective, and you built and programmed (using clever icons that represented if/then and other standard statements) a robot to complete said task. some wanted you to make a robot that could navigate a maze, others you had to fight, sometimes you just had to make one that could do a drag race.
No matter what your task, once the robot was built you let it loose and couldn't touch it. you could observe how it goofed up, immediately go back to the robot and tweak it, then restart the task.

It's definitely a different idea, although I wonder how much "programming" you can do in GSB. can you give ships orders to avoid certain enemy types, while being overly aggressive toward others? That's the sort of thing I want to know.
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News Comments > Freeware Death Rally
8. Re: Freeware Death Rally Oct 20, 2009, 15:48 HoSpanky
Hmm. I recall this game looking SO much cooler back in the day, heh. Downloading this actually just demolished my fond memories, as the 320x200 graphics are truly painful to look at on anything larger than a cellphone.

For the record, THERE IS NO MULTIPLAYER in it, as they'd have to rebuild the network code entirely, which they weren't interested in. The game is still fun, and I'd LOVE a proper sequel, although noone's gonna pay $50 for a top down racer. Live Arcade/$10 downloadable title that looks up to date (and has multiplayer) has a decent chance at success.
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Sep 13, 2009, 17:51 HoSpanky
If you're a fan of co-op play, pick up Red Alert. a co-worker and I bought it at almost twice that price and had a blast. The game isn't remotely serious, so if you can't stand silliness in your games, steer clear.  
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News Comments > Resident Evil 5 PC Specs
3. Re: Resident Evil 5 PC Specs Jul 27, 2009, 11:10 HoSpanky
oh, don't doubt that it's required just yet.

Capcom fucked up Street Fighter 4 pretty badly, this may be as well. SF4 doesn't allow you to use a 2-person X-Arcade controller (or any other keyboard-emulating arcade stick) for more than 1 person. it also makes you use "A" and "B" (on the keyboard) in place of "enter" and ESC" like EVERY OTHER PC GAME ON EARTH does.

I fully expect them to screw this game up as well. Shame, really, I woulda bought SF4 if it'd supported the X-arcade. Silly that a company whose legacy (and that game's legacy) is built around an arcade stick, they didn't bother to allow proper support for them.

If Capcom made the Typing Of The Dead series for the PC, I have no doubt in my mind that the only peripheral it would support is the mouse.

Read: lazy-as-fuck interface programmers.
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News Comments > Mouse of Steel
7. Re: Mouse of Steel Jul 24, 2009, 12:33 HoSpanky
gosh, it boasts pretty much identical stats and abilities to Razer's mice. storing settings on the mouse itself? yeah yeah. razer's had that for years. ridiculous DPI. yep.

lcd menu system is new.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Rock Band, Guitar Hero Revenues Down 49% Jul 22, 2009, 19:23 HoSpanky
You guys are missing the important part of this news post... 'SPLOSION MAN!

The game is ridiculously crazy. As others have said, think N+ with a more frantic Sonic the Hedgehog feel, with a protagonist that is clinically insane.
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News Comments > Brütal Legend Lawsuit
7. Re: Brütal Legend Lawsuit Jun 5, 2009, 12:40 HoSpanky
Basically, Activision is seeing that people are actually interested in the game that they dumped. So now they want a piece of the pie again, even though I guarantee you the funding they'd put down on the game was written off during the merger.

So then they either:
1) had their lawyers scour every bit of documentation about dropping doublefine


2) Intentionally left themselves this option in case EA got people excited about the game (by spending money advertizing it when Activision wouldn't).

Either way, Activision's trying to pull a fast one here.
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News Comments > 2009 Penny Arcade Scholarship
2. Re: 2009 Penny Arcade Scholarship May 6, 2009, 17:49 HoSpanky
neither did I. anyone know if this is the first year they're doing this?  
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News Comments > No PC Bionic Commando Demo
14. Re: No PC Bionic Commando Demo Apr 16, 2009, 10:51 HoSpanky
Ehh, I'm more willing to bet that the demo will eventually surface, but that they don't have the time to put out more than one demo before the game hits. so they aimed at the largest legitimate audience.

Besides, it's a Capcom-published game, it will have SecuROM and all of you will just cry that THAT's a good enough reason to not buy it.

Others will complain if it uses Live for its multiplayer, and will say THAT'S why they won't buy it.

More will complain if the single player story isn't super crazy long when they play it on "I'm mentally challenged" difficulty, and say THAT'S why they won't buy it.

Meanwhile...the 360 version won't HAVE people crying about that. Neither would the PS3, but there's no concrete network setup on there, and it would take them more time than using Xbox Live's setup. So, if YOU ran a company that had time to make a demo for ONE system, which would YOU pick? Don't lie. You'd pick the 360 too.
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News Comments > Warren Spector on Game Prices
49. pricing Mar 30, 2009, 16:24 HoSpanky
What I don't understand is why would publishers charge $50 for digital purchases?

Steam is an even greater ripoff. At least when you buy the box you have the physical product complete with manual, etc.

Actually, initial launch costs are the same as the boxed (B&M, whatever) copies because retailers demanded it. They refused to stock a game that is being sold online for less, cutting into their possible sales. Valve had mentioned that with the Orange Box, EA wasn't about to let Valve sell it for LESS online than the store version that EA was paying to publish (when it would require Steam to be installed anyway).

So don't go blaming Valve/Steam. They're held in a contract to sell the game at that price for a certain period of time. When Red Alert 3 dropped to $30 on Steam, I thought "holy crap!" until I discovered EA had lowered the boxed version to that price as well.

Getting way off subject, RA3 is well worth the money to play thru it in co-op. Don't bother with the expansion, they didn't put co-op in it. Shame, they woulda landed another $40 from my buddy n I if it had.
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News Comments > Burnout Paradise Patch
2. Re: Burnout Paradise Patch Mar 27, 2009, 19:49 HoSpanky
Yikes, Morgan!

The addon cars are all only somewhat amusing, except for the priciest of the pack: they have a Delorian, complete with the ability to hover and leave fire trails. I....don't think I can resist that. Kitt, the General Lee, n the Ghostbusters car (none are official, they are just very VERY close fakes) are amusing as well. the micro cars are CUTE, but certainly not worth more than a new Live Arcade game.
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News Comments > Age of Booty Demo
14. Re: Age of Booty Demo Mar 11, 2009, 20:16 HoSpanky
Heh, it's like walking into a room full of pirates. In a thread about a game about pirates.

It's amazing how freaked out people are by it, when not one person I know has had any trouble with it. It's like you're looking for a reason to pirate it, so if someone ever pointed a finger at you, you could say "It's not my fault! The game had SecuROM, I was forced to steal it if I wanted to play it!".

As for the DRM on the 360, I recall a post about people losing their accounts due to being linked to "dead" email addresses. If I lost my account to that AND all the games I bought, I think Microsoft would lose a customer for life...and maybe some employees in the process. NERD RAGE!

....back on topic, the game itself is pretty fun. Feels odd to not have full control of your ship (it starts shooting at anything it deems a target), but it's a very laid back game. I got it on the 360, no need to buy a second copy.

Also, Capcom stated in an interview (also a post on blue's, was only a couple days ago) that they were thrilled with SecuROM and will continue to use it. So you might as well plan to steal SF4. Like you weren't going to already.
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News Comments > Red Alert 3 Uprising Movie
1. Re: Red Alert 3 Uprising Movie Mar 3, 2009, 16:21 HoSpanky
heh, glad to see they're releasing an addon for this game, was worried it was having sales so bad they wouldn't see a reason to. It dropped to $30 almost immediately, at which point I snapped it up on Steam. the co-op play is quite fun, although the computer leans on player 1 much harder than player 2.

Glad they're making sure people understand with these ads that the game is not meant to be taken's ridiculously silly. I mean, you have a psychic Japanese schoolgirl that tears tanks in half with her mind. Tim Curry pretends to be Russian. You launch bears out of cannons.

let me say again.


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News Comments > PC Street Fighter IV in Summer
10. Re: PC Street Fighter IV in Summer Feb 27, 2009, 14:36 HoSpanky
I'll have a reason to break out the X-Arcade again, since they have neither a PS3 nor 360 adapter yet. the PS3 one CAN be done using multiple adapters but I'm not paying for all that when it'll work with the PC already.  
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