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News Comments > Casey Hudson Departs BioWare
15. Re: Casey Hudson Departs BioWare Aug 7, 2014, 23:53 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 19:37:
Flatline wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 19:09:
Is he the guy who supposedly locked himself away for ME3 and wrote that "ending"?

That'd be the guy...

No, that was Mac Walters. Casey didn't write it. Rumors say that Casey signed off on the ending wholeheartedly, but on the flipside, they were like two months away from shipping and Walters still hadn't figured out how to actually end the story, so at that point you'd probably sign off on anything, even the turd of an ending that Walters finally crapped out.

They deserved all the flak they got for the ME3 ending (even though they made it a bit better with the extended cut, and did actually release an Ending DLC without calling it that), but in the end Casey was project director on KOTOR, and lead on the Mass Effect trilogy. Those are four great, great games that he was in charge of, and I think he deserves much appreciation for that.

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News Comments > Casey Hudson Departs BioWare
14. Re: Casey Hudson Departs BioWare Aug 7, 2014, 23:51 Creston
 
Sucks, because he was an awesome lead designer, and Bioware will get worse because of it.

Ten bucks says he'll join Oculus.

 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Access Expands
8. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Access Expands Aug 7, 2014, 12:13 Creston
 
The game has... what, 600000 backers or so? I'd be curious to know how many people have AC access, and how many of them are actually playing. If they're handling several hundred thousand people playing at once, that'd be a good sign.
 
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News Comments > Ryse: Son of Rome Roaming onto PCs
8. Re: Ryse: Son of Rome Roaming onto PCs Aug 7, 2014, 12:11 Creston
 
This is a terrible game. The story is actually pretty good, the voice acting is solid, the visuals are... okay, I guess (beautiful characters and environments in rome, terrible terrible visuals elsewhere), but the actual fighting gameplay is so mindnumbingly boring...

I'd pick it up for 2.50.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 6, 2014, 16:25 Creston
 
Apparently it was yet another one of those "I'm going through a really difficult time right now, and I thought that threatening some random internet user somewhere with legal action would help make me feel better!" scenarios.

So he has apologized, but apparently not actually taken down the DMCA notice he served to Tumblr. Also, Tumblr stands by its belief that the notice was legitimate, even though the Escher Girls blog falls completely within the fair use for purpose of criticism and debate terminology of the DMCA.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 6, 2014, 16:02 Creston
 
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 21:35:
Skip 1, play 2, Brotherhood, Revelations, skip 3, play 4.

Honestly with the game also taking place in New York I'd love to see a PC version.

Skip Revelations. It's boring, trite and quite frankly it's just irritating to see Old Ezio complain about how old he's become. The only real saving grace in that game is that his relationship with whatsherface builds very gradually and is made nicely believable because of that.

The rest of it is imminently forgettable.

AC2, Brotherhood and 4 are great games. The rest can easily be skipped.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
14. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 15:53 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 14:55:
Not really sure I buy that. Codemasters isn't some naive indie games company. They've been around forever. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to intentionally risk their reputation over a $7 game in a relatively niche genre with some kind of contrived evil mustache twirling muahahaha scenario.

So what then, they just never thought "Hmmm, maybe calling it Colin McRae Rally and saying 'The old legend is back!' will mislead people"?

As for risking their reputation, eh, EA still sells game by the shitload, and they've been screwing people over for more than a decade now, so I doubt they're all that worried.

It screams of an attempt to make a quick cash grab to me, and they tried to hide the fact by being less than honest in their blurb. And now that they've been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they're desperately trying to pretend this wasn't their intention to begin with while at the same time trying to showcase their largess by offering refunds.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed SF Gamer's Night & Action Figure
2. Re: Assassin's Creed SF Gamer's Night & Action Figure Aug 6, 2014, 15:48 Creston
 
Eh, it's a pretty cool promotion. If I lived in SF I'd probably go, but then again, if I lived in SF I'd likely have season tickets to the Giants anyway.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 6, 2014, 12:46 Creston
 
Queen also alleged that Escher Girls' DMCA post “publicly challenges my right to protect the perception of my IP as it exists today.”

You have no such right, moron. The perception of your IP is (gasp) free speech protected. I am fully within my first amendment rights to consider your 'art' to be fucking terrible, and your faulty belief in how the DMCA works to be fucking moronic.

Kudos to Tumblr for kowtowing to yet another IP whiner without ever bothering to check whether it was legit or not.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2014, 11:44 Creston
 
A WHOLE DAY?!

Have fun, Blue.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2014, 11:42 Creston
 
True, but let's be honest, this wasn't just "an honest mistake." They knew full well that people would think they were getting the PC version of Colin McRae, and not a fucking port from a mobile version.

So they put this up hoping to cash in without anyone making too much fuss. It's still a fucking scumbag move.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
2. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 11:25 Creston
 
"We tried to screw people over, and got caught, so now we have to pretend to care about you and give refunds, dammit."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 5, 2014, 18:56 Creston
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 16:36:
"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.

I'm gonna guess this quote was made before the advent of the video game industry.

Because a good game shits all over the best television.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 18:51 Creston
 
Btw, I love how Europe ass-rapes every car that's basically not electric with environmental taxes etc, but at the same time, cops letting their fucking cars run all day is perfectly fine.

Government hypocrisy in action. Someone please just bulldoze Brussel.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 18:49 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 15:00:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 14:44:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 13:03:
a computer that takes 7 minutes to boot up must to ancient, maybe they need to upgrade them.

Not even an 8086 takes 7 minutes to boot up, from floppy yet.

I've had plenty of work laptops that take that long to reboot. New machines, but with all the security it takes them forever.
Hell, reawakening my current laptop from hibernation will take forever before it's usable. I should time it sometime. It's over five minutes before I can actually get into the browser. An actual reboot is usually faster, I think, since it isn't pushing 7 gigs of data back into the RAM, but not by much.

Okay, take your shitty 1997 Sony VAIO and throw it in the trash, please.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained
34. Re: Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained Aug 5, 2014, 18:45 Creston
 
Zanthar wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 14:27:
I don't think you can judge whats going on behind the scenes in production from just a few press blurbs. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Chris Roberts has an impressive track record of delivering some awesome games back in the day.

He also has the track record of Freelancer, which he worked on for 6 something years, promising everything, until MS finally said "This is never getting done", and kicked him out the door.

If he doesn't deliver with SC, his career in the gaming industry will be over for good. He will lose respect and all of his achievements will become worthless. There will be no recovery from failure since he took $50mil directly from the pockets of gamers. If that's not enough motivation for him NOT to fail then he'll deserve the brutal end to his career that he will get.

Oh, I don't think anyone has any doubts that CR wants this game to be made, and wants it to succeed beyond all his wildest dreams, and that he in no way, shape or form wants to fuck it up. However, on the flipside, he has now made so many promises, and they're trying to cram so much stuff into this one game, that failure is absolutely a possibility no matter how much he struggles against it.

That said, as long as people apparently keep putting a million bucks into the game every month, he can keep his 200 odd developers plugging along quite merrily.
 
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
15. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:39 Creston
 
Free game is cool, but does Origin do anything to make sure it runs? WC3 can be a bit fickle to get to work properly...

I already have a GOG copy (which works fine, I might add), so no need for this one, but hey, a free game is a free game, and it's double awesome when it's an incredibly cool, and at the time genre-shattering, game like this one.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
1. Re: Evening Previews Aug 5, 2014, 18:37 Creston
 
Very good article, well worth the read.

Pretty damn excited for Wasteland 2.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Financials; WoW Down to 6.8M Subs
2. Re: Blizzard Financials; WoW Down to 6.8M Subs Aug 5, 2014, 18:28 Creston
 
For another perspective, WoW has now lost more subscribers than any other MMO ever had.  
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News Comments > SimCity Trial Version
1. Re: SimCity Trial Version Aug 5, 2014, 18:23 Creston
 
Makes sense it's only for four hours, because you can't build anything big enough (relatively speaking, in their tiny-ass lots) to see how fucking terrible it is later in the game.  
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