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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2014, 19:58 Creston
 
Awwwwwww  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
5. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 1, 2014, 18:21 Creston
 
It might be a little cheaper, but what they really need is a far more powerful xbone. Of course, they can't create a more powerful one now because it would fracture their user base.

And all that for the sake of their piece of shit camera toy which they abandoned less than a year later. They have some truly staggering fucking morons in charge of that division.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
34. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 15:15 Creston
 
peteham wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 05:32:
Chiming in on this as well. When I pre-ordered XCOM EW from them, I got the keys 2-3 hours after it released on steam. With a midnight release, and having to wait for the download as well, this basically amounted to getting the game a day later. I seem to recall reading on their forums that they weren't given keys to hand out before the game released. So I wouldn't pre-order from GMG if your main priority is playing the game the minute it's released.

Thanks for letting me know.

1badmf wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 04:22:
i haven't gotten my key yet either. i'll let you know when i do. it's worth the money if you can find one of gmg's many discount codes though. i paid $46 bux total.

Yeah, I'm debating whether being able to play for five days more is worth the 15 bucks discount.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
33. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 15:15 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 15:10:
Laidlaw literally admitted in a stream that there are a few healing spells anyway, I only got a glimpse at the tree but I saw something that looked like a regen spell and another one that is a burst heal for the whole party.

'we dont have healing spells...except for those healing spells over there'

That was about 2-3 weeks ago so it'll be interesting to see if they decided to keep them in or not.

The burst heal is the Focus spell, it's sort of the "Ultimate XXXXXX spell." I believe a mage can only have one focus spell period, so if you were to choose the heal as your focus, you miss out on stuff such as Nuclear Meteor Blast To Smithereens Extreme or something like that. You also don't get the focus spell until later in the game.

Don't know about the regeneration spell.

There's just no heal one person / heal the group kinda deal like there was in DA:O and DA2.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 1, 2014, 01:17 Creston
 
LittleMe wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 21:17:
Okay so if your car is unlocked with your fingerprint can they force you to unlock it and search it without your consent?

edit: I guess so if they have probably cause.

Well, a car is pretty easily opened and searched, so the analogy kinda fails there. Also, the cops could just ask for your key, and you'd have to provide it as per the law.

“giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits,”
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
25. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 00:28 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 00:17:
i honestly think the lack of healing spells/limited potions is from a demons/dark souls influence... challenging rpgs are in fashion currently, which is good - shit back in the day they were fucking brutal

That could very well be. Like I said, I like their design thought behind it, and the game looked properly difficult in several of their twitch streams. (Their lead dev wiped several times in a dungeon, for example.)
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
24. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 00:27 Creston
 
Wetworks24 wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 00:15:
Icewind wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 21:50:
Privilege Age: Cisquisition

Wonder how many overly-aggressive homosexual characters will be in this one?

Also, enjoy not having heal spells.

There were healing spells, I made my main character a mage and had access to the healing tree. I played on nightmare difficulty and used the single target heal, group heal, and heal aura extensively, the heal spells just had long cooldowns. Also, you could use Anders as a healer in DA2.

Those heals won't be in DA:I. See my post just below yours.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
21. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 00:13 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 22:59:
Not having healing spells in a magick game is stoopid!
Bloodthirsty

They actually gave a pretty good explanation for why they went a different route this time. Short version, IIRC, in the original game they had to calculate roughly how much hitpoints "the party" would have at any given point in time and then balance encounters around the enemy being able to do that much damage over the course of a battle, since their battle design was focused around incapacitating the party.

However, that health potential quickly multiplied exponentially when healing potions got involved, and then magic potions which could power healing spells, and multiple mages were there, etc etc, and eventually it'd be a function of "how much money does the PC possibly have, and how many of it will he/she have spent in health potions."

So this time around, they designed it not around incapacitating the party in a single battle, but doing it through attrition, and by forcing the party to spend money on its well-being, so to speak, as well as making sure there is always a camp somewhat nearby to fall back to (basically saying "don't stray too far behind enemy lines.") in case of emergencies.

I have no idea whether their implementation will work, but the theory behind it made a lot of sense.


(Edit, I went and found the post by the dev who explained it. If anyone is interested, follow this link and it'll be the third post down by Lukas Kristjanson. )

(edit 2: Here is a far more comprehensive explanation of how it tends to play for mediocre players.)

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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
20. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 1, 2014, 00:07 Creston
 
Wetworks24 wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 21:22:
Creston wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 20:36:
1badmf wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 20:21:
awesome. i juuuuuuust happened to take the week of thanksgiving off as well. what a coinkidink huh?

Surprisingly, so did I. Coincidences all around.

badmf, you said in the other DA:I thread that you'd preordered it from GMG, right? Did they give you your Origin key right away?

I'm tempted to preorder it from them, but if it means they don't give me the key until the 18th it's kinda pointless since I'd miss out on the preload.

I pre-ordered DAI a month ago and still don't have my key. My general experience with GMG is they give the key as soon as they have them. Which can be anywhere from the day of release to several days earlier. There have been cases where they have not given out keys till after the release date. If you absolutely need to preload you should consider getting the game from somewhere else, or at least wait till you hear that GMG customers are getting their keys.

Alrighty, thanks man.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 31, 2014, 20:41 Creston
 
One particular lawyer actually warned about this right when the iPhones started coming out with the fingerprint stuff. He said that legally, they can't force you to unlock a phone protected with a password, but if you turn it into a biometric thing, which is a part of you rather than something you know, they would likely be able to legally force you to unlock the phone.

Lo and behold, he was right, as the judge interpreted the law the exact same way.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
5. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Oct 31, 2014, 20:38 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 19:19:
Creston Age: Incresition?

Hehehe

I like Bioware's games. DA2 wasn't as disappointing to me as I know it was to many (though the fact that I got it a year later for 5 bucks probably had a lot to do with that), and I think they handled the ME3 fiasco as well as they could when they basically released an ~8 hour long fanservice "ending" DLC called The Citadel.

I have no doubt I'll enjoy the hell out of DA:I, but really the only reason I'd preorder is to get the preload and save myself the hassle of having to wait five days to download it once I buy it.


 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition
4. Re: Gone Gold - Dragon Age: Inquisition Oct 31, 2014, 20:36 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 20:21:
awesome. i juuuuuuust happened to take the week of thanksgiving off as well. what a coinkidink huh?

Surprisingly, so did I. Coincidences all around.

badmf, you said in the other DA:I thread that you'd preordered it from GMG, right? Did they give you your Origin key right away?

I'm tempted to preorder it from them, but if it means they don't give me the key until the 18th it's kinda pointless since I'd miss out on the preload.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Keep Open Demo
20. Re: Dragon Age Keep Open Demo Oct 31, 2014, 12:42 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:38:
Creston wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 14:32:
Strange, I think in the 40-50 hours I played DA2, it crashed on me maybe once or twice.

I agree with the endless waves of boring shit. It drove me insane my first playthrough, so for my second one I just set difficulty to normal and brought three mages. Firestorms and Ice storms and lightning storms all over the place tend to kill shit in a hurry.

But yeah, I don't want that kind of combat anymore. To be fair, from the twitch streams and videos I've seen of DA:I, it does NOT in any way look like that.

already bought it on gmg for like $40 bucks. you know you're gonna buy it anyway, might as well get the preload out of the way. unless you plan on going... other routes.

Nah, I don't pirate stuff. I've thought about GMG, but did they send you the key right away? I'm worried that if I get it through GMG, they'll send the key on the day of release, which puts me in the same boat of having to wait five days for the thing to finish downloading.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Time Anomaly Revealed
7. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Time Anomaly Revealed Oct 31, 2014, 12:02 Creston
 
You know AC devs have been fucking clamoring for an explanation that would allow them to put a goddamned TURRET SECTION into AC.

:-facepalm-:
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2014, 11:58 Creston
 
However, the proposal would not completely outlaw deals in which Web services pay for faster access to consumers.

So it's the typical government way of doing shit then. Half-assed that won't actually accomplish fucking anything. Who's surprised???!

Fucking Tom Wheeler.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Perma-Bans Hearthstone Win-Traders
6. Re: Blizzard Perma-Bans Hearthstone Win-Traders Oct 31, 2014, 11:56 Creston
 
What the hell is win trading?  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2014, 23:43 Creston
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 20:51:
Creston wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 18:22:
Creston explains why some of Destiny's DLC is on the disc: It's so they can make more money out of you, their wallets customers.

There, that did not require an entire article to be written about it.
What, precisely, is wrong with wanting to make money by selling a product that people want? Bonus question, in precisely what way is Bungie's explanation either incorrect or dishonest?

I never said either their explanation was incorrect or dishonest, so that's a bit of a straw man you're building. Make sure to kick the shit out of that little bugger.

As for what's wrong about it, let's just say that I have a fairly strong dislike for having DLC already be included on the disc (iow, already be done) on release, and being locked away for later after you pay Yet More Money. It's the nickle-and-dime mentality that every publisher now jerks themselves to sleep over. If you have no problem with that particular business practice, good for you. Some people don't appreciate it.

To be clear, I don't mind DLC. I've bought hundreds of things of DLC according to Steam (though I think things like SR3 GOTY probably add like 40 or 50 of them into that count), and in general I quite enjoy getting some more of the game I like, and I don't mind paying 5 or 8 bucks for some extra content.

It's when said content was already done, and was already included in the game, then gets locked away on the disc to be sold for extra later that pisses me off. LA Noire was a magnificent example of that behavior, as during the original game, the two main detectives would actually talk about cases in the past tense, even though I never played said cases. And that was because they were later sold as DLC.

 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2014, 18:22 Creston
 
Creston explains why some of Destiny's DLC is on the disc: It's so they can make more money out of you, their wallets customers.

There, that did not require an entire article to be written about it.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Far Cry 4
3. Re: Gone Gold - Far Cry 4 Oct 30, 2014, 18:20 Creston
 
Yeah, I so wished this would come out say next week, so I could play it before Inquisition lands...

 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Keep Open Demo
16. Re: Dragon Age Keep Open Demo Oct 30, 2014, 14:32 Creston
 
Strange, I think in the 40-50 hours I played DA2, it crashed on me maybe once or twice.

I agree with the endless waves of boring shit. It drove me insane my first playthrough, so for my second one I just set difficulty to normal and brought three mages. Firestorms and Ice storms and lightning storms all over the place tend to kill shit in a hurry.

But yeah, I don't want that kind of combat anymore. To be fair, from the twitch streams and videos I've seen of DA:I, it does NOT in any way look like that.
 
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