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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS
30. Re: Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS Nov 6, 2014, 15:56 Creston
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 15:14:
Can't wait for this. I got a free copy of Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity with my new graphics cards (GTX 970s) and they should be a good test of my rig.

You got both?? Holy shit. What card did you buy? (I know, GTX970, but what manufacturer?)

 
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News Comments > The Witcher III Free DLC Plans
9. Re: The Witcher III Free DLC Plans Nov 6, 2014, 14:29 Creston
 
Task wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:23:
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 14:17:
<3 you guys. Buying Witcher 3 day one, and if you have any special/pricier editions, I'll buy that one.

Witcher 3 Collector's Edition (Amazon)
Witcher 3 Collector's Edition (GameStop)

Thank you, sir!
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS
11. Re: Far Cry 4 Requires 64-bit OS Nov 6, 2014, 14:17 Creston
 
Yay 64 bit!  
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News Comments > The Witcher III Free DLC Plans
4. Re: The Witcher III Free DLC Plans Nov 6, 2014, 14:17 Creston
 
<3 you guys. Buying Witcher 3 day one, and if you have any special/pricier editions, I'll buy that one.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
9. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 6, 2014, 13:10 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:27:
Verno wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 10:23:
Fair point.

They are horrendously underpaid though. According to the Googles, $8000 for the three month season. Given the danger involved, fuck. that.

They don't live in the US. 8000 bucks is quite a bit of money in Nepal. It's probably still not worth it for what they have to put up with, but it's not as bad as it looks.

As for this horseshit stunt, this is why marketing departments need to just unilaterally be set on fucking fire.
 
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News Comments > The Crew Season Pass Details
1. Re: The Crew Season Pass Details Nov 6, 2014, 13:07 Creston
 
What's the point of having car packs when according to people who played the beta, every car drives like you're on a sheet of ice anyway?

BUY THE SEASON PASS NOW! Only 25 bucks. That's a savings of THREE WHOLE DOLLARS versus buying them individually!!!



 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
30. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Nov 6, 2014, 00:17 Creston
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 22:26:
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 01:18:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 00:56:
I must be crazy. I'm looking forward to this. I have yet to finish half a dozen games which I've been juggling over the past few months yet I'm planning on picking this one up on day one.

Has anyone else not had any luck with Dragon Age Keep? I logged in and it has my info from the first two games but I wanted to alter the Tapestry. Tried several times to change and lock in choices only to have error after error occur. Am I just cursed?

It's worked fine for me... From what I've read on the forum, either try a different browser, or log out, clear out your cache, then log back in. Any particular kind of error you're getting?

These are the errors I am getting.

Line: 7
Error: Script error for: app/template/account-check/personas.html
http://requirejs.org/docs/errors.html#scripterror


It wants to open an HTML debugger but I don't know much about site scripting so I just close it and try to log in again. It will usually take after a try or two, log me in, then I get this error while trying to view the Tapestry.

"Oops, an error occurred Sorry, something went wrong. Please try viewing the Interactive Story Summary later."

Are you running NoScript or something? It sounds like it may be an add-on that's blocking something... Try reinstalling a newer version of Java. I'd also definitely try with a different browser (heck, maybe even vanilla IE.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 5, 2014, 20:26 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:47:
My TV is a Sony LCD I picked out specifically for its extremely low input lag, but if I didn't play as many games on it, I probably would have picked up a new plasma instead. Good plasmas had incredible contrast and out of the box color for a really low price at a given size.

Never really liked plasmas for gaming though.

Why not for gaming? My plasma looks great for games, though admittedly I've only played Decrepit Gen consoles on it...

Sad that plasma is on the way out. LCD, LED, OLED, LCOS etc, they still don't look as good.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: Shadow of Boston TM a Hoax
7. Re: Fallout: Shadow of Boston TM a Hoax Nov 5, 2014, 20:24 Creston
 
Darks wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 20:06:
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:50:
Crying

The greatest way to try and defuse a rumor is to deny it even existed. Thrust me, there's a Fallout in the works, you can count on it.

Not only that, but it's been rumored multiple times that it'll be set in Boston. I still think this trademark was legit, and they're just doing the typical "Publisher Denies Things Until They Stop Denying Them" shuffle.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: Shadow of Boston TM a Hoax
6. Re: Fallout: Shadow of Boston TM a Hoax Nov 5, 2014, 20:23 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 20:00:
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:50:
Crying

Now now, no need to be upset. Boston is a fucking awful setting anyway. Can you imagine having to listen to THAT ACCENT for 20-30 hours? Holy fuck I'd kill myself. Of course it could be they still set it in Boston but the name is just wrong... ugh..

OWAH ACCENT IS BETTAH THAN YOUAH ACCENT! YOU FAAAAHK!

 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
2. Re: Evening Previews Nov 5, 2014, 20:05 Creston
 
vehicles from the GTA Online updates now form part of the ambient vehicle population in the new-generation version for increased traffic diversity.

YES! I love the new vehicles they keep adding, but the fact that only you ever have them (and you get them for free in your magical garage) really detracts from the experience, imo. I'd rather go out and steal one.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
27. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Nov 5, 2014, 19:59 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 19:30:
Yeah I'll take the opinions of people who played it over nothing at all, sure. I'm not passing be all, end all judgment or something, just commenting on whats available. It's not just one video either, there are dozens to look at.

Fair enough. People are comparing the first four hours of DA:I to the entirety of Origins, and Origins wasn't all that great in the first four hours either, but that seems to be forgotten. Eh whatevs. :-shrug-:


Anyways I guess we'll see in 2 weeks! If you preordered then let us the rest of know! :)

I'm still on the fence about preordering. Kind of hoping GMG will do another coupon I can use for it, but the last two didn't work on DA:I.

I'll undoubtedly get it, so if I still can't get a deal on GMG by the 13th, I'll probably get it from Origin directly so I can at least preload.

Once I have it I'll put up some opinions of the FIRST FOUR HOURS.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
25. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Nov 5, 2014, 16:20 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:13:
but did you guys forget there were TONS of those "go fetch me xx of yy" quests in Origins too? Or the "go here and hit X" quests? Basically every single quest that came from an in-game bulletin board was of the "Go to place A to do B a C number of times."

It existed to pad out the game a bit but it wasn't all that there was available. You could safely ignore it and there was a ton of other more interesting content which is what I'm looking for but not seeing so far in DA:I.

You're not seeing it based on the word of one guy, who played DA:I for four hours, and in that four hours stumbled around the opening zone. He may just have stumbled the way of the boring subquests, and missed a whole bunch of good stuff?

Not saying that's the case, but the first four hours of Origins weren't great either. Ostagar was dreary boring crap.

The first 4 hours of DA:O sets up a very intriguing story and builds a framework for your character. The more meaty sidequests come later. By comparison this just thrusts you into a seemingly ridiculous role "random guy can affect rifts everyone take orders from him now".

How do you know that? How do you know there's not a good reason for your character to be put in charge? If you want to over-summarize it, you can summarize Origins as "Yeah, the king dies and you and some joker dude are now in charge of uniting the entire kingdom."



Sure there were some bulletin board quests in DA:O but there was also a ton of more interesting ones. In random sidequests in DA:O you often found lots of choice, consequence and some even lasted a long chunk of the game.

There were a FEW of those types of quests. Seriously, you seem to remember that the entire game was full of these awesome side quests, and it really wasn't. Maybe you just remember all the ancillary main quest missions as being side quests or something.


So far they haven't demonstrated almost anything of significance in terms of quest variety or consequence,

Well they haven't really revealed much of anything, quest wise.

I don't really buy the "spoilers" excuses either. You really want to put your best foot forward, especially after you shipped the mess that was DA2.

True, but Laidlaw is in charge, and he still views DA2 as their finest hour, so that doesn't help.

I do hope that they are just holding back but like the guys in the video say the world they've demonstrated looks pretty but seems kind of lifeless and the complaints about a lack of attachment to the story/characters are a common theme I've heard from the pre-release media. I'd like to be optimistic but no way I'm preordering this after the previous game and the preview material being fairly ho-hum outside of graphics.

That's fine, and I don't particularly care. All I'm saying is that there seems to be this common theme that "why can't it be more like Origins? In Origins every side quest was fantastic with deep, involved choices and tons of exposition, and now we just get generic fantasy shit!"

And the reality is that Origins was full of generic fantasy shit side quests, and the large, large, large majority of the "deep, involved choices and tons of exposition" came in the main quests and their ancillary quests.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM [Updated]
39. Re: Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM Nov 5, 2014, 16:08 Creston
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:51:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:29:
https://twitter.com/Bethblog/status/530072762854170624

Bethblog's Twitter says it's a hoax.


Welp nothing to see here guys.

Otoh, whenever something is revealed early, the official response is always "Oh, that's fake!", only for them to then basically confirm it three weeks later.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
5. Re: Morning Previews Nov 5, 2014, 13:53 Creston
 
I like that they're not doing Blood Magic in DA:I. It always felt completely useless and completely dissolved from the narrative in both previous games.

Being a blood mage in a cutscene is akin to being outed as Adolf Hitler, but during gameplay, shit homey, throw that blood around! I saved the Mage Council from a blood mage WITH blood magic, and I was the grandest guy imaginable. I used so much blood magic all over Kirkwall the entire city was painted in a color called "Hawke's Blood" and nobody gave two shits. Completely batshit insane Knight Templar Queen Bitch happily makes me do her chores, even though I am an OPEN FUCKING BLOOD MAGE. I slapped that fact in the Templars' faces wherever I could, and it never made a shit's worth of difference.

If you're not going to bother to weave it into the story, then don't bother putting it in at all, since as an actual school of magic it was pointless anyway.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 13:44 Creston
 
Task wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 10:33:
I enjoy watching elections for the sheer entertainment value. What astounds me is that even though the minority population of voters actually loathe the two-party system here and almost equally hate both Dems/Repubs, and money in politics, but they vote anyways.

What else are you supposed to do? Not vote? How is that any better?

I voted independent wherever I could yesterday, and voted against the incumbent in everything else. Every question that asked "should useless dipshit so and so keep their job?" I answered with No. The state legislature question that said whether "people who serve in government should also be allowed to..." I immediately answered with no, since people in government shouldn't be allowed to do fucking SHIT.

What was the end result of it? Well, nothing, of course, since I live in staunch Republican territory and the best independent got 24% of the vote on something, while most others got less than 1%.

But really, what else can I do? What else can anyone do? Revolt?

 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
76. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 5, 2014, 13:17 Creston
 
Orogogus wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:56:
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 11:10:
Well, everything except the game industry. Because despite clear data that the large majority of gamers are above the age of thirty, and almost half of them are women, every single moron publisher still markets their games to 14 year old boys.

What would the difference be if games were marketed at the 30+ year old demographic? Offhand I thought the Transformers War for Cybertron games were aimed at that audience, as they were pretty heavy on G1 fan service, which only really appeals to people who grew up with the original cartoon.

They'd treat the subject matter more maturely; they'd stop posing the game's female characters in bikinis and tanktops with their ass up in the air in advertisements, they'd make serious commercials about them rather than the "PEW PEW PEW LOOKIT ALL THE PEW!!!!" or the "THIS IS THE NEW SHIT!" crap that we get; they'd not drown 95% of the commercials in trap/dubstep, etc etc etc.

Sometimes my wife and I will be watching some TV and an advertisement for a game I'm currently playing will come on, and 9 out of 10 times it makes me embarrassed that I like the game so much, just because of how fucking juvenile the advertisement is.

I guess it's maybe to be expected, since there never seem to be people in marketing over the age of 24. (or the mentality of 14.)
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
75. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 5, 2014, 13:12 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:03:
Base. Company paid for a mid car, I talked my way into the upgrade at the counter.

Seriously, the thing was not fun, haha. I had no clue where the back was so changing lanes in LA gridlock was no bueno, I had no idea where cops were so I was never really opening up the engine, and it was just an enormous blind spot. Great car for a HS kid, less great a car for someone in his 30s.

I drove a ZL1 not too long ago, and while the performance and handling were fun, it was definitely hard to see out of, and the inside was absolute trash.

Though apparently GM has learned and the 2015 models will have much improved interiors. Not sure how you fix the vision problem without aggressively redesigning the car, however.

I'll take the Mustang.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
19. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Nov 5, 2014, 13:06 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 08:52:
Do you have a link to the video? Can't see it on their page.

Edit: NVM, link here. Yeah wow that is not exactly thrilling to hear, glad I didn't preorder this. The terrible sidequests were the worst part of DA2, really disappointed to hear they didn't learn that lesson.

Not to say you're not both right for being a little wary, but did you guys forget there were TONS of those "go fetch me xx of yy" quests in Origins too? Or the "go here and hit X" quests? Basically every single quest that came from an in-game bulletin board was of the "Go to place A to do B a C number of times."

- Get 10 corpse galls
- Get 10 amethysts
- Get 10 elf root
etc etc etc

Or the
- Travel here and kill this group of dudes.
- Travel there and kill that group of dudes.
- Travel here and slaughter some bears.
- Travel here again and slaughter some wolves this time.
- Go rescue a caravan! Which means, travel here and fight some darkspawn.


In fact, unless you really set up a very interactive skill system with stuff that can affect the world, your quests are going to all fall within the range of the things your character can actually do in the world.

I think you may be just having some pretty rose-tinted glasses on where Origins is concerned, and I say that as someone who thinks Origins is one of the best RPGs I ever played. There were cool side quests in Origins (there were cool side quests in DA2 as well, though far fewer), but it was also absolutely filled to the brim with Generic Fantasy Quests. I replayed Origins like two months ago, and God did those bulletin boards quests get boring after awhile...

I'm not sure how else you'd make a "200 hour" game, unless you fill it with easy cut/paste quests alongside the hopefully much more meaty stuff. There's no way you can ever develop 200 hours of deep, meaningful quests. Not time wise, and not even content wise. How do you come up with that many storylines?


I watched the video you linked (thanks for the linkies!), and while I do agree with them in general, I also think that as a developer you can't just do "let's make it exactly like Origins but with a different story!" First off, I imagine that'd be boring as hell to have to make (again), but it would also limit your entire potential audience to that portion of everyone who bought Origins who exactly want another Origins (which won't be everyone who bought it.) Whereas if you change things up, you can potentially make it much more popular.

We'll have to see, of course, and I do actually echo the guy in the video's concern that every zone is just going to be a template of "go into this zone and clear it to gain INQUISITION POINTS!!!" (hopefully there will be quite a bit of crossover stuff happening between the zones), but the complaints about side quests seemed a bit pedantic, as did the "some NPCs just didn't even have anything to say!"

So, you mean like NPCs in every RPG ever? Where they have a single voice over that just repeats indefinitely? Like 90% of the NPCs in Origins?

The guy played for four hours, and while it'd have been nice to have him come out of it going "OMG BESTEST GAME EVER", here is the first four hours (roughly) of Dragon Age: Origins:

Do your Origin story, which depending on how you chose, is either

Awesome: Human Noble, Dwarf Casteless, or City Elf
Alright: Mage, Dwarf Noble
Terrible: Dalish Elf

Then you go to Ostagar, where your first few quests are:

"Find me a white flower to cure this Mabari Dog."
"Get three flasks of Darkspawn Blood."
"Get some paperwork we signed four-hundred years ago that allows us to command all the races in the world to join with us against the Blight. We left these documents in a chest in the middle of the Korcari Wilds because... well, what else do you do with a document with roughly the importance of the US Constitution?"

Then you go into a shit-ass ugly zone (that was ugly even back in 2007), and fight some clumps of wolves and darkspawn. In said zone, you are given a sidequest to track something, which basically consists of "go to point X on the map, and hit Use on the little icon, repeat seven times", a quest to go dig up some dead guy's last belongings (which you can keep for yourself, giving you a 10 copper ring, or deliver, which gives you like 30 copper near the middle of the game, when such an amount has become utterly insignificant), and one "puzzle it out" quest which summons a demon which leaves behind a small thing of loot.

Then you do a dungeon romp, and go to Lothering, where you can

- slaughter three group of bandits to complete a quest.
- slaughter three groups of bears to make the area safer.
- slaughter six spiders for something I can't remember
- deliver 5 traps
- deliver 5 health poultices
- deliver 5 bottles of poison
- chase off the only merchant in town to gain the goodwill of the townfolk (pointless, and gets rid of the one guy you have to sell your useless shit to), or let him be, earning you the wrath of the chantry (meaningless) and makes him give you a discount (also meaningless, since there is no way to do business with him without the discount. You either get it or he leaves. So in essence, that discount doesn't even exist.)

And that's it. Those are the quests in roughly the first four hours of Dragon Age Origins. Not exactly corking stunners, are they?

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News Comments > Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM [Updated]
25. Re: Fallout: Shadow of Boston German TM Nov 5, 2014, 12:52 Creston
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:12:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 11:30:
Shadow of Boston? That's the best subtitle they could come up with? Jesus.

Well, they couldn't get away with "That Shithole Boston" so they had to go with something more advertising friendly.

Fallout : Theah Search Forah New Caaaah!
 
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