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News Comments > FTL: Advanced Edition Plans
11. Re: FTL: Advanced Edition Plans Feb 20, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 12:36:
There should simply be more viable options for fighting a 4 shield ship. If you don't come across the right weapon shop, most of the ships don't come with the firepower you need to take the boss down.

If finding an ion cannon (which alone is not enough) and a multi burst laser is the only way to take down the level 4 shield (or really if any specific weapon type is required for success) then it's not a well balanced fight.

There are a few mods that add a great deal of variety to the weapon loadouts, increasing the ways you can approach the boss fight and improving the game.

If you have only ever played on easy, and you have been able to buy every weapon you come across or "fully load your ship"... then this conversation is probably not for you.

Yup. A big part of the luck is finding the right weapons.
I agree, it does suck that there are basically two ways to build a ship to beat the second boss round (which was the problematic one, right?), but that's also part of the game being rogue-like.

It would definitely be nice if other builds could prevail. I remember the first time I beat the first boss round. I was heavy on missiles and drones. Then came the second boss round, which neuters missiles, and I was crushed. Not only did I not know there was a second round, but I didn't do any damage. At all. They shot down every missile I launched.

After beating the game on Normal I started playing on Easy more often than not. Easy just takes some of the luck out of the equation. The game is still a challenge, but you'll make it to the boss maybe 25% of the time instead of 10% of the time.
 
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News Comments > Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims
21. Re: Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims Feb 20, 2014, 11:02 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 10:48:
Me doth think the shill protest too much.

Did you... did you just call a guy a shill for the game he's a producer on?


Man, I wish that Cutter guy would stop shilling Cutter posts!
 
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News Comments > FTL: Advanced Edition Plans
9. Re: FTL: Advanced Edition Plans Feb 20, 2014, 01:39 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Feb 20, 2014, 00:34:
descender wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 12:18:
I wish they would re-tune the boss fight... there are very few weapon loadouts that can actually defeat the boss. Beam heavy, missle heavy or high damage lasers are nearly impossible to use against a level 4 shield.

nah thats wrong, i was using all that kinda stuff

you need ion cannons to bring down the shields, also you gotta target systems tactically so they stay down or get his weapons so he cant hit back

actually theres a system to beating any of the ships, once you learn it the whole game is pretty easy - thats one of the reasons this advanced update sounds so appealing, since they are making it much more complicated and potentially more challenging because of it
No, I'm with him. If you have 3 3-burst beam weapons you'll probably beat the end boss pretty easily.
If you have mostly missiles you're dead.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
27. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 19, 2014, 19:24 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 18:45:
Pumas wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 18:18:
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 16:46:
Uh, our country is bigger than all of Europe. By quite a bit. And that's not even including Alaska and Hawaii.

USA - 3,794,101 sq mi

Europe - 3,930,000 sq mi

I looked it up before posting

Right, but you are comparing the CONTINENT of Europe with the COUNTRY of the USA. Now subtract Russia, who is not part of Europe as a collection of countries, but rather a transcontinental country.

I mean, otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges. Sure, the European CONTINENT is bigger than our country, but the North American CONTINENT is bigger than European CONTINENT by quite a bit as well.

Yup.
EU Size: 1,691,658 sq mi
Because I assume you meant the EU. That's what most people mean when they say "Europe," I think.
 
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News Comments > PC Leads Developer Next Game Survey
8. Re: PC Leads Developer Next Game Survey Feb 19, 2014, 18:30 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 11:26:
Uh-huh. I'll believe it when I see it. This is just more PC pandering while the 'next-gen' consoles work to get market share. Once that's done, all these supposed PC converts will all quickly suck console dick again.

No, it isn't pandering.
It's that, by number, indie devs outnumber AAA devs by a good margin. 64% of those polled plan to self-publish their games. AAA devs don't do that, so at least 64% of those polled were indie devs.

Indie devs can't really do consoles. They're costlier to get equipment for, require learning new platforms, and require paying for certifications. On top of that, they don't sell as well because there's less word of mouth and the console digital store all suck to some extent. Steam isn't great for finding new games, but it beats the hell out of XBLA.

So no, no pandering. Just a lot of indies, and indies are PC devs first.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 19, 2014, 10:45 Beamer
 
Simon Says wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 10:42:
2 out of 3 paid for propaganda articles in one metaverse post, this is getting bad.

At best it's one, unless you somehow think Ars, reporting on the WSJ is pushing an opinion when they tell you Verizon wants to be paid. There's a difference between that and saying Verizon deserves to be paid.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Signups
16. Re: Titanfall Beta Signups Feb 12, 2014, 02:15 Beamer
 
Fion wrote on Feb 12, 2014, 02:07:
Am I the only one purposefully avoiding this game because it's sure to be pushed out the door as an unfinished mess because.. EA?

EA Partners.
They are less likely to screw up.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Signups
14. Re: Titanfall Beta Signups Feb 12, 2014, 01:51 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 12, 2014, 01:27:
Beamer wrote on Feb 12, 2014, 00:47:
bigspender wrote on Feb 12, 2014, 00:21:
16 players in a tiny arena - pathetic. Was done to death 20 years ago.

Why do people keep repeating this?
Doom was 20 years ago.
Doom was 4 player deathmatch.


Comparing this to Doom is so 20 years ago. And dumb. And faulty. And dumb.

And also, it's 12 players, not 16.

Hehe, has a 6, multiple of 6, same thing.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Signups
11. Re: Titanfall Beta Signups Feb 12, 2014, 00:47 Beamer
 
bigspender wrote on Feb 12, 2014, 00:21:
16 players in a tiny arena - pathetic. Was done to death 20 years ago.

Why do people keep repeating this?
Doom was 20 years ago.
Doom was 4 player deathmatch.


Comparing this to Doom is so 20 years ago. And dumb. And faulty. And dumb.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Feb 12, 2014, 00:13 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 16:19:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:54:
Your facts are made up, at best.
smedley isn't a politician.

what you said is all a huge exaggeration stated as fact. Few actual employees would agree with you.

Where did he say Smed was? Read it again. And he's right, and you're wrong, as usual.

Sorry, was reading on my phone.
And Cutter, of course you're right. You're sitting in Canada, or wherever, with no business experience, always convinced EVERYONE is an idiot and you're the only one right.

Now, I'm sure you'll throw that back at me, the difference is I disagree mostly with the armchair quarterbacks, you disagree with the people that had business plans and massive amounts of VC backing from people infinitely more knowledgeable than yourself.

Were there huge issues with 38 Studios? Yes, of course.
Were they guaranteed to fail, even if they got that $100MM they were denied? No, don't be stupid. Or, don't be yourself and think you're the only smart man in the world.
Did they lose significant talent when they moved? Yes.
Did they end up with even more employees with a higher talent level after? Also yes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 18:28 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:13:
Julio wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:49:
If Microsoft doesn't want to support their products and patch bugs/vulnerabilities...that's on them. Did they not make enough money from XP to support it?

I wouldn't be someone's friend or family if I recommended Windows 8.

And why aren't they still supporting Windows 95 or 3.1?!

Yeah, the few million it would cost to do that then couldn't go into the pockets of all the MS billionaires and millionaires, right? Planned obsolescence for no good reason but greed. It should be illegal.

You really think it's a few million?

Plus, people here keep saying MSFT is swirling the drain. I'd say spending millions supporting something that no one is buying, or has bought in years, is probably a way to keep doing that.

WE WANT PROGRESS!
UNLESS IT MAKES US SPEND MONEY, THEN WE WANT A COMPANY TO NEVER CHANGE THE PAST!

Fuck, man, Cutter. "Planned obsolescence?" Jesus fucking Christ. Do you want to force MSFT to support Windows XP infinitely? If a new bug is found in 2150, an issue with a driver for neural implants, do you think Microsoft is bound to support it? If you release a program, are you infinitely required to support it? Forever?

Because, according to you, it's illegal otherwise?
How much more would prices go up?
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
19. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:53:
Your best example of the anti-hero in film today is Mel Gibson's character, Porter in Payback. Not a nice guy, pretty merciless, but not a complete dick either. However, it's already been established that Garrett is no anti-hero. He's a thief, plain and simple. He's just happened to have stumbled into a Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine kind of mystery.

I'm enjoying the anti-heroes of True Detective because none of them are really cool. Interesting, but I don't think anyone is sitting around going "man, that guy is awesome, I wish I was like him!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
38. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 11, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 04:01:
Beamer wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 18:20:
SlimRam wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 18:01:
Awesome, well this honestly was the only fucking MMORPG that I've ever given a shit about. I have loved Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim with all my heart, they were without a doubt my most favorite games ever! For some stupid, fucking ridiculous reason I was hoping this game was actually going to be good? The Elder Scrolls games are a proven formula for a game that actually works! HOW the fucking hell are these developers not able to use this to make a online game that's awesome? Please tell me, is it that much of a stretch to put this universe into an MMO successfully? Well NIN said it best and most simple; I simply haven't heard anything good about this game. Either way, I seriously believe it's going to be a very long time before I give one shit about any other MMO. Honestly, I'm heartbroken and I feel like I'm going to VOMIT. Fuck it either way, this is the last time I will ever comment on this game again. Ever.

How the hell could they not just make TES an MMO?
Because TES is something like a 60-200 hour game, and MMO players do that many hours in a month.

Given that they can't spend much more to make TES Online than they do to make Skyrim, they have to change how it's played. If you want a game you can put thousands of hours into, the formula has to change. Just stretching out TES would be a disaster, because someone would still reach the "end" within 200 hours.

Basically, you have to make MMOs suck, which is why they all suck. I'd love to see one get its replayability by being more of a micro-game. The games I play the most are the ones you repeatedly start new from.

Which is why an Ultima Online type of experience would have been perfect for a TES:MMO. Create a hardcore and dangeorous world (with maybe a few safe zones) that rewards exploring, building, tinkering, mining, crafting and simply surviving. Give control of the different guilds over to players instead of NPCs. Reward teamwork and faction loyalty. Basically create a living breathing world with all the lore of TES and populate it with players instead of NPCs.

It would be nice to see them take the risk, but have any MMOs been successful like that?
Eve is successful for what it is, but it's kind of in a class of its own.

Zenimax clearly put an enormous amount of money into this, and I don't fully blame them for not swinging for the fences as far as gameplay goes.
On the flip side, I think the general consensus is that this style of MMORPG is fading in popularity. Not sure what the players are moving to, but it doesn't seem like WoW players are leaving WoW and flocking to something else. So while this is the safe move, as far as predictability goes, it does seem hard to imagine it being a huge payoff for them.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
17. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
banksie wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:27:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:15:
I didn't say you need to be strongly motivated, or be the good guy, I said you need a bigger bad guy so that you seem less of the bad guy, relatively.

I think The Trickster fit that, no?

You miss my point. Garret never was the good guy or the bad guy. Garret lived by his own moral code - he stole generally from the rich, didn't want to get involved in city politics and when played on the harder difficulty levels wasn't about killing. He ain't a bad guy, he certainly isn't a good guy - he is just a master thief.

Well, being a thief makes you a defacto bad guy. I'm not a very large fan of the super wealthy in contrast with the super poor, but going and stealing from people whose only crimes are being wealthy makes you a jerk.

But you missed my point - in order to nip any morality questions in the bud, a game like this needs a large, over the top, clearly evil person. Having Garrett go up against a guy that was trying to do good would make Garrett look like a bad person. Having him go up against someone incredibly over the top evil makes Garrett's crimes look fine in comparison.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 15:41 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:22:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:10:
You can just drive into a Nissan factory and they'll give you any parts you need and do the servicing for free, based on the one time fee you paid 15 years ago.

Wait, no, that isn't how it works at all.

If it's for a recall, yes they will.

Except that, due to regulations, cars older than 8 years can't be recalled.
So no, Nissan would not fix an issue in his 1998 car, free of charge, because it will not and can not issue a recall on a car that old.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
15. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 15:15 Beamer
 
banksie wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:10:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:20:
When your main character is a thief, you often have to go above and beyond to make it clear he's not the bad guy and not just some dick taking shit from other people.

No, Garret in the first three games always was a dick out taking shit. In fact it was his decided self interest and lack of wanting to force his ideology on others that was key - his talent and lack of interest made him the fulcrum for change and maintaining the balance. (Thief 1, stop the Pagans. Thief 2, stop the Hammerites. Thief 3, stop the Keepers.)

That was part of the fun of the first two games especially - he wasn't a conventional hero or anti-hero. Garret was the unwilling participant who always generally just wanted to be left alone so he could steal stuff.

I didn't say you need to be strongly motivated, or be the good guy, I said you need a bigger bad guy so that you seem less of the bad guy, relatively.

I think The Trickster fit that, no?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 11, 2014, 14:57 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:45:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 10:52:
It also convinces the regular people not paying close attention that you're probably on the wrong side of things, because you're acting irrationally and emotionally.

Sure, character assassination of opposition is a popular tactic and the ruling classes use it all the time as pointed out by Task. If there are no adverse consequences for their actions, our government is effectively totalitarian because they can get away with whatever they want. What's left? Civil disobed?

The government uses violence against us every day, threatened or actual. We aren't ever supposed to use it, even thought he constitution permits us to replace an illegal govt?


Define "illegal."
You're one of those that firmly believes reptilians, so you throwing "illegal" out there is fairly meaningless unless you show me, precisely, how its illegal.

Regardless, you won't get something to work unless you have a solid chunk of the population behind you. Rioting in the streets isn't something you do to get that, it's something you do once you have it. If you do it too soon, your movement will fall apart within a day.

And this does not have that. Turning to the streets and rioting will just make things worse.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 14:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:04:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:13:
Julio wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:49:
If Microsoft doesn't want to support their products and patch bugs/vulnerabilities...that's on them. Did they not make enough money from XP to support it?

I wouldn't be someone's friend or family if I recommended Windows 8.

And why aren't they still supporting Windows 95 or 3.1?!

And why aren't they making parts for my '98 Altima?! Oh, wait. They are.

Oh, yeah, I'm sorry, that's a perfect analogy. You can just drive into a Nissan factory and they'll give you any parts you need and do the servicing for free, based on the one time fee you paid 15 years ago.

Wait, no, that isn't how it works at all.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
4. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 13:20 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:12:
Yawn. Another super corrupt snidely whiplash evil bad guy.

Why not break the trend and make him a genuinely good person trying to do a needed job in a city overrun with crime? Don't team up with Garrett, don't have a sudden twist, but have the balls to introduce a guy who is clearly an antagonist but is not a villain.

When your main character is a thief, you often have to go above and beyond to make it clear he's not the bad guy and not just some dick taking shit from other people.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 13:13 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:49:
If Microsoft doesn't want to support their products and patch bugs/vulnerabilities...that's on them. Did they not make enough money from XP to support it?

I wouldn't be someone's friend or family if I recommended Windows 8.

And why aren't they still supporting Windows 95 or 3.1?!
 
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