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Homepage http://www.wangalliance.org/
Signed On May 23, 2003, 10:36
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News Comments > London-based Assassin's Creed: Victory Next Year
12. Re: London-based Assassin's Creed: Victory Next Year Dec 2, 2014, 22:21 Domgrief
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Dec 2, 2014, 20:54:
Strange how Activision gets accused of milking Call of Duty with one yearly release, and yet UbiSoft can release two Assassin's Creed games on the same day and hardly anyone seems to care.

CoD games get a lot of flak because the campaigns are quite short, and the constant barrage of games fragments the multiplayer player base and drives players to keep buying the latest releases.

It's hard to level the same kind of criticism against Assassin's Creed, which have extensive single player campaigns and don't really exert any pressure on the player to buy the latest game.

It would be fair to complain if they start churning out lower quality games as a result of the short release cycle - which may be exactly what's starting to happen - but it's a little early to call.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $65M
25. Re: Star Citizen at $65M Nov 30, 2014, 21:48 Domgrief
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 30, 2014, 20:28:
...subsidize 5000 Aurora (= starter ship) sales at $20/pc. - Those sold out in seconds, too. They were meant for new players but it seems more likely they were picked up by "grey market" sellers and big orgs etc.

Wow. I guess, for some people, Star Citizen is already a complete game.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 29, 2014, 11:07 Domgrief
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 29, 2014, 10:28:
Kim Dotcom: “I’m officially broke” after transferring remaining assets. Poor people are just broke. With rich people it's an "official" technicality.

Guess it has nothing to do with this, this, or this....maybe not even this....

Given that all of his current assets are effectively poisoned due to all of the governments, industry associations and laywers he's tangled with, maybe it's a deliberate strategy.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Tech Bits
6. Re: Black Friday Tech Bits Nov 29, 2014, 09:11 Domgrief
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 28, 2014, 13:52:
Not quite sure why I would want "native" mkv support in W10... does MS believe we use WMP for mkv media playback? ;P

There's still a lot of applications built straight off the Microsoft AV stack, notably image organisation tools like Photoshop Elements or Lightroom.

Any improvement in native container/codec support is welcome, because it reduces the number of things I'll need to install to get everything working. It also lowers the chance that a game I own will croak when Haali/LAV/K-lite/CCCP/whatever hijacks the video it's trying to play.

It'd be nice if one day I could send a video from our camera or smartphone to our parents without needing to walk them through half an hour of locating and installing codecs or video players. Antitrust and royalties probably mean that'll never happen, though.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Interviews
23. Re: Black Friday Interviews Nov 29, 2014, 08:43 Domgrief
 
NKD wrote on Nov 29, 2014, 05:12:
I have no respect for anyone who willingly throws reason out the window in favor of magical thinking.

Arguably, that's not very fair, because ultimately their decisions are determined by natural phenomena like their genetics, upbringing, life experiences, gut bacteria, and quantum particle interactions. Your notion of someone "willingly" throwing reason out of the window is really just your rationalisation of the outcome of their lifetime of survival instincts.

It might be fair to disrespect them if you believed that each person had some extrinsic ego, will, or ability to reason, but that's treading dangerously into the realm of magical thinking.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Nov 25, 2014, 03:49 Domgrief
 
So they took the art resources from an existing game, shoehorned them into an SDK provided by a gambling software company, and dubbed it "pushing the envelope"?

It looks more like a desperate attempt to monetise.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Nov 1, 2014, 10:53 Domgrief
 
Why Final Fantasy is Trying So Hard...

HuffPo is suggesting that the FF guys are spending so much time on hair because it makes the game look good and will therefore sell more... and then support this argument by talking about how much effort they put into hair for "The Spirits Within", which was a complete flop.
 
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News Comments > Crusader: No Remorse Free on Origin
36. Re: Crusader: No Remorse Free on Origin Oct 30, 2014, 10:12 Domgrief
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 19:40:
Task wrote on Oct 29, 2014, 15:35:
Is this some sort of anti-establishment/corporatism game? Sounds right up my alley.

Yeah, shocking that EA would be offering it for free and tacitly encouraging people to play it.

EA have given their blessing to worse...
 
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News Comments > Toybox Turbos Announced for Next Month
4. Re: Toybox Turbos Announced for Next Month Oct 25, 2014, 10:25 Domgrief
 
Sacrifice wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 07:47:
I'm going to keep an open mind. It reminds me of Micro Machines. They were a great series of racing games.

That'd be the "fondly remembered miniature racing titles" referred to in the press release. It's kind of depressing that lawyers are so sensitive that they skirt around mentioning it by name.

Edit: ... and ironic that they'd pander to lawyers by not mentioning Micro Machines, while using a title that couldn't be more obviously derivative.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2014, 15:52 Domgrief
 
It's good to see that Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand with its patchy history of terrible mobile phones, and cashing in on Microsoft's respectable history with the devices.

Wait a minute...
 
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released
3. Re: Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released Oct 22, 2014, 03:57 Domgrief
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 02:25:
I still like the mechanics. The voice acting is still perfect.

Some of the cast was great, but I wouldn't go as far as "perfect" - Ira's "She is evil. A driven bitch." is the worst piece of voice acting I've ever heard.
 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Launches
3. Re: Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Launches Oct 8, 2014, 04:39 Domgrief
 
ItBurn wrote on Oct 8, 2014, 00:42:
Wow. I know some people prefer the original CS, but this is the Half-life 1 engine and it looks shittier than most Hl1 mods...

And developed by Nexon, the competitive gaming powerhouse that brought us games we know and love like ... Maple Story.

Just goes to show that you can build microtransactions into any game.
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 14:22 Domgrief
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 13:59:
Why do we even have video game journalists anymore?

Surely I can't be the only person who doesn't like getting their game reviews from YouTube videos. I'd much rather skim a couple of badly written reviews than sit through a Let's Play.

Also, good journalism is a form of entertainment in its own right. I might have initially become attached to Blue's due to the excellently curated content, but that's not why I look forward to reading it each morning.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 10:30 Domgrief
 
Disney Infinity seemed kind of fun while I was playing through what I assume is the tutorial - it's got a light-hearted approach to the characters which reminds me a lot of the LEGO games - but the price of unlocking a couple of characters in their store more than I'd pay for a AAA game these days.

If that's normal for consoles, I'm glad I'm a PC gamer.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 11:23 Domgrief
 
(Full disclosure: Our firm represented the defendant in this case.)

That explains why the article is so absurdly one-sided. The author is trying extremely hard to insinuate that the ruling is more wide-reaching than it necessarily is.
 
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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
12. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Sep 30, 2014, 21:26 Domgrief
 
Both the CCC and the Raptr/AMD client sent me to download pages for two different (older) versions of Catalyst.

Three downloads later, I *think* I'm finally on 14.9...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 10:16 Domgrief
 
Pronunciation can be regional - we were a bit surprised to see Nissan advertised in Canada as nee-sahn (here in Australia the ads use a much sharper ni-sen) - but if the official FAQ says "sash-er-ee" then they might have the right of it.  
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
14. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 1, 2014, 02:45 Domgrief
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 18:48:
Problem is I *still* remember these games backwards and forwards. And while they were great I have no desire to go back to them. Why don't they pony up some more dough and make some new CPRGs ala PE, W2, DoS, Shadowrun, et al? I'd be far more interested in that then these old games being updated a bit.

I think the larger problem with these remakes is that, no matter how much you polish the engine, AD&D 2.5 still feels 20 years old. Most people who know what THAC0 means are probably grandparents by now.

It's nice to be able to go through and replay these games, but these Enhanced Editions really seem focused on bringing the game from "unplayable" to "tolerable". And they do a fine job of that, but it's hard to get excited about.
 
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News Comments > Sims 2 Support Ending
4. Re: Sims 2 Support Ending Jul 16, 2014, 10:24 Domgrief
 
Upgrading customers to the "complete edition" for free is a really nice gesture.

I'd love to see that done more often for games after their DLC and support lifespan has ended - it's really frustrating when you see the "complete edition" for a game on sale for cheaper than you can pick up a couple of pieces of DLC for a game which you bought and loved years ago.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 15, 2014, 01:29 Domgrief
 
Thanks for the Dealzon link Blue! That saved me an extra couple of dollars compared to the voucher on GMG itself.

Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 21:33:
Well finally broke down and rebought FFVII/VIII even though I own it on PC-CD, sadly the CD's are starting to get kinda worn and they're not getting picked up on readers very well anymore. And ripping/swapping them is just a pain in the ass.

I remember fighting with FMV decoders and Nvidia fixes to get FFVII running a while ago - I also sprung for the updated versions and am looking forward to some hassle-free nostalgia.
 
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