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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > World War Z Game TMs
14. Re: World War Z Game TMs Jul 19, 2012, 15:15 Silicon Avatar
 
They sort of scratched my itch for a "The Road" game with the Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout:NV.

It's not anything like the book (at all) but in my play-through I kept having to scrounge for everything because I went in unprepared and the environment was filled with pretty mean enemies. I was definitely feeling the survival element of it.

That is really what I like out of post-apocalyptic/zombie games - the survival element.
 
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News Comments > World War Z Game TMs
12. Re: World War Z Game TMs Jul 19, 2012, 09:37 Silicon Avatar
 
I want a survival horror based on the The Road.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 11:27 Silicon Avatar
 
I don't understand publisher fascination with metacritic as a metric. Shouldn't sales be the main metric?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 18, 2012, 07:44 Silicon Avatar
 
I used to work for a tiny gaming hardware company. Five million is enough for manufacturing and a couple engineers. If they are able to capitalize on existing molds for controllers (IE: they don't use new die) and they are able to use existing OS (Android) and they are able to crib some off of existing smartphone designs then they should be able to get this done.

I don't think it will be nearly as big of a deal as people made it out to be but they should be able to do it for the money they have.

The smart thing to do in their position right now would be to try and team up with MadCatz (or someone like that) and rely on their business acumen and management experience to keep things rolling.

That sort of deal would also acknowledge the inevitable - should Ouya get popular somehow every cheap hardware manufacturer on the planet will rip it off and probably do it better.


 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 18, 2012, 07:35 Silicon Avatar
 
That is sad and it keeps happening.

 
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News Comments > Diablo III Game Limits Returning
53. Re: Diablo III Game Limits Returning Jul 17, 2012, 18:32 Silicon Avatar
 
I think EA should buy Blizzard/Activision so I can hate them properly.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2012, 14:17 Silicon Avatar
 
This guy sounds like he has serious social anxiety issues - assuming he's even for real.

 
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News Comments > Diablo III Game Limits Returning
27. Re: Diablo III Game Limits Returning Jul 17, 2012, 14:09 Silicon Avatar
 
I didn't buy this game at launch and so far I have not been tempted to pay full price for it.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jul 17, 2012, 13:31 Silicon Avatar
 
STO's combat is okay, but it's devoid of any strategy after a certain level - you just mash all the buttons and win. The only problem you'll ever see is if you aggro to many Borg.

Starflight was fun. It was kind of barren as I remember it, but it was definitely fun. I liked the genre as a whole. Mass Effect (the first one) sort of brought parts of it back. Sort of.

I liked Planet's Edge too, buggy as it may have been.

Star Control 2 also holds a fond place in my memories. It did a lot of things right and may have been my favorite game of the lot.

 
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News Comments > Steam Linux Plans
17. Re: Steam Linux Plans Jul 17, 2012, 06:09 Silicon Avatar
 
Command line Windows/Windows Server and the different variants of Unix and BSD can do about the same stuff. It's just a matter of what you want to use and who you want to pay (or not pay).

If the rumors of Valve console are true then it would make sense for them to use some sort of Linux to save money.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 16, 2012, 16:17 Silicon Avatar
 
Racism is so stupid.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2012, 11:06 Silicon Avatar
 
I think the stereoscopic gaming revolution was a solution in search of a problem. The only people I know who were excited about 3D and really liked it were the ones who were trying to sell something. None of the players or viewers I ever talked to seemed that enthusiastic or were only enthusiastic about where the technology might be going.

I just didn't care.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jul 12, 2012, 23:59 Silicon Avatar
 
I think I would be fishing from the back of the deck after that.  
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News Comments > Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced
50. Re: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced Jul 12, 2012, 23:56 Silicon Avatar
 
I think Garriot was probably a decent game designer who surrounded himself with good talent, but he was bad at managing time and he was bad at managing a company.

He sold out to EA because Origin Systems was tanking, but after he did that I think EA took the reigns away slowly until he just didn't care anymore and the final product (U9) shows his disinterest. Around that time EA was really into UO and I guess they thought they could ride that pony forever.

EA has been trying to do something with single-player Ultima on and off for a while, but they never had the people in place to do it any justice. Bioware/Mythic might have made a good game out of it 4 years ago but now it seems like they're just shells full of group-think and yes-men.

That's my 2 cents about EA/Origin/Garriot anyhow.
 
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News Comments > Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced
48. Re: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced Jul 12, 2012, 21:52 Silicon Avatar
 
EA ruins pretty much everything it touches. The only reason they are able to stick around is because they sell sports games to rednecks and then buy up real game studios with the profits.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 12, 2012, 21:50 Silicon Avatar
 
Oh well. 500k for a flash in the pan site is still nothing to sneeze at.  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale Begins
23. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Jul 12, 2012, 14:22 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm going to buy Legend of Grimrock for sure.
 
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News Comments > Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced
32. Re: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced Jul 12, 2012, 14:19 Silicon Avatar
 
I think they're actual dumbfucks.

Or maybe pod people.

They sound like pod people.

They say all the words and they think they know what gamers want, but they just don't get it.
 
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News Comments > Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced
24. Re: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Announced Jul 12, 2012, 13:24 Silicon Avatar
 
I wonder if the "new generation" ever gets tired of being talked down to by people who are building obvious knock-offs.

In the mean time some people who do get it are having a sale.

Grimrock is on sale at Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/207170/

It's $6 for the next 35 hours.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 12, 2012, 12:29 Silicon Avatar
 
That's fine. Most local retail can die. It doesn't do anything for me. It's just a middle man shipping me a product with no added value.

Best Buy and their ilk deserve what they get.

Clothing stores will have to lower prices or they'll just become showrooms for people to try things on and then order online. That's fine too. It's dumb to have a huge mark-up on "designer" labels made in Korea or China just for the "experience" of going into a store. When you're selling "experience" you're selling air and most consumers figure that out pretty fast.

 
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