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Nickname Ventura
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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > Supreme Commander 2 Patched
7. Re: Supreme Commander 2 Patched Jun 5, 2010, 03:46 Ventura
 
Fuck Taylor

I really don't think that's warranted either.

The first game didn't sell all that well, what did you expect them to do? If a change of direction is what's needed to boost sales, that's what you've gotta do.

Credibility with your existing customers isn't going to put food on the table or pay the bills.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
6. Re: RDR glitches May 24, 2010, 09:16 Ventura
 
it's definitely the best open world game I've ever played, and probably in my top 3 games of all time. It's brilliant.

Damn man, keep it down. I'm trying to hold out for a potential pc version down the track, and you're not making it any easier
 
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News Comments > EQ2 Mount Sales
4. Re: EQ2 Mount Sales May 21, 2010, 03:48 Ventura
 
When it's about how much IRL money you have, what's the point? Don't these idiots see it takes something away from the game? All for the sake of more money. As per usual.

Honestly, the way it used to be, you saw someone running around with uber shit and they were the man. You could respect that (in a geeky sort of way). But how can I respect that some dick has just ponied up $25 more for some stupid mount? If anything I'll pity him for being such a tool.

At this rate in a few years time all the best stuff you'll just buy.
 
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News Comments > Transformers: War for Cybertron Multiplayer Trailer
1. Re: Transformers: War for Cybertron Multiplayer Trailer May 12, 2010, 20:25 Ventura
 
I just jizzed in my pants.  
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Demo, Welcome Back Weekend
3. Re: Star Trek Online Demo, Welcome Back Weekend May 7, 2010, 22:13 Ventura
 
I didn't realise, but if you want to head back in to check it out again (which, for free, I will), you have to sign up for the welcome back weekend thing on their website after having logged in to your account. I'd have thought they'd have just enabled all logins until its expiry, but whatever.

I'm guessing what will happen is that I'll play for a bit, the new auto-fire feature will be cool at first but will wear off mighty quick, and I won't be atall motivated to enable my subscription once more.
 
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News Comments > Activision Profits Double
1. Re: Activision Profits Double May 6, 2010, 19:09 Ventura
 
Bah.

There are some companies that I like to see do well (like Stardock). Activision is not one of them.
 
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News Comments > Cecil on Piracy and Economics
8. Re: Cecil on Piracy and Economics May 6, 2010, 06:15 Ventura
 
making fast and lose with exchange rates.

They can't even use the 'exchange rate' excuse, because prices on the Australian Steam store are also in USD. So you have companies like THQ charging US residents $20USD for Red Faction Guerrilla, while charging us $70USD for the same damn thing.

They get away with it for two reasons; because people don't know it's happening, and because it's still going to be cheaper (after conversion) than our current in-store prices. We've gotten used to having had to pay more for years now, and as it would seem, many of them have gotten used to charging us more, too. Old habits die hard.

This sort of thing is what annoys me so much about the piracy issue, because it seems to be ok for them to fuck the customer, but it's not ok for the customer to fuck them back.
 
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News Comments > Cecil on Piracy and Economics
4. Re: Holy Sh!t, someone who makes sense May 6, 2010, 00:53 Ventura
 
With Steam sales, the price is right.

Not if you're coming at Steam with an Australian ip address, it isn't. Read my recent comment in the thread about THQ if you want to know more, but frankly, it's scary the number of publishers that are bumping up their prices for foreign customers over Steam.

In any case, you're right about lower prices being the reason why, but it's not quite so black and white for the rest of us.
 
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News Comments > THQ Fiscal Results
8. Re: THQ Fiscal Results May 5, 2010, 19:17 Ventura
 
Whatever they're doing, it must be working. Personally, I just fucking hate THQ.

I load up their Metro 2033 on my Australian steam, and it's $79.99. I load it up via a US proxy server, and it's $49.99. It gets worse; Red Faction Guerrilla is $19.99 to US residents, $69.99 to Australian residents.

I'd hate to think that it's these kinds of practices that are what's keeping the money coming in.
 
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News Comments > Squash Announced
4. Re: Squash Announced May 5, 2010, 18:46 Ventura
 
In all seriousness, I'd love a bloody good squash game on the Wii, and the crap Racquet sports from Ubisoft with terrible controls and an average metacritic rating of 51 doesn't count.  
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Patched
16. Re: Star Trek Online Patched Apr 30, 2010, 09:22 Ventura
 
Oh my, did we step on your toes there fanboi? Sorry about that. I guess you are right after all STO is a fun game and EVERYBODY else is wrong.

In his defense, I wouldn't say it isn't a fun game. There's certainly something to be had here if you like your Trek, and I know I got a few hours out of it. Enough to make Commander, at any rate.

It's just... it's repetitive. Extremely so. Ground combat is a tedious, monotonous crawl through bad guys, and ship combat doesn't really feel like it ever changes.

You get access to a new ship every 10 levels, which is one MOTHER of a grind. Basically you have to stomach a week of absolute repetition just for a couple of hours of choosing and customising a new ship... and then it begins again.

If you can go through that four times, you'll make it to admiral. I did it twice, before I absolutely positively couldn't stand the thought of playing any more.
 
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News Comments > Activision Signs Bungie for 10 Years
2. Re: Activision Signs Bungie for 10 Years Apr 29, 2010, 09:10 Ventura
 
I'm guessing the kind of independence that they will have is something the poor Infinity Ward chaps don't. No doubt Bungie have the capital to fund their own projects, and are therefore just using Activision's ability to publish and distribute.  
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News Comments > City of Heroes Patched
2. Re: City of Heroes Patched Apr 29, 2010, 08:08 Ventura
 
Tempting to get back in COH again

Yeah I'll say. I actually enjoyed it more than Champions Online, to be honest.

That's nothing against Cryptic though, infact I have some holiday time coming up, and it's likely I'll head back into Star Trek Online instead. It's either that or WoW, and I don't much like the thought of that one.
 
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News Comments > Two More Tom Clancy Games Coming?
5. Re: Two More Tom Clancy Games Coming? Apr 29, 2010, 01:00 Ventura
 
It's all about arcade these days guys, nobody cares about simulation because so few people buy it.

That said, I spent more time with Vegas 2 than I care to admit. It's far from being the worst game I've ever played, even though the cover system is obviously cheating.

In the presence of hugely popular arcade types like Gears of War, I'm hardly about to expect them to shoot themselves in the foot by releasing another simulation, just for my benefit. They're going to do what brings in the most money.
 
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News Comments > Two More Tom Clancy Games Coming?
1. Re: Two More Tom Clancy Games Coming? Apr 28, 2010, 21:51 Ventura
 
I don't care about their online DRM (which they're bound to keep using), if they bring out a new Rainbow Six and the gameplay footage looks half decent, it's likely I'll buy it regardless.  
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News Comments > Activision's Lawsuit Response
36. Re: Apr 28, 2010, 05:24 Ventura
 
In other words, the wording of thier response indicates to me personally there's probably written evidence of the whole bonus thing

I hope so, for their sake, because the world's a shithole in my experience, and most bosses won't give you any more if they don't have to. They could be laughing all the way to the bank while you're doing all the work, they won't care. And they'll sleep well at night, too.

If they got something down on paper that says they're due, like a contract, then it's a totally different ball game. In which case, it was stupid of Activision to not have paid up, because now they're just going to end up having to pay more.
 
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News Comments > Activision's Lawsuit Response
19. Re: Apr 27, 2010, 22:10 Ventura
 
And just because something is "legal" doesn't make it "right."

Indeed, legal and not legal, and right and wrong, are often two very different things.

These days though, it doesn't matter. There's not even really any such thing as a verbal contract anymore. You got to get that shit down on paper.

These guys at Infinity Ward did the hard work and deserve to be compensated for it, for that I have no doubt. But unless it was written in their contract that they're due extras if the game does well, I doubt they'll get much... unfortunately.
 
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News Comments > Infinity Ward Employee Group Sues Activision
14. Re: Infinity Ward Employee Group Sues Activision Apr 27, 2010, 18:51 Ventura
 
I hope they get everything they're asking for.

Seriously, it ain't much fun when you're doing all the work and other people are getting all the money. I don't work in game development, but I still know that feeling all too well.
 
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News Comments > Supreme Commander 2 Patched
3. Re: Supreme Commander 2 Patched Apr 27, 2010, 05:18 Ventura
 
But yeah FA is sitting in limbo on my drive, simspeed slow down sux

Same shit here mate. Despite Sorian himself creating a stickied thread a couple of years ago in the official AI mods forum that ballooned to 20+ pages, they never did find the cause.

Thankfully, wiping the slate clean and starting afresh fixed the issue for the sequel. It lost a lot of it's scale, for sure (which is arguably a tragedy), but I've played plenty worse games.
 
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News Comments > Stargate Resistance Free Weekend
2. Re: Stargate Resistance Free Weekend Apr 24, 2010, 08:28 Ventura
 
If it had bots I'd play, but it doesn't, so alas.  
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