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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > Newell: Gamers Smarter than Publishers
1. bah Oct 17, 2008, 09:15 Ventura
 
This is a no-brainer, really.

The problem is that the average publisher doesn't give a crap how to make a good game. They're only interested in making money, and since that desire supersedes everything else, their solution is to stuff the retail channels with garbage in the hope that it will sell.

Good games take hard work and passion, not something most publishers are known for.
 
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News Comments > Morning Chuckle
3. Re: Zing Oct 13, 2008, 04:08 Ventura
 
Hehe, I particularly like the bit about the manual being split up.

 
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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
33. Re: No subject Oct 13, 2008, 00:30 Ventura
 
What MMOs allow you to change your class/race/gender/face for free?

What MMOs allow you to change your class/race/gender atall?

I had a level 20ish toon that I rerolled in EQ ages ago because even though I liked the class, I didn't like the race I'd chosen. Seems like these days though anything you want can just be purchased if you're willing to cough up the money.

Eventually there will end up more than one subscription model for these games. You'll get services like "basic" and "premium", and the premium model will cost a small fortune to maintain.

As I said in a previous post, RIP Blizzard.

 
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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
14. Re: What's the monthly subscription for?! Oct 12, 2008, 17:43 Ventura
 
Prado went through the three options they were considering (not letting the crowd know which way they had gone) and the FANS CHEERED for the option to make 3 epic campaigns, but selling them separately. The other two got "boo"s and silence respectively.

I have a feeling that one was all about how they worded it.

Did the FANS CHEER as much with the news about the paid character customization in WoW, I wonder.

 
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News Comments > Weekly Q&A Roundup
1. heh Oct 12, 2008, 16:35 Ventura
 
Next up on Develop Magazine, an interview with Brad Gates of Microsoft!!

 
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News Comments > WoW Paid Customization Coming
9. Re: ... Oct 12, 2008, 16:31 Ventura
 
First they slice Starcraft 2 into little pieces to be able to sell it a few times over, now you can pay more money to have your WoW character customised.

I think it's pretty clear that it's now Activision calling the shots over there.

RIP Blizzard.

 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Trisected
60. Re: No subject Oct 11, 2008, 03:10 Ventura
 
Blizzard doesn't need fans like you. Countless millions will still deem their games worthy of purchases because they trust them to make games just as they always have.

I thought the same way about ID software once. Then I bought Doom 3. You trust developers to treat you right, because they did once, and sooner or later they will rob you blind.

Oh, but it's Blizzard, they wouldn't do it to me. Newsflash mate, Activision would, and guess who's calling the shots these days.

Or would you have us believe it's just coincidence?

Still, I want to live a day in your world. By all means, tell me all about the awesome games you don't have the time to play. Seriously. My Rock Band drum set is deteriorating pretty badly anyway, and I could use something refreshing.

 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Trisected
39. Re: No subject Oct 11, 2008, 00:12 Ventura
 
just another bunch of angsty, jaded gamers who can never give any developer the benefit of the doubt in a controversial situation

Yeah, like the average developer has been looking out for us for so long now. Exactly what planet have you been living on all these years?

And as such, I have no reason to doubt them now...

No reason? They merge with Activision and then do a complete 180 on how they always used to operate. Whatever happened to "when it's done"??

Like someone said above, this is the new Blizzard, and the sooner we get used to it, the better.

 
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News Comments > Wrath of the Ban Hammer in Kane's Wrath
1. it's bad? Oct 6, 2008, 05:14 Ventura
 
I've heard the Kane's Wrath expansion is *really* bad.

If they banned any more accounts, would there be anyone left playing?

 
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News Comments > AU Retailers: "Wait Out" Silent Hill Ban
11. Re: No subject Oct 1, 2008, 07:01 Ventura
 
Censorship has it's place. I'm glad you can't buy snuff movies over the counter. Things like that have no place in society

Where do you draw the line though? You might be perfectly acceptable with any number of things that others may feel "have no place in society". Likewise, others may feel snuff movies are perfectly acceptable provided they are viewed only in the privacy of one's own home.

You're either really for censorship (of this nature) or against it. If you approve of it's use, then you can't really complain about the position at which they have drawn the line.

 
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News Comments > AU Retailers: "Wait Out" Silent Hill Ban
8. Re: ... Oct 1, 2008, 05:37 Ventura
 
Censorship sucks. Always has, always will.

I'm a 34 year old adult living in Western Australia and there's stuff I'm not allowed to play because their highest rating is 15+? Huh?

 
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News Comments > Vivendi UK Closing, Ghostbusters Still in Limbo
2. Re: No subject Sep 4, 2008, 17:54 Ventura
 
As always, I can only hope that this resulting company ends up as much like Blizzard and as little like Activision as possible.

All the talk of layoffs though, we're not exactly off to a flying start here.

 
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News Comments > WAR Bonus with RA3
9. Re: why? Sep 3, 2008, 09:06 Ventura
 
theyd rather cater to the people that have endless amounts of disposable income, rather than those that dont

So pissing off the vast majority at the expense of a small minority just because that small minority has got a lot more money makes a lot of sense in your book?

Tell you what; try a business like that, see how far you get, then come back and say it's a good idea

 
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News Comments > WAR Bonus with RA3
3. Re: Hmm.. Sep 3, 2008, 03:46 Ventura
 
What a load of shit.

Come on, let's be honest. What does buying Red Alert 3 have anything to do with the upcoming Warhammer Online?

You can see it now, in game:
"Wow, nice, how'd you get that?"
"I preordered Red Alert 3"

Huh? And it's not just any old item, it's something with an illusion attached. This is the sort of thing that makes you angry in-game because there's no way you can get one too.

Bad, bad move.

 
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News Comments > Gamer's Bill of Rights
63. Re: No no no and no. Aug 29, 2008, 23:43 Ventura
 
I like how Gas Powered Games are a part of this, like they haven't completely and utterly dropped support for every title they've produced shortly after it's hit the shelf.

Chris Taylor is a "do as I say, not as I do" type of guy.

 
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News Comments > BlizzCon 2008 Ticket Auction Update
2. Re: Man... Aug 16, 2008, 22:00 Ventura
 
Blizzard has a bad habit of underestimating demand. For games, for servers, for BlizzCon tickets

That would be a problem most other developers could only wish they had.

"We apologise for the inconvenience, but we just were not expecting demand of this magnitude. Rest assured we're working to get more copies of Empire Earth 3 out to retail as fast as we can".

"Star Trek Legacy? Sorry mate, all sold out. Fingers crossed we'll receive another shipment by the end of the week".

 
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News Comments > Guitar Hero III Patch
5. Re: patch Aug 14, 2008, 17:34 Ventura
 
This is the one that replaces the controller with a real guitar thereby forcing you to actually LEARN how to play guitar

As opposed to how sports games don't have to replace controllers with real balls and/or racquets? Or what about Swat or CounterStrike replacing it with a real gun and a pass to a shooting range?

Maybe you just didn't notice, brainiak, but a great many computer games are about the emulation of some real-life task. So why the hate towards music ones in particular? Other than the fact that you obviously don't know how to rock

 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Debut Trailer
14. Re: No subject Aug 11, 2008, 17:42 Ventura
 
Hell no; that's some ass-backwards thinking. It's your duty as a Star Trek fan to NOT buy this garbage, and demand that justice is done to the license.

Unfortunately mate it doesn't work that way.

If this doesn't sell well, they won't come away thinking they can do better. They'll come away thinking nobody cares, and it's the last Trek game you'll ever see.

Whatever the outcome, as someone else has suggested, isn't it a little early to be referencing this as 'garbage'? If indeed you've already made up your mind, I think it's fair to say you've set the bar so high nothing could've been good enough.

 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Debut Trailer
6. Re: No subject Aug 11, 2008, 08:41 Ventura
 
As a Trekkie, I'm not going to be able to resist this if and when it ever shows up in stores. It's almost like it's going to be my duty to support this thing.

While I'd really love to see this thing succeed, if I were to be honest I'd have to say I doubt it will do very well. I'd be surprised if the servers were still up a year after the retail release, let's put it that way.

 
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News Comments > Warner: Music Games Must Pay More
23. Re: No subject Aug 7, 2008, 17:56 Ventura
 
Bah, I've bought three albums because of these music games. Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who and Boston. But they just don't see that, conveniently enough.

The problem is that they're hearing about how much money these music games are making, and they want a bigger piece of the pie.

 
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