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News Comments > SimCity Patched
11. Re: SimCity Patched May 10, 2013, 14:48 Tumbler
 
Releasing a patch that changes the name to sim neighborhood might fix just about everything because the game basically gives you a small area to tinker with in a larger city. In that respect it seems fine... But calling it sim City seems like you'll need to fix a shit ton of stuff to feel like it's a whole city.  
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News Comments > Rumor: TimeGate Staff Laid Off
3. Re: Rumor: TimeGate Staff Laid Off May 9, 2013, 16:03 Tumbler
 
There are some youtube videos that show some updates being made to Aliens for the PC and it's looking more like the demo's people were expecting, it's kind of surprising those patches came out considering they're shutting down now...  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation May 9, 2013, 15:55 Tumbler
 
After missing pretty much every shipping target I'm not surprised, I wouldn't be shocked if the shipping delays that people have been bitching and lack of solid numbers from Ouya were due to having burned through their funds. This thing was always a great idea that has been poorly managed. The devs have started grumbling about lack of users and the list of titles available isn't going to attract anyone. The real problem with an Android console is that you need a massive buy-in (marketing, exclusives) to gain any real traction with consumers or you need an ecosystem like Apple built which took years, the Ouya doesn't really have much of either.

I got my Ouya! Arrived 2 weeks ago I think. Wasn't too much to do with it currently. List of apps you can run is sparse to say the least. Most interesting was twitch tv which when I compared the quality to what my laptop could pump out was pretty disappointing. I am guessing that the ouya was putting up 360p and when I looked at the same feed on my laptop I could pull 1080p...it looked a little better...

Check ebay for how much they sell for. 0.0

SELL SELL SELL! Sold it for approx 174 and I think I netted 141 after fees and shipping. FFS Ebay, 10%!?! 10% was the fee for selling the item, no wonder I don't sell things on there anymore....come to think of it I don't think I've calculated the take on things I sell at amazon...let's just see...11.2%. Well I guess 5% fees are just not happening anymore.

It will be interesting to see what modders can do with the Ouya. I think it has a lot more potential to be a simple android box if someone can build an interface that can mimic the touch screen with a cursor you control with the controller or even a mouse and keyboard. Get google play and all the basic apps people put on their phones and I think games like angry birds, or Star Wars pinball, or all those pinball tables Farsight studios makes, (TNG, twighlight zone), those could be a lot of fun.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 5, 2013, 11:36 Tumbler
 
ViRGE wrote on May 4, 2013, 19:06:
There's really nothing more carriers can do. They already block phones.

They could... Oh I don't know, triangulate the position the way they do in emergencies? Or the way a FREE app does? I think apple even charges for this service. Phones don't travel at the speed of light, when u realize it's stolen or missing the phone company can find it and you can send the police to recover / arrest. Charge $50 and only release info to the police if necessary.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Announced
9. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Announced May 1, 2013, 16:01 Tumbler
 
Crossing my fingers that Respawns new IP steals the show and mocks Infinity Ward. Probably too much to hope for considering they're basically starting over.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 29, 2013, 21:37 Tumbler
 
Illumiroom looks interesting but seems like more trouble than its worth. A projector on your coffee table? Didn't we just throw out coffee tables so we can use kinect?

Oculus rift looks world's better than this.
 
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News Comments > Respawn's Debut an MS Console Exclusive?
7. Re: Respawn's Debut an MS Console Exclusive? Apr 29, 2013, 21:14 Tumbler
 
would prefer not to need a console to play the game. Oh well guess I'll have to play other games.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
17. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 29, 2013, 16:29 Tumbler
 
Snark aside, the Littoral Combat Ship program is actually an attempt to SAVE money.

Which is probably why we heard about it in the first place. Hey guys, this fucking bill over here is going to cost us money! Call our reps, we gotta get everyone mad about this bill. Tell em it's wasteful spending, we don't need more ships and they're going to spend a lot of money on ships! It'll cost us a few million to get some representation on our side but we're going to miss out on 10x that over the next 10 years if that bill passes!

Tonight on Hannity! The Navy is wasting your tax dollars! They're going to go build ships we don't need! We need to cut spending, we need to lower taxes! Government spending is always wrong!

Meanwhile back in Navy headquarters. Sorry Tim, you're plan to build destroyers that will cost 1/2 as much to operate each year was shot down as being too expensive. We're going to retrofit older destroyers so they are heavier, use more fuel and cost far more to maintain instead. We're not made of money here you know. Can't be buying fancy new ships whenever we want you know. Why don't you go take the day off, we're paying some contractors to paint the ship, gotta make due with what we got.
 
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News Comments > Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars Funded
1. Re: Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars Funded Apr 29, 2013, 12:57 Tumbler
 
...wait, isn't this a game that came out on steam recently?

*Checking* Ah, no I'm confusing this with Endless Space.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Metro: Last Light
5. Re: Gone Gold - Metro: Last Light Apr 25, 2013, 12:47 Tumbler
 
High hopes!

*Checks price* $50? Hmm, well maybe when it's half off. Anyone see any deals?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 24, 2013, 17:25 Tumbler
 
Iphone screens look comically small. My wife has an iphone for work and we both have Galaxy S3's, my god that thing is nice to look at. The iphone? hahahah.

Keep it up Apple, I'm sure no one minds.

In fairness the size of the phone for the Galaxy S3 makes it harder to do things one handed. On my old phone, droid incredible, the size was great for operating the thing one handed. Trying to use the S3 one handed is kind of a joke but I can't say I want to go back to the smaller screens. I'm glad I didn't move up to the Samsung Note though, was considering buying that but after adjusting to the size of the S3 I'm glad I didn't.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Star Trek: The Video Game
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Star Trek: The Video Game Apr 23, 2013, 22:38 Tumbler
 
I was excited to see the star ship combat... Then I watched some of it on YouTube. It's an on rails turret sequence. Great job on the trailers guys, the space combat looked nothing like that.  
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News Comments > "Strong Possibility" Relic to Make Dawn of War 3
9. Re: Apr 23, 2013, 13:02 Tumbler
 
Based on how CoH2 is looking I'm going to put this on my "not going to be good" list. I think they're going to continue on the path of DoW2 based on what I'm seeing in CoH2 and that is unfortunate.

I think they're missing a lot of opportunities to sell content by structuring their games the way they are. In CoH2 the color of your vehicles can be set by you but only after you unlock those colors. Based on what I've seen in the beta it seems they will be offering a tiny bit of content to unlock and then selling most of it as micro transactions. And there doesn't appear to be that much in the first place.

I think this is lazy. They should have offered a lot of customization options at the start, more than seem to be in the game, and then worked on making more after launch that could be sold.

How fucking hard is it to make custom tank skins? I would guess a modder could make dozens in the space of an hour. I think it'd be great to be able to customize the look of your army for all the units, not just the vehicles. You should be able to customize your army leader too

They did something like this in DoW2, you could change the colors which was nice but all this extra stuff you unlock as you play you couldn't pick and choose what you wanted. It was simply forced upon you.

CoH2 should have been an evolution of this idea but instead it's just a half assed lazy patch where you can pick tank colors. You should be able to build a commander and pick the powers/weapons/tanks. All the commanders you pick should give your army a unique look, including one you build. Why isn't there a unit on the field that represents your commander?

Going back to DoW2, what they should be aiming for in DoW3 is allowing users to purchase custom commander units and elite units that change the apprearance of your army in the game. Each army in 40k has very unique features. I played Blood Angels and while you could adjust the colors of your army to look like Blood Angels you never got your custom commander. (Dante) Or you custom Psycher (Mephiston). Each army had several unique commanders and high level characters. Even the units had more specific designs. Devastator squads for blood angels had blue helmets. Death Company was painted mostly black with red highlights. (assault squad basically) Dark Angels were green but their terminator squads were bone colored and known as Death Wing.

All these additions could be accomplished with cosmetic upgrades, the units could fight identically to other squads but their appearances would be different.

If that is what they were aiming for in CoH2 I'd be excited. Sadly it seems like they are taking the same basic idea of DoW2 and just wrapping it onto CoH2. Cept you can't change your army colors. (uniforms) And there is no commander unit even though you have to pick someone. How fucking cool would it be if choosing hte commander had a unit come out onto the field that you had to protect. If you wanted to use his powers you needed to have him nearby? If he's killed you have to bring in another commander and start over?

Bah, so much potential and they show up with none of it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
14. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 22, 2013, 17:05 Tumbler
 
I just finished Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained about a month ago! Fantastic books! They reminded me of the complexity of the game of thrones books. The author likes to just throw you into the deep end and see how long it takes you to learn to swim.

I felt like the author was fucking with me for half the book and at that point things finally started moving forward.

Amazing universe he manages to build and a believable future. It's equal to Dune (the first book) but delivers more. Dune is tragically short. There are 6 books but the first one is unique. The remaining books don't have the same intensity. I made it to the end of book 4 (dune) and quit. Bored as hell.

I passed on Misspent Youth. Are the follow up books after those two any good? (Void Trilogy)

Reading House of Suns atm, that is kind of dragging, need to finish it and move on.


Edit: Oh, forgot to mention Pushing Ice. I really enjoyed that one, it's the same author as House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds. Highly recommend Pushing Ice.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP
10. Re: Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP Apr 22, 2013, 16:50 Tumbler
 
Downward trend? The only game that company has ever made that wasn't mediocre to the extreme was borderlands.

They seem to do ok with "Borderlands" titled games but both of the other ventures (DNF and Aliens) seem to have been industry collapsing black holes of suck.

At least when epic goes off the "Gears" franchise they don't cause immense discussion on how corrupt the gaming industry is.

Hey Gearbox, can you please give that franchise to someone else? It's for your own good.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP
2. Re: Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP Apr 22, 2013, 16:42 Tumbler
 
Seems like an ok place to land. Wait...I'm thinking of Epic. Ah fuck. Gearbox seems on a downward trend.  
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News Comments > World of Tanks Security "Event"
4. Re: World of Tanks Security Apr 22, 2013, 13:24 Tumbler
 
If it makes you feel better that is kind of you how feel even if you pay from time to time and are a higher tier.

The matches you're placed in will almost always be versus a wide variety of tanks. Typically a 3 tier stretch is common. (6,7,8 or 3,4,5 or 1,2,3) That initial loading screen gives you a rough report of how good your tank is versus others. If you're at the top you should do well, if you're at the bottom then job number one is don't get shot, stay in cover, play it safe, assume you're going to get massacred.

I'm at tier 7 atm, most of my tanks are tier 6, I've got a tier 7 and I'm speeding through that tank to get to tier 8. (I'm gunning for an IS-3)

More than likely the tanks that are besting you are benefiting more from highly trained crews than they are gold. I hadn't realized until recently that once you're crews hit 100% they get another secondary skill to start improving on. Some of the items you can put on your tank, faster reload, faster aiming, can make a huge difference as well.

The grind can be brutal though, if you never buy any gold and so don't get that xp boost from having a premium acct from time to time then I find that the grind is extremely tedious. I really like how you can buy a premium acct by the day if you want to, 250 gold I believe. That is $1.25. To me playing a lot for a day or two and earning lots of xp is more enjoyable than playing more matches each earning less xp.

Gold is almost required to advance past tier 7 though, the amount of xp you need to buy the tanks let alone the equipment to make them good is ridiculous to consider earning with a free account.

But it's not quite what you think, the gold isn't to buy ammo, it's to convert XP from other tanks. Something I didn't realize about WoT is that they built it so you'd play all the classes at once. You can play with one tank the whole time but that becomes very annoying. Once you research everything a particular tank has to offer it becomes "elite". This means that any xp you earn can be used to convert to "free xp" which can be used on any tank.

In practice this means you'll have a better time if you have a tank in each class or at least several tanks maxed out. Don't sell your old tanks, fully research the one you like and keep using them. Then when you jump into the game you'll have 4 or 5 tanks that all earn double xp on that first battle.

The hook is that converting xp costs gold. So if each of your elite tanks has 1000xp sitting in there you can convert that all to free xp for a fee in gold. (it's very affortable in my experience, I want to say 400 is to convert 10k experience?)

I don't know if you can tell but I like this game.
 
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News Comments > Firefall Open Beta in July; Signups Begin
6. Re: Firefall Open Beta in July; Signups Begin Apr 18, 2013, 13:15 Tumbler
 
All I know about firefall is that they spent a shitload of money at some trade shows. I remember hearing people gawk at how large and impossible to miss their booth was. Couldn't tell you a fucking thing about what the game is and I'm pretty sure I'm in a...beta?

It's third person...I think? And you run through a city or something, then they give you some MMO like mission to go kill some weird looking bugs...I think you have a gun...I...I'm not even sure what hte point of playing it is so I haven't been back after the first try.

So...hopefully they can work on telling people about WTF this game is.
 
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News Comments > Leviathan: Warships Jazzy Trailer
8. Re: Leviathan: Warships Jazzy Trailer Apr 17, 2013, 23:34 Tumbler
 
Well that looks awesome, $9.99 on amazon!? SOLD.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Apr 16, 2013, 15:10 Tumbler
 
It's a bit harsh to put Ubisoft in that list. AC3 may have been filled with tedious side-tasks, but the main quest line was still good, and it was a really fun game for the first 30 or so hours. Far Cry 3 is kind of similar, really cool at first, gets repetitious, but is still a great game. That Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon looks like a fun little budget game.

Compared to the likes of EA, Activision and MS, Ubisoft is Looking Glass reborn.

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Agreed, Ubisoft doesn't belong on the list. Despite Uplay getting a lot of shit from gamers the titles they are putting out are diverse and highly entertaining. Loved Far Cry 3, preordered Blood dragon (ME!?), traded for AC3 code, bought Anno 2070 ($16 amazon). I'm not going to pre-order it but Assassin's creed black flag looks like a lot of fun. By far the sailing stuff in Ac3 was the most impressive stuff. Build a pirate adventure game around that and I'm fucking sold. Call it assassin's creed pirate adventure and I'm nervous...
 
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