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News Comments > New Wasteland Will Be DRM-Free
14. Re: New Wasteland Will Be DRM-Free Mar 9, 2012, 13:40 Tumbler
 
Why haven't you taken my money yet!?  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 9, 2012, 13:09 Tumbler
 
Tumbler will commit suicide if this is true.

Heh, actually I'm good either way. I love a good train wreck and that is exactly what MS and Sony would have if they shipped an all digital console. At that point Steam would obliterate them. If I'm going to be locked to an online digital distribution system I'm sure as hell not picking Xbox Live or PSN. LOL, my god, can you imagine. Those services are necessary evils to an otherwise good gaming platform. PSN may be free but buying games on that service makes no sense to me. The less time I have to be on that system the better. And Live? I could burn my money and get more entertainment per dollar spent. (aka they're a rip off on game purchases)
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot
12. Re: BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot Mar 8, 2012, 14:53 Tumbler
 
however, BioShock 2 CE was pretty sweet.

I picked up a copy of this on firesale at Best Buy, $10 plus free shipping. Was shocked at the contents, really nice. This is what makes me want to start my little video game wall, this came with a lot of frameable stuff.
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot
8. Re: BioShock Infinite's Motorized Patriot Mar 8, 2012, 13:03 Tumbler
 
LOL, I read that as Motorized Parrot. Looking at the screenshot I was confused why they would call it a Parrot... It should be called Gattling Washington.

Makes more sense now.

I was hoping this was a CE version announcement that you get a motorized parrot when you buy it. TAKE MY MONEY!
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 8, 2012, 12:58 Tumbler
 
I guess in some esotheric, purely theoretical way the PS3 is more powerful than the 360, but in reality it's the other way around. Sony's stupid memory sharing system is murdering the latest games to come out on their platform.

I think it's a perception is reality type thing. Sony hyped their machines power with the cell processor and blu-ray and wouldn't shut up about 1080p graphics and it's all a big joke.

I don't think they would dare admit that their machine is underpowered (and it certainly is thanx to the RAM stupidity) so what we end up with is the public expecting better games on the PS3 and it being some sort of scandal when it's exactly the opposite.

It's like putting a powerful engine in a shitty car and then wondering why a less powerful engine in a car with better tires and suspension does better than yours.

Sony should have doubled down on the RAM. 512 not shared, or better 1GB shared, would have been a much more interesting system at this point. It's still hard to believe that they didn't immediately change to a shared RAM setup when they saw the 360 had that. Someone internally had to see the consequences of letting the 360 ship with 512mb (effectively) while you are only shipping with 256. I recall MS making the decision to move up to 512 being big news so maybe Sony was already past the point of no return and couldn't?

Sony just seems to have done as much wrong as possible with this console and even after launch seem oblivious to how important using PSN to offer content to consumers is. I hate that online system. I don't think I've spent more than a couple dollars there because it's so unpleasant to explore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 8, 2012, 12:09 Tumbler
 
I'd love to see Netflix get into the content creation business. I think that is the safest way forward for them. Pick up a few new shows here and there and find one that sticks. Throw advertising into the video's if necessary or whatever is necessary to make it work. Maybe Netflix plus for $10 a month instead of $8. Or maybe just move everyone up to $10 a month, that seems more consistent.

They need their own content, they already have the distribution network (a channel everyone at home can tune into). If they had their own exclusive shows like HBO they'd be a major driving force in the entertainment industry.

I've been introduced to more TV shows via netflix over the past few years than I have via traditional cable. Breaking Bad, Spartacus, Blue Moutain State, Sons of Anarchy, Weeds, Dexter. All of these shows become known to me because I could watch them on netflix. i knew they were out there and people liked them but I wasn't about to go give my cable company money to try those shows. It's just a better way to find potential viewers than getting your show on a cable network. They can talor each person's experience so the show creators can say "We want to get our show in front of people who like dexter and weeds (for example). No problem, we track all that info, your show will appear on the recommended list of all those users.

Cable companies can't do that. The best they can do is run ads during commercials on these others shows or on the guide menu and that is pathetic compared to that customized list you see on netflix.

Netflix needs it's own content studios. I hope they are investing heavily in that sort of thing right now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 8, 2012, 12:02 Tumbler
 
I think you read that wrong, the 360 is technically the lower powered machine. But PS3 owners have seen this enough that this isn't a surprise and should be assumed. Skyrim for example was a fucking mess on PS3 but the 360 and pc versions worked very well*.

(*still plenty of bugs!)
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Plans, Friends Trial
18. Re: Clunky... Mar 7, 2012, 16:31 Tumbler
 
I made it a month and a half, but have slowly stopped playing. The game feels really "clunky" to me, the interface, animations, and combat doesn't seem nearly as smooth as other MMO's, and it's evident every minute that I'm playing it. Little things are also frustrating, like the fact that despite having a great PC and running the game on max settings, grass still literally "grows" in the distance as I'm running towards it. Seriously? The fact that the graphics seem 7 years outdated doesn't help either.

This is my experience as well. The Melee characters make the laggy combat really obvious. I played a sniper the first time through, took me a month and a half, and I rarely saw it. When I tried creating a 2nd toon, republic Jedi Knight, the lag became much more noticeable as you're slashing away right there and guys will sometimes die at the correct time and other times it will be totally off.

The gameplay experience also feels unsatisfying as a melee character. The game works in my head when I'm a guy shooting but once you're throwing that light saber around it really breaks the immersion.

I wish there was a way to put the account on hold because I feel like I've been burned on a month of time at this point. (I used a 60 day time card)

I don't regret buying it, the first month is fun, but I think they need to finish the game before I'll pay them. I'd like them to make it possible to play by yourself at the end game just like you did from beginning to end. I have 6 companions in the end, why can I take them all into an operation or at least take 3 of them into a flashpoint and do those by myself?

Maybe grouping tools will help this not be an issue in the future but it's disappointing that I still have no easy way to go play through content in the game that is technically available to me right now.
 
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News Comments > Three Battlefield 3 Expansions Announced
27. Re: Three Battlefield 3 Expansions Announced Mar 7, 2012, 13:38 Tumbler
 
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters -- In Battlefield 3: Close Quarters, players are dropped into a frantic, infantry-only theatre of war.

You can still have infantry only sections of a map where people who want that COD experience can fight in close quarters while another battle with all the elements of Battlefield is going on.

Like a shopping mall where the inside is basically infantry only and the outside all around the mall is full on balls to the wall combat with tanks, jeeps, jets, helo's. If you wanna be a little bitch and go play in the fountains and shit go for it but we'll be tearing shit up in the parking lot.

I hate all the maps where they were obviously trying to give it the COD treatment. They are horrid maps. Metro...my fucking god how did someone not pull that fucking disaster of a map on the drawing board?

This game would be so much better if they'd quit trying to change the core experience. It's a battlefield. Anything Goes. This is not some random corner of a building with a dozen guys having a gunfight. We want the whole goddamn building and 64 people and 6 blocks around as well and we want to bomb the shit out of people and fly around in a whirly death machine spitting cannon rounds at the poor bastards running around on the ground.

Man the FUCK UP you bitches. (DICE)
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer
35. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Trailer Mar 6, 2012, 20:57 Tumbler
 
If you want a real authentic feeling remake then check out http://www.xenonauts.com . It is still in alpha and they are going to do a Kickstarter for more funding.

That link above just popped up a google warning and stopped me from visiting the site because it's been known to load malicious software...

 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
72. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 20:50 Tumbler
 
But I thought according to some EA fans, origin was supposedly just as good as steam?

It is! When steam was launched these same issues were a problem when people bought HL2. It was quite the scandal. I was extremely upset that my store bought copy of HL2 wouldn't work until it was unlocked on steam. Same deal here. Of course EA has had years to watch and the technology available to them should be way ahead of what valve had back in the day...but they're EA. They probably bought used copies of DRM off ebay and paid somebody minimum wage to setup a "server".
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
58. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 15:59 Tumbler
 
At the end of ME2 you're like "The Reapers are still coming, we only slowed them down yet again, and we still have no clue how to stop them.

I took the ending that kept the Collectors base intact so I'm really confused how I went from doing that to being a insubordinate officer that should be in prison and Earth has no defenses still? Maybe that base went 100% to Cereberus and they didn't share anything with the earth government? ...why wouldn't I continue to work with Cereberus if they're the ones holding the tech that can make a difference?
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
56. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 15:41 Tumbler
 
Hmm wonder where my copy is...

*checking*

Concord CA
Out for delivery - March 6, 2012 6:15:00 AM

Cough, Cough, probably should head home early...been a long day. (and then it wouldn't show up till 7pm!)
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Leaked
62. Re: Mass Effect 3 Leaked Mar 5, 2012, 16:11 Tumbler
 
I've just gotta add this as a reminder, in case there is anybody with influence, shareholders, whoever it is that keeps pushing asinine DRM, is reading these; DRM only affects legitimatly purchased copies. The cracked version, once available, will be downloaded by pirates sans working DRM leaving only legitimately purchased copies with any form of copy protection. Ergo, only people who BOUGHT the game will have to deal with it. Rather than treat them like thieves, why not be thankful they bought a copy in the first place?

*Shareholder* Whatever gets them to spend more money. DRM makes it so the paying customers have to pay more so that is good. Our goal is to take as much money from the people willing to pay us as possible. We really don't care about pirates. We care about people who've chosen to give us money, we are trying to exploit them.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Leaked
53. Re: Mass Effect 3 Leaked Mar 5, 2012, 15:31 Tumbler
 
I'm all for anti-EA, because they are indeed scumbags at the bottom of the barrel, but this post seems like you're trying to justify piracy... when you're also playing their game. If you hate EA so much, don't even pirate it.

Might I suggest Let's Play video's if you want to experience Mass Effect 3 but don't want the version that is for sale? In this case you can still experience the game in a major way but you're not forced into accepting services like Origin.

I don't believe there are any up right now but tommorrow or a day or two after I would expect you'll see full walkthroughs of the game and in this way you can still see the game without buying services you never wanted in the first place.

You could also rent it on the 360 / PS3 but I suppose those are just like Origin in many ways. You will play this version here, how I say, when I say and you'll pay what I say. Ends up being more freedom playing it on the 360 / ps3 in my opinion...
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Plans?
76. Re: Steam Hardware Plans? Mar 3, 2012, 23:13 Tumbler
 
This would be awesome. I have a 360 and ps3 out in my family room and do most of my gaming there. I would love to see Steam be an option for gaming out there.

Make it fully functional with a controller and I'm sold. A super Console experience!

The trickiest thing would be dealing with FOV issues. That seems to be the weirdest thing about multiplatform games on pc vs console. The console games are built for someone sitting far away and pc games are generally built for someone sitting very close. This has always been an issue with trying to play a pc in my family room. I end up having to reposition chairs and such and it's really annoying and ultimately not worth it.

As long as the game could identify this box and adjust the visuals to be the same size and fov as the normal console version this could be awesome. Civ V for example is playable from farther away but if you don't know how to play the game you're going to be squinting a lot. (or moving a lot closer) If you know how to play you can identify shapes and icons and such.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed III Setting Confirmed, Details Next Week
6. Re: Assassin's Creed III Setting Confirmed, Details Next Week Mar 1, 2012, 15:33 Tumbler
 
I'm surprised we're not seeing the marketing departments lash out at news sites reporting this. I guess that only happens when you're selling your "exclusive" announcment to Game Informer?  
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite in October
15. Re: BioShock Infinite in October Mar 1, 2012, 13:55 Tumbler
 
Seeing a game confirm they are using steamworks is pretty exciting. I recently booted up Civ V and was impressed how well the mods are built into the games interface. (I assume thanx to steamworks)

And Skyrim, just unbelievable addition to that game. An amazing title for the price but then you go and add mod support that makes it so easy for users to change and improve your game?

Un-fucking-believable improvement over the mod scene in the past. Last time I went in and checked I found a mod called Dynamic Vendors. Vendors will have more gold the more you sell in that location. So if I'm coming back everyday and unloading stuff onto that blacksmith vendor in that first town that guy will start having more and more gold as you'd expect from him having so much stuff to sell.

A simple and brilliant improvement to the game. I have put that game on the shelf for a bit while the mod community improves the game and I can't wait to go back and play more Skyrim. I just keep waiting for that one mod that pushes me over the top.

Or maybe just seeing some new DLC from bethesda will cause me to go back and finish the game so I'm ready for that new content pack.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours
6. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 11:27 Tumbler
 
I put a bit more time into the MP mode this weekend and I'm impressed. I feel like its a great way to play through the different classes and see their powers in action. Playing with other players also shows me a lot of stuff I've never seen. It might have been in since the start but I've just never seen it.

Wish the release day would get here already. I feel like the next week is going to be painful amounts of advertising and marketing bs.

It really sucks that you can't buy the CE anywhere at this point. Hopefully they'll go run some more copies of that version. I wouldn't mind moving up to that package at this point. Feels like salt in an open wound that they announce this included dlc then you go try and buy it and they're saying, "Oh, did we mention it's completely sold out!? MUAHAHAHAHA"

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News Comments > BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC
80. Re: BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC Feb 24, 2012, 21:41 Tumbler
 
And their "last" project was to try to hide and hope the Reapers go away. Thats the only viable Intel you will get from that guy. So lets be realistic, Protheans are a dead race and they lost the war, a living one just makes him a rare specimen, a curiosity. And for that to be optional actually makes sense.

Possible Spoilers...

Someone on the internet made a good point about this Prothean being a bit more important than we realize. He suggested that the Prothean's are a major part of this game and maybe they are coming back to help fight against the reavers. Far fetched but it makes a little too much sense considering they just casually throw in this crew member. Seems likely that the Protheans are going to be a big part of the story.

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Oooh, apparently someone found some voice files they think are the prothean inside the demo files.

Linky
 
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