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Signed On Nov 23, 2003, 23:29
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News Comments > Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition Released
4. Re: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition Released Oct 15, 2014, 14:39 MacLeod
 
It's a shame they had to re-record all the dialog... no Tim Curry, Michael Dorn, Leah Remini or Mark Hamill.

As Gabriel Knight was one of my favorite games, I will certainly be purchasing it however. GK2 is still one of the only "FMV video" adventures I actually enjoyed.

I still remember thinking it was funny in the new Sleepy Hollow show when they referred to the Hessians as a secret society known as the Schattenjägers. Expected Gabriel Knight to show up. :p
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
18. Re: Game Reviews Oct 15, 2014, 08:16 MacLeod
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:36:
Verno wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 10:12:
HorrorScope, did you read it? The text of that review is so over the top I can't take it seriously:

What belies progression is that nothing is what it seems, and if it seems, it will soon unseam. The whole game is riddles wrapped in crimson, jiggly flesh ripe for pink misty explosion. In the first 10-minutes of Mikami’s magnum opus Detective Sebastian Castellanos will find himself as a hunk of meat waiting to be cleaved. He’ll slide into a vat of thick, coagulated blood soup with bobbing chunks of flesh. The walls will bleed and things that should be dead, aren’t. Booby-traps lace your escape routes and you’ll slip and slide on the rotting corpses of those who came before. Light only quickens your heart but fire, fire is your friend. Burn away the enemy; burn away the memories.

Hahaha what the fuck?

Wow, I admit that I laughed while reading that. Obviously someone fancies themselves the next Hunter S. Thompson.

Wow... now you have me reading that whole thing in Johnny Depp's Thompson voice... It is immensely better. lolol.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
1. Re: Evening Patches Oct 14, 2014, 20:31 MacLeod
 
"Ocrs Must Die! Unchained Closed Beta Patch 1.6, October 14, 2014."

I HATE that on my scanner. Never works right!! IT MUST DIE!

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2014, 13:39 MacLeod
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 10:09:
Any series/show/movie that gets a continuation 20+ years later = absolutely terrible, this is a Universal Constant.

Except there are factors that it could be good. It's a limited run series. Frost and Lynch are writing the episodes. Lynch is directing them.

And let's not forget, in the original series, the Laura Palmer in the Black Lodge tells Cooper she's see him again in 25 years. Which would have been 2016 based on the end of the series. So it actually lines up with perfectly telling the story where it needed to continue from.

(though one wonders how they're going to be able to continue without Frank Silva... the guy who played BOB in the series. That's a big recast.)
 
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News Comments > etc.
67. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:21 MacLeod
 
Jensen wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 00:33:
The very first video on her youtube channel is a quite negative critique of Dollhouse. I would hope that Whedon would have tweeted what he did even if he had seen that video.

It seems like a lot of people are making a leap from "Sarkeesian points out tropes" to "Sarkeesian says that all the developers and players of these games are misogynists"

To be fair... when you're series is "Tropes vs. Women"... that is kind of what you're saying.

If you read my whole post, you'll see my issue with Whedon's tweets aren't that he's supporting the idea of there being an issue in gaming. That's something I agree with. My issue is the comments that basically enforce the idea that anyone who doesn't agree with 100% of Sarkeesian's view is a misogynistic pig with their eyes shut, as opposed to people like me who question the delivery and way her videos are formatted.

And if her negative critique of Dollhouse is an "Against women" one, that's just furthering my point about not taking in the whole context of a work before hammering your point about one thing. But as I haven't seen the Dollhouse video, I don't want to comment too deeply based on assumptions from her other videos.
 
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News Comments > etc.
51. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 16:56 MacLeod
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:49:
But of course Sarkeesian is one-sided. That's her point - there are repeated tropes against women. Showing 20 games that have those tropes then 20 games that do not have those tropes would defeat the whole point of her argument

That actually wasn't my point... by no means do I think that the games without tropes should get equal time. Some time would be good, just to provide a counter-balance, but even that is not required. What I'm saying is that some of her examples are flawed because there are other balancing acts in the games that aren't related to women and that there are many other game examples you could have used that are much better examples.
 
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News Comments > etc.
48. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 16:46 MacLeod
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:07:
Given the things being said and tweeted, many people deserve to be condescended to. If you start talking about how everyone is an SJW White Knight Corrupt Asshole, you're going to be condescended to.

As opposed to anyone with a viewpoint other than completely pro Sarkeesian or who questions Quinn being labelled as misogynistic pigs? By your own logic, the other side deserves just as much condescending.

I've been pro feminism for a long time. I believe there are issues in gaming. Hell, I actually complain about female armor more than my wife sometimes. (I'm using that as a simple example without going into detail of my views).

The harassment of Anita and Quinn, by all means is not right. And that should be condemned. But at the same time, there are things about the situations that I look at questioningly.

In Quinn's case, while I think it's terrible that an ex put all that stuff out there (since there's a lot of personal stuff in it), I think there can be valid questions asked about journalistic integrity and questionable practices based on what was public. Turning a blind eye to it after the information release is kind of silly.

In Sarkeesian's case, I agree with her on a lot of the tropes in video games... but I think her presentation is one-sided and flawed. By pointing out these scenes in games that aren't exclusively doing said acts to female characters, but male characters as well (Hitman for example... everyone else is basically an object... that's being an NPC), your impact lessens and comes off as less factual. You also tend to alienate gamers who might be in the middle, who if you showed better examples to, might actually side with you. Because it's not feeling like you want equality of characters in game, but you want anything negative happening to women removed completely, which would be bad in the long run. It's kind of like Michael Moore... while there are aspects that I agree with in his arguments, his presentation and bias and manipulation of the facts leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

In the Gamasutra case, I read the article and it was written pretty derogatory towards gamers in general... there's some comments that harken back to the '80s view of gamers even. It was clearly put on a public forum to incite talking about it. People have letter writing campaigns for everything... TV, movies, etc. So the fact that a group did it for this doesn't exactly surprise me. I don't agree with it, I'd say it would be much better to actually counter it with another article... but that leads to my initial point.

Everyone who comes out not 100% for Sarkaasian, Quinn or Gamasutra are being labelled as bad people. When some of us just have questions, or find bad elements of both situations. But we can't talk about it. Ragnar Tornquist (creator of the Longest Journey and Dreamfall) is a favorite developer of my wife and I. Mainly because of his great stories and strong characters (male and female). But the guys twitter feed lately has just been retweeting every negative comment against people who are (for lack of a quicker term) pro-gamergate. Joss Whedon even tweeting some comments on the Sarkeesian thing... when if his own shows were looked at under her lens, they'd all be full of the same tropes. Dollhouse being one, but you'd even not be hard pressed to find ones in Buffy.

And that too me is as big of a problem. People on either side of the discussion just shutting out and dismissing any valid criticism with name-calling, insults and shaming.

Yes, it's a TL;DR wall of text. it's what you get for me not speaking on this issue through the whole thing until now.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
55. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 22:43 MacLeod
 
I don't know if I'm just getting old or what... but while I like the game I feel like it's too much stuff just thrown at you immediately.

1) The tutorial literally was throwing up mechanic after mechanic with barely a lull between them to get the hang of it.

2) I feel like there are a whole mess of icons on my mini-map, but don't have any clue what any of them are.

3) I'm fighting near the starting area of the game, came across some orc slavers. Save some humans. More orcs show up, kill them. A named guy shows up. Trying to fight him, more orcs show up. Still fighting... another named orc shows up. It just feels a bit much for the beginning of the game.
 
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News Comments > Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Unannounced MMOG
7. Re: Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Unannounced MMOG Sep 23, 2014, 15:07 MacLeod
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 23, 2014, 14:57:
Yes, exactly. That's what pc gamers have been waiting for: online card games, best played on a mobile phone or tablet. Let's open the ActiBlizz Online Casino, shall we?

That doesn't sound at all like what he was meaning... he's just saying that Hearthstone took off and it's a different genre... that maybe they don't have to make the end-all be-all of MMOs and stay in that genre. Maybe they can have groups work on smaller inspired projects that might actually be "fun". And in all honesty, I hope it turns out that way. Going back to smaller Lost Vikings and Blackthorne type games might work out between their next big "hit".

All in all, The article was a very interesting read, and I'm kind of respecting Blizzard for still being able to cancel a game with that much development time.

Cutter wrote on Sep 23, 2014, 15:05:
I suspect that this wasn't probably all that terrible but wouldn't be a big enough hit for Actiblizz's shareholders so they yanked it instead.

Except that they've done it before with at least two other games.

I've never understood the hate for Blizzard. In truth, except for the mis-step that was Diablo 3, I haven't seen much that they're creatively falling apart. I mean, Did I agree with a lot of their WoW decisions? No. But I also never felt that they weren't doing what they thought was best for the game. Which is a big step in the other direction of say ArenaNet, where I feel like the developers have no clue what they're doing in direction and changes they make with GW2.
 
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Update
12. Re: Steam Discovery Update Sep 22, 2014, 21:15 MacLeod
 
I'm just glad they finally have pages that stay on what you clicked on, so when you go back from looking at game details, it doesn't start at the beginning (or looking at the wrong category)... they seemed to use the cop-out solution though and just make all the pages separate, instead of giving you tabs like the old version.

And I really dont know why they're so hyped up on the blue thing now... I think the black looked better. (not to mention the blue circle system tray icon introduced last update doesn't show when you're downloading any more (the black icon used to have little dots when you were downloading).
 
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News Comments > SQUARE ENIX's Cloud Plans
1. Re: SQUARE ENIX's Cloud Plans Sep 19, 2014, 09:10 MacLeod
 
Shinra.... Cloud... <shakes head>  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 16:09 MacLeod
 
My favorite part of their letter is:

"No group of authors as diverse or prominent as this has ever come together before in support of a single cause."

Yea... a cause that's about how much money you're making... real noble "cause". hehe.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
122. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 16:50 MacLeod
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 16:05:
To say nothing of a MC2 with better resolution and less blockiness (something my 7 year old has commented on).

The problem is, Minecraft with less blockiness tends to fall into something more like SoE's Landmark... which, while interesting, is way too cumbersome to try and build cool stuff with. The toolset required becomes way more complex. Landmark's tools are so simple, it takes voxel glitches people figure out how to manipulate to do anything... and they're so overly cumbersome that to regular people, it becomes too much to work with.

Though maybe a "7 Days to Die" type engine would work... that seemed very Minecrafty when building in the little I played it.

I'd also say that Minecraft might lose some of it's charm without the blocky graphics.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
1. Re: Evening Patches Aug 14, 2014, 22:44 MacLeod
 
Steam Client Update: Updated the interface... left the same crappy "click on any game in the 'new, hot, coming soon, sale' lists, and loses the tab and place you were on the list" feature.

seriously... after how many years, you'd think they'd fix that crap.
 
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News Comments > Resident Evil Remake Remake Plans
5. Re: Resident Evil Remake Remake Plans Aug 5, 2014, 13:32 MacLeod
 
I'm interested in this, but unfortunately, if they're porting the remake, I'm probably not going to end up enjoying it. I hated the respawning zombie mechanics of the remake. I'd rather play the original with updated graphics.  
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News Comments > Darksiders "Not Dead"
10. Re: Darksiders May 12, 2014, 13:26 MacLeod
 
Eddie's not dead man!! He faked it!

hmm... wonder if I still have my bootleg Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack with the extra songs from the movie that inexplicably weren't on the official soundtrack
 
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News Comments > 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners
53. Re: 37% of Steam Games Never Loaded by Owners Apr 16, 2014, 15:11 MacLeod
 
Shineyguy wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 09:36:
[and got some garbage like Ricochet,

Garbage? It's Tron's Deadly Discs man! That's at least worth the load up once.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
99. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 19:17 MacLeod
 
NegaDeath wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 11:44:
Creston wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 11:42:
You will. And the 46 million dollar stretch goal is a beach volleyball game between two teams of two pilots, also in your hangar, with Top Gun music blaring.

I call Goose!

Take him... Goose is just dead weight anyway.


What? too soon?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
25. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 11:32 MacLeod
 
The question is will I be able to:

1) Have a fancy towel snapping animation where I can snap another pilot's butt with said towel.
2) Will I have a towel flipping animation where I put said towel on my head?

I am shaking my head at this game at this point, but I will say a Towel reward for a goal of "42" is pretty funny.
 
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News Comments > Gauntlet Remake This Summer
2. Re: Gauntlet Remake This Summer Mar 17, 2014, 10:02 MacLeod
 
I love Gauntlet... I always wanted an actual arcade machine. But I'll explain my problem with actually playing Gauntlet on any home system (including an of the newer 3D ones). Without the balance of using actual money to continue or add health, the game doesn't really work. If I can continue an unlimited amount of times, without having to worry about running out of quarters, the danger of the game is gone. I find that you just start barreling through monsters, where in the arcade you actually take your time and try to avoid being hit.  
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