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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free Content
2. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free Content Nov 20, 2014, 20:45 MacLeod
Unlike Assassin's Creed, it is not too difficult to turn an Orc Assassin into a female model.  
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Nov 12, 2014, 12:09 MacLeod
Throw out our monthly story patches like we said we'd have.

Throw out any holiday content that we were working on.

Day before WoW expansion launch - Oh make sure we have content for that.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 7, 2014, 09:41 MacLeod
Bioware Asking "What You'd Like" in a Mass Effect Trilogy Re-Release.

Come on now... that's just asking for comments about the ending again. Tongue
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 4, 2014, 11:59 MacLeod
I don't argue that we don't pay a lot more for internet... but something seems off in this article.

The first section says:
Downloading a high-definition movie takes about seven seconds in Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Zurich, Bucharest and Paris, and people pay as little as $30 a month for that connection. In Los Angeles, New York and Washington, downloading the same movie takes 1.4 minutes for people with the fastest Internet available, and they pay $300 a month for the privilege

But the chart is for 25 mbps, which is a 2 hour movie in ~13 minutes, and Hong Kong is at $52/month, only 3 dollars below New York. Of the cities that are referenced above that are on the list, only Seoul is below $30, and again, that's for 25 mbps.

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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M
17. Re: Ubisoft Financials - Watch Dogs Sells 9M Oct 31, 2014, 09:52 MacLeod
I didn't even get very far in the game... I decided I wasn't going to enjoy it when I failed the pursuit mission (really bad driving controls - at least to me) after my nephew's birthday, only to start over and realize my car wasn't there any more. If they can't bother to track where you're leaving your vehicle... it didn't bode well for the rest of the game to me.  
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Oct 31, 2014, 09:46 MacLeod
jdreyer wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 20:58:
Anyone play Vanishing of Ethan Carter? How many hours of game play? I enjoyed Gone Home, and this seems similar, but these games are single play through so gotta factor bang for the buck.

I played it and enjoyed it a lot. The graphics are absolutely breathtaking. That said, the game is pretty short. I took my time through it and found that I still finished it in, I think, two sittings. Maybe 8 hours. Unlike most people, I didn't have an issue with backtracking... I actually uncovered the puzzles in the areas as I found them.

I also felt the ending of the game was telegraphed way too much. I knew it was going to happen pretty much from the get-go. It didn't diminish the rest of the game too much, but it was a bit disappointing that I saw it coming that early.
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt Announced
5. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt Announced Oct 30, 2014, 15:00 MacLeod
Honestly, I'm glad they're doing DLC so I can continue my fun after finishing everything else... but I really wish they wouldn't waste their time with the epic runes. If they're like the last DLC runes, they're so grossly overpowered, that it's pretty much cheating to use them. (take 50% less damage, focus lasts 2x as long, and poison doesn't affect you).

The last two boss fights are pretty horrible. First amounts to sneaking up to the guy three times, then a quick time event at end. The last fight is 5 quicktime buttons. Other than that, the rest of the game is actually really enjoyable. First game in a while (Wolfenstein: New Order) that was fun enough for me to actually keep playing to unlock everything with.
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News Comments > Free & Paid Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC
5. Re: Free & Paid Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor DLC Oct 21, 2014, 21:39 MacLeod
I'm confused about their "test of" DLC... I just noticed that the season pass gives you all of the "tests"... but the game says that the test of power challenge weekend and the test of speed challenge weekend are over. Are you seriously telling me that DLC is only available for a weekend of play? WTF.  
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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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