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Signed On Nov 25, 2003, 20:36
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jul 18, 2015, 19:15 TheBigVlad
 
Yea, using the curation system for this kind of thing is kind of clunky and it shouldn't have to be done this way, but itís better than nothing. This kind of information should definitely be presented in technical specs. I cannot play FPS or other fast-paced games at 30fps. Itís unplayable. I have issues with FOV-locked games as well, but thatís usually bearable. Sure, I can wait a while after release and check forums etc. for that kind of info, but it would be so much easier and convenient if this kind of basic information were presented on the Steam page in a standard way somewhere.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2015, 14:42 TheBigVlad
 
Season 5 has been the weakest so far IMHO, but it's still Game of Thrones and I'm enjoying it. I haven't read the books and I don't know what will happen eventually, but I feel like they had Stannis do what he did in order to eliminate any sympathy we had for him so we won't feel bad when the "good guys" (Jon Snow and/or Dany) do him in eventually. Stannis is a SOB, but I was always sort of rooting for him, despite his craziness. I still hope he crushes the Boltons (they are worse) but once he does, I'll definitely be off Team Stannis.

And the stadium scene wasn't very good and probably would have been better as jacobvandy described it (as in the books). Having the dragon come in the nick of time to save the day seemed too convenient.}
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines Patch
4. Re: Cities: Skylines Patch Apr 7, 2015, 12:16 TheBigVlad
 
The gameís flaws do start to become more apparent later on, but like you said itís still a good game and I wouldnít hesitate to buy any expansion packs once they come out. I havenít tried any mods or user assets yet, but Iíll probably come back to this game in a few months once Iím done with other games.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Max Payne 3: Painful Memories
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Max Payne 3: Painful Memories Dec 5, 2012, 10:28 TheBigVlad
 
I know there's not a lot of love for this game here but I absolutely loved it. For me the issues with the frequent cutscenes and stylistic presentation were drowned out by how engaged I was in the story. I also admit I'm a little biased since the first two games were some of my favorites of all time, so getting to play as Max again really satisfied my nostalgia. Haven't touched multiplayer though.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale May 30, 2012, 01:24 TheBigVlad
 
Insane deals. I want to play Crusader Kings II but I know that if I buy it, I won't touch it until next year sometime. Diablo 3 is keeping me busy and after that, I still have several other games I need to get around to playing as well.

It's weird because I can't help but feel slightly guilty for not buying such awesome games at such great prices. Can you buy Amazon digital downloads as gifts for others? Maybe I'll do that so I can support the devs.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
67. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:50 TheBigVlad
 
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:35:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:31:
I would think the point would be to entertain. Many of the choices I made during the series did alter my gameplay experience enough that I felt like they mattered, but I never expected them to make any huge impact to the overall story. I'm not sure why anyone would, honestly.

Bioware has literally said that the game is all about building "your Shepard and telling your story". I get what you're saying about not expecting a totally personalized ending but its hard to argue that it wasn't sold that way. In fact Casey Hudson also said there would be individualized endings that were "too many to count" and claimed that there would not just be a simple three choice ending.

It's not totally about personalization either, a lot of people were very attached to their companions and wanted some explanation in that regard too. The ending should have worked on some level but it just doesn't really seem to satisfy most people no matter what you're into - lore, the characters, your protagonist, etc.

Alright, I understand that people had certain expectations based on BioWare statements and marketing. That makes sense. I guess it just didn't bother me as much as others because I stayed away from all ME3 related hype until release, because I had such little interest in the game other than seeing how the story ends (because I loved ME1). As I've said before, I had no expectations for the game other than it being utter crap. So, it's really hard for me to not be somewhat satisfied.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
62. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:31 TheBigVlad
 
Creston wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:15:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:06:
It's a story-driven action game. I wouldn't expect my choices to have mattered much, if at all.

It's clear you really understood the whole point about the entire Mass Effect series...

Creston

I would think the point would be to entertain. Many of the choices I made during the series did alter my gameplay experience enough that I felt like they mattered, but I never expected them to make any huge impact to the overall story. I'm not sure why anyone would, honestly.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
46. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:06 TheBigVlad
 
Just finished the game 30 minutes ago. I was happy with the ending as is. If the problem people have is that the choices you make during the game(s) don't matter in the end... well, this isn't an RPG. It's a story-driven action game. I wouldn't expect my choices to have mattered much, if at all. I guess it's hard for me to not be satisfied though since I thought ME2 was a huge disappointment and I expected ME3 to be total shit, and it wasn't.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend
4. Re: Mass Effect 3 Challenge Weekend Mar 17, 2012, 12:06 TheBigVlad
 
I haven't finished ME3 quite yet but I figure I'm about 80% done. So far I'd say ME3 > ME2. I loved ME1 but I didn't like ME2 very much because it didn't advance the story at all and it felt like a dumbed down shooter. ME3 is still a dumbed down shooter but at least it has a story. There is actually interesting stuff going on. Can't speak about the ending though.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
73. Re: GTA San Andreas in May 2005 for PC. Aug 18, 2004, 02:15 TheBigVlad
 
I have tried both of the previious versions on the PC, but they just seem like a mess of a game. Poor graphics, poor control, bizarre trigger points, broken AI, poor physics, etc.

ALL of these issues could be cleared up if only they ditched that sorry out-of-date tech called the PS2

It's funny because I agree with you completey about every one one of those issues... but I'm able to look past them all because the games are just so damn immersive and fun, despite them.

I've... never played Mafia

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: GTA San Andreas in May 2005 for PC. Aug 17, 2004, 11:44 TheBigVlad
 
Hell yeah I'll be all over it when it comes out. I just wish they'd have ditched the consoles and developed it PC only but there's no way that had any chance of happening. Not a big deal though... can't wait.

 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: No subject Aug 5, 2004, 06:56 TheBigVlad
 
Planescape: Torment had a commercial for Icewind Dale that you couldn't skip past, don't know if that's what you're referring to or not. VERY annoying!

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Exactly Jul 23, 2004, 19:46 TheBigVlad
 
Well if that's what you buy a gun for, that's its purpose then.

But yeah, Mr. Hatch needs to fall off a bridge into a pit of molten lava or something.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Catwoman
20. Re: Catwoman Jul 23, 2004, 19:24 TheBigVlad
 
"Shits Ahoy" would have been more appropriate here Blue.

 
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News Comments > DOOM 3 Benchmarks
42. Re: I don't beleive it Jul 22, 2004, 06:39 TheBigVlad
 
Does Doom 3 even support 16-bit color? I'm sure it would look godawful... I'd rather drop the res than play in 16-bit. I don't like playing anything below 1024 also, but I think I can deal with 800x600. No choice now as I don't plan on upgrading my ti4400 for another year at least.

Anyway I must say I'm rather pleased at the benchmarks. 30+ FPS works for me.

 
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News Comments > Carmack Working Ahead
21. Re: Engines Jul 20, 2004, 18:17 TheBigVlad
 
There's still plenty of room for graphical enhancement in my opinion. One of the biggest things new things within the next few years will be real-time soft shadows for every object. This can really add a lot to the realism of a game, especially game's that rely on mood and atmoshpere (like Doom 3). That will take a hell of a lot of procession power though.

There are other neat little tricks and gimmicks in store but I WANT MY SOFT SHADOWS.

 
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News Comments > DOOM 3 Press Release
64. Re: HDTV Surround Sound Jul 14, 2004, 17:13 TheBigVlad
 
I use these headphones from Grado Labs
http://www.gradolabs.com/product_pages/sr225.htm

They're not 5.1 DD or any of that jazz, but they work very very well. I've had them for about 5 years now. They cost about $200 at the time but you might be able to find them cheaper now. Not cordless though

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News Comments > Video Games & Obesity
7. Re: Cause and effect? Jul 1, 2004, 12:00 TheBigVlad
 
Forget missing meals. Missing sleep is what I am sure we all have experienced

I once stayed up for 3 1/2 days straight playing Diablo II non-stop. Got no rest, and very little food. Did the same thing with Asheron's call (2 days straight). What a terrible waste of man hours.

 
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News Comments > Video Games & Obesity
4. Re: Cause and effect? Jul 1, 2004, 11:33 TheBigVlad
 
Well of course if you sit on your lazy ass all day playing games/watching tv you're gonna get fat. It's due to lack of exercise. Doesn't mean games are bad. TV is bad though, if only because there's never anything good on

 
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