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Real Name Javier Nunez   
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Signed On Nov 27, 2003, 21:29
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News Comments > Free Game - Area 51
14. Re: No subject Oct 5, 2008, 18:19 Ludomancer
Is this ad supported? Someone mentioned that, but the article didn't say anything about that. Just curious.

This isn't the BlackSite Area51 game though, right?

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News Comments > Deus Ex 3 Details
59. Re: No subject Oct 4, 2008, 22:26 Ludomancer
Shouldn't a game released in 2009/2010 be able to, at the very least, match the standards set by a game released a decade ago?

That's my pick for best comment of the year, and every developer in the world should be forced to read it.

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News Comments > Deus Ex 3 Details
42. Re: No subject Oct 4, 2008, 19:24 Ludomancer
These guys will say anything on forums to keep people from nay-saying in advance. Once the game ships with it's forced 3rd person, Gears of War cloned gameplay, and all the other trite changes for "mainstream" appeal, the same guy who's restoring your faith will spew something like:
"Due to our increasingly restrictive schedule throughout development, and decisions which the designers felt would improve gameplay for players as a whole, we just weren't able to get X feature in on time to ship. BUT THE GAME IS GREAT SO BUY IT!!!!1"

I know you guys want the game to be good, but this whole thing wreaks of the exact same scenario with DX2 and Thief3. It is being done by people in Montreal, but that's the only hopeful side I can see to it since Canadians seem to be better developers on average compared to Americans.

Yeah I know that's highly pessimistic. Sorry!

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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch
8. Re: No subject Oct 4, 2008, 17:16 Ludomancer
Amazing that this game still has the support it does through the community. I keep meaning to get it and play it.

My thoughts exactly. I played it back in the day and was displeased with performance and bugs. It is by far a worthy purchase now though.

I was under the impression that the people releasing the community patches were ex-Troika staff. This isn't so? Just fans huh? That's really cool either way. Community support like this shows a truly solid experience.

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News Comments > Deus Ex 3 Details
33. Re: No subject Oct 4, 2008, 16:49 Ludomancer
There were a shit ton of problems with Invisible War. I really liked the first couple areas, because the main characters interaction with others made me feel like it would be an involved, realistic world, but the moment I stepped outside that went to shit. The environments in that game were complete, fucking ass. Little boxy corridors that had absolutely no feeling of transition from area to area. The factions were contrived feeling, and I never felt like they were fully represented in their stature on certain good/bad actions in the world. Like one would complain about violence, and then give you a task to off somebody. Just stupid, I couldn't even finish it.

Also, I played DX2 first, and I really don't see much of the criticism being leveled at it as unnecessary.

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News Comments > Arcania: A Gothic Tale Q&A
3. Re: Not very informative Sep 27, 2008, 21:34 Ludomancer
Its odd that they have "screenshots" despite not even having an engine going. Meh, I'm a Gothic *fiend*, so I don't have much faith for the series being continued by some other studio, despite G3's buggy state.
Pisses me off to no end that publishers will claim rights to a studios property just for publishing it. Particularly when the publisher is usually the villain in this case, having a dev rush the game to ship in an unworthy state. And then they take it away. Fuck that shit man. This was JoWood, right? Fuck those guys. If it wasn't JoWood then fuck them anyways, and fuck whoever took away PiranaBytes rights to Gothic.

Oh well. Hope this is halfway decent, though their focus on "hey! we got great grafix 'n stuff" approach... I don't even want to finish that thought.


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News Comments > Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Demo
1. No subject Sep 26, 2008, 22:25 Ludomancer
A guy at work told me this was buggier than Stalker Clear Sky. Whew! I want to check this game out because of what I heard about the first one, but still...

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News Comments > Game Mash-ups
12. Re: T2 Sep 26, 2008, 19:01 Ludomancer
I loved Tribes 2 when it was patched up... reminds me of Clear Sky in many respects.

Care to quantify that statement? I totally don't see the connection.

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News Comments > EA Spaceships Ahoy - Dark Horizon
4. Re: No subject Sep 26, 2008, 17:01 Ludomancer
That's good to know. Huh, combat only huh? I didn't even know they still made games like that. haha.

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News Comments > Game Mash-ups
7. Re: Tribes 2 Sep 26, 2008, 16:59 Ludomancer
Yeah, sorry, I hated T2. I was an original Tribes player though, so ... I dunno. Just the draw distance in T2 alone turned me off.

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News Comments > EA Spaceships Ahoy - Dark Horizon
1. No subject Sep 26, 2008, 14:47 Ludomancer
How does this stack up to the Elite-like-genre? Anyone know how it compares to X?

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News Comments > GTA4 to "Revitalize" GFW Live?
32. Re: No subject Sep 24, 2008, 01:57 Ludomancer
Wow, Verno. I think we just gave Blues one its first mature conversations in years..

Your faith in humanity is refreshing. I think I have my opinion because I don't have that kind of hope for consumers. Either way, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
30. Re: ... Sep 24, 2008, 00:36 Ludomancer
Did anyone play the new Crysis? What the hell happened there? I beat it in just over 3 hours. Aside from some new environments (which many were shoddily put together, artistically and design-wise), there was absolutely NO new content.

Except for those ridiculous cutscenes of nothingness...

I hope I'm not spoiling it for anyone, but it's not worth a penny so I hope I'm saving someone the cash.

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
28. Re: No subject Sep 23, 2008, 20:58 Ludomancer
If you guys have read my previous posts on here, you'll know I'm a big proponent of pirating games as a way of trying out the full product before purchase.
I always purchase those I feel deserve it, and as buggy as Clear Sky is, the intent that the developers have in making these games is enough for me to buy them outright. I guess it's worth saying that people have many different reasons for their purchases, as I'm also the kind of guy who won't pay for a game for something as little as having all those fucking advertisements in the intro (Crysis I'm looking at you).
The show-stopping bugs have kind of put a damper on my experience so far, but at the same time I played through Stalker 1 multiple times, so I'm not too crushed. Plus I had low expectations for the quality of the experience out of the box because of their reputation for buggy releases.
If you're looking for a game that oozes atmosphere, look no further. This game is amazing in that regard. Right up there with the old Thief games. It's also worth noting that, aside from the bugs, the game is far, FAR above par in every area when compared to the first one. It definitely feels like the game they intended to make the first time around, and that's saying something I think.

I unfortunately hit a show-stopper bug last night in the Dark Valley, where basically the primary quest to capture the three antennae wouldn't trigger
I am pretty certain that particular quest is not in the main line of things. You should be able to move on from there without it, unless you're just trying to clear every quest you come across.

Fallout 3, anyone?
Ironic when speaking of bug-ridden games. Do you have any memory of the pre-Morrowind Bethesda? ;p

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News Comments > GTA4 to "Revitalize" GFW Live?
29. Re: No subject Sep 23, 2008, 20:41 Ludomancer
Now, I said it was "practically" a root kit. If we're speaking literally now...

Stay with me through this -
Steam, for no better reason at this time than DRM, forces you to connect to the network even for single player games. They also collect and share customer data and PC data (through the steam connection, hardware, stats, nothing serious, etc) with many third parties.

Windows Live is the same, with the (current) exception of forced connectivity.

And I'm going to toss in the Warden app from Blizzard for good measure, because of all corporate network-enabled DRM that one does a great deal more than the others.

So, with the exception of collecting user data, no they don't install system drivers, have remote admin rights, or anything that a typical rootkit does.

However looking back at the last 30 years of industry, corporate behavior, and the slow evolution of technology-familiar companies in regards to the user-side of things, this is where the red flag goes up.
Assume that nothing is wrong at all with the behavior of the above mentioned software. The more we adopt this, the more this becomes the status quo, where do you think it will end up in 10 years, or 20, or 50?

THAT, is the issue. Once you have a market that is totally accepting of the presence of a separate parties software monitoring their personal data, how much further will those separate parties push their liberties with their users?

I am not seeing a x-files smoking-man in Microsoft, I am just the guy who can see past the end of his nose and is yelling out my concerns on the forum soap-box when I get the chance. When your kids, or grand kids, or great grand kids are in college and start bitching to you about how they need a retina scan every time they start up Half Life 10, and how the majority of their peers blow them off because "What's the big deal, every body does it. I have to give a retina scan every day to confirm my identity for the school bus"... well. That may be far fetched for 10 years, or 20... but 50? 100? Does it matter anymore because you won't be alive and now it's someone elses problem?

So yeah... rant, rant, rant.

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News Comments > GTA4 to "Revitalize" GFW Live?
20. Re: No subject Sep 23, 2008, 14:15 Ludomancer
No offense Verno, but yeah, Steam practically is. People just look the other way because, "HEY LOOK GAMES! SHINY!"

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
1. No subject Sep 23, 2008, 14:09 Ludomancer
I've been putting in a good number of hours both at work (lunchtime) and at home. Haven't played multiplayer though. This is definitely a game that should have coop, if anything.

They need to get to the bug fixin' though. I have had multiple games forced to restart because my quest list became corrupt, or the game would decide to exit to desktop immediately.

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News Comments > GTA4 to "Revitalize" GFW Live?
15. Re: No subject Sep 23, 2008, 13:38 Ludomancer
As long as it's stable, and doesn't interfere with anything I'm doing, I don't see what the problem is. Sounds good to me!

At what point will are we going to stop overlooking the fact that it's all spyware?

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News Comments > GTA4 to "Revitalize" GFW Live?
2. No subject Sep 23, 2008, 10:09 Ludomancer
Grand Theft Auto IV ... will revitalize ...the Games for Windows program

Translation: GTA4 will be another attempt at forcing users into an unnecessary and unwanted partnership with Microsoft.

So basically... GTA4 multiplayer is kind of fucked. Hooray!

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
11. Re: No subject Sep 21, 2008, 21:31 Ludomancer
What breaks my heart is that a buddy of mine worked on the game, and said the development during that project was HELLISH. He's an industry vet too, and he ended up finding other work before the end of the project.
He's an easy going guy, very mellow, but very intelligent and experienced. He was irate when he left Lucasarts, saying uncharacteristic things like "Fuck them. Fuck that game." etc.
I feel really badly that the game ended up doing well in sales because of how much my friend tells me the made the dev team complete slaves to get it out the door. Fucking pisses me off that developers will still cash in after treating their studio so poorly, because it does nothing to discourage the state of working in the industry in the long-run.

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