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News Comments > Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered
32. Re: Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered Dec 12, 2013, 03:14 Jerykk
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 16:22:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 12:32:
This isn't a contract at all. You never signed anything. Your pledge amounts to nothing more than a donation made in good faith. There are no guarantees or legal obligations involved whatsoever.

It never ceases to amaze me when people think of Kickstarters as investments with some sort of guaranteed return.

Clearly you don't understand what constitutes a contract. A contract has nothing to do with money changing hands. What is a contract?

http://definitions.uslegal.com/c/contract-law/

So, yes, this is very much a contract. We already have the terms of the agreement established. Now they're talking about altering those terms. They can't do that without permission. And yes, we can expect a return. Because if they had no intent in fulfilling the agreement in the first place than that constitutes fraud. You really need to learn some legal fundamentals before commenting on this sort of thing.

Good luck winning your case in court. When you support a Kickstarter, you are donating money to support a goal (the goal being the creation of a product). You are not purchasing said product. If the product is offered, it is offered as a reward for your donation and not as a formal purchase. There's a reason why Kickstarter uses the term "pledge." Hell, even if you were officially pre-ordering a game, you'd be laughed out of the courts if you tried to sue a publisher or developer for "altering terms." Games are delayed, altered and canceled all the time. Welcome to the games industry.

So, again, if you think of Kickstarter as a site that lets you pre-order games, you're thinking about it incorrectly. There are no guarantees and you should only donate money with that being fully understood.

BTW, Kickstarters explicitly say "Estimated Delivery," if the lack of guarantees wasn't already obvious.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski's PC Shooter Plans
21. Re: Cliff Bleszinski's PC Shooter Plans Dec 12, 2013, 01:14 Jerykk
 
Hellbinder wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 00:53:
Highlander wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 22:10:
I think FPS games have been extremely dumbed down for 1)consoles and 2)average joe/jane gamer. I wonder if employing that 'old school' genre/style will influence any response from a new generation of gamers who don't care about what stuff was like 10-20 years ago.

Can't say I'm a CliffyB fan but I'll give him the chance to impress me and make me feel like returning to play that gametype again, because I came from that era of PC gaming where arenastyle games were new and fun. Will it be again?

Since I'm an experienced and older gamer maybe it's a good thing the games have been dumbed down, to keep par with my slowing reflexes!! Enjoy them while you can guys!

Can you give me one example of a FPS game that's been "dumbed down" ?

Seriously.. I cant think of a single way any FPS game I played has been dumbed down. because of consoles or otherwise. I would say because of consoles the storylines and details of the Single player portions have been vastly improved. On top of that there are still open world sandbox FPS's out there and many other types.

As someone who started playing FPS games rabidly in the 90's on my PC until now I just don't see it.

(I am also about 200 hours into playing BF4 on PC now and it is just as awesome as the first experience I had with BF 1942 and my Radeon 9700pro all those years ago)

Rainbow Six: Vegas and GRAW are two easy examples off the top of my head. They turned what used to be realistic, open-ended tactical shooters into linear, scripted, unrealistic shooters. Regenerating health, ammo/weapon crates, terrorist closets, invisibility suits, invincible squad members, smaller squads, no pre-mission planning, gimmicky set-pieces... those two series now have more in common with CoD than the original games.

Then there's the general absence of true twitch shooters due to the fact that they don't play well with gamepads. If Cliffy B can make worthy spiritual successor to UT, I'll be very happy.
 
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News Comments > Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered
24. Re: Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered Dec 11, 2013, 12:32 Jerykk
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 09:36:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 11, 2013, 04:39:
So... what exactly is the problem here? If people are willing to give them more money to make the game even better, why is that bad? Sure, it will push the release back but if that results in a better game, is that really an issue?

Honestly, if you expect a Kickstarted game to meet its estimated release date, you haven't Kickstarted many games. Every single game I've Kickstarted has been delayed and in every case, this was to the benefit of the game. People complain about publishers pushing games out before they're ready and now they're complaining about crowd-funded games being delayed. Seems like developers just can't win.

You're talking about breaking a contract here, not a delay. There are potential legal repercussions here. You don't alter the deal after it's done. Only Darth Vader can do that. Pray he doesn't alter it further. If they're going to push the game back for this then I'm demanding a refund. Few things chafe me more than when people don't keep their word.

This isn't a contract at all. You never signed anything. Your pledge amounts to nothing more than a donation made in good faith. There are no guarantees or legal obligations involved whatsoever.

It never ceases to amaze me when people think of Kickstarters as investments with some sort of guaranteed return.
 
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News Comments > Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered
18. Re: Project Eternity Renamed; Trailered Dec 11, 2013, 04:39 Jerykk
 
saluk wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 23:57:
Ceribaen wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 22:56:
Not a fan of the fact that they're setting up a poll though to open up more stretch goals.

Getting a Star Citizen feeling out of that... We'll just watch the next 6 months as they keep running a funding drive and adding stretch goals and not ever see a final product pushed out.

Not getting a Star Citizen feeling about it at all, but definitely not a fan of adding any more stuff at this point. It's nice that they opened it up to a poll first, but people are always going to vote yes on those kinds of thing. "Do you want us to make the game better? Yes/No"

So... what exactly is the problem here? If people are willing to give them more money to make the game even better, why is that bad? Sure, it will push the release back but if that results in a better game, is that really an issue?

Honestly, if you expect a Kickstarted game to meet its estimated release date, you haven't Kickstarted many games. Every single game I've Kickstarted has been delayed and in every case, this was to the benefit of the game. People complain about publishers pushing games out before they're ready and now they're complaining about crowd-funded games being delayed. Seems like developers just can't win.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 9, 2013, 05:04 Jerykk
 
|oR|jonvall wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 21:46:
How much freakin money has PayDay 2 raked in? Man...those guys must be swimming in cash at this point! good for them!

It's sold 1.58 million as of September, with 80% of that being digital (so presumably the bulk of sales are from the PC version). I wouldn't be surprised if they've sold 2+ million by the end of the year.
 
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News Comments > Thief and The Witcher 3 Trailers
10. Re: Thief and The Witcher 3 Trailers Dec 9, 2013, 01:28 Jerykk
 
TheWitcher wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 22:22:
Wild Hunt does look great. But how will it play? That's my question.

I suspect it will play a lot like Witcher 2, though I've read they are making improvements to the combat.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
3. Re: Sunday Consolidation Dec 8, 2013, 21:21 Jerykk
 
There have been plenty of co-op games released as of late. They even added co-op to Dead Space and Resident Evil, for crying out loud. If anything, finding a game that's purely single-player is only becoming less common these days.  
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News Comments > Thief and The Witcher 3 Trailers
7. Re: Thief and The Witcher 3 Trailers Dec 8, 2013, 21:02 Jerykk
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 18:53:
The Witcher 3 looks great. However, Thief looks terrible, especially after Dishonored set the bar so high. This looks like a B-project from a second rate studio, not the next major project from the developer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

What specifically looks so terrible about Thief? Also, the DX:HR team isn't working on it. They're working on the next DX game. Thief is being done by another team at the studio.

Here's some extended gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1iX-X5yKzs

Nothing I've seen or read sounds particularly offensive to me. The game seems faithful to the series. It doesn't have superpowers like Dishonored but it's not supposed to be Dishonored. It's supposed to be Thief.

BTW: Before someone watches the footage I linked and freaks out about the instant takedown at 2:30, keep in mind that those takedowns consume Focus, a finite resource which is depleted through various actions and can only be replenished by using a rare pickup. Also, Focus is completely optional and can even be disabled via difficulty mods. There are also difficulty mods that disallow takedowns and Focus entirely, as well as triggering a fail state if you are detected or take any damage. So if you lack self-restraint, you can use these difficulty mods to force you to play stealthily.

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News Comments > Titanfall Trailers
8. Re: Titanfall Trailers Dec 8, 2013, 20:58 Jerykk
 
The Strider is a light mech with low armor and firepower. If it didn't have superior speed and mobility, it would get completely destroyed by the stronger mechs.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $34 Million
26. Re: Star Citizen Hits $35 Million Dec 8, 2013, 20:56 Jerykk
 
Shouldn't this headline be "Star Citizen Hits $34 Million"? Because they haven't actually hit $35 million yet.  
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News Comments > Evening Previews
11. Re: Evening Previews Dec 8, 2013, 02:29 Jerykk
 
Fletch wrote on Dec 7, 2013, 22:18:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 7, 2013, 17:35:
Many (most?) of the people criticizing the lack of manual jumping don't seem to be aware of the game's new traversal system. It's automated now, so if you run towards a ledge, Garrett will automatically jump when he reaches it.

You don't seem to be aware that we know exactly how it's going to work. We just don't like it. I don't want him to do anything automatically. Why is that so hard for some of you to get? Jumping may as well be a QTE. Just mash your "parkour" button when you are prompted to jump. This is a limitation imposed by console controllers. I don't want anything automated. I have 104 keys on my keyboard, and 9 more on my mouse. I want a fucking PC game.

HorrorScope wrote on Dec 7, 2013, 16:27:
You can jump, it's only available though where it works.
Again... IOW, YOU CAN'T JUMP.

What utter nonsense. There are TONS of console games where you can manually jump. Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, God of War, DMC, Mario, Sonic, etc. This has nothing to do with controller limitations and everything to do with streamlining traversal to make it easier. Thief is not and has never been a platformer. It's a stealth game. Streamlining traversal in a stealth game does not necessarily ruin it because traversal was never the focus in the first place.

If the automated traversal system lets you go anywhere you'd be able to go with manual jumping, what exactly is the problem? Again, Thief is not Tomb Raider. The focus is on sneaking around and stealing stuff, not performing elaborate platforming maneuvers. Splinter Cell: Blacklist didn't have manual jumping and it's a great stealth game.

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News Comments > Evening Previews
8. Re: Evening Previews Dec 7, 2013, 17:35 Jerykk
 
What HorrorScope said. Many (most?) of the people criticizing the lack of manual jumping don't seem to be aware of the game's new traversal system. It's automated now, so if you run towards a ledge, Garrett will automatically jump when he reaches it. Think Assassin's Creed. Same applies with mantling and such. From the footage I've seen, there's still as much verticality as the previous games. If the system is implemented well, there will never be a case where there's something you should be able to jump or mantle over but cannot. It's a matter of implementation.

And for those who argue that this new system will destroy any emergent gameplay, you may have a point. Except emergent gameplay has never been a staple of the series and the designers have always decided where you can and cannot go. If they don't want you reaching a certain area, they can just block it off with collision and no amount of manual jumping will change that.

The removal of jumping is a big change itself, but it's also a symptom of a bigger change, a change of the games core, becoming confrontational and combative.

That's a pretty huge leap of logic there. Will Garrett be more capable in combat? Probably, if you play on Easy. Max out the difficulty and turn on some of the difficulty mods (like the one that doesn't allow you to neutralize guards or fails you when you get detected) and hey, you now have a pure stealth experience that's even more challenging than the previous games.

Seriously, do some research before jumping to conclusions. It's like you didn't even read the article of this topic.

For the sake of convenience, here are the difficulty mods you can apply:

Classic Thief Mods
* Chapter Save Only: manual saves and checkpoint auto-saves are disabled.
* No Focus: the use of Focus is completely disabled and no Focus Points are earned.
* Stealth Takedowns Only: you cannot perform combat Takedowns and Takedowns from above.
* No Reticle: no aiming reticle is displayed when drawing the bow.

Legendary Thief Mods
* Specialty Arrows Only: only Blunt, Water, Fire and Rope Arrows are available.
* No Resources: food (health) and poppy flowers (Focus) are not consumable.
* It Hurts Not: if you take any damage, the mission is failed.
* Expensive Tools: the cost of arrows, tools, food and poppies is greatly increased.
* Slowed Movement: running and walking speeds are reduced.

Ultimate Thief Mods
* Iron Man: if you die or fail a mission, you lose your game and must restart from the beginning.
* No Upgrades: non-critical upgrades are disabled.
* No Kills or Knockouts: if a human or animal is killed or stunned, the mission is failed.
* No Alerts: if a human or animal detects you, the mission is failed.

If the game was actually as combative and confrontational as you claim, most of these difficulty mods would break the game. I seriously doubt they'd implement anything that would break the game.

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News Comments > Evening Previews
4. Re: Evening Previews Dec 7, 2013, 05:27 Jerykk
 
People are seriously blowing the lack of manual jumping out of proportion. This isn't Quake or Tribes or even Deus Ex. Thief has never been the pinnacle of emergent gameplay and the ability to manually jump in the previous games almost never let you go anywhere the designers didn't want you to go.

If the new, automated traversal system lets you get where you need to go, the lack of manual jumping really doesn't matter.

Back on topic, the game's customizability is great. There are many different ways to approach stealth and the game's flexibility looks to accommodate all of them. It also seems like the game doesn't rely on UI, so turning it off doesn't make it unplayable.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Darkout
8. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Darkout Dec 5, 2013, 03:49 Jerykk
 
OldTimber wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 03:13:
Nice Trine rip with a sci-fi skin from what the screenshots show me.

It's not a Trine clone either. Cripes, all you have to do is read the press release clearly posted in yellow. It's a sandbox survival game. It's not like Trine or Rogue Legacy.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Darkout
6. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Darkout Dec 5, 2013, 03:10 Jerykk
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 19:43:
I have Rogue Legacy. It's the last sidescroller I'll need for a while.

Darkout and Rogue Legacy have nothing in common aside from the fact that they are both 2D. What you're saying is roughly equivalent to saying "This is the last first-person game I'll need for a while" or something equally silly. Camera perspective != genre.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
36. Re: On Sale Dec 4, 2013, 00:55 Jerykk
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 3, 2013, 07:30:
JohnnyRotten wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:49:
GO ON SALE ENEMY WITHIN.

That is all.
You can grab it for 30% off from GMG for a few more hours
http://blog.playfire.com/2013/11/getting-ready-for-black-friday.html

I'd wait until the 7th and then pick it up at Gamefly for $16 with this voucher: GFDDEC20
 
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News Comments > On Sale
18. Re: On Sale Dec 3, 2013, 03:29 Jerykk
 
Axis wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 19:08:
Terrible sales overall, pretty lamo nothing much worth picking up. Cept Wii U games, a bunch of good titles were dirt cheap. Gotta love that the same game for the other 'popular' consoles were/are 4x the price.

The quality of a sale is determined by the number of unprecedented discounts that were offered. There were a lot of unprecedented discounts in these sales, such as:

- $10 Shadow Warrior
- $15 Saints Row IV
- $20 Batman Arkham Origins
- $9 Stanley Parable
- $13 The Bureau
- $20 BF4
- $25 NFS: Rivals
- $20 CoH2
- $10 Deadpool
- $5 Don't Starve
- $4 Spelunky
- $10 Enslaved
- $10 Castlevania Lords of Shadow
- $5 Euro Truck Simulator 2
- $13 Metro Last Light
- $7.50 Far Cry 3
- $10 Godus
- $7.50 Skyrim
- $5 Dishonored

And that's just the ones I remember. Just because nothing you were interested went on sale doesn't mean the sales were terrible.

Speaking of unprecedented sales, Amazon is selling AC4 right now for $30.

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News Comments > On Sale
44. Re: On Sale Dec 2, 2013, 03:50 Jerykk
 
Acleacius wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 13:55:
Quinn wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 10:59:
Moog wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 08:14:
nin wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 03:18:
Skyrim is the same way...they still want a minimum of $10 each for the two main DLCs...
If you have Vanilla Skyrim, can't you just buy the Legendary edition and, in effect, add all the DLC to your vanilla copy? Well, if the 75% off hadn't finished.

This. The next time I'm gonna hear an adult whine about the Skyrim DLC prices when the Legendary version is going away for 13 euros, I'm gonna shoot someone.
Lol, why would a person buy Legendary if they already have Skyrim? Then you have 2 Skyrim games and 1 Dlc. I'm new to Steam so I don't know all the rules but are you guys suggesting we can just give away the Skyrim from Legendary and keep the Dlc ?

Legendary Edition has all 3 DLC, not just 1. I assume that if you already own Skyrim, buying the Legendary Edition would just give you the DLC. That's how it works with most games that have GotY editions.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Dec 2, 2013, 03:37 Jerykk
 
Panickd wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 10:29:
Once publishers began tying developer bonuses to Metacritic scores developers were bound to begin paying for good reviews. It's not like this hasn't been happening forever. Top reviewers get all kinds of perks from the companies that make the games. They rarely pay for the games they review. They get flown out to launch parties for big titles and new consoles by the companies that make them. All of that is just paying for reviews in a different way.

What? Developers have nothing to do with marketing (the department that handles relations with reviewers). That's all on the publisher's side. And I'm pretty sure most publishers don't explicitly bribe reviewers. That's way too risky in today's age. Instead, they offer more circuitous incentives like exclusive previews. There's a reason why Game Informer gets almost every world exclusive first look at new games. If you write for Game Informer, your reviews will be influenced by this. Your own success is directly tied to the success of Game Informer and Game Informer's success is tied the exclusives they get. If you give a bunch of low scores to high-profile games, the publishers of those games are less likely to give your publication more exclusives. This is why high-profile games almost always get at least an 8.
 
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News Comments > Thief at 15
18. Re: Thief at 15 Dec 2, 2013, 03:26 Jerykk
 
I think people tend to exaggerate how bad Deadly Shadows was. Yes, the lack of rope arrows was disappointing but the Thief experience is comprised of more than just rope arrows. And yes, the levels were smaller to accommodate the limited memory of consoles but they were still pretty open-ended. Most importantly, the game still focused on stealing stuff and the game's sound and shadow mechanics remained faithful to the series. The game's style and tone were also faithful to the series, whether you liked the actual story or not.

Thief 2 is still the best in the series but Deadly Shadows was not a bad game.

Also, I'd say that Thief has been way more influential than MGS. MGS's stealth mechanics were extremely rudimentary. Stealth consisted of avoiding enemy vision cones and hiding behind cover. Since Thief's release, we've seen way more games copy Thief's stealth mechanics than MGS's stealth mechanics.
 
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