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Real Name raVen   
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Description Developer, and Enthusiast gamer.
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Signed On Apr 24, 2004, 05:12
Total Comments 305 (Amateur)
User ID 20726
 
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News Comments > New WoW Flying Mount for Sale Nears
1. Re: New WoW Flying Mount for Sale Nears Mar 22, 2011, 20:34 raVen
 
I think hotfix-aclysm killed wow for me. Back in January I remember logging in and having all my talents reset and skills totally reworked at least 2 times in one week (Priest). So many changes that there was no reason to try and keep up anymore (not to mention already getting bored with wow, and my wow-'friends')  
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Mar 22, 2011, 13:37 raVen
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 22, 2011, 12:29:
Short-version: PC gaming is in bad shape, casual gaming is the new market obsession, and consoles can potentially steal most of the remaining die-hard PC gamers if they do everything perfectly right but they're unlikely to because they're pretty happy with the hardcore userbase they already have and see more potential in going after the more casual fans without making sacrifices to the hardcore userbase rather than going in the opposite direction and trying to attract the remaining most-hardcore PC gamers.

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I'd say quite the opposite. The PC user base is and always will be larger than consoles.
Steam has gone a long way to 'unify' or have some sort of standard. Not as far as say a console manufacturer with it's cert process. When I see that a game says Controller compatible, I can count on it working with my 360 usb controller. Everything you can do on a console, you can do on a PC. Publishers are realizing this, and I dare say it's soon that the masses who own PCs already will start to see this too. Things have only gotten better for PC, while on console side if you want things to keep getting better you'll have to upgrade to the next model and who knows what kind of backwards compatibility it will have (which killed a TON of ps3 sales when they took out PS2 compatibility --First hand accounts of people who held of or still haven't purchased a PS3)

I dare say that the future is way brighter for PC than the console market. With everyone trying to do a Digital distribution channel it's getting harder and harder to have multiple platforms (for consumers to see the need for them)
As a customer who currently owns all the consoles out, I'm seeing less reason to buy on 360 (paying for LiveGold being the reason) and if it's available on PC i'll always pick it up there (Since 360 games are almost always Direct3D derivatives, it's not hard pick it up on PC)
I'm one of the people still wishing Nintendo would release a legit emulator for the PC that works with all the games I bought on my Wii; I'd definitely buy a ton more older games. It's just going to be easier for me to keep track of all my Digital downloads in a central location (One platform != One provider. Where: each one console == one different provider)
Maybe it's just me, but I find gaming on the PC much easier for people to pick up these days.


TLDR: If anything by having strict consoles that make standards and those games have come over to the PC we see how nice having a standard controller or input device is. PCs can use the same standard controllers where consoles are severely limited by the platform holders. PCs are open, and by default will always win imo.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Mar 22, 2011, 11:47 raVen
 
I was going to write a big long rant about how PC games are in the best shape they've been in for a decade.
Then I realized that everyone else already knows this but this one guy writing the article.
 
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News Comments > Violent Game Debate Video, Recap
6. Re: Violent Game Debate Video, Recap Mar 19, 2011, 00:22 raVen
 
I also want to point out that all of the ratings from the ESRB have been around since 1994 NOT 2005 as one of the guy keeps trying to reiterate.
in 2005 they introduced Everyone10+ which doesn't have the sort of impact that I think the guy on the panel wants to make.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esrb
 
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News Comments > Violent Game Debate Video, Recap
5. Re: Violent Game Debate Video, Recap Mar 18, 2011, 23:55 raVen
 
I want to see the guy that's talking about a video game where you rape young girls try to make a game with exactly that, and just try to get it published. It will get rated AO and it will never be on any console. IF anyone helps publish it online for PC (I doubt steam would want it.) It wouldn't sell anyways. AND I doubt any retailer would carry it either. Walmart has a strict no AO games policy.

I really wish these people would try to inform themselves more about the process games go through to submit to manufacturing. (AND try to use the parental controls on PC + any console currently manufactured and sold)

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News Comments > Violent Game Debate Video, Recap
3. Re: Violent Game Debate Video, Recap Mar 18, 2011, 23:33 raVen
 
It should actually be shame on the parents for not paying attention and not being good parents.
The analogy of video games to beer is terrible. Games are played on another device which also has parental controls to deny people and children without the correct authorization to use such 'Ultra-Violent' video games. Alcohol can be consumed without any such secondary safeguard.

Yet again, parents are the weak link.

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News Comments > AMD Knocks DirectX
19. Re: AMD Knocks DirectX Mar 18, 2011, 15:30 raVen
 
Removed.

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News Comments > AMD Knocks DirectX
13. Re: AMD Knocks DirectX Mar 18, 2011, 13:51 raVen
 
I believe Ben Hardwidge is trying to take those comments out of context to show an entirely different picture than what was intended. I'm almost certain some of the API comments were actually about OpenCL / PhysX APIs.
Comparing the short snippets to another article bit-tech wrote with Richard Huddy, I think they're just trying to get more hits about stupid shit.
Older Article

Can anyone find where Richard Huddy actually said 'Make the API go away.' ? I don't see it from google searches other than people quoting him from the bit-tech article.
I call BS.
 
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News Comments > Cars 2: The Video Game Trailer
2. Re: Cars 2: The Video Game Trailer Mar 13, 2011, 03:48 raVen
 
Wow, such an astute observation for a game you've never played.  
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News Comments > Carmack: Direct3D Now "Rather Better" Than OpenGL
17. Re: Carmack: Direct3D Now Mar 11, 2011, 11:41 raVen
 
yuastnav wrote on Mar 11, 2011, 11:03:
So, Carmack's still in his midlife crisis?
I wish these were my words but apparently I'm not witty enough.

Besides, who cares about that? It's not like we'll get Rage for Linux anyway.
He explicitly stated in the article that they weren't switching; and that they have feature parity, however it's parity through extensions rather than the codebase. So much parity in fact that he wont be switching. but that Direct3D has come a LONG way in 10 years.
 
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News Comments > EA: PC Gaming May Become Their "Biggest Platform"
14. Re: EA: PC Gaming May Become Their Mar 9, 2011, 11:26 raVen
 
Well, it makes sense when you have to pay $10-15 just for the platform holder to 'bless' your game (EVERY COPY). PC has no such overhead, and with downloads there is no other slice of the pie going to the distributer AND the retailer, probably just distributer (steam for example)

There is not only a larger user base, but there is a larger portion of the money going back to the developer.
Maybe it's time companies wake up from the console dream.
Now if I can just wake up from this DRM nightmare.
 
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News Comments > MS on Improving GFWL
21. Re: MS on Improving GFWL Mar 8, 2011, 15:06 raVen
 
Razorclaw wrote on Mar 8, 2011, 14:49:
retail games being released with only steamworks is the worst thing going on on PC right now. it would be nice if microsoft could put more pressure on big publishers to stop this idiocy. or at least make it possible for the consumer to choose a drm system. steamworks and gfwl do pretty much the same thing, lock a serial key to an account, but at least with gfwl you won't have to deal with the clusterfuck that is the steam client.
Almost everyone I know feels exactly the same way about GFWL. Did you intentionally swap steam + GFWL ?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 7, 2011, 12:04 raVen
 
That Rumor better not be true about the 3DS. Otherwise I think i'm nearing the end of buying closed hardware. I already can't write software for it without being an official dev, without an r4 and now there is the threat of Nintendo bricking it?
I'm getting pretty tired of platform holders trying to tell me what I can and can't do with the hardware I purchase. I guess it's time to stop purchasing it and the 50+ games I have for them. Not to mention multiple variations of the hardware I usually end up buying.
PS3 & X360 and Wii are also in the same boat here. iOS is just as restrictive too. Looks like I'm going back to being just a PC gamer soon.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification
16. Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification Mar 2, 2011, 23:35 raVen
 
Nope, I had to replace my CD-R drive in order to play the game. I have a long hatred of Ubisoft.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification
13. Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification Mar 2, 2011, 23:11 raVen
 
Hey, I've been burned more than 2x by these asshats. First game I regretted buying from them was Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. I bought 2 copies, one for me, and one for my brother and his family.

I couldn't play it for weeks due to DRM, and that was before all of this online auth nonsense. Since then the only games I've played from UBI have been on console, and since this always online DRM push I refuse to even buy their console games in protest.

I honestly don't think there is anything they can do to regain my trust at this point. I have plenty of other games to play and other companies to support anyways.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification
5. Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood DRM Clarification Mar 2, 2011, 19:47 raVen
 
Too little, too late. Ubisoft can go die in a fire.  
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 3 Adding DirectX 11 Support
12. Re: Unreal Engine 3 Adding DirectX 11 Support Mar 1, 2011, 22:37 raVen
 
Epic was the reason the 360 has as much memory as it does. They probably have some insight in the next console cycle.

http://n4g.com/news/12934/epic-fought-for-an-xbox-360-with-512mb-memory
 
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News Comments > Unreal Engine 3 Adding DirectX 11 Support
8. Re: Unreal Engine 3 Adding DirectX 11 Support Mar 1, 2011, 21:36 raVen
 
ochentay4 wrote on Mar 1, 2011, 21:24:
I hate this engine. I had stupid issues on almost every game on PC:
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I hate how every Epic game has had the worst Menu system ever; especially when you are in higher resolution (Which is why we play on PC)
The mouse is NEVER where you want it to be within 2-3 seconds of moving it.
 
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News Comments > Homefront PC Features
3. Re: Homefront PC Features Mar 1, 2011, 18:30 raVen
 
Paketep wrote on Mar 1, 2011, 17:27:
LAN play! And true dedis, I'm guessing.

Damn, I want to support this, but I don't want to support THQ's idiotic $10 pass. What to do?

I haven't been following that closely, what do you mean $10 pass? I'm teetering on the brink of purchase of this title.
I did a quick search

Wouldn't a new copy include the $10 pass? (and I'd be buying it on Steam, so isn't it moot for PC?)
 
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News Comments > Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV
52. Re: Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV Feb 28, 2011, 19:48 raVen
 
Pankin wrote on Feb 28, 2011, 15:53:
Today, id is owned by Zenimax and Valve is totally calling their own shots and innovating and diversifying like a motherfucker.

I just think that's funny.
iD has also diversified, just not in the games market: Armadillo Aerospace

Also I saw this new title on Steam today: B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now)
I seriously think there is something to the small console that streams from your pc to your tv. I guess it could just be a better UI for an HTPC + controllers too.
 
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