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Signed On Oct 29, 2004, 16:20
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News Comments > Ex-Dev's C&C Reflections
3. Re: Ex-Dev's C&C Reflections Jul 6, 2010, 12:44 Warskull
 
BobBob wrote on Jul 6, 2010, 10:15:
RA2 was a bug-fest. RA3 was actually fairly well polished, as with Uprising. I guess this guy isn't looking for a new job since most employers would be concerned about hiring a guy who will potentially talk shit about them in the future. All RTS's have online problems due to them using P2P. Until they get away from that (dedicated servers?), there will always be issues.

I have to agree about the P2P issue. It is a massive stumbling block. Since they tend to use a step-lock system to limit vulnerabilities to hacks as soon as one player has frame rate issues everyone suffers immensely. They are so afraid of offending players with lower end machines that they fail to implement anything to stop one player from destroying a game with lag and the game degenerates into a total mess.

The end result is the game has to force everyone to run on minimum settings (many C&C games end up doing this for matchmaking play) or the game ends up a disaster. This isn't an EA problem either, literally every single RTS except the ones from Blizzard do this crap.
 
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News Comments > Defending All Points Bulletin
13. Re: Defending All Points Bulletin Jul 5, 2010, 20:17 Warskull
 
Prez wrote on Jul 5, 2010, 19:45:
As is the case with so many would-be cash cows these days, they completely lost me at "subscription fee". Just another waste of 1's and 0's as far as I'm concerned.

What a lot of them don't seem to understand is that they have to be worth the subscription fee they are asking. They all almost universally fail to be worth a subscription fee and the box price.

I wouldn't be surprised if RTW is buried by APB. It sounds like they haven't made money yet, most people will be done with this game in 1-2 months.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jun 30, 2010, 16:44 Warskull
 
Verno wrote on Jun 30, 2010, 14:01:
It takes time for the general public to catch on

The general public doesn't read sites like this or follow this kind of thing unfortunately. They preorder Call of Duty 10: Future Warfare at Wal-mart or Gamestop and go get it on release day.

They'll eventually stop buying it. Either they get bored with it, something else gets their attention, or they finally realize they've been playing the same mediocre game for 6 versions now. Its like those crappy movies made by Friedberg and Seltzer (Scary Movie 4, Epic Movie ect.) It took a while but eventually people stopped going to see them.

The thing with appealing to the lowest common denominator is that eventually something else shiny gets their attention.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Jun 30, 2010, 13:44 Warskull
 
Verno wrote on Jun 30, 2010, 12:59:
Remains to be seen Tumbler, that stupid map pack made another half billion dollars or whatever for them and that's after all of this mess.

It takes time for the general public to catch on. Look at EA, they were the quintessential evil publisher for a very long time. They destroyed good studios, caused talent to flee, and released poor games. It took quite a bit of time and competitors gaining in strength for them to really feel the impact of it. However, even after their attempts at reform they are still feeling the impact. The EA title makes a lot of gamers wary to purchase a game unless they know it is really good.

You see that with a lot of other games too, you make a crappy sequel and it will sell. However, future games released by that studio will take a hit, even if they are good.

I doubt Activision will ever see MW2 numbers again.
 
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News Comments > Super Street Fighter 4 PC Still Coming?
16. Re: Super Street Fighter 4 PC Still Coming? Jun 28, 2010, 17:09 Warskull
 
Sleeeeepy wrote on Jun 28, 2010, 14:34:
To be honest, I don't think it really needs to be on PC. FPS's are superior in every way when played on PC, but beat-em-ups shine on the console platforms so much better.

You play fighting games with an arcade stick (or for some people a pad.) The exact same sticks and pads that work on the Xbox work on the PC. In fact that's a major feature of the SFIV branded controllers. In fact the physical retail copies came with a Madcatz fight pad.

I would be nice if the PC version had cross platform play with the Xbox, like the BlazBlue PC version is going to have.
 
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News Comments > Global Agenda Drops Subscriptions
12. Re: Global Agenda Drops Subscriptions Jun 26, 2010, 13:34 Warskull
 
spindoctor wrote on Jun 25, 2010, 12:19:
StingingVelvet wrote on Jun 25, 2010, 11:49:
I wonder if slowly but surely we are seeing the death of the pay-by-the-month subscription model. Seems like every MMO is doing it and actually making more money that way.

The majority of MMO games that drop the subscription model are, for lack of a better term, 'sick'. The developers release the game unfinished and with big promises, and when the player base actually gets to see the reality of the situation, it starts dwindling. To drastically change their revenue model does imply (at least to me) that the population is dropping too fast and the developer is concerned about the future of the game.

The only game that has bucked the trend (to my knowledge) is LOTRO, which I believe is a pretty successful game, but still went F2P. All the other MMOs that go free to play are those which are hemorrhaging players.

LoTRO went F2P because D&D Online went F2P. They made a lot more money when they went F2P. With the F2P model you can shit a total crap game and still make some money off crazy people (who end up spending more than they would on a subscription.) They stand to make even more money being F2P.

There are lots of crappy F2P games, but at the same time if you have a decent game there are a lot of people who are asking to be exploited. Blizzard made million off those $25 horses, people will sink dumb amounts of money into an MMO once they get attached to their characters.
 
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News Comments > On OnLive Game Prices
39. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 03:42 Warskull
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Jun 21, 2010, 23:55:
You guys won't be saying that when tons of triple A titles are exclusive to this service.

...or we could just buy the AAA games, like we already do. This service is insane. You pay a monthly fee for it and you pay full retail for the games. If you have a gaming PC you just buy the games there. If you aren't computer savvy, you just buy a console and play the games there. Almost their entire library of games are available on console.

High end PC exclusives are rather rare these days. A quick glance of their "featured games" and every single game is a console game. Plus you can probably buy them all much cheaper on console if you shop smart. They are streaming PC versions of console games and their goal looks like they want to have a console unit. Why not cut out the middle man and buy a console?

I've Got The News Blues wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 02:23:
Sure it will. There are billion dollar companies like AT&T, EA, Ubisoft, and most of the other major game publishers backing this thing. It will succeed in spite of itself because they will keep it afloat until it does. The win for them for this becoming THE platform for video game development and delivery is simply too great. All this service needs are some big exclusives. When that happens, it will eventually be game over for gaming as we know it now.

This is a somewhat obscure service, why would you cut out the lucrative console market to make your game online exclusive? You risk potentially killing your AAA blockbuster. Its much easier to just make your money via DLC on the consoles. If you want a digital only, no used copy service, both Xbox 360 and PS3 have something like that.

This comment was edited on Jun 22, 2010, 03:48.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 11, 2010, 00:23 Warskull
 
Of course they are shilling every latest thing like its a must have advancement, that's how they make money. You just upgrade when you need to. Early adopters tend to get screwed. I use a 720p LCD TV, an Xbox360, and a $1 HDMI cable (you can get them dirt cheap on Amazon or monoprice.com.) I never really felt "I must have Blu-ray" or "I must upgrade to 1080p."  
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jun 7, 2010, 17:49 Warskull
 
Kezzek wrote on Jun 7, 2010, 13:13:
I will never buy an Ubisoft PC game, ever again. Which is what they wanted--to push people to console versions. (Which, again, I haven't bought but won't eliminate from future consideration.)

Don't forget, you can still buy their games for the console and give them the finger. You can buy used, save a bunch of money (Ubisoft games aren't known for holding value), and still not give money to Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed 2 went down to $15 used in a few months on Amazon and a couple of other used game sites.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft DRM Analysis
44. Re: Ubisoft DRM Analysis May 30, 2010, 22:08 Warskull
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 30, 2010, 21:40:
I think the saddest part of this whole thing is that one truly fantastic game got ruined by the DRM.

I borrowed AC2 from a co-worker (for 360), and I'll be damned if it wasn't one of the most entertaining games I've played in a long time. Someone went through a LOT of effort to make the story fun and intriguing, without being too heavy-handed (except a bit at the end, but it's still fucking awesome). I honestly was hating the first game by the time I got to the end, this time around I'm just very very excited for the third one. I don't know if it's that the protagonist is LIKABLE this time around, or that they made missions ACTUALLY DIFFERENT from one another. Or maybe it's just the gigantic amount of twisting they did to history and several religions, and still had it make sense (even bringing the Tesla-Edison feuds into a whole new meaning).

If you have either of the consoles, it's under $30 now. *I know* it's essentially putting in a vote for the console version. If we were talking about a game that wasn't a must-play game, I wouldn't even suggest it. But it IS that great.

You can get it for $15 used from a couple of places. Really, if you have a console, there is no sane reason to buy it for the PC. These games are designed for console and run better there.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft DRM Analysis
5. Re: Ubisoft DRM Analysis May 30, 2010, 15:54 Warskull
 
Aero wrote on May 30, 2010, 15:49:
I'm willing to accept a little bit of obtrusiveness from a DRM scheme, provided that scheme actually works. That's the root of my objection to DRM in general. I wouldn't be all that opposed to these constant connection schemes if they really did prevent piracy. But they don't, and until they do, I won't think twice about any game that uses them. Of course, that's pretty unlikely, so better to just drop it entirely.

The funny thing is, we have had an effective DRM scheme for a very long time. Unique keys/accounts and good multiplayer. Methods of multiplayer for pirates can exist, but they tend to be inferior to a well designed multiplayer product.

Paketep wrote on May 30, 2010, 15:51:
I still wonder why anyone would give this idiot minutes.

He tells them what they want to hear.
 
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News Comments > Namco Bandai Likes Ubi's DRM
7. Re: Namco Bandai Likes Ubi's DRM May 27, 2010, 22:38 Warskull
 
Namco-Bandai makes PC games?  
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News Comments > Stolen Gaming Credentials
21. Re: Stolen Gaming Credentials May 27, 2010, 14:20 Warskull
 
Stanly Manly wrote on May 27, 2010, 11:54:
Latest trend? There have been stolen WoW accounts since the game was released. However, I do recall a fairly recent email that looked very official, talking about verifying your WoW password, and even had an official looking link. Once you clicked on the link (or just moused over it) you saw that it took you to something like battle-com.net/wow or something, that wasn't the official blizzard site.

I didn't bother with that though, as I just received word that I won some international lottery that I don't ever recall entering, and that had me very excited to give away my personal information over the internet! See you suckers! I'm looking for my yacht right now!

The Asian gold farmers used to buy accounts to replace the ones that get banned. They've shifted to very aggressively hacking accounts and using them to farm gold instead. The number of hacked accounts is significantly on the rise.

It is much lower risk for them because they pay nothing for the account and if the account gets reclaimed or banned they reverse the charges for game time.

The other big difference, is they aren't relying solely on user error. They've begun exploiting the security of the companies that run the MMO too. A number of NCsoft accounts were taken over via security flaws in their website.
 
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News Comments > Warner Sued for Antipiracy Piracy
7. Re: Warner Sued for Antipiracy Piracy May 26, 2010, 14:17 Warskull
 
Cthulhu wrote on May 26, 2010, 13:41:
I'm really kinda surprised that Medien Patent Verwaltung waited for 6 years, hoping that Warner Bros. would send them a paycheck....either they were very trusting or incredibly stupid.

Maybe they just wanted Warner to use it more, so they could sue for more.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed May 24, 2010, 10:29 Warskull
 
Eldaron Imotholin wrote on May 24, 2010, 07:04:
As for Uwe Boll, I think he has literally NEVER made a good movie in his life. I don't get it at all what he's still doing in the movie business. I guess most of you haven't seen "In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale"? Trust me, you'd rather die.

He's had a crazy Producers-esque thing going on with German tax law. The whole investment ends up a massive tax write-off and is an even bigger tax write off if it fails. I think they finally fixed the law a year or two ago.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed May 24, 2010, 01:23 Warskull
 
Bhruic wrote on May 23, 2010, 17:37:
Anyone who claims Mortal Kombat was decent and Hitman was bad has automatically lost their argument. Mortal Kombat was an ok camp movie. But it was, without question, a crappy movie. And Hitman, while certainly not great, or even good, was definitely ok - and much better than MK.

I'm not so sure he's calling Hitman bad. He might be saying it was negatively affected by Uwe Boll's crap giving game movies a bad reputation. Its hard to tell, its not written that well and it seems he just wanted to cram as many links in as possible.

I agree that Hitman wasn't bad. Mortal Kombat was bad, but could be enjoyed in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. Hitman wasn't a great movie, but it could be enjoyed as an action movie. If you gave it a different name it would still be a watchable action movie.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed May 16, 2010, 03:38 Warskull
 
Another load of BS about what PCs need to be or what developers need to do.

Its easy too, just stop treating PC gamers like second rate customers. Your ports suck, that's why PC gamers say they suck, that's why your sales on the PC sag. It isn't the evil pirates, it isn't PC gaming dying, it is that half the industry is trying to sell an inferior product to PC gamers. Then they expect us to smile and thank them for it.

If you want to make money on the PC, design a product that excels on the PC. Valve does it, Blizzard does it, they aren't hurting for money. Even EA simply stating "we have dedicated servers" and taking 5 minutes to think about the PC experience for BF:BC2 resulted in their game doing well on the PC. The little ways they cut corners (no push to talk, no dedicated servers, menus that don't use the mouse) make a big difference.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Launches Wednesday
10. Re: Heroes of Newerth Launches Wednesday May 10, 2010, 23:20 Warskull
 
The DotA community really is one of the worst out there. Part of it is due to a weak player helping the enemy team, but another part of it is how it was grown out of the Battle.net custom game players.

I would hold out for Valve's foray into the DotA market.
 
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News Comments > Rebellion Woes?
8. Re: Rebellion Woes? May 10, 2010, 23:12 Warskull
 
Rigs wrote on May 10, 2010, 22:11:
Oh for Geezus' sake, anyone else want to implode while we're here?!? Get it over with? No? Gonna save it for next weeks obits? Rolleyes

We don't have to wait for PC gaming to die, all the companies that support it will die first!

Is it really that hard to keep a gaming company afloat in a rough economy? This isn't the first recession the industry has had to endure. WTF?


=-Rigs-=

It is if you make shitty games. People don't have the money to waste on crappy games and have to be more discerning with their purchases.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Easy Button May 5, 2010, 13:54 Warskull
 
I don't believe it is really about an easy button, but about creating a good distilled gaming experience. There are fun parts of games and there are parts that are stupid. If you have a very limited amount of time to play games wouldn't you want that 1 hour a week to be fun? Many games pad their length with uninteresting gameplay, its kind of like if you only had 1 hour to watch television a week, so you watched your favorite show. However, lately it has just been doing nothing but clip-shows and reruns.

I've found my taste in games has been refined and my tolerance for bullshit has decreased over time. These days you have a lot of games to choose from so why keep playing a mediocre game you don't enjoy.

Playing Dragon Age 1 hour a week would suck, because more often than not that 1 hour wouldn't have any enjoyable moments in your 1 hour play session. You have to play Dragon Age for a significant amount of time to get any payoff.
 
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