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News Comments > Valve Confirms New Engine?
24. Re: Valve Confirms New Engine? Nov 12, 2012, 13:32 theyarecomingforyou
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 12:35:
The thing holding back AI is practicality, not interest.

The average enemy in an FPS game lasts what, 3-5 seconds before you put a bullet in his brainpan? How smart can he be in that time?
But that's exactly the issue. Everybody just accepts that enemies are meant to pop-up and get killed, offering no exposition, no emotion, no character and no challenge. How about a game where there are only a handful of characters but they have much more significance? We're still at a stage where enemies are simply clones of one another - you have a few different head models but they are essentially cannon fodder. Every single character should be unique and have significance, with their own AI and personality.

Is it risky? Absolutely. But most of the best games took chances like that and Valve certainly did with both Half-Life and Half-Life 2, as well as Portal. Most first person shooters follow the same formula and I'm pretty sick of it. Far Cry 2 was a breath of fresh air but it made too many mistakes along the way; Mirror's Edge was bold and it mostly paid off; Prey was innovative and punched above its weight, despite the poor storywriting; Dear Esther was a great example of what you can do with just the environment; Amnesia and Legend Of Grimrock were examples of how you don't need lots of enemies to create atmosphere.

I'd like to see the open world elements of Skyrim and Far Cry 2 combined with the atmosphere of Dear Esther, STALKER, Metro 2033 and Amnesia, yet with flexibility of play styles like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dishonored. Okay, that's pretty random and remarkably unlikely. But you don't need waves of generic enemies.
 
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News Comments > Valve Confirms New Engine?
14. Re: Valve Confirms New Engine? Nov 12, 2012, 12:04 theyarecomingforyou
 
eunichron wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 11:34:
They need to start making big leaps in AI. A few games have been pushing it lately (Radiant AI in Skyrim, a few others I can't remember this early in the morning), but we went from companies in the late 90s/early 00s making great advancements in AI, only to be inundated by rail shooters where the extent of the enemy AI is aimbots pouring out of windows and doors.
I agree. Developers have barely made any progress when it comes to AI, certainly not in comparison to graphical progress. We're yet to have a game that can manage to make a single enemy truly challenging - they all work by spamming endless drones against you or by giving them mountains of health (e.g. boss fights); none of them have any real character or personality.

We need AI that can respond naturally to the environment - climbing through a fence, diving behind cover, climbing up irregular objects, demonstrating emotion (fear, anger, etc) and making mistakes (tripping over, knocking their head on objects)... yet all done naturally, not scripted. Characters are still created by combined canned animations rather than free-thinking artificial intelligence. We've got the 'artificial' part nailed; now we just need the 'intelligence'.

We also need artificial speech. It's possible for AI to produce human like text so what we really need is dynamically produced speech that can be synthesised without requiring a human to voice the parts. Unfortunately I doubt we'll see anything like that within the next ten to twenty years.
 
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News Comments > Black Ops II: Stats Reset? No. FOV Fix? Yes
2. Re: Black Ops II: Stats Reset? No. FOV Fix? Yes Nov 12, 2012, 10:52 theyarecomingforyou
 
Why the hell is a "FOV fix" a post-launch patch feature when it's been demanded for years? Are they fucking morons? Because it looks like it from here. Giant fucking morons. Seriously. Morons.  
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News Comments > Valve Confirms New Engine?
6. Re: Valve Confirms New Engine? Nov 12, 2012, 10:49 theyarecomingforyou
 
Considering that HL2 was one of the first games to push DX9 I would hope to see something similar with any next-gen engine from Valve. Really they need to be supporting DX11 from the get-go. I also hope we'll see some real advancement in gameplay, much like HL2 did by introduced physics, advanced facial animations and pushing drivable vehicles.

Graphics are all well and good but gameplay and art direction are much more important and that's somewhere that Valve has always excelled, especially with TF2 which was amazing for its time.
 
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News Comments > Win8 Exclusive DirectX 11.1?
9. Re: Win8 Exclusive DirectX 11.1? Nov 12, 2012, 10:45 theyarecomingforyou
 
Fragmenting the DirectX install base is the last thing that Microsoft should be doing, though it's not at all surprising.
aesir05 wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 10:18:
atleast with win7 I heard some random talk of XP not able to support it and what not, but this...this is just marketing
Actually the Windows 8 graphics sub-system has been upgraded to WDDM 1.2, which should make it more robust. It's one of the reasons why AMD has dropped support for all cards older than the 5xxx series. Is that a valid excuse to not bring DX11.1 to Vista and 7? No. As you say, it's a shitty marketing move.
 
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News Comments > Additional Borderlands 2 Classes Confirmed
21. Re: Additional Borderlands 2 Classes Confirmed Nov 12, 2012, 05:39 theyarecomingforyou
 
There should be a one-armed bandit for eridium that has a better chance of giving you rare items.  
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News Comments > Original DOOM 3 Back on Steam; BFG Source Release Coming
15. Re: Original DOOM 3 Back on Steam; BFG Source Release Coming Nov 10, 2012, 19:13 theyarecomingforyou
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Nov 10, 2012, 18:14:
Seriously....that is beyond over the line. Relax.
I apologise. How about: id Software did a boo-boo and Mr "Must Try Harder" Carmack can go fellate a porpoise?
 
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News Comments > Original DOOM 3 Back on Steam; BFG Source Release Coming
6. Re: Original DOOM 3 Back on Steam; BFG Source Release Coming Nov 10, 2012, 15:11 theyarecomingforyou
 
Creston wrote on Nov 10, 2012, 14:49:
Let's give kudos where kudos are due. The community complained about this, and Zenimax put the game back in like 10 days.

That deserves a "good job" Zenimax.
Bethesda pulled a dick move yet we should be happy that they caved to pressure from fans? It doesn't undo the fact that they tried to get away with this in the first place. Perhaps I'd have a little more confidence in the company if the RAGE mod tools had actually been released with the game as promised - it's been over a year now.

So fuck id Software and Mr "I Suck Dick" Carmack.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Week
7. Re: The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Wee Nov 8, 2012, 21:30 theyarecomingforyou
 
The comments here are just dreadfu  
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News Comments > BioWare Mythic Now Just Mythic
12. Re: BioWare Mythic Now Just Mythic Nov 8, 2012, 12:39 theyarecomingforyou
 
Bioware fucked up their name with Dragon Age II and it's been downhill ever since. EA has managed to screw up nearly every franchise they own.  
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News Comments > Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully
36. Re: Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully Nov 8, 2012, 09:21 theyarecomingforyou
 
3D printers are going to be crippled. They will end up in a similar way to scanners, where if you try to scan in a bank note it will block it. Copyright holders will pressure lawmakers into implementing draconian legislation that will do nothing to benefit consumers and everything to benefit large corporations. Politicians in the US will attack them on the basis that they're 'socialist', because Americans don't seem to have a clue what socialism or communism are all about - only that they're bad.

Continuum's "corporate congress" is actually pretty accurate.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Far Cry 3
11. Re: Gone Gold - Far Cry 3 Nov 7, 2012, 00:02 theyarecomingforyou
 
Looking forward to this one. The co-op particularly interests me.  
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News Comments > No PC Halo 4 Because It's "Designed Specifically for Xbox 360"
25. Re: No PC Halo 4 Because It's Nov 6, 2012, 23:44 theyarecomingforyou
 
While it would be nice to have it on PC - so that it can be played as it should be, on mouse and keyboard - this announcement is really no surprise. Microsoft has demonstrated nothing but contempt for PC gamers in recent years. Suggesting that any first person shooter is better on console than PC is laughable... unless the design criteria include bad graphics, bad controls and long load times.  
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News Comments > CoH2, Metro Last Light, and South Park Game Delayed
42. Re: CoH2, Metro Last Light, and South Park Game Delayed Nov 6, 2012, 18:22 theyarecomingforyou
 
I assume EA and Activision-Blizzard are the most likely publishers to buy them out, with Valve an outside possibility.

THQ is a disaster of a company and it would be nice to see their IP end up in the hands of a credible publisher.
 
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News Comments > F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year
26. Re: F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year Nov 5, 2012, 08:55 theyarecomingforyou
 
Suppa7 wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 03:20:
You're just WRONG, overall the last 10 years have got to be the worst in gaming history. Nintendo's major franchises (starfox, Zelda, metroid) are all suffering in different ways. Other M was a disaster. Final fantasy series is on the ropes. Since FFX, FF has been going completely downhill and it's basically a movie with hardly any gameplay anymore. The combat system and loot has been totlly removed/dumbed down/gutted.
Who cares what Nintendo is doing? They may have been relevant about 15 years ago but PC gaming has long since offered better gaming. Starfox, Zelda and Metroid were always kiddie and Final Fantasy has been dead since FFVII. Consoles are for gaming on a budget - there are some decent exclusives but you have to suffer terrible graphical fidelity (720p @30fps is like watching movies in black and white), when they would have been much better on PC.

Suppa7 wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 03:20:
On PC ... I've played all those games you mentioned. Torchlight 2 is basically a worse version of diablo 2. The itemization is bad and the story/world is worse. Not to mention Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 were huge disappointments especially with the 'always online' bullshit and the gimped mod tools. Starcraft 2 is basically another parallel universe in terms of story, the story in SC2 is totally not congruent with the firsts. We're seeing what World of warcraft did to blizzard (totally fucked them up). The people behind the original diablo 2 and starcraft were blown to the winds and after 12 years the new developers totally sucked at giving sequels to two of gamings most beloved franchises.
I haven't played Torchlight 2 yet but it looks better than the original, which was a game I loved. While Starcraft 2 wasn't really my cup of tea (I'm more a C&C 1, Warcraft I sort of guy) it was still a solid game and Diablo III was exceptional, though it was undermined by the auction house system.

Suppa7 wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 03:20:
Borderlands 2 isn't anything special, people who are over-wow'd by graphics and don't have good taste in gameplay find it 'amazing'. Older FPS's were more fun on release then the entire single player campaign of borderlands 1+2 and had more longevity (UT2004).
Borderlands 2 is a great game, especially when played co-op. The graphics are solid, though I wouldn't say they're the main appeal of the game. Very few games do I put anywhere near as much time into, so that's pretty high praise.

Suppa7 wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 03:20:
Metro is YET ANOTHER FPS (gtfo). Witcher is a mediocre RPG with a shitty combat system and Dishonored is a half baked version of thief combined with bioshock for the ADHD call of duty crowd.
Metro 2033 was excellent (though it could have done without the QT-events); The Witcher 2 was superb; and Dishonored had great atmosphere and great gameplay - it wasn't perfect but certainly it's an example of how the games industry is pushing things forward.

I think gaming is better than ever. XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored both grabbed me like few other games have, while you still have interesting and well made indie games like Legend of Grimrock, Black Mesa and Torchlight. Skyrim was in a league of its own and King's Bounty is great for those who like old-school RPGs. If you can find decent modern games then you're simply not trying.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 4, 2012, 20:16 theyarecomingforyou
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 19:33:
Are you American? Okay, that's fine. If not, mind your own country's business.
Considering that the US is the first to criticise other countries for the way they conduct elections I think it's only fair that the US should itself be scrutinised. Voting by email is antithesis to an anonymous vote and any security breach risks the voting preferences of voters being exposed, where they could come under pressure from groups seeking to influence future elections.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 4, 2012, 17:53 theyarecomingforyou
 
It's bizarre that Americans accept electronic voting when they are so distrustful of the government. Voting by email is fundamentally insecure and lacks anonymity - it should have been discounted out-of-hand. And electronic voting machines are just as bad, especially when they have ties to political candidates.

The US seriously needs to reform its voting process. It also needs to do more to protect against vested interests abusing the system - the voter suppression tactics by the GOP are particularly concerning and undermine democracy at a fundamental level.
 
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News Comments > F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year
5. Re: F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year Nov 4, 2012, 17:33 theyarecomingforyou
 
PHJF wrote on Nov 4, 2012, 14:38:
... retail games that ultimately failed and had to go F2P to survive. Different when a game is built from the ground up with microtransactions in mind.
This is the issue. When games are built from the ground up around F2P they tend to be very irritating, as they reward those who pay over those who don't. There are some exceptions to this, like Dota 2 and (from the looks of it) Planetside 2, so it's not an absolute rule but it holds true most of the time. And we're talking about EA here.
 
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News Comments > F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year
1. Re: F2P Command & Conquer Beta Early Next Year Nov 4, 2012, 13:36 theyarecomingforyou
 
I'm not interested in F2P games. To enjoy them properly they end up costing a lot more than traditional games and the gameplay tends to revolve around grind rather than enjoyment. Age Of Empires Online was a classic example of that, with civilisations that amounted to hundreds of pounds if you bought them all. It's a disgusting business model but it's no surprise to see EA embrace it.  
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News Comments > Civilization V Patched
1. Re: Civilization V Patched Nov 3, 2012, 08:11 theyarecomingforyou
 
I noticed that during Hotseat games you're finally given an option to get back to the main menu after completing a turn, rather than relying on Alt-F4.  
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