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News Comments > Steam Controller Redesigned?
13. Re: Steam Controller Redesigned? Jul 23, 2014, 23:17 LittleMe
 
Does it have a place to attach different hats?

 
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News Comments > More ArcheAge Beta Testing Next Week
1. Re: More ArcheAge Beta Testing Next Week Jul 23, 2014, 22:54 LittleMe
 
Learned about this game a few days ago and did some research.

Pros:

Good exploration and most quests are outside main story line
Lots of crafting, building, farming and economy etc (sandbox-ish)
PvP Naval warfare and piracy is unique
Free to play
PC exclusive

Cons:

Trion has a history of promoting pay to win (supposedly crafters should sub to be effective)
Graphics OK but not as good as ESO
It's a Korean MMORPG (converted for EU/US)

Another game getting perhaps more hype is Black Desert Online but that game won't be ready for a while yet.

 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed
21. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed Jul 23, 2014, 00:41 LittleMe
 
Yeah but it's still an action game and then when the action is interrupted by soap opera drama dialog is force fed any game can become tiresome with too much unnecessary dialog. I think the early Ultimas had that balance done better. SW:TOR and ES:O don't over indulge too much (just a bit).

IMO, letting the player _chose_ to pursue dialog rather than forcing it is best. Also it has to be introduced bit by bit, slowly, and those pieces need to seamlessly fit together. Movies and books often do a fantastic job of that. Games that overindulge in voice acted dialog such as DA:O (from what I remember of it), not so much.

 
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed
9. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed Jul 22, 2014, 18:37 LittleMe
 
Icewind wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 18:16:
They need the extra few weeks to tighten up that riveting romance dialog they are so famously known for.

lol yeah with multiple dramatic dialog options.. I like what the Unbended devs said about multiple choice dialogs in their FAQ page:

Actually, those Multiple Choice Dialogue systems tend to slow down the game flow while not offering anything relevant for the game content-wise.

Well said. I don't like how DA:O is so dialog-heavy and force feeds story. Keep the soap operas on TV please.

 
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News Comments > PC Gaming Alliance Gives Up, Changes Name
19. Re: PC Gaming Alliance Gives Up, Changes Name Jul 22, 2014, 02:24 LittleMe
 
It's not a problem. The PC platform is anti central-planning and for good reason: central planning too often doesn't work. The very continued existence of the ~32 year old platform is testament to more or less free market forces.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 21, 2014, 11:26 LittleMe
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 10:03:
Get ready to wait a long time Chattanooga, or better yet go after your state government that's decided its unfair to make Comcast and AT&T compete...ever...against anyone.

Yes. When corporations partner with government is called corporatism or cronyism. It's a flavor of socialism. It's not capitalism!
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 21, 2014, 11:06 LittleMe
 
Yes.

Well to me it isn't about privacy. It's a human rights issue as well as the illegality and unaccountability of what they've done. Not only the vast amount of other people's money they've spent, but that their infrastructure is exactly what tyrants to use to brutally oppress innocent people. We should not tolerate their actions. They should be exposed to the light of scrutiny and criticism.

 
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News Comments > Next DOOM Details Next Year
5. Re: Next DOOM Details Next Year Jul 19, 2014, 14:09 LittleMe
 
pagb wrote on Jul 19, 2014, 14:06:
Next year? Wasn't it enough to keep us european people up till 02:30am just to hear about the QuakeCon sponsors and then ditch us out? Screw you Zenimax, big time.

You stayed up late for that?

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 17, 2014, 22:49 LittleMe
 
Don't worry, net neutrality will happen.

It won't be in the form of empowered consumers that have more freedom of choice. Rather N.N. will come from an eager government that rarely backs off from an opportunity to expand it's regulatory authority. During the process the feds will gain a lot more control over the Internet as they secretly despise it and what it represents.

 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
8. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 17, 2014, 22:35 LittleMe
 
I don't care if they pass around intercepted nude photos.

I care about human-rights abuses that their spy machine can facilitate. I care about the loss of due-process and the expansion of the ever paranoid fascist military state. I care about the squashing of dissent by use of intimidation or reprisal. I fear that in the wrong hands their tools and systems can be used to murder millions at home or abroad as governments have repeatedly done in the past with similar tools.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 17, 2014, 22:26 LittleMe
 
Will do, JD.

Re: NY bitcoin... Just goes to show how they can exploit Gox to do the bidding's of Big Corporate Finance in NYC. Gotta squash the upcoming competition with Orwellian regulations disguised as consumer protections. Wall Street loves our socialist monetary system since they profit so much from it at our expense.

 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam
27. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam Jul 17, 2014, 22:12 LittleMe
 
It does the lore, story and voice acting very well. It's not a condescending or cliche' story for thirteen year old console players, imo. It does innovate in the sense that in tries to meld a single player game into an MMO and it marginally succeeds in that. That's an accomplishment.

But the crippled UI is absolutely designed around a gamepad, except perhaps the traditional grid inventory. The single player gameplay is repetitive. The world is graphically quite nice, especially interiors but feels too planned and predictable. I now hate height-map open-ish worlds. What I mean is that the terrain doesn't feel real but it's just a big stretched rubber mat onto which everything is placed (most here know what one is but..).

The combat can be interesting, if limited in skill abilities. The combat is more fun than I thought it would be.

One grip I have is with almost all RPG's in that the campaign story is selfless service with unconnected rewards dangled at the end: Carrot and stick. I'd prefer a more realistic approach where the player would more things to do for his own selfish interest such as a quest for a new skill to learn from an NPC or for finding specific armor or whatever. Skills and abilities should have story attached to them so there is connection to the story every time they are used in or out of combat. I really don't like the 'click here to magically unlock cool ability' way of skilling up.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2014, 11:53 LittleMe
 
LOL it's good fun watching neighbor's pets! Speaking of which I need to get my neighbor's dog now.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
26. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2014, 19:42 LittleMe
 
The wealthy are going to exploit the wealth gap to introduce new regulations that further cement the income gap, not reduce it. The issue will be hyped up for years to come and Congress won't even read the legislation that will be written by the corporate oligarchs.

The wealth gap is the product of our monetary system, not capitalism.

We are already a socialist society and the income gap is a direct product of socialism. Corporate socialism not leftist socialism. But even the so-called left in power are pawns of the system too.


 
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News Comments > Firefall Early Access
3. Re: Firefall Early Access Jul 15, 2014, 21:31 LittleMe
 
I'll try it. I've noticed a lot of the Steam user reviews aren't really reviews just a few vague sentences of how great it supposedly is.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 15, 2014, 15:49 LittleMe
 
Will BluePhone support user comments too?  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
2. Re: Morning Previews Jul 15, 2014, 15:25 LittleMe
 
Comes across as a paid-for advertisement.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 15:59 LittleMe
 
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 10:05:
But isn't that capitalism at its core?

Simplify much? It's more the result of modern technology and people divulging their personal information. If this were a totalitarian regime it would be the government collecting all this information for their own use. Oh wait.. That's happening too.

So while you cleverly use it as a bash against so-called capitalism, it's something else. It's the technology that enables this and people need to be aware this will happen and they need to be responsible and diligent.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
2. $5 billion Wi-Fi plan for schools and libraries. Jul 12, 2014, 13:57 LittleMe
 
It is paid for by the Universal Service Fund, which in turn is funded by US residents through surcharges on phone bills.

Oh yeah that tax that's been corrupt and wasteful in years past. It's feel-good spending and I'd bet it will be very wasteful while lining the pockets of cronies. Remember the feds recently buying $20,000 routers for library's when a small store-bought router would have worked for a tiny fraction of the cost? Now the FCC is going to give it a shot.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
14. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Jul 12, 2014, 02:06 LittleMe
 
Jerykk wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 23:13:
I agree, it looks amazing. I just hate the gaminess of it, all the stuff I mentioned yesterday, all those console compromises, all those simplifications. They detract from reality, and it breaks the immersion. I can't believe I'm in this world when everything has tool tips, when damage displays in numbers on people, and when I'm in 3rd person view.

It's a videogame. "Gaminess" isn't really a criticism when you're talking about videogames.

Well I think some taking into context for his questionable but convenient choice of the word - 'gaminess' is due here. I interpret that word to mean several things:

* arcadey style graphics
* overly animated
* repeating combat sounds that might sound good at first, wear on the ears after hours of gameplay
* Form over function gameplay where superficial flair is emphasized and substantive game mechanics may be minimized or absent
* NPC dialog appears to be targeted to the younger console crowd
* Clunky UI interface wholly designed around gamepad where a mouse would be far better
* Cliche' story about being the savior without really connecting us to a believable story line

Personally I don't feel these qualities kill the game, necessarily. Also it's a little too early to be sure if/what depth the game offers. Is it a 25 cent glazed doughnut or is it a fine pastry? I don't know yet.

I'm sure that's what a lot of people want: a game that isn't trying hard to be a simple game experience but something more. We want a dynamic, more interactive experience that requires more than button mashing arcadey bullshit where all we have to do is keep pressing the same button over and over to win.

Did I just need to explain that?

 
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