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Signed On Aug 12, 2005, 22:12
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News Comments > DOOM 4 Development Rebooted in 2011
34. Re: DOOM 4 Development Rebooted in 2011 Apr 4, 2013, 05:23 OpticNerve
 
I kind of see it as a lose/lose situation for both id Software and Zenimax. Simply put, I really doubt that a Doom game that harkens back to the classic Doom 1 and 2 style of games would sell spectacularly in this era of gaming. At least not "Skyrim well."

There have been some FPS that have tried to mimic the fast-paced/mass-monster killing feeling of the older Doom games such as Painkiller and Serious Sam and those sold well enough but I don't think they were huge blockbusters. And if Zenimax does get their way and makes this into a "Call of Doom" type of FPS, fans of the old-school gameplay of Doom 1 and 2 are just going to absolutely hate it. The one time that id Software tried to do something "different" with a new ip, resulted in RAGE (no pun intended) and we all know how that turned out.

Either way, I think that id Software is pretty much fucked at this point. They really can't please anyone at all in their current situation.

But who knows. Maybe they'll pull a magic rabbit out of their hat and this new Doom 4 game'll be amazing and what id Software needed to keep them from this downward spiral of lackluster games.

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News Comments > Total War: ARENA Announced
4. Re: Total War: ARENA Announced Mar 29, 2013, 00:55 OpticNerve
 
I wonder why so many developers are jumping in the MOBA bandwagon these days. It's going to be like the next MMORPG-crash where there's only room for two or so (League of Legends for f2p casuals and DOTA2 for the hardcore crowd) and the rest will probably fail hard.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars II - Flame and Frost: The Razing Live
7. Re: Guild Wars II - Flame and Frost: The Razing Live Mar 27, 2013, 03:50 OpticNerve
 
I'm hoping the expansion goes back to Cantha. Really liked the asian-theme of that area in GW1 and the Jade Sea was really visually stunning.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars II - Flame and Frost: The Razing Live
3. Re: Guild Wars II - Flame and Frost: The Razing Live Mar 26, 2013, 22:45 OpticNerve
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 21:23:
The problem with these sorts of updates is you never know what it actually brings in term of content or the wheres and hows of it. I really wish they'd stop with the piecemeal stuff and just do proper expansions with all new content to check out.

I know that it's sort of "cheating" but whenever I get lost in regards to what an update adds or what to do when new content is released for GW2, I usually head over to http://dulfy.net/category/gw2/. They tend to be very quick on setting up guides or info for the new patches and content releases.
 
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News Comments > More on Offline SimCity
31. Re: More on Offline SimCity Mar 13, 2013, 07:10 OpticNerve
 
The AI doing it's magic.

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News Comments > More on Offline SimCity
20. Re: More on Offline SimCity Mar 13, 2013, 02:32 OpticNerve
 
A youtube video example of the broken and lazily programmed traffic AI system. It also shows the glaring issue with how the simple Sims AI is causing big traffic jams:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDeSRdHvefw&feature=youtu.be
 
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News Comments > More on Offline SimCity
16. Re: More on Offline SimCity Mar 13, 2013, 00:58 OpticNerve
 
Gonna post this here but apparently the game itself is pretty broken in terms of some gameplay mechanics:

AI - This is why services and traffic are broken

The gist of it is that the actual Sims (people) don't have their own specific jobs to go do and homes to stay at. What happens is that they pick the nearest house and the nearest job which screws up the AI and causes really big traffic jams which clogs up the roads and causes a big cascading effect. Given how tiny the map-size is, IMO this is just a pretty lazy way of handling things.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Patched
42. Re: Path of Exile Patched Feb 14, 2013, 18:39 OpticNerve
 
The game's quite fun and has a lot of elements that I do enjoy but I really do hope they they work a bit more on the combat animations and especially give a boost to melee skills and rethink the passive skill tree placement of the Duelist class in particular.

Right now it's pretty well-known that melee builds are screwed after a certain point unless they pick up melee skill gems that have a ranged component to them (ie. ground slam and lightning strike) and even then, those simply can't compete with ranged, totem or caster builds.

Along with that, the Duelist seriously needs a reworking. They're placed in such a bad spot that the Marauder, Ranger or even the Shadow can do what the Duelist does but better and at the cost of less skill points in order to grab the important keystones. As it currently is, the Duelist is the worst class out of them all simply due to his placement on the passive tree.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Sells 3 Million; Future Plans Outlined
12. Re: Guild Wars 2 Sells 3 Million; Future Plans Outlined Jan 15, 2013, 15:01 OpticNerve
 
Beelzebud wrote on Jan 15, 2013, 14:24:
I love how everyone in the thread raves about how great the game is, but everyone is "burnt out" or "taking a break" from it. That tells me that at the end of the day it's just another typical MMO treadmill.

I've been trying to go through my backlog of games that I've gotten recently (Dark Souls, Far Cry 3, Arkham City, etc.) but I still hop on every other day or so to do a daily and participate in World vs World. This was after playing for every single day in the past few months doing Fractals of the Mist dungeon runs for the various fractal weapon skins as well.

WvW's a blast once you hop on a voice chat for your server and get in a few good Commanders leading the charge so that'll keep me playing until some new content update or big event gets released.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 7, 2013, 14:27 OpticNerve
 
Quinn wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 11:23:
Verno wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 08:56:
Quinn wrote on Jan 7, 2013, 06:01:
Sadly, I will not buy Dark Souls. This is one of those games that definitely needs a demo before I can be tempted to lay money down for it.

I can't stand half-assed ports. It's so 2004. From what I read here, Dark Souls definitely is one such port.

I'm disappointed. The game looks really cool in the vids and I really wanna try it out. Just not for 19,99.

The port blows but it's easily fixed by installing a single file and using a controller. The game doesn't lend itself well to KB/M anyway, there are a lot of sections that require precision locomotion and movement that are better suited to analog sticks. It's an amazing game and there is little else like it on the market. Your loss.

I don't play games with a controller. I hate them. It's one of the reasons I don't own a console. There's a sense of freedom that I don't need to explain to you, playing games with KB/M. It's a freedom I cannot miss, or a game simply would not be worth playing to me.

My loss, I'm sure.

Just to reiterate my last post, you DON'T need a gamepad to play Dark Souls and it's perfectly playable with a keyboard and mouse once you use DSfix and DSMfix. It's purely personal preference as to what control method you want to use and for me a keyboard and mouse was the way to go since I couldn't get used to relying on the right thumbstick to constantly center my camera. Although I personally have not beat the game yet (taking my time to explore) a lot of people using DSMfix and a keyboard and mouse have done so with multiple playthroughs and no issues.

I used a quick google search, but here's a video of a player using DS/Mfix and although he kind of sucks (barely raises his shield and parries) it shows how easy it is to play and do various moves with the k+m: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Wb0BdKyAE
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
15. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 6, 2013, 21:39 OpticNerve
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 20:26:
Does anyone have Dark Souls on both a console and the PC? If so is it worth getting on the PC if I already have it on the PS3?

I seem to remember something about the controls are bad unless you use a gamepad on your PC. I've been waiting for it to go on sale before taking a chance on it still I'm hesitant.

Actually the game's completely playable with a keyboard and mouse. It does take some fiddling around with rebinds and two mods before you can get it how you like it but I somehow find it easier to play with a k+m than my gamepad. That might have to do with me not being a console gamer and not being used to a gamepad though so your mileage may vary.

The two mods you need:

- DSfix: (you should be using this anyway):
http://darksouls.nexusmods.com/mods/19

- Mouse Fix:
http://darksouls.nexusmods.com/mods/28
 
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News Comments > Humble THQ Bundle Grows
16. Re: Humble THQ Bundle Grows Dec 7, 2012, 00:24 OpticNerve
 
I hope THQ somehow keeps afloat since they publish games from some of my favorite developers.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Wintersday Event Next Month
12. Re: More Big Picture Details Nov 28, 2012, 19:31 OpticNerve
 
I'm quite enjoying the new Fractals of the Mist dungeon (the Colossus fractal is awesome) but the whole lfg spam in map chat does show the drastic need for Anet to put in a dungeon finder. So far people are heavily using http://gw2lfg.com/ but an in-game option would be a lot better.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Wintersday Event Next Month
10. Re: More Big Picture Details Nov 28, 2012, 14:24 OpticNerve
 
Just as a heads up, Anet finally added two gem-shop items to let you redo your hairstyle and to completely redo your appearance (including gender).

It's under the Services section and it's the Self-Style Hair Kit (250 gems) and the Total Makeover Kit (350 gems) for those of you who are interested. Demonstration shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEHKtUBq9As
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
2. Re: Evening Previews Nov 13, 2012, 01:35 OpticNerve
 
Do you have narcolepsy?  
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News Comments > StarCraft II Global Play Coming
14. Re: StarCraft II Global Play Coming Nov 11, 2012, 20:13 OpticNerve
 
D_K_night wrote on Nov 10, 2012, 17:47:
you weren't about to buy it regardless of whether they had it or not


That alone wasn't the only reason why I didn't buy it, but it was a part of the list of reasons why I skipped it.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Global Play Coming
7. Re: StarCraft II Global Play Coming Nov 10, 2012, 02:18 OpticNerve
 
Wow, they're finally adding this in? Thought this was patched in ages ago. Pretty glad I passed on this game.  
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News Comments > Molyneux's Curious PC Curiosity Explanation
9. Re: Molyneux's Curious PC Curiosity Explanation Nov 10, 2012, 02:12 OpticNerve
 
I made a new game where you constantly press a button. There will be a DLC you can buy worth the price of a plane ticket. If you're REALLY lucky, you can become the ONE where you get to fly to Peter Molyneux's residence, ring his doorbell, punch him in the head when he answers and tell him to make a real game. The game is called Curiosity Solved.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Massive Event Teased
22. Re: Guild Wars 2 Massive Event Teased Nov 3, 2012, 14:36 OpticNerve
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Nov 3, 2012, 14:13:
Creston, how do you have 2 80s? I thought I was playing the game a lot, but my main isn't even 80 yet (69, I think) and my alts aren't even close. (Only one is 30, the rest are all sub 20) Guess I'm not playing as much as I thought.

Crafting helps a lot. It gives a TON of exp and can make getting to 80 that much quicker. It's especially great with alts if you pick a crafting profession in which you had a ton of saved up crafting materials from a main toon (ie. cooking materials).

As for the Halloween event, overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There was almost something for everyone and I can see Arenanet working up an expanded Rumble-like pvp mode in the future. It also showed off some of the neat things Arenanet could do for events and puzzles later on. At first I was unhappy with the abysmally low drop-rates for the Halloween skins but I ended up getting two Greatsaw skins so that shut up my whining pretty quickly

FYI: There's a beta FoV switch that Arenanet's been letting players try out. It still needs some work but it is a lot better than the default claustrophobic FOV that GW2 currently uses. Details are over here:

FoV Beta
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Massive Event Teased
18. Re: Guild Wars 2 Massive Event Teased Nov 3, 2012, 13:38 OpticNerve
 
Armorwise, http://www.gw2armor.com can be useful if you're hunting down or want a preview of what certain armor looks like.  
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