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Signed On May 5, 2006, 20:54
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2012, 15:30 Draugr
 
Ruffiana wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 14:22:
Apart from the 'keeping the brand' part, what's the big deal? Kickstarting money won't publish, market, distribute, and do all of the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing to get a boxed game on the shelf of Walmarts and GameStops of the world. There's still unarguably a market for boxed games. There's a market, money to be made, and for all of the shitty things that publishers have done to the game industry, knowing how to make money with a complete game ready to go into a box and be sold is not one of the problems.

Asking for a portion of the profits from those sales isn't unreasonable. It's still a huge investment of time and resources to publish a finished game.

Demanding onwership of the IP to publish a game you haven't paid to develop is pretty greedy. That's an entrenched mindset from decades of an established business model where the publisher is fronting and advance so a game can be made in the first place.

Stupidly short-sighted, greedy, slow to adapt...but not malicously evil.

Yeah. Offloading risk directly onto the customer and developer with none yourself, and then acquiring the fruits of their labor, what's malicious about that!?

There is this new thing called digital distribution, most Kickstarters (beyond rewards) forgo physical copies of their games altogether. If you're making a PC game (as obsidian is in this case) you're cutting yourself out of a very small margin of the market by going digital only, and arguably you might be able to net more profit due to no cost associated with publishing of that manner. This applies to many platforms, and there on all these platforms there are digital-only titles that are quite successful. They don't need EA/Activision/Whoever to get the job done, and there are plenty of titles that exist and prove that point.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2012, 13:56 Draugr
 
Certainly this shouldn't surprise anyone.

Game Devs/Publishers always 'lament' the fact that the only things that seem to do well is established IPs. By trying to go this route they can offset the risk of a new IP onto everyone who isn't them, and they get a new IP.
They know they need to get new IPs because they can only squeeze so much out of those rocks and they have terrible ideas when it comes to new games and certainly don't encourage creativity, because the people running their show are businessmen first and gamers it seems, a distant second.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 DLC Plans
15. Re: Mass Effect 3 DLC Plans Sep 19, 2012, 16:54 Draugr
 
Yeah, story based DLC in me3 sounds so uninteresting. (and based on what heard about leviathan, it is.) Why I would care about the leviathan story given the conclusion of me3 is beyond me.

I wonder what the new IP will be. My guess is something steampunkish, it's all the rage these days.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced
76. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 18, 2012, 13:46 Draugr
 
Prez wrote on Sep 18, 2012, 10:28:
My guess is because free mods (which are often superior to paid content) make being milked for paid dlc less enticing to customers.

Prezactly!
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced
57. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 17, 2012, 17:05 Draugr
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 16:52:
Bad Dos wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 13:22:
DA2 was a totally different game from DA:O and really should never have been called DA2.

That would have saved a lot of bad blood. GW1 and GW2 same thing. Fallouts.... etc.

DA1 imo wasn't good at anything. Way to weak of a system for turn/pause base.
DA2 was good at only action.

So in my world it wasn't ever an amazing franchise.

The biggest news and this goes all the way back... Is they are finally going to have expansive open lands instead of a city block and load. Their games have zero adventure to them.

Now are they going to put coop back in? It sucks when all your predecessors had it and you move forward and it's then taken out. Reminds me of Madden bull shit.

"I have not green lit one game to be developed as a single player experience."

You bet they're considering putting coop in, though it won't be what you want. Imagine the blandness that is me3 co-op in the Dragon Age universe!

Undoubtedly, Bioware can't wait to tell you more about the co-op game mode they put in the game despite peoples protests or lack of interest. It'd be challenging for them to try and monetize you enjoying the actual game alongside a friend, so they'll avoid it. It certainly wouldn't be added for the games/players benefit.

FEEDBACK FTW!
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced
51. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 16:12 Draugr
 
I can't wait to see what kind of multi-player they try to shoehorn in there.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced
31. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 14:12 Draugr
 
Verno wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 13:34:
Bad Dos wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 13:22:
I was really hoping they fired that "push a button something awesome happens" guy, but from what you quoted it doesn't appear to be that way.

DA2 was a totally different game from DA:O and really should never have been called DA2.

There was a bunch of hilarious quotes and general idiocy surrounding DA2. Some of my favorites:

- A writer from the game actually saying "Gigglesquee"
- ...when you push a button, something awesome happens!
- We wanted to hotrod the Dragon Age gameplay. (I love my RPGs with some vroom vroom thanks fellas)
- Players didn't seem to care about the Origin stories so we won't be using them again
- One of the writers didn't like "gameplay" and just wanted to see the story. Someone actually had this opinion, worked on the game and even got to talk to the press, mind boggling.
- Too many David Gaiderisms to count. They really need to muzzle this clown before DA3, he upset so many people by hanging around the forums and just dropping shitty info about the game then getting all uppity when people would dare to question design direction or choices.

Bioware also voraciously defended the game which didn't help considering its many, many faults.

Which is exactly the problem. It seems people like laidlaw didn't really like DA:O, but keep insisting that if they tweak a few things about what DA2 offered people will like it. He's dead set on convincing everyone he made a better game, and I think da3 will go towars tweaking the da2 formulae (with some changes of course, there is no reason to think they will keep the narrative style)...If you think companion armor is a pressing issue (that was made into an issue in da2, by willingly taking steps back with customization.) then clearly nothing is really going to get fixed in this game.

"This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins"

The same thing can be said about da2, that didn't instill any confidence in what was being shown.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
110. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 15, 2012, 21:39 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 20:07:
Draugr wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 18:29:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 18:15:
They really need to post some stretch goals if they want the momentum to keep going.


I imagine they will, their just being stupid and taking their time with it, apparently.

They're. They are being stupid.

Creston

Heheh good Catch. What can I say I got an early start on my night
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
104. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 15, 2012, 18:29 Draugr
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 18:15:
They really need to post some stretch goals if they want the momentum to keep going.


I imagine they will, they're just being stupid and taking their time with it, apparently.

This comment was edited on Sep 15, 2012, 21:37.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
100. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 15, 2012, 14:13 Draugr
 
nin wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 13:00:
Just got up...they've crossed a million in around 24 hours. That's astounding...I honestly thought the KS craze was starting to wind down a little, so this is a nice surprise.

Total non-offical guesswork: Based on KS lagging in the middle and then picking up at the end (and that basically right now, they've hit their goal and I'm guessing that might cause others to just wait for a release and not kick in), I could easily see it going to 1.5 or 2 million plus, by the time it's over. And that's on the very conservative side...




Yeah, with DFA and wasteland 2 doing about 3 mill each, I'm going to venture a guess and say they surpass that...as to how much, Im not sure.

They'll at LEAST match those numbers.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
79. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 20:19 Draugr
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 19:43:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 19:33:
The ones I can remember are: pause on combat, on enemy found/spotted, ammo/weapon ineffective, on hit(surprise), end of turn/round, character death, enemy killed. I think there are two more.

Ah, yeah, you have a much better memory than I =).

The ammo/weapon ineffective was nice, too. I can still remember Minsc saying "I hit, to no effect!" and Imoen "My weapon does nothing!"

As an aside, I always really enjoyed the old paladin, Keldorn's, critical hit exclamation of "Torm take you!". Giant Hair Crossbow... kpow!

you forgot the rest of the Minsc quote, and the best part! "I need a bigger sword."
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
70. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 19:01 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 17:15:
Draugr wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 17:12:
Creston wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 17:08:
One thing I'm a little worried about: Avellone and someone else are working with Fargo on Wasteland 2. So is he going to work on both projects at once? Is he going to finish Wasteland 2 first? Is he going to just stop working on that?

...

Creston

Maybe I missed it, but they also didn't discuss a time frame.

Yeah, that's a good point. I doubt Avellone would walk out on his promise to help with Wasteland 2 (especially since it was a stretch goal, so I'm pretty sure he's getting PAID to do so.) They may just want to get the money in and get started with the design and some tools etc.

Creston

It occurs to me the estimated delivery date on the rewards section is Apr 2014, so I guess that's when they plan to have it out.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
47. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 17:29 Draugr
 
ViRGE wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 17:20:
Am I the only one that finds Obsidian using Kickstarter to be a bit repugnant? They're an established developer - they should be going to a publisher and doing it right, not hitting up gamers for money before they've even begun. It's like a millionaire panhandling.

It's almost like they find publishers to be as annoying as we perceive them to be.

I don't see how kickstarter campaigns and Panhandling are similar. There is risk certainly but provided everything goes well you'll see a return. Whether or not your happy with it though, that's another matter entirely.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
37. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 17:12 Draugr
 
Creston wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 17:08:
One thing I'm a little worried about: Avellone and someone else are working with Fargo on Wasteland 2. So is he going to work on both projects at once? Is he going to finish Wasteland 2 first? Is he going to just stop working on that?

...

Creston

Maybe I missed it, but they also didn't discuss a time frame.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
33. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 17:06 Draugr
 
John wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 16:05:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 15:54:
Eh, the weakest part of Baldur's Gate and especially Planescape Torment was the real time with pause combat. These type of games work best when turnbased.
I actually prefer the pause system over turn-based combat because it feels more realistic to me. You can pause it and give them all their commands then watch it action instead of spending more time taking turns attacking.

Just my opinion though! I still don't mind turn-based games (and backed Wasteland 2 as well) but prefer to pause to give orders.

I like it too. I can see the arguments against it when trying applying it to D&D, for example, but I don't consider the method flawed at all.
 
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News Comments > Obsidian Kickstarter
17. Re: Obsidian Kickstarter Sep 14, 2012, 16:04 Draugr
 
nin wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 15:55:
Literally going up with every refresh...amazing, and awesome.

Any bets for the end of day 1?

Love to see a chart with the traffic, minute by minute...

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity/

not minute by minute, but in a couple days that site will have some more data to pull
 
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News Comments > Amnesia Postmortem - Piracy? "Screw It"
20. Re: Amnesia Postmortem - Piracy? Sep 14, 2012, 02:14 Draugr
 
Guys, you don't get it do you?
THINK OF ALL THE EXTRA COPIES THEY COULD HAVE SOLD IF THEY HAD SOMETHING LIKE UBISOFTS DRM SCHEME!!~!


 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 13, 2012, 13:54 Draugr
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Sep 13, 2012, 12:04:
Is 2 GB of memory going to be an issue?

From what it sounds like they are expecting you to be running external storage. (they have support for external HDDs out of box.)

And I agree with others here, it's too pricey.
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
156. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 8, 2012, 14:42 Draugr
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Sep 8, 2012, 13:48:
Draugr wrote on Sep 8, 2012, 01:26:

Funny you had to put that in quotes, as that wasn't an argument. That was an example of how there were people ages ago who thought Child labor laws were for pussies, but now if somebody said up they'd get laughed off the stage, as we feel its worthwhile that our citizens (in this case children) are protected from exploitation.

Uh, that's what a straw man is... hehe. Anyway, its pretty clear that you come from a culture outside the US, and your pseudo-intellectual responses lead me to believe you are from India originally? You are just going around in circles without actually saying anything. I'm sure it sounds good to you while you are thinking of it, but at this point, it borders on bleeding-heart babble.

No, that's not a straw man. Now, If I started pretending that you were advocating against child labor laws, then yes that would be straw man territory.

It seems like you've ran out of things to say beyond your speculation of what stereotype you have in your head that you think your talking to. Which for the record, all of your suppositions about my background have all been wrong. Demographically speaking, I'm really boring. Why you're so concerned about my background is really odd too, as it's irrelevant to the conversation we're having. Why you think I'd need to be from India to advocate the employee protections that US citizens enjoy is beyond me. I find it amazing you feel the reason for thinking differently than you is because they must be a foreigner or a pothead/different from you. I think it might blow your mind to learn there are people who have an upbringing similar to yours and hold different views from you. (Not to say we share backgrounds, Id have no way of knowing that, nor do I think your background is relevant to the conversation.)

We've both been running around in circles on this topic for two days now, how is what we've done here changed at all since then? I'll summarize since sentences look like babble to you.
I feel my points (while we have been goiing in circles) hasn't really been babble, I've been advocating for the current law as I think the protections it provides to employee's benefits most everyone and is seen as acceptable in the US. you've been saying the law is dumb because you think people who want legal protection from being harassed at work are all pussies. You've said that to prove this ask an illegal immigrant what they think of employee protections in the US (of which they wouldnt be entitled), Is what your trying to say america should be more like these countries?
I don't get how you don't think that hasn't been saying anything. Maybe you need better reading comprehension skills.

To add, it's interesting you feel the reason for thinking differently than you is because they must be a foreigner or on drugs, etc. I think it mightsurprise you to learn there are people who have an upbringing and background similar to yours and hold different views from you. (Not to say we share backgrounds, Id have no way of knowing that, nor do I think your background is relevant to the conversation. I feel like my point can stand on its own without resorting to attacking the person, imagined or real, directly. )
 
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News Comments > Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit
151. Re: Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Preceded Elemental Lawsuit Sep 8, 2012, 01:26 Draugr
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Sep 8, 2012, 00:56:
That would be your child labor laws "argument".

Funny you had to put that in quotes, as that wasn't an argument. That was an example of how there were people ages ago who thought Child labor laws were for pussies, but now if somebody said up they'd get laughed off the stage, as we feel its worthwhile that our citizens (in this case children) are protected from exploitation.

I doubt you would be in Brad's position either. Glad we both realize you don't have what it takes to own a company.

Not everyone wants to own their own business, If your assertion is you need to be willing to shit on people and narcissism is a requirement, I don't mind sitting out.

They aren't co-workers, they are his employees. He is the boss.

Good thing that distinction is irrelevant in cases like this. Let me rephrase my statement and say Management and co-workers.

If work was to have fun and be yourself they wouldn't have to pay people much.

Tell that to a rock star...

Sure, lets use the fantasy scenario a handful (relatively speaking) of people live and pretend that it applies to everyone!

Nothing to do with narcissism and everything to do with perspective. Go ask some illegal immigrant (if you speak Spanish) what he would do if his boss flirted with him. Pretty sure the answer wouldn't be to cry about it.

Sure, a theoretical anecdote proves all your points! We should use the person with no legal protections and can be threatened with being reported on if they complain as an example, they'll undoubtedly be aware of protections that exist and that they aren't entitled to. But we don't need to ask, this question was asked years ago, and then we decided legislation should be passed to protect employees, and they generally aren't unpopular policies. I get that you think this makes people weak, but there is nothing to suggest that people being treated humanely at work makes them such.
 
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