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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Feb 8, 2000, 01:15
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines
103. Re: Ships Ahoy - Aliens: Colonial Marines Feb 12, 2013, 18:14 Ray Marden
 
Well damn, this game really sucks.

I know it had a long, troubled development - I wasn't expecting amazing graphics or cutting edge gameplay, but I was hoping it might be a decent nostalgia shooter.
Somebody really needs to do this franchise justice.
Wondering what Gearbox was doing at the end there,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Wildman Kickstarter Cancelled
13. Re: Wildman Kickstarter Cancelled Feb 11, 2013, 19:22 Ray Marden
 
It is too bad this did not work out, though...maybe he stumbled into another good opportunity? Or at least an opportunity without too many strings attached?

I initially wrote off Wildman, I just labeled it a dumb action game, but then I watched the long interview on MC182 and I gave it another glance. From the passion Taylor had and this being a type of game I wouldn't normally consider, I figured I could part with a few dollars.
KnC after all?
Waiting for additional information,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2013, 18:16 Ray Marden
 
Well, the market is stagnating - my current system is basically two years old and I have no reason to upgrade because everything is held back by the consoles. I am actually looking at getting a new GPU soon, but that is because I work out deals with other people that need to upgrade their systems (I get something shiny and my old card gets passed down.)

Having said that, my card is only a year old (due to an identical situation as that listed above) and the lack of drastic performance improvements are disheartening.

Meanwhile, ATI AMD does seem like the more immature of the two manufacturers. Though it generally comes out ahead on overall performance, it needs a few driver releases to get there, I managed to get my first Windows 8 errors with the newest beta drivers, the physics-acceleration game is being won by NVidia, and they have only recently begun to acknowledge the micro-stuttering issues, much less trying to fix them. ATI AMD just rolled out a new GPU promotion for its 78xx and 79xx series, but the Crossfire promotion is only currently being honored by two or three system builders.

I generally like the cards, but I wish it would address some of these ongoing issues.
And $1,000.00 cards? No thank you.
Totally suffering from first world problems ,
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News Comments > New Wolfenstein Game?
34. Re: New Wolfenstein Game? Feb 10, 2013, 11:02 Ray Marden
 
The last Wolfenstein game felt like another adequate, but generic release from Raven. In some ways, it almost felt like they pushed out a quickie Wolfenstein game with the Singularity engine while they finished working on the latter.

Honestly, I wish somebody would either make something akin to the old 2.5D game - quick, nonsensical, over the top - or take the game in some genre-bending direction. Just another dude shooting nazis isn't going to do much for me.
If you think the last Wolfenseins great, please play more games.
Having been there and done that,
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News Comments > Brutal Legend Steam DB Entry Spotted
8. Re: Brutal Legend Steam DB Entry Spotted Feb 2, 2013, 20:33 Ray Marden
 
They better be targeting a budget price; the console version routinely sales for $5-$10.

As for the game, I liked the world, but then it was an average action game and a really awkward RTS game, neither of which blended well with one another. I always had the impression they didn't know what to do with it or somebody else was pulling the design/gameplay strings.
Completely underutilized world and too much tedium.
Waiting for a $5.00 sale,
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups
9. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups Jan 22, 2013, 15:02 Ray Marden
 
It's a free beta of a series I enjoy playing, the most recent of which was my most played game of 2012. If nothing else, I'll apply and see if I can get in.

Thus far, I haven't been blown away, but I don't hate the game either. I am curious to see what their take is on a MMORPG.
But feel free to hate away.
Hoping they can do something different,
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News Comments > Flashback HD Remake Planned?
13. Re: Flashback HD Remake Planned? Jan 22, 2013, 06:52 Ray Marden
 
It's too bad the art style is so much more modern, but as long as it has a fair price and is true to the original, I would gladly buy this.

Meanwhile, this moves us one step closer to a Fade to Black remake.

Waiting on remakes of Crusader or the LBA games,
Ray Yeah, yeah, LBA is a hard sell in today's market.
 
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News Comments > Atari U.S. Files for Bankruptcy
16. Re: Atari U.S. Files for Bankruptcy Jan 21, 2013, 17:35 Ray Marden
 
Atari is dead. Has been for awhile.

Some zombie company - another zombie company - took its name and tried to make money. Who cares if that is bankrupt now?
ZZZ...zzz...ZZZ...zzzzzzz...
Noting this is not remotely the company I grew up with,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 17, 2013, 18:35 Ray Marden
 
He's a bit over the top which really hurts his case.

It all comes down to the same ideas - nobody with Windows 7 needs to upgrade. I have Windows 8 and I have no reason to revert back to Windows 7 - it has some improvements and a wonky Bing start screen (Metro.)

As for design, though, the Metro "core" of Windows 8 really is a mess. The fact that I primarily spend ally time in the Windows 7 app proves that. That fact that I cannot even run my system through the Metro screen (no task manager, no control panel, no explorer, etc.) means it is, at best, an incomplete idea.
It really does tell you only "Click in the corner to begin..." and nothing else."
Wishing they would announce the new GPUs already ,
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Gear Up Weekend
10. Re: Borderlands 2 Gear Up Weekend Jan 12, 2013, 07:52 Ray Marden
 
Cool; got one new code. I haven't looked for other/better sites, but I've been checking this page every few days:

http://www.ign.com/wikis/borderlands-2/SHiFT_Codes_and_Golden_Keys

Previously, I had not been tracking the key codes and my second play through was getting a bit rough. I now have a ton of keys, but gave up on the game somewhat - the drop rate and quality of drops could definitely use some love.
Too bad your drops affect so much of the experience.
Hating the long gaps where you go a few levels with crap drops,
Ray
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jan 4, 2013, 06:02 Ray Marden
 
If you buy it, do so for the idea of the game than the actual gameplay. It is a nice take on a survival game, but the mechanics are too strict and tedious.

The entire game is built around managing your stamina levels - you literally cannot breathe the air at ground level and there are specific climbing puzzles with little room for exploration or error. On top of that, there is a fair amount of combat where you are expected to die the first time, only making it through the second time when you know what is coming. Toss in the rough controls and bad targeting system and you can end up with some frustration moments.

When everything clicks in the game, I definitely like what they were going for. But when I get screwed by one of the rough mechanics, I cannot help but think the game was designed as a torture device.

With a few tweaks, I think it could have been a good game, but it definitely has a fair share of frustrations.
For $5, give it a shot only if you really like adventure/exploration games.
Tired of replaying a combat scenario to get a good roll of the dice,
Ray
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Footage
3. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Footage Jan 2, 2013, 19:16 Ray Marden
 
RARGH! RUN UP TO THE ENEMY AND...just stand there pressing buttons.

This obviously is not limited solely to FFXIV, but it reminds me how little the industry is trying.
I need more than this when I play a MMORPG.
Skipping this,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
50. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2013, 19:09 Ray Marden
 
I'm still using Windows 8 and I generally like it, though I admit there is no significant reason for anybody to upgrade.

It runs a little nicer...the Metro desktop is useful for some news blurbs when first booting up...it boots and shuts down faster...there are some nice minor additions to routine items (accessibility of folder options, expanded Task Manager, etc.)...etc.

But, there is no reason that you need to upgrade from Windows 7. They tried forcing a touchscreen UI when the vast majority of PCs do not have touchscreens. As Cnet put it, Windows 8 is a solution looking for a problem.

Damning the OS, the Metro desktop does not give you control over the full system or it often complicates routine items. If you wanted to, there is no way for you to run your system entirely from it - time and time again, it kicks you back to the Windows 7 desktop app. Over time, you basically teach yourself to treat the Windows 7 app as the main OS and the metro desktop as a weird, enhanced Bing search bar thingie with peculiar restrictions on sizing two (and no more) windows.

Taken to the full extent, I look at Metro on the way into and out of the Windows 7 desktop app. And that is where I spend all my other computing time; this is like Windows 7 Plus or a real Windows 7 Premium Edition. Unless you saw me boot up or shut down, barring looking for the Start menu (which there are apps for,) you would never know I wasn't running Windows 7.

Looking at Windows 8 as a whole new experience, they definitely did too little and jumped the shark on touchscreens. Even running with some of the design choices they made, there are some peculiar choices or limitations they made.

As a user, $40 got me some neat tweaks, something that works better than Windows 7, and that gives me an occasionally interesting boot screen. Nobody is hurting for not having Windows 8, but at that price level, I don't really have any regrets.
It's Windows 7...with benefits.
Amused by the haters; amused by Windows 8,
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News Comments > Fez Ports Planned
23. Re: Fez Ports Planned Jan 2, 2013, 17:37 Ray Marden
 
So, the PC port is back on?

And which version? The one that corrupts all my save information, destroying everything I have played for and completed, or a working version?
As everybody said, take a look at Indie game: The movie.
Curious to see what price point they aim for, too,
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News Comments > On Sale
27. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2012, 21:04 Ray Marden
 
On a less negative note, I would argue that there is less of a backlog, or at least relevant material, of games to actually put on sale.

The first year or two, I gobbled up whatever I could. But now? Any big releases I purchased on day one, any second tier releases I waited the 30 days or so to get the 50% discount price, and I really only consider "sale" games in the $10 or less category. In general, these are fairly flawed games or games that, regardless of quality, I have a limited affinity for - there will never be a big "OH MY GOSH!!!" moment with these titles.

I've only spent $50 or so, but I have probably picked up a good 10 or so games.

Enjoying most of the games in small spurts,
Ray If only the wifey would give me back my gamepad...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 27, 2012, 17:50 Ray Marden
 
The writer of the article definitely has no love for Zuckerberg, but there is a bit of hypocrisy. I would generally side with Randi regarding the etiquette factor...but she, Facebook, and her brother in particular have become rich off of much more blatant disregard for any privacy, much less "human decency."

She'll take the money or even come up with more ways to rape any data she can from people, but then cites it as an offense against human decency when a relatively minor breach occurs to her own photo. Which one is it?
She should try caring about people a bit.
Shrugging,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - RAGE: The Scorchers
22. Re: Ships Ahoy - RAGE: The Scorchers Dec 18, 2012, 17:59 Ray Marden
 
Crap DLC effort for a crap game. Seems fitting enough.

As a big, $60, AAA, single-player shooter, Rage was a real letdown. Focusing on technology over design? Framerate over gameplay? Weak shooter mechanics? A strong, yet under-utilized, driving component? Repeating levels? Linear, confined spaces? A small, low-resolution playable area nestled in large vistas/skyboxes? Lackluster weapon damage? Boring campaign with a lackluster ending?

It is just a really generic game. And after all that time? That was id's single-player experience?

There a certainly far better shooters available. There are certainly much more varied or fun shooters available. There are many smaller, much more limited developers that could make an equivalent game for a cheaper price or in much less time.
Quake 4 is probably even more generic, though.
Unimpressed; thinking this should be free; feeling that id has died,
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
3. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 2, 2012, 07:44 Ray Marden
 
The whole market is set around price fixing.

Our contract recently ended and, if we were to maintain the same service we had the last two years on a new phone, our cost would increase a good 15% or more.

Looking at plans that are equivalent to a 6GB family plan with data, text, calls, and insurance, the four carriers I compared all fall within a charge range of $9.62:

Verizon: $170.36/month.
Sprint: $171.99/month.
T-Mobile: $175.96/month.
AT&T: $179.98/month.

I guess that is what "competition" gets us these days - increased cost for identical service, decreased service with throttling, and/or equivalent pricing between all carriers.

Or, now that we are off contract, surely our monthly charge has decreased significantly since we have presumably paid off our existing phones, right? Oh...
Yes, I would like some cheese with my wine.
Bothered that the only more expensive bills are rent and car payments,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2012, 14:59 Ray Marden
 
Little Debbie exist solely to present Hostess products as gourmet food.

As for Hostess, they were alive and kicking up through today - I saw (limited stock) at Target today and they have been around for my entire life. I will say that mid-Florida seems to barely stock them, offering up shelving space to many other competitors, compared to them being the primary stocking item in California.

Rarely finding Joray-style fruit rolls,
Ray Suck it, Pop-Tarts losers.
 
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News Comments > Homefront Postmortem
4. Re: Homefront Postmortem Nov 4, 2012, 14:43 Ray Marden
 
At best, it should have been released as a budget shooter. I bought it for either $5 or $7.50 and I feel that I paid a fair price - it just felt a little crude and it was really boring. Short, linear levels, useless teammates, heavy use of scripts to advance the gameplay, basic shooter mechanics, lackluster story, extremely confined levels, brief campaign, etc.

It certainly is not a bad game - it works and you can see what the were going for - but the actual game did not amount to much. The word presented in the game offered up many more possibilities than the actual game executed.
DNF gave us a spectacular failure and Bulletstorm gave us sheer stupidity.
Finding more and more of today's game to be worth $10 or less,
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