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News Comments > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Aug 11, 2012, 23:26 Ray Marden
 
GG is running its summer sale as well. I picked up Red Faction: Armageddon for $5, but it says that is only running for another 3 hours or so. Otherwise, there are a few other decent/mediocre titles in the $5-$10 range: DMC4, Darksiders, Mafia II, DNF, Homefront, Alice: Madness Returns, etc.

Noting Syndicate is $12 at GG, though a horribly flawed game,
Ray On both a gameplay and technical front.

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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Aug 10, 2012, 20:55 Ray Marden
 
Outside of the bank flagging UK charges, GMG is a great site.

It's a mediocre game, but you can get F.E.A.R. 3 from GMG today (Friday) for ~$3 with the coupon and daily sale...
First game is still the only good one.
Fully approving of GMG purchases,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
12. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 10, 2012, 17:55 Ray Marden
 
The limited games and pricing do not help them, but I almost think they made a handheld for the wrong market.

I have never - never, never, never - been that interested in the handheld market. If I am at home, I have superior consoles and a PC to play. If I am traveling, I am focused on or entertained by what I am doing. Having said that, if I was going to ever design a handheld, the Vita is what I would want - basically a PS3/360/PC that fits in my hand.

Meanwhile, there is a huge handheld market - people that actively want to play on a smaller handheld without regard for having consoles or a PC - but they seem to want something else. They want a certain type or range of games. They want a gimmick feature that identifies the handheld. They want a quirky version of an existing game. They want games for children.

Unless they make some drastic changes, it looks like the Vita will be a failure, but I think it is a shame since it really is a nice handheld system - about the only one I have ever remotely thought about purchasing.
Though I still have no intention of buying a handheld.
Thinking they could focus less on the touchscreen aspect,
Ray
 
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News Comments > U.S. Retail Game Sales Continue Decline
1. Re: U.S. Retail Game Sales Continue Decline Aug 9, 2012, 21:25 Ray Marden
 
Well, end of the current console generation, worldwide recession, abandoning of the physical PC market, overpriced new releases, the number one (game) retailer focusing primarily on used games, the rise of digital delivery systems, etc.
Or rather.../duh.
Been to a Lamestop lately? Talk about a depressing sense of doom...

Thinking the NPD Group, as a retail tracker, needs to die off,
Ray
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Aug 9, 2012, 21:13 Ray Marden
 
"May 24th, 2000: The day I learned that Looking Glass was to be no more."

I love LGS - Ultima: Underworld, System Shock, Flight Unlimited, Terra Nova, and Thief?
Far, far better than that crappy company known as id Software
Finding the current generation of games to be lacking in originality,
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News Comments > Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles
19. Re: Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles Aug 9, 2012, 06:14 Ray Marden
 
I liked Mafia 2, but it did feel like a bit of a letdown compared to the original game. The world felt a bit smaller because of the strict, linear questline - it felt more like playing a game set in the Mafia universe than leading the life of a Mafia character.
Just scripted quest after scripted quest without exploration.
Here is to hoping they expand the third game and it does not become some over the top action game or cover shooter...

Mildly hopeful,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
36. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 7, 2012, 06:43 Ray Marden
 
I remember realizing that the Saturn was out as I was driving by Toys R' Us and it had a big poster on the outside of the store announcing it was for sale.

Of course...I was not expecting the system for a few more months and did not have the money available to buy one.

Then Sony announced a cheaper price and the initial Saturn reviews were lukewarm - I ended up buying the respective Sony and Nintendo systems and never touched the Saturn.

Meanwhile, I have no idea what to make of the Wii U. A current day system with a tablet? No real focus on improving the tracking of the Wii-mote? With the next Playstation and Xbox systems around the corner? Still without official confirmation of launch price and games? It's the first (US) Nintendo home system that I am considering skipping. It sure looks like it, but I hope this is not Nintendo's Dreamcast moment.

Meanwhile, is anybody happy about Windows 8? I will purdchase the upgrade at the launch price, but I don't intend to install it anytime soon. The PC monitor market has stagnated so I am skeptical about touch screens becoming the future in the market. More than that, that is not remotely what I would have asked for in a new OS. Otherwise, it should not be a surprise that this will be pushed with the next Xbox, but it just means the dashboard will be even uglier and even more of a marketplace whore than it currently is.
Nothing like struggling to find and play a game on the system.
Wanting native 1080p at 60+ Hz with 1:1 motion control and a gamepad,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 5, 2012, 17:02 Ray Marden
 
The promo is for the weekend and works on most/all titles.

http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299254

http://wastedonsteam.com/usd/recent_sales/greenmangaming
Friends don't let friends buy games without looking at CAG.
Posting linkage 'r us,
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News Comments > Blood Revival Proposed
28. Re: Blood Revival Proposed Aug 5, 2012, 00:56 Ray Marden
 
I would definitely take a Blood update - just stick with the original game.

As for Shogo, I found it a bit rough when it was released and do not think it really holds up at all. Well, Magic Claw! is still good for a laugh, but that is about it.
It just seems like a really mediocre game.
Wanting sequels to Shadow Warrior, Descent, and Outlaws,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Triad Revival Announced
19. Re: Rise of the Triad Revival Announced Aug 2, 2012, 18:34 Ray Marden
 
It looks...interesting. You can see all sorts of rough edges, but if they maintain the feel of the original, I would likely purchase this.

Meanwhile, Shadow Warrior remake? YES PLEASE!

Having sold out; now owning a 360 controller for the PC,
Ray Only for side scrollers/fighters!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2012, 23:45 Ray Marden
 
On top of all this, the items that "had" to be saved because they were "too big to fail" are bigger than they ever previously wore. Maybe a few of them have (meager) additional funds set aside, but it is not like they will not be saved again...

Meanwhile, who has actually gone to jail over this? What type of sweeping reforms have we had? How much house cleaning did we do to get industry hacks out of government? Oh, right...
And why should they if "the people" don't care? So sad.
Hearing the Team America song in my head,
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 26, 2012, 12:30 Ray Marden
 
Hey, they have to churn out an 8% increase in profits somehow!

What do you expect? Competition? Expansion of service? Decreasing consumer cost?
Or just monopolistic raping?
Thinking Zynga needs to go away,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
65. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 23, 2012, 19:00 Ray Marden
 
Personally, I look at all the crap a company like Monsanto does or I think about how my own genes are patented by corporations and that basically ends the discussion for me. They aren't concerned about improving the world, curing disease, or innovating - just about big profits and sustaining the need of their slowly-changing products.
Heaven forbid humans do anything more than focus on money.
Noting that "first to file" findings do not even reward creators,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
38. Re: Last day? Jul 22, 2012, 21:31 Ray Marden
 
I have no idea about DR2, but I do know AC previously hit rates of $7.50 through the non-Steam sites. Keep an eye out and it should hit that rate again sometime soon.
It is the only reason I did not buy it for $10.20.
Edit: $9.99 as a download at Lamestop. If they will sell it for $10, the other sites will definitely sell it for cheaper (when on sale.)

Noting that was only for the core game,
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
36. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 22, 2012, 21:28 Ray Marden
 
Don't forget, this is the system that is currently allowing patents on life. Compared to that, what is a measly 'ol software patent?
Look at all the crap Monsanto pulls.
Shaking my head at all of this,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
28. Re: Last day? Jul 22, 2012, 19:09 Ray Marden
 
Well, I have voted every day during the "normal" day so I should have received the achievement previously.

However, I just voted now and, thankfully, got it. Also, did anybody else see the wonky pricing on MW3 and guide?
I bought it - I hope Steam honors it.
Hoping they do some sale retreads today,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
20. Re: Last day? Jul 22, 2012, 17:28 Ray Marden
 
It seems unlikely that Steam will have an retread of all the prior sales, unlike what it has previously done. Then again, this has been one of the more peculiar sales - late start date, limited time frame, voting issues, regional issues, etc. Speaking of which, I was not given the "Vote every day" achievement, though others have confirmed receiving it. I am hoping the final, post-update vote will give me credit, else it is further proof they were having issues.

Overall, I think there were some good prices, but it has felt like a bit of a letdown given to how few games I wanted that I did not already have. For somebody that was just entering PC gaming or that limited themselves to a single genre, there were great steals to be had, but there were no "big" titles that I really wanted.

Here is to hoping that Valve unleashes a day (or more) of all the best sales, but I would not set your hopes too high on that one.
And I am a cheap bastard. Hee hee.
Edit: Grabbing at straws here...but it does say that "new" deals will only be posted through 07/22/12. No reason they could not post the "old" deals on 07/23/12...

Surprised by how many people are solely utilizing Steam for games,
Ray

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News Comments > WoW PTR Patch Adds Account-wide Achievements
18. Re: WoW PTR Patch Adds Account-wide Achievements Jul 22, 2012, 11:20 Ray Marden
 
In my opinion, the voice acting is okay, though nothing spectacular. It works in a lot of cases, but the player voices do not seem to always fit the characters I have made and quite a few seem devoid of any real passion.

Meanwhile, I have spent more time in this GW2 beta than I have in WoW through all of the past month so take that as you will. It seems like a fairly good game, especially for the one-time purchase price, but I still feel like there are a number of small items/quirks/rough edges that hold it back from being a really great game. I am definitely tired of WoW and Blizzard's laziness and contempt for its customers, but they really have nailed down the control of the characters and presentation of the world.
Rough camera controls, choppy animations, limited interface, etc.
Fairly certain my main character will be an Asura,
Ray

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News Comments > Dishonored Interview
8. Re: Dishonored Interview Jul 22, 2012, 11:11 Ray Marden
 
My only real concerns are that some videos have made this game seem a little too easy, buit this otherwise looks like a winner. It appears to respect the PC platorm, stealth gameplay, and has a (relativey) unique world - what is not to love?
WTB new Arx Fatalis game. KTHX.
Thinking this will be yet another Arkane Studios game that I will enjoy,
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News Comments > Op Ed
32. Re: Op Ed Jul 22, 2012, 11:08 Ray Marden
 
I think Micro$oft has a bad patch policy, but Fish knew what he was getting into. It is his company's fault that the game has some significant bugs, including wiping out everything a player has put into the game, and he has made money from releasing the game. On top of that, he is talking about releasing on other platforms - about making further money - and his answer is "f*ck off" to the gamers negatively impacted by his company's programming faults?

It is not that they cannot resolve the issue, it is not that they do not have the money to do so, it is not that they can give guidance to people on how to avoid it or use a workaround - his answer is simply that it is not worth it to him to patch it.

And what if his game needs another patch? Or there were bigger issues? A larger player base was affected? Just screw those people, too?
Creating, hyping, and selling a game have expectation repercussions.
Thinking issues with Micro$oft are not grounds for destroying saves,
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