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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,
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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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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jul 19, 2012, 21:09 Ray Marden
 
I enjoyed it quite a bit on the 360 - heavy focus on combat, weak ending, and so-so ending aside. And playing it again on the PC? A total treat...
And I can actually shoot and hit stuff now. Lulz.
I suspect I will be a bit let down by the even heavier combat focus and reused settings of American Nightmare, but that will have to wait until I play through AW again.

Going to play quite the rock set...,
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News Comments > RuneScape Claims 200M Accounts
7. Re: RuneScape Claims 200M Accounts Jul 19, 2012, 20:59 Ray Marden
 
Wow! Pretty soon it will be as popular as ICQ is!

Er...wait...
If anything, this just makes the company look sad.
Doing my part to not be one of the 200M,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2012, 20:34 Ray Marden
 
That is hilarious and disturbing in one fell swoop.

Meanwhile, my wife and I both sleep with standing fans in our bedroom, to say nothing of the ceiling fans that run non-stop in three different rooms.

Also, can I point out that Staunch is "t3h man?" KTHX.
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Hating hot, humid Florida,
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2012, 18:32 Ray Marden
 
3D? Displays? From an industry that cannot make monitors that go above 1080p at any decent size or price? With terrible dot pitches? Consoles that strugle to go above 720p? Movie theaters that charge 25%, 30%, 40% or more for 3D movies? Companies that add 3D after filming? Blu-Rays that cost twice as much?
Or the failure rate and quirks of those Sony monitors?
No, no idea why it has not taken off...

Not a fan of having glasses atop my glasses either,
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
27. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 15, 2012, 19:43 Ray Marden
 
The Darkness II has five to six hours of gameplay, but it has an interesting story and some nice presentation. The stealth gameplay is really weak and the demon hands are completely overpowered (you just run at anything, shoot it a few times, and let the demon destroy it,) but it is worh it for $12.50 or less.
I think the lowest I have ever seen is $7.50.
It is one of those games that needed just a little more. It is not worth $60 and you can see the beginnings of a really great game, but it otherwise ended up as a fairly straight-forward, albeit bloody, shooter.

Thinking there need to be more death animations or dynamic animations,
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News Comments > On Sale
74. Re: Your post was still pointless and stupid. Jul 15, 2012, 14:25 Ray Marden
 
Let me second that - if you compare the daily (or these days, hourly...) deal sites, Steam is not necessarily the low cost leader.

If you are not checking out something like http://www.cheapassgamer.com/ on at least a daily basis, the Steam "deals" that people may have been amazed by are often weak in comparison.

Though typically for short period of times, there can be amazing steals found at Amazon, Origin, Green Man Gaming, Gamefly, (when hell freezes over) Gamestop, Facebook, etc. A lot of times, you can buy the game at company A and then download the game from Steam/Origin using the product key. Then again, I have seen Amazon ship physical copies for half the rate another platform is charging for a digital download.

Just looking at Steam's current deal page, I can spot six titles that are overpriced when compared to historical purchase rates.
Stop whining. Get games at great prices. Have fun. Huzzah.
Surprised that my wife seems to be enjoying L.A. Noire,
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News Comments > On Sale
27. Re: On Sale Jul 14, 2012, 13:21 Ray Marden
 
The Alan Wake complete collection was a steal at $10. Even though I have a lot of new games to play, I think half my time has been spent playing Alan Wake again.

It is definitely a much nicer play on the PC; it is a shame it got caught up with console shenanigans and took so long to come out.
Today's deals are kind of "meh."
Enjoying Lone Survivor as well,
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News Comments > On Sale
12. Re: On Sale Jul 14, 2012, 03:55 Ray Marden
 
Nothing has really blown me away, though I guess that is more due to there being so few games I really want and this sale having a wide range of games on sale, but not necessarily the cheapest historical sale prices, at least not if you keep an eye out on deals across the other sites (Amazon, Origin, GMG, CAG, etc.)

I definitely had to jump on the $10 Alan Wake bundle, though I played the original on the 360. Otherwise, I picked up From Dust, the $5 Tribes pack, and, to fill my day with monotony, Assassin's Creed Revelations.

Otherwise...if anybody was missing a certain release or wanted to get into PC game, this is the way to do it, but everything else I have or have no interest in. You can really tell how good a game is when you see it for $5-$10 and you still have to sit there and consider whether or not you would buy it. Even worse is when you buy a game for $5 and still feel ripped off.
Or going to buy a game for $2.50 and being told you already own it.
Feeling dirty; considering purchasing a Xbox controller for Windows,
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 7, 2012, 03:37 Ray Marden
 
Doubtful, but maybe the employees will actually help people now?

I no longer shop at the company's stores, but at its peak, every Best Buy I went to was filled with employees, few of which would help people

I remember having to wait 15 minutes for somebody to get me a PC game from the back floor while there were groups of 3-5 people just standing around at the front door security/welcome station...standing in line to pick up an online order while listening to employees in the Geek Squad/restricted hardware area insult shoppers in the store...waiting in line at the Santana Row store due to only two registers being opened while the returns/Customer Service department was staffed with five employees - four that were standing around and one that was (no joke) dancing atop the counter...having to ask a second employee to check stock because the first one never came back after 15 minutes...etc.

I could go on about a few other items (not matching BB website pricing, taking years to offer replacement RZ cards, etc.) and the market is making a transition which is not entirely friendly to retail locations, but it always felt like the company's arrogance and laziness was going to catch up with it and doom it at some point.
Or missing in-store pick ups...forced software on laptops...or..or...
Not sure how inflating cell phone pricing even further will help,
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