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You do not have to agree with me; I empower you to be wrong. :

Steam: Ray_Marden
Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Bans; Sales Success
53. Re: Guild Wars 2 Bans; Sales Success Aug 31, 2012, 16:28 Ray Marden
 
Creston,

Hurry up and get in the guild - I need somebody to harrass all night...

This game does have a rough start - not in the sense of being bad, but just from all the stuff it throws at you and how different it is from the "standard" MMOG.

I played in the beta - I knew I liked it, but I had no clue what the heck I was doing. The second time around, I had a much stronger understanding of what I was doing and the game made a lot more sense. Of course, my main toon is ~25, but things like combos were/are still confusing me (which is why I went to read the Wiki link.)

I have played WoW from day one, but we've discussing not even purchasing the Kung Fu Panda expansion - either way, we're certainly not raiding the same thing over and over again. The new patch came out and I have yet to log into the game to play with the new toys (huzzah for all toons having access to the original Nelft epic mount...)

Meanwhile, I have already purchased three additional character slots in GW2 and and just flat out enjoying always having something to do, having abilities change on the fly at my whim or equipped weapons, the focus on helping one another, enjoying the focus on exploration and finding secrets, the customization, not paying a monthly fee, etc.
MY SUPER CUTE ENGINEER ABOVE AND BEYOND EVERYTHING ELSE! <3
If all you want is raiding, stick with WoW. For everything else - I highly suggest GW2, though it can be overwhelming or just feel really different at first...
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Head Start Begins
16. Re: Guild Wars 2 Head Start Begins Aug 25, 2012, 20:15 Ray Marden
 
Joining worked in beta, but is barely functional at the moment. If the option even shows up, it rarely activates. I can see it being an early bug or due to overloaded servers, but certainly sucks for playing with my wife.

Also, is there a Blue's News guild?

I am on the Tarnished Coast server as Yarnedram.
Yes, all my names are original. Not.
Off to play,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Head Start Begins
10. Re: Guild Wars 2 Head Start Begins Aug 25, 2012, 18:19 Ray Marden
 
Definitely worth it - and I generally disliked Guild Wars.

Unique characters, lots of customization, different worlds, nice use of vertical and horizontal level design, always - always - something to do, not so tied into a specific combat rotation like WoW, abilities that vary based upon your weapon, races that are different from one another, a willingness to have fun at times, no monthly fee, heavy on customization (dyes, armor sets, vanity items,) etc.

On the bad side of things, crafting seems a little wonky (or just overwhelming,) it lacks some of precise tactile feedback of WoW, the gem market is barely working at the moment...but that is about all I can come up with at the moment.

Long term, I am not sure if this is a raiding game, but it's a fun game. And for a single purchase? With the ability to spend money on any specific items if and when you want? Most of the free to play games feel lacking and I cannot help but be inclined to further dislike Blizzard for being so lazy and cheap with its development efforts...

Currently loving the game,
Ray The super cute Asura engineer.

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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: Driver: San Francisco Deluxe for A Buck! Aug 19, 2012, 09:18 Ray Marden
 
Too bad it won't work on my Win7 x64 install. Reading the forums, it looks like it has issues with gamepads, issues with PC installation, does not support 16x10 resolutions, and other incompatabilities.

UPlay is ugly, Ubi still cannot figure out which currency I use, I had a really slow 1MB/s download, and now I have to figure out a way to make its game work.
Did Ubi just reverse-pirate me by giving me nothing, but charging $1?
Edit: As I tried uninstalling, even that has issues. It is trying to delete my users\username\documents\ubisoft folder which does not actually exist - the installer put the files in my users\username\MYdocuments\ubisoft folder. Stupid.

Editx2: Even uninstalled, UPlay is listing Driver as an installed game. Since it shows as installed, it won't let me reinstall it. And since it is actually not installed on my system, UPlay is unable to launch it when I hit "Play." What a crappy company.

Editx3: Worked the second time around - manually uninstalled, manually ran the laucher, ran as admin., and I installed with the gamepad removed.

Guessing the joke is on me,
Ray

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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,
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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,
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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,
Ray
 
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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,
Ray
 
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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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