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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer
15. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer Feb 3, 2011, 18:10 Ray Marden
 
So...apparently I was the only one that wanted less Olyphant in the voice?

As for the game, it looks intriguing. I gave up any hopes of a sequel to DE, but I'm hoping this is a smart or more robust shooter that pays respectable homage to the first game.

Wishing I had ordered the P67 MB ahead of ordering the i7-2600k ,
Ray I'm not sure I can wait until April...e-bay MB wut?
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Brotherhood PC Interview
25. Re: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood PC Interview Jan 31, 2011, 12:48 Ray Marden
 
I wasn't terribly impressed with the first game (buggy as heck and it felt like a console fad,) but some of the tweaks made the second game enjoyable (coupled with me buying it half off.)

At this point, though, I can wait a bit before I play a third game. The combat is still a joke, the story is ludicrous, I don't care about the main characters, I don't enjoy the endless hunting of pointless items, and some of the usual bugs are still there. However, this newest game has even less appeal because it seems like a rehash of the previous one, but now with more multi-player.
Enzio deserves to die.
I just don't have any significant interest in this one and I can't believe they stuck with the same character/settings. Maybe when this one is $10 or less. As for future games, they better present a different setting and character coupled with some significant gameplay improvements. Otherwise, I feel like I have put in my time with this series and have seen everything is has to offer.

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News Comments > Propaganda Games Closed
5. Re: Propaganda Games Closed Jan 19, 2011, 22:21 Ray Marden
 
Aye - this was a very generic platform game. I think the scores for the various platforms ran around 60%? I'm sure it was relatively good for how little time and money was put into it, but this always seemed like a tie-in cash grab.
It makes Tron 2.0 look like a work of art.
Tron has an interesting world and could spawn a great game one day, but this certainly was not it.

Noting it was immediately bundled into some of the holiday packs,
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News Comments > Dragon Age II DLC and System Specs
23. Re: Dragon Age II DLC and System Specs Jan 7, 2011, 11:35 Ray Marden
 
Meh.

I find it really offensive that I have to pre-order the game some two months ahead of its release to even get that EA considers the full game to be.

To say nothing of all the additional, inevitable DLC...

Or how I found the first game had a weak story, but it was okay since it was the origins of my chracter...which they just tossed out the window with this game.

On a less bitter note, I haven't been amazed by anything I've seen thus far. Hopefully it's a decent action-RPG, but I really object to the mandatory two month pre-order. If I do ever pick this up, it will be a year from now when the GotY edition is released.
I hope this does get dumbed down like ME2 was.
Wondering if this is just a DLC pack turned (bizarre?) sequel,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
35. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 22, 2010, 17:35 Ray Marden
 
Yeah, even for those that have a 3D capable television, how many have the matching Blu-Ray player and glasses?

I think HDTV is really catching on now because so many major stations are offering (versions of) it coupled with the size and quality of television that people can buy for relative price.

And at the end of the day, I think that is what a lot of people are doing - they're saying "I have $$$ to spend; what can I get for that?" Currently, I would say that they would be better off getting a non-3D television or, if they do get that 3D television, not utilizing it due to the extra costs (3D player, glasses, 3D Blu-Rays) and inferior quality.
Beamer, you so crazy!
Thinking the Steam deals suck today,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 22, 2010, 12:41 Ray Marden
 
There are still quite definitive price gaps between "HDTV," "good HDTV" and "3D HDTV."

From a personal perspective, I have an older LCD and I recently purchased a 46" LED. Until 3D is cheaper, has a finalized standard, is available on next-gen Blu-Ray, and can be viewed without glasses, I have no interest.

Currently, 3D is a neat effect, but it only works when the material was filmed/created for 3D from the start. Even then, I would argue a nce 2D image - currently - looks far, far better than an equivalently-priced 3D image.
How many of us are using 3D monitors? Yeah, I thought so...
Laughing at the retail prices of Blu-Rays, much less 3D Blu-Rays,
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
36. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 20, 2010, 18:34 Ray Marden
 
It's a developer decision, but it's just about only Valve that lets you gift "extra" copies of games, else they just disappear.

If you are concerned, it will tell you prior to finalizing purchase - it will state "You already own <Game XYZ>, you will/won't be able to purchase additional copies." Well, something to that effect...
Kind of like reverse piracy by the publishers. ZOMG.
Having picked up all the Oddworld games as well as the newest PoP,
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News Comments > OnLive Claims Cloud Gaming Patent
11. Re: OnLive Claims Cloud Gaming Patent Dec 14, 2010, 17:59 Ray Marden
 
Hey, in a country where you can patent life...

Oh well, at least we finally know how OnLive is planning on making money.
Thank gosh we have this patent for playing videos on the internet! Er..
Off to spend my Eve Online learning points,
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
22. Re: Quote of the Day Dec 11, 2010, 22:02 Ray Marden
 
And the market won't stagnate if all you play is mindless slaughter of fellow humans, but wrapped in a different coat of paint?

That's fine if that is a segment of the market, but I think the gaming market would implode if that is all it aims to become.

It will certainly work in the short term, but I don't see how it can work in the long term. How many times can companies keep on increasing prices for generic maps where the player supplies the AI, the player supplies the atmosphere, the player supples the dynamic component, the player supplies the emotional connection, the player supplies the comedy, etc.
Uhh...what do these developers do again?
Finding it telling that so many developers are bad at the SP design,
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News Comments > EVE Online: Incursion Launches
24. Re: EVE Online: Incursion Launches Nov 30, 2010, 17:59 Ray Marden
 
You all know WoW and Eve are the same game, but just the opposite of each other, right?

Personally, I love the pick up and play aspect of WoW, but it quickly turns into a leveling race so you can just max out and run the same instances over and over to hunt the 1% drop rate item.

In contrast, Eve is a really, really need idea, but a fairly limited, PvP *or* mining focused game. The main thing I do in that game is manage skill queues which, at this point, take a month or so to complete. Otherwise, go do mining or search for things to kill. I'm overjoyed that the game will finally have things like resizing and AA, but those kind of point out the awkwardness of the game; it's almost 2011 and the game is only now attempting these things?

It's kind of funny playing both games - when I'm tired of WoW's PvE, I can go PvP in Eve. When I get tired of doing nothing but waiting for time to pass in Eve (skill queue,) I log into WoW and immediately work on grinding out something. When I get tired of doing WoW's quests, I log into Eve and see what the player-operated world has achieved. When I get bored with the bleakness of space, I log into any one of the unique cities in WoW. When I'm tired of the WoW auction whores and subsequent gold sellers/buyers, I think of how Eve sells GTCs directly and both offers paid gold and offers regulation of the market.

In summary.....wah wah.
People that deny the faults of either games are liars.
So $#@@#@^@^@$$@^#&%^5)(*)%&U)#%*#)(* glad the game will resize now,
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 29, 2010, 12:51 Ray Marden
 
Well, Cyber Monday has kind of died off this year - most of the big online retailers did a full Black Friday week so this just seems to be tacked on at the end of things.

I picked up the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray set for $60, NBA 2K11 for $30, two or three things on Steam, and a bunch of sub-$10.00 older games or Blu-Rays.

If anybody needs a console system, the holiday packs are nice. Otherwise, there were some nice deals on Blu-Ray players and televisions, but I already have those covered.
LED FTW!
Noting that vanilla WoW through WotLK is only $20.00 now,
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News Comments > DRM-Free Witcher 2 Preorders on GOG.com
21. Re: DRM-Free Witcher 2 Preorders on GOG.com Nov 18, 2010, 17:51 Ray Marden
 
This...this is how you treat your customers.
'Nuff said.
Going to pre-order,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 17, 2010, 12:39 Ray Marden
 
I think Green Lantern could be interesting given his overall setup (tied to a ring that's tied to a lantern, one of many, universal diversity, the mythos, etc.,) but the trailer just makes this seem totally goofy.

ZOMG look at me! So funny! WOO HOO RANDOM HOLLYWOOD EXPLOSION! Dude, I can totally get the chicks. This ro><!

A lot of the comic fans were really playing this up, but...damn. It felt like I was watching FF or DD, but with Van Wilder.
And he can act decently; this is obviously commercialized fluff.
Thinking the CG could use some work, too,
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News Comments > Retailers Versus Steam?
39. Re: Retailers Versus Steam? Nov 11, 2010, 12:48 Ray Marden
 
Well, Steam and Amazon are about the only places I buy PC games now. At least in the USA, things don't look too good:

  • Lamestop: Some stores don't even carry PC games, many titles are only shipped to the store if you pre-order, any title that is actually allowed to be stocked by Lamestop may only receive two or three copies, and poor discounting.

  • Target: Lack of pre-orders, very slow/late to stock titles, small selection, heavily focused on the casual market, inconsistent stock levels, poor discounting.

  • Walmart: Lack of pre-orders, very slow/late to stock titles, small selection, poor discounting, bad website ordering process, slow store to store transfers.

  • Best Buy: Depending on the store, may not stock titles until a day or two until they are released even though the title has been received, stupidly lumps all pre-orders under the same item number (So I can pre-order some version of the game, but not the limited/CE edition? Uhh....,) and weak/inconsistent discounting

  • Other digital services: Lack of unique, first-party titles, typically weaker on discounting, often overpriced, smaller libraries, etc.


  • Steam wins in a lot of ways for its growing inventory, ability to download digitally, and daily discounts. About the only thing that has beat it is the almighty craziness known as Amazon: no sales tax, free two-day shipping (if not release day guarantee,) brought to my doorstep, massive pre-order discounts, frequent price matching, physical product (box, instruction manual, tchotchkes,) and superb customer service.

    In general, if I know I want a product in advance, I will purchase it on Amazon. If I want a product immediately or want to pick up something at a crazy one-day price, I will use Steam.

    I HATE nearly all components of Lamestop, Best Buy is lagging behind on things, and I don't really know why Walmart/Target/other places bother putting so little effort into it.
    Steam is an ugly monopoly, especially once sold, but what's the alternative?
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    News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans
    6. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Patch Plans Nov 7, 2010, 15:29 Ray Marden
     
    So...I don't have super aggressive followers? NPCs that routinely fall into, if not through, the game world? Am villified by two gangs, but can freely walk through their bases? Haven't experienced broken quests? Haven't stood a few feet away from a mob, had full weapon skill, fired off six shots via VATS, and missed every single shot? Fought cazadors that become immortal when their health hit zero? Experienced friendly NPCs turning hostile for no reason? Use a third-party .DLL to play the game with a consistent framerate? Encounted animation/model posing errors? Been in the middle of a conversation with a NPC and had it walk away, leaving me with dialogue options and NPC-free zoomed in screen? Rescued a NPC that decided to go back to town and put its head in the ceiling and just hang there? Had game update text stay on screen through an entire play session? Occasional bugs with VATS, up to and including being stuck in ths mode and being killed by a hostile NPC? Numerous crashes when exploring to specific geographical zones?

    I'm glad that you've had a much better experience with the game, but don't be so quick to write everybody off.
    As if this is anything new for you.
    As I have previously stated, I generally think this is a better game than F3 was, but I am certainly experiencing more bugs - particularly a much wider spread and more inconsistent variety of bugs - than I ever did with F3.

    Probably just making up this entire post just as I did with all the bugs... ,
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    News Comments > The Ball Demo
    2. Re: The Ball Demo Nov 5, 2010, 22:53 Ray Marden
     
    It's not bad, but a little rough.

    It does get a little boring babystting the ball, but it's a neat idea. I'm curious to see where the game/puzzles go, though the widescreen FoV and some of the proportions could use tweaking.
    Above avergae indie game, but certainly not the next Portal.
    I won't buy it today, but definitely when it's on sale or when I clear out a game or two from my backlog.

    Hoping to finish F:NV this weekend,
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    9. Re: Microshaft defends LIVE price hike. Nov 2, 2010, 17:36 Ray Marden
     
    Hey man, let's watch Neflix. What do you want it on? The Wii?

    I don't care; that's fine.

    The PS3?

    I dont' care; that's fine.

    Your internet-enabled TV/Blu-Ray player?

    I don't care; that's fine.

    Your 360?

    No, sorry. I don't have a Gold account.

    What? You have to upgrade for Netflix? Dont' you already pay Netflix for its services and <insert broadband provider> for internet?

    Yeah, but somehow it just costs more on 360.
    And even if you do use Live, you pay in gold for a bigger HD.
    Rolling my eyes,
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    4. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 29, 2010, 19:02 Ray Marden
     
    I have some hopes for Move (better sensitivity and it has those "button" thingies ,) but it would take a lot of quality games for me to go out and get one.

    In contrast, I am fairly unimpressed with Kinect........but I'll probably end up getting one beccause a certain somebody is in love with Kinectimals.
    No joke.
    /sigh,
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    News Comments > Game Reviews
    10. Re: Game Reviews Oct 29, 2010, 18:54 Ray Marden
     
    Well, what kind of stuff were you rocking in F3?

    If I have one complaint about NV (bugs aside,) it is a slightly decreased amount of "large" areas. When you do stumble into them (like vault 34,) you wish this game had a few more, but F3 just had a number of really long, barren areas (sewers, numerous buildings, train stations, etc.)

    I certainly have a wide range of guns now, but I don't have five pristine backups for each one of them. Likewise, ammo is a tad more limited - yeah, I have enough to last for quite some time, but it isn't the endless amount I had in F3. Same thing with the caps; I have funding for anything I want at this point (to say nothing of the 20+ packs of C-4,) but I am no longer a walking bank.

    I think that's the biggest thing F3 was lacking - it wasn't quite as coherent and you were quickly clad in full armor with pristine versions of the most high tech weapons. Deathclaw? Pssshhhh - I'd kill one in two hits and it would die long before VATS ended. In this game, they would one-shot me early on. Now, I can deal with them, but it generally isn't worth the time or ammo to do so.

    Bugs aside, the things I felt were heavy handed in F3 have all generally been scaled back in NV.
    Heck, I even like the addition of the companions. Even if they hav crap Ai.
    Having picked up the explorer perk; having quite a bit of stuff to look at,
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    News Comments > Game Reviews
    2. Re: Game Reviews Oct 29, 2010, 12:39 Ray Marden
     
    I think Obsidian made a number of terrific gameplay choices (scaled back caps, decreased abundance of weapons and aid items, more of a focus on non-mechanical enemies, less pointlessly sprawling sewers and vaults, gradual learning curve, etc.) but the tech side of the game can be really problematic.
    Though I wish my high level gun skills did a bit more for me.
    The first game had some tech issues, but I was able to get around them or they were much more identifiable (don't open that pack unless you want to crash...) whereas this game is entirely inconsistent.

    With some patches or some community love, this game will be the best of both worlds.

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