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News Comments > New Mass Effect 2 DLC Next Month
2. Re: New Mass Effect 2 DLC Next Month Aug 23, 2010, 21:43 Ray Marden
 
"Hey kids, you know how we told you this was a roleplaying game? But then we totally screwed your previous story and your relationship with Liara? Oh, did we mention that it was a lesbian relationship that we let you have in the first game, but decided to say 'screw you' again in the next game? Remember all that?


Well....................if you give us more money, maybe, just maybe, we'll let you continue your story in the sequel that you already paid for."
Jerks.
Thanking BioWare yet again ,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 Underway?
1. Re: Far Cry 3 Underway? Aug 19, 2010, 21:04 Ray Marden
 
First off, duh.

Second, I hope they actually put in gameplay this time.
And remove the weapons from any vehicles so you have to play the game.
KTHXBYE,
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Aug 18, 2010, 17:34 Ray Marden
 
I think Cliffski's length-only argument is flawed.

Guess what? Length does matter. It just isn't the only thing that matters?

I'm certainly not paying $100.00 for a one minute game. Likewise, I won't pay a penny for game that takes a year of playing before I have any fun.

After all, if you really, really enjoy something, you generally want it to go on. But even then, in what sense? After cooling off for a bit? Going in a new direction? Answering a specific question? Giving you control over a previously unavailable/inaccessible thing? With friends?
Duh?
Noting that individual components are part of the collective whole,
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Announcement
30. Re: BioShock Infinite Announcement Aug 12, 2010, 17:33 Ray Marden
 
After the second game, another Bioshock game gives me a moment of pause...but at least this is a good way to do it.

Totally new area, valid explanation for a different political setting, a heavy focus on height, seeing the pinnacle of technology going bad, etc.

Though very much in line with Bioshock, still something new and, in many ways, the complete opposite.
Duh.
Huzzahs!

Just hoping they don't go havey handed with the group aspect,
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News Comments > Rumor: The Old Republic Space Combat on Rails?
10. Re: Rumor: The Old Republic Space Combat on Rails? Aug 8, 2010, 16:31 Ray Marden
 
I think it makes a lot of sense from the perspective of MMOGs and/or casual players.

I was actually pleasantly surprised that they were going to included space ombat in the first place, but I did immediately wonder how complex it would be. As it stands, a lot of gamers have trouble with straightforward ideas like "Don't stand in fire" so it seems peculiar that they would toss in 3D, joystick-controlled space combat.
It certainly can't have a massive impact on the game.
Something that is on rails or otherwise simplified seems to make more sense if they're aiming at a wider, more casual segment of the market.

Curious as to what the final details are,
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News Comments > QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions
28. Re: QUAKE LIVE Premium Subscriptions Aug 7, 2010, 15:48 Ray Marden
 
As usual, I have no basis for this ...but I would almost assert that this is a sly attempt at an experiement by id.

Admittedly, I haven't kept up with this release so maybe they really are singling out this one specific title and heavily supporting it.

On the other hand, if this outdated title can justify a $4.00 per-month fee, what won't the industry charge for? For that matter, how much higher will the "new" charges be?

At the end of the day, I want to play a wide range of games with a wide range of perspectives, elements, gameplay styles, new experiences, etc. I don't want to spend $100.00 a month for the single game I can afford to rent to play.
I love how the industry thinks purchasing a game entitles you to nothing.
Just a subscriber and nothing else, apparently,
Ray

Edit: Oh noez, I put an emoticon next to text. ph33r my new fangled text skillz.
 
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News Comments > "Final" BioShock 2 DLC Announced
4. Re: Aug 5, 2010, 12:57 Ray Marden
 
Too little too late.

Thanks 2K for killing the franchise and then nickel and diming the headstone...
It wasn't terrible, but it was just a backward expansion pack.
Only vaguely recalling my playing of Bioshock 2,
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News Comments > Op Ed
47. Re: Op Ed Aug 1, 2010, 08:30 Ray Marden
 
On one hand, I do think piracy is a significant issue, particularly on the PC side of things. On the other hand, the PC market is repeatedly receiving less support, less options/features, a decreased amount of demos, is burdened by DRM, and it doesn't have anything close to the used/trading market that the consoles do. And yet publishers alike dump on the PC market and wonder why the market isn't screaming about how wonderful things are.

Meanwhile, the industry seems intent on writing a playbook of failure - a 20% price increase has been rolled out this generation, games are being designed around and additional $15-$60 of DLC, platform wars still exist, there is still no coherent response to the Gamestop/used game market, it wants to adopt subscriptions for multiplayer gaming, the industry cannot control its budgets, the industry still cannot control its development cycle (this applies to length of time, hours worked per day, and payment to the people that actually create the games,) the publishers freely admit their disdain for the end user, and there is a distinct lack of originality resulting in simplified, lower risk, cookie-cutter releases.
Nothing like sh*tt*ng in your own home.
I love gaming and have a rather sickening passion for it, but do I feel particularly beholden or appreciated by the industry? Do I think it's a great time to be a gamer? It certainly isn't doom and gloom, but neither do I think things are fantastic. I am adamant about not pirating, but I can understand the hostile mentality of some (and nobody can account for the pure thieves who will do anything they can.) From my own perspective, I have drastically scaled back my purchases - I purchase very few titles on day one at full price and I have drastically pushed down my average purchase price.

Guessing the industry is getting what it wants...,
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
10. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jul 25, 2010, 20:36 Ray Marden
 
It's completely terrible for the market as the whole, but great for the one or two companies that can capitalize on it.

Unfortunately, that's all the market really (generally) cares about right now.
Makes me almost want another crash.
More than willing to pay for quality and innovation,
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
9. Re: online subscription gameplay Jul 25, 2010, 20:31 Ray Marden
 
In a general sense, I think the masses will pick one or two darlings and pay for those, but that is about it. Additionally, I expect them to be incredibly fickle, likely rightly so.

From my perspective, how much more am I expected to pay for what has previously been standard? For how many games? After I already paid a significant portion upfront? After having paid for the hardware and internet connection? How much more do they want for their software-only component?

Lastly, I hope this tremendously backfires on these companies. I understand the mentality - "Holy sh*t, look how much they eat up this title! We nickle and dime them for DLC already so why not multiplayer? Can you just imagine if they all paid $5 or more a month?" However, I would like to offer up the counter that, in most cases, these companies are only laying out the basic groundwork or infrastructure and that it is really the players themselves that are keeping these games going.

Do they have brand new graphics? Deep stories? Amazing gameplay ideas? A constant expansion/deepening of the core mechanics or story? A huge amount of original content? Brand new ideas? Complex AI? Well-balanced NPCs?

No? Then what are people doing? Oh, right, it's the aspect of playing against another human.
How much credit can they take away from the player? MP no smart iz.
Glad that Stephen isn't charging me to post this,
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: impulse at a loss Jul 25, 2010, 20:21 Ray Marden
 
From my perspective, I cannot relate to any of what is being claimed.

I have only looked at Impulse a handful of times and its selection has been limited and its pricing has been towards the higher end of the spectrum. It does seem to have a nice selection of indie/lower grade/lesser known titles, though.

Meanwhile, Steam has the unfair advantage of Valve Software, but it otherwise has a large selection of AAA games, has become extremely competitive with discounting, is doing more bundling, is dipping into discounting multi-packs, and offers a few non-purchasing tools (friend list, patching, server packages, etc.)

D2D has really annoyed me in the past with its lack of discounting and IGN-ification. This is likely less the case these days, but I would search for the same game/deal on Steam before I went to D2D.

As for GamersGate, I just feel it has been late to the party. I am mot writing off the system like I have some other, but neither has it done anything to draw me to it; I don't think I've ever purchased a single title from it. Looking at it right now, its website looks a little aged and the prices seem a little high - I've purchased a lot of the stuff elsewhere for cheaper amounts and I'm not going to spend $15+ on some no-name titles I've never heard off, at least not right off the bat.

Looking at the pure number of titles I've purchased - digital versus physical or even Steam versus non-Steam, there really is no comparison. Steam is the blatantly obvious winner, Big Fish Games is actually a far second, and everybody else is inconsequential.

In general, I think the pricing is inconsistent in general. Part of this is the focus on discounting - I rarely pay full price for a title anymore - but the digital download market itself cannot seem to be able to come to any sensible average on its own. For any retails, physical or digital, when your list price is two times to four times the standard price of a competitor, it just speaks to how poorly you interact with the market.
Same thing with sub-par download speeds.
Actually utilizing Amazon (including Prime membership) a bit more,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2010, 19:16 Ray Marden
 
Not as good as the earlier trailers, but that's okay because the end bit saves it...

http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/tron-legacy.html?showVideo=1#movTitle
Aieeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Wanting to watch this now!,
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode Three Hints?
8. Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Hints? Jul 22, 2010, 12:48 Ray Marden
 
I just hope they get this third episode out of the way so they can go back to focusing on games be they Half-Life or not.
Can we get a sequel to the story of Half-Life please?
Biting my tongue,
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News Comments > Alice: Madness Returns Announced
3. Re: Alice: Madness Returns Announced Jul 20, 2010, 18:50 Ray Marden
 
That doesn't seem to be the direction I would want to go, but I will have to wait and see. If anything, the screenshots remind me of something like FAKK2.
Colorful, but confined levels. Maybe quie a bit combat heavy?
Hardly remembering the prior game,
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News Comments > StarCraft II Beta Ends Tomorrow
29. Re: StarCraft II Beta Ends Tomorrow Jul 19, 2010, 07:15 Ray Marden
 
Gee, I am glad that Blizzard sent me a beta key Friday night.

I thought it was a bit silly then to only have about eleven days of play, but silly me for thinking it would even last that long.
Does this series still have its fans outside of Korea?
Guessing I'll just call it a lazy demo code,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Metro 2033 for $12.50 Jul 16, 2010, 21:14 Ray Marden
 
I don't know if it was already posted and I'm just stealing from CAG anyway...but THQ's site is doing 75% off non-preorder PC games.

There is all that RTS junk , but Metro 2033 for $12.50 is particularly interesting. Flaws be damned, it is certainly worth that much.

A long URl - ZOMGWTFBBQ!
Yay for long URLs!
Off to do my daily heroic,
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2010, 17:50 Ray Marden
 
Well, it can still be a good game on its own merits, but it's a further stepping away from classic CRPGs by BioWare. It's fairly disrespectful of the first game, too, if you consider that the thing was sold as the damn origin stories of the numerous races...

On a personal note, I think it's a bad sign because my girlfriend has this obsession with character creation and this is now gone for the sequel. Otherwise, as much as I liked DA, it certainly wasn't a Baldur's Gate and I still think it was fairly confined in a lot of regards (origins were pointless, the actual story is another BioWare retread, lack of any significant gray decision, etc.) and I put a lot of those at the feet of the simplified structure BioWare implmented.

However, I still enjoyed the title on the whole and I think they found an okay blending of a RPG for PC and console players alike and needing to meet the hype expectations of something like Gamestop. But the failed, greedy DLC push by BioWare, this further simplification to the character aspect of the game, and the shortened development cycle do make me cautious about the next game.
Need we discuss the shooter that is ME2?
Ultimately, we have to see, but why go this route? Especially as a sequel to DA? Maybe I am completely offbase here, but I do wonder if this is truly a sequel or more an expansion/side story.

Then again, you're asking people to wait while completely writing off the entire PC player base so...

Waiting to see; not dying for more DA at the moment;
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News Comments > Blizzard Relents on Real ID
47. Re: Blizzard Relents on Real ID Jul 10, 2010, 07:03 Ray Marden
 
As ever, a lot (all) of this is perspective.

The grinding/solo PvE aspect of something like WoW are often both tedious and incredibly pointless. However, that's not the main reason I play the game. For me, it's (mainly) raiding with twenty-four other people to conquer a certain challenge, (less so) the enhanced social aspect while gaming, and (least so) the carrot on a stick aspect of the next item/boss/etc.

Looking at a typical deathmatch game, I am equally wasting my time (I'm certainly not changing the world ) and it feels significantly less complex - communication is minimal and mostly just bragging/insults, it's significantly less likely anybody is working as a team, the entire goal is achieved in under five or ten minutes, etc. Although I loved pure deathmatch when I was younger, it really bores me now. It's a significant portion of the gaming market, but there are only so many times I can just kill, kill, kill another random person. If and when I do play a non-MMOG multi-player game, I am definitely looking for something more: a special gameplay mechanic, a focus on team-play, co-op, etc.

Some of the above items apply to my single-player aspect as well. I don't generally care about a simple shooter. I don't generally care for games that are average or just okay. In general, I am looking for something a bit more creative, telling a story, offering up a new world to experience, that migh have a personal impact or particularly memorable moment, etc.

In all cases, aren't I, aren't we all, wasting our time? More or less we are, but it's entertainment - at a certain point it just has to be fun. And as I have madly ranted in the past, I think gaming offers up something special for having essentially unlimited potential, giving you all the items other mainstream forms of media offer you, and also giving you the ability to directly control the experience in various ways.
You don't have to like MMOs, but you shouldn't dismiss them outright.
Equally wasting my time by typing this ,
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News Comments > Blizzard Relents on Real ID
19. Re: Blizzard Relents on Real ID Jul 9, 2010, 22:03 Ray Marden
 
Well, I think it was stupid for them to jump so far to one side.

First off, if Blizzard was truly worried about its forums, the first thing it needs to do is fire every single "blue" on those boards with the possible exception of those that worked in the technical support forums. I pity any new player that visits those forums.

That aside, why didn't they get smart and have people create a single login that was tied to an account and which only ever showed one name? Just in my case, I go by "Ray" online and offline, but that isn't my legal name. Meanwhile, on Real ID, my legal name will show to anybody that I friended through that system. Needless to say, that wasn't terribly appealing. Meanwhile, I wouldn't mind having it say "Ray Marden" when I post or play online.
Again, I can't stress tha the biggest jerks on the forums are Blizzard employees.
Thinking it would be good to not let people post from their level 1 alts,
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News Comments > On The Old Republic's End Game
22. Re: On The Old Republic's End Game Jul 5, 2010, 22:26 Ray Marden
 
This is about the only thing I have my eye on as a potential WoW-killer, but it really does boil down to the (end-game) gameplay.

Do we just raid the same content over and over in WoW? Do they sidestep the content issue and push PvP? Do they do an Ultima/Eve Online deal and leave everything to the player? Would they (or any company) ever actually turn their backs on maximizing the work to profit ratio and emphasize a constantly running development cycle? Do they try to toss in a little bit of everything, hoping nobody notices there isn't much of any one thing?

Will they actually come up with something new?

I really feel they need to do something completely new and unexpected or, if they go a familiar route, the need to nail everything perfectly - from the start and from top to bottom. Otherwise, WoW has covered a lot of its bases (even if unfairly from being six years old and having insane profits) and I see myself waiting for Blizzard's next MMOG. Given how much Lucas has crapped on this franchise, just being Star Wars isn't enough for me.
Blizzard is refining the grind. Who is refining the story? Does the market care?
Spending more time with EVEMon than Eve Online ,
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