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News Comments > DirectX 11 WoW
22. Re: DirectX 11 WoW Jul 5, 2010, 16:24 Ray Marden
 
No worries - they can un-delete characters, too!
Yes, seriously.
Up to no good,
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jul 3, 2010, 21:43 Ray Marden
 
I am turned off from a huge number of games because of their basic simplicity. I don't need the next work of art, but I need something to pull me in, explain what I am doing, give me a purpose, etc.

Otherwise, I'm just a generic gun mindlessly shooting at stuff...

Having said that, I only really care if the story is relevant and has meat to it. It's not just about length - you've failed if half the game is just collecting coins, pets, flags, etc.
I'm finally playing Fable II. I like it, but what a discombobulated game.
Wishing I could justify those 60"-73" DLP sets at Dell,
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Jul 3, 2010, 21:36 Ray Marden
 
Well, it's all relative.

If you use a medkit, you sought out a special item/service and applied it to yourself. With regenerating health, you just...stood there?

Even if you are going to go with regenerating health and/or some super suit, add that into the world. Half-Life was incredibly unrealistic, even more so when you consider the main character is scientist, but the game made you get into some super high tech suit.

When it's just a dude in his cotton shirt just standing there, it doesn't do much to draw you into the reality of the game.
Singularity? Really? Saying it's good? So. Not. Surprised.
Hoping Creston is happy; finally owning a $25 Just Cause 2 ,
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
8. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jul 3, 2010, 20:54 Ray Marden
 
Sitting on the table, the phone is connected.

Holding it in your hand, the phone is disconnected.

But yeah, this specific issue is totally AT&T's fault. Likewise, Apple is stating no disconnect is happening - that's all a GUI issue. And it's sheer convenience that Apple sells a $30 cover that prevents this.
AT&T's network is shit. And Apple was the one that selected it.
Wondering why fanboys - why anybody - has to protect any product,
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News Comments > Intel Drops Project Offset
5. Re: Intel Drops Project Offset Jul 1, 2010, 19:31 Ray Marden
 
I think the problem is that it was always just a tech demo.

I was incredibly surprised when it was announced as a game with moderate backing - they actually pulled it off and were going to get it made?
It was a lot of "our tech is great and we are great" without much else.
But sure enough, here we are with years of...nothing.

Not expecting much from them,
Ray

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: New consoles Jul 1, 2010, 12:55 Ray Marden
 
Well...I still want 60 FPS at full 1080P...with robust AA...toss in multi-layer Blu-Ray support...a decent HD that doesn't cost $5/GB...etc.

Obviously, they are all doing their R&D right now, but it would make sense in a lot of ways to extend the current life cycles a bit longer than normal, at least in this generation.

Oh, I won't mind my Wii doing %$@#%@#$%#$ HD either.
Even with the same crappy polygon count.

Going to be moving onto my fourth PS3 this weekend ,
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jul 1, 2010, 12:52 Ray Marden
 
It's all a bit pointless, as far as I can tell.

As ever, what is "art." If one thing from one genre/form/media type is "art," are all the others? Can you pick the most "artistic" form/thing/media/whatever and submit it my, much less anybody else, review and guarantee that I will agree? Or that I won't manager to look at the whole range of that genre/media type/whatever and find a huge amount of crap?

Personally, I love gaming - it lets me ready, watch, hear, follow, and control an experience. I think gaming has an insane amount of potential, although that is immediately contradicted by the obsession with mindless shooting or a heavy focus on destruction/killing.

"Art" or not, when it all works well, I think games are utterly fantastic and offer me a scope of experience that I am unable to match elsewhere. And ultimately, that's what matters - whether I like it or not.
I would say gaming falls quite flat comapred to its potential, though.
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News Comments > New BioShock 2 DLC Next Month
5. Re: New BioShock 2 DLC Next Month Jul 1, 2010, 12:41 Ray Marden
 
Personally, I am just amazing that they completely addressed all of the issues with Bioshock and drastically improved the gameplay by...adding multiplayer!

Er...wait...
Bioshock 2 was okay, but nothing new and a total waste of a sequel.
Just waiting for them to announce B3 - played from the slicer's perspective ,
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News Comments > Metro 2034 Revealed
22. Re: Metro 2034 Revealed Jun 29, 2010, 17:15 Ray Marden
 
The game screams potential, but the actual game is fairly lackluster.

It isn't bad, but it has a ton of short comings as well as a fair number of rough edges. If they could just evolve it a bit, they'd have a fairly good game. It really screams out for a larger world to play in with more opportunities to explore a hinted at richness.

Otherwise, you just head down the corridor shooting at the same generic monster...
I just didn't feel like I achieved much in that game.
Hopeful,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 22, 2010, 17:27 Ray Marden
 
It's $100.00 for the core system and an additional amount for any hard drives you turn in.

Mind you, these credits (at these rates) are only applicable for a "slim" purchase so it could be a hassle doing a HD transfer.

Otherwise, the spring arcade is/was $130.00 with a $30 game credit at places like Target (for those that just need a HDMI output.) And if you only need a bigger HD, those are going to become even more discounted in the second hand market, although that market is always "As-is."

I've been seriously trading in my old launch system for the HDMI and bigger HD, but I just don't use the system enough. Additionally, Black Friday isn't too far away...
Why, again, are 2TB PC drives cheaper than 360 60GB drive?????
Thinking I would definitely do it for $125...,
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News Comments > On OnLive Game Prices
13. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 21, 2010, 22:22 Ray Marden
 
Well, I guess we just figured that, when we pay full retail, we might, oh, own the game at that point?

Or are people already pIrAtInG!!!!!!1 OnLive?
R.I.P. OnLive.
Thinking that is obiously the case!,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 21, 2010, 12:53 Ray Marden
 
Kinect is the all-in-one, but also the closest to nothing-in-one given its actual effectiveness.

For all of these, especially the multiple component controllers, they are a bit pricey for a single user and fairly unrealistic for a group.

Meanwhile, can you imagine the sticker shock to a new user? Pay this for your console, this for your motion control, this for your games, this for your additional controllers, these for the attachments, this for the cable that isn't included, try not to look at the retail pricing for Blu-Rays, this for the Netflix, be sure to check on which HD you get, you need to get this extra online services, etc.

"Oh, but you can spend like $2xx and just get this non-motion gaming package...or have it included in the box with the Wii..."
Give me 1:1 in the box for a great price and then we'll talk.
Thinking this all sounds better in a generation or two,
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 13
3. Re: It Came from E3 2010, Part 13 Jun 21, 2010, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
Eh, a lot of us are older and more experienced/demanding/whinier/etc.

What was actually new? What will be out in the next six months? What blew you/me/anybody away? What are we just dying to play? I have a hard time answering those questions.

Additionally, this is a peculiar time for gaming - the PC market is slowing its advancement of new technology. In contrast, the consoles are at mid-points of not introducing new (main console) hardware and finding a steady, if not predictable, groove of what games to make and release. Meanwhile, Sony and Microsoft swayed heavily in the direction of motion control and casual games, both to questionable results and sometimes to the exclusion of actual gaming. Meanwhile, Nintendo is making a killing on sales, but offering up few quality games, particularly for its historically core audience (although next year looks like a relative improvement.)

I was unimpressed, but that's been par for the course these last few years. More and more, I think the general or average level of quality is improving, but there are less standout titles, surprising ideas, or new experiences. Buy your yearly sports game, pick your coolest war FPS, play your music game, keep on playing WoW, etc. There are definitely titles I am looking towards, but I knew about most of them in advance and none of them are particularly driving me crazy with anticipation.

Of course, I have an equal share of the fault - feeling more contempt for the end user from market as well as my dissatisfaction with the DLC rollout - I am actively pushing my average purchase price down by quite an amount (tax-free purchases through Amazon with Prime shipping, Steam deals, pre-order discounts, etc.) Likewise, I am running high end games on a nearly two year old procesor (E8600) and a year old graphics card (5850.)

I have a good idea of what games I will be getting and very few titles that really intrigued me. What completely blew me away? Uhhh....
Rage and Portal 2 are up there, but I know what to expect with both.
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News Comments > Kotick: Audience "Clamoring" for Subscription CoD
50. Re: Kotick: Audience Jun 20, 2010, 19:27 Ray Marden
 
Beamer, I really do think you're missing the point. At the very least, I think you are arguing a completely different point.

We (generally) understand that portion - charge the most that is possible while giving the very least. Ideally, with external force requiring people purchase from you.

But is that people are generally discussisng here? I don't think so - obviously I am not. But discsussions abou what makes a good game? What is a fair value? How the industry regards itself? The publisher, developer, and end user roles? How the industry is evolving and growing?

Likewise, that's how some people can rant and rave the principle of the matter while having a completely separate financial approach. In contrast, broad sweeping insults over the financial aspect of the industry are hardy appreciate. That's to say nothing of Kotick's "statments" and their intended results...
Then again, you know what you're doing as well.
Already written off as I obviously have no capability to rationally discuss things...,
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News Comments > Kotick: Audience "Clamoring" for Subscription CoD
34. Re: Kotick: Audience Jun 20, 2010, 17:24 Ray Marden
 
Yeah, I have nothing nice to say about Kotick - he is absolutely the stereotypical corporate shill - but the market is just eating out of his hands.

While it keeps on gobbling up every overpriced, scaled back, DLC-ladden release, Activision is just going to try to grab more and more. I'm all for diversity of releases, but it's quite telling that CoD/MoH/BF are consistently such huge sellers. Heck, you just have to announce one of these games and they immediately become a top ten preorder...
The PC market has particularly caved for these games.
Thinking the $60 retail price and $30-$40 cumulative DLC price confirm this,
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News Comments > RAGE Trailers
44. Re: RAGE Trailers Jun 17, 2010, 22:46 Ray Marden
 
It's funny - I would swear there are broad, stereotyping, id-loving comments tumping an online conspiracy.

I'm so tired of that mentality. I can look at games - good and bad - and point out their flaws, come up with ways to improve them, identify the items that interest me, etc.

I want new games to improve and excel, not just be "good enough." I don't see any purpose in holding any dissenting opinions with disregard, if not contempt.

Pick whatever game I may absolutely love and I can still find faults with it, areas to improve, and/or neat ideas to try. Even if I may completely disagree with somebody over how fantastic I am think that game is, I can also accept that people do not have to love it. There are many games I realize are good, but which I have no taste for.

Ultimately, I'm mildly hopeful for Rage. I am terribly skeptical of id and I have some concerns about Rage, but I can see a lot of good points in what was shown.

But really, with this type of disrespect for one another, what's the point? Clearly that singular opinion is the only one that matters...
Such a waste of intelligence.
Shaking my head,
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 6
3. Re: It Came from E3 2010, Part 6 Jun 16, 2010, 21:58 Ray Marden
 
THERE WAS NEWS, BUT IT WAS PIRATED 'CUZ THAT IS ALL PC GAMERS DO!!!!1111111111111oneoneone


Just updates on Portal 2, Rage, and SW:ToR. So sad.
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 4
5. Re: It Came from E3 2010, Part 4 Jun 16, 2010, 11:33 Ray Marden
 
I'm not raving about Nintendo, but I was actually surprised tht they had more than a single game to offer. In essence, I was just expecting a Zelda game and nothing else I would ever care about.

Nintendo didn't do anything to break the mold and it's an easy argument to just say they're re-releasing games, just updated for the Wii. However, Zelda is a plus, it's been a long time since I've played a DK game so I'd be up for that, Goldeneye may be good for nostalgia, if finally gave gamers something Icarus related, and iKirby, though horribly goofy, could be fun - it looks like a decent platformer and reminds me of other games from Klonoa through the Yoshi games. Supposedly there s better third part support this coming year, but that doesn't mean much and still has yet to be proven.

I don't really give a damn about handhelds (if I'm doing something outside, I'm not gaming; if I'm gaming inside, I'd rather do it on a full system,) but a 3D handheld will definitely grab attentions and it was a smart decision to do with sans glasses.
Not a lot of games, but more than the single game I was expecting.
Having missed the Sony show; curious if Move is good or more Kinect garbage,
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 3
16. Re: It Came from E3 2010, Part 3 Jun 15, 2010, 15:18 Ray Marden
 
To say nothing of Blizzard cutting or drastically scaling back the new gameplay items it had intended to introduce...
Guild talents, path of the titans, archaeology, etc.
Saying goodbye to all the new ideas,
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2010, Part 3
8. Re: It Came from E3 2010, Part 3 Jun 15, 2010, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
E3, at least looking at yesterday, was a total joke, in my opinion.

Microsoft has this remarkably expensive camera (It's how close to the price of a newly discounted system?) which will further split the market (because they don't already have enough SKUs.) Likewise, all the games are really simple, generic motion games - the lack of any additional input (D-pad, buttons) is really limiting it and they made no real effort to incorporate it into more established genres/series.

And the killing blow is how poorly it performed. Lag? Low resolution? Scaled back graphics? Limited gameplay? Faked demonstrations?

I guess GoW3 can push the expanded co-op, but that's obviously the same damn game being re-released. If anything, I think the range of tentacle monsters to dryad-like monsters and unimpressive weapons (pew pew pew endlessly) didn't do much for me. I'll get it for $20, but not before then.

Of course, this is all better that Ubi's pa-thet-ic offerings. More Rabids? Yet another AC, this one a recycling of the latest game, but with the stupid horse element brought back, even more absurd group battles, and cannon wars? Laser tag? Design your own game? Finger sensors? More Shawn "cardboard personality" White? Dance like Michael? A further bastardization of Ghost Recon, but now with Crysis suits!

As for today, Nintendo is dangling Zelda in front of my eyes, but that's about it. Well, I guess they could do some advertising of "Hey, at least we aren't Kinect."

Maybe Sony will offer up something new or exciting, but I'm horribly shocked by how blatantly and clumsily the companies have gone for the casual motion market. Otherwise, this is just "official" presentations of all the games we already know about...
Will move be good or be total Kinect krap?
Feeling the market has no direction,
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