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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.

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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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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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