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News Comments > Codemasters Lawsuit
6. Re: Codemasters Lawsuit May 10, 2010, 12:43 Ray Marden
 
As stated, this seems incredibly flimsy. Only if there was a specific non-compete agreement or some IP that they can show was taken/is being used.

Otherwise, Codemasters is just crying wolf, although it may very well simply be a legal maneuver to restrict Playground Games and/or hurt it financially via court fees.

Codemasters: We reserve the right to dismiss you without any notice, but you aren't allowed to ever use your experience and skills anywehere else ever!
Given how vague this is, it doesn't make Codemasters look good.
Wondering if they're just following Kotick's playbook,
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Achievements Change the Way I Play May 9, 2010, 08:19 Ray Marden
 
In contrast, I wonder about the mentality that seems to focus on challenge above anything and everything else.

Simply for challenge, do you play games using only the keyboard? Do you play with only one hand? Do you remap the keys to make it as hard as possible to play the game? Do you want a game with such perfect, omnipotent AI that the only way to complete the game is to memorize the location of every opponent through repeatedly dying?

I think challenge is definitely an important part of the overall mixture - god-like AI makes a game completely tedious whereas the lack of any threat/challenge turns the game into a paint-by-numbers snooze fest - but I rarely see these editorial pieces ever really delve much into what makes a game good rather than just ranting on about how things are too easy and how much cooler it was to waste time on questionable mechanics.

Looking at achievements, I wish they were relegated more to simply tracking intended gameplay aspects if not removed entirely, but I freely admit to the "carrot as a reward" mentality they tend to foster with a lot of gamers.

My real issue is that they tend to be a fairly blatantly artificial way to extend the game and/or add a game-unrelated e-peen comparison aspect. Why, when I am trying to save the world or immerse myself in the environment, would I want to be encouraged to jump up and down on a car five-hundred times? Why, if my goal is to protect this person, would I want to be encouraged to lead the NPC to a mine? If I am playing an onling game as a test of personal skill, what sense does it make to intentionally imbalance the other player with better gear/health/whatever simply because that player has run the game ten more hours than I have? Once I have mastered a game and have consumed all the available content, why does the developer think I want to go back and immediately rehash the same experience, albeit with a fairly silly, unrealistic limitation?
May as well just point coins or stars in a level at that point.
For me, those things tend to break the world, speak to the design failure of the developer, make me question the actual length or intent of a game, etc.

Always looking for something new and different, not silly rehashes of the same thing,
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News Comments > Kotick: "No Choice But to Fire" IW Heads
31. Re: Kotick: May 7, 2010, 13:12 Ray Marden
 
Short sighted? Not when the farthest you can possibly see is the next quarter...
Just like it isn't enough to make the same profit every year.
Rolling my eyes,
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News Comments > Kotick: "No Choice But to Fire" IW Heads
30. Re: Kotick: May 7, 2010, 13:09 Ray Marden
 
No choice? Because Kotick couldn't just stay in his office that day and leave people alone?
Much less do work to make sure people get paid.
Wait, who am I kidding - like he even works and isn't out at a golf course all day.

MEAN 'OL WEST AND ZAMPELLA WRECKING KOTTY'S DAY!

Wishing so many companies didn't go the psychopath route,
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins DLC Announced
14. Re: Dragon Age: Origins DLC Announced May 6, 2010, 12:32 Ray Marden
 
Hey, they charged $7 for a 35 minute ME2 DLC so that's a steal as far as BioWare is concerned.
And that's with to-deplection scanning. The gameplay is probably 25 minutes.
Tired of DLC; becoming tired of BioWare's antics,
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News Comments > Indie Pay What You Want Bundle
3. Re: Indie Pay What You Want Bundle May 4, 2010, 17:59 Ray Marden
 
I'm in a similar boat. Owning World of Goo and the various Penumbra releases, I don't really want the other stuff.

I'm not a huge fan of the stereotypical 2D indie release so that knocks out Gish and Aquaria. As for Lugaru HD, I've never heard of it before and the few seconds I saw made me think of furries. Blank

I think this is a neat idea and certainly a good deal for a number of people, but I'd rather buy games I want to play and then pay whatever I determine to be a fair value. Likewise, I could snatch all those up for a penny, but I don't want to diminish the value of those other games just because I'm not particularly interested in them.
I'm selling this space for $5, though!
Shrugging,
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News Comments > RAGE Next Year
15. Re: RAGE Next Year May 4, 2010, 15:12 Ray Marden
 
Eh, I'll wait and see, but id certainily doesn't have much of a track records on the gameplay front. Looking solely at graphics, you can still spot some finer details and some polish to certain aspects of it, but some of the imperfections are that much more noticeable as well.

As already noted, the real killer is that it looks and sounds like another version of games we've played before: Half-Life 2, Munch's Oddysee, Fallout 3, Borderlands, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Gears of War, Splintr Cell Conviction, Metro 2033, etc.

Maybe they'll really bring the charm and polish. Maybe it will have some great gameplay. Maybe it will bring an evolved fidelity of graphics, but maintain it through a gigantic landscape. Maybe it will have some fantastic animation and feel really alive and energetic.

But in all reality, I'm not excited for the game from what I've seen/heard and I'm already thinking about what other more skilled game developers could do with the engine.
Not trying to just id bash, but this feels like a retread.
Still wanting my Quake sequel ,
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Tomorrow
1. You've made it, Bioware. May 3, 2010, 21:23 Ray Marden
 
You created your own horse armor. "Garts."
ME2 - when the DLC goes out, BioWare laughs going to the bank.
Dying for more 30 minute, $7 DLC - especially that fantastic planet scanning,
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization May 3, 2010, 12:21 Ray Marden
 
Like this is anything new. What about the "polite" requirement to say "Good Morning" to everybody in the office? Or just greet them and see how they are doing?

I want to get to work, not talk about some unrelated weekend event. In all honesty, that person doesn't want to hear my frustrations, discuss politics, question religion, etc. I see these people five days a week for longer periods than I do (awake) my girlfriend. These people may often be causing specific work-related issues for me.

But here we go...

Good morning.

Hey.

Uh-huh.

That's nice.

Good.

<chuckle>

Yeah.

Interesting.

Good!

See you later.

You, too!
If we must follow this charade, keep it short and simple.
Looking at things like FaceBook, I'm not sure what the overall point of it really is. There are maybe five people I truly interact with in my life and everybody else is anything from a friendly acquaintance to a random person I happen to have encountered for some reason. I don't really see a point in adding them as "friends" since, in all reality and meaning no disrespect, they really aren't.

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News Comments > MechWarrior 4 Workarounds
4. Re: MechWarrior 4 Workarounds May 2, 2010, 18:11 Ray Marden
 
The lack of any significant follow up is a bit disconcerting, too.

Yes, I realize this is a free release, but this was definitely not the way to do things. Additionally, as a judgment of their technical expertise, this serves only to make me extremely skeptical of any future products they may put out.
No wonder this release took so long.
Waiting too see if a better download option pops up in the next few days,
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
1. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 2, 2010, 10:24 Ray Marden
 
If only Amazon had a way to see all the bonus deals on games.

http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=vg_nav_hp_10bonus?ie=UTF8&node=2244366011&pf
I hope the RDR developer fails. Payola bastards.
Noting SMG2, Madden 2K11, TW2K11, and Terrible FPS: Reach all have the $20 discounts,
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News Comments > Free MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries Released
31. Re: Free MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries Released Apr 30, 2010, 23:00 Ray Marden
 
This program is utter crap on my Win 7x64 system.

If I attempt to select an installation path other than the default one, the program just hangs. Only when I let it use the default path does it load after about two minutes of loading data in a painfully slow manner.

I wanted to play MW4 again, but this crappy system is just making me hate all things Mektek now.
And even more pauses if I try to save any settings. THANKS. SO. MUCH.
Thanks for nothing,
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 "Dementia" Trailer
6. Re: Dead Space 2 Apr 29, 2010, 18:43 Ray Marden
 
I don't recall if we got "official" confirmation, but I know the PC pre-order listing has lasted quite a bit so that's a good sign.

As for the trailier....I think it is okay. It doesn't look bad, but I get the feeling they're doing for a "more of the same" action push and focusing less on some of the other aspects (story, different setting, planet interaction, etc.)

Give me a PC version, don't jack up the price, and FIX THE DAMN MOUSE CONTROLS and I would be fairly interested.
Pathetically, I think I was expecting a bit more having watched the movie.
Having a hard time seeing Isaac with jet boosters,
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News Comments > Just Cause 2 Black Market Aerial Pack Released
7. Re: Just Cause 2 Black Market Aerial Pack Released Apr 29, 2010, 18:24 Ray Marden
 
At least it isn't $10, but I almost wonder what the point is of DLC for a game like JC2. Doesn't the whole game kind of beat the player over the head with the open world aspect and plethora of weapons/vehicles?

Cheap bastard me keeps watching this game's price. I know it's been as low as $35, but I still won't buy it until it's at least $30.
Sorry, Creston. I have other stuff to play and this seems fun, but basic.
Willing to pay less than that, too ,
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Apr 29, 2010, 12:51 Ray Marden
 
It's a bit generic and by the numbers.

It is certainly competent, but it does not really do anything special.
A bit goofy, too.
Guessing it is a slightly better than average Raven game,
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News Comments > Singularity Trailer
4. Re: Singularity Trailer Apr 29, 2010, 12:43 Ray Marden
 
Also, this is, what, two months away? It just seems peculiar that so little information has been given out about this title.

I had previously thought Wolfenstein was their contract game so they could push out Singularity, but now I'm a bit more hestitant. In a lot of ways, this is looking more and more like Wolfenstein, just with the likely suspect time element.

If these really do end up being similar, I'd rather go with the version of the game that has been out a bit longer and that is cheaper.
And I don't really want to buy Wolfenstein.
Starting to think I will have better things to play than this,
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 28, 2010, 13:12 Ray Marden
 
Eh, it's the Wii, but actually fairl responsive. Well, at least the Sony version is because it gives you buttons, but it's all hand gestures with Microsoft.

On one hand, I think realistic interaction beneifts some games - "I" can do it quicker/better than some poorly controlled, animation-limited geometrical construct can. On the other hand, games have a lot of tedious aspects (can you imagine having to bend over for every herb in some RPG?,) it's nice to chill out on a couch or chair from time to time, and often I play games to get away from reality.

I think an "all of the above" approach is good, but some of the price gouging needs to stop (make monty on good games, not plastic peripherals) and a tunnel vision-like focus on direct 1:1 hand motion control is going to create a lot of bad games.
Hype =/= great FPS.
Hating Halo,
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News Comments > X3: Terran Conflict Patch: Steam Conversion Available
6. Re: X3: Terran Conflict Patch: Steam Conversion Available Apr 28, 2010, 13:02 Ray Marden
 
I wish they would learn to have Steam update in the background and not require a restart for every minute change.

I don't actually leave the program running on my system, only launching it once or twice a day as needed, and I've lost track of how many times I've had to restart with no apparent difference. Then there is the fun five second wait while it loads up the advertisements that I am already looking at in the main client's screen.

Hopefully this is all resolved in the "new" Steam, but it has so bombarded me with pointless updates that I just expect endless restarts now.
It's a decent digital platform, but it clunkiness is painfully obvious.
Bemused by the placeholder file references, too,
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News Comments > BioShock 2 DLC Plans
6. Re: BioShock 2 DLC Plans Apr 27, 2010, 18:18 Ray Marden
 
Well, at least we know why they focused on adding a MP component to Bioshock 2 now.

Nice way to kill the franchise. Nice way to gouge the end user.
And can you imagine how bad this will be in an "up" economy?
Glad that DLC has turned out to be so worthwhile,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 26, 2010, 12:52 Ray Marden
 
Too bad a lot of retailers are pushing $30.00+ prices on Blu-Rays.

Too bad a number of retailers relegate Blu-Ray to one or two aisles whereas DVDs have up to ten times the amount of floor space.

Too bad DVDs are routinely sold in the $10-$15 range and older DVDs are sold in the $5-$10 range while the Blu-Rays strongly resist discounting at the retail level.

Too bad Blu-Rays make up a small portion of one corner of the local Blockbuster store.

Too bad these companies think giving me the inferior DVD and/or digital versions are a selling point when I am looking for a quality Blu-Ray.

Too bad the few DVD-to-Blu upgrade programs that exist are extremely limited in their selection and are not worth the cost relative to what you can find online.

Too bad Neflix both charges more for Blu-Ray rentals and is also a bit skimpy with what titles they offer both versions of.

I love Blu-Rays and refuse to buy anything else in the lower resolution DVD format, but I find it very hard - for obvious reasons - to sell other people on Blu-Rays when they see what the retail environment is like. Even for my own purchases, I primarily wait for specific dicounts and generally purchase online.

There's nothing like seeing an "As advertised" sticker on a single Blu-Ray for $35.00 when I have personally purchased - new - the trilogy/series for the same or lower price online.

I really feel these companies are missing the obvious and the cable companies are about to swoop in and kill off everything with combination VOD/DVR services.

Clearly a fool,
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