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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Trailer
31. Re: The Witcher 2 Trailer Mar 24, 2010, 13:01 Ray Marden
 
Uhh...there have been entire pages dedicated to the patching process for The Witcher.

The problems really boil down to there being multiple SKUs, the developer being lazy about releasing one collected, comprehensived patch, and a few of the mini-patches/added content intending to be installed at certaion version. Some of the newer versions aren't as bad, but the original releast was a total pain to do correctly.
The developer having occasionally bad links is also fun.
I realize it's a small team, but I see various other teams do this, too. If you want people to play your game, don't make it hard to actually start the game.

Noting the DRM people could learn a thing or two about that as well,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2 Mar 23, 2010, 22:01 Ray Marden
 
You do know v-sync will lower your refresh, right?

Joking aside, have you tried enabling v-sync via the ATI drivers? I attempted to do this after having ongoing tearing issues in Metro 2033 (yet another downer,) but I did not have any tearing in JC2.

I am playing at 1920x1200 with seemingly maximum options (I think one shadow setting was at medium, but everything else was high) and I was pulling down a high framerate without any issues.
The grappling hook is a little...strange.
Thinking we need a good healthcare thread Evilgrin ,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2 Mar 23, 2010, 21:54 Ray Marden
 
I hate to give any credibility to that heathen Creston , but the demo was actually pretty fun. I had no idea WTF I was doing, but there is a lot of fun, stupid action to be had in a very large, colorful world.

Had Creston actually bothered to say anything positive about this game in advance , I would definitely trade in my Metro 2033 purchase for JC2.

I can see it having some long term issues - how many times can you make the same things blowdedededed up? But this would definitely be fun at first and in small spurts thereafter.
Sandbox FTW.
Willing to buy it on sale,
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Just Cause 2 Mar 23, 2010, 21:06 Ray Marden
 
Just for you, I am downloading the demo and will give it a whirl.

I vaguely recall playing a demo of the first game, but it seemed really, really rough and I wrote it off as console or budget fare long ago.

It's ironic that I now own the original game via one of the Steam deals and never played it.

Here's to hoping it wows me, although it probably would need to at this point - I've already got quite a few games that I have yet to complete, much less really start.
AC2 for PC - TAKE THAT NIN - FFXIII, GoW collection, DA:O-A, etc.
Not sure what Frans is talking about Spot_left ,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Today Mar 23, 2010, 20:27 Ray Marden
 
Those dates aren't completely valid either.

Any real Blue's poster has to lurk around for at least a few years and live through a reset...
And build up some posts on ChatBear, too.
Tapping my foot; waiting on your avatar,
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News Comments > On Game Budgets
16. Re: On Game Budgets Mar 23, 2010, 19:42 Ray Marden
 
Ultimately, I think it speaks to poor management than anything else.

Have realistic budgets, have realistic timeframes, enforce milestones, keep promises, correctly factor in time, figure out a sensible approach to DRM, figure out a sensible approach to used games, figure out the best cost level, set realistic goals, determin the scope of your game in advance, set a plan to continue on/bring something new/have a quirky angle, stop 24 hour crunch times, work on maintaining the talent, etc.

What does the industry expect? $200.00 games with another $75.00 in DLC crap? $300M budgets? For a single game?

At some point, reality has to be, well, real.
If I set forth a plan of failure, I will certainly pay the price.
Not particularly caring about the suits or advertising budget,
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General Discussion > Avatars
30. Re: Frans Mar 23, 2010, 19:29 Ray Marden
 
Yes, the site finally lets me upload the super futuristic file type known as a JPEG.

As for the forums....meh. I honestly have to bow before everybody that even remotely manages to keep discussions consistent with a "flat" view.

But I still think the forums are tedious when viewed as a "thread" and I don't think the "flat" view is particularly elegant. I don't know, I guess it's just me, but I personally find it a chore to post here and I've had many a friend or colleague joke about the forums here (and not just in reference to my being sad, pathetic gamer.)
Without constant quoting, it's the difference between discussing and just commenting.
Guessing I'll go play in the tar pits,
Ray

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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Mar 23, 2010, 18:40 Ray Marden
 
It works - that's one plus - but it's otherwise a fairly generic shooter wrapped in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. clothing. Every now and then it hits a good stride and makes you feel that it has some potential, but then one of its many flaws pops up and gets on your nerves.

  • The chapters are broken up into numerous loading zones, many of which are only 5 minutes long. This is compounded by fairly linear levels.

  • The stealth mechanic is totally broken. The moment you are spotted, every enemy on the level knows where you are and will shoot you on sight. Literally, you can get to an enemy five minutes later, be completely stealthed (confirmed via in-game watch mechanic,) and be sniped from forty feet away because you previously broke stealth.

  • The pacing of combat is extremely inconsistent. You infrequently get a moment of exhiliration, you frequently have long stretches of doing nothing, and a lot of the mutant sequences are just clusterf*cks.

  • The graphics are okay, but not amazing and it feels fairly unoptimized.

  • You have pre-designated weapon slots with few options. Weapons themselves are a bit inconsistent from shot to shot.

  • No DX11 for us.
    It's not all bad, but it gives you an idea of some of the problems this game has. The setting is very interesting, but generally completely unused. From there, you can definitely play the game, but it's very inconsistent and most definitely not what it should be. Those few moments when things all line up, it's a very thrilling game, but those are few and far between. Otherwise, it's fairly generic shooter, but with a nice wrapper.

    If nothing else, it feels like it needed a good sixh months of tweaking to get a fairly strong game.

    Just finding it too inconsistent and too simple,
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    News Comments > The Witcher 2 Trailer
    7. Re: The Witcher 2 Trailer Mar 23, 2010, 13:22 Ray Marden
     
    I liked the first game, but I hope this one really pushes it farther.

    As interesting as the game was in regards to some aspects, there were a lot of other fairly blatant limitations (combat, weapons, quest bugs, peculiar story scripts, etc.)

    The first game was really just a city romp with a quick visit to a local lake - if nothing else, they need to open up the world. Making it more dynamic and varied would be a bonus, too.
    The game was very linear and repetitive with some crude mechanics.
    Rolling my eyes at the continued sex hunt...,
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    General Discussion > Avatars
    16. Re: Frans Mar 22, 2010, 18:39 Ray Marden
     
    Well, is there any hope/chance/wish/intent/plan to upate the forums?

    Maybe I'm just too much of a dinosaur for my own good, but I find the inability to quickly view threaded discussions, at least without loading the entire page over and over and over , extremely tiresome.

    Then again, if "flat" posting is that popular or this is just a site to shout out some random message, let me know.

    I love this site, but I hhhhaaaaatttteeee these forums.
    But maybe this isn't that type of site anymore?
    Still having no idea how any new reader would ever know to access this site,
    Ray

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    News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Kasumi DLC Priced
    12. Re: Mass Effect 2 Kasumi DLC Priced Mar 22, 2010, 18:30 Ray Marden
     
    Come on! It's only a bit more than 1/10th the price of all that new content. Surely a minor bandaid to existing materials than lasts 1/30th as long is worh it!

    Joking (mostly) aside, I think thinking they would be ballsy to release this for $5 and I would commend them if they did it for under $2.50. But this basically means that all "discussion" crap was really them talking it down from $10?
    And again, what is the point in this game? A side story in a very linear setting?
    Thinking that is just...amazing,
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    News Comments > EA Prerelease Paid DLC Plans
    17. Re: EA Prerelease Paid DLC Plans Mar 22, 2010, 18:24 Ray Marden
     
    Thank gosh I'm so wrong and DLC isn't being used to both gut to core game and increase a game's (already 20% higher) price.

    Right?
    Please, please, please let me pay you to advertise to me!
    Shaking my head,
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    General Discussion > Avatars
    12. Re: Frans Mar 22, 2010, 18:20 Ray Marden
     
    I just picked one of the aforementioned JPEGs and saved it as a GIF with no other changes.

    Voila, the server magically accepts it. Methinks JPEG bigotry hath been lavished upon mine self.
    These forums make you put the avatar in a weird place.
    Knowing it's true!,
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    11. Re: Frans Mar 22, 2010, 18:15 Ray Marden
     
    Are you sure it is actually accepting JPEGs?

    I have four different files - all 60x60 or smaller and all under 10kb.

    Three of the files, all of which were JPEGs, failed, but the on GIF file was accepted.
    And I don't really want the GIF because it looks so crappy.
    Still waiting on a layout refresh and a forum update,
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    News Comments > PC Splinter Cell Conviction Delayed
    22. Re: PC Splinter Cell Conviction Delayed Mar 21, 2010, 08:31 Ray Marden
     
    I live in the hell hole called Winter Springs - we're just north of Orlando.

    My original post was actually in reference more to the weather than anything, but the Sanford hub does give us some momentary issues every two to three months.

    I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Brighthouse. It actually makes Comcast's service in CA look good. I think the very best is the television service - audio not syncing up, non-HD menus, VOD requiring a box reset if not used within the last week, the menu lagging if not accessed in the last few hours, box resets when trying to access information too quickly, etc. And yes, we have experienced this in three different locatios with three different boxes.
    Poor HD quality, limited free VOD selection, non-HD VOD, slow technicians, etc.
    Wishing they'd work on their quality rather than spamming Brighthouse adds all day,
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    News Comments > ME2 Appearance Pack Next Week
    17. Re: ME2 Appearance Pack Next Week Mar 21, 2010, 00:33 Ray Marden
     
    So make the game just good enough and then focus on nickle and dime items to seel for $5 or less?

    If that's what you want, but I find that incredibly disheartening.

    I admit there is a balance, but I don't currently have the impression that the gamers are pulling far ahead in the equation or that the core game and DLC have an equitable ratio. Before I can even buy a game to play it, I am hearing about the next year or two of DLC for a given game...
    At least you admit the gutting of your standards.
    Wanting a full, deep game, not the bare minimum with another $50 of pending DLC,
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    News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
    5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Mar 20, 2010, 22:09 Ray Marden
     
    Yeah, this card better be extremely, significantly faster than ATI's offerings, else I will just pass.

    $350 for what? A fire in my computer? Needing a new PSU?

    I do admit that some of the architecture appears to be interesting, but it also seems to be a bit too early to be truly effective and that's to say nothing of how long it will be before games consistently require it.
    And it took this long for...this?
    Waiting to see, but feeling this round is already lost...,
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    News Comments > ME2 Appearance Pack Next Week
    13. Re: ME2 Appearance Pack Next Week Mar 20, 2010, 22:04 Ray Marden
     
    Well, my personal issue with these are the lost/wasted time spent developing these whereas the core game had some significant shortcomings.

    There's the second point, too, of the game being so linear and scripted with a set end path that it negates much of the worth (if any) of additionl side missions/appearance packs/vehicle misisons.

    Lastly, whatever happened to expansions? What happened to giving us a robust game and then looking to expand it later with a smaller, but sizable furthering of the existing content? Why, while pushing prices up 20%, are we simultaneously having entire games designed around accomodating crappy day one, $5, and/or frivolous DLC items?
    Give me a good game first and then we can talk about being silly.
    Generally viewing it as a negative than a positive,
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    News Comments > PC Splinter Cell Conviction Delayed
    11. Re: PC Splinter Cell Conviction Delayed Mar 20, 2010, 09:24 Ray Marden
     
    Well, most of it is DRM bashing/general PC port disliking, but it is strange to talk about the good support of a company that prevents you from playing a product you've purchased and own simply because you aren't connected to the internet...

    Heck, I live in Florida (under protest) and it isn't unheard of for something to go amiss and lose cable for a few hours. But as far as Ubi is concerned, I'm a pirate anyway so what does it care?
    It's just a really ballsy, egotistical assumption. No internet = Pirate?
    Missing the days of good games being made instead of platfom-specific games,
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    News Comments > Splinter Cell Conviction Debut Event, Trailer
    4. Re: Splinter Cell Conviction Debut Event, Trailer Mar 19, 2010, 20:30 Ray Marden
     
    Did the PC version ever get "officially" delayed?

    I know Amazon sent me an e-mail about a week or so ago (pushing it to 04/27/10,) but I see they're still listing 04/13/10 in the announcement.
    Talk about the Ubi PC love...
    Apologizing yet again to nin ,
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