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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Details
19. Re: Mass Effect 2 DLC Details Jan 20, 2010, 13:04 Ray Marden
 
Mind you, I haven't kept super up to date on this game.....but I do believe the Mako is gone. Instead of the stupid grid searching of a larger grid via vehicle, you now fly your ship to a given planet and then use your scanners to search the planet's surface.

Once you find an area of interest, a drop ship (just a cinematic, I believe) will immediatel deposit you to the ground level of a given area.

It still sounds a little goofy, but at least it looks like the planet can be scanned fairly quickly in the ship and it means no Mako...
RAWR, LOOK AT MY SPACE TONKA TRUNK! WITH PEW PEW PEW WEAPONS!
Just putzing around in Borderlands and Torchlight at the moment,
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News Comments > No Half-Life in 2010?
15. Re: No Half-Life in 2010? Jan 19, 2010, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
Valve Software + Episodice Content = Fail.

'Nuff said.

It is kind of sad; I think this was a missed opportunity for the market. I would definitely take true (as originally sold) episodic content over the bloated multi-year developments and I think it could offer far more value than the dreaded $5-$10 DLC.
Gordon runs back to the city...then away from the city...then to a silo...
Thinking the story of HL3, as episodes, is fairly lackluster,
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News Comments > Hellgate: London Business Model Undetermined
7. Re: Hellgate: London Business Model Undetermined Jan 19, 2010, 12:39 Ray Marden
 
I don't think they should really bother, at least not in the U.S.

I think something like Borderlands is a far better game and I doubt many people would pay a monthly subscription for it.
Heck, I wouldn't buy the game until it was $20.00.
They obviously aren't going to create a whole new game with a big budget. In contrast, it seems like the only feasible solution (if any) is to put the bare minimum into keeping it running and occasionally add small bits of content. In that regard, I don't see it winning over a lot of new players (certainly not myself) nor significantly improved over the previously release to justify a monthly subscription.

Who knows - maybe they can run it solely with advertisements or an extremely nominal fee ($5/month.) I worry about any masochists that go back to this game...

Meh.

Still interested in the original form of this game,
Ray

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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Preorders
3. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Preorders Jan 18, 2010, 21:50 Ray Marden
 
At this point...who knows?

Personally, I would expect an end of year release - that gives a bit of time for testing (especially with all the changes to the core mechanics,) it bumpgs into the holiday season, etc.

On the other hand, Arthas is just about to be rolled out and that essentially completes Wrath of the Lich King. I don't see it feasible for the current content to last another 9+ months, I don't think they would want to go the route of adding in an WOtLK equivalent to Sunwell, and the developers seem to be giving out a wide range of information, somewhat hinting at it being released sooner rather than later.
Rumors put it at just a few months out, but those are just rumors.
Thinking I am done with WoW until the expansion,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
64. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 14:56 Ray Marden
 
Where did I ever say the entire world must like this movie based upon my opinion? Where did I say my opinion, the opinion of my friends, or the opinions of my associates have to echo the thoughts of billions of people around the globe?

I never said these things and I will not get into your various assumptions that you have openly expressed...

You post a link to RT and then go on numerous rants about only sites like RT mattering. Did you specify that in your first post? No. Is Blue's News one of those sites? No. Did you ask for opinions? Yes.
If you cannot read or lack comprehension, do not get mad at me.
Standing behind what I typed - what I actually typed,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
31. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 00:41 Ray Marden
 
I can only give my own personal opinion as well as what I have experienced firsthand from interactions with other people. From my perspective, it is a movie that has succeeded through a wide range of ages, both sexes, personality types, etc.

If that somehow offends you or is rise to insults, I am not sure what other data you were expecting, even more so with your reference to RT and the worldwide gross.
Maybe don't ask the question in the first place?
Amused yet not surprised people have different opinions ,
Ray

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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
30. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 00:36 Ray Marden
 
I would definitely have to question your sample group based upon my own experiences as well as the worldwide gross, but to each their own. It is not a perfect movie and there are certain aspects that certain people will obviously dislike.

On a different note, I don't believe the "environmentalism" is solely tied to Earth vs. Pandora or limited solely to the trees.

On a compeltely abstrate noce , I am definitely interested in seeing what else Sam Worthington does. I think he was the only decent thing in the abomination that was Terminator Salvation and I think he showed a nice range in Avatar. I originally scoffed at the remake of the movie, but Worthington's presence in Clash of the Titans is at least making me curious...

I still think, if you like a wide range of movie types, that most people will enjoy Avatar.
I'm not sure if I am excited for ME2 so much as looking forward to a new game to play...
Shrugging,
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News Comments > BioWare on ME2 Day 1 DLC, New Trailer
4. Re: BioWare on ME2 Day 1 DLC, New Trailer Jan 17, 2010, 00:24 Ray Marden
 
If you don't already have, you can get the digital download version from EA (edit) for $5 when you use the following promotional code: M93SW4PQQ2.

URL fixed by Blue

I grabbed that from CAG:

http://www.cheapassgamers.com/
http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=249391

...so I am not sure how long that lasts (but it is currently working.)
Still a bit of a generic BioWare game, but the futuristic setting is nice.
Not in love with the game like many are, but definitel thinking it is wort $5,
Ray

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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
25. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 16, 2010, 23:57 Ray Marden
 
The movie is very good, but not revolutionary by any means. You have seen this movie before, but not in this way.

Otherwise, you have to be open to a wider range of genres/beliefs - it has some parts of romance, environmentalism, anti-capitalism, etc.

Otherwise, I can say that I very, very much enjoyed the movie and the advertisements are complete crap. I know the genre nerds had been going on about the movie for some time (years) prior to its release, but I was not particularly impressed by the final world and character reveals to say nothing of the trailers. However, anybody I know that has seen the movie has really loved it - hands down and across a wide range of ages/sex/people/etc. That is what made me finally go see it and I completely agree with all the other people that speak highly of it.
It isn't bad - look at how long it has been #1 as well as its financial success.
Possibly going to see it again in the theaters and definitely buying the Blu-Ray,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
23. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 16, 2010, 23:43 Ray Marden
 
What? No, no - it was just a victim of the holiday schedule.

Terrible game? Poor reviews? Signifiance price to quality ratio? A simple game based on a fairly self contained story? Crazy talk! All of it!
And this guy makes how much per year?
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News Comments > Rumored Mass Effect 2 Day One DLC Details
11. Re: Rumored Mass Effect 2 Day One DLC Details Jan 15, 2010, 20:34 Ray Marden
 
It inherently decreases the value of the core game.

From the day one purchasers that are already missing something to what could have been in the game in the first place to either how much sooner the game could have been released or how much better it could have been with that team working on the game.

Lastly, I realize this is an outdated mentality, but I think it is really nice to love a game and then later find out that the developer is going to expand it rather than, one day one, know that a numbger of things are already missing from a game you have yet to even be able to pick up/play.

Of course, that is all philosopical - Bioware just cares about the money and the market will support this so that is all it cares about. I would note what a failure the DA DCL has been. Only the stuff cut from the game and sold separately day one DLC has been released while it continues to botch the release, withdraw, release, and withdraw of Return to Ostagar.

Honestly, I would rather take a fleshed out expansion of the past in place of this piecemeal junk. If we do go this low-cost, lite content route, where do you draw the line? How many weapons are free until you get to charge for one more? How many characters? Quickie dungeons? Maps?
It's still gray for "expansion packs," but those attempt to offer much more.
Fighting for the principle of it all, but conquered by the economics of it all,
Ray

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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jan 15, 2010, 13:18 Ray Marden
 
Well, if it cannot even figure out how long 48 hours is...
Stooopded munkee!
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News Comments > Dark Void PC Demo [Updated]
17. Re: Dark Void PC Demo Jan 14, 2010, 19:31 Ray Marden
 
I loved me some Crimson Skies, but this has done too many things to piss me off.

There is all the unzipping and installing to then install crap, but the installer itself took quite some time...I hit the launch command and nothing happened the first time...the abrupt start of the demo...not being able to access any options until I started playing a new game...and then the flight controls were totally f*ck*d up.

Mind you, I am going at this with a mouse and keyboard, but everything was fine (Windows, main screen, and ground portion) early on, but the moment I hit the jetpack, the game was endlessly moving me in the last direction I had moved the mouse. This wasn't the old "stuck key" (or tilted joystick) issue, but the game itself was endlessly repeating any mouse movement I had.

I'm spinning to the left so I move the mouse slightly to the right; now I'm spinning to the right. Maybe it's just an issue with that axis? Except moving the mouse forward a millimeter ends putting me in circles. And move the mouse down slightly? More circular motions, but in the opposite direction. Ultimately, the only way I could fly straight was to literally shake the mouse from side to side.

Who knows? Maybe this game just has crap mouse support, maybe there is some weird incompatability I am experiencing, or maybe I hit some strange toggle, but that was enough for me.

It's a shame, too, because I loved Crimson Skies. I would rather go play one of my current games (much less the ones just weeks away...) than deal with any more of this crap.
Talk about a bad first impression.
Wishing those jerks that Bioware would actually communicate about the DLC...,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2010, 18:33 Ray Marden
 
Poor Conan. Admittedly, he isn't for everybody, but I will say he has a real wit, energy, and quirkiness to him.

In contrast, Leno is just some dude that is on late.

Leno seems like a real jerk and I hope NBCs fails thatmuch harder now.
I just think Conan has more potential than generic 'R us Leno.
Thinking someobody should punch Fuc...Zucker in the face,
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News Comments > On BioShock 2 Vita-Chambers and Backtracking
29. Re: On BioShock 2 Vita-Chambers and Backtracking Jan 13, 2010, 18:13 Ray Marden
 
So sad.

One of my main gripes with the original game was the lack of backtracking. Although you could do it, there was almost no point to it (except for the one "gift" scenario.)

It's a really blatant way to shout out "SINGLE TRACK GAME LEVEL HERE" and really detracts from the overall world atmosphere. Besides adding a touch of realism, there is nothing like having that one ominous place from early on in a game.....and then finding our you're forced to go in there at a certain point. They don't have to be mandatory or story-related either; it just fleshes out the world.

Oh well. This is definitely unfortunate, but there are much bigger issues in this game (Big Daddy player character, lack of continuation of first game, escort missions, etc.)
I just played through Bioshock and enjoyed it, but I'm hesitant about this game.
At the very least, expecting less and less from this game each day,
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Steam Preorders
2. Re: Mass Effect 2 Steam Preorders Jan 13, 2010, 18:01 Ray Marden
 
Well, given that the war propagandists will pay $60 for a "standard" game...
One with even less features than the first game!
Heaving the Team America song each time I play that game ,
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News Comments > Steam Top Sellers
4. Re: Steam Top Sellers Jan 12, 2010, 19:51 Ray Marden
 
It is listed, but not available for purchase - just as it has been for the past week or so.

Until EA and Valve "allow" the scum...er...paying customers to purchase it, grab it over at D2D.
Or retail. Lulz.
Hoping they fix the boring vehicle portions for ME2,
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News Comments > GameStop Financials
11. Re: GameStop Financials Jan 7, 2010, 12:56 Ray Marden
 
Welcome to capitalism?

It isn't enough to break even, it isn't enough to do well, and it certainly ins't enough to do as good as last year (especially in a worldwide recession.)

Which is really stupid, but it is not like I can change things. Although the government may not make it seem like this and even accounting for population increases, money does not just magically appear out of thin air.

If one person is taking in more money, other people are losing more of it. Well, that or just inflate everything across the board so then we can all say we took in more...
I know, I know - crazy talk.
Wishing somebody would do something about this forum code...,
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Return to Ostagar Delayed
3. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Return to Ostagar Delayed Jan 5, 2010, 12:36 Ray Marden
 
Nice that they could not manage to figure this out until the actual day of release.
Nice kwaluhtee ahshuRRenz there!
But hey, everybody, let us start promoting our new expansion in the meantime!!!

Thinking this is something that only EA would...oh, wait... ,
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. DVD/Blu-Ray sales Jan 5, 2010, 07:48 Ray Marden
 
If I didn't know better, the disc-based portion of the industry seems to want to kill itself off. It's kind of sad; DVDs are routinely being sold for candy ($5-$10) whereas Blu-Rays are frequently being sold in the $25-$35 range, if you can find a specific title.

Looking solely at Blu-Rays, who actually has a decent stock of them? Best Buy at least has a few aisles of them, but they are easily some of the highest prices to be found. Target has a handful of discs, but an inconsistent selection and significant DVD/Blu-Ray disparities (I want to buy the Blu-Ray, but not for $15+ more...) Dying Blockbuster has relegated Blu-Ray to maybe one-third of one wall.

Even looking at destroying the country - shopping at Walmart - I've seen two different stores in the area and neither even has an aisle of Blu-Rays. Akin to the earliest years of DVD, they have pictures of available Blu-Rays displayed on a wall somewhere and you presumably need to ask an employee for one of the shown discs...and, again, at very inflated prices.

Amazon (or shopping via Walmart's website) is about the only company to both have a wide range of Blu-Rays as well as making any effect to discount Blu-Rays.

Meanwhile, for just $5 a month, I get a wide selection of HD channels from the cable company. These are not generally superior to a good Blu-Ray, but in many, many cases these "HD" films look extremely good, do show a signficant improvement over any DVD, and cost nowhere near the $25+ many places charge for a multi-year old release on Blu-Ray (all made worse in cases of any prior VHS/DVD purchases.)

Obviously, digital downloads are going to be the future of television, but I am surprised at how quickly (relatively, mind you) the transition is occurring in the U.S. For Blu-Ray wanting to advance in any form in the market, the industry seems intent on stiffling any growth...
Yes, get Blu-Ray! It looks really good! And then you can pay 7x as much!
A dinosaur, apparently ,
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