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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Lastly, I realize this is an outdated mentality, but I think it is really nice to love a game and then later find out that the developer is going to expand it rather than, one day one, know that a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!
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News Comments > On Duke Nukem's Future
34. Re: On Duke Nukem's Future Dec 27, 2009, 08:44 Ray Marden
 
Nothing like spending a decade doing nothing and still having the balls to brag about it...
I mean, really, Miller? Really???
Wishing they had any respect for the market, franchise, or (especially) the gamers,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
11. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 12:54 Ray Marden
 
Nor have I - it's both funny and saddening having a 24" monitor and sitting at the Windows desktop with black bars on all four sides (depending on the resoultion.)

Samsung 2433BW:
http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/office/monitors/essential/LS24CMKKFV/ZA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

Vistiontek HD 4850 512MB:
http://graphics.visiontek.com/video/4000/4850.html

This is using DVI, with and without the monitor driver installed, and I would have to be back at home to break down which resolutions do what.

Everythign was fine on the Windows 7 x64 install and even the 9.11 drivers up until I actually selected a different refresh for one resolution (I think it was 1680x1050 where I noticed Windows was running at 59hz, but I selected 60hz) and then everything went screwey.

Literally, I am at my wit's end on this - I've tried with and without the monitor drive, custom timings (that disappear,) different driver versions, removing all drivers, etc.

I have found quite a few people with similar issues via Google, but no specific cause/fix as of yet. It's quite funny/sad spending so much time just trying to get an video signal to fit my monitor (which works pre-Windows, certain resoultions, when I set Windows to a specific resolution/refresh, etc.)

I didn't have time to fiddle with it last night nor will I have much time tonight, but I am hoping to resolve it this weekend. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 so I may just give in and try rolling back or even doing another fresh install...
And no hardware changed what so ever and all worked until that one point.
Shrugging,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
8. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 10:21 Ray Marden
 
Yes, my whininig aside , ATI is significantly better than what it was.

In the old days, price and performance might not have mattered as much - the real question was whether or not you could get the thing running reliably.

I am just frustrated that, with each time I jump over to ATI, I frequently run into some bizarre bugs. In a weird way, it's less about the quantity of bugs so much as how strange they are (like the above mentioned letterbox issues...WTF??? )

Having said that all, ATI is about the only company making video cards these days. It really is just a Nvidia/ATI world (R.I.P. everybody else,) but clearly NVIDIA has no idea what in the heck it is doing right now. Maybe, maybe we'll see something early next year - but at what price? What performance level? What will ATI be able to respond with in turn? I do have to give ATI credit, too, for not abusing its position as nvidia would historically do. Yeah, some prices have edged up a bit, but nothing like the past.

Ultimately, they're the only company pshing (I use that relatively) 3D graphics on PCs right now and you aren't wrong for purchasing an ATI card, but I could definitely go for a generation of card/driver that didn't give me some really strange functionality. Mind you, I make matters worst by virtue of constantly mixing a combination of 2D and 3D items simultaneously (DVD playback, work document, DreamScene, and a windowed game...)

Likely to upgrade in the next generation,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
6. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 20:36 Ray Marden
 
http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=78815

As for the ATI/Windows 7 refresh issues, go look them up on Google. I haven't honestly tested the new drivers since being home, but the previous version(s?) was a nightmare.

I had one game that was acting a little strange, acting like it was running at the wrong refresh rate. I went to check the refresh rate in CCC and it was set lower than it should.

No problem - just change it back and.....WHAM 80% of my resolutions are now running in letterbox. It's like a full resoltuion (1900x1200) signal is being sent to the monitor, but the desktop is only displaying at the corresponding pixel count (black borders on all four sides, depending on the resolution selected.) You can manually fix your desktop resolution, but CCC won't save changes to non-selected resolutions.

These current drivers still make some mention of the issue (which is scary,) but any manually set resolutions would disappear. I'll find out this weekend if everything is fixed, but.......fail, total fail, by ATI.
Seriously, can ATI not bother to fix the 2D/3D bug???
Edit: Yes, obviously, I have the correct monitor driver.

Tired of ATI,
Ray

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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
1. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 17:44 Ray Marden
 
Maybe Borderlands won't constantly reset the display adapter now without tinkering with the CCC?

Maybe most Windows 7 resolutions won't run in letterbox now?

Yeah, about that driver kWaLitTeE...
Queue the rabid supporters...
Hoping NvIdIa will give me something in the new year,
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation
9. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation Dec 15, 2009, 17:37 Ray Marden
 
The second game was an average shooter with some absurd action moments, but really out of touch for what made the first game so special and the combat was a major downgrade.

I'd like a third F.E.A.R. game eventually, but only after some time spent mulling over what made them go so offcourse and, ideally, with some different people.

In the meantime, I would really like to have an updated NOLF and I would be interested in a modern Blood. Heck, I might even be up for the silliness that is Shogo.
Heck, I'd even take a new Claw over the next F.E.A.R.
Noting new IPs are always nice, too,
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General Discussion > Site suggestions
15. Re: Post display Dec 14, 2009, 13:04 Ray Marden
 
I think this is the single biggest flaw (and a significant one at that) of these forums.

Have you ever been posting here and then had somebody ask you whe people were talking about? Or what the current discussions are?

You either set the forum to the lackluster "Flat" view and just have somebody view a gigantic wall of text without any coherent direction or you set it to the "Thread" view and then the poor person has to spend an absurd amount of time clicking on each and every post (along with all the joys of refreshing the entire page each and every time.)

Look, I love Blue's and I'll die with this damn site , but I've never heard a positive comment from somebody when they see that (and quite a few make comments about age/layout/quality.)

Otherwise, navigation could use a nice update. For a new person, what is this site? Even if they do find the FAQ, it is a bit oudated. Do people have the ability to received e-mail updates? Or control how/when/if a thread is marked as inactive? Any easy way to view thread updates? Edit: This is in relation to a new user - how would they know? The account setup area is a bit rusty...

What about the often requested donation button? Don't ever make the assumption that people will donate, but a few might - dump it in an account and maybe you can get an update at some point down the road.

How about a handful of always active threads/forums/folders not tied to a daily update? Have a coupon? Post it here. Have a tech question? Post it here. Why not integrate these "general" threads onto the main page?

How about cleaning up the post interface? Should emoticons be above the login and not closer to the Special Codes section so somebody can see all text/mark up options in one general area? Should the "Forum Rules" be more prominent rather than being the lowest, most right-sided items? For that matter, do we need special codes listed as text and as a button? If I was new here, doesn't that blank button look a little strange?

Can I please put a character after an emoticon like I used to be able to? N o t t h a t I d o n ' t l i k e s p a c e s o r a n y t h i n g.

Sacrilege, I admit, but could I have an option for a lighter shade of blue background? If not a few?

Can we clearly state the superiority of fruit roll ups and compound spreading?
Make it so!
Thinking that last one is the most important,
Ray

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Patch
38. Re: Dragon Age Patch Dec 8, 2009, 13:03 Ray Marden
 
To each their own, obviously, but I just didn't feel it.

You get blatantly screwed over by Mr. Bitter Loghain.

You then spend the next 80% of the game just acquiring allies, almost ignoring the darkspawn threat.

While doing the above, you might get a few "Ha ha, you suck because Loghain says so! Die!" encounters.

Then, only at the very end, does he really play up his reasons for his actions (which again, do fly a bit in the face of the numerous, blatant "bad" things they've shown him as doing.)

That's kind of how the game felt to me: quickie origin story, go grab your set allies, get a quick blurb from Loghain, and then go kill the last boss. I just think weaving in more connection between all the locations as well as showing/proving the threat of the darkspawn would have done more for the overall story. Alternately, even if the same structure was more or less kept, it would have been nice to see my actions have more impact on the greater world; instead, the various zones felt distinctly confined and separate (elf, dwarf, mage, human.)
The dwarves themselves are constantly holding back darkspawn. Not so threatening...
Wanting less focus on humans; thining the elfs have a crappy backstory,
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News Comments > WoW Patched
13. Re: WoW Patched Dec 8, 2009, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
Eh, I am mixed about things.

I just went through some major guild dRaMaZ and haven't really played the game for the past few weeks.
I expected the guild to follow its rules. Unfortunately, it was a real-world clique.
On one hand, I miss parts of the game like the weekly struggle to accomplish the next goal with a large group of people.

On the other hand, it's nice to have nights to myself or let me post-work day play out in a casual way. Also, I dread the whole guild initiation process - the begging to join, the jaded criticism, and dynamics of politics in a game that is based around hunting down the next gear upgrade.

It's weird, too, because I either need to start playing immediately while my gear is still current, else I will endlessly be behind the gear curve and really shouldn't bother until the next expansion semi-resets everything. After the last two-plus years of constant raiding, it's a little peculair (and extremely pathetic. )

As for LK, I think Blizzard really fine tuned a lot of mechanics, but it has simultaneously made some out of the blue changes that reinforce the idea that it really doesn't know what to do with the game in the long term. More than anything, the lack of varied content combined with the excessive rehashing of supplied content (5 person, 10 person, 25 person, hard mode for all, heroic mode for all) is a bit tiring. As ever, I think Blizzard has achieve some phenomenal lows in customer service, particularly on its forums.

Really tempted by that Lost Blu-Ray collection deal on Amazon...,
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