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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
29. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 22, 2013, 23:42 Flatline
 
Icewind wrote on May 22, 2013, 22:25:
NKD wrote on May 22, 2013, 21:41:
TychoCelchuuu wrote on May 22, 2013, 21:27:
Yawn. Steam's taking baby steps onto Linux - in a decade I wonder if anyone's going to have to care about Windows at all when it comes to gaming.


Even if by some miracle Linux was to take off as a gaming platform, what exactly do we gain other than saving a few bucks on a software license every 4-6 years?

You're looking at it backwards. It's not what you gain, but what you don't have to worry about LOSING.

With a reliance on Windows you are letting MS gradually take away your rights to your games and limiting your access (Or at least making it more unintuitive to do) to your OS with every new version.

Would you really rather have your gaming machine ruled by MS? I'd gladly take Linux which has no ulterior motive, no shareholders to please and no need to placate casual folks with dumbed down interfaces and buried OS options.

Sure, 10 years ago people said the same thing about Linux...but ten years ago Linux didn't have one of the biggest software companies on Earth standing behind them.

Everything I'm hearing about Linux is that it's busy ripping off everything that made Windows a pain in the ass and importing none of the good shit.

Which is exactly what happens when you get one of the biggest software companies on earth standing behind them.

The 5 years for MS going away is bullshit too. Windows products put out crappy products every other revision it seems like these days, and they have 2-3 "windows 8" style launches in their past now. Yeah yeah, smartphones tablets etc... But all those run on infrastructure past the user's device, and a lot of that is MS product.

Microsoft is such a mind-mindbogglingly large company that I doubt you could name all the products they put out. Betting that the xbox division and windows 8 will tank MS's relevancy is kind of funny because it shows how little is realized about the company.

Even when I predict a "downfall" for Apple in the wake of losing Steve Jobs, I'm talking 10-15 years. And even then it'll still look like an attractive, relevant company. It just won't be riding the wave it's at right now.

MS has a massive enterprise half of their business, and they're rolling out a new generation of enterprise software that will sustain them just fine. They're also pushing hard Microsoft Azure, which is basically cloud-based hosting with an emphasis on SQL. They're taking on the behemoth that is Amazon Web Services, but they have an advantage over Amazon: Server 2013 is designed to integrate really smoothly between cloud and LAN resources.

Now, if in 5 years they do another Windows 8 and not another WinXP or Win7, then they might be in trouble at the end of *that* cycle. If they fuck up hard like they did putting Metro UI on Server, like they did in 2013, where it has no earthly right to exist, then yes, I can see trouble. But a 5 year doom cycle? Hardly. Hell it's taken Sony almost 10 years to get where they are right now financially.
 
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
5. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 22, 2013, 20:15 Flatline
 
ASeven wrote on May 22, 2013, 20:10:
The fact is that MS gets their money from the Windows and Office divisions, their entertainment division has been a money sink from the start. Now they alienate not only PC gamers but console gamers as well. Mark my words, MS is about to come down, hard. They do not have the money to withstand a failure of both the Windows front and the Entertainment front, MS is no longer the behemoth it was in financial terms.

This is the beginning of the end for MS as a relevant company, calling it right here.

I gotta start charging a nickle for every time someone predicts MS is going down the toilet. I wouldn't have to work any more.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation May 21, 2013, 20:18 Flatline
 
ASeven wrote on May 21, 2013, 20:10:
Redmask wrote on May 21, 2013, 19:49:
Xbox One instantly boots from a rest state.

Glad that the consoles have finally discovered S3 Sleep.

My favorite bit so far was hearing the Giantbomb guys talk about how the audience and press were dumbfounded and that the only people clapping were MS employees in the back.

MS really, really dropped the ball on this one. With Win8 doing abysmally and now this I wouldn't be surprised if real harsh financial times will be the future of MS in the mid-term.

Xbox One may become the disappointment of the decade. Always online, blocking used sales? WTF were they thinking?? No wonder EA dropped the online pass thing to pretend to be the good guys.

No they didn't. They're going to drop a fortune on exclusive games to ram this into the market and get people accustomed to it. And people will buy it in droves.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
67. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 17:29 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on May 21, 2013, 17:20:
Redmask wrote on May 21, 2013, 17:15:
nin wrote on May 21, 2013, 17:13:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 21, 2013, 17:09:
I find the Blu-Ray player in the xbox pretty amusing

They're trying to slide that one under the radar.


Along with the online requirements and Kinect datamining, looks like that patent was the real deal.

You really think this thing has the power to not only serve you video or play games but also see if you, sitting 6-10 feet away, are drinking Coke or Pepsi?


If they finally put a processor on board the kinect like they originally did, then yes, I suspect that it could do that if/when it wasn't doing anything else. It already does facial recognition.
 
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Assault Kickstarter
17. Re: Heavy Gear Assault Kickstarter May 21, 2013, 17:25 Flatline
 
Orogogus wrote on May 21, 2013, 14:02:
Darks wrote on May 21, 2013, 12:54:
I never wish Ill will on someone trying to make a game, but I hope this one fails so they understand that gamers are not looking for MP PVP only games

Unless they are, and you're wrong. On the side of MP-only you have TF2, CS, all the MOBAs, Battlefield, plus games that might as well not exist without MP (Starcraft, Call of Duty). Whatever's bad about CoD, every tenant I've had who was in the military has had an Xbox to play CoD with his friends and/or relatives.

And on the flip side the sci-fi giant robot/spaceship genre is pretty damned niche. Freespace 2 is regarded as best in class, but was one of the big commercial flops of the PC game industry. I don't know how the Mechwarrior games have sold, but it can't be that spectacular if every single numbered title has had a different development team.

I don't really have any interest in a MP-only title, either, but the audience for SP really might not be large enough for anything other than smaller, much less ambitious games with much less than cutting-edge graphics. And, well, hilariously grandiose Kickstarters, but that one might surprise me.

And yet you have games on the horizon like GTA5, which will probably sink a quarter billion into development and be a primarily single-player game. All of the games that are attracting attention and buzz are single-player focused games: Watchdogs and assassin's creed games (yeah there's multiplayer but that's not the focus draw), Bioshock Infinite was SP only and lit the charts on fire. If we dig into the previous year there's all kinds of SP centric games that did gangbusters: Far Cry 3 lived on it's SP, as did Dishonored, as did x-com, which again had MP but was not the primary draw for the game.

There's *plenty* of market for single player games. They're just harder to make than a multiplayer centric game. With an online MP only game, you have to balance the game (which is a big enough problem for most devs). With SP, you have to balance the game AND make interesting, engaging content.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
57. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 17:03 Flatline
 
Xero wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:51:
Those specs will be fossilized to PC gamers in a few years but that's norm. Console looks great upon release and then slowly drifts into the back end as the games always look better and run better on the PC. I for one got exhausted with consoles the day N64 died, lol. I'll never go back. They are fun when you do a fighting game with a few friends over while drinking some beers, but what else? lol.

Even when they're fossilized there's something to be said for a dedicated hardware platform that, in theory, never changes. You can program tricks and loopholes that won't exist in a more heterogeneous market like the PC. Eventually you'll hit the ceiling, but you get a surprising lifespan out of console hardware.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
51. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 16:44 Flatline
 
Orogogus wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:40:
LittleMe wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:31:
NegaDeath wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:27:
Orogogus wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:12:
In my scenario the Kinect was watching what the person was drinking like an electronic stalker and recommended a brand change.

Mountain Dew is a PepsiCo brand, though.

Ugh fine, change Pepsi to Coke or something.

Um... It's the creepy unwanted electronic stalker in your living room aspect that he wanted to convey, not who owns who or what exact brand would be advertised.


Obviously, yes. But still, the ones he threw out there wouldn't make sense in the scenario.

Jesus you split hairs.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
46. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 16:32 Flatline
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on May 21, 2013, 16:30:
Well watched the whole thing and my first impression seems correct. Microsoft innovated for non-gamers, odd for a game machine, seems the only thing Microsoft did for gamers was buy exclusives. From a purely video game standpoint, the PS4 looks to be the clear winner.


It's not that weird: MS has been saying since pre-360 that it wants to dominate the living room as a one-stop-shop for multimedia. This move has been telegraphed for nearly 10 years.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
30. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 15:59 Flatline
 
MindStalker3 wrote on May 21, 2013, 15:11:
I've been debating buying a 360 for a few months now to replace my almost dead original Wii (which is only used to stream Netflix/Amazon/Hulu). This news is exciting as the prices for 360 should start dropping again.

If you intend to stream netflix or hulu (don't remember if Amazon is streamable on the 360) be prepared to spend an extra 50 bucks a year.

Streaming services are only allowed for xbox live subscribers.

Which leads me to an interesting thought. How much of this mandatory new xbox stuff is going to require a 50 dollar a year subscription? I'm waiting for Microsoft to say "fuck it, Xbox Live subscriptions are mandatory now."

I'm unimpressed with the direction they're going with. 500 gigs isn't going to be enough for mandatory installations, if migrating xbox live IDs is anything like it is today the idea of playing at a friend's house is done (Let's face it- Rock Band sold an ungodly amount of systems)...

I might actually be leaning towards PS4 this generation if I go with a console.
 
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News Comments > Zombie Oz to Set Up Us the Baum
6. Re: Zombie Oz to Set Up Us the Baum May 20, 2013, 21:08 Flatline
 
What a terrible, terrible, terrible idea.

Looking at the artwork I could never actually tell I was looking at Oz.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
19. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 19, 2013, 00:44 Flatline
 
shihonage wrote on May 18, 2013, 23:30:
What goes around, comes around, Nintendo.

Your Wii line-up sucked, your DS line-up only had a handful of games which weren't made for Japanophiles or little kids, your best 3DS game is still the last-gen title made for the original DS (GTA: Chinatown), and your Wii-U line-up is a big fat NOTHING.

Actually, the DS had a shitload of great games for it, and by and large JRPGs and the "uniquely japanese" games don't tend to appeal for me. I clocked in with nearly 50 games on the DS.

3DS had the misfortune to come out after the iPhone. I have no room any more for a dedicated portable gaming platform: I have my phone (now an android), my ipad, my laptop, and other technological gizmos. Between all of them, I get what scant entertainment I have time for from them.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
12. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 18, 2013, 17:25 Flatline
 
The Wii-U lives and dies on it's software library. Just like any console. Make fun games and people will play the system.

I skipped the Wii even though everyone else I know got one, because it had no real "must have" games for me. There were some cool games, but not enough to push the system. With Gamecube, Metroid Prime sold that system to me on a 5 minute demo. It was that awesome. 360 sold me on Mass Effect 1 (which is part of why I'm so bitter about the ending of ME3). We'll see which system manages to sell me next generation.

Wii-U? Who knows. We've come up with some interesting ideas for the tablet thingie- using it in a open rallycar game, and a few other really asymmetrical manners, which is probably needed to get game devs thinking about how to shuffle things up.

Also, I wish next gen would just get off their asses and release apps so that you can interface your tablet with the console and make the Wii-U totally obsolete. I know MS did it with their surface tablet, but nobody is going to use a 1200 dollar laptop tablet thingie with their xbox. Just bite the humility bullet and put out an android and ipad app for 20 bucks and make a goddamn fortune.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse for iPad
3. Re: Frozen Synapse for iPad May 16, 2013, 13:37 Flatline
 
I bought this way back when, and it was a cool idea, I just... never got into it.

Kudos to them. I'm going back to playing Eclipse on the ipad. Excellent interpretation of an excellent board game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 15, 2013, 14:18 Flatline
 
Never had a problem with the power button.

Now the Home button... what a piece of shit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation May 15, 2013, 13:51 Flatline
 
mag wrote on May 15, 2013, 12:09:
Xbox 720 job ads point to X86 processing, PC architecture.

Isn't this already known? Like, 100%, no doubt, duh-duh-duh known? I thought the AMD CPU/GPU thing had been confirmed.

They must be using x86 in the literal sense, as in based on the 8086 architecture, because when *I* see x86 used in terms of architecture, I see "32 bit", which would make absolutely no sense whatsoever, because your total video and system memory are limited to 4 gigs, unless you want to go incredibly inefficient and code in extra memory processing, which basically eats your 5th gig of memory.

Same with the PS4. When they announced 8 gigs of memory on an x86 architecture, I thought "surely they mean 64-bit? x64?"

Which is actually f*cking awesome. It'll help push us past 32-bit support and help make 64 bit exes on the PC the norm. Which means we'll finally start getting *native* support to use our PCs better.

In fact, the only thing that makes me excited about this coming generation of games is that push to 64-bit.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Borderlands 2: The Psycho Pack
9. Re: More Big Picture Details May 14, 2013, 18:28 Flatline
 
10 for a new character?

Yeah pass.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailer
5. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailer May 14, 2013, 15:06 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on May 14, 2013, 11:46:
Black Flag? So wth is Henry Rollins then?

That's what I was originally saying- Henry Rollins is a hardcore motherf*cking templar killing assassin in this unexpected twist to the Assassin's Creed franchise. Rock peoples nuts off and then stab them to death.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
2. Re: Sunday Interviews May 13, 2013, 19:57 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on May 13, 2013, 10:52:
Meh on all these ideas. I love Garrus, but a game focused on him wouldn't work, imo. Garrus is awesome as the sidekick who can drop witty sarcasm on you while bailing your ass out of the fire. As the guy you'd be playing, he'd lose a lot of his appeal.

Just give us the damn Rachni Wars already. I doubt many people want to play as an "investigator in C-Sec."

Creston

Double-meh. While the ME setting is kind of spoiled for me now, I found Garrus to be kind of boring.

Why not go somewhere new, like as you said the Rachnai Wars, instead of haunting around the f*cking Shepherd story. They pissed and shit all over that story ending.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House Downtime Continues
13. Re: Diablo III Auction House Downtime Continues May 11, 2013, 13:00 Flatline
 
Verno wrote on May 10, 2013, 09:02:
Warrax wrote on May 10, 2013, 08:33:
I say let it stay closed, the AH destroyed the game anyway.

Yeah I always liked the idea of lobby player bazaars with integrated chat. You need to preserve a sense of community and it would serve the same purpose. Exposing players to perfect rolls of every item in the game makes their drops feel less meaningful and creates a desire to only upgrade to the highest possible item tier. That's where a big part of player frustration comes from with the game.

I know the AH has been a big lament of the D3 team, they've said so a few times now that it didn't go the way they thought.

Yet they'll sit on all the f*cking money they raked in.

The fucked thing is that people 3 or 4 transactions deep are going to get boned by the threaded rollback. Say I hacked, and bought a bunch of shit. Okay I get rolled back. You get your stuff back and lose your money. But what happens if you've already *spent* that money? That transaction has to get rolled back too. And what happens if that person spent the money on socketing jewels? Do they become unsocketed?

I mean, where do you draw the line? The AH may be closed, but I'd be sorely pissed if some elemental part of my character was suddenly undone weeks after the fact.
 
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News Comments > Sun Setting on Silicon Knights?
10. Re: Sun Setting on Silicon Knights? May 10, 2013, 14:15 Flatline
 
Verno wrote on May 10, 2013, 13:00:
siapnar wrote on May 10, 2013, 12:46:
I remember Dyack coming to my school in 2006, acting like Too Human was the next coming of Christ. The lead character modeler with him also seemed like a pompous ass.

Good riddance.

He was totally obsessive about that game, it was bizarre. He kept going on and on about how ambitious it was and that was why they kept missing release targets. Finally it arrived as a twin stick action game with shallow RPG elements, weak story, buggy as hell and capped it all off with a bad UI. I did have one friend who got so invested in the pre-release hype that he was in denial at release and still maintains it's the best game for the Xbox 360 despite the fact that he didn't even finish it according to his achievement list.

I remember reading a few months ago that the spare units were ordered to be destroyed by a judge as a result of the lawsuit, seemed like a fitting end for the whole debacle.

I moderately enjoyed Too Human. It didn't rock my world, but when you were swimming through swarms of enemies, leaving destruction in your wake, and your "dodge" was actually "murder bad guys over here", it got into a groove that kind of reminds me of a rhythm game like Rock Band. And during those times, the game was good.

The repetitive enemies, the 3 levels, the bad AI, the buggy gameplay, and any enemy that wasn't a swarm sucked donkey balls, and the story was severely truncated, but I didn't mind the cyberpunk viking mythos.

I dunno if it'd ever be as good as the hype, I don't think the design was there for example, but if they had taken something like God of War's silky smooth combat system with that kind of depth, and melded it with mowing down hordes of baddies, in that weird rhythm game-like groove, it might have had something serious going for it, if they overhauled the story and made it actually make sense.
 
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