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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed May 26, 2013, 15:43 Flatline
 
Draugr wrote on May 26, 2013, 15:30:
Flatline wrote on May 26, 2013, 15:12:
Cutter wrote on May 26, 2013, 13:51:
The only problem I have with real money being utilized is then it becomes class warfare where those with money can buy anything they want/need while those who don't can't. And isn't that one of the main draws of games? The escape from reality? Where you can be uber and forget about things like money problems for a while?

Well in theory yes. This isn't about the player side though, this whole clusterfuck arises from wanting residual income and legitimizing gold farmers by taking 15% (which ironically didn't work).

And as far as residuals and new revenue streams, D3 is a success. I mean, they haven't released *any* new content have they? They released some rule systems to let you keep grinding past level cap but that's not *really* new content is it?

10 years ago Blizzard would have had to have resorted to expansion packs and DLC and new content in order to continue bringing in a revenue stream. Instead, they just sit there and scrape the cream off the top of the pot for people who are addicted to the game. I actually wonder if we will see a significant expansion/content update.

Correlation =/= causation. Them not releasing new content by now has nothing directly to do with the revenue generation d3 is currently doing. Using your same reasoning, they should have never released wow expansions or content because it was making them lots of money. I would almost say you are drawing the opposite conclusion than you should. If they had the momentum they wanted, they would keep that going, if it comes lurching to a halt (due to something like bad gameplay/desgin decisions.) then that's something they are going to need to address before they can get those people to dumb extra money on more of your game. I'd say more content not coming out has more to do with the current state of the game rather than they are satisfied with the revenue.

In addition to that, the ps3/4 release is getting worked on. This at least gives them the chance to sell you the game twice, (since the new version had a lot of the stuff people wanted in the original release.) I imagine they will worry about an expansion after this - Provided the changes and (and in turn the population) warrant it.

As others have mentioned, it's funny to think they have these issues considering the influence they can have on it, and supposedly they have economists who are working on this thing.

Actually, when subscriber numbers started to dip or more likely were projected to dip, they'd release a new WoW expansion to keep people interested.

I forgot about the PS3 version however. You're absolutely right there.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 26, 2013, 15:12 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on May 26, 2013, 13:51:
The only problem I have with real money being utilized is then it becomes class warfare where those with money can buy anything they want/need while those who don't can't. And isn't that one of the main draws of games? The escape from reality? Where you can be uber and forget about things like money problems for a while?

Well in theory yes. This isn't about the player side though, this whole clusterfuck arises from wanting residual income and legitimizing gold farmers by taking 15% (which ironically didn't work).

And as far as residuals and new revenue streams, D3 is a success. I mean, they haven't released *any* new content have they? They released some rule systems to let you keep grinding past level cap but that's not *really* new content is it?

10 years ago Blizzard would have had to have resorted to expansion packs and DLC and new content in order to continue bringing in a revenue stream. Instead, they just sit there and scrape the cream off the top of the pot for people who are addicted to the game. I actually wonder if we will see a significant expansion/content update.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
44. Re: Morning Consolidation May 24, 2013, 16:49 Flatline
 
On a different note, the new Xbox is interetsting in that it's supposedly supporting Azure in a big way.

That makes sense: Server 2012 is mostly about breaking down barriers between cloud computing and the local network. It's a paradigm Microsoft is pushing hard.

It's actually pretty smart to pull the console into Azure. It's a shot across Amazon Web Service's bows, and the technology surely needs to mature to compete with the Mothership. What better way to do that than to tie in a fast moving, iterative market that will help offset the cost of maturing cloud computing?

I don't see how it's going to help graphically, but I can see a cloud computing solution doing some pretty interesting stuff: Say, in the next elder scrolls you have 100% permanent everything. Everything you ever do in the game is recorded and the effects can be revisited. Scorch marks on cave walls from fireballs will always be there. NPCs can remember what conversation topics you discussed with them and react accordingly. Big Data where speed of access isn't vital.

Or how about a Call of Duty game that monitors SP behavior and multiplayer behavior and uses all that deep data to improve enemy AI?

There's a lot of possibility there. It's a shame MS is cocking the console up so hard though.
 
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
59. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 23, 2013, 13:36 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 23, 2013, 13:00:
No and yes.. I guess? I want 1 Linux Distro that is the Main distro. No other should be supported (officially) by Steam or game developers. Sounds like a dick move, but that is what is needed to make Linux gaming mainstream. If you can tell someone "Just install Ubuntu 13 and press on default install when it asks you" and that then runs ALL Linux Games in existence, has a PERFECT GUI, has 100% installer support, has a simple way for game installs to register to a non-voodoo location, a simple way to interface with standard libraries for sound/network/graphics/peripherals. Then you have something that will become BIG. And not a 1% figure at the back end of the steam stats.

All this choice is good for specialized things and I love it even for my own uses (Custom NAS with embedded Unix) but for gaming there must be 1 distro to rule them All. Linux needs a Distro that is like Windows. Not in looks or functions necessarily, but in dominance of the platform.

So yes, I want a Linux Distro that is like Windows in a sense, but I don't want all linux distros to be like that. I only want 1 of them that dominates, that is the DEFAULT distro for gaming basically.

And for that, the Linux kernel development needs to be bitch slapped into a committee. No change in the Kernel is allowed to break compatibility with ANY game that runs on the "game distro". Only then is nix gaming going to be awesome. Because you can buy games in the knowledge that a random kernel update won't break it. (I have updated Windows from XP through to 7 and my games from XP times still work, and the nix distro for gaming needs to offer that much stability..)

I don't want to sound that negative by the way, I just don't see how there is ever going to be an linux based gaming OS without some major changes to how the Distro's and the kernel devs interact.

You actually are pretty close to that with iOS. You have some backwards compatibility issues (not nearly as much as earlier iOS versions) but in the end everything you want is right there. Android is probably a closer representation of what it would look like in a world of non-standardized hardware, but again, there's no reason why someone couldn't do it so long as they're willing to kill several of the sacred cows of Linux.
 
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
57. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 23, 2013, 13:29 Flatline
 
Trashy wrote on May 22, 2013, 23:56:
Flatline wrote on May 22, 2013, 23:42:
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.

Well it sounds like you don't even know what Linux is.

Linux isn't one OS, hell it's not even an OS by itself. It's a collection of software with a kernel.. There are hundreds of distributions as heavy or light weight as you want.. Not one company or entity owns it.. If you don't like how one distribution does things you can switch to another. Google made their own OS (Android) around the Linux Kernel.

This does complicate gaming a bit though...

Oh christ I know what Linux is. And one of it's components for the end-user is a GUI, and from what I've read (which isn't much, but occasionally I see a tech article or slashdot article come up about it) is how several of the popular GUIs out there are moving towards windows paradigms and adopting it's worst GUI features.

Now I know the proper response here is either "write your own you stupid shitface" or "Super obscure not really useful GUI X blows anything else out of the water" or "CLI 4EVER!", but those aren't valid options for 99% of the population.

The two most successful flavors of *nix right now in the main stream are MacOS and Android, and both of those bury Linux under a mountain of GUI and are probably the *least* *nix like. Yeah you can drop down to CLI with MacOS, but most people never will.

Wanna know why Linux gaming is a dead end? Nobody wants to fuck with it. Period. It's why consoles sell hundreds of millions of sets of hardware. It's why iOS is so popular and fans of the iphone are loyal. They just want it to fucking work.
 
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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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