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News Comments > Dead Space 4 Cancelled?
41. Re: Dead Space 4 Cancelled? Mar 5, 2013, 13:14 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 10:17:
Sempai wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 10:10:
The games business is a giant cluster fuck.
This news makes me want to cry because i enjoyed the hell out of this series, even three.

Something needs to change in this industry, these giant publishers need to go away and the model needs to find a way to be reborn.
The sheer amount of abuse and burnout in the industry is telling.
I respect these teams so much, and yet publishers like EA treat them like disposable dogshit.

This business needs a union of some sort that will protect these people from this constant and never ending abuse. I don't know..i don't have the answers..

A union isn't the answer. A union will get you what Hollywood has - contract workers rather than employees. That's even worse than what we have now.

EA isn't as much of a problem as they were, anyway. They do far less buying and razing awesome studios these days. They don't have the buying power, but I think they've learned that lesson. A bit.
The issue now is more just a function of no one understanding what to do about how much it costs to make a game with cutting edge graphics. Most studios decided the way to handle that is by reducing single player to 6-7 hours.

It isn't just games dealing with this, either. Look at Hollywood now. The most expensive movies of all time are the ones heaviest with CGI - movies like Oz Great and Powerful which is 100% greenscreened cost over $200MM. Nuts. And then the artists doing those effects get laid off and the studios get closed weeks after winning awards.
Don't know the answer. Industry leading computer visuals are just extremely expensive...

Next Gen needed to be about streamlining the production pipeline and really focusing on creating tools that work with the console/platform to reduce the time required for game creators to make content. Instead, we're chasing higher and higher graphical fidelity, and at some point we're going to hit a weird equilibrium where we *can* make better looking games, but it'll simply cost *way* too much to make games at that high of fidelity.

We're starting to see that now actually I think. My gaming laptop is a year or two old now, but it still runs pretty much *everything* I throw at it. I figure that Crysis 3 would run like shit, but there's not many games focusing on that level of graphical fidelity. I'm looking at my steam list of current games and most of them back off of that level of absurd level of detail in favor of artistic liberties, and look the better for it.
 
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News Comments > Thief (4) Details Inbound
13. Re: Thief (4) Details Inbound Mar 5, 2013, 13:06 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 12:33:

Holy Dishonored, Batman!


I just looked at the art assets and you're right, it looks like they ripped off Dishonored.

Also, a compound bow? BOO. BOO I SAY.
 
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News Comments > Thief (4) Details Inbound
12. Re: Thief (4) Details Inbound Mar 5, 2013, 13:04 Flatline
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 5, 2013, 12:55:
Yay, another crap game with a classic game's name incoming. Gee, I really wish I could be a part of THAT proud development team.

If I had a quarter for every fucking fantasy setting that suffered from a mysterious plague, I wouldn't have to work. If I had a nickel for every fantasy setting that suffers from a tyrannical baron or duke or king, my entire family could retire.

So far I'm not thrilled with what I'm seeing. Thief games didn't have "multiple paths" through levels, they just had open levels and you went nuts in them within the limits of your equipment.
 
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News Comments > Soren Johnson at Stardock
9. Re: Soren Johnson at Stardock Mar 5, 2013, 02:37 Flatline
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 20:53:
They must have offered him a decent chunk of money, as not many developers would want to work for a prick like Brad Wardell.

Yeah after that Glenn Beck episode I promised not to ever bother with another Stardock game. Which is sad, but it means that I avoided stuff like the code abortion that was Elemental.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details
27. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details Mar 4, 2013, 18:08 Flatline
 
ShakyJake wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 17:34:
Dawn of the 18th century? Call me a pedant, but that would put it in the early 1700s. If the game is supposed to take place around the era of the Napoleonic wars, then it should have been called "Dawn of the 19th century".

Actually the early 1700s would put it towards the end of the golden age of piracy, and right after Queen Anne's War.

The game has nothing to do with the Napoleonic Wars. I think I was the only person saying that'd make a cool setting. France & England pretty much were at war off and on for like 5-600 years. In the Caribbean you also have the Dutch, the Spanish (though they're a shadow of their former power in the West Indies at this point), the Portuguese, and a few other factions that all fucked with each other for about a hundred years.

Edit: The artwork of Edward Teach (Blackbeard) totally needs slow match woven into his beard and hair.

This comment was edited on Mar 4, 2013, 18:17.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details
23. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details Mar 4, 2013, 15:59 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 15:47:
Flatline wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 15:36:
Creston wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 13:38:
The last sentence was never in the game, but is apparently revealed in a cgi short movie about the end of Ezio. Anyone have a link to that, by any chance? I never was able to get it from Ubi, even though I was supposed to.

Creston

Assassin's Creed: Embers. It was included in the ipad/iphone card game.

It actually was pretty cool, and a bittersweet ending for Ezio. Definitely had echoes of The Godfather for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL30864YID4

Awesome, thanks man!

Creston

My pleasure. It also cock-teases a Wuxia/Chinese Assassin's Creed that I think most people would spoo themselves to see, though I doubt they'd ever go so far as to do full-on wirework. Though a freerunning Wuxia game would be 8 kinds of awesome.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details
20. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Trailers; Details Mar 4, 2013, 15:36 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 13:38:
The last sentence was never in the game, but is apparently revealed in a cgi short movie about the end of Ezio. Anyone have a link to that, by any chance? I never was able to get it from Ubi, even though I was supposed to.

Creston

Assassin's Creed: Embers. It was included in the ipad/iphone card game.

It actually was pretty cool, and a bittersweet ending for Ezio. Definitely had echoes of The Godfather for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL30864YID4
 
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News Comments > On Diablo III's Future
26. Re: On Diablo III's Future Mar 2, 2013, 18:41 Flatline
 
Dev wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 23:48:
Whenever we talk about what the fantasy of Diablo is and what we want the core gameplay to be, never do we say “we want players to farm gold and go buy items off the auction house”.

BULLLLCRAP. Because that's sure as heck how you've designed the game!

Flatline wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 23:21:
What's going on is that Blizzard probably never intended for the RMAH to be a dominant, permanent fixture. As D3 wanes, they'll back away from monetizing it so hard. Yeah sure it'll still be there, but they made their millions and can ease back on all roads leading to the RMAH, figuring that in doing so they can claim they listen to their fans and come out like the good guys.
Thats a good point. I never thought about them backing off from that a bit as sales declined. But I doubt its quite near the time for them to do that. They are still selling the game for $50-$60.

I dunno it seems like it's a perfect time to back off of RMAH. I'm not necessarily talking about sales as I am about interest and player participation. Just as player interest starts to wane is the time to scale back all roads lead to RMAH. It provides a surge of interest in the game from current and former players, and it brings in new people who are avoiding the game due to the RMAH backlash. So instead of 90% of inferno players being forced to farm forever or turn to the auction house, it might drop down to 5% visiting the RMAH, but that's a sustainable level of the population that won't get pissed off and quit.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: 1313 on Hold?
18. Re: Star Wars: 1313 on Hold? Mar 1, 2013, 23:25 Flatline
 
ViRGE wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 03:55:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2013, 21:44:
There's a huge audience waiting to buy updated versions of X-Wing and Tie Fighter.
No. There's a small, vocal audience wanting to buy updated versions of X-Wing. Meanwhile there's a large audience waiting to buy Star Wars CoD, Star Wars Halo, or Star Wars The Force Unleashed 3.

Star Wars doesn't get to skip the fact that any kind of successful game needs to include consoles, and only certain genres are currently selling on consoles. Space sims are not among those.

I'd be perfectly happy with Republic Commando 2. That game had fantastic atmosphere. I still play it from time to time.
 
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News Comments > On Diablo III's Future
9. Re: On Diablo III's Future Mar 1, 2013, 23:21 Flatline
 
Alamar wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 20:54:
Trevellian wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 19:37:
Heres a fucking idea, get rid of the Auction House that no one asked for and make better item drops.

Bam, fixed your fucking game Blizzard. Send my check in the mail.

Dipshits.

Are you new here, or to gaming in general?

As much as the AH is arguably a failure, it is somethings hundreds of thousands (I counted and verified identities) of gamers asked, begged, and pleaded for...

Personally, I vend everything I don't need, because I don't want to waste time 'playing the AH', so you can imagine how much less likely it would have been for me to use the old, much-more-effort-required system of spamming 'trade chat' or the like.

-Alamar

An auction hall? Yes that was asked for. A real money auction hall meant to monetize the fuck out of the game? Not so much.

What's going on is that Blizzard probably never intended for the RMAH to be a dominant, permanent fixture. As D3 wanes, they'll back away from monetizing it so hard. Yeah sure it'll still be there, but they made their millions and can ease back on all roads leading to the RMAH, figuring that in doing so they can claim they listen to their fans and come out like the good guys.
 
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News Comments > On Diablo III's Future
3. Re: On Diablo III's Future Mar 1, 2013, 19:44 Flatline
 
Blizzard should have had random fucking map generation and then I might still be playing it. Speed-running through levels isn't fun.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2013, 19:35 Flatline
 
So we're not entitled to voice our opinions because that's whiny minority bullshit, but you are?

Pot- Kettle. I think you have some things in common.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
16. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 1, 2013, 15:08 Flatline
 
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 13:56:

I have no issue with improving background checks or putting additional screens/background checks in place that better screen potential buyers. That actually is logical and makes sense.

I am not for outright bans because we're protected under the 2nd amendment with the right to bare arms and that right is not to be infringed upon. And realistically? Clip size bans will do zero to curb anything. But hey have a field day banning things, and believing the government that they have your "best interests" in mind.

The worst crimes in the history of man have been after governments disarm the populace, and with Obama making this statement today, "I am not a dictator" I shudder at the thought of stripping even more rights and freedoms from American Citizens.

Nixon said something similar that he was not a crook, and we all know how that turned out.

Here's the thing. Rights *can* be impeded. You can't threaten the president's life legally, you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater, you can't found a religion that's based on raping babies. And that's just a few limitations of the first amendment, which doesn't include any language about "well regulated militias".

The right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. Which means that I have a right not to get shot by some fuckwad, and *that* right actually trumps the 2nd amendment in legal precedence. And the 2nd amendment already has all kinds of limitations on it. You're not allowed to own biological or chemical weapons, nuclear weapons are straight out, missiles and tanks and grenades are straight out. There's an ocean of weaponry out there that you can't touch.

The stupid thing is that you're invoking the government coming and trying to disarm you. NOBODY IS SAYING THAT. A ban on assault rifles would simply ban the sale of *new* assault rifles. The 50 million or so already owned would still be perfectly legal, would still be able to be sold to private owners, and wouldn't go anywhere. For the record I think that Feinstein's ban proposal was idiotic, and I'm far more willing to try an overhauled background check and other steps before I consider backing the idea of a ban myself, but let's be honest on what a ban will and won't do. It won't take your guns away, it won't curb all or even most of the shootings, but it may mitigate some of the worse shootings. We can't even tell if it'll do that because the NRA got a rider onto a larger law to prevent the funding of gun violence studies, which to me seems absurd and insulting, and I *am* a gun owner.

And really, if I was a dictator, the last thing I'd do is take your .22 or .357 or your piddly-ass assault rifle away. Small price to pay to keep paranoid people like you feeling "secure" and ignoring everything else I'm doing. We've already got missile-toting drones that can orbit in the sky for days at a time watching you, your every post and contribution to the internet is automatically scanned for threat keywords (there's about 8 of them in this post alone, so wave to the FBI agent who is reading what we're saying), and even the police have been militarized past what any individual can amass in an arsenal. So if the government *really* wants to take you out with prejudice, they'll use a drone, or with a tank, or they'll surround your home and launch incendiary grenades into it and let you burn to death as we saw with Dorner the other day. Your guns will do absolutely nothing. Instead of fighting to keep the government responsible, transparent, and accountable for it's actions, we hoarded fucking peashooters in a masturbatory fantasy of killing other Americans to defend "your civil rights".
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
15. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 1, 2013, 14:53 Flatline
 
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 1, 2013, 13:32:
I mean hell Obama can't even man up and take responsibility on a sequester HE asked for, you honestly expect him to make appropriate choices when it comes to gun violence?

John Boehner on the Sequestration saying "I got 98 percent of what I wanted" courtesy of a CBS interview:

http://tinyurl.com/blqrjwl

If we're going to blame Obama for not manning up, can we blame Boehner too for trying to change history?
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 1, 2013, 02:25 Flatline
 
Dev wrote on Feb 28, 2013, 22:39:
I RTFA. Congress (fed and state) will never wait for better research to come in. They have to pass laws NOW NOW NOW, without bothering to read them. Like that one Illinois law that was going to let police do yearly warrantless searches to see if people had guns. The excuse from the guy who proposed it was that he didn't know it was in there and hadn't read it.

This is an insanely complex issue that doesn't have simple causal-effect relationships.

Part of the problem is that there's a blackout on funding for wide-reaching gun research at the federal level. For years the CDC and NIH and other federal agencies have been prohibited from offering research funding on guns, which makes wide reaching national studies less likely to occur. So there's not nearly as much data to draw any useful conclusions as there could be.

However, beyond that, even if you *get* good data from elsewhere, it's probably meaningless due to how culturally unique most countries are from each other. A flat firearm ban like Australia and England probably wouldn't do jack shit here in the USA due to our different cultures. Westernized cultures are the outliers on the bell curve of behavior, and US culture is the outlier of the outlier it's starting to turn out.

An excellent read on this concept:

http://tinyurl.com/b9yuhcb

It relates to psychology and economics, but it's easy to see how this relates into the gun debate. Our culture is too amped up on fear, individuality, and hostility to simply make this a guns issue. Tighter gun restriction will result in fewer deaths every year, and there's a nice balance between rational precautions involving sales of guns and lives gained that I think can be made, but that's treating the symptom more than the problem, and a short term solution at that.

To address the issue will require coming at the very most basic neurosis prevalent in our culture. It has to be a customized solution, because it's a very, very particular problem to us. It'd require an honesty and self-evaluation that I doubt we, as a culture, have, and I know politically that we don't have the balls to do it at all.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Confirmed, Details Next Week
26. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Confirmed, Details next Week Feb 28, 2013, 14:48 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 28, 2013, 09:08:
How many assasinations have happened on board sailing ships historically speaking of course....where the assasin isnt caught, drawn and quartered, or made to walk the plank, or fed to the fishes, or fed to the sailors???? Im guessing none.

Quite a few actually. They're called "boarding actions".

And let's be perfectly honest, in the entire history of the world, how many assassinations have there been of high profile targets where the killer got away with it? Damn few historically. The AC series has always taken people who died historically around the setting of the game and had you neck-stab them.

My friend and I were discussing this the other night. Between the Maya/Inca/Aztecs of Central and South America for tomb raiding and some serious free-running, there's a lot of things that can be plundered in a Caribbean setting. Though we still think it would be interesting to have a Barbary Coast/Mediterranean Corsair game, or a female protagonist in a Caribbean game. We also thought it'd be kinda cool to have like a Portugese or Dutch protagonist.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 27, 2013, 23:08 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 21:34:
I want a Porsche. I don't need one, but I want one. I coul buy one but I really don't want to take out a mortgage to get one. Same with gigabit. Hell, I'd just like to see most DSL come down to more reasonable prices as it is. Try swinging that TWC!

Shitty analogy, because eventually to do much on the intertubes you *will* need higher and higher performance broadband. If that wasn't the case you'd still be on dialup.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Planning PAX East Reveal
5. Re: Blizzard Planning PAX East Reveal Feb 27, 2013, 20:46 Flatline
 
Judging by the kinds of iterative grind-a-thon games that are popular at Penny Arcade, I'll guess it's an iphone app that allows RMAH access.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 27, 2013, 19:54 Flatline
 
Read: Not at the prices and download caps that they'd want in place.  
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News Comments > TrackMania2 and ShootMania on Steam; TM2 Stadium Open Beta
6. Re: TrackMania2 and ShootMania on Steam Feb 27, 2013, 15:29 Flatline
 
If TM uses steamworks to distribute racing maps, this could finally get me to actually play the fucking thing again.

Finding good trackmania maps was like pulling teeth. Which is fucking stupid considering that the whole point of the game was it's social aspect.
 
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