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Nickname Entr0py24
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Signed On May 30, 2007, 02:26
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Original Mutations Return Friday
6. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Original Mutations Return Friday Feb 22, 2011, 03:07 Entr0py24
 
I think my problem with achievements is that they take an enjoyable gameplay mechanic and ruin it. An achievement is basically just a poorly though out side quest with no reward, just a virtual pat on the head and a star sticker to put on your game homework.

A proper side-quest should be thoughtfully designed, fun, and have an in-game reward. GTA III comes to mind. I actually enjoyed finding stunt jumps and other collectibles. And you were rewarded with guns, each more shooty than the last.
 
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News Comments > More Mass Effect 2 Cerberus DLC Next Month
27. Re: More Mass Effect 2 Cerberus DLC Next Month Feb 26, 2010, 18:12 Entr0py24
 
If anything you could argue that this move encourages piracy for people considering buying the game used. Which you might think doesn't really effect EA, since they would never get a cut of used games sales anyway.

But, by making the used game far less valuable, it also lowers the game's value for anyone who buys it new and hopes to resell it. I wonder just how many people realized at the time they bought it that they're only allowed to resell a portion of their own copy. And that no one will want to buy it from them.

I'm guessing some people will argue that the "free" DLC is just an extra bonus that is somehow not actually part of the game. But if everyone who buys the game is absolutely entitled to it, everyone who OWNS the game should be entitled to it as well. That is what buying and selling means, that ownership transfers. If ownership doesn't really transfer then there should be very large type on the game box saying LEASE or RENTAL. Since customers rightly expect that it's actually for sale.
 
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News Comments > Over a Million New DDO Unlimited Players
3. Re: Over a Million New DDO Unlimited Players Feb 26, 2010, 17:23 Entr0py24
 
The announcements about the millions of players that signed up for Battlefield Heroes showed that it's easy to get people to try these sort of "free to play" games. And it doesn't always mean they were successful or any good. But it sounds like Turbine pulled it off.

I'm sort of amazed. I wonder if each player is paying less per month, but there are simply many more of them. Or if it's something like a casino where people just lose track of the total when they're spending small amounts of money constantly.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 13, 2009, 15:49 Entr0py24
 
If you think it's a rip-off, you don't have to buy it. Obviously a lot of people thought it was worthwhile. And fortunately not everyone is quite as comfortable with piracy as you are.

I would complain too if I thought this was stuff which would have been included in the game back before the DLC craze. But Dragon Age is such a huge game by it's self, it's easy to imagine that the development of the DLC really was extra effort they wouldn't have gone to otherwise.

 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Patched
62. Don't screw with normal mode Nov 6, 2009, 17:22 Entr0py24
 
That puts me in a bit of a bind. Normal mode is just what I want, it's challenging without being sadistic. It's what I would expect Hard mode to be in most games (I started on hard and had to turn it down). Now I'll have to choose between a mode that's too easy and one where I have to retry every difficult encounter 3 times.

If they were going to do this they should have lowered the difficulty of hard and insane as well. As it is they've created this huge gap between normal and hard, right where most PC games want to set the difficulty.

 
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News Comments > Developer Pirates Its Own Game
7. Re: Developer Pirates Its Own Game Nov 6, 2009, 16:55 Entr0py24
 
Why not just release the same thing as a demo or shareware, and let sites like gamershell and fileplanet host it for free? I think they'd actually find a larger and more valuable audience if they didn't try to trick people into thinking they're getting something illicit.

One bit of his argument I rather agree with it the idea of players getting hooked on a free game enough to buy the full version. That really isn't at all possible in the 15-45 minute demos that have become the standard. Back in the glory days of shareware it wasn't unusual for you to get as much as a third of the game for free. And playing and replaying the great first chapters of games like Doom and Duke Nukem 3d was what convinced me to buy the whole games.
 
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News Comments > Return of Alice Website, Trailer
10. Re: Return of Alice Website, Trailer Nov 2, 2009, 13:50 Entr0py24
 
It's a good time to finally do a sequel considering Tim Burton's movie is coming up in March. Unfortunately don't have a lot of faith in Spicy Horse, considering their only past effort was Grimm. Which, though stylish, was still a series of budget episodic mini-games with extremely repetitive game-play.

Though if this does turn out good, it will be a milestone as the first ever truly good full-price PC game to be developed in China.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Oct 29, 2009, 16:22 Entr0py24
 
"I do however see over 300 servers sporting Boycott messages in the CoD:WaW list"

That's awesome. Nerds with too much time on their hands really can effect the policies of the soulless corporations that deliver our entertainment fix.

Aside from being able to sell mods as premium DLC, my suspicion is that this sort of system will pave the way to requiring monthly fees for any sort of online play.

Running enough dedicated servers for the entire community really is a large new expense that they never had to worry about in the past. It's not hard to imagine that the publisher will eventually argue they need to charge additional fees to keep them up and running. After a year or so, once most of the copies that will be sold have been sold, I'm betting that's when customers will be squeezed.
 
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News Comments > BioShock 2 Gameplay Movie
38. Messing with success Apr 11, 2009, 12:39 Entr0py24
 
I still think it's a bit fucked up how, almost immediately after the critical and commercial success of the first game, the publisher (2k games) announced they'd be taking the series away from the original developer (2k Boston) and having another studio (2k Marin) crank out sequels as fast as possible. Yes, a handful of the team moved along with the series (5 members). But do you remember how well that worked out with all of the studios made by small groups of former Blizzard employees?  
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Patch Monday
7. Re: Dawn of War II Patch Monday Apr 10, 2009, 16:05 Entr0py24
 
It's a completely new map. Actually it looks good, they combined the jungle and urban tile sets pretty seamlessly. Check it out here.

http://community.dawnofwar2.com/blogs/?p=561
 
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News Comments > Stardock's DRM Goo
6. Re: Stardock's DRM Goo Mar 25, 2009, 14:05 Entr0py24
 
Yes, theyarecomingforyou, a couple of things. First, the basic principle that buying something (in this case a game) transfers ownership to the buyer. The new owner then has the right to resell the item in the future, because it's THEIRS.

Also, you seem unclear about what middlemen are. A pawn shop or any sort of reseller of used goods is not a middle man, because they're not involved with the initial sale. But a brick and mortar game store is a middleman, because they take a cut of the game's sale price.

It's arguable whether a used market even undermines primary sales, because the ability to resell it adds value to the game. But it's also a bit of a pointless tangent, because despite the fantasies of certain publishers customers still do have some rights.
 
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News Comments > DICE Not Casual
18. Re: DICE Not Casual Feb 11, 2009, 08:45 Entr0py24
 
We are not going casual, just because that is the trend. We're not good at that.

Did anyone else read that as an admission that battlefield heroes is going to suck? It's nothing if not casual. And they're not good at that.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - X-Blades
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - X-Blades Feb 10, 2009, 21:10 Entr0py24
 
In soviet union, video game plays you!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaijin_Entertainment
 
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News Comments > Battlefield Heroes Date "Soon"
23. Re: Battlefield Heroes Date Jan 23, 2009, 21:51 Entr0py24
 
Exactly Beamer. If I wanted to move at human speed, I'd just go outside. I play vidya games so I can circle strafe like an angry Sifaka lemur on PCP.  
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Early Beta Access
41. Pay for beta just got tempting Jan 21, 2009, 22:41 Entr0py24
 
Just discovered a couple of things that make early beta much more attractive. First, Soulstorm is on sale for $7.50 on steam. Second, you can also get into the beta just by preordering DOW2 on steam.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 19, 2009, 23:15 Entr0py24
 
Yeah I guess that was a mistake. Shame they're so quick to correct it. It was finally in the price ranged where I'd grudgingly buy one.  
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Movie & Preorder Bonus
9. Re: Dawn of War II Movie & Preorder Bonus Dec 20, 2008, 16:58 Entr0py24
 
Why oh why must it be Games for Windows Live?

I don't really get why people are so bothered by that. We were rightly outraged when games for windows live was a pay service, that went along with Microsoft's plan to force upgrades by making DX10 Vista exclusive. But that's not the case any longer, now it's just an alternative to gamespy or steam matchmaking.
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Movie & Preorder Bonus
5. Re: Dawn of War II Movie & Preorder Bonus Dec 20, 2008, 12:09 Entr0py24
 
I think the only pre-order goodie I'm really interested in is beta access. I guess they already made that deal with soul storm... but seriously, with so many good relic games why buy a second-rate outsourced expansion?

Nice movie though. That bit with the eldar witch was particularly impressive. Can't wait to beat on them humies
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War II DRM Talk & Movie
16. Re: Dawn of War II DRM Talk & Movie Dec 13, 2008, 12:16 Entr0py24
 
What Ruffiana is missing, and what a lot of game publishers pretend not to understand is that the used market adds to the value of games. Many people wouldn't buy a $60 game if they didn't know they could sell it when they're done and recover some of their money.

Myrmidon's car analogy is a good one. Not only do you have every right to resell a car that you own, but car companies actually BRAG about their resale value in commercials, because they know it's a selling point. EA should be doing the same thing rather then complaining about how selling an item transfer's ownership.
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War II DRM Talk & Movie
5. Re: Dawn of War II DRM Talk & Movie Dec 12, 2008, 23:08 Entr0py24
 
It seems most of you either didn't read the story, or simply don't believe Lydell. My bet is that it will come with some minor form of DRM, which will pose no real obstacle to legitimate owners and pirates alike. Which of course begs the question why include any DRM? But my guess is it placates investors, who are not technically savvy enough to understand the futility of DRM.

Also, nice video if you haven't seen it. I think that's the first look at multiplayer. Seems I'm in the minority, but I'm excited about the direction they're going with this game. If you want an RTS game with lots of base building and hordes of disposable units, just wait for SCII (or any other RTS in development).
 
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