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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $26 Million
25. Re: Star Citizen Passes $26 Million Nov 4, 2013, 23:03 Aero
I suspect what they'll end up with will be pretty damn good, though probably not half as good as what many people seem to be building it up to be in their imagination (not necessarily people here at Blue's, but I've heard a lot of breathless descriptions of it as something that cannot possibly be pulled off coming from other corners of the internet--sometimes from people who have paid literally thousands into it).

I've given RSI some money to help them along (something like $60 as I recall, not going nuts), but I do get the increasing feeling that this thing is growing out of control. Roberts certainly has considerable experience in the field and is probably a good leader, but I have also seen these crowd-sourced projects become toxic exercises in groupthink in the past. I don't follow that too closely, so I can only hope Roberts stays firm to his concept.

As a counterpoint, I like what I see from Elite Dangerous' development updates. There I see clear leadership, a clear design roadmap and a solid, workable idea. It doesn't have anything like the funding of SC, but what it's trying to be is an evolution of the Elite franchise, not something totally unheard of. I gave them a similar amount of money.

I'm fairly certain Elite Dangerous is going to deliver exactly what it promises (the only question being how well it's executed). I do, however, remember the Freelancer saga all too well, and SC does sound an awful lot like what Roberts imagined Freelancer would be way back when. Of course, in the end, Freelancer turned out to be a decent game, just not what what was originally imagined. What he imagined is also, of course, a lot less far-fetched today than it was 15 years ago. I just hope he learned that lesson well. I suspect that's probably the worst case scenario for SC anyways, so that's okay: we expect this unheard of, revolutionary virtual universe, and instead we just get a damn solid game. I'm okay with that. We do need people like Roberts and their impossible dreams that might not turn out to be impossible after all.

The bottom line is: if you like space sims, it's a fine time to be alive.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
11. Re: Game Reviews Nov 3, 2013, 11:13 Aero
Kind of a shame they can't separate the SP part from the MP part. Despite trying, I never could get into the MP part of BF3 because it was just too much effort to round up enough decent human beings to play with at any random time, even with a giant friends list.

I did like the SP part, and I hear the SP part of BF4 is better still. It's just that at 4 hours long, it's only maybe worth $20 to me at most. So, maybe if it gets that low in a sale some day I'll pick it up.

Or, better yet, stick some bots in there like earlier BF games.
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News Comments > Arma 3 Campaign Release
4. Re: Arma 3 Campaign Release Oct 31, 2013, 21:19 Aero
It is pretty good from what I've tried (first couple missions). Certainly more professional and polished than their previous efforts.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC Trailer
1. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC Trailer Oct 29, 2013, 11:16 Aero
So, I haven't played an AC game in a while, and this looks a lot like a modern version Sid Meier's Pirates with some third person sneaking/combat thrown in. The sea based gameplay seems almost exactly like Pirates. That sounds like a pretty good combination to me. This might be worth checking out when the PC version comes out.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 22, 2013, 15:26 Aero
I gotta say, I do miss the days when you could go buy a computer every couple years that was straight up twice as fast as your old one. GPUs even more so for a while there.

The accountant in me likes this, of course, but the gamer wants the 20GHz single core CPU and whatever ridiculous GPU I would have if we'd been able to keep on that way. The worst part is that, for various other reasons, I still have to upgrade every three years, but it's been a long time since a new computer has really amazed me with its power.

My computer now is about two years old, and I'm not really feeling any particular need to upgrade it in the near future. Maybe the console generation changeover will push things along, but it's not really seeming like it at the moment.
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News Comments > F1 2013 Classic Cars and Circuits Released
2. Re: F1 2013 Classic Cars and Circuits Released Oct 21, 2013, 15:40 Aero
theglaze wrote on Oct 21, 2013, 12:51:
While I cannot comment on the authenticity of the cars or tracks, the effort from Codemasters seems decent. Each car cockpit design is different and look great with the helmet cam. There is a significant performance difference between the cars and some are quite difficult to drive consistently. I've only raced Imola so far, and the lack of distance markers for turns makes the track that much more challenging.

It's kind of a shame they picked the post-1994 layout. It was such a great track before it was sanitized with extra chicanes and I was hoping it was going to be that variation. They would have earned a lot of points with me if they'd included the different historical variations. I'm pretty safe sitting in front of my computer after all.
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Early Access Next Month
7. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Early Access Next Month Oct 18, 2013, 15:20 Aero
From the looks of things so far, it seems like the likely outcome is that at worst it's ROF in a WW2 setting with WW2 machines. IMO, that's no bad thing. At this point, ROF gets most things right. It could be better in many areas, but overall it's an excellent sim. For my money, though its bested in particular categories by other products, it's the most complete modern (as in current commercial software) combat flight sim taken as a whole.

Hopefully, the campaign and missions in BOS will scale up the battle to WW2 sizes and the system and damage simulation will scale to WW2 levels of complexity. Then it will potentially be excellent.

I do expect the usual bugs and weirdness, but since they started with the ROF engine, which is pretty mature by now, and haven't aimed way too high with their feature set like CLOD did, it seems like a reasonably safe bet.

Personally, I'm stoked for it, though a little disappointed by the choice of theater due to the air-to-air asymmetry.
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Outed?
14. Re: Far Cry 4 Outed? Oct 9, 2013, 14:06 Aero
The first two or so hours of Far Cry 3 was one of the best gaming experiences I can recall. The jungle was scary, there was danger around every corner, and the glimpse of a patrol or the sound of distant gunfire would send me scrambling for a hiding place in the bushes--occasionally maybe risking a stealth attack sneaking up on the tail end of a patrol.

Pretty quickly I became Rambo though, and I just strolled with impunity about the island obliterating anything that dared cross me.

I hope they can keep that initial feeling lasting longer in a sequel. To be honest though, I can't even really think of how to pull it off. You do need to feel like a badass eventually, but maybe not an effectively invincible badass.
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News Comments > Sleeping Dogs Follow-up Triad Wars Announced
4. Re: Sleeping Dogs Follow-up Triad Wars Announced Oct 7, 2013, 22:05 Aero
It was great. It was an open world game where the combat (ie, the meat of the actual gameplay) was fun. GTA is great and all because of how much effort they put into building a living world and interesting characters, but when it comes to the actual shooting and car chases, it's pretty poor.

With some refinements, a Sleeping Dogs sequel could be incredible.

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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Video Diary
4. Re: Elite: Dangerous Video Diary Oct 6, 2013, 16:19 Aero
My understanding is that developers of all sorts have been falling all over themselves to be a part of Elite 4 and thus the Elite legacy and things are progressing better than they ever hoped for. Not too long ago, a personal investor doubled the kickstarter funds (still dwarfed, of course, by CR's take).

David Braben seems to be aiming to make the game I and many of the fans of the classic space-sim genre want, whereas Chris Roberts seems to be making the game he thinks the mass market wants (and kind of leaning towards "everything!"--which isn't a slight necessarily , just a little concerning). There is nothing wrong with either approach, but Elite 4 seems to be more tightly focused on the areas I'm interested in. He's also taking a harder (well, ish) science fiction tact in the design (though maybe it's pseudoscience technobable, there *is* a reason things are the way they are.

Of course, I've always been a fan of Wing Commander/Privateer/Freelancer/Elite, so I will be playing all of these (can't get enough of the genre). Nevertheless, my greatest hopes lie with Elite Dangerous, and I'm pretty confident they can pull it off.

Bottom line to me is that if they each manage to finish what they set out to do, Elite 4 is the much more interesting game IMO. The armchair strategist in me says Chris Roberts has much greater funding, but his ambitions might reach too high, whereas David Braben has much more attainable ambitions, though me could end up lacking funding to pull it off.

Sorry for the bit of the ramble. Basically, everything I've seen and read about Elite Dangerous simultaneously looks fantastic and doable, whereas Space Citizen looks all over the place, nebulous and has serious shades of the early saga of Freelancer (which turned out okay in the end, but nothing at all like the big grand scheme).
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Flashback
5. Re: Ships Ahoy - Flashback Oct 1, 2013, 22:45 Aero
Yeah, I was just about to buy it, did some poking around, and it seems they Mario-ized the controls and dialed back the challenge severely.

A standard "HD" remake for modern systems with new background art would have been plenty.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Flashback
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Flashback Oct 1, 2013, 21:47 Aero
I'm not sure the graphics overhaul is really doing the original game justice. Some of the character animations in the video look pretty canny whereas the original's were eerily realistic. It's been a long time, though, so I could just be remembering it a little too fondly.

Anyways, I think I'll be picking this up at some point soon.

ed: Watching it again, it looks like they've done away with the transitions in the character movement. This probably makes the controls more responsive, but that was part of the charm of Flashback and Out of This World. It was a different playstyle that required planning your moves a lot more than it did twitch reflexes. I'll still buy it, of course.
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News Comments > Space Engineers Trailer; Early Access This Month
1. Re: Space Engineers Trailer; Early Access This Month Oct 1, 2013, 14:01 Aero
I don't know what to think about this one. I might be kind of excited about it, and I might not. Miner Wars had some impressive stuff going on with the game engine, but was very, very poor as an actual game.

So given that, the concept of this sort of indicates they know that and might be on the right track, but nevertheless, I still don't have any evidence they know how to make something fun to play with.
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News Comments > iFruit Yields PC GTA5 Clues
14. Re: iFruit Yields PC GTA5 Clues Sep 18, 2013, 15:42 Aero
I'm not really even sure what the iFruit app is and whether or not I want it on my phone. The description is just random bullshit. What would make sense, and would be pretty cool, is if it linked to your game and performed all of the functions of your in-game smartphone on your real smartphone. I don't think it does that though.

So... gimmick, I guess. Could have been a neat little immersion enhancement.
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News Comments > iFruit Yields PC GTA5 Clues
6. Re: iFruit Yields PC GTA5 Clues Sep 18, 2013, 14:31 Aero
I notice that the "manual" for the game (whatever version) is actually a PC program (an MSI file, which I haven't bothered installing). So, there is a PC version of the manual "program." Could mean anything.

Anyways, I think we're all pretty much in agreement there will be a PC version eventually regardless. There always has been, so I don't see any reason for there not to be this time.

Personally, I bought the PS3 version because meh. It's a console game. I'll play it on a console. It's one of the five games I've ever bought for it. Better graphics and framerates would be nice, but it holds its own mostly on production value. It is pretty good so far though actually (and I didn't like GTA4), so it'll probably be worth picking it up for PC when that comes out if that's your thing.
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News Comments > Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending
54. Re: Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending Sep 11, 2013, 19:27 Aero
All I want is the ability to transfer a license to a game I no longer play to another Steam user. I can't play it while they're playing it, which the client could easily enforce. That should all be perfectly legal.

Very simple. When it gets there and that simple, that will be a pretty cool thing. What they're describing now is way too unclear.

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News Comments > HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't
1. Re: HARDWARE: Shipbreakers was F2P; Homeworld: Shipbreakers Isn't Sep 9, 2013, 10:09 Aero
I read this as very good news (you know, with the usual Gearbox+Third Party caveats).  
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News Comments > Space Engineers Announced
1. Re: Space Engineers Announced Sep 9, 2013, 10:08 Aero
Well, Miner Wars was an interesting engine used to create a poor game. This, unfortunately, looks like it's going down the same route. I hope they put a lot more thought into making something fun this time time because they do have some good technical talent.  
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News Comments > DayZ Video Blog
3. Re: DayZ Video Blog Sep 8, 2013, 15:05 Aero
I haven't played any of the DayZ stuff (I was sort of waiting for the standalone to be complete), but I really like all the ideas going into this. It probably won't be my thing in the end, but I have a lot of respect for it.

I can see how it probably will all fall apart in practice on a public server, but I like some of the concepts. I see Molyneaux (in principle at least with Godus) taking a similar approach to idiots and griefing by making that part of the gameplay. The real-life socially mal-adjusted borderline sociopaths that normally plague other games, could be perfectly in character here.
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News Comments > On Star Citizen's $17M Haul
29. Re: On Star Citizen's $17M Haul Sep 1, 2013, 20:55 Aero
Parias wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 20:30:
Aero wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 19:47:
I'd be happy (enough) with connecting to a central server that manages my assets, but then puts me in my own local instance of the universe. They get to keep their microtransaction thing, I get the SP sandbox space-sim I've wanted.

If, in the end, all I really get out of is the Squadron 42 campaign, that will be worth what I put in, but the overall architecture of the game still seems as nebulous now as it did back when it was announced. I can appreciate that it's in flux, but I still see a lot of people claiming you will be able to host a private offline version of the sandbox universe, which never seemed likely. Sometimes it seems like there are thousand salesmen trying to sell me on a thousand different variations of the "dream space sim." I see the same thing with a number of other "community participation" development projects.

I don't have the time or inclination to follow every announcement and bit of news (I don't want to be spent on it before its done), but I would really like a description of what they have in mind for the game breaking it down to its fundamentals and without the spin. There is far too much of the latter. It can make people dizzy.

Then just read this:

When it comes to mods, the FAQ stresses how open to modding the game will be:

“Players will be given full control of their game! When operating private servers, players will be able and encouraged to mod the game. It doesn’t stop there, though: we hope to institute a ‘mod approval’ process that will allow the best of the best player created ships and other additions to be integrated into the central persistent world as well.”

These aren't just random claims - private servers will be supported and is one of the core bits of their design philosophy. It's been officially stated you'll get the singleplayer offline component, your own private servers, and the Persistent Universe.

Okay, but that still just implies that the private servers will be the full open universe. That could just apply to mission-based Squadron 42 style servers. I would like to see, with no uncertainty, something along the lines of "Players will be able to host a private instance of the Star Citizen universe." I don't doubt their sincerity, but why not just come out and say it directly? That's all I want. I can understand them being nebulous about these things if they can't commit, but it would be so straightforward to just confirm their intentions, and it would be nice if they would do so. For all I know, they may well have done something like this, but I haven't seen it.

Answering a FAQ question (and I know for a fact this is indeed a frequently asked question) such as "What kind of single player experience will Star Citizen provide?" would go a long ways.

Perhaps it does just go without saying, but I do see quite a bit of doubt out there that could so easily be cleared up and potentially bring more backers (I'd go a little further if I knew there was more there for me than Squadron 42).
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