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Signed On Jun 16, 2007, 02:48
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News Comments > 3D Realms Closing?
100. Re: 3D Realms Closing? May 7, 2009, 17:28 Aero
 
I hope one of the former employees decides to write a book about the development. That would probably be an interesting read.

You would think that after it became clear that their development wasn't keeping up with technology they would have just buckled down and finished it up in a couple years like every other developer seems to be able to.

Incidentally, so far as I can recall 3D Realms was the first company to prominently use the phrase "When it's done" in regards to their release dates I believe this goes back to Duke3D, which suffered a similar though not nearly as ridiculous development cycle. Can anyone else who remembers confirm that?
 
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News Comments > New X-Motor Racing Editor
1. Re: New X-Motor Racing Editor May 2, 2009, 13:14 Aero
 
Sim-racing is my primary gig, and X-Motor Racing has always been an interesting title that showed potential, but was still very rough around the edges. The ability to mod in cars and tracks could prove very fruitful though. Perhaps we'll see some good, real world tracks converted over from other sims (depending on how the editor works), or even scratch made versions. Cars could be interesting too. If there were some Formula One mods made or converted, that would go a long way toward helping its popularity along.

Incidentally, Virtual Grand Prix 3 recently released its track editor and object creator, giving it much the same abilities, and I wouldn't be surprised to see similar developments along those lines. There are already some conversions in the work, notably a car based on the DP01 Champcars (RIP).

Track/Car editors and modding support in general are the key to small developers who can't afford to license real tracks or series. rFactor is a great example where, despite its total lack of interesting content on its own, nevertheless provides the best Formula One sim currently available with its multitude of car mods and tracks.

Both X and VGP3 use interesting novel approaches to physics modeling, and it would be good to see where they go. They have the potential to be the next Live for Speed or rFactor, though they do have quite a ways to go yet.
 
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
14. Re: STALKER: Call of Pripyat Apr 30, 2009, 18:42 Aero
 
I'm a little concerned that the Zone in Stalker will get stale before too long. Adding the new levels will help for sure and I'm not really concerned much about this one, but I don't know about Stalker 2 (or whatever is next). I'm still hoping they'll make Stalker 2 a true open-world game with one large continuous map. That would definitely spice it up.

I wouldn't mind seeing a semi-MMO multi-player mode with persistent characters/servers, but it would probably have to be limited to something like 200 or so players.
 
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News Comments > ARMA II Delay
7. Re: What gun? Apr 29, 2009, 11:56 Aero
 
Looks like one of those M249 variants.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/ORD_M249_MK46-mod0_LMG_lg.gif
 
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News Comments > Mr. T Games Planned
3. Re: Mr. T Games Planned Apr 27, 2009, 16:41 Aero
 
I'd be down with an A-Team game.

It has to be a joke though. I wonder how much Will Wright charges for the use of his name and likeness in a video game.

This comment was edited on Apr 27, 2009, 16:42.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Apr 24, 2009, 02:59 Aero
 
Links was where it was at.

I like these cartoony sort of golf games. At least I think I do. Mario Golf on the N64 was a hell of a good time.

All I know about Pangya was that I had to keep rolling my mouse over their logo to hear the cute little "nya!" sound effect. I might check it out though. The video made it look like one of those low-rent 3D chat client things more so than an actual game. It seems to have a lot of that emo-anime thing going for it, and so is probably aimed more at middle-school kids.

Never know until you try though. I just like that sound-effect. It's cute.
 
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News Comments > Syberia 3 PC No Joke
8. Re: Syberia 3 PC No Joke Apr 17, 2009, 15:46 Aero
 
That's why there are very, very few niche titles for the systems. No simulators, no realistic strategy games, or anything that, even if it's an excellent game, but will nevertheless only sell 10,000 copies. That and expensive development kits. You'd never see games like DCS: Black Shark, Evochron, Sins of a Solar Empire, or serious racing simulators.

It's my biggest objection to consoles. They're making token efforts with Xbox Live Arcade etc., but it hardly counts. That's the beauty of PC games. All you need is a good idea, some talent, and some development tools of which there are many free open-source types.

It's probably the single biggest reason that most console games are lowest common denominator efforts. It isn't just that there is more money to be made making brain dead console games.

It's bullshit, but it isn't going to change. That's where the console makers earn most of their money.

I don't know if this figure is true or not, but I've heard that something like $20 of every sale goes to the console manufacturer.

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News Comments > BF Heroes Opens This Summer
1. Re: BF Heroes Opens This Summer Apr 17, 2009, 11:17 Aero
 
Are they going to release any new maps or anything? It took me about six hours to become pretty sick of the three it has. They're decent enough maps but because the gameplay is so simple it gets very routine very quickly. I was having a pretty good time the first hour or so though, so there is some promise in there.

The firefights pretty much consist of two people standing still and shooting at each other until one or the other dies. That was sort of disappointing to discover. It's a lot more effective to just crouch in one place and shoot at the other guy if he's bunny hopping and circle-strafing around. You'll land a lot more hits than he does. This isn't always the case, sometimes you do have to employ a little skill. This might change when they put you on the more skilled servers. I probably didn't play enough to get that high.

Not being able to switch teams mid-game is terrible too. It was very common to be on a server with ten guys on one team and three on the other and this would persist round after round.

This comment was edited on Apr 17, 2009, 11:18.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Screenshot
3. Re: Borderlands Screenshot Apr 16, 2009, 21:41 Aero
 
That whole uncanny valley thing really kicks in when they try to go for realistic looking people. Better to go stylized. It looks pretty slick.

Looks cel-shaded to me.

Speaking of, let's have another XIII.

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I had to go look up cel-shading to be sure, and I guess maybe it isn't cel-shaded. Dunno though. I would say it is sort of cel-shaded. It has the outlines and stuff as though it were a drawing. Clearly they're going for the comic-book thing, but more like the cover than the actual pages.

Anyways, it looks cool, and that's the important thing.

This comment was edited on Apr 16, 2009, 21:47.
 
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News Comments > Quantum of Solace Patch
2. Re: Quantum of Solace Patch Apr 15, 2009, 23:02 Aero
 
Is this one good enough for a bargain bin pickup to piss away a Sunday afternoon?  
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News Comments > Assault on Dark Athena Patch
8. Re: Assault on Dark Athena Patch Apr 15, 2009, 18:50 Aero
 
The Athena campaign is actually as long as most single player games are these days. What drags it down IMO, is that the "re-mastered" Butcher Bay campaign isn't all that re-mastered. The lighting and such are definitely improved but I still feel like I'm playing a four year old game. It actually sort of feels like they re-used some assets from BB to make Dark Athena and I was rather hoping for the opposite. To top this off, the performance, while still perfectly fine on a modest computer, doesn't seem as good as it should be considering the very average graphics. I'm getting framerates in the mid 40's but from how it looks it seems I ought to easily be getting 60+ fps.

That said, I rarely feel as though I get my $50 worth from most single player games.

All told though, it's a solid game. Anyone who is on the fence is probably better off waiting until the price comes down. I'm happy with it though. It's still as fun as the original and that's not half bad.
 
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News Comments > Six Days in Fallujah Announcement
10. Re: Six Days in Fallujah Announcement Apr 14, 2009, 16:43 Aero
 
I'm of the opinion that if it's okay in a movie or in a book it ought to be okay in a video game provided it's done with tact and respect. In most war games the enemies are pure evil and the protagonists are entirely good. You shoot the 'bad guys' and they drop dead like in an old western and then their bodies vanish to save polygons. What's wrong with input from the other side? Is a one-sided perspective better for some reason? I'd certainly argue the opposite. Input from the civilians who lived in Fallujah would probably be more important though.

Are there realistic depictions of the results of violence? Are there civillians? Are your enemies all adults?

Some people will be fine with it, some people will be disgusted by it. To me, saying a video game is wrong just because it represents a historical scenario seems odd while people love gunning down hundreds of enemies in COD4. I would go so far as to say a game that offered realistic depictions of death and violence and it's impact on real people is actually more responsible. You play the game and you think "this actually happened" rather than just being some far off fantasy.

One of thanatologists greatest gripes about the media is that it presents watered down depictions of death. That is what desensitizes people to violence. By presenting realistic depictions it actually has the ability to do the opposite.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 13, 2009, 14:18 Aero
 
Just imagine the DRM.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Apr 12, 2009, 23:22 Aero
 
Nah, it's alright in that respect. It's the same as Butcher Bay except that they got rid of the quick saves. That does suck though and the checkpoints can be relatively far apart when you consider how long it can take to position yourself for a silent kill. I've never had to repeat more than five minutes or so though, but even that can be enough sometimes to make me want to give up and come back later.

The thing that usually bugs me the most about fps console ports is the tiny field of view they use to accommodate people sitting on their couch across the room. It doesn't have this problem.

The menus are a little bit cumbersome, but at least you can use the mouse pointer. Also, there as a little more in game mouse-lag than I would like but I've seen worse.
 
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News Comments > Airborne Rangers Cancelled
2. Re: Airborne Rangers Cancelled Apr 12, 2009, 16:05 Aero
 
Is this related to the old school Airborne Ranger?  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Apr 12, 2009, 13:27 Aero
 
[OC] is spot on about the graphics in Riddick. I had to go google around after I started because I thought I was somehow stuck in the lowest graphics settings--and this was the Dark Athena part.

Overall I still like it though. It has it where it counts.

 
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News Comments > Assault on Dark Athena DRM Backlash
25. Re: Assault on Dark Athena DRM Backlash Apr 9, 2009, 13:47 Aero
 
I understand it took several days after release until it was cracked which is pretty good for a protection really. I would consider that a good system if they were to patch it to a typical DVD check or even no DRM a few weeks after release. That way everyone who is pissed about the activations can just wait until then. Clearly the chances of that are pretty much zero. In the future if they're going to use activation, I would like them go down that route though.

Not automatically returning an activation when you uninstall it is pretty shady business. If they're going to use online activation, I'd like the Live for Speed method, a game that has been using online activation for years. You are only allowed to have three activations, including the one in use, at any one time but every Friday they add one more activation to your account so that if you've used one of your extras to reinstall, it will be replaced at the end of the week. It's a good system so far as those things go. It's easier to justify with LFS though because it is pretty much an online only game.

I have to say though, all of this stuff makes me long for a good old fashioned CD check. Annoying as it was, it pales in comparison to the complications of online activation.

There is no justification for piracy ever. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Naturally you can always buy it and just use the crack though. This is what I do for all of my older games where it's a pain in the ass to go digging around for the disk.

One more thing, and I don't know whether this is the case, but if there is online activation there damn well better not be a DVD check too like with Far Cry 2. At the very least they should give us some benefit from their wacky drm.

Steam would be fine with me.

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I was thinking about it, and I bet the fact that there is no demo is somehow tied to the DRM. By providing an executable that is largely the same as the retail executable, that would probably make cracking it that much easier because the crackers could compare the two. Perhaps not (maybe the demo would need to be activated too), but if that's so, it's another reason to be irked by the DRM.

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News Comments > Stupid Fun Club Interview
1. Re: Stupid Fun Club Interview Apr 8, 2009, 20:00 Aero
 
How apt.  
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News Comments > GTR Evolution & RACE 07 Patches
4. Re: GTR Evolution & RACE 07 Patches Apr 8, 2009, 16:59 Aero
 
The interesting thing about GTR Evo is that Renato Simioni who was responsible for the physics implementations in the highly respected GPC1979 and CART Factor mods for rFactor (not entirely on his own, others worked on it too, respect where it's due). SimBin hired him up and he was the primary creator for the new cars in GTR Evolution and it definitely shows. They are a big improvement on the RACE07 cars and even better than GTR2 which had a lot of low-speed grip problems. The physics implementation is actually quite good. iRacing and Netkar Pro probably have it beat, but that really is just splitting hairs in a lot of areas. GTR Evo is a fine simulation. The GT cars are a lot of fun to drive and the addition of the Nordschleife track is brilliant.

My only gripe about recommending it is that every six months or so they release a new expansion for it (everything following RACE07 is an addon to RACE07), and they sell the whole kit together for a very good price--typically $20 in the States. So if it's on the cusp of another release, it's better to wait for the full version which will include everything and probably for the same price too.

It's hard to keep track of what was released and when and what will soon be released because particularly as of late it seems like there are just a ton of expansions. You'll be happy with GTR Evo though. The expansion packs are usually very cheap and as Sblat pointed out, there are a whole lot of community made addon cars and tracks available and you won't be wanting for more for a long time. (check out http://www.nogripracing.com ).

It's a good sim. Not my favorite (I like iRacing but it's too expensive for a first foray into sim-racing), but I still like Evo a lot. In terms of realism it really is quite good. It's not intentionally cut down in the realism department like Gran Tourismo or Forza, so it really comes down to which developers are better at making a realistic simulation. In reality, they're all a lot more similar than they are different.

Read my review: http://www.autosimsport.net ...volume 4 issue 5 (I think).
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 2 Still Broken
12. Re: Far Cry 2 Still Broken Apr 8, 2009, 12:08 Aero
 
I only experienced bug where everything was closed (no missions, no buildings to go into), which was highly annoying but did only happen the one time so far as I remember.

It's a very good engine though. The day/night cycle, the weather, fire and the optimization are all quite good. I hope to see it licensed to some third party who want to make a similar game with a more detailed, living environment. I can think of a lot of things the engine would be good for, say, a realistic game along the lines of the original Ghost Recon but with complete infiltration/exfiltration scenarios.

In my mind, Far Cry 2 will probably be remembered for a long time as the game with the most wasted potential.
 
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