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Nickname RenownWolf
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Description I make games, I play games
Homepage http://www.renownwolf.com
Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 12:52
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity Announced
2. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity Announced Dec 10, 2009, 00:14 RenownWolf
 
Gotta say at least they are holding a position in the market. Really they have set themselves up decently if they can manage to get an exclusive on a decent game.

That being said, a few more features and better developer integration would help spread their tools further.

I don't know what royalties they go for, but the easier you make it for developers to release their games on there, or better yet indies, the more it will expand because the developers will help market impulse for them to sell their games.
 
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News Comments > On Microtransactions
3. Re: On Microtransactions Dec 5, 2009, 01:12 RenownWolf
 
I'm curious, would people here prefer micro transactions or a subscription (say maybe $5us a month). Or better yet pre-paid time for ingame time.

For example say $5-10us for a 90 hours game card (that's 3 hours a night for a month), is that something you guys would consider? Personally I'd jump at it as it means I'd only be paying for time I've used.

Btw, just picked those numbers from my head, just wonder if it's a decent idea?
 
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News Comments > AvP Refused Classification In Australia
5. Re: AvP Refused Classification In Australia Dec 4, 2009, 10:03 RenownWolf
 
Ohh ffs, gotta love living in a backwards ass country.

Fail government!
 
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News Comments > EA on Digital Distribution
2. Re: EA on Digital Distribution Dec 2, 2009, 10:18 RenownWolf
 
Considering their next action was to start hiring up in countries with a lower level of income it does appear a bit of bs.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Patch Details
2. Re: Battlefield 2142 Patch Details Nov 30, 2009, 12:48 RenownWolf
 
It would be rather nice if there was mass bannings for the BF series. I realise they do try... but no matter the security there will be botters but they really need to ban hammer more and have a more active anti-cheat setup.

Sorry but PB fails in everygame... all it ever does it fail to work and boot you from servers at the worst times and yet the hacker is still in there happily destroying the game.

The BF2 patch fixed somethings... but mostly it reminded the hackers that it was the place to be =\ I'll wait until the player count has dropped again so there is a chance they are legit players rather than botters etc...
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Nov 30, 2009, 09:49 RenownWolf
 
Test 3.  
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News Comments > CoD Franchise Makes Madoff Money
11. Re: CoD Franchise Makes Madoff Money Nov 27, 2009, 21:52 RenownWolf
 
"it is likely to be one of the most viewed of all entertainment experiences in modern history."

No that would be WoW....
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Nov 26, 2009, 01:41 RenownWolf
 
MMORPG Churchy style fun fun. And a mere $60,000 required... by Dec 2.

I greatly doubt it's going to work, all the power to them, but I doubt they get anybody doing their "pledge" over $100 even though you can do $3000.

It all kinda gives me the creeps =\
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Nov 19, 2009, 22:19 RenownWolf
 
Wow China is such a interesting place. While other countries look at internet addiction and go "lol as if addicted", China is right in it's face trying to stop it.

Mmm... guess somebody should get working on a Cultural MMO experience with micro transactions and a small monthly fee ($1 a month of whatever suits the chinese market). Maybe add a WoW type arena mode for the competitive mode with awesome fights like... The Politician vs the Historian!
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Open Beta Signups
4. Re: Star Trek Online Open Beta Signups Nov 19, 2009, 22:03 RenownWolf
 
After a quick look and only found the click on the "redeem your pre-order beta key" part for the Open beta.

Guess it's more of a Pre-order gimmick like always.

I like Star Trek and all, but from watching the video with the "It's a tank ship, a dps ship and a support buff ship", I don't expect great things =\
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2009, 12:53 RenownWolf
 
I still live in hopes of more Firefly... picked up the boxset at a dvd shop one day and read it. "Meh looks arlight, and on sale for $20 (aud mind you).

How my perception of sci-fi western changed from "haha cowboys in space is silly" to "THEY CANCELED THIS?? WHY!!!".

Go go firefly! I'm a real sucker for good sci-fi =\ Even had my missus paying attention to SG1 instead of listening to her Twilight books crap =D
 
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News Comments > MW2 Ghost Spin-off?
7. Re: MW2 Ghost Spin-off? Nov 16, 2009, 12:34 RenownWolf
 
Just to derail this topic straight up but...

http://www.destructoid.com/modern-warfare-2-gets-dedicated-servers-via-hack-155250.phtml#ext

So it was built right in the whole time (well duh). So interesting to see the reaction from IW/ActiBlizz.
 
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News Comments > Warrior Epic Expansion Beta
2. Re: Warrior Epic Expansion Beta Nov 14, 2009, 09:36 RenownWolf
 
I gave it a go awhile back when it first released. My biggest issue was healing and health potions. You were limited to only a couple of poitions which you pretty much had to use real money or get a healer class in your group which was at least lvl 15 for the good healing.

Meaning for the first 10 levels I had major issues unless we had a higher up.

I don't know if it was just me doing something wrong or they really expected you to constantly buy health poitions or what but you were still limited to 3 per "instance".

Interesting game, but didn't like the mechanics of staying alive at lower levels without spending lots of real money for poitions.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2009, 10:44 RenownWolf
 
The last time I voted, I was amazed I was not asked for any kind of ID whatsoever. I game my name and address and that was it. To me, that just screams potential vote fraud...

Damn nin, too much time on blues for you
 
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Gratuitous Space Battles
3. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - Gratuitous Space Battles Nov 4, 2009, 10:09 RenownWolf
 
Yes bobob  
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News Comments > Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released
33. Re: Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released Oct 27, 2009, 21:07 RenownWolf
 
Finally, Ogre3D will be MIT License from v1.7. The Ogre3D folks specifically are changing the license to make it even easier for commercial and non-commercial developers to use the engine.

Right on the money my boy. Excatly why I plan to use it in the future.

Seems a lot of people here misunderstand open source. You can use the engine without a single code change as long as you are willing to deal with any issues it comes with, but Ogre3D also has a support section in which the developers of Ogre3D help you for a fee and they often use this to stay in development and fix issues in the engine/add features.

Game looks good, hoping for a multiplayer option sooner rather than later though, wanna smash some monsters with my brothers.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands' Firm Street Dates
87. Re: Borderlands' Firm Street Dates Oct 25, 2009, 00:38 RenownWolf
 
if you cant be silly on the internet, then what the fuck is it good for

Porn.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Tease
22. Re: Unreal Tease Oct 24, 2009, 06:18 RenownWolf
 
Interesting to see what this is. Read a rumour (think it was Destructoid or Joystiq) that it might be developer tools style release. Like a developers toolkit but for a smaller scale.

Take that as what it is though, a rumour.

On the take of A-list fps developers, they sure have changed over the past few years. Not a lot in the way of quality FPSs coming out with a nicely fleshed out story line (Borderlands doesn't count, crazy RPG/FPS spawn). Give me a game with some guns, no levels or xp and a nice linear story line (but make it fkin epic) and you'll have me.

Bonus points for co-op support and decent mod tools (level editor and scripter for easy access). Mmmm... I can see a gap in the market that needs filling!
 
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News Comments > League of Legends Beta Opens
1. Re: League of Legends Beta Opens Oct 22, 2009, 21:26 RenownWolf
 
Mmmmm.. more Dota community peoples.

I can see it now "FFS NOOB STOP FEEDING". Even counter-strike is friendlier to newbies then these assholes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Oct 22, 2009, 18:42 RenownWolf
 
There are many games with excellent story lines. But also many with lame predictable stories. I don't believe the issue is that they are game stories but it's who is writing them a majority of the time.

Most games don't have an actual writer on staff, they just use the game designer. Unfortunately a great game designer isn't always the greatest story teller, they really are 2 different aspects of game development.

On the article I tend to disagree with him greatly, there are many games that do excatly what he asks but within a limited degree. Some of what he is asking is unrealistic to keep a game being a game. A game must have competition (win/lose situations) or at least a goal to achieve (sims, bigger house, longer life etc..). So creating a story that is within the gameplay is one thing, but when the story is the most important aspect the gameplay will suffer (MGS series suffers from this, 20min cut scenes).

Even Planescape (which is awesome!) gives up gameplay elements for the story which is having to read a novel of writing, while game with a faster pace will have a character talking via comms to you. While it may appear the story is just simple it's often the way in which you are given the story that is lacking which is usually limited by a factor (writers ability, context, gameplay, budget).

Then again, some games just don't need a big story. I still play Counter-strike and Quake 3 Arena to this day. What story? It's still damn fun sometimes.
 
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