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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer
4. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Jack the Ripper 360 Trailer Dec 15, 2015, 14:27 NKD
 
Sorry, Syndicate is ten times the game Unity was. It has the worst protagonist thus far, the worst story thus far, insufferable combat, and the most boring samey looking city thus far. Paris looks the same from end to end.

Syndicate undid a lot of the shitty changes made in Unity. Time limited Eagle Vision is gone, back to toggled. The combat system which in Unity changed to make you as weak as a kitten is gone. Combat is SIGNIFICANTLY better than Unity with the new combo system. UI is greatly improved. Stealth is always improving. The zip-line is fan-fucking-tastic.

On the story front it's not the best in series but it's a damn sight better than Unity, and the two protagonists are a lot more fun. Evie is definitely better than Jacob however.

As to the cities, Victorian London isn't a city you think of for visual variety, but they seem to pull it off. The districts are much more distinct than in Unity's Paris. Whitechapel feels very residential. Southwark is factories. London proper has a lot of very big buildings. Westminster has a lot of open space.

Unity's problems extended far beyond its performance issues. The performance issues merely spared a lot of people from having to suffer through the rest of the game.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
19. Re: Into the Black Dec 15, 2015, 03:59 NKD
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 02:23:
where is the Trek of old that dealt with human issues and with the human spirit, with the infinite reaches and wonders of space and with the mystery of the unknown.

As a lifelong Star Trek fan I can tell you exactly why we don't have that Trek any longer: It stopped when Star Trek fans chased off the last few dudes who actually worked with Gene Roddenberry right out of the franchise.

Anything less than perfection wasn't acceptable to these particularly autistic fans and they just spewed hate upon hate for deviations from what they deemed "core Star Trek values". Deviations, I might add, not even 1% as severe as the rebooted franchise. Deviations that were apparently enough to alienate these types of fans, but not enough to bring in new fans.

So these guys left and went on to do other projects. That choice was made easier by the fact that Star Trek fans stopped buying movie tickets and tuning in to the shows because they weren't perfect. There was no longer a financial incentive to keep doing it.

Fans abandoned the franchise and are now upset that the franchise has abandoned them and moved on to making movies for a less autistic group of people.

It sucks for those of us who tuned in for things like Enterprise and bought tickets to go see Nemesis even though we weren't 100% on board with it because we loved the franchise and were willing to deal with the occasional mis-step if it meant future shows and movies.

It's really very much a "use it or lose it" scenario. They weren't going to sit on a massive IP like Star Trek and do nothing with it, but at the same time the old Star Trek fans hadn't shown a willingness to make it worth their effort to produce anything.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black Dec 14, 2015, 23:20 NKD
 
Weird music for the trailer, even for a more action-packed Star Trek movie. Cool to see the tradition of blowing up the Enterprise every few movies is alive and well.  
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News Comments > System Shock 3 Announced
17. Re: System Shock 3 Announced Dec 14, 2015, 12:22 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 11:35:
Well I can hold out hope, but I get the feeling it'll be dumbed down for today's idiot generation of console players.

I really doubt they'll be releasing this for consoles. System Shock has no value beyond being a cult classic PC game, particularly as a sequel from a small developer as opposed to a reboot from a large one. Their current game they are working on is also PC only.

That said, you need to "dumb down" for PC as well. A lot of the questionable design decisions of System Shock 2 will not fly today, even for most of the people who actually enjoyed System Shock 2. Such as being able to make it so you can't complete the game, the shitty crafting system, the radically imbalanced skills, etc.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Realms Free Trial
3. Re: Minecraft Realms Free Trial Dec 14, 2015, 10:50 NKD
 
Dagnamit wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 10:33:
deqer wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 10:11:
Why didn't they just call it Minecraft Servers.

Because that's too technical a term for the target audience and it's a much better name to boot.

It's less generic as well. Minecraft Server is a generic term that could mean anything and requires you to specify a bunch of details. Is it modded? What version is it using? Oh you meant an "official" server? Well, it's not really official as it's only hosted by Mojang not run by them.

Minecraft Realms means a very specific thing so it's dead simple for young children to get their heads around, even if they aren't particularly tech savvy for their age. It's also generally just fucking stupid to adopt generic names for your products and services as it becomes impossible to advertise them without getting lost in the noise of people looking for the generic result.

Minecraft Realms is simple, but it's also immediately identifiable. A good combination.
 
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News Comments > Chucklefish Forums Breached
2. Re: Chucklefish Forums Breached Dec 10, 2015, 11:04 NKD
 
Maniac wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 10:06:
No backups at all makes me a sad panda. Wonder if this also means that passwords leaked (culprit took a dump before database drop).


They didn't have database access, only access to the forum control panel, so passwords supposedly weren't taken.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
18. Re: Into the Black Dec 9, 2015, 22:59 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 13:05:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 04:08:
The plan was to have 32 of these. Instead we're getting 3.

That's because Saudi Arabia is buying them.



This. Is. A. Different. Ship.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 9, 2015, 12:04 NKD
 
ItBurn wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 10:21:
I find it ironic that he claims that they didn't need to change to bring the games to console.

Your first mistake is assuming "dumbing down" has anything to do with consoles. Newsflash: PC gaming is not a hardcore niche anymore, and "dumbing down" benefits them on PC just as much as it does on consoles.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Dec 8, 2015, 23:57 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Dec 8, 2015, 23:50:
This is that same fucking piece of shit that literally DISSOLVES IN SALT WATER

We bitch a lot at the F-35 fiasco, deservedly, but what the Navy is doing is 100% as retarded. Littoral combat ships that have little to no shred of self defense, concurrency shit on our carriers which has caused us to be short on carriers, etc.

You'd think there'd be SOMEONE with half a brain cell in the military SOMEWHERE?

Different ship.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 8, 2015, 23:03 NKD
 
A lot of indie shovelware and 7, 8 year old titles being added to prop that number up, that's why the market share isn't going up along with the number of titles. Quality matters to people more than quantity.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Dec 8, 2015, 22:47 NKD
 
They should be ordering more than 3 of these. Way more. At least 2 for each carrier group. Our military loves to get mad at the price tag of things, then they prioritize some ill-advised refit project to upgrade older hardware which ends up actually costing more in the long run.

Oh well, when these idiots are eating bullets from a Chinese firing squad in a few years maybe they'll wish they had spent less money playing in the sand and more money preparing our military for the future.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Using Unreal Engine 4
13. Re: FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Using Unreal Engine 4 Dec 8, 2015, 05:06 NKD
 
Devinoch wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 22:04:
I mean, if they had to remake one, why didn't they remake best-in-class FF6 rather than one of the most overwrought entries in the series? Oh. Right. Nostalgia value only.

Carry on, as you were.

No one was really clamoring for a FF6 remake like they were for FF7.

6, 7, and 10 are probably the most played titles of each generation. 6 ages well because the pretty sprites are kind of timeless. A remake in modern graphics could never recapture the feeling and would have to take a lot of liberties with the art style. (Look at the concept art for some of the FF6 characters. They look way better as sprites...)

10 is newer, already fully 3D, fully voice acted, and was best served with just a Remaster.

7 is in the middle. Visually, it doesn't hold up well being a very early attempt at 3D with 2D backdrops. It isn't voice acted. It could do with some new dialogue.

In short, the demand is there, and it's a good candidate for a remake, lacking a lot of the potential downsides of remaking something like 6.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 7, 2015, 19:12 NKD
 
And when Microsoft makes a zillion dollars off Minecraft on Wii U, Cutter will still be claiming Minecraft is a flop and Microsoft is losing money.  
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News Comments > Paragon is a MOBA
15. Re: Paragon is a MOBA Dec 7, 2015, 00:40 NKD
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 6, 2015, 19:51:

Do you have numbers to back that up? DOTA 2 seems pretty popular, as does HotS.

League of Legends was peaking out around 8 million concurrent players last I checked, with Dota 2 peaking out around 1 million. Dunno that any HotS numbers are available but I doubt it's even as high as Dota 2.

You can probably Google more recent numbers. That was ealrier this year.
 
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News Comments > Paragon is a MOBA
9. Re: Paragon is a MOBA Dec 6, 2015, 17:19 NKD
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 6, 2015, 16:33:
Remember when WoW took off and then everyone and their brother wanted to make an MMO game and pretty soon the market was so flooded that they could barely make a profit?

I predict the same market saturation here.

We can already see it first hand. League of Lesbians has all the players. Even its closest competitor Dota 2 has a tiny fraction of the player base.

The problem with making a MOBA, or an MMO, is people only want to play the game that everyone else is already playing.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 Rumor Fuel
1. Re: Half-Life 3 Rumor Fuel Dec 6, 2015, 15:30 NKD
 
Doesn't really matter even if it were true. We all know they have some skeleton crew working on HL3 for years now. But without it being a priority for the company even its existence doesn't guarantee it'll ever see the light of day.  
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News Comments > Paragon is a MOBA
1. Re: Paragon is a MOBA Dec 6, 2015, 15:24 NKD
 
Boring.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
11. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Dec 5, 2015, 22:53 NKD
 
Five years seems reasonable for this crime. Long sentences as deterrent has been disproven time and time again. Sure, it sounds like it would work to the exceedingly ignorant (i.e. Cutter), but in reality it doesn't work.

Like the dude said, who is gonna sit there and go "5 years in jail? No problem... but 10-20 isn't worth it I'm not going to make these phone calls..."

A large number of crimes, probably even the majority, are committed by people who are not considering the consequences or who believe they will not be caught. Very few would-be criminals are sitting there doing the math and checking out possible sentences they might receive if caught. Otherwise you wouldn't have people risking 10 year prison sentences for 50 bucks out of a cash register.

Long prison sentences also lead to revolving door criminality. You have a constant outflow of criminals who have served long sentences and who can't adjust to normal society anymore and fall back into criminal behavior, often times worse. This is especially true of behavior like swatting. The person isn't a hardened irredeemable criminal and can still be rehabilitated into a decent human being in a reasonable amount of time.

Long prison sentences are essentially just passing the buck. You're not deterring anything, and someone's gonna have to deal with that fucker again later after he's spent a bunch of years in Criminal Academy.
 
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News Comments > Delete Steam Games
5. Re: Delete Steam Games Dec 4, 2015, 21:03 NKD
 
Finally I can delete Bad Rats  
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News Comments > Psychonauts 2 Announced
11. Re: Psychonauts 2 Announced Dec 4, 2015, 14:34 NKD
 
Don't give this fucker a dime.  
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