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Signed On Dec 14, 2007, 18:39
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News Comments > BioWare Bazaar Follow-up
2. Re: BioWare Bazaar Follow-up Mar 30, 2010, 20:42 peteham
I'm mainly miffed at their frivolous use of countdowns so this doesn't help me in the least.

Announce KOTOR3 or I will keep nerdraging on forums everywhere and put a banner in my sig like the doodz on the bioware social forums! You have been warned, Bioware! Bomb
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News Comments > BioWare Bazaar
10. Re: BioWare Bazaar Mar 30, 2010, 15:44 peteham
Hahah what a joke. Way to raise everyone's expectations with the countdown and then drop something this lame. Throw in the restrictions and it's not even relevant for most of us. Not that I really care about that particular detail, as I have zero interest in their novelty items anyway.. But a countdown? Really? Here's a free Protip: Countdowns are reserved for KOTOR3 announcements or similar.

Granted, I was fully aware it was going to be something a little more lame than that, but I doubt anyone but the most cynical among us anticipated something this bad.. Quite impressive. Hats off to the incompetent ladies and gentlemen at the Bioware marketing dept.

This comment was edited on Mar 30, 2010, 15:49.
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Open Beta This Week
9. Re: Heroes of Newerth Open Beta This Week Mar 29, 2010, 08:01 peteham
I'm not sure what it is, but whenever my friends are playing it, they become super unpleasant, more so than any other game.
Hahaha that sounds awfully familiar. One of my friends turned into such a grinch, and got on my nerves to such an extent during a period of DotA in college, that I basically haven't included him in any of my multiplayer-sessions ever since.. He's a nice guy normally, albeit a bit over-competitive, and man does DotA bring out that trait.... He'd start with the blame-game (or course it was always someone else's fault that his masterful plan failed), and then the silent-treatment on ventrilo to the ridiculous point of refusing to answer even when spoken directly to. But of course neither leaving the game or vent, oh no. Had to stick around to sour the mood and not get penalty points for leaving obviously.

Aaah I'm getting worked up just by reminiscing
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Open Beta This Week
5. Re: Heroes of Newerth Open Beta This Week Mar 29, 2010, 06:17 peteham
The fact that you LOSE gold when you die
While I haven't played LoL and as such can't really comment on it, I keep seeing this particular argument brought up in LoL vs HoN discussions and it always surprises me. I've always found gold-loss to a tremendous tension-builder just like it is/was in DotA. It really dictates your strategy. Should you get a cheaper beginner item or risk going for one of the more high-end ones? It also heavily forces your playing style at various points in the game when you're approaching one of the higher price-points.

Wouldn't want to be without this part of the game, personally. Of course it sucks when you get into that occasional game where you go on an endless dieing-streak and get hopelessly far behind both on levels and items for the remainder of the game, but I don't think the game would be the same without it, really.

That said, I probably should give LoL a try.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2010, 11:23 peteham
Nice! Having played way too much TMNF the past year, though not for quite a while now, I will definitely reinstall and drop by.

A nice thing about the TMNF choice, is that ping is basically a non-issue. The worst that's gonna happen is that other cars will warp and flicker, but since there are no collisions you can just turn off other cars if it gets too bad. Being European, I would not have been able to play an FPS with you guys over in the US, and still have fun..
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Season 1 Common Ground Launches
2. Re: Star Trek Online Season 1 Common Ground Launches Mar 26, 2010, 05:36 peteham
Does the game have a holodeck? Only when I can dress up as Dixon Hill and solve murder mysteries with disabled safety-protocols will I buy this game!

I could settle for being able to reenact Beowulf while wearing a fake bearskin and plastic horned viking helmet, as well.

Ah the holodeck. Most creative way of doing completely random filler-episodes for a TV-show ever.
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News Comments > Free Game for Silent Hunter V Owners
8. Re: Free Game for Silent Hunter V Owners Mar 25, 2010, 18:56 peteham
So is this method of compensating players with free games more cost effective/profitable than having a single player game not require internet access?
For sure it is, see quote from Sepharo:
Yeah there is tons overlap in SH5 fans and Shaun White/Prince of Persia fans.
With virtually zero overlap, you can probably count the lost sales on one hand and besides, both titles are well into the bargain bin $10-20 range by now anyway. This isn't really costing them anything.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 24, 2010, 05:47 peteham
This is why I still only have the 20GB my Xbox came with... and why I don't buy anything else from Live anymore (cause it's full). MS is losing more money than they make by overpricing the hard drives
Yeah, same here. My 14Gb is getting ridiculously cramped.

I've considered getting a compatible 250Gb WD drive and using HDDHackr. The procedure seems pretty straightforward but there's also a potential shitload of fidgeting required in some cases. There's also no guarantee that MS won't block it in a future FW-update (though it seems unlikely), so I'm not sure I can be bothered.

$129 is almost half an Elite, and since I've been thinking of "upgrading" at some point anyway, I think I'll just wait a few more months and get one, or a Slim since the rumors are likely true. It's probably gonna be something like $299 vs $129 and for that I'll get:
- Brand new Xbox which isn't likely to break down [again] any time now
- Non-expired warranty.
- Old Xbox to give away (assuming it's still alive).
- 120G or 250G harddrive (depending on price.. 120G should suffice really)
- Brand new gamepad
- HDMI, at last!
- Hopefully slightly less noise, heat and power-consumption.
- And last but not least, less feel of having just been skinned alive.

So yeah. The path is clear.
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Mar 22, 2010, 18:56 peteham
Most gamers have no idea that there's any difference between a publisher and a developer, and why it matters.
Activision is actually the publisher for both Treyarch and Infinity Ward's CoD. I see your point though. Heck, most gamers only follow the name of the game/series itself and are more or less completely oblivious to the developer/publisher and just go by pretty box-art and known franchise-names.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Mar 22, 2010, 11:20 peteham
I'm clearly (and thankfully) out of the loop here. What game did Edge review poorly?
Probably Final Fantasy.
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News Comments > No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo
54. Re: No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo Mar 18, 2010, 17:07 peteham
I am right when I say pirating on the x360 is easy because it is. I am not going to post any of the 1000s of links on how easy it is to do, because that is against Blues policy. There is no bullying, you are a moron. It is easy. Plain and simple. If you find it hard, you are simple minded, do not put that on other people.
Everything is relative. Modding your console may seem easy to you, or that 9 year old nephew. The same could be said about assembling your own computer from parts. It's easy when you know how, and it's not a daunting prospect if you're prepared to lose upwards of $300 and void your warranty.

Honestly, how many people do you think are prepared to deal with that? Compared to PC-based piracy, this is in a completely different league of "hard".
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News Comments > No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo
33. Re: No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo Mar 18, 2010, 09:02 peteham
about the only thing you said that is true is chips cost money
Feel free to point me to any and all false statements I made...

Sure I know people who can solder. Besides that, to support your side of the argument, soldering isn't exactly rocket-science. Beyond that, there are even some corner-shops that will sell you pre-modded consoles for a small premium.

That doesn't change the fact that the mere need to make ANY physical modification would make most people run in the opposite direction, keeping this well out of the mainstream segment. Even with a proficient friend to do it for you, you can still end up with a bricked console. You will also always void your warranty as well severely hampering your ability to play online. The people I know with modded Xboxes have two, for that very reason.

Secondly, console disk are much, much, much, much easier to get and cheaper. You can rent them, unlike PCs.
I haven't seen game rentals in Europe since the NES-era. Regardless, it is much, much, much, much easier to just go online and get your already cracked PC game of choice on any public tracker out there. BitTorrent has made the whole Warez-thing so mainstream it's ridiculous. Just 10 years back you usually had to know someone to get proper FTP site access, or work your ass off to get "inside", or settle for shoddy alternatives like eMule and Direct Connect. Today, even your grandma could go on Piratebay and have a week-old game downloaded and good to go in hours.

In fact, I bet you a giant quadruple chocolate cookie you and every one on this board know at least 10 people who can obtain a cracked PC-game for you, and would do so for free, in no time at all.

Edit: Cracked PC-game.. I doubt cracked PCs are in high demand

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News Comments > No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo
30. Re: No PC Splinter Cell Conviction Demo Mar 18, 2010, 08:08 peteham
That would be his ass.
Be that as it may, it's a fact that 100% of all PCs out there have the ability to run pirated games with no risk of bricking, and very little skill needed to get up and running.

For consoles, the technical level of entry is so much higher you can't even compare the two... A modchip is usually a requirement, which costs money (typically 1-2 games worth) and involves soldering. Not for the faint of heart who cringe at the thought of reinstalling Windows. In many cases you'll get away with a softmod. However, this still involves a screwdriver. You'll have to physically remove the DVD-ROM from your console (which unlike your PC tower is not build to be conveniently dismantled), put it in your PC, do the required steps and then put it back in the console..

Console modding is also quite revision specific. Ie. you may not be able to use softmod X unless you have an Xbox with a Hitachi DVD-ROM drive revision XYZ manufactured before XXXX.
You run a fair risk of bricking your hardware, or at the very least inflicting some cosmetic damage while dismantling the outer casing. At the very least you will void your warranty forever. Not desirable for Xboxes in particular, as you will probably need that warranty at least once during the product's lifetime..

No giant leap of logic is required to realize that this obviously has a huge effect on piracy statistics.
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News Comments > NVIDIA's 3D Push
19. Re: NVIDIA's 3D Push Mar 15, 2010, 17:30 peteham
That is quite impressive and cheap to implement.
As an added point of interest, Johnny Chung Lee now works for Microsoft on Project Natal.
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News Comments > CryENGINE 3 Trailer
15. Re: CryENGINE 3 Trailer Mar 15, 2010, 08:34 peteham
crysis honestly was a generic piece of shit
While it may not have been the greatest FPS ever made, and the second half vs. the aliens generally wasn't all that great, the game certainly wasn't a generic piece of shit by any definition. I've said it before and I'll repeat it ad nauseum, but Crysis had some epic sequences. In particular that awesome wide open valley full of tanks. Biggest FPS wow moment I've had since Half-Life 1.

It's stuff like that I'm worried is gonna have to go due to console memory constraints this time around.
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News Comments > CryENGINE 3 Trailer
13. Re: CryENGINE 3 Trailer Mar 15, 2010, 05:24 peteham
Seeing as how it will have to run on four year old hardware, that seems a fairly safe bet. On the other hand, Crytek would be fucking INSANE to repeat what they did with Crysis, ie, build a game that still can't be run 100% smooth with all eye-candy on even today.
Yep they would, but I think Crytek learned their lesson well the last time they tried to "push the envelope".

I still think there would've been less QQ if Crytek had named the presets more aggressively. Just change normal to "high" and high to "ULTRA" or something like that, and there you go. Most people would've been satisfied running on high, which looked just fine. That said, I find it somewhat ironic to see that people are complaining about the (assumed so far, but it seems like a safe bet) _lack_ of upgrade-incentive.
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News Comments > Ubisoft's DRM Failure
60. Re: Ubisoft's DRM Failure Mar 8, 2010, 15:25 peteham
"Our servers are under attack again" ..

Yeah, they're being DDoS'ed by a bunch of gamers trying to play with that 50k tihng running.

Sure sounds better than "we totally managed to underestimate launch-week capacity requirements" or "our new scheme is totally retarded, and instead of proper monitoring systems we're relying on our forum community managers to call in faults based on end-user feedback".

The 95% unaffected figure sure is worthy of a chuckle.

That said, cliffski also made some highly valid points over at rock paper shotgun on this very topic.
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News Comments > Wheel of Time Rolls to Obsidian
6. Re: Wheel of Time Rolls to Obsidian Feb 12, 2010, 11:41 peteham
There are lots of elements to draw from in the WoT series for sure. For one, the the world is large, seeing as the books only really touch on one continent. Unlike most fantasy, it also has a fairly structured magic system that could translate well to RPG mechanics. Not sure the beastiary is large enough at present to keep it interesting though. One of the few weak points of Dragon Age in my opinion was that for the whole game, at any level, you were fighting hurlocks, genlocks, and more hurlocks and genlocks. I can see the same happening with trollocs and myrddraal..

But most important of all: The game must have cleavage. And curtains. And lace. Oh wait, that's what you meant about 90% of the extraneous crap.
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News Comments > Wheel of Time Rolls to Obsidian
4. Re: Wheel of Time Rolls to Obsidian Feb 12, 2010, 11:25 peteham
It'll probably be an episodic game that will never end...ever.
At least it'll be true to the books
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Details
6. Re: Crysis 2 Details Feb 10, 2010, 11:52 peteham
buildings not destructible in current version; engine supposedly capable of it
levels more linear than in crysis; vertical gameplay to offer some freedom
That's definitely a major step back. Destructible shacks caused some interesting situations for me in Crysis, but fairly open and large levels in particular, I feel, is pretty much the essence of the franchise. The brilliant Island-hopping level from Far Cry comes to mind. I assume both had to go to fit into console memory...

This comment was edited on Feb 10, 2010, 11:53.
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