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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
41. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 7, 2014, 13:48 Verno
 
descender wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 13:29:
Hey, if the only thing holding them back is a marketing campaign... sounds like an easy fix doesn't it You are the second or third person here that has for some reason assumed that they won't advertise their new product. Why? What other way are they going to win this battle against mega-corporations MS and Sony? Not only will Valve directly market SteamOS, but every company making SteamBox's will be marketing their own hardware as well.

No I think they will advertise it but I don't think that's a magical bandaid that will undo decades of branding from other companies. The controller is going to be a major adjustment for people too and there's also the issue with platform fragmentation when you have this many vendors involved. I really like this idea but where we disagree is that I think their implementation is more niche than it is mass market.

But hey if its a massive success then that's great for me either way
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Announced
14. Re: Alien: Isolation Announced Jan 7, 2014, 13:32 Verno
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 12:57:
Shame they blew it with Rome 2 and Sega has a bad enough track record with the Aliens license already. How does someone find any hope in this combination?

It's a survival horror game and goes back to Alien which was more of a survival horror film. Creative Assembly has it's ups and downs but is generally well liked. I see no reason not to be optimistic with that combination. I've been played some good games Sega has done and some bad ones, a bit of a mixed bag. I didn't say I was going to run out and preorder it either, just that's intriguing and I will definitely be following its development.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Removes GFWL?
16. Re: Fallout 3 Removes GFWL? Jan 7, 2014, 12:40 Verno
 
Prez wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 11:45:
Origin actually has gotten somewhat useable. If Steam didn't beat the snot out of it in every category it might even be an acceptable alternative. The worst part about Origin, of course, is the company it belongs to. They are equal parts despicable and moronic.

I think the best way to describe Origin is adequate but not much more than that. It's integration with EA titles is bizarrely inconsistent, the interface is barebones and it has a very "we contracted this out" feel to it. They don't seem to have any unifying design direction or feature roadmap either, they're just sort of puttering along and whole areas of it feel completely divorced from others. It does have a few features Steam lacks though like video recording, unfortunately its shortcomings in most other areas overshadow that. The biggest fail is that they have nothing on the Steam community implementation, battlelog would be the closest comparison but it's BF only.

It's basically an adequate storefront with schizophrenic client software. Like most things EA does these days, it feels very poorly thought out and half assed.

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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Announced
7. Re: Alien: Isolation Announced Jan 7, 2014, 12:24 Verno
 
I like Alien, I like survival horror and I think Creative Assembly is an interesting choice to make this. So long as Gearbox and the now defunct Timegate are not involved color me intrigued.  
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News Comments > No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs
40. Re: No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs Jan 7, 2014, 11:21 Verno
 
The QTE shit at the beginning of the game is obnoxious but they tend to drop off as the game progresses. Unfortunately the game also introduces interesting ideas like hunting for food and other mechanics but does nothing with them. It also reverts to a set piece to set piece action game by the mid point of the game. It was still a great game but its obvious they had a few design shifts mid-swing.  
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
38. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 7, 2014, 11:01 Verno
 
1. Mom walks into store to buy her child a game system with zero prior knowledge.
2. Mom sees XBox, PS4, and 8 different SteamOS boxes on the shelf.
3. XBox and PS4 get ignored while Mom is trying to figure out which SteamBOX would be the best bang for her buck.

All they need is 1 SteamBox on the shelf that matches the price point of the other consoles and they will win this war in a laugh-er.

Mom has no way of knowing that these things exist and goes with what the television told her is good.

I agree with most of your other points but when it comes to video games parents think of what has been heavily marketed to them or what their kids ask for. I would not buy one of these for a kid either, get them a Wii U or something.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Removes GFWL?
9. Re: Fallout 3 Removes GFWL? Jan 7, 2014, 10:59 Verno
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 10:57:
Obligatory: I liked Fallout 3 better But yeah, when it comes down to it Bethesda is one of the few companies making games I actually enjoyed playing. Lots of time spent in Fallout 3 and NV with tons of mods. Though I gotta say.. the next game by Beth better be 64bit trough and through and not use Gamebryo

I don't really care what they use but they need to hire better animators and someone needs to revisit the combat engine. Loved Skyrim but those aspects are really showing their age.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2014, 10:30 Verno
 
What is the gist of his visits there? I haven't been paying attention to that story at all. Drawing attention to the appalling living conditions or just making headlines for the hell of it?  
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News Comments > Starbound Sells 1M
2. Re: Starbound Sells 1M Jan 7, 2014, 10:13 Verno
 
Going to wait until its feature complete and polished to get seriously into it but glad they're doing well.  
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announcement
46. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 7, 2014, 09:21 Verno
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 08:48:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 06:20:
Half-Life 2 was not the reason Steam took off.

Keep telling yourself that one.

I'm sure it was a factor but you don't think Counter-Strike had a bigger impact? It was the most played online game for years running after the WON retirement and probably lead to millions of Steam installs.
 
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News Comments > Hitman Game Not Cancelled
10. Re: Hitman Game Not Cancelled Jan 7, 2014, 08:39 Verno
 
NamecaF wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 23:33:
Task wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:44:
But will they learn NOT to put in x-ray and panther vision this time?

You know, you dont have to use it

The game is balanced around it though. You can't really not use the small, linear levels either.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 7, 2014, 08:38 Verno
 
I don't get it though Fantaz. What do you do, prop the iPad up on a stand or something? It seems really awkward to use a phone/tablet and a controller at the same time.  
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announcement
44. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 7, 2014, 08:35 Verno
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 05:41:
The problem is that you can do that already. Build a pc/htpc, get a wireless mouse and keyboard, wireless controller, and still have a fully functional computer. Why use steamOS when its just going to take away options rather then add?

I think the idea is that its effectively a new platform and that it will ideally expand your options later on. There isn't much of an upside to being an early adopter for something like this unless you really fit the niche.

We could really use something like this in my house though, I've built out a really nice HTPC but it gets used for video so much that I rarely get to do emulation or gaming on it so I could use something for the living room. I love building machines and tinkering but as time goes on the idea of a nice prebuilt in a small form factor is very interesting.

I would really like to get my hands on a controller to see what its like but I guess worst case scenario I hate it and plugin a Dual Shock 4 or my old 360 controller.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jan 6, 2014, 13:43 Verno
 
PropheT wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:39:
osage no onna wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:13:
Does that mean he can't talk to either horde or alliance characters, or that he can talk to both, or how do these pandafolk work?

It means he never left the starting island where he made the character, since you have to choose a faction to leave (I can't remember if that's at level 10 or 20, it's been a while).

So basically, he managed to hit level 80+ without ever leaving the starting zones, which is sort of impressive and insane at the same time.

I've seen people do similar things back when I played. We had a guy in our guild who was leveling solely through herbalism and exploration XP or something like that. Crazy weird stuff. Whatever keeps them happy and not out killing people!
 
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
11. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 6, 2014, 13:28 Verno
 

Gaben might say that he's filling a niche, but I bet you he's salivating at the idea of getting a piece of the console moola pie...

I'm sure every business owner wants success but the console market is a different beast than the PC and I don't see this as directly competitive in the same demographics. Many companies in the console market lose quite a bit of money anyway so I doubt that's his aim. I think it has more to do with Microsoft trying to put an Apple store down on everything, they're just hedging their bets with stuff like this and SteamOS.
 
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News Comments > Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects
10. Re: Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects Jan 6, 2014, 13:26 Verno
 
Yeah I've never read the comics either so I'll be going into it just like that, sounds encouraging.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4
5. Re: New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4 Jan 6, 2014, 13:19 Verno
 
My problems with mobile gaming have less to do with game performance and more with the limited input options and terrible battery life. Maybe for little Android STBs this sort of thing is interesting but even then it feels like a weird niche.  
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
9. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 6, 2014, 13:18 Verno
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:15:
Too many options. These will not be successful on the level of Xbox and Playstation. No kid's mom is going to do the homework necessary to buy one of these things. They're just going to buy him an xbox, and he's going to be thrilled with it.

This isn't targeted at that crowd anyway. Valve has said already that they're just trying to fill a niche here and it gives them some relationships with OEMs on SteamOS possibilities.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 6, 2014, 12:55 Verno
 
robdot wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:35:
Anyone who says a ps4 is boring, doesn't like games. There are now 21 games with a metacritic rating over 70.

Yeah I heard you the first time but again, that's a pretty lame generalization and Metacritic is totally meaningless (particularly since the scale of games 70-80 is awful) when it comes to personal taste anyway. I'm sure Injustice and NBA2k14 are good but I'm just not into fighting and sports games. Contrast is a really mediocre game and Knack isn't very good IMO. NBA2k14 is too sim for my taste. There are certainly fun games for the PS4 but I've beaten the two that really appealed to me. AC4 was great and Resogun was solid but other than I'm sort of waiting for Don't Starve and other stuff to come out. I'm happy your PS4 seems a lot of use in your large family with many youngins (to be expected) but I bought my daughter a Wii, she really doesn't need a PS4 so I'm looking for games for me.

Like I said it's a launch year so I knew the deal going into it, I was just hoping platform adoption would be faster. My buddy has an Xbox One with a similar problem now that he beat Dead Rising 3. We're just waiting on more games to come out. Plenty to play on other platforms thankfully.

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News Comments > Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects
4. Re: Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects Jan 6, 2014, 12:48 Verno
 
The Walking Dead (Game) first episode doesn't do a good job selling it, it picks up quite a bit after that.

I haven't played The Wolf Among Us yet but I hear good things.
 
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