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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Mar 30, 2011, 10:38 JoeNapalm
 
This is where Dragon Age II goes off the rails and plummets into mediocrity.


I have nothing to add.


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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Mar 30, 2011, 10:29 JoeNapalm
 

Wait...because Joseph Campbell was right, we don't want game innovation?

It's no stunning revelation that most people seek comfort in the familiar...but that doesn't mean that we ALL get off the plane in a foreign country and head for the nearest McDonald's.

Games like Black Ops selling well has nothing at all to do with The Hero with a Thousand Faces and everything to do with marketing and brand recognition.

There are plenty of examples of innovative games/bands/movies/whatever hitting it big - just because what is familiar, mainstream, and hyped to the gills sells well doesn't mean that "People don't WANT innovation!"

It means that bean counters abhor risk.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Mar 30, 2011, 09:55 JoeNapalm
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 29, 2011, 19:58:
That guy is that guy by the way

Ah. Well, everyone's entitled to their opinion...even game reviewers. *Grin*

He should be happy - I may not agree with him on this one, but I obviously read his reviews.

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PS - When I say "L2P", I mean it in the nicest possible way.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Mar 29, 2011, 16:59 JoeNapalm
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Mar 29, 2011, 12:37:
JoeNapalm wrote on Mar 29, 2011, 12:06:
Out of Eight gives Atom Zombie Smasher a 5 out of 8 because he sucks at it?

Plus lacking online multiplayer and the randomized units and the small unit upgrades, but basically, yes.

I didn't realize that the multiplayer isn't online - I had seen an "INVITE" button and thought it was Steamworks, but admittedly have not yet tested multiplayer at all.

The randomization of units and the unit upgrades are a symptom of this guy not being any good at the game, however.

Each month you're given a set of units to work with, based on what units are not already deployed or on R&R. It's the zombie apocalypse, you need to work with what you have. It's part of the challenge. If they let me select what units I could use each month, I'd always choose a combo that was Hell on wheels - but you don't get that. You get a sniper team, some land mines, a paperclip, and half a stick of bubble gum. Everyone else is deployed elsewhere. Deal with it.

Unit upgrades are fine. Again, I think this guy just doesn't get it. Yes, the upgrades aren't uberpowerful - but they are incremental and definitely add up. If your Helo can load people just a tiny bit faster, but they're evacuating 200 people, that tiny improvement adds up. If your artillery reloads a bit faster, the shot-to-shot improvement is minor, but over the course of a battle is very, very significant.

I don't want to climb up on a high horse, here - everyone has different tastes, and this game is an odd mix of casual-yet-difficult. It just pains me to see, in this day of "Nightmare is the New Normal difficulty" to see this guy hammer a game because he keeps losing.

They don't call it an "apocalypse" because it's a walk in the park, tough guy!

(That, and this game puts a plethora of tweaks and adjustments at your fingertips to adjust the difficulty of the game - if it's too hard for him to enjoy, he needs to suck it up and reduce the difficulty, rather than panning the game because he can't win.)

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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Mar 29, 2011, 12:06 JoeNapalm
 
Out of Eight gives Atom Zombie Smasher a 5 out of 8 because he sucks at it?

That's sort of uncalled for. I hate to say it, but L2P, dude.

I picked it up on sale, after playing the demo, for some mindless fun, and finally got around to playing it over the weekend. Cranked through three full games in short order.

Game 1 - default settings, lost to the zombies.

Game 2 - default settings, knew what I was doing, eeked out a win.

Game 3 - Long November (20,000 points to win), set to all units available from the start (this goes for both sides, so you're fighting the big 'uns right out the gate on larger infestations) and a couple of other settings tweaked (to reflect that I was no longer a newbie, not to make it easier). Crushed Zed so bad there were entire months where I couldn't find any zombies to fight...

I'm not saying the game is easy - it's challenging, and you need to understand that zombies do not ask, or give, quarter.

It's a fun game - not immensely deep, but it's not that kind of game, and is priced accordingly. I'm looking forward to playing it multiplayer, if I can get the chance.

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News Comments > Molyneux Wants a Say in Syndicate Remake
14. Re: Molyneux Wants a Say in Syndicate Remake Mar 29, 2011, 08:34 JoeNapalm
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 29, 2011, 00:43:
However, they should get someone like Bill Gibson or Neil Stephanson to do the narrative for the game.


That...would be awesome.

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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Mar 27, 2011, 16:10 JoeNapalm
 
Domgrief wrote on Mar 27, 2011, 12:07:
We've hopefully reached the peak of utterly derivative garbage, and seem to be entering the phase where, in a knee-jerk reaction, "indie games" (read: arthouse cinema) is heaped with praise, a lot of it unwarranted.


Indies getting "unwarranted" praise? Well, they're getting praise from the end user...whereas the mainstream schlock is getting praise from people who benefit...nay, rely on...giving praise.


Which is less warranted?

Most of the criticism of indy games comes from people who demand AAA graphics and production. Most of the praise comes from people who remember the golden age of gaming when the driving force behind the industry was love of games, rather than mass-market appeal. Indy games return to those days where games sometimes overreached their potential, rather than selling it short.

Are indies perfect? Of course not...but they are soon to be the last true bastion of PC gaming (at least until the jackass marketing wonks realize they're leaving a lot of money on the table by neglecting the world's most powerful and prevalent platform).

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer
12. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Trailer Mar 25, 2011, 16:27 JoeNapalm
 

I want to know what will happen when I press "A".

Will something awesome happen?

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News Comments > Call of Duty Black Ops First Strike Released; Double XP Weekend
2. Re: Call of Duty Black Ops First Strike Released; Double XP Weekend Mar 25, 2011, 16:26 JoeNapalm
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 25, 2011, 15:02:
Yeah, so how are those MOD TOOLS that Treyarch promised would come after release?


But...DangerDog...Double XP weekend! You can pwn nubs twice a hard, d3wd!

[Guh...I feel dirty even from mocking this game.]

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News Comments > Crysis 2 Tweak Tool
8. Re: Crysis 2 Tweak Tool Mar 25, 2011, 16:23 JoeNapalm
 

Darks, he was being sarcastic. Dozey

And when you purchase consolified games on the PC, you're doing the OPPOSITE of supporting PC games.

The only way to encourage devs to go back to true PC support is to NOT BUY games that lack true PC support.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 25, 2011, 14:24 JoeNapalm
 

I dunno which I find more troubling. That they think this is a good idea, despite they whole "dystopian future" thing, or that...most likely...the Facebook/Twitter generation won't have a problem with it.

I mean, freakin' A...when are people going to finally say "enough" to these marketing vampires?

Had to use Command Voice on some twit at the Apple Store, recently, who claimed he couldn't sell me a cable without my email address.

Turns out that, after the proper application of the Gran Turino "Get off my lawn!" paraphrased as "Pretend I don't have one" reminded him that an email address really wasn't necessary, after all.


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News Comments > Gearbox on DNF Delay, Demo, DLC
12. Re: Gearbox on DNF Delay, Demo, DLC Mar 25, 2011, 13:56 JoeNapalm
 
Translation:

"After 15 long years, finally, it is complete! MUHAHAHAHA-*hurk?* Wait! We forgot about DLC! Extend the deadline, Igor! We've got to carve some bits back out!"


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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 25, 2011, 09:36 JoeNapalm
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Mar 25, 2011, 00:56:
Only money I've spent in WorstBuy in the past three to five years has been gift cards I've received and even then I hated doing it. Annoying as hell to have somebody ask you every three to five minutes if they can help you. They just won't leave you the fuck alone so you can browse.

When they first opened up I loved going there to browse and bought stuff there on a regular basis. Another example of how retards running a company run it into the ground...


You should move to South Florida, Jack - you won't get bothered by people trying to help you. At a Best Buy down here, you can't get any of those blue shirted gits to make eye contact.

Not that the teenyboppers they hire, now, would be able to answer a question if they did try to help you.

Mostly, though, I resent that what used to be place I could stop into to get a fan or PSU or find a cable I really needed - now, it's a place where they think I'm going to pay $120 for an HDMI cable because it says "Monster" on it.

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News Comments > Lead and Gold Free Weekend; Free DLC; Sale
5. Re: Lead and Gold Free Weekend; Free DLC; Sale Mar 24, 2011, 17:05 JoeNapalm
 

Other than graphically, it doesn't compare well at all to, say, Fistful of Frags...and FFoF is a free mod.

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News Comments > Duke Nukem Forever Delayed Until June
4. Re: Duke Nukem Forever Delayed Until June Mar 24, 2011, 09:22 JoeNapalm
 




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News Comments > Starpoint Gemini Demo
2. Re: Starpoint Gemini Demo Mar 23, 2011, 11:57 JoeNapalm
 

Yeah, I'll have to find time to take a look, too...

Always jonesing for something Traveller-esque.

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News Comments > Free Angry Birds
8. Re: Free Angry Birds Mar 23, 2011, 09:10 JoeNapalm
 
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 23, 2011, 05:01:
I didn't have any issues.

But alas, people are always going to find something to bitch about, even if it's free.


Ah, yes, the old "I didn't experience any problems so all reports of problems are invalid."

It must be hard, being the center of the Universe.

Dozey


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News Comments > Free Dawn of War II Retribution DLC in April
4. Re: Free Dawn of War II Retribution DLC in April Mar 22, 2011, 10:37 JoeNapalm
 

Ingratitude much?

In these benighted days of Horse Armor DLCs, I for one would like to say "Thank you, THQ."

Most companies would want $6 for this...

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News Comments > More Dragon Age II Ban Follow-up
44. Re: More Dragon Age II Ban Follow-up Mar 17, 2011, 18:37 JoeNapalm
 
Erebus wrote on Mar 16, 2011, 20:19:
Darn it, I forgot to read through the whole thread to see what it was ok for me to say.

Well, based on the position you are supporting - that an individual should lose property rights for speaking out - maybe you SHOULD read and carefully consider what it is "okay" for you to say.

Erebus wrote on Mar 16, 2011, 20:19:
Please back up the statements of your running mouth by standing in the middle of Wal-Mart next time you're there (which I'm sure won't be more than 24 hours from now) and starting a 4-letter-word rant trashing the company and their employees, running down their products and services and doing so ad nauseum in a manner the other shoppers can't avoid. That's the kind of behaviour that most of these ban-clowns participate in, and I'm *perfelctly* comfortable with them losing their game privileges altogether.

1. I don't shop at Wal-Mart, as a personal choice. That said, I wouldn't imply that shopping there is somehow derogatory, as that would make me a self-important elitist prig, now wouldn't it?

2. Being kicked out a store for being disruptive is one thing - having them take back my purchased items before doing so? That would be a crime.

Erebus wrote on Mar 16, 2011, 20:19:
A git I may be, but I don't go around telling people what they can and can't think or call them names for expressing their opinion.

No, you want companies going around telling people what they can and can't think. That's MUCH better.

And if being called a "total git" for expressing an asinine opinion expressed without a moment of thought as to the repercussions of the position you choose to support is going to upset you, get under your skin, keep you up at night, or in any way impact your emotional well-being, may I suggest that you avoid posting on the interwebs?

I'm not trying to censor you - I'm just thinking that your skin might not be thick enough to endure the ridicule that even a well-considered, reasonable opinion would receive...let alone a bone-headed anti-consumer sheep opinion.


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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Trailer
13. Re: Battlefield 3 Trailer Mar 16, 2011, 16:52 JoeNapalm
 
TurdFergasun wrote on Mar 16, 2011, 16:40:
i'm not too keen on prone, it was a worthy sacrifice for gameplay in BC2. ppl are going to abuse it, and many cool maps will become camp graveyards. hopefully they release mod tools so u can limit the number of snipers per team or some other balancing tool.

Yes, because there's absolutely no way to fix dolphin diving. It's not just a problem specific to BF2 that could have easily been remedied by a code rat with an IQ over 60.

Also, once you put a baby in bathwater, and that bathwater gets dirty, you must pitch both out.

Or nuke them from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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