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Signed On Jan 6, 2009, 18:41
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
6. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 16:15 briktal
descender wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 14:36:
I question if they would have even pulled this had Batman not just been such a disaster.

Considering this is the game that was shut down and remade because it sucked, probably.
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Pricing Adjusted
4. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Pricing Adjusted Jun 23, 2015, 12:55 briktal
We wanted you to know that access to much of the content in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns requires access to Guild Wars 2.

Why does anyone need to know that information if there's no way to buy Heart of Thorns without also buying the base game?
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News Comments > Tale of Tales Closing
61. Re: Tale of Tales Closing Jun 22, 2015, 10:07 briktal
Slick wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 05:25:
saluk wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 02:51:
Slick wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 02:25:
Kosumo wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 01:03:
Leave harlock and his meds out of it, I'm happy I'm helping both him and me by buying them off him for cheap.

P.S. I think Slick really hates what in his mind is most of use Blue's users (a sterotype), he does seem to be arguing with 'you people' which I don't think anyone else knows who it is.

alright, i'm just going to stop repeating myself. if you can't see any logic in my arguments, then leave it alone.

if you can't understand me saying "you people" then you haven't been paying attention. i'm talking to everyone in this thread who's poopoo-ed this developer for A) not being "AAA" mainstream enough, and B) for pre-judging a game that literally no one here has played. and C) for pissing on the wounds of some people who have just lost everything. if you can't understand that, then you like everyone else in this thread are totally immune to irony.

remember this thread next time you see a headline that reads: "blizzard reduces upcoming game to 4 classes to be more user-friendly" and ALL YOU PEOPLE go bananas about it, clamoring for more fringe titles that aren't afraid to "take creative chances" LOL

You have to have something in order to lose it. Having a dream and realizing after a long time that that dream doesn't match reality is not quite the same. This developer has found after much effort that the market they are currently aiming at just isn't big enough. Sucks that they spent a lot in following this path, but now that they have woken up, perhaps they can find their true path - either the individuals who mistakenly believed in this dream, or the collective as a whole.

I'm all for taking creative chances, and I actually really love all of the groups experimenting with interactive experiences to go beyond just games. I think some great innovations for real games may come out of experiments like these. But it's called a risk for a reason. You have to know that the risk may not pay off. I hope they learn the right lessons from their failures.

wait, what's this? a reasoned and well thought out reply?!


and yes, it absolutely takes people taking chances to push things forward, and everyone benefits. The best ideas always sound a bit daft the first time someone utters them. That's why this stuff should be encouraged, and not spat upon.

It seems like a total flip-flop from the usual, i gotta say, this thread has been very confusing at times. how often do we hear "they failed cause they didn't do what every other game does enough, gamers want more of stuff they're already familiar with" on this board?

I totally feel the warm fuzzies of "hey cool, something new, something I haven't seen before" when I read about games like this. not necessarily a game i'll play, but in my heart of hearts I support it. Gaming is such a young medium, we need to let it breathe.

in another thread some idiot was flipping out about how everything in the 90's was superior. it was because it was new. it was stuff we've never seen before. there was no 20 years of past titles to draw upon, it was fresh off the tree.

Games like sunset renew that "newness" to me, it sounds genuinely like something I 've never played before. I don't often get totally new experiences in gaming, and i'm not a jaded old husk that i will turn away the fuzzy "new" feeling that i adored in the 90's just because it's in 2015.

The thing is, a game can push the envelope, explore new concepts, and all that cool artsy stuff but it can still suck or fail at its goals. Art style/quality, voice and other sound, controls, UI, performance and other production value/polish elements can really help a game like this succeed.
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News Comments > Dota 2 Reborn Beta
4. Re: Dota 2 Reborn Beta Jun 13, 2015, 21:41 briktal
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 13, 2015, 20:36:
Maintaing the lanes is not even important anymore, as even a team pushed back to the citadel can turn an ENTIRE GAME AROUND by overwhelming an enemy that overextends their push.

That kind of comeback can happen in Dota. Not in every game, of course, but it's not an unrealistic scenario. The hardest part is probably winning that first fight.

it is the kind of MOBA where you have fun tons of unique characters from Bliz Franchises and where elite pro games can still be elite, but not necessarily always end up winning a game.

If you squint, Dota 2 is that game too.
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News Comments > NVIDIA Drivers for The Witcher 3
16. Re: NVIDIA Drivers for The Witcher 3 May 18, 2015, 13:21 briktal
Bradley wrote on May 18, 2015, 10:50:
nin wrote on May 18, 2015, 08:52:
Anyhow, I fail to understand how new set of drivers could have anything to do with "marketing", please enlighten me.

Presumably they could be releasing a new driver that is unchanged from the previous driver to make it look like they are responsive to new games and are actively working on providing great support. The placebo effect and relative difficulty in actually quantifying graphical improvements will make people think that Nvidia is "The Bomb" or whatever you young people are saying these days.

I think most performance increases from drivers like this are "worst case scenario" improvements. I remember reading an article about these drivers where a lot of the changes are driver level hacks for specific games because the developers are doing something incorrectly.
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Winners
13. Re: Game Awards 2014 Winners Dec 6, 2014, 18:33 briktal
PHJF wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 10:45:
"Best Remaster"

Saddest award ever.


"Trending Gamer: TotalBiscuit"

I stand corrected!

Apparently, when they were doing the nominations at least, the category was called Youtube Personality instead of Trending Gamer.
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News Comments > The Crew Reviews Delay
3. Re: The Crew Reviews Delay Nov 25, 2014, 10:12 briktal
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 10:04:
" There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale." - Is that even a possibility? Have an embargo after a release.

Yes. The whole reason this is a story is because Ubisoft did that for AC:Unity. The embargo is tied to an early copy of the game. If you don't accept that copy, then you could buy the game when it becomes available and potentially release a review before the embargo date with no issues, aside from having very little time to play the game and write the review before that date.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy
43. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refund Policy Nov 20, 2014, 13:23 briktal
BobBob wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 12:50:
When did the trend toward people paying for alpha and beta versions begin? I recall the days when developers were begging to find people willing to be testers, later to provide a free or discounted copy of the full version.

It follows on from the "release early, release often" model used a lot by open source software. Digital distribution also makes it far easier to get new alpha/beta builds out to people than having to send out new discs.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
54. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 23:52 briktal
Prez wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 14:03:
I'm glad they are actually doing something different this time rather than modern day war shooter #19467. As usual, if I pick this up it will be based solely on the singlplayer experience at a pretty deep discount.

Creston wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 12:03:
From the Polygon review:

Polygon attended a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held by publisher Activision at the Cavallo Point resort in Sausalito, California, from Oct. 20 through Oct. 22. Per Polygon's ethics policy, we paid for our accommodations for the duration of our time at the event.
Wow... I'm... stunned, actually. Someone listened and realized that having everything paid for means your opinion is also bought and paid for and thus essentially worthless. I applaud this move. Kudos, Polygon.

I know they claim that this has always been their policy but that's BS. This is something new. Could it be that GG actually accomplished something?

No, they've pretty much always done that. However, there aren't really that many games that have big review events. Most of their disclosures on reviews are just "they sent us a copy to review."
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News Comments > Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans
22. Re: Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans Sep 20, 2014, 20:36 briktal
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 20:27:
Kajetan wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 13:57:
The bad: they do this on the backs of consumers
Backers are NOT consumers. I am a backer of DF9 and while i am still a little pissed, i accept that crowdfunding is NOT buying a game. Its my responsibility and my risk.

Well, for my 10 quids i got a wonderful soundtrack and several hours of fun, while still being in alpha. Its not a total loss as one might think

If this had been a kickstarter I may agree with you, but even then what are you getting for your risk? Nothing. You aren't an investor. You're paying a company to do something they may or may not do that, in years past, they'd have to find a larger investor to cover. Someone that would get equity.

By going to you, they get to keep all the profit themselves yet, for some reason, you take on risk.

Let's be honest. Kickstarter/Early Access, for the consumer, is almost 100% identical to preordering. Everything people bring up when they go on about "don't preorder games" applies to Kickstarter and Early Access.
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News Comments > Warlords of Draenor Date Dated
13. Re: Warlords of Draenor Date Dated Aug 5, 2014, 22:36 briktal
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 18:57:
Pre-event will be late October and it'll go live early December is how it's shaping up at this point. Gives Blizzard time to re-hype the expansion through this and Blizzcon.

I'm more interested in the cinematic, personally.

I think the last 2 or 3 expansions. the release date was announced 2 months before release.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Jun 16, 2014, 12:06 briktal
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 11:50:
How anyone could think they could make money off of Mojang's property just shows how ignorant many people are.

Watched the kids play on some of these pay to play servers and I told them to avoid them, they were blatantly illegal.

But you are allowed to make money off Minecraft servers, just not through was Mojang deems are pay-to-win methods.
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News Comments > Why World of Darkness Went Dark
2. Re: Why World of Darkness Went Dark Jun 5, 2014, 10:41 briktal
The 2011 layoffs incited a lot of anger. A lot. I heard it was worse in the ATL office, and most of the folks I know down there have never forgiven CCP's management.

Boy is that true.
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News Comments > WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers
2. Re: WildStar Launches - Free Realm Transfers Jun 3, 2014, 11:09 briktal
Even better, there was only ONE English language EU PVP server.  
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News Comments > Valve Reddit Interview
10. Re: Valve Reddit Interview Mar 5, 2014, 14:07 briktal
InBlack wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 09:27:
Well that was a rather boring read. Newell's answers are (mostly) botlike. Got the jive that he would rather be doing anything else with his time...

That's basically every AMA on reddit, at least with a "known" person.
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News Comments > Blizzard Confirms Paid WoW Leveling
20. Re: Blizzard Confirms Paid WoW Leveling Feb 26, 2014, 00:24 briktal
Blackhawk wrote on Feb 25, 2014, 23:51:
For some people, yes. 1-90 is the point and the pleasure of the game. It is for me. For others, though, it is the end-game. They want the level 90 character for raiding, for heroics, for PvP.

As to 'pay to win', forget it. Someone who levels from 1 to 90 will have a huge advantage over someone who starts at 90 and has to learn dozens of skills and abilities, their interactions and rare utility from scratch.

1) Leveling isn't so bad the first time. It's not so fun the 4th or 10th time through the same content.

2) You don't use most of your abilities while leveling, you'll rarely fight a single target for more than 10-15 seconds to even get a chance to use the best rotation, and even when you do you'll probably be missing a core ability in that rotation until level 80+.
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News Comments > Editorial on Kickstarter Communication
15. Re: Editorial on Kickstarter Communication Feb 22, 2014, 17:43 briktal
Creston wrote on Feb 22, 2014, 12:07:
'Oh yeah, right! There's a bunch of people who hate the idea of what we're doing and are waiting to pounce on us if we make a single mistake'.

Again, why does this matter? Tim doesn't seem to get the idea that non-backers *ARE*NOT*IMPORTANT* when you've Kickstarted a game. Make whatever the people who already gave you money want you to make. And if they're fine with you releasing it in two parts, then release it in two parts, and to hell with the rest of the world. If they wanted a say, they should've put up some money.

InXile understands this far, far better than Double Fine does.

Your backers are the people who preordered the game. Imagine someone saying that people who didn't preorder Game X *ARE*NOT*IMPORTANT*.
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Signups Tonight
8. Re: Titanfall Beta Signups Tonight Feb 11, 2014, 20:12 briktal
theglaze wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 20:10:
Should one assume this will be Xbone only?

The site is live now

PC (requires Origin account) and Xbone.
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News Comments > ESO Imperial Edition Outed
1. Re: ESO Imperial Edition Outed Jan 29, 2014, 09:43 briktal
You forgot the biggest part:

"The Imperial Edition will also have exclusive digital content including the ability to play as an Imperial in any alliance"

Buy the CE and get access to a whole new race.
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News Comments > Blizzard Layoff Rumor Addressed
9. Re: Blizzard Layoff Rumor Addressed Jan 25, 2014, 23:03 briktal
panbient wrote on Jan 25, 2014, 17:19:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 25, 2014, 17:04:
One person is "not writing on the wall."

No... but relocating 10-15 people from a division certainly IS some sort of writing on the wall. Especially where it's described as a "major portion" of the team. That seems pretty indicative of a coming office shutdown.

It's entirely possible that they inherited that SF office space when they bought the IGN Pro League stuff last year and they just left everyone there until the lease ran out.
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