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Signed On Jan 19, 2010, 10:00
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
49. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 4, 2011, 14:37 Esoteric
 
Verno wrote on Jul 4, 2011, 13:17:
That Frozen Synapse price finally looks about right, I think I'll bite on that and meh to the rest which I already own anyway. I think some of us are rapidly approaching the steam saturation point where stuff can go on sale all they want but we already own most of it

It's a great game, definitely worth it, especially at that price (and you get two copies).
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Interview
5. Re: Guild Wars 2 Interview Jul 3, 2011, 22:34 Esoteric
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Jul 3, 2011, 13:14:
This game has Duke Nukem Forever syndrome.

Except they've had playable demos for gaming conventions for over a year, and they're not a no-name company, and they have a huge publisher giving them lots of money while giving them lots of time to make sure the game is good and polished. This game is going to be nothing like the abortion DNF was. No offense to abortions.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
19. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 3, 2011, 16:15 Esoteric
 
Girlfriend and I bought Magicka today before the previous sale ended (yes, I know we're late to the party). It's fun so far, though we keep killing each other by accident. Today's sale I'm thinking about Tropico 3. Defense Grid is a steal at 2.49, have about 90 hours on that game. Torchlight is a steal too at 2.99.  
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News Comments > Might & Magic Anniversary Trailer, Heroes VI Beta Starts Today
3. Re: Might & Magic Anniversary Trailer, Heroes VI Beta Starts Today Jun 28, 2011, 15:42 Esoteric
 
Satoru wrote on Jun 28, 2011, 14:12:
I'm hoping its at least as good as the King's Bounty series has been in it's absence.

Yeah, I have The Legend, it's a good game.
 
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News Comments > Portal 2 Map Contest Winners
4. Re: Portal 2 Map Contest Winners Jun 28, 2011, 13:48 Esoteric
 
reisub wrote on Jun 28, 2011, 13:07:
So when's the update that adds a proper interface for 3rd-party maps coming? They don't seem to want the game to take off.

Nice to bring attention to new maps though.

Hopefully they'll add it in their free summer DLC. It isn't that hard to play custom maps, but I agree they could make it a lot better, which would have more people playing/making custom maps, which is good for everybody!
 
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News Comments > Might & Magic Anniversary Trailer, Heroes VI Beta Starts Today
1. Re: Might & Magic Anniversary Trailer, Heroes VI Beta Starts Today Jun 28, 2011, 13:46 Esoteric
 
I hope they make it fun like HoMM III.  
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News Comments > Hellgate Open Beta Next Week
4. Re: Hellgate Open Beta Next Week Jun 24, 2011, 14:16 Esoteric
 
AnointedSword wrote on Jun 24, 2011, 11:47:
I actually enjoyed the closed beta (everything was working).

I enjoyed it, too. Never played it the first time it came out. Going to play again when it starts.
 
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News Comments > More TF2 Über Update Details
6. Re: More TF2 Über Update Details Jun 22, 2011, 22:32 Esoteric
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 22, 2011, 20:28:
Wow, the new Soldier items are pretty beefy. 40% faster rockets with no reduction to splash damage or radius? A shotgun that has automatic mini-crits on airborne targets? While a lot of players will stick with the Gunboats or Buff Banner as their secondary weapon, I'm pretty sure everyone will switch over to the Liberty Launcher.

I'll definitely be trying out the Liberty Launcher. Right now I'm using the Black Box. I play mostly payload, go commando style a lot (solo), and use rocket jump. If I play smart, I can heal for quite a bit, stay alive longer to kill more people.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Downtime Follow-up
1. Re: Heroes of Newerth Downtime Follow-up Jun 22, 2011, 22:25 Esoteric
 
I know it's bad on their part that it happened, but at least they're not blaming anyone else but themselves and being completely truthful about it.  
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Über Update Soldier Details
1. Re: Team Fortress 2 Über Update Soldier Details Jun 22, 2011, 22:23 Esoteric
 
Looks fun. I play a lot of soldier and some of their items look fun to try out.  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2011, 12:49 Esoteric
 
How are you liking it so far? I'm still honing my skills in the campaign before I start doing regular multiplayer. I'm loving the game, think it's going to be a sleeper hit.  
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News Comments > Activision on Image Repair
15. Re: Activision on Image Repair Jun 20, 2011, 12:41 Esoteric
 
I think they should just start putting Bobby Kotick's face on the cover of every game they release from now on. You know, just to "put a human face on the company."  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 17, 2011, 14:55 Esoteric
 
I wonder if Quagmire levels up by gaining more STDs.  
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Soundtrack
7. Re: Frozen Synapse Soundtrack Jun 17, 2011, 04:40 Esoteric
 
jimnms wrote on Jun 17, 2011, 03:53:
I already had this in my wish list, but after watching that video I want it now. I gotta wait until after the weekend though, I have to take my computer down to put in a new desk and re-arrange some furniture.

Few questions though, if I buy the game + soundtrack bundle direct from their site, does the game use Steam or is it stand alone. If I wanted to play with someone else that is at my house, does it have an offline LAN mode (or even a hotseat mode) or will I need the two copies/steam accounts?

From the website:

What you get with EVERY purchase:

1. A FREE full copy of the game for a friend

2. A free key to activate on Steam if you so desire - please note, Steam is not required to run the game

3. Choice of PC or Mac version

So basically, if you buy it directly from them, you CAN register it on Steam if you want to. A purchase automatically comes with two copies, but there is no LAN. But that's not really a problem the way the game is played, as long as both computers have access to the internet.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Soundtrack
4. Re: Frozen Synapse Soundtrack Jun 16, 2011, 23:16 Esoteric
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 16, 2011, 22:28:
Hmm, not sure of how I feel about being able to simulate turns.

This is actually one of the best parts of the game! Not only can you simulate what your commands are, you can simulate what you THINK the AI or real opponent will do with their characters. So if you're smart and guess what they're going to do, you'll do much better. But as one reviewer said, "I know what the smartest thing for him to do is, and I know how to counter it. But is he actually that smart? And is he so smart he knows I know he’s smart?”

They ARE working on a demo, which should really help them out. There's a lot of people playing online already, though.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Soundtrack
1. Re: Frozen Synapse Soundtrack Jun 16, 2011, 22:13 Esoteric
 
This game is awesome. You should definitely get it if you like turn-based strategy, strategy, or chess with guns.

Tons of great reviews on it... 5/5 Escapist, 89 PC Gamer, 95 bitgamer, etc. Here's a good video that shows the gameplay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jJrUY27O0Y

Skip to like 5 minutes if you want to dig right into the gameplay. 21 minutes goes into a replay of multiplayer.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
18. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 01:24 Esoteric
 
I definitely understand why EA is at least trying it now. Both BF3 and SWTOR are going to be huge, and they probably won't have better time to push Origin like this in a long time.

I'm definitely in the Valve/Steam camp, but this competition MAY be good for us all. That is if EA actually tries to be better than Steam, and not just rely on exclusives.

And for those saying that Valve does the same thing that EA is doing, you're ignoring one important difference. Valve is a developer. They MIGHT have 1 game a year released. EA is a publisher, with MANY developers under their belt.

I have two games on Origin, Burnout Paradise and Mass Effect 2 (I got them both for free so I haven't bought anything off of it yet). It's not a horrible service as far as I've experienced it, but none of my friends use it, and Steam offers so much more. Plus, I like Valve as a company. They release mod tools, allow dedicated servers, and they're pro PC gaming.

I'm really curious how this is going to pan out. Should be interesting.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews
4. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews Jun 15, 2011, 01:11 Esoteric
 
I think people get a bit riled up because it's Bioware and Star Wars. Bioware because they DO have the ability to innovate and make a quality game. But it really seems they're just playing it safe so it's WoW in space. They've had so much money and time to throw at the game and so far it SEEMS like it's just a new skin with a lot of voice overs and their Mass Effect dialog wheel.

I'm a fan of MMORPGs in general, but really have no interest in the Star Wars setting (even though I like the original movies). I think a lot of MMORPG fans are looking for something new in the genre and that's why SWTOR is getting such a critical eye and GW2 is getting praised.

GW2 is actually trying a lot of new things. It remains to be seen whether they work in practice, but so far it DOES look innovative, and the artwork is simply awesome.

I understand the allure if you love Star Wars, and just want WoW in space, then SWTOR will probably fit the bill.

EDIT: By the way, welcome to the comments! I, too, had been a lurker for years before I just HAD to comment on some stories.

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews
2. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews Jun 15, 2011, 00:27 Esoteric
 
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"Despite promises from EA/Bioware that the title represents a major step forward in MMO design, what we saw was essentially a World of Warcraft clone with Star Wars character skins and the BioWare RPG nice/nasty dialogue tree mechanism bolted on for non-player character conversations."

Bring on GW2!

Here's a really long, interesting interview with some system designers for GW2.

One of the many reasons I'm looking forward to GW2 is that in all the interviews I read, their reasoning makes sense and doesn't sound like a lot of PR bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Free-to-Play Games on Steam
16. Re: Free-to-Play Games on Steam Jun 14, 2011, 20:16 Esoteric
 
I hope Hellgate London shows up there eventually. I actually really enjoyed the open beta they had recently, never played it the first time around.  
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