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News Comments > Offensive Counter-Strike Global Offensive Severs Closed
7. Re: Offensive Counter-Strike Global Offensive Severs Closed Jan 29, 2016, 16:15 TheEmissary
 
There is nothing stopping people from modding the game here. It just won't be a ranked server. Considering there is a inventory/barter economy going they are kind of forced in to dealing with these problems on ranked servers. Just like they had to deal with the idlers servers in TF2.

If some one wants to mod CS:GO nothing is going to stop them if they want to make another CS:Zombies or surf or what ever custom mode.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap
23. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap Jan 27, 2016, 19:48 TheEmissary
 
Total-Khaos wrote on Jan 27, 2016, 14:37:
I wouldn't trust any of those numbers. When asked how they obtained player counts, they responded with:

Fetching data of another service is not as hard as many people think Nowadays with all the technology and all the different programming languages, it is nearly as easy as writing your own name.

We can't share how we do it. The numbers are fetched every 5 minutes from EA servers.

True, we are not related to EA/DICE in any way but nobody needs to be related to anybody to be able to do stuff online.


It seems amazing that this particular website can do what nobody else can apparently do.

Judging by what little information on how they aggregiate the data it seems like they are probably fetching user profiles and making a guessimate on that. I guess they are trying to make relative comparisons but there is no way they can be accurate. EA is going to sit on this data.

I have no doubt the game is declining on PC judging by how often you see the same people and how long it takes for the matchmaking to work. We have no clue if the concurrent users are 1k or 15k.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap
10. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap Jan 26, 2016, 23:32 TheEmissary
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Jan 26, 2016, 23:01:
Well, on the PS4 this game died a long time ago, as I thought it would based on the lack of content. I stopped seeing people playing it inside of a month, way inside. Looks like early 2017 people will have what should have been in the box from day one.

Lets hope the game isn't as dead as Battlefield Hardline when the final DLC rolls out. I agree with you the spacing between the DLC is going to kill the game.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap
9. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Roadmap Jan 26, 2016, 23:30 TheEmissary
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 26, 2016, 20:11:
Wake me up when EA looses the Star Wars License and someone makes a REAL Battlefront game.

As much as I enjoy Star Wars and want to see a future Battlefront game. A good game of this type doesn't have to use the Star wars license. Sure it would be nice to see familiar settings, vehicles or heroes but any well developed Science fiction setting could stand in for it. I am sure a spiritual clone/successor or what have you could do quite well.

 
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues
15. Re: Mortal Kombat DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues Jan 22, 2016, 11:09 TheEmissary
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 23:30:
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 17:32:
necrosis wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 12:50:
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 10:46:
This type of thing has happened a few times on a number of platforms. For instance the PS3/360 versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 Online no longer get the DLC packs.
This I think is a drastically different situation.

Actually the GTA Online example might be worse. The players with a 360/PS3 bought a game they thought was the definitive version and a year later PC/Xbox One/PS4 version comes out. The versions used to have parity in terms of features now the next generation versions are the only ones that have DLC support. The people that want to continue playing GTA Online are either stuck with the content freeze on the PS3/360 version or buy new copy to get the content that was expected.

It is pretty horrible for the people that enjoy Mortal Kombat X but it isn't like Netherstorm isn't releasing content they announced. I can see getting worked up over this if the PC version was announced months ago officially and not assumed it would be.


Um it's more due to the limitations of the last gen consoles more then anything else. And the content released for the 360/PS3 has been quite a bit more then previous GTA games combined after release.

That is most likely true but you also have to consider that Rockstar said at the time of the PS3/360 version's launch that they had no plans for a next generation version. The last generation version players had every right to expect the same content. Ultimately it became a bait and switch.

Either way in both cases here the lack of future DLC was a business decision.
 
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues
12. Re: Mortal Kombat DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues Jan 21, 2016, 17:32 TheEmissary
 
necrosis wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 12:50:
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 10:46:
This type of thing has happened a few times on a number of platforms. For instance the PS3/360 versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 Online no longer get the DLC packs.
This I think is a drastically different situation.

Actually the GTA Online example might be worse. The players with a 360/PS3 bought a game they thought was the definitive version and a year later PC/Xbox One/PS4 version comes out. The versions used to have parity in terms of features now the next generation versions are the only ones that have DLC support. The people that want to continue playing GTA Online are either stuck with the content freeze on the PS3/360 version or buy new copy to get the content that was expected.

It is pretty horrible for the people that enjoy Mortal Kombat X but it isn't like Netherstorm isn't releasing content they announced. I can see getting worked up over this if the PC version was announced months ago officially and not assumed it would be.
 
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues
3. Re: Mortal Kombat DLC Skipping PC; Backlash Ensues Jan 21, 2016, 10:46 TheEmissary
 
Just curious was the second season pass ever confirmed for PC. If it was then they entirely deserve the backlash they are getting. If they arrived at this decision after looking at the sales numbers/active players then I can sort of see where they are coming from.

This type of thing has happened a few times on a number of platforms. For instance the PS3/360 versions of Grand Theft Auto 5 Online no longer get the DLC packs.

This kind of thing sows a bit of mistrust with PC gamers and probably will be causing less sales on PC as a result. If people think their platform of choice is going to be less supported they aren't going to bother at all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 20, 2016, 13:32 TheEmissary
 
Orogogus wrote on Jan 20, 2016, 13:26:
That's not right. Microsoft totally has a trademark on Windows, in several computer-related fields. Kimberly-Clark has a trademark on Windows in respect to soap and sanitary paper dispensers. Dell can't just sell a new line of laptops and call them "Apples", because that trademark is taken as far as computers go. Anyone can go to the USPTO TESS database and find these trademarks. Or you can go their owners' sites: Microsoft - it says Windows, and not Microsoft Windows.

As the article says, Sony might not be able to trademark Let's Play because this term is already common terminology in the industry. Apple wouldn't be able to trademark "Apple" if they were selling fruit instead of computers. Toyota can't trademark "car" or "steering wheel." But they might be able to get away with "Apple," if they were so inclined.

Not to mention someone else already has a Trademark for a very similar phrase which I think is "Let'Z Play" or something like that. I think Sony's attempt got blocked on it being too similar to the other trademark. Remember the whole Lindows debacle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 17, 2016, 11:19 TheEmissary
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 14:53:
Only if you want to spend the rest of your life searching for driver workarounds while not being able to play games.
And the games you want to play won't be available, ever, on linux.

I think the problems Linux has right now can be solved with enough attention. Just a few years ago you could count the number of Linux games released in a given year on a single hand. Over the course of about 2-3 years the number Linux games rose pretty dramatically. It still has years before it will be even considered on the level of OSX to justify a port of an AAA game.

Just think back a few decades to the horrors of early DOS and Windows Gaming was like. I remember before I had proper internet access that I had to scrounge through the PC manuals to find out the ports/IRQs just so you can use the Sound Card. Or having to modify the config.sys/autoexec.bat to setup minimize memory usage or to load a TSR driver to be able to have mouse support in a game. To be honest Linux gaming is light years beyond that mess.

Windows had the virtue of a few decades of developer support and resources to solve lot of that initial difficulty. Linux could have that if Valve and other parties keep their resolve for a few more years.
 
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News Comments > MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux)
40. Re: MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux) Jan 16, 2016, 20:17 TheEmissary
 
Why is Microsoft aping Apple's playbook. Forcing yearly hardware and software cycles isn't endearing to a lot of people.

No CPU requires any particular OS to run. It might have new features in its instruction set that the previous OS aren't equipped to use. Unless they have some DRM module in the CPU, it doesn't care what kind of OS feeds it the instructions.

The real take away I get out of this is they don't want Windows 7 to be the new XP. They want to push the hardware and software vendors from continuing support for MS legacy products.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 13, 2016, 16:46 TheEmissary
 
Integrated graphics can probably rival discrete cards one day. Just not today. Think about this both Xbox one and PS4 have integrated or near integrated graphics modules built directly into AMD Jaguar CPUs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 13, 2016, 16:39 TheEmissary
 
I think the main reason why PC sales have been leveling off is because we aren't seeing massive improvements from year to year. Lot of people treat buying a PC like they do a car as they splash out get a decent one and only replace it when it breaks. Only the enthusiasts or game players will actively seek out yearly upgrades or replacement parts.

It has reached a point where majority of the tasks people think they want to do on a computer can be done with a low-end laptop or phone. Not whole lot can be done to change that without major technological breakthroughs like in the 1990s.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 11, 2016, 11:32 TheEmissary
 
I am sure for early adopters or extreme enthuasists $600-1000 is reasonable but not for the mass market. People are already sensitive to the price of the gaming consoles so it is really asking a lot to expect people to pay that much for a peripheral.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 9, 2016, 19:36 TheEmissary
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 16:17:
There's this growing backlash of Star Wars "fans" who say the prequels are better than TFA and even the original trilogy. These are the 8 and 9 year old kids who saw the prequels and now they're adults telling me - who saw the original trilogy in the 80's - the prequel trilogy is better, and have the balls to tell me TFA is crap compared to the prequel trilogy.

Your reply kind of screams the Star Trek fan wars about the Original series vs Next Generation-era.

I wouldn't call it backlash but it just reflects different tastes. Its no different than how there can be a generational gap for what people consider good music. Neither groups are wrong as its just an opinion. What is wrong however is trying to push the opinion as a objective fact.

Personally, I am not sure if I fit in either of the groups. I grew up watching the original trilogy but I wasn't old enough to see the the unaltered versions in the theater. I did see the 1997 remasters in the theater. I enjoy the Original Trilogy more than the prequels but I can still find elements of good in them. I enjoy the franchise as a whole.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jan 7, 2016, 11:51 TheEmissary
 
I really hope the VR software/games aren't going to be locked down exclusives. I might have been OK with proprietary libraries if the price points were affordable. I can't imagine too many people are going to want to spend $600-1000 kind of money like that.

Personally I hope a VR standard emerges out of all the competing headsets. VR really needs something like VESA to make sure these headsets are compatible with any device that can power them.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M?
47. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M? Jan 4, 2016, 20:16 TheEmissary
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 19:42:
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 18:59:
So they say right now but who knows maybe it will show up six months from now when they are scratching their heads for expansion ideas to finish the season pass.

^ lol

Another poor soul who believes that EA/DICE are actually working on DLC after the game's release.

Protip: They are not. All the DLC is cut from the game and ready to go at release so DICE can 100% focus on the next game. That is why they know *exactly* right now that there will not be any TFA DLC beyond Jakku (which tbh I found surprising as well because I was fully expecting them to milk those udders until they bleed).

DICE is not working on DLC. They are already slaving away on the 2016/2017 (whenever the next SWBF needs to coincide with a movie release) installment and its DLCs that will be cut from the game again so they can sell a $50 premium pass to the mentally challenged fantards.

I don't think it is quite that cut and dry. I do think that some content was intentionally cut out of the game. I think maybe the first expansion or two might be completed but I doubt they have all five planned and finished. Don't you think they would sell more season passes if people actually knew what they were buying.

Lets not gloss over the fact that BF4 is still getting DLC post season pass. Knowing this you can't completely rule out TFA DLC.

Lets be honest here none of us here have privileged access in to the development process. It could be what you said or could be what I said no one here really knows. I have just learned to treat what a corporation says with a grain of salt anyway.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M?
45. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M? Jan 4, 2016, 18:59 TheEmissary
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 18:04:
Task wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 16:38:
Shok wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 14:44:
It will be funny this time next year when EA announces Battlefront servers will be turned off....but look at the shiny new game we just came out with! That one lets you play online plus look at all the high ratings it got in the (paid off) press.

Just in time for the new game with TFA DLC for ultimate cash-ins *CHA-CHING*. New StarWarz playable characters include: Poo Digimon, FretfulNumbskull-Trooper87, TrashCompactorPhasma (Special Ability, Get Trash Compacted), OldLeia, MartyrSolo, EmoJacenSolo with special TemperTantram-Mode, and more! Next year, prepare for more paid maps and character DLC with the release of yet another SW films as the franchise becomes epically saturated.

They've already announced no TFA dlc for the game.

So they say right now but who knows maybe it will show up six months from now when they are scratching their heads for expansion ideas to finish the season pass. They technically have already done one TFA DLC of sorts and that is the Battle of Jakku.

I really wish the Clone Wars era wasn't considered poisoned fruit. The original Battlefront games had some really amazing maps set in that time period.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday
9. Re: Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday Jan 4, 2016, 16:52 TheEmissary
 
I really want to jump on VR bandwagon but it is simply far to early. It still seems a bit half-baked. I need to see how they make accommodations for people with vision problems or wear corrective lenses. The games need to be original experiences not ports of 2D games. The last thing I want to see for VR is a fragmented market with exclusive software libraries for a $200-300 headset.  
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M?
38. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M? Jan 4, 2016, 16:34 TheEmissary
 
I enjoy Battlefront for what it is but I also lament what the game could have been. Battlefront 2015 could have been a really amazing sandbox taking inspiration from DICE's previous offerings and previous Battlefront games in the series.

I would have like to have seen less focus on infantry play and more on a balanced take on combined arms. For a Star Wars game to be limited to just suborbital combat is a shame.

I think eventually we will get the sequel we were expecting this one to be. Most likely in short term I will be playing this until the matchmaking ceases to be functional like I did with Titanfall. Long term I will probably stay with Battlefield 4 until 5 is released.

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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
28. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 4, 2016, 15:37 TheEmissary
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 03:40:
HoSpanky wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 21:54:
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 20:02:
Without having read the article, I can say that I already smell the DLC.

It's a F2P game, so yes, there's shit to purchase.

I dunno, I have an Xbone and I tried the demo (only one character is free, never changes, always Jago). Wasn't super impressed.

Not worried about the exclusivity. Moved to Windows 10, have had zero problems beyond the first day, when it saw both of my video cards as one card and refused to work properly until I uninstalled the "card". Works fine, boots crazy fast and, most amazingly, didn't shit itself during the upgrade. All my software still works! That's a first, I think.

Did they seriously make a f2p fighting game where you have to buy shit just to have more than 1 character to select and then target it at an OS that has less userbase than Windows7, Windows8 and Windows XP each?

It's GFWL style nonsense all over again Love it

Its not F2P but it does have some properties in common. The free version is basically a demo not unlike the free DriveClub PSN version. You get a taste of the game nothing more. You also neglect to mention that the characters are rotated on a weekly/monthly basis.

I do think its silly to target just Windows 10 but that is MS marketing machine for you.

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