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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 3, 2014, 08:21 TheEmissary
I guess being on last generation consoles as well the game scope and install size wasn't going to be too outrageous. I was actually hoping for the game to be 40GB or at least significantly larger than the beta. The beta install was around 10GB and apparently the final install size for the game is 18GB. So its either a case of the game is really short or has lot of asset reuse or the beta had content we didn't see.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
190. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 17:56 TheEmissary
Concerning the "Gamers don't have to be your audience" article. I wonder if the Gamasutra author visits forums and comment sections not even related to gaming. If he thinks Gamers are toxic then the author should read some of things people are spewing in terms of politics and national current events. Some people will be horrible regardless of the topic. The internet or games didn't create these attitudes it just gave it a larger echo chamber.

I am getting extremely annoyed by how many sites are jumping on the bandwagon that vilifies or stereotype all gamers for the actions of a minority. Not everyone thinks alike or believes the same things. Probably often than not there are people with a compatible world view but constantly berating people for not believing exactly the same as you do could actually turn people off from discussing the core problems.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: RE: Follow up Aug 27, 2014, 00:44 TheEmissary
UConnBBall wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 20:35:
Sad Google didn't land I am scared that Amazon will cause:
1) No chromecast for Twitch!!!!
2) They will reduce the payment to streamers
3) They don't know eSports and we will lose the ability to watch every event through Twitch
4) Twitch ends up becoming a wasteland 3 years down the road due to zero development on the platform
5) Amazon puts up pay walls like Prime or other ways of pushing Amazon.

1. Its in Amazon's best interest to keep Twitch as accessible on as many devices as possible. Amazon has apps for Android which is a google platform.

2. It is too early to know that.

3. All Twitch has to do is provide a venue for people to stream their gameplay and the players will do the rest. It isn't going to take very long to get up to speed on how to run tournaments and so on. You are forgetting that Amazon started as a online book company that morphed in to a online retailer and venturing in to being a cloud provider and making devices. I think they have the knowledge base to make it work.

4. Too early to tell and see 3.

5. Twitch before the buyout already had paywall subscriptions.
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Aug 23, 2014, 15:35 TheEmissary
Ideally what Forbes said may be true on average for the industry but there is no denying there are major sites that provoke the reader base in one way or another. Sites like Kotaku and Polygon are often guilty of this and other sites are guilty of it because that is how the game is marketed. There aren't too many sites out there that follow any type of ethical standards or actual journalism for video games. I have seen lot of sites pulling click-bait or intentionally controversial topics to drive traffic to ad-heavy pages.

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News Comments > Seldon Crisis Announced
9. Re: Seldon Crisis Announced Aug 23, 2014, 08:09 TheEmissary
Scud wrote on Aug 23, 2014, 00:19:
To me, naming a warship the 'Hari Seldon' makes about as much sense as the U.S. Navy naming a warship after Sigmund Freud, and it only has one big cannon.(and it's just a cannon, nothing else, honest!)

I think the ship should have been called "The Dead Hand" which was the other name given to Seldon by General of the old Empire. In the novels people wanted to give the illusion they knew what was going to happen and they were on the right side of history and they often did that by trying associate themselves in anyway with Seldon and the plan.
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News Comments > Crytek to Repair Reputation with "Really High Quality Games"
18. Re: Crytek to Repair Reputation with Aug 19, 2014, 11:47 TheEmissary
Fantaz wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 11:02:
i never thought Ubisoft would do a better job with the Far Cry franchise than Crytek would... looks like i was proven wrong. the upcoming Far Cry 4 looks leagues better than anything Crytek has come up with so far.

There is very little of the original FarCry left in the series beyond the name. Each game did its own thing and that was that. Then again you don't really come to a FarCry series for the plot at this point. The Sandbox world in FC3 was pretty impressive I'll give you that.
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
8. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 20:15 TheEmissary
Using images/gameplay of the games and the box art on the kickstarter page is probably asking for trouble even if the project is legal.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
6. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 20:05 TheEmissary
The legality of it is questionable. It is true that emulators in of themselves maybe legal to a degree but that depends on the implementation. If the hardware being emulated is still patent encumbered then it wouldn't necessarily be legal. Not mention it wouldn't be legal (DMCA) if the emulator bypassed the DRM scheme on the content ran through it.

I think systems built in the 80's and 90's are probably legal to build emulators for but anything newer is very questionable.

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 17, 2014, 14:51 TheEmissary
Its not a hardware or a cost issue its a software/content issue. You have convince to film studios to make the switch in how they encode the films. You also have to get the industry to settle on one standard which hasn't happened yet. Highend Home audio systems and 3DTVs aren't priced out of reach of normal consumers any more.  
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs
50. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs Aug 13, 2014, 09:15 TheEmissary
NKD wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 00:16:
In before Deus Ex and Hitman move to Xbone Exclusivity.

I really hope Deus Ex isn't caught up in this mess. I wonder if the TR call was crystal dynamics or Square Enix decision.

It annoys me greatly all the politics that goes in to distributing and publishing games. As a gamer I just want to play the games I like but they are certainly making it difficult. I can begrudgingly accept series that start exclusive and stay exclusive to one system but I will never accept the case when a multiplat goes exclusive.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 4, 2014, 11:50 TheEmissary
Redmask wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:41:
EA has totally mismanaged the Ultima franchise and the worst part is that they never part with IP so you know it's stuck there 'forever'. With so many great RPGs on the horizon its begging for a re-release.

That isn't a completely true as The Wasteland IP proves. I would imagine some one with a unique connection to the series could gain control back. It might be a decade or more before that happens if ever.
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
12. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 13:14 TheEmissary
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 13:01:
I'm hoping for the best but this game is giving me serious Spore vibes.

It does feel like a more fleshed out space phase. Based on the rumors and what the developers have said it appears to even have the same objective of trying to reach the center of the galaxy. Both games have procedurally generated planets and lifeforms that were either fetched from a database or created randomly. In spore the space phase was just the last phase of the game not the entire focus.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Aug 1, 2014, 13:07 TheEmissary
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:15:
When Linux becomes as easy as Windows and games run the same way under it then people will adopt. Otherwise it'll always be a pipe dream.

There are plenty of distributions and Windowing Shells that are as easy as windows. The problem is that Linux has too many competing standards and formats that make it difficult for new users to make sense of it. The amount of redundant effort for certain things can hurt as much as it can help.
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
10. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 12:57 TheEmissary
Tumbler wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:53:
I'll bet there is tremendous pressure behind the scenes to sideline pc versions of popular upcoming games because it's a no brainer to make these games available on the pc.

It seems all the fidelity people were excited about in game demos are turning out only to be on pc so if games like destiny and Watchdogs come out looking amazing only on the pc it's going to push more people to pick up pcs. Gamers dropped $400 plus on these likely to lay certain games in particular so it's not crazy to think they might spend $500 on a pc to get the best experience. And the prices on steam sales have got to scare them shitless.

Its just par the course when it comes to console and PC gaming. Everything that is going on is cyclical. Consider what has happened the last few generations they will largely ignore PC gaming as a concept but take the innovations that took hold.

The cycle usually starts with the PC running high in a dominant position after the previous console started getting long in the tooth. New consoles are released the PC versions are limited to the quality of the new consoles or outright delayed for months. At some point a manufactured crisis (ie. drm, piracy) will appear to keep interest away from the PC while the PC hardware advances. Once the performance gap between the console and PC performance becomes too large to ignore you start seeing developers praising PC again.
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News Comments > Defiance Game Not Dependent on TV Series
4. Re: Defiance Game Not Dependent on TV Series Jul 31, 2014, 13:24 TheEmissary
The TV series is actually better than the game by far. Last time I played the MMO it felt like one of those licensed games that used to be churned out by the dozens. Its not a bad game just not one you will go out of your way to play.

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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 14:52 TheEmissary
jdreyer wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 14:45:
1960s: Those people that write about racial inequality should just shut up already. Constantly writing about it won't do anything.

It should be talked about but not at the expense of ignoring other similar issues. There is lot of discrimination and harassment in general that needs to be sorted out. It isn't like women are the only groups getting harassed. Its just one of the more visual groups.

The tech industry discriminates against people based on age quite a lot and other industries have there other biases.

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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 14:14 TheEmissary
Most people are harassed on a daily basis for a multitude of stupid reasons be it gender, race, age, orientation, political views, region, and so on. Harassment period needs to end and to do that we shouldn't be accepting of it any form. We shouldn't ignore the other forms it occurs.

It is a worth while topic but I don't think Polygon is helping matters. Constantly getting on the pulpit the way are is just going to cause people to get adversarial or just tune out.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 21, 2014, 11:31 TheEmissary
I can't help but facepalm after reading about PC gamer's booing the Xbox games at the QuakeCon. For something that should be inclusive to all things ID and Quake they have to go and pull the "master race" or "elitist" BS. I may not agree with MS policies on a great many things but the least you can do is give the speaker your respect and or just quietly ignore them.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 15, 2014, 11:20 TheEmissary
I would imagine for a lot of people the Wii was their first entry in to console gaming or gaming in general. The motion control gimmick managed to drive early adoption like crazy in demographics that normally never gamed before. So it is smart that they are trying to show these people that there are either games for them or more mature focused games that might interest them.

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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jul 15, 2014, 11:12 TheEmissary
Primalchrome wrote on Jul 15, 2014, 10:26:
Cutter pretty much nailed it. If you don't like it...don't buy it. If publishers are incentivized to sell crap DLC, the trend will only grow. That being said, I tend to buy games after release (read: on sale) and then buy the DLC I want....or get the GotY edition. Some of it's great stuff like CivV, Borderlands2, or Xcom. feels like there is more DLC than the original game (and all of it is piss poor).

If you play or enjoy any type of online multiplayer it isn't quite as easy to simply choose not to buy it. More often than not if you want to continue playing an online game you are goaded in to buying the DLC or suffer reduced matchmaking pools or reduced number of populated servers running without the dlc. Buying the complete package well after launch has the same problem except its more likely that people have moved on to another game. So if you care at all to play a certain you are more or less forced to stay current with it.
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