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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 16, 2013, 11:06 Jivaro
 
Hitman: Absolution is one of this month's PS+ free games. I hadn't played it before, mostly because the reaction to it here seemed fairly "meh" and my Steam backlog is already ridiculous. Now that I have put a small amount of time into it on console I think I might go get it on PC as I am liking it, but I am certain I would like it much more with a mouse and keyboard.  
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News Comments > Thief in February
9. Re: Thief in February Aug 16, 2013, 11:02 Jivaro
 
They removed jumping? Who is making this..Bioware? Bracing myself for the inevitable CliffyB blog on why "expecting the ability to jump in a thief game is for douchebags".

All jokes aside, I am hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Just like every other reboot, I am not buying until easily a month's worth of peer reviews come forward. (like from folks here!) Sorry to use you all like guinea pigs in advance.
 
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News Comments > World Zombination Announced
11. Re: World Zombination Announced Aug 14, 2013, 13:05 Jivaro
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 12:29:
Next is a zombie MOBA set in WWII.

Dammit Cutter, you had to say it outloud didn't you?

 
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News Comments > World Zombination Announced
6. Re: World Zombination Announced Aug 14, 2013, 10:34 Jivaro
 
For the horde!!

*cough* sorry....couldn't resist...
 
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News Comments > The Wolf Among Us Revealed
2. Re: The Wolf Among Us Revealed Aug 14, 2013, 10:32 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 09:47:
Not familiar with the comic, but it looks kinda neat...actually, when they show the Vertigo logo, my first thought was "they should make a Sandman game!"


I have often thought a Sandman game could be fun. If they do ever do it, I hope whomever does it has the good sense to make Gaiman part of the project. Gaiman has been working with a dev studio called The Odd Gentlemen on the game "Wayward Manor". As an admitted Gaiman fanboy, I have been looking forward to that far more than I should be based on the limited info available about it so far.
 
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News Comments > Defiance Add-on Next Week
9. Re: Defiance Add-on Next Week Aug 14, 2013, 09:58 Jivaro
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 07:21:
Here is my 50-minute video review to (hopefully) answer some questions.

Great review, thanks...that helped quite a bit.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2013, 10:31 Jivaro
 
I was cool with how casual we did it last year, but if we are going to get more "serious", a time-lock google doc is a pretty good idea.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
5. Re: Saturday Consolidation Aug 10, 2013, 18:51 Jivaro
 
I thought they stopped offering the family pack with little or no notice, people lost their shit over it, they started offering it again, then they introduced this new thing, gave everybody a set amount of time they they would continue to offer family packs, and now they are going to stop offering them again since it would be essentially redundant and nobody would do the new thing that MS wants them to do because it's easier for MS to make money off of the new thing.

Or something equally confusing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 9, 2013, 11:20 Jivaro
 
Seems like a risk-free move by Amazon to me. The R&D costs on this have to be nearly non-existent, and they already have a content delivery system in place. If it fails they lose nearly nothing, if it succeeds they have another revenue stream.

Android remains a primarily mobile platform based OS so I continue to find it difficult to imagine an Android TV console being successful. That said, there is no reason why Android couldn't become bigger than just mobile hardware and if there was a company that could change that it would be Amazon. People didn't think Amazon could turn a profit out of e-readers, that worked out pretty well. They didn't think Amazon should get into the tablet race and yet they are doing pretty well there too.

In my opinion, Amazon is one of the few companies that have proven over the last decade they have their fingers on the pulse of consumer demand. If they think there is a market now or in the future for an Android-based console, I find it really hard to just wave that off. As a Prime member, if the device is Ouya priced I could easily see picking one up. Amazon treats their Prime+hardware members very well, ask anyone who owns a Kindle and has Prime, so just the Prime content alone might be worth at least exploring the device. Forget Android apps, I can put that thing on any TV and I have a video streamer.

Indeed, the more I think about it, the more I think this is a great move.

edit: I have the student priced version of Prime, which is 39 dollars a year. Talk about value.

This comment was edited on Aug 9, 2013, 11:42.
 
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News Comments > Valve Closes SF Satellite Office
14. Re: Valve Closes SF Satellite Office Aug 9, 2013, 03:29 Jivaro
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 9, 2013, 02:10:
Jivaro wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 21:05:
Prez wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 20:49:
Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game and is also giving us the office.

Hey, here have an office! Nice.

And it sounds like they also said "Keep the project assets and game you were working on while we were paying you".

Reminds me of a similar story a month or so back...Valve told those folks (and the attorneys) they could take their project assets with them as well. Pretty cool. I am not sure most, if any, other companies would do that.

It was their hardware people/tinkerers. They let them leave and take ALL of the expensive/rare lab equipment as well.

Yep, that was what I was thinking of.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Aug 8, 2013, 21:06 Jivaro
 
Whoooowantah some cheap Wang?  
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News Comments > Valve Closes SF Satellite Office
2. Re: Valve Closes SF Satellite Office Aug 8, 2013, 21:05 Jivaro
 
Prez wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 20:49:
Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game and is also giving us the office.

Hey, here have an office! Nice.

And it sounds like they also said "Keep the project assets and game you were working on while we were paying you".

Reminds me of a similar story a month or so back...Valve told those folks (and the attorneys) they could take their project assets with them as well. Pretty cool. I am not sure most, if any, other companies would do that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
32. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2013, 17:23 Jivaro
 
Fair point as well.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
30. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2013, 16:31 Jivaro
 
avianflu wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 16:15:
Major game reviewers do seem lately to be willing to give lower reviews for EA games. A hopeful sign? Not sure.


I obviously have no way of proving there is a correlation to this but..... I have taken this newfound boldness from sites and mags to slam EA to be the direct result of the fact that the consumer base has not only been very vocal about hating on EA, they voted them the worst company in America. It has become "hip" to hate on EA. I am not saying it isn't justified, I am saying that I find it strangely convenient that these place like PC Gamer and IGN have all of sudden found their balls around about the same time the customer base got REALLY loud.

I think EA deserves every bit of crap they get but I don't think it will last. EA will eventually get in everyone's good graces and when they do the sites and mags will go back to kissing their ass.
 
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News Comments > Project Eternity Art & Screenshot
55. Re: Project Eternity Art & Screenshot Aug 8, 2013, 16:13 Jivaro
 
If I don't get my replica cherry red 1953 Corvette convertible, complete with the ability to fly and unicorn blood for fuel, I am never buying another Chevy again. So there.

Don't try to make it sound like I am being unreasonable Creston. I am on to you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
50. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 16:09 Jivaro
 
Verno wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 15:30:
Since this seems aimed at my earlier post...

Oops, I didn't mean for it to sound like it was aimed at you or your post Verno. I did probably use the number 30 because I had just read your post...but that was really just coming off the top of my head. Not really meant to agree or disagree with anyone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2013, 13:15 Jivaro
 
Creston wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 13:02:
Here's an interesting question: We all know that the large majority of "professional" gaming sites are nothing but paid-for advertising stations. (though I have to admit that some of them seem to be trying to get their objectiveness back in order. PCGamer has now given TWO EA games a reasonably bad score. In a row! I think they're saving up for Dragon Age 3, so they can give it a 108% )

But is the same true for hardware review sites? Instinctively I'd say that it really isn't (though tomshardware for awhile was (accused of) shilling for Intel and Nvidia.) Curious to see what other people think of that.


I only ever read Tom's site. Please don't tell me they're all shills there. It would break my cold, dead heart.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 13:07 Jivaro
 
Also: Colbert is awesome. Great way to handle that particular issue.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 13:04 Jivaro
 
Your site Blue, do whatever you want. I am not even going to ask you to be consistent with moderation. If you as the administrator are willing to continue "administrating" the same person 30 times, that's your business. You give us the tools to ignore people if we want. Even if you didn't, it really isn't all that hard to skip over posts by people who never seem to add anything of value.

Since other people are, I will offer a personal perspective. For me personally, I skip over the people that can't seem to make a point without being a complete dick to someone else. They might have a valid point but they lose credibility with me when they feel like their "valid point" gives them some sort of right to be condescending and rude. That doesn't mean I expect Blue as the administrator to run his site like that, nor do I think everyone else should have to post or read in a way that I think is "right". Just like everyone else that is human, I am not nearly consistent enough in my own actions and statements to realistically expect anyone to agree with me 100% of the time. Hell, I don't agree with me 100% of the time. I can look through my own post history and find all sorts of posts that make me wonder just what the hell I was thinking when given the benefit of hindsight.

As for graphics, I am indifferent. I view this site on a fast hardline and a large monitor 99.99% of the time. Screenshots, embedded video, etc don't bother me in the least. If you are striving to be mobile friendly however, even with tablets, I would think that it would be better to keep screenshots as hotlinks and keep the videos in the comments section. Not because of visual appeal or load times, but more because of data limits that people may or may not have. It allows them to pick what they will load, and choice is good.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 8, 2013, 12:19 Jivaro
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 10:35:
You don't have to buy something to know it sucks, but you should have played something to write a review.

+1 That really is the bottom line. A movie critic watches an entire movie before doing a review, they don't base it on the teasers. A book critic reads the book, they don't base it on the prologue. That experience is what lends credibility to the opinion and it is what separates the reviewer from the person reading the review. If all they did was watch the same youtube videos as the reader then it isn't a review.

edit: This made me think of something else. Kind of random, but sort of relevant. There is another issue here and it was only sort of touched on in the article. A public forum that is not controlled by the publisher or developer where people can vent about missing features, requirements, etc is what people want. I am not sure the review sections of Metacritic, Amazon, etc are the place but I also don't have a better idea. I mean, these sites have all the foot traffic. When a group wants to try to change something like online DRM and they complain about it on some private forum it will make zero difference and it will just get deleted at the official forums. At Metacritic and Amazon however, potential customers, the developers, and the publisher will all see it. Good thing or bad thing, I am not really sure. It is what it is.

I do know that you don't have to buy a game to know that you don't like online only single player. I don't think it is right to give a 1 star review on a game you haven't played because of that, but I do see why people choose to do it. Companies, if they react at all, tend to react in a much more customer friendly way when everything is out in front of the public.

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