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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2013, 14:11 SimplyMonk
 
EA CTO talks about the "Big Data" that their online games are generating and what they are doing with it. More of an architecture discussion for handling big data sets than anything else, but thought that some here might find it interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK_PXlbvOfM
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 4, 2013, 16:21 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 15:52:
nin wrote on Mar 4, 2013, 15:23:
Yeah, it's not a blanket cure for everyone. But we're making progress, and that's whats awesome.

Zackly! Think I'ma go out and bareback a 5 dollar whore in celebration!

Warning: Herpes, HPV and Hepatitis B are still incurable.

If you already have the aforementioned though, go wild!
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Planning PAX East Reveal
2. Re: Blizzard Planning PAX East Reveal Feb 27, 2013, 20:02 SimplyMonk
 
With HoN, DotA2 and LoL kicking around out there, another Arena-RTS game isn't something that is that groundbreaking. Even though the genre was born in War3, they haven't done anything to really grow it.

Oh yeah. There is SMITE too. Haha.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld and Remaining THQ IPs for Sale
20. Re: Homeworld and Remaining THQ IPs for Sale Feb 27, 2013, 13:15 SimplyMonk
 
I was hoping for a WH40K Gothic game that was in a similar vein to Homeworld. Sadness that it never happened.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 20, 2013, 16:15 SimplyMonk
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 15:44:
Quboid wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 15:14:
...is there anything wrong with Win8?
Besides metro? Nope. You gut that out, and it's a cleaner OS than 7.

Don't even see why you have to gut it. It is fairly easy to ignore, although it does slow down your start up as none of your desktop programs will run until you head to your desktop. Metro has been useful to me if for nothing else than a faster way to get to Netflix. Pretty much the only App I even used though. The built in Messenger needs to be rethought completely though.
 
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News Comments > More Cancelled Aliens RPG Footage
18. Re: More Cancelled Aliens RPG Footage Feb 20, 2013, 15:57 SimplyMonk
 
Orogogus wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 15:04:
Are there good freeform survival/escape games that set the example?

I thought Amnesia was fairly free-form in how you deal with certain encounters although the easy answer was hide in the dark until the scary thing went away. The solutions to the puzzles as well were pretty straight forward and intuitive or otherwise optional.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Shown
26. Re: Battlefield 4 Shown Feb 20, 2013, 13:56 SimplyMonk
 
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 13:53:
I still miss having frigates/cruisers/subs from 1942.

I miss just driving around in my jeep in Battlefield: Vietnam running over people and listening to the radio/soundtrack.

War! huh-yeah
What is it good for?
*THUMP* AIEEEE!
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y'all
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Feb 20, 2013, 12:23 SimplyMonk
 
It also has the Nook although not exactly profitability it at least gives the cheaper versions of the Kindle some competition. I doubt it makes a difference for the sales of the Kindle Fire or iPad though.

But yeah. I doubt that will save them as it sounds like it is being mismanaged.
 
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News Comments > Humble Bundle Mojam 2 Today
1. Re: Humble Bundle Mojam 2 Today Feb 20, 2013, 12:16 SimplyMonk
 
I cured my addiction to buying every game that comes up on my Steam Wishlist when it goes on any sort of sale when I don't have time to play them. I've replaced it, however, with an addiction to throw $5-10 at my screen every time a Humble Indie Bundle is posted. Even when I have no clue what I'm buying.

Baby steps.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Feb 19, 2013, 14:07 SimplyMonk
 
You peripherals mean nothing to me. Anything that receives signals from a device can be configured to accept them from another device. Been playing console shooters with my XIM Edge (Keyboard/Mouse Adapter for the 360/PS3) for a few months now and loving it.

http://store.xim3.com/XIM-EDGE_p_12.html

Beamer wrote on Feb 19, 2013, 12:51:
Yup, not sure where he's getting his information from. Yeah, you can bootstrap a mouse to an Xbox and it won't work properly (it's like a stick instead), but the PS3 has full mouse support.

Not to sound too much like a salesman for the XIM, but it works exactly as you would expect a mouse and keyboard to work for any PC shooter. You have to do some configuration and some of the more esoteric Keyboards/Mouses don't work with it, but when you get it configured right it works like a dream. My wife isn't a programmer, although fairly tech savy, and she was able to configure it and set it up to play COD: Zombies with her Dad in about 10 minutes. Went from dying constantly to topping the leaderboard now and again.

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News Comments > Destiny PC Clue
14. Re: Destiny PC Clue Feb 19, 2013, 14:04 SimplyMonk
 
What? Shooters don't work with keyboard and mouse? Man. That XIM Edge I bought to use a keyboard and mouse with Halo and COD: Zombies for my 360 must not be working out completely fantastic for me then. I could of sworn it was and I was pretty sure I loved it.

Thanks for setting me straight, Bungie.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 16, 2013, 07:40 SimplyMonk
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 23:57:
Sounds interesting. I worry a little about latency issues, but I guess we'll see.

Every game I would want to play on the PS2 or PS1, mostly RPGs, I don't think would be that bad with latency.
 
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News Comments > January NPD Results
10. Re: January NPD Results Feb 15, 2013, 18:23 SimplyMonk
 
nin wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 12:02:
At some point I end up saying "that's pretty neat, but I have no idea when I'd actually play it".

That's the rub. I'll basically be spending ~$300 for ZeldaU. I doubt it will see any use after that except maybe the occasional title here and there. My 3DS was the same way until Fire Emblem came out. That completely dominates my current free time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 15, 2013, 11:50 SimplyMonk
 
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 10:52:
There should be a Steel Battalion game for Kinect. I bet it would be awesome!

Why do you twist the knife?
 
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News Comments > January NPD Results
5. Re: January NPD Results Feb 15, 2013, 11:48 SimplyMonk
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Feb 15, 2013, 10:54:
A light launch can be immediately rectified by good software which they have coming. Not a guarantee of course but historically, those who bet against Nintendo usually end up being wrong.

I know my wife will demand I purchase one once they make a decent Zelda game to it.
 
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News Comments > Ghost in the Shell Online Details
3. Re: Ghost in the Shell Online Details Feb 14, 2013, 12:39 SimplyMonk
 
Taking the players involved into consideration, I don't see having high hopes for this title. "Fierce hacking battles between cyborgs" already has my mind saying "No" and I don't see how that aligns with it being a FPS game. Unless by "hacking" them mean literally chopping each other apart.

I'm sensing this being FPS Shadowrun v2.0 (now with more MMO electrolytes).
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines Patched
35. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Patched Feb 13, 2013, 14:19 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 14:04:
John Carter was another example of this. John Carter wasn't a good movie.

John Carter also suffered from the fact that the original books worked to define the genre and so many films since then have taken elements from them that the John Carter movie looked unoriginal and bland.

A:CM had too high of an expectation due to the movies and Gearbox's success with Borderlands. The franchise hasn't produced a solid game since the original AvP (although some of the arcade games were fun) and SEGA hasn't published anything redeemable since Bayonetta.
 
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News Comments > BioWare: Mass Effect 4/ME4 References "A Disservice"
30. Re: BioWare: Mass Effect 4/ME4 References Feb 7, 2013, 14:54 SimplyMonk
 
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 7, 2013, 13:15:
Sounds like a reboot.

Probably the most likely scenario.

"We fucked this up by saying we'd try to make a game with a coherent story line and meaningful character progression and choices. Let's just hit the reset button and pray every one forgets about that other stuff."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 5, 2013, 15:07 SimplyMonk
 
bhcompy wrote on Feb 5, 2013, 14:38:
Vagrant Story, get on it.

Sadly, I've heard from some sources that this won't happen. The original lead designer has no interest in revisiting the world. Sad times. A port is probably the best that could be hoped for.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 5, 2013, 14:34 SimplyMonk
 
Verno wrote on Feb 5, 2013, 13:56:
It's obvious that half the company still wants to make movies and the other half wants to make games, too bad the first half hasn't figured out that they can't make money doing that anymore.

Yeah. They had their chance to be a movie company and blew it big time. I liked a number of visual elements from the Final Fantasy movie, but the characters, dialog and plot were complete garbage. It will still be a few more years, if ever, before I think they can convince the investors that it is worth another go of it. Hopefully next time they just go with something more like "Advent Children". Not spectacular, but solid even if it did require you play FF7 to know what was going on.

I hear you about the iPhone stuff. Even so, I still fell for getting Final Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana. In some ways I'm a little glad that they aren't moving heavy in terms of the old IP because it means they can't depress me with bad releases and they stay good in my memory.

Chrono Cross wasn't as good as Chrono Trigger. FFT: Advanced 1 & 2 were sad when compared to the original in both game play and more so in story. All the successors to Secret of Mana have been garbage, although I think I missed one or two. Maybe they just realized that after a few failed attempts to recapture what made the originals so golden, they should just leave things alone.

The Final Fantasy series is the exception to that, but then again it has always been more a a tech/concept demo series than a coherent progression. Maybe 20 years from now they will release FF: Omega incorporating into it all the good elements from every single FF game ever made and completely blow our minds.... or not.

 
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