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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > Guncraft Open Beta
6. Re: Guncraft Open Beta Jul 16, 2012, 14:49 SimplyMonk
 
Axis wrote on Jul 16, 2012, 12:34:
So which game features fully destructible environments aside from minecraft?

Someone just needs to take the Minecraft engine, multiply the number of blocks the specific units of environment and objects consist of from 1 to about 1 million and there you go. Fully destructible environment and objects.

Oh. A good theoretical quantum computer to run that game wouldn't hurt either.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft DRM Glitch Ends
25. Re: And... Jul 16, 2012, 13:52 SimplyMonk
 
Luke wrote on Jul 16, 2012, 13:25:
I guess you play Diasko 3 ?and if so forget about this "Hopefully they will get rid of this DRM" because you accepted it with one game tho not the other....Thats wierd don't ya think

Although you can draw a comparison between Uplay and Battle.Net, it really isn't that cut and dry. Even though anti-piracy is a big win for the publisher in how B.Net functions, it at least makes a honest attempt of giving the user features and security in exchange for the annoyance that is DRM. Blizzard has no legitimate reason for not offering an offline mode to D3, but to say their DRM scheme is the same as Uplay when it comes to user acceptance leaves out the added value B.Net offers.

I suppose though, in the end they are both still shackles that hamper your gaming experience, and a solid gold shackle with gems and shinies in it isn't much better than a cold iron one, but at least B.Net makes an effort to make up for it. If that effort isn't enough for you though... Well, don't buy any of their games. Problem solved.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2012, 11:35 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 16, 2012, 10:46:
Today is my level-up day!

Birthdays! Yay! Happy!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2012, 11:34 SimplyMonk
 
Trashy wrote on Jul 16, 2012, 10:36:
This Meme answers that whole Star Trek Vs Star Wars debate..

Teleporters. The repercussions of their existence should of been far greater than the Star Trek universe ever explored.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
20. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 12, 2012, 13:53 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 13:10:
And I find that odd given how close most major and minor Canadian towns/cities are to the border and even technically closer to ship to than some American border towns.

Curious if that has something to do with US or CA Customs. Governments do a lot of funky shit to stabilize their markets and since MX and CA are so close they might have more costly regulations than SG. SG for a matter of fact might even have some lower costs or streamlined customs because it has high level of exports. The US is also mainly a consumer. We don't like to give other people stuff. Shipping to other countries is a strange and foreign concept to us. Unless it is guns. Those are free.

Don't know. Hopefully the one world government/robot overlords will solve this problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 12, 2012, 12:38 SimplyMonk
 
Facebook wants to be your online bank

Apparently Zuckerberg saw Summer Wars too and liked what he saw.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 12, 2012, 12:26 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 12:11:
That's vastly overstating the importance of Amazon. People still want and need to go shopping for food and clothes in actual stores.

I agree with you for the most part as most people are reluctant to change their shopping habits and clothes shopping itself is always useful to have a fitting room instead of buy it, ship it, doesn't fit, return it and wait for a different size. As a guy though, unless I'm buy a suit I don't really try things on beforehand anyways and I know my dimensions well enough to order online and usually not have a problem.

Food will be even easier. Sure, I'm not going to order fresh fruit, vegetables or meat from Amazon. That is what Farmer's Markets are for the most part. But Tuna? Bread? Mayo and instant dinners or mixes? Sure. Why not? The stuff is filled with preservatives, frozen or with a long enough shelf life where it wouldn't matter. Why not get it delivered to my door?
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Beta Nears
21. Re: PlanetSide 2 Beta Nears Jul 11, 2012, 19:26 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:49:
Planetside shoes? Wth?!

Swag. It is what the kids want nowadays.
 
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News Comments > EA Shakeup Rumor
4. Re: EA Shakeup Rumor Jul 11, 2012, 19:21 SimplyMonk
 
Ouch. A lot of a CEO's power is in their image and confidence. Talking with Pachter and saying something like that is almost asking for confidence in you to dwindle and cost you your job. Certainly doesn't help boost your stock.  
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
57. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 18:43 SimplyMonk
 
Dades wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 18:26:
That's just splitting hairs over the terminology. You brought up some examples of modern franchises that seem like there is no downside, your exact phrasing was "if that were true then Call of Duty 3 or Black Ops wouldn't have sold half as well". I brought up some previous examples to show that nothing short of the Mario franchise is etched in stone in the videogame industry.

My point with bringing those up was that a large customer base for video games are willing to have the same non-innovative crap shoved down their throats similar to generic, special-effect filled, action movies. Not to suggest that those specific IPs would sell forever, but what they currently represented would always be present in some form or another in the industry as a counter to ASeven's post saying the customers are going to suddenly revolt and crash the industry unless only a certain quality of video games were developed and the industry stopped with DLC and iterative IPs.

Dades wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 18:26:
I think F2P is a lot more promising but it begs the question of what investors will finance the upfront costs if there are no box sales.

I don't think the F2P model works well for all genres/styles though. Skyrim, Bioshock & Fallout 3 would of been horrible experiences in the F2P model, in my opinion. A solid base game with a ~$60 amount of initial content with episodic/extra additional content at a reasonable fee is the only way to tell a decent story through a video game. Maybe they could of released the first 3 hours of the game for free and then make you pay $10 for each additional 3-5 hours, in an episodic-ish model... but that is pretty much just like offering a free demo.

If you are saying that maybe there will no longer be a place for games like Bioshock, Skyrim and Fallout 3 and the experiences they delivered in the industry's future, then that possibility makes me a sad panda. :C

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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
55. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 18:14 SimplyMonk
 
Dades wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 17:40:
Bubbles can burst.

Maybe this is just semantics, but that isn't a "bubble bursting" to me. Guitar Hero's sales steadily declined to the point where it just didn't make sense to continue with Guitar Hero 6 (or whatever they ended at). That was a reasonable cost-value judgement. The 3DS is struggles for a number of reason, the big one being everyone already owns some version of the DS and 3D isn't really worth the upgrade... but that isn't really a bubble.

Bubble bursting to me is on the scale of the the Dot-Com or Real Estate bubbles. Something where the industry reached such an insane unsustainable level that the only recourse was to reduce the industry to a fraction of its former size in a short of amount of time with most existing assets becoming toxic and doors being shuttered by the vast majority of the industries businesses. A massive event that doesn't leave room for correction.

Your examples in my opinion weren't bubbles bursting but simply market corrections. The products themselves ran a little high for a period of time, but the market corrected itself and the impact of their loss in the long run was rather minor to the industry as a whole. More of a fad than a bubble as at the time the products were something of value, they just over saturated the market or got played out, replaced by something new and shiny.

I'm willing to accept that the CoD/FPS mania will subside, but that doesn't mean the DLC/Alternate Revenue methods that the big AAA titles employ or AAA titles in general will no longer be around.

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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
50. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 17:13 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 16:27:
Well, the difference in our opinions is that I believe the crash will happen because the industry didn't move to where it needed and moved too fast to where it needed not.

Yes. I think we are just going to have to agree to disagree. It doesn't make me happy to say it, but I think the AAA Video Game Titles are going to continue to move in a similar direct to AAA Movies and people will continue to buy it the same way they went to see "Transformers 3" and paid an outrageous sum for a 3D movie ticket, $10 popcorn and will then buy the Blue-Ray 3D DvD with 20 Extras of Transformers 1-3 for $80.

I feel if your vision of the consumer and the industry were true, Call of Duty 3 and Black Ops wouldn't of sold half as well. But like we've both said, that is a matter of opinion and my computer science degree doesn't help my case much in matters of economics or sociology.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
44. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 15:53 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:45:
Did you get to read the other 5-6 pieces about the industry?

Yeah. I'll give the other articles a read later, but your are correct on gaming journalism, but even that could be said for today's journalism as a whole. Too much opinion thrown in to make a story more "interesting" and too much of the author trying to bend it to their view.

From reading that one article though, I didn't get the impression that they though some big crash was going to happen. What I got from it is basically that the industry needs to change as the costs are beginning to outweigh the profits and growth is starting to slow. But we knew that already. The industry knows that already. Why do we see such a big push for DLC? Because they need to keep making money and that is a solid way to do it and you are only going to see more of it in different shapes and forms.

The only way it is going to crash is if you see the industry try to move too fast in the wrong direction or resist change completely like some companies have, but I see no evidence of that.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
40. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 15:29 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:07:
So yeah, it is an article full of bias, it's a bloody opinion piece.

I'll ignore the fact that you linked the opinion article when making an argument, but I did read the Verge article and didn't find it much better in terms of objectivity. They did at least have a sizable data to back up their statements, but in the end they are still building an opinion based model and their comparisons to the movie industry are accurate in some respects, but don't go far enough.

Filmmakers can save money by cutting scenes and getting creative with locations, but by-and-large, the cost of making of a movie is relatively fixed.

That is a horrible inaccurate statement, but ignoring that, it is at the end of the article he isn't saying the AAA market is going to die. He is saying it will continue to push for more profits via DLC/Cash-Shops and you'll be paying more out of pocket for it.

Well, of course you are. With CGI, AAA movies started a ton more to make. Did people stop making AAA films? No. They raised ticket prices. They expanded their markets. They started selling "extended-cuts" or "behind-the-scenes" crap to raise DVD prices. They started selling bundles. They found ways to take more of your money that really didn't cost them much.

AAA video games will do the exact same thing and too be honest... I don't really see what is wrong with that. Its a business and an art form. Just like film. The Verge article is good to compare the VG Industry to the Film Industry, but it isn't saying a bubble is going to burst here. It is just saying things are going to change.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
35. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 15:04 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 14:56:
These guys which probably know a lot more about gaming and finances than you ever could, are wrong?

That article is full of bias and guesses about industry trends. Even the article it references to is filled with opinion and faulty data.

Regardless, the gaming industry is still growing hand-over-foot and getting bigger each year, it may just get to a point where it swallows up the mainstream AAA players and we'll just get stuck with a lot of cool indie titles. A gamer can dream.

Yeah. Way to stay objective there, buddy. That's good journalism.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
32. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 14:58 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 14:46:
Anyone that thinks AAA games will cease to exist, or that people will stop making millions on them, is nuts. Flat out nuts.

Have to agree here. The industry may continue to shrink and we may even lose a platform, but to think that AAA games will suddenly disappear is crazy without some unpredictable event.

Something I think is more probable is publisher start to sell AAA titles at a loss on release, but start making real profits with DLC/episodic content/cash shops. Something on a level greater than what they've been doing today. But that would require IPs and game play that fits that model well.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
22. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 13:59 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 13:08:
Though I too wouldn't mind Valve owning Actvision. It sure beats MS owning Activision that's for sure.

Never going to happen. They don't want the IPs and the company would never fit in Valve's corporate culture. Blizzard might, but even that would be a stretch as Blizzard also has their own unique policies.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
20. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 13:49 SimplyMonk
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 13:04:
...the first thing they'd do would be to kill the PC versions of all games.

Take this with a grain of salt, but MS is doing some heavy background work with Windows 8 to XBL to make the Next XBX and PC space almost identical in terms of platform integration. Does that mean that they are going to focus on the PC for game development? Most likely not, but they say they are making it so developing for the PC and the 360 are almost the exact same. In addition, I doubt they would take a multi-platform IP that sells record numbers and force it into just the 360. Bad PR to say the least. PC release as well would be a minimum.

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News Comments > Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers
9. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 12:20 SimplyMonk
 
Time Warner picking up Acti-Blizz I don't think would change the playing field all that much. Time Warner has been making incremental studio purchases for awhile and their success has been decent with the whole Batman line. Nothing stellar. Picking up Acti-Blizz would make them a major player obviously.

Microsoft picking up Acti-Blizz has a lot more interesting potential. Although they might remain their own distinct element for a couple of years and just be business as usual, the possibilities that could arise from them acquiring Acti-Blizz's IPs are endless. Exclusivity is always in question but I would be curious to see if B.Net got merged with XBL in some fashion or a new spawn service would be born.

Not saying any of this would be better or worst. Just interesting.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
5. Re: Diablo III Patched Jul 10, 2012, 14:34 SimplyMonk
 
Hornet303 wrote on Jul 10, 2012, 14:30:
Anyway, it just bums me out that the PC scene is so angry all the time. Its like seeing a spokesman for a certain group on TV representing your group. I just keep saying to myself "we're not all that bad, some people are content".

That is a statement for the human race in general.
 
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