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News Comments > Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced
13. Re: Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced Apr 23, 2015, 14:26 jacobvandy
 
We obviously have different opinions on whether or not Fallout 3 was a worthy successor... But it wasn't completely out of left field.  
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
7. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 23, 2015, 13:53 jacobvandy
 
Jesus. Midas Magic is $6, an added companion is $3, armor re-texture is $2, a survival mod that requires you eat/drink/sleep is $4... What do the guys over at the Nexus think of this? You're not gonna put your mod on a website for free when Steam lets you charge for it. What tiny fraction of people who use free mods will pay for them? Say goodbye to having hundreds of mods, if even the tiniest ones (like a weapon skin) cost 25 cents a piece.

Thanks for monetizing the mod scene Bethesda! They couldn't be doing this if you weren't taking a percentage.
 
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News Comments > Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced
10. Re: Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced Apr 23, 2015, 13:41 jacobvandy
 
Oh, get over it already. If Codies sold off the IP to someone else known for their co-op action RPGs, this wouldn't be such a [lame] surprise.  
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News Comments > Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced
8. Re: Overlord: Fellowship of Evil Announced Apr 23, 2015, 13:33 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, I don't get it. They say several times how "it's not Overlord 3" and "it's got none of the mechanics fans of the series would expect" and "we wanted to try something different and see where it takes us." Well, bugger off then! Don't be surprised if nobody likes it after you've used up the goodwill of a cult franchise to hype up your attempt at a co-op action RPG. This is like if Bethesda teased a new Fallout, and it turned out to be a multiplayer team shooter...  
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News Comments > GTA5 Account Loss Follow-ups
14. Re: GTA5 Account Loss Follow-ups Apr 22, 2015, 22:21 jacobvandy
 
What else do you expect from outsourcing? If they can't do anything about it over the phone, I'm sure <random Indian call center> management doesn't want to spend an hour explaining as such to every single person on the line. They have support calls from 38 other Fortune 500 companies they have to get to! Haven't you seen South Park?  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V NVIDIA Tweak Guide
17. Re: Grand Theft Auto V NVIDIA Tweak Guide Apr 22, 2015, 13:57 jacobvandy
 
I don't like the PCSS shadow crap. It's a neat idea, diffusing shadows the farther away they are from the source object, but it doesn't work properly everywhere. Even in their showcase screenshot, there's a tree on the far right that is still blurry at the base of the shadow. And I don't feel its an "improvement" to see that weird distinct border around more solid objects' shadows, like the lamp-post. It needs to blend a lot better to look natural, not just be blurred.  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Apr 21, 2015, 20:26 jacobvandy
 
A lot of that data isn't relevant to us, though. Unless you consider online games like Dungeon & Fighter, QQ Fantasy, and Xunxian from Chinese media conglomerate Tencent as a part of that 'embarrassment of riches.' They hold the number one spot at $7.2 billion, which is more than EA and Ubisoft put together. That report also includes Apple and Google, who produce no gaming products of their own, at spots #6-7 so... It's a really abstract picture of the industry.

The most interesting thing about what they show there (basically what Gamasutra copy-pasted from the research company's press release promoting their full report you have to buy), is that the creators of Candy Crush are raking in more cash than Nintendo and Ubisoft these days.
 
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News Comments > Killing Floor 2 Early Access
7. Re: Killing Floor 2 Early Access Apr 21, 2015, 17:14 jacobvandy
 
I've played a few hours so far, leveling up my Commando class to 5 (the first ability choice). I really like the changes to the perk system and how you don't have to do the annoyingly specific things to rank up. Every kill gives you some XP now. The shooting is awesome, it's incredible to watch the persistent gore transform the map into a horror show (especially if you tweak how many bodies/parts stick around), and so far there are no obvious camping spots that make the waves retardedly easy to survive. No tech issues for me at all, I'm just mourning the removal of the trader NPC and having a harder time finding matches than I should. Servers are jam-packed, and matches seem to fill up faster than you can go from refreshing the browser to trying to join one. The 'quick-match' thing doesn't work for me at all.

jdreyer wrote on Apr 21, 2015, 17:06:
I own the original Killing Floor, but I couldn't get into it at all. And I say that as a huge L4D fan.

I wonder if this one does anything different? Certainly looks like they're taking some cues from L4D: I think I saw "tank" and "witch" zombies in that trailer.

Everything in the trailer was also in KF1, which has been around for 10 years now (L4D came out a few years later than the mod for UT). You saw a fleshpound, which is a bigass scary dude with spinning blades on his arms that walks slowly until you shoot him and piss him off. And the siren, which does a PBAoE armor-ignoring scream attack that also defuses grenades. They're nothing like the tank and witch... And a fun factoid, Left 4 Dead originally copied the siren, but the 'Screamer' didn't make it to full release.

This comment was edited on Apr 21, 2015, 17:27.
 
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News Comments > Rockstar Social Club Accounts Stolen
18. Re: Rockstar Social Club Accounts Stolen Apr 21, 2015, 12:04 jacobvandy
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 21, 2015, 09:51:
Then again the kind of people posting on reddit, are more the tech savy type

Lolwut?
 
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Early Access Next Month
2. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Early Access Next Month Apr 21, 2015, 02:54 jacobvandy
 
CHESS! Why do they so often avoid saying what this game is when they promote it? They're giving the wrong idea with elaborate CGI teasers like this, which would be more appropriate for a WH40k version of Dead Space.  
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm in June
8. Re: Heroes of the Storm in June Apr 20, 2015, 22:55 jacobvandy
 
Lmao, should've known that would touch a fanboy nerve.  
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm in June
5. Re: Heroes of the Storm in June Apr 20, 2015, 22:03 jacobvandy
 
Tom wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 21:36:
Last hitting is just tiresome micromanagement IMO. Sure, it's highly skill based, but I'd bet it's more irritating than fun for most people. I give Blizzard credit for having the courage to dump it. (My perspective on this is purely LoL-based but I hear it's worse in DOTA2.)

This actually makes me a little more interested in trying the game. I played a little Dota 2 for the first time with a couple of experienced friends not too long ago, and they were teaching me how you do NOT attack creeps until the last second, which is incredibly counter-intuitive. It's tedious enough sitting around in a lane waiting for creeps to come to you (god forbid you push at the wrong time), so let's just avoid combat with them 90% of the time on top of that!
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video
35. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video Apr 20, 2015, 17:00 jacobvandy
 
jomisab wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 14:37:
Rockstar has really mastered the art/tech of huge draw distances without annoying pop-in. Everything transitions so smoothly, it's amazing.

Except the hard line between low/high quality shadows, and again between shadows being on or off. Driving fast you can actually see the radius of shadows around you as you move. I need that configuration mod tool already...
 
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News Comments > Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online
17. Re: Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online Apr 20, 2015, 14:17 jacobvandy
 
Zoom wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 13:25:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 12:48:
Close, but the big difference might be that the character Jayne wasn't homophobic. For example he's turned on, not disgusted by Inara's female clients.
That's because the series let you see his private side. I am ready to bet money on that these extreme right wingers are all into BDSM and other "funny" stuff. So many of them get caught all clad in latex while riding a young boy and shouting insults in german. Happened before

Not to mention that girl-on-girl doesn't count as homosexuality for most gay bashers.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
9. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 20, 2015, 01:22 jacobvandy
 
Well, we do need alternative search engines. Google has already revealed they're looking into sorting results not by popularity, but by what THEY determine to be the most relevant. The most "accurate" or "factual." That is an incredibly slippery slope that everyone should be worried about. A website might as well not even exist if it doesn't show up in a Google search... what's to stop them from deciding this one or that one is unsavory or not very flattering of their [political] allies, and burying it? If they're not already doing shit like that already.

Just this week, they'll be enacting a bias toward mobile sites when searching from a mobile device, which means something like Blue's News will be WAY less likely to show up at all if you googled "PC gaming news" from your phone.
 
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News Comments > Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Developer Switch
8. Re: Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Developer Switch Apr 20, 2015, 01:14 jacobvandy
 
Fantaz wrote on Apr 19, 2015, 17:19:
Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances? i haven't even heard about this game before yet until now... is it good?

Not unless you're a fan of the Facebook game genre...

Also, what this press release doesn't mention, is that Envision Entertainment was only formed because they were laid off from this very project less than a year after it released as closed beta at the end of 2012. Their last game before C&C Tiberium Alliances was Lord of Ultima, the similarly franchise-disgracing 2D browser "MMORTS" that was closed down last year. Leaves me wondering a) how unwell they must have been doing on their own the past couple years that they're now crawling back to EA and b) how much of a steaming pile this game really is, that the only people EA could find to work on it are the original creators, who were previously deemed expendable.
 
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News Comments > Killing Floor 2 Regional Gore Cuts Possible
4. Re: Killing Floor 2 Regional Gore Cuts Possible Apr 18, 2015, 18:34 jacobvandy
 
It's more likely the dismemberment than the blood (except for those silly Germans). Loads of other games have been censored for the same reason, even when it's zombies or other monsters being dismembered. It's almost not even newsworthy, could've seen this coming ever since we found out they've taken inspiration from Soldier of Fortune and such to make the most complex gore system gaming has ever seen.  
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News Comments > Evening Patches
9. Re: Evening Patches Apr 18, 2015, 12:09 jacobvandy
 
I also get no mouse lag with v-sync off. It's hard to be sure if people who say it's there are even using the correct term for what they're experiencing. I.e. movement limitations in first-person mode are a completely different, design-related thing.

Maybe fiddle with the mouse settings some more? It has an option that defaults to 'raw input,' but there's also 'DirectInput' and 'Windows' for you to try.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 17, 2015, 13:54 jacobvandy
 
Of course RB4 will work with old GH hardware if they're working in backwards compatibility for the RB stuff, it's the same technology... In fact, I've always preferred the GH guitars (RB fret buttons are fucking awful), and the only RB hardware I've used in a thousand hours playing RB3 are the keyboard and protar(s). They're just stating the obvious for the "rhythm wars" promotion.

It would be a real feat if they're actually supporting the usage of old GH hardware, by doing stuff like enabling the touch pad on guitars and re-arranging the UI for GH drums (which are 5 colors with 2 cymbals instead of RB's standard 4-color with no cymbals). But I would think that they'd be more clear about it if that's what they were doing.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Apr 17, 2015, 00:08 jacobvandy
 
They're giving away Fractured Space for free on Steam, as long as you grab it during this Free Weekend.  
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