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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > etc., etc.
22. Re: etc., etc. Oct 15, 2014, 06:31 panbient
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 03:28:
Basically, if GG has taught me anything it's not that there is a huge problem with gaming journalism, it's that there's a huge problem in many gamers themselves.

This. One million times this. And only this line.
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News Comments > Dragon Age - Origins Free on Origin
2. Re: Dragon Age - Origins Free on Origin Oct 8, 2014, 19:05 panbient
Dang. I was hoping this was going to show up as a freebie on PSN+ instead.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
14. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Oct 4, 2014, 19:16 panbient
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 19:04:
and anything that the fuckers from Obsidian have ever been working on!

Hey now! Obsidian might be chronically late and the initial deliveries buggier than whatever is created after a drunken one night stand between the Australian outback and a Florida swamp - but at least they manage to deliver.

They just tend to be a bit 'optimistic' on their initial release targets rather than ignoring their initial release schedule entirely in favor of adding never ending features.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Delayed
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Delayed Oct 2, 2014, 19:42 panbient
So... exactly what anyone with a clue expected from the start.

It's cool, I can wait.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 19, 2014, 06:36 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 23:31:
I would pay $60 for updated graphical version of Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries.


*stares longingly at the disc just to the right of the monitor*

Yup. Still my favourite MW by a long shot.

Hell, it was even my first online multiplayer experience, even though the connections never lasted longer than a single firefight.
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News Comments > Chaos Rising Removes GFWL
14. Re: Chaos Rising Removes GFWL Sep 5, 2014, 18:36 panbient
Darks wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 13:44:
Ouch!! One guy said he had over 200 hours in his and its now gone.

I donít get or understand the removal on LAN, that one is confusing.

I don't understand how it's possible to keep a campaign going for 200 hours, and I've beaten the game multiple times.

The one achievement annoyance I've had was with the last DoW game (Retribution). I beat the campaign on very hard but the achievement never unlocked, apparently because I lost connection to Steam at some point during the run.

Kajetan wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 13:53:
More and more you read that people will not buy a game when it does not have trading cards. And trading cards i'll get LESS than achievements. Why? Why is this more important than playing the game?

Trading cards = free Steam 'money'. I've bought more than a few games during big sales using credit I accumulated by selling duplicate cards for about $0.10 a pop. Can't say it's more important than playing the game, but I can see why some people value them.
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News Comments > Deadhold Announced
3. Re: Deadhold Announced Sep 3, 2014, 18:45 panbient
sauron wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 18:28:
Yeah, Myth 1 and 2 were great - loved those games. I remember sending in my troops to attack some kind of shambling zombie, and it blew up when they got close! Took them all with it.

Gaming goodness.

The best was when you were playing multiplayer and happened to get one of those zombies on your team. Most maps featured some water, most of the time if happened to be deep enough to submerge those zombies...

There's very little that's more satisfying than commanding your hidden explod-a-zombie to stab itself in the stomach to take out a group of knights advancing on your position.

As for this article I got super excited at seeing a reference back to Myth, then got super bummed at seeing it hooked onto another MOBA. On the plus side the community (Project Magma) has modded Myth 2 quite a bit (modern resolutions / MP server etc.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2014, 19:09 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 14:01:
MythBusters Stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara Are Leaving the Show.

So, I see that Adam and Jamie will return to become the sole hosts, but I wonder why? Just lower ratings so the show is trying to save money?

The last times I watched the show it seemed to be mostly about setting up ridiculous experiments and debunking old wives tales.

Don't get me wrong, blowing up cars is cool and all but I'm hoping it goes back to more substantial myths like in the earlier seasons, like when they tried to find Jimmy Hoffa's body for example.

I think a whole season of them trying to debunk something like Atlantis could be pretty cool. But I'm definitely not the average viewer either.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 19:11 panbient
Trevellian wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 17:35:
Besides the usual obvious points being made of Sony's system being stronger, and Microsoft making big missteps.

Three words for you Sony.

Call Of Duty.

As much as I fucking HATE the series. The fact of the matter is, all of the early adopters who bought the system inevitably (most of them anyway) bought Call of Duty.

Hmm... not a single person of everyone I know who bought a PS4 on launch picked up CoD. None of them, not at launch, not a year later.

The main reason they picked it up a PS4 was so they wouldn't have to wait for the supply to catch up to the demand after the initial release, and PSN+ being an order of magnitude more awesome than xbox Live Gold.

Then there are all the people who got used to the PS3 as a media center and wanted a newer system with better functionality out of the box. For older / married gamers, it makes for a much easier sell on a new machine, dude gets new hardware, wife gets a new Netflix machine, everyone wins.

And nothing to do with CoD bros.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial
42. Re: Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial Aug 16, 2014, 21:08 panbient
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 19:16:
Don't forget that a lot of Chris Roberts' games have featured major voice actors and Squadron 42 is being developed as a full game in itself. It's also worth remembering that the game is going to raise significantly more money between now and its release, as many people are waiting for it to be released before buying it. I'd be surprised if the game doesn't hit $75m, given that this release pulled in $500,000 alone and it's managing $40 a day.

Also don't forget that most of those major names from back in the day hadn't been seen on a screen in years and/or were in 'low' points of their careers (Mark Hamill / Malcolm McDowell). As proven by their willingness to work in a relatively obscure medium (at the time).

This is no longer the case.

Even if they do hit $75M, spending a full 3rd of their budget on voice acting is absurd.
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News Comments > Design TF2 Merchandise, Profit
4. Re: Design TF2 Merchandise, Profit Aug 16, 2014, 00:35 panbient
And now I'm in the mood to fire up TF2 and craft me a new class hat to go along with my Pyro Alien head.

I wonder if I have the parts for a fancy Engie hat...
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Aug 15, 2014, 18:20 panbient
Creston wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 11:53:
I've played through X probably 9 or 10 times, and there really isn't any location where it takes that long to find another save crystal... I think the Mi'ihen High Road and Mushroom Rock are two of the longest sections, and if you bash through you'd get to the next save crystal in maybe 10 minutes.

Obviously I'm an expert at FFX, but even if you had never played it, if you just kept walking (and since it's a corridor, you can only go one way) it'd take maybe 15 minutes.

But obviously to each their own.

Indeed. And it has been a long time but that's the impact FFX left me with :S I'm not a fan of just bashing through an area or avoiding battle, and I'm thinking that's where the extra time came in.

I'm actually a big fan of grind-y RPGs when there's good character customization options, which 12 had a great system. From what I remember with 10 you'd get better stats and regular unlocks but no real option to tweak your builds as you progressed.

And has there been a modern FF game where the story wasn't pants?

I mean really, water polo? That's the sport of the future? hehehe
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Aug 15, 2014, 07:54 panbient
Verno wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 12:13:
Everything else who knows, it ain't lookin good unless you release on the 3DS.

And considering the price of a 3DS plus the wealth of available games (including all the old regular DS titles on the 'used' shelf) it's great little RPG machine, even if it is a console. You can keep a session going forever just by closing the lid, it's like a permanent save state.

As for Final Fantasy I never got the hype for X. I tried it and found it very linear, and even more flamboyant. The pacing was messed up where you'd end up finding 3-4 save crystals within an hour long session then you'd end up on a road or a trail or some other thing that totally was 'not' a corridor and couldn't save for at least another hour of grinding to get through. I gave up on it in that maze cave where you had to find all your party members before escaping or they'd be lost for good. Funny how the 3DS lid thing completely eliminates that pacing complaint.

FF 12 on the other hand was excellent in my book and pretty much the perfect combination of 4,6, and 7 that I'd always hoped for.
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News Comments > John Romero's New Shooter Plans
16. Re: John Romero's New Shooter Plans Aug 11, 2014, 19:32 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 19:08:
And the room. Went. Wild.

I find this implausible. Those of us old enough to have lived through what he did and know who he is have little faith to strike gold a second time. Those who are younger have no clue who the man is since he hasn't done anything in 20 years. So, who is this mythical fan base that worships him?

A similar situation didn't stop all kinds of gamers from throwing literal millions at Chris Roberts on a promise of hype and hope.

The only question I'm left with is would a Romero crowd funded shooter pull in more millions from gamers than SC?
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News Comments > Act of Aggression Announced
2. Re: Act of Aggression Announced Aug 9, 2014, 16:38 panbient
So... turtle bases and tank rushes?

Also Act of War was pretty bland / generic from what I remember aside from the Scott Thompson-esque villain in the cutscenes. Being Canadian I just imagined the live action intermission 'drama' was a Kids in The Hall offshoot - it made the game infinitely better.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained
33. Re: Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained Aug 5, 2014, 18:43 panbient
Anytime I hear about the funding for SC I'm reminded of researching Bureaucracy in Civilization.

"The Bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding Bureaucracy".
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 30, 2014, 19:16 panbient
I was hoping on the classic suit not some random variant.

Ah well, I guess the Metroid Prime series is kind of like how so many people think Batman movies start with Batman Begins. It's not necessarily wrong, I'm just old.
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News Comments > Op Ed
52. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 18:43 panbient
Funny how in my last development job in the game industry the regular harassment actually came FROM the top ranked woman on the staff.

Yes I realize that's anecdotal and yes I realize there's a much bigger problem in the industry. But the harassment can definitely cut both ways.

Wait... holy shit... one of the sections in this 'article' is basing itself on youtube comments to draw a conclusion of a problem in the gaming industry. Youtube comments... hahahahahahahahahaha what the shit hahahahahahaha
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News Comments > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All
5. Re: The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection Free for All Jul 23, 2014, 18:28 panbient
nin wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 18:03:
Kythlyn wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 17:57:
This is EA... right?

Yeah, this is actually a nice gesture.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day...
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News Comments > Areal Conspiracy Theories
24. Re: Areal Conspiracy Theories Jul 21, 2014, 19:19 panbient
ASeven wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 16:13:
They just posted a new update apologizing for their last update. Holy shit this is getting better and better.

It makes me wonder what kind of letter the Forbes lawyers sent them this morning.
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