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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > More THQ IP Sold
22. Re: More THQ IP Sold Apr 23, 2013, 07:34 panbient
entr0py wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 21:12:
Still, I guess there's some dim hope that they could make a faithful sequel. The price seems to be a good sign that they'll actually use the IP.

I'd be super happy with a straight up Homeworld HD / widescreen re-release just keep everything else the same; re-render the graphical assets to get rid of blockiness and jagged edges, unlock the camera and FOV to support wider displays, and sell those revamped classics for $20 a pop on Steam and GOG.
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News Comments > Harmonix Websites Breached
1. Re: Harmonix Websites Breached Apr 6, 2013, 08:05 panbient
I wonder if this has to do with ending RockBand DLC last week? There were a few upset posters on their forums and a few more in complete denial.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Co-Op Improvement Plans
24. Re: Diablo III Co-Op Improvement Plans Apr 3, 2013, 17:17 panbient
AngelicPenguin wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 15:46:
In D3, saving never comes up as you just start the game at the end of an Act and go play whatever area you want. I suppose when you are initially going through the campaign, but that's a pretty small part of the game.

While I agree, if the campaign is such a small part of the game (and it is) why is it that Blizzard made it so that you -had- to play through it at least 3 times (if not 4-5) before you hit the level cap and unlocked Inferno and -then- started playing the REAL game? What was the point of spending all the money and resources creating those cinematics and that hokey story? For something that is ultimately irrelevant after the first go through, and freaking annoying by the time you get to the point of finally being ready to start playing the 'real' game?

A year later and it's still a mess.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 3, 2013, 17:00 panbient
There have been some video games that made me rage. The original Ninja Gaiden on NES would literally make me hold my controller flat in one hand so I could punch it with the other.

Though when it comes to 'modern' gaming no video game makes me lose it. However, those stupid 'Captcha' things to limit spammers on webforms... THOSE will make me rage.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
11. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 31, 2013, 08:29 panbient
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 30, 2013, 22:38:
It starts to get really annoying to have this nonsense every single god damn time there is any kind of party gathering for a 99% male demographic. Bah!

Except it's not a 99% male demographic situation on either the development or the commercial side of the fence and hasn't been in decades.

To me the idea of needing strippers or escorts for a videogame trade show party is on the same line as portraying the average game player as a fat, pimply, neckbeard who lives in their mom's basement and never grew past the mental age of 14. Neither is an accurate reflection of the consumer nor their average expectations of the industry.

Shenanigans like this just serve to poopsock the medium back to the basement for a little longer.
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News Comments > New Warhammer 40,000 TBS Game Planned
17. Re: New Warhammer 40,000 TBS Game Planned Mar 16, 2013, 08:33 panbient
KilrathiAce wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 18:00:
RaZ0r! wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 20:49:
I just want Dawn of War 3 from Relic.

I dont think Relic can do w40k anymore, that license expired or wasnt bought by SEGA when they aquired relic I believe.

I'm assuming the license would be up for grabs again because the original deal would have been between corporate entities that no longer exist as detailed in the contract. Considering Sega got the rights for WH: Fantasy Battle and the prior relationship between GW and Relic, I'd be really surprised if they're not just taking their time negotiating a new licensing deal.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion This Summer
15. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion This Summer Mar 15, 2013, 16:28 panbient
I hope this also means they'll finish the espionage system. Spies who can ONLY steal technology are pretty lame.  
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News Comments > New Warhammer 40,000 TBS Game Planned
15. Re: New Warhammer 40,000 TBS Game Planned Mar 15, 2013, 06:51 panbient
Cutter wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 23:26:
Golly, I'd play it but I'm afrai GW might sue me! Dickbags!

That's what I'm thinking. GW is notorious for suing anyone that might cut into their profits, like fanpages, or authors who happened to use the words 'Space Marine' regardless of context or publication date.

I can't imagine GW allowing a company to make a TBS game about 40k that would actually reflect the tabletop equivalent. At which point, what difference does it really make? Another 40K game where you micro manage a squad of elites rather than play as a battlefield general commanding an army...

Here's hoping I'm wrong and my pessimism is unfounded, but I doubt it.
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News Comments > New Thief's New Garrett Profiled
24. Re: New Thief's New Garrett Profiled Mar 14, 2013, 17:11 panbient
So... is there supposed to be some kind of Legacy of Kain crossover with this reboot because that's all I'm seeing when I look at that character.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Mar 12, 2013, 07:05 panbient
PropheT wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 19:14:
I feel like I should be surprised we still talk about this, but...

If you make the picture on a page, it's art.
If you write the story on a page, it's art.
If you join the two and make them move, and then let people interact with it... it stops being art?

If I draw a disproportionate stick figure rather than the beauty and details of a face is it still art?

If I write a punny limerick on a page rather than reflecting a substantial experience with prose is it still art?

Is art defined by the creator or the viewer?

While I've played some games that have provided the same results as a great book, they're far and few between. So while there are definitely some exceptions that could definitely be compared on the same artistic level as traditional media, there are plenty of others that simply don't compare.

Just because there's an art to making the product, doesn't mean the resulting product is art.
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News Comments > Homeworld IP & Games Kickstarter
6. Re: Homeworld IP & Games Kickstarter Mar 10, 2013, 19:02 panbient
So many good intentions, so many more red flags.

I like how I can't find any sort of worthwhile information about the company on their own webpage. But it's got a bunch of cool looking buttons that open up banner graphics! Wooooooo..... watch me open my wallet for this company!

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 1, 2013, 06:39 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2013, 21:47:
That's actually pretty classy.

Like Cutter said, no there is nothing classy about that. Sure it's a fun read for geeks on the outside (BATTLETOADS reference OMGLOLWTFBBQLOLIDDQDwithbaconpancakesontop!)

But for anyone working on the inside or who's worked under someone like that, it's the final ball slap in the face. You work your ass off, you see the cracks in the structure of the operation, you feel the stress, then you see the big boss cash out (err... check out) with a cheeky note and horrible jokes. Yeah, that's classy...
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 17:00 panbient
Rigs wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 13:34:
I feel bad for some of the devs because this can be a soul crusher...

Only if they're incredibly naive. Most developers can smell the stink of a bomb just as much as a reviewer or consumer, but they're contractually obligated to put on a brave face and toe the company line.
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News Comments > No Diablo III PC/PS4 Play
26. Re: No Diablo III PC/PS4 Play Feb 26, 2013, 07:06 panbient
InBlack wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 03:14:
This! Plus I think they are counting on a lot of people, sorry 'people' is the wrong word here im thinking of that subhuman category: fanbois actually, to buy the game AGAIN for their consoles. Which would typically fit fanbois of all denominations.

I'm certainly no fanboi, I see the obvious cash grab for what it is, I recognize the base D3 game as a 60 step tutorial (err LEVELS!) for the variety of predetermined skills.

But... until I read this

"As a result, the characters on your account and PlayStation account will also remain separate."

I was planning on getting a 2nd copy because for me, D3 is more of a living room game, something that seems like it would be more fun with a few friends on the couch and a couple of drinks on the coffee table. But if I can't carry over my existing characters I don't see a reason to buy it again and start grinding from scratch, so I won't (besides I still have a copy of Sacred 2 for a console grinding fix).
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
18. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 20, 2013, 20:38 panbient
nin wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 20:00:
Redmask wrote on Feb 20, 2013, 19:55:
Diablo 3 for the consoles, no surprise there.

I still laughed. Whoooo - Diablo 3...

Except for this bit -

Metzen says Diablo 3 has been customized to play on consoles, with a four-player, full-screen co-op mode for online and offline multiplayer.

WTF... the consoles get an offline mode? Though to be honest, if I can log in with my existing account and use my characters on my ps3 in local co-op I would probably, shamefully, buy it again
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News Comments > Cancelled Aliens RPG Animations
29. Re: Cancelled Aliens RPG Animations Feb 19, 2013, 07:11 panbient
Bhruic wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 19:35:
I wish they wouldn't do stuff like this. "Here's some cool stuff from a game that you'll never get to play". I mean, I can understand wanting to show off your work, since people aren't otherwise going to see it, but it's really disappointing to see stuff like this and know it's for something that'll never get released.

This isn't showing off what you can't have from a faceless company. Considering the artist posted a Demo Reel around the same time as this clip it seems far more like a freelancer advertising the quality of his work now that NDAs have expired. It's way less 'look at this cool stuff from a game -you'll- never play' and more of 'look at this cool stuff I made, can -I- get a job now so I can buy groceries again?'
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 19, 2013, 06:51 panbient
Yeah it sucks and all but at the same time it was inevitable. On the plus side, all the pre-RB3 DLC is still 50% off.

They also keep teasing new artists who have never been featured. I'm really hoping they've got a major coup for the finale like Pink Floyd as opposed to something from one of the developer's friend's cousin's band.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
13. Re: etc., etc. Feb 14, 2013, 06:49 panbient
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 00:39:

Funny how my installation only shows 6.2GB installed. I guess the other 13.8GB just vanished in to thin air?

Or you know, having enough HD space to download the install package, enough space to then extract it, and enough overhead to be able to install it smoothly. It's not like Steam compresses their install packs much, if anything it's just archived for the convenience of only having to download a single file.
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News Comments > System Shock 2 on Tomorrow
30. Re: System Shock 2 on Tomorrow Feb 13, 2013, 17:02 panbient
Creston wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 16:01:
I think best atmosphere ever made in a game, but I found the game itself to always be a bit clunky. It was in many ways a step back from the original System Shock,


SS2 was super awesome until you left the ships and entered The Many at which point it felt like Half Life / Xen all over again. Although stepping -out- of The Many and into the SS2 endgame stands as one of the absolute greatest videogame moments I've ever experienced.

Now if only we could get a proper updated version of the original System Shock, then I'd honestly be satisfied.

And no enemy in SS2 creeped me out quite the same as the Cortex Reavers in the original.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 8, 2013, 22:38 panbient
Verno wrote on Feb 8, 2013, 21:18:
Skies of Arcadia is great, I just replayed it recently!

I really wanted to like this game back in the day, but when the average load time for combat was longer than the actual battle coupled with how often you ran into hostilities I wrote it off as 'the loading screen game' and I went back to Rush 2049 or Phantasy Star Online.

I also still have my Dreamcast hooked up next to my PS3. Very VERY upset when I recently opened the case for Rush 2049 only to find it empty

Bangai-O and Ikaruga are must plays for anyone who still has the machine.
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