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News Comments > Arma III Animations Trailer
21. Re: Arma III Animations Trailer Apr 8, 2012, 09:58 SXO
Just take my money already! I've been playing their games since the original Operation Flashpoint, and even when I was getting my ass handed to me by the AI I was still enjoying myself thoroughly. No other game series has made me feel as tense during combat as their games have.  
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News Comments > Starlight Inception Kickstart
26. Re: Starlight Inception Kickstart Apr 8, 2012, 09:44 SXO
Yea, I was interested until I saw the mention of the PS Vita and realized this wasn't a PC exclusive project. I just don't see how a proper sim can be done as a cross-platform title.

Maybe Interplay will wise up and try to revive the Freespace series with a Kickstarter.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
173. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 7, 2012, 09:26 SXO
Nucas wrote on Apr 6, 2012, 21:37:
i'm suprised they gave in, but gratified.

the endgame was the most important ten minutes of anything they've done in the past 5 years, and they choked.

they failed so utterly that the only way a large subset of fans can reconcile what they saw is with an idiotic and convoluted "theory" that turns the endgame into an unreliable-narrator-driven metaphore.

i hope casey hudson isn't feeling smugly superior about how no one "gets" his vacuous nerdgasm ending. god, what a fucker.
They didn't give in. Fact is, they already admitted they aren't actually changing anything. They are merely expanding upon the existing ending to show you exactly what happened to your squadmates so that you'll have "closure." And the only reason they're even doing this much is so that Bioware can pretend they're listening, and so that this whole debacle doesn't hurt the sales of the DLC that was already planned.

As far as Casey Hudson's "vacuous nerdgasm ending," any of us real nerds can see that none of it even makes sense. So he has no reason at all to feel superior to anyone, because if his intention was to appear smart, we now know how stupid he really is.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
172. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 7, 2012, 09:18 SXO
Creston wrote on Apr 7, 2012, 01:30:
The Indoctrination theory works great, up to one particularly fatal point. The IC keeps saying that the Reapers are trying to indoctrinate you to choose Blue or Green, rather than Red.

However, if you bring very few War Assets, the only thing you CAN choose is Red. And why would the Reapers indoctrinate you, only to then give you the one choice that they're desperately trying to make you not do.

For that matter, why would they give you the Red choice ever at all?

Sadly, for all how much it seems to work (and is better than the ending), it doesn't completely fit. (which makes sense, because it's simply not true.)

Thank you Creston. Good to see there's at least one other person out there that isn't lying to themselves to try and make sense of Bioware's bungled story.
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Patch Next Week
11. Re: Battlefield 3 Patch Next Week Apr 7, 2012, 09:14 SXO
Doesn't anyone see the irony that they defended the new longer patch cycles by saying they wouldn't have to patch patches, but then they turn around and have to patch the patch anyway? Weirdest part is that this is a fix for something that's pretty obvious, how could it not have been noticed during playtesting of the big patch, especially when they had so much time to test it?  
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
57. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 5, 2012, 14:13 SXO
Yifes wrote on Apr 5, 2012, 13:59:
Verno wrote on Apr 5, 2012, 12:41:
I only speak for myself but there were not three endings, it felt like one arbitrary ending with some variations. I wasn't a fan of never seen before characters and plot elements being introduced in the last 10 minutes of the game either. Also, in a series with a strong theme about teamwork and friendship I expected some explanation or continuity for the companions as well, though to be fair that was never promised. Maybe it worked for your Shepard but it didn't feel like a well written conclusion for mine. Finally there are some loopholes and disconnects between the writing and the cutscenes that are pretty jarring.

If you watch the endings side by side, sure, it cheapens the ending because of the extreme similarities. However, what makes each ending unique is if you watch each ending within the context of your choices leading up to it. The interpretation for each ending is drastically different if you decide to destroy the reapers vs say synthesis. Also, the nature of the catalyst was hinted at throughout ME3, and makes perfect sense if you consider why the Reapers never wiped out lower organic life forms in general. Also, each of your companions storylines were resolve quite nicely during the game itself, and the lead up to the final battle provides glimpses into the future lives of your surviving teammates. Finally, the ending sequence with Joker, EDI, and your romantic option stepping out of the crashed Normandy into a new world full of hope was well done and quite powerful.
It would be quite powerful if it made sense. Explain to me how Joker and the crew got to the relay before it exploded, used it to jump to another system, and survived the explosion of the relay in that system to end up crash landing on a habitable system. As for the catalyst, it only makes sense if you don't try to make sense of it. And this is just scratching the surface of how ridiculous the ending(s) is/are.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
17. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 5, 2012, 10:31 SXO
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 5, 2012, 10:10:
They can't exactly go back and say "Here is the true ending" It would be beyond admission of defeat. It would literally dismantle whoever was responsible for writing the damn thing for his entire career. This ending is now what defines ME3, they can tweak it, but they can never retcon that, unless they send some mind-wipe pills with the DLC... because even if the ending gets better, the original ending is never forgotten
Funny that they've never had a problem retconning stuff before, both in the ME lore and in DA lore.
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News Comments > ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
9. Re: ME3 Ending Fix Coming in Free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Apr 5, 2012, 10:01 SXO
It's amazing how people can still be in denial. I thought the wording in this was quite clear that nothing is being changed, they are merely extending the cutscenes to further elaborate what happened to everyone. All the problems with the ending still stand, and this is exactly what I predicted.  
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter
4. Re: Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter Apr 4, 2012, 11:08 SXO
*thinks back to Shadowrun on SNES*
In for $30!!!!
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News Comments > PC Ghost Recon Future Soldier in June; Specs; DRM Details
10. Re: PC Ghost Recon Future Soldier in June; Specs; DRM Details Apr 3, 2012, 14:30 SXO
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 3, 2012, 14:24:
It's pretty god damn funny when fully customizable controls for the localized keyboards is considered as a top feature and selling point.
At least this one has keyboard support unlike the next Assassin's Creed.
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News Comments > Ubisoft: Play Assassin's Creed 3 PC With A Controller
99. Re: Ubisoft: Play Assassin's Creed 3 PC With A Controller Mar 30, 2012, 09:46 SXO
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2012, 11:01:
Ventura wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 18:21:
Sounds like it will be a strict copy and paste job to me, but Jerykk seems to think superior visuals and performance awaits him. Good luck with that one, mate - you're going to need it.

Eh, AC:Revelations looked far better on the PC than it did on either the ancient 360 or the decrepit PS3. They provided proper high resolution support, I could turn AF and AA on to the highest levels known to man, and it just kept running along at 60 FPS.

The same thing was true for brotherhood and AC2.

So there's little doubt that it WILL look better on the PC.

Also, surprisingly enough they feature exceptional support for triple-screen setups. Here's two very short clips I made using my own setup:

This is what makes the lack of kb&m support in AC3 even more surprising.
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News Comments > Ubisoft: Play Assassin's Creed 3 PC With A Controller
47. Re: Ubisoft: Play Assassin's Creed 3 PC With A Controller Mar 28, 2012, 14:40 SXO
This boggles my mind. I could understand if this was their first time porting the series to PC, but all the previous AC games had kb&m support, so why is it such a problem to implement now? Is it really that expensive to reproduce code you've already made for the last few games that are using the same engine? This is even more stunning because AC is one of the few ports that even supports such niche setups as multiple monitors via AMD Eyefinity or nVidia Surround.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 PC Patch Tomorrow
5. Re: Battlefield 3 PC Patch Tomorrow Mar 28, 2012, 11:11 SXO
Verno wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 11:05:
I'm looking forward to the balance changes and netcode fixes to stop some of the cheating. That said, I was hoping they would get away from this style of multi-gigabyte monolithic patches because they often introduce as many problems as they fix. From a reasonable perspective it is incredibly difficult to Q/A something like this so they would be better served in the future by doing smaller, more frequent updates. I suspect both the packing format limitations and Microsoft/Sony charging for updates are the real roadblocks there.
Unfortunately, they've already stated that the reason they do big patches further apart than smaller patches more often is because of the distribution on console. Both Sony, and especially Microsoft, have stringent rules about how often they can release patches and such.
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Patch Plans
33. Re: Battlefield 3 Patch Plans Mar 25, 2012, 09:52 SXO
WarpCrow wrote on Mar 24, 2012, 16:48:
I was disappointed that BF3 didn't have mod tools, but it's still a decent game. I'm a proud, card-carrying member of the PC Master Race, but the problem with so many PC gamers is that in order to satisfy them you need to fulfill every single element of a three page checklist and then price your game at half the price of its competitors or you apparently have a 'shitty game', and anyone who plays it is a moron. If I was a dev, I'd be tempted to disregard that snobbish, self-centered segment of the market too.
I can totally understand how that could gnaw at their morale, but the fact remains that most, if not everything, on that checklist is stuff that was in BF2/2142. The reason they don't want to implement it? Because much of it just wouldn't work, or wouldn't get used by the console players. EA wants DICE to provide the lowest common denominator, nothing more. I mean, don't you think it's absolutely pitiful that a game like BF2142 that came out in 2006 has a better squad system and commo rose? Those are probably among the easiest things they could implement from the requests/demands of PC players, but they chose not to.

As for the "half the price" comment, I'm gonna assume that's an exaggeration. I personally expect to pay $50 for a brand new AAA title on PC, unless it's some sort of special edition (Deluxe, Collector's, etc.). In the case of BF3, I purchased the "Limited Edition" so I feel the price was justified.

As for lack of mod tools, I saw this coming a mile away waaaaaay before they confirmed it long before release. Going back to the lowest common denominator, EA would never allow DICE to put in man hours to develop mod tools that will only be used on the PC platform. Add to that the fact that mods can and will compete directly with DLC, and it's a no-brainer for EA.
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Patch Plans
32. Re: Battlefield 3 Patch Plans Mar 25, 2012, 09:36 SXO
Drezden wrote on Mar 24, 2012, 15:00:
Who the fuck cares if the game has working VOIP. I don't know one damn person who would use the in game VOIP even if it worked. Why would I want to listen to some random dipshit. The same people who use in game VOIP are the same friendless "UMADBRO"ers you run into in every game. There is a reason I always play with the same people on my own voice server. Beside that theres usually more than 4 of us in any given game.

Ummmm, most people that care about teamwork perhaps? My friends and I have been using our own VOIP service (alternating between Ventrilo and Teamspeak) since BF2, and even we feel that the game absolutely needs in-game VOIP so people can better communicate. The lack of a commander makes this even more necessary since nobody is giving orders to the squads. In game VOIP would allow the people that actually care about teamwork to communicate their intentions and inform each other of what's going on. Ofcourse a lot of people won't use it, even back in BF2 not everyone used it, but those that would will be better off for it. The fact of the matter is that the only reason BF3 doesn't have in game VOIP on the PC version is because EA wants to promote Battlelog as much as possible. Both of the console versions have VOIP in game, as every BF should have.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 23, 2012, 08:42 SXO
The only people with "fear" over hardware improvements are the devs that work for the major publishers who comb through every dollar spent on big budget titles. I think the reality of the situation will allay any fears some may have. The newest engines make some processes that ate up loads of development time much easier. And with the improved hardware, less work has to go into optimizing games to make sure they can actually maintain a target fps.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham City Patched
4. Re: Batman: Arkham City Patched Mar 21, 2012, 08:58 SXO
Prez wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 16:59:
Just in time - I planned to start my first play-through of Arkham City this weekend!
LOL, same here, well actually I planned to start last weekend. Started the game up, even ran the benchmark with no issues (and I'm on a 3-screen SLI rig), then finally decided to finish the STALKER series instead (never got around to playing Call of Pripyat). I guess leaving games on the backburner for long periods of time has its benefits. Aside from Portal 2, I can't even remember the last game I played at release.
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News Comments > Blizzard: Some WoW Subs Lost to The Old Republic
46. Re: Blizzard: Some WoW Subs Lost to The Old Republic Mar 21, 2012, 08:54 SXO
DedEye wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 20:06:
The game lost its magic for me.

Looking at what has been released for MoP to date hasn't changed that. I played ToR for a bit; more of the same.

I have tried EVE and GW; didn't turn my crank.

It was a good move canceling WoW 4 months ago as far as my gaming time goes. I've been playing a lot of other games: some new stuff, ones that I missed, of which many are on sale, and some oldies but goodies I haven't fired up in a while. Having a blast.

I can't imagine ever going back to raiding end game content of anything now that I think about it.....

Welcome back to the normal world of gaming, sir. I myself had been addicted to MMO's in the past (e.g. LOTRO, EQ2), and I ended up starving myself of numerous great experiences in other games, so I know exactly where you're coming from.
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News Comments > Dragon Age II "Exalted March" Expansion Cancelled
68. Re: Dragon Age II Mar 21, 2012, 08:48 SXO
StrickNine wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 19:23:
according to wikipedia, Mr. Knowles left during the design process of DA2
Yea, according to what he said in his blog they had already started making plans for DA2 before Origins even launched. He stayed for a time after, and finally realized he had no interest in the direction the game was headed.

However, he never cited who's idea it was to change the gameplay style of DA2. Whether that decision came from within Bioware, or from higher up at EA is unknown, but it definitely didn't come from Knowles himself.
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News Comments > Dragon Age II "Exalted March" Expansion Cancelled
52. Re: Dragon Age II Mar 20, 2012, 15:33 SXO
Beamer wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 14:06:
Yakubs wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 11:44:
Acleacius wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 11:32:
Probably too much to hope for but let's hope this means they are pulling their head out of their nether region.

I doubt there's anyone left at BioWare with any talent. Talent is not compatible with a marketing- and focus-group- driven approach.

Much of the DA2 team is from the DA team, right down to the lead designer.

I'll never get the blame on marketing here. These companies don't have enough marketing intelligence and skill to make calls like this. It's the developers and designers that are making these choices.
Same lead designer, eh? Sorry Charlie, but that's just plain false. The lead designer for DA:O was Brent Knowles who was also lead designer for NWN, who decided to leave Bioware soon after DA launched because he didn't like the direction the company wanted to go in with DA2. This is from his owns words mind you, he has a blog online you can read. Mike Laidlaw was the lead designer for DA2, and he's the one known for famously saying he didn't want to target RPG players exclusively, hence the changes in DA2.
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