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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 14, 2014, 19:49 PropheT
 
Well, if an ISP does something you don't like you can always just get internet access from a competitor. Except, I guess, in almost all of non-urban settings where we either don't have a choice or places have actually outright purchased a monopoly on broadband in those areas.

You know if Verizon was as fast as they were to show how thrilled they were at having net neutrality struck down (the company that didn't even want to have to tell people they were throttling their access) that you should be worried from the consumer end.
 
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News Comments > Last Starbound Character Wipe Coming
3. Re: Last Starbound Character Wipe Coming Jan 14, 2014, 19:33 PropheT
 
Really looking forward to this, I haven't done much more than casually just goof around because I was dreading a wipe after I had a character I really wanted to keep.  
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News Comments > DayZ Sells 1M in One Month
16. Re: DayZ Sells 1M in One Month Jan 14, 2014, 12:55 PropheT
 
Jraptor59 wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 11:22:
I guess we are solidly in the era of paying $30 for beta access (they say the beta period still has a year to go before the game is ready).

This is part of the problem that I have with Early Access, which is not really what you're saying here but how it's interpreted.

Early Access is Kickstarting a game project where you get something right away instead of spending your money and then waiting a year for something to materialize. It shouldn't be looked at as paying for a beta, but there's never been anything done to discourage that when the games are sold alongside finished games and even put on sale now with them.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 14, 2014, 02:51 PropheT
 
I think their problem is that nobody is stocking them in a way that you can go in and buy them easily anyway. Ordering the games online is easy enough, but Gamestop or department stores have never really put any space into Vita games or maintaining a display to sell them. I can't imagine they have a decent choice because of the way retailers have handled the system, they're sort of damned if they do and damned if they don't.  
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Jan 12, 2014, 01:34 PropheT
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 22:51:
Eh, I enjoy it - not sure what all the hate is about. It is a simplified Skyrim.

That makes it sound pretty bad, honestly

I'd say it's the simple issue of being taken out of your control on where to go and what to do and putting you on MMO theme park rails to do anything. The sense of exploration is sacrificed to add zone-based quest progression. I don't think it's anything like Skyrim because of that, personally.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 10, 2014, 19:27 PropheT
 
Consoles haven't been single purpose for over a decade. Even the PS2 was one of the more popular DVD players out there, the PS3 was pretty much the only viable blu-ray player for quite a while, and all of last gen's systems were popular for streaming content. The funny thing about his declaration is that the new consoles at the moment do less than last gen's did in this regard.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 9, 2014, 11:43 PropheT
 
That texting thing is a little misleading as they're talking about messaging people via computer and not what I think most people would think of when they hear "texting." Apparently writing articles about texting turns people into liars, too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Xbone vs PS4 Jan 9, 2014, 11:38 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:29:
"It means we really have no clue what we're talking about, and we're just throwing shit out there to try to get clicks!"

No kidding

That whole article was like a thinly veiled request to put down torches and pitchforks.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: RE: Follow up Jan 8, 2014, 00:08 PropheT
 
edaciousx wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 21:39:
The reason why i'm excited for steambox is because I believe it will bridge the gap between hardcore console/living room players and pc players. It will make communities larger and hopefully bring back modding.

Right now the gaming community is split between 3 platforms, PC, PS, and Xbox when that community used to be all on PC.

But you can already do all of that.

The only unique thing about the Steambox is the controller essentially, right? It's basically a fancy HTPC with a specialized Linux build... you're actually restricting yourself beyond what's already possible to do for a living-room and Steam-centric PC just to have a Steambox branded system to do this with. Basically, combined with this:

edaciousx wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 23:36:
A lot of people who buy consoles buy because they don't want to deal with upgrades, steam box kind of solves that issue for lazy people.

...you're really just describing a Mac, which PC guys have been sort of flummoxed about people buying into for years too.

I'm curious as to where the whole thing ends up, but as it stands I'm just a bit dubious as to what the actual benefits are. Most of these Steam machines are more appealing to me as enthusiast cases than as actual complete systems.



 
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News Comments > More Elder Scrolls Online Beta Invites
9. Re: More Elder Scrolls Online Beta Invites Jan 7, 2014, 21:25 PropheT
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 20:44:
slipmat wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 20:40:

The installer is functional. I have on a separate drive, not in the default location with a custom folder.
Sure it's functional, if you do what I said. Using anything else -- unless they've patched the launcher in the last 2 hours, will cause it to hardlock.

I have it installed to d:\ESO and it works fine.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: RE: Follow up Jan 7, 2014, 21:21 PropheT
 
UConnBBall wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 20:23:
The reason it is important is that it is not Microsoft and/or Windows!

I really doubt many people are actually going to care about that.

It's basically buying a PC to just play games, but that can't do other PC things, for something in the price range of a PC that can do PC things -and- play the games. It makes no sense and I don't understand why anyone at all is excited for Steam machines when the only thing they have going for them is that they're not Windows based.

 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 6, 2014, 12:39 PropheT
 
osage no onna wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:13:
Does that mean he can't talk to either horde or alliance characters, or that he can talk to both, or how do these pandafolk work?

It means he never left the starting island where he made the character, since you have to choose a faction to leave (I can't remember if that's at level 10 or 20, it's been a while).

So basically, he managed to hit level 80+ without ever leaving the starting zones, which is sort of impressive and insane at the same time.
 
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News Comments > No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs
14. Re: No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs Jan 6, 2014, 12:34 PropheT
 
Task wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:02:
I find it funny they are asking people to pay full price for an enhanced version. Even Eidos discounted DX:HR Enhanced majorly for original owners. CD Project releases their 'enhanced' ones for FREE to original owners.

It's a different platform. For people new to the game or who may not have had a chance to play it on the other systems, it's a good deal and a good game. If you've already played it on another platform and want it for the new system, just wait for it to go down in price and grab it then.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
4. Re: Sunday Interviews Jan 5, 2014, 22:56 PropheT
 
Tanto Edge wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 14:13:
Sorry who? Bio-what? BioArts?

Good for them, getting more high quality exclusives on the Xbone.

It's coming out for the XB1, PS4, and PC...it's not an exclusive.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2014, 18:05 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 15:17:
I'm amazed Polygon, of all places, has the actual courage to call EA out on this bullshit.

It's Ben Kuchera's first article there, isn't it?

Maybe they hired him to do this kind of thing and garner more credibility, and maybe they just need to get page views and generate buzz around his first article there or something. Kotaku does it every now and then to generate page views but it never really goes anywhere.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2014, 19:59 PropheT
 
Internet Explorer 11 is the fastest-growing version of Internet Explorer for many years, and perhaps of all time. It more than trebled its share in December, picking up 7.15 points. This kind of growth is familiar to Google and Mozilla, with Chrome and Firefox showing rapid take-up ever since their aggressive deployment policies were introduced.


And I'm sure that had nothing to do with Microsoft pushing it out through automatic updates around then...
 
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News Comments > Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed
43. Re: Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed Jan 2, 2014, 18:02 PropheT
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 14:39:
You do realize that before long you won't be able to play any games at all if you insist on not buying via digital distribution, right? I can absolutely guarantee you that before the death of the PS4 and XBox One we will see the death of game discs sold at retail. Everything will be sold via Live or PSN for their respective consoles.

I'd take that bet.

There's way too many people with bad or no connections and far too many download caps out there for this to happen any time soon, not to mention the stake that retailers have in the business pretty much guarantees it won't happen within a few years.

Hell, I have a good connection and actually prefer buying digital and just plain can't because of the download caps my ISP institutes.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Consolidation
7. Re: New Year's Consolidation Jan 1, 2014, 17:46 PropheT
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 12:43:
Wow, who to choose? A developer who will obviously defend the product, or the NYT, a paper whose reporting only approaches reality a fraction of the time (and then only by accident)...

When will developers learn that you can't please the "cultural critics"? No matter what you put in your game the proponents of -isms will always find it wanting, because they are INVESTED in finding fault with it. It's what they do. It's how they define themselves. Just make your game and ignore the grievance industry and their whining. If your critics had any talent, they'd make games the "right" way... Except they don't (because they can't...partially because it's not possible).

I wish more gamers were saying this instead of just buying into the now constant stream of "I'm-offended-by-proxy" articles we get all the time anymore.

That said, I don't think he's necessarily wrong, either. The Last of Us is for better or worse the new high-water mark for game stories to reach for and it's full of the exact things he says it is. The real question is if that's as serious of a problem as he accuses it of being, since it only really stands out as a major issue if you're looking for a victim going into it (and he was, since like every other article like it in the last year he starts talking about Sarkeesian).

Game writing needs to be better, no doubt. What it needs to do is get away from the gruff generic guy lead character that infests 90% of the games out there. What it doesn't need to do is start focusing on demographics and diluting itself by inserting the modern sitcom formula token black guy, token tough girl, token asian guy and token redneck to prove we can make fun of white people too shtick.

I'm worried that the current trends in gaming journalism will have an effect on AAA games looking for 90+ review scores in a way that spreads around diversity on the surface of their games while removing the last shreds of honesty that game writers have been able to inject so far. Even as it is it's rare for American developers to take risks in their storytelling the way that other developers do, like in the Witcher, for example; It's unapologetic in its non-PC gritty approach in a way that very few games these days will even attempt, including the Last of Us.


Sorry, that was longer than I intended when I started ranting :p
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
20. Re: New Year's Eve Consolidation Jan 1, 2014, 03:33 PropheT
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 01:13:
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is probably just the PC version, but with that "new and improved" Lara face texture.

It's a completely new model. There's screenshots floating around somewhere, but it does actually look fairly different. It looked like they fixed some of the wonkiness that TressFX had on PC, too, but that's always hard to tell without seeing any extended gameplay videos. It looks good, anyway.

Fletch wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 18:52:
Oh well, console players choose their respective gatekeepers when they choose a platform.

And as often as not anymore PC gamers choose one when they buy games, too. I'd personally rather deal with Steam than either MS or Sony's stores, but there's still similar sacrifices being made when you tie your game purchases to the service.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
10. Re: New Year's Eve Consolidation Dec 31, 2013, 18:11 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 12:02:
Winner: Sony.

I'd say so. Borderlands 2 for free with PS+, then Bioshock Infinite, and their competitor puts up two games that were free on PS+ about a year ago or so.

It seems like MS needs to step up their game a little bit to me, but reading around a little it doesn't seem like most Xbox fans seem to care very much... and I'm not sure why.
 
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