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News Comments > Defiance Boasts a Million Accounts
9. Re: Defiance Boasts a Million Accounts May 2, 2013, 21:55 PropheT
 
Cutter wrote on May 2, 2013, 20:35:
Note they did not say a million sales or active, paying accounts. And from what I've heard Defiance - the show - is failing miserably.

Two things wrong with that.

First, there isn't a subscription fee so an account is an account...there are no active paying accounts.

Second is that the show is getting good ratings, so I don't know where you heard it's failing miserably. It's the most watched new series on the network in seven years and it retained the numbers it had for the pilot pretty well into the second episode. Syfy shows like Warehouse 13 also tend to come close to doubling their viewer numbers after a week once they include DVR use and so on, so if it's anything like Warehouse in that respect it's doing really well.

 
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News Comments > Paypal vs. Skullgirls
7. Re: Paypal vs. Skullgirls Apr 23, 2013, 14:11 PropheT
 
Raven wrote on Apr 23, 2013, 10:51:
Lab Zero Games:
because people wanted their money back when their voted character didn't make it into the final rounds of voting

Sounds like the contributors are the ones being scummy here. Yeah, Paypal sucks, but what do you expect when your customers start doing mass chargebacks?

...what?

They're holding the money on the chance that people might do chargebacks, not because they were actually doing them.
 
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News Comments > "Strong Possibility" Relic to Make Dawn of War 3
13. Re: Apr 23, 2013, 14:05 PropheT
 
Whiskers wrote on Apr 23, 2013, 10:17:
Hopefully it's more DoW 1 and less DoW 2. A mix of DoW 1 and CoH 1 would be amazing.

That's pretty much what Dawn of War 2 already is, minus the base building. Have you played it with the expansions?

The game needed more of the factions represented in the tabletop game, but the mechanics of it after the expansions were pretty much the same as CoH. The population cap was too low in general, but you can mod that.

I get the impression that people are basing DoW 2 off of the single player rather than closed multiplayer games with AI opponents that compares to the skirmish-mode single player of DoW 1.
 
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News Comments > Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition for Preorders
5. Re: Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition for Preorders Apr 23, 2013, 00:16 PropheT
 
I loved SR3. I think its charm was that it was batshit insane.

In retrospect, it's kind of sad that it stands out to me as being a great game because all it was trying to do was do its best to be fun. I don't know why more developers don't aim for that with their games, but they don't.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP
4. Re: Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP Apr 22, 2013, 16:43 PropheT
 
Tumbler wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 16:42:
Gearbox seems on a downward trend.

Will have to see. Aliens was terrible, but Borderlands 2 wasn't. I guess it just depends on if they can handle multiple IP's or not at this point.
 
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News Comments > Capcom Plotzes - Issues Profit Warning; Cancelling Games
24. Re: Capcom Plotzes - Issues Profit Warning; Cancelling Games Apr 18, 2013, 18:36 PropheT
 
Wraith wrote on Apr 18, 2013, 09:47:
Basically Capcom does not produce good games. Period. All they do is try to over-exploit their existing franchises created by people who knew what they were doing - and they do a poor job of it.

They have some of the most popular franchises around, which doesn't happen if you don't make good games (period). Resident Evil 6 was a disappointment, but SF vs. Tekken is outstanding - if marred by a shitty DLC plan. Dragon's Dogma is still my favorite game I played last year, and was a new IP, not a rehash or exploit of an existing franchise. Monster Hunter still continues to be extremely popular.

Thrashing a video game company because they make a lot of sequels is a bit silly considering how many of the games we see anymore are sequels no matter who is releasing them. Capcom has crappy DLC plans, although there's signs they've learned from the complaints about them. Other than that, they definitely do still produce good games, and usually they're games that are targeted at the hardcore game audience and generally not ridiculously dumbed down for more mass appeal when compared to other companies; although that might be their problem, because hardcore gamers are some of the whiniest bitches to make things for that I've ever seen anywhere.

 
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News Comments > Steam Greenlights 18 More Games
17. Re: Steam Greenlights 18 More Games Apr 17, 2013, 20:02 PropheT
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Apr 17, 2013, 15:29:
It's about damn time Pinball Arcade made it through that broken Greenlight system. Have this on my Vita and very happy to buy it again on PC.

I didn't realize it was the same game; Pinball Arcade on Vita is awesome, probably my most played game on the device. I'd buy it again on PC, especially if it includes some of the extra tables like Medieval Madness.

 
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News Comments > Dark Souls PC "Half-Assed" - PC Prioritized for Sequel
20. Re: Dark Souls PC Apr 12, 2013, 11:51 PropheT
 
Darks wrote on Apr 12, 2013, 11:46:
Whatís offensive to me is when some junkie kid screams about needing controller support for a pc game. Yes that is offensive. You want to play with a controller go play on your console. Itís that simple. If you donít own one, then stop trying to turn your pc into one.


Games have been using controllers on PC for pretty much as long as consoles have had them. Joysticks used to be a must-have PC peripheral for any serious gamer. Is it really worth getting mad about what someone else uses on their PC, especially when there's nothing to base the idea on that keyboard and mouse are the only way to game on the platform?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 10, 2013, 20:12 PropheT
 
NegaDeath wrote on Apr 10, 2013, 15:39:
As for the wonder woman image, I never even heard of the NBC pilot until today.

They never aired it, so it was pretty easy to miss, and decided not to pick up it up as a series sometime last year or the year before. I forget when, exactly.

It's a little sad that the first Wonder Woman movie isn't exactly...uh, comic-book fare. Then again, the comic isn't really written any better than a porno for the better part of the last 10 years or so.
 
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News Comments > EA "Wins" Consumerist Poll Again
10. Re: EA Apr 9, 2013, 21:59 PropheT
 
Saboth wrote on Apr 9, 2013, 21:17:
Because the contest is about consumer issues, and customers getting screwed by the company they do business with. BP oil spill? Didn't affect me in the least. It was terrible, and they handled it poorly, but as a consumer, it had absolutely zero impact on me. I read Consumerist almost daily, and there has really been very few companies that seem out to screw their customers like EA. Besides the many, many anti-consumer policies they've implemented over the past few years, let's simply use the case study of Simcity. They designed the game for always-on DRM then attempted to hide it behind "features and services" that no one asked for. Strike one. They bungled the launch, preventing the paying customers from accessing the product they paid for. Strike two. When some customers attempted to get a refund or do a charge back after spending $60 and getting a broken product in return, they were banned from their Origin accounts (massively anti-consumer, and honestly, probably illegal, despite what the EULA says). Strike three. There were even reports of customers calling in to Amazon to see what kind of "relief" they could get (refund, discount, a working game), and EA banned/blocked THOSE customers from their Origin account. The website is Consumerist, and it concerns consumer issues. EA is one of the most anti-consumer gaming companies, and honestly, one of the most anti-consumer companies around. Sure, there are companies that pollute, rape the environment, or treat their employees badly, but this contest does not really concern itself with those. It's "who is showing the least regard for the consumer" (despite the rather disingenuous title of "Worst Company in America").

They also fixed it fairly quickly, gave everyone affected a free game for their trouble, and apologized. In the end, all anyone had happen to them was that they couldn't play a game for a little while.

As for your strike 2, you realize that practically any online retailer you do a chargeback to will not do business with you again, right? Valve will ban you from Steam for doing the same thing there, since doing a chargeback is stating that you didn't receive the goods that you paid for, not that you were unhappy with them...which is why it isn't illegal for them to ban people for it.

Compare that to people who get screwed by Bank of America, who is paying out almost $10 billion in mortgage buyouts or cash for screwing people who got loans for the better part of the last decade. Look at Comcast, for the articles you see posted here almost as often as EA's despite this being a gaming site (same for Time-Warner). Carnival has been leaving people stuck at sea with only a "sorry" and a voucher for another one of their cruises, and a number of other issues that you don't see reported much.

It isn't who's showing the least regard for the consumer, it's who has the loudest group of people who hate them who are tied to the internet enough to load down online polls. Maybe the BoA haters aren't taking part in the poll because they don't have a house to post from, who knows.

I'm in agreement that it makes gamers look like whiny losers.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Op Ed Apr 7, 2013, 12:54 PropheT
 
Flatline wrote on Apr 7, 2013, 03:01:
Wait, why do we have to have "girl games" and "guy games"? How about games that don't portray women as sexual fetishes, hyperbolic stereotypes, or victims? Surely teaching boys not to treat women as only being worthy of wank fodder can't be seen as a bad thing.

And as far as the industry being "male driven", at one point that was true, but women make up around half of gamers out there. And interestingly enough, they aren't looking to play My Little Pony- really little kids and college frat boys play MLP. The idea that women *need* "girl games" is in and of itself sexist and bigoted. Separate but equal was a shameful argument when it was about race, it's shameful here too.

Here. Come read this blog:

We have girl games and guy games for the same reason that Cosmopolitan is a women's magazing and Playboy is a men's. Should Cosmo start running articles for guys, and Playboy throwing in the occasional male centerfold to cater to a female audience? There's all kinds of other examples out there of stuff that caters to both, but the problem with rants like the one in the article is that they focus on the extremes to make an example, only applying the facts that fit their argument in order to even have an argument.

As far as teaching boys anything, most of these games are made for adults. "Think of the children" is always ridiculous when you're not specifically talking about children's things.

Women make up half of the gamers out there when you consider game types like phone games, facebook games, and others. Sure, they play Gears of War and so on, but there aren't even remotely close to equal numbers of men and women playing the hardcore games that are being talked about.

Removing "Implicit tolerance" doesn't mean complete acceptance of anything that isn't milquetoast. As for the blog, all I can say is whatever... people acting like dicks to people on the internet? You don't say. Sound black or asian on XBL? You'll get the same thing. Have a southern accent? Same thing. Not native english speaking? Good luck. There's a subset of people who will take any opportunity they can get to use the differences between them and their target to belittle whoever they're in contact with. It's prevalent in the gaming community because it's prevalent in the online community because it's prevalent in society...the filters on that idiocy are just turned off on the internet.

In short, what's your argument. What's your fix? Go through Steam right now and pick out the games that are misogynist using a definition other than that a woman shows cleavage in a picture. Start comparing what you find to books, magazines, movies, or popular music and then tell me that gaming is any different.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed Apr 6, 2013, 22:22 PropheT
 
The reason I never get behind any of this, uh, crap is because it's so all-inclusive. Game shows bare breasts? Misogynist. Game has male lead characters, no female lead? Sexist. Rinse, repeat, for absolutely anything writer can find to support that argument.

It's generalist bullshit dismissing the entire medium as anti-female because there are some prominent examples you can pick out in a primarily male-driven hobby. A lot of it is going to be made for men, because the audience is primarily men. That doesn't mean it's anti-woman, or even sexist, any more than movie theaters are anti-male because they have Sex and the City 1 and 2 and Meg Ryan movies and whatever. Some stuff is made for you, some is made for me. Why don't we see more third person shooters made with the sensibilities of girl gamers in mind? Because men playing them make up enough of the market that there's not much of a choice come funding time.

Point is, you can have your cake and eat it too. If there's enough of a demand for the kind of games that we want to classify as girl games, then they'll get made, sell well, and the market for them will increase and flourish. And if they do, fantastic...but that doesn't mean games that aren't like that need to disappear for it to happen.

Sometimes nobody listens because they aren't aware of the objections, but sometimes they just aren't listening because what you're saying is stupid.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Apr 5, 2013, 21:57 PropheT
 
But...they don't put in hide, flee, or die because while that might be more realistic it's not much fun as a game. So, because the game is being a game and not a CG film, that's exactly why you spend a lot of time fighting what often winds up being trivial combat....otherwise it'd just turn into cutscene after scene with a trivial amount of actual gameplay in between.

Players don't decide how the story plays out because every if/then variable entered into the mix requires development of a separate game path to house it. Even games that do offer choice offer a muted one, or are old enough that most of the effect on it was just a variation on a text box.

I can't help but feel he's talking about Bioshock Infinite here anyway, in which case it's sort of a moot argument. It's pretty well loved, very well received, and while the gunplay in it might be average the game as a whole isn't. I wish I'd had more effect on the story, too, but that's a gripe about gaming in general and not about shooters.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 5, 2013, 15:54 PropheT
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 5, 2013, 13:55:
Again, people sitting around swearing they'll never give up their tower are as absurd as people that swore they preferred closet-sized computers. Just because you're too much of a Luddite to embrace change doesn't mean the market won't force you to.

I don't know if people that fight this are stupid, don't look at history, think that there are more people like them that actually are, or are just so short-sighted that they fail to understand that the technology and usefulness of one form factor will eventually equal that of others.

People fight it because you don't get a comparable experience using a tablet or a smartphone. You get something from your tower that you can't get anywhere else, and until that isn't the case then there will always be strong proponents of the desktop.

Unless something drastically changes with phones, they'll never be a desirable option for me to use for web surfing or much of anything, really. Until laptops offer the same kind of power as a desktop without all the hassles that go with them, and the additional cost without the expense of customization and upgrade ability, then forget that. My iPad is useful for some very specific things but isn't even close to being a contender for what I do on my desktop, at all, in any way.

You'd see a lot less people get angry over idiots saying PC's need to go away if there was something comparable on the market. There's not, and there won't be any time soon.
 
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News Comments > Rhode Island Alleges 38 Studios Deception
16. Re: Rhode Island Alleges 38 Studios Deception Apr 5, 2013, 15:43 PropheT
 
ldonyo wrote on Apr 5, 2013, 11:21:
Sounds more like a CYA ploy on the part of the politicians that approved the deal in the first place.

Yeah. At this point even if they don't find something illegal I think they'll just make it up so they can save face.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Apr 4, 2013, 22:49 PropheT
 
I did disagree with him on the art thing, but I don't even agree with everything I've ever said. Disregarding him completely over one topic is a throwing out the baby with the bathwater kind of thing.

He was entertaining and thoughtful, and I liked Ebert as well. I'm sorry that he's gone.
 
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News Comments > Tomb Raider Sets Sales Record
8. Re: Tomb Raider Sets Sales Record Mar 29, 2013, 22:12 PropheT
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 21:26:
What about console gamers, what percent of console games are sold online?

About 12% in the U.S. and 9% in Europe.

They do say the 3.4 million includes sales across all three platforms, though, and doesn't include digital sales...but there was no retail box PC release in the U.S., so it doesn't include any PC sales from here. It's pretty easy to see the sales number being over 4 million with digital sales and U.S. PC sales included, so if that still doesn't meet their expectations I don't think they had reasonable ones.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2013, 12:27 PropheT
 
Isn't there a few million copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 out in the desert? They'll probably just play that.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 29, 2013, 12:25 PropheT
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 10:24:
Should we be concerned that Janet Napolitano doesnít do email? I'm gonna go with yes. Thanks HARDOCP.

?? I don't think many Presidents do either.

They aren't allowed to for security reasons. There was a NY Times article about it sometime around 2008 when Obama was elected, talking about how he had to give up his Blackberry and the tech he was used to using when he became president. I'm sure the article is still out there somewhere.

Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 11:09:
In short, I'm pretty technically inclined, but according to this douchebag I shouldn't have any duties related to technology because I don't tweet.

The job of her department is to monitor and understand threats, potential threats, communication mediums used to initiate them, and so on. If she hasn't used email in 10 years and is unfamiliar with modern social communication sites it makes it much harder to make decisions based on how they should be handled in respect to her department's needs.

To make it simple, have you ever had a job where middle management had no idea what you do for a living, but still made decisions about how you do it and when, and why, and the resources involved, based on views that didn't necessarily mesh with the reality of your work? It's like that, and it's not an unreasonable point of view.
 
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News Comments > Jay Wilson: Auction Houses "Really Hurt" Diablo III
46. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 12:11 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 10:57:
Fuck you, Jay Wilson. You're full of shit.

I'm usually for more of a diplomatic sentiment than that, but that's pretty much it right there.

There's no way this is honest. The game itself was clearly designed around the idea of people using the auction houses, you couldn't even really progress without them when it came out. Certain tiers of loot may as well have not even existed considering the difficulty of finding one for real instead of buying it on the AH...it's just impossible to believe they didn't know exactly what they were doing with this and how it was implemented.
 
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