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News Comments > Game Reviews
20. Re: Game Reviews Nov 15, 2012, 19:13 PropheT
 
Tumbler wrote on Nov 15, 2012, 16:58:
Hmm, I guess I'm imagining things,

I don't think so; the average scores are evening out to be more reasonable, I think, because smaller sites are posting more detailed reviews with less focus on just the big score.

More what I was trying to point at was just that the sites that people have been most concerned with producing inflated or paid for scores are still doing it pretty much the same.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
16. Re: Game Reviews Nov 15, 2012, 16:43 PropheT
 
Tumbler wrote on Nov 15, 2012, 14:15:
It would seem, to my eyes anyway, that the recent review site corruption dust up has scared a lot of outlets into treating games more objectively this holiday season. The biggest titles seem to be getting scores that feel more reasonable all things considered. Mid 80's is what I'd expect for games like Halo 4, AC3 and Black Ops 2. I expect them to be high quality titles but they're simply another version of an existing franchise and as such likely won't be reinventing the wheel.

The scores seem to be fair in my opinion. Xcom and Fifa 13 end up being the only 90's for the recent releases. I'm not sure I agree with Xcom getting a 90 though. I really enjoyed the game but once you beat it the game mechanics really start to annoy the crap out of me. And internal navigation (inside alien ships) is a fucking nightmare. I wonder when that dust up started... Xcom says oct 9th, looks like oct 12th was when that guy at eurogamer stepped down. So seems like xcom was under that umbrella of heavy publisher influence.


And yet, Halo 4 and its review scores seem to throw that right out the window.

Tom Chick, whether you agree with him or not, is the only review I've seen of the game that really tells the story like it actually is. I know there's the "it's just an opinion" crowd, but what he says in the review is all spot-on; it's a tired rehash of the same old Halo, and not even the recent Halo games but the 10-year old ones. It's all corridors and spawn-on you enemies mixed with short vehicle runs before they force you back off into another enemy corridor. The story is absolutely random nonsense if you haven't read the books. I loved Reach, so I picked up Halo 4 and honestly haven't been as disgusted with a game purchase in quite a while; my opinion isn't just that I dislike the game, but that is actually bad...something I think people will likely start to say after the newness of the game wears off a bit.

It's game that got 100's from some big reviewers, most notably the ones that like to sell box blurbs for retail (IGN was retaining its objectivity by giving it a mere 98, though). Its overall score on Metacritic might be in the 80's, but the usual suspects for inflated review scores are still the ones with upper 90's or 100 scores for that game.

Long story short, I don't think anything has really changed at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2012, 13:08 PropheT
 
I mostly just watch Giada's show, and that's only if she's wearing something that shows cleavage.

I know, I'm such a philistine

It's nearly impossible to buy the ingredients they use where I live. Hell, you have to drive 35 miles from here and likely shop multiple places to even buy something like pastrami.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 14, 2012, 12:59 PropheT
 
I'm not sure you can blame them. This is the place that's under constant fire worldwide for working conditions, has nets on their roof to keep suicide jumpers from finishing the job, and is under constant scrutiny for human rights abuses in a country that's rife with them.

Welcome to the global market. Treat the workers better, raising costs to where you can't compete or get rid of them and get robots. It's not like they can just ship the jobs to China.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Hijacked?
20. Re: Origin Accounts Hijacked? Nov 14, 2012, 12:55 PropheT
 
And in other news, someone actually wants an Origin account.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 13, 2012, 13:01 PropheT
 
Enahs wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 11:12:
There is A LOT new in Win8, and it is a GREAT system. People only focus on the new UI is the problem; and that is always going to be something subjective anyway.

Those interface issues are hard to ignore, though. From a usability standpoint it's just a little infuriating when certain functions don't work how you'd expect them to, to the point of wondering if anyone working on the design even bothered to really get into using it with a keyboard/mouse instead of a touch screen.

I think the thing that bothers me about it is that it could be great, but it's definitely not and it's just the simple stuff holding it back. Easier customization...or hell, intuitive customization would be good enough, click and drag navigation instead of scroll wheel for horizontal bars, things like that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: “Halo 4” Makes Entertainment History with More Than $220 Million in Global Sales in the First 24 Nov 12, 2012, 23:05 PropheT
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 21:12:
So how much money did Halo 4 bring in for Doritos and Mountain Dew?

EXTREME PROFITS!

Sorry, couldn't help it
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2
19. Re: Mass Effect 4 Uses Frostbite 2 Nov 12, 2012, 23:03 PropheT
 
wonkawonka wrote on Nov 12, 2012, 21:43:
So is it time to buy ME3?
Or should I just skip it?

ME3 is awesome as long as you don't get invested in it enough to really care about the ending.

For me, personally, it's the worst ending in the history of gaming...and that includes classic games that tended to end with "GAME OVER" or "YOU IS WINNER" as a reward for your effort. I finished it 6 months ago and it -still- makes me angry to think about it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Michael Arndt also wrote Toy Story 3 Nov 11, 2012, 01:04 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2012, 15:45:
So, not a great pedigree for a dark & gritty Star Wars, but on the other hand look how shitty Prometheus was with "dark and mysterious" writer Lindelof. On the other other hand, maybe he's adopted Pixar's technique for honing and honing and honing until the story is very solid.

I loved Prometheus. I know the internet has a hardon of hate for it, but whatever.

Arndt also has a number of movies coming up that he's writing for, like Oblivion (sci-fi next spring) and the Hunger Games sequel, that both promise to be pretty dark and gritty...if that's the goal, he's got upcoming projects where he's doing exactly that already. Hell, Little Miss Sunshine wasn't exactly cheery, and neither was Toy Story 3.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2012, 12:32 PropheT
 
If they're going to do Star Wars again they need to do an original story. There's a whole universe out there to use, the movie will sell by the name "Star Wars" alone, and they have every opportunity to do something new and original with it.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Nov 8, 2012, 02:51 PropheT
 
I think their fans have been saying this since 2003.  
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News Comments > Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully
17. Re: Razer Mouse Software Requires Internet? Watches You Carefully Nov 8, 2012, 02:48 PropheT
 
I like Razer mice generally, but their information doesn't mesh with the changes in Synapse 2.0. Synapse 1 allowed you to use offline mode, or not even use Synapse at all, and still have full configuration of the mouse; I have no idea why they'd decide you need Synapse with 2.0 in order to access features that aren't actually tied to the profiling feature of Synapse in the first place.

Not just putting the memory on the mouse because of pricing concerns is absolute bullshit, though. The Corsair M90 is more solidly built than a Naga, uses better materials than the Naga, has onboard hardware profiles, and can often be found for $20-$30 cheaper.

All that said, even though I think some of Razer's other mice are among the best available, the Naga's popularity baffles me; it is a steaming pile for regular use since most of the gimmicky buttons aren't anywhere approaching usability, and the standard back/forward navigation buttons are so far out of place that they may as well not even be there. Even for the games they're intended for there's more comfortable and easier ways to customize a setup without sacrificing the usefulness of your mouse for other functions on your PC.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Expansion Plans; StarCraft: Heart of the Swarm Early Next Year
17. Re: Diablo III Expansion Plans; StarCraft: Heart of the Swarm Early Next Year Nov 8, 2012, 02:27 PropheT
 
I'm still willing to give a Diablo 3 expansion a chance if there's any indication that they learned from their mistakes. As much as I hated the storytelling in the new game and their direction with the auction houses being a force in the game, D3 was still the most fun co-op LAN party experience I've had in 10 years.

Heart of the Swarm is just plain too late, I honestly don't even care about it at this point...although I can't say I was ever a huge Starcraft fan in the first place.

Mists of Pandaria was silly, the trailer was goofy, and the expansion is the best the game has seen in a long time. I never thought I'd go back and I've been enjoying the hell out of it for the last month+ now.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
48. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 14:51 PropheT
 
RollinThundr wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 14:31:
I think we pretty much know what we're getting with Obama. A big spender who flat out refuses to compromise to get anything done who won't even seriously talk about cuts unless it's military, which is crazy when you're fighting 3 wars essentially. Yet he'll win because he's a better public speaker and more "hip" with the hipsters.

It's simply amazing to me that most Americans seem to not care about the massive amount of debt he's added in just 4 short years. Obama was so critical of Bush adding 4 trillion of debt over 8 years, he just had to top him adding 5 trillion in only 4. Yep let's all vote for Obama, bankrupting the country and selling our souls to a communinst nation in China are wonderful ideals.

I'm not sure where you're getting information, and I definitely don't want to get into a political debate here about one candidate versus another, but a lot of what you're talking about here isn't based in reality.

WSJ article on government spending

"After adjusting for inflation, spending under Obama is falling at a 1.4% annual pace — the first decline in real spending since the early 1970s, when Richard Nixon was retreating from the quagmire in Vietnam."

Anyway, just irks me when someone pulls up the fast-talker "hipster" card and follows it up with the talking points of the day from the RNC entertainment/news network.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2012, 13:49 PropheT
 
It's a huge election here, not just because of the presidential vote but because of two major state votes as well. I've lived where I do for almost 12 years now and today was the busiest I've ever seen the polling place in my town.

Minnesota is always known for turnout anyway, but if my podunk little village is seeing this sort of representation already today I think it's going to be a busy night.
 
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News Comments > The Longest Journey Sequel Plans
12. Re: The Longest Journey Sequel Plans Nov 1, 2012, 19:00 PropheT
 
I loved Dreamfall, although the ending definitely bothered me knowing it was entirely possible it would never be resolved.

It's good that they're making a follow-up, though. No cliffhangers this time, please.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Oct 31, 2012, 23:44 PropheT
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 23:23:
Actually, I assume it was related to the comment made about her probably being paid for by Square Enix because she was promoting Tomb Raider. There was nothing wrong with the article though - it never accused her of anything.

I'm pretty sure that's what it was, since everything else was pretty easily attributed to her as a direct quote.

I think everyone was so pissed about it because it was so damn spot on accurate that nobody could ignore it. People here have been saying the exact same thing for years, if less concisely, but it's a huge problem when those review scores are directly affecting everything from sales to the games that even manage to get made anymore.

I'm sure everyone will forget about it and move on, I just hope they don't forgive it along the way. It needs to change.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2012, 16:07 PropheT
 
Good to see you back Blue, and here's hoping for a speedy recovery for everyone else affected.  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
18. Re: Sunday Consolidation Oct 28, 2012, 23:44 PropheT
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 20:31:
Consoles are dead. Who wants to spend $500 on a crippled computer when a PC will do everything a console does and much, much more? Consoles were great when everyone who was computer illiterate and frightened of PCs wanted to game could do so. That's long past now.

Me.

I like both, for different reasons. The current generation of consoles is perfect for what I want; a quick, family-friendly media center with minimal maintenance and fuss. My main problem with consoles right now isn't the console or the setup at all, but the problems that resulted from trying to cut corners years ago when they came out.

I prefer my PC, but that's because it's mine and I can make it mine with everything I do on it. I don't want anyone else using it.

I don't see a phone or tablet replacing either of them, because that just doesn't seem like the direction anyone is really moving with those devices. I've yet to see anything that would suggest that's changing any time soon.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Oct 20, 2012, 18:17 PropheT
 
They don't mention in the article that it was turned over the to the police and they said there was nothing wrong, it wasn't even a nude picture.  
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