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Re:
Feb 15, 2002, 14:07
Eon
2.
Re: Feb 15, 2002, 14:07
Feb 15, 2002, 14:07
Eon
 
Wah,Wah,Wah!!!

This MMORPG is broken, the next one will be SO better. This group of Developers is a bunch of co*ksmoking wankers, the next group walk on water.

Anyone heard this, like a MILLION times before? Dark Age is by no means flawless, but their launch was an impeccable model of leave out broken stuff and ship the working features, and slowly move towards a 100% feature list.

That SLOWLY might not be as fast as you might like - but then, that's the nature of development in a nutshell.

Eon

P.S.
Oh, and just for a moment can we all STOP pretending that there is a SINGLE fucking project that is planned with the intention of NOT making money. All projects must be financially viable - no matter HOW great a game your team ships, it will ALWAYS be judged using a financial yardstick by the guys that give you your paycheck, or fund your next project. To pretend ANYTHING else is assinine and naive.

E.

This comment was edited on Feb 15, 14:10.
3.
 
Re: Nobunaga's Ambition Online?
Feb 14, 2002, 12:21
Eon
3.
Re: Nobunaga's Ambition Online? Feb 14, 2002, 12:21
Feb 14, 2002, 12:21
Eon
 
No friend! I have a vision - and that vision is 36 online FPS games each only VERY, VERY, slightly different from each other.

Then we could bicker endlessly about which is the most fun (using arguments based on realism) and which is the most realistic (using arguments based on what's more fun to play).



Eon

19.
 
In support of Creole Ned
Feb 14, 2002, 04:35
Eon
19.
In support of Creole Ned Feb 14, 2002, 04:35
Feb 14, 2002, 04:35
Eon
 
I have to agree with what you said - when the game comes out I'll be judging it in comparison to other recently released FPS games and deciding whether I want to shell out on it.

I'll definitely be trying a demo before I buy it tho - I waited until DaiKatana was down to $12 in a bargain bin before I bought that, and STILL felt ripped off.

As far as Internal Milestones go - I only hope that the team working on DNF is small, or that they've been turning their hands to other tasks in the meantime, otherwise I can't see how DNF will possibly make the money it's cost to develop.

Oh wait - yeah I do. They're doing three console versions of it, and the PC release will be "When it's ready".


Eon

11.
 
Black and White
Feb 12, 2002, 12:25
Eon
11.
Black and White Feb 12, 2002, 12:25
Feb 12, 2002, 12:25
Eon
 
I love the way he deals with the bugs issue quickly and firmly to avoid the gameplay issue that I know a lot of people had with Black & White - the inference is that a lot of people were put off by the bugs, but now that they're fixed everything smells of happiness and roses.

Yeah - that must have been what annoyed me about Black & White - the big bug that locked off the fifth level and NOT the complete lack of gameplay under all that amazing technology. :/

Eon

38.
 
Untreated ignorance...
Feb 12, 2002, 06:01
Eon
38.
Untreated ignorance... Feb 12, 2002, 06:01
Feb 12, 2002, 06:01
Eon
 
First of all, please don't get angry, as ignorance is something we all suffer from to one degree or another and, unlike stupidity, is easily treated.

First of all you never own software - you merely purchase the physical materials (sometimes!) and a license to use the software in perpetuity (sometimes!).

Secondly, the very reason for stopping items from having officialish Real Life monetary values is so that people can't sue Mythic for losing them. If Mythic loses your account now for reasons not covered by your TOS, you'd stand a good chance of being able to sue for the money you paid in subscription fees raising the various characters. Your time has an absolute value in the game, and that value is the money you paid Mythic for the use of their servers and product.

If you were this Blacksnow Interactive, or whoever, you could also claim that you lost items in the crash, with vastly inflated dollar values. A regulated trade in items would lead to virtual items having real prices - and therefore a "market value".

Theoretically you could claim to have owned items that you never did - in the event of a server crash they might lose all your character info, thus stiffing them for thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of booty. All of a sudden you would have a case that you could get a lawyer interested in, because the stuff would be "$45,000 worth of virtual property" rather than simply a "really rare toothpick of wounding".

Mythic has control over its liability with account time, if you've racked up a lot of months then you've also paid a lot of dollars. Mythic has NO control over the invisible hand of the Otaku market for its virtual items - it has NO idea how much you're willing to pay to cheat a little, because such a threshold is entirely subjective.


Cheers,


Eon

26.
 
Mass Market
Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Eon
26.
Mass Market Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Eon
 
If they were mass market nominated, you'd have to put up with Deer Hunter XXXIV winning an award - so thank God that it isn't!

I don't see anything too out of the ordinary in the nominees.


Eon

33.
 
Here's the legal reason.
Feb 11, 2002, 05:11
Eon
33.
Here's the legal reason. Feb 11, 2002, 05:11
Feb 11, 2002, 05:11
Eon
 
The items exist on Mythic's server, were created by Mythic's Art and Code and Design team and are backed up on a regular basis by their webmonkey's.

Right now the items are owned by Mythic, so those Webmonkey's have a responsibility only to Mythic for their wellbeing and continued function. If a player can be said to physically OWN the equipment belonging to their character then Mythic becomes responsible to the PLAYER for correctly storing their equipment and maintaining it.

If Mythic cancels an account belonging to a player for a violation of the TOS, then the Player could sue for the value of the characters and their items - after all the TOS only says you can't play anymore, it doesn't say that Mythic can deprive you of your property, does it?

Personally I believe let's keep the wheeling and dealing ingame. Selling high level chars to people who haven't got the patience to build their own ruins the game for those of us who worked to get up to that level. The whole gameplay point of character progression, after all, is to maintain the complex balance of reward/tasking in the RPG world.

Here's another point, I just thought of. When you get an autograph from a movie star, and sell it, why doesn't the star get the money? After all s/he spent all the time making their name collectable, all you do is own the piece of paper the star signed. In another case, say a famous artist did a sketch on the back of an envelope whilst staying in your house and left it behind when he finished his visit. You sell that envelope to a collector for $1000 and the artist complains that he should have the money. Nope - despite the fact that his work enriched it YOU own the paper, and therefore the sketch.


Eon

This comment was edited on Feb 11, 05:14.
10.
 
Re: wow
Feb 8, 2002, 04:54
Eon
10.
Re: wow Feb 8, 2002, 04:54
Feb 8, 2002, 04:54
Eon
 
Because it's a completely genius work of film? Besides it's got Alan Rickman in it - playing another one of his completely genius bad guys.

Eon

22.
 
Some surprising nominees...
Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Eon
22.
Some surprising nominees... Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Eon
 
...well, maybe surprising if you're not in the industry.

I hope Black & White gets the innovation prize, but I'd be deeply disturbed if it got the "game of the year" award because, whilst it was very different and innovative in terms of what it tried to do, it was probably the worst game I bought in recent history at being a GAME.

The Sims: Hot Date - well, the Sims games deserve accolades for blazing a game design trail. The game itself is completely neutral - it lets you decide how things work and where you find your "gameplay". My wife likes to dabble with the Sims, and she basically enjoys cheating like hell and building different palatial homes. She uses the Sims themselves as a kind of scoring system for her house designing habits. I like to plan the expansion of a Sims homelife and career - considering my purchases carefully.

I think that's the very definition of an innovative design, especially in these days of endless FPS cloneage.

Granted the guys who make these decisons AREN'T you - the target audience - so they tend to only look at the games that get put in front of them, and it costs a certain amount for a games credentials to get noticed. That's different to outright vote buying - these awards mean very little, and outright bribery is quite expensive for the panels that decide this sort of thing.

Far cheaper to bribe printed mag journo's. Allegedly.


Eon

7.
 
39.95 a MONTH!!!
Feb 5, 2002, 10:48
Eon
7.
39.95 a MONTH!!! Feb 5, 2002, 10:48
Feb 5, 2002, 10:48
Eon
 
I think I'd rather eat my own poo with a spoon...

Eon

16.
 
Re: It did feel a lot like DeltaForce
Feb 1, 2002, 08:52
Eon
16.
Re: It did feel a lot like DeltaForce Feb 1, 2002, 08:52
Feb 1, 2002, 08:52
Eon
 
You might be right - personally I haven't got much time for a "realistic" military sim / shooter that puts the player on his own.

Military units don't do ANYTHING in groups of less than 2/4 - and that's the really well trained ones. Regular army units think in terms of fire teams, not soldiers.

That's what I meant by retro - after having played Op Flashpoint (the better missions anyhoo) anything that's supposed to be realistic but doesn't feature squadplay in Single Player is retro for me.

Eon

12.
 
It did feel a lot like DeltaForce
Feb 1, 2002, 07:04
Eon
12.
It did feel a lot like DeltaForce Feb 1, 2002, 07:04
Feb 1, 2002, 07:04
Eon
 
But FPS have really moved on since DeltaForce was good.

It's alright if you want a bit of retro gaming, I suppose.

Eon

2.
 
Re: strategy first
Jan 25, 2002, 05:07
Eon
2.
Re: strategy first Jan 25, 2002, 05:07
Jan 25, 2002, 05:07
Eon
 
However they've produced a damn good game in the form of Disciples II.

I'll be getting it as soon as it makes it across the pond, you can be sure of that.

Eon

20.
 
Re: No subject
Jan 23, 2002, 07:29
Eon
20.
Re: No subject Jan 23, 2002, 07:29
Jan 23, 2002, 07:29
Eon
 
The best way to make the fucker cheat proof is to ban cheaters from your servers, and only play clan matches.

If you build something that is idiot proof, only an idiot will want to use it. The only way that I know, for sure, to stop cheating is to run everything server side, or play the Single Player version!

Eon

6.
 
Waste of bandwidth...
Jan 22, 2002, 05:41
Eon
6.
Waste of bandwidth... Jan 22, 2002, 05:41
Jan 22, 2002, 05:41
Eon
 
Didn't anyone else get a bit pissed that it was 1 minute 18 seconds of footage, with over 40 seconds of that logos, and a further 20 seconds of it that cheesy blue tunnel thing?

The 18 seconds of actual footage I saw looked nice, but you could produce 18 seconds of good footage on a single workstation in about a month - let's see a demo please!

Eon

4.
 
Did someone steal Fredericksons Password
Jan 15, 2002, 12:57
Eon
4.
Did someone steal Fredericksons Password Jan 15, 2002, 12:57
Jan 15, 2002, 12:57
Eon
 
He's even more of an arse than usual...

So, it's better to IGNORE the time the mail server was down for, huh?

Frankly mate, I'm tiring of you - at least previously you were a funny Troll.

Eon

9.
 
Something for nothing...
Jan 14, 2002, 05:02
Eon
9.
Something for nothing... Jan 14, 2002, 05:02
Jan 14, 2002, 05:02
Eon
 
I guess you're not providing a good enough news service for the amount you charge anymore Blue... For shame!

Teh Mane, Freddie, don't go away angry guys, just... ... just go away...

Eonn

3.
 
My personal prediction...
Jan 9, 2002, 04:21
Eon
3.
My personal prediction... Jan 9, 2002, 04:21
Jan 9, 2002, 04:21
Eon
 
...is that Valve will eliminate cheating, only for people to discover that this magically hasn't made them better players. Haven't any of you guys ever been in a server where you've shot some dude in the head and killed him only to be spammed in chat that you are "a Llam0r Ch3t3r D00D"?

Ten minutes later people will hack the new system, cheats will be available online and people will continue to believe that they get beaten because the other guy cheated.


Eon

11.
 
To the guy...
Dec 22, 2001, 22:35
Eon
11.
To the guy... Dec 22, 2001, 22:35
Dec 22, 2001, 22:35
Eon
 
...who was wishing Fantasy based games would die off.

Lord of the Rings 1 and Harry Potter 1 have just been released. Both of them will probably make more money than Titanic did.

Bearing in mind that there will be 2 more Lord of the Rings movies, and about 6 more Harry Potter movies, I SERIOUSLY doubt you've seen all the Fantasy based games you're going to.

I suggest a bracing 10 years on Mars if you want to avoid 'em...


Eon

42.
 
Re: Looks to me...
Dec 22, 2001, 15:44
Eon
42.
Re: Looks to me... Dec 22, 2001, 15:44
Dec 22, 2001, 15:44
Eon
 
Alright, how about *I* tell you to grow up then, 41?

Royally fucked.... Hmmmph. I've been disappointed on occaision, but I can't remember every being ROYALLY FUCKED over a game. I've been sold some absolute Lemons of second hand cars when I was a kid, and I got given some mortgage advice once that cost me a pretty penny, but over a game?


Eon

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