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Signed On Apr 12, 2002, 19:55
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News Comments > More Game Movies - DOOM 3 Trailer
34. 2004 E3 trailer May 19, 2004, 06:20 duckmaster
Just for comparisons sake after watching this years trailer have a look at last years one. XBoX version does not compare.

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News Comments > Star Wars: KOTOR Patch Plans
10. Re: Patch Dec 4, 2003, 06:56 duckmaster
New Catalysts are supposed to be out right about now. Wait for rewievs (firing squad, etc. ).

Btw. I bought 9700pro a year ago and until 3.8 i haven't had a single problem, can't say the same thing for all nVidia cards i had before, starting with original GeForce256 - it always took nV about half a year to make drivers that actually worked without crushing my system consistently.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: No subject Oct 31, 2003, 12:27 duckmaster
2003 is such a resource hog that if I leave auto-protect running my machine is unusable. I also tried installing it on my game machine and it went completely BSOD.

That sounds very unlucky. I've 2003 running on 3 machines here, gaming rig included, and it works without problems.

It is a resource hog as You say though.


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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
53. Re: lose the pacifier Oct 31, 2003, 10:20 duckmaster
Their purpose is NOT just to inform gamers of a release - they have many other purposes as well. Purposes that have nothing to do with consumers.

Exactly. Just look at VU Games. On paper, for their investors and for a potential buyer of games devision end of this year (calendar, i'm not sure when their fiscal year ends, Q1 04?) looked real good financialy. Now they're desperate to have any game out by Christams.


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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
49. Re: duckmaster Oct 31, 2003, 03:41 duckmaster
If we take that to its logical conclusion, we could say that if you piss off enough people eventually they will act.

That is certainly true. Every material has a breaking point.

Vandalising speed enforcement cameras is a matter of obeying or disobeying the law. It's not quite the same as boycotting a game and / or games developer.

I think some games are being boycotted "naturaly" without the process being named as such. Just a matter of choice. Competition between developers. And that's where it gets complicated. On one hand games are getting more complex, take longer to make, are more likely to contain bugs and of course the cost is spiraling = someone has to front the cash --> publisher. On the other hand the number of publishers whose pockets are deep enough to pay for projects like HL 2 (i'm aware that HL 2 is self funded by Valve) is decreasing. That shifts developers focus from creating the product they envision, asuring the quality they're happy with and maintaining decency in marketing ("telling it like it is" - good relations with gamer-customer community) to getting the best possible deal with the publisher. And here's the problem - publishers want best possible return on their investment - game has to be on the shelves when its likely to sell most units (before Christmas), game has to be "what sells or is predicted to sell" great (similar to games that sell big). We all know the end result - rushed games that are patched over and over, games that could have been so much more with a bit more innovation (often what the developer originaly intended), games that slip by their official release dates or are simply canned (damage limitation for publisher).

All of the above is why i believe that the underlying idea behind Steam is a solution (at least a temporary one, but that's a different matter - more consolidation and less competition yet again). It allows developers to circumvent the publishers once they've made a name for themselves.

Anyways, that's my take on things.

BTW. why did you put CoD in there? After all its out on time, so far seems to be what was promised and there's no information of any issues with it (at least yet). This one will most likely be rewarded by selling lots . I'm definately buying one the moment its available here.


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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
47. Re: Release Dates Oct 31, 2003, 01:30 duckmaster
IMO Episode 3 is a lost cause. Probably if it came out early some people would argue that it would have been a better movie (most likely not... ) had Lucas spent more time on it.

As for HL 2, well it missed a release date already so if Valve announced a "before Christmas" release now and missed it again lots of gamers would be upset. Then again if they did make it before 24.12 but game contained some bugs (not many games don't on release) then You get same situation as with Episode 3 example above.

My point is - people just like to complain - it makes them feel better about themselves, makes them feel like they did something about whatever it is they're complaining about instead of actually doing it. Its easier to complain then to take action, especially a constructive one.


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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
45. Re: Paully's Patches Oct 31, 2003, 00:05 duckmaster
I think the gaming industry needs a wakeup call & I believe that the gamers are going to revolt with a boycott against a big title & damage a company financially to send out a message. Something's going to happen sometime, and I'm not talking about hacker idiots either, but that's part of it too. People are getting fed up with shotty, sloppy work. It's starting to show from the players themselves.

Wrong again. Nothing is going to happen for several reasons. Major one being the fact that most gamers are like sheep led to a slaughterhouse - they don't want to go but they just follow the flow.

edit: an example - lots of people complain about all things Half-Life 2; majority of them will buy it, even if at the moment they're saying they wont.

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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
44. Re: Not only release-dates bug me Oct 31, 2003, 00:00 duckmaster
If my memory serves me right i read this exact same post before and You are not its original author.

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News Comments > UT2004 in 2004
43. Re: Release Dates Oct 30, 2003, 23:58 duckmaster
Letís say Valve had said from the start, in May of this year at E3, that Half-Life 2 would be available in June 2005. We would have been resigned to wait, and then check this out, they release it a whole year early in June 2004. Instead of being bozos, they would have been heroes!

I think You're wrong. First people would bitch and whine about having to wait 2 more years and then in 2004 they'd bitch and whine that its early.


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News Comments > New Call of Duty Demo
19. oops... double post Oct 27, 2003, 15:02 duckmaster

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News Comments > New Call of Duty Demo
18. scripted or not ... Oct 27, 2003, 15:02 duckmaster
A definite buy for me


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. new layout Oct 25, 2003, 13:33 duckmaster
The new layout takes getting used to i guess. Also it seems a bit inconsistent with the rest of the page. On the other hand Headlines listing is sure usefull.


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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Half-Life 2 from Romania? Oct 20, 2003, 11:40 duckmaster
"The most brazen hack into protected corporate databases, where they copy proprietary information and demand cash with threats of publishing the findings on the open Internet.

This past summer, authorities aided by FBI experts arrested six young Romanians in the Transylvania town of Sibiu after they successfully extorted $50,000 from several leading American corporations, which were not identified.

Was Valve given an offer they couldn't refuse?

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News Comments > BREED Release & Demo Details
6. Re: do you speaka da engrish? Sep 17, 2003, 17:29 duckmaster
Ja, ja da engrish is zery, zery gut!

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News Comments > Diablo II Log
6. gaming jokes Jun 20, 2003, 09:19 duckmaster
Daikatana was also a great joke...

...until it was released spoiling all the fun

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
1. patch 1.10 ETA May 21, 2003, 22:15 duckmaster
note + infinity... we're talking Blizzard here - this patch was supposed to apprear over 18 months ago

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News Comments > Xymph's Finale
20. I hate farewells :( - NT Aug 23, 2002, 05:31 duckmaster

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News Comments > Scott Miller Q&A
12. will it or will it not? Apr 13, 2002, 02:57 duckmaster
Well we can but wait though expensivelesbian and GreenMarine i really hope you're right about this one.


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