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News Comments > Star Citizen Free Fly Week
26. Re: Star Citizen Free Fly Week Jul 17, 2016, 09:25 KS
Rigs wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 03:23:
NKD wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 00:22:
thecakeisalie wrote on Jul 16, 2016, 21:31:
I wonder how many fanatics will blame Derek Smart and everyone else they can try to find as a scapegoat instead of Chris Roberts.
Chris Roberts will go into hiding for 6 months or a year, and then he'll come back with another project and ask for more money and everyone he just ripped off with Star Citizen will pony up more cash.

No, I don't see him coming back from this if it does end up being shipped out bare-bones. He'll be this gens John Romero. It'll pretty much curb (if not outright crush) the rest of his gaming career. Maybe, maybe in a decade he might be able to come back quietly, as Romero did, working on mobile. But he'll never be able to shake off the shit storm that hits. Our Gods have failed us. Carmack, Romero, Molyneux, Garriott, Roberts, Holland..they've all fallen since their meteoric rise in the 80's and 90's. The only way any of them could ever make a comeback is by doing it the old fashioned way, a unmitigated blockbuster.

I think what it is, though, especially with Roberts, is that he's seen what little he can do and the reaction he gets from it. Pushing out dreams is so lucrative that having to actually make those dreams reality is too much effort. He got to eat his cake, he doesn't want to have to do the dishes now. The man is creative, there's no doubt about it and if he could write as well as he can world-build, he'd be a master novelist, up there with the likes of Clancy, Crichton, Clarke, Tolkien and Martin. He's good at convincing people to trust him. A master manipulator. But like George Lucas, he can't stop himself from tweaking his dream to fit everyone's tastes. And as such, it's never realized, never finished. The man probably does want everyone to have the ultimate space-trading-combat-sim but I don't think he knows where to stop. He doesn't understand that you can't please all the people all the time. Him and Peter Molyneux are two peas in a dream pod. They want everyone to have the game they've always dreamed of but it's just not possible. Even when you throw unlimited money at it. They both probably figured that with enough funds, anything was possible. 'If you wish for it hard enough, it'll come true'. And he probably thought he was on the right track, doing the right thing when everyone became ''yes' men', throwing money at him left and right and giving him praise for anything he did. That type of shit really does go to people's heads! Don't fool yourself that they have self-control. They're just as infallible has you or I.

On top of all that, Robert's probably realized that he didn't have to put as much effort into his dream machine because the competition wasn't. No Man's Sky is...well, pretty, but it looks to be a shallow experience on par with SW: Battlefront. Yet people have been going ape-shit over it since it was announced. His direct competitor, Elite: Dangerous, again, is rather shallow. Certainly nothing like what he has proposed with SC. It's a decent sim for the genre, no doubt, and I love to play it, but it's the space-trading equivalent of a walking sim. Braben and company are slowly getting it filled in some more, don't get me wrong, it's on a good track. But, as I said, it's nothing like what SC has been trying to achieve. Beyond them, what's left? EVE Valkyrie? Some indie titles with a fraction of the budget? Nothing is anywhere close to what SC] is suppose to bring to the table and Roberts knows this. He was probably waiting to see what would come out during the time of SC's development. Now that he knows there's really nothing out or on the horizon that could match even a quarter of what has been proposed, he's starting to dial down the hype, marketing and probably weeding out all the features that aren't financially viable. And it's by doing that he's probably realized that SC isn't going to be anything close to what people want.

I could be wrong but I don't think I am. I'm not happy about it. If SC becomes the Daikatana of space-trading-combat sims, it might just put a bullet in the genre before it ever got back on it's feet again.

I wondered to myself the other day what a past me would think if I went back in time to 1992, when I got my first 'modern' PC and told myself that the space-sim and flight-sim genres were cold husks, long abandoned? I'd probably cry for a pretty long time. Especially when I learned that those awesome encyclopedia-like manuals all went away! I think I might miss them more than the games themselves!


Add a few paragraph breaks and this is a decent article for a game web site.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Jul 1, 2016, 09:53 KS
Someone Owns More Than Half of Steam's Entire Library, Just Hit Steam Level 1000

Damn. I wish I was a rich scion, with plenty of money to burn on games sitting around all day playing.
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Adding Lando & Bespin
9. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Adding Lando & Bespin Jun 17, 2016, 13:40 KS
Bill Borre wrote on Jun 17, 2016, 10:16:
I miss Star Wars Galaxies.

I know. I was enheartened for a second. Then I remembered it was no more. Then I remembered they did away with the "onion" free select powers and went with pure classes, decimating my dancer, which was why I left.
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News Comments > Crackdown 3 for Windows 10
10. Re: Crackdown 3 for Windows 10 Jun 14, 2016, 04:58 KS
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 03:02:
ventry wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 00:14:

Your smart phone spies/collects/sends telemetry on you 24/7 despite what options you turn off.
You know that, right??

Selective caring hurts credibility.

No it does not, if you take some simple precautions (like rootin` n tootin and lil` gapps cancer surgery).

As for Crackdown, well. The enviro destruction is long overdue in gaming, though Red Faction was on the right path. But cloud dependant? This concept is so 2008.

Something from my mind reminds me of some plan to have "the cloud" perform the Herculean calculations needed for dynamic environmental destruction, but you're right. That should tuck into a small corner of a modern GPU nowadays.

Cross-platform, should be interesting if "mousers" can destroy console controllers as easily as rumoured.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: etc., etc. Jun 10, 2016, 17:37 KS
LittleMe wrote on Jun 10, 2016, 15:02:
Task wrote on Jun 10, 2016, 14:05:
Obviously the the thief was thievish. The equivalent of Dean with a shit ton card scams on Supernatural. This may set a precedent for other cases whether you or innocent or not.

"Good afternoon. I'm Officer Nice. May I see your driver's license, registration and credit cards please?" The officer immediately swipes card on his CC swipe machine on his belt.

"Excuse me this is your wife's card. Get out of the car right now."

"I see you bought a bag of fertilizer. Care to tell me what you are going to do today?"

"We contacted your wife and she says you got into an argument and we think you are a possible threat to society. DHS van is right over there. Step inside."

You forgot the latest police awesome -- seizure not just of wads of cash, assuming they are crime proceeds, but a new device that lets them pull money out of your bank account because, hey, it doesn't matter if the crime proceeds are actually a physical wad in your car!

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic: The GEMINI Deception This Month
4. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic: The GEMINI Deception This Month Jun 9, 2016, 13:35 KS
The only class I wanna play at this point doesn't exist: The droid mastermind pet class.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Live Action Trailer
7. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Live Action Trailer May 26, 2016, 17:07 KS
Guns remain the premeire superpower for anything this side of Superman.

Don't be afraid of people with robot arms.

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News Comments > No Man's Sky Delayed?
30. Re: No Man's Sky Delayed? May 26, 2016, 17:02 KS
Dacron wrote on May 26, 2016, 13:52:
Has it been confirmed No Mans Sky will be devoid of gameplay/story, or is this all based off speculation and humour?

Someone was speculating this delay was due to early reviews of "the tech is cool and all but where's the gameplay?"

TBH I still have yet to see an answer to my similar question directed at Star Citizen, other than it will be like Wing Commander, whatever that means.
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News Comments > Spellforce 3 Details
6. Re: Spellforce 3 Details May 25, 2016, 14:50 KS
I'm tired of making Heroes in games. I wanna make the opposite, to be more reflective of my nature.

I wanna make Losers.

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News Comments > Watch Overwatch in New Soldier: 76 Trailer
7. Re: Watch Overwatch in New Soldier: 76 Trailer May 23, 2016, 11:49 KS
> subjugated robots

Robots as allegory for human slavery, how original for a science fiction story.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 22, 2016, 18:12 KS
They're already on thin enough ground with long-term fans by telling 'em the last 50 years don't count, here's some shakey cam and lens flares and Spock sucking face, not even so much as a mental conflict over it.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Launch Plans
15. Re: Overwatch Launch Plans May 20, 2016, 14:14 KS
Ceribaen wrote on May 20, 2016, 12:45:
MattyC wrote on May 20, 2016, 07:51:
Grumpy Sod wrote on May 20, 2016, 07:30:
PHJF wrote on May 19, 2016, 19:40:
Wait, the English also use dumbass DST?

Yup, but to be confusing, we call our summer time BST (British Summer Time) while in the US you use the 'ST' suffix for Standard Time, right?

DST or daylight saving time. We don't trust you guys with any meaningful system of measure. Sumbag limey's exporting your imperial system of measure all over the world then saying, "WOAH, what are you doing using that junk?!?" and your entire currency system was clearly maintained by some sort of warlock until the 70s! /s

Really though it is just DST.

But in terms of the time zone code, it's actually EDT (as an example, Eastern Daylight Time) vs EST (Eastern Standard Time)...

So yes... EDT is the eastern time zone equivalent to BST, which are both implementations of DST and the changeovers are about a week or two apart now thanks to changes in the US during the Dubya era.

One study showed it saved enough energy to power 100,000 households for a year. That's a rhetorical way of saying it saves 0.08%.
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News Comments > DOOM Released
76. Re: DOOM Released May 13, 2016, 18:51 KS
Beamer wrote on May 13, 2016, 16:51:
I always find it fun when people complain that checkpoints dumb down a game. If anything, checkpoints make it difficult.

Give me checkpoints, and I can't save until after I finish a fight. Give me the ability to spam quicksave, and I save a dozen times during a fight.

One of those is way more difficult.

Here's my problem with it. We can skip the derivative console nature of it, and sophistry about the artistic creation of "encounters" where you are expected to make it all the way through without a save.

There are always very difficult points that take many attempts to get through. Then you fail at some later point.

Then you have to go through the first difficult part again. These are rarely puzzles but mostly high action, nimble-fingered reactions that involve a lot of luck just to get through the first time.

In practice, I rage at having to repeat the difficult part many more times just to squeak through and then die again before the next checkpoint.

I do not enjoy buffing my ability to get through a difficult part.

The first time for a hard part is pure joy! Having to repeat it is anger-causing tedium, as ironic as that sounds

No, again, first success at a hard encounter, yay! Now I have to repeat it, screw them.
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News Comments > Overwatch Beta Cheaters Banned
6. Re: Overwatch Beta Cheaters Banned May 13, 2016, 15:14 KS
"The only permitted hacks are those already built in, like seeing through walls."  
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News Comments > DOOM Released
45. Re: DOOM Released May 13, 2016, 14:29 KS

> checkpoints

"Thank you. Come again."


"Thank you. Come again."

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News Comments > Overwatch Beta Not Changing Much for Launch
17. Re: Overwatch Beta Not Changing Much for Launch May 6, 2016, 13:53 KS
Suppa7 wrote on May 6, 2016, 13:34:
Primalchrome wrote on May 6, 2016, 11:28:
Anyone trying out Open Beta? I've heard a lot of folks gushing about how good it is.....but I heard that about Diablo III and HotS at launch too.

You can tell overwatch was a salvaged project, the levels are uninspired and the whole game feels like team fortress rip off. The game itself is just meh, it isn't anything we haven't played before. People raving over this shit were all born after PC gaming in the 90's. Overwatch is largely stupid, if you played anything in the 90's this is nothing new at all. It's just another ho-hum fps for the bottom feeding trash among the gaming community and the young ones with no memory of games that were made pre-2000. Why the hell would you want to play a game with one weapon carry limit? It has console-itis written all over it.

Next is the drm, the matchmaking in overwatch is total balls and the game is totally controlled by bliz, good luck to those players paying $40 for a game they can shut off at any time.

I've been playing since Oregon Trail on a ball-based teletype with 110 baud modem. This is better than expected.

So far I like the robot, the one with the bird on its finger, because it can turn into an immobile gatling gun turret that can mow stuff down at about 3x normal gun rates. You can set up on top of the moving vehicle in escort missions.

The only flaw so far seems to be the opposition are computer AI rather than people, making it too easy, so real PvP will be very different. The "bad guys" come in very bunched up, not somewhat spread out, and don't dodge and weave much, like people in FPSs do.

I worry they don't want you getting discouraged so you don't buy the game. I would like a medium level to get my feet wet as I am experienced in FPS.
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News Comments > Overwatch Open Beta Opens
24. Re: Overwatch Open Beta Opens May 5, 2016, 15:18 KS
SimplyMonk wrote on May 5, 2016, 14:33:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 5, 2016, 14:27:
It's $39.99 on the PC.
Maybe the console version cost more

Yeah. PSN and looks like all the retailers only have Overwatch Origins Edition available for PS4 which is $60.

Being a multiplayer only game, it isn't like I'm missing out on anything or risking plot line spoilers/sequels by not playing it on release. Only potential is that the game dies before I have time to play it (EVOLVE!) but I'd be pissed about that either way.

I submit if it dies before you have a chance to play it, you aren't missing much. Except $60 if you bought it, so I'd be pissed spending that for a crappy game rather than missing an evanescent rush of players.
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News Comments > Respawn Developing a Star Wars Game
19. Re: Respawn Developing Star Wars Game May 5, 2016, 12:51 KS
Sepharo wrote on May 4, 2016, 23:14:
Cutter wrote on May 4, 2016, 20:24:
Wth doesn't someone make a proper Star Wars CRPG both in isometric and 3D? I'd like to see the first dealing with the Thrawn trilogy and the latter done open ended like a TES game. Want to be a bounty hunter? Cool. Want to be a Jawa and scavenge for a living? Why the hell not?

Yeah I'd kill for a proper SP RPG like that. I remember how hyped I was for Galaxies to be that in MMO form. And for a few days it really was like I was Wookie smuggler and then it quickly turned to MMO crap. ToR didn't even try to fulfill the R in the MMORPG acronym, it was just WoW formula in spaaaace.

The first thing my Jawa ass would do is start scavenging for turrets for the top of my giant sandcrawler. Screw those too-accurate imps!

BTW, in the remote chance of that as a game, lemme optionally use jawas or droids as gunners rather than force me into a minigame.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
16. Re: Government wants fingerprints to unlock phones May 3, 2016, 12:19 KS
Creston wrote on May 2, 2016, 13:18:
Because then they can just force you to unlock your phone by manhandling you.

The fact that they STILL don't understand that this whole Rush to Encryption is their own fault just speaks volumes about the kind of people that "serve" in government.

Pretty much. The government realizes they have an uphill battle in requiring decryptable phones, or escrows, or in forcing people to say their passwords. More than that, a probably losing battle.

But a physical fingerprint? That isn't free speech, that's physical evidence.

Of course, requiring you to set up the fingerprint unlocker, good luck with that.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 3, 2016, 12:04 KS
The whole point of a pre-order is to be first in line to get it, whenever it eventually comes out. This is fraud.  
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