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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
46. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 22, 2016, 07:13 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 06:55:
I actually managed to download the DOOM demo on Sunday and gave it a go. It was a somewhat disappointing experience.
At least I figured that I'll probably never play it because the asking price of 60 Euros is too high and by the time it gets discounted or goes on sale I'll probably have lost interest.

Essentially the game is a bit slow and the shooting is okay. The glory kills are terrible. What a terrible mechanic. They completely stop the pace of the game. I'm used to fast-paced, quick shooting experiences where you're on your toes almost the whole time and the glory kills are in the way. Luckily you don't have to do them but I wish I could turn them off completely.
The shooting is not great. The shotgun feels a bit weak and the pistol is... kinda weird. The primary firing mode feels really underpowered and the secondary firing mode is just useless.
The fact that there are upgrades available for the guns etc. is something I should've known from the start but it's actually not terrible. Shadow Warrior did it well and it could work in DOOM, albeit feeling out of place.
The few levels that were available in the demo were quite okay. I cannot really complain about them but they didn't make me go "wow, that's really good level design" either.

Overall it was an okay experience but I didn't have nearly as much fun as with Shadow Warrior.

To me, glory kills kept the pace fine. I don't know what's in the demo, is it just early? Later in the game, killing becomes almost a ballet as you fly through levels with a lot of verticality, full of monsters, and glory kills keep the pace.

I found the shooting fantastic. Again, if this is early, you probably have just the early weapons. I never used the pistol. Ever. The pistol is there solely in case you somehow run out of ammo for everything, much like in Quake. The shotgun, too, I only used in the first 3 levels.

The upgrades I found very useful and used constantly. It's interesting to me that you compare this to Shadow Warrior. I hated Shadow Warrior's upgrade system. Most of it I found to be completely superfluous, and I hated Shadow Warriors weapons. The rocket launcher was the least satisfying I've ever used in an FPS, the crossbow felt wrong. The only weapon there I liked was the submachine gun, and the mechanic to go akimbo was idiotic and required holding down way too many buttons. Doom, in my opinion, only really has two iffy weapons, and they're the first to you get. They're the ones you mentioned.

I thought Shadow Warrior was the second worst FPS I've played in ages, with only Hard Reset being worse. The levels were awful, the enemies were awful or frustrating, getting into battles with 4 guys who can only be killed by shooting them in the back endlessly and 3 guys who constantly put up shields making them invulnerable for 10-30 seconds was a horrible mechanic, etc.

Funny how different people can be. This is why, when people demand things like "objective reviews," I laugh. I'd give Shadow Warrior, at most, a 4 out of 10. Doom was a 9. The later levels are great.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
34. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 17:18 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 17:01:
I'm not sure I'd pay $60 for DOOM (family sharing from a friend), but it's definitely the closest thing to a love letter to the old games as possible. The enemy designs are super faithful, the doom knights especially. The imps move eerily realistically, with a few exceptions. They move so fluidly, and they're the most agile enemy I've seen in a game leaping up onto columns, then running behind cover, only to come out again wth a friend strafing you from the side...all the while, never looking like canned animations.

It's really, REALLY difficult to not hit R when you realize you've got a second in cover, because you don't reload.

Yes, you still gather keycards, there are things that define DOOM and they're all in the new one. The only thing it doesn't have is 40 enemies onscreen at a time, because the detail on them would buckle anyone's rig.

At $20-$25, it'd be a solid buy.

Yeah, the first time I saw an imp shifting its weight to get an offhand throw at me while running...

And, though I usually didn't have a chance to see it, the weight shifts really fluidly on Pinky, too. The animations are just great. The enemies feel like they have mass.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 21, 2016, 17:16 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 17:08:
PHJF wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 16:52:
Papa John's is DEFINITELY the worst.

whaaaaaaaat!!? i like papa john's. like, alot. i can't believe anyone would choose pizza the hut or domino's over PJ's.

I pity the people for whom those are the only choices.

Also, Pizza Hut sells the most pizzas in the US. I can't remember the last time I saw a Pizza Hut. I've lived all across the US, and have traveled considerably. I see Papa John's and Domino's frequently. Never, ever Pizza Hut, but they're #1 on volume.

I'd agree PJ is better than Domino's and, from what I recall when I last had it in the early 90s, Pizza Hut, but that's like saying a punch to the stomach is better than one to the crotch or to the face.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Jun 21, 2016, 16:53 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 16:43:
Beamer wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:52:
Supercell's operating income last year was about 1 billion, btw. And there's your valuation.

Not if mobile developers continue to be one-hit wonders; if that's the case then Supercell have peaked. I am certainly no expert but I haven't heard of any of their other games.

Tencent now own the 2 highest grossing games of 2015, according to an article linked near the bottom of this one.

If this site is accurate, they have 3 games in the top 15, 4 in the top 20, creating a combined $1.5ish million per day. Grains of salt, and all, but still a sign they're making a fortune.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jun 21, 2016, 15:52 Beamer
 
Keilun wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 13:54:
Clash of Clans Dev Acquired by League of Legends Owner for $8.6 Billion…

Jesus H. Christ on a stick. I don't know which one is more mindboggling: that Clash of Clans is worth 8 billion, or that LoL just happened to have $8B laying around. And I thought the Minecraft deal was ridiculous...

It's the owner of Riot (Tencent) not Riot themselves that bought them. I'm pretty sure Tencent is the top games company in the world by annual revenue and profit. They're a Chinese gaming company and IIRC their flagship QQ racing game (released only in China & Korea) was earning $1.2B a year a few years ago before they bought Riot. They also have a minority stake in Epic Games.

It doesn't say for sure but I imagine it's not all cash, but yeah either way, it's quite the valuation for a mobile gamemaker.

$6B in operating income last year, and stakes in Epic and Activision Blizzard.

Supercell's operating income last year was about 1 billion, btw. And there's your valuation.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
29. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 15:39 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 15:27:
Alamar wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 14:01:
Almost good enough... What's the point of having a limited time demo, on a game that's already complete?

When it's just like every other demo that exists forever, I'll consider trying it, at which point, they might even make another sale... Otherwise, I'll throw it on isthereanydeal.com and pick it up in 2-3 years... Also note, I don't care about the MP, so there's no rush to get in on that action...

That will show em. I'm sure id is quaking in their boots. (see what I did there)

You mean id is doomed?

Despite his rage, or due to it, it's not all that keen for his money. Also, Wolfenstein Dangerous Dave.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
11. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 10:56 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 10:49:

Same for me. Demos were entire games back then. I don't understand how they made money.

I'm willing to concede that we're the exception, but I'm trying to think of games I purchased due to the demo, and I'm coming up blank. Even Unreal Tournament, I think I spent a billion hours playing the demo.

In any case, the number of games I purchased due to the demo is much, much smaller than the number of games I felt I didn't need to purchase due to the demo. I remember being in CompUSA looking for a new game and I'd have two in my hand - one I had the demo of and had spent a lot of time with, one did not have a demo but I'd heard great things. I always ended up with the latter, knowing how much value the demo got me.

Wait - just remembered two games I bought due to the demo. One was X-COM, which I likely would have purchased anyway, and the other was Jagged Alliance, which came out of left field for me. Both were kind of well fit for a demo. You had one map, limited units, no strategic overview, and a small set of the weapons and tech. It was enough to show what the combat was like and the tone of the game, but not enough to get much replayability out of.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
9. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 10:47 Beamer
 
Demos disappeared because they became huge burdens. It used to be easy to segment a game, as they had very set levels. These days, games tend to be more open world, and segmenting it out is extremely difficult. Even for games where it isn't, a demo is usually the same size as the game (and people bristle at downloading a 20GB+ demo), and require a lot of engineering work to disconnect from the rest of the game. Given how many people are already working on a game, and how the months prior is crunch, pre-release demos have completely disappeared.

Post-release demos mostly have, too, because the team that would work on the demo is better spent being moved to DLC or an entirely new project. There's more money to be made from pushing there.

Do people tend to buy less if they have a demo? I can't say. I can say word of mouth makes me buy games, and Deus Ex was purchased due to word of mouth. With the internet, word of mouth spreads quickly. Yes, the demo turned the buzz around, but the word of mouth would have gotten there when the game released, anyway.
Looking back at my youth, when demos were more common and when I had far more time to play, I played a ton of demos and shareware. A ton. A huge, huge, huge, huge ton. I'd buy magazines for demo CDs. I'd say I bought, at most, 5% of the games I played the demos of. Even classics, like Doom, Carmageddon, Shadow Warrior, Blood, Grand Theft Auto, etc., games I objectively love and have monstrously fond memories of, I never actually bought. The demos had so much damn replay value that I never felt the need for the full version. I probably had 100 hours in the Doom demo. 40 in Carmaggedon, Shadow Warrior, Blood, Grand Theft Auto, Quarantine (loved that demo), etc.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2016, 13:29 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 20, 2016, 13:04:
Warcraft most successful game-film, Duncan Jones up for a sequel…

Critially panned, but financially successful. Reminds me of Michael Bay.

Except this film is really only successful in China, where it had a lot going for it.

In other territories, particularly the US, it's an absolute bomb.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
92. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 16, 2016, 09:51 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 16, 2016, 09:38:
Quboid wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 22:05:
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 17:33:
I have fewer concerns about this than having people treat me like I just crawled out of a sewer when I'm the head of the Fighter's Guild, Mages Guild, and saved the entire damn city.

That's a worse example of the disconnect I mean.

"I am Sir Quboid, Champion of the Fighter's Guild, Master Thief, Silent Assassin, Learned Mage, and I am The Dragonborn. I have fought man and beast the likes of which you have never seen from Solitude to Riften. Move aside, guard!"

"No lollygagging."

"Hey fu ... how'd you like an arrow in the knee?!"

That's one thing I hate about the recent elder scrolls. The fact that you can be master of all guilds and be able to do all the quests. I think it's dumb and it makes the entire leveling up systems feel useless. I want to be refused some quests because of how I built my character. Let me start a new game where I'll make different choices and build my character a different way and experience a different game. Nowadays, every game is the same, there's no real reason to restart a new one and I HATE it. Vampire the masquerade Bloodlines did it right.

Disagreed. The game takes 80-100 hours. At this point in my life that's about as much gaming as I do in a year. I want to be able to see everything.

There's 0 chance I'll ever replay an 80+ hour game again. Those days died when I stopped being a student.

Which is why it's nice that some games cater to you and some to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: etc., etc. Jun 16, 2016, 07:09 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 22:30:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 12, 2016, 19:18:
Kxmode wrote on Jun 12, 2016, 17:19:
As they say "the book is better than the movie".
The lone exception I am aware of is The Destroyer movie, i.e., "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" I only read the first couple of books after seeing the movie. Later I talked with someone who had read them all and agreed the books were lousy.

People also say Jaws is MUCH better than the book by Peter Benchley.

As is American Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (kind of unfair, there), The Godfather, Fight Club, Die Hard, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 15, 2016, 18:11 Beamer
 
jimnms wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 17:55:
Enahs wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 16:44:
jimnms, then you might check out Ikea.

I saw this one at Ikea while browsing the other day. That's about the size of the longer end of my current L desk and looks simple enough for me. I wish there was an Ikea close to me so I could check one out and see how sturdy it is.

My first computer desk as an "adult" was a giant Ikea desk. I think it was 3.5x6 or something. Ridiculous and unnecessary. Actually, what you linked looks like the newer version of it, as mine was a Galant.

My next desk was a small Ikea kitchen table. This was beautiful, as it was solid instead of particle board. This, I think. I was putting it in a smaller space and the other one was just stupid big. The problem, however, was that it was made to eat, not type, and it was a bit too tall.

Now I have this. Literally the smallest I could find. My monitors each hang off of it.

Every time I've moved my rent has doubled and my space has halved.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
88. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2016, 17:33 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 17:03:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 15:47:
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 15:45:
For me, it's more like it's ok to not be able to enter this part of the map, but don't make me stop the quest line I'm focusing on to go grind.

Oblivion had very, very little grinding. That's part of what makes SP games fun. If, in order to continue with the Thieves Guild, I had to go spend a few hours killing animals to collect 10 horns, or to be less snarky go do a bunch of other quests, I'd be annoyed. Now I'm grinding, not gaming.

I hated Oblivion's scaling. There was no point in leveling. It was broken too, staying level 1 was the best strategy. You had to pick the skills you wanted as lesser skills and keep garbage skills as the main skills.

You don't have to grind, there's always a ton of other activities to do. There's the thief guild repeatable quests for example. edit: I guess those quests are grinding... Just continue the main quest or do some side quests/exploration...

It's counter-intuitive to me being able to complete any quest in a game with a character who literally isn't very skillful. I don't like explicit blocks where you must be at least level X to begin a quest but it shouldn't be feasible for someone fresh off the cart to Skyrim to be able to become the head of the thieves guild before they're out of diapers.

It's not grinding to me if there are interesting alternative activities because it's thematic. Repeating quests are rather grindy. Shut up Preston Garvey, no one cares anymore.

I'm never going to agree. I understand the logic behind your argument and how it somewhat ruins the feel of the world, at the same time, I'm going to go be the goddamn Grey Fox and not a single f'ing person is going to stop me!

Haha. I just find it more fun. It may make the game more casual, but it also makes it more of a sandbox to me by letting me do what I want and be what I want when I want.

I have fewer concerns about this than having people treat me like I just crawled out of a sewer when I'm the head of the Fighter's Guild, Mages Guild, and saved the entire damn city.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
83. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2016, 15:45 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 15:17:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 13:56:
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 13:49:
People seem to hate level scaling. I see both sides of the argument, and think it can be done just fine with both ways. Some areas scale, some areas don't.

But scaling is somewhat necessary. I mean, it would suck to start the Thieves Guild missions, get halfway through, then be too low a level and have to go do some Fighter's Guild to level up. I'd rather be able to plow through as I want to plow through, even if it means I end up getting great armor from bandits later in the game.

I agree. Level scaling is ok when some things scale and others don't. I disagree about the other part though. I absolutely want my progress to be hindered by my level at some points. That's what it's all about, growing stronger to be able to do things you couldn't before.

I like this sort of progression as long as I'm not being funnelled down a linear route. It's OK to be unable to continue in the Thieves Guild for a while, but it's not OK if a Fighter's Guild mission is the only way to get the XP/weapon/whatever I needed.

For me, it's more like it's ok to not be able to enter this part of the map, but don't make me stop the quest line I'm focusing on to go grind.

Oblivion had very, very little grinding. That's part of what makes SP games fun. If, in order to continue with the Thieves Guild, I had to go spend a few hours killing animals to collect 10 horns, or to be less snarky go do a bunch of other quests, I'd be annoyed. Now I'm grinding, not gaming.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
80. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2016, 13:49 Beamer
 
People seem to hate level scaling. I see both sides of the argument, and think it can be done just fine with both ways. Some areas scale, some areas don't.

But scaling is somewhat necessary. I mean, it would suck to start the Thieves Guild missions, get halfway through, then be too low a level and have to go do some Fighter's Guild to level up. I'd rather be able to plow through as I want to plow through, even if it means I end up getting great armor from bandits later in the game.
 
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News Comments > Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Trailers
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 15, 2016, 09:24 Beamer
 
Strango wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 08:43:
Beamer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 08:35:
but I'm pretty certain I got to the point that I had a huge army yet nothing to do with it.

You could have created your own faction and taken over the entire realm, but it's a sandbox so nobody is going to ask/quest you to do that.

It's been a very long time, but I feel as if I was kind of going in circles, losing territory as fast as I was gaining.

Again, shaky, I don't recall exactly.
 
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News Comments > Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Trailers
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 15, 2016, 08:35 Beamer
 
Had a ton of fun with the first, but while I adored the battles, the overmap game just... didn't get me. It was years ago, so I can't recall why, but I'm pretty certain I got to the point that I had a huge army yet nothing to do with it.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 15, 2016, 07:03 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 15, 2016, 04:41:
headkase wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 23:39:

For the cancer part, see: Here.

That's pretty sweet, now how do they monetize it so they become the most valuable company on the planet? The bright minds at MS are working on that aspect, I'm sure.


I mean, it's just WebMDing. If someone is searching "why do I have yellow, itchy skin on my stomach" then "you may have pancreatic cancer" seems kind of obvious, no?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 14, 2016, 23:22 Beamer
 
headkase wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 22:55:
yonder wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 22:46:
Wow. That ad block "article" was a Strawman-filled steaming pile of crap.

Advertisers already know more about you than you do. Concrete examples, data mining can determine a woman is pregnant or someone has cancer *before* they know. Personal privacy should not be sacrificed for every random web page you visit or search you make.

You're confusing things here. That was Target, figuring out a girl was pregnant before her father did, and that was due to what she purchased in store, not due to browsing history. And if a website could determine you had cancer before you did, via cookies, it'd win a Nobel Prize and be the most valuable company on the planet.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls VI in Development
61. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 14, 2016, 18:09 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 18:04:
Beamer wrote on Jun 14, 2016, 16:36:
Broken Mechanics:

Oblivion - you can break the game by wearing too much Chameleon armor. This isn't exploiting anything, it's just wearing too much armor.

Skyrim - you can exploit the game and make super armor so powerful that you're invincible. This, I feel, was an exploit, whereas Chameleon armor was not.


Also, removing athletics from Skyrim was frustrating. Bethesda really doesn't understand how much more fun it was to find new places when you could leap 10 feet in the air and wiggle back and forth. It made walking long distances weirdly satisfying. Yes, I know a ton of us exploited that by keeping the game on and jumping while watching a movie or something, but being able to leap around was just... satisfying.

You realize that your 'satisfying' athletics experience was another 'broken game mechanic' as you describe it, right? Why is spending the effort to get crafting to 100% and getting all the obsidian ore needed for Daedric armor (and then getting enchanting to 100% and freshly dual-enchanting said armor) to become night immortal somehow a broken mechanic, but getting Athletics to 100 so you can literally jump outside levels and over combatants etc just part of the normal gameplay experience? This makes zero sense. They're both end-game abilities. They require massive amounts of effort to reach. Why the duality in how they are viewed?

I will give you the Chameleon armor, that was just plain borked. Of course, everyone hails Morrowind as Bethesda's champion, where in Morrowind you could (eventually, as an end-game ability) enchant so many layers of armor and items that you truly became a God. Equipping an amulet with permanent fly so that 99% of all creatures in the game couldn't do anything to you anymore was a little OP too.

So is it really broken, or is it just an end-game mechanic where they ALLOW you to become ultra OP?

For the record, once you got power armor and plasma weapons in Fallout, you would steamroll everything in your path as well. But there it was obviously just 'great writing?'

Edit : Apologies, I thought I was replying to Scottish, not you, Beamer. The Fallout One comment was more directed at him.



Chameleon just made everyone ignore you. Which I was kind of ok with. I did, like a dozen Oblivion gates, which would have been a nightmare, otherwise. I was weirdly compulsive on beating them.

And yeah, I said that athletics was something we exploited, but was fun. I would have made it more part of the game. Merely walking felt... dull and time consuming.

The duality is because athletics really had no benefit other than being able to fall long distances without dying (and, again, weirdly, jumping off the Wizard's Tower, or whatever that DLC was called, was fun.) Chameleon meant you no longer needed to fight.

These are constructive criticisms - I adore the game.
 
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