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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 8, 2016, 11:28 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 8, 2016, 10:52:
Smartphones are dying.

What comes around goes around.

Ha!

Except, y'know, when people say PC sales are dying, it's because they're declining as substitutes are rising rapidly. We don't have substitutes for smartphones.
 
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News Comments > Paragon Essentials Edition Released
9. Re: Paragon Essentials Edition Released Jun 7, 2016, 18:48 Beamer
 
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 16:19:
Wait, Epic is an indie company now? I mean, the Unreal guys? Must`ve missed something.

Always been indie. They sold a minority stake to Tencent, but they've never been owned by a publisher.
 
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News Comments > Paragon Essentials Edition Released
6. Re: Paragon Essentials Edition Released Jun 7, 2016, 14:49 Beamer
 
Desalus wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 13:42:
$60 for a free to play, early access, multiplayer only game which has only one gameplay mode and one map? Count me in!

It has bots, it has more maps coming but, from what I understand, games like League of Legends are played on 1 map (is this true?), and I don't know about modes because I'm not a MOBA guy.

Epic has said that, at this point, they have no choice. AAA gaming for an independent studio is a thing of the past. They're going to a smaller model, because they don't feel they can compete in the $60 game landscape. This is them trying to be somewhere between indie and AAA.

I get why AAA is no longer really an option for them, but I'm not sure this is the solution.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer
20. Re: Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer Jun 7, 2016, 14:42 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 13:33:
deqer wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 13:10:
Does this mean the next battlefield game will have a plot of the medieval times, when guns didn't exist, and we'd all be on horses with spears and shit?

Why not? Large battlefields with siege equipment. Sacking of castles with realtime destruction of walls via the frostbite engine. Spring traps like boiling oil on the invaders. Sounds awesome. Not everyone wants future stuff as much as you. I for one have been hoping for a return to an older war like in 1942.

I'm almost with you. Almost. A few problems:
* Hand to hand combat is historically a bit weak in FPS games. This is overcomeable. Crossbows take too long to reload. Longbows aren't really much fun due to the mechanics - the combination of a firing arc and very slow firing time gets tedious. All this is overcomeable in 1 main way: Magic. Literally adding magic

* Siege weapons are cool, but in reality the walls of a castle didn't come down often or quickly. Solution? Magic! Well, just amp up how damaging those things are. Also create far more intricate castles than we actually had

* Vehicles get limited. Trebuchet, catapult - all slow and really weapons, not vehicles. Solution: magic! It solves everything. I find riding dragons kind of... lame and predictable. I find most Tolkien fantasy kind of lame and predictable. But there's room to create a new world that isn't orcs and dragons


Basically, I see magic users and magic enhanced knights seizing large castles that can be blown apart Minecraft style. Rather than just doing classes, you make it more RPG oriented. If you create a character with high strength but low magic you bash skulls with huge axes, and all down the line, with ways to specialize, new spells or abilities to learn, etc. All in one forest, beating the hell out of each other.

And yes, I stick with killstreak rewards. Calling in some variation of a dwarf army, with 20 seconds of fast moving little AI guys ripping everyone apart for you.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer
15. Re: Battlefield 1 Teaser Trailer Jun 7, 2016, 13:17 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 13:09:
Fucking garbage. Spiked clubs vs. machine guns? Oooookay

I really thought those were grenades.

But yeah, historically, this is 100% accurate.
 
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News Comments > Jay Wilson Leaves Blizzard
20. Re: Ultima Online slime? Jun 7, 2016, 12:36 Beamer
 
Jagacademy wrote on Jun 7, 2016, 12:33:
I remember in early Ultima Online, the slime mob was named "a jwilson", was it named after this guy?

Johnny Wilson from CGW.
 
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News Comments > Agents of Mayhem Announced
5. Re: Agents of Mayhem Announced Jun 6, 2016, 16:36 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 6, 2016, 13:13:
Rather have seen a Superhero type game from Volition.

I can't watch the trailer, but isn't that what this is?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 6, 2016, 16:32 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 6, 2016, 15:20:
Beamer wrote on Jun 6, 2016, 13:05:
"Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong!"

Great Principal Skinner Reference.

It is weird being a child when that was uttered and a Skinner now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 6, 2016, 13:05 Beamer
 
How Older Generation Likes Crapping on Younger One Over Things He Is Out of Touch About.


=)

"Am I so out of touch? No, it's the children who are wrong!"
 
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News Comments > Blood Kickstarter Possible
7. Re: Blood Kickstarter Possible Jun 6, 2016, 11:14 Beamer
 
Ahumado wrote on Jun 6, 2016, 09:59:
It would be nice to see Blood done anew. One mistake though..Redneck Rampage, so you see, it's four not three major Build Engine Games. Blood is a fine game and was the most atmospheric. Lo Wang made me laugh with all his tasteless jokes. Never could understand why so many got their kimono's wedged up their arse about that game

I guess it depends on how you define "major." I agree with him, though: there are 3 major ones. DN3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood all started internally.

Per the opening on Wikipedia: "It is usually considered that the "Big Four" Build engine games are Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and Redneck Rampage, although the latter is sometimes dropped leaving it as simply being the "Big Three".[2]"

I can go either way, but RR always felt kind of like a bastard stepson. Wait, no, I guess Blood is the Jon Snow, with dubious lineage, and RR is the Frey that married into the family, haha.

Also, Blood 2 was terrible.
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition
13. Re: Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition Jun 5, 2016, 11:01 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 4, 2016, 20:27:
Bait and Switch.

How is that a bait and switch when you described exactly the third paragraph of the announcement Blue quoted?
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
21. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 4, 2016, 11:23 Beamer
 
Man, when this came out I bought it because this board loved it. Loved. Everyone said what a great throwback it was.

I guess that, over time, sentiment changed a lot. Some of the early people that loved it must not be here any more, and a lot of us that listened to them seem like we were disappointed.
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
9. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 3, 2016, 15:59 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 13:25:
Why???

Played the original and didn't really like it. It felt like a student project at times.

I'm with you. I disliked Shadow Warrior (yet finished it) but utterly hated this. Weapons felt terrible and boring, enemies felt terrible and boring, levels felt ultra linear (this is coming from someone that enjoys CoD, where at least the left side of the corridor feels different than the right side), etc. Couldn't finish it. Just couldn't enjoy it at all. It claimed to be going for a retro feel, but rather than feeling like a good late 90s game updated, it felt like a bad one updated.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed
24. Re: Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed Jun 2, 2016, 18:02 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 17:48:
Titanfall 1 was great as a fast-paced high-mobility MP FPS with interesting mechanics (mechs (and their various modes), burn cards, wall-running, AI point fodder, etc)... but they killed it because they did nothing to foster a community. If you're going to go the matchmaking route instead of the private dedicated server route there needs to be a strong competitive aspect in its place and they didn't do that. Then that matchmaking went bad and it started to take way too long to get in a game, that started a death spiral because as less potential players were in the pool the problem got worse.

I think it was thrown to the wolves. Everyone knew it was rushed, publisher forced it out, it was 85% done, rather than keep working something dead on the vine (which it would be without SP to keep people playing - it's nearly impossible for a game the community has left to get them back), resources were put into Titanfall 2.

I doubt this is what Respawn expected, but maybe I'm wrong. My guess is they expected a healthy community they'd keep supporting, they just didn't get the healthy community. Like you said, a death spiral of issues pushing the community away, most of which seem to have stemmed from the game needing 6-12 months more cook time.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed
13. Re: Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed Jun 2, 2016, 12:40 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 12:02:
MajorD wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 11:34:
Wow, I didn't realize the first one was good enough to justify a 2nd.


I suspect they invested enough in the initial IP that they have to at least give it one more go before putting a bullet in it.

Like Watch Dogs...


Yup. An enormous amount of money got invested. Enormous. And while there's a whole good-money-after-bad/sunk-cost argument, I don't think it applies here.

The general opinion on Titanfall was "well, it's pretty good, but it isn't complete. There's something fun there, but not enough." That sounds like a really easy foundation to build on. The product wasn't fundamentally flawed, it was just lacking in content.

It sold decently, but had no legs. It also came out around Destiny, which had some legs.



All this said, if I were an exec, I'd be concerned. CoD sales have been falling. Overwatch and Doom are spiking. There's a very clear sign that gamers want something different, and giving new weapons to old gameplay isn't different. Giving something much faster and more mobile is different. Pendulum is swinging. I never played Titanfall - maybe it was fast. It seems like the type of game that could be sped up easily. Doom, though... kind of perfect. It's fast, and nearly every weapon sprays, meaning it's about movement and ambushing, not being accurate (a huge change from CoD, which was about being accurate [even if it involved autoaim] more than being quick.)
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed
4. Re: Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed Jun 2, 2016, 10:31 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 10:28:
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 10:00:
Bot support should be mandatory for any serious MP title...but they prefer to lock a player down for online-only deal.

Because they can: MP titles largely sell to an audience of socially-minded gamers who want to play against human opponents, not bots. The investment isn't worth it.

It makes the games uninteresting to me (I don't care for playing with others and get my social interaction outside of games), but to say bots should be mandatory is entitled nonsense.

At the same time, Titanfall kind of tanked. Not entirely, but kind of. Partially because it appeared rushed and not feature-rich. Partially for a lot of other reasons.

With an SP game, you hope to bring in the SP players long enough to fill the servers and convince hardcore MP players to stick around. When the SP players don't bother buying, the servers are somewhat barren and the game dies on the vine.

What SP options do Battleborn, Overwatch, Paragon and Lawbreakers have? And how is/will that impact sales? These aren't rhetorical, I haven't been following closely and do not know.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Report
3. Re: Steam Controller Report Jun 2, 2016, 09:31 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 08:31:
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 07:57:
GameStop has them down to $35. A friend of mine picked one up and the guy at the counter said that's the first one they've ever sold.

Damn, that's sad. I keep meaning to grab one...was hoping they did well for them.

Then again, how much pc stuff does GS sell these days?


Yeah, my first thought was "that makes some sense - I'd never go to a GameStop to buy something related to Steam, or even my PC."

My second thought was "actually, I'd never go to GameStop, period. I cringe even walking by them in the mall. There's nothing it does that Amazon doesn't do better, other than give me something immediately, but it's exceedingly rare that I need immediate and Amazon now does hour deliveries to me, so..."
 
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News Comments > Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled
19. Re: Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled Jun 2, 2016, 09:30 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 07:48:
If they'd have forced me to play a black protagonist without the story needing him to be black, I'd be disappointed. I'm white and I can best immerse myself into a white playing character, simple as that.

I always find this odd.

I'm not being critical of you, so don't think this is an attack or calling you out. You didn't say you will only play as white people, or anything like that, you stated a preference and said you are also excited when you move away from that preference. Given how charged these conversations can be, I feel this lengthy disclaimer is needed.

But do you struggle with playing as an Orc? Does it matter if the white person is from a far off future, or an entirely different culture, or is Irish or Italian or Spanish or Azerothian? Do you have trouble with immersion if the character is much older or much younger? What if the character is some form of Jazzy Jackrabbit? Do you get immersed with Mario, even though he's a 2 foot tall stereotype that is capable of saying little more than his own name?

I just don't feel like immersion in character is a big deal for me in games. In FPS games, I'm just there to blow shit up. In strategy games, I'm there to lead others to blow shit up. If Doom Guy was a woman it wouldn't make Doom less immersive, and having my own name in FTL doesn't make it more so. I never felt like I was Michael or Trevor, and if you give me the option to create my own character in any game I'm never making a doppelganger of myself, or idealized version of myself, I'm making a monstrously deformed freak that is endlessly amusing in any cut scene.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Jun 1, 2016, 10:39 Beamer
 
Ever notice how it's only nerd things that this happens to?

Video games? Day 0 you'll have entirely 10s and 0s. People didn't see it, they just have an ax to grind.

Comic Book Movies? Same thing.


Dear nerds: stop feeling like your, well, feelings matter. Rate things you've experienced, stop rating based on marketing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2016, 21:57 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2016, 21:18:
Beamer wrote on May 30, 2016, 16:53:
VaranDragon wrote on May 30, 2016, 03:15:
Oh look it's Beamer pushing his bullshit argument on and on, like a bad lawyer in a shitty TV film. Racism is a huge problem in the United States, no way to skirt around that issue, but it's something that will take care of itself, its not something you can solve with "political correctness" or by begging Hollywood to replace overpaid white actors with overpaid actors of another skin color...Forcing people to change their prejudiced ways doesn't work. You have laws and then you have time. In a 100 years, the United States will have a white minority. Deal. With. It.

"It'll take care of itself" doesn't seem to be something that's ever gotten anyone anything. And, I'm sure, victims of racism are happy knowing that your desire is to wait a few dozen generations.

C'mon Beam, slavery and Jim Crow took care of themselves without anyone having to do anything at all.

Oh, wait.

I don't even think I was arguing with you. I wasn't calling for more Asian led TV programs. I wasn't demanding anything. I was just pointing out that, on American TV, there really haven't been many TV shows with an Asian in first billing. Ever.

TV reflects our views. It also influences our views. It's no coincidence that, the more comfortable TV got with showing gay characters, the more accepting America got of gay people, and vice versa.

So saying "things will fix themselves" is somewhat true, if you're willing to wait a few centuries while anyone that even says "hey, maybe this is a bit of problem" gets called an SJW by people terrified of change. On the flip side, a ton of terrified people used to having power now fearing they'll have less because gays can marry, black men can marry their white daughters, and maybe there will be a TV show with an Asian in first billing, is why we now have Trump.
 
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