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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Spaces make you richer Jun 15, 2017, 22:00 Kxmode
 
I do not believe that has anything to do with a grasp of language and more to do with which IDEs and editors use space for default formatting. For instance, I use Sublime Text Editor for anything outside of VS2017. Space is the app’s default format type. People get used to formatting paradigms. If all they see is space, then they will become more accustomed to it, and less likely to switch to tabs when the option is available by default.
 
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News Comments > Call Of Cthulhu Trailer
7. Re: Call Of Cthulhu Trailer Jun 15, 2017, 17:20 Kxmode
 
MacLeod wrote on Jun 15, 2017, 16:34:
that's odd... I actually love the mythos because it seems so far removed from demonic/angelic dynamic to me. It's all space-creatures to which we're insignificant type stuff.

Lovecraft became an atheist in his early life and as such his works reflect very atheistic viewpoints. In particular, Lovecraft subscribed to the philosophy of "cosmic indifference" and injected this belief in his works. The Cthulu Mythos uses cosmic indifference to propose alternative origins of humanity to contrast the creation stories found in existing religions. In "At the Mountain of Madness," Lovecraft suggested that humankind was created as a slave race of the Old Ones and that life on earth as we know it evolved from scientific experiments performed by the Elder Things. Further, most, if not all, of the protagonists in Lovecraft's works are usually depicted as educated men, citing scientific and rationality as evidence to support their non-faith.

The fact that Lovecraft's works are more famous and revered today than they were when published is a testament to the constant barrage of atheistic style beliefs of the origins of humanity within entertainment; and especially video games. I don't mind playing games that have hints of the subject matter, but when the entire game is about the Cthulu mythos than I tend to pass.
 
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News Comments > Call Of Cthulhu Trailer
3. Re: Call Of Cthulhu Trailer Jun 15, 2017, 15:02 Kxmode
 

Cyanide and Spider remain two of Focus Entertainment's premium RPG developers. Big fan of both of their works. That said, not a fan of the Cthulhu mythos. A bit too demonic for my tastes. Not judging those who enjoys HP Lovecraft's work.
 
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News Comments > Steep Expansion Plans
1. Re: Steep Expansion Plans Jun 14, 2017, 19:30 Kxmode
 

Bought Steep a few weeks ago. Have yet to fire it up, but from the videos I've seen, it looks like the best skiing/snowboarding sim on the market.
 
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News Comments > Steam Direct Begins
6. Re: Steam Direct Begins Jun 14, 2017, 03:23 Kxmode
 

Good. Steam was getting inundated with garbage. Most of that garbage was so people had a cheap way to obtain market cards. I hope this move brings to end that market.
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion
8. Re: Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion Jun 13, 2017, 08:47 Kxmode
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 08:47:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 03:18:
They just had a free STEEP weekend. I played it a bit, but it didn't grab me.

Not even at a STEEP discount?

Your joke was snow good.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
21. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:58 Kxmode
 
Numinar wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 06:48:
The top 3 you list, AC1/2/3 are the only ones I finished and would recommend though. I notice 3 is not on your list, but I loved that one.

Whoops. I did! Maybe I forgot it because it sits somewhere in the middle. Neither excellent nor bad. It's just... meh. I did enjoy the American history stuff. Learned a lot about famous landmarks. I was also really impressed with the environments, especially how walking in the snow left a visible trail.

Revised rank:
1. Black Flag
2. Syndicate
3. Brotherhood
4. Revelations
5. AC1
6. AC3
7. AC2
8. Rogue
9. Unity

Edit: Moved AC3 above AC2 simply because the controls in the PC version of AC2 made the game unplayable. However, overall it is higher than Unity because Youtube has plenty Let's Play to watch the entire game. For me, the story is most engaging.

Addendum: My rank is purely subjective and based how I view a video game.

#1 Story - How engaged was I with both the modern Abstergo and virtual history? How much they connect to the ongoing Assassins-Templars conflict. In other words, does the story move forward in a good way?
#2 Controls - If my Assassin leaps off the ledge of an eight-story building because reasons, then I blame the developer for creating a suicidal assassin.
#3 Gameplay - How much variety is there to do?
#4 Graphics - Obviously a game released in 2015 should look significantly better than one published in 2009. Case in point, Mass Effect 1 is hands downs better than MEA when it comes to facial animations.
#5 Adventure - Does the game creating an engaging hook and able to carry me through its unfolding narrative? If the adventure is not epic, is it still fun?
#6 Sound - This is everything but music. It is all the little details the help create atmosphere. The subtle drips falling off a grate into a small pool of water. The sound of the wind hitting a bush being different from the leaves of a tree. The background of people conversing helps make a bar seem bigger. The changing weather diminishing a crackling fire. I am keenly aware of these things, and when developers give their sound designers time to put this level of detail in that always gets a nod from me.
#7 Details - Everything else. Did the rain fall on the deck of a ship? When ramming into ice flows do bits of ice fall on the ship? Can the wind tear off a flag? When the light hits the sheen of my sword, does it create a bloom reflection on my character? Do people speak in their native dialect? (bummed that Ubi decided to have most of the French-speaking citizens in Unity talk in London accents)?
#8 Motive - There are the Acclaims and EAs of the world who appear the create games purely motivated by profits. Then there are the CD Projekt Reds who always focus on quality and reap their just rewards over time.
#9 Message - Being an apolitical non-mainstream Christian I do not like playing gamings that try and push social agendas on me.

Hopefully, that helps explain the rank.

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News Comments > The Crew 2 Announced
1. Re: The Crew 2 Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:46 Kxmode
 
The Crew 2: Terry's Crew: Super Spicy Deroaderant Edition! Race  
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News Comments > Skull & Bones Announced
10. Re: Skull & Bones Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:26 Kxmode
 
Retired wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 04:05:
Has Black Flag for along time, firing it up to see what all the hubbub is about.....

/I assume previous comments are sarcasm, but after about 30 mins of game play I was able to do the following:
-Captain a ship and destroy 5 ships
-Swim
-Kills animals
-Chase mission
-Clear an island
-Find secrets
-Get into what AC is normally about, running and climbing

Seems about right.....fun game. Might play through it.

My honest assessment is that it is the best game in the AC series. Ironically, the most fun isn't even the assassin stuff but all the pirate shenanigans. Yar! Pirate
 
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News Comments > Skull & Bones Announced
9. Re: Skull & Bones Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:24 Kxmode
 
Or you could play Assassin's Creed Black Flag and be amazed by everything. You also get to met famous figures like Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and a host of other memorable characters!  
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Free Week
12. Re: Titanfall 2 Free Week Jun 13, 2017, 07:20 Kxmode
 
Doing launch title demos must be tough on digital distribution platforms that give control to publishers.  
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News Comments > Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers
8. Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers Jun 13, 2017, 07:07 Kxmode
 
The song at the end gave me chills. BGE's theme track! I like the concept. It looks like the narration is to have Jade and her ragtag band find a place of freedom beyond the reach of good and evil.

Oh, and the first half of that trailer was a total nod to The Fifth Element. Even the music was quite similar. Thumbsup
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
19. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 13, 2017, 06:00 Kxmode
 
It took me six months to go from AC2 to Syndicate.

In order of best to worst:
1. Black Flag - Fantastic setting, story, pirate ship mechanics! IMHO the pirate ship stuff is hands down the best gameplay in the entire AC series.
2. Syndicate - A vast improvement over Unity's clunky controls and "pay 2 win" cash shop.
3. Brotherhood - Love the Roman Renaissance! It was handled quite well in this chapter.
4. Revelations - Great story cliffhanger! Also, provides continuation and closure of AC1.
5. AC1 - Good start to the series.
6. AC2 - Another great cliffhanger plot.
7. Rogue - basically a substandard clone of Black Flag with no attention to detail (e.g. when the pirate ship rides over big waves and crashes down there's no wash upon the deck as there is in Black Flag. Rains never hit the ship's deck, which is especially weird during a storm.)
8. Unity - TL;DR below.

Unity remains the worse in the series. It looks amazing, but the controls. Oh, my goodness, they suck! I am performing what I believe to be a "walk over and enter drain hole entrance" and instead Arno skips all over in the middle of an army that I "smartly" called over with smoke bombs; because, you know, stealthiness. The main issue is Ubisoft decided to add bizarre mechanics that require constantly aiming Arno where to go (e.g. you have to turn him 90 degrees to move in a particular direction). All past AC games used a kind of "fuzzy logic" to determine where to go and it worked 95% of the time. Unity created many sighing and bewilderment moments. Of all the AC games, Unity had the most checkpoint restarts. I believe one mission alone required about ~35 restarts. I would not have minded this, but some of the missions (especial the final) took a couple of hours to complete. The significant glaring issue is Ubisoft's removal of two fundamental mechanics that they established in AC3 and AC respectively: whistling and always-on eagle vision. Without those UbiSoft did not make Unity harder, they just made gameplay more annoying. Contrast with Unity; Syndicate is a vast improvement. Just the control improvements alone is welcomed. Whistling is back, and eagle vision is a temporary thing, but at least it will mark targets that remain marked after the image fades away. Eagle Vision II adds the ability to mark targets behind walls. Additional skills add quality of life features which make the game feel like an AC title.

I am REALLY looking forward to ACO! Syndicate ended on an excellent cliffhanger. Spoilers: At the end, Juno said she was ready to reenter the world. Be sure to play the World War II fracture to see Juno's backstory. I made the mistake of skipping that and didn't understand the context when she suddenly appeared in the post-credits.

As much as I like the series, I hope it comes to a good end. We are up to 10 main series titles. How long can the Templars and Assassins fight one another. They need to hug and chill out!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2017, 00:41 Kxmode
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 11, 2017, 00:31:
Retired wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 21:34:
Can someone explain to me why people would counter protest a protest AGAINST sharia law? There is a counter protest here in MN and I am utterly confused.....

Because people are both stupid and insane?

And twice that on Sundays.
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion
5. Re: Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion Jun 10, 2017, 20:51 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 03:18:
Kxmode wrote on Jun 9, 2017, 23:01:
Relatively easy to do these free weekends months after release, and yet release day demos are just too impossible. Hmmm...

Demos require a lot more effort. Better ROI on free weekends. Also, you can control exactly how much someone plays on a free weekend.

Never said "Free Weekend" for release demos. I was pointing to the ease of providing free play for a limited time then removing access. Access could be a weekend or a few hours. Doesn't matter. What is important is publishers can determine how long someone plays the demo their product. Steam and other distribution platforms make it possible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2017, 19:34 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 17:59:
RIP Adam West.

Holy tears Batman! Who's cutting these onions?!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Driver attempts to parallel park in generously-sized space for 6 minutes. Jun 10, 2017, 14:44 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 13:44:
That is some seriously bad parking ability...

Agreed. Pardon the expression, but that video drove me nuts!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Epistory - Typing Chronicles Jun 10, 2017, 06:59 Kxmode
 
If you're looking for a new game try this one. Great fun typing adventure.  
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News Comments > Kingdom Come: Deliverance in February
1. Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance in February Jun 9, 2017, 23:05 Kxmode
 

Read that headline as Kingdom Hearts coming in February. YES! Then reread the headline. Oh, well. One day I'll get to play that series...
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion
1. Re: Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion Jun 9, 2017, 23:01 Kxmode
 

Relatively easy to do these free weekends months after release, and yet release day demos are just too impossible. Hmmm...
 
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