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Real Name Evil Timmy   
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Description I'm an electro/glitch/bmore/breaks DJ and long-time avid gamer from Hong Kong. BitTorrent is another one of my hobbies, and I've been an active part of the community since early 2003.
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Signed On Nov 22, 2003, 10:24
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Patch Plans
13. Re: It's been pretty solid for me Nov 22, 2008, 06:21 Evil Timmy
Save early, save often comes to mind, but that shouldn't be necessary with a game done as high-profile and high-budget as this. SS2 taught me some lessons, though, so even if a save had screwed up, I would have been safe. I didn't have any issues on my first playthrough (other than the lv20 cap) on my laptop, which uses an 8600M GT, and I really enjoyed the game the whole way through. I like the combination of VATS and real-time, as it presented unique options in terms of the sometimes-too-heavy combat, and let me choose when a precise shot vs maneuvering was the better choice. Not as good as FO1/2 in terms of the choices, but it brought me into the wasteland in a way the previous games couldn't have imagined.

In a weird way, I'm glad Bethesda made a pretty penny off FO3. They may put out another Elder Scrolls game in the interim, but the next Fallout should be incredibly detailed, and using the resources of the upcoming generation of consoles (assuredly with fast internet, a big hard drive, and physical media as a way to jumpstart a much larger experience, not to mention where graphics will be at that point), we should see a scarily detailed and simulated wasteland, one that sinking 100 hours into is just scratching the surface, and which can really give each player a unique story to tell.

Hey, if Bethesda isn't doing it in 2-4 years time, European or other devs will beat them to it, and RPG will be an obsolete term, because if you're not telling a vivid and unique story in whatever you put out, you're writing games for PopCap.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3
9. Re: Ships Ahoy - Fallout 3 Oct 28, 2008, 02:11 Evil Timmy
Bought it on Steam after reading Certis' review at GWJ:
I was planning on getting it anyways, as a huge fan of the first two (short only of Deus Ex on my favorite games ever list), but that sealed the deal. It seems like they've addressed all the biggest issues that most fans had: they nailed the atmosphere, it's a real choice-based RPG with consequences, and it doesn't feel like Oblivion-with-guns.

I'm almost glad it unlocks while I have to be in school, giving me a whole evening to dig in. If it were unlocking at midnight, I might not have the willpower to leave my desk. Hell, I still might mysteriously come down with something on Wednesday. Look forward to hearing all your opinions, and please, we've had months of the same old complaints, take a breath before you click the icon and try and appreciate it like a new film in a series done by a different director, rather than complaining because it's not the same film shot with better lighting.
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News Comments > Dead Space PC Controls Nerfed?
16. Re: No subject Oct 19, 2008, 15:35 Evil Timmy
Wow, this seems a bit retarded. I may just hold off and bargain-bin it when I finally buy my own 360 early next year instead of picking it up on PC. Putting a shooter-action game on PC and not supporting M+K properly is like putting out a fighting game on consoles and then saying "Oh, yeah, btw, we forgot to test this on the standard controllers that come with every console, and it's actually optimized for a racing wheel with pedals." It's non-standard, obtuse, and misses the obvious and best option. EA seems very schizophrenic under the new management, one moment seeming like they understand their customers and are willing to innovate, the next seeming like they're plotting so high up in EA Tower they've forgotten what a normal human being looks like.
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News Comments > Space Siege Q&A
9. Re: No subject Aug 18, 2008, 18:56 Evil Timmy
Just fix one thing, please: let me keep moving while I shoot. Add a to-hit penalty, or slow me down, or whatever, but I just recently replayed Crimsonlands and played Shadowgrounds and Larva Mortus (from the Jets'n'Guns dev) not long ago, and the lack of moving while shooting is just stupid. If they're going to strip out nearly all the RPG elements in favor of a weak skill tree and 'parts', they could at least make it a decent action game. Fix that, and charge $20 for the Valu-Soft-esque production quality, and this'd be worth buying. As it stands, it's still inferior to both the DS games, and can't help but feel like Fisher Price's My First Action-RPG (in Space(tm)!)

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News Comments > Need for Speed Undercover Trailer
2. Re: No subject Aug 17, 2008, 18:00 Evil Timmy
Seems like the NFS series is really on the decline, and their yearly release schedule is likely what's to blame. Most Wanted was great, and really brought forth the strong points of the series' arcade nature, while also adding to it (tuning your car in the pause menu, for example). Carbon felt a bit like a cheap copy and had a terrible single-player experience, where your car choices were limited by cash and the tracks were largely unimpressive. Pro Street was a step in the wrong direction, losing the arcadey fun without having the precise physics and controls of PGR, Forza, or GRID.

If, for whatever reason, the story sections are doomed to stay, they could at least make them useful. Toss in options or special goals explained by the story (ie take out a racer, win by a certain margin, collect something along the way, drift for x points in addition to winning) and make them work with an RPG-lite system that allows you to win favor with cops, crooks, and neutral sponsors and unlock special races, cars, and parts, in addition to bonus cash. It'd be an easy way to add depth and replayability, and to reward more than just coming in first. Keep the arcade nature of the series, keep tuning simple and flexible, add some depth and please, for the love of Ba'al, if you expect us to take your cutscenes seriously, make a serious effort. When my eight year old cousin finds them unbelievable and ridiculous (and he near-religiously follows a few anime series), it's time to drop the green-screen and get some real actors.

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News Comments > TrackMania Sale
3. Re: No subject Aug 16, 2008, 05:50 Evil Timmy
It's about fucking time!

Indeed it is, and getting some of those golds can be really brutal. Grid's more fun cause you get to smash int-

wait what?

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News Comments > No Steam Bionic Commando Rearmed
11. Re: No subject Aug 15, 2008, 12:50 Evil Timmy
No Steam makes it unlikely I'll buy this, as I had little interest in the first place. Steam makes impulse purchases fairly easy (about as easy as you could without serious security compromises), and unlike most other DD storefronts or DRM options, it actually adds to the experience by auto-patching games for you and linking you to the community from within the interface. You'd expect Valve to be willing to compromise a little more, or at least have clearly understood policies, because with every Steam game sale, they've effectively installed the best ad platform around. It pops up when you're in the mood to play games and then tells you about new games that are 10% (or more) off or have a free-to-play event. While true numbers would be hard to calculate, I'm sure Valve has added a few feet to their giant mountain of cash courtesy of people who came for one (often cheap) game and then explored the rest of the Steam catalog after getting comfortable with the interface.

If they simply decided to blanket the market, ie offer favorable terms to every developer and publisher, and pushed out new compelling updates with the influx of content, they could easily dictate how digital downloads are run for the next five years. I would love if they actually laid out a standard, along with the rest of the software community, that would even approach the power of RPM or especially apt-get. Base it on Steam (for secure, verified transfers) and some version of RSS (rather than distro servers) to push updates and allow customization, and Steam could become the best way to download software, and any other content, for that matter.

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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto IV PC
45. Re: ... Aug 7, 2008, 05:55 Evil Timmy
In GRID, I'm actually just finishing up the Japanese races, and I've got two or three of the world circuit championships to do before I've completed everything, and that all on PC. Of course, I played and actually won the Indy 500 in the old Indy DOS game, so my keyboard-racing-fu is strong. In GRID, I highly suggest you tweak the input settings (under Advanced) to find a sweet spot, usually just 10% off the defaults. The only thing that I find really difficult, playing on the setting above Normal, is drifts, where even tapping the acceleration precisely isn't enough to pull off great drifts. Everything else is a great challenge, and it's the first game in a while that really makes you pick good lines and late-apex most every turn. After getting back into the habit post-NFS, it's a lot of fun.

GTAIV PC, sans stupid lockon system, should be really enjoyable, and hopefully prettier with AA that actually works and no pop-in (or even the occasional 5 second freeze when I'm hauling ass) with a 2GB+ system. Saving isn't a huge issue, as it'll probably save after every successful mission a la the console versions, but quicksave is never a bad option to have.

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News Comments > Devil May Cry 4 Cries Piracy
57. Re: BS Aug 1, 2008, 12:41 Evil Timmy
Another piracy thread, another thread clogged with the same old crap. I really need to compile a page with the most common misconceptions and the frequently trotted-out BS arguments that haunt these threads. I'm not even wading into this one, you all have your fun. *leans back, calmly sips lemonade*

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News Comments > More GTA IV PC Rumor Mongering
20. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2008, 22:01 Evil Timmy
Ehh, if it's got full-time 4xAA, it certainly doesn't look it. I've played it on both a 720p projector and 1080p HDTV, and aliasing is very apparent throughout the game proper (not in cutscenes, though). It seems like it's semi-adaptive, in that more complex scenes show more aliasing, but that could just be that it's more apparent because you're more likely to see higher-contrast edges. I'm not arguing that it's not there, but it does seem to drop out.

However, on PC you should be able to run it at whatever res you like (2560x1600 if you wipe with hundreds and stockpiled gas five years ago), with your preferred AA/AF, and without the oft-retarded auto-aim system (do I really need to keep a lock on a guy I killed 5 seconds ago, when I'm shoving the stick in the direction of the guy I wanted to shoot at and who's shooting me?). I've played it a fair bit on 360, but I'm looking forward to a serious 100% playthrough on PC, as I've done with all the previous games.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Movie
22. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2008, 18:37 Evil Timmy
QOTD: "My drugs are wearing off right now." -Todd Howard

I'm more optimistic with everything I see of Fallout 3, especially considering that it's been demoed on 360 for the console crowd. I can also understand why they wouldn't show dialogue, as any meaningful choices (what we want to see) would both give away spoilers and present them to us without context and thus devoid of meaning. I'm curious how they'll handle death and saving/loading, as I definitely plan to cruise some of the more brutal areas early in the game for, as my recently WoW-readdicted friend put it, "teh phat lewt!".

But IGN, really, what the hell? Tits McGee (sorry, Jessica Chobot...wait, shit, which name did I make up to be insulting?) was clearly reading off a TelePrompTer even before your camera guy panned over it, and even with that you couldn't feed her any good questions? There's also four seconds of her sitting there before her smile-and-read-intro cue pops up, and your "HD" video is horribly interlaced, making it look like every edge in FO3 is serrated. Nobody takes you seriously, IGN, but we'll at least play along if you can make a token effort.

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News Comments > Far Cry 2 Movie Marathon
2. Re: AI Jun 26, 2008, 02:11 Evil Timmy
Absolutely true, Jerykk. While I like the open world (god, could the presenter say that phrase any more often?) and that it's got at least some RPG-lite elements, and that you can tell these guys are fun-loving hardcore gamers, the AI is always worrying. Seems pretty good from the unscripted (hey, it crashes when he dies) demo, but how it'll play out over the promised 50 hours remains to be seen. Crysis had generally good AI that had occasional but jarring screwups, but still nothing special. I'm also curious how they'll prevent 'too much' exploration that might break quests or continuity, whether it's natural like a flooded river, tough enemies, (in)visible walls, or something else entirely. However, there's one point right at the end that cemented my lust for this game, and that it's a real successor to Far Cry: THE GLIDER!

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News Comments > Crysis Warhead Details
2. Re: No Subject Jun 25, 2008, 21:37 Evil Timmy
Give me a level as awesome as Far Cry's "Rebellion", where a grey dawn breaks over a massive chunk of island which you could cover via multiple paths, many optional battles, huge you vs trigens vs soldiers battles, and I'll be happy. I'm sorta surprised I didn't see anything like it in Crysis (although some of the later levels near the tank were pretty good), where traversing a level can be done on foot, in a vehicle, mostly underground, or by paragliding, each way has multiple turns, and each replay of the level is vastly different depending on which path you walk and which enemies you fight.

Personally, I feel pretty gipped on the whole 'sandbox' thing as it stands, from everyone. So far, it seems to mean a parallel road (OMG! Choices!) or simply having to walk farther to find the generic fedex/kill quest giver. The point of a sandbox is that it lets you sculpt whatever you want and shape your play experience, if temporarily...without the sand, you've simply got walls around your imagination.
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News Comments > On Linux Game Piracy
14. Free as in 'torrent' Jun 24, 2008, 23:26 Evil Timmy
Not surprised by this at all. Linux users are all about free, and are on average far more competent mucking about in the innards (software or hardware) of their PC vs Windows or Mac users. Casual piracy for a Linux user is up to and possibly including a full kernel recompile. I also think part of the issue is the way we've shifted in our dealing with most forms of entertainment. We're used to opening up another browser tab, or watching a chain of random videos on YouTube, DVRing or torrenting our TV, having music universally streamable or downloadable; essentially, everything a la carte. Why should I have to wait for the store, or worse yet, shipping, when I can have a torrent of whatever I want downloading within ten seconds and done when I get home from work, and for free? It's more effort to even waste a spare thought to the morality of it, so easy and convenient has it become. Hell, it's sometimes worth waiting for the pirated version, because there'll undoubtedly be a post-release patch to actually finish the game, and the warez scene will *nuke* anything buggy and non-working. If only GameStop did that. In how many other industries do the pirates enjoy a significant advantage, in virtually every way, over legitimate paying customers?

Of course, this is only a small part. Another example is the (IMO) increasing quality of cheaper games. As gamers grow up, it stops being about having enough games and starts being about having enough time to play them (aah, life, always getting in the way of my fun). If I drop $50-65 on a AAA title, it's incredibly rare that I'll make it through it in two sittings (even for an FPS), and more likely sessions will be less than an hour. Even if the game is higher quality than something I may have played while younger, I can't devote myself as fully to the experience and thus get less out of it. On the other hand, I recently bought Mount&Blade and Trials 2 SE. Both inexpensive games, both enjoyable for a quick sitting or longer sessions, both play on my laptop and gaming PC. I was a bigger gamer than pretty much all of my friends, and I've got more free time than most, and I'm a long-term serious PC gamer, and even I'm finding myself leaning towards the heavy-casual genre and lighter games in general.

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News Comments > FlatOut Ultimate Carnage Next Month
3. Re: um. Jun 21, 2008, 01:53 Evil Timmy
But who wouldn't want close to the worst multiplayer experience ever to taint PC, coupled with horrific in-game menus labeled with Xbox 360 buttons, and nary a hint of PC optimization in sight?

I wish Microsoft would have made it more clear to end users that its full title was cut down from the original, accurate, but somewhat wordy Publishers? Are You Lazy And Looking To Turn A Quick Buck? Develop For 360 And With A One-Click Recompile, You Can Have All Your Games for Windows(tm) (subtitled: And Make Your Money On Consoles First!)

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News Comments > Need for Speed Undercover Unveiled
17. Re: No subject Jun 19, 2008, 13:50 Evil Timmy
I dunno...MW was my favorite of the series, Carbon just felt cheap and churned out, and ProStreet was just crap. After playing GRID for a while, I really like it, and NFS will have to step up for this and future games. Plus, flashbacks in GRID are addictive, and really keep the races from being as frustrating as they might be, while still challenging. All it needs is more variety in the courses and it'd be really great.

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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Retrospective
14. Re: No subject Jun 16, 2008, 12:04 Evil Timmy
I loved Stalker, it was a unique game, but I'm really waiting for Clear Sky. Problems like many, many broken quests, stupid respawns that made walking all over even more annoying, AI that loved to snipe from scary almost-invisible distances, and money that's useless except for buying armor maybe once, but despite all this, it was a lot of fun. With a better designed-and-playtested world and a bit more variety Clear Sky could be really great, not just unique and different fun. Hopefully their year and a half of refinement produces a bit more polished and bug-free burned-out nuclear wasteland for me to romp around in.

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News Comments > Consolidation
6. Re: No subject Jun 15, 2008, 10:59 Evil Timmy
When I can go to the store and pick up a 1TB hard drive for $250, and these consoles are at least 3 years away, and with the ever-increasing speed of broadband, I can't imagine the next gen not being hard-drive reliant if not exclusive. Console gamers seem even more likely to accept Valve's preload now, unlock on release date strategy, and publishers have more security/DRM on consoles, and you can bet the next batch will top that. Gamers don't have to worry about scratched discs and get faster loading times and maybe even mod support, the lending market will die off except for how the manufacturers allow it, and pubs get both cash and stats instantly and directly. Plus, with the constant blurring between types of content storage and how we access it, why shouldn't the next gen really do what the current gen promised: truly become the center of our living room and entertainment experience. With an open or even licensed standard, the console could really become a universal player, for internet (esp. with web app support), video, games, and anything we put into the cloud.

HAH what if we went full circle back to the cartridge that would be irony.
SSDs will only get cheaper and bigger, so you may get your wish at some point in the next decade. Imagine your whole 250GB photorealistic game using a fast SSD for all its storage, personal settings, mods, updates, and everything else...
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News Comments > FlatOut Ultimate Carnage Q&A
4. Re: No subject Jun 15, 2008, 10:46 Evil Timmy
Yeah, it did start on PC. The worst thing about it was that it was brutally unforgiving in the races. One screw-up and you spent 10 seconds watching your body ragdoll into trees and the other, near-perfect AI racers pass you by. The crazy events (targets, goalposts, whatever) were by far the most enjoyable element of the game. If they've made their AI a bit more human, both more aggressive and more fallible, rather than like slot-car racers, I'll give this a shot, otherwise I'll wait for it to be $9.99 on Steam in a year.

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News Comments > Grimm Trailer
10. Re: Why is his name in the title? Jun 15, 2008, 10:41 Evil Timmy
Fuck u. ktnxbye.
Finish your game already, then! Your whole series is exactly what I want out of a game, filled to the brim with so many things I should love, but so lacking in polish and cohesion, and so obtuse that I've never been able to get into any of your games, despite repeated tries with various incarnations. I wanted to, I really did, and I keep on seeing pieces of the ultimate space-game vision (combat and dialogue/cutscene elements from Mass Effect, epic space battles from Freespace 2, RPG system and choices from Deus Ex/Fallout, trading and adventure from Elite/WC Privateer), but the problem is making it into a complete and integrated whole. If you can do that, I'll gladly buy the game, from you or anyone else who can pull it off, and tattoo your company logo on my personage. While others seem to have pieced together a corner here or a 'holy shit it's a kitten' there, you've seen the picture on the box but have yet to piece together any clear contiguous portion of the whole. Maybe rather than filling in random piece by random piece and taking too long to get to any worthwhile element, you should have your 'holy shit it's a kitten' moment where part of the puzzle gets completed and makes sense, and work from there.

I don't mean this as an attack, simply my years of frustration at what should be my ultimate game, something I can get all my friends into, but which falls short every time around, and the poor way in which you've handled criticisms of these shortcomings, whether valid or not. Of course, what would I know? I'm just a silly dumb prole whose job it is to pay for and play your games.

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