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Real Name Javier Nunez   
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Nickname Ludomancer
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Signed On Nov 27, 2003, 21:29
Total Comments 489 (Amateur)
User ID 19515
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News Comments > No DRM Sale Includes Free Torchlight
21. Re: No DRM Sale Includes Free Torchlight Jun 18, 2013, 17:08 Ludomancer
No, they might check the directory and files to verify it's not something pirated from Steam itself, but otherwise it would be taboo for Steam to modify an application released by someone else.

Acleacius wrote on Jun 18, 2013, 16:32:
Thanks for the sale!
It might cause Steam to add DRM to a GOG game, both Steam and GOG sell. You can always log into Steam, then run your nonSteam game, using the UI and Friends functions, without adding it to Steam.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 18, 2013, 10:47 Ludomancer
Seems like progress, until you consider the Federal Government routinely bowls over state laws whenever it pleases, as will probably be the case here.
Still, good to know such quick, official action is being taken in light of the news.
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News Comments > Fez II Announced
20. Re: Fez II Announced Jun 14, 2013, 15:06 Ludomancer
Rattlehead wrote on Wow, you're the judge and jury of others opinions? Get out of here with that high horse attitude. People are entitled to like whatever they damn well please [/quote:

Maybe I chose the wrong words, but I was basically saying:
1)I know the guy and can verify for his shortcomings.
2) The game has merit.

It's understandable if anyone would go either way with their opinion on it, and really my response was to level out the frank "don't support this" comment, because you could be boycotting something that would, albeit by a miracle, be the greatest game ever made.

I totally understand the urge to shit on people, especially Fish, but you can't knock it till you try it, et al.
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News Comments > LUFTRAUSERS Code Stolen
7. Re: LUFTRAUSERS Code Stolen Jun 14, 2013, 11:26 Ludomancer
I still feel really bad for this guy. He's the most unlucky independent developer I know of. Aside from this happening to him, this is the same guy who had both Radical Fishing AND Luftrausers stolen from him by two different studios, not to mention the near-ripoff of Super Crate Box, and published before he could finish the projects himself.
Even if he made some poor decisions, the universe is out to get this guy.
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News Comments > DNF Royalties Lawsuit
27. Re: DNF Royalties Lawsuit Jun 13, 2013, 21:59 Ludomancer
Dev wrote:
I DOUBT that gearbox lost money on it. Because they sure didn't put much into it. Gearbox says its "3dr's" game, but last I heard, this was all done by gearbox. Didn't they mostly just get the IP and the game itself was done from scratch over again by gearbox?

No, there were things in the final release of the game that I recognized from pre-y2k. From people I know at Gearbox, it was practically finished when they got it, and the only thing stopping it's release was Broussard's inability to let go.

Redmask wrote:
No good deed goes unpunished, did these clowns a favor by releasing their game that would never otherwise made it to market and got punked for it.
Gearbox might make some pretty crappy games from time to time but this lawsuits stinks

I'm not actually aware of the recent lawsuits to Gearbox, so maybe my reaction would differ if so, however...
Pitchford did a personal favor to Broussard, after Broussard met with him and gave him a seriously earnest and heartfelt admission of defeat and regret, to resurrect and complete DNF's development. A PERSONAL FAVOR. They are a business, they obviously saw money in it, but the fact that a man put a company he represents on the line for a friend is taking a big-fucking-leap.

The fact that this same "friend" would sue them.....

Holy fucking shit.

Lastly, I had fun with DNF too, and I really don't give a shit about Duke Nukem. It was a decent game. Would have been AMAZING if it were released 8-10 years ago.

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News Comments > Fez II Announced
5. Re: Fez II Announced Jun 13, 2013, 21:34 Ludomancer
Phil Fish has a terrible reputation among the indie community. Basically one of being a terrible egomaniac, self-righteous, and a sense of being entitled. Also the fact that he basically ripped the idea from Super Paper Mario, but I think that's the lesser reason.

I didn't play the initial launch of Fez, partially because of his rep, but also because it was on the XBox. I picked up the PC version to finally check it out. It's definitely not a bad game. There's literally ZERO story or motivation for doing anything, and the entire thing is basically "collect this shit for the sake of collecting it!" but it does work. The puzzles are very good, even if they're a bit easy, every one will twist your brain at least a little bit to find your way past, and in good game-design fashion, practically every screen is a puzzle in itself (and there are hundreds).
I am disappointed though that he's making a sequel. That seems pathetic to me, and he'd do himself a service if he moved on to newer things.
Either way, you're definitely not in the wrong for liking FEZ, and you're not exactly in the wrong for hating Fish, so it's a tossup for the individual.
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News Comments > RIFT Free-to-Play Begins
7. Re: RIFT Free-to-Play Begins Jun 13, 2013, 00:23 Ludomancer
You guys realize any time a game goes "free-to-play", *especially* when the experience is not hounded by micro-transations, the majority of the revenue comes from having a dedicated installation with network permissions on every users machine (i.e. the game).

They are selling your information up the ass of everyone who will buy it.
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
1. Re: Thief Trailer Jun 7, 2013, 11:34 Ludomancer
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Interactive Lego Bricks... Jun 3, 2013, 22:23 Ludomancer
Lego Bricks are already interactive.  
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News Comments > Arkane Prey 2 Rumor
9. Re: Arkane Prey 2 Rumor Jun 1, 2013, 15:44 Ludomancer
Zyrxil wrote on Jun 1, 2013, 13:12:
Some juicy drama allegations on Neogaf and how Bethesda mistreats the indie studios that develop games on contract for it, and how such shenanigans are why Arkane Studios is now owned by them....

That breaks my heart. As a developer, Bethesda has been my favorite studio for more than 10 years. I've never worked for them, but have always thought they'd be a good "permanent" home for me.

This seems like a realistic story considering what I know from bullshit business tactics, but it still hurts. I don't know if the Arcane element is realistic, but if it is, it just sounds like the typical "hungry capitalist business will do anything to make profit for its board-members".

Arcane deserves better than this, as do the people who have always driven the Elder Scrolls games (though not many of them are left).
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News Comments > Arkane Prey 2 Rumor
1. Re: Arkane Prey 2 Rumor May 31, 2013, 22:11 Ludomancer
Why saddle one of the best modern studios with some pre-existing, extremely-shit IP?  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Zeno Clash II
5. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Zeno Clash II Apr 30, 2013, 23:25 Ludomancer
I have been waiting for this for years.

Not often I get to say that.

If it's even a carbon-copy of the first, I'll still enjoy it.
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News Comments > Mad Max Game Domains
16. Re: Mad Max Game Domains Apr 13, 2013, 22:20 Ludomancer
I just make games dude. I don't know the story about the films. I think you meant to reply to someone else.

Either that, or we've just found the angriest marketing guy in the film-industry.
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News Comments > Mad Max Game Domains
14. Re: Mad Max Game Domains Apr 13, 2013, 18:35 Ludomancer
siapnar wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 11:23:

Will "Friends at Avalanche" do?

(thank the gods for internet anonymity)

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News Comments > Mad Max Game Domains
12. Re: Mad Max Game Domains Apr 13, 2013, 10:51 Ludomancer
Actually, word through the grapevine is that the game is being developed by Avalanche Studios (Just Cause 2), using JC2's engine and featuring modifiable vehicles. I heard this around 3 years ago, so take it with a grain of salt, but it certainly caught my attention.
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News Comments >  Oddness
4. Re:  Oddness Apr 4, 2013, 12:52 Ludomancer
So basically someone at is acting like they're an active game developer, but really have no ability to produce anything aside news and hype?

How's that different from before?

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News Comments > Thief 4 Trailer
3. Re: Thief 4 Trailer Apr 1, 2013, 20:34 Ludomancer
Yeah, if they meant for this to be a true sequel or something, they should probably cast the right actor for it. But I don't have any hope for this anyway. I hated Thief 3, and it's just another whored out franchise now anyway.

Dishonored did Thief almost better than Thief did.
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Payment Concerns
1. Re: MechWarrior Online Payment Concerns Mar 30, 2013, 17:23 Ludomancer
"Your Community Representatives are here to advocate on behalf of your concerns and suggestions"

Ha. More like "phrase reality in an alternative way to force you to accept it".

Community Representatives look out for their masters' interests first.
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News Comments > SimCity Status Report
9. Re: SimCity Status Report Mar 13, 2013, 23:00 Ludomancer
What was it now? Ano 2070? I haven't played it, but shit it looks good.

There's also that Cities XL, but even though I bought it the hard drive it was on died, so I never got a chance to try it out.

Either way, two potentially viable alternatives that probably deserve more marketing than Simcity does today.
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News Comments > Impossible Studios Closing
11. Re: Impossible Studios Closing Feb 9, 2013, 11:52 Ludomancer
Oh wow.. please tell me who did that, I'd really like to know. Why would they even do that?

Seriously? That was very nearly the status-quo in the 90s.

Tremor Entertainment?
Midway in the Bay Area CA had at least one layoff like that (prior to closing)

I wish I could remember all of them. They were so numerous that it just became the norm in my mind, and I'm really just left with a few stand-out instances and a burning sense of spite and bitterness in my mind where the facts used to reside.

This kind of went away since games went fully mainstream. Too much publicity if it happens now.

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