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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2016, 20:33 BIGtrouble77
 
Whatever happened to Romero's kickstarter? Last I heard he said they were going to put together a playable demo, then crickets.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 29, 2016, 15:11 BIGtrouble77
 
Fion wrote on Sep 29, 2016, 12:52:
Ah... PS VR is cheaper than PC VR options because it isn't remotely as capable.

This is what frustrates me about the state of VR at the moment. People are going to come to conclusions about whether VR is good or not based on hardware that is still not ready, especially on consoles. It's like saying making music on a guitar is not viable because the piece of shit you own can't stay in tune. What you are playing may not be viable, but decent guitars sure are.

In a generation or two VR will have sufficient "affordable" hardware, I just hope it's not dismissed as a gimmick by then.
 
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News Comments > Sunless Skies Announced
6. Re: Sunless Skies Announced Sep 25, 2016, 03:12 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2016, 02:45:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Sep 25, 2016, 02:42:
I really like sunless sea, but don't play it as much as I should. That said, I'm not sure where they got the name "Sunless SKIES" when it takes place in space.

Didn't you read the above text? They spell it out. See #5.
I did read it, but I guess I was thinking of it from the perspective of someone flying in space, not on a planet.
 
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News Comments > Sunless Skies Announced
3. Re: Sunless Skies Announced Sep 25, 2016, 02:42 BIGtrouble77
 
I really like sunless sea, but don't play it as much as I should. That said, I'm not sure where they got the name "Sunless SKIES" when it takes place in space.  
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News Comments > Sorcery! Part 4: The Crown of Kings Released
3. Re: Sorcery! Part 4: The Crown of Kings Released Sep 22, 2016, 13:27 BIGtrouble77
 
Reminds me I have to finish playing through part 1. These gamebooks are the only thing I like playing on mobile lately.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 20, 2016, 13:46 BIGtrouble77
 
The smartphone industry is in a weird place now. Samsung is dealing with their billion dollar disaster based on their own hubris, google is already trying to reinvent themselves with what is going to be an overpriced dud and apple is justifying destruction of their customer's confidence because they are brave.

I would normally say I'm happy to be an iPhone user, but iOS10 has been horrendous for me and upgrading to an iPhone7 seems like a step back from my 6Plus. If I could go back to where I was 2 weeks ago, I'd be set for the next year.

2016 is just a year to forget, hopefully next year everyone gets their shit together and releases some good hardware with software that works.
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Kongo Trailer
2. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Kongo Trailer Sep 5, 2016, 13:56 BIGtrouble77
 
I still think Civ's gameplay mechanics are dated and need an overhaul, but I will do a 180 on the art style criticisms I made... visually, the game looks pretty spectacular.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 30, 2016, 13:20 BIGtrouble77
 
With these tax situations I've learned to hate the game, not the players. Every large international company is playing these games, but apple gets the headlines because of their mass appeal and scale. This little tax tweak existed to save Apple $15b, that's insane.

These tax sheltering games are bullshit and need to go away. Happy the EU has the backbone to set this shit straight, as they should. But all companies need to be held to this standard, it's well know that Ireland is a tax shelter for many large US companies.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 28, 2016, 14:36 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2016, 12:29:

* JDreyer waits patiently for RimWorld to go on sale *

If you are waiting, then you are missing out. $30 for a game that I might end up putting 500 hours into is a steal.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Released
6. Re: Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Released Aug 25, 2016, 19:06 BIGtrouble77
 
Desalus wrote on Aug 25, 2016, 17:06:
Yes, the assumption I was making is you wait longer and then get a full expansion pack instead of everything being released in small chunks with heavily inflated prices.

It looks like they are finally releasing all of the minor dlc in a "content pack" for $5. That's something I've been requesting for years. They can charge what they think is fair, but don't release 1 major dlc with 7 minor ones. I'm fine with the major dlc and the "everything else" dlc.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Released
4. Re: Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Released Aug 25, 2016, 12:53 BIGtrouble77
 
Desalus wrote on Aug 25, 2016, 11:14:
This is the 61st piece of paid DLC they have released for this game. That's just crazy...I long for the days when this nickel and dime DLC was collected together and released as a big expansion pack.
The only nickel and diming here is with the graphics/music packs, the major DLC are great. Paradox frequently does sales where you can buy the base game and most of the DLC for around $30.
 
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News Comments > Cossacks 3 Early Bird Bonuses
1. Re: Cossacks 3 Early Bird Bonuses Aug 23, 2016, 18:31 BIGtrouble77
 
I was hoping they'd improve the aesthetic to be a bit more realistic looking. Unfortunately it looks like they've gone the other way, with more of a "Settlers 5" cartoon look.  
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News Comments > Endless Space 2 Early Access Next Month
2. Re: Endless Space 2 Early Access Next Month Aug 23, 2016, 18:18 BIGtrouble77
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 10:11:
Double Ds confirmed.
I am looking forward to this one. I really liked the first game.

Most people didn't like the first, but ended up loving Endless Legends. I'll need to watch some youtube LPS before I commit to this one because I found the original to be pretty boring. That said, the ES2 trailer is pretty lame, not sure how that's supposed to make me excited for this game.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Previews
3. Re: Elite Dangerous: Guardians 2.2 Aug 21, 2016, 21:22 BIGtrouble77
 
Really looking forward to this ED update. I just outfitted an anaconda for trading that could use a crew of fighters.  
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News Comments > Europa Universalis IV Rights of Man Announced
1. Re: Europa Universalis IV Rights of Man Announced Aug 19, 2016, 13:08 BIGtrouble77
 
I don't think Paradox intends to ever make an EU V or CK III.  
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News Comments > City: Skylines: Natural Disasters Announced
7. Re: City: Skylines: Natural Disasters Announced Aug 18, 2016, 23:43 BIGtrouble77
 
DrEvil wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 13:45:
Not quite, SimCity still has a better and quite frankly, less ugly, UI. I also absolutely loathe the stupid bird ticker thing.

I like Skylines for the most part, but the UI is still pretty infuriating at times and economy planning doesn't seem to work out as well.

SimCity's UI may have a few issues, but at least it is consistent and far more pleasant to look at.

Simcity 5 had a great UI, it maintained the charm that existed since sim city 2000. Cities UI works, but it's pretty weak.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
17. Re: Game Reviews Aug 15, 2016, 16:31 BIGtrouble77
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 15, 2016, 14:26:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2016, 14:19:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Aug 15, 2016, 11:19:
NMS would have been fine if they didn't present it as a AAA title. The $60 price tag just adds insult to injury. It should have been release as a $20 early access title.

I've read a lot of people getting about 30 hours or so out of the game. While I agree that this is a $20 game, I can see how people can justify the expense at $60. And although we're calling this an indie game, it doesn't look like an indie game. No 8-bit or 16-bit graphics like Starbound. No 2000-era graphics engine like Rodina or Pulsar. So it's easy to see why they're charging full price for this, and people are paying it.

And it's a new genre of game: Procedural Space Adventure?

If that's a new genre, then Elite Dangerous is the true innovator. When Elite was released it did not have a whole lot of content (and was criticized deservedly so), but Frontier nailed the simulation part. They nailed the physics, hyperspace travel, planet generation, universe modeling, etc. I can't say NMS succeeded in any of that from what I've seen.

The reason Frontier has chosen not to release the "earth-like" planet exploration module is because of all the reasons NMS is being criticized. Procedural generation of planets with life has never been done at a scale that these games need to be enjoyable.

I'm pretty sure NMS will drop to $20 range when the DLC start appearing, just like Elite did. It's a shell of a game that is going to need content updates for a very long time to come. Hopefully people will be patient and forgive this barebones release and look to future updates. I'll be holding off until much later. $67 EA titles are not my thing.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Aug 15, 2016, 11:19 BIGtrouble77
 
NMS would have been fine if they didn't present it as a AAA title. The $60 price tag just adds insult to injury. It should have been release as a $20 early access title.  
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds
11. Re: No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds Aug 12, 2016, 12:21 BIGtrouble77
 
The more I hear about the negativity around this game, the more I think I'll like it. I love Elite and NMS appears to have the same kind of criticism. Seems like the exploration nature of both of these games gives an overall similar satisfaction if you are into that sort of thing.  
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News Comments > PC DOOM Sells 1M
13. Re: PC DOOM Sells 1M Aug 10, 2016, 12:51 BIGtrouble77
 
I know I have not bought this because I don't think my GTX780 will cut it. I'll probably pick it up during the holiday steam sale which will coincide with my new video card purchase. Not sure how many others are in the same boat.  
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