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News Comments > Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3
53. Re: Gone Gold - Mass Effect 3 Feb 13, 2012, 18:53 Teddy
 
Yifes wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 16:40:
Just curious, but what functionality does Steam provide that Origin doesn't?

Voice Chat
Multi-user chat windows
Game Recommendation system
Community Groups System
Steam Workshop
Patch Notes (product update) page for every game
Videos and/or Screenshots for every game available
Metacritic rating integration for most titles
Integration of Major Video Game news sites (PC Gamer, Eurogamer, Kotaku, etc)
Screenshot sharing system
Integrated Video Driver update System
Built in game backup system to avoid repeated downloads

Shall I go on?


 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action
45. Re: Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action Feb 11, 2012, 23:07 Teddy
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Feb 11, 2012, 11:15:
Why would anyone want to play this when JA2 and the 1.13 mod are still eminently playable.

And people wonder why developers don't make more games like this, when people refuse to even try new games in favor of playing 10 year old games.

The reason I'm playing it is because I bought it and I tend to like playing games I bought. The reason I bought it is because I actually like developers to make games in this particular genre, instead of just giving up on the whole subsection of games people won't buy anything new when "JA2 is still eminently playable".

Incidentally, people are already making rudimentary mod tools. The first of which allows you to modify the stats of mercs, so you can create one to your liking out of the lower tier mercs. Not as nice as having an in-game system to create a balanced custom merc, and you'll have to make do with that particular merc's picture and voice for now, but it's a start and a way to get one with a unique set of stats and perks that you like.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action
41. Re: Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action Feb 11, 2012, 00:01 Teddy
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 11:16:
What else can i compare it to but the top reference.. true its a mod but it still enhances the core game this remake is supposed to be remaking.

Thats the first thing a remake should have taken inspiration from, no? Modders literally already made a JA2 remake, and thats JA2 1.13 - the standard reference for this genre with no equal.

As someone else has mentioned, it would be awesome if they could have done this but at the same time, that mod has been in development for 7 years. Yes, just the mod alone. Considering that, plus the near 5 year development time for JA2 and you've got a development timeline that is impossible to match for any but the largest and most well funded studios, and none of them would be willing to spend that much time on a genre that isn't in vogue at the moment, not to mention on a single platform.

I'd love to have seen a lot of the features from 1.13 make it into the game, I'd love to have seen most of the features taken out from vanilla in the game, but neither is really likely to happen. For now I'll enjoy the game for what it is, and I'll keep bugging the developers to implement new (or old) features.

They've already said they've not ruled out fog of war as an option in the future. They said they tried it and it 'wasn't fun', which is a pretty idiotic thing to say, but with enough cajoling we might get them to put it back in as an option at the very least.

To each their own, but unlike some here I'd rather support a developer that is remaking or continuing titles I enjoy and encourage them to try and improve, rather than refuse to buy and insult the devs until no one bothers making these games again, ever.

As I said earlier in the thread, the game has been decent fun for me and as far as I'm concerned, it's a solid game. It's not as good as the original, but if people are only going to accept a game as "good" if it's better than arguably the best tactical game of all time, then all they've done is guarantee their own perpetual disappointment.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action
39. Re: Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action Feb 10, 2012, 23:41 Teddy
 
space captain wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 14:07:
JoeNapalm wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 10:13:
Eh, I'm a huge JA fan...and amazingly, it's not the Real-Time-with-Pause thing that bothers me, so far (BE5, while tragically flawed, convinced me that RTWP can work).

What is keeping me from playing the game, right now, is that Back in Action, as a remake, has a whole laundry list of major features that they simply tore out.

yeh, i'll add that it doesnt have stealth mode, or climbing.. which are entirely fucking essential to JA2.. as well as destructible walls, etc, that you mentioned

You can add that all you want, it doesn't make it true. There is climbing, but yes only in specific locations (ladders), so you can still get on the majority of the rooftops. It'd be nice you could climb just about anything, but that doesn't make the current ability to climb on top of buildings suddenly not exist.

Destructible walls are the same deal, they exist, but only in specific locations. Not ideal, but again, they exist.

As for stealth mode, there's no 'mode' anymore. It's built into the entire game system. The closer you are to lights and the front of an enemy's field of view, the more likely they are to see you. The stance you choose (standing firing position, running, crouching and prone) all define how much noise you make along with your stealth stat. As well, there's a camouflage system wherein the clothing you're wearing affects your stealth level if you're in the right area for it (urban camo doesn't help as much in forests, and vice versa).

There's also a bar on your character icon that shows your current likelihood to be noticed.

The stealth system is VASTLY improved over the original JA2's, particularly when combined with the camo system.

But yeah, go ahead and keep making stuff up. Don't let the truth get in the way of your game bashing.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action
14. Re: Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action Feb 10, 2012, 00:48 Teddy
 
space captain wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 00:31:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 10, 2012, 00:25:
it isn't a bad game.

thats wrong.. it is a bad game

Are you planning on filling this entire thread with childish responses like this? Your opinion is that it's bad, we get it. His opinion is counter to that, so is mine. I don't think it's a bad game at all. It's not a great game, but it's been decent fun so far for me.

The RTwP has worked fine for me thus far. I'd prefer turn based, and there's plenty of things in the game that I'd like to see done differently, but they did keep a lot of depth that doesn't exist in other RTS games. Sunglasses improve vision during the day and detract at night, vice versa for night-vision. Multiple stances affect accuracy, visibility and noise made while moving. Tons of weapons with specific addons, like optics, silencers, etc.

The game does a lot of things right as well as several things very wrong. It's not going to be for everyone. It'll tide me over for a short time while I wait for another interesting title, and really, it's $40 vs the standard $60 price tag for new games these days.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action
8. Re: Ships Ahoy - Jagged Alliance - Back in Action Feb 9, 2012, 23:09 Teddy
 
Dev wrote on Feb 9, 2012, 21:07:
Thanks for the comments, I was waiting for reviews and comments, this wasn't a pre-order for me.

And they already have 3 DLC out for this?

So far as I can tell, those are actually the various pre-order bonuses so people can buy them afterward if they want. The desert combat one is the same as the steam pre-order bonus that was offered.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
24. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 5, 2012, 23:04 Teddy
 
Lorcin wrote on Feb 5, 2012, 19:04:
I appear to have wondered into a parallel universe - one where Space Marine tops any kind of sales chart. I shall call it the facepalm universe and hope to get home soon.

66% off is a powerful motivator. Put just about any title with a decent name to it at that discount and it'll be number one for that week. It'll disappear just as quickly next week when there isn't a sale on it.
 
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News Comments > Reckoning Dev: Piracy Prevents PC Exclusives
34. Re: Reckoning Dev: Piracy Prevents PC Exclusives Feb 2, 2012, 16:18 Teddy
 
PropheT wrote on Feb 2, 2012, 13:05:
What major non-MMO PC-exclusive games are there anymore since Titan Quest besides Crysis, a game that was also pirated to hell and back?

ANNO 2070
Heroes of Might and Magic VI
Starcraft 2
Shogun: Total War 2
Civilization V

Just off the top of my head, I'm sure there's more.
 
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News Comments > etc.
147. Re: etc. Jan 31, 2012, 20:42 Teddy
 
Draugr wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 18:13:
Prez wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 12:57:
Remember, while many christian churches will tell you "Hate the sin, love the sinner", WBC and it's ilk are carrying around signs of "God Hates Fags", "God Hates Jews", "Got Hates Obama", "Thank God for Dead Soldiers", etc.

Right on cue, the the usual fall-back for Christian-bashers: Westboro Baptist Church. They are a fringe loon group of haters that no Christian would ever associate with, and to even categorize them as Christians is offensively ignorant. Saying that they or other loon groups like them are indicative of Christianity is exactly like saying that Jerry Sandusky and other gay child predators are indicative of all homosexuals. Utter nonsense.

When did it become fashionable to answer irrational intolerance and deliberate misrepresentation with more of the same? Everyone complains about it when Christians do it but that doesn't seem to stop them from doing the exact same thing back at them. It would seem to me it's far better to rise above such nonsense rather than lower oneself to that level by responding in kind.

Well, lots of Americans have been doing this very thing to Muslims for decades, so it's not surprising to see it happen with other religions. When 9/11 happened we(speaking for america) didn't say, 'Well, those weren't REAL Muslims,' we never made a distinction, we just call them extremist, but they are still Muslim.
Using this same reasoning, Organizations like the Westboro Baptist Church, the Hutaree, or people like Timothy McVeigh are just as truly christian as the people who committed attacks on 9/11 are truly Muslim. If we make the distinction for the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church, then we should stop considering Al-Qaeda a Muslim organization.
That doesn't stop some American's from painting all Muslims with the same brush though, and then getting upset when it happens to Christians. That it extends to other religions is only natural. I don't mean to imply you are one of the people guilty of this double standard, but this is a disconnect a lot of people tend to have.

These people do what they do in the name of their religion, which they get to decide, not others. I have no right to say you aren't Christian, just as I don't have the right to say you ARE christian; my input is irrelevant to your beliefs. The same reason some people blame Muslims for 9/11 is the same reason some people would still consider people like Timothy McVeigh Christian. It may be perverted to the point of you not considering them so (Just like there are Muslim who wouldn't consider members of Al-Qaeda to be Muslims,) but you can't stop them from acting in the name of their chosen god, and in turn tainting the 'brand.'

Exactly. It's a cheap cop-out to try and disavow people like WBC and declare them non-Christians just to try and keep your concept of what a Christian is in check. They are lunatics, they are fringe, but they ARE CHRISTIANS.

I'll also point out that I never once said they were indicative of all Christianity. I made it VERY clear that they were an extreme example of what Christianity CAN be, as a tool to display just how varied behavior and belief can be within Christianity as a whole.

Again, there's a huge spectrum of behavior among Christians. Not all of it is good and loving, and not all of it is evil and hate-filled. The majority lay somewhere in between, hopefully more of them leaning toward the good side, but who knows, really.
 
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News Comments > BF3 Patch Plans Summary
24. Re: BF3 Patch Plans Summary Jan 31, 2012, 20:17 Teddy
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 19:58:
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 18:13:
1st BF game I ever skipped buying, and don't regret it for a second after playing the alpha and beta. Everytime some news is released about the game, it only confirms just how right I was.

When you're not playing the game it's pretty easy to only take in negatives.

Allow me to list a postive to counterbalance: It's tons of fun and looks great.

It's also very easy to only take in negatives when that's all you want to see/hear. Only reason he reads these threads is pretty obvious from his posts. He's only reading them to look for reasons to validate his refusal to purchase, thus citing positives to him is a waste of time. He'll either dismiss them outright or come up with some excuse as to why they're invalid.

Sort of like Cutter in every SWTOR thread, only less obnoxious.
 
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News Comments > BF3 Patch Plans Summary
9. Re: BF3 Patch Plans Summary Jan 31, 2012, 13:56 Teddy
 
Bhruic wrote on Jan 31, 2012, 13:54:
I'm glad to see the MAV riding and random deaths are being fixed, but honestly, that seems like a pretty small patch list, considering some of the issues remaining in the game.

Which isn't to say I don't enjoy the game, but I'd hope they were working on it more than it looks like they are working on it.

Bear in mind that this isn't an offical patch list from DICE or EA. This is just a list of things that a fansite was able to glean from twitter comments of devs.
 
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News Comments > etc.
138. Re: etc. Jan 31, 2012, 12:43 Teddy
 
Prez wrote on Jan 30, 2012, 17:21:
I can tell you that hate is not something true Christians partake in.

And this is precisely my point. To try and justify your claim of generalization, you need a qualifier, in this case "TRUE" Christans.

I'll give you a counter example. The Westboro Baptist Church. I assure you, everyone involved with that misguided and hate filled group thinks they are TRUE Christians too. The Army of God is another obvious example, and there are many more. While these are extreme examples, chosen to highlight the differences in beliefs, the Christian community as a whole is not a polarized community. There aren't the "good" Christians who are wholly nice and loving people, and then the "bad" Christians who are evil and hate filled. There is a full spectrum of belief and behavior. Not all are as extreme as the examples listed, but there are plenty in the middle ground.

Remember, while many christian churches will tell you "Hate the sin, love the sinner", WBC and it's ilk are carrying around signs of "God Hates Fags", "God Hates Jews", "Got Hates Obama", "Thank God for Dead Soldiers", etc.

As far as those you met in churches, see what I said before about how people tend to behave while in churches. All piety, purity and love. You'll rarely truly 'meet' a person in a church. You meet the facade they want everyone to see and hear. Who they are outside the church is a far better test, but as with anyone Christian or not, unless they know you well enough to let that facade fall, you may never know who they really are.

A simple example of that is a man I once worked with. While I knew him at work, he was the nicest guy you could imagine. Always there to help, quick with a joke or a laugh. He even helped set up various charity efforts we were working on at the time.

Then one day he didn't show up for work, thought it was odd of him not to call. The next day, he was on the news (live), holding a woman hostage with a gun downtown. Apparently he had horribly beaten his wife and children and was on the run. The SWAT team put a bullet through his head on live TV just as he was about to shoot the random woman he'd grabbed as a shield. Point is, you can never really know how good or evil people may be based on what they show in public. Oh, and incidentally, he was also a Christian.
 
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News Comments > etc.
118. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2012, 16:56 Teddy
 
Prez wrote on Jan 30, 2012, 14:59:
It has been my experience that, generally-speaking, Christians are intolerant of homosexuality but do not hate homosexuals.

Christianity is far too large a group of people with vastly disparate beliefs even within their own denominations to consider anything "generally" true of them.

I suspect if you ask an actual Homosexual about their experiences with Christians, you might find the answer very different than asking the Christians that you know what they think of homosexuality.

I've had plenty of experience with "Christians" who profess purity, honesty, integrity and love while inside a church but once outside in the real world, they prove themselves to be very different people. Conversely, I've met some truly wonderful people that are Christian.

Just because someone calls themselves a Christian, doesn't mean they're -good- Christians, nor does it give any indication that they believe or behave in the same manner as you would expect.

That all said, I agree with the initial point and applaud someone actually pointing out that words do indeed have different meanings.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Interview
12. Re: Minecraft Interview Jan 29, 2012, 21:43 Teddy
 
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 21:36:
wtf_man wrote on Jan 29, 2012, 18:47:
In any case... I have zero interest in Minecraft.

Guess what! Notch doesn't care. Nor does anyone else here. Get over yourself. That self-important attitude belongs on Facebook, along with all the other conceited dullards who think anyone else gives a fuck about what they think.

Thank you, have a nice day.

Guess what! wtf_man doesn't care. Nor does anyone else here. Get over yourself. That self-important attitude belongs on Facebook, along with all the other conceited dullards who think anyone else gives a fuck about what they think.

Thank you, have a nice day.

/mockery


Just so I understand right... What he thinks isn't welcome here as far as you're concerned, but what you think is just fine to post here all you want? Newsflash, you just posted your own self-important and conceited opinion.

/insert obligatory "Don't presume to speak for me" comment as well.

Needless to say, get over yourself, hypocrite.
 
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - SOL: Exodus
3. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - SOL: Exodus Jan 25, 2012, 22:22 Teddy
 
There's a purely awesome quote on one of the screenshots on that site.

"The People have risen up against the COD!"

How dare they oppose our aquatic overlords!?
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Bans Gone Wrong?
10. Re: Battlefield 3 Bans Gone Wrong? Jan 24, 2012, 14:22 Teddy
 
Beelzebud wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 14:19:
Remind me why I want to use Origin again?

Remind me why you're stupid enough to interject Origin bashing into a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with it?
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up
46. Re: The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up Jan 21, 2012, 16:27 Teddy
 
Prez wrote on Jan 21, 2012, 15:46:
Why is it that whenever a new MMO comes out there are people who actually root for it to fail?

Guilty. I can't speak for others here, but in my case it's because I utterly detest all MMO's. They are the worst thing to happen to modern gaming this side of Activision in my opinion.

That's pretty pathetic, don't you think? If you don't like them, don't play them. There's plenty of other games out there, but instead you desperately hope they fail so that the people who DO enjoy playing them get screwed?
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up
45. Re: The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up Jan 21, 2012, 16:24 Teddy
 
Creston wrote on Jan 21, 2012, 11:58:
Doombringer wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 23:37:
Creston wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 23:18:
and again Bioware punishes people for playing their broken game in a way that's allowed by the system. Creston

Because this is the first time this has ever happened in any MMO, ever, and Bioware is the first developer to punish players for "creative use of game mechanics" ...

RIGHT. If I had a dollar for any time a developer had to rollback or take action against a player, guild or raid group for cheesing a loot system, Honor system, or in general using a bug to their advantage... I'd be a rich man.

Don't make Bioware out to be some huge badguy here. This happens very often, in many MMOs. Just recently, Blizzard took action against raids who cheesed the LFR loot system, exploiting it, in patch 4.3... a patch that was on PTR for weeks upon weeks.

Fair enough, but have the other MMOs ever BANNED players for it? Not for cheating, but for playing a clearly broken mechanic?

I have no problem with them rolling back the ill-gotten gains, but why are people being banned for playing the game?

Creston

Yes. WoW banned several guilds (the people involved in the actual incidents) for abusing obvious bugs in boss encounters.

You're not "playing the game", you're abusing a mechanic in such a way that it detracts from the enjoyment of other people who also paid to play the game. Griefing is technically "playing the game" by your definition. It's also harassment and something that will get you temporarily banned in just about every MMO in existence if it's proven you're doing it, which isn't that hard to do in a game that logs everything you do in the first place.

Just like the people who intentionally abused the bug early in Battlefield 3 where you fell through the terrain but could still see/shoot through it. If they were intentionally doing it, they got banned from any decently moderated server for doing so, and they deserved it, every one. This is no different.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up
19. Re: The Old Republic Ilum PvP Follow-up Jan 21, 2012, 07:41 Teddy
 
s1mon75 wrote on Jan 21, 2012, 07:00:
So people who were playing the game, within the rules of the game, will be penalised for the lack of forsight by the patch creators / developers?

Glad I cancelled my account.

If what those people were doing doesn't SCREAM exploit to you, then I'm glad you cancelled your account too. One less retard looking to abuse game mechanics to ruin other peoples' experiences.

I'll bet you're a hypocrite too and were one of the people screaming for bans over people that used exploits in CoD or Battlefield.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Cancellation Issues; Trailer
163. Re: The Old Republic Cancellation Issues; Trailer Jan 20, 2012, 12:49 Teddy
 
Verno wrote on Jan 20, 2012, 11:15:
As for TOR itself, most of my friends who hopped in for the initial zerg rush are already planning on quitting. It's kind of a shame to see these things flame out so quickly, hopefully the licensed content keeps the masses coming back for awhile as this failing will put a lot of people out of work.

That's a pity, but it's the exact opposite of the experience I've had. Every one of my friends that moved to ToR is still having a great time playing through multiple character story-lines and hasn't shown any intention of leaving.
 
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