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News Comments > Epic Hacked
35. Re: Epic Hacked Jun 11, 2011, 22:17 Teddy
space captain wrote on Jun 11, 2011, 22:08:
Teddy wrote on Jun 11, 2011, 22:03:

tsk tsk - thats what the neanderthals said

While they were no doubt clubbing a neighbouring tribe over the head and stealing their women.
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News Comments > Epic Hacked
33. Re: Epic Hacked Jun 11, 2011, 22:16 Teddy
Cutter wrote on Jun 11, 2011, 17:44:
I doubt it's Anonymous as they're much more political. It's probably just asshole thieves out of Russia or China or the like. And regardless, it's not like these corporations lack the funds to properly secure our information, they simply choose not to. But that's what class action suits are for.

That's a possibility. But then recall not too long ago the general consensus was that there was a splintering of Anonymous. One of the unofficial spokesmen for the group basically said that there were a lot of people who had joined in that weren't there for the right reasons. They were just people looking to be shit disturbers, rather than interested in any of the things that Anonymous claims to stand for.

As is the nature of any group of people, when it becomes large enough, there will be factions and when the divide in philosophy becomes great enough, they'll part ways. If one of those splinters happens to have little to no moral or ethical compunctions, then with the skills they learned as part of the collective, they could become anything from annoyances (as we're seeing here) to real, actual, threats to society.

So while yes, it doesn't seem that Anonymous is directly responsible, I'd hazard a guess that they could be indirectly so, via the technical education of people who just want to stir the pot for no reason, or worse for their own personal gain.
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News Comments > Epic Hacked
31. Re: Epic Hacked Jun 11, 2011, 22:03 Teddy
killer_roach wrote on Jun 11, 2011, 21:00:
yuastnav wrote on Jun 11, 2011, 19:13:
Right, because pretending that a problem doesn't exist makes it go away. That always works like a charm!
Maybe banks shouldn't use vaults and just keep the money in the lobby! Surely people aren't douche bags and won't just, you know, take it. No, that thought is completely preposterous!

If people aren't taking stuff, there's no problem where it's kept. Love the "blame the victim" logic, by the way... I see a future for you in defending rapists.

That you put hackers and rapists in the same category shows a pretty sad sense of logic.

The question here is not one of morality, but one of practicality and personal responsibility. People WILL take stuff. That's the reality of the world, and the reality of humanity. It WILL NOT CHANGE.

Knowing that, then if there is something you don't want others to take, you have the responsibility to secure and defend it. Would you leave your family's life savings in a pile on your front yard and then when it goes missing, would you then tell them it's not your fault? That you're a victim?

This is the same reason that if you leave your car unlocked and it gets stolen, then you get nothing from the insurance company. Because your own personal negligence in terms of security enabled those who stole from you. That is the same thing we're seeing here, minus the involvement of insurance companies.

There is a question of how much more they could have done vs how talented the hackers were, but none of us know the specifics. Either way, in a business that involves people PAID to secure the servers and website, to exonerate them for their failure and place all the blame on the hackers is just stupid and naive.

Both sides are to blame, one more than the other certainly, but there are no helpless 'victims' here for you to raise on a pedestal.
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News Comments > BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours
42. Re: BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours Jun 10, 2011, 16:30 Teddy
Shineyguy wrote on Jun 10, 2011, 10:15:
People are commenting on the fact that the Battlefield series of games proper, were MP only games (1942, Vietnam, 2, 2142. They all had "Singleplayer" in that you were playing on the MP maps with bots filling out both teams.)

Quite right, but was and is are two different things. The previous games (before the bad company series) were all advertised as multiplayer games. Those are the trailers they showed, that was what they talked about, and ALL they talked about.

Bad Company 2 (never played 1) was sold as BOTH single player and multiplayer, and BF3 is being sold the same way. Single player trailers shown, hands on demos for it, etc.

Battlefield is no longer JUST a Multiplayer series, and as such, customers have every right to expect a solid single player experience. Whether it's wise to purchase it ONLY to play single player is another question, but denying the fact that it has single player and proclaiming Battlefield 3 as JUST a multiplayer game is, again, just plain stupid.

As for the quote from Dice, thank you for sourcing it. Frankly, that was downright fucking stupid of them to say and I'm glad that no media picked up on it. If Kotick saw that exact same interview, those words would be thrown in EA's face and spouted in every interview he did from now on and like it or not, it would cost them sales from those people who are only interested in single player (yes, they still exist).
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News Comments > BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours
14. Re: BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours Jun 9, 2011, 22:37 Teddy
DangerDog wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 22:31:
They've already said it's mostly just a glorified tutorial to get people new to Battlefield up to speed.

Cite source, please. Trashing a component of their own game shortly before release? I don't believe they said that for a second.
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News Comments > BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours
13. Re: BF3 Campaign Around 6-10 Hours Jun 9, 2011, 22:35 Teddy
As much as I enjoy playing the Battlefield games multiplayer, this nonsense has to stop.

"It's a multiplayer game!"

"It doesn't need single player!"

No, it is NOT a multiplayer game. You may prefer that side of it, but this is being built, marketed and sold as a single player AND multiplayer game. People have every right to expect a reasonble single player experience from a game that's being sold as such. Telling them they shouldn't because YOU prefer multiplayer, or because YOU think the single player component is unimportant is just plain stupid.
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News Comments > Arma 2 Free Announced
17. Re: Arma 2 Free Announced Jun 9, 2011, 17:58 Teddy
JaguarUSF wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 13:09:
badasscat wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 11:30:
No HD gfx?!
Not familiar with the game, what does this mean

It means it'll work on more people's systems

Chances are it's more about conserving their bandwidth while delivering a free product. Hi res textures could mean multiple gigabytes more data per download.
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News Comments > Arma 2 Free Announced
8. Re: Arma 2 Free Announced Jun 9, 2011, 11:30 Teddy
Having just watched the launch trailer... the graphics don't look significantly different to me from the original. What "HD Graphics" are we missing?  
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News Comments > Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter
15. Re: Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter Jun 9, 2011, 11:15 Teddy
The Advocate wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 10:27:
I can't wait to play as a marine/colonist fighting off hordes of military/alien/rebel enemies!

That's SO awesomely original!

What if you were the alien fighting off marines and colonists that were trying to take over your planet?
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News Comments > Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter
14. Re: Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter Jun 9, 2011, 11:13 Teddy
Topevoli wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 10:12:
Most people don't know Infinity Ward and the creation of a Respawn Ent. They know COD, BLOPS, MW3... They will not make the correlation that this is a game by the Modern Warfare creators.

That may well be true, but it's certainly not in my experience. Everyone I know that played CoD, regardless of Console or PC knew who Infinity Ward was and they knew when it was an IW CoD game and when it was Treyarch, they understood the difference and had different expectations accordingly.

Now that said, not all of them know about the schism between Infinity Ward and Activision and that the current developer named Infinity Ward is no longer the same team. That will no doubt hold some significance. But I'm sure EA will capitalize on "The creators of the Call of Duty / Modern Warfare series' new game!"

I suspect full well, we'll be hearing a LOT more from EA about how the founders of infinity ward and the creators of CoD now work for them and details of what they're working on as we get closer to the release of MW3, if only to sow doubt on what MW3 will be like without the original developers at the helm.
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News Comments > Arma 2 Free Announced
5. Re: Arma 2 Free Announced Jun 9, 2011, 11:01 Teddy
My question is, is this a seperate product? If Arma2 Free offers the ability to play MP Arma2 without the HD graphics, etc... can I join in with the purchased version of Arma2 and play against the same people WITH HD graphics?

Obviously mods would be out of the question, but it would irk me a bit if there were no benefits to owning the actual game (outside of being able to play the actual game with mods, etc).

Just a curiosity at this point. Time will tell, I suppose. Would be nice to not have to have both Arma2 and Arma2 Free installed just to play with different segments of people.

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News Comments > Arma 2 Free Announced
3. Re: Arma 2 Free Announced Jun 9, 2011, 10:54 Teddy
justice7 wrote on Jun 9, 2011, 10:52:
This seriously kicks ass!!!! I'm all over it. I mostly play these games for the multiplayer anyway, and getting more people to play the amazing mods out there is nothing but a great idea.

Arma 2: Free serves up almost everything offered by the original Arma 2 ... minus the campaign, HD graphics and support for user-made addons and mods.

By the sound of that, the free version will not have access to those 'amazing mods'.
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News Comments > Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter
4. Re: Respawn Making Sci-fi Shooter Jun 8, 2011, 23:37 Teddy
WyldKat wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 22:18:
Awesome, it's great to see that someone has decided to make a game in one of the most underused genres ever, the shooter. It's a bit disappointing though that they've chosen to make it Scifi instead of a modern setting, now THAT would be revolutionary!

To be fair, this is essentially Infinity Ward under a different name. Shooters are what they do. What they've always done. At least they've moved away from WWII and Modern Day.

It's been a while since there's been a good, high quality multiplayer sci-fi shooter as I recall (Barring console only Halo: Reach). Sure they could be doing something else, but when you have one of the top FPS developers on the planet working for you, are you going to tell them to do something else? Something they DON'T have a proven history of success in? That just doesn't make any sort of business sense.
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News Comments > Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3
25. Re: Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3 Jun 8, 2011, 20:38 Teddy
Ventura wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 19:57:
Now, I don't mean this as an insult...but not everyone wants an ADHD shooter experience that is CoD. There has to be ups and downs in pacing.

Fair enough, but then, isn't that why soliders take breaks between missions?

Nope. This is more a function of proper story telling, which is a surprisingly important factor in making interesting movies and games. In that, I don't mean that the story itself is important (of course it is). I mean rather that the way a story is paced is just as important in terms of gameplay.

The problem I had with Black Ops single player was that it was so absolutely monotonously full of action and explosions and cannon fodder enemies that I was bored out of my freaking skull despite being in the thick of crazy intense action. I recall several times, even on the harder difficulty settings, just stopping behind a wall and walking away for a while while my AI teammates continue to mow down enemies and scream at me about how we need to get out NOW because the building's just about to explode.

If there's no pause, no build up, no lulls in action then there's no tension whatsoever. Games these days, particularly the CoD series seem to have lost sight of the fact that a corridor or room that has no enemies in it may just serve to make things MORE interesting and compelling than filling every single room to the brim with enemies.

It always astounded me that people gave Black Ops' single player any measure of critical acclaim, when I wanted to claw my eyes out halfway through because I was so freaking bored.
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance: Back in Action In October
12. Re: Jagged Alliance: Back in Action In October Jun 8, 2011, 20:21 Teddy
Prez wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 19:06:
I'm so starved for some JA gameplay I buy just about every turn-based tactical RPG that comes along. I even weaned a modicum of enjoyment out of Hired Guns- Jagged Edge.

*cough*Frozen Synapse*cough*

Not as expansive a game, and no RPG elements, but it's sating my Turn-based Tactical fix at the moment. It's not for everyone to be sure, but certainly worth a look if you liked X-COM / JA.
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News Comments > Morning Previews
13. Re: Morning Previews Jun 8, 2011, 18:41 Teddy
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 18:01:
I played competitivly for BF2 for a number of years. Although I agree most pub servers sucked ass, there were a number of servers I played on that were heavily admin'd (you know, when we ran our own servers and such ) that were great to play on.

Other than AQ2, BF2 has probably some of the BEST gaming as a competitive model that I have ever played. The adreno rush and excitement of a really good battle is unmatched. To win required a TON of teamwork, communication, strategy, etc etc etc. The game is a blast, and I am really hoping that is captured again in BF3.

No doubt, but competitive matches and pub servers are very different things. You get teamwork from players in competitive CoD matches too (back when those were actually possible). Having server admins that keep the peace and enforce a certain style of play can happen in any game as well (assuming they ahve the ability to do so). I recall Black Ops servers where the server admins enforced some very restrictive "realism" rules to cut down on run+gun players frequenting their servers. Also recall servers in Counter-strike years ago with admins that enforced teamwork, and enforced objective play by booting anyone who was not making an attempt to accomplish the objective of that particular map.

My point is, it's not really a function of the audience playing the games, as much as it is the tools available and the way rewards are handled in the game itself as well. If we can admin our own servers, then of course there will be less asshats on them. If the game rewards people for helping each other, rather than only showing player's names in lights for their own personal K/D ratio, then people will help each other more.

As far as BF itself as a compeititive game. I played competitive in BF1942, Vietnam and BF2 on occasion, but strictly speaking, I've never been a fan of respawning gameplay, or the conquest style of the BF series. I very much appreciated the Rush and Squad Rush game modes in BC2 as they felt closer to what I was looking for, but even still I miss the tension found in single spawn games like Counter-strike, or the early Rainbow Six series.

Single spawn doesn't work with vehicles, I imagine as it's simply too easy to die when they're included, but since I first played Squad Rush in BC2, I've been hoping to see some sort of non-respawn game mode added as an option to the BF series. It's really the only reason I ever play any CoD games these days is to get my fix of objective based, single life play via Search and Destroy.

Edit: Speaking of the teamkilling for vehicles, I always wondered by they didn't just go the simple route once the problem became evident and stop you from being able to get into a vehicle for X amount of seconds after TKing someone. Sure, it may cause a few rare situations wherein accidental kills during hectic firefights cause a problem, but it would completely eliminate the whole 'getting shot in the back of the head by a teammate while about to get into a jet/helicopter'.
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News Comments > Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3
13. Re: Infinity Ward on Dedicated Servers & PC MW3 Jun 8, 2011, 18:20 Teddy
<Electric-Spock> wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 18:09:
"But let’s not lose that dedicated core audience that wants the dedicated server experience. We’re looking at ways to on how to incorporate that into Modern Warfare 3."

Answer? Promise dedicated servers "sometime after launch" and then never actually release them. Worked for Black Ops' mod tools, didn't it?
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News Comments > RIFT Sells Nearly 1 Million
28. Re: RIFT Sells Nearly 1 Million Jun 8, 2011, 18:02 Teddy
kanniballl wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 17:00:
How exactly does a hostile guild takeover happen?

Generally speaking it begins as one guild (generally larger and with further progression) helping another smaller guild that's struggling to field enough members for their own full raids, while the larger guild is perhaps missing a spot or two in a second (or third) raid team. Then, the better players of the smaller guild are enticed with offers of permanent raid spots, further progression and more consistent raids and raid teams.

If enough bite, and sometimes it only takes one or two, then whatever holes were in the larger guild's teams (assuming they're running more than one) are filled and they no longer need the smaller guild. The smaller guild is left completely unable to field raid teams with the loss of those who jumped guilds and from there it's inexorable. You will lose more members because they aren't getting the opportunity to raid consistently or successfully, then you either join the larger guild, disband, or wait to be wittled away into nothingness.

Most generally choose to merge with the larger guild if only to continue playing with friends they've had for some time.

Seen it happen plenty of times.

I've also seen other situations where two guilds merge, the new guild run by officers of both, but those of one of the guilds aggressively set up guild activities and give preference to including their old teammates first and only allowing a few of the new members to join in. Those that are frequently left out end up disenfranchised and eventually either leave the guild, or log in less and less often.

Politics happens everywhere, even in imaginary worlds.
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News Comments > id on RAGE PC Controls
9. Re: id on RAGE PC Controls Jun 8, 2011, 13:40 Teddy
Verno wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 12:00:
This should be crossposted to the Dungeon Siege thread of an example of how to properly handle choice.

id clearly doesn't know what they're doing. They should be creating one master control system and intentionally hampering all the rest of them to ensure that everyone has to play the game the way they want them to.

That's the way REAL developers like Obsidian handle things these days. THEY dictate how a player should enjoy their game, not the other way around.

*nods to himself*
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance: Back in Action In October
4. Re: Jagged Alliance: Back in Action In October Jun 8, 2011, 13:26 Teddy
Beamer wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 13:12:
You guys are excited for this?

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