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Signed On Apr 26, 2005, 15:11
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News Comments > Epic Launching Free Cross-Platform Development Tools
2. Re: Epic Launching Free Cross-Platform Development Tools Dec 12, 2018, 23:08 Alamar
 
This is great, and it's nice seeing the old Epic coming back ; )  
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News Comments > Shadow of the Tomb Raider Free Trial
6. Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Free Trial Dec 7, 2018, 09:03 Alamar
 
aka_STEVE wrote on Dec 7, 2018, 08:07:
DO we really need a trial to test it out ??

Uhm... Yes...

Loved the first reboot... Liked the follow up... Have seen too many complaints about this one to just buy it, so a 'demo' is perfect... If I wasn't already busy with the new PoE League starting in 5h ; )
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Reminder: Diablo Revelations Coming Next Year
8. Re: Blizzard Reminder: Diablo Revelations Coming Next Year Dec 1, 2018, 22:52 Alamar
 
Jivaro wrote on Dec 1, 2018, 19:52:
Yeah they keep using that "multiple projects" term.

If they would just come out and say Diablo 4 is coming when its done that would end a bunch of the anger. It obviously would stir up the media types, but at least the actual paying customers wouldn't be looking to burn down Blizzard.

The longer they don't say that...the more cynical I get. I don't want first person Diablo. (for example) It is so easy to be clear about these things and yet they continue to be vague even in the face of such negative press and consumer reaction. It seems kinda weird and counter-productive to me.

They know all this... If there were a Diablo 4 coming, they would have said so... It's other projects in the same 'lore', and likely different genres...
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Free Gambit Trial
8. Re: Destiny 2 Free Gambit Trial Nov 10, 2018, 11:37 Alamar
 
I'm enjoying it again... Playing with some new (to the game, and not) friends.

Picked up Forsaken, which now includes Osiris/Warmind, and enjoyed all three so far. Am considering throwing another chunk at getting the 'Annual Pass' or whatever it's called for the next three smaller (Osiris/Warmind sized) DLCs too.

Previously, I had gotten it at launch, and was annoying when Osiris came out 'too early', and wanted another $20 USD or whatever... Then when Forsaken came out, a friend was raving about it, but I couldn't justify paying that same $20 USD per Osiris/Warmind, and another $40 USD for Forsaken... But now that they're included, yay for me, and boo for those that paid double what I did.

However, this is the nature of gaming, and it's not like they're the first to do it... Plenty of MMO's had full launch prices, then monthly subs, then they went F2P... I paid for every WoW expansion when it was launched, and now they're all included in the latest...

Triple A SP titles come out at full price, and less than half a year later are 33-50% discounted, and then you can pick them up for $10 USD another 6-12 months after that... Pay to play or save and wait... Same shit here ; ) Though when it goes back to full base price next week, there'll be a lot more salt... Unless buying Forsaken gives you the base game then too.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Reorganization
10. Re: Oculus Reorganization Nov 5, 2018, 10:15 Alamar
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2018, 09:27:
I have to disagree that the good VR games aren't there. Until you've raced at 180mph in a Ferrari in VR or piloted a starfighter or fighter jet in VR you haven't seen just how awesome VR is right now. Sure, there's tons of VR asset flip drek on Steam but, well, it's Steam. It has been ages since Valve worried about quality control, so who is surprised?

Agreed with this... I was reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, because when Dactyl Nightmare came out, I was all over that shit, and thought the idea was awesome... But the fad died, so when it came back, I was all 'meh'... Even with my co-worker, for an entire year, telling me how great it was...

Finally picked it up on a whim and was truly amazed, as is anyone else I invite over to try it (and being a 'convert', I'm always inviting people over to try it ; ). I now have it set up on it's own PC in it's own room.

As for games that I think are great...
- Lone Echo, is probably still my singular top pick... It's a 0G game, which, surprising to me, didn't make me motion sick (I almost always prefer teleport movement). The controls were great, and the graphics are top of the (VR) line, and it has a story, which is about as good as any game.
- Killing Floor: Incursion. Very good shooter, again with good graphics, minus a few stupid design aspects (like not knowing wtf to do on the final level).
- Beat Saber... This is my jam... Holy shit, it's such a simple concept, but it feels and plays great, and the music fits it so well.

I have another 10-15 or so, and not many are worth mentioning... I've been putting a lot of time into 'In Death', but it's in EA, and very basic (and punishing) gameplay... It's a bow shooter, so that appeals to me, and I've gotten a lot better at it, so that's nice... It also has it's annoying issues (like lack of pace and balance, and teleporting mobs that appear behind you, but you don't hear).

Lastly... VR Porn... It's not truly VR, because that would require a camera to be able to move... So it's basically just a movie you can look around a room in (assuming you have a reason to look away from the action : ). It has some other negatives, related to the restriction above... But holy shit... Porn has never been so immersive (outside of that one scene where you could see a camera man off to the side: 'Dude... Go away')... Especially if you have a willing partner helping along while you're watching the action.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Just Cause 4
3. Re: Gone Gold - Just Cause 4 Oct 31, 2018, 10:50 Alamar
 
Seems pretty odd that I had no idea this was being developed... Except that I tried 2, and didn't find it very interesting...

I'm sure it'll do very well, and we'll see many clips of crazy stunts over the next 6 months ; )

After people get sick posting about RDR2.
 
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News Comments > Trine 4 Announced
5. Re: Trine 4 Announced Oct 24, 2018, 22:37 Alamar
 
So happy they're still in business... They had some financial issues with the development on 3.  
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News Comments > QWENT Went Out of Beta
1. Re: QWENT Went Out of Beta Oct 24, 2018, 09:57 Alamar
 
That actually looks pretty badass... Wasn't a fan in game, but if the reddit GWENT circle jerk is any indication, I was in the minority : )  
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News Comments > Priest Simulator Announced
14. Re: Priest Simulator Announced Oct 23, 2018, 09:53 Alamar
 
ForgedReality wrote on Oct 23, 2018, 09:39:
What, nobody's gonna mention the Wilhelm scream?

I haven't watched that yet, but I'm constantly pointing it out to the wife in anything we watch...
 
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News Comments > Dreadnought Launches
8. Re: Dreadnought Launches Oct 16, 2018, 10:06 Alamar
 
Slashman wrote on Oct 16, 2018, 09:46:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 16, 2018, 08:44:
You think all free to play games are spyware, or do you have a specific complaint against this game?

He's just a troll. Don't feed him and he'll hopefully go away.

This is still a good follow up... For those of us that can't remember all the random trolls and curmudgeons, it helps to know if a comment is valid.
 
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News Comments > Darksiders III FORCE FURY Trailer
1. Re: Darksiders III FORCE FURY Trailer Oct 3, 2018, 12:27 Alamar
 
Looking good... I really should force myself to finish #2 though...  
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News Comments > The Witcher Author Demands Additional Royalties
38. Re: The Witcher Author Demands Additional Royalties Oct 2, 2018, 20:20 Alamar
 
Dude definitely deserves more for his contribution to the success of these games... $16M USD more? Maybe not...  
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News Comments > Minecraft: Dungeons! Announced
3. Re: Minecraft: Dungeons! Announced Sep 30, 2018, 20:37 Alamar
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Sep 30, 2018, 19:25:
Well isnt this a disgusting sell out. Hold on its MicroSux, so pretty much expected.

Seriously have no idea what you mean by this... Any chance you can elaborate?
 
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News Comments > Wildstar and Developer Carbine Closing
3. Re: Wildstar and Developer Carbine Closing Sep 7, 2018, 11:17 Alamar
 
I tried beta, and it wasn't enough to get me to sub, but I tried again when it was F2P, and thoroughly enjoyed the leveling and the combat...

But then I tried the crafting system, and quit... While I could have enjoyed the game without crafting, I like to consider the long term appeal, and I just wasn't going to put the time in to get anywhere with it, if one of the systems was that 'grindy'.
 
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News Comments > Riot Commits to Change
36. Re: Riot Commits to Change Aug 30, 2018, 13:53 Alamar
 
Primalchrome wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 21:11:
It almost gives the impression that some of these lumberjacks didn't read the article and haven't been following the issue over the last week.....we should all be shocked and stunned. While some of the reactions are silly and over the top regarding joking done between co-workers, there was obviously a lot more going on below the surface. The requirement that you be an enthusiastic part of 'riot culture' as part of the hiring process, the way some of the female employees were treated, the way some of the losers would try to leverage their position for hook-ups.....all massive red flags. One would hope that they would fix the issues and not do the exaggerated pendulum swing to the polar opposite.

I like your points, minus the bolded one... How is this different than any other software, or more specifically, game company? I know I want enthusiastically culture fitting people for where I work. Companies like Blizzard require this, because they can cherry pick from hundreds of thousands of yearly applications...
 
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 Hidden Message
24. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Hidden Message Aug 28, 2018, 15:49 Alamar
 
Desalus wrote on Aug 28, 2018, 11:42:
I don't mind nudity as long as it doesn't feel forced and it doesn't feel as if I'm watching a porn video. I would also like it if nudity was equal to both genders (and I'm heterosexual btw). I find it ridiculous when media has no problem showing plenty of female nudity but then when it comes to male nudity they film from weird camera angles and there are neatly placed props to cover up the man's penis. I remember seeing plenty of female nudity in the Witcher 3 but not once did they show Geralt's dong. Why the inequality?

I don't recall Witcher 3 showing any Vulva's (the closest to the male equivalent you're referring to twice), so I'm not sure where this 'inequality' lies...
 
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News Comments > Cyberpunk 2077 48-Minute Gameplay Video
3. Re: Cyberpunk 2077 48-Minute Gameplay Video Aug 27, 2018, 17:11 Alamar
 
Well... Now I'm piqued...  
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News Comments > Battle for Azeroth Sales Wow WoW
6. Re: Battle for Azeroth Sales Wow WoW Aug 23, 2018, 12:07 Alamar
 
Darks wrote on Aug 23, 2018, 12:02:
Cram wrote on Aug 23, 2018, 11:04:
Impressive. Congrats to WoW.

Co-Workers are trying to get me back into the game, but I'm two expansions behind and don't have the energy anymore. Hearing a lot of good things though.

Impressive? No, its not really. This is what the current user base has been over the past few years. so it was expected.

Pretty low compared to previous addons.

"Battle for Azeroth is the fastest-selling World of Warcraft expansion ever"

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News Comments > Battle for Azeroth Sales Wow WoW
5. Re: Battle for Azeroth Sales Wow WoW Aug 23, 2018, 12:05 Alamar
 
It's interesting how things felt leading up to the launch... Lots of complaints about how meh Blizzard's pre-pre-launch efforts were...

Personally, going into the pre-patch was pretty meh... I enjoyed the content/story of the pre-patch, but there was so little of it, and nothing consistent, like Legion's launch. Then the later events, and the big lol disappointment (Who burned the tree? Of course it's Sylvanas, but no, 'You'll be surprised' marketing bullshit)...

And then a whole slew of pre-launch content came out (2 of the 3 warbringers vids, 2 very not short novellas about the tree event), and people were all over the place, generating the usual hype...

The expansion itself feels good... Has a bunch of the things that worked well in Legion, and some of the (old and new) problems. The Horde story has been interesting, and gearing up (WQ's and/or Dungeons) is the same as it ever was (maybe faster). Both my Demo Lock and Frost DK are low 320's, and I'll be ready to step into Normal Raiding by the 4th, and I've enjoyed both in longer fights, so I'm hopeful I won't get bored to shit too fast ; )

The whole Azerite gear system is a bit fucky though... As you level, you unlock all the traits available, and then at max, you replace the gear, with equivalent traits, but can't unlock them for another month... It's a really weird design... The traits themselves are not game-making/breaking, but some of them are pretty cool... Vampiric Speed was amazing for leveling, and is again, now that I'm finally getting it back while doing some WQ content.

The scaling leveling is also just as fucked as it was in Legion, where you start strong, solo'n 3-5 (double if tank) with no problem at 110-114, then it shrinks down as you progress, and you're your weakest at 120, then you get gear... Part of this is just the iteration of an expansion based system (like secondary stats going from 40% to 10%), but the scaling on top of it (which has a crap ton of pros for other reasons) exacerbates that 'problem' a hundred fold.
 
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News Comments > The Surge 2 Gameplay Trailer
1. Re: The Surge 2 Gameplay Trailer Aug 23, 2018, 00:27 Alamar
 
Likely a Day 1 buy for me, as was The Surge... Thoroughly enjoyed LOTF and The Surge.  
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