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News Comments > MechWarrior Lawsuit Settled
14. Re: MechWarrior Lawsuit Settled Jun 24, 2018, 03:22 Numinar
 
Suppa7 wrote on Jun 23, 2018, 10:04:
The reality is many of the dubbed anime from the past have been superpassed. Mobile Suit gundam 00 is probably one of the best mech animes ever made. The old Macross is stale, they really have had a hard time not fucking up macross, I wasn't a fan of frontier or macross delta.

I'd rate gundam seed / Gundam 00 greater than macross at this point in anime history.

There is so much anime now that old classics aren't talked about much anymore like Evangelion or Ghost in the shell.

It's too bad GITS got worse, the first version being the best gits. They took Ghost in the shell in odd directions after the first movie. Especially with stand alone complex.

I mean, yeah? I fell off the Anime train in the late 90's because a lot of the older series just went to shit (Like Macross, gundam seemed to shit the bed as well for a while there) and the newer stuff was mostly about Anime girl tits for some reason. Even if the new stuff is good (I wouldn't know) it doesn't detract from how fucking mind blowing that old 70's/80's stuff was compared to the domestic offerings at the time, and how lucky some of us were to get the heavily edited versions of them in the west snuck into state programing before and after school. I mean, they couldn't hide the fact the earth was all but wiped clean of life in half of them! (Whoever was responsible for those early cuts of Nausica should be arraigned for crimes against humanity in the Hague though).

0083 and earlier Gundams, most Captain Harlock films and older Macross and heaps of stuff I've forgotten were pretty phenomenal when I caught up with them in the mid 90's. I still watch the more recent dubs of the early Ghibli movies multiple times a year with my daughter and some are amazing, like Laputa, Lupin III and Nausica and so much more interesting and nuanced than the drek they think kids should be watching these days. A lot were well ahead of their time in having awesome, complex girl protagonists with agency, personality and flaws which I really appreciate and never realised how rare that was in media aimed at kids until I started to raise a kid myself.
 
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News Comments > Star Control Court Battle Brewing?
14. Re: Star Control Court Battle Brewing? Jun 24, 2018, 02:28 Numinar
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2018, 23:05:
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2018, 22:56:
It sounds to me like you guys are just trying to scam people out of two million dollars.

That's probably it. Can't imagine the property is worth anything remotely close to that. Or ever would be even if they won it all and got a game made. And even if they raised the money and won how the hell could they afford to make a game anyway? Yeah, sounds pretty scammy all around.

It's personal though. This IP meant something to them, something they poured years of work into. Something others have attempted to emulate (Star Control 3) and failed at miserably.

It seems petty but SC2 is one of the earlier games where there is a real sense of authorship, with writing and humor that mostly nails the landings.

The Stardock project has a lot to prove, after their MOO came out and was competent yet missing that spark that makes those early 90's PC games still amazing experiences today. Not that Paul and Fred seemed likely to live up to the previous title either but I can appreciate how they may feel protective over their legacy. Their Activision projects made millions but I imagine Star Control was professionally more fulfilling and important to them than kids/toys to life games.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Lawsuit Settled
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 23, 2018, 05:23 Numinar
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jun 22, 2018, 20:59:
Cutter wrote on Jun 22, 2018, 20:18:
I don't recall this Robotech cartoon but I did watch a lot of Battle of the Planets.

Robotech was pretty awesome. Not many cartoons willing to kill off the entire cast in an episode or two and then just continue on with their descendants and a new story/cast in the following episode.

It was amazing back then, but it's a butchered version of Macross whose transforming space fighter plane robots, whilst not retconned out of BATTLETECH, are effectively extinct in the lore and most BATTLETECH products to avoid legal issues with the licensing nightmare.

I think Astroboy has aged well but a lot of the early attempts to make early anime palatable to western audiences sucks. Still compared to what kids today get, Robotech (Macross), Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato), Battle of the Planets (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman) and Astroboy (Mighty Atom) are fucking amazing. The villian/ally of the week almost certainly died in every Astroboy episode. I pity the generation after mine that only knows episode length advertisements for toys that can never kill anyone because gotta sell those toys (Transformers, Pokemon).

In Australia all this shit was shown before and after school on State media. I assume it was psyops to try and raise a generation of sci-fi nerds who would then get into science. Which worked but then we defunded science and they all went to work in the US which sells technology back to us for massive profits. Or maybe it was to help us love Japanese culture and forget about all the great uncles that died fighting the empire in South East Asian jungles.

Surprised Cutter didn't know Robotech, I thought most this stuff was dubbed in Canada. I know a lot of it didn't make it to the US.

Oh, and fucking THIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev1aBt-_Zs4
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2018, 05:10 Numinar
 
Prez wrote on Jun 18, 2018, 12:50:
No, PUBG is not an asset flip. It is a complete, skillfully designed game that happens to use Unreal assets. That said, fuck them right up their Blue Hole for being so arrogant as to sue people who made a vastly more unique-looking and visibly recognizable game than their generic-looking eye sore. Nothing in PUBG can remotely be called original in the least. It looks like any number of amatuer Arma mods.

I kind of like the generic quasi-realistic graphics and ARMA-esque movement of PUBG over Fortnite. Sure it appeals to kids (Mostly through being free) but sometimes less kids is a good thing.

But the lawsuit is pretty stupid. They could have used an engine made by someone who doesn't make games if they were that worried about conflict of interest.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
6. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 20, 2018, 05:05 Numinar
 
I think the cartoon look (And physics) the series was known and loved for just started to look too stupid as they got higher definition.

They should probably add a bouncy mode for old times sake, but I wouldn't call the new costumes unsexy, just less impossible to fight in. I mean, form fitting ninja outfits are pretty hot.

 
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News Comments > Rocket League Rocket Pass Details
2. Re: Rocket League Rocket Pass Details Jun 20, 2018, 04:18 Numinar
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 21:40:
It's going P2W? How sad.

How is it PTW Cutter? I think the different vehicle meshes can affect the ball slightly differently but none of the existing ones are considered more powerful than any others. Just different. They have already have hundreds of different cosmetic things that unlock in the game, with more coming for free. This just gives people a way to get extra pretty shit by sending the devs money.

But I assume you misread the announcement because you are sad it is going P2W, which I imagine you wouldn't be if you hadn't played and liked it.

I'm not even sure how you would make rocket league P2W short of giving you slow mo or goals for dollars or cars that go faster or have more boost or fly better or something. I think it's only as popular as it is because everyone is always on an even footing with only lag, skill and platform performance/display tech the difference.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
18. Re: etc., etc. Jun 16, 2018, 08:35 Numinar
 
Verno wrote on Jun 15, 2018, 11:05:
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 15, 2018, 10:16:
Instead EA chose to make our female protagonist a british cyborg that wields a large barbed wire cricket bat.

Exactly. It's fucking stupid and breaks with the tone they established in previous games. That's why people didn't like the trailer, it was a silly mess.

Ahhh, the tone where you all stand on the wing of a plane and airdrop yourselves onto a capture point and headshot 12 people in a row. Vaginas totally ruin that!
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Odyssey Details
12. Re: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Details Jun 13, 2018, 07:28 Numinar
 
Creston wrote on Jun 12, 2018, 09:57:
Launching October 5 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC*

* Note: An announcement for the delay of the PC version by three weeks for extra 'polishing' is forthcoming.


Also, I'm sorry, I'm supposed to get excited about open world naval combat set in this timeframe? The naval combat in Origins was garbage. Groups of archers is not the same as a row of freaking cannons.
It should be less about archers and more about ramming and boarding and having infantry battles at sea. But the engine dosn't support this at the scale it needs for those ships.

It half worked in Black Flag, but even then it was janky and only got a pass because of the cinematic feel.


Man, I got this wrong. I assumed it was set in the same time as Origins or close to it but I guess this is Assassin's Creed Pre-Origins?

Origins is amazing though so I am all in on this. Wife has just booked an Egypt trip and most my enthusiasm for it is because of that game.
 
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News Comments > Win10 Exclusive Gears of War 5 Announced
2. Re: Win10 Exclusive Gears of War 5 Announced Jun 11, 2018, 11:07 Numinar
 
Darks wrote on Jun 11, 2018, 10:20:
Microsoft is not going to win the hears ad minds of gamers with this Win 10 exclusive bullshit.

I like Gears and all, but their stupid ass Market for downloading shit is so painful.

I think Gears 4 was exactly the same. Plays great on PC. Few games let me play co-op with mates on the other side of the planet without the lag killing it.

But yeah, the marketplace, xbox app and download management all suck. I feel like the 360 was ahead of it's time and then they saw Apple get rich and decided they needed to make their shit as horribly ass backwards as theirs is for some reason.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
20. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 11, 2018, 07:23 Numinar
 
TheBigVlad wrote on Jun 10, 2018, 13:10:
Nice to see Subnautica on the top 10. It's a flawed game but it's unlike anything else out there. Playing through it was a a treat. With all the low-effort dreck being cranked out nowadays, it really felt like a breath of fresh air. I think the devs said they're working on an expansion so I'm looking forward to that.

I played that this year, and it's one of the best games I've played in years. I think I started around release and there were not many bugs or major problems.

That feeling of parking your mothership sub in some scary abys with giant, football field sized monsters and giant crabs and power sucking leaches all around and then jumping into the minisub or exosuit to mine for minerals or explore for secrets is so awesome. Really feels like a dangerous, lonely, awesome expedition. It has a hand crafted vibe few games give these days.

It makes you earn everything you get, and the feeling of accomplishment is astounding. Almost every little upgrade to your vehicles or equipment feels super useful.

Expansion/sequel would be pretty amazing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2018, 12:45 Numinar
 
That avalanche story is insane. It's a pity they cannot fund the volunteer rescuers with some kind of tourism or outdoor gear tax, but maybe there is one already or it would hurt tourism too much. Though there were problems, it seems like the way the different emergency volunteers, workers, police and railway staff worked together made that rescue possible in a way that it's hard to imagine happening in many places. I guess living in the Arctic makes for tough people that understand the value of cooperation and preparedness.  
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News Comments > PUBG War Mode Returns; Sanhok Testing Extended
1. Re: PUBG War Mode Returns; Sanhok Testing Extended Jun 7, 2018, 12:17 Numinar
 
I love PUBG but this fix stinks of the multiple lobby fix for game start issues that is still in evidence. Those 100 player lobbies were great stress tests for if you had the game settings right. Make it smooth-ish there and you knew you would be fine in game.

Instead of finding a way to make the design work, they have instead reduced the scope of the design. A very slippery slope. I'd accept the fix as a temporary solution but the what you see is what you get aspect of PUBG is super important to it. The idea that 100 people could all meet in a bathroom is important, especially for future modded content, even if it will never happen in a real game.
 
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News Comments > HITMAN 2 Reveal Thursday?
6. Re: HITMAN 2 Reveal Thursday? Jun 7, 2018, 12:11 Numinar
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 05:40:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 04:42:
So is WB Games actually still supporting the PC or, like they said after the Arkham Knight debacle, they wont do stuff for the PC anymore?

Arkham Knight was a disaster in release state and even after the first patches. It did work well on some VERY high end machines but was in some places (especially when driving the bat tank) unplayable because of massive frame stuttering. It was absolutely irresponsible to release the game in this state. Nowadays, it is just awesome. I played it, finished it, did almost all side missions - what a great game. It should have been in this state at release and not the catastrophe it happened to be at release.

Yeah I did AK 3 times including hardest, no button prompt difficulty. It's probably my favorite game in the series, though it lacks the intimacy of AA or the best moments of the rogues gallery of AC, which I think also had better predator moments and that cool exploration of the undercity.

And the car stuff was fine but not very Batman-like. Outside of the early parts and a boss fight it never outstayed it's welcome.

But as a whole, wow. That game has all the rough edges of AC ironed out and is so, so fun moment to moment. And looks phenomenal, at least on PS4 where I played it all those years ago now.

On PS4 it launched well and still looks better than most PC games released recently on hardware many times more powerful. That they stuffed up this port must have cost them tens of millions. Think of what a Batman Trilogy would have earned them if they hadn't screwed the pooch and tarnished it's reputation, maybe not quite Skyrim evergreen but it could have spent a long, long time on those steam charts.

Making games is hard though. They should have delayed it and let it come out a few months later, or gone full Rockstar and given it a year, but who knows if the contractors doing the port could have done it. The thing looks so good on console I imagine most it's optimization and rendering tricks are laser focused on those platforms and would have taken much better planning, resourcing and talent to get parity on PC.
 
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News Comments > Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes
13. Re: Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes Jun 7, 2018, 07:07 Numinar
 
Red886 wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 12:23:
Numinar wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 04:28:
El Pit wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 02:21:
The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.


Actually they released the complete, full, super good value version of BATTLETECH on April 24 this year.

Have you played it? It's already a massive, awesome game. Just like CK2 and EU4 were on release. I've lost weeks to it and could probably go a 2nd or 3rd playthrough if not more. Sure there are a few missing MECHS they could cram in there but there were more than enough as is.

I would hope any DLC is oldschool, like the main game, and just add a shorter, tighter new campaign and heaps of QOL improvements and a few units. Micro DLC could also work but I'm not sure if a few bucks for a few MECHS would tickle my fancy unless heavily discounted. Like most Paradox DLC!

question to ask would be "when will be the sequel? 10 years time after dozens of dlc?"

I understand the frustration. I'm not sure what a CK3 would be, they have World of Warcrafted themselves by making a product so big over 6 years with all the enhancements and patches no newly released game could compete with it. What would a new engine have to do to make deprecating previously purchased content worth it?

BATTLETECH could be run in a similar way, as a living product that gets better over time and eventually has multiple factions, start dates spanning 800 years and campaigns to choose from. We don't know what their plans are for it though and it could definitely benefit from advances in rendering, animation and physics in a way that the Paradox map of the world games do not.

But with the fairly static and already mostly complete tabletop ruleset as a base, future separate releases seem pretty reasonable for BATTLETECH as well. Longer line of site ranges and maybe an option to use different tabletop rulesets verbatim would be a bonus and something the current release could possibly be modded with.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 6, 2018, 04:36 Numinar
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 20:12:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 14:49:
I really like my Hyper X headset. Good sound, and a good design with a removable mike and 3.5mm jack. And it wasn't that expensive.

Ditto. I have tried many "gaming" headsets and they always sucked compared to my Sennheiser and AKG reference baselines. The Hyper X were the very first I tried that didn't sound as if they were tuned to solely bass frequencies and didn't feel like I had strapped 50lbs of weight to my head (looking at you here Corsair and Logitech).

The mic on my set is a little quiet but using software as a mixer allowed me to make it a "hot" mic which fixed the problem.

I fixed that mic issue with some kind of weird pre-amp equalizer. Equalizer APO Configurator with the PEACE GUI. It took a lot of threads about the issue to find the solution, certainly no solution from HyperX. Maybe if I wrote them directly I could swap the USB dongle thing but I imagine there is no point given the ubiquity of the issue.

The headset itself is amazing. Much better even than my old Sennies that died from having the cords run over a few too many times. Especially for the price, but the quality of the USB external soundcard thing obviously has problems (The mic issue doesn't exist when you use the jack on a PS4 controller).
 
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News Comments > Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes
10. Re: Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes Jun 6, 2018, 04:28 Numinar
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 02:21:
The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.


Actually they released the complete, full, super good value version of BATTLETECH on April 24 this year.

Have you played it? It's already a massive, awesome game. Just like CK2 and EU4 were on release. I've lost weeks to it and could probably go a 2nd or 3rd playthrough if not more. Sure there are a few missing MECHS they could cram in there but there were more than enough as is.

I would hope any DLC is oldschool, like the main game, and just add a shorter, tighter new campaign and heaps of QOL improvements and a few units. Micro DLC could also work but I'm not sure if a few bucks for a few MECHS would tickle my fancy unless heavily discounted. Like most Paradox DLC!
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 5, 2018, 07:00 Numinar
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 4, 2018, 21:17:
John, if elected, will use the pardon power to pardon himself.

That pardon only works in the USA. His rape and murders in Belize will still be a thing.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Year 2 Roadmap Livestream Tomorrow
4. Re: Destiny 2 Year 2 Roadmap Livestream Tomorrow Jun 5, 2018, 06:15 Numinar
 
Bishi wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 02:25:
Such a soulless shell of a game, there are more exciting cookie clickers.

Please let me know what these are and don't say Warframe or anything that pretends it's Diablo. I've tried many times.

I kind of want to play, it feels great. But that feeling is also almost all it has now. I feel like the D1 environments were more interesting even if the D2 ones are larger and more detailed.

 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Odyssey Revealed
18. Re: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Revealed Jun 2, 2018, 10:56 Numinar
 
saluk wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 17:58:
Hate to break it to y'all but calling it "Odessey" in no way confirms it actually takes place within the fictional setting of Homer's Odyssey or the surrounding myths. The title could reasonably be intended as setting the game within the historical context that produced those stories.

I'm still working my way through syndicate. Honestly, these games are as popcorn as they come, but sometimes popcorn is what I want to eat. I'll probably keep eating popcorn as long as it is produced. I also would probably not cry about it if it stopped. I'd just eat pretzels or something.

Yeah I'm all about popcorn if it involves tooling around a rough recreation of a vanished world made by thousands of artists.

I think the Odessey reference doesn't apply to the times they were set it, as Origins is set in late Ptolmeic Egypt centuries later. it could however be Bayek retracing that myth due to it, like everything else of historical note in the Assassins Creed lore, being the key to some superweapon/supercomputer/superhealing device.

I hope I'm wrong though. Archaic Greece would be pretty fun and wide open in terms of interpretation.

And Origins tried some half ass god of war style battles with Mythical creatures. Maybe they will lean into that more.

 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Odyssey Revealed
17. Re: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Revealed Jun 2, 2018, 10:51 Numinar
 
Task wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 10:28:
Every Assassin's Creed has fiction in it. Isn't the entire background about Ancient Aliens? All the "gods" usually turn out to be an Alien species.

Well, that is because almost all gods are Aliens, or would be if they were real. Especially if they created the earth, they are by definition not of this world.
 
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