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News Comments > Game Developers Choice Awards
9. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 2, 2017, 12:52 Flatline
 
Glad to see Firewatch catch a few awards. I played it once a year ago, and I keep coming back to it every few months.

I know it's a walking simulator and the story kind of ends on an off note, but something about it really got to me.

Also, going through the director's commentary, you don't notice it, but there is a massive amount of variability going on under the hood.

Between Firewatch and Skyrim, I really, really want a pure exploration/hiking game. Something massive where you can hike, climb peaks, maybe hang glide, spelunk, raft, maybe do some tools to set up orienteering races, topo maps, GPS, etc.. Maybe even some survival woodscrafting if you really wanted to.

In my mind's eye I call the game Range. Modeled after a smoosh of the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades, and the Appalachians. Maybe include some geography similar to Zion or the Grand Canyon. Make it moddable so you can add terrain modules and share them. Create a central server that you can opt into that over time tracks players who follow tracks and create use trails and use campsites and semi-permanent modifications from frequent use.

Throw in a VR option and some solid screenshot/photography tools and I think you have a complete package.

I don't know how much of a market there'd be for a game like that, but I'd pay for it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2017, 15:36 Flatline
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:20:
Flatline wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:01:
And probably this is a good thing. Back in the day you could commit someone against their will and basically lock them up and forget about them. There's some real horror stories about husbands doing that to their wives, political and legal retribution, etc...

On the flip side it's harder to get help for someone who doesn't want help. Real nightmare for paranoid schizophrenics who freak out at the idea of getting help.

It went extreme in the wrong direction. How many times has a mass shooter known to have an undiagnosed, untreated or unsupervised mental illness? Approximately 30% of homeless people are mentally ill, trapped in their own mental nightmare and cannot get out because they are too ill, impoverished, depressed, or paranoid to seek treatment. There needs to be some kind of evaluation system to force treatment or supervision on people who are obviously hurting themselves or a potential danger to others.

We can thank Reagan for this. And many believe Trump to be the next Reagan. If true, we are fucked.

However, there is a sliver of hope.

Very true. There probably is a sane middle point that we can reach.

And you're dead right about Reagan. He hosed California's mental health system really good back when he was Governor. I don't know anyone who has a severely mentally ill family member in California that doesn't spit on his name.

Why we haven't fixed the system though I'm not sure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2017, 13:01 Flatline
 
Why was Robertson - and lunatics like him - not institutionalized in an insane asylum long ago? I mean, him and his ilk are literally cuckoo bananas. In any rational society in the world they would have been locked up and treated long ago. These people are batshit crazy.&#65279;

Real non-snarky reason?

They never committed any crimes. America did away with forced mental institution committal a long time ago. At best you can be put into a mental health facility for observation for 48 hours, but you must commit yourself to stay longer than that. If you have done something violent you can be observed for longer, but at the end of the day in this country if you don't want to be in a mental health facility you can leave if you are your own ward.

And probably this is a good thing. Back in the day you could commit someone against their will and basically lock them up and forget about them. There's some real horror stories about husbands doing that to their wives, political and legal retribution, etc...

On the flip side it's harder to get help for someone who doesn't want help. Real nightmare for paranoid schizophrenics who freak out at the idea of getting help.

Slightly more snarky answer? There's certain kinds of insanity we not only condone, but encourage. Hoarding is fine if it is wealth or pricey material posessions are your obsession of choice for example.

Under the blanket of Religion you can get away with an awful lot socially in America. Same with Government and Business. Politically and in Business we idolize sociopaths and people who normally would be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Narcissism is enabled, encouraged and admired on social media.

This is particularly prevalent in America, but you can see it throughout many countries and cultures to varying degrees.
 
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News Comments > Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War?
11. Re: Leak Reveals Middle-earth: Shadow of War? Feb 27, 2017, 13:34 Flatline
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 27, 2017, 09:43:
Shadow of Mordor was alright. The nemesis system added an interesting mechanic, though if I remember correctly it undesirably made the game harder the more you failed, and easier the more you won.

Agreed. But it was more fun the harder it was. There's a lot of content you don't see if you don't die a bunch.

That's a totally fixable issue though. You just have to adjust the churn and let orcs level up quicker on their own. Bring back killed orc leaders with scars and plates and stuff.

It was fun to have the orc chiefs remember you and talk smack referencing previous defeats.
 
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News Comments > World of Darkness Interactive Fiction
2. Re: World of Darkness Interactive Fiction Feb 16, 2017, 23:20 Flatline
 
"We eat blood"

WITAF? That's some mature storytelling you've got there, Lou.

Look, World of Darkness is dead. No pun intended. It screwed the pooch long and hard with it's reboot, White Wolf got bought out by EVE Online, who then let the license atrophy until one of the old product devs founded Onyx Publishing and kickstarted shovelware (no pun intended) where they basically washed the old books through Print On Demand and some publisher layout updates, and then charged people top dollar for it. They even charged money to *write* for the book, instead of the other way around.

WoD is dead and the time for it's resurrection passed when the Twilight trilogy came and went. If there were any savvy marketers who gave a shit about WoD any more they'd have done a huge relaunch on Twilight's first movie and rode that wave hard with licensed fiction, board games, TTRPGs, etc...

Now.

All of that having been said.

Some of the indie mobile phone games out there are ARG-lite games that replicate social networks, chat programs, google, etc...

World of Darkness has always been about the supernatural world laying underneath our own and conspiracies laying down every alleyway and shit like that.

WoD and these ARG-lite games seem like they'd be made for each other. But that would require creativity, intelligence, and a little bit of a bankroll.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 14, 2017, 11:46 Flatline
 
I'm like 4 months away from paying off my Galaxy s6 on Verizon so this little price war is amusing to me.

Beneficial too. I dropped a gig of data off my old plan and saved 20 bucks a month.

Verizon and T-Mobile can keep fighting it out. I'll be happy to pick up the best deal of the two. Though 55 dollars for more data than I'll generally use is tough to beat.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 8, 2017, 12:04 Flatline
 
Retired wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 10:19:
Revenge-porn site operator Kevin Bollaert sentenced to 18 years.

Kill someone you get 3 years, get out kill another person get 3 more years. Rape someone you get less than 1. Kick a dog you get 20 years.

Something seems off....

In the news today here in the liberal state of MN where everyone deserves 20 chances, molest several children and as long as you plead guilty, all time is adjudicated, so feel free to continue!

NO TIME SERVED!

This revenge porn story is from 2015....
 
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News Comments > Project CARS 2 This Year
5. Re: Project CARS 2 This Year Feb 8, 2017, 12:01 Flatline
 
I was under the impression Project CARS was still in early access or in development. I didn't realize it was a finished product. Huh.

Actually I just realized I was confusing this with Assetto Corsa.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures
29. Re: Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures Feb 7, 2017, 12:48 Flatline
 
sauron wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 10:27:
Is this the patch that makes the game... Eh, nevermind.

In truth, I picked up FO4 at half price last year and played it through (70 hours), and it was decent but I always felt there was something lacking. Unlike Skyrim, which I played for 150 hours and could not get enough of.

I guess different strokes for different folks...

I picked it up and made it like... 4 hours. I think I'm standing outside the gate of the first big city because that was the point where I ran out of fucks to give.
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Publishing Psychonauts 2
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 6, 2017, 16:46 Flatline
 
bozu wrote on Feb 6, 2017, 15:54:
Besides the ship date, what problems did you have with the Double Fine Adventure kickstarter? To me, it looked like they greatly increased the scope of the game due to the wild success of the kickstarter.

Didn't they run out of money and were forced to sell the game in 2 halves?
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Series Hiatus?
43. Re: Deus Ex Series Hiatus? Jan 30, 2017, 21:59 Flatline
 
Squirmer wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 17:19:
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 11:40:
doesnt really matter.. Cyberpunk 2077 will destroy all memory of Deus Ex, forever replacing it as the de-facto ultimate cyberpunk rpg and relegating DX to the dusty shelves of historical gaming academia
Maybe if your only memory of Deus Ex is "cyberpunk". For me, I'm more interested in its design as an immersive sim, and its legacy (along with Looking Glass's games) is still important and still lives on -- in Dishonored, in System Shock 3, in Ultima Ascendant, more distantly in the Bioshocks, and in indie stuff like Gone Home and Consortium.

I never found the original Deus Ex to be "immersive" or a sim for that matter. It allowed you to approach your goal from different perspectives and had gargantuan levels to accomplish that, but otherwise it was an FPS with minor RPG elements mixed in.

Even for genre, I wouldn't call Deus Ex a cyberpunk game, but more probably a techno-thriller. On the sci-fi side of a Tom Clancy novel. Human Revolution managed to take the genre into some interesting transhuman directions, and that probably is the biggest loss to me: the exploration of transhumanism in RPGs is something sorely lacking. Maybe CP2077 will tackle that. The setting leaves it open for such exploration.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Hi-Rez Texture Pack Next Week
5. Re: Fallout 4 Hi-Rez Texture Pack Next Week Jan 30, 2017, 21:49 Flatline
 
So I put like 3 or 4 hours into Fallout 4 and walked away. And I'm not sure why, because I can go reinstall New Vegas and put another 15 hours into it without blinking. Something about the game just... felt like a letdown and I don't know what it is.

Actually I take that back, I've found myself, following the main plot, beseiged by NPCs of wildly different powers. I've gotten cheap-ganked by enemies that I can't see more than once. On one hand I appreciate the combat is a little more difficult, on the other I want difficult combat, not cheap-ass bullshit combat.
 
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News Comments > 25M Overwatch Players
14. Re: 25M Overwatch Players Jan 27, 2017, 18:24 Flatline
 
Bumpy wrote on Jan 27, 2017, 17:35:
I don't get the popularity of this toon game.

Why the mass appeal?

It's a reasonably polished Team Fortress style game with good art direction that hasn't quite gone batshiat like TF2 did.
 
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News Comments > Apocalypse Now - the Game Kickstarter
5. Re: Apocalypse Now - the Game Kickstarter Jan 25, 2017, 22:27 Flatline
 
Talk about a game nobody was particularly jonsing for.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Postmortem
30. Re: Diablo III Postmortem Jan 24, 2017, 19:22 Flatline
 
Verno wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 09:29:
nin wrote on Jan 24, 2017, 08:49:
yet another nin grudge post about Jay Wilson

Even at the time it came out it was still a pretty decent game despite the flaws. People saying it outright sucked are being ridiculous.

It needed the loot tables overhauled. I bought it and quit playing pretty quickly because the loot system sucked, the game was insanely monotonous with the same game layout every time, and the monetization of the game at one point made breaking jars in one level the most appealing way to play.

I picked up the expansion on a whim on the cheap and it made for a vastly better experience. By that time Jay Wilson had left the game and they had introduced nephalim rifts, ditched the auction house, and the game was a little more fun.

Basically my biggest problem getting back into it for the last few seasons is that there's only so many ways you can get Dragonball Z level builds that are stupid fun and over the top. There needs to be more skill interaction and more viable end game builds and that's just not there with the current skill system.

This season I rolled a mage and had stupid fun with a disintegrate build, but there's that, there's an archon build, and not much else. The fun ran out.
 
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News Comments > Werewolf: The Apocalypse Game Plans
14. Re: Werewolf: The Apocalypse Game Plans Jan 20, 2017, 18:36 Flatline
 
Fion wrote on Jan 20, 2017, 15:00:
Very cool, long time fan. Though for people who know WoD Pen & Paper RPG, I much prefer the Chronicles of Darkness & Werewolf: the Forsaken, Apocalypse has a very interesting setting & flavor and will make an awesome game.

The Werewolf reboot literally had the acronym WTF which is about how the fanbase reacted to it.

The game as shipped in the core book was boring to the point of tears. Sure, WTA was about playing ecoterrorist walking blenders, but the fun part of that was the walking blender part.

WTF took that idea and said "eh... negotiable." The whole concept of the game is that you're a street gang protecting a few blocks from... like... stuff. Spirits I guess.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 9 Underway
12. Re: Diablo III Season 9 Underway Jan 19, 2017, 18:57 Flatline
 
Slick wrote on Jan 19, 2017, 16:55:
Thanks for the break-down, yeah it's been a while. And I never said i didn't like the game, infact I said I really enjoyed the gameplay. It was replaying the main campaign over and over until your eyes bled that did me in.

I heard about the first DLC (is there a second?) but I thought it was just one extra act of the main campaign, so you'd just replay a 20% longer campaign over and over until your eyes bled.

I'l have to look into this, as I've been doing so much HotS lately while procrastinating for work, that I think I could get back into the whole top-down clicky clicky minion smasher thing, as that's basically what HotS is.

There is another large-ish act that the expansion adds. However, the loot system was completely overhauled and improved and the game feels more high-end than it used to. You still grind for gear, but almost out of the gate you get legendaries, set pieces, and other fun stuff. You also get a powered-up horadric cube that you get to pull legendary/unique powers out of from old gear and retain the abilities from and stuff. It's fun to see how balls out over the top you can get.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 9 Underway
9. Re: Diablo III Season 9 Underway Jan 19, 2017, 16:36 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 19, 2017, 16:03:
Slick wrote on Jan 19, 2017, 13:10:
I haven't played D3 since the first 2 months after launch, after it was obvious that there was no real end-game content other than replaying the same game at harder difficulties, since only about 5% of the game had "randomly" generated dungeons.

So let me get this straight, these "seasons" are just resetting ALL char progression, and starting fresh every few months? And each session would involve playing through the same content through multiple (I think there's 10 now?) difficulties?

That seems like a spiraling black-hole of repetition. I mean I do love the gameplay, but jesus, how many times can you play through the same campaign?


Game changed fundamentally since then, and especially with the addon. But the repetition point is true. It is not the campaign though, but rather the map tiles that start to repeat infinitely... especially in greater rifts. Rifts (the normal ones) are at least somewhat fun, and some areas are big open fields, which is where the game truly starts to shine. Enemy type is random in those rifts, in normal rifts you can find many unique treasure goblins (the blue gel ones are especially crazy)

To explain to you seasons I can assure you ain't nobody who plays Seasons that goes through the campaign Everyone goes bounties -> rifts -> greater rifts. And there is a good incentive to do seasons, season reward is often a complete set which allows you to (easily) experiment with a new build. I think if you disliked D3 wholesale from the start this wouldn't be something you enjoy doing though.

Surprisingly it is really a lot of fun to "level up" through a season. Which you can do very quickly nowadays, talking less than 5 hours to 60 if you do it lazily / chill. (and craft the "leveling" low level sets)

I'm a pretty serious n00b and I level capped in about 6 hours. Nobody actually explained to me the first time I tried seasons that you can switch to adventure mode and go straight into bounties. Oops. That was boring AF but it was a fun weekend that I spent getting the season set.
 
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's The Division Last Stand Details Tomorrow
2. Re: Tom Clancy's The Division Last Stand Details Tomorrow Jan 18, 2017, 23:14 Flatline
 
I tried the survival mode finally. It was... okay. But the pacing felt off. I felt like I was basically wandering around hoping something happened. I eventually stumbled into some highly equipped mobs and died. I doubt I'll go back in. Strangely enough I survived longer than 50% of the group I was with.

Underground is kind of fun but my god I'm progressing through it slowly.

 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
21. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 18, 2017, 14:21 Flatline
 
SirKnight wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 13:07:
El Pit wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 12:31:
ForgedReality wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 11:16:
So, basically, he regrets ever suggesting there would be a third game, and he's pissed that so many people now want one. "GOD DAMMIT! What have I gotten myself into?!" Also, the next game will be Just Another Shooting Gallery Style Game Where You Are Confined To A Small Space Since That's All VR Seems To Be Capable Of And Will Pretty Much Die Out Soon And Be Generally Regarded As A Bad Idea type game called Half-Portal VR.

VR = dying quicker than the last 3D wave


Nope. It's only "dying" for those who, for some odd reason, want it to fail.

It still doesn't have a killer app that says YOU MUST BUY THIS.

That and it seems like the original vanguard of the platform, Oculus Rift, is sputtering a little. Plus, nobody has figured out control schemes that make sense in VR either. Sure, driving and pilot sim games are an obvious solution, but nobody has figured out much beyond that.
 
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