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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2015, 18:53 Flatline
 
descender wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 16:27:
Only real reason I (anyone?) still use Sprint is the unlimited data (which was recently speculated to be going away in the future so this could be the beginning of the end for that anyway).

Sprint's coverage map is kind of a moot point, you get 100% free voice + data roaming anyway... so anywhere other phones actually have data service you tend to as well.

All that aside, when I was living on LI the service was god awful, couldn't drive 15 minutes in the most populated and expensive suburb in America without losing data signal a few times. I looked into switching to Verizon last year when my contract was up and the extra coverage area just couldn't justify the huge increase in monthly charge over Sprint. I'd rather just not be a able to get data on my phone in certain areas than pay through the nose for it.

I also refuse to sign up for one of those cheapo ~$50-$60 plans Verizon/AT&T/Sprint have been pushing lately, where you "lease/rent" the phone instead of signing a 2 year contract... because I can do math. All of the new plan sales seem to be geared towards this payment plan bullshit, so it can't possibly be a good thing for the consumer.

Oh man I saw the lease thing. Yeah that's total bullshit. But the reason why they're pushing edge/next/jump/whatever is because they don't have to subsidize phones on those plans. It's just a zero percent interest loan. Doing that, and then giving a little discount on the overall service line, encourages more data consumption as the network capacity increases. It's plenty profitable it turns out to ditch the Gilette razor model and just charge a fortune for the razor and the blades, but whack the cost of the razor up into the cost of the blades.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Announced
26. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Announced Jun 15, 2015, 18:17 Flatline
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 17:35:
They need to return to what made this series great, the last one was mediocre at best.

I'd argue that the last half of ME3 was mediocre at best. Some of the sub-stories were excellent. Mordin's in particular.

In retrospect I get what the intent was. I don't know how they decided on the colored end-o-tron 4000 but the intent was to basically elevate Shepard into Nietzsche's ubermensch. Everyone keeps talking about how you commit readily to decisions that nobody else can even fathom and how alien it is to them and yadda yadda yadda. In a perfect world your decisions would have been wildly altering things throughout the trilogy until you got to the point where your final decision concerning the reapers isn't even on the morality scale of the rest of the cast.

I don't know *how* you'd do that in a video game and have it end up meaningful, if it's even possible. But the shit writing and the end-o-tron 4000 with the colored lights was basically like taking a shit on someone's chest and calling it a souffle.

Edit: I love me some Johnny Cash but that was a weird choice for music. I mean, we don't exactly listen to 16th century chamber music which would be the equivalent. Considering that the song is about purgatory or hell for unrepentant cowboys, my guess is that Shepherd is still alive and trapped in the crucible thing by the reaper thing and is in a Matrix-style purgatory.

Because why the f*ck not.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 15, 2015, 15:56 Flatline
 
ldonyo wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 14:02:
Sprint is already #2, and I'm not talking about market positioning.

Ha!

If you're sticking to purely metro areas they have some great service deals. I was offered 40 a month for unlimited everything. But I travel enough that their coverage map sucked.

Same for T-Mobile. And even more to boot their service plans... well... suck now. Like six months ago they were still really competitive.

Strangely enough I ended up going with Verizon. I went to Costco and for the exact same amount I'm already paying (I have a corporate discount which helps), I was able to upgrade my call and data plan, I got a new phone on their edge plan (so if/when it's finally paid off I drop 25 bucks a month in cost), and I got 250 dollars in Costco cash cards coming back to me in a few months.

So basically I got paid with a cash card and a new phone to switch to verizon for a better plan.

I'm... okay with this.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale
43. Re: Steam Summer Sale Jun 12, 2015, 16:56 Flatline
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 12, 2015, 08:45:
Far cry 4 and AC:Unity can be had for $10 apiece at Frys, altho I think it's in-store only at this point. They're leftover vouchers from the Samsung hard drive bundles.

I have fc4, but after GTAV and now Witcher, fc4's world feels...bad. Not sure why. It looks alright, and there's always, ALWAYS something trying to kill me. I think it's the constant "go do this other thing!" That it does, literally every 45-60 seconds. "Here's a truck you should steal and drive back the way you came!" "Here's a hostage situation!" "Here's another hostage situation and a truck to hijack!"

I find it very...unfun. Even taking over a camp sucks this time, as they put a TON of guys inside buildings where you can't see them until you get in, then they come out like an angry anthill. Stealth takeovers are super difficult because of this. That's just me, though. My coworkers found it tons of fun.

FC4 has some great moments in it but the fucking eagles are idiotic, I've completely stopped caring about the story, and I'm so obscenely leveled up that the last half of the game is a cakewalk.

It's pretty, I'll give it that. And I dug the Shangri-la levels a lot, but it's missing a certain element that FC3 managed to nail. FC3 had some fantasy elements to it but at the end of the day it felt rooted in the real world. FC4 seems like a caricature of FC3 and suffers for it.

Back on topic, Homeworld HD is on sale for 13 bucks, which I picked up. If you don't have it yet it's worth it.

Also the two metro redux games are on sale for 9 bucks. Not a bad deal if you don't have them already (I had metro 2033 but that was it).
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 11, 2015, 11:27 Flatline
 
Axis wrote on Jun 11, 2015, 09:37:
How to fix gaming for women and minorities? How about Women get "Have a Baby" simulator, and minorities can have "Jump the Fence" sim?

Stupid shit deserves stupid shit. Gaming already appeals to everyone.

No it was useful for one thing. I'm going to avoid the fuck out of offworld.com
 
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News Comments > Blood Bowl 2 in September
1. Re: Blood Bowl 2 in September Jun 11, 2015, 11:20 Flatline
 
And in January we'll have a stand alone blood bowl expansion, and in March we'll have the rollup from the first launch and the expansion, but this will be stand alone too, and three months after that we'll have the standalone "gold edition" which adds another team.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M
23. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sells 4M Jun 9, 2015, 13:33 Flatline
 
saluk wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 13:06:
I would buy a physical Gwent in an instant. I'd prefer a non collectible or deck-building variant, as I don't really have the patience for ccg in real life these days. Balance wise some of the cards are a bit basic with very few special rules etc - I just don't see it working that way. But either way. I'm used to the mini-games in these rpgs being fun diversions, but gwent is actually good on its own.

Wildone wrote on Jun 9, 2015, 12:35:
wow complete and utter failure. feel sorry for the devs they will soon be out of jobs

Hahaha

A good compromise would be the living card games FFG produces. Which works because FFG already has the license for CDPR Witcher. They made the Witcher adventure game already.
 
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News Comments > Indie Developers on Steam Refunds
15. Re: Indie Developers on Steam Refunds Jun 8, 2015, 11:13 Flatline
 
LurkerLito wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 10:41:
I like the idea of having refunds as a consumer but at the same time I just can't see how this is not going to be abused.

Games like Audio Surf, geometry wars, Beat Hazard, etc... are the indie type games that will get decimated by this policy. They are the type of impulse buy games that people will eventually think, "great game but I'll return it and wait for it to be $2.50" after an hour of playing.

The developers will then start building unnecessary 2 hour mandatory "tutorials", with long boring no bypass non interactive in game cut scenes to combat it.

IMHO the best way to combat it is to turn the refund to a penalty based approach. For each minute of play time you deduct 1% the game price from the refund, and at the end of 100 minutes you can't get one.

Eh. It'd be better if they just said that any game priced less than... I dunno 8.99 doesn't qualify for refund unless there are severe technical issues.

If you're charging 20 bucks for 90 minutes worth of content then yeah, roll the dice.

This antagonistic view towards your consumer base is what drove people to indies in the first place. Take a chance on your customers. Most people who go out of their way to hunt down indie games understand it's not a game studio so much as it's half a dozen people working on a project.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
21. Re: Saturday Interviews Jun 7, 2015, 15:30 Flatline
 
Simon Says wrote on Jun 7, 2015, 09:36:
Are you not reading the article on purpose? Its perfectly clear that this is stuff they COULDN'T DO WITH THE FIRST GAME and wanted to do for the second. Dafuq?

If you don't read the damn article, stop strawman'ing everything, PLEASE.

The author also reads between the lines and concludes that the console version wasn't a smash hit.

Which I'm sure is a consideration. And I'm okay with that. Civ games aren't on the console either.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 2, 2015, 13:38 Flatline
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 12:31:
In regards to the Polygon article, never have I read something where "check your privilege" is actually the perfect response. Even by the pretentious, arrogant standards of Polygon, that article was abysmal. That no editors stopped it from being published just shows how much contempt for the medium that site has. If they keep pushing this hard, I think a lot of publishers and developers are just going to decide they aren't worth dealing with any more. They're arrogant enough to think that won't happen but honestly, if I worked in Harmonix (or CD Projekt Red for that matter) PR right now, I'd be cutting that site off if that's what I could expect out of them.

I'd seriously not be surprised at this point if Polygon's next preview article consisted of a picture of someone wiping their ass in the foreground and some out of focus video game on a screen in the background with a rant on how toilet paper can be too soft and leave fuzzballs in your ass crack.

The insane thing is that the assmonkey who wrote that article got *paid*.

From the OpEd:
"The cynic in me thinks the article was posted just to rile people up and get hits. And by posting this article moaning about it, I suppose if thatís the case then Iíve fallen for it. "

DING DING DING I think we have a winnner!

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News Comments > XCOM 2 Announced
11. Re: XCOM 2 Announced Jun 1, 2015, 18:37 Flatline
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 18:21:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 17:24:
From a continuity standpoint, not sure how they will explain away my squad of utter badasses seemingly eradicating several alien species with relative ease in the first game and expansion.

Maybe the same way they can justify calling the fourth or fifth entry in the series XCom 2. It's fairly obvious that they're just not very concerned with consistency or logic.

Except that all the previous games are x-com and not XCom. Or UFO Defense if you prefer.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher III Patched
83. Re: The Witcher III Patched May 28, 2015, 12:46 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on May 28, 2015, 07:34:
This is actually really cool. I really dig that the outcomes of dialogue options that you choose aren't at all obvious, or that they might completely alter the way the game progresses later on in the playthrough. This game really is something else.

That's been a hallmark of the series. In the first one the first few decisions felt like you were being bushwhacked and they seemed kind of heavy handed but CDPR has gotten a lot better at the Law of Unintended Consequences.
 
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News Comments > CDPR: "Too Early" to Discuss Cyberpunk 2077
40. Re: CDPR: May 28, 2015, 12:44 Flatline
 
KilrathiAce wrote on May 27, 2015, 17:52:
Its interesting? One can beat entire game without any thinking just button mashing even on hardest difficulty, its a fact. If thats interesting then wow.

The only fact in this post is that you clearly haven't played on the hardest difficulty.
 
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News Comments > WildStar Goes Free-to-Play
7. Re: WildStar Goes Free-to-Play May 28, 2015, 12:01 Flatline
 
Omni wrote on May 28, 2015, 11:41:
please no pay2win.

I'm reading the premium level and it's... not great but not bad. Guilds are premium, crafting lets you craft better items (-15% to the power level, which basically means you get to throw an extra stat point or three onto the item you're crafting), you can join war parties whatever they are, and the normal assortment of extra credits, extra auction hall sells, extra items in your home, and a few other things.

Apparently as you play the game in general you accumulate loyalty points that let you unlock several of the paid tier perks like warparties and guilds and extra character slots.

Actually on examination it seems to be one of the better F2P setups out there.

It might convince me to get back into the game. I had fun with it but none of my friends would ever play when I played so I never managed to get into the endgame group stuff.
 
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News Comments > CDPR: "Too Early" to Discuss Cyberpunk 2077
25. Re: CDPR: May 27, 2015, 15:51 Flatline
 
Tumbler wrote on May 27, 2015, 13:46:
It could be that they've started over with the project. Who knows.

Considering how good the Witcher 3 is turning out to be, I would hope they're taking the same template and building Cyber 2077 to be just like the Witcher 3. If that means scrapping what they have so far then so be it.

They said CP77 will use the Witcher 3 engine and be similar in "open" nature. At least, that's what they said a while back.

I get it. They're going to push out the big-ass 2 expansion packs and they need to generate revenue to support any big projects.
 
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News Comments > CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades
42. Re: CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades May 21, 2015, 11:49 Flatline
 
ItBurn wrote on May 21, 2015, 10:29:
Squirmer wrote on May 21, 2015, 09:47:
InBlack wrote on May 21, 2015, 09:34:
The Witcher3 looks and runs GREAT. Even on older hardware.
Only thing that matters, time to move on.

It does not! Intel Xeon E5-1650 3.20GHz(essentially 12 threads), 48 gigs of ram and GTX 670 here and I can barely run the game in 1080p in medium. I sure as hell ain't getting 60 fps either. That game looks good, but not as good as it should for my hardware. I think the game is badly optimised. Also, the pre-rendered cutscenes run like sh*t. Like, 10 fps.

Is it playable? Yes. Does it run "GREAT"? Hellz no.

I'm running a 3 year old I5 3.2ghz, 32 gigs of memory, and an ati R9 290 that's about 18 months old and I can run everything at high bordering into ultra and the only thing I see is a weird artifact where every now and again you drop frames inside dialogue. Otherwise I'm getting at least 40FPS no problem.

Could running a server grade CPU be one reason why your performance is shit?
 
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News Comments > CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades
38. Re: CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades May 21, 2015, 11:39 Flatline
 
Lord Tea wrote on May 21, 2015, 09:45:

Nope. Wrong. I don't understand. Plenty of games out there that are PC only and do/did extremely well. Wasteland 2 for example. And tons of other indie games.

Seriously? Wasteland 2's entire gross sales probably couldn't fund Witcher 3's development. We're talking entirely different game scales.

The only indie game that is PC only and raised enough cash is Star Citizen, and that's a really, really weird anomaly in the indie scene.
 
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News Comments > CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades
35. Re: CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades May 21, 2015, 11:34 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on May 21, 2015, 09:16:
Called it a few days ago when these concerns were first voiced!

It's good to see that the devs are so open and honest about it, but in all likelyhood they would have stayed silent if (I believe it was one of their former employees?) the guy who broke the story stayed silent on the issue.

No shit. If it wouldn't have been a big enough deal for anyone to say anything about, why generate bad press for yourself?

I doubt anyone on the board here is as honest as they expect CDPR to be.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Released
75. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Released May 20, 2015, 14:47 Flatline
 
Gotta say the art direction is *gorgeous* at times. The first time I rode into the bog forest and the wind kicked up it made me shiver it looked and sounded so great.

I need to update my drivers but using old drivers I get pretty smooth performance in game and in dialogue i drop frames. It's weird.

I'm not a fan of Geralt's movement out of combat. I suspect a patch will fix that though.

Having lots of fun though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization May 19, 2015, 16:55 Flatline
 
Aero wrote on May 19, 2015, 13:39:
That's a really unfortunate name.

Yes, I totally read that as dildo too.
 
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