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News Comments > The Witcher Sells 25M Copies
26. Re: The Witcher Sells 25M Copies Mar 30, 2017, 15:49 Flatline
 
Prez wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 14:38:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 13:04:
Prez wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 10:51:
Definitely well deserved. I will say I was disappointed with the Witcher 2 - the story was weak and the boss battles were frickin' frustrating - but I loved the first and third. The Witcher 3 is the best RPG I've ever played.

Letho of Gulet is still one of my favorite characters of all time. Which is why I think Witcher 2 was amazing.

Oh definitely. The characters were all incredibly interesting, particularly Letho.I let him live at the end because I totally empathized with his cause. The story in 2 was what disappointed me, or maybe the way it was told.

I killed him because he got me into enough trouble to fill a swimming pool.

I did sit down, have a drink with him, and commiserate with him for a while though before we came to hostilities. That fight was more of a "you got this coming" than an "I'm going to enjoy this" moment. And really, he seemed to agree.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher Sells 25M Copies
25. Re: The Witcher Sells 25M Copies Mar 30, 2017, 15:47 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 13:26:
Prez wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 11:30:
I've wanted to read the Witcher stories for some time but haven't done it yet. Are the English translation books hard to find?

They're all available on the Kindle store. The last one just came out, too.

Warning, Witcher 3's writing is substantially better than the books'. (Andrez Sawpkwosisksji is exploding somewhere right now.) Geralt is kind of a whiny bitch in books 4, 5 and 6, and overall not much even HAPPENS in books 4, 5 and 6. So far, I've been somewhat disappointed in them, but that's due to the game being so freaking awesome.

Agreed. The writing, especially by the time of Witcher 3, is really good.

If you're coy about jumping in, at least read The Last Wish. It's an anthology of short stories, including one that has it's finality in Witcher 3 (specifically, The Last Wish. It fleshes out Yennifer's relationship with Geralt enough to make more sense why they have this weird edge to them).

It is an interesting twist on old classic fairy tales. First book is easily worth recommending.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
30. Re: StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free Mar 27, 2017, 12:30 Flatline
 
Verno wrote on Mar 27, 2017, 10:56:
Mordhaus wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 16:56:
The Blizzard I remember wouldn't re-release a game, they had standards.

Blizzard has a long history of packing up their games and re-releasing them, this is just the first remaster and there is no issue with them doing so. Work went into this, they didn't just apply a filter and call it a day.

Frankly seeing posts like yours reminds me what an ungrateful bunch gamers can be. Blizzard provides absolutely stellar support for their products and should be praised as an industry leader in this regard. I guess it's ok to just hate on Blizzard because Diablo 3 wasn't everyones favorite cup of tea though.

Eh... Blizzard seems to have trouble coming out with new IP and new concepts. They have this core of Starcraft/Diablo/Warcraft and they kind of have tossed all the intellectual concepts into a blender and hit puree for the last 15 years or so.

Overwatch is moderately original for Blizzard, but doesn't really cover any new intellectual or gameplay ground. It's still basically Team Fortress. And if you scratch the surface, you still find paladin auras and shit from the 90's in it.

I just don't get excited by Blizzard products any more. And that makes me sad more than angry.

Still, kudos to them for updating Starcraft to run on modern systems and releasing the original version for free. And kudos to them for making both versions cooperate with each other. That's pretty cool.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
12. Re: Use WoW Gold for Other Blizzard Games Mar 26, 2017, 17:26 Flatline
 
JeffD wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 17:21:
odd... its still 2d? .... why? its like star craft 2 but shit animation.

Because it's a reskin of the original and not a totally new game?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
8. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 25, 2017, 20:05 Flatline
 
If this is anything like how Amazon is working with CA this is only on amazon products. If you do a "Shipped from Amazon" 3rd party purchase, you still don't pay tax at the time of purchase.  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Mar 24, 2017, 14:02 Flatline
 
yonder wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 13:54:
Short version: It's more complicated and takes more time/effort. Please ignore ME1 and ME2 as examples of what happens when you put forth the effort as we were under different management then. Thank you.

Almost. He said it looks like they dialed back the procedural generation for C (and possibly B) tier animations because they probably expected to hand-tune it and ran out of time. ME1 & ME2 used a more robust procedural generation technique because they acknowledged that they didn't have time to hand-polish every scene.
 
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News Comments > Runeyana Released
1. Re: Runeyana Released Mar 21, 2017, 12:49 Flatline
 
"What kind of action do you usually have here?"

"Oh we have both kinds. We have hack and slash!"
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Mar 20, 2017, 13:44 Flatline
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 01:45:
Flatline wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 21:48:
Quboid wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 19:50:
The Libertarian movement in the US generally seems very genuine (excluding Tea Party types who want oversight over lots of things). They could do a lot of good if they broke into the mainstream enough so issues had 3 sides instead of 2.

The Libertarian party honest-to-god doesn't see a problem with 6 year old shooting heroin, but thinks that drivers licenses to prove competency driving are the beginnings of slavery.

And that's not hyperbole, that's straight from the Libertarian convention debates.

Well that does sound crazy. I didn't mean to endorse their position, I simply meant that they stay true to what they claim. Maybe the 3rd position in mainstream debate should be a bit more realistic...

I get you... My point was generally that libertarians go all the way from whackadoodle nuts to Republicans who want to smoke dope and get laid. They're not a particularly consistent party, nor, almost by definition, can they be.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
36. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 13:26 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 12:29:
In short, as always, if you're a fan of BiowarEA's console CRPGs you'll like it. If you expect something good like Witcher 3 you won't.

I'm not even sure if it qualifies as a Bioware CRPG. It feels like, from the reviews, a kind of milquetoast version of a Bioware RPG.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2017, 21:48 Flatline
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 19:50:
The Libertarian movement in the US generally seems very genuine (excluding Tea Party types who want oversight over lots of things). They could do a lot of good if they broke into the mainstream enough so issues had 3 sides instead of 2.

The Libertarian party honest-to-god doesn't see a problem with 6 year old shooting heroin, but thinks that drivers licenses to prove competency driving are the beginnings of slavery.

And that's not hyperbole, that's straight from the Libertarian convention debates.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2017, 21:46 Flatline
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 14:49:
Perhaps you are confusing libertarianism with anarchism? "Libertarian" is not a form (or lack) of government, it describes an individual that uses common sense and their own moral compass to approach each issue individually rather than mindlessly toe a party line.

Oh hey look quite literally the common sense fallacy at work!
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Demo
10. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Demo Mar 17, 2017, 17:34 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 20:59:
I got the game for free and I'm glad I did or I would have been pissed. First Civ I've never liked. Skip it and stick with V or wait until it's $10 or less at the very least.

I think it's funny Civ 5 was blasted and Civ4 the darling last time around.

Anyway, I agree there's something missing about 6. I haven't played a full game through yet.I always get bored/frustrated/depressed somewhere around the beginning of the renaissance and just quit.

That and I had to turn off barbarians. I used to enjoy them in previous games but their spawn rate and technology tree is bullshit. I spend most of those games desperately trying to survive from the constant barbarian encampment spawns and have almost no time for any of the other civs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 17, 2017, 17:09 Flatline
 
descender wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 15:37:
I wonder how far along our technology has to progress before the general public will understand that "space dogfighting" is not and will never be a thing.

So regular fantasy with elves and dragons and shit is okay but sci-fi fantasy is bullshit and too much?

Whatever...
 
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News Comments > MS Game Chat Transcription
2. Re: MS Game Chat Transcription Mar 16, 2017, 17:40 Flatline
 
Oh boy! Now I can have windows 10 translate the toxic spewing waste of 12 year olds into an endless text stream.

My life is now complete.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
22. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 14:54 Flatline
 
Alamar wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 12:12:
I'm having a hard time getting upset about this...

I fully support peoples choice to stick with an older version of Windows, and this note doesn't imply that that choice can't continue... It's merely MS stating they don't want to keep paying to support combinations that they don't want to.

Windows XP? Sure I'm down with that. Vista? Okay I can see that since it EOL's in like a month.

But 7 is still sold and supported. 8.1 is still sold and supported and will be for years.

The CPU architecture isn't fundamentally different. Windows 7 still runs fine on the newer chipsets. MS is just arbitrarily deciding "F*ck you you're going to use Windows 10"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 16, 2017, 13:21 Flatline
 
Fun fact:

You get YouTube Red for free if you sign up for google music service. Might as well sign up for the music service at that point.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
48. Re: Game Reviews Mar 16, 2017, 12:24 Flatline
 
Verno wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 10:55:
In case anyone was wondering why the writing is so awful, its good ol' Mac Walters again. This time with even less writers on the team to even him out. Also they gave this guy a whole game to direct after the Mass Effect 3 ending nonsense? Haha.

I guess Bioware decided they wanted consistent (bad) writing?

The writing in ME3 was *so* uneven. I mean, on one hand you had Mordin's story which was one of the best of the entire series. Even Tali's story with the Geth was significant and moving.

On the other you had the end-o-tron 3000 that spit out 3 different colored endings and managed to screw up the whole ubermensch idea that was one of the themes in ME2 & ME3.

So I guess... knowing that they couldn't always hit it out of the park, they decided to get hit by the pitch and take a base.
 
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News Comments > Sailaway Announced
5. Re: Sailaway Announced Mar 16, 2017, 12:16 Flatline
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 07:05:
After investing about 200+ hours into Naval Action. I wonder how that particular game is doing. Was great fun, however needed serious work in the UI and mission department.

Came in here to say they seriously need tall ships in this simulation.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
12. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 12:07 Flatline
 
Cmdr Shepard's Pie wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:35:
WaltC wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:29:
I think the actual translation here is that really, really old cpus (probably ten years old or older) won't be updated by Microsoft any further in Win10 and from now on. The older cpus lack the necessary hardware for security enforcement (NX bit, etc.) People are always misunderstanding technology in some way, it seems. It won't be too long before even 32-bit CPUs are no longer supported. Progress marches on, etc.

I think maybe you've got it backwards. It would make some sense if they said "Windows 10 won't run on older CPUs because the newer ones have features we need." (SSE, NX, 64-bit, etc.) What they are saying though, is that Microsoft will discourage you to install, and won't support running older versions of Windows (like 7) on new CPUs, which makes no sense at all, especially as they continue to allow and support Windows 7 for older processors (prior to SkyLake). (Other than to make sure people don't stay on Windows 7, and upgrade to their new DRM/advertising platform.)

I realize 7 is old, but it's still the most popular OS, and many people don't want to change their OS with a hardware upgrade. We never really had to do that before (except Microsoft limited DirectX 10 to Vista+, and 12 with 10+, neither of which really provided much benefit over their respective predecessors), but now Microsoft is forcing an upgrade by limiting the functionality and support for the OS itself, even before the OS loses official support in general.

Can confirm. Recently bought a lenovo laptop that had an I3 processor in it based on the new architecture. No drivers for any OS except Windows 10.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
28. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 15, 2017, 16:42 Flatline
 
Task wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:08:
Jeez. Just started reading RPS piece for Andromeda and the first few paragraphs are about how terrible the writing and characters are. Kotaku's first impression doesn't mention it for some reason, but it's Patricia - she seems more like a lot of gamers that are into really simpleton stuff.

I was afraid of this - what happened to you Bioware? I had planned on a day one purchase, not so sure now. I had purposely avoided watching all the trailers and vids to avoid spoilers too.

I loved me some Mass Effect, but ME: Andromeda seemed like a game I didn't particularly want let alone need.

Maybe it's because my taste for the universe was spoiled by the ME3 end-o-tron phone in they did. It made like 80 hours of effort feel cheap, and I'm not eager to jump into *any* new bioware effort after that.
 
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