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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 19, 2016, 21:34 NKD
 
subx wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 05:14:
Well I guess it's time to give up on humanity.

Cya.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews
50. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews Aug 19, 2016, 20:51 NKD
 
dangerman77 wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 16:23:
Seriously, can anyone (industry-informed, Rigs?) offer an opinion as to why they are only allowing official press-release screens in reviews? (RPS confirms this is the case in the postscript of their review). Is there any precedence for this? My BS meter starts at 9/10, and of course is pinned with this tidbit.

I agree with Rigs. While it's possible it's something nefarious like "Lets cover up horrific graphics downgrade!", not one of the reviews I've read make mention of the game looking significantly different from what we we're shown, so I'm not sure that's it. The game looks about the same as it has for a long time in the latest gameplay footage as well. It could be an attempt to prevent accidental spoilers while reading reviews, as well.

It really is puzzling.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2016, 14:26 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 07:19:
I'm still not comfortable with a billionaire with a personal vendetta destroying an entire company via the legal system at no personal risk to himself. Someone tried it with Mother Jones, too, in 2015.

Welcome to the 2010s, where billionaires use the court system to try to silence the media, and people cheer it on because one outlet of that media once gave a game they love a negative review.

It's not like the guy bombarded them with meritless nuisance lawsuits to drain their bank accounts. He backed a legit lawsuit. Is Hulk Hogan having a legitimate legal claim but being shit out of luck because he can't afford to pursue it somehow more just?

His backer's motivations were obviously personal, but the act itself merely enabled a guy with an existing legitimate claim to pursue that claim.

You and your friends over at Gawker have made a lot of noise about it being some kind of slippery slope where billionaires can now silence any media outlet they want, but that's absolutely false. They have no more ability to do so than they did before. You've still got to have someone who has a legitimate claim against the company, or the most you can do is tickle them with nuisance lawsuits which will be thrown out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 19, 2016, 14:16 NKD
 
NetHead wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 12:17:
Yes because everyone uses their mobile phones for high quality studio audio recording and playback, meanwhile humans can't tell the difference between audio played over gold wire versus cheap bent metal coat hangers (yes this kind of thing has actually been tested)...... lmao. Really I don't "lmao" often, but L M A O !

Your childish "L M A O" nonsense aside...

Audio cables and DACs aren't equivalent. Audio cables are simple conductors that have little to nothing to do with audio quality and a cheapo cable is fine. DACs are actual circuitry where design decisions are made. A shitty digital-to-analog path is a recipe for garbage audio that anyone can hear.

For someone who hangs out on a crusty old PC gamer website, I'd expect you to know a little bit more about shitty audio, given the absolutely enormous gulfs in audio quality between sound cards in the past. Late 90s onboard motherboard audio is probably the peak of garbage.

And it's not restricted to audio, either. Remember back in the old analog CRT days? Some video cards had shit analog output and you got poor video, especially with blurry output at high resolutions. Reviewing the 2D quality of a card was actually a thing, because it mattered.

The bottom line is that if your device only has analog output, you're stuck with whatever you've got. Whether it's USB-C, or whatever other bullshit connector people are trying to shill, adding a digital output to devices is a nice feature.

This isn't audiophile snake oil. This shit can actually be tested and measured.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews
27. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews Aug 19, 2016, 13:15 NKD
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 12:59:

combined styles are definitely the most fun, but nothing beats a zero kills, 100% ghost playthrough. Wonder if that is even possible in this one?

Supposedly in this one there aren't mandatory boss kills like in the previous games. So you should be good.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews
19. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews Aug 19, 2016, 12:49 NKD
 
About what I expected, a mix of 8s and 9s. Good to hear they didn't shit the bed on this one.

As for hype, I don't know why anyone would say this game was "overhyped." The general mood around the interwebs seems to be that this game was under-marketed. It seems like after they delayed the game to work on it some more, they opted not to do any additional marketing. Other than some bitching from the SJW press about the games themes of segregation, It's been pretty much quiet all year. A couple of trailers and some gameplay.

There's just not a lot of chatter about the game, and unlike some other developers, Eidos Montreal haven't spent years making the game sound like the best thing since sliced bread.

People are going into the game with reasonable expectations as far as I've seen, so I can't really agree that there's crazy hype about the game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 18, 2016, 13:04 NKD
 
Its always been better to get digital audio from the source and then use separate DAC hardware. You can pick and choose which hardware you use, instead of just being stuck with whats in your phone/motherboard/whatever. Once the audio has gone through some cheap ass DAC, it's already ruined and no fancy headphones or hardware will make it sound good again.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Multiplayer Details
1. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Multiplayer Details Aug 17, 2016, 19:16 NKD
 
Actual co-op was the most glaring omission from the original game. I enjoyed the multiplayer that was there, but I've always been more of a co-op guy. I really hope this is the Watch Doge version of AC1 to AC2.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 17, 2016, 11:35 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Aug 17, 2016, 09:35:
That happens during development and this sort of thing is why developers should never interact with the public. Everything is suddenly a promise and if a feature doesn't make it then the people who wanted it take it as a personal slight. Whether it was in the game at some point and cut or never made it, the effect is the same. I'm sure many of those were present but didn't make the final cut. Sony should've just stuck with traditional advertising campaigns instead of parading Murray around on late night shows.

Still, let's not pretend this is routine. It's extremely rare to be able to come up with a list of cut features that long. Either because developers are smart enough not to publicly over-state the feature set of their game, or because developers don't cut out so many things they've previously said would be in the game. Everyone knows that the feature set of a game gets adjusted during development. But when the developer doesn't tell you things have changed, holds back reviews until the last minute, and then dodges all criticism after the fact, you're crossing over from routine development into scumbaggery.

No Man's Sky is an outlier in terms of what it was sold as versus what it is.

A common refrain from NMS fans is that the game is "exactly what they expected." Given that Sean Murray had a lot to say about the game, much of which was false, I can only guess that the people who are saying this had their expectations set by the skeptics and not by Sean Murray. The game is exactly what skeptics said it would be, and not exactly what Sean said it would be.

People get up in arms over a simple graphical bait-and-switch where the final product isn't quite as visually dazzling as the first E3 demo. And this is much worse.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 17, 2016, 02:18 NKD
 
No matter what Univision does I will only ever remember them for those wacky telenovelas I'd see while flipping through channels years ago.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Aug 16, 2016, 09:07 NKD
 
I thought this guy was in his 90s back when I was a kid and I would see him in stuff. One of those forever-old people I guess.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 16, 2016, 09:06 NKD
 
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 16, 2016, 03:44:
Sounds like you know very little about mental illness, autism in particular, and even less about how wikipedia is run and managed.

Feel free to enlighten us if we're operating under incorrect information. But from all the Wikipedia drama I've seen, and the talk pages I've read, I think I have a pretty solid idea of what the average wiki power editor is like.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 15, 2016, 21:24 NKD
 
Wikipedia is full of no life autists with axes to grind. Wikis in general are like that. The compulsive editing and updating of a single-purpose page is like fucking heroin to autistic people. It's routine for wiki editors to be banned from participating in certain topics because they get way too invested and start to think they own particular topics and pages.

As the article points out, it is ultra contentious for articles about living people. In addition to that, any article about any currently ongoing events is going to be a shitty battleground.

Wikipedia isn't about accuracy in these articles, it's just about factions fighting to ensure THEIR version of the truth is the one that gets written. If you can get the Wikipedia page slanted to your side long enough, some writers will parrot what they read there as gospel truth, and then the Wiki editors can then use that writer's articles as the reliable citation they need to seal the deal. It's the magic of citogenesis, where Wiki editors can generate whatever truth they prefer and create the illusion that they sourced that truth from somewhere else when in fact it came out of their own rectums.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
22. Re: Game Reviews Aug 15, 2016, 21:07 NKD
 
No amount of patching will fix this game's shortcomings. It's just not a deep enough game to satisfy most of the fans of the genre. Aside from the unlikely scenario of them fundamentally altering the gameplay loop to add some element of persistence or increasing the variety of situations you can encounter, what you see is all you're ever going to get.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2016, 13:05 NKD
 
Found this video amusing re: the no multiplayer in No Man's Sky.  
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News Comments > Final Fantasy XV Delayed
1. Re: Final Fantasy XV Delayed Aug 15, 2016, 10:12 NKD
 
Waiting for the inevitable PC version anyway. It's interesting though that a game in development for like 10 years gets a last minute 2 month delay.  
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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans?
16. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans? Aug 14, 2016, 20:51 NKD
 
ItBurn wrote on Aug 14, 2016, 20:42:
What??? 2D isometric game? Witcher-like? You guys are crazy. VTMB was amazing because it was what it was. Sure, some elements can be translated into other types of games, but you'll lose the sum of its parts. One thing's for certain: it needs to be first person. Being somewhat linear is also pretty important. Maybe if they make a successful sequel they can start thinking about making it open world or changing some aspects of the game. I liked all the Witcher games, but nowhere near as much as VTMB.

Yeah, I agree. The overall structure and presentation of VTMB was a large part of why it worked despite all its technical and production value shortcomings. Trying to make an isometric RPG or some non-linear sandbox game would just poop all over it.
 
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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans?
9. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans? Aug 14, 2016, 15:52 NKD
 
Please make another VtM game. Pleeeeasseeee.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Aug 13, 2016, 19:39 NKD
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 18:09:

I can't think of anyone involved who I would consider credible. Is TotalBiscuit involved? He's pretty good. I don't think Sarkeesian is the devil but I don't consider her particularly credible either - when I've disputed criticism of her, it's because I didn't agree with the specific criticism.

Nah TotalBiscuit and Sarkeesian aren't tangled up in any of this garbage. Very early on TotalBiscuit said some stuff regarding GamerGate as far as saying that people shouldn't dismiss the need for more credible games journalism just because of the smears on GamerGate that were going on at the time. But he moved on when the rest of the mainstream media did.

I think Sarkeesian is a scam artist who produces too little for the amount of money she gets but she definitely doesn't stoop to hanging out with all these mental patients in their little chat rooms. She's smart enough to try and stay mainstream, and doesn't have a checkered past to haunt her. The two things get conflated a bit by ignorant journalists but Sarkeesian's shitshow isn't really related to the whole GamerGate debacle.

Almost all of the drama still coming out comes from this little cult of a dozen or so Twitter addicts. It's the same familiar faces every damn time.

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