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Re: Hellgate: London R.I.P.
Feb 2, 2009, 16:28
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Re: Hellgate: London R.I.P. Feb 2, 2009, 16:28
Feb 2, 2009, 16:28
 
"Plenty of good game devs make stinkers in their careers."

There's a big difference between a bad game and Hellgate: London.

Hellgate was released in worse-than-beta form. It was a bad copy of Diablo with the kind of monthly fee (not to mention the absurd $150 "lifetime" fee) that is usually reserved for true open world MMOs. On top of that, they were planning on putting ads in the game. They were very obviously more worried about milking as much money as possible out of Hellgate than they were about turning it into a finished product. When it became clear that it was a complete failure, Bill Roper abandoned it and immediately got a job at Cryptic working on Champions Online without formally apologizing to his customers for the mess he helped create.

This is what makes the bile rise up in people's throats at the mere mention of his name.
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Re: Mass Effect Patch Plans
Feb 1, 2009, 19:25
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Re: Mass Effect Patch Plans Feb 1, 2009, 19:25
Feb 1, 2009, 19:25
 
Is this the patch that removes the embarrassing dialog and horrifying sexual encounter?
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OpenGL
Feb 1, 2009, 15:55
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OpenGL Feb 1, 2009, 15:55
Feb 1, 2009, 15:55
 
It's a shame OpenGL never kept up with Direct X. If every game came with respectable OpenGL support, we wouldn't be having this discussion.
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Blame Dr. Spock.
Jan 31, 2009, 16:05
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Blame Dr. Spock. Jan 31, 2009, 16:05
Jan 31, 2009, 16:05
 
Dr. Spock basically said that you need to turn your children into spoiled brats. By letting them "get in touch with their feelings" instead of making them do their chores, we've turned an entire generation into a bunch of lazy dullards with bad hair who can't even rebel properly. Since even the faintest hint of a "game over" screen will turn them into blubbering piles of sadness or seething psychopaths with plans to blow up their school, we now have to endure regenerating health and unlimited continues in every game we play. In the end, it's Dr. Spock who destroyed the video game industry.
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Movie
Jan 31, 2009, 15:48
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Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Movie Jan 31, 2009, 15:48
Jan 31, 2009, 15:48
 
I don't like how they're billing this game as a "story-based MMO". The dialog in Bioware's games is so awful that it literally makes me feel physical pain. I get a nasty feeling in my gut that can't be blamed on gas (most of the time, at least). I've never been able to make it more than a couple hours into any of their RPGs because of this. If you can't skip their horrendous dialog before going out to collect the hides of some Star Wars creatures, then I'm definitely not interested.
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Re: Op Ed
Jan 30, 2009, 13:46
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Re: Op Ed Jan 30, 2009, 13:46
Jan 30, 2009, 13:46
 
Microsoft expected to pour billions of dollars into the Xbox. Their goal is an eventual monopoly in the console space. When Sony goes third party next generation (the writing is on the wall), they'll have a monopoly on the enthusiast market while Nintendo continues to dominate the casual market.
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion
Jan 30, 2009, 13:38
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion Jan 30, 2009, 13:38
Jan 30, 2009, 13:38
 
You shouldn't get so angry over a video game discussion. One bout of anger can affect your immune system for a whole day. That feeling you had in your stomach while you typed that was your adrenal system pumping adrenaline into your body. If you continually put stress on your adrenal system, it can permanently damage your entire hormonal system and open the pathways to debilitating chronic disease.
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion
Jan 29, 2009, 20:10
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion Jan 29, 2009, 20:10
Jan 29, 2009, 20:10
 
I was very interested in this game until they started axing major content like capital cities and classes just before release. The amount of hot air that these guys have spewed over the years is astounding, but I never thought they'd change the definition of expansion to include content patches.

That said, I'll try out the free trial when they offer it because I want to like this game. I want this game to be a viable alternative to WoW, but it would be nice if these guys would be a little more humble and a lot more honest. They dropped the ball with this game and now they need to prove to everyone that they can do something that has never been done before in the MMO field: fix their mistakes.
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion
Jan 29, 2009, 14:49
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Re: Warhammer Online Free Expansion Jan 29, 2009, 14:49
Jan 29, 2009, 14:49
 
"You people" might have bought the game only to find out that it's still in beta. I've avoided the game to this point, but I can understand their frustration. Mythic cut quite a bit of content to make a fall release, and they're only starting to add some of it back in. I think "you people" are just trying to point out that Mythic is dishonestly trying to call a content update a "free expansion". It's a ridiculous claim that deserves to be ridiculed. If this is a "free expansion", then both WoW and LotRO had multiple "free expansions" before their first "pay expansions".

This comment was edited on Jan 29, 2009, 14:55.
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Re: New ATI Drivers
Jan 29, 2009, 14:44
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Re: New ATI Drivers Jan 29, 2009, 14:44
Jan 29, 2009, 14:44
 
Hopefully this makes it into the next Ubuntu release because I can't even install 8.10 on my system with this video card (HD 2600 AGP). It won't even boot.
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I remember when DLC was called a patch.
Jan 28, 2009, 22:19
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I remember when DLC was called a patch. Jan 28, 2009, 22:19
Jan 28, 2009, 22:19
 
I also remember when id completely rewrote the netcode for Quake, wrapped it in a nice client and let everyone download it for free. Now Quakeworld would be considered "downloadable content" and Microsoft would make them charge people for it by contract. This is the future under Windows Live if Microsoft manages to pull it off.
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Re: TF2 & DoD: Source Patched
Jan 28, 2009, 21:16
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Re: TF2 & DoD: Source Patched Jan 28, 2009, 21:16
Jan 28, 2009, 21:16
 
Natasha still feels weak compared to the minigun. I didn't notice a difference to be honest, but I only played for about half an hour. Maybe it will be a more significant upgrade when weighed against the upcoming scout changes.

I was expecting support for TF2 to languish in the wake of L4D, but it's actually getting more support than L4D.
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Re: TF2 Scout Pack Nears
Jan 28, 2009, 20:47
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Re: TF2 Scout Pack Nears Jan 28, 2009, 20:47
Jan 28, 2009, 20:47
 
TF2 has been patched more than L4D in the last couple months. The engineer mini-update came in under the radar, but it added a lot to the class. The TF2 team is making the L4D team look like a bunch of amateurs.
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Re: PC Resident Evil 5 Confirmed?
Jan 27, 2009, 16:40
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Re: PC Resident Evil 5 Confirmed? Jan 27, 2009, 16:40
Jan 27, 2009, 16:40
 
"Even Resident Evile 4, which was horrible ported, received enough mods and tweaks to make it clearly the best version of the game."

Fully modded, the PC version looks like the PS2 version with higher resolution textures and much, much worse lighting (none of the mods get it right and it completely ruins the atmosphere). Since the PC version is a port of the PS2 version, the models and environments use less polygons than the Gamecube version and the cutscenes are FMV rather than real-time. Mods and all, the PC version is the worst version of the game.

"The mouse mod for RE4 is horrible."

Yep, it's utterly unplayable with a mouse unfortunately. All of Capcom's Xbox 360 ports have pitiful mouse implementation.

This comment was edited on Jan 27, 2009, 16:47.
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Jan 27, 2009, 13:18
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 27, 2009, 13:18
Jan 27, 2009, 13:18
 
"Every day I weep for the poor, oppressed American Christians. They are constantly under attack from the giant, powerful atheist lobby. Every day Christianity becomes increasingly marginalized in American society. At least, that's what I heard on The 700 Club last night."

Don't forget the Jews. Everyone is out to get them, apparently. Especially those 15-year-old Palestinian kids with their pesky bottle rockets. Good thing we're sending them billions of dollars of free money every year. It's not like we could use that to improve our own country.
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Re: On PC Gaming
Jan 26, 2009, 23:58
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Re: On PC Gaming Jan 26, 2009, 23:58
Jan 26, 2009, 23:58
 
The patch/bug fix that went through last week was long overdue. It's also technically not "downloadable content" that they are required to charge for on Xbox Live. A couple weeks ago they announced that they are going to hold off on releasing DLC for the PC until Microsoft certifies it for release on Xbox Live so they can patch both versions simultaneously.
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Re: On PC Gaming
Jan 26, 2009, 23:49
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Re: On PC Gaming Jan 26, 2009, 23:49
Jan 26, 2009, 23:49
 
Ports aren't necessarily a bad thing. To give an example, the PlayStation port of Doom/Doom 2 was superb. Midway recorded new sound effects and music and added a much-improved lighting engine to the game. The end result is a more atmospheric game than the original PC version. To this day, it's my favorite version of Doom.

The problem is that modern ports (be they PC-to-console or console-to-PC) don't have additional features that take advantage of the platform they're being ported to. At best, they're identical to the original. At worst (and far too often), they are ported so sloppily that they end up being inferior in many ways. Resident Evil 4 and Grand Theft Auto 4 are two recent examples that come to mind. It's more noticeable on the PC these days because all of the big games are on the consoles.

Up to this point, Valve and Blizzard have been carrying the torch for PC gaming. Unfortunately, Left 4 Dead seems to be the first step in a disturbing trend towards simultaneous PC and console updates. This means that PC users have to wait for Microsoft to certify all "downloadable content" for Xbox Live before it makes it to the PC. If this is the way Valve is going to do things from now on, then the future is bleak.

I guess my point is that ports are not inherently bad and that bad ports are not the only thing harming PC gaming. Xbox Live is having a nasty effect as well.
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Re: On Fallout 3
Jan 26, 2009, 20:22
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Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 26, 2009, 20:22
Jan 26, 2009, 20:22
 
"And what about crappy writing, storyline, quest design, and NPCS? What about the same cookie-cutter, bland content that has been a problem since Daggerfall?"

But it wouldn't be a Bethesda game without horrible writing, storyline, quest design, NPC and enemy design and map design.
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Re: GFW Boss Axed
Jan 26, 2009, 19:56
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Re: GFW Boss Axed Jan 26, 2009, 19:56
Jan 26, 2009, 19:56
 
Microsoft is not going to give up until they can charge people for patches and defile independant developers on the PC like they do on the Xbox 360. This is far from the end of GfW.
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Re: Microsoft to cut 5,000
Jan 22, 2009, 23:28
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Re: Microsoft to cut 5,000 Jan 22, 2009, 23:28
Jan 22, 2009, 23:28
 
"LMN8R, do you work for Microsoft?"

I have an acquaintance who works in the viral marketing field and he tells me how common it is for large corporations to infiltrate major forums. There are also many bloggers who collect paychecks from public relations firms. We're living in an age of 'memes' and the internet is the easiest and cheapest way to generate a positive image.

This comment was edited on Jan 22, 2009, 23:29.
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