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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 18, 2017, 10:39 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 21:25:
You're a smart guy. Use your brain before opening your cake hole.

I've seen no evidence to support this comment, if anything we get daily reminders that it's the opposite.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 17, 2017, 12:30 Verno
 
Even the Microsoft employees I know didn't embrace that whole mess.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 17, 2017, 11:24 Verno
 
MacLeod wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 10:28:
Got to love BS headlines. The Engadget article is titled "potentially undefeatable" and then in the article, it states "We don't claim to have created an undefeatable ad blocker".

Not to mention that, as an ad blocker, it doesn't even make sense. The reason I use a blocker is all the idiotic pop-up loading, auto video-playing, bandwidth draining ads. If all you're doing is putting a "THIS IS AN AD" over content you're still loading, all of those things are still going to be an issue, and completely defeat the purpose of your "blocker"

For me its the total inability of ad networks to ensure a consistent experience with ads. Auto-playing, auto-loading video/audio ads are beyond obnoxious. I've also had multiple security problems that only occurred due to an ad with an exploit. Awhile back I said fuck it, I block nearly everything now and I support the sites I care about through Patreon and other methods.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 12, 2017, 14:46 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 14:23:
Well as someone who's had several dogs, and just about everyone I know has had them or still does, I've NEVER heard of this problem from any of them. I've NEVER heard of it at all in fact. The beauty of learned behavior is it can be unlearned. It's called operant conditioning. Sounds like you got bad advice. Seek elsewhere.

Here's the thing though, you aren't the center of the universe. There are a whole suite of things that happen all of the time regardless of your presence or awareness. Instead of pretending like things can't happen just because you haven't seen them occur, perhaps you should educate yourself on the subject.

I dated a woman who bred retrievers and sometimes the males will just mark the house regardless. The females wear a diaper for obvious reasons and the males often needed them too when they were acting out territorial/mating behavior. A male will often assert himself through marking as well and if there is uncertainty (moves, change of role, etc) this stuff manifests due to anxiety. You can't fix all animal behavioral problems with rewards and reinforcement by the way. Doggie diapers are often used in transition cycles of reinforcement by the way.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks
23. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks Apr 12, 2017, 13:35 Verno
 
I'm glad you retain some optimism, but we've had game after game from Dice of the last decade, and they seem to be declining in quality. If the trend holds, this one will be the most simplistic, lowest common denominator of all.

EDIT: I forgot that people really liked BF1. Still, even BF1 suffers from a lot of issues that made older BF games great like offline modes and modding.

I haven't lost faith in Dice yet but to be fair this was a cash-in sub brand so its not exactly difficult to see why people are dubious. I thought the first one was fairly mindless so I will be interested to see if they added some much needed depth to it.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks
20. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks Apr 12, 2017, 13:20 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 13:19:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 10:51:
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 09:23:
"Game Engine Footage" my ass...

Visuals have never been an issue for EA's Battlefront. It's the content that's going to be the issue.

QFT.

So sad. Dice games used to be something so greatly anticipated.

Battlefield 1 was pretty good though. For a month or two which was plenty of game time for the money.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks
15. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks Apr 12, 2017, 13:06 Verno
 
Rigs wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 11:30:
See, this is what drives me nuts about gamers today...you guys have no clue what's in the game at this point, only that it has a story underpinning and covers all three trilogies...and has 'heroes', like the first. The game could literally have everything you're all complaining about wanting but you don't know. Yet we'll complain anyway. I'm guilty of it too but I think that for this industry to return to what it was back in it's heyday, we need some optimism and enthusiasm. I'm not saying to go out and pre-order but maybe be a little excited about things. I constantly (constantly) hear people wanting another Tie Fighter, including myself, and this could be a big step to that. It looks like it's going to have more focus on space combat.

I have the smallest bit of hope that EA heard all the complaints about the first and is going to change it. And for once, I'm going to go in excited to see what they'll give us this time instead of grumbling about it. Will I be disappointed? Probably. But fuck, I'm tired of being down and negative about this shit all the time. The mood is always 80% 'It's gonna fail - hard!' and 20% 'Well it might rock'. We need to change that.

Nah, there are plenty of cheerleading avenues for games already, they have full on PR departments and whole community websites surrounding them. There is no need to change anything, people have every right to be cynical about the gaming industry if that's what they want to do. This sub-franchise in particular was a big disappointment to many people so they have historical precedent for their concern. Feel free to praise it up to the stars, you're entitled to your opinion like everyone else but no one else needs to change anything.

Bitch on gamers, keep the industry honest IMO
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
9. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 12, 2017, 08:41 Verno
 
I still remember his big Milo scam at the Kinect reveal. The most obvious load of bullocks I've seen. You're right Peter, it was a disaster, one that you played a big part in.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2017, 08:50 Verno
 
Bodolza wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 14:14:
Some of us find most sports mind-numbingly boring. I don't get how someone can be interested in watching the same thing over and over and over again for hours on end.

It's almost like different people have different taste in things
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
34. Re: Into the Black Apr 11, 2017, 08:39 Verno
 
Emotion and not logic are driving the majority reaction to this situation.

You're like a mosquito. Yeah why would people react emotionally to United forcing a dumb fucking situation that resulted in a senior being forcibly removed when they could've easily defused it a dozen different ways? Why would they react emotionally when they can see themselves easily in this same situation? I wonder HMMM.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age 4 Outed?
30. Re: Dragon Age 4 Outed? Apr 8, 2017, 15:41 Verno
 
JohnQP wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 08:26:
I'd much rather play DA:I than Skyrim, I'll give you that.

Skyrim had better quests and exploration. DA:I had better...zone design and combat. I found the main quest in DA:I pretty decent too. I still found Skyrim a lot more fun to play overall despite its deficiencies. The focus on filler activity in Bioware games is a bit disheartening, with all of the resources at their disposal they can do a lot better. Even the Radiant AI stuff in Skyrim felt less templated somehow.

Companies seem too sensitive to the value perception these days. Just make the game you want to make, don't focus on playable hours and other dumb metrics.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 7, 2017, 13:40 Verno
 
JohnQP wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 01:41:
This O'Reilly sexual assault thing, is this like that scrum that accused Trump, and were oh-so-important, then disappeared faster than a witch doused in water like 5 minutes after the election?

Whatever did happen with that? I've never seen something come and go so quickly in the press before.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2017, 12:58 Verno
 
El Pit wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 09:07:
Trump (2016): "Obama is a fool for getting involved in the Syrian civil war."
Trump (2017): "It is in the best interest of the safety of our nation to get involved in the Syrian civil war."

Who cares, they were using chemical weapons and people were demanding action. Now we have it. You don't back down from people like Assad and Putin, they will just keep pushing. If you really want some weak willed coalition effort it will take years and accomplish nothing. Hypocrite or not it was necessary.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Issues Ultimatum to G2A
20. Re: Gearbox Issues Ultimatum to G2A Apr 7, 2017, 12:49 Verno
 
Most of the G2A keys are out of region crap which is part of the reason we have strict regional enforcements on many games now or someone abusing bundle deals. The rest is fraud with the odd mix of a real person reselling a key. Personally I can afford buying my games from a legitimate source and sleep a bit better knowing that I'm rewarding the right people instead of a leech that has inserted itself into the supply chain.

It's a bullshit site. Not like buying cheap game keys is a mortal sin or something but its amusing to see people try to justify it.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age 4 Outed?
21. Re: Dragon Age 4 Outed? Apr 7, 2017, 12:42 Verno
 
DA:I wasn't fantastic but not awful either. I guess this depends on which studio is producing it, hopefully not the B team.  
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
28. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 12:54 Verno
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 12:07:
Characters should be well written, this one wasn't. That's the problem, not that they included a trans character.

It's a good thing I didn't make that argument then, you seem like you're struggling to find something to be offended about here. I said don't include a minority character for the sake of ticking off some boxes. That means don't pander, its almost always poorly written and offends the very community you're trying to be inclusive toward. It's just as obnoxious with dude-bro stereotypes before you even go there and yes I find it equally as annoying.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
17. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 11:33 Verno
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 11:21:
How often is a minority character any more or less appropriate for the story than a majority character? If a game has nothing to do with race, is a non-white (or non-whatever race is majority in the dev's culture) character inappropriate?

Go play the game and you'll see why this character sticks out like a sore thumb and what people are talking about. Does it fit naturally into the story? No one cares what their gender or sexual preference is. Does it feel shoe horned and unnecessary because it was some idiot ticking boxes? Don't bother unless you can do it in a way that doesn't insult the community you're trying to make feel included in the first place.

Yes, it is literally that bad. It comes out of absolutely nowhere, and it's clearly just Bioware going "We have a transgendered character! LOOKITHOWPROGRESSIVEWEARE!"

It's pathetic pandering, and done so in a pisspoor manner.

Exactly, thank you.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
4. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 10:42 Verno
 
Ultimately I want them to tell a story, not tick off boxes on some social justice list. It's not that its good or bad, its just really transparent pandering that doesn't mesh well with the game nor its audience. Include a minority character if its story appropriate, don't do it because "we need to have one of everything".

Polygon wrote some bullshit about how Persona 5 is bad because the devs didn't include a gay character option too apparently. This is what happens when devs pander Polygon, fuck off.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week
49. Re: Game Reviews Apr 5, 2017, 17:11 Verno
 
peteham wrote on Apr 5, 2017, 16:34:
Agree on the dialogue system. With some notable exceptions, most of it boiled down to nice Ryder vs. snarky Ryder. And the annoyance of abbreviated labels returns. So infuriating when the character ends up saying something completely different to what I intended. I like what they were aiming for by removing paragon/renegade though. I.e. having choices and consequences but no defined "good" or "bad" path as such (like Deus Ex).

If that's what they were aiming for then they've failed miserably, at least where I'm at. Choice was the hallmark of the series and it feels like an afterthought here. Yeah for sure, its infuriating and pulls you right out of the game when your character says something totally different from your choices too and this has that in spades.

Been trying to put my finger on what's so different between ME:A and Witcher 3 in the quest department; the "tasks" really boil down to the same thing but everything felt a lot more fetchy in ME:A whereas it didn't in Witcher. And OTOH ME:A's combat is vastly superior to Witcher, but it still manages to be less enjoyable overall for me. Maybe it's the writing. Or maybe it's just another dozen months of Open World Fatigue(tm). The whole "here's some wreckage - scan five more and I can locate the signal!" schtick of ME:A didn't help, though. I think the maps would've benefited from being a bit more empty in general - just let me drive around in peace without stumbling over something to scan every two seconds. Eladen was slightly better than the other planets for this, I found. Eos was kind'a terrible with respawning MMO-style Kett-camps every two feet.

I've encountered almost nothing except fetch quests and slight variations thereof. I'm not sure what is off with the execution here but I agree with you, its way worse than other games. The sheer volume of shit they throw at you makes the constant sorting and prioritization just extremely tedious, its a bit depressing. I can't help but think of how little regard developers have for their customers when I'm hit with this stuff repeatedly.

Can't wait for that patch by the way, whoever thought these unskippable sequences were a good idea needs to be shot into orbit.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week
46. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week Apr 5, 2017, 14:51 Verno
 
Playing the PC version right now and this game is really tedious when you're not in combat or just roaming around in the Nomad. Is every single quest in this game just a fetch variation? I hope the other planets are an improvement, this is even more obnoxious than DA:I. The dialogue complaints are definitely something I would share, a noticeable decline in characterization and the new dialogue system sucks so far. They said this would lead to more personalized main characters but so far it just seems to be similar dialogue that is not what the label says anyway. I miss Paragon and Renegade so much, this stuff from DA:I is not an improvement.

I guess I should say something positive. I love exploring again, loved it in ME1 and love it here. Visually the game is gorgeous too...until you see the character models and animations. I'm surprised so many people were defending this, it seems like a huge step back in quality from the prior games in almost every way. There better be a big jump up as this goes on.

Edit: What's a good build to just power through the main story? I'm not interested in prolonging my time with the game but want to give the main story a chance.

This comment was edited on Apr 5, 2017, 15:19.
 
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