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Signed On Dec 12, 2008, 04:26
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Gets GoW Producer
1. Re: BioShock Infinite Gets GoW Producer Aug 9, 2012, 16:02 StingingVelvet
 
I wonder what evidence they have that tacked-on shitty multiplayer really prevents used sales. As a singleplayer gamer that multiplayer mode couldn't matter less to me, and I would guess people who like multiplayer would rather play a game with multiplayer that was a focus for the game developers.

I mean, they must think it works, I just wonder what they see that convinces them of that.
 
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News Comments > Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles
23. Re: Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles Aug 9, 2012, 12:11 StingingVelvet
 
Ray Marden wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 06:14:
I liked Mafia 2, but it did feel like a bit of a letdown compared to the original game. The world felt a bit smaller because of the strict, linear questline - it felt more like playing a game set in the Mafia universe than leading the life of a Mafia character.

The original was a linear game as well though. The only side stuff it had were those car garage missions, and those sucked. Honestly both games are pretty identical when it comes to the faults people mention, it's just the second game came out after a ton of other games made endless side stuff the standard.

Though since I never play that side stuff, I didn't care. Some do, obviously.
 
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News Comments > Irrational Departures
7. Re: Irrational Departures Aug 9, 2012, 00:26 StingingVelvet
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 21:21:
I have way more interest in Dishonored than Bioshock Infinite.

Same, but no need to choose really. I am excited for both.

BioShock is one of my favorite games, mixing my top gaming desires all into one lovely mixture: story, immersion, unique location, exploration, shooting.

If it only had stealth and better RPG mechanics it would have been perfect. Oh, hey there Dishonored!
 
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News Comments > Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles
12. Re: Rumored Mafia 3 on Rumored Next-Gen Consoles Aug 9, 2012, 00:24 StingingVelvet
 
I loved Mafia 2. I dislike all the random side shit in GTA and only do the story missions, so the lack of it in Mafia 2 was no big deal to me. The driving and the story focus were good, made me feel like I was in the mob. Stunning graphics too. The ending was fine, he got his friend killed and has to live with it, good stuff.

Most everything people complained about with Mafia 2 was the same in Mafia 1 and I am not one to say old game design is bad. I prefer old game design, 9 times out of 10, when talking about the late 90's and early 00's.
 
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News Comments > Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles
24. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 14:31 StingingVelvet
 
Makes sense.

If they sold movies I would probably buy some. I dislike how iTunes limits your number of devices. Of course, DRM free movies you can simply download would be best of all, but for some reason the only people providing that are pirate sites.
 
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News Comments > Prince of Persia Reboot Revealed?
14. Re: Prince of Persia Reboot Revealed? Aug 6, 2012, 16:26 StingingVelvet
 
space captain wrote on Aug 6, 2012, 13:10:
why is any of this surprising? everything is being rebooted now, especially movies

its because people are fucking worthless .. they have nothing original to add, they just want to leech off the cash cows other people created.. its happening more and more because the only thing they are concerned with is making a buck.. thats it..

so let em bow down before the almighty dollar.. let it replace everything inside them

they deserve it

Alternative less cynical version: things like Batman are modern fables, strong stories that last generations and are continually reinterpreted because they are important to society and modern fables.

Prince of Persia would be on a list of such things within video gaming.
 
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News Comments > Blood Revival Proposed
15. Re: Blood Revival Proposed Aug 4, 2012, 17:51 StingingVelvet
 
Would love a source port like the Doom games and such got. Blood looks nice at high-res though, so it's not the most needed one ever.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House Change Plans
18. Re: Diablo III Auction House Change Plans Aug 3, 2012, 17:29 StingingVelvet
 
Is this on wares sites and shit yet in working order? This is the first game... ever... that I would feel okay pirating.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Leviathan and Firefight Announced
10. Re: Mass Effect 3 Leviathan and Firefight Announced Aug 3, 2012, 13:03 StingingVelvet
 
Creston wrote on Aug 3, 2012, 12:20:
My big hangup on this is, what's the actual purpose of it? It won't make a shit's worth of difference in the game whether you played Leviathan or not. It'll probably add 150 points to your War Assets score...

I didn't play the game to raise my Asset score, I played the game because it was fun to play, has an awesome story and has cool new environments to see. I would assume the DLC adds more of all three things.

Bioware's DLC is not as rock-solid as Bethesda's but they make a lot of good stuff and are probably second on the list of best DLC makers. I'll be getting this for sure.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard
26. Re: Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard Aug 3, 2012, 13:00 StingingVelvet
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 3, 2012, 05:09:
That's not what I've read. I've read the main quest takes about 8-10 hours and most of the side content is just generic fetch quests. Comparisons to Bloodmoon, Tribunal and Shivering Isles all came out negatively for Dawnguard.Also, they note how bland Dawnguard feels compared to Shivering Isles.

All of Skyrim is fetch quests, you can't dismiss those! Lol... Anyway, I believe the higher hour counts because I am a slow player and always end up high. There were people who said Skyrim was 20-30 hours long, but you say 200... all depends on the player.

The point is this has a large faction quest with two entirely different capaigns, two large new areas and expansion pack style side content like new weapons, new side quests, a face changer, new craftables, new enemies, new spells, etc.... it's certainly larger than the $10 packs they sold, including Point Lookout which was a bargain at $10.

I could see maybe saying $15 would have been better, but it seems silly to OMG a $20 price point like it's insane.

Then again I haven't dived in yet, just got the invitation to the new area last time I played.
 
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News Comments > PC Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launches
10. Re: PC Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launches Aug 3, 2012, 03:17 StingingVelvet
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 23:14:
You didn't have to use the cover system. I just unbound the key. Radar, unfortunately, could not be turned off. I wouldn't call the stealth super easy, though. Try ghosting your way through the game. That means no killing or incapacitating anyone.

I did a pacifist playthrough but I knocked people out. There are many areas where I imagine it would be very hard without every knocking anyone out... maybe I will give it a try.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard
19. Re: Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard Aug 3, 2012, 03:15 StingingVelvet
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 2, 2012, 23:01:
$20 is way too much for this. If Skyrim cost $60 and offered 200+ hours of gameplay, $20 DLC should offer at least 60 hours of gameplay. Throw in the fact that the bulk of code and assets are recycled from Skyrim and it's an even worse deal. I'll wait until this is $5.

If you are OCD and slow enough to spend 200 hours on one character in Skyrim I would imagine Dawnguard could give you quite a number of hours. The average length I have read just for the main quest is 15-20, and there are tons of side quests, new areas and additional things to do.

Most people seem to be saying OMG $20 without actually knowing how much content is there. Not saying I know for sure, but from what I have read it's closer to Shivering Isles than Knights of the Nine.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - PPC Skyrim Dawnguard Aug 2, 2012, 20:40 StingingVelvet
 
GIMMIE! It downloaded a GB, said it was done, then downloaded another 300MB. Not sure if that's a patch of a screw up. In any case, about to play it.

Reports of how good it is are varied but Bethesda has set the high mark for DLC so far (since Knights of the Nine anyway) so I am trusting them to deliver.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Patch/Content
7. Re: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Patch/Content Aug 2, 2012, 15:06 StingingVelvet
 
I wonder if the game sold well on PC meriting this support or if Ubi just has a new supervisor with a PC hard-on. Good to see in any case.

Also lol @ "if it's not a hardcore sim it's a bad game."
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
131. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Aug 1, 2012, 15:31 StingingVelvet
 
Verno wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 13:52:
The internet in general is pretty cynical, you're just missing the forest for the trees. For example when L4D2 was announced there were few cries how wonderful Valve was, it was a pretty negative reception. I don't see many people here loving this announcement up either. I see people bitching about the state of Steam all the time on here and other sites. In general though there just aren't as many negative issues involving Valve as there have been other companies and that's further offset by Valve's many positive contributions. Of course any product/brand has fanboys and haters but those people are not reachable in the first place.

It's a media thing too though, and a reaction thing. Yes RockPaperShotgun has a critical post today on this news but it's a million times softer than the one about EA. Yes people were pissy about Left 4 Dead 2 but most of the gaming media told them to shut up. PC Gamer even had an article on L4D2 where they told people to stop whining.

I dunno, I just see the differences. Maybe I am making them up, but my education and career is all about noticing messages in advertising and public statements.
 
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News Comments > PC Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launches
3. Re: PC Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launches Aug 1, 2012, 13:38 StingingVelvet
 
J wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 12:36:
To me it's looking, in a way, how Deus Ex HR should have been. The radar in DX:HR ruined the balance in my opinion. It would play so much better if it were optional. When I get Hitman I'll be whacking up the difficulty to max and getting stuck in.

Yeah, Deus Ex HR was a cake-walk even on the hardest difficulty setting, mostly because the radar and the third-person cover system made stealth super, super easy. Wish that game was more moddable, I am sure someone would have removed those things.
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
121. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Aug 1, 2012, 13:34 StingingVelvet
 
Creston wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 13:14:
What amazes me is that it bugs you so much. There are people who swear up and down by a particular news channel, too. And there are even actual EA fanboys! I know, it seems impossible, but there are genuinely people out there who say that Origin is literally the best thing to have happened to PC gamers, like, EVER.

The large majority of 'people' on the Internet are morons.

I know. I guess it just stands out because game sites are usually so cynical. Of course perhaps that is one reason people latch on to the few companies that seem better than the rest.

Anyway I also maintain it seems disproportionate on Blues because I tend to come here for a certain kind of debate. I outright mock and make light of most of the "OMG STEAM SUCKS" threads on GOG, until this one.
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
116. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Aug 1, 2012, 12:46 StingingVelvet
 
Creston wrote on Aug 1, 2012, 12:36:
Everyone knows that with EA, it is. All EA cares about is the bottom line. Valve, I'm not so sure. I think they started Steam because they wanted to get out from a publisher's bootheel, but for a long time, everything they've done to Steam has been to solely boost profits. It's really only the last few years that they've begun listening to their customers and have implemented some things that benefit the customers. (Better support, faster patches, more sales, etc.)

I don't have a problem with Valve, I really don't. Just today I got Max Payne 3 as a Steam code because it's so large I don't want to back it up, and Steam is the store I don't use backups with because I trust it to be there and work. I like Valve's games and the service, if there has to be DRM then Steamworks generally is the best kind.

My entire "issue" I guess is with the people who act like Valve can do no wrong, or are special in some way, removed from things like this terms of service shit. They might be more persuasive and more generous than other companies but they are still out to protect themselves and get your money, period.

On Kotaku today I read a comment about this story where someone said "I just... trust Valve more." That's the personification of the idea I dislike... Valve should not be trusted more than any other company out to get your money. Appreciated? Sure. Trusted? No. As today's news should hopefully make clear, they will screw you as soon as they think they can and should, and do it with a snarky smile.
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
55. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Jul 31, 2012, 23:52 StingingVelvet
 
Wow, way to go Kotaku... http://kotaku.com/5930705/now-valve-is-trying-to-stop-people-suing-them-too  
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
51. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Jul 31, 2012, 23:44 StingingVelvet
 
Sepharo wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 23:40:
Well they do care about more than just profits. They care about their customers' satisfaction and doing so gives them enormous goodwill which translates into higher profits. If only other companies could realize that instead of punishing customers...

You think EA/Ubisoft/Microsoft is just going to release tons of free content for their games? Release EA/Ubisoft/Microsoft Film Maker for free? Allow customers to join in content creation and pay them their percentage?

First off I do think those companies have done similar things, maybe on less of a grand stage due to their business models. Secondly when it's all designed to breed the exact kind of loyalty shown earlier in this thread I don't take it as a favor.
 
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