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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 25, 2018, 19:18 The_Pink_Tiger
Remember bookmarks? How do you think I got to Blue's News today?  
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News Comments > Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Video
2. Re: Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Video Oct 12, 2018, 21:01 The_Pink_Tiger
I wonder how well this game will perform for CD Projekt Red. I loved Witcher 3 and had a blast playing its Gwent mini-game, but would not want to play a whole game based entirely on Gwent.

This video did little to convince me otherwise. Animations and quests aside, its core gameplay is still Gwent, and I think that's just too shallow a base to build a whole game upon. Every new thing I've seen about this title just edges it further and further into the "no buy" column.

I'm sure they'll get a good number of early sale based solely on its association with Witcher 3, but I really wonder if this game will be as half as successful as CD Projekt Red expects.

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News Comments > Telltale Games Lays Off Staff, May Close
7. Re: Telltale Games Lays Off Staff, May Close Sep 21, 2018, 21:00 The_Pink_Tiger
I'm sorry to hear about this, but not surprised.

I'm a fan of the Telltale Games - I've purchased the majority of their catalog - but it's been getting harder and harder to justify the purchase each time. Their games usually have good stories and settings but the gameplay was always very lackluster. They just aren't very fun to play. Now, I tend to put story and immersion above gameplay, but this preference isn't true for the general audience. After a dozen or so games that more or less followed the exact same formula, even I started getting tired of their titles.

(engage Monday night quarterbacking)
Telltale Games were always attractive to only a niche group, but they were producing games at such a rate that I'm surprised they have stayed in business this long. They either needed to drastically scale back production or should have explored alternative styles of game so that when the market inevitably dropped out of the "interactive comic/adventure" genre they specialized in, they would have a fallback source of revenue.

And honestly, after they had established themselves, they really should have ditched the episodic model. It hurt the games more than it helped because each chapter had to be self-contained, which broke up the story. I hear it was hell on their developers too.

It's sad to see a developer fold - especially one that helped usher in both a new era of adventure games and indie publishing - but no, I'm not surprised at all.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2018, 20:33 The_Pink_Tiger
Anyone else think of the Anderson Brothers - the two senile heavy-metal rockers from Alan Wake - while reading about those nursing home escapees?

Also, Win10's obnoxious update policy is the number one reason I'm sticking with older versions. It's my damn computer, I am the one who should to be in control of it, not Microsoft. Especially since I've been bitten by bad patches in the past, and that was back when Microsoft still had a QA department.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 18, 2018, 19:27 The_Pink_Tiger
The idea of "hot-Chromebooking" - is terrible. We briefly attempted a similar thing at a place I worked (not with Chrome) and the results were as you expected. Most people don't take care of laptops they own, much less a device they are loaned for a day. Even though we had a fairly responsible crew, we quickly discovered that a shared laptop - a random device pulled off a rack - is going to be treated terribly. And I'm not just thinking of damage - cracked screens, broken keyboards, busted hinges - but just sanitary issues: dirty keycaps and smudged screens that made me not even want to touch the things. There is more to using computers than just the data and applications.

We quickly went back to assigned devices; not only did we see far less turnover of devices but, the users were happier. Plus, if a laptop did get damaged, we could far more easily figure out who was to blame.
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News Comments > More on Esports and the Olympics
6. Re: More on Esports and the Olympics Jun 27, 2018, 19:24 The_Pink_Tiger
Whether or not video games belong in the Olympics, I hope the major video game companies steer clear of this. From everything I have read, the IOC is a corrupt and vile organization that makes Electronic Arts look charitable. I don't want my hobby associated with them for any reason.

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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. May 18, 2018, 19:25 The_Pink_Tiger
Sex is bad, so get it off Steam but games where you can bloodily rip people apart? Valve has no problem with that.

I have absolutely no interest in visual novels - pornographic or otherwise - but this move seems prudish and unfair. And I bet games like Grand Theft Auto - which also push the boundaries with regard to sex - won't get this sort of attention. Steam already age-gates certain games; just do the same with this sex-themed visual novels.

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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Mar 4, 2018, 20:11 The_Pink_Tiger
Gotta agree.

It's not a great game. I am not saying that. It struggles even to be a good game. It is a bit repetitive. It has cartoonishly evil villains. The motorcycle is a bust. The enemies respawn to quickly. But the gun-play is solid, the levels are fun to mess around in, the graphics were surprisingly appealing and you get a good amount of content. It is undeniably flawed but not without merit.

It's not a game for which you would pay full price, but $5.99? Yeah, that's about right. Compare it to other games at that price - the bottom-feeding independently-published asset-flips and Homefront Revolution is a great bargain. Go into the game with that understanding - don't expect too much - and you'll have a fine time without breaking the bank.

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News Comments > GTA Online Tax Refunds and Rebates
5. Re: GTA Online Tax Refunds and Rebates Feb 18, 2018, 19:37 The_Pink_Tiger
So what does $250,000 actually buy you in game? I've heard prices are amazingly inflated in GTA-O
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News Comments > Morning Previews
1. Re: Morning Previews Feb 8, 2018, 19:44 The_Pink_Tiger
In other words, they abandon everything that made the Metro series feel unique and are chasing after the generic-shooter crowd in hopes of getting a bigger audience. Sacrifice your guaranteed audience in the vain hope of competing with the huge triple-A games like Call of Duty and the rest.

Yeah, good luck with that. I loved the Metro games but it was never the shooter aspects of the franchise that I enjoyed.

God, they're even adding crafting.

Welp, this game just dropped off my "must buy/first-day purchase" list. Short of it getting amazing reviews I may not even buy it at all.

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News Comments > Frontier Pilot Simulator Early Access
6. Re: Frontier Pilot Simulator Early Access Feb 1, 2018, 20:20 The_Pink_Tiger
The first space trucker simulator? What, no love for "Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine"?

Developers these days, no appreciation of the classics!
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News Comments > Outbreak: The New Nightmare Awakens
4. Re: Outbreak: The New Nightmare Awakens Jan 5, 2018, 19:17 The_Pink_Tiger
Damn, I was sort of hoping this was a sequel or remake of Codename: Outbreak, a 2001 game by GSC (of STALKER fame). Although rough around the edges, I nonetheless still quite enjoyed that game; it was a nice mix of tactical- and action shooter. It had - for its time - fairly large levels, you had a teammate who was surprisingly useful and the stealth aspects were great. Its eighth(?) level also formed a significant chunk of the the first map in STALKER. I'd love to see a modern remake of that.

This, however, is not the game I was hoping for. This is just another of those games that makes me dread "indie" titles. Lousy animation, an awful interface, unexciting gameplay and a complete lack of imagination (gee, zombies in the city, how /original/). Thank you for alerting me to this travesty so I know not to buy it.
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News Comments > Steam Curation System Changes
3. Re: Steam Curation System Changes Oct 27, 2017, 20:30 The_Pink_Tiger
Anything to prevent your having to curate your storefront yourself, eh Valve?

I never got into that whole "curator" thing myself anyway; never saw the appeal. So whether the change is a positive one or not, it's not going to affect me.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
9. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2017, 19:47 The_Pink_Tiger
What is this "disc" thing the developer keeps talking about? Apparently it is necessary to play a game and can be traded. Is it some sort of DLC? How much hard-drive space does it take?

Single-player FPS games aren't going anywhere. If anything, it is only single-player FPS games developed by greedy "triple-A" studios that might be going away (and arguably, good riddance) but there are a bunch of independent studios more than willing to take up the slack. And with development tools becoming so powerful, I'm not sure I'll really notice the lack of 1000-person sized teams and $100 million budgets that are de rigueur for AAA games; independently-published titles good enough already.
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News Comments > SteamWorld Dig Free on Origin
2. Re: SteamWorld Dig Free on Origin Sep 6, 2017, 20:42 The_Pink_Tiger
Ah, the good ol' On-the-House program; the only reason I ever open up the Origin client anymore. I wonder how many PC sales their Origin-exclusivity has cost EA?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 31, 2017, 20:16 The_Pink_Tiger
I loved HR, but I haven't pulled the trigger on MD yet. Is it worth $15.00?

On the other hand... even had I purchased it at $15, I would still be hard pressed to say I got value for my dollar

Don't get me wrong; the game isn't terrible. It's graphics are simply gorgeous, and the world is lavishly detailed. The minute-by-minute gameplay isn't bad either; it's basically the same as DX:HR with a few fairly inconsequential changes. But as I player I felt short-changed by the story and setting; it was sub-par to what we saw in earlier titles. It had its moments, but too much of this game - including its main plot - felt like busy-work and the drudgery of a common flatfoot. Compare this to the world-changing actions with which the earlier games engaged you, and DX:MD feels far inferior.

I suppose it depends on what you play the Deus Ex series for; if it's mostly for the gameplay, you'll probably be more than satisfied, if a bit upset that the game ends so early. On the other hand, if the world-building and exploration are more important to you, even $15 may seem excessive.

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News Comments > Aquanox: Deep Descent Trailer
9. Re: Aquanox: Deep Descent Trailer Aug 31, 2017, 20:08 The_Pink_Tiger
I can't get too excited about this - beyond the vague nostalgia that 2000s games inspire in me - because I found the original games themselves rather forgettable. They were okay shooters, I think, but I'd be hard pressed to remember if they did anything special, either in terms of graphics, story or gameplay. They were solid "B" titles; not the sort of game I ever would have expected to get a sequel years later.

But while my memories of the game are fuzzy, I do well remember the Aquamark 3 benchmark. Intended, I think, both to advertise the game and let players see if their computers could handle the graphics, it was a worthy competitor to the likes of 3DMark. It remained on my computers for the longest time, although I've had issues getting it to run on more modern hardware/operating systems. I'd rather they release an update to the benchmark than the game, in all honesty.
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News Comments > Tropico 6 Trailer
1. Re: Tropico 6 Trailer Aug 23, 2017, 19:46 The_Pink_Tiger
The Tropico games are fun, but they are killing it with these yearly releases. There's just not enough difference between them and I'm quickly burning out on the franchise. They need to let it lie fallow for a few years and work on something else before they Ubisoft their brand to death.  
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior (2013) Free; New Shadow Warrior 2 DLC
1. Re: Shadow Warrior (2013) Free; New Shadow Warrior 2 DLC Aug 22, 2017, 19:59 The_Pink_Tiger
First Brink, now Shadow Warrior.

I need to stop buying games if they're just gonna keep giving them away for free after a few years. I'd save a bundle.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 21, 2017, 20:14 The_Pink_Tiger
Another vote for SumatraPDF. It's best feature is how fast it loads, a result of how lightweight it is. It is light on capabilities - it's basically /just/ a PDF reader, whereas FoxIt (and Acrobat and other similar apps) often include a number of editing features as well. It also lacks the ability to handle forms or scripting or any multimedia more complicated than basic text and pictures. An example of how limited it is: the addition of opening multiple PDFs in different tabs was a major addition of a recent update. On the other hand, it does open .CBR and .CBZ files.

If you want something a bit more feature-rich, the free PDF-XChange Editor is pretty good. It's roughly feature-equivalent to Acrobat Reader, although I find its OCR slightly better. But in those rare instances SumatraPDF isn't up to the task, PDF-XChange picks up the slack.
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