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Homepage http://www.tacticalgamerz.com
Signed On Jul 9, 2009, 18:02
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News Comments > Crytek Developing Homefront Sequel
13. Re: Crytek Developing Homefront Sequel Sep 20, 2011, 11:48 ^Drag0n^
 
Verno wrote on Sep 20, 2011, 11:11:
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 20, 2011, 11:07:
I guess I'm confused... KAOS makes Homefront, Homefront is released, KOAS is closed, but Homefront made enough money to bankroll a sequal within 6 months of release?

Kaos was New York based, it is incredibly expensive to put up a studio in many parts of the US in general but New York more than most. Like many things it is cheaper to outsource to foreign corporations both from a wage and tax outlook.

I don't think Crytek can do any worse with the IP so whatever I guess, let's just hope they don't add jungles and aliens to it for no reason. I didn't really care for the first game anyway.

I actually liked the concept of the game, it just had a few key things wrong with it, namely it's length and the fact that it had a tighter set of rails than any Call of Duty game ever made (a hard feat to achieve, you'd think).

I'd like to be optimistic about Crytek taking it over, but Crysis 2 was no Crysis 1 in terms of player freedom, and I really think that is what Homefront lacked. Even when I was hiding in the pit full of dead bodies, I didn't feel that the game made me have any emotional connection to the events. It was as if they considered it enough to simply say, "hey! They killed a bunch of nameless Americans you don't know! Aren't you angry?!?!?"

I guess what I'm driving at is that the lack of freedom to interact with the NPCs and their environment left the single-player game feeling bland, unemotional, and at times even frustrating. It's too bad, as I really wanted to like Homefront.

On an odd aside, the writer of the game was also the writer of "Red Dawn" (as I'm sure most know). The weird part is a "remake" of that film is due sometime in the next year from MGM that replaces the Russians with North Koreans. Strange coincidence.

^D^

 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
23. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 20, 2011, 11:22 ^Drag0n^
 
You'll have to do a lot better than that to taunt me to participate in one of your threadjackings, my friend.

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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2011, 00:44 ^Drag0n^
 
Rediculous. Find something better to do, RIAA, like make a business model that works in the current decade.

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced
22. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced Sep 20, 2011, 00:38 ^Drag0n^
 
Acleacius wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 23:32:
Terrible decision.

Funny thing, despite how out of place these fights were/are, we will probably be begging for something this good, when/if we play Rage.

I highly doubt that.

Based on all I've seen/heard/read, Rage is going to be pretty kickass. I'm glad that id finally listened to those of us that wanted another co-op multiplayer experience out of them as well. The last time we got that was in the original Quake, and I've missed it.

I actually d/l'ed the Rage novel from the iBook store just to familiarize myself with the canon of the new IP...seems pretty deep, and the premise of the story seems uncharacteristically well developed, considering how much attention id normally pays to their storylines.

I'm expecting nothing less than a solid, fun shooter out of id. They have yet to dissapoint.

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
21. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 20, 2011, 00:28 ^Drag0n^
 
mag wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 22:52:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 18:53:
Agreed.

Whenever I hear people bitch about DLC costing $10, I like to remind them that the lunch that gave them the runs for four days cost more, and gave far less.

^D^

Who pays more than $10 for lunch?

Bay area, Dude.

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News Comments > New Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road Holotape
2. Re: New Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road Holotape Sep 19, 2011, 22:44 ^Drag0n^
 
Enough teasing, Bethesda...just release the damn thing.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced
11. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced Sep 19, 2011, 22:37 ^Drag0n^
 
2x typhoon (max) on all the bosses != challenging.

They were easy, in fact.

Well at least this explains exactly why these were the weakest parts of the ENTIRE game...
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced
10. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Boss Battles Were Outsourced Sep 19, 2011, 22:35 ^Drag0n^
 
*duplicate deleted*

This comment was edited on Sep 19, 2011, 22:40.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
18. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 19, 2011, 19:49 ^Drag0n^
 
Riker wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 19:33:
Not bad. Don't go crazy with the pricing, Square Eidos.

And yeah, the fact that you pretty much can max out your augs by the end of the game is a bummer... not very good balancing.

I actually thought they did it well...by the end of the game, you pretty much needed most of the augs to have a chance at finishing without the Dev menu hack (i.e. cheating).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2011, 19:32 ^Drag0n^
 
nin wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 18:54:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 17:44:
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Um,

^D^


Was it about this?


You are an evil, evil man

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
15. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 19, 2011, 19:20 ^Drag0n^
 
Sho wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 19:03:
^Drag0n^ wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 18:53:

Whenever I hear people bitch about DLC costing $10, I like to remind them that the lunch that gave them the runs for four days cost more, and gave far less.

That's a stupid comparison, though - apples and oranges. You could for example point out that a book costs 10 bucks too, and is likely to entertain you for far longer than five hours.

That said, personally - and that's the only thing that counts - I find an extra helping of DXHR worth 10 bucks, too.

Plus I really don't mind if they drown in money over this one; they deserve it for taking big-budget first-person games back into the right direction.

Missing my point: it's not meant to be an analogy. It's meant to say you waste more money on things far more trivial every day, many of which don't end up working out. Moreso even because it's highly doubtful DXHR DLC is going to be on a list of spending regrets.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
10. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 19, 2011, 18:53 ^Drag0n^
 
Agreed.

Whenever I hear people bitch about DLC costing $10, I like to remind them that the lunch that gave them the runs for four days cost more, and gave far less.

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News Comments > Foldit Helps Unravel AIDS Mystery
6. Re: Foldit Helps Unravel AIDS Mystery Sep 19, 2011, 18:19 ^Drag0n^
 
Heard this story on NPR this morning.

Short version: Supercomputers were unable to model/crack the AIDS protien; a key step in creating antiviral drugs to combat it.

Gamers playing FoldIt did it in 14 days.

Take that, Cray!

"Humiliation."

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2011, 17:44 ^Drag0n^
 
nin wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 17:07:
Blue wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 16:57:
mch wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 16:38:
There is actually a 'Pirate Bar' in my neighborhood on my way home where all employees are required to speak and dress like pirates.

I normally steer clear, since it's definitely one of those "go once and never again" type places, but I'm tempted to stop by tonight.

All I can picture is the place where Judge Reinhold got his new job after getting fired in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

"Hamilton, you're going over there as a representative of Captain Hook Fish and Chips. Part of our image, part of our appeal is that uniform, you know that."


All I know is I can't hear The Cars "Moving in Stereo" without thinking of Phobe Cates tits.

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Oh, sorry. I forgot what I was going to type...

Um,

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours
3. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC ~Five Hours Sep 19, 2011, 17:40 ^Drag0n^
 
"Adam Jensen, you ARE the missing link! Goodbye!"

(had to be done)...

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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Sep 19, 2011, 15:22 ^Drag0n^
 
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AUTOBOTS, TRANSFORM!

Gigabyte is the perfect name for an Autobot...

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News Comments > Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games
51. Re: Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games Sep 19, 2011, 15:19 ^Drag0n^
 
Creston wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 14:21:
Ruffiana wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 13:27:
Creston wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 10:49:
"For all of you who complained that your Netflix bill doubled, we listened. Now, your Netflix bill will go back to what it used to be!"

I love how their arrogance kept right on going until hundreds of thousands of people quit their subscription. And now all of a sudden they're humble and customer-focused.

Creston

They increased the cost for their service by 60% and lost about 1.6% of their customers (400k of 25mil worldwide). I don't think there's any business out there that would consider that a failure.

You might want to focus on company value rather than subscribers. I think you'll see quite a different story.

Edit : nin's basically already said the same thing. Their stock's spiralling downward.

Creston

Stock price does not line up with their actual revenue, which is what I think Ruffiana was trying to say. Stock prices fluctuate based on who had too many helpings of baked beans for dinner. Earnings changes? That's the real indicator of how healthy the company is (and whether or not that stock will ride back up along with the rest of the sector).

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News Comments > Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games
38. Re: Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games Sep 19, 2011, 12:55 ^Drag0n^
 
Creston wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 12:41:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2011, 12:32:
The studios don't have a single revenue stream, they make money everywhere so it would be need to be significant and so far it hasn't been. They are more than happy to make money licensing to things like cable on demand instead.

Yup. And it's cable that is instituting the caps. They already have a relationship there and they're going to want the caps lifted.

Will it be on all traffic or certain traffic? Who knows. But they're going to be the ones that cause change. Right now caps only impact a small number of users, ones that cable companies wouldn't mind losing, anyway. But when content providers start complaining they'll listen.

Yes, and maybe AT&T will see the light and offer us 500Mbps FTTH connections and we can all hold hands and sing kumbaya!

Creston

Certainly good points. It would be the ultimate in irony if it's the entertainment studios that end up being the driver of increased bandwidth.

I'd certainly assume that traffic shaping would become the norm, though, at least until bandwidth is expanded to the point doing so costs more than to not do it. Expect VPN/Torrent streams to continue to be throttled to the point of uselessness in the short term.

Regarding my earlier comment, yeah, if Netflix's intent is to spin off and marginalize hard DVD rentals, then it makes sense.

One thing, though. I don't think the Hard-copy rental business is dead quite yet. Redbox and Blockbuster (NCR) Kiosks in supermarkets are doing incredibly well here in the SF Bay area. $1/night rentals definitely have a niche. And a significant one, at that.

^D^

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News Comments > Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games
7. Re: Netflix Renames DVD Rental Service, Adds Video Games Sep 19, 2011, 09:52 ^Drag0n^
 
Nothing like dreary brand confusion within your own product line.

Fire the marketing team...you're supposed to go the other way.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2011, 12:55 ^Drag0n^
 
There's more flip-flopping here than a Senator's news conference...  
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