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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed
18. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed Mar 2, 2016, 13:25 Jivaro
 
*shrug* perhaps. Guess time will tell.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed
16. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed Mar 2, 2016, 13:01 Jivaro
 
Cutter, that is so not true. I know you like the whole "I am going to be negative about everything so I can be surprised when it actually doesn't suck" approach, and I get it. We get letdown by the AAA corps all the time. It could happen this time. If it does, it won't have anything to do with transition.

Teams are constantly in transition. It's an industry in transition. People finish their part of a game and move on to the next project. People have issues in their lives like pregnancy, deaths, etc that force transition. People get promoted, people get fired. Just like every other industry in the world. This isn't a game that 4 people are working on from their garage and the guy who thought of it all just left to sing in a boy band. This is a large scale project with hundreds of people working on it and quite frankly, everybody is replaceable.

If this conversation was about the next Metal Gear game and Hideo Kojima I would totally understand the idea that someone leaving is indicative of something. This isn't that though. It's not a situation anything like that. There isn't some Mass Effect guru that everyone is relying on for the game not to suck.

If there is a legitimate reason to be skeptical it is because EA/Bioware isn't being straight about what the game is about or what to expect from it. It's like they aren't confident that fan reaction will be positive to whatever their non-Shephard game is going to be. To draw a parallel, Uncharted 4 has had it's share of staff changes and delays. Despite that people are saying "take all the time you need, we just want a good game". The difference? Naughty Dog has shown gameplay videos that actually tell us what the game's basic premise is. They give interviews that actually contain some substance. EA/Bioware, in my opinion, should take a few lessons from Naughty Dog. EA, just in general, has a really bad habit of deciding what a game is going to be and following a development plan that basically says "we magically know what the fans want even though they are literally telling us something else entirely". I am hopeful of yet another fun ME game because I loved the previous ones, but I am worried because EA seems worried.

 
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News Comments > Rock Band 4 PC Crowdfunding
17. Re: Rock Band 4 PC Crowdfunding Mar 2, 2016, 12:20 Jivaro
 
Somebody lists a bunch of successes in crowdfunding and none of that matters because you donated to some that failed?

Sorry the stuff you backed is turning out to be failures. I have backed 10 different projects over the last few years. Nine of them are done, 1 is almost done and I would donate to all of them again. So if we are going to go by individual experience rather than looking at the overall big picture how do we settle it? Who has the more valid point of view? I mean, you only backed 5, I backed 10. Does my quantity give me the "right" point of view? Of course not. That would be stupid. Nobody's personal experience, by itself, means jackshit.

Crowdfunding makes things possible that wouldn't have been possible before because the target audience is dictating the cash flow. Crowdfunding gives creative people freedom from corporate money. All of that said, crowdfunding is also a risk. Crowdfunding is an opportunity for someone to take your money and spend it doing something other than what they promised. Crowdfunding means that what you pitched in for at the beginning might evolve into something you aren't as happy with by the time it is done. Crowdfunding means that unfortunately some folks that really can afford to take on the financial risk of development don't have to anymore.

It means all of that stuff and more. It sounds like you shouldn't participate in it anymore, that is for sure. I just don't agree that the process itself is a problem. People are the problem, as they are in any process.

As for Fig....yeah, I am not sure I would do that either but that has to do with that specific entity and a particular individual. It isn't somehow representative of everything crowdsourced on the planet. That's like saying the Yugo was representative of all European cars ever.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed
10. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Delayed Mar 2, 2016, 11:35 Jivaro
 
Yeah, I don't feel like delays or staff changes are necessarily indicative of anything. Very much like sports, when someone leaves that just means the next person off the bench gets an opportunity. Until I see a true gameplay demo of some reasonable amount of time, I won't have much of an opinion other than "More Mass Effect? Sign me up." They have been fun games to play and the potential of the universe they have created is immense.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Feb 29, 2016, 01:09 Jivaro
 
The guy seems baffled that Gabe could possibly have hired him and than decided he made a mistake and fired him.

I am not sure I understand what is so difficult about that to process. Happens all the time. People hire people either based on interviews or based on work experience all the time and they do it because they think they know what they are getting. When it doesn't pan out, you fire the person. It's in the job description of every boss to hire and fire people. Hopefully you are right much more often than you are wrong but make no mistake, you will be wrong sometimes. Even more weird to me is how this guy is perplexed by the concept that a company would hire him to do a job, watch him doing it and ask him to make some changes, and when he doesn't or when he gets rude about it....he gets fired.

Howard Cosell made changes when ABC asked him too for Monday Night Football, he got to keep his job. Hank Williams Jr. was specifically told what he couldn't do while under contract with a Disney subsidiary and he did it anyway....and he got fired. It's how the world works. It's how employment works. Sometimes it sucks but it definitively isn't a mystery of some kind. That's why people want to be the boss, so they get to decide how shit is gonna roll. When you are just the contracted broadcaster you are as replaceable as a roll of toilet paper.

It's all good if he wants to say "this is me, they knew what they were getting, and I went out being who I am"...but that isn't what he is really saying. He dances on that a bit but that isn't what he tries to bottom line with. He tries to lay it out at Valve's feet as if they have wronged him somehow. He is acting as if there is some big mystery here and the only mystery is just how he can possibly not understand. Sucks that it was his best friend that had to tell him, but maybe if he hadn't tried to act like he was Bill Murray on the set instead of the completely replaceable esports broadcaster that he is...he wouldn't have been in that spot. I would say "live and learn", but his essay seems to indicate that he hasn't learned anything.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 25, 2016, 13:22 Jivaro
 
Yeah I know..I have heard the ending is amazing. I have the Left Behind DLC downloaded and ready to go for when I do finish the game though.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 25, 2016, 10:16 Jivaro
 
The Last of Us is a fantastic game. I have always meant to go back and finish it. It kinda got lost in the holiday backlog and I forgot to go back to it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 24, 2016, 11:36 Jivaro
 
Yeah it does. Really is amazing how long these guys have been able to put out continually great games in the same series. Most franchises have at least one or two titles that sucked or at least are very polarizing among the fans. Uncharted just keeps getting better. Hell, even the Vita game was awesome.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 22, 2016, 14:27 Jivaro
 
I don't even care until they make something designed for the experience that I want to play. Until than...everyone else can beta test for me.

My days of early adopting are gone. A mortgage does that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2016, 16:29 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 11:28:
Jivaro wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 11:01:
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 10:41:
Jebus, check that kid for a concussion...

No word on the dog show this year, Blue? Thought you were into those...


That kid was spamming forums inviting people to the server than trapping them and killing them so he could steal their stuff and keep their heads as trophies. Basically, he made Minecraft into Serial Killer 2016.

I think a concussion is the least of his issues. Holy shit.


I was talking about the obstacle course video.


oops..lol.
 
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News Comments > Street Fighter V Status Report
2. Re: Street Fighter V Status Report Feb 19, 2016, 11:06 Jivaro
 
intermarer wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 03:22:
It was actually quite stable yesterday.
Now I hope they work on joystick support. It's ridiculous that my stick was supported in USFIV, but not SFV

I have two sticks for my PS3. They were expensive and they are fantastic and they don't work on PS4. I am not investing in another stick for the PS4. Just gonna have to rough it with the DS4. I like the game but expecting people to keep upgrading expensive and functioning hardware for no reason is just ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2016, 11:01 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 10:41:
Jebus, check that kid for a concussion...

No word on the dog show this year, Blue? Thought you were into those...


That kid was spamming forums inviting people to the server than trapping them and killing them so he could steal their stuff and keep their heads as trophies. Basically, he made Minecraft into Serial Killer 2016.

I think a concussion is the least of his issues. Holy shit.
 
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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes VII Free Content released
1. Re: Might & Magic Heroes VII Free Content released Feb 19, 2016, 00:03 Jivaro
 
I am overwhelmed.

I am trying to do the Black Desert Online beta, play Street Fighter V, and now this?

My birthday was back on the 11th...it's like game developers are giving me a bunch of belated gifts...
 
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News Comments > Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow
8. Re: Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow Feb 18, 2016, 11:45 Jivaro
 
That goblin frenzy happened in CBT1 too and I didn't have any lag or glitches either. Really kind of amazing since my machine is more middle of the road....I would have expected hiccups or even have to scale things back on the graphics. Everything was smooth so I hacked away with the rest of the sharks in the frenzy.

I screwed up this morning though...I forgot I had to redownload CBT2 because CBT1 is a different beast. Tried to login and the servers wouldn't recognize my client. So here I am...downloading...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2016, 11:40 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 10:37:
Blue wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 10:30:
nin wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 10:23:
Gaga for Bowie. I think he'd have liked it.

His son apparently didn't care for it.

Yeah, but he didn't even appreciate the awesome name his dad gave him.

Touche!

There used to be (not sure if they're still there, or shut down, hopefully) a performer (believe it was a magic show) in Vegas who went by the name "Zowie Bowie".


I was going to add that in the history of famous celebrities....why does it always seem like the sons and daughters hate everything they either didn't think of or don't make money off of? Oh wait...

Just saying, asking the family members always seems like a losing proposition to me. Particularly the offspring.
 
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News Comments > Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow
6. Re: Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow Feb 17, 2016, 22:24 Jivaro
 
Slick wrote on Feb 17, 2016, 19:41:
so just grind the best guns, then troll EVERYBODY ^_^

hahahahaha....
 
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News Comments > Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow
3. Re: Black Desert Online Closed Beta Tomorrow Feb 17, 2016, 17:37 Jivaro
 
I am interested to hear what you think after playing it for a day or two. I was in the last CBT and came away fairly relieved. What I mean is that we see all this hype about the character creator and the graphics and blah blah blah...but the hype has been thin on actual gameplay. I found the world and combat mechanics to be pretty enjoyable. I only had the time to get as far as level 10 so obviously I have no worthwhile opinion on the game as a whole. You can't really review a MMO based on the first 10 levels. That said, the foundation seems to be there. For people like myself who like to roll alts and play all of the available classes, it's a dream come true. That character creator is like crack cocaine. I am going to get my moneys worth just doing that. I haven't played with a character creator that fun since City of Heroes.  
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News Comments > Street Fighter V Eve Address
2. Re: Street Fighter V Eve Address Feb 16, 2016, 01:35 Jivaro
 
The beta was a lot of fun. Personally, I think the fight mechanics and gameplay are fantastic. They took the flash and flamboyant art style of Ultra IV and multiplied it by 10. Some people will be put off by it I am sure. I dig it though.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Feb 15, 2016, 11:05 Jivaro
 
Creston wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 10:42:
Really? Rise of the Tomb Raider over Witcher 3? Okay...


I haven't played Rise of the Tomb Raider or Witcher 3 yet, but based on the previous games by both franchises I wouldn't have expected that. Like.....at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2016, 00:53 Jivaro
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 13, 2016, 16:09:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 13, 2016, 13:16:
I'm SO happy everyone. I made my last car payment today. I'm also DEBT FREE! I still have to knock out the mortgage but that'll happen soon. Yay! No more credit card / auto payments. $22,500 in 2.5 years. Dance

Congrats man!

Congrats from me as well! It's a good feeling. I haven't had a car payment since 2002 and I doubt I ever will again. When I got done in 2002 if felt so great that I decided I was going to start saving for my next car right than so that I could buy it outright. Been doing that ever since, including both cars we have now.
 
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