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News Comments > Activision Results & Layoffs; New CoD This Year
4. Re: Activision Results & Layoffs; New CoD This Year Feb 12, 2019, 21:58 jacobvandy
 
"The company said it would be cutting mainly non-game-development departments and bolstering its development staff for franchises like Call of Duty and Diablo."

So what were these upward of 800 jobs that were not related to game development and deemed unnecessary enough to eliminate despite record earnings?
 
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News Comments > RAGE 2 Trailer
9. Re: RAGE 2 Trailer Feb 12, 2019, 14:04 jacobvandy
 
SMITE wrote on Feb 12, 2019, 13:37:
What WAS the ending? Never finished it.

It really did seem like they ran out of time or budget. IIRC it was this underground bunker or something you go into, you're killing a bunch of enemies and along the way you find this humongous cannon weapon that is clearly their homage to the BFG. So you're thinking, oh cool, it's ramping up for the badass end boss fight! But nope... You push some buttons in a room with a handful of trash mobs jumping around at you, then the really short cutscene plays and ends on a cliffhanger. I wonder if they're even continuing that with this sequel, or if the whole "story" from the first was scrapped entirely.
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Sells System Shock 3 Publishing Rights Back to OtherSide
2. Re: Starbreeze Sells System Shock 3 Publishing Rights Back to OtherSide Feb 12, 2019, 12:53 jacobvandy
 
El Pit wrote on Feb 12, 2019, 12:02:
I still think Arkane's Prey was System Shock 3 to some extent. I absolutely loved that game!

Same here, though I feel they did a bad job promoting it. It looked like some generic "scary" game in the previews, so that along with my disappointment in them canceling the real Prey sequel led to my basically ignoring it until it had a big discount. All they had to do was say upfront that it's the new System Shock/Bioshock and I'd have been ready for it on day one. Unfortunately, it seems I wasn't alone in my apprehension, and overall sales were pretty poor AFAIK.
 
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News Comments > Apex Legends Passes 25M Users in a Week
8. Re: Apex Legends Passes 25M Users in a Week Feb 11, 2019, 21:11 jacobvandy
 
I played some Friday, it is pretty cool if you're looking for something more realistic than Fortnite but not so realistic as PUBG and the reduced downtime between matches is nice. But goddamn is the matchmaking piss-poor, if there's any at all... You'd think with millions of people in-game that we as three newbs spending our first few hours with it would not have to be rofl-stomped every match by opponents who'd been playing pretty much non-stop since launch and have racked up hundreds or thousands of kills with a single class. Just like a successful F2P game needs the innumerable masses of freeloaders to sustain the top 1% of whales, a shooter needs some semblance of balance in player skill within a match or else it will not last.  
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News Comments > The Division 2 Open Beta Plans Revealed
8. Re: The Division 2 Open Beta Plans Revealed Feb 11, 2019, 14:21 jacobvandy
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 11, 2019, 14:11:
And the super duper armored enemies... I don't mind some bullet spongyness in my shooters, but there appeared to be zero feedback on whether I was making any progress (with bullets; explosives showed some numbers, but were on a long ass cooldown, and grenades were scarce during a long, boss-only fight).

You can brute force through armor with bullets, but it's locational so it's best to drill the same exact spot. That's the long way, though, you're meant to find the weakness that will strip off most or all their armor pretty quickly. For example, in the hotel mission from the beta, they come right out and say to shoot his ammo belt. The same mechanic was present throughout the first game (you get a yellow hit indicator with special impact sound), they've only expanded on it.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Feb 11, 2019, 13:17 jacobvandy
 
In the Top 10 games sold by retail shops in the UK? Looks that way, yeah.  
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News Comments > Apex Legends Boasts 10M Players; 1M Concurrent
31. Re: Apex Legends Boasts 10M Players; 1M Concurrent Feb 8, 2019, 09:57 jacobvandy
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 8, 2019, 01:59:
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 7, 2019, 20:51:
necrosis wrote on Feb 7, 2019, 20:39:
Well the game is free so...

Nah man, that was my feeling too when they were boasting about a million people trying it, but a million playing at once is pretty impressive. The only question left is regarding staying power, will they be able to retain numbers like that once the EA marketing machine moves on to their next in line and the hype dies down?

What are you talking about? What marketing machine? The game was announced like one day before it was released. There was 0 marketing. All the hype is generated post-launch, usually by the players themselves and simple word of mouth. This is how games used to be made, way back in the early 90s.

Lmao.. How do you think people heard of the announcement livestream? EA has been tweeting more about this game for the past week than everything else combined, to their 5 million+ followers. Their name alone ensures every news outlet on the internet will post something about a new game when the press release comes across their desk (you don't see indies getting their gameplay trailer on somewhere like MSN.com). And as mentioned, they paid the most popular streamer on Twitch what I'm sure was a good amount of money to play this instead of the game he's earned his fortune and following from. I saw a full-page roadblock ad on Origin the first time I loaded it up this week, and it's been front and center on the PlayStation Store, probably Xbox, too..

Just because they didn't buy a Super Bowl ad for it, that doesn't mean the game hasn't benefited greatly from their influence in the industry. The machine still runs, still dwarfs anything a developer from the '90s could ever dream of, even when it's not at full capacity. Zampella is pretty popular for an individual dev, but he doesn't have the reach or the money to make a surprise launch work so well on his own.
 
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News Comments > Apex Legends Boasts 10M Players; 1M Concurrent
4. Re: Apex Legends Boasts 10M Players; 1M Concurrent Feb 7, 2019, 20:51 jacobvandy
 
necrosis wrote on Feb 7, 2019, 20:39:
Well the game is free so...

Nah man, that was my feeling too when they were boasting about a million people trying it, but a million playing at once is pretty impressive. The only question left is regarding staying power, will they be able to retain numbers like that once the EA marketing machine moves on to their next in line and the hype dies down?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Feb 7, 2019, 19:33 jacobvandy
 
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 7, 2019, 19:29:
Untie it from their own servers and enabling mod support would be a great start. What's one more Bethesda title modders have to fix.

That's what I've been waiting for, ever since they promised they'd do it at E3. I really wouldn't care if noone else were playing by the time it does happen, if it happens, since all I'd be interested in is taking an offline SP stroll through it once or twice.
 
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat 11 Kabal Trailer
4. Re: Mortal Kombat 11 Kabal Trailer Feb 7, 2019, 15:06 jacobvandy
 
sliv wrote on Feb 7, 2019, 12:39:
"Eyeballs and skin falling off of his skull while dragging him on the ground, ending with a sliced filet of Subzero. Yeah, I'm out..."

Shit, if you made it that far, you could've held on a few more seconds for the climax!
 
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News Comments > EA's "Difficult Quarter" Financials
17. Re: EA's Feb 6, 2019, 09:22 jacobvandy
 
Speaking of gamers being dumb.. ;p

That sentence is a summary of their releases for the year. He's simply saying the Star Wars game is supposed to come out in the fall, which is the same time their yearly sports games also come out.

This comment was edited on Feb 6, 2019, 09:32.
 
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News Comments > Apex Legends Hits 1M Players Right Off
36. Re: Apex Legends Hits 1M Players Right Off Feb 5, 2019, 17:33 jacobvandy
 
Squirmer wrote on Feb 5, 2019, 17:19:
So this game requires Origin and you can't play it with Steam, and yet there's no mass outrage from angry gamers with boycott threats and review bombing of Respawn's other games? Curious hey.

EA owns them now, and before that they had an exclusive publishing contract anyway. So they can't be review bombed because all of their games have been Origin exclusive and Origin does not have customer reviews.
 
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News Comments > Apex Legends Hits 1M Players Right Off
11. Re: Apex Legends Hits 1M Players Right Off Feb 5, 2019, 12:24 jacobvandy
 
Creston wrote on Feb 5, 2019, 11:43:
Yes, yes, free to play game in a popular genre gets a ton of players off the bat, NEWS AT 11!

Let's see how many players you have two months from now.

Yuuuup. RADICAL HEIGHTS was the number one game on Twitch for like, one day...
 
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News Comments > Human: Fall Flat Celebrates 5M Copies Sold With New Content
1. Re: Human: Fall Flat Celebrates 5M Copies Sold With New Content Feb 4, 2019, 21:46 jacobvandy
 
Don't care about multi or skins, but I'd go back for more levels. It's a fun little game.  
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News Comments > Anthem Launch Plans
3. Re: Anthem Launch Plans Feb 4, 2019, 20:44 jacobvandy
 
Darks wrote on Feb 4, 2019, 19:52:
I think what a lot of people were not taking into account that this build was almost 2 months old, so yes there are a lot of updates to the game thats been done that we have not seen.

That's no excuse.. If you can't have a demo ready that actually represents what the game is going to be like when it comes out, you shouldn't have one at all. Otherwise you can't complain when the bad impressions people get from an older build cause them to lose interest.
 
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News Comments > February Twitch Prime Freebies
4. Re: February Twitch Prime Freebies Feb 3, 2019, 19:44 jacobvandy
 
Genesys wrote on Feb 3, 2019, 19:18:
I'm wondering why Pikuniku is in this list. It was available on Twitch prime a few days ago, even before the official release. It seems to be getting positive reviews; did Twitch pay them a lot of money to release it for free on Prime?

Could be.. Remember that Amazon is the company that launched their own mobile games app to compete with Google Play, by offering everything for free or at a steep discount (including microtransactions) just so they could get their hooks into all of your sweet, sweet phone data. It's the same idea behind the very low upfront cost for their Kindle tablets and Fire TV set-top boxes: they really want you doing everything in their ecosystem.
 
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News Comments > Anthem Changes for Launch
4. Re: Anthem Changes for Launch Feb 3, 2019, 13:29 jacobvandy
 
Yep, for all their claims that it's got a lot of Bioware RPG-ness to it, the demo at least had nothing to do but go around and shoot monsters. Even the story quests were just waypoints to different spots where a bunch of enemies spawn in.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 3, 2019, 12:06 jacobvandy
 
Doesn't look like "billions" in last-minute Metro Exodus pre-orders to me. A $20 game with a high of 15k concurrent players is #1, for frame of reference.  
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News Comments > Anthem Open Demo Live
20. Re: Anthem Open Demo Live Feb 2, 2019, 00:16 jacobvandy
 
Kain wrote on Feb 1, 2019, 23:21:
Or if you insist on being an early adopter, do the $0.99 one month thing on Origin to try it and cancel the sub so it doesn't auto-renew.

The $0.99 offer is for the Basic subscription, which allows you to play a 10-hour trial before release, but that's it. I suppose it's a good option if you wanted a deeper look into the real game than this weekend allows... Unfortunately you won't be able to play as much as you want for a whole month that cheaply, you'd need to pay $15 for the Premier sub to do that.
 
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News Comments > On Tomorrow's Public Anthem Demo
10. Re: On Tomorrow's Public Anthem Demo Jan 31, 2019, 21:55 jacobvandy
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 31, 2019, 21:21:
Rhett wrote on Jan 31, 2019, 19:51:
I was already looking forward to The Division 2 anyway, which should be awesome.

The Division 2 is an Epic Store exclusive or conversely an UbiSoft store purchase, which is technically what third-party stores like Epic and Steam funnel too anyway.

Yeah... That's not what exclusive means. They were no doubt paid to keep it off of Steam but it's available everywhere else, same as all their other releases in the past several years. GMG, Humble, et al. are still selling Uplay keys. This is a contrast to the actual exclusives Epic has bought, which are able to be purchased ONLY on the Epic Games store.

Back on topic, I'm maintaining my cautious optimism that Anthem will at least be some fun with a group of friends. We'll probably try it out tomorrow night, which I realize is going to be peak time so hopefully they've ironed out most of their server issues.
 
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