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News Comments > Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Reviews
22. Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Reviews Mar 21, 2019, 20:21 jacobvandy
 
FROM does some of the best worldbuilding and environmental art in the business, I think it's worth playing these just to see that. But if you're dying more than a couple times at any one point other than maybe the end boss or other abnormally rough fight, you're doing it wrong. Either you wandered into a place you're not meant to go yet and are completely outmatched, or you need a better understanding of your gear and combat style. They also test your awareness pretty frequently, so it is easy to get blindsided and die unexpectedly, but after you know what's coming, dying again to that same thing is on you. A lot of people don't like to accept that kind of responsibility, which is why so many games these days have a Tourist difficulty setting..  
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News Comments > Steam Adding Events and Renovating Game Libraries
3. Re: Steam Adding Events and Renovating Game Libraries Mar 21, 2019, 20:03 jacobvandy
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 21, 2019, 19:49:
... Didn't Steam already have events?

I used to routinely get little toast pop-ups for stuff like a multiplayer shooter starting a tournament or event.

Yeah, but I believe those are just alerts from certain posts made in community groups you have joined, which have been cleverly utilized by some devs for that purpose. Sounds like this new feature will be specifically made for it and include several functions to improve on the idea.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 20, 2019, 15:38 jacobvandy
 
For this attack to work, though, a user would have to be tricked into opening a malicious website while logged into Google Photos, and the hacker would have to dedicate a certain amount of effort to the attack, so it was never a prevalent risk.

I.e. they get into your account and look at the original images' metadata... This is some grade-school level shit, but throw in enough words like vulnerable, attacker, malicious, etc. in your Engadget interview and you can justify your position as a cyber-security consultant for another month. The real solution is to TURN OFF LOCATION DATA so you're not embedding GPS coordinates in every damned photo you produce.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Mar 19, 2019, 21:05 jacobvandy
 
It's about damn time anyone but EA made a Star Wars game again.  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Mar 18, 2019, 17:03 jacobvandy
 
It's $20 on Uplay, too, unless that sale was only for the weekend.  
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News Comments > Epic's Sweeney Calls Exclusives "PROCOMPETITIVE"
4. Re: Epic's Sweeney Calls Exclusives Mar 18, 2019, 11:05 jacobvandy
 
Massive god complex on this one, for sure... It's really difficult for an ego not to swell to ridiculous proportions when you inject billions of dollars into it practically overnight, regardless of that being due more to sheer luck than any personal ability. In his warped mind, it doesn't even register that he might be using the wrong words, it just sounds good to him as he expresses his "vision." This is from his post the other day after the Steam data stuff showed up:

Love it or hate it, Epic's strategy is my strategy and continues 28 years of Epic's history of releasing games from ourselves and others (remember https://www.dosgames.com/imgs/catalogs/catalog_epic_summer1992.gif)? Right now stores collect 30% of $100 billion of digital game revenue, and we're pulling out all the stops to bring developers a better deal. That means Fortnite, a free game every two week, and lots of exclusives. And, yes, we're aiming to make a profit for ourselves from our 12% cut while doing this!

He sees the new EGS as his chance to revive his glory days as a hotshot entrepreneur founding EPIC MEGAGAMES and taking the PC gaming world by storm!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Re: Mar 15, 2019, 23:58 jacobvandy
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 15, 2019, 17:02:
I mean, they seemed to be building a story about a white nationalist christian cult. Then, it was just bland villains with bland motivation. It totally avoided any kind of commentary around that, and could have been placed in any country at any time in history.

There were black guys in the cult, they just aren't very numerous in somewhere like Montana... Anyway, I'm pretty sure your "commentary" lies more in the ambient details of the world, you just have to pay closer attention to notice. In particular, it seems that some of the cult's ideals aren't that crazy, not that the game gives you much choice but to oppose them. It's subtle because they still want their game to sell to a wide audience, which I guess is the point the article is making. But I disagree that it is really needed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Mar 15, 2019, 20:58 jacobvandy
 
I know a lot of people love doing it, but I just can't bring myself to sully the Switch with that... I used to play Game Boy games on the toilet, but now with a smartphone I don't have the need.  
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News Comments > Epic Games Store Denies Illicit Scraping; Posts Roadmap
5. Re: Epic Games Store Denies Illicit Scraping; Posts Roadmap Mar 15, 2019, 13:47 jacobvandy
 
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 15, 2019, 12:33:
Well if this only happens when a user intentionally imports their friends from Steam, I donít see the issue. I AsSUME it checks if email addresses of your steam friends line up with ones on Epicís own users.

I never did that, I KNOW my friends and theyíve been added to Epic one by one. While the Epic store is absurdly bare-bones, it works well enough that I can play Satisfactory. That is, at least to me, enough to use the store. Just like the Forza Horizon games are good enough to be worth the PITA that is the Microsoft Store.

Oh, there's an issue alright, since it takes a copy of that Steam profile information file automatically, from everyone, whether or not you opted to import your friends. Sweeney says they made the choice not to use the Steam API because of their personal views about some APIs being untrustworthy (specifically referencing Facebook), but neglected to mention why they decided to grab the data first and maybe use it later, with[out] your permission. He went on to say, now that it's been pointed out as ridiculous and possibly illegal, they're gonna work on changing that...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 14, 2019, 15:22 jacobvandy
 
Do they have enough toilets over there in India yet, or did they just skip ahead a century to widespread mobile phone addiction?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Mar 13, 2019, 20:45 jacobvandy
 
FWIW, it seems to be a slice of pizza with an eyeball and teeth to give it an almost skull-like appearance, which is pretty weird. I guess they changed the title, though, since the article doesn't contain that "odd, alarming options" statement anywhere that I can see now.  
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News Comments > Phoenix Point an Epic Games Store Exclusive
66. Re: Phoenix Point an Epic Games Store Exclusive Mar 13, 2019, 16:29 jacobvandy
 
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 13, 2019, 15:47:
Yet the end result is identical. So it makes no difference.

Your logic here doesn't mesh very well with your views on piracy. If the end result is people play the game, what's the difference if they pay or not, right? Either complain about ALL the wrong ways people go about doing things, or none, man!
 
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News Comments > Windows 7 Gets (Some) DirectX 12 Support
13. Re: Windows 7 Gets (Some) DirectX 12 Support Mar 13, 2019, 15:29 jacobvandy
 
Hanneth wrote on Mar 13, 2019, 13:25:
because a large portion of the hard core gaming user base is still on Windows 7.

(citation needed)
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 3 Tease?
6. Re: Borderlands 3 Tease? Mar 13, 2019, 00:03 jacobvandy
 
ItBurn wrote on Mar 12, 2019, 23:36:
My faith in Gearbox is low. From what I've seen from all iterations of Borderlands, I doubt that they can improve it technically or design-wise. I expect a Borderlands 2.1. That recipe has lost its steam, as you can see in the Pre Sequel.

The Pre-Sequel was your 2.1, churned out in less than two years by a different 2K studio (which was shut down shortly thereafter) probably just to appease the publisher wanting another game in the franchise after Borderlands 2 performed so well. Randy came right out and said they had no plans for a third game back then because they didn't know how to top BL2... I think them taking as long as they have to mull it over is a good thing.
 
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News Comments > The Division 2 Alexa Skill
6. Re: The Division 2 Alexa Skill Mar 12, 2019, 10:39 jacobvandy
 
necrosis wrote on Mar 12, 2019, 08:48:
aka_STEVE wrote on Mar 12, 2019, 07:59:
I'm betting any Yuppie that has an Alexa enabled house is not playing Division 2 ....


...lamest tie-in to date
The last Assassin's Creed has a tie in with Totinoís.

The lame part about the pizza roll promo was they put the codes on the OUTSIDE of the bags, so bastards would roll through and just take pictures of them all to sell on eBay.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 11, 2019, 12:12 jacobvandy
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 11, 2019, 11:29:
Anybody else laughing because this was supposed to be a launch game for PS4?

No? I have no idea where you got that from. This article is about them recruiting for their big new, unannounced game in January 2015. It mentions there was a year of pre-production before that, which still doesn't put it anywhere previous to the launch of the PS4 in 2013... It has been almost three years since we first saw it at E3, though, so that makes me see this news and think, FINALLY.
 
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News Comments > Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer
4. Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Launch Trailer Mar 11, 2019, 12:01 jacobvandy
 
More like these devs (as well as their fans) prefer art style and fluid motion over ZOMG GRAFIX. Probably some blame to be laid on the insistence of 4K resolution support, too.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Ending 3D Vision Support
8. Re: NVIDIA Ending 3D Vision Support Mar 10, 2019, 20:41 jacobvandy
 
3D Vision is NVIDIA's implementation of active shutter stereoscopic 3D. Their powered glasses alternate closing off each eye every other frame in sync with the game being told to render two slightly different camera angles simultaneously. Games designed to support it have a better effect, but the tech is impressive in that it works pretty seamlessly in almost any 3D-rendered game. The red/blue option also supported by the software is just a novelty... My only issue with it years ago was that the early 120hz monitors didn't have a good enough response time and I often noticed an irritating ghosting/bleed-over effect.  
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News Comments > The Division 2 Exclusive to Uplay and Epic Games Store After Next Week
4. Re: The Division 2 Exclusive to Uplay and Epic Games Store After Next Week Mar 9, 2019, 01:39 jacobvandy
 
Yep, that's why it's especially weird, since all these resellers like Green Man (never heard of GamesPlanet until now) would do is sell keys to be redeemed on Uplay. So basically Ubisoft is too big to buy off entirely, and all Epic could do is pay to be the one and only third party seller, for whatever good that'll do them.

Which reminds me of something that seems to have been forgotten of late, through all this exclusivity controversy -- no developer is forced to give Steam a full 30% of their revenue. That is only the case for copies sold through the Steam store directly, while all of the innumerable keys that are sold elsewhere see no royalty going back to Valve. They've taken steps in recent years to curtail abuse of this system, but in general devs are empowered to sell copies of their game on their own as long as those customers are not given special treatment over ones who buy through Steam.

To my knowledge, this courtesy is not offered by Origin or Uplay or any other publisher-driven storefront that also features third-party games for sale. I've only ever known the Uplay keys from GMG to be for Ubisoft-developed games, Origin keys to be EA games, Bethesda keys to be things they're selling recently (FO76 or RAGE 2, etc), and then everything else is a Steam key. It doesn't have to be through resellers, either, devs can sell keys through their own site and get all the money minus any payment processing fees. Though I could count on one hand the number of instances I know of where an indie took that opportunity seriously...

Anyway, Steam offers more choices of how and where to buy OR sell, yet they're the ones decried for monopoly and greed? I don't see how what Epic is doing lately is any more noble.
 
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News Comments > The Division 2 Exclusive to Uplay and Epic Games Store After Next Week
1. Re: The Division 2 Exclusive to Uplay and Epic Games Store After Next Week Mar 8, 2019, 21:17 jacobvandy
 
Didn't Ubisoft announce this weeks ago?  
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