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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Trailer & Details
4. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Trailer & Details Jan 27, 2016, 20:08 jacobvandy
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 27, 2016, 19:51:
Overon wrote on Jan 27, 2016, 18:07:
Is this Tomb Raider like the last one that pulled me right out of it when the cutscenes showed a Laura who didn't want to kill and then gameplay showed a brutal curb stomp Laura. It's like the teams that created the brutal curb stomping Laura and the team that created the emotional cutscene Laura didn't talk to each other.

Ever heard of fight or flight? If I was stuck in a similar situation would I want to kill someone? No. Would I in self defense or the defense of another yes.
Now as much as people love to think fighting is a glamorous hollywood affair it's not. It's clumsy, it's ugly, and it's whatever you can do to survive.

Survival, go look up what the word means.

You don't survive in that game, lol, you slaughter everyone. IIRC, it was capped off by the standard action game boss fight, which Lara sought out.

Survival is huddling up in a cave on the beach and waiting for a boat to pass by. Unfortunately that would make for a pretty boring game, so instead they have you intentionally creating conflict... That is inarguably one of the biggest no-nos of realistic survival, and the way it clashes with the story of Lara as a character they shoehorned in there is perhaps the biggest issue with that game. There are no two ways about it.
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News Comments > Master X Master Announced
1. Re: Master X Master Announced Jan 27, 2016, 19:42 jacobvandy
You can't copy Blizzard when you do not have dozens of memorable characters to put into this game. Can anyone name that guy in the video thumbnail?  
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News Comments > Torment: Tides of Numenera Early Access
8. Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera Early Access Jan 26, 2016, 22:14 jacobvandy
Well, duh... I bought the base-level CE, but I did so knowing full well that it did not come with beta access. There's no reason to bitch about not getting something you did not pay for, it's not like they promised it to you and didn't deliver.  
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News Comments > Atari Vault Announced
9. Re: Atari Vault Announced Jan 22, 2016, 16:34 jacobvandy
Xero wrote on Jan 22, 2016, 16:10:
There gonna sell each one individually like the Sega Arcade does and price each one at 10 bucks.

Then I will wait for Amazon to do the same thing they did with those, put them on sale for about 20 cents a game.
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
35. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Jan 20, 2016, 18:24 jacobvandy
Cutter wrote on Jan 20, 2016, 17:44:
Yeah, but you're smarter than most. Never forget, half the human beings on this planet - probably 3/4 - really are of below average intelligence. That's an actual fact. Most people aren't that smart and/or educated.

Not probably 3/4, definitely half. That's how a bell curve distribution works.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Streets of London Pack
4. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Streets of London Pack Jan 20, 2016, 15:53 jacobvandy
The ship combat is what makes Black Flag, and it was so awesome I wish they'd expand on that with a direct sequel in the same time period (or thereabouts). But in terms of actually running around killing dudes on foot in a city, Syndicate is the best thus far.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Streets of London Pack
1. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Streets of London Pack Jan 20, 2016, 13:24 jacobvandy
"All new" my ass! These missions have been in the game the whole time, as pre-order and/or CE bonuses. They're just now letting everyone else pay $7 to play them (not worth it).  
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News Comments > The Ship: Remasted Next Month
3. Re: The Ship: Remasted Next Month Jan 18, 2016, 11:54 jacobvandy
ochentay4 wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 11:23:
The original game already runs in HD. Why a remaster? Also, 25% discount only? Are they serious?

There wasn't enough bloom, man! Get with it!
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 5 Begins
10. Re: Diablo III Season 5 Begins Jan 16, 2016, 21:20 jacobvandy
You can trade most things, but for legendaries you find, it is only for a limited time with the people who were in your group at the time it dropped. It's a compromise, allowing friends to trade loot without opening it up to black market exploitation.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 5 Begins
2. Re: Diablo III Season 5 Begins Jan 16, 2016, 16:23 jacobvandy
You can't always get what you want. They relented on seasonal legendaries, so new items aren't exclusive to that mode for a few months anymore, but that's not good enough for you? They want to still have something of an incentive for people to participate, that sounds plenty reasonable to me, no use getting your panties in a twist over it.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the melee DH. By the time you hit 70 it's only another hour or so until you have your completed free set, so you can get in and rolling with your class of choice really quickly. I believe you only get one set though, per account, not per character. They mail you these reward bags and whatever class opens them determines what's inside.

This comment was edited on Jan 16, 2016, 16:30.
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Changes
6. Re: Heroes of the Storm Matchmaking Changes Jan 14, 2016, 13:18 jacobvandy
PacoTaco wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 11:37:
Its great they are trying to fix things they see are wrong but the core concept of the game is flawed, no farming, no shop, so boring. MOBA's have core tenants and they ignored them all. Map design, theme design for many aspects just fall short or seem misdirected. Time for a leadership change on this product and radical new way of thinking. You wont beat Dota2 or LoL with this pile of pretty shit.

Same thing with Paragon, it will be DOA. Prove you can make a good MOBA then try to change the formula, until then don't fucking bother.

The very things you see as core concept flaws are what draw non-MOBA players to this game. The people who think farming lanes and micro-managing items are boring tasks, and so enjoy playing HotS instead of Dota or LoL. Blizzard changed the formula and AFAIK they have been successful, without trying to directly compete with established juggernauts of the genre. In other words, I doubt they're looking for your advice.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 14, 2016, 01:07 jacobvandy
Coincidentally, I got a cool $73 in the mail today, from a class-action suit against my former employer I forgot I opted into about a year ago. Not bad for just mailing them my signature!  
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
5. Re: Diablo III Patched Jan 13, 2016, 01:13 jacobvandy
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 22:29:
Wanted to play Firebirds.
Saw this.
Wanted to play Thorns Crusader
Saw this

I don't know what to play. I don't even feel that excited about it, really. I'll play to see the new zone and, to my disappointment, likely witness Druids being groomed for new class instead of Necromancer.

Who gives a fuck what the no-lifer leaderboard toppers can do with a build? You can knock at least 5-10 GR levels off of those estimates purely for not having 1000 Paragon, another 5 for not spending endless hours cultivating the very best stats on all of your gear, another 5 for not having a perfect Hellfire or immunity ammy... Not to mention the fact that builds meant for pushing the highest GRs often are not the most enjoyable to play or efficient in farming normal rifts, might require a specific group composition to support it, etc.

Firebird got a buff, maybe it isn't enough to beat the other options but it's certainly a lot better than it was last year (also possible nobody was using it in PTR based on similar face-value assumptions without exploring all possible synergies with new items and changes), and Thorns is objectively in the best shape it's ever been. You either use those builds and enjoy them for what they do, or you find something else you like better. I don't see the point in worrying about their top-tier efficiency unless you're seriously competing at that level. In which case, you probably wouldn't be making the snap judgments you seem to be.

Personally, I'm loving all the buffs to the Demon Hunter. Played for a bit today and both my Maurader's Maelstrom and Unhallowed Essence Arsenal builds were instantly way stronger than they were before, and I still have a few gear changes to make to take advantage of the new legendaries that will make them even better. Then once the Season starts up I'm gonna go for the Shadow set, I've really been looking forward to that re-work! I'm sure I'll check out the new and improved builds for the other classes after that...

I still haven't even explored the new content, either, beyond seeing a new tileset in a rift. Every single class set has a new hand-crafted challenge dungeon, too, which I guess are hidden all over the game world? I saw the patch summary article on Diablo Fans was spoiling their locations, so I skipped that section. Anyway, with all the QoL changes, the gold sink that lets you upgrade legendary gems faster, new Cube recipe that uses those gems to augment items with additional primary stat, among other things, they've hit it out of the park again, IMO. If this is the kind of stuff they're committed to putting out for free 2-3 times a year, you gotta think that the second expansion will pretty goddamned epic.
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News Comments > Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders
20. Re: Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders Jan 13, 2016, 00:33 jacobvandy
Well damn, only a couple months late to take about $25 off the FO4 Pip-Boy Edition...

Although, they did end up giving me $30 credit because they were two days fucking late... Some people got full refunds and kept the game, too.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jan 10, 2016, 19:30 jacobvandy
Trevellian wrote on Jan 10, 2016, 16:58:
People need to start buying Dragon's Dogma so I can get a damn sequel.

For the love of god, heed the man! Apparently they're considering a sequel and are looking for feedback from the PC re-release... And everyone knows what these companies respond to above all else: $$$$
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News Comments > Far Cry: Primal Specs
9. Re: Far Cry: Primal Specs Jan 8, 2016, 12:40 jacobvandy
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:23:
You guys think this is going to be too intense for a 7-8 year old? My son saw this on Steam and has been begging me for it ever since. The other FarCrys have way too mature themes, but this looks like it's just gore (which I'm hoping can be toned down in settings).

I finally let him play Assassins Creed Black Flag, which he loves, but I'm just concerned that this one might be too much.

According to the Ubi website, it's rated 'M for Mature' for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, and Sexual Content. ESRB doesn't seem to have the detailed synopsis on their site yet, but IMO the descriptors are enough to base your decision on.
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells > 22M
7. Re: Minecraft Sells > 22M Jan 5, 2016, 00:54 jacobvandy
Jensen wrote on Jan 5, 2016, 00:32:
And they did this without any sales. Except for the first million or two copies during alpha and beta, which were 50% and 25% off, respectively, all copies have been at the full 26.95 price.

Nah, there have been discounts and even BOGO sales for various holidays over the years. Not that it really detracts from the achievement at all.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2016, 15:24 jacobvandy
jdreyer wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 14:35:
EricFate wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 13:05:
I'm looking at my Steam Sale purchases this year, and comparing them to how much I spent in previous years.

Yep, Cliffy is pulling numbers out of his ass.

Why is he newsworthy again?

1. "It doesn't apply to me, so it must be wrong!!11"

2. The "Op" in "Op-Ed" means "opinion." So yes, the numbers in the article are pulled out of his ass, by definition.

3. He brings up a good point that I hadn't considered: the refund system affects the ability to have short term sales. I was wondering why Steam stopped doing daily sales; this is a pretty good hypothesis.

The refund thing is all but confirmed, straight from the horse's mouth. Valve has been saying ever since they enacted the policy that they do not consider it to be abuse when you narrowly miss a price reduction and refund a game in order to re-buy it cheaper.

So they basically endorse this practice, which ruins the ability to offer a special, limited-time discount, because you end up losing a lot of the extra dollars per sale you were getting from people who had bought it the day or the week before.

It's good customer service, but you have to take with that the fact that it de-incentivizes a developer being able to say "oh, what the hell" and slash his game's price for a few hours.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2015, 15:13 jacobvandy
LiTh wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 14:57:
Christmas Vacation in my household

Yep! And we usually tune into TBS for at least 2 1/2 showings of A Christmas Story.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 27, 2015, 17:27 jacobvandy
Steam achievements are not as reliable an indicator of gameplay habits as you might think... At least not in this instance. Or look at Fallout 4, 10% of people don't have the achievement for exiting the vault (finishing the tutorial), lol.

I think that's just a margin of error of sorts, accounting for people who own it but haven't played it, play offline and never have that stuff synced, don't ever have Steam running or just have glitches that cause them not to activate, etc. If an achievement is near 90% unlocked, then that's virtually the same as everyone having it.

And you can run GTA on its own just through the Rockstar Social Club thing, right? Can any of the fellas around here that despise Steam tell us whether doing so means Steam cheeves never pop for you at all?
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