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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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News Comments > The Division 2 Mobile Echo Experience (experience, experience...)
7. Re: The Division 2 Mobile Echo Experience (experience, experience...) Mar 6, 2019, 12:05 jacobvandy
 
AFAIK it's still the most popular IM app, so... If this thing for some reason uses that functionality, it's a no-brainer. I've also seen that they have an Alexa app or feature or whatever it's called there (like Bethesda did with Skyrim), so they're throwing all kinds of crap against the wall to promote this. Thankfully the rewards are limited to the sorts of trinkets they are giving away for beta participation, like unique clothing and a weapon skin.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2019, 20:14 jacobvandy
 
I dunno about YouTube, but Hulu's number is misleading because their "Live TV" tier isn't just for live TV... I was kind of bummed to find out recently that even some of their on-demand streaming titles are locked behind that premium subscription, unavailable to plebs like myself that only pay for the middling ad-free service.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Mar 4, 2019, 10:11 jacobvandy
 
Yes, the games media is 100% bought and paid for because they didn't exhibit the same kind of irrational hatred for a 99% optional in-game hobby... That's an Alex Jones-type unsubstantiated declaration if I've ever heard one, lmao.  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Game Director Becomes Cyberpunk 2077 Design Director
4. Re: The Witcher 3 Game Director Becomes Cyberpunk 2077 Design Director Mar 3, 2019, 14:58 jacobvandy
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 3, 2019, 14:32:
Why the hell would you choose to go to Blizzard to work on their scheisse when you could be working on stuff like this?!

$$$
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Mar 3, 2019, 14:45 jacobvandy
 
OpticNerve wrote on Mar 3, 2019, 13:36:
El Pit wrote on Mar 3, 2019, 08:27:
EDIT: I just checked the price of The Division 2... There is no season pass available (not even with the "ultimate" edition), just a one-year-pass... And it's a price like this would be an Apple product? WTF?! Sorry, Ubi. I am very interested in this game but not willing to be turned into an Apple customer or a Star Citizen whale. You can keep your game.

AFAIK, Ubisoft's actually being pretty cool about the whole one-year pass thing since they want all owners to have the same important content. Owners of the basic version of The Division 2 will get almost all of the Year One pass content, but they'll get it 1 week later after the Year One people. (Free DLC Content)

What the Year One pass owners will get is a 3-day head-start of Division 2, a 7-day early access of the free 3 DLC Episodes that expand the plotline, 8 classified assignments (basically backstory/lore stuff outside of the main plotline), instant unlocks of the 3 new class specializations that will be added, one extra weekly bounty and project (big whoop) and a few cosmetic crap. (Year 1 Pass)

Basic Division 2 owners will get the 3 DLC Episodes as well as the 3 class Specializations (but they'll have to unlock it somehow). The only thing they'll miss out on are the 8 classified assignments but I'm willing to bet they'll just be filler stuff and nothing really meaty in content.


Exactly... There is no 'season pass' this time! Of course it also means they're going all-out with selling cosmetics to compensate (including loot boxes, sounds like), but if that means free DLC for me, I don't mind at all.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Mar 2, 2019, 14:10 jacobvandy
 
There are a glut of Reddit posts from people complaining about how slow the game feels, usually with a tone of extreme self-consciousness. Unless youíre a real asshole, itís not exactly fun to stray from popular consensus.

Oh my, whatever shall you do when you feel self-conscious about the opinion you're choosing to share on the internet? Rolleyes No wonder so many young people are suffering from crippling anxiety these days, with such widespread delusion that the opinion of strangers is so important to how you live your daily life.

No matter how popular a game is, there's still a chance it's just not your cup of tea. Get over it and move on.
 
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News Comments > Dead or Alive 6 Released
3. Re: Dead or Alive 6 Released Mar 1, 2019, 10:41 jacobvandy
 
Mordhaus wrote on Mar 1, 2019, 10:17:
93 bucks for a season pass. God fighting games have become such a massive cash grab. Thanks Capcom for starting the trend.

Lol, fighting games were invented as a cash grab. How many billions of quarters have been spent on losing a match in less than a minute since the late '80s?

Anyway, if you'll notice, that season pass averages $1.45 per item and is made up of 97% cosmetics. So it's simple enough to skip for anyone who isn't a hardcore fan.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 27, 2019, 16:58 jacobvandy
 
I started a second game of RDR2 shortly after beating it the first time.. It is fun enough finding things I missed before and making different choices, etc., but it's true that they don't have enough sandboxy things to do offline. For example, I was very disappointed to find out it's not possible to rob banks outside of the couple of story missions it's featured in.

These stories about Red Dead Online currently earning less are straight from Captain Obvious, though. GTA Online has had five fucking years to build a player base and maintain it with frequent content updates. RDO is still in beta and on fewer platforms; I'd be curious to know how much of their MTX money comes from the PC enthusiast/repeat-hacker crowd that they're waiting to tap into again.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2019, 19:04 jacobvandy
 
Creston wrote on Feb 25, 2019, 17:32:
Just read an article that Gog is having financial difficulties.

I went and bought a few games from them. $20 total, not much, but every bit helps, right? Just putting this here as a heads up in case people want to buy a few things.

I've always felt they were expanding too much for what their niche is/was supposed to be. They might have to rein it back in, but I doubt they're going anywhere.
 
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News Comments > January 2019 Digital Game Sales
4. Re: January 2019 Digital Game Sales Feb 25, 2019, 11:53 jacobvandy
 
Creston wrote on Feb 25, 2019, 11:47:
Top grossing, does that mean with in-game microtransactions? I mean, Fortnite is FREE. I seriously doubt that that many people bought the "save the world" part of fortnite. Also, isn't LoL free?

So I'm going to guess that SuperData fetched this data out of their ass.

'©2019 SuperData, A Neilson Company, Inc. All rights reserved'

Yup.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Placeholder Countdown Video
10. Re: Bethesda Placeholder Countdown Video Feb 23, 2019, 19:00 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 23, 2019, 16:38:
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 23, 2019, 15:34:
It'd be more obviously stylized if it was supposed to be Fallout, this is just a generic old film projector-esque thing. VG247 writers are morons.

Well, that's a classic Fallout look: retro-future. I don't think the Fallout guess is off the mark.

Did you watch the video? It's so generic as to be indistinguishable from what you get when you google "free film projector countdown." If it's supposed to be something for Fallout, they're doing a great job of hiding that fact by wholly omitting any semblance to the distinct retro-futuristic aesthetic they've been using for 10+ years. I.e. how they opened the Fallout 4 trailer.

Bethesda Softworks, the publisher, is much larger than Bethesda Game Studios, the developer. They must have a dozen projects in the works not even including the handful of things Todd and crew are doing, so there's really no telling what it's for. And that's assuming it means anything at all. Maybe some doofus at Amazon is having a laugh right now as he watches a placeholder with no information but an attribution to Bethesda rise to very near the top 500 in PC Games & Accessories (a category including everything from games to mice, keyboards, headphones, and VR stuff).
 
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