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Signed On Mar 19, 2012, 14:03
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 20:09 mellis
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:43:
It's dead. DEAD I TELL YA.

There was a time when Gamasutra wrote decent articles. Now it's IGN level clickbait trash.

It's not click bait. AAA Single player games are ruinously expensive to create and - as others have pointed out - have little return over the initial sticker price. Maybe a few DLC's but that's it.

EA have had a string of expensive failures, the most recent being the 'AAA' single Player experience Mass Effect: Andromeda and they are likely being forced to take steps to improve their increasingly poor performance.

That is not to say AAA single player is by any means dead. It's kept Take 2 and Rockstar in idle luxury for nearly two decades and looks set to do so again in 2018 with Red Dead Redemption 2. And another company, Ubisoft, churns out predominately single player experiences (Far Cry, Assassins Creed etc), but variance and originality (or risk as the analysts term it) is definitely on the decline.

None of this is really surprising when the budgets for triple A games now match those of the Hollywood movie industry which - somewhat ironically - is also experiencing its own financial crisis at the moment.

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News Comments > Project CARS 2 Launch Trailer
6. Re: etc Sep 21, 2017, 08:01 mellis
Does this game feature realistic crashes though? Or are all the cars still magically invulnerable except to a few minor cosmetic scratches and superficial damage? Always find the lack of accurate damage modelling a real immersion killer.  
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
45. Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 14, 2017, 17:04 mellis
jdreyer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 15:56:
Yeah, we haven't even seen a trailer for SQ 42. Seems odd given that the voice work was all done two years ago as well as that first level. Two years should be enough time to get that campaign mostly complete.

I never did play WC4. Maybe I'll play that over the weekend.

No point building a campaign until the underlying technology is robust, otherwise you either end up (a) limiting the scope of the campaign so severely it looks decidedly outdated compared to the multiplayer component or (b) continually rebuilding aspects of the campaign to accommodate upstream toolset / engine changes that may necessitate huge rewrites (and are very demoralizing to boot).

See Mass Effect: Andromeda and you'll see exactly why trying to undertake technological leaps and campaign development simultaneously usually doesn't end well:
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 13, 2017, 13:39 mellis
ledhead1969 wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 12:51:
If your 6 year old child was raped by an adult how would you feel about their rights post sentencing? Let's set aside all of the virtue signaling on Blues and get right down to it...who would be good with their child's rapist getting a nice cushy job in an elementary school after they get out of prison?

If your X year old child was [raped/murdered/killed by a drunk driver/killed by corporate negligence/{insert crime here}] [...]

You could apply that argument to the family/friends of the victim of any crime. Of course they're going to be biased towards vengeance rather than justice. Still, Americans are good at that. Stick to what you know I guess...
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 31, 2017, 15:11 mellis
I honestly cannot understand how American citizens can let this happen. It's such a blatantly corporate anti-democratic move that in no way benefits the American people.

Any other first world country would laugh this out the door. It's seems doing anything for the betterment of your own countrymen is equivalent to high treason. Unless you've got your boot heel on the neck of your fellow man, you're not doing it The American Way... such an odd and counter productive mentality.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation
12. Re: Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation Aug 26, 2017, 14:31 mellis
I'm rooting for Chris Roberts and the Star Citizen team to pull it off frankly and I didn't even back the game.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Aug 18, 2017, 19:49 mellis
The American legal system at its finest  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 4, 2017, 16:26 mellis
Bill Borre wrote on Aug 3, 2017, 21:03:
Who here thinks Zuckerberg would make a good president?

He's too much of a gnome. You need charisma. Every time I hear him I think he to where he is by blind luck rather than competence.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 4, 2017, 16:24 mellis
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 4, 2017, 15:15:
What's shark cards?

In game currency packs. Like, 10,000 GTAV Dollars (or something) to spend online.
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News Comments > Take-Two Interactive Results
3. Re: Take-Two Interactive Results Aug 3, 2017, 14:27 mellis
100% you'll see RDR2 on the PC. I don't know how many copies of GTAV / GTAO on the PC they sold that contributed to their bottom line, but I'd bet it's a very significant amount. Likely near or exceeding those profits reaped from console variants. Plus, it's a whole lot easier and cheaper to push updates to a PC then consoles.  
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News Comments > Call Of Cthulhu Trailer
4. Re: Call Of Cthulhu Trailer Jun 15, 2017, 15:12 mellis
Looks ok. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is still the gold standard for Lovecraft-esque games.  
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News Comments > Anthem Gameplay Trailer
19. Re: Anthem Gameplay Trailer Jun 12, 2017, 18:59 mellis
Darks wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 16:05:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 13:23:
Darks wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 13:18:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 12:53:
This definitely isn't real gameplay. The game will play somewhat like this, but this is basically just a huge cutscene. With that said, if this IS representative of the final gameplay, this is terrible. There's no gameplay... It's just an interactive movie with constant scripted cutscenes. There's also zero player choice, no conversation trees... Nah. What happened to you Bioware?

So, just fro ma 6 min video you already gathers all that information? Yea, OK!!!

yeah. Any questions?

Nope, just correcting you and saying that you are completely wrong about the game. I contacted a friend of mine who works for BioWare. I asked him about that trailer. this is what he said.

It's pretty obvious that the demo starts as an in-game cinematic until you get outside. At that point, it's people actually playing the game, though they are following a script and a set path.

So, yea you are wrong. yes they followed a script, but it wasn't scripted like you are saying. It was live and with live Coop players joining them.

No way in hell this is 'real gameplay'. I have not played an MMO in the last 5 years where the other players ever spoke like that. Far too few racial or gender slurs. No swearing. No teens screaming a stream of obscenities so vitriolic it would make a dock worker blush.

I'm calling it now. Totally fake, totally unrepresentative of the final product (which will be a bland Destiny rip-off with Mass Effect combat model by the looks of things).
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
8. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 12, 2017, 15:01 mellis
Cutter wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 13:48:
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 12:29:
The combat is definitely different, they're going a more RPG route with floating damage numbers, random loot drops, and enemies of varying level that may be too strong to confront when you first encounter them. Historical accuracy in technology is not going to be a limiting factor, either, since you're playing a magi who can apparently do mystical shit like guide an arrow in flight, Yondu-style.

Here's the real gameplay they showed yesterday:

Good find, thanks for that. Visuals and setting are outstanding. I'm totes amped for it. Gameplay om the other hand still looks like a typical AC games, now with a bit of FC Primal thrown in. Still, it'll be worth the price of admission just to run around ancient Egypt.

Still looks like it devolves into the same crappy 1-on-1 combat model. At the end of that gameplay video, the protagonist has his back to the target he wishes to assassinate for a good few seconds while facing off against the 'heavy' bodyguard, and yet the target just stands there, only running away when the 'heavy' is defeated.

More of the same banal junk. Except this time with an Egyptian theme.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2
17. Re: Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 May 17, 2017, 09:15 mellis
Oh wow, Far Cry 5, what a surprise!  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Revealed via Leak?
8. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Revealed via Leak? May 10, 2017, 04:35 mellis
Black Flag was awesome, mainly because of the well conceived piracy aspect and in spite of the Templar storyline.

The games still suffer from universally awful combat though. All your enemies gather round you with their pointy implements and then take it in turns to one-on-one duel with you (which they lose). It's so ridiculous and completely immersion breaking.
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News Comments > Arkane: Steam Refunds = PC Prey Demo
38. Re: Arkane: Steam Refunds = PC Prey Demo May 3, 2017, 18:14 mellis
Overon wrote on May 3, 2017, 17:32:
I thought the explanation was that releasing a PC demo would require DRM which would give a leg up head start for crackers looking to crack the PC retail release as soon as possible.

This is the primary reason. Mass Effect and Resident Evil are recent examples where a demo was provided and that demo executable was used to remove the (expensive) Denuvo protection on the retail game.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 30, 2017, 19:57 mellis
jdreyer wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 16:16:
I'll just point out that Turkey is a NATO ally. The USA keeps nuclear weapons there (B61 bombs, delivered by aircraft) at Incirlik airbase.

Also, the USA recently deployed Stryker armored vehicles in Syria to deter Turkey from crossing the border to attack Kurdish regulars, a US ally in the fight against ISIS.

Shit is getting messy.

In fairness, the USA keeps bases in plenty of countries that are openly hostile towards it. Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is an obvious example that springs to mind.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 13, 2017, 06:52 mellis
Fantaz wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 22:22:
could also mean that they don't want people to look into the PC demo's data files and uncover spoilers before the game's released?

Not spoilers, they just don't want to risk a repeat of Mass Effect / Resident Evil and end up having their Denuvo protected title stripped of its protection days after release.

The working theory is that with Resident Evil and Mass Effect Andromeda, the demo executable's were used to patch retail code and circumvent the Denuvo protection.
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks
17. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks Apr 12, 2017, 13:15 mellis
Rigs wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 11:30:
See, this is what drives me nuts about gamers guys have no clue what's in the game at this point, only that it has a story underpinning and covers all three trilogies...and has 'heroes', like the first. The game could literally have everything you're all complaining about wanting but you don't know. Yet we'll complain anyway. I'm guilty of it too but I think that for this industry to return to what it was back in it's heyday, we need some optimism and enthusiasm. I'm not saying to go out and pre-order but maybe be a little excited about things. I constantly (constantly) hear people wanting another Tie Fighter, including myself, and this could be a big step to that. It looks like it's going to have more focus on space combat.

I have the smallest bit of hope that EA heard all the complaints about the first and is going to change it. And for once, I'm going to go in excited to see what they'll give us this time instead of grumbling about it. Will I be disappointed? Probably. But fuck, I'm tired of being down and negative about this shit all the time. The mood is always 80% 'It's gonna fail - hard!' and 20% 'Well it might rock'. We need to change that.


You don't think maybe the cynicism is the result of an endless tirade of unoriginal, formulaic, consolized, politically correct garbage originating from today's publishing houses?

Case in point; Mass Effect: Andromeda.

From a business perspective it's understandable. It all comes down to money and that's not guaranteed when the IP (or genre) is a risk, but that doesn't alter the fact most of what is produced is just rehashed garbage. The gaming industry has become an extension of Hollywood and that's not a compliment.

RE: Tie Fighter (and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter) - like good Ridley Scott and James Cameron movies - is best left buried in the annals of quality gaming history.
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