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Signed On Jan 22, 2013, 15:52
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 20, 2016, 08:48 headshot
from a company PoV: why would i want to have a big industry name like World of Warcraft and then try to establish World of Warcraft: When Nostalgia Struck?

if i don't feature the vanilla brand enough and put a lot of money and manpower behind it, i only devalue my main brand.

and blizzard will never fork that kind of money into a fan project without making absolutely sure, that it has atleast the quality of the main game. and vanilla with polish wouldn't be vanilla.
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News Comments > Blizzard Diablo Job Posting
25. Re: Blizzard Diablo Job Posting Aug 11, 2015, 06:56 headshot
did diablo 3 punch your children in the face? you all need to calm down. if it isn't the game for you, play diablo 2 instead. the servers are open and active with new ladders.

why hating something just for the sake of hating it? jeez.
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls: Legends Revealed
2. Re: The Elder Scrolls: Legends Revealed Jun 15, 2015, 03:41 headshot
minus the loveable characters and the far more widespread lore among the targetted player base.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
21. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 5, 2015, 08:45 headshot
InBlack wrote on May 5, 2015, 03:15:
Do the Germans sensor Nazi imagery in their films and books too? (Serious question, I really don't know). You would think that a game where you are killing Nazis by the hundreds would get a pass...

you can see indiana jones in berlin getting an autograph from hitler. on your tv. no problems at all.

but since somebody already posted, gaming isn't accepted as the same art (since you are able to control your actions and somehow sympathize with the nazis) and gets banned or altered. where altering is the worst. RtCW got completely botched, you fight against the "Wolfsclan" and "Heinrich Höller" instead of Himmler. it is soldier of fortunes alternate reality story all over again.
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News Comments > Free Elder Scrolls Online Weekend for Beta Players
17. Re: Free Elder Scrolls Online Weekend for Beta Players Apr 9, 2015, 07:52 headshot
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 18:40:
Forgot I was in the beta and got my code. I hope they'll allow me to pre-install the client since my internet sucks.

here you go.
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News Comments > Daybreak Layoffs
10. Re: Daybreak Layoffs Feb 12, 2015, 03:15 headshot
i cannot understand a sentence which says something about "eliminating positions for future growth opportunities".

what does it mean?

the old bunch who knew each other well is being shrinked to allow for more fresh blood to (not) bond with the old bunch and therefore create a risk? you cut the old staff to let it grow back like grass or hair? you don't like the old noses and want new ones because the old ones aren't able to grasp the concept of future growth?

or is it marketing mumbo jumbo for "have to get rid of 'em one at a time so we can finally close it?"? jeez, i feel bad for them in any case.
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News Comments > Windows 10 Free with Raspberry Pi 2
23. Re: Windows 10 Free with Raspberry Pi 2 Feb 3, 2015, 07:03 headshot
phew. i cannot say i am that much involved in the social aspect of gaming / developing, but i touched that gamergate affaire a bit with some post with a timeline.

but why the heck is it that important anyway? don't trust magazines, don't trust journalists, don't trust men, don't trust women. trust in yourself and everything should be okay. fanatics are the worst everywhere and if you look to those who feel that their gender isn't properly displayed.. they are even worse (men AND women).

disliking a company because they somehow participated with a notion in something like that? i don't know..
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
58. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 6, 2014, 07:46 headshot
never played anything of arkham, briefly played AC1 (about 75% of it, was just too repetitive), 2% AC2, skipped AC3, 25% AC4.

i fired SoM up and there was a quite interesting family scene and a short tutorial. so far, so good. where other games leave objectives, goals or exploration POIs to your imagination, SoM seems to act like just cause 2 or assassin's creed and marks everything on your map. in terms of immersiveness, I don't feel like I'm stalking the dread wastes of mordor protecting the free people of middle-earth but rather completing a shopping or to-do list.

there is a neat screen for sauron's army, another one for runes and their chances in percent, an extensive map with a lot of icons and guidelines, etc.
while I am my own master in killing off immersiveness inch by inch in WoW or skyrim by installing addons for a better efficiency or less fantasy "clutter", I can't do so here. the game practically whips the nemesis system in my face not as a byproduct of great design or an underlying layer of awesomeness but as the main goal of playing it. to me, this game shatters the fourth wall in every waking second and that doesn't really appeal to me.

that being said, I am only in the first map (tiny!) and did one story mission (promoting ratbag by doing what I did many hours before while "exploring") and I come back for the rather personal enemies. while I like the system, I don't know why it has to have the LotR universe as a vehicle.

a few other points which bug me:

- I get swarmed by captains - a lot. it's not that difficult, but it really drags on and on and on.
- I run towards someone, enter stealth, his alertness goes up, I vanish into a bush, he completely lets it go.
- as far as I can see, there are no real weapon upgrades in the form of new / other weapons. this dampens the sense of progress a bit.
- mordor seems a bit too friendly and bright. last I've seen it, frodo and sam nearly starved to death and got pretty disoriented / demoralized just being there.
- no falling damage, near godlike powers, possessed by a wraith, no "death".. just so you can be a badass ranger. even the uruks call "hey, ranger!" as if they want to spar a bit instead of crying utter desbelief for seeing you walk under the living again.
- strange stealth system. zip around a corner, run (or jump 12 meters) onto a tower or roof and stealthkill again.
- and really, why are there obstacles? talion can just jump up half a tower. I don't like that very much, almost makes archers a non-issue.

I, too, don't get the majority of people saying that this is a GOTY. if this game didn't have a nemesis system, it would be destroyed by critics.
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 05:12 headshot
world of warcraft was in development for 4-5 years. it inarguably changed the acceptance of (mmo)(rpg)s and the way they would be played.

star citizen was officially funded nearly two years from now. all the time during production, blizzard didn't let people partake in the design and/or testing process, let alone speak directly to the masses or taking suggestions. or releasing early clients for that matter.

more than a decade ago games would just pop up and be there. today we witness the whole process of building those games, and we act nervous when the just backed project isn't available in the promised timeframe. so far i think that we should lower our expectations, as we didn't even knew about a game being made a few years ago. and we should let go of the constant checking if the game is in one's individual state and bash devs and fans alike when they find it isn't.

slow down, life is to be savoured!
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News Comments > Activision Taking Take-Two?
21. Re: Activision Taking Take-Two? Sep 1, 2014, 03:17 headshot
well, since publishers began to interfere with game design, deadlines and trying to eat the largest piece of the cake.

you can see a good game in the first glimpses and previews and watch in horror as the publisher demands cuts here and there and wants as much accessibility as possible while still hyping a new and innovative game. and the games have to be sureshots.

i would like to judge a game on its own merits. but you have to turn to indie devs than to the big players if you want quality and more distance to the bean counters.

heh, imagine a black metal band signing on to virgin. that'd be rich.
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
26. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Aug 27, 2014, 02:02 headshot
i always buy the addons (as CE) for wow, sc 2 and diablo 3. it's a nobrainer for me, because i always sink more than enough time in those games to justify the money spent. and i even use the character transfer services from time to time to consolidate my most ancient toons on one realm, to build my legacy!

that being said, those are worthwhile investments because wow will be around for another decade. but if i bought a DLC for madden this year, what about next year / madden? those DLC were good for six to nine months and then what? new game, new DLC, start all over again? how can the DLC content for thew new madden justify the money spent for merely one year, if everything is outdated with the next iteration?

investing upon my wow account over nine years is something i can do because it lasts. it builds something bigger than my normal game purchases are. but buying those things, knowing that they release wow 2 next year? never.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer
14. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer Aug 15, 2014, 09:23 headshot
haystack in notre dame? okay.

i received black flag with my geforce last year and the naval combat was just great. farming dem collectibles on the other hand.. i hate myself for being a completionist but i also hate blips on my minimap.

as for AC:U, yeah i don't know. it is the same in look and feel, i recognize the sounds of the interface or some ambient sounds, i see the same mechanics and a few new features. the graphics are okay, but HD french is still french. i don't think that this game improves on the others in the series in terms of unlocking all those towers and everything.
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Details; Video
9. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Details; Video Aug 12, 2014, 03:38 headshot
look, it's Battlefield 2054: Crysis!  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs DLC
10. Re: Watch Dogs DLC Jul 2, 2014, 06:48 headshot
Quinn wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 02:34:
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 01:42:
Press (Y) to subvert corporate monopoly with hax

Press (B) to solve all of your problems with murder like an evil Neo

This. It's exactly the point I wanted to make. They can call these "new missions" but you end up with the same simplistic gameplay mode all the time.

I enjoyed playing the game allot but in retrospect it was kinda bad. The only thing really awesome about it are the online invasions.

exactly what I thought. (Q) just solves everything. and this is what those intrusion puzzles in watch_dogs look like. only more complicated. and from 1991.
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline PC Beta Instant Access
8. Re: Battlefield Hardline PC Beta Instant Access Jun 18, 2014, 09:54 headshot
- "Unique" dog tag in Battlefield 4

yeah. this DLC is a major letdown.

CrimsonPaw: good one!
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Patch Plans & Homebrew Visual Upgrade
32. Re: Watch Dogs Patch Plans & Homebrew Visual Upgrade Jun 17, 2014, 02:54 headshot
i can't wrap my head about some contradictions this game has..

- five police cars and a chopper follow me, i jump into a board, scuttle under a bridge and -poof- they lost me.
- i profile someone and he has the status "had to take a second mortgage" or "saves for a new car" or something like that. i hold Q and transfer 1.600$ from his account. why am i such a dick?
- i injure or kill a civilian and my rep decreases. i am a dick to every living person, smash cars and every breakable thing on the streets (except 10cm/3,9in "high" brick walls), neutralize cop cars (they even BURN in their cars!!) and damage helicopters and nothing happens.
- i commit crimes to one person with no camera around (which wouldn't call the cops as cameras don't work that way in this game) and with a silenced pistol and some random citizen around the block calls the cops. GTA 4 does this similar.
- pressing Q while driving 150km/h or 93 miles per hour "hacks" blockers, electronic signs, steampipes, pedestrians' phones or bridges in a matter of a second.
- why does chicago need hackable steampipes?

there are many more points which leads me to not believe anything this game world has to offer. if i were a telepathic/telekinetic superhero or villain, i could understand aidens "abilities" to alter his surroundings to some degree. but i am a middle aged weirdo and dick with a cell phone. a 100% waterproof cell phone, by the way.

i wait for GTA 5. that is a world i can live in.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 2, 2014, 01:55 headshot
RUMOR: Is Marvel Canceling Fantastic Four Comics to Hurt Fox's New Movie?

they should just end this war, it hurts the moviegoers.
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News Comments > PC Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Released
1. Re: PC Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Released May 9, 2014, 01:30 headshot
i wonder if they have their fourth episode out by the time they release advanced warfare.

most of the games i play on a daily basis (blizzard games) last for a few years before they release a successor. i just couldn't buy something like CoD in these times, because it would be old quite fast.
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order German Censorship Plans
10. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order German Censorship Plans May 6, 2014, 03:44 headshot
well, talk about lost sales. i now have two options (if i were to buy it):

1. buy a censored version after the RtCW desaster and try to mod/bloodpatch it via a plethora of files and hoops to jump through


2. pirate it and be done with the matter.

either way, too much work for a maybe mediocre game.
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Not Restricted to Preorders
17. Re: Titanfall Beta Not Restricted to Preorders Feb 4, 2014, 04:07 headshot
it's a shame they use an engine that old. what I love about battlefield 4 is the destruction you can wreak upon buildings. sometimes I narrowly escape a tank and hide inside a small building, only to have the tank explode the wall with a shell and leave me exposed and kicked out of my comfort zone.

now there's titanfall with big mechs and you can't even destroy a wall from what i've seen. I don't like static shooters anymore.
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