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News Comments > ESA Takes on WHO Over "Gaming Disorder"
38. Re: ESA Takes on WHO Over Jan 3, 2018, 21:31 Acragas10
Creston wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 13:38:
The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive.

That is fucking bullshit. Even if we ignore the skinner box MMOs, and the lootbox crap, a video game is addictive by the very nature of being fun for specific people.

I have an addictive personality, and I have had periods where it's been REALLY hard to do things rather than play video games.

Why the hate to classifying an actual problem, ESA? People have DIED because they couldn't stop playing WoW / Starcraft etc. Addiction is addiction, whether it's to weed, porn or games.

Because if they admit that it's addicting, then they have to offer funding for addiction treatment/diversion like other addictive industries do.

TL:DR, because of money.
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News Comments > ESA Takes on WHO Over "Gaming Disorder"
20. Re: ESA Takes on WHO Over Jan 3, 2018, 09:03 Acragas10
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 3, 2018, 05:30:
Imagine having an awesome job, like being a fighter pilot, or an astronaut. Id wake up to a job like that every day with a smile on my face. Would you consider that job an addiction? Just because it brings you pleasure and a certain dose of adrenaline? Even a regular day job that can be very exciting and fun for a lot of people. Like everyone who loves their job!

Games bring people joy. So does good food. Or a decent job. We need to find a better definition for these classifications.

I mean if you make money, while gaming. Is it still an addiction or an awesome job?

If you loved your job so much that you never went home, spent 24 hours at your workplace and stopped doing everything else you used to enjoy and stopped coming into contact with people you used to love, then no, that doesn't sound particularly healthy.

Likewise, they're not talking about the people who spend a few hours each day playing a game because they enjoy it. The addicts are the people who can't stop playing, who lose their jobs because they won't quit playing even to get up to go to work. Or who literally collapse in a cafe because they won't get up to get a drink of water or go to the restroom.
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches
30. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Launches Mar 21, 2017, 14:07 Acragas10
Bopper wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 11:39:
Played about 15 hours so far, 10 on trial, 5 via VPN to unlock early.

The game isn't as good as the original series but still competent. It is very much like DA:I but so far the quests are a bit more compelling as are the environments, then again I was a little let down with DA:I so that is not saying much.

The animations are not as bad as people say, there are only a couple of characters (so far) that are distracting.

The game is pretty buggy but all issues encountered so far are minor/cosmetic but they are quite plentiful. Some examples:

- Ambient dialogue in places where there are no people.
- Random NPC in a drunken state standing in a random place at an outpost (totally out of context)
- Two NPC's stuck in a half second animation of shaking hands in a loop, one of which I can stand inside of.
- NPC dialogue referring to a character I have not met yet.
- Dodgy companion AI at times.
- One quest allowed me to complete a step twice.

One major bug:

- Door did not open in main path quest, forced me to reload.


- UI is clunky/convoluted. Made for consoles (yep playing on PC9. This is something that should be patched as it is quite easy to do.
- Can't equip items right away (not even consumables that you pick up and possibly need) which is quite dumb.
- Limited companion customisation, no equipment for them.

Good stuff:

- Some decent characters/writing (although sometimes the writing is a bit cringe/wtf).
- Nice production design of environments, props, etc. (when they are not buggy).
- Some interesting side quests and progression systems.
- Driving the buggy is quite fun (I actually liked the Mako from ME1 :P)
- Fun combat, it is quite streamlined and missing the RPG-ness of the first ME but cranking up the difficulty helps.
- Exploration can be fun, only seen the first real planet though.
- The scanner is a mixed bag. Sometimes scanning is fun/feels relevant, sometimes it feels like busywork.
- Runs well but I have a high-end pc.

In summary: rough, not as good as ME trilogy, some bright moments to be had, if you are at all unsure wait for patches and a sale. The first 5 hours was quite discouraging but the game gets better.

After playing about the same length of time, I'd echo pretty much everything you said.

Frankly, this is the type of game that is really hard to just answer "is it good?" with a simple yes/no. Yes, probably? If you're a fan of Mass Effect and were looking forward to jumping back into this universe, you're not going to be bothered as much by the flaws. If you disliked or weren't interested in Mass Effect before, well, there's nothing here that's going to change your mind.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin
33. Re: Mass Effect 2 Free on Origin Jan 6, 2017, 10:23 Acragas10
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2017, 09:45:
Hahaha they are still using that shit? I remember that crap from the XBL days too and even Microsoft ditched the "Points" bullshit. Give it up already Bioware, geez.

They did give up, but for whatever reason never updated some of their old titles to stop using points. SO even if you do bite the bullet and buy the points you need, you better try to get exactly as many as you need, because if you have any left over, nothing will use them again, ever. I'm pretty sure this odd marketing agreement with Bioware/points is why we never got a complete version of ME2, 3 or Dragon Age 2.

The ME2 DLC ranges from interesting to very good, but I wouldn't qualify it as essential to enjoy the game. There's certainly plenty to do in the "base" game that you get for free.
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News Comments > Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend
15. Re: Play Overwatch for Free Next Weekend Nov 10, 2016, 17:17 Acragas10
It'll be $35 for the Origins edition on Black Friday, if you want to wait until then.

Is this the type of game I can have fun with if I'm, generously, bad at multiplayer shooters?
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News Comments > NASCAR '15 and Demo Released
7. Re: NASCAR '15 and Demo Released May 22, 2015, 12:49 Acragas10
jacobvandy wrote on May 22, 2015, 11:32:
I don't think people liking to watch NASCAR (for some reason, it's beyond me TBH) equates to people wanting to virtually play at it. I don't think their target audience is very big into video games, let alone racing sims.

There used to be a huuuuge market for good NASCAR Racing sims, evidenced by the continued nostalgia/popularity for Papyrus's NASCAR Racing games. Excellent sales and a passionate online community. The actual drivers even played the games to test tracks they weren't familiar with, to give some idea of how highly they were regarded.

AND THEN, looking to make some quick cash, NASCAR kneecapped Papyrus by signing an exclusivity deal with EA, who proceeded to make awful games for a few years before quietly abandoning the franchise and leaving the official NASCAR license as a decomposing corpse for low-dollar scavengers to pick at.

That's a pretty accurate microcosm for how both NASCAR and EA have been run for the past decade.
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