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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jul 5, 2012, 19:35 PropheT
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 5, 2012, 19:27:
What it comes down to is "how many hours have you played"? Anything over 100 hours for a new game is pretty good.

I don't disagree with you, but when it walks like an MMO and talks like an MMO I don't think they should be surprised when people start to expect MMO longevity out of it... or that they are inevitably upset when they don't get it, especially after tying in real-money purchases of items that become pointless once you have the best of them.

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News Comments > The Secret World Launches
28. Re: The Secret World Launches Jul 3, 2012, 17:21 PropheT
I didn't enjoy the beta at all, but due the dearth of game releases right now I grabbed this to try it out anyway.

I'm having fun, mixed with bugs and frustration, but fun all the same.
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News Comments > EA to "Be a 100% Digital Company, Period"
31. Re: EA to Jul 3, 2012, 00:30 PropheT
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 23:12:
Maybe all the "put their games back on steam" comments. They made me chuckle.

The way I look at it, I'm a gamer, I don't care if EA puts out a game I want to play, or Valve, or Ubisoft or any other publisher. Sure I still think folks like Kotick are dicks but if Activision puts out a title I'd enjoy playing oh well.

Basically the content is whats important, not the publisher name on the box, or in the case of digital distribution on the title screen.

I think you're kind of missing the point. Valve is a developer, with their small library of games only appearing on their DD platform.

EA is a large publisher, with a much larger library of games, so only having their games available via their platform makes having multiple platforms and the issues that come with that more prevalent.

And if that works out well, Activision follows suit, and we have another exclusive platform to deal with.

When it comes down to it, people want to buy games where they want to buy them, not where they have to. How would you feel if you had to buy retail and Gamestop was the only place that carried EA's games, Walmart had Activision's, and so on? It'd suck, and be pretty stupid, but that's what's shaping up in the DD arena right now.

Add to that the problems that come with a poor platform, like if you could only get something over GFWL for example, and it's easier to understand why people might be upset. I have no problem with Origin, or if people want to buy things there, but I don't personally want to buy my stuff there and not having the option to buy it elsewhere is a horse shit deal for customers.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 19:41 PropheT
There are way too many tools that are just faster and easier to use in command line than any GUI version has provided (ipconfig and netstat being two I use every single day). Net use gives feedback and sometimes even results that you wouldn't otherwise see with a normal network share mapping in Windows.

Maybe they mention it in the article (I should read it but didn't), but the command line doesn't need to go anywhere because while it might not be mandatory for using a system, it is mandatory for fixing it and supporting it. In my experience the newer people hitting the field who don't know how to use it for support are crippled in their ability to fix a lot of otherwise simple issues.
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News Comments > TERA's $25 Horse
36. Re: TERA's $25 Horse Jun 27, 2012, 18:47 PropheT
NKD wrote on Jun 27, 2012, 12:14:
But you're actually saving yourself some money with the smokes! All those years you won't be alive are years you won't be spending money.

That actually sounds like a more sensible retirement plan than the one I'd been paying into for years when you put it that way.
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News Comments > Gearbox TMs "Shift" - Has Steamy Plans?
27. Re: Gearbox TMs Jun 26, 2012, 19:14 PropheT
I know I should be all "competition is good" and all that, but I really don't want another DD platform. I'm good with Steam; it's bad enough that I have to have Origin on my system as it is because of two games that require it. I just don't want the hassle of another one.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 26, 2012, 10:57 PropheT
LurkerLito wrote on Jun 25, 2012, 11:31:
Dragon's Dogma is a AWESOME RPG game I will be buying the sequel for certain.

Yup, seeing that there'll be a sequel is the best news I've seen in a long time. I've been playing it non-stop since it came out, and even as someone who doesn't replay most of my games...I've finished it 4 times and working on a 5th.

I'm glad it did well enough to draw a sequel, I'll definitely be on it day 1. Now it just needs a PC version...
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
11. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 24, 2012, 12:10 PropheT
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 15:39:
So a PlayStation fansite has an article about how the PS3 has the better games? Quelle surprise!

But seriously, they talk about how the current consoles are in their twilight years and yet go on about how the new PS3 exclusives look "stunning". There's nothing "stunning" about games with low resolution textures running at sub-720p resolutions. PC games run at resolutions 4x that for single monitors and 7x that in multi-monitor configs, as well as dramatically higher texture quality, rendering detail and polygon count (tessellation).

They do look stunning for the platform the games are made for, and those higher resolutions don't really mean anything when you're doing your gaming on a TV anyway.

Of course PC games look better, but it's kind of beside the point. Those games they're talking about do look great, and despite it being a PS3 fansite...they're actually right in the article. The Last of Us and Beyond are interesting and different titles (the kind of which we never really see as PC exclusives anymore, incidentally) compared to the biggest upcoming 360 titles being just more of the same catered to the shooter crowd.

You can't knock a PS3 for being a PS3 or a 360 for the same when they're still damn good for what they are. It's like complaining about a '68 Mustang because it doesn't have the features of a 2012.
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News Comments > Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition
19. Re: Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition Jun 21, 2012, 21:31 PropheT
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 21:05:
Oh I can't wait to see how the fanboys spin this one.

I don't know how it's even possible. Regardless of the justification for it, they're actively choosing to screw people who legitimately purchased the game.

Instead of listening to people's complaints about the DRM decisions they made with Diablo 3 they actually found an even worse way of doing things... an even better example of why it's BS.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings Jun 19, 2012, 19:09 PropheT
Not to derail the "fuck these guys" train, but pretty happy with this so far. It's not as big as Broken Sword was, but it's a nice changeup to the game.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 14, 2012, 22:46 PropheT
nin wrote on Jun 14, 2012, 21:24:
The company I'm at is just now moving to Win7/Office 10 (we have a ton of custom in house software we've had to migrate/rewrite/virt term). Win8? Not even being discussed.

Same where I work. I can't see them ever migrating to Win8, honestly; it'll be out before we even finish migrating completely to Win7.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Jun 13, 2012, 22:30 PropheT
Prez wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 20:54:
People just being hypocrites again. Rape and attempted rape are a common theme in movies and books, but let's all lose our minds because someone put a brief attempted rape scene in a game. You see worse on regular TV every hour of every day.

If they can tell this story with mature themes like this and make it work, that's a pretty big step in gaming. Traditionally all it has taken is for one company to step up with a good game to give the rest of the industry a push toward that direction, so if they can do this and do it right with a recognizable character like Lara, that's a nice acknowledgement to me that all of us aren't 17 anymore and we can deal with subject matter that wouldn't have been touched by games not too long ago.

Instead it seems like half the articles I see anymore are a determined piece written to assure non-gamers that we aren't sociopaths for liking something that we shouldn't have to apologize for in the first place.

50 Shades of Grey is the #1 book, adult-oriented TV shows like True Blood or Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad or Mad Men or Dexter (and so on) are popular everywhere, and yet most of the video game world seems stuck on the avoidance of adult-themed material or turning it into something that would fit in a comic book, flashy and eye catching but easily dismissed.

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes and More
34. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes and More Jun 10, 2012, 12:25 PropheT
wonkawonka wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 04:25:
I had no problem obliterating normal with my DH without ever using the auction house. It's only by act II Nightmare that it became impossible to ignore. Essentially Blizzard is saying "you can win the game normally without the AH". And that is really just stupid. Having the AH makes everyone end up with the same builds because the only thing that matters is gold. Then Blizz will go and say "hey, we got a great idea! Let's nerf the drops so that the AH doesn't have 50 of the critical '+x to all resistances, +y% attack speed' item, and that people will have to do something else".
You know where that will end up...

I think Blizz is chewing much more than it can digest

The issue to me isn't whether you can win or not, but that entire categories of gear practically don't exist because of the AH. I've finished normal with three different characters, and put what I'd consider a fair amount of time into the game (got distracted by Dragon's Dogma so haven't cleared Nightmare yet). I've seen two legendary drops, both level 10 items, and never seen a set item. They were rare in Diablo 2, but you at least SAW these things. The thrill of discovery is gone because there's no real expectation of finding anything like that throughout the normal course of play; with a drop rate as low as those items have, there's no pathway to obtaining them outside of the AH.

To me, buying things on the AH defeats the entire purpose of playing a game like Diablo, so forcing the issue just makes me want to spend my time elsewhere rather than altering how I play to fit what they did in the game.
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes and More
23. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes and More Jun 9, 2012, 23:06 PropheT
Dev wrote on Jun 9, 2012, 21:36:
Instead of focusing on these little problem spots that crop up (symptoms), they need to be focusing on how to shut down farmers and spammers, and preventing bots (the underlying problems that are creating the symptoms), and making it harder to steal accounts.

They need to make the drops actually be drops and not have entire categories of gear be based on the auction house. For lack of a better way to put it, fuck the economy. The auction house should augment the game, not replace the loot tables like it did.

I enjoy the game, but the fact that in order to progress or in order to have a chance at having somewhat unique gear requires use of the auction house kills it for me. I got a real sense of, "The stuff isn't going to drop, so why play in search of it?" followed by a rapidly diminished desire to continue playing the game. Having the loot doesn't mean dick in a game like this so just buying it on the AH, to me, is like putting down a fiver and the guy just takes the carrot off the stick and hands it to you.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2012, 11:40 PropheT
I didn't like the first season all that much, even though I loved the first book...but, since I do love the books, I went back and watched it again before the 2nd season started to give it another shot. I liked it better, but some things still bugged me like King Overacting Baratheon III and that the set pieces were noticeably muted for budget reasons.

I loved the 2nd season, a lot. The last two episodes of it are some of the best I've ever seen of any show, and a lot of the things that bothered me about the first season were just plain fixed in the 2nd. The actors really find their niche in their characters and there are some great moments between them... especially Peter Dinklage, who actually manages to make Tyrion as good in the show as he is in the books, if not better.

Really good stuff, and definitely worth another look even if season 1 didn't do the trick for you.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jun 6, 2012, 11:29 PropheT
Games are growing as a storytelling medium. Since nobody is going to play a game where you sit and talk in a car for an extended period of time, they use what they have to tell the story and do it through action in titles of a type that big publishers know will sell.

If they're going to reach you, for better or worse they need to shock you with it. Especially for a game like "The Last of Us" they need to make the violence actually be awful or the game will miss its point, something they did with the last Rambo movie that worked surprisingly well. It's not unprecedented, it's just that people are too goddamn sensitive about video games and what people might think if someone enjoys playing that game.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2012, 21:59 PropheT
PHJF wrote on May 29, 2012, 12:04:
Summer my ass, it's noon and only 76 in NC. Hardly what I'd call beach weather. But who can go to beaches when there is so much Dragon's Dogma to be played?

Dragon's Dogma... totally devoured my weekend. Had planned to play some more Diablo 3, and I made the mistake of starting Dragon's Dogma on Friday night. Totally sucked in by it, great game.

Was up over 90 on Sunday here, it's 59 degrees right now and back to normal for the rest of the week I think. That's good, I'm not ready for summer yet.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation May 29, 2012, 20:04 PropheT
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 29, 2012, 18:47:
Meanwhile PCs can easily handle 1080p and many - like myself - already game at 1600p or even 1080p*3. The only thing the new consoles will have going for them is multi-million dollar advertising budgets to snap up exclusive titles, influence reviewers and alter perceptions. The only plus is that next-gen ports will start off at an inherently higher standard.

It's possible, but if Valve's system specs are commonplace everywhere (and no reason to believe they're not) people running over 1080p resolutions only make up about 5% of the PC gamer market. I'm guessing that people with TV's that can handle anything like that are an even lower percentage, so it's more about hitting that point and then making sure that you have enough horsepower to run at a decent framerate once you get there.

The PC has always been better and had more options, it's just not as accessible for a lot of people. The only thing that any of this stuff about the new consoles really tells me is that PC gaming isn't going anywhere any time soon since there will always be people like those of us here that want what the PC offers over the consoles...a dynamic that doesn't sound like it's changing with the next generation.

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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 26, 2012, 14:50 PropheT
People don't care as much about pretty graphics and realistic voice-overs as they did five years ago. People want to have fun. The end.

I'm not buying this statement at all, especially when the game in question here didn't sell just didn't sell to the astronomical level that they'd set as a break even point.

Indie games are cheap and fun alternatives to full price games, but 99% of them don't, can't, and aren't intended to compete with those full priced games anyway.
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News Comments > The Secret World Delay; Beta Details
6. Re: The Secret World Delay; Beta Details May 25, 2012, 16:07 PropheT
Fion wrote on May 25, 2012, 12:45:
My biggest problem with it is that the model is subscription fee + 'heavy' microtransactions (you only get 2 character slots per account to start for example). It simply isn't good enough to warrant such a steep cost. (Especially compared to GW2...)

Heavy is kind of an understatement. It's pre-launch, and they have extra character slots available for purchase right now for $10...and additional name reservations for preorders for $10. $10 to reserve a name is just ballsy, and if it's any indication as to how they're going to handle microtransactions with the game...

Anyway, there's a reason it's still under NDA even though it's supposed to come out very soon here.

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