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Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 4, 2014, 13:36 PropheT
I think part of their willingness to admit shortcomings and be straightforward with the Windows phones is that it's not gaming. Major Nelson has sort of turned in a PR drone out of necessity since every single thing he'd say was dissected, digested, then shat out and thrown back at him by the gamers reading his posts. It's just not possible to be forthcoming and honest in that kind of environment for too long.

For Nintendo's part it's that they still haven't figured out how to come into last decade, much less this one. They seem to operate a decade behind everyone else for whatever reason.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 1, 2014, 22:20 PropheT
Julio wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 20:20:
No thanks, I'm not giving Gamestop my fingerprints. What's next, giving them your DNA?

It's more of a problem with pawn laws and legal requirements for second-hand stores and the requirements of anyone selling something to the store there than it is with Gamestop. In the effort to stop criminals, you're legally required to assume everyone is a criminal.

jdreyer wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 21:08:
They're also being REALLY generous to XBox.

That's kind of an understatement. When the article sports statements like this:

Sure, we've gotten some good games like Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome, but more effort to keep consistent releases coming would've been nice.

When Ryse is sporting a whopping Metacritic score of 60 and Forza's been lambasted for its nickel and diming, those being the prime examples of "good" games on the system are a big part of why I haven't seriously considered buying it. It's also a little iffy when one of the biggest positives about the system is that you can now buy it without a part that they said was integral for the first 6 months of it being out because there's no real reason to have it.

Both of them need really good reason to buy them at this point, but when the cross-platform games are better on the PS4 in virtually every case I just don't see any reason to buy an XB1 right now. I have a PS4 but barely use it as is, and any of the big Xbox exclusives I can get arguably better versions of on my PC.
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News Comments > Gearbox Fights Aliens Lawsuit
12. Re: Gearbox Fights Aliens Lawsuit Jul 31, 2014, 22:05 PropheT
NetHead wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 21:57:
I wouldn't so quick to pain things black and white, for all we know Sega used video/footage provided by Gearbox. Do we even know that advertising was both the responsibility and done by Sega, sure I would presume so but you know what they say about presumption, even then back to did Gearbox provide the video.

The simple fact is we don't know enough about what happened and/or enough about the contracts to make any such conclusions.

From the PC Gamer article about this:

The crux of Gearbox's argument is that it made the game under contract, and that the publisher, Sega, called all the shots and was responsible for all the marketing. Thus, any legal action should be aimed at Sega—and in fact, according to the claim, Sega asked Gearbox to keep quiet about the suit so it could handle the situation itself.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 29, 2014, 22:26 PropheT
I wouldn't jump the gun on saying it's a great deal. It's important to note that it's $1/gb to a maximum of $25 if you go over that small data cap, though, and you're only saving $5 by taking the deal that includes the cap. In order to save $5, you could wind up costing yourself more than that in overages pretty quickly.

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
4. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Jul 29, 2014, 22:17 PropheT
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 19:39:
Fuck that. That looked retarded like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

Uh, how? It doesn't look anything like either of them. It's basically the tactics from DA:1 mixed with DA:2's action system.

Task wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 19:49:
someone posted a facial animation comparison from games years ago, and now everytime i watch this dragon age trailer, the cutscene stuff seems so jarring with the almost expressionless faces lol

There is no cutscene stuff in this trailer...
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: RE: GaymerX Jul 29, 2014, 19:22 PropheT
Julio wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 14:10:
PropheT wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 14:00:
if it were something that gave kids who were gay a place where they could gather and play games without fear of persecution then I think that's definitely of value.

And we call that place the internet...

Who's we?

I've never seen anyone seriously argue that the internet (and especially online gaming) was a good place to escape prejudice,and doubt I ever will.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Re: RE: GaymerX Jul 29, 2014, 14:00 PropheT
El Pit wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 09:04:
GaymerX? Really? Is there any sexual/racial problem in gaming that needs to be addressed?

Yeah, there is unfortunately.

I don't personally see funding it as being any different than spending money to foster a safe environment for anybody, though; if it were something that gave kids who were gay a place where they could gather and play games without fear of persecution then I think that's definitely of value.

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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
28. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 18:35 PropheT
Deathbishop wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 17:25:
I disagree. If you go to the Steam page, it tells you right there in the blue section. This early access game may or may not change significantly over the course of development. They are telling you up front that the game can and probably will change, that's the risk you take with early access.

That's what I meant when I said people don't really understand or have a very different expectation (even when it's spelled out otherwise) of what early access is.

I think most people understand what it is, but comparing it to Kickstarter is the only way that it makes any kind of sense as to why it's a good deal for gamers and not just a good deal for the developers.

Any way you want to put it, though, when a studio ramps up their team and reworks their entire game that you already put money down for with that same money you put down, I think that the argument that you got a product and aren't funding their project is pretty weak.
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
23. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 16:42 PropheT
Quboid wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 16:04:
I think what he meant is that Rust is funded. They have met the budget they require to finish the game and presumably did so quite some time ago. At this point, people buying Rust on Early Access are buying a product, not funding a creation. The analogy doesn't really stand up to further scrutiny, as you say.

I'm sure that's what he meant, I'm just not convinced it's actually true when it seems the same as being a late Kickstarter backer who buys into a project after it has already hit its funding goal like you point out.

When the product that you got when you originally purchased an early access game may not even resemble what you get when it's ultimately finished, I'm not sure how else to justify taking the money other than selling a promise of a later product...especially since the original product tends to cease being available as the updates progress.

Prez wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 16:09:
Actually you ARE funding Dominoes when you buy a pizza. You are supplying them revenue they need to keep operating aren't you?

Kind of depends on how you look at it, but I suppose you could definitely argue that you help purchase the components necessary to complete the pizza and then they build it for you based in part on the funds provided.

The problem to me is that if you go further to make it like gaming, you gave them the money expecting pepperoni and they give you some uncooked dough to get started, and then deliver a cookie pizza a year later after telling you their plans changed.

Rust is the game that should have had the gaming press asking real questions about Early Access, after making millions based on a product they had out and then going back to the drawing board with all the money afterward...but instead, this.
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
16. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 13:55 PropheT
Slick wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 10:13:
you can literally never do anything right without dealing with at least a certain vocal minority shitting all over you in the gaming space. it's filled with indignant self-righteous children.

the only examples which change that dynamic are blizzard and bungie games, which people will defend with their lives. haveyou guys heard that Diablo 3 just decided to buff 2-handed weapons! PRAISE BLIZZARD AND THEIR 2.5 YEAR LAPSE OF JUDGEMENT. OR Destiny, have you guys heard that boarderlands is now in a post-apocalyptic hellscape setting, with less guns, less character progression, less co-op party members, and it's now called Destiny? PRAISE BUNGIE FOR DUPLICATING SOMETHING WE ALREADY HAVE THEN CLAIMING THAT IT'S THE MOST AMBITIOUS SHIFT IN GAMING EVER!

I love how you followed up that first sentence there with a perfect example of it in full practice with that following paragraph.

In the case of Rust, it's an Early Access game; the game isn't finished and is likely to change during development. That's part of the deal, it's what people bought.

If they don't like what's happening with it, though, that's also part of the deal. His assertion that buying an Early Access copy of a game is like buying a pizza is outright bullshit, when if I order a pizza from Domino's I'm getting as absolutely close to what I asked for as they can possibly do and a timeframe for when I will receive it. With a video game, you could be buying a pizza and a year later get something that only somewhat resembles one, or could just get an email from Domino's a few months after your pizza was supposed to be delivered telling you that they're still figuring out how to procure toppings.

It IS funding the game, because if it's just buying an unfinished work with no actual timetable for completion the entire process becomes indistinguishable from a pyramid scheme.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 24, 2014, 23:53 PropheT
Verno wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 12:51:
They promised system level game suspend/resume from standby mode. As in you can put the system into low power standby in the middle of a level then resume to exactly where you left off later on. Right now it lets you suspend/resume applications but only if the system stays in a powered on state.

They said as recently as last month that it's still coming, but apparently it's a small enough problem for me that I didn't even know the system couldn't do it yet. I think every game I've played on the system saves on the go enough that you more or less never need to lose more than a couple of minutes of progress anyway, if you even lose anything in the first place.

I might just be not playing the games that would really benefit from it, though.
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 23:25 PropheT
Redmask wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 21:36:
This is a PC site so I'm not surprised. You're cherry picking to support a rant. I'm tired of reading about your bullshit problems with this board. Daily. On this site. But I put up with it, for now, because you take the good with the bad. So you can put up with a few people ranting about something that bugs them or being irrational, its the fucking internet what did you expect?

He's right, though. Pretty much every story here about console games gets a "more dumbed down stupid console shit" post even though there are quite a few people who play games they like no matter what system they wind up on.

It's the same thing on r/Games (r/Gaming is full of wacko Nintendo nuts for some reason), though. Gamefaqs is probably the dumbest gaming site on the internet, but it has a lot of spillover from PC gamers trolling console players even though it's a primarily console-oriented site.

Yeah, it's the internet and it's always had its stupid. It sure seems worse now than it used to be, though, and this article only has its audience because everyone has seen what he's talking about somewhere.
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News Comments > Dark Souls II Crown of the Sunken King DLC Released
9. Re: Dark Souls II Crown of the Sunken King DLC Released Jul 23, 2014, 00:36 PropheT
Dragon's Dogma is my favorite game, I've played through it so many times... the only thing I'd say about it is that I wouldn't recommend reading anything prior to playing through it at least once, just find your own way and don't sweat it if you miss a quest or two.

You can really powergame it hard, and most of the info out there now is for the metagame of perfecting your character, etc... just better to skip any guides and have fun with it instead, and do the powergaming later if you want to.
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News Comments > Dead Rising 3 Preorders & DLC
3. Re: Dead Rising 3 Preorders & DLC Jul 23, 2014, 00:30 PropheT
It was half off on the Steam summer sale (first day I think?), so pre-orders have been underway for a while now. I guess it's a good way to make some press for the game before it releases, though.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed
20. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Delayed Jul 23, 2014, 00:26 PropheT
LittleMe wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 18:37:
Icewind wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 18:16:
They need the extra few weeks to tighten up that riveting romance dialog they are so famously known for.

lol yeah with multiple dramatic dialog options.. I like what the Unbended devs said about multiple choice dialogs in their FAQ page:

Actually, those Multiple Choice Dialogue systems tend to slow down the game flow while not offering anything relevant for the game content-wise.

Well said. I don't like how DA:O is so dialog-heavy and force feeds story. Keep the soap operas on TV please.

The multiple choice dialog systems require you to have interaction and involvement in the story so that you're participating in it and actually have to pay a bit of attention instead of just clicking past it and on to the next fight.

Unbended is also an action RPG, it's not even the same kind of game as Dragon Age. They're not saying multiple-choice dialog systems in general are bad for games, they're saying it's wrong for their game.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 21, 2014, 22:03 PropheT
Destiny went from being a game I knew absolutely nothing about to a pre-purchased obsession after playing it this past weekend. I was just about to hit the level cap for the beta on my third character when the servers went down last night

I don't even usually like console shooters, but there's something really addictive about it.
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Jul 21, 2014, 21:58 PropheT
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 21:16:
Also: Polygon - Do they publish anything that isn't ridiculous click bait?


To be fair, I think they're trying to be journalists in the vein of what 24-hour news networks are and are largely succeeding. Emotional pieces sell better than dealing in straight information, outrage generates more clicks than being thoughtful, and when there's no news to report you can always create your own using those rules.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
7. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 17, 2014, 21:10 PropheT
wtf_man wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 15:36:
Did I call it, or what?

You're on a watch list now somewhere, you know.
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam
21. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online on Steam Jul 17, 2014, 20:00 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Jul 17, 2014, 19:41:
With an MMO, you go in with your friends, and if it doesn't work out then you've all lost a lot of money and hundreds of hours.

I have a hard time calling any game I get hundreds of hours out of a bad deal. Hell, if I got hundreds of hours out of it that's already a better deal than 90% of the games I buy.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 17:15 PropheT
mag wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 16:18:
My understanding from elsewhere is that Man-Thor gets depowered and Lady-Thor rises up and picks up Mjolnir to put the hammer down.

Yep, kind of a Beta Ray Bill situation...this isn't the first time it's happened in the comics, although last time was in the nutty comics era of the 80's.
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