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News Comments > Blizzard Confirms Titan Setback
35. Re: Blizzard Confirms Titan Setback May 29, 2013, 15:44 PropheT
Creston wrote on May 29, 2013, 12:20:
Their Diablo 3 failure sold like 12 million copies, so there's literally nobody at Blizzard who views it as a failure.


I mean failure more in the sense that, unlike everything else in their library, Diablo 3 almost universally has a bad reputation and holds a steady spot on 'most disappointing' lists anywhere you look. They're a company that can sell games on reputation alone like nobody else out there, and a game like that puts a pretty big dent in the armor.

I'm not suggesting they're going out of business or anything, just that their status as one of the few remaining untouchables of gaming needs something new to reinforce that respect for a new generation of gamers...and it's not coming any time soon.
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News Comments > Blizzard Confirms Titan Setback
23. Re: Blizzard Confirms Titan Setback May 29, 2013, 12:12 PropheT
Mr. Tact wrote on May 29, 2013, 10:27:
Blizzard will be making money for a long time to come even if the connoisseurs of gaming here at Blues have long turned up their noses at their products.

I used to defend Blizzard until I stopped to really think of what they'd done in the last ten years. World of Warcraft was very good, but having no real competitors for so long destroyed MMO's to the point where nobody even tries anymore; they just make free to play stuff and try microtransaction cash grabs instead. Starcraft 2 I don't even know what to think of; it's Starcraft 1 with new paint, it's far from bad but it's just so...forgettable. Diablo 3 was the disappointment of the decade.

And that's it. That's all they've done. A rehash, a failure, and nearly a decade of milking their cash cow. Is that enough for them to be a revered giant in gaming when most of the people who made the things we really loved are long gone from the company? The closes comparison I can think of is that Spider-Man 3 sold tons of movie tickets but still killed the franchise. The scary part about Blizzard is that they finally had their failure with Diablo 3, but it's not so much that it was a huge disappointment to so many people... it's that so many people predicted it beforehand.
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News Comments > MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue
13. Re: MS's PC Gaming Disregard to Continue May 22, 2013, 21:23 PropheT
I can see everyone in the room is surprised at this news.

Maybe it's because they don't like Windows 8, either.
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
133. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 20:32 PropheT
Beamer wrote on May 21, 2013, 18:30:
Eh, they're not really doing that, though. Because they don't really care.

All Microsoft does is give Mountain Dew the access to a demographic, and the codes, of course. Mountain Dew wants to hit that demographic, so they do the partnership. Microsoft gives them nothing else. They don't tell them "Tony Smith, a 32 year old male, entered in 5 of your codes." At best they give back "40% of your activations came from white males age 18-25." Like TV ads, though, it's about going after a certain market more than it's about knowing the minutae. Success comes from an increase in sales.

Yes, they are doing it; I'm not even entirely sure you aren't arguing exactly the same thing as me. I said they have the marketing data available for Tony Smith (not necessarily that they feed his actual name to Pepsi) and know that his consuming Mountain Dew can be used for targeting Pepsi ads to him in the future, and feed his demographic data to advertisers as a result like you said. There's a reason there's Opt-out options on Windows 8, Windows Phones, and the Xbox for personalized advertising.

Microsoft YA advertising
Targeted ad opt-out
Adult male advertising
In-depth look at Xbox targeted advertising

You can't target ad data per-user without using trends tied to the Live account, and you can't get demographic information on ad consumption without referencing that data from the same account. Microsoft uses that either to sell the marketing data or sell targeted ad space, but the result is ultimately the same for the end user anyway.

The Kinect thing is mostly irrelevant, since they're already doing targeted advertising. Still, they did talk about doing exactly what was being suggested by people here before the Kinect launched.

Invasive targeted ads
Kinect privacy, targeted ads

Even if they aren't doing it now, I think it's pretty understandable why people might be concerned that they will if Microsoft gets their foot in the door.
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
96. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 18:25 PropheT
Beamer wrote on May 21, 2013, 18:01:
Which, likely, wouldn't be much. What would Coke or Proctor & Gamble actually get from knowing what you do while you watch TV or Xbox? How much is that kind of data really worth to them, relative to the cost for Microsoft to provide it. Put yourself in the shoes of a brand manager for Sobe or Pringles or whatever - what could Microsoft possibly tell you that you don't already know and that would be worth an eight figure deal?

Like I said earlier, though, they're already doing this. They might not be checking in on you with a Kinect camera to see if you're drinking a Dew and playing Halo IV, but if you enter the codes from a bottle into your account and play the game then they can certainly track that and have the marketing information available to say that Tom Smith drinks Mountain Dew and plays Halo IV, along with the demographic information from his Gold profile, and so on. The programs for market data statistics are already there and have been in use particularly with the 360 for years now, and tied with general user information from their Gold profile and Home screen they can target ad data on the Xbox, or feed information back to their partners like Pepsi so that they know just how popular those Halo IV codes are among people of that targeted group.

The Kinect thing I think is sort of irrelevant, it's just a more high tech way of this sort of advertisement data that they've been doing for years already. Given that the console seems to be designed around the idea of on-demand content replacing standard ad-driven cable/broadcast media, then yes; it's absolutely worth a lot of money to get their foot in the door on what could well be the future of what the television commercial evolves into in a tech market designed around on-demand content over cable or broadcast TV.
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
42. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 16:29 PropheT
I like my consoles. I mostly like my consoles because of the games they offer that I don't get on my PC, though, and this system seems to be putting games as secondary and touting the media center experience. I have that on my current consoles. I have that on my PC. So what does this offer that I don't already have?

I've been trying to think of just what it is about this system announcement that bothers me and was having trouble putting my finger on it until I asked what it was really offering.

It seems to just be offering more of the the worst things about the current console generation. I have little to no interest in Kinect or what it has to offer. I have even less interest in a more draconian licensing scheme that means I can't move games from one system to another in my own house, or share them with my son so he can take them with him to his Xbox and back (WTF is the point of cloud integration when you can't share the games between systems?). I simply cannot see them getting rid of Xbox Live subscriptions. I also can't see them stopping the shithead process they've mastered of spending money on forced exclusives for their system.

I already have the things they're touting here, but to get the latest version of it I have to buy into their shitty DRM scheme that sounds like something EA came up with. Why would I want this thing? What's more, why would I want it when there's no sign that their competitor is forcing these same kinds of restrictions on me?
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News Comments > Xbox One Announced
29. Re: Xbox One Announced May 21, 2013, 15:57 PropheT
NegaDeath wrote on May 21, 2013, 15:45:
Kinect: "Hello Dave. I see your drinking Pepsi. Wouldn't a cold, delicious Mountain Dew be better? Drink a Mountain Dew while playing and unlock the "Do the Dew" XP bonus."

I can just see this kind of shit happening. It'll make horse armor look sensible.

I don't know if you realize it or not, but they already do that. There was a Mountain Dew XP bonus tied to Halo 4 and I think to the last CoD or two as well.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2013, 15:50 PropheT
1badmf wrote on May 20, 2013, 14:24:
wow, i feel bad for having contributed to ironman3's opening now. trek was a way better film. ironman3 was just a completely forgettable film.

Same here. I loved Iron Man 1 and 2 and actually feel bad that I paid to see the third movie. I kind of knew I was in trouble when we showed up to watch it and everyone filtering out of the previous showing looked like they'd been stuck on the top of a roller coaster for about an hour and were just happy to be leaving.

I liked the second Star Trek movie even more than the first, though. I wouldn't mind going back to see it again.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2013, 15:00 PropheT
Root beer works great as a base, but otherwise the stuff I make is a lot like that Coke recipe. Dr. Pepper makes a really good sauce, too. Pepsi is just too sweet and there was something about using Coke that i didn't like (haha), but Root Beer and Dr. Pepper were sweet while still having some of the richness to it, for lack of a better word to describe the difference.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2013, 19:49 PropheT
Topevoli wrote on May 16, 2013, 16:38:
I'd also challenge you on the Blackhawks and the Eastern D. They are pretty big and man can they score. Considering they made the Red Wings look stupid last night, I think they are a little better than you give them credit for.

The first and last games in that Rangers series were the only ones not decided by 1 goal, and the Rangers shut out the Caps the last two games. There's definitely defense being played in the East, although being a Penguins fan I certainly wish there was -more- defense by a certain team in Pittsburgh even if they're still winning right now...

But yeah, the Blackhawks are nuts when they're on their game. They're really, really good. It might not have looked like they were going nuts on the scoreboard against the Wild, but that's the Wild...a defensive team that got where it was despite not being able to score goals for the most part. Pittsburgh has the best offense in the league, but the Hawks were #2 AND they had the #1 defense in goals against in the regular season. I will be really, really surprised if they aren't in the finals.
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed May 16, 2013, 16:54 PropheT
InBlack wrote on May 16, 2013, 09:44:
What is wrong with you people????

Well, the best I can tell is that he's decrying the effects of internet outrage and public shaming by trying to incite internet outrage and public shaming. In a way that he agrees with the outcome of, of course, not in the way that happened.

It's pretty much just another episode of 'someone is wrong on the internet' that nearly everyone gets caught up in once in a while. If there's anything wrong with the people involved it's that people still argue back and forth trying to make conversations out of the shouting matches that constitute nearly everything said anywhere on the internet that anonymous people are watching.
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed May 15, 2013, 14:16 PropheT
Creston wrote on May 15, 2013, 11:34:
MC still has some marginal value to judge a game at a glance, though. (even though said value is getting less and less, with more and more review sites simply being paid shills these days.)

Game reviews in general are what make Metacritic useless, whether it's because people are being paid to shill like you say or just because video game reviews as a whole have little to no value. A good game that isn't hyped to death will get 70's, a great game 80's, and anything that's hyped and marketed to hell and back gets high 80's or 90's unless it's fairly bad. That's always been a problem with game reviews, really, but I don't remember it ever being as bad as it is now...especially since big review sites decided they were going to start scoring some games lower to seem more balanced.

Metacritic itself isn't the problem and it does have some value, it's just that you need to take every score you see on it with a grain of salt since the reviews that build the aggregate are often of so little value individually.

I'd ignore reviews entirely and dismiss the entire thing is worthless at this point, but when the games that are made available to us are funded and built around Metacritic scores that makes that difficult.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 14, 2013, 21:33 PropheT
killer_roach wrote on May 14, 2013, 19:50:
What ever happened to the good old days when it was just Sony and EA saying stuff this idiotic?

To be fair, they didn't actually say this, and even if the graphic they released did say it then they only actually be saying 13% of people don't care about privacy, not everyone.

It's not quite as inflammatory without the user-injected conjecture and hit grab headline, though.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews May 6, 2013, 21:39 PropheT
Cutter wrote on May 6, 2013, 19:25:
Oh really? I don't give a shit about virtual achievements or have any need to share my progress in a game. What a completely asinine blanket statement. And who the hell is a fluff designer like Wright to talk about what's falling short as a medium? Jesus, the ego on the guy. Rolleyes

I'd be curious as to what about it you think is wrong, or even why you don't think it's narcissistic to think that just because you don't like achievements or sharing progress that nobody else does; especially when there's so much evidence to the contrary out there now. Play an MMO for a little while, and then look at what he said and say he's even a little bit wrong. Players want control over everything, and they want everyone else to see it afterward.

He's also not wrong about falling short with the medium compared to what could be done with it. We're caught up in cycle after cycle of sequels and rehashes instead of moving forward with new ideas and innovations. Most developers are still working on perfecting the same things we saw in 2005 rather than doing something new.
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News Comments > Defiance Boasts a Million Accounts
9. Re: Defiance Boasts a Million Accounts May 2, 2013, 21:55 PropheT
Cutter wrote on May 2, 2013, 20:35:
Note they did not say a million sales or active, paying accounts. And from what I've heard Defiance - the show - is failing miserably.

Two things wrong with that.

First, there isn't a subscription fee so an account is an account...there are no active paying accounts.

Second is that the show is getting good ratings, so I don't know where you heard it's failing miserably. It's the most watched new series on the network in seven years and it retained the numbers it had for the pilot pretty well into the second episode. Syfy shows like Warehouse 13 also tend to come close to doubling their viewer numbers after a week once they include DVR use and so on, so if it's anything like Warehouse in that respect it's doing really well.

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News Comments > Paypal vs. Skullgirls
7. Re: Paypal vs. Skullgirls Apr 23, 2013, 14:11 PropheT
Raven wrote on Apr 23, 2013, 10:51:
Lab Zero Games:
because people wanted their money back when their voted character didn't make it into the final rounds of voting

Sounds like the contributors are the ones being scummy here. Yeah, Paypal sucks, but what do you expect when your customers start doing mass chargebacks?


They're holding the money on the chance that people might do chargebacks, not because they were actually doing them.
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News Comments > "Strong Possibility" Relic to Make Dawn of War 3
13. Re: Apr 23, 2013, 14:05 PropheT
Whiskers wrote on Apr 23, 2013, 10:17:
Hopefully it's more DoW 1 and less DoW 2. A mix of DoW 1 and CoH 1 would be amazing.

That's pretty much what Dawn of War 2 already is, minus the base building. Have you played it with the expansions?

The game needed more of the factions represented in the tabletop game, but the mechanics of it after the expansions were pretty much the same as CoH. The population cap was too low in general, but you can mod that.

I get the impression that people are basing DoW 2 off of the single player rather than closed multiplayer games with AI opponents that compares to the skirmish-mode single player of DoW 1.
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News Comments > Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition for Preorders
5. Re: Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition for Preorders Apr 23, 2013, 00:16 PropheT
I loved SR3. I think its charm was that it was batshit insane.

In retrospect, it's kind of sad that it stands out to me as being a great game because all it was trying to do was do its best to be fun. I don't know why more developers don't aim for that with their games, but they don't.
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News Comments > Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP
4. Re: Gearbox Snags Homeworld IP Apr 22, 2013, 16:43 PropheT
Tumbler wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 16:42:
Gearbox seems on a downward trend.

Will have to see. Aliens was terrible, but Borderlands 2 wasn't. I guess it just depends on if they can handle multiple IP's or not at this point.
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News Comments > Capcom Plotzes - Issues Profit Warning; Cancelling Games
24. Re: Capcom Plotzes - Issues Profit Warning; Cancelling Games Apr 18, 2013, 18:36 PropheT
Wraith wrote on Apr 18, 2013, 09:47:
Basically Capcom does not produce good games. Period. All they do is try to over-exploit their existing franchises created by people who knew what they were doing - and they do a poor job of it.

They have some of the most popular franchises around, which doesn't happen if you don't make good games (period). Resident Evil 6 was a disappointment, but SF vs. Tekken is outstanding - if marred by a shitty DLC plan. Dragon's Dogma is still my favorite game I played last year, and was a new IP, not a rehash or exploit of an existing franchise. Monster Hunter still continues to be extremely popular.

Thrashing a video game company because they make a lot of sequels is a bit silly considering how many of the games we see anymore are sequels no matter who is releasing them. Capcom has crappy DLC plans, although there's signs they've learned from the complaints about them. Other than that, they definitely do still produce good games, and usually they're games that are targeted at the hardcore game audience and generally not ridiculously dumbed down for more mass appeal when compared to other companies; although that might be their problem, because hardcore gamers are some of the whiniest bitches to make things for that I've ever seen anywhere.

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