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  • Wrds 4:29 pm on September 19, 2012 Permalink  

    I hate that I feel this way, but this is partly why I will be avoiding Borderlands 2: http://i.imgur.com/k7Z5J.jpg

    Also I didn’t really enjoy the humor the first game conducted itself with. It just didn’t do anything for me. I hope you all enjoy it though.

     
  • Wrds 3:21 am on September 17, 2012 Permalink  

    I want to get around to Black Mesa eventually. I just have no time for games right now. Between work and my own creative endeavors, I have next to no time for anything else. God am I looking forward to it though.

    @unmanneddrone I wouldn’t count on it if I were you. If it can be done, they’ll find a way to shoehorn in DLC.

    @Redswirl1 It is possible to monetize single player experiences. Several games have proven so. It’s just easier to make money with Multiplayer games. They take less effort and money to make decent experiences. Giants like EA mistake this for single player being nonviable. Or maybe its not a mistake. Maybe they purposefully do that to squeeze the most amount of money out of players with the smallest amount of time and money invested.

     
  • Wrds 3:07 am on July 15, 2012 Permalink  

    @angryjedi I think a clinical study is a little overkill, but its welcome I guess.

    There was a short documentary a while back that featured interviews with several bronies that I found to be rather telling about some of the people that are drawn to the show and its community. Unfortunately it was harshly bashed and misunderstood. I planned to link it but the original was taken down.

     
  • Wrds 3:22 pm on July 14, 2012 Permalink
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    I see you had a SquadCast about Nier, a game I’ve been meaning to play since it came out but never managed to get a copy of it. I’ll have to get my hands on it soon.

     
  • Wrds 3:10 pm on July 14, 2012 Permalink
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    @pepperized There’s nothing to judge, its just something people like. That’s all it should be.

    That being said, its not for me either. I do find some of the fan created content entertaining though.

    And @rampantbicycle there’s a lot more to the brony phenomenon than just a bunch of guys loving a children’s cartoon, with varying levels of intrigue each warranting different levels of concern or not. That’s a subject I don’t care enough about to get into though. I just hope you’re more aware of it than you let on in that post. Maybe you did, and I just haven’t been around to see the whole conversation.

    I know I only pop my head in once in a blue moon, hope you’re all doing well.

     
  • Wrds 2:51 pm on June 11, 2012 Permalink  

    Uh, I have no idea why it did that…sorry?

     
  • Wrds 2:50 pm on June 11, 2012 Permalink  

    @angryjedi Bah, thats lame. Microsoft proving once again they aren’t worth your time. Too many headaches.

     
  • Wrds 1:02 pm on June 11, 2012 Permalink  

    @angryjedi I believe you can cancel your XBL on their website, they just make it bloody difficult. I remember I did it a few years ago when I sold my 360. I don’t exactly remember the process, but I’m fairly certain I did it. It might be worth poking around.

     
  • Wrds 5:09 pm on May 5, 2012 Permalink
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    I recently heard about this AVWW, and I have to say it has me rather intrigued. Between you @angryjedi and the interview with the creator of the game over at gatheryourparty, I might need to check this one out.

     
  • Wrds 10:13 am on May 5, 2012 Permalink
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    @impynickers Sorry to let you down. If you’re interested in reading yourself http://imgur.com/a/fO9Ty#0 These are the leaks. Fair warning to anyone that wants to avoid them.

     
  • Wrds 8:01 pm on May 4, 2012 Permalink  

    I managed to catch the TESO leaks and let me tell you, if what I saw is any indication of what the final product then it will be the elder’s scrolls in name only. It was basically every old convention of the genre that most are already bored of. It mentioned WoW style combat a couple of times, which really depresses me. Others may stiill be into that though.
    I’d provide links, but I’m on my phone, away from home. Also not sure if anyone would want to see them.

     
  • Wrds 10:19 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink  

    Welcome Brad. I don’t know if I’d call myself an otaku as I’m of the opinion that it’s a wholly japanese word. Something akin to nerd or geek…But I consume a lot of media from japan, including but not limited to anime and manga. Good to have you around.

    I realize I haven’t been around in a while, hope this evening finds you all well.

     
  • Wrds 12:59 am on March 21, 2012 Permalink  

    Every time I post here I start a fight. http://i.imgur.com/6JdEa.gif

     
  • Wrds 8:22 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink
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    It would be great if you could just call the people whiners for wanting a better ending, but you can’t. The ending they gave in ME3 didn’t even make sense for the universe, let alone closure, which is the culmination of a trend at BioWare that began a few years ago. That they can remove and add things to their games at the whim of the writers without regard for the already established lore. It was something David Gaider even said they had the right to do himself.
    I didn’t personally play ME3, but I did spoil most of the game for myself. I promised I would never play a Mass effect game after 2. I felt betrayed from the very beginning and my concerns weren’t alleviated at all later on. I’d really like to go into detail, but I don’t want to spoil anything and I don’t have time to stick around. Suffices to say the more you care about the mass effect universe, the less and less you’ll like any of them after the first game.

    I’ll leave you with these two articles that sort of reflect my feelings on ME3 and the franchise in general
    http://www.arcadianrhythms.com/2012/03/why-im-not-interested-in-mass-effect-3-2/
    Spoilertastic: http://www.gamefront.com/mass-effect-3-ending-hatred-5-reasons-the-fans-are-right/

    Also yeah if they release DLC that fixes it, unless it’s free, they prove everything that’s wrong with the industry. There’s no redemption for them in my mind, time to move on and regain consumer trust with a new project.

     
  • Wrds 5:47 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink  

    @angryjedi It’s hardly an unbiased source, but I’ve heard through /v/ and a couple youtube personalities a rumor about from ashes that raised yet another red flag for me, if true. That is that the prothean in the dlc just added squadmate capabilities and he was already part of the story. I won’t be playing ME3 so I can’t get confirm that, but if true, makes me wonder if it’s even worth $10 at face value.

    Also I’d love to play portal 2 co-op with you this weekend, I’ve yet to complete it, but I’ll most likely be playing in the TERA beta all weekend.

     
  • Wrds 5:58 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink  

    @angryjedi Not only do I disaggree with developers doing that, I find the very idea of withholding content that’s already been written onto the disc absolutely absurd. However, I can justify new purchase insentives, but that’s about it. Straight up charging people for extra content on launch is completely reprehensible in my eyes, and no presented excuse for it is convincing enough to make me think otherwise. It’s not something I’ll ever support, and I won’t lose sleep over any games I may have missed because of it.

    Now I’m going to run away before someone screams at me for being entitled.

     
  • Wrds 1:17 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink
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    @cgrajko Interesting bit on FFX, to be honest I haven’t played the game in years, and being a young teen when I first played it, I don’t think I was in the state of mind to fully take in half of what you’re talking about, but I understand completely and it gives me new food for thought about a game I once loved dearly. I’m sorry I don’t have anything constructive to add to that.

    How is Nier? I was always tentative about it, but I love it’s soundtrack.

    I’d also really recommend going for The Longest Journey very soon. It’s easily my favorite game of all time. I’ve yet to find another story in a game that drew me in so thoroughly and really challenged me to think. The follow up to it Dreamfall wasn’t as strong, but it was a fun continuation.

     
  • Wrds 12:04 am on March 2, 2012 Permalink  

    @Pete I agree, I did like the first game, and what little I played of the second one. I just feel too overwhelmed with how many games in the series there are to pick them up and chug through them. I may eventually finish 2 and move on to the others, but I have no real desire to do so any time soon.

    On a slightly but mostly unrelated note, I’m kind of bummed about all the games I want to play lately. With no steady income it’s impossible to spend what I do have on games. My backlog is going to be huge later this year. I even have a few from 2011 I still need to pick up, sigh.

     
  • Wrds 11:06 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink  

    My post looks weird…Sorry about that

     
  • Wrds 11:04 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink
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    So I don’t know how many of you feel about Mass Effect 3 and the controversy surrounding Bioware as of late. However, I decided several months ago that I won’t be buying any bioware games for a while. Not until they prove their games are even worth playing anymore, and they adopt a more pro consumer business model.

    That being said I thought I’d share this recent video that totalbiscuit did on ME3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri0vrJ-y2zM

    I don’t know how you all feel about him, but I just thought I’d share this.

     
  • Wrds 7:07 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink
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    2011 was a pretty shitty year for FPSs in my opinion. I bought and played BF3 for a while, but it’s just sort of stale even with the spiffy graphics. I remember bulletstorm being the only one I was at all interested in, unless you count portal 2. I never bought bulletstorm, but I did play it at a friend’s house for a bit, and I’m honestly glad I didn’t. I was really unimpressed with Bulletstorm, it was just silly to the umpteenth degree. It’s really strange, because I sort of liked Painkiller, the developer’s previous game. There was just too much of Epic’s juice chugging machismo for me to properly enjoy bulletstorm. I feel like they sort of ruined People Can Fly.

    Kind of odd, because 2011 was a great year for games in general, but I can’t name a single FPS that was any real good, again unless you count Portal 2, which was a blast.

     
  • Wrds 6:55 am on February 20, 2012 Permalink  

    @tolkoto I almost never have any interest in making evil choices in Mass effect games and video games in general. Writers usually, on some level, don’t want the player to choose the evil choices. Consequently they spend almost no time making them compelling.

     
  • Wrds 2:41 am on February 20, 2012 Permalink
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    @RedSwirl Funny, I was actually having a conversation about that very thing with someone else a while back. There seems to be a few serious flaws with morality in games in general. It’s kind of easy to tell that the developers or writers almost never want the player to be evil, so the evil choices are always really dickish or detrimental to the player.

    Another negative thing about morality in game is that they put a quantity on the choices. Paragon/Renegade, good/evil ect. They give the player incentive to make only one choice, which for many creates a system where they can completely ignore properly weighing their options in a normal manner.

    So like in Mass Effect’s case there’s a huge incentive to make only one or the other because you may be locked out of other options if you don’t have enough points.

     
  • Wrds 5:23 am on February 19, 2012 Permalink  

    @beige I’d be lying if I said I cared as much about Garrus in ME1 as I did in ME2. I don’t think that’s necessarily because his writing is better in the second one though. In ME1 he actually had a pretty interesting interaction with shepard. It was all about his transition from a law abiding good cop, to something a little muddier, and shepard helped determine where he fell.

    I think what made Garrus so much more memorable in ME2 actually had more to do with him being one of the few familiar faces that remained friendly with you. That’s what I think created his current popularity, and the world weariness doesn’t hurt.

    I’ve been on the fence about getting into Dwarf Fortress, have a friend that’s been trying to get me into it for ages.

     
  • Wrds 3:15 am on February 19, 2012 Permalink  

    @tolkoto I’d argue that while ME2 was an overall more entertaining experience, ME1 was a more successful narrative, at least to me. I think like ME2 was supposed to be driving home this sense of urgency and futility and I don’t feel that it delivered either, especially the futility part. I enjoyed the shadow broker, and Arrival DLCs more than I did all of ME2, narrative wise anyways.

    ME1 had a compelling story, and the universe was fresh and interesting. The player was given a sense of wonder and intrigue. You felt epic, and unraveling the mystery behind the reapers and the Protheans was great. Not to mention Saren was an incredibly interesting antagonist. Sorry for speaking in generalities but it’s been so long since I’ve played either game.

    All that considered, ME1 aged horribly, it’s worst flaws making it more of a pain to play than anything else really. While ME2 is still really approachable.

    Also nice to meet you guys, I’m Wrds. Quite a unique method of discussion you all have.

     
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