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#1 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

Was wondering about this. Take your time releasing the public builds, dude. I'd rather play a large update than an incremental update. If Rust, Dayz, and Starbound are any indication, hype fades fast. Keep us wanting more.

#2 Edited by development (2108 posts) -

@excast: Yeah. I hate calling it "loyalty," because that seems to imply people following regardless of merit, but Giant Bomb certainly has... passion from its fans... much moreso than sites that seem to target more of a general audience.

@monkeyking1969 Wow. Fucking ridiculous.

#3 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

@hellbound: Agreed. Gough firing that arrow was so badass. It's a shame he had to die.

#4 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

@hellbound: Also, if you're planning on diving into Dark Souls II, just know that it plays a little differently. Most notably, everything is a little less snappy and parrying, blocking, and (especially) rolling don't work quite the same way. Those are probably some of the biggest hurdles to get over.

#5 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

@hellbound: Definitely. It's not perfectly balanced, and I think by late-game more than a few players were way over-powered.

#6 Edited by development (2108 posts) -

This is one of those reasons I'm bummed Jeff doesn't give the game a solid chance, like Patrick finally did (Patrick also spent an hour or so with it near launch and didn't care for it). Dark Souls is very much a "game." It is all about its mechanics. Sure, there's tons of story and lore hidden in the background, but at its core Dark Souls is a fucking video game; something I think Jeff (and other similarly-minded people) always complain about "wishing there were more of." It is entirely skill-based. You can nit-pick and say that some deaths are cheap, such as your first Mimic encounter, or a few wonky mechanics, but that is like 5% of the game, at best. The rest is all skill, and not just pattern-recognition; you also need to know, much like a fighting game, when to use what moves; you need to know when to dodge, when to block, when to poke, slash, or parry, etc.... or just when to run and come back later. Best of all? The amount of customizability and different ways to approach situations is damn near unprecedented, as far as I can tell.

#7 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

@development said:

I really hope Alex is still with GB. I feel like he would have said if he himself was let go, and Giant Bomb just got funding and new hires, so it wouldn't really make sense to cut Alex, but his Twitter has left me a little scared.

I obviously don't know, but I'm very willing to bet he's just super bummed (as he should be) over the layoffs at GameSpot.

Yeah, this is the most likely case. It's hard not to fear for the worst, though. I'm expecting the GB guys to say... something... any minute now.

#8 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

I really hope Alex is still with GB. I feel like he would have said if he himself was let go, and Giant Bomb just got funding and new hires, so it wouldn't really make sense to cut Alex, but his Twitter has left me a little scared.

#9 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

Well, the way things are going, maybe they can all band together and create a website much better than Gamespot... you know... like those other people did.

#10 Posted by development (2108 posts) -

@aegon: He is still a person with a life he needs to support. You can dislike a person's views and ideas and still show some compassion towards what they're going through.

They are probably mostly children that don't fully grasp the real world yet, or the reality of being laid off in a shrinking job field/specialist market. But yeah, still...

A lot of people like to say, "don't just assume these are all kids; these are full-grown adults saying these awful things," but I think that paints an even more incorrect picture. I think the reality is, like you said, these are mainly all middle-school to late high school-aged kids. Even if they're older, they're likely immature, angsty, and/or haven't experienced the real world. Saying "they deserved it" is a sentence with implications they aren't even capable of understanding yet. Sure, many people will be like that their whole lives, but most I think are children.