dr_mantas's forum posts

#2 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

@forkboy said:

@Bael said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

I'm disturbed by the fact that it seems like these ex-Whiskey Media guys are winning over people who have had more to do with Giant Bomb (ie, Johnny V and Brad Muir).

@Tuffgong said:

If Rorie wins, he'll just say something about it on Twitter and this whole contest would have been a waste. If Brad won, then you know he woukd take it and run with it, especially since he's going to E3. I think as Whiskey staff they never should have been on here, especially since the real reason people are voting for both Will and Rorie have nothing to do with Giant Bomb and everything to do with whiskey live shows.

Agreed. I think the purpose and voting criteria of the poll should have been a little more explicit and posted in every poll to make sure everyone sees them. Then again, I don't know if it would have made much of a difference.

You could set the criteria would you want, I'd still vote for Rorie. LOOK AT THE LITTLE PUPPY! LOOK AT IT DAMMIT

Hey guys, why don't you ALL make your own silly website popularity contest polls. With your own rules.

Call it the Shmolden Shmuders or maybe the Oscars. Or anything you want.

#3 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

Can someone explain one thing to me - are these companies really doing that badly financially or is it just greed? It's clearly not just EA. It's a horrible constant milking of every cent from your fan-base, even a loyal, dedicated fan-base that wants to support you. There has to be a goal above higher and higher profits... or maybe not.

It's probably naive to believe that satisfying your costumers is a more viable long term plan. Companies can go a long way on built up goodwill, but they don't seem to be trying to do any of that. I guess Valve is the only example of a company that at least seems to put consumers first. Maybe it really is a shareholder thing? Valve is a private company, and EA is publicly traded, I believe...

#4 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

If this stays at 50% it will both not help the OP, and also show the ambiguity of the Witcher 2.

I hope it will.

#5 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

@doobie said:

@dr_mantas said:

@alternate said:

You come across awful smug, if you don't mind me saying.

Sorry, English isn't my first language.

Also I LOVE GAMES. Don't think I'm dissing games, Diablo III, or people who play Diablo III.

I thought I wasn't that confrontational.

so what is your point exactly then.

potato

#6 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

@alternate said:

You come across awful smug, if you don't mind me saying.

Sorry, English isn't my first language.

Also I LOVE GAMES. Don't think I'm dissing games, Diablo III, or people who play Diablo III.

I thought I wasn't that confrontational.

#7 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

I feel some people misunderstood the point of my post. I'm not afraid of getting addicted to Diablo III.

I'm not gonna buy it because I'm against it on principle. You could say I'm boycotting, although I loath the word.

#8 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

@Syntax12345

This is asinine. They're not doing anything unethical here.

If you're too stupid to understand that you're predisposed to addiction (getting addicted to a videogame is fucking pathetic, by the way) then it's nobody's fault but your own if you get hooked and lose money because of it.

Stop blaming others for your own inadequacies or immaturity.

Yep! You know how I've managed to avoid being sucked into the AH?i haven't fucking used it. Shit, I've only looked at it once. It's not hard to avoid it. You just do.

It's true they aren't actively forcing you.

But I feel that gaming doesn't need to become more similar to gambling, with reward loops and sums of money getting involved. Of course gambling is legal in most of the free world, and you can say that no one forces you to do it, but there are people addicted to gambling. And I don't think that's OK.

It's all just a question of ethics to me, and my personal opinion.

#9 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

Never mind the online issues... It's a question of ethics and making money on the addictive properties of the game, when REAL money comes into question.

I feel this talk by Jonathan Blow influenced me a damn lot.

I mean to post this here for a while, but don't really have time to right a long argument right now.

#10 Posted by dr_mantas (1829 posts) -

Well, I think going after what the fans want is a much better idea than what Bioware has been attempting recently - that is going after this nebulous wider audience, who mostly don't really care what they want.

Fans are the core. I believe priorities should be in this order (in a perfect world): fans -> critical appraisal -> huge sales. Usually the first two help the third one, but not always.