Korolev's forum posts

#1 Edited by Korolev (1700 posts) -

Is a white one really going to make a difference? With every console I've ever owned, I stopped caring about how it looked after about a week. It's a machine that plays video games, I couldn't care less what colour it was and you shouldn't either. Will it being white make you play games betterr? No. If you want to return it and get the money back sure, but your wife might feel hurt. She probably thought you'd really like it and was willing to spend that much to make you happy. I get crappy gifts for Christmas and Birthdays all the time - stuff I don't want, but stuff that's also super expensive. My mother got a ludicrously overpriced leather briefcase for me once - I had no need for it, it cost almost 600 dollars and it was too heavy and bulky for me to take to the hospital every day. I still kept it, because she thought I'd like it and I didn't want her to feel bad (although I later tactfully and gently suggested that in the future she should actually consult with me as to what I needed rather than just assume I had a need for big, overpriced leather briefcases).

Keep your PS4. There are other games you might play on it. A white one is not gonna play your games any better and I guarantee you that in a week or two you won't even notice the colour, because the colour simply doesn't matter. It's not like you're gonna take your PS4 out in public and hold it aloft for all to see. My PS4 could be bright freaking hot pink for all I care, but I'd gladly take it if it was free.

#2 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

They're old and they are cynical, which is wise since we've seen a lot of "great" stuff at E3 in past years that, well, didn't turn out so great. Given how long they've been in this business, I'm surprised they don't just give up on games altogether. I'm younger than them, by quite a bit, but even I am just getting.... tired of video games. I'm not playing them as much as I used to and I'm caring about them less and less as the years march on. This is across all platforms and all genres. I'm just.... getting tired. And I wouldn't be surprised if they were as well.

Jeff's been this way since.... what, 2012? There's been a noticeable decline in his enthusiasm for most games. That's not to say that he hates games, but it takes a LOT more to get him interested these days.

#3 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

City Management Sim. Brisbane is a very nice place to live, but it lacks an "identity" and cultural importance. It's simply just a big, modern city that is well run. So it's ideal for a management type game in which you are tasked as the mayor of turning Brisbane into a world-class tourism city.

#4 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

We..... can't do anything. NATO can do something. Ukraine can do something. The US president, the Chinese premier, the EU heads of state - they can all do something.... but we can't.

Anyway, there's really not much the world can do if Russia REALLY wants Ukraine. Ukraine is not part of NATO. Make no mistake, the US will go to war if NATO territory is invaded - it HAS to. If Russia invaded, for example, Poland, then we're at WWIII right there. But Ukraine is not part of NATO, never has been part of NATO and the treaties between the US and Ukraine leave a lot of wiggle room for the US and NATO forces to avoid a conflict, and make no mistake, the US is not prepared to go to war over Ukraine and Russia knows that. The US is willing to push harder sanctions, but they are not going to fight Russia for Ukraine. As sad as a Russia take-over would be, WWIII would be about 1,000,000,000,000,000 times worse and everyone knows it. I'm sorry, but I'm not risking a potential Fallout-situation over Ukraine. If Russia invades the rest of Ukraine, my hope is that we do NOT send military units to Ukraine. Sorry - I'm not willing to see the world blown apart for one country that we are not even strongly obligated to defend. It's harsh, but I gotta go on living, and I don't want to be eating rad-roach meat in the burned out ruins of civilization.

#5 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

Best of luck to ye, ya crazy bastards! Conquer New York!

Still... I hope you still appear on the Bombcast Vinne. Really, I do.

#6 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

The problem with Kinect is that it's just too far ahead of its time. The concept is great and what they have managed to achieve with it is impressive... it just isn't a good way of controlling games. It's too early for it to be used for that. Kinect, honestly, needs about another 5 or even 10 years for it to do what we were promised it could do.

#7 Edited by Korolev (1700 posts) -

It just needs an exclusive game I'm interested in. I have a great PC and a PS4 (which was a gift). I wouldn't have got the PS4 either, right now, but a gift is a gift and I intended to get one eventually. The honest truth of the matter is that neither platform had any game I was terribly interested in right now that I couldn't get for the PC, and if I can get it for the PC I'm gonna get it for the PC.

I am glad that I have a PS4, since I am interested in the games that are coming to it - games like the next Uncharted game, for example. I don't know yet of any Xbox One exclusives that I am interested in - I'm not a fan of the Halo franchise, I don't like Forza either.... if they announced a new Gears game, I'd probably pick up an Xbox One.

A price cut would help, sure, but it's the lack of interesting exclusives that prevent me from buying it. If I got one... I couldn't think of anything I'd actually like to play on it, right now.

#8 Edited by Korolev (1700 posts) -

Well, from what I know of the game, it seems to have been in development for a long time and delayed, which I don't take to be a good sign. Also, I'm not really interested in Wolfenstein - I am 26 and I've never played a wolfenstein game before, ever. Many people my age are in the same boat. Thirdly, the trailers they've put out have mostly been showcasing their alternate history thing, which is goofy (in a good way) and interesting but tells me nothing about the actual game play. Fourthly, MachineGames, the developer, has no other games under its belt. Yes, it has former Starbreeze employees, but that doesn't mean they work well as a team, or that the leadership is good enough to make a good game. So really, there's nothing to recommend this game to me. I'm not terribly interested in gunning down Nazis either.

I'm keeping an open mind - I'll wait for reviews, and if the reviews are good and I have enough spare time, I might pick it up. But as for why I'm not excited - I'm just not. I don't know how well the game is going to turn out. I'm not especially interested in the setting or the enemies. I've seen only snippets of gameplay, and I have no other game by the developer to judge as to the developer's competency. So you ask why I'm not interested, but in my mind the question is "Why should I be?"

#9 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

The quicklook for Rouge Warrior. Still brings a chuckle whenever I see it again.

#10 Edited by Korolev (1700 posts) -

Oh yeah, that math stuff disappears quickly. I took Math C in High School, the advanced maths course in Australia - Calculus, Vectors, Geometric Sequences - I was pretty good at it. Now, 10 years after High School, I can remember none of it. All I have left is basic algebra, because that's all I need in my current studies. Knowledge disappears so damn fast if you don't use it. I can barely remember much of my first degree.

It's always scary going back to school, especially when you think you're done with it. But you are doing the right thing - knowledge is always good for you. You are broadening your career options and yourself as a person. Honestly, I wish you the best of luck. I've been studying as soon as I got out of Highschool - and I'm still studying 10 years later. I had two failed careers that didn't go anywhere - I failed as a biotechnologist and I couldn't find a job as a molecular biologist. Now, I'm doing medicine, and luckily I have a contract with my Federal Government that guarantees me a job as a doctor after I leave (although I have to work where they want me to work for a minimum of 4 years). I can tell you, it was very disheartening to have to resume studying once I finished my Masters degree. I always had a dream of being a scientist (still do!), and I find that science is overwhelmingly my passion, but I couldn't get a job and I had to go back to study for 4 more bloody years. I have 1 and a half years to go, and I can't wait to be done with it (although being a doctor here in Australia means you'll be taking tests to measure your skills for the rest of your working career).

It can seem daunting. Going back to learn can make you feel like a failure - I mean, we got the idea that we were supposed to be "done" with this by now. I'm going to be nearly 30 after I graduate (for the third bloody time). Even though people say I'm doing the right thing by studying medicine, I can't help but look back at my life, the 10 years I've spent studying and looking for work and think "what the hell was I doing?". But I try to put that behind me - because I'm on a path now, with a goal in sight.

Best of luck to you - don't be afraid of the time it will take, don't be afraid of going slow - there's a chinese proverb I like: "Don't be afraid of moving slowly, be afraid only of standing still". And you, my friend, are not standing still.