Lurkero's forum posts

#1 Edited by Lurkero (380 posts) -

I think stopping a good number of amateurs would be better than the hassle that legitimate customers have to deal with. I think the only time DRM is effective is when there is an online component to a game. Single player DRM typically results in annoyance. This article provides a good example of someone who couldn't tell it was the pirated copy delivering that message. If the stolen versions of a game had a defect that was built in well enough (Serious Sam 3) it could dupe thieves for a while.

#2 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

I don't get why developers don't just program anti-piracy measures into games like Batman Arkham Asylum or Game Dev Story. Seems like it would be preferred to DRM and might actually get some funny stories and publicity out of it. That and the thieves won't be able to finish the game.

#3 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

I think it is news that Microsoft hasn't made substantial progress on something they said would happen. It means that Xbox One won't be as friendly to indies and hobbyists as they'd hoped. If something is not even close to being ready then I don't want to hear about it.

#4 Edited by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Yes, people want something new and also want new IP. I don't think it is wrong to want both. There are some ideas that are done so well that creators can get multiple projects out of the same franchise because there is a lot to explore. Some creators have proven that they have the ability to bring something new to each entry in a series.

It's not wrong to ask Nintendo to create new Mario games and develop new franchises at the same time. It is often beneficial for creators to be able to use the name of established works to explore new ideas. Mario Galaxy could have been swapped out with a new character, but it wasn't necessary because the foundation was there in the name of Mario.

It is also important to recognize that franchises are revitalized when new generations of consumers are available. Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and Godzilla (all movies this Spring/Summer) are good examples of this. When I was growing up I had the Ninja Turtles movies and the movie Godzilla (1999). Now, over 15 years later, a new generation can experience new versions of those franchises and if I am interested I can enjoy them too.

To call the stories "the same" is misleading because there are often changes that adjust the stories to modern day. See any long running comic book franchise for examples of that.

#5 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Anyone who paid attention to the plot of Far Cry 3 should very much be concerned about the imagery of the Far Cry 4 cover. I won't jump to conclusions until I actually witness the plot, but the previous Far Cry games do not provide confidence that the fourth one will be much better. I think the protagonist is a native of the region this time so that at least provides some positive belief against the "helpless natives" needing to be saved by the "European White male" just passing through.

#6 Edited by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Kinect is good technology, but I just don't need it.

Buttons work fine and Kinect doesn't offer enough improvement for me to want to do more than occasional voice commands (if even that).

#7 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Kinect is good, but I prefer buttons.

MS Gold is sounding like a more attractive deal now though. Ironically I disliked Gold more because of what MS kept locked behind it. I would prefer tiered pricing but this is probably the best that we will get for now.

#8 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Guess this means Neversoft wasn't secretly working on a new creative project. Disappointing.

#9 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Look at Patrick earning his journalism badge rather than the usual "press and publicity" badges many gaming websites have.

This is a great story. It says a lot about the industry and how difficult it is for developers to make money in an industry that is aggressively headed toward bottom of the barrel pricing. Clones make the industry improve while at the same time harming it.

#10 Posted by Lurkero (380 posts) -

Holding members of the video game press responsible for not doing sufficient reporting on 2048 implies that they are likely to do any research or significant reporting. It's sad that some of the articles don't mention Threes, but I imagine that there were deadlines and clicks to be met so they wrote an article about something new and popular as quickly as they could.