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#1 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

This is super crazy. Condolences to his family and friends.

I never met him personally, but from listening to him on podcasts from the Gamespot days, Arrow Pointing Down, through the Bombcast, to his Twitter, there's never been a doubt that he was a good human being, and the kind of guy that would be awesome to hang out and chop it up with.

I'm grateful for the literally thousands of hours of entertainment, great discussions, and laughs he brought to my life. The Bombcast has been one of the few constants in my life, and I am genuinely sadden.

I know I'm not alone.

#2 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

EA + Anything to do with servers run by them, always has me worried. I guess I'll keep waiting to cop this one and play my copy of SimCity 2000 from GoG.

The thought also occurred to me, removing the Cheetah game speed option, could tangentially turn into a new Micro Transaction option for EA to toss in future games people pay full price for. I certainly would not put it past them considering their track record on all fronts.

#3 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

@MrXBob said:

I love the fact that everyone here seems to be hating on Microsoft as if they're the only people to do this. Sony do it. Nintendo would do it if they allowed as many patches as other systems do.

Fact of the matter is, they cannot let patches fly out for all games whenever the developers decide to do one, for many reasons - the main one being that if something fucks up, it makes the console manufacturer look bad. Patches need testing and certifying, and that costs money to pay people to do.

The Fez patch was tested for what it was made to do - the problem is, nobody seemed to check what happened to older saves, and that is why the corruption error slipped through.

Please, enough of the circle-jerk.

@MrXBob: Thank you for breaking up the near constant stream of ignorance and stupidity in this comment thread. It's as if the CBS Interactive acquisition brought with it a bunch of Two and a Half Men fans, and the lower level Gamespot comment trolls.

People who enjoy games really wouldn't want to live in a world where there were no consequences (to devs and publishers especially) for putting out patches on premium platforms. It definitely hurts the earnest little guys, and that indicates there should be some sort of shift in policy, but to condemn the entire practice is idiotic.

#4 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

@satansmagichat: @satansmagichat said:

I didn't even realize they only disabled the game until the purchase was confirmed, which could take UP TO 72 hours. I feel like every game site on the web has been intentionally reporting this in a misleading way.

I personally experienced, not sure how wide spread it was (there was a long thread about it, but that's besides the point), there was something buggy which caused the "cap" to be imposed passed 72 hours. I had to sign my account up to the SMS security service and reset my password.

This was the first Blizzard game I've played in a long, long time, and two things which really made Blizzard look bad to me was: 1) In the installation process I never noticed anything about the 72 hour rule, it could have been in the Licensing Agreement or I may have missed it. Not making that message prominent enough definitely illicit-ed a freak out from me when I beat the skeleton key and was told I was using the free trial version. 2) There support/help files had absolutely nothing about the issue, and it took about a solid hour of searching, reading through forum posts to find what ended up being the solution.

It's very shocking that a company with Blizzard's reputation and resources would allow such a customer experience crushing bug to get past, especially related to an already controversially "feature". A more progressive and intelligent approach would have been to limit access to the Auction House in that verification period, I mean that makes the most sense since this was what this "protocol" was attempting to protect, why (potentially) ruin and stifle a new player's first impression like this?

#5 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

@PulledaBrad said:

"Strive to be your best selves, to share our magic with the next generation"

Ive never seen a more insular and closed off community in video games than that of the fighting variety. Hopeful words but never gonna happen.

Let me guess you've made this brilliant inference based on message boards, comment boards, online, and stream chat? Your comment sounds like you've never gone to a local weekly/ranbat. When he says "community", he means the people that actually make an effort to play in person at weeklies/ranbats/etc and tournaments.

If I judged the Giantbomb "community" solely based on article comments, I'd peg about a third of them as being complete idiots who would rather write something negative, then admit they really don't know shit about the topic of discussion.

#6 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

When I browsed (using FireFox 3.6.24) to the homepage just a few minutes ago and was not logged in, I got the following source code dump, instead of an ad (which usually appears when I'm signed out):

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It could've been a freak occurrence with the adcode JS, but I figured I'd post it in case it is indeed something on the Whiskey end.

#7 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

I'm a huge AC fan, I even really enjoyed the first game despite its flaws/issues, but even Revelations coming out, making it 3 years in a row with an AC game, I feel pre-emptively burnt out. The fact that it's 3 Ezio games probably compounded that feeling.

I decided not to pre-order revelations because of this, I'll wait until I have room in my gaming queue to play it (which probably won't be until the summer). For next year's AC game, it's going to have to be a Desmond game or another interesting character that's not Ezio, for me to have any interest, and I'll still have to be sold on the game.

#8 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

I'm definitely in the same boat, I despise fantasy. But the Elder Scrolls series, since Morrowind, has been the only thing in the fantasy genre I actually enjoy (although Game of Thrones has become a member of this club the past year).

I think the appeal for me is how immersive the worlds have been, and how the fantasy-ass fantasy elements in Bethesda games are not super in your face all the time (much like Game of Thrones).

#9 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

@MarcusCoxus said:

I think this is a terrible idea.

What EA should do is start a closed beta and slowly widen it over a period of time. Then once the servers are stable they should open it up, giving people a trial and then at full launch asking them to pay for the full game.

They have a closed beta (I believe it's been running for 10-12 months), and pre-order customers get a code that puts them in a queue for pre-release play (not entirely clear if this means when you get in, your in until launch or if it's a limited time for server load testing). This detail, including the info about amount of copies being limited was all stated in their Comicon panel, which is when I pre-ordered last month.

What you propose may work for another new MMO, but this is Star Wars and BioWare, there are no shortage of people willing to put down $$, relatively sight unseen to pre-order SWTOR. EA is in the business of making money, and they won't be giving out something for free, when they can leverage/profit off of it.

#10 Posted by SubTact (53 posts) -

@BigStupidFace said:

Oh and the comment about it not being a "sport" because an 8 year old can do it, is probably the dumbest thing I've seen on this site. A game that lets anyone of any age play competitively is probably more of a sport than any other.

Actually there's a pretty strong movement in the fighting game community to reject the e-sport label. In fact there was an interesting article on SRK 2 weeks back or so, about this topic:

Just because something is not a sport, does not mean it doesn't take hard work, skill, and the poise to perform under pressure. Regardless your point stands, as it's obvious those you're responding to would probably find another way to belittle and insult if the sport argument wasn't on the table.

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