Zaxex's forum posts

#1 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

I watch speedruns all the time. New personal bests, and world records are great to watch - especially live, but I don't understand their prevalence in news stories. The speedrunning scene seems a bit niche for individual runs to show up on general games sites. A new world record is likely pretty indistinguishable from one set a year ago to a casual observer, with some exceptions.

I suppose everyone who watches speedruns has to be introduced somewhere, and it's cool for people like Cosmo to get some more recognition.

#2 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

@huey2k2 said:

@zeyepawdz said:

VIDEO GAMES.

DOTA really shouldn't count, but what do I know?

I don't see how you can say DOTA2 shouldn't count.

It's his favourite game of the year. You can not like it, that's totally fine, but to suggest it doesn't count is wrong.

I think it's more that Dota 2 has been played since 2011. If we're leaving GOTY stuff that wide open - I played the original Bioshock again this year, and that would top my list again. Actual release date is pretty irrelevant if people have been playing for years already.

People can do what they like, but it seems redundant to name older games that you've played this year too in these lists.

#3 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

Wow. I love Papers, Please - I played multiple versions before it got Greenlit, and through a half dozen times since, and I couldn't put it near the top of my list.

Great list Patrick, I'm glad to hear how games have helped you beyond just being means to escapism. Bring on 2014, less tragedy, more quality games.

#4 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

8 sentences, 1 picture, and 3 tweets. Good article.

Anyways, are purchases still locked to the system they were bought on or with NNID on 3DS is that now being moved to the account level?

Yep, still locked to the system. The account-level purchasing hasn't been implemented yet.

#5 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

Local multiplayer is coming later, as free DLC. I don't know why they didn't have it ready at launch, or why they launched without it in - but that's what they said. Also, as soon as they possibly can - who knows when that'll be, hopefully pretty soon.

#6 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

I don't have any horse in the Sony/Microsoft race. I hope for both to do well enough to drive competition and innovation. That said, I don't understand Microsoft's insistence on pushing voice controls. I don't want to talk to an inanimate device unless we're on Star Trek levels of voice technology. And even then, it would still be a little weird.

Maybe I'm just a grumpy old dinosaur.

It's undoubtedly a gimmick, but a few of its uses are actually useful. "Xbox on" is pretty great, and in several cases it's easier and quicker to say "Xbox go to ___" than to do it with the controller.

Some games use it well too, in Dead Rising 3, you can change whatever ridiculous clothing you're wearing back to the default by saying "change clothes" - which is a weird phrase in itself; nonetheless, it's instant and you can do whatever else with the controller as you speak - which is arguably better than going through menus to do so.

There are times it's beneficial to seem insane and talk to technology - I'd say it has potential at least.

#7 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

Microsoft got so much shit for needing an internet connection once (after they changed their policies for the Xbox One). I doubt anyone will complain about this much, which honestly is alright - it hardly matters to most people, despite the inevitable problems people will have day 1. Some consistency would be nice though.

#8 Edited by Zaxex (578 posts) -

@branthog said:

Cut out the non-exclusives. Cut out the sports. Cut out the casual/kids... and there's nothing really left.

When you take out all the game, there are no games left :(.

#9 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

Not enough Ubisoft games.

Better than their usual fare.

#10 Posted by Zaxex (578 posts) -

I'll join the chorus of not really understanding the technical aspects of this story. It seems a little disappointing; on the face of it, "8GB GDDR5" sounds pretty massive. While I don't think it's anything to worry about; people saying "Oh well - games will be fine with 5.5GBs", just seem to be defending the PS4. Not that it needs defending, but I wouldn't say its heavy OS is a boon to users necessarily. Extra horsepower is almost always welcome, it could be pushing games up to 60FPS, higher resolutions, higher resolution textures, increased polygon counts, more physics calculations etc. (I realize these have a lot to do with video/graphics cards - but I don't know the specific distinctions.)

There are plenty of games that won't need 5.5GBs of GDDR5 RAM, absolutely - but the higher the performance ceiling the better; especially things we take for granted, like draw distance and streaming vs loading.