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#1 Edited by BlackLantern (10 posts) -




Who's up past 4:00am? What time zone are you in? Why am I posting here?

[Mod edit: Locking because there's nothing worthwhile to discuss here, most especially a day after this thread's posting. -PsEG]

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#2 Posted by BlackLantern (10 posts) -

That's good news, I reckon.

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#3 Posted by BlackLantern (10 posts) -

Here's my current wishlist of games:

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonored
  • Prison Architect
  • The War Z
  • Arma II: CO (for DayZ)
  • Project Zomboid
  • I'm currently playing:

    • Mechwarrior Online (closed beta).
    • War In A Box: Paper Tanks
    • Zombieville (a fb social game)
    • A rather embarrassing social game I choose not to reveal.

    There needs to be a "Manville" game. A social game for guys. I'm sure there already is one, and I'm not playing it, obviously. I'm about to start playing the Sims 2: Double Deluxe. I got it for free from an EA coupon code. I decided on it because it had to be a game $20 or less, and that didn't get me a copy of The Sims 3. I've always wanted to try the Sims, so I figure a free copy is a good place to start.

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    #4 Edited by BlackLantern (10 posts) -

    There has been a pretty high response to my thread here, thanks for the input. I'd like to reply a little bit, and clarify some things. I won't keep approximately 155 people waiting for a reply. The reason it took me so long was that I had lots of college class, gf quality time, and other websites to tend to today.

    I'll admit parts of my post had angry/rude tone, however you wanna label it. I can be a dick sometimes. If I was perfectly polite, however, I don't think I would have received near the response I did. There's also that whole "the internet brings out the worst of us" thing. So, sorry for offending. To most of you. ;)

    To answer the question of whether or not I was trolling, the answer is: no. I was being genuine. As predicted, a lot of fanboys got angry. However, a lot of fanmen gave valid, mature responses, which I appreciate. The general consensus is that what I was looking for (Gameplay footage and "what's interesting about this game/why you should play it", in a short amount of time) is not what the quick looks generally offer; Instead, they're about getting a large quantity of gameplay footage delivered with character and quirky humor, which, I can appreciate. I was annoyed that it took them a few minutes actually getting into the game (which is not their fault, the game loaded slowly), instead of cutting the recording straight to gameplay footage.

    Getting asked to become a premium member: When I registered, the system literally asked me in two separate prompts to become a premium member. The third is from the top of the page, where it says "become a premium member" on every page you visit on the site. I don't feel I'm overreacting on this matter, but I will say that yes, other sites can be much more pushy and immoral about it. I just finished hearing a talk session from a game industry professional at GDC Online about gamification a few days ago. One of the points of his talk was that if you're going to ask somebody to fill out a profile, sign up for a membership, etc., you should clearly point out why they should do so. What are the benefits? Sure, you could go click on a link and do some research, but if you really want customers to sign up for something, you need to spell out exactly the features & benefits in an easy to digest fashion (i.e., on the page I see in front of me).

    HD being for premium members only: When I tried to click on HD while watching a quick look, it stopped me and said "HD is for premium members only." Then later, on a different quick look just now, it allowed me to view 720p HD with no hassle. So it looks like 1080p is for premium members, but 720p is public. Not a big deal, just kind of rubs me the wrong way when YouTube gives 1080p for free.

    I got a lot of "YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN LEAVE!" Type of responses. And to that, I say, grow up. That's an invalid argument, like saying, "It is what it is." It is a non-answer, generic/blanket response I could have told myself. Thank you.

    In a weird way, I guess I was asking for someone to prove me wrong... Because after hearing good things, I was disappointed with my experience, but was still wondering if I'm missing something. Some people respond better to a challenge than a request for help, as you've seen here on this thread. You guys are a very passionate bunch, which is pretty cool.

    I read all of my inbox messages, and several forum replies. Upon seeing how many there are on here, I don't have time or the desire to read them all. If I was getting paid to, I absolutely would read each one. Lol. I guess you could argue that, if I don't have time to read all the responses, why in the hell did I bother with a lengthy reply here? One reason is that I'm a slow reader. Another would be I don't need the negative energy. Thirdly, I'd like to go play a game now. Fourth, I feel I've got a good sampling of responses already. Hell, maybe I just enjoy writing. And finally, I am lazy.

    In closing, if you were wondering if I've changed my mind, the answer is: Mostly. I will give the quick looks another chance, but perhaps only when I'm really interested in a game, or need help in a buying decision. I did not know that there's a game database, by the way. That's awesome. I will check it out too. Reviews are something I would prefer to watch on here, most likely.

    Thanks everyone.

    Black Lantern

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    #5 Edited by BlackLantern (10 posts) -

    I'm new to Giant Bomb. Here's my first impression of the videos and website (I know the fanboys are going to flip shit, but I'm sure the site creators appreciate honesty):

    These videos are entirely too long. How is 35 minutes anywhere near a quick look? We could decide in 20 minutes of playing a demo if I like the game or not. I found my brain screaming for you guys to get to the point, and show me some actual gameplay footage.

    Furthermore, upon signing up for a username, I've already been asked three times to upgrade my membership to premium, without giving any reason as to why I should do so. There was even a frowney face emoticon to guilt me into it. $15 credit? To What? An online store you offer, I assume, but what is offered? Games? Then, upon returning to the video, I learn that only premium members have access to HD, which YouTube offers free of charge. So far, this site has all the charm of a Free-To-Play social game, like Farmville. I'm sure I have the entire point of the website wrong, but this was my experience... And I really don't see what all the hype is about. I understand the creators left Gamespot or some other big review website, due (at least, in part) to paid advertisers getting favorable reviews, which is great. I applaud your integrity on that matter. Yet, somehow, your new, "better" website is headed down another slimey business model path.