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#1  Edited By mrhankey

Lets be honest...we're talking about an industry that makes VIDEO GAMES!!!! Not scientific research papers. Who cares. More power to them. I hope they abbreviate everything and start using all of the following: pwned! L33T! Noob! LOL! ROFLMFAO! ROFLMAO! WTF! and other such abbreviated items.

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@MajorToms said:

Here is EA statement: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6322428/ea-explains-steam-store-absences?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B1

Last month, Electronic Arts' first-person shooter Crysis 2 disappeared from Valve's online storefront Steam, sparking speculation that the publisher was pulling its titles from rival marketplaces to make them exclusive to its own such offering, Origin. Today, EA's head of global e-commerce David DeMartini released a statement about the flap, explaining exactly why some of the publisher's titles are no longer available on Steam.

DeMartini stressed that EA will allow its titles to appear on any downloadable storefront, but there is a catch. The executive said, "we take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content and other services to our players," and so insist on being allowed to "establish an ongoing relationship" with customers and contact them to inform them of new patches and available content.

"Unfortunately, if we’re not allowed to manage this experience directly and establish a relationship with you, it disrupts our ability to provide the support you expect and deserve," DeMartini said. "At present, there is only one download service that will not allow this relationship. This is not our choice, and unfortunately it is their customer base that is most impacted by this decision. We are working diligently to find a mutually agreeable solution."

As of press time, Valve had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

EA has gone on the record saying they want their games on Steam, but Valve pulled Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 from Steam due to certain issues at hand that both companies have to work through.

The problem I have with EA's statements however is that they want to "take direct responsibility for providing patches, updates, additional content and other services to our players," and so insist on being allowed to "establish an ongoing relationship" with customers and contact them to inform them of new patches and available content.

They have been communicating and providing patches to us through Steam for years. They won't patch through Steam, or sell DLC through Steam. EA just wants us to get in bed with them with this Origin bullshit.

I think Valve are trying to avoid another GFWL incident. Valve wants to sell EA's games, but they also want to sell their DLC too. They don't want to force their customers off site for continued support and DLC. It reminds me of Fallout 3 on Steam, which required Games for Windows Live for some odd reason. Fallout 3 DLC was initially only available on Games for Windows Live and not Steam and that probably bothered me just as much as Valve.

This sounds like the exact same problem. Before you know it EA would have released all their games with an Origin launcher. Basically, games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 would require that you run Origin in order to play the game even if you bought the game on Steam (like GfWL on Fallout 3). And they would probably sell their DLC exclusively through Origin.

I registered with EA once before, for an NHL game, and shit that didn't pan out well. All they did was acquire my email so I could get spam mail from them. I'm not giving them anymore money than I have to. By that I mean these god damn partner programs. I love Bioware, I just wish they would ditch this EA and release their games on their own terms. I'm starting to get really bothered with all this streamlining game production. Mass Effect 2 wasn't nearly as good as it could have been, and Dragon Age 2 was just god awful.

YES! Also, I'm glad to see someone agrees that  Dragon Age 2 sucked.
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#3  Edited By mrhankey

Im sure others have said it, but Valve to me always comes off as the much wiser old man we all hope to become someday, bequeathing knowledge to our grand-kids and what not. They don't throw people under the bus, they acknowledge their are issues between the two companies, but that they see it as a chance in which to demonstrate why their system can push more units of EA's games than any other system.

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I agree. But in other news, who honestly cares about EPIC when it comes to PC Gaming anymore? As far as I'm concerned they have two types of games: classical shooters (Unreal series) and classical shooters with cover (GoW), and the former, which seem to exist on the pc more so, are no longer as entertaining because they use old style gameplay to make up for bad story telling.

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You do realize that there is like 6 years or so between HL1 and HL2 right?
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Alice: Madness Returns
Alien Swarm
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty Black Ops
Counter-Strike: Source
Day of Defeat: Source
Guild Wars
Lead & Gold
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
Portal 2
Red Orchestra
Team Fortress 2
Total War: Shogun 2
Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
Warhammer 40K Dawn of War II: Retribution

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@Altersparck said:
California is insolvent and instead of fixing the state's financial woes -which will benefit businesses and citizens alike- Leland Yee and glory-seeking politicians like himself opt to attack the games industry. An industry, I must say, which finds itself entrenched within the state of California, an industry which has earned record profits (and paid the accompanying taxes) even in the midst of a now three-year-long global recession.  So tell me, Mr. Yee, what sense is there in attacking and unlawfully regulating what could possibly be the richest source of tax dollars that California has? Stop wasting your constituents' tax money on these unconstitutional pet projects, Mr. Yee, and work on bringing California back to financial solvency instead of scheming for more ways to drive away billions of dollars of potential state revenue.  If Leland Yee and other California legislators do not stop seeking to muzzle the First Amendment rights of games developers and publishers, then it will not be long until we see an exodus out of California, to states with a more progressive attitude towards the newest entertainment medium.  Where would California be if those tremendously profitable videogame companies relocate to Washington State, Texas, Utah, New York, Rhode Island, and Georgia? What good would your pandering be then, Mr. Yee?
Ummm. This!!!!
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#8  Edited By mrhankey

I liked this article. And actually agree with Scalia, though there are other cases where I absolutely oppose his decision. More articles like this please!

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#9  Edited By mrhankey

what you just listed as a graphics card is an integrated graphics chip on the motherboard. If we're talking about a desktop pc, i'm guessing one built over the past five years, you won't need much. However if this is a laptop we're talking about then---I have no advice. Anyways, to run those games: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500187

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@Otzlowe said:
@phrosnite: Your price comparisons are kind of misguided. Books don't take as much money to make, so they have less money to make back to be successful. Movies take lots of money, but almost universally have more consumers than video games, especially when you consider that those consumers might see it in theaters more than once and buy it on DVD for about $20. (Also, where in the world do you live that movie tickets are that cheap?)
 
Portal 2 is a great game. Its storytelling is brisk and solid. There is so very little fat to that game and everything that is there is absolutely wonderful. You cannot judge quality by the investment of time. Often, the best things are the ones that know when to stop.  (Also, PC / Console has pretty much nothing to do with this).
 
I just want to agree with you, especially your last statement. Even with music I find my favorite songs and even concerts aren't the ones that last forever (My Morning Jacket, I'm looking at you for that way-too-long set at Bonnaroo), but the ones that are paced just right and now when to end.