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1481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 05:17:22 PM
Really though, it's NOT that important enough to care about. So big deal, NFL sports games *MIGHT* suck for a while. The gaming business goes in cycles, so wait until the next cycle when EA crumbles and buy the games then.

Until then I'm pretty sure everyone on this board has a backlog of games or anticipates games other than NFL sports titles.
1482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA actively seeking to corner the entire sports gaming marke on: December 16, 2004, 02:24:20 PM
Wouldn't it be simpler to just *NOT* buy crappy EA sports games?

I mean, who is being hurt here?

The unsuspecting consumer?
Caveat Emptor I say. If Joe Blow can't be bothered to do research and read reviews then he deserves to blow $50 on a bad football game.  If EA is the only game in town then send a message by NOT BUYING THE BAD GAME!

The hardcore gamer?
Is there a hardcore gamer who honestly cannot find another genre to play in his backlog? Maybe this will finally get us to dig into that stack of unplayed games.

The developer?
Anybody who was hoping to wow the world with football AI can take his AI skillz and use them to beef up FPS, RTS, or TBS AI. All types of games can benefit from an AI whiz kid, not just football.  Ditto for graphics programmers, music, etc.

Think about it. EA paid a pretty penny to get exclusive licensing. That money has to be made up in profit from selling games. If the games don't sell well, then the licensing becomes a liability. The key point is:


So think about that next time EA puts out a sports game. Spread the word. Tell your friends: IF THE GAME DOESN'T FIT, DROP IT AND QUIT.

It'll fix the situation better than a petition.
1483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - First Impressions on: December 08, 2004, 01:49:34 PM
I dunno about this game.
It's kinda sad that the #1 and #2 selling points about it are:

1. Graphics look good
2. Cinematics look good.

I guess I'll never ever read "Gameplay AI and interface are just as good as Total Annihilation. Perhaps even better!"
1484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valve/Steam is stupid on: December 07, 2004, 02:17:26 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I bet folks are right and they will eventually offer it.  It is just to easy not to.  It already exists as a download so all it would require is taking people's money and then enabling some permissions to download the files and play them.  
For Valve it requires practically no investment.  The work is already done for the most part.  They have the games, they have the delivery method, they have the payment process, etc.  It is pure profit.

Not if the "profit" has to be turned over to Vivendi due to previous contractual obligations. Please think about this. Vivendi bought Sierra. Sierra published HL. Therefore Vivendi may have claims to HL.

Vivendi and Valve are involved in lawsuits regarding royalties owned and the Steam distribution method.

Given that these are the facts, do you think they *MIGHT* be impacting what you see as a no-brainer business decision? (hint, the answer is yes).
1485  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Filthy Horde Invading Elven lands....(Pictures) on: December 06, 2004, 04:37:42 PM
Quote from: "none"
 gorkha, my level 15 orc hunter was out hunting with kukri, his raptor pet.  

I commend you on your inventive character and pet names. Gorkha I take it is from the Ghurka troops (from Nepal) and Kukri from their hunting knives. Also known as Ghurka knives.

Good show! smile

1486  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Are you interested in an official CG WoW Guild? on: November 23, 2004, 04:47:14 PM
"Official" vs. "Unofficial" its all just a name. Why not just point them to the "Unofficial" one since the logistics and framework for it already exist?
1487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [HL2] Is Gordon psychic? on: November 17, 2004, 07:51:30 PM

No one questions why HomeStarRunner ( doesn't have arms and hands and can mysteriously lift and carry stuff smile
1488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MoH: Pacifice Assault - directors editioni on: November 01, 2004, 07:56:25 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
Just watched the trailer for this and I couldn't help but think - I don't want this!  I don't want to hear about how it really was.  I want to play a game.  I want to believe that a solider can get shot 50 times - drink a canteen and be fine.  What next, real recovery time in the hospital?

I think its great that you don't want this. That means you're different from me, and that makes the world go round smile.

However, I may be detecting a hint of "why aren't all FPS games the way I like them?" To which I reply, that's because we're all different.

Someone may not like playing a cop, so therefore won't like SWAT 4.  Someone may not like an FPS where you have to hit "W,W,W,W" to get regen healing so therefore won't like UT2K4.

In closing, it's great that you don't like these features. Even better is the fact that games without these features already exist. However, please accept the fact that I (and other gamers) may like these features and thus would like to play a game with them enabled.
1489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 14, 2004, 08:09:34 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"

Of course the first thing we heard was "It will be out Sept. 30th 20031"  So from that standpoint it is an incredibly delayed game!  It has slipped past a "firm" release date by over a year.  

I dunno, but it seems they beat their release date by 18,027 years!  :shock:  Go Valve!  :wink:
1490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 news - does this actuall make people feel better? on: October 13, 2004, 02:26:57 PM
Many times in my career as engineer who happens to write code have I experienced show stoppers. Often right after I give "releaseable" code to a test user.

Often times the said test user finds a couple of show stoppers. Does this make me a bad programmer?  I like to think not, and I challenge other coders to provide anecdotal experience to the contrary.

Now, the code I have written involves a simple window with simple text commands and/or looking for input files. Imagine how much harder it would be to find bugs in an FPS which includes multiplayer, AI, and all the rest.

And what is the rant about anyway? Is it about the fact that they aren't releasing the code because there are 3 show-stoppers?  Or is this from some pre-conceived managerial notion that they've had enough time to catch all the bugs? I've had managers who thought that way only to be shown the error of their thinking.
1491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / People Tactics on: October 12, 2004, 10:56:43 PM
Seeing as how it supports up to 8 people, I think we can do group A vs. Group B.  And seeing as how the game is relatively new I see no reason to sort people other than randomly.

That said, I'll be in Group A.

1492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / People Tactics on: October 12, 2004, 07:38:11 PM
On a whim I downloaded the game. I'm impressed! The supply and command/control implementation adds to the "wargame" feel without being too complex.

And I guess I'm a sucker for auditory cues, cause I like the boots stomping when moving and the gunfire during the battle sequence. The text output during the battles can also be cut/pasted and used as a basis for some battle descriptions in an AAR.

Count me in. Someone send a turn soon. I'll learn as I go smile
1493  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Non-gamers don't get gamers. on: October 12, 2004, 05:37:20 PM
Once, while my wife and I were dating, I managed to get as far as getting her to play Diablo co-op with me. Unfortunately I only had one disk, so she had to play a spawned copy, which meant she and I were both fighters.

So first thing she does when we're in town is go up to the barmaid.

Guin :  Hey baby, can I have a drink?
Me    : Um, what are you doing?
Guin : Isn't this what you guys do? Look at her boobs!
Me    : Um, let's just go to the dungeon and fight some monsters
Guin  : Okay!

(sometime later, in the dungeon)

*Guin stands outside a door while monters are hitting her*

Me   : Honey, move away from the door so I can fight some.
Guin : Okay (still stands there)
Me   : Honey, you have to move away from the door. I can't fight them while you're blocking.
Guin : Oh, THAT'S ME! Sorry.

*Still later, while fighting*

Guin: Did you just hit me with an arrow?
Me   : Sorry, you stepped in front of the monster!
Guin : Did you just hit me again?
Me   : Sorry.
*Guin picks up all the loot*
Me  : Hey wait, what about me?
Guin : What about you?! You shot me!

And that was the closest I came to getting her to play with me smile.
1494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 09, 2004, 01:20:41 AM
Oh, so THIS is where everyone went!

Well, at least I don't have to be the 29th raydude signing in. I can just be raydude smile.
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