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  • Shenmue 3 breaks Kickstarter funding record

  • VibratingDonkey 17/07/2015

    Shenmue 3 won't be complete without 1+2. Make it happen Sega. :) Reply +7
  • Meet the man cleaning up after the Godus disaster

  • VibratingDonkey 17/07/2015

    I agree that it would be great if people didn't have to be moderated for making insulting jokes about someone's appearance.

    Hopefully you'll eventually learn that it is generally a shitty thing to do. :)
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  • VibratingDonkey 17/07/2015

    Well. Good luck to them. Reply 0
  • There's a new Shenmue 3 trailer starring Ryo and Shenhua

  • VibratingDonkey 17/07/2015

    @Gigaflop Sure.
    Sorry to reply to all that with one word, but I don't really feel like there's anything to argue here. :D

    You prefer one thing and I prefer another. And that's ok.

    Kojima once entertained the thought of a game that'd somehow self-destruct if you died. Not a particularly commercially viable idea. But the general notion of permadeath being used to drive players and get them more involved is cool. Until Dawn will basically be doing that. It's like perfect for what that game is aiming to be. Yay experimental ideas that end up making for interesting game design!
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  • VibratingDonkey 16/07/2015

    If you want to understand why people like Shenmue, there's a bunch of videos on Youtube. I think these two about sum it up.

    Especially 15 years ago, but still to this day, games with the type of focus, direction, detail and pacing of Shenmue are extremely rare.

    In the midst of game design that pushes players from one icon to another for no apparent reason other than this arbitrary motivation that it'll make a meter go up so you can unlock a new ability that you previously couldn't do because this meter didn't have enough numbers in it. There's no grounded reason or logic to it. It's progress and world design primarily driven by this metagame.

    Shenmue was the anti-thesis to that type of design. It strives to provide a natural sense of place and purpose for everything. This is an NPC you walk by.

    If you didn't know where to go next, you didn't follow a marker, you would ask people, remember directions and descriptions, read signs.

    It featured traditional game design concepts, but like for instance, the way you added moves to Ryo's repertoire; you met a master who was willing to teach you a move, you listened to their instructions and based on them tried to figure out what sequence of directions and buttons you needed to press to pull the move off.

    And the story. You can definitely argue things about the writing and particularly the delivery of it...and hopefully that's something that will be improved for 3. But the journey that Ryo takes, the places he goes, the characters he meets and the overarching themes of revenge and friendship, it's charming and epic on a more personal scale.

    I hope that once again Shenmue will manage to inspire other game developers, and that this time, they take something different from it.
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  • VibratingDonkey 15/07/2015

    Rough, early work using placeholders for a game that hasn't yet begun development. In-game trailers typically don't exist at this stage. And people are used to "trailer" meaning highly polished showcase of a near finished game, or vertical slice CG target footage.

    Anyway, you can tell what tone and mood they're going for with this scene.

    The kickstarter has passed $5 million by the way. :D
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  • Prototype's HD Biohazard Bundle is a big disappointment

  • VibratingDonkey 17/07/2015

    So basically they sent a corpse to die.

    I get that given how Activision reckons these would sell shit, they didn't put much effort into it. But it's like...why do it at all really? If they were planning on testing the waters for a potential revival of the series or spur interest, then this certainly isn't the way to do it.

    Speculative fabrication:
    Someone in Activision reckoned Prototype could be ace if they gave it another shot. Higher up suit was like: "We'll do a thing and see how it performs." But secretly thought it was a shit idea and just wanted to shut it down, but the pro-Prototyper was friends with Santa and the suit didn't want to burn that bridge by outright stonewalling them.
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  • Sega adds Shia LeBeouf meme to Sonic marketing

  • VibratingDonkey 15/07/2015

    Shenmue 1+2 HD Collection.
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  • Don't call the new Hitman an early access game

  • VibratingDonkey 09/07/2015

    You're left waiting the same amount of time you'd have to wait anyway (end of 2016). They're not holding back content for funsies, they need to actually make it first.

    I don't understand how this serves to kill trade-ins?
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  • VibratingDonkey 09/07/2015
    They haven't really treated customers in any way yet though.

    If you think you're getting anything for free I think you have the wrong idea. The December release will be a chunk of the game which they'll add to throughout 2016, to complete it. What the value proposition will look like remains to be seen.

    The December release needs to be substantial and by the time it's out, they also need to detail a complete roadmap for the planned updates throughout 2016.
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  • VibratingDonkey 09/07/2015

    They should just say:
    "It's like this but $60 and not on early access."
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  • Dirt Rally to get RX Supercars and tracks

  • VibratingDonkey 09/07/2015

    I mean, "for free", we paid for this stuff when we bought the game. If they up and charged us for the content updates they promised I'd request a refund.

    Anyway, cool that they're keeping up with their release schedule. Rallycross is a worthy addition as it adds the only competitive racing that makes sense to have in a rally game. Or folkrace, which is basically the same thing, just worse/better.
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  • Ayrton Senna joins the cast of Angry Birds Go!

  • VibratingDonkey 08/07/2015


    Reading the comments this seems significantly much more ok than it can look at first glance. Should probably update the article with those bits of info.
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  • There's a new FlatOut game in development

  • VibratingDonkey 08/07/2015

    I have just about no expectations whatsoever for this. Flatout only ever worked because of the people who made it. It was distinctly Bugbear's the same way Max Payne was Remedy's. And while Rockstar had the talent and money to pull off something that was still at least partially good, I am somewhat less confident in this scenario. Flatout 3 doesn't exactly help.

    Neither does this.

    Anyone who is a fan of Flatout should probably opt to be part of the Wreckfest process instead.

    Best of luck to the Flatout brand custodians though. Hopefully it'll be decent.
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  • Brothers pledge $20K towards Shenmue 3 to spotlight underprivileged Chinese school

  • VibratingDonkey 07/07/2015

    He posted some updates in the Shenmue Dojo thread.

    Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    We have received an unimaginable amount of press over this. Most good, some bad. There are some places that seem to think we took food from the mouths of the kids and gave the money instead to the game.

    We were made aware of this place a few minutes ago. My brother decided to respond to these people.. This is just one of several places giving us bad press.

    All the outside money we receive goes to the kids. All advertising costs come from my brother and I. We have spent plenty of money in advertising over the years but none has ever got us the exposure we have received now. All the advertising we did in the past only got to western parts of China, now we have been getting attention not just in ALL of China, but globally. The best part is the money we spent didn't go to some large marketing corporation but to Shenmue and dinner with Y'S. It was the smartest decision we ever made.

    We have been getting ton's of gaming sites in China trying to interview us. We have been on the news in Guilin (5M people). Even posted our story on Twitter a few minutes ago.

    I'm having a hard time with the criticism, frankly. I have only had the intention of helping the school. I wish people would look at this and think about giving of their time and energy to helping others but some people only live to hate and criticize. If people are thinking we are spending our money unwisely, let's hear what they are doing to help the world and what better ways they are spending their money on charity...
    I wish I would have avoided listing my requests. They were no more than day dreams. It really doesn't matter if Yu does anything for us or not. I don't want him to feel we are forcing this on him. We wanted to get people interested in the school and get more people involved in being teachers. Donations aren't even that important at the moment. We have local organizations that donate some and the attention we have been getting will encourage them to donate more.

    Some people have accused us of doing this for fame yet no one even knows our real names. My brother has posted in a few places on Facebook so some people know him now but I have remained anonymous. I like it that way. :D
    And his brother's comment on the N4G post.
    I need to clear things up. I'm surprised to read the comments but I can see that the article doesn't explain this. We receive donations and that money always goes directly to rent, books, cafeteria, housekeeping, etc. Some will go to advertsing costs but a majority of advertising comes right out our pocket and it's always about $30,000 a year. Because Shenmue was our inspiration we decided to pledge our own money (not donated money), to Shenmue III. The recognition we received in the last few weeks is more than $30,000 got us last year. In the world of branding It was honestly a no brainer. What's better click-ads online or a dinner with Yu Suzuki?
    So it sounds like it's already proven to be a good decision, regardless of where Ys Net lands on their requests. Which by the way also receives some positive exposure from this. Win-win for everyone.
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  • VibratingDonkey 07/07/2015

    They're not making threats or demands, they're making requests. If they wanted to ensure their requests would be granted they could've contacted Ys Net privately to work something out. They're pledging $20k, which is twice the max tier, so arguably they could deserve some additional "reward".

    But they apparently prioritized the exposure of going the public route, which surely creates some pressure on Ys Net, but it's more of the benevolent kind, you know? "Help these guys out?" No "or else!"

    Whether Ys Net will grant anything is up to them and everyone ought to understand there are no guarantees when you approach it this way. Ys Net is not obliged to grant them anything.

    Don't you ever get tired of being cynical? The general you who reside in the comments and forums of gaming communities.

    This is a game that fans have wanted to see for over a decade, and I believe most of us expected it was never going to happen. Then it's miraculously announced at E3.
    "Sony abusing Kickstarter and fleecing fans!"

    And then these guys are looking for exposure and support for their school.
    "Unscrupulous attempt to force Ys Net to comply with demands or face public outrage. Also they're pedophiles."

    Like...why? Why do you look at a cool positive thing and what you see is this terrible negative thing? I know the world is often a negative place, but seeing negativity where there really doesn't seem to be any just makes it more negative. I've reached that threshold at least where cynicism just makes me exhausted and I'd rather not if I can help it. Skepticism is alright, but assuming the worst will just bum you out.
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  • What makes Shenmue 2's open world so special?

  • VibratingDonkey 05/07/2015

    I don't remember 2 as clearly as 1. Think it's mostly a matter of Shenmue having more of an impact because so much of it was new to me, but also that with Hong Kong you lost that sense of being in your hometown, the familiarity and feeling like you know this place. While that was certainly an intentional part of Shenmue 2's design, I'm glad Yu Suzuki is planning for Shenmue 3 to basically return to the smaller but deeper feel of the first game.

    I really hope Sega decides it's a good idea to do Shenmue HD Collection, because I kind of want to play through those games again.
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  • Bungie hired Tobias from Arrested Development to write jokes for Destiny's script

  • VibratingDonkey 03/07/2015

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  • VibratingDonkey 03/07/2015

    @alevan @dogmanstaruk

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  • Reddit drama prompts gaming boards to shut themselves down

  • VibratingDonkey 03/07/2015

    So basically they removed a person in a key position without telling any of the people she worked with or communicating the plan in place for offsetting her workload, or if they even had one?

    Reading that "the story thus far" post, it sounds like mods had been unhappy with the lacking communication from admins for a long while, this was bound to happen eventually and this acted as the camelbreaker.

    If this is why NeoGAF is down they better get to fixing this shit.

    Also, why sites been switching to this recently?
    Giant Bomb yesterday I believe, for their videos, Eurogamer today for the comments. Stop doing that. I get confused as to why things are no longer working until I check NoScript several seconds later.
    Reply +3
  • Dying Light dev takes the piss out of Destiny's Red Bull promo

  • VibratingDonkey 26/06/2015

    I don't know about the DLC this game has received, have not been paying attention to that. They eventually reneged on the shoddy thing I mentioned, before the game was released I think, so some may simply not be aware of it.

    But that being a thing they thought was ok to do makes it look a wee bit fishy when they try to score points by making fun of another company for deploying some ill-perceived, significantly less shoddy, promotion.
    Reply -4
  • VibratingDonkey 25/06/2015

    Dying Light's marketing people tried to rip out a MP mode and use it as a pre-order "bonus". They should maybe stop talking.
    Reply -3
  • DICE: why Star Wars Battlefront AT-ATs are on-rails

  • VibratingDonkey 26/06/2015

    Eurogamer: One thing our readers care a lot about is getting the full value of any triple-A game they purchase. Will there be any kind of micro-transactions or in-game purchase system?
    PR: Again, we're not talking about any DLC. Just what we're showing at E3.

    Eurogamer: Micro-transactions aren't really DLC... They'll be in the game from day one, if they are in there.
    PR: We're not talking about that today.
    Assumptions, Eurogamer. Grid Autosport and Garden Warfare introduced microtransactions some time after the game was released. As did BF4 I believe.

    Anyway, let's just expect the worst, not pre-order or buy day one, and then hopefully it's not shit.
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  • VibratingDonkey 26/06/2015

    Eurogamer: Hopefully they don't die. I'll be upset if they die.
    Ingvarsdottir: [Laughs] We won't make you upset.
    Well, you failed.

    Hopefully there will at least be some Jar Jar Binks easter egg where you smash him in half with a hammer and then set him on fire.
    Reply +5
  • Warner suspends Batman: Arkham Knight PC sales

  • VibratingDonkey 25/06/2015

    I'm talking about the video I posted and how it's seemingly purposely altered to present performance and effects that are not possible in the consumer build. It runs at a solid 60fps, which is not possible, there's no stuttering and it features the rain texture that simply does not exist in the PC version.

    At 0:24 you hear thugs sounding all chipmunky, indicating shenanigans. I.e. Nvidia might have run the game at a locked 30fps, but at half speed, and then sped it up to make it look like a solid 60, but neglected to also edit the audio.

    It would be interesting to hear a Nvidia spokesperson explain this.
    Reply +1
  • VibratingDonkey 25/06/2015

    These are not Nvidia graphics card-specific issues, the spokesperson added, but PC-specific issues.
    That misleading, misrepresentative, seemingly purposely altered, Gameworks commercial Nvidia put out certainly is Nvidia specific. Please ask this spokesperson some follow up questions about that.

    Reply -4
  • Phantom Dust turns to vapourware

  • VibratingDonkey 22/06/2015

    Jason Schreier wrote a thing about the development and eventual demise of Darkside's Phantom Dust.
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  • Yu Suzuki wants $10 million to make a truly open world Shenmue 3

  • VibratingDonkey 22/06/2015

    Once again look past the fact its for Shenmue 3 and look at the business practice being employed.
    You can argue pre-order culture this and risk aversion that but I just don't think it's relevant in this context. And I'll only ignore that context when it's not present. For instance when Sony starts using Kickstarter as a greenlighting process for their games. You're getting way ahead of yourself with that stuff.
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  • VibratingDonkey 22/06/2015

    Shenmue 1 had a lot of detail in its relatively small locations. I was hoping they would go down that route.
    Yeah it was more personable, quaint, familiar and all this. It was your home town. I'd like to think that's a significant part of what makes its locations more memorable than Shenmue 2's, and not just that the first game had a bigger impact, or made you backtrack a lot.

    When I think back, from Shenmue 2 I remember the rooftop, the temple, and bits of the forest at the end. From Shenmue I remember most of the layout of Yamanose, Sakuragaoka and Dobuita. I still know where that old lady's house is. The travel agency is on the corner of that intersection on the left.

    The story goes where it needs to, and it seems for the third game it makes sense to bring it back to that sort of "smaller but deeper" feel. Based on what I've read, that is what they're planning on doing. I basically expect Shenmue's style of locations in rural China/the end of Shenmue 2 with some moderately sized villages.

    It'll be weird though because there probably won't be any loading transitions. In the previous games they used those to well, load a new area, but also to basically skip past the traveling between the areas they wanted to focus on. It sort of made the world feel like it was larger than the areas you could go to.
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  • VibratingDonkey 22/06/2015

    There was some rabbling and confusion about not knowing about investors, Sony gauging interest etc. Hypothetically, if Sony used Kickstarter to gauge interest and ends up throwing $50 million at it, then...that'd be great. People who think that would be a problem are just weird. What would be the problem with a $50 million Shenmue 3? You asshats. 14 years, nothing. If you think this game would've happened without fans splurging on this kickstarter, just like, fuck off, or something. Save your complaining and worrying for when Activision throws up some Call of Duty DLC.

    I would just like to know enough about the total budget to get an idea of what kind of Shenmue 3 to expect. And Yu Suzuki has said he expects the majority of the budget to come from this kickstarter and has given these loose, arbitrary goals of $5 and $10 million, which is enough for me at least.

    I reckon the kickstarter will end up around $6 million. $10 million does not seem plausible, but with additional funding, maybe? They'll certainly be in a decent position to convince investors.
    Reply +1
  • Ne'er Dwell: a few hours with Fallout Shelter

  • VibratingDonkey 15/06/2015

    I was excited about this for a while, and equally upset about the Android situation (apparently it's coming "some time later") but it's sounding like it's merely worth trying, not necessarily worthwhile. I will try it out though...some time later. Reply 0
  • Fallout 4's 100 Pip-Boy Edition includes an actual Pip-Boy

  • VibratingDonkey 15/06/2015

    So dumb. So so dumb. It's a big, bad-looking plastic phone holder that attaches to your wrist and displays the UI of a game. It is the dumbest thing I've seen. Dumber than that one time Phil Harrison or whoever used the PSP as a rear view mirror in a racing game. Dumb. Reply -2
  • Afro Samurai 2 gets a debut trailer

  • VibratingDonkey 13/06/2015

    How to the what now? Reply 0
  • Zeno Clash dev announces The Deadly Tower of Monsters

  • VibratingDonkey 13/06/2015

    That's just like, your opinion man.

    Oh it's a thing from the thing.
    Reply +2
  • Katamari Damacy creator's next game is about pooping, exploding, and friendship

  • VibratingDonkey 11/06/2015

    Yes. Reply +4
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons rated for PS4, Xbox One

  • VibratingDonkey 10/06/2015

    What was that Fares character up to again?
    Right. A new studio called Hazelight consisting of him and a bunch of ex-Starbreeze folk who worked on Brothers partnered up with EA. Probably still too early for anything substantial to show up at E3, maybe another conceptual target prototype teaser or some such.

    Brothers already looked pretty enough on 360 and especially PC, and it's not a game designed to be played through multiple times. A commentary track is interesting, but that's not the kind of thing you pay another 15 or whatever for. So I suppose they're targeting those who haven't already played the game with this. Those people are doing it wrong and absolutely should strive to rectify this mistake.
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  • Uwe Boll quits crowdfunding with expletive-laden tirade after third project fails

  • VibratingDonkey 09/06/2015

    well, given that you've apparently watched most of his back catalogue, apparently there's money to be made in dross? :)

    i bet significantly more people have watched bloodrayne than fitzcarraldo. that's the world we live in. the time I didn't feel morally obliged to pay to watch his movies. That was wrong of me. The right thing to do is to not pay and not watch. It's a win-win situation. I win by not supporting his cruddy movies, and I win again by not wasting my time watching them.
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  • VibratingDonkey 08/06/2015

    I don't get it. I know that he knows that the video game audience thinks he's a worthless hack, and for good reason. Did he really expect this to work? Why?

    Good as time as any to rank Boll movies.

    1. Postal
    It's almost as if Boll tried a little with this one, had a little passion. Granted beyond it looking alright, and that one job interview scene genuinely working, it's an overall dull, vacuous drag with unfunny, lazy jokes that on a recent rewatch I felt compelled to skip through before giving up entirely. In that sense I suppose it's accurate to the source material. Still, the lows overall being higher than standard Boll, and there being a high, makes it the best Boll movie I've ever seen.
    2. Alone in the Dark
    Tara Reid was unintentionally a decent comedic sidekick. Stephen Dorff was in it. At one point they dump bullets into the dark to some heavy metal buttrock. Sex scene out of nowhere. Probably not actually a good "so bad it's funny" movie, but it's better at being that than any other Boll movie I've seen.
    3. Far Cry
    The comedic sidekick was an annoying turd that should've been written out. Udo Kier (guess Boll liked Blade) was in it. That's about all I remember. Probably in the upper tier of Boll game movies in terms of overall quality, although that's not really a meaningful distinction.
    4. In The Name of the King
    Was actually disappointed in this one as this trailer made it look fantastic. The dialog is so dumb and the performances outstanding. Burt Reynolds is either really drunk or really tired, Mathew Lillard does good, and Ray Liotta is amazing. But then Boll had to take the material he had and make a movie out of it. And he sucked it all out, as he does. Only dopey Burt Reynolds remains in the final cut. Maybe there's bits of that trailer that remains here and there, but it's inbetween mountains of this hideously boring garbage.
    5. BloodRayne
    Somehow even more stuffed with boring garbage mountains. It's all there is. An arduous task to get through this movie. I didn't. Was Meat Loaf in this? And Ben Kingsley? How the hell could this movie be so boring? Fuck you, Uwe Boll, for squandering this opportunity.

    Oh, I also watched Tunnel Rats at some point, but I've literally forgotten everything about it.

    The four supposedly decent movies he's put out.
    Three of them are about some dude with guns rampaging. Guess that's a niche that works for him.
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  • We need to talk about emulation

  • VibratingDonkey 31/05/2015

    This Netflix for retro games sounds like a good idea. Until publishers start caring and make such a thing exist, instead of actively opposing game preservation as they are currently, I'll use whatever options are available to me and support those who put the work in to make it so. Reply +2
  • Need for Speed reboot requires online connection

  • VibratingDonkey 30/05/2015

    But to benefit aren't eyes.

    New meme to run into the ground. So at least there's that.
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  • VibratingDonkey 29/05/2015

    Forza 6, Wreckfest, Dirt Rally will hopefully be done around the same time. And hopefully, most of all, My Summer Car. It's amazing.
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  • VibratingDonkey 29/05/2015

    That PR person's getting a talking to. If they hadn't spilled the beans EA might've been able to drown the beans in the E3 soup. Now instead of just talking about how awesome their game is, they'll have to defend this dumb, shitty design choice.

    So far they're off to a dumb, shitty start with their official PR line.
    the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends.
    So you're telling me the benefit, the reason why people should accept the very blatant downsides to a game being always online, is you're able to play with friends online?
    Like TDU did a decade ago? (Whilst having an offline mode.)
    Like Forza Horizon 2 did a year ago? (Whilst having an offline mode.)

    Might have to retire that one guys. Didn't work for The Crew and it does not get better with age. Pretending like this sort of seamless online experience is not possible if a game has AI to stand in for other players, is blatantly daft and untrue.

    The fact that they expect us to believe that line, is insulting and genuinely pisses me off. People lying to me in order to convince me to buy their game is just sleazy and gross as fuck. I don't believe marketing people want to lie, but they will if they have to. And apparently in this case, the real reason why they went this direction, is so bad they felt compelled to make up some bullshit instead. That's what I'm getting out of this, and it's quite offputting.

    Always online is not necessarily a death blow to a game. But it guarantees I'm not buying the game for at least the first month, and in this case probably not until the price has been lowered to reflect the negative impact always online has on the value. At any time, for any amount of time, the game could cease to function. And the servers will inevitably get shut down forever. In general I think I'd just rather not deal with that at all. Not in games where the justification for it is so poor. At this point it looks like they're making the game worse for us purely to benefit themselves, while saying they're doing it to benefit us. And that's just shit.

    And doing this after SimCity and BF4 is just a laugh. Do they have no respect for us at all? They reckon we're stupid sheep with memories of goldfish who'll just keep pre-ordering their busted games?

    But before just completely forgetting that this game exists, I'll see what they have to say at E3.
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  • Feist brings ferocious physics-based combat to Steam this July

  • VibratingDonkey 20/05/2015

    Cool. Physics and AI are two of my favorite things. Reply +2
  • Guitar Hero Live reveals 24 song setlist

  • VibratingDonkey 19/05/2015

    How can they do Chop Suey and not the far superior Crocodile Chop? Come on.
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt review

  • VibratingDonkey 19/05/2015

    The first time I heard Geralt speak in this I thought he had a cold. Reply +1
  • VibratingDonkey 18/05/2015

    My 780 went and shat itself the other day. It's under warranty, 780's don't seem to be stocked any longer, and a 970 would be the most equivalent replacement. So unless they find some dank ass OEM hardware in the corner of a warehouse somewhere, I'm getting a small GPU upgrade, Arkham Knight and this game for free. Sometimes life's ok. Reply +4
  • Rich Stanton on: The Koj delusion

  • VibratingDonkey 16/05/2015

    I would have a lot more time for this 'debate' if a lot of writers would stop pretending that Kojima/the MG franchise only panders to pervy males.

    Raiden was specifically written in to appeal to female gamers. The character was created after Kojima got a letter from a female fan who said she didn't like playing as old men. Even his tight fitting clothes were done purely to appeal to the Fujioshi crowd.

    Given by the number of Raiden yaoi doujins, they were pretty successful.

    It's not like the Raiden fanservice is even subtle. It's hard to take a lot of writers seriously when they ignore such obvious counterpoints. They don't care about having a balanced view, they just care about pushing their bias' on the audience.
    Rich Stanton
    One of the subjects Kojima is interested in is sex, and the way it's handled in Metal Gear games runs the gamut. There are fratboy jokes, like making Snake masturbate over a girly locker picture in MGS2, next to moments of sheer perversion like the underwear viewer of Peace Walker. Though Kojima also sexualises men, with butts in particular receiving loving care and the option to go on gay dates offered, overwhelmingly the gaze across the series is on women. And it's not something he's unaware of.
    It's not something anyone ought to be unaware of.

    Remembered something I read on NeoGAF a while ago. Believe it was related to this.
    She was a mentor, a lover, and much like a mother to Snake... they had a very complicate connection.
    But I knew that I would have to emphasize the maternal aspect more than anything.
    So when designing The Boss, I imagined a mother with one breast out, feeding her child a kind of mother-son nuance.
    So even with her breast exposed she would enter battle.
    When I first designed her, in the area around her chest she had a tattoo of a snake.
    So, when firing a gun, her breast would shake, making the snake look like it was laughing.
    There would be this legend; that when you saw the laughing snake, your life would soon be over.
    Supposedly a quote by Kojima from Metal Gear Saga.

    Could you imagine? Sometimes this man thinks up things that are just fucking stupid. Luckily he realized this was way too stupid and inappropriate for what turned out to be a pretty cool and pivotal character.

    Like, the bosses in MGS3 were blatantly just a means to the end. Less characters, more obstacles meant to present the player with a hopefully interesting piece of game design. Particularly that frog guy is just plain ol shitty, fuck that guy. It's relatively ok, or you know, less bad, if "characters" like that are stupid, because there's not much to be ruined there, but The Boss is supposed to be an actual character, arguably the most important one in the game. You can't treat those like that. That would suck.

    So that's basically what makes me give both concern and benefit of doubt regarding Quiet. Clearly capable of writing decent characters, the worst thing that could happen is if Kojima finds some absurd justification in his mind for having one of her boobs hanging out, and fails to snap out of it before it's too late.

    Could you imagine. Almost sounds like "Kojima" when you're saying that phrase. Kujumae. Kojimagine. There should be a deodorant called Hid BO. Could you imagine? Anyway...
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  • Gears of War Xbox One remaster footage leaks

  • VibratingDonkey 14/05/2015

    Fair enough. I'm starting to feel like "I don't like thing".
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  • VibratingDonkey 14/05/2015

    I assume this will be 19.99+. And you're ok paying that for a carbon copy re-release of a decade old last-gen game in a common genre (If it was a rare type of game I'd see the value in that).

    I understand being a fan of something, but I do not understand that. Battlefield's my jam. If EA re-versioned BF2* I'd either reinstall the old version, play BF4 some more, or wait for Battlefront. I'd rather they make something new, or nothing at all. "Here's an old game again!" isn't terribly appealing to me. Need more than that or it's just pointless and boring.

    Like all them nostalgia-fueled kickstarters. Or Battlefield 1943, now that was a good "remake". A new bite-sized game aiming to capture the spirit of the original. If this ends up being the Gears version of that then I'd be cool with that.

    *EA did in fact make an "updated" F2P version of BF2. I tried it once. It felt like garbage. Don't know what they did to it, but it wasn't anything good.
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  • Indie dev left devastated after troll ruins its Kickstarter

  • VibratingDonkey 14/05/2015

    Why does everything have to be a 'troll'?

    This could have been someone having second thoughts, someone (with a lack of foresight) who genuinely wanted to do anything to get this approved, some kid who used their parents CC, someone who actually used a stolen card, someone who wanted to make the 7K payment but his bank blocked the transaction.

    Hanlon's razor is something lost on most journalists nowadays. It's a shame as it helps make the world a much less hate filled place.
    Kickstarter pulled the pledge before the kickstarter ended/transactions were initiated, because it was discovered to be fraudulent and banned the account. An innocent mistake seems implausible, stolen card seems likely.
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