I'm definitely getting tired of big empty sandboxes. :\
Tangent, but I was actually pretty disappointed by Dishonored. I had some lovely thematic detailing and it had some really interesting levels ... but the core of the game never quite clicked for me, the moral choices were obnoxious and the plotting didn't work for me at all. I liked the pacing of combat and I liked the inventiveness of some of the abilities, and I loved the atmosphere of the thing. But a lot of it felt pretty mediocre to me. Absurd ending aside, I feel like DX:HR did a better job doing Dishonored's stealth-em-up shtick. It still had issues, but I had more of a connection to the involved characters and (ending aside) the plotting felt better. It shared Dishonored's issue wherein combat is slightly more interesting, slightly less tedious, and significantly more difficult and less mechanically rewarding than sneaking around.
I'd be fine if you could actually buy cosmetic items.
Right now you can't. You can gamble your money and probably get stuff you don't want. That's bad no matter what the game's payment model. It's especially bad in a full price title.
Not quite true. There's an in-game currency that you get which can be used to buy things you want.
I don't mind micro-transactions for micro-content. What I mind is gambling and grind. Even if there was no way to buy it I wouldn't like the current unlock system very much. Add money into the picture and it gets a bit gross. At least let me buy currency I can spend on anything (not a fan of in-game currency, but it's still better)! Preferably, I could specifically buy cosmetic items I specifically like if we're going to have a micro-transaction economy.
But this loot box purchasing thing is a bit crap. I didn't pay full price to gamble and I didn't pay full price to grind arbitrary content gates that are designed to encourage me to gamble. I paid full price to *play.*
Changing one's appearance does not magically switch one's feeling of self. I can turn you into a Newt, but that doesn't make you feel more comfortable as a Newt than as a person.
All that spell means is that there are magical alternatives to surgery for anyone who feels they should change their physical appearance, but we didn't need you linking us to a wiki page to know that. It's DnD. There's magic. I think everyone vaguely familiar with the setting had that one figured out already.
I'm also not sure why you're implying that anyone was ascribing bravery to the character in question. If anything, the creators are going on about how in the Fogotten Realms, it isn't as big a deal as it is here.
The conclusion I'm left with is that you're looking for a reason to attack the character, so you invented a between-the-lines narrative about supporting the character's bravery in the face of hardship and then decided that just because magic *exists*, it would be impossible for such a character to make sense the narrative you made up. Therefore, you finish, the world must be made aware that the idea of this character being brave is daft!
Sounds about right.
The illogical leaps, stretches, and bizarre internal narratives and external monologues I've seen people go through to justify prejudice never ceases to amaze me.
I mean, my current status of 'almost entirely disenfranchised with my own species, so I know how Freud must have felt' is almost exclusively down to this sort of thing.
The average person will do almost anything, within their power, to ensure the status quo of the world they know and that their position and status within it isn't ever somehow lowered. This is the driving motivation behind what seems to be the majority of human thinking. If things stay the same, the perks and benefits of things staying the same will, thus, also stay the same. As an example: If taxes are raised due to ethical concerns about the living conditions of disabled people, the average person on the street will go to lengths worthy of an epic bard to conjure up some sort of new reality where disabled people don't really, actually exist.
I know, I've been there. I'm disabled. It sucks.
And that's the average person for you. One of the FEW perks of being who I am is that I'm neurodiverse, and thus I don't fall into the sort of pit traps where I believe that robbing another person of something will actually benefit me in any reasonable way. I've demonstrated this thinking in the past, that I think that everyone is entitled to happiness and the basics of living, and I'll continue to do so.
Every person is, in my opinion, entitled to food, shelter, happiness, freedom from prejudice, and intellectual stimulation of the form they desire. We don't live in that world, of course, but I really, really want to.
But I'm about as rare as a unicorn. Your self awareness seems to put you in that camp, too. For which I am both proud of you and sorry for what you've probably endured to earn it.
High pings all the way!
And all for the low low price of $100! No thanks lots of cheaper and better games around / coming soon
I think you have to pay very little attention to think that harassment in online games is equitable. Sure, everyone gets harassed. But that's hardly an excuse--that's pretty shit to begin with and we need to do something about it.
But I think it's pretty clear from my time as a gamer that, whether or not it happens to everyone on SOME level, that harassment is not equitable.
Or have you already forgotten "fake geek girls"?
Sorry if I totally misread your comment (it's 1 AM) but I never implied that harassment in gaming is justifiable, I was just joking. But I don't think most harassment in gaming is targeted towards women.
So Arenanet is offering refunds to people who specifically bought the base game in anticipation of the expansion, leaving only people who bought the base game in order to play the base game.
I'm lost. I mean ... what did gamers think they were paying for? Permanent VIP treatment by the company? Should games never be sold at a discount because it's "unfair" to early adopters? Someone else getting a discount isn't the same as you getting ripped off, surely!
So what if its a better bargain for new players? That means more buy-in which means better, longer support for the product which helps continuing players quite substantially. Surely that is a good thing?
the problem here isn't people wanting permanent VIP, it's the fact that they are bundling the game with the expansion, giving no real upgrade path to existing players.
no other firm has done this, meaning the original games price is included in the expansion, so there is no option to just buy the expansion as what it is.