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Nothing about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds makes sense, so says Simon MillerNothing about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds makes sense, so says Simon Miller
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No such thing as bad press. Fact is, it generates reaction - positive or negative is irrelevant to the click count that pays the bills.

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Why didn't Tyranny sell? Paradox on Obsidian's RPG "everyone was hoping would do better"Why didn't Tyranny sell? Paradox on Obsidian's RPG "everyone was hoping would do better"
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It's not that I don't want to get Tyranny. It's that it came out at a bad time for me. I don't have the spare cash, the spare time, and the empty backlog to justify adding to my Steam library. Especially not at full price.

Maybe during the Summer sale, but realistically I've got the Pillars of Eternity expansions lined up ahead of Tyranny.

Someday.
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Steam Trading Cards will now only be offered with "legitimate games"Steam Trading Cards will now only be offered with "legitimate games"
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I don't see a need to remove trading cards. Those who enjoy having a bit of digital bling should be able to get some. However I can understand why Steam would be establishing a minimum quality bar.

I'll admit that I've picked up garbage games for pennies specifically because they offered trading cards which I could then trade for Steam credit at a substantial profit. When a garbage game sells for $0.10 and the average trading card gets you $0.05 and you get 5 cards for the product, it'll pay for itself 2.5 times over with a bit of patience.
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System Shock 3 will have things that “no-one’s ever seen or done before” says Warren SpectorSystem Shock 3 will have things that “no-one’s ever seen or done before” says Warren Spector
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Five characters survived the first two games to come back in the third?

Were there actually more than 5 characters in the first two games? Seriously though - there's The Hacker (Player), SHODAN, XERXES, Diego, and.... Citadel Station?
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BioWare Montreal is now a support studio as Mass Effect is put on hold, say sourcesBioWare Montreal is now a support studio as Mass Effect is put on hold, say sources
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Don't blame the team for bad leadership from the top...


Odds are they were managed by people who leveraged their experience in traditional media (TV / Radio / Film) into leadership roles in video game development because media is media is media (it really is not).


There's no way anyone who plays games and who did actual production work on Andromeda was happy about forcing the product out when they did.


And 'talent' tends to be measured by products shipped, not the quality of those products. A person who shipped 5 pieces of poop in a year is technically 5 times more talented than a person who releases 1 piece of awesome in the same time frame according to the metric most executives follow.

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They missed the whole spirit of ME and delivered something Ubisoft like.

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CS:GO player banned for cheating returns to sport, new teammates promptly quit in protestCS:GO player banned for cheating returns to sport, new teammates promptly quit in protest
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So... why didn't you type "four" instead of hitting 4?

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He's too pathetically lazy. Unless of course he's looking for something to complain about, then he's kickin' full of energy.

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Dota 2 tournament hosts issue apology for ending broadcast with weird girl montageDota 2 tournament hosts issue apology for ending broadcast with weird girl montage
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rofl... online gaming has been an absolute nasty, competitive cesspool since I was plaing Warcraft 2 on Kali in 1996. Nothing has changed. These whiny women make me laugh, when you're competing against hardcore nerds then insults will fly, it's always been that way.
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What of this has to do with actual competition or hardcore nerds spewing insults?


This is a situation where a so-called professional media broadcaster ended the coverage of an event they were paid to handle with an arguably tasteless montage. There's little to nothing about it that has anything to do with the nasty attitudes you deal with while playing the actual game.


Though the misguided attitude YOU present may be indicative of one of the bigger issues plaguing the growth of gaming within mainstream media.

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“There are bugs you’ll just leave” - programmer Brett Douville on debugging Skyrim“There are bugs you’ll just leave” - programmer Brett Douville on debugging Skyrim
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Having actually worked as QA on minor / budget games. I can only imagine the exponential growth of potential bugs and issues in a AAA open world game.


So... YES. YES they would ABSOLUTELY still have that same attitude otherwise they'd only be getting ready to maybe release Oblivion. Soon.


It's incredibly naive and misguided to assume that a developer can address and squish all the bugs AND maintain a reasonable release date. There's always going to be a lot of stuff that is clearly a bug, or not quite right.


Ultimately, it's a matter of priorities. Game breaking bugs that prohibit the Player from completing a quest will always be top priority. And when you reach crunch time you can bet everything you own there are absolutely no developers who give any craps about any sort of minor visual bug that isn't breaking the game while they're trying to get it out the door. And getting their bills paid. And maybe finally getting an actual day off.

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Yep. Anyone who thinks otherwise clearly has never been involved in a software project of any sort. Definitely not one of the size and complexity of a bethesda open world game.

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What happened when a ten-year TF2 veteran tried to play OverwatchWhat happened when a ten-year TF2 veteran tried to play Overwatch
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That Rivet Gun from the first character sounds a lot like a combination of a few Pyro pieces. The arc sounds quite similar to the Flare Gun and
the shotgun version sounds like it might function like a visual version of the secondary / air blast on most of the flamethrowers.

And I've played almost as much Pyro as the author has apparently played TF2. Which reminds me, it might be time to revisit the ol' Dustbowl.
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Dota 2 players must soon register a unique phone number to their accounts to play RankedDota 2 players must soon register a unique phone number to their accounts to play Ranked
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I'm still concerned about the whole "intentional feeding" angle - especially since a lot of people scream about reporting players who are just not that good or having bad luck especially with the Battle Pass.

Daily Challenge heroes can often create a situation with a hero that's ineffective against the other team or quite a bit more challenging to use than a player's typical choice. If I end up with an "0-12-no one cares about assists but you" match it's not because I'm feeding it's because I sucked with my daily challenge and don't have the time to play a bunch of practice bot matches before trying to get the reward.

Didn't stop people from reporting me and I doubt these changes will affect the behaviour of the community punishing people who don't live up to their expectations.Reply
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Honestly, why are you playing ranked if you want to do some stupid battle point thing? It should be disabled in ranked games tbh, if you want to do some stupid side shit go do it in unranked. If you can't do it in unranked then that makes it even stupider.


Are you really that selfish to ruin everyone elses game and waste their time cause you want to do some stupid battle pass thing? Instead of having a decent game where you aren't feeding? They added too much stupid shit to the game, that people aren't even trying to play the actual game anymore.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
5 Months ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
6 Months ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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7 Months ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
7 Months ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
9 Months ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
9 Months ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
1 Year ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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