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A brief history of how Steam review bombing damages developersA brief history of how Steam review bombing damages developers
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I wish people read the system requirements.
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I would love to have a Fallout spinoff in China. Considering everything is the result of the 'fallout' between China and US, I am curious to know more about the lore and the world on the other side.
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China could definitely be an interesting location but they've proven to be rather sensitive about their depiction in western media in the past. It might be difficult to set a proper Fallout game in their territory.


India, on the other hand seems a lot more open to western styles and the northern region already has a long history of nuclear tension along the border with Pakistan. It's not that one location is better or less culturally rich than the other but logistically I think it would be a lot easier for a western studio to set a game in India rather than China.

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Why the time is right for a Fallout: Tactics sequelWhy the time is right for a Fallout: Tactics sequel
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Personally I loved Fallout Tactics. It's the one I played the most out of the original trilogy. As such I'm going to take exception to a few of the claims made above. That's not to say the article is wrong, but it lacks some of the nuance the title deserves (and actually provided).

There are two major elements that are not mentioned here and really need to be considered.

1 - The game actually allowed the player to flip between turn based and real time combat on the fly. Turn based going to slow and sluggish once you've got your crew properly positioned and just waiting on the last few raiders to die? Flip to real time and watch the action (just make sure to set everyone to single fire mode unless you like losing ALL your ammo).

2 - Cannon fodder recruits? Play in Hardcore mode (one of the few games at the time with a permadeath difficulty option). All of a sudden those apparent cannon fodder recruits are clean slates ready to be molded into whatever role you need... if you can keep them alive long enough.

Stats and abilities seem superfluous? First aid was for healing HP damage, Doctor was for healing status effects (bleeding, concussion, broken limbs etc.) Charisma directly affected the price of vendor goods. While it could be confusing and somewhat overwhelming for a newcomer to the series, it provided nice depth for those who had been along for the ride since the start. And again, something that really becomes a much bigger factor if you played hardcore mode. You're right about Gambling and Lockpick though, totally broken.

Having said all that, the story was still pretty weak, it clearly wasn't the core focus of the title. What I'd really like to see in a sequel isn't necessarily a stronger story but a more fragmented presentation (for lack of a better term). I constantly go back to Mechwarrior 2 Mercenaries as the prime example of how to do a fragmented faction based story. Essentially the time spent in game propels the story with or without player interaction. You had a choice of missions with an associated time factor (in MW2M it was weeks of spaceflight, in Tactics you saw the days go by as you led your squad across the wasteland's overworld map), some were story based, others were just randomly generated. Whereas so many 'choice' based narratives force the player to chose between story arc A or B, that specific Mechwarrior title offered A, B, or Random. And if you didn't choose A or B, it mattered, the game didn't wait for you to finish the Random mission before reintroducing the same story missions, if you skipped an arc's starting point in the timeline, it was gone until your next playthrough. I think a robust random mission generator in the wasteland could do wonders for a Fallout Tactics sequel and keeping the world feeling fresh.

As for Fallout Brotherhoood of Steel. It might not have been a proper Fallout game in the classic CRPG sense but it was a load of Saturday afternoon couch co-op fun back in the day.

And if you thought the Pilot skill was useless you've obviously never had your vehicle break down while trying to escape in the middle of a Super Mutant battle ;)
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Riot Sanjuro says his Tyler1 comments were fuelled by "too many whiskeys"Riot Sanjuro says his Tyler1 comments were fuelled by "too many whiskeys"
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No such thing as bad press...

High road / low road, irrelevant. Their names are all back in the forefront of the media for a moment. The streamer could not have asked for a better return than this kind of coverage.
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Here's where Xur is in Destiny 2 today, and what you should buy from himHere's where Xur is in Destiny 2 today, and what you should buy from him
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I have yet to meet any gamer who only has a single platform.


A clear preference? Absolutely. Self-imposed gaming limits though? Not so much.

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I only own a PC.


I never owned a console growing up, so I never got into console gaming. Now I just find it clunky and awkward, and most of the games I want to play are on the PC anyway, RDR being a notable exception.

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Dota 2 just had its worst three months since 2014Dota 2 just had its worst three months since 2014
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As far as my personal experience goes the biggest issue with DOTA is the matchmaking (still), and it's a two factor issue.

First as a casual player I only play with a friend who's an old school veteran - so we join as a duo. His player level is somewhere around 90 now and mine was nearing 30 last time I played.

We've had matches where the entire opposing side are all level 60+ and we get crushed. We've also had matches where the entire opposing side are all single digit player levels and the two of us alone can dominate the entire match.

Neither instance is fun.

And that doesn't even touch on the toxicity, verbal diarrhea, and straight up anti-Peruvian racism that permeates just about every match I've had in the last year (though admittedly a substantial amount of that is due to my friend's own frustrated mouth - you can't force maturity). The Peruvian issue (and it is an issue) is the other big factor.

For whatever reason there's a very substantial Peruvian population ignoring the South American server Valve has setup and instead choosing to play on the US East server. So you end up in matches with a direct language barrier, and even if you're polite about it "Sorry, I only speak English or French" you get insulted. It's entirely possibly to end up in matches where the only way to communicate with your teammates is by pinging the map. All while either needing to mute the entire server or just ignoring the incessant crap that flows in the chat area.

Again, not fun.

And given the multitude of options on Steam why would I tolerate those hassles and keep returning for way more frustration than fun?Reply
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I've played Dota since the TFT days and only this year has it truly become something that I've grown to despise and it has nothing to do with the game or even the community, It's entirely the fault of matchmaking and you're right about the language issue.


Valve did try to "fix" the language issue in Jan/Feb of this year IIRC, I forget what the exact update was called but basically they were testing pings on-top of all the other matching parameters (hidden mmr, visible mmr, language preference, and behavior score) to try and give you teammates who were in a similar ping proximity to you+server. For me it was fantastic as I was getting English speaking teammates and high quality games for the entirety of that initial implementation of the feature.


Unfortunately a couple weeks later Valve "tuned" the feature a bit, and eventually disabling it entirely due to quite a few Eastern-Euro players who live very close to Russians not wanting to be teamed up with them... Which is exactly how every other player feels when they get paired up with a team of players who don't speak their language. I mean... Communication in a team based game? You're asking for too much! /s


of course I realize Matchmaking isn't the only contributing factor to the decline in playerbase, performance problems with Reborn are still largely unsolved for players on lower end PC's as well, but I think Valve's are their own biggest enemy when it comes to DOTA. Their company hierarchy, and IMO their communication policy sucks because it allows Issues like this to remain under the radar for years until enough people complain that it hurts their bottom line.

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3 Weeks ago
Best SSD for gamingBest SSD for gaming
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So I'm a gamer on a budget. A friend recently gave me an old SSD (120gb Sandisk Extreme from like 2012). I still need to find a mount before I can install it into my antiquated PC.

In this case is it better to make it an OS drive or to install the 2 or 3 games I play the most? Are there any other concerns (heat / power consumption etc.) when installing a SSD into what is essentially a DirectX 10 machine?
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Tiberian Dawn Redux revives the classic Command & Conquer in the Generals engineTiberian Dawn Redux revives the classic Command & Conquer in the Generals engine
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What?!?

Origins? Tiberium err Tiberian Dawn was the first sequel and the start of a slow decline.

Having multiple units selected at once was a 'new' feature? When? It was part of C&C (pre-TD), and before that Warcraft, and before that Dune 2 (which is arguably the original RTS)...

A mod like this certainly isn't horrible but the actual original C&C being redone in a modern engine would be truly fantastic.Reply
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The title of the mod is a little confusing, but as you can see from the trailer, this is the original C&C remade, not the sequel. The original GDI vs Nod battle, with nary a mech in sight, and the only lasers being on obelisks.


Update: It's not used often, but Tiberian Dawn is apparently the real subtitle for the original Command & Conquer. You're thinking of Tiberian Sun.

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The offline QuakeCon: how a broken internet connection brought PC gamers togetherThe offline QuakeCon: how a broken internet connection brought PC gamers together
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Gee... it's almost like there's a much MUCH higher priority event happening elsewhere in the state of Texas that still impacted Dallas (albeit far, far, less dramatically than the Houston area).

Also a far more appropriate thing to broadcast onto the wall of a Quake event would have been "Remember when you didn't need the internet to play multiplayer on a LAN?"Reply
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Yeah seriously, always have to love when we do something worse now than we did in the past.

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Musician sues Bethesda for using music in "morally indefensible" Fallout 4 advertMusician sues Bethesda for using music in "morally indefensible" Fallout 4 advert
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But... Dion is the plaintiff and Bethesda is the defendant...

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Yeah, my point - poorly made I must say - is that the plaintiff (Dion) has noticed that the defendent (Bethesda) has made oodles of cash and is seeking his piece of the pie on a trumped up basis... I'm a cynic at heart.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
10 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
11 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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1 Year 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
1 Year 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
1 Year 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
1 Year 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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