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Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

TOGSolid Re:Alpha Protocol (352 comments)

I don't play RPGs for their gameplay though. I play them for the writing and the story. If I absolutely love the characters and I feel like I'm making an actual impact on the ongoing story (and Alpha Protocol pulls this off better than most) then 9 out of 10 times a happy camper.
It's why I prefer Alpha Protocol to Mass Effect 2. ME2's gameplay may be better (save for that whole planet scanning crap), but the overarching story is garbage and does a lot of damage to the universe established in Mass Effect 1. ME2's ending left me going "what the fucking fuck was that?" where as Alpha Protocol's left me going "Holy shit!!!" (all three times even).

The fact that people panned Alpha Protocol just because the gameplay was mediocre shows me just how far the RPG genre has slipped.

Go do another playthrough and don't use any of the OP abilities. You'll find your experience will vastly improve.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad

TOGSolid Re:Being serious, (329 comments)

Apple
Accessibility

Bhahahahahahahahahahah

more than 3 years ago
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Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

TOGSolid Alpha Protocol (352 comments)

All this talk of choices and no one has mentioned Alpha Protocol? Egads, that's a damned travesty.
If you want a game where choices matter, where the conversations are interesting and also how you conduct them matter, where even your play style impacts the game, then get Alpha Protocol. There are so many variables in that game that I'm on my 3rd playthrough and I'm still having a blast. The writing and voice acting is consistently fantastic and it's a shame that more people haven't played it. It's easily one of the best RPGs of last year but then, what else can you expect from Obsidian? Sure their games are glitchy but those guys know how to create an engrossing world better than anyone.

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?

TOGSolid Re:Wow.... (224 comments)

Wins what? Everyone who I've gotten to switch Windows 7 has commented at how easy it is to use and that it "just works." I haven't used a mac since I was in middle school, but if Itunes is any indication of your current average Apple "experience" then it's safe to say that Apple doesn't know a god damn thing about how to create an intuitive and well layed out UI.

more than 3 years ago
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DRM vs. Unfinished Games

TOGSolid Re:Isn't this just DRM in little pieces? (462 comments)

The only solution to that would be to have boxed copies still act like full games, but then we're right back at square one. Granted, it's not like game companies care about people with slow, dodgy internet or even no internet at all. Think about Ubisoft's bullshit and the stupid activation crap that's out there.

The fix to their problems isn't going to be a new selling scheme, but for companies to just ditch DRM entirely and accept that DRM just does not work. If they want to do something productive, they need to release demos on a regular basis again. If they want to do somethng productive they need to stop releasing bullshit, overhyped games. If they want to do something productive they need to lynch Bobby Kotick and Yves Guillemot. Maybe then they'll start seeing some improvements in sales.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM vs. Unfinished Games

TOGSolid Re:Isn't this just DRM in little pieces? (462 comments)

That approach would be ok if they initial price of the game was lower. You can't sell a stripped game and then have the balls to charge full price for it (and put the most oppressive, buggy DRM ever made on it). Now, if they want to do it old school where you pay less for your stripped game (let's say 25 bucks) and then via DLC let you unlock the rest of it (let's say another 25 bucks worth of content) then I don't see the problem here.

more than 4 years ago
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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

TOGSolid Re:Glynn Moody commented on this days ago (973 comments)

And it's also an assumption that it'll result in increased sales, just like it's an assumption that piracy is a lost sale. For all you know everyone that heard that performance would just go home and fire up bit torrent to yoink this guy's stuff. The whole argument is pointless because both sides are just endlessly talking out of their asses about hypothetical situations.

Does the media industry in general need to change? Yep. But I'm getting kind of tired of pirates that get on their high horse as if they were protesting the god damn Vietnam war.

And it's what, 4 bucks for that sheet music? She couldn't compromise with him, scrounge up some couch change and mail it to him? It's not going to kill you all to actually pay for some of the stuff out there.

more than 4 years ago
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Hybrid Seagate Hard Drive Has Performance Issues

TOGSolid Re:Well (67 comments)

If there's one thing I've learned with Seagate, it's that they're terrible at fixing firmware issues. Their 500GB hard drives for laptops were notorious for having issues caused by crappy firmware that never got resolved by the time I trashed mine.

more than 4 years ago
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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

TOGSolid Re:and the score is (659 comments)

38.6% 27/70. Blast, I need to work on my cynicism and inflated ego. Obviously all of you were cheating.

more than 4 years ago
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US Navy Considering Wii Fit and DDR For Boot Camp

TOGSolid Re:Endurance is more than physical ability (104 comments)

Yeah, I remember when I was dropped into medical hold (yay for burst appendixes) during Air Force basic training. There were a couple of heavy guys there that were basically told "get in shape, or we'll keep recycling your ass." This was back around 2002, so they're still big on recycling the overweight people through basic as much as possible until they drop the weight. So on that note, I'm confused. Is there something wrong with this system? IMO that's pretty damned good motivation to get in shape and in a hurry. The Navy shouldn't be coddling these fatassed kids like this.

more than 4 years ago
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Emergency Dispatcher Fired For Facebook Drug Joke

TOGSolid Re:Sounds unreasonable (631 comments)

Yep, the city made out like a bandit and got a convenient excuse.

This also happens to be exactly why I keep my Facebook free of anyone from work. People seem to think that they need to "friend" anyone they met even briefly and then wonder why it gets them into trouble. You can't be fired for things you said on your Facebook page if your page is set to private and nobody from work can read it. It's that damned simple.

more than 4 years ago
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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

TOGSolid Re: Note to the President (857 comments)

No, but at least we'll have someone closer that we can bomb. Imagine the savings on fuel!

more than 4 years ago
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Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

TOGSolid Re:What if their games suck (462 comments)

Baldur's Gate 1 + Tales of the Sword Coast + Baldur's Gate 2 + Throne of Bhaal = The best summer marathon of gaming I've ever experienced. I really should do that again at some point.
It says a lot that I've played BG more than a couple of times and could only stand Mass Effect once. The depth and scope of BG absolutely annihilates Mass Effect's very very watered down RPG experience.

more than 4 years ago
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Do Gamers Want Simpler Games?

TOGSolid Re:As if quantity of content is its only measure.. (462 comments)

You're overreacting a hair with your rebuttal. Consider this: In Morrowind you could kill anyone, even if it broke the entire game. You could go do basically what ever you wanted. Hell, I didn't even touch the main quest until after many hours of just dicking around.
Oblivion is horribly closed in and simplified, a trend that has sadly taken off with RPGs. Instead of living worlds like Morrowind and Baldur's Gate, we've instead got tightly directed experiences like Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. It's a shitty trend and one I'd love to see come to and end, however gamers these days tend to not go for the old style RPGs. They consider them to be too clunky and without the constant carrot on a stick style of modern gameplay, most gamers these days get horribly lost and confused.
Thank god for those crazy Russians and the progressively more and more awesome games they're putting out.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some artifacts to go scan down.

more than 4 years ago
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One In Eight To Cut Cable and Satellite TV In 2010

TOGSolid Re:47" HDTV, no cable, no blue ray discs (502 comments)

I've got a fairly heavy duty cable package as well, but after months of not even watching it, I'll be cutting it completely when I get home.
I've got my old computer hooked to my TV so I can watch anything online or acquired online quite easily on my HDTV. Cable is just not worth the monthly fee considering how absolutely crappy it is.

more than 4 years ago
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Terry Childs Found Guilty

TOGSolid Re:do the right thing (982 comments)

As we were taught in the Air Force: CYA - COVER YOUR ASS. Assume that your bosses are going to fuck you over when they screw something up horribly. Assume that your superiors will dump the blame on you. Assume that everyone you work with is a retard. If your boss asks for information, give it to him, but get records of what the hell is going on. You can't get in trouble if there's documentation and proof showing it wasn't your fault. Then when it all blows up you can go "ha ha, I told you so."

That said, this never should have gone to court. This whole thing reeks of butthurt office morons flexing their muscle just to feel better about their own incompetence.

more than 4 years ago
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South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

TOGSolid Re:Pathetic (1224 comments)

Also, did the remove the ganet from this episode because it wet it's nest?

more than 4 years ago
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South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

TOGSolid Re:Pathetic (1224 comments)

The even bigger joke is that they talked about this exact form of censorship a few seasons back and it involved the words the Prophet Muhammed. It just goes to show how on the ball Matt and Trey really are.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch

TOGSolid Re:Well... (131 comments)

Reactor...online...
Sensors...online...
Weapons...online...
All systems...nominal..

Oh hell yes. I own the entire MW4 series, but it'll still be awesome to see MW4 get released like this. MekTek has been fantastic with keeping the community going and with MW4 being green lighted for a free release, I know I'll be eager to introduce a few friends of mine to the game and getting into some heated mech battles.

more than 4 years ago

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