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RAGE On iOS Shows Promise

Taulin Re:Indicative of id lately (102 comments)

That's what Raven was for. They are the crew that always took the latest id engine and made a real game out of it (Hexen, etc).

more than 3 years ago
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Are Games Getting Easier?

Taulin Hentai games (854 comments)

I agree. The recent hentai games from Illusion are also far easier than before. Previously, there was the challenge of trying to follow the target without them knowing it, so you can reach the rape scene. Now-a-days, all you have to do is choose the location and equipment! What is up with that?!

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Taulin Steve says "Don't Panic!" (864 comments)

Wow, sounds similar to Nintendo's stance when Sony came out with the Playstation. Nintendo has a very tough hoop to jump through to get a game on their systems, while Sony has a pretty cheap license. Nintendo was first, and had a tight grip on the market until Sony's loose market PS came into town and dominated. The iPhone is like Nintendo in this sense; first of the new breed, and widely accepted. However, Android is quickly becoming a real threat to the market dominance that iPhone has.

more than 3 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

Taulin I can tell... (836 comments)

I am not going to argue if college makes you a better coder or not, but I can say, from experience working in multiple states, companies and countries, that I can always tell the difference between a college educated programmer/person and not. Just as many people understand, college exposes you to everything, or at least it should. It is the wise ones that understand how to take that knowledge and apply it to their lives and jobs. Sure you can learn from reading a book, but you can learn a lot more adding in a classroom of fellow peers and a teacher to talk about and explore the topics.

more than 4 years ago
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Variety, Social Aspects More Important To Game Success Than Graphics, Plot

Taulin Re:Define success. (236 comments)

Not sure where you got that information from. Their income statements show increase gross profit for the last years. Did you see something that broke down the income somehow to prove it was in franchise leasing that makes a majority of their profit? One of McDonald's key success points is they don't require trained highly-educated staff.

more than 4 years ago
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Variety, Social Aspects More Important To Game Success Than Graphics, Plot

Taulin Re:Plot... I will miss you (236 comments)

What about an interactive story type game like Urban Legions or KoL?

more than 4 years ago
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On Transitioning To an Asian-Style MMO, Such As Aion

Taulin Re:Aion will Flop (256 comments)

What's worse is Champions online. Not only is there a monthly fee (pre-order discount is $10/m, so I am guessing normal is $12-$15), BUT they will ALSO charge microtransaction money for gear and stuff like asian games. Talk about trying to hit you in both ends. I don't mind micro-transactions or subscription, but please, only one.

more than 4 years ago
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Music Game Genre On the Decline

Taulin Re:DJ Hero (225 comments)

First 'Guitar Hero' ripped off 'Guitar Freaks', and now 'DJ Hero' is ripping off another Konami game, 'Beatmania'. I bet Konami is just kicking themselves once again for not successfully bringing those game to a console.

more than 4 years ago
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A History of Early Text Adventure Games

Taulin New age of text adventures (130 comments)

As one who has spent many MANY hours, mostly wasted, playing text adventures (also mostly on the TRS80), I have to say I am happy of the evolution text adventures have taken. Sierra did their thing, but there are now really huge browser based games now like UrbanLegions.net and KoL. I just wonder if any chronological documentaries will mention these or not.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawyer Offers $1M For Proof His Client Could Have Done It; Oops

Taulin Re:Technically.. (362 comments)

I always thought it sounded like 'apple'.

more than 4 years ago
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0 A.D. Goes Open Source

Taulin Actual game? (88 comments)

How close is it to being an actual game? Just having an engine that runs simulation code (fighting, harvesting, etc) is actually just one of the many pieces. There still needs to be all the setup menus and tools for networking, map designs, and everything in between.

more than 4 years ago
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New MechWarrior Announced, MechWarrior4 To Be Distributed Free

Taulin Re:MW4 Mercs, FOSS In spirit (229 comments)

My problem with MW4 was that you couldn't create your own mech like you could in MW3. If the mercenaries game allowed that, I missed out. I only hope they still allow full customization, at least in online play with a ton limit. It's really fun going up against others to see who can build the best mech, just like in the p&p game.

more than 4 years ago
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America's Army 3 Has Rough Launch, Development Team Canned

Taulin Same thing... (150 comments)

Hate to sound rash, but when are people in the game industry going to understand they are contract workers getting paid salary? Meaning: when the project is done, your job is done. There is very little tech re-use between game projects, so there is usually no reason to keep staff. This is different than most major corporations that build upon the same product with new releases, and very rarely re-tool. But really, there isn't job security anywhere. However, for the game industry, and the nature of its projects, it should just be a given you will be let go when your game is done.

more than 4 years ago
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Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades

Taulin Re:Education's sake? (716 comments)

In Japan, around the 6th or 8th grade, I forgot, based on your average, you go to different classes. This is where the 'idiots' get grouped up. My point is, that separation happens pretty early over there, and those in the 'lower' class almost always end up in the lower households. I would be curious to see some actual statistics though.

more than 4 years ago
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Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades

Taulin Re:Education's sake? (716 comments)

When you first said you learned JCL, COBOL and C, I thought you were going to say you went to college back in the 80s. However, your first job was in .Net? Were you in college for over 10 years, or was your college really behind?

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo Announces New Mario Bros, Mario Galaxy, Metroid

Taulin Re:Metroid + Team Ninja = FAIL (291 comments)

To me, reading that Team Ninja was making Metroid was the biggest news. Don't forget that the main guy of Team Ninja left. I believe he was the reason behind the polish of the games. There were rumors a lot of the people at Team Ninja were going to leave with him, but I never heard anything else about that.

more than 4 years ago
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Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price Legislation

Taulin Time warner sales yesterday (382 comments)

A TW sales rep called me yesterday asking if I wanted to upgrade to cable. I told her I was waiting until summer to see how this new tier thing pans out. She flat denied it and claimed she never heard of it. Despite all the facts I gave her, she didn't budge, but she did end the call pretty quickly.

about 5 years ago
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Legends of Zork Goes Live

Taulin Re:Actually seems kinda fun (76 comments)

I agree that point balance is important in this type of game. Urban Legions and KoL, as others have mentioned, are the two other ones, and they do a great job handling turns. While LoZ uses a turn for every action, one Urban Legions' turn consists of moving, and all the fighting and stuff that happens with it, which can be pretty lengthy if you enter a big event or dungeon. I even found the free play to last about an hour or two a day if you are not just grinding, which the game doesn't really require (except for a couple of the leaderboards).

about 5 years ago
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Is It Worth Developing Good Games For the Web?

Taulin Ads over sub usually (82 comments)

As mentioned in other posts, the trend tends to be that more money can be made from ads than subscriptions. However, it is good to have both as many people hate ads.

I suggest they just yank that band-aid off and start up their paid service. Sure, people will scream, and leave. However, that is no reason to deter others from coming. How would you react if someone said 'Game X sucks because they make you pay, and it used to be free'. Most wouldn't care and try it out.

When my friend and I launched UrbanLegions.net, we made sure our beta/free period was short. Like your friends, the game is fully playable as free, but you don't have ads and get more features if you subscribe. However, just from past experience, like reading this article, when it comes to money, you have to embrace your revenue setup from the start, before you start getting a big following.

more than 5 years ago
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Sega To Close Arcades, Cancel Games, Lay Off Employees

Taulin Akihabara (66 comments)

I really hope they are not closing their arcade in Akihabara. All my friends are amazed when I describe how thriving the arcades are in Japan. The bigger ones are usually comprised of about three or four stories, each with a different genre or games (fighting, shooters, etc). They are always busy, and it is an amazing feeling I haven't seen since the old days of Aladin's Castle. This news really saddens me.

-Phil
UrbanLegions.net - Online Super Hero Text-based RPG

more than 5 years ago

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Taulin Taulin writes  |  more than 9 years ago oh boy...MMORPGS....I am thinking about buying WoW. I have played almost all of them. Why do I want to play them? The most important reason is to play with friends. This IS the reason ON LINE exists. If I want to fight, I will just go outside and slap someone. If I want to argue, I will just go to a bar. However, for me to PAY for a negative experience is futile, ignorant, and stupid, unless it gives you some sexual stimulation, or is a fetish to you. For me? No, I like positive experiences.

Whenever I go to the Tokyo Game Show, which is almost every year, I get several Lineage free play game disks. This gives rise to many possibilities since I have several computers 'connected' in this room. I can have support, either a healer, tank, etc. Many people do this. What is better is that I now just increased the count of the player base by X. Look at those number rise!!!

I will buy WoW. When my friends become board or broak, I will quit. I will have paid $50 for the game and $15 for every month I played. And yes, I will also be playing MP and other shooting games for free. The thing is, those FREE games will not change every time I play. Those free games rely on other vidiots running their servers.

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