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286  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA won worst company in the USA of 2012 on: April 04, 2012, 05:59:32 PM
The majority of my family is in the engineering industry. This has nothing to do with nobility - and believe me, what I said above is accurate, especially since, as I said, lots of friends/family in the industry.

And just because I boycott because of low standards of employee treatment, doesn't mean I don't have the time to lobby for or promote other causes. This is just one of many.

I'm curious about the stats on CS/Engineering versus other fields on that (layoff rates/job security/etc). My friends and family have had the complete opposite experience. I'm not disputing what you are saying, just wondering if you know of any hard data/studies on it, I'd be curious to read them.
287  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Fandom & Outrage; the lethal backlash effect on: April 04, 2012, 09:16:34 AM
The only thing I think has actually changed is the immediacy of reactions. There were plenty of people that initially raged at FF7's ending, at least among my friends at that time, but there wasn't this massive run to the internet to confirm/validate their opinions. Then time passed and everybody cooled off and started to appreciate things.

If anything I'd guess that humanity hasn't really changed in any way and this generation isn't that much different in their behavior than the last one. The difference is that we now have the internet to go get any of our opinions validated for us, no matter how wrong headed they may be.
288  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 22, 2012, 11:03:06 AM
Indoctrination Theory -- http://youtu.be/ythY_GkEBck

ADMIN EDIT: Let's play it safe when it's ending related stuff.

Edit: Ah, sorry.

I just finished the game last night and this is what I assumed the ending actually was! I'm kind
of surprised it seems to be regarded as a fringe theory, I haven't figured out an alternative that
makes the ending make sense. But my initial impression was exactly this (I didn't notice ALL of
the details this guy did) while I was playing it and my mind was sort of blown. I couldn't believe
people were crushing the ending like they were - I'm obviously way behind everybody in terms
of finishing the game but the "worst ending ever" chatter was impossible to ignore.

But - obviously if you don't think this is what is actually happening I can totally see why it
would enrage people.
289  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 17, 2012, 07:04:12 PM
So fewer options = game balance? I do not agree. But even if I were to concede your point, my way is a heck of a lot more fun!
290  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 16, 2012, 03:37:55 PM
My solution to the "I WIN" button is not to press it.

What I mean is there are so many options in Amalur that if you want to make things more challenging, just don't use some of the stuff that makes it too easy for you.
291  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 01:13:26 PM
Well... they are in it to make money, and DLC is a proven winner for bottom lines. As much complaining folks do about it, it gets purchased in huge quantities.

Not saying I disagree with you in any way, just that DLC is not going away anytime soon. The audience has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt it will pay for it - unless that changed in a huge way, I expect the trend will be far MORE DLC, not less.
292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 04:12:10 PM

I'll be quiet about this now.

I hope so. This isn't the first time you've lorded over people here proclaiming how nice it must be to have such free time, yourself being such a responsible and caring adult.
I'm not "lording over" anybody. I am honestly baffled by the practice of playing a 40+ hour game to completion so quickly. I freely admit that it also comes from a place of jealousy. You're right, though. I suppose the underlying feeling is that I am better than you because I am being productive while you lazy losers are playing games for 12 hours on end. Is that what you want me to say? You got me!
Truth be told, most of my weekends are free. We are quite the introverted family. We don't really do much of anything. My wife works crazy hours and is an exercise nut who runs a lot, so I am "stuck" being the one to take care of our son most of the time. I love him to death, but it can get overwhelming. Any free time I DO get I tend to spend outdoors in my garden. After 2 hours out there I feel good and productive. My games sadly don't have the same effect.

I'm really sorry for causing this tangent! I knew better, but did it anyway. I get myself in trouble a lot that way.

No worries from my end Grim - I certainly didn't help the tangent by adding my own two cents!
293  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:50:45 PM

I'll be quiet about this now.

I hope so. This isn't the first time you've lorded over people here proclaiming how nice it must be to have such free time, yourself being such a responsible and caring adult.

I didn't mean it that way - I was simply suggesting that having free time AND being a responsible adult don't have to be mutually exclusive things.
294  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:46:11 PM
Grim, that's why I don't plan on settling down for another 10 or so years, I still got lots of stuff to do for myself.

Though, I'm sure there are many who are jealous that you have such an excellent home life. :P

I would suggest that you should NEVER stop having things you need to and want to do for yourself, ESPECIALLY when/if you are in a relationship. :-)

EDIT: Waiting for forum mod to bop me good for getting off track here... I was just excited to see actual words instead of big black boxes full of spoiler stuff. ;-)
295  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:41:03 PM
I know people have beaten it in as little as 25, it took me 40. I put most hours in on days off. 50 sounds like a lot to me, but I did miss some sidequests.

Yeah, I think most people cleared the past weekend to play it. That's what I'm doing with this upcoming weekend, since its the start of my spring break, and I only work part-time.
Man, I wish I was able to "clear a weekend" just to play a game. You mean people actually do this? Even if I had the time, I still couldn't play for more than AT MOST 3 hours or so. I would just feel so guilty about it. I suppose that's what comes with a house, a wife, a kid, etc. etc. Guilt about not doing something "productive". Plus, there's no way I can hide indoors with this nice weather.
Forgive me the usual rant about crazy gamers and play times. I know it doesn't come just from a place of confusion, but also a smidge of jealousy. Just a smidge, though.
I'll be quiet about this now. Hopefully, I'll be hopping on the ME3 train this weekend. Stupid Zelda won't end.

I've got a house, wife, your standard 40 hour a week job, etc. I imagine the kid makes a huge difference though. My wife and I don't have kids and don't plan to.

Actually last weekend was the first one in about a month and a half where we had no weekend plans, so I was able to wrap up a first playthrough of Amalur and get started on Mass Effect 3. I probably won't be able to even touch it again now though until next week - dodgeball playoffs start tonight, going to a wedding in Miami this weekend, etc. Next weekend we'll be in NYC for a weekend trip to the opera and also hopefully visiting my sister. But I still hope to find time to play some games in there after work and, dare I say, get some work in for the website, AND take care of other obligations - but it can admittedly be tough to fit all that stuff in.

But it seems very disingenuous to me to make this argument. Those things - the house, the kid, the wife, the "etc" - those are all choices that were consciously made. Some folks consciously choose to clear time for games and have made sure they have the freedom and ability to do that. You and I might have a little less free time than some on the boards and we made choices that put us in that position.

It's rare that my wife and I have a whole weekend where we don't have any obligations and I'm sure you sympathize with that, but when we do I sometimes like to spend mine playing a video game. Spending the occasional Saturday or Sunday enjoying a nice long video game session in between obligations is a good way to unwind.

And if you were going to clear a video game weekend before the nice weather began in earnest, this last weekend was definitely the one to do it. Things are really getting nice now and baseball season is right around the corner! :-)
296  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 11:03:49 AM
Short op-ed on Forbes about ME3 and "gamer entitlement". Spoiler free: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/03/13/mass-effect-3-and-the-pernicious-myth-of-gamer-entitlement/

I haven't finished the game yet but I can't help but chuckle at the notion of alternate ending DLC. You sometimes get alternate endings on DVDs or Blu Rays I guess so why not - people may complain about it, but they're clearly willing to pay for it and in the end money talks.
297  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 11:48:17 AM
There are a ton of them and I thought they were super fun. Sometimes they boil down to fetch this thing or kill that thing, but they tend to do a decent job of giving things context IMO. Really I think the actual gameplay is so fun that it is the overall driver here - excuses to kill or fetch things are fun because fetching and killing things is actually fun in this game.

Hopefully that helps - Amalur has a demo for all platforms so I'd definitely try that first.
298  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Kara - Quantic Dream's (Heavy Rain) newest tech demo on: March 12, 2012, 11:45:00 AM
While some of the individual scenes had inevitable conclusions regardless of what you did, there were a ton of different endings in that game and consequences for what you did. In the backward driving scene if you fail, you don't get the clue. There are other ways around missing clues but it was still a consequence.

The overall ending of the game differed wildly based on all those things. I do see what you are saying - you are kind of on rails for some of the individual sequences in Heavy Rain - but everything does eventually add up. Not necessarily in a coherent way. :-)

The only point I was making with Heavy Rain vs Mass Effect is that both I believe are guilty of some serious narrative problems, but for some reason Heavy Rain tends to get crushed for its narrative more often than Mass Effect. The salient point has been made that Heavy Rain relies more... uh... heavily on its narrative as the reason to play than Mass Effect, and that's a fair point, but it doesn't change the existence of plot holes and narrative wackiness in both stories. Mass Effect does have more replayability IMO since it has more compelling gameplay overall, but I'm just talking about narrative by itself here - Mass Effect always seems to get a pass for some reason for the same type of narrative mistakes that other games get crushed for.
299  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 10:51:51 AM
i am not a big fan of single character action rpgs, I like party based rpgs with defined characters.............

If I gave this a chance would I like it say............more than skyrim or deus ex?

Well now that I can't say since I don't really know your tastes beyond not liking single character action rpgs - but I personally liked it better than both of those games. I'm sure you'd find some disagreement on that assessment though. Amalur is very much a single player action rpg, so if you don't like those games I can't see you liking this.
300  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 12, 2012, 09:01:25 AM
Finished this on Saturday morning. Holy hell what a game, just awesome. I wanted to start it all over again right away, but figured I'd better see what all the fuss is about ME3. :-)
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