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2596  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Line Between Creator and Creation on: April 13, 2012, 07:52:00 AM
It sort of boils down to you as the viewer/listener/taster/etc. It doesn't matter if you love what you you are listening to or not, if you come into it bitter, you will not enjoy it. A mindset can really change your view of things, which is why it's always better to keep an open mind. I can't tell you how many times I changed my attitude regarding a certain artist's music or game company's product(cough activision) just because of shenanigans they pull. My father had a terrible experience with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and it soured my like of his music for life. I once worked as a stagehand at a Franz Ferdinand concert in manhattan, and was given an autographed cd from their monitor engineer, as a thank you for helping her out personally (more my dad than me, guess I should say both of us), so it also works in the opposite way. Again, it all boils down to an open mind really. If you're willing to hear or see or try without bias, that's the way to roll. Otherwise, you've already decided your opinion long ago.
2597  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 11:28:56 PM
See, I don't think fans "don't" know what they want, but more specifically, they don't speak up when they approve of a game. People who hate something are quite vocal, but if you like it, you just roll with it. I for example, like mass effect 3. I have yet to send some feedback pertaining to my enjoyment of the game, , but the millions of fans who raged about sure spoke their minds. It's like those silly surveys you are asked to take when you go to a store or call a customer service center and decide not to do them. If I were not pleased with the service, you bet your ass I would fill it out and complain.
2598  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 09:16:20 PM
I for one welcome our new digital overlords.  Games are cheaper than ever, most of the AAA games are multiplatform, and there is a burgeoning indie scene that is stronger and more visible than ever.  We'd never have that in a gaming culture without digital distribution - DLC is an inevitable symptom of the new digital model.  And hey, if you don't like it, don't buy it.  Vote with your dollars.  But I'm not complaining because DLC is helping to save the gaming industry while used game sales and piracy are trying to destroy it. 
And this, sir, is the logic that allows companies to pull the bullshit that I hate. "If you don't like it, don't buy it." It has nothing, I repeat, NOTHING to do with liking anything. It's the fact that dlc is getting outrageous. Announcing downloadable maps 6 montgs before release for example, IS BULLSHIT. Companies are making games knowing full well they are going to put bullshit add ons into the game a week later for a price, and generally a price that isn't fairly adjusted to what you are getting. Yes, I admit that piracy and used game sales are hurting companies as well, but it furthers my stance on people being stupid. People blindly buy dlc because not buying it won't solve anything, someone else will buy it. It's that kind of crap that forces smart people or even worse, people with ideas, to pull off a stunt like the sony hack. The idiots run around en masse doing shit that anyone else in the world with a complete thought would denounce immediately.

Basically, I'm at the point where raising the price on games to further content would be fine. I understand how hard work deserves proper pay, but at the end of the day, joe programmer at game maker company B isn't getting a bonus for bringing out dlc later, he gets paid weekly for services performed. Dlc is just wasted effort on a game that 2-3 months after it comes out is old news. Rather see time spent making the next game not suffer from stupid problems and not needing content added later.
2599  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 02:03:48 PM
Okay, part of the rant is the ability to come back when less rage-fueled and see things with a more open outlook. Maybe I was a bit bullheaded stating inflation doesn't impact it so greatly, and I do admit that there is some dlc that isn't a huge kick in the balls. However, my rant was pretty much based solely at capcom right now, and EA to an extent. They are releasing games with extra content already taken into account. Yoda mentioned it in the re6 thread, 3 different stores, 3 different "exclusive"dlc packs, meaning 3 weeks later we can assume they will be on sale for spme ludicrous amount of money. I can also point that at ffxiii-2, with the pre order bonus horseshit that they release later as dlc. This kind of fluff dlc is where my rage really triggers. Deus ex human revolution had a whole dlc episode, 14.99 at release, that in terms of comparable play time, was MAYBE 1/20th of the content of the main game. How can you fairly charge 15 bucks for content of a game that cost 60 bucks and it doesn't even have 1/10 the content, nor can you play it without the actual game present? Companie are making whole games for that price (skullgirls for example) and without even owning it I can safely say it has more than 5 hours of gameplay.

So yes, I can safely say I did rage with a slight bias, but you can't blame a guy for being tired of getting fucked over by an industry he stood behind since he could stand.
2600  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 12:08:09 PM
Yeah; I gotta call shenanigans on the 'games are cheaper now' statement too. I was a child during the NES/SNES era and I could actually afford games on an allowance. I bought titles like Super Mario RPG and Megamax X for $20 off the Wal-Mart shelves. Even during the PSOne era titles never cracked more than $40; which I could easily get by 'redirecting' my lunch money for 2-3 weeks easily.

Even used it takes over a year and to be generally disliked/bad for a current era title to drop that low. If you were paying top pricing like that for cartridges you were either impatient or being scammed big time. I even remember the days when Chrono Trigger sold for about $15 when my local movie rental stores were clearing out old product. If only I knew then what I knew now...
In his defense, snes games like chrono trigger , or even worse an original Earthbound with thr strategy guide, were extremely expensive. I know that, but they are a handful compared to the rest of the nornal priced games.
2601  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 11:44:14 AM
I don't agree John, games aren't cheaper. Some games were more expensive then compared to niw, but not all of them. Playstation games only cost between 40 and 50 dollars back 15 years ago, and ps2 games were generally 49.99 (all prices US because lolidk currency conversion) and that's only 10 years ago. Snes and sega days, honestly I am hard pressed for remembering as I wasn't buying games then, I was only 7 when I got an snes. I do remember Mega Man X being a shockingly high 70 bucks, but look who made it, one of the biggest offenders of my douchebag dlc hate, Capcom. We can throw around inflation all we like, but honestly, I am making now what I made 10 years ago, and my dad who does the same type of work now that he did 20 years ago also does roughly the same, only the demands got harder. If anything, companies are saturating the market now, releasing multiple titles far more quickly then back during the snes days. I admit, the 16 bit era is a bit fuzzy, but 32 bit and above I can defend fully. Games cost less and generally offered as much content, at a loss of visuals and maybe voice acting. Any real gamer can tell you that graphics don't make a game.

As for the burger comment, I meant it as an actual item like buying a bacon cheeseburger at a specified price, and then being told the bacon is a seperate item, your burger is just abke to support the bacon. You still need to buy it.
2602  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 11:23:37 AM
You know what really grinds my gears?
I was going to title the topic that, but I was ranting way before Peter Griffin.
2603  The Rest / General Discussions / Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 10:16:43 AM
Okay, been posting for a while here, and most of my good posts have been rants and rage induced walls of text. However, they always pertain to a certain topic, so I never get my full two cents in. I am dedicating a thread to my full on rants, and invite any and everybody to join in with their own or comments regarding mine or anyone elses' rants and raves. To kick this thread pff, I give you...


Okay, I know we all bitch about it and such, but dlc is getting ridiculous. 15 years of console gaming never once required me to buy additional content. Granted I don't have to buy it now, but that's like saying I don't have to pay for the bacon on my bacon cheeseburger....WHY DO I FUCKING ORDER A BACON CHEESEBURGER TO HAVE TO BUY BACON FOR IT AFTERWARDS?! I buy a goddamn game to play the game, not to see if they bring more stuff out so the okay game I bought will be less shitty later. What the fuck, when did it become okay to leave shit out of a game and sell it later? If sony sold me a new tv without a power cable, you bet your ass I'm getting my power cable for it immediately. This is such horseshit, and what makes it worse are the fucking masochistic fanboys who approve of dlc, and forcefeed it down everyone's face that dlc is good, etc etc. Fuck you, dlc is horsecock and we all know it. Capcom and it's fucking lame dlc maps for a game that isn't even fucking out yet, and then to really rub iodine in your open dick sore, they get EXCLUSIVE DLC based on where you fucking buy the game! Fuck that, I am not down with this shit, best buy is nowhere near me, and amazon is always second day after release, I am stuck with lamestop. LET'S ASSUME I buy the game right now, if my friend gets his from best buy, I don't even get to play the same dlc with him now.

I work as an audio video installation tech. I know I have used this reference before, but it really fits. If I was hired to install a television and sound system for a customer, then my job entails installing the television display either on a wall mount or a standard mount, and installing their chosen sound system, be it a multi channel surround system or a sound bar. I do not put the tv on a stand and turn it on and say done, but if you want to see an image, I have to charge you additional fees for hooking it up to a source, that's fucking part of the installation. If I don't finish installing it that day, I come back and finish, not tell them it's almost done and leave, and then charge them more to come back do the rest after we agreed on a price. This is proper business etiquette, anything else would be pathetic and an insult to my profession.


Fuck dlc, I am so fucking tired of it. At least ffxiii-2 is almost offering decent content, but capcom and its horseshit can die.
2604  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV Journal on: April 12, 2012, 09:36:15 AM
What a busy week it's been. Completed my BRD AF and several sets of AF for LS mates and even an old friend...

Smells like a hume I knew on Leviathin....how is good ole valesti?
2605  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 12, 2012, 09:30:13 AM
Remember that complaint a fan filed to the BBB?

They took it seriously; and agree with it. (Note: But as of yet aren't really doing anything than wagging their finger. )
So basically, it's okay to falsely advertise as long as other people still like it?
2606  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 11, 2012, 05:47:06 PM
Carnifex is fuckwin, if you haven't used it yet, you aren't playing correctly.

Sorry, no.  I have a N7 Paladin.

The Carnifex is crap compared to it.

Who cares if it only has 21 bullets?
That's not fair, paladin is super carnifex.

@people who dislike sniper rifles. This game isn't terribly sniper friendly. Most maps are too small, lots of cover, and very few enemies that stand still. It's doable, but any real sniper friendly game (halo anyone?) will tell you that mass effect is no such thing. You gotta be aggressive and abusive, otherwise you just get smacked by an asshole with an assault rifle. Btw, enemy assault rifles hurt....why do our rifles suck.
2607  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 11, 2012, 04:30:10 PM
FFVII dlc plox. Cloud, Tifa, and Red XIII vs my crew.
2608  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: April 11, 2012, 04:27:53 PM
After spending about 5 or 6 spectre packs I finally unlocked the harpoon gun (and still none of the new characters!) and then failed miserably. It's probably great in the hands of a skilled sniper, but it takes a long time to charge and the projectile is really slow - most of the time the enemy either moves out of the way of my shot or someone else takes them out before me.

I got the Striker too, which is more like my kind of weapon - an automatic grenade launcher, with very little accuracy required.
Yeah, the striker is pretty cool....til you realize that the damage output is garbage on gold. I'm pretty much at the point that no assault rifle is worth using on gold anymore, short of a falcon for a purely defensive standpoint, and even then, it still sucks. Personally, I use the talon, the widow and valiant, the geth plasma shotgun, and my newly aquired carnifex.

Carnifex is fuckwin, if you haven't used it yet, you aren't playing correctly.
2609  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Reasons why Resident Evil fans are going to avoid RE6 now on: April 11, 2012, 11:42:58 AM
I can't check the video out til I get home from work, but I stand by my statement. Resident Evil's story isn't that deep. You can know exactly what's going on without reading any of the articles or memo's in game. Idk if capcom figured people wouldn't bother looking at them or not, but being that some of them were a complete waste of time, the exception being in the first game as far as I can remember and that was just the v jolt creation, which you could avoid too, assuming you didn't mind fighting that boss.

It's sort of like the dream sequences in lost oddysey. You could play the entire fame without looking at most of them, but thry gave a huge amount of backstory to the game, making it far deeper than it was on paper.
2610  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Merged Final Fantasy XIII-2 Thread on: April 11, 2012, 10:55:35 AM
So I take it the fight can be long, huh? Wonder if he drops new weapons? Also, I think I'll be grinding a bit more now. Definitely could use more power on my monster allies. Odin rocks and all, but he swings like a frozen turd...dead slow.
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