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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 05:11:01 PM
Started on F.E.A.R 2. It's way more focused on the plot than the first game and at least now the flashlight doesn't run out. On the flip side, no more quicksaves or any kind of manual saves for that matter. Its just checkpoints... The mouse settings are pretty bad as well, might need to mess about with the ini files like I had to with Bioshock.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 22, 2014, 12:58:29 PM
Making my way through Chaos on Deponia, just started on the second act. I'll say this much, has a lot more dark humor than the first one as well as some 4th wall breaking. It's just as good as the first one though, if not better.

About to start making my way through F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate. Got the main game and both its expansions in a humble, so may as well play through them all. For a game I find mostly unremarkable, I do seem to play a lot of it.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 02:06:09 PM
I highly doubt that this is the only forum he puts these links on.
Truth be told I'd rather he did this and nothing else rather than post some random +1 LOL, ROTFL and "me too" posts just so he (and anyone else going down that path) can "legitimize" his forum presence.
On a side note, his views are woeful at the moment. Even if he is monetizing, it's highly unlikely he made even a dollar on this particular video (and probably any other video hes done for that matter) so no worries there if for some reason it bothers you.

I say, leave it up to the admins.
Heck, maybe even make a poll about advertising to see how many people on these forums actually care.
Personally, I don't like it, but I won't be losing any sleep over the matter.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 08:02:22 AM
SPECIAL NOTE: I bitched about the glitchiness erroneously. I played the last two chapters on my alternate PS3 and it ran smooth as can be. Ok, so it wasn't quite smooth... But it totally was NOT AT ALL as bad as it was on my first system. This strikes me as really odd seeing as how they are both the same model (60gb) PS3's.

Just out of curiosity, why would you have two identical PS3's?
Might be a difference in firmware depending on weather or not you do regular updates on both systems or just your main one.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 07:46:12 AM
Don't get me wrong, I don't like it either. That's why I made this thread.
I was vaguely aware of the rule you posted but haven't really seen it enforced in a very long time, at least as far as indie projects that don't appear to be a scam are concerned.
Truth be told, I was actually wondering why the ban hammer didn't come down on him back when he started but have since come to the conclusion that hes not really doing any harm by advertising his channel, especially since he walks the line by starting a discussion that usually gets a post or two on topic, so that's probably another reason why admins let him be.

I'm somewhat less vindictive towards this kind of "spam", because I get that it's not easy getting an audience for your content. I've watched bits and pieces of his videos and while they aren't anything amazing or something I would watch on a regular basis, you have to start somewhere and its obvious that some effort went into creating them.

If you have a channel, you have to find some way of telling people about it, and this seems like the right place for the content on offer.
Long story short, right forum, wrong section.

It does annoy me though...
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 05:40:14 AM
Started making my way through Chaos on Deponia. Other than the rather half assed way they re-introduced Goal (though that may get elaborated on later down the line), its been pretty good so far.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 05:34:57 AM
How have you not been banned yet?

Because technically he's not doing anything wrong. This is part of the reason why I think the forum could use a section for posts like this.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 20, 2014, 03:31:26 PM
Just finished off F.E.A.R. Extraction Point. It does the "horror" part better than the main game (doesn't do it quite as well as Silent Hill which I'm almost certain was the inspiration for the horror sections, but its competent). Not the best shooter I've ever played, but not the worst either. The game has a lot going for it, just doesn't excel at anything in particular.
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The ending is another cliffhanger obviously fishing for the next expansion or a sequel. Must have worked though as both happened.

Wrapped up (Welcome to) Deponia as well. It's pretty good, a plot hole here and there but nothing too serious that suspension of disbelief wont compensate for. There is a game breaking bug near the end that I ran into.
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Near the end of the game you have to construct a sling to knock out a light. You make it out of an ornament and some bubble gum. The ornament is also used to construct a cane in combination with the broomstick handle. The sling can be disassembled, the cane can not. If you make the cane first you're stuck for good. I made the sling first but ended up taking it apart and constructing the cane before I found a stone to use with the sling.
Fortunately for me I had a fairly recent save. In fact it was the only save I had, so it was a close call, but it didn't set me back too much. Looking forward to the next game.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: July 20, 2014, 02:58:20 PM
So, turns out that MOH and was last year, going by that I'm pretty sure that Battle for Cybertron was as well.
With that out of the way, this is a list of games where I'm certain I watched the credits roll in 2014:

1.DmC
2.Southpark: Stick of Truth
3.F.E.A.R.
4.F.E.A.R. - Extraction Point
5.Dead Space
6.Deponia
10  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Hearthstone on: July 17, 2014, 09:10:17 AM
New expansion coming out soon, not sure how I feel about the business model though. Time will tell, but it does look pretty awesome.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Divinity: Original Sin on: July 17, 2014, 09:08:11 AM
So, I checked out some gameplay and I'm starting to get interested.
How does it play in single player mode? Real time combat with AI controlled team or pause with full control over your party?
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 17, 2014, 09:04:21 AM
So I was wrong about Borderlands being a second week addition to the 2k humble (x-com complete pack instead).
It's worth it just for the Bioshock games and specops: the line so I'm probably going to pick it up anyway.

Still making my way through Dead Space. Up to chapter 8 so I'm getting pretty close to completing my first run (though its technically my second playthrough).
I'm not entirely sure what you get the second time around other than the
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which you get very early on.
The game hits a sweet spot with me, a great blend of shooter elements with story, exploration, progression and atmosphere.
13  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Wildstar on: July 15, 2014, 10:05:52 AM

How are they handling payments during the beta phase. Subscription model already in place or is it "free" until the game goes gold?

Game was officially released June 3rd. Purchase comes with your standard free 30 days.

My bad, I misread the OP (specifically the 9 days open beta part) and though it was still in beta with preorders running.
Wasn't really interested at first but I might look into it after all.
14  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Wildstar on: July 15, 2014, 09:45:51 AM
Purchase + Subscription. I realize it's not everyone's favorite model, but the devs make it worth it. They plan (and so far have successfully implemented) to release an "Ultradrop" at the end of each month filled with loads of extra content. The end of the first month (last month) they released a drop with two new level 50 zones, a bunch of costume and decor stuff, and a plethora of general fixes. The drop at the end of this month has already been revealed to include a new PvP Battleground and a bunch of yet-to-be-announced content as well.

Plus if you find you're making a ton of money in the game, you can buy game time with in-game currency from other players thanks to the C.R.E.D.D system (This also works in the opposite direction, i.e. if you have extra cash you can buy game time and sell it to players in-game)

I actually prefer a subscription model to one based around microtransactions (not to mention double dipping with microtransactions AND a subscription which is a major no-no in my book) because at the very least it puts everyone on even ground without making you feel like you're missing out on something unless you pay up. Obviously, its not my favourite model by a long shot, but I can live with it as long as the monthly fee isn't ridiculous.
How are they handling payments during the beta phase. Subscription model already in place or is it "free" until the game goes gold?
15  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Re: Shameless advertisment section/sticky thread on: July 15, 2014, 09:20:25 AM
If you are wanting to advertise something of your own, we generally let people advertise their youtubes/deviantarts/game stores/whatever if they are an active member of the community and they aren't being scammers.

I'm not suggesting something to specifically entice advertising, only somewhere to put it when it pops up.
Whenever someone makes a topic like that in one of the main sections, it tends to make some people rather angry.
This works as a triple negative because it annoys forum regulars, generates negative feedback for the poster that may otherwise have been positive (based on negative emotions adverts tend to bring out when placed somewhere that they don't belong) and acts as minor clutter.
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