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Gaming General / Re: EA and Loot boxes
« on: November 24, 2017, 03:01:04 PM »
It's nice to feel smug about it, but the other three games are also on sale for Black Friday while Battlefront isn't. There's a high chance that having to hold back stock in reserve for the weekend might have been involved.

Now that Black Friday is actually here and we've had some sales, there are more of these karma farms up:

General Discussion / Re: Black Friday sales
« on: November 23, 2017, 05:56:07 PM »
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is still in stock at Target for $15 if you wanna save a bit more.

I bought for myself... a PC prebuilt/VR headset bundle with the intention of selling the VR stuff, Automata, on the fence about buying Ace Attorney 6 at half off, and I might crack open a copy of Wolf 2 or Bioshock Collection to play those. Beyond that, just some inventory.

Gaming General / Re: EA and Loot boxes
« on: November 23, 2017, 03:15:09 PM »
Right, but the rhetoric surrounding media coverage of the game makes it out to be a Chinese MMO.

My take on it is that:

1. Modern Warfare 1 came out in 2007, and unlocking stuff with leveling up and playtime has been a staple of multiplayer console shooters at least since then. Clearly, the mass audience has no problems with gameplay not being on a level playing field - if anything, the availability of tons of stuff to unlock is a selling point, not a disadvantage (see the market's rejection of Titanfall).

If Battlefront's progression system had the numbers tweaked so that higher quality star cards were less dramatic upgrades over common quality ones, things would be better. If crafting costs were cheaper (right now, crafting a common takes an hour and a half of play on average?), things would be better. If higher qualities of the same star card had smaller numerical advantages over lower ones, things would be better. I don't think the system's great, but I also don't think it's something that's fundamentally wrong that adjustment wouldn't be able to fix.

2. Battlefront is even more casual than its competitors. Odds are that losing an engagement because someone else had better numbers than you will have about zero impact on the progression of the match when the dominant game mode is 20v20 objective-based. Apparently when there was going to be an Overwatch-like hero competitive mode, box rewards were going to be cosmetic only, but Disney vetoed that, so we'll never know.

Gaming General / Re: EA and Loot boxes
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:03:57 PM »
Well, that's productive.

Can you explain to me why it's "totally" p2w? Knowing your history with PvP games, I'm assuming that you haven't actually played it, but I could be wrong.

Gaming General / Re: EA and Loot boxes
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:02:18 PM »
The path that EA took on this was bullshit of the absolute highest order and I'm glad it backfired on them to the point that it's being looked into as gambling disguised as a game.

It was pay-to-win taken to a ludicrous extreme.
It really wasn't.

I don't like the implementation of star cards in the game, but there's no need to perpetuate hyperbole about it.

Gaming General / Re: Starcraft 2 going Free to play soon
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:36:38 PM »
Campaign mission design has gotten quite a bit more sophisticated since the 90s; plenty of missions are of the hero RPG variety with no basebuilding or offer objectives other than the standard annihilation type.

Gaming General / Re: Starcraft 2 going Free to play soon
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:05:43 AM »
Here is a specific rundown of everything that will be available to you for free:
  • The original Wings of Liberty campaign. Experience the original epic campaign that kicked off the StarCraft II saga! If you picked up Wings of Liberty previously but haven’t come back to StarCraft II in a while, we’ve got good news for you too—if you purchased Wings of Liberty prior to October 31, 2017, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, as a limited time offer from November 8 to December 8. Make sure to log in during that window to claim it!

  • You will be able to access the ranked multiplayer ladder to compete with other players to become the best of the best, complete with all of the multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. All you have to do to unlock it permanently is earn 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I. play—our way to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.

  • Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for weekly mutations has been removed. You’ll be able to tackle these extra challenging missions with your friends right away. The Co-op Commanders Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will remain completely free, meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart’s content.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: November 07, 2017, 02:26:40 PM »
Quake Live is dead, but Quake Champions is playable right now.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:49:43 PM »
GAF is back up after two days of downtime while Evilore was busy concocting a statement, but it feels like walking through a disaster zone right now. The general discussion sections put up a semblance of looking active, but people are still being banned for asking questions about what happened when they're not being shouted down by people who want to "just focus on games" and "wait for the facts" - both of which were bannable things to say just a couple of weeks ago when the Harvey Weinstein case broke. The community sections are straight up dead, despite really being the heart of the forum in the past.

I'm not sure how long the positivity over at ResetEra is going to last, but as of now, it seems pretty healthy and the staff seems to be genuinely trying to make things work.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 24, 2017, 04:57:17 PM »
GAF's requirement of a work/school email and manual verification for registration meant that it was comparatively kid-unfriendly.

With that being said, forums are a dying breed in general. It sucks that the future is being raised on platforms with no preservation, but I'm just an old man yelling at clouds, I suppose.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 23, 2017, 04:54:34 PM »

Well, I guess it might have been a while ago? The moderation took a decidedly progressive bent during Gamergate and it was positively militant during the election cycle (one of their admins was apparently removed for banning hundreds of Trump supporters without cause during that period), and a lot of it spilled over to the gaming side too.

I suppose this conversation is kind of moot unless Evilore actually follows through with his promise to put the site up again soon, but your experience seems unusual given how often GAF is slagged on by the rest of the internet for being the biggest "SJW" bastion.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:17:03 PM »
So, NeoGaf is dead because the owner is scum. Much lulz. Where will all those wanker gaffers go now?  ;D
I'm not gonna front; I miss it already and I have zero expectation that any of the replacements sprouting up like mushrooms after a forest fire will have any longevity.

It's dumb that it took Harvey Weinstein to get people acknowledging that Evilore's assaulted women when it's been common knowledge since 2012, but it is what it is.

What I've never understood is why you in particular dislike it so much. On paper, it seems to be everything you'd like:
-explicitly liberal on both the gaming and off-topic sides
-protective of LGBT
-tons of PC gamers
-dedicated subcommunities for whatever franchise/interest you might want
-huge fans of niche games, especially with female protagonists

Incidentally, if you haven't played VA-11 Hall-A, you might enjoy it.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: September 24, 2017, 03:25:18 PM »
Unless you're committing to one of the longer term purchase options (which I wouldn't recommend), you're better off thinking of it as just a $12 bundle available for an entire month at a time.

You can game the system a bit to save extra money; the first Humble Monthly purchase on any given account is eligible for a 10% off coupon with purchase of virtually any other Humble PC game bundle, so you can save a bit of money by making a new account every month. If there's a bundle showing up during the month that you're interested in, buy it on the dummy account and buy the Monthly on that account to save the $1.20. If there isn't, you can buy the $1 tier of whatever bundle is available and it'll still give you the coupon.

There may also be a referral option available in your main account for Monthly purchases; if your second account uses that link to purchase the monthly it'll give your main account $5 of credit.

Gaming General / Re: Diablo 2
« on: August 18, 2017, 02:09:01 AM »
Thanks!  Going to take a break from 1.1x HC and give 1.07 a spin.  I tried it eons ago (2003, maybe?) but never really made it through.  I reinstalled 1.07, but the game requires a physical CD in the drive, and I have neither a physical CD nor a CD drive.  I looked into Daemon Tools, but it seems adware-heavy now; is there a reliable no-cd crack and/or copy protection bypass for 1.07?

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