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stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Horizon Burning posted:

never understood blizzard's treatment of overwatch. it's been remarkably clear for years that the appeal of overwatch was the characters (and SFM porn) and the shooter part was, like, no one's favorite part. why blizzard didn't make an RPG or adventure game or whatever that actually focuses on what people like instead of trying to make The Future Of ESports.

After the first few cinematics/trailers were so well received I really expected it to pivot into a multimedia franchise. An Overwatch Netflix show or even a movie would have done incredibly well in 2017 if they'd been able to find a studio to keep up with that level of animation and someone talented enough to write a long form story.

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stev
Jan 22, 2013

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I didn't mind the healers and tanks when they were fun to play.

I mostly just played Junkrat though because I could fire at random and almost always kill something.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Good Dumplings posted:

isn't the point of cod that you can basically be piss-drunk and still play?

This applies to all games that I play.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Double Bill posted:

Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 delayed until 2023. So in 2022 Blizzard will be releasing... umm... Diablo Immortal? Shame they cancelled BlizzCon already, would've been fun to see them struggle to come up with anything to show.

D4 was never coming out in 2022 was it? I got the impression that it was maybe a 2023/4 game.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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WSJ posted:

In 2006, one of his assistants complained that he had harassed her, including by threatening in a voice mail to have her killed, according to people familiar with the matter. He settled the matter out of court, the people said.

The Activision spokeswoman said: “Mr. Kotick quickly apologized 16 years ago for the obviously hyperbolic and inappropriate voice mail, and he deeply regrets the exaggeration and tone in his voice mail to this day.”

He didn't even deny that one. Jesus loving Christ what an awful human being.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Why am I picturing his face beetroot red and tear-streaked as he writes this?

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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https://twitter.com/xpatriciah/status/1460736555803455488

If nothing else the man's getting mad exposure.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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At this point I'm wondering why Bobby doesn't just resign. He could just take the L, walk away and retire on his infinite supply of blood money.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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I personally haven't yet been killed by capitalism so who's to say if its good or bad

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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A spokesperson acknowledged and admitted that he threated to have someone killed. :psyduck:

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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FAUXTON posted:

Yeah they're killing the studio brand so they can have the IPs at a discount

They're making the IPs worthless in the process.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Honestly I don't know if peripherals are ever going to be successful again. They just don't jive with the way people play games these days. The only exception I can think of right now is Ring Fit, which sold well but hadn't exactly dry set the world on fire.

Maybe in 10 years they'll come out with a definitive plastic instrument experience that the most obsessive nostalgia hounds will love but it won't be any time soon.

That said I do miss Rock Band drumming. It was a cool, relatively dirt cheap way of approximating the experience of drumming without having to worry about noise or actually learning how to use drums which was ideal for me.

stev fucked around with this message at 10:41 on Nov 19, 2021

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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https://twitter.com/WarcraftDevs/status/1461782076173139970

"Blizzard polish" means never looking at character models from the back.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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tithin posted:

firing him without cause is $265~ mill
with cause is $265k

How on earth can you justify a payout if he's fired with cause? He could murder twenty employees in the company cafeteria and be paid for it.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Kith posted:

one of the worst things about destiny 2 is that it's actually significantly cheaper than most MMO options on the market. it's notably cheaper than FF14, for example. however, the presentation of its prices are so aggressively awful that nobody actually knows that unless they sit down and do the math

the DCV also sucks and is bad

While this is true each expansion/season has about 5% of the stuff you get in the equivalent FF14 content drop. It's not great value for money.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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https://twitter.com/BlizzJess/status/1465714592189849613?t=umYdaAzzXS_jH7YgHfBTRw&s=19

About as direct a condemnation as you could hope for.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Endorph posted:

https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1483432118441099266

Realistically either he gets some cushy job away from anything important to collect a paycheck or they give him a ton of money to gently caress off.

HUMILIATION FOR LOSER KOTICK

(USER WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR THIS POST)

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Srice posted:

If you enjoy the multiplayer you're probably gonna jump to the new game each year because that's the new hotness everyone will be playing (And now that Warzone exists and is a big deal, that's another tangible benefit to staying up to date with the series).

I never really hear people talk about CoD anymore unless it's in the context of Activision/industry chat. It doesn't ever feel like the new hotness anymore. It seems to be purely running on inertia, feeding off the same group of fans who play that and only that each year.


Then again Roblox is the biggest game on the planet and the only time I ever hear people talk about it is parents bemused by their kids spending all their free time and cash on it.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Shadowlyger posted:

That is completely not how tokens work. Once you buy a token with gold, you either redeem it for game time or $15 of Blizzard Balance. You cannot hold onto it and use it to pay for a mythic carry.

Yeah this was me memory of how it worked (though I haven't played since BFA). You buy a token through the auction house but it's not a standard item that you can buy from a specific player, it goes into a big pool of tokens and you pay the market price for one of them. You can't freely trade them between players as far as I know.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Cantorsdust posted:

To add an even more exaggerated example of how IP isn’t enough to make video games without heavy investment in development:

Games Workshop has a very in-demand IP that has spawned multiple successful video games (and many not-successful games). With the demand for their IP well-established, why don’t they develop their own games in house?

I guess WB Games is a bit of an anomoly and had its own journey but it shows that these IP hoarding megacorps could do this poo poo themselves if they really wanted to (or at least buy some studios to do it for them).

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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MikeJF posted:

I wonder if they're going to structure Activision, Blizzard and King as separate organisations directly under the Microsoft Game Studios umbrella or if it's going to go MS -> ABK -> A, B & K.

I would imagine there's going to be some restructuring to remove the redundant elements. Looking at Wikipedia Zenimax's board was dissolved following their sale and it sounds like they basically exist in name only for the time being so it'll probably be similar.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Minera posted:

Sure, but in Nintendo's case they just kinda... refuse to actually make their music accessible anywhere else. It's not even something you can pay them for the privilege to hear it, aside from finding an old console and a copy of the game (due to Nintendo's weird issues with actually making their back catalog accessible)

Once in a blue moon they'll put a soundtrack to one of their games in an obscure place like on a magazine cover or on the Club Nintendo points store.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Schir posted:

on the one hand in the valley of the gods and their podcast died the minute valve acquired them, but on the other hand they went on to make half life alyx, which i am told is very good

I waited a decade for HL3 and I'd trade Alyx for getting the podcast network back in a heartbeat. :(

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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The Android app isn't nearly as bad as it used to be - ie it actually works now. The biggest problem I have is that if an album comes off the service it'll replace all the songs in your library with singles or other versions, and doesn't fix it when the album comes back onto the service the next day.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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I'm glad he at least copped to it and immediately stepped back. It's more than most seem to do at least.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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pentyne posted:

Someone in the Steam thread posted that Embracer is friendly with 8chan, wtf that is that about?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THQ_Nordic#Controversy

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Yeah the guy needs to gently caress off via cannon.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Andrast posted:

which overwatch character is the most diverse mathematically

The robot probably.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Bust Rodd posted:

Also, like, The Last of Us 2 fails the Bechdel test and itís literally a video game about a bisexual woman, a lesbian, a super jacked cishetwoman, and a transmasc teen. But your point is taken for sure, we could use better diversity heuristics in gaming, and we could use them immediately.

I feel like this can't actually be true but I'm not gonna go looking through a script to find out.

What counts as talking about a man? Does a 15 minute conversation in which a man's name is mentioned once but is otherwise irrelevant count? Do any conversations driven by the subtext of Joel's death but not directly about it count?

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Ah yes I often blog about racist ideas I have but don't follow through on.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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kirbysuperstar posted:

See the thing is, being able to quickly sight what a character is capable of by their general shape and such is important, as shown by TF2

Which is why cosmetic skins and weapon loadouts have a tenancy to ruin and bloat those sorts of games.

stev
Jan 22, 2013

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Bust Rodd posted:

lmao nobody tell this guy about booster packs of magic cards

They're also bad. Two things can be bad.

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stev
Jan 22, 2013

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If Diablo 3 had gone all in on the MMO-esque expansion/update cycle that they dipped their toes into with RoS I'd probably never have stopped playing it. Just give me an expanding story, new maps and tougher bosses on an endless treadmill and they have me for life.

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