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16  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 04:26:43 PM
Everything that needs saying about Aliens: CM Jim Sterling will/has cover.*

Good point.

As for Battle Born...
A) I don't play MOBA titles. Ominous item and play complexity paired with a notoriously childish audience does nothing for my interest in the genre. Combining that with a FPS design, a perspective that greatly limits tactical awareness, sounds damn hard to do effectively. Bordlerlands had a lot to recommend it, but getting blow up by Suicide Psychos from behind wasn't high on that list -no that didn't constantly happen, but BL didn't have the phenomena of Creeps either.

That said there's nothing saying, least of all myself, that GB has to take everything from the MOBA checklist for their own title. LoL dumped the "last hit" mechanic DotA cherished, and nothing of value was lost.

Gearbox interview on the subject.  Short version, Titanfall really opened up the viability of creeps in an FPS environment, and Gearbox seems to be aware of the ways the viewpoint can open up what you can do.

B) the character designs (willowy bow elf, hulking spess mehrine, steampunk gent, Rob Liefeld Samurai, etc) look like they'll get Gearbox sued by whoever's Deviantart account they are stealing from. Evil Yeah, they're colorful and a nice aesthetic mix -so what? How much of a character's visual appeal is delivered from a first-person perspective?

Team Fortress 2 hats.  That is all I really need to say on the subject of FP character customization.

However, the big draw is more than just aesthetic.  Supposedly each character is aimed to have a playstyle that draws from certain FP games.  Thorn (the elf) is meant to be for Elder Scrolls type players, Oscar Mike (the assault rifle bro) for CoD shooter bros, and so on.  
I can sort of see this game being an easy sell for producers:
"An FPS MOBA that aims for EVERY player out there?  Cha-ching!"

C) I am intensely skeptical of anything Gearbox promises to deliver. They don't mess around with the Gears of War franchise, but Borderlands was hit and miss about the whole trailer/reality ratio. Then Aliens: CM happened.

Um, Gears of War was Epic there, buddy.

Stargate

Yeah, I guess I can see where you are coming from.  We'll just have to see what the new movie's going to be like.
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 11, 2014, 09:01:14 AM
I guess my disinterest in Stargate is it's lack of the fantastic. It doesn't feel particularly ...interesting.

Ah, but unlike Star Trek, Star Wars, and/or Mass Effect, Stargate could be happening RIGHT NOW without us knowing.  It has that extra Urban Fantasy appeal of the fantastic hiding under the mundane, only with ray guns instead of wands.
Thing is, since it was a TV series, it had limitations to just how fantastic they could get.  Would have loved to have seen the power armor they showed in the trailer in the series, for instance.

By the way, no comment about Gearbox's new project?  No snide remarks about Aliens: CM?  Alright, I'll say something then:  I hope you can customize the look of your character, 'cause the Space Marine guy (the one with the assault rifle) helmet's kinda meh looking.

Also, I can only imagine searches online for it will keep turning up the other Battle Born.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 10, 2014, 02:34:08 PM
So what do you get when you take every type of First-Person game out there, and try to mash them up in one giant First Person Combat spectacular, all in a stylized cartoon?  Gearbox's Battleborn, apparently. an FPS MOBA.  Taking place "around the last star in a dying cosmos", Gearbox is taking this as an opportunity to really go all out on pure color.  In the trailer alone, there's a lithe bow elf, a steampunk robot, a super burly gatling Space Marine, a flying knight, a cyborg blademaster, all fighting waves of robot minions.  There is to be a five player co-op campaign, and a 5v5 multiplayer.  Game Informer's currently covering it, so keep an eye out.
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 09, 2014, 11:03:58 PM
So, is anyone else signed up for the Destiny beta next week?

No body? Sad

I am between consoles right now, and even if it was on PC I'm not sure I'd be able to play it.  Right now I'm just hoping I'll be able to handle the less strenuous games.  Tongue
20  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 09, 2014, 12:41:38 PM
Because I'm in the mood, y'know what would have been an interesting MMO?  Stargate Worlds.  I dunno, just felt like bringing that up today for some reason.
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 09, 2014, 08:50:45 AM
I skipped some, including the 2 of the 3 lady on lady battles because holy fucking shit they were misogynistic

Also wishing there was a bit less flipping off and crotch gesturing.  The "One more Superman who's never going to walk again" line was also a bit much. 
That said, I like Newton vs. Nye, and I just get a kick out of the announcer for some reason.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 08, 2014, 07:42:45 PM


Y'know, I hate rap.  So why can't I stop watching?  WHY!?!?!
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 08, 2014, 05:51:12 PM
Hey guys, want a long name?  Try Rejinaldo Leonardo Pedro Bolivar de Alencar-Araripe, leader of the Brazilia faction in Civ: BE.  Basically, he's the new Colonel Santiago.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 07, 2014, 04:43:09 PM
"Leaked" Star Wars Ep. VII Filmset Footage

I must say, the Germans do good work.
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 06, 2014, 03:51:33 PM
Google Co-Founders upload file instructing Terminators to spare them

And now I know what the first targets will be for scavengers and bandits.
26  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Heavy GunMetal [New 2.0 Setting] on: July 05, 2014, 05:42:32 AM
I am currently toying with the idea of using the faction system to make it actually matter which nation in the UC the players are from.  For simplicity's sake, I'll probably make the gear levels universal, with the main difference being what bonuses each player can get, and what support they can get for trading reputation in.

For instance, the UAO is big on macho-ness and feats of strength, so they get physical bonuses that help them out-arm-wrestle people, and can spend reputation to really push the limits of what the human body can do, such as the Five-Fingered Death Punch.

The NAS, meanwhile, is all about bringing it's ginormous military complex to bare.  Supply drops, airstrikes, you name it, and the REMFs will get it to you in five minutes or less, or the complementary pizza is free.

The others I'm still hammering out, though.  I'm thinking Australia should be the "pure badass" continent, with their reputation spending being on "summon bigger badass", with the size of the badass you summon increasing the more rep you spend.  Like I said, though, I'm still working on it.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 04, 2014, 04:48:50 PM
Y'know, I just had a thought.  Why didn't they have Michael Bay do the GI Joe movie?  Now I'm sure that people are going to be all "because of this this this and that", but considering just how much he's pro military, you'd think that that would help.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BURNING PATRIOTISM 2014! AMERICA!!!! on: July 04, 2014, 04:36:38 PM
Not being from the US of A I'm surprised I got nearly all of those (the Paul Revere one is actually quite clever Smiley

Reagan and Obama are of course during my lifetime, and Washington and Lincoln are iconic, but who's the dude in the Dreadnought? Is it Roosevelt?

A'yup, Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair mech.  You heard me right, wheelchair mech.

The artist (link) also has a Bill Clinton pic, but I'm kind of tired of the "he has his zipper down" jokes.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BURNING PATRIOTISM 2014! AMERICA!!!! on: July 04, 2014, 08:41:01 AM
Is Washington holding a french assault rifle?

Halo rifle, actually.  Since it's made by Bungie, an American company, it counts.

also i figured Captain America would be more patriotic.

That is the joke, yes.  Thank you for explaining it to the class.
30  Products / Z-Corps / The original zombie hunter on: July 04, 2014, 08:24:16 AM
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