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This was an intentional move on their part, as is VERY apparent when you see their actual responses to some of the questions. They were onboard with this idea and were planning on catering to that audience. The only reason they won't now is because the community of 8chan couldn't turn it off for 5 seconds to avoid embarrassing them.

Shame. I liked Darksiders... but looks like I gotta add THQNordic to the "never buy from again" pile, where they can hang out with NCSoft.
 
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So, after all these layoffs, it turns out that EA and ActivisionBlizzard CEOs are on the list of the most overpaid CEOs in America (based on returns to investors, etc). Bobby and the other guy make as much as like 700 employees combined in JUST salary.

Bobby Kotick (a billionaire now) could have just not taken a paycheck for a year and not have had to layoff 306 people.

Bobby Kotick needs to be skinned and turned into high flying warning kites (my new favourite way of dealing with these parasites).
 
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This was an intentional move on their part, as is VERY apparent when you see their actual responses to some of the questions. They were onboard with this idea and were planning on catering to that audience. The only reason they won't now is because the community of 8chan couldn't turn it off for 5 seconds to avoid embarrassing them.

Shame. I liked Darksiders... but looks like I gotta add THQNordic to the "never buy from again" pile, where they can hang out with NCSoft.
You can literally see anime kid porn in the AMA that THQNordic is STILL linking to. Fucking Christ, what a pile of shit company.

Oof, seeing massive calls from industry folks calling on the only people that can do something about this nonsense, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Valve (though we know FOR CERTAIN, Valve will do nothing, because ha ha ha, Valve doing something about anything).
 
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The best thing that could happen to the internet and the world in general would be if the *chans and every last one of their users were set on fire and the ashes pissed on.
 
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This is probably a good time for the original THQ people to start reminding everyone that their company went bankrupt and the current company calling themselves THQ (formerly nordic) just bought their name.
 
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That's the head of global publishing at Microsoft.

Since a lot of upper level management was apparently involved in this nonsense at THQN, I'm guessing there's going to be some real scapegoat firings tomorrow.
 
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What I'm hearing about Anthem is that it is essentially a game that is at war with itself. It's a loot shooter a la Borderlands or Destiny that doesn't deliver much loot and very little of it is all that impressive for the grind it requires. The best aspect seems to be the flying, but half the time you're shoved into compact dungeons and arenas where flying is very limited. It's a Bioware game, which frequently means colorful NPCs to interact with and choices that effect the story arc of the game, that in Anthem's case delivers mostly drab NPCs and that refuses to allow your choices to have any real impact because they want to keep a consistent, unchanging world for all the players. It's bad at what it's focused on and works against the things that should be its strong point.

And that is why it's being received so poorly.
 
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What I'm hearing about Anthem is that it is essentially a game that is at war with itself. It's a loot shooter a la Borderlands or Destiny that doesn't deliver much loot and very little of it is all that impressive for the grind it requires. The best aspect seems to be the flying, but half the time you're shoved into compact dungeons and arenas where flying is very limited. It's a Bioware game, which frequently means colorful NPCs to interact with and choices that effect the story arc of the game, that in Anthem's case delivers mostly drab NPCs and that refuses to allow your choices to have any real impact because they want to keep a consistent, unchanging world for all the players. It's bad at what it's focused on and works against the things that should be its strong point.

And that is why it's being received so poorly.
Bioware is known for their writing and conversation systems, so naturally every dialogue in the game is drab and you only have two reply options that are basically "oh?" and "not now."

From what I've seen, it looks like whatever game anthem started development as has been chopped up and disassembled into an always online live service. This is evidenced by the fact that some of the story is told to you out of order, with characters you haven't met getting you as if they know you only to be introduced later
 

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Oh hey... look what's out of early access!

That looks almost enticing enough for me to reinstall and have a look... if I didn't know how much of Keen's promotional videos are smoke and mirrors.

Also I have never in my entire thousand hours of Space Engineers played on a server that had as many people logged in total as were shown standing within 50m of each other in many of those shots :p
 

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It still amazes me that total conversion mods for Doom are still being made. This one was released just a few months ago in Dec of 2018:

 
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I just found out that Skull and Bones game Ubisoft is doing is a shared world multiplayer game where you don't even get to leave your pirate ship and do other things. I've never felt more deflated about something exciting to me in my life.

God damn it.
 
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I just found out that Skull and Bones game Ubisoft is doing is a shared world multiplayer game where you don't even get to leave your pirate ship and do other things. I've never felt more deflated about something exciting to me in my life.

God damn it.
Fans: "We want a self-contained single player pirate adventure, but without the Assassin's Creed trappings!"

Ubisoft: "So what you're saying is you want a limited version of Ark: Survival."

Fans: "Um...no?"

Ubisoft: "Here you go!"
 
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I know, right? If I didn't already have it in my Steam library, I probably would've picked it up just for the novelty. And maybe for the Miner Wars bundle, too.

Heck, I still might.

--Patrick
 
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Might not have a dvd in there. I've bought games at walmart that only had a steam key on the inside. Though it should say somewhere on the package, if that's the case.
 
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I can't handle playing the older games without a remaster though, it's kind of traumatizing.
As my wife puts it, "I don't enjoy playing games where trying to figure out exactly which pile of pixels I'm supposed to click on is harder than the game itself."

--Patrick
 
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Subnautica: Below Zero has updated with a new vehicle that I find very interesting - the Seatruck.


Basically, it starts off a tiny little one man sub, like the Sea Moth, but you can add modular components to the back sort of like train cars, letting you lengthen it into a useful craft large enough to walk around in (but not as large and unwieldy as the Cyclops).

Nice.
 
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