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Forum: Politics & Religion July 8th, 2008, 12:31
Replies: 105
Views: 5,019
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Manifestly so. Thereís an amusing irony in the…

Manifestly so. Thereís an amusing irony in the term "global village"; its proponents suffer from the same localised myopia that so often afflicts their real world counterparts. The Internet is no…
Forum: News Comments July 8th, 2008, 11:21
Replies: 28
Views: 4,252
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Your argument is that gameplay options are a "bad…

Your argument is that gameplay options are a "bad thing" because they make development/QA more difficult. Development issues are irrelevant to the end user; it's the features provided that matter. As…
Forum: News Comments July 8th, 2008, 10:51
Replies: 7
Views: 1,088
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Dunno… it depends on your personal qualifying…

Dunno… it depends on your personal qualifying criteria for a Diablo clone. Apart from the games you've mentioned the following titles have been released in around the last twelve months and are…
Forum: News Comments July 7th, 2008, 14:28
Replies: 28
Views: 4,252
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Sounds good all round. Very true and one…

Sounds good all round.


Very true and one of the more interesting aspects of Eschalon especially in contrast to some recent RPGs where the difference in character builds is often merely cosmetic….
Forum: News Comments July 4th, 2008, 12:29
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
In the correct usage of the term "innovative" I…

In the correct usage of the term "innovative" I certainly agree. That is: it took an existing design and significantly improved on, without fundamentally changing, it. Specifically Diablo took the…
Forum: News Comments July 2nd, 2008, 10:26
Replies: 35
Views: 2,518
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
You know that has always been a bit of a mystery…

You know that has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I doubt that the franchise has any significant mass-market appeal; certainly not in comparison to the more accessible high fantasy of The Elder…
Forum: News Comments July 2nd, 2008, 10:08
Replies: 8
Views: 1,142
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Yes, the compass wasnít just a crutch for lazy…

Yes, the compass wasnít just a crutch for lazy players but also crutch for lazy quest design. Quite often extremely lazy and nonsensical quest design. However I do recall one interesting exception to…
Forum: Politics & Religion June 27th, 2008, 14:48
Replies: 105
Views: 5,019
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
O rly? Regardless, the treaty was simply an old…

O rly? Regardless, the treaty was simply an old turd wrapped up in a new ribbon. We already had a public debate on the treaty when it was called a constitution. After wholly undemocratic re-run of…
Forum: News Comments June 26th, 2008, 17:59
Replies: 18
Views: 1,769
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Shame this is the last one. I hope Jeff pulls a…

Shame this is the last one. I hope Jeff pulls a similar u-turn with the Geneforge series as he did with the Avernum games.
Forum: News Comments June 23rd, 2008, 10:57
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
By the same reasoning Rise of Nations is very…

By the same reasoning Rise of Nations is very similar to Civilization but that wouldn't change the fact that they're different genres. The scenario-based gameplay of AoW is a different experience to…
Forum: News Comments June 20th, 2008, 16:19
Replies: 29
Views: 2,770
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Itís obviously a very polarising feature. Iím as…

Itís obviously a very polarising feature. Iím as old school CRPG as you can get but Iím still in the no camp. This sort of busy work simply isn't fun. I bought Book I and thoroughly enjoyed it ('twas…
Forum: News Comments June 20th, 2008, 16:13
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
After failing to secure the licence for an actual…

After failing to secure the licence for an actual remake Stardock are supposed to be developing a MoM type game. It has been on the back burner for an awfully long time though :-(
Forum: News Comments June 10th, 2008, 16:12
Replies: 11
Views: 1,259
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Well MoM is a fantasy 4x but there are major…

Well MoM is a fantasy 4x but there are major differences between MoM and Civ. MoM's combat is considerably less abstract than Civ's: unit's can be grouped into parties and combat is resolved in…
Forum: Off-Topic June 4th, 2008, 10:40
Replies: 19
Views: 3,008
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
It's par for the course to be abused by laughably…

It's par for the course to be abused by laughably pathetic cliques and internet 'hard men' on the codex. It's necessary either to ignore abuse or give as good as you get. Apart from that itís…
Forum: News Comments June 3rd, 2008, 11:47
Replies: 6
Views: 1,521
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
To an extent, it depends on the source book…

To an extent, it depends on the source book you're consulting. The Realms of Chaos supplements were uniformly horrific, the rulebook was rather generic and plain, and there were occasional attempts a…
Forum: News Comments June 3rd, 2008, 11:28
Replies: 77
Views: 4,852
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Neither would I because it doesn't require a…

Neither would I because it doesn't require a mainstream publisher to produce a successful high quality PC title. In fact the current mainstream business model is fundamentally flawed and it's their…
Forum: News Comments May 30th, 2008, 17:01
Replies: 6
Views: 1,521
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Funny 'cause it's true. Anyone remember when…

Funny 'cause it's true. Anyone remember when Warhammer used to be synonymous with *gothic* fantasy? These days it's more like Heroes of Might & Magic but, unlike the Heroes series, Warhammer isnít…
Forum: News Comments May 23rd, 2008, 11:03
Replies: 31
Views: 2,863
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Indeed, 'rougelike' is the snuggest fitting…

Indeed, 'rougelike' is the snuggest fitting categorisation for Diablo, but for some reason the contemporary press didnít make that connection and thus the world was saddled with the inaccurate (and…
Forum: News Comments May 22nd, 2008, 13:54
Replies: 3
Views: 897
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
So the next 'game' revolves around teaching a dog…

So the next 'game' revolves around teaching a dog not to eats it's own faeces?
Forum: News Comments May 20th, 2008, 18:06
Replies: 21
Views: 1,846
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Iíd qualify that slightly: without *believable*…

Iíd qualify that slightly: without *believable* motives using *well chosen* words there would be no emotional impact. Tolerance for quantity is relative to its quality. With that in mind I inclined…
Forum: News Comments May 19th, 2008, 12:47
Replies: 48
Views: 4,895
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Someone has to take over the Elder Scrolls…

Someone has to take over the Elder Scrolls franchise now that Bethesda is busy on Fallout. I saw a scavenger the other day… disgusting creatures.


I weep.
Forum: News Comments May 19th, 2008, 11:49
Replies: 24
Views: 1,532
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
My gaming system isn't connected to the 'net at…

My gaming system isn't connected to the 'net at any time and I find the irony of being forced online (i.e. warez central) to validate a single-player game hilarious. Any software with the sheer…
Forum: News Comments May 15th, 2008, 12:27
Replies: 7
Views: 2,998
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Seconded, in some ways modern graphics actually…

Seconded, in some ways modern graphics actually detract from the game. It's similar to the oft-cited difference between reading a book and watching a movie. In the latter the artist's vision…
Forum: News Comments May 12th, 2008, 15:09
Replies: 20
Views: 2,895
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
Interestingly dragons originate as snakes,…

Interestingly dragons originate as snakes, probably pythons. Apart from the implausible size, Pliny the Elder's description of dragons is essentially that of a serpent which kills its prey by…
Forum: News Comments May 12th, 2008, 14:24
Replies: 20
Views: 2,066
Posted By MudsAnimalFriend
One button? You mean Space Siege requires actual…

One button? You mean Space Siege requires actual user interaction to play?! Sounds like they've increased the complexity of the series since Dungeon Siege then. Gas Powered Games should take care not…
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