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mwashburn1979

  • joined Dec 04, 2012
  • last login Jul 31, 2014
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Former / Inactive Gaming Journo covering (generally) MMO's for multiple online outlets. Now I'm an elementary school teacher and game based learning researcher and speaker.

Website: Mr. Washburn

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The meta games (farming, housing, sailing, gliding, law and order) are the deepest systems I’ve ever seen in an MMO. The core gameplay (combat, questing, storyline) is pretty good and the technical aspects (graphics, sound, music, animations) are exceptional. Because you can’t compare content volume on a new game vs. WOW or RIFT or Guild Wars 2, when you just compare the base components that I mentioned (again, leaving out content volume) this is easily a top 3 MMO.

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Not to mention additional hardware in the system itself which would make the system selling price higher or Sony’s profits lower. Please don’t kid yourselves, we are seeing a major comeback by Sony this generation partially due to the fact that they are PROFITING from hardware sales. Gamers benefit when the companies they buy from make money. Its quid pro quo.

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That’s called business. Charge a price the market will bear that produces a volume of sales you are happy with. We live in a capitalist society, I don’t know why you would have expected anything less.

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Except you aren’t the only customer Sony has… So…

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ArcheAge is fantastic. Trion is doing just fine.

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She woke up this morning to find IMs and tweets about supporting GaymerX and decided to throw in for $3,000 as well. “Chipping in for a sweet open bar seemed like a no-brainer,” she said. “Everyone loves open bars, c’mon.”

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Stay classy GoG.

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Its not just the recording in public though. Distribution without permission is also an issue.

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Regardless of the actions of the cat-caller, this also seems like a pretty blatant invasion of privacy.

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Gamification isn’t just related to video games. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification

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I don’t know how he would have done that. GH games didn’t decrease in quality, I have all of them and the last one is just as good or better than the first one. Our tastes and preferences changed and we stopped playing and buying the games.

Some of you folks don’t seem to understand the notion that companies make what consumers will buy. This notion is most prevalent in our food industry, which is rammed full of unhealthy shit simply because WE LOVE IT. If we collectively demanded that all McDonalds sell was salads, you can be dam sure that’s exactly what they would do.

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If you don’t think Call of Duty is a MAJOR factor in the massive expansion I am referring to, I don’t know what to say. Also, the homogenization issue is our fault not his. They make what we buy and we (gamers collectively) buy COD. I own two and I am terrible at FPS games. They sell what we buy, and we buy (much to my dismay) iterations of a few franchises (Battlefield, COD, AC to name three) whether they are good or not so they keep pumping them out.

Finally, you can be “responsible for the implementation and popularization of some of the less consumer friendly practices and for a large degree of homogenization in games” and oversee a massive market expansion at the same time, they are not mutually exclusive.

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Hes the CEO… He has power over everything.

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Say what you want but he has overseen a MASSIVE market expansion and been a primary influence in the growth of the popularity of video games.

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The real point here is that this is a real thing now and can’t be the wild wild west or it will have no credibility and disappear. The organizers need to respond with clear rules and better enforcement. The worst thing that could happen right now is a lawsuit from Team DK.

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Only 5…. So only 4 times more than the winner the of the British Open. NBD.

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They should be fined. This is 10 million dollars we are talking about.

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Its nice that you’re saying it but I was actually looking for Phil’s caveats, not yours. I’ve played the game, and I generally agree with your assessment. I am not new to Polygon.

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Sevens are good games that may even have some great parts, but they also have some big “buts.” They often don’t do much with their concepts, or they have interesting concepts but don’t do much with their mechanics. They can be recommended with several caveats.

I understand the review policy. What I don’t see in the review are a clear indication of what the “caveats” or “big buts” are which make this a 7.

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I read through all the current comments just to see if anyone noticed this as well. It was hard to find within this review what justified a 3 point reduction. The review was very positive and upbeat. I also tend to agree with everything said (though my experience is only to about level 25) Other than the character models, which is a subjective negative at best, I have a hard time seeing where the other deductions lie.

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