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    Gdc eu 2013

    Discussion thread for topics brought up in GDC EU 2013, August 19-21.

    Linda "Brasse" Carlson, SOE director global community relations

    SOE working to protect developers from player attacks

    Sony Online Entertainment, she says, "is still getting hate mail for the NGE update in Star Wars: Galaxies."
    SOE three rules of engagement for community management


    Removing Spending Cap saved Age of Empires Online
    Polygon's take

    Was this even saved? The solution for a game to be succesfully is to make sure you can charge more than $75 for a game that used to be $50-$60 for all content plus $30 expansions. Did anyone even want AoE online instead of AoE 4?

    "Dense, single-use expensive content was what was actually broken in Age of Empires Online,
    Sounds like they forgot to add lots of one time use items!

    Its funny to see games like Natural Selection 2 release new content for free and attract new sales while these other companies that moved to F2P can not all the time.

    Ubi-Soft annouces JRPG inspired side scroller

    The game is a side-scrolling game with JRPG-esque turn-based battles. Beyond its artistic and classic JRPG influences, Plourde cited Limbo as a huge influence on the game's direction, along with European fairytales.

    Plourde said that the game aims to leave behind the testosterone-driven design of Far Cry 3, which he recently directed -- 33 percent of the game's team are women, which is the largest percentage of any Ubisoft Montreal team right now, Plourde said. He said the average number of women employees at the studio is 20 percent, including non-development staff.


    EA Press Conference tomorrow.
    Blizzard Press Conference on the 21st.

    More Occulus Rift, Hotline Miami 2, Shadow Warrior, Wasteland 2, Witcher 3 being shown along with a lot of other talks.

    Discuss and post other talks here.

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    Thread title meant to be "GDC EU 2013"

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    Interesting about the SWG NGE debacle. The best thing to ever happen to SWG is getting canned. Now it is a free, player run game. And it's also a pre-NGE version.
    I don't know why people have to send hate mail to the developer (though I understand the wrath) but they should have some auto reply that directs the haters to swgemu.com

    edit: yeah Natural Selection 2. That games gets just about everything right. Great devs, good community, moddable, private servers, patches actually include new content, etc...
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    How review scores can manipulate your opinions through psychology
    To put that into the context of reviews, users who read a low-scored review are implicitly influenced by that score's number and its negative connotations when later asked for their opinion of the game. The same will naturally go for high scores.

    Despite the apparently significant influence of reviews on readers, those in charge of review writing are largely "self-appointed and not especially gifted," said Schneider-Johne. As a result, Schneider-Johne says it leads to an unfair system "broken by design and psychology."
    Within this broken system developers who financially depend on reviews and popular opinion "need to game the system." Success in this case can only be found by developers who rely on word of mouth by building a great product, a "fantastic first 15 minutes," and a "meta-story" that make the experiences easier for users to tell their friends about.
    Just look at SimCity for a good example. Regardless of server problems the game had a nice candy coating on the outside but a rotted inside. Any other games anyone can think of that "game" the review system for reviewers that use scores?

    One reason I prefer non-score reviews. If the reviewer can write and you actually read it, they will convene well how the game is.

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    Command & Conquer to deliver episodic content, solo or co-op story driven campaigns

    New Fable game announced as Xbone exclusive (sigh)
    Sounds like a 5 player Dungeonland like game, where a 5th can control the villian with a tablet (Wii U called). Seeing their track record on PC ports... it will port in 2 years or possibly port if it tanks on Xbone.

    Free FIFA 14 with EU Xbone pre-orders
    Microsoft has been pretty aggressive with changes after their E3 reaction. No always online, can be playable with no Kinect, easier Indie access. They are trying hard to catch back up to Sony. Maybe give us some free FIFA with Windows 8? eh eh eh Microsoft? Yah will never happen.

    Exclusive mode to Zbone for PvZ: Garden Warfare, has SmartGlass and Kinect controls
    More exclusive rubbish. This game might be good if it plays like Conker's Bad Fur Day multiplayer, which is brilliant. I hope the tablet mode comes to PC seeing how BF4 is getting the tablet commander.

    Sim4 character creator mode, sculpt like clay (youtube)
    This would be cool to see in other games that is not Sims4. You use touch points instead of sliders... so basically more slider options without actually sliders being used.

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    Titanfall gameplay video:



    Looks like it could be fun. Parkour!

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    I am almost scared at how promising Titanfall looks.

    In other news, CCP still prefers to roll out with random crap instead of fixing/improving their core product:
    http://themittani.com/news/evr-annou...kyrie-out-2014

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