Jiryn
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Jiryn

Wasn’t Half Life 3 never “Officially” announced?
I remember Valve saying they began doing the episodes to get new content out quicker, but got to Episode 2 and just ended it there.
Since there there has been no official announcement about Half Life 3, just speculation and Valve repeatedly saying they are not working on the game, and will not begin work/development until they have new and fresh ideas to work off of.

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

Leave patreon! Just become a street walker and make money the old fashioned way big jim!!! I’ll help you through college 😉 sleep on my couch. Fuckonami!…i hear they’re hiring…

SkyllaLaFey
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SkyllaLaFey

I’m sure some good points were made about Half Life in this video, but I was a bit distracted
as the first part had me squealing with glee over remastered MediEvil. Please oh please let it do well enough to lead to more games in the series; Long Live (sorta) Sir Daniel!

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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I get the impression that they don’t want to close the lid on HL3 themselves. They are no doubt keenly aware that what pushed the previous main entries was the ‘wow’ factor with the new software they were presenting, and are basically keeping the IP open for when they believe they have something that can showcase a further jump in gaming technology. One thing I never understood is this gamer mindset of “the longer a game takes to make…the more totally awesome it has to be!” …Why?? That isn’t logical when you break it down. It’s a shallow assumption people… Read more »
Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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I should elaborate on the last point; I don’t think it’s at all helpful to say to any creator/designer/writer etc that it’s been so long you just shouldn’t bother making it, that is quite close-minded and anti-art..how about instead, it would do more good to direct that at consumers and advise them that more time does not equal more ‘totes awesome,’ it’s healthier and just plain more logical to temper one’s expections and try to understand not only the potential complications (and limitations) of any creation process, but your own mind too.

Anton
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Anton

The obvious solution is staring us in the face: let Gearbox finish this!

Chungus
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Chungus

I rather have the franchise burned to the ground than letting ….oh what’s his name? Randy….Smulchford? Anyway, don’t want HIM touching the games.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Why not I’d be quite interested to see a Finnish Goth band create Half Life 3.

Chungus
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Chungus

You mean another Aliens Colonial Marines.

Benj
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Benj

Realistically the only way HL3 is going to happen now is if the IP gets bought off by another publisher.

And then it’d probably be an in-name-only sequel and everyone will hate it.

Chris
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I feel about ever getting Half-life 2 Episode 3 the same way I’ve kind of resigned myself to feeling about Blizzard ever doing another proper Warcraft game that isn’t WoW related, I have to just give up and assume it will never happen or else I’ll drive myself crazy. Both companies are making far more money than they could ever imagine making from just putting out a new game (Valve from Steam, Blizzard from it’s game themed gambling service Overwatch) to have any reason to ever put the time and resources into a big new single player focused game at… Read more »
bluegreen76
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bluegreen76
I’m worried Patreon has convinced itself that the lost pledges from the last week are a small one time hit largely offset by adding the fees on top of the old remaining pledges. They will carry on into January only for creators to get totally hammered when a bunch of patrons who overspent on Christmas and don’t know abut the changes start getting 10-20 emails a month showing a charge of $1.38. Not to insult creators, but like gym memberships a significant fraction of their pledges are probably from people that would cancel but just never get around to it.… Read more »
grrrz
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grrrz

regarding Patreon, Twitter, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Steam, youtube; and so on, basically, people depend on those for their digital labour; and, well, we need to seize the mean of -digital- production!

Chris
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Exactly. More and more the power in the economy is in these big tech firms who want to pretend to be your friend and to be liberal or enlightened but who at the end of the day are run by wealthy, out of touch, overtly entitled libertarians who are so in love with their perception of a free market and if the false meritocracy they think have them this power that they have absolutely no fucks to give about how many of us they hurt. Just saying, when the time for torches and angry marching and guillotines comes we can’t… Read more »
grrrz
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grrrz

Forgot about half-life 3; you would think people would be reasonable enough to realise this was never going to happen like a few years ago at least already, no real need to mention it. Given the current trend Half-Life will make a great reboot ten or twenty years from now. it will just be called “Half-Life”

Coughee
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Coughee

Heck, that already happened with Black Mesa Source. It’s almost poetic that Valve didn’t touch the development of that fan-made remaster at all and they’re still making money off of it. Like all their automation has finally coming full circle.

Stormbringer
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Stormbringer

The 18th is next Monday… (!!!) and this company called Valve has a baby arm of an E for the end of its logo. Who knew.

9lives lie cat lie
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9lives lie cat lie

another thought, if patreon dose something to make Jim mad; he should have an incredible hulk like transformation into Sterdust

9lives lie cat lie
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9lives lie cat lie

I think the only way half life 3 could be any good and not be doomed because of hype or over exportation, would be to remaster the first game, a year later or two put out a remaster of the second on and then maybe another year or two later bring out the third game.

Polishfury5000
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Personally, I’d buy a “Bigger Orange Box” full of remasters.

But that’s a good idea to ground hype. Redo the old ones for all platforms, but just upgrade the graphics. Keep all mechanics and gameplay the same, for better or worse. They’re still good/great games, but shooters tend to have a tougher time aging. Re-releasing the series could be a good opportunity to keep expectations grounded for when HL3 releases (in this hypothetical universe).

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

Now might have to be the time I jump onboard Jim’s (and others’) Patreons to help step into the breech left by them losing a chunk of their $1 patrons, but I don’t like the idea of rewarding Patreon’s bad business practice. I’d buy people’s merch, but being in the UK the shipping & handling on even a shirt is atrocious, and I’d sub to the ones who are on Twitch, but I’m never around when they’re live on stream (I just watch the VoDs). Dunno what to do, really.

Ami Miljkovich
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I used to look up to Valve. As a bright-eyed teenager in 2011, I never could have imagined just how badly my then-favourite game developer would come to disappoint me, but… Here we are. I was patient. I was supportive. And I got NOTHING for it, while Valve have been content to lead all its jilted fans on for a whole decade. If nothing else, they’ve done a great job of ruining the magic they used to represent. I am grateful to Marc Laidlaw for posting that plot outline, so at least I can get a little bit of closure… Read more »
saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

There was a time when ea wasn’t all bad…long long ago…

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
RE: Patreon You are correct Jim. It is intentionally designed to punish $1 donations, because Patreon was losing money on $1 donations. Just like eBay and Amazon were losing money on $0.01 + Shipping orders, so they instituted minimum per-sale fees and fees on the shipping prices. Just like Humble Bundle was losing money with their strictly charitable “pay anything” business and so they started doing both more bundles and a full storefront. Companies never frame “we are losing money” in a way where they actually say that they are losing money. That makes investors afraid, and reduces consumer confidence… Read more »
Nohat Coder
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Nohat Coder
Why do so many people make up excuses for Patreon? If they actually have a good explanation they should have given it to us. Instead of giving us a good explanation they fed us some bollocks about how the current system was confusing for some users in some edge cases. We all know that that is not the real cause, so they are lying to us, and your response is to try to make up a better lie for them? As for your theory in particular, if they are losing money on $1 pledges, the correct action would be to… Read more »
InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
“Excusing” implies I agree with it: I don’t. But the fact of the matter is that the same excuses we laugh at AAA publishers for making are legitimate reasons to raise prices for smaller businesses. The storefront I manage, excluding Amazon’s and eBay’s fees and sales, pays out about $10k a year in advertising, hosting costs, server maintenance, and my paycheck adds another $30k (I am severely underpaid, but nothing we can do about it). We used to pay about $20k in advertising alone, until we crunched the numbers and realized we were getting diminishing returns. That’s just in the… Read more »
grrrz
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grrrz

all these companies are litterally swimming in cash. even Humble Bundle. fuck them and their greed. and of course fuck investors. nobody needs to make money out of it, people working full time just need to make a salary. which represents an infinitesimal fraction of the cash being generated here.

Nohat Coder
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Nohat Coder

I think you assume a bit much, there are legitimate costs to handling both money and digital goods. That said, if they can’t make money by skimming 5% off of pure money transactions they are doing something very wrong.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Lastly, does anyone think Death Stranding is going the route of becoming so hyped it can never achieve it? I don’t, I can only speak for me but I’m seeing stuff similar to what happened with No Man Sky and Titanfall on comment sections and I honestly can’t feel interested in it when I don’t even know what type of gameplay it has, at the moment it just feels like Auteur Theory run amok.

Sorry, that’s just being in my head for a while.

Anton
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Anton

Doubt it. After MGSV, people have become increasingly wary of Kojima, and his whole thing of creating weird trailers that don’t correspond to the final product is old news. I used to be a huge fan of MGS (before V, anyway), but I’m holding off on any premature evaluations – positive or negative – before I have the game in hand.

I have watched the trailers, and IMO they’re not great. Kojima has a distinctly cartoonish directorial style that does not mesh well with a photorealistic presentation.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Not particularly as it has just been multiple trailers for a game which features some very strange content. With NMS Hello Games lied regarding content and did nothing to curb the hype train it was on. I’m interested to see what Kojima does when he is unfettered it could end up being a complete mess.

Stormbringer
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Stormbringer

“multiple trailers for a game which features some very strange content.”

I just saw the recent trailer. It seems pretty straightforward that it’s dramatizing a “gray goo” scenario, which is completely consistent with Hideo’s obsession with nano-machines.

Galactix100
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Galactix100
Considering all the hype there already is, when all we know is that Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen are in it, it probably won’t be anywhere near the hype. But my guess is it’ll still do well because there are certain devs who survive off past reputation/being so well liked in certain circles. Look at David Cage. The guy’s a hack writer that makes films/tv shows then adapts them into fairly crap games but he gets away with it every time because enough people seem to like what he tries to do enough to ignore the failings of the actual… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

Mads has already gone on record as saying he has no idea what’s going on in DS. Which is not exactly something you want a lead actor to say; if he doesn’t understand the context of his character, how can he possibly do his best to bring that character to life?

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames
You’d be amazed how manyvhrwat actors don’t have a clue what happening or why and cafe even less beyond the paycheck. I had a family member whose in starwars the new hope (sadly dead but if you guess I’ll confirm) and he told me that Alec Guiness (obi wan) was exactly the latter, as was Peter Cushing. Both were old actors who needed money but hated scifi and Americans lol You’ll also see this in some of their autobiogs where they discuss the film and their characters as alot of nonsense and kids stuff haha they also hated that it… Read more »
saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

He is a hack but in gaming terms i.e. total shit (did you see mea story !!!? Or swbf2!!? Or even destiny 2 story!) His gems shine bright and his games are interesting and fun. No witcher3 but then no one is witcher3 as they had kick add hooks to steal from.

Deena
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Deena

Kojima’s always thrived on niche appeal, though. He’s got a fanbase that truly appreciates his, shall we say, eccentric style and esoteric storytelling, so they’ll be content if Death Stranding follows suit.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Also, why was it that Episodic games back then always promised three episodes, but only released 2? I remember a few of them did that like that Penny Arcade game.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Rainslick was cancelled because the developers got hired to make a comedic open-world action-RPG series about thongs and bacon. Valve I think just realized Steam was a better use of their time.

Cobra_IronFang
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Cobra_IronFang

Technically there was a third and forth game but they were done in an old top down rpg style, like the first few Final Fantasys. Gotta say though I did enjoy the Deathspank games, even though the gameplay was a bit lacking I really liked the humor.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

They were also made by a different developer as they were created by the same developer as Breath of Death & Cthulu Saves The World.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

And they were very good games as well. Zeboyd’s approach to punishing stalling is pretty nice as long as there isn’t a massive difficulty spike like in their most recent title whose name escapes me.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

COSMIC STAR HEROINE! Damn, it only took 20-cocking-minutes.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott
You know, I agree with you to let it go, but then last week I go my wish for a new console Soul Calibur game (my favourite game series) which I thought was never going to happen given the disaster financially 5 was (and tons of problems with it) and how Namco Bandai seemed to have given up on it except for stuff like Pachinko machines but always kept hope that it would. (Fan mode activated): It looks amazing!!! Retconning 5 yes!!! Sophitia!!! But also cautious given how fighting games recently have been coming out with less and less features,… Read more »
Chris
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Fanboy mode on…

So have there been any news if this is a reboot or something? Because the only characters they’re showing so far in the VGA and PSX trailers have been Sophitia, who was dead in the last game, and Mitsurugi who looks younger than he has since Soul Edge. I’m all for rebooting, I’m just curious what the excuse is or if they’re just going to ignore it the way they keep doing with how I’ve ought to be pushing her eighties by this point in the timeline after all the jumps forward.

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

The press kit said that this game will be revisiting the event of Soul Calibur 1 so reveal new truths.

KCMcG
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KCMcG

On the Patreon discussion. I personally am upping all my $1/month donations up to $5/month for December and then cancelling all of them until April in order to minimize these stupid new fees.

If Patreon has some silly costs where it costs them more money to handle several small transactions compared to one large transaction, I encourage them to open up the ability to sponsor once every x months instead of only once/month or once/video. Otherwise, I feel like a lower cost competitor is going to come along.