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Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 15 May 2012 04:24:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Diablo III's launch is breathtaking in its lack of either concern or competence (your pick).

Posted by Ron Dippold on Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:58:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
The Breakout genre has a fundamental problem with lack of player agency causing long stretches of player boredom and frustration. Shatter solved this problem - please take heed if you're going to make a new Breakout game.

Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 03:35:00 EST in Design, Console/PC
Players and reviewers who really hate Lord of the Rings: War in the North don't seem to realize there's a dodge button. This is not their fault.

Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 06:35:00 EDT in Audio, Console/PC
Sometimes you play a game that's a revelation. 'Tiny Wings' was like that for one touch gaming. 'Bastion' is that game for audio.

Posted by Ron Dippold on Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:49:00 EST in Design
There was one single, easy thing Epic Mickey could have done to make it a much better game, make players much happier, and boost metacritic scores 10-20 points: minimizing the penalty for death.

Posted by Ron Dippold on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:01:00 EST in Design
I'm playing Crackdown again and finding I enjoy it more than Assassin's Creed 2, InFAMOUS, or Uncharted 2. Those are all great games, but crippled by the demands of plot.

Ron Dippold's Comments

Comment In: [News - 09/26/2016 - 09:58]

Any improvement to suggestions would ...

Any improvement to suggestions would be great. I 've stubbornly marked every F2P MMO and F2P CCG as NOT INTERESTED yet it keeps showing them as 'things you might be interested in '. On the other hand, if you show me more MUD-likes or SpaceChem-likes you just might make some ...

Comment In: [News - 09/23/2016 - 07:16]

Wow. We like to pretend ...

Wow. We like to pretend that players aren 't representative of the industry - people actually working in the biz are much saner than the forum trolls r n r nBut the comments here put the lie to that. This might as well be reddit or SA.

Comment In: [News - 09/14/2016 - 05:11]

Drawn to Death and Guns ...

Drawn to Death and Guns Up teams are also intact... which probably means Kill Strain, and then since Sony 's about to launch PS VR they can lay off or reallocate almost everyone who was devving for it and forget it exists - as usual for peripherals or handhelds.

Comment In: [News - 09/14/2016 - 03:08]

Of these 400, I think ...

Of these 400, I think I 've heard of 10 of them including Fantastic Contraption and Else Heart.Break . r n r nLooking at say, Lands of Devastation, which dropped from 86 to 16 by losing 93 of its artificially pumped reviews, this is exactly the sort of thing Valve ...

Comment In: [News - 09/12/2016 - 09:39]

Well, as long as the ...

Well, as long as the delays are getting shorter, eventually Xeno 's Paradox runs into minimum granularity of days... r n r nIt 's been ten years in the making, please give it another two months if that 's what it takes. r n r n After 10 years, I ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/29/2016 - 09:28]

A good writeup - I ...

A good writeup - I 've certainly never thought of AC as social stealth, especially compared to games like Hitman. I 'm guessing - just guessing - that they tried the proposed more realistic system and it annoyed players too much on the huge maps when they just want to ...