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Old June 29 2011, 01:48 PM   #316
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Still, as the article points out there are a few notable cases of talent from the first two games not returning which has me a little worried. Mostly I think people are afraid that Bioware may be put under the same kind of pressure from EA that made them put out DA2 seemingly two thirds done. The feeling I've seen around the interwebs is that the EA suits may be of the opinion that since ME2 was such a big seller, they needn't spend as much on ME3 as they'll have a significant number of guaranteed sales from established fans.

Personally I doubt it, but the third instalment in any trilogy can be a tricky one...
Actually, the president of EA stated that Mass Effect is one of his favorite franchises and they pushed back ME3 to give it as much polish as possible. This was IIRC after the EA press conference on the first day of GameTrailers.com/Spike TV E3 coverage.
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Old June 29 2011, 06:45 PM   #317
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^And who knows, he may have been telling the truth.

Seriously though, I can't see even the likes of EA risking ME3's development for short term gain so long as they want the franchise to continue after the Shepard trilogy is done.
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Old June 29 2011, 08:36 PM   #318
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Maybe I'm just cynical, but I still think at least part of the reason for the delay was so that BioWare could add in stupid Kinect crap.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:20 PM   #319
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All I got from the link was an error message.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:24 PM   #320
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Huh, the link worked just fine yesterday. The site itself must have removed the story.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:28 PM   #321
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Besides, I might have jumped the gun if the story turns out to be incorrect.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:30 PM   #322
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Ah ha. Found it. They removed the story and put it back up without the "Official" Since it is still unconfirmed by EA and Bioware.

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Old June 29 2011, 09:46 PM   #323
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Thanks for digging that up.
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Old June 29 2011, 09:47 PM   #324
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Old June 29 2011, 10:18 PM   #325
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Maybe I'm just cynical, but I still think at least part of the reason for the delay was so that BioWare could add in stupid Kinect crap.
I can't see that eating up several months worth of development. Unless there's more to it than they showed at E3 all they're really doing is mapping voice commands to certain, already present functions. It's not as if they're retooling the gameplay mechanics so the player has to flail their arms in mid-air to scan for minerals...hmm, maybe I shouldn't be giving them ideas!
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Old June 29 2011, 10:32 PM   #326
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Maybe I'm just cynical, but I still think at least part of the reason for the delay was so that BioWare could add in stupid Kinect crap.
I can't see that eating up several months worth of development. Unless there's more to it than they showed at E3 all they're really doing is mapping voice commands to certain, already present functions. It's not as if they're retooling the gameplay mechanics so the player has to flail their arms in mid-air to scan for minerals...hmm, maybe I shouldn't be giving them ideas!
Great, now I'm going to have nightmares of that very scenario.

Still, it does feel to me more like Kinect was EA/Microsoft's idea than BioWare's.
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Old June 29 2011, 10:43 PM   #327
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It was almost certainly Microsoft's idea as they are pushing all the studios to find ways to use Kinect with their games. Notch, the guy that made Minecraft, said that when he signed a deal with MS to bring Minecraft to the 360, they insisted on it containing Kinect functionality and he agreed because they offered him a shit-tonne of money. He still has no idea how Kinect will work with the game, nor does MS or the studio that's making the port, but MS wanted it in there so that they could announce another Kinect game at E3.
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Old June 30 2011, 12:26 AM   #328
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I think that pretty much sums up why these motion control peripherals are probably going to ultimately fail to gain a foothold. They keep coming up with these gimmicky new control interfaces without having a clear idea as to how they're supposed to relate to the software. I mean game controllers weren't just some lucky fluke. Several decades of trial and error have gone into designing a device that directly links a brain to moving images on a screen by way of the thumbs.

I happen to think that the technology behind Kinect has a lot of potential, I'm just not sure the home console market is the best place for it.
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Maybe I'm just cynical, but I still think at least part of the reason for the delay was so that BioWare could add in stupid Kinect crap.
Oh God yes, we need head tracking for the romance parts.

Get it? Head tracking! Hehehe.

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I think that pretty much sums up why these motion control peripherals are probably going to ultimately fail to gain a foothold. They keep coming up with these gimmicky new control interfaces without having a clear idea as to how they're supposed to relate to the software. I mean game controllers weren't just some lucky fluke. Several decades of trial and error have gone into designing a device that directly links a brain to moving images on a screen by way of the thumbs.

I happen to think that the technology behind Kinect has a lot of potential, I'm just not sure the home console market is the best place for it.
The whole concept seems incomplete on X Box. With the Wii it made sense as part of the whole idea.
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