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  1. Planetside 2

    It is pretty amazing, isn't it? I haven't played an MMO in forever - but hotfixing critical bugs WHILE people are playing? And letting players actually vote on what they want to go into each build? Wut?
  2. Games that nail atmosphere and immersion

    Yes. Immersion is inherently tied to suspension of disbelief. I think immersion happens when a game has the right magic mojo that makes me say "OK my brain can mostly pretend this is real life for a bit." It can have very little to do with the aesthetic qualities of a game. The typeface of a good book is not what makes you immersed in the book. Perhaps it comes down to how much the individual player just WANTS to be immersed. Often when a friend says a game didn't immerse them it sounds to me like they're saying "I just couldn't play make believe for these reasons..." Look at the dozens of Skyrim screenshots people have taken when the game glitches (due to broken vertices, missing textures, etc.). We think these moments are especially funny and weird because prior to that moment our brain was immersed, and then the bug shattered our suspension of disbelief. Also, this is why the Nintendo Wii kind of was a let down (at least to me). It was sold to us on the premise that motion and movement would make us more immersed. It worked at first though not because of the controller, but because of the simple and engaging games Nintendo made for it. There are many Wii games that implement the motion controller well but are just bad games, completely unable to create a suspension of disbelief. Immersion had nothing to do with the Wii controller in the end. EDIT (I hate being that guy that posts links to his horrible blog on forums, but I once wrote a post about this on my horrible blog:
  3. Planetside 2

    For the record I enjoy the goofing off just as much as winning the space war. Thanks for the fun session everyone!
  4. Planetside 2

    FOR VANUUUUUUUU! *crash*
  5. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Hello! While it is true that I've only passed two out of three Turing tests and oftentimes FEEL like I am a hopeless automaton, I'm pretty sure I'm not a robot.
  6. Planetside 2

    Hello! Sorry I don't visit the forums very often. Enjoyed our Planetside session yesterday. Let's play more! Also, nice hot drop shots.