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  1. I am me. I wasn't here yet in 2003, but I have been here long enough to remember you. I told you that your cowbell quote was wrong and gave you the transcript so you could correct it.

    I am not really that familiar with most of the current mod projects, but if you join our Discord, I think many of the modders are present there, even if there isn't a huge amount of discussion regarding them.

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    It is the first Monday of April, so it is time for one last Nmenth's Research Lab. This month we will look at some of the more powerful weapons in Command & Conquer, including the Particle Cannon, Orbital Strike, and Vacuum Imploder to see how these compare with reality.

    This will be the final edition of Nmenth's Research Lab as, unfortunately, there are a finite number of technologies to explore in Command & Conquer, and it is preferable to quit while they are still interesting.

  3. I don't know of any C&C that civilians can't be killed, unless they are never present. The only thing I can think of that comes close to you not being allowed to kill civilians was the cut Generals mission, Black Sheep, where the GLA wiped out a town of civilians with Toxin Tractors. The mission was pretty boring though, so it was no great loss.

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    It is the first Monday of March, so it is time for another Nmenth's Research Lab, this month we will look at a few of the less-fanciful, but still unconventional weapons in Command & Conquer, including Gatling Guns, Flamethrowers, and Ramjet Rifles and see how these compare with reality.

    New technologies will be explored on the first Monday of every month, so return next month on the 1st for more from Nmenth's Research Lab.

  5. 5 hours ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    You seem to keep implying and expecting that EA has competent businessmen. If that were the case, they wouldn't have allowed the past ~14 months to occur.

    Competent businessmen can still make mistakes. Your post hoc fallacy proves nothing.

    They made a calculated risk to pander to shareholders and game journalists at the expense of their fans. It backfired because they didn't expect their fans to have a powerful voice to rally them together. Now they know who else they need to start throwing bones to.

    By this time again next year, I fully expect EA will be doing just fine and everyone will still hate them.

  6. 11 minutes ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    It shows that only dim minds never think long term and discard the whole picture.

    That is exactly what I am seeing right now from a bunch of people whose total understanding of business could fit up a dung beetle's exhaust pipe.


    You don't have to like it. I don't like it. I hate EA, Rivals, and the whole gaming industry's tactics, but it is the truth. EA will most likely pull out of this current slump, will make boatloads of money, and treat all of their customers like landfill rats.

  7. 19 minutes ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    Numbers aren't everything here.

    They are as far as EA is concerned. And eventually, the numbers will win, the numbers always win. A few road bumps are not relevant in the grand scheme.

    19 minutes ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    Guess which demographic they got to shill Rivals for them (for free, which makes it even sadder). And how "well" that turned out.

    As I said, it will take time to refine the process.

    19 minutes ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    the key turning point was when an entire community (bless you, Battlefront players!!!) gathered to resist EA's shit. Then some governments lent a helping hand.

    The "entire community" only moves in one direction when a minority of people can command the crowd as their leaders, these are the influencers. The governments only cared because of the publicity, which again, was due to the influencers raising a stink over it. The influencers are the cogs in the machine and if when EA can learn how turn the cogs to their tune, the "entire community" will dance to that tune.

    16 minutes ago, Plokite_Wolf said:

    I think you underestimate how oversaturated that pathetic excuse of a gaming market is.

    That is the equivalent of saying the PC gaming market or console market is oversaturated. While it is theoretically possible to have too many games for sale at one time on one platform, it is not a serious concern to any company.

    9 minutes ago, FRAYDO said:

    It's easier to blame others than take accountability.

    No, it is more reassuring to the shareholders to blame others. Some of the shareholders might even know EA is feeding them lines, but the last thing they want to hear from EA is, "Yeah, we screwed up big time. Mistakes were made left and right, but we have a vague plan or two that we hope will pan out in the short term, and in the long term, none of this really matters anyway."

  8. Mobile games currently account for a larger percent of the gaming market than either console or PC games and are expected to reach 50% of gaming revenue by 2020. EA is doubling down because betting on mobile is the smart financial move right now.

    EA has been floating in a reputation cess pit for a while and have taken several hard hits of more bad publicity over the past year. Their coffers are starting to feel the strain of it all and they are obligated to take it seriously at this time, but they aren't about to blame themselves for it in front of their shareholders who couldn't tell the difference between Pong and C&C: Rivals if their lives depended on it.

    I am certain the C&C remaster wouldn't have even be considered at this time last year. The remaster was an ideal move at the moment they took it on, it will cost much less to make than a new title, will reduce C&C fans sabotaging their more profitable mobile release, and will grant them a cheap reputation boost if it succeeds and not really hurt too badly if it flops.

    Every decision they make and everything they say to their shareholders makes complete sense from a business point of view.

    EA has been snubbing their customers in the past because they know most customers are ignorant and easily manipulated. Previously, it was game journalists and news sites that told customers what to think, but companies figured out how to control them and they are no longer a serious threat as long as the companies give them what they want. But a new monkey wrench was unexpectedly thrown into the gears in the form of influencers on social media, who also have the power to persuade EA's customers. The few squeaky wheels who got offended by the way big publishers were treating the fans didn't use to matter, the majority would keep buying product. But once those squeaky wheels found places like YouTube, where they could complain to audiences of millions, suddenly the minority's voice held sway.

    They still don't need to play nice with their customers, now they just need to suppress the influencers by giving them what they want too (oh look, a shiny C&C remaster). It may take them some time to refine their tactics to achieve this and have to be careful to avoid transforming the influencers into untrustworthy voices (i.e. shills). Eventually, they will figure out a technique, and their current need to be concerned with their bad reputation will no longer matter once again.

    People say "vote with your wallet," but unless, by some miracle, even a tiny portion of people actually do so, and by their own conscience rather than being told to do so by someone else, EA does not need to move one toe closer toward what fans want them to be. Since that will never happen, EA wins, and the squeaky minority can suck it.

  9. In other news, getting shot in the foot isn't that bad.
    While you're still in shock, you may not even notice the pain. Shock wears off eventually, and it will start hurting then, but there are always painkillers for that.
    If the bullet misses your bones, it isn't even that major of a wound. You probably don't need to walk much anyway, and you can win all sorts of sympathy points during recovery. You might even get a wheelchair if you're lucky, and those can be pretty fun to scoot around in.
    There are problems with having a bullet hole in your foot obviously, but the body heals naturally and a splint can help prevent accidentally reopening the wound.
    But getting shot in the foot is definitely better than getting shot in the eye.

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    It is the first Monday of January, so to start off the second year of Nmenth's Research Lab, this month we will examine some of the unusual aircraft in Command & Conquer, including the Kirov, Siege Chopper, and S.H.R.I.N.K. Beam and see how these compare with reality.

    New technologies will be explored on the first Monday of every month, so return next month on the 4th for more from Nmenth's Research Lab.

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