1. JigglesBunny

    JigglesBunny
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    In a recent thread recommending the PC version of Aliens: Colonial Marines for less than $3, a post happened to single out an announcement made on the ModDB page for Aliens: Colonial Marines.

    A passionate modder who has made it his mission to overhaul aspects of the absolutely dreadful Colonial Marines was working on tinkering his highly regarded overhaul mod known as TemplarGFX’s ACM Overhaul when he stumbled upon something interesting in the games .ini files.I think I’ll let him explain...
    Knowing full well how absurd this sounds on the surface, I took it upon myself to reinstall the PC version of the game, look at the .ini file and check myself. Sure enough, a single letter typo was found exactly where he claimed. I was in disbelief. As recommended, I fixed the typo, saved it in Notepad and booted the game up.

    The improvement is immediately recognizable in your first encounters with the Xenos. While they still charge you perched on their hind legs, they now crawl far more often, flank you using vents and holes in the environment and are generally far more engaged and aggressive. Five years after release, a single letter managed to overhaul the entirety of the enemy AI behavior in the game.

    While I am still a vehement detractor of Gearbox and the game itself and would recommend against picking this up for any price, if you already own the game on Steam I wholeheartedly recommend trying this out yourself. Also consider enhancing your experience with the TemplarGFX ACM overhaul mod as it brings a host of other small but noticeable improvements to the game. And while I’m here, don’t forget to give this ol’ gem a watch.



    UPDATE:
     
  2. g23

    g23
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    lol gearbox.
     
  3. low-G

    low-G
    Member

    Reminds me of the time some users, myself included, found a simple way to fix a bunch of Halo PC shader errors / missing shaders on the Gearbox forums. They were notified of the fix and never included it themselves. This was when Halo PC was still recently released.

    At least some of their people are literally incompetent.
     
  4. Cort

    Cort
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    Out of curiosity, how did it take this long for anyone to find this error? This game has been reworked and tweaked by modders for years now.
     
  5. JigglesBunny

    JigglesBunny
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    Five years since the game has been released so about that same time.

    I’m more amused by Gearbox Software themselves never picking up on this.
     
  6. 5taquitos

    5taquitos
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    This is crazy
     
  7. Dragon1893

    Dragon1893
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    You have got to be kidding me.
     
  8. wwm0nkey

    wwm0nkey
    Member

    Wow......
     
  9. Lady Bow

    Lady Bow
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  10. NotLiquid

    NotLiquid
    Member

    So you're telling me that part of the reason this game was such a fucking mess was because like

    A single line of code had a typo in it
     
  11. Scum

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  12. Sargerus

    Sargerus
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    NO FUCKING WAY
     
  13. Lulu

    Lulu
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    .
     
  14. JigglesBunny

    JigglesBunny
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    You really couldn't make this shit up if you tried.
     
  15. L Thammy

    L Thammy
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    baahahahahaha
     
  16. asd202

    asd202
    Member

    Wow.
     
  17. lol
     
  18. francium87

    francium87
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    I'll always remember A:CM doomed TimeGate Studios (whose Section 8: Prejudice game was actually pretty fun in multiplayer). What a mess.
     
  19. Spine_Ripper

    Spine_Ripper
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    Boarderlands 3 coming soon
     
  20. .
     
  21. BossAttack

    BossAttack
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    This is the appropriate response.
     
  22. Kcannon

    Kcannon
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  23. Prophaniti

    Prophaniti
    Member

    Incredible.
     
  24. Toxik

    Toxik
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    Incredible.
     
  25. K.Jack

    K.Jack
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    i'm literally like;

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    One. Letter.
     
  26. rucury

    rucury
    Member

    Now that's what I call QA
     
  27. Paraside

    Paraside
    Member

    Games are machines. Super complex machines. And yeah like having one wrong bolt or something in a car stops the whole thing working, it's the same here
     
  28. KZXcellent

    KZXcellent
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    Randy Pitchford is screaming.
     
  29. --R

    --R
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    /thread
     
  30. dietpepsi

    dietpepsi
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    Nice try, Gerbox.
     
  31. Lowrys

    Lowrys
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    Lmfao
     
  32. Kyoufu

    Kyoufu
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    I... um... what?!?!
     
  33. NotLiquid

    NotLiquid
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    It's not that I don't understand why it happened, it's that I can't believe such a crucial and egregious element completely slipped under everyone's noses
     
  34. Social

    Social
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    And in an ini file of all places! Not even in code behind the scenes.
     
  35. DNAbro

    DNAbro
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    Coding is fun
     
  36. Nightbird

    Nightbird
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    Wow
     
  37. GrizzNKev

    GrizzNKev
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    I know what it's like to work with programmers that can't spell. This kind of stuff is frighteningly common. It isn't an unusual thing to see programmers that proudly display their ineptitude for language and communication, because apparently logical thinking and effective expression are incompatible.
     
  38. JimmyRowe1994

    JimmyRowe1994
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    Programming is like that. It's like if you were reading a book but on page 257 there was a semi colon instead of a comma and now the whole fucking thing makes no sense.
     
  39. Porygon

    Porygon
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    Why the compiler didn't get this?
     
  40. VariantX

    VariantX
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    Wow. The aliens gaming franchise could have potentially gone in an entirely different direction and have an entirely different history...all over a single letter being where it wasn't supposed to be.
     
  41. Killthee

    Killthee
    Member

    That’s one expensive typo.
     
  42. Begaria

    Begaria
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    I thought this was going to be a heart warming redemption story where a passionate fan had written into Gearbox to have the game fixed, and Randy took it upon himself to fix absolutely everything wrong with the game after so long.

    Turns out the truth is actually even better than that. Fucking Gearbox, man.
     
  43. Yukinari

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  44. Cam

    Cam
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    I bet the guy who made the thread about getting this for 3 bucks is feeling validated now, haha
     
  45. Molemitts

    Molemitts
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    holy shit
     
  46. Dullahan

    Dullahan
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    I am legit crying over here.
     
  47. HStallion

    HStallion
    Member

    Aliens Colanial Marines.
     
  48. Recrees

    Recrees
    Member

    That's hilarious.
     
  49. Maquiladora

    Maquiladora
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  50. how did the motherfuckers who made this shit, and made the AI, and expected it to run a certain way

    how did they just not...follow up and look and say "something isn't right"