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Real Name James Holbrook   
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Nickname Hyatus
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Description I'm me...duh. ~,^
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Signed On Jul 14, 2001, 22:15
Total Comments 1093 (Pro)
User ID 10334
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 21, 2011, 14:36 Hyatus
 
Wife and I just started the game last night and are enjoying it. It's been awhile since we had a co-op game we could play in front of the kid(soon to be plural O.O). Every other game out there, even if you turn off the gore, still has guns and shooting so that's a no-go for our soon-to-be 4 year old. I can't wait til the gun ban is lifted. She won't even let me play Contra with him, which is probably fine since we're still working on SMB1 level 1-2. He's getting there, though.

The 11+gig download was a bit much, but it finally got there after 5 or 6 hours. I have a low-end graphics card in my rig right now and it plays fine split-screen at 720p with everything except AA enabled. 1080p would be nice but with a baby on the way we're kind of, well, broke(I got Portal 2 for $20 before anyone asks).

I can't wait until tonight to play some more.
 
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News Comments > Portal 2 User Review Backlash
61. Re: Portal 2 User Review Backlash Apr 20, 2011, 14:21 Hyatus
 
Hello? PC? Mouse and keyboard. I don't need no stinking controller.

You do if you're playing split screen.
 
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News Comments > Portal 2 User Review Backlash
9. Re: Portal 2 User Review Backlash Apr 20, 2011, 11:52 Hyatus
 
Short running time aside, these all seem like ridiculous things to complain about.

I do wish Valve spent more time on creating levels than dress-up items. Frankly, I don't care if my robot has a cute hat and matching purse. If it doesn't have enough places to show it off then what's the point?
 
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News Comments > ESRB Changes
7. Re: ESRB Changes Apr 18, 2011, 16:47 Hyatus
 
Better yet, why not just trust that the developers and publishers aren't going to let little Timmy's avatar dress himself in entrails and rape kittens? They could just put an ESRB-style stamp on the box telling you exactly what's going in it.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Apr 14, 2011, 13:41 Hyatus
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 14, 2011, 13:09:
That's not the way anything works. Ever.
It's called becoming the boss.

I have way more free money than free time. [...] I'm looking more ahead at getting a new M3 or the AMG C-Class coupe coming up. So I need my job in order to get either of those. I also want to be able to buy a really nice apartment, I never want to lose the ability to leave the country for a weekend whenever I feel like it, and I'll want to send kids to college eventually. All of those things require I keep seeking jobs that pay more and more. And none of them are impacted by blowing $50 or $60 for a few hours of fun from time to time.

And how much are you making?
Nobody I know right now can buy a nice apartment, a new car and still believe they can send their kids to college while considering a $60 game a sound idea.(well, except the doctor my wife works for)

Looking at all of those expenses on the horizon, I wouldn't look at my wallet and call what's in there "free money".
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 14, 2011, 12:20 Hyatus
 
and I think for the most part she probably enjoyed himself.

Is your dog pre-op or tranny?(Blue collar?)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Apr 14, 2011, 12:16 Hyatus
 
And unlike when they were younger, they now have more money than free time.
"They've got jobs, families, kids to take care of.

LOL
With kids to take care of you don't have any extra money. These folks must be making over $30 an hour. If everyone had more money than free time, they'd work less and have the time to be able to play these games.
 
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News Comments > Garry's Mod vs Pirates
21. Re: Garry's Mod vs Pirates Apr 13, 2011, 16:29 Hyatus
 
Keep in mind, too, some of us get sick of the drm(like requiring the disc to be in the drive) and find cracks to fix our legit purchases.

Besides, eventually the crackers(not the racial slur) release a version that fixes these problems. As soon as they're known(which they need to be or people will think your game is buggy), there will be a crack to "fix" it.

The answer is that some people will pirate, some people will buy, some people will do both. In the battle of DRM, the pirates will always win. Stop catering to the shareholders and start catering to the people who give the shareholders their money. Everyone will be happy.
 
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News Comments > Street Fighter X Tekken PC Announced
9. Re: Street Fighter X Tekken PC Announced Apr 12, 2011, 18:22 Hyatus
 
The difference is that the SNK and Capcom characters have similar abilities and fighting styles and only needed one game to mesh the characters together.

Making two games so the characters fit seems like more of a cheap cash-in to me than if they were to make one game where everything flowed correctly.
 
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News Comments > Street Fighter X Tekken PC Announced
6. Re: Street Fighter X Tekken PC Announced Apr 12, 2011, 13:19 Hyatus
 
I enjoyed both of those games seperately but now, who cares?

Tekken vs Soul Calibur or Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat would make more sense.

Tekken is all about punching, kicking, combos and throws.
Street Fighter is punching, kicking, fireballs and other crazy special moves.

I predict this is how you win: Be Ryu or Ken, stand on the other side of the screen...Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball, Fireball...KO!

/and yes, I typed out each Fireball
//bored at work and bitter at the world, today
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Apr 8, 2011, 11:54 Hyatus
 
Creston wrote on Apr 8, 2011, 10:40:
So if we're looking for anything to blame, I'd start with the ESRB?

Exactly this. It's the same deal with the MPAA in the movie industry. Most companies are trying to trim adult ratings (R/NC17) off of their movies to achieve at least a PG-13. Parents will take their kids to see a PG-13 film, but R-rated movies still have a stigma attached to them, no matter whether the content was fairly judged or not. You try to go for the wider audience to bring in more money.

It's why I wait for a director's cut on some films. I don't know why games can't have the same deal. I'd say put a big "parental-controlled sex and violence" sticker on it and let it be adjustable, but kids are smarter than parents when it comes to technology and will eventually find a way to change it without the parents knowledge.
 
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News Comments > DiRT 3 Hundred Dollars
1. Re: DiRT 3 Hundred Dollars Apr 7, 2011, 11:54 Hyatus
 
Yikes. They'd probably sell more if it was an official DiRT steering wheel and pedal set.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Apr 6, 2011, 12:06 Hyatus
 
Gamestop primarily sells games and Blockbuster primarily rented movies. These are two entirely different business models.

Blockbuster failed because their prices were high and there was a better competitor out there(Netflix).

There isn't a worthy competitor to Gamestop yet. I would rather wait a year and buy a game for $20 used than spend $10 or more on rentals.

As long as games are still sold at retail, Gamestop will still be in business. Sure, Steam might win the console crown someday, but we're not even close, yet.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Pink Apr 3, 2011, 11:25 Hyatus
 
kxmode wrote on Apr 1, 2011, 18:17:
For you! http://www.lazylaces.com/56Kmodem/

Nice. I should make that my text message sound and piss everyone off at work all day.
 
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News Comments > Z Revival
11. Re: Z Revival Apr 1, 2011, 14:37 Hyatus
 
I remember playing Z: Steel Soldiers and enjoying it. That was quite some time ago.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Pink Apr 1, 2011, 13:56 Hyatus
 
I remember when internet April Fools gags started. They were funny then. We had to wait for an hour to upload and download a page...and we liked it! These kids these days with their instant connections, Z Sphere's and Paystation 8s! No respect for what we went through.

Hey, you! Get off of my BBS! Durned whippersnappers. Bet the little punk is using telnet. Get a 2400Baud modem, sonny.

/edit because a customer came up and I hit random buttons...

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News Comments > Spider-Man: Edge of Time Announced
7. Re: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Announced Mar 31, 2011, 16:34 Hyatus
 
It's not that the gameplay wasn't fun. I thought it was. It's the bugs that made it unplayable at times. It's as if they're not polling the controllers at regular intervals or something. Key remapping was also buggy unless you were using a 360 controller.

x360ce doesn't work for the game and remapping the gamepad to keys via joy2key(or whatever it's called) still had the same bugs.
Even with the keyboard I must've hit the space button 35 times on the initial tutorial level to try and double jump before it actually did it.
 
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News Comments > Spider-Man: Edge of Time Announced
1. Re: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Announced Mar 31, 2011, 11:58 Hyatus
 
The "official keepers of the franchise" need to get off their ass and fix the horrible PC port. It has the buggiest controls of any game I've played in recent years. Then I'll buy this.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Mar 23, 2011, 19:01 Hyatus
 
spindoctor wrote on Mar 23, 2011, 18:10:
Hyatus wrote on Mar 23, 2011, 17:43:
Sure, they all can manage a simultaneous release, but who's to say they aren't delaying people in the US from getting it while they wait for Australia to get on board?

And what if they are? Surely it's not an issue at all right? That's your argument isn't it?

Exactly. But, we aren't complaining that another country's delay is delaying our entertainment. We seem pretty alright with it.

Hyatus wrote on Mar 23, 2011, 17:43:
There is reasoning behind the delays. It would make no sense if there wasn't.

Feel free to let us know what that reasoning is. Because as of now, it does make no sense. That's the whole point of this 'petition'.
Mainly it's going to come from three sources, the B&M stores, support and other games. Traditional release dates pull people in on one day of the week(Tuesday here, Friday there, etc...). That means they get to boost hours for at most two days a week(the day before to stock, the day of to sell). That brings in people all on one day of the week to pick something up and maybe buy another new something that was released on the same day.

Now, there are people who can't wait to get a title. If the digital version is released before the retail one, then fewer people will go to the store which, as I said before, is going to affect the local economy. So, the stores bitch to make sure that everyone gets their product at once so as to remain "fair."

The support side of this is also somewhat important. Some publishers pay people to sit and answer phone calls about their product(i.e. troubleshooting). To keep their systems from being overrun which would result in people being pissed off at the company because of long hold times, they stagger releases so they only have to deal with one country at a time.

The "other games" arena is going to affect this all as well. In the US, let's say that Madden 2013 is going to release next Tuesday. Madden sells quite a few copies and the economy sucks, so publisher B decides to wait a week or two until people have money again to buy "Scapegoat Assassins". In the UK, however, Madden sells like ass so publisher B puts their game out there to get some cash in the meantime.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Mar 23, 2011, 17:43 Hyatus
 
spindoctor wrote on Mar 23, 2011, 16:15:
The logistics are not as complicated as you might think. Assassins Creed Brotherhood was available in Europe last week (around Thursday) while it only became available in North America this Tuesday. Do you think Ubisoft had to turn the world upside down to be able to do this? There are also games which manage simultaneous world wide releases too (look at Blizzard or the Call of Duty games).
Ubisoft couldn't even manage a PC release simultaneously with their other console releases. Sure, they all can manage a simultaneous release, but who's to say they aren't delaying people in the US from getting it while they wait for Australia to get on board? There is reasoning behind the delays. It would make no sense if there wasn't.

Times have changed, and all RPS is asking is that the industry change with them. I have no doubts that it will fail spectacularly, but you cannot argue that what they are asking for is wrong in this day and age.

I'm not arguing that asking for a simultaneous release is wrong, but that there's no reason anyone should be complaining about a week delay.
 
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