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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
59. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2013, 09:12 Quboid
 
Axis wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 09:08:
The ouya is a success because it is an open source game console kickstarter that got released and with such little fanfare has enough early adopters -- that's my metric because that's the way things are with Open Source -- it only gets better from here, mark my word.


So establishing its self as a niche product constitutes success? That's fair enough considering it's KS roots. Expecting it to outsell the PS3/PS4/Xbox360 isn't realistic (but it should outsell the Xbone about 10 to 1! )

I don't think open source equals inevitable improvement. It's somewhat likely with software (although plenty of OS software projects get abandoned) but when hardware comes into it, the project is less likely to be something a few dedicated geeks can work on in their spare time. Hardware costs money and getting a product line up and running means showing that you know your arse from your elbow.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
56. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2013, 09:02 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 08:54:
I know review sites aren't the most reliable but consumer reviews are, in my judgement, less reliable. Post-purchase rationalization and fanboy love/hate mean I don't trust them to be honest even if they're written with the best of intentions, and that's not a given.

A lot of people try to rationalize their purchases through product zealotry too. I rarely pay attention to user reviews where its a 1/10 or a 10/10 for that reason. There are plenty of trustworthy tech sites that will give this thing an honest shake. Having used it myself I'm not expecting rave reviews.

Quite. There must be an algorithm that places like Metacritic could apply to user reviews to get a better score, to weed out overly early or overly extreme reviews. Naturally, any algorithm will be gamed within about 30 minutes but it's a nice idea.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
51. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2013, 08:54 Quboid
 
Axis wrote on Jun 27, 2013, 08:39:
Take it how you like, prediction, proof, whatever -- I state and have stated that the Ouya will be, is an overwhelming success.

I just picked up another one.

That's a valid prediction, but I don't see much proof that it is a success. I hope it is a hit but I doubt it will be more than a niche product. The only few reviews I've seen have been fairly negative.

I trust the average consumer's post well more than AAA review sites, at least they are honest and not full of themselves.

I know review sites aren't the most reliable but consumer reviews are, in my judgement, less reliable. Post-purchase rationalization and fanboy love/hate mean I don't trust them to be honest even if they're written with the best of intentions, and that's not a given.

We have no real data to go on and I see plenty of negative impressions so it seems pointless to take a victory lap over a single press announcement with no detail. I'm sure in a year everyone will be in a better position to actually comment on its worthiness after we see what software it has to offer and how it's sold.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
30. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 26, 2013, 14:04 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 26, 2013, 10:34:
Verno wrote on Jun 26, 2013, 09:19:
Console piracy on STBs is insignificant and it's especially amusing that Will Wright would rubber stamp his own DRM nightmare but comment about this.

Will Wright had no DRM nightmare. He left Maxis, and EA, 4 years ago.

That's a reference to Spore (5 years ago), not SimCity.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 24, 2013, 21:58 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 20:56:
Redmask wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 20:43:
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 20:39:
I was patching my home 7 machine this morning and saw one of the optional downloads was the bing toolbar - "fuck that!" I said...


That's the only way they can get people to use the thing. You should see the volume of money Bing/MSN Search/Windows Live Search/etcetc has lost the company.

Chart And note: those aren't cumulative bars.

Wow, that's terrible. Nearly 3/4 of a billion dollars in 6 months? How? What does "Microsoft's Online Operations" encompass?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Genitals in a fight Jun 23, 2013, 15:52 Quboid
 
It's a shame the man and the woman knew each other in that "Woman dressed as giant vagina stops street attack on giant penis" story. I was hoping they just happened to meet.  
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News Comments > The Bureau: XCOM Declassified DLC & Preorder Bonus Plans
13. Re: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified DLC & Preorder Bonus Plans Jun 19, 2013, 15:47 Quboid
 
Blue wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 10:09:
Quboid wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 10:01:
ItBurn wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 09:43:
Holy front page video batman

Yeah, that kind of screws up my view of the page. Damn horizontal scroll for a start. I'd rather these videos didn't appear on the front page.

Was an error. Sorry.

Ta! Thumbsup
 
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News Comments > The Bureau: XCOM Declassified DLC & Preorder Bonus Plans
6. Re: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified DLC & Preorder Bonus Plans Jun 19, 2013, 10:01 Quboid
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 19, 2013, 09:43:
Holy front page video batman

Yeah, that kind of screws up my view of the page. Damn horizontal scroll for a start. I'd rather these videos didn't appear on the front page.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 15, 2013, 15:14 Quboid
 
If they do it right then it could be good. My faith in Microsoft of handle it correctly is somewhat low.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Jun 14, 2013, 16:47 Quboid
 
I can't be the only person who finds Tweak Town intensely annoying, am I? Narrow columns are bad but the awkward, frequently broken image pop-up is horrendous. For what seems like a fairly mainstream site, judging by how often they're linked to from Blue's, I'm surprised it's so poor.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 13, 2013, 19:37 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 13, 2013, 15:56:
Creston wrote on Jun 13, 2013, 11:19:
Okay, if it can do 1080p, the Oculus Rift suddenly got my attention.

Creston

If it can do porn it has my attention.

Can you watch 3D movies on it? It shouldn't be too hard for someone like Cyberlink to add Rift support to PowerDVD; it already supports 3D.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 13, 2013, 11:40 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Jun 13, 2013, 11:19:
Okay, if it can do 1080p, the Oculus Rift suddenly got my attention.

Creston

Yeah, that was the sticking point for me. Of course it still depends on the price and the first impressions of the consumer version but all being well, I'll certainly be getting one of these. I'd expect it to cost less than a next-gen console and offer me much, much more value.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Human Revolution - Director's Cut Coming to PCs
17. Re: Deus Ex Human Revolution - Director's Cut Coming to PCs Jun 12, 2013, 15:53 Quboid
 
Not really worth buying the whole game again. I wonder if there'll be an upgrade version on Steam.

The Typhoon aug is very effective against the bosses so if you make sure you have that and a few rounds, you don't have to suffer the bosses for long.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Game Reviews Jun 10, 2013, 20:23 Quboid
 
That developer comment is here - I presume that is the developer, they're not actually marked as such by their forum software:
http://www.wargame-ee.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=231608#p231608
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
8. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 10, 2013, 17:34 Quboid
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 16:48:
So beer is a "legitimate activity" but gaming isn't? Lolwut? You may have a point, but that's a bad way to phrase it. More like, people being swayed by beer commercials are too dumb to know any better.

Possibly not well phrased. I mean that I can tell another adult, who I do not know, that I like beer and they will think nothing of it. If I tell an adult who I do not know that I like video games, there's every chance that they'd roll their eyes and think I'm a loser for wasting my time with teenagers' toys. I'm not desperate for validation from Joe Random, but I still don't want to be judged unfavourably because of his or her ignorance.

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For what it's worth, I'd probably rather beer and car commercials didn't do this either but as I'm not an enthusiast of either (although I do happen to have a bottle of Hoegaarden in front of me ), I don't really notice. It's not that it's sexist (they're pandering to an audience, as they do when marketing to women with attractive men), it's that it insults my intelligence. It's patronisingly transparent.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Jun 10, 2013, 17:02 Quboid
 
gilly775 wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 15:35:
Not big on the 20 minute limit during battles in the SP campaign. I really wish they would extend that or someone mods it for those of us who like to take their time and not be rushed.

I read about that, it sounds like a poor decision by Eugene. Can you pause and/or slow time and give orders? I won't be rushed, I don't want a brain frying click-fest, but if I can pause and look around and give orders and then unpause to see how they play out then that's OK.

I haven't played either game so I don't know how this plays out in practise, but the developer's explanation is interesting. According to them, it is supposed to result in inconclusive results in most battles. Taking each 20 minute battle is equivalent to a day's combat, a single battle is just chipping away at the enemy rather than wiping a whole army off the map which just doesn't happen in real. Instead, one day you might focus on their anti-aircraft defences - at the end of the session, neither side has won so it goes down as a draw, but as if you successfully destroy their AA without taking major damage yourself, then the next day's battle should go more your way thanks to air support.

As I said, I don't know if this works. I think it's a decent principal but by the sounds of it, it at least needs to be communicated better. A method that fits into the game world better than an immersion breaking countdown would be much better by the sounds of it.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 10, 2013, 15:47 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 15:28:
Panickd wrote on Jun 10, 2013, 11:34:
Wow what's with the trend of fake tattooing your logo onto the sexy women hawking your stuff? That boardroom meeting must have been fun. "If we brand them people will know they belong to us!"

The principle is entirely sexist to begin with so why not take it further? I'm still surprised they don't have dudes there for the ladies and gay men yet. I tend to stay away wherever possible from companies that need sex to sell their product. It generally means a shoddy product and company.

The whole idea is just embarrassing to gaming. I know that everything primarily marketed at men (cars, beer) also use sex to sell their products but unlike those, gaming has yet to prove its self as a legitimate activity for adults and these pubescent fantasies aren't helping.

I don't know how effective booth babes are (or things like stupidly small and impractical armour on female characters in games), but aside from presumably being a turn off for female potential customers, they're a turn off for me. I'm a late-20's heterosexual male, I'm pretty much exactly who games are marketed at, and these attempts are counter-productive.

Perhaps I'm not representative, perhaps booth babes does get your product attention and sales, but from where I'm sitting, I wish gaming would grow up. Beer ads can get away with it, games can't yet.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jun 10, 2013, 12:01 Quboid
 
Anyone played either WarGame title? How good are they, how realistic is the combat?

It reminds me of playing 'bases' with my brothers in ye olde days before computers; making fortresses and fighting wars with toy tanks. Good days.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale
9. Re: Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Jun 7, 2013, 09:13 Quboid
 
Ah, excellent! Thank you MoonSpook. I presume they just send a Steam code when it is released?  
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News Comments > Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale
7. Re: Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Jun 7, 2013, 08:00 Quboid
 
That 2.50 upgrade appears to include G+K - that's a bargain.

BNW isn't available in the UK from GMG. The user review on GMG is, erm, interesting. It's a glowing, 99/100 review for something which "is virtually unplayable". Wut? So an expansion - which isn't actually available yet - is nearly perfect, yet almost unplayable. Right-o.
 
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