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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
Total Comments 4498 (Master)
User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Space Rogue Announced
6. Re: Space Rogue Announced Oct 7, 2014, 21:23 Quboid
 
Planet landing you'll be able to land on mysterious uncharted worlds.

I conquer.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Oct 7, 2014, 14:08 Quboid
 
J wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 05:51:
Too much content? I'm looking for more I'm loving Prison Architect.

It's not often a problem!

Loads of content is fine, I'm a bit worried that it might become a mess of micromanaging if they don't handle it correctly. Having to deal with power and water and guard areas and tunnels and schedules and research and so on - it could become too fiddly to keep on top of everything.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Oct 6, 2014, 20:47 Quboid
 
That's a good price for Prison Architect if you're into the whole E.A. thing. It's shaping up well but my concern is that it's got too much content - it seems a bit overwhelming right now. Better this than too shallow of course, but I hope they can keep it tight.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Alien: Isolation
15. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Alien: Isolation Oct 6, 2014, 20:44 Quboid
 
How scripted is the alien? I've heard reports of it feeling less like you're being stalked by it and more like you're passing through script triggers. I'm more prone to seeing through this sort of thing than most people and I think this could break immersion for me if it's not done right.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Oct 5, 2014, 15:12 Quboid
 
I quite like their approach, they inform without preaching from what I've seen. I haven't seen a lot of scorn, although that depends on what constitutes scorn - NKD's comment didn't look mean-spirited to me but it's easier to say that when it's not your belief. I think I've poked fun at them in the past but I certainly didn't intend offense.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 5, 2014, 13:25 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 13:11:
Quboid wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 12:49:
Are any of you guys who are enjoying ME:SoM using KB&M? I don't like using my controller with third person games and the Batman series didn't 'feel' quite right with KB&M.

I'm using keyboard and mouse. Feels very responsive compared to Batman, at least to me.

Good. Any mouse smoothing, acceleration or other port symptoms?
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 5, 2014, 12:49 Quboid
 
Are any of you guys who are enjoying ME:SoM using KB&M? I don't like using my controller with third person games and the Batman series didn't 'feel' quite right with KB&M.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
55. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 21:42 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:36:
InBlack wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:15:
Your math is all fubared Beamer. Why do they need to generate 2.5 Bil in profits?? Making 4.5 Billion dollars from Oculus seems far fetched in the extreme. Since when do you need to return 150% of your original investment to be considered a success? If things worked like that in the real world we wouldnt have investment. Or gambling for that matter.

Huh?
Why wouldn't it be profit? The Oculus Rift costs money to manufacture, so that goes on top of the $2.5 billion. Otherwise, they could just sell 2.5 billion of them for $1 apiece and call it a win?

Of course not. It cost them $2.5 billion for the company. It will probably cost them $300-$400 per unit to manufacture. It's only the money on top of the manufacturing costs (and marketing costs, and additional R&D costs, and whatever other costs) that counts back to that $2.5 billion.

If you pay Disney $1,000,000 to license the Star Wars name, spend $5,000,000 creating toys, and sell $1,000,000 worth of toys, do you consider that a success? Of course not, you made back the licensing fees but are still deep in the hole on the cost to make the actual product.

I think you guys are looking at profit in different terms.

Beamer is referring to profit on units sold, i.e. profit after manufacturing costs, distribution, etc; as well as profit from whatever related monetisation Facebook have planned.

InBlack is referring to profit on the whole investment, the money Facebook takes home once their costs have been met, if ever.

Beamer doesn't mean that they need to make $2.5B profit after the $2B purchase has been recouped. He means that they need to make $2.5B profit ($2B to buy OR, reportedly another $0.5B invested in it) to start making an overall profit.

(I hope that's right, otherwise I'm just muddying the waters even more.)
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 16:45 Quboid
 
I agree with the general point that Civ:BE probably won't be very good science fiction, it's just the specific comparison that he draws in that article and takes further in the related article which seems off to me. I'd like SMAC2, a lot more than a sci-fi Civ V mod, but I won't beat Firaxis with a comparison that they've made reasonable efforts to avoid.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 13:39 Quboid
 
That article is written on the assumption that Civ:BE is trying to be SMAC based on a quote that it's a serious setting and the author's other piece (linked to at start of article) goes as far as describing SMAC as Civ:BE's predecessor.

This seems unfair to Firaxis and Civ:BE. He says that Firaxis want the comparison when it suits them and not when it doesn't but I don't know what we can expect from Firaxis other than them to repeatedly say that it's not SMAC2. Are they banned from making a serious sci-fi game unless it is a sequel to SMAC?

If they had called it SMAC2 and then produced a simpler game with more mainstream appeal then they'd be trying to cash in on nostalgia while screwing nostalgic gamers and I'd agree but AFAIK this isn't like Thief.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
44. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 11:33 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:41:
But I don't have to understand the media, the media exists to serve the people, not the other way around. And Polygon is a prime example of what happens when media doesn't serve people, but ad payment click-rates. Otherwise even an OP-ED piece would not have a bullshit headline like that, quoting Pachter of all people. You might as well predict the future by reading tea leafs.

And the issue I have with this article is that you can not predict anything regarding VR. If what people who tried it say is true, then we are still at least an entire device generation away from breakthrough. And that is more or less the only thing we do know.

Your logic is circular. Polygon publishes click-bait, therefore this is click-bait, therefore Polygon publishes click-bait. But this isn't click-bait, it's an opinion piece about why this person thinks that present VR will fail so the headline is accurate and appropriate.

You don't have to understand the media to be served/exploited by it but you do need to understand it to offer suggestions on how to improve it - otherwise, you're essentially saying "I don't know what's going on, but here's what we should do ..."

Any prediction at this point will be a long shot and I agree with you in your criticisms of the article. "it won't be able to deliver the sort of holodeck experience the most mainstream of users might expect" is a strawman argument and the whole topic of physical movement is a joke IMHO. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want to move around and nothing will make me feel *LESS* like whatever steroid-ed up super-soldier I'm supposed to be than my sweaty ass pulling a muscle five minutes into a mission. This insurmountable obstacle is something I have no interest in mounting, so to speak, and is a concession to reality that I've long since made my peace with. (Edit: in purely financial terms, recouping $2.5B seems ambitious. Happily, that's Facebook's problem.)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
40. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 09:32 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 05:40:
Quboid wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:32:
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?

Everything on Polygon is unsubstantiated clickbait... a proper article would have asked "Does VR have a future?" With both sides of the argument given equal air time. What Polygon does here is agenda driven Op-ED drivel. Op-ED does give you the right to voice opinions I guess, but Polygon is a bullshit factory, so it might just as well be in their main news feed. Fits right in

It's an opinion piece, it is only supposed to be this author's opinion. Giving each side equal air time is false balance if he doesn't think it's a 50:50 issue and he evidently doesn't.

Click-bait exists but it is not an opinion you don't like, nor is it an article you didn't bother to read. Further more, if this genuinely was click-bait and you're taking a stand against it, you should not even be here. By commenting you are sending others to their site and by viewing these comments, you're telling Blue that click-bait is what we want and what gets him advertising revenue - and if you're so concerned about click-bait, you should be concerned that Blue is falling foul of this supposed disease too.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 1, 2014, 12:32 Quboid
 
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 30, 2014, 18:51 Quboid
 
I'm not sure the guy who thinks Apple will replace it is in luck but I don't know. Apart from him, I see their point. The numbers don't point to this being a particularly big issue (but I'm pretty sure it's more than 9, Apple) and the description this guy gives doesn't make it sound especially weak. Every phone bends if you have sufficient willpower.

The chances of me buying anything from Apple, including the iPhone 6+, are zero but this wouldn't put me off.

I'm pretty sure that's a criminal act, but never mind. It was research.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 28, 2014, 15:51 Quboid
 
Alamar wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:35:
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:27:
The people are speaking and it's pretty clear what they are wanting.

Incomplete buggy messes? : )

The promise of a perfect game, over the inevitable reality of an imperfect one.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Sep 27, 2014, 19:27 Quboid
 
Slick wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 16:30:
no twist rudder = no thanks

If you're spending this much, you probably have pedals.

If I was to get a high end joystick now, I'd probably get the X-55 Rhino. I'd rather use a twist rudder than deal with yet more cables around my feet but then I'm not interested in building a virtual cockpit.

The X-55 Rhino looks rather nice. As does Elite Dangerous. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: FIFA 15 Sep 27, 2014, 16:26 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 22:11:
What the fuck that's such a bizarre bug.

I imagine they were using computer name as a seed for some PRNG routine and a short name would somehow generate an invalid seed.

That's infinitely better than any theory I could come up with.

After all these years, EA can still surprise. Kudos.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Sep 27, 2014, 16:21 Quboid
 
I had a Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar which cost around 250 a few years ago. I didn't like it, it felt like I owned a classic sports car - beautiful when everything was running smoothly but I spent more time having to tweak things and get the calibration spot on than I did using it. It was a heavy brute too, not suited for long flights in Flight Simulator.

I sold it and I've stuck to mid-range single sticks since. I presently have a Mad Catz/Saitek FLY5 which cost a sixth of the Cougar and just works (in fact it's the best joystick I've ever owned, largely because it has a trim wheel).

Edit: The Cougar used potentiometers, not hall-effect sensors, which probably deals with my biggest gripe.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. FIFA 15 Sep 26, 2014, 20:45 Quboid
 
There was a FIFA 15 bug mentioned a couple of days ago where players would run to the middle of the pitch. It turns out, this happens if your computer's name is short.

How in the hell did EA manage that?! The length of your computer's name affecting the AI. I'm actually impressed that they're so, so bad. This is like getting a flat tire because your TV is in stand-by mode ... just WTF?!
 
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News Comments > Frontline - The Longest Day Announced
5. Re: Frontline - The Longest Day Announced Sep 25, 2014, 22:17 Quboid
 
Seems I am getting my wires crossed. I thought it was David Niven who was horribly miscast and phoning it in as an action hero fighting behind enemy lines in Force 10 From Navarone but in this sequel his character is played by Edward Fox. I haven't seen the original Guns Of Navarone recently enough to remember David Niven's performance in that.

I've never had a problem with him playing a gentleman, like in The Pink Panther or as James Bond in the rubbish 1967 version of Casino Royale. He's not as suited to action roles but I had been confusing him with Fox, who is even more gentlemanly and even less suited to action (with the exception of The Day of the Jackal, where his reserve is perfect).
 
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