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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 > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
6. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 10:23 Quboid
 
What has he been doing for 2 years? If the money's not there to continue then he has little choice in the matter and that's a risk with this sort of development but given the small scale of the project, and how it seemed nearly complete a year or so ago when I tried it, it seems careless to be in this position.

I wonder how much faster development of projects like this or Day Z would be if they had conventional funding and the conventional motivation of needing to finish to get a chance of real money.

Who on Earth will preorder or otherwise crowd-fund Towns 2? Oh who am I kidding, loads of people will.


Slashman wrote on May 7, 2014, 10:23:
Early Access, as far as I know, is not meant to fund development of the game as its primary purpose, but to involve the community in the development process for bug testing and feedback on features so that the final release is in decent shape.

Money can be made by putting a project on Early Access as soon as you have an executable file, so developers do. To bring up another thread, Valve would be required to police things if this was to be stopped but instead, they're selling out gamers - even those who don't buy Early Access games - for a quick buck.

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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
62. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 09:04 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on May 6, 2014, 23:27:
People say there is a problem, but the evidence doesn't show it. We have only a couple cases. You say that if one person can do it, so can anyone else, but they aren't. This is a rare situation, and the scenario played out exactly like it should. Products that were not as advertised were found out, pulled, and the victims compensated in a timely manner. And they probably learned a good lesson about smarter purchasing decisions to boot.

Let's talk about reality here and not hypotheticals.

My issue is that Valve are not doing enough. Evidence of Valve not doing very much is not at all reassuring.

What about all the other fraudulent products on sale? Like what, you ask? I don't know. No one knows. No would could know, except for Valve if they wanted to. We hear about it and Valve act when they're discovered but how many don't go viral and therefore don't catch Valve's attention?

Aside from fraud, are games like Day One: Garry's Incident, Guise Of The Wolf, Air Control or Desert Gunner or any of the other games on TotalBiscuit's Steam Sells series fit for sale? These aren't subjectively bad, they're objectively broken or incomplete. It's subjective just how broken a game needs to be to be considered unsellable - all games are a bit broken - but I'm confident that those and I'd guess hundreds more simply aren't fit for purpose.

Laws differ around the world but in the UK, the seller has to sell something that's fit for purpose and that's Valve, not the developers. This gets murky with regards to software and even murkier with regards to Early Access stuff but if the law is updated in the same spirit as the original 1979 Sale of Goods act, Valve will have to start offering proper refunds to UK customers.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. May 6, 2014, 16:12 Quboid
 
DaHauns wrote on May 6, 2014, 12:09:
Regarding the Oculus Rift Tank: They should partner with Lockheed Martin...you know, for an actually working F-35 HMD.

I hope they have good IFF software if they're using the Oculus Rift DK1 with live ammo.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
30. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 16:03 Quboid
 
I don't like Early Access; while it has good aspects at present I think it's bad for PC gaming. I'm glad Valve are at least willing to give refunds when it looks like a product was intentionally made just to take the money and run. I can understand why Valve don't want to police their store and I'm happy enough with community policing if Valve act quickly and are quick to refund.

Giving refunds on Early Access games is difficult; after all the point is that this money will probably have been spent before the final product is released and few developers will be able to operate with the threat of refund demands hanging over them. Early Access purchases are at least nominally preorders so there is a case against judging them before release, to further complicate things.

One thing Valve could do with Early Access titles on Steam is to hold the money in escrow for a bit. When you buy an early access title, Valve holds on to the money and for the next 48 hours you can try out the EA release and if you're not happy, you can cancel your preorder. This would be a one time thing per title, to encourage developers to release a good initial EA copy, so if you cancel your preorder and then re-preorder you've bought it.

If your project isn't advanced enough to have a sufficiently developed beta, you're not ready to promise a final product and so shouldn't be selling preorders. There are other crowd funding options for games that aren't yet playable.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
15. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 11:18 Quboid
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 6, 2014, 10:45:
Quboid wrote on May 6, 2014, 10:17:
...by it's nature...

"It's" is ALWAYS a contraction for "it is" (or, less common, "it has").

The More You Know...

XD

For shame. For shame.
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
11. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 6, 2014, 10:17 Quboid
 
nin wrote on May 6, 2014, 08:56:
About time. Actually, past time.


He starts off by saying that deleting negative feedback or quash criticism never works. That's a logical fallacy; by its nature we only hear about it when it fails.

How many negative reviews have never seen the light of day because reviewers or their editors have been leaned on behind the scenes? "I see you've given us 72% for Modern Battlefield Of Honor? That's a shame ... oh by the way we've decided to go with your competitor for that Call Of Warfare exclusive video release, but that's completely unrelated."

Edit: im bad at grammering

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Go Sports May 4, 2014, 20:11 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on May 4, 2014, 17:40:
Quboid wrote on May 4, 2014, 16:52:
Are football/soccer teams owned by Americans given any attention in U.S. sports coverage? Clubs like Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Arsenal (in part), Sunderland and AS Roma?

Dunno about the US but British and European games are shown on TV here all the time. There's a massive contingent of Brits and Europeans that watch them regularly. Even the NA league is doing ok these days which it never has before.

Most of my pals are British and watch the games all the time. In fact my pal is from Glasgow and we were watching the Tottenham and Celtic games at his place yesterday.

Where do you live?

I've heard the Major League Soccer is doing well but there's always been attempts to put a positive spin on how football is doing in the US. It appears to be quite well run and might be financially sustainable, which would be progress. In terms of average attendance at the stadiums MLS is 8th in the world, not bad considering it's only the 3rd highest attended sport in the country (largely thanks to hockey and basketball's smaller venues, presumably).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Go Sports May 4, 2014, 16:52 Quboid
 
Are football/soccer teams owned by Americans given any attention in U.S. sports coverage? Clubs like Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Arsenal (in part), Sunderland and AS Roma?  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse May 4, 2014, 16:47 Quboid
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:19:
PayPal Exec Goes on Twitter Spree Insulting Coworkers.

Ha, updated with his firing. Not surprised...


And rightly so, it's unacceptable for anyone representing a company to use grammar like that.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 22:05 Quboid
 
Jivaro wrote on May 3, 2014, 21:35:
You guys aren't acknowledging that they get to keep the tech, keep selling the phones, etc etc. They are essentially paying 120million dollars to license Apple's tech. I guarantee you that if in some weird alternate reality Samsung had licensed Apple's tech, it would have cost them a bunch more than 120million over the lifetime of said tech.

File this money under R&D, not legal fees.

They can still sell the phones that use these, but can they use these in future phones? The models mentioned aren't likely to be big sellers any more.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 17:42 Quboid
 
Kosumo wrote on May 3, 2014, 17:11:
Creston wrote on May 3, 2014, 12:01:
Yeah I doubt Samsung is that worried about $120M.

Yeah, I bet they are.

Are you saying that at, lets say, $100 profit per phone, they are prepared to just lose 1.2 million phones? As if.

The article implies that Apple will have legal costs of about $100M so presumably Samsung will have the same: if this judgement stands then they'll be down about $220M. I doubt they make $100 a phone, this could correspond to around 4 million phones sold at around $50 profit per handset.

I wish I could consider this small change.

That's quite something; Apple gain $20M while Samsung lose $220M. Two hundred million dollars disappearing. Lawyers, eh?
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 21:21 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:20:
Quboid wrote on May 2, 2014, 15:57:
Why is he in so much trouble with the NBA for this and not for denying housing on racial grounds? That's much, much worse.

Why. Two parts all sponsorship was leaving, has left. But even bigger than that and that is plenty big is the players were organizing a walk out. That forced immediate action.

Why didn't the sponsors walk after the earlier case? Why didn't player protest earlier? I understand the NBA's position, they had to act now because the fact of the matter is that their brand was being hurt by the negative publicity - but why wasn't there as big an outcry earlier? Was it just that the reference to going to games brought the NBA into it?
 
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20. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 15:57 Quboid
 
It seems ironic that Josh Olin's comments about how Sterling has the right to be an asshole in private wouldn't have got him in trouble if he'd made those comments in private.

Sterling's a prick, obviously, but this seems like a drop in the ocean compared to his past crimes. Why is he in so much trouble with the NBA for this and not for denying housing on racial grounds? That's much, much worse.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech
18. Re: ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech May 1, 2014, 16:35 Quboid
 
I don't think the patent thing is necessarily BS. Carmack does acknowledge that ZeniMax owns the code that he wrote, he's not trying to deflect from that. This suggests that he has written new code that has similarities to ZeniMax's old code, similarities that would be in breach of a patent had there been one.

Are Carmack and Oculus VR using code that he wrote while at ZeniMax, or are they using code that's very similar to code that he wrote at ZeniMax? I don't know what the legal position is if it's the later.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $43 Million
81. Re: Star Citizen Hits $43 Million May 1, 2014, 10:23 Quboid
 
True. The SP portion is what I'm most interested in, which can be said for most games. Perhaps the multiplayer will be OK, it remains to be seen.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 22:01 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 21:46:
I don't know or care about these faux Z-list celebs. Peaches Geldof died? That means nothing to me. Shitty for her parents sure but I'd never even have heard of her if not for her old man. Someone like Bob Hoskins however is someone I've been watching for 30 years and always really liked. Doesn't break me up, but it's definitely an 'Awww that sucks.'

That's why I used her as an example, she's someone who I didn't care about, who I knew very little about, who presented TV shows on a channel I never watched, who featured in gossip magazines that I don't read and who was related to someone I know little about. She meant as little to me as I did to her but when I saw on the news that she'd died, there was a stronger gut feeling of "Damn, that's horrible. Her family must be devastated" then I used to have. It used to be a thought, now it's a feeling.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2014, 21:43 Quboid
 
I only experience late night presenters from clips on YouTube but Craig Ferguson is the best general late night presenter, just ahead of Conan. I don't know how well these guys hold up on regular viewing.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 20:29 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 20:02:
Damn, 71 seems young to me.


My reaction to these deaths has changed so much recently. I'm sure 10, maybe just 5 years ago, news like the death of Peaches Geldof wouldn't have bothered me particularly much - sad, but ultimately just another ridiculously named talentless celebrity, famous for being famous, and who would be no one if it wasn't for her father also being famous. Sad news of course, but not something that stuck with me for long after reading the article.

However, now, the "talentless celebrity" thing doesn't matter. She wasn't her job. I just see a 25 year old woman leaving a distraught mother, father, husband and children. 25 years old. 25. The life I've lead since I was 25, she'll never know. That has stuck with me.

It's presumably my age and maturity. I used to have a dislike of the "talentless celebrity" which has been largely superseded by something between admiration for at least attempting their dream and pity for the position that I doubt they particularly wanted to end up in. In much the same way as I've come to understand how money doesn't guarantee happiness, I've come to realise that "talentless celebrity" is a job, not a personality, and she was just a girl mother of 3 trying to get by.

5 or 10 years ago I would have considered 71 to be a ripe old age but not any more. My father isn't much younger and I'm sure as hell not ready to say goodbye to him.

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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Apr 30, 2014, 20:14 Quboid
 
Speaking of videos about serious medical conditions, has anyone seen TotalBiscuit's new VLOG? He has the early signs of bowel cancer, it's heavy stuff and it has sure as hell made me think. Getting hysterical about these things doesn't help anyone but some of the symptoms he discusses - thankfully the minor ones - sound worryingly familiar.

Edit: linked VLOG.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 30, 2014, 17:58 Quboid
 
I find it really hard to believe that I'm the only person who reads that as SCROTUM. There's no way that I'm the sole person here with a mental age of 11.

I can see that there's a case for not needing a warrant at times, when there is probable cause to believe that the phone contains relevant, time sensitive information. That said, probable cause is already abused in the case of car searches and would inevitably be abused here. I'd like it to require a warrant but I doubt that will be their decision.

It's not encouraging to read Chief Justice John Roberts' comments about Facebook: "Any privacy interest in a Facebook account is at least diminished because the point is you want these things to be public and seen widely" - no no no. That's not how social media works. Some want their posts to be public and widely seen, sure, but no all of us. I lock my Facebook account down so only my friends can see anything; it's private. I wouldn't be dumb enough to put anything incriminating on Facebook but it's the principle of the matter.
 
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