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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 > Valve Prevails in German Lawsuit
5. Re: Valve Prevails in German Lawsuit Feb 7, 2014, 11:35 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 11:12:
Can I just that say that as far as acronyms go, EUGH >>>>>> SCOTUS.

It just does a better job at conveying the feeling you'll have when they make yet another insane ruling.

Everyone reads that as SCROTUM, right? I've always assumed everyone does this but maybe it's just me.
 
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News Comments > Sledgehammer Gets Its Own CoD Title
8. Re: Sledgehammer Gets Its Own CoD Title Feb 6, 2014, 22:55 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Feb 6, 2014, 22:28:
Dagnamit wrote on Feb 6, 2014, 22:14:
nin wrote on Feb 6, 2014, 20:20:
Loopy wrote on Feb 6, 2014, 19:55:
I won't be happy until we have hourly CoD releases. < >

Yep. Spinning around the drain just a little faster...going to make that collapse even larger when it finally happens.


idk man. Each of these new CoD games gross at least 500 million dollars. If they they keep adding devs to makes these games, are they really doing that bad? Seems a boom, not a bust.


There's got to be a limit, at some point. WWII games got run into the ground. The next Need For Speed just got shelved. Remember how Band Hero and DJ Hero flopped, as people were tired of yearly music games?

At some point, there has to be saturation. I'm not saying it's this fall or anything like that, but I don't believe they can keep the forward momentum going forever. Certainly not enough to support 3 dev houses and the advertising each game costs.


It's good that they're each getting another year but I also get the feeling that this series is getting played out. Ghosts seemed to be received quite badly, particularly on the PC but not exclusively, and sales are well down too. Given how many people seem to rush out and buy the new CoD immediately, a bad instalment could have even more effect on sales of the next title - and start a spiral losing market share. Maybe Battlefield could have benefited but Dice stuffed that up.
 
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title
14. Re: EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title Feb 6, 2014, 09:07 Quboid
 
Task wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 23:44:
Another example, the view is warped though when recording as you can see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl7fz__6B-4

However when you actually have the gear on and your eyes are focused against the oculus screen, it is not warped like that.

That looks amazing, I can't wait to play that game for 5 minutes and never ever ever again.

He refers a couple of times to monsters being a couple of inches from his face. I hope that's not literal, the screen is a couple of inches from his face but the monsters shouldn't appear that close. It could just be natural exaggeration.
 
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News Comments > Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released
16. Re: Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released Feb 5, 2014, 22:29 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 16:55:
Seventyfive wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 15:44:
Is Civ 5 any good? I stopped playing a few Civ's ago when my tank got destroyed by archers. Kind of thought that was some real bullshit.


It's bullshit if you think of it in terms of the real world.
But then again, most of the concepts of Civ are bullshit if you think about them like that.

It makes perfect sense if you think about it in terms of dice rolls.

I don't think it's that unreasonable. It should be rare, certainly, but if the archers don't conveniently stand at one end of a field facing the tanks for the entire battle it's not hard to see how a tank battalion could have trouble actually engaging them.

How does a typical tank battalion (50 tanks?) defeat a typical archery battalion (5,000?) in a city over several weeks without levelling the whole place? Archers could potentially pick off the crews when they get out to take a leak.
 
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title
5. Re: EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title Feb 5, 2014, 20:53 Quboid
 
I could never get used to Track-IR, I think largely because of the high sensitivity. I want 1:1 sensitivity.

I'd like know when the Oculus Rift will be available. This year?
 
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News Comments > Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released
7. Re: Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released Feb 5, 2014, 16:24 Quboid
 
Seventyfive wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 15:44:
Is Civ 5 any good? I stopped playing a few Civ's ago when my tank got destroyed by archers. Kind of thought that was some real bullshit.

I very much like Civ 5 and I think with both expansion packs it is now very well regarded.

There are some changes to the formula that some people don't like. In particular, 1UPT - One Unit Per Tile. Units no longer stack (except in special cases like a combat unit and a non-combat unit or passing mid-movement) so giant stacks of doom are no longer possible. I think is a big improvement as combat becomes a bit more about tactics than production. The AI didn't handle it too well but I think since the first expansion pack it has been fine.

Archers beating tanks is a controversial issue. I think it should happen, very occasionally, but it doesn't - not least because having such obsolete technology doesn't happen. There's less randomness in the combat so getting lucky is rare, even if you deliberately held a unit back as an archer I'm pretty sure it would be destroyed in one attack with the tank receiving little or no damage. If it attacked the tank (ranged attack, no danger to self) it might inflict 10% damage at most. (Figures my estimations after many hundreds of hours played, but not recently.)

Other changes: it's now hex based, rather than squares, which I've never heard anyone say a bad thing about; it's a bit shallow in places with fewer graphs and such like but it's not SimCity 2013 level uninformative or anything and there are mods to add more; network play was awful, I've heard it improved a lot with the last expansion (BNW) but I've no experience with it personally.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2014, 14:53 Quboid
 
How I'm picturing Creston right now.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2014, 14:50 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 09:41:
Thought it was actually cool that Flea admitted what many haven't, over the years...


That's a nice touch. I don't think it's necessary for musicians to go crazy with their artistic integrity; I've no problem with artists doing this but I've no problem with artists liking to get paid either. If RHCP mimed on tour, they'd be dead to me.

Bruno Mars was actually very good, I didn't have high hopes. I really hate the musical montage system, whatever it's called, where each song only gets about a minute before they transition to the next. The previous Bowl had that too, do they always do this?

I'd take Bruce Springsteen playing 2 or 3 songs over any of that nonsense. Damn good music from the most American musician I can think of for the most American event I watch.
 
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News Comments > Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released
3. Re: Civ5: The Complete Edition/Free Brave New World Scenario Released Feb 5, 2014, 14:34 Quboid
 
Krovven wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 13:41:
Weird timing here, I just played and beat the Conquest of the New World scenario yesterday. After finishing it I saw that there was Conquest of the New World Deluxe in my scenario list and assumed it just unlocked after having beat the first one. So I started playing this last night not realizing it was brand new content.


People play the Civ scenarios?

I enjoyed the WW2 one with Civ 2 but I've barely tried any since then - skirmish all the way. Maybe I should, I don't even know what they consist of.
 
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News Comments > January Steam Hardware & Software Survey
6. Re: January Steam Hardware & Software Survey Feb 3, 2014, 16:09 Quboid
 
UHD wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 14:18:
I never really thought the Video Card Description statistics were all that useful. The Intel 4000 might be the most popular single GPU but Intel GPUs make up a little over 16% of Steam's userbase...

That's a testament to how many different models of Nvidia and AMD cards there are, Intel don't fragment their customer base nearly as much. Fairly meaningless, as you say.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2014, 09:33 Quboid
 
Do you have life insurance, Blue? Because if you do, you could always use a little more, right? I mean, who couldn't?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2014, 20:38 Quboid
 
I picked Seattle because they seemed like the underdog and because their 'defense' is well regarded and I play in defence. That's a bit tenuous as it's a different spelling and different pronunciation, plus a different football, but it's working out pretty well for me so far.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2014, 16:56 Quboid
 
I've just noticed that the Super Bowl isn't on the BBC. Can you imagine, the Super Bowl with commercials?!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2014, 14:42 Quboid
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman was 46? I've have guessed at least 10 years older than that and 20 wouldn't have surprised me given how these guys are usually older than I expect. I always like unremarkable looking people doing well in front of the camera in the film industry, it's nice to know that talent does get some people some places.

Tonight's my annual "what does 2nd down and 5 mean again? Is that the same as 7th down?" night. Good luck to whichever team I arbitrarily choose to back.
 
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News Comments > EA Class Action Suit Plans
14. Re: EA Class Action Suit Plans Feb 1, 2014, 21:02 Quboid
 
I can only assume that these shareholders (or the lawyers who might - might - just be in it for the money) feel that they can prove that the price in the months before was artificially inflated.

"Everybody does it" isn't going to be a great defence in court, it just suggests that there's a lot of nervous executives at publishers around the world. Everyone talks up their product but there's an art to it - you don't make something up and lie to convince people it's true, you make something up and creatively tell the truth to convince people that it's true.

I don't know what specifically their suit is based on. I think they'd need to prove that senior people at EA knew about the problems and deliberately tried to keep them quiet.
 
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News Comments > EA Class Action Suit Plans
11. Re: EA Class Action Suit Plans Feb 1, 2014, 20:13 Quboid
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 19:57:
I am not sure what EA did in the wrong here from a stockholder perspective. They made a title and got it to the shelves in time for the holidays and it sold really well despite the roll out glitches which EA went to work fixing as soon as they could. What else could they do? Delaying the roll out would have screwed their earnings in a very important quarter which, so far as any shareholders should be concerned, would've been worse. Why were there no shareholder lawsuits over the SimCity launch which was botched just as badly if not worse?

This is just some bottom feeding law firm looking for some go away money.

Note: IANAL and this is just my understanding. Also, this is what I think is being alleged, I'm not saying this is what happened. Please don't sue me.

The shareholder's perspective is that EA knew that BF4 was flawed before it was released. Therefore, by telling investors before the launch that they were about to release this mega awesome new game, they intentionally mislead investors to push their share price up. Investors who then lost out when the problems became apparent and their value was hit.

I think that's the crux, EA allegedly knew it was flawed ahead of time and didn't warn people accordingly. If people in EA were selling their shares before the launch at the inflated price, this lawsuit is the least of their worries: I think that's insider trading as well.

SimCity was a screw-up, but I guess officially no one knew that was going to happen. You can't sue because your company accidentally messed up. Of course everyone saw that coming but I assume EA can claim that they didn't and that they believed they had prepared enough.
 
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News Comments > EA Class Action Suit Plans
10. Re: EA Class Action Suit Plans Feb 1, 2014, 20:02 Quboid
 
Beelzebud wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 16:40:
So the shareholders force them to push out games to meet quarterly expectations, and then sue when things don't turn out quite right? Screw them!

I agree, when shareholders are so unreasonable as to want their investment to do well then the company is justified in allegedly misleading shareholders. If only shareholders would be reasonable and not want their shares to do well or selfishly hope for a dividend, then the company wouldn't have to tell potential investors how great the game is when they allegedly knew it wasn't.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Feb 1, 2014, 09:37 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 00:22:
PHJF wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 16:48:
Fion wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 12:31:
The only Youtuber critics I ever really trust are Totalbiscuit and Angry Joe because they are both more than willing to bash the fuck out of a game they think deserve it, and more often than not they are AAA releases like BF4.

TB loved BF4.

Given all the problems BF4 had, you think TB was bought off?

I don't think so, his main criticism is how little is new but he mentioned glitches. He said that some people are having crash issues, lag issues and frequent server disconnections and states that it's "unfortunate that the launch has been plagued with things like that". He's British, so "unfortunate" doesn't actually mean bad luck - that's him putting the blame squarely on EA/Dice.

He's since cited it as an example of the problem with and reviews in general and first impression reviews in particular, when the scale of problems only becomes apparent over time.
 
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News Comments > Beyond the Sideline Football Announced
6. Re: Beyond the Sideline Football Announced Jan 31, 2014, 23:03 Quboid
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 22:52:
nin wrote on Jan 31, 2014, 22:23:
All 32 real American football teams with their real players and current rosters.

That can't be cheap.

Yeah. EA holds the NFL license so these guys must obviously be somehow connected to that rotten apple which does not bode well for the whole bunch...

The label 'NFL' is conspicuous in its absence, if they had the license it would be one of the first words in the press release. I doubt they have the proper NFL license but they may have some sort of access. I've known soccer games to have real players but not real competitions - even the daddy, Football Manager, has to fake a couple of competition names (unless you mod it, which they make ridiculously easy to do).

What do they mean by "All 32 real American football teams", are there 32 NFL teams? Are there other leagues? Are there not thousands of American Football teams throughout the country? I know you don't have promotion and relegation like most national soccer leagues but there must be other teams. College football?
 
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News Comments > Beyond the Sideline Football Announced
2. Re: Beyond the Sideline Football Announced Jan 31, 2014, 22:22 Quboid
 
It sounds like Football Manager, but for football rather than football. Football Manager is great if you like sim-spreadsheets and it is fantastically realistic, perhaps the stat-heavy nature of football means it might be even more suited.

I think these guys made Out Of The Park, a baseball sim that is in some manner associated with Sports Interactive, the authors of Football Manager.
 
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