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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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User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 23, 2014, 21:43 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 19:03:
Gift from god and not science eh? So the pope is saying god is really into porn in that case. The freakier the better.

He doesn't say that science wasn't involved. From a (sane) Christian point of view, God gave the inventors the intelligence to invent it. Only the fundamentalists deny science - there is a lot of them, but they're a minority of Christians.

(I realise I'm taking your comment about 1004.2% more seriously than you intended.)

This Pope does seem like a good guy. From article: "Francis suggested that in engaging in that dialogue, Catholics shouldn't be arrogant in insisting that they alone possess the truth". Hmm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2014, 21:24 Quboid
 
Feminine hygiene is important, he's a great man.  
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
39. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 23, 2014, 21:20 Quboid
 
Like I said, I haven't seen anyone praise Windows 8 more than me. I don't think it was aimed at me specifically but I felt you were probably dismissing people who disagree with your opinion on unreasonable grounds and that group includes me.

I haven't noticed any suspicious posts about Windows 8. I've only seen a couple of definite shills.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2014, 17:25 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 16:47:
Quboid wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 15:44:
I'll have to take you guys' words for it. To me, a sandwich is some dead chicken between two pieces of bread.

To clarify, I do believe you are from the UK, correct?

Yes, although I will claim to be Irish if it's convenient. Are you questioning the sandwich making pedigree of the British? Britons like John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich - or as you may know him FATHER OF ALL SANDWICHES??!


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Dour Sow.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
22. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 16:39 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 15:27:
One of the things you most hear in complaint to TES is that you can be everything. Want to be the Grey Fox? Great. Want to then go be the head of the Fighter's Guild? Great. Do it. Some people hate this. I found it freeing.

With choices, Stormcloak or Imperial was a bit meaningless, but a game like Fallout NV had some good meaningful choices. Ultimately, though, some of those choices diminished the long term game for me. Most notably, I accidentally did something stupid, got into a firefight with a faction, managed to wipe them out entirely (which I didn't expect), stormed down to New Vegas, ended that storyline, and had nothing to do.

If it's well written - very much easier said than done - there shouldn't be an objectively wrong choice and no choice should result in a dead end. Ending a side quest thread by wiping out the entire faction seems fair enough to me, although actually doing that should be virtually impossible and there should ways of making peace.

Mass Effect, ending aside, did this very well. There were numerous choices that individually were no more significant than the side you pick in Skyrim but they combined to give each player their own story.

These are choose-your-own-adventure systems, not the fully dynamic infinite combination fantasy that I have.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
21. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 16:24 Quboid
 
I enjoyed Alpha Protocol. IIRC it was mostly a series of Stormcloak/Imperials type choices between several pairs of rival factions and it was quite transparent how future missions were affected by different choices but even so, it was interesting and I liked being able to pick which of two factions I personally would consider the be the lesser of two evils and the exponential number of possibilities that these binary choices resulted in meant that the world was moulded by me.

Come to think of it, wasn't AP made by the same people who made Fallout New Vegas, the one Elder Scrolls style game that I've completed more than once?

Very mild Alpha Protocol and DX:HR spoilers about mid-game plot points ahead.

AP has an example of a problem with my approach - if you allow choices, moments when you take away choice really stick out. In Alpha Protocol, you spend a night of passion with a young lady and are then given a choice as to whether to save her or some tourists in a Dark Knight style save-one-sacrifice-other situation. I was playing it as a cold, ruthless killer who was using her for one night, so the choice was easy - stay on mission and save the day.

However, then her death was supposed to be haunting me and motivating me to catch the bad guys (transparency example; obviously the dead tourists would have haunted me if I'd taken the other choice) but I didn't care. I was done with her and my character saying otherwise didn't change that. The choices led me to invest in the character (a VERY good thing) in ways that the rigidity couldn't accommodate, causing it to fall a bit flat.

This also bugged me in DX:HR. When the game play gives you some choice (even if it was fairly limited outside of minute-to-minute tactical concerns), having your character fall for the really obvious cliche with the evil temptress in a cut scene breaks immersion. If I had been in control, she'd never have suckered me. I don't think I would hold the cut scenes of a more linear game up to any such standards.

I'm asking for the moon and I don't mean to criticise present games. I think there's vast untapped potential for interactive story telling that has come further in the last 20 years than in the last 20,000. Here's to the next 20!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2014, 15:44 Quboid
 
I'll have to take you guys' words for it. To me, a sandwich is some dead chicken between two pieces of bread.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2014, 14:44 Quboid
 
Did you put the butter on the outside of the sandwich? Why? Why is that even legal?!  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 14:39 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 12:53:
Quboid wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 11:05:
Skyrim's Stormcloak/Imperial choice is about as meaningful as plot driven AAA games get and that's fairly pathetic.

And I'm 100% ok with this.

Skyrim is a 60-120 hour game. I don't want to make a choice in hour 8 that I regret.

The Elder Scrolls games are action/adventure games with RPG elements. At their length, this works great for me. I absolutely love that I can see everything in one playthrough. I also love games where I can't, but I prefer those to be significantly shorter so that I can replay them. Replayability is somewhat lost on me once a game breaks the 30 or 40 hour range. (Which is also a flaw I think the new X-COM had - it's nearly impossible to do a game in under 20 hours at best. I could do the original X-COM in under half that, then replay it trying new things. Plus, you can fail the new X-COM due to some cheapness at hour 16 or 17, in an Ironman game, which seems like a huge investment to throw away.)

There shouldn't be a choice in hour 8 that ruins the game but I would like a series of choices to be forming the world around me right from hour 0. Little things like different people reacting me to differently based on more lifelike criteria.

Now that I think about it, a more significant choice than Stormcloak or Imperial is what species and race you pick. Having NPCs react according to their own biases and bigotries is great, I want this to keep happening based on my own actions. This gives the world a bit of flavour that is ever so slightly unique to me. There's other things, like whispered thieves guild references from guards and such like, I'd love to see more.

If this can be expanded so different factions actually dynamically grow or shrink based in part on my actions, I think the game will be all the more immersive. I'd like the politics of Skyrim to be different for every player and for the player to be able to engineer a war between two holds if they wanted to.

Replayability doesn't come into it IMHO, I want this for one play-through. I'd be much more inclined to replay if there was more difference in the world to my different actions but that only goes so far. I get what you mean about long games, Fallout New Vegas is the only Elder Scrolls game I've ever completed twice and it's not even an actual Elder Scrolls game

The big problem with this, especially if additional play-throughs are discounted, is that I would want about 1,000 hours of content for a 100 hour game. That's only going to be possible if the world's politics are dynamic and the missions auto-generated - and although I'm sure these must be possible to do well, we're clearly not there yet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 11:05 Quboid
 
I used to love open world games, any such game would be an instant buy for me. The technology has caught up so these are reasonably common place, now what I find catches my eye are plots and worlds that adapt to your actions in meaningful ways.

Skyrim's Stormcloak/Imperial choice is about as meaningful as plot driven AAA games get and that's fairly pathetic. Telltale's games are an interesting step (The Wolf Among Us sits untouched in my Steam library) and The Stanley Parable takes an interesting look at storytelling.

For The Witcher 3, it's cool that they have 36+ endings if they're reached organically from choices throughout the story. DX:HR style 'pick a button' ending is worse than having just one, while Mass Effect 3's similar take on multiple endings is even worse, they did a decent job of having the universe change according to player actions and then basically ignored it all.

Just be sure to warn us before we pass the point of no return.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2014, 09:28 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 23:05:
Quboid wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 22:12:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 21:40:
Quboid wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 20:36:
Fake boobs doesn't mean she's stupid.

Do you realize what you just said?

"I do not think that word means what you think it means...."

Er, no. Should that have been "don't"? I feel that's not what you're referring to.

Agent.X7, saying she's got nothing but boobs seems like you're calling her stupid. That's how I read it and FWIW, I agree with my misinterpretation of your point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

I know. I haven't seen that movie but I probably know 50% of the lines in it. I still don't know what word I am misusing.
 
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
37. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 23, 2014, 09:08 Quboid
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 19:14:
Julio wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 18:31:
Creston wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 13:06:
We've had several of those toolbags right here on Blues for awhile.

And we get plenty on the Windows 8 threads too...

I don't think I've seen anyone speak as favourably about Windows 8 as I have. Do you think I'm being paid to praise Windows 8?

You've gone very quiet there mate, even though you've posted on other threads here since. It's a lot easier to make vague comments aimed at no one than to actually back up your accusations, isn't it?

The arrogance you have hinted at is mind blowing. Do you honestly find it so hard to believe that someone might genuinely disagree with you that it is easier to dismiss them as having been bought off? How full of yourself do you have to be to consider your own opinion so perfectly moulded that people can't disagree on the merits of their own argument; they must have been paid because god damn your opinion is so wonderful no one could actually disagree.
 
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
34. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 23, 2014, 08:34 Quboid
 
Kawlisse, no, I don't love Windows 8. I don't love any operating system so I'll give you that. The start button is pretty much like Windows 7's, because I installed Start8, and I'm not using it as a server. The UI is also pretty much like Windows 7 because I disabled Modern UI. Before you insult people (and we all know "casual" is an insult), learn what you're talking about because I don't think you know what you're talking bout. Windows 8, after applying some hacks, is better and is (or at least was) cheaper than Windows 7.

This comment was edited on Jan 23, 2014, 10:28.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2014, 22:12 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 21:40:
Quboid wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 20:36:
Fake boobs doesn't mean she's stupid.

Do you realize what you just said?

"I do not think that word means what you think it means...."

Er, no. Should that have been "don't"? I feel that's not what you're referring to.

Agent.X7, saying she's got nothing but boobs seems like you're calling her stupid. That's how I read it and FWIW, I agree with my misinterpretation of your point
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - INSURGENCY
6. Re: Ships Ahoy - INSURGENCY Jan 22, 2014, 20:44 Quboid
 
I've just been looking for Let's Plays for this; LPs are so much more informative than reviews. I'll watch yours when it pops up on my subscriptions list, congratulations on reaching 1000 subscribers on your channel!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2014, 20:36 Quboid
 
Fake boobs doesn't mean she's stupid. They were probably a good investment. But yeah, she dumb.

I wonder how much she's profiting from this. It's certainly boosting her profile and I wonder how many books she'd sell if she wasn't crusading against intelligence. Maybe she's not stupid.

jdreyer, I got about a sentence and a half in before the penny dropped
 
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
29. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 22, 2014, 19:14 Quboid
 
Julio wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 18:31:
Creston wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 13:06:
We've had several of those toolbags right here on Blues for awhile.

And we get plenty on the Windows 8 threads too...

I don't think I've seen anyone speak as favourably about Windows 8 as I have. Do you think I'm being paid to praise Windows 8?
 
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
24. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 22, 2014, 15:19 Quboid
 
I'd like to pay a bit for ad-free access to Bluesnews, $10/year is probably more than he makes from ads. Given Blue's stance on things like the Call of Duty demo (topical reference FTW), even though this would be very different I doubt he'd ever go for it.  
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
18. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 22, 2014, 13:11 Quboid
 
But seriously, how great is it that they're adding offline play to SimCity? I love how EA really listens to their customers and delivers what you want! Such a great game just got even better!

*sweats nervously*
 
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News Comments > EA Paying for YouTube Love
15. Re: EA Paying for YouTube Love Jan 22, 2014, 13:01 Quboid
 
I'd like to know how much these guys make. If they're getting $5 CPM profit (i.e. after production costs, their network's cut) then TB must be pretty well off and someone as well viewed and prolific as NerdCubed must be bringing in hundreds of thousands a year.

Worth A Buy, on the other hand, would be struggling to bring in a thousand dollars a year. As with any industry, this is probably closer to the mode average.

Blue wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 10:46:
DrSquick wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 10:35:
I know pretty much nothing about online advertising, but isn't $10 per thousand views pretty high?

Yes it is.

What do you know about it??!
 
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