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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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User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: If Twitter Won’t Handle Its Massive Harassment Problem, These Women Will. Nov 8, 2014, 21:11 Quboid
 
It's natural to look at a specific issue that you or people you know are facing, sort of like "Charity begins at home". It's also their area of expertise. Trying to pseudo-moderate all of Twitter is doomed to fail ... but then so is this.

Eventually some scandal will force Twitter to police things. Someone famous will get loads of hate, they then get attacked in real life, the media will put two and two together and ignore the result, focusing instead on the scary new thing that the kids are using that will doom society. If that flack hits the share price, Twitter will act - probably by doing the bare minimum they can get away with.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Patches
13. Re: Saturday Patches Nov 8, 2014, 19:37 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 19:20:
Ladron3dfx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 18:41:
Steam has removed the users ability to disable updates.

Not true. Go away troll.

I just checked - having also exclaimed bullshit - but it's true. The update options are "always", "high-priority", and "when it launches". There's no "never" option. I don't know when this change happened.

It shouldn't be legal to remove content from a game that people have bought. I'm sure they're covered by some small print but this seems wrong.
 
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News Comments > Free Metro 2033 from Humble Store
11. Re: Free Metro 2033 from Humble Store Nov 8, 2014, 12:28 Quboid
 
I thought that was a neat feature, a way to pay for a weapon buff that (to me) blended seamlessly into the world. It should have been a separate key.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
89. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 23:07 Quboid
 
Slick, that's not helpful. Anyway, I'm making the same point as you, that Steam shouldn't be mandatory.  
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up
8. Re: Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up Nov 7, 2014, 13:45 Quboid
 
KS wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 13:13:
So what's the beef? That this implies Awesome Game 3 will be F2P, and thus depedent on micro transactions?

Or that, free or not, microtransactions will be P2Win, instead of just limited to vanity stuff with no major gameplay impact?

The second one. Free-up-front or purchased, solo or multiplayer, I don't trust any developer to not let the game's balance be compromised. Even if they intend to be completely honest, when increasing the price of a tank from the black market will result in some people getting out their real wallets to top up their in-game balance is it even possible for them to objectively balance the game any more?

Even if they intend to be honest and actually do balance the game as they would if there were no microtransactions, I will be continually questioning their decisions. That's terrible for immersion and for enjoyment.

P2W gives developers financial incentive to make their game worse.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
51. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 12:59 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:49:
Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:46:
But Valve takes ~30%. Did it cut sales by 30%? Probably not.

I doubt it did. If it did, EA wouldn't stick with it. This is an outfit that would happily fuck you over if it makes them five extra bucks. They wouldn't ignore Steam if it was costing them "ten times the sales".

NKD wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:45:
The skepticism around Origin didn't really pan out. Yeah, a lot of us hardcore grognards try to avoid it, but most PC gamers don't give a fuck and go where the game they want is. After all, if you look at it objectively the icon you click to get the game going is a pretty minor concern compared to whether the game is actually any good. EA's numbers since moving to Origin look good, so it's hard to call their move stupid.

Exactly. And Origin isn't as good as Steam, but it's nowhere near bad enough to miss out on Bioware's games for. (for me)

A game released years ago that's on both Steam and Uplay will undoubtedly sell more on Steam, I think 10x is a fair estimate. However if it wasn't on Steam, many of those buyers would have bought from Uplay (which may take the top spot on Google that Steam would have had) and this doesn't really apply at all to a big release with a huge marketing campaign behind it.

Is it 30%? This is pure speculation on my part but I would think that Ubi would get bulk discount, some sort of specially negotiated deal that small developers (where I've heard 30% from) aren't offered. I wouldn't be surprised if they are/were paying closer to half that.

Edit: if it's just the UK, why? Temporary legal issue, or test run?

This comment was edited on Nov 7, 2014, 13:09.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
16. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 10:57 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 10:42:
Their product not being on Steam potentially means higher prices for me

This bothers me. I can understand Ubi not wanting to pay Valve a percentage of their sales or have access to that sort of sales data but how about passing that saving on to us? Half of it? A single penny? No?

No.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
6. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 10:00 Quboid
 
Develop for Xbox, pay Microsoft. Develop for Playstation, pay Sony. Develop for PC, pay Valve.

I like having my games in one place, however I can understand why a publisher might not be so keen and that arrangement isn't good for PC gamers either. I think the long term future of PC gaming is at risk if Steam continues to grow in dominance and has the power to make or break games.
 
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up
1. Re: Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up Nov 7, 2014, 09:51 Quboid
 
Well that doesn't help in the slightest. You *currently* have one ... really, that's great, but the question is not and has never been about your current games.

I'd worry less and sleep better if he would just say "nope, no microtransactions". That he doesn't just makes me more worried. Maybe he includes in-development games as current but if so he should make that clear as it looks like weaseling to me.
 
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News Comments > Tropico 5 Joint Venture DLC Released
1. Re: >Tropico 5 Joint Venture DLC Released Nov 6, 2014, 17:36 Quboid
 
They wimped out. We all know what joint venture should be reefering to.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Polish Plans
19. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Polish Plans Nov 5, 2014, 20:53 Quboid
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 18:00:
am i the only one who read it correctly as PO-lish? i don't know why being related to poland would enter your minds.

It's capitalised. As it should be of course, but I think this is what brought the country to mind.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 14:58 Quboid
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 14:05:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 2014:

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?


That would work but is that "troubling" as the editorial's author claims or is just a silly design decision?

The article is about story telling and only claims that it is troubling in that context, therefore a silly design decision is exactly what they mean. The next paragraph elaborates on this and describes their disappointment at the story telling issues as their only feeling.
 
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News Comments > Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots?
7. Re: Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots? Nov 5, 2014, 14:15 Quboid
 
The "Buy More" option is to buy more in-game currency, which suggests to me that microtransactions are part of this build.

It's not clear by any means, this currency could be bought with another in-game currency. For example, spending in-game Tin Pot Dictatorship Dollars to buy blood diamonds, which is then used as currency on the black market. (It's a stretch to call that currency icon a diamond but it could be anything.)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 13:48 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:10:
"Push square to pay respects" is just as silly as every other QTE, so it doesn't really stand out in that respect. The bigger problem is the poor story telling:

The next sequence is Will’s funeral. Already, Advanced Warfare is asking us to be emotional about the death of a character who’s only spoken a few lines of dialogue and shot a cool-looking gun. The game tells players Mitchell and Will are friends, but it doesn’t show that they truly matter to one another.

If they'd done a better job with that, the QTE might have actually earned its moment.

Good point. It stands out more but it's no stupider than "Press X to not die" which is what QTEs mostly boil down to (but if I may nitpick, this looks like an interaction prompt and not a QTE). Games have certainly made me feel emotion at the press of a button - I remember one game (I shan't name it so as not to spoil) making the press of a button truly horrible. That was story telling done right, so pressing that button meant something, and didn't just tell me "hey you should be sad now".
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 5, 2014, 10:45 Quboid
 
"when the [game] servers authorized by the developer are permanently shut down."

If a publisher did want to stop this, couldn't they just temporarily shut down the servers indefinitely?
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Polish Plans
4. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Polish Plans Nov 5, 2014, 10:40 Quboid
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 10:25:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 10:19:
Cutter wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 09:55:
So what does this have to do with Poland?
Wry

Funny you ask, as I was like, wtf is going on in Poland?
Same here. I thought this had to do with Polish language pack or something.

"Huh, odd to be doing further localisation now. Oh well ... wait a minute!"
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
69. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 4, 2014, 09:16 Quboid
 
Polygon have started putting prominent links to an ethics policy that pre-dates GamerGate? If anyone is being condescending, it's them. I don't much like GamerGate and perhaps this is colouring my interpretation but that looks like they're mocking GG. "Ethics policy? We've always had one you blind bastards!" At best, they're paying GG lip service.

Prez, why are people who disagree with you trolling psychos who love to argue yet - presumably - you are not?
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Documentary
13. Re: Elite: Dangerous Documentary Nov 3, 2014, 21:28 Quboid
 
Bundy wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 20:27:
I've never understood how this works, maybe u can explain it to me. What exactly does TrackIR do in this game? I assumed that using the Oculus alone would be enough for head tracking and accessing your left and right menu's.

TrackIR isn't used with the Oculus Rift, the Rift alone will do head tracking as you say.

TrackIR is a simpler system which just does head tracking. I didn't like it as having to look at my monitor sideways made it feel very unnatural but it's probably the best option for serious flight simmers right now.

How easy is it to identify ships with the DK2? With the DK1 in a flight sim, other aircraft were just pixelly blobs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 3, 2014, 19:01 Quboid
 
If the people in the vehicle aren't operating it (beyond tapping on a destination) it's hard to see how the liability would lie with them. If a driverless vehicle causes a crash, it would be a bug and be the manufacturer's fault.

I think the effect of this is that the insurance cost moves from the owner to the manufacturer, who then passes on the price either in the cost of the vehicle or in some on-going service charge. If the vehicle you own/lease/whatever is only ever self-driven, there would be no need for you to buy insurance of your own. For the manufacturer, I think there would be few accidents caused by their cars and they would have plenty of incentive to throw money and lawyers at any incidents where their car is involved, smothering the average individual.

The idea that a bug or a hacker could suddenly disable the breaks of millions of drivers is rather scary. It's unlikely but that's sure to bump the insurance up and needless to say, manufacturers should try really hard to not let this happen.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
8. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 1, 2014, 23:12 Quboid
 
JediPunisher wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 22:22:
Creston wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 18:21:
Of course, they can't create a more powerful one now because it would fracture their user base.
There would be no reason for a fractured user base... We're not talking different generations of consoles here, just a bump in res/fps. So, if someone playing a shooter on XB1 at 720p and/or 30fps feels disadvantaged against others with an XB1.1 at 1080p/60fps, then they are motivated to buy a new console which equals more cash for Microsoft.

I think that would equal more cash for Sony. XB1 owners would feel screwed over, paying probably at least as much (I'd assume 1.1 wouldn't cost more than 1.0 + Kinect did) to now be disadvantaged and held to ransom. We (PC gamers) take this inequality as inevitable but I don't think predominantly console gamers would be so accepting.

Without a cheap or even free upgrade offer, I think this would be a PR disaster for Microsoft.
 
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