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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 > Xbox One Controller for Windows in November
5. Re: Xbox One Controller for Windows in November Sep 17, 2014, 09:33 Quboid
 
From their site:
Enjoy the reliable wired connection to your PC and forget about replacing batteries.

Er, no thank you. Replacing the batteries in my 360 pad a few times a year is a lot less hassle than having a cable running over my desk, knocking things about.

Maybe it's just me but this looks like another case of Microsoft telling customers what they want to buy. This is why the Xbone is getting hammered by the PS4, dumbasses.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 16, 2014, 21:50 Quboid
 
Loopy wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 20:29:
In my experience, votes seem to encourage the internet cheerleader/circle-jerk mentality. With systems like the one on this site, if you want to pitch in, you actually have to pitch in and say your piece, which I like.

Votes can work sometimes, but as has been pointed out, there's no shortage of crazies willing to upvote terrible ideas, or downvote reasonable ones.

The cod psychology is interesting. I think the first few votes influence future readers as some will let their expectations colour their understanding, e.g. taking a sarcastic joke literally if the first few voters downvoted it. I've seen the same basic comment get wildly different scores* on Imgur (never hard to find the same comment time after flipping time there) for no for apparent reason other than the way the first few voters setting the context for some (but not me because I'm definitely too smart ... honest).

* Vote systems can become games with the votes being scores, which isn't great for a community. It works for Imgur, but it wouldn't suit here.

(Ordinarily I would have posted this in my previous post but it occurred to me that I might be about to make the very mistake I mentioned there!)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 16, 2014, 21:31 Quboid
 
You can change view to threaded but AAG you already use that.

It's not very effective because people who view it flat don't adhere to the structure and reply to different threads in one post. It's too clicky for me but a single page hierarchical structure should work.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 16, 2014, 19:00 Quboid
 
Wait, there are idiots on the Internet now?

I've wondered if Blue has considered switching to a vote based comment system. I used to be in favour of such an idea but not any more, I'd rather keep this system.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
19. Re: On Sale Sep 16, 2014, 18:45 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 16:13:
Quboid wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 16:10:
That haze did get a lot of flak when the game came out - I seem to remember it being called a piss filter. Perhaps it's one of those things where the people who hate it speak up and the people who like it don't. I didn't mind it but I don't miss it either.

I wouldn't have mind it being removed in the DC, if there was an option to toggle it back on...


True. A slider would have been great, I would have liked to have turned it down by about 25%.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Sep 16, 2014, 16:10 Quboid
 
That haze did get a lot of flak when the game came out - I seem to remember it being called a piss filter. Perhaps it's one of those things where the people who hate it speak up and the people who like it don't. I didn't mind it but I don't miss it either.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 15, 2014, 19:23 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 19:16:
Expeditions Conquistador on the Humble Store for $5 clams. If you haven't played it yet, run, don't walk to get it! It's a real gem of a game that flew under too many people's radar.

*yoink*
 
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News Comments > Uncensored L4D2 Released for AU
7. Re: Uncensored L4D2 Released for AU Sep 15, 2014, 18:23 Quboid
 
They seemed to treat games as toys for children, and therefore any game with adult content (gore, in this case) was by definition unsuitable. I think it just took time for the political will to arise to do something about this, until the widespread murmuring of "this is bullshit" drowned out the few shrill cries of "think of the children".

What ever happened to that South Australia guy, the Aussie Jack Thompson?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 15, 2014, 16:02 Quboid
 
descender wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 14:20:
Sadly I think one of the only ways to achieve such competition among ISP's is to remove their responsibility to maintain the infrastructure. That unfortunately opens up a whole other can of worms (called socialism, which is probably by all accounts actually better than capitalism but we have to hate it because... i don't know why).

This is the system in the UK, it works well and I'm very happy with my 'net connection.

Telephony infrastructure, which carries a large majority of UK connections, is handled by a heavily regulated division of the BT Group called BT Wholesale. They sell to telephone companies and ISPs, but are not allowed to favour any company over another - not even BT Retail, BT's own telephone and ISP division.

There's also cable Internet but that's not particularly widespread. This works more like the US system, where the ISP owns the infrastructure. It's pretty good (I think, never used it personally) but I doubt it would be without good competition from telephony based connectivity - they have a mysterious ability to increase their speeds when a new telephony tech becomes available so they're always just the fastest around.

BT Group used to be called British Telecom and were the national (and nationalised) telephone company. It was sold off to private ownership, at which point it could no longer justify being a monopoly and so got split and regulated, and dozens of nationally available ISPs sprung up. Back when it was a monopoly, it was basically a government service and was as uninspiring as you may expect - not destructively greedy like private monopolies, just utterly complacent. Perhaps because they're smaller, perhaps because of cable, perhaps because of the busy ISP market they're serving, I don't know why but BT Wholesale doesn't seem complacent.

I don't think this would be ideologically acceptable in the US, even if lobbyists wouldn't butcher any attempt anyway.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 15, 2014, 12:08 Quboid
 
Proper competition would solve net neutrality issues in a cleaner, more capitalist way than any legislation. If your ISP is slowing Netflix down, or if Netflix charges you more because they have to pay the AT&T Tax, you should be able to drop AT&T or whoever else has the nerve to sell you Internet access and then decide to dictate what that access entails. AT&T's effective monopoly in many markets is deliberately strangling any free market.  
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
21. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 17:05 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 17:00:
verybad1 wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 15:34:
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So, in other words you work for them. Shill harder.


I seriously doubt that.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
50. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 22:18 Quboid
 
I agree with you. I don't mean to call you an idiot before, I was pointing out the inconsistency between those who are too quick to give abuse.

These problems will exist in pre-release software but it's pretty clear that this isn't the main issue you have with the game and my concerns mirror yours. I don't know how much single-player and non-competitive multiplayer will be affected but if there's even a chance that something is artificially padded to encourage me to buy my way past then I will wonder about their motives. Not great for immersion.
 
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News Comments > Dragons & Titans Drops Microtransactions
2. Re: Dragons & Titans Drops Microtransactions Sep 11, 2014, 22:02 Quboid
 
"Use your skill" at 0:57 says it all for their old pay to win model. I hope this goes well for them.  
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News Comments > Endless Legend Next Week
12. Re: Endless Legend Next Week Sep 11, 2014, 20:31 Quboid
 
It's really mean if when you get it wrong. The rock-paper-scissors nature of the units (a gross simplification as you know) means that if you get the wrong unit matched against the wrong enemy, you get carved up and if your deck is wrong, you're in trouble. But it works both ways and crushing the enemy is simply delightful.

I nearly always played against the AI, in varying scenarios but usually one-on-one. I find transporting troops to be micro-heavy; I can't think of a better way of doing it but having an otherwise nearly useless jeep to manage while infantry is holding a position is a pest.

The F-117 is the only unit in Airland Battle which has no reliable counter that I can think of. Even the best AA or interceptors struggle to stop it from being able to one-shot almost anything.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
47. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 20:20 Quboid
 
Kosumo wrote on Sep 11, 2014, 19:24:
Why are people picking on CJ_Parker?, he's just saying his opinon.

It seems he's an idiot for not getting this working, despite him also being an idiot for not accepting that unfinished software will have bugs. Maybe if the people quick to insult him could decide if he's even to blame or not, they could find a point.

The practices they're using have put me off too. I'm keeping an eye on it, obviously, but I won't be buying in until there's a game and I won't be buying if it's pay to win, which at this point I'm struggling to see how it won't be. They clearly have the financial incentive to make the game grindier than they would honestly feel is balanced and while I trust them to want to make a really good game, I don't trust them to not want to make lots of money when it's so, so easy.

I can't figure out why so many people accuse Chris Roberts of being overly interested in rugby forwards or high carbon coal.
 
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News Comments > Endless Legend Next Week
9. Re: Endless Legend Next Week Sep 10, 2014, 20:33 Quboid
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 19:31:
Pr()ZaC wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 19:24:
Flatline wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 18:18:
I quit endless space when it became obvious how badly the AI has to cheat to put up any resistance at all. At one point I had conquered half the galaxy, was putting out gargantuan fleets of utter doom, and the AI, who had like 4 planets, was matching and stalling my fleets.

At that point I kind of quit.
I quit playing most RTS games when I saw how much cheating was going on in Dune II.

This just reminded me how few games there actually are announced in the rts genre lately.... PA is kinda meh, and aside that I can't even come up with names...

Anyhow I must be the only bloke here who really hates these "Paint stars 1 color" 4x games... especially when they are cheating so absurdly as the pirates and AI in endless space... I mean at some point every pirate fleet was matching my strongest fleets.

Have you tried the Wargame series? I played a fair bit of Airland Battle (the second one, after European Escalation and before Red Dragon), it seems fair. There's been a few times when I thought the AI cheated to see something, only to find out on the post-game replay that they'd snuck special forces behind my lines.

It's a difficult game to get into. There's about 800 units and even once you get the most common ones down, some obscure East German APC from 1972 rolls up and you panic until you realise that it's not a tank.

It's more realistic that most RTS games but IMHO manages to get a good balance so frequently pesky things like scouting, supply lines and fuel add to the game and don't bog it down too much.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Sep 9, 2014, 22:19 Quboid
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 14:51:
Cutter wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 10:44:
My, what an odd story. That's certainly....queer.

It's fucking stupid. If you can't be creative enough without using gay, lesbian, queer, or homosexual, to create a story for your Sims, then please go die a quiet death.

Swear to all things holy that I need to do a TED talk about how women need to stfu about sexism in gaming. (Side rant but all this bullshit is wearing thing, and I couldn't even fuck the brains out of Vega in Mass Effect 3, but I could bone the lonely shuttle pilot. That's like Captain Picard wanting to fuck Riker, but due to choices fucked Lt Barkley from TNG/Voyager.)

People being unimaginative in a computer game is a problem for you? People using these words to write a story is any of our fucking business whatsoever?

I know you don't actually wish death on these people but if this is making you feel oppressed then you've majorly lost perspective.

I can understand if you're fed the fuck up with the amount of bullshit lately but ... what the fuck man?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 20:27 Quboid
 
sauron wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 12:58:
I've always like Craig Ferguson - kind of a fun guy. First saw him on Drew Carey and thought he was really funny.

But what I'm REALLY looking forward to is Colbert on The Late Show. That's going to be a riot. Will either be a roaring success, or he'll get CBS sued by every major conservative, liberal and commercial organization in the country. I might even have to buy a TV.

I only experience this sort of show as clips on YouTube so my experience may be very different regular viewers' but Craig Ferguson has long been my favourite, at least for general comedy. Seeing Colbert in this field will be interesting; I've seen him out of character but never doing an actual show as himself.

James Corden is not a favourite. I haven't heard so much relief at someone leaving our (UK) screens since Piers Morgan somehow got a show abroad. He's a young guy and maybe he will improve but I doubt he'll ever be as good as Craig Ferguson and his style is more brash and rather brainless. It's a lot easier to picture him as a comic relief judge on some talent show than somehow making talking to a camp robot actually funny.
 
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News Comments > Next Total War Reveal This Month
3. Re: Next Total War Reveal This Month Sep 9, 2014, 19:16 Quboid
 
This is a sensitive time for Creative Assembly, I think a lot of people's patience is wearing thin. Sorry eRe4s3r, but I can't understand why anybody would pre-order from Creative Assembly at this point.

I expect they'll promise fancy new AI that will turn out to be as broken as ever. I wonder how grovelling their announcement is.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
57. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 17:00 Quboid
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 16:26:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:46:

And sorry, your words define you. You keep referring to this as a war. That makes you an extremist.

My words define me, of course. I've always said that clarity, transparency and even-handedness of the facts would have solved this problem a long while ago (if not here in most of the articles I've written about this subject).

And where have I stated that this is a "war" here on this board? Those are your words not mine.

In fact, I've never mentioned the word "war" in the context of this discussion at all... only you have.

So uh... you need to talk about something Beamer? PTSD or something?

All from one single post:

William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
... they drew first blood ... a death knell for them ... Gamers don't die ... drawn into battle ... go away and die ... They already put their stake on the wrong side of the war ...
 
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