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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 15, 2014, 13:04 Narf2029
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 12:55:
Unfortunately people make rhetoric informed decisions when voting instead of behavior informed.

That's being generous and optimistic. "I'm going to vote for this guy because I've heard of him." "I'm going to vote for this guy because he's hot." "I'm going to vote for this guy because people keep telling me voting is important but my favorite TV show is going to be on in 15 minutes." And just wait until the next presidential election. The American people will vote in a Republican, no matter what his or her opinions and policies will be, because Obama is a Democrat. At best, the public can be expected to knee-jerk in the opposite direction and that's just because of presidential term limits. If not for term limits, the White House would be just like Congress - everyone hates Congress, their approval rating is in the teens, and yet we still re-elect the same people almost every single time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 15, 2014, 12:40 Narf2029
 
It's funny that the transparency of the internet age has just made politicians blatantly corrupt instead of skulking around in the shadows. Still just as corrupt, if not more so, but the proof is literally all around us and the overwhelming majority of people simply don't care. This is a country where nobody likes a guy and nobody has liked him for 20 years yet he's been in the House of Representatives for 18 of those 20 years.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
9. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 8, 2014, 10:05 Narf2029
 
S2 is built like a tank. I've dropped mine dozens of times onto tile floors and pavement and all I have to show for it is a small crack in the side and a tiny nick in the corner of the screen. Too bad it's starting to fall behind the hardware curve.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2014, 23:30 Narf2029
 
I love this whole anti-vaccine thing going around. It's evolution in action. I'm just waiting for the article in which some American mother is crying a river because her child got polio or something and doctors said there's no cure, and hey why didn't you get your child vaccinated? I don't see how it isn't a crime or automatically an excluding pre-existing condition for health insurance.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 18, 2014, 15:39 Narf2029
 
Transgender and gay are not inherently linked. A transgender woman attracted to men is straight, as is a transgender man attracted to women.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Sep 17, 2014, 00:46 Narf2029
 
The sale puts Shadowrun Returns under $4. Can't really say no to that.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Trial for DragonCon Attendees
16. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Trial for DragonCon Attendees Sep 3, 2014, 02:14 Narf2029
 
Would it be better to push it out quickly and have a barely functional product for all the money they've brought in? With all that cash they've raised, they're pretty much screwed in public opinion no matter what. If they hold off release until it's a solid product, people whine for years that they've been taking the money and shining us on. If they release sooner and there are worse-than-minor bugs, people will shit all over them for turning all that money into an incomplete product even if they do fix it later. If they release somewhere in between, they get half of both. In no situation are people happy/content/quiet. In every situation they're going to get far more intense whining because of the gigantic amount of money that's been raised by consumers instead of publishers. Every situation is also a win for crowdsourced funding. If the game delivers what it promises, it proves that the model is a success on an unprecedented scale. If it doesn't, it's a failure of equally enormous proportions that will invite more industry oversight on future products to keep the government from regulating it.  
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News Comments > City of Heroes Revival?
18. Re: City of Heroes Revival? Sep 3, 2014, 01:58 Narf2029
 
I hope it's true. It had its ups and downs but I've never been as into an MMO before or since, and I would jump at the chance to get back to it.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: GoT actor dies Aug 12, 2014, 21:37 Narf2029
 
Word just got out that Lauren Bacall died too. This is turning into one shitty week.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2014, 16:17 Narf2029
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 12:23:
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Pixel Piracy is released!

Chatted with Alex Poysky over Steam this AM - I can't say it enough, this is really a group of people that deserve support for the product they have released. I hope you all give it a chance.

50% off right now!

I just paid $11 something for it last night. Still worth it but man I hate that shit.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2014, 14:11 Narf2029
 
Darks wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:24:
That's the problem I have with this game. The endless spawning on Police. After you have completed a mission, you feel like you just wiped out the full police force for the city.

If you suspend the disbelief of that particular part it's a great cooperative game. At higher difficulties some situations you occasionally find yourself in are so tense you will sweat your mouse right out of your hand even if you're on a well-oiled team. Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. There's great satisfaction in overcoming the odds. Even more so when you're on a team that works well together and where everyone knows what they need to do as the situation shifts.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2014, 12:50 Narf2029
 
I don't really give stealth a serious attempt. I mostly play with my brother and we're both pretty loud-oriented. Every once in a while we stealth most or all of a map accidentally or through luck and aggressive timing but we usually just plan for it to involve lots of shooting.

That approach is obviously more difficult for low levels who don't have good armor or guns, but tagging along with someone higher level who can handle pro very hard Rats or Firestarter on their own and doesn't mind having you there can take you from fresh to the mid-30s in one go. That'll give you access to the second best armor and a much better selection of guns, the money to buy them, and a lot of skill points. Whether you like loud or quiet, having decent gear and skills makes the game a lot less frustrating.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jun 12, 2014, 17:30 Narf2029
 
I'm finding Watchdogs entertaining enough. It's satisfying when I can complete a mission without setting foot inside the mission area. Gunplay is decent or better most of the time. You are rather frail as Yahtzee says, but it's manageable if you don't pop out of cover for more than a couple seconds at a time. There's a sort of bullet time mechanic that can give you an edge for a few seconds but it takes a bit to recharge if you don't use items to refill it. Still, I haven't yet felt that there was a gunfight I couldn't win, even if I did fall back a lot in most fights. They'll fairly intelligently advance on you, with some guys shooting while others move up a bit before stopping to shoot and let the first guys move some. It's got the latching-on kind of cover, so you almost always have a place to move back to. Money is useless. Random passersby can be hacked for cash which you can retrieve from any ATM, but there are so many of these walking treasure bags that I had every weapon before I was halfway through act 1 and I still had $250k to spare. More often than not I've already hacked up another $10-15k before I'm even 3 meters away from the ATM I just used.

Now, price-wise, I don't know that I'd say it was worth $60. I only have it because I upgraded my video card and Watchdogs came with it. I'd maybe have paid $30 or $40 tops.

One really annoying feature (to me) is the online invasions. Whenever you're not locked into a mission, another player can drop into your game and screw with you or you can do the same to another player. You can turn it off, but it turns itself back on every time you start the game up - the annoying part. It's a structured kind of screwing with you as opposed to some jerk just dropping in and causing all kinds of havoc but still, I turned it off and I wish it would stay off.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 27, 2014, 14:39 Narf2029
 
Net neutrality was the idea that ISPs should not be allowed to throttle content at their discretion, IE Comcast should not be allowed to tell Netflix "pay us more money or we'll turn your service to shit in our areas."  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2014, 12:41 Narf2029
 
I'm more interested in how this walkout is being done on a Thursday and not on a Saturday when it would have much greater financial impact on the employers. I'm also interested in how many of these people will still have jobs on Friday, or I guess I should say I'm interested how many fast food places have signs up in the backroom that remind employees they'll be fired for no-shows. There are plenty of people who will take those jobs. I bet a lot of them are going through the pre-screening right now in anticipation of this walkout.

You can't have a job like fast food and expect it to give you the two kids and dog and white picket fence. It's a transient job by design. High turnover and few full-time opportunities means fewer raises, fewer benefits to pay out, etc. They don't want you to stay. If you want more money, go to school or learn a trade. Do something other than scream and stage protests until someone else solves your problem for you. If you want a better life, go get it. Yes, it's terrible that these employees get paid so little but they are the ones staying and they are the ones doing nothing to improve their lives when you can get a college degree with no upfront cost.

But when people do take advantage of that, what do many of them do? They get a great career with great pay, and squander it. My wife keeps in touch with one of the students she met in her nursing classes, and this woman had, had, a $55,000 a year position and lost it because she "couldn't afford" to go up to a BSN when state requirements changed. She also celebrated getting her associate's degree by buying a $60,000 car, and bought another one a year later because she wanted the newer one.

On the other hand, I make $26,000 a year and I own my home and car. In fact, I owned them back when I was at my last job making $22,000. Sure, my car is 10 years old but I take care of it and it takes care of me right back. I don't need a status car. I need a car that gets me where I need to go. I don't need a house so large that I don't even use half of it. I need a house to hold my stuff and keep rain off of me while I sleep. I also owned these before I got married, and we still pay for our needs solely from my income and save most of her larger income because neither of us really like working and in 15 or 20 years we figure we might stop. Yes, we are saving our own money for retirement. I don't trust that any employer or Social Security will be there for me when I want to retire and neither does she.

I know I went into a tirade here but my point is that the problem is much bigger than people making crap for income at part-time jobs designed to be short-term. A good life is won with discipline, financial planning, and the willingness to do what it takes to fix the problem yourself. I'm far from rich but my needs are met and then some because I put in the effort to better myself. I didn't whine about how much my early jobs sucked while doing nothing to qualify myself for better work. I certainly didn't get into a situation where I needed more money than I made from my crappy job and then walked out of it.

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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
58. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 8, 2014, 09:07 Narf2029
 
Maybe what Steam needs is to keep 90% of the money from early alpha sales, and only give it to the developer when the game is done. 10% of the money going to the developer would give them some small income as they work but they should really already have most of the money they need upfront before they start a project like that anyway. More importantly, if Steam holds on to 90% of the money, they already have 90% of the money they need to give back if the developer cuts and runs, and it serves as a strong deterrent against them doing that.

Of course, then we'll have a rash of games that are "done" and all the critical flaws and half-finished designs are "intentional."
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Goat Simulator
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Goat Simulator Apr 1, 2014, 22:34 Narf2029
 
A strong contender for the Best Game of the Ever award.  
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News Comments > EverQuest Turns 15
20. Re: EverQuest Turns 15 Mar 17, 2014, 23:38 Narf2029
 
I played this way, way too much back in the day. I finally stopped when I let a friend borrow my account and he lost my corpse, along with all my nice stuff. In a way it was better than MMOs now. MMOs today are too streamlined and too much like thousands of single players alongside each other for it. In EQ you made friends because groups had downtime of 10-15 minutes or more at a time, and all you could do was talk. Now players pitch a fit if downtime lasts more than 20 seconds. Today you could group with the same people all day and you'd still spend less time talking to each other than people did in a half hour of EQ. I may not talk anymore with the people I ran with in EQ but I remember every one of them.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Mar 5, 2014, 19:11 Narf2029
 
If Verizon is so reliable I'm not seeing it. My company phone is Verizon and I have poor/no service surprisingly often in urban areas. My job revolves around having phone and internet service everywhere I go so this is an extraordinary pain in the ass at times. Then I look at my personal phone with T-Mobile and I've got full signal. Verizon does cover a lot of middle-of-nowhere places but with all the gaps inside the city I'd never pay for it myself.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $39M; Procedural Generation Goal Announced
6. Re: Star Citizen Hits $39M; Procedural Generation Goal Announced Feb 21, 2014, 20:05 Narf2029
 
If it's better for it, so what?  
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