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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 12, 2015, 10:58 Scottish Martial Arts
Prez wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 10:31:
I am all for vaccinations myself but I just don't get the hysteria over measles. All the children in my family including myself got it and it was just no big deal. I think I may have been born be for MMR vaccination was developed.

Well the outbreak this year isn't THAT big of a deal, and more just a wake up call that, yes, vaccination is important, and only works if everyone does it. However, if vaccination rates were to continue to decline, and the outbreaks to get larger each year, because measles is so infectious, then we'd start having fatalities and permanent disabilities that would be entirely preventable otherwise. The disease has something like a 90% infection rate among the unvaccinated, and can be devastating when caught in infancy/early (under 5) childhood, because among the very young it tends to cause the brain to swell, either killing the child, or causing permanent brain damage.

Children's literature prior to the 1960s was filled with the specter of death: "if I die before I wake, pray the Lord my soul to take" was not an idle request. Thanks to vaccination we've forgotten how deadly early childhood has been for most of human history, where you only stood about a 50% chance of living to your fifth birthday. Unfortunately, it's probably going to take a few deaths before vaccination rates go back up to where they're supposed to be.

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News Comments > Gearbox on Homeworld: Cataclysm
7. Re: Gearbox on Homeworld: Cataclysm Feb 3, 2015, 19:10 Scottish Martial Arts
Cataclysm was superb, my favorite Homeworld episode in fact. I still have the original disk, but here's to hoping we get a rerelease.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
28. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 1, 2015, 22:30 Scottish Martial Arts
Krovven wrote on Feb 1, 2015, 22:16:
I'm not sure what you are intending to debate with me, as I've already agreed it was crap. People seem to forget the console versions were shit too. PC version was still a step up.

I'm debating the general sentiment you present across several posts, namely that GTA4 wasn't bad enough to justify not preordering. GTA4 may have been a fluke, but if it was, it was an epicly bad fluke. As others have pointed out, Steam isn't going to sell out of copies, and the preorder bonuses are non-starters, so there's no reason to put down $60 now as opposed to waiting until the day of release and see what, if any, problems are cropping up for users.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
24. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 1, 2015, 21:59 Scottish Martial Arts
As I said in the post I just made, their only misstep was GTA IV and it still ran and looked better on the PC than the console ports.

Uh, did you play it at release? Terrible performance, crashes, and pop-in that would make Rage blush were the order of the day. Like many others, it took a new PC built 18 months later before I could really enjoy the game.

Just look at the reviews that were published Dec '08/Jan '09: even when the scores are high out of an appreciation for the game itself, they consistently complain about poor performance, a myriad of technical issues, and almost universally call it a bad port.

It also routinely shows up on worst PC ports of all time listicles:


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    News Comments > Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on
    12. Re: Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on Jan 27, 2015, 15:40 Scottish Martial Arts
    nin wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 14:19:
    Kajetan wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 14:18:
    It does work well. Only thing negative is no proper support for widescreen resolutions. The image is just stretched, looks horrible. But they offer the original 4:3 resolution with some nice looking borders left and right, so ...

    Much rather have bars on the side than a stretched image. Glad they offer it.

    The backdrops are 2D prerendered bitmaps made when the 4:3 aspect ratio was the only game in town. In other words, in 16:9 or 16:10, the backdrop image simply isn't big enough to fill the screen. Getting widescreen support would mean redoing all the backdrop artwork for a different media size. Anyone who has ever done some semi-serious photography can tell you how important the size of your frame is for your composition: the image is composed based upon where the edge of the media will be. Lucas Arts had some pretty good, and competent, artists back in the day, and I'm sure they composed those bitmaps very consciously and carefully, and a switch to 16:9/16:10 would ruin those compositions.

    Just as an example, check out the perspective lines in this screenshot, how everything in the room is leading your eye to Manny's boss's chair. Getting the same effect in widescreen would mean redoing the backdrop from scratch.
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    News Comments > More Star Wars on
    9. Re: More Star Wars on Jan 24, 2015, 00:05 Scottish Martial Arts
    TangledThorns wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 19:53:
    After seeing the dated graphics the sense of nostalgia dies pretty quick.

    Speak for yourself. The graphics are dated, but what actually matters -- gameplay, atmosphere, and storytelling -- are just as solid now as they were 15-20 years ago.
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    News Comments > etc.
    6. Re: etc. Jan 22, 2015, 19:23 Scottish Martial Arts
    I thought the article was pretty spot on myself. I'm a little dubious about his comments on white, hetero, male bias. Certainly 95% of games, at least, are told from such a perspective, but that doesn't mean that games are actively racist, homophobic or sexist. Just narrow and clueless.

    That said, none of this is particularly new stuff. Anyone that reads fiction seriously -- and no, nearly all genre scifi and fantasy series don't count -- will have noticed these recurring elements of poor craftsmanship seemingly inherent to video game writing. Heck, I've been bitching about a lot of these things on this forum for the past decade or so. As long as the industry keeps relegating writing responsibilities to fanboy hacks, then I guess all we're going to get is fan fiction.
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    News Comments > More on Windows 10 and Xbox
    30. Re: More on Windows 10 and Xbox Jan 22, 2015, 12:38 Scottish Martial Arts
    Slick wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:05:
    lol cutter, you can't get mad/defensive when you use numbers in an argument, that are then (very politely) pointed out to you to be inaccurate/improperly used. beat me to it Bundy!

    presenting stock prices on their own doesn't give any real information. that's like just quoting the atomic weight of gold as an indicator of the total weight of a 200 ft. tall gold statue. you simply don't get any information by quoting half the equation.

    we're all disappointed with MS that they do nothing with pc gamers, even though they have an install base of a bazillion trillion computers already, but you don't help your argument by spouting things that don't have any bearing on what you're saying, then getting upset when corrected on it. it's a simple mistake that we've all done before. chill.

    The really bizarre thing is that Cutter has made the exact same argument in a previous Microsoft thread, and had his error explained in exactly the same way, eliciting just as defensive and misguided a response from him. I guess Cutter is not a learning animal. Either that or simple algebraic equations just aren't his thing. That said I agree with his sentiment that, regardless of market valuation, Microsoft has been way off track as a company for well over a decade and doesn't show any sign of getting on track -- Nadella at the helm, or no -- anytime soon. It's just that stock price alone doesn't say ANYTHING, either for or against such a sentiment.
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    News Comments > Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced
    19. Re: Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced Jan 22, 2015, 05:19 Scottish Martial Arts
    I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the marketing department which decided to name the third XBox, XBox One, would also write a press release that reads like parody without even realizing it.  
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    News Comments > Alien: Isolation Sells > 1M
    12. Re: Alien: Isolation Sells > 1M Jan 21, 2015, 18:51 Scottish Martial Arts
    Just out of curiousity, for those trashing the alien AI, how many were playing on Hard?  
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    News Comments > LucasArts Wave II on
    34. Re: LucasArts Wave II on Jan 21, 2015, 02:22 Scottish Martial Arts
    Tumbler wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:55:
    Woohoo! Never played Xwing Alliance, always heard it was great.

    In terms of graphics, features, and story, its even better than Tie Fighter. It's one weakness, in my opinion, is that the difficulty can get quite extreme. X-Wing and Tie Fighter, both generally regarded as games of above average difficulty, have nothing on Alliance. If you can tolerate repeating some missions a dozen times before you finally get it right, you're in for a real treat. And if you can't tolerate that, the game gives you 3 mission skips over the course of the campaign.
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    News Comments > LucasArts Wave II on
    10. Re: LucasArts Wave II on Jan 20, 2015, 13:34 Scottish Martial Arts
    dj LiTh wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:27:
    For me it was all about Tie Fighter, i played Xwing and XvT but i didnt enjoy them nearly as much.

    They rereleased Tie Fighter back in October. The game is still as awesome as it was 20 years ago.
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    News Comments > LucasArts Wave II on
    8. Re: LucasArts Wave II on Jan 20, 2015, 13:23 Scottish Martial Arts
    theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 13:12:
    PS - As mentioned, the prices are ridiculous for virtually obsolete games.

    The prevalence of this attitude among gamers is exhibit A in the case for why any classification of games as art is ludicrous.

    I for one am glad to see two of my all time favorite games -- Alliance and Dark Forces -- available in an archival format.
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    News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Content Update Next Month
    9. Re: Elite: Dangerous Content Update Next Month Jan 16, 2015, 02:24 Scottish Martial Arts
    PHJF wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 01:38:
    harlock wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 22:51:
    PHJF wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 20:58:
    Why would a spaceship need wings?

    to help navigate a planets atmosphere?

    Which isn't in this game...

    A facetious question gets a facetious answer? Unless, you weren't being facetious, in which case a "Wing" is the term Frontier is applying to your standard MMO party in Elite.
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    News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
    10. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 22, 2014, 12:49 Scottish Martial Arts
    wtf_man wrote on Dec 22, 2014, 11:48:
    they could always call in an 18? Trillion dollar debt

    The Chinese hold nowhere near that amount of US debt. According to the US Treasury, as of October 2014, they hold $1.25 Trillion and the amount has been going steadily down for the past two years. Most people don't realize that less than a quarter of US federal debt is held outside of the US. A solid third of it is just intragovernmental debt -- i.e. the accounting that occurs when one department or agency has an under budget year and its surplus is transferred to another agency, thus becoming debt on the latter agency's balance sheet -- and of the debt held by non-governmental parties, the overwhelming majority is held by US individuals and corporations. The idea that we're in hock to China and they can call a debt due like a loan shark simply isn't born out by the numbers.
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    News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth OS X Patch & Linux Status
    5. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth OS X Patch & Linux Status Dec 14, 2014, 01:26 Scottish Martial Arts
    This was such a clusterfuck of a game. What a disappointment. Mechanically a total mess, and the AI barely even knows how to play the game. Basic usability and interface issues are rampant, making you question if you were actually playing a professionally made game from a AAA studio. It felt like a Dune sandworm took a green, purple, and orange shit on Civ V, and the interns were left to make something interesting underneath. And they failed. Badly.  
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    News Comments > Titanfall Deluxe Edition Released
    2. Re: Titanfall Deluxe Edition Released Nov 19, 2014, 21:33 Scottish Martial Arts
    So what ended up being the consensus on this game? Was it any good?  
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    News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
    13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2014, 14:48 Scottish Martial Arts
    BobBob wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 11:38:
    How much cheaper is a ridesharing vs. say renting a car? I use sites such as Rental Car Momma and find some really great deals. Other than the occasional hop on a bus or subway, I just can't imagine having someone driving me around -- gives me the creeps.

    It depends, but with the rental you also have to figure in the cost of gas and parking, and your time spent driving the vehicle, as opposed to being driven. With the new carpool features that Uber and Lyft have introduced, a carpool ride share is much more economical than owning or renting, provided you live in a metro area.
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    News Comments > DCS Su-27 Trailer
    10. Re: DCS Su-27 Trailer Nov 11, 2014, 16:59 Scottish Martial Arts
    Aero wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 14:45:
    Cool as Mig-21's are, I don't want to fly them against F-15's. Cool as the Huey is, I don't want to fly anywhere near Shilkas or even modern manpads.

    The F-4, F-5 and B-52, the MiG-21s primary opponents in its hey-day are all in the game as AI objects. The ZSU-23 was also operational during the UH-1s service history, as were most of the MANPADs you see employed in the sim. The fact of the matter is that utility helicopters are extremely vulnerable to even the most rudimentary air defenses. Nap of the earth flight isn't done because it looks cool; its because its the only way to limit the observability, and thus potential to be engaged by air defenses, of a helicopter. Likewise, with the Ka-50 module, if you aren't fighting from cover, and moving from cover to cover like an infantryman, then you're not going to last long in the campaign.
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    News Comments > Evening Metaverse
    60. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 11, 2014, 12:09 Scottish Martial Arts
    Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:30:
    beremot wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 02:02:
    Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:41:
    You should look it up. The Republicans have gotten so good at it, that there were elections where the Democratic candidate actually got more votes overall ... and still lost.

    Can I get a link or three on that? I hadn't heard that before now. And I thought re-districting only benefitted the party in power (which in the Senate was the Democrats)?

    I'm not the most knowledgeable guy on this issue either, but here are some numbers compiled by daily kos, which is a left wing website, meaning some will immediately dismiss the data out of hand, but whatever ...

    I get what you are saying now. Here's a link that describes it well. As far as sources go, I'll read anything from Breibart to Media Matters and anything in between. I have a finely-honed BS detector that serves me pretty well.

    Yeah it's pretty routine now that the Democrats, at a national level, will get more votes in Congressional elections, yet Republicans will win more seats in Congress. In other words, if you total up all the votes in all Congressional elections across the country, you get something like 52-48 Democrat's advantage, but end up with a House with 200-235 Republicans advantage. Partly its a result of Gerrymandering, but more than that is the fact that Democratic voters tend to concentrate very densely in certain areas, i.e. major cities, while Republicans tend to be more broadly distributed. The end result is that Democrats win urban districts with like 90% of the vote, while Republicans win rural and suburban districts with 55-60% of the vote. If Democrats were more broadly distributed geographically, you would see a Democratic House much more frequently, but since they are concentrated, and since you only need 50%+1 to win an election, many of their votes are "wasted" in districts where victory was already assured.
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