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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
7. Re: Bill Gates Jun 9, 2012, 22:59 Parallax Abstraction
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 9, 2012, 22:08:
Yeah but Steve Ballmer really knows how to put on a good show.

He definitely does but that's pretty much all he knows how to do. He's a horrendous CEO and Microsoft is continuing to succeed in spite of him.
 
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News Comments > Two Guys From Andromeda AMA
2. Re: Two Guys From Andromeda AMA Jun 7, 2012, 10:18 Parallax Abstraction
 
nin wrote on Jun 7, 2012, 10:05:
5 days left - kick in some cash, folks! Hup hup!


Seriously. At their current rate, these guys won't get funded unless they get a big last minute push like Republique did. To be honest, as much excitement as this stirred up, I think their funding goal was too ambitious. I was the second backer on this project though and damn, I so hope it gets to happen.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2012, Part 1
3. Re: It Came from E3 2012, Part 1 Jun 5, 2012, 14:27 Parallax Abstraction
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 5, 2012, 11:37:
Got an email that Neverwinter is going to be at E3. I'm curious to see how Perfect World has ruined it.

Well, they can't do worse than Atari would have. ...I hope.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 4, 2012, 09:35 Parallax Abstraction
 
Wow, a negative article about an Apple product? I thought writing such things was punishable by firing squad or something.

There's a reason Siri was left out of the iPad 3. The key thing to pay attention for at any of Apple self-fellating press events is what they don't say. If they launched a product at a previous event and don't spend a minute or more hyping its awesome statistics (hint: they didn't talk about Siri at all at the iPad 3 launch conference), that means it's not living up to their expectations. Apple will scream from rooftops about the stats that show they are doing well and will quietly sweep all the rest under the rug, hoping no one notices. Since the iPress largely goes out of their way to never say anything bad about the company, these missing stats are never raised.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jun 3, 2012, 19:42 Parallax Abstraction
 
Rea1One wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 18:50:
I've had ICS for a few months now and wouldn't dream of going back to 3. Just like Windows won't go back to an earlier version either.

Wait till Windows 8.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 2, 2012, 13:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
E3's relevant in the sense that it's one of the few times when the games industry gets a ton of mainstream press coverage. Though it's the main event of the year for the enthusiast press, that's not who it's really aimed at. It's to get the CNNs and USA Todays paying attention to gaming. I would say the real question of relevance is that of the opinion Neil Young, president of a company that's just riding the iOS fashion trend and who isn't even going to be at the show. If the show isn't relevant to the market your company caters to, then you really aren't in a position to comment on it objectively. But then again, neither is the organisation that runs it. If the show gets as much or more media attention this year than it did last year, it's still relevant. As usual, Apple fanboys seem to think that for their ecosystem to succeed, it has to be at the expense of another. Something always has to be the loser in discussions involving Apple.  
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News Comments > 38 Studios Closed?
77. Re: 38 Studios Closed? May 25, 2012, 09:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
GayBlade wrote on May 25, 2012, 09:40:
RollinThundr wrote on May 25, 2012, 09:31:
Bhruic wrote on May 25, 2012, 08:30:
RollinThundr wrote on May 25, 2012, 00:38:
Enjoy your European socialistic utopia boys, if Oblamer gets reelected I'm moving to Canada.

Don't threaten Canada like that

Seriously. People like him can keep their ignorance south of the border. We don't need or want it.
 
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News Comments > Spec Ops: The Line Specs; Demo Next Month
3. Re: Spec Ops: The Line Specs; Demo Next Month May 23, 2012, 18:43 Parallax Abstraction
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 23, 2012, 12:20:
Did anyone try the console demo yet? I've seen some gameplay videos and I can't say I am excited about this game. I did download the 360 demo but didn't get a chance to play it yet.

The console demo looked OK (though it was just a lighter shade of brown that other shooters) but it was very generic stop-and-pop gameplay like any other game in this genre and the Nolan North voiced lead character sounds exactly like Nathan Drake which doesn't fit his kind of character at all. At least PC gamers will get to try it out but yeah, this feels like another generic shooter made by a company whose one game before was nothing like it. Probably a pass for me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2012, 18:51 Parallax Abstraction
 
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2012, 15:36:
Important to remember: Facebook did NOT want to go public. They absolutely hate the idea. They're forced to by financial regulations - they've simply grown too vast to not be a public company.


So you can't really blame Facebook for this "perversion." Facebook was forced into this by government regulations. They had no interest in raising capital as they have more than enough cash on hand, anyway.

What government regulations force a company to go public when they reach a certain size? Not saying they don't exist, I've just never heard of them.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
10. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 18:47 Parallax Abstraction
 
Rattlehead wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:02:
CJ_Parker wrote on May 22, 2012, 17:59:
It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to see this game fail. Not that I have any real hope they'll do the right thing and start working on an OT MMO with space combat (you know, like SWG done right) but just to see this dumb WoW clone Old Republic fucker fail is extremely satisfactory. Seems like a slow and painful death, too, which makes it even more fun. Come on. Crumble some more, bitch...

^Dumbass

To say the least. Nothing like hoping for a bunch of people to be out of work just because you don't like a product. Maybe one day he'll get laid off and a bunch of people will laugh at him for it. It'd be fitting.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 17, 2012, 20:20 Parallax Abstraction
 
Screens or it didn't happen nin.  
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News Comments > 38 Studios in Financial Trouble?
30. Re: 38 Studios in Financial Trouble? May 15, 2012, 10:31 Parallax Abstraction
 
CNCGEEK101 wrote on May 15, 2012, 08:23:
410k sold? Sorry anybody who believes those sales numbers is full of crap cause neither Origin nor Steam provides sales numbers. I estimate 1.2 million sales if you include the digital sales numbers with the physical copy sales though.

I don't know if those predictions are right or not but as usual, NPD numbers (which is what that 410K number is) are useless. They only count the US, ignore digital sales entirely and don't even count all retailers. NPD numbers are about as useful as analyst predictions (i.e. not at all).
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 14, 2012, 19:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
jimnms wrote on May 14, 2012, 12:30:
Capella wrote on May 14, 2012, 12:12:
I love the ribbon interface in Explorer in 8. Hope there is a way to import that into 7.
The ribbon interface is something that should be killed, buried and never talked about again.

Speaking as someone who has to support users of Office, the ribbon was one of the most brilliant innovations in intuitive UI in years. I think it was one of the single greatest additions to Office in a decade and I'm not at all kidding when I say that. I welcome it in Explorer as well. Microsoft has beat the drum of how more users use more advanced features of Office since the ribbon's introduction and I can attest from my own personal experience with my users that it's totally true.

BUT it should be 100% optional and that it isn't was a dumb decision. I'm all for making things easier for less adept users but a stripped down option for power users should remain.
 
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News Comments > April Retail Game Sales Fall 42%
13. Re: April Retail Game Sales Fall 42% May 11, 2012, 12:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Prez wrote on May 11, 2012, 10:27:
The official NPD numbers STILL don't include digital sales? Jesus, are they tabulated on an abacus too? Etched into a stone tablet for posterity?

NPD's numbers have been about as useful as anything stock analysts have to say for years now. They only talk about the US, they don't include digital numbers and they don't even include all retailers because some don't participate. They're data can be used to predict broad trends but it's largely useless. And yeah, sales are down this month because nothing bloody came out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse May 9, 2012, 14:12 Parallax Abstraction
 
killer_roach wrote on May 9, 2012, 14:06:
Could be worse, could be the Facebook IPO that's upcoming, which I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. It's profitable, but it's spiraling upward in size without improving its profits. (Unless you are assuming the company will start seeing its profits mushrooming, its earnings would indicate a market cap somewhere in the $10 billion range, not an order of magnitude higher.)

Given that Facebook has openly admitted that they have no idea how to monetize mobile users of their site which is quickly becoming how the majority will access it says a lot. I also wonder how many investors are going to be smart enough to sell their Apple stock because the fashion bubble on them bursts and their sales drop to a sustainable level. That stock is going to drop like a rock when the current unrealistic growth plateaus.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Warlock - Master of the Arcane
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Warlock - Master of the Arcane May 8, 2012, 15:21 Parallax Abstraction
 
The UI is a bit janky but between the demo and TotalBiscuit's recent video, it was enough to get me to pick it up. Feels like Civ meets Master of Magic. It's $20 so with multiplayer (which apparently will be patched in) or not, it's a steal.  
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News Comments > On EA and Indies
19. Re: On EA and Indies May 6, 2012, 11:43 Parallax Abstraction
 
For as much as I agree that it's scummy as Hell for EA to be using the term in this way, no one seems to mind that Humble Bundle, Inc. is heavily backed by venture capital. How indie is it even in that case?  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization May 4, 2012, 15:15 Parallax Abstraction
 
I remember reading an article a while back that said many carriers are actively pushing people to buy other phones now because many of them are actually losing money as a result of the iPhone. Not that I feel much sympathy for carriers mind but apparently because the iPhone is so overpriced compared to competing models, the carriers aren't making nearly as much off the contracts because they have to subsidize and amortize such a large up-front price. Indeed, AT&T and Sprint's profits have fallen substantially since they started carrying the iPhone. This is one of among many reasons why Apple's current growth is an unsustainable bubble. They're getting away with overcharging for their products because Apple stuff is a fashion trend right now. When that trend wears off, they're going to have to cut prices or their record revenues will go off a cliff.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation May 4, 2012, 14:09 Parallax Abstraction
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 4, 2012, 11:06:
That rumor about manufacturers already making the new consoles, has been around for a while. I am curious to see if Microsoft or Sony will unveil anything this year at E3 or even tease people about the new console(s)

Microsoft and Sony have both insisted there will be no new console reveals at E3 this year but I dunno, their sales are starting to drop and since the Apple fanboy tech press won't shut up about how apparently all gaming will be done on iPads in a few years, it might be in their interests to announce now.
 
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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2 Revealed?
27. Re: Company of Heroes 2 Revealed? May 3, 2012, 23:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
ASeven wrote on May 3, 2012, 15:51:
Which failed since DoW2 bombed badly

Citation needed. A game doesn't get two expansions when it bombs.
 
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