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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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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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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2 Revealed?
9. Re: Company of Heroes 2 Revealed? May 3, 2012, 15:13 Parallax Abstraction
 
Between this and the SR3 expansion, THQ is clearly not going to go down without one Hell of a fight. I really hope they survive long enough to get this stuff out and that it's great and sells well.  
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News Comments > Call of Black Ops II Revealed
28. Re: Call of Black Ops II Revealed May 1, 2012, 15:15 Parallax Abstraction
 
Call of Duty: Another One  
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News Comments > Minerva's Den Vets Form Studio
4. Re: Minerva's Den Vets Form Studio May 1, 2012, 10:39 Parallax Abstraction
 
I really enjoyed Minerva's Den and am curious to see what they come up with. Hopefully it's not another weak iOS game. I'm starting to wonder how long it will be before all these new mobile indie teams starting up realise what most of the industry already knows, that iOS is already insanely hit driven and your chances of success in that ecosystem are lightning strike thin.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 30, 2012, 23:22 Parallax Abstraction
 
Fitting response for Apple products.  
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News Comments > Mike Hayes Leaving SEGA
7. Re: Mike Hayes Leaving SEGA Apr 30, 2012, 17:04 Parallax Abstraction
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 30, 2012, 11:46:
Speaking of Sega... Binary Domain... worst PC port in the history of PC ports?

Is was that bad eh? That's a shame, it looked kind of neat in a ridiculous camp kind of way.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Denies Break-up Rumors
15. Re: Vivendi Denies Break-up Rumors Apr 27, 2012, 16:28 Parallax Abstraction
 
personman_145 wrote on Apr 27, 2012, 16:21:
I've been boycotting them since they dropped support for Tribes: Vengeance (a couple months after I bought it), and I've been blaming them for the death of the franchise.

Have yet to try Tribes Ascend, worried it will be disappointing...Maybe I'll give it a shot.

It's beyond amazing. Ignore the "it's pay2win LOLZ" whining, it's not at all.
 
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News Comments > Nexon Bids on EA: Report
2. Re: Nexon Bids on EA: Report Apr 26, 2012, 20:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
There have been numerous articles since then where various analysts who are otherwise known for dumb predictions have even said that there's no way this is true. When you look at the numbers for both companies, it would be incredibly hard for Nexon to make such a purchase go through and even harder for them to be able to run a company as different from them as EA. They've pretty much said this is a BS rumour.  
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News Comments > Linux Steam Plans Confirmed
7. Re: Linux Steam Plans Confirmed Apr 25, 2012, 11:22 Parallax Abstraction
 
I'd love to make a snarky comment along the lines of "I'm sure all 5 Linux gamers are enthralled" but this might be a good idea for Valve. A lot of indie titles and the recent torrent of Kickstarter projects are releasing Linux versions and if there's an easy way to buy, install and update them, that could be good for those developers. There must be a market for these games on Linux if they're bothering to port them there. Given that they have the Steam codebase already, it was probably pretty easy and didn't take much work to put it on Linux. If it helps indies, I guess it's a good thing. I doubt that Valve putting all these resources elsewhere would suddenly see Half-Life 3 getting made or anything.  
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Specs
35. Re: Max Payne 3 Specs Apr 24, 2012, 08:47 Parallax Abstraction
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 24, 2012, 00:31:
L.A. Noire was locked at 30 FPS.

LA Noire ran a proprietary engine, not Rockstar's RAGE tech. Not that the one RAGE titles released on PC (GTA4) wasn't an unoptimised mess mind. I really would prefer to play this on PC but yeah, nervous about pre-ordering a Rockstar PC title given their recent track record.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 23, 2012, 15:08 Parallax Abstraction
 
avianflu wrote on Apr 23, 2012, 12:51:
Agreed -- Apple truly doesnt care about corporate/enterprise support or the IT support sector.

Their profit is in consumer sales and they know it.

That's exactly it. There's a reason they got out of the server business and why many think they will be killing off the Mac Pro in the near future (which makes sense considering how they completely eviscerated Final Cut Pro). People are rushing to find reasons to add tablets because they're a fashion trend right now. People want them because they're cool, not because they're actually well developed or mature yet. One day, they may very well get there but they're miles away from that point yet. They're toys for consumers who don't mind closed systems where the people who made your device still feel they can tell you how to use it even after they've got your money. I think Apple's important and that the bodycheck they gave the arrogant and lazy PC industry was long overdue but their growth is out of control and the bubble needs to pop so people (and in particular, the massive fanboy press) can come back down to reality.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: letter to control about the big brother Apr 22, 2012, 11:55 Parallax Abstraction
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 22, 2012, 00:44:
$15 retailer margin? Fuck me, someone get me the number of THAT distributor. I make $5 on a new game if I am lucky.

I've never understood where that retailer margin number comes from either. When I worked for Best Buy Canada a few years ago, employees were able to buy anything in the store at cost + 10% and using our POS system, we could actually see what the cost on an item was. I used to save a ton of money on many things using this program, except games. With my staff discount, I would usually save a couple of bucks at most and the actual store cost of new games listed in the system was usually around $5 less than the retail price. I used to know a guy who owned a MicroPlay franchise about 10 years ago and he said the same thing. Unless it was a hotly anticipated new release that he could move hundreds of on launch day, he said that he literally would be losing money if all he was selling was brand new products. From everything I've ever seen, the reasons these retailers push used stuff so heavily is not just because it makes a lot more money but because it's basically the only way to make any real money. Maybe GameStop commands much higher margins on new products but yeah, if Best Buy at their peak in 2006 had no margin, I don't see how their's is so much better.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
1. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Apr 21, 2012, 18:55 Parallax Abstraction
 
But, I've been reading everywhere from legitimate tech journalists who are totally not Apple fanboys at all that infections of Flashback have been dropping like a rock and that as a result, it's not at all a sign that Macs are actually not much more secure than PCs. And this was after I was greatly reassured because these same journalists said it was malware and not a virus and we all know malware is a totally different thing that's hardly worth fretting over. I mean, they're journalists, they wouldn't be biased right? ...right?  
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News Comments > Evening Previews
5. Re: Evening Previews Apr 21, 2012, 13:31 Parallax Abstraction
 
Dev wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 08:56:
Remember, the whole point of doing these enhanced editions (of MDK and baldurs gate, and other stuff they picked up cheap from interplay) for them is NOT to actually sell a bunch of them, but to get market share for beamdog digital distribution platform. If they wanted to sell lots of copies and get a chunk of change, they'd put it on steam.

Have they actually said that it won't be on Steam when it comes out? I'm sure it will be on Beamdog but Atari's publishing it and they've traditionally put all their stuff out on Steam. I don't see how putting this stuff out on iPad (which they continue to pimp as if it's the only release for this, they only mention PC in a muffled tone afterward) helps Beamdog get any exposure either.

I can see how these games could work with a touch interface but without hotkeys and such, play will definitely be slow and inefficient. My girlfriend has an iPad 2 and every touch game I've played (including some highly rated ones) have been laggy and imprecise.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 20, 2012, 15:35 Parallax Abstraction
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 12:27:
There really wasn't any worthwhile title released in Q1 for the xbox either so that may also effected the sales. I think May will turn that around when Max Payne, Ghost Recon, gets released.
With E3 approaching probably a lot of people are anticipating an announcement from M$ about a new console.

Microsoft has definitively said that there will be no new hardware announced at E3 or "any time soon". Until recently, I thought that was fine as the last thing the AAA industry needs right now is even higher budgets but now the iPress is going on about how the iPad 3 is supposedly as powerful as a 360 (which is hilarious in how wrong that is) and that in a couple of years, we'll all be using tablets instead of consoles for all our gaming anyway. These guys need new hardware just to shut those idiots up.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 20, 2012, 09:12 Parallax Abstraction
 
The overwhelming amount of Apple fanboyism that's infected the tech press is disgusting. I've all but given up on the tech press save a couple of sites that can actually talk about Apple without gushing like schoolgirls at a boy band concert.  
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News Comments > Human Head Off Prey 2?
20. Re: Human Head Off Prey 2? Apr 20, 2012, 09:10 Parallax Abstraction
 
Dades wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 07:46:
StingingVelvet wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 06:04:
Everyone is jumping on the Bethesda hate-train lately but if you sign a contract you should fulfill it, not whine about wanting better terms. Same goes for Obsidian and the metacritic thing with Fallout: New Vegas.

And the "scrolls" shit is needed because US trademark law is so fucked.

Bethesda are a business like any other, no more or less evil.

You can't just throw around the word business to excuse all corporate misdeeds and bad PR moves. When they do something shitty people are going to talk about it, stop bleating about a hate train.

This. "It's just business" has become the universal excuse for why companies do shit things and it's not good enough. That you're representing some corporate brand is not an excuse to not be a bloody person.
 
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