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Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut Oct 25, 2013, 09:56 Parallax Abstraction
 
Wow! If you already own DX:HR, you get 50% off the Director's Cut upgrade. If you also own Missing Link, you get 75% off. So I can get all the extra stuff for basically $5. That's pretty cool considering I'd have to pay full price if I was a console player.  
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News Comments > CoD Ghost Requires 6MB of RAM
1. Re: CoD Ghost Requires 6MB of RAM Oct 23, 2013, 18:51 Parallax Abstraction
 
That's some hardcore optimisation right there!  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2013, 15:47 Parallax Abstraction
 
Ian Bogost put it best, though he made the same argument I've been making for years now. Apple's in the fashion business first and foremost.  
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Early Beta Status
12. Re: Wasteland 2 Early Beta Status Oct 20, 2013, 11:45 Parallax Abstraction
 
nin wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 18:05:
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 18:00:
This keeps looking more and more fucking awesome.

I consider this, Eternity, and Torment to be the Holy Grail of KS RPG-dom. I hope they all live up to that.


So do I. I backed all 3 of them but inXile in particular has what can be charitably described as a spotty quality record. I really hope they knock it out of the park.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
11. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 19, 2013, 23:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 18:08:
nin wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 17:17:
Sepharo wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 16:47:
trollindunder wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 16:33:
Quboid wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 09:30:
The number isn't really the issue, AFAIK this was just a test. One would be too many. The Government are keen to point out how few complaints there have been, quietly ignoring the fact that maybe people are too scared to complain (if they send texts to the wrong people, would you trust them not to deport the wrong people?).

The first line is the issue: "Britain continues its slide into official xenophobia". Go Conservatives! Seriously, go. Go away.

Isn't London pretty much full of Muslims at this point? Enjoy your eventual sharia law.

Sarcasm or sincere? Must be sincere because there isn't a smiley face.

I'm going to go with "batcase fucking insane"...


I think it's awesome that the same few jackoffs can post personal insults yet Blue does zero about it. Must be nice to be above the site rules.

He also doesn't mind you being a raging, ignorant, racist douchebag either so count yourself lucky.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 16, 2013, 15:42 Parallax Abstraction
 
CDWarden wrote on Oct 16, 2013, 08:34:
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 16, 2013, 06:08:
You would think since android is 80% of the market they would be developing Panzer Corps for that OS instead of IOS? Oh yeah, the developers have the in love with apple syndrome.

I used to wonder about this sort of thing myself.
Rather than assume some sort of unrequited "love" of an OS, I decided to ask the question of a mobile game developer: "Why do companies generally code for iOS over Android?" In a nutshell:

There are many reasons why iOS is preferred and comes out first. These reasons include (but are not limited to) the ease of distribution and the insane fragmentation of screen size and OS versions in Android devices. Between dev and QA, it can take some companies more than a year longer to make an Android version than iOS. This is assuming that they want to make it compatible with as many devices as possible. If they only wanted to make it compatible with the Galaxy S series, they could do it pretty quick, but that would cause nerdrage and loss of business.

That's pretty much it.

But aren't a lot of those challenges the same ones faced on PC where developers seem to have no problem? I hear so many Android developers talking about how hard it is to code for every device but why even do that? Not everyone who makes a PC game has to have it run on every PC. And I thought one of the benefits of middleware like Unity was that it eliminated a lot of these issues or at least significantly streamlined them? It isn't like iOS isn't starting to have fragmentation now either between the different screen sizes, resolutions and OS updates. Yet everyone seemed to have no problem having iOS 7 revisions ready day and date.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Delayed to Spring 2014
19. Re: Watch Dogs Delayed to Spring 2014 Oct 15, 2013, 16:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
robdot wrote on Oct 15, 2013, 16:17:
its hard to believe that this enitire team doesnt know when their game is 6 months behind

I guarantee you this decision was made by executives, not the team who probably found out not long before the rest of us did.
 
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News Comments > Metro: Last Light Chronicles Pack Released
2. Re: Metro: Last Light Chronicles Pack Released Oct 15, 2013, 10:51 Parallax Abstraction
 
You're not missing much. I stupidly bought the season pass for this game (I normally don't, not sure what I was thinking the day I bought this) and most of the add-on content is very short and not particularly fun. I was hoping for large story-focused expansions like we've been seeing with some other games lately but this is just a bunch of tiny challenge modes for the most part. Very underwhelming.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 14, 2013, 23:14 Parallax Abstraction
 
Acleacius wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 21:59:
Rockstar confirms GTA Online characters can't be restored if lost
Is it due to being a console save system or is GTAO just so crappy you can't save your character from session to session?

As I understand it, the character loss was largely caused by people creating and saving a character and then if they tried to connect when the servers were down, it would show that they had no characters saved. So if they tried to create a new character in the same slot the previous one was in, that one got overwritten on the servers when they came back up. I think the latest patch for the game fixed this particular issue and at least GTA Online seems relatively stable now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 12, 2013, 14:48 Parallax Abstraction
 
I really used to like Alexander's writing. Her general talent is undeniable. But it's unfortunate that every article she writes now seems to have become about how gaming is reinforcing all the bad tropes in society and apparently holding back our advancement as a people. For someone who claims to love gaming so much, she sure seems to hate it now.

She makes a number of good points sometimes, it's just a shame that she takes any disagreement as "arming our enemies" (see the dialogue she had with Shawn Elliott about sexism in the actual industry workplace side of gaming) and seems to think that social issues regarding games are black and white and that you're either wholly with one side or against it. I also stopped taking her quite as seriously when she not once but twice appeared on the Giant Bombcast completely hammered, made an ass of herself both times and then said everyone who complained about how it ruined the shows (and it did) were just sexists who hated that a woman was on.

I've no problem with people who want to talk about societal issues when it comes to games but she needs to do so without being such on a high horse.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Ship Design Competition
4. Re: Star Citizen Ship Design Competition Oct 11, 2013, 12:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 11, 2013, 11:55:
30 grand and he'll own the rights and sell 1000s of copies for millions.

And anyone who is smart enough to get into this will know that and is OK with it. Saying you designed a ship for Star Citizen looks pretty good on a game industry resume too. It's not like the artists who get paid a yearly salary at a big developer that sells a game for millions get a cut of that.
 
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News Comments > Enslaved: Odyssey for PCs This Month
4. Re: Enslaved: Odyssey for PCs This Month Oct 10, 2013, 13:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
This game was criminally underappreciated and was a pleasant surprise for me. I highly recommend it if you like Uncharted-like titles.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements
31. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts System Requirements Oct 8, 2013, 09:46 Parallax Abstraction
 
Creston wrote on Oct 7, 2013, 22:07:
If the dog dies, I'm hunting your fucking ass down, Bobby Kotick...

Seriously. Even worse, the dog in Ghosts is named Riley, same as my year old Burnese/Golden Retriever. They wouldn't dare...actually, they probably would. Once this game comes out, if no review mentions it, doesthedogdie.com will.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 Developer List Found
11. Re: Half-Life 3 Developer List Found Oct 2, 2013, 10:32 Parallax Abstraction
 
Darks wrote on Oct 2, 2013, 09:44:
It amazes me that a company like Valve can squander their flagship title that made them into what they are today. I think their heads are clouded up with Steam.

I can't remember where I read it but apparently Valve makes more off DOTA 2 in like a month than they ever made off their other games. Much as I also want Half-Life 3, I think they know where their bread is buttered now. And this doesn't even count what they make from Steam.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announced
74. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 25, 2013, 20:00 Parallax Abstraction
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 18:48:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 16:46:
Just dropping this here...

http://i.imgur.com/UbnwGnI.jpg

Heh.

For starters, I'll eat my hat (though I don't normally wear a hat...) if that's an actual Valve employee. Secondly, even if it is, they seriously can't get live streaming working in Steam? Then how come a bunch of games (including poorly optimised ones like The Showdown Effect) have it built in and it works with no severe performance drop? The Steam client is slow and bloated, always has been. That's not a Windows problem, that's a Valve problem. Others can get live streaming working in-game just fine so once again, if Valve can't do it in Steam, that's a Valve problem and not a Windows problem.

I frankly welcome SteamOS as I think Windows needs competition on this front but honestly, I think Steam on Windows would be a lot better if they put the same amount of effort into that client that they seem to be putting into this OS. That and the fact that the reason Gabe hates Windows 8 isn't because it's "closed" (it is as open as Windows 7 aside from the Microsoft Store which is 100% optional), it's because it's competition. It's only a closed off walled garden if it isn't HIS closed off walled garden.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield Bad Company 2 Offline?
5. Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Offline? Sep 24, 2013, 11:14 Parallax Abstraction
 
I think there are older Battlefield titles than this that are still online so it's probably just a glitch. EA always announces when stuff's going away and I think on their boxes, it says they have to provide 60 days notice.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 17, 2013, 23:14 Parallax Abstraction
 
Before, iOS was just ugly and dated and looked like the Windows 3.1 of mobile. Now it's all of those things with less defined buttons so it's even harder to use.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
7. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2013, 08:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
Verno wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 08:28:
You're the first person I've seen quote in a long time, surprised he even bothers anymore.

Anyways Apple seems to be mired in complacency and stagnating. Cook has been good at keeping the gravy train going but not so good at actually introducing new concepts and products.

And that's only going to carry him so far. The iPhone 5S has a fingerprint scanner (which I give odds people will use for about a week before it annoys them), a spec bump and somehow, they managed to make iOS even uglier with v7. And with the iPhone 5C, Apple's officially joined the race to the bottom they thought themselves better than. Except they haven't really of course because despite the 5C being made of materials Apple took the piss out of others for using barely a year ago, it's still over $500 without a contract. Yet this phone's supposed to get Apple into emerging markets? Clueless. Android isn't the unstable, battery sucking mess it used to be and it's rapidly eclipsing iOS in terms of features and iteration speed. Windows Phone may not have many good apps but it's a fantastic mobile OS. Apple can only ride this fashion trend so far and given the "meh" response I largely saw the other day, I hope they have something big in the pipe. Actually I don't because I think Apple (and particularly, their obnoxious fan base) needs to be cut down several pegs.
 
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News Comments > River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter
8. Re: River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter Sep 10, 2013, 19:57 Parallax Abstraction
 
beigemore wrote on Sep 10, 2013, 17:18:
There was an excellent version of RCR for the PC-Engine. Exactly like the NES version but with more colors and a CD audio soundtrack. Was great.

Is that so? I don't know how I missed that before! I'll have to go looking for that.
 
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News Comments > River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter
4. Re: River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter Sep 10, 2013, 14:57 Parallax Abstraction
 
nin wrote on Sep 10, 2013, 10:07:
I could have sworn this had already been attempted, but I'm not finding it on KS...


This particular title was announced as having a Kickstarter coming a while ago but it didn't launch until today. They were actually waiting until Canada became officially supported by Kickstarter which is just did. The developer also recently had to rebrand due to trademark issues. I imagine there have been other 8-bit brawlers that have attempted Kickstarters as well by now.
 
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