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Signed On Oct 24, 2002, 15:22
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse May 16, 2014, 21:25 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 16, 2014, 13:09:
Save The Internet.

Glad someone in this country still has the time and cojones to protest. We've become such a docile nation of sheeple.

The whole Occupy thing was just like a year ago!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2014, 16:26 mag
 
Creston wrote on May 16, 2014, 15:31:
jdreyer wrote on May 16, 2014, 13:27:
Desalinization is incredibly expensive and energy intensive.

Yes, it is. And the longer we wait as a country to start putting plants and infrastructure down to be able to provide basic water necessities once drought reaches critical levels all over, the more it's going to cost.

A simple prohibition on watering lawns would be wise, even though such a thing is obviously beyond any fucking politician's ability to grasp, but it's a stop-gap measure. The only way to guarantee water 50 years down the road is to start going the desalination route. And since it'll take twenty odd years to get that entire infrastructure in place, the longer we wait, the more critical it will become to put down.


There is a large Californian desalinization plant that was built during the last long drought that was mothballed when the drought abruptly ended. Last I heard was that they're working on getting it set to run.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2014, 15:49 mag
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2014, 11:50:
You're also ignoring that if you go to your State's university, you basically pay little to no tuition. If you go to your local community college, you pay no tuition at all. It's only when you want to go out of state, or go to a private university that, yeah, you have to pay huge amounts of money for your education. Whether that's justified or not, and whether those titles are worth the money being charged for them is not a discussion I want to go into.

In short, what you're saying is simply wrong. End of story.

Whoa, whooaaaaaa, this is so wrong. SO fucking wrong. There might be *some* state where this is almost true, but the state universities everywhere I've lived have been ~$10k/yr for tuition alone. Community colleges are about 1/2 to 2/3 of that.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Into the Black May 11, 2014, 22:06 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 11, 2014, 21:03:
NegaDeath wrote on May 11, 2014, 18:53:
The guy sucks at the game, and RPG's in general apparently. He got to the only "town" in the game and didn't properly explore and talk to all the NPC's? At that point in the game there are only 5 people there, lazy. He clearly isn't bothering to read the on screen instructions as he's wasting his effigies by burning them. You can tell he's used to playing games that have mandatory tutorials for everything and UI's that take up half the screen with maps, objectives, directions, etc. Fail.

And one can tell you are angry over someone not agreeing with your opinion. Which is far more FAIL than the review. Who are you to call this guy's experience worth less than your own? Not everyone experiences a game the same way you do and saying that only your way is the right way is beyond absurd and childish.

This review has as much legitimacy to be there as any other.

By the way, to this day Dark Souls 2 simply crashes to a black screen for me at start of the game creates an empty corrupt save and nothing happens. Would be nice if the fucking devs were actually fixing this. So from me DS 2 gets 0/10 points

Is this related to the multiple monitor issue, or are you experiencing something different?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Into the Black May 11, 2014, 20:29 mag
 
NegaDeath wrote on May 11, 2014, 18:53:
The guy sucks at the game, and RPG's in general apparently. He got to the only "town" in the game and didn't properly explore and talk to all the NPC's? At that point in the game there are only 5 people there, lazy. He clearly isn't bothering to read the on screen instructions as he's wasting his effigies by burning them. You can tell he's used to playing games that have mandatory tutorials for everything and UI's that take up half the screen with maps, objectives, directions, etc. Fail.

I'm a veteran Dark Souls and Demon's Souls player, and I've got to admit that I also breezed right past the Emerald Herald on my first playthrough. I didn't realize that I needed to talk to her to level up (or to get my estus flask!!!) until I got to the cardinal tower bonfire.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 May 11, 2014, 13:59 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 11, 2014, 13:54:
Dagnamit wrote on May 11, 2014, 13:42:
CSB time.

Thought I'd try Dark Souls before purchasing Dark Souls II. I did not know that sitting at a bonfire respawns enemies on the level, which I find to be utterly pointless grindy bullcrap. ragequit. Now, I was getting into the gameplay and the environments are as cool as advertised.

Questions, 1) does DS II do away with the respawn nonsense? 2) if that was the only part I hated about the first 15 minutes of DS, should I buy DS II, because I'm obviously a filthy casual? Thanks in advance!

Enemies don't respawn in DS2

Enemies do respawn in DS2, but they have limited respawns. They only respawn 10 or 15 times or something. It's kind of an integral part of the whole 'Do it again but better' mantra of the game. Also, that's how you farm for level-up stuff or new weapons or whatever if you're having trouble with an area.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 8, 2014, 20:38 mag
 
Congress to ignore concerns about Comcast - Time Warner Cable deal
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 8, 2014, 01:44 mag
 
Cutter wrote on May 8, 2014, 00:10:
mag wrote on May 7, 2014, 15:58:
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 14:48:
And that's why the justices should only serve a 4 year term so you can get fresh blood in there.

We don't do this because it makes it easier for one party to get a complete hold on all three branches of government. Imagine if Bush or Obama got to appoint the entire Supreme Court.

How do you figure that? They still have to be approved by both sides of the aisle. Just make it 2 left, 2 right and 2 centrists.

From 2001 to 2006ish, both houses of Congress and the presidency were all Republican controlled. Bush would have had free reign to fill the Supreme Court with 9 Scalias/Robertses/Alitos.

From 2009-2010, Obama could have more or less done the same with left-leaning justices, (though I guess you'd ideally try to stagger it, so it'd only be 4 or 5 he'd be able to replace in that time period).

This is part of the checks and balances on the three branches of the US government. The House is highly subject to the zeitgeist--it refreshes every 2 years. The Presidency is a little slower, with 4 year terms. The Senate is pretty resistant to whims that sweep the country, with only a complete refresh staggered out over six years. The SCOTUS is positively glacial in comparison, and *by design*.

Further, this (intentionally) keeps them insulated from backlash against politically-unpopular decisions.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 7, 2014, 19:08 mag
 
Simon Says wrote on May 7, 2014, 18:55:
mag wrote on May 7, 2014, 15:58:
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 14:48:
And that's why the justices should only serve a 4 year term so you can get fresh blood in there.

We don't do this because it makes it easier for one party to get a complete hold on all three branches of government. Imagine if Bush or Obama got to appoint the entire Supreme Court.

Should be voted in by their peers then, not the government or the people.

I'm not sure what you mean by this. SCOTUS justices should be voted in by the other SCOTUS justices? All federal justices? All judges in the country? Everyone with a law degree?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 7, 2014, 15:58 mag
 
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 14:48:
And that's why the justices should only serve a 4 year term so you can get fresh blood in there.

We don't do this because it makes it easier for one party to get a complete hold on all three branches of government. Imagine if Bush or Obama got to appoint the entire Supreme Court.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 4, 2014, 20:49 mag
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 19:36:
mag wrote on May 4, 2014, 19:06:
jdreyer wrote on May 4, 2014, 15:48:
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:45:
The Half Elf wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:42:
Thank Yoda that Lucas is no longer part of the future of Star Wars.

Yeah, I think I now look at May 4th as "George Lucas Forgiveness Day".

Also, check these out. They look great in 720...found them earlier this week.


Wow, did you DL and watch it? 17.5 GBs...

Also, when my son was six and watched the special edition, he said, "It was cool when the Death Star exploded, but that ring looked fake." referring to the CG ring added to make the explosion more "epic" and "cooler."

I tracked down and downloaded these last year some time (so an older version, I think), but they're pretty beautifully restored. It's great watching the 'theatrical' versions of the movies again.

He has a newsletter you can sign up for there, and I got an email the other day saying he was working on an update of ESP next.

I'm amazed at the quality, and I think it really puts Lucas' "it can't be done" excuses to shame.


Nice, great to hear. I think I do recall noting that v2.0 of Star Wars looked quite a bit cleaner than the ESB version (though that was still very nice).
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. May 4, 2014, 19:09 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 4, 2014, 15:31:
Man, I'd love to see a modern version of Heretic or Hexen. When will someone KS that?

Yeeeeees. That would be one of my most-wanted things. I would love to see those games redone on a modern engine. I wouldn't even care if the game was a bit modernified, or if it was done like the new Shadow Warrior.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 4, 2014, 19:06 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on May 4, 2014, 15:48:
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:45:
The Half Elf wrote on May 4, 2014, 13:42:
Thank Yoda that Lucas is no longer part of the future of Star Wars.

Yeah, I think I now look at May 4th as "George Lucas Forgiveness Day".

Also, check these out. They look great in 720...found them earlier this week.


Wow, did you DL and watch it? 17.5 GBs...

Also, when my son was six and watched the special edition, he said, "It was cool when the Death Star exploded, but that ring looked fake." referring to the CG ring added to make the explosion more "epic" and "cooler."

I tracked down and downloaded these last year some time (so an older version, I think), but they're pretty beautifully restored. It's great watching the 'theatrical' versions of the movies again.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 4, 2014, 18:52 mag
 
Worldwide tablet sales drop 35.7% after the holidays.

The Tablet era is over!!11111! The era of the the smartwatch/smartglasses has begun! Only ten people have them, but sales have increased by infinity percent over two years ago!
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
8. Re: Evening Interviews May 3, 2014, 05:13 mag
 
shihonage wrote on May 3, 2014, 00:13:
Yes, having taste is a gift and a curse.

It sounds like the people on RPG Codex were pissed off because Wasteland 2 wasn't Fallout 2, whereas the Wasteland fans thought it was fine. So RPG Codex is a bunch of relative newbies thinking they're the old guard.

And then, because inXile is good guys, they made some adjustments to Falloutify it a bit, and that pissed off the Wasteland fans, which made RPG Codex flipflop over to hating it for that reason. So they're just a bunch of petulant children. The official Wasteland 2 thread on RPG Codex is even called the "Butthurt Thread." Even other RPG Codexers realize how stupid their community is.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech
24. Re: ZeniMax vs. Oculus and Carmack on VR Tech May 1, 2014, 17:09 mag
 
Cutter wrote on May 1, 2014, 15:29:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on May 1, 2014, 15:13:
"No work I have ever done has been patented".

Not sure who's in the right here, but this statement is bullshit. Something doesn't have to be patented to claim ownership. If Carmack developed code while working at Zenimax, then they have a possible claim to said code.

Sometimes you simply can't have your cake and eat it too. Once iD was sold, loosely handling these types of IP related collaborations is a dangerous game. That's the price of selling out.

That's it in a nutshell. Regardless how people feel about Zenimax, if they're correct they very much have a very legal leg to stand on. And Carmack and the OVR boys should have known better. You don't have to be a lawyer to understand if you're helping another company while on another company's dime, there's going to be repercussions.


He conceded that the code is owned by Zenimax, but since it's not patented they can't claim ownership of the ideas behind it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 29, 2014, 01:59 mag
 
Creston wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 21:53:
Cutter wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 20:22:
Creston wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 15:33:
I do enjoy ME more than Fallout. I was never really a massive fan of the first two, and while I love FO3 and NV, I don't love them as much as I do ME.

Hand in your gamer card, sir! How anyone can not absolutely adore FO1/2 is too insane to contemplate!



No, my gamer card is fine where it is. I don't think FO1/2 are the greatest RPGs of all time. OMG SOMEONE WITH A DIFFERENT OPINION SHOOT HIM DEAD!

Creston is history's greatest monster.
 
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News Comments > From Software Sold
17. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 15:08 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 11:35:
mag wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 10:29:
BitWraith wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 09:59:
Well, I reckon that's the end of the Dark Souls franchise.

Well, three solid games in a series is about as good as you can ever hope, I guess.

If by solid game you mean 2 games that are abysmal console ports ...

Crying
 
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News Comments > From Software Sold
3. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 10:29 mag
 
BitWraith wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 09:59:
Well, I reckon that's the end of the Dark Souls franchise.

Well, three solid games in a series is about as good as you can ever hope, I guess.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Apr 25, 2014, 17:24 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 25, 2014, 14:50:
France is the “second most important producer of video games in the world,” says French government…

I'd probably put Sweden above France. Also, the UK used to be great, but has fallen a bit by the wayside.

Japan over all of Europe, definitely, though they are a bit on the way out.
 
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