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Signed On Oct 24, 2002, 15:22
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2015, 16:14 mag
 
BobBob wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 14:30:
Necrophob wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 14:10:
How dare they unconditionally love us!
Unconditionally dependent on the owner for food and shelter. Otherwise, I doubt it sincerely cares at all.

There are so many weird things in this. To dogs, their humans are part of their family unit. I lived with my parents and their dog until he was maybe a year old, and then moved out. He's maybe 8 now, sees me once or twice a month for a few hours. He is in no way dependent on me for anything. I don't feed him, don't give him treats, just play with him a little when I come visit. And he's not at all starved for attention when I'm not there.

That dog goes berserk whenever I walk through the door. Just completely beside himself. He doesn't react like that to anyone else. I couldn't tell you exactly what the dog is feeling, but it's definitely not "oh thank god now someone will feed me." No one that's ever had a dog would say that they only care about food and shelter. Is there a one-to-one mapping to human emotions? Maybe, maybe not. But they're capable of more than you'd want to credit them for.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2015, 02:27 mag
 
harlock wrote on Apr 12, 2015, 19:17:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 12, 2015, 18:26:
But no, the Grand Canyon was caused by river and stream erosion.

it was caused by glacial melting during the last ice age... it took hundreds of millions of gallons of water pouring through there for decades to do that

I think the Grand Canyon's generally accepted to be much older than that. Wikipedia pegs its formation beginning ~17M years ago.

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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 13, 2015, 00:08 mag
 
IAMLIT_REFLEX wrote on Apr 12, 2015, 21:58:
Time Warner Cable gives me amazing Internet service. I pay for 100 megabits and they give me 108 consistently.

I used to only get 20 megabits (22.7 actual) but they upgraded their network and now I pay the same price for 100.

I am a little concerned that my service will decline in quality if they sell out to Comcast.

Also what the fuck crack are people smoking that bitch about TWC Internet? I have been on the service for a year now and they ALWAYS give me higher speeds than the line is rated for and there has not been ONE SECOND of downtime the entire damned year.

Compare that to Verizon DSL in which I always had to have the number to tech support handy for its bi-monthly network downtime. Also they wanted $30 a month for 1 megabit and I'm much happier paying about $50 a month for the Internet component of a TV/Internet bundle that gives me 108 times that bandwidth (I've never had issues with throughput from either provider by the way!!!!! Ever!!!).

I have TWC. I paid $40/mo for 10mbps when I first got it three years ago. They raised it to 15mbps around the same time they instituted the $5 modem rental fee (so a price hike). Then they bumped the fees up another $10 the next year. And then I bumped it up another $5 to extend my special rate another year by jumping to 20mbps. This year they tried to charge me $75/mo for the same 20mbps, but I talked them down to $58/mo or something by complaining. They offer 100Mbps, sure, but I'd have to steal a house and then mortgage it to afford it.

Now, I do get a consistent 20Mbps to, say, speedtest.net. But that's the only thing I get a consistent 20Mbps to. I consistently get throttled to speeds where 360p won't play on youtube, for instance, because of how their network plays with certain CDNs.
 
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News Comments > Ghost in the Shell Online: First Connection Coming West
5. Re: Ghost in the Shell Online: First Connection Coming West Apr 9, 2015, 13:20 mag
 
Pete wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 12:46:
They licensed it because it leads to immediate name recognition. Most people wouldn't give to thoughts to it until the name was slapped on it.

Ghost in the Shell isn't exactly a big name except among people that will look at this and immediately say, "What the hell is this?"
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Cinematic
30. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Cinematic Apr 8, 2015, 21:56 mag
 
Vall Forran wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 18:57:
They did the same thing with the original DE:HR cinematics. This did seem to be over the top; I don't ever recall doing barrel rolls over riot geared cops then launching my arm blades as projectiles into their necks.

That being said...I now feel like doing a lethal run through, something I've tried, but the guilt of murdering AI security guards doing their jobs made me revert back. Those bitches that threatened to kill my pilot, though. Those assholes ALL died.

Hahaha, that is pretty identical to how I played. Killing was an absolute last resort... until Malik was in jeopardy. Then it was FUCK these guys, rockets and sniper rifles for days.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patched
54. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patched Apr 6, 2015, 12:28 mag
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 19:04:
While being an absolute SUCKER!!!! for games like NWN, this game just doesn't offer the same quality. I got blinded by some what seems to me irrational enthusiasm on this and some other sites, and bought it anyway.

There was some sort of superiority thing going on before this game got out. In some sense the quality of the game was measured by a particular, unique difficulty that separated this cRPG with the likes of NWN.

But when I got the game.. and I realized the graphics and story weren't impressive and the combat was easy as shit once I got my Christian Bale gun blazin' priest, I realized this game simply doesn't do anything better than NWN or any of its clones.

I'm done. Enjoying a fuckton out of ESO again, looking forward to GTAV and TW3 and cannot wait for Sword Coast Legends. I'll restart this shit when I'm 82 years old and any other form of visual entertainment gives me a stroke.

I see that a lot of people that dislike this game were expecting it to be NWN. This game was never intended to be NWN. Its influences were Baldur's Gate and the other infinity engine games, whereas NWN was... a pretty different sort of game. And kinda vastly inferior, to a lot of the people that liked BG.
 
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News Comments > etc.
27. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 23:49 mag
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 21:27:
mag wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 19:07:
Axis wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 17:18:
So many weak asses scouring the web looking for something to get offended at and *post how they feel dammit!*.

..or some guilty-conscience apologist doing the same.

I know. Look at all of these people in here so pissy that Obsidian changed a few lines of text in their game.

You know who else hates freedom and loves censorship? The terrorists. Why don't you go join Isis since you hate freedom so much?


WHAT CENSORSHIP? Who is the aggrieved party? Self-censorship is not fucking censorship. No one forced anyone to do anything. Are you crying censorship about all of the other community-contributed epithets that Obsidian had to go back-and-forth with the backers about?
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 19:07 mag
 
Axis wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 17:18:
So many weak asses scouring the web looking for something to get offended at and *post how they feel dammit!*.

..or some guilty-conscience apologist doing the same.

I know. Look at all of these people in here so pissy that Obsidian changed a few lines of text in their game.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 14:56 mag
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 14:49:
I don't know why companies continue to rush to placate the perpetually offended minority (and it was a very small minority of people who complained about this, most of whom wouldn't have played PoE anyway.) The thing I find so ridiculous is that people were getting upset at Obsidian about this joke, yet this is the company that made South Park: The Stick of Truth, probably one of the most offensive (and designed that way) video games in recent memory and no one complained about that. The person who started this bandwagon too also proudly and unironically uses the hashtag #KillAllMen on a regular basis. And this is who Obsidian decided to side with, instead of the backers who made their game possible.

At the end of the day, it isn't a huge deal. I still have PoE as a backer reward and I don't plan to scream for a refund or anything. I personally will consider this should they ask for crowdfunding again though. If a handful of people for whom being offended is a hobby are more of an influence on you than your customers, your priorities are wrong.

It was changed voluntarily. IT WAS CHANGED VOLUNTARILY. IT WAS CHANGED VOLUNTARILY.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 14:54 mag
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 14:11:
Oh look, another tempest in a teacup... Thanks Twitter!

I feel like that metaphor isn't even strong enough, since the whole basis for being "offended" at the text in question involves a hearty measure of assumption and personal bias (paranoia). I had to dredge through that thread to find the damn thing, but it's a tomb marker or something:

Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

And crying in shame, off a cliff he ran.

You can't even joke about unintentional gay sex anymore! Suddenly it's "transphobic misogyny." Rolleyes

Every sitcom ever has at least one joke about a straight guy kissing a dude in a dimly lit bar, his friends make fun of him and he's extraordinarily ashamed and embarrassed... But by 2015 PC standards, that's not allowed! You have to be PROUD of your interaction with what must have been a transexual.

In a world where people murder one another over that sort of misunderstanding, the joke is in somewhat poor taste. But look, what is the big deal here?

Guy writes joke.

People say to Obsidian, "Hey, that's kind of tasteless."

Obsidian says, "Oh, yeah, you're right." Tells initial authors, "Some people found that joke a little offensive. Do you want to change it?"

Authors say, "Oh, yeah, you're right. Here, use this instead."

...Internet explodes OMG PC OPPRESSION FREE SPEECH BLLAAAAARRGGHHH
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patch Notes; Patch May Come Tomorrow
22. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patch Notes; Patch May Come Tomorrow Apr 3, 2015, 06:44 mag
 
yuastnav wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 06:34:
So I wanted to play Pillars of Eternity but then I saw this.

Should I wait? (I'll probably have to wait until tomorrow for the patch since I'm in Germany)
Or can I play it anyway/are the bugs not so severe?

From the notes above it looks like if you are affected by any of the serious bugs, the patch will fix your saves. From other people on the forums, none of the bugs are really dealbreaking.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous on Steam
18. Re: Elite: Dangerous on Steam Apr 3, 2015, 02:18 mag
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 01:32:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 23:20:
Well it is a full-price game, $60 in the US. If they went by the exact exchange rate, it ought to be $75 CAD.

Either way, that's why you wait for a sale!

And if I walk into a store here, I'll find the games priced at exactly the same as in the US. $49.99-59.99 so what's the excuse now? There is none, just pure fucking people.

Physical stores are slower to react to the fact that the CAD is only worth 0.80 USD currently?
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin
8. Re: Steamship Ahoy - DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin Apr 3, 2015, 01:32 mag
 
Overon wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 18:04:
They are reselling the version of the game with DX11 graphics they promised in the initial release with some different item and enemy placement and more text descriptions. And the graphics especially the shadows and lighting are still not quite what they showed in 2013. Also with graphics mods like GEDOSATO, you largely get the "better graphics" already in the DX9 version. To show you how much they give a shit, they are splitting the community between the DX11 and the DX9 version because those are not multiplayer compatible. They are largely just reselling the game. Oh did I mention that the single player save games are also not compatible and you have to start a new character? You need a chart to keep track of what you get and how much the "upgrade" costs based on what you bought previously. Fuck em.

I do think this should be a free upgrade. But it's a bit more than a DX11 upgrade. It's a 64-bit build, DX11, the entire game is supposed to be full of tweaks to enemy placement and text and NPCs. The multiplayer isn't going to be compatible because this version is going to have six-player multiplayer and whatnot, like the next-gen console releases.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patch Notes; Patch May Come Tomorrow
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patch Notes; Patch May Come Tomorrow Apr 2, 2015, 17:05 mag
 
That's pretty substantive for one week after release! They've been working hard.  
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News Comments > GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program
12. Re: GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program Apr 2, 2015, 15:56 mag
 
Damn, this is fantastic. GOG rocks.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 31, 2015, 15:47 mag
 
Bundy wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 14:40:
I'm a big board game guy. I have about 40 or 50 and we play a few of them every week. Eclipse was on my list until I saw it listed for $135. I got Terra Mystica instead. Fantastic game.

If you mean this Eclipse, it is an amazing game. So good. Can't recommend strongly enough.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
11. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 29, 2015, 01:47 mag
 
Frijoles wrote on Mar 28, 2015, 23:32:
Stuttered here, quite a bit around the middle. Running on a GTX 980 with an i7 and 60 meg connection. No 4k monitor though. I'm wondering what systems are running this smoothly.

webm/vp9 in HTML5 is not going to be hardware accelerated (your GTX 980 doesn't come into it). It's fully unloaded onto the processor, which is why it runs poorly. Download it and run it in VCL and encode it in h264 and it'll run fine.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs
9. Re: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs Mar 28, 2015, 14:13 mag
 
garrywong wrote on Mar 28, 2015, 12:25:
Do we have any screenshots of the improved graphics, yet?
I haven't bought any DLCs for the game yet, so I might be interested in this if it includes all DLC plus the graphics.

It includes all of the DLC plus graphics upgrades. Scholar of the First Sin is essentially the GotY edition+upgrades. I wouldn't expect much from the improved graphics, though.

The bigger enhancements are going to be things like altered enemy placements, changed bosses, some extra content, additional multiplayer capabilities.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs
1. Re: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs Mar 28, 2015, 10:31 mag
 
DS2: Scholars includes the DLC, so it makes sense that it would cost less if you already own the game and the DLC.  
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News Comments > Singularity Revival Teased
2. Re: Singularity Revival Teased Mar 23, 2015, 19:06 mag
 
Come on Raven, bring back the Heretic series!  
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