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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Mar 15, 2013, 01:28 mag
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 01:15:
Every Jeremy Soule track sounds exactly the same -- I swear to god that he cut from his NWN1 tracks and pasted them into Skyrim. Why would I want to fund an album when I can hear the same old shit in every fantasy RPG made since Icewind Dale?

I'm not a mega superfan of his latest stuff, but damn the Total Annihilation soundtrack was amazing. Amazing!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 14, 2013, 23:12 mag
 
Creston wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 14:00:
InBlack wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 12:01:
No ridicule intended, the thing is this the dude apparently had sex but quit after college and became a born again virgin...This is all very confusing...

Yeah, that's bullshit. Becoming a Christian doesn't somehow confer the "virgin" status back on you. Then again, I'm sure there's some church somewhere that believes that...

Creston

There was a King of the Hill episode that featured whatshername becoming a virgin again.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 14, 2013, 18:58 mag
 
1badmf wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 12:05:
InBlack wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 11:15:
Creston wrote on Mar 14, 2013, 10:25:
So I don't know if there are any Veronica Mars fans here, but if there are... HOLY SHIT!

Creston

I dont know who Veronica Mars is. Is she like one of those fictional overblown pop culture icons like Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (I seriously never heard of this person before)

yeah i never got the appeal either. it was an early 2000s detective-ish show, but frankly i think it never would've blown up if the star wasn't this sweet little blonde that everybody fantasized about dating.

Everything you say is true, but the show really was better than such a description would suggest. It's well-written, well-directed, well-acted.
 
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News Comments > SimCity Status Report
7. Re: SimCity Status Report Mar 13, 2013, 22:38 mag
 
Go home, SimCity, you're drunk.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
34. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2013, 17:45 mag
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 17:26:
Every religion has its barbarians, even atheism (Dawkins tends to skirt the line between being one of them.)

Islam is really no different. What is different is that it tends to be common in areas with a much lower literacy rate and no government separation. It becomes a tool to sway the masses. But if you remove Islam those looking for power would find an equally useful crutch.

Again, the problem is not Islam. It's weird that some think it is. Islam, like Christianity, has many different branches, many of which have never inspired violence.

Dawkins is an ass opinionated, but please don't call atheism a religion.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
30. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2013, 17:01 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 14:24:
mag wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 14:07:
If Netflix were one millionth as capable as that article says, it would be able to recommend a show to me I'd actually enjoy. Its recommendation algorithm is absolutely terrible and has an abysmal success rate for me.

Just out of curiosity, what's your alternative? I pretty much ignore the rec engine, and just search for what I want to watch, although on occasion something decent comes up. But yeah, I agree. I watched the first two seasons of Archer last year, but when the new epis were available, it didn't alert me. Also, between stuff I watch and the kids watch, the rec list can give some strange results. Thus I ignore it and just search for what I want.

I use Amazon Instant when something interesting gets added, since I already pay for Prime, and otherwise I just borrow things from the library or find other ways.

Also, to Creston's
Yeah, but you're just grumpy.

Yes. Yes I am.

But, not as grumpy as Cutter!

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2013, 17:00 mag
 
Verno wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 14:13:
mag wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 14:07:
If Netflix were one millionth as capable as that article says, it would be able to recommend a show to me I'd actually enjoy. Its recommendation algorithm is absolutely terrible and has an abysmal success rate for me.

It improves as you watch stuff I've found. My initial recommendations after the questionnaire weren't good but as I picked out and watched things they've improved significantly. You can also just ignore the recommendations and use Instant Queue or instantwatcher.com, assuming the interface is available in your country. Most of the time we just watch stuff from the queue, I only browse when we're in the mood for something new.

I had Netflix for years. I watched and rated tons of things, almost all of which I had to search for myself. I realized a while ago that I reached the point where I was mostly just using it to watch things I had already seen, so I used their change of ToS (binding arbitration clause) as an excuse to dump it.
 
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News Comments > Underrail Trailer; Alpha Released
5. Re: Underrail Trailer; Alpha Released Mar 13, 2013, 14:27 mag
 
Necrophob wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 14:12:
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 13:03:
Axis wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 12:43:
This looks more enjoyable than 90% of the AAA games released recently...
It's also more enjoyable than most of the indie games out there. It's really an awesome game. The music and general atmosphere of the game are unique. Great effort for really only 1 developer

Can't recommend Underrail enough. It needs more love!

How long of a game is it?

It's $10, so... doesn't really have to be all that long to be worth it. I'd be happy with a few quality hours.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2013, 14:07 mag
 
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 11:42:
*looks down. Just shakes head.*

Anyway, that Netflix article is pretty interesting. It makes sense for Netflix to leverage that incredible amount of data they have, and I'm not sure why it's a cause for concern. If Netflix believes in its data strongly enough to commit $100 million on two seasons of a new show before it's even shown a single episode, that's something that we, as viewers, should applaud.

How often have you started watching a show on network television, gotten really hooked, and then had to sit there and watch as the fuckers at BIG NETWORK yanked it after five episodes, because Oh Dear God The Teens Aren't Watching It!

This way, you know that if you watch House of Cards, you get two full seasons at minimum. I would gladly sign up for more of that kind of surety.

As for whether it turns people into puppets or not, well, I guess if you're the kind to just blindly go along with what Netflix tells you to do, sure. That doesn't mean that Netflix has turned you into a puppet, however. It just means you ARE one.

I think it's promising that someone is finally using actual data of people watching, rather than the 50-years-out-of-date fucking Nielsen ratings, to determine what's interesting to people and what isn't.

/wish I could watch Netflix.

Creston

If Netflix were one millionth as capable as that article says, it would be able to recommend a show to me I'd actually enjoy. Its recommendation algorithm is absolutely terrible and has an abysmal success rate for me.
 
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News Comments > Numenera Details
14. Re: Numenera Details Mar 13, 2013, 04:13 mag
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 02:20:
nin wrote on Mar 13, 2013, 01:21:
Have all of these charges hit your checking/credit account?


Nope, sorry, I edited the earlier follow up post. Thankfully they were all on the Amazon side only. I'm thinking they are posting duplicates though I can't remember changing my pledge three times for Eternity or twice for Numenera. Changed my browser settings to block auto log in. Only thing I can figure is when I looked at specific tiers early on the browser kept cookies because I know I didn't pledge multiple times. Either way I'm glad I spotted that now I know to keep an eye on Amazons site.

I'm happy with the look of these projects. Project Eternity, Wasteland 2, and Torment: Tides of Numenera are the pledges I'm most happy with so far. And the three I pledged the most too. Several others are looking like wasted money... even if they did help somebody achieve their dream.

I looked at Shroud of the Avatar again and even with the extra swag update the $150 price point to get the collectors box is just too much for me at this point. If the game looked better or the demos showed a bit more maybe I could be swayed but at this point I'm only willing to get in on the ground floor to give Lord British one more shot at redemption.

edit: Has anyone else here changed their pledges and/or seen multiple postings of bills on Amazon?

All of my charges on Amazon look correct.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Mar 13, 2013, 00:37 mag
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 23:18:
Yeah, sounds like he's pretty protective of his IP. Hard not to fault the studios though after blowing mega cash on both Watchmen and John Carter (looks like Oz will at least break even). I'd go see a Bioshock movie in the theater, but I'm not sure I'm the key demographic. It's not a huge name. I think a Mass Effect movie would have more of a built in audience and name awareness.

Still, I think you could have done Bioshock for $80m with the right director, especially given that most of it takes place indoors. Hunger Games cost that much. District 9 only cost $30 mil to make (and Neil would make a great Bioshock director).

For the record, I think Watchmen is an amazing movie, and I saw it in the theaters (I only go a few times a year).

Making John Carter a $250M movie was... just incredibly stupid of them. You need to test the waters first. Make it on a smaller budget. Build word. Then you have the mega-budget sequel.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 13, 2013, 00:33 mag
 
wallace321 wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 18:57:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_5K0dXg2a8

I was really liking this "The Office" show until, in series 3, episode 10, this gut punch of misogyny irredeemably soured the series for me. It is shocking that such a talented actor would traffic in such a contemptible attitude. I had always liked the show's accurate dry depiction of office life and in this moment it's all reduced to some frat house joke making me ashamed that I ever thought it was more than that in the first place. Maybe it's a show just for the bros.

That's how silly Sessler sounds to me but who am I to fault someone for what they are offended by? (by the way, was that clip slightly more racist than I realized when I first watched it? maybe it should be altered too?)

The Office was terrible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 12, 2013, 22:47 mag
 
Creston wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 22:42:
mag wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 21:50:
nin wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 17:04:
I remember the Myth2 un-installer deltree'ing your C:\Windows directory, or something to that effect. That was pretty snazzy.

I think it was one directory up from where ever you installed it. Which, by default was under c:\program files, so that whole folder structure (program files and everything under it) got nuked. Which, as you can imagine, Windows didn't care for.



I might be remembering wrong, but didn't SiN eat hard drives when it was first released?

I think SiN had something in the third level where you drank a potion to turn into a mutant or something, but the effect never wore off for anyone, so it prevented you from going on.

But this is all ages ago, and I'm old. So my memory can probably be referred to as "EA'ish."

Creston

Ha! Didn't remember that one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 12, 2013, 21:50 mag
 
nin wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 17:04:
I remember the Myth2 un-installer deltree'ing your C:\Windows directory, or something to that effect. That was pretty snazzy.

I think it was one directory up from where ever you installed it. Which, by default was under c:\program files, so that whole folder structure (program files and everything under it) got nuked. Which, as you can imagine, Windows didn't care for.



I might be remembering wrong, but didn't SiN eat hard drives when it was first released?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Mar 12, 2013, 21:45 mag
 
Ken Levine personally killed off the BioShock film - here's why…

Haven't read the article yet. I will report back with my findings.

Pre-speculation: The suits wanted to make it a buddy film about some guys in an above-ground city in the future fighting virus-caused zombies.

Edit:

Well that was boring. Levine just didn't like the movie Intacto, and he thought $80M wasn't enough money.

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News Comments > More on Offline SimCity
1. Re: More on Offline SimCity Mar 12, 2013, 21:41 mag
 
As for the server being required to play the game, he tells them SimCity does no significant game simulation on the server side:

I was pretty skeptical of that claim. It would be absolutely ridiculous for them to take on that amount of processing power themselves. Extremely expensive.
 
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News Comments > Endless Space Free DLC
28. Re: Endless Space Free DLC Mar 12, 2013, 16:53 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 03:38:
mag wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 02:14:
wonkawonka wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 01:57:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 23:35:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 23:18:
If I get 8 hours out of it I will have gotten my money back. Think I paid $10 for it.

You'll certainly get 8 hours out of it. I got out 20 before getting fed-up. Not a bad deal really... there are a lot worse games.

Exactly my thoughts. And similarly, as eRe4s3r so eloquently stated, my biggest issues with the game are that:

  • The challenges remain the same through a game (from exploration to extermination)

  • War is uninteresting because military advances are simply more of the same

  • The challenges remain the same across races


  • So basically, you've played it once you've played it all.

    I guess the question I care about is: How does it compare to Galactic Civilizations 2, or Master of Orion 2?

    It has worse problems than those 2 The real question is, did you enjoy MOO2? Then you will enjoy Endless Space for a few hours. Until you discover what's beneath. If you enjoyed GalCiv 2 a lot more than MOO2 you might not like this at all. Gal Civ 2 is more like civilization and has plenty of things to discover. This is not what Endless Space is. As streamlined as it is, Endless Space was sand-blasted to total streamlined'ness in such a way that NOTHING is new after you played through once at most twice. You would have it worse than we who own it now for a year since we got some "DLC" content that added more stuff. But you will discover ALL of it in at best 2 playthroughs. Endless Space never surprised you with clever ideas or a game mechanic that is ground breaking. It is the same.

    Heck, we should make a new rating system for 4x games with only 2 ratings. FRESH and SAME and Endless Space is a 100% SAME rating.

    Well, imo of course... there are plenty people who like Endless Space but I doubt they would like Gal Civ 2 or Space Empires 4.. or MOO2 or even MOO3 (which isn't as terribad as people claim..)

    Thanks for the comparisons.

    I liked MOO2 just fine back in the day--and I liked being able to control the combat. I like GalCiv 2 too, obviously.

    People may be interested in this one. It's gotten some, but very little, press here. Dunno how it'll turn out, but it's on my radar. I hear the alpha is pretty playable.

    http://starlords-game.com/main/
     
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    News Comments > Endless Space Free DLC
    15. Re: Endless Space Free DLC Mar 12, 2013, 02:14 mag
     
    wonkawonka wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 01:57:
    eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 23:35:
    jdreyer wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 23:18:
    If I get 8 hours out of it I will have gotten my money back. Think I paid $10 for it.

    You'll certainly get 8 hours out of it. I got out 20 before getting fed-up. Not a bad deal really... there are a lot worse games.

    Exactly my thoughts. And similarly, as eRe4s3r so eloquently stated, my biggest issues with the game are that:

  • The challenges remain the same through a game (from exploration to extermination)

  • War is uninteresting because military advances are simply more of the same

  • The challenges remain the same across races


  • So basically, you've played it once you've played it all.

    I guess the question I care about is: How does it compare to Galactic Civilizations 2, or Master of Orion 2?
     
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 12, 2013, 01:42 mag
     
    Fion wrote on Mar 11, 2013, 15:48:
    Haha I invite anyone who thought the broadband situation in the UK is terrible to spend one month in the US using our typical Broadband via Time Warner Cable or Comcast.

    I guarantee you'll go home a month later and never bitch about your telecom situation ever again.

    And for a while US broadband was superior to British broadband in every way. And then... bleh.
     
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    29. Re: More Big Picture Details Mar 10, 2013, 14:00 mag
     
    nin wrote on Mar 10, 2013, 00:37:
    Sepharo wrote on Mar 10, 2013, 00:19:
    HorrorScope wrote on Mar 9, 2013, 23:04:
    Is March Madness Brackets of the Worst Companies coming up? I think they secured 1rst place this year. Gratz.

    I wonder if anyone's ever won 2 years in a row?

    edit: no.

    2006 - Halliburton - 2nd: Choicepoint
    2007 - RIAA - 2nd: Halliburton
    2008 - Countrywide Financial - 2nd: Comcast
    2009 - AIG - 2nd: Comcast
    2010 - Comcast - 2nd: Cash4Gold
    2011 - BP - 2nd: Bank of America
    2012 - Electronic Arts - 2nd: Bank of America

    It'll be interesting if they win again, after everyone screamed "EA? Really?" last year...


    As terrible as EA is, they are nowhere near as evil as the most evil companies. They just make their own video games terrible. It's not like they laundered almost a billion dollars of drug money.
     
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