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News Comments > Aquanox Deep Descent Kickstarter
11. Re: Aquanox Deep Descent Kickstarter Aug 18, 2015, 12:36 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 18, 2015, 12:20:
I'm pretty sure this is just to test if there's any interest in a new Aquanox game. Nordic is a publisher. Surely they already have enough money to fund the game's development.

Yeah - after reading the pitch they mention the publisher is using this to gauge interest. Basically their argument was that the Aquanox IP still has interest in Germany, but they don't know if there's much call for it beyond there.
 
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News Comments > Aquanox Deep Descent Kickstarter
8. Re: Aquanox Deep Descent Kickstarter Aug 18, 2015, 11:44 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2015, 10:42:
And they can't fund this themselves why?

They must be largely self-funding if they're only asking for 75K.

Then again, it's a series that went downhill (over three games, in fact, if you count spiritual prequel Archimedean Dynasty)... they probably just want some sort of a sign that people are still interested.

From my perspective, however, the two Aquanox games mainly excelled at being system benchmarks at the time. If they're going to take the Aquanox name out of mothballs, it had better be the underwater equivalent of Crysis. Anything less is doing a disservice to the IP (what little value it has).
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Mod Tool Backlash
27. Re: The Witcher 3 Mod Tool Backlash Aug 17, 2015, 00:10 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 16, 2015, 20:51:
Objectively, I don't think there's any reason to look a gift horse in the mouth here. Not only is the verbiage in the interview from January 2014 very non-committal (absolutely not a promise like Blue wrote), but the ignition of this powder keg comes from a community manager who tweeted the link to the official website announcing these mod tools... I don't think it's that big of a leap to think he may have simply spoken out of turn. It's not like he has the power to make that decision, and he may not even know what the dev team is still working on.

The main takeaway, as I see it, is that no good deed goes unpunished.
 
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News Comments > Humble Store Adds Wish Lists
4. Re: Humble Store Adds Wish Lists Aug 11, 2015, 15:56 killer_roach
 
Axis wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 10:44:
Not a bad idea, humble/indie/gala/stars/etc bundles have lost their excitement factor.

Can still get some titles you want for cheap occasionally, but it's pretty much been unknowns getting the bundle treatments.

Honestly, the Humble Store is probably the best of all of it right now, if for no other reason than quite often you're able to get a game DRM-Free and with a Steam key if it has been released both ways. Sales are rarely that spectacular, but I like having that flexibility between distribution types.
 
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News Comments > Square Enix Open to Anachronox Pitches Now; Tomb Raider Eventually
2. Re: Square Enix Open to Anachronox Pitches Now; Tomb Raider Eventually Aug 10, 2015, 18:47 killer_roach
 
saluk wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 17:44:
Come on Tom Hall get your pitch together!

Damn, beat me to it. (I know he'd rather buy the IP outright, but if Squeenix is willing to take a pitch seriously...)
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 10, 2015, 18:24 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 18:11:
This isn't the stock market or currency speculation. You're giving money to a company to deliver a product on time and on budget. And this is why you don't give money to people with no track record of doing precisely that. That's the problem with crowdfunding. Everyone and his dog has a great idea about something or other. 95% of them will never actually make it happen.

The issue is that people assume crowdfunding is a guarantee that the project will happen as pitched, in the timeframe specified. For the most part, the people running crowdfunding campaigns are ones who are either complete rank amateurs when it comes to business ventures, or have been run out of prior positions because their way of doing things significantly at odds with their employer's corporate culture.

Needless to say, neither of those ought to fill you with a lot of confidence when it comes to their ability to complete their campaigns successfully.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 6, 2015, 19:17 killer_roach
 
Verno wrote on Aug 6, 2015, 11:25:
The more popular platform also attracts more attention from third parties regardless. Last I checked the PS4 is trouncing the Xbox One, 25m units to 11-13m depending on where you land with Microsofts vague sales figures.

They've been doing a lot to fight back and finally started making some smart decisions but Sony has a lot of momentum.

In Europe, the XBOne is still being outsold by the Wii U... and that's not due to any strength Nintendo has there. Outside of North America, Microsoft has become a non-factor in the console space.

Spencer right now, however, is mostly upset because his bosses won't let him spend as freely as prior Xbox heads have been allowed to. (Keep in mind that Microsoft's current CEO is in favor of spinning off, if not possibly killing outright, the Xbox brand.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 3, 2015, 11:27 killer_roach
 
Interesting Amazon article, although I sort of expected it to be outlining newer technology than that. While the Robbinsville site is pretty new (a little over a year old), some of the aspects talked about have been part of Amazon fulfillment centers for years, and a couple of the technologies mentioned have been part of Amazon for over a decade now...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 1, 2015, 20:59 killer_roach
 
NKD wrote on Aug 1, 2015, 12:22:
That song proved to be very ironic, considering MTV stopped having significant music video play on its main channel a long time ago, and radio is still alive and well in many forms.

The Buggles sang "Video Killed The Radio Star", then two decades later Robbie Williams sang "Reality Killed The Video Star".
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2015, 22:04 killer_roach
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 21:02:
Wow that MK:X deal is fucking insane!

Yeah - I picked it up myself. Doesn't have all the DLC, but really all you need out of what doesn't come with it is Predator and Tremor.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 28, 2015, 00:18 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 19:15:
Since the way they worded it is misleading... it's Ouya's CEO departing, not Razer's. And if they only bought the software, they [wisely] are not having anything to do with the hardware. Technically, whatever remains of Ouya is not even on the hook for anything to do with the Kickstarter, so tough luck for anyone who still hasn't gotten what they wanted out of that. You made it happen, folks! But it still flopped. Spilled milk and all that.

Basically what they're buying is some developer relations for their own Android-based set-top console, some existing software (that they say they'll be moving over to Google Play - a potential win for everybody there), and connections with various Chinese firms that Ouya was trying to work with to create a market for the device (Alibaba, who had a $10m stake in Ouya, has said that they'll be working with Razer on promoting and distributing the Forge TV box, making me think that it's possible Ouya's investors forced the sale in the hopes of trying to get some of their money back).
 
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News Comments > Gears of War Ultimate on PC After Xbox
13. Re: Gears of War Ultimate on PC After Xbox Jul 22, 2015, 19:46 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 18:13:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 13:33:
DX12 is a massive FUCK YOU to PC gamers. Microsoft had all but abandoned DX to focus on consoles, when AMD brought out Mantle and offered low-level access to the hardware. It was only when it realised it might lose its dominance over PC gaming that Microsoft started work on DX12 and designed it around the XB1, which was losing out massively to the PS4. In typical Microsoft style it decided to make DX12 a Windows 10 exclusive.
You do realize that DX12 has been in development for a few years, right? It's not as if MS suddenly started work on it in September of 2013 after AMD announced Mantle.

And there's good reason to make it Win10 exclusive. It goes hand-in-hand with a bunch of changes at the DXGI/driver level in order to support the API, involving everything from how command buffers are processed to how thread scheduling works. This is the biggest change to the Windows graphics layer since Vista, and these kinds of changes couldn't be fully back-ported to Windows 8, let alone Windows 7.

I think he's more upset about what it does to AMD's tactical position - not that they really had one to begin with.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2015, 13:25 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 13:15:
Verno wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 11:38:
It's still not up to snuff with Chrome in that regard but at least it isn't eating memory like Chrome does.

Are you running into issues where you're short on RAM? Do you need it available for something else? Might be time to upgrade beyond 4GB. Or, if you have more, to get over the compulsive insistence that you have as much system memory free as possible at all times... I rarely see Chrome tabs take more than 25-50MB each, it depends on the website. Takes less than 300MB for the browser itself. But my point is, even if it's more, what does it matter? RAM is cheap, and why not use it if you have it? No point in treating it like the fine china you never take out of the cabinet.

I've had Chrome go up to 2.5GB on my system, but my laptop has 8GB and my desktop 16GB. Not really a concern, just an annoyance.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
48. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 20, 2015, 12:09 killer_roach
 
Out of curiosity for those wondering, I got an email today from EA about my Origin account being transferred over... the main takeaway:

"In the coming weeks your Origin Account will be renamed to an EA Account to better represent all of EA's games and services."
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
31. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 21:00 killer_roach
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 19:52:
* although given that its EA, I probably should have been

At the very least, do what I do - wait to see the reviews, if they're good, or the game gets meaningful patches over time, just snag the console version once it hits the bargain bin or a Black Friday sale.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
26. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 19:07 killer_roach
 
Slashman wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 18:33:
I don't think they've been very successful with the 3rd party sales. Which is kind of why Origin is so nonsensical.

At least Ubisoft has the sense to not limit its sale of games from Steam.

The two big third-party publishers Origin started with were THQ and Ubisoft. The former is defunct, the latter has their own service. Can't see that going too well.

EA seems to still be fighting with Steam over the fact that they don't want to pay Valve 30% of DLC sold on Steam, that they feel that it's their software selling the DLC and not the service. Don't see that being a winning strategy, but they're free to be stubborn.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
14. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 15:08 killer_roach
 
Retired wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 10:34:
This is the 3rd or 4th change to EA accounts. We had the Gun Club, Battlefield veterans, all sorts of stuff. Something tells me they are so large, they don't even know seperate teams are working n this stuff and changing it until it is to late. Some young kid in a suit says in some meeting (a kid who has never used the product - speaking to old suits who have never played the games) 'we should rebrand it". So, since that sounds cool, is a buzz word, and he is young, lets do it!

Mine started as a NFS account, then became an EA Download Manager account, then an Origin account, and now apparently an EA account.

Beam me up, Scotty.

(Mind you, that's been over the span of... eleven years? Since just before the release of NFS Carbon?)
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 17, 2015, 17:47 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jul 17, 2015, 17:38:
Not mentioned is that the thing was probably sold for $175 during one of Best Buy's deals, and that it's already dropped twice in price.

Yeah... I just hope that deal resurfaces when the Forza 6 Xbone comes out - I almost bit on getting a One on this past promotion, but I really want that special Forza model.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2015, 18:09 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 15:10:
nin wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 14:58:
Rush is one of the bands I'm not overly familiar with...I should probably fix that, someday.


Start with Moving Pictures. Then Permanent Waves. After that, listen a bunch to 2112 and go read Ready Player One.

Rush started out quite raw and heavy and got more and more processed as time went on. The late 70s and early 80s is the sweet spot. Nice introspective and philosophical lyrics, as well as great musicality.

No love for Hemispheres, or Fly By Night? (To say nothing of Caress Of Steel, which Bastille Day was from?)

But yeah, pretty much anything Rush did from the late 80s on can be pretty safely ignored unless you are a devoted fan. (Presto is pretty decent pop/rock, but it pales to their earlier efforts.)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
15. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jul 12, 2015, 21:02 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 17:38:
killer_roach wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 16:39:
You need more research into the history of socialist and populist leftist governments - as a manner of course, they tend to be very staunchly pro-war, mostly because they look to the military as a successful means of which to organize civil society. That's been going on for over a century, to the first progressives in both America and Europe. McGovern wasn't the rule, he was the exception (and even still championed civil organizations with paramilitary structure, such as the Peace Corps).

In what delusional right-wing fantasy is that the case? Like JFK who tried to end Vietnam before it started or Carter or almost succeeded in the Middle-East Peace Initiative? Or Reagan who dragged out the cold war with his cowboy politics and committed treason with Iran-Contra, funded and trained OBL, etc. Or Dubya and his chickenhawks? Yeah real peacemakers those guys. And around the globe it's the same everywhere else. You seriously need to lay off whatever it is you're smoking.

Wilson, FDR, LBJ, JFK was a far more aggressive military presence than you're claiming (not to mention, as per my prior statement, the creator of the Peace Corps), Carter was interested in reinstating the draft...

As for the Republicans, they're really no better on military matters, but I was simply pointing out that it's not incongruous for socialists and progressives to be interested in war or military organization as a model for society. (Republicans' interest in the military is more incongruous from a philosophical standpoint, but perfectly understood simply as a naked attempt at political triangulation in pursuing their traditional base of support.)

Keep in mind, I'm neither Republican or Democrat - I'm a registered Libertarian. So yes, the longer knives come out for the socialists, but it's not like the right offers much beyond empty promises.
 
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