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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 15, 2013, 23:31 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 15, 2013, 16:45:
Those benchmarks were pretty useless. All synthetic and no comparisons to Windows benchmarks. People want to see if games run better on SteamOS than they do on Windows.

Phoronix is a Linux-only site. They don't care about Windows, or anything other than their test suite.

That being said, from reading tech forums they say that in Windows a GTX 680 should run the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark at between 45-50 FPS at 1080p. Seeing that their rig gets 42.89 at that resolution means that there is a chance that SteamOS is slightly slower than Windows for gaming, but it's by and large in the ballpark.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
17. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 14, 2013, 20:03 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:55:
killer_roach wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:32:
ViRGE wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:18:
killer_roach wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:16:
Amazon does sell the 3DS directly, but not the Wii or WiiU.
Are you sure? I did a quick check and I don't see Amazon.com listed as the seller for any of the major 3DS SKUs.

I saw one when I checked earlier (in Cosmo Black), but it's not there when I went back to check (sold out?).
I suspect you may have seen an associate who uses Amazon for fulfillment.

It said it was sold by Amazon.com, though, not a FBA item. Then again, even if it did exist (and not some sort of temporary blip), I doubt Nintendo is selling many 3DS devices to Amazon, seeing as they aren't selling any 2DS, Wii, or WiiU units to them (but they do allow Amazon to sell the games themselves, oddly enough, even those published by Nintendo).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
15. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 14, 2013, 19:32 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:18:
killer_roach wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:16:
Amazon does sell the 3DS directly, but not the Wii or WiiU.
Are you sure? I did a quick check and I don't see Amazon.com listed as the seller for any of the major 3DS SKUs.

I saw one when I checked earlier (in Cosmo Black), but it's not there when I went back to check (sold out?).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
13. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 14, 2013, 19:16 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 19:13:
nin wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 14:12:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 13:24:
November 2013 sales data shows a worrying lack of momentum for the Wii U.

Fixed.

Yeah, hardly surprising. They're dead in the water. Amazon's video game best sellers of 2013? Not even in the top 100. More people have bought Dark Souls PC, Tomb Raider, SimCity, and 360 4 gig consoles that have bought WiiUs...

As a matter of fact, they're listed at 141, 764, 1293, and 361 in current sales positions.
Actually there's a good reason for that. Amazon.com proper does not sell Nintendo systems. As a result the only systems for sale are through 3rd party associates, all of whom charge above MSRP. In other words you'd have to be desperate (or dumb) to buy a WiiU from Amazon, as you're usually paying way too much for it.*

* That Mario system you linked at position 141 is Nintendo's $299 bundle, for example

Amazon does sell the 3DS directly, but not the Wii or WiiU.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
11. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 14, 2013, 18:41 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 12:37:
If Sprint purchased T-Mobile we'd have 2 major carriers and one screw-up. Sprint lost that race long ago.

Then again, this was the reason Sprint was so adamant about AT&T not being allowed to buy T-Mobile - even at the time it was pretty well-known that Sprint wanted to buy them themselves. But yeah, Sprint basically collapsed from the ranks of being equals of AT&T and Verizon mostly due to blatant mismanagement, poor utilization of resources, and atrocious customer service (then again, like the others are much better on the last point).

As far as the public utility argument - typically one of the major advantages of a regulated utility is stability. They do a reasonably good job at keeping things the way they are at a predictable price point (then again, that price point may be somewhat offset by taxpayer dollars in some cases, but that's another story). I'm not entirely sure the model works particularly well for an industry that is still developing at a rapid rate and where there aren't really such things as concrete 5-10-year deployment strategies. The public utility model has had a rocky track record in cable television in recent years due to a similar situation with cable broadband Internet, but that's basically just one part of the equation in that industry. With mobile telecom, the modern landscape is basically nothing like what it was when I got my first mobile phone, and that was just six years ago. I don't see how the usual public utility regulation process can be particularly effective in that sort of an environment (and if it was, it's possible we could see even higher rates for service as carriers would lobby for, and likely receive, large fee increases earmarked for "maintaining global competitiveness in the industry", which few regulators would likely have the temerity to oppose).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
6. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 14, 2013, 14:36 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 14:12:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 13:24:
November 2013 sales data shows a worrying lack of momentum for the Wii U.

Fixed.

Yeah, hardly surprising. They're dead in the water. Amazon's video game best sellers of 2013? Not even in the top 100. More people have bought Dark Souls PC, Tomb Raider, SimCity, and 360 4 gig consoles that have bought WiiUs...

As a matter of fact, they're listed at 141, 764, 1293, and 361 in current sales numbers.

Any WiiU sold by Amazon is sold through their affiliate network. Many are fulfilled by Amazon, but Amazon itself does not sell a single WiiU. Nintendo stopped selling the consoles to Amazon directly soon after launch when Amazon wanted to lower the price to move the consoles. Nintendo thought this was unfair to their other retail partners, and retaliated by refusing to sell any more consoles to Amazon.

(Then again, while they may have an interest in protecting their other retail partners, going out of your way to piss off one of the largest retailers in the country probably isn't a good way to go either, especially when they're actually trying to sell more of your product...)
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 13, 2013, 22:55 killer_roach
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 12:41:
Beamer wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 12:27:
I get why there's less content compared to the previous game. But the content wasn't great, and the presentation had to be the worst I've ever seen in a game.
You expect too much from a launch title.
Those PR videos looked good of this game but I am so glad I did not spend $500 on that Microsoft VCR to play it beta test it.
Maybe Forza 6 will be better, or maybe it will be a blank disc in a box and everything will be DLC

Exactly. Forza 2 on the 360 was pretty dire as well - driving mechanics felt like a PS1 Gran Turismo game, progression was abysmally slow, content was lacking, and it looked barely any better than Forza Motorsport on the Xbox.

The parallels between it and Forza 5 are eerie in some ways.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VIII
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY VIII Dec 6, 2013, 02:38 killer_roach
 
ShakaUVM wrote on Dec 6, 2013, 01:33:
I never played 8 (past the demo) because of how crappy the magic system was. Steal 100 of a spell to get it permanently? No thanks.

The magic booster might be enough to get me to buy, but - is that all of the spells? Or will you still need to endlessly steal for some of them? It's a deal breaker for me.

Not even close to all of the spells, and a lot of the ones you really want for junctions - Ultima, Tornado, Death, et cetera - aren't in the set.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Dec 5, 2013, 19:05 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 10:52:
killer_roach wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 22:47:
it's basically the Ferrari 250 GT California of Gran Turismo).

One of those sold for 5.5 million GBP two years ago. FIVE AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS.

Beyond that, in the Forza Motorsport games the car sells for 25,000,000 credits, typically about as much as the next three most expensive in-game cars combined. Haven't even bothered trying to figure out how much it would cost if you purchased the credits on the Marketplace to get the car, but it would be ludicrous as well, just like it is for the Jaguar in GT6.

...all for a car that is rare and valuable in real life, but is next to worthless in terms of actually racing in the game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Dec 4, 2013, 22:47 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 22:35:
You Can Spend $140 On One Car In Gran Turismo 6.

Well, they couldn't let Angry Birds beat them with that $100 microtransaction they have. Gran Turismo is a REAL game, after all.

Well, it's not one transaction - to spend $140 to get that one car, you have to make four separate transactions, two at $50 each and two at $20 each, to get the in-game credits needed for that one car. (Then again, the car in question is a 1966 Jaguar XJ13, something that most people wouldn't consider paying real money for due to the fact that it, while looking very cool, performs abysmally compared to the near entirety of its modern brethren - it's basically the Ferrari 250 GT California of Gran Turismo).

To be honest, it's a situation like that where a system similar to Forza's "car token" microtransactions would be ideal - that is, until Horizon started ramping up the number of tokens required to buy a car and 5 (apparently) took it to ludicrous heights.
 
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News Comments > 100 More Steam Greenlights
5. Re: 100 More Steam Greenlights Dec 4, 2013, 22:31 killer_roach
 
Ceribaen wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 22:06:
I'm really not understanding the point of the greenlight program at this point...
How many of these are actually ready even for an 'early access'?

Also, anyone know what the difference is to get on to Steam under normal circumstances vs getting on via Greenlight? Is there a lower cost of entry or something?

Typically going in under traditional consideration means utilizing a publisher that Steam already has an existing agreement with. Needless to say, that's a nonstarter for a lot of independent developers.

As far as how many of them are ready for an "early access" release or later, I think I counted thirteen games on that list that I have already on my Desura account, and if memory serves they're all considered to be out of beta (although, for instance, 99 Levels To Hell is still under semi-constant development).
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
7. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 1, 2013, 22:07 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 15:19:
Creston wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 14:43:
How exactly are you going to enforce a ban on 3D gun printing?

(While I certainly don't support the idea) Couldn't they ban sales of 3d printers to the state? I know OK has a stupid assed law where we can't have wine shipped to us (goddammit)...


Tell me about it (KY resident, same deal).

I joked with people that a ban on 3D printing is something you'd expect from a city run by a man named Nutter (seriously, Philly's mayor is named Michael Nutter).
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC "Far Superior" to Next-Gen
36. Re: Quoteworthy - NVIDIA: PC Nov 30, 2013, 21:08 killer_roach
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 20:48:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 14:15:
Steele Johnson wrote on Nov 30, 2013, 13:53:
Most homes don't even have a pc anymore.

Way to talk out of your ass there, Johnson. The US Census reported in 2011 (latest year data is available) that 75.6% of households have at least one personal computer. If you're purporting that more than 1/3 of those households have gotten rid of it in favor of a tablet or some junk within the past two years, I might have to ask what exactly it is that you're smoking...

That's bullsh!t. I don't need some crap census. I can easily look around for myself. Every family member, every friend I have, every co-worker has ditched pc in favor of some sort of phone/tablet as their main computer within the past few years. Are you really saying that people rather go sit at some desk somwhere to read their email/peruse the web when they can easily carry it in their pocket or have on their endtable and use it while lying down in bed or on the sofa? I appreciate your support for the pc , but you are way wrong. If that census is true then the people interviewed are talking about their old laptop/desktop that's collecting dust while they're carring around their main computer in their pocket.

The singular of "data" is not "anecdote".

Nor, for that matter, is it "generalization".
 
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News Comments > On Sale
25. Re: On Sale Nov 29, 2013, 20:07 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Nov 29, 2013, 15:53:
nin wrote on Nov 29, 2013, 13:24:

The funny part is devs and valve both have shown that, the higher the discount, the more copies sell. They continue to shoot themselves in the foot, sale after sale, while other games wrack hundreds of thousands of copies in extra sales...

To be clear, its not just more copies. If a 50% sale meant twice the copies sold it would be a wash in terms of revenue.
What happens is that 50% sale might mean 10 times the copies. $75% sale might mean 100 times the copies. And it doesn't cannibalize full price sales either. Valve has shown that full price games continue to sell at the same steady rate before and after a sale (and in fact the after sale sales actually end up getting a bump too).

(I'm sure you know and meant this, I'm just clarifying for anyone who doesn't)

Past a certain point in time discounted sales don't cannibalize full-price sales much. Do it too early and you might end up leaving money on the table for people who would have gladly paid more, but that rarely seems to be the case. (Then again, a "leave money on the table" strategy could work to a developer's advantage by then releasing a steady stream of post-launch content, some free, some paid.)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
8. Re: Sunday Consolidation Nov 24, 2013, 21:14 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 18:36:
Amazon MIGHT help you if they have stock.

Last I knew, Amazon is officially sold out, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some inventory being held in reserve for exchanges.
 
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News Comments > Next Car Game Kickstarter Axed; Preorder Sneak Peek Released
13. Re: Next Car Game Kickstarter Axed; Preorder Sneak Peek Released Nov 23, 2013, 23:12 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 23:09:
JaguarUSF wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 15:14:
There is some rabid interest in the game from a small group of people. The pre-orders started before it appeared in Kickstarter, and the game is coming out whether they got some arbitrary amount of money from Kickstarter or not, as it seems to be mostly finished from what's been posted by the developer. I think Kickstarter just provided a more visible way of getting pre-orders when compared to their website.

I pre-ordered the game before it went on Kickstarter, so I've been playing the tech demo. It's fun: very nice detailed deformation, decent arcade handling and physics. Check out my gameplay video. Personally, I'm really looking forward to the beta.

Yeah, but you could say that about any game in development. There will always be the group of hardcore fans who for the life of them can't figure out why people aren't signing over their first born for said game.

I'm interested in it, but I've got enough money tied to games that are still in the development pipeline that I'm not giving any more until some of that gets cleared up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 22, 2013, 22:53 killer_roach
 
Julio wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 21:29:
#1 solution is buy a PS4 and return that Xbox

Good luck with that. They're not exactly plentiful in the wild right now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
37. Re: Op Ed Nov 22, 2013, 18:08 killer_roach
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 17:22:
It does seem like Xbox One has the better exclusive launch titles. Forza is one that stands out.

If Forza is the standout title... (granted, the series has improved, Horizon excluded, but it's neither a great arcade racer nor a great sim)
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 18, 2013, 21:44 killer_roach
 
Taskeen wrote on Nov 18, 2013, 21:36:
I'm glad the TPP was leaked by whatever peeps on the inside. Thank you insiders for recognizing this heinous bill made by dickbags in secret.

I immediately get wary of any "trade agreement" that Venezuela is actually wanting to be a part of (they haven't been invited to sign on, but they want in on it). Their government is almost a flawless weathervane for indicating bad ideas.
 
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News Comments > No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals
7. Re: No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals Nov 18, 2013, 21:43 killer_roach
 
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2013, 21:30:
A PC racing game that won't support any of the platform's common peripherals. Aaaaaalrighty then! Rolleyes

Do they not want to sell any copies of this game on the PC at all?

Have you ever played a NFS game from Underground on on PC? This is nothing new - even without the FPS cap the games tend to run like ass, even on powerful hardware. They're some of the laziest port jobs I've ever seen.
 
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