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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 26, 2014, 11:51 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 09:06:
Inspired by great games like The Banner Saga, FTL and XCOM.

Do those three actually have anything in common, combat-wise? "Our combat system was inspired by Zaxxon, Mario Kart and Farmville!"


Looks like they are taking the combat largely from XCOM, the management largely from FTL, and the game engine from The Banner Saga (Stoic has said they're supporting the project).
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 23, 2014, 20:49 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 23, 2014, 20:12:
Has KRZ put forth any new content at all? Or have they basically taken the money and run as well?

Act III came out in May, although new content hasn't exactly been quick to come out (we're now over a year and a half since the release of Act I).
 
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News Comments > Free Tropico 3
2. Re: Free Tropico 3 Sep 23, 2014, 00:16 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 21:11:
Thanks HB! Bought Banished, Monster Loves You, Outlast, and South Park this sale too.

My haul from this sale was South Park, AoW Shadow Magic, Castle of Illusion, and Our Darker Purpose. Not bad for about $30 all told.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Sep 20, 2014, 18:57 killer_roach
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 15:46:
Why the fuck does Amazon keep making Kindles anyway? Half the apps in the store don't even work properly on Kindles for whatever reason. You ever read app reviews? Most of the people complaining that it doesn't work are like "FIX UR FKN APP!!!!!!!!!1111111 IT DUZNT EVN WERK! -kindle fire"

Rarely had issues on my HDX, although yeah - there's a lot of apps anymore that will simply swamp the first-gen Kindle Fire as well as the 2012 Kindle Fire HD, which were pretty hopeless even when they launched, much less now. At the very least there should be some more guidance on that, although even the Fire 6 and Fire 7 models just released should be good on most content for some time.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce GPUs & Drivers
56. Re: New GeForce GPUs & Drivers Sep 19, 2014, 19:49 killer_roach
 
harlock wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 19:19:
LittleMe wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 19:07:
Just got two 970 oc's at MicroCenter! Eff yah The 680 lasted me two and a half years.

still on a 560ti.. im needing one of these now, but i want it to stretch another 2-3 years as well

Yeah, still on a 560Ti here as well, although the 970 is definitely making me consider an upgrade. Might wait a bit first, though.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce GPUs & Drivers
52. Re: New GeForce GTX 980 & 970 GPUs & Drivers Sep 19, 2014, 19:06 killer_roach
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 16:28:
Jamil20 wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 16:24:
So hard to decide if I should upgrade from a 770 to a 970. The performance increase is okay, but the TDP sweetens the deal. 230W->145W

If I were you, I'd wait until probably next year for the 20nm refresh. Hell, I've waited all this time with a 580, and it's definitely time, but a 770? You'll hardly notice.

More often than not Nvidia has launched new processes on smaller die GPUs. If we see, say, the 940 move to 20nm, then we can talk about a 980 on 20nm. Until then, I wouldn't be too worried.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
22. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 20:49 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 12:01:
Dipshits.

Amazon has every right to refuse to sell consumer goods in response to a pricing disagreement with a wholesaler. We all appreciate discounted razor blades and cheaper shoes. But books are not consumer goods.

"It's a fine tactic for every product, except ours! Ours has to be sold for way higher prices, because, well, it's ours!"


You hear a similar form of the same argument all the time for education and health care - basically you can't put a price tag on something that enriches the quality of your life in the way these services can, therefore you must pay us what we tell you we're worth.

...needless to say, it doesn't work very well there, either.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 15, 2014, 21:32 killer_roach
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 20:28:
“Now, if you have a Chromecast stick or a Roku box, you can. So why do we buy consoles? I mean, your phone will be powerful enough to power any game in two more generations. And, so, why buy a console? I think Microsoft actually knows that.”

That guy has got to be fucking kidding big time. Yup. A phone will render games as fast as a console in 1080p in two more generations. Totally gonna happen. Hey. Another couple generations and the phone is gonna swoosh by in the left lane and enable everyone to play at 4K@60Hz.

What a fucking n00b, man.

The GPU that is going to be used in the Nexus 9 tablet is actually about as powerful as what was used in the PS3 and Xbox 360, and has more RAM at its disposal. It's not unheard of that mobile devices will be capable of "good enough" console-quality gaming, even at 1080p, in the very near future. While I can't say that it will necessarily supplant console or PC gaming, to say that we will see mobile devices capable of console-quality gaming experiences is not only something that seems likely in short order, but may already be happening. Publishers are already putting those sorts of long-form game content in the tablet space - and it is something that the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have to at least acknowledge and be able to gameplan around.
 
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News Comments > AU Game Price Inflation
11. Re: AU Game Price Inflation Sep 12, 2014, 16:06 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 09:52:
Well the exchange rate between the US dollar and the AU dollar is like 1:1.1 so that cant be it....

In terms of nominal exchange rates, yes, but the ratio between purchasing power parity between the US dollar and the Australian dollar is closer to 1:2. What you're seeing is more than likely a combination of the influence of brick-and-mortar retailers trying to pressure publishers to make digital games price-equivalent to their physical counterparts (which have to deal with egregiously expensive shipping costs as well as some of the highest nominal wage rates for unskilled labor in the world) and an attempt to price to what the market will bear (after all, by adjusting for purchasing power and per-capita income it could be inferred that pretty much all AAA titles in Australia could theoretically cost in the ballpark of $115 AU if you were going by equivalency of affordability in America, and, if they were using Eurozone pricing as the model, likely considerably more than that).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 21:18 killer_roach
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 14:10:
That's just it. Women are NOT half the audience for most of the games people are discussing and arguing about with regards to sexism. They are likely less than 5%

I think you'd be surprised. I'm not saying it's even that close to 50%, but it's not unlikely that it's closer to 25-30% anymore.
 
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News Comments > Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Announced
9. Re: Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Announced Aug 29, 2014, 16:16 killer_roach
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 15:53:
Yeah I meant Freespace sorry

Doesn't Interplay still own the Freespace IP, though?
 
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News Comments > Amazon Buys Twitch
38. Re: Amazon Buys Twitch Aug 26, 2014, 22:22 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 23:34:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 21:37:
What would you even do with almost a billion dollars?

Well, half of that goes to the gubmint straight away.

Corporations are taxed on profit. As a result, Amazon doesn't pay much of anything in taxes.

Regarding their warehouses (in a subsequent comment of yours) - they actually lease them through a contracted builder rather than pay for their construction themselves. Allows them to spread out the cost over a near-indefinite period of time.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 26, 2014, 22:18 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 20:13:
I actually haven't ever had a data cap. I'm on Comcast now, too. Time Warner before, Cablevision and Fios before that.

Suppose I'm lucky.

I've only had a data cap once (AT&T U-Verse), and they never enforced it. (Probably because I was on their top speed tier, but regardless.)
 
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News Comments > Amazon Buys Twitch
23. Re: Amazon Buys Twitch Aug 25, 2014, 21:32 killer_roach
 
Gipson wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 19:38:
i'm also Amazon > Google
grats to Twitch.

From what I'm reading, the reason Amazon won out over Google was their interest in keeping Twitch as an autonomously-run entity. Twitch's leadership and headquarters stays just the way it is, and that likely won out over what plans Google had.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 23, 2014, 21:40 killer_roach
 
jimnms wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 22:19:
Creston wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 14:09:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 14:01:
MythBusters Stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara Are Leaving the Show.

So, I see that Adam and Jamie will return to become the sole hosts, but I wonder why? Just lower ratings so the show is trying to save money?

Most likely. It's been going on for a dozen or so years, so it's bound to eventually lose its charm.

They have also been annoying the living fuck out of a large amount of people by putting fucking goddamned TWEETS in the middle of the fucking screen during their episodes, because obviously we ALL want to see what @DipShitRetard thinks about mythbusters.

It annoyed me enough to the point where I was already thinking about not watching it any longer, and this is just the icing on the cake. Kari, Tory and Grant are far more entertaining to watch than Adam and Jamie. Without them, the show is just... blegh.

In the beginning it was just Adam and Jamie. I think Kari appeared briefly in one episode where they made a mold of her ass. Then Kari, that other chick and Tori came on as the build team. I remember when they changed the format of the show where Kari, Grant and Tori started doing myths on their own people were bitching and wanting it to go back to just Jamie and Adam. Now their gone and people are bitching to keep them.

I'm betting they're going to try and do some kind of spin-off show, but seeing the quality of shows Discovery lately, it's going to be good and get canceled or suck.

Grant has pretty much always been a bit of a freelancer - he'll probably pop up here and there (including possibly still on the show). Kari apparently has been doing some work for the Obama administration trying to promote STEM education for girls. Tory? No clue. He'll probably try to shop a show around, otherwise he'll probably go back to his art and design stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 18, 2014, 19:46 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 15:17:
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 12:18:
Apple tablets are terrible compared to the competition. They'd need to do a whole lot more (of either brainwashing, or actually improving their product) to make people want to buy them, especially at their extremely overinflated prices.

What makes you say they're terrible? I'm a Galtab owner, but we've got iPads at work, and they seem fine. My objection to Apple is with their walled garden, not their devices.

At those prices, it's basically an iPad for the price of a Kindle Fire HDX (a bit cheaper, actually - then again, the HDX goes on sale semi-frequently anymore). The mini at $199 is pretty solid - the only issue with it is the thermal throttling (same hardware as the Air, still dangerously thin).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 19:41 killer_roach
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 18:15:
Jivaro wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:30:
garrywong wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 16:23:
Wait wait wait, what? Witcher 3 is going to be on consoles? WTF? Oh man, dreams ruined... oh what compromises will I have to suffer because the game had to be made to run on consoles...

Huh? Witcher 2 was on Xbox 360 and PC. Did it somehow feel compromised to you? I thought it was better than the first game in just about every way. (the pc version, I never played the console version)

It was? What? How is that even possible?

Basically the X360 version was crippled in comparison to its PC counterpart - the geometry was reasonably detailed, but draw distance, shadows, shaders, and textures were all basically like Low on PC.
 
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News Comments > Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition Details
11. Re: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition Details Aug 16, 2014, 02:43 killer_roach
 
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 01:47:
killer_roach wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 01:22:
BitWraith wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 10:56:
I have all the other CEs. I have preordered this one. No need to break a trend now.

Honestly, it's a bit disappointing by the standards of Blizzard CEs, but if their art book is anything like their prior ones, it should be worth the asking price for the avid fan.

The Game, Music, Making of DVD, Art Book, Mouse Pad, Diablo 3 had a awesome flashdrive and holder that also gave you Diablo 1 and 2, Starcraft 2 had a awesome flashdrive with Starcraft 1 and expansion on it, not to mention all the digital goodies that can ONLY be gotten from the CE or Digital Deluxe version. Also Diablo 2 CE had the Diablo rules for using it with AD&D. AND before they had trial version of their games they also had friends codes as well.

Hell of alot more then what other CE's are offering these days, and priced cheaper.

Yeah, that's basically what I'm getting at. This one isn't to the level of a Diablo III or a Starcraft II CE, and most of the stuff is digital, but their pricing generally hasn't been too bad relative to the standard editions, and the price increase has usually been commensurate to what you're getting in the box.
 
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News Comments > Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition Details
9. Re: Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition Details Aug 16, 2014, 01:22 killer_roach
 
BitWraith wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 10:56:
I have all the other CEs. I have preordered this one. No need to break a trend now.

Honestly, it's a bit disappointing by the standards of Blizzard CEs, but if their art book is anything like their prior ones, it should be worth the asking price for the avid fan.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 15, 2014, 15:54 killer_roach
 
Verno wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 11:17:
They blew something like $400mil on that NFL deal just to have an app, that could have funded some pretty extravagant first party games. The efforts into Kinect probably had a similar cost with even worse results. They're all over the map, probably because at their core they are just not a gaming company.

Historically they've had problems incorporating new teams - hence the ultimate dismantling of Ensemble, the gutting of Lionhead and Rare to unrecognizable shells of their former selves, and the spinning-off of Bungie. (For that matter, even Kinect was a technology that they bought by acquiring the company that made it, then turned it over to the Devices team.) Probably only a matter of time before the principals behind Turn 10 leave to form their own studio, and the Playground guys are probably just happy to be drawing a paycheck again (seeing as most of them are former Bizarre devs). They aren't set up to do what Nintendo does with a handful of distinct development units and dedicated second parties, or what Sony does with a dozen or so studios spread out around the world. For whatever reason, Microsoft functions pretty much exclusively as a top-down enterprise, something that seems uniquely ill-suited for modern AAA game development (which typically resembles more of a loosely-organized horizontal consortium).
 
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