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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2015, 14:27 killer_roach
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 13:52:
It's easy to pull out of though - quit selling things below equilibrium and take the hit on # of units sold. They'd end up with fans who would pay full price. Then up-market those fans with cool merch and extras. I suspect that is more lucrative than selling to cheap people. After the buzz is gone, sell what's left cheap and immediately launch a new game.

So, basically, go back to the old model.

Basically what I've been saying for years - model pricing strategies based on a price discrimination strategy, using willingness to wait as an inverse proxy for willingness to pay. (Less willing to wait == more willing to pay.) If anything, I'd argue that games at launch might be (*dons flameproof suit*) too cheap - fans of a new Blizzard game or a new CoD game would likely pay $100 for them if they have to (and, with special editions, some do, with those editions usually constrained more by supply than demand). Not every game can sustain a top-tier price tag, but those that can are leaving money on the table with every copy they sell at launch. You can get money from the rest of the demand curve later, it's harder to get them to keep paying (see DLC uptake rates for anything other than multiplayer shooters).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2015, 13:28 killer_roach
 
walrus1 wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 12:47:
ldonyo wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 10:35:
Perhaps sales and bundles aren't the real problem. Perhaps the real problem is that some people in the video game industry believe they're entitled to $50+ for a copy of their new game, no matter how long it has been out or what platform(s) it is on. Add to that the cost of the inevitable DLC and/or expansion packs and that game's cost surges well past $100 before it's all said and done. Sorry, but without bundles, discounts, sales and GotY editions, I, and many others like me, would buy far fewer games.
Exactly! the problem is also the steady creep up of prices. Remember when you could get a new game for $40 and no additional DLC? Yeah its the greed of publishers/ devs that have gotten us to this point not sales.

The flip side of things, mind you, is that games in the SNES era were routinely $50-60 (adjusted for inflation, closer to $90 - even those $40 games of 15-20 years ago would be about $60 today), and, while bereft of DLC, were often able to be beaten in a couple hours or less. A full-scale game of that variety, even if it had modern production values, would likely be a $15-20 release on XBLA or PSN today.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 22, 2015, 12:14 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 11:34:
Wow is that girl ever greedy. Would you go and buy a car without a test drive? A house with inspecting it? This whole model of 'work once get paid forever' is so broken.

She's simply getting the best deal she can for her work. She's proven lots of people will pay non-trivial sums of money for her music, so she's in an almost uniquely privileged position in being able to dictate price terms on her music.

On the whole, however, music, like most other forms of media, is a form of monopolistic competition. You're the only one who has rights over what you do, but there's ten million other sources out there who do pretty much the same thing you do. Unless you're at the top of the heap, you have to be creative in how you make your art into your career.

(Mind you, her pressure play ends up being good for anyone who has their music on Apple Music, but the fact remains that most anyone other than the big boys is likely to get not much more than beer money from the service. That being said, the artist who can figure out how to use these streaming services as a marketing platform has the opportunity to become fabulously wealthy, I just don't know how that would work quite yet.)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 20, 2015, 16:31 killer_roach
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 20, 2015, 14:07:
If AMD splits can we just call their graphics arm ATI again?

ATI has about a third of the market for graphics cards as far as PCs go. They can probably make it. I don't know about AMD CPUs though. Maybe they want to shed that division so that it's attractive for some big buyer (who isn't Intel) to add to a patent portfolio. I could see that happening.


My guess is they're wanting to sell the CPU business to Nvidia, but they can't sell the company as a whole for obvious antitrust reasons.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale May 25, 2015, 16:37 killer_roach
 
Acleacius wrote on May 25, 2015, 14:00:
Is it just me or has Steam down or been hacked? I can't do any game searches or see any pictures on the front page either. Current time 1pm cst.

Edit: Weird, starting to come back slowly? I can see a few pictures and video now. Still a lot missing.

Only issues I've been having are with the community pages, which are still completely inaccessible to me. The rest I can see just fine.
 
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News Comments > Desura Explains Missed Payments
12. Re: Desura Explains Missed Payments May 23, 2015, 19:34 killer_roach
 
It's the same as missing payroll. You miss payroll, your business is pretty well f**ked.  
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News Comments > Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released
8. Re: Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released May 21, 2015, 15:38 killer_roach
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 21, 2015, 14:43:
Yeah but how does it run on a non-SLI system? Last I heard a few weeks ago, it wasn't looking too good. Did they get multiplayer in yet?

No SLI here, just a single 970, performance seems pretty good.

Stability, on the other hand... not so much.
 
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News Comments > Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released
5. Re: Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released May 21, 2015, 14:43 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on May 21, 2015, 13:40:
Parias wrote on May 21, 2015, 13:30:
Hell yes! I loved Carmageddon 1 / 2 so much back in the day.

I heard the prior beta versions had some performance problems though -- have they fixed them yet?


I tried it again a few months ago and it was still severely piggish. I don't have very high expectations...


Last beta build I ran was pretty smooth, although I just got a 970.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed May 16, 2015, 09:56 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 15, 2015, 18:21:
NKD wrote on May 15, 2015, 14:03:
While younger employees may not have a monopoly on those things, they sure do have most of them, and accept a lower salary offer as well. It's hard to criticize employers for preferring younger employees who have everything to prove and haven't become complacent or cynical.

And lower medical costs. It is what it is, its the system we love. Good news... everyone (general) will be old. So we'll all have our day.

Get old, use your experience, become a consultant and make more with less time.

Back to medical costs, I'd like to see gov't health, take it away from companies, it's a large burden for them and they do make decisions based on that. And in a lot of cases it's going up fast for less service.

Only reason we have employer-based health care is because the government gave employers special tax treatment to money they spend on health care. As a result, they overspend on that benefit, and spend poorly on it to boot (after all, they just do a generalized approach - they don't know, or care, what you want specifically out of health care).

(My employer gave me an annual benefits statement that said they spent more on my health, life, and disability insurance coverages than they spent on my salary last year. Seriously, couldn't I just get that in cash?)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Evening Metaverse May 9, 2015, 18:34 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 9, 2015, 17:37:
Beamer wrote on May 9, 2015, 12:53:
Seattle was definitely getting more expensive, and so many of the new buildings going up in Belltown were crap, but it's got a really, really long way to go before it's even remotely close to NYC.

Doesn't NYC have laws that have to have so many affordable houses? Not the typical, for the really poor. But for middle class. I thought they had something so middle class can live in the city and still get the basic jobs done.

There are rent-controlled apartments, but good luck finding one that's available. They simply never hit the market in any formal sense, as anyone who gets them will do their best to hang onto them for as long as possible for obvious reasons (including subleasing them if they're out of the area, even if that's often in violation of the terms of said properties).
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse May 9, 2015, 14:28 killer_roach
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 9, 2015, 11:47:
killer_roach wrote on May 9, 2015, 11:21:
HorrorScope wrote on May 9, 2015, 10:52:
killer_roach wrote on May 9, 2015, 10:48:
Ultimately, both the people AND the businesses matter. Without the former, the city withers - without the latter it either hollows out or becomes an irrational plaything for those too wealthy to have concerns with money.

True. Seattle is a meca to now, I'm sure prices were already high, they are going higher, it's going to be an LA/NY/Chi/SF if it isn't already.

I've been doing some research out there (actually have been looking into jobs with Amazon's corporate headquarters), and from what I've seen of apartments there they're probably pretty close to Chicago territory for cost, although not to the level of NYC, DC, or SF. (LA is just too all over the place to make a good determination on, although the places people want to live tend to cost pretty similarly to DC.)

650sq ft studio for $2300/mo isn't enough for you?

I was still able to find two bedroom apartments within walking distance of Amazon's headquarters that were in the $1700-1800 a month range. It's steep, but not that crazy considering what the income level associated with the employers in the area is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse May 9, 2015, 11:21 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 9, 2015, 10:52:
killer_roach wrote on May 9, 2015, 10:48:
Ultimately, both the people AND the businesses matter. Without the former, the city withers - without the latter it either hollows out or becomes an irrational plaything for those too wealthy to have concerns with money.

True. Seattle is a meca to now, I'm sure prices were already high, they are going higher, it's going to be an LA/NY/Chi/SF if it isn't already.

I've been doing some research out there (actually have been looking into jobs with Amazon's corporate headquarters), and from what I've seen of apartments there they're probably pretty close to Chicago territory for cost, although not to the level of NYC, DC, or SF. (LA is just too all over the place to make a good determination on, although the places people want to live tend to cost pretty similarly to DC.)
 
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News Comments > Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming
37. Re: Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming May 9, 2015, 10:58 killer_roach
 
Timmeh wrote on May 9, 2015, 10:14:
read through the tweets and the responses from roy who worked at NVidia for 12 years. He cant come out and say it, but I guarantee you I am basically right.

This is all part of Nvidias underhanded bullshit they always do. Slimiest company of all time.. well next to EA.

As opposed to AMD, whose drivers routinely break compatibility with wide swaths of software, whose roadmap is now closer to Intel's than their stated main competition, who despite this refuses to cede the price points associated with bleeding-edge hardware...

Simply put, as somebody who has liked AMD for years, they're circling the drain. When the software works well on consoles with AMD hardware but not on PCs with AMD hardware, the culprit should be blindingly obvious. And yet the apologists somehow think Nvidia is responsible for AMD releasing shockingly bad drivers for the better part of twenty years.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse May 9, 2015, 10:48 killer_roach
 
Jaxx wrote on May 9, 2015, 06:46:
The people having to pay the price for this are those of lower incomes. There have been multiple instances of fixed income apartment buildings being sold and remodeled. This forces ALL the tenants out and of course are told they can have their apt back, for three times the rent they were paying.

And lastly, politically we are a cesspool. What the citizens want, doesn't matter. The businesses are what matter for the most part. because they want more room, they tear down historical sections of town and reduce the amount of parking. They push for more public transportation, but push the bill on the tax payers.

It honestly sucks to see this city beautiful going the way it is.

Hate to say it, but the other options are either a) make the city so unappealing that nobody wants to live there (Detroit) or b) accede to what you're saying and basically turn the city into a giant gated community - anybody living in there currently can probably continue doing so at their level of income, but anybody moving to the area will face stratospheric property prices (San Francisco).

Ultimately, both the people AND the businesses matter. Without the former, the city withers - without the latter it either hollows out or becomes an irrational plaything for those too wealthy to have concerns with money.
 
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News Comments > Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming
10. Re: Project CARS Livery Pack Released; AMD Optimizations Coming May 8, 2015, 11:10 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 8, 2015, 11:03:
Right, but if you are developing your game, one has to assume they have ATI and NVidia test systems. You install the latest released drivers while developing. You get your application to run optimally on that, there is no reason for a new driver for your game, you can look at any released game to see "the drivers do work" so if you are having issue, research and learn as you develop, that seems to be part of the Dev's duties to me.

Sounds easy enough, but trying to develop for a particular set of video drivers is like hitting a moving target - it's not unusual for AMD updates to break compatibility with existing software until it's fixed later.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute
14. Re: The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute May 6, 2015, 23:10 killer_roach
 
Overon wrote on May 6, 2015, 22:54:
According to GMG statement, CD Projekt Red did not make an agreement with GMG about reselling Witcher 3. And they were not happy about that, they said that CD Projekt Red focused on GOG selling instead and didn't make GMG an approved reseller. GMG in their statement also said that they got the keys from CD Projekt approved resellers.

Here is my speculation: GMG got mad that they weren't allowed to be an approved reseller, so they bought keys from official approved resellers and are selling them at no profit or little profit (basically wholesale prices) to purposefully undercut the approved CD Projekt resellers.

They are sending a message that says "This is what happens when you don't allow us to be approved resellers, we undercut your price (even though we get little to no profit) and make you look bad, so next time you come to an agreement and let us officially be your selling partner instead of shutting us out." It's a hell of a way to do it. Companies don't like it when there is variability in the price of their item. It pisses off their approved resellers who do not want to be involved in a price war.

What do you guys think about the likelihood of my speculation?

Very likely, but rights holders usually respond badly to that. Case in point, Nintendo getting mad at Amazon selling their hardware below MSRP. Long story short, Nintendo still refuses to distribute hardware to Amazon to sell - it's all third parties doing so, and often at non-trivial markups over MSRP.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 2, 2015, 15:45 killer_roach
 
Keilun wrote on May 2, 2015, 13:04:
Axis wrote on May 2, 2015, 11:59:
Prices haven't changed for me for the last 15 years. I build a high end system for $800-$1000 every 4-5 years, biding my time on deals and pcpartpicker till I get what I want for the price I want.

Everyone else probably if they aren't thoughtful about expensive purchases.

The article's reasoning for predicting a price increase is due to currency fluctuations (those economies that are weak to the US dollar). I don't see how that's exactly specific to PC prices though. In Canada, I've already felt the effect of the weakening CAD against the USD for other goods.

Really all depends on Fed policy - if they decide to raise interest rates, that should strengthen the dollar and make a lot of import purchases considerably cheaper. Right now, with most monetary policy observers thinking the Fed will keep a zero rate policy through 2015, the dollar should slide against international currencies barring any nasty surprises overseas (China's economy bottoming out, a Grexit, major natural disaster in SE Asia, etc.).
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Microsoft Health and Band Updates Bring New Cycling App Integrations, Insights and Features. Apr 24, 2015, 17:56 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 16:48:
Fion wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 12:38:
I may have the 2nd worse cable company in the US as my broadband provider, but at least it isn't going to combine with the 1st.

I'm so glad the FCC is standing up to this shit these days. Now if only we could get the government to break these non-competing companies up or force competition onto them in some way. The new 25 down/5 up min for 'cable' is nice to see but frankly that's still WAY behind what the rest of the world offers, for 1/3rd the price-tag.
The Justice Dept too. I think that was the straw that broke the Comcast's back.

Both of you are wrong. It's really the Federal Trade Commission on this one - Justice would come in largely to mop up any antitrust issues, and the FCC was looking more like they had come to an understanding with Comcast, but the FTC had a lot of conditions that they were putting on the whole thing.

Right now, as a TWC customer and moving to another area served by TWC, I can't imagine anyone being that much worse, even considering Comcast's reputation.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 18, 2015, 12:46 killer_roach
 
rocketpcguy wrote on Apr 18, 2015, 12:02:
but many people i know just install steam and play free to play games. does that mean they would not be able to play anymore unless they buy a game? then the move looks more like for financial reasons than fighting spammers.

They can still play, they just can't use community features such as adding friends, trading games/items, or putting their creations up on Steam Workshop.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 14, 2015, 21:18 killer_roach
 
ShakaUVM wrote on Apr 14, 2015, 20:47:
Wow: "Right-Wing Trolls Hijack SciFi Oscars."

Linking to Arthur Chu, who called a black woman "a shield" is really not the right person to quote to summarize the drama going on here. He's one of the very worst people in the whole debate.

The people nominated are across the political spectrum.

Science fiction has had an ideology issue ever since Asimov's spiteful attitude toward Heinlein. Ever since most of the genre's standard-bearers have been pretty staunchly to the political left - even, until very recently, Orson Scott Card, who is now regarded somewhere between persona non grata and an apostate of the highest order.
 
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