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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 23, 2015, 15:34 killer_roach
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 14:19:
Still say they need to reduce the price of PS Now. It looks like a great service (and one I would use) but that's some hard coin to justify.

The subscriptions are getting there, though - the selection is still a bit limited, but not too terribly bad. I've considered the idea of picking up a one-month sub, taking some vacation time from work, and just binge on games, although I think I'd probably drive myself mad in the process.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2015, 02:36 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 17:53:
Changing the grass affects both teams, but from what I've been reading, it almost seems both offenses in an NFL game use separate sets of game balls?

True, although certain circumstances could advantage one team more than another, either by acclimation to that environment or by wiping out a natural advantage another team has (living in Cleveland about a decade ago, it was pretty common to see the Jacobs Field groundskeeping crew pretty much soak the infield dirt before a game against the Royals or the Twins, knowing full well that those were teams that tended to steal a lot of bases - turning the basepaths to mud would make playing small ball nigh on impossible).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 22, 2015, 16:37 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 14:04:
The NFL organization is a bad joke. Their pretense of having some sort of moral code of conduct would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. How many times does Cheaterchick get to cheat and get away with it? How many of the criminals in the league get to be criminals and get away with it? Pay a fine and off you go. That's the message they're sending. Lie, cheat, steal, do drugs, beat your wife, kill people, etc. and it's not only ok, you get rewarded for it.

I'm still having a hard time figuring out why this is cause for such alarm. Baseball teams doing all manner of ungodly things to the infield dirt or outfield grass in order to affect running and/or ball movement across those surfaces is just thought of as part of the game and a legitimate use of home field advantage. But take a bit of air out of a damn football and suddenly it's like Snidely Whiplash levels of skullduggery.

Exit question: Are baseball fans that much more accustomed to underhanded tactics, or are football fans that much thinner-skinned?
 
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News Comments > Aliens Games Back on Steam
16. Re: Aliens Games Back on Steam Jan 9, 2015, 01:33 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 02:45:
|RaptoR| wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 19:57:
I enjoyed the hell out of A:CM. More than got my moneys worth. Not sure what made that game so cool to hate outside of the E3 video, but it was a solid title with good gameplay and fun multiplayer.

To each his own I suppose

Wow really? Have you played any of the AvP games?


I only paid $4.99 for A:CM and the Season Pass. I say I got my money's worth out of it.

Much more than that? Probably not, but I thought it was worth what I paid at least.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
17. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 9, 2015, 01:29 killer_roach
 
Slick wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 19:19:
don't buy a 4k screen. it's pathetic, there's no content. by the time they get off their asses and decide to push 4k content out the door, 16k will be the new big thing.

You think it'll take that long? I think 4K is on the horizon, mostly because content providers attempt to appease the consumer electronics side from trying to push further ahead to 8K.

8K is, for the foreseeable future, a bit of a hard limit in terms of content - that's basically what digital projection in theaters is at the moment, and while old film technology could theoretically be digitized to greater resolutions, the states of archived prints are such that 8K is close to a limit in terms of what can be extracted from them (the practical effective resolution of Kodachrome is less than 16K, and the number of movies that had IMAX film prints is pretty limited). If they can't really do anything with the older content, marketing those higher resolutions is exceptionally difficult. (Even 8K is difficult as many films, when they did digital remasters from film sources in the DVD/Blu-Ray era, were only scanned in at 4K.)
 
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News Comments > Game Set Between Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Planned
6. Re: Game Set Between Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Planned Jan 9, 2015, 01:22 killer_roach
 
NetHead wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 22:26:
with something like Baldur's Gate 3 if it isn't really good, by BG standards no less, it will be the death of the IP's future.

The IP is owned by Interplay. Its future is grim as it is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 29, 2014, 18:44 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 17:35:
Fascinating. I wonder what it averages out to for all movies over the course of a year, since the average will be different for each movie depending on longevity? I guess that % is probably a theater business secret.

The average percentage cut that the distributor takes of the domestic gross, from what I know of back-of-the-envelope industry math, is about 55%, although that's been a bit lower in recent years. (Overseas tends to be better for the studios, though.)
 
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Metaverse
2. Re: Christmas Eve Metaverse Dec 24, 2014, 12:46 killer_roach
 
Julio wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 11:37:
I'm thinking Apple doesn't want to rule out the possibility of future NK factories? I would think slave labor is cheapest there.

I'm guessing Apple was upset that it not only wouldn't be exclusive to them, but two different Google services (YouTube and Google Play) would be offering rentals and purchases of the movie.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 24, 2014, 12:43 killer_roach
 
robdot wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 12:32:
Destiny was number two as best game....

Reverse order. It was #19.

Their #1 was Dragon Age Inquisition... still haven't gotten a chance to play that one. From what I've heard, though, it isn't that crazy to put it up there.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 23, 2014, 19:44 killer_roach
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 23, 2014, 19:26:
End of year sale on Origin. Save up to 95% (Battlefield 3 for $0.99).

Finally a BF game that is selling at the correct price point....

Only reason I have BF3 is that Origin gave it to me for free with Mass Effect 3, so yes, they could possibly still beat that mark.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 17, 2014, 22:14 killer_roach
 
NetHead wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 21:50:
killer_roach wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 19:59:
Apparently Purch owns Tom's Hardware...

...so far, not exactly making me hopeful.

I saw that too. Used to read THG like a madman. Especially enjoyed when they pulled the HSF off CPUs while running, at the time AMD had a problem in that their CPUs wouldn't shut down and started melting, burning and puffing out smoke. Also remember using pencils and superglue to overclock.

Used to be an awesome site.


Yeah, that's pretty much when I was reading THG as well. Them and Ars Technica both were great sites back in the day... what the hell happened?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 17, 2014, 19:59 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 19:05:
Interesting that this comes so soon after Anand's retirement. Love Anandtech. I've been a reader since the 90s when I used to print out reviews and read them on the bus to work. Never heard of Purch, but I hope Anandtech continues to be one of the leading hardware sites on the web.

Apparently Purch owns Tom's Hardware and Live Science.

...so far, not exactly making me hopeful.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
7. Re: Steamship Ahoy - FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 Dec 13, 2014, 02:30 killer_roach
 
Linksil wrote on Dec 13, 2014, 01:22:
Creston wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 21:57:
I may just pick up both FFXIII and XIII-2 on the PC when they're on sale, and play them on PC then. My PS3 is getting pretty long in the tooth.

Thanks all.

They are suppose to be patching in the graphics(res) options into the FF13 port sometime sooner then latter. I've already played through them on ps3... but both games were enjoyable enough that when it drops to a 5-10$ range it won't be a hard choice to pick up.

I haven't gone back to it yet, but it appeared as though the graphic options were recently patched into FFXIII.
 
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News Comments > Street Fighter V Confirmed
14. Re: Street Fighter V Confirmed Dec 8, 2014, 22:37 killer_roach
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 22:14:
Jivaro wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:10:
Theo wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:44:
The cool thing about this is that PC and Ps4 Players are getting cross platform play - thats awsome - especially as the PC skill levels (on 4) dont seem to be as advanced as the console users.


I wonder if that is why there isn't a XBONE/XBOX 360 version coming....MS wouldn't authorize cross-platform.

Part of Microsoft's agreement for developers on Live is that they not have cross platform play with competing platforms. Hell Microsoft made both windows and the xbox and there was never even one cross-platform title. Microsoft has been it's own enemy for a long time and now Sony and Capcom are going to show them how proper cross platform gameplay is done and why it's not bad to have a more unified playerbase/community.

The Xbox 360 Shadowrun game had cross-platform play with PC, although a) it required PC gamers to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription and b) it crippled mouse aiming to the point where console players had an advantage.
 
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News Comments > Street Fighter V Confirmed
11. Re: Street Fighter V Confirmed Dec 8, 2014, 20:11 killer_roach
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 18:37:
I just find it to be the ultimate in stupidity for any studio to restrict a title to one console. There is no way Sony can pay them enough to replace revenues they could get from other consoles.


I think the idea from Capcom's end is to push cross-platform so that, in the long run, they can get their hardcore fans to buy the game twice - once for consoles (as most sponsored tournaments will still likely be running on consoles due to ease of setup and likely sponsorship from Capcom and Sony) and once for PC (where they can go deeper into customizing their experience up to and including optimizing their settings to provide a more stable online experience).
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
33. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 22:36 killer_roach
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:22:
Blackhawk wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:02:

Anachronox would be nice. Wizardry would be nice.

Yes, even though I'll take a updated Wiz 8 over Anac.

I'll gladly take either - I'm a huge fan of Anachronox, but Wizardry would be absolutely insane to see resurrected. Possibly even more so than Wasteland was.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 14:47 killer_roach
 
jimnms wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 14:10:
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:33:
Doesn't licensing eat up all of that money? I think that streaming music is a great way for fans to find new bands and artists - I spend a lot of time shopping for mp3's and in a great many user reviews that I read a recurring theme is "I heard this band on Rhapsody/Pandora/Spotify/etc and came here immediately to buy the album..." It's hard to put a dollar value on that. Granted Taylor Swift doesn't need that kind of exposure, so it holds little value for her, but for hard rock and metal bands that get virtually no radio play it is great exposure. I found my new favorite metal band, Allegaeon that way. Most exciting metal band in years.

That's how I use Pandora/Spotify. I like how you can plug in artist you like and it will play random tracks from things you already like, like a personal radio station, and mix in similar artists. I've found lots of new music that I never would have found any other way. I still purchase digital albums so I can put them on my music player to listen to in the car, gym, etc.

Pretty much. If you're at the top of the heap, these streaming services really don't do much for you. You can get large numbers of people to pay you good money for your product, so to do anything less is simply leaving money on the table. For those who aren't platinum-selling artists (which, in 2014, is anyone not named Taylor Swift, actually), you want to get as many people as possible listening to your songs in the hopes that further down the road they'll buy your CD, or, in lieu of that, a T-shirt or a concert ticket (which, considering typical royalty payouts, might be better for the average published artist than the CD would be).
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Titles Return to Steam
18. Re: Ubisoft Titles Return to Steam Nov 7, 2014, 22:17 killer_roach
 
Slick wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 21:21:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 21:17:
Holy fucking shitballs. I knew it was going to happen. $70 fucking dollars in Canada for it, welcome to '99/2000 all over again. $59 on GMG. Yep...

it's been like this for about a year now on consoles. CANADA! the only place to actually RAISE the price of the PS4 by $50. guess their metrics told them that canadians would just pay it anyways without much fuss. it's criminal that i can't change my PSN account to AMERICA even though i'm fucking living there now. just thank your lucky stars you're not living in Australia, or it'd be about $90 i'm told.

that being said, there's always ways around it xD

Considering the exchange rates, it's more surprising they haven't dropped the price in the US and held the Canadian price steady. The yen is dropping like a stone, although falling faster against the greenback than the loonie.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
4. Re: Saturday Consolidation Nov 1, 2014, 18:01 killer_roach
 
JediPunisher wrote on Nov 1, 2014, 15:00:
Microsoft could be working on a cheaper, slimmer Xbox One.

Who gives a crap how slim and trim it is? We're not going to be carrying it around with us.
What we really want is a big thick more powerful XBone capable of 1080p/60fps.

When the PS4 is a fraction of the size and still is more powerful, then I'm thinking that Microsoft needs more help than some new silicon lithography.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 14, 2014, 00:35 killer_roach
 
NKD wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 15:09:
One day companies will learn that embracing fan projects, not threatening to sue them, is the way to go. Especially for IPs that you've let sit idle.

True.

That being said... Interplay. </reply>
 
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