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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Dec 28, 2013, 19:34 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 19:30:
Prez wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 19:01:
Contrary to what some have suggested I think this year's sale has been great. I've picked up lots of games for big discounts!

Yeah, I've seen some good deals. Better than previous sales...


It's been decent. My wallet's been largely safe, although I nearly got DmC when it was 75% off (but passed up on it because PSN+ users get it free next month), and almost got Assassin's Creed 3 (but passed in the hopes of getting the Deluxe Edition down to $10 before too long).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
5. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 28, 2013, 18:21 killer_roach
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 16:52:
Surprised to see GT5 on that list. Kinda seems like an underhanded way of forcing people into GT6.

GT5's multiplayer has been running for over three years now, and with GT6 out, the traffic on it has slowed to a trickle.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
20. Re: On Sale Dec 27, 2013, 23:07 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 18:04:
GetGames has a pretty nice 2-for-$15 deal going on today. Cheapest prices yet for some of the games you can choose (Bioshock Infinite, The Bureau and Shadow Warrior for $7.50 each).

http://www.getloadedgo.com/

Already had all but two of those games, but I'll pay $15 gladly for The Bureau and Speedball 2 HD.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 21, 2013, 19:25 killer_roach
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 18:30:
The Vita is a piece of junk. Buy a pad, far superior and a lot greater variety of games. Can't believe there are so many stupid people out there.

Far superior? The Vita has the same GPU as the iPad 4 and arguably still a better CPU than the iPad Air (although Apple has done quite a bit in terms of masking that by offloading tasks to the GPU and doing heavy optimizations on its Web browser). Smaller, lower-resolution display, sure, but one's a two-year-old piece of hardware that sells for $189 and the other starts at $399 (and lacks discrete input or removable, expandable storage).

Also, point out to me one iPad game on the level (in both scope or production value) of, say, Persona 4, Soul Sacrifice, or Dragon's Crown. You have a large, wide variety on the iPad... of largely shallow, disposable games.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Dec 21, 2013, 19:17 killer_roach
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 14:17:
Cutter wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 13:57:
Foolish protesters. According to people like Verno they deserve to be homeless and live in abject poverty and misery. Yay for social Darwinism! To hell with everyone and everything else!


I had given some thought to moving up to SF but it's around $1600 for a studio. Correction: $1600 for a small studio. If you're willing to live in the Tenderloin, i.e. the ghetto, you can get one for $1300 or so. I can see why longtime city residents who AREN'T white-collar professionals are feeling like their city is being taken away from them.

It's also one of the most-regulated property markets in the country. Lots of restrictions on what you can build, where you can build, and what you can do with it once it's built. As a result, you have a tightly restricted supply of residential properties and, due to the tech companies in the Bay Area, a lot of people looking to live there. Doesn't take a rocket scientist (or even an economist) to realize that will eventually spell disaster.

In the long run, they'll continue to experience a rent spiral, long-time residents continue to get squeezed out to the suburbs, and San Francisco becomes an increasingly exclusive place to live, to the point where if you're not making solid six figures, don't bother.

...on the bright side, they'll have their "local character" and "green spaces", which won't matter much when there's no chance in hell of affording access to them.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
29. Re: On Sale Dec 21, 2013, 11:53 killer_roach
 
durandal wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 07:21:
Speaking of DA2, has those DLCs (or Bioware points) ever goes to sale?
I want to have complete experience from ME2, but paying 5-6 times more for the DLCs for 3 years game feel ridiculous.

Bioware DLC basically never goes on sale. Annoys me to no end.
 
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News Comments > Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks
21. Re: Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks Dec 20, 2013, 20:16 killer_roach
 
Orogogus wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 19:46:
I think Brazilians pay a lot for video games for some reason, possibly extremely high import taxes.

Part is import duties, and part is that they are subject to a tax on "luxury goods", which is basically the Brazilian government's way of extracting money from anybody that actually has money.
 
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News Comments > Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks
18. Re: Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks Dec 20, 2013, 18:02 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:49:
The solution is to region-lock, and charge according to what people can afford. Everyone wins.

Except Australians.

Australian per-capita GDP is about 40% higher than the US. All things being equal, it means that prices could easily be 40% higher, and possibly more considering that games are, to some extent, a luxury good.

In terms of international trade, a lot of foreign goods will cost more in Australia because, while the Australian dollar is somewhat strong in terms of exchange, it's very weak compared to even the Euro and the Pound Sterling, much less the US or Canadian dollars, when it comes to purchasing power. (In other words, if you're doing business in Australia, you're likely best off not having offices there and just immediately convert your money to euros or dollars and get the hell out.)
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 18, 2013, 23:35 killer_roach
 
A51Abductee wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 22:42:
Cutter wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 20:44:
1 more sleep until the madness begins!

I got a slight head start and just picked up Shadow Warrior. Will rationalize it by calling it a "wallet warm-up."

I got Shadow Warrior a couple of days ago from a similar sale on the Humble Store - that way I got a DRM-free copy and a Steam key.
 
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News Comments > Pinball Arcade Season Three Pack
7. Re: Pinball Arcade Season Three Pack Dec 16, 2013, 23:04 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2013, 22:54:
There are a *lot* of fun and challenging tables in FX2 and only a handful of awful ones (looking at you, Avengers).

Don't get me started on the Avengers table. Please... don't. (Better yet, don't speak its name again.)

Still, there really aren't that many truly well-designed tables, although some are better than others. I think their biggest issue is the fact that they try to design so much of a visual "wow" factor into the tables that they result in a lot of wasted space or dead areas of the table...
 
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News Comments > Pinball Arcade Season Three Pack
5. Re: Pinball Arcade Season Three Pack Dec 16, 2013, 22:18 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2013, 21:52:
This game is awful, and so are the tables. FX2 may have a lot of crazy shit but it still feels 10x better than this.

Something still feels off with the physics on the PC version. From my experience, even the Android version plays better.

Then again, Pinball FX2... still not sure how I feel about it, but the PC version does play surprisingly well, even if their table design ranges anywhere from crap to even worse.
 
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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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