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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 > Rogue Shooter Demo
10. Re: Rogue Shooter Demo Apr 27, 2014, 22:46 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Apr 27, 2014, 22:12:
Fion wrote on Apr 27, 2014, 15:18:
Roguelikes are usually RPGs with procedurally generated levels and permadeath. The goal being get as far as you can/get as high a score as you can before you die and have to start over. Often they include lots of different techniques or powers to try out to see what combination works best.

They are called Roguelike because the idea was started with a game in the 80's called Rogue.

A roguelike shooter 'could' work, but the shooting would have to be super solid to not feel cheated in some deaths.
One of my favorite additions to the genre is from rogue legacy, where you can add powers over time, so even if you fail, you likely advanced an overall structure.
Anyone know of other games like that? Where there's like a meta structure outside of each attempt that you can affect? Sorta like an overall leveling scheme?

A few of the Japanese roguelikes have something like that, one of the more notable ones in that regard is Z.H.P. on the PSP. The same developers also did The Guided Fate Paradox on the PS3, which works similarly.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 26, 2014, 17:23 killer_roach
 
Amazon testing private delivery is nothing new - beyond the modernized systems they were testing in the UK, they also have contracted with private courier systems in developing markets like India.  
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News Comments > Devolver Not Drawing Blood
3. Re: Devolver Not Drawing Blood Apr 26, 2014, 00:49 killer_roach
 
El Pit wrote on Apr 26, 2014, 00:45:
"Not happening."
"Too expensive."

Too bad.

Really a shame, since the current holder of the IP a) seems to have no interest in doing anything with it and b) are profoundly incapable of doing anything with it even if they wanted to.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Apr 25, 2014, 18:39 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 25, 2014, 14:50:
France is the “second most important producer of video games in the world,” says French government…

I'd probably put Sweden above France. Also, the UK used to be great, but has fallen a bit by the wayside.

I wouldn't even say France is the most important French-speaking producer of video games in the world...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 24, 2014, 21:21 killer_roach
 
avianflu wrote on Apr 24, 2014, 15:13:
odd unless perhaps there is a concern with ROM use.

Seems like they've just disabled the ability to download non-officially-supported legacy titles from the Download List on the Vita. Last I knew, you could still copy them from the PS3 to the Vita, and the ones that are downloadable off of the Vita's PSN Store app still work.

What I'm thinking it is is merely Sony trying to minimize the possibility of people running unsupported PSP/PS1 games and somehow resulted in software issues, but it does seem a bit odd, especially since they're supposed to officially announce all PSP/PS1 classic titles available on PSN will be compatible with the Vita pretty soon.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 23, 2014, 19:39 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Apr 23, 2014, 18:54:
I'll be curious if The Sopranos is in HD, as they only released a few of the seasons on disc that way.

Was just about time to go through it again anyway!


No clue, but it is entirely possible. Remember that Amazon and Netflix (even before picking up exclusive rights to the show) had the first three seasons of Arrested Development in HD even though they were never released on a high-definition optical format (and, as far as I know, still have not).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Apr 19, 2014, 22:51 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2014, 20:00:
And that's why it should be nationalized. Phones/Internet are essential to our way of life now. It's one thing the Middle-East has right. All this sort of stuff, gas, etc. are all nationalized and super fucking cheap for everyone. We pay through the nose and get shitty deals and service. So all those privatization freaks always complaining about government and how private industry does everything better and cheaper can go fuck themselves.

They're only super-cheap because those countries have massive publicly-owned mineral wealth per capita, and the rulers of those countries spend said money in search of buying support both at home (subsidies to phone service and gas, welfare programs) and abroad (public works projects, alternative energy installations). They aren't operated to be for-profit, or even non-profit. They're explicitly money pits, something that would be almost impossible to wrangle with American political economy. You basically either need an autocrat (monarch, dictator, military junta, etc.) or an extraordinarily wealthy social democracy (Norway, Liechtenstein) to pull off such a system for much beyond the short term.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
4. Re: Saturday Mobilization Apr 19, 2014, 19:27 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Apr 19, 2014, 14:06:
He regrets it until he receives his next donation. The ass.

The funny thing is that the rules for most FCC spectrum auctions are set up to allow multiple companies to purchase spectrum in any given block... the problem is that it usually results in the biggest carriers getting their maximum allotment throughout the available spectrum in all areas while smaller parties are left to compete for regional markets and often on only a couple of frequency blocks each. Additionally, the larger carriers have the technical expertise to manage spectrum all over the range, while smaller companies have to make do with select groups of frequency so their limited resources can go further.

Ultimately, there have to be ways to address spectrum issues, possibly even letting carriers have a near-monopoly over a swath of frequency in exchange for keeping out of other blocks. Unfortunately, that seems like too much common sense. (Even possibly allowing spectrum swaps so long as it helps unify the spectrum of the smaller party would have merit...)
 
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News Comments > PC Final Fantasy III Revealed
14. Re: PC Final Fantasy III Revealed Apr 18, 2014, 15:44 killer_roach
 
Fantaz wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 13:58:
mch wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 12:47:
Yeah unfortunately this is probably FF3 (Japanese) and not FF6j/FF3US



edit: and yes, after my lazy ass finally clicked the link to the Wiki, definitely FF3j.

that sucks

Best of the NES FF games, and if the remake is based off of the NDS/iOS version, it should look halfway decent (in a sorta-indieish way - it's low-polygon models, but they're clean and textured decently).
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Apr 14, 2014, 23:16 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 23:04:
Pretty good sales going on over at GMG. Rivals the best Steam sales.

Rivals? GMG usually pretty well stomps Steam sales.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
9. Re: Sunday Mobilization Apr 14, 2014, 19:43 killer_roach
 
John wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 08:12:
ForgedReality wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 21:54:
Shame nobody but Sprint offers unlimited plans though.
I believe T-Mobile has an unlimited plan. But one reason Sprint offers it is because no one can get much data from them anyways with the bad signal!

I have an unlimited plan with T-Mobile - reasonably nice, even if the LTE speeds kinda suck here (about 14Mbit where I live, about 17Mbit downtown).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 22:41 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 22:24:
I was under the impression they (xbone) were readily available, although I admit I've not surveyed the local targets and the like. But every time I've checked ebgames or amazon, they're always in stock.

Looking online right now, I see them available at EB, amazon, target, bestbuy, and new egg.


Well, I'm just observing what I'm seeing at work. New shipments of PS4s seem to come in pretty frequently anymore - haven't seen much of the Xbox One in a while, although they're still in the warehouse somewhere.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 21:40 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 18:36:
killer_roach wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 18:19:
The XB1, on the other hand... not so much, and it's not because they're selling out so fast. There's just no supply.


Whaaaaa?


They're just not showing up in stock very often. New shipments of PS4s are becoming more and more frequent. The XB1 not only isn't selling fantastically well, but retailers aren't really getting all that many more in.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 20:25 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 18:25:
Not sure what to make of Harmonix. One says yes, one says no.


The Harmonix dev saying "no" right now used to be one of the principal devs on the Rock Band franchise, particularly on 2 and 3.

...wonder if he's being left in the dark because they're having somebody else take the project lead on it...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 18:19 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 18:01:
When I go to the PS4 page on Amazon I get a PS4.
When I go to the Xbone page I get, right above it, an image of the PS4 with "you might also consider."

Microsoft can't be happy.

Then again, at this point Sony's production is ramping up. Amazon has PS4s in stock more often than not anymore.

The XB1, on the other hand... not so much, and it's not because they're selling out so fast. There's just no supply.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 11, 2014, 14:48 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 10:57:
Julio wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 09:55:
I'm not sure why Shaq can't fund it himself?

No kidding. The guy made 150+ million dollars over his career.


As for the Xbone, it's hilarious that retailers are saying to Microsoft "Your price point is retarded. If you can't figure this out yourself, we'll figure it out for you."

Amazon tried doing that with the WiiU and 3DS, and got "rewarded" for it by being withheld shipments of new hardware.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 11, 2014, 14:09 killer_roach
 
Pigeon wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 13:23:
The company is apparently worried that they could annoy Comcast executives too much with an ongoing fight, resulting in them failing to even get the 3 million Time Warner Cable customers Comcast plans to divest as part of a merger condition.

Definitely nothing wrong with a system where customers have so little choice, they're used as bargaining chips between "competing" companies.'I'm going to buy the Ranch, but if you don't make a bid driving up the cost of the ranch I'll give you 300 head of cattle'

Well, Comcast had proposed the spinning off of 3 million customers as a way of appeasing antitrust regulators, and it was commonly accepted that Charter would pick them up. Nobody knows for sure - for all we know, Comcast might spin off some customers in the Northeast and give them to Cablevision. This was before Charter ever thought about making a counter offer, but they now have to consider Comcast's merger proposals and go "would that mean we lose out on those customers Comcast is spinning off?".

That being said, to move a bit more in your direction on it, is it possible Comcast made that offer in the first place knowing that it might tie Charter's hands on a counter offer?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Apr 11, 2014, 02:11 killer_roach
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 00:39:
I really don't understand this move. Colbert is an icon of his own brand and he's walking away from that to try and make a place in someone elses brand, and not just anyone but a gaint. Makes no sense, people watch late show because of Letterman, this could very easily turn into another Conan/TonightShow fiasco, then he'll have nothing.

Reminds me a lot of when CBS hired another Daily Show alum, Craig Kilborn, to replace Tom Snyder as the host of the Late Late Show... needless to say, that didn't go particularly well, and they replaced him with Craig Ferguson, whom they now seem to be shoving out the door as well when his contract expires. Not sure what makes Colbert a better chat show host than Kilborn (other than not being particularly tall so he won't intimidate guests like the former college basketball player Kilborn did), but we'll see.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 10, 2014, 22:27 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 18:46:
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 18:35:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 15:36:
Xbox One And The PlayStation 4: Weirdest. Console. Transition. Ever.

It IS somewhat odd that that new Borderlands PreSequel WON'T be on the new consoles. Given that they're making a PC version, shouldn't it be tit easy to convert it to XB1 and PS4? It seems like money on the table NOT to make it for the new ones?

Seems like devs are still hedging their bets against the new generation for another year or so. Probably want to save a little momentum for the big leap off PS3/360 also. Borderlands 3, finally in 1080p! etc...

The PreSequel is basically an expansion. They're using the same exact engine. Reworking it to make it for new consoles would require significantly more time and effort, and end any chance of it being a budget release.

I wouldn't be surprised if, in a year or two, they repackage all the Borderlands games with addon content in a megapack for PS4/XB1. Their argument seems to be "we'll release the Pre-Sequel on the systems people played 1 and 2 on", which, reading between the lines, sounds a lot like "we're not releasing on next-gen because they don't have 1 and 2 playable on them... yet."
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
28. Re: Anti-Gay Firefox Chief Brendan Eich Quits Days After OkCupid Backlash Apr 3, 2014, 23:42 killer_roach
 
NKD wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 22:43:
Give money to a political candidate who supports a religious whacko cause? No one cares. Give money to the religious whacko cause directly? String him up from the rafters. Appearances.

Other than that there was a boycott of Target a couple of years ago by gay rights advocates after they gave money to a charitable foundation that in turn gave some money to a pro-traditional-marriage organization...

This was less about appearances and more about a group of people wanting to claim a scalp to avenge past wrongs, and a larger group of people cheering the bumrush on.
 
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