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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 > On Sale
17. Re: On Sale Dec 23, 2012, 22:07 killer_roach
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 23, 2012, 18:40:
Dev wrote on Dec 23, 2012, 18:22:
Its priced appropriately for the niche market they cater to (which isn't PC gamers). And the zombies DLC got enough crossover demographics that they made a special edition of the train simulator with the zombie DLC integrated.
Thats on sale for $9 right now.

That's a classic pusher move, giving you the first one free, or cheap in this case.

Several hundred dollars worth of virtual trains later as you kneel in the smoking ruins of your games budget, in classic Platoon pose, arms upraised, yelling at the gods as the viet cong shoot you from the trees, we'll look back on these posts and wonder if this could have all have been avoided.

*EDIT* typo.

There's a few other free DLCs out there, and a lot of them go on sale regularly, but yeah - it's a daunting stack if you're into the "collect everything" mindset.
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Dec 22, 2012, 14:09 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 22, 2012, 14:05:
Sounds like they wanted to have a fun party. Jesus, I work in an industry where females have it made so if there are some where they don't learn to suck it up buttercup. Gaming is male domain. Don't like it? Go do something else. I would have been motorboating those sluts like it was going out of style!

Keep in mind the article was on Kotaku, which is one of Gawker's properties. They seem to enjoy emasculated men around those parts.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2012, 13:06 killer_roach
PHJF wrote on Dec 22, 2012, 12:43:
How are landline broadband caps such a red flag when the entire cellphone industry is based around data caps? Is wireless data really so much more precious than wired?

On the backhaul end, no.

On the spectrum end, oh yes.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Eyeing THQ?
28. Re: Ubisoft Eyeing THQ? Dec 22, 2012, 10:41 killer_roach
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 22, 2012, 05:29:
Hopefully Valve will buy up the whole company, as I think that would be the best outcome. If not then Ubisoft is probably one of the better publishers, as it releases games on Steam and does excellent PC ports - EA would boycott Steam and require Origin; Activision would increase the price of games, make them all yearly series and fleece you on DLC; Bethesda seems to have no quality control;. 2K Games could be another reasonable choice but even though it has a larger revenue than Ubisoft it has a much lower operating income - it's really not being managed well.

UPlay certainly isn't necessary and is a minor annoyance but it's nothing compared to GFWL and it didn't really bother me with Far Cry 3.

Keep in mind that Ubisoft has a market cap of 750 million euro - just under $1 billion. They'd have to leverage themselves to the hilt to acquire THQ in total once they emerge from bankruptcy (as THQ's value was as low as it was due to its outstanding debt). They're just as likely, if not more, to be a "pick out pieces that we want" than even Valve would be (although Valve's actual market value is unknown since it's privately held, my best estimates would put it in the $1-3 billion range). For those wondering about Take-Two, they're almost exactly the same size as Ubisoft. (Just a wild guess, I'd place the value of a restructured THQ in the $500-800 million range, possibly as high as $1 billion.)

I've said before that the most likely players to acquire THQ in its entirety would be either Activision or Time Warner, with a bit of an edge to the latter. EA still is digesting a lot of their recent acquisitions, so I don't think they have much interest apart from possibly trying to pick up some IP on the cheap.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Eyeing THQ?
14. Re: Ubisoft Eyeing THQ? Dec 21, 2012, 23:47 killer_roach
nin wrote on Dec 21, 2012, 23:40:
Somebody get Gabe on the phone. If we can twist his arm just right, he might even green light a space shooter from Volition, once he owns them.

(I can dream, dammit.)

That's all it would be - once emerging from Chapter 11, THQ will be considerably more valuable than their stock price indicated. Likely far too rich for Valve's blood (although Valve likely has the money to buy Volition or Relic should they be so inclined, and they don't get into a bidding war with anyone else).

Granted, the practical upshot of Ubi being the first confirmed bidder is that it means the bidding is likely starting off pretty low - they're not exactly swimming in cash.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Eyeing THQ?
9. Re: Ubisoft Eyeing THQ? Dec 21, 2012, 23:12 killer_roach
So Ubisoft is eyeing THQ assets. Guess what? Now that they've filed Chapter 11, so are pretty much everybody else (whether they'll publicly admit it or not).

Honestly, I think Ubisoft is more trying to make a play for some of THQ's licenses than anything, which THQ would likely be more than happy to unload - while a few are profitable, on balance they've been the millstone that ground THQ down into oblivion (that being said, at the right price it could be a win-win for both parties - THQ is without those recurring costs, and Ubisoft could acquire them for less than they likely would in the traditional negotiating process, thereby making them potentially profitable for them).
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 18, 2012, 19:24 killer_roach
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Dec 18, 2012, 19:01:
Awwwwww.... poor Apple...

Fucking dicks. Go play schoolyard bully somewhere else.

And that was Judge Koh who turned down the request... she's basically been Apple's pet jurist for the last few years.
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Dec 15, 2012, 15:42 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 14:18:
Dev wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 13:49:
Creston wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 13:46:
Let's look at it this way: Every game made through Kickstarter is a game for which those fucking parasitic roaches at publishers get ZERO FUCKING DOLLARS.
Aside from games that use kickstarter funds to make a pitch demo to get publisher funding. Or to show publishers that there's still interest so they fund more.

Fair enough. I'd never donate to projects like those, but I guess they are out there.


I know at least one project I backed ended up later securing publisher funding, but I wasn't deluding myself into thinking that the game would've been done on the budget that they were asking (they're still running betas, and have admitted that they ran out of their KS money months ago).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 14, 2012, 21:12 killer_roach
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 14:40:
Our newest feature is the simplicity of removing features! A true Apple product! (well, okay.. we'll patch one back in for ya.. buggers!)

I'm still pissed they removed gapless playback from iTunes 11.
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News Comments > November Steam Hardware & Software Survey
3. Re: November Steam Hardware & Software Survey Dec 13, 2012, 13:23 killer_roach
jimnms wrote on Dec 13, 2012, 13:15:
I haven't gotten the Steam survey popup in a while. My system hasn't had any major changes in a couple of years, so that may be why.

I had it pop up on my laptop, but I declined to submit with that (mostly because it's still running, very poorly, the Win8 RC - AMD refuses to fully support its GPU in that OS, so I can't play OpenGL games at all in Win8, and DX gaming isn't exactly sprightly).

EDIT: As per the first comment, the question remains whether or not the Steam Hardware Survey is a representative sample of gamers at large - with Mac support being still relatively new and a perceived bias toward so-called "core gamers", not to mention a bias toward people who have embraced digital distribution... there's likely enough question marks in there to disqualify it as a representative sample, but it's likely reflective enough of the customer base to make decisions off of (and possibly to fill in the gaps as necessary for the remainder of the gaming market).

This comment was edited on Dec 13, 2012, 13:29.
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 8, 2012, 14:04 killer_roach
Good find on that Miner Wars 2081 deal, and even more so with the Steam key.  
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News Comments > Humble THQ Bundle Grows
20. Re: Humble THQ Bundle Grows Dec 7, 2012, 04:44 killer_roach
Not to mention the untold millions they pissed away on licensed IPs that they mostly just cranked out shovelware with.  
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News Comments > Dishonored Patched
1. Re: Dishonored Patched Dec 4, 2012, 21:46 killer_roach
Even if the last one is console-only, it cracks me up.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 1, 2012, 16:03 killer_roach
Seems like Sprint's business strategy boils down to "if it pisses off Deutsche Telekom, do it".

They're pretty much guaranteeing that there'll be a duopoly in American cell phone service (and a monopoly in each major technology class) before too long.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Texture Mod
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2012, 23:44 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 15:58:
And if I've got a copy of the game on Steam, I never bother keeping the CDs around.

I think the only game I've consciously done that with in recent years was Far Cry, and that's only because I happen to have it both on Steam and GOG.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Texture Mod
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2012, 14:01 killer_roach
Rigs wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 13:18:
I never understood how some of you guys can lose track of your games?! Mine are alphabetized in a nice and neat double row down 5 shelves of a white bookcase and I know where the game cd/dvd's, the manuals and even the boxes are at any one time. I thought that was true for almost all gamers...I see I was incorrect... %)

Some of us move. Unless you're OCD beyond belief, a move tends to throw typical organizational skills out the window. Several moves in that span of time... something's almost guaranteed to be lost in the shuffle somewhere.
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News Comments > On Sale
28. Re: On Sale Nov 23, 2012, 18:21 killer_roach
A51Abductee wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 14:32:
jimnms wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 12:54:
Green Man Gaming has some 50% to 75% off sales too with a 25% off coupon. Good deals like this are too hard to let go.

Thanks for the heads up. I just picked up Dishonored for $22.50 USD using that coupon [Steam download key]. The GMG site is crawling right now though... was afraid for a moment that my order wouldn't even go through. Maybe it means that they're getting plenty of sales.

GMG posted on Facebook that they've been experiencing double the traffic their site has ever dealt with, so yeah, it sounds like they're sufficiently inundated.
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News Comments > CARGASM HD Released
3. Re: CARGASM HD Released Nov 23, 2012, 16:20 killer_roach
RailWizard wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 16:05:
This looks like a gfx card tech demo from the mid 90s....

It's originally a mobile phone game... yeah, pretty much.
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Consolidation
4. Re: Thanksgiving Consolidation Nov 23, 2012, 01:39 killer_roach
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 22, 2012, 13:50:
Not that Sony isn't hurting right now but Fitch was also one of the credit agencies that rated a whole ton of sub prime mortgages as AAA, as well as many of the investment banks peddling in them, practically up until the day they collapsed.

In all fairness, all three major ratings firms - Fitch, Standard & Poor's, and Moody's - did that. Somebody I know in finance said that if you put the drop of housing prices into the risk models they had for mortgage-backed securities, the situation would have looked as dire as it was. The problem was that nobody thought that a prolonged, nationwide drop in housing prices was possible. Surprise...!

BB- is a pretty rough credit rating, but not unusual anymore. That being said, most companies I can think of that have similar credit ratings are smaller firms than that (although not necessarily tiny, either). In comparison, the government of Spain is rated BBB-, and Italy is BBB, both slightly better, and they're the laughingstocks of the EU at present (granted, there's always a bit of a bias toward sovereign debt - look at the credit ratings of the US and Japan if you don't believe me).

The big issue for Sony is the fact that they are so highly leveraged as a result of their ownership of manufacturing facilities for their flagging television business. It's understandable that a ratings firm would be skittish about that, and they have good reason to be (short of, of course, Sony selling those divisions, but I doubt there'd be many, if any, takers for them due to the liabilities involved).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2012, 20:20 killer_roach
Silicon Avatar wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 20:09:
If it's Guy Fieri - a dude who is a chef, has his own TV show, owns several restaurants, and promotes charities VS. some dude who eats food and talks about it on a newspaper I'm gonna have to go with Guy.

I just can't figure out why, of all places, he'd open a restaurant in NYC. That's a city that seems to hate food...
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