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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Apr 27, 2012, 17:38 killer_roach
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Apr 27, 2012, 12:07:
What is there left to emulate?

Plenty, although I'm sure that a lot of the work now is going to migrate over to the MESS side of things, which is likely why the MESS project head is now taking over MAME. Wouldn't be surprised if the two projects ultimately merged completely.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 27, 2012, 17:28 killer_roach
 
Flatline wrote on Apr 27, 2012, 15:34:
Considering that the only game that ever got any significant play on my PSP was Williams Pinball (and I put like 200 hours into that stupid game, I love pinball), I'll pass on the Vita.

Have already put a fair bit of time into The Pinball Arcade, and Zen Pinball 2 is coming to Vita...

The problem, however, is simple: There's not a lot of games available, the backwards compatibility with prior digital titles still needs work, and, thanks to AT&T, the 3G capabilities are almost useless.

If there were more games available, the price tag wouldn't be so bad - it's easily a better device for the money than the 3DS is (which, gimmicky display aside, is sporting similar hardware to the now-ancient PSP).
 
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News Comments > Nexon Bids on EA: Report
4. Re: Nexon Bids on EA: Report Apr 26, 2012, 21:07 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Apr 26, 2012, 20:57:
hahahah how could they possibly have enough resources to buy EA?

If they can, then valve could. Now THAT I'd like to see, valve buying out EA.

Remember, by market capitalization Zynga can buy EA if they so chose. EA's only a $5 billion company.

From what people have said of Valve's numbers, they're probably in the same territory for size (assuming a profit margin similar to Apple or Microsoft for Valve to base informal valuation on).
 
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News Comments > Reset Details; Trailer
6. Re: Reset Details; Trailer Apr 26, 2012, 17:57 killer_roach
 
ASeven wrote on Apr 26, 2012, 12:01:
This engine seems way better than the UE and the new CryEngine at a first glance.

An indie producing an engine of this caliber... guess indies are closing on the AAA gap quicker than I thought.

I wouldn't say better than UE or CryEngine, but it's on that level.

Really, the next leap forward in terms of what can be done visually within budget constraints is procedural generation and re-use of assets... wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the foliage is procedurally generated (but still is quite nice).
 
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
36. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 22, 2012, 14:43 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 22, 2012, 11:14:
Yeah, but it makes sense with Valve. They aren't in that industry so they can't train you at all. You have to come in with ideas and training that you don't get in school.

My advantage is that I've self-trained on a lot of stuff, and have done analytical work both as side projects and with my current job. I'm well aware formal education only goes so far, which is why I've actively sought out opportunities to put it into practice.

May have to break out the data sets I've been working on to try to re-familiarize myself with some concepts... not necessarily ones that a company like Valve would need, but if they uncover some interesting trends, then maybe it'll be worthwhile.

(Hmm... considering how much of my independent research has been involving survey data, the prospect of working with the Steam user survey would be interesting. I bet that would be a pretty interesting data set to analyze.)
 
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
25. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 21, 2012, 21:57 killer_roach
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 21:11:
Experience requirements are often designed to cull people who wouldn't apply due to a lack of confidence... apply regardless.

Fair enough. I've been working on some portfolio-type stuff since finishing my Master's, and maybe that will be enough for me. After all, beyond the experience requirements, the job details seem right up my area of expertise (I've mostly been applying for positions as an economist/analyst, an econometrician, or a statistician).

Just frustrating, but at this point, what have I got to lose? Guess I just continue on with my philosophy at this point - "keep sending applications until somebody gives me reason to stop".
 
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
15. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 21, 2012, 18:10 killer_roach
 
Kristian Joensen wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 16:46:
killer_roach wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 16:41:
Dev wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 16:09:
What Is Valve Not Good At?
[...]
Finding and hiring people in completely new
disciplines (e.g., economists! industrial designers!).

I'd add server specialists, UI specialists, etc too.

If they're interested in hiring a tech-savvy economist, they know where to find me.

They ARE looking to hire Economists: http://www.valvesoftware.com/jobs/job_postings.html

*sigh* Yet another posting with the same "four years experience required" BS... really getting annoying for somebody just out of grad school when everyone wants 3-5 years experience for most any position.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
11. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 21, 2012, 16:41 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 16:09:
What Is Valve Not Good At?
[...]
Finding and hiring people in completely new
disciplines (e.g., economists! industrial designers!).

I'd add server specialists, UI specialists, etc too.

If they're interested in hiring a tech-savvy economist, they know where to find me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 20, 2012, 14:02 killer_roach
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 02:16:
killer_roach wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 00:23:
PropheT wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 13:27:
It's smart on their part, maybe, but I can't see how any end user with any brains in their head at all would prefer it over real money transactions.

Some people only buy point cards, and then only buy them when they go on sales... those people love points.

Ya, but I think Microsoft could (almost) just as easily offer sales or offer discount codes on their catalog for the same effect.

Hopefully they learn about that... Microsoft still hasn't learned the importance of sales and price drops in the digital marketplace (ZMC [Zero Marginal Cost] goods should give the seller a huge amount of flexibility in pricing). I don't expect them to be Steam, but at least attempt to be in the same league as Sony.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 20, 2012, 13:58 killer_roach
 
m0deth wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 11:33:
The funny part in the article is the assumption that Windows machines will be treated the same way, Phoronix never ceases to amaze, as highly technical as they are, they always sound like 12 year old fanboys.

They aren't? News to me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 20, 2012, 00:23 killer_roach
 
PropheT wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 13:27:
It's smart on their part, maybe, but I can't see how any end user with any brains in their head at all would prefer it over real money transactions.

Some people only buy point cards, and then only buy them when they go on sales... those people love points.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2012, 04:05 killer_roach
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 03:36:
People keep talking about a Kickstarter bubble. I still don't understand how it is a bubble.

The two rules of bubbles, as a finance friend explained them to me:

Bubbles are inherently unstable. What goes up must come down.
Bubbles are inherently insane. They may go up far more before coming down.

At the scale in which they are occurring at present, I don't think they're yet necessarily unstable, which would make the insane part moot.

If we start seeing Kickstarter projects amount to a non-trivial portion of game spending, say, up to a 5-10% level, then maybe we can talk about their instability.

(Personally, I think these Kickstarter projects, in some ways, are really doing what I've been arguing for in terms of game pricing for a long time, but I'll leave that for another time. Only so much econ nerd stuff for one post, you know.)
 
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News Comments > Darksiders II Delayed
5. Re: Darksiders II Delayed Apr 19, 2012, 01:07 killer_roach
 
Wolfox wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 00:45:
Wildone wrote on Apr 18, 2012, 22:55:
oh no thats it, they are all gonna get fired as soon as it ships, publisher blames swamp gas & piracy as cause to re-adjust bizz strategy.

You forgot to mention other causes like the used games market and butterflies flapping their wings somewhere in New Zealand.

Dude, it's THQ. You all forgot the most logical calamity - who legitimately believes that THQ will not have filed for bankruptcy by then?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 18, 2012, 22:45 killer_roach
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 18, 2012, 18:02:
Need cell phone help.
My touch screen quit responding on my ATT Samsung HTC Tilt2.

What are you guys using or like?
Was thinking an Android device since I am so happy with the Kindle Fire.

Thanks.

I use a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II... pretty nice device, but you may want to look for the AT&T or the international variants if you're opposed to large screen sizes (both the T-Mobile and Sprint versions have a 4.53" display).
 
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News Comments > New Via Digital Distribution
2. Re: New Via Digital Distribution Apr 17, 2012, 23:18 killer_roach
 
Frijoles wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 21:44:
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet looked pretty fun if I remember correctly. Anyone tried it yet?

Been playing it today... gotten about a quarter of the way through it. It's not all that much from a gameplay standpoint at times, but it's a game that encourages exploration and has absolutely phenomenal visuals. (Just wish there was some way to add a minimap view...).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 17, 2012, 19:02 killer_roach
 
Smellfinger wrote on Apr 17, 2012, 17:58:
So it's a port with some extra DLC?

More like a hack job, if you ask me.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Apr 16, 2012, 16:03 killer_roach
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 16, 2012, 15:51:
Sales have been weaker the last two years. And there's an easy reason to see why. It just gets shakier when bad job data goes out and rumors of "you're gonna get laid off" start circulating in the office. Especially just before summer.

Except hiring is up the last couple of years... that being said, youth unemployment rates are still eye-popping, and that will likely create a drag on the industry (teen unemployment rates have been over 20% for the last 41 consecutive months).
 
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News Comments > Apple's Cook Visits Valve?
31. Re: Apple's Cook Visits Valve? Apr 14, 2012, 20:54 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 14, 2012, 04:41:
Gabe's already rich as stink. His motivation at this point isn't money. That's why I find it off they want to go down the hardware path.

He's rich on paper. The vast majority of his net worth is from the estimated book value of his ownership stake in Valve. Considering how few people Valve actually employs, a buyout in the $5 billion range would make Gabe a very wealthy man in liquid assets and would likely set most every employee working there for life. It's not impossible to see that as a potential logical solution.

Regardless, if they sell out, it will be an all-cash transaction - I don't see Gabe selling if it involves taking on the stock of some company that he doesn't control.
 
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News Comments > EA Explains Warhammer 40K Tank Issue
7. Re: EA Explains Warhammer 40K Tank Issue Apr 14, 2012, 03:02 killer_roach
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 23:02:
And while at it GW trolled too. Maybe a GW PR stunt from the beginning?

Knowing GW and EA? Entirely possible.
 
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News Comments > Apple's Cook Visits Valve?
6. Re: Apple's Cook Visits Valve? Apr 13, 2012, 21:40 killer_roach
 
creatorswhim wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 21:36:
killer_roach wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 21:33:
I wouldn't be shocked if Valve is a division of Apple by year's end.

That would make us all happy, wouldn't it?

Personally, that scares the hell out of me.

That being said, it's like fighting gravity. You only succeed for so long, and Apple is the equivalent of a black hole at present.

To quote Bruce Dickinson: "Nothing escapes, not even light / beyond the mystical horizon / we surrender to its might / gazing into the eye of the universe..."

It's going to be hard to outgun a company that rakes in bigger profits than Exxon Mobil, a cash horde larger than many European treasuries, and who spends almost nothing.
 
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