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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 > Diablo III Patch Kills Error 37
7. Re: Diablo III Patch Kills Error 37 Jun 12, 2012, 19:23 killer_roach
 
I can fix Error 37 too, Blizzard...

...just give it a new error code, which sounds more or less like what's going on here.
 
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News Comments > Neal Stephenson's Sword Fighting Kickstarter
11. Re: Neal Stephenson's Sword Fighting Kickstarter Jun 10, 2012, 18:35 killer_roach
 
Sounds incredibly ambitious, but he seems to have a good idea about how to approach it in an incremental fashion.

Not sure I'd back this idea considering I have questions about the expertise of the people involved, but I'm really, really curious to see what could come of this. If they can get a solid prototype going I'd be quite intrigued.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale?
42. Re: Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale? Jun 8, 2012, 19:21 killer_roach
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 17:48:
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 15:59:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 14:19:
Oh God, please let them get away from Vivendi. Better yet, let Blizzard go back to being its own company. Either way it's probably better for my stock.

You are aware Blizzard hasn't been their "own company" since before they were Blizzard right?

Yeah, what I should have said is "Please let them go back to being an independently run studio owned by a company that lets them do things their way."


That Blizzard has long since been scattered to the four winds. What Blizzard is today is not the Blizzard of the 1990s - most of those people have left Blizzard even before Vivendi acquired Activision and tied Blizzard to them.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale?
17. Re: Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale? Jun 8, 2012, 01:41 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 8, 2012, 00:54:
The other question would be who has pockets deep enough to acquire ActiBlizz without Vivendi basically having to jettison them? They're too rich for the likes of EA or Sony, and they're a poor fit for Microsoft or Apple.

Poor fit for MS? How so? MS already bribes Activision for timed CoD DLC exclusivity. If MS bought Activision, they could turn CoD into an Xbox-exclusive and force Blizzard to make Xbox exclusives too.

Microsoft has problems integrating most any company into their fold. It's one of the reasons Bungie bought themselves back, and why they basically gutted Rare and Lionhead. Microsoft Games Studios is a pretty dysfunctional entity - they'd rather just pay for exclusivity on a title by title basis rather than have to shoehorn in a large developer/publisher into a practically tribalistic corporate culture where business units fiercely defend their own turf.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale?
13. Re: Vivendi to Discuss Activision Sale? Jun 7, 2012, 23:16 killer_roach
 
The question is whether or not Activision is a worthwhile long-term play for a company to acquire... their current trajectory makes them perilous to hold in the short run.

The other question would be who has pockets deep enough to acquire ActiBlizz without Vivendi basically having to jettison them? They're too rich for the likes of EA or Sony, and they're a poor fit for Microsoft or Apple. If Vivendi decides to try to sell, I'd place the most likely buyer as Time Warner, hoping to make ActiBlizz the centerpiece of a revitalized WB Games.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls PC Port Issues
27. Re: Dark Souls PC Port Issues Jun 7, 2012, 03:03 killer_roach
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jun 7, 2012, 01:10:
Honestly, did anyone expect anything better from a Japanese developer?

Capcom has been making some of the best PC ports for years from their console games. Devil May Cry 4 is really really good on PC.

RE4 and Onimusha 3 were disastrous ports to PC, but they've gotten better recently. They've been one of the better Japanese developers in terms of developing for the PC, but until recently it was pretty slapdash work.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Jun 5, 2012, 19:31 killer_roach
 
RailWizard wrote on Jun 5, 2012, 18:29:
90% of games are shit now.

You're assuming that in years past that percentage was lower. Either you have a terrible grasp on history, are too young to remember, or are playing fast and loose with the facts, but regardless.

It's always been that way, if not worse.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jun 5, 2012, 14:36 killer_roach
 
Fion wrote on Jun 5, 2012, 11:38:
What do people expect? This is E3 we are talking about here. A half dozen years ago it was the pinnacle of gaming conventions. Today shows like Gamescom, GDC, PAX and even G-Star have made E3 their bitch.

Anymore TGS and Gamescom are the big shows. E3 has been hollowed out by an Eastern and a Western flank.
 
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News Comments > Epic Assisting Big Huge Games
30. Re: Epic Assisting Big Huge Games Jun 4, 2012, 18:18 killer_roach
 
alvador wrote on Jun 4, 2012, 12:41:
I've been lurking on Blue's for a decade or more but practically never say anything- not entirely sure why I feel the need to say this here and now, but the amount of misinformation that has been put out on the whole situation is infuriating.

*snip*

Agreed. People can say what they want about whether or not the subsidies are a good thing, but when you're expecting them and they don't show up, that not only throws a wrench into the whole operations, but also calls into question about whether government can be considered a reliable partner in business operations (personal bias: it probably isn't).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Jun 4, 2012, 02:06 killer_roach
 
Dev wrote on Jun 4, 2012, 00:23:
killer_roach wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 23:56:
As I see it, there's quite a few gems in the indie gaming scene - but the overwhelming majority of it is flotsam.
Isn't it that way in the big publisher scene too?

It's probably an order of magnitude worse in the indie scene. Then again, the cost of a bad idea is much lower in indie gaming, so there's invariably going to be more of an attitude of "throw some ideas at the wall and see what sticks".
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 3, 2012, 23:56 killer_roach
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 22:28:
All a matter of taste, I guess. This year I've played far more indies than mainstream games.

Far easier to obtain indies than mainstream titles, to say the least.

As I see it, there's quite a few gems in the indie gaming scene - but the overwhelming majority of it is flotsam. Just as reliance on the mainstream gaming entities would result in a collapse due to the inevitable cost spiral, a reliance on indies would result in a similar collapse due to the pitiful quality/crap ratio (and the typically ephemeral lifespan of an indie developer).

Going forward, we see the mainstream pushing the indies to be more ambitious, and we have the indies pushing the mainstream to be more creative. And we're all better off for it.
 
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News Comments > Humble Indie Bundle V
11. Re: Humble Indie Bundle V Jun 1, 2012, 20:24 killer_roach
 
mongrol wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 05:35:
LIMBO for linux runs it in wine from a bash script. Linux users should avoid this out of protest. This bundle is deceptively not cross platform.

As opposed to it not running at all, which is preferable?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black May 30, 2012, 21:48 killer_roach
 
Lucas: "I'm going to retire."

...and there was much rejoicing.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis Ends
17. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis Ends May 30, 2012, 00:32 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on May 29, 2012, 23:52:
Does Crytek have any leverage over the matter? I mean, I assume that they aren't allowed to sell Crysis 2 on Steam without EA's permission. It's not like Alan Wake, where the entire PC version was funded by Remedy. EA funded the PC port of Crysis 2 so they have control over all sales of it, I believe.

EA is still listed as publisher on Steam for the pre-order.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis Ends
10. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis Ends May 29, 2012, 23:20 killer_roach
 
Prez wrote on May 29, 2012, 23:14:
Everyone needs to be reminded that prior to the complete edition none of the Dragon Age Origins DLC was obtainable through Steam yet it remained on Steam throughout; given that their stated reason for pulling some of their games off of Steam is demonstrably false, I think it's safe to say EA is, as usual, full of shit.

It could be that Valve changed their rules, or they decided to start enforcing the rules they previously had...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation May 29, 2012, 19:42 killer_roach
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 29, 2012, 18:47:
It looks like the next gen of consoles are going to be behind PCs at launch.

And potentially badly. The rumor going around is that the next Xbox is likely to have a very similar CPU to the 360 (possibly increasing from three to four cores) and a Radeon HD 6xxx-class GPU, while the PS4/Orbis is rumored to use a quad-core x86 AMD CPU and a Radeon HD 7xxx-class GPU. Meanwhile, if these consoles are coming out in late 2013, it will be at a time when AMD will likely be about to unveil its Radeon HD 9xxx-class GPUs, and Intel's next major CPU microarchitecture will be out...

To say that the next generation of consoles look like they'll be almost immediately slaughtered by PCs is an understatement.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation May 29, 2012, 13:04 killer_roach
 
NegaDeath wrote on May 29, 2012, 12:01:
Wookiestick wrote on May 29, 2012, 11:47:
I'd be curious to know if UE4 won't support Wii U because it isn't fast enough or because of it's vastly different CPU/GPU architecture isn't worth the effort.

At this point we aren't even sure if PS4/Nextbox will support it either with the specs Epic are asking for.

The main stumbling block for the Wii U is going to be the shader architecture it supports... I'm assuming that its GPU is likely DX10-class hardware. For the other next-generation consoles, Epic is going to complain up and down about not having enough RAM, but you can work around a lack of RAM a little more easily than not having certain hardware features available.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2012, 12:29 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on May 29, 2012, 12:04:
Summer my ass, it's noon and only 76 in NC. Hardly what I'd call beach weather.

It hit 98 here in MI on Sunday, although we've since had a "cold front" go through and knock temps down to the low 80s.

This has been a screwy year for temps.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed May 29, 2012, 01:56 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on May 29, 2012, 00:47:
No, I'm pretty sure that Diablo 3 got away with it because it's Diablo 3.

Bullseye. I'd point out something else that it would indicate, but it would probably go over pretty poorly around here (just something that pretty basic economic instincts would illustrate with this situation).
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
24. Re: Sunday Consolidation May 28, 2012, 22:42 killer_roach
 
entr0py wrote on May 28, 2012, 17:00:
No that's incredibly far off, check out Wikipedia. It breaks down like this.

Total assets

Microsoft $108.7 Billion

Sony $167.3 Billion

Nintendo $20.1 Billion

Assets != cash on hand.
 
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