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Real Name Myrddin Emrys   
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Signed On Nov 3, 2002, 04:27
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News Comments > Dota 2 Winter 2016 Battle Pass
1. Re: Dota 2 Winter 2016 Battle Pass Jan 27, 2016, 19:20 The Raven
 
Appears, on the surface, to be done better than the Frankfurt compendium. Also a lot of welcome bugfixes.  
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News Comments > etc.
9. Corporate Espionage Jan 8, 2016, 12:05 The Raven
 
They are accusing a customer of corporate espionage? For talking to another (former) customer? On twitter?

I don't give a crap what they talked about, or how much they hate some of their customers, that's not the definition of corporate espionage.

The idea of Star Citizen is nice. Their execution is poor. I'd say they are selling snake oil, but they're actually selling pretty label designs because the bottle factory isn't finished yet. Maybe it will be... eventually.

I'm not holding my breath.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 8, 2016, 10:48 The Raven
 
You can get away with being coarse when you are also kind. The benevolent dictator effect.

If he had said 'Sorry, I fucked that up. We think a lot of people will still enjoy Binge On, and we aren't changing how the plan works, but we shouldn't have tried to fuck you over with the wording,' then everyone would have stayed liking him.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve [Updated]
1. Re: Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve? Jan 8, 2016, 10:37 The Raven
 
What's for him to write? They haven't released (or even admitted working on) a story based product in ages. I don't think writing the backstory for DotA characters is a full time job, and whatever else he pitched in with (nobody has a fixed role there) probably wasn't his cup of tea.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2016, 16:56 The Raven
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 15:24:
So they basically endorse this practice, which ruins the ability to offer a special, limited-time discount, because you end up losing a lot of the extra dollars per sale you were getting from people who had bought it the day or the week before.

Bullshit. Take a look at this article, and pay special attention to the graph of Steam Revenue halfway down (the third one).

Notice how the revenue (not sales count, but REVENUE) in the month before a sale is shit, and shoots way up during the sale. That means that the number of units sold before the sale are minimal compared to the number sold during the sale. Now this is one small indie game, and not every game has such low revenue between sales, but there are many examples of similar behavior. Steam sales are huge revenue earners for most games, and the few people who bought the game just before the sale (and the even smaller percentage who played less than 2 hours and want to go through the hassle to get a refund) are insignificant.

This effect has nothing to do with deep discounts as far as money goes.

Are some developers stupid, and making bad decisions because they are afraid of this effect even if it's not rational? Sure. Nobody ever accused CliffyB of rationality. He's always been a hothead.

Edit: typo
 
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News Comments > The Witness Video
1. Re: The Witness Video Dec 23, 2015, 20:16 The Raven
 
I've been looking forward to this for a while. I'm not certain it'll be good, but I'm interested to see how Jonathan will translate his indie game dev skills to a new medium. It is always interesting to find out what unique characteristics a developer will become known for. You can never tell until game two.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets
14. Re: Star Citizen Procedurally Generated Planets Dec 17, 2015, 11:24 The Raven
 
The only thing that bugs me about this video is the transition from hand crafted terrain to procedurally generated boring hills. Note that as soon as you leave the area with the starport you never again see cliffs, rocks, or anything but low rolling hills.

Since the terrain is being generated by the client at runtime (presumably based on a seed input) that means they are not doing all the plate tectonics and planet simulation that Elite Dangerous are doing to create more interesting and varied terrain.

So it is a nice demo, and I love the atmosphere scattering they achieved, but I think ED has demonstrated superior planets thus far.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 14, 2015, 14:01 The Raven
 
watch a video of a match, and tell me it isn't completely convincingly 2D.

I have no interest in fighting games, but you're right... that is a great use of 3D while retaining the aesthetics of 2D. Good on them.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
4. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 13:08 The Raven
 
There are consequences for actions in the galaxy at large, but they are subtle or non-existent unless many players do the same action, or a single player does that action for days.

One pickpocket is not going to cause a 'crime spree' in a city. A thousand will. Similarly, one player killing a few police will do nothing but if a hundred players gang up on a system and kill NPC police ships the system may suffer from anarchy status effects, civil war, or flip allegience.

More on-topic, I'm looking forward to this update. Whether it will materially improve the game is up for debate but I'm moderately hopeful.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 8, 2015, 12:48 The Raven
 
I tried, I really tried, to switch to Linux for gaming. After a crash last year I installed Mint on my main gaming PC, updated drivers, installed Steam, and got sad at framerates that would make an Apple IIe blush with shame.

It's not the fault of Linux directly; it's a problem with the drivers. Until AMD and NVIDIA put as much effort into optimizing their Linux drivers and OpenGL as they do for Windows the situation will never improve.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2015, 21:04 The Raven
 
Derek is an ass, and as a person who also created a badly playing crappy space game that promised long and delivered short, a hypocrite. He revels in the publicity his public mud slinging provides.

That doesn't mean Star Citizen isn't a poorly managed, overpriced bag of hot air.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Oct 23, 2015, 18:16 The Raven
 
This update is actually a pretty significant change to low priority (where those who flame or abandon are sent for a few games). It used to be that both teams would frequently try to throw as fast as possible, to get out as quickly as possible. Since some of those in LP were there for deliberately losing games it really wasn't serving the purpose of punishment (they get to keep throwing), reform (they learn to stop throwing), or separation (they return to normal games quickly).

Now, players who cause losses by throwing get no reduction in their LP sentence. Only wins count which means you have to try to work with your teammates to win even in LP. It's no longer a vacation from trying.
 
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News Comments > Voice Actors Authorize Strike
20. Re: Voice Actors Authorize Strike Oct 8, 2015, 13:34 The Raven
 
panbient wrote on Oct 8, 2015, 13:06:
If anyone involved in the game industry deserves some form of protection it's the actual developers.
Then they need to unionize. Until they do, they will continue to take it in the ass because they don't have any collective bargaining power.
 
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News Comments > Prison Architect Released
1. Re: Prison Architect Released Oct 6, 2015, 18:37 The Raven
 
I'm glad they have finally released! The new 'be a prisoner' mode was a pleasant surprise... gotta check it out when I'm off work. :-)  
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
98. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 15:13 The Raven
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 11:28:
At this point I'd fund a Kickstarter to send Derek Smart to CI and let him do an audit.
Sending one dick with a huge ego who can't ship working games to audit a different huge ego who can't ship a game doesn't seem like a good idea...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
89. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 14:30 The Raven
 
Zanderat1 wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 10:01:
And to think that I was once looking forward to this game.............
I looked into it when KS was first released. Chris Roberts has always been a bit long on goals, short on execution so I gave it a pass to look into once it was released. He was promising too much.

Now I'm glad I did.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
87. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 14:28 The Raven
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 30, 2015, 09:51:
I'm more devastated by this than you are. When this comes crashing down it will destroy any chance of a decent single player space sim ever being crowdfunded. :(
I'm holding out hope for Limit Theory, despite the developer's mental breakdown. It looks like it's going to be a solid single player game with great mod support. Even though the first release is likely to be limited in features, I'm anticipating good things for mods from the presentation Josh gave on it.

The game looks less like the 'best space sim ever' and more like the 'best toolbox for building a space sim ever'.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Departures?
63. Re: Star Citizen Departures? Sep 25, 2015, 15:26 The Raven
 
I don't like Derek Smart, ever since his tantrums over his old overly-ambitious, overly-buggy 3000AD game. He's a public blowhard, and doesn't deserve to get the attention he seeks even if he's right.  
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News Comments > Amnesia Free on Steam
13. Re: Amnesia Free on Steam Sep 15, 2015, 20:22 The Raven
 
I got about 3/4 of the way through the game, and gave up. It's a great game, but Horror just ain't my bag... I was emotionally drained at the end.

And yet... I'm getting a Vive in six months(ish). As much as Horror ain't my thing, god damn if I ain't looking forward to being REALLY terrified once. For half an hour maybe. Then I'm done.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Flight Grounded
42. Re: Microsoft Flight Grounded Jul 26, 2012, 20:17 The Raven
 
I am not surprised. They charged a buttload for unfinished (no cockpit) planes. If they charget $2 for a new plane, rather than $9, the adoption rate would have been a lot higher. When a selling feature of your newest DLC is that it isn't incomplete like the last 5, there is an issue.  
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