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Nickname HoSpanky
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
72. Re: Ships Ahoy - StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Mar 12, 2013, 21:00 HoSpanky
 
Yes, nin, some of the devs from the original TA (altho not Chris Taylor) are on the team. Also, considering the high quality of the two (or one, and a half-sequel) games they've already released as a company, I'm pretty sure this one will not only ACTUALLY GET FINISHED, but will be pretty awesome.  
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News Comments > EA All-in on Microtransactions
10. Re: EA All-in on Microtransactions Feb 27, 2013, 09:46 HoSpanky
 
Ehh, it's not a new concept. Back in the Tandy1000 days, you could call the space quest 3 help line for $2 a minute or something. Same concept, different execution.

I don't care if micro transactions are in single player games, as long as they don't make the game super difficult without them. Dead space 3 and Forza Horizon did a decent job of it. I beat Horizon without any purchases, but if someone wants a specific high end car super early in the game, they could buy it with real money. It wouldn't help them much, since cars are downgraded to the class of the race they're in, but they could have THAT CAR. When they make certain cars micro-transaction only, AND have an event requiring that car as part of the main event chain, ill be shitty. Until then, I don't care; let fools spend extra money as long as it isn't affecting me.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld and Remaining THQ IPs for Sale
8. Re: Homeworld and Remaining THQ IPs for Sale Feb 27, 2013, 09:36 HoSpanky
 
I'm surprised the Worms series is owned by thq.  
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News Comments > Wargaming Acquires Gas Powered Games
17. Re: Wargaming Acquires Gas Powered Games Feb 14, 2013, 14:04 HoSpanky
 
Ehh, I think Planetary Annihilation is your best bet for another TA-style game, not Chris Taylor. If it can live up to the proposed system (don't have big enough guns? mount engines to an asteroid and crash it into an enemy planet! 40 player multi!), I'll be glad to pay full price for it, even with a massive backlog of games on steam.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. blackmailing hacker Feb 1, 2013, 20:57 HoSpanky
 
Did anyone else read that thinking "Why is he blackmailing women that the FBI arrested?".

might need a "has been" after "Women".
 
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News Comments > GRiD 2 in May; Preorder Bonuses
6. Re: GRiD 2 in May; Preorder Bonuses Jan 31, 2013, 13:24 HoSpanky
 
Ehh, bonus cars don't really interest me, there will always be an incredibly similar car in-game anyway. Unless one of the bonus cars is a car you find especially appealing, I don't see how the various deals will make any difference. If one retailer sells it for $5 less than the others, THAT'S the one that'll sell.

As for the game itself, I'm super excited over this one. I loved the original, not sure why they waited so long to make a sequel. After the death of the PGR series, I wasn't sure where I'd get a good arcade/sim hybrid. And for once, Microsoft was the one to come out and say "Remember how awesome PGR was? We ended up re-hiring a lot of its dev team, some of the DiRT guys, and made this crazy thing called Forza Horizon".

Shame Horizon won't ever come to PC, but after reading interviews on how the framerate in it stays at 30 FPS locked, it'd be a hella mess to port it. So Hooray, GRID 2!
 
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News Comments > SMITE Open Beta Launches
10. Re: SMITE Open Beta Launches Jan 24, 2013, 19:07 HoSpanky
 
Ahh, I see Closed Betas has horrible aim and is blaming MNC for it.  
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News Comments > Trials Evolution: Gold Edition in March
6. Re: Trials Evolution: Gold Edition in March Jan 17, 2013, 15:19 HoSpanky
 
Super excited for this. The company makes more than just the Trials games, but they're all the same thing: side scrolling time trials with a heavy emphasis on vehicle balance. If you happen to have an iPhone, they made a surprisingly good port of MotoHeroz for a dollar (with an unfortunate micro transaction hell). It'll give you an idea of the gameplay, with little cars instead of a bike.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jan 16, 2013, 14:39 HoSpanky
 
Hahahahaha that's a WAY better video!

The one in the jeep wasn't very impressive. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've hopped out of a vehicle only to see it get blown up a moment later. Altho I WAS amused with the missile in slow-motion, it hits the vehicle, and turns downward like its just trying to get around it, "oh my goodness sir, I did not see you there, terribly sorry!". then "oh my apologies for apologizing, I actually intended to vaporize you. Toodles!".
 
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News Comments > Edge: Valve, Mojang "Greatest Developers"
11. Re: Edge: Valve, Mojang Jan 14, 2013, 11:49 HoSpanky
 
Creston wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 11:28:
Speaking of Valve...

.. what?

Creston


Heh. The head crab playing around with a decapitated head was worth following that link for.
 
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News Comments > Ravaged Free Weekend
8. Re: Ravaged Free Weekend Jan 12, 2013, 21:32 HoSpanky
 
All I can say is this game's Quick Look on Giant Bomb was hilarious...not intentionally though. If you want the best part, look up "let's watch a pro" on YouTube.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 8, 2013, 13:34 HoSpanky
 
I love that her lawyer tries to make it sound like she wasn't REALLY doing anything wrong. "she was destroying another person's financial life, but she was doing it for her kids!"

Everyone with kids wants to give them a "better life". Not a valid reason. She clearly knew she was ruining the other woman's life, it WAS malicious.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
8. Re: Amazon.com: Best of 2012 in Video Games. Jan 3, 2013, 01:05 HoSpanky
 
I finished playing thru Spec Ops today. Not terribly long, gameplay is basically Gears of War with modern military skins.

The storyline is pretty messed up. By the final quarter of the game, even the load screens question your motives. It is not the happy jokey game that Gears is, at least not for long.
The graphics feel dated when you're out in the desert, but some of the indoor areas are absurdly gorgeous.

An aside: the developer decision to have the solders have their uniforms seal up over their neck-stumps when you blow their heads off? looks super weird. The game is jam-packed with horrific shit happening to people, yet having a bloody stump was just that little step too far, eh?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 18, 2012, 16:36 HoSpanky
 
Nega, while you would break out the gravy, you also are a bit more tech savvy and realize this COULD happen. The type of people who would actually CONSIDER renting a computer have zero clue about this sort of thing. And as a commenter on the original story said, it's ENTIRELY likely that an unscrupulous manager would rent a computer out to a pretty girl and then report it as past due simply to get photos of her. Odd, considering you can't search for ANYTHING on the internet without stumbling across porn, but maybe it's the idea of having compromising pictures of someone you've actually MET.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 28, 2012, 22:18 HoSpanky
 
Man, For a brief moment, I felt really sorry for the child porn guy, he had a pretty fucked up life. But then....*sigh*. He's probably a very, very angry person, and not entirely unwarranted. He got dealt a shit hand. Then he goes and writes an Xbox-Live-in-game-chat-level email to an FBI officer.


And of course, the whole child porn thing.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Nov 26, 2012, 21:08 HoSpanky
 
Good lord, with the age of a couple of the "contestants", they could have had a murder on their hands!

Also, what protected the little girl from someone "fighting their fears" and beating the crap out of the her?

I believe I have just seen about 10 or so people who will never get on an elevator for the rest of their lives.
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Consolidation
1. Re: Black Friday Consolidation Nov 23, 2012, 18:25 HoSpanky
 
Forza Horizon for $15. Read that again until you buy it.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
17. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 21, 2012, 18:16 HoSpanky
 
Intrusion 2 for a little over $3, which is a pretty entertaining contra-esque shooter made by one guy. Also Critter Crunch for under $2, which is a steal.  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Week
30. Re: The Old Republic Goes Free to Play Next Wee Nov 9, 2012, 10:33 HoSpanky
 
nin wrote on Nov 9, 2012, 09:13:
Dammit, he fixed all the headlines!


After I'd turned off my computer and was in bed, I realized I should have photoshopped and sent Blue a "Blue's New" logo for the front page.

Next time, gadget, next tiiiiime!
 
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News Comments > Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Suit
9. Re: Battle.net Authenticator Class Action Sui Nov 8, 2012, 23:11 HoSpanky
 
The Smartphone authenticator works for every blizzard game, your info was wron  
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