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News Comments > NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support
1. Re: NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support Aug 28, 2014, 18:42 Creston
 
Apparently the streaming works pretty well with Nvidia's new 8 inch tablet (which you can simply connect to your TV again if you so desired.)

 
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News Comments > Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode
5. Re: Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode Aug 28, 2014, 18:40 Creston
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 18:29:
People are saying this game is pretty much dead on the PC. Anyone can confirm or deny?

Origin has been peddling it for 30 bucks for the past week and a half or so, and Amazon currently has it on sale for 20 bucks. Combine that with them doing yet another Free 48 hours on it, and it does sorta add up to "Shit, we have no players anymore! Quick, let's try to get some cheap/free ones!"

But yeah, taking the Titans out of your TITANFALL game and just turning it into CoD with jetpacks is just... errr...
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed
1. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed Aug 28, 2014, 18:37 Creston
 
Ubisoft logic: "Let's not compete just with everyone else, but also with our own games!"

They're releasing 4 major games (AC:Rogue, AC:Unity, FC4 and The Crew) in the space of like two weeks.

If our CEO did something equivalent in the energy industry, he'd be laughed out of a job in the space of five seconds.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced
36. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced Aug 28, 2014, 18:33 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 20:52:
Publishers put online functionality and things like multiplayer trophies into games so that people don't trade them in the critical first 30 day period. Who knows if they even do this in house? I kinda doubt it.

No, it was another team that made it. And whether that MP stops trading in thing works, I have no idea.

I thought the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer was extremely limited and repetitive, it was your typical survival mode console multiplayer. The user interface for the PC version multiplayer was badly ported too, I couldn't even find a way to bind VOIP or anything like that. Maybe they added it later, I don't know, I got bored after doing the same maps and enemies a few times. It just felt like a boring grindfest and I thought the gambling component was annoying.

To each their own, obviously.


When I think of Mass Effect multiplayer, I want another player in the universe with me exploring and checking out worlds, doing quests. I don't want to sit in a small map with waves of enemies. I hope they get there one day.

The big problem with something like that is, how do you stop player 2 from completing quests and discovering stuff that player 1 hasn't seen? Unless you force them to stay together on screen, a la the Telltale Lego games.

I don't think they'll ever have a Mass Effect game that does this, but in a way their Shadowrealm game is sort of going in that direction.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced
35. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced Aug 28, 2014, 18:30 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 00:46:
the difference with this is that fantasy rpgs have a long and proud tradition of standalone dungeon crawling, and i'm pretty sure this is all this is, against the backdrop of DA universe fiction. and i'm totally ok with that. i don't think many of you realize how much fun pure RPG dungeon crawling can be.

But it won't really be dungeon crawling. They have ten premade areas, and every time you play it randomly picks five and strings them together. It's really just survival mode combat, but in a slightly more varied arena.

peteham wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 06:54:
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 11:00:
But will we have Inquisition assets that only count at 50% unless we play multiplayer?? Because everyone just LOVED that part of it in ME3! :o
I hope they haven't forgotten the most important bit: The Inquisition iOS companion app, for maximum asset boostage. 'Cause the one for ME3 was so amazingly stellar. They must have given one guy a week to do it, or brought in some students/interns to do it.

Actually tried to use it again during my last replay, just for kicks. This was around the time Citadel came out. Obviously it was broken, no longer being maintained, and whatever servers previously powering it no longer running. Though with the extra resources from the DLCs, it's no longer needed for the super optimal ending anyway but meh.

I'd completely forgotten about that companion app PoS. And yeah, you actually no longer need anything extra to get the super optimal ending, as you get it @ 3000 War Assets, or 6000 if you're at 50% readiness, which is pretty easily achievable just through the main game.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Aug 28, 2014, 18:25 Creston
 
287000 words about a question nobody is asking anymore.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Here's what companies said about Comcast-TWC merger Aug 28, 2014, 18:17 Creston
 
Here's what Comcast themselves said about the merger: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Here's what the FCC heard: $$$$$$$$$$$$$
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
53. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 28, 2014, 18:02 Creston
 
Oh Joss Whedon. If only we'd all gotten a nickle every time Buffy showed her bra straps.

And Dollhouse was, of course, totally just about empowering females. I finally stopped watching it at work because of the stuff he made Eliza Dushku wear. (pleasant to watch, for sure, but pretty darn titillating.)


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Aug 28, 2014, 17:53 Creston
 
I agreed with Sarkeesian (spelling?)'s video, up until she started talking about how in open world games, you can beat up women and stash them in trunks and shoot them etc etc etc, and never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever EVER actually mentions that you can do the exact same thing to male NPCs. So is the game still purely anti-woman then, or is it just a morally bankrupt playground for those of us who understand that we are playing a GAME with no basis in reality?

All I was waiting for was for her to say "Btw, you can do all these things to male characters too. But back to my point."

Never happened, at least not for the first 85% of it that I watched. It's easy to paint a one-sided picture if you're selectively picking and choosing what footage to show.


All that said, the threats against her are fucking insane and the people who make these threats really need to just get a nice happy case of fucking scurvey.
 
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News Comments > Last Chance at Some GOG.com Games
18. Re: Last Chance at Some GOG.com Games Aug 28, 2014, 17:47 Creston
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 17:11:
Is this something that you actually believe? Like, our prices are higher just so Russia/Ukraine can get lower prices? That seems extremely unlikely.

Microsoft has basically admitted that it charges more for Windows and Office in Western (ie, Rich) countries, so that they can offer it virtually for free in China and the like. There have been some indications in that direction for other software as well.

They (the price setters) claim they have to price it so low because of the rampant piracy, but that still seems a shitty reason for us to get higher prices. Because here's the thing, if you can sell the game for 15 bucks (equivalent) in Russia and still make a profit on it, why am I pay 60 fucking dollars? And why are people in Australia paying nearly 100? If you can make a profit on 15 bucks, why can't I buy a copy for 15 bucks?


It seems to me that publishers are in a no-win situation. If Russia gets an appropriate price one group bitches, and if not then the Russian consumers will just apply the same logic that Western consumers did for music -- the publisher doesn't care to offer goods at a reasonable price so it's inevitable that everyone will just pirate it.

And if that's how they treat it, I'll bitch at them for it. I'm not their fucking wallet.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2014, 17:42 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 16:08:
Hey Guys,

Just got hit with a virus from Blues. Went to this page, and immediately Symantec came up with an interception (I don't think there's anything wrong with that page. Subsequent visits returned nothing. I think it was random, via the ad banner). When I looked at the page, I could see that the top banner was missing completely, so the ad must have been replaced with the download code vector. It tried to download setup.exe. Virus info via Symantec Endpoint here.

Eek, thanks for the warning, buddy!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 28, 2014, 17:34 Creston
 
Prez wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 17:15:
Verno wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 12:20:
Prez wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 12:03:
Screw arguing over diction and spelling, Apple got smacked down in court again! In your face, Apple! Suck it down!!!!

In proper English its actually Sucke it down ye olde Apple, sorry for your mistake.

LOL!

(Not sure how you say "LOL" in "Ye Ole English)

You say "Verily, such mirth of grand fashion! Guffaw!"

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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Aug 28, 2014, 17:29 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 16:55:
Again, this militarization of police needs to stop. And this sort of shit needs to be vetted. You can't have cops violating peoples civil rights just because they received an anonymous phone call. It's like they love doing this because it then allows them to rationalize these sorts of escalations and violations and demand bigger budgets all around when they're not needed to begin with. I hope this guy sues the shit out of them and wins big. Putting a crimp in city budgets through lawsuits seems to be the only way reform is going to happen these days.

Sue them for what? A bomb threat falls under Exigent circumstance.

SWAT got a bomb threat called in. If the threat is deemed believable, they have to act on it. Otherwise they'd stand around trying to figure out if something is real or not, and another Oklahoma City (potentially) happens.

Other than them talking tough, they made him get on the ground, detained him, and put him in handcuffs. They didn't hurt him, they didn't use excessive force or nothing. Once they saw there was no actual bomb threat, I believe he was released.

SWAT did what it's supposed to do. The asshole who called in a prank threat for the lulz should be the one to get sued and to go away for some serious amount of time. Sadly, the little shitbag doesn't seem to be in the US, so he's probably from some dipshit regime where they just smile sheepishly and go "kids these days. hahaha."

 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Aug 28, 2014, 17:26 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 16:22:
1. Prison sentencing reform is a serious issue. I abhor swatting and those that do it, but 30 years doesn't fit the crime. Swartz was threatened with 35 years for sharing docs. It's a problem, given that the USA has the world's largest prison population.

2. Prison rape is not a joking matter. If you're convicted you should server your time, not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment too. Most swatters are kids that don't know better. Ruining their lives forever due to a prank is too much, serious though that prank may be.

That "prank" of yours is going to lead to someone one day getting shot by an on-edge swat team who think they're going in to stop someone with a bomb. Then what? Still give them a year in minsec and a swat on the fingers?

Fuck that noise.

Also, prison rape actually really doesn't happen anywhere except in Hollywood movies.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 28, 2014, 17:24 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 14:50:
Oh, I don't know what the big deal is. I've been in more than a few oval orifices myself.

That hole in your backyard fence doesn't count.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2014, 14:52 Creston
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 11:33:
Verno wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 10:55:
Quitting smoking was one of the best decisions I made in my life awhile ago. It opened up so many other things, I started mountain climbing, biking and being able to actually taste food again was wonderful.

I whenever I see TV Chefs smoking, it makes me wonder how good their food could actually be. I tend to assume they over season (i.e. a half pound of salt), because that's the only way they can taste stuff.

They do. Have you ever watched Chopped? Half their judges are CONSTANTLY bitching that shit 'needs more salt.' Guarnachelli recently complained that fucking ICE CREAM needed more salt.

The fact that she has completely burned away her taste buds with all the Umami she's eating to the point where salt is the only thing she can taste anymore has apparently never occured to her.

I'd bet that if they couldn't see their contestants put all the ingredients in, their tasting at the end of a round where they go "Hmmm, I can really taste the star anise and the cloves! Such a bold flavor profile!" would be exposed for the sham it is, because they'd have no clue what anything tasted like except fucking SALT.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2014, 14:49 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 10:55:
Quitting smoking was one of the best decisions I made in my life awhile ago. It opened up so many other things, I started mountain climbing, biking and being able to actually taste food again was wonderful.

People who were around you frequently probably also enjoyed it.

It never ceases to amaze me that smokers have no idea just how badly they STINK. There's this 10 foot bubble around them that just smells like a charnel house.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2014, 14:40 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 14:31:
Hey gang, Amazon's End of Summer Sale is on from now until September 1st! Get 'em while they're hot!

And don't forget to click through Blue's link at the bottom of the main page, so he gets a cut!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 28, 2014, 14:38 Creston
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 12:04:
Creston wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 11:58:


Well, pip pip there guv'nor! Would you mind terribly explaining yourself, perchance over some tea and light refreshments? I shall not stand for you sullying the good Queen's language!



As long as you promise not to serve those nasty cucumber sandwiches!

Vegetarian Toad in the Hole, me bugger! And scones, of course! Shan't forget the Scones!
 
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News Comments > Last Chance at Some GOG.com Games
15. Re: Last Chance at Some GOG.com Games Aug 28, 2014, 14:36 Creston
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 23:23:
Something I've never understood -- does the term regional pricing apply only to US/EUR/JAP, or is there some other formula that determines how much the price is allowed to vary? If I go to steamprices.com, I see that Witcher 3 preorders are $60 US, 40 and 50. The UK & EU prices are apparently about 20% higher than the US, but okay, that might be within the plus/minus of currency fluctuations. But the Russian price is the equivalent of $17.45.

How does a stance against regional pricing translate into the ultra-low territories like Russia? It seems like they still get regional pricing.

GOG is trying to get publishers to stop this asinine price difference bullshit, but they're small fry, so it's not as if it's having much success. They've said that if they can't get the price to be the same, they'll eat the difference themselves, which in the case of Australian prices may mean they take a pretty big loss on selling that game.

Obviously, since Russia is getting it so much cheaper than everyone else, GOG doesn't have to price match with the US price. And, of course, Witcher 3 is their own game, so they can sell it for whatever the hell they want to.

Also, why does Russia get it so much cheaper than everyone else? Why, because the rest of us are funding their lower prices! Yay publishers!

 
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