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News Comments > Game Reviews
15. Re: Game Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 15:15 Creston
 
NetHead wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:33:
Prez wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 09:56:
The four reviews posted are on the four sites I swore off forever. No clicks for you!

I was just thinking "I don't want to open any of those sites."

So instead, from Metacritic...

93 PC Gamer
92 GameFront
90 Multiplayer.it
90 Everyeye.it
90 The Escapist
90 Eurogamer Italy
85 3DJuegos
85 Destructoid
80 Joystiq
80 Shacknews
80 Vandal Online
80 IGN Italia
73 GameStar
70 Meristation
65 GRYOnline.pl
60 GameSpot
59 IGN

ArsTechnica decried it as simply having broken AI (from the guys who do the Total War series? Whodathunkit! ), on account of the alien finding you in seconds when it should have absolutely no clue where you are, and on the flipside it not seeing you when you're practically standing right in front of it, and being so brutally difficult that when you get stuck in one of the many "only one way through" sections, it can easily take an hour's worth of Try-Fail-Try-Fail-Try-Fail because of the manual save points.

No idea whether that is correct, but if that's the case, it makes me wonder what sites are doing giving this such high scores.

From the PC Gamer review

Encounters with the alien are not scripted. Its behaviour is unpredictable, and the impressive, reactive AI creates the illusion that it's an intelligent creature.

So, broken AI on the one hand, great dynamic AI on the other? One of these two is lying.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2014, 15:09 Creston
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:46:
Because that UI is ancient, being very close to 19 years old now, and it is no longer suited to the way modern computing works.

Not gainsaying your argument, but what exactly about Windows 7's UI is unsuited to the way modern computing works? What even constitutes "modern computing" by your definition? Touch screens? I don't have a touch screen, so that 'feature' is pointless to me.

Multiple monitors? They work fine in Win7, unless you want to have the task bar appear on both screens (which you can easily do with third party tools.)

I'm really just curious what doesn't work according to you.

To me, it's funny in the same way that old guys bitch and carp about how much "better" it was when engines still had carburetors and how "easier" they were to work on.

I'm not sure why that's funny to you, as it is actually a simple truth. Engines WERE easier to work on back in the days when they still came with carburators. While that may not make them better inasmuch, for people who were used to doing a lot of their own car maintenance etc, it's not that hard to see that current engines, which practically require an MS in computer science, are deemed "worse" by their standards. (even if technologically current engines are many times better.)

Now, the amusement part comes in when some of those very same people will buy Windows 10 expecting an interface similar to Windows 7 out of the box. By the time Windows 10 hits retail shelves, Windows 7 will be a decade old. A DECADE. Yet they'll happily delude themselves in to believing that nothing has, or should, change.

That's a pretty straw man you're building. I think most people will take a look at windows One, determine if it's worth upgrading to, and if it offers zero features that matter to them personally they'll just stick with Win7.

Many people don't see the need to upgrade an OS because Microsoft tells them to.


Kajetan wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:09:
You know what you are? You are a progress nazi!

Well, that went nowhere in a hurry...
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
26. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:59 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:37:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:39:
Frags4Fun wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:37:
I don't understand why we put up with this crap when these ISP's are making billions in profits.

Billions is probably exaggerated, but the reason people put up with it is because they have no choice. If you have exactly one option for even marginally decent high speed, what are you going to do? Cancel and go back to dial-up?

Looks like Comcast made $8.4B in profit last year. When you're collecting $1000 per year from millions of people on an infrastructure that doesn't cost a lot to maintain, and you have no competition, you can make literally billions in profit.

There are hundreds of ISPs in the US. Only Verizon, Comcast, AT&T etc make billions of dollars.

Most ISPs barely scrape by.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Delayed
23. Re: Pillars of Eternity Delayed Oct 3, 2014, 12:03 Creston
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:44:
Oh, it's definitely coming, on some version of the Skyrim engine. There is no way there won't be some sort of Skyrim enhanced Fallout sequel eventually, probably at least one each by Bethesda and Obsidian.


Off topic, but I dunno. I think the reason the Fallout 4 announcement is taking so long is that Bethesda is switching engines and it's taking a lot longer to get it to the same moddable state as their iteration of Gamebryo was.

It's a pure guess, but it would make sense. Skyrim was getting pretty darn long in the tooth, engine wise. A new engine gets them set for the next several titles.

And yes, I would imagine they'll allow someone (maybe Obsidian) to make another spinoff title after they release FO4.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Delayed
22. Re: Pillars of Eternity Delayed Oct 3, 2014, 12:00 Creston
 
I don't mind them taking the time to make it great, but now they're going to butt up against the Witcher 3's release date...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 11:58 Creston
 
That poor, poor dog covered in tar...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 11:53 Creston
 
I wouldn't be opposed to a subscription model, but we need far stronger forum/comments policies so we no longer have to put up with dipshit trolls every single day. (There aren't too many of them right now, fortunately.)

In the meantime, I'm happy to visit one extra website and click a link in order to get you some kickbacks from my Amazon purchases.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
8. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 11:39 Creston
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:37:
I don't understand why we put up with this crap when these ISP's are making billions in profits.

Billions is probably exaggerated, but the reason people put up with it is because they have no choice. If you have exactly one option for even marginally decent high speed, what are you going to do? Cancel and go back to dial-up?
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
7. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 11:38 Creston
 
It's about time someone paid attention to that all that evil within minimum specs! *Badum pssshhh*

/shows self out
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 11:37 Creston
 
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 11:31 Creston
 
What, you mean curators would get paid for positive coverage? WHAT, I NEVER...! THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF GAMES COVERAGE!!!

...

This effectively gives a developer the power to highlight anyone who is writing nice things about their game (and potentially hide anyone who isn't). But hopefully people won't do that - with great power comes great responsibility etc. etc.

Yeah, hopefully they won't do that! Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 3, 2014, 11:28 Creston
 
Is that it? What about the billions of dollars of theft the US military perpetrates each year by charging $95000 for an MS Office license in their budget?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2014, 11:26 Creston
 
ForgedReality wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:39:
Satellite "transmussions," eh?

Gotta watch out for those transmussions. Always mushing stuff up.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
24. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Oct 2, 2014, 15:59 Creston
 
It looks great to me.

I'm probably going to be lost for 900 hours in that character creator, though. FINALLY I will have a Jack Bauer who looks like Jack Fucking Bauer!@!!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: What it takes to make a cup of coffee in space Oct 2, 2014, 11:29 Creston
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 17:47:
Creston wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:34:
My guess would be:

1) Rocket
2) Fuel
3) Launch Facility
4) Cup
5) Coffee beans
6) Coffee machine
7)... duct tape?

How'd you forget water?

...

I would be one seriously pissed off astronaut...
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 11:19 Creston
 
Kicking your customers square in the teeth and telling them they're worthless is always a smart move. Gamasutra should give Alexander a raise.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 23:40 Creston
 
wtf_man wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 21:14:
If they get that update real solid... that will convince a lot of enterprises to upgrade due to easy migration! (Imagine upgrading everyone through your WSUS servers)

The OS upgrade isn't the big issue (and MOST enterprises would install fresh anyway.) The big issue is "Do all my old legacy apps still work, and if not, how do I keep them working so Legal doesn't go apeshit because this piece of shit database they bought in 1972 won't work anymore..."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 1, 2014, 15:37 Creston
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:04:
A client's energy bill tripled for two months with no apparent cause.

I love stories like that, as I tend to do a lot of similar troubleshooting as apart of my job. It sometimes tends to be something the user doesn't mention, and I tell people part of my job is not just asking questions, but asking the right questions to prod more information out of people...

As an example, we had one guy who's account kept getting locked, over and over, after a password change. We looked at his computer, his phone, his ipad, everything. After like 5 days of this, he's getting frustrated, and swears it can't be any other devices he owns.

I finally tell him to go home and turn off every piece of computer equipment in the house. Problem magically goes away, and I never hear from him again...


I can see what locks accounts out, so it's always pretty easy for me to take a wanker like that and go "Looks like it's an iPad that's locking your account out by hitting our network, and according to our system you have no company iPad. You know it's against security policy to connect your private iPad to our network, right?"

They typically stop complaining right at that point.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. What it takes to make a cup of coffee in space Oct 1, 2014, 15:34 Creston
 
My guess would be:

1) Rocket
2) Fuel
3) Launch Facility
4) Cup
5) Coffee beans
6) Coffee machine
7)... duct tape?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 1, 2014, 13:22 Creston
 
PropheT wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 11:34:
There was a thread yesterday that refuted the claims that the "insider" made, or even that they were an insider, and the community manager said it was pretty much just BS.

Duh. What else is he supposed to do? Admit it's all true?
 
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