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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Beta Begins
12. Re: Elite Dangerous Beta Begins Jul 30, 2014, 11:29 Creston
 
Theo wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 11:23:
Actually kinda true kinda not... in that if you chose to stay in super cruiser (light speed without a jump), you could point at a star leave your computer for a few years and it would get there....(the tech in super-cruise allows for that, even if real life game time wouldn't).

Oh, it would? Then I stand corrected.

I figured it'd just be the standard "you'd keep moving indefinitely as the game just conjures up empty space around you, but you'll never actually get there" box that space games use.

 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
14. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Jul 30, 2014, 11:20 Creston
 
peteham wrote on Jul 30, 2014, 09:32:
Jerykk wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 23:34:
Curious to see how useful the tactical mode will be. No doubt the normal difficulty setting will be balanced for the action-oriented approach but will the higher difficulties be more tactical and offer compelling tactical combat scenarios? DA2 failed in the latter regard.
Yep, also with regards to encounter frequency. I distinctly remember playing DA2 on a difficulty that required pausing caused the game to drag on for far too long with the near infinite amount of recycled uninteresting monster closet encounters. Seems to me that trying to make a game both tactical and action'y at the same time will result in sub-optimal mechanics in both departments. This certainly was the case with DA2.

It doesn't have to. They just need to cut back on the frequency of encounters, but at the same time make the encounters you do get more memorable/tougher.

Previous gameplay videos do seem to bear this out, as the PC will be running through open-world (ish) areas and rarely see an encounter. In DA2, there was shit to fight every 2 steps, and every fight got four fucking waves of magical teleporting reinforcements, even though their own lore specifically prohibits teleporting.

I think Inquisition looks pretty great, though the party members seem kinda meh so far.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 30, 2014, 11:17 Creston
 
Thanks for fixing the ad, Blue.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Beta Begins
9. Re: Elite Dangerous Beta Begins Jul 30, 2014, 11:14 Creston
 
Awesome. Glad to see it's moving along at a steady pace.

I do wonder why they keep harping so much on how "big" the game is, though, as the 38000 light year figure is basically fud. The game, currently, is 55 star systems big. Whether those are 38 km apart or 38000 light years each is a moot point, since the only way to travel between them is to activate the hyperdrive.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jul 30, 2014, 01:07 Creston
 
I think games is actually maybe one of the strongest mediums to allow you to play old stuff, thanks to GOG, abandonware sites, etc.

Sure, if "the server" goes down, some games can't be played anymore. Hint: Don't buy those games. Tell EA to go fuck itself with that bullshit.

Most current games that are tied to things like Steam, Uplay, Origin etc could be played indefinitely with a cracked exe. (though of course the hard part is in finding one of those without a complimentary virus in it...)

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jul 29, 2014, 22:25 Creston
 
Listen to Polygon! Bow down now and just let EA do whatever the fuck it wants to! Do not speak out against it, do not vote with your wallet, just shut up and accept it. It's the Polygon way!

What a useless bunch of cuntcones.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Last of us secret ending Jul 29, 2014, 14:47 Creston
 
Seems like it would have been cool, though the current ending conveys the same idea just about as well.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
9. Five reasons not to miss comic-con Jul 29, 2014, 14:45 Creston
 
1) Cute girls cosplaying
2) Cute girls cosplaying
3) Cute girls cosplaying
4) Cute girls cosplaying
5) I dunno, something with comics I guess.

1-4, however, can just as easily be enjoyed through pictures.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 29, 2014, 14:43 Creston
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 14:17:
Creston wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 11:44:
Then again, British police are fucking crazy, so who knows...
Crazy in comparison to what? They're positively angelic if you compare them to the bullshit going on in the US.

It was mostly a joke, actually, as I love ribbing the brits

On the flipside, I watched a few british cop shows over the past few weeks, and the haughty moral patronizing was just astounding. Those cops genuinely seemed to believe they were some form of higher species compared to the schleps they pulled over. I thought only dutch cops were that fucking irritating, but no.

Just give people the fucking ticket already, cop, stop pretending like you're giving them a lesson that'll save their life one day because they were speeding a massive 5 mph.

(yes, yes, I know it's a cop show and shouldn't be taken as the benchmark for all british cops.)

 
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News Comments > New GeForce WHQL Drivers
2. Re: New GeForce WHQL Drivers Jul 29, 2014, 14:39 Creston
 
So what do they break?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2014, 14:14 Creston
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 12:56:
Oh, went to the dog park today with my posse......

Those are cute, cute dogs.

/deliberately ignores tiny human lifeform.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2014, 11:56 Creston
 
killer_roach wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 00:31:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 11:00:
Sigh, George RR Martin. He's going to pull a Robert Jordan on his readers, it's pretty much a given at this point.

So does that mean we get Brandon Sanderson to salvage this series too?

Speaking of that, how did that turn out? Has he finished it yet? Anyone read it?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 29, 2014, 11:49 Creston
 
I actually did a double-take when I saw a copy of Hustler magazine in the airport bookstore the other day.

(And it was only partially because of what the two girls on the cover were doing to each other...)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 29, 2014, 11:44 Creston
 
But I'm worried police could overdo it, just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn't mean they should lose their phone."

I would imagine that police just check to see if you were using it, and if they find you were not, they give it back.

Then again, British police are fucking crazy, so who knows...
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. AMA about Kerbal Space Program Jul 29, 2014, 11:42 Creston
 
"How do I make sweet, sweet love to you for giving me such an awesome game?"

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2014, 11:41 Creston
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 29, 2014, 09:40:
Went to feed the dogs, and I noticed a few of the food nuggets had escaped the bucket. My wife was right there, so I held some up, and said "this is how we get ants" - the moment was lost on her. Still enjoyed it though....

That's a terrible, terrible waste of high comedy.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2014, 11:39 Creston
 
Hey Blue, that Last of Us Remastered ad pops over onto the entire screen, and I can't find a way to get it to leave other than to actually close the browser... I don't mind a pop-over if there's an X to get rid of it, but I don't see one anywhere...

This is on firefox. I'll check with Chrome to see if it behaves the same.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: GRRM Jul 28, 2014, 18:07 Creston
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 15:06:
Don't you mean "what took him 15"? They haven't gone into territory he hasn't already written...have they (I'm nowhere near current on the show)?

I'd read a report that said that by the end of season 5 they'd have caught up with him (since they're only doing 7 seasons) and from that point they'd realistically be on their own, since his new book is going to take another two to three years at least.

Admittedly, the man's a slow writer, but I suspect that may have something to do with why his books are uniformly good.

*chokes on water*

Yeah, they're really not. The last book was uniformly about 700 pages of absolute shit in which just about NOTHING happens. It's full-on Robert Jordan Syndrome. (who excelled at having entire books be about fucking nothing. I think it took the Aes Sedai army five books to walk back to their tower?)

Don't get me wrong, it's a good story, and (especially at the time it came out), it's a very different kind of fantasy and for that he deserves praise, but his work ethic is just terrible.

I've written things myself, and it's an enormous pain to finish a book, because eventually the joy of writing that story is already gone (as you've already gone over everything in your mind a hundred times at least) and then it's just really irritating work that you're doing.

On the flipside, as a writer who is enormously popular, you owe it to the people who bought your books / your fans to finish your damn story. And while he understandably gets pissed when people say that he'll likely be dead before he ever finishes it, the sad reality is that it's now more likely than not.

And as good as the show is, it couldn't (or at least is extremely unlikely to) have turned out so good if he hadn't written the story for them. Few screenwriters can create a story from scratch that measures up to those books.

Obviously, but the show is also so good because it cuts out a lot of the dead weight from the books. The show is almost razor focused on the main plot and keeps it moving.
 
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
10. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 11:46 Creston
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 11:41:
And btw, the new experimental build is fully playable.

Ah, okay. Then I stand corrected.

In that case, I don't really have much of an issue with what they're doing. The guy could still try to be less of an asshole to his customers, but eh, that kind of behavior will always come back to bite you in the ass somewhere down the road.

Oh and think about this, if Chris Roberts stated that RSI was working on another game, imagine how much shit he would be getting, this site would explode with vitriol.

Well, but that's kind of my point. SC isn't an early access deal, it's a crowdfunded game, and they have no other income besides the thousands of crazy people who buy heaps of virtual space ships with real money.

At least Facepunch has other income (garry's mod is still selling like butter) and they sold their game as early access, so it's not really a straight comparison.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. GRRM Jul 28, 2014, 11:38 Creston
 
I can sort of understand him not wanting to be there. After all, it's gotta be rough watching other people do in five years what you weren't able to do in 15.

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