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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 5, 2014, 18:56 Creston
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 16:36:
"When television is good, nothing not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers nothing is better.

I'm gonna guess this quote was made before the advent of the video game industry.

Because a good game shits all over the best television.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 18:51 Creston
 
Btw, I love how Europe ass-rapes every car that's basically not electric with environmental taxes etc, but at the same time, cops letting their fucking cars run all day is perfectly fine.

Government hypocrisy in action. Someone please just bulldoze Brussel.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 18:49 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 15:00:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 14:44:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 13:03:
a computer that takes 7 minutes to boot up must to ancient, maybe they need to upgrade them.

Not even an 8086 takes 7 minutes to boot up, from floppy yet.

I've had plenty of work laptops that take that long to reboot. New machines, but with all the security it takes them forever.
Hell, reawakening my current laptop from hibernation will take forever before it's usable. I should time it sometime. It's over five minutes before I can actually get into the browser. An actual reboot is usually faster, I think, since it isn't pushing 7 gigs of data back into the RAM, but not by much.

Okay, take your shitty 1997 Sony VAIO and throw it in the trash, please.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained
34. Re: Star Citizen at $49M; Ongoing Funding Explained Aug 5, 2014, 18:45 Creston
 
Zanthar wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 14:27:
I don't think you can judge whats going on behind the scenes in production from just a few press blurbs. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Chris Roberts has an impressive track record of delivering some awesome games back in the day.

He also has the track record of Freelancer, which he worked on for 6 something years, promising everything, until MS finally said "This is never getting done", and kicked him out the door.

If he doesn't deliver with SC, his career in the gaming industry will be over for good. He will lose respect and all of his achievements will become worthless. There will be no recovery from failure since he took $50mil directly from the pockets of gamers. If that's not enough motivation for him NOT to fail then he'll deserve the brutal end to his career that he will get.

Oh, I don't think anyone has any doubts that CR wants this game to be made, and wants it to succeed beyond all his wildest dreams, and that he in no way, shape or form wants to fuck it up. However, on the flipside, he has now made so many promises, and they're trying to cram so much stuff into this one game, that failure is absolutely a possibility no matter how much he struggles against it.

That said, as long as people apparently keep putting a million bucks into the game every month, he can keep his 200 odd developers plugging along quite merrily.
 
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin
15. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:39 Creston
 
Free game is cool, but does Origin do anything to make sure it runs? WC3 can be a bit fickle to get to work properly...

I already have a GOG copy (which works fine, I might add), so no need for this one, but hey, a free game is a free game, and it's double awesome when it's an incredibly cool, and at the time genre-shattering, game like this one.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
1. Re: Evening Previews Aug 5, 2014, 18:37 Creston
 
Very good article, well worth the read.

Pretty damn excited for Wasteland 2.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Financials; WoW Down to 6.8M Subs
2. Re: Blizzard Financials; WoW Down to 6.8M Subs Aug 5, 2014, 18:28 Creston
 
For another perspective, WoW has now lost more subscribers than any other MMO ever had.  
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News Comments > SimCity Trial Version
1. Re: SimCity Trial Version Aug 5, 2014, 18:23 Creston
 
Makes sense it's only for four hours, because you can't build anything big enough (relatively speaking, in their tiny-ass lots) to see how fucking terrible it is later in the game.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Aug 5, 2014, 14:13 Creston
 
Best video ever. Youtube, nay, mankind has now reached its apex.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Angry Birds Aug 5, 2014, 14:06 Creston
 
At first glance I thought "oh right, here's someone else who invented the iPhone and needs millions of dollars for their stolen intellectual property."

Reading the actual court filing, though... Holy shit. Page 8 and 9 of the filing show pictures of the toy they originally made, along with the back of the packaging that specifically mentions, BY NAME, that she's the one who designed it, and it's being used under license.

I'm guessing Hart and/or Rovio are going to have to cough up a metric shitload of money over this. How much has Rovio made off angry birds? Hundreds of millions of dollars?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 13:52 Creston
 
What?????  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 13:06 Creston
 
Assistant Superintendent Helen Lewis of Tower Hamlets Police said: I can confirm that we have received one official complaint from a local resident in relation to police cars being left running outside the Bethnal Green Police Station. We ignore all complaints from the community very seriously. I intend to not investigate this situation and pending the outcomes of the non-investigation will work with the community to ensure that anyone who complains will be arrested and detained."

British police. Really no better than US police.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 5, 2014, 11:58 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 09:29:
Re: xbox - Or they could just drop the damned price. You're selling inferior hardware, price it accordingly.

I checked out Sacred 3 on the weekend by the way, I am a big fan of the franchise. Sacred 3 is an unbelievable turd that no one should waste their time on, it is bad and diverges from the main series on so many levels. Maybe one day write up a proper teardown on it but I'm not sure its even worth the time, it's a terrible game.

RPS already saved you the trouble.

As for the xbone, yeah it should still be cheaper, but at least they're trying to put SOME value into it. I'm waiting for Sony to drop the price, but since they're outselling MS 3 to 1, I doubt they will anytime soon.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 16:24 Creston
 
harlock wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 13:31:
Scientists have discovered that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming in sleepers by applying mild electrical currents to their scalps, a study says.

Lucid dreaming is when a sleeper recognises they are dreaming and may even be able to manipulate the dream's plot and control their behaviour.

"The key finding is that you can, surprisingly, by scalp stimulation, influence the brain. And you can influence the brain in such a way that a sleeper, a dreamer, becomes aware that he is dreaming," said Professor J Allan Hobson, from Harvard Medical School, who co-authored the paper published in Nature Neuroscience.

*BRAAAAAAAAHHHHMMMM*
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 4, 2014, 11:53 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:41:
EA has totally mismanaged the Ultima franchise and the worst part is that they never part with IP so you know it's stuck there 'forever'. With so many great RPGs on the horizon its begging for a re-release.

It's not called Ultima, but RG's kickstarted RPG seems to be proceeding along fairly smoothly.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
10. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 11:11 Creston
 
Hehehe. Maybe not quite that long, but I don't see the MMO part really being playable anywhere before 2016. (unless they release a dramatically stripped down version with just a few locales.)

 
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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
8. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 10:46 Creston
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:26:
ps. This game officially cannot possibly meet all these goals now.

Sure it can. It just can't do so within the allotted time frame.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. 6 high tech movie facilities Aug 4, 2014, 10:41 Creston
 
Funny article, but wrong in just about every place. I don't hold Hollywood to any high standards, but most of the stuff listed here was actually thought about by the movies' producers/writers:

Death Star size / travel times: The Death Star is the size of a small moon, not of Earth's moon. (which is gargantuan by cosmic standards) It's even mentioned in the movie. A quick glance at wookieepedia shows that the original Death Star had a diameter of 120 km.

Furthermore, nowhere it is implied that Luke, Han and Chewie take just a few minutes to get to Leia's cell block. For all we know, they might have been traveling for a few hours. Same with Obi-Wan. Since even "24", which ostensibly happened in real time, cheated with travel times, I don't see why it happening in a movie is such a big deal. Maybe Tom Reimann wanted 25 minutes of watching Obi-Wan wander around, taking different turbo lifts and using the Force to make people not notice the fact there's a Jedi walking around their Imperial space station? I'm glad Lucas skipped those scenes and got on with the action.

(And really, if we're going to talk about impossible travel times, Friends still takes the cake, where Chandler travels from Tulsa to Central Park in NYC in roughly the space of an hour. )

As for the bog monster in the waste compactor, new crew member comes aboard with space flu, shits out parasite, parasite thrives in waste compactor. Also, it's the Empire, who weren't exactly known for fastidiousness. This doesn't seem that far fetched.

Face/Off : This movie was retarded in every single way.

Water on the Nostromo, Nero's ship : There is condensation on space vessels. The ISS actually has a system that's dedicated to recycling condensation from the air.

For a vessel that's on a deep space run, and the crew is cryogenically frozen, it makes sense for lots of condensation to build up. While you could argue that that would lead to massive amounts of system failures (it's caused failures on the ISS), it's not that difficult to imagine that the Nostromo has systems in place to deal with it in the more critical areas, but the cheap company couldn't be bothered with putting such systems in walkways etc.

Also, the Nostromo actually got quite some damage when it landed on LV-426(?) since it was never designed to actually land on planets. The idea of a pipe having ruptured seems within the realm of possibility.

As for why there is a pool on the bottom of Nero's ship, well, since that pool is at what the artificial gravity deems to be the bottom of his vessel, it actually makes quite a bit of sense for a design as open as his vessel to have water standing at the bottom. All that condensation does pile up.


Elysium : Never saw it, but it's not that hard to imagine that
A) They didn't bother showing the characters moving around for 30 minutes, since it makes for boring scenes, and
B) Most C&C functions are relatively within close distance. Yes, the White House, Capitol building and Pentagon aren't in the same building, but if judged over a distance over several hundred km, they are pretty damn close to one another.

And finally: ED-209 on the 100th floor. Tom Reimann has apparently never heard of a fucking SERVICE ELEVATOR. How did you think they got the big fucking desk up to the 100th floor, Tom? Transported it piecemeal in the executive glass-tube elevator?

There was a time when you at least had to make some sense when you wrote a Cracked article, but apparently now all that's required is that your article is long, has screen shots, and contains lots of strained analogies.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 4, 2014, 09:58 Creston
 
Blatant lying in advertising has been allowed in the US for God knows how long now, so that seems just a minor infraction.

Also, "Master Splinter" Rotfl

 
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News Comments > Star Citizen in Depth
1. Re: Star Citizen in Depth Aug 4, 2014, 09:53 Creston
 
Zurovec? Tony Zurovec? The guy who was the lead on Origin's Crusader games? (edit: Article actually confirms that).

Huh, I had no idea he was still working in game development. Cool

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