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News Comments > Capture Added to Star Citizen Arena Commander
37. Re: Capture Added to Star Citizen Arena Commander Aug 11, 2014, 11:32 Creston
 
Kosumo wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 16:01:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 15:13:
"Star Citizen is the greatest game in the history of gaming."

Popcorn

I hear the 100 million goal will be for civilization to start refuring to time as pre-Star Citizen and post Star Citizen, fuck all this silly BC (before Christ) and AD (after Death) shit!

That would require way more than 100 million. Also, it would be called BCR and ACR, as Chris Roberts would obviously have it refer to himself rather than SC.

Finally, AD stands for Anno Domini, not After Death. Christ did not die in the year 0.


As for the update itself, CTF in Space might be cool, but it honestly seems like one never-ending escort mission from the description of it?
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 11, 2014, 11:21 Creston
 
Also known as the "Please design a level for us, and we'll pay you less than half of what we'd pay an actual level designer for it."

On the flipside, if you're trying to get into the industry, it might not be a bad way to get noticed. (though why anyone would still want to work in the game industry is beyond my understanding.)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 11, 2014, 11:11 Creston
 
Hobeaux wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 20:25:
I had surgery because I had to deal with two sets of glasses and didn't want bifocals. Unfortunately the surgery didn't go as expected and I *got* astigmatisms and lost the ability to see up close. Up side: I can drive without corrective lenses. Down side: I can't look through my camera, nor see my sketches or what I'm writing unless it's a little too far than I'd like.

High-contrast items like type on a TV is rough. Thin type…oh dear, it's a mess. Strangely, low contrast items like pink chalk on a board is legible from a distance. *scratches head* I don't get that one.

oh, and bright light really sucks. It's like being a vampire without the turning to ash business.

Damn man, sorry to hear that.

I'd been considering LASIK, but after waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many horror stories, I'll stick with glasses.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 11, 2014, 10:58 Creston
 
Gee, ya think, FCC?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 11, 2014, 10:57 Creston
 
I'd feel bad for Europeans having to download 60GB, but considering that the average user there probably has 50Mbps, it's not as drastic.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 10, 2014, 02:13 Creston
 
Conspiring with others versus conspiring by yourself makes little difference. Hachette wants Amazon to sell ALL its E-books for 14.99 and never lower. Is the hard cover on sale for 12.99? The ebook has to cost 14.99. Is the paperback out? The ebook has to cost 14.99.

And no, despite what you think, that really is not a common sort of contract. There are some industries where it happens (that apparently have enough clout or grease enough palms to keep from getting sued by the DoJ), but it doesn't happen in book stores. They can put an 8.99 price on a book, and the book store is more than welcome to sell it for 5 cents if it wants to. Note that the book store will still have to pay the 3-3.50 for that book, so it'd lose a shitload of money, but hey.

There is NO reason for E-books to cost more than actual books. NONE. Amazon understands this. Hachette wants to be greedy and force Amazon to sell at a price point where Amazon knows it'll actually make less money, and to prohibit Amazon from being able to put that book on sale.

It's the same thing Apple, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft do for their hardware

Hardware which, you might have noticed, frequently gets sold at discounts if retailers are seeing that it's not selling. (Look at all the retailers selling the failbox for 50 bucks less when they couldn't get anyone to buy the stupid thing.) Apple is a bit of an odd duck in this scenario because it has so many stores and such an online presence that if a retailer like Amazon tries to sell for less, Apple simply takes Amazon out of the equation and doesn't give them any stock to sell. (which is, in essence, the reverse of what's happening here with Hachette.)

And on the other hand, Amazon is using its massive market share (both in ebooks and physical books) to say, "no, we'll sell them for whatever we want, or we we're going to limit our stock to one a week."

Yes. Because Amazon has just finished fighting a lawsuit to get rid of Apple's bullshit price fixing, it sure as fuck isn't going to go back to then letting individual publishers go right on ahead with price fixing.

I think what Hatchette is doing is shitty, but I think what Amazon is doing is more reprehensible.

Well, I guess Amazon should just give in then, so that all publishers can go back to charging 15 bucks for an ebook, even if the paper version is selling for 6 bucks? You're right, that sounds like a great idea. Price fixing should always be legal, even if you just got hammered by the DoJ for doing so.

If Hachette doesn't like it, it needs to put up its own money and create its own digital distribution center so it can (try) to sell its ebook for 20 dollars a piece. You know, like Penguin Harper Collins will soon start doing. It'll be terribly amusing to see.

There is another industry that had much the same whiny whine whine when Amazon started selling stuff for less than they thought it should be sold for. You know which industry that was? The music industry versus Amazon's 99 cents MP3 price tag. Did you agree with the music industry and all the poor artists too when they argued that those mp3 should be sold for like 5 bucks a piece?
 
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News Comments > Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust
13. Re: Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust Aug 9, 2014, 19:00 Creston
 
Fly wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 17:22:
That's my commentary, and if you think otherwise, gtfo of PC gaming.

Okay, cliffy.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 9, 2014, 16:08 Creston
 
I wish someone would make a modern version of Uplink, with more missions and a bigger branching plotline. And support for 1080p.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
1. Re: Saturday Consolidation Aug 9, 2014, 16:05 Creston
 
And by permanent we mean "until we decide to turn it off" and by substantial we mean "it'll have a few two year old titles." He's already hedging his bets with the case-by-base basis stuff and having no idea how long it would be before anything gets added.

People that fork over money for this crap are sadly deluded. It's 20 bucks a year to play old EA titles. Woot?

Asked if he was disappointed by Sony's stance, Moore said: "It's tough for me to comment on Sony's comments. I think they made themselves pretty clear."

Yeah, it's hard to imagine how they could have made themselves any clearer when they said it offered basically no value whatsoever.

 
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News Comments > Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust
9. Re: Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust Aug 9, 2014, 16:03 Creston
 
The possibilities for aiming and movement are boiling out of my head, imagine what happens when someone plays with mobility in a PC FPS

Oh, you mean like we've been saying all along, when you were in your "FUCK THE PC GAMERS!" mode?

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 9, 2014, 12:37 Creston
 
mag wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 04:30:
Creston wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 16:20:
900 writers sticking up for a piece of shit publisher who was already found guilty of price fixing in the Apple trial, and is still trying to collude to artificially keep ebook prices way higher than they should be.

I'll be very interested to see the ad this Sunday, so I know which 900 authors to avoid in the future. Fuck you and your attempts at price fixing. Fuck you right up your fucking ass with a rusty pipe.

Oh my god. The authors don't set the prices. They just want Amazon--who has a near stranglehold on the market, who is the gatekeeper to book sales in the US--to stop deliberately refusing to sell their books.

OHMYGAWD, and WHY is Amazon refusing to sell their books (and let's get serious here, they are not refusing to sell them, they're just taking their sweet time in shipping them)? Because the authors' shit-ass publisher, Hachette, is trying to force Amazon to charge more for E-Books and to make it so that E-Books can't be lowered in price or go on sale, etc. Aka, price fixing.

You know, the thing the DOJ sued them, and five other publishers, and Apple over, and that they were FOUND GUILTY OF?

It sucks for the small-time authors who signed a deal with Hachette, I agree, but I'm not sure why we should just all bow our heads and agree to price-fixing for the sake of several hundred authors. And the fact that big name authors are whining about this is the height of fucking arrogance. Maybe someone should tell Suzanne Collins her books were 1-3 on Amazon's top E-book list for like 80000 months in a row, and that she likely has a large part of her success and her money to thank to Amazon.


 
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News Comments > Another The Crew Beta This Month
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 9, 2014, 12:33 Creston
 
HoSpanky wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 07:43:
The procedurally generated areas were always ridiculously windy roads, no fun to drive on because you NEVER got out of third gear.

Jeremy Clarkson just had an orgasm.
 
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News Comments > Another The Crew Beta This Month
5. Re: Another The Crew Beta This Month Aug 8, 2014, 21:02 Creston
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 17:08:
Creston wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 16:36:
Did anyone play the beta? Any feedback on the actual driving?

I didn't mind it. It's definitely very arcadey but I thought it played pretty well. Some placed that were really down on it when it was shown at E3 2013 said it's improved a lot too. The engine had some glitches (though this was a proper beta, not a marketing beta) and it was locked to 30FPS on PC but I think I read that's supposed to change by release. The seamless co-op was really slick too. Has a lot of promise.

Thanks PA
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Steam beta adds 'hide this game in my library' option… Aug 8, 2014, 16:39 Creston
 
Verno wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 12:12:
No longer will Snuggle Truck haunt our lists!



I gave that gift to you guys with love, and THIS IS HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT??!
 
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News Comments > Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition Announced
7. Re: Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition Announced Aug 8, 2014, 16:37 Creston
 
They announced the sequel, but that's it. It's being worked on, though.  
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News Comments > Another The Crew Beta This Month
2. Re: Another The Crew Beta This Month Aug 8, 2014, 16:36 Creston
 
Did anyone play the beta? Any feedback on the actual driving?  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 8, 2014, 16:20 Creston
 
900 writers sticking up for a piece of shit publisher who was already found guilty of price fixing in the Apple trial, and is still trying to collude to artificially keep ebook prices way higher than they should be.

I'll be very interested to see the ad this Sunday, so I know which 900 authors to avoid in the future. Fuck you and your attempts at price fixing. Fuck you right up your fucking ass with a rusty pipe.
 
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News Comments > Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition Announced
5. Re: Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition Announced Aug 8, 2014, 16:15 Creston
 
I might pick it up again if it's cheap enough. I never thought the visuals were the problem, it was the driving that was the big issue.

Also, a lot of the DLC is of the overpowered variety, so depending on what they add, things might quickly get waaaaay too easy. Both Year of the Snake and Nightmare in North Point were actually pretty fun, so having those included is pretty cool.

All in all, since I already own most of it anyway, I doubt I'd pay more than 5 bucks for it, unless the graphical update is truly jaw-dropping.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 8, 2014, 11:57 Creston
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 07:10:
From what I can gather from google, this Pewdiepie just plays games? How is he any different from the millions of other people doing the same thing on Youtube. The world is strange.

He does weird/funny commentary while playing them. You either like that style of humor or you don't, but I'll say that watching him play Happy Wheels or Amnesia is pretty funny.

I think him having the most subscribed-to Youtube channel is just a function of people wanting to appear as if they're down with the popular stuff, so everyone subscribes to his channel because it's the thing to do.

All that said, I fail to see why it illicits such rage in certain people.

 
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News Comments > Casey Hudson Departs BioWare
29. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2014, 11:45 Creston
 
NewMaxx wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 06:29:
If you want to see how a lead designer properly manages a team, check out Chris Avellone.

Because there was literally nothing wrong with Alpha Protocol, after all. The combat in that game played like a smooth, buttery dream. Kotor2? Best ending ever. Everything Chris Avellone touches turns to gold. (And was he even lead designer on anything? Isn't Josh Sawyer usually the lead?)

My point is to loop back to the Sun Tzu saying which is basically that the leader must not be vague about what is acceptable and it sounds awfully like this guy was vague.

How was he vague? He signed off on the ending that Mac Walters wrote by himself, likely because they were just a few months away from shipping and still did not have an ending. He likely didn't have much choice at that point anymore.

I'm not giving him a pass on the ME3 ending (they definitely should have involved the other writers, especially since Mac Walters is a fucking hack,) but the guy led development on four great games. He deserves more kudos for that than for fucking up one ending (which, again, they later fixed anyway.)
 
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