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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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News Comments > Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record
21. Re: Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record Oct 1, 2014, 13:16 Creston
 
Tumbler wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:36:
And pretty much everyone agreed that the one part of DE:HR that was developed as a separate module (the boss fights) was a terrible part that in no way, shape or form felt like part of the actual game.

I can only hope SC turns out like DE:HR. The boss fights were dumb but they didn't ruin the game for me in the least. I thought that was a phenomenal game.

It was also 99% made by the same team. See where I'm going with this?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
17. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 11:08 Creston
 
I'm surprised they didn't call it Windows One.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 10:47 Creston
 
"Because Oculus refuses to blatantly pander to us with money for a positive opinion."



And shit, if Pachter thinks it's not going to happen, well, I guess Oculus better close up their doors, because that motherfucker IS NEVER WRONG. Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record
9. Re: Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record Oct 1, 2014, 10:44 Creston
 
I would say that this would be fair criticism if we were delivering this game at retail and on disc. However, we are online and already pushing out builds, well before Star Citizen reaches what anyone would consider a “finished” stage. Just because we haven’t implemented a planned feature or built a certain asset yet doesn’t prevent us from sharing the game with everyone right now. It’s this evolved process which gives us the Hangar and Arena Commander and so many modules yet to come.

Unfortunately, many games that get built as "modules" wind up feeling disjointed and less than the sum of their parts. AC3 was a very notable example. Developed by like 9 different dev teams, it was an incoherent and often boring mess. And pretty much everyone agreed that the one part of DE:HR that was developed as a separate module (the boss fights) was a terrible part that in no way, shape or form felt like part of the actual game.

I still think the feature creep is a genuine concern, since he keeps claiming that in order to deliver the full Star Citizen experience, he needs to keep getting more funding, thereby ignoring the fact that everything he has promised so far should already have been funded, and should be delivered even if not a single cent comes in anymore.

But more than that, I worry that in the end you'll have a semi-enjoyable Privateer style game where every so often you get yanked out of the Privateer part to go play "Board the capship" or "FPS the planet" in modules that in no way feel part of the overall experience.

I hope I'm wrong, but there's a reason no game of this scope has ever been attempted, and it's not because there's never been enough money for them. It's because pretty much every dev agrees that the "Everything and the kitchen sink too" approach does not make for an enjoyable game experience in the end.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
1. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 30, 2014, 11:41 Creston
 
Cool interview. I'm very excited for FC4
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 30, 2014, 11:28 Creston
 
Comcast-TWC merger vote delayed so FCC commissioners can get more bribes.  
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