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News Comments > Star Control Reboot FAQ
8. Re: Star Control Reboot FAQ Apr 8, 2015, 12:55 Orogogus
 
Bundy wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 11:50:
Creston wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 10:14:
So isn't this basically GalCiv 3, just with different names?

Star Control wasn't always a 4X strategy. In the beginning it was an adventure. Then they ruined it.

I feel like you and the Burrito started with Star Control 2. Star Control 1 wasn't an adventure game; instead of an action-adventure-RPG overlaid on the melee game, it had a light turn-based 2-player strategy game. It wasn't really anything to write home about, though. The most notable thing about it was being able to find Precursor artifacts to power up your ships, boosting Mycon Podships to the point where they'd instantly ram their own plasma spheres.

EDIT: Here's a YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsWIYQfMpPw

I've been wondering out loud in all the threads regarding this new game -- why didn't Stardock just make whatever game they had in mind using their GalCiv universe instead of using the Star Control property? It's so bizarre. Not only are they rebooting the universe, not only are Ford and Reiche not on board, they don't even have rights to the aliens. They're making a Star Control without the Ur-Quan. Apparently Precursors aren't considered one of the protected alien races, and are fair game, but ancient spacefaring god-races aren't exactly unique to Star Control.

And as I've noted before, Star Control 2 was very similar to Starflight 1 and 2. Ford & Reiche and Accolade didn't need to buy any rights from EA to make SC2, they just basically made a Starflight spiritual successor without bothering to announce it as such, using their own races and spaceships. Wouldn't it have been just as easy for Stardock to do the same?

He explains the rights issues that will allow Stardock to use the name and concept...from the original games

It's entirely unclear to me what rights and what concept they bought. It doesn't really make any more sense to me than the Atari rebrand or XCOM Declassified, and I have to assume it's the same sort of thing at play here -- just buying people in with nostalgia.

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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 6, 2015, 03:50 Orogogus
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 03:37:
Don't get me wrong, I don't feel bad for this guy at all. I am just disturbed by the trend overall that when a crime is committed on a computer that the punishments in general can be pretty far out of whack relative to other crimes. I wonder if I printed these women's photos out and stapled them to telephone poles around town, if I'd have gotten 18 years for that. The average sentence in the US for murder and manslaughter is 20 years. Is what he did as bad as killing someone? The sentence is nearly the same.

As for Bernie Madoff, he didn't get 150 years for white collar crime, he got 150 years for white collar crime against rich people.

It seems like you keep equating this as one offense/victim. If the guy had killed all those women instead of posting their private information and extorting them, I don't think there's any doubt that he'd be getting a life sentence, or the chair.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 3, 2015, 16:01 Orogogus
 
I don't know, that article mentions how the deaf group went after Harvard and MIT for not providing subtitles for their free online courses, and it doesn't come across very sympathetically. It gives the impression that you can't do anything nice and free for the public without going through committees, lawyers, approvals and so on. Expecting a service is fine, legally obligating it and handing out punitive fines seems like another.  
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News Comments > GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program
16. Re: GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program Apr 2, 2015, 17:03 Orogogus
 
Haha, no, but I'm not surprised there's something like that because Internet. But you wouldn't expect there to be a fancy literary term for having to pick between two imperfect options; that's just life.

A Catch-22 would be like if a game could originally only go online with Gamespy, which got patched out but not replaced in 1.3, but then if you log on with 1.2 it tells you have an old version and kicks you out. It's that kind of circle of failure and misery that the term refers to.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program
11. Re: GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program Apr 2, 2015, 14:53 Orogogus
 
Task wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 14:32:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 14:24:
But doesn't the 94 version have dynamic music?

It does, but doesn't have the upgraded graphics that 95 has ;). A catch-22 if you will. All versions have the same stellar gameplay of course, just a matter of personal preference.

An either/or situation isn't a Catch-22 at all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 31, 2015, 19:34 Orogogus
 
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 18:36:
I am going to sue the teriyaki shop down the street for being closed on Sundays. Your holy day of rest is my inconvenience, and my appetite doesn't observe the Sabbath, shitlords.

That's also not a parallel construction. People are upset because customers aren't being treated equally. And probably because, in the case of the Washington state florist involved in this controversy, it doesn't seem like it should be the company's business what I'm going to do with a product I buy legally.

I mean, take EA or Valve. You do something they don't approve of on their forums or curse in game and get reported, they ban you and on top of that they refuse to sell you any more games; for the sake of fairness let's say they give your money back and refund past sales. That still doesn't seem like it would be cool at all. What if they blacklist you for defending someone who got banned, outside their forums? Or because you wanted to play Battlefield at your gay marriage reception?

It just seems like people sticking their nose in your business and saying it's okay because religion. Don't sell pink flowers? Sure. Not open on Sundays? Fair enough. Not going to sell me anything because I'm going to marry outside my faith? It seems like a line's been crossed.

I think the peyote case is different because so many people basically just don't believe in the war on drugs. If it had been almost any other law at stake it wouldn't have gone over well. If it had had anything to do with Islam we'd still be getting outraged emails about it now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 31, 2015, 15:05 Orogogus
 
FloorPie wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 14:57:
ldonyo wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 14:48:
You really don't understand what that law does, do you?

It legalizes discrimination against anyone as long as you claim you hold a "sincerely held religious belief" that prevents you from treating someone you don't like/don't want to like/looks or acts different than you with any respect whatsoever. It will be especially hard on people in small and rural communities where there may only be one place to get a type of product or service.

So you'll support me when I sue a Jewish cafe owner for not selling me pork products? Can a Jewish person demand something on the menu at Red Lobster be kosher?

How does that look like a reasonable analogy to you? Can I go to Jiffy Lube and demand a kosher menu? A Jewish cafe owner probably doesn't sell pork products. Red Lobster may not have Jewish cooks on staff to prepare kosher foods. This isn't about stores not selling products or services they don't currently offer, it's about denying service to people they don't like.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
3. Re: Saturday Consolidation Mar 29, 2015, 17:27 Orogogus
 
It had splitscreen coop on 360, too. They're just saying there haven't been many splitscreen games on the PS4 and XB1.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 27, 2015, 16:13 Orogogus
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 14:11:
Leaked Contract: Amazon Makes Warehouse Workers Sign 18-Month Non-Compete Agreements.

That's fucking evil. These aren't employees with sensitive knowledge of Amazon's inner workings. They're just grunts. I'm sure something like this would never stand up in court, but of course someone making $12 an hour would never take them to court. It's just intimidation, pure and simple.

I'm reasonably certain that the courts in California deemed non-compete agreements to be non-enforceable on the grounds that it harms a person's ability to make a living. So probably each state has to decide for itself.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
12. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 27, 2015, 14:22 Orogogus
 
NetHead wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 13:50:
I don't care for "booth babes" I think it's childish and stupid, I normally avoid tech magazines that have models prominently on the cover, though I also don't run around telling anyone to stop doing it.

I feel like it's gotten the point where there's no discussion to be had any more and we're just beelining for our soapboxes, but oh well.

If we say RSA Conference is analogous to a tech magazine, aren't they trying to not be that kind of magazine with a model on the cover, so that serious people will take them seriously? There are articles commenting that if anything, babe-focused booths tend to be a waste of time and attendees want to have exhibitors that can talk the talk. Shouldn't it be in RSA's interest to steer their show towards the kind of show that people want?

No one's picketing them, there's no boycott. It looks like they decided they didn't want to be that kind of show, which you've already said you find distasteful in a magazine. What's different here?
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 27, 2015, 11:00 Orogogus
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 10:53:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 09:15:
Redmask wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 07:16:
Let's just ban all sexuality in our culture, people can walk around as asexual Nintendo amiibos and we'll all live in happyland where everyone is treated equally.
3 out of 10 on this Troll attempt.

He does have a point though. Where do we draw the line? Has anyone asked the booth babes' opinion on this? I seriously doubt it. Booth babes are people too, people who need to feed and clothe themselves and their families. If a pretty lady can make money showing off her curves why should I or anyone else stop her??

I don't think it's much different from the standards Blue has on ads here -- no giant popups, sounds, etc. If his ad company started letting in straight up porn ads, do you think he has some kind of moral responsibility to let the porn models earn their keep?
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 27, 2015, 00:35 Orogogus
 
PropheT wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 22:29:
Well... the first article just sort of mentions it and why it works and doesn't say anything bad about it other than it's a sort of annoying way to sell products on a conference floor.

The second says the same thing, but also says that "4 or 5 booths" had them last year. That's out of this rather long list of exhibitors.

The third just says that every now and then you get a creepy guy, otherwise it's a decent gig if you can get it. It doesn't say anything bad about it.

The last one he's actually talking about marketing folks who are just there to push the product and can't discuss anything of substance with the people they're trying to sell to... so it's a waste of his time.

Given all of that, I'd say it's hard to argue that it's a problem rather than they're doing it either as a PR move or because their clientele are sick of marketing schticks in an industry that can't do shit without someone who can talk shop.

Well, in the context of jdreyer's post, I read his question as, "Are there really a lot of booth babes at the RSA Conference?", like, "Are ants a problem in this apartment?" And apparently, yes, there are a lot of them. Whether it's a bad thing or not is something people can answer for themselves, but as you said the gist of most of those links seems to be that attendees would rather have a useful show than a glitzy spectacle. Presumably the ban works to that effect.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Mar 26, 2015, 02:00 Orogogus
 
They also weren't smartphones, and no one wants a regular old cell phone nowadays.  
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News Comments > Broken Age Act 2 Next Month
15. Re: Broken Age Act 2 Next Month Mar 25, 2015, 17:42 Orogogus
 
Paketep wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 17:30:
Orogogus wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 15:09:
They abandoned one project, right, Spacebase DF-9? Broken Age seems to have come through. What else are we supposed to be losing our shit in a mouthfrothing Internet rage over?

Make that two. Iron Brigade is completely broken, and it's been almost two years since they promised they'd remove GFWL.

Did they promise that? GfWL or not, Microsoft is still the publisher, and MS isn't going to let the developer remove GfWL even if the game is completely borked. I've seen people raging their heads off about IB, but the fact is MS owns the property and they steadfastly refuse to admit there's anything wrong with GfWL, even in the face of companies stripping it out left and right.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Act 2 Next Month
9. Re: Broken Age Act 2 Next Month Mar 25, 2015, 15:09 Orogogus
 
They abandoned one project, right, Spacebase DF-9? Broken Age seems to have come through. What else are we supposed to be losing our shit in a mouthfrothing Internet rage over?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Mar 25, 2015, 06:24 Orogogus
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 04:33:
Kobalt wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 03:12:
The idea that all games that never get a pc port is because they aren't confident in the quality is a bit delusional.
I think you mean factual. If a game can stand on it's own merits, then it will have no problem recouping the porting costs, plus turning a profit. If not, then they know that the target audience will see the product as inferior and in turn not buy it.
No, delusional. Sony is clearly trying to sell people on the PS4. A lot of people don't buy the Xbox 360 and Xbox One because most of their exclusives are on the PC; Sony has spent a long time not doing the same thing to their own exclusives, and gamers generally go along with it and buy the PS4. Nintendo could easily sell a ton of games on mobile platforms, but are content to stay on their own platforms.

There's also the fact that PC game sales are close to nil in their home territory unless they're porn games or close to it. So making a port in the first place is something they're doing to satisfy foreign demand, not something they would have done on their own.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Mar 24, 2015, 23:05 Orogogus
 
That article says he already did the score for the next Star Wars, just not the spinoff.  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 23, 2015, 20:35 Orogogus
 
That "spike" is less than the pledges for last Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, though. The difference is small enough (call it $6K) that it wouldn't have shifted the trending point.

I think I mentioned the trend and projections, but again: the trend has it meeting the goal with not a whole lot to spare, and it's within the projected cone, albeit on the high side. At the current rate, if it misses its goal it's not going to be some crash and burn story. It's certainly close, but it seems a little sensationalist to report that it's no longer on track to be funded. Like, usually you'd wait until it fell out of the error bars and not just 0.04% under the projected endpoint.

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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 23, 2015, 19:33 Orogogus
 
What does "no longer on track to be funded" mean? I clicked on the link and it says it's trending towards 102% of its goal. I don't see a gigantic spike today to suggest that this was something that changed after the post, either. It's in the high side of their projection cone, but it's not completely out of the ballpark yet.  
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