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Signed On Feb 27, 2003, 22:00
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News Comments > Space Pirates and Zombies 2 Announced
17. Re: Space Pirates and Zombies 2 Announced Feb 7, 2014, 23:53 Scud
 
I guess my feelings are mixed on this game, I enjoyed the first half of the game but kept getting my ass handed to me when I hit the zombie zone and finally got frustrated and quit.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Feb 7, 2014, 23:33 Scud
 
NewMaxx wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 18:58:
Creston wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 18:28:
Also, as much as I agree with everything Ben is saying, he's forgetting one major part: Mods.

Mods are what have been making the Elder Scrolls so enormously successful on the PC since Morrowind.

Will there be mods in ESO? Why no, of course there won't.

There's reason to believe there will be, for reasons I can't disclose under the NDA (although the extent of the mods remains in question). Might I say I agree that player-created content is an important thing for all MMO's moving forward. I've gotten a taste of it with some of SOE's games and it's really taking off with EQN/EQLM.

NDA or not, I think it's a safe bet that any MMOG is not going to allow anywhere near the modding freedom that we see in single player games like Morrowind, Oblivion or Skyrim. So as far as I'm concerned it's still the death of modding for all practical intents and purposes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 22:23 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 17:39:
1. But nothing should be done. Come up with your own damn world! It isn't hard, it's more rewarding, and it encourages more creativity. We don't need more Jar Jar Binks games, we need new scifi worlds to explore

2. I agree in part. In part. Concepts shouldn't be easily dependable but should be easily extended. At the same time, it's harder than you think. There was a laser sword in Halo and no one sued. And while "mechs" may be copyrighted, "long range missiles" is not, nor would a court ever hold it, unless Microsoft is suing North Korea for making them right now. Yeah, the issue is that it may get to court, but its unlikely to

I would disagree with the assertion that coming up with your own IP is easy. Or maybe what I should say is, an IP you or I create is highly unlikely to reach the same cultural critical mass as something like Star Wars. Does this mean Star Citizen should be made into a Star Wars game if it could be? No, Star Citizen is cool the way it is, but that won't stop me from wanting an updated Xwing or Tie Fighter game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 3, 2014, 23:10 Scud
 
Agreed, but jail time wouldn't matter anyhow as Apple is constantly getting broken out of jail.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 27, 2014, 22:21 Scud
 
An article highlighting the excuses some of these people had when caught trying to get this shit through a TSA checkpoint would be a perfect followup.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jan 20, 2014, 19:43 Scud
 
Gaming is whatever you make of it, your reasons for playing games are yours and yours alone. This being the internet of course there's never any shortage of people ready to tell you that you're doing it wrong, no matter what it is.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer Dec 26, 2013, 15:05 Scud
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 13:59:
It'd just feel cheap if they 'clone' Jack, though. (and they actually already sorta did so in the Hammerlock DLC.)

The respawn system is still funny in how it will respawn you every single time, but apparently nobody else ever gets to use it.

Nobody else gets to use it? I think it's a perfect excuse for why you feel like you're killing the same psycho over and over again, you are killing the same psycho over and over again.
Also, I still want my space station DLC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 16, 2013, 23:16 Scud
 
The news about Destiny hardly seems like news at all really, I was always under the impression that Destiny was pretty much an online only game anyhow.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 8, 2013, 05:51 Scud
 
Sadly artists rarely make good businessmen and good businessmen rarely have any problems taking advantage of this. One of the reasons I don't really buy CD's anymore is because I know I'm not supporting the artist so much as the bloated industry when I do buy one.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 2, 2013, 23:20 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 20:58:
Cutter wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 18:59:
Well if we can't call the MPAA leeches and scumbags I suppose that's only fair. Yeah, gotta be careful who you call a pirate or thief or you'll be dragging the US Gov't into court next.

Seriously though, they're just providing a service. It people choose to use it for illegal purposes that's hardly their fault. If the Mafia uses Microsoft products does that mean MS is in collusion with the mob?


It really depends on the purpose of the service, doesn't it?
If I create HireaHitman.com, a service designed for people to hire hitmen, and charge a listing fee, can I use the "it's just a service, it isn't my fault people choose to use it for illegal means!" argument? What about if someone starts a child pornography subreddit and reddit does nothing to stop it?

At some point you are responsible for how people use the tools you create. Whether this is at that point or not can be debated, but "just providing a service" isn't a blanket defense.

Your argument turns into a straw man when we realize that the site in question is named Hotfile, not something like PirateCopyrightedStuff.com. Your two examples blatantly advertise that the site in question is dedicated to illegal activities (ie contract killers and child pornography)while Hotfile could be anything.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 13, 2013, 21:40 Scud
 
If you fail does it start singing Moon River?  
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Nov 2, 2013, 22:16 Scud
 
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 2, 2013, 19:43:
The point being it adds nothing to the game and stirs controversy. The games industry gets enough grief as it is these days, why add to it?

Personally no big deal, but perceptions are everything and the game industry is under a microscope right now, why stir the pot?

Like I said braindead developers who can't think beyond the tip of their nose.

And if developers backed down every time someone squawked about something offensive to them in a game we'd all still be playing Minesweeper and Spider Solitaire.
 
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News Comments > Arkham Games Ditch GFWL
16. Re: Arkham Games Ditch GFWL Oct 17, 2013, 22:57 Scud
 
Just tried my Arkham City code and it doesn't work, hopefully they get this sorted out.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 13, 2013, 20:54 Scud
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 13, 2013, 17:37:
The Wolf Among Us is an absolute must have if you like a game like Walking Dead. The setting is great and puts Once Upon A Time to shame!

Until I saw the trailer recently I didn't even know they were making a Fables game, I never played the Walking Dead games but this has got me curious. For those who don't know the characters come from the DC Vertigo series Fables.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fables_%28comics%29

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Think about it..... Sep 26, 2013, 15:27 Scud
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 26, 2013, 12:51:
If you walk into my place of business and I don't want to serve you I don't have to. Period. I can kick your ass out the door anytime I like. That's my right. People get to do what they want with the stuff they own. Don't like it, take your business elsewhere.
Well strictly speaking, no, I don't think it's legal to refuse service to someone on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexuality. Proving it of course is another matter all together, but if they can then you could be in for a real shitstorm.
 
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News Comments > Day One - Garry's Incident Preorders
4. Re: Day One - Garry's Incident Preorders Sep 19, 2013, 00:50 Scud
 
Will I find a Vault full of guys named Gary?  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re:"Play the way you want to." Sep 7, 2013, 02:34 Scud
 
You mean now I can play an FPS with a keyboard and a mouse? No?
Oh, you mean play the way I want to within your restrictive predefined limits, same shit, different hardware.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2013, 04:05 Scud
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 3, 2013, 03:42:

This. Exactly this. So exactly this.

The first competent, experienced dev shop to announce a MW spiritual successor Kickstarter with a single player campaign will make over $1m in funding the first day, and $5m after 30. That should be enough to attract enough private funding to make a top notch AAA game. Just make the SP campaign the focus, and you Will Be Funded. Hell, throw in multiplayer modes if you want, shouldn't be too hard with all the models and engine already in place. But make SP the core. More people probably played Wing Commander back in the day than MW2, but probably not many more. There's a large group of nostalgic gamers out there waiting to be exploited.

Someone get on that already.

I thought I heard somewhere once that the MWO guys first tried Kickstarting a MW single player game but they said nobody would bite.
I'm not sure how much I believe that however now.
 
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News Comments > Everybody's Gone To The Rapture PS4
9. Re: Everybody's Gone To The <strike>Rapture</strike> PS4 Aug 22, 2013, 23:28 Scud
 
Fletch wrote on Aug 22, 2013, 22:59:
Dagnamit wrote on Aug 22, 2013, 21:42:
I refuse the support the "exclusive" model bullshit. Too bad, I was looking forward to playing A Machine for Pigs. No way I'm giving my money to that dev.

Huh? Isn't "A Machine For Pigs" a PC exclusive? Oh, that's right... you don't want to support "the exclusive model bullshit". Very honorable of you to support that sentiment even when it's for your chosen platform.
Not really the same thing, if something is only on the PC you can bet it's probably not because someone PAID the developer to ignore other platforms. I do agree however that the exclusives game is one game I have no interest in playing.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Space Hulk
7. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Space Hulk Aug 16, 2013, 00:04 Scud
 
I'm waiting to hear from someone who can compare it to the older Space Hulk games, I wonder if it's as hard as the old ones were.  
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