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Signed On Mar 4, 2003, 23:52
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation May 4, 2012, 23:36 m00t
 
They could be building early dev-kits, not consumer grade hardware.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Beta Ending; Monk Trailer
34. Re: Diablo III Beta Ending; Monk Trailer Apr 20, 2012, 06:28 m00t
 
For anyone wanting to try the Beta, you can install the client now and play this weekend (Friday Noon PDT to 10am Monday) if you have a Battle.net account

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4963739/
 
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News Comments > Gaikai's Facebook Launch
2. Re: Gaikai's Facebook Launch Apr 11, 2012, 21:53 m00t
 
I wager at the moment for things like this, companies pay them a small sum to host their games so people will try them and buy the full version.

 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls MMOG Announcement in May?
26. Re: The Elder Scrolls MMOG Announcement in May? Mar 16, 2012, 12:01 m00t
 
Story is basically accurate.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff
3. Re: Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff Feb 29, 2012, 14:13 m00t
 
All but 60, yeah.

Between the large subscriber drop, newer tech and Diablo3 about to go out the door they simply don't need as many folks in some areas. I'm guessing the break down will be something like this:
50% Customer Support (WOW subscriber drop, lowered service levels, more efficient tools and automation, consolidation of support departments across the company)
20 - 30% IT lackeys (consolidated hardware, better tools)
10 - 20% QA (D3 getting ready to ship, lots of these people likely were considered somewhat temporary)
10% Devs (under performance, cancelled internal projects, and D3 about to ship, etc)

That's my guess, at any rate.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Feb 27, 2012, 23:14 m00t
 
They have Han Solo ice-cube trays now, I wonder why the popsicle got canned back then.

AT-AT sun shield would be epic.
 
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News Comments > Free StarCraft II Name Changes
13. Re: Free StarCraft II Name Changes Feb 17, 2012, 17:27 m00t
 
The process is 100% automatic, no human interaction involved on the part of Blizzard. The only cost to them above and beyond the battle.net service hardware itself (which they need anyway) is bandwidth and electricity used to transmit and handle the name change request. So thousandths of a cent. Given that they pay for that simply by having the service operational and don't charge people to use battle.net, the cost to Blizzard is not the motive for charging.

The reason they charge (aside from pure profit) is to discourage people from changing names every time they troll someone. Basically a fee on avoiding a bad reputation. Unfortunately it affects everyone who is bored of their nickname as well.
 
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News Comments > Intel's Fake Ultrabook Gaming Demo
15. Re: Intel's Fake Ultrabook Gaming Demo Jan 10, 2012, 21:25 m00t
 
killer_roach wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 20:57:
That being said, AnandTech was reporting one of their test platforms for Ivy Bridge was available to play around with, and it gave a Windows Experience Index score of 3.6.

...if that's not an indictment of what their integrated graphics are capable of, I don't know what is. (For comparison, my two-and-a-half year old mid-high-rang laptop scores a 4.8, and my desktop scores a 7.1.)


Weird, I have a Core i5 M 460 with Intel integrated chip that gets 4.6, what the hell happened with Ivy Bridge?

Score details:
Processor: 6.9
RAM (6gb): 6.9
Graphics: 4.6
Gaming Graphics: 5.3 (eh? I figured this would be worse...)
Primary Hard Disk: 5.9
 
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News Comments > WoW: Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
9. Re: WoW: Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Nov 23, 2011, 15:45 m00t
 
As to the talent calculator, yeah, it's silly to call it a "calculator". I think it's more of a "Hey people who still don't get it, this is how it will work" thing.  
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News Comments > WoW: Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
8. Re: WoW: Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Nov 23, 2011, 15:43 m00t
 
I like what they did with the talents in MoP (still not going to go back for other reasons). To be perfectly frank, you had the same number of real choices to make in Cata as you do in MoP except now newbies can't screw up and miss filling out talents that are really vital to their class. The old system was unsustainable and didn't add a lot to the game except unnecessary complexity.  
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News Comments > BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized
193. Re: BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized Oct 28, 2011, 01:14 m00t
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals

So, would you say these animals sometimes exhibit "homosexual" behavior because they watched it in humans or because it came to them naturally?
 
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News Comments > From Dust DRM Dust Up - Refunds Offered? [Updated]
2. Re: From Dust DRM Dust Up - Refunds Offered? Aug 18, 2011, 21:36 m00t
 
Boo, bad Ubi. This game looks fun, but I guess I'll pass. Maybe get it on the Xbox.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 15, 2011, 13:29 m00t
 
Actually it's hilarious because it's just a signal strength tester. There's nothing about it that makes it "find" child porn. it just finds wi-fi connections. The article and the comments are fantastically uninformed.

Likely scenario: Cops log in to poorly/un-secured wi-fi, snoop some un-encrypted traffic, see child porn, then hunt down the wi-fi router with that SSID and all clients connected to it.

Nothing special about the device, cops are just catching up with circa 1999 technology.

And as for the mindless commentators on that site crying about privacy, SECURE YOUR WI-FI! You're broadcasting stuff over the air, anyone can pick it up.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed II
4. Re: Op Ed II Jun 29, 2011, 03:24 m00t
 
They don't assume that. They are merely operating within the current social biases against sex and towards violence. As violence is already so pervasive in other mediums, the law would only be able to very narrowly constrain purchases since they haven't similarly banned other violent media sales to children. Basically they're telling the law makers to be consistent if they want to try banning things, which I think is fair. This law targeted the game industry specifically, not violent media generally.  
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News Comments > Betting on Duke Pays Off
1. Re: Betting on Duke Pays Off Jun 18, 2011, 15:04 m00t
 
I hope eBaying the "goodies" results in enough cash to pay for the years of therapy required after playing the game.  
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News Comments > Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway Continues
15. Re: Age of Empires Online Beta Key Giveaway Continues Apr 27, 2011, 12:47 m00t
 
Already have a key, but for folks on the fence: It's pretty fun. Two modes, city management which you build your tech tree, resource, gear and shop buildings, get quests, and generally play a super-lite sim city. Then quests send you to a battle mode where you play AoE for a bit (10 - 25 minutes for most of the early quests) with the technology you unlocked in the first mode available to you. You still have to advance ages in the battle mode (though some quests start you in Age 2). You equip gear to unit types and buildings in the city phase which provide bonuses in the combat phase. There is a fixed quest chain with repeatable and challenge quests added about 1/3 of the way through. Note only the Greek civ is available atm.

The largest deficiency so far is co-op. The 2nd player starts with effectively nothing and spends most of the game catching up to player 1. I *think* the 2nd player gets double xp from kills to compensate, but you have to get the killing blow, no shared xp. Also there are loot caches on the map which go to whomever picks them up, so if your player 1 friend is a bit rude they might grab them before you have any major units. That's really the worst I can say about it. If you liked AoE, you'll probably like this.
 
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
27. Re: Quote of the Day Mar 2, 2011, 23:50 m00t
 
It seems like a lot of people are missing the point he's trying to make. Yes, it is ridiculous to compare piracy to a bad review. That IS the point he's trying to make. Companies make such a massive deal about how 1 pirated copy is directly equal to lost money (actually, each pirated copy is worth about 150 times more than a copy costs judging by the numbers thrown out). Yet bad reviews also cost publishers sales, so if The Lost Sale is the big deal to them, why aren't they going after bad reviews with similar zeal? Because the concept of a Lost Sale is ridiculous. At least in the context of how DRM peddlers use it.  
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News Comments > Gaikai Live
39. Re: Gaikai Live Feb 28, 2011, 16:39 m00t
 
Verno wrote on Feb 28, 2011, 15:36:
People often believe that they should get the savings passed onto them because often times thats how the industry persuades them to adopt these services. I've heard everyone from Valve to EA claim that digital sales would lower prices and that hasn't happened.

At least as far as Valve is concerned, I'd say you're wrong. I've never seen a brick and mortar store do the kinds of sales that Steam has. Lots of stuff (even new games and pre-orders) goes on sale pretty frequently and for significant discounts. If that's not a lower price, what is? Of my 152 games, probably 90% were at or below 75% of retail price.

As for EA, well, it's EA, what do you expect?
 
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News Comments > Magicka #1 on Steam, Bug Hunt Continues
14. Re: Magicka #1 on Steam, Bug Hunt Continues Jan 26, 2011, 13:26 m00t
 
I changed the port I was hosting on and then I had to use the 'invite to game' feature on my Steam friend list for people to get in (even on LAN). Lots of work to be done for this one, but the gameplay is pretty fun and for $10 it's a decent deal. I do hope they release and endless type mode similar to Torchlight. And a PvP mode with a large map (so it's not just a spawn-camp fest).  
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News Comments > Magicka #1 on Steam, Bug Hunt Continues
9. Re: Magicka #1 on Steam, Bug Hunt Continues Jan 26, 2011, 12:12 m00t
 
I had a few issues getting a multiplayer game started and the perf wasn't great. But once I opened a port (yeah, I know.) in the router I was able to play through 6 chapters with my wife and a friend. It's a lot of fun once you get in, so I assume once they sort out the general issues it'll be really popular.  
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