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Nickname dubfanatic
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Signed On Aug 18, 1999, 17:13
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News Comments > Eastside Hockey Manager Revival
1. Re: Eastside Hockey Manager Revival Mar 26, 2015, 21:01 dubfanatic
 
Wow, this came completely out of left field (left wing?). I guess people have given up on Franchise Hockey Manager already? That's a shame but the initial release was a disaster and it seems like it's treated as a side project. EHM 2007 is still the best hockey sim out there. I'm definitely going to give this a shot.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Mar 24, 2015, 13:49 dubfanatic
 
I can't wait until our entire culture is focus-grouped and retconned into oblivion. Let's start by introducing a little bit more diversity into our nursery rhymes. Hansel and Gretel is looking rather problematic right now.  
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News Comments > Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten
2. Re: Steam Gift Restrictions Tighten Mar 12, 2015, 10:18 dubfanatic
 
I don't know why games cost so much more in EU and AUS than in USA (my guess is it's to cover the cost of operating in those regions) but games are cheap in SE Asia because piracy is rampant. Those price points were never supposed to be in effect for first-world consumers. You can try to rationalize it as much as you want, but exploiting those regional differences is really not much better than piracy.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Mar 5, 2015, 14:59 dubfanatic
 
64% morality score? 0/10 occult/supernatural? Pass.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 13:53 dubfanatic
 
This is just good old PMRC-style moralizing dolled up in the language of social justice to make it appealing to secular millenials. It's the same shit that progressives used to relentlessly mock and skewer. But as usual, we find out that progressives are only opposed to haughty moralizing when it comes from people they don't like.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 20:10 dubfanatic
 
Redmask wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 19:20:
2008 is a long time ago when you're talking about this kind of thing. The world has come so far in terms of being PC in 6 years. How many people are honest about such things anyway? Since you cited it, how was the study conducted specifically? Were they offered a series of choices or did they have to provide that one specifically to validate it?

In 2008 you could donate to a political campaign against gay marriage. Now, if you did that, you'd better hope you don't rise to a position of prominence, or the Twitter mafia will get you fired.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 19:55 dubfanatic
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 19:42:
I'm sure there is some merit to it all but I've been around the block with this, women in this case also have esteem issues and when it doesn't go their way start digging a bit too deep as to why and it is easy to feel it must be sexism.

I would argue that is a generational issue, not a gender issue. There are exceptions of course, but in general, my generation is full of whiny, spoiled brats with massive entitlement complexes.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 19:52 dubfanatic
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 19:09:
Look, I work at a tech firm that has a higher than average number of both women and minorities, and half of our VPs are women. Still, our positive experiences doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist.

What does "hostile work environment" mean? That is a hopelessly broad term that could mean a huge range of behavior. I can cite surveys and articles all I want, but if the methodology of them is poor then any conclusion I draw is flawed. And thanks to the "publish or perish" mentality in academia, there's no shortage of shitty studies to choose from to make any old point I want. These articles always seem to start from some premise and cherry-pick bullshit studies to support their claim. And if you call them out on it you get lumped in with MRAs and other scum.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 19:04 dubfanatic
 
Apparently nobody's asked any of the women I work with. Junk article.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Feb 21, 2015, 13:10 dubfanatic
 
Hopefully Apple will do the same with OS X Yosemite. The stability of it is appalling, worse than Windows 98.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 13, 2015, 22:55 dubfanatic
 
I'm just glad someone in my state has the balls to stand up to the feminist Mafia. I was beginning to think we had turned into California North.  
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News Comments > Matthew Higby Leaves Daybreak/PlanetSide 2
7. Re: Matthew Higby Leaves Daybreak/PlanetSide 2 Feb 13, 2015, 22:26 dubfanatic
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 21:49:
You just know this company is going to tank it all. What a waste of time and money.

I just got into PS2 last month, and not long before the change in ownership I was even considering spending money in the game. Now there's no way I'm spending a penny on this.
 
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - Cities XXL
7. Re: Ship Ahoy - Cities XXL Feb 5, 2015, 13:30 dubfanatic
 
Slashman wrote on Feb 5, 2015, 12:24:
How can they consistently keep screwing this up?

Shouldn't you learn something after 2 failures?

They've been at this for longer. Cities XL is the continuation of the City Life series, which was created by the now-defunct Monte Cristo. Their games were generally pretty low-budget, unpolished and mediocre, but not aggressively awful. After Monte Cristo went out of business, the Cities XL franchise ended up in the hands of Focus Home Interactive. Though they've published some good games like Trackmania, they have no real track record as a developer, with only the Cities XL series to their name as far as I can tell. This leads me to believe that they're just farming work out to contractors, having them add a couple of new features and slapping a new name on it.
 
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News Comments > Bot Colony Ending
3. Re: Bot Colony Ending Jan 30, 2015, 19:14 dubfanatic
 
Seriously though, this is why you don't build a game based on unproven tech that you don't own. Natural language processing is still a very early field, and the few consumer products using it are still pretty janky. Siri can barely understand me, and I speak a neutral General American accent.  
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News Comments > Bot Colony Ending
2. Re: Bot Colony Ending Jan 30, 2015, 19:03 dubfanatic
 
If this was called "Zombie Colony" and involved telling your AI companions to move around a map full of zombies, it would have sold millions.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Rumors: "Low Expectations" for Heroes of the Storm?
24. Re: Blizzard Rumors: Jan 30, 2015, 18:17 dubfanatic
 
Zyrxil wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 11:12:
All things are not equal in the real world. Some no-name game from Namco going offline is far more likely than a hit game from Blizzard going offline. The Diablo 2 servers are still running 15 years after release.

To add to that, the chance that you'll get bored of the game and just stop playing it is much higher than the chance that the game shuts down before you're done with it. Of all of the online games I've played over the years, I can only think of two that shut down while I was still an active player (Aliens Online and Motor City Online)
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups
40. Re: Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups Jan 28, 2015, 20:11 dubfanatic
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 17:49:
There is some truth in that but...

1. How does a person know this fuels organized crime? It's a sale, who knows really, right? Do you have proof? Is it readily available?

2. $40+ dollar games are now considered expensive, so people wanting to get a bargain, get that.

3. Wages have been stagnent while cost of living continues to rise, what can one expect? Amazon and Wal Mart are popular due to low prices.

4. There is still a cheaper place they could go, right?

1. That is a good point. These days, you'd have to be incredibly naive to think that the "Rolex" you bought for $10 from some Manhattan sidewalk vendor is the real thing, and most people who buy them know full well what they're getting. But these sites look legit, and it's made more confusing by the existence of legitimate discount sites like GMG. Consumers need to be educated about the nature of these cheap key sites.

2. Game pricing has not tracked inflation. The price for a new AAA game today is about the same in numerical amount as they were 15 years ago. The $60 price point is relatively new for PC games though.

3. We're talking about people who can afford to buy a gaming PC. Maybe I'm being presumptuous but someone who can spend $1000+ on a new rig shouldn't be bankrupted by the full price for a new AAA game. If that is the case, then perhaps playing games shouldn't be a top priority, though I understand the trend nowadays is to externalize your personal problems on everyone else.

4. Yep, and honestly I don't see much of a difference between pirating and purchasing from a place like Kinguin. The devs won't see a cent of that money. Depending on how widespread the CC fraud is, it could be a net loss for the devs.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone Undertaker Card Nerf
1. Re: Hearthstone Undertaker Card Nerf Jan 28, 2015, 17:55 dubfanatic
 
Sounds fair. Undertaker is just ridiculously good value.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups
35. Re: Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups Jan 28, 2015, 17:46 dubfanatic
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 15:55:
They laundered the money through these key selling sites. It's common with key stores for large batches of keys to be used by the providers as a way to launder money and get away with credit card fraud like this.

You hear that, all of you entitled brats who think it's cool to save money by buying cheap keys? You are responsible for the increase in CC fraud. You are fueling organized crime. It's your fault that some hapless people now have to deal with unwanted charges on their bills. But hey, it's all good as long as you can get them cheap gamez right?
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders
50. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders Jan 17, 2015, 12:54 dubfanatic
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 09:44:
On the other hand, there are a ton of used GTA V games out there for consoles. Don't know why anyone needs a PC version after it has been out so long.

I don't own a console and I'm not going to buy one for a single game.
 
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