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Homepage http://steamcommunity.com/groups/detroitgamers
Signed On May 29, 2003, 01:51
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2013, 21:28 Sepharo
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 15:25:
There are some other issues with business taxes or health care regulations, etc., which force a lot of companies to hire ZERO full-time employees outside of management.

They're not forced to do that. They do it because it's more profitable for them.

Skip down to about the 10th paragraph of this article to see how this anti-Walmart takes care of its employees.
Meet the Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocery Chain Being Called ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Aug 14, 2013, 09:47 Sepharo
 
Drazula wrote on Aug 14, 2013, 09:11:
Talk about self serving. Not getting credit hurts integrity? How about gaining integrity in ways that matter to gamers! Like stop giving glowing reviews to games published by advertisers. Like asking tough questions when you talk to publishers/developers instead of sounding like you have a cup in your hand: "Please sir, may I have somemore."

Game journalist behave like game publishers can crush them. Game journalists need to behave like THEY can make or break games. Even if it is not true, that should be their approach.

"Oh an article on A huh? BUT WHAT ABOUT B?!?!"
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Aug 14, 2013, 09:41 Sepharo
 
That's a sensational headline for what amounts to a smackdown on a meritless class action attempt.

"So wait, you're telling me that a computer needs to "read" the bits in my email to send it across the line? A program analyzes my incoming email to determine if it's spam? Outrageous! No algorithm needs to know my personal business!"
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Countdown
13. Re: The Witcher 3 Countdown Aug 14, 2013, 02:02 Sepharo
 
John wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 12:36:
The timer has just under 18 hours remaining before it hits zero...
Hmm, I assume you meant just under 28 hours as there are still more than 25 hours now.

Update: Edited because "math am hard."

Dude, math are so hard you don't even know man.
 
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News Comments > GTA5 PC Confirmed?
48. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 14, 2013, 01:49 Sepharo
 
Rigs wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 21:09:
Beamer wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 13:00:
Rigs wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 12:52:
Beamer wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 12:30:
Cutter wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 11:03:
Well what's the only game they didn't port? RDR? It's never really been a question of it coming to the PC so much as when.

And RDR may be a fluke. That was one of the most troubled development cycles to actually manage to release a game. The general consensus around the industry was that the entire studio was going to collapse. Instead they released a moody, atmospheric blockbuster, but it seems that it may have all come together at the last second.
I wouldn't be surprised if Rockstar was caught off-guard by RDRs success and really had plans to move away from it as quickly as possible. It may explain why we've heard zilch from that studio, too - I really think they were in limbo at release and Rockstar ended up very delicately trying to figure out how to fix their massive flaws without ruining whatever it was that made RDR great.

So they wait years to figure out if RDR is a hit and then consider it for release on PC? I find that scenario hard to believe. As has been pointed out by me, and others, Rockstar is out to make money. It makes no sense not to release RDR unless there's a financial reason. And in my opinion, that reason is to feed the 'fear' that Rockstar might not release every game to the PC, thus building their sales on console releases. This way they get the most from the consoles, then get the most from PC buyers and some double-dippers. What could be better than that? (Financially, anyway) RDR may come out later down the line, but I doubt it. There's really nothing about RDR that would make it uniquely difficult to bring to PC. It's certainly not any different from say, LA Noire, which I would think would be much harder to port, given it's various technologies. RDR is basically GTA in the wild west. The only logical reason for them not to release it would be financial not technical.


=-Rigs-=

There was a financial reason - they didn't expect the game to do well and, more importantly, didn't think they could take a single person off of the development of the console version to put them on any form of PC port. PC ports aren't free - they cost money. And they require someone to perform them. Even if they're done by a different studio, you still have to have some of your engineers working on the engine and providing support to the external team. And everyone else on the team needs to be available to answer questions. And a producer from the original is probably overseeing the port.
Go reread all the "Rockstar Spouse" reports and tell me if they sound as if they could have spared this. And, when Rockstar seemed to think this would be a failure, hell, basically the entire industry expected this to be the next Trespasser or Daikatana, why would you spend a dime to port it?

Your "fear" argument makes little sense.

Holy shit, Beamer, did you even READ what I said? All of it?!

Rigs wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 12:52:
The only logical reason for them not to release it would be financial not technical.


Beamer wrote on Aug 13, 2013, 12:30:
There was a financial reason


Speechless

Either I'm stupid or you just re-enforced what I just said...


=-Rigs-=

Nobody mentioned that RDR was extremely buggy for a console game and that Rockstar wasn't willing to re-release the multiple known issues with RDR on PC. A combination of that, the porting effot/cost, and low sales expectation is the reason we didn't (and likely still won't) get PC RDR.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Aug 12, 2013, 23:42 Sepharo
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Aug 12, 2013, 22:58:
They won't have any problems finding conservative politicians and Tea Party members to harass through the elections.

Hahaha what? The best strategy for dealing with those guys is giving them as much air time as possible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2013, 21:40 Sepharo
 
Cops  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
13. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Aug 11, 2013, 05:11 Sepharo
 
NKD wrote on Aug 11, 2013, 04:24:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 10, 2013, 15:58:
Reducing the amount of employees that have god-mode access to the most sophisticated and wide reaching spy system ever developed is a good thing no matter where you stand on the topic.

I'd rather have more human eyes on it than less. The only reason we know about this shit with any certainty is because there was a human who saw what was going on and decided it wasn't right.

You can do that without full access. A role could be created specifically to deal with review and oversight alone.
 
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News Comments > Steam Greenlights 15 More Games
16. Re: Steam Greenlights 15 More Games Aug 11, 2013, 01:20 Sepharo
 
deqer wrote on Aug 10, 2013, 13:45:
hah. The 7th Guest. a classic.

feeeeeeeeeeling looonelyyy

fuck you disembodied maze voice!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
14. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 10, 2013, 19:04 Sepharo
 
Where are you guys getting this insubordinate/sass bit from? I read all three articles. Lenz frequently took pictures during major meetings and posted them to an internal site. But at this particular meeting when he took a photo he was fired on the spot. Then the CEO made a locker room analogy and talked about leaks despite the pictures being for an internal site.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
9. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 10, 2013, 16:35 Sepharo
 
It's weird that they present it as leaking when the pictures were being posted to an internal site.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
9. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Aug 10, 2013, 15:58 Sepharo
 
Reducing the amount of employees that have god-mode access to the most sophisticated and wide reaching spy system ever developed is a good thing no matter where you stand on the topic.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 10, 2013, 03:40 Sepharo
 
Julio wrote on Aug 9, 2013, 18:56:
There's no personal attack here on a Blue's poster. And no personal attack even on a living person. So if it's ok for Osama, it's ok for Steve in my books.

Blue's post that you seemed to be commenting on was specifically about personal attacks on public figures.
 
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News Comments > Valve Closes SF Satellite Office
13. Re: Valve Closes SF Satellite Office Aug 9, 2013, 02:10 Sepharo
 
Jivaro wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 21:05:
Prez wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 20:49:
Valve was super cool about it and is letting us continue to work on our game and is also giving us the office.

Hey, here have an office! Nice.

And it sounds like they also said "Keep the project assets and game you were working on while we were paying you".

Reminds me of a similar story a month or so back...Valve told those folks (and the attorneys) they could take their project assets with them as well. Pretty cool. I am not sure most, if any, other companies would do that.

It was their hardware people/tinkerers. They let them leave and take ALL of the expensive/rare lab equipment as well.
 
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News Comments > Matt Hooper Joins Oculus VR
12. Re: Matt Hooper Joins Oculus VR Aug 9, 2013, 02:08 Sepharo
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Aug 9, 2013, 01:32:
Once the novelty wears off you are left with this increasingly heavy and awkward, low-resolution, physiologically questionable, sweat accumulating, wired LCD screen strapped to your face.

Didn't feel heavy to me. Admittedly I only wore it for a few minutes but I was pretty amazed with how light it was. Just about everybody that handled it mentioned it was unexpectedly light in their hands.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 9, 2013, 02:03 Sepharo
 
Julio wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 17:41:
Dig up Steve's corpse and dump it in the ocean next to Osama's.

Julio wrote on Aug 8, 2013, 13 minutes later:
Sometimes there's a lot of personal attacks, but I view those as someone that is unable to contribute an intelligent point to a conversation.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Cord Cutting Aug 9, 2013, 01:47 Sepharo
 
You didn't have to go with the antenna. Even if you don't pay for cable TV the cable company is legally obligated to provide local channels and public access cable stations for free over the line. I think you do need to have a QAM tuner or some sort of digital receiver to do it. I did what you did only 4 years ago, dropped TV and upgraded bandwidth. Mine started at $75 for 35Mbps but today I think it's $89. But anyways, I'm able to watch a good amount of HD local sports and I guess whatever else is on network TV... Oh and of course the public access let's me know whats for lunch in school today.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
92. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 23:17 Sepharo
 
Thanks for the replies Prez.

http://tigger.uic.edu/~pdoran/012009_Doran_final.pdf

This document makes it very clear what the responses were and how the question (#2) was worded. I can understand distaste with media spinning and tone on both sides of the debate but you're wrong to diminish the consensus.

Here's another:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003187107.full.pdf+html
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
80. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 00:02 Sepharo
 
I think what you're saying is reasonable. It's good to be skeptical about everything. But you're going against the scientific consensus, and claiming that that consensus is itself spin. Other posters (and the article) have claimed that attacks on climate science have poisoned the public against scientists. You claim that you don't listen to that media and have arrived at your own conclusions about why the climate scientists are biased. I'd like to know how you did that. Maybe you'll convince me to be less trusting of that scientific consensus.

As you probably know, I do the majority of my research at wikipedia. I make sure to check the citations, article history, and talk page in addition to the article itself. I feel this gives a great critical summary of both sides of any argument because despite some beliefs that wikipedia is biased in someway there are always debates/arguments/edit-wars going on about the controversial subjects. Like someone mentioned earlier much of the fud about humanity's role in climate change is coming from those who stand to lose when green house gasses and pollution are curbed. Of course the opposite can be true as well but I'm not going to allege a vast conspiracy to arrive at scientific consensus simply to make some al gore bucks on green energy. Some, hopefully most, scientists really do it for the science.

edit: Your last two posts before my reply were actually more reasonable than the one I initially replied to and the one before that.

This:
Too many scientists are spinning the data and experiments to fit their pre-conceived notions rather than allowing their research to shape their conclusions which has also helped weaken the public's trust in climate science.

And this:
You are flatly incorrect about the amount of empirical data that is presented as is from what I have seen. It is a political issue, which means that all too often the truth is skewed depending on who is talking. Your bias has blinded you to objectivism.

The bottom line is that the evidence is strongly in favor of the conclusion that the earth is indeed warming. But those who claim that it also proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is a man-made phenomenon (with many supposed "scientists" among them) are spinsters - there is far from overwhelming evidence of that. The jury is still out on that as far as I am concerned.

Don't seem to match with this:
ALL climatologists agree man is responsible for some global warming.

And this:
As I tried to explain it would be far more effective to sell green initiatives by the tangible positive results they can and will yield in the short term rather than the typical bogey-man fear mongering about some far-off disaster that has long since started falling on mostly deaf ears.

You might be confusing media fear mongering with scientists fear mongering. I haven't really seen much of the latter.

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News Comments > Dead Island Epidemic Announced
2. Re: Dead Island Epidemic Announced Aug 7, 2013, 21:21 Sepharo
 
Not playing unless there are collectible hats/cards.  
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