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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 23, 2012, 12:30 Silicon Avatar
 
So basically what Ubisoft is saying is that it's a lot easier for them to put crap out when there is excitement surrounding a new console and people will buy anything for it.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
2. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jul 22, 2012, 22:44 Silicon Avatar
 
Yeah. The cop cartoon is just wrong.

The last thing I want somebody doing is plopping a USB drive on my PC in the name of "optimizing" and "virus removal".

I'd like to see the fireworks go off every time this thing deletes something it wasn't supposed to.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2012, 19:39 Silicon Avatar
 
The battlemech cockpit is pretty cool.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Jul 21, 2012, 17:28 Silicon Avatar
 
Eh... I dunno. If you only get 1 shot at a patch and you mess it up knowing that it is going to cost you to fix it you'd think that patch would be bullet-proof.

It is not like they have to test against a million different pieces of hardware like you do on PC.

I'm confused as to why the testing process didn't catch the bug in the first place though. Isn't that what they are paid to do? Seems like the error is mutual and he should get to put his patch back up free.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 21, 2012, 10:47 Silicon Avatar
 
I could see building a DOS gaming PC (but not really, DOSBOX does a very good job) but not a legacy Windows gaming PC.

 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Screenshot
21. Re: Wasteland 2 Screenshot Jul 20, 2012, 20:05 Silicon Avatar
 
I like the screen but I hope they don't post another one without post-processing and particles. People can't read and they won't stop complaining about what was already explained.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jul 20, 2012, 12:52 Silicon Avatar
 
Video game developers want to tackle adult themes but they write adolescent stories and with undeveloped characters so they end up relying on tropes and stereotypes which are typically offensive.

Good writing directs the flow of conversation to a point so that people who "get it" can have a discussion. Bad writing just makes people mad. "A Clockwork Orange" used violence and rape as a means to convey a message that could be discussed (whether you agree with the message or not). Tomb Raider uses violence and rape as a means to seem grown up even though its still an action-hero adolescent fantasy.

So... It's not bad ideas - it's bad writing.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 20, 2012, 08:09 Silicon Avatar
 
That's fine. The publishing industry can wipe itself out with lawsuits and nobody will miss them.

 
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News Comments > The WarZ Announced
25. Re: The WarZ Announced Jul 20, 2012, 08:04 Silicon Avatar
 
They want me to buy the game and pay to win?

I will only do one or the other. Also I just don't care about 99.9% of mmo's.

That's two strikes against them and I haven't even seen the game.

 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III
47. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:39 Silicon Avatar
 
I think gaming took a nosedive when developers figured out they could get people to play their games for an adrenaline fix or a gambling fix.

It's kind of messed up really.

 
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News Comments > World War Z Game TMs
14. Re: World War Z Game TMs Jul 19, 2012, 15:15 Silicon Avatar
 
They sort of scratched my itch for a "The Road" game with the Lonesome Road DLC for Fallout:NV.

It's not anything like the book (at all) but in my play-through I kept having to scrounge for everything because I went in unprepared and the environment was filled with pretty mean enemies. I was definitely feeling the survival element of it.

That is really what I like out of post-apocalyptic/zombie games - the survival element.
 
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News Comments > World War Z Game TMs
12. Re: World War Z Game TMs Jul 19, 2012, 09:37 Silicon Avatar
 
I want a survival horror based on the The Road.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 11:27 Silicon Avatar
 
I don't understand publisher fascination with metacritic as a metric. Shouldn't sales be the main metric?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 18, 2012, 07:44 Silicon Avatar
 
I used to work for a tiny gaming hardware company. Five million is enough for manufacturing and a couple engineers. If they are able to capitalize on existing molds for controllers (IE: they don't use new die) and they are able to use existing OS (Android) and they are able to crib some off of existing smartphone designs then they should be able to get this done.

I don't think it will be nearly as big of a deal as people made it out to be but they should be able to do it for the money they have.

The smart thing to do in their position right now would be to try and team up with MadCatz (or someone like that) and rely on their business acumen and management experience to keep things rolling.

That sort of deal would also acknowledge the inevitable - should Ouya get popular somehow every cheap hardware manufacturer on the planet will rip it off and probably do it better.


 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 18, 2012, 07:35 Silicon Avatar
 
That is sad and it keeps happening.

 
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News Comments > Diablo III Game Limits Returning
53. Re: Diablo III Game Limits Returning Jul 17, 2012, 18:32 Silicon Avatar
 
I think EA should buy Blizzard/Activision so I can hate them properly.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 17, 2012, 14:17 Silicon Avatar
 
This guy sounds like he has serious social anxiety issues - assuming he's even for real.

 
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News Comments > Diablo III Game Limits Returning
27. Re: Diablo III Game Limits Returning Jul 17, 2012, 14:09 Silicon Avatar
 
I didn't buy this game at launch and so far I have not been tempted to pay full price for it.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jul 17, 2012, 13:31 Silicon Avatar
 
STO's combat is okay, but it's devoid of any strategy after a certain level - you just mash all the buttons and win. The only problem you'll ever see is if you aggro to many Borg.

Starflight was fun. It was kind of barren as I remember it, but it was definitely fun. I liked the genre as a whole. Mass Effect (the first one) sort of brought parts of it back. Sort of.

I liked Planet's Edge too, buggy as it may have been.

Star Control 2 also holds a fond place in my memories. It did a lot of things right and may have been my favorite game of the lot.

 
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News Comments > Steam Linux Plans
17. Re: Steam Linux Plans Jul 17, 2012, 06:09 Silicon Avatar
 
Command line Windows/Windows Server and the different variants of Unix and BSD can do about the same stuff. It's just a matter of what you want to use and who you want to pay (or not pay).

If the rumors of Valve console are true then it would make sense for them to use some sort of Linux to save money.
 
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