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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
67. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 20:27 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm having a hard time getting excited. Even when they announce DirectX improvements it seems like it takes years before any games actually take advantage of their unique features (or video cards can even run them smoothly).
 
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News Comments > Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Released
6. Re: Avernum 2: Crystal Souls Released Jan 15, 2015, 19:38 Silicon Avatar
 
Say what you want about Vogel. His little company has outlived a lot of game companies and designers who had a lot more budget and way more flash.


 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 15, 2015, 19:27 Silicon Avatar
 
RadioShack probably would have done okay if it had gone back to its roots as as electronics hobbyist store instead of trying to be an overpriced cabling, outdated crapola, and junky cell phone store.

 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jan 13, 2015, 20:21 Silicon Avatar
 
I didn't get the first SR game but I'm going to try this one. Hard to lose for fifteen bucks.  
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News Comments > Avernum 2: Crystal Souls This Week
5. Re: Avernum 2: Crystal Souls This Week Jan 12, 2015, 19:45 Silicon Avatar
 
He has been chugging along for decades now. Obviously this works for him.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
13. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 9, 2015, 20:03 Silicon Avatar
 
I actually liked it.

I learned more of the Elder Scrolls lore playing ESO than I have from any of the stand-alone games.

If it goes F2P that's fine though. I solo pretty much of all the content anyhow so nothing changes for me except a slight bump in savings every month.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 9, 2015, 20:01 Silicon Avatar
 
Standards are often standards for a reason, no matter what "designers" think.

 
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
21. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 14:30 Silicon Avatar
 
I have to have an add-in sound card due to my weird motherboard and video combination but in the future I'll just be using the onboard audio.

Creative never updates drivers so if you buy something from them and run into a driver problem, too bad for you.
 
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News Comments > Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Teaser?
1. Re: Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Teaser? Jan 4, 2015, 13:23 Silicon Avatar
 
I haven't played this series, but it's fun to watch other people play on Youtube.

It's basically "jump scare: the game" but if I were 13-14 again or just looking for a quick fright I'd be all over it.
 
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News Comments > Lord British's First Game Free on GOG.com
8. Re: Lord British's First Game Free on GOG.com Dec 24, 2014, 15:01 Silicon Avatar
 
He has done a lot and has a cool automata collection.

 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
46. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 19, 2014, 17:08 Silicon Avatar
 
http://store.steampowered.com/app/226860/?snr=1_620_4__46

Galciv 3 is on sale for half off if you get it in the next 19 hours or so.

It's the pre-release "beta" version. You get the full when it's ready, which I would not expect to see until well into 2015. It might be worth it if you liked Galciv 2.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 16, 2014, 21:07 Silicon Avatar
 
Users are so glutted with titles that some of them think that the time they spend checking your game out is payment enough. In the mean time developers spend a lot of time giving their work away hoping for some kind of lottery style popularity win.

It's a losing situation for most developers. Racing to the bottom was stupid and now it's come to its stupid conclusion. They did it to themselves but they can still back out and return to sanity. Not every app went that route and shedding the "I want it for free crowd" is not exactly a big loss for most.

 
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News Comments > Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under
11. Re: Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under Dec 3, 2014, 10:45 Silicon Avatar
 
Why only in Australia?

This must have more to do with Target protecting itself against some potential liability in Australia than anything. Otherwise they would have halted sales everywhere.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 14:36 Silicon Avatar
 
Anytime any industry says there "aren't enough workers" what they're really saying is that they want cheaper workers.

 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Refunds Reconsidered
7. Re: Elite: Dangerous Refunds Reconsidered Nov 21, 2014, 18:54 Silicon Avatar
 
This is getting to the point where I need popcorn.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - App Game Kit 2
3. Re: Steamships Ahoy - App Game Kit 2 Nov 21, 2014, 15:51 Silicon Avatar
 
I know some people are using Admob and I've seen talk about Chartboost and some others too. I haven't done it but it seems to be possible.

There's no hidden fees or license restrictions as far as I know. You buy it and do whatever you want. If you manage to make the next Flappy Bird then that's all your cash.


 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - App Game Kit 2
1. Re: Steamships Ahoy - App Game Kit 2 Nov 21, 2014, 10:24 Silicon Avatar
 
This is a fun language to play with if you are an indie or a hobbyist.

You can use either BASIC syntax and compile to machine code that's run by an interpreter embedded in the .exe that's created or you can use C (and then it's just like any other library I guess).

For the type of games you'd probably make with AGK2 (tile overhead, puzzle, mobile games, platformers, old-school EOB style 3D RPG, adventure, etc.) it's plenty fast.

I kickstarted it a while back and now it's finally on Steam.

 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
6. Re: Evening Patches Nov 7, 2014, 23:49 Silicon Avatar
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 22:36:
Is Wasteland ready to play after that monster update?

I've been playing since day 1, so I'd say "Yes." but I only ever ran into 2 bugs.

Check Youtube videos before you buy because the gameplay style is not for everyone.
 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
1. Re: Evening Patches Nov 7, 2014, 19:59 Silicon Avatar
 
Lots of good fixes for Wasteland 2.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 7, 2014, 10:59 Silicon Avatar
 
I wrote ME3 off when they required Origin installation to play.

I'd pretty much forgotten about it since then. If they're ready to put it on Steam and give up on making me use Origin then I'll have a look. Otherwise I don't care.
 
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