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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 30, 2014, 14:47 Pigeon
 
And Super Bowl commercials ruined the Super Bowl, so its all good.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 30, 2014, 09:53 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Jan 30, 2014, 09:42:
I'd rather they kept the Bluray drive and dropped Kinect.

No they can't drop the kinect, its part of the gaming experience.
Several games would be unplayable without it.
And you couldn't use the awesome TV voice commands.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition Detailed
13. Re: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Collector's Edition Detailed Jan 30, 2014, 08:43 Pigeon
 
I'll wait on this for sure, but if they truly have better loot and the AH is no longer a near necessity I'll probably pick it up... eventually.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 29, 2014, 13:35 Pigeon
 
“Having been a part of several EA Ronku campaigns, I can tell you that at no point was I asked to lie or falsify my opinion of a game. EA is aware that asking people to do this is wrong and if you actually read the assignment documents that were leaked, EA never asks us to misinform people by only saying positive things about the game. I would love to disclose the actual campaigns to the public so you could see just how tame the requests were but I don’t have the authority to do so."

Someone needs to explain to these guys what a conflict of interest is, and why even accepting money for seemingly harmless requests compromises their objectivity. I have no doubt EA knows exactly what its doing/
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 29, 2014, 11:28 Pigeon
 
Creston wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 11:10:
Note that they're taking a pay cut for four months. This isn't some "we fucked up, we're going with half from now on."

For four months, he's taking $250,000 home every month instead of $500,000. Then it'll just go back to $500K.

(And similar for the others who are taking less. Yeah, I'm sure you're really gonna feel that $100K loss on your $500K salary.)

Still, better than getting a million dollar bonus for fucking up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 29, 2014, 10:15 Pigeon
 
Wait what? Executives taking big pay cuts when they make bad decisions? THIS IS UNAMERICAN!! Oh wait they're not American, carry on then.  
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News Comments > EA Taking Lessons From Launching BF4
11. Re: EA Taking Lessons From Launching BF4 Jan 29, 2014, 09:50 Pigeon
 
So Titan is releasing on the Xbone, 360, and PC right? All windows based devices, so what are they going to blame when that turns out to be a buggy cluster fuck too? Maybe they'll admit they completely failed to do even a moderate job of testing because they were in such a hurry to push it out the door, because THE MONEY. Or they'll probably just find a way to blame the fans.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2014, 08:51 Pigeon
 
Raven wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 18:35:
Follow up to the Evans article: Kotaku

TLDR: Sometimes someone who thinks they are being "colorful" or "creative" is just being an asshole. There's a lot better Jew jokes out there.

Besides terrible games funded by Christian groups, how many games have characters that are readily identifiable as Christian, or any other religion for that matter (other than Jedi)? I'm going to hazard a guess and say, not many. Seems odd to complain there are barely any Jewish characters, when there are barely any religiously affiliated characters to begin with.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 28, 2014, 10:00 Pigeon
 
Guess they have to do something to try and narrow that performance gap. Not that I think the additional 8% is going to help a lot.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 28, 2014, 09:51 Pigeon
 
I can't believe this guy even tried to enter the law profession after all he did. Doesn't he know they have professional standards? They can't let in liars and cheats who get caught so easily.  
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News Comments > Leaked Source 2 Screenshot?
20. Re: Leaked Source 2 Screenshot? Jan 28, 2014, 08:42 Pigeon
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 23:27:
Quboid wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 22:17:
Source has evolved but the last few Source engine games I've played stick out due to their dated graphics and interface. It's a solid, fast, and reliable engine and some really good games such as The Stanley Parable use it to good effect, but it doesn't look as pretty or feel as modern as games like Crysis 3 - which isn't entirely a bad thing, Source's dated menu is a lot nicer than Crysis's nonsense.

Maybe it would be nicer if it was used in a big budget game but I can't remember the last time such a game used the Source engine. Perhaps that says it all.

Titanfall is using Source. They've said they will consider opening it up for modding... They should just put it on the Workshop and allow for custom maps and such, that will make it a big hit on PC.

If they were smart they would. I can see that being a big selling point for a lot of people.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 28, 2014, 08:23 Pigeon
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 01:51:
the NSA invented Angry Birds!

Anyone who beats the NSA's high score gets put on the terror watch list.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 27, 2014, 14:26 Pigeon
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:00:
Nintendo handhelds are clearly a dying prospect, though. While they absolutely have the best games right now (that new Zelda looks incredible), if you walk through an airport you'll see 10 kids playing on a tablet or phone for each 1 kid playing a 3DS. Which makes sense - a parent can give a child their old device and put on a bunch of free or $0.99 games and be done with it, rather than the more expensive 3DS and quite expensive games.

And, while I'm sure plenty of adults play the 3DS, outside of Nintendo ads featuring 5 mixed-race mixed-gender 20 somethings in one room, I've never seen an adult play one.

Plus, many of those kids aren't gaming on their parents' device, but watching YouTube videos or cartoons.


Honestly, if I'm Nintendo I would consider making a Kindle. Google and Apple would never split profits, but Amazon would probably be willing to go 50/50 on app sales. You make the device run the forked version of Android and give it access to a decent store that, with Nintendo's help, will become a great kids store. But the device also runs its own cartridges, which is the only way to play Nintendo games. It'd be rough and durable, unlike most hand-me-downs kids get, and it would have the best functionality of both the 3DS and those hand-me-downs. And it'd still be great for adults.

Something to consider.

IMO all the console makers (and PC) need to take a hard look at their game pricing. $40 for handheld and $60 for console isn't going to be a successful model in the nearish future. I think handhelds are still a viable market though; a good design and fun games go a long way.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jan 27, 2014, 08:41 Pigeon
 
Julio wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 13:38:
Pankin wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 12:29:
Mr. fucking Macintosh? And you thought Clippy was annoying. What a terrible idea.

They should bring back Clippy for Windows 9

It looks like you're trying to open a program from the start menu, let me send you to metro.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2014, 15:29 Pigeon
 
Hoop wrote on Jan 24, 2014, 14:34:
Do you cork or screw where you are?

I generally wait till the second date and then let it be a surprise.

I mostly see synthetic corks when I buy wine. Don't think I've ever seen a screw top; maybe a few spigots for the boxed variety.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 23, 2014, 13:03 Pigeon
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 23, 2014, 12:37:
Yep, Sneak in the vanilla game is super OP at the higher levels. You run around silently and as long as you're crouched they won't see you unless you're lit up like the sun and standing two feet away from them. Then you can just go hide in a dark spot after they spotted you and they instantly de-aggro. What this means is you can ALWAYS hit for 6x arrow or 12x melee damage, or whatever the multipliers were.

And then one of the most popular mods of all time has you trading dragon souls for perks? WTF people you're a god as it is, you want to trivialize everything even further by having every single super power? At least there was supposed to eventually be a limit to how many of those you could unlock, forcing you to make some kind of choices as to how you wanted to build your character.

Assuming this was something patched out or fixed in the DLCs/addons? Cause I have a sneaky bow assassin type character, and while the sneak attacks were pretty devastating, I certainly wasn't killing dragons with one shot. Plus dragons were difficult to hide from.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 23, 2014, 09:12 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 19:40:
Think the most I ever paid for a video card was either $400 or $500. And even though it was a screamer, I still had slight buyers remorse for spending that much...


I tend to spend under $150 and that generally serves my needs. My current machine is probably 6 years old, so a new build is somewhere on the horizon, maybe I'll be able to convince myself to shell out more for a better card.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: HDDs Jan 22, 2014, 11:39 Pigeon
 
Dev wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 09:38:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 08:38:
How do you get a 120% failure rate o_O ? Are they using some kind of multidimensional measurement where the drives are even failing in realities where they're not supposed to? If so that's a pretty crappy hard-drive, but it'd be invaluable to scientific research.
Presumably they get a drive, warranty replace it, and it fails yet again.
So in other words, out of 100 drives, they have to replace drives 120 separate times, many are refurbished warranty replacements that fail yet again.
Jivaro wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 03:46:
Alienware = Dell, so yeah..overpriced crap.
They were overpriced even before dell

Well that certainly makes more sense. Though I still like the idea that they're so terrible they're failing in all alternate realities.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: HDDs Jan 22, 2014, 08:38 Pigeon
 
Blue wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 08:13:
Ant wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 05:49:
Seagate drives = firmware nightmares. Never buy seagate drives.
Buy what brand then?

According to the same article, Hitachi.

Annual failure rates are all over the map ranging from as low as 0.9% to as high as 25.4% - and one drive hit 120%.

How do you get a 120% failure rate o_O ? Are they using some kind of multidimensional measurement where the drives are even failing in realities where they're not supposed to? If so that's a pretty crappy hard-drive, but it'd be invaluable to scientific research.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jan 21, 2014, 11:57 Pigeon
 
If just half of the players who buy the game during a 50%-off sale would have bought the game at full price if that was their only option, we'd already have a wash. What fraction of sale-waiting players fall into this category? I suspect way more than half. The picture gets even worse for 75%-off sales.

And I suspect way less than half. I don't think its so much a matter of, 'if I only wait a few weeks I can get it for %50 less', and more a matter of buying at a perceived fair/good value. I see games that looks fun frequently, but they're not worth $60 to me. Its not even a matter of a game budget, i.e. I only have $60 to spend on games. I think people are more likely to buy 4 games for $30 each than 1 for $60.
 
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