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Real Name Rob Seace   
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Nickname Agrajag
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Homepage http://www.magrathea.com/~ras/
Signed On Jan 12, 2000, 11:57
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Jul 27, 2015, 08:42 Agrajag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 08:26:
For me it's mostly a matter of choice, I wish I could ditch Windows entirely, but a simple fact is, you can not if you are a gamer that actually wants to play everything...

Oh, I long ago gave up trying to play everything, or even most things when they're newly released... I just don't have the time for it anymore... Most of my gaming has been on consoles (PS2 then X360), as my Linux PC is pretty ancient now (though I still sometimes fire up Q3A on it when the mood strikes me)... And, I usually end up buying games that have been out a year or more, or smaller downloadable games off Xbox Live... It takes me ages to play through a decent length game now, as I pretty much only game on the weekends... So, the available selection of SteamOS games seems good enough for my needs, and I'm excited about getting a Steam Machine to replace my Xbox...

Now, ask me if I still feel the same way when GTA6 comes out... At that point, I may be forced to buy a PS4/Xbone or whatever Rockstar chooses to release on, even if that's the only game I play on it... ;-) GTAs are pretty much the only games I buy and play when newly released anymore... But, I'd be no better off there with a Windows machine, as you poor people need to wait ages for a port, too... (And, you still don't have RDR yet, do you??)
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jul 27, 2015, 08:09 Agrajag
 
NKD wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 07:50:
Look, that game library just isn't going to convert anyone.

I, for one, don't really care about "converting" anyone... But, as a Linux gamer, I'm certainly happy with the ever-growing selection of games available there... Would it be nice to have every single game at the same time it appears for Windows? Of course! But, the situation for Linux gaming now is about a million times better than it's ever been, and it's only getting better, so I'm not about to complain about it!
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 27, 2015, 06:43 Agrajag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 03:25:
Retired wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 00:11:
Steam for Linux Now Has More than 1,300 Games. Thanks Linux Today.

Not enough for the elite BNsers....

Maybe because the big AAA titles are not part of that...

They certainly are not ALL there yet, by any means, but surely you're not saying there are no big AAA titles among those available? Because, I kind of think several of them qualify...

And, I really think the main point is how the platform has gone from basically zero to a full quarter of the entire Steam library being supported in very little time... And, the fact that more keep coming every day...

(Also, I'm not sure about their 1300 number... When I search for SteamOS/Linux games, I see this at the bottom: "showing 1 - 25 of 2498", which would seem to indicate the number is much higher... Maybe in just the few days since that article another 1000+ were added?? Or, they're working off different numbers entirely, because when I remove the SteamOS/Linux restriction, the search shows 12737 total titles, not there mere 5877 they claimed...)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
51. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 24, 2015, 06:42 Agrajag
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 23, 2015, 17:36:
I hope you ABP users are white-listing Blues. He works 10-12 hours daily on this website, and needs to eat and pay hosting fees. He aggressively monitors the ads for popovers and hijacks insisting on non-intrusive ads only for this site.

As an aside, for all you ABP users out there, are you willing to fork out an annual subscription fee to all the various websites your visit?

For sites I actually care about, yeah I already do... I subscribe to LWN.net and TotalFark (and now BareFark as well), and I susbscribe to various paper mags (Wired, Scientific American, Make, 2600, etc.) which I think counts as supporting their running a web site too... If Blue offered a subscriber option, I'd jump on that in a minute... As it is now, yeah this is one of the very, very, very few sites I whitelist in ABP... I also try to buy Amazon stuff through his links sometimes (as I very often buy lots and lots of stuff from Amazon)...
 
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News Comments > Minecraft PC Sells > 20M
24. Re: Minecraft PC Sells > 20M Jul 1, 2015, 06:33 Agrajag
 
Windows/OS X

This is one case where "PC" is actually the more accurate term... PC Minecraft runs on Linux as well, not just Windows... Theoretically, it should run on any OS which has a Java port...
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out
27. Re: Steam Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out Jun 30, 2015, 14:15 Agrajag
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 30, 2015, 13:05:
The real question is, why didn't you just build a PC and hook it up to your TV?

Mainly because I'm getting far lazier in my old age, and don't feel like screwing around with such shit anymore! And, if I did it, I'd want it running Linux anyway, since I just don't do Windows anymore (haven't since Win95)... I'd rather pay someone else to do the work of building it for me, and putting it into a nice form factor for console use...

Plus, I really like what Valve is doing here with SteamOS and encouraging more and more companies to port to Linux, so I want to support that financially...
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out
24. Re: Steam Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out Jun 30, 2015, 06:10 Agrajag
 
OldDirtyEwok wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 15:51:
The Link and controller are definitely interesting but a machine that runs a Linux OS won't have many games available.

It's already got more than 1000 games available... Pre-launch! What console ever launched with 1000 games from the get-go?

I pre-ordered one of the Alienware i5 machines as soon as they were available for pre-order...
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate Changes Detailed
7. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Changes Detailed Jun 17, 2015, 12:59 Agrajag
 
Like I said, I grew to like it a lot in AC4 (Black Flag)... I only hated it in AC3 for some reason... Though now in Rogue it's wearing out its welcome for me, too... I think it's just more of a feeling of, "Ok, so is EVERY damn assassin from now on going to be a fucking pirate??"... It's just an enough is enough sort of thing... *shrug*  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Syndicate Changes Detailed
5. Re: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Changes Detailed Jun 17, 2015, 06:13 Agrajag
 
The pirate ships actually first showed up in AC3, and I hated that part of it... (Never finished the game because I hated the ship combat so much...) I thought I was going to loathe AC4 since it was centered around the ship stuff so much, but I actually grew to like it a lot there... I'm currently playing AC: Rogue, and am growing increasingly tired of the ship shit again, but at least there's a lot of land-based stuff to do instead, too...  
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News Comments > Op Ed
48. Re: Op Ed Jun 9, 2015, 06:24 Agrajag
 
DangerDog wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 16:25:
Die hard console gamers wont touch it with a ten foot pole

I've been pretty much a console-only gamer since, hmmmm, when did GTA3 come out? That's when I bought a PS2... Then, when GTA4 came out, I bought an Xbox360... When these were anounced the other day, I preordered one... Will I regret it when GTA6 comes out and isn't available on it? Maybe, or maybe I'll just have to buy another console to use alongside it... I see it more as buying a new gaming PC rig, but one I can play comfortably on my TV with a console-like controller... I don't really want to upgrade my workstation, and it needs to run old CentOS for work, so it won't be able to play many games anyway... Having a new machine dedicated to just gaming, for use in front the TV, but with all the benefits of PC gaming (access to mods and levels and whatnot) sounds like pure heaven to me! And, yeah, being a Linux nut, I love that they're pushing Linux support in games now too, and I definitely want to support that... They've got my money for sure!
 
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News Comments > Steam Machine Preorders
28. Re: Steam Machine Preorders Jun 5, 2015, 06:54 Agrajag
 
descender wrote on Jun 4, 2015, 13:57:
They are basically only marketing this to soccer moms and possible console converts.

Yeah, I don't game on PC anymore, because my PC runs Linux for work (which wouldn't be a problem now with Valve pushing for Linux ports of everything, but it's also ancient and slow, and there's not much real practical reason for upgrading, and I need to run ancient CentOS5 too), so all my gaming for a long time has been console... PS2 then Xbox360... I've been contemplating whether to get a PS4 or Xbone, but now I think I'll skip both and just get a Steam Machine instead!

I just pre-ordered one of the Alienware i5 models...
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. May 6, 2015, 06:42 Agrajag
 
The worst possible thing I can wish on these self-proclaimed "Christians" is that their religion is true... Because, Christ sure as hell isn't going to be very happy with the shitty things they've been doing in his name down here... His ass-kicking of the money changers would be nothing compared to what he would do to these assholes...  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 22, 2015, 06:18 Agrajag
 
Rigs wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 03:34:
(Seriously, Google, 'whatchamacallits' doesn't get flagged for a spelling error?! Did I miss something?! That's considered an actual word now?)

Yep...

It is...
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: Radcliffe to play "Grand Theft Auto" Creator Apr 10, 2015, 06:25 Agrajag
 
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to star in BBC Films' "Grand Theft Auto," a film about the true story fight between the creator of "Grand Theft Auto" and a Miami lawyer who aimed to ban video game violence.

Oh, man, they're going to have a Jack Thompson character in this? It just got 1000% cooler sounding! I can't wait to see the part about him sending gay porn to a judge...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2015, 06:45 Agrajag
 
Julio wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 06:18:
Or the baker is forced to go against their own religious beliefs.

How so? I don't recall anything anywhere in the Bible saying, "Thou shalt not bake cakes for the homos!"... He's only forced to go against his inate bigotry, which has absolutely zero to do with his religious beliefs...

Interesting dilemma. There are specific businesses I choose not to go to, because they racially discriminate against white people. There's no chance I could sue them and actually win.

LOLWUT? Racially discrimate against white people? Are you in bizarro world or the mirror universe or something?

But, you know, the Civil Rights Act made it pretty clear that public businesses are not allowed to racially disciminate at all... So, if such businesses exist anywhere outside of your fevered imagination, they are breaking the law...
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 18, 2015, 06:13 Agrajag
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 17, 2015, 20:25:
"We are quite clear that when you are using city computers, it is supposed to be for city business. This was not authorized business," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday

Oh come on Bill! They literally get away with murder! You think they're even in the least bit concerned about this?

I heard they all turned their backs on him while updating his Wikipedia entry to call him a big doodiehead...

When did the cops start hiring spoiled children?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2015, 06:45 Agrajag
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 03:27:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 10, 2015, 20:57:
We are fighting a war on the street.

I know its a figure of speech but this is disturbing. If policemen feel they are in danger 24/7 they are much more likely to use excessive force.

Yeah, quotes like that don't exactly help with the public image of police as overly militarized bullies who see all non-cops as enemy combatants... You're not in Iraq, guys! Those people you're dealing with aren't enemy soldiers; they're citizens whose rights you're supposed to be protecting... Yes, even the "bad guys"...
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines in November
27. Re: Steam Machines in November Mar 6, 2015, 06:25 Agrajag
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 18:46:
What's the point? What market are they trying to capitalize on?

I don't know, maybe people like me... My real PC is an ancient workstation running CentOS, which I use for programming for work... It's too old (and CentOS5 is too old a system) to run anything newer than Quake3... Plus, it's for work not play... I have no interest in ever owning a Windows PC again, so buying one of those is right out... I play most of my games these day in front of my TV via my Xbox360... I'm not yet sold on either Xbone or PS4 this generation, but am really intrigued by the Steam Machine idea... Being a Linux fan, I like the SteamOS concept and that they're porting all their games and convincing others to do the same... Sure, I could buy/build my own PC and install SteamOS on it, I suppose, but I'm getting too old for that shit! I'd just as soon spend the money on a ready-to-go solution... So, when these things finally come out, I might just pick one up...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 28, 2015, 09:05 Agrajag
 
NegaDeath wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 17:34:
shihonage wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 17:06:
Spoken like a true proletariat stooge. Lenin used low-information voters like you to create a revolution in my home country. Now Obama's using people like you for a soft coup. Some things never change.

It was only a matter of time until someone invoked Godwin's l....wait did you say Lenin? Well that's different.

I have to wonder if that's sarcasm... No real right-winger could be so self-unaware as to call the left-wing "low-information voters" with a straight face, could they? I mean, that just has to be a joke! The party of willful ignorance, anti-science, and anti-intellectualism telling the other side that they're the know-nothings? Just WAY too out there to buy as serious...

But, maybe it's Poe's Law in action...
 
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News Comments > DOOM Mythbusters
30. Re: DOOM Mythbusters Jan 27, 2015, 12:59 Agrajag
 
Orogogus wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 12:39:
I don't think that's it. If that was all there was to it, games wouldn't track ammo, either.

Well, there's a line you have to walk between fun and challenging... You don't really want to give everyone god mode and unlimited ammo by default... That may be fun to just run around and go nuts once in a while, but for the game to have any real playability, there needs to be SOME level of challenge... But, if you make things TOO challenging and put in too many rules and restrictions, things start to get less and less fun, too...

And how much does the old school hate regenerating health? A lot. And usually because "it's not realistic," because health packs and turkey platters are much, much more immersive.

Heh. I hate it too, and not because it's not realistic... As you point out, it's MORE realistic than old-school health packs and such... (People really DO heal on their own over time! Just not usually as fast as depicted in games...) I hate it because it forces you to abandon the action and do nothing for a while to keep from dying... Eg: I'm finally playing Assassin's Creed IV (I know, I'm way behind the times!), and I absolutely hate that they've switched to that regen health crap now... In AC2 and 3, I'd just carry plenty of medicine with me, and then in tough fights when running low on health, I could just instantly power back up and continue the fight... Now, I have to run away like a pussy and hide until I'm better! It's annoying as hell... I also dislike that they seem to have done away with armor entirely, as far as I can tell... (Aside from hull armor for your ship...)

Nor is every game DOOM, an over-the-top shootarama. When a game like Half Life 2 does it while pretending to be all immersive, it's just weird. It really feels like something that's there just because Wolfenstein happened to do it that way, and now that's what gamers expect.

Sure, games are different, and for some I'm sure the ultra-realism makes sense... I just tend to not want to play those type of games...
 
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