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Nickname ViRGE
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announcement
8. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:33 ViRGE
 
siapnar wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:24:
Would be cool destructive if some developers made the full switch to Steam OS and left Windows in the dust, for their upcoming games
Fixed that for you.

There's nothing to gain from PC fragmentation. We're already a minority.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Jan 5, 2014, 05:24 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 01:07:
PropheT wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 18:05:
Creston wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 15:17:
I'm amazed Polygon, of all places, has the actual courage to call EA out on this bullshit.

It's Ben Kuchera's first article there, isn't it?

Maybe they hired him to do this kind of thing and garner more credibility, and maybe they just need to get page views and generate buzz around his first article there or something. Kotaku does it every now and then to generate page views but it never really goes anywhere.

Oh, I didn't even realize Ben had written that. Good to see he found himself a new gig.
Agreed. It's good to see him back on the horse so soon.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
9. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 5, 2014, 05:00 ViRGE
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 19:39:
Screw some rating, look at the IRS tax forms yourself on GuideStar.org.

I see in 2012 they brought in $4.44 million, disbursed $1.17 million as gifts to hospitals, and incurred $343k of expenses (including $110k to anonymous organizations in Asia and the Middle East). Another curious tidbit is the fact their fundraiser(s) lost them $33k, despite $290k in resulting contributions. The president, secretary, and treasurer (I guess the founders, only principals listed) take no salary, though. I'm just wondering what they do with the other two-thirds of the money they had. Could be interesting to look at the 2013 form when it's posted.
Do the non-monetary donations count as gifts? A lot of people are buying things off of the hospital wishlists for those specific hospitals. I would assume CP counts those, even if they never hold the money or the gift.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Jan 3, 2014, 16:43 ViRGE
 
Ooh, thanks Mashiki. I had been looking for a sale on Lego Marvel.  
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News Comments > Steam, Origin DDoSed?
41. Re: Steam, Origin DDoSed? Jan 3, 2014, 16:31 ViRGE
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 11:01:
I eagerly await the day when these hackers will get around to doing something infinitely more constructive with their talent then DDosing digital game retailers. Ok i get it. EA is universally hated by gamers but surely there are other more worthwhile targets out there if you really want to make a point??
You know what they say: misery loves company.

Making other people unhappy always is and always will be fun. Especially for juveniles, who as a whole have an underdeveloped/undertrained sense of empathy.

Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 16:18:
BitWraith wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 12:27:
Calling these guys hackers, or even referring to them as skilled in any way, is a bit of a stretch.
Pretty much. They're nothing but script kiddies using automated tools, which is about the same a 5 year old being able to push the big shiny button on their playskool "it makes noise" go-go car.
Very true. But it does mean they have resources. You can't take down something like Steam with a handful of computers on a residential connection. That requires a fairly large botnot.

So script kiddies or not, they (unfortunately) have power and the means to abuse it.
 
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News Comments > Fallouts Returning to Steam
10. Re: Fallouts Returning to Steam Jan 3, 2014, 16:23 ViRGE
 
Clancy wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 14:17:
Yeah, they had to add DRM back in from the GOG versions...that is the real reason why they needed to "update".
I seriously doubt it. There's no point in doing so; anyone who wants to copy the game will just copy the GOG edition.
 
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News Comments > Deadpool Game Disappearance
7. Re: Deadpool Game Disappearance Jan 1, 2014, 17:08 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 12:20:
Goddammit. Knew I should have grabbed it the other day for $10. Also explains why, in a vote sale, I voted for it, only to have it replaced by COD in the list.
Aha! I was wondering why Deadpool was AWOL after I voted for it. I thought I was going crazy.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 30, 2013, 16:14 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 14:23:
ViRGE wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 12:47:
And they couldn't have picked a better game, IMHO. SM3DW was a blast from start to end.

And like 400000 people will get to enjoy it! :o
Perhaps. But the number of people playing it doesn't affect the amount of fun I had playing it.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 30, 2013, 12:47 ViRGE
 
Point of clarification: that's not their Wii U game of the year, that's their overall game of the year. It just has Wii U in the title because of their tagging system (since it was a Wii U game).

And they couldn't have picked a better game, IMHO. SM3DW was a blast from start to end.
 
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News Comments > Friday Consolidation
11. Re: Friday Consolidation Dec 27, 2013, 20:43 ViRGE
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 17:15:
Yea but considering how much you get, that 50.00 a year is best money spent on the internet....esp. if you have more than 1 device, ie: ps3 and Vita, etc.
Heck, it's not even $50/year. It goes on sale a couple of times a year where you can pick it up for $30. For the price of one video game that's two years of gaming. It's a very good deal so long as you know what you're getting into.
 
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News Comments > Boxing Day Consolidation
3. Re: Boxing Day Consolidation Dec 26, 2013, 12:53 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 11:59:
Think I'm going to have to break down and grab Pinball Arcade on ps4...$40 is steep, but it looks like a ton of fun.

I have it on the Vita and it's definitely fun. Any given table is going to be hit or miss, but there are enough tables that you shouldn't have any trouble finding some ones you'll like.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer
2. Re: Borderlands 2 Live-Action Trailer Dec 26, 2013, 12:50 ViRGE
 
It's a fan film so I admittedly don't have high standards for this one. But the trailer makes it look interesting enough.

Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 12:11:
Jack was an awesome villain. It's kind of a shame that they killed him off, because the next bad guy is going to be nowhere near as cool.
Well they don't always have to do their next game set after BL2. The Telltale game for example is hinted to be set before BL2, allowing them to include Jack.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Consolidation
11. Re: Christmas Eve Consolidation Dec 25, 2013, 00:05 ViRGE
 
Dev wrote on Dec 24, 2013, 18:09:
LOL, looks like that 24 hour DRM check in is still present in xbox one (despite all the MS lies about how they were reversing away from it), and it will kick you out in the middle of a game!
That's because they weren't using the games on the account's home console. They were effectively game sharing.

No, Xbox One DRM isnít killing Killer Instinct

"The Xbox One in question here, was not the one originally used to download the game, you see. If it were, the game would have been tied to that consoleís ID (and the originating profile), and would never need to check for licences, functioning just fine without an internet connection. Itís actually more lax DRM than on the 360, which requires that the original purchaser be actively signed in for the game to be playable."
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
5. Re: Sunday Mobilization Dec 22, 2013, 19:07 ViRGE
 
Bill Borre wrote on Dec 22, 2013, 16:57:
GPS device insertions make Baby Jesus cry.
Hey, you chip your dogs. Why wouldn't you chip your Jesus?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 22, 2013, 06:02 ViRGE
 
killer_roach wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 19:25:
Far superior? The Vita has the same GPU as the iPad 4 and arguably still a better CPU than the iPad Air (although Apple has done quite a bit in terms of masking that by offloading tasks to the GPU and doing heavy optimizations on its Web browser).
I like my Vita, but I have to point out that both of those statements are not quite correct. The GPU is the same configuration, however Apple's GPU is clocked almost twice as high. Meanwhile Cortex-A9 is a solid performer, but Cyclone is ahead of it to a massive degree. It has a clockspeed advantage and a huge IPC advantage, so even though it's just 2 cores it's more than enough to offset the core count difference (keeping in mind that Vita games can only use 3 cores anyhow).

The iPad Mini uses a dual core Cortex-A9 processor. Even if you doubled up on cores and got perfect scaling, it would still be only half as fast as the Cyclone based processor in the iPad Air.

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7460/59433.png
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
28. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 21, 2013, 05:53 ViRGE
 
Kitkoan wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 19:10:
If I remember correctly, there is zero US labor involved in something like this that's "assembled in the USA".

It'd fully automated machines that are design, build and maintain by Chinese employees on cheap visas. It's all marketing to help people think they are bringing jobs back to USA, even though they aren't.
Apple actually has a video up showing the Mac Pro assembly process. So you can see for yourself how much of it is human and how much is robot.

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/video/#assembly
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 19, 2013, 23:27 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 21:58:
Oh, winamp. I can't decide which fate is worse: your death, or being sold to Microsoft.

Existing is better than not existing.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
5. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 19, 2013, 23:19 ViRGE
 
Genesys wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 22:46:
Didn't they just end their Autumn sale TWO WEEKS ago? They need to plan these things a bit better.
Well they were making sure to have something going on during Black Friday. But I agree that the timing between the various sales is still kind of poor. Now there won't be another sale for 7-8 months.
 
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News Comments > QuakeWorld Turns 17 and This Day in Gaming History
1. Re: QuakeWorld Turns 17 and This Day in Gaming History Dec 18, 2013, 11:26 ViRGE
 
Ahh Tribes. It was ahead of its time and yet everything that follows only gets farther and farther from the purity of its vision.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 18, 2013, 10:05 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 09:40:
These areas - "a safe and welcoming environment" - would also be lounges, which apart from the main PAX events would have their own stuff like diversity-themed booths and panels.

(Not trying to start a riot here, legitimate question.)

Is it me, or is this ass backwards? I thought everyone wanted to be treated equal. The idea of "if you feel bad, your section is over there" seems bizarre.

Why not apply it to the entire con and tell people "if you can't be nice to others that are different than you, you need not show up"?
While I obviously can't speak for the PA guys, that's certainly not the impression I got. Rather this is an attempt to create an "educational" area (for lack of a better description) where the issue gets dedicated attention.

Diversity groups can be very difficult to deal with at times - things that you wouldn't think would raise their ire will do just that - so making gestures to indicate that you take their concerns seriously can help defray matters.
 
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