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News Comments > Thanksgiving Consolidation
2. Re: Thanksgiving Consolidation Nov 28, 2013, 14:03 ViRGE
 
NeOCidE wrote on Nov 28, 2013, 13:12:
Right on MS!!!!! Gears of War for free!!!!!!
Are you being serious, or is that sarcasm failing to translate through the Internet? Because I'm not sure anyone should be particularly excited about getting a 7 year old game for free.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 28, 2013, 03:01 ViRGE
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 14:03:
nin wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 09:15:
7 items most prized by computer collectors.

#8, a voodoo card.


Only if it's a Canopus.
Pft. It was all about the Quantum3D cards. Especially the Obsidian 2 X-24.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 25, 2013, 18:15 ViRGE
 
Panickd wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 16:32:
But then the XBox 360 version of UNO is known to be rife with amateur nudity these days too so what the hell do I know.
I know I'm going to regret asking this, but huh? Does the 360 version of Uno have cam capabilities or something?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 25, 2013, 17:14 ViRGE
 
Verno wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 13:00:
It may well turn out that the current market can only support one handheld but people said the same thing about the DS and PSP. The PSP platform turned out pretty well despite major problems in its first few years. I don't see a valid reason for Sony to cut and run yet.
The PSP was never this far behind the DS though. The PSP was the most successful non-Nintendo handheld ever, selling 80M units to the DS's 155M, or a ratio of about 1:2. But for the Vita/3DS that ratio is currently 1:7, and worse, Vita sales have been slowing down. At this point even an absurdly optimistic outcome for the Vita will have it come in well behind the 3DS and the PSP. It still has to nearly double its sales just to match the Game Gear.

Jivaro wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 13:09:
The last year, and in particular the last 6 months, has been pretty good though. More then enough games coming in regular intervals, and PS+ actually got more generous. Being able to use it with the PS4 (and in some ways with the PS3) is pretty damn cool as well. Sony screwed the launch up, but I have to give them credit for sticking with it. It's an awesome bit of hardware, so I am glad they didn't just walk away from it. Now if only they would bring the memory prices down to something even close to reasonable.
Have you seen the launch schedule for 2014 though? There's absolutely jack-all for new AAA games from non-Japanese developers. The only things that are confirmed are MLB14 and the Lego Movie Game. Everything else is either a hand-me down such as FFX or BL2, or an import. There's a distinct lack of new AAA games being commissioned at this point, which spells trouble for the Vita (and I say this dejectedly as a Vita owner).

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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad - GOTY Nov 25, 2013, 06:01 ViRGE
 
Dirwulf wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 14:52:
How can you add "Game Of The Year" to your game title when it was no such thing?
I swear we've had this discussion before. These days GOTY means it's a re-release with the post-launch content packed in. Nothing more.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Nov 24, 2013, 14:59 ViRGE
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 24, 2013, 13:30:
this is genuinely starting to affect design as developers are forced to make design concessions for revenue tools in games. Ignoring it and hoping for the best isn't working, there are enough children with their parents credit card who impulse purchase everything they can for achievements and other knickknacks that companies throw at them.
And that's what this is really all about. If microtransactions were happening off in their own little universe, we'd probably complain some, but at the end of the day we'd laugh at the misfortune of others and not care.

But that's not what's happening. Even PC games are being designed to suck your wallet dry; whole genres of games are being abandoned (or radically altered) to make room for microtransactions. Just look at BF3/BF4 and their unlock packs, for a start.

And the worst part about all of this? It works. People are paying for these elements, and in large enough numbers that despite our pleas for what this is doing to gaming, the business side of the equation shows that this highly effective way to increase profits. It's not enough to merely be opposed to microtransactions, and it's becoming increasingly clear that we're going to have to kill their whales (figuratively speaking) if we want this problem to stop.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2013, 21:53 ViRGE
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 21:40:
ViRGE wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 21:36:
Because if there's a payout, it encourages other criminals to setup the same racket. The only way to keep that kind of crime at bay is to make sure it doesn't pay.

As if you paid it off they stop going after the bad guy? No it isn't over by a long shot.
The bad guy is in Russia. Or China. Or Nigeria. They're untouchable.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 19, 2013, 21:36 ViRGE
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 21:24:
Why is it a poor example? I've never understood this pig-headed no-negotiation bullshit. If I'm ever taken captive your fuckin' A I want my government to negotiate. Want to gamble with someone elses life that's their business. Just don't do it with mine.
Because if there's a payout, it encourages other criminals to setup the same racket. The only way to keep that kind of crime at bay is to make sure it doesn't pay.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 19, 2013, 02:07 ViRGE
 
Blue, I think you misspelled "sponsors" there on the VGX article...  
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News Comments > Need for Speed Rivals PC Capped at 30 FPS?
20. Re: Need for Speed Rivals PC Capped at 30 FPS? Nov 18, 2013, 00:56 ViRGE
 
ForgedReality wrote on Nov 17, 2013, 14:02:
EA: NOBODY WANTS AN ARCADE RACER, ESPECIALLY PC GAMERS.
Says you! I love arcade racers. Give me one of those and a PC version of Wipeout for when I get tired of the former.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
5. Re: Sunday Consolidation Nov 17, 2013, 13:25 ViRGE
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 17, 2013, 12:43:
My impression so far is that the reports of failures are really overblown by an extremely vocal and connected gaming community, but that said...it's probably still not a bad idea if you can afford it. I've been considering getting the extra warranty myself.
Ditto. There are absolutely malfunctioning/damaged consoles out there and people unfortunate enough to have one. But like most issues of this nature, the ratio of reported broken consoles to working consoles is going to be out of whack as the people with working consoles are going to be too busy playing on them to say anything.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed Rivals PC Capped at 30 FPS?
7. Re: Need for Speed Rivals PC Capped at 30 FPS? Nov 17, 2013, 13:17 ViRGE
 
I am perfectly fine with strategy games at 30fps, and I can even put up with action games at 30fps. But a racing game at 30fps is absurd; it is the genre that absolutely benefits the most from higher framerates.  
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Nov 17, 2013, 12:53 ViRGE
 
$20 for Rayman Legends is a very good deal, and it's on the list of games that's better than BF4.  
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News Comments > Trove Announced; Alpha Signups
4. Re: Trove Announced; Alpha Signups Nov 15, 2013, 23:25 ViRGE
 
So it's a Minecraft clone that rapes your wallet then?  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 15, 2013, 23:21 ViRGE
 
They could change the name to "free steak and sexual favors" and we still wouldn't want it. It needs to go away entirely.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - X Rebirth
23. Re: Ships Ahoy - X Rebirth Nov 15, 2013, 11:58 ViRGE
 
Speaking of performance, does the retail version come with a benchmark or rolling demo?  
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News Comments > Australian Ratings Reconsidered for 12 Games
6. Re: Australian Ratings Reconsidered for 12 Games Nov 7, 2013, 17:15 ViRGE
 
Talisorn wrote on Nov 7, 2013, 15:39:
entr0py wrote on Nov 7, 2013, 14:16:
So, what are the restrictions on R18+ games?

Sale is restricted to 18 years or older. Not a big deal.
Don't they have to be kept out of view behind the shelves too, so that minors can't see them?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Nov 5, 2013, 21:46 ViRGE
 
Pankin wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 21:32:
This can't be the first time a game developer (indie or otherwise) has appeared as a scheduled guest on a network talk show, can it?
A developer versus a producer? It very well could be.
 
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News Comments > South Park: The Stick of Truth Delayed
17. Re: South Park: The Stick of Truth Delayed Oct 31, 2013, 23:26 ViRGE
 
Fion wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 19:40:
Got some laughs out of that clip. Professor Chaos ftw! Still have the game on my wishlist, I can wait if that means a better game in the end.
Agreed. It looks like fun and something that I'd want to play. But it's also nice that they're not rushing it; there's nothing else quite like it and it's not as if it's at risk of becoming graphically dated, so better they get it right than get it fast.
 
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News Comments > Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts
9. Re: Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts Oct 30, 2013, 14:22 ViRGE
 
Keilun wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 13:56:
Verno wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 13:17:
This came up in the past, I think they qualify an account as anything with a purchase. Of course that purchase can be a single copy of Snuggle Truck, Half-Life 1 or it might be an account with thousands of games. Judging by the concurrent user numbers I have no problem believing there are roughly 25-30 million accounts that are used on a regular basis though.

With the number of F2P games (TF2, PoE, etc.) on Steam these days, counting accounts with purchases doesn't make much sense anymore. So it's probably now based on account activity in past X months?

Either way, they're impressive numbers.
F2P games don't count as purchases, the last I heard. You have to actually spend money through Steam to count.
 
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