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Nickname BIGtrouble77
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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Game Reviews
15. Re: Game Reviews Feb 12, 2015, 17:52 BIGtrouble77
 
Mack has stated many times that he's not a proper reviewer. He's just letting us know if the game is worth our money. Every review is very cost-centric. I personally think he's great, I've been following him since the mac and mesh days.

Only thing he does that pisses me off is when he goes off on misogynistic rants. I can deal with the language, but that shit needs to be tabled.
 
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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2/Total War: ROME II Free Weekend/Competition
6. Re: Company of Heroes 2/Total War: ROME II Free Weekend/Competition Feb 12, 2015, 17:41 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm finally trying out Rome... I've been holding off for ages. I still have Alea Jacta Est to play, which is much more up my alley, but I figured I'd give this a try. I can justify $15 if this is somewhat decent, but the truth is that Paradox and AgeOD have ruined all other historical simulators for me.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Jan 27, 2015, 22:50 BIGtrouble77
 
Back in 2006 I bought WOW and obsessed over it for 3 months. I must have played around 4-6 hours a day. After the initial 3 month subscription ended, I lost my job (unrelated). I did some reflecting and couldn't figure out what the hell happened to the past 3 months, it was like I was in a coma.

I decided that I needed to apply that energy somewhere productive, so I challenged myself to learn web development and do it with the same intensity that I had with WOW. I ultimately managed to learn object oriented programming, ruby and built a few web apps in Ruby on Rails. I ended up getting lucky and got a good job which I'm still at 8 years later as a Senior Software Architect.

I absolutely love games, I always will, but I can't imagine what it's like for people who can't get out of the negative cycle. I guess if playing games that much makes you truly happy, then all the power to you. It just fucking depressed me once I realized my most basic needs weren't being fulfilled.

 
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News Comments > The Bard's Tale IV Announced
27. Re: The Bard's Tale IV Announced Jan 25, 2015, 11:32 BIGtrouble77
 
Can anyone say where Skara Brae originated? I find it strange that this is a significant location in Ultima and Bard's Tale. I assume it originated in Bard's Tale as Lord British pretty much just took everything he was interested in at the time and jammed it into Ultima.  
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News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
40. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 12:22 BIGtrouble77
 
I worry that with each release we get closer to integrating xbox live as a first class citizen at the expense of Steam & GOG (perhaps with compatibility issues with older games?).

Microsoft is not a good steward for PC gaming, I'd much rather give my money to the guys focused on PC gaming as their sole purpose.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Economic Rollback
10. Re: Elite: Dangerous Economic Rollback Jan 9, 2015, 13:17 BIGtrouble77
 
I think when Frontier originally discovered the glitch, they wanted to be cool about it and just let the players keep their newly gained fortune, but... they realized that It definitely affects the long term integrity of the game. These people (some innocent and some not so innocent) do not deserve to be the first players to get a $1 billion capital ship (if that ever happens) and they should not be able to saturate trade routes artificially.

Tough call to make, but I think Frontier is making the right decision. I would also argue that winning the glitch lottery effectively ruins the game for that player.
 
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News Comments > Valve: Steam Machines "Front and Center" at GDC
18. Re: Valve: Steam Machines Jan 8, 2015, 23:22 BIGtrouble77
 
I can't believe the vitriol towards Steam Machines. Do you all honestly think Microsoft is a good steward for PC Gaming? I think Valve's interest are much more aligned with ours than MS'.

This is all about getting gaming on a Linux box so that Microsoft's iron fist doesn't continue to control the industry and hold it back. But you guys are in your comfort zone so I can see why this would seem so frightening.
 
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News Comments > Razer Unveils OSVR Headset
14. Re: Razer Unveils OSVR Headset Jan 6, 2015, 19:49 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm a bit uncomfortable with VR in general because I already get sick from standard FPS' on my 27" monitor. I keep thinking my body will get used to it, but I just don't play games enough to get over this hump. This tech looks amazing, but if it exacerbates my issue I'll hate it.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
15. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 13:14 BIGtrouble77
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 13:09:
You mean an Adder? It is cheaper I guess... Hmm... will have to do the math on upgrading it's FSD.

The Hauler is way cheaper: (just do 2 runs with this)
http://elite-dangerous.wikia.com/wiki/Zorgon_Peterson_Hauler

Then get the Cobra:
http://elite-dangerous.wikia.com/wiki/Cobra_Mk._III

The Cobra can do anything, it's the best multi purpose ship and it's very cheap.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
13. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 13:06 BIGtrouble77
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 13:03:
Yeah.. the cheapest would be Viper, but I have to buy it, upgrade the FSD probably at least to a B grade, (and the Power Plant?), the cargo holds -- that's a lot more than 300k.

I would buy a hauler and just use it for 2 runs of rare items which will net around $500k, then sell it for a Cobra Mk. III. Skip the Viper entirely unless you really want it over a Cobra.

Just do this run there and back: (you will need a good fuel scoop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeL9fJSmYMQ&index=3&list=WL
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
11. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 12:57 BIGtrouble77
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:52:
I only started four days ago, but getting over that beginning hump is a bit of a challenge. I have made about 300k (in probably 25-30 hours of play), half of which has gone into upgrades of the Sidewinder, but it seems like an upgrade to another ship is still a long ways away.

Once I figured out the rare item trade routes I was making almost that in one run. You may want to look into a bit of trading rares. You will need a Hauler with 20 tons of capacity (which means no shields).

Edit: actually, now that I think of it, I was making over 300k. Rares go for around 15k-17k each, times 20 tons of cargo capacity. It took me only 2 runs to get into a Cobra with some nice upgrades.

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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
9. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 12:46 BIGtrouble77
 
I have not had a single issue over the holidays except for 15 minute downtime for server restarts (at 2am), which only resulted in 5 minutes downtime for me. I only had one incident where I clicked on my hardpoints accidentally outside of a station and was immediately destroyed, despite not having any weapons equipped. Cost me about $1million since I had 100 tons of rare cargo + plus the insurance payout.

As for the cheating, there's always going to be players that are looking for max return on what they are doing, so if that means gaming the AI or cheating or just taking advantages of glitches, it's going to happen. These people only play to improve numbers.

On the other hand, just enjoying the game for what it is and getting immersed is what Elite is all about. If you get 100 million with no effort, then you missed out on 85% of the game. If you never experienced getting interdicted in a shieldless hauler with 300k of rare goods at your final destination, then you are missing out.

This game is an absolute blast in Solo mode, but I will start playing in open mode when I am financially secure. I'm not confident that all of the server issues are sorted out enough to do $4 mill trade runs in open mode. When I get to around $50 million in the bank I'll buy a few decked out ships to drop at certain locations so that I can get heavier into combat and not risk my massively lucrative rare items trade runs.

Anyway, the holidays went great for me, I went from about $200k to $8 million with around 20 hours of play. Came up with some great trade runs and have a maxed out Type 6, getting ready to buy a Type 7 soon. Good times.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Metaverse
6. Re: Christmas Eve Metaverse Dec 24, 2014, 20:30 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm thinking Apple doesn't want to be a part of this fucking circus. Sony should be ashamed, this whole thing is a joke on us.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 23, 2014, 17:57 BIGtrouble77
 
The reality is that Apple's hardware and software dev cycles need to be in sync for each yearly hardware release. This is always going to put a ton of pressure on the software dev team to release stable code with limited time with new hardware. In general, you probably want to buy a new iPhone after it's been out several months.

That said, I just used a relative's brand new (high end) Android device that runs an official build of Cyanogen Mod and it was simply awful. It crashed and had numerous glitches. Complete garbage. I have Nexus devices for testing that are mostly fine, but don't come close to what Apple delivers as far as functionality and stability are considered.

I love Android, I have many devices, but there's still a wide gap in quality.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 21, 2014, 16:39 BIGtrouble77
 
Rome II Total War seems to exists solely for these steam sales...  
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News Comments > Spaceship Ahoy - Elite: Dangerous
3. Re: Spaceship Ahoy - Elite Dangerous Dec 16, 2014, 10:01 BIGtrouble77
 
The only stability issues I've had during the beta/gamma have been during the gamma phase. I really hope this release goes off well because I don't want it to be overshadowed by technical issues.  
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News Comments > No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe
30. Re: No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe Dec 9, 2014, 12:21 BIGtrouble77
 
I've been playing as a trader and just bought my first Hauler. It would have really sucked if I lost this ship as I've put in a decent amount of hours to get the 53,000 credits.

I pretty much only play in Solo mode, mainly do trade runs, some exploration and the occasional mission. I absolutely love this game; I'm really looking forward to the Universe opening up after getting this ship.

The game has not changed at all in the past couple months except for additional polish. The people whining are justified in being annoyed by the policy changes, but it doesn't change anything we've already been experiencing. This game is still amazing and worth every penny.

Also, this game is not like a typical MMO, you are not at a severe disadvantage if you just have a sidewinder. I've seen videos of people easily defeating vipers with stock sidewinders. The dogfighting is more about skill than gear.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 8, 2014, 10:26 BIGtrouble77
 
Not surprised about Sprint's horrible customer satisfaction rating. My parents and I filed multiple FCC complaints with Sprint due to their horrible policies. Sprint also has the worst phone unlocking policy of any carrier in existence. They are the only carrier where it's nearly impossible to unlock an iPhone.

I hate Sprint, I hate the time they've sucked out of my life. I hope they die a painful death.
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Winners
21. Re: Game Awards 2014 Winners Dec 7, 2014, 02:32 BIGtrouble77
 
So "Best Remaster" is a category worth mentioning but "Best Strategy/Simulation" isn't? Wtf is a Remaster anyway? Is that the new word for port?  
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News Comments > Evening Patches
3. Re: Evening Patches Dec 5, 2014, 21:25 BIGtrouble77
 
I was able to pick up Xenonauts up at gog for %50 off during their sale. This game does not seem to go on sale often.  
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