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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 26, 2012, 08:06 BIGtrouble77
Believe it or not, it takes quite a bit of skill to code games at the level Zynga can. Blame the execs and game designers for their lack of originality, not the devs.

I was being courted by them a few months ago. They contacted me about a week before the stock fraud stories came out. I had no interest whatsoever in leaving my current kush job to go work for a company with a tainted reputation, legal trouble at the highest levels and notorious for demanding, but not paying, OT. And they tried to sell it all as a dream job making video games. Maybe I would have gone for that at 22, but not now.
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
61. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 14:29 BIGtrouble77
Creston wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:09:
B) Destroyed well-loved game studios

I still have not forgiven them for killing off Origin Systems. Then the ultimate insult was turing what was left of Origin into this piece of shit distribution system.
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Sep 24, 2011, 18:19 BIGtrouble77
I absolutely love these "Macs are for Idiots" arguments. Sugarman, lets sit you in front of the mac terminal and show us what your superior intellect is capable of.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
1. Re: Morning Previews Sep 1, 2011, 20:28 BIGtrouble77
So excited to see a new version of Port Royale. Thank god the Russians and Germans are into this shit. I got laughed out of Gamestop when I bought PR2.  
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News Comments > On Sale
24. Re: On Sale Jul 3, 2011, 17:51 BIGtrouble77
Finally bought Football Manager 2011, couldn't justify $40 for a sport I don't even care much for. The depth of this sim is simply amazing. Being a Mac gamer, the mac port is really impressive which is quite rare, even with some of the older SI games. This game really has everything I would dream a sim could have. I just wish they'd resurrect East Side Hockey manager with this presentation.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 4, 2010, 18:21 BIGtrouble77
I have P90X. Those videos are intense and require the chinup bar. Probably way to intense for most here (especially if you think you can get fit using the wii or kinect).

Best thing to do is get into a good cardio routine for 45 min/day. Requires no equipment, just your feet. Oh, and lay off the Cheetos.
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News Comments > EA Staff Cuts
24. Re: EA Staff Cuts Oct 29, 2010, 16:44 BIGtrouble77
I don't think EA would use the word 'layoffs' if they were referring to contractors. I did contract work for Firaxis on civ3 and the process was very formal, there was no contract to hire and I was given very specific tasks to do and had no expectation of future employment. I came in specifically to help complete some of the final tasks.

What EA is stating is ridiculous. Seasonal layoffs? That has absolutely nothing to do with contractors, and if it does, the PR person who wrote that should be laid off. It sounds much more like what others suggested, get rid of seasoned developers and bring in new, cheap blood. I can't imagine what it must be like for a developer/artist employee to bust his ass to meet a deadline then get canned right after. Even if it's only around 1%, it doesn't make it right just to save a few bucks.

We don't know the whole story, but based on the wording of this release and EA's past history, I'm inclined to think EA is being abusive here.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization V Patched
5. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization V Patched Oct 22, 2010, 18:35 BIGtrouble77
Still waiting for the Mac release... but it looks like this game was far from finished when it was released, being that so many people can't finish their games. I question the validity of the reviews so far... How can you review something so well if you can't finish it?

I'm still gonna get it, but I expect more from firaxis.
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News Comments > Civilization V Patch Plans
10. Re: Civilization V Patch Plans Oct 13, 2010, 19:50 BIGtrouble77
Still haven't picked this game up because I'm worried about all of the comments regarding the AI. I started playing Galactic Civilizations II again and am still blown away by how smart the AI is and how well balanced this game is. Since Stardock hasn't released anything interesting in a while, I feel like I have to go to Paradox for any games with decent AI these days.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2009, 17:53 BIGtrouble77
Didn't this happen to someone else recently? I knock on the head not immediately apparent that it caused damage, and the victim later died or became brain-dead? I can't recall who it was though.
It was Liam Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson. She had head trauma from a fall skiing.

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News Comments > Linux World of Goo
1. Re: Linux World of Goo Feb 14, 2009, 14:01 BIGtrouble77
This actually runs well on linux netbooks. Worth a try.  
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News Comments > Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition, Demo
4. Re: Jul 9, 2008, 09:00 BIGtrouble77
wow, I had to check out the site after reading the comments. I think sesame street would be a good start.

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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations II: Endless Universe Announced
21. No subject Jul 8, 2008, 08:19 BIGtrouble77
I'm not sure I get why some of you are clamoring for a next gen space sim. I would personally love to see this game tweaked and updated for many more years, as long as the loyal paying customers aren't screwed. This game is entirely about AI, fancy graphics isn't going to make the game any better. If you want more of an RTS feel there are other games out there for that.

With that said, I'm a little disappointed that this update is mostly worthless for those of us that already have DA and ToA. Looks like a good opportunity to get into the game if you haven't played it before. I got into galciv1 at the very end of it's life and don't regret it one bit.


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News Comments > EA's Mac Attack
5. No subject Jun 11, 2007, 22:37 BIGtrouble77
This is awesome. Whether you like macs or not, MS should not monopolize the PC gaming market.

As far as marketshare goes, I believe the linux share is much higher than anyone realizes. Most linux users run a dual boot and desperately want to use linux exclusively, but can't get over the need of a few win apps.

If games start showing up on the Mac then they can very easily be ported to linux as I'm pretty sure both would be using OpenGL. I just hope more interesting game developers take the same route cause I don't care for most EA crap.

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News Comments > Mac Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Plans
3. Re: Mac's can play games? Apr 24, 2007, 01:23 BIGtrouble77
That's an absolutely retarted post. (Not many) people play games on Macs because MS monopalized the industry by imposing DirectX on us.

If the game industry standardized on Open standards you would see cutting edge games on macs and in Linux. I don't like the fact that macs hardware is closed (why I don't own one), but it serves a purpose that has worked well for them.

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News Comments > Valve on Games for Windows
21. Re: Doug isn't funny Mar 12, 2007, 23:20 BIGtrouble77
Valve should start supporting OpenGL. There's nothing it can't do that DirectX 10 does. Plus it's a friggin open standard. Porting opengl games to linux and macos is not difficult. It's nice that valve is bringing these issues up because it's pathetic what ms is doing. It's just that actions speak louder than words.

For those that are supporting MS' vista initiative, what are you guys thinking? This OS oozes of rights management and proprietary standards. Now you're feeling the result of adopting crappy proprietary standards- it's creating unnesessary driver incompatibilities and is dictating the direction of PC gaming to suit MS' needs. MS wants to control all of your media, including games. We need to support gaming on other platforms.

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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
4. No subject Feb 25, 2007, 14:06 BIGtrouble77
It's also pretty easy to get a copy of the (original) xbox sdk. It's not exactly legal, but there is a HUGE homebrew community for the xbox. Xport ( is probably the most impressive.

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
5. Re: No subject Feb 21, 2007, 13:46 BIGtrouble77
This has been talked about here a bit... Gamecock is sort of a joke name. They are a new kind of publisher that wants to not draw attention to themselves in the way publishers like EA do. They want the comsumers to see the developers name, and gamecock is so ridiculous no one would ever put that in bold lettering on the box. Kind of a symbolic name.

With that said, they are drawing a lot of attention to themselves, but in a good way I think. Now we just have to wait and see if they release any good games.

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
13. Re: No subject Feb 18, 2007, 23:12 BIGtrouble77
I just got a DS and I haven't had so much fun playing a console in as long as I can remember. I only like playing strat games and some mmorpg's so the pc is enough for me. Although, I would like to play oblivion with perfect framerates on the 360. The ps3 is a train wreck. I don't know anyone that has one or wants one.

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News Comments > X-COM to Return?
7. Re: No subject Feb 17, 2007, 20:22 BIGtrouble77
The only good x-com games were the first two, the rest blew. To be honest, I didn't care much for the second's subject matter, but it still had the killer gameplay.

Why the hell are these game companies trying to reinvent the wheel with x-com (and clones) rather than using the original model and extending it?

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