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Signed On Feb 5, 2004, 02:08
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News Comments > Pachter Clarifies Crunch Comments
2. Re: Pachter Clarifies Crunch Comments Aug 2, 2011, 23:51 Teddy
 
I love how that's "taken out of context" for him. Calling them whiny trolls can't really be taken out of context, bubba. "Really, I meant it in a loving way!"

That said, legally, he's right about some basic things. If there's no stipulation in their contracts that says they're entitled to overtime pay when working past X hours, they don't get it. If they signed a contract that said they will work up to 100 hours a week, then unless there's a stipulation that expresses how often they'll be expected to do that, they have no legal right to complain about it being every week.

So either these developers need someone to read over their contracts for them, or they need to start refusing absurd contracts themselves. Hard to do when that's all you're offered, but if companies start losing competent developers because they try to force them into insane contracts, then it will change in time.

Unions would be nice (I can't believe I just said that) and I hope they can get a decent one set up for the development houses in major companies. Despite the fancy accounting that consistently shows them running at a loss, these companies are very profitable and they can certainly afford to stretch development schedules to avoid excessive crunch, or even any crunch at all.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Origin Preorders Include Beta Access
15. Re: Battlefield 3 Origin Preorders Include Beta Access Aug 2, 2011, 23:42 Teddy
 
eunichron wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 23:28:
Rattlehead wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 20:14:
Been playing the alpha, great fun and runs on my laptop smoothly.
The alpha was supposedly only running DX9 and locked at low settings (or at least settings lower than maximum). My only complaint with the graphics was that they were kind of bland, hopefully that changes with DX11 and higher settings, but even at DX9 it looked pretty damn good.

Considering the alpha did not run on winXP, I doubt it was running dx9. 10 is more likely, but yes the graphics were significantly less than what the beta or retail product will have. That said, it still matched anything out there so far, graphically while locked on low. That's impressive in it's own right.
 
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News Comments > Red Orchestra 2 Pre-Purchase Discounts & Bonuses
14. Re: Red Orchestra 2 Pre-Purchase Discounts & Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 19:37 Teddy
 
Overon wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 18:01:
Kosumo wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 17:36:
Overon wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 17:33:
Pre-ordering games is for rubes unless you played the beta and/or you know you are going to buy it anyway so you might as well get the extras.
Damnit Kosumo it is not irrational to preorder a game that you are going to buy anyway. So rather than paying full price, you might as well get a discount and extras that YOU WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN OTHERWISE IF YOU DID NOT PREORDER.

Entirely depends on when you pre-order as well. I have no issue pre-ordering a game that's a week out from release, but when some companies put theirs up 3+ months ahead of time (I'm looking at you Battlefield 3) it's just absurd.

Why would I give anyone money for something they won't give me for 3 months? How do you think a game company would respond if you proposed the reverse? Give me the game you're making and I'll pay you in 3 month's time, EA. What? No?

If you're pre-ordering for the price and the bonus items, it'll be there a week from release. Hell, it'll be there 2 days from release. I generally leave the money in my account and make interest on it while I'm waiting.

THe difference in this case is in the "Access to the final phase of the closed beta" bit. For me, that's worth enough to drop the money this early on a game I know I'll enjoy.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
35. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 15:38 Teddy
 
Verno wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 14:08:
Bitch at devs for balance issues, not players. People use LMGs a lot because they're effective in a wide variety of situations. That's a weapon balance problem, not a player base issue.

More importantly, people use LMG's because THEY'RE THE ONLY WEAPONS MEDICS CAN USE in the game.

bhcompy wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 12:10:
Teddy wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 11:33:
bhcompy wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 11:06:
LMG whores are the worst whores. Seriously, die in a newb fire

Who is this retard? Because I chose to play a medic to try and help my team that makes me a "newb"?

Perhaps you misunderstand the concept of Battlefield games.

You complained that it took too many hits from a weapon with a 100-200 shot clip with no cool down and a tactical scope to improve accuracy. I'd say that's being a newb. The biggest reason BF infantry has always sucked ass is because of LMG whoring

Yes, you REALLY don't understand the concept of Battlefield games then. That's pretty freaking clear. First off, I never mentioned a tactical scope, because I didn't have one. It was the first time I set foot in the game. Second, any game where it requires 10+ direct hits from a 5.56mm chambered weapon is absolutely absurd. Third, as mentioned above... IT'S THE ONLY WEAPON A MEDIC CAN HAVE at the start.

So from your personal expertise, medics should be disallowed or simply not used? And of course you'll also be the same guy who declares that recons are noobs as well. Then there's those damn RPG whoring engineers. I guess people should ONLY ever be allowed to play the game using the class that you prefer?

Can you honeswtly not see how absolutely fucking retarded that argument is? Medics exist to heal teammates, that's what I like doing most of the time. You don't like what gun the medics get assigned? Too fucking bad for you, go cry in a corner.

If you want a game where people don't have roles to play, then CoD is your game. Otherwise, change your diapers and accept that a functional team needs some of every class.

This comment was edited on Aug 2, 2011, 15:50.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
30. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 11:48 Teddy
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 09:48:
I put a lot of hours into shooters in my life (probably more than any other game) ever since Doom2 so I resent that Mr. Batman.

Have you played CoD4:MW? Until you get some of the goodies that are only available after a good deal of playing (especially the scopes) YOU WILL get your ass handed right back to you regardless of skill.

CoD's (MW anyways) unlock system and BF's unlock systems are two very different things though. MW's requires you to get a certain number of headshots if I recall correctly, and then subsequent scopes you have to do the same only using one of the scopes you've already unlocked to do the same thing...

BC2's was purely based on points. Score points, however you choose to do it. Heal people, revive people, deliver ammo, capture objectives, stand around and shoot people... whatever it is that you enjoy doing that gives you points will eventually unlock every scope for your chosen class.

It's changed a little bit in BF3, but not in any way that's going to have people tearing their hair out. Just play the game the way you enjoy playing and you'll get them sooner or later.

If there are people out there that can't enjoy a game until they have the "most powerful" weapon and the highest level scope and every other whatnot unlocked, then I question why you're even playing the game. Everything is there for you right from the start to enjoy, the objective based nature of the game, the team work, huge maps, a wide choice of weapons and vehicles that let you play the game in whatever manner you feel like.

The game is about the process. Doing that which helps your team win. Not about the little rewards that pop up along the way.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
29. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 11:33 Teddy
 
bhcompy wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 11:06:
LMG whores are the worst whores. Seriously, die in a newb fire

Who is this retard? Because I chose to play a medic to try and help my team that makes me a "newb"?

Perhaps you misunderstand the concept of Battlefield games.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
22. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 04:15 Teddy
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 03:47:
InBlack wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 03:43:
So....this game sounds more and more like an MMO....Will we have to grind to unlock the AK-47?

Probably not the AK, but yes I'm sure there will be lots of grinding to be had to unlock weapons.

I suppose if you define playing the game normally as "grinding" then yes, there will be plenty of it. It's far from an MMO's sitting in the same spot killing the same mobs a thousand times over. Just play the game in whatever manner you enjoy most and things useful to you will unlock.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
21. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 04:12 Teddy
 
OldScho0l wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 02:10:
@Teddy
It has always been an option in BC2. It's considered a casual feature where as Hardcore servers have it disabled. 2D spotting is enabled via the map, but Hardcore doesn't have the mini map and you have to actually open your map to see the 2D spots. I only play on Hardcore mode in BC2 because I hate the 3D spotting and insane damage a player can take in casual mode. The Alpha was casual mode.

I had a total blast playing BF3! Now I'm wishing that prone could be added into BC2.

Only ever tried normal mode in BC2 once. As soon as I saw how many rounds it took from an LMG to kill someone, I logged off and went to hardcore, so I don't think I ever saw the 3d spotting in that game.

That said, I didn't find the damage model far off from Hardcore BC2 to the alpha for BF3. People died plenty fast in it, giving or recieving. The spotting was just silly when you could spam Q and have little arrows pointing out people you'd never have seen.

I get the intent of it, and sure it helps with teamwork, but it's far from balanced. It really needs to have a cooldown on the use of it, and have the range it will spot people limited so that they have to be closer to the crosshair for it to work. This "everything in the scope" stuff should be restricted to recon who have the spotting mod.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
15. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 2, 2011, 00:16 Teddy
 
Nate wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 23:12:
After many hours this weekend, I'd definitely say BF3 is worth $50.

The $60 price tag is a little on the painful side. I'll probably pre-order it on Origin.


I'll do $60 easily given how much fun I had with the alpha. The only real gripe I had was the 3d spotting, which with the many thousand post protest in the alpha forums, I have no doubt they'll make it a server option. As far as I know it always was in BC2 anyways, so it may well have always been their intention.

Just wish they'd actually SAY something on the matter.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses
3. Re: Battlefield 3 U.S. Preorder Bonuses Aug 1, 2011, 21:16 Teddy
 
Limiting the effectiveness of the pre-order based weapon?

If it makes you feel better, the pre-order weapons for MoH included an MP7 and an M60.

That said, since they've already confirmed that these items will be released to the public eventually, I'm personally less offended by the retailer specific content this time around.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
280. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 21:05 Teddy
 
D_K_night wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 20:58:
Haters LEAVE please.

I'm going to go with no, if for no other reason than to piss you off and have you continue to whine that other people actually have opinions on things.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Novel Plans
16. Re: Battlefield 3 Novel Plans Aug 1, 2011, 19:11 Teddy
 
DangerDog wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 13:52:
There needs to be at least one incidence of T-bagging dead enemy soldiers to be a credible book based on Battlefield 3.

Maybe they can cover the backstory on regenerating health too.


Now that you mention it, I wonder how many times in the book the main character is going to get shot then hide behind cover for 20 seconds until the wounds go away.

Any bets?
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
236. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 18:26 Teddy
 
Dev wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 18:09:
Teddy wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 17:25:
So, just so I'm clear on this... You have to pay blizzard to list an item on the AH (whether it sells or not), you have to pay blizzard again if that item sells (Source: Ars Tech), then you have to pay Blizzard a third time to transfer the money owed to a third party company that you have to pay to give you the remains of the money, and only if you live in the right area in the world.

With all that paying out, I'd be surprised if you get 10c on the dollar for everything you sell.
Except your link mentions its a flat fee to list and sell, and that its going to be a very small fraction of the higher end stuff.

I read that as well. The difference is, I don't trust Blizzard. THEY say it will be a very small fraction of the higher end stuff. Of course that's only based on their speculation of what higher end stuff might sell for, and not to mention what they consider "a very small fraction".
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
211. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 17:25 Teddy
 
MacLeod wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 16:30:
Dev wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 16:25:
I really doubt they are going to let anyone cash out to real money, its going to be for some form of in game currency. So the gold farmers will still not be interested in it.

From the Blizzard FAQ:
Can players choose to get cash from currency-based auction house sales, instead of having the proceeds deposited into their Battle.net account?
Yes, as an advanced feature, players will have the option of attaching an account with an approved third-party payment service to their Battle.net account. Once this has been completed, proceeds from the sale of items in the currency-based auction house can be deposited into their third-party payment service account. “Cashing out” would then be handled through the third-party payment service. Note that this process will be subject to applicable fees charged by Blizzard and the third-party payment service. Also, any proceeds from the sale of items in the currency-based auction house that have been deposited into the Battle.net account will not be transferrable to the third-party payment service account. Not all regions will support this advanced feature at launch. Region-specific details, as well as details regarding which third-party payment services will be supported and the fee that Blizzard will charge for the cash-out process, will all be provided at a later date.

Can we buy gold from the currency-based auction house?
Players will be able to buy and sell gold through the currency-based auction house at whatever the current market price is, as established by the player community.

So, just so I'm clear on this... You have to pay blizzard to list an item on the AH (whether it sells or not), you have to pay blizzard again if that item sells (Source: Ars Tech), then you have to pay Blizzard a third time to transfer the money owed to a third party company that you have to pay to give you the remains of the money, and only if you live in the right area in the world.

With all that paying out, I'd be surprised if you get 10c on the dollar for everything you sell.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
78. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 13:43 Teddy
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
75. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 13:38 Teddy
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 13:32:
I don't think you finished reading my comment. Or if you did you are just ignoring the meat of it.

I finished reading it, I just disregarded the rest since you oompletely contradict yourself, by passing it off as rage because it's Diablo 3 and not a random game, then you make up a different excuse as to why it requires constant connection.

It is NOT being made an "online game". It has a single player campaign, it's being sold as a single player and multiplayer game. That's why I didn't respond to the rest of your comment, because it's a lie.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
71. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 13:29 Teddy
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 13:26:
That said I have to wonder if they had called this Hackamaslash or whatever and released it would the rage still be there? I mean I keep reading where people call this DRM and spyware but it seems pretty silly to me. They are just making Diablo 3 an online game. You may not like that, but it doesn't make it DRM or spyware. No one said Guild Wars or a <name a MMO> had always on DRM. Just seems odd to me.

No, if it was called "Hackamaslash" and not Diablo 3, the bad press from permanent connection DRM would bury it before it was even released.

The fact that it's Diablo 3 and has the pedigree of one of the most loved franchises of all time is the only reason it will get away with it and people will still buy it.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
68. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 13:27 Teddy
 
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 1, 2011, 13:00:
Otherwise, if you intend to play this game like most did in Diablo 2 for the multiplayer

That's an ENORMOUS assumption on your part, that 'most' people played Diablo 2 multiplayer. I'd bet the real statistics are quite the opposite.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
66. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 13:23 Teddy
 
Now I have to wonder about the "real-money" auction house. I'm willing to bet that Blizzard has no intention of giving us the money someone bought an item for minus a brokerage fee. Instead, they'll keep all the money and give us in-game gold, no doubt.

Think I'll just make sure I vendor everything I don't need to make sure they don't make any extra money from me on that front.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth F2P, Some Players Protest
11. Re: Heroes of Newerth F2P, Some Players Protest Jul 31, 2011, 01:16 Teddy
 
I don't doubt there are plenty of normal people who play as well, and plenty of extra-nice people who do as well. The problem is simply that the assholes are so painfully vocal that it's difficult to find a single match without one constantly spamming derisive comments, or even a forum post on their site without one. Hell, they had to create a special section on their forums to funnel those posts into.

That says something in and of itself.
 
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