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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
Total Comments 1575 (Pro)
User ID 21247
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Flight Takes Off
18. Re: Microsoft Flight Takes Off Feb 29, 2012, 14:55 Burrito of Peace
 
This "game" cures insomnia.

The most fun I had was crashing the Stearman into the buildings of Honolulu.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff
1. Re: Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff Feb 29, 2012, 14:03 Burrito of Peace
 
I'm going to guess that those are all support staff jobs.  
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
11. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 10:50 Burrito of Peace
 
As someone who doesn't have that instant "OMGEAWHARRRGBBBL" reaction, I've a hard time seeing how EA believes this will help them in the long term. I am already a Steam user simply because it is the most accessible and ubiquitous digital distribution platform. Steam, in terms of the carrot and stick model, seem to be a lot more biased towards the carrot by offering ridiculously awesome sale prices and giving away free titles.

EA, on the other hand, seems to be favoring "bludgeon the customer to death with the stick". For example, I was very much interested in Mass Effect 3. Now that I am forced to install Origin, yet another shaky digital distribution system that I do not want, as part of the process of installing the game simply means that EA will not be selling me a copy.

Why force me to do it? I am not interested in your platform, only the game that you are publishing. There is nothing about your platform that inherently makes the title that much more awesome. In fact, it seems like it'll be less awesome due to several added layers of complexity that did not need to exist in the first place.

I feel the same way about Ubisoft's products and their ridiculously crippling and anti-customer DRM scheme. As a company, they are free to publish their products in any manner they see fit. As a consumer, I am also free to not purchase those products.

I do understand that, in the short term, they're both telling their shareholders "See, we're preventing piracy!" I am sure that makes some 60+ year old investment codger who knows nothing about technology, and how easy it is to circumvent such DRM schemes, feel better and sleep like a baby at night.

However, to offer an ROI to those investors, you have to sell product to generate income. That's where I, the consumer, come in. I'm not going to be part of your income generation cycle if you're going to inconvenience me, abuse my property without permission, scan and acquire data while covering your ass with very gray language in an as-yet untested in court EULA and then treat me as a criminal that I have not yet proved myself to be.

Franchises run their course and no closed system is around forever. Ask Atari, Coleco or Amiga. I don't see how a business can constantly count on revenue from one market share to make up for losses in another and remain viably competitive and profitable. Especially when you know that cash cow market is ephemeral.

In 2010, there were 1.4 billion PCs on the planet*. Compare that to the projected 257 million consoles by 2015**. What are the margins for selling console titles versus PC titles sold over digital distribution? Probably much lower, I'd imagine, given the physical production costs, certification costs and those very expensive "development" consoles. It therefore stands to reason that you'd want to sell as many copies as possible to the PC market via digital distribution.

But you don't do it by starting your own competing service this late in the game. Especially if that service is less polished and offers less choices at higher prices than your competition. Microsoft learned this with Games for Windows Live. They learned it painfully in terms of lost good will and lost revenue.

So why, EA, are you making that same mistake? You know what's going to happen and believing that the Battlefield, Mass Effect and Star Wars franchises are going to pull you through is myopic. You'll exchange long term profitability and growth for short term monetary gains. You can't churn out quality titles of any of those three franchises to keep your service afloat. Your good will among the community that you started in has largely evaporated and with the horror stories that have come out of your development studios, it is unlikely that indie studios are going to leave Steam in favor of your service.


At any rate, EA has failed to provide me with a single compelling reason to use their service either instead of or along side Steam.

*PC numbers source

**Console numbers source
 
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News Comments > FTL: Faster Than Light Kickstarter
1. Re: FTL: Faster Than Light Kickstarter Feb 28, 2012, 09:52 Burrito of Peace
 
I read the title and immediately thought "FUCK YEAH! We're getting a modern Sundog remake!"

Then I was disappointed.
 
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News Comments > Nexus Conflict Beta Next Month
7. Re: Nexus Conflict Beta Next Month Feb 28, 2012, 08:22 Burrito of Peace
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 22:19:

Hmm, says it's a sequel.

There's more to what makes a sequel than just a name and generically using some of the previous game's lore.

This mmo cash-in has as much to do with NJI as the latest Syndicate had to do with the original two.
 
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News Comments > Mark of the Ninja Revealed
6. Re: Mark of the Ninja Revealed<br> Mark of the Ninja Revealed Feb 27, 2012, 22:08 Burrito of Peace
 
This pirate saw through their weak, girly ninja shenanigans and mocked their trivial efforts.  
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News Comments > Nexus Conflict Beta Next Month
2. Re: Nexus Conflict Beta Next Month Feb 27, 2012, 22:03 Burrito of Peace
 
This has nothing to do with Nexus: The Jupiter Incident.

NJI was a FAR superior game to this crap-laded grindfest.
 
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News Comments > J.U.L.I.A. D.e.m.o.
1. Re: J.U.L.I.A. D.e.m.o. Feb 27, 2012, 12:08 Burrito of Peace
 
J.U.L.I.A. dream, dreamboat queen. Queen of all my dreams...  
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News Comments > Sons of Anarchy Game?
20. Re: Sons of Anarchy Game? Feb 26, 2012, 09:10 Burrito of Peace
 
born2expire wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 17:37:
...created their own brotherhood.

A brotherhood of rape, violence, prostitution, drugs, murder, harassment and intimidation.

Or a brotherhood of bored, disenchanted, wealthy white collar types who are trying to find some sort miniscule joy in their career driven, suburbanite Hell.
 
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News Comments > Take On Helicopters: Hinds
5. Re: Take On Helicopters: Hinds Feb 25, 2012, 21:31 Burrito of Peace
 
WyldKat wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 19:10:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 18:34:
WyldKat wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 18:03:
Taaaaake oooooonnn meeeeee.....

Taaaaaaaaaaaake meeeeeeeeee oooooooooooonnnnnn!

Take. On. Hinds.

I'll be bombed in a day or two.
 
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News Comments > Take On Helicopters: Hinds
3. Re: Take On Helicopters: Hinds Feb 25, 2012, 18:34 Burrito of Peace
 
WyldKat wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 18:03:
Taaaaake oooooonnn meeeeee.....

Taaaaaaaaaaaake meeeeeeeeee oooooooooooonnnnnn!
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Feb 24, 2012, 06:39 Burrito of Peace
 
Code Hero is a genuinely fun game as I discovered last night.

Clicked on the link here for it randomly and was up very late learning Javascript before I knew it.
 
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News Comments > EVE Online Plans Outlined
2. Re: EVE Online Plans Outlined Feb 22, 2012, 21:07 Burrito of Peace
 
Lorcin wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 20:17:
Are they going to do away with the traditional menus and instead put some weird context sensitive ribbon across the top of excel Eve?

Or, maybe they'll Clippy!
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 22, 2012, 18:46 Burrito of Peace
 
I use Fedora 16 KDE and much, much prefer KDE over GNOME.

LXDE sounded interesting, until I saw it looks like Windows 95.
 
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News Comments > Tim Schafer on Double Fine's Kickstart
13. Re: Tim Schafer on Double Fine's Kickstart Feb 22, 2012, 15:37 Burrito of Peace
 
nin wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 10:57:
Wildone wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 10:55:
I wish someone would do this for a next gen space sim/X-wing affair I'd donate my $100!!!!!

Yeah, I was watching totalbiscuit play SOL, and it didn't look overly impressive. Was hoping it might scratch that itch, but it doesn't look like it.

It won't. It's very, very bland. It reminds of the flood of space "sim" games that came out of eastern Europe 4-5 years back. The graphics are "meh" and the story is about as two dimensional blue sky hero as they come.

Don't waste the money. Go back and reinstall Freelancer.
 
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News Comments > NA AION Going Free-to-Play
10. Re: NA AION Going Free-to-Play Feb 22, 2012, 06:49 Burrito of Peace
 
A game that is close to the bottom of the sink as it swirls down the drain.

I can hardly wait for its absolute faceplant down the pipe.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Announced
5. Re: Starbound Announced Feb 19, 2012, 01:35 Burrito of Peace
 
The game sounded great...until I got a look at it. I don't need photo-realism but I DO need immersion.

Watching something that looks like it come out of my old Atari 800XL isn't going to draw me in to this game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 16, 2012, 18:08 Burrito of Peace
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 17:46:
space captain wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 17:34:
wtf_man wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 15:34:
Technically, I don't think I can upgrade to Lion, even if I wanted to. I have a 2007 iMac... and I read somewhere something about Lion doesn't support the older Core 2 Duos. I'm pretty sure Mountain Lion will definitely out of reach. (Not that I care)

it supports all intel cpus, and you will need 2gb ram as well... it doesnt support PPC tho

i dont advise it.. 10.6 is still way better

I'll wait for OSX: Voltron Black Lion to come out.

^D^

I'm waiting for Mac OS XI: Hipster Tears and Chinese Dreams
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. A retrospective on the late Rockstar artist… Feb 15, 2012, 14:36 Burrito of Peace
 
By "Rockstar", you mean "Bethesda"...right, Blue?  
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Demo Early Access
25. Re: Mass Effect 3 Demo Early Access Feb 14, 2012, 20:10 Burrito of Peace
 
Verno wrote on Feb 14, 2012, 19:23:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 14, 2012, 17:46:
To be fair, Origin probably doesn't have a tenth of the load on them that Steam does.

Origin also incorrectly reports download speeds as of a few versions ago anyway, not sure if they ever fixed that bug. It was reporting speeds in some cases faster than peoples caps permitted.

Oh. So more quality EA craftsmanship, eh? I'm sure even Trip Hawkins is saying "Fuck those guys".
 
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