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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning
29. Re: Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning Mar 31, 2015, 00:17 jdreyer
 
Tom wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 21:20:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 21:08:
QA is time consuming and complex for games like these.

QA is time consuming and complex for practically all games. Getting it done is primarily a matter of discipline.

I am a little curious if this bug, and the cursor trapping one, were present during the backer beta phase, or if they managed to introduce these near the end.

In any case, the game has been solid for me and delightfully deep with a great vibe. I also appreciate a lot of quality text in my games and this one delivers on that front like no other.

Certainly you can agree that some games are more complex than others. RPGs especially with their innumerate systems create a vast array of combinations that must work together. That's time consuming and small changes can have far-reaching effects.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
10. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 31, 2015, 00:07 jdreyer
 
Justopolis wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 22:52:
Lanning is astonishingly foolish. It's very fashionable to be down on capitalism, especially by people who have never read a word of Marx or Friedman or any philosopher or economist that can actually explain these ideas in detail. No, capitalism is bad because I heard someone I think is cool say it's bad and I hate having to read books. Let me say this utter affirmation: If you think communism or socialism is better than capitalism, you are astonishingly ignorant. All we have to go on is history, and history shows without question or even slight consideration otherwise, that capitalism is the best way of creating wealth for an entire society; low, middle and upper class. That lie about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? It's the rich getting richer and the poor getting richer. That's a fact, check it. Every single society that has adopted communism or socialism has struggled and most often has failed. This is also a fact. Now you can cry foul and say that communism has been corrupted and not truly practiced, which is to say you're an idiot. If a system, put into place, doesn't work, it doesn't work. Period. I can claim I can fly, if only the winds were strong enough to carry me. I can't actually fly and there's no way it's going to happen. Insisting otherwise is just folly. Lanning is a jackass, through and through. He doesn't understand the first thing about capitalism, in fact, he's praising it here but the damn idiot doesn't even know it. He thinks capitalism only means huge companies. Ugh. I'm sorry, this is embarrassing and I've wasted far more effort than this discussion warrants.

1. No one mentioned abandoning capitalism for pure socialism or communism. You're standing up straw men.

2. Unregulated capitalism has major flaws. One is that the wealth does tend to get concentrated in an elite and you end up with an oligarchy. The USA is actually trending this way currently since we've undone a lot of the protections that keep corporations from controlling government.

3. In fact, the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. That's not an opinion, it's simply a fact.

4. Cutter's phrase "socialized democracy" describes a range of different first world governments, including our own. From Wikipedia: "Alternatively, social democracy is defined as a policy regime involving a universal welfare state and collective bargaining schemes within the framework of a capitalist economy." We have elements of this, such as social security, unemployment, welfare. However, over the past several decades we've undone or attempted to undo many key tenets such as unions, pensions, progressive taxation, etc. As a result, we've seen a sharp widening in the gap between rich and poor.

Not only does this threaten our democracy, but it's simply bad economics. When money ends up in the hands of the poor and middle class, they spend it. This boosts the economy through demand. When that money ends up with the rich, they do nothing with it. Even H.W. Bush called such "trickle down economics" as "voodoo" since it's nothing more than wishful thinking.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $77M
69. Re: Star Citizen at $77M Mar 30, 2015, 21:27 jdreyer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 18:20:
Ah well I haven't been keeping tabs on it really at all. Pretty sure he's gone months without uploading a video before though. No reason to assume he's died of face cancer or something...

Josh used to release vids regularly every month, then about 6 months ago, it started to get erratic, but he'd still post in the dev logs almost daily. Then that went away 3 months ago. You could tell he was getting frayed. He's probably fine, but if in another month or so he doesn't pop up to say "Hi" I'd start to worry he got psychosis or mono.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $77M
68. Re: Star Citizen at $77M Mar 30, 2015, 21:23 jdreyer
 
Kosumo wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 18:13:
Ok, so I have just fast read the thread.

Am I right that at $77 million the streach goal of face cancer is now in the game?

Yes, that's correct, but it's only partial face cancer. Full face cancer comes at $90M.



EDIT: Dammit! Ninja'd by Coming4U!
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $77M
67. Re: Star Citizen at $77M Mar 30, 2015, 21:21 jdreyer
 
KilrathiAce wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 17:51:
And still not willing to go after wing commander rights/franchise. Sad.

How much do you suppose EA wants for them (assuming that is the only person claiming to own the rights)?

I dunno, I think that creating a new IP from scratch was fine. I like the world building in Star Citizen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 30, 2015, 21:16 jdreyer
 
Suppa7 wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 21:01:
Eirikrautha wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 20:35:
It is in fact a product of neo-mercantilism and corporatism.

I'm sorry but this is bullshit, this is the "this is not true captialism argument" which has been proven wrong so many times in history its not funny. Capitalism was birthed on war and bloodshed and conquering people, killing them and taking their shit. You need a state to enforce capitalist property relations because they are so unnatural.

Learn some history, it's obvious you are naive.

http://williamblum.org/

The title is stupid. Corporatism is a kind of capitalism. And I agree that it's ruining games. I used to work at a med-sized company that made very customized products and was 3-5% profitable, and the CEO kept pouring profits back into the company to improve the product. Then we're bought up, and the mandate is "20% profitability!" and several key people are let go to make that arbitrary number gutting our ability to improve the product. Suddenly everyone is overworked and customers are screaming. It's stupid. 20% profitability doesn't have to be the end-all-be-all.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning
16. Re: Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning Mar 30, 2015, 21:08 jdreyer
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 19:12:
A major bug in an Obsidian game? Whodathunkit?

Those guys arguably make games with interesting stories and gameplay but their quality control has always been terrible. It's a major reason I've avoided PoE; I'm going to wait a year or three for the community to fix all the bugs and for the price to drop so it reflects the quality of the product I'm actually getting.

QA is time consuming and complex for games like these. And it's especially challenging given their low funding level.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning
12. Re: Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning Mar 30, 2015, 21:04 jdreyer
 
I'm gonna keep abbreviating it PoEt, because that's more poetical.  
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Siege Operator Trailer
13. Re: Rainbow Six Siege Operator Trailer Mar 30, 2015, 18:03 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 17:04:
So do you get to execute no-knock warrants on the wrong house and get away with killing the family inside just like in real-life?


Having to choose the correct house would add a tactical element, but as far as I can tell you're always attacking the house with the terrorists in it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
42. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 30, 2015, 16:31 jdreyer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 05:55:
Cutter wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 21:26:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 19:36:
We will be there.

Ok, got all my Social Club stuff up to speed. How's the hand, buddy? Gonna' be ready 3 weeks from now?

If you see him online playing anything you give him holy fucking hell. Told him I was going to be like his virtual mother and annoy the shit out of him if I see him doing anything to fuck his hand up.

Didn't he mention that he'd found some one-handed games he could play?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 30, 2015, 16:26 jdreyer
 
Ultima IV Remastered now available for the C64.

Wow, new patch for a 30 year old game. Wonder how many working C64s there are out there.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $77M
43. Re: Star Citizen at $77M Mar 30, 2015, 16:23 jdreyer
 
Face cancer, is that a thing?  
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $77M
42. Re: Star Citizen at $77M Mar 30, 2015, 16:21 jdreyer
 
verybad1 wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 14:16:
Sure, buy an ingame fighter for $250.00.

No way in hell I'm getting involved in this game. Don't get me wrong, I like space games, but it's simply too expensive for me. I'm not spending $250 on an in game anything, it's just ridiculous. The game doesn't need more money, so...

There's no need to pay for more than the base game, which is going for $40 right now. All ships will be available to earn in game. This is just to start out of the gate with something more, and to help fund development.
 
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News Comments > DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features
19. Re: DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features Mar 30, 2015, 16:18 jdreyer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 16:06:
Aliasing is a function of pixel density, not resolution. I might not need anti-aliasing on my 5", 1080p smartphone but I do enjoy it on my 23", 1080p monitor. Likewise, I can supersample down from 4K with that monitor and it won't look as good as native 4K because my monitor is effectively doing anti-aliasing in that mode. Native 4K with anti-aliasing looks even better on a large screen. For those who want to bring up viewing distance, that's already included in pixel density; the pixel density perceptible to the human eye is based on viewing arc which is proportionate to distance. So, again, aliasing is a function of pixel density.

I get what you're saying, but you have to be six inches away from a 23" 4K monitor to see the pixels. Who plays like that? At normal viewing distances you'll never notice the difference. I mean, it's not like it wouldn't be available at 4K since anti-aliasing will be available for all resolutions, but to advertise them together is just stupid.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Mar 30, 2015, 16:11 jdreyer
 
PoEt is only number 9? What is wrong with British people?  
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News Comments > DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features
16. Re: DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features Mar 30, 2015, 13:58 jdreyer
 
PC edition will support up to 4K resolution with antialiasing

It seems to me that 4K and antialiasing are redundant?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
18. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Mar 30, 2015, 13:57 jdreyer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 10:46:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 16:44:
OH. MY. GOD.

So back from 1999 to 2003, I did on-site high-speed Internet installs for one of Canada's big telecartels. This was when most PCs didn't have network cards so our job was to go on-site with a cable guy, install a NIC, provision the modem, install our software (which we never did cause it was buggy crap that broke machines) and make sure everything worked. We were paid piecemeal per successful installation. If we couldn't get them online, we didn't get anything and if the customer's computer failed during the install for any reason, the company always sided with the customer and left us to fix it on our dime, even though the EULA said we weren't responsible for system damage.

You wouldn't believe how many installations I did in places just like the one in that story and in some cases, way worse. Think marijuana grow ops, places where there was literally 5-6 inches of garbage covering every square inch of the floor, apartment buildings where people regularly took dumps in the elevators, houses in low income neighbourhoods that strangely had leather couches, big screen TVs and pimped out Escalades in the driveway. At one install, I was the third tech as the previous two had walked away because the nearly 70 year old male customer was grabbing their asses while they worked (all the techs were male.) At another, I was in one of those dealer houses and the customer had a bunch of his "boys" surround my car outside as "protection" (which actually meant "You better not fuck this up or something will happen to your ride.") At two others, we saw young kids being forced to live in such squalor, we ended up calling the Children's Aid Society when we left.

In all these cases, we had to try to complete the work because not only would we not get paid if we walked away but when the customers inevitably complained, we would always get reprimanded for it. We were independent contractors and could be let go for any reason and the company was more concerned about successful numbers, both for investors and because this is when all the big telecartels were in a customer gain war so they wanted every install they could get. We actually walked away from the "garbage house" I mentioned above and we were strongly advised to go back and get the job done, even if it meant going in with garbage bags taped around our shoes. Those who refused either ended up with no calls for a few days or would get their calls suddenly staggered all across the city, often having to go back and forth multiple times a day (did I mention we paid all our own car expenses too?) Yeah, I really don't miss that place.

Disgusting customers are bad enough, but when the company treats you like shit too, that's the worst.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2015, 13:44 jdreyer
 
Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show.'

Huh, interesting choice. I wonder if the plan for years was for John Oliver to take over and when he got pinched, they said "We still need a foreigner to run The Daily Show!" Stewart has been good at spotting and nurturing amazing talent on his show, but he has had his failures (looking at you, Olivia Munn). I guess we'll see how this turns out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 30, 2015, 13:25 jdreyer
 
Zynga investors can sue FarmVille creator for alleged IPO fraud, judge says.

EA gets a lot of deserved hate, but Zynga is even more evil IMO.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 30, 2015, 13:21 jdreyer
 
Opting Out of AT&T's 'Gigapower' Snooping is Comically Expensive.

Your monopoly ISP at work for you!
 
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