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Real Name Jonah Dreyer   
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Intel Core i5 @3.6 GHz
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Death To Spies 3 Sep 9, 2014, 23:25 jdreyer
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 15:53:
I'd love to see DTS3 get funded but I seriously doubt it's going to happen. I think they ended up with $100 after a 40-ish day Indiegogo campaign.

I feel like pure stealth games just don't sell anymore. Hitman, Splinter Cell, MGS, Dishonored... all allow you to completely ignore stealth and just shoot your way to victory. Making a hybrid action/stealth game seems to be the only viable route these days.

Give it 5 or 10 years. It'll come back.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Alien: Isolation
17. Re: Gone Gold - Alien: Isolation Sep 9, 2014, 23:23 jdreyer
 
nin wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 21:56:
|RaptoR| wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 21:16:
Played it at PAX last month, scared the shit out of me. Terrifying 15 minute sequence set up for the PAX demo. If the game delivers on that, then it's a winner for sure.


I've heard it's especially pants shitting with the rift...


Yeah, I don't see the point of playing this without the OR.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Sep 9, 2014, 23:19 jdreyer
 
gsilver wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 21:35:
I was hoping/expecting The Stanley Parable to be in this bundle.
Maybe in week 2.

I'm still getting it, since I've been curious about Papers, Please and Gone Home. Not enough to get either by itself, but in a bundle like this it makes sense.

Gone Home was pretty excellent. Great atmosphere, and not what you expect at the end. No spoilers people!
 
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News Comments > Transverse Announced
13. Re: Transverse Announced Sep 9, 2014, 22:45 jdreyer
 
Stupid voice over:
"It's 2315...we live at the edge of the known universe."

Stupid heritage:
"Piranha Games...makers of Mechwarrior Online"

Stupid pricing model:
"a variety of tiers starting at $30 USD"

Disappointed *sigh*

Is it really too much to make a real Mechwarrior game? In the vein of MW2 Mercenaries?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 9, 2014, 19:11 jdreyer
 
Is it just me, or does the wholesale destruction of megaupload seem overly extreme and possibly illegal? A lot of people lost personal data as a result.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Stephen Hawking: Research on the ‘God particle’ could cause space-time to collapse. Sep 9, 2014, 18:27 jdreyer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 13:03:
Holy fucking shit. rawstory.com gets on my blacklist with this bullshit


Yeah, rawstory used to be a good collection of news, politics, and science you didn't see very many other places. But the past few years it has become very clickbaity.

And yeah, that was my thought: if what happens inside a supermassive blackhole hasn't caused space-time to collapse, probably nothing we could do would.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Sep 9, 2014, 18:16 jdreyer
 
Hack n Slash looks interesting. Kind of reminds me of that old Spy vs. Spy game, but on megasteroids.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 02:35 jdreyer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:03:
Will they maintain it? I don't know. We'll see. Some step is better than no step. Like, what is RPS doing? And has Gamasutra made any plans to retract some of the slanderous things they've been printing lately or is that all in the name of the editorial?

"This editorial only represents the views of the author. It in no way represents the views of <insert site name here>."
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 9, 2014, 02:28 jdreyer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 18:52:
Julio wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:50:
Reddit waited until all of the fapping was over...

Honestly, I don't see what the big fucking deal was. Most of it wasn't even fappable. Meh.

One thing I will say is that Jen Lawrence is a classy chick, even with her nude and semi-nude selfies.

But I really want to know what Kate was thinking when she took THAT shot.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Sep 9, 2014, 02:24 jdreyer
 
If all the Gungans are dead, where will I get my supply of Gungan porn from?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Sep 9, 2014, 02:22 jdreyer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 20:12:
Maybe they should have thought about putting some passion into the product and actually improving upon the previous game instead of how to best chop it up into DLC.

Yeah, I haven't played it, but everything I've read points to this. EA still gunning for that "Worst Company in the World" award.

The right way to do it is make a great product, then add to it via DLC. People love that shit. See Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls, and 2, Borderlands.

The wrong fucking way is make an incomplete product of a popular franchise which people must complete by buying the DLC. That's a path to pissing off your base and losing customers for life.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 9, 2014, 02:18 jdreyer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:55:
Facebook-surfing driver rear-ends car at 85 mph, kills elderly woman.

Ugh - that's awful. I bet that driver doesn't find Facebook all that important any more in light of the guilt they must be feeling.

I wonder. People who fail to consider others in their activities are usually sociopaths anyway. Like the WoW-addicted couple that let the children starve or whatever.

I will say this though: self-driving cars can't come soon enough.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 9, 2014, 02:16 jdreyer
 
Grokk wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:05:
I'd really have to question whether 10Mbps was enough to be classified as broadband. If you're watching anything streamed in HD then 4Mbps is going to bawk and shit itself constantly.
With the changes Youtube made to the way stuff streams a couple years ago it's just about impossible to even buffer half a video so you don't get lagged to crap trying to watch it.

I'm not sure what the US calls it, but ADSL1 here in Australia goes up to 8Mbps, while ADSL2 is up to ~20.
I'm just thankful I live in a part of Melbourne where I can get 100mb cable internet.

Shorter ISPs: We're making 80% profit on our existing infrastructure and don't want to upgrade it. Cuz profits.

This is what you get when you have a monopoly. The feds need to get in there and break this shit up. It's bordering on ridiculous, and they're getting so brave as to call 4mbps "broadband." You can get 10 times that speed at half the cost in most other first world nations.
 
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News Comments > Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Ship Customization Video
3. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Ship Customization Video Sep 8, 2014, 23:06 jdreyer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 22:42:
I thought that looked pretty cool.

Oh yeah. I enjoyed the first one. I just meant the have a kind of homemade feeling to them. And his video blogs always sound so friendly.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Sep 8, 2014, 21:56 jdreyer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:41:
Very cool sale/promotion. I really want Kerbal Space Program but I am waiting for the full release.

As I understand it, Kerbal has implemented a campaign mode. Estimations are that it will finally "ship" later this year.
 
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News Comments > Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Ship Customization Video
1. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Ship Customization Video Sep 8, 2014, 21:46 jdreyer
 
Cliffy is like having your eccentric uncle make games.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2014, 19:58 jdreyer
 
LittleMe wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:23:

Yes we do. I doubt municipal BB would usually be cheap, fast or reliable and almost never all three at the same time.
Well, then, AT&T has nothing to worry about then. Why are they opposing this tooth an nail again?
And once you have a government providing this sort of 'service' they're near impossible to reign in some fiscal or service accountability.
You're thinking of the Federal government. Municipalities don't have money to burn and tend to be very fiscally responsible.

It's just another monopoly that can hurt a better functioning market.
News flash: IT'S ALREADY A MONOPOLY.
They won't care that their routers reboot every twenty minutes and that packet loss is atrocious. They won't have to care. Their jobs will be secure and you won't be able to do much about it except be forced to pay for it through some new tax that keeps going up every few years.
It's a lot easier to fix things at the municipal level, than at the state or federal level. "All politics is local," as the saying goes, and people have much more influence and control as to what happens in their town. Also, muni broadband isn't free, they have to take out a bond. They don't even have to raise taxes! Then they collect fees to pay it off. Just like any other business.

Since the local government will control municipal BB, it will give the local police another way to spy and monitor you since it's the same government. Instead of practicing sensible security they can use any security issue as a reason to fine you or arrest you or worse. That is how they think.
That's extremely cynical. 1) Most small town police departments don't have that expertise. 2) It's more difficult for the small town departments to do things without warrants than it is for the feds with all their black money and secrecy.

That said, there are and have been for some time, private (non profit I think) companies that provide free wireless broadband in many areas. I think it can be done successfully by the private sector in various ways. I'm all for that since it doesn't force (through violence or threat of violence) other people to pay for it.
1) Wireless isn't an alternative to fiber. 2) As I said, I would be fine with a "No Muni" rule if there was actual competition. There isn't. It takes money to get into the wired broadband business, and few private companies want to compete against a monopoly that will pull out all stops to nip it in the bud. In many places the only chance at competition is a gov't funded alternative. Which is why they're so opposed: to maintain their monopoly.
 
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News Comments > Independent Games Festival Defends Judging Process
10. Re: Independent Games Festival Defends Judging Process Sep 8, 2014, 19:24 jdreyer
 
Julio wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 18:35:
Isn't it sex for awards? At least I thought that's how they decide the winners...

Given that the vast majority of indie developers are straight males, and the vast majority of judges are too, that isn't even a possibility in the majority of cases.

The thing is, how will we ever find out if any of this is true or just hearsay? Is someone going to sue? Are the authorities going to get invovled? Will there be a court cases so that all the evidence will be revealed during discovery?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
65. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 17:36 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:00:
I don't think games reporters/journalists/bloggers/whatevers are being unfairly hit for using that terminology. I wish gamers were smarter about what they take offense to, but whatever, people can't necessarily control what they take offense to (important lesson, no?)

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edit - this is total TLDR, and probably all over the place. Sorry, on a stupid conference call and half paying attention to it and half what I'm writing, which isn't good for anyone.

I think you've pretty much nailed it here. But most gamers lack the time to follow issues deeply (most probably just check headlines and a story or two at work). And with game articles being positive and effusive, it's not a big leap to assume they're in cahoots on some level. And on some major games like Simcity, where the reviewers and gamers are 40 points apart, that can be a justification to assume there's collusion. I'm not saying it's right, but I can see how it could happen.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
64. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 17:26 jdreyer
 
Tumbler wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:02:
Most of the gaming media is glorified advertising. They stay in business because big companies want to spend money on those sites as part of their advertising. Sending review copies of games, hosting media events where people come and see the games, buying ad spots on the site that people will see when they come see the reviews, having special promo's that preview the game and talk about how awesome it's going to be.
Gaming journalism might be overly positive, but it's hardly an extension of the company's PR wing. Jeff Green completely failed to make the transition from game writer to PR person over at EA. He was constantly opening his foot and sticking his mouth in it, and getting in trouble for that until he finally had to leave. Like you say, most gamers have a certain amount of anger in them, but that can't be the case AT ALL in PR.

The most likely way to get honest feedback on games is from a person who buys the game out of their own money and will likely notice the loss of those dollars in their account. I don't know how much money Angry Joe makes on his youtube stuff but he seems like someone that would be genuinely pissed if he bought a shit game. (and it's kind of his thing) And that to me is what being a gamer is all about. If you're not pissed, you're not a gamer. If you're not pissed then you're doing something wrong because gaming is one of the most consumer hostile business' you can be a part of. They're even hostile and horrible to many people in the industry in many cases. I'd compare it to being a car sales man for Ford or Toyota. Or being a customer going onto one of those lots trying to buy something. It's a terrible business but they have a product that people want enough to put up with that shit.
I agree that the independent reviewers are much more likely to give the straight dope (although there have been stories of youtubers being compromised by the large publishers). That's why I loved reading Out of 8 reviews, for example. I know Mr. Allen does it as a hobby, and he's not connected to any game company at all, and his analysis will be untainted.
 
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