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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Sandstorm May 7, 2013, 10:42 Ratty
 
I've never been afraid of heights, but yeah, I'd drop a watery load if I was that guy.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 5, 2013, 13:18 Ratty
 
Gib007 wrote on May 5, 2013, 13:01:
My wife, who's Mexican, says that Cinco de Mayo is no big deal at all in Mexico and most Mexicans don't really know what the "holiday" is about at all!
I was just going to say the same thing. I had always heard it was MUCH bigger in the US than Mexico (but didn't really know for sure till your post)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 1, 2013, 15:04 Ratty
 
Hoop wrote on May 1, 2013, 12:38:
Does antimatter fall up?
Does it really matter?
Well to answer my own question as a matter of fact it does.
So that clears up that little matter.
To conclude here is a picture of the matterhorn.
http://goo.gl/sEkkl
Ignore the people in it they don't matter just concentrate on the Matterhorn.
I love antimatter. It was predicted from first principles by Dirac and then later confirmed experimentally. I always thought that was cool. Also cause it's so science-fictiony. Antimatter would make lousy weapons. In Star Trek they overestimated the amount of energy antimatter annihilation produces by many many orders of magnitude. It takes about 50 grams of antimatter to generate the same energy as a 1 Megaton hydrogen bomb. But the damage would be many times less cause most of the energy generated is neutrinos. 100% of physicists are certain antimatter does not fall up, because Einstein, rotting in his secret grave, demands that it falls down like everything else. But they would be remiss if they didn't test it.

The Matterhorn is cool too. It was my second favorite ride at Disneyland. Matterhorn is Swiss for "Chocolately Miss" on account of it looking like a Hershey's Kiss.
 
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News Comments > Thief Production Issues?
26. Re: Thief Production Issues? Apr 27, 2013, 12:39 Ratty
 
I always said the game would be worthless console crap and now I think so even more (though for a little while with the last round of interviews I allowed myself to get my hopes up just a little - shame on me). Seeing as how they've already spent so much money on this it has to now appeal to the widest possible audience to hope to recoup their investment, even more than before. Call of Taffers indeed!

For the record DX:HR was a pretty good game but it wasn't Deus Ex. Predicting a similar treatment for Thief 4 doesn't fill me with hope and joy. And no Stephen Russell is just a slap in the face.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2013, 12:05 Ratty
 
Those news anchors are the same ones who mocked whats her name Kardashian. They're a hoot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCs1Q565E4g
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 22, 2013, 12:00 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 11:47:
The novel I'm currently reading, "The Great North Road" by Peter F Hamilton, unintentionally has a very topical part about how they investigate a murder in a city where every single inch is covered with the future equivalent of cameras.

Essentially they just pull all the data from every "camera" in the entire city for a set amount of time and colate it into this VR 'zone' which allows them to observe the city second by second and backtrack basically everyone and everything that way.

It's a cool thing to read, but quite unnerving if you think about it. It seems pretty likely that's the direction it's going to go, though. Especially in the UK (where Hamilton is from.)

Great sci-fi writer, btw. If you love expansive sci-fi, pick up his "Pandora's Star" novel. Best sci-fi novel ever, imo.

Creston
Love love love Hamilton (except his endings, those have consistently stunk). I was thinking about getting North Road but I don't really care for detective scifi. Murder mysteries in spaaaace. Nah.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 22, 2013, 11:57 Ratty
 
Agreed, as much as the cultish nature of Apple turns me off they have made some spectacularly cool things. First the IPod, then the IPhone. Their walled garden approach to these is OK with me but I'd never get an IPad. That's too close to a computer that could do real work and I refuse to be limited to Apple-approved apps bought on ITunes for something like that.  
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News Comments > Another Bethesda Mini-Tease
6. Re: Another Bethesda Mini-Tease Apr 17, 2013, 14:54 Ratty
 
His all too rare editorial comments is what makes this site head and shoulders above the rest.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to "Next Adventure"
42. Re: Skyrim Development Ends; Bethesda on to Apr 15, 2013, 16:53 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 15, 2013, 14:07:
Why do you all want Elswyr so much? I"d much rather have the Black Marsh. Utilize some underwater adventures with the Argonians. Ruined towers in the swamps, trolls, etc. Black Marsh would be hella more cool than Elsewyr!

So totally agree. I'm hoping for Black Marsh too. I've always loved a swampy setting in games, ever since Redneck Rampage. Valenwood would be cool too - lots of treehouse type stuff a la the Ewok moon of Endor.

I'm bummed all we're getting is two mediocre DLCs though. Maybe they'll license out some DLCs to a third party. I mean, why wouldn't they?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 13, 2013, 14:36 Ratty
 
Ha, I watched Spartacus a couple of times when they had those free Starz weekends. The gore and sex was so hilariously gratuitously over the top. It was like the perfect essence of what the gladiator genre is supposed to be. It wasn't quite my cup of tea but maybe you'd have to watch awhile to get into the characters and the plot. Though I really would have liked to see more of Xena.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
5. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 13, 2013, 12:34 Ratty
 
Panickd wrote on Apr 13, 2013, 10:41:
Benefits? Always having the latest updates which add new functionality and stability to whatever the product is
Why would you need ALWAYS on to get the latest updates? A one time check at startup would accomplish that. Better name a couple more.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2013, 13:29 Ratty
 
I hope the cicadas show up around these parts. I remember being absolutely terrified and fascinated by them as a little kid. Like gigantic enormous horseflys - I was sure they had a nasty bite. Creepy is the best word to describe them.  
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News Comments > LucasArts Closed
18. Re: LucasArts Closed Apr 3, 2013, 15:18 Ratty
 
Epic Jabba!  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
30. Re: Evening Q&As Apr 3, 2013, 14:39 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 13:33:
I remember that. Tim posted about how difficult the economic realities of running a studio are.
People flipped out and said he was an asshole because they didn't understand what he wrote.
I heard about the Looking Glass guys playing UT on their last day because they told that story in the context of that quote. As in this is a game we loved and admired so much this is what we chose to go out with. And then the quote. I guess they didn't understand what he wrote either because they were bitterly disappointed. Whatever truth there may have been it was still tasteless so soon after the closing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
25. Re: Evening Q&As Apr 3, 2013, 13:27 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 12:29:
Approximately one week after the PS4/720 are out, Epic's monkeys will be back to their "TEH PC IS PIRATEZ! FUCK TEH PC!" rhetoric.

They're the most predictable clowns in gaming history.

Creston
I played Unreal Tournament for hours a day, just about every day, for YEARS. What an awesome game that was. I remember when Looking Glass Studios closed, the employees talked about spending their last day playing Unreal Tournament together. Then whatsisname at Epic, Tim something posted a comment on Looking Glass's closure deriding a company made up of "MIT grads" and saying basically oh well, sink or swim, survival of the fittest, if you can't turn a profit you shouldn't be in the business. Tasteless. Then they released Unreal Tournament 2 and the magic was truly gone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 3, 2013, 11:50 Ratty
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 11:17:
I do see consoles with 8 gig of ram a huge win for pc games and have said so a dozen times.
Oh totally agree there. I've never been so excited about a console launch in like forever, even though I wouldn't get one. It's a huge huge win for PC gamers. Eventually. I just wonder how long it will take for us to reap the benefits.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: More Big Picture Details Apr 3, 2013, 10:38 Ratty
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 3, 2013, 09:56:
I like how he focuses on 32 Bit Windows limitations as the big difference between the PC and PS4:

A. Most of us can go beyond that now but have been held back because of console memory limits.

B. Those that don't have 64 bit windows, will upgrade when truly needed.

He mentions most pc's are still 32 bit, I thought Win7-64 is now the dominant gaming o/s, no? I hope he's not being stupid counting all pc's in existence as 99% of those are made for gaming.
Actually, despite my skepticism when clicking the link (to see what Sony ass kissing thing Epic had to say), the memory limit is a good point. I hadn't thought about it before. It will be interesting to see how long it will take before 64-bit OSes will be required. And until then will 32-bit OSes be the lowest common denominator that limit games for a change? Will games released after the new console releases not be made for PCs because the number of 64-bit systems is still too small to be profitable? Steam Hardware survey lists 64-bit Windows 7 at 55% so I'm guessing that won't be the case. Also we have yet to see what the new XBox will bring to the party,
 
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News Comments > The Journeyman Project Trilogy Remake
6. Re: The Journeyman Project Trilogy Remake Mar 28, 2013, 19:12 Ratty
 
I played it too. I think it was the second computer game I ever played, after Myst. I remember going to the game store to look for a game that specifically ran in Windows like Myst did cause I thought that would be a good thing. Didn't know back then DOS games with all their boot disk and upper memory shenanigans were where all the good games were happening. Anyway, I bought it because it was just about the only Windows game I could find.

I still remember the magic of that evening in Leonardo Da Vinci's studio and gardens. I could almost smell the honeysuckle.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite
44. Re: Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite Mar 26, 2013, 17:15 Ratty
 
No quicksaves is a deal breaker for me. Won't be getting this until it's on a cheap sale sometime down the road.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite Mar 26, 2013, 11:46 Ratty
 
vrok wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 11:32:
Checkpoint system combined with resurrection drives me nuts.
So what does that mean, checkpoint system? And why does it suck? By resurrection do you mean something like the old Vita chamber system? No way to turn it off?

I was going to wait for the price to come down but goddamit if I don't have a stinkin 4-day weekend coming up.
 
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