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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 16, 2012, 10:58 Ratty
 
Beamer wrote on May 16, 2012, 10:09:
"Fox and NBC: Dish's commercial-skipping DVR 'a strange thing to do' at best, 'an insult' at worst."

In the "be careful what you wish for" department, we're probably less than 3 years away from permanent ad bugs or ad scrolls during shows to compensate for revenues lost via commercial-skipping viewers.

Of course, no one wants to watch crap with that crap, so ad-revenue-driven programming will likely cut back significantly. That's not just networks but basic cable. Which will drop cable subscription rates, meaning HBO will suffer, too.

On the plus side, all of this will force new business models and, probably, new content creativity.
On the down side, it will likely lead to a few lame years and some serious viewing habit fragmentation (which we kind of have, anyway.)
I was pretty disgusted and horrified when I found just a few days ago I couldn't skip commercials on Comcast's on-demand TV shows. It's not all TV shows yet, just a couple of networks so far. But the writing is on the wall. Now I make damn sure I save TV shows to my DVR when they air instead of expecting to catch up with On-Demand.

I won't be surprised if they build that into their DVRs sometime soon. Unskippable commercials even for shows you record as they air. Yeah, I'll be quitting Comcast then.

As far as new business models go Beamer, I remember they did some very obvious product placements on both Psych and Eureka a couple of seasons back. Psych had constant references to some deodorant throughout the season. It was obvious they were having a little fun with it. I rolled my eyes but I admit it didn't disgust me. For Eureka it was a car, also over several shows. I imagine that would get very very old if we saw that constantly on all of our shows.

I think the answer is to make clever commercials people will want to watch. Like super bowl halftime ads.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2012, 15:11 Ratty
 
nin wrote on May 12, 2012, 13:02:
Debating if I want to see Dark Shadows. I love Tim Burton, but this one doesn't look great.
Sorry, but it looks awesome.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2012, 15:04 Ratty
 
Prez wrote on May 12, 2012, 14:55:
Goddammit - they cancelled Alcatraz. Why do I bother watching any Sci-fi shows anymore?

It wasn't even that great, but it was decent, and it's not like we're flooded with choices these days.
I hear ya. I never watched Alcatraz but I got burned on enough others to learn my lesson. I'll never again waste time watching a serialized sci-fi show from the beginning. I'll wait until ratings are high or until the second season before I start watching, and then catch up through Netflix. (Or, used to be, On Demand before Comcast stopped letting you fast forward through commercials (and they wonder why people download their stuff from torrents)).

You'd think the networks would learn their lesson. People aren't going to start watching their serialized shows because now we just expect they'll be cancelled.

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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Delayed
27. Re: BioShock Infinite Delayed May 9, 2012, 14:12 Ratty
 
I can't recall now the hype for the original Bioshock, but from what I've been hearing about Infinite it does seem they are taking a pretty big risk as far as character interaction. No more mute hero and NPCs behind glass (or at least the main NPCs - they're still relying on the old gimmick of audio logs). Incorporating conversations during gameplay and outside of cutscenes has got to be hard to do right. And I guess they're pretty sensitive to context: depending on what you do and their mood the dialog can be completely different. Unlike in Skyrim where you can murder someone right in front of a merchant and they'll happily continue hawking their wares and making cheerful conversation.

I don't know if it'll be like Oblivion was, where they promised way more than they delivered as far as the characters, but it'll be interesting. I think they need all that extra time to put in a whole ton of if/else stuff in their dialog code.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 7, 2012, 12:12 Ratty
 
Creston wrote on May 7, 2012, 11:46:
If not having coffee for a few hours gives you a huge headache, you have some serious, serious caffeine-addiction issues, Blue
Agreed. I gave up all caffeine a few years back and was surprised what a difference it made. I was calmer and slept better. I did it by going to half decaf for a couple of weeks, then quarter decaf for a while. Nowdays I just have one large half decaf latte every morning.
 
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News Comments > Official The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement
42. Re: Official The Elder Scrolls Online Announcement May 4, 2012, 18:50 Ratty
 
NKD wrote on May 4, 2012, 08:07:
To be fair, I think people are a bit confused. It's a separate studio (ZeniMax Online Studios) working on this huge pile of shit. I wouldn't worry about the future of the singleplayer Elder Scrolls franchise.
Hey thanks for that NKD. Not being a multiplayer gamer that was my primary worry. No more SP ES games for a long while. Still, I have to worry that they'll hold off on them to boost sales for the MMO. Jonesing for some new ES action? We've got your game right here and it's the only game in town.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse May 2, 2012, 13:06 Ratty
 
So many other worthy shows to revive. Why Jericho? I never hated Jericho like I did, say, Terra Nova. But I couldn't ever get into it either.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Revealed
29. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Revealed May 1, 2012, 20:19 Ratty
 
We get mods, the creation kit, access to the console, Steam, free hi-res texture packs. Let the console kiddies have this one.  
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News Comments > Minerva's Den Vets Form Studio
5. Re: Minerva's Den Vets Form Studio May 1, 2012, 11:13 Ratty
 
I've heard Minerva's Den was really good but I just don't want to deal with GFWL. I got a new computer, don't remember the account or password I've used, don't want to bother figuring out how to reset it - plus I've heard I may not even be able to play it anyway because of GFWL problems.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 29, 2012, 17:17 Ratty
 
Sometimes you never know what you'll find on Blues News. I'd never even bother clicking on an interview with Garry Marshall anyplace else but I saw it here, read the whole thing, and enjoyed it. Now my life is enhanced with newfound knowledge about Garry Marshal.  
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News Comments > Skyrim DLC Hints?
1. Re: Skyrim DLC Hints? Apr 27, 2012, 19:39 Ratty
 
AGDFT!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2012, 11:29 Ratty
 
Ran here as fast as I could to report Fringe had been renewed. Curse you nin! Beat me to it.

Zooey Deschanel: Damn girl! Where are your eye lashes?

Phaser: Surprised and glad to see he built the only true ST phaser. None of that Next Gen crap for him.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 26, 2012, 11:44 Ratty
 
Moving is among the most traumatic experiences I can think of. Moving from the area you were born and raised and came to love to ... Los Angeles? That's gotta hurt. Glad you're looking at it as a new adventure in life - which is true. Best wishes to you and the Mrs. and your little dog too.  
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News Comments > Something Growing at The Farm 51
3. Re: Something Growing at The Farm 51 Apr 17, 2012, 17:48 Ratty
 
necrovision was so so. Not as good as Painkiller but I played through it twice so that says something.  
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News Comments > Crysis 3 Announced
31. Re: Crysis 3 Announced Apr 16, 2012, 12:46 Ratty
 
Setting looks intriguing. Did Crytek ever claim Crysis 2 was a sandbox game?  
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News Comments > Valve Confirms Hardware Plans
76. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 19:46 Ratty
 
eunichron wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 19:24:
Dev wrote on Apr 13, 2012, 19:19:
I'm not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing lol.

Might be great for them, but it's bad for us.
I'm reminded of how Valve leveraged Half-Life 2 to force the adoption of Steam on everybody. Wanna play Half-Life 2? Then you gotta install Steam. Sure, most of us love it and all NOW, but boy at the time I resented it.

I'm worried they'll try the same thing with Half-Life 3, only this time it's not something we're ever going to love.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2012, 14:50 Ratty
 
I'll occasionally play the lottery but I stayed out of this one. Could you imagine what your life would be like? I don't need that.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2012, 15:09 Ratty
 
Rossafur wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 14:16:
A couple quick thoughts about the human CO2 emissions article:

1. As one commenter pointed out, the argument is akin to saying that since people killed each other before guns were invented, guns couldn't also be used to kill people.

2. The Daily Mail is *not* a super reliable source.

3. "The research was recently published online in the journal Earth And Planetary Science Letters and will appear in print on ****April 1****." [emphasis mine]

This is a pretty big deal. Though the Daily Mail isn't the most unbiased source they do point to a reputable journal.

Man-made global warming deniers always point to Europe's little ice age and the warming trend that preceded it. And supporters always rebut this by pointing out it only took place in Europe and is irrelevant for the discussion of global warming. If this research bears out, it's a huge blow to supporters' theories. A couple of other points still stand though: The warming trend in question was far, far less in magnitude than what we're seeing today and it is believed to have happened during a solar maximum, again, unlike today. So it's still not a total disproof but a significant blow nevertheless.
 
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News Comments > Good Old Games Becomes GOG.com
2. Re: Good Old Games Becomes GOG.com Mar 27, 2012, 11:46 Ratty
 
Hey, Darwinia! I haven't though about that game in a while. I might just fire it up again.  
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
12. Re: Skyrim Patched Mar 20, 2012, 23:30 Ratty
 
Just in time for my fourth playthrough. I did two archer playthroughs, then I tried a destruction mage playthrough since I've never done an ES mage before, but got bored with it and quit. Tonight I just started an illusion mage playthrough. Using rage to get your enemies to kill each other is just too damn much fun.  
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