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Signed On Aug 16, 2005, 21:56
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News Comments > Gore SE Ad Offer
1. Re: Gore SE Ad Offer Dec 3, 2008, 11:18 ldonyo
 
'Mature' shooter? If by mature they mean old, then yes, Gore is a mature shooter.  
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News Comments > EA Acquires J2M
2. Re: EA Acquires J2M Dec 3, 2008, 11:16 ldonyo
 
What is EA using for money?  
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News Comments > Safety Dance
1. Re: Safety Dance Dec 2, 2008, 20:15 ldonyo
 
Isn't Norton Antivirus for Gamers something like AVG or NOD32?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Nov 28, 2008, 17:15 ldonyo
 
Better question: What is Edge Online good for? Read their review of Fallout 3 and see just how out of touch they are with the game they're reviewing. The review complains about the PipBoy's appearance, for crying out loud. The reviewers (the author is listed as Edge Staff, so I guess they all share the blame) totally miss the premise of the world of Fallout. It's like they loaded the game expecting Unreal or Quake, rather than the game shown on the box.

Is Fallout 3 perfect? No, especially the ported PC version and its lack of customizable controls. Hopefully, G.E.C.K. will allow someone to fix that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 26, 2008, 19:33 ldonyo
 
This isn't really on topic, but here goes anyway.

At what point did game designers decide that needing a supercomputer to run their games was a selling point? Seriously, how hard would it be to design a game to run well on an average system and then make it a completely awesome experience for those that actually have the latest and greatest hardware (for this month, anyway)? The fact that every AAA title published for the PC over the last five years has had some type of 'tweak guide' written for it really should be a clue to someone with decision-making authority in at least one developer's headquarters somewhere.

I could be way off base here, but I'd never admit it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 26, 2008, 19:27 ldonyo
 
How many hours until there is a fix for the latest PS3 firmware update? I'm guessing less than 48, but it could be longer.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Nov 26, 2008, 19:26 ldonyo
 
I guess game publishers just expect everyone to start a 'played game' collection then? You know, because games age like fine wine.  
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News Comments > Why They Fear F.E.A.R. 2 in AU
6. Re: Why They Fear F.E.A.R. 2 in AU Nov 26, 2008, 19:21 ldonyo
 
Isn't that why they have some sort of 'Adult' rating for games over there? What's the problem, their men can't handle a couple of decapitations and a bisection? Pffft, pansies.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Nov 23, 2008, 15:12 ldonyo
 
Yet another opinion piece on how video games are bad that blames the developers for making the games the way they do rather than pointing out that parents need to know what games their children are playing. This time, the author also claims that game developers and publishers are intentionally trying to make their games 'addictive'.

The slight reference, "So, when a person starts "living his life" in a video game, its only natural that when they find themselves in the real world again, they start behaving just like they do in the game.", to violent games causing violent behavior is vastly over-generalized and completely unproven.

The reference to gamers being similar to drug addicts, "Doesn't this remind you of another group of people? Maybe drug addicts? This is what links gaming addiction and violence.", is not only inaccurate, it is the same type of irresponsible fear-mongering that is so prevalent in any mainstream media story dealing with video games.

The real topper is siting Wikipedia as the source for a tiny quote at the very end of this piece. The rest of the author's assertions are nothing but pure conjecture and regurgitated media tripe.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Nov 17, 2008, 19:32 ldonyo
 
I don't watch his 'reviews' and I don't watch G4. Until I scanned the first paragraph of the article, I didn't know that Zero Punctuation was anything other than ee cummings' writing style. As far as I'm concerned, it still is.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Nov 15, 2008, 15:21 ldonyo
 
I wouldn't leave anything up to the FCC, especially in its current and quite retarded incarnation.  
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News Comments > Metaverse
1. Re: Metaverse Nov 15, 2008, 10:46 ldonyo
 
Network Neutrality, as a concept, needs to be codified into law. ISPs have proven over and over that, given the chance, they will make their subscribers' lives miserable just because they can. That being said, I share the fears of many that Congress does not have the technical knowledge to craft effective legislation to ensure that ISPs cannot decide what their subscribers can and cannot access in an unimpeded manner.

As for the supposed 'bandwidth crunch', it is a fairy tale spun by ISPs to justify imposing tiered pricing and force consumers of streamed and downloaded video services to pay more, just because the ISPs have the power to do so. Come February of next year, many of the largest ISPs, who are also cable companies, will have more bandwidth to work with when they no longer have to support analog signals from broadcasters.
 
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News Comments > Violent Games Set Boys Hearts' Aflutter
9. Re: Violent Games Set Boys Hearts' Aflutter Nov 14, 2008, 11:37 ldonyo
 
The next step would be to measure the same boys' heart rates while watching an action movie or their favorite sports team during a game. I'm sure they would also register elevated heart rates that coincide with action sequences in the movie or critical points during the game. All this report shows is that more countries than the US have people very interested in finding some causal link between violent video games and violent behavior, regardless of how shoddy the research is that proves it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 14, 2008, 10:16 ldonyo
 
I wonder how he'd react if you called him John Romero?  
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News Comments > NFLPA Loses Madden Suit
2. Re: NFLPA Loses Madden Suit Nov 11, 2008, 12:15 ldonyo
 
The Union totally failed to represent its members' best interests, which is completely the opposite of what a labor union is supposed to do. My guess is that there are some union execs that made out like bandits in this and will now be exposed as the greedy pigs they really are.  
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News Comments > Gold - Need for Speed Undercover
4. Re: Gold - Need for Speed Undercover Nov 10, 2008, 19:23 ldonyo
 
I wonder how many installs EA will allow this time?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Nov 10, 2008, 12:14 ldonyo
 
Polls can be biased by slanting the questions to get the response the poll's sponsor wants. This is done all the time, which is why the results of every poll should be taken with a truckload of salt.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2008, 19:29 ldonyo
 
Monday Night Football is a joke. ESPN is a joke. Hell, most announcers for NFL games are a joke. Madden used to be good, but he's been lost somewhere in 1992 for a long time now. Al Michaels is now the best play-by-play announcer since Pat Summerall retired, but he's stuck with a nearly-senile Madden. No wonder the TV ratings have been sinking faster than the Titanic!  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 9, 2008, 19:24 ldonyo
 
Don Mattrick should get with Al Gore and file a lawsuit against everyone on Earth.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Nov 9, 2008, 19:22 ldonyo
 
Gamestop is 'becoming' careless? When were they not?  
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