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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 9, 2013, 22:09 Flatline
 
Julio wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 20:15:
Microsoft should be giving up on Metro and Win 8 altogether. Time to move onto Windows 9, build it off Windows 7.

Apparently the only thing you think an OS is made up of is the UI.

Under the hood Win 8 is actually a significant improvement over 7. From a networking standpoint there is a buttload of features added starting with Win 8 are pretty powerful for sysadmins.

The *only* issue is the Metro UI. It was a bad experiment.

But since your average idiot user thinks UI = Operating System, Win 8 gets pretty panned.
 
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News Comments > NSA's Game Spying
136. Re: NSA's Game Spying Dec 9, 2013, 16:48 Flatline
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 10:28:
nin wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 10:05:
Fibrocyte wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 09:59:
FFS. Who CARES!?

Hopefully sane, rational people?


What is the NSA's end game with all this? To steal my credit card number? To steal my identity? No - it's to protect America. So why should I care if they track my gaming patterns, read my emails, monitor my cell phone activity? I don't need to fully understand why they need to do these things to achieve their goals for me to be okay with it. If they exposed what, how, and why they do everything that they do then it would be simple for "terrorists" to circumvent the NSA's methods. I would rather they be PROACTIVE in their efforts (scour everyone's data for specific patterns) so they can stop events before they happen rather than reactive.

The mentality of 'they don't have a right to do this until I've done something wrong' simply doesn't make sane, rational sense.

You have a constitutional right to privacy. Period. It's supposed to be inalienable. You're supposed to have a constitutional right to due process. That's inalienable too. But apparently those are outmoded ideas because of the 20,000 or so radical terrorists in the world that might want to harm us. Ostensibly, for that, we have to monitor the goings on of everyone in the world. I'd call that a ton of prevention for an ounce of "cure".

That aside...

And sure, you aren't doing anything that is considered dangerous or inappropriate *now*, but all that monitoring will be stored. Forever. And can you really promise me that at some point down the line the political environment might change, and something you *did*, 20 years previous, suddenly becomes grounds for persecution or prosecution? Yeah I know ex post facto an all that jazz, but hey, we're supposed to have privacy too right?

That information that's being collected will never, ever go away, and some day someone will abuse it. In fact, it's already getting abused. Google "loveint nsa" and read about one way it's getting abused.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee
20. Re: GOG.com's Money Back Guarantee Dec 9, 2013, 16:09 Flatline
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 11:17:
Creston wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 11:08:
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 10:57:
30 days does lead to fraud, it just does.

I don't think it'll be a huge issue. First you have to let support try to fix the issue, and to be honest, their support guys are pretty dang good at fixing things.

Anyway, awesome awesome move by GOG. Steam is left looking like an asshole.

I don't disagree. But would you say, if you bought a DD game and were given 3 days to return it if you don't like it for any reasonable reason. That this would give you plenty of time to download and try, before going for a refund? I'm just saying that I like the road to be two-way Zero Return sucks, 30 Days gives the crooks too much.

FWIW I've always got a refund from Steam when asked via their channels. Now these were reported all within a day of first downloading, an email chain started that could bump it out a few days. But in the end a refund. Three times used. However like you, I like to have a policy to make me more at ease when doing things like this.

Doesn't matter in GOG's case because even after they remove your access to the game, you still have the installer that is DRM free.

3 days or 30, it really changes nothing. 30 days at least gives you some time to try the game out.
 
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News Comments > Elijah Wood Joins Broken Age
3. Re: Elijah Wood Joins Broken Age Dec 8, 2013, 18:41 Flatline
 
No wonder this game blew through it's fucking funding only a fraction done.  
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News Comments > The Walking Dead Season 2 Nears
3. Re: The Walking Dead Season 2 Nears Dec 6, 2013, 17:47 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 6, 2013, 10:30:
I'll grab this when it's done. I hate waiting for these other episodes of The Wolf Among Us. Really wish they had gone with a whole new crew of people instead of more Clem.

Yeah Wolf is really dragging it's feet. I was frustrated that they decided to launch episode 2 after WD season 2. We won't officially even *get* an ETA for TWAM until after "the holidays". So probably next year.
 
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News Comments > Hawken Patched; Winter Event Launches
3. Re: Hawken Patched; Winter Event Launches Dec 5, 2013, 01:04 Flatline
 
PHJF wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 17:10:
Haven't played since early beta, when it was straight-up DM (which doesn't interest me). If they spruced up the game types and fleshed out the mech variety I'd give it another go. Was a hell of a lot better of a game than MWO, anyways.

This game actually came out?

I remember it looking interesting and wanting to play it, and this extremely long, drawn out closed beta started that I never actually got in on.

So I forgot about the game. Completely.

Just like Quake Live, Battlefield Heroes, and a fucking litany of other games that were F2P but had this strange desire to blow it's wad on advertising during the closed beta period of time when nobody can actually play. You see a shit load of art and press and videos during the closed beta, which amps everyone up, and then nothing for 6 months, and maybe, maybe if you're lucky, a single press release showing the game to actually be live, that is easily missed.

It seems.... backwards to me.
 
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News Comments > Clandestine Announced
2. Re: Clandestine Announced Nov 28, 2013, 14:53 Flatline
 
It's not exactly "cold war" if it's 5 years after the soviet union dissolved....  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2013, 18:51 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 12:01:
Jivaro wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 11:59:
Kotaku is reporting that EA is working on a new Star Wars open world game. Since "open world" is about as misused a term as "RPG" these days...I suppose that could mean anything.

Grand Theft Bounty Hunter/Rebel, please!


Can you imagine Red Faction Guerrilla done with a Star Wars theme?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2013, 18:50 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Nov 27, 2013, 09:19:
Reminds me of a time I had to have blood drawn, years ago. First woman tried multiple times, on both arms, jabbing the hell out of me, over and over, with no luck. Finally, she goes and gets this other woman. Other Woman was clearly the expert, as I never felt a thing, and told her she needed to teach the first woman How It Was Done.


I donated blood for my mother's hysterectomy since we both have the same blood type and I have a terrible phobia of needles. Which sucks because I have O negative blood and it's super valuable. Usually I can get through a blood donation if I grit my teeth and try not to think about it. I was doing okay until the f*cking tech or whoever decided I wasn't filling the bag fast enough and came in with the roller thing to push the blood down into the bag faster. Well, she zipped the roller *UP TOWARDS MY ARM*. Have you ever felt blood forcefully squirted back into your body? It hurt so fucking bad that I immediately got nauseated and nearly passed out.

Just the thought of giving blood now makes me woozy. I haven't donated in like 10 years because the thought makes me sick to my stomach. I hate that woman.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $29M
28. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $29M Nov 23, 2013, 19:19 Flatline
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 23, 2013, 16:55:
i can't believe i'm reading this. some of you honestly think that chris roberts is committing fraud!? that he's just making up numbers out of thin air to keep a lie going? an honest question - what has he done to elicit that kind of suspicion. i appreciate that fraud is an increasing problem today, but you CANNOT apply that to specific situations where all the evidence is to the contrary. it's a logical fallacy.

i mean, i get it - you guys think we fans are showering the project with undue adulation and that's your right. but then, how is it any better that you fools take a dump on the project with nary a hint of evidence? it's the same act, just at the other end of the spectrum, and a worse offense in my opinion because it's entirely negative. seriously, do you guys actually think CR is committing fraud?!? do you listen to yourselves?

The problem is that we can do math, and while 30 million is a great number for making a video game, it's still not much for what's being promised.

Sandbox games cost a fortune to make. GTA 5 cost 260 million to make and market (so probably 130 million or so to develop), and will offer a fraction of the interactivity that Star Citizen is promising.

It just seems like a gargantuan project for that amount of money. Something is inordinate here. Unless this game plans to pull an Eve Online and slowly develop over 10 years it's hard to see them launching in any reasonable amount of time.

I'm hoping they pull it off, I really do. But there's a disconnect here between promises and reality.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $29M
26. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $29M Nov 23, 2013, 19:14 Flatline
 
This is actually the first stretch goal in I don't remember how long that I'm actually cool with.  
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News Comments > Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com
28. Re: Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com Nov 22, 2013, 01:58 Flatline
 
Parias wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 21:12:
Prez wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 17:15:
Wing Commander Saga looks amazing, (kudos to the dev team!) but judging from the screenshots on the website it looks as though there is no cockpit view. I would really miss the cockpit view - it just wouldn't feel like Wing Commander to me without it.

Freespace 2 actually does support 3D cockpits now as well, so technically this would be possible to implement. I think they just need the development resources to do so.

Yeah it's been hacked in. If you want to see what it can accomplish go check out the FS2 total conversion Diaspora, which is probably one of the most screen-accurate BSG mods I've ever seen.

You wanna talk about a f*cking tough game, pilot a viper in full manual mode.

http://diaspora.hard-light.net/
 
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News Comments > RAGE Free Weekend
19. Re: RAGE Free Weekend Nov 22, 2013, 01:50 Flatline
 
I'd probably give it a 6, maybe a 6.5. It was a solid shooter, the driving levels were fun, but after that, well... It didn't do anything to make itself special in FPS market. Competent but uninspired.  
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
72. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 22, 2013, 01:47 Flatline
 
I have a gut feeling that Valve has no f*cking clue where to go with the Half-Life plot any more. It's veered off in weird directions, and they keep adding elements to the metaplot, like bringing Portal into the mix.  
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News Comments > Roberts: "Star Citizen is a PC Game"
77. Re: Roberts: Nov 22, 2013, 01:42 Flatline
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 06:05:
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 00:52:
Um Crysis came out AFTER Far Cry 2, and Far Cry 2 used a modifed Far Cry 1 engine and was NOT done by Crytek. Far Cry 2's only 'cool' thing was setting stuff on fire. Beyond the countless linear roads, I wouldn't put it up against Crysis 1 or 2.
Crysis was released in November 2007; Far Cry 2 was released in October 2008. FC2 was built on the Dunia engine, which was a heavily modified version of the Far Cry engine (they really didn't have much in common). And I never implied it was made by Crytek, in fact it's because it wasn't that it was actually a decent game.

Ah yes, enemies spawning out of the clear blue in your line of sight, walking 50 yards past a checkpoint you cleared out, turning around, and walking back only to be attacked again, repetitive missions that involved 45 minutes of driving through seventeen billion hostile checkpoints (then doing the mission and driving back through the 17 billion hostile checkpoints that repopulated), enemies that could snipe you with a pistol that doesn't work from 800 yards away through foliage so you'd drop dead from unseen enemies, The game enhancing "malaria" where you can only take your medicine to avoid malaria when you're suffering from it, doing missions for factions but being told that the factions wouldn't ever be friendly towards you because you were working "in secret" because they couldn't be bothered to program dynamic IFF logic...

*Such* a decent game!

What made FC3 better than FC2? Pacing.
 
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News Comments > Telltale's Game of Thrones Game?
11. Re: Telltale's Game of Thrones Game? Nov 22, 2013, 01:37 Flatline
 
dj LiTh wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 22:32:
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 22:16:
A chapter about incest with Cersei or GTFO!

Press enter to....errr uhm...nevermind...

Considering the QTE combat... that'd make that scene interesting to say the least.

I hope that they don't focus on any of the major players. I'd be thrilled to play someone important in a smaller noble house, or a nobody/bannerman/lord in one of the major houses.

There's enough going on and enough in the world to not have all the focus on the main plot/main characters. Sure if they're in the story that's fine, but I don't want it to orbit around them.
 
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News Comments > Telltale's Game of Thrones Game?
10. Re: Telltale's Game of Thrones Game? Nov 22, 2013, 01:31 Flatline
 
Simon Says wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 01:15:
Please let it be a Total War killer, PLEASE!

Huh? Telltale makes adventure games...
 
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News Comments > The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep Released
8. Re: The Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep Released Nov 21, 2013, 23:47 Flatline
 
One of the things I'll never forgive Jackson for was the whole phrase "free peoples of middle earth".

For some reason the phrase just sounds *terrible* to me
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall (Berlin) in January
10. Re: Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall (Berlin) in January Nov 19, 2013, 15:08 Flatline
 
PsychoMoggieBagpuss wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 13:28:
woooooooooh, new campaign.


Berlin though (don't mention the war!)

Germany has a huge Shadowrun fanbase. Berlin has also always been a hotspot in the setting, so it really was a no-brainer. During the kickstarter we got to vote on which city we wanted to introduce and Berlin stomped the competition.
 
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News Comments > X Rebirth Apology & Patch Plans
37. Re: X Rebirth Apology & Patch Plans Nov 18, 2013, 16:44 Flatline
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 18, 2013, 16:26:
Okay, so I installed X3: Terran Conflict and am actually enjoying it. I'm only a couple of hours in (took the merchant approach), and it's fun.

I enjoyed the hell out of it too. I need to get back to my game some day.
 
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