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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal
4. Re: Rhode Island Sues Schilling and Others over 38 Studios Deal Nov 1, 2012, 21:38 Flatline
 
It's not a matter of "needing" money, it's a matter of "If we don't get this money we go away" desperation. Which means that if the EDC is legit in this case, 38 studios said "We're doing fine, but with this money we could expand, bring on more people, and make more/bigger games".

But it sounds like it's possible that 38 studios was sending graft back to the EDC. Which again would answer your question.

"Hey, I need money. Say 70 million. Give us a loan for 75 and 5 of it will get 'reinvested in the community' if you know what I mean."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2012, 18:00 Flatline
 
Golwar wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 07:47:
I don't get why people always must hate someone. Last time pretty much everyone here hated Eurogamer, considering them to have betrayed Rab. This time Lauren is the target.

Sorry, but it is sickening when the reaction of unaffected third persons is so much harsher than of those affected. Rab himself wrote the first time that he wasn't mad with EG and yet people ignored it.

Here he wrote about his impressions in all details: http://botherer.org/2012/10/26/guest-post-robert-florence-on-the-last-few-days/

So do you think that he considers Lauren to be evil? No? So why do YOU?
She was naive, panicked and probably got some ill advise. She was without a doubt dumb, but that's it. Don't pretend that you never were.

I don't think she's evil by any stretch of the imagination. And if she had just done the C&D legal threat and that was the end of it, yeah, I'd have agreed she was stupid.

But she kept. feeding. the fire. to cover up her own actions. How many "coincidences" do you have to see that rely on one another before it starts being a little hard to swallow? She didn't just make one bad decision, she doubled down on the bad decisions like six or seven different times, and as a public figure (which she strove to be), she brought all the hateraid down on herself.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Nov 1, 2012, 17:57 Flatline
 
Draugr wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 00:55:
Flatline wrote on Nov 1, 2012, 00:23:
In a perfect world yes her writing career would be in the toilet. Sadly, she ain't going nowhere because she has TITTIES!

No actually, the reason her writing career won't be in the toilet is because she isn't doing anything out of the norm for a gaming 'journalist.' In fact pointing that out is what started this whole thing in the first place. It just so happens she was selected as one of the many people who could have been used as an example. A far more disappointing reason.

So game journalists traditionally threaten legal action when they're quoted? And then instead of WRITING about the situation like a good journalist would, game journalists engage in a system of cover-ups and editing to mask evidence that might support the original statements that they objected to?

If that's the case, game journalism needs to die. Painfully. And then it's corpse needs to be pissed on, burned, the ashes scattered to the wind, and the tongues cut out of anyone who mentions it ever again. Because that's major bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Nov 1, 2012, 00:23 Flatline
 
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 20:09:
Lauren is a pathetic cretin who should never make a dime off the industry again. Eurogamer shouldn't have caved; I have read repeatedly that her claims would have not held up in UK court. As an aside, her employer only denied that they made any legal threats in their statement; they never denied she did.

Also, bravo to Atkinson for so eloquently stating why the UK law is so mind-numbingly stupid and evil.

In a perfect world yes her writing career would be in the toilet. Sadly, she ain't going nowhere because she has TITTIES!

Seriously, you go look at her blog, and pretty sick how blatant the pandering is... her about me read something like "I love GAMES and boys (teehee!) and glitter and I write occasionally!"

And she'll catch writing contracts because she's the illusive "female gamer" and is willing to ever so gently sexualize herself to claim she can get the nerds drooling after her.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes
17. Re: Borderlands 2 Sells 5M - Halloween SHiFT Codes Oct 31, 2012, 18:59 Flatline
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 31, 2012, 17:22:
I find the key thing to be a waste of time and use a trainer to keep track of them. At LEAST they could do is patch in the ability to cut and paste for the pc.

Which trainer do you use? I'm tired of the key thing too. The last big BL2 thread had mentioned a few but I can't remember them now.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V in Spring
18. Re: Grand Theft Auto V in Spring Oct 30, 2012, 22:11 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 30, 2012, 20:29:
I wish they weren't doing SoCal again. I'd like to have seen take a stab at something like Chicago, or possibly even somewhere in Europe.

I know it's gotten a bunch of attention as of late, but I always thought that Dubai would make an interesting GTA inspiration for a city. I mean, you have incredibly, unbelievably poor people working in the biggest instance of conspicuous consumption in humanity's history, as well as money, religion, and evangelism all kind of colliding at once.
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED Plans/Rumors
1. Re: CD Projekt RED Plans/Rumors Oct 28, 2012, 15:29 Flatline
 
So reading between the lines we probably won't see cyberpunk until late 2014. Merde.  
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News Comments > Natural Selection 2 Adding Map for Next Week's Launch
5. Re: Natural Selection 2 Adding Map for Next Week's Launch Oct 26, 2012, 20:04 Flatline
 
PHJF wrote on Oct 26, 2012, 19:31:
wtf? IT'S ACTUALLY COMING OUT???

That's what I came here to say. The game has only been in development for like 10 years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 26, 2012, 19:33 Flatline
 
BobBob wrote on Oct 26, 2012, 15:48:
Businesses strive to make a money. Amazing, isn't it?

American Capitalism: Innovating new ways to charge more money for less product/service.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
39. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2012, 18:59 Flatline
 
I'm always amused that someone who makes their living talking about things in nuance decides that the solution to a misunderstanding is to hide what's going on and pretend it never happened... instead of talking about it in nuance.  
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News Comments > Firefly HD Games Next Month
7. Re: Firefly HD Games Next Month Oct 26, 2012, 14:42 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Oct 26, 2012, 10:47:
"Firefly game!? Wait, what????

<reads description>

"Oh...fuck..."

<closes tab>


Pretty much done in one.
 
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Event, Triple XP Weekend
1. Re: Max Payne 3 Event, Triple XP Weekend Oct 26, 2012, 14:42 Flatline
 
Hey! Hey! Like us! Oh man come on pay some attention to us! Pweeessse? We got SKULLS! And TRIPLE XP! And other EXTREEEEEEME SHIT!

Just spend some time with us please? We're lonely. All we have left are hackers.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2012, 00:42 Flatline
 
The thing that gets me is that the "journalist" in question that caused the controversy bitches about being quoted off of Twitter, people point out how it's not a stretch to see that she's shilling either for free swag or for her employer, and so she goes and "touches up" her internet presence so that the argument isn't as readily applicable.

And that to me screams "guilty". Maybe she honestly doesn't believe there's a problem or conflict in what she's doing, but in "touching things up" it shows that she acknowledges that there's a real argument to be made, and instead of writing about it and explaining (which any journalist should be eager to do- Page views and readers!) she takes the bitch route and decides to cover things up.

I kind of hope this marks the end of her "game journalism" career. Not to mention her home blog page hits on just about every single "I'm a gamer girl crush on me *giggle!*" stereotype out there. The industry will not miss her, and would be better served by a woman who doesn't pander for readership.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
32. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes Oct 25, 2012, 14:58 Flatline
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 00:00:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 21:19:
Flatline wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 17:29:
Never order off of the Dell website. Call them up or email and get a sales person, describe what you want, and have them custom build a system for you.
Email didn't work for me. Earlier this year I tried both on-line chat and email to get a custom built 8500 desktop. Basically, the only thing I wanted which wasn't available on the website was I wanted a Raid 1 configuration. Both email and on-line chat representatives said they could not accommodate me. So, I bought from HP instead.

Yeah, building your own might be cheaper, but convenience is a much bigger issue for me. I got tired of building my own PCs over a decade ago.

? I saved 600+ on my 1500 dollar rig. Took me less than 4 hours to put it together and install Win7 on a SSD. Unless you make 200+ an hour, you are out of your mind.

Does that 4 hours include the research time to go through, compare parts, scrounge for deals, and put your order together?

I *do* charge 150 an hour for my labor for the right projects. Even at 75 an hour, which is my base rate, I ask my clients "do you really want to pay me 75 an hour to build computers for you?" Because I *will* charge for research, parts comparison, scrounging for deals, and every nanosecond I can justify being billable.

I used to *love* updating a clean Windows XP machine with office & windows patches. If they don't have me do other stuff during that down time, that's 2-3 hours of fucking around on facebook and getting paid well to do it.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
31. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes Oct 25, 2012, 14:51 Flatline
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 17:33:
Why in the world would ANYONE buy a DELL or other big brand name. Get raped on prices and they just use whatever hardware is laying around.

If you can't build your own, but from a local store and still save 20% and they put an additional warranty on it.

Show me a local store that has a warranty that will honor 4-hour, 24/7 parts turnaround on a server.

I had a RAID controller go down on an old server at 10pm on a work night that was still under warranty from Dell. I couldn't even *find* the part to buy locally, let alone get it running by next business day even if I could find the part, but Dell had the card in my hands by 2am and it was up and running an hour later.

When a local store will give me that kind of service, I'll dump dell.

Actually I won't. We have a corporate account with them and it's way easier to do business with them and just tell them specifically what I want than to jump through the hoops that I'd have to with a local company.

And if you think I'm going to build out 100+ desktops on my own, from scratch, I got a bridge I want to sell you.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming
26. Re: RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming Oct 25, 2012, 03:21 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 03:20:
The only way there is of putting iD back on the map now is with Doom4.

Doom4 should be like Doom2 though, awesome huge evil shit levels with tons of baddies and no story to speak of. Just atmosphere.

Sawed off double barrel shotgun is a must though.

I would buy that.

Eh, I don't know if I would. We have that in Serious Sam 3 and it's ilk, and I'm not that thrilled with it. I'd need "something more".
 
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News Comments > RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming
25. Re: RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming Oct 25, 2012, 03:21 Flatline
 
deqer wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 02:46:
Crazy quake-2 engine project: http://team-blur-games.com/overdose/

In fact, this guy has done so much to it, it's like a quake-2-tier-5 engine now.

That's pretty damn impressive. Then again, even Source still has some Quake 1 DNA in it. They were robust engines that had to do an awful lot with comparatively pathetic hardware.

I think more than anything that's what we're seeing with Carmack. He has the hardware that can push just about whatever he wants, the lazy way. In the old days you had to squeeze every droplet of power out of a system. Now most top end PCs don't even tap their full potential.
 
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News Comments > RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming
14. Re: RAGE Mod Tools Still Coming Oct 24, 2012, 23:19 Flatline
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 22:24:
Shut your pie hole carmack. Time for you to fade into the past. We have to listen you yapping about how much you know over and over and over again. YAYAYAYA doom YAYAYAYA shader YAYAYAYAP programming.

FACE IT CARMACK its not 1990 anymore. You have not made a good game since quake. Graphic technology is fine your games SUCK ASS.

Go back to your rockets and stop releasing crap games.

The Q2 engine was awesome for it's time and was used in a metric assload of games. Probably their biggest success in terms of engine licensing.

That being said, this is probably too little, too late. I never understood why they made such a big fucking hoopla over re-releasing Doom 3. I suspect that it started out as a bargain bin project and as it ballooned and sucked more and more cash into it's black hole of a maw, iD/Bethesda said "shit, now we have to market it to try to make some investment back" and started up the hype machine.
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Released; Two More Packs Planned
39. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Released; Two More Packs Planned Oct 24, 2012, 19:37 Flatline
 
Tim Collins wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 12:53:
Creston that is the best damn info EVER....seriously i was in awe reading your strat. I knew they goofed...good call on waiting to do the containment thing.'

JSP thank you also.

I'll elaborate a little more myself. Never build spares of anything if you can help it except for satellites, and then only build what you can launch during that month. Unless a country asks for it, you can't sell anything you build off (one of the big complaints IMHO). Since the only thing you exhaust is alien grenades until you research that in the foundry, you'll only ever need say 2 medkits.

I'll take that to an even further extreme. I'll go to deploy and when I get to the squad selection screen I kit out and then anything I feel I'm missing I'll actually cancel the deployment, rush over to engineering, and buy precisely what I need, since foolishly enough making gear is instantaneous.

The assault soldier's ability to get a reaction attack if an enemy moves within 4 squares is effing GOLD. My two assault specialists have somewhere like 40 kills each, and are alive because of that very ability.

Squadsight for your sniper post-patch is way, WAY better than move & shoot (I've lost maybe a dozen opportunities to kill aliens without move & shoot, but my sniper has like 70+ kills, mostly due to squadsight).

Asia, if you can, is a GREAT place to fill out mid-game if you have the opportunity. Why? 50% cost reduction in the officer school AND 50% cost reduction in the foundry = a LOT of money saved.

Once you can build an Elerium Generator, your power needs are pretty much over.

When you get the ability to make SHIVs, don't bother with the normal shiv- make an alloy shiv. It's way more worth it.
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Released; Two More Packs Planned
38. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown DLC Released; Two More Packs Planned Oct 24, 2012, 19:25 Flatline
 
JSP wrote on Oct 24, 2012, 09:23:
Tactical
1. save often in tactical view and reload to not lose important member of squad

Wuss.
 
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