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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today
1. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 12:50 Stormsinger
 
If they ever get around to releasing a version with a carefully selected set of players, such that the community is less...assholish, then maybe I'll give it another try. Til then, I'd rather swim in raw sewage...it'd be more pleasant.  
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News Comments > Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney
21. Re: Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney Aug 16, 2012, 18:00 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 15:27:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 15:20:
Beamer wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 15:00:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 14:13:
Fion wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 13:34:
AI will continue to suck if the console remains the dominant platform. With such strict resource management console games require very little of the hardware is every dedicated to AI. Not when console gamers continue to scream for better graphics that these aging consoles are increasingly unable to put out.

If a game company is going to come along and write an amazing AI for their game, it'll be a PC game. Perhaps someone should write an AI API. There are already API's for just about everything else after all.

Good post, what I was going to say.

I think you guys are confusing combat AI and non-combat AI.

Consoles can handle non-combat AI just fine, because it isn't intensive. Virtually everything he's talking about is scripted. Character development? Conversations? You can do that with a Nintendo just fine.
Scripts are NOT AI. Scripts are preplanned responses, nothing more. You can -fake- AI with scripts, but it just ain't the real thing.

Scripting is a form of AI.
And, if you read the article, it's what he's talking about. He mentions conversations and characters. By default you need to script conversations and characters. Yes, you can make it somewhat dynamic, but even then it's based off of a script.

In essence, though, he's talking about making believable people, not enemies that react a certain way.


Again, I wish people would read the article (but even then Blue summed it up adequately) rather than see "AI" and think "oh man, he means making us fight smarter guys!" He doesn't. He means making the NPCs we interact with seem like people or characters rather than tools.
Scripting is AI in the same sense that kids coloring books are art.

It doesn't matter whether you're talking about combat AI or non-combat AI...scripts utterly suck at either, unless your game engine is completely simplistic and does not allow for anything outside of a handful of actions by the players (which is another whole level of suck).

Believable people cannot be done adequately via scripting, since they'll never have any useful/reasonable/believable response to any event that wasn't expected. A real person has a reaction to a murder that happens in front of them...a scripted NPC often does not. A real person has a reaction when someone gets sick in front of them...I've never seen a scripted NPC do so.

You -cannot- plan and script for every possible event...not as long as those scripts are written by humans. But it is quite possible to build general AIs that can adjust their actions to support whatever goals and desires have been defined for the NPC. Oddly, these even work when systems change, or in games where emergent behaviors are possible.
 
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News Comments > Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney
18. Re: Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney Aug 16, 2012, 15:20 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 15:00:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 14:13:
Fion wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 13:34:
AI will continue to suck if the console remains the dominant platform. With such strict resource management console games require very little of the hardware is every dedicated to AI. Not when console gamers continue to scream for better graphics that these aging consoles are increasingly unable to put out.

If a game company is going to come along and write an amazing AI for their game, it'll be a PC game. Perhaps someone should write an AI API. There are already API's for just about everything else after all.

Good post, what I was going to say.

I think you guys are confusing combat AI and non-combat AI.

Consoles can handle non-combat AI just fine, because it isn't intensive. Virtually everything he's talking about is scripted. Character development? Conversations? You can do that with a Nintendo just fine.
Scripts are NOT AI. Scripts are preplanned responses, nothing more. You can -fake- AI with scripts, but it just ain't the real thing.
 
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News Comments > Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney
17. Re: Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney Aug 16, 2012, 15:18 Stormsinger
 
born2expire wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 14:01:
Yay! lets work for Disney where you barely own the paycheque you earn, Disney keeps ALL their IP's in house and if they can't own 100% of it they don't want it.
Unless, of course, they just steal it instead...Lion King, Mickey Mouse, most of their biggest properties over the decades were flat-out stolen.

They -should- be talking about the possibility of redemption, but I'm pretty sure that's not really what Spector means.
 
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Legends of Pegasus
3. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - Legends of Pegasus Aug 10, 2012, 14:34 Stormsinger
 
For $40, I think I'll wait a few months for either a demo, or a better price.  
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News Comments > Rhode Island & Mellon Bank Taking Possession of 38 Studios
6. Re: Rhode Island & Mellon Bank Taking Possession of 38 Studios Aug 10, 2012, 14:32 Stormsinger
 
-Someone- is living in a fantasy world, but I'm not exactly sure which someone that might be. IP from an unreleased game is worth just about as much as I left in the toilet this morning...  
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News Comments > Prevent Gaming Interruptions
46. Re: Prevent Gaming Interruptions Aug 9, 2012, 23:52 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 11:45:
space captain wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 11:43:
are you talking about little ceasars? because that shit is nasty

Cardboard and cheese man, Little Caesars is the worst.
Cardboard and cheese-like stuff man, Little Caesars is the worst.

Fixed that for you...
 
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo
16. Re: Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo Jul 27, 2012, 19:35 Stormsinger
 
I don't know why I always forget to try restarting Steam when I hit a problem. Probably because the problems are so few and far between... But it definitely worked this time.  
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo
10. Re: Orcs Must Die! 2 Demo Jul 26, 2012, 19:24 Stormsinger
 
It may -offer- a demo, but I, at least, can't get it to actually download. I get an error saying something about "no subscription".  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 28, 2012, 23:53 Stormsinger
 
The only people I wish "had the stones" to stick it to Ticketmaster work for the DoJ, and the FTC. False advertising and anti-competitive practices apparently stopped being actionable a few decades back.  
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
97. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 24, 2012, 12:55 Stormsinger
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 12:45:
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 12:12:
Dades wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 10:47:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 02:09:
I'm simply asking what you're basing your beliefs on this subject on. I don't think that's too much to ask, do you?

He retreats from details at every opportunity and speaks in vague, second hand talking points. I'm starting to doubt he even has beliefs of his choosing. This is the danger of politics really, people so intensely fervent yet they can't even explain how they arrived at that basis. It's yours, own it!

Prez wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 08:19:
The reason I don't get bent out of shape about it is two-fold. First, given that these people are essentially the product of a failed "nanny state" initiative, it is not their fault - it's the fault of the government and society at large that created the dependency in the first place. Secondly, census data shows that at any given time, there are about 1 to 2 million welfare recipients in America. While that's probably too many, given that it's less than 1 percent of the country's population and a great many of that number are certainly not abusing the system, the number almost ends up being too small to worry about.

Precisely. If only people got that worked up over banking deregulation or our burgeoning military spending. I lean pretty far toward the right but we have many people with their political priorities all out of whack. Political tit for tat is the name of the game. People no longer seem to actually understand the things they rail against. It's not about oh I hate the idea of healthcare because insert reason here, its about hating healthcare because the other party likes it. People aren't even in the drivers seat anymore, they form their beliefs based on the oppositions actions, its disgusting.

How is pointing you to google's many cases vague? Listen, you folks can enjoy your nanny state initiatives, and let me know when Barry sends you a mortgage check. I'm over it at this point.
I already told you why. Because those cases don't tell us the extent of the issue or how it affects the budget and economy. I can point to cases of all sorts of crime, but without knowing the statistics behind it, we don't know how bad the problem is. You seem to be going off your gut rather than facts. I certainly don't like the idea of people getting a free ride on my tax dollars either, but I'm looking for the facts about the extent of the problem, not a bunch of ranting, assumptions, and Google anecdotes which seems to be all you're willing to provide.

Unless you'd like to provide us with some evidence that supports your belief that this is such a huge issue, I don't see any reason to continue this. At this point, I don't think you're being even remotely rational.

There never has been any real evidence of the Cadillac-driving welfare queens, you know. And that's all this rant has been, a regurgitation of old, worn-out propaganda. No evidence whatsoever, just complaints about the "other" stealing from him. Straight from Faux News and Limbaugh, style and all.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
80. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 18:11 Stormsinger
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:35:
descender wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:31:
Capitalism is the way to live prosperous? Greece went bankrupt because of capitalism. Spain went bankrupt because of capitalism. The entire Euro Zone is going to collapse because of capitalism.

Capitalism creates divide, nothing more. Haves and have nots. That's a better life?

Not everyone using the public systems available to them are "leeching. Yes, leechers should be dealt with. Most people use those systems to vault back into the mediocrity of the lower middle class.

Go capitalism.!

Greece wasn't/isn't capitalistic.

I didn't call everyone a leech, but to pretend there isn't many out there abusing the system is flat out laughable.

Right, better a million people starve, than one leech get something for nothing.

"Conservative" is so often just code for sociopath...and your arguments here make it clear which side you're on.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
70. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 12:15 Stormsinger
 
cappy wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 02:37:
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 23:07:
fact of the matter is, he did surround himself with socialist loving douches. He tends to lean quite a bit towards socialistic policy. You don't need to watch Limbaugh to do some thinking on that.

Let me know when anything Obama does reaches anything like the level of what LBJ and FDR did. I won't hold my breath.

Instead, what he's pursued has been pretty middle-of-the-road. Healthcare reform has been bandied around at least since Nixon's time - and by both Parties. And again, Obama's healthcare bill owes a lot of its genesis to the heavy lifting done by GOP and conservatives. It was not a particularly original idea.

Objectively, I don't see much different from him versus Dubya or even Reagan on the domestic side. I tend to see Clinton and H.W. Bush as being somewhat similar. His policies are not revolutionary, and they're hardly even evolutionary. They're certainly not even close to being on the scale of LBJ or FDR.

Personally, I wouldn't call Obama middle of the road. He's pretty hard right. He only looks centrist by comparison to the GOTP radicals.

Change his skin color to pink, his name to Emerson Winchester, leave his policies and actions exactly as they have been, and drop him 15 years back in the past. And the Republicans would be falling all over this guy as their hero, the new incarnation of Saint Reagan.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Jun 23, 2012, 01:21 Stormsinger
 
Eve, a game of the sociopaths, for the sociopaths, and by the sociopaths.

It's a bit sad really, large parts of the game are actually fun. But I have no interest in being required to play the part of a target for someone else's greed. And you have no real choice in Eve...you're either sociopath, or target.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
26. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 22, 2012, 17:30 Stormsinger
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 14:21:
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 14:15:
Luke wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 13:19:
talk to kotaku but not the d3 forum ok ok

So many of your posts are like fun little riddles. I'm thinking "what is he trying to convey here" with your short little sentences with words that don't quite fit together.

Seems pretty obvious. He's annoyed that they will talk to Kotaku, but not answer these questions in the D3 forums where actual D3 players are asking them.
Hell, -I- am an actual D3 player, but I wouldn't read or post on the Blizzard boards...that place is too toxic for me.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
7. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 22, 2012, 13:17 Stormsinger
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 12:30:
I don't know exactly how it all works, but I think there's a difference between authorizing a purchase and fully processing it. Basically they don't want anyone to be able to buy the game with their card, do whatever they want for a couple days, and then Blizzard finds out that they have disputed the charge on their card or something and they don't get paid.

Authorizing doesn't prevent disputes...nor does waiting for an actual payment. Authorizing simply verifies that the card is valid and not overlimit, and reserves the amount of purchase within the credit limit.

In other words, an authorization is as good as a purchase, for anything except withdrawing the cash out of the bank.

This explanation doesn't hold water...the more likely reason is that batch processing is cheaper than real-time processing of charges, so Blizzard only submits charges to the payment processor once a day (and maybe even less on weekends).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Deadbolt locks Jun 1, 2012, 20:56 Stormsinger
 
Yeah, I'm going to take my security advice from a guy who thinks someone is replacing his coffee and toothpaste to make him insane. Totally invalidates the rest of his article, as I don't accept guidance from psychotics.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
17. Re: Morning Mobilization May 4, 2012, 19:07 Stormsinger
 
The sweatshop labor costs certainly don't hurt the profit margins either.
Creston wrote on May 4, 2012, 11:09:
With 8.8% of market share, Apple has 73% of cell phone profits.

Conclusion: Apple products are hideously overpriced, yet hipsters continue to buy them like it's the last bottle of water in a desert.

Creston
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2012, 15:41 Stormsinger
 
Ratty wrote on Mar 28, 2012, 15:09:
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.

Not a big deal at all, it's just more "climategate" crap getting blown up out of proportion by the carbon industry's sockpuppets. For exactly the reasons you state...the medieval warming was far smaller, and during a solar maximum. IOW, this "new" study really changes nothing.

I think Rossafur put it best in his point #1.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Game Next Year
11. Re: Star Trek Game Next Year Feb 11, 2012, 15:51 Stormsinger
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 11, 2012, 14:39:
Snabel wrote on Feb 11, 2012, 14:30:
Me and everyone else respectfully disagrees with you. I loved the movie and the direction it's going in :)

If by "everyone else" you mean you and a few other faux Trek fans then you're correct. I enjoyed it as a good sci-fi space romp - and Karl Urban as Bones was perfect for the role - but I don't see it as real Star Trek. It's JJ's alternate-universe-dumbed-down-for-the-masses-over-the-top-action standard schlock. Mr. Roddenberry wouldn't have been too pleased with it. Star Trek, first and foremost, is about peaceful exploration, science, diplomacy, and all that other good stuff the masses find boring. The action aspect of it was the minor part of it and should always be that way. This is where STO fell down, and it's where this game is going to fall down - but it'll do well with those masses no doubt. No, this game and what JJ are doing is Derp Trek.

I'm not sure how it would be possible to dumb-down James "Screw-the-Prime-Directive-I-Want-the-Girl" Kirk. Maybe you mean dumb-in-another-way?
 
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