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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
28. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 23, 2014, 16:38 Stormsinger
 
Tim1_2 wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 07:52:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 21:57:
It just blows my mind that what used to be an expense for a developer (beta testing to ensure a working product) is now a major revenue stream. Paying $75, not to mention $150, to do their work for them is a mindset I simply cannot fathom.

Most people that buy into the early access thing (alphas and betas) don't really participate actively in testing. They just play the game.

Hopefully developers don't lose their incentive to actually "finish" games after making a pile of money on early access.... DayZ's been a top-seller on Steam since December and is still in the alpha phase. They could literally just stop development on it now and walk away having made a pile of money. Here's hoping that doesn't happen, and doesn't become a trend.

Agreed, I hope it doesn't become more common...however, history suggests that it will, and that exploitable conditions -will- be exploited.

But even more than that, paying 3-5 times the retail price for an unfinished game is just...odd, to say the least. My own experience with early releases have left me -very- skeptical of them...I've only had one that I found playable and fun. Even there, I suspect I've settled for less fun than I'd have had by waiting for a finished and polished game.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
24. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 22, 2014, 21:57 Stormsinger
 
It just blows my mind that what used to be an expense for a developer (beta testing to ensure a working product) is now a major revenue stream. Paying $75, not to mention $150, to do their work for them is a mindset I simply cannot fathom.  
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News Comments > Habitat Early Access
4. Re: Habitat Early Access Jul 8, 2014, 20:46 Stormsinger
 
This is an early access offer I'll pass. I'm hopeful that the final version will be half as interesting as the concept itself, and seeing it partially done would only ruin that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 20:56 Stormsinger
 
Oh, -that- Smart. Pffft!

I thought this might have been something interesting.
 
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. Jun 10, 2014, 00:24 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 22:44:
Cutter wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 18:51:
Yeah, 1 hit is the very definition of lucky. Guys like Meir, Molyneux, Carmack, CliffyB, Spector, et al. have been knocking out pretty major hits for over 20 years.

Highly debatable. No one said hes an industry authority, he gets to have an opinion like anyone else. If an armchair internet guy like you gets to have one then I think the guy who made millions making a Java voxel game gets to have his opinion too.

No shit...I'd say the one-hit-wonder has infinitely more cred than a no-hit-wonder.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
52. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 20:12 Stormsinger
 
Quboid wrote on May 7, 2014, 10:23:
Who on Earth will preorder or otherwise crowd-fund Towns 2? Oh who am I kidding, loads of people will.

The same people that still click on spam...there's a lot of truly stupid people out there, as P.T. Barnum observed.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
17. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 4, 2014, 11:04 Stormsinger
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2014, 00:46:
What they didn't mention was that if your phone was lost or replaced, you'd have to jump through hoops to get it turned off.

Exactly why I stick with a physical authenticator.

Those have the same issues, if hopefully less often. The best you can say for them is that they don't suffer from planned obsolescence, like phones do.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
15. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 3, 2014, 22:48 Stormsinger
 
MattyC wrote on May 3, 2014, 22:17:
None of that makes any sense. If you don't care about the previous Battle.net account, why not just create a new one?

An authenticator was never required. If you didn't care about the security of your account why did you even add one?

I don't care about any of the games on that account, but in order to create a new one, I'd have to create a throwaway email, because I can't use my real one...it's already been used. Again, the inconvenience is totally on my end.

I put the authenticator on the account because they offered some minor benefit in whatever game I was playing at the time, a pet in WOW, or some such...and because it saved -them- money...not because it makes sense for me; none of my characters had anything valuable, and I don't use weak passwords or share my accounts. I've spent too long in the game industry to be careless with security on any account I care about.

What they didn't mention was that if your phone was lost or replaced, you'd have to jump through hoops to get it turned off.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
13. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 3, 2014, 22:02 Stormsinger
 
MattyC wrote on May 3, 2014, 01:58:
Stormsinger wrote on May 3, 2014, 00:48:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:24:
Stormsinger wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:04:
Well, since I can no longer access my battle.net account unless I send them a copy of my driver's license, I won't be dealing with Blizzard again.

I guess I should have said "screw 'em", I don't care how much they spend on customer support for stolen accounts.

Really? That's your big problem in dealing with Blizzard is them taking account security something on the serious side? Geeze, imagine if it was something actually important.

What, you think faxing them a copy of a driver's license means shit? Anyone over the age of 13 can grab a fake image of one of those, under whatever name and picture they like. That's not security, that's just theater...all at the cost of the customer.

So in your world it is both a trivial task that a 13 year old with no income can handle and a grueling endeavor that no adult can afford?

Nowhere did I say it was grueling. I'm just pissed that I'm being inconvenienced for -their- benefit, not my own. I haven't logged into battle.net in years...the phone with the authenticator is long gone, and in order to turn off the authenticator (installed at -their- request, in order to reduce -their- customer service costs) on an account with nothing I care about, I have to send them a document they can't even identify real from fake.

THAT is what pisses me off.
 
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
8. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 3, 2014, 00:48 Stormsinger
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:24:
Stormsinger wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:04:
Well, since I can no longer access my battle.net account unless I send them a copy of my driver's license, I won't be dealing with Blizzard again.

I guess I should have said "screw 'em", I don't care how much they spend on customer support for stolen accounts.

Really? That's your big problem in dealing with Blizzard is them taking account security something on the serious side? Geeze, imagine if it was something actually important.

What, you think faxing them a copy of a driver's license means shit? Anyone over the age of 13 can grab a fake image of one of those, under whatever name and picture they like. That's not security, that's just theater...all at the cost of the customer.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
9. Re: Star Citizen Status Report May 2, 2014, 20:07 Stormsinger
 
I'm more curious about just how many different studios and outsourced groups are involved here? In my experience, anything over 3-4 is a trainwreck waiting to happen.  
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News Comments > Free Blizzard Oldies
2. Re: Free Blizzard Oldies May 2, 2014, 20:04 Stormsinger
 
Well, since I can no longer access my battle.net account unless I send them a copy of my driver's license, I won't be dealing with Blizzard again.

I guess I should have said "screw 'em", I don't care how much they spend on customer support for stolen accounts.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse May 1, 2014, 22:10 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on May 1, 2014, 07:10:
Stormsinger wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 20:20:
Too bad the USPS is not funded by tax dollars. Kind of makes your comment irrelevant.

They receive about a hundred million a year in federal funding, not to mention they have a literal monopoly as a business which is government mandated which in the end costs us all money and services that could be improved. He was wrong but he's not too far off the mark, the USPS sucks and really needs to die off or reinvent itself.
Oh please. Try sending a letter via a private service (and in spite of your claims, there are plenty of them), you'll find it costs a wee bit more than $.50. Then tell me again how awful and obsolete the post office is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 30, 2014, 20:20 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 10:43:
I read the Outbox thing last night, very interesting article. I've had very little but spam in my mailbox for the past five years so I would be all for something like that, shame that our tax dollars are being used to fund the modern equivalent of the milkman.
Too bad the USPS is not funded by tax dollars. Kind of makes your comment irrelevant.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock
27. Re: Frontier Gains Elite Rights; Braben to Sell Frontier Stock Apr 17, 2014, 21:35 Stormsinger
 
Sho wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 20:27:
... From a business perspective you want your projects to be financially sound independent of context, and spread the risk instead of having to spend/gamble your own last penny every time. privatize the profits while making sure any losses accrue to other people's pocketbooks.
Fixed that for you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 4, 2014, 23:28 Stormsinger
 
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 22:39:
Say what ya want, but what they gave the kid for finding it was pretty fucking awesome.
I dunno...sounded a lot like chump change to me.

But heads really need to roll over this one. That's the kind of BS security that gave Microsoft a bad name in the first place.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
7. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 26, 2014, 22:24 Stormsinger
 
They can spin it any way they like, but it'll be a cold day in hell when I consider buying one of these now. I'm not looking for more ways to do business with sociopaths.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 25, 2014, 22:27 Stormsinger
 
We should start a pool on how long until someone has MS-DOS running on a GPU, and how many will fit on the Pascal. [Edit] Or a Titan...  
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News Comments > EverQuest Next Landmark Closed Beta Next Week
20. Re: EverQuest Next Landmark Closed Beta Next Week Mar 23, 2014, 00:36 Stormsinger
 
Primalchrome wrote on Mar 22, 2014, 15:46:
Stormsinger wrote on Mar 22, 2014, 15:32:
People purchased items for an -alpha-? Sheesh...
They bought items, early access, and the ability to template the accomplishments that they have achieved in Alpha...Closed Beta...and Live. All of which are genuinely valuable since you can carry them along as the game transitions toward live.

So yes, you are correct...but your derision is a bit off base.
I wouldn't call it derision...more disbelief. I've been screwed so many times with various early access/beta/preorder purchases that I find it exceedingly difficult to understand why people continue to encourage companies to charge for nowhere-near-finished games.
 
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News Comments > EverQuest Next Landmark Closed Beta Next Week
6. Re: EverQuest Next Landmark Closed Beta Next Week Mar 22, 2014, 15:32 Stormsinger
 
People purchased items for an -alpha-? Sheesh...  
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