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Real Name Russ Whiteman   
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Minecraft Grosses ~$33M
28. Re: Minecraft Grosses ~$33M Apr 6, 2011, 19:15 Stormsinger
Steele Johnson wrote on Apr 6, 2011, 16:45:
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 6, 2011, 15:23:

Indies proving the PC market may not make you filthy billionaire, but they can make you just a millionaire.

Good news both for indies and the PC market since it proves it is very, very viable for an indie.
There are hundreds and hundreds of indie games out there on Steam that don't seem to amount to anything. Minecraft is and always will be a fluke. Everyday I boot up Steam, I see the advertisement for some unknown indie game that's been released, close it, and never hear of it again.

I'm not saying there isn't a market, but there are tons of indie games out there that amount to nothing. Just my 2 cents.

Dude, most new companies, projects, products, fail. Somewhere around 97% of them. When something succeeds, it should not be considered a fluke. A fluke means it was pure luck. What separates luck from success is hard work. Don't ever forget that.

OTOH, you can work your ass off for your whole life, and if you don't have some luck, you'll still die poor. Don't ever forget that luck is a -huge- factor in life...
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Mission Creator
7. Re: Star Trek Online Mission Creator Apr 2, 2011, 11:06 Stormsinger
Remember a few years back, when user-created content was the Holy Grail of MMO gaming?

Then after everyone was promising the moon for a couple of years, they figured out that it was damned hard to do without destroying the game (or getting the company sued into oblivion), and the whole discussion just evaporated... Only a handful of games ever got -any- such tools, and of those, most suck.

I think the only one that actually impressed me was CoX. But I was late coming to that party and didn't see the early versions, just the final well-polished results.

I wonder if it's worth $15 to take a look at this one...
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News Comments > Avalanche on Piracy, DRM, and Ports
38. Re: Avalanche on Piracy, DRM, and Ports Mar 27, 2011, 12:23 Stormsinger
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 15:58:
Distain? You mean disdain.

Anyway, DRM is useless. It doesn't stop theft. Anymore than anti-theft devices on cars do. If someone really wants to steal something they're going to do it regardless.

I was just coming here to make the same point, from the other side (if your post was sarcasm, then I guess it was the same side).

DRM, precisely like locks, was never intended nor expected to prevent all theft. If locks prevent some noticeable percentage of theft (and I doubt you'll find many who believe otherwise), or if DRM prevents some noticeable percentage of piracy, then they certainly have served a legitimate purpose.

The hypocrisy on this subject from the pro-piracy crowd is mind-boggling. I think we need a new rule...if you want DRM done away with on software you did not write, first you need to remove all your locks from things you did not build.

So when are we going to start a campaign to get rid of locks on cars and houses?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Phantom Menace in 3D Mar 4, 2011, 18:34 Stormsinger
Since when is a sequel (or prequel) to a movie a remake?

I'll grant you that most sequels suck, but let's try to keep a certain amount of accuracy in our QQ'ing.
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News Comments > Interstellar Marines Stock Offer
4. Re: Interstellar Marines Stock Offer Feb 27, 2011, 00:29 Stormsinger
Cutter wrote on Feb 26, 2011, 17:17:
Why not just ask people to buy company stock?

Likely because you couldn't get anything like that kind of price for stock in a company that doesn't actually have a product yet. I had options with my last company (who had actual games out, and a real revenue stream) and they weren't valued anywhere near $5 a share.

Offering it as an "extra goodie" to the fanbois is probably going to get more interest anyway.
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News Comments > League of Legends Adds Co-op
3. Re: League of Legends Adds Co-op Jan 21, 2011, 14:26 Stormsinger
"millions of players are battling fierce PvP matches each day." Riiiiight...

The idea that one game in the most newbie-unfriendly genre I've ever seen can compete with WoW on player counts is sooo believable. What's the title of that book..."Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell" or some such?
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News Comments > Salem, A F2P Permadeath MMORPG Announced
25. Re: Salem, A F2P Permadeath MMORPG Announced Jan 21, 2011, 01:14 Stormsinger
Jerykk wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 00:30:
Interested in seeing how this turns out. This might actually qualify for the "RPG" part of "MMORPG" with its long-term consequences and ability to change the world for everyone. People are understandably concerned about griefers but like the dev said, I believe the game will be moderated by those who play it.

Yeah, that was the claim for UO too. And that worked out -so- well...for the griefers. Not quite so well for the floods of customers leaving due to the frustration of being forced to be unwilling targets for trash-talking exploiters.

Leaving the policing of griefers up to the player community can work, but the only places I've seen it work are small communities. Once you pass about the 250 player mark, it all falls apart.
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News Comments > Salem, A F2P Permadeath MMORPG Announced
24. Re: Metal Gear Solid: Rising on PC Jan 21, 2011, 01:04 Stormsinger
Jurio wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 14:28:
this guy is trippin

I don't know about tripping, but I have serious suspicions that we're looking at a poorly disguised zombie.

The apocalypse is here, my friends! Grab your shotguns and bar the doors!
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News Comments > Call of Duty Shenanigan Allegations
16. Re: Call of Duty Shenanigan Allegations Jan 21, 2011, 00:58 Stormsinger
Cutter wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 19:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 18:12:
Also, it's game development. Some people have the "crush the world" mentality. Some have a "we're all in this together" mentality.

It's not uncommon for people to be friendly and do each other favors at other companies. Again, that's something good in lower levels. But probably something you should never, ever document.

Not to mention collusion is illegal. They can really get smacked on the pee-pee with this one, and I hope they do.

SOME types of collusion are illegal...basically when those colluding have a monopoly level of influence on the market. I wouldn't want to bet -my- money that scheduling a release date to avoid competing with a major game release would garner any legal grief.

Frankly, the idea that you don't want your add-on competing with the most anticipated game of the year is just common sense, whether anyone calls you about it or not. OTOH, documenting it in email is so fucking stupid you don't deserve to be in business...sarcasm or not. Precisely because it brings up questions that have no actual relevance and gives them serious weight. Morons.
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News Comments > Alganon PvP Progress
5. Re: Alganon PvP Progress Jan 18, 2011, 19:15 Stormsinger
Sepharo wrote on Jan 18, 2011, 18:41:
To be perfectly honest, given my industry exposure, tenure, and history of dealing with online anti-social misfits like myself, stuff like this doesnít bother me at all; because for me itís just another day at the farm and on the job.

If only he'd had the decency and integrity to include your addition...maybe I'd have a shred of respect for the twit. But then again, I suppose that if he had that much decency and integrity, he'd probably not have spent so many hours flaming people whose opinions differed from his own solely -because- they differed from his.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2011, 14:05 Stormsinger
The Medline Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is probably the most amazing (and hilarious) thing I've ever seen on Amazon.

When did they get into the comedy business?
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News Comments > World Supremacy and Demo Released
4. Re: World Supremacy and Demo Released Nov 22, 2010, 19:25 Stormsinger
In what bizzaro universe was Supremacy a lite-on-rules, beer-and-pretzels game?  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
21. Re: Quote of the Day Nov 5, 2010, 19:09 Stormsinger
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2010, 17:08:
Note that the guy is not saying that microtransaction is the preferred way for the customer to play something (though it actually does seem to be), he's saying that that leads to more profit for the dev/publisher.

Good point. And if you've ever played a Bigpoint game, you know their actual philosophy on how to make a profit seems to be largely on the side of "low production costs". They make the same game (badly) and reskin it multiple times...

I really don't see how that qualifies them to make meaningful judgements on Bioware's approach.
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Star Ruler and Demo
3. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - Star Ruler and Demo Sep 24, 2010, 19:04 Stormsinger
Bubicus wrote on Sep 24, 2010, 17:15:
Darn, I saw the headline and mistakenly thought that "Spaceward Ho!" was being remade.

That's definitely one I'd like to see GoG offer...
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News Comments > FreeJack Beta Signups
1. Re: FreeJack Beta Signups Aug 28, 2010, 01:14 Stormsinger
I'm still trying to figure out the name. What the hell does Parkour have to do with Mick Jagger and time travel?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Jul 30, 2010, 19:11 Stormsinger
space captain wrote on Jul 30, 2010, 14:22:
ever heard the expression "any publicity is good publicity"? piracy may do this for some indie games.. its not a justification just an observation

Of course I've heard it. I didn't believe it -then-, either.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 26, 2010, 00:03 Stormsinger
Yeah, cause if someone does something other than your way, they're obviously sick.

I can think of several cases where having many tabs open is a great help. Comparing features on mid-range video cards...looking up apartments to for a new car. Basically anything where you want to compare multiple options can easily lead to multiple tens of windows open.

And then there's the approach I find myself taking occasionally, I'll see an interesting link while running down a website or forum, so I open it in a background tab and leave it while I finish the article I'm reading. On some sites, I can easily wind up with a couple dozen linked articles to peruse. Bookmarks would work, but then you have to clean them up when you're done. I like the options tab candy seems to be offering.

But shoot me, apparently I'm sick.
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News Comments > Battlestar Galactica Online Details, Screenshots
13. Re: Battlestar Galactica Online Details, Screenshots Jul 23, 2010, 19:38 Stormsinger
My experience with Bigpoint doesn't give me a lot of hope for this game. I was playing one of their other games, and about the third time I attempted to log in, I got rejected with a bad password (which had worked before and been saved). When I got to tech support, their only suggestion was to flush -all- of my cookies...and they were unable or unwilling to identify just where the cookies they had set were found.

I allow cookies for specific reasons, and I'll be damned if I'm going to wipe out every other site's cookies just because the programmers at this one can't be bothered to document theirs. When I pointed that out, I was accused of being belligerent. So I think I'll pass until I see some evidence of intelligence and customer-oriented service from this company.
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News Comments > Schafer versus Kotick, Round 2
10. Re: Schafer versus Kotick, Round 2 Jul 14, 2010, 23:18 Stormsinger
Apparently Kotick doesn't understand that you can't participate in an e-peen contest by proxy. Especially not by female proxy.

What a noob!
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News Comments > BioWare Working on "Small Scale" MMOGs
23. Re: BioWare Working on Jul 14, 2010, 20:45 Stormsinger
Boys, I think we have a spy in our midst. What the hell is this "other hobbies" stuff?

Blasphemer! Infidel! Someone get a rope!

Kajetan wrote on Jul 14, 2010, 11:29:
Maybe, maybe not. Only thing i know, that i dont care anymore what gaming companies want. If they make games i like, ok. If not, i have other hobbies to spend time with
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