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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Mar 22, 2010, 22:00 Stormsinger
 
Thinking about it, you're probably right Sepharo. Not bothering to mention the game just reeks of the attitudes one finds in the various commercial DotA spinoffs. They have the most insular, most unfriendly communities I've ever seen for any game. Bad enough that I wouldn't buy one of those games if it cost $.02.  
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News Comments > Geneforge 4 Sales Figures
1. Re: Geneforge 4 Sales Figures Mar 22, 2010, 21:57 Stormsinger
 
The answer is, we value gameplay over eye candy. Spiderweb Software makes games that just ooze fantastic gameplay. The retro graphics are pretty much irrelevant.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Mar 22, 2010, 17:09 Stormsinger
 
wtf game are they even talking about in this highperching article?  
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News Comments > Cheyenne Bankruptcy Interview
1. Re: Cheyenne Bankruptcy Interview Mar 17, 2010, 23:05 Stormsinger
 
You have to wonder if the confusion over who is in charge there is a more a symptom or a cause of their troubles. What kind of fucknuts don't know who's running the company, and how can such people find investors in the first place?

Alright, that might be harsh, but one of the absolute first tasks when setting up a business -has- to be delineating the lines of power...at least it is if you have any plans to succeed. Are we seeing yet another gaming company that thought it didn't need any business knowledge?
 
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News Comments > Metaverse
3. Re: Metaverse Mar 7, 2010, 15:05 Stormsinger
 
I agree with you on the really intrusive ads...they are the reason why I (and most blockers, I believe) started blocking in the first place. But realistically, that's not something Ars puts up with from their advertisers. They really do work hard to keep a very clean, non-intrusive website.

They're one of the few I have whitelisted, along with BluesNews. And in all honesty, Ars is better about keeping their ads minimal. But BluesNews has ads that I'm more likely to be interested in (better targeting)...so those two show both of the approaches that are likely to get -my- eyes.
 
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News Comments > No PC DeathSpank?
10. Re: No PC DeathSpank? Mar 4, 2010, 16:40 Stormsinger
 
Gotta say, with a name like that, I'm not terribly concerned whether it comes out for the PC or not. If the name was more over-the-top-stupid, like Space Bunnies Must Die, I'd buy it just for that. But I just don't do run-of-the-mill-stupid.  
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News Comments > Darkfall Trial
3. Re: Darkfall Trial Feb 24, 2010, 22:26 Stormsinger
 
Probably as an attempt limit the damage free pests/griefers can do. It's better than nothing, but won't make any real difference.  
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News Comments > Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Chapter 11
5. Re: Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Chapter 11 Feb 21, 2010, 20:57 Stormsinger
 
I was thinking the same thing, Wildone.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Colony Defense
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - Colony Defense Feb 21, 2010, 20:40 Stormsinger
 
Didn't see a demo when I looked...guess I'll have to go look again.

And right there it was. I think I'm getting blind in my old age.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2010, 12:14 Stormsinger
 
Yeah, that poor attempted-mass-murderer (he may have only killed one, but he sure tried for bunches)...he had it so bad, little more than a nice home and a private plane. What a horrible life.

I'm still curious just -what- he expected to happen when he set out to twist or manipulate (which sounds a bit like defraud) the tax system... Did he really expect a powerful bureaucracy to just roll over and play dead for him? Sounded like he brought most of his troubles on himself.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Needs a "Meaningful" Death Penalty
16. Re: Star Trek Online Needs a Feb 18, 2010, 12:30 Stormsinger
 
Surf wrote on Feb 18, 2010, 11:27:
I have no interest in this game, but I will tell you when I worked on and played on Ultima Online, that was the ONLY MMORPG that had consequences to your death(s).
Um...no, no it wasn't. Simutronics games had 2000+ simultaneous players in a single world, which should qualify them as MMORPGs by any reasonable definition. They also had consequences to dying, up to and including permanent loss of the character. All this -years- before coding on UO was even started and more years after it opened.

 
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News Comments > GPG on the Cost of Independence
3. Re: GPG on the Cost of Independence Feb 18, 2010, 12:22 Stormsinger
 
As another old fart, I think you're generalizing from too few cases. I've gone the other direction, moving from primarily valuing the material towards valuing art and people more. Ayn Rand mainly appeals to people too young to have realized that it just doesn't work like that.

I believe the extreme emphasis on greed to be [probably] the largest part of the reason our world is such a frikkin mess. "Greed is good" was supposed to be a self-justification by the bad guy...yet somehow it has been morphed into a "truth". When did we decide to let the psychopaths run the world?
 
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News Comments > EA Server Shutdowns
7. Re: EA Server Shutdowns Feb 17, 2010, 00:23 Stormsinger
 
The manpower for keeping a server running is pretty damned close to zero. When I left Simutronics, we were still running a server for the original Cyberstrike game, which had maybe a dozen players by that time (total, not simultaneous). Basically, running it meant starting the shell script after a power failure. Same was true for all but our newest games...there really isn't any cost to continue running one, outside of replacing hardware that dies (a rare and cheap event).

If their servers take much more than that to run, especially on games several years old that see no updates, then their programmers and admins are completely incompetent.

NKD wrote on Feb 16, 2010, 22:57:
Meh. They can't be obligated to support these games for eternity, and if the 0.3% figure is accurate, I can't see any argument for wasting manpower on them.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Feb 13, 2010, 13:49 Stormsinger
 
It -absolutely- is an unfair advantage, just like broadband was in your example. Either case is like playing a game of Monopoly where anyone who makes $100K/year gets double the normal starting cash.

That said, some people may not mind (like you), but in any competitive game, the playing field should be level, or at least any advantages should be clear and agreed upon from the start.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2010, 13:27 Stormsinger
 
"Reboot" and 3D...if that ain't the kiss of death, I don't know what is. Either one alone is a really bad sign, but both at once?  
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News Comments > On the BioShock 2 Decoy Plasmid
5. Re: On the BioShock 2 Decoy Plasmid Feb 8, 2010, 17:14 Stormsinger
 
Then they'd just bitch about the crappy graphics.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Feb 4, 2010, 21:47 Stormsinger
 
Hmm...so not only is it formulaic tripe, but it's not even -his- formulaic tripe! There's way too many similarities for this to be coincidence.

That's just pathetic.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Beta Drivers
8. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Jan 30, 2010, 03:49 Stormsinger
 
Yakumo wrote on Jan 28, 2010, 06:43:
Stormsinger - having never seen or heard of that before it makes me wonder what your system is running. Sounds like old drivers need clearing properly, or you've got a codec mess or some other software fault.

I've heard any number of people who've had issues with specific drivers and had to roll back to older ones. The 6921 drivers were originally especially popular for players of one or two specific games (Bioshock, maybe?), as many of them had problems with newer versions, even WHQL-certified ones.

My old drivers have been cleared completely more than once...it makes no difference. It -could- be a codec issue, I guess, but there's no way it's worth wiping all the codecs out and finding them again, just to see if that's the cause. The whole thing really does raise the questions "who fucked up so badly that it locks the app up, but gives not a single indication what the cause was?" And "why does -this- driver not have that issue?"

In all honesty, it really doesn't matter. I don't seem to need any of the features of the newer drivers, and probably won't until I buy a newer card. At this point, there's still no real indication that I'll need to do so anytime soon. The way things are going, I'm far more likely to buy a whole new box first.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Beta Drivers
7. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Jan 30, 2010, 03:40 Stormsinger
 
Diabolus in Musica wrote on Jan 28, 2010, 01:07:
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 28, 2010, 00:48:
I just keep rolling back to the 6921 version from late 2007. Those have yet to give me any grief.

Lol. Do those drivers even SUPPORT a 295?

Probably not...I kind of stopped keeping track of the new cards a year or so back, when I became unexpectedly unemployed. Still running an 8800 GT, and not having too many problems with performance yet.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Beta Drivers
2. Re: NVIDIA Beta Drivers Jan 28, 2010, 00:48 Stormsinger
 
I dunno...the last three times I tried to upgrade my drivers (usually due to corrupted files or some such), things just stopped working. "Things" includes Media Player: even though every single upgrade attempt was to a WHQL-certified version, in each case, Media Player simply stopped responding when loading a DVD.

I just keep rolling back to the 6921 version from late 2007. Those have yet to give me any grief.
 
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