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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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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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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
4. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Mar 1, 2014, 12:47 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 1, 2014, 12:23:
So if we are all wacko's believing in conspiracies, then explain when the most powerful man in America is telling us straight up that we have to uncover and weed out secret societies because they are evil? Tell me what info you have that is more solid than JFK's.

Personally, the reason I have serious doubts about the conspiracy theories is that all evidence suggests that those who would have to be behind them are too stupid to actually pull it off. The state of things as we see them seem more likely to be the result of pedestrian corruption, greed, incompetence and stupidity than the plans of some cabal of evil geniuses.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Mar 1, 2014, 12:17 Stormsinger
 
No. Why should we believe them -this- time when they've provably lied dozens of times in just the last few months?

Disband them and send those in charge, like Clapper, to jail, or better yet, Guantanamo.
 
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News Comments > Habitat Announced
1. Re: Habitat Announced Feb 26, 2014, 21:37 Stormsinger
 
Kinetic weaponry is new? Every single projectile weapon, and most historical weapons are -all- kinetic weapons. Sheesh...more evidence why marketing drones shouldn't be allowed to write their own hype.  
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News Comments > More Frequent Starbound Content Updates Coming
5. Re: More Frequent Starbound Content Updates Coming Feb 21, 2014, 19:32 Stormsinger
 
I'm still trying to find the "game" in this software. Well, not really...I gave up after a few hours.  
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News Comments > Adam Orth Making a Game - Deal With It
13. Re: Adam Orth Making a Game - Deal With It Feb 10, 2014, 20:30 Stormsinger
 
Mr. Orth, I strongly suggest you seek out a career that doesn't involve contact with customers.  
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News Comments > Monster Madness Online "Pre-Alpha"
1. Re: Monster Madness Online Feb 8, 2014, 14:03 Stormsinger
 
Well, the in-browser version is pretty underwhelming. Click, click, crash...reload...click, crash...reload... After five cycles, I still have no idea what the game is like.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 29, 2014, 20:09 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 19:25:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 18:52:
Two-thirds of Americans surf the Web at less than 10Mbps.

duh. I surf them web at exactly 1 - as anything above that in this Monopoly is so ungodly expensive that it isn't worth it.

Guess it depends on where you live. 50mbps was a $30 upgrade for me, so long as I took a $49.99 TV package.

$79.99 for 50mbps, basic cable and HBO isn't bad, even if I barely use the cable.
It clearly does depend on where you live...I'm paying about the same $80 for a bare 25 Mbps internet connection, no TV.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jan 27, 2014, 18:38 Stormsinger
 
Ooooh! I want a time machine!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jan 21, 2014, 17:59 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Jan 21, 2014, 15:39:
... If you mean the bigger AAA houses then its a huge risk/reward thing for them and most aren't willing to do small projects like that in house, they aren't good small idea incubators.

It's a shame nobody seems to be filling that gap. Seems like there might be a workable business model in funding a variety of small projects (which are relatively cheap) looking for decent returns, rather than doing only multi-million dollar projects that can't afford to fail. Especially if the investor has some insight into what makes a decent game.

Look for my entry into the gaming-VC field after I win a lottery. Which would be much more likely to happen if I would occasionally buy a ticket.
 
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News Comments > SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions
19. Re: SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions Jan 7, 2014, 22:50 Stormsinger
 
Ryan Lange wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 20:01:
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 16:55:
Anyone know what their reasoning is/was for requiring monthly claims? I couldn't see a good reason for it on the original proposal, and they're not clarifying it here (nor did they include a link to that other thread).

The "other thread", I believe, is here. There's a lot of enlightening information there, but you might have to dig for it.

The gist of it, as I understand it, is that Station Cash in general is a financial liability. You can buy $10 worth of SC, but SOE can't actually count that $10 until the SC is used to purchase something. Until the SC is spent, the transaction sits on their books as a liability, making quite a mess of things. Allowing "idle" accounts to accumulate SC makes things even uglier.

I think this stems from the little-understood notion that SOE isn't selling the SC itself; they're selling the items that you purchase with that SC. The SC is just an intermediate storage of value, like store credit or gift cards, that doesn't actually count for anything until you buy something with it.

Thanks for the link, I'll go spend a bit of time reading it. I rather suspected it was an accountant's problem, not a real issue that lead to this rule. The fact is, they have been paid, and they're apparently concerned that one form of virtual goods (SC or any form of credits) is bad for them, while another form (virtual items in a game) is good. And people think we gamers have problems with reality...

Many of the problems in our society can be traced back to the games accountants play to hide the facts.
 
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News Comments > SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions
9. Re: SOE Going Forward With Unified Subscriptions Jan 7, 2014, 16:55 Stormsinger
 
Anyone know what their reasoning is/was for requiring monthly claims? I couldn't see a good reason for it on the original proposal, and they're not clarifying it here (nor did they include a link to that other thread).  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous VR Support
2. Re: Elite Dangerous VR Support Dec 20, 2013, 11:23 Stormsinger
 
Flight sims (space or air) are one of the places that VR headsets -really- shine. Going all the way back to the Virtuality Arcade in the early 90s, even as crappy as their resolution and response was, the ability to track the enemy just by looking around made it a whole new game.  
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