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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Jan 1, 2012, 02:52 Veterator
space captain wrote on Jan 1, 2012, 01:24:
maybe the whole company is a piece of shit, and now they are gonna be around longer because they've appeased people by firing this asshole.. and will be able to scam more people out of there money, etc. so its actually a BAD thing he got fired instead of taking the whole place down with him

who knows.. you can play the speculative angle all day long, it doesnt impress me or "justify" anything for me.. its guesswork

in general, if the world ran "the way it should" then everything would be a utopia and we would all ride unicorns across rainbow bridges to gumdrop fields and so on.. but its not, so there is way more than enough "shoulda woulda coulda" to go around.. this shit is ridiculously petty in a comparative sense, its commonplace, and the entire business world is basically a fucking cesspool of "wrongful" actions... people just approve of it when its "legal" or "politically correct"

so fuck it, go ahead and go berzerker on this fool and then pat yourself on the back for being a "good guy", its just what we need, let me tell you

Yes you are right, no one should ever do anything to correct the cases of abuse. It's the path to ruin. Ignoring it makes it much better.

Domestic abuse? Police should beat the wife some more, because the husband obviously knows something we don't know...if he wasn't beating her she might become a female hitler.

Pedophilia? Those children asked for it, you don't know it's speculation to assume they didn't.

Animal abuse? Those dogs were probably going to bite someone someday, so better to make them live in their own filth and fight for our amusement.

The people who stop these things are not "good guys", and it's obviously not what the world captain has told you. So fuck it.

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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Jan 1, 2012, 01:09 Veterator
space captain wrote on Jan 1, 2012, 00:54:
Jerykk wrote on Dec 31, 2011, 22:10:
Christoforo was doing his job poorly and that was brought to light, resulting in him being fired. Had Krahulik not gotten involved, that probably wouldn't have happened.

thanks for the prophecy ms cleo, but thats pure speculation when you get down to it

none of it "really matters" its just another day on the OMG!! EPIC FAIL! LULZ! just sayin.. internet

Actually there's been a website floating around for a year where Christoforo did something very similar to here to someone else...they just never linked it to PA. So he spent the rest of that time berating how many other customers until Dave included Krahulik in on the conversation.

I think the guy would still be raging out on people whose money he was holding right now if it hadn't been for PA.

Link to website:

He has updated, the original stuff is at the bottom of the site. You'll note Christoforo reversed his attitude when the guy posted all the stuff up for the public to see, but it never got picked up by the big outfits.

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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2011, 20:07 Veterator
Wish sites would stop driving traffic to articles like that. Because agree with it or not, you are supporting them to continue taking arguments and making completely pointless articles that skew everything beyond a reasonable argument.

If Kotaku saw that their more moderate, factual and genuine less crazily developed "opinion" pages got more hits than ones like this...they'd hopefully stop employing people whose job it is to make frivolous arguments for the sole purpose of page views.

It comes down to the Christoforos being responsible for his actions. If he had not written that stuff and responded in that manner, no one would be up in arms over this. But he did, and he got called out on it....and then he continued to blame everyone else for his choices.

And on top of it all, he holds what digital resources he has hostage AFTER he has already pissed off a whole lot of people. I mean the guy is an idiot, and he only backs down when he's dragged into the light and gets negative attention for it. If you can't be reasonable until a whole fucking load of people tell you that you're asshole and treat you poorly because of it, well that's just how people have to deal with you then each time you act like that....some public humiliation and backlash.

And to top it all off, he claims his kids and wife are being harmed by this and it's everyone's fault. And he CONTINUES to a dirt bag resulting in even more scorn being thrown his way and in turn his family. At this point, there is no reasonable person who is going to say this guy did not bring this whole thing down upon his head at least three times over.

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News Comments > Humble Indie Bundle 4 Passes $2M
13. Re: Humble Indie Bundle 4 Passes $2M Dec 27, 2011, 05:23 Veterator
Plus being one of the first and having charities associated with it gives it a higher profile. But yes I think their game selection AND them giving out extra stuff each bundle keeps people coming back including the previous bundle and what not.

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News Comments > The Old Republic Queue Fixes & Content Coming
2. Re: The Old Republic Queue Fixes & Content Coming Dec 24, 2011, 00:25 Veterator
StingingVelvet wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 22:37:
I hope the content updates are all these kinds of things. That way I feel no temptation to resubscribe until an expansion comes out.

So why are you not resubscribing? I was in beta and had no desire to buy the game because it was not very engaging to me and was rather disappointing as a big budget MMO.
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News Comments > EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward
25. Re: EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward Dec 23, 2011, 23:07 Veterator
venomhed wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 13:03:
The main problem in all this is money and the profit motive which spurns on competition.

IF the profit motive were severely diminished or removed entirely and cooperation replaced competition, we would all be better off as a species.

I think just having laws enforced against entities more strictly than they are enforced against the people would be a big step. Right now it's reversed, think Bernie Madoff versus any Wall street outfit that participated in the mortgage tampering. The scale of both given the size of the guilty party scales about right. Madoff hit enough people that most people knew someone through a friend of a friend at least. WS Mortgage guys hit everyone, directly or indirectly.

Madoff, while he could have been punished worse was skewered and burned at the stake compared to what the corporations and the people manning then did via the mortgage ordeal. Hell, we paid them for fucking us.

The letter of the law AND the spirit of the law are ignored when it comes to corporations due to how they insinuate themselves into the government on a multitude of levels. And when it comes to people hurting the wrong corporations or people, the letter and spirit of the law are increased tenfold when it comes time for punishment. Think stealing millions from a well connected billionaire versus a guy who steals 10 grand from someone who makes 20 grand a year.

My favorite example of thought experiment would be the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP was not following safety regulations, in fact the US safety regulations have become more lax over the years despite the technology to make things more safe. Mostly through the non-enforcement by watchdog groups, because the companies they watchdog were fucking hiring them for massive salaries.

So take what you know of it, how much or little it may be. Then substitute in a small corporation just trying to get into the oil game. Could they have gotten away with lax safety precautions? Would they still be operating in the US after they basically wiped out the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people? Would the sicknesses associated with exposure to this spill be covered up?

Now substitute that small corporation with an individual. Would that individual be in jail now?

Now, apply that kind of thinking to everything corporations do. If SOLE person did what they do.....would that person be free to continue doing so next year?

Now, you can ask yourself why it's acceptable in nearly all corporate involved incidents. And then realize that their very existence is allowed by the government through corporate charters which can be revoked at any time. Their belongings could be seized, their wealth frozen, and they could be systematically dismantled or sold to fix what they destroyed. Yet an individual is punished like this except for his life being taken, but a corporation with no life to give is not punished in a way that makes a whole lot of sense and was designed to be so. They'll say too big to fail, and I don't consider that an excuse. That's like saying "Too rich to die", and we all know how that ends up.....Steve Jobs for example. BTW: How did Steve get a liver transplant at his age and presumably with cancer...and so fast?

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 23, 2011, 22:38 Veterator
Springboard jobs. Get into a fairly well known company, use it to move to a better job as soon as possible.

1) Congratulations to the guy for actually hiring entry level people. There's this weird leap in the tech world where a 4 year degree should mean you are entry level ready for fast track training. But as soon as you are trained you are expected to endure at least as much time as your training took at the lower pay rate. Then the 4 year degree becomes 4 years experience, and your 1-2 years on the job now becomes 6 years experience and you are not even a "junior" in your field but only a mere year or two away from being a "senior" level.

2) He has obvious issues yet seems to be unable to grasp that people don't want to work for a fraction of what they could be getting paid. They have school loans to pay back in most cases and would like to start earning. So Im guessing that the work environment is not good enough to make up for the lack of pay or it's so horrible they'd rather get paid the same in a better environment.

3) More companies should hire their own entry people, scalping from the existing work force is why so many people are having trouble finding jobs. They won't hire people who are not currently working in most cases and that's just a stupid way of thinking. You'd rather hire someone who is willing to bail on their existing job for a couple grand more a year or hire someone new who if treated properly would be grateful for the opportunity. Unwillingness to hire entry level just creates an artificially smaller workforce pool, and while they may be more proficient at certain things it doesn't mean they are going to do better work than an entry level once the entry is trained for 6 months.

And bottom line: 20 and 30 somethings are being told by their parents to take more money and better opportunity every time it's offered. Because their parents have seen that loyalty is never rewarded. Hell if you are 30 and you see your parents are now out of work after working at a place for 20 years...would you risk ending up like that? Most people look at working for one company 10+ years as you not having the skill set, work ethic, or drive to make more money working elsewhere. It's all about the money now. It shouldn't be pure monetary basis, but that's what the US has stumbled into......Looooonnngggg hours, no vacation time, few sick days, job hopping every 3 years, and willingness to move anywhere at anytime for any job. Because you were born to prove your dollar worth.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 23, 2011, 04:50 Veterator
Should probably have called it Transformer Greyskull.

Or transformer Skeletor.
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News Comments > EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward
13. Re: EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward Dec 23, 2011, 04:44 Veterator
And.......from this blurb of text. If someone is under contract and someone else wants to hire them. Wouldn't it make sense for them to approach them to find out when the contract ended, if they could terminate it early, and if the people would even be interested in moving to the other company?

If West and Zampella sabotaged their work, that's one thing. But if they were approached by another company while under long as nothing under NDA was can they complain?

You'd be perpetually stuck in a job if you couldn't look elsewhere before your contract was up.
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News Comments > EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward
12. Re: EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward Dec 23, 2011, 04:39 Veterator
There used to be a time in the US, and perhaps it still bears out in the corporate charters issued...that corporations had to consider the welfare of the people. IE, highly profitable company who is poisoning the ground water for miles around would be held accountable and lose their corporate charter (basically a license to exist).

Hell corporations used to employ local citizenry and maintain public parks non-employees could visit because their existence depended on it.

NOW corporations are all about profit. There's nothing wrong with profit, but there is definitely something wrong with going about it by any means or not. Bribing watchdog groups, bribing politicians, using those bribe officials to negotiate lucrative deals the government and therefore the people pay for. That shit is not OK, has not been OK, and should not be OK going forward. If people were unable to receive bribes without going to jail, that corporate charter definition would move back to the interpretation it used to have. The general theme being that the corporation existed as long as it was beneficial to the people and at the sufferance of those same people.

If a company moved into your area, negotiated contracts where they were required to hire so many local employees......provide X tax revenue and basically be a benefit to the community. Then they turned around and made the jobs intolerable or paid unlivable wages, or offshored all their work (this happened in florida)...that corporation could and should lose it's charter for that kind of backhanded bullshit.
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News Comments > Nuclear Dawn Free Weekend
3. Re: Nuclear Dawn Free Weekend Dec 17, 2011, 02:16 Veterator
Tried this, really dislike the interface for this game. The minimap is terrible, the class selection and spawn point selection stuff is all cramped and weird. They need to take the standard layout other FPSes use and use them, because it's irritating to have things be all weird for no real purpose.

And I find it really hard to see people in the game and the indicators over the heads (friendly and enemy) aren't clear sometimes or don't appear at all. Tried to kill a couple teammates who ran up on me with no indicator over their head that I could see.

And it suffers from lag....lots of people were complaining about people teleporting.

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News Comments > CD Projekt on Piracy and DRM
29. Re: CD Projekt on Piracy and DRM Nov 30, 2011, 18:16 Veterator
Ruffiana wrote on Nov 30, 2011, 12:21:
Who the hell has ever 'gone to a local street vendor and bought a pirated copy of a game'?

Lately, no..most of the smaller shops are gone now because it's all about consoles now. But earlier 2000s and late 90s they used to have yearly Computer fests that were mostly hardware but some software booths. Lots and lots of those software booths had obviously pirated copies of material out for purchase with printed CD covers and some of the CDs were even printed silk screens...with no graphics. Asking about half retail price.

That was in Ohio, USA.

I am sure they still exist somewhere, just not in established brick and mortar locations where you can walk in....more like mail order or "I know a guy" or street vendors in their "hidden stock".

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News Comments > Morning Previews
3. Re: Morning Previews Nov 29, 2011, 14:44 Veterator
I've been in beta for awhile. The content you experience at low levels is more well done than the content you get at the higher levels. Class story quest is the core non-repeated material, and it gets further between as you go along.

Playing an alt on the same side, you'll find 90% of the quests are repeats, with you having only the options to change it via your dark/light choice and sometimes that doesn't change it.

I just think that while the voice acting and stuff is well done, you can only consume it once unless you are like the guy from Momento and lose your memory each day.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer
31. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer Nov 27, 2011, 03:41 Veterator
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 27, 2011, 02:58:
Veterator wrote on Nov 27, 2011, 02:50:
Is it a stress test or beta test?
Both. It simply depends on whether or not you were invited to the 'weekend' login server stressing, or if you're still a part of the long-term beta testing group. There's people from both groups in this thread. But there's still enough problems from what I've been reading it's still in a beta state, and there's still enough problems that they're going to have to seriously step it up for the stress testing to get close to a stable point.

Yeah, but I was trying to point out that having extra people around beyond a 36-48 hour period isn't exactly hurting them when they have more than one goal to achieve. Stressing and content testing are still needed. Stringing people along and then having people act like you owe the company a favor (or a dollar) for the treatment is a tad too much.

It's kinda like inviting everyone to see a movie for free while they test seating and aisle flow during a fire alarm drill. You think you get to see a movie, they think they'll get a shitload of people in the place and pull the alarm after 5-15 minutes into the movie and thanking them for their participation and sending them on their way. And can't figure out why that's rather irritating to the 500 people who showed up for a free movie.

Well we SAID it was a fire drill and a free movie, kids these days thinking we're going to let them actually enjoy something while we get our testing done for free using them.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer
29. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer Nov 27, 2011, 02:50 Veterator
Doombringer wrote on Nov 26, 2011, 07:08:
It's a stress test. The game launches in less than a month! Criminey. They're not going to give you weeks of beta access so you can burn out and not buy the retail product. If your friends are fans, and your experience with the beta has been relatively positive, then tell them to buy the game when it's out.

These kids nowadays... it's like "beta test" means "free game."

Is it a stress test or beta test? Stress test to me means content is generally done and you are checking to see if the any changes need to be made on the server side to better cover the load from player surges.

Beta test means the general concept and content of the game is there, late phase beta (1 month away) should be minor balance tweaks and quest fixes that the game could live without fixing before launch. But generally late phase beta/stress test phase = 99.99999% retail content. I am sure most people are convinced that there's a miracle patch to cover every problem before launch, but it never comes.....ever.

Now if this is a beta, they need more eyes testing it because there are problems with lag (still), prior to this weekend and during it. Lack of content at 30+ levels. Lack of content for PVP instancing. Unpopular mechanics (expensive re-rolls, and no changing of advanced class). Poor crafting systems overall, people had disappearing recipes on log out..that's assuming the stuff is worth making in the first place generally it's not.

If this is a stress test, they still have lag problems. A short period of holiday weekend players with a couple days notice prior via email to let them know when they could login. The turn out would have been higher if people hadn't been given short notice and didn't have holidays to contend with. Not to mention all of the driver issues people will experience with the game, as with all modern games.

It's the same argument people use in game. How do you test a game without playing the game? If you say "Im playing the game" someone out there says "You're doing it wrong! You're supposed to be testing!" Hell I used to test games from Sierra, tested Everquest and many other MMOs. If you aren't playing it like a game, I think you're doing something wrong. As for beta tests = free game, they used to send me copies of the games I tested for free after it launched. So.....they are getting more bang for their buck getting you to shell out for the game after it launches and all that free labor in beta. I guess kids these days have gotten used to being taken advantage of and looking at it as an "opportunity".

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer
27. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer Nov 27, 2011, 02:13 Veterator
It's Star Wars. How many of you went to all 3 of the prequel trilogies hoping it'd get better?

Just because it has a lot of interest before there's any real information about it doesn't mean it's good enough to have staying power.

But yes, I look at this weekend only beta event with how short it was as Age of Conan and Tortage all over again. While not as drastic, the story content in SWTOR is noticeably lighter at the upper levels. And the flashpoints are not at all voiced over beyond Esseles and Black Talon, the initial blurb at the beginning is voiced. But I have yet to find one where inside the outcome is changed via dialog, it uses tradeskills to bypass sections and what not. No dialog. There was also no special commendations per flashpoint anymore, they were level appropriate planet commendations.

Would have given them usage of my beta account if it wasn't tied to my Origin account and all the info and such that comes with that.

I predict 1-1.5 million subscribers in the first month or two. And server merges in less than a year probably more like 6-8 months, at least 30% probably more like half of the servers especially on the PVP servers.

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer
15. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer Nov 26, 2011, 05:39 Veterator
Asmo wrote on Nov 26, 2011, 03:15:
No one twists their arms to come in, it's a beta test and it's voluntary to help Bioware test their systems...

If you've paid for access to a beta product you have expectations of something higher (eg. minecraft), not when the offer to test isn't dependent on you buying something.

Plus I'm sure there are millions of other nuts who would be more than willing to take their keys... =)

Been playing over this w'end and I'm surprised at just how stable the build is. There are certainly still a few rough edges to polish off ( I wish the UI was unlockable and configurable) but generally it's been a pretty fine experience.

Oh there's technical nothing wrong with what you say. Beta being voluntary, but they don't tell them before they download when they will test or how long that test will be. So they download that 20-30 gigs of data and wait. One waited almost 3 weeks to hear when he would be allowed in after being told he'd be taken in soon. Starts Saturday at noon, I am not even sure he knows it ends Sunday and he's out again after that.

As for giving away your key, once it's used it's tied to an Origin account created at the same time you created your SWTOR beta account. If you use your existing Origin account it's linked to all your purchases and CC info, etc. So you can't just give that account to someone else without basically giving the other person your street address at a minimum, game collection and purchasing info otherwise. And THAT is not even really clear either that your SWTOR account is tied directly to your origin account info or an origin account created in your name with the same login info.

As for the build claims, no idea. They put out a patch thursday evening, prior to that the server was still getting huge lag spikes every ~10 minutes even in the dead hours. I'll say this though, the content you see at low levels especially the first Flashpoint and all it's dialog and stuff, is not present in future flashpoints. Reminds me of Age of Conan's city of Tortuga, it's misleading.

My best guesses at this point. This current weekend beta ends, Nov 27/28th depending on your time zone. The game is set for release Dec 20, they offer up to 5 days headstart to preorders. So that makes the start Dec 15th if they hold up that 5 days. That leaves 2 and a half weeks prior to it. And Im guessing they take the servers for wipe, maintenance, upgrades, etc at the end of the weekend prior to the 15th if not earlier. So that would be Dec 11 or 12. That leaves two weeks to generate a gold version and put the game out. And I can't even guess what kind of lead time they need on that to get the CDs pressed and the boxes out on time....I think 10 days would be pushing it.

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News Comments > On Sale
28. Re: On Sale Nov 26, 2011, 00:04 Veterator
Also on Battlefield 3, make sure you check to see if it includes DLC like the karkland pack. Otherwise you spend another 15 bucks on the DLC, that people who bought BF3 previously on other sales get for free.
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News Comments > On Sale
27. Re: On Sale Nov 26, 2011, 00:01 Veterator
Kitkoan wrote on Nov 25, 2011, 19:12:
Just bought the Indie Music Bundle and was surprised to see there is a download limit on how many times you can download each album. While I admit its 20 which is quite a few times, but still was surprised to see a limit when they are DRM-free.

This is probably in response to other indie offers like humble using a webpage unique URL...that can be shared and have a few hundred people download the stuff. They limit you to 20 to keep you from sharing the link and wasting tons of their bandwidth.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer
13. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Consular Trailer Nov 25, 2011, 23:52 Veterator
What bothers me about this beta weekend is that they got thousands of people downloading 20-30 gigs worth of data. Waiting upwards of a week for more info. And they let them in Saturday at 10AM and it ends Sunday at midnight. That's not even 48 hours of opportunity to login for all your time invested up to this point.

I mean Ive been in the beta for awhile, and that pisses me off. I have friends who I had to convince to get in and they didn't even give them the holiday and the weekend to mess around. Gave them a day and a half at best if there are no problems....and they are going to take the servers down (probably wipe the temp servers) so that means you have repeat yourself the next time they give you 36 hours to try to login.

And the game prior to this massive influx of people has been having huge lag spikes, whether it's due to code or server issues. I hate to see my friends just flat out waste their time for a bunch of downloading/sign-up/lag/other problems the chance to play won't even make up for. And both of them are star wars fans.

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