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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
12. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 10:46 NKD
 
Not sure how much sense this makes for MS, but definitely a good deal for the founders of Mojang. Congrats!  
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News Comments > Trion Worlds DDoSed
3. Re: Trion Worlds DDoSed Sep 14, 2014, 12:44 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Sep 14, 2014, 10:58:
Wonder if it's from the same folks who did this to Blizzard when 2.1 went live.

Hard to say. Anyone can rent a botnet these days.
 
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News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
56. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 17:03 NKD
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 15:47:
I'll pirate this as a reward for the delay. Thanks for nothing, you fuckers!

I'll pirate it because I've already purchased GTA5 and don't intend to buy it at full price again. I don't play their silly little double-dipping game. If they make a decent game, I'll buy it once, probably at a discount. Buying it twice at full price? I'll leave that shit to our resident Rockstar shill down below.
 
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News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
44. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 14:12 NKD
 
They trying to get full price for this thing?  
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News Comments > Line of Defense Presales; Early Access Next Week
7. Re: Line of Defense Presales; Early Access Next Week Sep 10, 2014, 22:33 NKD
 
Prez wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 22:01:
Dude ought to change his name. He can't ever get any work done because he is constantly being summoned to some web forum!

The summoning ritual hasn't been too effective these last few years.
 
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News Comments > Line of Defense Presales; Early Access Next Week
3. Re: Line of Defense Presales; Early Access Next Week Sep 10, 2014, 21:28 NKD
 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
58. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 12:18 NKD
 
Interesting rumor. MS not usually buying a lot of game companies. They rely on third party exclusivity deals to prop up their Xbone division, and they don't care about PC gaming.

If true, it seems odd. There doesn't seem to be much in this for Microsoft. Mojang has no significant titles in the work, and frankly, isn't loaded with talent. Minecraft itself has probably stopped selling huge numbers a while ago, though I'm not sure on that.

It's already on basically every platform, so expanding on that front is also unlikely.

Just not sure how they plan to get a profit off that $2 billion. Even if you consider the user base of Minecraft, and how buying it would give access to new customers, I imagine the Minecraft user base isn't real high on the buying power.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 13:27 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:07:
Will we reach a point soon where the already risk-averse publishers just don't greenlight anything that isn't E-For-Everyone for fear of defacto censorship via manufactured outrage?

Has that happened in music, movies or books?

Not really. Very different dynamics in those industries make them far more resistant to that kind of controversy. Due to the fact that their profit margins are (typically) much much larger than games, they can afford to take a few risks and take a few hits due to controversy.

Music and books especially. It doesn't take 25 million dollars to write a book, or produce the average album.

Game publishers? Hugely risk averse because the margins are so thin and budgets so high. It makes them incredibly skittish. This makes them very vulnerable in a way. The gaming audience also seems more plugged in to social media, where this controversy stirs up.

I just don't see the same outrage flying around about movies, books, and music in social media. Nobody cares about sexism or violence in rap anymore. But games? You're doomed!

That's why I worry. Gaming is relatively new, and has shown itself to be very vulnerable to social media outrage. Game developers and publishers are almost addicted to somehow trying to defend themselves instead of just taking the approach where you just make what you want to make because you think other people might like it too.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 13:01 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 12:15:
I don't know how you get whining from the posts here, most people are just getting indifferent to this ongoing silliness and rightfully so.

It just seems so weird to me to see all this shit. Gaming used to be pretty simple. You'd play games, talk about what's fun or what isn't, and that was that. Now everything has to be life or death serious all the time with all this political and social crap mixed in.

What We Used to Have: Shit talking on the internet that we used to dismiss out of hand.

What We Have Now: We write entire articles about how so-and-so got told to go kill themselves, fanning the flames even further. If I threw a fit every time someone on the Internet told me to go kill myself, I'd be locked in a rubber room. Anonymity on the Internet leads to people turning the amp up to 11 on every insult. No one actually wants you to kill yourself, and no one is actually planning to come to your house and kill your family. They are just being as offensive as possible because they can. It's tasteless, but it's not newsworthy.

What We Used To Have: Game content we don't like or find offensive we would just avoid, and not recommend to others.

What We Have Now: Better rally the troops and bully the developer until they never want to create another game again. Turning "I don't want to buy this." into "I don't think they should sell this and I'm going to stir up shit until they stop making things I don't like."

As someone who lives in a small, rainy town, I got into PCs and gaming early on, a long time ago. It was the simplicity of the hobby that attracted me, and the idea that it wasn't dependent on weather, or large groups of people being available. But now gaming is so noisy. If you want to stay up to date on what's going on, you can't really avoid being inundated with all this drama. You can play your games, and try and minimize your involvement, but this drama has escalated to the point where I think it's really going to start affecting the games themselves.

Will we reach a point soon where the already risk-averse publishers just don't greenlight anything that isn't E-For-Everyone for fear of defacto censorship via manufactured outrage?

One more thing...

Does it seem odd to anyone else that a developer is seemingly better off shoveling out incomplete, watered down, or straight up broken games than shipping one title that generates social controversy on Twitter?

Remember when developers and the gaming press were beholden to us, the gamers, their customers, instead of social media queens who wouldn't buy their stuff anyway?
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Sep 7, 2014, 16:25 NKD
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 14:58:
Oh zoe, you still haven't figured out that when you make up bullshit on the internet someone will call you out for it.

I don't know, people seem to get away with a lot of bullshit on this site and many others.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 7, 2014, 16:25 NKD
 
Free copies of a free to play game? I mean I guess it's not in open beta yet, but it's going to be free.  
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News Comments > BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Tickets
11. Re: BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Tickets Sep 5, 2014, 11:43 NKD
 
Lots of illiterate dumbfucks in this thread. Perhaps you didn't read the part where you get in-game vanity items, like every other year.

Given that those things go for $10-20 a pop in the Blizzard Store, and that these BlizzCon items generally don't reappear for sale, ever, $40 isn't really that big a price tag.

No one buys this shit for the stream access. It's for OCD vanity item collectors.
 
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News Comments > Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated
2. Re: Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated Sep 4, 2014, 10:48 NKD
 
Kajetan wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 10:41:
It would be more useful to actually TELL the user that he's probably playing a warez copy,

Yeah. I'm sure they were totally unaware that the copy they got off Pirate Bay wasn't legit. And don't even try pretending that any significant portion of those users were somehow duped into buying a pirated copy on day 1 of release.

A bunch of dumbfuck idiots pirating software and then wanting fucking support from the developers? They deserve to be tricked and used for a cheap laugh.

I know I sure got a laugh out of them.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month
26. Re: Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month Sep 4, 2014, 01:54 NKD
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 23:02:
I must be one of the few people who thought Watch_Dogs was a good game.

I thought it was good as well. I put quite a lot of hours into it, and would have put more had I not spent some time checking out Wildstar. I think I've got about 90% completion on the game including optional objectives.

The story wasn't the strongest, but combined with the gameplay it was enough to keep me glued to my computer for days.

I'm not really sure why people want to try so hard to believe that the game was some kind of epic failure. It was a solid title, especially for the first game of a new franchise. The only really bad thing about it was that it didn't live up to the absurd levels of hype behind it. But given how well it sold, it did well enough to ensure a second outing that will hopefully bring some solid improvement.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month
12. Re: Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month Sep 3, 2014, 15:21 NKD
 
I believe the record they are referring to is the fact that it was Ubisoft's best selling title, or best selling new IP or something along those lines.

Either way, Watch Doge sold like hotcakes and a sequel is a no-brainer. It'll be interesting to see if Watch Doge 2 is as big a leap as AC2 was from AC1.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month
2. Re: Watch Dogs Bad Blood DLC This Month Sep 3, 2014, 13:36 NKD
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 13:20:
Did they fix the mouse and keyboard driving yet?

I see this in every thread yet since I couldn't get my PS4 controller to work properly, I played the game with a mouse and keyboard. It worked just fine, after I got used to it a bit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
5. Re: Morning Patches Sep 3, 2014, 11:40 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 10:33:
It's pretty easy to find a good set of modpacks though. You can't really balance a game like Minecraft anyway. It's just a shame that it screws so many launchers and packs over, they always lag behind official releases significantly. A proper API would help, speaking of which...

Did the official API ever materialize or is that still vaporware?

The official API is just a running joke at this point. I'd be surprised if it ever came out.

As far as balancing modpacks, some do a decent job on that front. TPPI for example has a custom mod they use to tweak recipes that are too easy or too hard and have put careful consideration into their config options. But it's not a game about balance anyway and there will always be some stuff that seems less worthwhile. But hey, it's not a competitive game, if you want to use something less than optimal because you like the style, you're not at any kind of disadvantage.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 3, 2014, 11:36 NKD
 
BitWraith wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 08:49:
It's the celebrities fault that someone broke into their device and stole their private property? How does that compute exactly?

Insecure passwords/recovery questions, failure to opt in to two-factor, etc.

You're on a PC gaming site, surely you should know that your security is mostly in your own hands. No company can protect you from yourself.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
47. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 3, 2014, 01:06 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 00:46:
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However, it's just weird to me that the conversation here, and really anywhere gamers venture, is "those idiots got what they deserved!" I mean, that's the very first place the discussion went and really the only place it stayed.

Where is the discussion supposed to go? I don't know what you're wanting people to say. The only solution to what occurred here is to be more careful. Either don't take photos you don't want public, or don't keep them stored anywhere network-accessible.

There is no such thing as 100% guaranteed security. It isn't possible. Pointing the finger at Apple, or some dastardly hackers doesn't accomplish anything. You can't erase hackers from the world, and you can't implement 100% security.

But it's impossible to steal photos that no longer exist.

I don't see what's so unconscionable in your mind about suggesting the one and only effective solution to the problem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
38. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 20:10 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:30:
NKD wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 17:05:
What if someone did it to your daughter?

Sorry, but pet peeve trigger...

"Yeah, but I bet if you were emotionally compromised by being more personally affected, your thinking would be different!!!"

No shit, Sherlock. That's why we discuss things from the perspective of a reasonable human being and not from the perspective of some angry fuckwad looking for revenge.

I still don't think it's rational, though.
I mean, from this perspective, we should always just assume the worst. Do you own a car? Why, someone will probably just steal it or hit it while parked. Do you have a house? Why, someone will rob it or burn it down. Do you have a job? Why, you'll probably just get fired or the company will go out of business. Do you buy things online? For the love of god there are hackers, don't do that!

Owning a car, a house, or having a job are not really equivalent to storing nude photographs of yourself in terms of necessity or impact on your life if you were to omit them.

Opting not to delete your nude photos after sharing them with whoever they were intended for creates some risk without really posing much benefit to your life.

No one is suggesting people go out of their way to avoid all risk. But it seems reasonable for a high profile public figure like an A-List actress to take a few basic precautions.
 
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