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News Comments > Chris Roberts Game Countdown?
35. Re: Chris Roberts Game Countdown? Sep 10, 2012, 19:53 Tom
 
For me, Freelancer was disappointing not because it wasn't a great game, but because it was a fair game. It had some elements of a good game - good graphics, good controls, good combat, some interesting exploration. But unlike Wing Commander (1 and 2 at least), it had an utterly forgettable story and cast of characters. That was the real let down for me.

I just went and read the summary of the story on Wikipedia and NOTHING about it seemed even vaguely familiar - yet I played through the whole game on release. That is not a good sign, and a far cry from Wing Commander (1 and 2 - things went downhill after 2 IMO but I'm sure others would disagree.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 8, 2012, 11:47 Tom
 
Love the redshirt.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 5, 2012, 22:48 Tom
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 21:36:
Yeah, I'm very cautious about this. I like the idea in theory, but where's the software going to come from?

Perhaps one or two things might come from the 826+ people who paid $699 or more to get early dev kits?
 
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News Comments > Labor Day Tech Bits
5. Re: Labor Day Tech Bits Sep 4, 2012, 01:04 Tom
 
Did you guys even read the story?

FIH's parent Foxconn Technology Group helps assemble Apple's products including iPhones and iPads, but FIH itself does not. Its loss was mainly due to falling orders from major clients including Nokia, Motorola and HTC.

This story was about FIH which apparently does not assemble Apple products.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 20, 2012, 16:04 Tom
 
It's not just authorized employees of MS/Google/Apple/Dropbox/etc who can browse through your data hosted on such a service, but also disgruntled employees, hackers, the government, and who knows who else.

Plan accordingly.
 
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News Comments > Farming Simulator 2013
16. Re: Farming Simulator 2013 Aug 15, 2012, 20:39 Tom
 
Interesting, but how about a region-free MMO version with a rice farming simulation and virtual economy with commodity-capable RMAH. Mwahahaha!

Btw could all these simulator games be any more of a rip-off of Flight Simulator with their logos? I guess it's not a Simulator without that telltale font style...
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 2, 2012, 22:46 Tom
 
1. Oh yes, because 303 fps vs. 270 fps is ever so useful for actual gaming! I suppose these guys only care about performance at 800x600 with no anti-aliasing when shopping for graphics cards too.

2. This result is probably after they spent who knows how long optimizing both the engine and the driver to work together for a specific workload.

To claim that this result says anything about the merits of OpenGL vs. DirectX is truly pathetic. Valve is losing credibility with those who actually know anything with these sad attacks.
 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
4. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Jul 31, 2012, 21:52 Tom
 
Why haven't companies just outlawed class action suits by now anyway? Clearly they don't like them very much.  
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News Comments > 007 Legends Voice Talent
2. Re: 007 Legends Voice Talent Jul 27, 2012, 17:30 Tom
 
These people are still among the living? Holy smokes!  
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell
35. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 25, 2012, 18:44 Tom
 
PropheT wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 18:36:
...You totally misunderstood what he said, or didn't think about it at all.

If people have a reason to go use Linux, like games, people (and companies) will be driven to develop for Linux and those problems will disappear with the attention needed to standardize the platform and stabilize the environment as an alternative to Windows.

I don't even know how you would interpret what he said as just being "if you could play games on it Linux would be the BESTEST"...

Oh, so without games, people and companies have no reason to develop for Linux? If only games were there, all those other problems would get fixed? Still sounds like I understood correctly. I just think it's a ridiculous assertion.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell
25. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 25, 2012, 17:57 Tom
 
"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games"

LOL! Yeah right. Ok, let's just pay no attention to the huge fundamental usability issues. Or the lack of non-game application support. Or the update/upgrade processes. Or dependency nightmares, having to compile stuff yourself, the ever so friendly support community, the battle of the righteous vs. closed-source, etc etc etc!

No, games are the big problem. If not for that, everyone would surely use Linux. Hahaha!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 24, 2012, 17:55 Tom
 
So, you really believed all this time that this massive scale closed-source peer-to-peer VoIP software was somehow 100% secure and private?

Let me guess, you also think email is secure and private.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 6, 2012, 16:10 Tom
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 6, 2012, 15:41:
You're really blowing this out of proportion. This isn't some big evil company forcing you to be spied on against your will, this is a big stupid company that thinks "cloud" is a buzzword people want and thinks it's a selling point. Remember when everything was suddenly "smart," even though it made no sense? Now everything is "cloud."

Yup, this is it exactly. "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

Unfortunately, there are other companies that are spying for profit and getting away with it, like ISPs, and it's not so simple to vote with your wallet there when they're the only game in town. Hopefully this incident and others like it will help raise awareness of such things and ultimately lead to harsh penalties for those who abuse their power and betray the trust of the people - government included.

Ah, who am I kidding? It's all downhill from here, right?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jul 5, 2012, 23:46 Tom
 
Sounds like people had way overinflated expectations for this game. I got pretty much what I expected and certainly my money's worth out of it. Yeah, it's dumbed down. Yeah, the lag-susceptible online-only can be a pain. But I still had fun.

Face it folks. Big budget games are not going to build on the complexity and greatness of their predecessors. At least, as a general rule. Dumbed down, but polished with high production values is the new status quo for the higher quality big budget games. $$$ > soul
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 19:20 Tom
 
You could save some keystrokes by typing "start ." instead.

Also useful: "cd | clip" and then paste into whatever bit of GUI that requires a path.
 
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News Comments > Sony to Acquire Gaikai
25. Re: Sony to Acquire Gaikai Jul 2, 2012, 17:28 Tom
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 11:03:
Instead of Sony/MS going after this tech I would really like them to put out a console where I can D/L all the games instead of having to buy hard copies, plus make whatever machine I am doing that on upgradeable...so...I want them to make the 720/ps4 basically a pc.

The PlayStation store now offers downloads for full PS3 games that used to only be distributed on Blu-ray discs. Obviously the selection is limited - they probably have to get permission from various stakeholders on a per-game basis. But at least part of what you're asking for is possible today.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 1, 2012, 21:21 Tom
 
We already got an updated version of Rebel Assault as the space battles in The Old Republic. It was almost half decent even, but they wasted its potential. Like everything else in that sad game.

I would love an updated Tie Fighter ... or any other good space sim for that matter ... but it seems unlikely that it will ever happen. Those days are over. Gone forever.
 
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News Comments > DCS: P-51D Mustang Trailer
6. Re: DCS: P-51D Mustang Trailer Jun 24, 2012, 16:51 Tom
 
Still enjoying the heck out of DCS: A-10C. So much to learn. So many things to try. Very satisfying to get things right after struggling to get up to speed.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
6. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 24, 2012, 01:46 Tom
 
Hate it with every ounce of my being. I've been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix.

*sigh*

I don't have anything against open source software in general. I use a lot of it. Firefox, 7-Zip, Blender, TortoiseSVN, and so on. Sometimes the best solution for a particular type of software is an open source project. Sometimes not. Office suites just seem to be one of those areas where open source consistently falls flat, at least to anyone with a discerning eye for quality and non-trivial needs.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 23, 2012, 22:26 Tom
 
You know what they say about open source ... it's free, if your time is worth nothing. Just as true with office suites as it is with operating systems. You can make YOUR excuses but, in the real world, it's may the best software win. And right now that's still Office.  
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