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Nickname DrEvil
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Signed On May 31, 2000, 05:27
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News Comments > Dear Esther Developer Joining Valve
3. Re: Dear Esther Developer Joining Valve Mar 13, 2014, 14:39 DrEvil
 
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 12:16:
Dear Esther wasn't a game and Valve don't make games any more so, good fit

I know you're being funny, but there's not universal agreement on what a game is.

For example, one of my college professors asserted that The Sims wasn't actually a game -- it was just a virtual dollhouse.

This topic is discussed extensively in "Rules of Play":

http://books.google.com/books/about/Rules_of_Play.html?id=eboWngEACAAJ
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Boasts 100M Registered Users
11. Re: Minecraft Boasts 100M Registered Users Feb 26, 2014, 00:02 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 25, 2014, 18:33:
I never understand these sort of announcements. So what you're really saying is 85.7 of people who tried your product feel it's not worth buying.

I know right? He's crying all the way to the bank.
 
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News Comments > More Frequent Starbound Content Updates Coming
6. Re: More Frequent Starbound Content Updates Coming Feb 21, 2014, 20:52 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 21, 2014, 12:19:
Good! Much as I like the game I regret doing the early access thing. I think it's a bad thing for developers that do well with it. Makes them slack and lose focus as the money rolls in. Imagine getting paid before you actually go and do work. You might lose some motivation when the money is already in the bank, right? They need to stay lean and focused. Eye of the Tiger, baby! Rocky learned that hard lesson!


I've seen no evidence that they "slacked" or "lost focus" though I'll readily admit it's clear that others did.

If anything, they had short break which they needed in the mad rush to release an Alpha, and then when they got far more customers than they ever anticipated, they had to spend time actually building a business to support it.
 
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News Comments > On Starbound Mods & Chucklefish's Next Game
4. Re: On Starbound Mods & Chucklefish's Next Game Feb 4, 2014, 23:05 DrEvil
 
Rhett wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 22:29:
I have an even better idea:

Put them on Starbound and keep working on Starbound.


Funny, but for the record, it doesn't work that way. Adding more people to a late software project makes it later. The Mythical Man Month discusses this...

About the only thing you can really do in parallel on a game typically is some of the content; the programming can only be parallelised up to a point.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Jan 14, 2014, 14:43 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 14:13:
Too bad about TBS because the art really is beautiful.

It doesn't sound like a bad game, just not the great one we were hoping for. But it also sounds like they took their experience from the multi-player game and applied it too much to the single-player one.

I don't agree with some of the author's arguments; some of them are characteristics of the genre that you'll either love or hate. But on the whole, I'd say it's a fair characterization.

The good news to me at least is that I believe they can address many of the rougher edges through patches.

After all, the general content (story, etc.) of the game is good, and the artwork and music is great.

They just need to streamline the battles a bit or make single-player a bit more unbalanced.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Early Access Plans Change
2. Re: Broken Age Early Access Plans Change Jan 14, 2014, 14:21 DrEvil
 
Creston wrote on Jan 14, 2014, 13:18:
So it gets released and you still get the second part for free, it's just not called "Early Access" anymore.

Not sure why it makes a difference, though I guess it may help convince people who want nothing to do with Early Access games.

Not quite; "Early Access" implies the game is still in Alpha/Beta and is not yet finished code, gameplay, and content-wise. Double Fine is saying here that they believe the first part of the game is *finished* in all apsects, and is not "alpha/beta".

I know that seems like a fine distinction, but it's really not.
 
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News Comments > Banished Next Month
7. Re: Banished Next Month Jan 11, 2014, 01:01 DrEvil
 
PHJF wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 22:27:
I thought it would be interesting, like with fantasy theme or something (why the fuck is it called Banished?)

This looks boring as fucking hell, like a halfassed Anno title.

Anno without ubiplay drm crap or tages or whatever DRM it has? Sign me up!
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4
9. Re: New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4 Jan 6, 2014, 14:31 DrEvil
 
Tim Collins wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:15:
How did Nvidia start developing and forget about LTE....

LTE has been out for 2 years.

This is pointless till then.

Its not linke u can use a 4g dongle ....baffles why they didnt see this coming.

You can get LTE as part of a Tegra K1 setup thanks to an external chip:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/05/nvidia-tegra-5/
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4
8. Re: New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4 Jan 6, 2014, 14:28 DrEvil
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:48:
I'm pretty sure every mobile chip in the last 10 years has blurred the line between desktop and mobile performance and is doing so 3 or 4 years sooner than someone who stands to gain from making it look good expected.

Uh, no, no they haven't. The big difference here is that nVidia's new Tegra supports the full OpenGL 4.4/DX11 API. No other ARM-based mobile SoC design does that.

This means other than performance targets and input considerations, developers can bring large existing code bases to the target device with little change. That's a huge win.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
8. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 4, 2014, 23:47 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 14:25:
That ain't gonna' make a difference. I'd love one of these, but for a grand? LOL!

I'm actually going to have to get a tablet/kb in the next couple of months for work so is there anything good - Android or Windows - in the $500 or less category?

Actually, for ~$1K, they're a phenomenal portable drawing tablet. The next closest thing are Windows 8 tablets from Wacom which are over twice the price or the MacBook-based ModbookPro.

But as a general computing device, you'd have to really value the form factor to make it worth it.

 
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2013, 22:06 DrEvil
 
mag wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 18:31:
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 17:27:
Yeah, I don't know if that's a limitation of their current bundle system (like all they have is that choose-your-own thing) or if it's a deliberate strategy. You get zero discount if you take just one little game out of one of those packages.

You do get a discount, though, if you already own one of the games in the packages. That is way-cool over how Steam handles it.

Actually, it's not a "Steam" thing per se; it's really a publisher thing.

I've been offered upgrades if I already own the original game on steam for additional content, etc. for one or two games.

But you're right that they don't generally offer it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2013, 22:05 DrEvil
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 16:29:
Interesting that Planetary Annihilation is on sale, since the whole point of keeping the price high was to not piss off the KS backers. Maybe they feel okay with it since it's been almost a year and a half?

The sale price is roughly the same as the $40 they offered for beta access during the kickstarter, so I don't think too many people will be upset.

But there is a fine line here; this is primarily a multiplayer game, which means to keep people interested and playing they need to keep expanding their player base.

They also need to keep expanding their player base to improve testing and get more feedback to improve the game.

But they can't do so if it means undercutting their founding fan base.

I don't envy them.
 
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News Comments > YouTube on YouTube Game Takedowns
14. Re: YouTube on YouTube Game Takedowns Dec 17, 2013, 23:42 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 23:22:
If they had permission then there wouldn't be any claims, would there? That means the content owners would be cutting off an extra revenue source. I think it's you who needs to brush up the facts, champ.

Uh, you're usually not wrong cutter. But in this case, you're quite wrong.

In multiple instances, the original creator of a game has had claims made against videos they posted of their own game!

It's just as the others said; these are automated takedown systems. So even when people have explicit permission from the content creator (e.g. Vlambeer, Devolver digital, etc.) they're still getting claims against the video.

What you're missing out on is these claims are not being filed by the publishers or developers in most cases, instead, they're being filed by *distributors* who licensed the rights to games. But the catch is that many of these distributors do not have exclusive rights, so they shouldn't even be doing this in the first place!
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 17, 2013, 00:23 DrEvil
 
Creston wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 00:18:
Btw, this is a full distro, right? I mean, you can run the linux versions of whatever software on it, you can browse the web, check email, do all that shit with it, right?

Yes, although most of those components aren't included by default. If you want to install them, you have to add the Debian 7.1 repositories to the package management source.list file.

Valve has said they will be expanding the packages (software) provided as time goes on. I suspect they'll have enough for a complete development environment (for obvious reasons) soon.

I've got it installed on an extra hard drive in my old Core 2 DUO E8400 system. (In fact, I'm posting this response right now using SteamOS using Google Chrome Beta.)
 
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News Comments > SteamOS Beta Released
8. Re: SteamOS Beta Released Dec 14, 2013, 01:58 DrEvil
 
SirKnight wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 21:57:
Looks like it's finally time to partition my Xubuntu drive in half (1TB) to make room for SteamOS.

You can't do that; the installer (regardless of whether you pick expert mode) WILL ERASE YOUR ENTIRE HARD DRIVE.
 
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News Comments > Double Fine announces Hack 'N' Slash
4. Re: Double Fine announces Hack 'N' Slash Dec 11, 2013, 00:51 DrEvil
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 23:23:
So is the Kickstarter money being used to develop this game?

No; stop trolling and read the fine press release:

The game was funded by Indie Fund, Humble Bundle, Hemisphere Games, make all, AppAbove Games, Adam Saltsman, The Behemoth, Morgan Webb, and Rob Reid as part of a two-game deal that also includes Spacebase DF-9, which released in Early Access Alpha and recouped its investment within two weeks.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
84. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2013, 18:00 DrEvil
 
I've been reading posts you've made about Hudson for years. I know he meant a lot to you; my condolences.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - SimCity Cities of Tomorrow
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Nov 12, 2013, 21:54 DrEvil
 
The Cities of Tomorrow are oddly no bigger than the Cities of Yesterday.

Don't buy this until it hits the bargain bin.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2013, 14:48 DrEvil
 
nin wrote on Nov 11, 2013, 14:06:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 11, 2013, 13:55:
Report: SteamStatic.com Registered By Valve…

Steam Radio?

Static IP popped into my head...like if they offered server rental for whatever latest FPS. I have nothing to back that up, however.

Or a dynamic DNS service for game servers or for the streaming clients.
 
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News Comments > 100 More Steam Greenlights
8. Re: 100 More Steam Greenlights Oct 30, 2013, 00:23 DrEvil
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 19:46:
Frijoles wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 18:02:
Starting to agree. I liked all the new games at first, but Steam is becoming a bit of a minefield. I've voted on about 150 or so games in the Greenlight section. There's so.. much.. shit. Makes me think I should throw some garbage out and see if I can make a quick buck.

It worked or Notch so it can work for anyone if you're lucky.

But tell us how you really feel.

But more seriously, be a bit more objective. We get that you don't like Minecraft, but I think even you would admit it's twice the game that most of the drek on this list it.
 
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