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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
16. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 10, 2014, 12:45 Verno
 
I like watches so I don't mind the concept of an apple watch but I just don't see myself wanting to charge one of these things. They will need to hit Kindle levels of battery longevity before I would bother, like one charge should last 2-4 weeks.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 12:10 Verno
 
I wasn't trying to start an argument, I was just pointing out that the article was interesting but misses a few points IMO. I certainly don't think everyone should make every single meal fresh, I prepare many meals in advance to save time and money.

I think there are challenges for low income families but mothers shouldn't take it all on themselves, in our family cooking was something everyone got involved in. Likewise building up unrealistic expectations about food with your kids doesn't help either, its okay to have leftovers or repeated meals, particularly comfort foods.

Edit: Blue, seeing this as the top of the home page:

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And fixed

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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
56. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 11:59 Verno
 
Has anyone even considered the fact that Minecraft as a property is pretty much at Pokemon-level mass appeal and recognition at this point?

I don't think its anywhere near Pokemon levels of market penetration (~300 million vs what, 33 million?) though to be fair Pokemon isn't doing as well with the youth of today thanks to Nintendos odd marketing. It has a lot of youth appeal for sure but I'm not sure what kind of staying power its going to have over time which I think is a healthy question to ask in a multi-billion acquisition. I wouldn't have much faith in a Microsoft produced sequel to be honest but perhaps you're right that it would just sell on name alone regardless of quality. It certainly seems to work for EA at times.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 11:48 Verno
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cooking from scratch can actually get stupid expensive. I've made relatively simple dishes that easily end up with a food cost rivaling the price of a meal at a restaurant. I use a simple salsa recipe (roma tomato, green onion, garlic, salt, lime juice, cilantro, hot sauce) that costs significantly more than simply buying a jar of Pace.

Sure I didn't mean literally everything, it depends on what you're making and the quantities. I can make plenty of meals for less than cost of restaurant food, I just have to make larger portions and freeze some. I also avoid eating absurd amounts of sodium this way. Of course some things will just always be cheaper store bought, I can't make a pizza cheaper than a store brand due to the price of cheese and meats I like on mine.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
46. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 11:27 Verno
 
Alamar wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:26:
Nooooooo... We don't want consistency in our Minecraft mod support... Or a better UI... etc...

Microsoft is all about consistency and mod support on the PC gaming scene after all.

It is hard to think of a company I trust less to pull that off, it would be a real tight race between EA and Microsoft.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
44. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 11:26 Verno
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 11:18:
Sure you have the IP at that point, but a large deal of the fan base would abandon ship if MS was at the helm same way they abandoned PopCap when EA took over. They'd also probably lose a good number of key personnel as they aren't really a pro-MS work culture.

Yep exactly. Plus let's not forget Microsoft has a horrible track record with this stuff anyway, they will find a way to fuck this up with corporate interference, ads, endless DLC, whatever. They lack the restraint of a company like Valve in monetizing their properties. 2 billion is a lot of money better spent elsewhere.

The Xbox is flailing but this is a bizarre reaction to that and I'm not sure it would even have any impact. Minecraft is already out for all platforms which is what matters at the moment.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 11:10 Verno
 
The article on cooking is interesting but I feel like people in general (not working mothers alone) just make excuses for not eating well or don't make an effort to learn how. You can eat very cheap and still get fresh produce, you just have to make sacrifices on meal variety during the week. If you want to have something different at every single meal every day of the week then that is going to be pricey if you eat fresh. I cook my lunches for most of the week in a big batch and just change up the sides a bit to give it more variety. The woman raising her kids in a hotel room is heartbreaking but even then a little ingenuity goes a long way.

Eating well does not have to be expensive, time consuming or stressful. People get too caught up in trying to be inventive every single meal or worry about suiting everyones taste.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
18. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 10:00 Verno
 
He can already retire many times over, Minecraft has made him a multi-millionaire though I'm sure becoming a billionaire is also pretty damned appealing. It's not really a question if its personally attractive to him because that kind of goes without saying. I'm more curious about why Microsoft would want to do this and whats going to happen to it afterward (nothing good).  
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
10. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 09:46 Verno
 
There's no defense of their track record on the PC, everything they touch turns to shit. FASA, Ensemble, various third party studios who made Microsoft IP, etc. This can only be a bad thing for Minecraft on the PC and probably any Sony platforms.  
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
4. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 09:25 Verno
 
Beyond the obvious dismay at seeing Microsoft acquire yet another PC-centric property to grind into dust, I have to question the business side of it as well. Minecraft is really impressive sales wise but has already realized a significant portion of its potential lifetime sales. Sure they could milk it with Minecraft-esque IP that shares the same name but that would only go for so long. The modding community would probably throw a shit fit over this too and its a big part of the reason Minecraft became as popular as it is today. Does anyone really see Mojang being a good fit for corporate Microsoft?

2 billion could go into funding new IP, new studios or etc. Mojang doesn't really seem to have any other IP worth speaking of. If you're going to go that big, why not look at acquiring Take-Two or something? At least then you've got 2 big franchises to work with.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Sep 10, 2014, 09:10 Verno
 
Prez wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 23:31:
Love that Indie Bundle - I don't have any of those games yet!

Hahah impossible!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2014, 09:00 Verno
 
Ugh please don't kill Minecraft.

He was already worth hundreds of millions. I have to question Microsofts sanity in buying such a property, Minecraft has already sold through to most markets, I'm not sure how they ever expect to make back that kind of money. Mojang hasn't exactly been successful outside of Minecraft either.

They could fund several studios to make new IP with that kind of bling. Hell go buy Take Two, you've got RDR and GTA then.

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News Comments > Gone Gold - Alien: Isolation
1. Re: Gone Gold - Alien: Isolation Sep 9, 2014, 15:32 Verno
 
Everything demonstrated so far has been really encouraging but I don't preorder games anymore. Hopefully it holds up, I would love a good survival horror game set in the Alien universe.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 12:01 Verno
 
UHD wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 11:37:
We're talking about video games and people that write about video games and the people that play them. We can do that without assigning it world-shattering importance. It's called perspective.

Tell that to the people/press who write gems like "losing our identity is annihilation" and who belabor broad moralistic themes then try to apply them to everyone. Holy melodrama batman.

I'm all for some levity and perspective here, too bad its in short supply
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 10:49 Verno
 
Hyatus wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 10:32:
I'm moving in the next few weeks and I just found and played my Dreamcast for a few hours with my oldest(7 year old) a couple of days ago. I wish the Powerstone series would have taken off. They were a blast to play.

Powerstone and Skies of Arcadia were my favs though there were several other good games on there. I hated the Dreamcast controller though.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 09:45 Verno
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 09:05:
A bit of SJW hypocrisy. The head of NeoGAF, one of the most prominent people to call every gamer a misogynist, has this to reply about a girl gamer that goes against his narrative.

Who are the real misogynists in this, one has to ask.

Do as I say, not as I do apparently.

Fucking hilarious.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 09:41 Verno
 
I don't really see how it was disruptive but whatever. Many people don't bother with the threads below the popular threads section so I wouldn't be surprised to see discussion continuing to leak over here.  
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General Discussion > NFL Week One
2. No subject Sep 9, 2014, 09:03 Verno
 
Romo was looking rough on the weekend

I can't stand the Seahawks but they looked damned impressive, the only thing stopping Marshawn Lynch is going to be an injury.

Bills did surprisingly okay even with that backup CB, they are always my worst picks.

Biggest disappointment last week was KC, felt like they weren't even on the field mentally.

I was sad to see the Saints lose too but it was a good game.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 08:32 Verno
 
Squirmer wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 01:53:
But there's a flipside to that: if you consider yourself part of a community/culture, you must concede that you help to shape it in some small way. And that supports Alexander's argument that people have a responsibility to address problems. In the end, the only people that really have a right to complain are those who genuinely believe there are no problems in gaming culture.

We are shaping it. We're fighting back against labels and misplaced silliness, perpetuated by a few professional victims who found sympathetic political leaners in the press. I think there are problems in gaming culture just like pretty much anything else you can think of but I think they are overstated and I'm tired of being talked down to by hypocrites.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 8, 2014, 15:59 Verno
 
Dude if I hated every team that has employed someone morally reprehensible in the NFL then there wouldn't be any teams to root for. I respect your opinion, as a lifetime dog owner I get it but I've followed the Jets for like 30 years and this one thing isn't going to ruin that. For a long time I wasn't even following the NFL itself, just keeping up with what was going on with the Jets.

Now if they would just start rewarding loyalty with performance
 
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