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Real Name Matthew Ardill   
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Signed On Sep 18, 2008, 17:06
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News Comments > Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Announced
19. Re: Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Announced Dec 19, 2014, 09:11 commonperson
 
Julio wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 19:17:
I just haven't found any of the Telltale games good that I've tried. The story should be exceptionally exciting for these ones. I can only hope this is Xbox exclusive.

So I'm guessing you didn't read to the third bullet point where it said it was coming out on all platforms and consoles including iOS and Android.
 
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News Comments > Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns
91. Re: Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns Dec 17, 2014, 15:24 commonperson
 
Julio wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 09:30:
Valve has taken the right approach on this, if they wanted to censor games they'd also have to take down GTA. And they wouldn't want to have to do that.

Except they do censor games, they censor content that they view is "offensive" mainly games with erotic content or "pornography". It's the hypocrisy here that I find galling. They have the right to pull content if they please. That's fine but they need to be consistent. Right now they're saying Japanese H Games (not my bag) are not cool but this is. Their TOS is vague enough they could have taken a stand and it's not censorship (censorship would be demanding changes to content to get carrying) it's deciding on what gets carried in their store which is a vendor's perogative. They are now lending credence to the removal of curatoralship duties from the platform.

What comes of that is neither here nor there but it simply illustrates at the fact this is a company with a severe lack of direction and problems at the upper management level you don't appoint some one to make these kinds of decisions and simply override them. It simply means that while they may have "street cred" they are never going to be anything more than they are. To grow you need talent that doesn't think it's going to be contradicted at the drop of a hat. That simply doesn't exist, and it's simply a matter of time before Steam collapses under itself.
 
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News Comments > Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns
89. Re: Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns Dec 17, 2014, 15:19 commonperson
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 09:18:
shul wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 09:16:
I'm sorry, but I've watched the trailer and the game makes me sick.

I know that if I don't like it I don't need to play it but putting stuff like that out there is like poisoning minds.

Maybe that is the point?? Maybe its supposed to make you sick, the same way a shocking book or movie is supposed to shock you, leave an impact, and some food for thought. There is no way to tell until the game hits the shelves and we learn some more about the story (or the lack of one).

Actually no, the creator said it didn't have that point specifically it was to push back at the concept of having to have a story and was there to just "enjoy" the killing. It could be said to be making a "statement" by it's lack of "statement" but if it is it's a regressive one.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Dec 6, 2014, 13:56 commonperson
 
Julio wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 10:10:
Redmask wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 08:41:
What's so bad about CBC?

They cost $1 billion per year of taxpayer money
They are a propaganda machine for the left (Liberals/NDP)
They don't supply anything that is unavailable in the free market

Except that's not quite true, while you say they don't offer anything that's not available in the "free market" that's proven false with the closure of several mid-market local affiliates at CTV and Global. Rogers has also dialed down local City teams so outside of the CBC there is little to no news or media representation (and certainly no radio representation) for much of Canada outside the major urban centres.

Second regarding "propaganda machine" that's pretty untrue. They've equally held the "left" to account for mistakes in the past. As mentioned it was the CBC who led the charge in the "Ad Scam" Sponsorship Scandal. Now that the CBC has turned their attention to the repeated violations of public trust that the "Conservative" party have taken part in they're no longer quite so popular despite the CBC being responsible for the lion's share of the investigative work that turned the tables on the Liberals. The duty of the CBC is to be critical of the party in power and has repeatedly done so under multiple regimes while CTV and the Sun media network have blindly posted propaganda for the Conservatives with regular frequency (look at the recent back peddle that SunTV had to do regarding a recording where they misidentified the speaker as being a liberal representative thanks to a mole placed by the Conservatives at a candidate meeting). The desire of the "Conservatives" to shut down the CBC is much more akin to their work silencing scientists. Anyone critical of their political position is silenced.

A fiscal argument is viable one to make but despite the fact that a large number of people want to sell the CBC the majority still do not favour that option and at this point it's still considered to fill a viable cultural need by many people.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Dec 6, 2014, 08:48 commonperson
 
Nothing is bad about them, they fulfill an important role in allowing for local TV to areas that would be otherwise under serviced. It's an unfortunate reality they've been demonized within some circles but they've been good at holding all parties accountable (they were equally as critical of the Liberals and the Conservatives should remember if it wasn't for the CBC's reporting on "AdScam" they would not be in power today).  
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News Comments > Activision Taking Take-Two?
24. Re: Activision Taking Take-Two? Sep 1, 2014, 09:08 commonperson
 
I hope people recognize this is not actually happening nor is it likely to happen. This is a single note on a research brief from an investment analyst. Basically he's laying out the potential opportunities for growth and setting out what the outcome would be. Essentially he's saying "if this was to go down it'd be a good idea to buy buy buy". This is why much of the "gaming" community can't hold a grown up discussion they see a passing note in an investment analysis and freak the fuck out like it's a done deal ignoring the fact that 2K have resisted offers from nearly as large fish before.

This is not a big company with its sites set on a little company this is two great big companies on equal footing and some one vaguely mentioning "yeah they'd go good together" like making up fantasy romances between Hollywood stars like "oh wouldn't George Clooney look so good as Julia Roberts' boy friend". People need to think about how the real world works before they over react (not so much talking about here but in general the comments in some places are just freaking insane).

Oh and Slick 100% agree with you on all but one point, you said that people don't care about the budget woes of Hollywood films, people are just as obsessive about that stuff as they are about video games. Every industry has it's inside baseball obsessives just gamers are insanely over the top about it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 10:43 commonperson
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:11:
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:07:
Yeah I was just thinking about that the other day. Apart from a few notable exceptions, most developers really do have a hard time rolling with the (mostly justified) punches that their fans keep throwing at them.

Nothing from the book, music or film industry even comes close.

Okay, I'll take the last point first, you obviously don't know many musicians or authors. Knowing quite a few of both and a few at the larger international scale I can tell you that you are wrong plenty hate their fans a whole hell of a lot (though the dynamic is quite different).

Now to your first point, "justified" punches? How is any of what went down in this latest train wreck justified? The rape and death threats are out there for the public to see, this is not stuff any of them are making up. Doxing is quite public too. Hell those Lizard twats did a straight up terrorist act (and yes calling in a fake bomb threat is classified as an act of terror). How is any of this justifiable on the part of fans? If it was simple things like "hey you know this ending kind of sucked" people like the Doctors over at Bioware would probably still be running the company but it was "OH MY GOD YOU ARE WRONG HERE IS YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER ON THE INTERNET I HOPE SOME ONE GOES TO THE HOME ADDRESS I JUST POSTED AND RAPES AND MURDERS YOUR CHILDREN". Honestly, I've been playing video games since Pong and right now I've never been more ashamed of people in my social group.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
19. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 22, 2014, 15:22 commonperson
 
Harrowing wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 13:58:
commonperson wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 11:05:

I'm not too worried about Star Citizen (at least at this phase) they have had some communication problems but the technology behind the game so far is solid enough for an Alpha.

Where have you been? They overdid it on the physics and it lags everyone in multiplayer. They've been trying to fix it for weeks and still haven't been able to.
The technology behind the game can't carry it where they want them to go. Just wait and see at the other countless problems they're going to have with CryEngine.

As I said, it's fine for an Alpha. Alphas are rough at the best of times, if it moves to Beta in this state then I'll be concerned. It runs reasonably well on my PC but I've got a machine that's more than overspecced for the game. I'm not expecting them to be ready until at least 2016 and that is plenty of time to pull things together. I'm not a Roberts zealot, I'm not saying they wont fail, just at this stage their progress is reasonable enough for what I expect. As for the physics like I said, fine enough for me, not saying it's everyone's cuppa and I totally understand people may not enjoy it that's their right. I'm just holding out on serious criticisim for a while longer.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
10. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 22, 2014, 11:05 commonperson
 
ItBurn wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 10:31:
I was able to be "captivated" by Eve online(even if it sucked) and Freelancer, but couldn't keep interested in the X games or Evochron mercenary. I'm not entirely sure what the magical recipe is.

Star Citizen will have remappable controls pretty soon, if it's not there already. I'm not questioning myself about SC because the guy worked on Freelancer and has continually said that it would be similar.

I'm not too worried about Star Citizen (at least at this phase) they have had some communication problems but the technology behind the game so far is solid enough for an Alpha. The folks who are doing Elite have a decent pedigree too. I'd say just wait until closer to launch and you can get your hands on it. I'm not about to say anyone run out and spend money on anything they don't feel 100% comfortable with.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
4. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week Jul 22, 2014, 10:24 commonperson
 
ItBurn wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 10:05:
You really aren't helping me like it by using EVE online... Most boring game ever... At least eve has a ton of things to do and accomplish. I've played a lot of freeform sandboxes that I loved and some of then that I found boring. No need for a main quest line, but there has to be a reason to play... I'm definitely interested, but I'm scared it won't hold my attention or there won't be a game in there.

Think of it more like Privateer with the story lifted out of it. The only comparison to EVE is the same kind of comparison that could be made to all economy based games. You can mine, trade, and run contracts. The gameplay itself is straight up space sim. I'm struggling getting my reflexes back it's been so long since I've used a joystick the old twitch is rusty.

It's really quite immersive, I'm using a G13 pad with my left hand to control systems and vertical and horizontal thrust as well as speed and a joystick with my right hand to control pitch, yaw, and weapons. Still trying to find the magic combination (may even spring for a fancy joystick/throttle combo for it). Unlike Star Citizen (which I'm also a backer of) there's complete control over your controller scheme easily in game so it gives you a lot of flexibility.
 
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News Comments > Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
25. Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 20:10 commonperson
 
Task wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 12:58:
I doubt Putin endorsed this.

You'd be shocked, a few years ago he appeared at a Russian rap concert and got on stage. He's trying to curry support from young voters and pretty much endear himself to those who he can whip up a stronger base of support from. It's pretty classic techniques used by his old bosses' mentor Joseph. You can take the field operative out of the KGB but you can't take the KGB field operative out of the man.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 14:32 commonperson
 
KS wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 13:37:
Today is Odin's Day. Tomorrow is Thor's Day.

Anyway, I can't tell from the article, is this some chick who was worthy, or did Thor get turned into a chick, like Loki was with a big, but in-continuity magical event, or a (gag) complete reboot?

And Christmas Trees are pandering to German pagans. It's all about appealing to the locals. From what I understand Thor has a fall from grace and the mantle is passed on to a different person (according to my brother who follows these things closer than me).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 13:25 commonperson
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 13:14:
Thor isn't a religious character, he's a mythological one. Unless you know people still worshiping Norse mythology as religion. I can't even find any genuine ones online.

You wont, like Roman pagan beliefs and Druidic beliefs in Ireland it was pretty much wiped out by their leaders converting to Christianity. It was dead in a hard way by 12th century. Any people worshiping "Odinism" or "Asatru" (German Neo-peganism) are following a bull shit religious system made up between the 20s and the 70s. It really congealed in to a "movement" within peganism in the 70s when the fricking hippies were all about the alternate lore. The beliefs are about as close to actual historical and mythological record as a Thor comic (in fact some Thor comics are more accurate than what they believe). I'm pretty "do what thou wilt" when it comes to personal beliefs but I don't have a lot of pitty for people who claim some long ancient connection to a series of gods when the rituals they are using to worship were made up during an LSD bender after a Dead concert.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 13:19 commonperson
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 12:13:
Why does Marvel feel it's ok for them to fuck with other peoples religions so long as they're not mainstream? Hey, why not make Jesus or Mohammed women and see how that works out for you.

I'm taking it that you've never read any of the Marvel comics involving demons. They fuck with Christian religions all the time and the new Ms. Marvel is a liberal muslim Pakistani girl, I'm sure if they read that comic that'd go over like pork in a Halal diner.

As for Thor, this is hardly the first time that some one else has taken over as Thor, it's not even the first time it's been a woman (though this is the first time the prime title is changing hands like this).

Now when it comes to "messing with religions" honestly, show me some one who actually worships the Norse gods (not some hipster or hippy) some one who has a familial worship going back to the Viking era and I'll give you a shiny nickle. The Norse jumped on the Christian band wagon pretty hard back in the day and was dead by the 12th century. Getting bent about this is like getting bent about Dracula and Mummies, shit from history that anyone with a personal connection to is long since dead. I'm sorry but anyone practicing Asatru or Odinism are a bunch of neo-pagan hippies who are full of crap. They have as much claim on "Odin" as "Druids" have on Druidism (it's all shit made up by bored white people in the 1920s to seem cool and different to their spiritualist buddies).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 16, 2014, 13:09 commonperson
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 09:58:
Is Archie really that bad in sales (probably, who the hell cares about archie?) that they need to do some weird gay save publicity stunt? This just screams of trying too hard.

Actually the sales are reasonably strong, the gay character has been around for a few years and this is in the "Future" line where it's a grown up Archie. This gay character is actually a senator who's gay married husband was shot and is campaigning on a gun-control ticket. I don't like Archie, never really have, but I have to give them kudos for really pushing back against the kind of people who would generally be their audience (Christan gun folks). They were going to end this line anyhow and focus on the main lines (the high school stuff) so to send him out with a pretty ballsy political statement is something to be applauded.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Access Granted DLC
5. Re: Watch Dogs Access Granted DLC Jul 4, 2014, 09:11 commonperson
 
All material already owned if you pre-order. So how are those with a season pass and who pre-ordered going to be compensated for the los of roi? (More that this pre-order dlc crap is stupid especially when they have things like the season pass where you get it all anyway.)  
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News Comments > Why World of Darkness Went Dark
13. Re: Why World of Darkness Went Dark Jun 5, 2014, 14:17 commonperson
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 13:14:
Also perhaps unwilling to fund it sufficiently? When it takes you five years to get to your first alpha that suggests they didn't have enough people working on it.

Alternately it suggests no clear vision, you could have a team of a hundred trained code monkeys but if the pointed headed boss keeps changing the spec and project scope every couple of weeks you will find yourself going in circles pretty quickly.
 
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News Comments > Why World of Darkness Went Dark
12. Re: Why World of Darkness Went Dark Jun 5, 2014, 14:16 commonperson
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 12:16:
The blame must also lay with White Wolf management for allowing the merger to begin with. Many said it was a bad idea at the time and that turns out to be the correct assessment.

I knew people who used to work with White Wolf in the pen and paper industry (more as peers than as partners). This is back in the original WoD days. They weren't quite as shell shocked as WotC waking up as millionares but they did not handle success well (most of it going up their noses) and they were never a company with a clear vision or clean management. They probably looked at CCP and thought "they work like us let's join forces". Real shame since WoD was a pretty interesting product. I'm curious if CCP will ever sell the rights away.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
90. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 18:39 commonperson
 
nin wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 18:36:
commonperson wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 18:32:
But there's this one guy over at Massively who I think I've seen cut and paste a few times in to threads here. He sock-puppets, he has posts prepared and ready to paste (literally across three or four message boards) hitting the exact same points every time.

reegle?


I can't remember the name, I just remember once I was flipping between here, Polygon, Joystiq and Massively. Each had a similar article and there was the same exact post cut and pasted between all four. It was actually kind of sad. Don't remember what he went by here though.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
87. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 18:36 commonperson
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 10:50:
Just tell us what's up and if/when you're unsure just give us "when it's done" but don't issue concrete dates if you can't keep them.
Thanks, that's exactly what I meant. :-)
 
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