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Real Name Matthew Ardill   
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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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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
85. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 18:32 commonperson
 
WaltC wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 09:41:
I think the griping is a form of latent jealousy...;) Software is almost never on time, due to a great number of events both foreseen and otherwise. But it's a cynical world, and real rip-offs happen every day, so the people who feel this way are not without excuse. Now that the Star Citizen objectives are being met, though, it will be the brave cynic, indeed, who continues onward...;)

(And please, can we stop calling it "hate"? That is *so-o-o-ooo* hackneyed and worn. "Skepticism, doubt, mistrust, criticism," etc., are all much better words than "hate," which is really almost never the case from anyone, it seems to me. For instance, people who don't like Apple products don't hate them, they just don't like them as a matter of personal preference when compared to other products, etc.)


I agree, I think their timelines were ambitious they just didn't really communicate that ambition well. I am just going to remain optimistic that they keep meeting objectives.

Now when you ask me to stop using hate, I wouldn't say most people saying skeptical things are "haters". I'm skeptical of things in this project myself (I think the scope of the project with their stretch goals of procedural system generation and both ground pounding FPS, boarding, and space combat is actually beyond their ability but I look forward to being proven wrong). Saying things like that isn't hating.

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. He calls Chris Roberts a scammer, uses the Wing Commander movie as an example of failure (which I actually kind of liked but I'm weird like that), and so on. That's a hater, and I've met a handful of anti-MS people, Anti-Apple people and Anti-Android people who are the same. These are not the average people, these are the people who are mentally unwell. Thankfully they affixed their hate on to something as inconsequential as technology. In a different time they may have been wearing pointy bedsheets.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
84. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 18:26 commonperson
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 09:27:
really? communication is your gripe? as far as i'm concerned they've communicated the state of the game far better than any previous developer. who else would've made daily posts about the bug list until release? they really can't do better than that unless you're such a needy personality that you have to be personally satisfied even at the expense of actual work they have to do.

a lot of people really love the idea of this game, but some of them have lost all perspective in regards to game development and only care about their personal fix.

Actually it's the communication leading up to the release that's the issue. They communicated on Wednesday that it was ready to go on Wingman's Hanger and then Thursday it was delayed. They actually said "baring issues" when releasing the Thursday date initially but that was not clear enough because, let's be frank, a lot of gamers are idiots.

So yeah, my biggest issue is communication, they're overly transparent. It's like the time I spent working with a burlesque troupe. There were girls who would come out and just take it right off. People liked it but after a while it got dull. Then there were the girls who were able to tease and be coy. They showed a lot of skin but they kept enough hidden that when the big reveal came every one was happy.

Right now, CIG is just taking it all off and people are not mature or nuanced enough for that. It's causing break downs in their communication and is in fact causing their community to become exceptionally toxic. Their community management is just outright blocking and deleting posts from anyone with reasonable complaints(I don't post there so it hasn't hit me but I've seen it happen to others) and the "fanboy" quotient is out of control there (which I guess when you spend 500 dollars on pretend space ships you get a bit defensive).

I want this to succeed, I want it to do well, but for this to happen they are going to need to communicate better their objectives, their milestones, and their ability to reach those milestones. We're fairly early in the project, we've got about one or two more years ahead of us at least. Patience will wear thin eventually and if they don't manage the rabble they will start to feel it sooner or later.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA Enhancing Ubisoft PC Games
16. Re: NVIDIA Enhancing Ubisoft PC Games Jun 4, 2014, 18:15 commonperson
 
Zyrxil wrote on Jun 4, 2014, 15:37:
Frankly, it doesn't matter what company you like. Even without 'partnership' deals like this, Nvidia owns 80% of the market, and that's what devs develop and test for.

You may want to fact check your hyperbole. Just using steam hardware survey alone shows that they have actually around 50% with AMD at 30% and the difference being mainly Intel.(http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/) So whilst they have a market lead it's hardly overpowering and given initiatives like Mantle this could shift the playing field especially now the crypto-currency trend is ending.

The AMD cards were actually list price cheaper than NVIDIA but the bitcoin miners were snapping them up which was inflating the price. (You can now get the cards for fairly cheap on ebay). Now, add to this the fact that NVIDIA is shut out of the console market, Shield isn't even close to making a dent, and the performance ration between the cards is fairly close (honestly the handful of frames difference on most games is nothing) this leaves NVIDIA in an unenviable position.

You may want to use real numbers when trying to tout the superiority of a brand in the future, it may let people take you a bit more seriously.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Released
6. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Released Jun 4, 2014, 08:59 commonperson
 
Glad it came together without too much of a delay. I think most of the grumpy people (save the few partisan haters who would say stuff no matter if it was out on time or not) would have been much cooler with the delay if it was communicated better. I hope they learn their lesson and communuicate status and objectives in a more controled manner in the future.  
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News Comments > Steam Machines Delayed
25. Re: Steam Machines Delayed May 28, 2014, 15:22 commonperson
 
jdreyer wrote on May 28, 2014, 15:18:
Well, I think it was more of a shot across Microsoft's bow. MS was locking down the Windows O/S and threatening Steam's visibility and maybe even viability on it. Not wanting to leave their fate in the hands of Microsoft (who would?) they wanted to show that they didn't need to be tied to that.

Except they weren't locking down the OS. Their marketplace (which is basically their answer to Steam) was locked down and the "metro" interface required their store other than that it was still just as open. Essentially it would have zero impact on the Valve marketshare at all. I honestly don't believe this "response to MS" stuff, frankly I think it's just another poorly formulated idea out of valve like "episodic content" and "Valve Time" which is just as bad as "Blizzard Time".

They heralded Eposodic gaming as the way of the future and then abandoned it promptly, just like their first forays in to hardware, and I'm sure their controller and other projects to follow. There's a real lack of vision there, lots of ideas but zero dedication to see things through to completion.
 
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