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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 > Steam Link Announced
16. Re: Steam Link Announced Mar 4, 2015, 09:49 commonperson
 
This leads me to believe the SteamBox initiative is dead. This is actually more along the lines of what most people were looking for. An inexpensive way to play games where ever. There was no way I was goign to buy a Steambox when I have a multi-thousand dollar gaming rig in my office (nor would my wife let me given she's already putting up with me havint two consoles in the living room) but this inexpensive option allows for all the flexibility of a PC in the living room with a low overhead.

They've tested the technology, I've been doing it between my wife's laptop and my PC for months. It's solid so this makes sense, now if they start letting applications like Plex enter the equation then they'd have a killer device.
 
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News Comments > Steam Link Announced
15. Re: Steam Link Announced Mar 4, 2015, 09:44 commonperson
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 22:07:
What the fuck is up with all of that streaming hype anyway? Is there any other practical scenario for it other than watching let's plays while fucking your wife?

Well for example my PS4 is in my living room, I write reviews for a blog which means some times I have to plow through a game due to a self imposed timeline and the wife wants to watch her programs. I can go downstairs to my office and use my PSTV to link up and play games on my office monitor instead of upstairs. It basically unlocks the gaming experience from a particular room. Unless you are taking streaming as the narrow band view but it's pretty clear that when they use the word streaming they mean streaming in the sense you are streaming the output of one device one way and the input from another device the other way. This isn't let's play type stuff this is desktop sharing stuff.
 
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News Comments > Steam Link Announced
14. Re: Steam Link Announced Mar 4, 2015, 09:41 commonperson
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 20:13:
So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?

Given that you can already do this with their extant client (ie. have Steam logged in on two computers you can stream from one machine to another over your LAN) I'm suspecting this is going to be a USB driven device or micro computer using a thin client SteamOS install. All the heavy lifting will be done on your PC and using something that they've been able to do for about a year (at least) they are now just putting a bow on it and selling it to people. This is actually probably closer to what people want out of a SteamBox than what is being brought to market with that name. As for how, just your wifi. I have been able to play games on my wife's crappy laptop just as smoothly as my PC downstairs and that's running over wifi. Anyhow, time will tell.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
17. Re: etc., etc. Jan 31, 2015, 16:51 commonperson
 
Julio wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:15:
beremot wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 14:04:
this guy "Julio" really seems to believe in his bullshit, and apparently has no idea how much of an asshole he is.

Don't forget, GG claims to speak for "the real gamers" as well as "ethics in journalism"

It's a lie and they need to be called out on it each and every time.

Keep trying, maybe you'll get that threesome with Zoe and Anita.

Keep trying maybe Adam Baldwin and Milo Yiannopoulos will let you give them blowjobs.
 
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News Comments > Roll20 Virtual Tabletop
12. Re: Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Jan 9, 2015, 21:47 commonperson
 
ldonyo wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 09:33:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/curmudgeon

That seems to sum it up quite nicely.

I may have you beat on PnP playing, as I started in 1976 with the white box set of D&D rules when I was 12.

Back on topic, this is pretty cool and would definitely be useful if our group dispersed across the globe.

Shhh! Don't derail his being the cool kid with things like facts or you know, a basic understanding of the English language.
 
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News Comments > Roll20 Virtual Tabletop
11. Re: Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Jan 9, 2015, 21:45 commonperson
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 02:01:
commonperson wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 21:39:
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 18:01:
Pretty cool, but the whole tiered free and premium crap leaves me cold. Just sell a complete damn product already. I'd still rather have a proper new NWN however, sigh.

You want some apples for those oranges? NWN is nothing at all like this, that's like saying "Well that's a nice boat but I want an airplane". This is a virtual table top for people to run games, the tiered product is so players can get the product without having to play and the GM can use the product.

Also it's basically in infinite trial period. My GM in Australia was running a game with people in North America and the UK for years didn't pay. I paid for the service because I wanted access to the locked out features like line of sight and lighting but if you are playing a role playing game like D&D none of that is even needed. The product is complete, they are just letting people try it out first.

I know you're the local curmudgeon Cutter but try and at least keep it vaguely related. When you pull NWN in to the equation you look like you are pulling at straws to come up with something to complain about.

Oh pleas, when will you trolls stop? Curmudgeon? How? Better go through my post history, scooter, because the positive far outweighs the negative. And I don't start the shit, I respond to it. People want to start fights, that's fine, I'll oblige them. If a game deserves criticism there's nothing surly about calling it as such. Sometimes, you just have to call a spade a spade, chief.

And obviously one of these things is not like the other. How long did it take for you to figure that out, sport? If you had half a brain, you'd understand what it was I was actually saying. I was PnPing before you were an accident in your mom.

I somehow doubt it kiddo (and trust me I've probably got quite a few years on you) it takes a little more than calling some one a curmudgeon to be considered trolling but your delicate sensibilities at times really seem like it can't take what it dishes.

You start by complaining about the "incomplete product" and then wrap it up with what you are saying is a lame joke about wanting NWN. Trust me squirt, you don't know what you're talking about having used the free product for some time before paying for it.
 
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News Comments > Roll20 Virtual Tabletop
3. Re: Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Jan 5, 2015, 21:39 commonperson
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 18:01:
Pretty cool, but the whole tiered free and premium crap leaves me cold. Just sell a complete damn product already. I'd still rather have a proper new NWN however, sigh.

You want some apples for those oranges? NWN is nothing at all like this, that's like saying "Well that's a nice boat but I want an airplane". This is a virtual table top for people to run games, the tiered product is so players can get the product without having to play and the GM can use the product.

Also it's basically in infinite trial period. My GM in Australia was running a game with people in North America and the UK for years didn't pay. I paid for the service because I wanted access to the locked out features like line of sight and lighting but if you are playing a role playing game like D&D none of that is even needed. The product is complete, they are just letting people try it out first.

I know you're the local curmudgeon Cutter but try and at least keep it vaguely related. When you pull NWN in to the equation you look like you are pulling at straws to come up with something to complain about.
 
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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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