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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 Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out
5. Re: Steam Hardware Early Preorders Sold Out Jun 29, 2015, 15:12 commonperson
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 15:06:
Did anyone here actually order one of these?

I picked up the controller and the Steam Link but only because I want to review the hardware for my site I don't really have particularly high expectations from the controller and I can already stream games to my TV through other methods from Steam.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Act 2 Next Month
11. Re: Broken Age Act 2 Next Month Mar 25, 2015, 15:33 commonperson
 
Sho wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 15:11:
007Bistromath wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 14:55:
So you're going to forgive the Molyneuxian over-promising, the disingenuous e-begging, the abandoned projects, and the fact that he got up on stage and said "fuck you" to hundreds of people that gave him money to do all that shit because of what amounts to a petty internet bitchfit between people who like games and people who like to make money writing about games?

I don't, no - I'm quite angry with Double Fine specifically about the DF-9 situation, and don't expect I'll back any of their crowdfunding efforts again. As a company they've definitely squandered a lot of my trust with that one. But I don't really see much Molyneuxian over-promising from Schafer. In fact, Broken Age is far grander in scope than promised originally.

What's this "Fuck you" thing though? Did that actually happen? Maybe I did miss something.

Apparently he's bent about the Gamergate jokes at GDC because as is readily shown time and time again Gators can "make fun of" or "joke" about who ever they want but some one pokes them in the ribs it's all about the boycots and banning and censorship and burn and destroy. Maybe if people who were supporting of "ethics in journalism" didn't fly off the handle when ever anyone gave them even half the stick they give other people would take them a bit more seriously.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Video
20. Re: Star Citizen Video Mar 16, 2015, 11:50 commonperson
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 16, 2015, 09:03:
I wonder how much those ships are going to cost in game.

That's something I've been really wondering. They say every ship will be able to be purchased in game but if it's prohibitively expensive that may not be worth it (though if there are ways to make big space bucks may be okay). These are the details that are going to make the difference for me with regards to the game. I'm sitting on my space bucks until there's more stuff to buy (go 25,000). May poke around the store this weekend but I'm curious when they are going to share these numbers.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Videos
63. Re: Star Citizen Videos Mar 9, 2015, 16:21 commonperson
 
Drayth wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 16:10:
There's not enough popcorn in the world for this thread.

Honestly, half the time I read the comments on stories here just to see how low the discussion will sink. Some of the comments are the most bitter angry nonsensical rage posts I've seen in years. Reminds me of the good old days on usenet.
 
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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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