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Nickname eRe4s3r
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Signed On Jan 29, 2009, 14:16
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 14:56 eRe4s3r
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 13:39:
That article is written on the assumption that Civ:BE is trying to be SMAC based on a quote that it's a serious setting and the author's other piece (linked to at start of article) goes as far as describing SMAC as Civ:BE's predecessor.

This seems unfair to Firaxis and Civ:BE. He says that Firaxis want the comparison when it suits them and not when it doesn't but I don't know what we can expect from Firaxis other than them to repeatedly say that it's not SMAC2. Are they banned from making a serious sci-fi game unless it is a sequel to SMAC?

If they had called it SMAC2 and then produced a simpler game with more mainstream appeal then they'd be trying to cash in on nostalgia while screwing nostalgic gamers and I'd agree but AFAIK this isn't like Thief.

I think the point was that they retained gameplay systems from CIV4/5 that don't fit their proclaimed "serious sci-fi" setting. Like the culture expansion thing. What culture? How does a culture affect your expansion in an alien colony? Or the art style of the units, which really does look like orcs vs tau vs necron vs tyranids

The article isn't about it not being SMAC2, it's about them saying its serious sci-fi and bringing up problems obvious with CIV:BE that betray it's own setting for no good reason.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 12:09 eRe4s3r
 
RDBK... never heard of it, but after reading their piece here I actually want to read more from them. It finally made my realize what bothered me with the CIV:BE video that was linked here today. It looked, felt, sounded and played.. like CIV4 with mods. And the art-style is REALLY weird to boot. Transplanting the culture range mechanic from CIV is actually extremely dumb. I think the only reason being that it promotes warfare and eliminates the need for good writing

Very good .. ehm, article. Wasn't really an review, more like an macro analysis...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
46. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 11:46 eRe4s3r
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 11:33:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:41:
But I don't have to understand the media, the media exists to serve the people, not the other way around. And Polygon is a prime example of what happens when media doesn't serve people, but ad payment click-rates. Otherwise even an OP-ED piece would not have a bullshit headline like that, quoting Pachter of all people. You might as well predict the future by reading tea leafs.

And the issue I have with this article is that you can not predict anything regarding VR. If what people who tried it say is true, then we are still at least an entire device generation away from breakthrough. And that is more or less the only thing we do know.

Your logic is circular. Polygon publishes click-bait, therefore this is click-bait, therefore Polygon publishes click-bait. But this isn't click-bait, it's an opinion piece about why this person thinks that present VR will fail so the headline is accurate and appropriate.

You don't have to understand the media to be served/exploited by it but you do need to understand it to offer suggestions on how to improve it - otherwise, you're essentially saying "I don't know what's going on, but here's what we should do ..."

Any prediction at this point will be a long shot and I agree with you in your criticisms of the article. "it won't be able to deliver the sort of holodeck experience the most mainstream of users might expect" is a strawman argument and the whole topic of physical movement is a joke IMHO. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want to move around and nothing will make me feel *LESS* like whatever steroid-ed up super-soldier I'm supposed to be than my sweaty ass pulling a muscle five minutes into a mission. This insurmountable obstacle is something I have no interest in mounting, so to speak, and is a concession to reality that I've long since made my peace with. (Edit: in purely financial terms, recouping $2.5B seems ambitious. Happily, that's Facebook's problem.)

Of course my logic is circular, I am connected to the Hivemind after all

And the article ITSELF my be ok, but the HEADLINE is imo click-bait. Because it is entirely subjective what "fail" and "win" is for VR. To you I am sure, just like for me, HAVING proper VR goggles is a huge success and the holodeck would be a nightmare. And I too have no interest in a holodeck for gaming. Man that'd be a huge issue not just because of space requirements but also because of fitness. I want fully immersive goggles, maybe tacticle feedback on my hands and fingers and that's it. And I want to have a "sitting experience" Ok, maybe standing too, assuming we can harness ourselves and it's not used for walking around, but rather to have proper feeling of presence. I don't know how VR is gonna work exactly in that regard. I assume sitting when simulation env is sitting is a major factor in presence.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
45. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 11:38 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 11:13:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:41:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:10:
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 09:32:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 05:40:
Quboid wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:32:
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?

Everything on Polygon is unsubstantiated clickbait... a proper article would have asked "Does VR have a future?" With both sides of the argument given equal air time. What Polygon does here is agenda driven Op-ED drivel. Op-ED does give you the right to voice opinions I guess, but Polygon is a bullshit factory, so it might just as well be in their main news feed. Fits right in

It's an opinion piece, it is only supposed to be this author's opinion. Giving each side equal air time is false balance if he doesn't think it's a 50:50 issue and he evidently doesn't.

Click-bait exists but it is not an opinion you don't like, nor is it an article you didn't bother to read. Further more, if this genuinely was click-bait and you're taking a stand against it, you should not even be here. By commenting you are sending others to their site and by viewing these comments, you're telling Blue that click-bait is what we want and what gets him advertising revenue - and if you're so concerned about click-bait, you should be concerned that Blue is falling foul of this supposed disease too.

Thank you.
If one thing has come from gamergate, it's realizing how little most people understand the media. Between this and all the demands for journalism degrees...

But I don't have to understand the media, the media exists to serve the people, not the other way around. And Polygon is a prime example of what happens when media doesn't serve people, but ad payment click-rates. Otherwise even an OP-ED piece would not have a bullshit headline like that, quoting Pachter of all people. You might as well predict the future by reading tea leafs.

Ps.: And blues gets money for actual page-views, not for click through.

It's a guy's opinion, and plenty of people on this board share the same opinion. Why isn't he allowed to publish his opinion? And how is it a bullshit headline? He thinks it's bound to fail.

And what's the goalpost for failure? Facebook paid $2 billion for it, and is investing what has to be several hundred million more. Do you think that it will generate $2.5 billion in profit? Not revenue, but profit? This is ignoring even the opportunity cost of that investment and the time value of money.

So, from an investment point of view, it needs to generate at least $2.5 billion in profit to not be a failure. I am not at all convinced that's very likely.

I highly doubt Facebook wants to make 2.5b profit with this anytime soon. They create and generate their own longterm market. A new market. Whether profits can be made there or not remains to be seen, but the market wasn't there 5 years ago. Now a new market spawned, and for large corporations, a new market where it costs 2.5b to access but generates 200m per year is absolutely worth it. Money not invested is money you waste. And a market that COULD grow exponentially with barely any competition is extremely lucrative to a company.

And the article says "why... VR.. is bound to fail" and VR is not bound to fail. Any actual presence enabling VR that comes out of this is a huge success... something NOBODY had ever done before the OR. And if the first generation OR isn't total shit, it will completely change how games can be experienced.

So what if it costs 2.5b+ to make proper VR happen... without Facebook boosting this we'd not have the outlook on proper VR. Is it to you not a success that we get VR *at all* ? If Facebook hadn't thrown their weight behind OR, would others have started making competing VR goggles? And without competition, would there ever have been a chance of it becoming mainstream to begin with?

Even if this is just a side-project of Facebook, to me as a Gamer VR is a success because VR will finally EXIST. Before the OR, we had no VR at all. Only fake in your face projections. And pseudo 3d in movies.
 
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer
22. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer Oct 2, 2014, 11:20 eRe4s3r
 
Task wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:31:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 05:44:

Awareness of knowledge is generally lost over 3 generations (60 years) unless efforts are made to keep that knowledge in awareness. As Overseer you would have all knowledge, but to your awareness only select few pieces would appear relevant.

It's why a Hive Mind is superior At least then everyone has the same selective awareness.

From what I understand that's what Harmony is, the end goal is to 'become one' with the living planet you reside on. Hypothetically, as the keeper of all knowledge, the harmonized humanity will connect with all the things.

Whether that is something we want to achieve or not would largely depend on what the planet actually wants and how the practicalities of the Ascension are defined though. When I say it is superior I mean on an higher level of thinking, Hive consciousness where individuality is retained but the hivemind is always there, like say, an global living planet network in your brain would be superior.

But is that something you really "win" with? Wouldn't that make you part of the planet? What about everyone else who ISN'T? They'd be part of that hive-mind too? If the hive mind is defined by ALL life wouldn't that mean that building this if your way of thinking is not the majority would essentially mean losing.

I guess I am saying, this is an odd victory condition. Not seeing how in any way this gives us an "victory" in essence we are dissolving the faction we are playing with the hope our ethics and awareness of knowledge would pass into the hive-mind, and the game calls that a victory. But it could just as well happen that other factions ethics and awareness gain dominance. (Also, how would cybernetic life-forms gain that ascension... for them they'd have to be entirely immune to this victory condition....)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 10:41 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 10:10:
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 09:32:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 05:40:
Quboid wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:32:
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?

Everything on Polygon is unsubstantiated clickbait... a proper article would have asked "Does VR have a future?" With both sides of the argument given equal air time. What Polygon does here is agenda driven Op-ED drivel. Op-ED does give you the right to voice opinions I guess, but Polygon is a bullshit factory, so it might just as well be in their main news feed. Fits right in

It's an opinion piece, it is only supposed to be this author's opinion. Giving each side equal air time is false balance if he doesn't think it's a 50:50 issue and he evidently doesn't.

Click-bait exists but it is not an opinion you don't like, nor is it an article you didn't bother to read. Further more, if this genuinely was click-bait and you're taking a stand against it, you should not even be here. By commenting you are sending others to their site and by viewing these comments, you're telling Blue that click-bait is what we want and what gets him advertising revenue - and if you're so concerned about click-bait, you should be concerned that Blue is falling foul of this supposed disease too.

Thank you.
If one thing has come from gamergate, it's realizing how little most people understand the media. Between this and all the demands for journalism degrees...

But I don't have to understand the media, the media exists to serve the people, not the other way around. And Polygon is a prime example of what happens when media doesn't serve people, but ad payment click-rates. Otherwise even an OP-ED piece would not have a bullshit headline like that, quoting Pachter of all people. You might as well predict the future by reading tea leafs.

And the issue I have with this article is that you can not predict anything regarding VR. If what people who tried it say is true, then we are still at least an entire device generation away from breakthrough. And that is more or less the only thing we do know.

This comment was edited on Oct 2, 2014, 11:13.
 
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer
20. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer Oct 2, 2014, 05:44 eRe4s3r
 
Task wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 13:54:
Mangrove wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:10:
Task wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 11:05:
...Future humans won't know about any prehumans named Ghandi or Abraham Lincoln the vampire slayer anyways. Its about creating new history of humanity somewhere else in the universe, which is more fascinating to me.

"Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." - Some dead guy.

But as the overseer of my new Harmony colony, I am the keeper of past/present/future knowledge. I know all the things.

Awareness of knowledge is generally lost over 3 generations (60 years) unless efforts are made to keep that knowledge in awareness. As Overseer you would have all knowledge, but to your awareness only select few pieces would appear relevant.

It's why a Hive Mind is superior At least then everyone has the same selective awareness.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
39. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 05:40 eRe4s3r
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:32:
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?

Everything on Polygon is unsubstantiated clickbait... a proper article would have asked "Does VR have a future?" With both sides of the argument given equal air time. What Polygon does here is agenda driven Op-ED drivel. Op-ED does give you the right to voice opinions I guess, but Polygon is a bullshit factory, so it might just as well be in their main news feed. Fits right in
 
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News Comments > Falling Skies Rises
4. Re: Falling Skies Rises Oct 2, 2014, 05:35 eRe4s3r
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 17:00:
Wtf its like watching an alpha version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

More like a total conversion mod in the early stages of "can we do this?"

With the clear answer: "Yes, but maybe we shouldn't."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
30. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 18:37 eRe4s3r
 
Polygon proving again why it's on the boycott list.. bullshit stories by bullshit writers.  
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. Online Open Beta & Launch Next Month
11. Re: F.E.A.R. Online Open Beta & Launch Next Month Sep 30, 2014, 08:24 eRe4s3r
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:42:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:33:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:10:
Can I play as Alma?

The misunderstood super-evil

FEAR never worked for me in a horror sense because why would I be scared of her? What happened to her is sad...

Maybe that's what FEAR did best, it did have a really interesting story...

A story which I'm sure will come shining through in an online-only, free to play, multiplayer shooter.

Pretty much
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. Online Open Beta & Launch Next Month
5. Re: F.E.A.R. Online Open Beta & Launch Next Month Sep 29, 2014, 23:33 eRe4s3r
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:10:
Can I play as Alma?

The misunderstood super-evil

FEAR never worked for me in a horror sense because why would I be scared of her? What happened to her is sad...

Maybe that's what FEAR did best, it did have a really interesting story...
 
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News Comments > Visceral: Battlefield Hardline "Will Work"
10. Re: Visceral: Battlefield Hardline Sep 29, 2014, 12:18 eRe4s3r
 
Arithon wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 11:44:
"We actually started on this more than a year before Battlefield 4 came out."
Really? Doing what? Setting the price? The "BETA" they released was little more than a lazy mod of BF4 with 70-90% of the same assets and sound-effects.

Release mod tools for BF4 and watch a dozen different people do a better job in half the time.

Future games like DayZ, Alien Swam, DOTA, Counterstrike and Natural Selection have all been smothered in their crib by the DLC Cash Cow vetoing the modding community.

Shallow, greedy short-term thinking.

I have bought every BattleField title on the PC since the game series began. BF4 was the last one I will ever buy.

The last two BF games were plagued with bugs and were killed off by slicing the player-base in half each time with every paid map-pack, leaving servers empty of all but those who bought into the "Premium".

I am exactly in the same boat.. Battlefield 4 is the end point for me with this series and I owned literally every single Battlefield game there is. What Dice pulled with the DLC still makes me sour. Exclusive DLC weapons that are vastly superior to any other weapon (AWS (better than any other MG) /Bulldog better than any other high damage assault rifle) etc. That's the new DICE.

And the CTE coming out tomorrow is just the last nail in the coffin.. too much bullshit and too late.... and making CTE premium exclusive is what did it for me...

Yeah, let's split up player base not just between DLC's, but also between premium exclusive CTE and broken as shit game for the plebs... Dice at their best. And yes, I know we all get the patch tomorrow, my point is that dice in their infinite wisdom gave the premium users a FIXED GAME and gives us plebs a fixed game 3 fucking months later with the caveat that "team CTE" is going to start, and so CTE is again going to split up player-bases. That's just awesome. The game is already pretty damn deserted at night. Barely 20 decent servers when I filter for conquest / golmund in rotation....

I am done with Battlefield
 
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News Comments > X-Rebirth DLC Free to Preorder
19. Re: X-Rebirth DLC Free to Preorder Sep 29, 2014, 00:51 eRe4s3r
 
Slashman wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 15:21:
NeOCidE wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:49:
Competition is going to be fierce in the space sim genre. I fear for Egosoft. You need to nail the product before it ships or your just going to drive your customers to other alternatives.

The tricky bit is that there isn't a real alternative to Rebirth in terms of empire building gameplay. ED does space combat exceptionally well but it just offers trading. Star Citizen is an MMO, so really, Egosoft had the perfect opportunity to release something unique that no one else was offering. Right now, the only alternative would be Limit Theory but that isn't out yet either.

Egosoft would be dead in the water if the EVE Online devs make an EVE Offline. I dunno why they are not doing that, but I am guessing it will happen at some point. I know I am not the only one who wants an EVE that is not ONLINE
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 29, 2014, 00:48 eRe4s3r
 
SlimRam wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 00:14:
I am the master of disaster when it comes to toilets! On me and the wife's last vacation I actually clogged 3 out of 3 toilets in the hotels we were staying at! I'm not sure if i'm just overly gifted when it comes to john clogging or lucky! Well, it was never lucky for the maids that had to come into the room and clean up after my rectal wreaking ball did it's damage. I think it's just shoddy construction honestly. I mean, the newer toilets use less water and I believe hamster poop could clog those damn things. BUT, the old super flushers of the past, OH HEEEEEELLLLLL NO! You could flush a Volkswagen down those damn things without even a hiccup. Dammit, I MISS the toilets of olde *sighs and marches off into my bathroom to reminisce about the past*

Having seen hotel toilets you should not feel bad about that. In their attempt to save water and space they design those things for midgets.


In the past they understood that "fall height" of the water and pipe diameter are not things you can improve or change without damaging functionality.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
7. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 29, 2014, 00:34 eRe4s3r
 
yuastnav wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 13:20:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 22:39:
Is this the open source security apocalypse? These things are used by billion $ corporations and they don't audit them first? What the actual hell.

btw, on my Android tablet with Cyanogen mod 11 nightly the vuln also exists. Gonna need an update too heh...

Audit? What do you mean by that?
You don't have a checklist of ALL possible ways you can attack something because it's up to the fantasy of attacker to find a new way. Of course there are specifications for how secure something should be but that doesn't mean that it's bulletproof, open source or not.
You are actually lucky that you can read about it BECAUSE it's open source. Do you think every company that writes closed source software discloses every vulnerability it ever had that was (not) patched?

I mean if you use an open source tool in your billion $ companies products you should probably look at the code and check BASIC security things before allowing it in

And yes, parser issues are actually on a checklist to look for in code. Every good code analyze tool checks for that. The problem is nobody ever ran it over bash source because nobody at Bash paid someone to do that.
 
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News Comments > Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations WOTY Released
3. Re: Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations WOTY Released Sep 29, 2014, 00:19 eRe4s3r
 
And as usual, it's the "Matrix" pricing in action too 75 if there wasn't a sale. That's well above 90$  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 29, 2014, 00:10 eRe4s3r
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 20:21:
Fion wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:36:
Nothing is made to last anymore Blue, nothing. Too much money to be made in repair (see Apple) or simply throwing away the broken to be replaced with the new. You think it's an anomaly that everyone's phone tends to start bugging out just a few short months before your contract is up?

Had to replace the floats a few times in the 8 years I have had this house, and just last month replaced the flappers.....odd how I never remember any of this being an issue growing up......

Mine lasted 23 years (floats, rubber seal and all) I cleaned them twice in that time, and at that point, buying new casket was cheaper than repairing the parts that had broken...
 
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News Comments > X-Rebirth DLC Free to Preorder
17. Re: X-Rebirth DLC Free to Preorder Sep 28, 2014, 23:58 eRe4s3r
 
Creston wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 21:03:
Zanthar wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 20:07:
No... it's if you buy this crappy DLC the next crappy 'new one' is free.

No, it shows up as "Free" in the Steam store, and when you go to "purchase" it, the buy button is a download button. So this one IS definitely free if you own Rebirth.

Clicking the download button doesn't do anything for me, though.

Do it in the client.... worked for me.. free DLC but it's not yet released so it won't display anywhere...

At least there is no requirement to actually INSTALL rebirth
 
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16. Re: etc. Sep 28, 2014, 03:05 eRe4s3r
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 23:35:
Warthog HOTAS + Obutto r3volution including the Warthog mounting shit = SIM HEAVEN

And can be used as desk replacement... mhh.. this is actually something to consider... my desk is not really ergonomic
 
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