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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Wizardry Online Revival Speculation
1. Re: Wizardry Online Revival Speculation Jan 7, 2015, 18:04 Jivaro
But why? It was horrible.  
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News Comments > Aliens Games Back on Steam
1. Re: Aliens Games Back on Steam Jan 7, 2015, 18:00 Jivaro
lol..called it. Every year it seems like there is at least one well known title, franchise, or publisher that has their stuff pulled from Steam for whatever reason at the turn of the year. Video game sales and distribution rights seems so unnecessarily complicated to me.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2015, 16:29 Jivaro
Creston wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 15:55:
Damn, that shit in Paris is fucked up...

Yeah, yeah it is. So senseless.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2015, 12:06 Jivaro
Don't be so sure that we won't see Hank Pym in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I wouldn't put it past Whedon to hide something like that from the trailers.

I could be wrong, but I think the events of Age of Ultron are part of what pushes Hank Pym to seek out Scott Lang and put him in the suit. (well that and that someone has taken over his company and his Yellow Jacket tech) The current speculation is that Ultron is Stark's fault and that the Vision is created by him and Banner to combat him. I find that a believable take, and clearly the trailer is made to plant that seed to some extent, I am just not sure it's the only possibility. What if we are introduced to Hank Pym as the reason Ultron is created, perhaps that is why he loses control of his company?

Who knows. My marvel Fan-boy is showing but I find myself kinda hoping that they wouldn't be so stupid as to take EVERYTHING that made Ant-Man interesting away and than hope that they can put someone as dull as Scott lang in his place just because they sign a name like Rudd to do the part.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jan 6, 2015, 21:04 Jivaro
Finally going to buy the second VH game. I loved the first but my backlog is so large that I had been putting off buying the second. Can't really beat 5-7 bucks though.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jan 5, 2015, 18:28 Jivaro
I wonder if Perfect World going private would be a good thing for the dev teams and the customers. I assume yes, but I guess I don't really know that.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 5, 2015, 18:19 Jivaro
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 17:25:
Has anyone tried to ala carte offerings yet? I think I read there was a little lag but this streaming stuff was finally playable.

I have and the service works great in my area. I had a slight lag blip when my step-daughter started streaming a video in another room but things were fine after that brief second. It's a very connection dependent service. If your service is slow or undependable than you will have trouble. If your service is stable you are less likely to have trouble. Obviously if you have the phat pipeline you will be just fine.

Of course, we don't know how many people are using the service right now. When this new payment system comes into place I expect more people will be using it. Given Sony's history I find myself questioning whether or not they will be prepared if the server load is high.

Their strategy always reminds me of Christmas at my Great Aunt's house. She never has enough chairs for everyone to sit. She just assumes that half the people who are supposed to show are going to flake so she never has enough chairs at the table. We end up bringing our own chairs. (I am not kidding by the way) The problems with this strategy for an online gaming service are obvious and yet Sony is far from the only company to do this.
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News Comments > Brian Reynolds' Alpha Centauri Shooter/RPG Dreams
4. Re: Brian Reynolds' Alpha Centauri Shooter/RPG Dreams Jan 5, 2015, 18:02 Jivaro
Someone in the FB thread speculates that Ken made the post as a subtle game announcement. It's an interesting theory, but I think this is probably just the harmless response to a few thousand fan requests regarding System Shock that it appears to be.

That being said, if Brian Reynolds makes an Alpha Centauri rpg/shooter someday we will be able to look back on this random FB thread and say "Thanks Ken!"

edit: I would also add that while I have never met anyone who didn't like Freedom Force I have met a lot of people that considered it a pretty average game. In other words, while I myself loved both games, it appears most people think they were simply "good" games that could have been much better. The sales numbers, if I recall, indicated that not many people were overly impressed by the demo that was provided on the cover of PC Gamer magazine and at Fileplanet at the time. Perhaps now that superheroes are more mainstream than ever Ken would be able to make the Freedom Force game that Gotham gamers deserve.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 5, 2015, 16:59 Jivaro
I wouldn't complain about it being lower..

There seems to be something magical about the number 15 and video game companies when it comes to monthly subs. I wonder how they come up with that number and why it always seems to be that number. (okay, not always, but a majority of the time)
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 5, 2015, 12:18 Jivaro
Much better pricing plan Sony. I can actually see many Playstation owners doing that, particularly those with families where multiple users with multiple gaming tastes are playing on the machine. It's a lot cheaper than buying everyone the games they like individually. Hell, if Nintendo offered something like this on a WiiU I would buy one today and subscribe immediately. I would prefer some sort of "Master PS+" subscription option that includes PS Now so I don't have to maintain two separate hey...that's not a big deal.

Not so sure that it's as attractive for single user situations.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2015, 11:49 Jivaro
Yesterday/last night, on Facebook, Ken Levine had a series of posts that appeared to be aimed at reminding people that he doesn't personally own the rights to System Shock or Bioshock. (I am not sure what started the conversation..perhaps it was the fan letter that apparently demanded that Levine tell him when Half-Life 3 was coming) Some interesting points and suggestions came from some interesting people along the way. Here are the highlights...

1) Levine said that 2K owns the rights to Bioshock and that he has no idea who owns System Shock. After some speculation by a few people someone claimed that " The Meadowbrook Insurance Groups" owned the rights, that was neither confirmed or denied by Levine. I am fairly certain he honestly doesn't know or care.

2) Brian Raynolds (Civ, AoE, Alpha Centauri) made the observation that the SS rights sounded as convoluted as the Alpha Centauri rights. At this point someone said "Oh? Do tell!" and Levine said "Yeah, do!", so Reynolds elaborated and yes it all sounds rather confusing.

2.5) Brian Reynolds joked (stated?) that he wanted to make a shooter/rpg set in the Alpha Centauri universe. Levine told Reynolds that if the shooter were to be made, to put him down for 100 copies. "Deirdre Skye running and gunning, with mindworms closing in from all directions!" -Brian Reynolds

3) George Broussard suggested that Levine start a "spiritual successor" to System Shock on Kickstarter using the Unity engine. Levine reminded George that he didn't own the rights, George said that's why you call it a "spiritual successor".

3.5) "1) leave 2k cause, ugh, 2) kickstart spiritual successor to System Shock using Unity on KS, 3) Profit " -George Broussard (quote for context)

4) Levine stated that the only game rights he owns are the ones associated to the Freedom Force franchise. I wanted to put my personal vote in for Levine to make a new Freedom Force game but I decided interjecting was inappropriate. (But man did I love those two games) The conversation was largely between developers and I am just an eavesdropping fan.

The conversation is up on Levine's public FB page is anyone is interested. I found the conversation interesting as a gamer and a fan and I appreciate that Levine is willing to host such discussions on his public page for anyone to see. These days everyone in any of the entertainment industries seems very scared to say anything about anything unless it is carefully planned to the smallest detail.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2015, 13:43 Jivaro
RIP Stuart Scott. Not much to say that the Internet hasn't already stated this morning. "Cancer sucks." -Captain Obvious  
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam
7. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam Jan 1, 2015, 12:37 Jivaro
Every year something likes this happens with some game. Wouldn't surprise me to see both games back on Steam fairly shortly.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 14:01 Jivaro
They are all the same, it just comes down to personal experience. People who have AT&T think it's worse, people who have Verizon think it's worse. Same for cable companies. All this tells me is that more Time Warner customers bothered to say something than Comcast customers. Probably because us Comcast customers are resigned to our miserable fate.  
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News Comments > EA: No Origin Breach
12. Re: EA: No Origin Breach Dec 31, 2014, 13:59 Jivaro
I am not understanding some part of this.

How do you get charged for something you didn't allow through Origin? Is it possible to have a MOP tied to your Origin account? I am not at a machine with my Origin account on it but I didn't think you could do that. Guess I am wrong.
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News Comments > QUAKE on an Oscilloscope
8. Re: QUAKE on an Oscilloscope Dec 30, 2014, 01:59 Jivaro
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 22:28:
I'm pretty sure there are graphing calculator versions of Doom, Quake, etc. already out there, though. :p

Doom on a TI-83 Plus
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
6. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 28, 2014, 23:04 Jivaro
I read the quote as both clickbait AND a racial slur. So there.

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News Comments > Christmas Eve Mobilization
7. Re: Amazon Apps Dec 24, 2014, 22:56 Jivaro
Killswitch wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 19:56:
Thanks for the responses.

Unfortunately, I see no apparent way to make an app purchase. In the area where the option normally exists, there's "Get this app - Download the Amazon Appstore", followed by a "Continue" button that directs me to another page with instructions on how to install the Amazon Appstore on an Android device.

Perhaps the Appstore needs to be installed before seeing the purchase option on any apps?

Do you have the "one click" purchasing option enabled on your Amazon account? You may need to have that installed, particularly if there is not an active Android or Kindle/Fire device associated to your account. Stupid requirement I know, but for free digital stuff I have found that to be necessary. (Like when purchasing Kindle books that are "free" for a limited time) Even though you aren't spending money you will need to attach a credit card to your account to activate the feature. I would assume that after you are done picking out apps you could than deactivate it and remove the card from the account if you wish.

I don't know why it wouldn't work other than those possibilities. maybe somebody else has a better suggestion.
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Mobilization
4. Re: Amazon Apps Dec 24, 2014, 18:04 Jivaro
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 16:32:
Killswitch wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 16:07:
I don't have an Android device at the moment, but wanted to take advantage of some of these free apps in the event that I purchase one in the future. Is there really no way of obtaining these apps without an Android that has the Amazon Appstore installed?


Yes. If you browse the sale on your PC or Mac and not through the actual mobile device, any "purchases" you make are simply added to your Amazon account, not actually installed. I just added two Amazon Fire *only* apps to my account despite only owning an Android device. Tomorrow when my wife opens up her new Kindle Fire she will be able to install the apps without going through the buying process because they will already be a part of our joint Amazon account. It's just like when you buy a digital movie or song and watch/listen to it later.

edit: There will be a confirmation window that pops up and tells you that you don't have a compatible device for the software. You just push continue and it adds it to your account.
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News Comments > Christmas Eve Consolidation
7. Re: Christmas Eve Consolidation Dec 24, 2014, 15:50 Jivaro
lol..thanks for proving my point Beamer Merry Christmas.  
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