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Real Name Grant P McKinney   
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Signed On Nov 14, 2010, 09:18
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Lawsuit
63. Re: Battlefield 4 Lawsuit Dec 18, 2013, 16:57 Asmo
This lawsuit is actually a "very good thing". (airquotes!)

At it's core, it's about whether the stockholders were mislead by the predictions of the company. They shipped a product which was lousy with bugs that most likely had an effect on sales. They (Dice at least) knew about these bugs, and it's probable that EA knew about them as well unless Dice was keeping it off the radar. Remember the beta period where a lot of bugs were found/reported but weren't fixed when they went live?

And of course the burden of proof for a civil suit is much lower than a criminal suit.

If it succeeds, it puts companies on notice that products rushed out the door without due attention to Q&A could come back to bite them in the ass where they actually care about, the bottom line.

Of course, no one cares about the gamers that were bitten, but the side effect should be games that are kept in the oven until they are properly done (or more early access plans, caveat emptor) so that it doesn't happen again.

And if it doesn't work, we get to enjoy watching EA and it's shareholders tearing pieces out of each other. Win/win.
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News Comments > South Park: The Stick of Truth Censored for Australia
16. Re: South Park: The Stick of Truth Censored for Australia Dec 17, 2013, 17:37 Asmo
jdreyer wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 12:30:
Good job, Australia. You're proving the point that South Park made 15 years ago with Bigger, Longer, Uncut: violence is okay, but naughty language is bad, bad, bad!

Ironically that movie was not censored or altered for Australian screening and was released as MA15+.

So 15 year olds can go see the South Park movie with their olds (mind you, there were kids as young as 5ish at the first screening I attended), but even adults can't handle the game.. X D

Oh, and re: pissing matches between countries, Creston, you're seriously getting your brag on because of a few censored/banned games?
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News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: Into the Black Dec 16, 2013, 22:19 Asmo
I can mention them both in one sentence...

"If they did a movie mashup of The Godfather and The Mask, it would still be more coherent and suck less than Avatar"
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Patched
14. Re: Battlefield 4 Patched Dec 16, 2013, 22:14 Asmo
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2013, 21:50:
Made NVidia 331.82 or later driver versions mandatory for all players.

Seriously? Nobody going to say anything about this?

I would if I cared/had bought the POS...

Everything after 314 is unstable for me, even just the core driver without that shadowplay or w/e it's called. SLI support being screwed is just the sloppy shit icing on the triple fecal cake.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Alpha for Backers
25. Re: Elite: Dangerous Alpha for Backers Dec 12, 2013, 19:28 Asmo
saluk wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 17:22:
They beat the star citizen alpha. Unless you count hanger lolz. i remember back in the kickstarters SC seemed like the sure bet, and ED seemed like a big hail mary.

Funny how times change.

Is it important to race to be the first or to produce a quality product?

SC has a much greater scope, it's pretty understandable how it would be longer in development.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 10, 2013, 16:40 Asmo
InBlack wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 10:34:
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 10, 2013, 10:24:
"Man Commits Suicide in Mall After Girlfriend Refuses to Stop Shopping."

Women, amiright fellas!?

The guy did the only rational thing left for him to do. He saved himself.

And just to think, this senseless death could have been avoided by building a sports bar next to the change rooms...

Irt Doom, I remember buying Knee Deep in Dead off a software vending machine at a video rental shop. 2x 3.5 inch floppy discs + 4 dollars Australian... =)
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Revealed
37. Re: No Man's Sky Revealed Dec 8, 2013, 22:31 Asmo
DangerDog wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 17:34:
dj LiTh wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 16:24:
ItBurn wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 15:26:
Looks extremely cool, but it's way too big of a project for some indie devs.

As opposed to what Star Citizen dev's that have almost nothing to show for it other then a hanger that a 10 year old kid could write?

They didn't even write it, just some 3D assets tossed into CryEngine.

Meanwhile you have things like this and the progress on Elite Dangerous that shows real promise.

The funny thing was that at the time of the KS, people were panning Braben/Elite as "What have they done recently?" and how the KS was pretty barebones whereas SC had all sorts of flashy stuff going on.

I still have faith that SC is going to be a great game (I'm not one of those people who have thrown thousands of dollars at it though), but I wish all of them the best.

As for NMS, it looks phenomenal. I've always had a desire to have a seamless transition between FPS on the planet to intergalactic scale since playing Elite:Frontier, looks like it's finally coming true... =)
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Darkout
5. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Darkout Dec 5, 2013, 00:23 Asmo
Slashman wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 19:53:
Starforge is still in early access beta though...

And it plays like junk. 7 Days to Die is far superior at this point, and that's saying something...
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
53. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 17:51 Asmo
BitWraith wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 11:33:
I guess I just don't get it. I have been using Windows 8 since launch, and I don't see where all the hate is coming from. Windows 8 hasn't limited my interactions with applications at all. I still run steam, still play my old games, still play indie games. The App store is there - I grabbed a few free apps, but otherwise I ignore it. Since I use my living room TV as a monitor, Metro has been a good thing for readability at 1080p.

I just don't get it.

Which is all fine and well for you. I don't mean that as an insult, just an outright statement of fact. provide a completely functional Win 7 start menu + other app tweaks that makes my 2012 servers at work (almost exclusively run via RDP console) bearable. Trying to find that patch of fucking pixels in the corner of a remote window (not full screen) is an exercise in added frustration that just isn't necessary.

Why couldn't MS just add a toggle that says:

Would you like your desktop to use a flat basic start menu UI or Metro tiles?

That way, you can have your tiles and I can have my easy to navigate/easy to use servers for those annoying and repetitive jobs where I want to spend as little time as possible navigating a touch screen UI on a 30 inch non touchscreen lcd...

This ain't soup nazi-ism, everyone can have what they want/need, MS just chooses to be a pack of twunts and make it out like it's an all or nothing proposal.

Although, I'll be pleased as fucking punch if the let PC gamers finally "converge" with console players in FPS... I used to have a bunch of fun using one of those clunky mouse controllers on the PS3 (splitfish or something) to smash flat controller users, playing with native PC controls vs controllers (even if the controllers have some autoaim assist) would be a slaughter...=)
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News Comments > More Battlefield 4 Issues
18. Re: More Battlefield 4 Issues Dec 4, 2013, 16:45 Asmo
Just lol...  
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News Comments > Path of Exile Status, Packs, and Patch
28. Re: Op Ed Dec 3, 2013, 18:33 Asmo
For anyone considering playing a tanky character, consider doing a Sovyn's Lazy Pally build... =)

Built around a templar using max block/strong evasion/spell block/almost immune to projectiles(most chaos dmg is projectile based)/strong armour mitigation, it requires very little in the way of unique gear, 1 cheap amulet, to make the build fully functional in merciless (and survivability is enormous).

Well worth a look for all you aspiring tanks or anyone who loved playing a zeal pally in Diablo 2.

And yeah, POE is a heap of fun although some of those end game deaths can send you back 2-3 maps worth of XP (particularly galling with desync deaths but not as bad as flushing a hard core toon).

As it's a f2p, the price is right so I advise anyone who likes ARPG's at least give it a whirl.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
37. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 2, 2013, 00:52 Asmo
Quinn wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 17:44:
"Skyrim was developed for the XBox first and foremost", really? What, because the UI was so retarded? You simply cannot claim that. Apart from the inv system, the game is an absolute jewel from the PC gamer point of view, since vanilla day one. Great visuals, great performance, great gameplay. Trust me, Skyrim is one of the few games out there that was built for the PC the moment the first brainstorm session marked it's conception.


FOV in vanilla is shocking, poor support for widescreen/surround, crappy textures etc designed for the limitations of the PS3 and XBox360.

There are 4 unofficial fix up patches which resolve most of the CTD issues (and aren't available to console users), and a number of mods which replace the junk in game textures etc with crisp clear HD ones. Completely replaced water system, weather effects etc.

I run the game with all these mods + max details + 6080x1200 surround resolution. This is only possible via mods (otherwise I'm stuck with a single monitor, shitty FOV etc). The game was not engineered for the PC because you can see the hard limits coded directly in to the game which ignore 90% of what a PC can actually do.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
36. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 2, 2013, 00:48 Asmo
Creston wrote on Dec 1, 2013, 17:18:

I found the UI just as terrible with a controller, to be honest. It isn't the actual controlling part of the UI, but the horrendously limited amount of information it conveys, and the manner in which it does so.

Let's hope Bethesda, after making 300 hojillion dollars off the PC version of Skyrim, will put some more fucking effort into the PC version for both FO4 and ES6.

eg. Even using SkyUI + the WSGF surround fix + sorter, there is still no easy or intuitive way to figure out that you have a damn disease apart from the fact your carry weight has dropped dramatically...

A simple character pane with a ragdoll and stats attached to it would convey all the information required, but noooooo!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2013, 17:45 Asmo
Rest easy little dog, you will be missed.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 20, 2013, 16:55 Asmo
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 14:24:
Creston wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 13:52:
Don't hate on the push up bra. That's the best thing ever invented.

Oh Hell no. It's the most deceptive thing ever invented. It's the equivalent of stuffing your shorts.

Who needs to stuff their shorts? /innocent

And kudos to the PRoC for continuing to attempt to herd over 1bn cats...
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Nov 20, 2013, 16:48 Asmo
Creston wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 11:46:
That's really interesting, that they like games set in Iraq more so they can shoot the shit out of some terrorists.

There goes the popular "Well, everyone in Iraq hates us and loves the insurgents" theory spouted by the more awkwardly mouthbreating tards all across the world.

I'd hazard a guess that most of the people in the world want what any of us do, safety and security and the ability to live their lives the way they want to.

Side note, I wonder how they'd cope with Spec Ops:The Line (if you haven't played it yet, I highly recommend it, one of the best story experiences I've played in a long time).
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News Comments > Pandora: First Contact Trailer
3. Re: Pandora: First Contact Trailer Nov 20, 2013, 16:42 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 10:20:
*Really* looking forward to this. Hope it's as good as AC was, if not better. Looking good so far.

Yeah, been playing for a while now, it's a fairly excellent homage to the original AC game.

That being said, I'm finding that orbital bombardment > all currently. It's becoming a keystone research so you can nuke them before they nuke you. I've been ahead of the AI in almost every metric with triple the ground forces, high tech units etc, and in a handful of turns they bomb most of my forces in to the ground and roll in with shitty infantry to mop up...

Diplomatic options also seem a bit confused/pointless at times, but they are minor quibbles. Well worth the 30 odd bucks imo.
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News Comments > Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall (Berlin) in January
13. Re: Shadowrun Returns Dragonfall (Berlin) in January Nov 19, 2013, 16:45 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 16:34:
Why? 'Cause London is calling and you live by the river?

Personally I'm happy it's this because first we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin!


It's 7.44am and waaaay to fucking early for Cohen.
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta
17. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta Nov 19, 2013, 16:40 Asmo
Well, anything after 314 is a non-event for my 680 SLI setup surround. Games just start to a black screen, geforce experience keeps failing updates, manually cleaning and reinstalling the 331 driver results in the same problem.

Even fucking Terraria crashes if it's not windowed (and State of Decay hard locks the system).

314, everything works fine...

New "features" are fine but not at the expense of core driver stability.
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News Comments > No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals
15. Re: No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals Nov 19, 2013, 00:45 Asmo
KTR wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 00:21:
Meh, NFS is a lame series anyways. Only one I cared for was Porsche Unleashed.

+1, although I did also enjoy 3:HP (first time all my friends LAN raced against each other).

After TD:U (the one on Hawaii), NFS didn't even come close anymore.
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