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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 > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 10, 2014, 18:12 Asmo
For fucks sake, it took me 3 years of lobbying to convince the management to do a Win 7 deployment project including a major update of our SCCM and SC infrastructure to circa 2012, and that only worked finally because XP was going out of support and even my fucking moron manager can see how that is a "bad thing". Particularly since we're a local government and have legislative privacy requirements that have to be underwritten with strong OS security and patch support.

It's no wonder most of my damn hair has gone grey, between MS and the corporate BS I have to put up with, I'm surprised I'm not pure white, bald or just dead...

FYI, Server 2008 (including R2), Office 2010 and Exchange 2010 are also on that list...

And while it's a horrible practice to include open source 3rd party apps in your corp servers etc, Classic Shell makes Win 8/Server 2012 usable, particularly if you manage your 150+ servers via a fucking RDP window (have fun finding those pixels in the corners to access menu functions when you're not using full screen).

MS needs to put down the crack pipe.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 01:06 Asmo
While I tend to think that supplement sellers are snake oil vendors, the story re: the unmasking of a commentor actually sounds like there might be a case to answer for a targeted campaign to try and undermine a legitimate (I use the term as in "legally marketable") product from the market and hurt the company selling it. Should be an interesting case.

It also highlights the problem of companies like Google/Amazon instantly reacting to any complaint (DCMA takedowns, user complaints etc) without fully investigating if they are valid.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jul 2, 2014, 18:00 Asmo
Pigeon wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 09:46:
Great you can use clipping exploits to finish a game that is largely about exploring a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 23 minutes, congratulations.

You must be new to speed running, the HL2 one used a metric fucktonne of glitches.

Speedrunning is not about the game you're playing, it's about getting the best time. It's the precision required to do everything as perfectly as possible. And while most people who are aware of it don't think much of it, it's as technically demanding as breaking any world record.

I must be missing the gene that makes that important (however I have a compulsive need to play everything on the most difficult level possible /shrug). Different horses for different courses and all that.
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News Comments > WildStar Updated
14. Re: WildStar Updated Jul 1, 2014, 20:10 Asmo
DrSquick wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 17:13:
Deathbot V1.87 wrote on Jul 1, 2014, 16:43:
There's nothing circular about that. As a consumer he has decided that he has a finite amount of money devoted to entertainment which game developers must compete for. The best product wins(earns his money) and the rest do not. There's nothing circular about that.

The criteria one may use to decide who gets their consumer dollar will vary between each person. If you determine that a product/service/game doesn't deserve your money then don't give it to them. THAT is the power of the consumer.

For me, Steam sales have greatly skewed my required "entertainment per dollar" quota. For $12 I can get a game like Skyrim a couple years after it came out. It still looks fantastic, and offers a couple hundred hours of entertainment for $12. In other areas, like inde genres, a $3 game might provide 30 hours of entertainment. So with expectations like that, a $15/month game would need to be played 200 hours a month, and there is no way I have 200 hours per month to play any game at this stage in my life. However, ten years ago I had two subscriptions to Eve Online going at the same time multi-boxing, probably playing 300 hours per month.

Certainly, but I can take my wife out to dinner and spend 150 bucks for 2-3 hours of enjoyment. By your scale, spending any money for food you enjoy above and beyond your nutritional requirements to stay alive is wasted...

It's a specious example, but that's kinda the point. Value is relative. I played M&B:Warband for over 400 hours for just 15 bucks, representing excellent value, but I also enjoy Wildstar at 15 bucks a month for significantly less play time per dollar. The limit for me is "Am I enjoying myself", perhaps because I have a reasonably large amount of disposable income and don't have to scrimp.

Ultimately, drawing a line and saying "do not cross unless I get x hours per dollar enjoyment" regarding games is one way of looking at things, but it's quite arbitrary and doesn't really take in to account the quality you might be consuming... My wife has played Candy Crush for months for free, representing extremely good value. It doesn't make it a good game, and it certainly doesn't contain the same sort of memorable moments I've gotten from Wildstar...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2014, 18:08 Asmo
Ah North Korea, you're still making Muslim extremists seem balanced and reasonable...  
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News Comments > RIFT Expansion Plans
9. Re: RIFT Expansion Plans Jun 26, 2014, 17:44 Asmo
I'll agree with JeffD on the "best F2P implementation" on the market, and Timmeh with the "not a wow clone".

Just the act of being a fantasy MMO does not a clone make.

ps. Rift still has one of the most solid and versatile class systems with the soul system that I've seen. Saboteur rogues for PvP are amazing with their charges/detonate mechanic, and my personal fave for grinding has been the inquisitor. Dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, AOE, rinse/repeat.
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News Comments > Areal: Spiritual Successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
33. Re: Areal: Spiritual Successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Jun 25, 2014, 18:08 Asmo
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 10:03:
"...not blinded and limited by a standard good/evil system."

As if people don't already have a blurred sense of responsibility for thier actions, someone is now making a game with the express point of teaching that there should be no consequences for acts of violence.

Funnily enough, I've been playing violent games for the better part of ... most of my life, and I've yet to ever commit a violent act that wasn't in the defense of others (and I worked as a bouncer for years).

I would, however, question the morality behind pointless hyperbolic troll posts designed to incite. The internet is truly the place where many people think there are no true consequences to their actions, that they can say anything they please no matter how inflammatory it is.

As for the KS, pass, even if it wasn't a scam (and it really looks like it), my future time allocation for games is already solidly booked for the next.. um.. foreseeable future... Survarium looks better anyway.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jun 24, 2014, 20:14 Asmo
The summer sale game is complete balls... For the amount of money people are handing Valve via auctions, most people could have bought their top 3 games (most likely at sales prices) many times over.

The whole competition is a great way to earn a bit of extra scratch selling cards to morons, but as per the article, the house always wins...
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jun 17, 2014, 01:47 Asmo
Crimsonlands is a hoot (it's an older game).

pro-tip for the chaingun: Walking forward is at slow speed, but walking backward is at full speed. So just use backwards as your forwards and you'll be a chaingun whore from hell... =D
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News Comments > Line Of Defense $99 Early Access
27. Re: Line Of Defense $99 Early Access Jun 16, 2014, 19:36 Asmo
Watched the video and with that in mind, his spiel comes off as some guy telling you that Ferrari's are shit, please check out his cardboard box with wheels drawn on the side. Seriously, Section 8/most of the tribes titles/any FPS made since 2004 would give that POS a run for it's money. PS1 still looks better and PS2 is so far out of it's league, despite all the flaws, as to make any comparison nonsensical...

I get that you have to maintain a certain level of optimism so as not to appear to undermine your product, but the product is just not good...
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
17. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights Jun 12, 2014, 17:57 Asmo
jdreyer wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 13:21:
Also, I'd like the ability to filter on things like "single player" or "local coop." And add a filter for "notebook" so I know what runs on my work laptop (Rogue Legacy & FTL = Yes, Crysis & AC4 = No).

Indeed, and it's nothing that isn't implementable. Most games come out with min specs, Steam collects the specs of your system. A simple database query could return a list of games that your system is ahead of min specs.

In all the fucking around with big picture/steam box etc, I'm sure they could devote a couple of staff to working on a better client front end.
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
16. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights Jun 12, 2014, 17:50 Asmo
Gustang wrote on Jun 12, 2014, 12:08:
Yes. Not sure if you've already done so, but it's possible to visit using your choice of browser and tab at will.

Yup, and when I am browsing for multiple titles, I'll do it on the web front end, but the idea of the steam client is to be a one stop shop. It's part of what made it more convenient in the first place way back when.

Used to be fine when we weren't getting a couple of hundred releases every couple of weeks. But it's not up to snuff anymore.
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News Comments > Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer
9. Re: Homefront 2 The Revolution Trailer Jun 11, 2014, 18:21 Asmo
If you ignored the shortness and absurd hand holding of the first game* it was actually quite a bit of fun with some fairly punchy moments. Hiding in the corpse pits to evade capture was one of the high (high low?) notes.

*Literally... One mission where if you stand between the guy in front of you and the guy behind, you'll never get busted sneaking around a survivalist compound. But move out of line by more than a few feet and you insta fail that part of the mission.

I could see a Red Faction Guerilla style game built around the theme.
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News Comments > Dead Island 2 Announced
23. Re: Dead Island 2 Announced Jun 10, 2014, 19:31 Asmo
DI was at it's best when you co-op'd it. The storyline is weak, the voice acting atrocious. Given the first trailer (the little girl + dad one), I was expecting some sort of emotional, hard hitting storyline.

In regards to Spec Ops, I kinda agree that it would have been nice to have the choice (although *spoiler* the bit where you can open fire on the crowd of people does give you the option to shoot in the air instead to scare them off rather than just open fire on the crowd), but the problem is that the narrative is that of a novel and you just happen to be driving the protagonist. *spoiler* The whole Apocalypse Now/Heart of Darkness vibe wouldn't work if you could dig yourself out of the pit your character slowly slides in to. Your character is losing the plot and isn't acting rationally, and you the player are dragged along as a helpless witness. Using the WP is the most obvious cue that you are the bad guy, but by the end of the game there is no doubt.

The storytelling of SO:TL is so directed because the conclusion is a pinpoint in terms of morality. If you miss that target by virtue of choices along the way, the whole thing ceases to function as a work.
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News Comments > Postal 2 Add-on Announced
7. Re: Postal 2 Add-on Announced Jun 10, 2014, 17:54 Asmo
To be fair, it looks like a bunch of fun and despite being dated, still looks better than Lindsey Lohan...  
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News Comments > WildStar Beta Key Giveaway
7. Re: WildStar Beta Key Giveaway Apr 30, 2014, 19:36 Asmo
Fantaz wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 14:45:
Total-Khaos wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 12:33:
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 11:18:
Total-Khaos wrote on Apr 30, 2014, 10:32:
"Only users who Like this page are eligible to enter."

So, you're basically holding beta keys hostage in order to force people into liking your page, even if they really don't? That is so lame.

It's give and take. After it's all said and done, you can just unlike.

Absolutely - I just don't like companies doing shady things like this. Why not offer the beta key with no stipulations, and simply ask that users like their page instead afterwards? I'd be more inclined to do so than I would by making it a requirement. Meh.

companies get a lot of money with Facebook likes. this is very smart of them, because a lot of ppl are lazy and don't bother to unlike them afterwards.

Also great "free" advertising. Someone likes, shows up on their wall, friends decide to try it out etc etc.

Fortunately (from my experience thus far), Wildstar is a bunch of fun. The one big problem is that the graphics are still a little below par in terms of optimisation, and the UI is still a bit painful, but both of those things are being worked on.
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
3. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights Apr 29, 2014, 18:43 Asmo
I want a "remove all greenlight titles from your lists" button, or at the very least, better searching/browsing options. It's hard to find good games anymore and while most of these titles are pretty cheap, I just don't have the free time to trial and error looking for something actually worth playing...  
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News Comments > From Software Sold
34. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 18:02 Asmo
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 17:07:
"Good port, I want a good port, blah blah blah." No, you don't. You want an action-RPG just like Dark Souls, that was designed for keyboard and mouse instead.

With the 7 meg patch that came down last night, it addresses the sensitivity problem + the keybinds not sticking + missing functionality like the jump key not working when rebound...

But you wouldn't know that because your playing on controller and have your foot firmly lodged in your mouth with your head stuck up your ass...

The company admitted there are serious problems with the implementation and have moved to address it. That should probably put an end to your ridiculous rants.

Incidentally, 3rd person games are entirely playable with M&KB if the controller scheme is well set up. If it's shit, then yes, it will be more difficult to play... Funny that..

P.S. Thanks for the blow-up, just shows everyone exactly the kind of person who's harboring this bizarre grudge against FROM for bringing a fantastic series to PC when they really didn't have to. I don't spend one errant moment worrying over how you play your games, but it is amusing how much offense you take when someone points out there might be a better way, one with more efficiency and utility in the right applications. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't get a gamepad, as it's a perfect missile when you fly off into a blind rage and it's bound to do some damage to whatever or whoever you hit with it...

Rofl. You load your posts with insults and snide slights then come a crying when someone tells you to go fuck yourself?

Grow up princess, you want to play Mr. Forum Tough Guy, don't whine when someone puts you in your place...
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 27, 2014, 18:36 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2014, 13:01:
Yes RIAA is evil but the arguement that musicians are poverty-stricken is absolutely laughable.

I dunno Cutter, do you agree with the concept of "fair pay for fair work"?

While it's debatable that some of the bigger stars really do enough work to justify their income, many bands work incredibly hard, entertain millions of people, and never get close to what they are worth.

Glad to see that the rise of indie labels and the spread of knowledge of how to avoid those bastards has freed up bands to directly market their music (usually cheaper as well) directly to the customer. Win/win for everyone but the RIAA...
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
32. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 16, 2014, 19:06 Asmo
BobBob wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 17:05:
Creston wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 16:52:
i'm fairly sure noone forced her to stick a toy plane up her hooha.

Are you rationalizing the the act because a woman did it, therefore all women are 'okay with it'?

And there's your problem...

You're taking away that woman's personal choice to implant a model plane in her vagina (Vagairliner is my contribution to the word play) because of how it might make other women feel... That the photo appeared on twitter by mistake or that some people find it offensive is irrelevant, it was not published expressly to make fun of women ergo it is not misogynistic.

I just love the innate hypocrisy, btw, of a man determining what women can and can't do, and ruling on how offended they should be. My wife thought the pic and how it was put out there was hilarious. I'm pretty sure she doesn't give a fuck what you, or other women for that matter, think about that... =) Of course, being the sensitive mangina you are, I'm sure you'll respect her decision?
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