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News Comments > Darkfall Online Closing When Unholy Wars Arrives
9. Re: Darkfall Online Closing When Unholy Wars Arrives Oct 6, 2012, 14:49 Kitkoan
 
Gnolt wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 13:09:
D.K. I'm fairly sure the market these guys are going for is old school Ultima Online and EVE players. Anyone who played WOW as there first MMO would be completely culture shocked

What if my first MMO was a MUD on a BBS in '88?
 
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News Comments > DICE Warns of Bans for BF3 Color Mod
15. Re: DICE Warns of Bans for BF3 Color Mod Oct 3, 2012, 23:05 Kitkoan
 
SectorEffector wrote on Oct 3, 2012, 23:01:
Prez wrote on Oct 3, 2012, 22:18:
Remember when you could run your own server with whatever mods you wanted?

exactly!

Remember when BF 1942 had a full on map editor?! Oh the days when you used to want to buy games with the intent to mod.

You mean like games likes Skyrim, Fallout New Vegas, Torchlight 2? *hint hint, wink wink, buy these games, support them*
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Oct 1, 2012, 21:00 Kitkoan
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2012, 20:52:
Prez wrote on Oct 1, 2012, 20:36:
Let it be known to all who claim I buy everything on Steam that I will not be buying 'Snuggle Truck'.

It's actually a fun game!

Fun fact: It was originally called "Smuggle Truck" and you job was to smuggle people into America. But once people got wind of it, there was an outcry, and the game was quickly modified.



Fun fact: People in general had no outcry about it. In fact, it was more of a hohum then anything. It was Apple that freaked out. It started as an iOS game with a political message (you can click a button for "legal immigration" and it shows a ticker for next person in 18 years, X months, etc...)

You can get the original version for Android here
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2012, 18:50 Kitkoan
 
Bet wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 16:26:
Creston wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 14:23:
NegaDeath wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 12:57:
Does my flip phone count as a super phone?

I only charge it once every 1.5 weeks, that's pretty super.

If I used my Android continuously, I'd have to charge it once every 1.5 hours.

Creston
One day you'll have an internal battery that conductively recharges your devices as long as they're near your body.

Why not just let your body charge it a la Matrix/Synners? (Synners is the first book that I know of that suggested doing this for electronics)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2012, 19:40 Kitkoan
 
nin wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 17:57:
Prez wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 17:35:
Julio wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 16:54:
Was that article paid for by Apple? Eliminating price fixing is a good thing for competition. I hope the government makes Apple wear a ballgag when they fine them.

Ebooks without price fixing allow authors to make more money than they used to, rewarding the creator of the work, not the middlemen.

That's what I thought too. It's astounding - every article I read lately is so embarrassingly slanted to "pro-Apple" it's enough to make me wonder if there's anyone objective out there in journo-land anymore or if everyone is an Apple shill.

I sometimes wonder if Blue intentionally throws in a wacky link here and there, just to see who's reading...


Or maybe he's baiting to see who has the most fun comments.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Sep 5, 2012, 22:41 Kitkoan
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 22:35:
Wow, the Codemasters CEO got a 0% rating. Ouch. They do tend to ship pretty awesome games, IMO.

Odd that Epic Games wasn't in the article.


Neither was ArenaNet, makers of the Guild Wars series. (NC Soft is just the publisher, not the maker).
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Sep 5, 2012, 21:57 Kitkoan
 
Prez wrote on Sep 5, 2012, 21:47:
It never ceases to amaze me why people continue to work in gaming with how shabbily they're treated.

That used to be my reaction to why employees who were very obviously disgruntled and unhappy with their current employer in all types of business. Then I came to realize that often these disgruntled workers have worked other places that treated them just as badly. By changing jobs they just switched out one set of assholes for a fresh batch. In short, that disgruntled guy or gal at work who always complains about the job but never quits has probably decided that as much as it sucks working where they are switching jobs is just an exercise in futility.

I think that when you work for enough crappy employers you begin to think that all jobs are the same - that they all treat their employees like shit, and thus decide to just suck it up and stay where you are. The real shame is that more and more, these people seem to be right - the list of employers that genuinely try to do right by their workers seems to get shorter every year.

Its because it costs money to make an employee happy, and businesses keep trying to find more ways to save money. I see it in my job and others, its not what you know its who's ass you kiss and how many others you can keep down that threaten your raising through the ranks.

I've worked for good bosses and horrible bosses. Companies with good bosses are small businesses that can have future issues with growth and possible existence, asshole businesses are the ones who succeed because they promote cut-throat people who have no morals and they use it to their advantages against their employees cost-benefit ratio and how to go against competition.
 
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News Comments > More on Valve's Hardware Plans
31. Re: More on Valve's Hardware Plans Sep 4, 2012, 21:15 Kitkoan
 
Stormsinger wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 20:49:
You think security and stability is hard now? Just wait until a bug can crash your brain. You only get one...they're kind of hard to replace.

Who knows? I've met enough people who don't use theirs so it might be possible to get a used-but-never-worked brain cheaply
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2012, 17:47 Kitkoan
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 16:56:
CoD sells because of online play, you dolt. Everybody online is on equal footing.

Because it was made with easy mode. I pointed that out.

Regenerating health, assisted auto-aim, death is more of a bonus to refill on ammo instead of a penalty

These are all on the multiplayer mode. And CoD wasn't the first game to have multiplayer FPS action, many did before it. It was the first to have it all built on easy mode extras though and thats what helped sell it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2012, 16:02 Kitkoan
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 15:53:
Challenge is a pretty integral part of most game experiences. Imagine if you couldn't die in Amnesia. Imagine if you had regenerating health in DayZ. Imagine if you didn't actually have to aim in shooters (actually, you can just play CoD on consoles if you want to see that in action).

And yet, you've mentioned the exact problem.

Look at CoD on consoles. It has easy mode pretty much all over it. Regenerating health, assisted auto-aim, death is more of a bonus to refill on ammo instead of a penalty. This game has been made so easy to make it more "reachable" to the average player. And for this it has become the biggest selling game ever.

Amnesia, DayZ, Super Meat Boy. These games were hard and sold only a fraction of what CoD sold. And publishers watch this. People vote for what they want with their wallets and big business follows want the people want. And they want easy mode. They want their games to have no real challenge. Gamers like you and I don't want these games but in the end we are just the few against the loud voices of the many casual gamers and business is more concerned with the bigger group. Yes you will have the rare exception like Dark Souls, but those are rare. CoD-style easy mode games are the common money makers.
 
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News Comments > More on Valve's Hardware Plans
25. Re: More on Valve's Hardware Plans Sep 4, 2012, 15:31 Kitkoan
 
I think that Valve is more looking at peripherals as opposed to a whole system.

I'm pretty sure Valve is wanting to help look forward to devices like the Razer Hydra. It was supposed to have been a big step forward in controlling games, similar to the Wii but with much better accuracy. Problem was, it didn't work nearly as well as it was supposed to and I don't think Razer is bothering to improve it now since it didn't sell well. When it came out (and still is), it was sold with a copy of Portal 2 that had 6 levels designed by Valve for use with this device. This tells me that Valve wanted it to a success. It just didn't and now Valve is going to try to do it themselves.

While many of us have seen the Valve controller (it was linked here by nin), I don't think that is the only idea Valve is playing with and the Hydra being the proof of that I feel.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 22, 2012, 22:31 Kitkoan
 
theglaze wrote on Aug 22, 2012, 22:14:
4K res? Sure, at <25fps

Hey, Pong might be able to reach 30 FPS at that size
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 18, 2012, 23:51 Kitkoan
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 18, 2012, 12:16:
Ignoring the typical Apple hatred...

As one said... the price of Apple products are pretty much the same online vs. the store.

What also makes the stores successful is that they hold classes for the computer illiterate that just bought their new mac (or other apple product), and these people can go in and get pointers at any time from that staff. Unlike other electronic outlets, Apple employees have to know their product. While some of them still can't answer more advanced questions of a visiting IT person... they have more than enough knowledge for the average consumer. This is a level of service that no other electronics retail outlet has.

Another thing that makes the stores successful... they are set up to let you play with all of their products. The products pretty much sell themselves without any employee pressure. They are trained to ask you once, if you need any help or have any questions... and if you say no... they leave you alone, and let you fiddle with the product. You might get more than one asking you because they didn't see the other employee ask you... but once they ask you, they don't bug you.

That said... Yes, they are overstaffed, IMO. They could maintain the same level of service, easily, with a 20% reduction. I mean... it's like watching road workers... one with a jackhammer and 3 others standing around and watching him work. I'm not saying that it is like that all day long in an Apple store... I'm sure they have their "rush hours" where all of their employees are fairly busy... but for the majority of the day, they probably are overstaffed, in most of the stores.

Some of their success might also be that their employees out right lie about the products at times. I still hear that Macs can't get viruses because of how they are made and other BS.

I went into a Best Buy the other day and the guy at the Apple section swore he's an employee of Apple (not Best Buy, so I'm going to call him the Apple guy. Not sure how those work). But while my friend was talking to him, still wanting to see a rMBP, I started to try to look up a tablet online and found a page on it on the one Mac. Problem was, scrolling thru the page was causing it to stutter and lose frame rates. When he saw I was getting annoyed/angry (I hate frame drops for basic things) he said it had nothing to do with the Mac, it was all because of the web connection on it, and he pointed that I should use the other one since its connection was better (it was also a lot more powerful, at a smaller resolution too). I pointed out that the webpage was loaded already and it wasn't download but he ignored that and just keep telling me that it was the connection only. If I was a basic user, I would have accepted that but once it's downloaded, the connection isn't the issue and this doesn't help one bit in my trust in Apple employees
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 17, 2012, 15:20 Kitkoan
 
Panickd wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 13:10:
Cutter wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:12:
No, it sounds like Apple bought off the judge. She's shut down Samsung at every turn. It's beyond obvious at this point. Samsung will easily win on appeal however.

Isn't this the case where the judge told Apple's lawyers they must be smoking crack and told them that she wouldn't be hearing anymore testimony from one of their witnesses? I don't think she's necessarily pro-Apple as much as she just wants the case over with because she knows no matter who wins it's not going to be settled in her court room. If Apple wins, Samsung appeals. And if Samsung were to win you can bet your ass Apple will be appealing. This whole case is just killing time and racking up lawyer fees and this judge knows it. I'm sure that she just wants to move on to a case that's going to matter at this point.

From what I've understood, for the most part that is all she has really done against Apple.

For Samsung, she has banned two of their products for sale before the trail was even started (something almost unheard of), banned them from mentioning that the legal threats/issues happened after Steve Jobs famously said he would go thermonuclear against Android and they happen to be the biggest Android seller, threated them for releasing to media evidence she refused that she declared would be made a public document and has zero effect on the case since the jury isn't supposed to read/watch about these kinds of things since it could taint their views(and if she did this in front of her jury would have tainted her own jury, not she if she did that though), banned Samsung from using any images of Steve Jobs, allowed Apple to pick and chose Samsung phones from the past to "re-write" history and haven't let Samsung use any of their other phones to defend against this (again, look at the images that went to the press, etc...

This seems more like her going "See, see, I'm not biased even though I went against the other one, in private away from the jury, with a matter that doesn't effect the case in any way and at the end. But but I still went against them, see"
 
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News Comments > Nuclear Eclipse Online Kickstart
3. Re: Nuclear Eclipse Online Kickstart Aug 16, 2012, 00:59 Kitkoan
 
Looks like a quite cheap version of Call for L4D...  
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition
22. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition Aug 15, 2012, 18:23 Kitkoan
 
panbient wrote on Aug 15, 2012, 07:01:
deqer wrote on Aug 14, 2012, 21:09:
You really think someone is going to see a game on the shelf, and walk away and go home first to research it? No. Get real.

If that's what people need to do these days, then we've entered a sad time.

Or you know, they could just pick up the box, turn it to the side (either side) and read 'Internet Connection Required', it's also specified again, on the top and bottom flaps of the box too.

So if reading a requirement that's printed on the box 4 times is too much for people to do these days, they yes, we've entered a very sad time.

Oh wait! It's also printed on the front AND back too. So it's literally on every single side of the box.

Does it say required to play or just required? Many people these days are used to seeing required and knowing it means a rare check or two, but not always online the whole time
 
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News Comments > Shadowrun Online Kickstarter Homestretch
2. Re: Shadowrun Online Kickstarter Homestretch Aug 13, 2012, 21:45 Kitkoan
 
I'm not surprised its having issues getting funding. I was interested in it myself... until I saw the game play. It looks exactly like a tactics game just made to be online, aka Final Fantasy Tactics, Fallout 1 and 2. While those are great games on their own they are also a bit more of a niche market. And they are also offline games.

All in all, it looked just like a offline single player game that is having always-online DRM being shoved down peoples throats all while trying not to appear that way. You know, Diablo 3 but with strictly single player game play styles. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm doubting I'm the only one who has felt that way about it
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
10. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 5, 2012, 18:24 Kitkoan
 
space captain wrote on Aug 5, 2012, 18:10:
Kitkoan wrote on Aug 5, 2012, 17:55:
Now with this in mind, who do you think I'm going to listen to more about the current computer gaming market? Someone still relevant and making well received PC games in todays market who has also been able to view the long term gaming market with things like the Steam store? Or of the someone who hasn't been real relevant to the gaming market in the past 10 years and their best attempt to seem modern gave forth to "MegaTextures"?&#65279;

Just because Carmack is a has been doesnt mean everything he says is automatically untrue.

"I want to be spoonfed what I should think by someone I respect!!" Really? Thats pathetic. But then again, it is quite common.

Linux isnt even close to being a widespread gaming platform any time soon. I learned that through experience and observation.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- Ben Franklin

Theres some spoonfeeding for ya, big guy. Open wide, here comes the train.

CHOO CHOO!

I see your reading comprehension is a wonderful as always SpaceCase.

"Trolling trolling over the ocean blue..."

Go back to kindergarten and learn to read.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
7. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 5, 2012, 17:55 Kitkoan
 
So, when was the last time John Carmack released a well received PC game? Over 10 years ago? Doom 3 was a disappointment, Quake Wars: Enemy Territories wasn't any better, Rage? Yeah...

And when was the last time Gabe Newell released a well received PC game who says that Linux is a very good step in the right direction? Portal 2, Portal 1, L4D2, Half-life Episodes (I know 3 is still wanted...)

Now with this in mind, who do you think I'm going to listen to more about the current computer gaming market? Someone still relevant and making well received PC games in todays market who has also been able to view the long term gaming market with things like the Steam store? Or of the someone who hasn't been real relevant to the gaming market in the past 10 years and their best attempt to seem modern gave forth to "MegaTextures"?&#65279;
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Aug 5, 2012, 17:54 Kitkoan
 
Oops, posted in the completely wrong thread. Sorry  
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