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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Beta Begins
7. Re: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Beta Begins Apr 1, 2015, 15:20 jacobvandy
 
Heart of the Swarm was $39.99 at launch, so I expect this to be priced similarly.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2015, 05:33 jacobvandy
 
It's a growing pain of the digital age, for sure. The statutory rape shouldn't apply if they're all underage ('Romeo & Juliet' allows for someone slightly over age of consent to be with someone under, in a reasonable romantic relationship), but the problem still exists with posting it online. As with my initial example (where R&J isn't applied and a young man is screwed to the wall), I agree shoehorning them into existing predator laws is a bit much, but they absolutely should be in real trouble, charged/tried as minors. Underage porn is illegal for a reason, and you have to enforce that. The whole argument about there being no need for consequences here baffles me...  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 1, 2015, 00:25 jacobvandy
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 22:15:
Still, in this case, 4 teens future has just been dumped when NOBODY'S FREE WILL has been infringed and nobody got hurt just because "its the law". Which is totally stupid. That people can't see this is beyond me.

As for the video, you take it down and make it illegal to posess ( other than those who recorded it and/or participated in it ), case closed.

I'm with cutter on this one, discernment is de rigueur. Stuff like this needs to be taken care of on a case by case basis and certainly NOT like this. Its too late now, even if they are found not guilty, they'll be labeled sex-offenders by the community for no good reason at all and persecuted like witches.

You can't persecute people and put their life in the dumpster out of fear that something "might or might not happen in the future because of whatever". You need solid cause to effect links ( not only correlation ) and be 100% sure that it, undoubtedly, without any doubts whatsoever, WILL HAPPEN IN EVERY CASE ( hence the case by case basis ). Otherwise its bigotry filled fearmongering.

Lol, and you know for a fact that nobody's free will was infringed and nobody got hurt? Do you have access to other details not included in the linked story? I would tend to doubt a 15-year-old girl consented to the posting of a group sex video with three boys, but even if she did, it doesn't matter when you're under the age of consent. Oh, is that just another silly catch-all law we should be rid of, too? Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 31, 2015, 21:46 jacobvandy
 
There are certain instances where that'd be understandable, like a senior in high school being thrown in jail and labeled a sex offender for life because his girlfriend happened to be a freshman or sophomore and sent him some nudes. That goes completely against the spirit of the laws being to protect youths from predators, but you hear of it occasionally happening.

However, posting the stuff on a public web site is something else entirely. At that point you have all kinds of strangers passing it around, and worst-case, some real sickos tracking one or more of the participants down. If it takes having the book thrown at some kids to make them realize they really oughtn't be doing crap like that, well, that's what needs to be done.

Nobody's stopping teens from having sex, or even stopping them from recording it... If you don't tell on yourself, nobody would know. They're only stopping the idiots from broadcasting underage porn for the whole world to see.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light April Fools Plans
4. Re: Dying Light April Fools Plans Mar 31, 2015, 14:46 jacobvandy
 
It's mostly that GRE music, but yeah, it's possible they intentionally borrowed that vibe of sterile, cold mega-corporation and thinly-veiled villainy for effect. It's very noticeable from the first pseudo-cutscene where you phone home to them.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Mar 29, 2015, 15:25 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 15:12:
Early adopter: Microsoft’s Windows 10 will support up to 8K displays.

Yes, but will you be able to see or read anything?

Ultra high-def text! Every character intricately detailed with ten thousand pixels!
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs
8. Re: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Pricing & Specs Mar 28, 2015, 12:59 jacobvandy
 
Hold on, let me try to understand this...

VG247's ace reporter (/sarcasm) writes the following:

The new scheme – while encouraging double-dipping, does seem to favour those who haven’t bought the DLC for Dark Souls 2.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (DirectX11): $49.99
DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II on Steam: $29.99
DirectX11 Upgrade price for existing owners of Dark Souls II and all DLC on Steam: $19.99

How do those prices favor those who have NOT already bought the DLC? Either he's a sloppy writer (made a typo, changed the angle but missed a reference to the old one, has more information he's not including, etc.), or he simply does not have a grasp of the subject despite its seemingly cut and dry nature.

But then, Blue, you agree with this contradictory synopsis in the process of copy-pasting the information? Asleep at the wheel again? :p

The only thing I can fathom is he's trying to comment on the fairness of the game's pricing on the whole, i.e. the Season Pass normally costs $25 but it only gets you a $10 discount for the DX11 upgrade compared to just owning the game. Except he doesn't mention anything like that in the article... I'm not a mind-reader Sherif!

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Crafting Mastery Details
1. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Crafting Mastery Details Mar 28, 2015, 03:27 jacobvandy
 
It's more of a reward track and collections sequence that will unlock the ability for you to craft your own [single, account-bound] precursor upon completion, using the existing crafting professions. It's good news for anyone interested in making a legendary, since you can avoid a major chunk of the cost this way and it's a lot more reliable than praying to RNGesus... I'm sure the gold price of looted precursors will be reduced some, accordingly, but they'll still be worth quite a bit to those who have more money than time.

Interestingly, new legendaries that will be released with HoT will not be tradeable, nor will their precursors. So I would think the system described here is going to be the only way to go about acquiring them.

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News Comments > Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers
11. Re: Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers Mar 27, 2015, 13:34 jacobvandy
 
First-person games where your view moves independently of your weapon (or sword, or whatever) will change the world.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 13:59 jacobvandy
 
Yup, everyone out here gets a third-car garage expansion and fills that with junk, instead!  
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News Comments > Evening Previews
6. Re: Evening Previews Mar 26, 2015, 03:01 jacobvandy
 
Also got notification the CE box and other swag has shipped, estimated delivery by this weekend...  
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News Comments > GOG.Com on Customer Service
10. Re: GOG.Com on Customer Service Mar 25, 2015, 20:25 jacobvandy
 
Tom wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 18:28:
Uh. Did you notice this part?

"we only consider your purchase final if you've already started to actually download your game"

Pretty sure this is not going to come close to letting people use the return policy as a rental service...

You still have up to 30 days after that to get a refund for technical issues. I don't doubt they try harder than most to get your issues straightened out (even if just as research for making their stuff work as well as possible), but it'd be pretty easy to tell them a game doesn't work after you've taken a week to play through it. You probably won't be able to use that excuse very often, but I'm sure it's possible. Without DRM, they have no way to prove whether you've already enjoyed the game or not.
 
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News Comments > SideQuest Explained
4. Re: SideQuest Explained Mar 24, 2015, 00:34 jacobvandy
 
It is definitely a little 2D web game you play while watching a live streaming video. What I'm not quite sure of is whether the stream is supposed to be like a dungeon master guy controlling things and showing visual aids, or if it can be completely independent of the stream (implying the video content is so boring people need to occupy their time watching with a dinky little web game), or both...  
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News Comments > Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus
19. Re: Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus Mar 23, 2015, 13:10 jacobvandy
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Mar 23, 2015, 10:49:
That suggestion for 10,000g for a shard seems way too low.. more like 100,000 at least.

Just a reminder of the current Kadala prices:

Armor/off-hand = 25 shards
Ring = 50 shards
Weapon = 75 shards
Amulet = 100 shards

So you would feel satisfied trading your 20 mil for 200 shards? That's practically nothing, and you'd be lucky to get a single legendary out of that. People dump thousands, tens of thousands of shards into that vendor to get a specific legendary they were looking for...

For a comparison of effort, you are rewarded around 100 shards for beating a T6 rift, along with a couple hundred thousand gold, in 5-20 minutes (longer than that and you shouldn't be doing T6). I also noted it should require veiled crystals, which would prevent you from spending billions on shards unless you have stacks and stacks of that stuff lying around.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus
6. Re: Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus Mar 22, 2015, 22:10 jacobvandy
 
Add a transmutation altar to the Mystic -> pay 10,000g to turn a veiled crystal into a blood shard. BAM!

Could do all kinds of other stuff with that altar, too. Wishful thinking...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus
3. Re: Diablo III Gold & Experience Bonus Mar 22, 2015, 21:46 jacobvandy
 
Well to get around that, just let people turn gold into blood shards somehow.  
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News Comments > New Diablo III Season Next Month
10. Re: New Diablo III Season Next Month Mar 21, 2015, 13:40 jacobvandy
 
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 21, 2015, 09:04:
Such short seasons will kill the game for most of us. Just got a crusader up to where he was halfway outfitted and they are making me restart? Forget that.

You don't have to participate in seasons. And a time limit is part of the challenge. You have the same amount of time as everyone else, if you couldn't climb the leaderboards, oh well, better luck next time. If you're not trying for leaderboard position, then your only goal is to hit 70 to unlock skins, in which case even one week would be PLENTY of time.
 
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News Comments > The International Ticket Sales
9. Re: The International Ticket Sales Mar 21, 2015, 02:36 jacobvandy
 
Right? Invasion of the body snatchers up in here...  
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News Comments > New Diablo III Season Next Month
5. Re: New Diablo III Season Next Month Mar 21, 2015, 00:03 jacobvandy
 
Krovven wrote on Mar 20, 2015, 22:29:
The reason it "feels" the same is because they patched 2.1 before Season 1 ended, which was just a plain old stupid thing to do. It completely fucked what people had done for the first 3 months of the season.

And this is probably why they decided to cut Season 2 short and sync up with the patch cycle, rather than push out 2.2 mid-season like they previously said they would. They could've/should've/would've done that with 2.1, but better late than never.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Mod Tools Closed Beta
4. Re: Dying Light Mod Tools Closed Beta Mar 20, 2015, 22:43 jacobvandy
 
Hellraid. It was initially somewhat of a side project aiming for Early Access release late last year, but between how much interest they were getting and the reception of Dying Light, they've decided to turn it into something much bigger. It's going to be Techland's next major release, and we're likely to hear more about the expanded concept in the next few months. Definitely by E3, I think.  
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