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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Aug 20, 2014, 21:50 jacobvandy
 
http://www.alsa.org/, which is the primary organization advocating this cause (as opposed to the smaller, regional chapters I mentioned previously) and is generally linked with videos such as the Foo Fighters one above. If they didn't come up with it, they've sure as hell jumped all over it because it's prominent on their site home page. This challenge is directly responsible for a surge of tens of millions of dollars in donations in the past few weeks... And we won't know for sure how it's spent until 2016, but all signs are pointing to it being just another flavor of the month feel-good scam (remember Haiti? none of that money went to people in need) that very few people truly care about.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Aug 20, 2014, 20:54 jacobvandy
 
It's bizarre how this ice bucket shit took off... But what doesn't surprise me, is how much of a fucking scam this charity is (there are several ALSA chapters all over the country, not all of them are as bad as this main one in DC that is running this campaign). Their most recent financial docs indicate they pay out nearly as much in salaries and other benefits ($5,138,716) as they contribute to actual ALS research ($6,846,097). I'm sorry, but you should not have ten full-time people making six figures (and who knows how many others off the record), PLUS offer pensions and expense accounts and all that crap, and still be able to call yourself a non-profit, tax-exempt organization...

The other half of their costs, which totaled $106k more than they took in last year, include $2.76 million to a marketing firm for "fundraising counsel," $1.69 million in "management fees," $1.17 million in travel expenses, and $498k in occupancy (AKA fancy fucking office building(s)).

I really don't mind celebrities and Joe Schmoes all over YouTube deciding to rally behind a cause and raise money and all that, but do some simple research and make sure you're supporting an ACTUAL charity, not a multi-million dollar business masquerading as one. It's really just another sickening reminder of how much monkey-see, monkey-do bullshit goes on in our country -- not just in social media, where you expect people to be asshats, but the "real" professional news media. Ugh.

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News Comments > Unreal Tournament Pre-Alpha
8. Re: Unreal Tournament Pre-Alpha Aug 19, 2014, 21:18 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 18:49:
This is interesting. Not sure a major studio has ever let the public play test this early before.

The code has been available to anyone with an UE4 license/sub for weeks, and some have been compiling it and putting it up for download anyway. This is just them saying "Welp, might as well give everyone a place to talk about it and make sure they have a direct source for the latest builds." This is a side effect of them deciding to effectively crowd-source development of the game, not really a radical move to offer free early, early, early access to a full-on AAA production.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Backer Beta Begins
9. Re: Pillars of Eternity Backer Beta Begins Aug 18, 2014, 22:34 jacobvandy
 
And anyway, I'm willing to bet that the majority of people participating in such "beta tests" are only interested in getting to play the game earlier, not actually providing feedback... I'll be skipping it, too, though. Not really into beta testing story-based RPGs.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 21:26 jacobvandy
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 17, 2014, 19:43:
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 17, 2014, 16:21:
Even if that's so, he's promoting the practice, raising money around it, and using their copyrighted materials to do so.

Bad argument, its a tool to run something, its not the material itself.

Nintendo's brand names, and box art? Those are copyrighted materials being used without permission... He's going to have to be a lot more generic in his descriptions and examples if he's going to completely avoid legal trouble, but oh, dang! How is he going to invoke the nostalgia-fueled *ka-ching* effect he's relying on without those key words and images?

Lucky for him, apparently only the copyright or trademark holder can file a complaint about such shenanigans to Kickstarter. So if Nintendo isn't aware by now, it'll probably go by unnoticed and they'll get their money.

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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 16:21 jacobvandy
 
Even if that's so, he's promoting the practice, raising money around it, and using their copyrighted materials to do so.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 11:02 jacobvandy
 
Calling it "retro gaming" doesn't absolve you from the fact you're building an OS around emulators and ROMs... If Nintendo catches wind of this, I'm sure he can expect a strongly-worded letter from their lawyers.  
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News Comments > Play Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for Free
5. Re: Play Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for Free Aug 15, 2014, 11:52 jacobvandy
 
Or, by mandating the free play time occurs simultaneously for everybody, you have a weekend that is guaranteed to be chock full of player activity, which is pretty important for a multiplayer title...  
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News Comments > Evening Patches
3. Re: Evening Patches Aug 14, 2014, 23:07 jacobvandy
 
Well, I'm more glad about additional library management features than I am annoyed that issue persists, so... Along with the slight facelift and increased performance, I'm calling this one a win.  
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer
5. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer Aug 14, 2014, 07:22 jacobvandy
 
Can't wait to run and jump around to see those little robot claws waving in the air in front of me!  
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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault Announced
2. Re: Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault Announced Aug 13, 2014, 19:14 jacobvandy
 
I couldn't get into COH2 (the campaign), because the cold mechanics annoyed me... Also bad checkpoint saving just exacerbated the previous problem.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 12, 2014, 17:54 jacobvandy
 
Does the sports franchise care when corporations buy out their stadium seating in bulk, leaving little more revenue to be made up by the average fan?  
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News Comments > Steam TV and Film Support Hints?
8. Re: Steam TV and Film Support Hints? Aug 12, 2014, 17:25 jacobvandy
 
These are app types being added into the Steam database code. Alongside things we already have available in the store (or as subscriptions alongside other purchases) like games, tools, applications, demos, etc., there are now films, tv series, and music. So looks like it's more than just supporting delivery of content through a clientside portal, these are gonna be products they're offering. Possibly.  
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News Comments > First Diablo III Paragon 1000 Livestream
10. Re: First Diablo III Paragon 1000 Livestream Aug 12, 2014, 13:12 jacobvandy
 
No new paragon portrait for 1000? What the fuck, lol. People have been complaining about how little difference there is between every 10 levels, you should have something amazing for 1000... If it were a topless Leah, you'd have at least a few dozen people hitting that level by now.  
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News Comments > Steam TV and Film Support Hints?
5. Re: Steam TV and Film Support Hints? Aug 12, 2014, 13:06 jacobvandy
 
Well, if you didn't see this coming, you haven't been paying attention. Especially with their push into the living room... They could be the iTunes and Apple TV for their tens of millions of gamers.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Details; Video
12. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Details; Video Aug 12, 2014, 07:30 jacobvandy
 
Bucky wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 21:11:
They still haven't figured out that one-shot-kill weapons that require little skill suck to play against. Granted, it keeps the skill ceiling nice and low and therefore everyone feels awesome, but it's still poor game design, IMO. Let's be honest here, the CoD series has always been designed this way; they're shooting galleries first, competitive matches second.

CoD has been about one-hit kill weapons since the beginning... Only noobs played Carentan because they had to have their SMGs, but my fondest memories are from hardcore rifles-only in Brecourt and Bocage, etc.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 10, 2014, 18:43 jacobvandy
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 10, 2014, 18:15:

I know it sounds crazy, but every organic, unpredictable, adrenaline-pumping encounter with other people you have in that game, makes the previous couple hours of running around doing next to nothing SO WORTH IT. There's nothing else like it, period. That's why it's popular.

I get that from invasions in Dark Souls. It helps that Dark Souls doesn't, you know, suck ass like DayZ.

Nah, the PVP in Dark Souls 2 is fundamentally, objectively dissimilar... OH NO YOU'VE BEEN INVADED, here he comes, see, he's flashing red and he's gonna try to kill you! It adds some spice, sure, but that's nothing like DayZ.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 10, 2014, 15:36 jacobvandy
 
I know it sounds crazy, but every organic, unpredictable, adrenaline-pumping encounter with other people you have in that game, makes the previous couple hours of running around doing next to nothing SO WORTH IT. There's nothing else like it, period. That's why it's popular.

Of course, this is after you know what you're doing... If you don't stick through the learning sheer-rock-face, you're just gonna think it's lame.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 9, 2014, 13:19 jacobvandy
 
Yeah... Switching between RTS and RTS or MOBA and MOBA or even RTS and MOBA isn't exactly like switching from basketball to baseball... Let me know when one of those guys is just as good in an FPS.  
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News Comments > Sierra Entertainment Revival
10. Re: Sierra Entertainment Revival Aug 8, 2014, 11:29 jacobvandy
 
Well, think about it, who knows what Sierra is and what it represents? The older nerds, who are throwing [tens of] millions of dollars at indie developers for the mere PROMISE of a new old-school game... This is the first step in Activision engaging and pursuing that demographic. If nothing else, they're finally starting to realize that you can fleece the younger and naive for only so much, and so long. They have this brand and these properties they've been sitting on, but now that they believe they're coming back into style, they're dusting them off and trotting them out along the runway.  
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