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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 6, 2015, 14:30 jacobvandy
 
Free to be shitty! Yay!  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
15. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 5, 2015, 15:42 jacobvandy
 
Just cleared up some space on the SSD... Hopefully they do pre-loading soon. Even though it'd take me less than two hours at full speed, I'm not sure they'll be able to handle so many people downloading so much at once that well.

As for the Top 10, I don't know why they've been so lax about specifying different SKUs of games. That's the only reason there should be the same game listed twice. PoE has the regular 'Hero Edition' for $45 and the 'Champion Edition' with some digital extras for $60. I don't think many late-comers are paying $90 for the 'Royal Edition' with added digital novella, collector's book, and strategy guide.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 16:00 jacobvandy
 
Uh, yeah, the backer himself. From the second link above:

Actually, there was a choice. They asked me if I wanted to change in light of what happened. I chose to change it so that they can concentrate on the game instead of this PR nightmare.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 15:46 jacobvandy
 
mag,

I don't mind Obsidian changing it, it doesn't matter to me. Though calling it voluntary isn't exactly correct; the backer *consented* to changing it, in the face of this "backlash." He did not have some kind of change of heart on his own and initiate the change. The impetus was Anonymous Social Justice Tweeter #475884, and Obsidian facilitated it. Do you think they are open to any backer changing their text submission now, for any reason? No, they almost certainly are not. They made an exception, in response to the phony outrage.

The weird part is that they put out a backer email yesterday stating that some piece of backer content had been changed, but without any reference at all to what it was. They spoke of it as if it was a mistake that it had made it into the game, as if it didn't mesh with the setting or lore, and that once they noticed it, they decided on their own that it needed to change. Needless to say, I was rather annoyed this morning to find out the real story.

It's come to our attention that a piece of backer-created content has made it into Pillars of Eternity that was not vetted. Once it was brought to our attention, it followed the same vetting process as all of our other content. Prior to release, we worked with many of our backers to iterate on content they asked to be put into the game that didn't strike the right tone.

In the case of this specific content, we checked with the backer who wrote it and asked them about changing it. We respect our backers greatly, and felt it was our duty to include them in the process. They gave us new content which we have used to replace what is in the game. To be clear, we followed the process we would have followed had this content been vetted prior to the release of the product.

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News Comments > Saturday Patches
3. Re: Saturday Patches Apr 4, 2015, 14:40 jacobvandy
 
I wish every MMO had a /pizza... Make a sponsorship deal with a national chain, let us buy food with in-game currency! Now that's a token I could get behind.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 14:11 jacobvandy
 
Oh look, another tempest in a teacup... Thanks Twitter!

I feel like that metaphor isn't even strong enough, since the whole basis for being "offended" at the text in question involves a hearty measure of assumption and personal bias (paranoia). I had to dredge through that thread to find the damn thing, but it's a tomb marker or something:

Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed.

He once was alive, but now he's dead.

The last woman he bedded, turned out a man

And crying in shame, off a cliff he ran.

You can't even joke about unintentional gay sex anymore! Suddenly it's "transphobic misogyny." Rolleyes

Every sitcom ever has at least one joke about a straight guy kissing a dude in a dimly lit bar, his friends make fun of him and he's extraordinarily ashamed and embarrassed... But by 2015 PC standards, that's not allowed! You have to be PROUD of your interaction with what must have been a transexual.

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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Online Heists TV Spot
3. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Online Heists TV Spot Apr 3, 2015, 17:16 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 17:07:
GTA Hardline?

Oh the irony!
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous on Steam
14. Re: Elite: Dangerous on Steam Apr 2, 2015, 23:20 jacobvandy
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 20:16:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 18:44:
I am now about 10x more interested in buying it [on sale].
I was too until I saw the price on Steam. $70 here in Canada and I said NOPE.

Well it is a full-price game, $60 in the US. If they went by the exact exchange rate, it ought to be $75 CAD.

Either way, that's why you wait for a sale!
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous on Steam
1. Re: Elite: Dangerous on Steam Apr 2, 2015, 18:44 jacobvandy
 
I am now about 10x more interested in buying it [on sale].  
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News Comments > GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program
15. Re: GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program Apr 2, 2015, 17:01 jacobvandy
 
jimnms wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 14:47:
This was the first thing I saw in my email this morning. I still have my original STALKER box on my shelf so I grabbed it and plugged in the CD key. I have all three STALKER games on Steam also. Steam gives CD keys for CS and CoP which worked for me, but I've seen comments from others that say they don't work. It might just have to do with how long ago they were purchased.

Steam keys worked for me, too. You just have to launch the game and go to the 'Network Game' (aka multiplayer) menu to get the key for SHOC.
 
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News Comments > Nobody's Fool 2015 Part Five
2. Re: Nobody's Fool 2015 Part Five Apr 2, 2015, 12:35 jacobvandy
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 11:57:
Ryan: Well, it's PG instead of R so Marvel can milk it for as much money as possible. Duh!

*whoosh*
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin
4. Re: Steamship Ahoy - DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin Apr 2, 2015, 12:17 jacobvandy
 
Maybe it doesn't show you the third option unless you qualify?  
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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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