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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. May 8, 2015, 15:22 jacobvandy
 
If anything, they didn't make it enough of a spectacle. Make a system announcement telling everyone in the zone to come watch or something.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Voice Cast
8. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Voice Cast May 8, 2015, 01:34 jacobvandy
 
ViRGE wrote on May 7, 2015, 22:35:
bigspender wrote on May 7, 2015, 21:27:
Kevin Conroy is batman!
Indeed. Conroy and Strong are the VAs you expect to return; they're playing their characters. I think Cutter was complaining about the silliness of hiring A-list screen actors to voice the other characters.

Twilight and cable TV shows are A-list now?
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
2. Re: Evening Previews May 7, 2015, 21:03 jacobvandy
 
They're changing how you equip traits so that you only have three lines available at a time, but I believe you'll be able to completely fill each one. As opposed to how it is now, where spending all your trait points gives you 6/6/4 if you focus on three. But then, you won't be able to have more rounded builds like 2/6/6/2 or 2/4/4/4/2. No way to know how that will affect everything yet, since they're overhauling a lot of that stuff, rebalancing with combining some traits and adding new ones, as well as eliminating some old traits by folding them into baseline stats. Major traits are locked to their respective tiers now. They're also taking the attribute bonuses off of trait lines altogether and raising the amount you get from armor to compensate. This is a huge patch that will be coming before the expansion is released.

Anyway, the elite specializations are another trait line in addition to the existing ones, with unique abilities that are only available when you have it slotted, too. So like for the Guardian, which has Zeal, Radiance, Valor, Honor, Virtues, and soon Dragonhunter, you choose three of those to equip traits from. They've said there will be more elite specs in the future, but you will only be able to have one active at a time. I agree this is a weird aesthetic they've chosen for the Guardian... We've known it was getting the longbow with support skills for a while, but most were expecting more of a Paragon hybrid thing with chants.

This calculator gives you an idea of what the new trait system looks like, and has all of the known trait changes mixed in:

http://dulfy.net/2015/05/02/gw2-specialization-calculator-that_shaman/
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse May 6, 2015, 22:38 jacobvandy
 
How about not charging people for a visit that was recommended by Customer Support, wherein there's enough of a problem for you to say the visit is warranted, but the tech is such an idiot that he fails to identify it and leaves without doing anything?  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute
12. Re: The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute May 6, 2015, 22:29 jacobvandy
 
Squirmer wrote on May 6, 2015, 22:24:
Paranoid Jack wrote on May 6, 2015, 21:09:
I bought it from GoG about a year ago at a healthy discount. Wish I had the Steam version for the easy mod support but I'll be ok without workshop I'm sure. I just assumed it was going to be a Steam key at the time of purchased. I had no idea then that they were moving away from Steam keys.
What do you mean "moving away from"? When did GOG ever do Steam keys?

Oops, I totally glossed over the acronym... Thought you both said GMG.

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News Comments > The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute
8. Re: The Witcher 3 GMG Key Dispute May 6, 2015, 22:08 jacobvandy
 
Strange indeed. This is not good for GMG's reputation.  
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News Comments > Goat Simulator GoatZ Expansion Tomorrow
6. Re: Goat Simulator GoatZ Expansion Tomorrow May 6, 2015, 13:10 jacobvandy
 
Awful name... Say it aloud and it sounds like something else, lol.  
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News Comments > Black Mesa Early Access
3. Re: Black Mesa Early Access May 5, 2015, 21:09 jacobvandy
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 5, 2015, 19:39:
Is this considered a paid mod?

Yup. There are those who remember their previous pledge to never charge for it...
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 May 4, 2015, 03:49 jacobvandy
 
I don't get the hype over a GOG client... It was already easy to transfer games, when you downloaded discrete installers directly to your hard drive. Are they discontinuing the GOG Downloader, then?  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass Includes Batgirl Prequel
12. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass Includes Batgirl Prequel May 4, 2015, 01:31 jacobvandy
 
Jerykk wrote on May 3, 2015, 20:53:
Numinar wrote on May 3, 2015, 18:30:
Every industry on the planet does this, selling the base product close to cost and then marking up the consumables, spares and accessories.

You don't have to buy it. Or you wait a year and by the GOTY for next to nothing. It's priced the way it is because people buy it and wont go away until we all stop.

What's surprising is that people support such absurd pricing for completely optional content. It's not like buying printer ink or gas for your car. Those are necessities. DLC is not and yet people apparently still pay exorbitant prices for it. Mass Effect Trilogy routinely goes on sale for $10, yet if you want all the DLC, you'll have to pay around $100.

No, but it is like them trying to up-sell you on spare tires, emergency roadside kits, luggage racks, custom rims, a better stereo, built-in GPS, smartphone dock, snow chains, weatherproofing, a shinier clear coat, slightly larger engine, alarm system, on-star, on and on for fucking eternity. Buy a cell phone, see how much extra junk the cashier tries to add on for you. Car charger, AC adapter, data cable, memory card, wet insurance, caller ID, blahblahblah.

The only thing stopping this from being a part of gaming from day one was the immature technology, the inability to efficiently deliver digital accessories separately from the base product. The expansion packs of yore were a compromise, that's how they had to do it for it to make sense with the whole process of additional physical media. They don't do that anymore because they don't have to.

Though the reason the price is so absurd probably has something to do with the refusal of the market to accept higher base pricing. Or should I say, reluctance... It wasn't so long ago that PC games remained $50 while the console versions were $60, but that gradually gave way just the same. We'd probably have seen it go to $70+ already if it weren't for the way they're pricing DLC.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 3, 2015, 17:55 jacobvandy
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 3, 2015, 16:33:
Stayed up till 2am watching that shit boxing match. I would have been pissed if I actually dumped $100 to watch that running and hugging borefest. Fight of the century because I won't be caught dead watching another Boxing match even if I lived to be 129.

I will never understand how boxing is so popular, especially modern-day, with all the rules and regulations that help make it what you described. It's one of the biggest feats of sheer marketing bullshit that they're able to gross hundreds of millions of dollars for one stupid match, only for it to disappoint so majorly. I'm glad Mayweather is done (supposedly) and that the sport can just die already.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Tips
32. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Tips May 2, 2015, 15:54 jacobvandy
 
ForgedReality wrote on May 2, 2015, 15:20:
jacobvandy wrote on May 2, 2015, 15:16:
Ugh, don't bother setting Social Club to offline mode if you intend to use the stock market. It won't be available!

Also, the pedestrian and vehicle settings don't seem to make any difference, unless I'm using the wrong values (higher is more)?

0 is 0%, 1 is 100%, if I'm reading correctly. 0.5 would be 50%. I haven't tried it though.

But there's already a slider for that range in-game. I assumed the command line argument could go beyond that. =/
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Tips
29. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Tips May 2, 2015, 15:16 jacobvandy
 
Ugh, don't bother setting Social Club to offline mode if you intend to use the stock market. It won't be available!

Also, the pedestrian and vehicle settings don't seem to make any difference, unless I'm using the wrong values (higher is more)?
 
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News Comments > Dead Island 2 Delayed
4. Re: Dead Island 2 Delayed Apr 30, 2015, 21:16 jacobvandy
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 30, 2015, 19:31:
If there is a secret message I would take it as Dying Light was such a huge success we are now afforded the opportunity to greatly improve DI2.

That makes the least sense of all of them, considering Dying Light comes from a completely different developer AND publisher.

Make no mistake, Deep Silver and whoever the hell is making Dead Island 2 are directly competing with Dying Light, as they attempt to fill the void left behind after Techland moved on to greener pastures.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls II DS2Fix64 "Softbans"
2. Re: Dark Souls II DS2Fix64 Apr 30, 2015, 18:30 jacobvandy
 
Same story as yesterday, different nouns. You use these mods at your own risk.  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Patch
1. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Patch Apr 30, 2015, 18:22 jacobvandy
 
Hooray for more stable alt-tabbing!  
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News Comments > Steam Game Bans
54. Re: Steam Game Bans Apr 30, 2015, 18:21 jacobvandy
 
Julio wrote on Apr 30, 2015, 18:06:
I'm fine with Steam banning users when they feel like it. But - also issue an automatic full refund with each ban.

Can't have it both ways.

Actually they can and do, just like any other commercial enterprise selling products and services that does not assume responsibility or liability for their misuse. A valid ban can only be issued in the case of the player breaching the terms of service; it is not anyone's fault but their own when they forfeit the use of that service.

How can you possibly advocate hackers be refunded their money? Without that kind of tangible penalty, where is the deterrent?
 
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News Comments > Steam Game Bans
46. Re: Steam Game Bans Apr 30, 2015, 16:09 jacobvandy
 
No dev in their right mind will abuse it, because they moment they do, a shitstorm brews that Gaben himself hears about and ends up investigating. You don't want to ruin your relationship with Valve and the primary means of distributing your product(s). It could happen, sure, but it's not likely.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 29, 2015, 21:52 jacobvandy
 
He must be streaming porn in 4K, goddamn!  
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News Comments > Hatred in June
23. Re: Hatred in June Apr 29, 2015, 17:21 jacobvandy
 
Does it force you? It looks like they have plenty of appropriately adversarial interaction, and we all know killing cops in video games is A-OK.  
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