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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > PC GTA5 Preorders This Week?
5. Re: PC GTA5 Preorders This Week? Jan 29, 2014, 18:16 jacobvandy
 
Sold my PS3 copy for $40 instantly on eBay (probably could have gotten closer to $50, oh well) after I beat it, so it was practically a rental. I'm glad I held off with the GTA Online nonsense, too; hopefully they have the kinks worked out by the time the PC version hits and it'll actually be worthwhile.  
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News Comments > PC GTA5 Preorders This Week?
2. Re: PC GTA5 Preorders This Week? Jan 29, 2014, 17:46 jacobvandy
 
An impending announcement would be right on schedule... Been four months since console release, putting the release in another four (late May, early June).  
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News Comments > ESO Imperial Edition Outed
22. Re: ESO Imperial Edition Outed Jan 29, 2014, 17:39 jacobvandy
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 17:18:
do they still have a text-to-speech engine for the NPC voices? that sounds so stupid...

That's obviously a placeholder.

Wetworks wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 16:09:
You've got to be kidding, a vanity pet doesn't do anything for you. A whole new race with racial abilities is a major part of the game.

And what are these abilities? +5 to speechcraft and a once-a-day power that boosts combat effectiveness by 5% for an hour? Because that's all the different races have ever offered in TES games. I don't even consider that discrete content, so to call it a "major part of the game" is just asinine. Playing an Imperial is just a different aesthetic, the most boring one of all IMO, so if you don't want that the digital Imperial edition is hardly worth the extra money.
 
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News Comments > ESO Imperial Edition Outed
13. Re: ESO Imperial Edition Outed Jan 29, 2014, 15:18 jacobvandy
 
Rings of Mara are wedding rings, BTW. So to get that XP bonus you'll have to be secure enough in your sexuality to probably marry another dude. AKA threat of pay-to-win abated.  
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News Comments > Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Patch & Sale
10. Re: Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Patch & Sale Jan 29, 2014, 01:51 jacobvandy
 
I can't imagine there are any servers running for this... And they're not needed. Lag is probably due to people hosting having shitty internet.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 28, 2014, 21:48 jacobvandy
 
If anyone can pull it off it's them, the homebrew scene has been having trouble getting any PS2 game to run smoothly despite the luxury of high-end desktop CPU power.  
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News Comments > EA Financials
9. Re: EA Financials Jan 28, 2014, 21:18 jacobvandy
 
Gotta love non-GAAP, eh boys? So you can inflate numbers you wave in the faces of investors by EXCLUDING expenses such as these:

  • Acquisition-related expenses

  • Amortization of debt discount

  • Certain non-recurring litigation expenses

  • Change in deferred net revenue (online-enabled games)

  • College football settlement expenses

  • Loss (gain) on strategic investments

  • Restructuring charges

  • Stock-based compensation

  • Income tax adjustments

  • Because none of that stuff really counts, right? It's just 3/4 of a billion dollars, and EA doesn't miss it, so why should anyone?

    BTW all the "highlights" quoted above by Blue are based on non-GAAP numbers. Basically they're lies. Or half-truths as they might prefer to call them. (Yes I know all companies do it, I've just always disliked it. Blew my mind when I learned about it back in college finance courses.)

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    News Comments > etc.
    2. Re: etc. Jan 28, 2014, 13:11 jacobvandy
     
    That game suffers from hyperinflation of everything. I mean, I remember playing this game back in fucking 2005... And all it takes to level up is keep your subscription active for X amount of time. They've had 10+ years, too many people are too highly developed in skills and too many people are rolling in resources and money to the point where throwing away a fleet of capital ships means nothing. It's gotten to the point where these are not even that interesting as news stories anymore, IMO. If they ever want to grow the playerbase, they'd need to wipe everything, but it's too bad they're far too invested in their hardcore nerds to do something like that.  
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    News Comments > GOG.com DRM-Free Time Machine Sale
    3. Re: GOG.com DRM-Free Time Machine Sale Jan 28, 2014, 13:05 jacobvandy
     
    I wish Hammerwatch was more like Gauntlet... There's barely any character progression to speak of.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2014, 13:01 jacobvandy
     
    1badmf wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 10:31:
    man there are way too many shill bids on ebay. they really oughta punish those bidders that never intended to pay for that NWC cart; i think like the top 30 bids were way over what it should've been worth. i tried to sell a car on ebay once; listed it 3 times and every time the winner backed out. makes no sense to me why people do this, and it happens way too often to be just bad luck. clearly these idiots bid never intending to pay.

    They've always warned that bidding was like a legal contract, but the only thing they can or have been willing to do to back that up is ban you, right? Pretty empty threat. Maybe they should make it so the maximum amount you can bid is directly proportional to your reputation, so shitheads with throwaway accounts can't do exactly what happened to that poor guy selling the NES cart. Then of course you might have more convoluted processes for shitheads creating throwaway accounts (fabricating/buying rep), but that's easier to track and police, at least.
     
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    News Comments > GeForce Beta Drivers
    4. Re: GeForce Beta Drivers Jan 28, 2014, 06:11 jacobvandy
     
    GeForce Experience is not the driver, it's optional bloatware. If it doesn't work for you, or you had it configured incorrectly, just remove it.  
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    News Comments > Leaked Source 2 Screenshot?
    13. Re: Leaked Source 2 Screenshot? Jan 27, 2014, 23:27 jacobvandy
     
    Quboid wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 22:17:
    Source has evolved but the last few Source engine games I've played stick out due to their dated graphics and interface. It's a solid, fast, and reliable engine and some really good games such as The Stanley Parable use it to good effect, but it doesn't look as pretty or feel as modern as games like Crysis 3 - which isn't entirely a bad thing, Source's dated menu is a lot nicer than Crysis's nonsense.

    Maybe it would be nicer if it was used in a big budget game but I can't remember the last time such a game used the Source engine. Perhaps that says it all.

    Titanfall is using Source. They've said they will consider opening it up for modding... They should just put it on the Workshop and allow for custom maps and such, that will make it a big hit on PC.

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    News Comments > Legend of Grimrock II Details and Screenshots
    8. Re: Legend of Grimrock II Details and Screenshots Jan 27, 2014, 22:19 jacobvandy
     
    Ehh, how are you supposed to circle-strafe effectively with touch controls? Good luck with that!  
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    News Comments > Leaked Source 2 Screenshot?
    8. Re: Leaked Source 2 Screenshot? Jan 27, 2014, 21:22 jacobvandy
     
    According to the comments, this isn't the first time CBOAT (as they call him) has provided such a leak. If it is just a fan mod of the level, though, I hope they upload it to Workshop.  
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    News Comments > Steam Top 10
    81. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 27, 2014, 14:18 jacobvandy
     
    Except for the rest of the Top 10 games by concurrent players on Steam all being pretty old, including Civ, Skyrim, etc. I had to go down pretty far to find some that came out as recently as those examples. :p

    And if other devs want to follow suit, they are free to do so. However it will be their own asses hung out to dry if their game isn't good enough to sell what they were expecting. Anyone setting themselves up to fail like that probably weren't able to make a good game anyway.

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    News Comments > Steam Top 10
    76. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 27, 2014, 12:20 jacobvandy
     
    Krovven wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 06:53:
    Just because people are willing to throw their money around for incomplete games doesn't automatically make it a good thing. Oh the irony with all the complaints from people buying buggy incomplete games, and now it's considered a valid business model to do just that.

    As usual, some people can only see things in black & white. No way in hell something can have both positives and negatives and changes ever be made to improve the system. /sacrasm

    But hey, why am I surprised when asshats insult someone from expressing their opinion about wanting a refund for a game they didn't like (that is technically a preorder and should be allowed). Nope, people need to tell him how wrong he is for having his own opinion. Fucktards.

    You're just the pot calling the kettle black... A game being buggy or incomplete doesn't mean it's automatically impossible to enjoy playing it. More PC gamers enjoy playing DayZ RIGHT NOW, despite the bugs and missing features, than they enjoy playing Assassin's Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghost, Payday 2, and many other new "finished and bug-free" games. I'm sorry that scares you, but it's the way it is. There are plenty of bad games on Early Access -- I've even regretfully bit on one or two and can only hope they eventually get better -- but to bring up my original point at the beginning of this thread, those games are not the ones you see topping the charts.
     
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    News Comments > The Repopulation Funded
    3. Re: The Repopulation Funded Jan 27, 2014, 12:02 jacobvandy
     
    Darks wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:06:
    This game is an open PVE/PVP type game right? I donít care for PVP. it detracts from the game when you constantly have to worry about some asshole player killing just for kicks.

    Only hardcore servers (i.e. PVP servers in other MMOs) will have faction killing anywhere/everywhere. But even then, there will be different levels of NPC security depending on the zone, like in EVE. Normal servers will require you enter PVP-specific zones or toggle PVP mode on.
     
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    News Comments > Steam Top 10
    57. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 27, 2014, 06:12 jacobvandy
     
    Krovven wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 00:15:
    Jerykk wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 22:25:
    Ubisoft and BiS aren't even remotely comparable.

    I never compared Ubisoft to BIS. They are both however established companies. When it comes to BIS and DayZ, they sold a shit ton of Arma 2 based on the DayZ mod alone, that they never would have sold otherwise. From what I recall, the sales figures are more than easily enough to have funded both Arma 3 and the stand alone DayZ without them having to do Early Access and bleed more money from people.

    BIS originally had stated that the DayZ stand-alone alpha would be released by the end of 2012. This was stated in Septemeber 2012. It took them over an entire year for them to release that alpha and get to the point where they are now, which is still nowhere even remotely complete and they still say it will be at least another year before they even get to beta. Meanwhile, they are taking peoples money, despite having raked it in from the massively increased sales of Arma 2. It's fucking ridiculous.

    To clarify, my reference to Ubisoft was regarding the established Might and Magic series game that was put on Steam as Early Access. Granted (from what I read) it was released in a much more finished state than most Early Access games. But this doesn't make it any better. If they want people to QA their games, hire people, hire a third party QA company...don't charge people full price and call it a pre-order.

    It's one thing to have a pre-order and grant beta access with a few weeks or a month before release...it's entirely something else to charge people $30-$50 (or more in some cases) when a game isn't even feature complete and is a year or more from release.

    That's funny, I was pretty sure that people are giving their money to play these games (often throwing it at the screen). But when you disagree with the business model, suddenly it's the evil developers taking it by force, against their will...
     
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    News Comments > Steam Top 10
    24. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 26, 2014, 15:19 jacobvandy
     
    Learn the definition of 'objective.' You can say you're personally sick and tired of the same old games, but that doesn't mean the game is actually, factually bad.

    And Bats... DayZ is already very playable. It's virtually impossible for all the loot on the map to be gone because the servers restart so often. (And that is a temporary solution until they work out the respawning, same with zombies.) You treading the same paths as most other people on a full server should just be a lesson to not do that. Find more out of the way locations, i.e. not the coastline cities. You giving up and throwing a tantrum after one short session says more about you, the SUBJECT, than the game, the OBJECT.
     
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    News Comments > Steam Top 10
    3. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 26, 2014, 11:31 jacobvandy
     
    Objectively bad games do not top the Steam best sellers for weeks on end... So go ahead and keep on with your meaningless hate, but don't tire yourself out too soon; there's no telling how long it'll be on this list.  
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