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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
Total Comments 551 (Apprentice)
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News Comments > Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence
43. Re: Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence Feb 14, 2015, 09:08 panbient
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 14, 2015, 08:58:
especially when you knew beforehand that these promises were impossible to meet.

That's the part I'm not convinced exists and the line between being hopeful and deceitful.

If you KNOW ahead of time that you cannot ever deliver on what you're saying then yeah it's bad on you - that's the lie. On the other hand if you're pitching greatness it's on the investor to decide if it's feasible and worth the risk of putting their money down. Like it or not, that's how business works.

Kickstarter / crowd funding pitches are not contracts. They're marketing tools.
 
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News Comments > Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence
41. Re: Peter Molyneux's Vows of Silence Feb 14, 2015, 08:49 panbient
 
The Magician wrote on Feb 14, 2015, 07:30:
Xil wrote on Feb 14, 2015, 02:11:
took me ages to read the RPS article, they did not go gentle on him and at times I thought he would totally break or something....

We should have RPS interview politicians.

That would require people to actually pay attention to politics with the same level of interest as video games. Hell most gamers wouldn't ever install a game if they paid as much attention to the contents of the EULA as they did to marketing hype they routinely dissect - all for the benefit of what boils down to semantic arguments (they said 'they WILL have this feature' rather than 'they would really like to implement this feature' it's FRAUD!!!!!)

Molyneux already had a reputation as being an idealistic dreamer who routinely overpromised (likely due to getting over excited about the possibility of his projects with no one able to pull him back down to the reality of his projects).

On the other hand RPS made themselves seem like bullies with this interview.

And as for his comment about lies I'm guessing he interprets lying as something with actual intent to deceive. I don't think he does that. I really do think he'd like to deliver on everything he claims. Being unrealistic is not the same as lying. RPS never bothered getting clarification, they just kept pushing their own agenda.
 
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News Comments > D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year
8. Re: D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year Feb 12, 2015, 19:06 panbient
 
harlock wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 18:45:
looks like NWN 2015

Exactly what I was thinking. And considering how much I played those games I'm extra super stoked for this.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Finds Lost Vikings
8. Re: Heroes of the Storm Finds Lost Vikings Feb 11, 2015, 13:51 panbient
 
Xero wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 09:28:
The thing is, at that point, your going to have every single character from every Blizzard game thrown in here, lol

Bring on the Rock N Roll Racing drivers!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2015, 10:29 panbient
 
Verno wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 09:33:
We're running out of room for the snow, we really need a brief thaw here. The snow mounds in my driveway (thanks mister plow) are so high that I have to be almost halfway into the street to see if theres traffic coming.

I am totally starting to understand that guy who took a flamethrower to the snow in his yard.

I hear ya there. We got more than 6 feet over the course of like 9 days at the start of the month here. I'm 6'3" and a lot of the banks along the street are still chest / shoulder height.

And we're supposed to get another foot on Sunday Cry
 
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News Comments > Original Early Access Game Pulled
22. Re: Original Early Access Game Pulled Feb 9, 2015, 17:48 panbient
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 17:15:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 15:03:
Do you work for free? Why should anyone else?

Lots of people do. It's called volunteering. And if you take money for something promised you're legally bound to deliver that or it's fraud. If you pay me for an order of widgets and I deliver you a box of them only half done you're going to want what you paid for or your money back, right? This is no different. I have to carry liability insurance for the stuff I make, and so should they. Personally I think government watch dogs need to start regulating this stuff seeing as Steam and others aren't - when they should be seeing as they're profiting from it.

You're also comparing objective and subjective products. Regardless of that, if you checked the thread both the developer and programmer address the issue in more detail. They apparently ran out of money a year ago and both still kept working on it until now.

The coder didn't leave because of money, he left because they had fundamental differences on development methods. He wanted to work with a plan, clear objectives and methods to reach them. The other guy (the dreamer) did not, he wanted to be able to make changes on the fly and develop on whim and gut instinct.

It's not that one way is necessarily better than the other, but they do not work well together.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Feb 3, 2015, 22:54 panbient
 
garrywong wrote on Feb 3, 2015, 19:07:
I don't know why anyone would want to try and rebuild a very good game when instead you could use those same assets to instead extend on the vast world with new stories.

Because it gives you the option to replay it with newer / nicer tech and all within one package.

Though personally I'd rather see a Warcraft 2 remake inside SC2. THAT would be super awesome.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 30, 2015, 14:48 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 14:06:
I'm so hoping to read this headline some day:

Bungie finally releasing remastered version of Myth series.

(and tweaks that damn mission about halfway through part 2 when you have to escort the King through the town being attacked by their version of werewolves)
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 28, 2015, 15:57 panbient
 
chickenboo wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 13:50:
Okay, but isn't this just an extension of the service model of game delivery? Take Steam for instance: when you buy a game on steam, you buy the right to access the game from their library. Steam can revoke this contract at any time and at that time, you will no longer own the game. Or at least that's my understanding of how Steam works.

Not quite. You're not logging into their library so much as accessing your hard drive through their front end (there is offline mode after all).

Even if they revoke a license you've still got a copy of the game on your computer. It might not launch through Steam anymore but that doesn't mean the files will disappear from your hard drive, it just means you'll need to find the actual executable file and launch it yourself (at least for single player games).
 
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered Collection Next Month
16. Re: Homeworld Remastered Collection Next Month Jan 26, 2015, 11:25 panbient
 
I'm definitely stoked. Not sure if I'll get it on launch or wait for a sale but either way I'm looking forward to it. Especially being able to play it with modern widescreen resolutions without needing to rely on mods and various other hacks to make it 'work' (and a magnifying glass to read the text on anything be the default resolution).  
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch
25. Re: Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch Jan 25, 2015, 16:47 panbient
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 25, 2015, 16:28:
I always heard that SC was going to use Crysis as the game engine. Never heard about the UT engine being used.

That was DNF using UT (after having started with the Quake 2 engine). Anyone who tried making maps for those games understands just how much of a headache going from BSP (Quake style) to CSG (Unreal style) world building would have been. Not impossible, just total logical opposites.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch
21. Re: Star Citizen at $70M; New Arena Commander Patch Jan 25, 2015, 13:52 panbient
 
Sugarman wrote on Jan 25, 2015, 07:54:
I really don't get all the hate towards SC. Good/bad, it will get released, and if it's bad, then it will get patched until it's good, unless all of you think 70 million isn't nearly enough for all that.

It's never seemed like anyone has doubted that it was enough money. If anything people wonder how much Roberts is going to keep claiming he needs as he keeps stretching out the possibilities. Keep in mind his original pitch had $6 million as his 'everything I can imagine with all the bells and whistles' mark.

While 'something' may get released his track record is worthy of apprehension. He's also gone on to say that if the money stopped coming in then they had a plan to finish things up to the most recent point, but that really doesn't sound like future support to patch things should the result be less than stellar.

The big difference between this project and pretty much any other crowdfunded game is that a typical developer holds out their hat for a period, says thank you very much, and then gets to work. SC is holding the hat out indefinitely and saying please keep adding if you ever want to see results.

Pointing that out and being concerned by the behaviour isn't being negative, it's being realistic.
 
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News Comments > Void Destroyer Released
11. Re: Void Destroyer Released Jan 24, 2015, 08:32 panbient
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 13:52:

*EDIT* Whoops, panbient beat me to the battlezone reference

There can never be enough Battlezone references (and jdreyer was first this time around hahaha)
 
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News Comments > Void Destroyer Released
7. Re: Void Destroyer Released Jan 23, 2015, 08:30 panbient
 
So Borderlands and Battlezone had a baby and launched it into space?

I'm intrigued.
 
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News Comments > Roberts: Star Citizen Will "Probably" Pass $100M; Release Schedule Expanded
61. Re: Roberts: Star Citizen Will Jan 22, 2015, 16:46 panbient
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 13:39:
nin wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 13:02:
Orogogus wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 12:59:
There's Artemis Bridge Simulator. The way it works, as far as I can tell, is to purposely make things complicated by not giving the captain (or anyone) access to all the readouts and controls. One guy could do everything, if the game let him/her, but it doesn't so you get to LARP around with your pals asking Spock for sensor readings and Scotty for more power.

EDIT: I've wondered the same thing before, though. When I ask what people expect a claw operator to actually do when there's no clawing to be done, they assure me it would be awesome. Whatever. It's their dream, not mine.

Oh wow, I didn't know that had made it to steam. Seen a few videos of that one, and it's always cool to watch folks "play" it.


It is a lot of fun. Comms is meh but it's an interesting team building exercise.

I'll back this up. Had a blast the time I played it with a co-worker and his crew. The Steam version looks way nicer than I remember as well. Then again all I remember doing was looking at a grid and reading coordinates for my play session (still got intense when we were under attack).

I recommend it to anyone who can appreciate old school style gaming that relies on mechanics over graphics and who likes Star Trek (original flavour). Also helps to have a handful of friends who share that attitude.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
16. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 22, 2015, 12:20 panbient
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 11:40:
Which non-shady organization are you thinking of that's willing to fund a AAA game development project?

The Star Citizens of Earth?
 
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News Comments > More on Windows 10 and Xbox
27. Re: More on Windows 10 and Xbox Jan 22, 2015, 09:58 panbient
 
Slick wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:10:
panbient wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 07:59:
I know my internet was out for 'a few days' last week. Or did I accidentally fall into a coma for a few years instead? What happened to Windows 9?

Did they forget what comes after 8 or did I miss something? Why stick with numbers if you're not going to be sequential? Did 7 really eat 9?

Lol, i can't believe i didn't think of that. good ol 7-8-9. anyways the real reason there's no Window 9 is because there's still checks in the codebase pertaining to Windows 95 and Windows 98. so anything that starts with "Windows 9-" is already buried in there somehow to this day. So the practical solution was go to 10 (or anything that doesn't start with "windows 9-"). there was never a "Windows 1". although with this penchant for "one" in their marketing, that day might come sooner than later...

Fair enough I suppose though it still seems odd, but then again it's got people taking notice and talking about it and that's really all marketing is about.
 
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News Comments > More on Windows 10 and Xbox
22. Re: More on Windows 10 and Xbox Jan 22, 2015, 07:59 panbient
 
I know my internet was out for 'a few days' last week. Or did I accidentally fall into a coma for a few years instead? What happened to Windows 9?

Did they forget what comes after 8 or did I miss something? Why stick with numbers if you're not going to be sequential? Did 7 really eat 9?
 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Match Fixing Accusations
2. Re: Counter-Strike Match Fixing Accusations Jan 20, 2015, 15:56 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 12:56:
Huh, what would the motivation be? Same as all sports fixing? Betting against the favor and get a big payout from Vegas since the odds were against the winner?

Yup, except in this case it seems the big payout was skins. Thousands of dollars worth... of Steam stuff. Seems foolish to potentially lose a real money paycheck to score virtual goods but then again I don't know the rigors of being a pro gamer.

Than again this is also a league where the captain from one team was a co-owner of the opposing team.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
29. Re: etc., etc. Jan 20, 2015, 10:17 panbient
 
yuastnav wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 09:26:
It wasn't someone stalking you over the net, trying to find out as much info about you as possible.

That still happened on back in the days of ICQ as well. Hell I got an actual phone call from a border guard once which resulted in an individual getting banned from Canada (the country, not the chat room). Incidentally that happened 13 years ago.

And yes, the death threats that people posted on message boards before a mod cleaned them up is the exact same behavior as the sociopathic behavior. Difference is people didn't post so many personal details on public platforms back then.

It's pretty simple, people can't find out personal details about you unless you choose to make them public online. And fact is, regardless of how mainstream the internet has become, it's still very much a free for all. If you're going to poke a stick at a hornets nest you should expect to get stung. I'm not saying it's right, or that the people making threats are justified, only that it's foolishly naive to be any sort of shocked or surprised by the behavior.
 
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