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Nickname panbient
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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
Total Comments 366 (Amateur)
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 28, 2013, 16:25 panbient
 
Kythlyn wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 14:56:
If there was ever an argument against console gaming, this would be it.

Yeah... because it's NEVER happened on the PC before...

Oh wait, what was that Warhammer Online developer going on and on about like two weeks ago?

Yes, the community might actually get around to providing private options for enterprising gamers who want to invest the time and effort into maintaining their own servers. But for the average gamer, what's the actual difference?
 
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News Comments > Homeworld HD/CE Survey
20. Re: Homeworld HD/CE Survey Dec 27, 2013, 19:44 panbient
 
Depending on the quality of the ship model I'd be fine with paying up to $50-60 for a CE HD remake. Though I'd prefer if both games were part of the package.

I quite like the idea of adding a Homeworld ship next to my Marcus and Pip Boy bobble-heads. Yes, I paid $100 for Borderlands 2
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2013, 07:56 panbient
 
BobBob wrote on Dec 24, 2013, 16:26:
Merry Christmas! We're going to unwrap presents on the beach. Perfectly sunny weather so far.

http://tinyurl.com/kthje4d


Meanwhile in Canada... it has snowed (or iced) EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for like the last 2 weeks. This morning... two more inches, and it's still coming down Wreck Though I shouldn't complain too much since I'm one of the lucky ones who never lost power.

Have fun on the beach you lucky bugger hahaha and Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Jolly(?) Festivus to everyone
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $35 Million
33. Re: Star Citizen Passes $35 Million Dec 23, 2013, 16:52 panbient
 
BadIronTree wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 13:05:

They asked for 2 millions so they can prove to their investors that people were interested in that game!!!

If they got the money, they would give them the rest 22 millions in private funds to make it !!!

My bad on that aspect of the initial crowd sourcing. I just remember their original public target. Either way that still leaves them with almost double their original target so why is it now only able to start being more than the bare minimum?

BadIronTree wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 13:05:
But since they do not need them any more , They are True AAA Public funded game...

So they DONT have to worry for the Investors pushing them to get it out, so they can make a quick fat profit

The lack of a 'suit' does not guarantee a greater product. If anything it guarantees a riskier development and requires even more focused discipline. Instead gamers get the dogfighting delay and new stretch goals being defined by the community. Yes, on one hand it's nice that they're involving the players. On the other it can appear as a situation where they've run out of ideas and don't know what else to add so they're just asking the crowd to decide for them. Which generally speaking doesn't result in the best choices.

Ever listen to an album by a musician who released it as a gift for the fans? To give them back everything they'd been asking for? Ever heard one that didn't suck because it lacked the original focus that made their music great rather than pandering to the public?

I REALLY hope they prove me wrong. But everything about it makes me nervous. If it goes good all gamers will benefit from seeing more AAA studios making space games. If not we'll probably never see another AAA studio even think about touching space.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $35 Million
7. Re: Star Citizen Passes $35 Million Dec 23, 2013, 11:24 panbient
 
I'm at a loss here. This just blows my mind. How can he call this milestone "allowing the team and I to go beyond the BARE MINIMUM".

They've gotten almost 20 times more money than they originally asked for. Should they have not been able to go beyond the 'bare minimum' like... oh... last year?

And yeah, that Elite: Dangerous alpha video is the bees knees.

This on the other hand just sounds more and more like a situation where you're collecting tools to make 'something' eventually - once all the tools have been purchased. Rather than buying the tools as you need them in order to construct the next piece of the plan.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2013, 15:27 panbient
 
How likely is this a hoax?

I mean really... if you were hanging out with someone and then 2 people showed up and started strangling her and then ordered you to get them a PS (4, I presume - wait no... Kotaku says it was for a PSP). Either way, why would you not immediately go to the police? Why would you go back to the place to ask for more time before going to the police?

Nothing of that article sounds legit.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Questions Answered
15. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Questions Answered Dec 19, 2013, 19:13 panbient
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 17:58:
Did they say in the video at what stretch goal they'll release the game?

The only stretch goal I'm concerned with is Space Burrito Surprise!
 
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News Comments > Strife Closed Beta Underway
9. Re: Strife Closed Beta Underway Dec 18, 2013, 18:10 panbient
 
Glad I'm not the only one who remembers the old Strife game. That youtube clip was great. I never actually got to play the whole thing, I just remember getting the demo on my very first PC Gamer disc way back in the day and all the fond memories that go along with Coconut Monkey hehehe  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 18, 2013, 14:06 panbient
 
Blue wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 13:29:
According to Snopes, the legend that Keith had all his blood transfused in Switzerland to kick dope was based on him joking that it happened. They do indicate that it does seem he may have had a treatment there that involved filtering his blood to clean up to go on tour. I never heard about it being done on tour, that sounds like a further legend based on the same story.

Source.

Fair enough. Still a ridiculous life to have lead with our without the touring dialysis machine hehehe
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Dec 18, 2013, 13:21 panbient
 
Hmm... this reminds me I never actually finished The Witcher 2 (or the original either...)

Might have to install them again between shoveling snow
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 18, 2013, 13:19 panbient
 
Can anyone confirm the urban legend about the Rolling Stones bringing a dialysis machine on tour with them back in the 70s so roadies could hook up Richards and / or Jagger after they'd passed out to mitigate the potential alcohol poisoning so they could live to perform the next night?  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
16. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 18, 2013, 13:09 panbient
 
Relegating tolerance into a 'safe zone' sounds like claiming to not be racist because you have a black friend.

But it's also getting them a lot of media attention and free advertising for PAX :S
 
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News Comments > Strife Closed Beta Underway
1. Re: Strife Closed Beta Underway Dec 18, 2013, 11:28 panbient
 
Anytime I see a headline for this game I keep getting hyped thinking it's a reboot of that old FPS/RPG from the mid-90s. Considering everything else from the era seems to be getting being rebooted...

But no, it's just another MOBA
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay
88. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay Dec 17, 2013, 22:06 panbient
 
SlimRam wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 21:53:
Yes we have been making great strides.....*Looking over at Roberto's photo-shopped image of 'Space Burrito Surprise'* Hold on a sec...

Most of me realizes this is trolling, but a part of me really REALLY wants 'Space Burrito Surprise' to be a real thing.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay
75. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay Dec 17, 2013, 15:56 panbient
 
Parias wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 15:12:
They always knew they were going to ditch the stock Cryengine network code; the unknown was if they were going to try and launch the dogfighting module with the crappy stock code (and likely get useless testing results and a terrible gameplay experience), or wait until the initial iteration of their own custom network code was ready. They chose the latter.

I know none of the fan boys will like hearing this but holy hell is that ever an example of bad management. Why would you even entertain the discussion to release something you know from the outset that you'd have to replace prior to completion? Even if the community has 'known' about it for a good month now, how did it take 11 months into production to come to that conclusion?

The increase of funding is not justification for lack of focus.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay
30. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay Dec 17, 2013, 11:20 panbient
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 10:57:
panbient wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 10:51:
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 10:38:
not sure why you guys throw stones at them the first time they delay something.

Because the man in charge is notorious for promising the moon and taking forever to deliver.
Then don't support them, until they deliver something worthy for you.
I am looking forward to this game just as much as the next guy, but I don't understand this "I'd love to see this fail" mentality a lot of people have.

Just because I don't offer support doesn't mean I want the project to fail. I just don't think it's a wise investment and the more potential is added to the project the riskier it sounds.

I'd absolutely LOVE a new Privateer / Freelancer style game. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

But that's not what I'm hearing when I look at Star Citizen anymore. I hear a company of fund-raisers promising every bullet point from every brain storming session they've ever had. Again, I'd love for them to prove me wrong and release the spaceship game to end all spaceship games, but I've got my doubts.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay
18. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Delay Dec 17, 2013, 10:51 panbient
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 10:38:
not sure why you guys throw stones at them the first time they delay something.

Because the man in charge is notorious for promising the moon and taking forever to deliver.

They made more money than pretty much every video game Kickstarter put together and still can't release their first planned element on time. All while still continuing to pull in more money and expanding the scope of the product. How are they supposed to finish anything if they keep moving the goalposts? It's a great way to keep the operating funds for a business coming in, doesn't necessarily make for a timely product release - as proven by this current delay.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
25. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 15, 2013, 11:24 panbient
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 17:02:
robdot wrote on Dec 14, 2013, 15:28:
The world has moved on from Mario and Zelda.your not gonna move consoles by bundling an old Zelda title. My grandkids could not care less about Zelda, or Mario, they barely even know who that is. My grandkids have never seen, Star Wars, they don't know who yoda is. Or Luke. Or Han Solo.

That would be your fault for not showing it to them.

When you were a kid did you really want to spend your weekends repeating your grandfather's favorite things from when he was a kid?

There were plenty of people wondering why we were watching Star Wars instead of Buck Rogers back in the day after all... or more accurately, wondering why we were playing with little dolls (action figures) instead of riding our bikes. But they afforded us the freedom to grow with our own tastes and preferences. Sadly so many of that generation (of which I'm part) seems intent on rehashing the pop culture of our own youth and reinforcing the current trend of rebooting every last piece of 80s pop culture like it mattered.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M
20. Re: Oculus Rift Raises Another $75M Dec 13, 2013, 11:16 panbient
 
MindStalker3 wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 10:55:
I doubt in the 90s you really could have put a decent resolution display in such a small package without huge weight issues. Today with screen technology its finally possible.

Oh man, remember that headset that came out around the time one of the Star Wars Dark Forces games? It only weighed about 9 pounds on your forehead.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics Free in GOG.com Winter Sale
13. Re: Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics Free in GOG.com Winter Sale Dec 12, 2013, 10:28 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 10:21:
I mean the combat in Fallout was pretty good tactics wise but its not like it was the second coming or anything.

What other options did we really have for turn based tactical combat in 2001?
 
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