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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Randal's Monday
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Randal's Monday Nov 12, 2014, 17:24 panbient
Wish it were Sunday.  
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News Comments > Sun Sets on Dawngate
13. Re: Sun Sets on Dawngate Nov 5, 2014, 06:46 panbient
Seventyfive wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 19:42:
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 19:40:
MOBA's are on the decline. EA got in a bit late to the party.

"Riot Games earned $624 million from League of Legends last year, and that was only good enough for second place on the top-ten free-to-play earnings list. In 2014, however, it's shot to number one, and is poised to be the first to break $1 billion in microtransaction revenues." -PC Gamer

Dead eh?

Just remember there's a huge difference between earnings / revenue and actual profit.
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released
7. Re: Jagged Alliance: Flashback Released Oct 23, 2014, 06:10 panbient
harlock wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 07:38:
- ima let you finish, but JA2 is one of the best games of all time!

I know it's not quite JA2 but JA-Wildfire is on sale on Steam this week for like a buck (I'm in Canada so it was $1.09).
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News Comments > Metallica to Close BlizzCon
26. Re: Metallica to Close BlizzCon Oct 21, 2014, 18:47 panbient
Prez wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:58:
Off topic but Death Magnetic was far and away the best thing they had put out since ...And Justice For All. Had they actually made the guitars sound less like they were played through a $75 Gorilla amp, it would have almost been on the level with their epic 3...

Did you happen to download the uncompressed version of the album from Guitar Hero? I know it seems ridiculous but it sounds substantially better than the actual disc released for commercial sale.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 20, 2014, 18:42 panbient
Rigs wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:44:
Eh, that sounds more like a bad personal experience rather than a general consensus...


Yeah totally. I still play Rockband at least 2-3 times a month if not 2-3 times per weekend and I can still routinely find random people online if I'm patient. I'll even pick up a $20 PSN card every once in a while and pick up another dozen DLC tunes to freshen things up a bit. There are still thousands of available songs out there.

As for plastic instruments yes, they're kind of annoying but they're a lot smaller (and cheaper) than their real world counterparts. Plus if you bought the MIDI adapter and upgraded the drums or keyboard you could actually end up using real gear with a much better practice tool than a metronome. I know they tried with guitar as well, but it's a failure compared to what Rocksmith accomplished.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 20, 2014, 06:07 panbient
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 00:38:
This entire article about Goodreaders and all that bullshit... my god some people are such scum. Reminds me why I think the end of the world might be preferable.

Really? Because all I can think of is this is the best viral marketing for a book I would never care to read about normally.

Seriously, people need to stop seeking validation from the internet for creative endeavors. Do it because it means something to you, not because you're desperate for the attention of others.

I honestly feel dumber for having read that 'article'.
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News Comments > Star Citizen CitizenCon Trailers
24. Re: Star Citizen CitizenCon Trailers Oct 16, 2014, 19:42 panbient
Baristan wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 18:11:
The installer crashed when I opened the advanced settings menu while patching.

Am I reading this right?

You were patching the product.

While running the product AND trying to modify its settings.

And you think the fact that it crashed at that point is a bug?

Is that accurate?
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News Comments > etc.
48. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 19:06 panbient
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 17:40:
Which publishers target games at the 30-40 bracket exactly?

Paradox Interactive and DCS come to mind.

And going back to the whole GG shenanigan, I had this thought recently - video games are the new rock and roll.

Young people are trying to co-opt it to being what they dream about, old people don't really get it, and middle aged people are just trying to get a bit of entertainment out of the medium without getting caught up in the crap.

Essentially young people need a cultural outlet to rebel against what came before in order to establish a sense of identity (especially in North America). For a lot of us nearing middle age at this point, it was music, punk / new wave / alternative / indie whatever. Then it got to the point where parents -expected- their teenagers to go through the rebellious 'punk rock' phase... just like they did. Except following in the expected path does not provide a unique identity.

So what was the next major pop culture element a demographic could latch onto and call their own?

I honestly expect to see a game burning event similar to the Disco Demolition night back in '79 within the decade.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
22. Re: etc., etc. Oct 15, 2014, 06:31 panbient
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 03:28:
Basically, if GG has taught me anything it's not that there is a huge problem with gaming journalism, it's that there's a huge problem in many gamers themselves.

This. One million times this. And only this line.
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News Comments > Dragon Age - Origins Free on Origin
2. Re: Dragon Age - Origins Free on Origin Oct 8, 2014, 19:05 panbient
Dang. I was hoping this was going to show up as a freebie on PSN+ instead.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
14. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Oct 4, 2014, 19:16 panbient
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 19:04:
and anything that the fuckers from Obsidian have ever been working on!

Hey now! Obsidian might be chronically late and the initial deliveries buggier than whatever is created after a drunken one night stand between the Australian outback and a Florida swamp - but at least they manage to deliver.

They just tend to be a bit 'optimistic' on their initial release targets rather than ignoring their initial release schedule entirely in favor of adding never ending features.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Delayed
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Delayed Oct 2, 2014, 19:42 panbient
So... exactly what anyone with a clue expected from the start.

It's cool, I can wait.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 19, 2014, 06:36 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 23:31:
I would pay $60 for updated graphical version of Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries.


*stares longingly at the disc just to the right of the monitor*

Yup. Still my favourite MW by a long shot.

Hell, it was even my first online multiplayer experience, even though the connections never lasted longer than a single firefight.
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News Comments > Chaos Rising Removes GFWL
14. Re: Chaos Rising Removes GFWL Sep 5, 2014, 18:36 panbient
Darks wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 13:44:
Ouch!! One guy said he had over 200 hours in his and its now gone.

I donít get or understand the removal on LAN, that one is confusing.

I don't understand how it's possible to keep a campaign going for 200 hours, and I've beaten the game multiple times.

The one achievement annoyance I've had was with the last DoW game (Retribution). I beat the campaign on very hard but the achievement never unlocked, apparently because I lost connection to Steam at some point during the run.

Kajetan wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 13:53:
More and more you read that people will not buy a game when it does not have trading cards. And trading cards i'll get LESS than achievements. Why? Why is this more important than playing the game?

Trading cards = free Steam 'money'. I've bought more than a few games during big sales using credit I accumulated by selling duplicate cards for about $0.10 a pop. Can't say it's more important than playing the game, but I can see why some people value them.
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News Comments > Deadhold Announced
3. Re: Deadhold Announced Sep 3, 2014, 18:45 panbient
sauron wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 18:28:
Yeah, Myth 1 and 2 were great - loved those games. I remember sending in my troops to attack some kind of shambling zombie, and it blew up when they got close! Took them all with it.

Gaming goodness.

The best was when you were playing multiplayer and happened to get one of those zombies on your team. Most maps featured some water, most of the time if happened to be deep enough to submerge those zombies...

There's very little that's more satisfying than commanding your hidden explod-a-zombie to stab itself in the stomach to take out a group of knights advancing on your position.

As for this article I got super excited at seeing a reference back to Myth, then got super bummed at seeing it hooked onto another MOBA. On the plus side the community (Project Magma) has modded Myth 2 quite a bit (modern resolutions / MP server etc.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2014, 19:09 panbient
jdreyer wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 14:01:
MythBusters Stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara Are Leaving the Show.

So, I see that Adam and Jamie will return to become the sole hosts, but I wonder why? Just lower ratings so the show is trying to save money?

The last times I watched the show it seemed to be mostly about setting up ridiculous experiments and debunking old wives tales.

Don't get me wrong, blowing up cars is cool and all but I'm hoping it goes back to more substantial myths like in the earlier seasons, like when they tried to find Jimmy Hoffa's body for example.

I think a whole season of them trying to debunk something like Atlantis could be pretty cool. But I'm definitely not the average viewer either.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 19:11 panbient
Trevellian wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 17:35:
Besides the usual obvious points being made of Sony's system being stronger, and Microsoft making big missteps.

Three words for you Sony.

Call Of Duty.

As much as I fucking HATE the series. The fact of the matter is, all of the early adopters who bought the system inevitably (most of them anyway) bought Call of Duty.

Hmm... not a single person of everyone I know who bought a PS4 on launch picked up CoD. None of them, not at launch, not a year later.

The main reason they picked it up a PS4 was so they wouldn't have to wait for the supply to catch up to the demand after the initial release, and PSN+ being an order of magnitude more awesome than xbox Live Gold.

Then there are all the people who got used to the PS3 as a media center and wanted a newer system with better functionality out of the box. For older / married gamers, it makes for a much easier sell on a new machine, dude gets new hardware, wife gets a new Netflix machine, everyone wins.

And nothing to do with CoD bros.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial
42. Re: Star Citizen at $50 Million; New Commercial Aug 16, 2014, 21:08 panbient
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Aug 16, 2014, 19:16:
Don't forget that a lot of Chris Roberts' games have featured major voice actors and Squadron 42 is being developed as a full game in itself. It's also worth remembering that the game is going to raise significantly more money between now and its release, as many people are waiting for it to be released before buying it. I'd be surprised if the game doesn't hit $75m, given that this release pulled in $500,000 alone and it's managing $40 a day.

Also don't forget that most of those major names from back in the day hadn't been seen on a screen in years and/or were in 'low' points of their careers (Mark Hamill / Malcolm McDowell). As proven by their willingness to work in a relatively obscure medium (at the time).

This is no longer the case.

Even if they do hit $75M, spending a full 3rd of their budget on voice acting is absurd.
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News Comments > Design TF2 Merchandise, Profit
4. Re: Design TF2 Merchandise, Profit Aug 16, 2014, 00:35 panbient
And now I'm in the mood to fire up TF2 and craft me a new class hat to go along with my Pyro Alien head.

I wonder if I have the parts for a fancy Engie hat...
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Aug 15, 2014, 18:20 panbient
Creston wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 11:53:
I've played through X probably 9 or 10 times, and there really isn't any location where it takes that long to find another save crystal... I think the Mi'ihen High Road and Mushroom Rock are two of the longest sections, and if you bash through you'd get to the next save crystal in maybe 10 minutes.

Obviously I'm an expert at FFX, but even if you had never played it, if you just kept walking (and since it's a corridor, you can only go one way) it'd take maybe 15 minutes.

But obviously to each their own.

Indeed. And it has been a long time but that's the impact FFX left me with :S I'm not a fan of just bashing through an area or avoiding battle, and I'm thinking that's where the extra time came in.

I'm actually a big fan of grind-y RPGs when there's good character customization options, which 12 had a great system. From what I remember with 10 you'd get better stats and regular unlocks but no real option to tweak your builds as you progressed.

And has there been a modern FF game where the story wasn't pants?

I mean really, water polo? That's the sport of the future? hehehe
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