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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Frozen Synapse Prime
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Frozen Synapse Prime Nov 16, 2014, 18:19 panbient
Zyrxil wrote on Nov 16, 2014, 14:58:
Apparently worse than the original in every single way. Even though it's supposed to be a visual upgrade/remake, it is essentially a Vita->PC port. See comments here.

It's also free for PSN+ members this month. Just be aware that there's the potential for a hard lock on certain PS3s if you patch the game before going through the initial setup after launching it for the first time.
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News Comments > Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change "Any Time Soon"; DX10 Support Unlikely
48. Re: Star Citizen 8GB Requirement Won't Change Nov 15, 2014, 07:58 panbient
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:14:
Time to move on to the next feature on the 264 pages long list. Landing gear animations, than helmet HUD bad breath indicator, than the digital hair comb for the backers at 63mill

Virtual LIQUOR CABINETS!!! So you can DUI in space!

I'm not even kidding, I just saw the RSI email.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $61M
17. Re: Star Citizen Passes $61M Nov 13, 2014, 09:55 panbient
WaltC wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 09:19:
You can stick an antenna out of your window and pick up at least one television station that you don't have to pay to receive--strictly because of advertising.

What decade are you in?
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 09:51 panbient
Well geez Ars.... maybe, just maybe video games are not the same as every other type of entertainment media out there regardless of the efforts of some to homogenize every aspect of the entertainment industry into a interactive digital product they want to market as a 'video game'.

I mean really, if you eliminate the concept of progression through a video game all you really have is a collection of digital assets.
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News Comments > Mount&Blade Free on Fall Sale
9. Re: Mount&Blade Free on Fall Sale Nov 13, 2014, 08:17 panbient
Anyone know if it's possible to trade / gift GOG titles now?

I already own The Witcher 2 and I'm not interested in that movie but I don't mind clicking a 'stamp' every 16 hours to hook someone up with a bunch of awesome. I know I could just download the files and pass a thumb drive around my circle of friends but I'd rather keep it on the up and up.
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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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