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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
Total Comments 444 (Amateur)
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $69M
1. Re: Star Citizen at $69M Jan 8, 2015, 09:35 panbient
 
Hmm...

Stretch goal for $70 Million?

We'll come up with more stretch goals!
 
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News Comments > Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users [Updated]
38. Re: Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users [Updated] Jan 4, 2015, 17:30 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2015, 16:55:
It will result in a much more vibrant kind of business world, as people will pursue business interests about which they're passionate about instead of having to work some job they hate to feed themselves or pay their health insurance.

The ONLY way that would ever actually work is if human nature itself changed and we all stopped wanting more than we need. Otherwise there will still be people who will be jealous and greedy of another individual's achievements and accomplishments, regardless of material wealth. There will always be a rat race to keep up with the Jones' in one way or another.

That's the inherent flaw most idealistic people never want to see and can't just brush away with more idealistic hopes and dreams.
 
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News Comments > Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users [Updated]
31. Re: Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users Jan 4, 2015, 07:59 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 4, 2015, 01:18:
but I imagine a future society where an abundance of riches and technology provides base needs, and people only work that wish to exceed that. But for many, many people that base level would suffice if it allowed them to pursue non-material dreams.

So... the ultimate welfare state?
 
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News Comments > Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: "No Finish Line"
54. Re: Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: Jan 3, 2015, 16:27 panbient
 
Kajetan wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 10:34:
panbient wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 09:25:
And I'd say your optimism is due to fear of admitting fault. If Roberts is refusing to establish any sort of tangible objective goal he's creating an escape plan on his get rich quick scheme, which is what this really seems like now.
Please, explain me this "escape plan". How is investing incoming money into the project "escaping"?

He gets to play with other people's money instead of working a real job. And by never establishing a clear and direct end target once the money stops coming in (eventually it will) and the collection of modules don't gel into the cohesive fever dream the community expected he "can't" be held accountable because at this point he's not really promising anything more than to keep expanding the scope to no actual end point.

Just look at how well the dogfighting module materialized - and that was with excessive funding coming in and a full 12 months of pre-production before going public and asking for funding. How well do you think other experimental modules will work out once the money stops?

It's an escape plan from reality on his community's dime. He's #winning more than Charlie Sheen could ever imagine.

Also - BluesNews Nov 2012

That first line... just wow...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jan 3, 2015, 12:21 panbient
 
garrywong wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 11:16:
So I don't get it. Does this mean ISPs now have to do deep inspection of all people's traffic to see if they happen to be downloading something illegally? Or how does this even work? I can't imagine something like this can hold up to the Canadian constitution.

And how does something like this even pass into law in a democratic country without any people having any say in it?

It's probably more of a situation where an ISP will investigate when a user goes over a certain threshold of bandwidth within a given period. Then if it happens to be something like a constant HD Netflix / WoW account they'll happily ignore you. If on the other hand it happens to be non-stop torrents they might look a little closer and see just what's being transferred on their network. Remember you're buying into -their- service and using their network infrastructure. It's honestly kind of foolish to think you ever really had true anonymity online, even back in the 90s.

As for how something like this can pass into law. We democratically elected officials into having the power to decide whether or not it was in the best social interest of the country to pass this into law. If you don't like it you should have written a letter to your local MP's office a while ago and tried to convince them otherwise.

It's also kind of nice that there's a mandatory 5 year review implemented as part of the package.
 
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News Comments > Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: "No Finish Line"
37. Re: Roberts on Star Citizen in 2015: Jan 3, 2015, 09:25 panbient
 
Kajetan wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 09:01:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 08:47:
I'd say that's the first solid proof I've read indicating this game is in real trouble.
I'd say you misunderstand him on purpose. He just says that he scales production according to the amount of money coming in. The more money comes in the bigger the scope gets. There is no fixed end of developement. When some more millions are coming in, he spend this money on making more content, polishing existing content or introducing new features.

And I'd say your optimism is due to fear of admitting fault. If Roberts is refusing to establish any sort of tangible objective goal he's creating an escape plan on his get rich quick scheme, which is what this really seems like now. Yes, he'll keep 'working on it' while the money keeps coming in, but what is he really working on? What's the actual goal? Not your personal interpretation / expectation, but the actual stated goal by the people collecting all the money... how feasible is that goal and how likely are they to succeed in achieving and delivering that goal?

It's not necessarily a scam, but what do you call something that they will just keep working on -indefinitely- with no actual conclusion until the money stops coming in. Who do you think he'll blame once the money stops and the production ends? His own hubris and the unchecked scope of the product design? Or the community that 'abandoned' his vision once they finally smartened up and stopped dumping money, into as previously stated, the biggest sunk cost fallacy in the history of gaming (if not the entire internet).
 
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News Comments > On Sale
10. Re: On Sale Dec 28, 2014, 08:16 panbient
 
Lord Tea wrote on Dec 28, 2014, 07:59:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 27, 2014, 21:23:
"Requires controller" welp guess we're not buying that.

Yeah, smells like console and I hate that smell.

It's still a nicer smell than the snobbery from either side of the fence.

Would you boycott the Star Wars X-Wing / Tie Fighter games because they require a joystick? After they were re-released on cd in the late 90s they needed a stick. Not recommended - required.
 
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News Comments > Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns
134. Re: Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns Dec 17, 2014, 21:57 panbient
 
Timmeh wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 19:33:
You guys are fucked in the head. Sorry but you are.

This past summer, some dude in my town got an assault rifle and a shotgun and walked through a suburban neighborhood allegedly shouting 'Bring me the cops!'

When the cops showed up he killed 3 of them and wounded two others before running away into the woods (he was caught the following evening).

He was also home schooled in a 'good and proper' Christian environment for the first 22 years of his life. Cause and effect right?

Who's to say who is really going to end up fucked in the head?

Certainly not me. Though you're free to keep on your self-righteous crusade as if it matters (it doesn't).
 
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News Comments > Another Shadowrun Kickstarter Next Month
7. Re: Another Shadowrun Kickstarter Next Month Dec 16, 2014, 20:53 panbient
 
tskiller wrote on Dec 16, 2014, 19:44:
Umm, why do they need another kickstarter? Didn't they make any money from the first game?

But did they make enough money to cover the initial cost of developing the first game AND enough to make Dragonfall AND to make a whole other one?

Probably not.

Plus this allows fans to purchase at the level they want. I always did regret not investing in the initial game to force them to make Dr. Dave's Discount Doc-Wagon NPC (the discount only applies if you name your main character Dave).
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Auction Suspended
26. Re: Steam Holiday Auction Suspended Dec 12, 2014, 17:22 panbient
 
BobBob wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 11:59:
It's like going to a dollar store to stock up on products just for the sake of buying them because 'they're only a dollar'. Better to save the money (or invest it) and get one or two quality games that will have a mental or emotional impact on your life.

Quality is all relative. I just picked up both System Shock 2 and Wizardy 8 for just over $1 each. While I've never played a Wizardy before I do know for a fact that SS2 had a massive mental and emotional impact on my life.

The first time I made it to the endgame area of SS2 (after I stopped freaking out in my chair) I got up and literally ran through my dorm trying to find anyone else who'd played the original to share in what I was seeing.

No one else had played it
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: Remastered Edition Rating Spied
3. Re: Borderlands: Remastered Edition Rating Spied Dec 12, 2014, 14:41 panbient
 
That's fair. I suppose different strokes and all, I did enjoy the new characters quite a bit. I guess I just preferred the original.

And no I haven't tried the Pre-Sequel yet, I kind of burnt out on BL after part 2, never even finished half the DLC. It was super lame that it capped itself so far below where you character ended up after completing the main story that they felt like a worthless grind. And the 2nd playthrough scaled up so much that the initial run to Sanctuary was damn near impossible. Maybe it got addressed in a patch, but I haven't fired up the game in a long time.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 09:58 panbient
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 09:34:
I would have more respect for this article if the Author just said, 'hey maybe we shouldn't be glorifying violence to this extent, because X,Y and Z'.

I would have more respect for it if the author admitted to feeling guilty after choosing to attack prostitutes in game only because the possibility existed and he chose to act upon it.

This article says far more about the author than it does about the game and its developers.
 
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News Comments > FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game
3. Re: FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game Dec 12, 2014, 09:42 panbient
 
Looks like they're trying to mimic the Star Wars X-Wing mini / table top game. Only they're not Fantasy Flight and are charging more for their core game (though it seems you'd get 1 extra ship to start).  
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 09:31 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 09:22:
First it was the music industry and channeling Satan through hard rock and heavy metal, now its this shit....

Just wait until they figure out how to play video games in reverse!
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: Remastered Edition Rating Spied
1. Re: Borderlands: Remastered Edition Rating Spied Dec 12, 2014, 09:30 panbient
 
I'm far more interested in this than pretty much anything since the announcement of BL2.

Not that the gameplay of BL2 was bad, but the whole 'getting the band back together' story elements were painful even on the first playthrough.

Everything Brick and Mordecai said was just awful.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Auction Underway; Holiday Sale Next Week
3. Re: Steam Holiday Auction  Underway; Holiday Sale Next Week Dec 11, 2014, 21:41 panbient
 
Funny.

I had just dumped pretty much all of my trading cards onto the market during the last sale and managed to bring my balance up from $1 to just over $4 (helps that I got a $0.90 Name Tag in TF2 the other night). It's a reflection of how much credit I've accumulated by 'selling' stuff that I got for free from games I'd still normally play.

Suffice it to say, I've since pulled my remaining trading cards from the marketplace... until the demand starts spiking. I'm thinking I'll post them again on Saturday night

I'm hoping to hit $7 by the time this event is done hahaha
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
11. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 11:16 panbient
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 10:43:
Quite so But maybe they saw the success of PoE and figure they could do either of these 3? Unlike PoE there is still room for more rpg's with the new DnD ruleset (exactly zero games use 4.0)

That's totally fair. It's a great time for old-school RPGs

I just can't think of another one that was as off the wall and unique as Anachronox. That cast of characters was incredible. Even the cursor had a justified existence within the game world.
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
7. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 10:38 panbient
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 10:19:

Others, far better RPG's come to mind

Bard's Tale
Baldurs Gate
Icewind Dale


Aren't those the whole point behind Pillars of Eternity?

Plus BG was recently redone and ID has been announced for the same treatment.
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
2. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 10:09 panbient
 
Please be HD Anachronox with the rest of the story.
Please be HD Anachronox with the rest of the story.
Please be HD Anachronox with the rest of the story.
Please be HD Anachronox with the rest of the story.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
22. Re: Evening Interviews Dec 4, 2014, 08:15 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 04:15:
Or are you one of those guys who goes, well fuck it she wore that short skirt the dirty whore had it coming to her....

There's a time and place for everything. Short skirts and titty shirts = club, not office, or at least not in an office where you expect to be treated and seen as a professional. No, it doesn't have to be some puritan outfit or a ultra modest suit. But seriously, I've seen strippers on cam sites charge money to get their shirts open that much. Really though, could she have chosen a tighter shirt?

I understand you want to defend the idea of personal expression free from judgement but it's impossible for that shirt to button above her breasts. Maybe you should actually LOOK at the ACTIONS instead of just reading about them, it'll save you 1000 words after all.

Situations like this will always remind me of an old manager. HE was against a dress code for the management level of the call center. HE wanted to be able to keep coming into work with Ugg boots and khakis and a giant t-shirt like all the cool hip-hop dudes. HE kept dropping lines about 'doing it / getting it done like a baws' but couldn't understand why no one took him seriously as a boss. He looked and acted like every entry level person tethered to a phone but expected special recognition on sight. I'm certain swapping out the oversized t-shirts for some button up shirts (and not even tucking them in) would have resulted in substantially more recognition. But no.... the ideal should never be compromised.

Non-verbal communication through wardrobe goes a long way, especially in the workplace. I was his subordinate and had to explain this to him - it was futile. He kept doing what he wanted and ignored what needed to happen to get the results he felt he deserved.

Like a brat.
 
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