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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 > PlanetSide 1 Now Fully F2P
9. Re: PlanetSide 1 Now Fully F2P May 1, 2014, 15:37 panbient
 
Ryan Lange wrote on May 1, 2014, 14:38:
In this case, free-to-play simply means you no longer have to pay a subscription to access the game. That's it. No other changes were made. No addition of an in-game store or micro-transactions of any kind. There's literally nothing to pay for.

Thanks for the clarification. Though it begs the question why didn't they just say it's 'free', period. I would think SOE is well aware of the implications the term 'free to play' has within the gaming world. Sadly, 'free' and 'free to play', no longer mean the same thing.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 1 Now Fully F2P
3. Re: PlanetSide 1 Now Fully F2P May 1, 2014, 12:25 panbient
 
So two years after the sequel launched as a F2P game they update the original to... compete with its own sequel? Am I missing something? Wouldn't anyone interested in playing Planetside for free already be doing that?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $43 Million
53. Re: Star Citizen Hits $43 Million Apr 29, 2014, 16:18 panbient
 
All I want to know is will there be a collector's edition, and will that collector's edition ship with a helmet bobblehead.

HELMET! HELMET! HELMET!!!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
6. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 28, 2014, 09:17 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 08:58:
Yeah whatever man. All I know is that I cant quit my day job and live from the live gigs alone. In (Eastern) Europe its a fucking pipe dream, unless I give up on rock music and start playing wedding receptions and shit like that. You might argue but thats music too, but there is music and then there is music. In any case no one is talking about record labels, its a struggle just to get airplay on the radio today.

The linked articles talk about labels and use their behavior as examples (flawed) to argue against the RIAA. There are so many other reasons to hate the RIAA but exploitative contracts from the labels is not one of them.

The pipe dream is no different in Canada, except you'll still be working a day job even if you choose to play wedding gigs and corporate events. Your comment about 'there is music and then there is music' underscores a bigger issue with most musicians, in the fact that a lot won't compromise their ideals. But if the artist is not willing to compromise, why does the industry need to?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 28, 2014, 08:44 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 03:55:
Cutter wrote on Apr 27, 2014, 13:01:
Yes RIAA is evil but the arguement that musicians are poverty-stricken is absolutely laughable.

As a struggling musician, with a day job, I can most definitely say that its not a laughing matter.

As a dude who owns a small studio's worth of gear. It's hard to hear people complain about poverty or being hungry while they noodle on a $1000 instrument. The one hitch every musician I talk to absolutely hates to hear and face is the fact that not a single one of them (myself included) ever actually -needs- to be a working musician, we would all like and want to be working musicians but it's not up to us and the RIAA is not what is holding the majority back.

The boing boing piece links to a techdirt article that showcases a bigger issue in my eyes. Mainly the fact that most musicians have no business savvy and will sign exploitative contracts regardless of how many times people speak out against them. The fact that signing to Warner Brother's screwed a band out of money is not the fault of the RIAA. Really though, how is it the RIAA's fault that a band didn't bring a contract with a label to a lawyer first to get the details explained to them in plain English?

The problem is less RIAA and more the middle man 'major' labels. Sure it's annoying to see the RIAA try to present the plight of the artist as their motivation, but when the exploitation of the artist is due to the nature of the contract between the artist and a record label to keep blaming the RIAA is kind of missing the point in my eyes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Apr 24, 2014, 13:16 panbient
 
It depends on the situation. I like a numerical summary at the end of a review. Same as a bullet point list of pros and cons.

If I'm researching a game at home the summary will give me an idea of whether or not I want to spend the time reading the review for a more detailed analysis and explanation.

On the other hand, if I'm at a game store and a flashy case / cool premise has caught my eye I'm not going to want to read a detailed review. I just want to check for an aggregate to decide whether or not I should follow through with the impulse purchase.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 16, 2014, 10:37 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 10:26:
I completely disagree that music is NOT a vital component of the product. Ok this might be a subjective thing, but to name one example the first Diablo wouldnt have achieved cult status without the brilliant soundtrack...

That's fair, and as someone who's played music for 20 years I can relate. But what I mean by 'vital' is that the game can still function without that element. Diablo still works as a game without the music. The music absolutely adds to the experience, but it wouldn't actually break the game if it wasn't there.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 16, 2014, 10:13 panbient
 
nin wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 08:53:
Halo, Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell fired by Bungie.

Like to know what happened there, as he's claiming "without cause"...


Sounds like a financial decision more than anything. "Without cause" means through no fault of the employee and doesn't tarnish their reputation for future work within the industry. In Canada being terminated "without cause" also affords the former employee the chance to draw unemployment benefits from the government while they look for other work or retrain / develop new skills, not entirely sure how it works out state side, but I can't see it being a negative mark on the employee.

As for the potential political angle, I doubt it, a personal clash would have happened years ago. After 15 years on the job I'd expect their salary was on the higher end of the spectrum. Again, more of a financial decision than a personal one. At a time when AAA development costs keep going up and up it seems odd to keep a composer on staff rather than contracting out as necessary (or simply licensing music) as a product nears release. That's not to say music doesn't add to a game's experience, but unless you're playing a rhythm game it's not a vital component of the product.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
128. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 16, 2014, 09:03 panbient
 
BitWraith wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 08:38:
How do you people expect these folks to get their games made? Of course they're not spending this money on development. They making a profit - good on them for finding a business model that works for them. Do you seriously expect these guys to work at a completely even margin? Spending only exactly what is needed for development? They might actually want to make some money off of this.

This doesn't make any sense at all. Until there's a product released the only thing they can 'profit' from is by cannibalizing the hope and hype of their own community. Profiting from that seems akin to exploitation in my eyes. If that actually is the case then open your eyes to the scam.

Until there's a product released (does not need to be the SC game, could be branded t-shirts or mouse pads or whatever) for commercial sale they don't have a means to generate an actual profit. And the profit only exists as the difference between what they paid for those products to be created and how much they sell them for. Skimming the top of the funding pile and calling that 'profit' is fraud.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
125. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 16, 2014, 08:48 panbient
 
Drillo wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 06:37:
Also, wait are you implying that i work for CIG? haahhahaha/lmao/ROFL i fucking wish. Now take off that Tin foil hat and come back to reality buddy.

*laughs off in the distant*

If you keep acting like a typical street team marketer trying to shut down or disprove any perceived negativity towards the product and whitewashing or repeating PR lines for everything else then yeah, I think more and more people are going to start assuming you're a shill. CIG wouldn't need to pay cash, I'm sure the promise of a free ship once the game launches would be enough for their most enthusiastic fans to do some viral marketing on their behalf.

Also no one should ever respond to [VG]Reagle in SC threads. They've been posting the same rant forever. But at least now they're recycling a version with correct spelling. The fact that you wrote a full screen worth of text as a response to their obvious trolling kind of makes you look like a shill trying to shut down any negativity. That, or a fanboy with so much blind faith in the ideal of the product that you'll never actually give it a critical beyond the parts PR openly criticizes (ie - there's no problem with the development team, the problem is the Cry Engine NOT anyone or anything within CIG)
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
80. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 16:17 panbient
 
Sleep wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 16:10:
Kosumo wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 16:03:
Tumbler wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 15:52:
We'll see, DFM release is real close.

Just waiting on a landing pen for fly pig thats carrying it.

Fly pig? Lol.

Guess I'm not the only one who had a In Living Color flashback haha.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
71. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 15:23 panbient
 
Drillo wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 15:15:
How can people miss the reference to which the towel is from...42...answer to everything..

So THAT's why Douglas Adams' name is listed in the write up...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M
18. Re: Star Citizen Crowdfunding Hits $42M Apr 15, 2014, 11:05 panbient
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 10:30:
Yet you have idiots like InBlack who will on every thread go "1 MILLION FOR A TOWEL LOL SCAM SCAM IDIOTS PAYING FOR A 1 MILLION DOLLAR PIXEL TOWEL THAT MY DOG COULD PROGRAM IN 1 DAY"

Yet, in every thread anyone who doesn't show blind faith and idealistic optimism towards this product's development gets dismissed as a troll / hater. Read through the thread again, no one called SCAM!. The 'addition' of a towel and a potential extra room for the hangar at this stage of development is questionable in the eyes of many and likely generates far more facepalms than raised fists. It's more of a concern in regards to how the money is being spent rather than how much money they've collected.

Seriously though, can you explain how the addition of a towel to the hangar increases the potential value of the product? How does it provide a better experience for the player? What's the actual critical benefit to its addition? Sure it's a great inside joke for fans of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but how does it help anyone get closer to flying spaceships sooner?

The defense of those additions as 'finished' art assets (same as the helmet animation in the boarding sequence) doesn't hold water. Unless everything else in the game in perfect on launch, those early 'finished' additions will be rightly seen as wasted production time that could and should have gone to address the core features of the game. If their art team is to the point of creating 'final' assets this early in development then they have mismanaged their budget and hired an imbalance of developers.

Having a towel in your space game is not any sort of core feature outside of a HGttG game or SlimRam's Space Burrito shenanigan. Is it a fun thing to make? Absolutely! But is it necessary for the core game? That's the only question that should really matter when you're still trying to build it.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
137. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 12, 2014, 19:33 panbient
 
deqer wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 17:02:
What's wrong with polishing the game as you develop it? I know typically polishing comes afterwards, but I personally am polishing my own product as I develop it, just so that I don't have to go back to then do polishing because it's already done.

Saluk's comment covers it perfectly. Anyone truly impressed with these clips should read it again as well. I don't want to see it fail. I don't think it's a scam. I'm just not confident in their delivery.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
130. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 12, 2014, 16:14 panbient
 
OMG that helmet animation

It's not even a matter of putting the cart in front of the bull. It's a matter of worrying about the spinners on the wheels on the cart.

The fact that ANY development time went into something like that helmet sequence at this stage in the production does not bode well in my eyes. I don't care what their PR machine says or how many employees they have on staff. That should not have been any sort of priority.

Bring on the burritos!
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 12, 2014, 09:28 panbient
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 12, 2014, 02:04:
I played the shit out of Guitar Hero from World Tour on, as well as Rock Band 2 and 3 plus a ton of their DLC... Got my feet wet with RB3 pro mode and now I play a proper guitar using Rocksmith, fairly well. Doubtful I'll be actually playing in a real band or anything, but vidya games did indeed teach me an instrument, and I'm getting better all the time.

I'm on the drum side of this fence, mainly because I'd already been playing guitar for years before RB existed. It's not perfect but pro-mode + midi adapter + a proper e-kit gets you feeling pretty darned close to the real thing. Still play it on PS3 once a week or so.

The concept for Rocksmith is fantastic but I really hope Harmonix maintains support for a variety of instruments in future iterations of RB. It would also be super nice if previously purchased DLC would be supported in the future but that's highly unlikely.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 11:43 panbient
 
In this case I think the old guard is right to be concerned. The industry is headed towards gamifying revenue streams, not towards making new games or improving on proven classics.

He also does a great job of dismissing the opportunity to define what he considers to be a game within the comments to that editorial. He comes across as just another producer who wants to make money and sees opportunity within gaming, not someone who actually wants to make games.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 9, 2014, 20:54 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 19:07:
Whitehat hacker goes too far, gets raided by FBI, tells all.

Not sure what he was expecting.

Based on what I'm reading in his reddit AMA it seems he's expecting a job with the government once this all blows over...

Yeah, there might be a little bit of idealistic hubris at play. I mean really, who in their right mind gets raided by the FBI then decides the best course of action is to host an AMA thread? His lawyer must just absolutely love him.
 
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News Comments > Foolish Games, Volume 3
14. Re: Foolish Games, Volume 3 Apr 2, 2014, 18:59 panbient
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 2, 2014, 18:47:
How awesome did DS2 LOOK before release? Before they killed the graphical settings?

As for pizza, the more stuff on my pizza the better. I love piling as much crap on there as I can. Maybe that's just me though.

Exactly. Before they dropped the graphics to the point where it would be playable on enough machines to make it profitable enough to recoup its development costs sooner than later.

And you might just be a pizza weirdo I'm not against a large amount of toppings, but I do tend to limit the flavours. Pineapple is awesome on a Hawaiian pie, but I'm not so sure how it would taste on a Greek. Know what I mean? hehe
 
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News Comments > Foolish Games, Volume 3
11. Re: Foolish Games, Volume 3 Apr 2, 2014, 18:49 panbient
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Apr 2, 2014, 16:04:
only 3 new hires? Did you only read the top part of the update post?

Obviously.

I get that you're excited for the project, but your first post in this thread is pretty antagonizing.

And $30 only gets you access to a massive project. Until there's something released, it's only access to the project. You might think I'm not following it, and truthfully, I'm not - anymore. But I did sign up so long ago that I got a 'special VIP golden ticket'. Heck Roberts hadn't even announced the project as Star Citizen when I signed up - that's how excited I was at the hope of a new Privateer style game from the man who made the original.

Then the feature creep kicked in and the more updates I got in my email the less excited I felt and more concerned I became. I get that some of you are anxious for what seems like VR Space Captain Deluxe but there has to be focus to the scope of the design. But 18 months in, all I'm seeing is more and more expansion, my golden ticket is apparently only good for 24 months. Will I ever get to see actual action? I just wanted a newer, fancier version of Privateer. I guess that was too little to hope for as they seem intent on providing so much much more. Hopefully. Eventually.

Sure all the extra details are nice, but that's also where you find the devil. No one needs all the extra fine details, especially not before there are worthwhile proofs of concept and working mechanics in place. I understand there are multiple studios and teams all working on it. What I don't understand is why they don't seem to have focused on getting the core elements working yet. And don't just regurgitate their PR lines and dismiss my concerns as a 'hater'. Until the DFM module is in place all they're showing is a bunch of really nice assets and nice assets do not necessarily equal a great game.
 
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