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Real Name Xander Lohr   
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Nickname Panickd
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Description It's far too late for me to be anything I'm not.
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Signed On Aug 23, 2011, 19:03
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Mariah Carey’s ‘Game Of War’ Cleavage Nov 15, 2015, 14:07 Panickd
Game of War is one of the most highly-anticipated video games of 2015

Ummm....WTF?!? Speechless
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
15. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 29, 2015, 10:41 Panickd
ForgedReality wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 00:35:
I just downloaded the torrent of the video. Youtube won't let me set the resolution to 4k since I only have a 2k monitor, which is strange, because I swear I've been able to do it before on other videos.

Anyway, the downloaded video runs supa-smooth. Technically, the video is playing 4k content, but only at 2k resolution, so you'd think it would take even more processing power for the downscaling.

This just makes me want this shitty game even less. Saw a bunch of z-fighting, the voice acting was terribad, the 3rd person looks annoying as fuck to play as, and the game just looks boring and not very good graphics. $50 million for what?

The 4K resolutions at 60fps are only available on Google Chrome. You can choose whatever resolution you want even if your monitor doesn't support it. All other browsers are limited to normal HD resolutions. Google tends to run trials of all the newer Youtube features through Chrome first.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
14. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 29, 2015, 10:38 Panickd
My computer had no problems with it. Granted I am currently running a pretty high end rig with a 980 in it and sitting on a 1 gigabit internet connection (though sadly not one from Google). Even still it jacked my CPU usage up pretty high but it did maintain 60fps at 4K resolutions without stuttering or dying so yay for me, I guess.  
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
10. Re: Aesop Games Interview: Being Denied Media Coverage For A Sociopolitical Stance - One Angry Gamer Mar 29, 2015, 10:32 Panickd
NamecaF wrote on Mar 28, 2015, 20:43:
This is what pisses me off about the "media/news". It's gone from reporting the news and facts, to pushing a one-sided narrative. It's happening more and more in all areas of the news, but with gaming websites it's a whole other level.

Stop censoring and twisting facts/quotes to suit your own bloody beliefs and position. Just present the facts and arguments from both sides in an unbiased way and let the readership make up it's own mind.

When was the media ever about just the facts? Every media outlet out there is pushing their own narrative and playing a cheerleader to one side of an issue or another. It's always been that way and likely always will because no one on the planet accepts facts for what they are. All of us filter everything we take in through our own prejudices, perceptions, social norms and life experiences to form what we believe as the "truth", but that's entirely subjective. No one on Earth operates only on objective fact.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds
27. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Patch and Workarounds Nov 16, 2014, 10:16 Panickd
Tom wrote on Nov 15, 2014, 21:57:
This game has a well above average "you'd have to be crazy to buy this at launch" quotient. I'm more than happy waiting until it's deeply discounted and only then picking it up if it's proven to be a solid game.

With Steam sales "you'd have to be crazy to buy this at launch" applies to pretty much every title that gets released on the PC. You can pay $60 for it right when it comes out and potentially become a paying beta tester or you can wait 2-3 months and buy it, fully patched, for half or a quarter of what you'd have paid at launch. Only morons with more money than brains are jumping on AAA titles right on release day.
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $60M
17. Re: Star Citizen at $60M Nov 6, 2014, 20:46 Panickd
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 6, 2014, 20:39:
I did a 100$ backer pack for this a long ass time ago. I still haven't flown or loaded up their alpha stuff or anything in this game. Why? Because I like polished games not "Alphas".

Anyways, I funded this game because of a huge lack of space sims since Freespace 2. At this point, I'm so tired of hearing about this game unless it's "Gone Gold".

I'll be surprised if it ever goes Gold in the traditional sense. It sounds like they just intend to float a beta into the "real" release one day and then keep on adding to it and working on it ad infinitum until the money runs out.
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News Comments > The Talos Principle Tech Demo
3. Re: The Talos Principle Tech Demo Nov 6, 2014, 20:43 Panickd
They lost me at no coop. If you're going to do another Portal you have to at least rise to the level of the second one, feature-wise.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 16, 2014, 20:29 Panickd
nin wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 19:31:
Curious about the CBS offering. I didn't see a ton of series I'd be interested in, but they do offer all the TV Trek series...

Most of what they offer (except the new series) can be found on Netflix or as part of Amazon Prime. There isn't much there that is truly exclusive to their streaming service.
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News Comments > Gold - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
7. Re: Gold - Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Oct 1, 2014, 21:31 Panickd
Even the GOTY version of BL2 doesn't have all the content that was released for it though.

xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:09:
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:03:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:50:
Hard to believe current gen consoles dont get this. What's up?

Considering they're all x86, it's rather odd.

Anyone who pre-orders will get free access to the Shock Drop Slaughter Pit, so act fast!

Wonder how much DLC this one will have?

Well, looking at their previous, I would imagine $60-$100 worth....this is a wait for GOTY 75% off sale for me.

Original BL2 with all DLC at full retail was $130.00+

BL2 GoTY was $9.99 at sale time.

No reason to rush into this.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 20, 2014, 14:16 Panickd
That ought to speed up their slide into oblivion quite nicely.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 19:31 Panickd
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 17, 2014, 16:21:
Even if that's so, he's promoting the practice, raising money around it, and using their copyrighted materials to do so.

So what? It's not illegal to code an emulator, even if you're pushing an OS as one. He's not distributing copyrighted material and therefore is not doing anything wrong or illegal. Frankly the existence of emulators is the only reason that some older games exist in any form at all. And I would rather have them exist than not.
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 17, 2014, 15:57 Panickd
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 17, 2014, 11:02:
Calling it "retro gaming" doesn't absolve you from the fact you're building an OS around emulators and ROMs... If Nintendo catches wind of this, I'm sure he can expect a strongly-worded letter from their lawyers.

I'm sure he's not distributing the roms with the system and therefore there isn't anything for Nintendo's lawyers (or anyone else's) to get upset over. Coding an emulator isn't illegal.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
7. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 12, 2014, 08:32 Panickd
jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 19:27:
So, um, are people actually pining for this? There are games of the same era are discussed reverently even today: Wolf 3D, Dune II, Ultima Underworld, Star Control II, Alone in the Dark, etc. This game isn't among them. I'd even forgotten it existed.

I hadn't. Mostly because it was one of the most godawful games I played as a teenage gamer. And also because for some reason I have a foggy memory as it being held up as an example in the US Congress of why games needed to be rated ("Think of the children!").
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News Comments > Nosgoth Free Weekend
1. Re: Nosgoth Free Weekend Aug 7, 2014, 19:46 Panickd
So you can get the early access version of a F2P title for free? Wow!  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Pirate Bay launches Mobile Bay so you can browse torrents on your smartphone Jul 26, 2014, 19:15 Panickd
Who is still running The Pirate Bay at this point? Weren't all the admins rounded up and brought to trial?  
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News Comments > Merry Naxxramas
8. Re: Merry Naxxramas Jul 22, 2014, 21:31 Panickd
SimplyMonk wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 18:39:
Flatline wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 18:31:
Is anyone playing Hearthstone? Is it any good?

I've enjoyed the time I spent on it. Roughly maybe 20-30 hours or so since Beta. I haven't invested any money in it though due to the game play itself being too much luck of the draw, no player trading, limited deck design and boosters being a little to costly in my opinion. The metagame sounds a little boring at the high end to me as well. I've never ranked more than 20, but I have two friends in the 5ish range where they say it is more luck in match-up and draw than skill. Grind, grind, grind.

Production value is fantastic though and I'll definitely be trying out Naxx. Just have better places to put my disposable income.

Luck of the draw and the match-up is what determines the outcome of every game in every CCG out there. You can only build a deck to mitigate so much but if you end up with a crap draw there isn't a whole lot you can do. It's all just a massive game of paper-rock-scissors. Granted Blizzard has polished Hearthstone into a pretty and svelte PRS game.

I have a feeling this whole Naxxramas thing was designed to get some of the upper tier players who don't feel the need to go into the arena and have most of the cards in the game now to part with some of their thousands of gold. But I think each wing is too short and has too few rewards if you have to work up the gold to open them.
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News Comments > Hearthstone Expansion Next Week
14. Re: Hearthstone Expansion Next Week Jul 18, 2014, 21:34 Panickd
Alamar wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 11:14:
The lack of being able to chat with your opponent, unless I just didn't see the option, is a bit of a turn off... Sure, most games, all that would be exchanged is a 'gg' or 'fu' at the end, but even that would have been nice... I think you can accomplish that with some kind of emotes, unless the game was automating that all along...


The lack of chat is by design. Blizzard went very Nintendo-esque when they decided to do a F2P game in order to avoid the cesspools that most F2P-adversarial chats become. You can emote a few things by right-clicking on your character ("Well played" and such) but that is as far as communicating with your opponent goes, and frankly I am thankful for that. The forums are full of people bitching about this opponent or that one. Having to hear that in game would probably cause a lot of people to stop playing it altogether.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Jul 18, 2014, 21:26 Panickd
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 20:52:
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 19:04:
I think Nolan North already looks exactly like Drake. Is the chin thing that big a hangup here? I feel like they just get nervous if they don't have bankable stars of someone they can control. That may be why they always do this without much input from the game studios.

Yeah. THat's one thing I loved about Ubi. They vetoed pretty much every script until the project got canned. They'd rather it not be done than done wrong. Good for them. Wish Naughty Dog would do the same.

Not sure about that. The AC movie is still in the works and from everything I've heard about the Splinter Cell film the director is pretty much looking to eject everything that makes Splinter Cell what it is and make another Bourne-style film with little other than the character of Sam tying things to the games. And Ubi seems fine with that. Money talks. And a SC movie will probably make a boatload even if it's nothing like the source material.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 13:57 Panickd
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 11:43:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 10:05:
But isn't that capitalism at its core?

Ahh capitalism. The best of the worst systems, gg mankind.

What is it that they say about Democracy? It's the worst form of government, except for all the others.

I actually think this guy is correct though. Gaming used to be a very social activity that you did with your friends in the same room. Now you do it with your "friends" and random strangers from all over the world and except for that one thing you do together, you have zero actual social interaction with them.

And I don't really see how a VR headset makes gaming any better. So long as my hands remain on a controller/keyboard/mouse and my buttocks remain firmly in a chair all you've done is add one more layer of complexity onto a system that didn't really require it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2014, 12:56 Panickd
InBlack wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 10:28:
Panickd wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 10:26:
...although there are certainly large numbers of players who would argue that they struggle to tell the difference between 30 and 60 frames per second.

Who are these mythical players? I would certainly concede that the difference between say 900p and 1080p is so small as to be completely negligible and inconsequential especially if you're not playing them side by side. And I would concede that most games are perfectly playable at 30 fps. But anyone who can't see the difference between 30 fps and 60 fps is just brain dead.

I wouldnt say they are brain dead. Id call them blind. Also, there is a vast difference between something running at a constant 30 FPS and something running at 30 FPS and dropping frames, or stuttering during heavy action etc.

I think that if I was standing in front of two screens running the same game but one was at 900p and the other 1080p I wouldn't see much of a difference until I got close enough to make out individual pixels. At which point, of course, playing a game is going to be impossible. But if you sat two screens side by side one with a game running at 30 fps and the other with the same game at 60 fps, I'd be able to see the difference from across a crowded room. This idea that there is some "struggle" to see the difference is pure BS.
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