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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 > 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...

-Alamar

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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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2014, 10:26 Panickd
 
...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.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
30. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 11, 2014, 10:19 Panickd
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 04:06:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 18:39:
Timmeh wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 17:29:
There is no way the game flops. Its going to be a huge international hit and make millions upon millions of dollars.

I played Nexon's Combat Arms, another free to play military style fps for a couple of years. It was great fun. It still has a ton of players. Nexon knows what they are doing in the Free to Play Market. They have a variety of games and make a bucket ton of money.

Cliffy knows how to make a good FPS and is a great level designer. I wager Blue Streak will be a lot like Unreal Tournament old school. It will end up with a million players world wide Just wait and see.

I hope you're right. I don't wish for bad games. And regardless of what we think about Cliffy personally, he has talent. But Free to Play is like having a picnic under a nice shady tree on a beautiful summer day and a bird craps on the apple pie.

Thats a rather depressing view. There are some really good F2P games out there. The first one that comes to mind is another shooter, of course, Team Fortress2. That one is still going strong, and you really have no need to invest ANY money in the game to be competitive. If he manages to put out something along those lines (which is exactly what a F2P shooter needs to be run like from a business perspective at least) then we will have another great F2P game on our hands.

Just off the top of my head: War Thunder, Neverwinter, Path of Exile, Tribes: Ascend and Warframe are all games I've played and enjoyed and been competitive at without spending dime one. F2P is a tough thing to get right and no matter how right you get it you'll have people bitching about it the vast majority of whom will never have tried your game. For some people F2P is an instant turn off in the same way releasing a for pay game with countless DLC packs is for many others.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
22. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 14:44 Panickd
 
nin wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 10:25:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 10:22:
Let's not forget he is the Tony Stark of the video game industry.
At least according to him anyways.

The image of that PC Gamer cover just popped into my mind. That worked out so well for all involved...

Also, apparently The Sims are livin large...


So 14 years later some youngins got schooled by the real world. What else is new? Also, if you'll recall, Ken Levine was one of those "game gods" and I'd say things have been pretty solid on his end of the pool since that cover shoot.

Say what you want about CB but the fact remains that he was able to design games that sold very well for Epic. And that's probably one of the chief reasons Tim Sweeney can afford to buy huge swaths of North Carolina now. He might be an egotistical douche but he's an egotistical douche that knows his industry and it's market pretty well.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Sales Growth
1. Re: Ubisoft's Sales Growth Jul 10, 2014, 12:51 Panickd
 
So... we didn't have any new shit to sell last year in the first quarter but did this year is somehow worthy of a round of huzzahs? If I had no product to offer in one year and then did in the following year it stands to reason that I would see sales rise dramatically in that second year. Or does no one in business have any common sense?  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 9, 2014, 23:16 Panickd
 
Yes. From the "legendary" designer that brought the world Shaq Fu!
 
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
3. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 9, 2014, 23:10 Panickd
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:33:
Panickd wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:09:
It's a pretty sad state of affairs when a country is so full of scumbag overly litigious lawyers that you have to create a shell company just to hold the rights to a property you intend to use so that your real company doesn't end up needlessly sued into the dust.

'merica! Hell yeah!

I don't think you're looking at this the right way.

Gearbox isn't afraid of being needlessly sued, they're afraid of being rightfully sued. If they go bankrupt they could lose their IP in auction, like what happened to THQ. That isn't needless, that's actually deserved.
But now? I assume the Gearbox shareholders are also the Necromonger shareholders. If Gearbox goes bankrupt they'll fight to keep the IP out of it. The Gearbox shareholders are trying to protect themselves so that, even if they run Gearbox into the ground, they still have something they can keep their debtors away from in order to keep themselves rich.

My point, lost as it was, was that none of that bullshit would be necessary in a society that wasn't as hyper litigious as the US is. It's just crap on top of crap and the only people who make any good money out of it are the lawyers who are the fucking problem. Need to sue a company for unknowingly trampling your trademark? Hire a lawyer! Need to form a shell company to protect yourself in case you unknowingly trample on some else's IP? Hire a lawyer! They play both sides of the system and they're the one's that invented that system!
 
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News Comments > Grim Fandango HD Remake Coming to PCs
14. Re: Grim Fandango HD Remake Coming to PCs Jul 9, 2014, 23:05 Panickd
 
RavingArmy wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 22:24:
Cutter, of course Full Throttle is biker porn. Most of us don't get to ride the post-apocalyptic highways in leathers and act surly to the nice people safe in their econo-boxes.

Naturally, Outlaws needs to get remade as well. And The Dig.

I just finished the old version of The Dig on Steam. I need to run through Loom and the Indiana Jones games again too. Full Throttle was one of my favorite Schafer games though. I hope he gets the rights to do all his old stuff frankly. He could grow old redoing all HD versions of his greatest hits.
 
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News Comments > MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; "New Concepts" Coming
3. Re: MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; Jul 9, 2014, 19:11 Panickd
 
I'm assuming this is why they killed off MS Flight and took it off Steam. Can't have your free stuff competing with your paid stuff can you?  
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
1. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 9, 2014, 19:09 Panickd
 
It's a pretty sad state of affairs when a country is so full of scumbag overly litigious lawyers that you have to create a shell company just to hold the rights to a property you intend to use so that your real company doesn't end up needlessly sued into the dust.

'merica! Hell yeah!
 
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News Comments > Grim Fandango HD Remake Coming to PCs
2. Re: Grim Fandango HD Remake Coming to PCs Jul 9, 2014, 19:05 Panickd
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:01:
Grim Fandango can not be improved upon.

They're not changing the gameplay, just updating the graphics. It was made in '98. I'm pretty sure graphics technology has evolved to the point that they can indeed improve upon that aspect of the game.

Now about that Full Throttle remake...
 
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