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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
Total Comments 523 (Apprentice)
User ID 57051
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: EA: We want to be voted the best company in America Nov 27, 2013, 11:12 Panickd
 
But we want obscene profit margins even more so, you know, have cake or eat it?  
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News Comments > SMITE and 100K Launch Tournament in March
3. Re: SMITE and 100K Launch Tournament in March Nov 26, 2013, 14:44 Panickd
 
SMITE, their MOBA game that's currently in beta testing

Isn't this perpetually true of every MOBA? They're all constantly being added to as F2P titles so they're all sort of in an endless beta where you pay to have the privilege of "testing" that OP persona before they're nerfed for general release.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 26, 2013, 12:35 Panickd
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 11:10:
Bizarre fix? That is thee oldest one under the sun, hit it. Caveman figured that out.

Bizarre is the wet towel trick.

Agreed. "Turn it upside down" is mildly bizarre. "Put it in the freezer for an hour" is definitely bizarre. But "bang on it until it works" is the first line in any automotive manual.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Picks Up Another Couple $ Million
16. Re: Star Citizen Picks Up Another Couple $ Million Nov 26, 2013, 12:31 Panickd
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 26, 2013, 11:27:
People are craving for Privateer or Wing Commander games. It's a niche market, but those old fans got MONEY. The X games are too complicated (I'm not talking about dumbing them down, I'm talking about e.g. working on an accessible UI) and lack a good story. There's no big company working on a good Privateer/Wing Commander/Freelancer/Starlancer game, so that's why hopes are high and wallets are open for Star Citizen. Let's see whether the Roberts brothers can deliver.

I'm thinking Star Citizen is going to be a cut above the Wing Commander games. It's shaping up to be what Roberts had wanted Freelancer to be before it was forcibly neutered by the publisher and he lost all interest in making PC games. And my guess is that the WC crowd is happily deep into the X games but wanting something more interactive without the cutthroat sensibilities that dominate Eve. That is the game Star Citizen is looking to be. And since Roberts is now back to his day job we can expect something that will shamelessly kill lesser PC's.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 25, 2013, 21:58 Panickd
 
ViRGE wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 18:15:
Panickd wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 16:32:
But then the XBox 360 version of UNO is known to be rife with amateur nudity these days too so what the hell do I know.
I know I'm going to regret asking this, but huh? Does the 360 version of Uno have cam capabilities or something?

It has had cam capabilities for a long time. I am not sure if it works with the Kinect but it worked with the old Live cam. I haven't played it in a long time though so for all I know they fixed the issue by now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 25, 2013, 16:32 Panickd
 
MDB wrote on Nov 25, 2013, 12:30:
I'm always happy to see Twitch being vigilant towards keeping their content appropriate. It's frustrating when the ex/wannabe porn stars show up looking for a free alternative to Streamate.

No problem with boobs at all, but this isn't the place for it.

In an age when free porn of any type imaginable is available at the click of a mouse I have a hard time fathoming why someone would watch this stuff on Twitch let alone why anyone would stream it. But then the XBox 360 version of UNO is known to be rife with amateur nudity these days too so what the hell do I know.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 22, 2013, 14:50 Panickd
 
Creston wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 13:37:
Panickd wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 13:31:
Creston wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 12:51:
As of yet, there is no known fix for Xbox One's bricked by the E100 error.

Ouuuuuccchhh... Yay, I spent 500 bucks on a new console, I'm gonna have so much fun!
"E100 Please send your console in for repair."

We need to see video of people's reactions after that. I wonder if some people will literally explode.

It's funny, in my ~ 25 years of PC gaming, I've never had a bricked PC.

What constitutes being "bricked" in the PC world? I've blown video cards, CPUs, memory chips, power supplies, had a few hard drives die and blew a motherboard once all of which brought my PC gaming to an end at the time for a minimum of several hours. Admittedly some of that was my fault for using parts beyond their specifications but some of it just died of it's own accord. But at any rate at least some of the parts could have been said to be "bricked".

Well, that's a part that dies, and you can just swap out a part. (Good luck doing that on a console). I was more referring to applying an update and bam, PC is dead, and you can't do shit except send it in for repairs.

I've had a few parts die on me, memory once, a hard disk once, and a power supply, but that's been it. Been kinda fortunate, I guess. (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!!!!!!!!!)

In the early days a bad or wrong BIOS update applied could indeed "brick" a PC. Today that is much, much harder to do (mainly because so many idiots did it that the manufacturers had to account for the possibility). I'm pretty sure that some of these consoles being bricked by updates are easily fixable and probably could be fixed by a knowledgeable end user. For the average end user though a PC is as effectively a "closed box" as a console is. So to them "doesn't work" equals "bricked".

But I take the point and yes I'd be pissed if the console I pre-ordered and waited a couple months for finally showed up only to hit a showstopper because of a required update that apparently wasn't as thoroughly tested as it should have been.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 22, 2013, 13:31 Panickd
 
Creston wrote on Nov 22, 2013, 12:51:
As of yet, there is no known fix for Xbox One's bricked by the E100 error.

Ouuuuuccchhh... Yay, I spent 500 bucks on a new console, I'm gonna have so much fun!
"E100 Please send your console in for repair."

We need to see video of people's reactions after that. I wonder if some people will literally explode.

It's funny, in my ~ 25 years of PC gaming, I've never had a bricked PC.

What constitutes being "bricked" in the PC world? I've blown video cards, CPUs, memory chips, power supplies, had a few hard drives die and blew a motherboard once all of which brought my PC gaming to an end at the time for a minimum of several hours. Admittedly some of that was my fault for using parts beyond their specifications but some of it just died of it's own accord. But at any rate at least some of the parts could have been said to be "bricked".
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nov 19, 2013, 22:19 Panickd
 
D4rkKnight wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 21:56:
They are selling content on day 1 for $20 (Gold edition). I can't justify giving money to a company that does this. Small things don't bother me, but it's a mini expansion and they want $$$ for it. Remember the holiday sale is right around the corner and this will no doubt receive a discount.

To date my only problem with AC DLC packages is that inevitably they will make one or two new maps then repackage a few popular maps from the last game for the MP and make you pay for them. All that does is make sure that people who really want to play the MP have to cough up extra dough. I don't mind them putting new MP characters or weapons or wardrobes up for purchase but anything that splits up the player base is just greedy bullshit.

Of course a lot of companies are pulling this same grabage now. Was a time when new maps came as part of a free patch!
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Nov 19, 2013, 21:43 Panickd
 
Got this for "free" from Nvidia. I haven't seen the previous gen console versions to compare it to but even at moderate settings it easily looks as good as the PS4 version. With everything cranked to max it looks amazing! They've added so much "open world" stuff to this series you could easily spend hours not even following the story.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
15. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 19, 2013, 18:56 Panickd
 
nin wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 16:12:
Panickd wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 16:07:
nin wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 11:17:
Panickd wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 11:15:
Of course the PS4 is sitting in the same boat right now.

Take this as you will, we'll see if it's actually true.


"Sufficient supply" probably means something different to Sony than it does to consumers. I mean at this point you can't pick a random store that carries game systems and just expect to find the PS4 sitting on a shelf. If you really wanted one you pre-ordered it otherwise I suspect the chances of finding either console in a store is going to be pretty hit-and-miss through the holidays. Which I don't really mind since nothing in either console's exclusives list at launch screams "gotta have it!"


Here's a fun flashback.


Yeah, it's tough to remember the cocky arrogant Sony of yesteryear.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
13. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 19, 2013, 16:07 Panickd
 
nin wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 11:17:
Panickd wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 11:15:
Of course the PS4 is sitting in the same boat right now.

Take this as you will, we'll see if it's actually true.


"Sufficient supply" probably means something different to Sony than it does to consumers. I mean at this point you can't pick a random store that carries game systems and just expect to find the PS4 sitting on a shelf. If you really wanted one you pre-ordered it otherwise I suspect the chances of finding either console in a store is going to be pretty hit-and-miss through the holidays. Which I don't really mind since nothing in either console's exclusives list at launch screams "gotta have it!"
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: Nearly Half Of All Boomers Are Gaming, Survey Shows. Nov 19, 2013, 11:22 Panickd
 
Seems like they're casting a pretty wide net on the term "gaming" for this survey. Everyone enjoys playing a card game online every once in awhile, but I wouldn't refer to that as "gaming".  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 19, 2013, 11:15 Panickd
 
John wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 07:19:
Microsoft Stores will have extra Xbox Ones on Friday

Yeah because no one has been pre-ordering them!

If you "pre-ordered" the non-launch day XBox One package from Amazon (which they referred to as the XBox One "standard edition") your estimated date of arrival is sometime in January. So I'd say they've already sold their launch stock and probably several weeks of stuff that hasn't even been built yet. Of course the PS4 is sitting in the same boat right now. I'm not really expecting to pick up either system until next year sometime when the worthwhile exclusives start to arrive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 30, 2013, 12:47 Panickd
 
Verno wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:27:
nin wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:14:
Still curious about the phrase "through the life of the title". That would seem to imply anything after the first one was still up for grabs...


Zampella literally says they will make games for the PS4 in his tweet, EA just screwed them on this one.

I don't think EA screwed them. They're ostensibly an independent studio. That means they have to take the best deal so that they can make that next game. If Microsoft ponied up enough cash that they would have been losing money to publish it on the PS4 they would be foolish not to take the deal. For all we know the developers never meant to push Titanfall to consoles in the first place and Microsoft came to the table and made it rain to get a cool title for their console.
 
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News Comments > Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts
1. Re: Steam Boasts 65 Million Accounts Oct 30, 2013, 12:37 Panickd
 
Now if only they would hire a real customer support group instead of using their bullshit "flat management" style to deal with customer problems.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 21, 2013, 12:32 Panickd
 
I'm not really getting the PS4 commercial: Are they saying that the kid that had the original Playstation hasn't aged in 19 years (up to the Playstation 4) and still lives in the same shitty dorm room or that a succession of people lived in the same dorm room and looked remarkably similar while owning basically all of the very same crap but with updated Playstations and Sony TVs?  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
23. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 18, 2013, 16:09 Panickd
 
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2013, 14:35:
I lost my money a few times that way but I was totally fine with it, that's how the game is. It's fucking Grand Theft Auto, not a HugBox. That's a really bad change, it was capped already. Why are people so afraid of PVP? It's fun.

Except that losing all your cash serves as a disincentive to take on missions or interact with any player you don't know in freemode or do pretty much anything that could lead to death. Which is pretty much the opposite of what they were going for in GTA Online. Losing $500 isn't that bad and makes people more likely to get involved with others in pub lobbies. Not having to lose a shitload of money everytime some random moron runs you down or snipes you gives more players an incentive to actually play the game as intended.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 17, 2013, 20:18 Panickd
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 12:56:
Panickd wrote on Oct 17, 2013, 11:58:
One day one of these bot companies is going to pop up in Russia or China and Blizzard will win in court like they always do and the company is going to tell Blizzard to go fuck itself and laugh while watching Blizzard attempt to enforce the ruling.

They'll just cut them off by IP blocking them and banning whoever uses the product - as they do now.

They ban accounts. IP blocking would be idiotic since most ISPs dynamically allocate them and that would mean you risk blocking some player who did nothing wrong. And it's not like the creator of the bot is going to give a shit if a few people get their accounts banned for violating Blizzard's ToS if he's already got their money. This is a losing battle for Blizzard. Every time they shutter one group building bots for WoW a new one pops up to take it's place.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 17, 2013, 11:58 Panickd
 
One day one of these bot companies is going to pop up in Russia or China and Blizzard will win in court like they always do and the company is going to tell Blizzard to go fuck itself and laugh while watching Blizzard attempt to enforce the ruling.  
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