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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 572 (Apprentice)
User ID 57051
 
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News Comments > Molyneux: Indie Revival "Won't Last"
34. Re: Molyneux: Indie Revival Mar 25, 2014, 13:54 Panickd
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 12:54:
Panickd wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 12:40:
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 12:21:
BitWraith wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 11:34:
Shit man, when did humanity become some cynical.

The guy is one of the great, classic game creators. Show some flipping respect.

George Lucas is an asshat, but he'll always have made Star Wars. In the same vein, Peter will always have been the head of Bullfrog.

I'd give you this argument up to and including Fable.
Many of the people here were saying the same things about him around Fable, because he jumped to a platform and they felt betrayed and were being bitter children.

In the long run, though, either they were right in that he had lost it or they were wrong to be infuriated that he left. Because his track record since, especially since Milo, has been pretty miserable.

I think the problem with Molyneux is that he was so good for so long. Nearly everything he touched was golden for a long while and now people expect that from him. And when he creates something that's just very good but doesn't rise to the level of greatness or (god forbid) fumbles something once in awhile because he was trying something different, he gets trashed ruthlessly. The funny thing is, I really don't think he gives a shit. If he cared about the haters he'd stop talking, pontificating and trying the new things.

What has he done since arguably Fable, arguably B&W, definitely Dungeon Keeper, that qualifies as "very good?"
I'd say nothing past Dungeon Keeper is "very good." B&W was interesting but flawed, the Fable series is alright but forgettable, same with The Movies, and everything else is gibberish.

That's nearly a 20 year streak of "just alright."

I would argue that the original B&W and The Movies qualify as "very good" despite being flawed. They were products that were trying something new and taking old genre ideas into new areas. Hell, Syndicate was flawed, but I still spent days of my life playing it. Ditto Powermonger. Since when does someone have to knock everything they try to do out of the park to be worthy of some respect for their past accomplishments? Hell, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin only went to the moon once! But no one is going up to Buzz Aldrin these days and going, "Yeah, but what have you done lately?"
 
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News Comments > Molyneux: Indie Revival "Won't Last"
25. Re: Molyneux: Indie Revival Mar 25, 2014, 12:40 Panickd
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 12:21:
BitWraith wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 11:34:
Shit man, when did humanity become some cynical.

The guy is one of the great, classic game creators. Show some flipping respect.

George Lucas is an asshat, but he'll always have made Star Wars. In the same vein, Peter will always have been the head of Bullfrog.

I'd give you this argument up to and including Fable.
Many of the people here were saying the same things about him around Fable, because he jumped to a platform and they felt betrayed and were being bitter children.

In the long run, though, either they were right in that he had lost it or they were wrong to be infuriated that he left. Because his track record since, especially since Milo, has been pretty miserable.

I think the problem with Molyneux is that he was so good for so long. Nearly everything he touched was golden for a long while and now people expect that from him. And when he creates something that's just very good but doesn't rise to the level of greatness or (god forbid) fumbles something once in awhile because he was trying something different, he gets trashed ruthlessly. The funny thing is, I really don't think he gives a shit. If he cared about the haters he'd stop talking, pontificating and trying the new things.
 
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News Comments > Molyneux: Indie Revival "Won't Last"
23. Re: Molyneux: Indie Revival Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 Panickd
 
harlock wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 12:19:
Panickd wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 11:43:
And what boundless achievements glow so brightly on your resume that warrants you being able to pass judgement on anyone?

you dont have the clearance for that information

Indeed. Well played, sir.
 
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News Comments > Molyneux: Indie Revival "Won't Last"
16. Re: Molyneux: Indie Revival Mar 25, 2014, 11:43 Panickd
 
harlock wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 11:33:
this is what is known as "sour grapes"

molyneux is a sad little man

Yes, a sad little man that created Populous and Black & White and Magic Carpet and Syndicate. Some of the defining games in PC gaming.

And what boundless achievements glow so brightly on your resume that warrants you being able to pass judgement on anyone?
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 24, 2014, 22:19 Panickd
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 24, 2014, 21:27:
Yeah, well good luck with that Kenny me boy. Let Molyneux know how that works out, lol!

Molyneux has a history of dreaming big and not quite meeting what he sets out to. Levine's history is much more grounded. I'm very interested in seeing whatever he does next, whether he goes whole hog with the new approach or not. I appreciate it when people stick their necks out for their art. It's the only thing that can move the form forward.
 
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News Comments > Free AC4 Maps Thanks to Microtransactions
8. Re: Free AC4 Maps Thanks to Microtransactions Mar 24, 2014, 22:11 Panickd
 
Rossafur wrote on Mar 24, 2014, 15:33:
Remember back when community-made maps (and mods) ended up surpassing official maps in popularity, and it didn't split up the community because anyone could download them, for free? Blue's News remembers! *wanders off to go wax nostalgic about Lithium II and Loki's Minions CTF for Quake 2 and all the maps I made for Quake 1* Wonder if I can still find those and bots that play them...

That actually made me remember when we got BF1942 maps for free with patches but with BF3/4 you don't get them if you don't pay for the DLC. Fuck microtransactions.
 
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News Comments > Free AC4 Maps Thanks to Microtransactions
1. Re: Free AC4 Maps Thanks to Microtransactions Mar 24, 2014, 13:34 Panickd
 
So it doesn't make sense to split the community in AC4 but it made perfect sense in the three previous games? Cut the bullshit. The community has been asking for this from the day the first for pay DLC map pack rolled out and you finally acceded. Don't walk around strutting like it was your idea.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: After DNS change fails, Turkish government steps up Twitter censorship Mar 24, 2014, 13:30 Panickd
 
That headline should read, "Turkish government doesn't understand how the Internet works."  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 21, 2014, 12:46 Panickd
 
Pigeon wrote on Mar 21, 2014, 10:11:
Well I don't really understand the twitch thing either, but I guess its like facebook for gamers.

I watch a few Twitch streams on a regular basis and have participated in a few MP matches that were streamed by others. I think what drives Twitch is the same thing that has made YouTube "Let's Play" videos so popular. It's entertaining to watch people do things that you like to do. What else could account for the popularity of fishing shows and watching people play golf?
 
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News Comments > Free to Play - Dota 2 Documentary Released
3. Re: Free to Play - Dota 2 Documentary Released Mar 19, 2014, 15:17 Panickd
 
Wraith wrote on Mar 19, 2014, 15:11:
Christ who gives a fuck. Stop making wanky home movies about yourselves and finish Half Life, you cunts.

Like anyone there is working on the next Half-life anymore. Once they learned they could take 30% of everyone else's game sales through Steam and make hundreds of millions selling hats and weapons and emoticons and then take a cut whenever users sell them to other users, they got out of the Half-life business. Until they can figure out how to make you pay for keys in HL3 they've likely shelved it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2014, 15:13 Panickd
 
WaltC wrote on Mar 19, 2014, 13:45:
This article is classified as "stupid filler crapola" designed to generate page hits, imo.

Perhaps Ars will write one about the "perfect" woman: 3 feet tall with a flat head and no teeth...;)


Lots of that going on at Ars since they sold out to Conde Nast. Sound and fury signifying nothing.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 19, 2014, 13:22 Panickd
 
This only covers what they earn at the actual tournaments. I bet the best make more on endorsements. Fatal1ty didn't earn jack last year but his tag shows up on mice, sound cards, motherboards and anything else a company will pay him to put it on.

Apparently if you want to make any real money in a "tournament" you've gotta play Dota 2 now.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2014, 13:13 Panickd
 
So what does that say about girls that like those same games but are still girls (as opposed to being some crew cut lesbian)? And I'm pretty sure they were cherry picking the games that proved their point. I can recall plenty of FPS games where characters displayed real fear against overwhelming odds and had emotional states other than that of the stone faced killer. Just because it's the easy way out doesn't mean that every designer takes it.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Mar 18, 2014, 18:57 Panickd
 
PropheT wrote on Mar 18, 2014, 18:31:
EA winning this like they have speaks more about the gaming community than it does about them. It makes gamers look like spoiled brats if EA wins this annually when up against companies on the list that are doing things that actually ruin people's lives and damage communities.

And, like I said, the bracket is meaningless. None of the companies that have been featured on it have ever done thing one to fix their shitty public images, and they still make tons of money so they have no impetus to change.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Mar 18, 2014, 18:53 Panickd
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 18, 2014, 17:58:
What a joke. Everyone and their dog knows Apple is the worst...in the world.

When Steve was running the show I would have agreed with you because he was an ass who only cared about profit but since he's been dead I think Tim Cook has been trying hard to bring Apple out of the darkness. And that's all without anyone making threats to Apple's bottom line.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Mar 18, 2014, 17:42 Panickd
 
I love the "worst company in America" brackets because people actually believe it means anything to be called the worst. Comcast is shit but rakes in billions every year. The same could be said of Activision, EA, AT&T and a whole raft of other corporations.

Shitty customer service? Shady business practices? Treat your employees like trash? Don't worry, none of your customers really care. You'll still rake in billions! Why would any of these companies stop their crappy behavior when it would actually cost them money to do so and eat into the massive profits they're making? "I know Comcast is the worst company in history and their CEO bathes in the blood of kittens, but I need my cable TV, so...."
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Adding Linux
4. Re: GOG.com Adding Linux Mar 18, 2014, 14:18 Panickd
 
Xil wrote on Mar 18, 2014, 11:49:
this whole ubuntu stuff irritates me, ubuntu is going a totally diffrent way in the linux eco system so pick the distro on which ubuntu is based: debian (and no am not using that one either but just makes more sense)

It makes sense when you consider that Ubuntu (and it's variants like Kbuntu, Lbuntu, etc.) are far and away the most installed desktop Linux distros out there. And when it comes to supporting Linux you have to choose a baseline to standardize around because there is so much variation. Witness how many hoops you have to jump through to get Steam running on some distros.

You can already run most older GOG games on Linux through Wine with the PlayOnLinux install scripts (even if sometimes you're just running the Windows version of DOSBox in Wine). I hold out hope that they'll be able to bring some of the older Windows games to Linux using that method. But I'm guessing this is mostly just about wrapping the Linux version of DOSBox into an installer and calling it good.
 
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News Comments > Armada - RTS Announced by Monaco Dev
3. Re: Armada - RTS Announced by Monaco Dev Mar 13, 2014, 12:28 Panickd
 
At this point I'd be in for whatever this developer wants to do next. They took the time to tweak Monaco into perfection so as long as they don't rush this one they've already got my money.  
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News Comments > Respawn Chasing Titanfall Cheaters
29. Re: Respawn Chasing Titanfall Cheaters Mar 13, 2014, 12:26 Panickd
 
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 11:27:
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 11:15:
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 11:10:
I'm glad that keeping the servers in the hands of the devs/publishers does such wonderful things to help against cheating.
Not that much better on user maintained servers either.

I didn't say it was, but the "We can stop cheating!" is often the #1 reason given by shitty publishers for not including dedicated server software.

When you give out dedicated servers to the public you get the cream rising to the top too. Servers with crappy admins, or no admins are typically underpopulated while the good servers tend to build up good communities. I don't see that happening with a game like Titanfall where you can, at best, form a team that is dumped on a random server with some other random team. It's like modern MP game developers don't understand how gamers socializing in-game can lengthen the life of their titles anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 13, 2014, 12:17 Panickd
 
Creston wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 11:22:
Panickd wrote on Mar 13, 2014, 09:27:
As for them stopping using UPS, FedEx is just as shit. If you want any sort of guaranteed delivery of an unmolested package from either of them you need to pay through the nose for it. The "next day by 10am" packages are literally handled by hand from person to person. Every thing else is shuttled down conveyors and sometimes drop kicked into trucks, especially around XMas time.

The next day by 10am package goes across the same conveyors, flies on the same aircraft and gets put in the same trucks by the exact same people as all the other packages. The only difference is that the courier knows that that package (and the few others with that shipping label) need to be delivered first, no matter how far out of his normal route it is.

If you had any idea about the volume of shipments FedEx and UPS (and in Europe: DHL) handle, you'd realize that handing packages over "hand to hand" is simply impossible. (Unless you want to pay for the old "briefcase chained to the wrist" kinda service.) It HAS to go on conveyors and through automatic sorting systems in order for them to be able to handle the insane amount of packages they deal with.

I worked for DHL in Holland and got to visit their main European sorting center in Belgium one evening. You basically can't comprehend how many shipments they deal with. It's hundreds of thousands of shipments PER HOUR during the night. They had 140 cargo planes flying out of their own airfield during that night.

There is just no way of doing that by hand. So yeah, that does lead to scuffed packages etc. Which is why they always say to wrap your package well, and basically not to ship anything that's fragile.

I worked for FedEx in three different capacities. And no the overnight stuff doesn't travel down the same conveyors, at least not at FedEx. Any overnight stuff gets scanned and then bumped off the main line so that they could make absolutely sure it made it to the proper plane at the proper time. Everything else is just "best effort" delivery but the overnight stuff was such a massive profit center that it was taken very seriously. By hand may have been an exaggeration but I assure you it's not far from the truth. Granted I can't speak for DHL or UPS who handle a lot more volume than FedEx on any given day.
 
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