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Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Apr 24, 2014, 16:18 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Apr 24, 2014, 11:23:
For many, though, I think the numbers are just a way to feel justification in the crap you've irrationally aligned yourself with. Engadget got rid of numbers, because iOS fans and Android fans were constantly rubbing it in each other's faces when one device got 0.1 higher than another device. It was bragging rights for the corporation you obviously loved.

That's been the warhorn for Xbox One since it launched (the PS4 has no games because our games averaged .4 higher at launch!). Hell, there's probably an argument on Amazon about the proper toaster to buy because of a difference in star rating there, too.

I've found that reviews rarely mean anything to me anymore, but I'm not sure they're for older people at this point. The younger crowd wants Angry Joe ranting hyperbole about small game features as if they're life destroying choices, but I've yet to see a case where that was helpful in determining if I should buy a game or not; it's usually the opposite. If I passed on the games that get 70's in the last couple of years in favor of the "must have" games from the big reviewers, I'd probably have quit gaming entirely and certainly would have missed out on my favorite titles in that time frame.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 24, 2014, 12:28 PropheT
I've used Chrome for years and don't get the things he's saying in the article. I've never had the crashes he's describing, ever, and if he's worried about Chrome being used to track what you're doing and then later boasts about how you can use two different search engines in Firefox instead (one most likely Google anyway) then I'm not sure he even understands what he's talking about. They'll track that usage too.

Firefox was a resource hog when I used it, crashes frequently, and was generally slower than Chrome. It'd be great if they fixed that, but even if they did I don't see a reason to switch back since I don't pile on add-ons anyway.
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News Comments > Next Dragon Age Begins in October
28. Re: Next Dragon Age Begins in October Apr 22, 2014, 14:42 PropheT
nin wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 12:14:
Watching the trailer earlier (when the V/O starts), I thought that was French Hottie, back from DA1...oh well.

It's the inquisitor from DA2, although there was a quick shot of someone who looks a lot like Leliana later in the trailer. I wouldn't be surprised to see her back.

I'm excited for the game. DA2 was disappointing because it wasn't really a worthy sequel to the excellent first game, but I still had fun with it. Bioware's worst game is still better than nine of out ten games out there.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2014, 20:54 PropheT
I was going to post how I thought they already had, and then I opened the article and actually read it (weird, I know) and it's about the auto industry. Heh.  
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News Comments > The Golf Club Early Access
2. Re: The Golf Club Early Access Apr 18, 2014, 11:40 PropheT
I've still yet to see a game that captures the experience of a real game of golf where my brother crashes a cart and my dad is cracking dick jokes every hole, but I might give this one a shot if the swing mechanics are well done  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 16, 2014, 21:51 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Apr 16, 2014, 20:26:
I think the article said that NJ gave Verizon $15B in subsidies to build out high speed connections. For that amount, the state could have built its own fiber network.

The sad thing about it is that the municipal costs to lay the fiber are higher than the cost of what the companies pay to do it. Tearing stuff up and then putting it back together again to lay the fiber costs more than the installation does, and yet that part gets paid for with subsidies on top of what local governments pay to get the installation actually done...and even after all of that, it's still hard to get them to do any actual service outside of areas that they consider the most profitable, and then they may just turn around and sell or lease that network to someone else anyway.

Not that it really matters, they often lobby to stop municipalities from building or owning the networks in the first place.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 15, 2014, 00:09 PropheT
PHJF wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 20:55:
I think I just figured out where that missing airliner went!

I feel bad for laughing at that as much as I did.
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News Comments > World of Darkness Cancelled
14. Re: World of Darkness Cancelled Apr 14, 2014, 16:08 PropheT
Creston wrote on Apr 14, 2014, 15:40:
Five years in the making, never any progress, almost never any news. Hardly surprising.

Yeah. I honestly was surprised to see this story since I didn't know they'd still been making it, I thought it had slipped away a long time ago.
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed?
7. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed? Apr 12, 2014, 12:59 PropheT
Announcement video.

Aww, yiss.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2014, 11:46 PropheT
Yeah, I can't top that  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 10, 2014, 23:22 PropheT
StaTik wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 22:41:
Have I been living under a rock and they anounced gt5 for PC?

I've seen a lot of assumptions that it was coming out soon, but I don't think I've ever seen anything officially announced.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 10, 2014, 19:44 PropheT
Both consoles look extremely weak when it comes to must-have, generation-defining software.

Better to have a story that says, "Video Game Journalism Has a Hyperbole Problem", since it'd be more accurate.

The only consoles defined by the software they released in the first 6 months of their availability were defined by that software because they weren't successful enough post-launch for their library to mature normally.

Development takes time, and not everyone wants to or can jump on board before knowing if the hardware install base will give them a return on the investment.
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 16:34 PropheT
Creston wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 11:05:
I'd say that if your industry is duping children to the tune of 2.4% of your total customer base (and let's be honest, that's what was reported, and likely nowhere near the entire total), that that is a SERIOUS FUCKING PROBLEM.

Yeah, I'm not sure what he was saying there. In the sentence before that he mentions that there's $6 billion in lifetime sales, and then in the next dismisses 2.4% of those sales being unauthorized purchases as being nothing to be concerned about. That's not exactly an insignificant amount of money.

In any case, the people who don't like free to play (myself included) generally are complaining because it's not a system designed to be better for the players, it's one designed to spread the cost out across the game in a way that means getting the same amount of content that you'd get for actually purchasing it would wind up costing even more money when bought as separate microtransactions. If you could buy the game OR get it piecemeal that would be one thing, but it's an all or nothing proposition with every game like this I know of; there's no consumer choice in how to buy, and any game designed as F2P is forced to push ways at having you keep pumping quarters into the machine.

Free to play can be just fine, but don't lie and tell me that it's done for my own good. Companies use the model because they can potentially make more money that way.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 9, 2014, 19:47 PropheT
nin wrote on Apr 9, 2014, 18:42:
Wow, harsh Infamous review...all I can say is I'm 3-4 hours in and having a blast.

Different strokes...

Yeah, I loved the whole thing. My only complaint was that it was too short (~15 hours at 100% completion with a good guy play through).
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 7, 2014, 22:55 PropheT
Just how screwed up are things when they give out awards for telling the truth. Oy  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Saturday Consolidation Apr 5, 2014, 14:23 PropheT
I'm not sure it was one of the biggest clusterfucks ever, since it has actually sold pretty well since it launched. It's sort of a confusing system since many of the gripes about it are actually legitimate, but it still seems to do just fine anyway.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Launches
51. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Launches Apr 4, 2014, 17:06 PropheT
Zanderat1 wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 15:40:
How badly does this trample on lore? And how exactly does a TES game work as a MMO? Part of what makes the TES series is the single player open world aspect.

If anything, I'd actually say lore is a strong point of the game. It's set a long time before the single player games, from what I've gathered, before the lengthy Septim ruling chain of the Empire.

It's TES in that it uses the same lore, races, characterizations, locations, and so on. It has some of the feel of the single player games, but largely plays and progresses like an MMO. After the first 10 levels or so, you really do wind up just wandering and grabbing quests as you run into them, though; it's not as streamlined of a theme park as WoW or Warhammer and even seems a bit less directed than GW2 (although there's less choices of where to go than in GW2).

Where the single-player games are more about exploration and discovery, this is more about combat and storytelling. Whether that's good or bad will depend on player tastes, really.
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
24. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 22:43 PropheT
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 21:35:
I normally give games a test run myself, but I value his gaming opinion, and after we played Wildstar, he said that it's WAY better in every way vs ESO.

Try them for yourself if you're interested. I'm enjoying ESO, but I don't think it's great; I don't regret paying for it. After trying Wildstar my interest in it is practically zero... it's good looking, but more or less plays and acts like DC Universe or Champions Online in a sci-fi/fantasy setting. The graphics and animations are fantastic, though.

They're very different games and will appeal to different people. Honestly, though, for what it's worth... if Warlords of Draenor hit right now I wouldn't play either of them.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
22. Re: Anti-Gay Firefox Chief Brendan Eich Quits Days After OkCupid Backlash Apr 3, 2014, 22:37 PropheT
Loopy wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 22:22:
Taking one for the team and resigning is akin to being "forced out" now? Really?

People in this thread must have inside sources or something. All reports I've seen indicate he stepped down voluntarily, and the board did not, in fact, have to "show him the door."

He'd been on the job for all of about a week and had said in interviews that he wasn't going anywhere just a couple of days ago.

So no, he wasn't fired. But...

Not so, of course. In an interview this morning, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”

She said that Eich — who created the JavaScript programming language, among other prominent computing achievements — had not been forced to resign by her or others on its board, which includes prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman.

“I think there has been pressure from all sides, of course, but this is Brendan’s decision,” Baker said. “Given the circumstances, this is not surprising.”

So, he wasn't fired but it was unanimously agreed upon by the board that he should go. Where I work that'd be akin to a "We're not firing you, but you know where the door is."
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Anti-Gay Firefox Chief Brendan Eich Quits Days After OkCupid Backlash Apr 3, 2014, 20:40 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 19:08:
He wasn't able to lead with this around him. No one will willingly follow someone they do not feel respects them when they can find someone that does.

That's the bottom line. It's important to note that it wasn't just OkCupid backlash that brought this out, either, but some of Mozilla's own people on Twitter as well.
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