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Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
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News Comments > Steam Halloween Sale
16. Re: Steam Halloween Sale Oct 29, 2013, 23:01 PropheT
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:21:
Similar, and better. It's far more refined now and looks way better too. It helps if you've read some of the Fables comics but they're not really necessary. The game just oozes character and style. I cannot wait for the rest of the episodes.

That's enough to sell me on it, I'll have to pick it up.

Verno wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 19:51:
Van Helsing is totally worth $7.50, quite an amusing little ARPG. Rough around the edges and simple but fun enough.

I loved Van Helsing, it's very good. Some of the music is the best I've heard in a game; VH Gameplay Factory 01.ogg in the game's music directory, if you have it installed, is my personal favorite. All the music is in Ogg format to listen to without playing.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Oct 24, 2013, 23:23 PropheT
 
Ladron3dfx wrote on Oct 24, 2013, 22:11:
Baron (something, vampire, cap cut his head off w/ shield)

Baron Zemo. He'd probably be my favorite, and he wouldn't be terrible for the movies either.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 24, 2013, 11:41 PropheT
 
"But instead of applauding increased consumer choice and common sense pricing, some critics want to force average users to pay a flat fee akin to a 'universal' service, no matter if they are an occasional visitor or frequent 'super user.'"

But...that's already what they're doing, and they aren't changing that when they implement the caps. They just put the cap on, and leave the bill exactly the same as it was. In small communities around here, $30 to $40 a month for 3mbps and up from there for a network that often was subsidized or outright built with money from the local community or even federal government funds.

And then they limit your access to it. "But cell phone carriers get to screw you, we want to too" isn't exactly a good argument for caps :p
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Oct 23, 2013, 12:29 PropheT
 
nin wrote on Oct 23, 2013, 10:46:
I'm not saying things couldn't be better, but I totally agree with what Fargo said there.

A big part of that is the stretch goals, though. There's just no way a game like Divinity: Original Sin was going to make its initial release window once you start adding on the complexity that a number of its stretch goals tacked on to the game.

It's not just video games, though. I've backed a couple of tabletop games (RPG's or mini-based wargame things) and they suffer from the same problem, overselling and not being able to meet their development offers by the time release happens.

Something has to give for the funding via Kickstarter to stabilize, and limiting or even eliminating stretch goals would be a good start. Focus the project, decide what you need, and build to that rather than starting on a house and find out halfway through that you're building a new stadium.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA "R331 Game Ready" Driver
21. Re: NVIDIA R331 Game Ready Oct 21, 2013, 20:47 PropheT
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 21, 2013, 18:33:
Ryan Lange wrote on Oct 21, 2013, 18:14:
Same. The problem that I experience is that my system will randomly and semi-frequently lock up for several seconds. Bizarrely, I only experience this when not playing a game (e.g. browsing the web, checking email, programming).

Yes! That is exactly the symptom I was experience as well. It would happen on Win 7, Win 8 and Server 2012.

It sounds like something that would happen with the polling on the driver update check. Are you installing just the drivers or the whole software package?
 
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News Comments > Dark Matter Ending Criticized, Explained
53. Re: Dark Matter Ending Criticized, Explained Oct 21, 2013, 03:28 PropheT
 
As a side note to all of this, I wonder how many things like this it will take before Valve starts being more picky about the games you can put money down for on Steam. There have been a lot of games lately to come out on Steam that have been unfinished, just plain broken, or outright shovelware... and that never had really happened before.

It's one thing to have bad games, that's kind of unavoidable. It's another to have games like Realms of Arkania and Citadels that aren't put up as Early Access games, but seem to get a pass on dumping their broken shit onto the service because they're indies.

As much as I like Steam, their customer service just isn't up to handling it and their policy of no refunds makes casual shopping a pain in the ass. When you're left to research every $5 purchase you make as if you're buying a used car since there's no way to know if you're getting an actual game or a landfilled Kickstarter project, there's a real problem with the store.
 
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News Comments > Dark Matter Ending Criticized, Explained
35. Re: Dark Matter Ending Criticized, Explained Oct 20, 2013, 23:23 PropheT
 
The Magician wrote on Oct 20, 2013, 21:09:
hey douchebag gamers (not all of us just the idiots who think they can demand a game works their way), you bought the game, you didnt create it. you dont get to act like a retarded douchebag because you dont like the way the story goes. anyone ever demand someone reewrite a book because the ending sucked? no?

fucking babies

Arthur Conan Doyle retroactively changed the ending to one of the Sherlock Holmes books because he killed him off and the fan outrage was vehemently negative. So...yes, endings get changed. Even in books.

You're also kind of ignoring the fact that the game just randomly ends. Seriously, just watch the video, Blue even linked it for you to do that and everything.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Oct 19, 2013, 01:28 PropheT
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 19, 2013, 00:56:
This is why we can't have good video game adaptations to film.

I don't know, if video game "fans" are the ones who I can only assume are literally shitting out the Resident Evil movies, guys like Uwe Boll who was adapting them left and right, and so on, well...

The thing that makes them suck is that they try to tell the same story as whatever video game they're from, in the same way, with as much fanservice to the game's fans as they can fit in all at the expense of actually making a good movie.

Not focusing on that is a pretty good start, and I'd honestly watch anything Michael Fassbender was in just because he's incredible at every role I've ever seen him in. Making video game movies as if they're just for fans of the games is a good chunk of what's been wrong with more or less every video game movie that's ever released.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
23. Re: Internet abandons the US Oct 14, 2013, 14:08 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 10:30:
Please everybody, vote all these fucking incumbents out of office at the next election(s).

All that would serve to do is swap party control in 95%+ of the political areas where those people are up for election. It not only wouldn't fix anything, it would almost certainly make it worse.
 
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News Comments > Activision Publishing Suing Worlds Online
4. Re: Activision Publishing Suing Worlds Online Oct 5, 2013, 13:35 PropheT
 
Those two things describe almost every single 3D game ever made, so I'm not sure what Worlds is actually after other than a quick payout since they just specifically stated World of Warcraft and Call of Duty in their lawsuit. This just looks like logical defense against obvious patent trolling to me, but I'm not a lawyer I guess.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 4, 2013, 12:42 PropheT
 
Maybe they should have interviewed the El Salvadoran gang member who just got out of prison the day before they recorded to see what he said instead.

I agree with what these guys are saying, but when Rockstar also hired guys who do real violence alongside them it sort of shoots their credibility in the foot a bit.
 
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News Comments > EverQuest II Giving Away Level 85 Characters
2. Re: EverQuest II Giving Away Level 85 Characters Oct 2, 2013, 21:54 PropheT
 
Um, wow. I'd bet they get a lot of hell about doing this, but I might actually take them up on it.  
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News Comments > Blizzard TMs Heroes of the Storm
6. Re: Blizzard TMs Heroes of the Storm Sep 30, 2013, 19:23 PropheT
 
Kobalt wrote on Sep 30, 2013, 18:52:
Blizzard taking butthurt to the next level, this is all because they are mad valve made dota 2.

I don't know why you would think this, or even if game development was actually just like a kindergarten classroom how you'd extrapolate that kind of insight into the game from the story that was posted.

It's possible it's not even that game, for all anyone knows it's a WoW expansion.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 27, 2013, 20:18 PropheT
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 18:18:
ARG! I am getting white-outed on the news page again. And it doesn't seem to want to go away.

It only does it to me if the ads are enabled, once I turn on adblock it stops. Seems like it's maybe just a bad ad, or something.

/edit to add: It's a Fleet Farm ad with a deer holding a spray can, it loads and makes a clunking noise. If I disable that ad, the page loads fine (using Chrome).
 
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News Comments > Dead Island: Riptide Sale, Free Weekend
21. Re: Dead Island: Riptide Sale, Free Weekend Sep 27, 2013, 16:19 PropheT
 
Verno wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 14:08:
So getting back on topic, what are these changes and enhancements from the original? I ask because I recall many saying it was heavily derivative, to the point where it even shares many of the same bugs.

I don't normally even bitch about DLC, but they released Riptide with the same character models and same skins as DI and then charged extra for new outfits to people who bought Riptide.

Riptide is probably the laziest sequel/followup/whateveritis that I've ever played and it's one of the few games I regret buying. It is exactly the same game as Dead Island with a new character on a different island, and I don't mean it just plays or looks the same...it actually -is- the same game. It's an expansion pack that's not marketed as one.

It's a continuation of the story from Dead Island, which is the only reason to play Riptide. Anyone dying to know what happens to the throwaway, unlikable characters from DI will probably be happy with it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 26, 2013, 12:05 PropheT
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 26, 2013, 11:37:
A photo of a surface will give you a diffuse texture. You still need specular, normal, bump and countless others to approximate the appearance of a "photoreal" surface. Good luck doing that without expensive teams of artists.

There are already cameras that can integrate some of those effects into digital pictures. Hell, the Kinect can sort of do basic texture mapping with the imaging it does and that's a fairly inexpensive consumer-end device. It's coming.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 23, 2013, 14:21 PropheT
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 11:28:
All of the games were actually very strange. All 3 weeks this year have been odd and I am sure someone is making a ton of money in Vegas, and the majority of people are losing a ton. Miami is 3-0 WTF!?

Yeah, it's been nuts. Miami is 3-0. The Lions are 3-0. The Vikings, Giants, and Pittsburgh are all 0-3. San Fran is 1-2, they're worse than the Jets right now. It's like football bizarro-world...even if the Vikings are a question mark with Ponder, losing to the Lions (even if they're better than they used to be) and the Browns in the first three weeks is....well.


I'm glad the site issues are taken care of, way too many sites over the years have disappeared on me with just a blip like that


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 22, 2013, 17:32 PropheT
 
NewMaxx wrote on Sep 22, 2013, 14:56:
Quite honestly, if anything, video games are (in general and on the whole) good for a modern, developing mind.

Maybe that's true, but is there evidence to support that, either?

When talking about violent games, it's hard to say. There really haven't been unbiased independent studies done to any degree that a conclusion can be made. It's why I dislike the article pointing at Bushman's report and using that as their only example of their headline; it's a report that's been rebuffed far and wide by everyone but people who are using it as a hammer to drive a point that they reached before they really looked at the facts...something Bushman's been doing for years without the research you'd expect to back up a crusade like that, and it's one that only gets credence because of his profession even though his conclusions are often seemingly met before any research is done to corroborate them.

Gamers react to pieces like this not by saying, like she does, that since I didn't do it then it can't be true. It's that pointing to a game like World of Warcraft, that's been used in articles like the one in the Daily Mirror recently about violent games, you're looking at a population sampling larger than dozens of entire countries and then extrapolating results based on a handful of individuals. They point at WoW because Breivik is a nutbag mass-murderer, and use the game for blame, when the population of the game is larger than the population of the country he was from and there's no evidence whatsoever of WoW players being more violent than anyone else.


To make a short story long, there's not enough evidence to make a specific determination but there's enough anecdotal evidence that you can draw some educated assumptions. It's nothing like climate change, in research, conclusion, or even response. Not that anyone here didn't already know that, I guess.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 22, 2013, 14:40 PropheT
 
I don't know how she figured video game violence studies are conclusive or even that there's a consensus on it when the only source study she mentioned is the same stupid Bushman study that has holes in it that have been repeatedly pointed out for the last twelve years (read A&M's Chris Ferguson's breakdown of it, for example).

There's a big f'n difference between denying the research that's there and saying there's no established proof of a link.
 
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News Comments > State of Decay Early Access Tomorrow
1. Re: State of Decay Early Access Tomorrow Sep 19, 2013, 22:50 PropheT
 
I'm really not a fan of the pay me now and we'll finish it later approach, but that's sort of how it was on the 360, too, and it was fun there.  
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