Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

User information for Troy C.

Real Name Troy C.   
Search for:
Sort results:   Ascending Descending
Limit results:
Nickname PropheT
Email Concealed by request - Send Mail
ICQ None given.
Homepage http://
Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
Total Comments 2293 (Senior)
User ID 6273
User comment history
< Newer [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ] Older >

News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 21, 2015, 12:59 PropheT
Verno wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 11:32:
Other good chair companies are HumanScale and Steelcase.

I got a Steelcase Criterion just like the one I used at my last job for home use.

Paid a whole $5 at a Salvation Army for it, just had to clean it up and replace a bad wheel and it was good as new. Places like that are worth a look for anyone trying to find a good chair locally, since they're so ridiculously expensive to ship anywhere they don't tend to move very fast on Ebay when they get sold.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisitions Patch to Fix Awkward Silences
26. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisitions Patch to Fix Awkward Silences Jan 21, 2015, 00:32 PropheT
SimplyMonk wrote on Jan 20, 2015, 15:37:
The lack of any of my choices actually mattering at the end kinda got me and killed my desire for a second play through. I miss the Bioware that made Dragon Age: Origins.

This guy has a pretty good write up that I agree with:

Play it again and you might notice how much of an effect your decisions actually made.

He wrote:
And speaking of character approval, I never once saw a character’s approval rating come into play. It was a thing that might as well never have existed. Nor did any of the character’s side quests ever come to affect the ending or even the characters themselves.

Which I can't even comprehend. There's no way not to notice the differences; it affects every conversation you have with them, it affects their tarot card, it affects their ambient dialog... it doesn't have the binary light/dark effect that you had in KOTOR but that's a good thing. Things that seem like every day dialog options you have early in the game affect conversations you're having hours and hours later, and relationships with the characters are no different. I don't think they need to force feed some kind of pass/fail system into it to dumb it down so that you know if your companions are maxed on liking you.

The entire choices having no consequences thing is horseshit, too, for the same reason. It's woven into the story and presentation well enough that it might not seem like it matters, but making choices (even like an answer to if you believe in the maker or not early on) affects conversations later, which affects how other conversations go later, and so on... You won't get the same experience in a second game if you answer questions differently.

I guess I prefer a dynamic experience progressing through the game to a meaningless end screen that recaps choices. People get mad when games are dumbed down and spoon feeding the player, but when they don't do it.... just, eh.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 19, 2015, 15:27 PropheT
Remember around week 2 or 3 there were articles all over saying Brady was finally washed up and the Patriots were over, never to see the success they had in the past?

I don't even like the Patriots but I hope they stomp the Seahawks. Hopefully it's a better Superbowl than last year no matter what happens...not that it could be worse. Last year's was one of the most boring games I've ever seen.

Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 16, 2015, 12:32 PropheT
Ludomancer wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 12:16:
Who the fuck knows what that app did to your machine.

Nothing. We used Superantispyware at work for years. There's nothing wrong with it aside from being fairly slow, it worked as well as Malwarebytes did. Malwarebytes was faster, though if a system needed a cleanup I usually ran both since they each found things the other didn't in quite a few cases.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
42. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 12:26 PropheT
Ludomancer wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 12:05:
I'd still be happily using winNT if MS just didn't let it go extinct. Someone tell me now: What's been introduced since NT that couldn't have been done so in a patch?

Pretty much the entire core of the OS, including the ability to patch segments of it that would have required a complete reinstall on NT.

NT wasn't a good gaming OS even when it was current.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Into the Black
10. Re: Into the Black Jan 13, 2015, 21:36 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 19:35:
No, in interviews he says it's generational. That younger viewers prefer the new trilogy while older viewers prefer the original trilogy and are too nostalgia-fueled to accept the original.

That seems dismissive of the idea that the maybe movies are actually just plain bad. Otherwise good actors aren't good actors in the prequels, the dialog is stilted when it's not outright stupid, and he made one of the most iconic characters in all of film history into a whiny douche.

I like Liam Neeson and his character in the first because he's about the only character that really seems like a Jedi in the whole trilogy. The lightsaber battle at the end is fantastic, too. The second and third movies revolve around a romance that just plain doesn't work and a sort of bastardization of the characters that devolves them into a spoiled child and the only woman in the series dying from... I don't even know why, and then the "Noooo" shout that wouldn't have been out of place in a parody done by The Onion.

It just seems so derisive to put all of it on the shoulders of people who love Star Wars, and while maybe he accepts some criticism it also makes it seem like he takes no responsibility for any of it. That's why I'm glad he's not making the new one, more than anything, since he won't learn from mistakes he doesn't even acknowledge making.

/edit for clarity.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV Trailer
4. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Trailer Jan 13, 2015, 21:21 PropheT
I really hate it personally, but my son loves the game and plays it regularly and is really excited for this patch. There doesn't seem to be much in-between with FFXIV, but they've definitely added to it and built on what they did since the re-release.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 8, 2015, 14:43 PropheT
Considering the problems and bugs and outright suggestions not to install the iOS 8 update when it came out, I'm actually surprised it's as high as it is.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines "Pretty Much Dead"
16. Re: Origin PC CEO: Steam Controller Finalized; Steam Machines Jan 7, 2015, 23:21 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 18:25:
It's confusing that his company is named "Origin PC." I just assumed that he was working at EA Origin's website, and might have been heading that up. I guess it's not infringement, but damn is it confusing.

I actually didn't realize it wasn't EA until I saw yours and nin's comments about it here.

DarkCntry wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 21:58:
I know it's a cardinal sin to purchase pre-builds, but in this case it was well worth it, and in the end I came out about 600-700 cheaper than if I were to piecemeal my own system together with the same hardware.

Not as much as it used to be for sure.

I was kind of surprised when shopping builds for people over the last year or two, but as long as you're careful not to get some of the proprietary-only non-upgradeable systems that are out there it's probably a better deal not to build your own right now for someone who can't (or doesn't want to) do their own tech support. If someone is willing to wait for a deal like you did it's not even always a bad deal for enthusiasts anymore.

Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > The Witcher 3 Specs; Requires 6GB
24. Re: The Witcher 3 Specs; Requires 6GB Jan 7, 2015, 15:00 PropheT
harlock wrote on Jan 7, 2015, 14:47:
gotta have rock solid 80+ fps, with all effects and bells and whistles - and its just not happening on that generation

Most people aren't going to be all that upset if they don't hit a rock solid 80+ fps with everything maxed in the newest games to come out.

My son's system I built for him a few years ago is an i5-2500k with a GTX 680, and there just hasn't been any real reason to upgrade it yet.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 01:26 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 18:58:
Is Cutter an SJW when he endlessly pisses and moans about Apple and its treatment of employees?

He kind of has a point about this, though. At every tech job I've worked at it's been around 80% white men because white men make up 80%+ of the people who apply for those jobs. The last place I worked was hiring people who weren't white guys just to hit the right diversity stats, and we wound up with people who had no experience and no background for the work sitting next to us as result.

Obviously that's only anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me that there's a bigger problem with educational diversity creating barriers to technical fields than problems with technical companies not hiring more diverse workers.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 6, 2015, 12:45 PropheT
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 11:07:
Pourquoi? Her credentials seem exemplary and (short) voting record seem fine to me.

If I were to guess based on past posts it's because she's a liberally-appointed judge.

The only way the country works is if the people in her position vote according to the law rather than on their feelings, and there's been too many cases in the past ten years or so that have been divided on political lines in the Supreme Court. It's too bad that a few of them forget that they were appointed to uphold the law and not hold down a certain political line.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 2, 2015, 22:29 PropheT
#11 should be a comic about that annoying type of person that thinks all of the arguments they disagree with on complex issues can be summed up and dismissed in a few comic panels.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2014, 01:16 PropheT
jimnms wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 23:38:
I can't decide whether to go ahead and get it on Steam since it's practically free, or go ahead and buy it for $5 and save my Steam wallet funds for the next sale.

If you can get it for $5 at Gamestop for the same thing, I don't see any reason to spend the extra just to have it on Steam. $2.50 will get you another entire game during a sale at some point.

Although, if you haven't played it yet, you'll get your money's worth out of it even if your limo driver has to go hungry because you paid the extra $2.50 on Steam instead
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 30, 2014, 22:53 PropheT
Reading the study itself it kind of strikes me that the researchers are saying that marriage=sex more than the data itself does. That's the idea they start with and then use their formula to determine the degree to which porn/internet usage trumps marriage.

The entire thing seems to have been rendered down to an If=Then mathematical formula about how if a man chooses to be married, then he measures wife value vs. porn value and chooses whichever is greater. I guess I'm not a scientist, but at least anecdotal evidence says that isn't how it works.

As a side note, while looking for the study itself instead of just sites grabbing the headline and running with it, I found it funny to see that the same thing has been blamed on Facebook, World of Warcraft, and a few other things as well.

Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Dec 30, 2014, 22:09 PropheT
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 21:48:
It just seems that they - along with Amazon, et al. aren't as aggressive on getting lower price points as fast as they used to.

A few of the games they've featured have actually been cheaper over at Amazon or elsewhere either recently or during the sale, too.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 30, 2014, 12:53 PropheT
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 12:03:
Range is a problem, but for me the bigger problem would be that you can the throw the car away if you ever leave the battery unplugged during -10°C for longer than 24 hours.

I'd never heard that before. That's...not a good deal for any cold weather state. It was cold enough here last year for long enough that the battery in my truck couldn't handle it and died, so if that's the case then I can't imagine prolonged cold would leave the car in good working order even if it was plugged in.

I'm a cheapass when it comes to cars, though, I could have a whole fleet of trucks like mine for what a Tesla would cost.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight
18. Re: Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight Dec 30, 2014, 12:41 PropheT
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:26:
I think you mean Hatred fills your whole body. You're sick and tired about SJW's and authoritarians telling you what you can or can't play.

I can't think of any time the SJW's have said what I can and can't play, they just say I'm a shitty person for supporting certain things. If I were to buy Hatred and support it, they'd probably have a pretty good point.

If they want to make their game, that's fine, but fuck their game and them... and I still don't understand why people think Steam needs to distribute it for them or it's some big free speech issue. They're free to make whatever they want, but there's two sides to that free speech coin; nobody else has to support them doing it if they don't want to.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 30, 2014, 01:12 PropheT
Veterator wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 00:01:
A lot of things are simply too expensive to fix.

That's sadly the truth. I can fix practically anything I get my hands on provided I have the parts, but more often than not it's either not worth it or the parts aren't available.

The dishwasher was a good example, since I have a dead one right now that I could probably fix but can't get parts for (it's not that old, either). My furnace needed work at the beginning of winter, but I couldn't fix that because if I did the power company wouldn't service it anymore... I wound up fixing that one anyway since it was an electrical issue, and they would have just replaced everything.

I wonder how much of it is that a younger generation isn't able to fix things, or just can't because shit's not designed for it anymore or has so many warranty/legal hoops that you can't get parts or service done even if you did crack it open.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 29, 2014, 15:09 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 14:38:
It's more expensive to rent them forever. And even though they had a massive revenue stream last year, they poured all of that money back into the company (House of Cards don't come cheap). I think their profit margin was 1% last year. Not much room to play with there.

Yeah. The studios have made it harder for Netflix to maintain their streaming library and jacked prices for having the movies out there. Netflix has been bleeding worthwhile content for quite a while now, and rarely replaces any of it with movies anyone actually wants to watch... if it wasn't for the occasional TV series and a better documentary selection that Prime doesn't get, the selection is almost the same on both services these days and Prime gets you more.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
2293 Comments. 115 pages. Viewing page 4.
< Newer [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ] Older >


Blue's News logo