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News Comments > The Political Machine 2012 Released
5. Re: The Political Machine 2012 Released Aug 1, 2012, 02:12 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 21:56:
You know, I love politics, and I love games, but the idea of a game based on politics is just so unappealing? Is it just me? Maybe I feel this way because games are fantasy and politics is reality?

They have enough fantasy to them that they're pretty fun games if you have any interest in the process itself. You really don't ever worry about the real issues outside of the context of the game; no agendas or stress involved.

I haven't tried this one yet, but I liked the older ones even if they're not exactly brimming with longevity and depth.

 
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
73. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Aug 1, 2012, 02:09 PropheT
 
While I don't particularly like this, I don't particularly care either. It's kind of par for the course now, and if there's anybody to blame it's the ruling that prompted this movement in the first place...except I'm not even sure I disagree with that. I've never been too on board with people suing on my behalf anyway, and don't personally believe that it really changes anything other than the kind of car somebody's lawyers get to drive.  
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News Comments > The Old Republic F2P This Fall
41. Re: The Old Republic F2P This Fall Jul 31, 2012, 19:29 PropheT
 
JeffD wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 17:19:
5) Beta test, beta test, beta test! You know how much new content WoW got in beta that wasn't originally planned? or how many ideas that were planned and implemented got removed because after 2 years of people playing it, it really just didn't pan out? The two most successful MMORPGs, EQ and WoW, had 2 year beta cycles. You can't tell me that wasn't the bulk of their success.

A fair amount of unplanned content made it into both, but long beta tests for both didn't change that things were largely unfinished right up until and into release (with WoW at least, EQ not quite as much). I tested both, and while EQ was pretty much ready before it finally came out WoW was still getting some pretty core components together just shortly before it went out the door. The game 6 months before release had quite a few things in it that didn't make it or were changed completely prior to release.

SWTOR also had a long beta cycle, though, so it's kind of a moot point. I didn't test it until the more public options were available for that one, but I know people who did so for well over a year and a half at least.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: XXX Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Most-Watched Ever As NBC Scores Ratings Gold. Jul 29, 2012, 22:44 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 29, 2012, 16:40:
But they didn't live stream it. Apparently because:

It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.

So, basically: F U internet users.

I think that's funny since I thought the commentary and pieces they did during the opening ceremony were nauseatingly terrible. I'd rather they just hadn't said a word and just showed video of the whole event :p

XXX Olympics kind of gives a whole new meaning to getting screwed by the Russian judge.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2012, 17:53 PropheT
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 28, 2012, 16:57:
Just saw a good interview with Neil Barofsky about his book and all the stuff still going on with TARP. The corruption and the sheer volume of theft and how the American tax payer has been screwed - yet again - simply boggles the mind. I'm just surprised more of you aren't snapping and going ballistic when you learn about this stuff. I look forward to giving this a read.

Don't believe everything you read and do some research on the claims he makes prior to reading the book. He misrepresents everything from the amount of money that went out on the deal to the effects of the deal (which is actually likely to make money by the time it's over due to interest) and so on. It's just more crap where it's pretty convincing until you look at the stuff he's not telling you.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
12. Re: Blizzard/Valve and Win8 Jul 28, 2012, 00:09 PropheT
 
DarkCntry wrote on Jul 27, 2012, 21:31:
Valve has done it's own damage in terms of the PC platform, but that's its own discussion, and more-so could be said about Blizzard.

That said, it doesn't change why Gabe's upset, and Blizzard's Pardo is only scared in what that means for their future ability to control their content.

If anyone believes that Win8 is going to do anything to PC gaming, let alone PC computing in general, I might just want to point them back a few years to WinME.

How have Blizzard and Steam caused damage to the platform? The biggest selling PC titles in the last 8 years and the biggest distribution platform help keep PC gaming alive, if anything. Killing retail PC sales? Sure, I could see that argument. Killing the platform? That's pants on head ridiculous.

Pointing to WinME in relation to Win7/Win8 just flat out shows a lack of understanding of what the problem is with the platform and why people are complaining about it, and completely ignores that the market is in an entirely different place now than it was when ME came out. Apple wasn't viable then, it is now. There were no feasible competitors ready to enter the market, there are now.

There's other points to be made there, but this isn't just a content control issue and just shows that people (unsurprisingly) didn't read past the catastrophe quote for the entire statement. From Ars Technica:

Valve head—and one-time Microsoft employee—Gabe Newell has branded Windows 8 "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" at videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. The Valve boss continued, saying that in the fallout from Windows 8, "we'll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people."

Google OEM's and Surface if you want an example. Even Microsoft has said they're worried about OEM's looking elsewhere.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2012, 23:56 PropheT
 
Jerykk wrote on Jul 27, 2012, 23:05:
I wouldn't call them game changers. They are slight stat boosts at most.

Part of the point is that how do you know that without having played the game?

Unless you trust them that it just doesn't, or read every piece of marketing fluff about the game prior to release, or wind up spending time researching which version to buy instead of just deciding you want to buy that game...


 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell
95. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 25, 2012, 23:35 PropheT
 
Tom wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 18:44:
PropheT wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 18:36:
...You totally misunderstood what he said, or didn't think about it at all.

If people have a reason to go use Linux, like games, people (and companies) will be driven to develop for Linux and those problems will disappear with the attention needed to standardize the platform and stabilize the environment as an alternative to Windows.

I don't even know how you would interpret what he said as just being "if you could play games on it Linux would be the BESTEST"...

Oh, so without games, people and companies have no reason to develop for Linux? If only games were there, all those other problems would get fixed? Still sounds like I understood correctly. I just think it's a ridiculous assertion.

Alright, so you didn't miss the point, it just went over your head.

1. Windows 7 is still in the adoption phase by businesses. It hasn't even hit full speed in business use yet, and Windows 8 is about to roll around.

2. Windows 7 is already requiring hardware upgrades to make it a feasible platform. Combined with development costs for in-house software and a number of other things, it's an extremely expensive upgrade. Someone earlier pointed out the graphics capabilities that Win8 is using with 3D acceleration for everything; even among Win7 capable business machines that's still not standard hardware. We'll forget about monitors for now.

3. From a general user standpoint, Win8 is unnecessary right now. PC sales have been battered as it is, and nobody has really forgotten the problems with getting people to even give up XP in the hardware market. It didn't go well for OEM's, and the situation is already coming up again for them.

4. An alternative becomes necessary when the upgrade and implementation costs make it necessary. Microsoft is on top and is uncontested for the most part because Windows is awesome (people argue, but it is). What they're doing now is driving the birth of competition, and the cheapest way for competition to get started is to build off of a Linux base. There's already been a serious upswing in Mac use for the same reason, I don't think it's hard to envision a stable and competitive Linux-based platform competing for Windows market share as a result of Windows 8... like Chrome OS, for example, that isn't ready now but could be in the next year or two.


All of these things are contingent on the fact that gaming as it is on PC's now requires a healthy PC market, something Windows 8 -could- do ok with, but could also cause long-term damage to.

5. For gaming specifically, Gabe isn't the first person to even say this. Brad Wardell did back in March, too. I'll let him list the reasons instead of typing them here:

http://kotaku.com/5897763/three-killer-problems-that-threaten-windows-8

There's other stuff but I'm getting bored and don't feel like Googling any of it. That should be enough to get the point anyway.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell
32. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 25, 2012, 18:36 PropheT
 
Tom wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 17:57:
"The big problem that is holding back Linux is games"

LOL! Yeah right. Ok, let's just pay no attention to the huge fundamental usability issues. Or the lack of non-game application support. Or the update/upgrade processes. Or dependency nightmares, having to compile stuff yourself, the ever so friendly support community, the battle of the righteous vs. closed-source, etc etc etc!

No, games are the big problem. If not for that, everyone would surely use Linux. Hahaha!

...You totally misunderstood what he said, or didn't think about it at all.

If people have a reason to go use Linux, like games, people (and companies) will be driven to develop for Linux and those problems will disappear with the attention needed to standardize the platform and stabilize the environment as an alternative to Windows.

I don't even know how you would interpret what he said as just being "if you could play games on it Linux would be the BESTEST"...
 
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News Comments > Return to RIFT
9. Re: Return to RIFT Jul 25, 2012, 14:44 PropheT
 
deqer wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 13:11:
Why? I mean, WHY? What is the ****ing point in logging in for only a few days? Wtf does that do for me? I'll tell you what it does for me; it does NOTHING, because it's only a few days.

It's for previous subscribers (you can tell this by the part where it says "Previous subscribers!"). It's so people who have played before can see what the updates since they last subscribed have provided for the game and decide if they want to come back.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2012, 23:04 PropheT
 
NKD wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 21:58:
Of course there are guidelines, they have to filter out the noise. But there aren't a myriad of subjective judgement calls and ethereal arguments about the 'spirit of Kickstarter'

If you look at their prohibited list it's mainly things that are illegal , otherwise legally restricted, or subjects notorious for scamming.

In short, beyond basic good-faith protection of its users, it doesn't make arbitrary restrictions.

The point was that by their guidelines, Kickstarter is for funding projects. This isn't a project, unless I'm missing something about it...it's a fundraiser to drive the web site instead of using their existing ad revenue.

StingingVelvet wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 22:16:
There's a vast amount of people who seem to think their opinion is more important than the majority one.

There isn't exactly a dearth of cases where a majority wasn't exactly an indicator of validity. If people think it's a great idea, then they're more than welcome to fund it; I just question why Kickstarter, a site that's supposed to be used to appeal for funding for a new project, is the right place to do that rather than something on the site itself.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2012, 21:52 PropheT
 
NKD wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 21:47:
Kickstarter is a tool to enable crowdfunding, nothing more. The users decide what deserves funding, not Kickstarter. End of story.

http://www.kickstarter.com/help/guidelines

Kickstarter disagrees with you, if you go by their guidelines. If it was just crowdfunding there wouldn't even be guidelines in the first place.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2012, 21:27 PropheT
 
Lokust wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 21:08:
It's a fucking kickstarter. If you aren't down with it, DON'T PUT MONEY IN. It's pretty ridiculous to suggest that all kickstarter projects overlap the same pool of potential donators anyway.

When it comes to gamers and PA's audience, it kind of is the same pool, isn't it?

I agree with him. It's not a Kickstarter to create anything at all, just to raise funds there rather than doing it with a site that already does pretty well for itself.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 24, 2012, 17:42 PropheT
 
Julio wrote on Jul 24, 2012, 16:05:
The Batman movie was mediocre...overly long, lacking much of a plot and the plot that was there was completely predictable with no surprises.

I actually agree, unfortunately.

And I thought Bane was ridiculous. I laughed despite myself the first time I heard him talk, it just an "oh man, really?" moment. He sounds like and has the lines of Shredder from an old TMNT cartoon...there was actually laughter in the theater the first time you hear his voice. I don't think that was what they were going for.

A lot of the movie's story was forced, and worst of all it was boring for a long portion of the movie. It's a Batman movie, and Batman is barely in it. Hathaway was fine as Catwoman, but she could be cut out of the movie and it wouldn't matter much.

I loved the very end, mostly because of the characters and actors I'd loved from the other movies, but leading up to it was so predictable that it was like watching a movie I'd already seen and I was just ready for it to be over. Everyone I went with was disappointed
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jul 20, 2012, 15:13 PropheT
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 12:52:
Good writing directs the flow of conversation to a point so that people who "get it" can have a discussion. Bad writing just makes people mad. "A Clockwork Orange" used violence and rape as a means to convey a message that could be discussed (whether you agree with the message or not). Tomb Raider uses violence and rape as a means to seem grown up even though its still an action-hero adolescent fantasy.

So... It's not bad ideas - it's bad writing.


How the hell would you know, really? The game isn't even out yet. You don't even know what the story is, the context of it is, the events around it, or anything else.

Video game writers want to tackle adult themes, but their audience isn't mature enough to handle anything even approaching anything beyond what they've already seen and are familiar and comfortable with. They automatically reject anything adult by writing it off as tropes and stereotyping, like you did with a game you haven't played and a script you haven't seen by writing it off as adolescent fantasy.


If you want to be offended by something, you will be. Anyone can find flaws in something and be pissed off by it if that's what they go into it trying to do.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
32. Re: On Sale Jul 20, 2012, 03:33 PropheT
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 23:37:
Was thinking about Red Faction Arma - but my friends that have it only have 3 hours max! ouch!!!!!

It's really not as bad as it got slammed for being, it's just not particularly long, replayable, well-written, or as good as its predecessors. For a cheap one and done game, like these sales really make possible to still enjoy, it's not bad.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 19, 2012, 21:54 PropheT
 
I have Mediacom, and they've gotten significantly better on speed even just in the last few months (it shows a 25% improvement on the chart and it's believable).

I have a 20mbit connection and usually would see ~10 or so, then by March it was a horribly unstable ~15, and since the middle of May I've actually had long periods over 20mbit. Not bad at all.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite To Use Online DRM?
34. Re: Dumb Jul 19, 2012, 15:21 PropheT
 
Yakubs wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 10:51:
morose wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 10:14:
Case in point, I didn't buy Diablo III but I've had Torchlight 2 on pre-order for months.

Congrats. You've spent money and gotten nothing in return. And you won't for another 12+ months.

What's more irrational? Always-on DRM or people who pre-order video games?

How is preordering irrational? You want something, you're going to buy it when it comes out, and you often get incentives for preordering it. That sounds like a good deal to me if you already know you're going to buy it. I'm not sure I understand how getting a shitty addition to a product is similar in any way to committing to buying a game before it's on shelves, either...

Besides, they're still planning on releasing this summer, so I'm not sure where you got the 12+ months from.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jul 18, 2012, 20:06 PropheT
 
I usually like Cracked articles, but this part of the article:

"astoundingly, nobody thought to slap that guy in the mouth until he died from a barrage of epic, reeling mouthslaps."

...really describes how I feel about whoever wrote it.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 19:55 PropheT
 
Darks wrote on Jul 18, 2012, 15:42:
Really Creston, so you’re telling me that when a user goes in there and totally bombs a score to Zero, that’s a justified score because the user is being a jerk and purposely bombing the score because they didn’t like the game? Like Verno said, games a subjective to the persons interest and like. When someone purposely goes in and gives a game a zero that cannot be taken seriously by anyone.

Nobody cares about the user scores. There's no telling if those people even played the game they're reviewing. The article and most people are talking about the aggregate on the professional reviews.

NiteX wrote on Jul 18, 2012, 18:11:
You're not a cool kid unless you hate IGN! Or SWTOR for that matter!

Could be that there's a good reason for that.
 
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