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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
14. Re: Sunday Interviews Apr 27, 2015, 01:34 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Xil wrote on Apr 27, 2015, 01:28:
https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/33uplp/mods_and_steam/cqom1kq

that was a good one, sadly no response from Gabe on that
Yeah, nice post there. I would LOVE to see a real response to that.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
14. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Apr 26, 2015, 13:21 Wowbagger_TIP
 
If Apple is paying to get more renewable energy into the mix, does it really matter if those specific electrons go to them or someone else? What matters is that they push the ratio to include more renewables.

That said, I'd certainly like to see them and others pay their taxes too. I just don't see that happening unless the makeup of Congress was drastically changed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Microsoft Health and Band Updates Bring New Cycling App Integrations, Insights and Features. Apr 24, 2015, 15:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 14:32:
Cutter wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 14:06:
With the GOP controlling congress? Lol! If they manage to snag the presidency this year then you may as well bend over and grab your ankles while preparing for a right good rogering sans lube.

It would be interesting horrifying to see what would happen.
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News Comments > Skyrim Free Weekend
45. Re: Skyrim Free Weekend Apr 24, 2015, 15:43 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I wonder if Bethesda realizes that all those free mods are the reason the sold 70 bajillion copies of Skyrim to begin with. Charging for these mods, and worse, taking such a huge cut of the proceeds, just looks like a big kick to the nuts of the community that made them so successful.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2015, 17:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cops make pretty decent money in most places, and usually get a pension that others could only dream of as well. I'm not going to cry for them on compensation.

Police officer doesn't even show up in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the US. So while they can certainly get into dangerous situations, it's really not as common as they'd like us to believe. The siege mentality is mostly of their own making, due to how they view the public, and how the public views them because of their behavior.

I don't mean just the behavior of those cops who've been caught abusing their authority on camera. That's bad, and I think we all recognize that. What's worse is that these guys are often defended and end up facing few if any consequences for acts that would send anyone else to prison in a heartbeat. That's what causes those actions by a few to be held against law enforcement in general.

If they want to regain the respect of the public, they'd better start holding those officers accountable. Right now they behave more like a gang than a professional organization.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 22, 2015, 12:17 Wowbagger_TIP
 
MacLeod wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 09:32:
My favorite part of this whole Sony hack thing is watching the hypocrisy of all the media outlets who ranted and raved about how the celebrity pictures hack was an invasion of those people's privacy and such, but then post every juicy tidbit of tawdry information from the private, internal corporate email accounts.

(and for the record, I actually thought both leak details shouldn't have been revealed, as they were private communications.)

While some of the leaked info was just gossip - level stuff, there was also plenty of actual newsworthy info as well, which I completely support the press reporting. Once it's leaked, I don't think the press should refrain from reporting it just because it may embarrass or simply contradict the official statements or image of a corporation. That's actually what makes the info newsworthy to begin with.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 22, 2015, 10:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
nin wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 09:49:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Apr 21, 2015, 22:04:
Like I said, good people don't get fucked up by the police.

I'm sorry, but this is the biggest load of horseshit dropped here in quite awhile.

No kidding. He also completely ignores the fact that there is a huge spectrum of people between those he considers "good", and the kind of person who deserves to get fucked up by the police. But, of course it's all black and white to him. If you're not a "good" person, then whatever they do to you is justified. As you said, complete horseshit.

Even if you haven't done anything wrong, they can still kill you and get away with it if they just claim they were scared. I completely understand the rage people who have to deal with asshole cops must feel. And the supposed "good cops" are complicit as well since they turn a blind eye to the actions of the bad ones.

Edit: case in point. I guess we should also include corrupt and/or incompetent prosecutors to the scope of the problems as well.

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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Apr 21, 2015, 22:35 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Rigs wrote on Apr 21, 2015, 03:13:
If you want in-depth stuff you can't get on the evening news (or more of the stuff that they gloss over) I suggest checking out VICE on Youtube. They're everywhere and while they had a brief time a year or so ago where they were doing stupid crap, they've gotten back to that eye-opening reporting from places like Ukraine and Africa. But also stuff like rental forfeiture in Arkansas, stuff you would never even think of. It's really good...I love John (and Jon, for that matter) and I hope this show goes for a long time. I'm not too crazy about Jon (Stewart)'s replacement. I don't know him. I'll give him a chance, but Jon is one-in-a-million. Gonna be hard to replace someone like him...
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Thanks, a friend of mine suggested I check out VICE as well. I'll do that. I also like the reporting that ProPublica does. Very thorough. They don't get nearly enough attention. Investigative journalism seems to be a lost art these days. Seems like very few still put in the work to do that kind of reporting.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Apr 21, 2015, 02:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sepharo wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 23:03:
Do you mean The Daily Show?
Though I'm sure he's been a guest once or twice on The Tonight Show.
Seems to me his Last Week Tonight style is indistinguishable from when he was on The Daily Show, smart and hilarious in both.
I like it because he goes into more depth than they usually do on TDS. I hope the show keeps doing well, since with Colbert gone already, and Jon on his way out, I'm concerned for the future. God knows we can't rely on the real news networks to actually do any sort of real investigation or provide any real information. So much easier to just regurgitate statements from people and press releases, softball interviews, and fill the rest of the time with pointless fluff and/or pointless outrage.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 20, 2015, 16:04 Wowbagger_TIP
 
If water wasn't used in a ridiculously wasteful way by the ag industry there, but instead reflected something at least close to a market value for water, then maybe those crops could be grown somewhere more suitable. Rice paddies and other highly water-intensive crops shouldn't be grown in a place that doesn't have the kind of consistent rainfall needed to support them.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 20, 2015, 12:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Yeah, from what I've read, a pipeline wouldn't cut it. It would have to be insanely huge to move enough water to make a dent. Desalination isn't going to work either. Too expensive for the amount of water needed. The only way they can fix this is to get their agricultural use under control, and nobody seems to be interested in talking about that.

Edit: Found a pretty good article on desal.
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News Comments > Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support
8. Re: Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support Apr 15, 2015, 23:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Thanks for the info. I may have to pick this up now. I'm on the fence though, since I know I've still got quite a backlog. I could wait until the Summer Sale I suppose...  
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News Comments > Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support
4. Re: Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support Apr 15, 2015, 13:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dunkirk wrote on Apr 15, 2015, 13:32:
So did the balance pass make it a worthwhile game? It's currently on sale on Steam, and I presume that's to raise awareness and move copies of the not-on-sale expansion pack. I'm on the fence about it. Can someone actually recommend it?

Yes, someone who has played this, please weigh in. It's been on my wish list for a while. Didn't want to buy until i saw some recommendations. At least then i know who to blame if it sucks.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Apr 14, 2015, 23:08 Wowbagger_TIP
 
ViRGE wrote on Apr 14, 2015, 22:31:
Hearthstone wasn't playable on mobile devices before? Huh. That really surprises me given the nature of the game.

It was only available for tablets before, now it's available on phones as well.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will Be Ghostable; Free E-Book
5. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will Be Ghostable; Free E-Book Apr 13, 2015, 19:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I just started playing through the Director's Cut of HR this weekend. Having fun with it, but haven't hit the first boss fight yet, so not sure how that's going to go this time around.  
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month
70. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month Apr 13, 2015, 17:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Redmask wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 14:36:
Talkin about the game for a change, I didn't like Path of Exile. The gameplay is flat and unentertaining, it felt like a bare notch above your average Kickstarter project. What it did have was great depth in mechanics, I had more fun reading and planning builds than I did actually playing the game. Depth of systems is great and this is where it excels but you need more than that. I hear they have been patching in new content additions all the time and thats great but I've got 5 other great games to play and this one didn't grab me. Diablo had the opposite problem, enjoyable gameplay but shallow as a puddle.

Maybe one day I will play an ARPG that doesn't bore me to tears, hell I can't even play Diablo 2 anymore and the Grim Dawn alpha I played wasn't much fun. The Japanese ARPG games offer a much more visceral and challenging experience.

ARPGs aren't everyone's cup of tea. That said, I found GD pretty underwhelming too, but then it was still alpha when I tried it last too.

Like others have said, I think the early game in PoE is kinda slow, but really only for the first character you make. After that, you generally have decent gear and cheap uniques to boost you through those early levels on future characters. I kinda wish they'd find a way to let us do that on the first char as well, while still letting new players adjust to the mechanics.

Things don't really start getting interesting until you're in the 30s at least and start getting support gems and start picking up more build-defining tree nodes. They've added a lot of cool stuff in the past year. It's so much better now than it was at release.

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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month
62. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month Apr 13, 2015, 14:00 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Jesus fuck. This thread went to crap. I was wondering how it picked up like 20 more posts since I checked last.

I'm guessing it was the comment about kids on Twitch that set Axis off. Depends on whether you take it as a purely factual statement, or as snark (i.e. Seems popular with the Twitch kiddies.) Obviously he took it as the latter.

In my experience playing over the past couple years, it's mostly adults playing. Have hardly run into any kids at all. All the streamers I've watched are adults as well. Don't have any scientific data to back it though.

Doesn't really matter anyway. Maybe D3 animations appeal more to the kids. I enjoy the gameplay in PoE.

Gotta keep focused on my backlog now until I get my beta invite!
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 3 Begins
6. Re: Diablo III Season 3 Begins Apr 11, 2015, 22:25 Wowbagger_TIP
 
nin wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 20:38:
peteham wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 20:29:
HC certainly changes how you gear your chars, and adds considerable fear of dying, but I'm not really finding that tension enjoyable. It's been more of a limiting factor that's kept us playing on fairly safe (and boring) difficulties so far.

Precisely why I don't play HC. Some may like it, and more power to them, but to me the idea would lead towards playing much more conservatively.

Same here. I haven't played HC at all, in either D3 or PoE. Not the kind of tension I enjoy. Hitting a leveling wall is enough punishment for me, thanks
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month
26. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month Apr 11, 2015, 20:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Brumbek wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 19:45:
rist3903 wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 18:48:
This game definitely doesn't put its best foot forward. It only really starts to shine once you get to around level 31 to 34 or so.
Very true! The early game is a slog...you move so slow...you have no skill syngeries. And technically D3 blows it away since PoE is a bit clunky, poorly animated at times, and visually questionable.

All that being said we live in a golden age with both PoE and D3 being incredibly amazing games. This expansion is set to make PoE the best it has ever been, and the new D3 2.2 patch has also made that game so, so fantastic.

It's true that things move slow early game, especially your char. Definitely take advantage of the crafting recipe to create +move-speed boots. Check shops between levels to look for better ones. If you join a guild, you can usually get hooked up with some decent early game gear from the guild stash too, which lets you get through that part a bit quicker.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month
17. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month Apr 11, 2015, 17:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I rarely play any PoE characters long-term. More fun to build new ones. I still keep some of the old ones around though. They give you like 24 character slots for free, so plenty of room to try new things. Every time they make a significant change to the passive tree, all those old characters get a free total respec as well, which is nice when you want to try something different on a higher-level character.

The game has gotten a lot less clunky over the past few seasons too. The new netcode and options in this expansion should go a long way towards making it feel even better to play. If you haven't played for a while, there's a lot that's been added in recent seasons too (seasons run 3-4 months).
 
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