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Real Name James Holbrook   
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Nickname Hyatus
Email Concealed by request
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Description I'm me...duh. ~,^
Homepage http://
Signed On Jul 14, 2001, 22:15
Total Comments 1104 (Pro)
User ID 10334
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. ahh May 19, 2008, 14:44 Hyatus
I remember how slow Unreal ran on my old ATI card.
I upgraded to a Voodoo Banshee later that year.
Pretty game.
Maybe I'll go back and...nah...probably not.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. wow May 16, 2008, 11:44 Hyatus
"10 Items You Think Make You Cool, But Donít."

The first list like such I agree 100% with. Well, maybe except for the Old School reference part. I've never heard anyone quote that movie.

And as for Justice League, who cares?
Marvel has much better characters. As much as I enjoy Smallville(or did, anyways), Superman is such a lame character. Who wants to read or watch about a guy who can't die? Must suck to be him. The only decent super-character DC has is Batman and I'm glad he's back to getting the credit he deserves.

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News Comments > New PCIe Sound Blaster Cards
7. erm... May 16, 2008, 11:41 Hyatus
Is there really a reason to have a PCI-E sound card? I mean, other than being able to say that you have a PCI-E sound card?

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Sexual content? May 15, 2008, 19:23 Hyatus
It's a cultural thing. A lot of gay folks embrace it.

What's wrong with being intoxicated while playing games? What's wrong with being intoxicated period?(I mean, outside of work/driving/spending time with your kids)

The people who LOVE to tell us they're high and/or drunk are just having fun their own way. At least it beats exploiters/hackers/general douchebaggery.

You can always turn off voice chat.

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News Comments > New Nexuiz
1. hmmm.... May 12, 2008, 19:38 Hyatus
Looks like a cross between Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament.
Anyone played it yet?

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News Comments > X-COM Revival Rumor
7. Ugh May 5, 2008, 21:40 Hyatus
Come on. Where's the third Freedom Force game already?

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Patch, Free Weekend Underway
30. ermm, actually.... May 3, 2008, 04:23 Hyatus
Actually it is Valve's fault because there is no legitimate reason why Valve could not offer this free trial to anyone at any time

Someone could just make a new steamid every couple of days and keep playing the game endlessly. How else would you track that?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. eh May 2, 2008, 10:28 Hyatus
Spider-Man 3 had some good moments. If you can ignore them altering the origin story just a little bit...okay, and any
scene with Harry Osborne, it's not that bad.

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News Comments > Steamworks SDK
15. Re: No subject May 2, 2008, 10:23 Hyatus
First of all, I'll buy GTAIV when it hits the PC. Maybe.

Second, this is not the dev tools they made Steam WITH.
This is the dev tools that lets a company issue their game onto the Steam network.

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News Comments > Steamworks SDK
7. No subject May 2, 2008, 01:55 Hyatus
It's insanely rare that I even think this, but I don't understand why this news topic is a headline on Blues.

It's not like anyone can use this. You have to have Valve's say-so to even be a member. They even go so far to say that they are not looking for new developers, but developers and publishers with established brands and user-bases to accept.

It seems more like something that would end up on either a business site or maybe IE not for gamers, but for developers.

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News Comments > Crytek to End PC Exclusives
176. well... May 1, 2008, 12:28 Hyatus
"Can you go to a restaurant and order a steak and eat half of it before you decide to buy it?"

Actually, most restaurants that serve steak don't charge you until the end of the meal.
If the food sucks you can usually get a refund.

Good luck getting a refund on crappy software. You can't even get rentals(man I miss those days) thanks to cd keys and Steam-like distribution models(which is one of only a handful of minor complaints I have with their system).

I'm not saying anyone has a right to piracy, but I can see why people do it. At least with console titles you can rent the game before you spend $50-$60 on it.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. DICE Surprised by Community Reaction May 1, 2008, 12:18 Hyatus
ďCharged downloadable content is becoming more prevalent throughout gaming, but itís important for us to be able to react to peopleís wishes and desires. There was a very strong reaction to it."'s more prevalent because your parent company, EA, is doing it for a good chunk of their games.

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News Comments > Follow-up/Correction: Apologies to Matt Damon
2. Re: No subject Apr 30, 2008, 22:28 Hyatus

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Albert Hofmann, the Father of LSD, Dies Apr 30, 2008, 11:43 Hyatus
Goodbye sweet, OMG Teh ColORs aRe sOO ReAL MAn, prince.

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Update, Free Weekend
9. eh Apr 30, 2008, 11:34 Hyatus
I love this game, but I still haven't found a net game I've loved more than QWTF.

I'm glad they've decided to do another free weekend. It's been awhile.

The only achievement I have a problem with is that stupid "play with 8 friends" one. Is this to promote clans again or something? Achievements should be about your ability to play, not your ability to make fake online playbuddies.

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News Comments > Crytek to End PC Exclusives
43. really Apr 30, 2008, 11:26 Hyatus
I have a low-to-medium computer and don't have the moolah to upgrade to the latest and greatest. I buy 3rd-gen parts to upgrade with(you know, the ones that are leaving the market so they are "on-sale" but were totally awesome 3 years ago).

When I hear about a game that won't run on the newest $3,000 PC at highest specs I stay away from that title. With a wife and kid these days my time and money is a lot more valuable than it was. I have to choose my games wisely. This is why I haven't touched this game.

As a matter of fact, I don't know anyone else who bought or even played this game. I'm not going to say that piracy isn't a problem, but I don't think this was the case here.

It just sounds like they're doing the typical blame-shifting that is commonplace with businesses these days.

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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. heh Apr 30, 2008, 00:20 Hyatus

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News Comments > UFO: Alien Invasion Patch
1. fun Apr 29, 2008, 13:09 Hyatus
I tried this game out the other day. The tactical and base operations side is great. It's a good pseudo-X-Com sequel. The only serious complaint I've had is with the ship-to-ship combat side of things. It's very bland and, IMHO, very tough.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Cool! Apr 27, 2008, 16:56 Hyatus
Happy Anniversary Blues!

Setting a date is the hardest part.

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News Comments > TF2 Update Next Week, No Portal 2 this Year
42. Re: Typical Valve Hubris Apr 27, 2008, 11:39 Hyatus
Valve, you can't replicate anything quickly. Just look at how many years it took you to replicate an old Quake mod, and even then you put it out with a paltry six maps, no single-player or offline functionality, and tons of bugs and other issues which you had to fix in umpteen different patches after the game's release.

Considering how early the TF guys were bought up, I somehow doubt they've been spending all of this time on TF2. I'm sure they were doing work on HL2 and so on.

do the opportunistic thing and cash in on it

Like buy up every successful mod team and start selling their products instead of continuing to give them out for free (CS, DOD, Gary's Mod, etc.)? Like put in-game advertising in your most popular product? No, you've never done anything opportunistic like that.

Why is this bad? It's the developers of those mods choices whether or not to sell out. I'd say it's been a pretty sound investment for Valve.

like we did after Half-Life was so successful and go off and try and say, 'Okay, that was revolutionary, so its successor has to be equally as revolutionary.

So where's the "revolutionary" sequel to Half-Life because Half-Life 2 certainly isn't it? Unless by revolutionary you mean the revolutionary way you have only offered the Half-Life sequels as tenuous subscriptions and piecemeal episodes to milk more money out of your customers idiots and control when, if, and how they can play the games for which they paid you.

Well, obviously your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed HL2. It was a great game that took awhile to get through(at least more than most FPS games take these days) and had more of an ending than HL1 did. I felt satisfied(at least, as satisfied as I am soiling my panties right now). The episodes have been short, and I agree with you on that. They're priced a bit high for what you get.

Regarding Portal, if your developers did more than eat their own shit, you'd realize that Portal isn't revolutionary. It's a short ride on a one-trick pony that is just an evolutionary step over previous games with similar portals such as the original Unreal and Prey. The only real difference over those previous games' portals is that Portal's are fired from a gun.

Well, I can't blame them for using buzz words. Sure it's not "revolutionary", but it is widely acclaimed by critics as one of the best experiences in gaming for 2007.

Valve, if you want to create something truely revolutionary, you're going to have to go raid talent from more mod teams and game development schools.

Seems to me that they're finding a lot of talent that knows how to generate fun AND income.

(Now cue the Valve sycophants. I'm sure they'll be here shortly as soon as they finish shitting in their panties over this.)

Well, sure I enjoy Valve's work. You apparently enjoy Epic's and that's just spiffy, especially considering all the crap that they've been spewing lately.

And yeah, I'm on the toilet so I thought I'd feed the troll. Nothing better to do.

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