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Real Name James Holbrook   
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Nickname Hyatus
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Description I'm me...duh. ~,^
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Signed On Jul 14, 2001, 22:15
Total Comments 1098 (Pro)
User ID 10334
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
28. Re: Sunday Consolidation Oct 29, 2012, 12:24 Hyatus
Prez wrote on Oct 28, 2012, 20:21:
[...] when there's nothing interesting that they can think to write, they just title a piece "_____________ Are Dead/Dying" and they look around their home or office and the first device they see gets written in the blank. BAM! Instant story.

This just in: "Lamps are dead. What will replace it?"

Due to the low cost of streaming sunlight into your home, people are finding it harder to justify the keeping of lamps and other bulb-related luminescent devices around. The last hurdle that sunlight has is to light those few hours of darkness after the earth rotates around it during the night. However, studies find that more and more people are turning to their monitors and flat screen TVs for late-night room light before dozing comfortably in their dark rooms for a peaceful evening slumber. Scientists believe that by next...oh...Spring(?) that bulbs will have gone the way of other once basic commodities such as on-air TV and radio.

The war on darkness continues.
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News Comments > Iron Sky: Invasion Delay
10. Re: Iron Sky: Invasion Delay Oct 29, 2012, 12:11 Hyatus
There were nods to plenty of other movies as well. I enjoyed the Dr. Strangelove bit. I thought the film was funny but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 27, 2012, 04:23 Hyatus
What Went Wrong With Silicon Knights’ X-Men: Destiny?

You didn't get to play as the X-Men.

That was simple.

/I didn't think it was that bad.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2012, 11:01 Hyatus
It's probably that oldest of cat stories.

It starts with a little bit of high-grade at first. Then the physical demand for more starts to ramp up day by day. Pretty soon she's trading tuna, but the fish runs out. Then, unable to face her family for the food they've brought that has been so easily dismissed, she moves in with her tom cat. He will keep her safe.

All she has to do is a favor here and there, a little demeaning, sure, but he's her tom. But even he is starting to lose interest. After all, demand is high and there are so many other cats who want a taste of the 'nip these days. Then he suggests, with the back of his paw, that she starts doing those things they shared with some buddies of his. That's what keeps the 'nip flowing.

For a cold, rainy week this lasts until one day she just can't take it anymore. Then her claws show, but alas, she's had so much 'nip that her feeble body can't take the brutal jabs from her old tom cat. The lightning flashes as the rain pours down on her painful, beaten body. She repeats her mantra over and over again. He promised to keep her safe. He promised to keep her safe.

She is waiting to die, beaten and alone while sprawled across a dirty, garbage-filled dumpster. An old friend passes by, not sure at first that this mewing could be her old pal Josie, but she recognizes something in that sad voice. Her friend calls a few cats nearby to help pick Josie up and take her home, but Josie cannot face her old family. At least not yet.

Josie spends a week in kitty rehab. The days were long and grueling, perhaps her hardest yet, but she eats some food, a little more each day, and her spirits lighten up. The need for 'nip is still there but it lessens when she realizes that others have gone through what she has. Some even worse. At least she got out, even if her dignity lays in shambles.

She returns home, hopeful that her family hasn't forgotten or replaced her throughout those cold, autumn nights. The door opens and her family is there waiting. She strolls in slowly. She needs to pretend that nothing happened. After a day or two, home again, it feels as if nothing did. The past, a bitter memory, a movie starring someone else.

A few days later she is watching the news. Her tom cat was run over by a car she recognizes as from the 'nip man. Just rewards? No. Even he was loved by someone once. Poor soul. At least she is out of there. At least she is home.

This comment was edited on Sep 28, 2012, 12:17.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed III Specs
1. Re: Assassin's Creed III Specs Sep 26, 2012, 21:28 Hyatus it requires Vista minimum but DX9 minimum video card?
Why would they not market this to XP users?
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! 2 Booster Pack Tomorrow
4. Re: Orcs Must Die! 2 Booster Pack Tomorrow Sep 25, 2012, 12:51 Hyatus
How dare they release expansions to the game?

This is an outrage!

Seriously, though. While I'll be waiting for it all to go on sale, I don't begrudge the people that buy this stuff up early. That seems a little silly to me. Why is it that people buying content for their game and supporting the developers is a bad thing?
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 14, 2012, 01:04 Hyatus
I miss
It was great to see all the dirt on mismanaged game companies, even if some of it seemed like whiny bitching from unreliable sources.
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News Comments > FTL: Faster Than Light This Week
36. Re: Re:Indie Rant Sep 12, 2012, 19:06 Hyatus
Tumbler wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 18:07:
[...] If you want the outstanding gameplay tied with those graphics what you are asking for is the big publishers to step up their game. [...]

This is the real argument.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 12, 2012, 18:49 Hyatus
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 12:11:
I guess my biggest problem with Wario Ware was that you needed to unlock multiplayer. Bringing it to a friends' house was a huge bitch.
It was only played on our one Wii, so I can understand. Though, why didn't you just pop an SD card in and transfer the save files?

Funny you loved NSMB until other people played. I actually found it somewhat dull single player [...] But being able to push someone into the lava was fantastic.

You must not have kids.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 12, 2012, 12:05 Hyatus
I disagree about Wario Ware. I thought it was the best incarnation yet and loved those little "stances" or whatever they were called when you got to the new ones.

I also thought New Super Mario Bros was awesome...until other people started playing. Then it was a nightmare of trying not to get smacked into lava or enemies while proceeding through the level.

Mario Galaxy was meh and had such a stupid 2nd player mechanism.

Boom Blox and Wii Sports/Resort/MotionPlus were all fun times, though.
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month
17. Re: Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month Sep 10, 2012, 13:03 Hyatus
.net_Drifter wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 05:17:
Considering the fact that Cryptic pretty much sold CoH to NC Soft, who then took former Cryptic developers who left Cryptic and formed Paragon studios to develop content for CoH . . . yeah, Cryptic sure has put more development effort in to Champions . . .

Yeah, you're right. Even if one were to contend that Paragon was semi-Cryptic, content was pretty much the same with roughly 3 major updates coming out each year for both.
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month
12. Re: Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month Sep 9, 2012, 23:39 Hyatus
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 19:26:
wish them luck, but I do not think they are going to have much success with this game. City of Heros just got canceled. Not a lot of market for a hero game.

It should have been cancelled forever ago. It's just the predecessor to Champions and I'm sure the latter has had more recent developer content from Cryptic than the former.

If this is really just a Marvel Ultimate Alliance-style MMO, I'm okay with that. MUA1/2, X-Men Legends 1/2 were really fun and sure, I'd prefer sequels to those games instead of an MMO, but this could be a fun romp for a little while.
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month
11. Re: Marvel Heroes Beta Next Month Sep 9, 2012, 23:35 Hyatus
kibbled wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 23:08:
Just looking over the website it looks like a Diablo Clone but instead of Warrior, Mage, Archer you chose one of the Marvel Superheroes like Spiderman, Thing or Deadpool.

FTFY before you get flamed by our fellow comic book geeks.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 6, 2012, 19:58 Hyatus
The 360 I've got RRODs all the time, but the towel trick seems to work(after using different heat sink compound and the penny trick).

On the other hand, I had a PS3 YLOD on me a year ago(60gb launch) and bought another on ebay(another 60gb launch with a broken bluray drive which I swapped from the first one) which YLOD two days ago, but thankfully turns on again after I let it sit(still haven't tried any games).

My Wii works great, though. No problems whatsoever.
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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee
1. Re: Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee Sep 5, 2012, 10:50 Hyatus
Why not just use the $100 as a placeholder or security deposit?
After six months/one year/cancellation, the developer gets their money back.

In the meantime, they can use the interest in the account for their coffee fund.

This seems a little ridiculous.
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News Comments > More on Valve's Hardware Plans
6. Re: More on Valve's Hardware Plans Sep 4, 2012, 11:06 Hyatus
I'm curious to see what Valve comes up with.
I don't think there's much you can change in regards to 'basic input'. The keyboard is a great invention. Just because it hasn't changed doesn't mean it should. The mouse could use a little overhaul. They could maybe add a trackball on top instead of a scroll wheel. That would be the one thing I would change and I'm sure someone has tried that already.

In any case, I don't feel a void when it comes to new hardware for gaming. Game consoles have been trying new interactive devices for the last system incarnations and they've failed. I have yet to try a motion control system that felt flawless and honestly, necessary.

I believe we've come to a great point in PC gaming where the video card is the only thing you need to add to a system to make it worth it. If anything, the software needs to be better and more compelling.
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News Comments > UE3 on WinRT
24. Re: UE3 on WinRT Aug 29, 2012, 19:28 Hyatus
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Aug 29, 2012, 18:43:
Are people meant to be impressed that they support DX9, a decade old API? This is their chance to ditch legacy support and move ahead with DX11.

Roughly 15% of computers on Steam are still XP. That may not seem like many, but it's still the 2nd most-used OS on there. Besides, there's no reason a game can't support both APIs.
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News Comments > More on New Black Isle
10. Re: More on New Black Isle Aug 23, 2012, 11:52 Hyatus
I'm sure there will be a kickstarter for this just around the corner.  
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News Comments > Broken Sword Kickstarter
2. Re: Broken Sword Kickstarter Aug 23, 2012, 11:49 Hyatus
Creston wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 11:25:
Cool on the one hand, but iOS and Android? I fear a horrible PC UI that will make Metro look suave...


It's a 2d adventure game. How horrible could it be?
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News Comments > Sony Liverpool Closing
26. Re: Sony Liverpool Closing Aug 22, 2012, 20:17 Hyatus
theglaze wrote on Aug 22, 2012, 11:14:
Wipeout HD/Fury were the best, most well rounded of the entire series, and butter smooth as usual. How many games run (most of the time) at 60 FPS 1080p on PS3? [...]

While I did enjoy Wipeout HD, this isn't "exactly" accurate. While the game does do 1080p, it uses a scaling system that downgrades the internal resolution of the game to achieve 60fps when it starts to detect slowdown.

Also, anyone else pissed when their system was connected online and they'd play Honda commercials before it would let you into a level?
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