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News Comments > Loot Box Stories of the Day
11. Re: Loot Box Stories of the Day Nov 24, 2017, 18:17 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2017, 17:27:
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 24, 2017, 15:27:
Apologies if posted previously, but I just finished watching a great video on this subject and EA's role in developing the practice and thought I'd share it.


Great video. Here's one key from it: a game like BF1 costs 40 cents to make a dollar. With a microtransaction game, EA spends 20 cents to make a dollar. It's no wonder they canceled that single player Star Wars game.

Also, apparently EA's dev costs are $300M less than in 2009. They are spending less on development, while making more money. And the idea that MTs are needed to cover dev costs is mostly BS. Greed, indeed.

That's well worth watching. I'm not that optimistic but he clearly knows what he's talking about and has good reasons for his position. I blame Overwatch a bit too, it helped normalise the practise, letting EA push further faster.

I play FIFA a lot. I glanced at Ultimate Team years ago, saw it was card pack based and never looked at it again. I've never spent a penny, and didn't know how bad it had become. I wonder if I should ditch the series out of principle anyway, if Wilson lootboxes persist.

One quibble is that he, like quite a few people, dismiss things like the mass Reddit downvote as unimportant and that it's regulatory input that matters - these are connected. It was effectively a petition with two-thirds of a million people saying something needs done and regulators will be encouraged to act. Public opinion matters - at least in functioning democracies, Ajit Pai - and slactivism is better than nothing.

The thought that other publishers are mad at EA for screwing the pooch is perhaps the single funniest thing about all this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 23, 2017, 13:17 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 23, 2017, 13:10:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 23, 2017, 11:54:
Darwin aoproves of the flat earthers rocket launch.

Tragically, I fear he will become a Darwin Award recipient.

Also, even if he gets high enough to see the curvature of the earth, and live to tell the tale, he may rationalize it: "The optics of the cockpit glass and atmosphere combined to distort my view!"

And if he kills himself, it will have been a NASA hit.

Reading that article ("The project received the backing of the flat-earth community in America after Hughes became a flat-Earth supporter") ... is he just bullshitting the flat-earth community to get them to pay for his rocketry hobby? That would be disgraceful conduct, definitely not at all funny.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2017, 23:33 Quboid
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 22:13:
We've been over this, dude. When someone you disagree with is offended, maybe you met someone who lacks emotional maturity. When pretty much everyone you disagree with is offended, you lack emotional maturity.

Don't know you, sorry you wasted that humdinger.

What?! I'm offended!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2017, 10:34 Quboid
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 07:48:
You're trying too hard to be offended yet again, a common theme. Look at what he was responding to. The original poster wondered why his show was around so long and Asmodai pointed out that he had help from a woman in covering it up. His info came from the story, not his own opinion.

We've been over this, dude. When someone you disagree with is offended, maybe you met someone who lacks emotional maturity. When pretty much everyone you disagree with is offended, you lack emotional maturity.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2017, 23:00 Quboid
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 20:58:
Quboid wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 18:12:
Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe - PC Gamer

Yay!
Prepare to pay $120 US dollar for your next AAA game. yay?

I'd rather pay that than have microtransactions, never mind gambling.
 
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News Comments > Valve Reviewing Review Reviews
18. Re: Valve Reviewing Review Reviews Nov 21, 2017, 18:42 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 15:28:
ItBurn wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 13:04:
Statistically, the thumbs up would rate a 10/10 game and a 6/10 game the same, this is bad. A 10/10 system is all over the place and people have bias, but it doesn't matter. The aggregate of tons of reviews will be closer to the real rating than a thumbs up system would. I mean, have you seen critic movie reviews on rotten tomatoes? The most mediocre films have 80s and 90s. If you look at games on metacritic, where most of critic reviews are on a base 10 system, you get MUCH more accurate results.

My point exactly. There are a ton of games I would rate a 4/5/6 out of 10 which would give you a much better idea of whether to take a chance on buying it or not. Whereas the current system says - to me at any rate - either buy or don't buy, no middle ground.

The present system gives a score out of 100. If you want more detail from a single review, read the review. As in, the actual text. Also, reviewers can put whatever sort of score they want there.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2017, 18:19 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 15:41:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 15:24:
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 11:41:
What said legislation will do is codify federal apathy into law, ensuring that the FCC can't revisit the issue down the road.

Really? And how would they do that exactly? Laws are made by congress and can be changed, amended, or killed outright by Congress as well. This kind of outright lying and editorializing is why so many people don't trust news anymore. Start reporting it, stop creating it.


It's easy to change "rules" set up by federal commissions. It's a lot harder to get a law off the books once it's there. Case in point: Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma still have anti sodomy laws still on the books.

Yeah because those states have zero desire to get rid of them. It's easy to change laws if the political will is there. A bill is introduced and then voted up or down. It's exactly what the GOP is doing with their majority right now. Reversing all the stuff the Dems did, and when they Dems get back to a majority they'll do the same. But claiming that the issue can't be revisited is an out an out lie.

It's not a lie just because you misunderstood it. For all the media's problems, people failing to comprehend what they're reading is the cause of more distrust.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2017, 18:12 Quboid
 
Belgium says loot boxes are gambling, wants them banned in Europe - PC Gamer

Yay!
 
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News Comments > Valve Reviewing Review Reviews
4. Re: Valve Reviewing Review Reviews Nov 21, 2017, 12:24 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 11:21:
I wish they'd get rid of the stupid thumbs up/dowm BS and use a normal out of 10 sytem. We live in a base 10 world after all. And it's still the best way to get an overall feel for reception of the game.

Reviewers can use whatever rating system they want in their reviews. Using out-of-10 ratings for the actual score would mess up the aggregate score, which is by far the most important aspect of the entire review feature. With such a system, any score other than 0/10 or 10/10 is just telling the algorithm that your opinion is less important than the one-eyed fanboy who can only see the extremes.

Here's 3 hypothetical reviews, with numeric/thumb ratings:

1) Decent game, no masterpiece but fans of the genre should check it out. 6/10, thumbs up.
2) Very good game, they really listened to complaints about the previous title. 8/10, thumbs up.
3) LAME! MEDAL OF BATTLEDUTY IS FARR BETTErrr! 0/10, thumbs down.

Scores:
Numeric: 4.67/10, poor.
Thumbs: 66.67%, good.

The aggregate thumb rating is much more representative of the actual opinions expressed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 21, 2017, 12:08 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 11:41:
What said legislation will do is codify federal apathy into law, ensuring that the FCC can't revisit the issue down the road.

Really? And how would they do that exactly? Laws are made by congress and can be changed, amended, or killed outright by Congress as well. This kind of outright lying and editorializing is why so many people don't trust news anymore. Start reporting it, stop creating it.

Right, by congress. Congress can revisit the issue, the FCC can't.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Launches
57. Re: removed Nov 17, 2017, 18:30 Quboid
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 17, 2017, 17:38:
NKD wrote on Nov 17, 2017, 17:18:
Look at these REMOVED posts. Special snowflake DangerDog can't handle his opinion being criticised and has to get it removed. Just like his hero Donald Trump. Grow a pair, Cletus.

People could also express an opinion without breaking Blue's extremely lenient rules. Just saying...

I didn't know Blue would remove posts if I felt someone was criticising me. Can anyone get this service, or is it just Trump supporters? Rolleyes

Maybe your post getting removed was your fault, NKD. Not DangerDog's, not Blue's - and I don't say that out of any love for DD's paranoid fantasies.

(Oh, ninja'd. That's what happens when you stop for a sandwich half way through your post )
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
18. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 15, 2017, 20:11 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 09:37:
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 15, 2017, 09:25:
Upgrading mobo/cpu/ram seems less and less appealing with these prices. My i5-2600k OC to 4.3 is still chugging along just fine.
I'll probably get a new video card next year though the 970 is showing it's age in some games.
Not planning to jump on the 4k bandwagon just yet. I think we still have a bit of time before games catch up to that resolution in terms of optimization.

What games does your 970 struggle with in 1080p?
I bought mine, wow, actually about 2 years ago. I kept thinking it was last winter. Cost $370, and I knew I was buying at the tail end of its cycle and therefore overpaying, but it's still been serving me pretty well. Guess I haven't bought any of the big games of the past year, though

I have an Intel i7 3750K, 24GB RAM, and a Geforce 1070, I get about 20 FPS in Cities Skylines and it drops to single figures when playing a 1080p60 YouTube video on my second monitor. It's slow because I'm running approximately 100 mods and 2000 assets (extra buildings, trees, vehicles, etc) from the Steam Workshop.

I'm actually playing at 5K (5120x2577) down-scaled to 1440p, because it's so utterly CPU limited that my graphics card is twiddling its thumbs - running it at 1080 would be no faster, just uglier. CSL needs good AA.

I'm upgrading to an Intel i7-8700K with 32GB so hopefully I'll regularly hit 30FPS (and have the RAM to download another 1000 assets). At least the extra cores should help stop videos from slowing things. I'd probably go with an AMD chip if I didn't luck out with an opportunity to get an Intel chip relatively cheap via my work.

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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Shows off Virtual Montana
15. Re: Far Cry 5 Shows off Virtual Montana Nov 15, 2017, 17:04 Quboid
 
Good luck with that, Creston. The chances of this not being part of their crafting system are about zero.

I'm looking forward to this. All indications are that they're following the same formula again which is a shame but at least it's a good formula. As far as Generic Ubisoft Open World games goes, I think it's comfortably the best series.

Is that a Vaas bobble-head? I presume he won't be in-game but Willis will probably show up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 14, 2017, 22:51 Quboid
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 22:43:
Most likely yes.

Ouch.

This is more like the old prices, I'm very tempted to jump on that (for an i7 8700K). Strange that it's discounted.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 14, 2017, 22:39 Quboid
 
Oh, thanks. I can't blame manufacturers for wanting to make a enough money to stay in business. I wish I'd ordered a month ago and saved £50 (on 32GB DDR4 3Ghz), but I didn't expect prices to go up.

Is it likely to continue to go up?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 14, 2017, 21:05 Quboid
 
silicon costs continue to soar

Is that why RAM is so damn expensive? Every time I check it seems to have gone up in price again.
 
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News Comments > Another Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Follow-up
34. Re: Another Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Follow-up Nov 14, 2017, 21:01 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 20:23:
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 20:06:
OldDirtyEwok wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 10:26:
The uproar over this is a bit ridiculous...I mean even a shitty loot system is better than spending 70$ on a season pass where the DLCs divide the player base.

I've played the beta plus the 10h trial and I don't think it's as bad as people say...again tho, I'm comparing this versus a season pass.

I'd much rather they put in a season pass than put in gambling, but it's not an either/or situation. They both suck.

Is this gambling? I thought this was just a grinding system.

I thought you could buy loot-boxes to have a chance of boosting your progress, which the grinding system is designed to encourage people to use. Am I wrong? Is it 'just' microtransactions?

Although not as bad as gambling, microtransactions are worse than season passes. They're more insidious, making question every balance decision the designers made.
 
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News Comments > Another Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Follow-up
31. Re: Another Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Follow-up Nov 14, 2017, 20:06 Quboid
 
OldDirtyEwok wrote on Nov 14, 2017, 10:26:
The uproar over this is a bit ridiculous...I mean even a shitty loot system is better than spending 70$ on a season pass where the DLCs divide the player base.

I've played the beta plus the 10h trial and I don't think it's as bad as people say...again tho, I'm comparing this versus a season pass.

I'd much rather they put in a season pass than put in gambling, but it's not an either/or situation. They both suck.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2017, 10:44 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Nov 13, 2017, 08:46:
necrosis wrote on Nov 12, 2017, 21:34:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 12, 2017, 16:20:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 12, 2017, 14:14:
There is no excuse for using twitter as a means of communication, ever.

On the one hand, this x 1000.

On the other hand, what's the alternative?
Make a real fucking blog.

Or a .plan file!

And knock James Monroe off the front page? It hasn't even been 12 years yet, give people a chance to see it!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Nov 12, 2017, 14:46 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Nov 12, 2017, 14:07:
Cool, but it doesn't diminish the fact that Borderlands 2 was one of the grindiest games ever.

It does for me, a bit. Even padding the game's length isn't as bad as a cynical attempt to extract more money from me.
 
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