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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2017, 02:04 Quboid
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 17, 2017, 23:50:
http://www.treknews.net/2017/02/02/why-ds9-voyager-not-on-blu-ray-hd/

Thanks, that's an interesting read.
 
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PC Gaming > RTS recommendations?
8. No subject Jun 13, 2017, 00:06 Quboid
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 06:03:
All Anno 3d games? On my list! I'll do research, thanks mate.

Settlers games aren't suddenly my type of RTS' though ^^ I don't know what my types are so don't let my first try influence your suggestions to me I religiously ignored RTS games before, which is why I'm so terribly in the dark about them. The Blizzard RTS games are good? I'll look into them as well.

Still wonder what triggered me into this RTS lust. I think it was the Spellforce thread + Life is Feudal: Forest Village thing that peaked my interest somehow. But it's also my age. More patience for patient games I guess..?


Anno is mostly a settler game, but there is some combat. The most recent versions (with future settings) aren't that great IMHO. I liked Anno 1701 most and its follow-up, Anno 1404, is also pretty good. They're both heavily discounted on GOG now.

Tip: production is nearly always 2:1 - e.g. 2 farms produce enough for 1 mill; 2 mills produce enough for 1 bakery. Except resources like coal, which are 1:2 - 1 mine produces enough for 2 smelters.
 
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 12, 2017, 14:36 Quboid
 
bigspender wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 01:36:
I'm glad people are standing up to racism. But being pro-sharia is a completely retarded response for many reasons. For starters, sharia hurts muslims the most, particularly muslim women. Those protesters who are holding up signs with "No hate No Discrimination" must think sharia is a rule for cooking or something.

There is no pro-Sharia counter-protest. The counter-protesters believe that Sharia law is irrelevant in the US and that the supposedly anti-Sharia protest is instead an anti-Islam protest; hate and discrimination.

Who are all these people who praise Saudi Arabia, or who give a free pass to Muslims in their own country who don't think women should drive/etc? This is completely different to criticising anti-Islam sentiment; or at the very least this is what people like the counter-protesters believe.

Anti-anti-Islam is not pro-Sharia.
 
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29. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 11, 2017, 12:20 Quboid
 
People who claim to be worried about Sharia law made this happen - police forcing a woman to remove 'immoral' clothing. It's not about the non-existent threat of Sharia law (no the UK doesn't have Sharia courts FFS; far-right American news tells the most brazen lies about Europe), it's about hating those brown people.  
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2. Re: RTS recommendations? Jun 8, 2017, 23:30 Quboid
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 7, 2017, 18:02:
Guys, since a few weeks I'm really wanting for a good RTS. I've never been an RTS enthusiast so I don't know what triggered this.

Anyway, the RTS you recommend needs to have a story-based goal and can be either action packed or more mellow like Banished. Like I said, I've never been into RTS' so I'd appreciate any recommendation. I'm kinda finding myself in unknown territory, lustful. XP

I'm tempted to get Steel Division: Normandy 44. I liked WarGame: Airland Battle a lot, a previous RTS from Eugen.
 
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8. Re: Steam Direct Fee is $100 Jun 2, 2017, 20:48 Quboid
 
I like the Steam storefront and I occasionally check it to see if there's anything I missed. It's far from perfect but I can't think of another large store's storefront which is as useful so I think they're making the best of a difficult task. Steam's recommendations are a lot better than Amazon's too.

Slick wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 18:11:
Honestly, if you're trying to run a scam, $100 isn't any barrier for you. Some people spend thousands on making some piece of shit look legit, if they can turn $1000 into $10,000 then it's worth every penny.


And if this $100 is "recuperable" then it's no barrier at all? I guess it depends on how it's recovered. But still, you could make it $2000 recuperate, and any indy studio has that money lying around to you know... get their game published. Think of the costs associated with even indie development, it's more than a couple thousand. And they could get an investor to front that if they're serious.

Agreed, it's too low to stop all but the cheapest scams like flipping a whole Unity asset pack. I gather these abuse trading cards in some way too, and Valve are cracking down on that. Some studios spam Greenlight with the same game and presumably only one of these needs Greenlit to cover their $100 fee. By making the fee per-title, rather than a one-off, this won't be worthwhile.

This will put off some hobbyists who can justify a one-off payment without needing to recoup it but not that fee for every project. TBH I can understand if Valve just don't care; they'll make trivial amounts of business and contribute to the amateurish reputation Steam has acquired.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2017, 19:21 Quboid
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 1, 2017, 19:03:
Most everyone who voted for him is thrilled. He is doing what he said he would do. And FWIW, take it with a grain of salt, and any other cliché that applies -- Exxon's public position was we should not pull out of the accord.

I know this will have gone down well, this is the result of science and intelligence being demonised. Does he still have support amongst moderate conservatives, the people who didn't vote for him in the primaries? The people who thought he'd at least surround himself with competent people and 'drain the swamp'?
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2017, 18:07 Quboid
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jun 1, 2017, 17:46:
Quboid wrote on Jun 1, 2017, 17:14:
the people who call others cucks

that originates from a direct reference to a fictional book called "Camp of the Saints"

its literally an insult derived from white supremacists.. its straight up neo-nazi shit

Makes sense. I think it's used beyond race but I'd heard it defined as a white person who is racist against whites, which is how racist white people describe non-racist ones. I presume it originally derived from cuckold.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2017, 17:14 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Jun 1, 2017, 16:54:
Yay, trump just pulled us out of the Paris Accords. Fuck the environment, BIG OIL AND BIG COAL MUST MAKE MONEY.

Asshole. I hope he dies in a monster tornado.

He really is an utter cunt. I wonder if people still think the media was unfair to him or have they accepted that he got lots of criticism because he's an awful president and an awful person.

His most ardent supporters effectively claim he got elected because they, the people who call others cucks, thought the man who literally lived in a tower would fight for them. The people who call others snowflakes couldn't handle getting repeatedly shown to be incorrect. The people who called others triggered got offended by fucking everything. This is what their "this is why Trump won" mantra means, they thought Trump was the answer to people pointing out their many failings.

Most have neither the intelligence nor the bravery to accept their mistake. I just hope enough do.

I know I hide it well, but this pisses me off a little bit. I suppose I should wind my neck in too, it's not like damaging the planet is nearly as bad as the cast of Hamilton telling Pence to maybe not be racist.

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3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 30, 2017, 23:45 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2017, 21:59:
That Lexmark case is huge.

Should be some pretty big implications for people actually owning stuff they buy. I don't know how far this goes.
 
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56. Re: Game Reviews May 29, 2017, 22:03 Quboid
 
Slick wrote on May 29, 2017, 13:12:
When I form a solid logical argument, I get "no one cares", brilliant riposte.

How is anyone supposed to take the commentary seriously when it reads: "reviewers don't care that it has the same name as some random game from a decade ago"

Some random game from a decade ago.

Right.

I can only imagine the death threats this guy would have received if he said that about the new Battlefront LOL.

I didn't mean to dismiss your argument, that's the reason: no one cares. Calling Prey 2006 a breath of fresh air seems about right, it was something different with some neat ideas but nothing special. Evidently you found it memorable (and I support you in your endeavours ) but it's not at all iconic franchise to the wider gaming community.
 
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49. Re: Game Reviews May 28, 2017, 23:45 Quboid
 
Slick wrote on May 28, 2017, 23:10:
Anyone care to explain the hypocrisy? Are you even capable of understanding it?

Because nobody cares.

Reviewers don't mark it down because reviewers don't care that it has the same name as some random game from a decade ago, and neither do many gamers - you can't desecrate something that isn't sacred.

As I said before, you do you. If this is a problem for you, you're right to put that in your review and I don't think anyone should have a problem with that - but people will be surprised.

(I presume ME:A has loads more dialogue scenes where facial animations are more important, so that comparison seems irrelevant. Bethesda has got criticism for their lousy animations too, Oblivion's dialogue screen in particular.)
 
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18. Re: Game Reviews May 24, 2017, 22:37 Quboid
 
It's different for an iconic name. You're the only person I know of who thinks Prey 2006 was anything more than an average game with some neat mechanics.

Having said that, it's your review and that's what you think. I'm pretty sure you're in a small minority among gamers, but you're also in a small minority among reviewers and that's how reviews work. What's the point of a review that only repeats the consensus?
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 21:35 Quboid
 
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:15:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.

You seem to be missing (ignoring?) my point that they give you loot boxes for free. Not to mention they do not make you buy them, and they provide no in-game advantages. But I'm not here to tell you not to be mad if that makes you happy.

Is there any way to get free keys? I'm not familiar with its business model but a free loot box that can only be opened if you pay $3 sounds very much like a $3 loot box.
 
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66. Re: Morning Mobilization May 24, 2017, 11:09 Quboid
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 24, 2017, 08:19:
but we've nevertheless entered a surreal world in which no other terrorism exists, and that the notion that white Catholics and Protestants were once the de facto face of terrorism in the West is treated as laughable. I can't imagine how weird it must be to encounter people who personally lived through The Troubles but now can only equate terrorism with Muslims.

Yep, people who see murals like that all the time, who live within a couple of miles from this (that marks the area of Londonderry where, for a time, the police didn't dare to go). This striking fellow is a Molotov cocktail's throw from where I live, if you like seeing murals in your murals. Obviously these two are from different sides too.
 
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50. Re: Morning Mobilization May 23, 2017, 21:09 Quboid
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 23, 2017, 19:47:
[...]Granted, 9/11 was a traumatic event, but the world only changed because we decided to collectively live in fear.[...]

Yep, to the whole post. Considering the main goal of ISIS attacks in the West is to force a divide between the West and Islam, we've conceded so much to them. Attitudes to terrorism changed in Northern Ireland too, there are people for whom The Troubles were during most of their lives and even they think terrorism is the scary Muslims.

I think there are two separate but very closely related issues: keeping ourselves safe and fixing the root problem. It's the former that dominates politics and national policy but the later which is key to the problem. Safety is obviously important but the danger to you and me is hugely exaggerated by populist politicians and sensationalist media and I think that's leading us to make bad decisions with regard to reducing the problem globally.
 
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49. Re: Morning Mobilization May 23, 2017, 21:01 Quboid
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 23, 2017, 20:14:
fishingtime wrote on May 23, 2017, 19:08:
stop ignoring the unfortunate facts about Islam if you want a real solution

A Final Solution, perhaps?

Stop ignoring the fact that you're going to have to live with some amount of risk and fear in your life. The only alternative is to go back to a world in which human life was much nastier, brutish, and short, and hope that your tribe finishes the primitive blood feud before nukes get launched.

Check the name and the post history. If you use the ignore feature, you know what to do.
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 19:07 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on May 23, 2017, 18:27:
Quboid wrote on May 23, 2017, 18:13:
Can you elaborate on the connection?

Sure. For example, approximately 80% of terrorist attack fatalities worldwide occur in just FIVE Muslim majority countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Nigeria, and perhaps you've heard of ISIS?

Being blown back to the stone age does that to people regardless of religion, as we knew before we blew most of these countries or their neighbours back to the stone age. I have heard of ISIS, they're the people we were warned about creating in 2003. Have you heard of the LRA?

This is tangential but when I was young and naive, I was unsure about the second Iraq war but accepted that it was a good idea. It turns out, one side was completely wrong and the other side was correct about why the reasons given were bullshit, what the real reasons were, how the war would go, what would happen immediately after the war, and what would happen 10 - 15 years later. Utterly blatant and yet we all seem to have the same arguments time after time about Trump or terrorism or refugees or whatever with basically the same outcome, with one side just getting more bitter and more extreme because reality keeps on making them feel stupid.

You've been civil NKD, I just find the whole discussion frustrating. I should have listened to the wise and handsome fellow in post #13.

Edit: I see you've just touched on some of this since. Yes, travel bans and invasions are stupid and reform from within Islam is needed (although I have no idea what that entails). Islam definitely has problems, but it's not alone in that and there's nothing unique to Islam that makes it dangerous - it's just based somewhere that's in a huge, permanent cycle of violence. The biggest house fire, not the only one.
 
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36. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 18:13 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on May 23, 2017, 18:06:
Quboid wrote on May 23, 2017, 17:54:
That metaphor doesn't work. It would be like getting mad when a fire department singles out the house with the biggest fire and ignores all the other houses on fire, which is an entirely justified criticism.

You say the metaphor doesn't work, but yours is just plain dishonest.

What you're basically saying here is that all religions have a problem with terrorism, but Islam merely has a somewhat more severe case which understates the connection between Islam and terrorism to an absolutely absurd degree.

Yes, that's what I'm saying (although I think viewing it through the lens of religion is flawed). Can you elaborate on the connection?

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34. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 17:54 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on May 23, 2017, 15:28:
Getting mad when someone singles out Islam is like getting mad when a fire department singles out a burning house instead of spraying down every house on the block.

That metaphor doesn't work. It would be like getting mad when a fire department singles out the house with the biggest fire and ignores all the other houses on fire, which is an entirely justified criticism.
 
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