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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Into the Black Jan 1, 2017, 14:20 Parallax Abstraction
 
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 19:04:
Finding a Mario game offensive is when you know you've hit rock bottom on your crusade. Also, did they just assume Mario's gender? Shameful.

Next the writer will find Tetris shapes to be too phallic.

Ben Kuchera from Polygon already wrote something a while back about how because Tetris was made in communist Russia, playing it is tantamount to endorsing those ideals or something like that.

I think this writer is ridiculous and like most moral crusaders of years past, is trying to make a name for themselves by assuming the world needs to pander to their ridiculous personal hangups. Demanding games change to suit your personal sensibilities (or those of a group you have appointed yourself to represent) is no different than what Jack Thompson did, it's just got a different hat this time.

If a piece of art offends you, you have two options: Don't consume it or make your own that tells what you want it to and make it successful. Whining in an op-ed is the worst kind of slacktivism. But doing real work to invoke change is hard.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Engine Switch; Alpha Released for Backers
13. Re: Star Citizen Engine Switch; Alpha Released for Backers Dec 24, 2016, 14:05 Parallax Abstraction
 
Someone else already pointed it out but they're not really switching engines DNF style. Lumberyard is a fork of CryEngine and is more or less the same thing. They're likely making that switch because Crytek is all but dead at this point. The reason Crytek didn't go under the last time they had money problems is because Amazon paid them $75M to basically buy CryEngine outright, everything except the actual copyrights. That's why CryEngine is actually free now, except for premium support, because Amazon made Lumberyard free.

The reason CIG is switching to this is likely because Crytek is all but dead now. They just closed all but 2 of their studios, after months of payroll issues. Crytek took the money Amazon gave them and blew it making VR games. VR games that no one bought because so few people have bought headsets that it's almost impossible to make money on VR games unless a headset maker bankrolls it for you.

I have little faith in Star Citizen but all this took me 5 minutes to figure out. Of course, proper research is too much to ask of the gaming press these days, especially when it's easy to generate clicks with a controversial headline. Bottom line though is that CIG isn't really switching engines, they're just switching to the Amazon version of it because Crytek will probably be bankrupt within a few months.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 22, 2016, 12:58 Parallax Abstraction
 
Slick wrote on Dec 22, 2016, 12:34:
so 0.53% of revenues over 5 years will be 750 million dollars. Now watch them squirm, and start hiking rates for the rest of Canadians as an excuse for having to serve all Canadians.

Last I checked broadband internet had a +98.5% profit margin. But we all know how Canadian telcoms operate, so just watch the crying wolf about to start.

Apparently a good chunk of this fund is coming from a fund the companies are still paying into to provide landline service to rural Canada. The CRTC is repurposing that fund because no one cares about landlines any more. But yeah, the telecartels will probably still find a reason to hike rates and say "Well blame Trudeau's socialist CRTC!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 21, 2016, 16:17 Parallax Abstraction
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 14:48:
Beamer wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 14:08:
Cutter wrote on Dec 21, 2016, 14:06:
So by this she means run a crowdfunding drive for a couple of million bucks and then just absconds with the money? That sound about the size of it?

And VW finds this pretty funny because after Jan 20th it'll all disappear. It's carte blanche for the corporations for the next 4 years in America. Welcome back to the gilded age of the robber barons.

What money has Brianna Wu kickstarted and absconded with? Her crappy game only generated $13k, and it's been released, so...

But this is the kind of sloppy, irrational hate I expect. Plenty of reasons to dislike Wu, who is perfectly dislikeable on her own, but people keep feeling the need to invent new ones.

Dude, her game was delayed. That doesn't just happen in this industry to people I disagree with.

The PC port of her game (which is all that Kickstarter was for) was massively delayed by years and while the game itself is pretty awful, the PC port was absolute hot garbage that was basically abandoned after going up on Steam. Not to mention how she's been getting thousands a month from Patreon to supposedly hire and pay someone to deal with all the harassment she claims to be getting, a person who by all accounts, probably never existed.

I mean hey, be smug if you want but aside from her insufferable personality and injecting herself into controversies on purpose in order to generate attention for herself, she's also a terrible developer and quite likely, a fraud.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Giveaway Second Chance
4. Re: Ubisoft Giveaway Second Chance Dec 15, 2016, 20:48 Parallax Abstraction
 
Anyone actually been able to get this to work? I just keep seeing the spinning Ubisoft Club logo, then a blank page.  
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News Comments > Descent: Underground Next Year?
2. Re: Descent: Underground Next Year? Dec 14, 2016, 12:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
Based on its current state, they have a LOT of work to do if they want this to come out then in any kind of decent state.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 12, 2016, 14:56 Parallax Abstraction
 
OBS and Folding@home have both been unreliable or outright broken on NVIDIA drivers since the Summer. OBS had issues with AMD too and AMD fixed it almost immediately. NVIDIA keeps saying they're "looking into it", even though literally the same driver revision broke both functions and one would think it would be relatively easy to look at what they changed and fix it. As a $1,000 1080 owner, I'm far from pleased. When it comes to drivers, these two companies have changed places.  
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News Comments > Crytek Payroll Issues?
9. Re: Crytek Payroll Issues? Dec 11, 2016, 23:57 Parallax Abstraction
 
PacoTaco wrote on Dec 11, 2016, 18:13:
Crytek always a dirty company, some say run by the Hungarian mob. They created 2 games worth anything, Farcry, and Crysis they fucked up Farcry to the point where Ubisoft got all the code for the engine and the IP because they were so late.

Then fucked up Crysis 2 and 3 for the same reasons with EA, late and shitty. I was hoping Amazon would buy them but I think the dirty strings of EU mob ties are so deep that it is not worth it.

To my friends at Crytek sorry boys it sucks. When you quit scream KEYSER SOOOOOOOOOZE for me!


Any source on that mob stuff? I'm really curious to read about that if so.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 5, 2016, 15:43 Parallax Abstraction
 
Shineyguy wrote on Dec 5, 2016, 14:41:
Ugh, such click bait on that 7700k "article"

The 7700k was tested at LESS THAN 1% slower than the 6700k clock for clock. Thus meaning that it's within the natural variance. So it's the same speed clock per clock as the 6700k.

Which is what Intel was saying all along.

DSOGaming is an awful site that writes tons of clickbait fluff with no substance.
 
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. Dec 4, 2016, 12:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 3, 2016, 17:40:
Cutter, you're an egotistical, self-centered, loud mouthed Canadian douche that most of us wouldn't think twice about throwing off the side of a tall bridge...but this place wouldn't be the same without ya, sooo...

You're right. It'd be better.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
4. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Nov 28, 2016, 22:15 Parallax Abstraction
 
Folding@home still broken, OBS still broken, many are reporting performance drops in BF1, and myself, a $1,000 1080 owner, is wondering why I wasted my money.  
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News Comments > System Shock Remake in 2018
4. Re: System Shock Remake Next Year Nov 18, 2016, 11:05 Parallax Abstraction
 
Is it still on Unity or are they going to use an engine where it won't look dated but also run like crap?  
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers & Warning
11. Re: New GeForce Drivers & Warning Nov 15, 2016, 23:20 Parallax Abstraction
 
Also, Folding@home and OBS are still broken. Remember when AMD were the ones with the crap drivers?

NVIDIA, speaking as someone who spent almost $1,000CDN on a 1080: GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 7, 2016, 15:52 Parallax Abstraction
 
So, everyone's going to sell their NVIDIA cards and switch to AMD in protest right? I mean, we all know telemetry of any kind is basically the same as having the NSA watching everything you do right? Right?  
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News Comments > Sunday Patches
6. Re: Sunday Patches Nov 7, 2016, 12:37 Parallax Abstraction
 
I can't remember where I read it but I believe Volition doesn't own FreeSpace. Either Interplay still does or it was sold off to someone for next to nothing a few years back but it's not in the hands of Volition or Deep Silver (their owners since THQ went under.) Not to say that could just make SpaceFree or something else but yeah, they still have corporate overlords to serve.  
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News Comments > Take-Two Financials
4. Re: Take-Two Financials Nov 3, 2016, 12:32 Parallax Abstraction
 
Yeah, that conveniently anonymous post pretty much contradicts this financial report. He said Mafia III was a bomb that has sold less than a million units and it's already well exceeded that. His post also doesn't mention Rockstar when talking about Take-Two financials and ignores the well known fact that BioShock (Infinite in particular) was a trainwreck of a project that needed Rod Ferguson brought in to get it back on track. As good as the games Ken Levine helms tend to me, he's notorious for being Tim Schafer-esque in terms of managing time and money. It's amazing to me how much people will instantly listen and believe to some anonymous post with no ability to verify it.

Also, if you think them saying Mafia III is their fastest-selling game is an outright lie, you don't understand how strict laws on this kind of thing are. Lying about that kind of thing in a financial statement is an actual crime and one that can get them sued into the ground.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 26, 2016, 23:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
Not satisfied with making thousands of dollars a month on Patreon and producing nothing with it but being a professional victim, she's now running a Kickstarter. Her Patreon was supposed to fund all these game projects but somehow she needs another $60,000 to make it happen. I'm sure she'll pull a Brianna Wu and blame Internet harassment when it gets delayed, delayed and delayed some more and is a garbage game when and if it does come out.

Keep in mind that almost 3 years ago when the Polaris GAME_JAM thing happened, she started taking donations for Rebel Jam, which has still never happened, even though many game jams are organised in a matter of days. And no one in the press will hold her accountable for that or this. This person's a scammer. Fools and their money are soon parted.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today
21. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today Oct 24, 2016, 15:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
panbient wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 15:37:
NKD wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 11:43:
If you think that they don't have legitimate complaints, you're straight up brain damaged. They are working under a contract that dates back to the mid 90s and needs some serious changes due to how things have changed since then, but the game companies don't want to budge an inch on anything.

*A lot of other very valid stuff*


While I agree with everything you've said and I sympathize with the VAs... there are still lots of other people in the industry (pretty much everyone) who also deserve some level of proper compensation and protection as well. And in the case of any actual junior developer I'd say those people need it before the VAs.

But, I mean, who am I kidding? These people get to work in the gaaAAAaaammmmeee Industry Sunny and if they don't like it they can go be a sucker at a square office with actual job security, and benefits, and HR departments, and paid vacations, but it'll cost you your soul man!!! You'll need to wear a dress shirt!!!!

There are others who are involved in making games that deserve better compensation as well. But they're not part of SAG-AFTRA. If that union tried to speak for them, the same people calling them greedy now would be calling them arrogant for speaking for others. If the programmers, artists and other people who are exploited in the games industry want better representation, then they should be trying to unionise themselves, or at least making the IGDA not a useless organisation.

I'll never understand the attitude that many in this thread and other places have of "Well, others might have it worse so that means you're assholes for demanding better!" Somewhere, someone always has it worse than you. That doesn't mean you're not allowed to expect more from companies that are making millions off you.

For a better explanation, listen to this one from Steve Blum. In particular, listen to the bit about how many publishers have paid literally millions to big-time Hollywood actors, who get to dictate their own terms, do far less work and have never been demonstrated to lead to greater sales.
 
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News Comments > Star Control: Origins Announced
9. Re: Star Control: Origins Announced Oct 18, 2016, 17:35 Parallax Abstraction
 
Are there any games at all that you play or do is your involvement in this hobby finding reasons to boycott things? Cause if you think that there aren't right-wingers in just about any and all game developers, you're probably in for a shock.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 14, 2016, 13:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
Thanks Blue, you rock.  
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