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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. heh. Sep 7, 2006, 16:16  SamPenguin 
hehe. heh.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Auto Assault
26. Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 18:44  SamPenguin 
On the academic point of ads in games:

But if and when it does, it will be software supported by ads. Ergo, adware.

Does that make every modern sports and racing game with real company logos and advertisements embedded "adware", or more realistic? e.g. Madden, NHL, NFS, etc?

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Auto Assault
9. Re: Mmmmm.. paying for adware... Apr 13, 2006, 12:12  SamPenguin 
There are no ads (and especially not adware) in Auto Assault. The confusion resulted over a press release that Massive sent out that NetDevil did not approve, as that technology is still under evaluation by the studio. If and when the ad technology makes it in the game, it is only to support and enhance the visual setting of a post-apocalyptic future earth (broken billboards from the past, etc., think Blade Runner after an apocalyptic event). It will not be used for pop-ups, or anything in-your-face that would break immersion of the world.

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News Comments > Michigan Gaming Law Killed
15. Re: Judge Steeh fopr teh President Apr 4, 2006, 21:34  SamPenguin 

Why not make it a law? Because there are far more important things to be spending enforcement tax dollars on than this. Wasting tax money to enforce the unenforceable won't help... getting people educated and out of poverty will have a far greater effect on violence reduction, as numerous government studies repeatedly state again and again (but are ignored because that doesn't make good shock-journalism).

#14- You are absolutely wrong. Getting an ESRB rating of M or higher *severely* limits your ability to market and retail a game already and has for years. The rating system is there and has effect, but just like parents who take their young kids to R rated movies (e.g. South Park, it's a cartoon, so it must be for kids!), can be ignored by the irresponsible.

The other real problem we have to make the current generation in political power understand is "video games" != "for kids".

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News Comments > Ensemble Goes MMO
29. Re: No subject Apr 3, 2006, 16:43  SamPenguin 
#5 - Best game idea evar. You could call it "Game Online Developer!", or GOD for the all important acronym. Then when your friends ask what you are doing, you could say "I'm playing GOD." Which isn't all that far from the truth...

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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: March Madness Mar 15, 2006, 21:36  SamPenguin 
Basketball sucks.

That's why I started my own March tournament event a few years ago. It's called March Nadness because I am creative and original.

There are two tournaments, one for chicks and one for nerds. Chicks play board games like operation and nerds play video games like Atari 2600 Fishing. Gender doesn't matter. Everyone gets drunk and competes for a chance to win The Golden Raccoon or The Other Thing.

I've found it to be way more fun than watching 64 3 hour events that don't matter until the last 5 minutes anyway. I highly recommend throwing a Nadness party to protest the meaningless sports that distract from the only two that matter, hockey and football (American, obviously).

Word of warning: cleaning out your own vomit from a heating duct can be either expensive or gross, depending.

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News Comments > Into the Black
27. Re: Oh dear... Feb 22, 2006, 02:44  SamPenguin 
What's "Olympics", Precious?

Roid 'em, Dope 'em, Stick 'em in a luge!

Could there be any more irrelevant sporting event on such a large scale as the olympics? Goes for summer too, don't care about either. Frankly, i think the alternating 2 year thing killed it more than anything else.

I'd rather watch the Geometry Wars medal round...

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News Comments > Boll Slams Games Industry (Really!)
68. Re: No subject Feb 15, 2006, 22:43  SamPenguin 
DOOM is no "Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter" to be sure... but that's like saying Barbara Streisand is no Ru Paul.
(not that there's anything wrong with any of that above)

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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Morning Update... Feb 11, 2006, 13:54  SamPenguin 
BBC "The Office" >>> US version. The Extras was pretty funny for a while too, although it looks like that's done now as well. I'm sad for AD... that was easily one of my favorite shows.

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News Comments > LEGO Star Wars II
9. Re: Demo Feb 10, 2006, 22:41  SamPenguin 
I've been playing the original on PS2 lately... fantastic. I don't really care about the Star Wars part of it after that last movie installment, but the LEGO aspect makes for some really fun graphics and gameplay.

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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. WTF? Feb 9, 2006, 02:58  SamPenguin 
When did JT become all about JC? Actually, for that matter when did Bono? Did he even?

Man, i've been working too much these past few years... :\

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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: X-Prize for cars Feb 1, 2006, 15:38  SamPenguin 
But if we get cars that run on hydrogen, how will the Bush family be able to afford their campaign financing?

Wait, nevermind, I forgot i promised myself i'd stop caring about politics on Monday. Anyway, yay for future cars! Hopefully a requirement is lazers that go PEW PEW!

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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Scam-Mondo Jan 26, 2006, 00:20  SamPenguin 
Speaking of sure-fire win hardware launches, whatever happened to Phantom?

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News Comments > Twilight for Twilight War
32. Game rooms Jan 5, 2006, 23:37  SamPenguin 
For the record, game rooms in Asia and Europe usually pay a larger monthly license fee based on the number of computers they have, with unlimited access to the game they are licensing. They then charge customers an hourly and make their margins on the difference. What the game room pays can be drastically different from one to another and country by country.

So it's actually very tricky to determine even a rough guess from simple math on X number of subscribers in those markets, because each subscriber does not count for a monthly fee in any measurable way. A more telling statistic would be X number of game rooms.

Your best bet is checking publicly available information such as annual financials and deducing from that direction.

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News Comments > Paperman Unfolds
19. Re: this is going to bomb Nov 3, 2005, 22:13  SamPenguin 
Best sound effects ever in Pencil Whipped! I loved it!

Also, Grandmaster, I am so stealing your bacon idea. I'll give you credits in the manual though.

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News Comments > ESA to Sue MI Governor
40. #37 Sep 15, 2005, 12:47  SamPenguin 
Most games are bought for kids by their parents or older relatives. You'll find roughly the same percentages of enforcement on buying R rated movies at Best Buy etc. as you would on M rated games... and both are (and should remain) voluntary policies, not state enforced. And movie theaters do a far worse job of keeping minors out of R rated screenings than game retailers do restricting sales to minors.

The problem is that the older generation by and large still just does not realize that video games can contain adult content on a level of the Sopranos or Kill Bill. Does that mean we need legislation and government growth for it? Nope.

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News Comments > ESA to Sue MI Governor
24. Game OVER MAN! - Bill Paxton Sep 14, 2005, 20:57  SamPenguin 
Growing government (new enforcement agencies, committees, etc.) over something that the other mainstream media handles less well than the game industry does (someone here once linked a study about kids getting into R rated movies, and it was a way higher % than the number of kids able to purchase M rated games) is a bad idea.

This is an easy issue to "take a stand on" that wins political favor with the right-wing moral majority. This is why you see mostly Democrats pushing for this, they need those votes. Smart political move. If you think anyone who actually votes pays attention to facts or logic over emotional rhetoric, witness Bush's incompetent, bumbling administration getting return tickets to the white house.

Unfortunately, this is just another talking point issue that continues to keep the spotlight of the real sources causing this country's problems, which mostly revolve around these 3 fundamental flaws in our system:
- An average American's Tax burden is now in the 40-45% range of annual salary (used to be in the 20% range in the 50s, post WWII even... wtf?).
- You have to have a license to own a pet, but you can make as many human children as you want, with no qualifications, and unleash them on the rest of us for the long haul. And we probably paid you for it.
- Lack of critical thinking in education. At least Kansas is a sign of great things to come there... </SARCASM>

If you want more family values, a stronger economy, and better society, lower tax burdens so families have more spending power and free time to spend at home instead of dual-income overtime jobs. Require basic responsibility qualifications for prospective parents, or the state takes the kids for adoption. I'm not talking anything beyond proving you can hold a job for like a year and aren't a repeat felon. If you want more than 2 kids, you pay additional taxes, not the other way around.

And for Hank's sake, people... Intelligent Design? Chiropractic "Medicine"? The Bermuda Triangle? Please do some research on these topics before nodding your head and bleeting along with the rest of the daytime talk show herd. I suggest starting at

You must be responsible for what you bring to this society, or we all get screwed as the religious right keeps on breeding and negating science's advances. Sure, it keeps the housing market profitable for now, but in the long run uncontrolled overpopulation will kill us all.


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News Comments > Morning Q&As
8. It's always the same isn't it... Aug 30, 2005, 22:05  SamPenguin 
Seems like every discussion i have these days goes from
WoW -> Existentialism -> Farm Animal Noises.

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News Comments > UC: A World Apart Patch, UC Gold Nears
100. 100! Aug 30, 2005, 17:20  SamPenguin 

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
7. Re: W00000000T! Aug 12, 2005, 16:07  SamPenguin 
I agree, Dawn of War is one of the more memorable RTS campaigns since StarCraft. My only complaint is that it was so short (only get to play 1 side in single player). But really well done in all the ways already mentioned. I'm really looking forward to winter assault

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