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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
17. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 17:32 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Jun 11, 2016, 16:29:
IO9 has lost a few good people, but it's still a great site for Sci-fi, but stories and the people that post there. I worry about it the most, post acquisition.

If ZD ends up being the buyer, as is rumored, that would likely be one of the sites they'd be most apt to preserve (along with Gizmodo, Sploid, and probably Jalopnik, although they'd likely sell the latter to Hearst to merge into Road and Track).

(Also why I'm hoping they're the buyer and not a lot of the typical "big names" of blog networks, as the likes of Vox, HuffPo, and the Verizon-owned AOL would be more interested in preserving sites like Gawker, Valleywag, and Jezebel.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 11, 2016, 00:11 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 10, 2016, 23:50:
Wtf would anyone be interested in them? Buy them and then they just continue on stupidly as before, get sued out of existence yet again, and there goes your investment.

The name and visibility, more than likely. Fire all the senior staff, get some veteran management in there, and it'll be cheaper than building all that from scratch. ZD is looking to buy for "well under" $100 million, which could be a significant deal (Gizmodo alone might be worth that much to them). Hence why it's an established traditional media company buying them out and not, say, Vox...
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Amazon Echo makes my kids rude Jun 10, 2016, 15:47 killer_roach
 
Desalus wrote on Jun 10, 2016, 13:42:
Creston wrote on Jun 10, 2016, 13:09:
Can't read the article here at work, but here's a thought:

Maybe, I dunno, spend some more time with your kids instead of buying a few pieces of technology and expecting those to raise them for you? Or don't buy an Amazon Echo and take 5 seconds to do shit yourself?

It's not about raising your kids or them being lazy. Instead it's about the lack of manners one needs when utilizing Echo. When you ask Alexa to do something you don't have to say 'please' or 'thank you'. It's an AI that works better with concise requests which means the typical niceties aren't typically said.

I've said before that if anyone was that concerned about it, change the trigger phrase from "Alexa" to "Please". It can be done pretty easily.
 
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News Comments > TRON RUN/r Demo
5. Re: TRON RUN/r Demo Jun 8, 2016, 15:25 killer_roach
 
Rhialto wrote on Jun 8, 2016, 10:03:
May give this a try for the music...

It's really the only interest I have in the game.

With the Deluxe Edition on sale for $9 at the moment, that might be enough to get me to bite.
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
16. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 3, 2016, 18:51 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 17:39:
I liked it well enough, but one playthrough was enough, and I sure as hell am not buying it again, 85% discount or not.

I got it from a bundle first time, so I consider the $3 this time around to basically be a tip for the developers.
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Released
12. Re: Hard Reset Redux Released Jun 3, 2016, 17:08 killer_roach
 
LittleMe wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 16:24:
Don't buy it. Reddit PC Gaming thread with many examples of downgraded graphics which was promoted here as "enhanced visuals" but the opposite seems to be true.

Seems like for the most part the visuals are about the same, with any "downgrades" coming from engine tweaks to improve performance (not that it really ever ran slowly before, but people are reporting 200+ FPS with the remake). Overall it looks more like a rebalanced game with some inclusion of systems ported over from Shadow Warrior. I'm guessing the "enhanced graphics" is more to do with framerate improvements than anything.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jun 3, 2016, 16:59 killer_roach
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 12:49:
Just another day in the world of Paradox doing paradoxial things...

Some of the comments on the article wonder if it has anything to do with Paradox entertaining buyout offers from Tencent, and as a result wanting to control information that might misrepresent the state of their finances.
 
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News Comments > Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games
19. Re: Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games Jun 1, 2016, 17:47 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 17:03:
That's weird - did they ever say why a game was removed? Or just "here ya go"?


They said it was an "internal software error". That's it. A couple of times they've tried to pass it off as being a glitch with the Steam client itself, and make you delete all the cache files from your Steam install first, but that never fixes the issue.
 
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News Comments > Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games
13. Re: Free GOG.com Copies of Some Steam Games Jun 1, 2016, 16:58 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 16:53:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 1, 2016, 16:15:
So can someone explain to me exactly why steam is this evil devil of software?

I've never had an issue.. ever.

so what's the beef?

I've not had an issue either, but something I hear come up a lot is their notoriously bad customer service, where people open a ticket and never hear back from anyone (or taking weeks or months, or so they claim).

That, and when you're the biggest, people think it's cool to hate on that...


I've actually had titles disappear from my Steam library before. Most of the time it's something I wasn't that concerned about, but there have been times where it's even deleted Valve games that I had previously bought. Each time, I've had to go through customer support, which tends to take close to a week to resolve...
 
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Sales Record
7. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Sales Record May 28, 2016, 11:36 killer_roach
 
NetHead wrote on May 28, 2016, 07:10:
A crossover between two franchises Total War and Warhammer, gee all they had to do to get sale records was not screw it up. Shocker.

In all fairness, "not screw it up" has been a bar that Creative Assembly has had trouble clearing in recent years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2016, 17:29 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on May 23, 2016, 15:51:
Cutter wrote on May 23, 2016, 14:04:
Format wars - for a peripheral - are completely asinine. These idiots are going to kill VR before it even gets going with this nonsense. You could just see Lucky die inside when Zuckerberg told him this was what was going down. Well, that's what selling out gets you.

Yeah, I get that FB wants to recoup its $2B, but you're right that fracturing the market is going damage this nascent technology. The long run does not favor FB in this endeavor, as they can pay for only so many exclusives. Game studios want the widest audience, and that's on Steam.

The question remains how long Valve's hardware partner can stay solvent, though - HTC's financials are dire. Oculus may have the dominant position simply by waiting for their competition to collapse.
 
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News Comments > MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers?
18. Re: MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers? May 12, 2016, 06:30 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2016, 14:15:
MS is the proverbial bull in a china shop. How many studios have they closed or caused to be closed? Still pissed about GPG going under because MS canceled a game they were in the middle of.

Hell, they nearly managed to shutter Obsidian by having them work on a project, then killing it late in development, and they didn't even own them...

The thing is, this isn't news to anyone who understands how Microsoft's internal structure has operated over the years. It's one big circular firing squad over there unless you're on the Windows or Office teams.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
7. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 2, 2016, 08:15 killer_roach
 
wtf_man wrote on May 1, 2016, 20:41:
I think we all can agree that the Atom was going nowhere because it it was too under-powered. Well... I don't have any experience with recent Atoms, I'm talking about ones from a couple years ago.

Recent Atom SoCs were decent enough from the CPU side of things, but their GPU performance was atrocious. Not to mention few app developers ever bothered to do much compatibility testing against Atom, so you were often better off picking up something with a MediaTek SoC instead, much less the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, Samsung, or Apple.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2016, 22:02 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Apr 23, 2016, 13:14:
Feds: "We were thwarted in our bullshit attempts to completely and utterly destroy every last shred of privacy that existed, but don't worry, we'll try again soon, and we'll keep trying until we succeed.

Sincerely Fucking You Over,
- your government agents."



Well, prior to San Bernardino, Apple was more than happy to comply with the feds... they're probably miffed at being jilted like that.

"We thought you loved us!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 19, 2016, 14:34 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2016, 13:07:
Wow, how much did Apple pay for that advertorial. Apple is evil, plain and simple.

At the very least, this "penchant" is a recently-discovered one - they were more than happy to work with law enforcement, often without a warrant, until it came to the San Bernardino shooter's phone. Now they're becoming more consistent on it regardless, but it's a new development regardless.
 
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News Comments > GameStop's Publishing Division
3. Re: GameStop's Publishing Division Apr 18, 2016, 21:50 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 18, 2016, 20:59:
Interesting idea. Hope it works out.

I didn't think that $15M was a big game anymore.

$10-15m is probably about the floor for a AAA game from a major publisher anymore. The "second tier" of publishers (Ubisoft, Capcom, Namco Bandai, etc.) might occasionally slide under that, but not by much.

That said, $15m is probably a safe minimum benchmark for what you would consider a game equivalent to so-called "tentpole" feature films, marketing budget not included.

Overall, it's an interesting space - seems like they're trying to slot in just below the likes of a Ubisoft but above, say, Devolver Digital. Putting my economist's hat on, it's a somewhat risky venture, but also one that could be lucrative if done right by poaching the sort of creative, middle-scale titles that most of the big guns are too risk-averse to touch. Then again, there's been others who have tread this path before - Gathering Of Developers, Crave, Groove, et cetera - with a lot of carcasses in their wake.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 14, 2016, 07:18 killer_roach
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 13, 2016, 20:00:
And it wasn't true on my old '03 Cobra, either. She, too, had IRS. I could not get that back end to step out no matter how hard I tried.

Most of the modern Shelby-tuned Mustangs have IRS, although until very recently they were the only ones that did.

That said, not really a fan of the sports coupes - most of them aren't meant to fit somebody my size comfortably (6'3.5", 235 pounds, and possessing a long, wide torso). I'd rather have something like a Ford Taurus SHO, Chevy SS (boo to GM for killing it off), Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, or, if I came into serious amounts of money, a BMW M5 or Mercedes E63 AMG. I'd rather go fast without having to shoehorn myself into the vehicle.
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Apr 11, 2016, 04:51 killer_roach
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 19:38:
He kinda reminds me of George Lucas. He made good films when he didn't have a huge reputation and ego and the people around him could tell him when he was making a mistake. Creative types need freedom but they also need to be criticise-able.

I wonder who Molyneux's Irving Kirschner is, then.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Apr 10, 2016, 19:29 killer_roach
 
rudra wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 16:49:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 10, 2016, 16:34:
Given Molyneux's many post-Bullfrog failures, it's amazing the company was as good as it was back then.

not really. you've got a team of like 10 people, so its much MUCH easier to reign in the 1 crazy guy

Or, conversely, there's less damage for the one crazy guy to do, and less friction involved with simply humoring the crazy guy.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 3, 2016, 17:12 killer_roach
 
Have a leg up on you for freakish weather, Blue - right now in Kenosha, Wisconsin it's 67 degrees... and snow is expected tonight. Projected 40-degree drop in the next 12-18 hours... yeesh.  
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