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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 24, 2014, 18:13 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on May 24, 2014, 17:55:
Killswitch wrote on May 24, 2014, 17:49:
Seems like every business wants you to convert world currency into these proprietary currencies that serve no purpose but to swindle consumers.

Check out the negative reviews Amazon Coins have.
Thanx for the heads up. Sounds like there are some major shortcomings with this.

Quite a few of them are user error (charging their card rather than using coins) or sheer stupidity (thinking that coins are double taxed), but the geographic restrictions are still one of the more puzzling (and valid) ones. Basically if you live in an area whose currency isn't denominated in dollars, pounds, or Euro, you're probably out of luck.

Some are complaining that you can only use them on Kindle content and not books or other goods from Amazon, but that's pretty minor. Why you can't use them for any digital content Amazon sells, however, is a bit more confusing.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed May 24, 2014, 14:29 killer_roach
Julio wrote on May 23, 2014, 18:04:
I've tried Jeff Vogel's games, and I can't get past how bad the graphics are. I don't need amazing graphics, but they're on par with 25 year old games.

I would disagree that there is a fixed budget for gaming. If the right type and quality of games are there, I could spend more on them. Sure there's a limit, but I'm nowhere close.

I'd say the graphics are more on par with 12-15 years ago, really.

Honestly, though, I think the thing that indie games have potential to do is to grow the market - there's not a fixed number of "gamers" out there, even if there may only be a relatively static pool of consumers for any specific product. The best, most disruptive indies are the ones that attract people who aren't necessarily core gamers... something that could be said about both of the major champions of indie gaming in the past few years, Braid and Minecraft.

If you don't like the size of your piece of pie... make the pie bigger.
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
2. Re: Saturday Mobilization May 24, 2014, 14:25 killer_roach
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 24, 2014, 12:57:
A Free $10 Credit from Amazon.

Sweet - it is for Amazon coins - but those work like cash for a lot of their content. Fire TV here I come!

One other thing you might want to do to goose your credit further is to use some of that credit to buy GTA San Andreas from the Appstore - it's $6.99, but the promotion is still active where you get an additional 2000 coins ($20!) if you buy it.
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed May 23, 2014, 17:06 killer_roach
NKD wrote on May 23, 2014, 16:27:
Re: Crowdfunding

I've been saying this forever. The people who cry whenever someone who doesn't live in their mom's basement does a Kickstarter piss me off to no end. It's like they want Kickstarter games to fail, and they want the traditional publisher model to be the only choice you have.

Crowdfunding is the only option we have right now for getting niche titles or titles from hibernating genres out the door.

I wouldn't be broken up even if a major publisher tried to do a Kickstarter for a game - mostly because, for the likes of an Activision or an EA, that might be far riskier than simply making a new game in the traditional way. While it may blunt the immediate financial risk of a project, you're basically priming a public relations grenade that is set to go off shortly after the project is released.
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News Comments > Op Ed
30. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 15:02 killer_roach
scarlet wrote on May 22, 2014, 13:36:
Hmm... Rolleyes Was this posted to support Ars wack-job PC, racialist ideas or was it posted to point at the absurdity of it and how Ars has increasingly lurched towards deepend? (They've been doing the same thing with their one-sided opinions on the global warming/climate change/[new meme] climate disruption front for a long time)

Most of Ars' writers are based out of Chicago or San Francisco. They don't know any better because they aren't exposed to it in the world around them other than the people who are so unhinged that they get bent out of shape over articles like these. As a result, it solidifies in their minds the idea that they are the noble, enlightened, highly evolved members of society and those that disagree with them are lesser beings. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, really.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation May 22, 2014, 14:54 killer_roach
jomisab wrote on May 22, 2014, 09:20:
Lol, as Blue noted, the "next-gen" consoles are already falling behind.

Well, keep in mind the Xbox One's GPU is only about 1.3 TFlops... the Radeon R9 290X is about 5.6TFlops, and the GeForce GTX 780Ti is about 5.1 TFlops. Even with reduced system overhead on a console, that's too much brute force to overcome.

Where things get a bit more interesting, bordering on perverse, however... as best I can work out, the top-end integrated GPUs from AMD and Intel are each in the 900 GFlops range, meaning they'll hit PS4/XB1 level in a year or two, and the Kepler GPU in the Tegra K-1 is estimated to be around 326 GFlops (in other words, slightly faster than the GPUs in the PS3/X360), meaning we could theoretically see a tablet with "next-gen" 3D capabilities in about 3-4 years if current advances hold.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse May 19, 2014, 20:55 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on May 19, 2014, 20:35:
A bribe?

At the very least, it's skid-greasing. AT&T knows that the FCC and FTC will put all manner of terms and conditions on this sort of a deal, better start with making the first offer before they bewilder you with their ideas.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation May 17, 2014, 00:16 killer_roach
Creston wrote on May 16, 2014, 12:00:
Flo wrote on May 16, 2014, 04:23:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 20:26:
Microsoft announced 115,000 Xbones sold in April.
Sony better enjoy being the king of "next-gen". Reading those numbers, who knows how long they'll be around in this form.

They could always spin off and sell the Playstation division. Even if they go bankrupt that'd happen, so I wouldn't worry too much.

(Then again, what if MS then just buys them... )

More likely Sony and MS both spin off their console divisions into a joint venture. Seems like both are on the verge of spinoffs, and Sony is no stranger to these sorts of things...
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization May 16, 2014, 22:18 killer_roach
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 16, 2014, 10:19:
Grand Theft Auto trilogy released on Kindle Fire, Fire TV.

That has to be almost unplayable. Controls have to suck.

Well, the Fire TV uses a controller, so that should be no problem at all.

As for Kindle Fire, it's probably the same virtual joystick controls that the already-released Android versions use, which are serviceable but nothing overly impressive. I made it a fair way through GTA3 on my phone with them, though, and would imagine they'd be a bit more usable on a tablet.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse May 15, 2014, 20:51 killer_roach
PropheT wrote on May 15, 2014, 13:14:
Beamer wrote on May 15, 2014, 11:06:
Anyway, Amazon's biggest issue, in the offices at least, is that they have their "bar," and only hire people that "raise it." This means they end up with positions open for months, interviewing dozens of candidates without any meeting "the bar," and meanwhile the ones in the job are dying because there's too few of them for the amount of work.

They do that where I work, too...and then they publicly pat themselves on the back and brag about how they're doing more with less because of their great employees. I've never worked anywhere with morale as low as it is right now despite working for two tech companies that were laying people off left and right when I was there.

It's also supposedly one of the best places to work in America, if you believe the reports, so I'm solidly convinced that you'll find miserable employees practically anywhere if that's what you go looking for.

One of Amazon's biggest issues is the fact that turnover at all levels, but particularly in management, is endemic. Sometimes things end up falling to end-line people and new hires simply because nobody knows who else to turn to, and you end up with the perverse issue where, in some parts of the company, veteran low-level people are more knowledgeable about what is going on than their supervisors (simply because they've been around long enough to witness most situations before).
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
7. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights May 14, 2014, 22:52 killer_roach
nin wrote on May 14, 2014, 22:35:
I don't see superhot listed, but they say they made it in 5 days...

I think they were in the previous batch.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse May 10, 2014, 12:15 killer_roach
Pumas wrote on May 10, 2014, 10:43:
[VG]Reagle wrote on May 10, 2014, 09:21:
Wrong. It needs to not be nationalized. The only way it will stay free and working right is to be free market. The government screws up everything they touch. Nationalized means "governemnt owned". As soon as they own it they will pass ridiculous laws. Not to mention the NSA will go ape shit.

Free market works (fairly) well when there are many competitors in the marketplace. Yet there are very few ISPs. When there is no competition, the market is not is controlled. If users could tell Comcast to piss off and choose an ISP that doesn't throttle services like Netflix, then I'd have no problem with the FCC staying out of it. But in many if not most areas, there is no other competing choice of ISP. In my area (which is by no means small or rural), for instance, Frontier is THE ONLY option. If they decide to throttle certain traffic, I have no recourse. I'm at their whim because they have no competition.

That's not a free market system. It's just a gnat's eyelash away from a straight up monopoly.

And a large portion of the reason why it's not free is the government itself - incentives for local monopolies over cable Internet as well as FCC regulations on telecommunications networks that limit competition in various DSL services, and that's not getting into the colossal mess that is wireless...

Most regulators seem to agree that "natural monopoly" is the best way to keep costs down, but there remains the question of whether or not such an arrangement is particularly efficient (as many strategic operations have to be approved by regulators, who may be somewhat removed from the base of customers who most want to see service improvements - a concern of natural monopoly and public monopoly systems alike) or whether it's effectively done to the benefit of government (as the franchise fees a regulated natural monopolist pays can be a hefty revenue stream to local and/or state governments).
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation May 9, 2014, 18:17 killer_roach
Fantaz wrote on May 9, 2014, 15:39:
DangerDog wrote on May 9, 2014, 01:16:
Retard Overdrive

They've run out of ideas in Hollywood Video Game Town.

i know... it looks laughably bad.

"...and in a lot of ways it's the game that Insomniac's been building up to in 20 years"

pretty sad if that's true. it's like Saints Row meets The Last of Us meets Infamous/Jet Set Radio.

Keep in mind their recent trajectory - they did a couple of mediocre throwaway Ratchet and Clank games, then produced the nearly universally-panned Fuse. Maybe this completes the string of suck...
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News Comments > Free Unreal Tournament Plans
38. Re: Free Unreal Tournament Plans May 8, 2014, 22:18 killer_roach
Basically this is going to be for Epic what TF2 is for Valve - a teaser product that gets end users into the real business of the company. Valve wants you messing around with the marketplace and hopefully making purchases on Steam, and Epic wants you messing around with UT's code and maps if it means you're more likely to start developing with UE4 and selling content through them.

As far as paid content goes - it seems pretty likely that paid-for maps, skins, and small scale mods are doomed to go nowhere for the most part. Nobody wants to pick up stuff that they can't use, and there'll be free equivalents for a lot of it anyway. For well-made large scale maps and full game conversions, however - there may be a market. Nonetheless, I expect the first handful of paid maps the community comes up with will be a bazillion versions of Facing Worlds, but that's to be expected.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation May 6, 2014, 00:30 killer_roach
Fantaz wrote on May 6, 2014, 00:06:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 5, 2014, 23:57:
Fantaz wrote on May 5, 2014, 23:51:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 5, 2014, 23:40:
0 updates in 15 days, PS3 and PS4 only when PC gamers make up majority of funding source on KS

Uh yeah, not gonna happen.

the reason it cant be on anything but Playstation systems is that the game always used the square, triangle, and circle buttons exclusively. it would be breaking tradition if they went with Xbox controller or PC. tho i would've liked to at least see a Vita version made, i'd prolly still be able to play it on my Vita with PS4 remote play wherever there's a net connection.

I think we poor PC gamers /And gamepad masochists) can find 3 buttons to bind to those 3 buttons Not to mention you can just paint cross, circles and squares on a random button and call it a PS4 controller

I am more worried that they don't give a shit. No updates in such a long time spells doom to a KS.

well from the article there's this being mentioned: [...] specifically, Sony systems. That's a decision that has to do with the game's legacy, according to Lesser. "This was a game that Harmonix and Sony made together, so that property belongs on Sony platforms," he said.

maybe $ony is paying them a little bit for them also? (not so "independent", eh) still i think this is worth $20 and will glady fund this Kickstarter. also i think i was in the top 50 rankings online for Amplitude around when it first came out on PS2 and have very fond memories of that game. logged hundreds of hours, and got me listening to electronica music more.

Sony owns the Amplitude IP.
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
12. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 4, 2014, 21:15 killer_roach
Beamer wrote on May 4, 2014, 20:10:
HorrorScope wrote on May 4, 2014, 19:38:
Seems to me like the biggest smartphones handle the tasks that most would need from a tablet. The tablets biggest win is doing something while mobile over a laptop, but a big smartphone can do it and more.

Smartphones are about mobility out of the house. Tablets are about mobility in it. A laptop isn't comfortable to use on a chair or a couch. Guess where most people browse the internet and do their stupid Buzzfeed quizzes?

Answer: not somewhere they can easily use a laptop.

People buy laptops sparingly now, because updates aren't very beneficial to someone not doing video editing or video games. People are now buying tablets sparingly, too, for the same reason - newer, better ones offer no real, tangible benefit worth even a fraction of the $500-$800 most are.

Having bought my last laptop mostly for video editing... I'm no fan of using laptops for video editing. Even the high-end ones are a bit lacking for that purpose.
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
7. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 4, 2014, 19:25 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on May 4, 2014, 17:34:
Or a tablet laptop. I'd love an MS SP2 but at $1000 they can kiss 1000% of my ass.

Was seeing one of those Sony convertible laptops at Best Buy for like $850... hadn't paid much attention to them until seeing one, but if I had the money for it I'd strongly consider it. Specs are a bit unimpressive (then again, at that price I shouldn't be surprised), but it's a seriously striking bit of hardware. (Normally I'd say "Apple pretty", but Apple wishes in this case.)
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. May 4, 2014, 19:21 killer_roach
NetHead wrote on May 4, 2014, 15:52:
It seems Bitmap Brothers either have, or are trying to become the biggest franchise milker in the games industry.

Sure everyone loves pointing to Call of Duty there, though even each CoD is a new game however much it lacks innovation, whereas Bitmap Brothers at best slaps on a few new textures (mostly regarding the GUI) on an ancient game and expect people to eat it up like hot-cakes. These things aren't even "HD" remakes which are already a milking money grab no matter how great the a once was.

Taking this "Z" as an example the biggest difference between the original, which is approaching 20 years, and the new release when looking at screenshots of the newer on steam, is that the GUI map has changed. Pretty much the same goes for "The Chaos Engine", talk about kicking Call of Duty's arse when it comes to milking something.

Don't even get into them milking Speedball because that would make your head turn trying to keep track of all the remakes. The boldest of which was a complete and utter failure which could be seen coming from a year away even before they started talking about their money grubbing micro transaction ideas. Before you try saying Bitmap Brothers had nothing to do with that version "Mike Montgomery from Bitmap Brothers is supervising all steps in the development of the game".

How Bitmap Brothers still has anything remotely resembling respect from anyone is beyond me, that coming from someone who enjoyed some of their games once upon a time.

Come on, they haven't even gotten near Interplay territory yet.

Personally, I think it's more in the territory of "about damn time" they get stuff like Z available online... I wouldn't pay much for a game that old, but I might be tempted to snag it should it show up on GOG (or pick it up on a Steam sale).
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
10. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 3, 2014, 22:31 killer_roach
Quboid wrote on May 3, 2014, 22:05:
Jivaro wrote on May 3, 2014, 21:35:
You guys aren't acknowledging that they get to keep the tech, keep selling the phones, etc etc. They are essentially paying 120million dollars to license Apple's tech. I guarantee you that if in some weird alternate reality Samsung had licensed Apple's tech, it would have cost them a bunch more than 120million over the lifetime of said tech.

File this money under R&D, not legal fees.

They can still sell the phones that use these, but can they use these in future phones? The models mentioned aren't likely to be big sellers any more.

What I can't figure out is that both of the patents that Samsung was found to violate there exists prior art before Apple's own implementations...
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. May 2, 2014, 23:05 killer_roach
Quboid wrote on May 2, 2014, 21:21:
HorrorScope wrote on May 2, 2014, 20:20:
Quboid wrote on May 2, 2014, 15:57:
Why is he in so much trouble with the NBA for this and not for denying housing on racial grounds? That's much, much worse.

Why. Two parts all sponsorship was leaving, has left. But even bigger than that and that is plenty big is the players were organizing a walk out. That forced immediate action.

Why didn't the sponsors walk after the earlier case? Why didn't player protest earlier? I understand the NBA's position, they had to act now because the fact of the matter is that their brand was being hurt by the negative publicity - but why wasn't there as big an outcry earlier? Was it just that the reference to going to games brought the NBA into it?

The difference between now and 2006 is that there's more of a social media response. Nobody really seemed to care about the lawsuit against Sterling back then, as it didn't really attract much news coverage. Today, a gossip site gets a hold of something, passes it along, and people get talking. That's more how news is made anymore.
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