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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2013, 16:23 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Jun 1, 2013, 16:00:
Aero wrote on Jun 1, 2013, 15:47:
Andrew Reisse is a good example of why Police should not be involving themselves in high speed chases.

It's sad, but it happens. Typically the police, if the chase gets too dangerous, will back off, but if they're chasing felons they are going to keep going as long as they can.

I'd hate for the standard to become that any criminal can get away as soon as he breaks 80mph...

I hope they caught the bastards and put them on the electric chair.


One of them was actually shot and killed by police in the process of trying to arrest him, the other two were captured and are awaiting trial.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Crayon Chronicles
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Crayon Chronicles Jun 1, 2013, 15:04 killer_roach
jdreyer wrote on May 31, 2013, 12:52:
First words on the trailer are:

Intros are lame. Here's some gameplay!

EXACTLY. Why is this so hard people? (Looking at you Wargame: AirLand Battle, but there are many, many others)

I was worried about the graphics, but they actually very well done. And gameplay looks fun. I'm going to DL the demo.

It's not bad - my only complaint is the lack of keyboard controls, only mouse or gamepad...
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 1, 2013, 14:59 killer_roach
Rattlehead wrote on May 31, 2013, 22:26:
Yea there is no way they will charge that much for game, it's obviously a placeholder, and knowing amazon's eagerness to sell anything before it exists *cough DNF cough* it's not right.

Additionally, Amazon charges you the lowest price between when you preorder and when it releases... from their perspective, it's better to err on the high side than lose your shirt assuming a price point that turns out to be lower than the official price.
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 30, 2013, 01:03 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2013, 00:45:
PropheT wrote on May 30, 2013, 00:42:
As an aside, it's odd that Forbes has become one of the more readable gaming news sites out there in the past year. Even their articles I don't like are generally better than the average stuff on actual gaming sites right now.

Not at all. In fact I find it odd that more mainstream sites don't take gaming seriously as it's been kicking the crap out of other mainstream entertainment for a long time now.

In the UK, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph also do some halfway-decent gaming-related journalism.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization May 29, 2013, 21:07 killer_roach
Creston wrote on May 29, 2013, 17:53:
Alamar wrote on May 29, 2013, 13:52:

I know! Can't you just image how stupid a company would be to turn down a huge profit...

Sometimes, thinking an issue through helps : )


A huge profit from a company that

A) You are 100% in direct competition with in the main market for which said product is used (ie, smartphones.)
B) has consistently tried to not just sue you for paying licensing fees, but literally sue you OUT OF BUSINESS.

Yeah, you should JUMP at the opportunity to sell a billion dollars' worth of product to said company, especially since if you didn't, you could severely hamper your number one competitor in the smartphone business.



Simple solution - in lieu of licensing fees to Apple on Samsung hardware for Apple's IP, Samsung extends the former procurement arrangement Apple had with them. Everybody wins.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Launches
17. Re: More Big Picture Details May 23, 2013, 21:56 killer_roach
PHJF wrote on May 23, 2013, 21:37:
The cost makes no sense for anyone. I'm sorry, but inflation hasn't gone up thirty fucking percent in the past year. What's a 760 going to cost, a mere $400?

The problem is that the GK110 GPU that comprises the 780 is just a die-disabled version of the GPU in Titan, which is a 7.1 billion transistor behemoth. In comparison, the 680's GPU is 3.5 billion transistors (on the same 28nm process!), and the 580's is 3 billion.
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News Comments > NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Launches
14. Re: Performance is a joke May 23, 2013, 19:17 killer_roach
eRe4s3r wrote on May 23, 2013, 16:54:
30% faster than a 670GTX But with 600 price point 300 more expensive.. haha Not going to be a huge success I'd wager...

670GTX is still the card to own, no reason to upgrade it seems...

The 780 is basically an upgrade path for people who currently are running a 480 or 580... the cost makes no sense for 680 owners.

I'm still wanting to see some GPU video transcoding benchmarks - I don't play as many newer games on my PC, but improvement in that area would be one facet where I'd be tempted to retire my 560Ti somewhere down the road.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 22, 2013, 19:51 killer_roach
InBlack wrote on May 22, 2013, 09:11:
Short version:

Cook: We dont want to pay taxes we already paid in the various countries where we do business. We will bring back the money into the US once you drop the corporate tax rate from 12% to a more reasonable 1 or 2%.

Most of the Senators: 'Clapping', Bravo!, Long live Apple, this is the way the american dream is realized! etc...

Top corporate tax rate in the US is 35%, which would apply to every single dollar Apple repatriated. The 12% number you cited is an effective tax rate, which includes exempt income (profits from overseas) and various deductions and tax credits.

Technically, it could be argued that the ideal corporate tax rate should be zero, since all corporate profits that aren't put back into the business are either taxed as personal income (if distributed as bonuses to employees) or capital gains (if they are distributed to shareholders and/or employees as dividends). That being said, it doesn't particularly strike most people as "fair", and the innate anti-corporate animus of the average American voter would basically ensure such a system would never be put in place.
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News Comments > Zombie Oz to Set Up Us the Baum
5. Re: Zombie Oz to Set Up Us the Baum May 20, 2013, 20:49 killer_roach
Fantaz wrote on May 20, 2013, 13:45:
it seems game maker's are really running out of ideas...

not mentioned though is that American McGee is involved?

Yes, he's involved with it.

Excellent title to the post here, though. What better way to illustrate jumping the shark than to dust off a decade-plus-old meme?
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Microsoft details its two part console reveal for the next Xbox. May 20, 2013, 19:02 killer_roach
Fantaz wrote on May 20, 2013, 15:20:
Yeah, that's pretty much how I'd expect Sony to do it too.

"Market's ready for new consoles, but old-gen surprisingly viable"

Old-gen is viable only because kiddies would buy the new COD's on Xbox 3-shitty for the next 20 years even if there was no new console!

It also makes a bit of sense considering Sony is trying to court indie devs. Basically go "here's how you get the game to run well on the PS3/Vita, and here's what you have to do to pretty it up a bit for the PS4."
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
17. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 18, 2013, 23:32 killer_roach
Dades wrote on May 18, 2013, 22:40:
EA, an unprofitable piece of unwiedly shit that can't seem to make a game without pissing off the entire universe is saying the 100 year old company that birthed the industry is walking dead. What's that bit about throwing stones in a glass house?

The difference is that EA could restructure and at least tread water. Nintendo had a major hardware launch, a release of a good number of games from their core franchises, and their financials still look far from healthy. There's a better path to a decent ledger for EA than Nintendo, especially when you consider EA's current valuation really isn't all that large (about 40% the size of Activision or Nintendo, both of whom are valued similarly).

Additionally, you seem to forget the fundamental thing about financial outlook - it's not about the history, it's what they're expected to do going forward, and Nintendo's forward outlook is rather scary, especially going into 2014.
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. May 17, 2013, 18:18 killer_roach
Creston wrote on May 17, 2013, 09:36:
Denise Warren brings an enormous amount of digital media experience to EAs Board of Directors

But zero game development experience. Nor, for that matter, really any experience in the gaming industry at all, from what I can tell?


She's also one of the masterminds behind the infamous (and laughably ineffective) NYT online paywall. I wouldn't consider this good press, and I'm frequently defending EA's actions around here.

So yay, EA put a woman on their board. They also seem to have not only put an unqualified woman in a position of power, but also someone who may end up reinforcing a lot of negative opinions about EA.
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
5. Re: Morning Screenshots May 17, 2013, 18:05 killer_roach
Creston wrote on May 17, 2013, 17:27:
starttimartti wrote on May 17, 2013, 16:04:
Jerykk wrote on May 17, 2013, 12:26:
By "hi-res," does that mean they're redoing the prerendered backgrounds?

Based on those screenshots, no they are not. This will be another "one of those" hi-res versions.

Which is a shame, because if they genuinely did good, updated ports of the late FFs, I'd gladly buy them. This definitely looks sharper than the original Playstation game, but the backgrounds just seem like they've got a sharpen filter applied or something. They don't appear new.


Yeah... I only picked up the PC remake of FFVII when it hit a sale for $5. I figured at that price it was worth revisiting, but no more.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation May 16, 2013, 21:28 killer_roach
Blackhawk wrote on May 16, 2013, 21:13:
It is just as likely that they are realizing the same thing Ubi did: Making a small amount of money at the cost of a bad reputation with your most vocal customer base doesn't actually save money after all.

Additionally, if enough people say "screw it", don't get the online pass, they might be done with the game once they finish the single-player campaign - making it that much harder to sell those people DLC (which might be the real way publishers make money off of used sales). Give up a little money to potentially make more money? Doesn't seem that crazy to me.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 15, 2013, 22:50 killer_roach
dj LiTh wrote on May 15, 2013, 22:14:
Sounds like MS made a better youtube app then google and now they're pissed.

Sony already did that on the Vita, though, and that app isn't catching flak.

Blocking ads and allowing video downloads, however... that's pretty ballsy by Microsoft.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 14, 2013, 22:04 killer_roach
PropheT wrote on May 14, 2013, 21:33:
killer_roach wrote on May 14, 2013, 19:50:
What ever happened to the good old days when it was just Sony and EA saying stuff this idiotic?

To be fair, they didn't actually say this, and even if the graphic they released did say it then they only actually be saying 13% of people don't care about privacy, not everyone.

It's not quite as inflammatory without the user-injected conjecture and hit grab headline, though.

Fair enough, but when their own study showed that less than half of users were taking any sort of privacy management steps... wow.

(In some ways the devil really is in the details there.)
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 14, 2013, 19:50 killer_roach
Go home, Microsoft, you're drunk.

What ever happened to the good old days when it was just Sony and EA saying stuff this idiotic? Sony seems to have repented somewhat, and EA simply moved onto actions (with a "what, me worry?" attitude about the fallout), but it seems we have a new challenger...
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse May 4, 2013, 16:46 killer_roach
Smellfinger wrote on May 4, 2013, 11:39:
Israel can kvetch all it wants, but it will eventually be forced to end apartheid and allow arabs to become Israeli citizens. It's only a matter of time.

Considering that there are EU countries that don't allow outsiders to become full-fledged citizens... good luck with that.
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News Comments > Pinball FX2 on Steam Next Week
17. Re: Pinball FX2 on Steam Next Week May 4, 2013, 16:18 killer_roach
nyr27 wrote on May 4, 2013, 00:32: if anyone is interested. I've gotten my simulated pinball fix here for years. There's hundreds of tables available, editor to make your own, and it's free.

Looks like the link to their forums redirects back to the main page of the site, meaning that there's actually very few tables available.

Probably would have to look into something like PinMAME instead, or just take my chances with the Pinball Arcade PC port (I have it for PS3/Vita and Android, and it's occasionally quirky, but not necessarily that buggy - but it seems like it's going to be leaps and bounds ahead of even the PS3 version graphically).

As far as Pinball FX2... way too "floaty" of physics. Not even close to simulation-grade, and a lot of their tables frankly suck, but there are a few gems amongst the lot.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 2, 2013, 21:58 killer_roach
Julio wrote on May 2, 2013, 17:58:
I'm up with paying 3.4% more on my current internet bill for free music, ebooks, movies and TV forever. Sure would be a lot less than I spend today.

Somebody was on the right track earlier when they were talking about how it will invariably be ratcheted up. Once it's "legitimized" in such a fashion, it will simply mean that fewer and fewer retail sales will occur (at which point the content production industry may have written their own death sentence in a commercial sense).
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