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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 > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Dec 15, 2012, 15:42 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 14:18:
Dev wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 13:49:
Creston wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 13:46:
Let's look at it this way: Every game made through Kickstarter is a game for which those fucking parasitic roaches at publishers get ZERO FUCKING DOLLARS.
Aside from games that use kickstarter funds to make a pitch demo to get publisher funding. Or to show publishers that there's still interest so they fund more.

Fair enough. I'd never donate to projects like those, but I guess they are out there.


I know at least one project I backed ended up later securing publisher funding, but I wasn't deluding myself into thinking that the game would've been done on the budget that they were asking (they're still running betas, and have admitted that they ran out of their KS money months ago).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 14, 2012, 21:12 killer_roach
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 14:40:
Our newest feature is the simplicity of removing features! A true Apple product! (well, okay.. we'll patch one back in for ya.. buggers!)

I'm still pissed they removed gapless playback from iTunes 11.
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News Comments > November Steam Hardware & Software Survey
3. Re: November Steam Hardware & Software Survey Dec 13, 2012, 13:23 killer_roach
jimnms wrote on Dec 13, 2012, 13:15:
I haven't gotten the Steam survey popup in a while. My system hasn't had any major changes in a couple of years, so that may be why.

I had it pop up on my laptop, but I declined to submit with that (mostly because it's still running, very poorly, the Win8 RC - AMD refuses to fully support its GPU in that OS, so I can't play OpenGL games at all in Win8, and DX gaming isn't exactly sprightly).

EDIT: As per the first comment, the question remains whether or not the Steam Hardware Survey is a representative sample of gamers at large - with Mac support being still relatively new and a perceived bias toward so-called "core gamers", not to mention a bias toward people who have embraced digital distribution... there's likely enough question marks in there to disqualify it as a representative sample, but it's likely reflective enough of the customer base to make decisions off of (and possibly to fill in the gaps as necessary for the remainder of the gaming market).

This comment was edited on Dec 13, 2012, 13:29.
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 8, 2012, 14:04 killer_roach
Good find on that Miner Wars 2081 deal, and even more so with the Steam key.  
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News Comments > Humble THQ Bundle Grows
20. Re: Humble THQ Bundle Grows Dec 7, 2012, 04:44 killer_roach
Not to mention the untold millions they pissed away on licensed IPs that they mostly just cranked out shovelware with.  
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News Comments > Dishonored Patched
1. Re: Dishonored Patched Dec 4, 2012, 21:46 killer_roach
Even if the last one is console-only, it cracks me up.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Dec 1, 2012, 16:03 killer_roach
Seems like Sprint's business strategy boils down to "if it pisses off Deutsche Telekom, do it".

They're pretty much guaranteeing that there'll be a duopoly in American cell phone service (and a monopoly in each major technology class) before too long.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Texture Mod
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2012, 23:44 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 15:58:
And if I've got a copy of the game on Steam, I never bother keeping the CDs around.

I think the only game I've consciously done that with in recent years was Far Cry, and that's only because I happen to have it both on Steam and GOG.
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News Comments > Deus Ex Texture Mod
8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 29, 2012, 14:01 killer_roach
Rigs wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 13:18:
I never understood how some of you guys can lose track of your games?! Mine are alphabetized in a nice and neat double row down 5 shelves of a white bookcase and I know where the game cd/dvd's, the manuals and even the boxes are at any one time. I thought that was true for almost all gamers...I see I was incorrect... %)

Some of us move. Unless you're OCD beyond belief, a move tends to throw typical organizational skills out the window. Several moves in that span of time... something's almost guaranteed to be lost in the shuffle somewhere.
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News Comments > On Sale
28. Re: On Sale Nov 23, 2012, 18:21 killer_roach
A51Abductee wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 14:32:
jimnms wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 12:54:
Green Man Gaming has some 50% to 75% off sales too with a 25% off coupon. Good deals like this are too hard to let go.

Thanks for the heads up. I just picked up Dishonored for $22.50 USD using that coupon [Steam download key]. The GMG site is crawling right now though... was afraid for a moment that my order wouldn't even go through. Maybe it means that they're getting plenty of sales.

GMG posted on Facebook that they've been experiencing double the traffic their site has ever dealt with, so yeah, it sounds like they're sufficiently inundated.
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News Comments > CARGASM HD Released
3. Re: CARGASM HD Released Nov 23, 2012, 16:20 killer_roach
RailWizard wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 16:05:
This looks like a gfx card tech demo from the mid 90s....

It's originally a mobile phone game... yeah, pretty much.
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News Comments > Thanksgiving Consolidation
4. Re: Thanksgiving Consolidation Nov 23, 2012, 01:39 killer_roach
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 22, 2012, 13:50:
Not that Sony isn't hurting right now but Fitch was also one of the credit agencies that rated a whole ton of sub prime mortgages as AAA, as well as many of the investment banks peddling in them, practically up until the day they collapsed.

In all fairness, all three major ratings firms - Fitch, Standard & Poor's, and Moody's - did that. Somebody I know in finance said that if you put the drop of housing prices into the risk models they had for mortgage-backed securities, the situation would have looked as dire as it was. The problem was that nobody thought that a prolonged, nationwide drop in housing prices was possible. Surprise...!

BB- is a pretty rough credit rating, but not unusual anymore. That being said, most companies I can think of that have similar credit ratings are smaller firms than that (although not necessarily tiny, either). In comparison, the government of Spain is rated BBB-, and Italy is BBB, both slightly better, and they're the laughingstocks of the EU at present (granted, there's always a bit of a bias toward sovereign debt - look at the credit ratings of the US and Japan if you don't believe me).

The big issue for Sony is the fact that they are so highly leveraged as a result of their ownership of manufacturing facilities for their flagging television business. It's understandable that a ratings firm would be skittish about that, and they have good reason to be (short of, of course, Sony selling those divisions, but I doubt there'd be many, if any, takers for them due to the liabilities involved).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2012, 20:20 killer_roach
Silicon Avatar wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 20:09:
If it's Guy Fieri - a dude who is a chef, has his own TV show, owns several restaurants, and promotes charities VS. some dude who eats food and talks about it on a newspaper I'm gonna have to go with Guy.

I just can't figure out why, of all places, he'd open a restaurant in NYC. That's a city that seems to hate food...
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 16, 2012, 18:26 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 18:17:
Limited by current gen? Oh, you're talking about the DecrepitStation 3 and OldAssHardwareBox 360?

Funny how your game wouldn't have been limited by "current gen" if you'd just developed it for the PC, huh?


Then it would've likely been limited by support costs and the art budget.

No matter the platform, there's always limits. Even on the day new hardware comes out.
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News Comments > OS X CARGASM HD Released
1. Re: OS X CARGASM HD Released Nov 16, 2012, 17:01 killer_roach
Mac App Store keeps releasing games that are languishing on Valve Greenlight.

It's getting comical when Valve is being shown up by, of all people, Apple in terms of creating an accessible marketplace.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 16, 2012, 14:40 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Nov 16, 2012, 11:11:
I can sort of see Amazon owing France taxes, but GOOGLE? France has really lost its fucking mind. Not that it had much of one to begin with.


There's been a bit of a movement in EU nations lately trying to get more tax revenue out of multinational corporations who tend to channel their money through more tax-friendly countries in Europe (like the Netherlands or Switzerland) to minimize their tax exposure. Starbucks in particular has been singled out, but most other major companies have done similar stuff. (In all reality, these companies do pay very little in taxes to European governments, ultimately channeling their money to low-tax jurisdictions or back to the parent company, where it becomes subject to US taxes - in the case of Starbucks, they pay almost no tax on their European operations, but they a higher effective tax rate Stateside than most.)
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 14, 2012, 18:49 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Nov 14, 2012, 17:29:
Did I say Bush? I said the GOP. History bears that out. Want a good economy and low unemployment you choose the Democrats. Want debt, war and bad times yo choose the GOP. Try reading some ACTUAL history sometime and you'd learn that.

So the debt under Obama is somehow the GOP's fault? Please.

That being said, overall on economics issues I'd say there really have been few Presidential administrations that "got" both micro- and macroeconomic issues, and, in the post-WWII era, only one from each party (JFK for the Dems, Reagan for the GOP). Each party has also had two guys good on one but not the other (Carter was great on micro issues to the point where he was possibly the most relentless deregulatory President we've ever had, Clinton was good on macro issues, Bush Jr. was good on micro issues, and Eisenhower was good on macro issues), and the rest... well, they were at best mediocre on both.

Overall, the GOP platform has typically (but not always) been better from an economic standpoint, but the fact that pretty much every President has gone and ignored their party's platform except when convenient means that we can't really use governing philosophy as a proxy for actual political performance.
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
9. Re: Sunday Consolidation Nov 11, 2012, 20:17 killer_roach
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2012, 20:14:
Wow, time can really play tricks on the memory. I never would have guessed off the top of my head that there has been 6 years between each generation.

The PS1 only came out in Japan in 1994 - it was released in the US in 1995 (after the SNES was released in 1990 and 1991 in those regions), and the PS3 was often considered to be released a year late in the current generation, as the Wii and Xbox 360 both came out in 2005.
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News Comments > NVIDIA Profits
3. Re: NVIDIA Profits Nov 11, 2012, 18:11 killer_roach
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 11, 2012, 17:15:
Yeah but how much money does Nvidia make from smartphone/tablet chips now, and for upcoming 'next-gen' consoles?

The consumer products division, which is buoyed by Tegra, amounted to about 20% of their revenue this past quarter ($243.9m of $1.19b). As far as I'm aware, Nvidia has no design wins for the next generation of consoles (all of them are using ATI GPUs allegedly), and Ouya, which uses Tegra 3, is just another smartphone design win (effectively).

Nvidia did not break down profits by division, as they are not required to, but their recent earnings guidance makes me think that margins there are considerably less than in the rest of their business.
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News Comments > THQ in Default on Credit Line
11. Re: THQ in Defaults on Credit Line Nov 11, 2012, 16:19 killer_roach
NewMaxx wrote on Nov 11, 2012, 16:15:
killer_roach wrote on Nov 11, 2012, 15:12:
Your argument only holds water in the situation where THQ had a clearly outlined path back to profitability, which they don't. This default isn't a temporary setback - it's a symptom of further underlying issues. Without even a current accounts surplus on the horizon (much less an overall profit), it's only a matter of time before the sharks start to circle (if they haven't already).

Interesting. I wasn't aware I had made an argument. Not that I don't get accused of that every time I (or anybody else) posts here...

Actually, what I stated was that they are effectively one step away from bankruptcy. Everybody involved (THQ, Wells Fargo) are well aware of that - as I said, it did not come as a surprise. Therefore my statement that companies default all the time only suggests that news of such a default is absolutely meaningless with regard to whether or not they are going bankrupt, rather it is the particular company's circumstances that give the honest appraisal. Everybody is making the best of a bad situation by stringing it out, and if you want me to fall back to my original post's analogy, like the Byzantine Empire.

The crux of what you said earlier was that situations like this happen all the time. Technically, that is true.

However, in situations like this the likelihood of the defaulting party surviving in any meaningful sense are, given the fundamentals, practically nil.

THQ, as it currently stands, is not "effectively one step away from bankruptcy". With a default of this size, they are, for all intents and purposes, bankrupt in any meaningful sense apart from the formal filing.
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