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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
8. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 3, 2016, 17:32 killer_roach
ksaun wrote on Feb 3, 2016, 14:02:
(BTW, I think this is a different Steve Jackson.)

It is. British author and game designer, not the American game designer.
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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
2. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 2, 2016, 20:58 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 2, 2016, 20:48:
This looks good for a tablet game, and I've always liked SJG. Anyone play it yet? Is there really a lot of replayability?

I've played them on my Kindle Fire tablet - they play somewhat similarly to 80 Days, but they do play pretty well on a tablet, and there's enough choice and randomization to make repeated plays somewhat worth it.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 2, 2016, 00:40 killer_roach
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 21:46:
Only 16 million? I find it amazing the number is that low. I figured there were wide swaths of the west which wouldn't have it. Hmmm...

There are - just nobody lives there
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 12:46 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 11:38:
And yes, the Pro Bowl is weak sauce. The only reason anyone plays is a free trip to Hawaii. Hold it in Duluth this time of year and see how many of them show up.

The NFL doesn't have the balls to hold a Super Bowl in Green Bay or Chicago because of the weather - they sure as hell wouldn't for the Pro Bowl. (The only reason they had the one Super Bowl in New York was... well, it's New York, a new stadium, and I'm sure a metric crapton of money changed hands on that one.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 10:29 killer_roach
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 09:57:
What about the fact that tackling causes brain damage? Personally I do not watch "sports" where violence that leads to severe injury is a legit unpunished tactic. For the same reason MMA and boxing are not sports, they are arena fights. On the same level as the gladiators from 30bc, just less bloody.

Tackling doesn't cause brain damage - what causes brain damage is hits leading with the head or targeting the head. You don't have the same risk of CTE in rugby or Australian rules football, for instance. Why is that? They don't wear helmets, and as a result are very careful about hitting with the head, or putting their head in a position to be hit hard (and if it is they get knocked out and taken out of the game, arguably preferable in terms of long-term brain health than having several smaller impacts linger).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 30, 2016, 10:35 killer_roach
Ratty wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 12:03:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:54:
Cutter wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:24:
When is it ever enough for the psychopaths of Wall St.?

Exactly; it's not that Amazon is a bastion of goodness in the business world, but their whole business model is built around providing good value to customers and continuing to add new and/or improved services. While those things take money and don't lead to as much profit as they theoretically could make, it does maintain a very, very large and stable customer base. Wallstreet isn't happy unless you're squeezing your customers like an orange, then discarding the husks to be used as mulch.
That's exactly right. I think the worst change we've seen in recent decades is an obsession with short term profit over long term growth and sustainability. A new CEO comes into a bank or brokerage, focuses on risky investments and mortgages, the bank makes a bundle, shareholders are happy, CEO leaves with a multi-million dollar payout, market crashes, mortgages become toxic but everyone's happy because the government bails them out. No one's looking at the long term growth of the company because the short term is all that matters anymore. A lot of it has to do with the consolidation of small companies into large mega companies. There aren't any family-owned businesses anymore. They're just another asset for a mega corp to squeeze dry and sell to the next comapny down the line.

The funny thing is that the reason why you see so much short-term thinking in corporate America was due to a change that was done supposedly to make companies think more long-term - the move toward compensating C-level executives primarily in stock options rather than salary. All it meant is they had to ride things out for the length of the vesting period for their options and little more.

(Interestingly, though, you're now seeing the idea of giving stock to rank-and-file employees as a partial solution to the problem of "I'm only making X while the company makes billions in profits" - variable bonus compensation and stock grants actually do quite a bit to allow for wage flexibility while still giving the ground-level workers a chance to be rewarded by their employer's successes.)
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News Comments > FNaF World Creator Apologizes for Rushed Release
10. Re: FNaF World Creator Apologizes for Rushed Release Jan 25, 2016, 19:06 killer_roach
Hyatus wrote on Jan 25, 2016, 18:13:
Cutter wrote on Jan 25, 2016, 15:45:
That's necessary, not generous.

He's releasing the game for free, fixing it, and allowing refunds from anyone who bought it. What is your skewed definition of generous?

In his mind, probably that he isn't committing seppuku.

Then again, I can't really recall anyone going that far before. Usually you're lucky to get a fix or a refund. Never the game for free. Certainly not all three.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 18, 2016, 17:25 killer_roach
Quboid wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 16:38:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 13:36:
200 million? Not if they are $600 a pop, in addition to requiring a top end PC.

4 years is a long time in tech. 200 million headsets sold seems ambitious to me but not impossible. I'd guess 50 million.

My wild stab in the dark: in 2019, a midrange VR headset will be about $300 and run on any decent gaming machine, with more expensive options for those of us with the hardware to handle fancy stuff like maybe an 8K panel. If a Rift CV1 is still compatible, it will be in second hand shops for $60.

Or if Apple makes one compatible with the iPhone. After all, they've proven themselves the undisputed masters of upselling people they've already snared into their ecosystem. (Still won't get you to 200 million, but might get you 60-70 million right there.)
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 13, 2016, 17:26 killer_roach
TheEmissary wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 16:39:
I think the main reason why PC sales have been leveling off is because we aren't seeing massive improvements from year to year. Lot of people treat buying a PC like they do a car as they splash out get a decent one and only replace it when it breaks. Only the enthusiasts or game players will actively seek out yearly upgrades or replacement parts.

Beyond that, there's not much for an enthusiast to spend their money on - I still run a 970 and a i7-2600K because there hasn't really been a compelling upgrade beyond that...
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
32. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 19:59 killer_roach
NKD wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 19:34:
Oh lord. Amazon store pages are not scientific studies.

Diet and it's effect with regards to cancer is still not well-understood by science. In general, a healthy diet reduces your risk of cancer, but studies have been wholly inconclusive with regards to specific dietary choices. Anyone telling you that you have to eat non-GMO foods, or be a vegetarian, or whatever else has crossed from good advice into "woo" territory. The science simply isn't there. Anyone trying to make definitive claims such as selling books GIVING YOU SPECIFIC RECIPES is a scam artist.

Really tired of seeing shit-heels exploiting peoples fear of cancer to sell shit. Don't they have some hyper-diluted macguffin to be drinking to purge "toxins" or something instead of scamming people?

Even beyond that, a lot of countries' record keeping of cancer statistics were astonishingly poor until quite recently unless it was something that caused obvious symptoms (thyroid cancer, brain tumors, melanoma, etc.). If it was something that went undiagnosed and killed you slowly at an old age, they just said you died of natural causes and left it at that. (Additionally, expected lifespans in Japan in the 1950s were somewhere in the low 60s of years - most of your cancer fatalities occur either under the age of ten or over the age of 75.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 11, 2016, 14:19 killer_roach
Devinoch wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 13:25:
Pick up the 59-track deluxe version of "Nothing Has Changed," which was meant to be a best-of up to "The Next Day" and I guarantee you that you will find at least some stuff you liked. You won't like everything. I don't know that there's anyone on the planet who liked everything Bowie did BESIDES Bowie, but he was always trying new things, pushing new boundaries, finding new sounds. From there, you can find the eras of Bowie that speak to you and dial into those. For me, everything always spins out of "Heroes" but your mileage may vary.

Agreed (and the one track new to Nothing Has Changed then appeared on Blackstar). Personally I was most a fan of some of the more boundary-pushing moments of his career (Low, Heathen, Blackstar, etc.), but his entire career was exceptional.

Very few artists can have a career of that length, continually changing with the times, and not end up either sounding like a throwback or a tribute of their earlier work. Bowie was the exception to the rule.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2016, 19:14 killer_roach
nin wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 10:05:
Always a great day when a Bowie album comes out...

And the fact that it's that good only makes it that much better.
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jan 7, 2016, 21:36 killer_roach
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 7, 2016, 21:00:
I'm tempted to buy PA:Titans, but they were such jerks about the whole thing, it seems like a mistake to support their bullshit.

Hrm, coinflip time maybe.

If it's a coin flip decision, wait. There have been sales and bundles where they've practically been giving the first game away; seems likely that you can get Titans in the next 3-6 months for less than the $12 it's on sale for.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 4, 2016, 19:57 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 19:15:
It is sort of hard to believe they are still chasing after Blu Ray (DVD) protection when a lot of people have moved on to other mediums. They possibly should even be encouraging it to get back huge losses in revenue there.

AACS/BDLive is still a bit of a moving target in terms of Blu-Ray decryption (although only barely - new wrinkles only remain unsolved for matters of moments anymore, if that long), but yeah - CSS has been punched full of holes years ago, to the point where some regulatory bodies consider it insufficient to function as copy protection.
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
27. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 4, 2016, 12:25 killer_roach
KilrathiAce wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 02:42:
This is so stupid, MS is trying to turn windows os into consoles lol, fuc* you MS.

I do have to say though, if I was the PC developer side of this game I would be mad.

It's probably still Iron Galaxy. Considering their last PC project, this would be a cakewalk in terms of user feedback.
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
22. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 3, 2016, 23:02 killer_roach
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 22:48:
In the end it will be another postmortem like GFWL... MS: "It wasn't executed properly", yeah no shit. Until you have the balls to just make a game a put it out there for the masses to buy without any unique hoops that are MS, you'll have public acceptance issues. They think there games are undeniable and carrots, first become a great game making company, then you might have some chance of success.

It was like I pointed out in the last generation - when you had more Sony-published PS3 console exclusives making it to PC than Microsoft-published 360 ones, something's off (mind you, most of Sony's games were indies that were self-published on PC, but many of them were also partially funded by Sony).
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News Comments > PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive
18. Re: PC Killer Instinct a Windows 10 Exclusive Jan 3, 2016, 22:01 killer_roach
NKD wrote on Jan 3, 2016, 18:35:
I'd honestly be surprised if ONE person upgraded to Windows 10 to play this game. Microsoft is never going to get their shit together when it comes to PC gaming. Either the people in charge are morons, or they are constantly being railroaded into making these shitty choices from somewhere up the food chain.

This is a nothing game that no one cares about. It's not worthy of being any kind of exclusive.

I think they're trying to market the game by establishing it among the competitive fighting game community, but they also realize that almost nobody is competitively playing any fighters on the Xbox One (even multiplatform games like GGXrd, DoA5LR, and MKX are being played on PS4). As a result, they're doing what a lot of Japanese devs have been doing lately - namely push the game out on PC, develop a fanbase for it, and hope it then carries over to the console side.

...that being said, the current KI game is in a bit of flux after the original developers got bought by Amazon and then Microsoft hired a porting house of dubious quality to continue on after Season One (the same people that did Batman Arkham Knight's PC version, no less).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 29, 2015, 18:34 killer_roach
Eirikrautha wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 14:40:
Pigeon wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 13:37:
On the Wikipedia article I've certainly run into the issue being described. I think part of the problem is a lot of those entries are written by people who are used to writing for scientific journals, which assume the reader already has a higher level of knowledge about the topic. Also the writing itself is generally not presented in a way that is easily understood by most people. It takes a good amount of skill to "dumb down" a complex topic so it's accessible to a wider readership. I'll take overly complex articles I have to struggle to understand over ones that only tell half the information to keep it simple any day.

The reason they are written like that is because many are copied word-for-word from textbooks and journals. I've run into this dozens of times when quick-referencing aerospace equations. This isn't a case of an expert who can't "dumb it down" or ELI5. It's a case of folks who have no clue what they are copying just pasting it into a wiki article...

We have a winner here. I've used Wikipedia to try to double-check parameters for various econometric regression tests, and many of them, while long on the theoretical equations that underpin the tests, fail to even so much as explain what the test parameters are or what to do if the result of the test is outside of expectations (some of the more common tests, like the Brusch-Pagan Test, are a bit better on this, but only slightly).
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News Comments > Steam Winter Sale
26. Re: Steam Winter Sale Dec 22, 2015, 17:21 killer_roach
Verno wrote on Dec 22, 2015, 14:42:
Or buy games on GMG who sell Steam games often very close to cost

Also why GMG often has to rely on third parties to get keys - publishers don't like it when you sell stuff at cost, mostly because it jeopardizes their relationships with other retail partners. It's a large portion of the reason the PSPgo was doomed from the start, and why Nintendo won't sell Amazon hardware...
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 14, 2015, 17:23 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Dec 14, 2015, 11:54:
Well it's easy for Apple to do this because they don't pay taxes.

Well, in all fairness, no corporation does.

Basically it's likely a huge upfront payment to her, an outsized royalty payment compared to other artists, and free users of Apple Music will be unable to stream her music. As I've said before, Taylor Swift is in a position to dictate the terms for her music - terms that likely few, if any, others are able to accomplish.
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