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Nickname HoSpanky
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 13, 2019, 11:55 HoSpanky
 
The Index is back on here? Interesting. I’m considering getting just the controllers, as I don’t have a 2080ti to feed the headset. My original Vive headset runs pretty well on the gtx1080, but the controllers are...not ideal. A friend got the Index, and he found he needed some 3D printed boosters to make the controllers comfortable. I tried them both ways and the boosters make them fit SO much better. The finger tracking was mostly good.

My main concern is that I’m considering spending almost $300 toward a system I rarely use anymore. It’s super cool when I do bother to use it but there really isn’t a ton for it that’s compelling. I do need to finish Moss, but the Vive trackpads are utter garbage and don’t register direction very well so I did constantly in fights because she refuses to move to the left for a while.
 
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News Comments > Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Next Month
33. Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Next Month Oct 4, 2019, 16:51 HoSpanky
 
I have very little interest in this game. Everything I’ve read says it respects your time less than WoW Classic.

That said, GTAV was a spectacular port. It ran well, had a lot of graphical options, and both kb/m and controller worked well, and allowed you to switch at will. I have no doubt RDR2 will be similar. Maybe someday, Rockstar will hire a menu designer and they’ll make a game without any intensely stupid components. Seriously, their menus feel like they built it as they thought of it, zero planning. It’s like the digital equivalent to downtown Chicago.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 2, 2019, 15:07 HoSpanky
 
The evidence in the video is pretty damning. Youtube claims it supports LGBTQ video creators but then demonetizes them outright. And then claims they totally aren't doing that, despite clear proof that they are.  
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News Comments > Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Released; Knocks Servers Offline
11. Re: Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Released; Knocks Servers Offline Oct 1, 2019, 22:15 HoSpanky
 
Make your game free, expect a billion people to try to play it the day it comes out. There’s absolutely no way to survive that sort of thing flawlessly.

I find the Destiny games to have spectacular gunplay, but they’re super repetitive, even on the first run-through of the campaign. I don’t really get why they’re such a big deal, aside from co-op campaign. The first game had zero story, at least D2 has a nice story with cutscenes and everything. Nathan Fillion’s character is amusing, as is a sadly underused A.I. with multiple personalities. The mission with both of them is great fun, and I wish the rest of the game’s story had that level of spark. Sadly, it’s mostly droll.
 
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News Comments > Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford
13. Re: Bobby Prince Sues Valve, Gearbox, and Randy Pitchford Sep 30, 2019, 16:27 HoSpanky
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 15:08:
grudgebearer wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 14:57:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 30, 2019, 11:34:
Took him 3 years to find a scummy lawyer that would take his case, gotta admire his persistance.
Must just be him and a scummy lawyer trying to disparage the good names of Gearbox Software and Randy Pitchford.
Pretty much this. He's looking for a payout/extortion on 23 year old music. They'll settle out of court and he'll get to buy a new sleeper mini van aka home w/the proceeds.

If he owns the rights to the music, and they released the game, making money on an equally 23-year old title, he should be getting paid for his prior efforts. That’s the way this whole IP thing WORKS. Even if they remove the music and other audio from the game NOW, he’s still due compensation for all the copies that were sold with it. He appears to have a solid case, I don’t see why you think he’s even sort of in the wrong here.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Sep 30, 2019, 12:25 HoSpanky
 
Other voice actors for the game are in the same Union he is, so...what’s the real reason? How did he think that wouldn’t be spotted immediately?  
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News Comments > Epic Games Store September Update Plans
20. Re: Epic Games Store September Update Plans Sep 29, 2019, 08:19 HoSpanky
 
Oh god, this is apparently the day. The day I agree with something CJ said. His entire post is quite good.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. more Uber shit Sep 26, 2019, 13:40 HoSpanky
 
I'm not saying people deserve sexual abuse; they absolutely don't. but when a taxi-like system comes along that ignores most of the regulations regarding taxis to save money, you're throwing the dice. It's literally the same thing as saying "oh man, this house is SO CHEAP compared to the same size one in the nice and safe part of town" and then being truly surprised when there are constant reports of break-ins.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Sep 21, 2019, 22:47 HoSpanky
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2019, 17:29:
Quinn wrote on Sep 21, 2019, 17:22:
What the hell? Did they dump their entire budget into this review embargo or is this somehow a great game that was somehow greatly anticipated and somehow flew under my radar until its very release?
I didn't hear a honk peep about it until today. It sounds like a good game, so everyone wanted to post a review?

The game was a big deal when it was unveiled a couple years ago, then it dropped off the radar completely. When it showed up on EGS, I checked if it came out elsewhere and there it was on the Switch, where a game like this would be at home.
 
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News Comments > Untitled Goose Game Flies Out
7. Re: Untitled Goose Game Flies Out Sep 21, 2019, 18:46 HoSpanky
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 21, 2019, 18:10:
Slashman wrote on Sep 21, 2019, 14:09:
I didn't know geese were quite so assholish!

You've never had any interaction with geese? Oh yeah, they're not just assholes, they're incredible assholes! People say it with awe, 'What an asshole!'


Let me tell you about a goose.

Years ago, I worked on the 4th floor of a building, as tech support for dial up Internet. Like I said, YEARS ago. One of my coworkers, let’s call him Ryan, made the grave error of parking his car in a parking spot near a tree that a goose had decided to build her nest under. Her mate was extremely displeased and chased him away. Well he came out to get his car after work and as he came around the driver’s side to get in, there was the goose, waiting for him (all mentions of “the goose” from here are of the male). It chased him around the car and he jumped in the passenger door.

For several weeks, no matter where he parked, the goose would be waiting for Ryan when he came out. If he attempted to walk to the building nearby with a food court, the goose would try to land on his back and dig in the raptor-like hooks they have on their feet. It never approached anyone else, just Ryan. So all summer, this poor guy had to wear a heavy trench coat to avoid getting badly injured by the goose. Since he was “defending his nest”, it would be a crime for him to retaliate. The goose had a bright pink tracker around its neck, so it was also part of a field study.

Well

One day, one of the girls I worked with stood up and motioned for everyone to come over by the window. All 8 of us came over, and there, down between the highway and the parking lot, was the goose. There were other geese there, but the bright pink tag was clearly visible. He was pissed off as hell, we could hear him honking through the glass and at least 150 feet away. He had his wings out and was strutting around. Ryan was quietly saying “oh please, come onnnn, do it! Do it!” As that shithead kept rushing toward the cars on the highway then shying away. And then he ran out onto the highway, right in front of a semi going about 70 mph. As you’d expect, the bird didn’t even slow the truck down as it exploded around it. Ryan immediately threw both hands over his head, yelling “WOOOOOOOO!!!!!” until he ran out of breath. He got written up for being so noisy in a call center, but it didn’t faze him. He came in to work the next few weeks like that intolerably happy asshole every office has, but no one held it against him.

So yeah, geese are dicks.
 
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News Comments > Control Exclusivity Cost Epic $10M+?
16. Re: Control Exclusivity Cost Epic $10M+? Sep 21, 2019, 08:36 HoSpanky
 
This isn't news. The REAL question is: How much did Epic pay for the exclusivity for Untitled Goose Game?  
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News Comments > Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect
15. Re: Industry Group: Steam Refund Ruling Incorrect Sep 20, 2019, 16:57 HoSpanky
 
This sort of thing simply can’t happen without completely wrecking every digital industry. You aren’t reselling a physical item, where wear and tear make it worth less than a new one. The laws regarding your ability to resell an item weren’t designed for things that don’t degrade.
If this sort of law passed in a country, that country would find itself suddenly unable to access digital content at ALL. Companies like EA would rather lose sales to one or a couple countries than suffer the insane losses from people buying and reselling games endlessly.
It’s one thing to say “I want to be able to resell this thing I bought” and another entirely to say “I want this company to assist me in selling this thing I bought, which absolutely won’t benefit them in any way whatsoever”. A new copy will always sell for more than a used one, which means a smaller cut all around for devs and Steam. Why would they have ANY interest in helping YOU get paid so they can make LESS?
 
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News Comments > French Court Says Steam Should Allow Game Resales
23. Re: French Court Says Steam Should Allow Game Resales Sep 20, 2019, 03:10 HoSpanky
 
The HUGE difference between a digital item and a physical one is that you can resell a physical item without involving the store that sold it to you. You can’t do that with digital. This court is saying companies like Steam have to not only allow people to resell their digital goods, but that they have to assist people in doing so. It’d be like saying a car dealership had to help you resell your car, which magically doesn’t degrade over time, that you bought from them 10 years prior. Not only that, but the dealership has to build a functional marketplace on their own dime to assist people with the sale.

“But DRM could be removed, gog works!”. It works, but not remotely enough to make back development costs and make a worthwhile profit. Games with multiplayer components have servers to maintain. People buying games out of the goodness of their hearts don’t offset the massive number of people who would download a game for free. Back to the car analogy...no DRM means that magical car could be copied infinitely and sold/given away as much as anyone wanted. Oh, and the original manufacturer would have to provide gas (multiplayer servers) for said car, for anyone who got a free one or bought it from the reseller.

It’s gonna kill our ability to run games from our machines. Others on this thread are right; it’s going to mean the end of running games on our own hardware.
 
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News Comments > French Court Says Steam Should Allow Game Resales
17. Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Sep 20, 2019, 00:26 HoSpanky
 
So France fully intends to try to force digital resale across all platforms, not just Steam, yeah? Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are gonna be pretty cranky about having to somehow let people resell their digital console games. Uplay and Origin and EGS will also have to do the same thing. Can’t play (un)favorites.  
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News Comments > Rune II Open Beta Preloads
1. Re: Rune II Open Beta Preloads Sep 17, 2019, 22:02 HoSpanky
 
Dunno. Visually, everything I’ve seen makes it look like it was made for the previous console generation. Graphics aren’t everything, but it seriously has nothing that stands out.  
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News Comments > Demon Pit Demo
3. Re: Demon Pit Demo Sep 17, 2019, 08:58 HoSpanky
 
Ugh, “wave based retro art arena shooter” really means “cheap art cheap level building laziest excuse for a game”.

The trailer claims it’s the product of three separate studios. I can’t imagine a game like this needing more than three PEOPLE, so it’s likely that each “studio” is just a dude working from home. Super unimpressed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 16, 2019, 04:02 HoSpanky
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 17:41:
French city makes its buses free, spurring new ridership and decreasing car use.

I've long argued for this in my city. Instead, they have spent billions on light rail and 100s of millions on new lanes for the highway.

Would each bus include a police officer who would be there to constantly escort homeless people off the buses? Otherwise there’s never be an empty seat in the winter, and the driver would be passed out from the incredible stench.

This isn’t some “hatred of the homeless”, it’s simply that making a warm(er) and dry place free to access for people with literally nothing would be VERY attractive in bad weather.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Multiplex
2. Re: Saturday Multiplex Sep 14, 2019, 21:43 HoSpanky
 
Picked this up on the PS4. Haven’t played it yet but it was like $6, hard to pass that up.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 14, 2019, 08:23 HoSpanky
 
Wow, I thought moviepass was already dead. Cracks me up that they’re “considering a sale”. The only thing they have that anyone would want is their user list, and that’s hardly worth anything.  
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News Comments > Nicalis Founder Apologizes
10. Re: Nicalis Founder Apologizes Sep 14, 2019, 08:10 HoSpanky
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 13, 2019, 21:32:
In other words, 'I'm actually just sorry I got outed and will be more careful with who I'm a dick around.' Sounds like affluenza to me.


Yup. He’s EXACTLY the piece of shit the article makes him appear to be. You can’t be a piece of shit for years and then think a quick written apology is going to change anyone’s mind. I only hope that this article is seen and remembered by indie developers for years to come. Nicalis shouldn’t have ANY trouble responding to it’s clients after this, as they should have very few left.
 
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