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Jason Smith Spencer
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Wolfen
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Re: Black Mesa Definitive Edition Beta
Oct 31, 2020, 11:16
Wolfen
 
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Re: Black Mesa Definitive Edition Beta Oct 31, 2020, 11:16
Oct 31, 2020, 11:16
 Wolfen
 
Domgrief wrote on Oct 31, 2020, 03:58:
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 31, 2020, 03:10:
I've played through Half-Life so many times I don't even remember if I played through Black Mesa 1.0 I know I waited for it to come out for ages, and that's pretty much what I remember about it. Hmmm.

The highest praise I can offer for Black Mesa is that it was like playing the game as I remembered it (with all of the great moments and surprises), and not how it was. That said, I still haven't checked it out since they added Xen... if that plays like I remember it I'm going to have to reassess my praise.

From my understanding they made massive improvements to the Zen stuff. Including gameplay.
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Delay Triggers Death Threats
Oct 28, 2020, 23:21
Wolfen
 
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Delay Triggers Death Threats Oct 28, 2020, 23:21
Oct 28, 2020, 23:21
 Wolfen
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 28, 2020, 13:16:
People. What a bunch of bastards.
I wonder if anyone else caught this reference.
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Re: Hammerting Early Access
Oct 28, 2020, 04:47
Wolfen
 
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Re: Hammerting Early Access Oct 28, 2020, 04:47
Oct 28, 2020, 04:47
 Wolfen
 
"Warpzone Studios' dwaven mining colony".... is dwaven a new race or species?
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Re: All First-Party Xbox Games Will Come to PC
Oct 28, 2020, 04:41
Wolfen
 
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Re: All First-Party Xbox Games Will Come to PC Oct 28, 2020, 04:41
Oct 28, 2020, 04:41
 Wolfen
 
People talk about how this was to read. They are valid statements.

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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again
Oct 27, 2020, 17:20
Wolfen
 
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed Again Oct 27, 2020, 17:20
Oct 27, 2020, 17:20
 Wolfen
 
You're killing me Smalls. They really twisted that meaning of going gold around didn't they? In my years of experience... gold is ready for print. The console games I worked on we never said it went gold until we passed certifications.
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Re: The Outer Worlds on Steam and GOG.com
Oct 23, 2020, 13:23
Wolfen
 
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Re: The Outer Worlds on Steam and GOG.com Oct 23, 2020, 13:23
Oct 23, 2020, 13:23
 Wolfen
 
Verno wrote on Oct 23, 2020, 13:07:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 23, 2020, 13:02:
Excellent, I'll most likely pick this up on Gog, regardless of the negative reviews of it on Bluesnews. I must see for myself!

It's not a bad game at all but it's very front loaded content-wise and a bit shallow on gameplay systems. They kind of lull you in expecting a Fallout style game but it's a lot lighter than that. I had a decent time but it quickly becomes rote and you get godlike way too quickly. The dialogue is still vintage Obsidian but they went a little too zany with corporatocracy in space. I would give it a 7/10, it's solid but unremarkable.

Excellent summary that I agree with.
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Re: Crucible Shutting Down Next Month
Oct 10, 2020, 19:21
Wolfen
 
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Re: Crucible Shutting Down Next Month Oct 10, 2020, 19:21
Oct 10, 2020, 19:21
 Wolfen
 
If Amazon wants to win at games they have to do what Tencent does and just throw money at studios. No kidding. Tencent in Shenzen alone has more than one studio per floor in their campus. I mean it's gotta be over 20 studios in there. I don't know the numbers really but a friend of mine worked there for several years and he described it as just endless in "studios". Not teams... studios. A lot of them even build the same kind of game... just with their own feel. They just never stop throwing money at it.
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Re: Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update Announced
Oct 3, 2020, 23:09
Wolfen
 
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Re: Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update Announced Oct 3, 2020, 23:09
Oct 3, 2020, 23:09
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 3, 2020, 20:43:
Hmm, there are already caves. And the Extreme Hills environment is pretty mountainous. I guess it will be interesting to see what they add.

Says it right in the second sentence. Improved generation and new features like lush caves and dripstone caves. Admittedly the caves were pretty boring over time so it's nice to see they may add something new to that.
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Development Succumbing to Crunch
Sep 29, 2020, 21:33
Wolfen
 
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Development Succumbing to Crunch Sep 29, 2020, 21:33
Sep 29, 2020, 21:33
 Wolfen
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 29, 2020, 21:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 29, 2020, 21:06:
Bill Borre wrote on Sep 29, 2020, 21:04:
we’ve extended all other possible means of navigating the situation

Why not just push back the launch date and blame it on covid like everyone else is doing?
They could but work always expands to the time allotted for it.

Almost everyone will understand COVID-19 impacted the project's scope and scale with CDPR's signature quality. It really needs a full year more. I think the best option is to push out to their original April 16th date... 2021.

My guess is they will lose a lot of pre-orders to a move like that.
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Re: FarmVille to Buy the Farm
Sep 28, 2020, 21:59
Wolfen
 
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Re: FarmVille to Buy the Farm Sep 28, 2020, 21:59
Sep 28, 2020, 21:59
 Wolfen
 
I had no idea this game was still going.
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Re: Rumored Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered Reportedly Delayed
Sep 26, 2020, 19:48
Wolfen
 
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Re: Rumored Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered Reportedly Delayed Sep 26, 2020, 19:48
Sep 26, 2020, 19:48
 Wolfen
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 26, 2020, 15:19:
For goodness sake, EA, just tell people BioWare is working on this. Don't be foolish.

My suspicion is that Bioware is on it's final strikes with EA and will soon fade away like so many others before them.
10.
 
Re: Amazon Luna Cloud Service Announced
Sep 25, 2020, 11:15
Wolfen
 
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Re: Amazon Luna Cloud Service Announced Sep 25, 2020, 11:15
Sep 25, 2020, 11:15
 Wolfen
 
Primalchrome wrote on Sep 25, 2020, 10:28:
Is the long game of 'streaming gaming' supposed to capture the Farmville/Clash of Clans sector of gaming? The titles of that genre that actually *hit* make bank...and they're not really affected by latency.
I think one of the parts of the long game is to ultimately not let us have the entirety of the data on our machines in order to protect their ip's and copyrights and etc.
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Re: Amazon Luna Cloud Service Announced
Sep 25, 2020, 10:14
Wolfen
 
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Re: Amazon Luna Cloud Service Announced Sep 25, 2020, 10:14
Sep 25, 2020, 10:14
 Wolfen
 
Just what I didn't want. Another cloud gaming service.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Sep 21, 2020, 20:34
Wolfen
 
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Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 21, 2020, 20:34
Sep 21, 2020, 20:34
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 19:20:
Wolfen wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 18:31:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 18:11:
Orogogus wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 17:22:
Wolfen wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 16:57:
In early 2000's games were 20-50USD. In 2006ish (when the xbox 360 came out) Microsoft pushed the game prices up to 60. It's been less than 20 years since game prices were hiked up.
Looking at Computer Gaming World's Dec 99 issue, the Chips & Bits ad (PDF p214-215) seems to show PSX games at $40-50, Dreamcast at $50 and N64 games at about $50-60 (including Donkey Kong 64 launching at $60). PC games were cheaper, with Diablo 2 launching at $49.
Adjusted for inflation, a $50 back in 99 would cost about $75 today.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa... nobody here was asking for your logical input buddy.
Spock: "May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant."

Whoa whoa whoa whoa... nobody here was asking for your Spock quotes buddy.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Sep 21, 2020, 18:31
Wolfen
 
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Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 21, 2020, 18:31
Sep 21, 2020, 18:31
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 18:11:
Orogogus wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 17:22:
Wolfen wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 16:57:
In early 2000's games were 20-50USD. In 2006ish (when the xbox 360 came out) Microsoft pushed the game prices up to 60. It's been less than 20 years since game prices were hiked up.
Looking at Computer Gaming World's Dec 99 issue, the Chips & Bits ad (PDF p214-215) seems to show PSX games at $40-50, Dreamcast at $50 and N64 games at about $50-60 (including Donkey Kong 64 launching at $60). PC games were cheaper, with Diablo 2 launching at $49.
Adjusted for inflation, a $50 back in 99 would cost about $75 today.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa... nobody here was asking for your logical input buddy.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Sep 21, 2020, 16:59
Wolfen
 
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Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 21, 2020, 16:59
Sep 21, 2020, 16:59
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 15:56:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:37:
I am not buying any game that is 60€ (70$)....

Not even Cyberpunk?
Hah, well if they pre-order it they'll get it for 60 now.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Sep 21, 2020, 16:57
Wolfen
 
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Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 21, 2020, 16:57
Sep 21, 2020, 16:57
 Wolfen
 
In early 2000's games were 20-50USD. In 2006ish (when the xbox 360 came out) Microsoft pushed the game prices up to 60. It's been less than 20 years since game prices were hiked up.
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs
Sep 21, 2020, 10:07
Wolfen
 
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 21, 2020, 10:07
Sep 21, 2020, 10:07
 Wolfen
 
roguebanshee wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 05:06:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 00:43:
Dacote wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 22:07:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 21:36:
Had WeChat installed when DreyerDaughter was doing homestay in Chengdu so I could communicate with her. Uninstalled it as soon as she came home, and ended up wiping the phone and doing a factory reset soon after.
There are stories that either TenCent or the Chinese government hold onto the data.
The post is a rare admission by the Chinese regime's judicial agency that it could access private WeChat messages even after users have deleted the corresponding chat history on the phone, which would indicate that the messaging app is storing private data elsewhere.
NPR:
As Chinese technology companies expand their footprint outside China, they are also sweeping up vast amounts of data from foreign users. Every day, millions of WeChat conversations held inside and outside China are flagged, collected and stored in a database connected to public security agencies in China, say cyber researchers.
DreyerDaughter left it installed however, so she could communicate with her host family.
The NSA saves all of the exact same data.
It's a good backup plan if you can afford it.
The US government does not collect all of your texts and store them on a central server. China does.
That is some high quality naivety. Every intelligence agency in every nation collect as much data as they can get their hands on, regardless of local laws. Their reasoning is usually that they need as much data as possible to have a higher accuracy in preventing threats to national security such as terrorists or enemy spies. And even if they do get caught in breaking their nation's laws, they will be right back at it once the waters have calmed.

And with as large amounts of data as we're speaking of here, you should in general not be worried that your local government homes in on a single instance, nor that they're rifling through your personal emails or texts. They are instead using big data analysis tools to find patterns to identify what they classify as troublesome behaviour.

The real differences between totalitarian regimes and most western nations are what they consider troublesome behaviour and what actions they're willing to take.

This. 100 percent.
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs
Sep 21, 2020, 01:51
Wolfen
 
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 21, 2020, 01:51
Sep 21, 2020, 01:51
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 00:43:
Dacote wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 22:07:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 21:36:
Had WeChat installed when DreyerDaughter was doing homestay in Chengdu so I could communicate with her. Uninstalled it as soon as she came home, and ended up wiping the phone and doing a factory reset soon after.
There are stories that either TenCent or the Chinese government hold onto the data.
The post is a rare admission by the Chinese regime's judicial agency that it could access private WeChat messages even after users have deleted the corresponding chat history on the phone, which would indicate that the messaging app is storing private data elsewhere.
NPR:
As Chinese technology companies expand their footprint outside China, they are also sweeping up vast amounts of data from foreign users. Every day, millions of WeChat conversations held inside and outside China are flagged, collected and stored in a database connected to public security agencies in China, say cyber researchers.
DreyerDaughter left it installed however, so she could communicate with her host family.
The NSA saves all of the exact same data.
It's a good backup plan if you can afford it.
The US government does not collect all of your texts and store them on a central server. China does.

Project XKeyscore existed and some variant of it likely still exists.
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs
Sep 21, 2020, 01:48
Wolfen
 
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Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Sep 21, 2020, 01:48
Sep 21, 2020, 01:48
 Wolfen
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 00:51:
Wolfen wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 23:41:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2020, 21:36:
Had WeChat installed when DreyerDaughter was doing homestay in Chengdu so I could communicate with her. Uninstalled it as soon as she came home, and ended up wiping the phone and doing a factory reset soon after.
There are stories that either TenCent or the Chinese government hold onto the data.
The post is a rare admission by the Chinese regime's judicial agency that it could access private WeChat messages even after users have deleted the corresponding chat history on the phone, which would indicate that the messaging app is storing private data elsewhere.
NPR:
As Chinese technology companies expand their footprint outside China, they are also sweeping up vast amounts of data from foreign users. Every day, millions of WeChat conversations held inside and outside China are flagged, collected and stored in a database connected to public security agencies in China, say cyber researchers.
DreyerDaughter left it installed however, so she could communicate with her host family.

Out of curiosity are you not using google, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc etc etc? I mean nearly everything free... and sometimes even premium is storing your data. I would think that anyone thinking the U.S. doesn't have access to this overtly or covertly is probably a little bit gullible.

I have a Gmail account, but none of the others. I usually surf on a non-logged-in non-tracking browser like Brave with encrypted DNS. I often, although not always, use a VPN.

Is the US gov't trying to hoover up a lot of this? I'm sure that they are. One difference is that in order to access it, they need a warrant. Companies don't automatically deliver customer data to the government, they often fight them in court as Apple and MS have done. Accessing the data without a warrant, and then building a case using other means is called "parallel construction" and it's illegal. Lastly, the US government doesn't try to leverage your browser history in order to affect your social credit score. So there are a lot of differences.

History says otherwise. But I am glad you are at least one of those folks who go all out on the protection of their data and not just talk the trash on it. I am one who doesn't really care so much about what they know about me. To each their own.
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