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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 30, 2017, 13:17 Prez
 
A decent op-ed, but as is the norm for sites like Polygon, the title is misleading and inflammatory.  
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News Comments > Friday the 13th: The Game Launch Hits Bad Luck
7. Re: Friday the 13th: The Game Launch Hits Bad Luck May 30, 2017, 04:58 Prez
 
Saw a let's play video on this and was astounded at how awful it looked and played. Unbelievable that they could release this game in this state and expect to have anything but overwhelming negative reaction by gamers.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Morning Mobilization May 27, 2017, 21:01 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 27, 2017, 20:21:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 27, 2017, 20:14:
Personally, I think this is a solution that is more likely to prevent jaywalking: https://youtu.be/SB_0vRnkeOk

Plus, it's more fun.
Ha! Video is from 2014 but never seen it before, that is great.

As an aside, that video illustates quite well that white people can't dance!
 
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News Comments > On Destiny 2 Networking
12. Re: On Destiny 2 Networking May 27, 2017, 20:56 Prez
 
Blackhawk wrote on May 27, 2017, 19:54:
It is MMOish, with persistent elements. I don't see a game like that ever being run purely client side.

That's kind of what I was thinking too. I'm not really pissed about this - I'm more concerned with wether the game will be good or not.
 
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News Comments > EVERSPACE Launches
6. Re: EVERSPACE Launches May 26, 2017, 23:15 Prez
 
Why do all these space games have to be "Roguelikes"? People would argue that it's a "RogueLITE" but whatever - either way I'm not that fond of them. I also have read a lot of criticisms saying that a lot of the progress you make is lost when you die. Sounds a lot like wasting time to me. Can anyone who has played it expound on this?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 23, 2017, 11:14 Prez
 
"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage," May said.

Yeah.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 PC Will Trail Consoles; Has No Dedicated Servers
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 13:28 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on May 19, 2017, 12:09:
OldDirtyEwok wrote on May 19, 2017, 11:02:
Grumpy Sod wrote on May 19, 2017, 09:58:
Not a shock really. You don't get dedicated servers for Diablo 3, Overwatch or other instanced party MMO type deals either.

Overwatch has dedicated servers

Does it? I see an announcement from 2015 that it will, but then endless complaints in 2016 and 2017 that it does not.

Yep it does. Blue even posted a news story about Blizzard warning players not to create servers for the sole purpose of using them to level up. People were setting up games where you just login, join a match, and go do something else. When the match timer ends you get XP for doing NOTHING.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Gameplay Trailer
8. Re: Destiny 2 Gameplay Trailer May 18, 2017, 18:39 Prez
 
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/news/?d=2017-5#181745

Being a battlenet exclusive means it not coming to Steam I guess? I wondered if that meant that the Blizzard app was going to begin to sell non-Blizzard games, but for now they say no.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
37. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 20:59 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on May 17, 2017, 20:13:
Prez wrote on May 17, 2017, 18:13:
...Yes, it's bad to have a monopoly, which Steam outright is....

Hmm. Is it though? I mean, with GOG and Origin (and I guess Uplay, but that sucks) there are places where people can buy games on a digital download service without ever touching Steam. Sure, Steam is currently holding a huge percentage of that particular market share, but there ARE alternatives.

Legally, a monopoly is near domination, not being the only option. Steam, by any view, is near domination.

Fair enough, but there are other definitions other than legal, and frankly I have no interest in "legal" definitions on this issue. That's for regulators to bandy about.

From Merriam Webster:

Definition of monopoly
plural monopolies
1: exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action
2: exclusive possession or control
no country has a monopoly on morality or truth — Helen M. Lynd
3: a commodity controlled by one party
had a monopoly on flint from their quarries — Barbara A. Leitch
4: one that has a monopoly The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.


From Businessdictionary.com:

Definition

Market situation where one producer (or a group of producers acting in concert) controls supply of a good or service, and where the entry of new producers is prevented or highly restricted. Monopolist firms (in their attempt to maximize profits) keep the price high and restrict the output, and show little or no responsiveness to the needs of their customers. Most governments therefore try to control monopolies by (1) imposing price controls, (2) taking over their ownership (called 'nationalization'), or (3) by breaking them up into two or more competing firms. Sometimes governments facilitate the creation of monopolies for reasons of national security, to realize economies of scale for competing internationally, or where two or more producers would be wasteful or pointless (as in the case of utilities).


Even the US Legal website has a different legal definition of monopoly from what you stated:

Monopoly Law and Legal Definition


Monopoly is a control or advantage obtained by one entity over the commercial market in a specific area. Monopolization is an offense under federal anti trust law. The two elements of monopolization are (1) the power to fix prices and exclude competitors within the relevant market. (2) the willful acquisition or maintenance of that power as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen or historical accident.

When I think of a monopoly I think of my choice of internet service providers. Many people in many areas have no choice at all.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
34. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 18:13 Prez
 
...Yes, it's bad to have a monopoly, which Steam outright is....

Hmm. Is it though? I mean, with GOG and Origin (and I guess Uplay, but that sucks) there are places where people can buy games on a digital download service without ever touching Steam. Sure, Steam is currently holding a huge percentage of that particular market share, but there ARE alternatives.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 00:10 Prez
 
I agree that Valve is not your friend, but not healthy for gaming? Gaming on the PC is stronger than ever due in large part to Steam.  
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News Comments > NY Times on Star Citizen
6. Re: NY Times on Star Citizen May 10, 2017, 22:31 Prez
 
The article doesn't really go into the concerns about Star Citizen, so at the very least it is titled incorrectly.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Unrelated May 10, 2017, 00:56 Prez
 
Back to the golf course again for the Rangers. Dammit.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2017, 21:09 Prez
 
I guess it would help if there was a somewhat standardized definition of what "Lovecraftian" actually means. I'd agree that several games that claim to be such don't give me that feeling. Except one kind of obscure title from the nineties, but I can't remember what it was called.  
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 4, 2017, 20:37 Prez
 
Blizzard definitely hit a gold mine with Overwatch. It will probably be a moneymaker for years to come.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Turns 15
23. Re: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Turns 15 May 2, 2017, 19:40 Prez
 
Fond memories of Morrowind. Not too long ago I thought I'd reinstall it and maybe run through it again. I guess I've been spoiled by the more accessible more recent Elder Scrolls because the mechanics felt archaic to me. When I'm clearly hitting the person or monster I'm swinging at and the game keeps telling me I missed it made me so angry! It was never a problem for me back when Morrowind was new but I guess I've grown out of it.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday
16. Re: Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday May 1, 2017, 22:36 Prez
 
If you kill an important or loved character you should stand behind it and keep them dead.

I would agree, but I never got over how badly Leah got screwed over in D3. By her own mom for chrissake. I'd like to see her make a comeback. Somehow.
 
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News Comments > Uncut Half-Life in Germany
24. Re: Uncut Half-Life in Germany Apr 28, 2017, 21:06 Prez
 
While I thought Unreal was amazing, it still felt like a game, albeit an engrossing one. Half-Life though - with the incredible cohesiveness of the narrative experienced through the gripping gameplay felt like an adventure. A wonderful experience. I couldn't really tell you anything about Unreal other than it was amazing-looking (at the time obviously) and tons of fun. But I can remember almost every detail of Black Mesa, the genius encounters, and Xen to this day.  
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News Comments > Prey System Specs
4. Re: Prey System Specs Apr 27, 2017, 23:00 Prez
 
The head-scratching decision to call this game "Prey" aside, it looks like it has the potential to be good. Waiting for reviews/Let's Plays.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2017, 17:05 Prez
 
Again, the main problem is not selling cheap games - lots of sites do that. It's that without the proper safeguards that G2A lacks anything bought through G2A with a stolen credit card or hacked account will end up in a charge back that the developer is responsible for. This can and purportedly has resulted in developers having to pay quite a bit of money in charge back fees. That should be guarded against and G2A doesn't .  
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