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Real Name John Prezioso   
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Signed On May 24, 2003, 03:25
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Sep 29, 2017, 17:36 Prez
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 29, 2017, 11:45:
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2017, 11:36:
Everyone who keeps buying loot boxes is contributing to this BS. And there's a ton of these mouthbreathers, so it's not going to go away.

Do adults actually buy this crap, or is it kids who are far more concerned by what a non-gameplay-affecting avatar looks like?

A ton of people care about what they look like in game. It seems people who are focused on mechanics scratch their heads in confusion about how this sort of thing catches on. But as someone who is normally indifferent to such things I came to realize how insidious and almost predatory these types of "quasi-gambling" boxes are in Overwatch.

"OMFG that Lucio skin is so cool! Wait it's only around until the timed event ends tomorrow? But I probably won't level up again before then. And even if I do, the chance of me getting that particular skin is tiny! DAMN YOU BLIZZARD!!!"

The whole mechanic of loot crates is based on people's predilection to winning in a game of chance. It's why casinos are so popular, and why youtubers have gotten rich off of streaming gambling for CSGO skins. And why gambling addiction is a thing. Publishers know that loot boxes make them way more money than just selling skins outright because of this. Worse, because the legal definition of gambling does not extend to this sort of thing there is zero regulation. And of course, since it's not regulated - because it's not gambling (even though colloquially it obviously is) - there is nothing to say that publishers don't rig it so it takes far more tries to get the rare and desireable items they know that people really want instead of all the drek the boxes are mostly full of.

It's a disgusting and abhorrent practice; probably the worst practice yet in gaming to date, and that's saying something.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 26, 2017, 04:48 Prez
 
Oh fuck off Bluehole. You sound like you're just mad that you're going to have competition from what looks to be a better and more feature-rich experience.  
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News Comments > Attack on Titan 2 Announced
3. Re: Attack on Titan 2 Announced Sep 26, 2017, 04:46 Prez
 
Once you get past the fact that the Titans are creepy naked dudes, it's great entertainment.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 26, 2017, 04:45 Prez
 
I still can't get over that Carlos Danger, sexting extraordinaire, is named Weiner. Some jokes just write themselves, amirite?  
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News Comments > Tentative SAG-AFTRA Deal
5. Re: Tentative SAG-AFTRA Deal Sep 26, 2017, 04:42 Prez
 
I knew they weren't going to get royalties; no way publishers were going to give on that issue. I'm surprised the issue of vocal stress is still unresolved - it's easily the most sensible request by the voice actors union.  
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News Comments > PUBG vs Fortnite
34. Re: New AMD Drivers Support Dual Vega GPUs Sep 23, 2017, 01:26 Prez
 
Kinda sounds like LoL vs DOTA all over again. As far as the two games, if I was forced to choose one, I'd go with Fortnite myself. It just looks WAY better aesthetically and mechanically. I was able to watch 3 20-minute dev streams of the PvP mode and liked them. Conversely, watching PUBG is boring as hell. I haven't played either, or any battle royale-style game, but to me Fortnite looks like the better game.

On the subject of the ominous "contemplating further action" line in the Player Unknown press release, it would definitely be interesting to see if it got litigious, but I really hope it doesn't. That's a big ole can of smelly rotten worms that really doesn't need to be opened. The precedent set by any court decision could be pretty far reaching.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Sep 22, 2017, 10:04 Prez
 
If I remember correctly wasn't this project code-named Van Buren?
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Competitive Bans Coming
5. Re: etc. Sep 21, 2017, 17:45 Prez
 
Blizzard happily lets the idiots buy 2nd, 3rd, etc accounts. Assholes will always be assholes so they'll just get banned again. That's just a repeating cycle of extra money for Blizzard.  
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News Comments > Vampyr Delayd
3. Re: Vampyr Delayd Sep 20, 2017, 22:40 Prez
 
As long as it's good, I'll wait.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 20, 2017, 22:37 Prez
 
Everybody "borrows" from everybody. How many FPS's are there? How many Action RPG's? How many rogue-likes? How many open world gangsta sims? Hero Shooters? Those all copied what was popular and ran with them. It's ironic that Ubsioft's best title in years (Watch Dogs 2) borrowed liberally from GTA.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Review Fallout
33. Re: Fallout 4 Review Fallout Sep 20, 2017, 19:02 Prez
 
Creston wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 18:08:

Prez wrote:
It's pretty harmless; and definitely seems better to me than aligning yourself with dubious groups like Gamersgate or getting involved with a toothless class action lawsuit that invariably goes nowhere.

It seems to me that dubious groups are the ones that often organize review bombs when there's a political slant, like that Baldur's Gate thing with the trans character.

That may be true in some cases, but in the case of Take 2's cease and desist against ModIV and Gearbox's slimy intervention with We Happy Few, it's just good ole fashion gamer rage. And it doesn't involve harassing people, misogyny, or doxxing.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Review Fallout
29. Re: Fallout 4 Review Fallout Sep 20, 2017, 18:36 Prez
 
I have to admit the concept of review bombing tickles me. Of course it doesn't help the average consumer who is just interested in the game and indeed it could mislead them, but I think the gamers with at least a modicum of wisdom know to take user reviews with a grain of salt anyway. The reason I'm not disgusted with review bombing because it's a way for the gaming community to en masse send a clear message to vile publishers like Gearbox, Take 2, Bethesda, Warner Bro.s Inc, etc. that they are getting tired of their shit. It's pretty harmless; and definitely seems better to me than aligning yourself with dubious groups like Gamersgate or getting involved with a toothless class action lawsuit that invariably goes nowhere.  
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News Comments > Battleborn Content Updates Ending
1. Re: Battleborn Content Updates Ending Sep 17, 2017, 17:39 Prez
 
Such a shame - Battleborn was a really well-designed and fun game. Too bad they made every conceivable mistake one could make along the road (not too mention being attached to Randy Pitchford who is a lying fuckwit). Had it launched free to play before Overwatch things may very well have gone very differently.  
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
73. Re: Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 16, 2017, 01:50 Prez
 
Sure looks great though.  
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
66. Re: Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 15, 2017, 02:50 Prez
 
In all likelihood this project is going to implode when all the money dries up. BUT...

What if? What if it actually makes it out someday and is awesome? I still kind of hope that something wonderful comes out of this eventually. If it does end up failing miles before the finish line as virtually everyone here predicts I lose nothing and gained a whole lot of entertainment along the way. But I still have the tiniest hope it will see the light of day - the pre-Alpha footage has looked incredible thus far.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2017, 02:36 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 22:43:

Just don't get how libertarians and GamerGaters argue this.

GamerGaters? Is that still a thing?
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
21. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 14, 2017, 21:52 Prez
 
Personally, I admire and dislike Bleszinski in equal measure, but I don't take into account a producer's personality or shortcomings when I'm looking for a game to play. I kind of suspect that the majority of PC gamers are similar in that for most of them who develops what is irrelevant. But Lawbreakers certainly has a lot going against it. It looks pretty bad-ass in motion, and suitably chaotic and fluid, but the whole art direction is kind of 'meh'. Contrasted with Overwatch it just looks utterly bland. It has lots of competition in the FPS competitive shooter genre and it doesn't seem to do anything in particular to set itself apart.

In my specific case, I know I got turned off from Lawbreakers almost immediately with all the talk of how skill-based it is. Reading stories about how it's a "respawn and die" simulator for all but the highest skill veterans of old fashioned first person shooters flat out scared me away from it. I wasn't even that good at twitch shooters in my prime. Now that I'm approaching 50 it's of no interest at all to me. I'm open to playing another multiplayer game besides Overwatch, but I'd like to know going in that I'll be able to contribute in a way other than padding the opposing team's kill count. In Overwatch and Paladins, I always feel I can be of help to the team, even when playing against players with much higher skill levels.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free
24. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free Sep 14, 2017, 21:46 Prez
 
Hard to say the game failed with 15 million units sold, but damn, what a disappointment.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
22. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 20:43 Prez
 
double post - woops

 
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
21. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 20:40 Prez
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 13:15:
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is the problem with online gaming, period, and Overwatch is no exception to the rule whatsoever. 90% of online gamers are toxic, shit-talking, holier-than-thou, whiny little bitches, no matter what game they're playing. This is why I stopped playing online games years ago, but I see that nothing has changed.

Basically what he said. I've stopped reporting people because the same people keep showing up in my comp matches being assholes and Blizzard doesn't seem to be doing a lot about it.

Perhaps if they had dedicated servers...

They do, kind of. You can create a custom match and only invite friends. It was added it in a couple of patches ago. Obviously they still want everyone attached to their servers too make sure everything is on the up and up.
 
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