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Signed On Aug 14, 2003, 16:16
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 20, 2018, 15:28 ledhead1969
 
Reality: http://nyti.ms/2rr5dHZ

But whatever keeps your hate kindling is up to you.

Can't wait to see what that memo says, though. Pretty shocking that the Dems haven't leaked it yet. I wonder why.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 15, 2018, 15:33 ledhead1969
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 15, 2018, 14:28:
Harvard Study: Community-Owned ISPs Offer Lower, Clearer Prices

That can't be true. Everyone knows capitalism is the best, always and in every situation.

If you look at per-megabit price things look much different. I'd much rather spend 20% more a month for 100% increase in speed for the lowest tier. Some of the public ones are better per meg than private but most of the speeds are different.

Lafayette and Sebewaing are BS but if customers flee to the public option it will force the private companies to change their model to compete. The problem is that the public options are seriously hamstrung to make those changes if the need arises (raise prices to fund improvements to compete)?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 9, 2018, 13:52 ledhead1969
 
Meanwhile, back in reality, the typical Blue's sheep never said a word when Obama did the same thing.

http://wapo.st/2CKG9Nm

http://bit.ly/2mjjpOi

Keep the hate flowing, it warms us all on these cold nights.

Daily reminder: http://bit.ly/2Eqiges
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 1, 2018, 04:45 ledhead1969
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2017, 13:29:
All that stuff that was -killed by the net-- The real culprit was hedge funds.

they're taken private, then put through IPOs, then taken private again, then thrown at the public markets again. At each turn, the fund managers and at least some of their investors take home giant paychecks -- and the companies' fortunes get worse and worse.

“We are at historic highs [for distress], and we are not even in a recession,” says Charlie O’Shea, retail analyst at Moody’s. “If you’re a CAA rated retailer [a deep-junk rating by Moody’s], you have no flexibility at all. If you’re highly leveraged with a product mix that goes head to head against Walmart and Amazon, and you are looking to refinance right now, what reception do you think you’re going to get? It’s tough out there.”

The unregulated free market solves all problems and makes America strong. Any deviation from this line of thought means you're a commie.

From the perspective of a libertarian, yes. From the perspective of any one else, it means you have an opinion. You see, commies think everyone should have an opinion *as long as it is the same as their own opinion*. And in true commie form, they will murder you if you don't agree (see: history). It must suck to come here and have to step out of your echo chamber because (see above). All those man-buns you run with all speaking the same thoughts, every day. How boring.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
13. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Dec 30, 2017, 17:44 ledhead1969
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 13:00:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 12:54:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 12:52:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 11:59:
Bill Borre wrote on Dec 30, 2017, 11:51:
Did you see the photo of the swatter? Sometimes stereotypes are dead on matches.
You may want to check your privelege. This guy looks like he works at kinkos https://www.gamespot.com/articles/arrested-swatter-faces-maximum-five-year-prison-se/1100-6425220/

He looks like a young Jack Black.
stereotypical thug

That's not the guy arrested last night. Tyler Raj Barriss was arrested last night. He looks, well, like an unemployed 25 year old, but not like a cheeto-obsessed gamer.

He doesn't look like a 25 year old out of work millenial. He's acted like a terrorist who called in multiple bomb threats before getting some innocent kid killed by swatting him and his family.

http://bit.ly/2BZfT1k
http://bit.ly/2DCTjfD

I don't mean to downplay the idiot cop's actions in this but that kid would not have been killed if Tyler Raj Barriss wasn't a total scumbag.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2017, 14:31 ledhead1969
 
Scheherazade wrote on Dec 28, 2017, 11:57:
I wonder if the UBER news stuff has any connection to reality, or if it's gossip/propaganda?

I know people who use uber, and people who drive for uber, and none have had any change in habbit. Are they unique or something?

What exactly is going on 'on the ground' that is actually affecting uber's bottom line? I just fail to find anyone who actually cares about what is going on at uber corporate. People either want a ride, or they want some side cash, and whether or not uber corporate is having a scandal doesn't change that.

I'm not referring to any google lawsuits. Google can bury anyone under a mountain of legal bills... but google a ways down the list when it comes to the news' typically spewed UBER woes.

-scheherazade

I chat with my Uber drivers all the time and their biggest complaint has to do with cities trying to put them out of business because the pols are all paid off by the taxi union(s).

Over the past 10 years Uber is probably the best new-economy or whatever it is called business.

The taxi business is (was) a monopoly controlled by the state (or city, whatever). Buy the medallion, you can be a taxi. Have the medallion, no matter how shitty your service, limited competition kept you safe.

Remember (member?) calling for a taxi? The wait to talk to someone, then the wait to actually have a limited supply of taxis come pick you up, then the dirty as shit car, no AC, and the driver yammering on his phone the whole time?

Yea, that business model needed to be destroyed.

The standard pricing was nice but who wouldn't pay more for a car to arrive in 5 minutes, take you where you need to go the most efficient and fastest way, and then you just jump out of the car?

Taxi companies could have instituted the innovations Uber came out with but they didn't *because they didn't have to*. Why would they improve their service if you have no other choice but to use them?

Back on point, the Uber drivers I have all work for multiple ride sharing services, most have other jobs and do Uber for quick/extra cash. They were bummed about the fare reductions that Uber instituted to drive the taxi businesses out but that was just good business and the taxi companies couldn't fight it off. Maybe unfairly as they can't manage their fares but they could improve service, the quality of the cars, etc.

I guess there was a shitty corporate culture but no driver ever mentioned that (which makes sense as I could be a secret passenger or something to them).

Never tried lyft.

The one business that has not been destroyed by the internet yet is buying a house. That process should be much more efficient and cheaper for all involved. That real estate agent cartel must be shoveling bills to politicians to keep that crap business model alive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 26, 2017, 13:22 ledhead1969
 
Obama said the same thing.

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/

I wonder which giving of love will, or, has, caused the most death?
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse
5. Re: Destiny 2 Fans Urge Everse Reverse Dec 26, 2017, 13:13 ledhead1969
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 26, 2017, 11:28:
Eververse is only P2W in the sense that a large part of Destiny is trying to obtain cosmetic gear and Bungie launched Destiny 2 with all the interesting cosmetics in Eververse with nothing for dedicated players to actually strive for. In Destiny 1, all the gorgeous cosmetic gear was tied to completing achievements or milestones in the game such as doing raids on Hard Mode or beating certain challenge encounters. Destiny 2 has none of that and everything that looks like it had any sort of design thought put into is in Eververse.

So yeah... You can dump tons of cash into Eververse and get a really pretty armor set, a quality-of-life ghost, sparrow, and ship but none of those are really that integral to game play to call it P2W. Comparing this bullshit to EA's bullshit is comparing shit oranges to shit apples. Both have valid reasons to be pissed at, but just removing Eververse from Destiny 2 won't fix anything. If there was actual armor sets, ghosts, sparrows, and ships to obtain outside of Eververse, then 90% of these complaints would disappear.

This. There is no P2W. Should there be more ways to gain the items, yes. This is in no way like SWBF (or, CoD, Halo, GoW etc). FFS.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
3. Re: Saturday Interviews Dec 24, 2017, 16:22 ledhead1969
 
Well, I have to give it to you all, you were correct. The repeal has already produced significant negative benefits. At least no one has died but it's only been 2 weeks or so. Bravo Blue community, you had it nailed all along.

This is a great list of the horror so far: http://bit.ly/IqT6zt
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 is Activision's "Biggest PC Launch"
19. Re: Destiny 2 is Activision's Dec 20, 2017, 16:26 ledhead1969
 
Creston wrote on Dec 20, 2017, 10:39:
The game has earned more than 90 awards and nominations to date

Best Lootboxes
Best Avoiding Gamers Wrath About Lootboxes
Best Letting EA Take All the Shit for the Exact Same Thing
Best Job Advertisement for Hiring a Lootbox Designer



I don't get all the hate. I have multiple high-level characters and I have never spent a dime on a loot box. There is no need. Maybe, in a round about way you could spend money to get blue mods to then create purple ones? Or, a purple one might drop? They can all be had by just playing the game.

Other than that (which is is no way necessary or even smart) the eververse stuff is all ships, shaders, and other stuff that provides no benefit in game as far as I can tell.

I've got all the weapons that are BIS for the raids, all the armor, and all of the mods I want and have never even thought about buying anything.

SWBFII was completely different. The boxes had the chance to give you significant upgrades to your build.

Maybe I'm missing something, but your post is fairly scathing of a mechanic that I have never experienced.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 13, 2017, 16:06 ledhead1969
 
Creston wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 12:24:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 14:42:
ledhead1969 wrote on Dec 12, 2017, 14:14:
NN didn't exist until 2015. Can someone explain to me why the world didn't fall apart in the 20 years preceding 2015 and it will happen now? I just don't get why the sky is falling by going back to pre-2015 models.

Yes, all sorts of bad stuff might happen but why didn't the whole internet fall apart before 2015? Why didn't all of those negatives completely take over the business model of the internet like they are predicted to now (by going back to the pre-2015 model).

Yes, I am oversimplifying but there was no NN pre-2015 and I don't remember everyone's head exploding on a daily basis on this board.
No one can explain this to you. You're a basket case.

Two years from now when his ISP makes him buy a package of websites he can access for $49.99 a month in addition to his regular service fee of $149 for 10/2mbps, in addition to Netflix having to charge him $75 a month to make up for the fees charged to it by Comcast/AT&T/Verizon (THEY'RE RIDING OUR PIPES FOR FREE!)

maybe he'll get it. I mean, probably not, but maybe. After it, it was a whole two years ago that all ISPs were fucking over Netflix to shake money out of them, and all the Ajit Pai asskissers conveniently have forgotten that. Or how about AT&T BLOCKING facetime traffic because they wanted to force people to use AT&T shitty videocomms app? Or blocking payment systems to force people to use their own shitty wallet system? They don't remember any of that.

So yeah, there's no need to worry. The sky won't fall, everything will be fine. Trust the ISPs. Competition will keep them honest, even if 99% of them have no competition anywhere.

I would roll my eyes, but I'd have to do it so hard I'm worried it'd hurt my neck.

I'm rich so all of these problems are for gas jockey basement dwellers. That being said, everything said here is all *speculation*, nothing happened pre-2015, nothing will happen post 2017, and if something does, the market will sort it out.

I get you all want your asses wiped by the government, your free shit, and other such absurdities, but the best way to improve something is to get the government out of it completely.

But yea, Blues is a cesspool of snowflake's and commies and I get that but, once again, nothing happened pre-2015. If things were soooo bad why didn't your messiah institute NN in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014? Why? Hmmm.
 
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News Comments > EverQuest Expands
1. Re: EverQuest Expands Dec 12, 2017, 19:46 ledhead1969
 
nine new raids  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 12, 2017, 14:14 ledhead1969
 
NN didn't exist until 2015. Can someone explain to me why the world didn't fall apart in the 20 years preceding 2015 and it will happen now? I just don't get why the sky is falling by going back to pre-2015 models.

Yes, all sorts of bad stuff might happen but why didn't the whole internet fall apart before 2015? Why didn't all of those negatives completely take over the business model of the internet like they are predicted to now (by going back to the pre-2015 model).

Yes, I am oversimplifying but there was no NN pre-2015 and I don't remember everyone's head exploding on a daily basis on this board.
 
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News Comments > Conan Exiles in May
3. Re: Conan Exiles in May Dec 11, 2017, 23:11 ledhead1969
 
GothicWizard wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 21:56:
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2017, 20:14:
Game still sounds like a hot mess. Too bad I was hoping it was going to be good.

Hot mess how exactly? I have been playing it for quite a while and it is very enjoyable. The strides it has taken is leaps and bounds from 6 months ago.

What strides exactly? Was thinking of picking this up.
 
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News Comments > World War Z Game Announced
14. Re: World War Z Game Announced Dec 8, 2017, 13:38 ledhead1969
 
The book is incredible. If you haven't read it, by all means do. Ask for it for Christmas and then spend your time at the in-laws reading it.

I always wished Tarantino would do a movie on the Japan chapter.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
40. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 15:28 ledhead1969
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 14:26:
ledhead1969 wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:23:
When all we had was tree-progression mechanics (play X and get X XP and unlock next X) people didn't have a problem with playing 150 hours to unlock everything.

Yeah, I dunno about that, man. There are definite limits about how much time I'll sink into something in order to progress. Also the type of game. It's fine in CRPGs because that's the way RPGs work. I'm not fine with it in FPS'. I don't want to grind just to unlock a class or specific weapon or skill. But even with CRPGs it can't be a huge grind or I'll just get bored and dump it. I play games for fun. If they're a chore than they're not fun so why the hell am I playing it? I have enough chores IRL.


I have no idea how to solve any of this. I think they had a good model with skill (and as a result time)-based progression but they saw all of these 'free' to play games making bank on whales and applied a shitty phone-based business model to AAA PC/console games.

People like rewards, and like (well, derived a sense of accomplishment) even more if they worked for them. Games were a steady stream of weapons, accessories, gear/armor based on progression/effort.

Something shiny was just one more game away, game is fun, will be even more fun with that new optic etc. Play play play. Then they made it all random, and added a cost, making the entire game revolve around pulling a slot machine lever and not actually playing the game to get a reward.

It's bad enough to pay and it be random but what about not paying and getting a box for grinding and STILL not getting the item.

All that money EA put into focus groups and high-priced psychologists, etc didn't pick up that taking away the incentive to actually play would destroy their game (plus, even paying and getting squat would be acceptable)?

I don't know, pandora's box was opened on all of this, and other games are just as guilty but it was sort of ignored/accepted. No idea how to fix it without going back to older models. But that means less rev, which means more DLC/season passes (cut games) and, most likely, higher initial buy-in and stupid pre-order shiny.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
36. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 13:41 ledhead1969
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:24:
ledhead1969 wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:00:
I don't have any issue with pay-for-progression. If I can't play a game for 300 hours to unlock all the weapons (re:Battlefield-type games) then I should be able to do that. Not Day 1, or, even Day 90, but at some point I should be able to. (caveat - I do enjoy playing a game for 300 hours to unlock everything, if the game is fantastic...like Bad Co 2.)

It is the randomness that is underhanded. Buying the boxes for the chance at the weapon or upgrade is unseemly and borderline illegal based on these stories.

So lets say loot boxes for randoms becomes illegal. Do these corp types simply then go pay to win or pay for exact item? You want this special gun $5? You want this special uniform $10?

Corp types now budget based on all the added loot-box rev. i can just imagine multiple VPs are now falling on the sword over this fiasco (especially with Disney reading them the riot act). Most likely, tens of millions of dollars in lost rev by removing the boxes.

But EA will get its nut. One way or the other. As will all corp types.

They should have stuck to progression-based unlocks and sold 500 different colored light-sabers and cosmetic armor. The Star Wars fans would have eaten it up.

But no...they destroyed their new revenue stream on pure greed. That's kind of how its supposed to work, too. Gov doesn't need to fix any of this...it was fixed by fans and lost sales.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
33. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 13:23 ledhead1969
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:03:
ledhead1969 wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:00:
I don't have any issue with pay-for-progression. If I can't play a game for 300 hours to unlock all the weapons (re:Battlefield-type games) then I should be able to do that. Not Day 1, or, even Day 90, but at some point I should be able to. (caveat - I do enjoy playing a game for 300 hours to unlock everything, if the game is fantastic...like Bad Co 2.)

It is the randomness that is underhanded. Buying the boxes for the chance at the weapon or upgrade is unseemly and borderline illegal based on these stories.

The argument for this is that it shouldn't take 300 hours to do that.. They purposely make the grind so huge to make you WANT to pay for it. That's why this is getting press and exactly the reason it needs to be criticized.


When all we had was tree-progression mechanics (play X and get X XP and unlock next X) people didn't have a problem with playing 150 hours to unlock everything.

They knew it just took time (and skill to some degree as skill was the accelerator). But no one complained. Only with the advent of blatant gambling boxes did it all fall apart.

Bottom line, peopla were buying the games and the loot boxes on *other* games and the shit didnt hit the fan. I guess Star Wars saved us all.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
32. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 13:19 ledhead1969
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:03:
ledhead1969 wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 13:00:
I don't have any issue with pay-for-progression. If I can't play a game for 300 hours to unlock all the weapons (re:Battlefield-type games) then I should be able to do that. Not Day 1, or, even Day 90, but at some point I should be able to. (caveat - I do enjoy playing a game for 300 hours to unlock everything, if the game is fantastic...like Bad Co 2.)

It is the randomness that is underhanded. Buying the boxes for the chance at the weapon or upgrade is unseemly and borderline illegal based on these stories.

The argument for this is that it shouldn't take 300 hours to do that.. They purposely make the grind so huge to make you WANT to pay for it. That's why this is getting press and exactly the reason it needs to be criticized.


The question is what is a reasonable amount of time? 20 hours to get all the weapons in Battlefield? 50? 100? 200? Maybe 100 to get everything and then I play another 200 because the game is great?

Let's say there are no loot boxes...and it takes 100 hours to unlock everything, or, I can pay 49.99 after 90 days to unlock everything. Is that fair? It rewards dedicated players and then gives others a chance to pay for convenience.

I bet 80% of a games audience won't play for more than 50 hours. Why should those that like dedication and progression be penalized because people want it all easily handed to them?

None of this was an issue until randomness came into the equation. That is what put people over the edge. All games do this now...Halo, GoW, BFr/BF, doesn't CoD? F2P MMOs live by it.

I did like how Rift did it with being able to buy second tier gear as soon as it became second tier, but their loot boxes were too much for me to continue playing...it was all gambling.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
30. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 13:00 ledhead1969
 
I don't have any issue with pay-for-progression. If I can't play a game for 300 hours to unlock all the weapons (re:Battlefield-type games) then I should be able to do that. Not Day 1, or, even Day 90, but at some point I should be able to. (caveat - I do enjoy playing a game for 300 hours to unlock everything, if the game is fantastic...like Bad Co 2.)

It is the randomness that is underhanded. Buying the boxes for the chance at the weapon or upgrade is unseemly and borderline illegal based on these stories.
 
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