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News Comments > Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom
8. Re: Harmonix Shareholders Sue Viacom Dec 21, 2010, 17:57 Ventura
Steele Johnson wrote on Dec 21, 2010, 15:30:
Increasing the difficulty and adding new songs is not the path they should have taken.

Actually, that's probably exactly what people who love the genre wanted them to do. The main thing I wanted was pro drums, and they threw that in there along with the keyboard and various pro modes for the guitar.

It's as he said though, the genre crashed. Far too few people care about the whole plastic instrument thing now. Rock Band 3 could have been anything, and it would have bombed. People are just over it.

I hope they get what they deserve though, because Rock Band would have been wildly successful financially back in the day, and it doesn't surprise me that Viacom might've tried to cover up some of that in order to get out of paying as much of the royalties as they could've.
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News Comments > Minecraft Enters Beta
40. Re: Minecraft Enters Beta Dec 21, 2010, 17:40 Ventura
I'm pretty sure you're just making stuff up. Here is what he said:

Sigh. Alright, here's quotes from his twitter feed, taken from around that time:

The "all updates free" still applies to old accounts. We're taking it out because it scares both lawyers and the board.

Someone asked if people who buy beta will have to pay for updates, and he said:

They MIGHT have to pay, we don't know yet. We're changing it because the promise is scary. But you're safe.

Can't be too much clearer than that guys.
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News Comments > Minecraft Enters Beta
16. Re: Minecraft Enters Beta Dec 21, 2010, 08:10 Ventura
Pretty sure that there's no "board". He's indie and he can self fund out of his $5 million (after taxes).

I didn't think there'd be a "board" either, but that's how he wrote it on twitter. Starting to think I'm the only one that reads his twitter around here.

Saying all content in the game is free forever to every single purchaser of the game precludes selling expansions for instance.

Which is exactly why his lawyers would have pushed for the jump to beta.
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News Comments > Minecraft Enters Beta
12. Re: Minecraft Enters Beta Dec 21, 2010, 06:33 Ventura
you people do realise that a beta is still a test release? It could happily kill all your save games and still be ok? Its a BETA not a release. Even if it performs WORSE than an alpha it is still testing. Perhaps it has a different code base for various procedures in order to stress test.

You should create an account over at, you'll fit right in mate. Notch could fuck the game up completely, it wouldn't matter, there are people blowing him all the time over there
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
66. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 21, 2010, 04:31 Ventura
So, anyone have any particular recommendations? I already have Bad Company 2, Supreme Commander 2, Portal, Batman Arkham Asylum, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Call of Juarez Bound in Blood...

I thought about Titan Quest, I mean seriously, $3.74 are you kidding me, but I really don't want to buy something just for the sake of buying it. It's bad enough that I also bought Metro 2033 about a week ago but still haven't actually tried it yet.

Having just bought a 3d screen too, games that look particularly good in 3d get bumped right to the top of the list.
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News Comments > Minecraft Enters Beta
9. Re: Minecraft Enters Beta Dec 21, 2010, 03:34 Ventura

When he first started selling the game, he wasn't sure how well it would sell, and had a line about how if you buy alpha, all future versions of the game will be available for free.

The change was made because that promise apparently scared his lawyers (and the board), so by advancing to beta, the conditions governing the sale could be modified.

He tweeted all of this back on 12th December, back when he first announced that Minecraft would soon be going beta. It's not really ready for beta, it's just so that the terms could be changed.
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News Comments > Minecraft Enters Beta
4. Re: Minecraft Enters Beta Dec 20, 2010, 23:51 Ventura
Great game, but I do wish he'd test it more.

I updated my server, fired it up, logged in, dropped an item, picked it up, and got four of them back. Performance is greatly reduced too, it has my quad core 2 gig machine on it's knees.

I love what Notch has done, and what he's doing, but every time he walks two steps forward, he does slip one back. It's not quite ready for beta just yet, and I think we can blame his lawyers for trying to push it through.

This all said, it has been well-worth the price. Even at beta it's a steal.
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops Patched
4. Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops Patched Dec 16, 2010, 03:24 Ventura
Fixed crosshair flickering when stereo is active.

Having recently upgraded to a 3D screen, this is the fix I was waiting for. The performance optimizations are the icing on the cake.

Now it's time to hit up the campaign in 3D.
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News Comments > Minecraft Beta Next Week
7. Re: Minecraft Beta Next Week Dec 13, 2010, 20:58 Ventura
Current sales have spiked somewhat noticeably because of the upcoming change. Like others I assume, I picked up a second alpha account; they're worth their weight in gold now.  
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Season Three
2. Re: Star Trek Online Season Three Dec 10, 2010, 22:48 Ventura
I'm sorry, I'm a trekkie, love the shows...

...but I have no desire to return to this game.

Hmm, that said. I wonder how it looks in 3D
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News Comments > November Game Sales and Black Ops Soar
18. Re: November Game Sales and Black Ops Soar Dec 10, 2010, 11:03 Ventura
Thank you to all you jagoffs who bought this POS and send the message that they can keep charging more for less. I for one choose not to support them!

I don't get it.

Aside from having a single player campaign and decent multiplayer, it's got zombies (the standard, and even a top-down mode), and full offline multiplayer where you can play with bots and earn experience as you would by playing standard multiplayer.

If that's them charging more for less, you're going to have to enlighten me, because from where I'm sitting, that cd is packed full of goodies.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 6, 2010, 18:14 Ventura
I had a chance to watch someone play Kinect over the weekend (that breakout-inspired game), and the lag was noticeable. Half a second to a second after she would put her hands up, her avatar would do the same.

They have to get rid of that before I'll even consider it.
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News Comments > Minecraft Sales Milestone, Interview
9. Re: Minecraft Sales Milestone, Interview Dec 5, 2010, 17:53 Ventura
I've come to love Minecraft, but I lack the creativity to really get anywhere with it. I don't know what to do, I figured I'd built a house out of bricks after getting huge amounts of clay together and then cooking it all up, but it ended up looking like the most boring thing ever. The things other people have done are just astonishing.

I'm good at getting resources together though, and I love the cave exploration side of things, but I just don't know what to do with it all.

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News Comments > Minecraft Interview
26. Re: Minecraft Interview Nov 26, 2010, 10:14 Ventura
Nor is it sold as a complete game, that's a falsehood, there are disclaimers all over the place before you buy that it's an alpha and it will have bugs.

You've got complete and unfinished mixed up. It's not sold as a finished game, but it is sold complete in that it's the only payment you need to make for it.

I wouldn't say the website's full of disclaimers either. The front page mentions potential instability at times, and the purchase graphic says you get 50% off during alpha. That's pretty much it. If there's a line somewhere about how he reserves the right to release updates without trying them out first because that's what the paying public is for, by all means, point me to it.
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News Comments > Minecraft Interview
19. Re: Minecraft Interview Nov 26, 2010, 07:43 Ventura
All things aside, alpha or retail, he IS selling it so that does put some extra obligation on him as opposed to a regular alpha I suppose.

I'm only annoyed so much because it's a great game with some serious potential, and - no disrespect to any fans of his - but I just think it deserves better.

I've worked on free mods for Warcraft 3, Quake 1 and Supreme Commander 2 and I've tested them a lot more than Notch appears to be testing his Minecraft updates.
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News Comments > Minecraft Interview
16. Re: Minecraft Interview Nov 26, 2010, 06:29 Ventura
Well, I'm sorry to join in on the fanboi chorus, but that's what alpha means. Alpha, as in even less project-maturity than beta. If the author had to carefully regression test every version when implementing new stuff, he would NEVER be able to make any progress because he'd be completely bogged down in testing.

Why do people always do that, I mean, go straight to the opposite end of the scale? I'm not expecting him to get all "completely bogged down in testing", but fuck, he could have fired it up once. Maybe if he had, then he'd have known that he'd broken the game.

I bought it back before the Halloween update, and I think it was almost in better shape back then. Armour worked, tree leaves decayed, items dropped on the floor when you died, and the player made "hurt" sounds when they felt pain.

I know that beta comes after alpha, but I'd like to know; what comes before it? Because that's where we're headed.
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News Comments > Minecraft Interview
5. Re: Minecraft Interview Nov 25, 2010, 21:17 Ventura
I bought it, and it was great, but he's not the best developer. None of his patches seem to ever be tested, and it doesn't help that there's a huge group of "it's an alpha, what do you expect?" fanboys on the official forums.

I mean christ, his last patch, released just the other day, actually broke the game. These days it's selling over 4000 copies every 24 hours, one wonders how much money it has to make before he'll actually take it seriously.
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patched
17. Re: World of Warcraft Patched Nov 25, 2010, 06:47 Ventura
I can't be stuffed either, to be honest. I have a pre-order in for the collector's edition of Cata, and I feel like cancelling it. I stopped playing a couple of months ago after having returned for about five months (prior to which, I hadn't played for years), but now I have absolutely no interest. Even then, I only started up again because my fiancee was very much into the game, and I liked the thought of raiding with her.

It's a great game though, but sometimes I think it's success can be attributed to the fact that real life is often such a big bill-paying chore.
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News Comments > Portal 2 Delayed Again
6. Re: Portal 2 Delayed Again Nov 18, 2010, 19:24 Ventura
I should be ashamed, but I still haven't played the first, despite having added it to my Steam account back when they were giving it away for free.

I know, I know... I'll get around to it
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News Comments > Black Ops Sales Record
14. Re: Black Ops Sales Record Nov 18, 2010, 19:07 Ventura
uh? HaWHAT!?

This latest version appears to be a lateral movement in graphics gameplay, etc. but it runs like crap.

I'm guessing he was being sarcastic mate. Certainly the Steam forums are filled with complaints.

I don't play typical multiplayer online (just co-op zombies), but I haven't really had that many problems with that. Any time I have played multiplayer, it's just been the training mode with the bots. I get a bit of slowdown then, though.

All in all, I don't regret the purchase one little bit, and even though it could be smoother, it could be a lot worse too.
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