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Signed On Aug 25, 2003, 02:10
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3
14. Holy cash grab Simoneon Jun 3, 2009, 01:28 Hanneth
The game is just out and they already have a ton of "Extra" things you can buy? I remember when The Sims came out and they'd make a new thing here and there and give them to you for free. Furthermore, some of these "additions" look to be stuff from previous games. We already modeled it in 3d a long time ago, now we're going to charge you through the nose for it.  
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News Comments > EA Financial Results
9. EA Financial Results May 6, 2009, 04:38 Hanneth
Well, EA was forced to delay releasing a game that was finished last year because of a certain WB delaying a movie. Oddly enough the expected revenue of it closely matches what they expected to rake in from the game.  
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News Comments > The Sims 3 Online Features
5. Re: vid card progression Apr 30, 2009, 14:37 Hanneth
Riverview used to be a name of a mental hospital here. There were many reports of mistreatment and abuse of the patients. Now considering the EA campus where this is being developed is right next to the city that this mental hospital was in, what do you supposed they are saying about the people that play the game?  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Killzone 2 Jan 16, 2009, 14:56 Hanneth
They both have a built in web browser? Yes, the PS3 does. The Wii, doesn't, you have to purchase it as an add on for 500 Wii Points. Of course if you bought the Wii early enough then they did allow downloading for the web browser for free. Unfortunately I bought it just after they stopped doing that.

On a side note, it's misleading to say PS3 and Wii will stream Youtube, they both have built in web browser
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: PS3 and Wii to stream YouTube. Jan 16, 2009, 14:48 Hanneth
I love my PS3. That being said, the implementation of Flash stinks!
I can watch about 3 videos before I have to reload the browser. Even at that the 3rd video is usually really choppy at SD resolution.

In contract I've spent hours on my Wii watching YouTube videos.

The PS3 might have improved it's Flash implementation a couple of patches ago, but it still needs work to make it usable.
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News Comments > Red Alert 3 Demo
16. Re: Red Alert 3 Demo Nov 25, 2008, 03:58 Hanneth
I don't know, but later version of the Spore malware demo did. I got an early creature trial thingy and it didn't, but I think EA is attaching malware to all their products now.

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News Comments > Tabula Rasa Closing
30. Re: Tabula Rasa Closing Nov 21, 2008, 19:58 Hanneth
I'm not really surprised either. Though I do love MMOs. Only problem is too many of them are go slaughter everything that moves. Now that's what a large portion of what people want, but I don't see any reason to pay a monthly subscription fee for that. I can do that in single player games, or play multiplayer with out the dedicated server. It's not like your actions make much of a difference in most MMOs.

I do however really like UO. You don't have to slaughter everything, you can be just a tailor, or a miner, plant grower, or many other things. Other games have these aspects too, but you must kill, kill, kill, a little bit of what you want to do, then forced to go kill, kill, kill.

I was hoping Tabula Rasa would be another hybrid game, but from all I read it was just another Massive Multi-player Online Quake with a different battle system.

I don't know any other game like UO, but with how much EA has screwed us, I'm hoping one will come along.

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News Comments > Even Ensemble Doesn't Understand Their Closure
30. Microsoft is after the living room Nov 17, 2008, 20:10 Hanneth
Microsoft started the Xbox devision to try to get the home living room. It had and still has nothing to do with profit, it's about power and control.

Most gamers have a computer, if they are looking at a high end gaming console they have the Xbox 360 or PS3 to choose from. If all the good games for the 360 can also be bought for the PC, why not get a PS3 and then play all the good 360 games on the PC?

Thus Microsoft is trying to make many games exclusive, or exclusive for a period of time for the Xbox 360, so that people will want to buy an Xbox 360 instead of the PS3.

Microsoft wants games for PCs, but they need good exclusive games for the Xbox 360, thus they are hurting PC Gaming not because they don't want games on the PC, they just want to control the living room.
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News Comments > Warhammer Online's Cut Content to Return for Free
21. What does UO have to do with WAR. Sep 19, 2008, 15:14 Hanneth
EA bought out Origin Systems Inc. a long time ago and UO was made after that merger. EA bought out Mythic more recently.
EA merged what was left of Origin with Mythic causing anyone working on UO that wanted to keep their jobs to have to move into the old Mythic studio. This has caused minimal work on UO to be done for 9 month.
The DaoC, WAR and UO teams now work together and give each other ideas.

I wouldn't be surprised if the name Mythic is just replaced with EA in about a year. That's what they did with Origin, Bullfrog, Janes and a few other companies they acquired. They kept the name for a couple of years, then dropped it.

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News Comments > Warhammer Online's Cut Content to Return for Free
14. Learning from the UO team? Sep 19, 2008, 13:01 Hanneth
Oh you'll get your content. The first map should come out in about 2.5 years after 2 really broken expansions have come out and we are on live dev team number 3.

Right after the first expansion comes out they will move offices and not much will be done for 9 months, at which point they'll put together a team that has no idea how the code works to make the second expansion while the live team starts fixing some of the bugs from the first expansion.

Cynical? Have you followed UO's history?

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News Comments > Site Update
15. Oh, it wasn't circus midget porn? Sep 16, 2008, 14:16 Hanneth
And here I was thinking when the site was down that you guys had been downloading too much circus midget porn again.

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News Comments > EA Giving up "Crappy" Licensed Games
13. Haven't had, or just plain canceled? Aug 6, 2008, 03:30 Hanneth
"I think what youíre noticing is that in years gone by we havenít had as many great, original intellectual properties."

Let me correct that.

I think what you're noticing is that in years gone by we've canceled many great, original intellectual properties.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: How to Upgrade from Vista to XP Jul 25, 2008, 13:18 Hanneth
It says it in the title, but I've corrected the name of the title.
How to Downgrade Upgrade from Vista to XP.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: vid card progression May 12, 2008, 13:46 Hanneth
Microsoft has referred to Vista as the gaming OS. Yet many games do not work on Vista, run really poorly, or require hacks and playing with compatibility options forever just to get them to run. Gamers want to just be able to play their games most of the time, and you can't with Vista.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: vid card progression Apr 29, 2008, 13:20 Hanneth
The region lock on the Xbox360 makes sense. After all some areas the product has been slightly modified to meet government regulations. I expect the region lock is used to show the governments that they are trying to keep things in good faith. I don't think Rockstar had a change of heart, just with table tennis they didn't have content problems in some countries.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Gates: Live Outage a "Hiccup." Jan 8, 2008, 20:12 Hanneth
Let's be honest, Live has been unstable from when it was first created for Asheron's Call. I liked the games, but that loading and patching system were absolutely pitiful. I started laughing looking at the date to see if it was Apirl 4th when they said they were expanding the same network for the Xbox system. Not sure if they still use the same network or not, but Microsoft just didn't have a clue on how to setup a network to support games.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Troll in the room Dec 5, 2007, 15:02 Hanneth
*sits back at his Playstation 3 continues to get constant upgrades and doesn't have to worry about paying for the Playstation Network*

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News Comments > Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn is Born
8. Fun, but buggy as you'll get Aug 27, 2007, 13:24 Hanneth
I was in the beta for this, which was actually pre-alpha quality. This was actually officially released a while back, when it was barely playable. Now they are getting really close to features complete, I believe, though the client is only early beta quality. I find that I have the client usually starts locking up after about a hour of play, so you have to exit, then reload the program. On exit it usually crashes, no matter how long I've been playing. The preliminary item hue system is still in, so some items look down right aweful right now. They are apparently working on proper hue system that has not been completed yet. There are still creatures and clothing that are using placeholder artwork. Same old botched job of what should have been a major launch, but that's typical of UO. That being said it's still a good game, and at some point the new client will become stable.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Ummm, aren't there some missing? Jul 1, 2007, 04:19 Hanneth
I've worked at a couple of companies where the number one tech support problem was caused by:
Hide extensions for known file types
(When we redid the product manual we added turning that off as the first step of installation, and also had it in the things to try before calling tech support section)

Use Personalized Menus
(Do I really need to say anything?)

Use smooth scrolling
(Watch that CPU hit 100%, come on, I want to be able to select some thing one of these days)

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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Vista Drivers
9. Re: vid card progression Feb 20, 2007, 20:20 Hanneth
NVIDIA drivers have always been bad. Ever tried programming some thing to work on one of their cards? I've found it to be extremely frustrating.

ATI used to have bad drivers, then they wanted to get back in the game and hired some driver developers and came out with the Catalyst program. Now their driver's aren't perfect, but most of the time if there's a problem, I've traced it back to my code.

NVIDIA more often then not, if there's a problem it's because they don't properly support some thing in DirectX, or it's broken in the set of WHQL drivers I tested it on.

The crappy drivers and hardware that likes to fry are why I'm a fanATIc.

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