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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 15, 2017, 15:02 Tumbler
Explain to me how a union would even do anything with respect to Uber..? The app basically offers you a job, drive some person or group from point A to point B, pays X. Yes/no.

If you're in a union that wants to force higher prices so everyone makes do you plan on stopping other people from joining uber and taking the job you don't want? If somehow everyone using uber stopped taking jobs then "surge" pricing would theoretically kick in and you'd have every tom dick and harry offering to give people I don't want to give up my privacy for $30 on my way to work but you bump that to $60 or $100 and I might have too...

This is a supply and demand problem. There are too many people able to do the job so the price stays low. A shit ton of people have cars and can easily take a job with uber. (temporarily)

See how many cars are on the freeway ALL THE TIME? Most of those have extra space and if you force the price up they might be more interested in picking someone up.

Uber drivers (dedicated I guess?) need a reality check. There are too many of you. Prices will go up when there are less of you and down when there are more of you. And at the end of the day you might be competing with a lot of people who don't look to uber as their source of income, it's just an extra $30 on their commute each day or and extra $50 to help pay for airport parking when they go on a trip. (someone like myself might turn on uber on my way to work, or on my way to the airport)

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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video
10. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video Mar 1, 2017, 15:48 Tumbler
the dialog is so fucking cringe-tastic its unbelievable... honestly its a new low for Bioware on that.. just WOW

This. The voice for the main character, I'm assuming the "shepard" of this game, is god awful in this demo. She sounds like a teenager on her first mission as the boss. I knew something was odd but the 2 minute mark is where is slapped me across the face...

I wonder what the male version sounds like...
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Promises "Totally Softcore Space Porn"
30. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Promises Feb 27, 2017, 20:08 Tumbler
Will be interesting to see what ppl say about this game. Dragon age Inquisition sounded good but I never played it. Going to prob skip this one too unless it's outstanding.  
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News Comments > E3 Opens to Public
18. Re: E3 Opens to Public Feb 9, 2017, 18:30 Tumbler

Or you can sit in the comfort of your home and watch the free 1080p stream without the hassle of LA traffic and gamer body funk. Wacko

This, jesus christ this. $150 to $250 to go? Don't fucking do this. Please. As a member of the public you're just going to wait in line to see almost nothing. As a member of the press with appointments it sounds like fun because they actually take the time to show you interesting stuff.

But nothing compares to just watching it all from home. All those press guys are so desperate to get your eyes on their website that you can see everything just by watching bluesnews.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
11. Re: etc., etc. Jan 19, 2017, 17:44 Tumbler
Kxmode wrote on Jan 18, 2017, 20:42:
I think their first mistake was creating a game that looks like a portmanteau of Dead Space and Mass Effect, notwithstanding the name they chose (Dead Effect).

Wait, they made a game that mixes Mass Effect and Dead Space?


*Watching Youtube*

Oh god, this isn't mass effect and dead space. This is low budget doom and low budget generic zombie game pushed together. Let's get some more door sounds in here, guys, not enough door sounds, you know what people want in these games, door sounds. That sound effect was driving me nuts after hearing it a dozen times a min.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 19, 2017, 17:27 Tumbler
Hunh, that Logan preview rolled back my excitement a little. Was very interested in seeing it based on the first trailer but after seeing what the deal is with the little girl it's less interesting. (2nd trailer)

If you liked the first trailer and want to see the movie then don't watch this new trailer. I feel like that spoiled the movie... First trailer was so
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 10, 2017, 17:24 Tumbler
I bought the new pixel XL and have that visor thing coming shortly. Google VR I think. (Or Daydream?) $80

What's crazy is with Google cardboard you can get something that works for under $20 pretty easy. This thing is only $14 and has a strap and foam pads.

Edit: OH FUCK, tracking says it was delivered today and it's been pouring all day!

Building something off the phone as a display makes perfect sense because at best the tech is a fun gimmick to try a few times then you set it aside. (my impression of people who have it)
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News Comments > Alien Covenant VR Experience Plans
16. Re: Alien Covenant VR Experience Plans Jan 4, 2017, 22:06 Tumbler
Judging from the trailer it looks like a remake of Alien with a slight nod to the Aliens sequel. Maybe that's all that's required is to offer up feelings of nostalgia to movie goers, it's working rather well for Star Wars after all.

Can you link me to the trailer you watched? I'm taking crazy pills I guess because all I see is more Prometheus. It's a more familiar alien creature and more familiar scenes I guess but it still looks like the half assed writing of Prometheus to me.
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2016, 22:42 Tumbler
Good lord, whoever wrote the article is an asshole.

The story of a video game is gender politics? At least fight for something real, ffs.

I mean does this mean we've reached equality? If people are bitching about a Mario game then we're good on the real world...No?
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News Comments > Vaporware Awards
11. Re: Vaporware Awards Dec 27, 2016, 13:39 Tumbler
It is vaporware because the game pitched in 2012 isn't the same game they're working on today and it's not even remotely close to completion thanks to the massive scope creep. Letting people play an early alpha build isn't the same as releasing a finished product.

Squadron 42 was the game that was originally pitched but everyone is more familiar with the larger multiplayer project called Star Citizen. In the original pitch they were going to make SQ42 and Star Citizen was a mabye. SQ42 is absolutely vapor ware based on things today, Star Citizen isn't.
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News Comments > Vaporware Awards
7. Re: Vaporware Awards Dec 27, 2016, 13:02 Tumbler
Is it fair to call it vaporware when there is a game you can play right now? It's not competitive with other games that have spent that much on development but I think it's more accurate to say it's in development

From what they've released thus far does anyone have a strong feeling on what they'll end up delivering? On the PU side, the multiplayer universe, I'm wondering if we're going to see something much more narrow in scope where you have maybe a dozen systems like the one on the PU with a few places to land and explore.

Something like the X series where you just fly around to different spots and hopefully you can host a server with a dozen or so players. I'm still hopeful that SQ42 will end up being something good. It was very disappointing to hear that the demo they did a year ago where they walked through that ship wasn't part of the game, IE a mission. I guess they revealed recently that was just a staged demo and wasn't anything in game.

They've done a lot of work on ships and such, and the basic engine looks like it can handle a single player space campaign but who knows. I'd hoped this last year was going to be lots of work on SQ42 but it feels like they spent on their time on the star marine update and I have to say it's not impressive. What we got in Dec of 2016 looks like what I'd expect to have gotten in April of 2015 when they said it wasn't good enough.

I should play it a bit more but I remember seeing video from like August of 2015 and it doesn't look significantly wtf were you doing over the last year?

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News Comments > Civilization VI Winter Update and New DLC
7. Re: Civilization VI Winter Update and New DLC Dec 22, 2016, 00:27 Tumbler
Ai still seems incompetent. Played 2 games today, first one I got rushed by a horde of warriors from brazil. Was shocked he was so aggressive so early. (king diff) So started a new game and my neighors on that one, germans, never attacked. They thought about it once but I manuevered my army to scare them off. Sounds great right?

Never saw an aggressive move from anyone the rest of the game. Once I got a spy out I realized how far behind in tech I was by my neighbor wasn't building any newer units. He was still keeping his swordmen around when he could have been making infantry.

I caught up and eventually attacked someone else and there were no defenders. nothing. They had zero units. They were miles ahead of me on tech but the only defense they had were city walls.

Very frustrating.

Brazil would randomly send a battleship fleet against my ships though, not sure why, one unit more or less, he did some damage but then nothing. I'm marching through his country with artillery, infantry and tanks and he's sending a battleship after me 10 turns later.
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News Comments > On Sale
14. Re: On Sale Dec 18, 2016, 22:59 Tumbler
A game is worth $50.00 for a full release with all stuff available, then maybe $10-$15 for some extra content IF it's a good game. SC is just not nearly worth this stuff, people look, the king is naked!

Tell that to eve online. Some ships in that game easily cost $2500. A lot more in fact if you break it down to isk / dollars. Aren't the Titans worth $5000?

The real trick will be making the game good enough that people want to play it when it takes that long to buy bigger ships and u can lose them.

It's odd to me why eve online survived with the time needed to advance being absurd and the risk of loss being so great.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Schedule, Videos, Sale
102. Re: Star Citizen Schedule, Videos, Sale Nov 21, 2016, 13:42 Tumbler
>StarCitizen is currently 4th on the list and the game is nowhere even near completion.

That list is pretty interesting. SWTOR takes the cake at 200m and since that's an MMO with an emphasis on a SP campaign (SO THEY SAID, MF'rs, 6 games in one hunh?! #@$@#$) so if SC is going in that direction they can gather a lot more money before it's going to release.

Desinty's an interesting item, that definitely came out feeling like half a game but it was a pretty good game and with a lot of extra content coming since release seems to have become a well rounded game. (sort of like battlefront) It's a weird co-op / mmo hybrid though at 140 million. Maybe it will take more to implement SC as pitched.

The third item is GTA V which is a great game! And it has a whole SP campaign plus a seperate MP game which SUUUUCCCCKKKKKEEEEEDDD at launch! So SC is looking just like GTA V! We're looking great! Best selling game of all time (I think? It's a fucking monster)

That is mostly sarcasm, I hope the project is going to turn out well and what they're showing looks amazing but the technical side of pulling all these parts together into one working game that will be online seems too demanding for todays internet and computers. The size and scope of these ships in a SP game is possible but trying to put them in an online space where you can run into almost any ship at any time is nuts. Most game that offer that have to load you into different games to show you the inside of the ship, inside of a base, inside of a space station, surface of a planet, etc. you can theoretically have that all loaded in memory but we're talking about a shit ton of data loaded into RAM so it can be used instantly and who knows what's thats going to do for framerates with multiple idris' attacking a javelin or a Bengal and having dozens if not hundreds of players involved in dozens of different ships.

The amount of data that needs to be in RAM for all that to happen instantly, spur of the moment, is WAY past what anyone else is doing and I'd guess it's going to be at least 32GB of RAM, no idea what the video cards will use or need.

Am I wrong on how this works? A typical video game on my Win 10 pc uses between 2-4gb of ram, normally never goes above 4. But if you wrap multiple "games" into SC like this then you're going to double, triple or quadruple that footprint...right?

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News Comments > Star Citizen Schedule, Videos, Sale
31. Re: Star Citizen Schedule, Videos, Sale Nov 19, 2016, 15:46 Tumbler
These internal projections only go as far as Dec 8th!?

How about the projected date for sq42? Or just the next 13 months in general?

The game continues to look amazing but the timelines of when well be able to actually play this game never seem to get clearer.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released
17. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released Oct 21, 2016, 16:50 Tumbler
I've come close to buying this several times and the price keeps holding me back. I think u can get it on Amazon for 20% off as a prime member but I still can't pull the trigger.

I went and watched a twitch stream of it and it didn't make difference. I can't help feeling like this is another rebooted sim city. The graphical style they went with leaves me wondering when the iPad release us going to be.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Delayed
88. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Delayed Oct 11, 2016, 10:26 Tumbler
Hopefully that single chapter they want to take to full quality will be something they can share by bathe end of the year.

Just finished uncharted 4 which was fantastic. With all the mo cap CIG did I'm excited to see some of the FPS stuff in game. Hopefully it will be awesome.

As long as funding keeps coming I guess they can do what they like. Would be nice to see something get finished but if it's not done and people will put more money in then so be it.

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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Single-Player Details & Trailer
5. Re: Battlefield 1 Single-Player Details & Trailer Sep 27, 2016, 16:55 Tumbler
Bought the season pass for Battlefront on PS4 when it went on sale for $33. That combined with the core game finally makes Battlefront feel like a $60 game. (I bought the game for about $35 at launch with some deals I found)

I think I'll wait on this one until this time next year. Seems like all these games, Call of Duty, Battlefront, Battlefield, are all way over priced at launch and even at a fair price, $30 to $40, they still feel incomplete. I'll wait until you can buy the game and season pass for $60 or less and then I'll give it a shot.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 21, 2016, 13:50 Tumbler
Tried to beat the rush and get my phone replaced yesterday by verizon, took them just over an hour to figure out how to do it.

If anyone else is struggling with the process they do a straight return on your old one then sell you a new one. (old charges go back on your payment card, you get charged again for new one)

They said the process is supposed to be explained today better but I doubt it. Hate dealing with the stores, online only is the way to go.

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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Open Beta Ends Thursday
19. Re: Battlefield 1 Open Beta Ends Thursday Sep 6, 2016, 16:43 Tumbler
The gameplay is really good, just like Battlefield 1942 when it came out. Too many great vehicles, the walk and jump animations are excellent! I hope to get rank 15 and 5 games in order to achieve beta user badge.

It really does feel like 1942 at times. It's been a long time since we've seen large open maps where you can literally just walk for miles and run into nothing. 1942 had large sections like that so many times you went out of your way to find a vehicle before leaving a checkpoint.

The nature of the weapons also leads to a lot more interesting shooting mechanics. A lot more situations where you have to hope for the best because things aren't that accurate or reliable.

I'd like to see how the rest of the maps play, this one was fun but I'm concerned that many of the maps won't follow this one's setup. I'll check it out at launch on twitch or youtube.

Had a lot more fun on the PS4 as well, might have to look for a discounted ps4 copy or maybe I should just plan on picking it at a redbox for a few days.

A major drawback from getting into this game is the season pass though. The way the season pass has played out with the battlefront game leaves me unhappy. I'd rather they continue to add maps and let us spend money on cosmetic things. Those new playable classes that come with the expansions are a perfect example, add stuff like that for making money, add maps to keep people playing the game.

Never sits right when they release new maps for money.
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