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News Comments > Out of the Blue

8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2019, 14:16 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 11, 2019, 11:54:
My idea of a perfect steak probably varies greatly from theirs.

I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

33. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 11, 2019, 05:37 Kxmode
 
I've watch a few Twitch streams of DS, and I see the appeal of the game. The first that got me was a massive sense of community. The game is like a long hiking trail with food boxes where people leave behind food for others only here people place down objects that become available to other players (it's not true multiplayer, but the objects are shareable by all). It is worth noting that the entire United States is one big traversal zone. Not to scale, but large enough that it can take a while between destinations.

So what I observed are players essentially "Paying It Forward" to other players by helping to build a network of things. For example, in the Western Rockies, the Streamer I watched, starting working on a zip line network over a steep mountain. He then connected the final zip line with an existing zip line near the base below. At the building, he found objects left behind by others that he used.

Additionally, I observed some of the story in flashbacks and holographic communications from the base's occupants to the protagonist Sam. While at one compound, the Streamer accepted a courier mission and had to equip himself based on what he could carry. The Streamer chose exo-skeletal legs so that he could take more and better climb. Beyond that, the music of the game is fantastic. When you place objects, you can choose motivational quotes like "you can do it!" or something like, or you can select a song the player hears when they get near. The most popular song was some new age track with the lyrics "Get Out Of My Head," which the Streamer started unconsciously humming/singing (lol).

Finally, the last two things I observed is combat and the void out. Both are strange. Conflict isn't about engaging in combat per se, it's more about defending yourself. It's consist of Sam shaking of tar-zombies (can also use bomb) and shooting at tar monsters. When one of those dies, all die. What's left behind is lots of loot and crystal-like items that I dubbed "crystal corn". It is supposedly quite rare and useful for crafting exceptional items. And the last thing is the void out.

Now, this is STRANGE! There are two types. The first happens when you die (like you did something wrong), and the second is death by BTs (the name of the creatures in the game). In both cases, you'll find yourself in an underwater liquid of sorts. The difference is in the first instance, you follow a "strand" until you reach your body. That reloads your game back to the point before your death. The other caused by BTs will result in a massive crater formed in the landscape. My understanding is this crater wipes out everything in the area, and it gets propagated out to everyone. There's an incentive by everyone not to suffer this kind of death as it creates great difficulty for everyone (all the objects placed are gone and players have to go around the massive crater). It's also much harder to get this death. The devs made it so that if you idle against the BTs it'll happen but it takes awhile... so you really have to put work into causing a void out crater.

All in all, from the couple of hours I spent watching the stream, Death Stranding is a truly unique type of game that has different elements from other games, but combined creates very interesting gameplay. I am definitely going to buy next year. "Get Out Of My Head!" lol
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar

10. Re: Catnip Games Acquires Shroud of the Avatar Nov 11, 2019, 04:54 Kxmode
 
Richard Garriott finally stops making video games. Shroud of the Avatar was supposed to be a spiritual successor to his Ultima games. But it NEVER truly felt like an Ultima game and only had a slight similarity with the last and worst game in the series Ultima IX: Ascension. Say what you will about Chris Roberts, but at least Star Citizen shares a lot of the spirit of Wing Commander and Freelancer, even if development has taken a stupid amount of time.  
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

30. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 19:37 Kxmode
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 19:09:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 13:54:
Absolutely. Tim Sweeney would be a fool to turn down the game. It's funny how they throw their principles out the window where hype is concerned. What's not funny is their continuing to exclude their customers from games because of their stupid exclusivity "crusade."
In the Darq post, it's clear that Epic needs to manually get games online. It's a business decision, in that case. You only have so many resources. Dedicating resources to a game likely to sell 300 copies, which a small selling indie game on both platforms probably would aspire to on EGS, is a waste of resources and a bad business decision.

Yes, which demonstrates how inept the platform is now. Before the Darq post, we had an idea EGS wasn't up-to-par with the basics. But that post made it clear.

Beamer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 19:09:
Were it exclusive, then it would probably sell 10,000+, and is now worth the effort. Were it a AAA game, it would sell 100,000+, and is worth the effort.

Curation is a really stupid way to run a business. It wastes a ton of money and limits what the platform can make, which is why Valve doesn't do it. They put that money towards other things like the Lab and better filters so gamers can find the games they want. Epic should be focusing their exclusivity and curation dollars on a major overhaul to get it on parity with other platforms.

BTW, I bought Tetris Effect on EGS so I'm not hating the platform. I'm saying compared to the others, it sucks. That will change once they get it to a better state, and become a true merit-based competitor to Steam.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

28. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 16:44 Kxmode
 
Talisorn wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 14:03:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 21:13:
Creston wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 20:00:
Cool. Now we'll see how many people actually will buy games on the EGS rather than Steam, if given the actual choice.

There's also Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam and EGS.

But why would you give money to either, when you can buy it directly from GOG and have the developer benefit? Why would you willingly give money to a "middle man" who is reaping the benefit of others work when you have another option?

Preordered it on both GOG and Steam. GOG so CDPR gets 100% of the sale, and Steam because that's the platform I like to play games on (and CDPR still gets 70%)

If I have a choice between the three I pick Steam first, then GOG, then Origin or Uplay.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2019, 16:40 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 15:42:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 14:08:
A tiny pharmacy is identifying big problems with common drugs, including Zantac.

I went and registered with these guys after hearing about them on Peter Attia's podcast. I really appreciate what they are trying to do, but man were they expensive.

My prescription 3 mos with insurance: $12
My prescription 3 mos w/o insurance: $30
Valisure 3 months w/o insurance: $289


The vast majority of generics are made in India and China far from the prying eyes of the FDA. That's a huge concern.
I hope it varies based on the meds because nearly a 10x cost reduces the usefulness. I mean, I would need some pricing in advance to know if it was a price I could afford...

But yeah, we need someone watching this more closely.

Do they offer Zantac in a horse tranquilizer dose? Might be able to get a bulk discount. Asking for a friend.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2019, 14:23 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 14:02:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 13:57:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 13:20:
Today is Aaron Swartz Day.

Thanks for reminding us of the incredible prosecutorial overreach that resulted in Aaron's death. Threatened with 50 years of prison for making some documents public.

Speaking of injustice:

White man forces black man to work for no pay for 17 years, issues regular beatings: 10 years prison.

Black man arrested for possessing a small amount of illegal drugs, prescription pills and a firearm: 12 years prison.

Same prosecutor.

Sounds like a real Swartzkoff. I don't know what that means, it just sounds like a good poke!

Use the schwartz!

It looks like a Schwartz Off!
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2019, 13:57 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 13:20:
Today is Aaron Swartz Day.

Thanks for reminding us of the incredible prosecutorial overreach that resulted in Aaron's death. Threatened with 50 years of prison for making some documents public.

Speaking of injustice:

White man forces black man to work for no pay for 17 years, issues regular beatings: 10 years prison.

Black man arrested for possessing a small amount of illegal drugs, prescription pills and a firearm: 12 years prison.

Same prosecutor.

Sounds like a real Swartzkoff. I don't know what that means, it just sounds like a good poke!
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

25. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 13:54 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 13:29:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 02:59:
Red886 wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 02:56:
wait a minute, the reason given for Epic store exclusivity (other than $) was always that there were T&C that prevented the game from being sold elsewhere

so it's was all BS? lol


Yes. That was brought to light by the Darq develop via his Medium post about why he turned down Epic exclusivity deal. The details are found under the headline "Earlier Today."

TL;DR - the Epic rep's quote: "We aren't in a position yet to open [Epic Games Store] up to games that simship." simship means releasing the game simultaneously on different platforms.

They will probably be able to support simship when this goes on sale summer 2020.

Absolutely. Tim Sweeney would be a fool to turn down the game. It's funny how they throw their principles out the window where hype is concerned. What's not funny is their continuing to exclude their customers from games because of their stupid exclusivity "crusade."
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

24. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 13:50 Kxmode
 
Alamar wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 11:15:
<Insert Simpsons Principal Out of Touch Meme>

I just don't understand all the hype for this game... Since the first announcement, or maybe even before, because of whoever this Kojima guy is... I've tried to sit through the trailer and some other vid, but I just don't get it...

I'm in the same boat. And it's frustrating how it still doesn't explain what it's about. However, that mystery is also intriguing, and I'm not entirely against the premise. Plus, CheatHappens has a trainer that lessens the drudgery parts so the pacing can be good for me.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2019, 13:46 Kxmode
 
It's been a few days since the new Blues News went live. What do you think now?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2019, 13:44 Kxmode
 
I know season two was a mixed bag, but I'm still all-in on this series.

I feel the same way about Stranger Things. I'm very much looking forward to 4.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

17. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 02:59 Kxmode
 
Red886 wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 02:56:
wait a minute, the reason given for Epic store exclusivity (other than $) was always that there were T&C that prevented the game from being sold elsewhere

so it's was all BS? lol


Yes. That was brought to light by the Darq develop via his Medium post about why he turned down Epic exclusivity deal. The details are found under the headline "Earlier Today."

TL;DR - the Epic rep's quote: "We aren't in a position yet to open [Epic Games Store] up to games that simship." simship means releasing the game simultaneously on different platforms.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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General Discussion > Feedback on responsive layout

63. No subject Nov 9, 2019, 02:55 Kxmode
 
Staunch wrote on Nov 7, 2019, 14:21:
I noticed Zil in OotB had an issue with not being able to zoom in on mobile. That should be fixable by removing the maximum-scale part of the viewport meta tag. It looks like that tag is added by JS in bluesnews.js by the viewPortShuffle function.

For more info on why using maximum-scale can be bad: https://a11yproject.com/posts/never-use-maximum-scale/

Staunch, for now, we need it because the site isn't 100% responsive. Any of the elements that are not responsive can create a horizontal UX. That can persist throughout the website. The max-scale viewport is a way to reset this side-scrolling side effect after page load. Once the site is fully responsive (including all the ads), we can remove it. For now, treat it like scaffolding or a brace. If you can be patient with us in the meantime, we'd appreciate it.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

15. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 02:35 Kxmode
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 01:48:
What? Competition because simultanious release?! WHEN HAS COMPETITION EVER BEEN GOOD?! WHEN HAS HAVING A CHOICE EVER BEEN GOOD?! WHEN, I ASK YOU?! Oh my god... This "freedom" and "liberty" stuff is slowly killing economy, democracy, and young, cute rabbits. Especially white rabbits. Don't follow them. It's no good.

Do I still get to tend the rabbits?
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

14. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 9, 2019, 02:33 Kxmode
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 9, 2019, 00:08:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 23:34:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 22:05:
That's my only must buy in 2020 aside from Cyberpunk.. so I am in.
Buy from Gog.

No! You nucking futs bruh???

Anything other than Steam is el diablo incarnato, pure cancer, STD, itchy penis, you name it.

Buy on Steam, people! Do NOT support anyone other than the STEAM MASTER RACE. Fuck all the heathens! Fuck the heretics! Steam it is! Steam is the alpha and the omega. Steam and only Steam is OUR GOD!!!

What's wrong with you? Inquisitive

It's just a video game platform... that happens to be more feature complete than others and also where most people's PC games are located.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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General Discussion > Feedback on responsive layout

62. No subject Nov 9, 2019, 02:31 Kxmode
 
Rhialto wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 23:18:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 15:08:
Frans wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 03:53:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 02:13:
Rhialto wrote on Nov 6, 2019, 13:11:
On PC it's true that the menu on the left can be larger than before depending on resolution but it's not an annoyance to me. What's ugly though is the "Compacti" font used for sections like STORIES OF NOTE, POPULAR THREADS, etc. Should be a quick fix to change that bitmap font for a scalable one.
That was chosen as the closest webfont I could find that looked like the image headlines. Does anyone have another font in mind?
Uhh, see post 24.

Allthumbsup works for me.
Does it mean you'll change the font?

No, that means the suggestion gets two thumbs up from me.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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General Discussion > Feedback on responsive layout

59. No subject Nov 8, 2019, 21:18 Kxmode
 
dimsum98 wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 21:16:
Is there an option to have the old style layout which is much smaller fonts for the desktop?

No. You can use ctrl + scroll-wheel to make the fonts smaller.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed

2. Re: Op Ed Nov 8, 2019, 21:16 Kxmode
 
Rob is describing the second-system effect. It is basically all the things that the team wanted to do on the original version but they ran out of time.  
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News Comments > Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store

4. Re: Death Stranding Simultaneously Coming to Steam and Epic Games Store Nov 8, 2019, 21:13 Kxmode
 
Creston wrote on Nov 8, 2019, 20:00:
Cool. Now we'll see how many people actually will buy games on the EGS rather than Steam, if given the actual choice.

There's also Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam and EGS.
 
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