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Signed On Nov 12, 2003, 22:41
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News Comments > BF2 Stats Viewer
14. Re: Stats Jun 27, 2005, 14:09 Chris

I don't understand the griping in this thread:

- the leaderboards are based on points, not kills.

- Chess rankings work for tournament games with one-on-one win/lose matches; I don't understand how they'd be implemented for a game such as BF2.

- It's true that time played will eventually get a poor player as many points as a good player, but I don't think that's a bad system: If you're an average or below average player, would you really want to never be rewarded as you play? With the current system the return for being a good player is getting rewards quicker, so good players still benefit but all us average players aren't shut out.

In short, the rewards system in BF2 is well-implemented.

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News Comments > BF2 Stats Updated
18. Re: Who cares? Jun 26, 2005, 16:39 Chris
This makes me wonder if there is still the capability for creating mobile spawn points.

Squad leaders are mobile spawn points, which is a great feature.

BF2 reminds me of many other games in that the actual gameplay is quite polished whereas everything else -- most notably the server browser -- is awful. My theory is that this is because devs sitting around on a LAN don't use the same interface as the great unwashed so it receives no attention. They should force themselves to play for three hours on public servers, note the myriad little things that are irritants, and fix them. Whichever incompetent nitwit wrote the browser for this game should simply be fired.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Servers Released
50. Re: No subject Jun 20, 2005, 15:17 Chris
And again - how long exactly do people expect it to take them to unlock the weaps legitimately?

And again people are missing the point. It isn't that unlockable weapons are being made harder to obtain that's irritating, it's rather the manner in which EA is dealing with it's customers. Do you want to have to email EA to ask for permission to make changes to a configuration file? Do you like being called a "hacker" for changing text files in a folder labelled "mod"? This simply isn't the way to deal with your customers.

Neither this idiocy nor the previous idiocy with the demo servers is about feature sets, it's about hilariously awful public relations. Perhaps EA has hired Derek Smart.

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News Comments > BF2 Linux Server - Hacked Servers De-listed
59. Re: No subject Jun 15, 2005, 12:14 Chris
I think many are missing the point. It isn't the time limit per se which is the problem, it's rather how EA handled the situation. There is no precedent for treating modified text configuration files as "hacking" worthy of IP bans: It is extremely common for developers to deliberately leave configuration files as text so that users can make changes as they see fit. EA could have simply encrypted the relevant configuration files, or clearly stated that the configuration files were not be altered, or issued a warning after the fact that admins should restore altered configuration files or face delisting.

Instead, they out of the Blue (so to speak) started banning the IP addresses of anyone running a server with altered configuaration files. They gave no indicatation that routine changes to text files were not allowed. They gave no warning that modified servers would be delisted. They insulted and punished their biggest fans, calling them "hackers" and IP banning them.

There are many ways that EA could have handled the situation such that they could have crippled the demo as they see fit without alienating a good portion of their potential customers and starting off relations with modders -- who greatly increase the appeal of their product -- on a sour note. It's just hilariously bad business. Expect to see more clueless middle managers behaving atrociously towards gamers as EA's market share rises.

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
13. Re: No subject Jun 13, 2005, 11:41 Chris
I have a feeling you guys are in the *extreme* minority here... I'd rather pay less.

*Right now* the proportion of users who connect to an HD set is a fairly small (not "extreme") minority. That proportion will skyrocket during the lifecycle of this product. Somewhat like designing a device with meant to be sold for five years which can only use VHS tapes circa 1999 because only a small minority of households have DVDs.

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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
3. Re: Nintendo=IDIOTS!!! Jun 12, 2005, 16:06 Chris
Will it make the game better to play? With the technology being built into the Revolution, we believe the games will look brilliant and play brilliantly. This can all be done without HD."

Talk about myopic. They're limiting resolution to 640x480 and believe no one will care? The lifecycle of the next gen consoles will encompass massive migration to HD televisions: In a couple of years 50" flatscreens will be less than $1,000.

Will it make games better to play? OF COURSE it'll bloody make games better to play. Can games "look brilliant" at 640x480? Not relative to the HD formats the competition will support. Nintendo will, at best, serve a niche children's market.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Demo
278. Re: He best Multiplayer fps ever. Jun 10, 2005, 23:12 Chris
I would like the guys at dice to support widescreen gaming, especially with a 50 Sony LCD, 1920 x 1080i is to die for.

Your display converts every input to 1280x768 @ 60hz, so feeding it a 1920x1080 signal (even at 30hz) just taxes your computer without providing additional graphical nuance.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2 Demo
265. Re: No subject Jun 10, 2005, 22:10 Chris

I just get a crash to desktop after I choose either single or multiplayer. Screwing with the video configuration file doesn't help nor does starting from different desktop resultions. Not sure what else to try. I vaguely recall a similar problem with BF1942 and a refresh rate option?

This problem occurs on this system: P4/3.6, 4 gigs ram, 6800 Ultra, 1920x1200 LCD display.

Naturally, the North American EA forums for this game have not been enabled. The first long thread in the UK forums is about this problem. No resolution.

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News Comments > World Forces: War on Terror Revealed
17. Re: Cool! Jun 9, 2005, 19:36 Chris

Matt Damon.

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News Comments > DICE NY Closed
107. Re: No subject Jun 8, 2005, 13:06 Chris
Actually, no, Canada has socialized health insurance, not "socialized medicine."

What I said was correct "Prez." The author of this shoddy piece of idealogically charged rubbish is abusing the term "socialized medicine." When a Canadian visits her GP, for example, she is visiting a private firm, not a government employee. You might want to considering becoming better informed on the issue than regurgitating the first link that comes up if you type "canada socialized medicine" into Google.

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News Comments > DICE NY Closed
83. Re: No subject Jun 7, 2005, 22:53 Chris
I know for a fact Canada has socialized medicine.

Actually, no, Canada has socialized health insurance, not "socialized medicine." Medical care, like the United States, is partially privately and partially publicly provided. The United States actually exceeds Canada in terms of dollars (measured in PPP) spent per capita on publicly provided medical care.

That said, it is of course, whether or not Canada has "socialized medicine" is also irrelevant, as one socialized sector does not make a country "socialist" any moreso than one private sector makes a country "capitalist."

My wife's best friend is a doctor there.

How could I possibly argue with authority like that?

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News Comments > DICE NY Closed
57. Re: Check your facts boy Jun 7, 2005, 17:03 Chris

And talk about expensive to live here? We got provincial sales tax. The G.S.T., we get taxed for anything and everything we buy from the U.S.. The list goes on and on.

If you think taxes in Canada are bad, try Sweden. Taxes as a proportion of GDP are about 36% in Canada and 52% in Sweden. Sweden's GDP per capita is lower too: the mean person makes about 15% less then gets taxed almost 50% more.

Creston, I would be fascinated if you could provide a definition of "socialist" which includes Canada but excludes the United States. (Hint: neither is "socialist.")

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News Comments > DICE NY Closed
31. Re: No subject Jun 7, 2005, 13:34 Chris
[q Unless they have families, why WOULDNT they move to Sweden? /q]

Obviously, you've never been to Sweden.

Not only is it cold and ugly with all the aesthetic appeal of a Soviet slum, they have the world's worst food. Some philanthropist should buy the poor bastards some salt and pepper and a cookbook displaying how to apply heat to food in a manner other than boiling water. The food in freakin' England is dramatically better -- and if you've been to England....

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News Comments > More 3000AD vs DreamCatcher
81. Re: True indeed Jun 4, 2005, 15:38 Chris

I don't know whether Mr. Cheese is just trolling or what, but every single figure he's given in this thread is laughably wrong. For example, the unemployment rate amongst black Americans is currently 10.1%. Which, incidentally, it about one-half the unemployment rate of aboriginal in Canada.

Dr. Derek Smart is a ridiculous, insane, hilarious asshole regardless of his ethnicity. Defending him because of his ethnicity is a form of racism.

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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: No subject Jun 1, 2005, 12:53 Chris

I hope Doom the Movie is every bit as great as Super Mario Bros the Movie.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Playstation 5... May 26, 2005, 22:18 Chris

"Futurology" ?

Doesn't Dr. Derek Smart have a Ph.D. from a school with one of the world's best Futurology departments?

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News Comments > Battlecruiser Millennium Free
49. Re: No subject May 21, 2005, 18:52 Chris

What has he done lately? Well, look up a few posts in *this* *thread*. How many other developers -- or people in general -- casually announce in public forums that they're of a "higher calibre" than everyone else, indeed, in a better "caste?" Anyone making this sort of pronouncement in public is in for a world of ridicule.

Of course, if any other developer said exactly what Smart said *in this thread* it would follow them for years. John Romero is still ridiculed to this day for an ad in which he promised to make gamers "his bitch." That ad ran in 1997.
As a customer, would you rather read that ad or be told that you're in a "lower caste" than the developer? If Romero had said what Smart said just today, those comments would be widely quoted for many years to come.

Contrast with Smart: no one will so much as blink at his comments here today and they'll be quickly forgotten. Not because they aren't outrageously self-aggrandizing and obnoxious -- much moreso than anything Romero ever said -- but rather because this is a rather tame example of the sort of idiocy Derek has been publically spewing day in and day out for the better part of the last fifteen years.

Derek is not being "criticized" for releasing his old game for free. He's not being criticized at all: He's simply being ridiculed.

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News Comments > Battlecruiser Millennium Free
35. Re: From Derek Smart himself... May 21, 2005, 16:39 Chris

Someone asked for an example of Derek Smart's need to exhibit his psychological problems. Derek shows up and says:

The fact of the matter is, most of you are just jealous. Pure and simple. In the past when I would sink down to your levels, engage you in the pits, return insult for insult etc, some of you got this [false] impression that we were of the same calibre; let alone the same caste. I make no excuses for who I am or what I am. What I DO know - and that which is proven and consistent - is that I have progressed over the years, improved on that which I created etc. While, well, all of you are just the same crochety, stagnant, inconsequential people you always were. For always reduced to obscurity; with the only voice you have being that which you use to libel and assassinate someone like me. Someone who is, well, above it all. So, all you and your friends are doing is wasting your time.

No need to go looking elsewhere!

Seek counselling, Derek.

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News Comments > Battlecruiser Millennium Free
16. Re: No..No... HELL NO May 21, 2005, 13:09 Chris
Let's see:

I don't pretend to understand all this animosity towards Derek Smart and I pay no heed to acknowledge the proclaimation of his arrogance.

This sounds like Derek: an attempt to sound educated foiled by incoherent syntax and misspelled fifty-cent words.

Sure, he may have some alterior motive going on here but, the way I see it, this move only makes the man all the more generous in my eyes, particularly in today's age where the little guy gets swallowed up by corporate conglomerates such as EA.

Note Derek-style overuse of commas (also a desperate attempt to appear educated -- people with, doctorates, use lots, of commas, right?), although only one in the run-on sentence above is formally incorrect. Bayesian point estimate of the probability "Strategos" is one of Smart's pseudonyms: 80%.

As for the game itself, I'm looking forward to trying this game out as I tend to enjoy complex non-linear titles since I care very little for today's "modern" titles with all their loud explosions and mindless clutter.

Sounds like one of Derek's clumsy attempts to market his product. Let's make that point estimate 85%.

On the off chance (15%?) that "Strategos" isn't Derek: Mr. Smart is a pathetic little man who suffers from a breathtaking cluster of emotional problems. Ordinarily such problems would make him the object of pity rather than scorn, but one aspect of Smart's psychological problems is an extravagently arrogant, self-aggrandizing, and abrasive public persona. Anyone who behaves in public like Smart does is quickly going to become the target of derision --- it has little if anything to do with the quality (or lack thereof) of his games.

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News Comments > 3000AD vs. DC Rd 2
93. Re: No subject May 19, 2005, 10:52 Chris

Derek Smart: as brilliant an economist as he is a game designer.

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