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Signed On Dec 16, 2003, 17:42
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI 25th Anniversary Edition Announced
8. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI 25th Anniversary Edition Announced Aug 25, 2016, 07:17 ViRGE
 
For the 25th anniversary, shouldn't it be 25K copies instead of 20K?  
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News Comments > Ashes of the Singularity Escalation Announced
1. Re: Ashes of the Singularity Escalation Announced Aug 25, 2016, 07:15 ViRGE
 
Strategic zoom! Woo!  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 25, 2016, 07:13 ViRGE
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 25, 2016, 07:04:
Nope. Roomscale aside (you can really only do that with the Vive but it comes with a shitload of its own issues), the OR has generally gotten more favorable reviews especially in terms of image quality.
I was just going to say the same thing. Both are nice in their own ways, but when it comes to IQ the Vive has a smaller sweet spot and overall more chromatic aberration than the Rift. It's the lenses.
 
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News Comments > TOXIKK & Free Trial Next Month
5. Re: TOXIKK & Free Trial Next Month Aug 21, 2016, 07:19 ViRGE
 
Yay! I've been waiting for this for what seems like forever. I'm glad it's finally nearing completion. It's looking great.  
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News Comments > Rayman Origins for Free
3. Re: Rayman Origins for Free Aug 18, 2016, 01:17 ViRGE
 
Good game. Anyone who doesn't already own it should get it for free now and give it a go.  
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News Comments > South Park: The Fractured But Whole Preorders
2. Re: South Park: The Fractured But Whole Preorders Aug 13, 2016, 07:07 ViRGE
 
That whole ad goes from hilarious to disturbing in a heartbeat. It's funny when it's a gag, then it gets worrying when you find out that the Nosulus is real.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 9, 2016, 19:26 ViRGE
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 16:55:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 15:00:
Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

a U-shaped vibrator that can be controlled via Bluetooth using a remote control or a smartphone app.

Y'know, I'm kinda thinking that Bluetooth for a vibrator is probably unnecessary. Aren't your hands already predisposed?

The person on the other end of the Bluetooth is generally not the one wearing the device. It's not about convenience, it's about being remote-controlled. Probably not in private, either.
Exactly. It's the We Vibe for a reason.
 
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News Comments > No Man Sky Patch & Plans
16. Re: No Man Sky Patch & Plans Aug 8, 2016, 02:42 ViRGE
 
Hellcinder wrote on Aug 8, 2016, 01:35:
The year: 2023

Star Citizen Beta stardate 700.54
We've completed our 19th round of siphoning 314 million out of these carbon based life forms know as Huuu Mons.

We've successfully completed our 12th venture with another non finished entity know as: Shroud of the Avatar. A new steampunk hat will only set you back a meer 20 bucks. I must ponder, How much more can I fleece before the gig is up.

Meanwhile, over at No Man's Sky 2..

Just to be a pedant, it's technically Hew-mon
 
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News Comments > Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Patched; Free MUA DLC Plans
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 4, 2016, 02:57 ViRGE
 
Darks wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 15:46:
CrimsonPaw wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 11:22:
Soooooooo, their olive branch for this nightmare consisting of a 10 year old game that currently sells for $40 is to release the DLC FOR FREE. Shouldn't the DLC have already come with the purchase for that price?

This is A typical, how else do you get the fish to bite on the shinny lure if you dont make them think they are getting something for free, when it reality its really not.
Don't ascribe to malice what can be explained with stupidity. They clearly took an old version of the game and rushed it out for PC. Since the DLC characters wouldn't be active in that build, it wouldn't have made it into the PC release either.
 
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News Comments > Pure Farming 17: The Simulator Announced
3. Re: Pure Farming 17: The Simulator Announced Aug 2, 2016, 00:54 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 20:28:
Farm simulation has gone from being a game to a genre

Seriously! Is there enough demand for different versions of farming sims?
Considering how well other farming sims seem to sell: probably.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
4. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jul 31, 2016, 20:47 ViRGE
 
Hooray! I've enjoyed my Vita and its native games, but now that we're in the twilight years of the console for anything besides Japanese imports (JPRGs & VNs) and the occasional indie, it's nice that it has been cracked open. Being able to throw on NES/SNES/GEN emulators will give it more to do.  
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News Comments > BATMAN - The Telltale Series Video
1. Re: BATMAN - The Telltale Series Video Jul 30, 2016, 01:45 ViRGE
 
Video games have after-shows now? I am very confused...  
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News Comments > Pro Pinball Ultra Released
9. Re: Pro Pinball Ultra Released Jul 23, 2016, 03:20 ViRGE
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Jul 22, 2016, 12:48:
$15 for one table? Damn that's expensive. Pinball Arcade is my goto pinball game. With actual Ballys, Williams and Gottlieb pinball machines. 21 tables in the first pack for $30.
Ditto. This looks very nice, I won't deny. But otherwise? PA's physics seem fine, it has a great selection of tables, and the graphics are respectable.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 21, 2016, 03:15 ViRGE
 
I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. But having it happen to a cop car, on video. Wow.  
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News Comments > Rocket League Soars Past 19M Players
13. Re: Rocket League Soars Past 19M Players Jul 21, 2016, 00:57 ViRGE
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 22:17:
deqer wrote on Jul 20, 2016, 19:46:
My point exactly. Only a thousand or so people streaming it. It used to be one of the top games on twitch, and now it ISN'T.

So, yeah, 19M Players, 18M inactive. Cool story.

Numbers pulled from asses notwithstanding, it's in the top 10 Steam games daily, so they're still doing better than most.
Indeed. It's a game you play, not a game you watch other people play. Plus the really short matches aren't conductive to a sustained viewing audience, seeing as how it's shorter than even Overwatch.
 
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News Comments > Trials on Tatooine Released
7. Re: Trials on Tatooine Released Jul 19, 2016, 00:36 ViRGE
 
Steazy wrote on Jul 18, 2016, 18:39:
Meh :/

Interactions were really basic and honestly pretty boring, lightsaber FX were awesome though trying to bounce lasers back at storm troopers who are 1 pixel tall wasn't super fun. Only having one hand was just... weird.

The intro scroll was longer than the actual demo, combined the whole experience was shorter than the download, so maybe I'm a bit salty :)
No, that's pretty much spot on. I had the chance to play this back at GDC and those were my impressions as well. It's a tech demo - a neat tech demo to be sure - but a tech demo all the same. It exists to show the concept; the actual gameplay is puddle-shallow.
 
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News Comments > Batman – The Telltale Series Next Month; Retail in September
9. Re: Batman – The Telltale Series Next Month; Retail in September Jul 16, 2016, 03:29 ViRGE
 
Shame it's not Kevin Conroy in this one.

Then again it's probably not going to be a serious take, so perhaps that's for the best.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Game Item Gambling
18. Re: Valve on Game Item Gambling Jul 14, 2016, 12:45 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Jul 14, 2016, 12:09:
VaranDragon wrote on Jul 14, 2016, 05:00:
Did they take a cut of the profits? They say they didnt. Do we believe them? Well I do, but people being people will believe malicious intent anyday over incompetence or lazyness.

Can they actually choose NOT to take a cut or something? When an item is sold on the Steam marketplace, Valve gets a cut. That's automatic, since I really doubt there's a guy sitting there slicing 8% off every transaction.

Now, if stuff ONLY ever got traded on the third party market, I see they wouldn't get a cut, but eventually someone would sell it on the Steam marketplace again, at which point Valve gets their cut again.

So... I'm gonna go with "They likely got money from it, indirectly."
IIRC, if you execute it as a direct trade, there's no cut/tax. It's only if you sell it via the marketplace that Valve charges.

But Valve got money in a roundabout way by people buying into the system in the first place (think buying casino chips).
 
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News Comments > Valve on Game Item Gambling
16. Re: Better cash out those skins. Jul 14, 2016, 05:00 ViRGE
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 13, 2016, 19:15:
Valve would have been happy to let this continue if people hadn't jumped on the 'hate train' (or more specifically, if the mainstream media hadn't started reporting on it). If these operations are against the user agreements, they could have sent out these 'notices' a long time ago if they wanted to.
Sadly I'm forced to agree. I just can't believe that after years of this that Valve never noticed. This is willful ignorance.
 
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News Comments > Rocket League Crate Plans
7. Re: Rocket League Crate Plans Jul 13, 2016, 00:14 ViRGE
 
descender wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:09:
Even without trading, loot crates are a form of gambling. It's little more than a new age slot machine.

How is this actually any different than the way it works now? Rocket league currently unlocks a random cosmetic part every time you play a game. Now it will give you different random cosmetic parts every time you open a crate. Same exact thing.
Because you have to buy keys to open loot crates. That's paying money to receive a random reward, a form of gambling against the house.

Whereas with the current loot system, you just receive random rewards without paying anything extra. The difference is that you're not paying per-play to receive a random reward.

And for what it's worth, if the RL gang wanted to do this ethically, then the right thing to do would be to remove the hidden aspect. i.e. you receive the opportunity to buy an item they show you (picked at random) at the fixed price of a loot key.

thecakeisalie wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:50:
Some people have a predisposed weakness towards gambling addiction. This kind of business practice preys on that psychological disorder. It also exposes young kids to gambling and teaches them that there's nothing wrong with it.
Preach it, brother! Some people have significant issues internalizing risk vs. reward, and the young are especially vulnerable since their brains are temporarily out of whack anyhow.

Edit: And on this subject, there's a great op-ed from Ars today outlining why the loot crate system in Valve's games is gambling, even without the trading aspects: Valve can’t pass buck to third parties for teaching CS:GO kids to gamble

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