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News Comments > Quake Champions Will Be Free-to-Play
7. Re: Quake Champions Will Be Free-to-Play Mar 11, 2017, 00:30 ViRGE
 
SirKnight wrote on Mar 10, 2017, 22:40:
Well, as long as the $60 pack is all there is and there isn't continuing nickle-and-diming then whatever.
Ditto. If they want to throw out a freebie to people who otherwise wouldn't get anything, that's fine. But if this game is $60 with all sorts of micro-transactions on top of that, then screw that.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
20. Re: Hidden message Mar 6, 2017, 07:56 ViRGE
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 5, 2017, 20:26:

Thanks for the info ^^ So this is actually kinda nice thing by Nintendo to do, but the original point still stands. WTF would anyone sane lick this....
Most people likely haven't tasted a bitterant since they were 3. So it's a bit novel to them. Especially since it's just a game card, something you wouldn't normally expect to be coated like this.

It's also a fun little test to see if you fall into the range of people who can't taste bitter things. Not that you couldn't buy 100 test strips for $5, but that's scientific and stodgy instead of cool and quirky.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
14. Re: Hidden message Mar 5, 2017, 19:00 ViRGE
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 5, 2017, 16:15:
ViRGE wrote on Mar 5, 2017, 15:51:
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 5, 2017, 15:05:
It's not coated in rat poison. It's coated in a deterrent that is ALSO used in rat poison and puppy/kitten deterrents.
Thank you for clarifying that. I was about ready to smack someone for failing to read the damned article.

My question is, does it transfer off the cartridge to your fingers? Put in cartridge, pick up sandwich, WorstSammichEver?
Denatonium benzoate is stable once applied. In the quantities used as a bitterant, it won't transfer to the hands. You have to actually lick the cartridge to come in contact with it.

So is licking dangerous or not? And sorry for mistating, it is used as a consumption deterrent in rat poison, not as rat poison.
No, licking it is not dangerous. It is non-toxic and tastes terrible (to most people), which is why it's widely used as a bitterant.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
7. Re: Hidden message Mar 5, 2017, 15:51 ViRGE
 
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 5, 2017, 15:05:
It's not coated in rat poison. It's coated in a deterrent that is ALSO used in rat poison and puppy/kitten deterrents.
Thank you for clarifying that. I was about ready to smack someone for failing to read the damned article.

My question is, does it transfer off the cartridge to your fingers? Put in cartridge, pick up sandwich, WorstSammichEver?
Denatonium benzoate is stable once applied. In the quantities used as a bitterant, it won't transfer to the hands. You have to actually lick the cartridge to come in contact with it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 4, 2017, 05:57 ViRGE
 
Rich Whitehouse's Twitter has some unreleased content from the Final Fantasy 15 disc, including some nudity.
Posting the news that everyone here really wants. Thanks Blue!
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 122M
1. Re: Minecraft Sells 122M Feb 28, 2017, 10:44 ViRGE
 
Good for them.  
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News Comments > Sunday Patches
2. Re: Sunday Patches Feb 26, 2017, 22:23 ViRGE
 
Slick wrote on Feb 26, 2017, 22:04:
I just noticed that I have escalation in my steam account, apparently anyone who bought the original or this stand-alone now owns both. the moar u nkow.
Yep. They gave all vanilla owners Escalation, and Escalation owners are getting a bunch of future DLC for free.

The original plan was to keep them separate since Escalation is a lot more hardcore of a RTS due to the additional depth, which can be daunting for newbies. But given the downsides of fracturing the player bases, they're instead pushing everyone to Escalation and offering a mod that pares down Escalation to vanilla-like complexity.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction
5. Re: ZeniMax Seeks Rift Injunction Feb 24, 2017, 22:37 ViRGE
 
This won't go anywhere. ZeniMax's victory was only on the grounds of Oculus breaking a non-disclosure agreement. Nothing about the Rift itself was found to infringe on their IP, patents, or the like (the Court did not find that they used ZeniMax's code) which is typically required to get an injunction against shipping a product.  
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News Comments > Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
16. Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 05:44 ViRGE
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 04:07:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 01:14:
NetHead wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:31:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 20:11:
...It's not a good sign when your employees are leaving to be baristas (or for that matter, that they can afford to do so).

Yes it's far better for companies, especially insanely profitable corporations, to keep employees clinging on in a form of indentured servitude.
Obviously I don't mean indentured servitude. But there is a point where you can pay someone so much that they no longer need to work, at which point the run off to do whatever. Google just had this problem with their self-driving car team: most of the top talent left because of the large bonuses they received.

Dude just stop. You keep doubling down on that grave you're digging for yourself.
I'm not stopping until I find the grave where Gabe buried the corpse of Half Life 3!
 
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News Comments > Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
10. Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 03:07 ViRGE
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 02:20:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 01:14:
NetHead wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:31:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 20:11:
...It's not a good sign when your employees are leaving to be baristas (or for that matter, that they can afford to do so).

Yes it's far better for companies, especially insanely profitable corporations, to keep employees clinging on in a form of indentured servitude.
Obviously I don't mean indentured servitude. But there is a point where you can pay someone so much that they no longer need to work, at which point the run off to do whatever. Google just had this problem with their self-driving car team: most of the top talent left because of the large bonuses they received.

so you are saying they shouldnt get totally fucked over ... just fucked over enough to keep em desperate?
I'm saying make sure your best talent has a good reason to stay.
 
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News Comments > GeForce Hotfix Drivers
3. Re: GeForce Hotfix Drivers Feb 18, 2017, 01:17 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Feb 18, 2017, 00:34:
Wasn't their previous driver WHQL-certified? So I guess that certification is even more worthless than we already think it is?
WHQL tests basic OS functionality. It isn't meant to catch application-specific bugs.
 
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News Comments > Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
7. Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 18, 2017, 01:14 ViRGE
 
NetHead wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 21:31:
ViRGE wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 20:11:
...It's not a good sign when your employees are leaving to be baristas (or for that matter, that they can afford to do so).

Yes it's far better for companies, especially insanely profitable corporations, to keep employees clinging on in a form of indentured servitude.
Obviously I don't mean indentured servitude. But there is a point where you can pay someone so much that they no longer need to work, at which point the run off to do whatever. Google just had this problem with their self-driving car team: most of the top talent left because of the large bonuses they received.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 18, 2017, 01:12 ViRGE
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 17:30:
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 16:14:
Set up for what? They never took away anyone's unlimited plan before, lots of people were grandfathered in for years when it wasn't available to new customers. But even if they would do that, it's not like you're stuck in the same contract forever.
They may not have taken them away, but the tried every trick in the book to get people off those old unlimited plans including lying, threatening, and throttling.
As a former unlimited customer, all I ever recall is the throttling, which is reasonable. I don't recall ever being threatened or lied to.
 
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News Comments > Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
1. Re: Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve Feb 17, 2017, 20:11 ViRGE
 
While I'm happy that Erik is (apparently) getting to do what he wants, it sounds like Valve has an employee retention problem. It's not a good sign when your employees are leaving to be baristas (or for that matter, that they can afford to do so).  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Updated Ending Offers Hint?
1. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Updated Ending Offers Hint? Feb 15, 2017, 10:12 ViRGE
 
Bloody hell, a 14GB patch? The game's only what, 26GB to begin with?

They're essentially having you download half of the game again.
 
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News Comments > More Apocalypse Now Crowdfunding
9. Re: More Apocalypse Now Crowdfunding Feb 15, 2017, 01:50 ViRGE
 
Blue, you accidentally posted a twofer. I don't think Boor is meant to be here...  
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs
18. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 11, 2017, 06:38 ViRGE
 
Not to stick up for Activision, but if you dig a bit deeper their financials aren't all that great.

They did indeed have a record year in terms of revenue. However their actual profitability was only so-so. The company made $966M on $6.61B, for a profit margin of ~15%. Last year they made just a bit less profit - $892M - on $4.66B in revenue. Which works out to a 19% margin.

And if you go back farther still, this wasn't even their best year for overall profitability. In 2013 they booked $1.01B profit on $4.58B in revenue, for a margin of 22%.

Ultimately Activision booked a lot of revenue this year, but they also spent a heck of a lot more money in doing so. So I can see why they'd want to tighten their proverbial belt: growing their revenue by $2B isn't all that useful/productive when their operating expenses went up by roughly the same amount.

Profitability aside though, a $2B revenue jump in a year is absolutely huge. I'm very curious where the additional money is coming from, if anyone knows.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek- Bridge Crew in May; Will Include Original Enterprise
9. Re: Star Trek- Bridge Crew in May; Will Include Original Enterprise Feb 11, 2017, 04:52 ViRGE
 
I get why they picked the Enterprise. However I personally would have liked to see the Defiant; it's a tough little ship.  
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News Comments > South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Steep DLC Delays
9. Re: South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Steep DLC Delays Feb 10, 2017, 02:46 ViRGE
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 21:35:
TangledThorns wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 21:13:
Wow, delayed a whole year? We all want a perfected game but wow, that is a heck of a delay. In fact, I almost forgot about this game because of its last delay. Out of sight, out of mind.

Fiscal Year 2018 starts in October 2017 I believe.
Ubisoft's fiscal year starts in April. So any delay past the original March release date pushes it into FY18. It could just be delayed all a month for what we know, though knowing Ubi it's probably a fall game now.
 
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week
6. Re: EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week Feb 9, 2017, 08:01 ViRGE
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 04:25:
If I had a Rift I would definitely be into this. Looks like a lot of fun. Hell if it could be played without the Rift I would still be into this.
It is a lot of fun. It's not the killer app for VR, but it's one of the best VR experiences out there. If CCP can (eventually) add a single player campaign, they'd have a fantastic game on their hands.
 
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