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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Planetoids DLC for Stellaris
5. Re: Planetoids DLC for Stellaris Aug 4, 2016, 14:09 BIGtrouble77
 
verybad1 wrote on Aug 4, 2016, 14:02:
Considering the amount of time you get out of their DLC's compared to say a few hours at a bar, I really don't see them as nickel and diming.

They're keeping their people employed and they spend a lot of time on improving all their games so over all I think Paradox is one of the best out there.

I have every DLC for CK2, EU4, HOI3 , Victoria 2, etc, I basically have every grand strategy paradox game. I've spent well over a thousand dollars on their games, I've helped put their employee's kids through college. The ONLY thing I don't like is their minor asset dlc policy.
 
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News Comments > Planetoids DLC for Stellaris
3. Re: Planetoids DLC for Stellaris Aug 4, 2016, 13:52 BIGtrouble77
 
An so it begins...

I need to get back into this game... I bought it at launch, but it just made me crave Distant Worlds: Universe so I gave up on it kind of quickly. I have since put in about 100 hours in DW and never looked back at Stellaris.

I really like Paradox's DLC strategy for major DLC. The asset packs are a different story though. I always feel like I'm getting nickel and dimed... just puts the assets in the major DLC releases.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
8. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 3, 2016, 21:22 BIGtrouble77
 
"The first prelude alpha is now available from our website. For those of you who haven't caught on yet, the prelude is named Exanima. If you have alpha access then go grab it and then come to our forum and tell us what you think"

I never knew this is what they were doing. It kind of reminds me of how Richard Garriott made Akalabeth (which was just the dungeon crawling part of the game), and then released the full integrated world later in Ultima 1.

That said, I think I'm going to hold off on this until the greater game becomes available. The game looks kind of boring at the moment... I'll probably just buy Pillars of Eternity if I get that RPG itch.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 3, 2016, 16:15 BIGtrouble77
 
So fans of a movie (that has not been released yet) want to shut down a site that aggregates reviews from unaffiliated sources because they are negative? They have to be trolling.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
5. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 3, 2016, 16:04 BIGtrouble77
 
Did the devs offer Steam keys? I've been following this game for ages, but never pulled the trigger on it. It always looked like it was progressing well.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 2, 2016, 16:01 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 15:25:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 13:02:
Cutter wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 11:48:
Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said: "Pokémon GO provided sex offenders with a virtual road map to our children. We know that pedophiles always seek new ways to lure victims and this new technology that entertains our kids, could also bring them close to dangerous individuals instead of Pokémon. In fact, my Pokémon GO investigation uncovered a disturbing correlation between high level sex offenders' residences and in-game objectives.

Are you fucking kidding me? Seriously?
Umm, you might want to add a little context with that outrage.

I mean it's idiotic. A pedo just has to fucking walk outside to see kids everywhere. What in the fucking fuck does Pokemon GO have to do with it? If I were Nintendo I'd sue the shit out of that moron for even suggesting it.
Well, I think the concern is that the game could be used as a tool for pedos to gain the trust of children... talking to children about the pokemon in the area is probably more effective than offering them jolly ranchers.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 2, 2016, 13:02 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 11:48:
Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said: "Pokémon GO provided sex offenders with a virtual road map to our children. We know that pedophiles always seek new ways to lure victims and this new technology that entertains our kids, could also bring them close to dangerous individuals instead of Pokémon. In fact, my Pokémon GO investigation uncovered a disturbing correlation between high level sex offenders' residences and in-game objectives.

Are you fucking kidding me? Seriously?
Umm, you might want to add a little context with that outrage.
 
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News Comments > More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney
24. Re: More Win10 Concerns from Tim Sweeney Jul 26, 2016, 11:39 BIGtrouble77
 
I think what's likely to happen is that MS will provide an xbox live-like service that will have api's for developers... kind of like how steam has Steam Workshop, but much, much more. I think the kicker would be if there was full online pc gaming support with xbox players via a simple api. MS has their Azure platform that is ripe for automated launching of game servers in the cloud. You can do all of this now, but it's not easy.

Microsoft has the ability to do serious harm to steam if they put effort into something like this, I just think PC gaming was never on their radar enough to justify the effort. But if they integrate the effort with xbox, then there's a big enough market.

I'm ok with MS doing this, but I think they would be horrible caretakers of PC gaming if they ever did become the dominant platform. I like what valve is doing now, but steam is shockingly buggy considering how old it is. Everything about it feels dated and I'm surprised that valve has not come out with a suite of their own apis for game devs. They have a few services, but nothing terribly impressive. As much as I like the idea of steamos, I think it's doomed to fail. The time and money would have been better spent on cloud services for games and devs.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jul 25, 2016, 01:26 BIGtrouble77
 
These are not games Blue.  
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Preorder Bonus
4. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Preorder Bonus Jul 22, 2016, 00:25 BIGtrouble77
 
This is the first civ I'm going to pass on. The formula is so tired and each release keeps playing like a god game. Since getting into Paradox's strategy games, I've realized that there are way more satisfying empire management sims out there.  
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jul 19, 2016, 02:39 BIGtrouble77
 
Neo Scavenger is great.  
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News Comments > Rimworld Steam Key Fraud Halted
2. Re: Rimworld Steam Key Fraud Halted Jul 18, 2016, 13:21 BIGtrouble77
 
I don't understand how there's so much fraud around steam keys. It seems like whatever Valve's process is for generating and securing them is entirely flawed.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 17, 2016, 20:47 BIGtrouble77
 
Tachikoma wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 12:50:
Congrats to Tynan. Hope he will make another game as good as Rimworld, even though I suppose he may be bit burned out with this particular genre/style.

RimWorld is labeled as EA so I don't think he plans to stop any time soon, especially now that he's probably making some serious money. This is one of the rare titles that deserves it's "Overwhelmingly Positive" review status.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2016, 11:54 BIGtrouble77
 
He was talking specifically to the sites (like the verge and polygon) that rushed to release clickbait and not properly report on the facts. At the time he disclosed that the content in question was in fact promoted.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 11, 2016, 12:40 BIGtrouble77
 
I love that they always use the photo of him flicking off nVidia.  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Arena for Free
3. Re: Elite Dangerous: Arena for Free Jul 8, 2016, 13:33 BIGtrouble77
 
I've probably put around 600 hours into Elite which makes it my 3rd most played game on steam. The beginning of the game can be a grind, but that moment you figure out how to make money can be really exciting.

For me, I was grinding for so long in my sidewinder, saving up for a hauler. When I finally got my hauler I had just learned about trading rares. I did two back and forth shieldless missions from Lave to Tauri39 loaded with 20 tons of rates- barely making it through both alive. In those few nerve breaking hours I got enough money to buy a cobra and things just took off from there.

I have not played a lot lately, but I can see getting back into it heavily again. The Engineers release looks really solid, but I have not tried any of those mission yet. I know the group of people that put in over a 1,000 hours can be very vocal about how the game lacks depth and balance, but I don't see it. Whenever I get bored of something in the game I go off and try something new.

Arena is pretty fun, but I suck horribly. I'm not good at combat so I tend to avoid it. All in all, elite has play out amazing well for me since I bought into the alpha.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2016, 16:36 BIGtrouble77
 
I first started visiting Blue's in '98 when I was doing Half Life mods and trying to get a job in the games industry.

I'm so impressed you have not changed much in that time. It's pretty awesome this site still pretty much works like it always has. I'll probably continue to keep visiting every day out of pure nostalgia.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 5, 2016, 14:08 BIGtrouble77
 
If valve does as well with the vive software as they have with the Steam controller, I might actually end up getting one.  
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
19. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 18:51 BIGtrouble77
 
Regarding the hype and comparisons to the 970, I think there is some optimism regarding how well it's future proofed. If you buy the 8gb version it's not going to be quite as gimped in the future and it seems to have better driver headroom in anything optimized for DX12/Vulcan. The 970 only has 3.5gb memory so I'm not certain it will do well for dx12 games.

I might have been in the market for a 1070/1080, but I feel like nvidia is just gouging and couldn't meet the demand if they priced reasonably anyway. Now I just need to see if I upgrade now or buy when the Vegas are available during the holiday.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
11. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 13:43 BIGtrouble77
 
Wallshadows wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:05:
It's also worth noting that these are all reference boards so if you plan to overclock for more performance, you're shit outta luck for the most part until AIBs are released.
XFX is releasing an overclocked "Black" edition today. It has a custom back plate that is apparently better, but comes in at $270.

I wish buying a card was a little more straight forward. I was going to buy one today, but I think I'll wait a few weeks for the AIB cards to come out now that people are seeing some really high temps.
 
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