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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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21. Re: Corporate Espionage Jan 9, 2016, 00:41 BIGtrouble77
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 9, 2016, 00:39:
The Raven wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:05:
They are accusing a customer of corporate espionage? For talking to another (former) customer? On twitter?

I don't give a crap what they talked about, or how much they hate some of their customers, that's not the definition of corporate espionage.

I think some backing levels allow you to take part in the actual game design. I don't know if this guy was a part of that, but it sounds like he revealed some info that was supposed to be confidential. The TOS for that backing level may have some kind of "non compete" clause that prevents them from sharing said information. I have no idea if this is the case, but that's possibly where "corporate espionage" came from.
 
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20. Re: Corporate Espionage Jan 9, 2016, 00:39 BIGtrouble77
 
The Raven wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:05:
They are accusing a customer of corporate espionage? For talking to another (former) customer? On twitter?

I don't give a crap what they talked about, or how much they hate some of their customers, that's not the definition of corporate espionage.

I think some backing levels allow you to take part in the actual game design. I don't know if this guy was a part of that, but it sounds like he revealed some info that was supposed to be confidential. The TOS for that backing level may have some kind of "non compete" clause that prevents them from sharing said information. I have no idea if this is the case, but that's possibly where "corporate espionage" came from.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry: Primal Specs
16. Re: Far Cry: Primal Specs Jan 8, 2016, 23:38 BIGtrouble77
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:40:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:23:
You guys think this is going to be too intense for a 7-8 year old? My son saw this on Steam and has been begging me for it ever since. The other FarCrys have way too mature themes, but this looks like it's just gore (which I'm hoping can be toned down in settings).

I finally let him play Assassins Creed Black Flag, which he loves, but I'm just concerned that this one might be too much.

According to the Ubi website, it's rated 'M for Mature' for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, and Sexual Content. ESRB doesn't seem to have the detailed synopsis on their site yet, but IMO the descriptors are enough to base your decision on.

Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. I agree, this is probably going to be too mature. Black Flag is also M, but I've been ok with that one, the language is fine for the most part and no sex scenes. I might just get this and play through it myself and find parts that he can do that aren't bad. We mostly play everything together so I can censor it pretty quickly if I have to.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry: Primal Specs
6. Re: Far Cry: Primal Specs Jan 8, 2016, 12:23 BIGtrouble77
 
You guys think this is going to be too intense for a 7-8 year old? My son saw this on Steam and has been begging me for it ever since. The other FarCrys have way too mature themes, but this looks like it's just gore (which I'm hoping can be toned down in settings).

I finally let him play Assassins Creed Black Flag, which he loves, but I'm just concerned that this one might be too much.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II: Conclave Announced
10. Re: Crusader Kings II: Conclave Announced Jan 7, 2016, 14:18 BIGtrouble77
 
descender wrote on Jan 7, 2016, 12:55:
I keep wanting to get into this game but the overwhelming amount of DLC (and lack of DLC packs to even get started somewhere) is extremely daunting. i don't want to buy in and find out later that I need to spend upwards of $100 on DLC to get balanced gameplay.

Can anyone here recommended a "you need these DLC's to start" list for CK2?

CK2 is one of those games where you have to put in a pretty big time investment into learning it, but once you have it can be an extremely rewarding experience. When the game was first released it only had one play style and lacked enough events which ultimately broke emersion.

Fast forward to today and it's a completely different situation. The base game is incredibly strong (every DLC brings non-trivial upgrades to the base game), events are extremely numerous and there are many play styles to choose from.

As far as DLCs go, you don't need any. You might want to snag the Ruler Designer DLC to make things a bit easier at the start, but this is not one of those games where you need to have X DLC for the game to be fun.

There is a treasure trove of LPs on youtube that go into great detail how to play this game well. The biggest time investment is just figuring out the Feudal system, it's kind of complicated and the rules change (significantly) depending on what type of culture you are. I always recommend starting as Ireland to get the simplest start while not having to worry about getting steamrolled by a local rival (starting in the Iberian Peninsula can be very challenging for a newcomer).

The late game can be really fun too, it's a different skill you need to manage a large empire and not have your successions destroy what you have built. I've had games where I've inherited large empires which ultimately destroyed everything I had. There are some players (Arumba on youtube) that have completely figured out the mechanics to this game and exploit it every time they play- which is pointless to me. I think this new DLC is here to address the problem of once you have your empire train rolling it just doesn't stop- this DLC seems to have the mechanic where empires can be destroyed from within.

This game is one of my all time favs, but I can see why it's too much of a time investment for some people. Sometimes it's just fun to have small aspirations, not every game needs to be about world conquest. If you can keep that in perspective and just enjoy the games for what they are, you will probably find it immensely enjoyable.

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News Comments > Counter-Strike Bans Made Permanent
2. Re: Counter-Strike Bans Made Permanent Jan 5, 2016, 21:29 BIGtrouble77
 
Counterstrike is like professional cycling... I just asume everyone is cheating.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 3, 2016, 01:26 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 2, 2016, 14:27:
A proprietary system and a walled garden with a massive, non-critical, non-technical, fan-boi user base full of vulnerabilities?

Hoocoodanode?
So... Windows is broken up into 7 versions while the Mac is 1... Android is just listed as Android, but makes no mention of Android based phones that are carrier maintained which tend to have their own set of vulnerabilities. Plus there's no mention of the severity of the vulnerabilities or what they even are.

Not saying things would be different if this was all clarified, but jumping to conclusions with ad hominem attacks just makes you sound like you post a lot here.
 
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News Comments > Steam Christmas Issues Explained
7. Re: Steam Christmas Issues Explained Dec 31, 2015, 01:47 BIGtrouble77
 
Highly unlikely that the "caching partner" (most likely Akamai) will have any data on this. They are optimized for performance, not logging something that's virtually impossible to log anyway.

I think Valve added that last comment knowing fully it's BS.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2015, 14:19 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm a big metal fan, but I could never get into Motorhead, I prefer the more melodic bands like Iron Maiden- Moorhead was always too harsh for me. That said, it's undeniable the mark Motorhead left so I have great respect for them.

I guess the best thing to happen is to die 2 days after the cancer diagnosis and avoid the agony of a drawn out end. At least he died doing what he loved... playing video games.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 27, 2015, 15:22 BIGtrouble77
 
harlock wrote on Dec 27, 2015, 13:38:
This is, in my view the reason why the PC market is in trouble. There has been no software created in the last ten years that uses the available hardware.

guy is living in a fucking cave.. where do they find these people and how in the hell are they getting hired
This article reads like it was written by a 3rd grader. I would say VR is that thing that could force people to upgrade, but the problem is that they are targeting mobile VR more heavily than desktop PCs. The reality is that high end desktop PCs are going to be driven by gaming for the foreseeable future.
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
31. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 27, 2015, 02:44 BIGtrouble77
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 26, 2015, 22:01:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 26, 2015, 15:59:
This issue seems to have stemmed from a DDOS attack optimization that wasn't fully tested- these are edge cases that are very hard to test at scale. In the web world, stuff like this happens a lot, it's our worst nightmare when cached data for different users gets mixed up. It looks terrible, but almost always benign.

The vitriol here is predictable, and it's always the same ignorant people. It doesn't give valve a free pass, but some of the assertions here are just ridiculous.



I'm kind of a luddite, so is this analogy correct? Some tubes got clogged, so my shit went into someone else's toilet, but it didn't overflow, so we're all good here now.

It's more a case of your shit and someone else's shit went to the same place (septic tank?). But when things backed up, since his shit came last, that's what ended up all over your bathroom floor. It did overflow, but it's just a smelly mess, nothing else.
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
13. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 26, 2015, 15:59 BIGtrouble77
 
This issue seems to have stemmed from a DDOS attack optimization that wasn't fully tested- these are edge cases that are very hard to test at scale. In the web world, stuff like this happens a lot, it's our worst nightmare when cached data for different users gets mixed up. It looks terrible, but almost always benign.

The vitriol here is predictable, and it's always the same ignorant people. It doesn't give valve a free pass, but some of the assertions here are just ridiculous.


 
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News Comments > Evening Patches
1. Re: Evening Patches Dec 22, 2015, 03:02 BIGtrouble77
 
I actually still play Knights of Honor once in a while, great game.  
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News Comments > GOG.com Bethesda Softworks Sale
6. Re: GOG.com Bethesda Softworks Sale Dec 22, 2015, 02:59 BIGtrouble77
 
I've noticed that whenever GoG has a big sale, a steam sale follows the next day or so. Lets see what happens this time...  
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access
2. Re: Elite Dangerous: Horizons Early Access Dec 15, 2015, 22:14 BIGtrouble77
 
mag wrote on Dec 15, 2015, 21:51:
$45 expansion pack???
In Canada it was coming up as $79.99 with a 25% discount, but now I'ts just $79.99 with no discount. WTF? I love Elite, but I figured that this would land at $39.99 usd with possible discounts on top of that. This expansion is the price of a AAA title on launch day.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade Changes
8. Re: Valve on Steam Trade Changes Dec 10, 2015, 18:56 BIGtrouble77
 
Devinoch wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 14:16:
There are several in-game items that have extremely high value on the basis of scarcity. I have a Dota2 item (single item) that's worth several hundred dollars. I actually bought the full set (Ursa's Alpine set, if that helps any) for $7 when Valve put it on sale, but they took it down a week later and have never rereleased it, so the value skyrocketed.

Hmm, I just peaked in my account and immediately found a $17 card. Maybe I should actually go through them...
 
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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade Changes
3. Re: Valve on Steam Trade Changes Dec 10, 2015, 13:41 BIGtrouble77
 
descender wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 13:22:
Valve reported 77,000 hijacked Steam accounts per month recently... Not using 2-factor authentication for Steam by this point makes zero sense.
These security measures are worth the minor inconveniences they create when so many of us have libraries worth thousands of dollars.

Can anyone explain what you can actually trade that's of any value? I don't get the whole earning badges thing.

 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
27. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 17:59 BIGtrouble77
 
Vall Forran wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 17:02:
There are mechanics in place to follow ships leaving the instance. It's a balance, though. Do you want an extra beam laser? Or sacrifice that for a FSD wakefield tracker module?

I got so mad a few weeks ago. I was flying my anaconda and about to dock. I was lining up for approach and hit my "flight assist off" button. However! I forgot to turn on that stupid saitek control plugin before launching the game. So, instead, that button happens to revert to middle mouse click, which ended up launching a missile at the station.

Boom. Vaporized. That was my first death since cobra times way back when. Luckily, they changed the insurance policy. I was short the $12 million buyback option by several million. Still got the ship back, but you now get grafted automatically with each mission.

So, I sold my $55 million dollar thrusters (that I just goddamn bought!) and downgraded to get out of debt and have extra insurance money.

Haven't really felt like playing much after that. The anaconda is so slow and people really like fucking with you. Even if they die, they do massive $$$ to your wallet with fractional damage.

I'm hoping horizons will encourage more small ships that don't break the bank.

I've had a very similar experience. I'm not having fun with my fully loaded python at all because I'm a bigger target now and fear of getting killed is just not making the game fun. And I don't mean getting killed for legitimate reasons, rather by (rare but still concerning) glitches in the station or by player wings that ambush me. I never stressed too much if my asp got taken out and fortunately it never did. The day I got my clipper it got destroyed due to a bug in the station.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
15. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 15:29 BIGtrouble77
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 15:10:
So i've been waiting for this game to get some more depth to the content.

Like X3: Albion prelude level of content.

I'm still to understand that the majority of the game is just attack and kill?
I'm noticing there's a trend where gamers more used to "modern" mission systems don't really like Elite. From this perspective, there's very little in the game and it just feels empty.

Then there's the group (that I fall into), that's more into the immersion and roleplay aspect. I just have an ongoing mental storyline that my character is the center of. I kind of just take the stuff FD publishes and fill in the blanks with my own stories.

That type of game isn't for everyone, but I personally love how so much is left to interpretation. I find Witcher, Skyrim, Fallout, etc all incredibly boring myself, I want to create my own narrative. But I can put in hundreds of hours into Distant Worlds and Kenshi, neither of those games offer any missions or direction.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
14. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 15:19 BIGtrouble77
 
Bundy wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 14:09:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 13:22:
They finally learned from their mistakes and released a trailer with actual gameplay footage. Looks fantastic.I haven't played since the long range missions were insanely profitable, getting me over $100 million in 3 days. Now seems as good a time as ever to jump back in.

I missed that window. And because I missed it the grind feels extra grindy. Can't play for more than 1 or 2 missions a week. The universe needs more stuff to do.

When I first heard about the missions I could not believe how much I made. Knowing it was going to be nerfed I just grinded harder than I ever did for 3 days (which is basically 6 hours/day). I knew whatever I put in I would make me what I would normally get over a few months.

When it was all over I have enough money to get a fully upgraded Python. Unfortunately, I don't like the ship, it's jump range just sucks and I'm just too afraid of getting killed since the insurance claim is so high now. I've been flying my ASP and Clipper for ages now so I'll probably go back to one of them.

Regardless, I think getting an asp and doing some exploration with this update is the perfect route for me.
 
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