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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2018, 19:07 Mr. Tact
 
Hey Rigs, I'll gladly take my spring snow over having to deal with hurricanes. It is not even close...  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
17. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 2, 2018, 18:21 Mr. Tact
 
Wait... is he calling me a millennial? If so, that would be funniest damn thing I've heard in a long time.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
25. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 2, 2018, 14:47 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 13:33:
You want actual sales numbers and transparency from Valve, who do you think you are.
Actually I'd be happy with just a Top 10 list which makes sense, without any sales figures. Just knowing the order of the list would be fine with me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2018, 11:55 Mr. Tact
 
If you liked HSB, you'd probably mostly like NYPD Blue and L.A. Law. Although, I'm not sure any of the three could pass the test of time. I suspect all three would seem "dated" if watched now.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2018, 10:57 Mr. Tact
 
RIP Steven Bochco.

Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue -- all great series. I particularly remember all the hullabaloo over NYPD Blue at the start, it being called "soft porn". The only thing the protests did was increase the interest in the show. Once they got rid of Caruso it really picked up...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2018, 10:46 Mr. Tact
 
I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday, Blue. In like a lion, out like a lion. We got 4.5 inches of snow here (Central Illinois) yesterday.. pretty damn crazy.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 2, 2018, 10:17 Mr. Tact
 
They really need to find a solution to this nonsense with their Top 10...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2018, 08:26 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 00:45:
Actually, your comment just forced me to recall a memory about Taylor suing some dude that grabbed her butt. Maybe more stories will come out.
Yeah, but that was well after she was famous and it was just some idiot DJ who thought it would be fun to use his chance to grab her butt so he could brag about it later. It wasn't someone who had power over her. Not cool, but not a typical sexual harassment situation.
 
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News Comments > Factorio Price Boost Next Month
25. Re: Factorio Price Boost Next Month Apr 1, 2018, 17:42 Mr. Tact
 
Also, the "unlimited" nature of the resources doesn't really show up until late in the mid-game. Early-game and early mid-game is a constant battle to get more resources collected and processed.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2018, 17:33 Mr. Tact
 
Taylor Swift's experience was likely far different than average. She basically "went off on her own" with an independent label at 16. So it is entirely possible she managed to not see the ugly side of the business personally...  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
7. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 1, 2018, 15:32 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, you do understand Forbes is a financial magazine, right? I'm not saying they shouldn't or can't over it, just wondering why they bother. It isn't what I would want or expect to see when I picked up one of their magazines or visited their website...  
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News Comments > Factorio Price Boost Next Month
24. Re: Factorio Price Boost Next Month Apr 1, 2018, 15:10 Mr. Tact
 
Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 14:57:
No, but there is difficult in those games. For example in Cities Skylines, the difficulty is in managing your traffic and keeping your city flowing. In older Sim Cities, the difficulty was in managing budget.

From what (admittedly little) I've seen in Factorio, there really is no difficulty. Everything is available in monstrous quantities, so it's really just a matter of time?
Well, with the aliens it is possible to die and even get to a point where the game is not recoverable. But that's really only the early game. Technically resources are unlimited, but you have to go further and further a field to get them. And even though they might be unlimited -- managing them and getting them to flow in manner sufficient to your needs takes significant planning and execution.

A standard challenge the community has come up with is building a base which can launch a rocket once per minute. And despite having build a base which has launched 300 rockets, yet me say that is no easy or small task. As far as "difficulty" you can modify how often you see resource patches and how big they are, as well as how often and big enemy bases are. Either could certainly up the difficulty to the point you probably couldn't survive for long.

I think someone mentioned the "Rail World" option. Basically in this the game makes the resource patches richer, but more sparse and further away from the base. Hence, making the use of rail transportation of resources necessary. Trains are almost, almost, a separate mini-game within Factorio. People have gone long lengths to build complex rail networks simply because they like trains.

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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Apr 1, 2018, 15:00 Mr. Tact
 
Why the hell is Forbes running a "Why you should not inhale condoms" article? Sigh, what a glorious world media has become...

Please tell me it is actually an April Fool's joke... ?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2018, 14:10 Mr. Tact
 
She may yet survive the fire storm. Always hard to tell how long Fox will be willing to ignore the yelling...  
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News Comments > April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup
9. Re: April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup Apr 1, 2018, 14:08 Mr. Tact
 
1.x.x.x belongs to the APNIC (Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre), the people in charge of handing out IPv4 address in the Asia-Pacific region. I doubt they'll be giving it up any time soon.  
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News Comments > StarCraft Is Life: A 20th Anniversary Celebration
8. Re: StarCraft Is Life: A 20th Anniversary Celebration Apr 1, 2018, 13:53 Mr. Tact
 
I guess it is true we couldn't expect them to NOT hype the game. The 8th grade is 13-14, so anyone under 34 probably wasn't in HS when StarCraft was released. Still, anyone over 25 who thinks any game is "life" needs to re-examine their life. Again -- caveats for the irony...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: HEADS UP Apr 1, 2018, 13:14 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 13:12:
Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Expected to Crash in the Next 24 Hours
https://www.space.com/40164-chinese-space-station-crash-last-day.html
And this isn't even an April's Fool joke!
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
18. Re: Saturday Metaverse Apr 1, 2018, 12:50 Mr. Tact
 
If rational thinking became a cult, I'd be pretty happy about that.
Eirikrautha wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 12:19:
The GOP attacks the things that are "right"? You mean morally "right"? Like they are evil and intentionally seeking out evil.
Actually, I was just trying to be amusing. But it isn't difficult to see how the GOP spent the entire eight years of the Obama presidency opposing whatever he said, even when he was echoing things the GOP had said previously. And for the record, I don't think the GOP is evil.
Eirikrautha wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 12:19:
You honestly think 40+% of the American population is sitting around, wringing their hands like Snidely Whiplash, going "How can we hurt other people today?" You seriously believe that?
No. However I do believe 40% of the American population is sitting around basically ignoring reality.
Eirikrautha wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 12:19:
And I bet you make fun of creationists...
Fun of, no. I think religion is probably a predictable outcome for any young intelligent society. People are curious and often fearful of the unknown. Therefore it becomes necessary to create explanations for things they don't understand. Once the religious establishments are created, it carries on under its' own momentum. Unfortunate, but understandable -- perhaps some day we will get out from underneath that yoke...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 1, 2018, 12:24 Mr. Tact
 
I've been reading the novels behind the Netflix "Altered Carbon" series. In that universe people have what is basically a memory disk installed near the top of their spine. And your consciousness is "recorded" there and can be copied or transferred.

A spin off technology is virtual realities where it possible to load your consciousness into them. These VRs can be sped up or slowed down compared to "real time". So, either you can spend an entire week in the VR, when only an hour of real time passes. or you can spend a month in VR, when a decade or more goes by in the real world. It would be interesting to see how those capabilities would end up getting abused if they ever actually existed.
 
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News Comments > Factorio Price Boost Next Month
22. Re: Factorio Price Boost Next Month Apr 1, 2018, 12:16 Mr. Tact
 
Creston wrote on Apr 1, 2018, 12:00:

Anyways, talk to me about Factorio, fellas. What's the point of it? What's your goal? Just build stuff? Is there an end-game to reach? Do you need to build defenses? What's going on with it. (nm about the enemies question, that was already answered. )

I watch some let's plays, and it does get me a little itchy in the fingers, but at the same time, after 10 minutes I think "is this all you're doing?"
What are you doing when you play SimCity or a similar game? While there is an artificial goal of launching a satellite so you can be "rescued" -- it's kind of like saying the goal in SimCity is to reach population X. The game is about the fun you have figuring out, first how to build stuff, second learning better ways to build stuff, third learning efficiencies in your designs, etc...

One of the best things about the game is mod support and an active mod community. So even if you get tired of the base game eventually (I spent over 800 hours playing the base or "vanilla" game) there are plenty of new things to try. Different ores, more complicated recipes, stronger enemies, pretty much whatever you want.

However, if you are looking for an extensive storyline -- you won't find it here. This is a building game.

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