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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Evochron Legacy Launches
9. Re: Evochron Legacy Launches Jan 21, 2016, 10:46 Burrito of Peace
 
Slashman wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 08:23:
Egosoft has been doing storyline structure for years and that's still the part of the X games I find most pointless and boring.

Because they do it so poorly. Imagine something like Privateer or Freelancer in the X universe. A decent, actual story written by people who know how to do such things.

Egosoft actively sucks at storytelling. FFS, the main villain in most of their games is a race whose name literally sounds like "cock". I know it's spelled Khaak but, come on, even from Germans that's pretty blatant.
 
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News Comments > Blade & Soul Launches
16. Re: Blade & Soul Launches Jan 19, 2016, 23:25 Burrito of Peace
 
Thanks guys! I met a lot of cool, interesting people while working for NCSoft from the tech support guys (all 5 of them in the States whom were tier 2 but absolute rockstars in how many issues they handled in a week to successful resolutions) all the way up to Executive Producers. I have loads of stories about Guild Wars, CoH/CoV, Exteel, Tabula Rasa, Dungeon Runners...pretty much the entire NCSoft catalog. Unfortunately, a lot of really good people couldn't save the place from atrocious upper management and "rockstar" egos.

As for you, IceWind, I can assure you that I am pretty far from a puritanical person. Skin is fine when it isn't turned in to a fetish for a development group that is far more sexually repressed than any American could even dream of being. I've known nuns whom were more sexually liberal than those guys.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 19, 2016, 17:25 Burrito of Peace
 
I do not know about this particular product but I am a big fan of OpenHardware Monitor. I've used it for years.  
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News Comments > Blade & Soul Launches
6. Re: Blade & Soul Launches Jan 19, 2016, 11:01 Burrito of Peace
 
briktal wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 10:10:
SunnyD wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 09:50:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 09:44:
That only took nine years of development.

Is 'this' what NCSoft was developing when they bought and killed off City of Heroes/Villains to make way for some arpg they were making?



~Finis~

To be fair, it did come out 4 years ago in Korea.

When I worked at NCSoft, this was revealed at a company meeting in 2002 as being "near completion". The original plan was to release version 1.0 in SK and work out the kinks before releasing it in the western market. The problem arose when we were given it to playtest and the Engrish was barely coherent at best. It was just a really, really awkward "game".

We used to call it "Ass and Thighs" internally because all of the videos we were shown had a disturbing tendency to focus on upskirt shots and linger for an uncomfortably long time on the, at the time, ridiculously thick thighs of the female characters. The tit jiggling, too, was nearly a parody of the DOA style as well. Just a really creepy experience all around. The SK overlords got wind of that internal title and weren't exactly pleased. To them, this was their next big thing and all the other titles were secondary to it, Lineage, and Aion.

As for CoH/CoV, the most commonly circulated reason internally was that both the backend and client code was really messy. NC wanted to buyout Cryptic wholly but it ended with Cryptic selling the IP to NCsoft. The people who wanted to stay with NC and CoH/CoV formed under the Paragon name. It lingered on for a bit but as I understand it, that group of people lacked the knowhow and imagination to keep CoH/CoV alive and fix its problems. I know that there was talk for a while of relaunching CoH/CoV on a new engine that used DirectX instead of OpenGL so they could basically redo everything from scratch. The cost of that, the declining revenues of NC in the States (due to the writeoffs of Tabula Rasa, Dungeon Runners, etc), plus their 28 million dollar lawsuit loss pretty much gutted NC stateside. The only "local" product that was generating revenue consistently was Guild Wars but I know the lion's share of that went to ArenaNet. So, with declining resources, NC West had to focus on the income they were getting from the SK side and the money they were getting from the sales of GW2. Lotta layoffs and product killings and cancellations.

Sorry if that was long-winded but the situation was pretty complicated.
 
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News Comments > Blade & Soul Launches
1. Re: Blade & Soul Launches Jan 19, 2016, 09:44 Burrito of Peace
 
That only took nine years of development.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jan 18, 2016, 23:08 Burrito of Peace
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 18, 2016, 21:38:
I actually liked Don Henley and Glenn Frey's solo work a lot more.


You belong to the city.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 15, 2016, 19:27 Burrito of Peace
 
NKD wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 15:34:
At least the Linux fanboys...

Speaking as one of those "fanboys":

  • I dual boot because I do want the best selection of games available

  • I buy almost every major title that becomes available for Steam and quite a few indie titles. While I am pragmatic, and understand that the market share of Linux is excruciatingly tiny, I also understand that someone has to break the chicken-and-egg stalemate. So I do my little part to help show that there is an interest in gaming on Linux.

  • My actual performance numbers skew pretty heavily in favor of Linux. It boots faster, even with decrypting the disk, uses less system memory, and, in native vs native comparison, it almost invariably comes out ahead. KSP, for example, actually performs better by about 40%.

  • Drivers are a non-issue. Even if you're new to Linux and using the wonderfully new user friendly Linux Mint, there are plenty of driver managers that now come baked in to all the major distros that download the most stable proprietary driver sets for your hardware. I literally haven't had to hunt for a driver in years and I have hopped through all the major distros that either are, or based on, Debian, Red Hat, Arch, or SUSE. I've settled on Korora which is the best Fedora based experience I've ever had the pleasure of using. Hell, even my mother uses it as she's about as technically savvy as any 60+ year old person is bound to be.


  • I don't get the Windows fanboyism, either. It's just an OS, not a member of your family. Be platform agnostic and enjoy the benefits of all platforms. Yes, even OSX.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 15, 2016, 11:09 Burrito of Peace
     
    I hope to FSM that this one doesn't suck as bad as Cloverfield. It took me three times to get through that movie because I just wanted every one of the main cast to die as soon as they showed up on film. They're all so incredibly irritating and unlikable.  
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    News Comments > Medieval II: Total War for OS X & Linux
    2. Re: Medieval II: Total War for OS X & Linux Jan 14, 2016, 22:03 Burrito of Peace
     
    Sweet! Empire is already available for Linux so this is welcome news!  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2016, 10:51 Burrito of Peace
     
    Death seems to come in threes. This year we had Lemmy and Bowie for musicians and for actors we had Rickman and Brian Bedford. We have one more to go in each category.  
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    News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
    5. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 14, 2016, 00:10 Burrito of Peace
     
    NKD wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 22:36:
    Holy shit you're right there's literally a motherfucker with a fedora (or is it a trilby?).

    Trilby. The iconic plumage of hipster spunk trumpets everywhere.

    Only gentlemen wear fedoras.
     
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    News Comments > Homefront: The Revolution May Release Confirmed
    13. Re: Homefront: The Revolution May Release Confirmed Jan 12, 2016, 17:56 Burrito of Peace
     
    Simultaneous Linux release! Woo-hoo! Day one purchase from me, even if I never get around to playing it.  
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    News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
    24. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 17:55 Burrito of Peace
     
    Cancer is probably the worst goddamned disease that afflicts man. I helped my mom take care of my mom's adoptive mother when she was dying of lung cancer. She literally slowly drowned in the fluids inside her own lungs. No one tells you about the smell that comes with someone from dying of cancer. That pervasive smell of rotting meat because the body, while still living, is slowly rotting from the inside out. The only way to mask or even cut that smell is artificial orange citrus air freshener and you learn to hate the smell of it. To this day, I cannot stand the smell or taste of real oranges or artificial orange smell/flavoring.

    My mom survived uterine and ovarian cancer, as did my ex-wife. I am a survivor of childhood cancer. I know that my death from cancer is an almost certainty at this point. I'm sorry these people lost their child to cancer, regardless of whatever their religion may have been. That's just fucking awful. However, I can't bring myself to buy the game. It's not an experience that I want to relive, especially when the subject is the eventual death of a child.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 12, 2016, 17:47 Burrito of Peace
     
    While this is not NFL related:

    The Alabama-Clemson game was brutal last night as well as both teams were extremely well matched. In the end, though, there could only be one acceptable outcome.

    ROLL TIDE!
     
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 11, 2016, 19:20 Burrito of Peace
     
    Creston wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 18:55:
    I wonder if these BIOS fixes from Intel will actually FIX something, rather than just completely turn off the faulty operation set.


    After my experiences with the fiascos of the BIOSes with the DZ68BC and DGZ77GA-70K motherboards, I suspect that their approach will be to probably just to turn it off. That's pretty much SOP with them now.
     
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    News Comments > Saturday Previews
    7. Re: Saturday Previews Jan 10, 2016, 09:25 Burrito of Peace
     
    I wonder if GameInformer had their theme song playing in the background during their playtest.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 21:38 Burrito of Peace
     
    Creston wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 16:07:
    Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 15:56:
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 13:25:
    But it would cost $150,000 to lay that extra hundred feet of cable! The cable company said so!!!

    It's actually worse than that. It'll only cost 10K to hook me up but they won't do it even after I offered to foot the cost of the whole bill because that would be "unfair to market competition".

    WTF?!

    Ask to speak to sales. Not the bored flunky who answers the first line support desk. Usually sales would be okay with putting stuff down if you offer to foot the bill.


    That was straight out of the mouth of the regional construction manager. He was a really nice guy and he seemed genuinely remorseful that he couldn't hook me up, especially given what I am currently doing.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 15:56 Burrito of Peace
     
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 13:25:
    But it would cost $150,000 to lay that extra hundred feet of cable! The cable company said so!!!

    It's actually worse than that. It'll only cost 10K to hook me up but they won't do it even after I offered to foot the cost of the whole bill because that would be "unfair to market competition".

    WTF?!
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 13:06 Burrito of Peace
     
    Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 11:57:
    PHJF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 09:32:
    I'm starting to grow frustrated with the flakiness of my cable service

    You and 300,000,000 other Americans...

    Particularly when you consider the cost of that shitty service.

    And that, where some of us live, the best we can get is 3mb down and 512k up even though there is literally a fiber line on the poles in front of our houses.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 6, 2016, 13:05 Burrito of Peace
     
    harlock wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 11:55:
    maybe it was the characters themselves and just the script overall...

    i still think the two original leads had way more chemistry and "screen magic" or whatever...probably only felt unconsciously for most people id wager, which is why they fail to notice it specifically

    I think it was both the characters and the script. I also agree that Cohle and Hart were far better together as characters.
     
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