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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Starfighter Origins Tomorrow
2. Re: Starfighter Origins Tomorrow Apr 24, 2017, 10:20 Burrito of Peace
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 10:01:
Wow, where did this come from? Need to check this out!

Ditto! Definitely going to check this out.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 23, 2017, 19:41 Burrito of Peace
I think we're getting to the point where court rulings for things like this are ultimately pointless. "You can't have subtitles because they're illegal!" "Uh, so? I can download them from a server hosted where it isn't illegal."  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
11. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2017, 22:41 Burrito of Peace
Prez wrote on Apr 21, 2017, 17:05:
Again, the main problem is not selling cheap games - lots of sites do that. It's that without the proper safeguards that G2A lacks anything bought through G2A with a stolen credit card or hacked account will end up in a charge back that the developer is responsible for. This can and purportedly has resulted in developers having to pay quite a bit of money in charge back fees. That should be guarded against and G2A doesn't .

OK, that is outright theft and not at all kosher. I can see the validity of the complaints in that regard.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2017, 16:37 Burrito of Peace
HoSpanky wrote on Apr 21, 2017, 15:38:
Acting like it's the same as any other commodity is asinine; any other commodity costs money to physically transfer around the globe.

HoSpanky, that would be correct if we were talking about solely physical goods, but we're not. We're talking about digital goods, which cost very, very little to transport globally. Those costs being electricity and bandwidth. A textbook case (pardon the pun) of these shenanigans is college/university ebooks. Pearson wants to charge you $250 bucks for an ebook that is required for a class. However, you can find the same ebook online from a distributor in, say, Thailand for $50 bucks or less that is the exact same book, edition, language, and all, so it makes little sense to pay the additional $200 for what is quite literally the same arrangement of data.

When it comes to such things, I have zero sympathy for those who engage in regional price gouging. It's a bullshit practice and whining and crying about consumers leveling the playing field is disingenuous at best and pathetic at worse.

"B...b...but they won't sell for $250 dollars in that other region!" Yeah, so? The fact that you have a vendor lockin with the educational system which is tantamount to collusion doesn't mean its ok to bleed the students. Likewise, I feel it is unethical and corrupt to charge customers in Canada and Australia nearly double for the same arrangement of data that you would in the US, Japan, or the UK. I also find no fault with consumers again leveling the financial playing field when there is zero difference between the digital products being offered for less elsewhere.

"B...b..but I/we/they have to eat!" So you do. However, you can run an ethical business without gouging your customers and still turn a profit. "B...b...but our costs are so high!" Are they? I bet that if we did a forensic accounting of your books that we could eliminate 30% of your costs by reducing the amount of upper management you have and the wages you pay them. Moreover, you can trickle that down to middle management as well. Want to keep your best managers? Pay them accordingly but eliminate the dead weight. Now, let's turn to your advertisement. Everyone knows you're going to churn out Call of Halo Battlefield Cry Assassins 218. You churn one out every year. It's expected and your customer base already knows about your products existence. Trim your advertisement down to match. You're not going to magically capture the 97 year old great-great-grandmother demographic by spending $250 million dollars. Focus on your core audience and spend your advertising dollars wisely. If you're introducing a new product, that's when you spend broadly to capture as many demographics as you can.

"B...b...but it costs so much to make X digital good!" Does it? Your largest expenditure is going to be your labor cost. Can't make a product without labor...yet. So, more or less, that's going to be a fixed cost. However, all the rest of the crap you're spending money on isn't and isn't an essential business cost. Instead of 72 competing delivery services, it makes a lot more sense to standardize on a common platform with buy-in from multiple producers. Spread the cost, and the risk, and you both reduce expenditure and increase goodwill because your customers don't really don't want 72 different clients running to access their goods.

My point is that businesses must conform the the customers, not the other way around. Continually complaining that the customer chooses an option that you don't like doesn't change the fact that your business practices suck and that you need to change them to appeal to the broadest set of customers possible.

If there's outright theft involved, I can understand the problem, but this doesn't seem at all like theft and a lot more like price fixing.
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News Comments > Prey Trailer
13. Re: Prey Trailer Apr 20, 2017, 07:59 Burrito of Peace
All the whining aside, I couldn't put my finger on what bugged me a bit about this game until this trailer.

You have Generic Scientist A holding a coffee cup while talking to Generic Scientist B. Generic Scientist A's coffee cup suddenly morphs itself in to an alien that attacks and, presumably, kills him.

The killing part doesn't bother me, what bothers me is that there's no way that alien could mimic the coffee cup without the cup itself becoming incredibly heavy. Assuming the alien has mass, the density would become unreal when packing it down from something that looks about 3' tall and 2.75' wide (from extremity to extremity) down to the size of that cup.

The other option is that the alien creature has very little mass so that the density wouldn't significantly change. That, too, provides a problem because then your projectile based weapons with the apparently high muzzle velocity would rip them to shreds in very short order. Even the average strength of the human hand and arm would be able to pull them off of you, wad them in to a ball, keep them there, and then blow them out the airlock.
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News Comments > Full Throttle Remastered Released
2. Re: Full Throttle Remastered Released Apr 19, 2017, 07:50 Burrito of Peace
I picked it up yesterday and played through it. I had forgotten how short it was. Took a little over three hours to finish.  
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News Comments > Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam This Week
10. Re: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam This Week Apr 18, 2017, 09:33 Burrito of Peace
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 18, 2017, 08:45:
They should have just left this franchise where it belongs.

In the dust bin of history?

/Stellaris joke.
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News Comments > Grimoire Gets Greenlight, Due Next Month
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 17, 2017, 18:26 Burrito of Peace
When I read "DungeonMaster" my interest piqued, but then I watched the Youtube video. Pass. That's "Dungeon Master II" level of quality.

Legends of Grimrock is still the undisputed king of old school RPGs in that style to me.
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News Comments > NIGHTHAW-X3000 Launches
3. Re: NIGHTHAW-X3000 Launches Apr 14, 2017, 14:34 Burrito of Peace
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Apr 9, 2017, 21:44 Burrito of Peace
I remember playing the original on my Atari ST as a kid. It was awesome for the time. Some things are better left to their historical legacy.

Though, that being said, I think Sun Dog was way ahead of its time and would be better done today with modern engines and technology.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 9, 2017, 21:43 Burrito of Peace
Woot! Stellaris:Utopia is number two on the list! Go Paradox!  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 8, 2017, 23:41 Burrito of Peace
You know what? Fuck hireable rides. Fuck anything with wheels. Fuck the internal combustion engine. In fact, fuck every non-bipedal mode of transportation.

Fuck everything.
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News Comments > Stellaris: Utopia Launches
10. Re: Stellaris: Utopia Launches Apr 6, 2017, 17:29 Burrito of Peace
OK, I've had a couple of crashes since my last post but I am fairly sure they are due to some mods I had running. Disabled the mods and so far so good. So if you're playing with mods, wait for them to be updated for 1.6 if you want to use them.

Without going in to spoiler territory, I'll just say that I ran in to the Shroud about 40 minutes ago AND HOLY FUCKING SHIT AM I SWEATING BULLETS.

Also, it looks like corvette spam has been fixed as I am seeing much more balanced fleets from the enemy AI empires.
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News Comments > Stellaris: Utopia Launches
5. Re: Stellaris: Utopia Launches Apr 6, 2017, 12:56 Burrito of Peace
Utopia radically overhauls a lot of the systems in game to good effect. I started a new playthrough with a newly created race and the differences in just race creation are obvious. Totally having a blast so far, just picked up my second Ascencion perk and I've already maxed out one of the Traditions but I have been playing since ~0700 (or whenever it became available) and am smack dab in mid game.  
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
26. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 12:49 Burrito of Peace
I think Beamer has hit it on the head in his last post. A well written character is a great character, regardless of sex, gender, race, or religion. Literally none of those characteristics has bearing on believable dialogue and worthwhile character development.

I like the example of Watch Dogs 2. You had a transgender character who was well done, your player character was a young black man who was geeky as Hell and not a thug, you had Josh who was autistic but not represented as a "spaz" but as a valuable member of the crew whom everyone cared about, and your kinda girl-crush-friend was of unknown racial mixture but pretty badass in her own right without any of the characters being stereotypes.

If Bioware needs to learn anything, it needs to re-learn how to write compelling dialogue and relearn how to create great characters.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 5, 2017, 21:30 Burrito of Peace
Just get a VPN based in Switzerland or Panama and you'll be fine.  
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Changes Will "Fight Fake Games"
24. Re: Steam Discovery Changes Will Apr 5, 2017, 07:44 Burrito of Peace
Quboid wrote on Apr 4, 2017, 20:32:
You can customise your store front discovery queue to exclude E.A. and some other stuff like VR and videos. It's in your preferences (click on your username, top-right), and for the queue there's a customise option by the "Next" button.

I'd rather these were hidden by default. Early Access has it's place, but IMHO the store-front isn't it.

I did not know this. Thank you very much!
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Changes Will "Fight Fake Games"
16. Re: Steam Discovery Changes Will Apr 4, 2017, 13:40 Burrito of Peace
Steam has gotten to the point where I am thinking of keeping my current library but no longer purchasing games through them. As someone else mentioned, the "Discovery" queue system is a joke, often filled with crapware and "Early Access" titles. What is likewise "Recommended" to me rarely fits my interest. I think I'll probably switch to GOG since they have a more generous refund policy, tighter rules, and I don't always have to be connected to play my games or fiddle with a client.

Another old man.
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News Comments > Gearbox: More Duke? No. More Bulletstorm? Maybe
4. Re: Gearbox: More Duke? No. More Bulletstorm? Maybe Apr 4, 2017, 12:18 Burrito of Peace
Gearbox Publishing gavee me Homeworld Remastered, so I'm happy with them.  
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News Comments > Agents of MAYHEM in August
5. Re: Agents of MAYHEM in August Apr 3, 2017, 11:38 Burrito of Peace
New Saints Row game? I'm in!  
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