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Real Name Jonah Dreyer   
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Description IT Professional
Intel 3570K Core i5 @3.6 GHz
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Signed On Oct 9, 2004, 08:44
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 21, 2017, 01:45 jdreyer
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 19:47:
What is this "disc" thing the developer keeps talking about? Apparently it is necessary to play a game and can be traded. Is it some sort of DLC? How much hard-drive space does it take?

Single-player FPS games aren't going anywhere. If anything, it is only single-player FPS games developed by greedy "triple-A" studios that might be going away (and arguably, good riddance) but there are a bunch of independent studios more than willing to take up the slack. And with development tools becoming so powerful, I'm not sure I'll really notice the lack of 1000-person sized teams and $100 million budgets that are de rigueur for AAA games; independently-published titles good enough already.

Sure, there are Indie FPS devs. And their games look like this.
 
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News Comments > Steam Sale Dates Leaked?
4. Re: Steam Sale Dates Leaked? Oct 20, 2017, 20:42 jdreyer
 
Saboth wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 20:12:
MEH! Why oh why did people have to ruin the system? Steam sales used to be so exciting. Now it's like you are paying the normal price when a game is on sale, and the rest of the year you are paying the marked up price. I'd rather have flash deals again and not be able to get refunds.
Doesn't GoG still do flash sales?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 20, 2017, 19:48 jdreyer
 
Well, off they go to WikiLeaks and the NYT. Was that the intended consequence?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 20, 2017, 19:42 jdreyer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 14:18:
Whoa! Holy shit! One of our CF-18s just blasted over my house. Goddamn it was loud and he was booking it. He must have been coming out of CFB Boden. Whoa, even as I'm typing this another one just roared by. I know this might not be unusual for those of you in the US, but it's unusual here in the extreme!

Edit: Whoa either another one just went by or one of them is circling. It was pretty low and goddamn they are just monstrously loud, had to plug my ears. I wonder what's going on.

You should be worried. I understand that those CF-18s are in pretty long in the tooth and might start falling out of the sky at any moment. That's why Trudeau is looking to acquire Australian F-18s, as they purchase Super Hornets and F-35s.

A couple days ago I was walking to work when I heard a massive roar. A couple of F-22s had just taken off and we're accelerating pure vertical into the sky. There's a squadron based several miles away. On Memorial day I was headed to the beach when they flew a missing man formation right over the highway at 1000 feet. Very loud but very cool.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Your data will get hacked anyway Oct 20, 2017, 19:32 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 14:29:
In a way, the Equifax hack kind of released everyone from worries about hacking. I mean, the bad guys now have EVERYTHING of yours already anyway. No need to worry about future hacks.

Thanks, Equifax!

I like the idea about giving it the Corporate Death Penalty, but all that would happen is they would reincorporate as Equifaxx, and it's business as usual.
OR, the might decide to get out of the credit industry altogether and go into porn as EquifaXXX.

 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 20, 2017, 19:28 jdreyer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 14:44:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 14:01:
Yeah, I think I read NJ was vying for the new Amazon HQ by offering $7B in tax credits? How will they ever make that money back? It should be illegal to exempt a single company from taxation for those purposes. You're gutting your ability to improve local infrastructure to support those extra workers.

I disagree. A company like Amazon hiring 10000+ workers in your area is worth a lot more than 7 billion dollars to a local economy in the long term and will attract other companies. States are not pants on head dumb, they have people doing the opportunity cost on these alternatives.

The bigger question with corporations is how you keep them there but its not so easy to pick up and move such a large operations center in this case.

It's tax breaks anyway, politicians love tax breaks because its a line item in their budgets, money they never truly saw. When its coming straight out of your cashflow though then they play hard ball.
You're conflating the tax incentive with the economic benefit. For the state government to make back $7B in tax incentives, there needs to be $100B increase in economic activity. How likely is that?

Also, I'll push back against the politicians doing opportunity cost analysis. Some might, while others might only be thinking as far as the next election, damn the long term costs. I'd put Chris Christie in that latter category. The dude is a dick.
 
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
86. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 20, 2017, 14:18 jdreyer
 
I have disappoint this didn't make 100 comments.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Oct 20, 2017, 14:16 jdreyer
 
Heltorne wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 02:16:
haha so if single-player games are dying and MMOs are basically dead, what is the *in* thing right now?

MOBAs?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 20, 2017, 14:14 jdreyer
 
Lulu was like, you want me to do what?? F that!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 20, 2017, 14:13 jdreyer
 
There's a Cave on the Moon Large Enough For a Future Colony

31 miles long? You could hold a marathon on the moon!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 20, 2017, 14:05 jdreyer
 
Bankers Publicly Embracing Robots Are Privately Fearing Job Cuts.

Its, um, he says, shifting tone and making clear he cant speak publicly. That question is gnawing at him, he confides, because he has kids. I would want them to pick their careers very carefully. I think AI is going to eliminate most jobs. Thats a private view. I think were just starting to feel that.

Yup. Along with global warming, this is going to the other great challenge of the world for the next 50 years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 20, 2017, 14:01 jdreyer
 
whitelined wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 12:32:
Yes, amazon really needs tax breaks, effectively subsidising the company, as they are really poor and don't have much money.

Yeah, I think I read NJ was vying for the new Amazon HQ by offering $7B in tax credits? How will they ever make that money back? It should be illegal to exempt a single company from taxation for those purposes. You're gutting your ability to improve local infrastructure to support those extra workers.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2017, 13:49 jdreyer
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 13:10:
That designer can go fuck himself. I'll never play a multiplayer game of any kind, let alone a goddamned FPS.

Did you even read the article? The guy make single player FPS and loves doing so. He just posited that the economics of things like trading in the single player disk, or getting your friends to buy the same multiplayer FPS as you make publishers reticent to invest in them.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 19, 2017, 21:16 jdreyer
 
Reminiscent of Rimworld.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 21:07 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 18:53:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:02:
Also, don't forget that certain genres are almost always single player or primarily so like strategy. Civ, Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Offworld TC, Total Warhammer, XCom, Endless Space, Homeworld: Deserts, all AAA games released over the past couple of years.
I bet Electronic Arts could fix that.

I think they tried. Wasn't it EA that tried to make SimCity online multiplayer only? That failed pretty miserably IIRC.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 19, 2017, 21:01 jdreyer
 
Happy Thanksgiving!  
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 16:02 jdreyer
 
Also, don't forget that certain genres are almost always single player or primarily so like strategy. Civ, Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Offworld TC, Total Warhammer, XCom, Endless Space, Homeworld: Deserts, all AAA games released over the past couple of years.  
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News Comments > Mafia on GOG.com
3. Re: Mafia on GOG.com Oct 19, 2017, 15:29 jdreyer
 
Acleacius wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 11:55:
Really great news! Lighter

Iirc, the drm was a problem and this will surely help with stability. I'm guessing someone will make a mod/folder with all the old songs to be added in the drm free version at GOG. I've got the disks and Steam version, both with the old music.
Yeah I hate these licensing agreements. Once the music is in the game, it should be illegal to remove it. It breaks the artistic vision.
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers All-Star Update
18. Re: LawBreakers All-Star Update Oct 19, 2017, 15:24 jdreyer
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 14:24:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 13:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 12:32:
I'm not going to knock or mock a dev giving more content to its paying customers, even if there are only 10 of them.
Sure, sounds financially sustainable. http://gph.is/VwU68n

True, but we also bash devs for doing what is financially sustainable, be it ending promised support early due to not hitting performance targets, or putting in loot boxes.

I won't knock people for putting the customer before their own financial interests, even if it's in hopes one leads to the other.
It will pay dividends on their next game (assuming they survive this one): "These guys really support their games!"
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines - Green Cities Sprout
11. Re: Cities: Skylines - Green Cities Sprout Oct 19, 2017, 15:17 jdreyer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 14:30:
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 11:55:
Most Paradox games are very very DLC heavy

This is very true. It often comes back to bite them in the ass as the fans have panned quite a few DLC choices (ones where mods do better) and their expensive splitting of the community (overpriced DLC combined with "necessary" parts of some DLC). Of course, they do make very mod-friendly games, and their DLC does go on sale fairly often (usually in an attempt to garner new users, like Steel Division recently). It's important to note that much of their userbase enjoys all of these little things (down to the models) and I even found myself buying the SD DLC the other week because I wanted to support them and I love the game. Skylines has a broader base, I think, but its fans are equally dedicated; I guess you could call this exploitative behavior but really, the users express discontent when they desire and Paradox usually has to address it.
I prefer the Paradox model over the EA model.
 
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