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Signed On Oct 12, 2004, 01:32
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News Comments > Get Tacoma for Free

8. Re: Get Tacoma for Free Mar 22, 2019, 03:27 Bubicus
 
As a former Seattle resident, I have to refuse a free copy of this game on moral grounds.  
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News Comments > January 2019 Digital Game Sales

13. Re: January 2019 Digital Game Sales Feb 25, 2019, 16:51 Bubicus
 
Oh, yeah, we all forgot that Asia fell off the Earth a few decades ago...

Incidentally, Honour of Kings is also known as Arena of Valor in Western markets. It has over 200 million players, which is more than League of Legends. It's so popular that the Chinese government called it a poison, and it forced Tencent to add spyware to the Chinese version to Protect the Children by monitoring play time and using face recognition to associate the player with China's social credit network.
 
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News Comments > Paradox Interactive Year-end Report

11. Re: Paradox Interactive Year-end Report Feb 20, 2019, 13:52 Bubicus
 
Although Paradox maintains a high profile and their games are highly rated and regarded by gamers, their revenues and profits aren't even close to the numbers of some casual game companies that release lots of retread trash each year. So, I don't mind Paradox's relatively high amount of paid DLC if it keeps their games fresh and supports a company that makes much better games than those other companies that perform better financially.
 
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News Comments > Agony Released

1. Re: Agony Released May 30, 2018, 06:40 Bubicus
 
Agony, no owl
Psynosis lost its trademark?
They can't call fowl?
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup May 25, 2018, 16:12 Bubicus
 
Like dsmart, for example?  
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News Comments > Steam Link Android App Beta

10. Re: Steam Link Android App Beta May 18, 2018, 16:26 Bubicus
 
I intend to use this feature so my wife and I can play Civ games and Stardew Valley when the co-op update is released. I can play on my laptop, and she can stream the games from our Mac Mini onto her phone or tablet and use a Bluetooth controller or keyboard/mouse without either of us having to sit at desks in front of monitors.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs

2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 3, 2018, 15:27 Bubicus
 
If you knew Seattle politics, you'd understand why. Seattle's municipal government has blown nearly a billion dollars on social services since 2010 and yet the homelessless problem has doubled. The new tax proposal raises money but does not specify how the money should be spent on solving homelessness, there's no definite plan for how the money should be spent, and there's no accountability if the raised money goes down another black hole. Much of the city doesn't trust the government to spend the raised money wisely, especially with the recent scandal involving bike lanes that were supposed to cost $850,000/mile and ended up costing $12,000,000/mile (14x cost overrun).
 
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News Comments > Get Eador. Masters of the Broken World for Free

1. Re: Get Eador. Masters of the Broken World for Free Apr 20, 2018, 14:08 Bubicus
 
This was one of my most played games of 2013. If you like the older games in the Heroes of Might and Magic series (1-3), you might like it. The game had good reviews on Steam for years, but it looks like the latest versions have been kind of buggy on modern computers, so the Steam reviews are "Mixed" now.
 
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Trailer

28. Re: BATTLETECH Trailer Apr 12, 2018, 16:33 Bubicus
 
It's a Periphery House. There are many of those, so this doesn't go against lore in any way. When I played Battletech in the '80s, my playgroup's campaigns often revolved around getting contracts for Periphery clients.  
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Announced

5. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Gladius Announced Nov 24, 2017, 17:53 Bubicus
 
I think Rhett is talking about Proxy, not Slitherine. Proxy made Pandora, which was more like an Alpha Centauri clone than a Beyond Earth clone. I agree that Pandora was mediocre. The beginning and mid-game were both good, but the end game was terrible.

I do agree with Cutter about Slitherine. I have over a dozen of their games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits

4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 16, 2017, 17:09 Bubicus
 
Uh... the article clearly says that HiSense will continue to use both brand names.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue

18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2017, 18:42 Bubicus
 
This Big Daddy is the band that has been doing genre-change covers since the '70s. Is it the one you intended to link to?

http://bigdaddy59.com

 
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News Comments > On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues

14. Re: On XCOM 2 Framerate Issues Feb 21, 2016, 02:57 Bubicus
 
I tweaked my settings a bit (like disabling MSAA and some shadows) and I still had some frame rate issues, but then I disabled my laptop's "3D Guard" feature that links fan performance to the orientation of the laptop, and I have had no frame rate issues since then (with >100+ hours now). I was even able to re-enable some things.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Nears $100M

31. Re: Star Citizen Nears $100M Dec 13, 2015, 02:40 Bubicus
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 12, 2015, 21:46:
@ CJ

It's a pre-pre-alpha. You shouldn't expect it to handle a 1% setup like yours (3x mons, SLI)

They have raised an average of $100 per contributor, they have extremely high system requirements... and you think his setup is in the top 1%?! Surely the average contributor would have a high-end setup.
 
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News Comments > Oriental Empires Announced

7. Re: Oriental Empires Announced Dec 7, 2015, 13:57 Bubicus
 
I'm Asian, and I don't consider "oriental" offensive. I just consider it stupid. It's ignorant to use the term because it's just plain wrong in most circumstances.

Direction-based names are dumb to use in a globalized market. They only make sense in a more localized market. Saying "east coast" in a US-centric TV broadcast is OK. "East coast" doesn't make sense in a global TV broadcast, though. "Oriental" makes no sense to people in North and South America since China is closer to the west than the east. "Occidental" makes more sense for Americans, but then that's wrong for Asians, Africans, and Europeans. "Oriental Empires" could be the name of a game made in China about the Mayan and Aztec empires.

 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

1. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Nov 19, 2015, 19:54 Bubicus
 
What an unfortunate name for the product. I long ago vowed to never purchase anything named Starforce.  
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News Comments > Disgaea on Steam "Soon"

14. Re: Disgaea on Steam Nov 17, 2015, 21:31 Bubicus
 
Even though it's 12 years old, get it before it's banned when politicians find out that the prinnies are suicide bombers.  
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News Comments > Disgaea on Steam "Soon"

4. Re: Disgaea on Steam Nov 17, 2015, 15:44 Bubicus
 
A little late... I already put 100 hours into the PS2 version since 2003, and another 250 into the DS version from 2008. (I'll probably still get it because I'm a sucker.)  
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News Comments > Jade Empire Free on Origin

4. Re: Jade Empire Free on Origin Nov 15, 2015, 17:11 Bubicus
 
Yeah, they changed it to Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 + Yuri's Revenge.  
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News Comments > Activision Buys King Digital; Releases Q3 Financials

21. Re: Activision Buys King Digital; Releases Q3 Financials Nov 3, 2015, 17:41 Bubicus
 
I look at it more as $5.9 billion for the acquisition of King's customer data plus $1.8 billion/year of extra revenue. That data is valuable. It's for 500+ million active users.  
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