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Signed On Jan 29, 2005, 11:43
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News Comments > Funcom Layoffs
5. Re: Funcom Layoffs Nov 24, 2008, 18:16 A51Abductee
Firing 70% of your North American staff, primarily in Customer Service - the very component that most of your customer base says is gravely lacking - has nothing to do with business-as-usual. That they feel the need to use defensive language and bother to justify their staff cuts is doing nothing but support the increased scrutiny and subsequent negative stigmatization. Maybe its obvious that engaging reactionary "Rumour Control" is only for the insecure and those with actually no control.

Time to placate all the panicking investors.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mosby's Confederacy
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mosby's Confederacy Nov 19, 2008, 23:51 A51Abductee
Mosby was actually only a Colonel (albeit a full one) in the Confederate Army, not a General.

I'm looking forward to trying this game out. All of $20 US on Steam, but a demo, although it's probably too much to ask, would still be appreciated.
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patches
3. Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patch Oct 29, 2008, 16:22 A51Abductee
WHAT?!?!?!?! It doesn't include *any* fixes for the zillions of single player crashes????

uhm, skyguy, it looks like you're reading the patch notes for Shadow of Chernobyl 1.0006, which is a multiplayer-only patch for a different game.
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patches
2. Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Patch Oct 29, 2008, 16:18 A51Abductee
Saved games:

1.5.04 and 1.5.05 saved games will be compatible with patch 1.5.06.

Game changes:

- Fixed an error when the wounded guide didn't want to lead the player anywhere.
- Increased the number of items for sell for the trader at the goods market.
- Added the possibility to upgrade SVDm 2 at Freedom's mechanic.
- Fixed game crash upon the attempt to speak with the wounded character.
- Fixed an error, which led to the blocking of the storyline quest completion at Yantar (the door to Sakharov's bunker couldn't be opened).
- Increased the amount of money of the bandits' trader.
- Fixed the displacement of the military warehouses on the PDA map.
- Added the possibility to load the last saved game by pressing space bar after the player's death.

Render improvements:

- Added DX10.1 support.
- Added MSAA for alpha-tested objects ("alpha-to-coverage" for DX10.0, custom "alpha-to-coverage" for DX10.1 for better performance, native DX10.1 implementation for better quality).
- Added new quality level for sun-shadows (ultra) for better picture quality.
- Added new min/max shadowmap technique (which takes advantage of DX10.1 when available) allows to speed up high quality sunshafts rendering for top video boards and high resolutions.
- Added high quality sunshafts acceleration for DX9 renderer.


- Fixed various game crashes of server and client sections.
- Added the detailed server's statistics.
- Changed the saving of the server online-dump (dump is saved to online_dump.ltx).
- Added the changing of keyboard layout by pressing LCtrl +LShift.

All other changes from earlier patches are also included.
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News Comments > WAR Tops US Charts
7. Re: Sort of depressing when you think ab Oct 3, 2008, 12:43 A51Abductee
Glad to see that STALKER: CS is selling relatively well in the States, despite apparently little marketing. And yeah, Crysis too.

EA has bought every available advertising space in my metro station (Harvard Sq in Boston), including the floors and ceilings, and plastered it with Spore adverts. They've been up there for weeks and the Spore-themed station never ceases to revolt me. Obviously they had a huge budget for marketing it. Too bad they can't buy reviews on

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
22. Re: No subject Sep 23, 2008, 18:32 A51Abductee
We've regressed.. the original Shadow of Chernobyl North American DVD has no copy protection at all as far as I remember.

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
18. Re: My suggestion... Sep 23, 2008, 18:03 A51Abductee
Hey Acleacius, where is the quote from?

If I may...
Grobnar Gnomehands, Neverwinter Nights 2

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News Comments > New S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky MP Map
9. Re: ... Sep 23, 2008, 16:01 A51Abductee
I unfortunately hit a show-stopper bug last night in the Dark Valley, where basically the primary quest to capture the three antennae wouldn't trigger. So I guess I'll have to restart. It's too bad because I had just picked up my first NATO 5.56 rifle. Maybe this is the quest list corruption issue that you guys mentioned.

Alternatively I might just keep playing SoC until another patch or two is released. Whatever the issues, Clear Sky can eventually be fixed with patches and some patience IMHO.

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News Comments > Age of Conan Director Leaves
20. Re: History repeats itself... Sep 17, 2008, 20:44 A51Abductee
Just FYI the long-awaited "PvP" patch for AoC finally came out today and is now live on the servers. The patch notes are extensive, and go well beyond PvP. My favorite: no more lame cotton drops, woo.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
14. Re: Stalker US Sep 16, 2008, 12:23 A51Abductee
Surf - you can upgrade the first armor (that CS gives you as a quest reward) with level 1 night vision. Makes the nights slightly more bearable, but still scary as hell.

Loving this game, screw the official reviews. Perhaps Deep Silver and GSC just didn't have the funds/clout to bribe the reviewers like the "Grade A" hype games out there.

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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky in NA Next Week
5. Re: No subject Sep 8, 2008, 15:03 A51Abductee
I agree with Dreagon, and would also like to point out that the reviewer was obviously playing an unpatched version of the game. Shadow of Chernobyl took a few patches before it really shined, and I expect the same for Clear Sky. I hope that the Steam version is released with the latest patch included by default.

After our recent discussion of "How Publishers Punish Game Sites" you might even be further motivated to take journalist reviews with a grain of salt.

I'd be very interested to hear from Blue's users who have played it firsthand themselves though.

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News Comments > Mobilization
7. Re: No subject Sep 8, 2008, 14:56 A51Abductee
Yeah, Nye's was a personal favorite, and I'd hit Whitey's once in awhile mainly for the food. I'll also admit to going to Ground Zero for an occasional show. NE had a unique blend of people, but I'm sure it's changed since I lived there.

Damn what I miss the most are primos though. You're a lucky man, xXBatmanXx.

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News Comments > Mobilization
3. Re: No subject Sep 8, 2008, 10:31 A51Abductee
Haha Runyon's.. when I lived over in St. Anthony I'd drive by that place every day.

Just on a side note, that late 1970's sketch by Kane of his "iPod prototype" looks like the quality of sketch that some of us probably drew with our crayola crayons around the same time.

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News Comments > Warhammer Online Beta Keys
2. Re: No subject Sep 4, 2008, 21:02 A51Abductee
Just FYI this is the for European open beta. The registration website (at ) is currently down as I write this.

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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Delay
12. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2008, 22:05 A51Abductee
Kinda makes you feel bad for GSC - this appears to be entirely a distributor/manufacturing mistake, and out of their control.

I was planning to take Friday the 5th off to play it, ah well.

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News Comments > NVIDIA Beta ForceWare Drivers
4. Re: Soon Aug 28, 2008, 00:20 A51Abductee
Woo, nice performance increases, and just in time for the new DX10 STALKER game that comes out next week. I have yet to play a single DX10 game, despite running Vista for awhile.

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News Comments > ATI DirectX 10.1 Support & Demo
11. Re: Whatever... Aug 25, 2008, 14:26 A51Abductee
I'm still looking for a justification for DX10, besides Microsoft's need to sell a new operating system.

When STALKER: Clear Sky is available less than 2 weeks from now, with full DX10 support included out of the box (are you listening, Funcom?), it should be all the justification that most of us need.

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News Comments > Gold - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
6. Re: No subject Aug 18, 2008, 11:15 A51Abductee
Excellent news, kudos to GSC for not subjecting Clear Sky to any major delays, and also for having a unified international release date. Their maturity as a developer has been evident with Clear Sky in comparison with the release of Shadow of Chernobyl. I hope this also is evident in a lack of serious game bugs this time around. This will be one of the few first-rate PC titles to be fully developed for DX10. I sincerely hope that Clear Sky sells well, particularly in North America. I also hope that the Eastern European developers are encouraged to ignore the stereotypical negative stigma of North American gamers as "consolized," impatient, and ignorant of major historical world events such as Chernobyl.

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News Comments > Evening Q&As
1. Stalin vs. Martians May 8, 2008, 00:52 A51Abductee
The interview made me lol, multiple times. These guys have a unique and great sense of humor. Well worth the read imho. A Shenmue clone with Lenin, vampires, and steam robots.. haha

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News Comments > TF2 Update Next Week, No Portal 2 this Year
25. Re: Speaking of Stalker. Apr 27, 2008, 00:34 A51Abductee
Thanks, Acleacius, I hadn't tried these stalker mods yet and will do so immediately. Only story mod I've tried yet is Priboi Story, which is also excellent.

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