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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 21, 2017, 18:17 saluk
Cutter wrote on Jul 21, 2017, 18:06:
The Half Elf wrote on Jul 21, 2017, 17:35:
Cutter wrote on Jul 21, 2017, 12:37:
Fuck Amazon! What a shitty company.

Amazon is giving me a VR headset for free, so SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE!

No. They're a shady company, man. I bought some shoes off what I thought was Amazon and it turns out it was some 3rd party reseller marketplace bullshit from China. Doesn't state it anywhere, or shipping times, or refund policy or that it's not actually from Aamazon. So they didn't fit, went to return them and much to my surprise they tell me they're not responsible for any of this - when in fact they are. So they're telling me I have to ship the fucking shoes back to China, insured no less in order to get a refund.

What the fuck? That'd cost 3 time what the fucking shoes cost to begin with. As I explained this. Had they made it clear - as is their responsibility - I never would have bought the fucking things to begin with. So front line CS at Amazon is useless as I expected so I told them to escalate it to management, and if they don't fix the problem I'll b e disputing the charge with VISA and reporting them to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, etc.

All this drama because Amazon doesn't make it clear that these are sellers aren't affiliated with them because they know people won't buy from them otherwise and they won't get their cut. So yeah, fuck Amazon.

Look for "Sold by: LLC" on the item in your cart. I'm pretty sure most third party items will also specify on the store page how fulfillment will happen.
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News Comments > Age of Heroes VR Released
9. Re: Age of Heroes VR Released Jul 21, 2017, 18:08 saluk
Wave arena combat... say it ain't so!

Looks cool, but just not enough depth there.
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News Comments > GORN Early Access
2. Re: GORN Early Access Jul 11, 2017, 14:02 saluk
Accurate trailer.  
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News Comments > Independence Day Safety Dance
3. Re: Independence Day Safety Dance Jul 5, 2017, 18:53 saluk
Correlation is not causation.

That said, if you have mild mental health issues, I buy that extreme internet use could enhance symptomatic behavior.

Anxiety can definitely be a mental health problem. No joke when it's a real thing, though hard to tell what they mean in a survey like this by "anxiety".
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News Comments > Unannounced Five Nights at Freddy's Game Cancelled
5. Re: Unannounced Five Nights at Freddy's Game Cancelled Jul 3, 2017, 13:50 saluk
Guess what guys, I also have unannounced games that I have canceled.

Quite a few actually. It's a pretty big achievement if I do say so myself.
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News Comments > Police Simulator 18 This Year
51. Re: Police Simulator 18 This Year Jun 28, 2017, 19:21 saluk
Cutter wrote on Jun 27, 2017, 17:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2017, 16:40:
The problem isn't that we hate all cops and love criminals. The problem is that police culture itself goes to any and all lengths to protect those bad apples from reprocussions. Also police acadamies spend 10 hours on deescalation techniques but 90 hours on firearm training. And so we end up with hundreds of innocent lives lost.

The UK and Japan average about one suspect killed by police per year. We average 1000 in the US. That's a primary cause of the ill will cast at police despite the majority being good people trying to do a hard job.

That's pretty much it. People in general are either pro-authority (conservatives) or anti-authority (liberals). And while some people are pretty rabid in their extreme views whether it be pro or con I'd agree most people agree that some degree of law enforcement is at least necessary.

As you said, the major problem is when the thin blue line closes ranks to protect the psychopaths that shouldn't be cops to begin with. They really need to be going the other way and drumming them out of the force ASAP because it doesn't just give that department a bad name it makes cops EVERYWHERE look bad.

I've certainly had my share of run-ins with both. Some have been really good guys and some have just been complete sociopaths. One of the other major problems is that there's absolutely zero real oversight or punishment for cops who do wrong. When I had a run in with one several years ago I filed a complaint with the police watchdog and nothing came of it. So I checked their stats and it turns out that they dismiss 97.3% of all complaints. That's outrageous! If someone is taking the time to fill out an official complaint than odds are they have a legitimate beef.

Even in the cases where a cop is found guilty - and that's usually only if it's caught on camera AND involves multiple witnesses - the threshold is ridiculously high - nothing happens to them. Cases of assault - most common - and other things and at most they get docked a few days pay. They won't even apologize. Are you fucking kidding me? Any civilian in most of these cases would be losing his job no questions asked and likely looking at jail time. Nor will the departments - here at least - hand over any information on a cop, if there were prior disciplinary problems, etc. nor does the civilian services board take that into account either. It's a fucking joke and a waste of several million tax dollars to boot for a feel good, do-nothing discipline board. I'm sure the story is the same most everywhere else.

Not to mention, here cops are the number one major drain on resources and we get the least in return for them. The crime clearance rate in the GTA is 33% and they cost the taxpayers over a billion dollars a year which is 3X more expensive than the next major expense which is the budget for city infrastructure. Try to cut that budget and they go full out trying to paint you as some criminal, terrorist loving, pedophile. The money would be better spent so many other places which would reduce the need for police in the first place. Authoritarian based systems are always and only a downward spiral for all concerned except those in power at the top.

Great post.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 28, 2017, 19:10 saluk
OMG, the snark-on-snark-on-snark echo chamber here is going to be nuts.  
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News Comments > Raf Colantonio Leaving Arkane
16. Re: Raf Colantonio Leaving Arkane Jun 28, 2017, 19:07 saluk
Consider what the non-bethesda arkane would have produced.. it may have just ended up being a less polished dishonored and a less polished alien shooter. Maybe an arx fatalis that became too ambitious for what the team could actually deliver on which is never finished and the team has to disband.

These are the games they wanted to make, and the transition from the 90s to the 2000s has affected everybody.
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News Comments > Ensign Watson Joins Star Trek: Bridge Crew
3. Re: Ensign Watson Joins Star Trek: Bridge Crew Jun 23, 2017, 16:02 saluk
It's a nice addition, but if the AI players don't tell a bunch of star trek jokes in between button presses like human players do, there's still little point in playing this SP.  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto Reviews Crash; GTA Online Cheat Killed
36. Re: Grand Theft Auto Reviews Crash; GTA Online Cheat Killed Jun 19, 2017, 14:08 saluk
I have to come out against the "the reviews should only review the game" crowd. There are very few ways customers can register feedback to a company in a way that can be heard - swamping them with bad reviews on steam is one of the only ways I can think of to send such a message. Moreover, if a portion of your enjoyment from the game had to do with the tools that were allowed to be used with it, and those tools were then disabled, it is actually reviewing the game. I would give skyrim that does not support mods a much worse review than the game that allows me to customize it and make it appeal to me in personalized ways.

It is logical, as games-as-a-service begins to infect even single player titles like GTAV, that fluctuations in service quality are going to piss people off and result in this kind of behavior.

Ultimately of course, the poor reviews are mostly symbolic. Take Two is going to weigh the loss in revenue from poor recent reviews with the gain in revenue projected from the improvements in the online community, even if there was some collateral damage. They will come down on the side of what makes the most money. Which will probably be to leave things as they stand.
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News Comments > Writer Jay Pinkerton Leaves Valve
11. Re: Writer Jay Pinkerton Leaves Valve Jun 7, 2017, 13:08 saluk
El Pit wrote on Jun 7, 2017, 11:42:
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 7, 2017, 09:26:
Thats probably it. Not much a writer can write about when there is nothing in development. Probably got tired of composing another Steam newsletter, or Steam Store promotion....

Who is going to write the backstories to all the HATS now? Oh my god oh my god oh my god...

I think the number of desks rolled to the HATS group was so big that he felt a bit cramped and just had to move on.

Or *gasp* did Gabe approach him to actually write the backstory to a GAME? No, just kidding. We all know Valve is no longer working on games.

Don't forget all of the meaningful content being written for Dota!
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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Ends; Steam Direct Next Week
5. Re: Steam Greenlight Ends; Steam Direct Next Week Jun 6, 2017, 23:04 saluk
Prez wrote on Jun 6, 2017, 21:38:
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 6, 2017, 20:21:
Greenlight by any other name...

I'm taking a wait-and-see attitude, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think the same thing. Greenlight was $100 submission fee and zero curation. Direct has 100$ submission fee and Valve has essentially admitted there will be no curation by them.

By another name and a few tweaks - namely making the fee per-game. One of the biggest problems with greenlight, is after paying the fee, there was nothing to disinsentivize just spamming project after project after project until one of them managed to, through chance, look real enough to enough people to bubble up to the top. If you do that enough times, it doesn't even matter if your game only sells a few copies. Because there was no cost to submit that individual game.

People who submit games that can't make money are going to run out of money to submit games. Not fast enough, with such a low dollar amount, but at least the machinery is there. If valve would actually move faster to fix the issues as they come up, there is potential here.

Yeah, I know. Not gonna happen
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News Comments > Star Trek: Bridge Crew Released
19. Re: Star Trek: Bridge Crew Released May 31, 2017, 05:36 saluk
Ouch, that is a pretty poor trailer. Game looks pretty good from the few let's plays I've seen - it's definitely dumbed down from artemis, but hell there should be a game in that category. The idea is just too cool to be relegated to a niche product...

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News Comments > Old Steam Forums Closing
12. Re: Old Steam Forums Closing May 31, 2017, 05:18 saluk
It should be enough time to put together a scraper.

I didn't even know - or forgot - that these other forums existed. Seems like a nicer community than the "community discussions" I'm used to. It can't cost much to keep them running, but I can understand the desire to consolidate and stop maintaining it. Even some of the people who are upset about it going down haven't visited in months.

Time to let it go. Hopefully twitter is next.
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2
12. Re: Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 May 17, 2017, 03:33 saluk
The crew had a nice map and the open world challenges were surprisingly satisfying.

Races were boring.
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 03:30 saluk
Family sharing was intended to meet a specific use case. Timmy bought Prison Architect on his account. Johnny comes to the computer and logs onto his steam. Johnny can also play Prison Architect, without having to log into Timmy's account or buy a second copy for himself.

It can also be somewhat exploited, in that Johnny and Timmy don't have to be in the same family; and Prison Architect need not only be installed on one computer. You can play a shared game as long as your friend is not playing the shared game. But it's painful enough to use that it's not used as a piracy method.

In fact, it's painful enough I've only used it once or twice. My friend bought Jackbox on his account while he was over so we could all play it. I tried to play it the other day when he was at work - but he had to be logged on to steam in order to enable family sharing for the game.

I had to buy a second copy even though we could have used family sharing just because we hadn't enabled it beforehand.

Article is clickbait, and relevant bits we all know already. Bottom line though, don't love corporations. They are not people, and they are trying to make money. Always be conscious of what your money is going towards and what you are getting for it.

At the end of the day, most games I do not care that I don't own it perpetually. I could irrevocably lose access to half of my steam account and would maybe only shed a single tear. Depending on which half (As long as most of my to-play backlog is still there) I've spent probably somewhere in the 5k range over the lifetime of the account. Yeah it would suck to lose 5k, but I've also gotten most of the value out of it by now.

My kids aren't going to want to play any of this crap.
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News Comments > Happy Birthday Wolfenstein 3D
19. Re: Happy Birthday Wolfenstein 3D May 5, 2017, 19:49 saluk
I remember playing this on my Grandpa's computer. He and my dad couldn't play it because it made them dizzy. I felt like I had a super power or something.

I've replayed it recently and the level design was still impressive. I know it's "just" mazes, but a few levels you really feel the character of each map.

BobBob wrote on May 5, 2017, 18:27:
Why did life seem so much better in the 90s?

  • People strived to be informed and educated.
  • Television shows and movies had intelligent dialogue.
  • Jobs were plenty, there wasn't enough people to fill positions.
  • Companies believed in customer satisfaction.
  • Life felt prosperous, hopeful, and free spirited.

  • For example: Back in those days, I used to fly NY (Upper East Manhattan) on a regular basis. I remember voluntarily giving up my plane seat, a couple of times - due to overbooking - but only because I was offered first class on the next flight and given a $500+ credit.

    The internet had to come along and ruin everything
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    News Comments > Evening Consolidation
    1. Re: Evening Consolidation May 1, 2017, 18:44 saluk
    I don't understand why anyone is even buying a switch. It's underperforming hardware, all of the configurations are awkward, the joycons are small and cramped, the kickstand is a joke, there is almost nothing worth playing on it except for zelda which is available on the wii u, there's really nothing new in mario kart, and the extra online features haven't even launched yet.

    That said, very happy with my purchase so far.
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    News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
    2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 21, 2017, 17:27 saluk
    Just to be clear, the court made the state pay money to the man for a workplace-related injury related to his mobile phone use.

    You cannot legislate the laws of nature.
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    2. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 19, 2017, 16:29 saluk
    I fought the Netflix, and the Netflix won.  
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