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Signed On Apr 30, 2005, 21:54
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 31, 2017, 14:20 saluk
Every day on twitter I get that stupid "Killing title 2 is not killing net neutrality" ad from comcast that I then click on "I don't like this ad". Every day.  
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News Comments > EA: Mass Effect: Andromeda a "Great Game" Series May Continue
20. Re: EA: Mass Effect: Andromeda a Aug 25, 2017, 15:47 saluk
Meh. I wanted to like mass effect, but none of the games have been particularly good. They do some cool things but the writing has been pretty weak all the way back to the first one, and the slapdash assembly of game systems (with a very different mix in each game) has never gelled together in a strong way for me.

It could have been a great series if it had built on the success of mass effect 1 instead of always taking one step forward and one step (or more) back.

It doesn't help anything that the writing has gotten worse in each game of course.
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News Comments > Ghost in the Shell Shooter Ending
5. Re: Ghost in the Shell Shooter Ending Aug 25, 2017, 15:43 saluk
I'm a big enough fan I would have played it. If I had heard about it. Oh well, probably no big loss.  
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News Comments > Bethesda Reveals VR Release Dates
24. Re: Bethesda Reveals VR Release Dates Aug 24, 2017, 16:15 saluk
Bundy wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 19:10:
Drayth wrote on Aug 23, 2017, 19:03:
Wish games would make the teleport movement in VR an option for those of us with stomachs iron enough to handle normal movement. I was all excited to get Obduction VR, until I started playing. I actually prefer the normal version because of having to blink forward everywhere in VR.

VR is incredibly immersive until you start using the touch controller to throw your feet forward...

I thought Obduction added locomotion movement in a patch.

Yeah they definitely did. Unfortunately the top speed is about half where I would like it, so after being all "immersed" for a bit I switch to teleport to actually work on solving puzzles. Still one of my favorite games to play with the headset though.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
31. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 14, 2017, 17:41 saluk
Lawbreakers is on the list, but isn't it a huge disappointment saleswise? I guess being 5 on the top 10 your first week isn't the best, but still seems decent. Are the people who bought it just not playing it yet?

It's nice to see Hellblade at #2, although it did get a ton of press. I like small teams really focused on making the game they want to make do well.

Never heard of foxhole, might have to check it out in a few years when it's ready.
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News Comments > Lawbreakers Launches to Great Reviews, Poor Sales
35. Re: Lawbreakers Launches to Great Reviews, Poor Sales Aug 10, 2017, 15:17 saluk
videogame crash of 2017 starting?  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Jul 24, 2017, 19:43 saluk
Fuck GOT/GRRM/Neil.

Nihon Falcom: bring it on.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
6. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 24, 2017, 19:42 saluk
Victoria Secret ad - using sex to sell sex. Makes sense.

Random FPS game - using sex to sell violence. There's a disconnect there and that well has been dipped at conventions far more than it needs to be.

Personally, I don't care if the models are sexy girls, sexy guys or unsexy something else. The very concept of having a model advertise a video game seems very strange to me. I prefer the booths to sell themselves. If you can't do that with your booth alone it really feels like pandering.

But anything goes in marketing I suppose.
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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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