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Signed On Jul 7, 2006, 00:07
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News Comments > Fallout New Vegas 2 Rumor
5. Re: Fallout New Vegas 2 Rumor Jan 30, 2017, 21:40 Cutter
 
I wouldn't doubt Obsidian is working on something FO but I'd imagine they'd negotiate a better contract this time around. I doubt it'd be Vegas again as there's no reason to return to it. Far better to keep moving around the country or the world for that matter. That would be interesting actually, take it to some other places around the globe. Yeah they deffo need a new engine, although I'd prefer a return to isometric for sure.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 16:20 Cutter
 
sauron wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 15:53:
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:30:
Typical Ars sensationalism. So science everywhere is suffering because of Trump, eh? Not just a few US scintists who work for the government but all science. Rolleyes

Agreed that's not a very good article. However, there is a strong precedent for science having a rough and rocky time under Republican administrations. For example, NIH funding in my overall research area (Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS) dropped severely under the Bush government, to 9% of all applications for Research Grants, down from 22% of all applications under Clinton. Funding recovered to 15% of all applications under Obama. The same trends occurred throughout the NIH funding apparatus. Bush simply allotted less money to scientific research than the presidents that preceded and followed him.

There are other examples. The most severe was probably Nixon, who went so far as to rescind some federal research grants in healthcare research that had already been awarded. He retrospectively canceled research into new therapies for human disease. That was pretty extreme and had not been seen before, or since.

What are the benefits to public research? Seems to me like most things related to government the costs are socialized but any profits to be made end up privatized. So in that case why fund it at all? With maybe the exception of things like tracking wildlife and things of that nature it seems to me that most areas of government research already have their privatized counterparts. If, for example, the government cured cancer tomorrow do you really think they'd be curing everyone for free?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 16:13 Cutter
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 15:13:
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:30:
Typical Ars sensationalism. So science everywhere is suffering because of Trump, eh? Not just a few US scintists who work for the government but all science. Rolleyes

Science thrives on shared information. The government produces a broad spectrum of raw scientific data used in both the public and private sectors. Trumps actions affect the broader scientific community, not just a few government scientists.

I don't disagree but my contention here is with Ars in this case. Sometimes that site and all it's douchebag posers really gets on my tits.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 13:30 Cutter
 
Typical Ars sensationalism. So science everywhere is suffering because of Trump, eh? Not just a few US scintists who work for the government but all science. Rolleyes
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
23. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 29, 2017, 20:51 Cutter
 
grudgebearer wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 20:31:
Did they take the time to put in a 'white knight' class for you during the years of delay?

Ok, I lol'd pretty hard at that. Nice one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2017, 20:00 Cutter
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 19:32:
BobBob wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 17:53:
Thoughts on this weekend's travel bans and protests? Will it continue or get thrown out by the higher courts?

it's pretty clearly unconstitutional - ignores due process, violates first amendment among other things. not that trump cares about it, his majesty will use executive orders like royal decrees and clog the courts up for years when most of them turn out to be gross violations. but as long as he gets to shout from the ultimate rooftop like the ultimate lunatic he's happy.

The Patriot Act is also unconstitutional, yet it exists. Lots of things are unconstitutional yet they exist. That's the beauty of terrorism post 9/11 for those in power, all they have to say is 'Because terrorism.' Besides, technically he hasn't done anything wrong. The executive order only puts the entire VISA process on pause for 120 days for a review of the process. They technically haven't denied anyone anything, it's just a 4 month timeout. And ultimately the GOP control everything now so you can bet the law will be changed and then it'll no longer be unconstitutional. The writing is on the wall already., If you're looking to move to or work in the US in the next 4 years you may as well just forget it and look elsewhere. That's what they want people to understand with this.

Oh yeah, here's a nice infographic on executive orders by prez....

Executive Orders by Prez
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2017, 17:42 Cutter
 
I like pre-season simply because it's the first football we've had in 8 months. But yeah, don't know anyone who's a fan of the Pro-Bowl. U wouldn't even bother with the skills comp. By the end of the season most of the guys are so banged up and tired they're not in top form. I know if I was playing in the NFL that's the last thing I'd want to do at the end of the season. Just give it a bye-week before the SB and that's it.
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
17. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 29, 2017, 17:37 Cutter
 
Jerykk wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 15:56:
People really need to learn what Kickstarter is. When you back a Kickstarter, you shouldn't treat it like pre-ordering a product or making an investment. Instead, you are essentially donating money to an idea. That's it. It's better to think of it like Patreon. If the idea comes to fruition, that's great but there are no guarantees. If you back a Kickstarter and expect that the release date and stretch goals are part of an ironclad contract, you've already missed the point.

People also need to learn how game development works. It isn't an exact science. Ideas that sound good on paper may not work so well in practice. Iteration leads to better games and during the process, things will be changed or cut for the better of the product as a whole. If you can't accept this, you shouldn't be Kickstarting games.

Wrong all the way around. It is in investment and the law comes down on that side of it, as it should. It's a contract, plain and simple. You offer me XYZ product and/or service for X amount of whatever it is you want, money, time, coconuts, etc. and that's a contract. And yes, it is ironclad. Point in fact, more and more DAs are prosecuting crowdfunders who fail to deliver on their obligations all the time. So, you really need to learn what contract law is.

No, the consumer doesn't need to learn how game development works anymore than they need to learn how to build an airplane in order to take a flight somewhere. That's not their responsibility. If the developer can't deliver on time and on budget than they're the one that clearly needs the education. Like everyone else in this world, don't make promises you can't keep.

If you the wife contract me to build an addition on to your home with a nice new veranda running around the house and pay me up front for it you're going to be pretty pissed if I don't deliver what was agreed upon, right? 'Well I know I took the money for everything but I only delivered half of what was promised because I don't know how to cost or budget time and money, but hey that's cool, right? I mean you guys don't a have a problem with that, yeah?'

Yeah, I'm sure you'd just say 'Oh sure, no problem at all. Here, in fact have more money for doing nothing!'

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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
14. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 29, 2017, 12:58 Cutter
 
The QB is not god. He's limited by his team and coaching staff. That's why you see some guys flourish on certain teams and do poorly on others. It's an entire mix of elements. Every time the Packers play all you ever hear from the commentators, (ex) players, is how fucking awesome Rodgers is. Yeah, there haven been loads of good QBs but he's the Gretzky/Jordan of fgotball.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
9. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 29, 2017, 01:14 Cutter
 
afka Rossini wrote on Jan 28, 2017, 19:00:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 28, 2017, 18:26:
Ah, yes. The greatest quarterback of all times. 49ers 4ever!!!
At least until next Sunday. As much as I hate to admit it, if Brady wins next week, he'll supplant Montana as number one.

Aaron Rodgers is currently the best QB there's ever been. Brady is up there I'll grant you but that's more about a rock solid team, coaching, and cheating. Yes, the cheating matters too. Had Rodgers ended up in Beantown they'd have never lost a Superbowl yet. Rodgers is it and it's not up for debate. There's a universal consensus on that by any honest football fan.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2017, 17:37 Cutter
 
Never gets old, Blue.

Bleh! Was always a big fan of John Hurt. Like him in pretty much everything. Fave roles of his were as the psychotic spy in The Osterman Weekend - that was just a really good flick all around, 1984, and The Hit - must see if you haven't seen it.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Jan 28, 2017, 12:51 Cutter
 
Golly, what a surprise...said no one ever.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 28, 2017, 12:50 Cutter
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 28, 2017, 10:32:
Heh, GWB is thankful, since Trump will make him look like FDR.

Yeah, really. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse than Shrrub. It's utterly amazing to see life imitating art. We're at the beginning of watching Idiocracy unfold in real-time. I think I'll contact Mike Judge and see if I can license Brawndo from him. I'm sure I could crowdfund that into a major success.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jan 27, 2017, 20:18 Cutter
 
That's a bitch. I'd imagine he was in the same situation as a lot of other guys like him. He lived pretty hard and fast, so by the time you're 70 it's just all pain and everything falling apart. How long can you stand it? Particularly when you know it's only going to keep getting worse. Life at any cost? No thanks. There's plenty worse things than dying.

 
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News Comments > 25M Overwatch Players
15. Re: 25M Overwatch Players Jan 27, 2017, 18:54 Cutter
 
Seeing as there's never been any independent verification of Blizzard's numbers I've always taken them to be rather over-inflated too. There's not doubt they do a metric shit ton of sales, but I've always felt that's a lot more PR spin than reality. Sort of in the same way governments always spin down unemployment so it appears to be a lot less than it really is.


 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 27, 2017, 16:29 Cutter
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 27, 2017, 14:30:
Isabellab spoke with fan site Raiders Tavern and defended his actions, saying they were retaliation for an alleged attack on Method's server, Tarren Mill. "Who was behind that, I don't know. I don't think it's directly Serenity, but more than fan base of Serenity," he says. "The downtime Serenity had was equal to the time lost for Method," so in Isabellab's view, blocking Serenity from raiding "did even out the race".

Just how pathetic people can be never ceases to amaze me; bonus points for trying to rationalize being a douche. I am more and more convinced schools need to start teaching emotional education; i.e. thoughts and feelings are not facts, people can't read your mind so don't hold them to expectations you've not told them about, your perception of events is but one of many.

They get that from bad parenting. That's why I've always said, and will continue to say, reproduction needs to be a state sanctioned event. You should have to prove you're emotionally and financially ready and secure enough to have a child - and yes, we need a one child policy. And there should be required ongoing classes over the main stages of their development.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
1. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 27, 2017, 16:18 Cutter
 
PDS.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2017, 13:12 Cutter
 
"Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines." - General Buck Turgidson
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Trailers
17. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Trailers Jan 27, 2017, 00:23 Cutter
 
Creston wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 23:01:
Cutter wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 20:56:
I was hoping some of the major pubs/devs would take a page from Witcher 3 to learn how to do a CRPG properly, but I guess not.

Well, first of this is helmed by Mac Walters, who is absolutely convinced he is the greatest gift to game development of all time, so yeah, fat chance of that.

That said, it's one thing to see the Witcher 3 and go "We need to make our game more awesome, like the Witcher 3" and another thing to be actually able to do it.

CDPR is blessed with some incredible writers who come up with just absolutely amazing storylines for their quests. I'm betting the large majority of other dev houses simply don't have writers of that caliber. The first sign of mediocre writers is how often they will fall back on tropes and just regurgitate what's come before.


It's not just the writing but overall design that shows real thinking outside the box. A real open-world CPRG, where as BiowarEA games are so closed in and linear, they only provide the illusion of size. Integrating side-quests in a way that make sense. Just a million little things no one has done before but a lot of old school gamers have been griping about for years. It's not rocket surgery, CDPR simply chose to listen and take that advice. The end result speaks for itself.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced
20. Re: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Announced Jan 27, 2017, 00:13 Cutter
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 21:43:
Cutter wrote on Jan 26, 2017, 20:46:
Pillars of Eternity one of the highest-rated PC games of all time.

Yeah, in what universe is that a reality? PoE sucked.

Don't be bitter, PoEt was great for most people. :o

Sez who? Most of the opinions I've seen on the matter agree it sucks. Not terribly, but just in the meh bleh range. I've tried 3 or 4 times to get into and every time by the time I hit the city I'm just completely bored and uninstall it. And it was so good they should have made millions of sales and be able to easily self-finance this themselves, right? Um no.

There's just been a real lack of real quality classic CRPGs IMO. Divinity was bleh, Wasteland 2 bleh, Tyranny bleh, PoE bleh. Nothing comes remotely close to classics like FO1/FO2, et al. On the 3D front at least there was Witcher 3 and FO4/Skyrim to some extent. Mass Effect, et al. are all sorta of bleh too.

I want them to be as good, but they just aren't.

Edit: Oh yeah, fuck real-time combat with pause already. At least that's the one thing Divinity did right - along with FO1/2. Enh, I guess what I'd really like to see atm is a new NWN style game. Let me create my own modules and stories instead.
 
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