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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 25, 2017, 12:05 Flatline
"How everyone from gamergate to game designers to game reporters to Zoe Quinn managed to prove that they are horrible examples of humanity and the games industry should be ashamed"

FTFM. The only thing that I got out of Gamergate is that the whole f*cking industry is scum, head to toe. Gamergate included.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 24, 2017, 14:07 Flatline
Retired wrote on Oct 24, 2017, 13:00:
Retails hitting Amazon through Whole Foods.

I drink the Amazon koolaid. That being said, I refuse to buy anything from Whole Foods. I will go to a coop before I spend money on overpriced crap at WF. I also don't shop at Lunds or Byerlys. Time and time again it is proven you are paying a premium for having carpet on the floor and them bagging your groceries for you. Even their produce in some stores as well as their meat was linked to the same places as Cub and Rainbow. Derp. (There was a huge lawsuit here in MN)

You're better off going to co-ops, carnicerias, and latino food markets. Better produce, usually better meat, and the co-ops have better prices on the staples the other two don't have.

WinCo for the win!
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Season Details
23. Re: Destiny 2 Season Details Oct 22, 2017, 17:57 Flatline
heroin wrote on Oct 22, 2017, 02:04:
Technically Marathon made Bungie. Their roots are in computer gaming not console trash

LOLOL I've never seen anyone defend PC Master Race with Mac gaming arguments. This is pretty good.
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 19:00 Flatline
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:43:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 16:02:
Also, don't forget that certain genres are almost always single player or primarily so like strategy. Civ, Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Offworld TC, Total Warhammer, XCom, Endless Space, Homeworld: Deserts, all AAA games released over the past couple of years.

It's dead. DEAD I TELL YA.

There was a time when Gamasutra wrote decent articles. Now it's IGN level clickbait trash.

Back when I first encountered Gamasutra, it's focus was on the game creation industry, by industry workers. It felt like a trade publication instead of a general gaming site.

It's slid downhill over the years I agree with that.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
83. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 19, 2017, 12:25 Flatline
Kxmode wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 14:46:
In other words, it is somewhat nihilistic and arrogant to put a great deal of faith into believing people who, with average lifespans of 70 years, say the sun will turn into a red giant and destroy the earth in 5 billion years. In contrast, I choose the Bible's positive message of a future where our planet remains forever powered by the indefinitely lasting power of the sun.

Compared to the arrogance of choosing to believe people who, when they wrote the bible, had an average lifespan of around 40-50 years, were basically sheep herders, and drilled holes in peoples heads to let the demons out when they had headaches and thought that illness caused by germs were acts of God or demons?

We just saw two neutron stars smack into each other using multiple detection techniques, proving part of Einstein's theories, and ushered in a new era of astrophysics.

It doesn't take faith to know what will happen to our sun, it just takes attention because we see it happening in the rest of our universe. If you're not looking, that doesn't make you right.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
44. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 17:42 Flatline
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 15:52:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:16:
So who gets there first?

This games promise or Elite Dangerous w/Expansions?

Seems like they are headed to roughly the same place. Elite has a working model in the wild, just needs to keep adding.

Get where first?

The games are conceptually completely different. Elite Dangerous is as sandbox as it gets. Take 100cr and do whatever you want in the (modeled after the) milky way galaxy with 400 billion (mostly) procedurally generated star systems.
It's also technologically completely different, relying a lot on peer to peer connections rather than everything being client/server driven.

It's apples vs. oranges or actually it's almost apples vs. cucumbers since both games have mighty little in common as soon as you start looking beyond the superficial similarities like the space setting.

A lot of the selling points for Star Citizen are already in Elite.

Sure, we're never going to get AAA+ FPS burrito shack management modules in Elite but they already implemented Multi Crew.
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
31. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 13:59 Flatline
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:19:
Star what? Star Citizen? Never heard of it. [Gives zero fucks, then turns back to his No Man's Sky game already in progress.]

Meanwhile in Elite the Thargoids are invading and people are going apeshit.

And apparently they've hit a nice middle ground with cosmetic add-ons vs paid expansion packs, since we haven't seen a new expansion since 2015 but have seen new content.
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
8. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 13:12 Flatline
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 12:27:
Witcher 3 is already kind of TOO big. Every time I play through it, I make up my mind that THIS TIME I'm going to do everything, and I never do. It's just too much. I'm kind of dreading a game that's even bigger.

I... haven't even finished Blood & Wine.

I keep intending to do a replay of W3 but my god it's a gargantuan game.
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News Comments > South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details
2. Re: South Park: The Fractured But Whole Season Pass Details Oct 13, 2017, 22:12 Flatline
Your mom is selling season passes to the fractured but whole.  
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Oct 7, 2017, 15:03 Flatline
Subscriptions are fine, but now you're having to put a monetary value on your content.

If every website I ever go to demands 10 bucks a month for reading a handful of stories, or even one story, a month, it's not going to happen.

I'd almost be willing to buy article read credits... 100 articles from a subscription service for say... 20 bucks. Or whatever. Read a wapo article and it deducts a credit. Read a WSJ article and there goes another credit. They get paid for content. If I want to subscribe to WSJ or Wired or whatever I can. If I read a lot it might pay to subscribe.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 6, 2017, 16:26 Flatline
KezClone wrote on Oct 5, 2017, 21:04:
Still one of my favorites of all time though.


Pretty shitty start though. Once you hit Novac though the game starts picking up. Once you hit New Vegas proper the game explodes open and is a blast.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 6, 2017, 16:23 Flatline
Cutter wrote on Oct 6, 2017, 15:16:
I'm sure they could do it but how long would it take and what would it cost? If another hurricane comes through it'll just destroy all the solar panels anyway. JD has the right of it. In places like that you need to do utilities underground.

Well, the distribution grid probably needs to be underground. Although if it goes wrong it's harder and slower to repair at that point than above-ground apparently. It's not exactly just an upgrade over above-ground power.

Power generation is going to be above ground regardless. And Kauai is running almost entirely off of Tesla/Solar City solar right now so it probably is possible. It dropped the power rates from 30 cents per kw/h down to 11. Massive win all around.

The key with solar is that you can do smaller scale deployments relatively quickly. Instead of 6 months, you could feasibly get a hospital online in weeks let's say.

As for the panels getting blown away, *shrugs*. A warehouse full of them to replace whatever gets blown away is not a huge deal.

Tesla quietly partnered with So Cal Edison to develop something like an 80 Mw/h battery outside of LA to provide backup power for usage spikes and brownouts and stuff. 80Mw/h might be enough of a battery pack for all of Puerto Rico. You just need something, anything, to charge it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 29, 2017, 16:18 Flatline
So Nintento's console system can't handle online gaming worth a fuck.

In other news, water is wet.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 26, 2017, 13:04 Flatline
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 03:00:

He'll spend a couple months behind bars, have some canned statement about going into rehab for his addiction and maybe release a book, and then be back at it, albeit probably a bit more carefully this time. His track record all but proves this outcome.

If this was his first time getting caught thinking with his pecker that would have been a valid path.

Dude has been caught cheating on his wife multiple times (which cost him his congress seat and his run for NYC mayor), sexting pictures of his dick out while calling himself "Carlos Danger", sending dick pics to women that included not just his schlong but his very young son, and now sexting a 15 year old girl.

He's like... several fuckups beyond public redemption.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
10. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:57 Flatline
Creston wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 09:21:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 05:00:
1. Our election may have been tilted toward one candidate by our arch enemy, and we should just drop it?

I think it's actually pretty hilarious how worked up everyone is getting over it. The US has been interfering in foreign elections for 50+ years. We interfered in the Ukrainian election, directly influencing its relationship with Russia.

Now Russia did it to us, and everyone is all "OMG THATS SO UNFAIR."

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. :-shrug-:

(Of course, the result was terrible, but eh, do onto others etc.)

So.... your suggestion is to just lay back, close your eyes, and think of Ukraine?
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
8. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:55 Flatline
deqer wrote on Sep 17, 2017, 16:09:
"Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election investigators."

Really? ... Are we really pursuing this? My god, Hillary... just drop it. You lost; fair and square.

Yes. We are pursuing this and we should pursue this.

Let me put it this way. There's nothing that promises that Russia will back Trump in 2020. Russia wants chaos.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 15, 2017, 22:27 Flatline
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 22:00:
So, here are some fun "what ifs" musings.

Say every American freezes their credit report. How do Equifax, Experian and Transunion make money? They basically can't anymore, right? They charge for credit reports, which they literally won't be able to give out anymore, right?

God, this needs to happen.

When you need credit you need to suspend your credit freeze so you can get a credit report.

It'll just slow things down at best, and at worst, they bang you for 10 bucks every time you want to apply for credit.
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
17. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 16:04 Flatline
jdreyer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 16:00:
theglaze wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 13:30:
Some Overwatch players don't care about the game, they just want to watch their teammates burn.

IMO, there's no amount of incentive or disinpline to curve the behaviour. Those players get such a kick out of trolling and abusing other players in the game, it's likely the only reason they bother launching it..

It's nothing new, it's traditionally been called "being a dick", and such personalities will always be drawn to digital outlets that extend the reach of their asshole behaviour.

Here's my idea: promote the reporting of GOOD teammates. Make it easier for the Overwatch players that want to build and support the community, by allowing them to provide positive feedback to players they encounter.

There's 8 categories to report a players poor behaviour, and 0 ways to compliment it.

A proper "Friendliness" rating (hidden to the gamer) with influence the match making process, because trolls actually like being with other trolls. They feed each other. And positive, friendly gamers want to work together and win. This allows players that are super fun to play with to rise ABOVE not such the jerks out there, but even the average player.
Yeah. Put trolls with other trolls. And people who want to play right with like players. I think there's another game that does this.

I am completely down with positive reinforcement loops on community reports.

Kinda sad too. When I first started playing overwatch I sucked, because I suck these days at multiplayer shooters, but I played healer and even though I blew I got compliments from my teammates for always trying to be there for the team.

I never played enough to get to ranked matches. Come to think of it it's literally been a year since I last played.

Edit: One of the reasons I burn out is that none of my friends play when I play. If anyone wants to add me I'll actually play some, and I don't scream racial slurs. TheFlatline#1750 if anyone wants an add.
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
35. Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund Sep 14, 2017, 13:09 Flatline
VoodooV wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 12:38:

That's some funny shit right there considering that Microsoft basically fired CR because he tried to pull a Star Citizen with Freelancer and the game was over budget and never going to be finished
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
16. Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 14, 2017, 11:39 Flatline
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:17:

BIGtrouble77 wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:16:
The tone definitely does make me skeptical... If I was refunded $45k I think I would have refrained from the cheap shots even if I felt that way.
Exactly, I would have included a non-disclosure clause.
You bunch of bitches want your 45k back, then keep your mouth shut.

If someone demanded I sign an NDA in exchange for a 45k refund, I'd fucking lawyer up and take it to court.

And Chris Roberts does *not* want that, because discovery and shit comes into play there and the publicity would suck.
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