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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2017, 16:24 Flatline
VaranDragon wrote on May 8, 2017, 12:52:
I love how people are always complaining about how most articles are bullshit, clickbait, crapola. Then one comes along that is anything but clickbait, with well thought out arguments, and even some serious references and people just go:

"What a load of bollocks!" Without even reading the article, beacuse it doesn't conform to their view or opinion.

Wonderful stuff really.

Okay so I went back and read through past the first paragraph.

It's still bullshit clickbait.

Seriously "it's impossible to make a video game Lovecraftian because Lovecraft said Cthulhu 'defies depiction' after having described a statue of Cthulhu"?

I mean, the author argues that the genre is too wide to even begin trying to define anything as "Lovecraftian".

Maybe not "bullshit clickbait" but "pretentious clickbait" absolutely.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization May 8, 2017, 13:01 Flatline
I have an iPad2 and I refuse to upgrade. I don't really use it though because Apple is obsessed with enforced obsolescence and has managed to make the thing next to useless through various iOS upgrades. Safari crashes or takes minutes to load up any webpage, even scrolling between screens stutters and just overall the thing feels clunky as hell. I know a complete wipe and restore probably will restore some functionality but at this point it's not worth the effort required.

We're using ipads at work but beyond that I'm kind of done with Apple devices. Android, for all it's faults, tends to release new OS drops that keep the user interface buttery smooth and rarely destroys performance the way iOS updates tend to.

I have trouble justifying a 600 dollar purchase every other year like Apple wants me to. If I ever buy a tablet again it'll probably be an android tablet and it'll probably be the last tablet I buy for a *long* time.
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2017, 12:50 Flatline
VaranDragon wrote on May 8, 2017, 12:44:
ItBurn wrote on May 8, 2017, 12:34:
I read it diagonally, but this article is BS. A game can absolutely be "lovecraftian". This guy probably can't see games for something other than Mario Bros. You can depict insanity and indescribable horror in a visual medium. There really haven't been good "lovecraftian" games yet though... I'd say that Amnesia and Soma are pretty close.

Yep, you sure did read it diagonally. *sigh*

The article does not state as a matter of fact that games can't be lovecraftian, just that most of those games that are marketed as "Lovecraftian" are anything but. For various reason which are stated in the article. Read the article.

I'd argue that there's a difference between "Mythos-inspired" and "Lovecraftian". If you have Cthulhu Mario Kart that's a "mythos" game.

If your game meditates on racist imperialist Christian xenophobia and postulates that just outside the doorstep of civilized euro-centric culture there is a thriving, writhing, pagan world that doesn't give a shit about you and if exposed to it you would become tainted, corrupted, and probably insane as your properly gentrified mind snapped, then your game is probably "Lovecraftian".
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2017, 12:46 Flatline
I dunno I liked Eternal Darkness. It fucked with you the player. Sometimes pretty well.

I had a reply typed out here, but really I couldn't get beyond the first pretentious paragraph from the author. So yeah whatever.

Fun police clickbait blah blah blah.
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's The Division Free Weekend
18. Re: Tom Clancy's The Division Free Weekend May 5, 2017, 11:43 Flatline
Kxmode wrote on May 5, 2017, 00:04:
That exists in the form of Season Passes. People pay in advance for mystery content that in some cases even the developers don't know what will be (See Bethesda's comment about Fallout 4 season pass). Personally, I hate crowdfunding and early access, but I view season passes as worse. I wish people would smarten up and realize the season pass format is terrible.

The Division season pass actually felt worth it to me. I think I picked up the gold edition on Dealzon right around launch for a moderate discount (80-85 I think).

The DLC is substantial and chunky for 25 additional bucks. And granted the season pass method is a crap shoot because sometimes you get good DLC and other times you get shitshows, but in this case, when the first DLC was bumped to make time to patch the game, they introduced challenging weekly loot drops and crafting mats and a bunch of other little stuff that all in all felt rewarding.

Now, some of the decisions they made during the patch process I disagree with at best and broke the game at worse, but the season pass I never actually regretted buying.

Also the last major loot drop overhaul helped a lot. Launch era blew because you had to grind forever to get any decent equipment.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup May 4, 2017, 12:32 Flatline
Man other countries are pretty versatile in their job description for "executioner". Usually it's like swing the axe, or inject the drugs, or whatever. Zip, thud, done.

This seems more like... I don't even know what. The Inquisition?

Also, pass on the subject. I found the GTA5 mission where you "enhanced interrogate" someone to be distasteful. Just don't have it in me to do torture porn.
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News Comments > Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday
2. Re: Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday Apr 30, 2017, 15:20 Flatline

Just f*cking release the character. I can't believe they're hyping this for as long as they are.

Blizzard moves in geological time scales.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
17. Re: etc., etc. Apr 28, 2017, 11:56 Flatline
Zoom wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 04:04:
PS: i only skimmed through a few of her videos, i dont care about the arguments themselves or what she says, i only am interested in the general gamer community reactions.

That's kind of silly though. The substance of her arguments are important to judge the level of reaction right? Having heard her arguments I agree the response is usually way out of proportion, she needs to just be ignored, but generally speaking context matters.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
16. Re: etc., etc. Apr 28, 2017, 11:52 Flatline
Slick wrote on Apr 28, 2017, 10:19:
She actually has valid points occasionally

Agreed, but I've never seen an argument from her that I haven't seen dating back to the 90's.

The tropes she complains about are so well known and the criticisms are so well-trod that they're tropes themselves.

Instead of really investigating the reason why these complaints are *so* well known and generally universally accepted in the industry but they persist, she took the slacker way out and just complained about it.
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News Comments > Dawn of War III Released
5. Re: Dawn of War III Released Apr 27, 2017, 14:27 Flatline
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 12:57:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 27, 2017, 12:55:
Wahhhh. Waaaahhh never changes.
Unlike this series.
Wish they would have updated the original instead of what they did

I know Dawn of War 2 fizzled because it went away from traditional RTS and went super micro-managed but I f*cking *loved* that game. I probably put 300 hours into it and just played it through a couple weeks ago and had a lot of fun. My only complaint was that the Chaos Rising expansion had a weird loot distribution to it.

I think it would have done better if it wasn't a dawn of war title.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 25, 2017, 11:53 Flatline
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 25, 2017, 11:06:
You better tighten your seatbelt if you have not watched HBO's 'The Leftovers'.
I give it a netflix thumbs up (way to ruin a useful rating system) In the real world it's a 4 star show.

Enough people loved it that I tried. I found the way it dealt with grief to be silly in a soap opera sort of way and got bored.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
29. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Apr 24, 2017, 14:07 Flatline
I just sat in on a briefing with John Deere on their industrial level equipment that has this software.

The funny thing is that they make a big deal of saying "the data belongs to you!"

I had to bite my tongue to say "yeah but the equipment doesn't!"
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News Comments > Saints Row 2 Free on
4. Re: Saints Row 2 Free on Apr 20, 2017, 13:17 Flatline
Agent-Zero wrote on Apr 20, 2017, 12:46:
best one in the series, by far

has like 4x the map size of SR3 and SR4, plus its just got way more detail overall

no superhero shit.. just straight up gangsta parody

The superhero stuff of SR4 was fun.

But not as much fun as depreciating property value by spraying feces all over a neighborhood.
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News Comments > More on the Star Citizen Roadmap
50. Re: More on the Star Citizen Roadmap Apr 17, 2017, 23:39 Flatline
Zor wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 18:15:
See you in the 'verse, nuggets.

Firefly was canceled.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 17, 2017, 18:39 Flatline
Cutter wrote on Apr 17, 2017, 17:47:
Where's the outrage from the BLM and white liberals? Oh right, it wasn't a cop shooting a thug this time. A self-professed mass-murderer is still out on the streets and armed because racial profiling is wrong, right?

What a bunch of irrelevant racist bullshit.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 14, 2017, 22:11 Flatline
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 13, 2017, 15:23:
That's a steam group you likely joined to get some freebie in the game like everyone else did. And like anyone else who is in a steam group that sends out notifications too often for your liking, you are free to leave it at any time. I fail to see what this has to do with the switch version or anything else besides your inability to act sooner when an issue with steam was interrupting your system when it was open.

Possibly. Honestly if I did it was years ago.

But they sent out notifications frequently enough to be annoying. Googling "payday 2 abusing steam notifications" brings up threads that other people complain about too. If I'm getting daily notifications from Payday devs, that's too much. At least for me. And it's not immediately obvious how to turn them off either in Steam.

To be fair, I blame Valve as much as the devs.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks Apr 14, 2017, 22:05 Flatline
descender wrote on Apr 14, 2017, 19:51:
I'm nearly certain what they really meant is that this was a test run for a product with a certain library and there will be a different... better one that replaces it.

And by "better" of course you mean making it harder to sideload ROMs onto it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 13, 2017, 10:25 Flatline
Oh goodie I wonder if Switch users are going to get harassed by the payday devs the way you do if you're on Steam?

They abuse the shit out of the notification system in steam. It's always dinging and going off and it'll actually minimize any 3rd party program you have to tell you that the Payday2 devs are wiping their asses or something.

I know (now) that you can leave the community but at this point I don't want anything more to do with their game they've pissed me off so much.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
10. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 12, 2017, 13:51 Flatline
Creston wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 00:02:
SirKnight wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 20:23:
Many times people don't know what they want.

After the Kinect fiasco on the 360 (Yes, I know it sold well, but it had little attach rate, and few games were developed/sold for it later), people were pretty damn clear they didn't want Kinect. Microsoft, always knowing better, decided to force Kinect down everyone's throats.

We all know how well that went.

I ended up using my Kinect as a fancy head tracker for Elite and driving games. Worked okay until someone kitbashed a 30 dollar accellerometer that could fit in a tic tac box and I tossed the kludgy Kinect.

One of the things that killed it is that they offloaded the computations from the Kinect to the console.
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News Comments > KOTOR Reboot & New BioWare IP Rumors
9. Re: KOTOR Reboot & New BioWare IP Rumor Apr 11, 2017, 12:18 Flatline
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 11:30:
"Destiny-style, takes some elements for the Division, MMO elements, semi-MMO."

How reassuring. LoL.

So basically ME:A with lightsabers.

You know you swung and missed when even Penny Arcade pans your game. I mean, if they buy into an IP, you have to turn out sacks of liquid crap to turn them off.
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