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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Microsoft Allegiance Revival
10. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Sep 30, 2017, 16:56 Stormsinger
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 16:51:
This site will tell you any and everything you ever wanted to know about it far better than I ever could...

Note: If you have Flash enabled, there's an audio file that plays when the page loads and if you have your sound up high, it'll be very loud. Other than that, the site is extensive!

=-Rigs-=

Thanks, that's the game I was thinking of. I had a friend that worked on it. And I liked it quite a bit anyway.

The loss of it was one of the worst things about the closing of Westwood Studios.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Allegiance Revival
8. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Sep 30, 2017, 16:45 Stormsinger
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 16:32:
I still have my beta kit with the paperwork and NDA from MS! (I keep a record of all the games I beta test, now getting close to 125 (123 to be exact, the last was War In The West' by Matrix and on-going, constant testing of 'Empyrion') over twenty-odd years) I wish they would bring back 'Earth and Beyond'! I fuckin' LOVED that game! And they shut it down so quick, I never understood why? It was so cool! If any game needs to be revived, it's that!

EDIT: I just found out there's an emulator for it! OMG! OMG! OMG!

=-Rigs-=

Earth and Beyond was the online game that had three different types of experience (combat, mining and exploring), wasn't it?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Sep 25, 2017, 18:53 Stormsinger
 
The short answer is no. The somewhat longer answer is, the only valid type of sentence that uses "alt-right" and "fair" is one saying that the alt-right is fair game for whatever retribution seems appropriate.

No sympathy for nazis, ever.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
4. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Aug 19, 2017, 13:44 Stormsinger
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 19, 2017, 13:06:
And how in the fucking fuck did Amazon ever get a patent for something so stupidly obvious?

Shit happens when you live in an oligarchy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Aug 17, 2017, 18:46 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 17, 2017, 14:22:
Internet turns on white supremacists and neo-Nazis with doxing, phishing.

While I understand the inclination, this is just wrong. It will push them further underground. I'd rather have them out in the open where we can keep an eye on them, and ridicule them for buying Hawaiian tiki torches for their white-supremacist rally.

Keep them underground, and they won't have nearly as much success in spreading their atrocious philosophy.
 
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News Comments > Abandon Ship Kraken Trailer
7. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jul 21, 2017, 20:49 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 21, 2017, 20:23:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 21, 2017, 18:48:
I'll give them credit for posting a trailer from inside the game engine. At the same time, I have to wonder what they were thinking posting something that looks so amateurish. It looks like something from the 90s.

You read the part I wrote that said "small independent dev team of like 5 people" right?
Sure, I saw that. But that doesn't change the quality of the art, nor does it remove the effect that artwork has on the reception of a game. Like it or not, graphics -do- matter.
 
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News Comments > Abandon Ship Kraken Trailer
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jul 21, 2017, 18:48 Stormsinger
 
I'll give them credit for posting a trailer from inside the game engine. At the same time, I have to wonder what they were thinking posting something that looks so amateurish. It looks like something from the 90s.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs May 17, 2017, 18:53 Stormsinger
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 17, 2017, 14:17:
Creston wrote on May 17, 2017, 13:51:
I like how they call it "over-charging" as opposed to "blatant theft" which is what it really is.


Yep, love how they can water down crimes like this, we all need to incorporate ourselves.
Unless you've got the money to buy a legislator or six, incorporation won't help.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
6. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Mar 26, 2017, 15:00 Stormsinger
 
My first question (and only) is whether it will be an always-online game. If it is, I'll pass.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Mar 19, 2017, 15:01 Stormsinger
 
"Freedom to roam to anywhere one pleases, and to do anything one wants in any order."

Well, anywhere and anything that the developers thought of and included. That's a pretty limited version of "any".
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
26. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Mar 1, 2017, 19:44 Stormsinger
 
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 13:48:
Cutter wrote on Mar 1, 2017, 12:01:
It never ceases to amaze me. All these people want to live in the big, cool city...just like several million other people...and then bitch about everything being so expensive. It's a big country. Plenty of places with a low cost of living where you can still make good money. All their woes are entirely self-made.


Yeah, but those places aren't cool. Plus, you might have to live around *gasp* Trump supporters...

Well hell, that last one -is- a valid issue. I know -I- would be willing to shell out a pretty penny to get away from them.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 12, 2017, 23:19 Stormsinger
 
Tom wrote on Feb 12, 2017, 18:13:
Easy to blame the mayor here but Linux is a total failure as a desktop OS and there are strong fundamental reasons why that will never change.

(Windows is only a partial failure, firmly established as the least horrible option.)

-Maybe- that was true, right up until Microsoft spent a year proving that they consider your computer to be their property. No longer. They are now an active purveyor of malware, and are treated as such in this household.
 
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs
30. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Feb 11, 2017, 14:11 Stormsinger
 
ViRGE wrote on Feb 11, 2017, 06:38:
They did indeed have a record year in terms of revenue. However their actual profitability was only so-so. The company made $966M on $6.61B, for a profit margin of ~15%. Last year they made just a bit less profit - $892M - on $4.66B in revenue. Which works out to a 19% margin.

Well yeah, when you point that out, it's obvious that they -had- to lay people off. Only a billion dollars of profit, what else could they do?

This kind of thinking (Activision's, not yours personally) is literally going to destroy our civilization. Short term above all is simply not a sustainable plan.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Feb 10, 2017, 20:07 Stormsinger
 
Funny, I still get the same "you must sub" page. So, no...it doesn't appear to work.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 11, 2017, 19:14 Stormsinger
 
Seems almost like they're running out of relevant adjectives when they start calling litigation "wasteful".  
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
4. Re: SAG-AFTRA on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Nov 5, 2016, 16:03 Stormsinger
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 5, 2016, 14:44:
Well said. And while it's often pointed out "the total voice acting hours on a AAA title are only 0.05%!!!1" just go play the game with the sound off and subtitles on and see how much you enjoy it.

Lack of unionization isn't just a problem in the videogame industry but in the GFX industry as well. Effects artists also work extremely long hours, have no job stability, and get no residuals.

It's not just a problem in specific industries, it's a nation-wide issue. 50 years of GOP propaganda has convinced too many wage-earners that their interests are best served by the lone-wolf model of economics. Which is pretty obviously bullshit if you spend even a few minutes thinking about the relative disparities of one-man vs one-corporation negotiations.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 13, 2016, 20:17 Stormsinger
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 19:54:
Samsung Offers $100 Credit to Galaxy Note 7 Users.
For US customers only, fuck everyone else
At a whole $100, it's pretty much just a "fuck everyone everywhere" kind of offer.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
23. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 24, 2016, 18:17 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 13:43:
Stormsinger wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 18:51:
I just stopped in to see what the MRAs were raving about this week. Come on guys, this is -way- too tame...I made popcorn and everything!

Come on guys agree with my views or you're a racist/bigot/misogynist Bandana
I didn't figure you for one of them, Verno...but with the apparent butthurt, I guess I missed something.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
79. Re: Oculus Facing Political Backlash Sep 24, 2016, 12:50 Stormsinger
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 21:59:
Slick wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 21:47:
I know I'm going way off topic, but I enjoy Keith Olbermann, he's articulate, perceptive, and unlike most liberal democrats, seems to have the ability to actually get MAD at the shit that should be making people MAD.

Watch this, and tell me what in the hell is going on in America:

https://youtu.be/D7d2ayLb2lg

I quite like him but he is very much seen as a whiny liberal elite and I think he preaches to the choir - i.e. he sounds good only to people who already agree with him. He donated money to the Democrats, which is an incredibly dumb and unethical thing for someone in his position to do. That's a terrible look for a newscaster, much worse than Luckey's foolishness.

Olbermann was never a "newscaster". He went from sportscaster straight to op-ed, because he was so effective at his rants about Bush. I don't really see how it's unethical for an oped host to be up front about his political donations. I do hope (but don't really expect) that he'll reconsider his party affiliations now that the DNC has been caught red-handed being involved in traditionally Republican practices of voter suppression and such.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
14. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 23, 2016, 18:51 Stormsinger
 
I just stopped in to see what the MRAs were raving about this week. Come on guys, this is -way- too tame...I made popcorn and everything!  
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