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Real Name Russ Whiteman   
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
28. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 14, 2017, 19:08 Stormsinger
 
SirKnight wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 14:01:
Jagacademy wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 12:41:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 12:31:

the fact is pretty obvious that PUBG just hit gold out of pure luck.

It's actually an interesting phenomenon. If you look at most wealthy and/or successful people, pure luck is responsible for the overwhelming majority of them. If one minor thing hadn't gone their way, none of it would have come to fruition.


It's not luck or a phenomenon. There is no such thing as luck or coincidences (your last statement actually hints at this). These are terms thrown around by those who can not see the big picture. Everything happens for a reason. There is no luck or chance.

Quantum mechanics says otherwise. Virtually everything that happens at the subatomic level is random, and no specific event can be predicted. I'll put my money on the view with a base of solid evidence, rather than some idealogue's unsupported statement.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
26. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 14, 2017, 19:03 Stormsinger
 
Darks wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 10:23:
Prez wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 09:29:
Wow Playerunknown seems to have less and less of a clue every time he opens his mouth.

Yea, right prez. Thats why hes sold over 20 million copies of his game. I guess he has no fucking clue right!!!

McDonald's sold lots of burgers, but that doesn't make them good burgers, nor does it make McDonald's a good restaurant.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
47. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 7, 2017, 18:55 Stormsinger
 
draginol wrote on Dec 7, 2017, 16:22:
Beamer wrote on Dec 7, 2017, 14:28:
Man, delete that. It isn't needed, it's too much information, and I don't think you need to explain yourself. Others are doing the work for you in a way that would be better. This is one of those instances where more information doesn't help, and one of the rare ones where I think isn't warranted.

Normally I would agree with you. It's just ugly dirty laundry stuff.

But every time anything about Stardock shows up, this guy is right there spreading the same old BS. I appreciate the people who have patiently tried to correct him.

And yet, you come off looking worse and worse when you attack him over it. It absolutely does paint a picture of a vindictive sort of person, and it makes the original claims seem quite believable.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 5, 2017, 18:38 Stormsinger
 
Just let Star Trek die with whatever tiny shreds of dignity the property has left. There's nothing valuable to be gained by adding psychopaths, gratuitous violence and pointless gore. It's completely counter to the entire premise of the series of shows.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 5, 2017, 18:33 Stormsinger
 
It'll be interesting to see if they treat -these- employees the same way they've treated raters for their search algorithms, i.e. like trash, to be managed by a third party for plausible deniability.  
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
4. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Dec 3, 2017, 18:16 Stormsinger
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 3, 2017, 16:53:
Ugh, I knew this was going to become a confusing mess.

Let slip the lawyers, etc.

It's the involvement of lawyers that led to this mess... Normal people would have been unlikely to try to break the IP into so many little pieces and sell them to different entities.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Nov 3, 2017, 18:34 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2017, 16:23:
Which is also why I said here a few days ago I think the DNC is still in trouble next election. There's nobody. Nobody.

Nobody might be a bit of an exaggeration. Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris. Maybe Caroline Kennedy? If Stephen Colbert or The Rock actually run in 2020 rather than just joke about it, I think they'd be very serious contenders, despite the gimmickry of it.

I mean, if Trump can become President, you truly don't need any qualifications, just the ability to appeal to a large segment of the population.

Frankly I think our best bet to be rid of Trump is for someone less batshit insane to primary his ass. I'd vote (R) if the candidate wasn't Trump and wasn't completely repugnant, if the Democrats didn't have anything to offer.

From my own point of view, -anyone- who runs under the banner of a party that argues in court that they're not required to provide fair competitions for their candidates is already disqualified.

At this point, I wouldn't vote for Jon Stewart if he ran as a Democrat.
 
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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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