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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 > Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update
13. Re: Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update Jun 5, 2015, 22:29 Stormsinger
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 18:54:
Vall Forran wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 17:49:
Actually (and it just launched so this might not matter in a few hours), the federation lady that looks like the platinum haired girl from the Matrix is in the lead, followed by the other fed guy who looks like Bryan Cranston.

Bryan Cranston? That's clearly a well aged Robert Patrick!

So is this the major content patch that means it's time to get in to Elite:Dangerous, or should people on the fence keep...sitting on the fence?

Personally, I'd wait until it's about $5 or so. I wish I had, then I wouldn't feel so taken. It's boring as hell, both spaceflight and combat, with the most interesting part being trying to outguess the autopilot to avoid overshooting your destination. No "strategic" layer on top of that is going to help.
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Announced
8. Re: XCOM 2 Announced Jun 1, 2015, 18:21 Stormsinger
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 1, 2015, 17:24:
From a continuity standpoint, not sure how they will explain away my squad of utter badasses seemingly eradicating several alien species with relative ease in the first game and expansion.

Maybe the same way they can justify calling the fourth or fifth entry in the series XCom 2. It's fairly obvious that they're just not very concerned with consistency or logic.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 27, 2015, 20:14 Stormsinger
Cutter wrote on May 27, 2015, 19:22:
What the hell does that title even mean?
It means she's throwing some chum to the Republican base of xenophobic bigots. Nothing more.
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News Comments > Hatred in June
51. Re: Hatred in June May 2, 2015, 22:12 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Apr 30, 2015, 02:17:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 30, 2015, 02:07: who are they exploiting? They wanted their game to be on various digital platforms, and the SJW's came out of the woodwork crying over it. So far the only ones trying to exploit the game for anything are the ones who don't want it to be sold. Especially when they trot out the discredited "games cause violence..." bullshit.

Yup.. if the SJWs hadn't made a big fuss like Jack Thompson was coming back in style, not a lot of people would have heard of this game. The developer has only done very basic marketing. I, myself, only heard about it because of the controversy posted here about it some months back.

Like you said, the only people exploiting this game are the SJWs using it to say violent video games should be banned without actually saying it.

WTF kind of person considers the fact that someone desires social justice and is willing to work for it to be an insult?

The kind I feel absolutely no interest in interacting with, apparently. Have fun in your dystopia.
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News Comments > Hatred in June
40. Re: Hatred in June Apr 29, 2015, 22:35 Stormsinger
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 29, 2015, 19:50:
SimplyMonk wrote on Apr 29, 2015, 18:01:
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 29, 2015, 10:00:
Not all that much different from that leading video game.

You know... When I watched the first trailer of Hatred a couple of months ago, I cringed and felt sick to my stomach a few times.

Then I watched all the MKX Fatalities back-to-back on YouTube. Now Hatred doesn't bother me so much purely in terms of gore and execution.

Yay! Desensitized!

Yah, there has been over the top pixel killing for a long time now. If there is a line and you are adamant about it (not speaking to you Monk), then you are Jack Thompson, you just have a different level bar, but a bar none the less. As someone said which is spot on, you simply don't buy things you don't like.

There's a movie where a ladies cunt has teeth and goes around biting off dicks for Christ's sakes.
Oh please...the problem with Jack Thompson was never the fact that he had drawn a line, it was the batshit crazy stuff he pulled to try and get his line officially recognized with the force of law.

As far as Hatred goes, I just can't quite understand why anyone would expect a bunch of assholes to make anything but a shitty game. It doesn't bother me much, because I won't be buying it. But let's not try to paint this piece of shit as something noble or's simple exploitation for free publicity by people with no self-respect, nothing more.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
50. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 20:24 Stormsinger
I'm completely amazed that there are still events going on in this world since noon today. Based on my circle of friends, I was sure everyone in the world was battening down to do nothing but play PoE for the next few days.

And I agree, been playing a couple of hours, and it's really, really good.
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Vulkan's Wrath Released
2. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Vulkan's Wrath Released Mar 19, 2015, 10:38 Stormsinger
Wait...Warhammer 40,000 is turn-based? I thought that was the team-based shooter, primarily looking like a WH40k capture the flag.

I might have to look into this then.
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News Comments > Universal Combat CE Free on Steam
19. Re: Universal Combat CE Free on Steam Feb 9, 2015, 14:54 Stormsinger
Task wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 10:32:
InBlack wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 09:43:
Oh come on guys, give credit where credit is due. Derek Smart released a game for free on Steam, he even took the time to upgrade some of the graphics. I say KUDOS.

I haven't actually played any of his games, so I can't really say anything about them anyways. The reviews on steam are pretty entertaining though.
I haven't actually played any of his games either, but it wasn't for lack of trying. It simply couldn't be done with the games I tried, they wouldn't run long enough.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Feb 4, 2015, 19:29 Stormsinger
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 13:53:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 13:17:
Petition · Build "Elite: Dangerous" Offline Mode.

As originally promised.

Pssst Don't wake the fanboys claiming that was never really promised....

It'd be nice to get rid of that fucking DRM, but I've reached the point of "why bother". The game is just boring...and worse, it's boring for stupid reasons. The pseudo-autopilot can't calculate an arrival at the destination, so you have to manually tweak the throttle to try and avoid over or undershooting. And 90% of the time is spent just cruising around waiting to get somewhere. It's been uninstalled some weeks ago, and there's not much they could offer to convince me to reinstall it.
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News Comments > Bot Colony Ending
29. Re: Bot Colony Ending Jan 31, 2015, 11:49 Stormsinger
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 02:45:
harlock wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 22:23:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 22:04:
There's potential here. Imagine Skyrim with conversations being naturally spoken, interpreted, and answered by the AI instead of conversation trees.

imagine jacking in to skyrim itself, where your entire nervous system gets input from the game world, allowing your brain to interpret the signals as sensory reality, where all players are linked together in some kind of matrix... instead of just sitting at a desk with a keyboard and mouse

there is potential there too

I realize you're being facetious, but what I'm describing will happen within a decade, whereas what you're talking about is much further out.

Nah...they've been making that claim for two decades already, "It's just about ten years away." And yet, NLP is not much better than it was the first time I investigated the capabilities in the early 90s. It's rather like fusion power, or strong AI. They literally don't know what new knowledge they need to make it work, so estimates of how long it will take are all pulled straight out of someone's ass. It could happen in 10 years, it could be 50, it could be one.

Nobody with a brain builds a product requiring such an unknown breakthrough be made before the product can succeed. And this game is a perfect example of why.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2015, 21:03 Stormsinger
Honestly, how many people think that a company whose product can't keep track of how I want my feed sorted can code a decent false news detector?

I know of zero.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
8. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 12:05 Stormsinger
Wildone wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 10:28:
Dont worry about them, play in Solo mode and they cant touch you.
But every hiccup by your ISP will still boot you from the game...
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2014, 00:04 Stormsinger
Or maybe he said that a EULA/TOS is not binding on police. That's a far more likely interpretation today.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges
2. Re: Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges Dec 18, 2014, 21:35 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 21:02:
This is a good way to cut down on illegal gold selling. It doesn't stop it entirely, because the Chinese usually have better prices, but plenty of players would prefer to use a legit scam-free way even if they aren't getting quite as much gold.
I don't much care (since I haven't played for a few years now), but I'd say it more accurately legitimizes gold farmers.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 12, 2014, 18:54 Stormsinger
I can take or leave the "dislike" option. All I really want is for them to stop fucking with the order I prefer my feed displayed. Having them reset it every few days is really getting on my nerves. All I can think of is that somehow it's driving ad revenues.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Goes "Gamma"
43. Re: Elite: Dangerous Goes Nov 23, 2014, 23:02 Stormsinger
Kosumo wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 17:12:
It does not bother me that much at all. I just hope that you now can see the foolishness of getting envoled with Kickstarter.

So why did you buy into the alpha/beta?

I hope that they do refund your money so you can spend it on big boy pants (althought I'm sure you would rather spend it on Star Citizen Teflon pants for faster drag speed!)

"Lie = money back end of story" lol, no, you have been conned by a very good conman (you put in money before you knew what they accually had to sell) When you put money into a Kickstarter, you are not getting a product, you are funding a dream. In return you get a reward (copy of game/software in this case)

Any chance you could explain to me what it is that makes this game shitty?
I'll bet if you put a little thought and effort into it, you could be an even bigger jackass. Maybe someday you can rank right up there with Slick.
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
1. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 14:05 Stormsinger
My money is on them backing down from this idiocy. I know my plans to buy the game have changed, as long as this holds true.
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News Comments > Android PC RPG Emulator
4. Re: Android PC RPG Emulator Nov 11, 2014, 15:05 Stormsinger
I wouldn't be surprised to hear about one or more court cases before too long...

I'm not at all sure there are grounds for it, but that won't stop the suits from being filed by some of the various IP owners.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 10, 2014, 22:53 Stormsinger
PropheT wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:55:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:37:
The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.

A law would need to be passed. That's what the president was asking for. That is not king-like behavior, because the executive branch does not create and pass laws; he is calling for these measures to be enacted, not decreeing to all his vassals that from now henceforth the land shall have net neutrality.

As for a free-er market solution, I don't know how you can think this when there is already obvious and tangible proof that the exact opposite of what you're saying is already true. There's even examples provided in the Oatmeal link. We have a free market in place right now, and the providers have used it to give themselves monopolies over coverage areas, control pricing, enact bandwidth limitations, and so on because the necessary regulations preventing them from doing so do not exist.

In this case, the talk is just a distraction. He made his actual stance perfectly clear when he appointed a lobbyist as the chief regulator of the industry he lobbied for. The man's a corporatist, pure and simple.

That said, the FCC certainly has the power to declare internet providers to be Title II services. And then regulate the hell out of them. Verizon in particular seems to be committed to pushing the limits until this happens.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 2, 2014, 11:26 Stormsinger
NKD wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 10:27:
Carbine Studios Employees Give Negative Reviews to Developer of Wildstar MMO…

I've always had a particular distaste for these articles about Glassdoor posts. Are bitter ex-employees really a good source of subjective information? While I'm inclined to believe them in this case, seeing as how the proof is in the pudding, that's not always true.

Glassdoor is great for things like salaries, but beyond that I have a hard time putting a lot of objective weight behind the words of people who are disappointed and angry.

But an awful lot of those reviews are from -current- employees. At first glance, there are more reviews from current employees than from ex-employees. And most of them are pretty consistent.

That's enough for me to rule them out as any place I'd want to work.
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