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News Comments > Endless Dead Oculus Rift Demo
2. Re: Endless Dead Oculus Rift Demo Aug 8, 2015, 11:18 Tom
VR just puts you into the virtual world. This is often used for first person, but it's totally possible - and comfortable if executed properly - to be observing from other perspectives. Pretty much the same idea as using different types of camera views on a monitor.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Multi-Crew Shown
24. Re: Star Citizen Multi-Crew Shown Aug 7, 2015, 21:52 Tom
Parias wrote on Aug 7, 2015, 21:32:
Soo, don't spend your real dollars on them then? All that stuff will be available for in-game space dollars once it's done. This is just pledge stuff.
Doesn't it seem like they have more than enough pledge stuff already without this kind of crap? This is getting out of hand and well into suspicious as all hell territory IMO.

SC seems to be nothing more than an endless ever-growing list of virtual knickknacks with real money pricetags on them. Enough with the money grabs already.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Aug 4, 2015, 00:19 Tom
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 3, 2015, 23:24:
Also, while some of the telemetry stuff in Windows 10 is kind of crappy, if you've ever used a smartphone, free e-mail service or social network, you're already giving away far more information on a daily basis to companies whose sole intent it to monetise it without your permission. And with most of those, you can't turn it off like you can in Windows 10. Anonymous telemetry data is small potatoes compared to how much data Facebook monetises and people happily narrate their entire lives on there.

Things move in a bad direction one small step at a time. In the long term it adds up to hardware you can't control, software you can't control, data entrusted to others to do whatever they please with, and your every move being monetized without you getting any share of the profits. And if something really bad results from any of that? Hope you like arbitration.

The excuse of "well it's just a default" didn't seem to work too well for Microsoft in the past. But thanks to the intense conditioning of social networks, smartphones, and "free" online services, I doubt anything will stop us from moving further along this path now.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 3, 2015, 19:03 Tom
Go Rocket League!!! Been playing a lot of this game lately with friends and still loving it. Witcher 3 may have a ridiculous amount of high production value content and many game hours to get through, but Rocket League is just pure concentrated fun. Of course they're completely different kinds of games. I'll make it through Witcher 3 someday.  
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News Comments > Bashiok Leaving Blizzard
7. Re: Bashiok Leaving Blizzard Aug 1, 2015, 21:17 Tom
Have you guys ever seen what the offices are like at Blizzard?  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jul 30, 2015, 23:57 Tom
So, because you had a good experience with them, it's weird that other people didn't?

The highest speed available here was - and still is - 50Mbps. When my 1 year promo ended, they didn't double my speed. But they did more than double the price, and they had the nerve to send me a letter claiming the new deal was a special offer since I was such a good customer. I had to drop to 30Mbps just to end up paying a little more than I was already paying for 50Mbps before.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Jul 27, 2015, 21:08 Tom
That's an interesting interpretation of that article.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jul 27, 2015, 19:50 Tom
"The vulnerabilities show that despite OWASP and other organisations publicising secure coding techniques to avoid these common vulnerabilities, even security companies such as Sophos can get it wrong."

Wow, ya think? Sophos is so bad it flagged itself as malware, rendering itself inoperable. Yeah, they can get it wrong alright.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 26, 2015, 11:16 Tom
"Whoa. Black Lab is still around? Did they play some song about Quake?"

...opens video...

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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
3. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jul 25, 2015, 13:45 Tom
!@#$ing Norton, worse than any virus.  
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News Comments > DOOM Multiplayer Beta Plans
1. Re: DOOM Multiplayer Beta Plans Jul 23, 2015, 19:12 Tom
Eh, what is this nonsense. I played DOOM multiplayer back in the mid 90s. Over a serial port, then a dialup modem, and finally a LAN. Worked great.

I tried to check Bethesda's site but it seems obsessed with asking for my age and then my country and age.
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News Comments > KOTOR 2 Patched; OS X & Linux Support Added
13. Re: KOTOR 2 Patched; OS X & Linux Support Added Jul 21, 2015, 20:22 Tom
Would there really be a KOTOR3 after the SWTOR debacle? I wonder.

Remember all that hype before release about SWTOR being just as good as KOTOR if you wanted to just play it as a single player game? *sigh*
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 19, 2015, 17:35 Tom
Rocket League is awesome. Same basic idea as Carball (which I played back then) but the execution is top notch. Very polished and fun, with more depth. I've had a blast playing it with teams of friends on voice vs. opposing teams of randoms, some of the same friends I played Carball with.

Only real trouble at the moment is that the servers are flaky sometimes. When lag happens, it can be very severe with the cars and ball stuttering or rubberbanding like crazy. They're still working on handling the demand, it seems. It's worked well more often than not so far though. So much fun.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 18, 2015, 09:12 Tom
The 3D open world where you had the feeling that you could go anywhere, talk to anyone, interact with all kinds of objects, do all kinds of mini-games that were actually well-integrated with the world (physically and gameplay-wise) ... it was quite remarkable back in those early days of the Dreamcast - which itself had a certain magic to it. It was extremely immersive compared to other games.

The uncommon setting (1980's real Japan/Hong Kong/China!), plot, characters, and music were also pretty awesome.

And it was set up on a chapter-by-chapter basis and never finished. That right there is going to leave anyone invested thirsting for completion of the story. The first two games were a really slow build up and at the end of the second one you felt like you were finally getting somewhere ... then it was over.

The Yakuza games have kind of picked up where Shenmue left off. They have a lot of the same elements as Shenmue. Unfortunately you get the sad feeling that they had to make them really violent, edgy, and even Western in a sense in order to sell, and that's not what Shenmue was about.
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jul 15, 2015, 23:31 Tom
jdreyer wrote on Jul 15, 2015, 18:40:
It's disgusting to use public funds for something that benefits a few wealthy people.
Yeah, really. That's what we have wars for.
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News Comments > Cloud Imperium on Star Citizen Refunds
26. Re: Cloud Imperium on Star Citizen Refunds Jul 14, 2015, 21:06 Tom
Actually, you're playing into their hands. This is just more free publicity for them. Anything for attention! That's how it works on the Internet.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 14, 2015, 18:10 Tom
Degenerate punks. They should be banned for life.  
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News Comments > Trove Launches
3. Re: Trove Launches Jul 10, 2015, 17:29 Tom
I played a fair amount during the beta. It's fun but kind of shallow. A lighthearted combat-focused voxel adventure game with RPG-lite etc etc. When I was first playing it, I was like "this is great! they really focused on just making it fun". But after a while I was like "why am I coming back to this game again?"

To some extent this phenomena tends to exist for just about all games. But I felt it was especially strong with Trove.

Of course, maybe it's different now. I haven't played in months.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 9, 2015, 18:03 Tom
Microsoft has been in decline for many years. Nadella is just the latest leader who seems powerless to turn things around. Things are looking a bit better now than they were a few years ago, but it's still a far cry from what once was.

Even if PCs aren't going anywhere, phones are still very important and shouldn't be underestimated.

I've used Windows Phone since 2011 - first WP7, then WP8 (Lumia 1020), and 8.1. And for the last 2.5 years, I've used Android phones as well - currently a Nexus 5. I use both on a daily basis, with the 1020 as a phone and the Nexus 5 as a wifi-only tablet replacement, basically.

Windows Phone has a pleasant UI that is attractive and efficient - when developers make use of it (I'm looking at you AT&T). And the low-end Lumias have offered outstanding value. $50 for a smartphone that doesn't totally suck? Amazing! However, the OS still falls down on many basic tasks where Microsoft still hasn't put in the hard grunt work to make it solid. The bits related to making phone calls are generally excellent, but the rest is often mediocre. It's mostly gotten better over time but is still lacking. This plus the lack of apps and lack of maturity in apps, plus the lack of respectable flagship hardware, make it deserving of its lackluster reputation and low market share in my opinion.

If I could get an affordable but powerful Android phone that had a high quality camera, I'd probably say goodbye to Windows Phone. Android has some other issues but I think the 1020's camera and build quality are the only things that really keep me on Windows Phone. My Nexus 5 is superior in just about every other way. I mean, just try doing some web browsing on both. Night and day...
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News Comments > Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs [Updated]
101. Re: Star Citizen Executive Producer Departs? Jul 6, 2015, 23:06 Tom
Kosumo wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 21:49:
Sorry to tell you, but when this crashes, Derek is goning to buy the bones dirt cheap and make HIS BDSSE !!! Mwahaha
You're a very bad man.
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