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News Comments > Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode
13. Re: Rocket League Patch Adds Arena, Spectator Mode Aug 12, 2015, 15:24 Tom
 
What the...? Vehicular pinball? No. It's soccer. How is it not soccer? There's so much opportunity for skill and teamwork in this game. Sure, if you just naively boost into (or past) the ball at every opportunity it may seem like pinball I guess. If you stick with it and get further along the learning curve, I think you'll find it to be vehicular soccer.

Of course, it helps a lot to play it together with some friends on voice. If you only ever play with randoms then I can understand the disillusionment.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 9, 2015, 16:43 Tom
 
Game of the decade? Man. Not for me. I went into it like "wow this is great!" But, 45 hours later, it feels more like quantity over quality. The quality level is still higher than most games, but I think it probably could've been a better game if they hadn't tried to cram so much in there. I'd take 50 truly memorable quests over 500 mostly forgettable ones.

It is a good game though.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Previews
11. Re: Saturday Previews Aug 8, 2015, 20:04 Tom
 
Yeah, Ars lost some cred with this headline. Usually they're great. Allowing this headline was a mistake though. Maybe it's because it's Ars Technica UK?  
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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...

"Oh."
 
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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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