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Signed On May 12, 2008, 03:03
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Introduces Mal'Ganis
2. Re: Heroes of the Storm Introduces Mal'Ganis Oct 9, 2018, 03:30 Cyanotetyphas
 
I think its pretty fun still. Its not going to overtake the big boys and they every rework makes support more boring somehow but I can get three pretty low stress games in during an hour and thats not something the other MOBAs can say at all.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 22, 2018, 03:18 Cyanotetyphas
 
Your reactions are pretty telling.

Note this has already gone to court in Korea.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2018, 22:26 Cyanotetyphas
 
Re: Guitar Hero,

Much like steam, if what you own is dependent on someone's continued good will in regards to servers and content hosting, you effectively own nothing.

On the other hand, paying a couple bucks once for going on a decade rental of games now has been a pretty good deal. But Valve is more reliable than Activision and Sony (recently shuttered Gravity servers).
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 19, 2018, 15:02 Cyanotetyphas
 
Why does autocratic leadership always rise so high in countries dedicated to the ideals of cooperation, democracy, and progression?  
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Reworking Kerrigan, Brightwing, and Garden of Terror
2. Re: Heroes of the Storm Reworking Kerrigan, Brightwing, and Garden of Terror Sep 14, 2018, 14:11 Cyanotetyphas
 
Im going to guess it was related to how swingy the objective can be, since it takes concentrated effort. Often one big tree gets popped right away and the other sits untouched for awhile. This results in dead air in the match while everyone 5v5s next to some fort.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:18 Cyanotetyphas
 
re:Beamer

Sure the "Grandma and Jr. needs a computer" demo is probably saturated/fading, but it seems like gaming is still pretty healthy and despite twenty years of effort there's still no real competitor to Windows there. Nearly every "innovation" by Microsoft in the OS space has kind of made it worse for us anyway.

The big coup which this article doesn't really talk about was, imo, was when Apple got their ecosystem in. Tons of people think Apple is the UberBlack gateway to the internet. They had a chance to tap into the video game stream but they shied away from hardware solutions as usual and the Mac game situation remains pretty dire even on year 40.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Teases Whitemane
1. Re: Heroes of the Storm Teases Whitemane Jul 27, 2018, 00:32 Cyanotetyphas
 
I hope they get a little more creative with the kit, Yrel was a bit boring.  
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News Comments > IDGA Urges Social Media Guidelines After ArenaNet Firings
14. Re: IDGA Urges Social Media Guidelines After ArenaNet Firings Jul 10, 2018, 14:51 Cyanotetyphas
 
After reading about everything, no strong feelings about Price (she's obviously slightly toxic although that seems pretty par for the course on twitter? And she's clearly being brigaded against), but I'm always surprised by how many people support corporations when it comes to gaming.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 8, 2018, 16:20 Cyanotetyphas
 
Creston wrote on Jun 8, 2018, 15:07:
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No, but perhaps they should? I pay 70 bucks a month to use ~ 700 Gigs or so. The cost of them delivering that 700 Gigs is literally 0.7 dollars. So how about AT&T kicks in 20 bucks to a content provider pool?


This is an interesting idea, kind of like the way Prime memberships float the Twitch boat a little bit, although I doubt the current ISPs could pull it off well.
 
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News Comments > Dead or Alive 6 Announced
2. Re: Dead or Alive 6 Announced Jun 8, 2018, 14:59 Cyanotetyphas
 
Sorry but it looks like the canon ending of DOA5 was they got to the tengu and wished that everyone had pants for once.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 8, 2018, 14:34 Cyanotetyphas
 
I'll be the devil's advocate here even though I think ads are often poorly implemented.

To start with, paying for your ISP is not paying for content. They don't really have anything to do with each other.

Regarding how sites will make money, I think if you ask a person to steal or starve, they will steal. The paywall doesn't really work, the newspapers, which unquestionably have the best actual content worth paying for, continue to shrink despite growing online audiences.

Let talk about Patreon type models. I'm getting most of my conclusions from here(https://theoutline.com/post/2571/no-one-makes-a-living-on-patreon?zd=1&zi=454z6mjs), if you want to read more. We know that most people make jack shit from Spotify and Youtube payouts (2 million views is worth $1k apparently), so maybe directly sourced bespoke content from farm to patreon table is a better proposition? According the stats, 1400 people make above minimum wage on Patreon ($14k a year). In contrast, according to google the newspaper industry employs about 200,000 who make on average $85k.

One successful model is to BE Reddit, Google, Yelp, spotify or Netflix, direct IV content with relatively little intrusion, BUT they leverage hundreds of millions of subscribers and views to do that. These sites are the Walmarts of content.

How does anything smaller survive? Look at Dark Horizons (a good movie news site linked here on occasion). They have that awful video overlay ad on every page if you surf unblocked (I really really hate this). But no one would pay for movie news aggregation. Your remaining choices are navigating the totally fucked Kinja type UIs on yahoo movies or AV Club, if something happened a day ago good luck finding it. Taking yourself out of the equation, what does horizons guy do in this situation, choose to fold or inject clockwork orange style ad sprays?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews May 23, 2018, 20:19 Cyanotetyphas
 
Jagacademy wrote on May 23, 2018, 11:59:
Fion wrote on May 23, 2018, 11:16:
So Conan Exiles - a game designed for groups of people to explore, build castles, fight their enemies and survive the dangers of the world - is a shit single player experience.

Huh... who would have thought.

His videos were fun and refreshing when they were new, now they're just old, tired, and stale. I can watch 5 of them and laugh once.

I think he has good points here and there but also a lot of hot takes for the sake of it, mixed in with casual spoilers because he wants the clown on the ending or something. It's not very good as a review, I usually only watch them after I played the game or if I'm not interested.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse May 11, 2018, 22:02 Cyanotetyphas
 
Had a friend who tilted into a similar mental illness. Just a normal (if ever so slightly off) dude with his head on his shoulders. It started out very subtly and I just thought he was confused. Then he started evolving these weird conspiracy theories. Not close enough to drag him to a doctor, so I just had to stop engaging with him when he went off the deep end. Felt very powerless but he did get help from the family eventually.

It's interesting how when we lose our bearings we descend into a sort of pure self centered narcissism in our understanding of the world, like that's whats really underneath our psyche. Some belief everything rotates around us that we have to struggle to deny.
 
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News Comments > Steam Bringing Games and Streaming to Mobile
3. Re: Steam Bringing Games and Streaming to Mobile May 9, 2018, 23:36 Cyanotetyphas
 
Some version of Fortnight works on phones right? You just need to have virtual buttons (not preferable to a controller usually but hey).

For my part, I think its funny that the PC is endrunning the overrippened mobile market. The gold rushers had almost a decade to make compelling new genres and control schemes but they settled on gatcha lootbox bullshit, click the food pellet stuff. Most of the well made games still feel like the Flash games of Newsgrounds days, always slightly janky. Only a few seemed to fit well (Monument Valley, the Sorcery's). Seems like there's nothing new coming, why not just run FTL on your phone?
 
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News Comments > Five Free Games with Twitch Prime
15. Re: Five Free Games with Twitch Prime Apr 2, 2018, 18:32 Cyanotetyphas
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 2, 2018, 17:50:

The only one here I'd grab is Tales from Borderlands (is it the full game or just one episode?) Unfamiliar with the rest, so if anyone can vouch, feel free.

Last month I grabbed Superhot, which had been on my wishlist for a while but never seemed priced low enough.
Frankly, I am very uncertain I'll ever play any of these, especially since they aren't via Steam.

Shadow Tactics from last month is supposed to be great. Also this month I see lots of people raving about Steam World Dig 2. I heard mixed things but I'm curious about Tokyo42, probably annoying to play but has an interesting aesthetic.

This is all hearsay though, I'm still working on humble bundle games from 2014 in the que.
 
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News Comments > Five Free Games with Twitch Prime
11. Re: Five Free Games with Twitch Prime Apr 2, 2018, 17:46 Cyanotetyphas
 
Last month had good picks too, hope this keeps up.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Mar 31, 2018, 22:13 Cyanotetyphas
 
If you live in a big city you can make 120-140 a day.

Expenses are about 40-50 a day, including insurance, lease, gas.

So you get 70-90 a day, which is more than you can make with minimum wage shifts (in some places). On top of that you can do it 7 days a week. Many people on minimum wage are held at 30 hours so their employer can avoid insurance costs.

Is it a great job? Not really, its flexible but you're basically pinned in a stress position and if a day is slow you might be dropping to that $4 an hour to make ends meet. It's also kind of funny that these companies are trying to get rid of drivers with technology asap, so they're not very friendly employers.

For now though, for many many people Uber is a good option for a job
 
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News Comments > ESA Rebukes President Trump
150. Re: ESA Rebukes President Trump Jan 12, 2018, 19:49 Cyanotetyphas
 
I actually had never read the whole thing before this discussion started up. Stop trying to preserve the glory of the Roman empire and lets try to make something better

The New Colossus
BY EMMA LAZARUS
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Mercy and Junkrat Nerfs Inbound
8. Re: Overwatch Mercy and Junkrat Nerfs Inbound Jan 5, 2018, 17:25 Cyanotetyphas
 
Choachy wrote on Jan 5, 2018, 13:17:
Mercy is the most accessible direct healer. She is the easiest to play healer that the majority of players can relate to and feel effective. Ana is a direct healer but much more difficult to play for most people. Moira is less direct and more difficult. I keep seeing the argument that mercy is the most played character because she is OP. For the casual player, I just dont buy this theory. She's the most played because she is the most accessible.

Yeah thats why you can't playtest this shit. On your company server everyone sees Mercy spike up into the air and prioritizes her correctly, focuses her down or into hiding. On your average pub game, Mercy is basically ignored despite her huge swing potential, especially with Ult on. Anna technically has higher healing per second but you have to 100% all shots, while with Mercy you literally hold M1 while aiming in the correct hemisphere, most people are going to gravitate towards that despite what the designers want.

I embrace the Junkrat nerf, he was kind of taking over Roadhog's old spot of instantly murdering you if you rounded the wrong corner and he was only buffed to crack him into the top level of play anyway, in pub games his area control and ult make him 1st class.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 1, 2017, 17:14 Cyanotetyphas
 

It's funny how much reality can change between the conception of a game and its release. What might have been considered a fantasy two years ago might be beginning to approach reality today.

The fantasy is that these people are confined to remote regions of the flyover. Remember the good ole days of the 90s/00s when racist shitheads never went more than 50 yards away from their cabins?

edit: I'm not sure Far Cry 5's insular fascist cult is racist, I guess that's another one we can chalk up in the fantasy category
 
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