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Signed On Sep 27, 2008, 04:05
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Trailer
27. Re: BATTLETECH Trailer Apr 12, 2018, 02:13 sdgundamx
JoeNapalm wrote on Apr 11, 2018, 16:04:
Having played Crescent Hawk's Inception on an IBM 8088, I approve of this message.

Now get off my lawn.

Ifriti Sophist

OMG, the memories! I haven't thought of that game in ages!
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Omega Closed
6. Re: Marvel Heroes Omega Closed Nov 27, 2017, 21:48 sdgundamx

Lost forever. Even if they sell the code in the bankruptcy sale without the Disney/Marvel license it is useless.
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners
38. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Nov 20, 2017, 19:45 sdgundamx
I just don't get the adoration for Breath of the Wild. I put maybe 50 hours into it and got bored and left. It felt like a stylized, emptier version of Skyrim without any of the things that made Skyrim great: character customization both visual and gameplay-wise via perk trees, ridiculous number of quests, something to do almost every 5 steps you take in the game (whether that be pick flowers, hunt deer, or explore a cave) mod support....

And then to top it all off they put in that utterly stupid weapon-breaking system that actually has the effect of making you not want to fight anything because you're saving your weapons for the boss or guardian fights.

Don't get me wrong, it is by no means a terrible game. It's visually pleasing, the combat feels good (aside from the weapon breaking mechanic), lots of exploration encouraged with the hidden seeds, the dungeons had some neat puzzles.

But in my book it was a solid 8/10. Revolutionary for the Zelda series? Sure, I'll give you that. But GOTY? I think that says more about how this years selection of games was pretty shit than how good Breath of the Wild is.

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News Comments > Destiny 2 Launch Trailer
2. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Aug 21, 2017, 22:39 sdgundamx
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Aug 21, 2017, 22:02:
I never played the first one. Will have to see how reviews turn out for this.

I played the first one for a while. I had a lot of fun with it in the beginning, but in the end it just became to grind-y. End-game is doing the same raid over and over again hoping that you're going to get a drop that will incrementally increase your ability to finish the raid again. Getting reliable people together for the raids was a pain and I finally quit when I realized I was spending more time trying to get a proper raid going than actually playing. They really needed to take the Diablo 3 approach and make it so that good gear could drop from anywhere (single player or multiplayer) if you were playing on the highest difficulty settings instead of forcing people to do the same thing over and over.

Still, I put in a good 100+ hours before things got stale for me, so I'd say it was worth it. Definitely don't get it if all you're interested in is single-player, though. Not sure how the 2nd one will be but it took like maybe 16 hours to cruise through the single player content in the first one, and that's being generous.
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News Comments > Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Released
7. Re: Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Released Jun 28, 2017, 02:03 sdgundamx
Agreed. My character tabs are full as well on the PS4 version, so I'll be looking forward to freeing up 2 new spaces for those.

People will react to the pricing according to how much they play. I've put in hundreds of hours into it and I can see myself putting a good deal more in what with the new class and seasons finally coming to console and all. I agree it is too much for someone who just wants to jump in and play for a few hours before moving on, though.

Then again, I picked this game up on sale on the PS Store for only $15 during a 66% off sale so getting the Necromancer for $15 feels kind of like supporting the devs that have given me and my friends so many hours of enjoyment.

Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 27, 2017, 20:02:
Hell, the two stash tabs are almost worth $15. A premium stash tab over on Path of Exile is $4 and I've bought at least 20 of them. So $7.5 is a bit high, but in the acceptable range.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 4, 2017, 20:45 sdgundamx
Thank fucking god. It's about goddamn time Congress did something about this. As someone who has to cross the border once or twice a year, I really applaud this. It's gotten to the point where I don't even want to bring any electronics with me anymore. According to the news stories, they will strongarm you into giving up any password protection you might have (i.e. threaten to "detain" you for further investigation which will of course seriously fuck up your travel plans). If you cooperate, then they'll take your electronics to another room and god knows what they do with it. They could, for all we know, copy every fucking thing stored on the computer including emails, photos, web history, etc.

The thing is, as it stands right now the search of electronic devices at the border without a warrant is probably not constitutional but who has the money or time to demand a lawyer and get sidelined for what will probably take months or even years to get a win in court?
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News Comments > Op Ed
39. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2017, 14:22 sdgundamx
Thank you for going full retard and completely proving my point about the similarities between you guys and climate change deniers. I'm amused by your willfull ignorance and look forward to more of your angry shit-throwing ape posts as the world progresses and leaves you behind. Seriously, you may as well be arguing the Earth is flat or the sun revolves around the Earth at this point. Good luck tilting the windmills, you poor soul.

Suppa7 wrote on Jan 2, 2017, 09:14:
sdgundamx wrote on Jan 2, 2017, 07:47:
It's still baffling to me how there are people on this site who want to stick their fingers in their ears and pretend there isn't a problem with character representation in video games (and all media, really).

There isn't, talk about FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS. How about you use that brain and morality to solve actual problems. Where does having girls in videogames fall on the list of worlds most pressing problems?

Reality is your a moralist and a bad one, most people complaining about gender in entertainment are stupid. Just like religious folks and old people claimed rockin roll was the devil and comic books are signs of moral degeneration.

The reality is art is limitless it shouldn't be made to cater to anyone's moral compass.
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Jan 2, 2017, 07:47 sdgundamx
It's still baffling to me how there are people on this site who want to stick their fingers in their ears and pretend there isn't a problem with character representation in video games (and all media, really). You guys are like the climate change deniers at this point--you just come off as incredibly insecure and uneducated. And thankfully, much like climate change deniers, you are vastly outnumbered by people who recognize the problem and are proactively working to fix things. Major game companies like Blizzard (with Overwatch) are doing their best to give players a group of characters diverse in ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and body types to play with. That trend will continue whether you continue to cover your eyes to avoid seeing the problem or not, so at the end of the day I guess the rest of us get the last laugh.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 8, 2016, 00:40 sdgundamx
As an interesting aside, the movie theater I frequent has completely eliminated the box office and replaced it with automated ticket sales machines. Concessions is still human run but you have to wonder for how long--I worked concessions in high school and can attest to the fact that a trained monkey could do the job just fine, so why not a machine?

Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 21:46:
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 20:53:
This is a major issue, right? After all, our economies are based entirely on conspicuous consumption. So if estimates are correct that AI and robots can replace the vast majority of the workforce than what drives the economy? A universal guaranteed income is the bare minimum. Certainly not what would keep our lifestyle - as we're accustomed to it - happily chugging along. Short of having matter replicators a la Star Trek that eliminates the need for a consumption based economy this will likely end very badly, i.e. WWIII. Well, as the Chinese curse goes, may you live in interesting times.

I had this conversation with my parents the other day. They watched Dateline or 20/20 or whatever about robots and AI. I pointed out it's true. Even though the $15-minimum-wage-haters will tell you it will just mean that McDonald's is now robots, that's going to happen over the next decade, anyway. You'll be ordering from your smart phone.

Call centers? AI. Hell, I do high level corporate strategy and I think I can be replaced at some point. White collar jobs will disappear, too.

My mom finds this horrifying and wonders what we'll do. I hadn't heard Musk say this before, but it's the only option. Socialism. Pure socialism. Everyone gets $XXX dollars per year. No one works. Everyone is an artist or, in more honesty, everyone sits at home jerking off all day until humanity goes extinct from laziness.
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News Comments > Evening Patches
2. Re: Evening Patches Nov 8, 2016, 00:36 sdgundamx
Crap, I'm almost up to level 50 on my first character of the SE and I've had a couple of random crashes and one instance of the UI locking up but nothing that wasn't fixed by just re-loading my last autosave. Judging from the comments on the Steam page, this patch sounds like it might royally screw up my game. Maybe I'll just lay off for a couple of days and wait for a hotfix...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2016, 22:50 sdgundamx
As someone currently living in a country that doesn't observe daylight savings I can honestly say I really miss it. In the summer, the sun comes up at like 4:30 in the morning and goes down at like 6:30. That's over an hour of wasted daylight since few people are getting up that early and since the weather is nice I'd rather have the extra hour to be outdoors in the evening. Meanwhile in the winter, the sun sets at like 4:30 and it is pitch black by 5:00 meaning that when I get off work I can't take my 5-year old to the park or anything. Again, an extra hour of sunlight would be really useful.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Trailer
1. Re: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Trailer Oct 25, 2016, 21:12 sdgundamx
The cringe is strong with this one...  
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News Comments > Bethesda Holding Back Review Copies
1. Re: Bethesda Holding Back Review Copies Oct 25, 2016, 21:09 sdgundamx

"We know there are a lot of suckers who buy into the hype and pre-order our games or buy them on Day 1. But bad reviews cut the rails off our gravy train when they come out before release because people read them and cancel their pre-orders or decide not to buy on Day 1. So, from now on we will make sure there are no reviews until after we have milked our cash cows dry."
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 25, 2016, 21:05 sdgundamx
It's BS like this that makes me actually WANT to pirate everything just to give a big middle finger to the industry and its now ancient way of trying to monetize content.  
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Oct 25, 2016, 20:58 sdgundamx
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 20:31:
Steazy wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 18:24:
$825 for 4 hours, up to $1600 a session for atmospheric voices. Who was it who told me VA's didn't make $200 an hour? They were right, they can make up to $400 an hour *base*. Sounds pretty tough.
They get those kinds of rates because they may only get 4 hours of work on a project. And remember no benefits. So, a good portion of any income they are spending on things those programmers and devs are getting either along with their jobs, or at least at discounted rates. If they were rolling in dough do you think they'd bother saying something? I know I wouldn't.

Things are very similar for animators. An animator friend of mine, when working on a project, pulls down the equivalent of around $80,000 a year. But that's because after the project is over, he might go to 6-8 months before another job comes up and during that time he's got to cover his rent, insurance, etc. It's great if he can get jobs back to back but the reality is that there isn't always a project starting right as his last one is finishing. And I don't doubt that voice actors face the same issues. They need to be able to cover their downtime and residuals can help with that (i.e. paychecks coming in even when you're between gigs).

Look, I get the entitlement argument a lot people are making here. Developers SHOULD get residuals. But the fact is they don't have a union to negotiate for them and therefore aren't going to get them unless a company decides to be super-nice and offer them out of the goodness of their heart... and how often does that happen?

I like the argument someone made below--just because my company is screwing over other people doesn't mean I shouldn't fight to keep the company from screwing me over too. Give voice actors a token residual rate and get back to making games.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Following layoffs, Wooga confirms the death of Black Anvil Games. Oct 25, 2016, 20:39 sdgundamx
NetHead wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 19:59:
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 19:08:
Steazy wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 17:18:
Feeling really bad for voice actors since they're the only people who get screwed in this industry.

I'll never understand comments like this. Someone talking about one problem doesn't mean that other problems don't exist.

Maybe he posted that because he thinks problems should at least be prioritised, such as addressing those most effected first.

Or maybe they should be prioritized instead by those easiest to fix first--like changing a few words in a contract to ensure that people are fairly compensated for their work. If developers would unionize they could be demanding the same thing right now.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 18, 2016, 03:30 sdgundamx
Because no American would do the job for even double what the average Chinese factory worker gets. Manufacturing is never coming back to the U.S. because we've outgrown it--it requires desperately poor people doing insanely repetitive jobs for almost no pay because it's either that or starve. People here would rather work at McDonald's for better pay and benefits than most Chinese workers could even dream of.

The only real solution is to make India (which has bucketloads of desperately poor and is infinitely more Western-friendly) the new manufacturing center of the world. If that could become a reality you could sit back and laugh as China implodes on itself as everyone pulls out their investments.

Cutter wrote on Oct 17, 2016, 20:31:
No. Don't fucking get over it. Gent angry.

Businesses can take certain legal precautions to reduce the risk of getting copied. A first, crucial step, according to Song Zhu, who litigates IP disputes between US and Chinese firms at California-based law firm Ruyak Cherian LLP, is to apply for utility and design patents for a product thatís valid in the US, China, and anywhere else one hopes to sell.

Yeah because that's not at all expensive or time consuming. Oh sure, it's totally plausible for some dude trying to crowdsource money like in the article to do this.

"Hi I need to raise 50 grand for the prototype and initial orders, and a million for international lawyers, patents, contracts, and bribes.'

How about we just go back to cutting China off completely and bringing back manufacturing here. It's a win for workers and the environment!
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2016, 12:55 sdgundamx
Rhialto wrote on Mar 20, 2016, 09:34:
sdgundamx wrote on Mar 20, 2016, 09:14:
As someone who was at 3DO
What was your job?

I have to go in person to the bankruptcy court in San Fran and spend about 50 bucks to fill in the paperwork and get the check released. Which is a problem since I no longer live in the U.S.
You got in touch and explained it all and that's really the only way? That suck...
Level designer. Brought in for Johnny Mosely Mad Trix 2, but that got cancelled a month after I arrived so I worked on Army Men Sarge's War until it went Gold. Then I switched to external development, where I was working on a cool spiritual successor to Herzog Zwei using the Army Men universe (using a helicopter to transport troops around the map instead of a jet, no transforming though). We had just gotten the prototype up and running when everything hit the fan.

Yeah, my paycheck is in custody of the state and considered unclaimed because they sent it to an address I hadn't lived at in almost a decade and of course it got returned to sender. Last time I checked about 2 years ago, there was no way to claim it online. Forms needed to be requested in person from the court handling the bankruptcy. Some day I'll vacation in the Bay Area and get it done, but not anytime soon.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2016, 09:14 sdgundamx
Rhialto wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 13:19:
Now I know who killed the 3DO... I still have my FZ-1.

As someone who was at 3DO when it imploded I can tell you exactly who killed it--Trip Hawkins. Bastard green lit shit projects, put people in charge of projects who were more ego than talent, and lied through his teeth until the day we got thrown out of our offices--for example assuring everyone we'd get our final paychecks on time. Took bankruptcy court 7 years to issue them and still haven't received mine because they sent it my address from 10 years ago instead of current address. Now to get it I have to go in person to the bankruptcy court in San Fran and spend about 50 bucks to fill in the paperwork and get the check released. Which is a problem since I no longer live in the U.S.

Tl;dr Fuck Trip Hawkins.
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2016, 09:04 sdgundamx
nin wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 16:47:
Nucas wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 16:29:
InBlack wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 15:37:
I wonder what D3 would have been like if Blizzard North had been left to it's own devices and allowed to finish the game. I guess we will never know *sigh*

i think the game is in a pretty complete state now. have you checked it out recently? i never played it at launch, only heard the stories..

D3 is in a great state now. The last few patches have added all sorts of new content, which is nice. I can't play it for months straight at a time (I couldn't do that with d2, either), but it's great for popping in a week or two here and there.

Totally agree. Having a blast with it in Season 5. Launch was a total shitshow (from what I hear--didn't start playing until Season 4) but have to give credit to Blizzard to their commitment to continue to improve the game with new areas and mechanics (i.e. Kanai's cube, Kadala, new set mechanics, etc.) years after the game shipped.
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