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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Coded Message
2. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Coded Message Aug 29, 2011, 18:59 ^Drag0n^
 
"Drink your Ovaltine." ??!?!?

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
153. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 29, 2011, 18:46 ^Drag0n^
 
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2011, 18:07:
Shinyreaper wrote on Aug 29, 2011, 17:54:
the special message is as follows

okM8-+Ds4Dui?lMh$Mzvm14SBqe7;G.l6=u74b?mkh-45Ki60d+98XBpCku7

dunno how to translate it.


d...r...i...n...k...y...o...u...r...o...v...


I can't make out the rest.

"Drink your Ovaltine"? Eh?

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
127. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow Aug 29, 2011, 12:59 ^Drag0n^
 
While I realize the graphics are doped down (800x600), I find it totally amazing that this game is playable on my Ion-based Netbook (Asus 1215N).

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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
66. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 28, 2011, 23:31 ^Drag0n^
 
Dev wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 06:41:
Here's what he looks like now:
http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/26/steve-jobs-apple-photo-resignation-ceo-sick

I'm pretty sure its medical issues as to why he's resigning now.

Oh man. That's just heartbreaking :/

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News Comments > No GFWL for Batman: Arkham City?
39. Re: No GFWL for Batman: Arkham City? Aug 28, 2011, 10:03 ^Drag0n^
 
Krovven wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 04:24:
El Pit wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 03:32:
If I could control the games on a PS3 or X360 with kb/m, I'd buy a console

Why would I waste money on a 360 when I can play the majority of those games on the PC with better graphics and still be using either kb/mouse or the 360 gamepad depending on the game?

Your reasoning is simply idiotic.


Sorry, Krovven, but I'd have to agree with El Pit on this. If a PC and an Xbox can run the exact same game, and, let's be honest here, it doesn't look all that different, why WOULDN'T I switch if I had a KBM option? The differences in visuals are minutae. And the advantage of playing in a bigger screen with a better sound system is very compelling.

The hardware is cheaper. The games can be sold/traded. There are far fewer bugs. I can rent a game before I buy it...or choose only to rent it for a once- through.

There are really only 2 things holding me back:

1. They don't have KBM controls.
2. Customized matchmaking such that I play people I want to.

And (1) leads (2) by far as (2) is more application dependent.

Right now I have both. I play probably 95% of my games on a PC, but I do enjoy Red Dead Redemption on my 360.

Just my $0.02

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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade-Ins
32. Re: Valve on Steam Trade-Ins Aug 27, 2011, 15:33 ^Drag0n^
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 14:40:
RollinThundr wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 12:10:
Isn't he talking about the same thing you guys lament Gamestop for over and over? Being greedy in looking to remove the publisher/Developer from revenue by offering used game sales?

Swear Valve and Blizzard could sell babies on the black market and still be excused for it from gamers.

Who argues for that? Gamers want to sell used games. If it hurts Gamestop well, sucks to be Gamestop. If developers/publishers think they deserve profit after profit then they're extremely short-sighted - and it sucks to be them too.

Believe it or not, I actually have no problem with the publisher/Dev getting a slice of the resale. In fact, I think that is a good thing, because it will provide a metric not just on what games sell, but what games endure, and what their perceived value is over time.

I also believe that part of what is being sold is the "experience" the game gives an individual, and when itcomes to games like Deus Ex, fallout, and the like, I really would like to see a Dev rewarded for "replay value," because those revs deserve long term survival.

IMO.

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News Comments > Valve on Steam Trade-Ins
30. Re: Valve on Steam Trade-Ins Aug 27, 2011, 14:29 ^Drag0n^
 
No, he's just making the same MISTAKE Gamestop did.

Hey, Gabe, I want to be able to sell or give the games I no longer play to others on Steam. Don't muddy it up with trade-in value. Let us set the price, and you guys take a commission off the top for the service.

Simple.

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched
51. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Patched Aug 27, 2011, 11:39 ^Drag0n^
 
Blue wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 11:58:
http://www.bluesnews.com/doomtips/#THE%20WALL%20RUN

THE WALL RUN
One of the buggiest of the Doom bugs. By strafe running along a wall from South to North (North is up on the map), you can achieve a speed best described as ridiculous. Wall running is allegedly 300% faster than strafe-running, which is 44% faster than running, which would be, um,...well, you get the idea. It's fast.

What a blast! I remember using that more than a few times at LAN parties. One of the few times using the BFG on the wall was a good idea

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News Comments > Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Announced
32. Re: Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Announced Aug 27, 2011, 00:11 ^Drag0n^
 
Seriously guys, why hate on this? Anything that brings attention to the PC platform is a good thing, and love them or hate them, Razer invented the gaming mouse; were it not for them, we'd all still be using intellimouse clones.

It's bad enough that we're treated like a minority as it is :/

Just my $0.02.

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News Comments > Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Announced
19. Re: Razer Blade Gaming Laptop Announced Aug 26, 2011, 15:07 ^Drag0n^
 
PC gaming isn't dead...it's just really F-ing expensive.

Does look very nice though. Would look better if the lighting were blue.

Re: DXHR. Totally in love with it. I also found the true cause of the mouse lag. It appears to be specific to nVidia cards, an is due to the default setting of "3" for the "Maximum pre-rendered frames" setting under "manage 3D settings" in the control panel. If you set it to zero, everything works great. Turned SSAO back on in DXHR, and haven't had an issue since.

No idea why you would actually want to render ahead in an FPS, anyway.

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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road DLC Next Month, Two More DLC to Follow
12. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road DLC Next Month, Two More DLC to Follow Aug 25, 2011, 18:48 ^Drag0n^
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 11:35:
Lonesome Road sounds pretty cool.

Is it bad that I'm sort of already wanting to see screens of the next Fallout game on the Skyrim engine? I mean, it hasn't even been announced.



Nah. I'm waiting for the same thing.
 
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News Comments > Square "Respects the Right of GameStop" to Remove OnLive Coupons
30. Re: Square Aug 25, 2011, 14:38 ^Drag0n^
 
headkase wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 12:53:
Slashdot is running this story too:

Linky

Favorite comment? (what are they): "They're an upscale specialized pawnshop that happens to sell new games on the side."

Yup, that's Gamestop, EB Games.

That, my friend, is Quote of the Year material.



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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
60. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 25, 2011, 10:58 ^Drag0n^
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 09:09:
Apple did copy/steal a lot of stuff in the early days but I agree with you that it's silly to say everything they're releasing now is just a copy of someone else's work.

Design by iteration lends itself to that-people claim that things are stolen, that aren't. Case in point: People claimed Apple "stole" the mouse. It didn't. Xerox PARC didn't patent the idea, (in fact, their management didn't even think it was patentable), so Apple got an idea and ran with it on the Lisa/Mac. I'd argue that the closest to stealing that we have seen was the abysmally low amount of money Gates paid the guy that actually wrote DOS back in the early 80's.

The only comment I wanted to address is your shoddy sweatshop one because that's definitely not something Apple is above. Their #1 manufacturing partner is Foxconn, a company with a long-reaching horrendous reputation for abusing and exploiting workers. They recently had a rash of suicides at the factory that makes the iPad because people were being forced to work 20 hour days with no overtime, being verbally and physically abused and like many Chinese factories, the majority of the little money they did make went into paying for the factory provided quarters which make slums here look like the Ritz Carlton. Their solution? Install nets so that people who attempted suicide wouldn't succeed. A lot of companies use Foxconn so Apple isn't alone on that front but Apple has the power to improve conditions for the people who build their stuff and frankly, doesn't care.

I agree. The suicides are appalling. But the other thing you have to keep in mind are social differences between our countries (Asian countries take shame very seriously), as well as asking yourself "Is China the only place someone ever killed themselves over a problem at work or at home?"

Having been to a Foxconn factory in Shenzen (and a few other factories that aren't Foxconn's) for a previous company, I can tell you that the people at Foxconn are far better off than they would be in a factory without any American influence. Change in China happens slowly and over time. A part of affecting that change is that the American companies insist on fair working conditions, safety standards, and processes and procedures that protect the workers. There are two sides to this coin, and it's never a simple issue. And the press always takes the sensational route that sells airtime or papers.

Additionally, keep in mind the fact that on a corporate scale, no one can tell the Chinese government to do anything. HP, Dell, Tyco, Sony, Microsoft....all of them face the same issue of cost vs competitiveness, and while a stand may be a noble thing, it's business suicide in China. And a mistake that can kill a company.

Are the wages there low by American standards? You bet. But that's also the primary reason the jobs are there in the first place. Are the wages there high by Chinese standards? Again, yes. People here in North America tend to look at things in an absolute fashion, with demands for instant change. That almost never happens in reality.

Look, I'm not saying Apple (or any corporation) is an angel, but you can't blame (or believe) every bad thing you see about working conditions in some Chinese plants on them. The truth is, they are trying to pull it up, because as anyone that's worked in manufacturing knows that a motivated, healthy workforce makes the best quality product. On the whole, based on what I hear from friends that work there, Apple does work your ass off, but they also treat them extremely well.

To me it's kind of like another issue: I always shake my head at the guy complaining about illegals taking jobs away,while they sit on their ass all day, collecting unemployment and buying groceries with Food Stamps rather than taking a job at Wal*Mart or working on a farm. I abhor hypocracy.

But that really wasn't my point: My point was I'm glad to see an American company succeed in this economy, rather than a company taking all our money offshore.

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News Comments > Eidos Montreal on Deus Ex: Human Revolution AI
29. Re: Eidos Montreal on Deus Ex: Human Revolution AI Aug 25, 2011, 03:15 ^Drag0n^
 
Creston wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 13:03:
There is an awesome article on rock paper shotgun about Deus Ex. Called "I'm not Adam Jensen."

I'd link it, but for whatever reason the board keeps whining that the "word" is too long, even while I'm trying to put it in the damned url code...

Creston

That editorial was awesome! It embodied not only the way I play, buyt also the polar opposite nature to the character of my avatar, and how it makes the game so damn awesome...
 
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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
48. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 25, 2011, 01:58 ^Drag0n^
 
Kitkoan wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:40:
Jensen wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:36:
Kitkoan wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 21:33:
iPad was a copy of Android tablets from China made in 2009, ect...
That's just silly.
By your standards, there is nothing that isn't a copy of something else.

The claim I keep hearing that the iPad must be new and innovative because it runs off an OS that was made for touchscreens and the iOS powered iPad was the first one to do it, then Android. But Android tablets were out for almost a full year before the iPad.
Nice attempt of trying to derail the question though.

The iPad is simply a large iPhone ...without the phone. I guess that would make it a large iPod touch.

So how again is that a copy of a tablet running an OS that came out two years after the iPhone/iPod Touch? I am really missing something here.

Look, I get it. Some of you hate Apple like Activision. Some don't. But don't feed me some bullshit story that the company Jobs and Wozniak built didn't contribute wildly to the advancement of the ecosystem of personal computing. That's like calling Sir Isaac Newton a hack because the you don't like the British for their treatment of Ireland.

The iPad is the device that made tablets VIABLE in the US. Sure, others tried to make them before, and they failed. Apple figured out the economics and features that the majority wanted, and catered to them. And they succeeded.

The (conservative) figures are they sell anywhere from 800-1500 iPads per hour. Hardly a failure by any stretch of the imagination.

Look, the iPad, iPhone, Hell, any smartphone, aren't made for people like the majority here that tinker. It's not made for us. We're PC gamers. we like being able to mess with things. But the i-line? They are consumer items, not hacker/hobbyist tools, and as such, are developed with the appropriate UI complexity in mind. Like Toasters. Blu-ray players, xboxes, whatever. Made to be as intuitive as possible. That's not a bad thing, it's a good thing. They specialize in accessible technology, not the latest and most powerful. And it works. Both for their shareholders and their customers...there's no denying Apple is succeeding in the face of an abundantly shitty economy, and I'm totally ok with it being an American company with a huge campus in California succeeding, rather than some shoddy sweatshop making beige boxes in Malaysia.

Now, before you make the mistake of labeling me an Apple fanatic, I'm not. I'm actually waiting for Windows 8 in the hopes that they actually pull off that "scalable interface" that can tell if you have a keyboard + mouse attached, and give you the appropriate interface complexity. That would just kick ass.

But I'm not going to sit here and let people throw drivel around about how Apple is a company that never innovated. They've done plenty of that. It just may not be your particular cup of tea.

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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
14. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:27 ^Drag0n^
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 20:18:
But they have applied for and gotten incredibly wide ranging patents on very low level concepts that nobody should have had issued.

In your opinion. The USPTO apparently disagreed.

To clear this up for the layman, in order to be issued a patent, you have to show a design that has not been documented or disclosed to anyone (aside from your attorneys and the USPTO) for it even to be considered. If it is unique (i.e. no "prior art" on the idea exists), and if it is not already an idea in the public domain, they look at the patent to see if it indeed adds value and is not "intutive to someone skilled in the art."

People think the patents Apple gets are BS, but they aren't. Now, if you want to argue if the USPTO should be granting patents for business processes, UI, Software, mathematical equations, or economic models, that is completely different.

but within the confines of existing patent law what they are doing is legal, and required to defend their IP from knockoff shops, be they here in the US or in China.

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Sidenote: The USPTO gets at least 1 guy a year trying to patent shoelaces. Never works.
 
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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
8. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:13 ^Drag0n^
 
I refuse to feel sorry for Google. They make more money than God, and own most of the real estate here in Mountain View. They are pretty much the only game in town in the search engine market, and have forced every viable competitor out of same market, so excuse me for not feeling sorry for them at all. Furthermore, I refuse to feel sorry for a lawyer talking about how the other team's lawyers are making him actually work for the atrocious fees they make as patent attorneys.

From the point of an inventor with several assigned patents, I can say this: if you don't defend your patent, you will lose it. That covers probably 90+ percent of the litigation in the system right now.

But that's not what this thread is about. It's about the end of the career of the man that saved the company he co-founded from the brink of extinction. Twice.

For the record, my remark was aimed at Steve Jobs resigning with class.

That gets a kudos in my book.

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News Comments > Steve Jobs Resigns
3. Re: Steve Jobs Resigns Aug 24, 2011, 20:03 ^Drag0n^
 
Godspeed, Steve. You're a better man than your critics give you credit for.

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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
54. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 19:48 ^Drag0n^
 
Razorclaw wrote on Aug 24, 2011, 19:27:
haha gamestop. why not discard the serial key as well since the game is steam only

Why stop there? Just give them a post-it with the Steam Key written on it in a sealed envelope for $60.

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News Comments > GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons
53. Re: GameStop Discarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution OnLive Coupons Aug 24, 2011, 19:46 ^Drag0n^
 
People that think the publishers are bad really don't get just what a bunch of shady currs these Gamestop XOs are.

"Now that you caught us red-handed, um, well, we're not selling it!"



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