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Signed On Jul 27, 2009, 15:35
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 12, 2018, 09:35 Watter
Regarding China's regulation burden and indies... Almost all regulation hits the small businesses much harder than the larger ones. This is why large business will often not only refrain from opposing new regulations, but sometimes actively collaborate with government in imposing them while claiming they're doing so as "good societal citizens" when in truth it's just to get rid of smaller competitors who are usually more innovative and agile.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 3, 2018, 08:20 Watter
We bought my wife a Surface 3 a few years back and that has been the best individual computer purchase I've ever made, and that statement is coming from someone who builds all his own non-laptop PC's and uses Linux exclusively when not gaming. It's just been a rock-solid little device that she uses constantly. We have the docking station for it (plugs into the multipurpose/power port of the machine) and it's just amazingly convenient to use it at either her desk with a big 30" monitor or anywhere in and out of the house as a portable device. I've never had a laptop move between docked and mobile so smoothly, but maybe I've been unlucky in the past (or maybe it's just my linux laptops being finicky).

I'd buy another Surface for her in a heartbeat.
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Shadow of the Tomb Raider
8. Re: Gone Gold - Shadow of the Tomb Raider Jul 25, 2018, 12:50 Watter
I tend to play games quite a bit after they've been released so I'm only just now in the middle of my "Rise of the Tomb Raider" playthrough. I think my time with it is suffering from comparison, as I had literally JUST finished Horizons Zero Dawn before starting Rise. I know they're not really "exactly" the same genre, but there are too many similarities for the Tomb Raider game not to suffer (massively) in comparison. Sure there were collectibles in Horizons and even fast travel via campfire, but it all felt so much more natural and integrated there. Even the classic Tomb Raider schtick of climbing and vaulting was smoother and more natural in Horizons.  
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News Comments > Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 22, 2018, 07:54 Watter
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jun 22, 2018, 06:10:
Hopefully the steam link doesnt suck
I don't use mine often, but when I do it seems to work perfectly. I do use wired ethernet, though.
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News Comments > Forts Free Multiplayer Weekend
3. Re: Forts Free Multiplayer Weekend Jun 8, 2018, 08:33 Watter
Slick wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 22:33:
According to steam reviews this is a bullshit slimy marketing prank. There is no free weekend, it's a 10-minute demo and then you're hit with the BUY NOW screen.
Don't get you knickers in a bunch. No grand conspiracy here. Just someone not putting "Mutiplayer" in the title of the news item. The rest of the announcement and all of the other promotional material clearly state "free multiplayer weekend". The tutorial levels of the campaign are included though.
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News Comments > Steam Opening the Gates
51. Re: No Man's Sky NEXT Adds Multiplayer in July Jun 7, 2018, 09:48 Watter
Prez wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 08:09:
Steam does not have the power to determine that you can or can't purchase something nor should it. It has the power (and obligation in my view) soley to determine what it does and doesn't sell on its own storefront.
That's the first argument against this move by steam that was persusasive and didn't make me roll my eyes.

I see two ways to look at it.

1) Steam is still the defacto marketplace for PC games. That's changing, thankfully, but it still owns the lion's share of the market. Any curation effort will be imperfect and games that some people might be interested in will be left out of that marketplace. I don't want anyone narrowing my choices. As long as there are filters, which is in Steams own best interest to provide, let it fly. I don't think anyone should be limiting other people's choices - and again, given steam's position as the defacto PC games marketplace, if it's not on Steam, it's almost not in the PC games market.

We all have a tendency to believe that the items we don't care about, nobody cares about. Example: Goat Simulator? What they hell?!? That almost certainly wouldn't have made it past my own personal curation process in its initial rough form, but some people enjoyed it and given time it became something that even more people picked up.

2) Do people really have trouble finding things they're interested in? I use steam a quite a bit, and I don't recall having to sift through crap to find interesting games. It isn't in Steam's best interest financially to make it hard for me to find games I'm interested in and purchase them; however if I do want to go on a hidden treasure hunt for something more obsucre, the option is there.

3) We live in a bigger (and smaller) world than ever before. It used to be that a niche interest might have too small a market to make sense to provide product for, but no more. A "niche" might be hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of people. Even if you believe in limiting options, which I don't, how do you curate when niches are so varied and large? .001% of the market these days is still large enough for some people to make product for.


I frequently see people buying products (crap, in my mind) that I literally cannot fathom ANYONE ever buying. I can either believe that these people are dumb and need someone smarter looking out for them OR I can accept that there might be some value in those things that I just don't see and that those people are different enough from me that they want something else that I can't understand. The "live and let live" side of me just shrugs and moves on. As long as I can find what I want, let those folks get their kicks where they want.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse May 15, 2018, 09:49 Watter
Task wrote on May 15, 2018, 09:22:
At best, I think its meant to be a kid show folks. I don't mind it, but it seems to me while watching it that it is aimed at a younger audience.
Yep, and they never made any pretense about this. It's aimed at the kids. Other than the Dr. Smith character (who almost ruined for me) I found it enjoyable enough lightweight fare. I liked that (again other than the Dr. Smith plotline) I genuinely didn't know where it was going to go next and it moved along fast enough that I looked forward to the next episode.
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News Comments > Into the Black
14. Re: Into the Black Sep 13, 2017, 09:39 Watter
Pigeon wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 08:43:
I enjoyed TFA, it had some obvious problems, but mostly it was good;
I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to my shallow entertainments, and I thought TFA was decent, but I was quite bothered by the accelerated development of Rey's abilities. We have a template for Jedi training already, and in the course of hours/days she's able to defeat an admittedly slightly weakened but highly trained and skilled sith? Again, I'm forgiving. Give me a BS made up reason why she's so awesome. I'm willing to go with it, but we didn't get anything like that.
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News Comments > Descent: Underground Next Year?
11. Re: Descent: Underground Next Year? Dec 14, 2016, 16:27 Watter
Kxmode wrote on Dec 14, 2016, 16:10:
Pretty much done with CF/EA projects.
Having been down a few failed game fundings myself, one can hardly fault you feeling that way, but I look at Descent and it seems to be coming along at about the rate I was expecting. Is it a great game right now? Nope, but many of the core pieces needed to get there are in place. I tend to be pretty patient with these projects as long as they don't actually stall out, and so far the team behind Descent have been moving along; slowly, but still moving.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 8, 2016, 10:23 Watter
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 21:09:
As bad as this is, it's really just the natural risk of KS. And especially hardware KS projects are always questionable. Since there are so many costs these projects either don't know about, or don't tell you about.
I would tend to agree with the hardware part of this quote. Of the three failed KS's I've backed, all have been hardware; two due to cost overruns and one due to not being quick enough to the market with their innovative idea. Other big players in the market started working on similar products later but got them to market faster.

I guess this will be my fourth failed hardware KS. I know how to pick 'em.

That said, if there would be a "safer" KS to back, one would have thought it was Pebble. I guess that's actually still kind of true considering Pebble backers are actually getting refunds, unlike most other failed KS's.

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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
9. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 8, 2016, 07:54 Watter
Not sure screwed is right. Backers of Pebble 2 got their product (now unsupported unfortunately but the community is where most of the support came from anyway) and backers of the Time 2 and Core, myself included, will be getting refunds... from a Kickstarter project, where no such refunds are by any means guaranteed. While I'm not thrilled, I certainly don't feel screwed. I feel pretty fortunate to be receiving a refund at all.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2015, 09:42 Watter
I enjoyed it immensely however...

I loved the character of Kylo Ren, but I absolutely hated that there was no "good" bad guy. The giant Supreme Leader was ridiculous. The military leader was what 22? And whiny? And the Kylo Ren was a snotty teenager with an attitude. Again, I really liked Ren and think it's a great and believable character, but as the main bad guy?

Where's the Vader equivalent? Where's the Grand Moff Tarkin? When Vader strolled onto the scene he was frikkin intimidating! And he stayed that way almost until the end. Ren fit well enough, until the moment he took his helmet off. Oh... and then he gets his ass kicked by neophytes. Ugggg...

Still. I'd see it again.
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News Comments > Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to "Hate"
19. Re: Five Nights at Freddy's Developer Responds to Jul 30, 2015, 09:17 Watter
Saboth wrote on Jul 29, 2015, 20:01:
If people keep buying them, keep making them. Hell, I'd pump them out as fast as possible myself. It's a niche genre, and niche game. People are bound to get tired of it, no matter if you put out 4 or a year or 4 a decade. If it's selling like hotcakes, work 80 hour weeks and keep raking in that dough, because success can be fleeting. It's not like these games are going to become some kind of classic legacy that he can trample on by cheapening them up like Dragon Age or something. They are as cheapened as they can get. Fast little jump scare games that people finish and tire of pretty quickly. As for the haters, just let 'em keep on hating. Most of them are probably still working at Dollar Tree themselves then spend the other 16 hours a day trolling Youtube and forums.
Couldn't have said it better myself. The only thing he should have done, though, was not respond to the haters. His response itself somewhat lowered his position in the fray.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Jun 7, 2015, 22:11 Watter
Quinn wrote on Jun 7, 2015, 14:35:
Hehe, exactly. A mediocre trailer is all we yet have and people already buy overprized pre-orders.
That's hardly "all" we have. We have the developer's history with this franchise and others of similar ilk (ES series), and a known quantity in the engine. Sure, there may be some ups and downs from both of those items, but I think those previous game's sales figures tell you that there was enough satisfaction with them that people are willing to make a safe bet on the next game.
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News Comments > Steam Controller Video
2. Jun 5, 2015, 09:30 Watter
I love my kb/m combo, but I'll be the first one to applaud if someone can finally pull off a good compromise controller that I can use to play PC games on the couch.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup May 27, 2015, 11:25 Watter
I always liked the flash versions of Monster's Den; one of my favorite time killer turn based RPGs. The developer did a good job of balancing the rewards of gaining more powerful skills and items against the enemies you were facing. I always felt strong after getting something new without ever feeling overpowered. I'll back this. It's a modest project that would seem to have a good likelihood of completing successfully.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Mar 19, 2015, 07:19 Watter
I actually do like Hillary, but I'm not sure how one can lay the blame for this anywhere but squarely on her head. Against, at the VERY LEAST the spirit of, governmental policy and maybe the law, SHE had an email setup in HER home, and did so explicitly for the level of control that SHE then exercised by arbitrarily deleting almost exactly half of the emails on that server with no oversight or control. We simply have to trust her that it was all personal. Sorry, but I don't trust ANY politician that much. Not even close, which is why the oversight and control rules were established in the first place.

I voted for her in the 2008 primary, but at this point I agree; let's get some new blood in the race. I don't think it will make much difference honestly, but we're beyond even the slimmest hope if we have another Bush/Clinton race.
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans
25. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans Dec 9, 2014, 13:29 Watter
Quinn wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 10:35:
You could wait until the game is fully patched and they officially announce they will no longer add content and the game is for sale for 6 dollars, but while that's perfectly legit, I consider it just as bad as pirating.
That is so completely wrong and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of even basic economics, and even more so, ethics. Sheesh...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 09:56 Watter
This has probably been suggested already, but short of an actual subscription model, what about something more voluntary like Patreon? I am a patron to a number of folks/sites there and while my individual contribution is practically nothing, I know that collectively it does add up to something useful to the people/sites I contribute to. BluesNews is and has been the best place for me to get my PC gaming news for as long as I can remember. It's clean, simple, thorough, and the comments are (usually) not completely ignorant. I'd happily participate in some kind of revenue model.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
6. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Aug 13, 2014, 13:21 Watter
So, not a troll, really, but why are folks excited about this? I hear a lot of folks saying they're looking forward to it, which is surprising given the general attitude of Bluesnews'ers after a game in series is as disappointing as DA2 was. What is it that seems to be making people optimistic? Are there gameplay vids out there that I missed that are blowing people away. Surely it's not CGI-fests like the trailer above that are raising hopes.  
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