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Real Name Bill Kerney   
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Nickname ShakaUVM
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Signed On Nov 28, 2009, 21:37
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire DLC This Month
5. Re: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire DLC This Month Sep 7, 2018, 00:47 ShakaUVM
 
Pillars II is an excellent CRPG. I'm playing through it right now and loving every minute of it.

The game had some serious FPS issues, which were fixed in the beta patch that came out a couple days ago. (You can get it off Steam by going to the betas tab in properties for the game.)
 
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News Comments > Oriental Empires Adds Scenario Editor
1. Re: Oriental Empires Adds Scenario Editor Sep 1, 2018, 02:06 ShakaUVM
 
I launched the game once, saw it doesn't support 4k resolution, and quit.  
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News Comments > Anthem Gameplay Video
17. Re: Anthem Gameplay Video Jul 6, 2018, 07:29 ShakaUVM
 
Huh. I'm not interested in a Bioware game. Either I'm getting old, or Mass Effect: Andromeda ruined the company for me.

The game looks awfully bland and uninteresting. I'll pick it up on a sale, maybe.
 
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News Comments > 2018 Steam Top Sellers
5. Re: 2018 Steam Top Sellers Jul 6, 2018, 03:54 ShakaUVM
 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is very historically accurate.

The only valid criticism I've seen is "The eye slots on one helm are an inch too tall because they copied a re-enactment helm instead of an actual helm from the period."

The University of Prague is using it now in their medieval studies program.
 
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News Comments > Get Spec Ops: The Line for Free
10. Re: Get Spec Ops: The Line for Free Mar 30, 2018, 03:25 ShakaUVM
 
It appears to be a bland cover shooter.

It is not.

It is really, really good.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
6. Re: Saturday Mobilization Mar 3, 2018, 16:15 ShakaUVM
 
This was my response to the study on Reddit:

Unlikely. I've read three other studies that put gross revenue at 15 an hour or so, and net at 8ish.

The study has serious methodological problems by comparing net profits with gross revenue, and by counting tax credits against the government's income but doesn't credit it to the drivers. Tax credits exceed expenses, so this is a very bad move on the author's fault.

The worst part is when he defends his own bad methodology by invoking the name of his institution to protect himself. This is usually a clear sign someone is trying to con you. ("How dare you question me? I have 'doctor' in front of my name!")

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Sources:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QSUFSqasfjM9b9UsqBwZlpa8EgqNj6EBfWybFBSHj3o/edit

Average pay: a bit over $15 an hour on Uber and $17 on Lyft.

https://www.ridester.com/how-much-do-uber-drivers-make/

They break it down by city, with the low end around $11/hour and the upper end almost $30 in NYC.

https://www.earnest.com/blog/sharing-economy-income-data/

This is only monthly data, which isn't as useful.

A key point here is that the MIT authors are interested in median net (after tax and expenses) revenue, and then they contrast this against gross (before tax and expenses) revenue, and use this to claim they make worse than minimum wage. This is a very deceptive practice, as if you applied the same process to minimum wage earner, close to 100% of minimum wage earners would earn less than minimum wage! (Almost everyone has unreimbursed expenses related to their job.)

 
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News Comments > Anthem Delayed?
6. Re: Anthem Delayed? Jan 25, 2018, 00:40 ShakaUVM
 
I will not buy it if it has loot boxes in it.

 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm to Slow its Roll
1. Re: Heroes of the Storm to Slow its Roll Jan 4, 2018, 03:59 ShakaUVM
 
I've quit playing HOTS due to the recent changes. Literally every game I played last week was not fun, win or lose.  
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News Comments > More Boxing with Loot Boxing
10. Re: More Boxing with Loot Boxing Nov 24, 2017, 03:22 ShakaUVM
 
RIP Blizzard  
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News Comments > Mass Effect N7 Day
1. Re: Mass Effect N7 Day Nov 7, 2017, 19:47 ShakaUVM
 
"Choices that matter"

Lol. Mass Effect 3 ruined that illusion.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Boasts 35 Million Players
15. Re: Overwatch Boasts 35 Million Players Oct 18, 2017, 00:16 ShakaUVM
 
It's a nice lightweight sequel to Team Fortress, but it lacks enough complexity to keep me interested in it.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 22:07 ShakaUVM
 
I've heard of some people punching Nazis.

This is the first time I've heard of someone punching *themselves* in the face, because Nazis.
 
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News Comments > Avernum 3: Ruined World Announced
3. Re: Avernum 3: Ruined World Announced Sep 14, 2017, 03:40 ShakaUVM
 
I'm pretty excited. There haven't been very many 1980-era games made in recent years.  
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Sep 9, 2017, 20:09 ShakaUVM
 
I really liked Alpha Protocol. It sat on my shelf for years because I'd heard all the negative press about it, but it was actually quite enjoyable.  
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News Comments > Secret World Legends Launches
6. Re: Secret World Legends Launches Aug 1, 2017, 15:57 ShakaUVM
 
I tried playing it in 4K. It is unplayable. Uninstalled.

I also have no desire to spend money to support P2W games.

Shame, too. I really liked Secret World.
 
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News Comments > Secret World Legends Launched
8. Re: Secret World Legends Launched Jun 26, 2017, 14:29 ShakaUVM
 
I installed it. Saw that UI scaling was broken on 4K, promptly uninstalled.  
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News Comments > Tyranny: Bastard's Wound Announced
11. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jun 14, 2017, 14:35 ShakaUVM
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 14, 2017, 09:50:
Anyone tried Tyranny? I must not have even noticed it when it was released. Looks kinda interesting.

Ignore the haters, it's actually really good if you like Baldur's Gate style games. (If you don't like reading walls of text and agonizing over what your character will say, then you probably won't like it.)

I have been playing it through on difficult, and the fights are actually really tough. You have to strategize a lot, and mix crowd control with damage and aggro management to not have your characters just get exploded left and right.

The spell crafting system is really really good.

I like the strongholds - they actually do something, unlike in Pillars of Eternity. You can craft items from recipes, upgrade gear, hire trainers to train your skills, etc. You never seem to have enough money to optimize everything you want to do, so you have to think intelligently about your upgrades, since, again, the combats are tough.

Great worldbuilding, great story. Playing an evil character is also a fun change.

My only disappointment with Paradox was that they didn't market it, so a lack of sales means a lack of support for the franchise, but hey look two DLCs. So maybe it's looking up.
 
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News Comments > Brian Fargo to Retire After Wasteland 3
20. Re: Brian Fargo to Retire After Wasteland 3 Mar 24, 2017, 19:24 ShakaUVM
 
Torment is actually pretty good. The writing is fantastic, and there is a *lot* of it. It's a game where you actually have to pay really close attention to what the NPCs are saying, as the clues are pretty subtle a lot of times as to which choice is the "right" one.

I guess if you just want to read spoilers for everything or constantly reload until you get the right answer, then you can make do not reading the 1.2M words in it, but, honestly, that's what you're paying for - a text-based story that has some 2D isometric graphics associated with it.

If you don't like reading, you won't enjoy the game, nor will you like it if you don't like the Numenaria setting (which is fair - future fantasy isn't for everyone). But the negative reviews on Steam are unfair - it really is a great game.
 
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News Comments > Stellaris: Utopia Announced
1. Re: Stellaris: Utopia Announced Feb 2, 2017, 22:13 ShakaUVM
 
I've tried it a few times and been utterly unimpressed.

I really wanted to like it because I love EU4, but it's such an empty game...
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2016, 21:50 ShakaUVM
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 23, 2016, 18:36:
I bought, and then returned, Civ 6. Too much like Civ 5 to be worth the full asking price. All other Civ games felt meaningfully different from their predecessors, whereas this one felt like a Civ 5 expansion pack. A meaty expansion pack, but an expansion pack nonetheless, and I can't justify $60 for a game I already own.

It's different enough to be justified in calling it a new game.

I'm really liking it. And I say this as someone who hated Civ V out of the box. Civ V was a super dumbed down version of the game; Civ VI has all sorts of very interesting options.

There's a few bugs (most irritating when Move Next Unit bugs out and won't select the unit that needs to move, or how hard it is to see improvements in the basic UI), but they are minor enough not to bother me.
 
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