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Real Name Bill Kerney   
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Signed On Nov 28, 2009, 21:37
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News Comments > Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV Gameplay Video Released

5. Re: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV Gameplay Video Released Nov 15, 2019, 03:33 ShakaUVM
 
I'm liking AOE2:DE. They still have frame rate issues to work on, but overall it's good.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

2. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 28, 2019, 01:19 ShakaUVM
 
Glad to see Disco Elysium make the list - it is a fantastic RPG  
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News Comments > Imperator: Rome Released

4. Re: Imperator: Rome Released Apr 26, 2019, 02:53 ShakaUVM
 
I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm having fun  
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News Comments > What Happened with Anthem?

13. Re: What Happened with Anthem? Apr 3, 2019, 00:23 ShakaUVM
 
There were a lot of things bad with Anthem (almost everything was bad, in fact), but the 100% inexcusable problem with it was that the storytelling was horrendous. The plot was terrible, the dialogue was written with the skill of a 4th grader being assigned their first essay, and the NPCs weren't just badly written, but they were aggressively bad. I wanted literally all of them to die except the old Russian dude.

I'd accept that level of quality from an idsoft tech demo, but it is a complete failure coming from Bioware, the company that is best known for its good writing, exceptional plotting, and memorable NPCs.
 
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News Comments > Anthem Patched

21. Re: Anthem Patched Mar 10, 2019, 17:47 ShakaUVM
 
Too little, too late. I've already uninstalled and have zero interest in reinstalling.  
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News Comments > DICE on Battlefield V's Future and Operation Sunrise

5. Re: DICE on Battlefield V's Future and Operation Sunrise Mar 1, 2019, 23:14 ShakaUVM
 
I am embarrassed I bought this game. I just wanted to see real-time raytracing in action. It was a mistake.

The game is terrible, and DICE should feel terrible about releasing it.
 
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News Comments > Paradox Interactive Year-end Report

7. Re: Paradox Interactive Year-end Report Feb 20, 2019, 04:12 ShakaUVM
 
Given the terrible stuff we've been seeing from Blizzard, EA, and the other major publishers, I'm very happy to see that the publisher of a lot of games I love is doing well!  
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News Comments > Game Reviews

1. Re: Game Reviews Feb 17, 2019, 20:30 ShakaUVM
 
Anthem is pretty bad.  
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News Comments > Anthem Launches on Origin Access

35. Re: Anthem Launches on Origin Access Feb 16, 2019, 17:38 ShakaUVM
 
The writing in this game is really, really bad. Like a 9th grader stayed up late the night before an essay was due, forgot to write the essay, and then scribbled down something during the passing period before class.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10

16. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 3, 2019, 20:49 ShakaUVM
 
Subnautica was honestly one of the top games of 2018. I picked up this game in early access... and yeah, it's early access. You swim to areas they haven't made yet, there is nothing there.

I would recommend not buying it till release, but I did want to support the devs and give some early feedback that hopefully they'll look at (like why you have to hit escape to leave the fabricator, but for literally every other menu you hit tab).
 
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News Comments > MS Acquires Obsidian and inXile

6. Re: MS Acquires Obsidian and inXile Nov 11, 2018, 14:22 ShakaUVM
 
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs

2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2018, 13:18 ShakaUVM
 
>Lyft, Stripe spend lavishly to kill San Francisco's homelessness relief measure.

This article is a garbage fire of misinformation.
 
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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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