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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Oculus Rift $599
90. Re: Oculus Rift $599 Jan 6, 2016, 23:24 Jivaro

Gonna upgrade my 3 monitor setup, something that gets used as much as the computer itself, before I would drop that much money on something that gets part-time use like VR.

As others said, this is one tech toy that other folks are going to have to be the test fodder for. Video card, monitors, and other things that you use constantly, I am right there at the front of the line. Highly specialized, part-time use devices? Not so much.

Also, XBOX controller? lol.
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jan 6, 2016, 11:37 Jivaro
jdreyer wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 01:30:
NamecaF wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 01:12:
Why do the Japanese have such an obsession with giant monsters fighting and generally wreaking havoc in cities?

It's a cultural response to the devastation wreaked by the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

...and industrial pollution...somewhat surprisingly. From the 50s to the 70s Japan had some seriously scary shit going on. Once big monster movies became trendy that situation and the scars from the bombs kinda fed off each other and inspired the constant content for the genre.
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M?
34. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M? Jan 4, 2016, 15:31 Jivaro
We are some old and bitter pcmasterrace/Star Wars fans ain't we?

I am sorry, I am not trying to be a's just that sometimes I read these threads and I picture dozens of us sitting on lawn chairs, on a street in the suburbs, with home crafted brews or moonshine that are snuck into our nursing home, yelling at speeding cars as they go by and kids that step on the lawn.

Not saying any of you don't have valid points. This Star Wars game is certainly lacking in some areas that I personally would have loved for it to be strong in. For me, I had some fun with it for about a month but that's about all the life it's got in it. In some ways I am a terrible barometer for these games though because I am both not a fan of DICE's last few games or the direction most online multiplayer shooters have gone over the last 5-7 years. At the same time I am a complete Star Wars fanboy and I willing gloss over shortcomings with this game while playing it, knowing full well that if a basic military shooter had the same issues I wouldn't play it. I am also an admitted graphics whore and the visuals in this game are very nice on PC. (have not seen them on console, so I don't know)

TL/DR: We're old and bitter but this Star Wars game doesn't carry on the legacy of Star Wars games of the past like XWing, Dark Forces, and Knights of the Old Republic in terms of being quality games regardless of their money-printing franchise name. It isn't even as good as the previous entries with the same name.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2015, 19:22 Jivaro
Time doesn't put a presidential candidate on the cover during the campaign process. Never has. Not once. It's one of the few rules Time actually sticks too. They don't want to be perceived as favoring or endorsing a particular candidate.

By all means, continue the Trump debate if you so wish, but he was never going to be the cover.

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News Comments > Psychonauts 2 Announced
3. Re: Psychonauts 2 Announced Dec 4, 2015, 10:18 Jivaro
I am in. Loved the first game.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 3, 2015, 17:25 Jivaro
Still not convinced on Affleck as Batman and Doomsday looks like a roid raging Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle...BUT....

That is the first time I have watched something related to this movie and came away actually curious to go see it. As a fanboy, that at least gives me some hope to hold on to.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 3, 2015, 11:00 Jivaro
Releasing new models too close together, no micro SD card, and very few changes in hardware or software functionality that actually apply to me. In fact, not having a user replaceable battery was a deal breaker...and they bragged about that one. That's why I didn't upgrade. Well that and nothing was wrong or felt limiting about my current Galaxy.

I am not sure I see how a new executive really changes any of that..unless he is the schmuck that made the decision to get rid of SD cards and battery access.

If I was going to buy a Galaxy today it would be a S5....but chances are I wouldn't buy a Galaxy. I would probably pick a LG or a HTC if I was buying something today.
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News Comments > Winter Sale
30. Re: Winter Sale Dec 3, 2015, 10:42 Jivaro
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 17:00:
Jivaro wrote on Dec 2, 2015, 14:46:
So far all I picked up was Outlaws and Shadow Warrior 2013. 2.39 for Outlaws is great and 3.99 for Shadow Warrior is worth it.

You know what made these games great in a GOG way? When there wasn't anything else to play. There were years you'd only get a small handful of games you'd want and like, that is where length mattered. Outlaws is great if there wasn't anything else good out there now. In my world, there is more good out there than time. Would I rather play a newer game like Hand of Fate? or AAA? AA? or Indy? All these games, to me today are better than Outlaws all things considered.

See..I agree that there is more good games than time, I disagree on where Outlaws (and other games like it) fits into that though. It's a subjective thing though. It sounds like I spend much more of my gaming time on older games than you do. I have a backlog too, but only because of my gaming habits. I play my older games over again frequently, I just finished HoMM 3 again for example. I play sports games on my console throughout the accompanying sports season, so right now I am setting aside time for Madden and NBA2K. I play a MMO, which everyone knows eats time. When I buy a game like Skyrim, which Steam says I have put over 600 hours into, anything I buy during that time is going to inevitably go in the backlog. I own Witcher 3 and haven't even gotten to it yet. The result is that I don't buy a lot of new games anymore. Even when I do, I am only happy with them about 33% of the time. So many of them are just soulless despite their technological superiority. I could have not bought Fallout 4 or Battlefront and the only thing that would be different is that I wouldn't be as disappointed as I am in both titles. As for today's indy development...I have played very few truly indy games that I connected with. I have tried, but there just hasn't been much that impressed or entertained me.

Now, I could bitch about how the industry is horrible today or that the mainstream has ruined gaming or blah blah blah....or I could just recognize that everything changes and if I liked the older games more than the newer games maybe that's what I should be spending my time on. So that's what I do. Turns out I am a happier gamer that way.
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News Comments > Winter Sale
19. Re: Winter Sale Dec 2, 2015, 14:46 Jivaro
So far all I picked up was Outlaws and Shadow Warrior 2013. 2.39 for Outlaws is great and 3.99 for Shadow Warrior is worth it. Everything else I either have the boxed copy of or I have it on Steam and this isn't the time of year where I can go spending money on things I already own....even if the GOG version is superior. It is tempting to get the Star Wars Blaster Bundle for example. I own all of those games in their original boxes but having them all setup to work with a modern OS with no effort is very tempting.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 30, 2015, 10:57 Jivaro
my bet is the day one patch fixes the FPS drop for the most part.  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Nov 24, 2015, 00:35 Jivaro
Kxmode wrote on Nov 24, 2015, 00:12:
nin wrote on Nov 23, 2015, 18:03:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 23, 2015, 17:57:
What's NSFW about "Happiest Fallout 4 Family"?
Based on the first minute, I'm guessing profanity...

I watched with the sound off

I had a marriage like that once.
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
3. Re: New GeForce Drivers Nov 20, 2015, 17:32 Jivaro
More stable than the last release. Been using them all day with Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Battlefront. If you didn't have any trouble with the last release I would definitely wait a week or so and let everyone else beta test them for you though. I think that is a good thing to do just in general. I only updated because the last set of drivers were not working so well for me and I decided to give these a chance before rolling back a couple versions.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 20, 2015, 17:24 Jivaro
Do any of the PS4 owners here use Playstation Vue? I thought about giving it a shot but paying 50 bucks a month for 50 channels seems a bit steep, even if it works on non-Sony devices like Kindle Fire and iPad.  
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News Comments > Afro Samurai 2 Refunds; Additional Volumes Cancelled
2. Re: Afro Samurai 2 Refunds; Additional Volumes Cancelled Nov 20, 2015, 17:19 Jivaro
"Redacted Studios" seems like such an appropriate name...  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 20, 2015, 11:45 Jivaro
Ecthelion wrote on Nov 20, 2015, 11:08:
The Wii U has some really great games, as long as you like Nintendo's games..

While it's true that the best reason to get a Wii U is the Nintendo owned franchises the priority game for me to buy in the event I do get a Wii U is Bayonetta 2...which isn't a Nintendo franchise. Loved the first one on PS3.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2015, 10:53 Jivaro
I don't complain about "too much" to watch because sooner or later there will be a drought. When that happens I can just go back and catch up on some of the things I am skipping due to a lack of time. If the drought takes long enough, maybe I will even raise my standards, but I wouldn't count on it. I have had pretty low standards for over 40 years, I don't see that changing much.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 20, 2015, 10:44 Jivaro
Verno wrote on Nov 20, 2015, 10:19:
I don't think we need a second console in the house anymore so I'll probably be skipping the Xbox One entirely this gen. Between Steam, the girlfriends Wii U and the PS4 we're more than covered.

Same. We haven't moved from Wii to Wii U yet though. We were waiting to see if the grandkids starting asking for it, which they haven't yet. They want to play on our smartphones and tablets instead.

I guess that means I have to buy a Wii U for me....darn...
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 19, 2015, 18:14 Jivaro
Yeah, those are good points Descender. I me the SteamOS and Steam boxes are something I will be looking at when this current console generation is long in the tooth. I could see putting a Steam Link in my living room in the meantime though.  
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Released
12. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Released Nov 17, 2015, 11:30 Jivaro
Even with my blind fanboy enthusiasm it isn't hard to see the faults in this game. It's Star Wars game so it will print it's own money but outside of the graphics and presentation this is a major letdown.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that if a Fallout game and a Star Wars game were released in the same week, I would end up not just playing but preferring the Fallout game. Seriously, I am the poster child of a stereotypical over-the-top Star Wars fanboy. The only positive thing that has come out of my Battlefront purchase is that I will most likely start working on a Star Wars mod for Fallout 4.
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News Comments > Fallen Enchantress Ultimate Edition Released
5. Re: Fallen Enchantress Ultimate Edition Released Nov 17, 2015, 03:30 Jivaro
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Nov 16, 2015, 22:43:
Pretty sure you get all the new stuff for free if you already own another edition. It says so right in the quote up there. I'll quote it again for your convenience:
If you already own these titles, you donít have to purchase the Ultimate Edition to enjoy all of these new features - we have added them into the existing versions of the game.Ē

Those new features yes, but the Ultimate Edition includes the DLC as well. I don't have an option to buy just the DLC at anything other than full price. My point is that if new players get to enjoy a discount on buying the all-in-one package, shouldn't existing customers get a discount on the DLC or whatever else they need to buy to fill out the collection? Seems fairly reasonable to me. To me, this kind of exemplifies why many people just wait for the Game of the Year edition or whatever for a lot of games. There just isn't any incentive to buy a game until all of it has been released.

It obviously isn't world ending stuff and in this particular case it isn't even a lot of money in difference, but I just don't understand a business practice that doesn't reward customer loyalty. Including the new features for free isn't a reward, that's called patching your customers game client so they all have the same base version of the game.

Maybe it's a Steam thing. If a collection of stuff goes on sale at GOG and I own parts of it, the parts I own are removed from the purchase price so I don't pay twice and I still get the deal on the rest. I don't really see that happening over on Steam.
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