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News Comments > The Division Celebrates 20M Players
5. Re: The Division Celebrates 20M Players Mar 2, 2018, 01:42 jacobvandy
Yep, great atmosphere and solid shooting, but the loot and content were sorely lacking. I would check out a sequel if they learned from their mistakes, but I was done with this game ages ago.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Feb 28, 2018, 17:24 jacobvandy
The funny part is this game is by far one of the friendliest in terms of role-playing a god-fearing, lawful good type of character. All stealing is heavily discouraged (that includes looting the dead) and you can avoid violence almost all of the time if you're persuasive/learned/respected enough. If it does come to that, enemies often turn tail and run away or drop their weapons and surrender rather than die and you can do the same, so you really are not forced to kill... It even goes so far as to give you a dialogue choice whenever you have the opportunity to engage in drinking, brawling, lewd activities, or whatever, so any debauchery has to be explicitly opted into.

If that's still not good enough for people with such "moral objections," well, maybe stick to E-rated stuff.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2018, 12:57 jacobvandy
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 28, 2018, 11:26:
Yeah, the amazing thing is there are dozens (hundreds?) of sites around the country dealing with nuclear waste problems. Either from government weapon programs or just from nuclear power plants. It is amazing how little press it gets. I saw something recently about issues in Nevada where they did the underground testing.

It is a serious problem which doesn't seem to be and probably won't be getting any better any time soon. We probably should already have several Chernobyl like zones which have been permanently evacuated.

Journalism is dead. Ever wondered why giant industrial conglomerates with no products to sell to viewers still advertise their brand all over news networks? It's purely to keep their dirty laundry from being aired for all to see. It's a massive conflict of interest that should be illegal.
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News Comments > Defiance 2050 Announced
5. Re: Defiance 2050 Announced Feb 28, 2018, 12:48 jacobvandy
Nucas wrote on Feb 28, 2018, 11:15:
i always meant to give this a try but i was still really loving the secret world at the time.

i'm kind of surprised to hear the tie-in show was good; the last syfy channel video game production i remember watching was the red faction guerrilla tie in which was.. uh.. well, it was..

Probably because it was the other way around with this one, they had the original series and a tie-in game. Never watched the show but I am always interested in an MMO shooter, hopefully they can do better with this re-release.
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News Comments > H1Z1 Launches With New Auto Royale Mode
2. Re: H1Z1 Launches With New Auto Royale Mode Feb 28, 2018, 12:02 jacobvandy
Darks wrote on Feb 28, 2018, 10:42:
Another bullshit wannabe copy cat. The madness never ends!

This is a new mode for the battle royale game that released 6 months before PUBG... Madness is not doing a simple google search before you talk shit. I don't even like H1Z1, and they probably are borrowing features popularized by other games, but they do have some standing as being among the pioneers of this genre boom.
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News Comments > PC CHRONO TRIGGER Released
4. Re: PC CHRONO TRIGGER Released Feb 28, 2018, 00:14 jacobvandy
I'd rather play the original on my SNES Mini. Though I do wonder why this isn't on Switch... Even if it's less than stellar they'd be all over it there.  
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News Comments > Morning Previews
3. Re: Morning Previews Feb 26, 2018, 23:39 jacobvandy
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 26, 2018, 18:48:
Chromius wrote on Feb 26, 2018, 17:01:
Turn based 4x WH40k strategy game. Awesome, I love everything WH40k. I hope they take their time and release a well polished title. The Arpg WH40k title is looking good also. Now we need a Total War 40k game!

As much as I'd love a W40k game, there is ZERO way that GW will ever allow that nor that Total War format would be a good fit, given how TW games were always about 1 campaign map, and W40k really would need space travel.

Who says the campaign map can't have planets and space instead of continents and water?
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
2. Re: New GeForce Drivers Feb 26, 2018, 12:23 jacobvandy
If they specifically mention performance optimizations then it's usually true, however you might have to dig around to find out it's only on certain GPUs at certain settings or resolution, etc.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2018, 14:05 jacobvandy
I've heard good things about the Impossible Burger from serious meat-eater fatasses and successful restaurant proprietors alike... It seems to me Ars just went to a shitty burger joint.  
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games
26. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 23, 2018, 00:50 jacobvandy
School shootings are terrible, but the media circlejerks that follow are worse. Nothing's better for ratings and pointed polarization than when you can combine both fear-mongering AND the churning of an age-old wedge issue... And these days the rabble are all too eager to be roused.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Feb 22, 2018, 12:41 jacobvandy
I played the crap out of Hellgate when it came out. Though I don't think I ever finished it because I kept trying out new classes, and if I recall the farthest I ever got was limited by a nasty main quest bug. I still have the disc around somewhere, but I'd be concerned that trying to play it today in offline mode (if that's even possible, I forget) would be a bad idea since there'd be no way to get whatever patches they came out with.

Apparently the F2P reboot that came out of Korea a few years back bit the dust, too, but a fan revival project for the original looks to be coming along. You can sign up for the alpha version here:
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 21, 2018, 13:54 jacobvandy
Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2018, 13:12:
So which tiny subset of people making less than $50K is going to be helped by the massive $500 a month? People who have no income can't do jack shit with $500 a month. That's a rent check and a utilities bill. Boom, gone. Food? Fuck you, eat bark soup. But hey, if you make $44K with your six part time jobs that are going to be there for the taking, sweet, we found someone for whom $500 would help.

People will not be maintaining the same way they live now when this becomes necessary. Living alone will be a luxury, like when you went to college, gonna have to pool your $500 a month with 3-5 roommates and rent a crappy house.
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News Comments > Metal Gear Survive Details
6. Re: Metal Gear Survive Details Feb 18, 2018, 02:46 jacobvandy
Jivaro wrote on Feb 18, 2018, 00:54:
I am all about creative vision but I am not sure I see how that has anything to do with being able to change which keys I press to do what. That strikes me as just lazy rather than "but they won't feel the game like I want them too if they use Q and E to strafe instead of A and D!"

Obviously I don't know exactly what the case is here, but the point of what I was saying earlier is that sometimes the thought that that should be possible might not even enter their mind. When the PC crowd complained about bad KBM controls in Dark Souls, I guarantee you those devs were offended, like "why the fuck are they trying to use a keyboard, we made it for the controller!" (I would tend to agree, but that's neither here nor there.) KBM was an afterthought that wouldn't be supported at all if it wasn't a requirement for the platform, for which people begged and pleaded to get a port. If they don't want you using a keyboard at all, Q and E versus A and D is irrelevant, you're spitting in their face either way. Pouring ketchup all over the prime rib they prepared for you, since you know better than they do as to how it should taste.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2018, 00:45 jacobvandy
NamecaF wrote on Feb 17, 2018, 21:24:
It wasnt the crew starting the fights. It was a massive family of muslims looking for any excuse to pick fights with the other people enjoying a cruise. They were directly targeting Australians and picking fights for days before the security finally intervened.

I didn't say they started it, and it doesn't matter who did. Their job is to stop the fighting, not join in. They had 2-3 passengers on the ground wrestling with each other, but rather than use their superior collective strength to separate them, they had a handful of "security" taking turns getting their own punches and kicks in, while like 10 other staff stood around watching and keeping lookie-loos at bay (not to mention physically assaulting the camera guy several times). They're a bunch of incompetent thugs, and if that is who's supposed to be keeping the peace on that ship while you're stuck out at sea, you couldn't fucking pay me enough to take that trip.
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News Comments > Metal Gear Survive Details
3. Re: Metal Gear Survive Details Feb 17, 2018, 19:44 jacobvandy
Darks wrote on Feb 17, 2018, 15:12:
Game is an absolute Piece of shit! Lacks options, cant rebind half of the keyboard keys and you cant even turn off the fucking god damn music. Its infuriating that developers continually make the same assassin mistakes with games, its like they all go the asshole school of being dumb fucks.

For better or worse, the way a lot of Japanese developers operate is "This is the experience we are creating, you can either play it and enjoy it the way we intended... or don't." So if you don't like the music and want to turn it off, for example, you might just be out of luck because they specifically chose that music and want it to be heard.

It's not like in Western culture where "the customer is always right" and players expect to have some input so that things are tailored to their preferences, which is often how it goes because everything is about mass marketing and maximizing profit. In Japan it's about respect and reverence, trusting that the devs know what they're doing and what works best for their game.

It doesn't always turn out well, but I think it's great that some studios are not willing to compromise their creative vision. Since that's where innovation comes from, when somebody takes a chance that some people thought was an "infuriating piece of shit asshole dumb fuck" move, but then it works out great and spawns a whole new genre or whatever.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2018, 12:49 jacobvandy
I saw a few clips of that Carnival Cruise brawl yesterday... They might as well close up shop. Nobody wants to be stuck on a boat for days or weeks with a rent-a-cop crew so bored that they'll beat the shit out of you any chance they get. As if they weren't struggling already with the fact that the vast majority of people don't want to be stuck on a boat for days or weeks, period.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 16, 2018, 19:19 jacobvandy
Blue, right-clicking to view image in a new tab or whatever doesn't always work because often times what you're seeing in the search results has been resized. So even though it tells you the original is 720p or whatever, what Google gives you might be only like 300px wide. That's why the button that takes you straight to the original image was so handy.  
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News Comments > Fe Released
4. Re: Fe Released Feb 16, 2018, 18:47 jacobvandy
More style than substance, from what I've heard about it.  
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News Comments > Steam Wishlist Changes and Lunar New Year Sale
6. Re: Steam Wishlist Changes and Lunar New Year Sale Feb 16, 2018, 00:58 jacobvandy
I wouldn't mind some view options, like a more compact listing or even a grid kind of like how they do on the endlessly scrolling Store frontpage. I'm sure they're always looking for feedback on this stuff, as they plainly state that's where a lot of the changes they implemented today came from.  
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News Comments > Steam Wishlist Changes and Lunar New Year Sale
3. Re: Steam Wishlist Changes and Lunar New Year Sale Feb 15, 2018, 23:18 jacobvandy
Huh, zero benefit? The sorting and filters alone make it tons more useful if you have any more than a handful of titles on there. If you use the wish list to keep track of dozens or even hundreds of games you have even just a passing interest in, a sale happens and in a couple clicks you pare that down to only ones with at least a 75% discount. That's really fucking useful, if you ask me.  
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