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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > Clockwork Empires Released
3. Re: Clockwork Empires Released Oct 27, 2016, 12:45 jacobvandy
 
There was a crapton of post-release support for Dungeons of Dredmor, so I wouldn't be too concerned that they're just going to desert this one now that it's out of EA. It's staying on my wishlist for now, but I look forward to checking it out eventually... Even from the previews you could tell it's chock full of Gaslamp's signature humor.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 26, 2016, 15:19 jacobvandy
 
They're also doing a Windows 10 VR headset, which is not HoloLens.  
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News Comments > Turtle Rock Evolves Past Evolve
13. Re: Turtle Rock Evolves Past Evolve Oct 26, 2016, 14:56 jacobvandy
 
nin wrote on Oct 26, 2016, 09:08:
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 26, 2016, 09:02:
I am sure they are absolutely devastated by this.

So I thought the whole reason they left Valve was to have their own IP? Did they sell Evolve to 2k? Or did 2K own it to begin with?


Evolve was the last idea that THQ invested in, they owned it, and then 2K picked it up at their bankruptcy auction. Turtle Rock's ambition to make AAA games with a very small core team apparently outweighs their desire to own their IPs; they give that up for the publisher support of money and additional devs.

They're supposedly working on something new, though, and will probably release on Steam EA, so it could be they're going the indie route now.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
6. Re: Morning Patches Oct 25, 2016, 22:41 jacobvandy
 
I reinstalled this and will be checking out the changes as soon as I can pull myself away from Civ. I really like the idea of making the open world uniformly more difficult so that it's still rewarding to roam at the end game, and if they're truly making it less of a slog to kill enemies, my interest is rekindled. I may even pick up some DLC if I like how it goes...  
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News Comments > Bethesda Holding Back Review Copies
8. Re: Bethesda Holding Back Review Copies Oct 25, 2016, 22:35 jacobvandy
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 21:12:
"big media" reviews will mean even less now, youtube and twitch to the rescue.

Yep, this very much puts big media reviewers on more even footing with amateurs or smaller sites that don't get early copies. We may have to wait longer to see what's what, but now the hype isn't totally controlled by what those big media outlets say.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Special Edition Preloads
3. Re: Skyrim Special Edition Preloads Oct 25, 2016, 22:29 jacobvandy
 
nin wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 21:19:
Looks wonderful, from what I've seen. Hope performance doesn't suffer...


Considering we've had like four generations of new video cards come out since 11/11/11, I'm not sure it'll make much difference even if it does.
 
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News Comments > Turtle Rock Evolves Past Evolve
2. Re: Turtle Rock Evolves Past Evolve Oct 25, 2016, 22:20 jacobvandy
 
I remember so many gaming journos heralding the re-launch of this game a huge success because of the surge of players it saw this summer... They're completely oblivious to the fact that this happens with almost every F2P game, albeit often to a lesser degree because most don't have the exposure something published by 2K Games gets. Loads of people try it out because it doesn't cost anything, but you really have to wait and see if it actually retains any players. This one simply didn't: http://steamcharts.com/app/273350#6m

So the game is dead. They're already back down to the average daily players the buy-to-play version had a year ago. 2K may try to revive the brand with a sequel or reboot at some point, but it's pretty clear that Turtle Rock is being let go now because the 'Stage 2' was a big fat flop.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 25, 2016, 17:14 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 14:26:
If you think Trump will stack the court with consumer-friendly justices either candidate will do anything in favor of the average citizen, I have a bridge to sell you.

Fixed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2016, 01:31 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 21:48:
PHJF wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 16:56:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 14:45:
PHJF wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 14:18:

Rule 34 for Overwatch in full effect.

Blizzard knew EXACTLY what they were doing when they designed their female characters.

Really?

Those two characters were designed specifically in response to women complaining about the sexualization of existing characters.

So these were the last characters added to Overwatch last? Links?

Doesn't matter, man... There are plenty of people who love Mei more than the others, and I'm sure muscles has her fans, too. And I don't mean platonically.
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released
16. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released Oct 21, 2016, 14:54 jacobvandy
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 13:17:
How's the religion spam in this?

It was horrible in the last one.

Religion is a victory type now, if you convert all other civs to be predominantly yours, you win. It is pretty neat that your missionaries/apostles/prophets will fight other ones, though! So you can protect yourself that way.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Free Update 4
16. Re: DOOM Free Update 4 Oct 20, 2016, 20:27 jacobvandy
 
If you play DOOM for the story, I'm not surprised you were disappointed, lol...  
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News Comments > Nintendo Switch Announced
43. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 20:25 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 17:49:
I'd definitely prefer to have an external storage slot available. My problem is requiring the cartridge to play the game.

The 3DS uses cartridges, but just about everything released for it can also be purchased digitally. You store anything downloaded like that on a micro SD card because there is very limited internal storage. However, if you buy a digital game, it's tied to your account and is only playable on your system. Cartridges allow you to share games or re-sell them if you want.

I expect they'll go a similar route for this system, i.e. the user expands his storage as needed, because then they're saving money by not including tons of space that won't be used by people who don't shop digital except for maybe a Virtual Console title here and there.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Statement
5. Re: SAG-AFTRA Statement Oct 20, 2016, 19:58 jacobvandy
 
In this industry, which frequently uses performers and understands the intermittent and unpredictable nature of this type of work, fair compensation includes secondary payments when games hit a certain level of success with consumers, not simply higher upfront wages. Secondary compensation is what allows professional performers to feed their families in between jobs.

I don't understand this... What's the difference between being paid more upfront and being paid more later as a bonus if the game is successful? Wouldn't the former be preferable in any case? It's like the union trying to protect these actors from mishandling their money by getting them more, smaller checks or something... They speak as if higher upfront fees have been offered and refused, too, which is even more baffling.

Edit: If it is royalties in perpetuity they're after, I gotta agree that that just makes them sound greedy. Voice actors can contribute a lot to games, but it's not like a movie where their performance really makes or breaks the final product. You say your lines and you get paid for your time spent in the studio doing so, more or less depending on how good you are. That should be it.

This comment was edited on Oct 20, 2016, 20:04.
 
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News Comments > Nintendo Switch Announced
14. Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 13:43 jacobvandy
 
I dunno, this tech geek thinks it looks pretty fucking sweet. I'm wondering about backwards compatibility, though... Video shows loading a cartridge into the tablet, but I'm really hoping the base station takes Wii(-U) discs.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Oct 19, 2016, 20:51 jacobvandy
 
Headline reads like it's outrageous, but it's really not that bad. They even mention prices for renting BF4 servers from third parties can be double or even triple that. What I'm curious about, though, is why renting a PC server costs 50% more than a console server. Do not all platforms have the same player limit of 64?  
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Trailer
2. Re: Titanfall 2 Trailer Oct 19, 2016, 20:36 jacobvandy
 
Yeah looks like it could be fun (it's a proper SP campaign this time, right?), but those graphics are total Call-of-Duty-style last generation. Why you need a 1080 to run that at 4k is beyond me...  
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News Comments > Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling
19. Re: Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling Oct 18, 2016, 21:22 jacobvandy
 
ViRGE wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 19:16:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 15:12:
You're aware they sent C&D's to dozens of gambling sites months ago, right? They also terminated accounts associated with them for breach of ToS. As is explained in the letter through the link, the problem faced here is that such sites and connected facilitator accounts crop up faster than they can identify and weed them out... They're already doing what you say they should, which is a lot more than they are legally obligated to, so what more would you ask of them? Do you really think they should restrict core Steam services that are used by thousands of other games?
I'm aware. Valve is still being reactionary though, and trying to avoid doing as much work as possible. It's like that slacker kid in high school we all knew, who only put in just enough effort to get his C and graduate.

Lol, that's just called working smart... I wish I were wise enough at that age to know high school grades don't mean jack shit in the real world.

Anyway, Valve wouldn't have built the empire they have as a private entity with only a few hundred employees in two locations if they were wasting time and money not only envisioning every possible misuse of their service, but proactively implementing safeguards to prevent them.

Skin gambling wasn't an issue until the controversies arose, bringing awareness to the practice and how some forms of it were less than kosher. It was then that Valve reacted to it, but that's not enough for you? It's really not their responsibility to ensure that people using in-game items as currency doesn't happen, and they certainly are not running any of these so-called casinos themselves, so why exactly are they to blame for it existing?
 
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News Comments > Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling
16. Re: Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling Oct 18, 2016, 15:12 jacobvandy
 
ViRGE wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 13:01:
Acleacius wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 12:52:
Don't get it, what specifically is/can Valve do?
The short answer is the same thing other companies running bona fide MMOs already do. Run statistical analysis that graphs out transactions. Look for and investigate nodes that have an unusually high volume of trades. Place limits on transactions so that the system can't be abused.

At the end of the day all of this is about RMT. So you tackle it as an RMT problem, just replace [game currency] with skins. I don't think anyone is expecting Valve to perfectly stop all shenanigans; just that they continually try to stop it, and make an honest effort of it.

The cost of operating a successful market is that you have to be vigilant about how it's used.

You're aware they sent C&D's to dozens of gambling sites months ago, right? They also terminated accounts associated with them for breach of ToS. As is explained in the letter through the link, the problem faced here is that such sites and connected facilitator accounts crop up faster than they can identify and weed them out... They're already doing what you say they should, which is a lot more than they are legally obligated to, so what more would you ask of them? Do you really think they should restrict core Steam services that are used by thousands of other games?
 
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News Comments > More Red Dead Redemption Teasing?
23. Re: More Red Dead Redemption Teasing? Oct 17, 2016, 16:58 jacobvandy
 
nin wrote on Oct 17, 2016, 16:57:
Lorcin wrote on Oct 17, 2016, 16:47:
...silhouettes of several cowboys...

Did you just assume their gender????

Serious question, no joke: What's the non gender term? CowPeople? Cowhumans? Maybe Cowhands?


Cowpolk.
 
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News Comments > David Brevik Assisting New "Diablo-Like" Game
4. Re: David Brevik Assisting New Oct 17, 2016, 16:54 jacobvandy
 
Looks like DiabloII.net is run by people just as stupid as all those on Twitter blindly jumping on the hype train to nowhere. Just because he called the genre Diablo-like instead of simply ARPG does not mean he's back at Blizzard working on that IP.

Anyway, it takes about two minutes to find what he said earlier this year upon leaving the company where he made Marvel Heroes: "As for what’s next, I am going to go indie." Blizzard is not fucking indie, lol.
 
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