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News Comments > Yet Another New Steam Record
4. Re: Yet Another New Steam Record Nov 2, 2015, 12:38 jacobvandy
 
It's not click bait if you can read the whole story without clicking... You only clicked because you had to open your mouth.  
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News Comments > Another New Steam User Record
22. Re: Another New Steam User Record Nov 1, 2015, 20:35 jacobvandy
 
Does anyone know if Valve has mentioned lately what their active account number has reached? They went from 75 million in January 2014 to 100 million the following September to 125 million in February of this year... If that kind of growth has even kept steady (more likely to have increased pace, IMO), we'd be at least 150 million by now. This jump in concurrent logins could just be a coincidental blip in the bigger picture of that keeping up with how big the overall user base is becoming.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 1, 2015, 13:47 jacobvandy
 
We're into the single digits people! 9 more days...  
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News Comments > Amazon's Black Ops III Midnight Deliveries
5. Re: Amazon's Black Ops III Midnight Deliveries Oct 31, 2015, 20:47 jacobvandy
 
Are these delivered by drone? What kind of killstreak do you need to call them in?  
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News Comments > Valve's VSync Experiments
14. Re: Valve's VSync Experiments Oct 31, 2015, 13:08 jacobvandy
 
Sorry (not sorry), but you have no experience with skilled FPS gameplay if you've never felt input lag from Vsync... Or maybe the one FPS game you've ever played happened to handle it better, because some of them do. Somewhat ironically in the face of this news from Valve, I've felt their Source engine games are fine with Vsync on.

It's not limited to that genre, though, I've kept Vsync off in RTS games or anything else where mouse precision is a factor because of this problem. I don't like the cursor being sluggish.

This comment was edited on Oct 31, 2015, 13:13.
 
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News Comments > Steam Security Tips
8. Re: Steam Security Tips Oct 30, 2015, 20:25 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, seriously... Most places where you use a credit card are gonna want your phone number anyway, it's not a big deal. If you're worried about telemarketers annoying you (very doubtful when we're talking about Steam, but whatever), this isn't the old days, you can silence a ringer or block numbers with a couple of swipes.  
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 & Pre-Sequel Patch Plans
5. Re: Borderlands 2 & Pre-Sequel Patch Plans Oct 29, 2015, 14:14 jacobvandy
 
Well, a big problem with the perception of crappy loot in these games is that they don't explain that killing bosses (or some other unique enemies) is the way to get your legendaries. They're all assigned a certain item or a pool of items, and the chance for them to drop one is so high that you're usually going to get 1 or 2 oranges after killing them only a handful of times. Then you have the raid bosses, which I believe are guaranteed to drop at least one legendary every time...

Finding legendaries as random loot from garden variety enemies and chests is more of an occasional supplement to that than the primary way in which you're supposed to get them. They can't buff it so high as to consistently reward you with the best loot in the game for doing the most mundane crap, because that undermines the existence of the more challenging content.

It's a pretty moot point by now anyway, not only because these games are getting on in years, but with all the DLC releases adding new currencies and vendors that sell the best stuff in the game, legendaries aren't that big of a deal anymore.
 
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News Comments > Old Arkham Knight Reviews Flagged as "Pre-Release"
16. Re: Old Arkham Knight Reviews Flagged as Oct 28, 2015, 22:18 jacobvandy
 
Yep, I'm also seeing the proper release date and an absence of the aforementioned review labels.  
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News Comments > DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games
15. Re: DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games Oct 28, 2015, 13:38 jacobvandy
 
Meh, if you read the fine print, or even the summary from the EFF website, you'll find that the Librarian of Congress (whoever the hell that is) ruled in all his/her wisdom that this doesn't apply to retired MMOs or games which are still playable in offline modes. So no resurrecting Star Wars Galaxies, and no creating your own servers for games like Battlefield 1942 or BF2, which are still playable with bots or via LAN.

So still a step in the right direction, I guess, but not nearly the victory the EFF was hoping for. Their primary intent with the video games petition was specifically to reserve the right for people to restore their own online services to games where multiplayer components have been disabled by the developer/publisher, and that was denied.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Preload Plans
1. Re: Fallout 4 Preload Plans Oct 26, 2015, 19:10 jacobvandy
 
Having to wait an extra 12-15 hours to play is the worst part of buying physical...  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 25, 2015, 14:10 jacobvandy
 
The CS:GO playerbase exploded in the past 18 months (concurrent players are 3-4x what they were June '14), so what you're seeing is likely the great increase in the exponential effect of word of mouth. Popular games get more popular, and I would guess that a decent chunk of these people buying it are brand new Steam users, too. It's been many years since the platform was just a few million Valve fans who all own CS...  
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News Comments > Day of the Tentacle Remake Plans
4. Re: Day of the Tentacle Remake Plans Oct 23, 2015, 23:45 jacobvandy
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 23:08:
It doesn't matter what they call it. It'll just be "Double Fine fucks over their customers part IV."

Pretty much this. Schafer and co. proved quickly that they are now entirely undeserving of the old-school gamer cred Double Fine was built upon... I'm not going anywhere near anything else they ever do.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Launches
15. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Launches Oct 23, 2015, 13:11 jacobvandy
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 13:00:
Gaming Law:
If you buy early, expect to pay more. If you wait, expect to pay less.

That said, there are still ways companies can do things that don't pass the smell test, this could be one. We get the $ value, but there is still things that can happen that aren't quite right. Perhaps that happened here.

What kills me on going back to mmo's after a long time off them... I feel lost and helplessly behind even in a sideways progression game like GW2. Because there are always secrets(tm).

The solution is to play by yourself, that way you aren't comparing anything to anyone else. Thankfully, the vast majority of stuff to do in GW2 can be done solo.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Luck Video
15. Re: Fallout 4 Luck Video Oct 21, 2015, 19:18 jacobvandy
 
The Pyro wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 18:05:
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 16:04:
I still can't get over the system requirements on the AMD side of things. I fully expect to see either a giant nVidia logo or 'Fuck you, AMD' splash on the loading screen before the menu.

The system requirements look steep. Recommended processor is a Core i7 4790? That's basically the fastest consumer processor on the market now, right?

I want to try the game but I'm afraid I'll need a new PC to enjoy it properly. I've been squeaking by for too long...

Not quite, and it's been made completely obsolete by the new 6th Gen i7 chip that just came out. Recommended means for the best experience, though, so it'll run fine on less. With that said, considering they finally made the move to native 64-bit (one of the good things that trickle down from the new generation of consoles), a good CPU will hopefully boost performance significantly.
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Microtransaction Tweak
13. Re: PAYDAY 2 Microtransaction Tweak Oct 21, 2015, 16:37 jacobvandy
 
Razumen wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 16:01:
It's just a fun game, honestly these micro-transactions are BS, but the DLC was fine, the new guns weren't more powerful than the rest, just unique, and they had regular sales at 75% off or more.

You make it sound like they're constantly doing dick moves.

Selling you a DLC pack of weapon mods, then making you grind missions endlessly to *maybe* unlock the mod you want isn't a dick move? They did that repeatedly, but now the way they've done microtransactions (which, btw, they had promised before they'd NEVER HAVE) is a big enough dick move to count for about 50 instances of that sort of thing. They nerfed weapons and put stats to improve those weapons back to where they were before on the skins you can *maybe* get out of the pay-to-open safes...

And you're just plain wrong about all weapons being equal. Maybe a year or two ago with the first couple of weapon packs that was still true, but ask any veteran player and they'll tell you the power creep is real. Though now I'm also hearing that weapon balance in general is completely out of whack with this latest update. Some that weren't fucked to rely on paid stat increases in order to remain viable are now stupidly overpowered, so when you get your pay-to-win stat increase they're even more so.

It's a joke, dude, check how many people with hundreds or even 1,000+ hours played have been calling them out on their shit through negative Steam reviews, since they're being censored on the forums and community group. My opinion is that they were already on thin ice with the way they handled monetization before, but now it's devolved into a complete piece of overpriced garbage that I wouldn't recommend to anyone, regardless of it being a decently fun game at one point.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2015, 16:07 jacobvandy
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 15:22:
This last season they had an episode where they tried to legitimize incest. Without a joke. For real.

I don't recall the exact episode, but the show in general has a lot of dry satire... You probably just missed the joke.
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Microtransaction Tweak
10. Re: PAYDAY 2 Microtransaction Tweak Oct 21, 2015, 14:53 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, it was fun to play in a group now and then, but it is way too repetitive. I remember finally reaching a high enough level to max out the stealth tree so I could solo one or two of the easy robberies to make a bunch of money... But after doing that maybe a couple dozen times, I thought, why the fuck am I doing this?

They release new guns every couple months and then keep raising the difficulty of high-end content, too, so you are almost coerced into continuing to buy the new guns because they're more powerful and/or offer unique utility. I frankly wasn't surprised to hear they added gambler's microtransactions on top of all that, but it's the last straw for me, I won't be supporting these guys anymore.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Luck Video
4. Re: Fallout 4 Luck Video Oct 21, 2015, 14:43 jacobvandy
 
jimnms wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 13:14:
I'd rather see some gameplay footage first. I'm not impressed with what little they've shown so far.

They're purposely not showing much to avoid spoilage, which I like. However, they've showed and told PLENTY about the game in terms of changes and additions since E3, not the least of which being the overhauled leveling system detailed in these videos and the one demonstrating the in-game perk tree. You've got the greatly expanded crafting system, the custom-built settlements, improved gunplay... What more do you need to know? If you didn't like FO3 or New Vegas, then you're not suddenly going to like FO4, regardless. The core game is the same.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Oct 20, 2015, 21:48 jacobvandy
 
The current 20% voucher should stack with that GTA V sale to make it $32 instead of $40. That is, if anyone around here has still been holding out.  
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News Comments > EA Account Details Leaked
4. Re: EA Account Details Leaked Oct 16, 2015, 20:59 jacobvandy
 
I'd never seen this site before, which was linked in the article. Apparently you type in an email/username and it searches a bunch of text dumps from these breaches to see if you're among them. I don't know how reliable it is, or trustworthy in and of itself, but if you're curious and wanna give it a shot:

https://haveibeenpwned.com/
 
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