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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 25, 2017, 13:11 jacobvandy
I thought they only had single seasons of HBO shows on Prime Video anyway, to get you to subscribe once you're hooked?  
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Apr 23, 2017, 21:30 jacobvandy
They weren't even trying to make a whole game, just import the RDR map into the GTA V engine. It's been done with almost every other GTA game by now and they get away with it because they don't provide any of the actual game files, just a tool that pulls from copies of the games you provide. It almost makes you wonder why they're being especially protective of RDR...  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Flow Video
3. Re: NVIDIA Flow Video Apr 23, 2017, 15:31 jacobvandy
Stuff like this stems directly from the acquisition of PhysX and continuing R&D in that field. They don't use the branding much anymore because these days NVIDIA *is* PhysX.

Anyway, it took only a year and a half between them showcasing what is essentially the latest iteration of PhysX, NVIDIA Flex, and its first usage in Killing Floor 2 as hardware-accelerated blood and guts which run perfectly fine with the highest detail on my 970. It's not quite what they show in the tech demo (fluids have to be pretty thick and goopy to not kill performance), but implementation improves over time as hardware and software efficiency does. I'd imagine something like more realistic fire and smoke would be even easier to implement quickly if you leave out the physical interaction.
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News Comments > GTA Online Duke O'Death
9. Re: GTA Online Duke O'Death Apr 20, 2017, 03:09 jacobvandy
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 19, 2017, 22:53:
Did you guys not click the link?

Murder Mystery
As Michael, follow a trail of cryptic clues to unravel a grisly murder mystery. Put the clues together and you'll unlock two Noir Style Filters, which will give your Story Mode gameplay and Snapmatic photos the feel of a gritty old school crime classic.

That's very old content, from when the game was re-released for the newer consoles. The linked Rockstar article mentioning it is from October 2014! Point of this new news is that everyone is getting access to things listed there, rather than just those who had played on PS3/360 and linked accounts with next-gen versions.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Apr 17, 2017, 23:20 jacobvandy
Tencent is the Chinese conglomerate that owns League of Legends, some major mobile games, etc. They already have more users than Steam on their own gaming platform, but I don't think that translates to being able to have as much pull in western markets...  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Apr 15, 2017, 00:37 jacobvandy
DangerDog wrote on Apr 14, 2017, 23:26:
How do you develop empathy for any of the characters when they're so unlikable. At this point I think you would get a bigger emotional reaction out of audience if you blew up the millennium falcon.

What do you mean? Or who, I guess is the better question. I know loads of people on the spectrum from little kids seeing Star Wars the first time to my middle-aged mom who saw the original in theatres love Rey as the protagonist.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 14, 2017, 19:28 jacobvandy
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 14, 2017, 17:33:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 14, 2017, 16:51:
Haha, that's fair. On the bright side though, and this is something all these news articles are glossing over... The press release specifically states that this will be the last shipment of NES Classics "for this year." That's not a phrase you include if your intent is to communicate the permanent discontinuation of a product. In fact they don't use the term 'discontinue' at all, only the journos are.
And how would you spin the following statement;
Nintendo said “NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans.” The company has no plans to produce more NES Classic systems for North America.

If there's a bright side Nintendo does not know about it.

Aside from the "no plans" part being what IGN wrote, not included in the quote... How many times have you heard a PR person say that a company has "no plans" to do something, and then it happens anyway?

Every single time a new GTA comes out, "Rockstar has no plans to release a PC version."

In 2010, Microsoft said "We've no plans for another Xbox. You'll continue to see us bring amazing new experiences to the console, without you having to buy a brand new console."

Hell, Nintendo themselves are always on about having "no plans" for a revision of their handheld, then a year later the DS Lite comes out, or the New 3DS.

Do you mean to tell me that you don't get that "no plans" just means "we're not talking about it right now?"
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 14, 2017, 16:51 jacobvandy
Haha, that's fair. On the bright side though, and this is something all these news articles are glossing over... The press release specifically states that this will be the last shipment of NES Classics "for this year." That's not a phrase you include if your intent is to communicate the permanent discontinuation of a product. In fact they don't use the term 'discontinue' at all, only the journos are.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 14, 2017, 11:33 jacobvandy
About 6 months or so. Whether they planned it to be that short or not, they're focused on the Switch now. Someone had the brilliant idea to release a cart for that with those 30 games on it... even at $60 that'd be a lot cheaper than how they sell them individually on Virtual Console. Maybe it'd be worth it if they can pair it with some NES-styled accessories.  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Apr 12, 2017, 15:24 jacobvandy
"Beating," really? Rodney King just rolled over in his grave...

I have sympathy for people who get fucked over by airlines, I've been there myself. But I have very little for a stubborn old man that defies not only the airline authorities, but also police officers on-scene to the point of needing to be dragged away kicking and screaming like a fucking toddler. The way he wanders back onto the plane afterward and trots down the aisle babbling incessantly completes the picture of oblivious petulance.

Like it or not, when you fly you are at the mercy of the airline. You can either cooperate with the way they run things like a civilized human being or you can choose another mode of transport. Declining to volunteer to give up your seat is fine, everyone did that. But when push comes to shove (no pun intended), the three others chosen to leave did so without incident.

This man, on the other hand, decided to cause a disruption for everyone else involved. Then when the police got involved he defied them, too. I'm as concerned about excessive use of force as the next guy, but I was raised to respect officers and comply when they tell you to do something. It's one thing to protest what a flight attendant says, but if the cops show up you should realize that shit just got real and change your tune. At that point you're a trespasser, it's been decided you need to leave and continuing to refuse just makes it worse. Be a man and walk out of there on your own two legs.

Edit: Damn it, CJ. I knew I took too long typing...
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News Comments > KOTOR Reboot & New BioWare IP Rumors
14. Re: KOTOR Reboot & New BioWare IP Rumor Apr 11, 2017, 14:19 jacobvandy
007Bistromath wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 13:55:
"Rumors of new KOTOR..."

[my face lights up]

"...reboot with co-op."

[I am swallowing vomit]

A lot of poor reading comprehension in here today... Settle your tum-tum, the KOTOR reboot is a SEPARATE PROJECT than the new sci-fi IP described as Destiny-style semi-MMO with co-op.

Though it does make you wonder why BioWare wants to juggle at least three different sci-fi IPs. What's gonna distinguish this new one from Mass Effect and Star Wars?
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News Comments > Minecraft Adding Real-Money Marketplace
7. Re: Minecraft Adding Real-Money Marketplace Apr 10, 2017, 12:23 jacobvandy
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 10:42:
Soooooo what does this mean to us folk who use things like DireWolf20 and Sphax PureBDCraft texture packs?

Well, they only list Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition, which have nothing to do with the core PC (Java) version. So carry on.

Blackhawk wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 11:54:
What an odd decision. Minecraft is well past its prime, and is a game which is already played almost entirely with free mods and skins.

There just doesn't seem to be a market here.

Wildly inaccurate. Not only is it still growing, but it's doing so faster than ever before. They reached the 100M milestone last June, then in February it was 122M. In that same time they went from 40M monthly active players to 55M.

Consider that it took 5 1/2-ish years for that first 100M, then only 9 months for the next 22M... If Minecraft isn't in its prime now, then it hasn't even reached it yet.

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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Monthly Updates Planned; New Expansion Details
12. Re: Battlefield 1 Monthly Updates Planned; New Expansion Details Apr 9, 2017, 04:01 jacobvandy
OldDirtyEwok wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 23:24:
DangerDog wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 23:16:
Player population is pretty low on PC, only way I'd play on console is with mouse and keyboard support.

What the hell are you talking about, 35000 is low?? some games I play on PC barely have 1000 people.

Seriously... May not be mega-popular, but 35k peak puts it up there with the Top 20 Steam games.
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News Comments > Terraria: Otherworld Developer Switch
13. Re: Terraria: Otherworld Developer Switch Apr 5, 2017, 20:56 jacobvandy
I applaud them for their dedication to quality control, but damn, I was hoping to play it this year... At this rate, we may see Terraria 2 release first!  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 5, 2017, 18:36 jacobvandy
Creston wrote on Apr 5, 2017, 12:53:
Why on earth would you pay money to livestream Thursday Night Football???? For those twelve Detroit Lions / Jacksonville Jaguars / Cleveland Browns fans who don't have TV?

I bet they said something similar about scheduling a game for Monday nights, however many years ago... Thursday may end up being the only game a growing number of people watch, simply because it's the one shown on Amazon Video. If they build an audience, the more popular teams will come.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 4, 2017, 20:55 jacobvandy
It's a load of over-hyped bullshit, so of course the Daily Mail is running with it... One guy posts a picture to Reddit (using highly accurate measurement tools, lol), a few others reply with "oh hey, now that you mention it, I think mine's warping, too, must be the heat!" and so now it's a fact that all Switch consoles are melting after a few dozen hours in the dock.

I don't know what that guy did for it to happen (assuming he's not a complete fuckwit who bent it purposely), but I've played easily over 200 hours docked so far and mine's fine. More likely there's some kind of manufacturing defect that wasn't caught by QA, so his was either warped to begin with or was made susceptible to being warped by normal use. I give him credit for the follow-up video he did, praising Nintendo for how their support staff has helped him and emphasizing that it's more than likely an isolated incident, but as always, there's no putting the genie back in the bottle.

Reporters ripping their headlines from Reddit have pulled the same shit over docks scratching screens or cracks forming in the casing, as if all 2 million+ systems have these issues. They don't. There would have to be thousands of reports to raise the possibility of it being an inherent design flaw, not mere dozens by a vocal minority of a minority.
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News Comments > Steam Discovery Changes Will "Fight Fake Games"
18. Re: Endless Space 2 Announced Apr 4, 2017, 14:12 jacobvandy
Bitterbug wrote on Apr 4, 2017, 11:19:
I wondered what the point of the obvious fake/troll games were. Stuff nobody in their right mind would even pay a dollar for. But then how do you get someone to buy the cards for something like that?

Cards lead to profile backgrounds and emotes when you craft the badges. All you have to do is come up with a popular emote, like bacon or cookie or heart (just a few examples I can think of), which will be in high demand on the Marketplace to the tune of several dollars, even $10+ for a single one. The price of the cards go up along with that, which leads to people actually buying the game just to get them if it ends up being cheaper that way. You don't even have to play it, just leave it running for a few hours to get the drops, which then prevents you from refunding it...

It's a whole big thing, lol. There have been many instances of a no-name indie becoming popular just because they were clever in their implementation of cards, so it's not surprising to see that used as a crutch to sell shovelware.
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News Comments > April Foolin' 2017
3. Re: April Foolin' 2017 Apr 1, 2017, 14:55 jacobvandy
Apparently 8-bit Bayonetta is pulling double duty, also teasing a legit PC port release:

Steam achievement icons appear to be fragments of the background image on that page.
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News Comments > Mad Catz Closed
9. Re: Mad Catz Closed Mar 31, 2017, 21:44 jacobvandy
Unfortunately it's not just third-party controllers they've done, for the past 15 years or so they've been there to fill niche hardware needs of various developers. Most notably it was Rock Band instruments, but they've done quality racing wheels in the past and also do those arcade-like 'fightpad' controllers for Capcom. It's a shame to see any gaming company who's been around for near 30 years go away.  
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News Comments > Has-Been Heroes Released
1. Re: Has-Been Heroes Released Mar 28, 2017, 19:56 jacobvandy
Played for about an hour so far, it's pretty unforgiving but still fun once you start to get the hang of it. I only watched the one older trailer before, and what wasn't really made apparent is the fact that the gameplay is real-time with pause, not turn-based.

Your attacks and spells have cooldowns that you have to wait through while the lines of enemies approach... You really don't want them to reach you, because while you can deflect an attack or two depending on the hero, after that you'll die very easily and if one hero goes down it's game over. So you always have to keep in mind how most efficiently to pick your targets, setting up combos and disabling problem mobs, or you'll be left vulnerable and unable to do anything but take some hits.

Anyone who'll get stressed out and panic under pressure will not enjoy this.
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