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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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News Comments > Steam Top 10
16. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 16, 2016, 20:52 jacobvandy
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 16, 2016, 20:19:
Well to start with the controls are horrid and it looks like something a bunch of high school kids made. Even the kids did not like it, they played it for 3 days and shelved it. I can't help people have such poor standards.

What about the controls? The only thing I can think of that would put people off is the advanced melee system, which I believe is enabled by default. Meaning you control the direction of your swings with mouse motion. If you don't have a firm grasp on that it can screw up the spin attack and such, like you'll end up aiming at the ground or sky and missing enemies. Other than that, I mean, I'm generally not a fan of double-tapping W to sprint, but since they have that ninja dash on Shift I can forgive it here.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
4. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 15, 2016, 15:14 jacobvandy
 
The appeal of the little machine coming out next month though is that you don't need a computer or anything, just a TV with HDMI. It will have save states, too. So even some of the small fraction of the Nintendo audience that pirates ROMs will be interested.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2016, 19:05 jacobvandy
 
BobBob wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 17:45:
Grr ..

So eBay has a 100% guarantee, but wait, stop ... not so fast. Seller sends me wrong item. I message seller. No response. I request return. Seller sends me a return label. Zero communication. No apology. Nothing.

I call eBay .. So basically, not only did I get the wrong item, in order to get my money back, I must get a new envelope, tape it up, drive to the post office (costing time and gas money) and then return it myself. Their suggestion is to leave the seller feedback. That's it? No credit for loss of money - gas and envelope - and inconvenience?

Never again ... Going to use Amazon or a direct online store -- with a solid customer service reputation -- in the future.

There are some things you have to go to eBay for, but in general, yeah... Amazon is really great with returns these days. All you have to do is put whatever is wrong or damaged back in the packaging it came in and UPS will pick it up for free. You don't even have to put a label on, they bring that with them.

Torch that seller's feedback rep and don't look back!
 
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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Trailer
7. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Trailer Oct 12, 2016, 23:23 jacobvandy
 
I'm pre-ordered and ready to go tomorrow morning! Wish there were a pre-load, but it doesn't look like it's gonna be too huge of a download... specs call for 14 gigs of space.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Season 8 Details
3. Re: Diablo III Season 8 Details Oct 12, 2016, 23:20 jacobvandy
 
It won't take you more than 20-30 hours total to complete the entire season journey if you know what you're doing... I started season 7 toying around with a Crusader hammer build and then started leveling a Wizard, but then I ended up getting distracted by other games and didn't come back until they announced it was ending. So I switched back to my old friend the DH and was up to T10 with all the Marauder's pieces I was finding in no time, literally like 6-8 hours after leveling to 70. Then I put together a UE set and was able to push GR75 solo and run through rifts fast enough to knock out that 4-minute T13 challenge with just a little luck in the mob types/density.

There is a bit of an advantage in already having a high-level character providing some materials, but if I'd just gone with DH to start with and gotten the UE set for free, that'd have saved me just as much time, I think. Anyway, really hoping for a major Diablo announcement from BlizzCon... I saw they're hyping the 20th anniversary of the franchise, so I imagine if they're prepping an expansion or sequel they'd capitalize on that timing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 8, 2016, 18:16 jacobvandy
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 8, 2016, 16:56:
Any idiot can put write any nonsense on the internet and someone will publish it. That story on the Centauri planet is absurd. A planet that revolves around a sun in 11 days will have an immense amount of radiation it is being subjected to. Secondly the planet is much larger than the earth, good luck trying to walk on it and even if you could, you could never go out in daylight or be fried from the radiation.

Even Mars is immensely more habitable than this joke of a planet.

What more could you expect from an article with 'shocking' as an adjective in the title?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Oct 2, 2016, 15:42 jacobvandy
 
I'm sorry, but no. The regular price of the special edition has always been $50, as the standard edition's has always been $40. They've had 90% discounts before, though, see here for the history: https://isthereanydeal.com/#/page:game/price?plain=shadowwarriorspecialedition

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 1, 2016, 23:36 jacobvandy
 
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2016, 22:57:
Bees added to US endangered species list for the first time

Well that is pretty terrifying.

It is a big problem and we need to be doing more about it, however "bees" in general aren't officially endangered yet. The article refers to seven species from Hawaii being the first to make the list, but there are thousands of types of bees across NA.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Stress Test
7. Re: Diablo III Stress Test Aug 26, 2016, 13:23 jacobvandy
 
Linksil wrote on Aug 26, 2016, 12:21:
I think the 2000% buff is in part just to stress the servers with extra drops.

I love beta testing and such, but with D3 it's not like it's new content. All you get out of this is hearing that Legendary noise over and over.

Yeah, I've played on the PTR briefly a couple times with this sort of buff enabled... It's fun for about 10 minutes, but if you play long enough to get used to a leg dropping from every other mob, it'll just make you get bored of the real game.
 
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