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News Comments > Natural Selection 2 Celebrates Five Years with Patch, Skins, and Sale
1. Re: Natural Selection 2 Celebrates Five Years with Patch, Skins, and Sale Oct 28, 2017, 12:24 jacobvandy
C'mon, integrate NS2 Combat already! It's been three years...  
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News Comments > Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2
14. Re: Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2 Oct 25, 2017, 15:56 jacobvandy
KTR wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 14:50:

Apparently these fugboys used hacks during the beta.

Bungie waited for them to buy the game so they can be given a permanent ban.

4D chess, GGWP.

Pwned, thanks for the follow-up. Internet bullshit, indeed!
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News Comments > Destiny 2 for Windows Released
10. Re: Destiny 2 for Windows Released Oct 25, 2017, 00:55 jacobvandy
Hell yeah, I just spent a few hours roaming around the first open area. First thing I did after the prologue (for the fifth time or so after the beta, lol) and intro level was wander into some cave where I died a couple times fighting a boss enemy that was just a bit too strong for a newbie... But I finally killed the fucker and took his chest of loot out with me!

There are lots of little side areas like that to stumble into, but also plenty of optional guided quests called "Adventures" that keep things interesting outside of the main story quest. Also these public group events pop up randomly, though I've already seen a few of those be swarmed by max level guys just obliterating everything while I struggle to stay alive. At least the rewards for them seem worthwhile.

Haven't touched the PVP yet, and I probably won't for a while. I'm playing this because it's the closest thing there is to an MMOFPS, so happy the sequel made it to PC.
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News Comments > PUBG as a Service: No Sequel Plans
15. Re: PUBG as a Service: No Sequel Plans Oct 23, 2017, 15:07 jacobvandy
Why are so many people thinking subscription fees when they hear the word "service?" All online games are services by definition, it's just a matter of how long they last. Blizzard and Valve have been very successful in terms of longevity, and as mentioned only WoW has subs. Just about the entire Steam Top 10 is composed of these kinds of games, and none have subs.

"As a service" isn't the future of PUBG, it's been here all along... The quoted response is merely affirming their commitment to that, i.e. they're not gonna be one of those outfits who insist on really squeezing every dollar out of their audience, constantly churning out sequels that render the last game's service obsolete with a new base purchase (EA, Activision).
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Day One Issues Outlined
18. Re: Destiny 2 Day One Issues Outlined Oct 20, 2017, 13:04 jacobvandy
Creston wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 10:07:
It seems like a big list, but most of them are small issues for pretty niche setups.

This one, however Closing Application: When closing Destiny 2 on PC, players must close the application via mouse input. Controllers cannot select the in-game button to close the Destiny 2 application. is just freaking nuts.

I've seen that in a few other multi-platform games, there is no reason for them to implement a "close application" button for consoles because you just back out to the home menu when you're done. So when they put in a little X or whatever to exit on PC, it has to be clicked. FWIW, using a controller on PC somewhere away from the mouse connected to it is also a pretty niche setup.
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Oct 19, 2017, 21:48 jacobvandy
Good catch! There's a ridiculous $7.99 additional charge for shipping, but that's still a great price. Amazon's selling it for $30 right now, so $17 with a free game (whether or not it's any good) is something I felt I should jump on.  
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News Comments > Civilization VI Fall Update & New DLC
1. Re: Civilization VI Fall Update & New DLC Oct 19, 2017, 21:43 jacobvandy
I assume this is the reason I have a new 50% off coupon for Civ VI Deluxe Edition (regular price $80)... However there doesn't seem to be an upgrade option, so it's pretty useless for someone who already owns the base game. All the DLC costs $38 separately anyway!  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 16:03 jacobvandy
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:47:
That would be rape.


Yeah, it's a double-standard, but that's just how it is. Teenage boys are animals, all but humping the air as they walk around like an un-snipped dog. Plus, most are already physically as large as or even towering over the teaching staff in high school... If there's an affair with Ms. Krabapple, you can be pretty sure it was by his choice.
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News Comments > Visceral Closing; Star Wars Game Changing Direction
10. Re: Visceral Closing; Star Wars Game Changing Direction Oct 17, 2017, 22:48 jacobvandy
"An experience players will come back to and enjoy for a long time to come", yeah, that's called A GOOD GAME, regardless of the genre... Read between the lines here and you can see EA isn't interested in shipping a solid self-contained title like Uncharted meets Star Wars, they want everything to be an addictive, grindy, milk-you-dry service they can attach DLCs and microtransactions to. Fuck off, man, I really wish they didn't have an exclusive on the IP.

Here's hoping the core Visceral team jumps ship and resurfaces in a new indie studio, or at least signs with a respectable publisher that will let them do what they want.
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News Comments > Emulation and the Law
5. Re: etc. Sep 30, 2017, 19:35 jacobvandy
killer_roach wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 18:22:
MacLeod wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 17:34:
Rilcon wrote on Sep 30, 2017, 17:00:
Atlus kinda extremely sound like high-level assholes... I mean, they're not selling any more copies of PS3 games, so this reeks of lawyers doing something assholish and ultimately detrimental to everyone affected and involved just to justify their absurd paychecks.

Well, Persona 5 was just released this April (for PS3 and PS4) so it is a new game... but it seems odd that they could DMCA an emulator that doesn't emulate their hardware.

Mind you, they were the company that threatened people if they were streaming their game earlier this year (Persona 5 as well).

From what it sounds like, Atlus sent the C&D because the emulator was showing images of their emulator running Persona 5, which means they were using Atlus' IP to solicit donations.

It's exactly that. Atlus are within their rights to protect their IP when it's being used for promotion without their permission. Plus they claim they used DRM that would prevent the game being played through unofficial means, so if the guys behind the emulator had it running as they say, somehow they are or were circumventing that, which would be illegal whether you're using a legit copy of the game or not.

Anyway, the whole article is pretty nonsensical. The emulator isn't "shut down," they came back immediately with references to this particular game removed. Glancing at their site, though, it looks like they're begging to be slapped around by many more lawyers real soon... Now they've got RDR headlining the front page, both art and the logo, in the context of "check out this popular game we've almost got working, send us cash to get it done quicker!"
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Sep 29, 2017, 16:15 jacobvandy
NKD wrote on Sep 29, 2017, 12:32:
People like to tell themselves its just kids with their parents credit cards, but it's an adult, more often than not. The percentage of parents that just let their kids buy whatever the fuck they want on their credit cards is not really high enough to sustain a business model...

There's no telling what the numbers are, children vs. adults, of who decides to buy stuff like this, but I agree that the majority of dollars spent has to be adults. Maybe little Johnny asks his mom to load up his account with $10-20 now and then, and there are a lot of others like him, but grown-up gamer Jeff will throw around hundreds or even thousands of dollars into it because for better or worse, he's in charge of all of his own finances. Video games as an industry are bigger than ever not because the world population is rising and there are more kids around than 20 years ago, it's because the generation of people who grew up with the hobby are now adults with careers and LOADS of money to spend on it.
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Sep 28, 2017, 21:09 jacobvandy
Wallshadows wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 11:22:
I'm just bad at shooters because I rest my wrist too much so I don't get much mouse movement which means I'd miss you if all you were doing was strafing.

Turn up the sensitivity so that your small mouse movements translate to larger view shifts on screen. You should be able to rotate at least 360 degrees by moving from one side of your range of motion to the other, IMO, and it doesn't matter if that range is 5-6 inches or two feet. You may have to pick up the mouse more often compared to those that move their whole arm, but following a strafing target shouldn't be an issue so long as you're accustomed to the sensitivity you choose to play at.
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News Comments > Mobile App
4. Re: Mobile App Sep 27, 2017, 15:33 jacobvandy
That's a shame... Not installing two apps.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 23, 2017, 13:27 jacobvandy
How does that even happen, wouldn't you notice it didn't make the right noise or offer any resistance when you first open the drink? It's pretty easy to tell when a carbonated pressure vessel has been tampered with...  
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News Comments > NBA 2K18 Tips Off
1. Re: NBA 2K18 Tips Off Sep 15, 2017, 12:21 jacobvandy
I got 2K17 by surprise from a Humble Monthly bundle some time this summer, and I hadn't played a sports game in forever so I decided to give it a shot recently... Video game b-ball is a lot more complex in terms of controls than it was back in the N64/Gamecube era when I used to play NBA Courtside, but after some time playing I'm getting the hang of it and it's very satisfying.

And the campaign, MyCAREER, is pretty sweet! Create your own player, build a fanbase, put the work in and try to become the next Jordan or Kobe, all with some loosely-knit story cutscenes to flavor up an otherwise straightforward season mode. It can be frustrating at first if you're learning how to play (there is no actual tutorial) while also being at a pretty big disadvantage stat-wise compared to most AI, but choose the right position for you and learn to play to your strengths and you can start making a difference right away.

My only complaint is the fact that you can't directly improve the major stats through regular practice. Like, you'd expect you get better at shooting by just making baskets, or becoming faster and stronger by doing appropriate exercises for that, but you don't. You have to earn their in-game currency (which they sell for real money, of course) and then spend that on stat increases. I don't mind it taking a long time, it's supposed to be a simulation of a real NBA career and you don't become a superstar overnight, but it doesn't take long before you realize you're wasting a lot of time in the gym. Then it's just a grind of running through a few drills as quick as you can for what few ancillary benefits there are to gain from that.

Overall I'm enjoying it a lot, even just single-player, and I might look at picking up 2K18 sometime next year when it's on a good sale. I can already see the changes they're making in the new version should be pretty cool.
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News Comments > BlizzCon Virtual Tickets
6. Re: BlizzCon Virtual Tickets Sep 14, 2017, 12:39 jacobvandy
It's way more bang for your entertainment buck than $100 to watch a shitty boxing match...  
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News Comments > Rocket League Autumn Update This Month
2. Re: Rocket League Autumn Update This Month Sep 13, 2017, 14:56 jacobvandy
I think you give real-world variance more credit than it's due... Most of those things probably would be standardized and identical if it were feasible.

Anyway, Psyonix doesn't have much choice in light of the feedback they've received. I don't mind oddly-shaped arenas and have had loads of fun on the wacky experimental maps, but I can see why they're normalizing everything for the default mode of play. You can still elect to play whatever you want by queuing for non-standard modes, and I'm sure they'll continue coming out with new different rulesets and/or unique maps like hockey, basketball, item brawl, and dropshot.

This comment was edited on Sep 13, 2017, 15:18.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
11. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 10, 2017, 17:13 jacobvandy
Nintendo Switch is powered by NVIDIA, and that thing's printing money. The revenue it's provided them immediately surpassed every other application of Tegra.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 7, 2017, 21:41 jacobvandy
Whaat, utter bullshit clickbait from Ars? Another one bites the dust, I guess...

They're not pulling Star Wars and Marvel films, with Disney starting their own streaming service, they won't be renewing the Netflix deal when it expires in a couple years. In other news, water is wet!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 5, 2017, 11:06 jacobvandy
We had a decent-sized storm fly over California a couple nights ago, I assume Harvey whipped it up one way or another. Anyway, it must have passed over some of the wildfire action down south before it reached where I live because those 15-20 MPH winds were disgustingly hot and filthy. What little rain fell evaporated almost as soon as it hit the ground because it was like a giant hair dryer blowing outside, lol... At least it was over quickly.

I bet a lot of people are wishing we were getting rain like Houston though; the firefighters sure would be thrilled.
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