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Nickname panbient
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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
Total Comments 600 (Apprentice)
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: AVG Sep 18, 2015, 15:45 panbient
 
Creston wrote on Sep 18, 2015, 12:34:
If anyone is still using AVG (and I can't fathom why, as it's terrible bloatware), get rid of it QUICK.

What do you recommend as an alternative?
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: Battlefront to Feature Speeder Races
7. Re: Star Wars: Battlefront to Feature Speeder Races Sep 16, 2015, 22:13 panbient
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Sep 16, 2015, 21:05:
So, they are going to recreate the best part of the best movie for us: the podracing from Episode One. What a great idea!

Do I even need a sarcasm tag?

Uhh... that videogame was actually super freaking awesome back in the day. Especially on a LAN.

I'm totally in line with Flak for a HD re-release.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2015, 12:30 panbient
 
Dexter wrote on Sep 15, 2015, 12:12:
It seems like a strange business decision to abandon a group which spent the most money on hardware to play Rock Band, especially since they probably bought more than their fair share of DLC as well.

Yes and no, it's a very niche group of players after all, and the money spent on better hardware didn't provide any return to Harmonix either (they made 0 cents off the $2500 I spent on a Roland e-kit).

But I totally agree that anyone who would have invested in better gear would have likely been buying DLC on a semi-regular basis.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2015, 11:50 panbient
 
Count me as another Rock Band fan who's passing on the new title.

Online play was a definite factor in keeping my interest up for a long time. One thing to note with the 'existing song library' thing is that it doesn't support exporting the RB3 disc content 'yet'. The new setlist is also kind of lame, I can only think of 4, maybe 5 tracks off the top of my head that I'd buy as DLC. Also disappointed that even with MadCatz making the hardware there's no support for the midi pro adapter either.

And while Harmonix has been crappy at patching their product (PS3 has persistent crashing issues when connected regardless of whether or not you're actually playing online) they have been clear in calling RB4 a platform and implying future development. Though I think most of it is based on hope that it'll hit like it's 2008 again and that people are really into the party angle.

Speaking of party gaming has anyone here submitted a clip to be part of the Rock Band Road Crew thing?
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 14, 2015, 20:04 panbient
 
A priest accused of murdering of an altar boy in 1910?

So you say "no, I didn't" then roll credits?

Pretty sure they'd get way more traction with the 'you performed an exorcism on an altar boy that has disappeared and only you can figure out what really happened' angle that they use further in their description.

The gameplay teaser is pretty, but boring. Oh look, a highly detailed hallway. And it changes from colour to black and white once you get to the end with more details popping up! Good thing it's been years since I played FEAR I guess. Though I'll admit it's kind of cool / freaky that they use my real name on the tombstones that pop up all over the place. Then again David isn't exactly uncommon (heck I'm sure I'm not the only one that posts here).

It looks like any number of hidden object / adventure games only with actual 3d navigation. Also a bit concerning that they claim to have made a bunch of other mobile games but I can't seem to find anything about them besides this one project. I'll be surprised if they even hit half of their target.
 
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News Comments > Dragonís Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Plans
5. Re: Dragonís Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Plans Sep 8, 2015, 17:56 panbient
 
Rhett wrote on Sep 8, 2015, 17:20:
Ooooh, sweet. I really wanted to get into this on consoles but it had so many issues that come with Japan-developed games. Weird fonts, silly menus, black bars across the screen at all times... I hope it's improved for PC.

There was none of that when I played through it on PS3. At least not by the time Dark Arisen was included as part of the package.

Also the game is freaking great. Never did finish the expansion part (psn+ version expired before I got back into it).
 
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News Comments > Laborious Metaverse
17. Re: Laborious Metaverse Sep 8, 2015, 09:37 panbient
 
Verno wrote on Sep 8, 2015, 09:07:
What's wrong with Youtube game videos? Plenty of funny and informative stuff up there. There are some games I don't want spoilers for but other things like Dark Souls/etc its fun to watch the kinds of builds and antics others get up to.

Agreed, all I hear when people complain about stuff like this is the new version of -

I don't understand why kids today are listening to that garbage instead of real rock and roll! Back in my day we played gee-tar the way the real gee-tar heroes told us to play. None of this new-fangled dub wub wub shtup crap! You can't play air gee-tar to that! How could anyone think that garbage is cool! Go back to listening to what I listened to back when TV was telling me I was cool and get the hell off my lawn!
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
20. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 4, 2015, 10:14 panbient
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 4, 2015, 01:09:
To put it with the great Frank Zappa: The Torture Never Stops. Neither will the development of this game. One game to rule them all? Yeah, sure.

Great tune, but I think 'The Radio is Broken' really captures the whole SC phenomenon.
 
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News Comments > Gilbert to Disney on Monkey Island Rights: "Call Me"
2. Re: Gilbert to Disney on Monkey Island Rights: Sep 4, 2015, 10:10 panbient
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 4, 2015, 09:34:
Mickey dont sell. Like Machete don't text.

Yeah I figure he's got a better chance of getting hired as a producer on a Monkey Island title than ever repurchasing the IP.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Movie Plans
15. Re: Borderlands Movie Plans Aug 29, 2015, 09:23 panbient
 
harlock wrote on Aug 28, 2015, 18:32:
btw the whole Handsome Jack character made me want to track down the writer and punch him in the brain.. voice actor didnt help at either

EVERYTHING with Borderlands 2 made me want to slaughter the writer whenever the shooting stopped. I'm still amazed at what this franchise became after being built on some of the strongest co-op gameplay out there. Maybe it's because I played it on a console / couch situation and had an easier chance to enjoy that possibility. Surviving a tough boss battle with your friends a few feet away and hollering the whole time before overcoming the challenge is something that neither a voice in a headset nor creative writing / scripting can ever replicate.

I don't figure it'll be SMB bad, but I'm expecting somewhere between Double Dragon and Doom. Maybe if we're lucky it'll be on par with Tank Girl.
 
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News Comments > Satellite Reign Released
20. Re: Satellite Reign Released Aug 28, 2015, 16:38 panbient
 
I just hope there's a political assassination in a parade mission like in the original Syndicate. I tried a variety of ways to beat it. Finally settled on recruiting a new agent, giving them some kind of big gun and parking them in the middle of the parade path. Once the traffic stopped he opened fire and the chain reaction took out the target (and pretty much everything else on screen).

All while my more experienced team members nonchalantly walked to the mission exit zone while whistling a jaunty tune over a job well done.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 27, 2015, 12:40 panbient
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 27, 2015, 11:23:
I. FUCKING. HATE. THAT. NAME.

Why the fuck can't they call the first one "Divinity: Original Sin" and the second one "Divinity 2: Second Coming" or something? Dumb.

I liked the suggestion from a pcgamesn writer when the sequel was first teased - Divinity: Derivative Sin.
 
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News Comments > "Do or Die" for Frozenbyte
3. Re: Aug 27, 2015, 10:48 panbient
 
Did they really need to shoot that in front of garbage cans? Just, I don't know, trade places with the camera and shoot against the side of a building.

And how much did they pay for the big Trine poster that got dumped around 6 minutes in?

Seriously, while I did feel bad for these guys initially this is getting ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2015, 09:15 panbient
 
I think there's something else to be said about how radio went from being the main source of media distribution to the public and being thoroughly replaced by TV (and becoming a main source of music distribution) by the time Springsteen started releasing singles.  
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
179. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 25, 2015, 19:19 panbient
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Aug 25, 2015, 16:39:
Any court can have court marshals or the FTC or whatever send personnel to their many offices around the world and see that actual work is being done.
Which proves how utterly ridiculous this whole frivolous lawsuit is and I am baffled that someone self proclaimed intelligent and an expert in the field can argue otherwise.
That's Derek "Smart" for you right there.

Speaking of utterly ridiculous... the idea that a court would send out a Marshal to a video game studio. I know when you say Court Martial out loud it sounds the same, only it means something completely different (as in - it's a military court of law).

Maybe your thinking of the bailiff who is present in court in order to maintain order and security, or the sheriffs who are there when prisoners need to be transported. Also the FTC is an independent body that isn't directed by courts, hence being independent.

Google - helping people not sound utterly ridiculous since 1998.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released
24. Re: Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released Aug 25, 2015, 16:01 panbient
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 25, 2015, 15:48:
-You probably can't beat that bear at the start that the guy talks to you about.

It depends on what you mean by 'at the start'.

If you're looking to fully clear the zone before moving on, then yeah you'll have difficulty as a solo fighter.

But... the next area is a town with sidequests to revisit that wildersness zone, and you can recruit a wizard in front of the Inn (or make NPCs). The blind spell is AoE and super awesome.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released Aug 25, 2015, 10:19 panbient
 
And a 2.1 GB update on Steam even if you didn't get the expansion.

Will it ever reduce load times (mine averaged between 60-90 seconds)? I finished the base game like 2 weeks ago after logging 100 hours. I figure at least 10 of those were load screens.

Even with that gripe I totally plan on playing through it a 2nd time eventually.
 
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
146. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 25, 2015, 09:58 panbient
 
descender wrote on Aug 25, 2015, 08:41:
This sounds suspiciously like another conversation I just had... What? You want facts?! Here, let me refer you back to something I wrote that has no verifiable source!

Seriously, you are not a reliable source of information in any way, linking to your own blog isn't proof that there is corruption in CIG. Unless you have any hard evidence this is just another frivolous lawsuit that will get laughed at by a judge.

I don't understand what you think you are accomplishing.

I do agree with your first part.

And I'm not a lawyer.

But... if it truly was a frivolous lawsuit couldn't / wouldn't CIG just start of with a classic Cease & Desist letter under threat of slander or libel charges? At which point wouldn't any continued action or words against them would be a chargeable offense?

Seems to me paying a lawyer to send a single letter would be a hell of a lot cheaper and less hassle than letting this play out in the press.

Maybe I read things wrong but it seems to me the potential lawsuit is predominantly about allowing any backer who requests a refund to be granted a refund due to the substantial changes and current challenges faced by the development process. That doesn't seem frivolous or unreasonable to me considering how much things have changed over the last 4 years.

Yes, I know they polled the 'community' and got back a resounding 'yes! keep expanding it!' - from the people that chose to (or were aware of) that poll. What about the backers who voted no? or who we unaware of the option and subsequent moving of the goalposts into the next timezone?

It's kind of like if someone in an office went around asking for money to get some pizza for lunch then realized they got WAY more money than they needed so they decide they'll get a chef to come in on some weekend -eventually- to prepare a massive buffet (which would include some pizza on the side). That might be a nicer option for some, but there are some other people involved who just wanted lunch today and that's what they paid for. Shouldn't they be allowed to get their money back?
 
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News Comments > More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen
112. Re: More Derek Smart vs. Star Citizen Aug 24, 2015, 21:26 panbient
 
Comet wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 20:17:
Regarding the 2014 release date. Did they ever assured backers that they would release in 2014? Answer is NO. That date was always a tentative date. And by the way. That expected date was for Squadron 42. Not SC MMO.


I think that's kind of the point for a lot of the unhappy people. This doesn't look like a new Wing Commander game anymore. And the part of the new and improved super duper vision that was going to be the new Wing Commander game (chopped up into episodes) doesn't seem like it'll be happening this year either.

Hell, go to the RSI site, enter 'Squadron 42' in the search box and tell me what you see. Because all I got back were a bunch of Star Marine status updates.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Aug 23, 2015, 13:32 panbient
 
SMB might have been a horrible movie but something based on Fire Emblem done in the style of the Lord of the Rings films could be cool.

Or Zelda in the style of Willow.

Or Metroid a la Aliens! (ok I'm getting ridiculous)
 
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