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Real Name Billy Mitchell   
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Nickname theglaze
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Description Try my hot sauce.
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Signed On Nov 1, 2011, 22:27
Total Comments 549 (Apprentice)
User ID 57201
 
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News Comments > TrackMania Turbo Adds VR Support
3. Re: TrackMania Turbo Adds VR Support Nov 8, 2016, 14:31 theglaze
 
Barf bags included?

I love me some TrackMania, but VR enabled? Puke
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
1. Re: Hardware Reviews Nov 2, 2016, 17:47 theglaze
 
Those headphones are $3000.....

I love my HiFiMAN HE-400’s, the best sounding headphones I’ve ever owned…but were also the most expensive I’ve ever heard.

But they are sitting next to my computer in pieces having fallen apart due to poor engineering choices and manufacturing execution. Those HE-1000’s @ $3000 appear to be significantly higher in quality and design, but I caution anyone dropping big bucks on their equipment, even with their latest generation designs.
 
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News Comments > Nintendo Switch Announced
31. Re: Nintendo Switch Announced Oct 20, 2016, 15:46 theglaze
 
I wonder if it can do augmentation games like Pokemon GO...because that was a great tech demo that showed what is possible and the interest in it. This thing will then be in a space all by itself, more gaming capable than other mobile devices, and no competition from MS/Sony who are pushing 4K/VR first.  
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News Comments > Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling
8. Re: Valve on Illegal Skin Gambling Oct 18, 2016, 12:46 theglaze
 
descender wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 11:54:
People always love to blame Valve's for some reason... you could also "gamble" exactly like this in literally any other game that allows in-game item trading. It's not their fault that people use their in-game trading system for things like this. They could use CS:GO skins to barter for hookers on craigslist if they really wanted to and Valve would still not be to blame.

True.

The problem is that CSGO is a video game, and that intrinsically means it includes a large number of minors who should not have any access to traditional gambling of items with monetary value. Valve's enabling the business practice by providing the backend systems to support transactions, plus selling the content to begin with.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Oct 17, 2016, 15:48 theglaze
 
Both reviewers for Battlefield 1 say it's as good or better than Bad Company 2...you have my attention Dice!  
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News Comments > Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Resparks Inferno
2. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Resparks Inferno Oct 14, 2016, 17:05 theglaze
 
About time!

Inferno always use to be a grind, and in pro competitive play, the number of fakes the offense runs to try to get defensive rotations can be numerous, pushing the round timer to the end. I've watched a few tourney's with great inferno matchups, and others so drawn out it was hard to enjoy it.

Hopefully this helps!
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Oct 13, 2016, 13:31 theglaze
 
I never played Shadow Warrior, but after these reviews, the sequel is now on my radar!  
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News Comments > Evening Patches
4. Re: Evening Patches Oct 7, 2016, 22:08 theglaze
 
Last time I played CS with sprays, trolls spammed the most disgusting images they could find from the darkest corners of the internet...

So a monetized system gets a pass from me, and the fact that each spray can only be tagged 50 times before being depleted is alright with me too. Adds significance to what use to be abused.

Just wish they had new art out there, seems like there's a lot of repeats from gun sticker collections.
 
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News Comments > WRC 6 Released
1. Re: WRC 6 Released Oct 7, 2016, 22:02 theglaze
 
I just picked up Dirt Rally on sale, massive improvement over previous efforts, but I'll also be keeping an eye on this one.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 7, 2016, 15:16 theglaze
 
Jonjonz wrote on Oct 7, 2016, 08:04:
From two days ago...

Case Dismissed

Interesting, thanks for the link!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2016, 13:23 theglaze
 
More Info:

Valve CSGO Pick'Em Challenge is the official system Valve has implemented to let users bet on players in major tournaments, however, the reward is digital and cannot be directly traded for money.

So Valve has developed a front end for "gambling", should they choose to remove the 3rd party websites and bring it all in-house.

Considering how laissez faire Valve can operate, I'd be surprised if they do that...but money is money!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2016, 13:00 theglaze
 

Bloomberg: The biggest site, CSGO Lounge, handled about $1 billion in bets in the first seven months of the year

Holy crap!

Note that every CSGO item sold player to player via Valve Marketplace is subject to 15% administration fee. I don't know if Valve gets that cut via the CSGO Lounge system, but if they still get their 15%, Valve makes $250 million annually off the Lounge activity alone...

Acleacius wrote on Oct 6, 2016, 12:11:
Game Maker Valve Ordered to End Support of Black-Market Gambling

Is this for real? I don't play competitive gaming but I didn't see any suggestion in the report, which Valve could take to stop this. If the US government doesn't have the power to control foreign and offshore gambling, how the hell does Valve have this power. Does the government expect Valve to stop selling dlc or do they want Valve to pull a rabbit out of their ass... Smackdown

Right now, I believe a player checks a box upon signing up to one of these sites to allow the official Valve partner/developer (aka CSGO Lounge) to access their account. Some people manage their entire inventories through 3rd party sites because they have tools that show trends of market value, much like a stock market.

I guess Valve could change how ALL developers can access and manipulate player inventories via 3rd party websites...which would essentially shut down betting sites because they can't be the middle man.

This is a win/win for Valve...right now they just host the backend of the system and make tonnes of money. And if they have to shut it down, they have the opportunity to register as casino like entity and handle the front end to, making just as much if not more money then they did before.
 
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News Comments > Tribes Ascend Parting Gifts Patch
5. Re: Tribes Ascend Parting Gifts Patch Sep 29, 2016, 15:05 theglaze
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 29, 2016, 12:28:
Sad to see the game became abandonware. It was a lot of fun. I played the shit out of it when it launched and eventually dropped about 20 bucks into it because it was fun. The F2P part was not terrible because your basic weapons still were pretty effective and you could grind relatively quickly if you had a direction you wanted to go in. I spent 20 bucks and really was able to unlock all the classes and weapons I wanted to and was pretty satisfied by that.

Me too.

$20 in Ascend got me a lot more than $20 in Planetside 2, both came out around the same time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Sep 29, 2016, 14:00 theglaze
 
Holy crud, they've saved the primary rifles for last with new sounds!

I look forward to taking the M4A1 and AK for a spin
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 24, 2016, 20:48 theglaze
 
ForgedReality wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 18:09:
Easily the best right here:

https://www.amazon.com/ELECOM-Wireless-button-function-M-XT3DRBK/dp/B016QCPNUW

It's replaced my amazing M570.

Whoa!

I've been using the M570 for years...and this ELECOM looks brilliant with improvements in every way!
 
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News Comments > Rocket League AquaDome Next Month
18. Re: Rocket League AquaDome Next Month Sep 24, 2016, 04:16 theglaze
 
descender wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 19:59:
The greater problem probably lies in the obsession with needing "rare skins" than with the existence of a system to accommodate your obsession. This is like blaming the casino for your own lack of self control in playing it's games. You are not obligated to feed them money just because they accept money.

Agreed.

I can recal a time where items were rewarded based on performance, where an accomplishment like recording 100 epic saves was rewarded. Oh wait, don't reward the player for his/her achievements earned while participating in the world you created..

Please insert $1.25 for GOTCHA
 
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News Comments > Rocket League AquaDome Next Month
16. Re: Rocket League AquaDome Next Month Sep 23, 2016, 18:30 theglaze
 
Ceribaen wrote on Sep 23, 2016, 17:02:
There is a term for it though...
Gacha / Gasha / Gashapon.

http://www.serkantoto.com/2012/02/21/gacha-social-games/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gashapon

LOL, the pronunciation is strikingly similar to "gotcha"...

Which I find hilarious because the dev's are relying on compulsive consumer behavior for the scheme to work. Each time they lure a new customer in, dev's be like "GOTCHA!"
 
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News Comments > Rocket League AquaDome Next Month
11. Re: Rocket League AquaDome Next Month Sep 22, 2016, 19:49 theglaze
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 17:50:
theglaze wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 16:08:
now I have to pay almost as much to open a crate which awards like a slot machine

That's the thing though.. you don't "have" to pay for anything. Your fixation on cosmetic modifications to a car that will only be seen for a couple seconds at the end of a game by anyone, is simply a choice. Some people focus on the gameplay mechanics and simply playing better, others want to "pimp their ride". If the latter crowd is funding the release of free content for people who are just interested in playing the game, I think it's a successful model for everyone involved.

Of course, the game is still fun even if all the cars were the same. However, dont just disregard the cosmetic side of the game, and their encouragement to the player to consume, manage inventory, and trade-up

The new crate system is based on a gambling model, and it's not compatible with the Steam Marketplace. I can't pick the car decal I want for my $2 ride, I'll have to feed the slot machine $1.25 each time.

Psyonix has done some things right, such as no functional advantage to mods to the car and not segregating the community from modes and arenas.

But forcing its players to gamble to win the next tier of cosmetic items? I find that disappointing.

Good luck on the slots, everyone!

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News Comments > Rocket League AquaDome Next Month
9. Re: Rocket League AquaDome Next Month Sep 22, 2016, 16:08 theglaze
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 12:37:
theglaze wrote on Sep 22, 2016, 11:03:
Yeah me too!

It better be free. The case+key micro gambling system they've introduced exists outside the Steam Market, so it's all cash money for them.

Meanwhile servers are still crappy, with car and ball warps even with sub 100ms. Besides content, I haven't seen any updates announce improvements to the technical side of the game.

The first sentence of their announcement, which Blue also quoted, literally says free in all caps.

Also, I haven't seen the car and ball warps you're talking about even when I've played this with pings over 100 at times. You might want to make sure your local config/networking isn't messed up in any way.

I was being sarcastic, perhaps I should have phrased it "damn right it's free" because everyone is buying keys to open up crates and get decals, wheels, paints, etc, and I'm left looking like chump with the "free" customization items.

I just bought a car for a couple bucks, and now I have to pay almost as much to open a crate which awards like a slot machine, and even if I get a kickass car specific skin...it's extremely unlikely it will be for my new ride...

"Free" is an illusion, gentlemen.

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