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Real Name Eric Phillips   
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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2017, 10:40 DrSquick
Zuck's first order will be mandatory cameras and mics in every room of every building. Half the people will receive directed advertising that attempts to make them sad, and the other half make them happy.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 30, 2017, 21:51 DrSquick
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 20:04:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 30, 2017, 18:29:
Personally, I don't get ebooks. Half the reason I pick up a book these days is to get my eyes off an electronic screen. Plus, I just like physical books, own a few hundred of them... Whatever. If you like them, good for you. I'll take a pass...

/curmudgeon mode off

I'm generally of the same opinion although the one thing ebooks really have going for them is portability and no need for bookshelves. You can have an entire library on one device that's as light as a paperback. I still vastly prefer the reading experience of a traditional printed book, but living in a tiny apartment in NYC, I'm starting to appreciate the upside of not having to store physical artifacts on shelves.

Portability is exactly why I prefer ebooks. When I have a paper book, I typically will only pick it up for hour or more focused sessions of reading, such as this time of the year when it might be 70 degrees with a gentle wind. I could sit outside and listen to the sound of the wind through the trees while reading a book forever. However, I prefer larger phones, and with an ebook on my phone I can read a few pages while I am standing in line somewhere, or for ten minutes while eating my lunch.

I have never got into the e-ink readers though for some reason. I bought a first generation Kindle, and for some reason paid the extra $50 to have fee-free 3G downloading of books. I guess I got sucked into the image of sitting on the beach and downloading a book. They do perform perfectly in the sun, but I would be so afraid of taking one to a beach for fear of getting sand or water on it. I am curious now if the 3G is still active, it's been almost ten years I bet...
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 24, 2017, 11:48 DrSquick
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 24, 2017, 10:02:
WarCraft Go, no doubt.

You have reached your limit of crystal mined today. Watch this video to unlock an extra 2 hours of crystal capacity, or use BlizzardBucks to permanently increase your crystal capacity (available in $9.99 and $99.99 amounts).
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 Free Week+
5. Re: PAYDAY 2 Free Week+ Apr 4, 2017, 15:52 DrSquick
Is this the game that has a house with a big money vault in it? Did they ever do anything with that area?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2017, 20:52 DrSquick
Hey Blue, FYI - you might have an epic wind storm coming your way. I'm in Michigan and all day we have had a high wind warning with gusts up to 68 MPH! We have 750,000 houses without power... It's the second largest outage in Michigan ever.

So FYI, you might want to start the cannibalism, looting, and pillaging in advance to get the best pick!
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News Comments > Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined
4. Re: Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined Mar 6, 2017, 22:59 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 19:40:
Good for them. I want this game, but after ARK no way in hell I'm touching a survival game until it's done, or the end is in sight.

What don't you like about ARK? I bought it pretty close to launch, and the performance was WAY too bad for me to play. A few months ago I got on a survival kick, and played a bunch of survival games. I will say Subnautica is an absolutely exceptional game (just don't read anything about it... Go in blind, the story line is great). Then I chewed through that in 20ish hours, and now I'm back to ARK. Performance still sucks, and taming dinos takes a thousand years, even on 3x speed... But it's a very fun survival game!
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News Comments > Cities Skylines Mass Transit Announced
1. Re: Cities Skylines Mass Transit Announced Feb 28, 2017, 23:02 DrSquick
I hope these guys are having exceptional success! I believe they are a pretty small team, and I love city builder games. So I hope this game is having enough success to keep them going and maybe rejuvenating the whole type!  
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News Comments > Avatar Game Announced
18. Re: Avatar Game Announced Feb 28, 2017, 22:00 DrSquick
Avus wrote on Feb 28, 2017, 18:55:
i hope it is not another MP only game. Both Rainbow 6 Siege and For Honor netcode are pretty suck...

Don't worry, it won't be MP only. It'll actually be a mobile free to play game with microtransactions that allow you to control how large your blue epeen is!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2017, 22:16 DrSquick
jdreyer wrote on Feb 25, 2017, 19:07:
No Saturday post as of yet. I wonder if Blue is moving today.

Yeah I hope he's ok... I've been coming here 3x daily for at least ten years, probably more... And I don't recall ever seeing him miss a day. Hopefully there's good news.
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News Comments > Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
5. Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 12:26 DrSquick
nin wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 09:30:
Oh, I can't wait for the fan fiction on this one...

I hope the official stuff goes more like Ana's release... Hint for a week or two, and then put it on the test server. Sombra's reveal was ridiculously long, probably in the four month or more mark. I really feel like Sombra's first hint was an accident, and the hero was nowhere near ready, so they had to keep coming up with hints to buy time till development could be finished.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 10:24 DrSquick
Wow, BlueTower going away? What's the new place going to be called I wonder... BlueFarm?

How far will you be from a major city? We just recently moved from the suburbs to 5 acres to have some land, but we are still just 30 minutes from a major city and 10 minutes from a small city. So it's pretty perfect - we have lots of room to let the kids go sledding in our back yard, have huge gardens, soon to be chickens, etc...

In terms of connectivity... We are faster here than we were in the suburbs! 80Mbit down, 20Mbit up, been nearly 100% uptime too.

I hope it goes great for you guys!
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 5, 2017, 16:47 DrSquick
{PH}88fingers wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 14:18:
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 12:53:
survival is the new WW2

Rust is still the best of them

Can you play Rust locally / single player? I bought it when it was first released, and played the heck out of it, but I've heard a ton has changed and wanted to see what was new. But I don't see a way to start your own server or play locally. Is that an option in Rust do you know?
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News Comments > ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content
4. Re: ARK: Survival Evolved Patch Adds Tek Content Jan 31, 2017, 12:01 DrSquick
I tried playing this game a year or so ago, and it was so poorly optimized that I struggled to get 30 FPS with everything cranked super low, even with a half decent system that can run other new games with everything maxed.

Does anyone know if that has been resolved? I did enjoy the few hours I could play. The leveling system is definitely interesting.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 23, 2017, 13:24 DrSquick
Hmm, that's a pretty impressive debrief to the public honestly... I was expecting them to shirk the blame off on some supplier and say they won't be using them any more.  
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News Comments > Dark Souls III Ringed City DLC in March
7. Re: Dark Souls III Ringed City DLC in March Jan 23, 2017, 13:16 DrSquick
Primalchrome wrote on Jan 23, 2017, 12:59:
DrSquick wrote on Jan 23, 2017, 12:44:
Edit : I read this after posting and I sound like a total judgmental shitheel. Soulsborne games are fun, regardless of how you approach them. I do the same thing you do.... I do a level as far as I can and then look up online to see what all I'm missing. If I get hung up on a boss for a few days, I look up what kind of tactics work for other people.

I also have to look online for explanations of the lore and how some of the quests work. They are way too nebulous for me to process well. Some of them I get....but many are wayyyyy too murky for these old eyes.

No, I understand what you mean, and they probably aren't for me. I'm glad people love them though. I'm also not a "bullet hell" genre gamer either. I like slower paced games that I can think 10 steps ahead. I also don't enjoy playing games on "Hard" either. And Dark Souls is definitely Hard++++++.

In a lot of ways, Dark Souls feels like the newer version of Contra for the NES. One hit and you are dead, so you end up needing to learn where every enemy is.
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News Comments > Dark Souls III Ringed City DLC in March
5. Re: Dark Souls III Ringed City DLC in March Jan 23, 2017, 12:44 DrSquick
I know people love the Dark Souls games, but they just haven't hooked me. To me the whole game revolves around walking ten feet, having a skeleton jump out at you and kill you. Then you start again, now knowing that skeleton is there, kill him, walk another ten feet, and a dragon comes out of nowhere and kills you. Then finally you get to the boss after 40 deaths, and unless you look up how to beat him online, you will get killed in 10 seconds, and have to go all the way back.

It feels like it is an incredibly short game that gets people to feel like the game is longer by making you go through the same area dozens of times.
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jan 16, 2017, 12:19 DrSquick
Task wrote on Jan 16, 2017, 11:03:
What is Valve's next new game?

Don't they make buckets more money from Steam and their free to play games? I can't imagine it would be cost effective to invest the tens or hundreds of thousands of man hours into developing a proper HL3 that would live up to a tiny portion of the hype.

A quick Google says that they made $400M on DOTA, TF2, and CSGo, and another $330M on royalties from Steam. Diablo 3 looks like it sold 20M copies in two years, and a total of 30M copies in five years. So if we assume HL3 would sell as well, at $60, that's $1.8B in five years, or about two years of revenue from their existing titles. They would also have to consider if HL3 would cannibalize sales from the other games. I would certainly think in the first few months many players would leave those other games to play HL3.

So while HL3 would probably generate a ton of money, it could end up hurting the Valve brand because the game can never live up to the hype. And Valve is possibly one of the most profitable companies I've ever heard of with over $2M/employee in revenue!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2017, 15:49 DrSquick
Blue, your site is the only one that I have whitelisted on uBlock, and after about 15 seconds I was forwarded from BluesNews to and it was a big screen that said "Urgent Chrome Update" and had a download to a zip file.

Not sure if you have a way to report bad ads, but if you do, please send that one over.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 12, 2016, 10:50 DrSquick
"They should sell an SE with a stepstool." is probably the best biline I've seen in a while Blue.

I just don't get how anyone can handle walking in VR games without getting horribly sick. I played Elite Dangerous with a Rift beta 2 last year, and was really blown away by the immersion. In the game you can choose your HOTAS controller, and the game actually renders that controller and your virtual arms. So if you turn your head to the left and down to look at your controller, you see a virtual arm holding the exact controller you are in the real world. It was SO immersive! But that's a game where you are seated the whole time. Any of the walking games made me nauseous almost immediately.
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Beta Plans
6. Re: BATTLETECH Beta Plans Dec 1, 2016, 22:33 DrSquick
nin wrote on Dec 1, 2016, 20:11:
If you'd like a look at what this is going to look like, check out this video:

I can't wait to play it...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I was expecting a MechWarrior running the Unreal 5 6 or whatever the latest engine is... Not expecting that :/
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