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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 > 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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News Comments > BATTLETECH Beta Plans
1. Re: BATTLETECH Beta Plans Dec 1, 2016, 19:24 DrSquick
OoooOOooo, was this the company that had those mech pods that would be at gaming conventions that you could pay $20 or so to play a 10 or 15 minute match and the pods would rumble all around? Those were a blast!

I hope this is as good as MechWarrior 2 was in my mind. I loved me a mech that was loaded out with PPCs and would only get one volley before having to cool down!

Are any of the other mech games out there any good these days? Isn't there a free to play one?
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News Comments > Farming Simulator 17 Sells 1M
7. Re: Farming Simulator 17 Sells 1M Nov 24, 2016, 22:09 DrSquick
Wow that's amazing! I did finally jump on the Farming Sim bandwagon when the last one came out. And I actually found it really fun. I would listen to podcasts or watch Let's Plays on the other monitor while calmly farming.

They also are heavily modded, and one of the mods lets you build fairly advance AIs that will drive along paths you set out and do stuff like pick up grain that you shovel into them, or seed fields and such.

It's 100% a simulator though. It is a 1 out of 100 on the intensity scale. So it's best for people that want a very low key game where they can just kick back and relax.
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News Comments > Diablo III Necromancer Spotted?
10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2016, 11:59 DrSquick
MoonSpook wrote on Nov 1, 2016, 11:43:
I have a large hunch that they're announcing Diablo 4. Admittedly that's based purely on a tweet from the official account the other week that asked what was your favourite part of D3 using the ThrowbackThursday tag - referring to D3 as well and truly in the past, and not a current game. But hey, that's what I'm going with.

It's going to be a mobile free to play game!

"Identifying this item requires a scroll of identify. Ask your Facebook friends for a scroll of identify or spend a gem to quickly identify it!"

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 25, 2016, 10:25 DrSquick
Minor Miner

A jailbait simulator.
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News Comments > Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Free Weekend
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2016, 22:19 DrSquick
JohnBirshire wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 22:09:
This is the best first person melee combat game of all time.

Absolutely! It is super easy to get into, but can get fairly complex with different blows and blocks. Incredibly fun game!
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Skyrim Special Edition
8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2016, 19:56 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 19:48:
I own two but not Hearthfire. Does anyone own it? After several playthroughs at close to 500 hours invested in Skyrim I don't think I've got another playthrough left in me.

That's the one that you can make your own house right? If so, I absolutely LOVED it! I never really liked the houses that you could buy in towns because they never felt like something I made, but with Hearthstone you can buy a blank slate of land, and then build every room, and every upgrade yourself. I had a greenhouse with tons of planters off the side, an alchemy tower with growing herbs, and outside I had my blacksmithing stuff.

I recall a time that I was outside melting down all the random garbage I picked up (a mod), when a group of bandits showed up and tried to attack me. My house carl came running out and helped me beat them to a pulp!

If you enjoy house building at all, definitely get it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 22:04 DrSquick
Congrats Blue! This is definitely the first site I remember visiting on dial-up, and it is still the only site I visit 100% of days. I love both the gaming info and the techy info.

I really hope this site provides plenty of money to let you live a comfortable life, and that you still enjoy doing it. It is absolutely the most important website to me!
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News Comments > More Overwatch Sombra Hints?
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 22:02 DrSquick
I bet the character was just in the early design phases when some marketing person decided to do this. Because look at Ana - they went from hint, to video, to PTR, to release in 2-3 weeks... I bet some programmers are really mad that now they have to rush an unfinished character out.

I really am loving Overwatch though... It's been a LONG time since I've put more than a hundred hours into a game, and Overwatch has been my exclusive game since release, and I'm not a super competitive person; I usually like solo Minecraft with mods, or other base building games, so kinda fun rekindling the TF2-release fun.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 8, 2016, 22:15 DrSquick
That Dva alt was amazing! What rank are you these days? I got up to 2498 and was SO certain that I would hit plat... And now I'm down to 2200... I'm really bad.  
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News Comments > Space Hulk: Deathwing Arsenal Trailer
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2016, 22:49 DrSquick
Bard wrote on Oct 3, 2016, 22:46:
Saboth wrote on Oct 3, 2016, 20:12:
Game looks great, but I have to wonder if in 2016 they couldn't have come up with a different weapon system from Doom/Duke Nukem/Quake's "Shotgun", "Plasma Gun", "Chainsaw weapon", "Gatling Gun that runs out of ammo way too fast", etc.

Because it's based on the weapons in Warhammer 40K - which predates Doom.

But... It's 20k years in the future right?
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2016, 22:47 DrSquick
I tried one of those once... I got 100' of paracord for $0.99 and a pack of sharpies for free. 5 Star, would buy useless crap again.  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2016, 10:35 DrSquick
Now installing Minecraft 10, please accept to stop install, press cancel to install immediately.

You pressed accept, thank you, now installing Minecraft 10.
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News Comments > Production Line Announced
1. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 29, 2016, 10:18 DrSquick
This looks awesome! I love logistics type games where you set up production lines. I love the challenge of figuring out how to fit all the conveyor belts into an area, and balance the feeding of different parts.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2016, 22:35 DrSquick
Cutter wrote on Sep 28, 2016, 22:04:
Good for Amazon. I hate UPS with a passion. If that's my only choice for shipping for an online order I'll forgo the order instead. Point in fact, whenever I have to ask a US company about their shipping options I'll tell them that explicitly up front.

Why? I order a billion things online constantly, and I never pay attention to who ships it. They all seem to be the same - about 90% of the time you will get it on time, and about 25% of the time that they do deliver it, it will be damaged/crushed... I haven't noticed one carrier to be better than another.
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News Comments > Overwatch Symmetra Changes Next Month
3. Re: Overwatch Symmetra Changes Next Month Sep 26, 2016, 11:24 DrSquick
Her beam weapon can also be completely devastating once it is charged up. If you can lock onto someone who is oblivious and get that charged up, the DPS does not decay as soon as you stop firing, so if a few other enemy team members are in the same area you can switch over to them at 120dps, and that kills people so quick they barely notice. I've often got a triple kill because the other team is trying to focus down a tank!

One thought I had is you could have her teleporter have two modes. The first mode is how it is now, and the second mode is a teleporter on her back. So in attack situations, you could allow your team to teleport to your location.
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2016, 22:08 DrSquick
Has anyone been having crashing with the driver previous to this? In Overwatch I have been getting a "display driver stopped responding" about once an hour. I monitored GPU temp and it doesn't seem to be high temp, it maxes out at about 80C, but it sometimes crashes as low as 71. I'm hoping this new driver stops it. I'm on a 770.  
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