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Signed On Apr 10, 2012, 20:31
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News Comments > Op Ed

6. Re: Op Ed Oct 12, 2013, 09:48 Eirikrautha
TheEmissary wrote on Oct 12, 2013, 01:10:
The only thing that can ruin PC gaming is the PC community it self. PC gaming almost lost support entirely by developers because of piracy and other issues. Most of those problems have been dealt with by changing how games are monetized and distribution. New hardware and alternative OS isn't going to kill the PC market.

We might get a bit more fragmentation but I doubt they are going to let it get as bad as the API wars of the 90's. DirectX and OpenGL are still going to exist and will likely to be the development targets for years to come regardless of what comes out.

SteamOS is just a highly customized Linux distribution so in a way it already exists. Valve's work on a SteamOS has prompted both AMD and Nvidia to rethink some of their Linux driver policies and improve the driver optimization. I see both of those as a positive.

I call BS on your first paragraph. PC piracy is no more of a problem than on consoles (in terms of lost sales). What "hurt" PC gaming was the rising cost of AAA games production. Developers want a smoother pipeline (something developing for consoles can give you, but developing for the myriad of PC setups can't), more revenue streams for large-scale developers and barriers to independent competition (which consoles provided more of until the PC F-T-P and DLC waves), and tighter controls on future exploitation of IP (PC gamers used to expect private servers, mod-ability, etc., whereas now publishers want to sell you that content. It's taken a mini-generation of gamers for publishers to finally breed that out of gamer expectations).

Publishers left PC gaming because they couldn't figure out how to control the market more effectively. Now that they have strategies to do so, they are interested again...
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions

4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 23, 2013, 16:52 Eirikrautha
Beamer wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 12:44:
PAX does this better than anyone - people that go to PAX and talk to a dev, or really any company rep, are damn near fans for life.

Huh. I thought people went to PAX to tell rape jokes and show their disdain for basic human decency. Or maybe I've been reading too much RPS...
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization

4. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2013, 05:59 Eirikrautha
Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 01:53:
Cutter wrote on Sep 11, 2013, 23:34:
Not just on Apple this time but people really need to start looking at the environmental and social impact of this conspicuous consumption where people need the greatest, latest doodad every few months. My last phone I've had for 3 years and that's only because I lost my other phone which I had for 4. There's a large negative impact to all of this. And please, don't spout GDP voodoonomics to me because even bad things are a plus as it applies to GDP. Every major oil spill is a major boost to the GDP while ignoring all the down sides.

Agreed. This is why the 360 has been a miracle. Prior to it people were upgrading their PCs on an annual basis. Now, innovation has stagnated to the point that people keep them 3-5 years. The social and economic impact is tremendous. We should all be praising the 360 constantly for helping assure we don't ruin the world by making electronics better as quickly as possible.

From anyone else, I'd be absolutely sure that this was sarcasm. But from BN's resident industry apologist...
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News Comments > River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter

7. Re: River City Ransom: Underground Kickstarter Sep 10, 2013, 18:10 Eirikrautha
Ok... there's a reason that 8/16 bit games are not made too often anymore. We've moved beyond the limitations that make them necessary. Sorry, while I'm certainly not a graphics whore (I think Shadowrun Returns looks great for the style of game it is), this is retro for nostalgia's sake. And the key thing about true nostalgia is that you can't ever go home... you can never recapture what made the memories you treasure.

So make a damn game that I can stand to look at...
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News Comments > FIFA 14 Demo

4. Re: FIFA 14 Demo Sep 10, 2013, 18:05 Eirikrautha
RollinThundr wrote on Sep 10, 2013, 14:01:
I think it's more the lack of sales for sports titles on PC is why they don't bother anymore.

That's a chicken and egg problem. They make crappy ports and don't sell some sports games on PC (see the NHL franchise), then complain that the sales on PC are too small to justify better ports or increased offerings.

Self-fulfilling prophecy.
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation

1. Re: Saturday Consolidation Sep 7, 2013, 10:37 Eirikrautha
Since EA hasn't supported the PC with NHL games for several years, I haven't supported them right back. FU EA!  
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News Comments > BattleForge Closing After Next Month

1. Re: BattleForge Closing After Next Month Sep 7, 2013, 10:24 Eirikrautha
Never played it. But I'm sure some people still do.

The question is, what if those people still want to play it? I can grab a copy of Starcraft I or Freespace 2 or any of the old games I might like to play again, install, and actually play. This game... not so much.

This is the real consequence of "Free-To-Play" and "Always-Online" games. The death of choice. Many of the games made today will be lost, because they are dependent on a developer and their servers to play. It's killing this industry and its consumers.
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News Comments > Op Ed

1. Re: Op Ed Aug 20, 2013, 15:31 Eirikrautha
The decline of any medium is directly related to its celebrification (it's a word if I say it is!). Once the person becomes the selling point, as opposed to the product, the focus of the medium shifts from endeavors that improve it to endeavors that expose it.

The fact that anyone would consider a game designer a "star" or celebrity simply cheapens the entire genre. There is a difference between someone who is admired, respected, or acknowledged for his accomplishments and someone who is a gaming celebrity. The bigger the names get, the smaller the games get...
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News Comments > Eschalon: Book III Teaser

3. Re: Eschalon: Book III Teaser Aug 18, 2013, 20:23 Eirikrautha
I bought Book II, and I must say that I was not particularly taken with it. Despite the fact that I generally like this style of RPG, Book II's mechanics actually got in the way of me enjoying it. I barely played it beyond the first several hours.  
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News Comments > SHAMBLES: Notch's One Week Shooter

6. Re: SHAMBLES: Notch's One Week Shooter Aug 17, 2013, 14:44 Eirikrautha
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 17, 2013, 12:14:
Coding in Java is fun, but soon as I see games written in such, I avoid, they are always slow and clunky. Language was never intended for game use.

Lucky for you, Unity 3D games aren't coded in JAVA. They are coded in Unityscript, which has a Javascript-like syntax, but which is also .NET framework compatible, or in C#. Whewww, right! Smackdown
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance

1. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Aug 17, 2013, 14:38 Eirikrautha
OK... I know I'm getting cynical in my old age. Proof: My first thought when it comes to the Miss Teen Whatever was "Hmmm. This would be a pretty good way to inoculate yourself against any nude pictures you had made and/or knew were out there."

My second thought was "Where do I find copies!"
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Space Hulk

5. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Space Hulk Aug 15, 2013, 23:31 Eirikrautha
btallas wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 23:20:
Whiskers wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 22:29:
Anxious to see feedback from people who give this a go. Hoping it's good.

Only games I've ever played in the Warhammer universe were the Dawn of War series and the failed MMO. I dig turned based strategy games so decided to take the plunge on this. Not real far in (did the 3 tutorial missions and just completed the campaign's second mission) but so far I'm really digging it. Haven't run into any game breaking bugs or crashes so far.

Thanks for the info... I'm still hesitating. I don't know why; this is right up my alley (or hallway, as the case may be). I'm just not sure the price is right for this. I'll wait to see what length/replayability it has...
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News Comments > Arkane's Prey 2 Rumors Resurface

6. Re: Arkane's Prey 2 Rumors Resurface Aug 15, 2013, 23:06 Eirikrautha
According to Kotaku, one of the developers sent out the following email that was then leaked to them:

“Now that the news is out,
We’ll be contacted left and right by press sneak fucks who will want to know more.
Please don’t answer any of their requests.

Nothing like transparency and respect to build goodwill and trust, eh? This guy should work for the government!
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News Comments > On Sale

19. Re: On Sale Aug 15, 2013, 14:37 Eirikrautha
nin wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 13:27:

I like that word, it may need to be trademarked...

Hey, don't discount the difficulty of coming up with words to describe inhabitants! I had a roommate in college who was born on Guam. Do you know how hard it was to figure out what to call him? We tried Guamanian, Guamalian, Guamic, Guaman... but finally settled on Guamish!
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation

3. Re: Xbox launch markets Aug 15, 2013, 14:29 Eirikrautha
Julio wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 05:54:
I guess that's the country list who the NSA wants to spy on first.
I'll admit it... I LOLed!
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization

8. Re: Evening Mobilization Aug 15, 2013, 14:28 Eirikrautha
mag wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 02:49:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 01:01:
mag wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 00:23:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 00:09:
Ok.... what is "A midsize refrigerator" ? Like, the exact size and performance definition please, does it have a freezer? How volume, in litre? And how do they get to that iPhone power usage statistics? Because otherwise that article is like saying that my car uses more power than my hair dryer.

Stupid sensationalist headline. Or put differently, Click Bait. (I sadly clicked)

Funny: Chrome spell check does not know the word litre... quality wherever you look ^^

Litre=liter, in the US. Chrome knows the word, but not the spelling.

Which is surprising, given that a spell check should know the international spelling of a SI unit..... in fact Chrome doesn't know any of the (correct) international spellings for SI units. This throws me off every single time. Because liter and meter are the correct spellings for the German names of these units but not for the international names. Although meter and liter is probably something Americans understand if not comprehend as useful units ;p

Point is. Why doesn't this spell check know the international spelling of the words? For an american, liter or litre, meter or metre would both be correct to use and same applies for a German. Generally speaking we ought to strife to call units by their international names to begin with.

Just thought that odd. Though by far not the only odd thing with this thing they call a spell check.

Like, dystopian... it doesn't know dystopian dystopia dystopic utopian and utopic. Yet it knows utopia (which is a pretty dang bit weird). Did they get this dictionary from an insane asylum?

Litre and metre would still be considered incorrect in US-English, depending on whom you ask. Liter and meter are preferred. Same with analyze/analyse, everything similar, and so on. You can probably switch to the British-English dictionary if you prefer the other way.

Dystopia/utopia-wise, utopia is the older word by far. Dystopia's fairly recent (~1950), so I guess they might just be using a conservative dictionary as the base. Kinda would make sense. Or it's just a woefully incomplete dictionary. Also totally possible!

Yeah, you're on target. The original root (greek Metron meaning "measure" or "length") went into Old French as metre and Old English as meter (ironic, since the Brits spell it "metre," thanks to the Norman Invasion). So depending on whether or not your language is a Romance language and related to French, your spelling may vary. With the rise of US English as a primary language of commerce, expect to see US spellings begin to become normalized...
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News Comments > Dark Souls 2 "Forging a Hero" Trailer

2. Re: Dark Souls 2 Aug 14, 2013, 15:23 Eirikrautha
Well... that trailer was a big nothing-burger.  
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News Comments > AMD Gaming Evolved Evolves

3. Re: AMD Gaming Evolved Evolves Aug 14, 2013, 15:20 Eirikrautha
When I bought my last video card, I got Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider... then Blood Dragon as a special bonus! Considering the card saved me $135 worth of games (at retail price) and is a good value for the price, I kind of like this promotion!  
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Adds 12-on-12 Combat

1. Re: MechWarrior Online Adds 12-on-12 Combat Aug 13, 2013, 23:04 Eirikrautha
Now more unbalanced mechs to alpha strike you per map! This is progress!  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions

1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 13, 2013, 13:05 Eirikrautha
I remember a time when the name "Bioware" would have immediately grabbed my attention, and I'd have click a link just on that name alone. How sad it is that the mighty have fallen...  
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