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News Comments > King Arthur's Gold Beta

1. Re: King Arthur's Gold Beta Aug 6, 2013, 12:13 Eirikrautha
 
Mad props to the guys coding this... and I hope they are successful. But there's nothing about this that tempts me to buy it... not even a little.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs

3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Aug 4, 2013, 14:38 Eirikrautha
 
Jivaro wrote on Aug 4, 2013, 14:15:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 4, 2013, 14:04:
Surprised that this didn't get more press...... how exactly can a president (who stand's BELOW COURTS) veto a court order?

What the hell.

Well, that is a simple answer. Because it is legal. It hasn't been done for over 30 years, but the President can veto an ITC decision. Normally it would process through a Federal court, and if I understand it correctly, a Federal court could "veto the veto" in a manner of speaking. What Obama has done here is not without precedent or legal basis though.

Not this time anyway.

First time this has been used since the 80s. First time an American ambassador has been killed since the 70s. Slowest recovery since the 40s. I though these guys were looking to the future, not the past.

Seriously, though, this is why larger corporations donate to political parties. When you need a big favor, you want a politician who owes you favors. The culture of corruption is pretty much the only culture in the capital anymore...
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation

1. Re: Sunday Consolidation Aug 4, 2013, 14:34 Eirikrautha
 
First argument in the XBone article: 4. Hardware Specs Alone Won't Win a Console War.

This moron then goes on to argue that PS3 was more powerful, yet lost the console war's last generation (and some titles look better on XB360), therefore performance stats don't matter.

Except the PS3 used a cell-processor that was hard to develop for... and they don't any more. Now both consoles use x86 architecture.

All of the other arguments are equally as superficial. Man, the MS lovers have sunk so far...
 
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Preorders

24. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Preorders Jul 30, 2013, 19:27 Eirikrautha
 
Jedi Master wrote on Jul 29, 2013, 11:15:
Uh, you have to buy ALL of those planes to fly them. It's not free to play.

If you're complaining that the FW isn't one of the base aircraft, well they were picking one fighter for each side and the 109 won. It WAS far more significant to the Luftwaffe than the 190 by sheer numbers alone. One bomber and one ground attack plane round it out.

As for money grubbing, Cliffs of Dover sold so poorly they almost cancelled the series. Simply truth of flight sims: At a flat $50 a copy, not enough people are buying them to recover their costs. So they need to charge more to the people that are buying...or they don't do it at all. Your choice.

Also realize that flight sims like Red Baron cost $50-$60 in 1990! This is 2013, and running the old inflation index calculator will show you that is $89.33 today...or what they're charging for the Premium Edition.

Bulls**t!

Let me get this straight...

I bought IL-2 and got dozens of planes (i.e. the whole game), and even more for free later. This creates a sim community large enough to sustain multiple expansions and GOTY editions, making IL-2 one of the most popular flight sims in history.

Through poor management and development, the next iteration is so bad that it is pretty much non-functional on release. Now, because THEY made a crappy game... I have to pay more? That's just ig'nant!

On the new game, they are going to charge a full game price for a handful of planes, then bleed us for additional cash for the privilege of playing their new IL-2? Please. That's the DEFINITION of "money-grubbing."

I have every IL-2 game/expansion/etc. to this point. No sale on the new publisher-gratifying rationing model...
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews

7. Re: Shadowrun Returns Jul 27, 2013, 18:44 Eirikrautha
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Jul 27, 2013, 13:33:
I loved Shadowrun for the SNES, I've read a few Shadowrun novels and rulebooks, I've watched people play the tabletop game, X-Com UFO Defense is one of my favorite games of all time, I could go for a single player RPG right now, seems like a must buy! Wait...checkpoint saves?!?!? HELL NO!!!!!! You can keep it, idiot devs.

While not ideal (I prefer FTL's save on exit, if you want a developer to prevent save SCUMMing... which I don't really care about), the save points are pretty frequent and have not been a problem so far. This game is worth it for the atmosphere and the toolkit alone. You're missing out...
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions

3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 26, 2013, 17:06 Eirikrautha
 
Blue wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 09:38:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 26, 2013, 09:35:
Well, well, well. So the MechWarrior "community" is being asked for their input in order to help "fix" the game. How desperate must you be to have a town hall to get ideas?

This would be like the Diablo3 creators holding a town hall on how to fix their game. Answer: you can't. The basic design premise (in the case of Diablo3: RMAH, in the case of MWO: Multi only, microtrans) has limited your ability to make a fun game. Your design is based on balancing fun versus money... and the balance sucks. The only way to fix it is through reducing the money side so that the fun side is larger... and no company on the planet is going to lower the MONEY side (especially when they are already hurting).

I wanted to like MWO... I really did. But what I (and I believe most other MW fans) wanted was a single player game with a good story, and decent multiplayer SECOND! Not a multiplayer only grindfest... Is MWO willing to go that far (the answer is obviously no...)?

If my understanding is correct, no one asked the community for this feedback, the community is asking that their voices be heard.
Ahhhhh! OK. That's even more depressing. The first step in any recovery program is admitting you have a problem, and MWO isn't even there yet...
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions

1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 26, 2013, 09:35 Eirikrautha
 
Well, well, well. So the MechWarrior "community" is being asked for their input in order to help "fix" the game. How desperate must you be to have a town hall to get ideas?

This would be like the Diablo3 creators holding a town hall on how to fix their game. Answer: you can't. The basic design premise (in the case of Diablo3: RMAH, in the case of MWO: Multi only, microtrans) has limited your ability to make a fun game. Your design is based on balancing fun versus money... and the balance sucks. The only way to fix it is through reducing the money side so that the fun side is larger... and no company on the planet is going to lower the MONEY side (especially when they are already hurting).

I wanted to like MWO... I really did. But what I (and I believe most other MW fans) wanted was a single player game with a good story, and decent multiplayer SECOND! Not a multiplayer only grindfest... Is MWO willing to go that far (the answer is obviously no...)?
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Birthday Party

24. Re: StarCraft II Birthday Party Jul 23, 2013, 16:29 Eirikrautha
 
Ehhh, I liked it better when it was just called StarCraft. Granted it's prettier now, but anytime I'm supposed to measure my play in made-up units (APM, anyone?), it sounds way too much like work...  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation

6. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jul 21, 2013, 17:32 Eirikrautha
 
nin wrote on Jul 21, 2013, 12:36:
While we were already familiar with how the new Kinect is nearly ten times more precise than the old version, he showed off the ability for Kinect 2.0 to be able to scan your body and put it on an avatar in the game in full 3D, even going so far as to being able to transpose your expressions onto the avatar,

Even when you don't ask it to! I wonder if it can scan/render all your fingers, or say, just the middle one????

Here's a function that is just begging to be misused for porn. Or should I have said "misused"?
 
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News Comments > Redshirt Video

1. Re: Redshirt Video Jul 20, 2013, 15:01 Eirikrautha
 
Oh dear God! If this is the benefit of more women in game design, repeal the 19th Amendment!!!! (j/k)

Seriously, though, I can't see a single part of this game that I would find entertaining. "Social networking" is annoying enough in real life... I sure as hell don't want to do it in my off-time...
 
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News Comments > On Sale

34. Re: On Sale Jul 20, 2013, 14:37 Eirikrautha
 
killer_roach wrote on Jul 20, 2013, 03:05:
mch wrote on Jul 20, 2013, 02:48:
I've done both Borderlands 2 and Dishonored for $10, I'm pleased enough with the sale.

Of big stuff, I just got GRID 2 and Tomb Raider. Picked up Dishonored earlier for a similar price, so I didn't need it now.

I've gotten a handful of indie titles on the cheap as well, in particular Strike Suit Infinity, Retro/Grade, and Super House Of Dead Ninjas, but I've mostly been taking a pass on the major games.

What'd you think of Strike Suit? I've been considering it ($3 is nothing, really), but I've heard that the gameplay difficulty ramps up so much it gets un-fun pretty quickly...
 
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News Comments > LoL Players Athletes

16. Re: LoL Players Athletes Jul 13, 2013, 09:49 Eirikrautha
 
ldonyo wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 09:18:
dj LiTh wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 09:10:
Not a big deal, call me up when ESPN starts covering LoL tourney's
They'll show it on ESPN 8 right after Dodgeball.
I can't wait to hear Pepper Brook's and Cotton McKnight's insightful commentary on those games!

Cotton: "Pepper, it appears that {in}Ex1le666 has just accused a teammate of feeding and being ghey!"

Pepper: "Well, he does look a little hungry... And slightly effeminate..."
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization

1. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 11, 2013, 20:32 Eirikrautha
 
Brilliant on Eidos' part. They must have been jealous that MS and EA were getting all the gamer-hate, so they decided to make their own pitch for infamy.

Unless you have clearly stated in your promo materials (or elsewhere during purchase) that your game won't operate on a jailbroken device, then you have just stolen $7 from each customer who can't play it. This is pretty close to weapons-grade stupidity here...
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Movie Status

37. Re: World of Warcraft Movie Status Jul 4, 2013, 10:31 Eirikrautha
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 06:37:
I dont know, spending hunderds of millions of dollars on CGI for something that two guys in rubber suits can do for a significantly less amount of money (and for 2000x the Cheeze!) isnt exactly paying homage to these films. Its paying homage to Michael Bay!

OK, now that was funny...
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Movie Status

5. Re: World of Warcraft Movie Status Jul 3, 2013, 10:32 Eirikrautha
 
Rumor has it that the WOW movie will have a monthly fee. And that you'll have to watch the movie over and over again in order to level it up to get to the good movie...  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded

14. Re: Ships Ahoy - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded Jun 28, 2013, 13:11 Eirikrautha
 
Sadly, this is a game whose time has passed. Sure, it definitely has nostalgia cred... but as a game, it is a marker of a bygone era. An era (at least in the US) where soft-core (and hard-core, for that matter) porn was available only in magazines you had to steal from your uncle and hide under the bed (and not instantly found on the net or cable), where risque meant Benny Hill (and not Chloe Sevegny blowing a guy in a "feature film"), and where, to a teenager, sex was mysterious and intriguing (and not introduced to kindergarteners in sex-ed classes with bananas and condoms). That was the time that LLL captured perfectly. Today, you'll just read some 13 year-old's "review" on the web that the game is terrible because there's no tits in the first five minutes and the whole game is ghey.

Isn't society sooooo much better today....?

Oh, and get off my lawn! Rifle
 
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News Comments > Free Aliens: Colonial Marines

28. Re: Free Aliens: Colonial Marines Jun 20, 2013, 22:35 Eirikrautha
 
walrus1 wrote on Jun 20, 2013, 17:32:
QFT
You just abbreviated "Quoted For Truth" and didn't quote anything...

You win, sir...
 
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News Comments > D&D: Neverwinter and Chronicles of Mystara Launch

2. Re: D&D: Neverwinter and Chronicles of Mystara Launch Jun 20, 2013, 10:17 Eirikrautha
 
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara... Welcome to 1985 all over again.

Seriously, has WotC fallen so far that they would celebrate the release of THAT? Speechless
 
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News Comments > Skulls of the Shogun Breaking Windows 8 Shackles

2. Re: Skulls of the Shogun Breaking Windows 8 Shackles Jun 18, 2013, 23:36 Eirikrautha
 
So... how did that Windows 8 exclusivity work out for you?  
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2013, Part Six

91. Re: It Came from E3 2013, Part Six Jun 17, 2013, 17:27 Eirikrautha
 
NKD wrote on Jun 17, 2013, 13:25:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 17, 2013, 13:05:
What matters is whether or not our inherent differences might explain the observed results of whatever we are investigating. Despite the decades of promoting STEM careers for women, they still choose those careers way less often than men. Even the "successes" (like the growing number of female engineers) show these differences (when you note that the growth has overwhelmingly been in disciplines like civil engineering... and chemical and mechanical engineering still lags tremendously). Perhaps this may be biological (as men tend to have better 3D visualization skills, but women tend to be better integrators)? Rule that out before you start preaching against the "old boys' club"...

This sounds like the "Blacks are better at some sports, and white people others" argument when the only difference is that blacks play sports that you can get into while being poor, while white people tend to be in rich people sports. There's almost no real science that backs up what you're saying. On the other hand, there's ample science to show that it's almost always social norms, familial pressure and the like that drive people into careers, not natural genetic affinity.

What little actual science sits behind your argument might explain minor differences, but not wholesale inability to perform a task adequately. Every industry where women get a foothold, they tend to do just as well as their male counterparts, if provided equal training and possessing equal dedication.

Your argument is the typical red herring used in just about every discussion on sexism. The number of jobs where males or females can be demonstrated to be better are pretty much limited to physical ones like athletics where differences in muscle mass and bone structure can explain the advantage using simple physics.

Hardly. Brain structures and sex differences are not only well established, but also quite well understood. I'm married to a chemist, and she'll even tell you the struggles she and some of her female compatriots had in college with things like bond angles and compound geometries (and even some of the concepts she and her peers grasped much easier than the male students). Far fewer girls have the natural inclination to tear apart things to see how they work when they are 6, 8 or 10 years old... and that's not due to social pressure. They are just interested in different stuff.

None of this is to say that there aren't some girls who will be natural STEM masters... obviously there are... and they deserve the same chance and treatment as anyone else. But expecting the numbers to be equal is just a fantasy. No matter how much you wish it were so (or how "wrong" the reality is), the reality is inescapable. Men and women are different... and this affects their behaviors and interests.
 
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