User information for Roger Norris

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Roger Norris
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The Pyro
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Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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July 10, 2000
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Silver, since February 24, 2020
Total Posts
393 (Amateur)
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
Jun 26, 2020, 16:18
 
Hornet sightings trigger an immediate escalation to DEFCON 2 and deployment of chemical warfare, while the rest of the family cowers under a blanket at the other end of the house. There will be screaming.

EDIT: I've been stung roughly 20 times over the years, mostly when I was very young, so I have zero sympathy.
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Re: Get Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for Free
Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
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Re: Get Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for Free Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
Jun 5, 2020, 15:37
 
Check out Zero-K for a free RTS that started out as a Total Annihilation clone. Chicken Defense is a particularly fun game mode IMO, despite the strange name.
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Re: Steam Cloud Play Beta Launches
May 29, 2020, 09:19
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Re: Steam Cloud Play Beta Launches May 29, 2020, 09:19
May 29, 2020, 09:19
 
Geez, I can just barely tolerate the extra display latency when playing games on my TV vs. monitor. It's about 50ms of extra latency. Granted, my TV probably sucks. Can't imagine trying to stream junk on top of that.

Maybe it would work for card games - Hearthstone, Slay the Spire, etc... but anything with 3d navigation would drive me bananas. Not to mention trying to aim, or time jumps properly...
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Re: Out of the Blue
May 20, 2020, 11:19
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Re: Out of the Blue May 20, 2020, 11:19
May 20, 2020, 11:19
 
We used to have an elliptical. Younger me thought it would be a cost savings compared to a gym membership - and maybe it was, for a while. But then the machine broke down and it was going to cost $600+ to fix. Meanwhile, Planet Fitness opened up nearby with a very competitive membership fee.

The elliptical lasted 4 or 5 years, so we did get our money out of it, but the gym provides better variety and the membership card doesn't take up half the floor space in my bedroom.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Roadmap
May 18, 2020, 09:26
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Roadmap May 18, 2020, 09:26
May 18, 2020, 09:26
 
Picked the game up on Friday and I'm having a blast so far. Internet connection died over the weekend, so I had to do most of it solo, but it's still an enjoyable experience with just the bot. If you find the early levels "boring" you can always crank up the difficulty slider.

Similar to L4D, it's a nice mix of pacing. There are calm periods of casual exploration mixed in with hectic battles against swarms of aliens. Most missions end in a climactic escape sequence that has you trying to navigate your way back to a (random?) LZ while the timer is ticking down and aliens are constantly bursting through the walls to get you. The devs have done a great job of taking full advantage of their destructible terrain engine.

I was amazed by the complexity of one of the levels I encountered last night. My jaw hasn't hit the floor like that since finding the huge Dwemer caverns in Skyrim.
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Re: Steam Play Next Launches
May 15, 2020, 14:32
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Re: Steam Play Next Launches May 15, 2020, 14:32
May 15, 2020, 14:32
 
Hmm, my top recommendation was Borderlands: GOTY Enhanced, because I've played Borderlands: GOTY. And my next recommendation was Bioshock: Remastered, because I played Bioshock for roughly 4 hours before abandoning it.

I certainly wouldn't call the recommendations a slam dunk, but at least they don't seem random.
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Leaves Early Access
May 13, 2020, 16:19
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Re: Deep Rock Galactic Leaves Early Access May 13, 2020, 16:19
May 13, 2020, 16:19
 
Ack, I'm really interested in this one, but my offspring will probably have me playing the new Terraria update (coming Saturday) for a solid month.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
May 6, 2020, 16:39
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Re: Morning Consolidation May 6, 2020, 16:39
May 6, 2020, 16:39
 
ME1 is mostly OK, but the inventory management system was bad, and driving that stupid buggy around (especially on procedurally generated terrain) was clunky as hell.The rest of the trilogy holds up quite well.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
May 6, 2020, 11:49
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Re: Morning Safety Dance May 6, 2020, 11:49
May 6, 2020, 11:49
 
These are generic database records, not individual users. Every credit card transaction, chat log, etc... is a separate record. So you'd expect dozens (or more) records per active user. Still, it's a lot of data.
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Re: Game Reviews
Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
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Re: Game Reviews Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
Apr 23, 2020, 12:02
 
Never played the old Trials of Mana, but I did play the Secret of Mana on SNES. Alas, what the game has clearly lost in the transition to 3D is the ability to play local co-op. That was the defining feature in my memory - couldn't tell you a thing about the plot, lol.
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Re: Morning Safety Dance
Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
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Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
Apr 7, 2020, 12:50
 
My machine bricked all night...

If you were able to roll back the update then the machine was never bricked, just hung up. Bricked is a permanent state i.e. irreparable by the end user.
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million
Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
Apr 1, 2020, 15:56
 
I find exploration in Terraria to be quite fun, but earlier versions of the game had less interesting caves. Things opened up a lot once we got underground mine tracks.

Bad RNG can might influence your experience. If you start in a world without easy access to deep caves then it can be kindof a pain to dig deep enough to find interesting encounters.

The jungle area is probably the easiest area to explore without a lot of digging, but at the same time it's also too difficult for newbies without upgraded gear.
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million
Apr 1, 2020, 13:55
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Re: Terraria Sells 30 Million Apr 1, 2020, 13:55
Apr 1, 2020, 13:55
 
Not surprising at all. Bought two copies so my family could play together, and now that my 5yo is getting into it (dies a lot though!) we could probably use a 3rd copy.
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Re: etc.
Mar 30, 2020, 12:07
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Re: etc. Mar 30, 2020, 12:07
Mar 30, 2020, 12:07
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 30, 2020, 11:05:
Reminds me of playing Quake 2 on the college network.

Same problem in my dorm when we played Quake 2. My buddies ended up handicapping me - had to use hand grenades only. It was a fun challenge!
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Re: Get Offworld Trading Company and GoNNER for Free
Mar 5, 2020, 19:49
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Re: Get Offworld Trading Company and GoNNER for Free Mar 5, 2020, 19:49
Mar 5, 2020, 19:49
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 5, 2020, 18:31:
Anyone play OTC? Any good?

It's a very fun RTS, but you gotta have a head for numbers (which is probably why it never took off). Compared to Starcraft, there's a lot more on-the-fly thinking because of the randomized maps and resource interactions; you can't just memorize a build order to carry you through the first five minutes.

The game can be very fast paced at times, but there's not as much micro per se. It's more about watching market fluctuations and what your opponents are doing in their bases.

The campaign and bot skirmishes can be paused or slowed down to your liking.

Also, I love the soundtrack.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 5, 2020, 15:46
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2020, 15:46
Mar 5, 2020, 15:46
 
Nullity wrote on Mar 5, 2020, 14:34:
I went to the site to check out the article he's referring to. No, that info is not in the opening text. I would have been pissed at that one as well.

My bad - there must have been two separate Star Wars articles when I checked. The one I saw was obviously not a big spoiler.

The spoilery-stuff in the other article isn't technically in the movie IIRC. They're sortof retconning things a bit.

Star Wars: TRoS SPOILERS BELOW:
In the movie, Palpatine is revealed to be Rey's grandfather. The retcon is that her father is a Palpatine clone.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 5, 2020, 14:24
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2020, 14:24
Mar 5, 2020, 14:24
 
If the spoiler is what I think it is, don't sweat it. The info is literally in the opening crawl.
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Re: RimWorld now on GOG.com
Mar 4, 2020, 11:59
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Re: RimWorld now on GOG.com Mar 4, 2020, 11:59
Mar 4, 2020, 11:59
 
And it's still never been on sale. Not once! I've been waiting so long to buy it at a discount that I've just about lost interest, lol...

EDIT: My brain must be weird or something? I'll literally wait over a year to save $10 on something like this, while simultaneously considering shelling out a few hundred bucks for a PlayStation to play the new FFVII game. I don't understand myself sometimes.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 28, 2020, 12:08
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2020, 12:08
Feb 28, 2020, 12:08
 
MacLeod wrote on Feb 28, 2020, 11:56:
Michael O'Hare (Sinclair), Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi), Richard Biggs (Franklin), Stephen Furst (Vir), Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar)...

So many actors that played main characters on Babylon 5 have passed.

Alas, that list was not exhaustive: Jeff Conaway (Zack, security chief) has also passed.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 28, 2020, 11:48
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2020, 11:48
Feb 28, 2020, 11:48
 
I had the chance to watch Color Out of Space in the theater. As a horror movie it was somewhat mediocre, but there were lots of Lovecraft references that fans will appreciate.The climax was visually amazing IMO - I'd be afraid to stream the movie, in fact, for fear that a lower bitrate might muddy some of the effects.

I'm looking forward to the director's next 2 Lovecraft films.
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