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Nickname The Pyro
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Description Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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Signed On Jul 10, 2000, 20:19
Total Comments 302 (Amateur)
User ID 6134
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
11. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 11:20 The Pyro
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 6, 2017, 11:01:
Also, I feel like some here pick and choose their battles oddly...What everyone here says is "you're better off not trying!"

No, that's an oversimplification. What has been said is that you're better off not trying IF you don't have the resources (read: people) to do a good job, and if the job in question is not a core part of the game.

Animations are a core part of the game in Mass Effect. Players have high expectations because of previous games in the franchise, and because of other recent gaming experiences. Nearly 100% of your audience expects good animation, and if you fail to deliver good animation then the entire experience suffers. If you don't have the talent to make decent animations then you need to hire better talent.

Diverse NPCs are a nice-to-have at best. A few people will complain if their favorite lifestyle / culture / gender / whatever is not represented, but these complains are a small part of target audience. Most players don't care if there's a transgeneder character. But they DO care when other core aspects of the game are negatively affected: immersion, character development, plot, etc...
 
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
8. Re: StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free Mar 26, 2017, 15:26 The Pyro
 
"Same Timeless Gameplay" - I assume this means they're keeping the 12-unit group maximum?  
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News Comments > Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced
11. Re: Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced Feb 17, 2017, 07:55 The Pyro
 
Disclaimer: usually a solo player in ARPGs, desire to trade with non-friends, zero. Farming currency to trade 'out of the game' is still reason to avoid for me.

This is for you, then: Starting in two weeks, Path of Exile will launch a ladder exclusively for Solo Self-Found (SSF) players. No trading or grouping up allowed. The game will enforce these requirements.
 
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
29. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 15, 2017, 17:03 The Pyro
 
I'm still annoyed at Origin because Mass Effect 3 was released as a Origin-exclusive title on the PC, after ME1 and ME2 were both available via Steam. The last thing I want is to install an ever-growing list of digital distribution platforms as everybody tries to build their own walled garden.

Origin itself was a bit of a resource hog back then. No idea how it runs now.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Jan 11, 2017, 09:49 The Pyro
 
I had no trouble getting the best ME3 ending without multiplayer. Having a good ME2 save file helps a ton, though. There are lots of bad consequences in ME3 which can only be avoided if you made the right decisions in previous games. If you start ME3 fresh then there are fewer opportunities to increase your readiness score.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced
25. Re: MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced Dec 4, 2016, 18:27 The Pyro
 
The biggest complaints about MWO will not even be applicable to this title:

* P2W mechs (i.e. locked behind a pay wall)
* Power creep / hardpoint inflation (generally you want power creep in a single player campaign)
* Lack of [good] objective-based game modes
* Community warfare *ahem* issues

And the devs are a totally different team.

It's a different engine, but based on the Shadowhawk and the Raven in this video they're clearly sharing artwork between projects, and that gives them a significant head start to including a huge variety of mechs in the campaign. There are 72 totally different 3D mech models in MWO right now with more on the way. That's a nice head start.

I think they've got a fair shot at making a good game. Good luck to them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 15, 2016, 18:16 The Pyro
 
Yes, there is a tiny risk to your own health if you get the vaccine. But there is a greater risk to everyone else's health if you don't get it.

It's not the 7 to 10 days of inconvenient flu symptoms you should be worried about. It's the elderly person or infant who dies because you accidentally spread the disease to them.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Free Mech
7. Re: MechWarrior Online Free Mech Nov 11, 2016, 14:12 The Pyro
 
Bumpy wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 13:00:
Meh, let me know where there is a single player campaign added.

I ain't played in several months now, but I would definitely come back for that. We know PGI was experimenting with AI-controlled stuff a while back. Hopefully their big announcement in December is actually big for a change
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Free Mech
4. Re: MechWarrior Online Free Mech Nov 11, 2016, 12:28 The Pyro
 
There's a free mech with no hoops. You just click the link and type in the code. The mech packs, which include multiple variants, are awarded as prizes to a handful of people. You gotta sign up to win those.

The whole promotion is just to raise awareness of the game prior to the big convention / tournament in December.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 11, 2016, 11:30 The Pyro
 
On that note, remember that there are still thousands of national guard members who have not received any of the money they were promised for re-upping. My brother is one of them: he signed on the dotted line, got shipped to another continent, and thankfully returned safely. But he still hasn't seen a cent from the promised bonus.

Raise a stink if you can!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
153. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 14:41 The Pyro
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 14:05:
Why let them make a profit at all? WHat's the purpose?

Profit is essential to a capitalist economy like ours because it's the only incentive for new players to innovate in a stagnant industry.

Profits generally aren't a problem unless barriers to entry (i.e. monopolies, patents, etc...) prevent competitors from entering the marketplace and lowering costs. Drug patents certainly qualify here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 14:09 The Pyro
 
I think I can guess how they obtained a bunch of monkeys with spinal cord injuries. Poor monkeys  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
145. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 13:33 The Pyro
 
The main problem IMO is using a bunch of private insurers. Profit is always a motive.

I hear that a lot, but the evidence doesn't seem to support it. Private health insurance companies in the US have been performing terribly. They're pulling out of entire states because they're losing money. Somebody's making a profit here, but I'm not convinced it's the insurance guys.

EDIT: A quick back-of-the-envelope calculation based on public data makes me think that UHC (the largest insurer in the US) is making less than 5% profit on the premiums they charge. Feel free to fact check me, as I'm not confident about this number.

I should also note that in some places (like Texas) insurers are required by law to refund any profits above 10%. There's a cap on how greedy they can be.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
132. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 09:56 The Pyro
 
The Affordable Care Act is failing the middle class because it has done nothing to address the root of the issue: costs are out of control. Instead, the ACA just spreads the same outrageous prices around and allows the inflation to continue unabated.

Consider a medical procedure like having a baby. The cost of a routine vaginal delivery can exceed $20,000 in San Fransisco this year (and a C-section is twice that). The same service in other developed countries costs half or less. This is the problem that we desperately need to fix. The cost increases are unsustainable no matter how we try to pay for them.

Premiums have skyrocketed because people are using more health care - but we haven't brought the costs down at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
97. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 20:53 The Pyro
 
For the majority of Americans, it'll just be cheaper to pay the penalty.

'Course it is; the law says that the penalty cannot exceed the cost of the cheapest plan. Unfortunately the penalty doesn't actually benefit you in any way...

Alas, I'm considering the penalty anyway for next year. I don't qualify for any subsidies, and the cost of insuring my family is almost 20% of my paycheck - practically the same as my mortgage! - and that's just the extra cost for my family (i.e. not including me).

The penalty would be less than $3000 for the whole year, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than a plan. And the savings would pay for a lot of health care, should we need it. To gamble or not to gamble, that is the question...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 8, 2016, 13:30 The Pyro
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 13:21:
I think most people would much rather return to the city-state and live somewhere that aligns with their views than constantly fight with the other half of people who don't.

Unfortunately it's not that easy. Here in TX we have suburbs that lean to the right (politically speaking) while the inner city leans left. It's not like these people are in a different state; they're literally right down the road from you, just in a different neighborhood.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 8, 2016, 10:41 The Pyro
 
Ultimately I think energy savings and maintenance costs will be a major motivator for the switch to autonomous fleet cars. Insurance costs are relatively small compared to those factors.

I do very little (read: basically none) of my own vehicle maintenance. I don't own the right tools, and I'm slow 'cuz I don't know what I'm doing. So instead you end up with a huge chain of inefficiencies and middle-men: duplicate sets of tools in garages, retail stores selling auto parts at big markups, and mechanics sitting around in shops waiting for the next customer to come in.

A big fleet can avoid those inefficiencies by buying their own parts in bulk, employing an optimal number of mechanics to service the number of vehicles they own, unifying makes and models within their fleet to reduce the number of different parts and experience they need, etc...

With intelligent scheduling, an AI can group passengers with similar destinations so that there's less wasted fuel and fewer cars on the road. Which in turn leads to better traffic conditions and maybe even lower costs of road maintenance.

It's a long way off, but it can work with today's technology and it would free up a lot of resources for other uses.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer & Multiplayer Reveal
7. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer & Multiplayer Reveal Nov 7, 2016, 22:58 The Pyro
 
Rhett wrote on Nov 7, 2016, 21:49:
"Multiplayer Reveal" ... I got excited and disappointed in a matter of seconds.

TBH the ME3 multiplayer was pretty fun for me. It was just a standard survival-type thing with waves of (increasingly difficult) monsters, but I played quite a bit of it. And best of all, you could ignore it completely if you chose to.

It had micro transactions, which you could also ignore, but as long as those don't affect the main campaign then I'm fine with it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2016, 11:48 The Pyro
 
Bought my first brand-new car about 6 months ago. I used one of the trendy car-shopping web sites and foolishly gave them my real phone number (which was required to see the prices)... I swear, I must have received over a dozen calls from different salespeople at the same dealership. It was extremely irritating, especially since I don't have unlimited voice calling on my cell plan.

Eventually I went with a dealership that e-mailed me their offer instead of calling to "set up an appointment".

I think I got a decent deal, but I'm not sure if it was worth all the harassment
 
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News Comments > "Lost" Left 4 Dead Campaign Released
7. Re: L4D1 Nov 7, 2016, 09:17 The Pyro
 
The first game is fun but I do not see a reason to keep it since the levels are on a better engine.

I haven't kept up with L4D news lately, but for a while some of the competitive players preferred L4D1 for balance reasons. Specifically, they complained about melee weapons (too easy to kill mobs), spitter/charger combos, and the scoring system which no longer awards a health bonus.

Oh! And you can't see your own feet in L4D2. Did that ever get fixed?

Most of the above items could probably be addressed via mods, of course. But for casual players there's really no reason to keep L4D1 installed.
 
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