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panbient commented on
2 Days ago
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delayed to next yearMechWarrior 5: Mercenaries delayed to next year
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Please please PLEASE be closer to MW2:Mercs rather than MW4:Mercs.
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1 Week ago
Former BattleTech dev addresses harassment: “I was shitty to good people”Former BattleTech dev addresses harassment: “I was shitty to good people”
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It's a bogus PR play to avoid legitimate repercussions. This is absolutely NOT the way a situation like this is resolved. The aggressor is still being aggressive in their attempt to get ahead of the issue in a garbage attempt to avoid potential legal results. His claim that there doesn't need to be an inquiry because of a Twitter apology is frankly insulting. Some of his actions probably result in more than a social media apology when properly litigated.

Just because he's rushing to Twitter to publicly apologize doesn't change the fact that he broke the law. I'm also sure the HR people at Harebrained are just super happy interpersonal issues like this are being addressed on social media...
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panbient commented on
2 Weeks ago
Trump just made wireless controllers more expensiveTrump just made wireless controllers more expensive
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"although it’s possible retaliatory tariffs could be tacked on by other countries."

There's no possibility there. It's a given that other countries will have to apply retaliatory tariffs. Unfortunately, it's a lose / lose situation for everyone involved. Any country that doesn't retaliate is essentially opening themselves to being taken advantage of by their other trading partners. The fact that esoteric products are being used as tools in a trade war just show how intricately the international supply chain between raw and refined products has become.

As for controllers specifically, I can't find the most recent info but it seems that imports of controllers into the US has been well over $500M annually for the last few years (flexport). As for the actual tariff all I can find is that it used to be 4.9% on "other" controller types

So a 50% increase in tariffs which accounted for 4.9% of the current cost only means an actual increase of $1.25 on a $50 controller. Which is annoying but not nearly as much as a headline about increased costs without any direct points of reference (source / existing tariff rate / trade code).
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2 Weeks ago
Fancy a baseball management sim? Paradox's CEO "would love" to make oneFancy a baseball management sim? Paradox's CEO "would love" to make one
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Hockey might be smaller on a global scale but they also wouldn't have much competition. What's currently out there is just menus and glorified spreadsheets. Which, I guess, is part and parcel for a management sim, but as Motorsport Manager showed us the sim of the actual event can be loads of fun too. Being able to manage the action during actual hockey games similar to how you watch the action and deal with your racers in MM would be a blast.

I would definitely get it, but then again, I'm also Canadian hahaha
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3 Weeks ago
Gearbox could be making Borderlands GOTY. AgainGearbox could be making Borderlands GOTY. Again
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Hopefully this comes to pass. I've always preferred the original Borderlands and getting it again on PS4 would be fantastic.
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1 Month ago
Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'Intel's financing of anti-diversity politicians and climate change deniers is 'a risk to the company'
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Kudos for trying something new and substantial. However the details kind of get lost in the shuffle. I don't see how this is a risk to Intel, what I'm reading is an investor who wants more control for their minimal investment (a whole $4 million out of $170 billion according to Forbes).

Ultimately, I don't see Intel's relatively tiny political contributions to be of any real concern. That blurb about the contribution to Ted Cruz is laughable unless there's a typo in that number. $3150 over 6 years isn't enough to get a plate of food at a typical fund raising dinner. What Intel seems to be doing is maximizing minimum contributions while playing both sides of the field so they end up being seen as supporting whatever side wins political power without investing enough to establish any sort of leverage. Now if there was evidence of major favourtism towards certain politicians or initiative through more substantial contributions or donations there might be something to be concerned about.

But this just seems to be Northstar making noise to get some free press by picking on a tech giant because they're not as socially righteous as some would like.

Ultimately I don't think many of Intel's customers are going to be concerned with relatively tiny bipartisan political contributions. Personally I'd be far more concerned if Intel really started paying attention to political claims rather than blindly (relatively) contributing to both sides.Reply
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In the end, it's a question of perceptions. If you perceive these donations to be harmless to Intel's reputation, then that's good news for Intel and their shareholders.


NorthStar put forward the proposal for this exact purpose, to measure up whether the benefit outweighs the potential risk and if more should be done to manage these risks. That doesn't preclude a conclusion that there is a net benefit to these contributions and no major risk to reputation - but it's a question worth asking.

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Black Ops 4 may get a DLC campaignBlack Ops 4 may get a DLC campaign
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I always knew I wasn't part of the crowd. The only times I played COD games were for the campaigns. They're generally quite entertaining and never last long enough to get stale. Great way to burn a rainy weekend.Reply
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I also enjoyed CoD'a singleplayer campaigns. Played every one of them at least once.

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Ninja pledges to tone down cursing in streams, and some fans aren’t happyNinja pledges to tone down cursing in streams, and some fans aren’t happy
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The only thing excessive swearing / cursing does is make the individual sound like a kid trying to sound 'adult'. That's not the case at all though. It makes a person sound like a 12 year old that just discovered saying the F word doesn't make the world end.

Besides, fucking excessive fucking use of a fucking word just fucking diminishes the fucking impact and fucking worth of the fucking word. How fucking edgy does this fucking fuck word actually fucking sound?

Kudos to this guy for making an effort.Reply
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For fudge cake!

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Team Fortress 2 had its biggest player count drop ever - do we blame bots or Fortnite?Team Fortress 2 had its biggest player count drop ever - do we blame bots or Fortnite?
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Bots were definitely a problem but holy hell the pubilc matchmaking and lobby service is garbage. GARBAGE!!!

The last few times I tried to play TF2 have all followed the same routine. Loaded the game, selected the game type I was in the mood for and picked out the maps I wanted to play. Then I hit search.

And waited (usually 2-5 minutes)

Then it picked a server! Hooray! Then it switched to loading the map

And I waited some more (another 2-3 minutes)

Then the map loaded! And I picked my team, then chose my class, and spawned into the action and heard the announcer say "1 minute left in the match"

So after the better part of 10 minutes of load screens I got to play for like 90 seconds!

THREE TIMES IN A ROW!

fun?Reply
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yes the matchmaking sucks. but not for that specific reason, not really. that was always happening, back when you clicked on a server filled with players. but you had some idea how progressed players were into the round by seeing their points. it was better seeing the server you wanted to join, whos there etc

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3 Months ago
Old games: PC classics that are still worth playingOld games: PC classics that are still worth playing
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Not sure I'd include any of the original X-Com games in an article like this. I loved them back in the 90s - skipped more than a few full days of class to confront the alien menace. However they don't really translate that well, especially not to modern sensibilities. How many modern gamers would really tolerate having to manually reload and re-equip ammo clips on individual units between every mission?

As for Planescape:Torment I actually tried running it last night (using the DnD Master Collection disc version). Unlike Baldur's Gate there's no Enhanced Edition so if you want to run it at a higher resolution than 800 x 600 you'll need to fiddle with some mods and hope for the best.

I remember being able to apply the G3 widescreen patch and getting a functional higher / wider res version of the game a few years ago when still running Win 7. Visually the patch still works, but the performance decreases incredibly under Win 10. Also things don't scale, so 'higher resolution' really means wider visual perspective. It's still a great game, but modern gamers should be aware that it's also an exercise in old-school modding if you want to get to look even remotely modern.Reply
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Ah, you jumped the gun on Planescape: Torment a bit. There's an enhanced edition now.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
1 Year ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
1 Year ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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1 Year ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
1 Year ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
1 Year ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
1 Year ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
2 Years ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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