Recent content by hitheremynameisbob

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    Cheating Allegations Lead to "Strip Search" of Chess Player

    You're trying to transpose this idea of "innocent until proven guilty" onto our own personal thought processes, and it's just counterproductive. If we here on these forums conclude that this guy probably cheated, nothing happens. The reason we hold that presumption of innocence in court is...
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    Cheating Allegations Lead to "Strip Search" of Chess Player

    There are only a couple people here who've demonstrated a likely background in chess, and I would encourage others to listen more than speak when they're dealing with a topic they actually have no background in, or, as in my case, at least defer to those with the requisite experience and...
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    Just about to start Dark Souls, any tips?

    Didn't really see this touched on, so I'll add it in: You'll remember this from Demon's Souls if you played that, but weapon scaling is incredibly important in addition to weapon equip requirements. This is the "A,B,C..." rating for each offensive stat on a weapon's info page. Weapons that...
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    Poll: Hard Difficulty as an unlock?

    I don't mind having a harder difficulty to unlock so long as this is done with purpose beyond just giving us one more thing to do. It's important that mindful developers be able to dictate the level of challenge presented by an experience, as they can use this to great effect in accomplishing...
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    Magic Games

    The Witcher and The Witcher 2 are both exceptionally well-written for modern games and feature a world with a fairly interesting take on magic. You don't use it over-much yourself (though Geralt does have some magical abilities) but rather focus more on alchemy. There is still, however, a very...
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    Underrated Shooter XIII Is Back From the Dead

    That'd be a throwing knife on a dock. Edit: Also, since the article didn't mention it, for anyone who liked the game and wasn't aware, there was also a TV miniseries which later was sort of... I dunno, remade as a full fledged series using most of the same cast. It aired mostly in Canada, I...
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    Poll: Is "average" a five or a seven?

    It depends entirely on who made the rating scale. There's no "should mean this" about it - rating scales are subjective and only meaningful when they put two or more games' scores next to each other. The important thing isn't consistency from site to site, but rather consistency within each...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    That's fine, I agree that the way developers and publishers treat their customers, by and large, sucks. It's true that they set themselves up for some used game sales by releasing games on the schedule they do. I never said anything to the contrary. The problem is that you were claiming that...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    Then let's address the other competitor to this proposal: Ebay. You're going to face stiff competition from Ebay here because you're trying to skim something off the top. Forget ten dollars - nobody's going to pay ten dollars more for a used game than they'd have to pay on Ebay. Or, if you...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    You think developers want Gamestop GONE? What on Earth are you basing that on? If they wanted Gamestop gone they'd just stop selling their games to them. You are using a straw man because you're claiming that developers are making an argument that they aren't. They like Gamestop in general...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    It's not more than they're getting from the online pass, though. That's earning them ten dollars per game that has it, more or less, because most people that buy the games that have online passes want to play multiplayer. Hence, it's the same solution they're already trying, just without...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    That'd certainly be a proactive way to handle the situation, but it's basically what they're already doing with online passes - they're adding a fee on top of a used game's sale price that people more or less have to pay (depending on the game and its reliance on online features, anyway) which...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    Jeez there's a lot of straw-manning going on here. The argument developers make is not that they'd be better off without Gamestop. They don't say that Gamestop does nothing for them. The argument developers make is that they'd make MORE money if Gamestop wouldn't sell used games. Whether...
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    Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

    That's just wrong. The point people make when they say that is that the publisher could have sold TWO games, not just one, because two different people bought it. If you couldn't sell used games, some of the people who bought it used WOULD buy it new. Meanwhile, that person who first bought...
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    Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Videogames

    Like Marc Gibson said, the Court's decision matters only in the arena of lawmaking. Parents are still the custodians of their children, and are legally capable of deciding a great number of rules for them, so long as they don't do anything that falls into the category of abuse as legally...