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Comment Re:don't get your hope up (Score 3, Insightful) 252

I don't know....maybe wait for the actual reviews? Yeah, that does mean we have to wait a bit more when a new game comes out.

Admittedly, there have been/are games that I would pre-order, or get on day 1 or 2, but they'd be from some specific developers in specific genres and in specific series.

Bethesda, Bioware, Blizzard for example. Squaresoft in the past, but not today.

I wouldn't probably worry about reading console-specific reviews for games that got an earlier release on the PC or another platform and were well regarded. (Divinity, Wasteland 2, Day of the Tentacle, that sort of thing.)

I also tend to trust print or "traditional professional game website" reviews more than dudebro "pro" youtubers, I'd trust the opinions of some random gamer who only streams once a month or so, than bearded 20 year old who wants to be the next hyperactive PeePeeDie

Comment Re:Whiny entitled UK gamers, nuff said. (Score 1) 252

(I would say just about gaming, but that's all I ever see them post about.)

I do sometimes comment about other things, I pop up in Fedora and Linux threads now and again.

start a blood war with CronoCloud by saying you enjoy mouse and keyboard for gaming.

You must not have been paying attention, I like mice, they're fine, but they're not the be-all and end-all of input devices. Given my druthers in some games I prefer hybrid control systems, analog stick for movement, mouse for aiming.

It looks like this:

But I personally don't use that method with War Thunder.

But it is keyboard movement I truly loathe, keyboards were designed for text input, not game control. Oh sure, devs put keyboard controls for action games into games because of gamers too cheap to get a frickin joystick for their C64's/DOS machines....but it wasn't optimal then and it isn't optimal now.

Comment Re:don't get your hope up (Score 1, Interesting) 252

that ships will handle differently based on their looks

They do! Those big firefly-esque ones handle differently than the little colonial-viper-ish ones.

that you can grief other players ("A little bit, yeah")

Technically, he's right. You could do it by going to a world someone will later return to and mining resources, they were planning on getting, or taking a crashed ship, or if they did any terraforming with the grenades, using your own grenades to destroy what they did. (If you do enough terraforming, it sticks)

And I do believe that selling enough of certain items to vendors will change the prices offered. You sell enough Emeril to a will lower the price it offers.

Now maybe that's not using an x-ray cheat in an FPS to constantly sniper shoot someone, but it is a form of griefing.

Comment Re:Whiny entitled UK gamers, nuff said. (Score 1) 252

I treat it as a sort of zen-like palate cleanser between other games. Kind of like how I use Minecraft.

In NMS I sometimes give myself a little goal say (try to find a tool upgrade) then I go around and do that. Or I use a beacon to find more points to visit then spend some time clearing points, or spend time trying to find crashed ships or mine some Emeril.

NMS has the same kind of "physicality" to me that Minecraft does. It feels like I could "touch it" and that it feels "solid". They feel more like "places" and less like games. Lego games have the same sort of feeling, like I'm controlling an actual physical lego-whatever in some kind of super huge lego diorama.

What bothers me the most about the game is the UI, and the lack of "save anywhere"

To me the game would be somwhere around a 6.5 to maybe 7.5 or so on a 10 point scale. I don't recommend buying it without spending some time watching some streaming of it, or watching a friend play it, or playing a friend's copy, the game isn't for everyone. I also think that HG shouldn't be charging $59 for it. IMHO it should be in the Indie-game at the $20-$25 price point category.

Comment Whiny entitled UK gamers, nuff said. (Score -1, Troll) 252

Perhaps if UK gamers didn't still have their "speccy-fanboy" obsession with "bedroom coders" they'd understand that games are big business and that one shouldn't read too much into statements by devs.

I pretty much got the the game I was expecting to get, but then again, I grew up in a nation where people were paying $40 for disc based games from practically the start of home computing and weren't going around copying 1.99 crappy cassette platformers that some more affluent "mate" bought in a dual tape boombox.

And we don't have such a broad view of what "advertising" is.

Comment And the concept of extradition is well established (Score 1) 131

Happens all the time. If a person commits a crime against country A and they are in country B, country A may well ask country B to hand them over. If it happens or the details of it vary based off of the specific countries and their treaties, called extradition treaties. For example the US and North Korea? Ya not happening. There are no extradition treaties between those two, and the governments hate each other. so nobody is getting handed over. However EU nations? Extremely strong extradition treaties. If you commit a crime against Germany from France, Germany will have France arrest you and ship you over to stand trial.

The majority of nations have extradition treaties of some level with each other since they don't want criminals able to run off and hide from justice. It has been a thing for a long time.

Comment He's just showboating (Score 4, Insightful) 401

He's trying to get himself attention, and succeeding it would seem as here's a story on it.

Assange has acted rather oddly throughout this whole thing, at least if you take his rhetoric at face value. He happily went to Sweden and spent time there until these allegation came up, at which time he went to the UK. He then claimed that the reason was that the charges were BS and Sweden would just hand him over to the US because they were after him as soon as he went back. That of course makes one questions:

1) Why would he go to Sweden in the first place, if he knew it was a country that would hand him over to the US extra judicially?

2) Why would he flee to the UK and feel safe there, a country with such a special relationship with the US it is literally called the "special relationship"?

He then fought the extradition to Sweden in the UK courts and lost. They were ruling just on the validity of the extradition request, not on the validity of the charge behind it. He then fled to the Ecuadorian embassy, claiming that he'd be handed over to the US if he went to Sweden.

So there we are today. Now near as I know, the US has not sought his arrest. While they don't like him, it doesn't look like he's broken US law. Publishing classified US information isn't a crime if you weren't the one who had access to it. So a guy who has a security clearance and gets information and gives it to a paper, he's breaking the law. However the paper that then publishes it is not.

Now maybe he really does know something most don't, but it seems more likely this is just him trying to get in the news. He knows this is an empty offer since the US wouldn't agree to it as they don't have a valid charge to bring against him. This is all between him and Sweden and now him and the UK (even if Sweden dropped the charges, he still broke UK law be fleeing his bail). The US isn't involved.

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