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301  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 01:41:21 PM
I was going to throw out more stats on just how much cheaper games are not just based on inflation but average game prices, used game market, etc. - but let me just say instead that you CAN'T ignore inflation. It matters. If you don't think so then the argument just grinds to a total halt because we are no longer talking about the same thing - one side is talking about reality and the other fantasy.
302  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: RSS Readers on: April 05, 2012, 10:55:04 PM
I dig Google Reader. It also has an exposed API so other apps can hook into it. Reeder in particular on iOS is excellent and works your Reader account.
303  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Windows 8 Consumer Preview on: April 05, 2012, 11:30:46 AM
I've messed with it some and done some minor amount of dev work with the Metro/Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) platform - I'm really surprised by it in a bad way. Typically if Microsoft does one thing right, it is developer tools and platforms, but it's... I dunno. It's a little bit hairy.

As Ballmer said: "DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE
304  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA won worst company in the USA of 2012 on: April 04, 2012, 06:08:29 PM
The only thing I could really find was the old 2010 CNNMoney study on this but I can't really figure out what the methodology was: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/full_list/index.html

EDIT: The problem is this doesn't really have what I was looking for - I was looking for something like churn rates by industry/career, and I can't seem to find that.
305  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA won worst company in the USA of 2012 on: April 04, 2012, 06:01:13 PM
Unfortunately, no real hard numbers; all of this is anecdotal, I'm afraid.

No worries - you didn't present it as anything but anecdotal, it just has me interested.
306  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA won worst company in the USA of 2012 on: April 04, 2012, 06:00:25 PM
I tried to expand a bit on my stance, not sure if your post was in before my edit though. That's fair enough, I just never really saw computer engineers being put in the "unfortunate or mistreated" group before, caught me a bit by surprise.

I was surprised as well. It has me curious.
307  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: EA won worst company in the USA of 2012 on: April 04, 2012, 05:59:32 PM
The majority of my family is in the engineering industry. This has nothing to do with nobility - and believe me, what I said above is accurate, especially since, as I said, lots of friends/family in the industry.

And just because I boycott because of low standards of employee treatment, doesn't mean I don't have the time to lobby for or promote other causes. This is just one of many.

I'm curious about the stats on CS/Engineering versus other fields on that (layoff rates/job security/etc). My friends and family have had the complete opposite experience. I'm not disputing what you are saying, just wondering if you know of any hard data/studies on it, I'd be curious to read them.
308  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Fandom & Outrage; the lethal backlash effect on: April 04, 2012, 09:16:34 AM
The only thing I think has actually changed is the immediacy of reactions. There were plenty of people that initially raged at FF7's ending, at least among my friends at that time, but there wasn't this massive run to the internet to confirm/validate their opinions. Then time passed and everybody cooled off and started to appreciate things.

If anything I'd guess that humanity hasn't really changed in any way and this generation isn't that much different in their behavior than the last one. The difference is that we now have the internet to go get any of our opinions validated for us, no matter how wrong headed they may be.
309  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 22, 2012, 11:03:06 AM
Code:
Indoctrination Theory -- http://youtu.be/ythY_GkEBck

ADMIN EDIT: Let's play it safe when it's ending related stuff.

Edit: Ah, sorry.

Code:
I just finished the game last night and this is what I assumed the ending actually was! I'm kind
of surprised it seems to be regarded as a fringe theory, I haven't figured out an alternative that
makes the ending make sense. But my initial impression was exactly this (I didn't notice ALL of
the details this guy did) while I was playing it and my mind was sort of blown. I couldn't believe
people were crushing the ending like they were - I'm obviously way behind everybody in terms
of finishing the game but the "worst ending ever" chatter was impossible to ignore.

But - obviously if you don't think this is what is actually happening I can totally see why it
would enrage people.
310  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 17, 2012, 07:04:12 PM
So fewer options = game balance? I do not agree. But even if I were to concede your point, my way is a heck of a lot more fun!
311  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: March 16, 2012, 03:37:55 PM
My solution to the "I WIN" button is not to press it.

What I mean is there are so many options in Amalur that if you want to make things more challenging, just don't use some of the stuff that makes it too easy for you.
312  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 01:13:26 PM
Well... they are in it to make money, and DLC is a proven winner for bottom lines. As much complaining folks do about it, it gets purchased in huge quantities.

Not saying I disagree with you in any way, just that DLC is not going away anytime soon. The audience has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt it will pay for it - unless that changed in a huge way, I expect the trend will be far MORE DLC, not less.
313  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 04:12:10 PM

I'll be quiet about this now.

I hope so. This isn't the first time you've lorded over people here proclaiming how nice it must be to have such free time, yourself being such a responsible and caring adult.
I'm not "lording over" anybody. I am honestly baffled by the practice of playing a 40+ hour game to completion so quickly. I freely admit that it also comes from a place of jealousy. You're right, though. I suppose the underlying feeling is that I am better than you because I am being productive while you lazy losers are playing games for 12 hours on end. Is that what you want me to say? You got me!
Dyeager:
Truth be told, most of my weekends are free. We are quite the introverted family. We don't really do much of anything. My wife works crazy hours and is an exercise nut who runs a lot, so I am "stuck" being the one to take care of our son most of the time. I love him to death, but it can get overwhelming. Any free time I DO get I tend to spend outdoors in my garden. After 2 hours out there I feel good and productive. My games sadly don't have the same effect.

I'm really sorry for causing this tangent! I knew better, but did it anyway. I get myself in trouble a lot that way.



No worries from my end Grim - I certainly didn't help the tangent by adding my own two cents!
314  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:50:45 PM

I'll be quiet about this now.

I hope so. This isn't the first time you've lorded over people here proclaiming how nice it must be to have such free time, yourself being such a responsible and caring adult.

I didn't mean it that way - I was simply suggesting that having free time AND being a responsible adult don't have to be mutually exclusive things.
315  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 03:46:11 PM
Grim, that's why I don't plan on settling down for another 10 or so years, I still got lots of stuff to do for myself.

Though, I'm sure there are many who are jealous that you have such an excellent home life. :P

I would suggest that you should NEVER stop having things you need to and want to do for yourself, ESPECIALLY when/if you are in a relationship. :-)

EDIT: Waiting for forum mod to bop me good for getting off track here... I was just excited to see actual words instead of big black boxes full of spoiler stuff. ;-)
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