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High-School Star League Brings Gaming As Sport to Teenagers

PrimalChrome Re:Viable career? (87 comments)

I think it's a matter of perspective and what segment of society you're dealing with. If you're working in SK with suits or managment geeks....sure...it's not important and barely a blip on the radar. Kind of like Twitter or Vine in the US. That doesn't mean that there isn't a significant subset of the population that isn't sinking time, emotion, and money into it. Your comparison to MMA is spot on. 99% of the clients or vendors I deal with know nothing about it....it barely exists. 80% of the people I know socially can name their favorite male fighters and at least a couple of the up and coming female fighters. Totally different demographics. At work, it's largely corporate types that consider golf a sport. Socially, it's a broad mixture of middle class guys that are rabid about their favorite NFL, College Football, League of Legends, or MMA organization.

about 9 months ago

Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

PrimalChrome Re:Paranoia (363 comments)

Without your consent, I filmed your kids as their soccer game yesterday...and the birthday party before that...and when we were at Chuck-E-Cheeze last weekend. You didn't get upset then..so why now? You folks are coming off as horn rimmed skinny geek nuts. You're going to walk up to me, confront me, swing that limp noodle of an arm at my Glass.....and then I'm going to double leg you and rip your shoulder out of its socket....in self defense. You won't wipe your ass for about two months and that should give you plenty of time to come to terms with your paranoia.

about 10 months ago

The Game Controllers That Shaped the Way We Play

PrimalChrome Re:Gamepad vs Joystick (103 comments)

Point....but your APM (actions per minute) are abysmal with a full size joystick. You have to move your entire arm instead of a flick of your fingers. Imagine trying to type your term paper with a set of joysticks rather than keyboard. The only games that benefit from a joystick over a Dpad or tiny analog thumbsticks are going to be flight and driving sims....and only those because it gives more natural and granular control to the operation of your virtual vehicle.

about a year ago

Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

PrimalChrome Re:OUCH (479 comments)

Yeah...and every SCUBA accident I read about they talk about his tank of 'oxygen'. Reporters don't have a clue what they're talking about and "gas turbine" sounds much more ominous than "glow", now doesn't it? Just off that tidbit, which do you think he chose?

about a year ago

Man Killed By His Own Radio-Controlled Helicopter In Brooklyn

PrimalChrome Re:OUCH (479 comments)

Perhaps you meant to say a 90 size nitro or a 700 size electric? The leading edges on those blades (CF, wood, or fiberglass) are not particularly sharp...but the trailing edges can be. The danger is in the speed of the tip of the blade when you're running high headspeed to perform 3D maneuvers like tic-tocs or chaos. Yes, I have first hand experience with everything from smaller 450 size electrics to a 90 size Fury.

about a year ago

Inside OS X Mavericks

PrimalChrome Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

"Most serious mac users", eh?


Most power users need a more granular control of their machine....which requires a mouse, trackball, or pen. Most users concerned with consuming Perez Hilton or Youtube are just going to need simple gestures. If that is what qualifies as 'serious' in your world, I suppose it's a little different than the business realm I deal with every day.

about a year ago

Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

PrimalChrome Re:JJ Abram's FAILED Star Trek reboot. (514 comments)

I won't mod you as troll....I'll respond in a very simple manner.....

Believable physics.....really? Have we watched the same Trek over the years? Physics has ALWAYS taken a back seat to story. The reboot is no different.

Faithfulness to Canon....it's a REBOOT. Canon went out the door when the first change in the timeline occurred.

Franchise continuity....sigh....facepalm. You're right, of course. I forgot that TOS began with a movie and then launched the TV show.

At the end of the day your nitpicking and trying to find fault in what you don't like. You want TOS or TNG recast and filmed again with basically the same scripts and better FX. I get that, but this is a reboot. A reimagining. Likewise with your personal interpretation of what 'successful' means. Don't try to redefine what it *is* with what *you want* it to be. (and for the record, I agree with you that TOS and TNG were better)

about a year and a half ago

Valve Starts Publishing Packages For Its Own Linux Distribution

PrimalChrome Controllers.... (310 comments)

It is possible.

But you will see the same thing happen as when Unreal had a console release capable of using keyboard/mouse. The controller monkeys were crushed. You have no fine granular input with a controller. You have a very limited number of executions with a controller whereas with a kbd/mouse your actions per second are MUCH higher.

about 2 years ago

Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers?

PrimalChrome "Proportional Force" (482 comments)

You've heard the maxim that violence solves nothing? That's not quite true. "Proportional violence" solves nothing. "Overwhelming violence" ends issues. You can debate the morality of this truism, but history backs its legitimacy.

Think of all of the long term wasted resources and suffering that could be solved with a little overwhelming force... The next time Israel and one of their neighbors starts slapping each other with their silly limp wristed marketing ploys.....nuke Jerasulem and the capital of the other nation into glass. Don't make a big ta-do over it...just have the president go on camera, yawn, and say,"Silly bitches." The next time there is a massacre in a turbulent African nation, send in a few regiments for live fire exercises. Anyone with a gun and anyone within 100 yards is a fair target. When we have proof of cyberattacks backed by the Chinese government, blanket the airwaves and every piece of copper with the message that they've been caught and that was their last chance. If it happens again, nuke the Forbidden city.

Yes yes...horrid.....immoral....evil... Whatever. I'm sick of everyone howling about the US being the big evil for being involved with anything....and then howling yet again if we don't step in and operate as the World's peacekeepers. If they want peace....give it to them. Just like it was given to the Aztecs.

Am I serious.....I dunno, but it sounds interesting, doesn't it?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

PrimalChrome Re:Using a laptop for programming?? (312 comments)

Silly, silly child. I have an i7, 16GB RAM, 2GB GeForce, 17" display, and a 7200 rpm HD with plenty of space. If I so desired, my boot/app drive could be SSD and spinning storage in my second bay. At the office I have a USB dock for keyboard and mouse. At home, I have keyboard/mouse/22" monitor for immediate hook-up. My machine is by *far* more capable than 99% of desktops out there....and it's mobile.

The whole 'get a real [desktop] computer' line is horribly outdated in modern computing.

about 2 years ago

With 'Obamacare' Kicking In, Microsoft Sees a Health-Data Windfall

PrimalChrome Re:"Big Data" (201 comments)

I'm generally more interested in the merit of the point rather than their choice of flowery language. Substance over style, if you will.

about 2 years ago

Games Workshop Bullies Author Over Use of the Words 'Space Marine'

PrimalChrome Eldar-Protoss (211 comments)

The Protoss are derived from the Eldar. Look at some of the original artwork and then the Eldar designs at the time. The similarity is unmistakable....just as the Zerg are reimagined Tyranids.

But it all started with Warcraft being pulled from Warhammer Fantasy Battles...and when it made a strong presence in the gaming world, Starcraft began development. Heck, if a formula of copying another company's lore with only a degree of different results in profit...why not do it again.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft May Be Seeking Protection From Linux With Dell Loan

PrimalChrome what? (270 comments)

Everyone knows by now... everyone should know by now.... Any time a company takes money from Microsoft, they die very soon thereafter

Like Apple?

about 2 years ago

The Trouble With 4K TV

PrimalChrome Re:Welcome back to 2005 (442 comments)

That, or he's legally blind....which after reading the other comments about not being able to read text at 1080, I'd say is probably the case.

about 2 years ago

PC Games To Watch For In 2013

PrimalChrome Re:Dragon Age (280 comments)

I'm not sure if this is sarcasm or not..

I'm not sure if this is trolling or not.

X-Com : Enemy Unknown
The Walking Dead
Farcry 3
Mass Effect 3
Torchlight II
That's just off the top of my head.

about 2 years ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

PrimalChrome Re:Cue the apologists (936 comments)

Here's the interesting part though.... What is your solution? Should the officers have simply stood there and talked with her for an hour or two....hoping that she would finally act in a rational manner and leave the premises?

Then we would have the same people that are howling about the taser complaining that the useless police wouldn't do their job. They wasted hours of taxpayer time just riding the clock while chatting with an unruly citizen. They were just having a fun conversation while that guy over in Macy's stole $4k in jewelry and ran out the door. Those useless cops didn't even care about doing their job.

Or perhaps the officers in question should have physically removed this older lady from the store? She decides to go limp while being escorted out...and falls. Then claims a neck injury...and no doubt one of those crass officers would have bumped her breast while trying to convince her to stand back up. Let's see...sexual harassment, police brutality, battery, and compensation for mental anguish. That sounds like even worse press and monetary damages to the taxpayer's coffers. Useless bully cops!!! How dare they try to physically escort that poor old woman out the door! The cads!

Seriously. I want to see all these armchair geek warriors illustrate the *correct* action that should be taken for someone resisting arrest and making a general public nuisance of themselves intentionally. I want this mystical solution that you have in your mind that has no negative repercussions, especially when dealing with someone that already has the intention of going against the social grain. Living in your Mom's basement and fighting the good fight with a keyboard doesn't mean you have a clue what it's like to be in any kind of a physical confrontation. I want a solution rather than all the whining and bitching.

more than 2 years ago

Game Review: Torchlight 2

PrimalChrome Re:D3 was rushed, but is aging well. (221 comments)

What exactly are you basing this opinion on? Out of about 25 people, with the exception of ONE person, everyone I know that purchased D3 has stopped playing it. Their reasons span the full spectrum of the howling you read online...but all of them stem from "it really isn't that fun." If you listen to any gaming podcasts or keep up with any non-blizzard, non-fanboi forums, you will read the exact same story time and time again.

D3 probably sold 100x the copies of T2 due to fabricated hype, WoW fanbois, and D2 fans hoping to continue the wonderful replayability that they experienced with the first two games. Now, like so many other big budget games that rely on hype and flash to line the pockets of their parent corporation.....the players have fled in droves. Yes, D3 will probably have an overall larger community. Yes, they will be rabid. Continue to grow....no, the numbers don't lie there. But more involved? Probably not. All it will take are a few decent groups modding T2 and you will see long term and continued enthusiastic support for the game that could eclipse D3.

T2 is the worthy successor to the D1/D2 legacy.

more than 2 years ago

Torchlight 2 Release Date: 20 September

PrimalChrome Re:To save anyone else the trouble... (61 comments)

No...a RPG is a Role Playing Game. The classification outdates its use in PC gaming and the liberal application used from that point. There is little to no "role playing" in most of the PC games classified in this genre. It's a dungeon crawl with an interesting storyline in the background. Just because it's a 3D isometric game with evolving statistics doesn't make it an RPG. The early RPG games were SSI gold box games using the AD&D label...and since AD&D was an actual role playing game, the classification stuck.... VampireTM, Baldur's Gate, Planescape....those had character driven storylines with NPC interactions and quests that could affect the course of the game. None of them were linear dungeon crawls. Dawn of War II has a 3D iso interface, character progression and a storyline.....but it's a RTS....because there is no role playing involved.

Hell, even Dungeon Defenders could be classified as an RPG since there is character progression and a storyline....but honestly, it's just a FPS or hybrid Tower Defense game. I have a sneaky suspicion that had it been a diablo-esque 3D iso game that there would be some calling it an RPG/FPS/TD.

more than 2 years ago



Will iPhone tethering ever become reality?

PrimalChrome PrimalChrome writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PrimalChrome (186162) writes "Looks like a tethering app appeared on the apps store for iPhones.....only to be pulled shortly thereafter. When is Apple going to accept that tethering can make or break the purchasing decision for mobile powerusers? I'm sure AT&T would love to offer a $10 monthly fee."


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