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  • Amazon acquires Twitch for $970 million

  • scoop 26/08/2014

    @natureboy Just think, if Google had been successful, in one year it would read "...watching over one million adverts".

    Quite a surprise move by Amazon, but not a bad one. They're certainly one of the few companies that can compete with Google on network infrastructure.
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  • Crawl Early Access review

  • scoop 19/08/2014

    I love the look of it, and the care and attention that's gone into the animation.

    I also like text adventures though, especially those with ascii graphics. Food for the imagination, innit.
    Reply +4
  • Star Citizen races past $50m mark after selling new space ships

  • scoop 18/08/2014

    @The_shlaaaag_returns

    The universe we live in is the result of procedural systems, as is your house and the keyboard you're typing on.

    Proceduralism doesn't mean everything looks the same; quite the opposite. It means anything can happen, if you do it right, even without creative (human) intervention to salt it.

    If you do it wrong, well, then you have another example of how not to do it. May as well save the stone throwing until then though.

    Not to say I don't appreciate what you're saying, but limited man-made content can't be automatically considered superior to virtually unlimited procedural content. It's a question of what you want - something which you'll probably agree is the essence of much of the Elite vs SC friction, though as ever it's probably the vocal minority (the Faithful?) that feel that way, on both sides.
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  • scoop 18/08/2014

    21st Century snake oil?

    "Our new ships will make you happy, charismatic, and cure your acne".

    I do wonder how people who bought in early at a high price thinking they were getting a good foot in the door, feel about the continuous flow of extras that enable people with even more disposable cash to just step right on over them.

    There's an ethical question in there somewhere.
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  • Frontier returns to rollercoasters with ScreamRide for Xbox One

  • scoop 12/08/2014

    I wasn't following it much at first, but I laughed through the second half once I got the idea. Very good. :)

    Can you imagine that with an Oculus? Christ.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • scoop 12/08/2014

    ffs seriously, if all CD wanted was money they should have gone to Kickstarter.

    They'd probably get three times as much just to not make it an exclusive.
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  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue headed to PS3, Xbox 360 this November

  • scoop 05/08/2014

    Ah they've developed a Make Game button.

    If it's any good then I don't see what the problem is. May as well wait till it's out before drawing fangs.
    Reply +9
  • Unsubscribe?

  • scoop 03/08/2014

    @spamdangled

    But how long will you stay subscribed to a service? Once you've drained the back-catalogue, all you have left is future demos and discounts (and that's assuming the discounts are worth the time... PS+ discounts aren't for example). You still have to buy their newest games until they enter the free play list...how long is that? And 5 day trials, where most games can be completed in under a day? I don't think so.

    Look at the Netflix model: you get the new content for free. Not trailers, not teasers, not discounts: it's all included in your subscription, and that covers 3rd AND 1st party content.

    If games publishers have to pursue a model at all, then this is the one they need to pursue. But they should do it under a blanket Netflix like service, so there's more content all-round. I'd be a lot more interested in paying a premium for that, than shelling into any single publisher's library, where most of the old games can be purchased for pennies from Steam or GOG sales anyway. Don't ask me how many games I have from bundles that I've never even (and never will) found the time to play.
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  • scoop 03/08/2014

    Surely the key to a successful (and valuable) subscription service is variety?

    The problem individual publishers have is that their back-catalogue is largely composed of quite narrow IPs. They've done this to themselves by cancelling interesting-but-not-in-our-interests projects in swathes over the years, in the name of restructuring and refocusing and minimizing risk by avoiding "those games don't sell" concepts.

    What does EA have that I haven't already played? Not much - I've done Dragon Age, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Mass Effect and so forth. *Dedicated* gamers get to play most of the games that interest them. I'm not going to be encouraged to pay a subscription fee to play the games that *don't* interest me, like the Sims and FIFA.

    The same goes for Ubisoft and Activision. I've played the ones that interested me. I'm not going to be convinced to pay to live in a very small walled garden.

    PSPlus is different. I do get to discover and play games that wouldn't normally attract my attention (note this is different to games that don't necessarily interest me), or open my wallet to. Not because I don't have the money to buy more games, but I don't -really- have the time to play everything.

    Money, time, interest.

    For my work I already subscribe to too many "professional" services - Adobe, Autodesk, annual updates to god knows how many other packages. It's a headache keeping track of everything and balancing the books. That's my job though. What I don't think would be good is for people to have to go through this sort of thing for their leisure activities.

    Gas, Electric, Council Tax, Water, Rent/Mortgage, Cable, Mobile, Insurance, Pension ..... that's more than enough.

    Playstation Plus, EA Access, Ubisoft Access, Activision Access, SquareEnix Access, TakeTwo Access.... euch!


    Steam Access, GOG Access. Now, those might be more interesting.
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  • Over 4.6m people played the Destiny beta

  • scoop 30/07/2014

    @Uncompetative

    All of these planets are yours
    ...
    Except Europa
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  • scoop 30/07/2014

    Impressive numbers, moreso because it was super smooth and stable. I got kicked into orbit three times total, but even then it didn't get in the way...straight back to where i was. Damned sight better than being kicked to Login and having to sit in a queue for half an hour. Reply +1
  • Bungie reassures fans disappointed that Destiny only has one playable area per planet

  • scoop 28/07/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger 1. Tell that to people who think it is. You'll be here all day.
    2. Fair enough.
    3. I can comment on storyline because there was nothing at all. I'm not the only one who's pulled a glum face over it. Perhaps they want to keep it all secret until it goes Live, but it's the least-wordy game I can remember playing for a long time.

    "Look, big sphere. That's traveller. Some shit happened to him, now he's here, and so are you. Go fight this darkness stuff. What is it? I don't know, they've not told me yet. Who? The writers, silly! Come back in September. Yes, after you've paid for it. That's what faith is all about buddy!".
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  • scoop 28/07/2014

    "Destiny's pretty big," he countered. "It's the biggest game we've ever made, by far, and we're sort of known for making games you can play for months, years, and even decades if you're a little bit... dedicated.
    Playing the same multiplayer maps over and over again isn't what people want from an MMO though.

    That aside I didn't feel the game was too small when played on Sunday, until I hit L7 and reflected on how little time has passed.

    Curious mix of too easy and mentally hard, with the mentally hard coming at you like a paywall (the last encounter in the level 5 area - sweet mother of that was enough to piss me off).

    Speaking of that last encounter, I died 16 times...!...because there's no pause, and it auto-restarts the checkpoint. So tough luck if you need to poo between deaths. At least there's no penalties hey.

    Lot of fun though, and impressively stable for a beta. Major shame they forgot to budget for storyline: It all looks so interesting, but feels like there's nothing behind the curtain...what's that about?
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  • Rust dev angers fans by announcing new prototype Riftlight

  • scoop 28/07/2014

    This is why you should never tell people what you really do during the day.

    Now where did I put my gimp mask?
    Reply +5
  • Where literature and gaming collide

  • scoop 28/07/2014

    A nice read for a Monday morning, thank you.

    In past experience, some of the best designers I've worked with have tried to introduce literary influences to great effect, but they've always sort of gone over the head of the decision makers and so it never gets beyond proposal stage. The "gamers don't want story" debate (a smokescreen for "it's cheaper to make games without a story") of the previous decade didn't help much.

    Little wonder that the renaissance in independent teams is seeing an injection in story matters, and exploring ways to make them more than just a spool of background noise - not just a linear monologue, but player-driven (or circumstance-context-driven), rules-based procedural thinking. I guess a little existentialism is a good fit for that kind of thing.

    So a lot of people building things for themselves because apparently no bugger else is going to do it. That's how revolutions start.
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  • These new The Last of Us Remastered screens sure are purdy

  • scoop 24/07/2014

    @grassyknoll Oh I dunno, I think there's plenty hate to go round these days.

    Key thing is to filter hate from good old fashioned cynicism. The Last of Us is onc of my favourite games for instance, but I'm having a jolly cynical time absorbing the kool aid when people (and I mean media people) start drooling over a port like it's the second coming.

    (although I do respect your 'my-decision' perspective, no cynicism there).
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  • scoop 24/07/2014

    I'm afraid I've got to side with the controversials.

    Is the game pretty? Yes. Does it look like a PS4 game instead of a PS3 game? No.

    Guys, you're getting all hot under the collar as if you've never seen crisp pixels or HDR bloom before. Even the higher resolution textures only really make a huge difference on natural surfaces such as wood.

    Look at the screenshot in the flooded park with the rusty cars. Does anything in that scream PS4 to you? Really, and honestly? Flat water, alpha test lilies? Flat, indistinct car textures?

    It looks good, but not an extra 38 [edit:corrected price] good. PS3+ good. There are no new uber shaders or lighting advances. It's the same game engine running on better hardware.

    Now, just give me a moment to form my viking shield wall...
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  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • scoop 22/07/2014

    @banjo21 It just leads to even more confusion, and costs more to implement (time = money), which incidentally gets passed on to the prices anyway to attempt to recoup the same profit which rarely happens anyway because the market is so fickle. In other words, if I'm going to lose money, I'd just as soon lose as little as possible.

    Better to just either have a free game, or a paid game and leave it at that. Less time risking your arse and hating your job (it's not fun trying to please everyone), more time making more games.
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  • scoop 22/07/2014

    They need a nice Biohazard type badge to stick on the product listings, to identify apps with IAPs in them (paid & 'free'). Reply 0
  • A few extraordinary pledges secure Areal Kickstarter success

  • scoop 21/07/2014

    If I received a letter like that, I'd be finding my passport and worrying about it's legitimacy when I've crossed the border.

    Not a lot of things are scarier than being dragged into that kind of world.
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  • If Star Citizen hits $50m its developers will create alien languages

  • scoop 16/07/2014

    This is getting a bit like the worst Freemium business models.

    "Hey guys look, these 'whales' have loads of cash - they seem to be addicted to spending money on the promise of happiness!"

    "I know, it's incredible, right? Let's make some more shit up to sell!"

    There are people out there spending more money than you'd spend on a damned good education. It turns my gut it really does.
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  • How about Elite: Dangerous on PS4 and Xbox One?

  • scoop 14/07/2014

    The game looks great, but it's not exactly pushing the hardware the way some AAA games do unless you're playing in 4k, in which case grunt is required. VR may be a different story though, as you have to reach that latency sweet spot. Be interesting to see how well Morpheus performs in that regard, considering it doesn't have to support a mad range of GPUs. Reply +1
  • David Braben explains Elite: Dangerous 100 premium beta

  • scoop 11/07/2014

    Is this still going?

    I just gave my niece 50p to go to the shop and get some milk.

    I don't know, but I think she's ripping me off. I don't think I'm going to do business with her any more.
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @PlugMonkey yeah I'm spinning on endorphins - I don't get to play verbal fight club very often lately.

    Keep up the good fight, brother!
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @FladgeMangle
    You. Are. Not. Getting. value. From. This.
    In the space of the two hours or so of this thread, I've not been doing any work, which means I've given up ~80 worth of my time to argue over something that is frankly not worth arguing.

    But there's still value in it, in that I've been entertained. What I'm saying, Fladge, is that you are worth 80.

    Thank you, it is money well-not-spent. :)
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @houldendub
    Minecraft did it best. Offering Alpha at a low price while it was content light and buggy got more people in to test and get ideas from. .... But if 20,000 people bought this at even 5, that's 100,000 in the kitty to play with
    Minecraft: 1 guy.
    Elite: not 1 guy.
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @FladgeMangle
    No video game in history has ever been worth 100.
    What are you, ten years old?

    Not insulting your intelligence, rather insinuating that you can't have played many games if you can't pinpoint any that are worth 100.

    Hell, my monthly phone bill was more than that when I played Ultima Online in the 90's.

    As you say, it's about value to the player. Your values are not the same as the next person's.
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @George-Roper
    I can't. Explain why charging someone a frankly extortionate price tag for a game, to keep player numbers low, is any better for anyone else other than Brabens bank account
    Not wanting to come across as pendantic, but I'm sure you mean Frontier's bank account.

    I appreciate the sentiment of your perspective, as I share it in a broader sense. But what do you expect, in an industry which struggles with risk on an epic scale. Frontier isn't a small company, it has 240+ heads at the last count. You can never, ever be complacent about income at that scale.

    If there's an element of cash grabbing, so be it. If Frontier didn't deliver (I purchased the Beta access 3 weeks before it went live) then I might be a bit sizzled, but they did.

    This and "these" types of early access programmes aren't the problem. The problem is developments that crash and burn, either releasing no product or poor product, because they either played too nice (don't let a gaming community tell you how to run your business), or just weren't up to the job in the first place.

    What does anyone expect to happen? We talk about poor people, as if they matter. This isn't food or essential malaria busting drugs he's selling, it's a luxury item, a piece of entertainment.

    I remember when I first moved down to London, I was shocked that so many people would spend 50 on a little bit of cocaine to make them happy. There's always a price on pleasure, and AAA side of the games industry is a pleasure boat.

    If you want cheap or free, there are options for that out there. They're just not coming from companies who have 240 mouths to feed.
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @bobomb
    braben: "if you know a better way to restrict the numbers accessing a server i'd like to hear it!"
    Guild Wars 2. Limited Supply, come back later.

    As I've said, I don't buy the restriction argument. But as I've also said, I think it's worth every penny if you really want it.

    Nobody is forcing anybody. There are genuine conmen out there, and it's a shallow disgrace to compare the likes of Braben to them. You get what you pay for, if you're willing and able to pay.

    You want to see stupid? Try this:

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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    @RodHull Offline mode included - it's in the current Beta (I believe, I haven't logged in in a few weeks, damn work!:/) Reply +6
  • scoop 11/07/2014

    This was also the first game to get me into electronics since I was a kid. You can add 90 worth of arduino boards and bits to my tally. It always starts with something small..."hey, you can make your own head tracker!", but before you know it you're building your own Cobra-shaped BigTrak.

    Sad, I know. :)
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  • scoop 11/07/2014

    I paid 100 for Premium Beta, and 120 for a X52 Pro. No regrets.

    I paid something like 80 for ESO digital emperial edition. Worse. Purchase. Ever.


    The only problem with prices, is that you have to pay them to find out if they're worth it. You can just wait until the game releases, and there are reviews aplenty to judge before you buy. But if you want to get in early, and are willing to pay to do so, then there you go. If you want to get in early, but aren't willing to pay the asking price, tough shit. It's not a fucking community project, it's a business.

    Re keeping numbers down, I don't buy that either, but that's besides the point. The guy shouldn't be forced to explain himself. At least he delivered, which is more than you can say for a lot of more expensive early access type affairs.

    Final note: What I actually paid, was 35 for early access. The rest is retail + expansion inclusive.
    Reply +5
  • Abyss Odyssey release date set for next week

  • scoop 11/07/2014

    Spiritual successor to Odin Sphere?

    Looks interesting. I kind of prefer proper 2D art but I can see why they chose 3D... just looks a little flat for the effort.
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  • Samsung's Gear VR headset revealed in leaked image

  • scoop 09/07/2014

    What happens when you get text messages?

    Actually my wife would like that. Facebook feed on a (effective) 50ft screen.

    *shiver*
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  • Destiny beta release dates, expansions announced

  • scoop 08/07/2014

    Smells like ESO digital special edition pricing. Not the petroleum, which has an extra S and isn't half as toxic. Reply +1
  • "It's not historically accurate!"

  • scoop 07/07/2014

    @Mugwum
    "If there are more female gamers out there you will see more female protagonists."

    Not true either. The majority of positions of power held within games (and many industries) belong to men. Men hire other men. They make things about men. It rarely matters whether their customers are men or not. This sort of thing was the basis for the blog the other day, which I know you read because you commented on it.
    Not entirely true. These aren't the bad old days of Tomb Raider (which, despite objectifying women, actually turned out to be a really good game).

    For big studios, marketing matters and it's marketing that you pitch to. They are the hand that gives and takes.

    There are a lot more women in marketing than there are on the shop floor, but honestly I don't think that has anything to do with it - marketing is about selling, and until marketing believes that games without male protagonists on the cover (ask Naughty Dog) will sell just as well as those with, the status quo is unlikely to change.

    I also believe that many studios are simply afraid of trying to tackle women in games, because the media is so obsessed with it.

    Bad male character? So what.

    Bad female character? Oh shit.

    It's not just the source end that needs to lighten up, it's the receiving end as well.
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  • Have mobile graphics finally surpassed last-gen console?

  • scoop 26/06/2014

    Impressive, and I don't want to knock it down because it *is* impressive and I really love what Epic are doing, major respect.

    BUT.

    "features full resolution desktop graphics"

    Wait a minute. Not MY desktop graphics it doesn't. Features, yes, detail intensity, no.

    Mind the gap, because you can hurt yourself if you forget to look down.
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  • Meet the Eve Online creator who CCP left behind

  • scoop 23/06/2014

    See, the very best current-gen open world (universe?) sandbox MMO is a spiritual brother to the very first (UO). And every MMO that came after threw away that freedom, which is why we now have oodles of shit MMOs.

    At least someone remembers why the ideas were better back then. Good on him.
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  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter appears in gorgeous new trailer

  • scoop 06/06/2014

    Fabulous use of SpeedTree. Someone has an eye for landscapes and colour.

    But then we see people.

    What happened to the character art and animation? :/
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  • VR sci-fi adventure Loading Human achieves its Kickstarter goal

  • scoop 28/05/2014

    @penhalion I have to admit the 'suspension of disbelief pending' collapsed when I read that. There's such a thing as taking on too much, and doing a poor job of it, vs taking on just enough and doing a good job.

    And most objects are utterly boring in the real world...we only interact with them because we physically have to. It's like FPS games that let you flush toilets. In the real world, when you're in a grotty public toilet, the last thing you want to do is touch anything.

    Ah well. He's a dreamer, and while it's not my cup of char, there's no doubt there're enough fellow dreamers to see him through it.
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  • A €50 virtual reality headset powered by your mobile phone

  • scoop 21/05/2014

    Cute concept, but I'd not want to strap one to my head.

    Mobile phone screens tend to be extremely bright, even on low settings for many, with poor (that would be, zero) control over contrast and gamma -- try putting one in front of your eyes for 5 minutes without seeing stars when you pull it away.

    Oculus Rift's LCDs are specifically chosen for their viewing properties and hardware specs. You have no control over a mobile's refresh rate - some may be locked, some not ... some may be capable of high frequencies, some will be rubbish.

    You can't combat things such as motion sickness if all you're doing is reading a dumb display.

    Gimmick. Nice one, but still a gimmick.
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  • How Firaxis is building its Civilization: Beyond Earth

  • scoop 20/05/2014

    Really looking forward to this, but it looks a bit ...mushy...?

    I've been playing Alpha Centauri recently, and it works so well because so much is left to the imagination. You either do it that way, or you substitute a good imagination with great graphics... but bad graphics that are trying to be good sort of spoils it.

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  • Better without Kinect

  • scoop 14/05/2014

    I might actually consider getting one now.

    We have two kinects (wife bought them both), and I can count the number of times they've both been used on my toes. Fingers are reserved for things that matter.
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  • The fall of Towns

  • scoop 09/05/2014

    @George-Roper We're all chancers in the games biz, even those with 9-5 jobs. Reply 0
  • scoop 09/05/2014

    They screwed up, no question about it.

    Looking at the way people respond though, it sure puts me off wanting to make things for other people sometimes.

    They weren't thieves, nor scam artists. They were just inexperienced and in over their heads, and faced with a community that eats well-intentioned people for breakfast. If all they wanted was the money, they could have cut & run a long time ago.

    Just think of Earth 2066.
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4 and Xbox One delayed by six months

  • scoop 08/05/2014

    Sony & Microsoft... one voice: "Not in that state, pal."


    Btw, need people be reminded constantly that ESO is not made by Bethesda? Honestly, call yourself gamers?
    Reply +9
  • The Longest Journey lead actress needs money for medical expenses

  • scoop 06/05/2014

    @scuffpuppies I agree. However you illustrate the biggest issue with NHS: getting the initial consultation and being fast-tracked to the treatment stage - private healthcare takes care of that for obvious reasons. When something is serious, those extra days (which can sometimes be months depending on where you live, your local GP's work load, etc) can make all the difference.

    The stress of being bounced around and not knowing can sometimes do more damage than an illness on it's own.
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  • Elder Scrolls Online players awarded free game time after "launch issues"

  • scoop 01/05/2014

    @kevinbeaumont
    I know you said you haven't had too many problems, but at the same time you haven't played for 3 days.. In those last 3 days, the server has been offline every day. Tuesday for 5 hours, yesterday for 2 hours, today for 7 hours. There are some... issues.
    That's putting it politely :)

    ESO has more issues than Beano comic.
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  • scoop 01/05/2014

    @mixindave

    give them an actual 5 full days of play time. "120 hours to spend when they want" lol
    That's the equivalent of 500 log-out-for-15-minutes-to-complete-your-quest.

    Bargain!
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  • John Carmack accused of stealing tech from id for Oculus

  • scoop 01/05/2014

    And this is why you should never try to follow your dreams while working for a soul-less megacorp.

    Never disclose your best ideas while under contract to a board room. Paper and ink can ruin lives.
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