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121  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: What's your Steam Sale haul on: July 16, 2012, 04:07:39 AM
Two Worlds II Velvet Edition
Darkness II
Bastion
Skyrim
Trine 2
Alan Wake Franchise
122  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum Consolidation? on: July 09, 2012, 02:13:46 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 08, 2012, 12:38:34 AM

I'll post this here as well, what actual purpose does the sub forum thing do?  It seems to negatively impact the user experience (you can't see if there are any new posts in that board from the main board page) and has no noticeable value other than moving the location of the forum link (which to me is no value at all).

I agree. I don't think sub forum is a good idea. Merging game forums are good idea, but using sub forum doesn't have any benefit. Please move R&P forum back to being a separate forum instead of sub forum of off topic.
123  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Space Ark on: July 03, 2012, 03:36:35 AM
EA convinced Valve to stop "cheapen intellectual property" so no summer sales this year. smile
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Red Bottom Shoes on: June 15, 2012, 11:15:15 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 14, 2012, 06:33:39 PM

Does anyone know where I can actually get some shoes with red bottoms?   I have this bizarre desire to find some now for some reason.   ninja

http://us.christianlouboutin.com/shoes-1.html smile
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 11, 2012, 05:06:14 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on June 11, 2012, 04:30:28 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 11, 2012, 02:12:09 AM

cross posted from OO:

Saw it friday after work.  While I enjoyed it, it did reinforce my opinion that Ridley Scott as a director is, in my opinion, overrated...at least in light of his last decade of work.  The designs and cinematography were great, but I don't believe they lived up to the hype.  I really wanted something new and exciting.  And while I did have fun, I also didn't find anything in it to make it stand out.

As for the story, my issues were:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Our alien creators leave a sign post leading us to their...weapons research facility?    icon_confused

Why did they cast Guy Pearce as an elderly man?  We still haven't advanced enough in film to the point where makeup creates an effective illusion of advanced age.  You've got hundreds of great, older actors out there, for god's sake.  

The last surviving Engineer on the planet is reduced to acting like Jason Vorhees when his ship gets shot down?

If they'd cut out the whole alien pregnacy thing, including the final battle between Space Squid and the Engineer, I wouldn't have minded.  It just seemed tacked on.  Plus, every time Rapace's character ran a quarter mile or so in a full spacesuit after having had major invasive surgery, it just took me out of the film with its goofiness.

Like I said earlier, I enjoyed it, but it did leave me a bit disappointed.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As for why they left the map to a WMD facility...I thought about this too, but they did say that one drawing was 35,000 years old and the dead body was only 2,000 years old, so maybe it wasn't always a WMD making moon?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think you're correct. The planet is either a hub planet that connected to all planets that the engineer visited or it is their closest base to earth. They're not producing weapons at that planet, they're using the planet as the staging area for their WMD attack on earth.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: June 01, 2012, 09:05:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 01, 2012, 07:53:49 AM

Korean Government Raids Blizzard Offices Over Diablo 3 Launch:

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Blizzard can add the Korean Fair Trade Commission to the list of people who were less than pleased about the way it handled the Diablo 3 launch. The FTC raided the game company’s Seoul office on Monday following reports that it denied refunds to eligible gamers, reports the Korea Times.

“We have received many complaints from Diablo 3 users,” FTC spokesman Kim Hyung-bae told the Times. The organization is launching an investigation

The twelve-year wait for the new Diablo game proved anticlimactic for users across the globe when a massive wave of traffic shut down Blizzard’s servers and subjected legions of would-be demon slayers to the unstoppable force of “error 37.” Since Diablo 3 is an online-only game, it meant that even people who only wanted to play single player still found themselves incapable of signing into Battle.net.

Blizzard apparently refused dissatisfied Korean gamers refunds based on sales contract agreements, and the FTC is looking into whether or not those contracts are unfairly keeping gamers from getting their money back after they discover problems with the game.

I hope Blizzard and other publishers learn the right lesson from this. They didn't learn from the Ubisoft's DRM backlash.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Iron Man 3 on: May 31, 2012, 06:48:22 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 25, 2012, 06:33:54 PM

I've read too many articles about too many cast members being added and too many characters (I think we'll need a flow chart diagram on our smartphones to understand who the heck all these people are).

I'm afraid all that was not so right about Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 and other overblown sequels that can't figure out who their main villain is or what story to focus on may still come to pass. Which would be a shame. Hopefully I'm wrong.  paranoid

imho the more recent IM comics they're trying to draw inspiration from are great. I just have a sick feeling they're biting off more than they can chew in one 2 hour film.

I just get the impression when they don't have an Origin story to fill in the gaps, studios get worried and throw in as many secondary characters and multiple villains as possible to fill that gap. But what do we really want? We probably want more of the characters we love, and deeper development of them. And a villain who's memorable.

Right now it's sounding like IM3 could have 3, or 4 villains. imho, one primary, memorable villain and maybe an interesting secondary or "lieutenant" is all you really need. The more they overstuff it, the less chance anyone has to be memorable. I just have a sick feeling they're over-stuffing this. Filming starts soon (or maybe already), so we'll see soon enough.

What if they're only focusing on one or two villains? For example: Start the movie with an action sequence of Ironman defeating a villain before the main title. Then the movie is about one main villain (or two). Then after the story conclude, Iron man face the fourth villain and we get "The End" before the actual fight between Iron man and the new villain.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 04:15:55 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on May 16, 2012, 04:12:47 AM

Okay, I'm an idiot sucker... I'm downloading this now. Can't wait!

Error 37 is waiting for you. smile
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 04:09:11 AM

Quote from: Crusis on May 16, 2012, 03:30:56 AM

Hmm. Maybe I spoke too soon. I just got booted out and can't get back in. I can't remember, did Starcraft 2 have these problems at launch? Annoying, but I'm sure the last thing Blizzard wants is any kind of outage on launch day.

Bummer, too. I was in an EPIC fight surrounded on all sides, taking on some massive beast that towered over me, the blood vial was pulsing, quaff a potion, get ready to finish the beasty and BAM! Disconnected.

Starcraft 2  let you to play single player without requiring constant internet connection to the server.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: May 16, 2012, 02:17:06 AM

Quote from: Misguided on May 16, 2012, 02:12:57 AM

While I suppose I can understand some people (in general) being frustrated with issues today, I think it would be unreasonable to expect the launch of a game of this magnitude to go without a hiccup or two.

It would be reasonable to expect Blizzard to improve in quality of their games. With Diablo and Diablo 2 both had stable launch, it is reasonable to expect the same or better launch with Diablo 3. If it is not because of the client/server DRM, we won't have this big disaster. Blizzard didn't learn from Ubisoft's mistake.
131  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: May 08, 2012, 06:41:56 AM
Is there a trial version for this? With the action based combat, I don't know if it is playable with the higher ping rate between my location to the server.

132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: May 06, 2012, 10:51:23 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on May 04, 2012, 05:59:07 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 04, 2012, 03:28:26 PM

PVP Online's Scott Kurtz weighed in (not that he's objective with Whedon, he came up with the "Joss Whedon is my master now!" slogan afterall  icon_smile) on Twitter:
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Scott Kurtz ‏ @pvponline

Best. Superhero. Movie. Ever.
icon_cool

I'm going to have to disagree with that.  It's an awesome movie, but it's not the best superhero movie ever.

Also, there's absolutely no reason to see this in 3D.  It is a conversion, after all.

So what is your best superhero movie ever?
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sim City V!!!! on: March 12, 2012, 02:48:05 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2012, 02:39:16 PM

To me it's more about EA's attitude than about the quality of Origin. I refuse to support companies that treat me like shit, which means both EA and Ubisoft currently get the middle finger from me. I'm continually amazed at how many people proclaim that you should "vote with your dollars", yet almost nobody has the backbone to actually follow through. I do, and I will.

I guess you need to boycott Steam, too. Steam/Valve is known to treat customers like shit like locking people from accessing all of their game because of payment problem. Trying to get a customer support to answer a ticket in weekend? It is almost impossible with Steam. With Origin/EA, you get a reply within minutes.


134  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 on: March 09, 2012, 01:18:06 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 07, 2012, 11:22:21 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 05, 2012, 03:39:53 AM

Quote from: Razgon on March 04, 2012, 07:43:01 PM

Would you guys use touchscreen at home on your laptops or stationary computers?

No.  Touchscreens are a compromise at best.   I have no desire to reach up and touch my monitor all the time - seems like an ergonomic nightmare.

Agreed.  I can imagine (maybe) on a small laptop, but I think what I'd prefer is to have the entire lower portion under the keyboard serve as a giant touchpad.  I saw that suggested somewhere.  That way you get the touch capability and feel without getting your grubby fingers all over and having to reachto the monitor constantly.  On a larger screen that's kept further away, I'd agree it would be an ergo nightmare.  Even on a 20" screen I'm sitting far enough that reaching for it would be annoying.

So somewhat like NDS design? Two screens, one big one without touchscreen and one small one with touchscreen build on lower portion of the keyboard? Depend on the application, the small screen can 100% mirror of the big screen or show special control box screen if the full screen application support it. Or maybe get rid of the keyboard and have the lower half of the laptop as a big multitouch touchscreen which can work as a virtual keyboard when use as regular laptop but can also work as a touch screen?

And on a desktop design, also have a tablet as the controller? Somewhat like the design of the new Nintendo console?
135  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Meet Buddy, the Dog who Votes Democrat on: March 05, 2012, 01:14:46 AM
It doesn't matter how many fake voters you have to vote for you if your opponent can manipulate the voting machine to change votes. smile
136  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Limbaugh: Contraception advocate should post online sex videos on: March 03, 2012, 11:49:02 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 03, 2012, 10:57:23 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 03, 2012, 07:01:19 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 03, 2012, 03:56:51 PM

I take no position one way or the other, on one hand you have a catholic university who before she enrolled KNEW she wasn't going to get contraception insurance but took it anyway, and on the other hand, you bring up the good point of some women needing birth control even when not sexually active.

Yes, because so many high school seniors make their choice of college based on how much coverage they get on their health care. Every high school student thinks he/she is invincible. I should know, I was one once. Sidenote: I realize Sandra Fluke is a Law student but the point still stands. If the University is barring graduate students from medicine associated with reproductive systems then they certainly are barring it from undergrads.

But consider this. Say you're a fine upstanding Catholic young woman. You're a virgin, and Georgetown U has accepted you. You attend and in your first year of college you find out you're getting more and more blood when you have your period. You go to Student Health Services and find out you have Von Willebrand disease. No biggie, says the doctor, a lot of folks have this, and yours seems to be genetically inherited. You're probably getting increased blood loss because your body is in its most fertile part of its lifespan. He goes to prescribe you iron pills and birth control pills to help regulate the periods so you at least don't suffer too much blood loss (because wooziness and lethargy from that won't help you study in college).

You say "thanks doc" and then give an OH SHIT when you realize the Georgetown U policy is to not cover the cost of the Pill for sluts like you (sarcasm intended).

Fluke is 30 years old, hardly just got out of high school yesterday. Didn't she also say something about her previous insurance she could get contraceptives with? Sounds like she knew exactly what she was getting into before enrolling in a catholic university.

Not that I'm saying the university is right.. but rather that people should take responsibility for their own actions. I'm sure your description fits a certain number of women, and that part I agree with.. but lets be realistic, if they start mandating contraception be included in insurance then isn't that going to increase premiums? No way the insurance companies aren't going to pass that cost on to us with a higher monthly bill.. so whether you need contraception or not, you're still going to be paying for it.

1. Contraception is included in the current Georgetown health plan for the faculty and staff.

2. Let's be realistic, if they start mandating health insurance to pay for health care? No way the insurance companies aren't going to pass that cost so whether you need healthcare or not, you're still going to be paying for it.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: February 23, 2012, 10:17:08 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 23, 2012, 09:26:42 AM

And sure, they could technically delay ME3 to include it, but that means another lengthy final testing phase to retest the entire game again for approval for the combined package.

Doesn't make sense to me. If they are going to release the DLC on day one, doesn't that still require them to test the DLC with full game as combined package before the release date?

138  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: February 08, 2012, 06:55:50 AM

Quote from: Arkon on February 07, 2012, 10:08:40 PM

I'll be damned if I could find it now, but I swear I recall reading some stats about WoW, and the real cash cow is the casual players, not the hardcore.

Not surprising since there are more casual players than hardcore players. Not everyone can join raid weekly.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Amazing Spider-Man on: February 07, 2012, 10:34:50 AM
Trailer 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rokU4KaGU4I
140  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: February 07, 2012, 07:07:31 AM
So equipment is the only reason to PvP? So what if you and your entire guild PvP until you all have the best equipments in game, then no reason for PvP in this game = you and your entire guild gone.

Using equipment to entice people to PvP is disastrous to the longetivity of the game. Eventually people have all the best equipments so the game designers have to come up with another tier of "best equipment" and turn the previous tier into mediocre equipments. Eventually people will tired of working to get equipments then have those equipments become worthless because the game need better equipment to get people to PvP.

Instead of doing that, they should make it so people PvP because it is fun or challenging. Or give storyline reason to PvP. Don't copy WoW endgame PvP design.

141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thought Ubisoft's 'always connected' activation was bad? It gets worse. on: February 03, 2012, 12:55:09 AM
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Offline modes will not be impacted.

Misleading because to enable Offline modes for most games that are protected by the sucky DRM, you need to be able to connect to Ubisoft's server at least once.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kinect on the PC! Move too? on: January 10, 2012, 03:47:48 AM
Kinect for XBOX 360 requires a relatively big space to use. Is it the same with Kinect for PC?
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: From the things not to do on FaceBook dept..... on: January 06, 2012, 03:09:35 PM
Another thing not to do on Facebook:

Not the best way to promote shark's fin product using Facebook.
144  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Majesty for Apple iPhone and iPad is free today on: January 01, 2012, 08:12:39 AM
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
145  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 31, 2011, 02:30:58 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 30, 2011, 07:59:17 PM

Sorry I missed your post yesterday. If I was to rate those that are available on Steam my ranking would  be Rome > Medieval 2 > Shogun2 > Empire or Napoleon. I've only admittedly ever shoulder gazed my nephew playing the latter two, but I wasn't as nearly impressed with them.

I bought the Total War Mega Pack and Shogun 2 plus all released DLCs.
146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 30, 2011, 06:11:56 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 30, 2011, 06:01:39 AM

Quote from: Crawley on December 29, 2011, 06:45:44 PM

Not much today. Not sure about these prices too. LOTR: WITN was like $15 on Green Man. And Dungeon Siege 3 was $5 on Amazon the other day (but does not come with Dungeon Siege 1/2).

Have to say yesterday's winter achievements for Dungeon Defenders and Revenge of the Titans are freaking impossible - or at least so hard its not worth it. Was having fun trying the achievements up to that point.

Have won 3 games for completing these achievements so far (Fallout collection, Worms Crazy Golf and Left 4 Dead) and a bunch of coupons. Not sure what to do with the coal. Roll the dice or turn them in to another coupon/game.

Wow you are lucky! All Ive gotten for completing achievements so far has been a bunch of coal and bullshit coupons.

Same here, I think I got 18 rewards and only got 3 coupons and 15 coal. Then I turned it 14 coals and got 2 more useless coupons.
147  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 30, 2011, 03:28:28 AM
Question about the Total War series. If I haven't played any Total War games since Rome one, which one is the best for me to pick up now that they're all on sale? Or maybe that grab all of them?

BTW, there is also Total War Mega Pack for 12.49, you get all pre-Shogun 2 games on Steam including DLCs, but if you buy separately by adding  Empire & Napoleon Total War : GOTY + Medieval II Gold + Rome Complete you can get it cheaper than the Mega Pack by 2 cents. smile

To get all Total War games that are available on Steam, you pay $26.12. This is tempting.

EDITED TO ADD:

Be careful if you're going to buy Medieval 2, If you add Medieval 2 to your cart through that Total War holiday sale page, you'l get the base game without Kingdoms expansion.

If you go directly to Medieval 2 page, you can probably find Medieval 2 Gold edition which include Kingdoms expansion for the same price.

For some region including mine, Medieval 2 Gold isn't available to buy so to get only Medieval 2 and the expansion, you need to spend extra $1.24 for the expansion. For region that Medieval 2 Gold is not available and you're going to get all pre-Shogun 2 games and expansions then buying Total War Mega Pack for $12.49 will save you $1.22 instead of being more expensive by 2 cents.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 30, 2011, 12:33:48 AM

Quote from: Laner on December 30, 2011, 12:24:38 AM

I'm fully aware of who said what.  Grue is right.  Mike knows he has a huge megaphone.  And he knows that internet denizens can have sociopathic tendencies.  The fact that he thought hanging this guy out to dry (who was clearly in the wrong - don't misunderstand) and let the collective nerd rage loose on him was the wrong decision - a classic case of two wrongs not making a right.

So you're for self censorship because it might cause problem? We should not post complain about a bad behaviour because the internet denizens can have sociopahic tendencies? We should not report about bad people because people might send death threats?

Mike didn't do much more than post the e-mails on his site. I don't think it is wrong to do that.

149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 30, 2011, 12:28:17 AM

Quote from: Laner on December 30, 2011, 12:13:55 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on December 29, 2011, 10:31:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 10:11:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 29, 2011, 09:40:44 PM


Save your sympathies. They are lost on him.

That's the thing...I'm not sympathizing with him.  I want everyone to play nice.

You don't want people to play nice. You want victim to take the abuse and keep quiet about it.


Way to put words in his mouth.  

No one's suggesting the guy should've just rolled over.  But does anyone honestly believe death threats are an appropriate response to poor customer service?

No, but he was not just complaining about the death threat part, he claimed that Dave should choose not to send it to internet news site and choose a more subtle (maybe more quiet?) way to do it.

Here is Grue's words:
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Dave probably should have taken it through the various avenues that are available to him that don't involve looking like you're trying to incite a lot of drama by going to various Internet news sites to try to get publicity.  There are more subtle ways to take care of bad business practices.

Here are list of possible way to deal with it:

1. Contact the company which was what Dave did.
2. Ask to speak to supervisor or manager which is impossible with this case because all e-maill to the company is managed by Paul.
3. Contact CEO. Probably also useless because any letter from customer to the CEO is probably going to this Paul again.
4. Report to Better Business Bureau. Pretty ineffective.
5. Report to media (which was what Dave did when he contacted Penny Arcade about it).

I think it is over the line to threaten the guy or his families, but Grue was totally wrong in blaming Dave the customer for reporting it to Penny Arcade. If you don't think he should report it to media to try to get publicity about the bad business practices then you're supporting the idea of take the abuse and keep quiet about it because there are no other effective way to deal with this guy.

By reporting to Mike, Dave got N-Control to finally respond with a deadline for delivery. Dave got N-Control to give people who preordered and got charged but didn't get the product as promised, the $10 discount that new customers can get if they now order the product.


150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: The Ocean Marketing customer service debacle on: December 29, 2011, 10:31:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 10:11:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 29, 2011, 09:40:44 PM


Save your sympathies. They are lost on him.

That's the thing...I'm not sympathizing with him.  I want everyone to play nice.

You don't want people to play nice. You want victim to take the abuse and keep quiet about it.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 29, 2011, 10:25:08 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 29, 2011, 08:57:52 PM

Dave probably should have taken it through the various avenues that are available to him that don't involve looking like you're trying to incite a lot of drama by going to various Internet news sites to try to get publicity.  There are more subtle ways to take care of bad business practices.

More subtle way like what? Writing to tell others about it is exactly the best way to deal with bad customer service like this.

Dave got what he want, a $10 discount for him and all other customers who preordered. If he chose to go through the company, it'll still go to this Paul guy. If he chose to go to better business bureau, it'll not result in anything. So that left him with complaining to the media.

152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 29, 2011, 07:51:50 AM
A press release from N-Control:

http://gamerfront.net/2011/12/n-control-responds-to-ocean-marketing-fiasco/15260

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*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***
AVENGER CONTROLLER DISMISSES MARKETING CONSULTANT,
TAKES BACK MARKETING AND SALES OPERATIONS

Miami, FL— Wednesday, December 28, 2011— N-Control, makers of the Avenger Controller accessory, have categorically dismissed third party contractor Paul Christoforo and his marketing operation, known alternately as Ocean Distribution or Ocean Marketing. This separation from Mr. Christoforo extends to all business interests of N-Control, its founders, and its officers. Mr. Christoforo does not and never did own, in whole or in part, a stake in N-Control LLC nor its affiliated companies (Kotkin Enterprises, iControl LLC).

Following the publication of an email chain between Mr. Christoforo and one of N-Control’s customers, punctuated by Mr. Christoforo’s acknowledgement of his conduct, N-Control immediately proceeded to extricate Mr. Christoforo’s access to their email and social media accounts, a process that is still ongoing. In the interim, a Gmail address and Twitter account ([email protected] and @AvengerDefender, respectively) have been set up for press inquiries and customer service needs.

David Kotkin, the inventor and founder of the Avenger Controller, created the product to help one of his students who had a physical disability. The student wanted to play games the way that everyone else could. The Avenger evolved from a homemade solution for a deserving child into an even more sophisticated controller accessory, capable of enhancing even the most skilled gamer’s performance.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to be a part of the gaming community in a fun, positive way.” said David Kotkin, Avenger founder. “I created the Avenger to make people happy. I deeply regret that so many people have any negative feelings toward it as a result of what has happened, especially since I’ve seen first-hand what an impact it can have on gameplay.”

Kotkin continued, “What I’m most concerned about is doing right by our customers. We have dropped the ball by giving them delivery estimates that did not come through as expected. We didn’t expect that the demand would be so great, and we should have done a better job communicating that. Our new team is taking all necessary action to correct that going forward. I hope that people will give us a chance to earn back the faith they may have lost.”

All existing orders will be honored, and PS3 Avenger pre-order customers will all be extended the same $10 discount that some have already received. To clarify, customers who have already received $10 off their pre-order are not eligible for an additional discount. N-Control agrees with “Customer Dave” that all of our PS3 early adopters deserve to be rewarded for their trust in the Avenger.

N-Control would like to publicly apologize to existing and potential customers, as well as the gaming community at large, for allowing Mr. Christoforo to abuse his power so unforgivably. The Avenger was invented to provide greater accessibility to disabled gamers, and bullying tactics are the last thing that should be associated with this product.

In the effort to dispel various misconceptions that have been forwarded via news reports and social media, N-Control is offering the following clarifications on a variety of subjects:

N-Control has hired an independent consultant, Austin, Texas-based Moisés Chiullan (@moiseschiu), to field press inquiries and oversee sales and marketing operations going forward. They ask that customers and the press alike bear with them as they field the tens of thousands of emails and other messages that N-Control has received. It is his intent that N-Control should respond personally to everyone who has emailed the [email protected] address regarding this situation.

“We have to move forward and take care of Avenger’s customers,” Chiullan said. “I can’t worry about the fact that there isn’t a bus big enough for me to throw Paul Christoforo under. The internet did that for me. I think they set him on fire too.” He continued, “I just hope that people will have the common decency to leave his wife and child out of all this. They didn’t send those emails, Paul did.”

All PS3 Avenger pre-orders are currently slated to ship by January 15th at the latest. Some orders will ship in advance of January 15th. In consideration of the events of the past two days, N-Control ask their customers to bear with them as they sort out updating individual order estimates. General updates regarding shipping will be regularly delivered to customers starting next week.

At no time during his tenure with N-Control did Mr. Christoforo have direct access to customer credit card information. N-Control does not retain any customer credit card data for online orders, which are all processed via Google Checkout or Paypal.

Ocean Marketing aka Paul Christoforo owns no stake in the Avenger Controller nor N-Control, and does not stand to profit from further sales of the device either through N-Control or authorized resellers.

Contrary to how Mr. Christoforo may have presented events (in public or private), N-Control never directly endorsed nor had knowledge of his communication with customers in the manner found in his correspondence with “Customer Dave”, who still wants his Avengers, despite everything that has transpired.

Steps have been taken to ensure that all future customer communication is transparently visible to management at N-Control. N-Control regrets sincerely that the trust they placed in Mr. Christoforo was so abused and betrayed and, as a result, may have tainted their reputation with existing and potential customers and partners.

Regarding “Afternoon Artists”, a company registered with the Florida Division of Corporations that lists Paul Christoforo as Treasurer, N-Control has the following statement: “This secondary business has never so much as opened a bank account, much less operated in any form outside of paperwork being filed. It was originally intended that Mr. Christoforo would serve as an investor in this company, which, again, has never operated in any capacity, nor will it in the future.”

N-Control employs Eli Schwartz as a part-time Social Media Consultant. He is an enthusiastic high school student who became one of the Avenger’s earliest super fans, meeting the founder at a trade show. Mr. Kotkin is proud to encourage the development of a bright, enthusiastic young person like Eli.

Eli Schwartz is not, however, in charge of Marketing or PR for N-Control. Previous news reports have credited him as Marketing Manager, a title Mr. Schwartz gave himself without the consent or advance knowledge or N-Control management. This occurred during the period of greatest upheaval following Mr. Christoforo’s dismissal, and N-Control regrets that this mixed messaging reached the public. All press inquiries and media requests should instead be directed to Moisés Chiullan at the [email protected] address.

Contrary to rumors and speculation, Eli Schwartz’s Twitter account is his own and not controlled by Paul Christoforo. Mr. Schwartz is a minor, and consequently, N-Control would appreciate the press and the public’s discretion in their dealings with him.

For the foreseeable future, N-Control’s official Twitter account will be “@AvengerControl”, as N-Control does not have access to “@NControlAvenger”. N-Control is not responsible for the content of any Twitter feeds associated with Paul Christoforo.

For the foreseeable future, N-Control requests that customers discontinue use of the toll-free phone number displayed on the AvengerController.com website, as well as any other means of contact found there. Instead, customers should direct communication to [email protected]. They ask for patience due to the events of the last two days. Keep an eye on @AvengerControl on Twitter for updates.

For more details regarding N-Control and Avenger Controller, contact press agent Moisés Chiullan, at [email protected].

For more information, follow Avenger Controllers on Twitter: @AvengerControl

Seem like this Kotkin guy was really bad in choosing people to work with. A 38 years old asshole as marketing consultant and maybe business partner that now get thrown under the bus for screwing up badly? A teenage kid as a social media consultant?

153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 29, 2011, 02:03:18 AM

Quote from: Blackhawk on December 28, 2011, 05:23:41 PM

The business owner made some mistakes.  From what I've read about him, the guy is an art teacher selling a product he made for disabled kids.  He doesn't seem to know much about running a business.  I think he just learned that.

Unfortunately, the asshole he hired to do his PR may have sunk his business (which really does seem like a worthwhile endeavor), and will end up walking away with nobody the wiser.   People will remember the controller, not the soon-to-be-changed name of the marketing business run by this con man.

According to http://www.examiner.com/video-game-industry-in-national/ocean-marketing-gaming-pr-rep-to-avoid-at-all-cost the business owner seem to be fishy, too. And the business owner has deeper relation with Paul Christoforo than his apology letter suggested.

Quote
Update 7: I was recently tweeted at by @TheSchwartz173 claiming to have additional details from the owner of n-control and makers of The Avenger peripheral regarding their take on this whole ordeal. The full statement is below:

 We apologize for our poor representation from Ocean Marketing. We wanted to give Paul a chance. He was rough around the edges, but he had drive and enthusiasm.

However his behavior was unprovoked, unnecessary, and unforgivable. We are no longer represented by Ocean Marketing.
 
David Kotkin
Owner/Inventor
Avenger Controller

...

I discovered that on Amazon David Kotkin was on a bit of uneven footing not that long ago on 11.24.11, prior to yesterday's events with Paul Christoforo and Ocean Marketing. Scrolling down beyond the 1-star review reveals comments from David Kotkin's Gaming Pro Amazon user profile to other users. Notably, according to user C. K. Ahlstrom, "There's a review on your account saying that you bought one of these things (and loved it). Now your posting with an email account from avengercontroller.com and offering support for it? You also posted the same negative review for three of your competitors products. I wonder if amazon will want to know you post reviews for your own product while posing as a customer." Looking deeper into the Gaming Pro user, thanks to cached reviews shows that David Kotkin's Gaming Pro user profile does indeed try to derail his competition while lauding his own Avenger product, but this appears to be the tip of the iceberg.

...

Update 24: Received a large bit of information from Dan Sparks who opted to share what he discovered for SomethingAwful.com after spending some time on the phone with Paul Christoforo:

 Apparently I am now an Investigative Journalist or something.

I just got off the phone with Paul, and he had some vaguely interesting stuff to tell me about his relationship with David.
Firstly, they met in January this year, at CES, and they have worked on various things (such as Afternoon Artists, which they incorporated around August 2011), so the story that Paul was hired by David without him having any idea of his competence seems pretty unlikely.

He also said:

* The kid with the disability was the inspiration for the controller, according to David
* His friendship with David is "on the rocks right now but we are friends"
* He wasn't hired by David to deal with the marketing for the controller as much as he was "helping him in a limited capacity taking those customer service calls."
* He has no idea about the Amazon reviews - what they were or who wrote them. "I don't know what he does day-to-day - I'm in California and he's in Miami."

He really has no idea how badly he fucked up here, either. He's got interviews for Spike TV and Forbes lined up, and he's going to tell them the same stuff he told MSNBC, and that he told me - he had a bad day, and he figured that Penny Arcade/PAX wasn't really a big deal, so he felt justified in telling this guy to go fuck himself.

Right now he says he is in damage control mode - I made sure he'd got his girlfriend to set her facebook account to private for the time being* - but he really doesn't understand why anybody thinks he's an idiot, and as long as that remains the case he's going to continue hurting himself. In a similar vein he was obviously upset that his criminal record had been posted but seemingly more concerned with it being posted than having people know what he had done: "people are vicious, they'll use anything to make you look evil."

I asked him how he felt about David and the other guys distancing themselves from him, and making him seem like he was just a bad hire. He said that he doesn't exactly feel like he's been hung out to dry, and that he is hopeful that the press release that is going to be put out ("they're going to put out a press release soon; I just got off the phone with them") will put him in a more positive light.

I would imagine that, given how David Kotkin has played it so far, he is completely hanging Paul out to dry, but I guess we'll see, if that press release ever surfaces.

 
*Context: Paul and his girlfriend's facebook accounts were found and posted online, I let him know his girlfriend's account was viewable and he got her to make it private for now.
Special thanks again to Dan Sparks for sharing everything he discovered. It makes this round-up significantly more complete than it would have been otherwise.

154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 21, 2011, 04:57:04 AM
Yesterday:

Orcs must die + DLCs.

Today:
Tropico 4 + DLC that is on sale and the DLC that is not on sale.
Dungeons of Dredmor: Realms of the Diggle Gods DLC.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: December 20, 2011, 02:21:56 AM
OWS is in the movie? Catwoman is part of the 99%.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Steam down? on: December 19, 2011, 02:16:43 AM

Quote from: frost on December 17, 2011, 05:48:06 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on December 16, 2011, 01:27:48 PM

According to NVidia, the dying PC gaming sales is going to surpass console gaming sales in 2014.

As a PC gamer, I can only hope that's true. 

Somehow, though, I don't see how that will happen.  What is their logic based on?  Maybe I've been misled on recent trends, but sucky consoles are still going strong.

http://techgage.com/article/nvidia_talks_pc_gaming_trends/

I think they expect PC gaming sales continue to rise each year following the current trend and the console gaming sales are going to slow down until the next generation of XBOX, PS, etc. are released which is likely to be after 2014.

By PC gaming, I think they include digital download PC games, MMORPG, free-to-play, DLCs, facebook social gaming, etc.

157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Steam down? on: December 16, 2011, 01:27:48 PM
According to NVidia, the dying PC gaming sales is going to surpass console gaming sales in 2014.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC gaming more expensive then consoles? on: December 14, 2011, 03:26:25 AM
Also the comparison should include the following scenarios:

PC gamers need a PC for non gaming purpose, so the cost of PC gaming is only whatever parts that PC gamers need to buy to be able to play games on his PC. So maybe only include cost of graphic cards and some extra RAM, plus the cost of games.

Console gamers have TV for non gaming purpose, so the cost of console gaming is really just the cost of the console itself plus cost of games.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlock: Master of the Arcane on: December 09, 2011, 07:50:18 AM
New Master of Magic?
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Downloads- Is this Accurate? Could use some advice... on: November 25, 2011, 04:07:44 AM
I don't think they'll refund. This is why most people wait until last day to buy stuffs that are not in the daily sale. Steam's official policy is no refund at all. Their unofficial policy is to only refund preordered games before they're released. Once a game is released, you can't ask for refund.

My experience so far with customer support of digital download stores, Steam is at the bottom of the list. Origin/EA is at the upper part of the list since they can gift you something or refund you if you have trouble with your order.
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