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  1. "Like this" was the key there. This was purpose built to enhance the stakeholder's bottom line, which a company is bound by law to do in the US. You don't collect $2.1+ BILLION dollars on supply drops, post a banner, record-setting year to stakeholders and not be able to answer the question "How can you keep this rolling for us".
  2. I was really taken aback at how dead set they were against giving me a refund. Combative, argumentative, just really dead set against giving back my money, which only served to get me fired up and truly pissed off. Spoke to ass-clown Dylan at PS "Support" and then spoke to his manager. Which is really just the joker two cubes over, I am convinced there are no supervisors with any power in call centers. Finally, decided to say fuck it because the PS system, and the tryhard MLG approved sweats that inhabit it, have been a shit show since I bought the stupid thing. Fuck Playstation - I'm still mad about that owner's box you spent over $1mil renovating in Seattle for the ballpark you never visited. So yeah, Am-Ex took care of me, PS banned my account and good riddance. Now seeing how bad the "service" has been from Activision on this launch, I am actually fine with it.
  3. Actually, I tried with the PS version. Was told I could not get a refund on WWII, even before it dropped and during the first BETA. Posted it on Twitter actually. Took the whole thing to AmEx and let them deal with it. Got my money back, but then PS banned my account.
  4. I only found my way here because I was tired of getting beat by lag and technology. Now I find out they are weighting the game experience across hundreds of thousands/millions of accounts? That is some crooked shit. I've already purchased WWII, so I am stuck with it and will play it. But this revelation is something that should be widespread so everyone knows what they are getting into. If you pick this game up as a newb now, there is no way you could ever have a decent experience for a weekend's worth of play, let alone keeping a player base around for 1,000 levels of advancement.
  5. Diptor reached out to Condrey on Twitter and OF COURSE. Condrey got right back to him saying : 1) - This is where professional knee pads come in, Legendary as they are. SMH 2) - ACTIVISION was running in the HIGH 20% for profit off DLC in the late stages of 2014 and into the first part of 2015. The same time frame this "side group" suddenly went out in the woods, all on their own, and developed an algorithm that will ENHANCE DLC profit margins. Then they patented it, which was approved late yesterday. 3) Activision profits from DLC dropped to single 12% for AW before Black Ops 3 dropped. After BO3, DLC profits returned to the low 20's, only to drop in the 4th quarter after IW launched, coming in at 12.56%. No matter what anyone says, you don't design, test and request a PATENT for software like this assuming it's a whim and you intend to put it on the shelf. I do believe that this may have been a dark project, paid for by Activision directly. I don't believe for a minute it was not designed with studio input and that it can NOT be implemented with a hot patch.
  6. If you haven't seen the latest FU to the gaming community from Eric Hirschberg at Activision, here is a great read: (Credit Charlie Intel) Microtransaction Engine 128 COD, and presumably other Activision games, will now be exclusively PAY to COMPETE, and if you are lucky you may win. The engine can specifically sort your gaming experience, going forward, thusly: "in a particular example, the junior player may wish to become an expert sniper in a game (e.g., as determined from the player profile). The microtransaction engine may match the junior player with a player that is a highly skilled sniper in the game. In this manner, the junior player may be encouraged to make game-related purchases such as a rifle or other item used by the marquee player". "In an implementation, when a player makes a game-related purchase, microtransaction engine 128 may encourage future purchases by matching the player (e.g., using matchmaking described herein) in a gameplay session that will utilize the game-related purchase. Doing so may enhance a level of enjoyment by the player for the game-related purchase, which may encourage future purchases. For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, microtransaction engine 128 may match the player in a gameplay session in which the particular weapon is highly effective, giving the player an impression that the particular weapon was a good purchase. This may encourage the player to make future purchases to achieve similar gameplay results.” What they have done is leverage the BILLIONS of dollars made on in-game transactions, not on better gear, better servers or any real interest in giving you a competitive gameplay. No, they spent YEARS developing a new game control algorithm to ensure you are going to get SLAPPED online until you open your wallet. And once you have opened your wallet, the time window for the "advantage you just bought" will last no longer than the release of the next DLC weapons. This has proven to me it's time to give up on Activision. They are specifically weighting the experience so that you will continue to be placed against players with a much larger desire to spend money on a game than the average working player. Streamers and "VIP Gamers" will delight as they rack up 100 kill lobbies, but the other 80% of the community is going to continue to get put at an unfair advantage, which should effectively kill off the CoD franchise and I suspect Destiny/FIFA will get hit as well. I don't know how many have seen the news, it just released on Twitter via Charlie within the last 90 minutes, but I wanted to post my thoughts here for an open discussion. So, who's up for spending $1,000+ to be competitive on in-game content that can't be re-used?
  7. "Improvement usually means doing something we have never done before" Shigeo Shingo <-- Fascinating Engineer and brilliant mind behind the TPS Cheap. Fast. Good. - Pick Two. This is the "Iron Triangle of Manufacturing". Netduma has said the upgrade will be Free. That covers Cheap No one in the #DumaArmy is content with being "good" - we are all driven, highly competitive games (and people). We wouldn't be here if we weren't constantly trying to improve and get better. Good isn't going to cut it. That leaves Fast - Which Iain and Co have said repeatedly they are not going to rush a half-assed product out the door. Fast was never on the table for obvious reasons. And before anybody wants to say "I'd gladly pay for the upgrade if it was available now" - You need to read the Wiki on the "The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" As Winston told John Wick: "Have a drink. And Relax"
  8. I don't know how long you have had the unit, but mine has been upgraded several times for free since original purchase back in Dec of 2014. Anybody have a side by side of what the OS used to look like, and the feature set changes?
  9. A7 was a quality dude that was always looking at that bleeding edge of tech with wide eyes and a mischievous grin. We talked many times in DM's about gaming and the CoD community and had made plans to meet up for a steak dinner, no beer as he had quit drinking years earlier to make himself happier, when we get to Aus later this year. You will be missed Slayer - I learned a lot from you and wish you the most gorgeous of Odin's Valkyrie's to lift you to your new gaming throne. RIPBrother
  10. John Wick 2 comes out tomorrow! I will attending a day showing come hell or high water as I have earned the SHIT out of that over the past 8 weeks. Bloody hell! A home renovation + moving everything you own (3) states away, basically alone, is enough to drive the Pope to drink. For those that like a little something extra, here are a couple of promo pieces from the cool hotel: Continental Quarterly - The in house magazine for those "in the know".
  11. I luv you 2 Fraser! Actually I love all my NetDuma peeps and can't wait to meet some of you in person. While I don't have the Wookie's desire to hold you all close and whisper things awkwardly in your ear , the love is there.
  12. Wick 2 basically in the can at this point and Wick 3 is confirmed. Source Deadpool 2 is in Pre-Production, but I do not expect it to be anything close to the original I am sad to say. The director (on a movie that is apparently up for vote on an Oscar Nomination for BEST PICTURE) has walked off the project. Ryan Reynolds has taken on a much bigger role, including talent casting, so while I am very anxious to see another installment (or five more)....The magic will be lost and I suspect the next one will be one 4th wall break and toilet joke after another.
  13. Looks like the production value is going way up this time around. The movie group has launched a GQ-esque magazine to further educate the fans about life at and inside "The Continental", which is the secret hotel of the high end assassin. http://www.continentalquarterly.com/ I find little things like this a nice touch, it's something for the fans. I hope the movie can live up to this level of attention to detail.
  14. I worked in Cable TV for about 15 years, started as an installer and worked all the way through the ranks. I had wired my own home, and I even I was surprised at the overall LACK of quality in the CATV line feeding my current place. I ended up switching to an ADSL line for my gaming room because the line quality was just better. You may be surprised to see what you are up against outside of your home before those 1's and 0's ever reach the other player. I definitely was surprised when I reviewed my findings. YMMV, JD
  15. From the multiple tests (Ping Plotter) and multiple threads that I have seen, it would appear that BT has a much better and more stable backbone than Virgin. As with any of the available ISP's - they are only as good as the initial construction quality and maintenance program servicing them, but on average BT has yielded better results for gaming purposes as Macca61 indicated above. Good luck and let us know how you get on!
  16. Dillinger


    One thing of note is that last hop is CHOOPA and we know from some testing that A7 has done that is the lesser of the two available options. VULTR seems to have a far more reliable network response, or did as of BO3 when he was testing. A7 - Has anything changed in your area to reverse the initial assessment of Choopa vs VULTR?
  17. Hi and Welcome to the #DumaArmy
  18. Well, there goes the neighborhood. With the likes of those two lurking the halls I pity the sharp tongued troll that enters here unprepared. LOL Congrats Boom!
  19. Wow - Looks awesome guys! I can't wait to be a part of this whenever I am tapped to test. Delays happen, but the guy in charge has now given us an accurate level set and has shared both progress to date and an "expected" timeline. If only Call of Duty would take the same approach instead of rushing out half baked ideas. All I can add is *chirp-chirp*
  20. Lots of online shooting going on with the Q4 releases for software (Battlefield 1, CoD, etc), but Keanu Reeves and Company are hard at work getting ready for the Feb release of John Wick: Chapter 2, with news that a third chapter has already been greenlight and agreed to by both Star and Directors/Creators. If you are like me, and appreciate realism in your action flicks, this will get you going. http://comicbook.com/2016/10/16/watch-keanu-reeves-tactical-training-for-john-wick-2/ Looking forward to this one as the first one was a fantastic breath of fresh air in a super hero stagnant movie pool of late.
  21. 55K plus views! How is this thread STILL active? Did people buy this router out of fear it would be sold out and then just put it in a closet? I am going to choose to believe it worked so well out of the box, most didn't know it could get better. Oh yes it can! Have you heard of the new #DumaOS and the start of the #RouterRevolution?
  22. I've been a tester for NetDuma since before we became #Canaries. I have never bricked my router to the point it was FUBAR and even the lone time it did happen, it was easily resolved. I have nothing but confidence in the code we will be getting and it will be even more awesome. On Topic: I said on Twitter that it looked sweet when we got the first images and it looks even better on a computer monitor. Awesome work guys! Can't wait. As a side note and PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT: Iain/Fraser/guys - This is what a Fuzzy Clam #Canary would look like stalking the offices looking for access. http://imgur.com/a/GIOPr I'm just sayin'.....
  23. Mixed reports, but we don't know if they have been trying things or if they just discovered the problem. Why? Still having issues yourself?
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