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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders
45. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders Jan 17, 2015, 10:39 Quboid
 
yuastnav wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 10:16:
Ozmodan wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 09:44:
On the other hand, there are a ton of used GTA V games out there for consoles. Don't know why anyone needs a PC version after it has been out so long.

Because some of us don't have consoles?

That's my reason. I won't preorder as I found GTA4 unplayable but if initial reports are positive I will buy it pretty quick.

The music removal is the worst thing IMHO. Taking content (especially Tom Petty) away from people who had bought it is scummy and this was just a few months ago.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders
37. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC Preorders Jan 17, 2015, 09:10 Quboid
 
Iurand wrote on Jan 17, 2015, 06:20:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 20:13:

^ this... a gazillion times this. Don't fall for the retarded hype, people. Grow some balls, get some standards and give R* the finger that they deserve! If you absolutely have to buy this game, buy it on PS3 or PS4

Yeah, show them, that if they won't make their games better, you will buy them anyway on other systems...

Wait, what's the incentive to make better PC ports?

Grow some balls and send them a message: treat us like second class citizens and we will fold and validate your decision to prioritise consoles. Treating the PC like an inconvenience? Well we'll just do much the same. Ha!

That'll show 'em.

Pirating is much the same. I wouldn't stop anyone even if I could but don't pretend you're doing it for noble reasons. If you want to boycott, boycott.
 
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News Comments > H1Z1 Refunds
19. Re: H1Z1 Refunds Jan 16, 2015, 21:35 Quboid
 
Are any of these games any good? The Forest looked promising but it's largely solo. Are 7 Days To Die or Life Is Feudal showing any promise as games and as well managed projects?  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 15, 2015, 19:51 Quboid
 
Those are slightly contradictory articles about Google Glass but it doesn't look healthy. AFAIK the current model was never meant to be a permanent release ($1500!) but there might not be a new model.

Personally I don't agree with the privacy concerns but it seems like a neat device with no real purpose in the foreseeable future.

If nothing else, its legacy will be a wealth of technical and social knowledge.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 15, 2015, 19:01 Quboid
 
mag wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 18:01:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 17:24:
/Thread jack -

So I mentioned last week that I saved some data from my old man's laptop. Well, it has hardware failures that probably made it do what it did - so I ordered him a new laptop.

Came with Windows 8.........hmmm...he doesn't even have a MSFT account.....proooooooobbbbably going to format and install Win7....

Thoughts?

Win8.1, with the big Update that further de-stupided the UI, combined with Classic Shell, is pretty usable. There are still some pretty dumb decisions, but really it's not bad. Filesystem performance is way better than Vista or Win7, and personally I'm glad Aero is dead.

Edit: Which is to say--I actually like Win8.1 Pro better than Win7 Ultimate, once I had it tweaked the way I liked. And I never had to create a Microsoft account for it. I guess you do if you want to install apps, but you can't use the apps at all on Win7, so.

I like Windows 8.1 too, for much the same reason. I use Modern Mix and Start8, I find them a little handier than Classic Shell but they cost $5 each.

With Modern UI (aka Metro, the tablet UI) gone, it is just a slightly tweaked version of Windows 7. It's not really worth the hassle of upgrading from Windows 7 (never mind any expense) but if you need a fresh Windows install, or as in your case it is already installed, you just need to get rid of the new UI.

Using Classic Shell or MM/S8 adds another layer of complexity to matters. They use insignificant resources but it's one more thing that can go wrong and if your old man isn't particularly familiar with computers then that could be a problem. In a couple of years I've only had a few prompts to update MM and S8 but you never know.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2015, 22:25 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 13:21:
Spintires is 9.99 - anyone recommend? Looks like ablast.....

No, that price is pushing it for what's little more than a tech demo. The mud physics is excellent and it's a neat idea but there's not much of a game to it and the developer has said that there probably won't be future development because of a dispute with the publisher.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released
9. Re: Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released Jan 13, 2015, 22:26 Quboid
 
I've actually been enjoying it for a couple of hours. It is a lot longer than 30 minutes but there is always a timer ticking down which isn't what I personally want in any game and especially not an open world one.

Actions like taking outposts (the new map is about a quarter of the size of FC4's), doing karma events or taking down posters add time to the countdown and what you get carries over into your next run - weapons, XP, skills. The map gets reset but you are stronger so your next run takes you further.

It's a nice idea and $10 is a good price for the amount of content - but IMHO the timer stops this from being anything more than a few sessions' worth of fun.
 
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News Comments > Medieval Engineers Announced
8. Re: Medieval Engineers Announced Jan 13, 2015, 16:04 Quboid
 
From their newsletter:
We are excited to announce Medieval Engineers, our second "engineering" game. As you may already know, the first, Space Engineers, was released in October 2013 and sold over 1 million copies in its first year, and is still keeping its bestseller position.

Apparently Space Engineers was released over a year ago. Someone should tell Steam, it is still unfinished according to them.

I can understand them having a few projects in different stages of development but by going public with this it looks like they aren't properly focused on Space Engineers. It should be bad for business, making your product out dated before it is even released (as in finished, not E.A.). If they have decided that it's not bad for business, they presumably feel that Space Engineer's sales have largely finished and aren't worth pursuing which doesn't bode well for the game.

I played it soon after its "release" and enjoyed it a lot. They've added a lot since then and maybe it is ready for actual release - which means they could maybe talk publicly about a sequel in summer without it looking like their priorities are messed up.

Miner Wars was disappointing but that sort of risk is what comes from crowd funding, caveat emptor and all that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 13, 2015, 00:00 Quboid
 
Slightly higher bitrates like 256Kbps isn't what they mean by HD audio.

The last time I bought music, it was the Deus Ex HR soundtrack from a post here. Someone recommended I get the CD; I bought the MP3s and made a smartass remark about old technology. The MP3s were 128Kbps... Embarassed

There's more to it than bitrate but generally I'm happy enough with 256Kbps music and TBH I probably couldn't tell the difference between that and 192Kbps on my current hardware.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 11, 2015, 20:57 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 21:22:
Quboid wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 17:31:
Are there actually "PCs are dying" articles? This article says that a year ago pundits were declaring it dead yet almost exactly a year ago I was wondering the same thing.

The same point still goes, that these articles could simply be on sites that I don't visit and Blue doesn't link to - there's always someone saying something stupid somewhere on the Internet.

Pc dead means different things to different people. To Steam users the PC Death has been debunked many years back now. Home media systems, perhaps dead enough. Business comes and goes, more of upgrading plans which for each company is different. There is a time it is saturated until the next big jump happens. Phones and tablets will hit the same walls in time. For an investor, yes perhaps it is dead, that is the last thing I care about when it comes to is the pc dead. Games are as healthy as ever, probably by a long ways better. Dev/management tools are pretty solid and plenty of choice, for a person who needs a pc, I don't see many weaknesses out there today.

I'm a bit late (back) to the party but good points HS. There's plenty of ways to look at it, gaming seems to be doing well but I wouldn't see a PC manufacturer as a particularly good investment - although I haven't looked into it or anything.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Earns $21M; New Content Coming; OS X Beta Status
4. Re: Jan 10, 2015, 10:44 Quboid
 
Their bull projections seem to be ... well I suppose exactly what they call them. Optimistic would be a nice way of putting it. Still, 550,000 sales is damned good.

The odd thing IMHO is that all their projections expect sales to significantly increase over time. I know that they plan to add more content to the game but to expect sales to increase in anything other than a best-case scenario is very strange to me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Jan 9, 2015, 20:09 Quboid
 
It's their error, not Blue's. I'm sure I've seen someone like Jim Sterling deliberately make this exact error when referring to shoddy releases.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 8, 2015, 18:45 Quboid
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 18:36:
There's like a ton of inventions that aren't going to have the same impact that the previous generation of the same invention had but to go around suggesting that they will be ignored is ludicrous. Intels 5th generation CPU's will not be revolutionary. They are evolutionary. They are better than their 4th generation Core CPUs. But will they be ignored? Hardly. Streaming is fine when it works and where it is available. But you have the same elitist attitude as the original article poster. Not everybody on planet Earth has Gbps fiber to their homes. You can only revolution something so many times. That's why Windows 8 is a complete failure. Trying way too hard to revolutionize something that didn't need to be revolutionized.

A market will remain but the relevance of physical media has decreased and I believe will continue to do so. It will be a long time before enough people have a good enough connection for consumer physical media to be entirely irrelevant but I think it is fair to say that it fading.

(I like Windows 8 but hey... )
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 8, 2015, 18:32 Quboid
 
I like Bluray, IMHO it is the best way to watch a film so I've never agreed with Blue's (comic-exaggeration'ed) dismissal of it but I can't see "Ultra HD Bluray" (ridiculous name, more buzz than the drawer beside your mom's bed) or any other physical media having the impact it had - and it didn't have the impact of DVDs or ye olde VHS which were ubiquitous in my day. Streaming has already put Bluray's best days behind it.

Enthusiasts and people with poor net connections will keep some sort of market afloat but the days of my local supermarket stocking any films are probably ending. I happened to look at a local electronics store (Currys) for their games were they used to stock hundreds of titles and now they sell ... some pieces of cardboard with Steam codes on them. That is one dead market.

(Note: I added the second paragraph while DukeFNukem was composing their reply so despite appearances they didn't ignore this; it didn't exist when they hit reply. Sorry.)

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 8, 2015, 17:31 Quboid
 
Are there actually "PCs are dying" articles? This article says that a year ago pundits were declaring it dead yet almost exactly a year ago I was wondering the same thing.

The same point still goes, that these articles could simply be on sites that I don't visit and Blue doesn't link to - there's always someone saying something stupid somewhere on the Internet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2015, 14:22 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 14:02:
Quboid wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 13:24:
Neither do I. If the excuse of "nothing to do with us" is valid, it's valid. If it's not, it's not. Severity has nothing to with it.

I absolutely disagree, context matters. Either way I'm not going any further down this road, that whole gamergate shit will just derail things.

From him, that doesn't surprise me. From you it does.

First off don't try to attribute other peoples text to me, I supplied my own that could've been easily used. Second I've lived in muslim centric areas for years and my text comes from my personal experiences. I'm generalizing out of necessity when dealing with a broad subject like this one, I don't believe every single muslim is necessarily responsible.

I did use your text, I only used Cutter making the same mistake more explicitly to reinforce my point.

Why on earth do you think people being incorrectly blamed for something much much worse than gaming's ills are going to be any happier with the connection? How is that any more fair? The only relevant context I can see is that you're making the same old mistake about something much more significant.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2015, 13:24 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 13:14:
Quboid wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 12:59:
This reasoning "works" when you put in any beleaguered group. Something tells me that my modifications aren't going to look quite as palatable when it's us who are being told we're responsible for the actions of other people who, to outsiders, appear to speak for us. The actions of these terrorists are a hell of a lot less representative of Muslims than the actions of the most objectionable gamers are to many of us.

(If you think I'm calling any gamers terrorists, you are completely missing my point.)

Ugh, why would you try to conflate these two unlike situations? Tell you what, if gamers were actually blowing up people, shooting people and attempting to undermine society as a whole I would get involved. When it affects our collective societies, yes action is required to preserve that. I don't think "gamergate" qualifies as equivalent.

Neither do I. If the excuse of "nothing to do with us" is valid, it's valid. If it's not, it's not. Severity has nothing to with it.

Look at that shit Cutter has posted. " If they don't step forward and actively fight against this alleged perversion of Islam, then it isn't a perversion. Prove the western haters wrong. Or prove them right." Never mind that several Muslims died yesterday, including a cop who died because he was trying to protect free speech, nooooo. That's not enough. It's got to be Muslims versus Westerners because he can't understand anything more. From him, that doesn't surprise me. From you it does.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2015, 12:59 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 11:15:
I'm more tired of the excuses from gaming communities. Its an extreme minority that is not representative of our culture, we wash our hands of it and the like. Do these guys have to follow through on their threats before they wake up and start to acknowledge the problem? There seems to be a pretty thin line between moderate and extreme gamers, many developers and authors have been threatened by gamers who claim to be concerned about ethics.

Is there any reasoning with people who want the rest of the world to strictly adhere to one sided bronze age cultural standards? Is tolerance really working? Can these two disparate civilizations actually co-exist peacefully? I often wonder.

This reasoning "works" when you put in any beleaguered group. Something tells me that my modifications aren't going to look quite as palatable when it's us who are being told we're responsible for the actions of other people who, to outsiders, appear to speak for us. The actions of these terrorists are a hell of a lot less representative of Muslims than the actions of the most objectionable gamers are to many of us.

(If you think I'm calling any gamers terrorists, you are completely missing my point.)

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2015, 18:39 Quboid
 
That's one aspect of VR that I don't really understand. Are things like this treadmill 1:1? Am I going to hit the gym before I can play Far Cry? I don't think I am quite able to sprint the length of Kyrat. Even smaller scale games like Wolfenstein, that's a lot of sweat. I don't want that and it makes a VR headset much less comfortable (already my biggest concern) and liable to slip around especially if you're moving your body.

There's potential for some really amazing fitness games if the comfort issue can be sorted out but for most VR content, I don't see the point.

Tracking arm, hand and finger movement makes sense. It's not without problems (lack of tactile feedback, knocking over your beer, getting tangled in a wire) but I can see how that would add to the experience, rather than remind me that I'm not built like B.J. Blazkowicz. And yes, I had to Google that spelling. Sue me.

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News Comments > Razer Unveils OSVR Headset
10. Re: Razer Unveils OSVR Headset Jan 6, 2015, 16:25 Quboid
 
Called it!

Those specs do seem a bit low, I wonder if they're rushing to beat the Oculus Rift to market. I hope the Rift is 2560x1440 @ 75hz at least.
 
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