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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 > Windows 8.1 Mouse Fix
21. Re: Windows 8.1 Mouse Fix Nov 11, 2013, 09:56 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Nov 11, 2013, 09:34:
Pigeon wrote on Nov 11, 2013, 09:14:
Even Vista was whipped into shape by this point in its development cycle. At this point I'm starting to wonder if there's something fundamentally wrong with their base UI that they have a hard time getting things to work that have been working just fine for the lat 20+ years. More likely they're still busy trying to cram a UI better suited for smart phones and tablets onto a PC. I really don't understand their insistence on having this interface on a non-touch screen device. Common sense would say have a touch screen mode and a mouse mode.

There's no incentive for them to do anything because, like Vista, even after it's fixed, people don't know it's been fixed or don't believe people who tell them and ignore the OS anyway. Better to just wait until the next version when they can make a fresh impression.

I don't see much reason for altering the interface anyway. Shit, I've been on Windows 8 for months and months now and I basically never see the Metro bullshit. I use it in the exact same way I used Windows 7. Windows 8 has had a negligible impact on my workflow. And aside from the Metro UI, just about everything in Windows 8 is improved from Windows 7 in the same way Windows 7 improved on Vista. Incremental, but pervasive updates.

One of Microsoft's biggest failings with Windows 8 was communicating what's new besides Modern UI, aka Metro. Partly because there's really not that much - as you say, it's incremental - but their push to get people to use Metro killed Windows 8 in the eyes of many consumers because the implementation was heavy-handed and Metro has a very Microsoft failing: it's shit.

Like you, I don't see any Metro crap and while it's wrong that I had to install 3rd party software to properly get it into shape, it's hardly a big chore. I like Windows 8, there's really nothing to make me recommend upgrading from Windows 7 - even free, it's not worth the hassle unless you need to reinstall anyway - but if you do need to buy Windows now, I see no reason not to choose Windows 8.
 
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News Comments > Windows 8.1 Mouse Fix
7. Re: Windows 8.1 Mouse Fix Nov 10, 2013, 21:26 Quboid
 
Windows is long dead? What percent of the articles on this site don't refer to Windows software, 25%?

I'm not saying that it's got a great future or anything, but I think the obituary is rather premature.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 8, 2013, 14:39 Quboid
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 8, 2013, 10:23:
Verno wrote on Nov 8, 2013, 10:13:
Badges for watching video, wow. That's a new low.

It was low when it was introduced in gaming. Then they improved it some (in some games) by making the tasks challenging in different ways. Its still low though and serves no real purpose.

Badges for watching video somehow manages to compromise the integrity of something that had zero integrity in the first place.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround
53. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround Nov 6, 2013, 21:51 Quboid
 
Massive install size for mediocre textures? That's not Quake 3, that's Rage.

Has anyone looked to see what is using all this space?
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround
37. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround Nov 6, 2013, 15:01 Quboid
 
Prez, you're talking about a slightly different thing to what I think most people here are talking about (correct me if I'm wrong folks). To me, and I think this thread, how good the AI is is not a question of how effective the AI is. It is a question of how believable the AI is.

Really good AI should be more human-like (or dog-like, i.e. whatever-it-is-simulating-like). That doesn't mean they're an excellent shot or superbly observant - in fact at times it means quite the opposite, as anyone who's ever been sniped from 1KM away by a grunt with an AK-47 in Operation Flashpoint will know all too well. Something I appreciated in Dishonored was that the guards are very poor at looking up which is somewhat realistic; people actually are much less likely to notice something that's not on their level.

It's disappointing to see that the basics are still so inconsistent. If I see your AI controlled character gets stuck endlessly walking into a barrier then I'm never going to be able to get quite as immersed in your game again.

What made HL1's and FEAR1's AI so good? Are they actually good by today's standards or were they just so much better for the time that they stood out. Case in point would be FEAR1's bullet debris, it looked amazing but going back to it now it doesn't look that great any more - at the time doing more than drawing a mark on the wall was cool, but destructible terrain has come a long way since.

I remember being impressed by how HL1's soldiers stayed in cover and IIRC moved when squad mates covered them. However, I don't remember anything in Half-Life which isn't pretty common place now. The AI in heavily scripted games like CoD is suspect as it appears to be reacting to level designer cues (when player crosses line A, spawn at B, run to C and duck) rather than actual decision making. Perhaps Half-Life was doing exactly the same. For all Arma's AI's problems, I would guess that Arma 3's AI is vastly more complicated than Half-Life or FEAR's.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround
27. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround Nov 6, 2013, 14:10 Quboid
 
Call of Duty will get masses of sales to people who refuse to believe that it sucks (especially if it's gloating BF players telling them this) or who don't really hear word of mouth. The effect of a bad release (by Call of Duty's standards) is more likely to be seen in the sales figures for the next CoD. If this is true then Treyarch will get screwed for IW's failings.

800 max ping. Even when I played on dail-up, that was about 3 times my cut-off. It's more than 12x my cut-off now.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Ghosts
10. Re: Dog! Nov 5, 2013, 11:07 Quboid
 
Ant wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 10:58:
nin wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 10:05:
Let's just cut to the chase here: Does COD Dog die?

Sort of, it turned out to be an android.

...

Really?

I presume you're joking but it's CoD.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
23. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 4, 2013, 19:50 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 17:54:
Remember this is the politically correct crowd we're dealing with. On one end they want a kinder gentle world. On the other... THEY WILL FUCKING KILL YOU IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY! Sort of how Hitler worked. I love you! I love you! I kill you all!

Internet hates parents to, anything a kid does wrong, parents fault. Even though they never listened all that well to their parents.

** Godwin's Law Klaxon **
 
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News Comments > Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Announced
3. Re: Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Announced Nov 4, 2013, 15:30 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 13:08:
So are they going to take us down to Paradise City?

Where the grass is stained red and the girls are subjugated?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 4, 2013, 12:16 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 11:45:
Tip-toeing through your entire life as if you're in a room full of strangers is just not a way I'd want to live.

Yeah, Boston Marathon Victim is inappropriate for say, trick or treating or going out to a club. But why does anyone do anything edge or inappropriate around their friends? Because they can.

There is a constant low level pressure to censor yourself in life, and if you're not a sociopath, you give in to that pressure. But when you're with your buddies, away from people who don't know what's in your heart, you can just let yourself go for once without fear of judgement, and other people don't judge because they themselves don't want to be judged for whatever social norms THEY decide to let go for a while.

She went into work like that so she was in a room full of strangers, and she posted it to not-exactly-private Twitter. I associate Hallowe'en with a street carnival so I must admit the idea that this could be private didn't even occur to me but I don't think it occurred to her either.

(On a completely separate note, kudos to whoever thought that a street carnival on the evening of the 31st October in Northern Ireland would be a good idea. Anyone wearing a 'slutty' costume quickly becomes a slutty smurf.)

Batman, a local costume shop had 'zombie Osama' last year which seemed massively fucked up to me. I get that they were going for the "haha he's dead" angle but it's still a horrible shit who murdered thousands.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 4, 2013, 11:32 Quboid
 
NKD wrote on Nov 4, 2013, 10:45:
Internet Neckbeard Justice at work. Someone offends you? Clearly they need to be murdered, raped, and their family too. Fucking idiots need to get a grip.

This is inevitable when billions of people are connected. Anything you do could be scrutinised by many millions and if that does happen, what are the chances that none of these millions of people are complete idiots? I would attribute this to "stupid people" rather than any sub-group but that's neither here nor there.

These asshats have made me feel sorry for someone who actually thought that a Boston Marathon victim was an appropriate costume.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2013, 08:29 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 17:21:
I thought Chewsday was Guy Fawkes day. Renember, remember the 5th of November....


Good point. Perhaps the celebrations start at 23:59 on the 4th, as the plot was uncovered during the early hours of the 5th. I didn't know anywhere outside the UK cared, it must have followed the emigrates out there.

It amuses me that he's associated with anarchy. He was trying to bring in Catholic theocracy, about as un-anarchist as you can get.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
9. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Nov 4, 2013, 08:21 Quboid
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 19:45:
Cutter wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 17:14:
No, he's not. He only exposed what many of us already took to be fact anyway. Fact is no one cares. Where's the outrage? The protests in the streets? The recall initiatives of politicians who support crap like this, the Patriot Act, et al. Where?

There is none. Social apathy, laziness and greed is now complete in the US. The elites realize they can do whatever the hell they want now and no one will lift a finger to stop them. In fact, they're only expanding their powers and grabbing more and it's all happening publicly now. And still no one bats an eye. If America ever was a democracy it sure as shit isn't now.

At least we're having conversations now that we were never having before.

Wasn't there a protest in DC a week or two ago? I didn't hear much about it, which either means it wasn't very big or the media decided to ignore it. Probably both.

There's debates in the UK parliament about this and the ISC (Intelligence and Security Committee, who are supposed to keep GCHQ/MIx/etc in line) had to dance around the fact that they clearly had no idea that most of this was going on.

If Snowden's actions still needed justified - and considering him anything other than a hero at this point must be wilful ignorance - then there it is, the UK government's intelligence oversight committee needed Snowden/Greenwald/Guardian to tell them what's happening.

There's a difference between "what we all know" and what was reported years ago and what Snowden has done. A few reports here and there can be swept under the carpet and suspicions could be dismissed as tin-foil hat nonsense. Now, it's impossible to ignore (even the papers which are slamming Snowden are lapping up the news) and any politician dismissing such concerns as tin-foil hat conspiracies just makes them look like they're part of the problem.

I'm not saying much will be done. A few extra checks will be put in place and a couple of programs will be shut down and then things will blow over and they'll go back to doing what they've been doing. The biggest change might be that the next Edward Snowden gets killed before s/he can go public.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 3, 2013, 22:23 Quboid
 
Thanks Jag. I'm tempted, but I'll wait to see how it develops for now. Asteroid physics and suchlike seem like they'd be important.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 3, 2013, 15:38 Quboid
 
Hoop, where do you live that jumps forward at this time of year yet cares about Guy Fawkes night? Do Australians celebrate?  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 3, 2013, 13:49 Quboid
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 13:09:
nin wrote on Nov 3, 2013, 12:17:
Someone sell me on Space Engineers

It's a very early build (being alpha and all) with not that much to do. Right now, you can build spaceships block-by-block and pilot them around. There is also fairly impressive damage and deformation when things run into each other. The game does use Steam Workshop, so you can check out how sophisticated some of the builds can get.

This is from the same people who made Miner Wars, right? It was an interesting concept which ended up as a disappointing arcade shooter, if this is more sandbox-y I might be interested.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
32. Call of Duty and Battlefield are higher-res on PS4 than Xbox One Oct 31, 2013, 14:28 Quboid
 
Digital Foundry also had a chance to take a look at both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Battlefield 4. Once again, the Xbox One version runs at 720p, while PS4 runs at 1600x900, giving it about 50 percent more pixels.

The hell? Aren't these both supposed to be next gen consoles? Shouldn't they at least push PCs at the time of their launch? I'd expect PCs to walk all over a console several years after it's released, not several years before. Are the console versions of BF4 doing something more than the PC version?
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2013, 13:28 Quboid
 
Spektr wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 12:05:
"Powerful" as opposed to "we give a f.. about what she's doing"

the whole concept of the Sims could produce interesting games if it was made by the like of rock star games. Instead we have an aseptised franchise with dumbed down gameplay. Oh wait the dumbed down gameplay was in Sim city..

You look to Rock Star to make games that aren't dumbed down? I'm not saying GTA is bad but man is it dumb. Dumber than SimCity, which was more broken than anything. GTA's driving is about as dumbed down as driving gets. Basic health system, simple weapons, simple characters, ADHD police - about the only aspect that isn't dumbed down is the open world freedom. (I'm assuming GTA5 is the same as the earlier ones.)
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed
9. Re: Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed Oct 29, 2013, 10:53 Quboid
 
I feel a lot more tired of modern shooters than I ever did of WW2 ones, although that may be because of the way they're made rather than their setting (or because I'm getting old but I'd rather not focus on that).

I never got my money's worth from BF3 because of the unlock system and I won't be buying BF4 because of this. Aside from the annoyance of not getting to play with the toys I've paid for, the unlock system affects the balance.

Being worse than everyone else is an occupational hazard when you don't play that game or ones like it very much but to be worse than everyone else and have worse gear and no kill streak bonuses and so on - this adds injury to insult by actively disadvantaging me.

Edit: "Better to complain about it than to do something" - perfect summary of Bluesnews/the Internet/mankind/all living creatures from eRe4s3r
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
6. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 28, 2013, 22:11 Quboid
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 28, 2013, 22:04:
While FO 1 & 2 are my fave games of all time. 3 rocked pretty good - even with the transition to 3D - and FONV rocked even harder. So yeah, I'm down with 4 when they come out with it. And mean while, yes we have some old school isometric goodness on the way from a few KS games. Life is good right now.

Amen!

Even if Wasteland 2 is a brilliant game, and that's a big if, Fallout NV is great and if we get Fallout 4 in a similar vain, as well as Wasteland 2, then the only people who can eat it is anyone expecting any productivity from me.

I never actually finished FO3 thanks to a crash near what I assume was the end and which I attributed to mod problems. I might give it, with DLC, another go. Once I finish Dishonored, and Arma, and DX:HR:DC, and Gunpoint, and Papers Please, and oh dear god I need more time!
 
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