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Nickname Quboid
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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
Total Comments 4323 (Master)
User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4
3. Re: New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4 Jan 6, 2014, 12:48 Quboid
 
I'm pretty sure every mobile chip in the last 10 years has blurred the line between desktop and mobile performance and is doing so 3 or 4 years sooner than someone who stands to gain from making it look good expected.  
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4. Re: Worst PC game launches 2013 Jan 1, 2014, 09:15 Quboid
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 00:26:
SimCity was bad, but nothing tops X-Rebirth. 7 years in development and a shell of the former game series.

Well, 10 years since the previous SimCity and defecating over the former games in the series from a great height.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: Worst PC game launches 2013 Dec 31, 2013, 20:22 Quboid
 
SimCity has to top it IMO. SimCity was the biggest flop in gaming history to me; on a subjective bases it was just awful in almost every way. That there is just a glimpse of a good game at times almost seems to make it worse, it could have been so good.

I do think that the free game was a nice touch, I didn't expect them to go that far and I think they deserve a bit of credit for that.

X Stillbirth is just sad. I'll cut Egosoft a lot more slack than I'll cut EA/Maxis but I think Stillbirth (not my idea) sums it up perfectly. Dead on arrival, this isn't a game that can be patched or modded into shape. If Egosoft survive long to enough take lessons from this and come out with X4 (i.e. go back to the spirit of the previous X games), there might just be hope for them and for the X series.

Battlefield 4 has passed me by as I'm sick of paying for toys that I never unlock. It doesn't seem anything like as bad but that's looking at it from a distance.

Total War: Rome 2 seemed worse but again this is from a distance. The dishonesty in pre-release footage and promises of AI make Creative Assembly, who I'd previously had masses of respect for, one to avoid. The same old problems with AI which had previously put me off the series still existed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 31, 2013, 00:29 Quboid
 
Oh man, the Cyrix. That taught me a couple of good lessons; that the value of a single hertz differs between chips, and that if something seems too good to be true, it's probably bullshit. I got a Cyrix 166Mhz (I think) which cost a good bit less than the Pentium 133Mhz I had intended to get so I was delighted ... until I actually tried testing it and it got outperformed by a Pentium 80Mhz.

Unreal was amazing looking, in particular I was always very impressed by its software renderer. Naturally it was a step down from its own Glide/OpenGL hardware renderer but I think it looked better than most 3D accelerated titles did at the time, while needing nothing more than a decent 2D card and a high end CPU.
 
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News Comments > Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record
33. Re: Steam Hits 7.6M Concurrent User Record Dec 30, 2013, 15:46 Quboid
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 14:32:
Creston wrote on Dec 30, 2013, 14:22:
Adblock plus = never see ads on youtube.

That is why I ask. I thought I had pretty much state of the art setup with my browser.

Waterfox
No Script
Addblock
Ghostery

I get zero malware let alone viruses. Let me check to see if something shut off. But does Addblock actually stop embedded advertising youtube video's? I've run the thing so long, I guess I don't know what normal behavior could be. I thought it got rid of adds around the content you want, not in the actual video area itself.

Running checks...

Now it's not like everytime. But when I close the tab and come back say on hour later, there is now a very good chance a adv plays prior to the content I want.

Checking, everything is running, now is it working? I'll keep an eye out.

It does filter out embedded ads - I also didn't know this until my father showed me some music videos and most of them had ads.

I'd be surprised if they couldn't make these effectively unskippable. Don't transmit the actual content until $ad_length seconds, for example. People's motivation to hide the ad will be reduced if they're going to have to wait that long anyway. Plus, Google (among others) are paying Adblock Pro to be on their "acceptable ads" whitelist.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
1. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Dec 30, 2013, 13:23 Quboid
 
Are there any equivalents to Football Manager that are popular in North America? I never hear of any but I'd have thought your stats-heavy sports would be ideally suited to such spreadsheet games.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 30, 2013, 13:19 Quboid
 
BBC Micro 2, I think. I think it was the 2nd 32KB edition.

My first PC (as in, x86/etc), hmm. I'd used my brother's 486 SX 16Mhz 4MB when I was introduced to gaming (Lotus Cars, Jetfighter, Doom) for a bit but I think the first I actually owned was a 486 DX 100Mhz 8MB. That was crippled by the RAM, when I'd delivered enough newspapers (in the snow, uphill both ways of course) and got 32MB my Quake framerate went into *double* figures.

Come to think of it, when I first got it I couldn't afford a keyboard or monitor. I borrowed one to get it set up (my brother installed Linux for me) and then used a telnet client he wrote in BBC assembly to log in to it from my BBC Micro over a serial connection. I could connect and read fortunes or hunt text based Wumpuses. Wumpuii?

Awesome. Kids today don't know what they're missing.

I got a Raspberry Pi from Santa (actually from the same brother), the first thing I did was install fortune
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 29, 2013, 20:07 Quboid
 
Likewise, the DRM put me off. I picked it up after the SimCity debacle when the DRM had been removed, TBH I don't like it as much as Anno 1XXX, the future setting didn't float my ark.  
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News Comments > On Sale
21. Re: On Sale Dec 29, 2013, 20:04 Quboid
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 17:47:
Prez wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 16:33:
So, the Swapper.... It has universally positive reviews. Could it be the platformer/puzzler for a guy who doesn't like platformer/puzzlers?

And while I'm in the inquisitive mood... just what is it about Euro Truck driving that makes everyone love that game so much? Is it cathartic in some way you could only understand after playing it or is everyone just fooling around? I prefer my trucks to be snuggly...

I grabbed Euro Truck Sim 2 because I don't understand the appeal. I watched the video and you drive cargo around...

It's an experiment. Let's see if I like it.

I decided to grab it since it's on sale and I thought it would be a nice game to try the joystick Santa got me (Saitek Cyborg FLY5, since you ask). It is fun, more fun than it has any right to be, in quite a peaceful way. Reversing articulated lorries into a cargo space can be rather less peaceful but it's a fun challenge.

It's nice having a space joystick throttle axis for brake. This makes manoeuvres like reversing a little easier.

How's SimCity 4's compatibility with recent hardware and operating systems?
 
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News Comments > Hello Games Flood Follow-up
12. Re: Hello Games Flood Follow-up Dec 29, 2013, 16:11 Quboid
 
The first civilisations were near flood zones for their soil fertility but outside of exceptional cases (swamp farmers with houses on stilts, i.e. properly prepared) I think early man generally stayed away from living there, or at least attempted to.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Dec 28, 2013, 11:46 Quboid
 
I got my brother X-Plane 10 for Christmas so I've been checking it out while he's staying with me. It's definitely up there with MS Flight Simulator X on early impressions. There's loads I've yet to look into, such as AI traffic or mods.

It's not as pretty as Aerofly FS but it's certainly not ugly (unlike previous X-Planes I'd tried). Probably better than unmodded FSX at the same frame-rate but I'd like further options (particularly extended view distance (edit: apparently the default weather options limit the view distance and it can be improved by customising the weather settings)) as I'm already close to maxing everything out. I'd expect a flight sim to be more future proof.

It comes on 8 DVDs and the installer lets you choose what parts of the world you want to install so it takes from 6GB to 75GB of space. You can re-run the installer and add or remove specific regions, it's very handy if you have an optical drive.

I got a Saitek/Mad Catz Cyborg FLY5 joystick, it's pretty good if you're looking for a good, small stick. Dual throttle is nice but not as much use as I'd imagined - landing an F/A-22 with the air brake bound to the second throttle is much easier but apart from that, it's been little use so far as I don't usually fly multi-engine craft.

The best thing is the thumb scroll wheel (which is just 2 buttons as far as games are concerned). For the first time ever, I've got nice elevator trim controls! It's a Christmas miracle!

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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Free
61. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Free Dec 26, 2013, 13:03 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 12:59:
What they should have done is give this away during the last 3 hours of the sale. Not right smack in the middle.

They should put the extra load on the servers when people are checking out the last deals and when people can't just drop back in later?
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Free
57. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Free Dec 26, 2013, 12:40 Quboid
 
This was a nice thread until you said someone was full of shit. You make baby Santa cry.  
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Free
50. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Free Dec 26, 2013, 11:46 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 11:39:
Beamer wrote on Dec 25, 2013, 19:36:
Wasn't someone arguing with me during the SimCity debacle that steam.never has unplanned downtime?

contrary to what some here say, building capacity to fluke peaks is idiotic.

A fluke peak, sure. The Steam sales aren't a fluke peak. They know damn full well that their concurrent usage goes through the roof during the Steam sales, and yet they refuse to prepare for it. (because they know that people will just keep trying until they get through.)

It means more profit for them, but it's a shitty way to treat your customers.

Those of you who still believe that Valve/Steam cares about customer service can now gently lay that myth to rest.

I think =JpS=SgtRock has probably nailed it, it might not be enough to simply add more hardware. They're sure to lose some business over this, I nearly didn't bother to download L4D2 (which presumably they want, even though there's no money directly involved).

This is something they need to deal with should have dealt with and one would assume they're not anticipating server demands to decrease in future.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 25, 2013, 11:57 Quboid
 
Merry Christmas everyone!  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Wings over Flanders Fields
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Wings over Flanders Fields Dec 24, 2013, 19:44 Quboid
 
It seems like a very good flight sim. I've no idea why I kept my CFS3 CDs (yes, CDs!) but it's just as well. I'd like to know what why it needs CFS3 at this point, it looks and runs like a modern flight sim.

FYI, you don't need to bother installing CFS3, you just need the disc(s).
 
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News Comments > Next Car Game Early Access and Demo
12. Re: Next Car Game Early Access and Demo Dec 24, 2013, 16:10 Quboid
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 20:44:
Quboid wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 19:02:
I got a Steam code and upon activation, Next Car Game was added to my games list. There's a 380MB download from their site (as well as the 117MB free demo) and a 1.2GB download on Steam so I've no idea what's what.

The 380 MB download is the technology demo, seen here. The Steam download is the pre-alpha with the demolition derby and races, seen here.

Thanks. I didn't realise there was a playable game yet so that's a nice surprise and is more fun than any racing game I've played since Track Mania 1 (never got into the follow-ups). During Destruction Derbies, I've found that I've got an uncanny ability to go Leroy Jenkins into a crowd of cars and miss absolutely every one of them. I should try dodgeball.

The expanded physics test is even more fun. I'm sure the novelty will wear off but firing black holes at AI drivers is fun.
 
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News Comments > Next Car Game Early Access and Demo
8. Re: Next Car Game Early Access and Demo Dec 23, 2013, 19:02 Quboid
 
Sold!

(I'm not paid by either Bug Bear or Nerd^3)

Edit: it actually is on Steam, although there's no store page. I got a Steam code and upon activation, Next Car Game was added to my games list. There's a 380MB download from their site (as well as the 117MB free demo) and a 1.2GB download on Steam so I've no idea what's what.

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News Comments > On Sale
34. Re: On Sale Dec 22, 2013, 11:51 Quboid
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 21:03:
Cutter wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 19:16:
If you're agreeing with that tool than you're just as bad as he is. How dumb are you? This is entirely about personal tastes and personal ideas about what constitute value, and those are subjective.

When you post your subjective opinion about taste and sales discounts on the internet you open it up to people criticizing it. No one has to respect your opinion, there isn't a law or rule that says your opinion is some special entity that everyone else must tap dance around so we don't offend you.

If you don't like the sales then buy things somewhere else, there have been a ton of great sales on all digital services this winter so you really shouldn't be lacking for opportunity unless you're just whining.

Discussion of the subject, yes, but to say his opinion is objectively wrong is wrong. He made an (implied) subjective comment and Jerykk said "The lack of objectivity some people display is astounding." - while agreeing with Cutter makes me feel deeply uncomfortable, naturally, a subjective list isn't trying to be objective. The criticism is that it fails to be something that it isn't trying to be.

You don't have to respect his opinion but you do have to recognise that it is his opinion.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Dec 22, 2013, 09:42 Quboid
 
Apparently Rise Of Flight is more of a flight simulator with many aircraft and authentic paint jobs. OFF (and presumably WOFF) is more of a combat simulator with a good dynamic campaign and front line.  
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