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News Comments > Game Reviews
13. Re: Game Reviews Dec 9, 2008, 15:39 Morgan19
 
*cough* BULLSHIT

You are extremely over-exaggerating, or your computer sucks monkey balls.

Thanks, you must be sitting here looking at my computer. How could I possibly know what it does, eh? Please.

Steam *starts* quickly, yes. But when I launch a game and it takes minutes to get through the "preparing the start XYZ" then yes, that's an issue. I've had the same experience on my old system and the one I just built that I'm on now. It's not my computer.

Steam starts up in under 20 seconds for me.

I bolded the part you should pay attention to. Not everyone is you, nor has your system. I thought it was fairly clear that I was posting on MY experience with Steam and why I didn't like it. Note that I didn't say it's what you should think. I honestly couldn't care less how it runs for you: if it's a hindrance to me in my experience, that's all that matters when it comes to how my games play.

(EDIT-) Just for kicks, I ran Crysis, GTAIV, and HL2 just now. From clicking on the icon to getting to each one's ingame menu, Crysis loaded in under 15 seconds, GTAIV in about 35 seconds, and HL2/Steam took almost four minutes-- again, with the most time at the "preparing the launch..." window. Call my computer crap if you want, but seeing that big of a difference between a hog like Crysis and the Steam-laden HL2 does stick out in my mind and, I think, would warrant a grimace in Steam's direction in my experience].

Yes, it's not quite the 5-10 minutes I'd said, granted. But when one supposedly bloatware-laden game like GTAIV starts that quickly compared to Steam, I'm prone to notice. My only point was that GTAIV's loading/programs isn't as bad FOR SOME PEOPLE as a lot of folks seem to be having experience with.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Dec 9, 2008, 12:25 Morgan19
 
Unless I'm mistaken, though, there's a difference– keyloggers are made specifically for facilitating the stealing of information. Is there any indication that LIVE or SocialClub do that? Do they do the whole "anonymously send info back home" thing? I don't mind having to run a couple extra background processes, as long as the don't get in the way– I'm not going to write the game off simply because of that requirement. Of course if there's ever any indication that either one is stealing info then yeah, that'd be a different story.

To be fair, I wouldn't purchase any other game that required this much hoop-jumping and do agree it's on the crazy side. But since I don't own a PS3 or 360 and probably never will, I jumped on the chance to play one of my favorite series on the platform I can and have been pleasantly surprised on how well it runs, even with the extra install of stuff, considering how many issues I've read about it.

So far I see this situation as akin to in-game ads: lots of people complain about them, but I'd rather enjoy a fun game than simply writing it off because of an ad on a billboard that I'll never pay attention to anyway. Like I said before, if the extra couple programs don't harm my computer, don't steal info, and don't affect the game's performance, I'm okay with it to play a game I really want to play.

(It's interesting folks are comparing this to Steam and applaud the latter's existence– I absolutely hate Steam for the simple reason that it usually adds 5-10 minutes of extra startup, loading, etc. to a game like HL2. THAT is a perfect example of the "extra" software getting in the way of my enjoyment of a game.)

To each their own, of course. I still feel bad for the people having technical or software issues and feel a lot of them could've been avoided without the extra software or some more QA, but I don't think writing the whole game off is entirely fair.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Dec 9, 2008, 01:33 Morgan19
 
So based on the replies I got on this morning's review of GTA, I took a chance and picked it up this evening.

...I have to wonder if I'm playing the same game everyone else is. o_O The install(s) went fine-- the only hiccup I had was LIVE crashing once when I first signed up and it hasn't happened again. Got into the game and my setting were set to texture:Medium and render:High. The only setting that bumps up the "available resources" number was view distance; I've maxed out Detail Distance and Shadow Density with no discernible performance hit. It feels very, very weird playing with keyboard/mouse as I've been using to playing past versions on the PS2, so I might fall back on old habits and pick up an XBOX controller instead.

I *will* say that this is honestly the first game where I've felt like I'm being "granted the privilege" of playing what I've paid for, with the extra stuff to install and agree to. But even so, the Live and SocialClub aspects of it (so far, anyway) seem almost invisible to me, apart from the initial in-your-face'ness.

Here're a few of the pertinent system components (built within the last month), if anyone is interested for comparison's sake:

OS: XP SP3
CPU: Intel C2D E8400
GPU: 9800 GTX+
Memory: 4GB DDR2 (XP recognizes 3.25 of it)

From what I was reading, I thought my core2 system would've choked on the game but, apart from some extremely goofy-looking shadows, it's playing like a champ.

(EDIT-) Got to play a bit more and the only other issue I've seen is the ground texture went transparent on me when I ESC out of the main menu just now. Perhaps that's the missing texture syndrome some people have mentioned?

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News Comments > EA and Take-Two Take PhysX; Mirror's Edge Comparison
5. Re: EA and Take-Two Take PhysX; Mirror's Dec 8, 2008, 11:54 Morgan19
 
The comments on the video page mention that there's small print saying the PhysX version was slowed down after the fact.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Dec 8, 2008, 09:59 Morgan19
 
The install process includes the option to sign up to Rockstar's Social Club as well, which is necessary for online play, and performs an online security check to ensure that you are a legitimate customer and therefore qualify to be treated like a criminal.

That phrase is a little unclear– is it still necessary to sign up for and install Social Club if you don't play MP? If I ever pick up the PC version it'll be for SP only, so NOT having to use SC would be welcome. But then it sounds like it might be necessary for the online check, even if you're not using MP. Surprised Can someone clarify that?

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. PS3 card Nov 25, 2008, 21:43 Morgan19
 
I've only ever owned one credit card in my life and am perfectly happy that way, but I'm curious... Is it feasible to sign up for the card, get the discounted PS3, and then immediately cancel the card once you've paid off the purchase?

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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Nov 6, 2008, 09:27 Morgan19
 
Here in D.C., there've been Fallout banners, kiosk ads, and billboard ads in the underground Metro stations for the past month: great placement. It's incredibly creepy to see images of the ruined monuments and then walk above ground to see the real thing.

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News Comments > Sims 3 Interview
4. Re: Sims 3 Interview Nov 5, 2008, 11:11 Morgan19
 
I wish you could just build without worrying about money or just focus purely on the more fun stuff - I also found my characters would die before I'd manage anything meaningful with them.

You can– just track down the anti-aging and money "cheats", enable them, and there you go. I played Sims 2 that way and the game was immensely more enjoyable without having to worry about those two factors.

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News Comments > Evening Previews
1. Master of Magic Nov 4, 2008, 22:04 Morgan19
 
Ahh, MoM... Fond memories of playing that game to death on the computer in my parents' basement. Good times, good times.

Here's to hoping Elemental lives up to its goal.

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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V in 2010?
9. Re: The Elder Scrolls V in 2010? Oct 29, 2008, 18:52 Morgan19
 
Mouse and keyboard controls on the PC... sucks.

Mouse/keyboard on the PC sucks...? What would you rather use?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2008, 09:50 Morgan19
 
I personally don't think the underlines need to be removed from inactive links, but I would like the links to have a separately-colored :hover state. Maybe change them to a slightly darker yellow or something, to help distinguish what link you're over– it would be especially helpful while mousing over the longer lists of links, for example

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Circuit City Sep 29, 2008, 20:02 Morgan19
 
I absolutely hate the new "The City". We had a CC down the street from us that closed and relocated a couple miles away in a different shopping center; it recently had its grand opening as The City. CC was also fairly industrial-looking, but now it's beyond sterile. And the employee at the door, the three in each section, and seven random ones that keep following you, all asking what you're looking for, annoys the hell out of me. If I want help, I'll ask for it.

I used to like going to CC for movies on Tuesdays-- now it's just a pain the tookus fighting off their rabid staff every three seconds.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Greatest Slam Dunk Ever Sep 22, 2008, 10:02 Morgan19
 
...that was stupid.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. "Fox Tries To Kill Watchmen" Aug 21, 2008, 10:19 Morgan19
 
Anyone else read that headline and think a rabid fox attacked a security guard? The studio and movie, for some reason, never entered my mind until I clicked through to the actual story.

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News Comments > Call of Duty: World at War to Bust Punks
8. Re: No subject Aug 19, 2008, 09:13 Morgan19
 
A persistently unfixable problem with PB not allowing me to connect to 90% of servers out there, despite having a perfectly clean install, was the main reason I had to give up on CoD4 despite absolutely loving the game.

Blegh.

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News Comments > Rose Online Free
1. Ooo, purty! Jul 29, 2008, 14:26 Morgan19
 
...someone really needs to re-optimize their lovely web graphics. o_O

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News Comments > TF2 Heavy Plans
2. =\ Jul 2, 2008, 11:06 Morgan19
 
I don't get these updates. They release a game, then incrementally update bits and pieces of it (leaving the rest currently "as is"), now want other people to do their brainstorming work for them?

It sounds like the game was 50% feature-complete when it shipped and they're trying to finish it under the guise of these "class packs".

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: No subject Jun 30, 2008, 21:25 Morgan19
 
Microsoft Reportedly to Cut Price Of Xbox 360 to $299

/hopes unrealistically that PS3 will follow

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 FAQ - Beta Delayed
6. Re: No subject Jun 28, 2008, 16:09 Morgan19
 
2. Skills were on rings (ie the name signets etc) so 8 was it...

...what?

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News Comments > Diablo III Announced
33. Re: Bwizzard Jun 28, 2008, 12:20 Morgan19
 
Am I the only person in the world who doesn't care about DIII?

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