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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description ATI lackey - Hardcore PC gamer (simRacing, flight-sims, space-sims, strategy/wargames) - PC builder/troubleshooter (25+ years) - Weather fanatic (especially winter storms, blizzards and Nor'Easters)
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Signed On Sep 10, 2002, 02:12
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Aug 19, 2014, 23:22 Rigs
 
I could see this being bad if this was a small dev or individual but not wanting press so they can eek out a few days of sales seems...short-sighted, on our part. The game isn't going to live or die (it's not going to die, period, this is The Sims we're talking about...it's about as bulletproof as Simci...wait, wrong example...as Medal of Hon...shit!) on a few days of sales, good press or bad. Obviously, EA knows this. They are a gaming company and as much as we like to shit on their parade, they aren't stupid.

Seriously. I know some of you are saying, 'but look at Simcity'. Well, yes, let's look at it. It's not in the grave. It got pretty beat up at launch and somewhat after, but it's been somewhat corrected and is still selling. Obviously not at what was hoped, but it's not being out right rejected after it's been patched up. I don't think EA is going to do the same thing once again after that launch is still very fresh in their minds.

It reminds me of another publisher and another notorious game, long ago, before the internet - Outpost by Sierra. Anyone remember that one? It's previews were hyped up and the release was pretty disastrous. It needed a lot of patching to make it even playable. This was a big thing back then but is Sierra remembered for it now? They don't exist now, but I promise Outpost wouldn't be brought up if you mention their name to anyone that played their games. They survived...and even brought out Outpost 2 which was pretty forgettable, but it shipped in a playable, working state. Sierra had learned, and I think EA has learned. Given all the absolute shit that has come out in the last two years, I don't think EA is going to intentionally release a horrible game just to get a few bucks from people that don't know any better and hope for the best...


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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Halo 5 Guardians HD Screenshots. Aug 17, 2014, 04:08 Rigs
 
I was all excited to see new HALO5 screens and find the same shots that have been sitting on Halo Waypoint for like two weeks... Bored


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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Beta Drops Win 8.0 Support
16. Re: AMD Catalyst Beta Drops Win 8.0 Support Aug 17, 2014, 04:03 Rigs
 
How about we just except that everyone's experience will be different when it comes to their particular installs of Windows 7 and 8, eh? This bickering about which is better is pointless. Even on systems with the same hardware, you can have different performance, depending on driver versions and which apps are installed, what kind of Net connection you have, what kind of GPU you run, etc etc. We all know this. You all know this. So why are you arguing about it? We can all compete in a pissing contest but the only thing you end up with is a big pot of piss. So zip up, put the measuring tape away, and let's just all think of reasons why AMD is so much better than nVidia...


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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway
27. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway Aug 14, 2014, 15:44 Rigs
 
Creston wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 14:07:
Rigs wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 14:04:
Or maybe I'm expecting too much?

Not at all! You should Kickstart that. 25K should see you well on your way.

Ha! I may have ideas but with no programming or design experience, I'd probably have as much luck as Yogscast...wait a sec, aren't they sipping on Mai-Tais on a far-away beach with like $150k after claiming they didn't know what the hell they were doing, got funded anyway and then cancelled the project without refunds? Well, in that case, I'll just go ahead an put you in on the $10,000 'Admiral-wannabe'-tier...no, no, you can thank me later! Deal (you know, right before I deactivate all my social accounts and vanish off the gird)... Outtahere


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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway
25. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway Aug 14, 2014, 15:35 Rigs
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 15:22:
I hope to see smarter AI. In the GCivII increasing difficulty just gave the AI huge Economic and Production bonuses. Also when they start building stations in my territory I'd like a way to tell the AI to fuck off or learn to exist as a cloud of ionized gas.

Funny you mention the AI, as in Distant Worlds Universe, it was one of the major topics that they addressed and the number of options available to you is almost overwhelming! Seriously, DCU is the War In The Pacific: Admirals Edition of space-based 4X games. It's so detailed and extremely moddable in the latest release. Practically the whole game except the underlying core can be changed, modded, adjusted...whatever. That's probably a game I'd like Stardock to take a que from and emulate the best they could, especially in the diplomacy and exploration areas. My god, DCU with GC2/3's UI and graphics? Drool


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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway
17. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway Aug 14, 2014, 14:04 Rigs
 
Creston wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 12:49:
The big update is just the sheer scope. Galciv 2 could handle a few thousand "actors" (ships, planets, space stations, rebels, etc) in its engine before it would crap out. This engine is solely 64 bit, and built from the ground up to handle hundreds of thousands of actors. So the entire scope of the game will increase by an incredible amount.

Other than having actual combat, what really needed dramatic overhauls or improvements in Galciv2? It was already pretty darn great.

I mean, I'm not entirely sure exactly what could have been drastically changed to make it better, I guess just more of everything, which, as you noted, is what's happening. Mainly, I suppose, if I really think hard about it, GC3 could've been a good time to re-think the UI a little bit. Don't get me wrong, you're absolutely right, Creston, there really wasn't anything inherently wrong with GC2. Please don't think I was implying that. It's just that I was under the impression that maybe the graphics and UI would have been overhauled or different in some way that would blow me away, like Crysis-level detail, a native DirectX12 and/or Mantle-compatible graphics engine with PhysX-enhanced physics for close-up battles between fleets and individual super-massive battlecruisers, that take real-time damage at the point of impact and have pieces of the ship break off or explode. Maybe a ground-combat engine with the same detail, possibly on procedurally-generated planets with unique, real-time, dynamic weather systems, whole cities with citizens that go about their own lives that you can zoom down to and watch, opening up a range of intelligence and espionage options, along with assassination missions for your intel ops agents. You know, a rogue-like, 3rd person, turn-based, tactical real-time, strategy action simulation 4X hybrid (try an' fit all THAT shit on the box! ) with RPG elements....

Or maybe I'm expecting too much?


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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway
7. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Beta Underway Aug 14, 2014, 11:23 Rigs
 
I absolutely LOVED GalCiv2...I mean, adored it! I think I've played more GC2 than really any non-sim I ever come across. That said, GC3 isn't looking like the quantum leap that the original reveal trailer had me thinking it would be. It's been nearly 10 years since the previous game and I can understand wanting to keep the aesthetic and theme of the game the same so that it's familiar to returning players and easier to pick up for new players, but every video I've watched, from trailers to gameplay videos to let's play's to live streams...it looks like a slightly updated GC2. I'm really hoping that they did some amazing work under the hood or in areas I haven't seen yet because what I do see isn't making me confident that this sequel to a sequel couldn't have been a really late expansion pack...


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News Comments > F1 2014 Trailer
5. Re: F1 2014 Trailer Aug 12, 2014, 13:27 Rigs
 
The F1 series is actually pretty good for what it is. I think people play GRID or DIRT or some of the rally games/sims, or even iRacing and then come to the F1 series and use them to compare to F1 and it's not really a fair comparison. F1 is somewhat unique, I feel. I don't know, maybe it's me, I've just felt that the F1 series just did it's own thing in the genre and I was ok with that. I've never had problems with it and each year they bring something new with the always mandatory graphical upgrade.

For first time racers or casual, I don't think an open-wheel sim is the best 'learning' experience. Open wheel takes a lot of practice to avoid nearly all contact with your opponents, unlike games like GRID and GSC, or even NFS. Speaking of NFS, that might be a good 'gateway' sim for him to play until he gets better and grows out of the arcade-ish handling. You could run NFS Hot Pursuit and Rivals and then go to the SHIFT series for a little more realism. From there he could 'graduate' to GSC, Race07, rFactor, GRID, and then eventually to the F1 series and, if he really likes it, a sub to iRacing. In the meantime, we have Assetto Corsa and Project Cars on the horizon, as well as The Crew...lots of options...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2014, 21:30 Rigs
 
Sir, I am too outraged to actually laugh at that!

Too soon, man...isn't there like a 24-hour rule or something, like the 5-second rule when you drop food on the floor?


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News Comments > Sierra Entertainment Revival
29. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2014, 22:38 Rigs
 
*turns lights back on to huge closet Babylon5: Into The Fire shrine*

Maybe...just maybe... Pray


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News Comments > Another The Crew Beta This Month
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2014, 22:13 Rigs
 
There was a Youtube video not too long ago of someone that drove from Miami to San Fran in game, took about 40 mins. Was pretty cool. Got me kinda hyped to play it. There were no loading screens, no loading at all really. It apparently crashed once, toward the end when they were in the desert Southwest but other than that it looked like a fun racer. Was 'The Run' anything like that? I never played that one, just Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted and Rivals. I'm curious how big the game world in 'The Run' is compared to 'The Crew'...

EDIT: Here's the 40-minute video cross-country...


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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
29. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2014, 23:36 Rigs
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 22:49:
In your car dealership example, Burrito of Peace, if the dealer doesn't let you take a car for a test drive do you go ahead and take a 2 hour joyride?

Oh, come on now, you know damn well that's not what he meant. I'm not for or against people downloading games to see if they want it. We used to have demos for that and now that we have killer bandwidth (well, most of us have 'suitable' bandwidth, but killer compared to 90's dial-up) we have no demos. That makes no sense to me. Yes, we have Youtube but sometimes the look isn't what we need to know, it's the gameplay and it's sometimes very hard to gather what the gameplay is by watching a video. Kind of like the ol' adage about sim racing not being like the real thing and could never be because you're not actually in a car. Watching a video is not the same as playing the game. For some games, it's fine. Others, it's not. Especially with simulations, it's very hard to gather the fidelity of the physics engine through a video. In fact, it's impossible. I've watched a ton of videos of both Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous but I have no idea if I'm gonna actually go for it because I haven't played it the way I play it. I've watched quite a few videos of 'Rise of Flight' and I think it's something I might like, but I'm still not sure...because I haven't played it. If there was a torrent for Elite or SC (that worked), would I download it? Honestly, probably. Would it keep me from buying the game if I liked it? Hell no. I downloaded Far Cry 3 and Blood Dragon and bought both after only a couple days play. The gaming industry is part of my life, has been for a long time, so I'm going to support it any way I can. How I go about doing so is my business, but as long as I do it, what does it matter how?


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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Synology NAS users hit with Cryptolocker variant. Aug 6, 2014, 11:42 Rigs
 
I dunno about anyone else, but this Cryptolocker scares the livin' shit outta me! Since you don't know anything is happening until after it's done encrypting all of your shit, there's no easy way to tell if things are going wrong. Is there any malware/AV apps that actually proactively block this thing? I mean, there doesn't seem to be any defense against it if you do encounter it. *knocks on wood* I've been relatively lucky lately in that I haven't hit anything nasty but with all the shit I typically download, it's always in the back of my mind. I have 5terabytes worth of stuff, so it can't be easily backed up to optical or tape media. The only real way is to keep it on a hard drive. I guess maybe I should look into setting up a fail safe drive that isn't connected to the Net or the home network or any other systems and keep things there...What a pain in the ass! Just because some losers like to fuckin' show off their l33t skillz but screwing over everyone else!


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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2014, 11:30 Rigs
 
Well, as cynical as the gaming crowd tends to be (especially all of us lovable bastards here on Blues), at least they're actually doing something...if it was EA, we'd get a 'tough shit, should've done your homework, jackass!' and that would be the end of it... *shrugs*


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News Comments > GTA4 iCEnhancer Mod Author Taking a Break
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2014, 13:32 Rigs
 
I'm probably gonna get some rage of my own for saying this but I don't see the problem with putting up a video on YT of something you've accomplished using a mod or a part of a mod or doing something different with A MOD. It's a mod. It's not copyrighted. Yeah, sure, credit is nice but it's not a right. This whole thing with creators of mods getting pissed because their stuff is included in another mod or re-imagined in a different way without permission is childish. Permission for what? To stoke your ego? Like the Minecraft mod scene, where it's a cardinal sin to include a mod in a 'modpack' without the original mod authors permission. God forbid. Or put a texture pack from someone up for download on another site. BURN THE USURPER! You'd think that any kind of promotion would be good. But no, it has to be done on the good word of the creator. Now, bear in mind, I'm not saying stealing others work and showing it off as your own is ok, that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is if the guy is doing something that's a derivative of another mod and wants to show it off, after he's put his own work into getting it just right, then what's the problem?

'He's misrepresenting what the mod includes or does.'

I think anyone that uses mods in games knows it's never 'just that simple' and that it requires some other work to be done to get it working or may require other mods to get the full effect. This kind of self-promotion is done everyday in the commercial industry and is standard practice yet when it's done in gaming, it's a horrible faux pas? C'mon, get a hold of yourself...


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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta Next Week
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2014, 15:29 Rigs
 
Have they said anything about the whole 'landing on planets' thing? As an 'X' fanboy, I've always wanted this, but it's never been in the cards, even with Rebirth, though they got closer. I know Elite 2 and 3 had landing on planets (I still play them occasionally with the DX3D mod so my eyes don't implode) and I'd heard early on that this was going to be something considered for E:D but implemented later on. Have they given any kind of idea or timeframe?


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News Comments > Star Citizen at $48 Million
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2014, 04:13 Rigs
 
God, I just wish I had some sort of time machine...not even to physically go into the future, just something like the 'Sphere Builders' from Enterprise, who can communicate with the future (or past) timeline but can't actually go there. I just want to see like a year from today and see where it stands...and then jump ahead five years and see what happens...DAMN THIS MORTAL BODY!


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News Comments > MS Flight Simulator X for Steam This Year; "New Concepts" Coming
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 9, 2014, 20:23 Rigs
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 20:06:
See? Microsoft does care about PC gaming! Look how they are releasing an eight-year old game back onto the market! That's dedication!

If we are really lucky, they may even re-release Ski-Free.


I take offense to that. FSX isn't some laughing stock. The mod and payware expansion scene on FSX would leave you speechless! You think the Train Simulator 2014 DLC is unnerving? FSX has more than 20,000 payware and freeware 'AAA'-quality addons available, and more still coming every year. FSX is far from dead. It's looking a little rough in spots, but the addons have a lot of that covered too. Realistic weather, air and ground traffic, virtual flights and air cargo hauling...you name it, you can find it!


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News Comments > Dwarf Fortress Update This Week; How to Play in 3D
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2014, 12:49 Rigs
 
I've tried so many times to get into this and...can't. I dunno what it is but I just can't concentrate on it. The fact that it looks like utter shit doesn't bother me as much. I'm pretty sick of Minecraft's blocks-everything too (which is why the new 'No blocks/cubes' mod is such a God-send there) but this just...it's just too much. My mind is screaming at me, 'It's Two Thousand FUCKING Fourteen! C'mon!'


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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
41. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2014, 21:32 Rigs
 
I understand the disappointment in the possibility of it not coming to PC but nothing has been announced that says it definitely won't. Just not at first. Still, I can't understand the mentality that these things can't exist in the same world at the same time. Once it was known that it wasn't coming to PC right away, all of a sudden the comments on how it's not as good as Elite start. Why does it have to be a competition? Elite has it's strengths as does NMS and SC. They can exist concurrently without having to battle for hierarchy. In all honestly, it really sounds that it's more of a 'defense mechanism' for some of you when you find out that it's not going to be on your preferred platform. Do I wish NMS was coming to PC? You bet your ass I do! But I'm not going to put the PS4 down and call NMS shit because it's not on my preferred gaming device...This is the rebirth (ugh...no pun intended) of the space-sim genre - BE HAPPY ABOUT IT! Hope it sells gangbusters! Hell, buy it even if you don't have a PS4 to show you support space-sims!


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