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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 > Frontier Layoffs
20. Re: nothing to see here, move along Dec 17, 2012, 22:29 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Dec 17, 2012, 18:17:
Aaaaaand your new account is on the twit filter...

Mine too...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 16, 2012, 21:35 Rigs
 
Ant wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 19:41:
Prez wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 16:59:
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2012, 13:18:
I don't know what I would do with all that downstream, and I almost never upload things, so my 25/1 for $30 a month is plenty enough. Downloads from Steam are 1.5-2MB/s any time of day, so paying for any more would seem like a silly luxury.

You only pay $30 for 25mb/s down?? Shocked

Comcast charges me $75 for 25/3, and another $50 for VOIP. No wonder I'm poor!
Try $52.99 for 15 (used to be 10 a few weeks ago)/1 in L.A. area for non-promotional price. Also $3.95 for leased cable modem.

I'm not quite sure the spread on price, but here in west-central FL (hour north of Tampa), we pay $145/month to BrightHouse (TimeWarner) for 10/1, VOIP and about 200-channels of cable, nothing premium, non-promotional. That also doesn't include fees, taxes, sacrifices to the Gods, and a new $4 modem-rental fee. It was mentioned some months ago that we were going to be upgraded to 15/1.5 but I don't know if we qualified for that or not. Our speeds really haven't changed much, I get a max of 1.3/mbps down during downloads. I got smart, though, with my torrents after they started throttling my connection. Unfortunately, for some reason, the modem/router/mta-combo...thing we have didn't take kindly to that and would promptly take a header into the seldom-used feature of 'looking like it works but really doesn't' mode, dragging the VOIP kicking and screaming with it, not letting us online or use the phone until it was rebooted, which involves physically removing the battery from the screwed-in compartment underneath the box and letting it 'stew' for five minutes in the corner to think about what it's done. After this, I plug it back in, wait for it to reacquaint itself with old friends, play 'Slap, Slap, Handhshake' with the server and let us back online again and be able to call Grandma and assure her we're not purposely ignoring her calls. *sigh*

Sounds like fun, yes? The kicker? If I tried to re-start my torrent download, this would all repeat within five minutes. Thus providing me with something to pass the time that was wholesome fun for the whole family. Finally, I ticked a seldom-noticed option in uTorrent to randomize the port everytime it was started. This one feature saved the router from breaking several world records in Wireless Router Distance Throwing...

And in other news...

Oh Eli...there are few words to describe my utter disappointment... With still two games to be decided this week, I don't think it'll make much of a dent in my appalling record, which, right now, stands at *cringe* 6-8...ugh...Did anybody have a good weekend?

Though, for some reason, when I see this, I can't get Scorpion's 'GET OVER HERE!' out of my head, and then a crack of thunder as the poor boy is slammed to the ground...'Ooh! That's gotta hurt!'...Indeed!


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News Comments > Yerli on Crysis 3's Superior Graphics
21. Re: Yerli on Crysis 3's Superior Graphics Dec 15, 2012, 02:24 Rigs
 
ChangWizzle wrote on Dec 15, 2012, 01:48:
Translation:

"We revived our shitty codebase, the crappy shaders and 50hz refresh rate limit from Crysis 1 and the over-tesselation of objects that don't matter in addition to the tesselated underground ocean of Crysis 2. And just for kicks, the game doesn't use any SIMD units on the CPU. Chew on that suckers!"

Damn! You beat me to it! I was gonna say...

'Hey there, old chum, you and your comrades aren't gonna feel the need to render the whole ocean that somehow was transported to NYC's subway system, one wave at a time again, eh?'

What a colossal clusterboggle!


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News Comments > DmC Devil May Cry for PCs Next Month
18. Re: DmC Devil May Cry for PCs Next Month Dec 14, 2012, 17:59 Rigs
 
Shineyguy wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 15:09:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 14:07:
Domgrief wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 11:03:
And I never understood the draw of giving subsequent games in a franchise stupid and non-sequential names.

I don't care if they're "reboots" - it really isn't that hard to accept that Doom 3 was a re-imagining of Doom 1.

You mean like Star Wars: Dark Forces 4 Jedi Knight 3 Jedi Academy?

This has to be the best break down of the naming of the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight/Jedi Academy games I've ever seen.

I wish they'd release a newer Jedi Knight game along the same lines as Dark Forces 2 Jedi Knight. Far and away the best of the series IMO.

Actually, I thought it was Star Wars: Dark Forces 4: Jedi Knight 3: Jedi Outcast 2: Jedi Academy? Or is it a non-issue after the second colon?

I loved Outcast, played it to death. Jedi Academy? Not so much... *shrugs*


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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Dec 14, 2012, 05:12 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Dec 14, 2012, 01:33:
COUS-IN! LET'S GO BOWLING!!!!!!!!

I loved Roman's scenes, he was just too funny...especially in the intro and very beginning, when they get to the apartment...

"This city is like a giant Udermilken Ice Cream Shop. Thirty-six flavors of titty!"

or

"Okay, I'm an idiot, but you have to admit I've got the best line in bullshit you've ever heard."

That shit never gets old!


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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Dec 13, 2012, 22:03 Rigs
 
Geezus, *R, don't frakin' tell us about it, just frakin' DO IT and THEN gloat after, so we can all be happy...as long as it's PC-centric...


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News Comments > Mass Effect 4 Details "Completely Fabricated"
3. Re: Mass Effect 4 Details Dec 13, 2012, 21:56 Rigs
 
What no one realizes is that this is all the beginning...the start of a huge experiment with ARG-type marketing, years ahead of the game that it's being made for. Think about it. Bungie was always good at doing these kinds of things for upcoming HALO releases (especially for HALO2) and there really hasn't been anything that's grabbed headlines since. So they do this as a way to keep ME in the minds of gamers and maybe even play with our sympathies by making it look like it has something to do with Shepard's survival after the end of ME3...just you wait...I'm callin' it THREE years ahead of time and I expect my name in lights when it is finally revealed that I was right the whole time...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 13, 2012, 14:08 Rigs
 
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 13, 2012, 13:37:
At the very least I will say DKR provided the background for this (imo) hilarious video. Apologies if posted before.

Oh my god that was funny...stupid and juvenile but funny...

My pics...Eagles, Ravens, Redskins, Bucs, GIANTS!, Vikings, Packers, Jags, Colts, Chargers, Cards, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, 49ers, Titans

Giants and Falcons...*cringe*...keep the faith, keep the faith, keep the faith...

Edit: Looking to last week, I would have gone 10-6 had I gotten here earlier...figures...not that I know WTH I'm doing! I appreciate the vote of confidence in our (or my) NFL forecasting abilities, but 'expert' isn't the word I would use...


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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Trailer
1. Re: Elite: Dangerous Trailer Dec 13, 2012, 10:37 Rigs
 
*cue on-going 'Why even bother?' campaign from Creston, already in progress*




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News Comments > GSC Game World Refutes S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Sale Claim
1. Re: GSC Game World Refutes S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Sale Claim Dec 13, 2012, 10:35 Rigs
 
What's that smell?....oh!

BURN!

Ouch...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Shyamalan's new sci-fi flick Dec 11, 2012, 11:01 Rigs
 
I consider Signs to be one of my all-time favs, right up there with Poltergeist. I think the music and ambiance is what really does it, for me at least. Mel's character is a bit...odd, but I've seen worse. A guy loses his wife, blames God, loses his faith and then has to deal with an alien invasion alone with his kids and brother while thinking God has abandoned them. I can relate...kinda. M. certainly went for the 'implied' route when it came to scary, which is much more effective than outright showing the very thing you should be afraid of. I think it worked fine, I don't understand the absolute hate for it from some. It's got it's flaws, yes, but it's still pretty good. I look at it not as a blockbuster movie but maybe told as a kind of short-story...In that context, it works very well...

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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Announced
1. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Announced Dec 11, 2012, 09:31 Rigs
 
*Suddenly gets a chill when I think of IT...(Cliffs of Dover)*


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News Comments > The Secret World F2P Plans?
7. Re: The Secret World F2P Plans? Dec 11, 2012, 09:26 Rigs
 
It's not even that, Prez. It's the fact that nothing out there has come up that really warrants a sub. Nearly every MMO has problems with constant content (except Rift for some ungodly reason...one of the devs must be a devoted little shrew), especially in the end-game, so nothing except the much-vaunted WoW seems to be even worth it. Bring out a game that drips with content and playability and a story, something REALLY and TRULY mind-blowing and innovative (there's that little word again), and I don't think people would mind. Heck, I pay $15/month for iRacing and couldn't be happier (not to mention $11-$14 each for extra tracks and cars). It's worth far more than that, IMO. But if you're not a sim-racer, you'd scoff at that. GW2 was close to the money with the innovation and content thing, but any major MMO nowadays has to really reach for it if they're going to be able to sell a $50 game along with a $12-$15/month sub...(for the record, if they had brought out that HALO MMO and it kicked ass, I would have subbed for it, no question)...


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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Dec 10, 2012, 11:35 Rigs
 
Actually, I wasn't bitching about the box art at all. I was bitching about his explanation of the reasoning behind the box art. There's a difference. On top of that, I was playing 'Devil's Advocate' as I don't even like Bioshock, to be honest. His comments were dumb, simple as that. I just explained why. But you're welcome to your opinion of my opinion, by all means... Cool


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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Dec 10, 2012, 04:07 Rigs
 
“We had to make that tradeoff in terms of where we were spending our marketing dollars. By the time you get to the store, or see an ad, the BioShock fan knows about the game. The money we’re spending on PR, the conversations with games journalists — that’s for the fans. For the people who aren’t informed, that’s who the box art is for.”

No. Just no...Let me get this straight, you're making the PR for the last game in a trilogy to people that don't know about the first two games? WTF?! By now everything should be devoted to bringing back the fans of the game for one more time, not new blood. Fuck the new blood! What about the ones that paid the cover charge twice before? What's in it FOR THEM? We should know already? Bullshit. This whole answer and motivation is bullshit...Did you see Bungie dumbing it down for newbies for HALO3? Or ODST? No. If you didn't know who the fucking Covenant were, you went back and played the first two. Or you read up about it. You did something OTHER THAN read the box, jackass...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2012, 03:20 Rigs
 
Creston wrote on Dec 7, 2012, 15:51:
I agree that it's nice that they continued the story, basically, but they really changed Jeff Bridges' character. So much so that they might as well have just recast him and turned him into someone completely different.

I'm curious about this...in what way do you see that they changed his character in comparison to how he was played in the first one? I thought Jeff Bridges did an excellent job of not only picking up where he left off with his character alone, but also went beyond with his portrayal of Clu. I mean, that must have been one hell of a role to play two separate but, at the same time, similar characters! He did great, Imo. But back to his Flynn portrayal, the only thing I noticed (besides making him super old and much more of a 'hippie', almost to the point of bringing out his 'Dude' characteristics) was he wasn't as motivated as the first one. Which is understandable seeming how he'd been there for years by the time he was found by his son. After a certain point, most people resign themselves to their fate, even going as far as sabotaging redemption in order to keep the status quo. I thought the story was pretty well put together. They didn't bring everything back, no, and it was odd to see that the landscape of 'The Grid' had changed in appearance radically from the first one. But it was stated that Flynn had gone and started fresh again after the defeat of the Master Control Program.

From the article linked below:
The looks for the Grid aimed for a more advanced version of the cyberspace visited by Flynn in Tron, which Lisberger described as "a virtual Galapagos, which has evolved on its own". As Bailey put, the Grid would not have any influence from the internet as it had turned offline from the real world in the 1980s, and "grew on its own server into something powerful and unique". Kosinski added that as the simulation became more realistic, it would try to become closer to the real world with environmental effects such as rain and wind, and production designer Darren Gilford stated that there would be a juxtaposition between the variety of texture and color of the real world introduction in contrast with the "clean surfaces and lines" of the Grid. As the design team considered the lights a major part of the Tron look, particularly for being set in a dark world—described by effects art director Ben Procter as "dark silhouetted objects dipped in an atmosphere with clouds in-between, in a kind of Japanese landscape painting" where "the self-lighting of the objects is the main light source"—lighting was spread through every prop on the set, including the floor in Flynn's hideout.[50] Lisberger also stated that while the original Tron "reflected the way cyberspace was", the sequel was "going to be like a modern day, like contemporary plus, in terms of how much resolution, the texturing, the feel, the style", adding that "it doesn’t have that Pong Land vibe to it anymore."
The "isomorphic algorithm(s)" were another thing that was kind of...eh, 'ok, whichever'...lol...Hey any reason to get Olivia Wilde in a skin tight suit is just FINE in my book!

I also would have loved to see Bruce (Tron) in a bigger role than he had. (The movie is named after him and everything) He's such an awesome actor, I know he could've added a great deal to the movie if they'd put some stuff in for him...(For those unaware, my quote below is from Bruce's character on Babylon5, John Sheridan, where I first came to know him...and if you're even more interested (and didn't know...lol) it's from Season 5, episode 16 - 'And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder'...From a show known for it's multitudes of memorable quotes, this is the one that stuck with me through the years...

Lots of good info here if you haven't already read it... Cool


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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
35. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2012, 11:27 Rigs
 
Sigh

Is it time for the kids to go to bed yet, hun? Bored

*stuffs cotton in ears* Ignoring


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News Comments > Crusader Kings II: The Republic Revealed
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2012, 11:03 Rigs
 
The key word that I would use to describe this game, above all others is - DEDICATION. You need to dedicate massive amounts of time and mental energy to this game. If you're into that kind of experience, then look no further. If you're looking for a game that you can catch a couple mins of before work or whatever, you're barking up the wrong tree.

This game occupies a specific category of games that I call 'Deep Time Games'. What is that? Well, basically what I said above. Total dedication by the player. You don't play these types of games so much as practically live in them during the time you play. Other games in this unique category are War In The Pacific: Admirals Edition, War In The East, and most Matrix Games wargames in general, including Distant Worlds and also Eve, WoW, GW2 and most HPS (John Tiller) wargames...


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News Comments > Far Cry 3 HUD Patch Planned
10. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 8, 2012, 09:13 Rigs
 
God you guys bitch a lot...

To be honest, I'm about 15 hours or so in (not counting the 4 hour 'Russian experience' before hand...lol) and the only thing that really annoys me is the map. Not only does the small mini-map turn based on your POV, it's zoomed in too much. I can't tell shit from it and having to constantly go into the full screen map is a pain just so I know where I'm going.

The side missions, while kinda cool at first, are getting extremely repetitive. I think I've found everyone's daughter at least twice (and still haven't gotten so much as a peck on the cheek for the service). The vehicles are better than they were in FC2 but that's not saying much. They actually have a bit of inertia now but they're still a major PAIN IN THE ASS to control. At this point, I'd rather have GTA4 physics to the cars if anything! At least I could control them half way decently.

In addition, I lost one save when I updated, which set me back like 3 hours. Wasn't too happy about that but it's my fault for not backing them up like a good 'hardcore' gamer would. It's almost a given updating might destroy or invalidate your saves, so I almost always back them up before updating any game. But because I have to deal with this uPlay shit, I got sidetracked and forgot. THAT won't happen again. I don't even know WHY I updated anyway. It didn't help anything. I'm still undecided on what looks better in-game, DX9 or DX11 with AA. MSAA utterly murders the frame rate of this game, at least on my 5770, so if you have ATI, turn MSAA OFF! I'm also not sure what the 'GPU Rendering Frames' is, but I've got it set to 3 (out of 0-5) and it seems ok. V-sync would be nice but my system CHUGS if it's enabled. Also, if you set 'Post FX' to 'LOW', that nasty blurring goes away. Some call it Depth of Field, but it's a little much. I also turned HDR off in the .XML settings file. Everything looked kinda cruddy but my frame rate jumped 20 or so. I'm ok if it stays above 30. But you can certainly tell if it dips below that...

It will be nice to be able to turn some things off in the HUD with this patch. The mini-map is the first thing going! It's useless AFAIC anyway...


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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2012, 11:19 Rigs
 
This seems to be the case, as each download account is tied specifically to the console and NOT the customer. Tell me that isn't the most backwards, dipshit, asinine scheme I've ever heard...smh...

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