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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Plans?
22. Re: Steam Hardware Plans? Mar 3, 2012, 14:37 DG
 
kibbled wrote on Mar 3, 2012, 11:44:
I am going to through this out there. Maybe its just a "Steam" Branded PC with some extra functionality that is sold by another company like Gateway or Dell.
Yep.

It's just a PC that looks OK in the livingroom, plugs into a 1080p flatscreen and has a sticker that guarantees games with the same sticker will play okay.

Anything else would be totally insane.

The only leverage Steam has is the distribution network. Any OS other than windows (including Linux or OSX) requires developers to support it and losing Direct-X and so for all intents and purposes it's another console.

Literally all we're looking at is a PC that is a bit less offputting to console gamers, at the likely expense of more games being developed with a hardware cycle in mind (that is, even PC-oriented devs may target the "steam spec").

But yeah, HL3 launching with it is a no-brainer. Either it happens or Gabe has no brains.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 2, 2012, 14:09 DG
 
Far as I can gather W8 is W7 but with reduced memory footprint (not important to gaming rig specs), a UI option for tablets and a few minor bells like better multi-monitor support and being about to mount ISOs without additional software.

So upgrading from W7 appears fairly pointless, but if you're upgrading from XP then might as well go straight to W8.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2012, 15:03 DG
 
Skyrim 1.4.27 out http://www.bethblog.com/category/skyrim/ no biggies though other than remapping the MS controller and fixing followers sneaking.

Also, it says it's now out of beta but I'm participating and don't think I had it before.

edit: no I'm not, forgot I disabled it. I probably missed this being posted about before then. So, er, yeah, I like flapjacks with dates or sultanas, and someone makes them round here with a bit of ginger, yum. Scotch pancakes beat regular ones IMHO.

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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours
17. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 13:46 DG
 
Steam records me playing ME2 for 64 hours, which includes one run including 6 of the 7 mission DLC (all but Arrival) and doing about every side mission. It also includes what turned out to be far too much planet scanning since I decided I'd get it out of the way early and I overestimated requirements.

That was just playing for fun and only referring to guide or whatever to make sure I wasn't missing stuff.

Personally, DLC is just another reason to wait a year before buying a ME type game. I never feel any draw to do an adventure type game a second time.

Not that I'll be buying this anyway since it's Origin.
 
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News Comments > Syndicate Solicits Pirates
36. Re: Syndicate Solicits Pirates Feb 25, 2012, 06:35 DG
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 23:52:
Blue says its out, and comments seem to indicate its origin only.

Impulse
Amazon
Gamer's Gate
Direct2Drive

Yup. Definitely Origin only.

*sigh*

Sensing sarcasm, but from what I can see it is indeed Origin only - those websites basically just process the order.

The other's are silent, but the D2D page is clear:
"3rd Party Download Required"
"This title installs and requires EA Origin to play. "
 
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News Comments > Syndicate Solicits Pirates
35. Re: Syndicate Solicits Pirates Feb 25, 2012, 06:29 DG
 
Jerykk wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 02:19:
Innocent wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 02:06:
Compare and contrast with steam... buy something on steam and you end up pausing it because it immediately hogs all your bandwidth. Versus origin which never uses any of your bandwidth because it is not a download immediately service

Uh, you don't have to immediately download any full games on Steam. Just don't click "Next" when prompted to install. Pretty simple, really.
I think he was commending Steam's prompt and fast delivery in a quirky way
 
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News Comments > On Skyrim DLC
12. Re: On Skyrim DLC Feb 18, 2012, 09:04 DG
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Feb 18, 2012, 07:19:
Last night they patched in Steam cloud support for savegames. Like that as I have several machines.

^D^
It looks like there's a 50mb limit for Skyrim, which is half that for the other games I have installed (except TF2 which has a gb).

I have 6 manual saves plus the 5 autosaves, which comes in at 118mb on my HDD but Steam Cloud reports 47mb used. Presumably it only backs up the most recent 5 or so saves.

Might want to bear that in mind especially if you have multiple characters on the go.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 15, 2012, 14:35 DG
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 14, 2012, 20:15:
Because hard disk space is so precious, amiright?
With it saved to an SSD, or with bandwidth caps, maybe
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 14, 2012, 13:09 DG
 
The textures only replace certain things. The video kept showing things which hadn't been replaced - the same things several times. There's also the loss in the video encoding. They didn't show any welded weapons, which are often the biggest improvement, and didn't show much up really close.

They also didn't show the camp fires with their pink logs because Beth messed up the pack. Apparently they also messed up the pack in other ways, like there are some HD textures which are put in the wrong directories so aren't loaded, and even some cases where they've provided low res textures replacing higher res ones. And there's some redundant files in there too.

Detailed analysis and ways to fix it yourself at http://tinyurl.com/6uwqfyu

The pack is nice, but not a must-have so don't be disheartened if your card can't run it (I gather the main thing is video memory), especially since usually there's a mix of resolutions on display which some may find looks worse than all being the lower res. It does seem to have been thrown out rather slap-dash though, and worse, it doesn't load like a regular mod so modders are going to have to work around it rather than rely on the simple load-order.

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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
16. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 15:06 DG
 
Rossafur wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 15:03:
Now comes the process of figuring out if this replaces *all* of the textures, and which -if not all, are better than the best unofficial ones already created... Maybe I should just wait and let the STEP guide author figure it out for me, haha
It adds new .esp files therefore it's possible to use a mod manager [even the built-in Data Files one] to choose which ones to use.

I expect it'll be better than all the ones that merely took the game files and ran them through Photoshop. But the wholly-created textures, I dunno.

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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
15. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 15:04 DG
 
Sho wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 15:00:
How big is the download on the high-res pack?
3GB as posted earlier. Beware after clicking "buy" it installs like a patch so there's no stopping it, unless you want to delete local content, disable auto update then restore a Steam backup, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
11. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 15:01 DG
 
After messing about changing the locale several times it "suspended" the download, now I got it back and it's coming down at 1.4MB/S.

Strange, but a vast improvement.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit
4. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack & Creation Kit Feb 7, 2012, 14:46 DG
 
DG wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 13:41:
Skyrim texture pack is out. 3GB and while it's advertised as free DLC it actually installs as a patch - with no going back - therefore do not "buy" it until you have several hours before you intend to play the game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2012, 14:24 DG
 
Oh man am I regretting hitting the button. I figured I'd have it in maybe 45mins, time it nicely. I figured that even if slow, since it was presented in the Steam store as DLC I should be able to play the game before finishing.

But nope, download speed isn't in the region of 2MB/S but <70KB/S and no playing until it's done.

Before someone starts screaming about "gamer entitlement", Steam is a high-premium service and I spend a lot of hard-earned money there. Currency is a mechanism for trading entitlements.

For all the faults with Steam, I generally like it rather a lot. The one big bug-bear is how damn slow it is to download even when the content servers are supposedly only at half-capacity.

OK, adding more bandwidth costs money. But they don't manage it at all sensibly - the setup is the worst possible way. Big releases, not just of games, should pre-load. Files should download separately and install afterwards, allowing you to play games before it's done - though admittedly the forced updates are a good idea for MP games. If you launch one SP game while downloading for another, it should continue to download. Sensibly managing a problem for no cost.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2012, 13:41 DG
 
Skyrim texture pack is out. 3GB and while it's advertised as free DLC it actually installs as a patch - with no going back - therefore do not "buy" it until you have several hours before you intend to play the game.

I don't know why they don't do the preload thing for big updates to massively popular games.

Shame they don't download it like DLC too, which means you can play while you download, though I guess this way it (presumably) deletes the old texture files.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack Tuesday?
61. Re: Skyrim Hi-Rez Pack Tuesday? Feb 6, 2012, 12:47 DG
 
nin wrote on Feb 5, 2012, 17:04:
Got a week of vacation in march, think I'm going to finally have to break down and get this...

Good luck getting far into the game in a mere week...

It's well worth full price. Waiting for that recent patch was a good move, but IMHO I don't imagine there's enough in the pipeline to keep waiting for. At least not unless you go mod-heavy even on the first run through.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2012, 13:49 DG
 
btw another beta update on Steam, they just updated the previous blog post
http://www.bethblog.com/2012/01/23/now-on-steam-beta-update-for-skyrim/

Update 1/26: A new version of the Beta Update (1.4.20) is now live on Steam. It addresses the following:

* Fixed occasional audio issue that would play sound effects louder than intended
* Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
* Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
* Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
Glad I did the beta now as expecting to do that bit in Riften today.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2012, 13:46 DG
 
kanniballl wrote on Jan 26, 2012, 13:16:
99% of these "Now!" requests aren't anywhere near urgent... yet they feel it's urgent enough to stop me on my company-mandated lunch hour.
From experience there appears to be a significant portion of people who do not believe things are done unless they see them being done.

Another group, containing mostly the same people, do not believe anyone who says they will do something, regardless of past history, therefore it must be done "now!".

Another group, again much the same people, think everything they do or require to be done is important and "now!". Occasionally that is because it actually is. But usually these people are just very bad at organising themselves and cannot cope with the extra variable of you.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Beta Patch
26. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 17:26 DG
 
Verno wrote on Jan 24, 2012, 14:19:
Sack up man, its fine A save backup is all you need and takes about 3 seconds to do.
Yeah I caved. I'd thought it might be a big download if I wanted to revert but apparently just disable the beta and it'll effectively run another small patch.

There's a performance improvement that's occasionally noticeable without any FPS display, though it ran great before (Ultra at 1600x1080 on a 2500K & ATI9850). Most of the fixes seem to be quests I'm not at yet. Not running any significant mods though folks seem to be saying the bigger mods are getting updates out already.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Beta Patch
20. Re: Skyrim Beta Patch Jan 24, 2012, 13:15 DG
 
Whoa, that's some performance improvement.

Still, nope. Not touching this until after a lot of feedback. Not risking 63 hours so far.

Although...

Although...

Although I could just backup my saves, run steam backup and give it a go. Worst happens just opt out of the beta and restore the backups.
 
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