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Signed On Oct 12, 2002, 03:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2013, 08:46 DG
 
Thanks for that!  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Defiance Likely a Film Title
16. Re: Deus Ex: Human Defiance Likely a Film Title Mar 2, 2013, 07:09 DG
 
A really excellent film could be made out of Deus Ex.

It wont be, but it could.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2013, 12:31 DG
 
Well, this is timely!

I need to replace my MX510 which was excellent but has suffered enough (too much, evidently).

I had been thinking the G500. Surprised at the comment that G400 > G500? It looked like the G500 was a straight upgrade from G400 with higher DPI, what looked like slightly better build quality plus two additional buttons - plus variable DPI and weights, which admittedly I hadn't been looking forward to fiddling about with.

edit: I can also find a G9x, albeit for twice the price of the G400.

This comment was edited on Mar 1, 2013, 12:41.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 EU Breach
5. Re: PlanetSide 2 EU Breach Feb 27, 2013, 13:21 DG
 
What they "forgot" to mention is that this only affects accounts ran by ProSeiben. This is some group SOE got to run the EU side of things and by all accounts they do it badly. Even things like not posting the game news on the launcher.

Not sure why they have them at all since you can simply bypass them and create your account with SOE (and I did, and anyone would recommend that you do so).
 
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News Comments > Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO
45. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 22, 2013, 07:29 DG
 
but i doubt we'll get a mod hit like CS in the future because
To be fair, CS was a complete outlier back then anyway. Any other success remotely on that scale?

Anyway how about DOTA, DayZ?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 18, 2013, 13:08 DG
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 11:25:
Beamer wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 11:00:
Julio wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 10:56:
Or you could just stick with open office and not be sorry at all!

Until you need an advanced feature or until you hit file incompatibilities because whatever partner/client you're working with is on Office and OpenOffice can either not open it or render it correctly.

I can honestly say this hasn't happened to me for several years. MS hasn't really changed their file format much since the last major revamp so OO and LibreOffice seem to be able to handle it just fine.

As for advanced features, the whole "office suite" paradigm hit it's wall back in 2010. Nothing of note has changed besides the aesthetics since then.

Formatting/presentation issues happen to me all the time, with either Open or Libre Office. I now PDF anything or keep it as an RTF and tidy it up at the office. Spreadsheets are worse, and it often takes more than a cursory glance to identify there is a problem.

Libre Office is perfectly fine for home use. It's not viable for many offices though, firstly because of the imperfect compatibility with the MS Office that contacts will be using and secondly because staff can be expected to have familiarity with MS Office while few will know anything else.

That's before we get into the complicated stuff like macros, ODBC etc.
 
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News Comments > Zowie Bowie Directing Warcraft
12. Re: Zowie Bowie Directing Warcraft Jan 31, 2013, 13:00 DG
 
In case anyone hasn't seen it yet, Moon was excellent.  
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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers
7. Re: New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers Jan 19, 2013, 08:03 DG
 
accidental post  
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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers
1. Re: New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers Jan 18, 2013, 08:22 DG
 
Not sure whether to install these on a 6950, given the "improvements" will be for the 7900 range and often performance actually goes backwards on older hardware.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2013, 12:57 DG
 
Was that Bill & Ted filming that BMW?

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 11, 2013, 13:21 DG
 
So... Companies other than Steam are finally starting to get it?

I know there's some Blurays you can buy that come with a DVD + electronic version. The DVD is great to have but the electronic version isn't exactly convenient type of service.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 10, 2013, 17:39 DG
 
Pinch of salt with the specs, tho bear in mind they'll be selling the hardware at a loss for a long time in order to recoup the money on game sales and also they price based on anticipated cost savings over time in future.

If next-box costs them $800 now and $400 in 4 years time then they see it as costing $600 throughout. The rest is just timing and cashflow. (Obviously a simplification as costs drop gradually over time, units sell at varying rates and prices over that time, but the principle remains.)
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Patch Plans
3. Re: PlanetSide 2 Patch Plans Jan 9, 2013, 13:24 DG
 
Not a bad list includes many things people have been talking about.

Except I'm wary about balance "tweaks", how many games get these right? Usually they just leave a new imbalance but one that's much more significant until people re-adapt. Likely also to be nerfs.

And how OTT have they gone against spawn "camping", otherwise known as securing the cap? Yeah great, being spawn camped is annoying and everything, but the way most bases are designed there's not really any option if you want to cap. The spawn is right beside the cap point! If you've got pushed back into spawn you were always going to lose anyway.

<quote>Freshly spawned players will be worth a fraction of the current kill reward.

New spawn buildings with more exits, protected balconies and easy roof access to make them less campable.

Tunnel systems for amp and tech facilities to give access from spawn rooms to interior of bases and base walls without having to go above ground.</quote>

But especially

<quote>Short period of invulnerability will be added to freshly spawned / revived players - breaks upon game actions such as entering a vehicle or using a weapon.</quote>
Cue loads of invulnerable players acting like mobile cover and pushing the chokepoints along.
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware
16. Re: Steam Hardware Jan 8, 2013, 12:55 DG
 
Xi3's website seems to have been slashdotted or whatever but it seems their "performance" unit uses an AMD APU, so basically laptop CPU + GPU chip.

I wouldn't be surprised though if this were to be one of many Steam boxes. IMHO it makes a lot more sense for Valve to basically licence and certify anyone who makes a box that fits their specified criteria.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 7, 2013, 12:55 DG
 
The British/Oxford English Dictionary word of the year was Omnishambles, a rather good pick by all measures IMHO.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA Portable Announced
19. Re: NVIDIA Portable Announced Jan 7, 2013, 12:49 DG
 
Not sure I can fathom what they were thinking with this.

Living-room electronics requires a huge amount of marketing and brand presence. I'm not sure Nvidia has that. AFAIK Nvidia have only ever sold to enthusiasts and manufacturers.

When I saw they were running Android I figured Android would allow them to bypass that; but then it seems they're not running stock Android nor the android store?

I guess at worst it's a tech demo for other manufacturers.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
17. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 31, 2012, 08:40 DG
 
Mark of the Ninja gets a mention in several of those GOTY articles, 50% off today on Steam.

Is it a must-buy? I have tons of games still to play including XCOM and Dishonoured as it is, and I can't put down Planetside 2.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend
21. Re: PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend Dec 9, 2012, 09:58 DG
 
Alternately, Steam is showing it's backup tool is available for the game, 9.8gb. Not sure how that plays with the launcher but Bludd's directions make it seem viable.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend
13. Re: PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend Dec 8, 2012, 20:08 DG
 
So far the only "must get" skills seem to be pretty cheap in certs (i.e. experience points).

You could spend quite a bit more for tank and gunship/fighter upgrades. The aircraft especially, people specialise in those i.e. spend all their points/real cash there.

For infantry though, you're competitive enough out of the gate. If you get the drop on someone who's maxed out, you're going to win. If you both surprise each other and you've got significantly better aim, you're going to win.

Take the most ostentatiously contentious cert upgrade - health boost. The max health boost you can get, which very few people have yet, is 25% - but, not really. Shields are basically just a regenerating health bar, so total advantage in TTK is actually only about half the health boost. And you need 1211 certs for 25%. For a 15% boost, which will leave you at a net 5% disadvantage or something compared to that rare fully specced guy, it costs 61 certs, which you should get in a single session - in an hour when rolling with a decent squad.

Personally I figured I'd be happy to spend the equivalent /$ of a new game on this. I've only spent 4, on a 7-day EXP booster since I figured I'd be playing a lot this weekend anyway. I haven't felt the need to buy any items yet and I now have about 600 cert points racked up that I haven't even thought what to spend on.

Admittedly the real-money does not seem very good value as you don't get a lot for the money. That you don't need the items is one thing, but it'd be nice to be buying more choices. I might sink some real money into it if/when they have another 2x or 3x "station cash" sales.

The game has problems but P2W isn't one of them.

If you do play, bear in mind the game is 1000x more fun when you're in a good platoon, using voice comms, waypoints etc. The biggest issue for the game IMHO is that is not reliably available.
 
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News Comments > New AMD Beta Drivers
1. Re: New AMD Beta Drivers Dec 4, 2012, 13:53 DG
 
Quite a list of performance improvements, I'd be interested if anyone if finding any for single-card PS2...  
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