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Real Name Mike Fisk   
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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Jul 31, 2015, 22:04 killer_roach
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jul 31, 2015, 21:02:
Wow that MK:X deal is fucking insane!

Yeah - I picked it up myself. Doesn't have all the DLC, but really all you need out of what doesn't come with it is Predator and Tremor.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 28, 2015, 00:18 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 27, 2015, 19:15:
Since the way they worded it is misleading... it's Ouya's CEO departing, not Razer's. And if they only bought the software, they [wisely] are not having anything to do with the hardware. Technically, whatever remains of Ouya is not even on the hook for anything to do with the Kickstarter, so tough luck for anyone who still hasn't gotten what they wanted out of that. You made it happen, folks! But it still flopped. Spilled milk and all that.

Basically what they're buying is some developer relations for their own Android-based set-top console, some existing software (that they say they'll be moving over to Google Play - a potential win for everybody there), and connections with various Chinese firms that Ouya was trying to work with to create a market for the device (Alibaba, who had a $10m stake in Ouya, has said that they'll be working with Razer on promoting and distributing the Forge TV box, making me think that it's possible Ouya's investors forced the sale in the hopes of trying to get some of their money back).
 
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News Comments > Gears of War Ultimate on PC After Xbox
13. Re: Gears of War Ultimate on PC After Xbox Jul 22, 2015, 19:46 killer_roach
 
ViRGE wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 18:13:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 22, 2015, 13:33:
DX12 is a massive FUCK YOU to PC gamers. Microsoft had all but abandoned DX to focus on consoles, when AMD brought out Mantle and offered low-level access to the hardware. It was only when it realised it might lose its dominance over PC gaming that Microsoft started work on DX12 and designed it around the XB1, which was losing out massively to the PS4. In typical Microsoft style it decided to make DX12 a Windows 10 exclusive.
You do realize that DX12 has been in development for a few years, right? It's not as if MS suddenly started work on it in September of 2013 after AMD announced Mantle.

And there's good reason to make it Win10 exclusive. It goes hand-in-hand with a bunch of changes at the DXGI/driver level in order to support the API, involving everything from how command buffers are processed to how thread scheduling works. This is the biggest change to the Windows graphics layer since Vista, and these kinds of changes couldn't be fully back-ported to Windows 8, let alone Windows 7.

I think he's more upset about what it does to AMD's tactical position - not that they really had one to begin with.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2015, 13:25 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 13:15:
Verno wrote on Jul 20, 2015, 11:38:
It's still not up to snuff with Chrome in that regard but at least it isn't eating memory like Chrome does.

Are you running into issues where you're short on RAM? Do you need it available for something else? Might be time to upgrade beyond 4GB. Or, if you have more, to get over the compulsive insistence that you have as much system memory free as possible at all times... I rarely see Chrome tabs take more than 25-50MB each, it depends on the website. Takes less than 300MB for the browser itself. But my point is, even if it's more, what does it matter? RAM is cheap, and why not use it if you have it? No point in treating it like the fine china you never take out of the cabinet.

I've had Chrome go up to 2.5GB on my system, but my laptop has 8GB and my desktop 16GB. Not really a concern, just an annoyance.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
48. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 20, 2015, 12:09 killer_roach
 
Out of curiosity for those wondering, I got an email today from EA about my Origin account being transferred over... the main takeaway:

"In the coming weeks your Origin Account will be renamed to an EA Account to better represent all of EA's games and services."
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
31. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 21:00 killer_roach
 
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 19:52:
* although given that its EA, I probably should have been

At the very least, do what I do - wait to see the reviews, if they're good, or the game gets meaningful patches over time, just snag the console version once it hits the bargain bin or a Black Friday sale.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
26. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 19:07 killer_roach
 
Slashman wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 18:33:
I don't think they've been very successful with the 3rd party sales. Which is kind of why Origin is so nonsensical.

At least Ubisoft has the sense to not limit its sale of games from Steam.

The two big third-party publishers Origin started with were THQ and Ubisoft. The former is defunct, the latter has their own service. Can't see that going too well.

EA seems to still be fighting with Steam over the fact that they don't want to pay Valve 30% of DLC sold on Steam, that they feel that it's their software selling the DLC and not the service. Don't see that being a winning strategy, but they're free to be stubborn.
 
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News Comments > Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts
14. Re: Origin Accounts Becoming EA Accounts Jul 19, 2015, 15:08 killer_roach
 
Retired wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 10:34:
This is the 3rd or 4th change to EA accounts. We had the Gun Club, Battlefield veterans, all sorts of stuff. Something tells me they are so large, they don't even know seperate teams are working n this stuff and changing it until it is to late. Some young kid in a suit says in some meeting (a kid who has never used the product - speaking to old suits who have never played the games) 'we should rebrand it". So, since that sounds cool, is a buzz word, and he is young, lets do it!

Mine started as a NFS account, then became an EA Download Manager account, then an Origin account, and now apparently an EA account.

Beam me up, Scotty.

(Mind you, that's been over the span of... eleven years? Since just before the release of NFS Carbon?)
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 17, 2015, 17:47 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Jul 17, 2015, 17:38:
Not mentioned is that the thing was probably sold for $175 during one of Best Buy's deals, and that it's already dropped twice in price.

Yeah... I just hope that deal resurfaces when the Forza 6 Xbone comes out - I almost bit on getting a One on this past promotion, but I really want that special Forza model.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2015, 18:09 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 15:10:
nin wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 14:58:
Rush is one of the bands I'm not overly familiar with...I should probably fix that, someday.


Start with Moving Pictures. Then Permanent Waves. After that, listen a bunch to 2112 and go read Ready Player One.

Rush started out quite raw and heavy and got more and more processed as time went on. The late 70s and early 80s is the sweet spot. Nice introspective and philosophical lyrics, as well as great musicality.

No love for Hemispheres, or Fly By Night? (To say nothing of Caress Of Steel, which Bastille Day was from?)

But yeah, pretty much anything Rush did from the late 80s on can be pretty safely ignored unless you are a devoted fan. (Presto is pretty decent pop/rock, but it pales to their earlier efforts.)
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
15. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jul 12, 2015, 21:02 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 17:38:
killer_roach wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 16:39:
You need more research into the history of socialist and populist leftist governments - as a manner of course, they tend to be very staunchly pro-war, mostly because they look to the military as a successful means of which to organize civil society. That's been going on for over a century, to the first progressives in both America and Europe. McGovern wasn't the rule, he was the exception (and even still championed civil organizations with paramilitary structure, such as the Peace Corps).

In what delusional right-wing fantasy is that the case? Like JFK who tried to end Vietnam before it started or Carter or almost succeeded in the Middle-East Peace Initiative? Or Reagan who dragged out the cold war with his cowboy politics and committed treason with Iran-Contra, funded and trained OBL, etc. Or Dubya and his chickenhawks? Yeah real peacemakers those guys. And around the globe it's the same everywhere else. You seriously need to lay off whatever it is you're smoking.

Wilson, FDR, LBJ, JFK was a far more aggressive military presence than you're claiming (not to mention, as per my prior statement, the creator of the Peace Corps), Carter was interested in reinstating the draft...

As for the Republicans, they're really no better on military matters, but I was simply pointing out that it's not incongruous for socialists and progressives to be interested in war or military organization as a model for society. (Republicans' interest in the military is more incongruous from a philosophical standpoint, but perfectly understood simply as a naked attempt at political triangulation in pursuing their traditional base of support.)

Keep in mind, I'm neither Republican or Democrat - I'm a registered Libertarian. So yes, the longer knives come out for the socialists, but it's not like the right offers much beyond empty promises.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
6. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jul 12, 2015, 16:39 killer_roach
 
Task wrote on Jul 12, 2015, 15:45:
That is until you look into Sanders track record. Sanders may say things about the Oligarchy study or is on record giving Greenspan the one two punch, but he has to answer for his spotty foreign policy first, which mirrors corrupt Dems and Pubs. A bunch of stuff that makes me wary, since I actually look into what it is candidates are voting on or what they supported:

- He supported the illegal Kosovo War under Bill Clinton
- Supported the invasion of the Afghanistan War
- Voted against the Iraq War, but laughably voted FOR more funding for the War Effort
- Voted for Bill Clinton's Anti-Terrorism Act (the precursor to patriot act)
- Supported Israel's illegal genocide and bombing of Gaza
- Supported giving aid to Kiev's illegal coup government which taxpayers have to pay for (fuck that)

Personally, I think Jill Stein is the best choice since she tells it like it is. I don't like lesser evil choices unless Sanders starts answering for his past decisions on his current rallies and fixes his shit foreign policy which mirrors other crony Leaders. War and Imperialism is bringing America to its knees in debt which is the root of the issue. Then again I don't like all-out-insanity like Hillary or Jeb.

You need more research into the history of socialist and populist leftist governments - as a manner of course, they tend to be very staunchly pro-war, mostly because they look to the military as a successful means of which to organize civil society. That's been going on for over a century, to the first progressives in both America and Europe. McGovern wasn't the rule, he was the exception (and even still championed civil organizations with paramilitary structure, such as the Peace Corps).
 
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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
18. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Jul 9, 2015, 17:12 killer_roach
 
harlock wrote on Jul 9, 2015, 12:26:
Lord Tea wrote on Jul 9, 2015, 09:50:
On the 970 it's actually 224+32 bit. Thanks to the awesome unique split bus feature on this card. The Nividia CEO himself explains it right here: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2015/02/24/gtx-970/

It's so uber-awesome that no other Nvidia card has it!

lol, no thats not it... but you are right that 512mb of the 4gb total is running at a very reduced bandwidth...

looks like a dishonest move to cut costs by cutting corners, but that story is done already

i have a 970 but i dont even use 1080p so it doesnt really affect me, but im still pretty pissed about it... problem is nvidia is pretty much the only game in town, now that AMD is basically shutting everything down

I have a 970, and still haven't had many issues with games in 4K. Mind you, I'm not much of an FPS guy, but pretty much everything I've thrown at it works well.

I'm just amused by the commenter who thinks AMD has better drivers, though - Catalyst has been hysterically bad for years...
 
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News Comments > AMD Ceasing Mantle Optimizations
32. Re: AMD Ceasing Mantle Optimizations Jul 7, 2015, 15:13 killer_roach
 
The experiment that is Mantle AMD has come to an end.

Fixed.
 
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News Comments > DiRT Rally Patched
5. Re: DiRT Rally Patched Jun 30, 2015, 17:45 killer_roach
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 29, 2015, 21:53:
Well, it's a racing game, the main thing is making the cars look good. Everything else is just a blur, so it's a waste to put a lot of effort in pushing the boundaries of graphical fidelity to the point you're straining performance.

DiRT games have often been used as benchmarks in GPU reviews, but it's kind of moot when you're comparing 150 fps with this card to 180 in that one, etc.

That being said, it is that seemingly monomaniacal focus on detail that makes AAA racing games quite often into GPU stress tests - and the fact that more often than not racing games are designed to target a framerate of 30FPS rather than 60 gives them some more headroom in terms of their geometry and shader budgets.
 
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News Comments > DiRT Rally Patched
3. Re: DiRT Rally Patched Jun 29, 2015, 21:41 killer_roach
 
I'm surprised at how well the game runs at 4K... I've got a Core i7 2600K, 16GB RAM, and a GeForce 970, and it's running pretty smoothly at 4K resolution on Ultra settings.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 24, 2015, 22:59 killer_roach
 
Fantaz wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 22:48:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 21:34:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Jun 24, 2015, 19:55:
how is it looking at 1440p?
I was looking into getting a Fury but now it seems like going the 980Ti route is the better option.
I game at 1440p and plan to for the next 1-2 years before jumping to 4k once the gpu's can actually handle it nicely. 2016 at the earliest

GeForce GTX 980 Ti is 5% to 33% faster than Fury X at 1440p across various games. According to This

And I plan to upgrade in 1-2 years as well, to future proof my rig for VR... assuming I am compatible with that tech and don't get sick instantly ;p

Btw, all cards are miles away from the 95 fps limit for VR....

I read that the drivers are still not optimized enough and that after some time the Fury X could actually get faster than the GTX 980 Ti. Also the card runs quieter/cooler because it's fully watercooled, and therefore other components in your case will be cooler as well since all the hot air is exhausted out, so maybe better to overclock the CPU and RAM as a result.

1) If you trust AMD to make decent video drivers at some point in the future you have more faith than I.

2) Water cooling also tends to result in higher power consumption - which would likely rule out the Fury X for all but those with particularly beefy power supplies.
 
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News Comments > Project CARS 2 Announced
36. Re: Project CARS 2 Announced Jun 23, 2015, 17:43 killer_roach
 
Honestly, I have no problem with them getting started right now, but I do have an issue with the lowest tier being £50 - the last time I got in about two tiers off the bottom and only paid £35, and I was playing the game off and on for over a year before it was released. The jump in prices seem to be rather disconcerting this time around, especially since it's basically no different than a pre-order and semi-closed beta unless you're willing to fork over at least £100 - and that's a staggering amount. That'll generally get you a pretty good way up the ladder on a Kickstarted game's list of tiers...  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Jun 23, 2015, 16:23 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Jun 23, 2015, 04:15:
Yeah, but how does it handle turns?

Apparently pulls over 2 g's of lateral acceleration on a skid pad, about double what a Corvette does and about half again more than a Nissan GT-R. To get a vehicle that corners better you'd need to get behind the wheel of a LeMans LMP1 prototype or an F1 car.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues
21. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues Jun 23, 2015, 11:20 killer_roach
 
Drayth wrote on Jun 23, 2015, 11:15:
"That company previously worked on the PC version of Warner Bros. Montreal's Batman: Arkham Oranges, as well as the recent Killer Instinct: Season Two."

HAHA

Hilarious misspelling aside, I'll always think of Iron Galaxy as the DiveKick developers. Hard to take them seriously past that.
 
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