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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 > 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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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Jun 23, 2015, 00:08 killer_roach
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 23:42:
Can anyone tell me why the driver of that Koenigsegg was holding his hands off the wheel during acceleration?

Was that to show something off? Because that's insane when accelerating to 300 km/hr.

Yeah, it was showing off, was showing the stability of the car at the peak of the 0-200mph-0 run.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2015, 14:27 killer_roach
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 13:52:
It's easy to pull out of though - quit selling things below equilibrium and take the hit on # of units sold. They'd end up with fans who would pay full price. Then up-market those fans with cool merch and extras. I suspect that is more lucrative than selling to cheap people. After the buzz is gone, sell what's left cheap and immediately launch a new game.

So, basically, go back to the old model.

Basically what I've been saying for years - model pricing strategies based on a price discrimination strategy, using willingness to wait as an inverse proxy for willingness to pay. (Less willing to wait == more willing to pay.) If anything, I'd argue that games at launch might be (*dons flameproof suit*) too cheap - fans of a new Blizzard game or a new CoD game would likely pay $100 for them if they have to (and, with special editions, some do, with those editions usually constrained more by supply than demand). Not every game can sustain a top-tier price tag, but those that can are leaving money on the table with every copy they sell at launch. You can get money from the rest of the demand curve later, it's harder to get them to keep paying (see DLC uptake rates for anything other than multiplayer shooters).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2015, 13:28 killer_roach
 
walrus1 wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 12:47:
ldonyo wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 10:35:
Perhaps sales and bundles aren't the real problem. Perhaps the real problem is that some people in the video game industry believe they're entitled to $50+ for a copy of their new game, no matter how long it has been out or what platform(s) it is on. Add to that the cost of the inevitable DLC and/or expansion packs and that game's cost surges well past $100 before it's all said and done. Sorry, but without bundles, discounts, sales and GotY editions, I, and many others like me, would buy far fewer games.
Exactly! the problem is also the steady creep up of prices. Remember when you could get a new game for $40 and no additional DLC? Yeah its the greed of publishers/ devs that have gotten us to this point not sales.

The flip side of things, mind you, is that games in the SNES era were routinely $50-60 (adjusted for inflation, closer to $90 - even those $40 games of 15-20 years ago would be about $60 today), and, while bereft of DLC, were often able to be beaten in a couple hours or less. A full-scale game of that variety, even if it had modern production values, would likely be a $15-20 release on XBLA or PSN today.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 22, 2015, 12:14 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 11:34:
Wow is that girl ever greedy. Would you go and buy a car without a test drive? A house with inspecting it? This whole model of 'work once get paid forever' is so broken.

She's simply getting the best deal she can for her work. She's proven lots of people will pay non-trivial sums of money for her music, so she's in an almost uniquely privileged position in being able to dictate price terms on her music.

On the whole, however, music, like most other forms of media, is a form of monopolistic competition. You're the only one who has rights over what you do, but there's ten million other sources out there who do pretty much the same thing you do. Unless you're at the top of the heap, you have to be creative in how you make your art into your career.

(Mind you, her pressure play ends up being good for anyone who has their music on Apple Music, but the fact remains that most anyone other than the big boys is likely to get not much more than beer money from the service. That being said, the artist who can figure out how to use these streaming services as a marketing platform has the opportunity to become fabulously wealthy, I just don't know how that would work quite yet.)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 20, 2015, 16:31 killer_roach
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 20, 2015, 14:07:
If AMD splits can we just call their graphics arm ATI again?

ATI has about a third of the market for graphics cards as far as PCs go. They can probably make it. I don't know about AMD CPUs though. Maybe they want to shed that division so that it's attractive for some big buyer (who isn't Intel) to add to a patent portfolio. I could see that happening.


My guess is they're wanting to sell the CPU business to Nvidia, but they can't sell the company as a whole for obvious antitrust reasons.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale May 25, 2015, 16:37 killer_roach
 
Acleacius wrote on May 25, 2015, 14:00:
Is it just me or has Steam down or been hacked? I can't do any game searches or see any pictures on the front page either. Current time 1pm cst.

Edit: Weird, starting to come back slowly? I can see a few pictures and video now. Still a lot missing.

Only issues I've been having are with the community pages, which are still completely inaccessible to me. The rest I can see just fine.
 
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