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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 > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 9, 2013, 23:50 killer_roach
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 9, 2013, 22:06:
ColecoVision retro console games seeking revival via Kickstarter.

Choplifter, Jumpman, Montezuma's Revenge, and Zaxxon were all great games in their day. Not sure they'd hold up today though.

Well, Choplifter had a remake not that long ago, and there was a version of Zaxxon that was released recently on Android and iOS...
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 9, 2013, 23:49 killer_roach
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 9, 2013, 22:40:
Hell I remember TNG costing 1 mill per episode but 3.5 per episode with no CGI/FX? O_O

Post-processing is much more expensive now, not to mention you had to pay Cranston whatever he commanded.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 9, 2013, 19:59 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 9, 2013, 15:28:
He was still wrong, the Cell was nowhere near as powerful as Sony repeatedly said it was (and, it appears, they actually thought it was), but it isn't as ludicrous as to have someone say a PC doesn't need a GPU. The Cell was totally different than anything Intel was doing and would be much more capable sans-GPU than anything Intel had.

The biggest issue that it had was simply that the gap between theoretical peak performance and typical peak operating performance was massive due to the architecture of the SPEs. Yes, the floating point performance was absolutely ludicrous, but it took quite a bit of optimization to get much beyond 20% of the theoretical peak, and it's possible that due to constraints of memory bandwidth you could never fully saturate the SPEs with instructions for more than a cycle or two. If they could have figured out how to keep the SPEs busy all the time, they would have had XB1-like floating point performance, but doing so would have required memory that only now is starting to become available in OEM channels (and is still quite expensive). Even still, floating point alone doesn't make for a good GPU, but it sure helps. (As a thought exercise you could probably have envisioned something like a 24-SPE Cell with the same GDDR5 that's going in the PS4 could have been a beastly system even today, but pretty much any programmer apart from the most dedicated CompSci boffin would simply go "screw this" at the prospect of coding for it.)
 
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 EU TM Removed
13. Re: Half-Life 3 EU TM Removed Oct 5, 2013, 20:06 killer_roach
 
yuastnav wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 19:45:
Pff, just rename it to Half Life Forever or something, say that you'll have to restart development because the engine you are currently using for that game is outdated and you want to make a new one and then, in about ten years, outsource that things to Gearbox (if they even still exist by then).

... what, too soon?

But Valve's already outsourced a HL game to Gearbox...
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
3. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 5, 2013, 13:30 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 13:05:
I'm sure the US would win teh hax/griefing side.

Well, being on Xbone it should be a bit of a US advantage, as Microsoft's consoles don't sell as well in Europe...

...that being said, youth unemployment in Europe is markedly higher than it is here, so they've got more time to practice.
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Prototype Details
43. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 5, 2013, 11:33 killer_roach
 
siapnar wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 10:56:
MattyC wrote on Oct 5, 2013, 08:34:
I guess it isn't that expensive, but 16GB of RAM seems a bit over the top to me. I cannot imagine needing that much.
I have 16 gb and yes, it's overkill. 8 will suffice for pretty much everything.
The difference is negligible

That being said, for the cost that RAM is anymore, why not go 16?
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Prototype Details
6. Re: Steam Hardware Prototype Details Oct 4, 2013, 16:49 killer_roach
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 16:45:
a Titan and or GTX 780 works with that 450W power supply??

So long as your power supply is highly efficient and you have a rather lean motherboard chipset, I'd say it's possible. Titan and the 780 can only peak at 300W as per the ATX and PCIe specs, which means you've still got 150W left for everything else even if the GPU is pegged. Figure 25W for the motherboard logic, 60W for the CPU, 10W for optical and hard drives (as you're unlikely to be maxing both out simultaneously), and 5W for RAM, and you're left with 50W for cooling and system overhead. It's cutting it close, and you have no room for overclocking, but if everything's within specs you can do it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 3, 2013, 20:58 killer_roach
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 20:41:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 19:29:
The Verge discussing this exact topic.

That's interesting. They seem to think they're making a case against this being a gimmick, but they don't actually give any reasons why someone buying a high end phone right now should give one single solitary damn.

It's good that 64-bit is being adopted and kudos to Apple for leading the way but as a selling point for current phones, it's a gimmick.

The major change will likely come with Samsung's next generation of Exynos SoCs, which could very likely end up having 4-6GB of RAM (current Samsung devices use 2-3GB). Then again, they're likely to be fashioning their next series of processors off of A57 and ARMv8 as well, meaning that ARM's efforts at futureproofing will come in handy in short order.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 3, 2013, 14:29 killer_roach
 
SirKnight wrote on Oct 3, 2013, 09:33:
More butthurt BS spew from Qualcomm. How surprising!

There's nothing gimmicky about A7 at all. The benchmarks show it to be quite fast and this is due to the newer very efficient ARM arch, which happens to also be 64bit. This arch being 64bit is ARM's doing, not Apple's.

Basically A7 is faster partly due to optimizations in the ARM A57 ISA and partly due to software optimizations in iOS 7 (the new browser, for instance, is absurdly fast, and it makes even the old iPhone 5 competitive with high-end Android smartphones on HTML5 benchmarks). 64-bit has nothing to do with that, although that's what Apple is marketing on.

In fact, the only reason to go to a pure 64-bit processor right now is to address beyond 4GB of memory - seeing as the A7 SoC only uses 1GB, and I highly doubt a theoretical A7X in the next iPad goes beyond 2GB, it'll be a while before that barrier is an issue for Apple. (I know some will point out certain data processing tasks that are improved by the use of 64-bit computing, but most of those are already handled in ARM processors by the NEON extensions, a set of 128-bit operations comparable to the SSE instructions on x86 CPUs.)
 
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News Comments > More Steam Greenlights
2. Re: More Steam Greenlights Oct 2, 2013, 23:26 killer_roach
 
nin wrote on Oct 2, 2013, 21:05:
Cool that Hyper Light Drifter made it. Love the art style.


Wasn't familiar with that one until now, but am definitely loving that Superbrothers-meets-Another World vibe that the art has.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Sep 28, 2013, 16:41 killer_roach
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 28, 2013, 07:47:
Would like to see more reviews of Shadow Warrior. Did Digital Devolver not send out review copies or something? There are usually tons of reviews at launch but not this time. It would make sense if the game was crap but the impressions I've read thus far have been mostly positive.

Most of the critical reviews are mixed, but even in being mixed they seem positive (they complain about the game being too much of a throwback more often than not... fine by me). The fan response seems quite positive, though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 28, 2013, 01:53 killer_roach
 
mlw wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 21:48:
Good riddance to the Buffoon Balmer. What an embarrassment that guy was! Gates screwed up Royally.

I don't think Gates would have been any better. Keep in mind he married the woman largely responsible for creating Microsoft Bob.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Sep 28, 2013, 00:45 killer_roach
 
netnerd85 wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 13:44:
it's one of the best Unreal Engine games I've seen.

Okay, now you're just being ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 27, 2013, 18:50 killer_roach
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 14:08:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 11:04:
Ballmer was a salesman. I hope they get an Engineer or maybe UI Designer as CEO next.

So you want the main creator of the ribbon and tile interfeces as the CEO??? (Julie Larson-Green)

Uhm... No Thanks.

She's considered to be the most likely successor.
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin in February
1. Re: Divinity: Original Sin in February Sep 26, 2013, 20:48 killer_roach
 
Had to read the rest of the text, as the first line made me believe that they were somehow releasing the game in the past...  
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News Comments > Early Word on Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access
18. Re: Early Word on Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access Sep 26, 2013, 19:59 killer_roach
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 26, 2013, 18:08:
So excited for this. I backed it for 30 so got 2 copies and the other cool stuff between 15 and 30.

Original site here.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stainlessgames/carmageddon-reincarnation

That's what I backed it for as well. (At the time I backed, the GOG reward wasn't known yet, so I've gotten that as well as free versions for iOS and Android, so I'd consider that exceptional value for the money, despite the fact that they badly missed their initial release date.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
12. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 25, 2013, 00:18 killer_roach
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 00:00:
I haven't gotten anything from any KickStarter yet other than Conclave. I better start checking in on these projects. I guess I shouldn't just assume they are going to give me what is due?

So far of the game projects I've backed:

Torment Tides of Numenera - Nothing yet
Crayon Chronicles - Delivered
Project Eternity - Nothing yet
Pinball Arcade tables - Delivered
Carmageddon Reincarnation - Part received
Grim Dawn - Alpha access granted
Chuck's Challenge 3D - Beta access granted
Valdis Story: Abyssal City - Delivered
Shadowrun Returns - Delivered (included physical goods)
The Banner Saga - Nothing other than the F2P promo version
Faster Than Light - Delivered
Wasteland 2 - Nothing yet
Broken Age - Nothing yet

My non-game projects I've backed have all delivered, oddly enough.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
10. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 24, 2013, 20:49 killer_roach
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 08:57:
Prez wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 08:50:
Only half of the gaming press there were backers of Fargo's 'Wasteland 2'? It should have been all of them!

You expect the guys from XBox and PS3 mags to support a pc game? Dream on!

I think you'd be shocked how many of those guys were backers - I'd wager it was comparable percentage to the PC gaming press.

We all start somewhere...
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
3. Re: Sunday Consolidation Sep 22, 2013, 19:01 killer_roach
 
Julio wrote on Sep 22, 2013, 13:11:
I'm surprised there are Xbox 360s that are still alive that were made in 2006-2008.

My 2008 360 is still alive, although I sold it to my brother and got a 360 S when it came out. Still runs for him, though.
 
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News Comments > Flight of the Amazon Queen for Free
6. Re: Flight of the Amazon Queen for Free Sep 21, 2013, 15:15 killer_roach
 
Orogogus wrote on Sep 21, 2013, 13:27:
No, what he's getting at is that these two games have already been free for years.

The question for some of them has been at times how well previous free releases ran on modern operating systems. (For instance, I don't remember Stargunner working properly on Win7 before without having to muck around with tools yourself, which is something that GOG manages to take care of for you.)
 
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