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Nickname HoSpanky
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Description argle befu jodl garf!
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
Total Comments 767 (Graduate)
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Apr 27, 2015, 07:44 HoSpanky
 
Saying you quit playing halfway through the game doesn't make it a bad game. I rarely finish games anymore, there's just too many games to play and so many are padded just so people don't cry about how a game is too short. Making it halfway means it held your attention for hours, which doesn't translate to "bad".
15 minutes and then dumped is bad. I have several whim-purchased games that ended up in that category.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops III in November; Preorder for Beta Access; Specs Released
7. Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops III in November; Preorder for Beta Access; Specs Released Apr 26, 2015, 16:20 HoSpanky
 
I read that line as "Argument-filled multiplayer".  
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Apr 25, 2015, 14:42 HoSpanky
 
So...formula Fusion is the next Wipeout game, but for pc.

That's something I'd buy.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V NVIDIA Tweak Guide
15. Re: Grand Theft Auto V NVIDIA Tweak Guide Apr 22, 2015, 13:22 HoSpanky
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 12:46:
jomisab wrote on Apr 22, 2015, 12:43:
the in-game vsync makes everything extremely smooth.
Same here,
Tried to play without vsync but the screen tearing was pretty bad


Try disabling v-sync in the game but forcing it through the nvidia control panel. I have no idea why, but it's almost universally better performance from games, and it's never WORSE.

This game has some occasional stutter, but that's likely easy to blame on running the game at 1gb vram usage higher than I actually have.
 
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News Comments > Rockstar Social Club Accounts Stolen
22. Re: Rockstar Social Club Accounts Stolen Apr 21, 2015, 13:10 HoSpanky
 
I'm also interested in getting in a Blue's News crew.

So, if they steal your rockstar account, aside from keeping you from playing the game, what can they DO with it?

Also, I'd read about a piece of software that suppresses the Social Club launcher, which supposedly frees up CPU resources but causes the game to crash after a while. It's possible that software like that is the thing stealing login info.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm in June
4. Re: Heroes of the Storm in June Apr 20, 2015, 21:46 HoSpanky
 
I find this a fun game to play for an hour in the evening with my friends. I spent $5 on a starter pack, and that's likely all I'll buy, but I've really enjoyed it. We were able to coerce a friend who hates MOBAs due to the learning curve, and for a few games he'd just soak XP in a lane the AI was ignoring. He liked that he was contributing to the team without needing to be good in a combat situation. After a few games, he decided he was ready to take a few hits on the chin and now he's a decently capable player.

So really, I like that the game is something I can get my friends to play. My girlfriend enjoys it as well. Also, It's nice to see that they're very conscious of the characters they add, and make their abilities something that you'd expect them to have.

The game still has issues in SLI, but since one card (760) can handle the game with no problem, the "fix" is to make it run single GPU.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video
30. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video Apr 20, 2015, 14:28 HoSpanky
 
siapnar wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 13:55:
Cutter wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 13:47:
just go to teh Youtubes and watch some Unreal 4 engine demos. Now if 5 was using that, it'd be worth crowing about. Oh but wait, consoles can't handle that sort of work.
HA

I love Unreal Engine 4, but a game with GTA V's graphical and overall complexity using UE4 would probably run at half the speed, if that

Right. Tech demos are nice to look at, but there's no game there. You're almost comparing a pre-rendered video to an interactive environment, like people complaining that video games don't look as good as Pixar movies. Those tech demos run with little to no user input, and no "world" running behind the scenes. They are Best Case Scenarios.
For what you can do in GTAV, it's a damn good looking game, and it runs far better than most games that start on consoles. They actually gave a shit about how the PC version ran, and it shows. Worth every penny.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video
26. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Maxed Settings Video Apr 20, 2015, 13:29 HoSpanky
 
I'm running 760s SLI, which has an annoying inconsistency in GTAV. The game reports 4gb video memory (2gb each card), but requires twice as much memory as a single card. A friend has a 970, and Max textures pushes ram usage up to around 2.3gb...mine, well over 4.

That said, I used the GeForce experience suggested settings, which decided to use Very High texture settings, for a total of over 5gb vram, and the game runs butter smooth 99% of the time. At high speeds, driving into the city from the outskirts, it'll chug a couple times, then smooth out again.

I've not played the game on consoles, but it's not really a port. It's a proper PC version of the game, and in the campaign at least, no major bugs. I've seen one instance of the game not being able to decide on which quality level of a model to use, causing a helicopter in a cutscene to switch back and forth madly, but that's it. It's not the prettiest game EVER, but it's certainly the prettiest open-world game I've seen.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Apr 20, 2015, 11:00 HoSpanky
 
So tired of all this bullshit. Literally anything anyone does, down to "walking outside to get my mail" is apparently going to offend someone, and then someone ELSE will be offended that the first person was offended.

I initially thought this whole "women need to be represented better in games" thing made sense. And to a degree, it still does. But I don't see any of them praising the games that are getting it right. The new Tomb Raider has a fantastic lead character, who isn't sexualized whatsoever, and I don't see it being paraded as "how to do it right".

They will never, ever be happy with the way women are portrayed in games. Never. Because as soon as they are, they've got nothing to complain about, and therefore no purpose. I'm tired of it, and I've stopped caring.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Steam Records
5. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Steam Records Apr 16, 2015, 12:42 HoSpanky
 
ItBurn wrote on Apr 16, 2015, 12:23:
Still can't start the game. The loader just loads forever and nothing happens. I tried everything, no go.

Your windows login name doesn't include any non-standard characters, does it? That's a documented issue, and you can't just change the login name, you need to make a new user with admin rights.
 
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - PC Grand Theft Auto V
6. Re: Ship Ahoy - PC Grand Theft Auto V Apr 14, 2015, 10:09 HoSpanky
 
Runs fantastically well on my 760x2 setup, altho apparently 4g of vram isn't enough to go above "medium" texture settings. I can force it to High, and it runs the same as long as I'm not driving: it gets a wee stuttery at high speeds, so I'll leave it at Medium for now. When I eventually upgrade, it gives me a reason to come back, I suppose. Even at medium texturing it looks pretty good, and runs like butter.

Haven't tried multiplayer, or even looked into crews and whatnot, will look into the Bluesnews crew when I finish the single player.
 
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News Comments > GTA5 GeForce Drivers
30. Re: GTA5 GeForce Drivers Apr 14, 2015, 07:38 HoSpanky
 
Windows username can't have any strange characters in it. A friend of mine ran into this, had a tiny "TM" after his name. You can easily change your windows username, control panel-users.  
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V Preloads
24. Re: Grand Theft Auto V Preloads Apr 8, 2015, 11:34 HoSpanky
 
didnt notice the CPU load, as mine's watercooled and won't spin any higher than its lowest setting unless I'm converting video files. Was able to play HOTS with the download going with no side effects, since it wasn't using all the bandwidth available.

Here's hoping they got GTAV working right with SLI. Far Cry 4 still doesn't, and HOTS (at least it's still in Beta) has a weird texturing issue on certain levels.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Apr 2, 2015, 22:11 HoSpanky
 
Quick answer: Accidentally, yes, and then they fixed it.  
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News Comments > DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features
14. Re: DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round PC Launch Missing Features Mar 30, 2015, 13:27 HoSpanky
 
There's only two reasons they'd gimp the game:

1: They want the game to sell poorly so that they can point to it and say "that's why we aren't putting any more of our games on pc!"

2: They're completely incompetent PC programmers. This is the most likely scenario, considering the missing multiplayer and lower quality visuals with simultaneously higher hardware specs.

Japan seems to have zero interest in pc gaming whatsoever, and I imagine that translates to very few programmers there bothering to learn anything about pc-specific coding. And due to general Japanese stubbornness, they likely refuse to hire someone from outside the country, despite knowing that it could mean a better product.
 
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News Comments > Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers
23. Re: Valve's HTC Vive Free for Developers Mar 27, 2015, 15:17 HoSpanky
 
Whether VR goes mainstream or stays as a hobbyist item will depend entirely on compatability, interface, and ease of use.

First step to mass consumption is an OS that can use VR effectively. The "general public" still has to watch the keyboard to type, and if you can't see it, there will have to be a rock-solid alternative in the headset. And every headset needs to be able to use this interface. I think the first round of these headsets will WORK, but will be a pain to get going. Between user feedback and homebrew, the second and third versions will likely settle into something universally usable.

The success of VR headsets WILL bring a lot of money to desktop component makers, once there's a compelling enough use for it, people will build the monsters required to run that game/app. And laptops/phones don't have the muscle, unless the graphics take a large step backwards to accommodate.

Excited to actually get a commercial headset, and even more excited to see how people take advantage of the new hardware. I can't play Hawken forever.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 27, 2015, 11:20 HoSpanky
 
Hrm, that may be a mistake, Idonyo.
It's a nice way to get people who may not have been interested in FH due to thinking it's like the base Forza games. People turned off by overly technical games avoid the Horizon games, when they're likely EXACTLY the racing game they want.

Haven't had a chance to try it yet, I'm assuming the FEEL of the game is the same as Horizon, with a F&F character or two squeezed in. Also, apparently, helicopter chases.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Day One Patch & Other Details Revealed
71. Re: The Witcher 3 Day One Patch & Other Details Revealed Mar 22, 2015, 14:17 HoSpanky
 
One person believes that the game plays better on a gamepad and you morons lose your minds.

Mouse and keyboard offer better aiming, gamepads offer better movement. The ONLY way you can get both is with a separate device for your left hand, like the Logitech G13, which has a thumbstick JUST like console controllers.

I switch between a 360 controller and m/kb, depending on the game. I don't understand the instant hatred and dismissal of a game over the fact that it OFFERS the ability to use a controller. It certainly won't require it.

If you're that butthurt over a feature in a game due to your belief that what you like is superior, then you're no different than the Mac fanatics you make fun of. No different whatsoever. Realize that you're complaining that there's more than one way to make an imaginary character move around in a game that won't define or change your REAL life in any way whatsoever, and then go cry for how silly you've become.
 
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News Comments > Reloaded Games Acquires Hawken
4. Re: Reloaded Games Acquires Hawken Mar 16, 2015, 12:50 HoSpanky
 
Hawken has native Oculus support. It's WAY faster than MWO, and less technical. It's not quite at deathmatch levels, as having friends to cover your retreat-n-repair is crucial. Still the mechs move FAST, even down to a dodge that can save you from taking a missile salvo in the face.

Graphically, it's gorgeous. Unlocking mechs isn't fast, but it's not horridly slow either, considering you have to level each one up to unlock slots for gear. By the time you level one partway, you can afford another.

The only thing you HAVE to spend money to get are cosmetic. That's the right way to do it but apparently people just aren't buying anything.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Confirmed
3. Re: Titanfall 2 Confirmed Mar 12, 2015, 19:30 HoSpanky
 
I got my money's worth out of titanfall. I also only spent $5. But it's a fun enough game in short sessions.

They really need to bump it up visually. It'll really depend on if EA will let them focus on current-gen consoles ONLY. Last-gen ports are not only wasting resources, they convince consumers that their 9-year-old system can still hack it for new games and they will put off upgrading.
 
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