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Nickname HoSpanky
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
4. Re: Saturday Consolidation Dec 14, 2013, 14:12 HoSpanky
 
I got a WiiU thru work for free (like a weird reward points system), basically for The Marios. Got Wind Waker as well. The system has like 20 games for it, sadly. But as long as Mario Kart makes it out the door, I'll be happy.

Again: the system was free. Without a much larger set of games, I couldn't see myself paying for one.
 
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News Comments > Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Free Weekend
3. Re: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Free Weekend Dec 6, 2013, 05:49 HoSpanky
 
This really is a great Kart racing game. For how much the original just screamed "me too!", this one adds enough to the genre that the new Mario Kart is copying it, concerning transforming vehicles.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Dec 4, 2013, 13:13 HoSpanky
 
I'm having a hard time here. Pre-ordering generally gains you nothing. Your money is now earning the developer interest while you wait weeks and sometimes months to get anything for it. Unless they offer something pretty substantial that you can ONLY get from pre-ordering...you are a fool, and we all know about fools and their money.

I agree that if you buy a game that absolutely refuses to work, you should be able to get a refund. Outside of that, it's not Steam's job to make sure you don't buy a piece of shit. There's SO MUCH media available on almost every game out there, how do you blame Steam for your inability to control your impulse purchasing?

If digital files weren't innately easy to copy, returns would be allowed. But because digital products are very different from any other product on earth, they have to have these (fairly reasonable) protections in place. You can't compare a download to a car, once you return the car they have proof you no longer have it.

Tl;dr: stop blaming others for your poor decisions.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed Rivals Trailer
3. Re: Need for Speed Rivals Trailer Dec 4, 2013, 07:13 HoSpanky
 
I'll pick it up when it's below $15, and above 30fps.  
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Nov 24, 2013, 12:17 HoSpanky
 
Aren't they required to send them copyright notice info, or risk losing their copyright even if they don't intend to sue for damages?

Also, it's not "parody" if you use someone else's tune to sell a product. I hope Goldieblox doesn't get destroyed by this, my nieces love them.
 
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News Comments > Next Car Game Kickstarter Axed; Preorder Sneak Peek Released
9. Re: Next Car Game Kickstarter Axed; Preorder Sneak Peek Released Nov 23, 2013, 18:00 HoSpanky
 
I pre-ordered after seeing just a little of the tech demo. stupid excited for this game, I loved Ultimate Carnage and this is very much going to become the next step from that.

Also, I think it'd be a hoot if they put a level with roller-coastery sections like this into the game. UC never had any craziness like it, it'd be like trackmania with collisions. Even if they take that exact tech demo level and allow people to hop into it in multiplayer, I could easily spend an hour or more setting up ridiculous things for us to attempt. It'd be dead easy for them to do, even.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Nov 22, 2013, 14:01 HoSpanky
 
Here's hoping Totalbiscuit's review is influential enough to push EA to fix the framerate lockdown. More review sites need to make it a score-lowering issue. 30fps lock on was only acceptable in one racing game I can think of, and it was a piss-poor port.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta
10. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta Nov 19, 2013, 13:02 HoSpanky
 
Super awesome that the new version apparently doesn't require you to have a CPU anymore. Now I can spend more on the video card in my next build, since I can ignore that pesky CPU. If I get a Titan, I won't even need ram since it'll have 2mb of memory left over for the OS when I'm running CoD!

Unfortunately I'll still need a motherboard to hook my fans to. Any idea who makes mobos without CPU or ram slots? Trying to save money.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Anniversary
8. Re: Half-Life Anniversary Nov 19, 2013, 12:31 HoSpanky
 
Was oddly looking into the black mesa mod last night, Xen still isnt done.

I grabbed the hl2 Cinematic Mod, 44 gigs making the game look amazing, altho their decision to make a new Alyx model that's the wrong goddamn race baffles me. The replacement model looks Brazilian, and certain animations that looked correct on Alyx's thin lips look all wrong with Angelina Jolie-esque puffy lips. Still, you can put the original Alyx model in if you want, even if she looks a wee out of place among the crazy updated levels.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta
7. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers add ShadowPlay Beta Nov 19, 2013, 12:22 HoSpanky
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 11:58:
There is a little symbol on the top right corner of your screen if it is running.

You can move the symbol to any corner you like, and can turn the symbol off completely (while still allowing shadow play to run). Haven't picked up bf4 due to having a whopping 3 hours put in on bf3, so I have no idea if it affects that.
 
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News Comments > No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals
28. Re: No Wheel Support for NFS Rivals Nov 19, 2013, 09:40 HoSpanky
 
While no wheel support "makes sense", you can usually easily get a racing game to recognize the axes on your wheel and use it anyway. But there won't be any force feedback, which isn't a big deal in arcade racers anyway.

The lock at 30fps will hopefully get patched out like they did with The Run. While I didnt enjoy that game even at 60fps, it was miserable at 30. The camera shakes at high speed, which makes trajectory planning incredibly difficult. If it held still, 30fps may have been playable.

A couple recent-ish racers locked at 30fps had good reason for it (Split Second and Forza Horizon), and compensated for it properly. Only one of those came to pc, and its excuse is actually quite reasonable. I have seen nothing in NFS Rivals that counts as a good excuse. H
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Exploding PS4 Nov 15, 2013, 15:00 HoSpanky
 
People are welcome to destroy hardware, as long as he bought it. Likely he had a funding page that people could donate to, and once the cost of the ps4 was covered, he bought and shot it. There were videos of similar hardware murders for the ps3 and Xbox 360, often done in front of others waiting in line to buy one.

But this one looked super cool. I especially liked how it appeared that the controller realized Bad Shit was going on and leapt off the table to save itself.

Not super excited for the ps4 or Xbone. The hardware I believe will make my gaming different is the oculus rift, and to a lesser extent, steam streaming and the steam controller.
 
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News Comments > DIRT 3 Leaving GFWL in the Dirt
14. Re: DIRT 3 Leaving GFWL in the Dirt Nov 12, 2013, 16:05 HoSpanky
 
Ehh, calm down ochentay. While GFWL is a problem for many (it absolutely breaks your savegame in Dirt2 if you play multiplayer), the achievements are part of Xbox gamercards, and to be locked out of getting a 100% on a game, forever, sucks. And before you start typing about how this is a pc-elitist news site, the big thing people should be looking at is this is how it will be done every time a service dies. I believe Origin will stick around, it's actually a decent interface. But Uplay and the 50 other download services out there won't all survive. And the games on those will have to be converted, likely losing save files, or possibly lost entirely.

While I'm kind of glad GFWL is being killed, multiple games that I love are saddled with it and may not be updated. Red Faction Guerilla is a fantastic game, and while you can play single player and LAN play with a .dll bypass, you can't play it online. And I'm not sure how Iron Brigade will shake out either, which would be a terrible shame.

No matter if it was for the better, it sucks to be working toward a goal and have it taken away with little to no warning. And while I don't understand those that hate steam (those that do, WHY do you hate it? I'm curious. You just say it sucks and don't back that up with WHY), if you buy a game that explicitly doesn't require something you dislike, then it's forced in later...I can see where people could get pissy about that. Think if it went the other way around, eh? Buy a game on steam, and when you're 3/4 thru it, they add GFWL to it and break your savegames.
 
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News Comments > DIRT 3 Leaving GFWL in the Dirt
5. Re: DIRT 3 Leaving GFWL in the Dirt Nov 12, 2013, 11:43 HoSpanky
 
Hopefully they'll convert dirt 2 as well, was the better game.  
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News Comments > TrackMania2 Demo
4. Re: TrackMania2 Demo Nov 8, 2013, 08:27 HoSpanky
 
The new TM games absolutely run on win64. Also I was able to get TM united to work just fine. If you moved the install folder from a 32bit version to 64, try deleting it and re-downloading the game.  
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News Comments > Saints Row IV Free DLC
14. Re: Saints Row IV Free DLC Nov 6, 2013, 07:43 HoSpanky
 
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 23:57:
nin wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 23:25:
HoSpanky wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 23:15:
Now if they'd spend a weekend pulling GFWL out of Red Faction Guerrilla!

I'd forgotten about that. Yeah, that'd be great!


I tried to replay it a few weeks ago (since I figured I might not have the chance to next year), and got all kinds of weird-ass light artifacts from sunlight on my 660ti. Tried different drivers, didn't fix it. Sucked

Yeah, other people get wackiness like all destructible geometry flickering. It's not your card, nor the drivers. there's a command line, -nod3d10 that sets it to dx9. Will fix your issues. Game is dx9 only, so you lose zero features.

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News Comments > Saints Row IV Free DLC
5. Re: Saints Row IV Free DLC Nov 5, 2013, 23:15 HoSpanky
 
Actually, they're entire outfits, which is more work than people think. Actual geometry, not a simple texture pack. Not a HUGE amount of work, but...free. Very nice of them, considering any other company would try to get $5 out of you for them. This on top of the increasingly rare same-day release as the console versions.

Now if they'd spend a weekend pulling GFWL out of Red Faction Guerrilla!
 
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News Comments > Steam Box Previews
10. Re: Steam Box Previews Nov 4, 2013, 14:52 HoSpanky
 
I'm excited for the controller, even though it isn't going to completely replace my kb/m. I'm even more excited for the video streaming. I've messed with nvidia's shadow play a bit, and the output from it is fantastic. I'm assuming Steam will take advantage of the hardware encoder in the recent nvidia cards, and from what one of the articles said, streaming will be available to play with sooner than the controller or Steamboxes.

It's been a long time since there's been anything to truly be excited about, hardware-wise, on the pc. Steam Controllers, streaming boxes, and the Oculus Rift all coming in the same general timeframe...whee!
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans
1. Re: Oculus Rift 2014 Release Plans Nov 2, 2013, 11:42 HoSpanky
 
Wantwantwantwantwant

No other piece of hardware coming out is as potentially game-changing as this. While I'm absolutely terrified to use it for games like Amnesia, I'd buy it just to play Hawken. I'm hoping they realize two things before this comes out tho:

Games that aren't "ready" for Oculus should run in 3d, without head-tracking. Increases their usable games list to several hundred.

And computers running SLI should use each card for each eye. The scenes are near-identical, meaning render time shouldn't vary. Maybe there's a reason this can't happen, but technically it makes sense. It would require coordination with Nvidia/AMD, but with Carmack's pull it wouldn't be too difficult.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed
7. Re: Battlefield 4 Released, Reviewed Oct 29, 2013, 10:42 HoSpanky
 
The videos look neat, but yeah Whiskers, it doesn't seem like much different a game from bf3, which I've played all of maybe 5 hours of. Maybe I'm just super bored of Modern Military Shooters. Actually, I know I am. I'm as tired of them as WWII games.

A sequel to 2142 would be awesome. I recently got my disc copy converted to an Origin version just so I could throw away the disc/case, and they threw in the expansions free. This goes for every game they converted, btw. I'm not about to start buying games on Origin if they're on Steam, but converting a game was something EA didnt have to do, did, and then did better than neccessary.
 
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