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Signed On Jan 28, 2003, 14:14
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 16, 2014, 09:16 Tim
 
Tumbler wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 15:07:
The game only running at 900p / 30fps on pc makes a much sense as it does on ps4. Both have better hardware than the xbox one and won't have trouble running it above that. (assuming the pc is newish)

On a PC sure, but people seem to think the PS4 has a lot more power than it does in reality - it's still pretty naff hardware by PC standards (actually very). Meh, glad i'm a PC gamer..
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV Illustrious Pirates
6. Re: Into the Black Jan 10, 2014, 09:23 Tim
 
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:34:
Tim wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 06:36:
Yup i've already played this some time back - it's easy to miss because the main menu tile for me said still said aveline and until i clicked through that i didn't see the freedom cry dlc was there.

D'oh. I never saw it in my main menu, thus assumed it had never been installed yet.

Thanks Tim.

No worries - had the same problem. Weirdly the darn thing is then listed on the main menu tile *after* you've played it once. Don't think this was intentional unless part of the game was to find it in the first place
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Video Diary
19. Re: I read sept 3 and think Rome II Jan 9, 2014, 06:42 Tim
 
sir wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 05:24:
They look like they're doing an excellent job on the visuals, so well done for that. But a major part of the appeal of the Alien movie, for me, is that you don't actually see the alien very much, but you know that it's there, somewhere, menacing and lurking. When you do actually get to see it, it's not a fast moving critter - it moves very slowly and deliberately, which seems to add to the menace, as well as give it a sense that it's toying with its prey. How well those things will translate to an interactive experience presumably lasting for a good few hours, well, we'll need to wait and see.

Try reading the interviews/previous on RPS - they've done exactly that you 'see' it very rarely and there's lots of talk of hiding under tables or in lockers where you *can't* see it at all and the very fact that you can't makes it all the more terrifying. There's some great little snippets on what they've observed with journalists playing it - how they spent a lot of time hiding or returning to hiding places out of anxiety that it 'might' be around (rather than physically seeing it). The motion tracker is used to great effect here.
I have high hopes - despite loving FPS games I think this is going to float my boat in terms of tension and atmosphere (e.g. how they talk about getting sound effects from the original film or from the engineers who worked on those effects - see the tennis ball anecdote).
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Assassin's Creed IV Illustrious Pirates
4. Re: Into the Black Jan 9, 2014, 06:36 Tim
 
Yup i've already played this some time back - it's easy to miss because the main menu tile for me said still said aveline and until i clicked through that i didn't see the freedom cry dlc was there.
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
2. Re: I read sept 3 and think Rome II Jan 7, 2014, 12:57 Tim
 
clicked on drivers page link.. then

- Geforce
- Geforce 700 series
- Geforce GTX TITAN
- Windows 8.1 64 bit
- English (US)
- All

Search..

Results = GeForce R331 Game Ready Driver - WHQL
Version: 332.21 - Release Date: Tue Jan 07, 2014

I never really bother with changing anything other than the OS since nvidias drivers are unified.

 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Announced
9. Re: I read sept 3 and think Rome II Jan 7, 2014, 12:42 Tim
 
netnerd85 wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 11:59:
In Game Footage, LOL!

Fuck off.

In game *engine*. Nothing there that isn't possible with that - looks legit enough to me?
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry Delayed for Windows
7. Re: I read sept 3 and think Rome II Dec 18, 2013, 13:00 Tim
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 11:23:
What do the Polish have to do with this? Why pick on the Poles?

heh.
Stab
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry Delayed for Windows
3. Re: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry Delayed for Windows Dec 18, 2013, 11:15 Tim
 
necrosis wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 10:50:
I am shocked! Said no PC gamer ever.

Well more likely:

1. "bah, ubisoft suck they delayed this for the PC deliberately!"

OR

2. "bah, this DLC is full of show stopping bugs it's unplayable!"

I can wait for some polish frankly.

 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
69. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 5, 2013, 08:27 Tim
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 08:04:
Tim wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 07:50:
I think I said earlier - an OS is the sum of many improvements and most of them are minor.

Don't expect people to say great things about the operating system when its most visible feature is nearly hostile to the input methods they use on a daily basis and doesn't really conform in any significant ways to traditional ways they've used the machine. People are willing to learn but only if there is a benefit to doing so.

Should they of done it differently? Yeah, maybe, but I think not doing anything was probably a worse choice for them in the face of 'post-pc'. And as I said earlier, it's not really about satisfying desktop or PC users *now*.

As long as they're selling me an operating system for my PC then I expect them to focus on that user experience first, I don't really care about how they leverage themselves into smartphones or not.

Short term yeah - but I still see benefits if they pull it off longer term. There are pluspoints to desktop users - like the focus on power consumption and speed for example. I don't disagree with you but my reality is that I spend 99.9% of my day in desktop mode and they improved enough in that to make me miss it when sat in front of 7. I am a power user (I hate the term but i'm a developer so..) and they've done enough for me. Possibly because of what I do i'm more tolerant of what's naff than most but I do see those parts as fixable in the main. What concerns me most is the lack of actual windowing with 'apps' the rest is just tweaking. I'm not sure if I can square with that as a desktop user. On tablet it's more flexible than android or iOS but on the desktop it's hugely limiting.
 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
67. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 5, 2013, 07:50 Tim
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 5, 2013, 07:34:
I do think, however, that the war of attrition against it by some is both overblown and unwarranted - because I really like the underlying OS (looking beyond MUI there's a lot of nice features

People say this but I only see very minor improvements to some built in tools and boot times. It also makes some puzzling regressions, particularly in regards to system imaging. I can't say I'm a fan of storage spaces, the changes to the sound driver model have caused major problems for many and we've had several issues with deployment tools at work. At best I can say I've noticed very little difference between it and Windows 7 which isn't exactly damning critique but it isn't high praise either.

Metro needed to have a better keyboard and mouse interface. Like it or not it's the marquee feature in Windows 8 and they blew it.

I think I said earlier - an OS is the sum of many improvements and most of them are minor. 7 wasn't that different from Vista and yet had enough improvements to make it worthwhile. Of course 7 is pretty per-formant, but 8 (for me) is a shed-load faster on the same hardware (boot times especially but the OS feels nippier too). I really like Win+X, I really like proper dual monitor taskbars, I really like the ribbon in explorer (7 was bereft of any mouse ui for it - horrible for my parents), I like Win+Q, the integrated web search and so on. But I hasten to reiterate - I don't need to justify my choice or persuade you otherwise but 8/8.1 are incrementally better in a host of ways in line with previous releases.

I actually thing MUI works well with the keyboard - it's the mouse that sucks - closing an app for example is bloody horribly implemented. I see why MS did what they did - they had to start somewhere after all - but I think it's a little early to call time on the entire MUI layer. At worst it's something you can (easily) ignore for now in reality. Should they of done it differently? Yeah, maybe, but I think not doing anything was probably a worse choice for them in the face of 'post-pc'. And as I said earlier, it's not really about satisfying desktop or PC users *now*.

 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
65. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 5, 2013, 07:25 Tim
 
JediPunisher wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 18:17:
Bundy wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 17:49:
I'm not arguing that win8 is well received, because its not, just saying that there are better metrics to use to support the claim.

Well, you can't really argue with the official numbers. Four times as many people switched to Windows 7 last month than Windows 8 (I'd wager some of those were downgrades).

Yes because there's absolutely no difference from the situation of the Windows 7 launch - well except a lot of people were clinging onto XP because Vista had many issues. The other problem is 8 faces 7 (which is solid) and a declining market for PCs (not to mention global economic shit fest right now). As I said earlier I can see why people will stick with 7 for cost reasons alone - and businesses take years to switch to anything anyway.
I'm not saying 8/8.1 is a runaway success but it's probably tracking fairly normally for a Windows OS that people 'buy' when they get a new PC. Upgrades are a tiny proportion of MS' sales.

I do think, however, that the war of attrition against it by some is both overblown and unwarranted - because I really like the underlying OS (looking beyond MUI there's a lot of nice features). I'm also not convinced that the majority of people have either a: used the darn thing yet or b: bothered to post on t'internet about it. The latter is usually for the case for people who 'aren't bothered' or 'happy'.
 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
43. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 13:34 Tim
 
BitWraith wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 13:24:
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 13:18:
Tim wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 13:08:
Most of 8.1 is pretty much like 7 so I struggle to get that upset about the bits that aren't
That is fine but tell me what is the point of replacing an operating system with a new one and then make the new one look like the old one?
I am not upset about W8 I will just continue to use W7.
Heck my workplace didn't even move to W7 yet, we are still on XP. Have to stay compatible with those damn old CAD/CAM systems and CNC machines.


Windows 7 looks just like Windows Vista, so why was Windows 7 so popular?

Hmmm well the new taskbar upset a lot of people - took a while to get accepted and it did look different because of it. 7 was popular since it took the good bits in Vista (new user-mode drive model, UAC etc) improved upon them and more importantly MS had a big focus on *performance*. Vista was hell on laptops in particular (very drive 'chatty' it was) speed wise. There's also the fact that one of it's best things (that driver model we loved so much in 7 was introduced in Vista) required everybody to rewrite their drivers. This resulted in (for example) nvidia bluescreening systems for 1.5 years odd. Of course 7 shared the model, so meaning the drivers were already refined when it was released and so it got all the benefit with none of the shame Vista got (not deservedly since 3rd parties took far too long to sort themselves out). Today we take it for granted that a display driver simply reloads when it crashes or we don't have to reboot to install one.
 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
41. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 13:27 Tim
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 13:18:
Tim wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 13:08:
Most of 8.1 is pretty much like 7 so I struggle to get that upset about the bits that aren't
That is fine but tell me what is the point of replacing an operating system with a new one and then make the new one look like the old one?
I am not upset about W8 I will just continue to use W7.
Heck my workplace didn't even move to W7 yet, we are still on XP. Have to stay compatible with those damn old CAD/CAM systems and CNC machines.

Well for me there's enough away from Metro in 8.1 to make it worthwhile (not that i'm bothering with disabling anything other than explorer as i'm a Directory Opus user - was on 7 too). All OS' are a sum of many incremental changes (usually) that add up to a lot of usefulness or improvements overall. Metro may be the biggest in-your-face change but that doesn't mean a whole heap of other stuff hasn't improved. I am, however, a 'like change' person and also it's part of my job (to be up to date) so one way or another I'm at least going to try stuff myself. I'm not justifying my choices (I don't have to) or trying to impose them on you (I don't have to) - just explaining my own decisions. I'm fully aware that people with 7 might stick with it on a cost basis alone (and this might make sense as incrementally MS will probably balance things better in Windows in 8.x or 9).

To be haunted by XP in 2013/2014 is a horrible thing. I feel for you there... it's long past it's sell-by date.
 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
34. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 13:08 Tim
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 12:54:
Tim wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 12:44:
Verno wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 12:18:
People like to paint users as hating any change but it didn't really stop anyone from adopting things like tablets and smartphones.

People do generally hate change, especially when it's on something which they see a tool for getting their job done - not everyone likes to expend effort learning new things (whether they are better or not). I'm a developer and I'm up against this all the time - even if something saves a user time or makes it more intelligible.. UI change is risky as hell You know it's going to wreck some guys day who's been doing it the same way for ten years and has learnt everything by muscle memory - as equally as you know it'll fail for a new user with no such baggage.

Problem still comes down to what the benefit of this UI change? Does it make things more fluid? Does it add functionality to the user, or it blocks off options that was there before and makes the daily tasks more frustrating to accomplish?
With 8 they've changed the UI so they can add in Metro and the "app store" which benefits who?
I don't need an app to read the daily news or check my e-mails on my desktop PC, and personally I do not know too many people who does.

Now? Them. They want to kick start a new ecosystem and face irrelevance without it - tablets and phones are big, getting bigger and not going anywhere soon. What I don't think they're doing is eliminating the desktop - that's not going anywhere either yet since Metro isn't a replacement for it (for a whole host of reasons) quite obviously. Obviously this might benefit WP/RT/Surface Pro users too since devs might look more favourably on a platform linking to millions of desktop users (and laptop users with touchscreens..).
Later? Maybe us. MS aren't planning on short-term gains with desktop users (in fact i'd expect them to plan for the opposite despite a few tweaks in 8.1) but if it were possible to move across devices 'seamlessly' with apps and settings and so on that would be pretty cool. It's an idea i'm interested on them exploring rather than standing still. I'm not particularly happy with non-windowed apps, but I quite like some of the news apps now, mail is ok and the rest really isn't in my way. Most of 8.1 is pretty much like 7 so I struggle to get that upset about the bits that aren't (plus it's less than 1% of my working day anyway).

 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
30. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 12:44 Tim
 
Verno wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 12:18:
People like to paint users as hating any change but it didn't really stop anyone from adopting things like tablets and smartphones.

People do generally hate change, especially when it's on something which they see a tool for getting their job done - not everyone likes to expend effort learning new things (whether they are better or not). I'm a developer and I'm up against this all the time - even if something saves a user time or makes it more intelligible.. UI change is risky as hell You know it's going to wreck some guys day who's been doing it the same way for ten years and has learnt everything by muscle memory - as equally as you know it'll fail for a new user with no such baggage.

 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
25. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 12:16 Tim
 
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 12:10:
I'm on 8.1 and I've installed enough 3rd party software to make it tolerable but there are still annoyances here and there. For example last week I went to copy a dll out of the system folder (an obscure task admittedly). It wouldn't let me do anything, not even make a copy of the file the whole directory was locked down. Tried taking control, following online guides and nothing worked. Or there's the fact that to install my sound card driver I need to go into the abomination that is metro to disable driver signing. Want to have the instructions on the screen at the same time, like you could on 7 and prior? Haha fuck you, this is metro territory now. I wouldn't be surprised if I drop to 7 next install.

Weird - I can copy into and out of it fine. Do you have UAC off or something? Instructions on the screen: split metro with the desktop (but yes I prefer 'windows' to 'splits') - it at least works. Driver signing is a brilliant idea and frankly your sound card manu sucks for not supporting it (but i've been there too). It's a one time thing though - enable test mode and install it, once it's on it's accepted thenafter.

 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
24. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 12:12 Tim
 
BitWraith wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 11:33:
I guess I just don't get it. I have been using Windows 8 since launch, and I don't see where all the hate is coming from. Windows 8 hasn't limited my interactions with applications at all. I still run steam, still play my old games, still play indie games. The App store is there - I grabbed a few free apps, but otherwise I ignore it. Since I use my living room TV as a monitor, Metro has been a good thing for readability at 1080p.

I just don't get it.



Its pretty much "microsoft never change anything they suck!"
and "microsoft are changing things they suck!"

Whilst I don't contend they've got it right yet I'm genuinely interested to see what convergence and actually working as one company could do for them (and the consumer) because actually nobody else is doing this right now (Apple aren't yet). I'm not adverse to change or really that bothered by the things in 8.1 that aren't quite right - in face I miss some of the power user bits n' bobs they chucked in for people like me when I have to use 7. Even if I was it's a 5 min job to reconfigure it to look exactly like 7 [shrug].
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
13. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 12, 2013, 04:39 Tim
 
JeffD wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 01:21:
PC gaming... free of big company bullshit since 1981

Well aside from all the big company bullshit?

GFWL, SecureROM, Tages, Sony, Ubisoft et al..
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Antialiasing Tip
23. Re: Battlefield 4 Antialiasing Tip Oct 31, 2013, 05:55 Tim
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 18:05:
If you want to have FXAA benefits without FXAA problems, get this:
http://mrhaandi.blogspot.com/p/injectsmaa.html

It works with pretty much every game, just like FXAA, but it reduces amount of blurring involved in the process. It is more accurate at estimating edges/perspective/etc.

I use it in Tribes: Ascend, it works great and doesn't blur text, either.

In order to use it, you'll have to unzip the corresponding files into game's binary folder so that it intercepts DirectX calls. And disable the game's native antialiasing modes, including FXAA.

I use this with Borderlands 2 - it suits it really well the games own aliasing is a bit crappy.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Antialiasing Tip
4. AA stuff Oct 30, 2013, 10:53 Tim
 
http://www.overclock.net/t/1329979/anti-aliasing-the-basics

Pretty good summary. Partly it's personal preference and partly it's down to how much of a performance hit your system can take (IQ versus load).
 
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