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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
87. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 29, 2014, 07:28 WaltC
 
Krovven wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 18:30:
Reposting this as I edited my last post.

Just came across this this guide here to get the Collectors Series CDs installed on Win7 64bit systems.

I just went through the instructions for installing Tie Fighter and it worked without issue. So if you own the Collectors Series CDs, you are better off installing that than buying the GOG low res release.


I've found older game compatibility actually better with 8.1 than with 7, which was a bit surprising. And under Win10TP, I have found it even *better* with the 1-2 games I had a problem with in 8.1...!
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
9. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 27, 2014, 13:29 WaltC
 
Kickstarter should realize it is in their best interests all around to require *bonds* of some kind, equivalent to the amount of money to be released into the projects *before* they issue the money. The bond should hold until the project successfully completes, and in the event that it does not, Kickstarter would be able to refund the money. In this way they could indemnify all projects against fraud. If the individuals related to a project cannot obtain such a bond then they cannot apply for a Kickstarter project, etc. Seems like common sense.

Kickstarter might even help such people obtain an adequate bond, etc., if they are sufficiently qualified. It would do nothing except dramatically help the entire situation if Kickstarter invests in fraud indemnification. Just telling people, "You could lose your money" will progressively get old as it simply isn't fair for Kickstarter to keep its money while project backers are getting scammed.

No bond, no Kickstarter, should be the company's motto.
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
28. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 27, 2014, 08:13 WaltC
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 00:49:
They say they're using only a single GPU. I assume it's a beefed up 8GB 290X single GPU that's not on the market?


You'd assume wrong...;) I put a link in my original post so that anyone wishing to be informed about all of this could be informed about it. Judging by the thread so far, not many care to...!
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
5. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 26, 2014, 13:23 WaltC
 
Uh, No...;)

Mantle SFR adaptation is pretty impressive, actually. First time we've ever seen a game itself coded to use Crossfire *without* AFR...! Definitely worth a read. (This is no short & skimpy look at the Game and its Mantle coding.)

Maxwell is newer/good, no doubt about it, but people with R9 290's have nothing to worry about, either...;) If you want to define "worry," imo, that's GeForce Titan customers reading up on the GeForce 780...;)[Maybe "rage" would be a better descriptor, eh?]


 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
77. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 10:04 WaltC
 
It's really difficult what to make of all of this. As my dear, departed Grandmother used to tell me: "Don't wear your heart on your sleeve." Seemed old-fashioned but right-minded advice at the time...and seems oddly fitting here.

Anyone within civilization with a public profile of any size is going to be lashed at by jealous cretins, by persons who actually mean well but are the opposite of diplomatic, and by persons who simply disagree--often vehemently. Do what many celebrities do--authors, actors, etc.--use a "pen name" as an alter ego and let *that* absorb the negativism and the chaff and the fire and brimstone. It works and it's effective.

What's unrealistic in my view--wildly so--is to expect, no demand, that society take *you* seriously and bend to your self-righteous views simply because you believe yourself to be so obviously right. People say, "Shit was so bad 30 years ago..." Good grief, nothing is further from the truth...;) You will still find, today, I'll wager, as many women who think the bra-burning of yesteryear was positively idiotic and did nothing save *demean* women in general. My wife is one such lady. She's smart about a lot of things and I agree with her. (Could you see a bunch of men standing around a burning trash barrel throwing in their jockey shorts and saying, "Take us seriously!" I can't. It's ridiculous--and is for women, too.)

But the overall point that should be made with regard to all of this silliness is this: it is not up to society to accommodate you or me according to what *we* think is right. Rather, it is up to us weave a meaningful life for ourselves within society as it is, while recognizing that people fundamentally have just as much right to disagree with us as to agree. Anything short of that is immaturity with a capital "I" and will crash and burn, taking the pilot with it if he (or she) isn't careful.

If you consistently treat people the way you would want to be treated in any given situation, you'll find that some people will honor that and reciprocate and others will use it against you. The trick is to stay close to the first group and avoid the latter group like the plague, whenever possible. Sadly, it isn't always possible to avoid that nasty second group completely, but the good news is that this behavior becomes progressively easier over time with practice. (Don't cast your pearls before swine, etc.)

So, if you frown at strangers you see and cross the street to avoid them, you should never think it unseemly or questionable as to why they might do the same to you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
7. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2014, 14:41 WaltC
 
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:25:
The Amiga book looks really cool, but I have no clue who this dude is or whether what he's saying is true or just smokescreens. can anyone shed some further light on this?

Didn't this guy already do a successful similar book for the C64? I thought I read that when looking over the info...
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2014, 12:09 WaltC
 
Axis wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:08:
Amiga was well ahead of its time in many areas, especially from a graphics and usability standpoint. For me, it was the 2nd pinnacle of my gaming days following the c64...

What a blast from the past...I owned at least one of every Amiga shipped save for the A1000. The Kickstarter is a blast itself--Deluxe Paint--I don't know how many hundreds of hours I put into that...;) I was doing 4,096-color DP animations @320x400 when the best a PC could manage was 16-colors @ 320x200--Amiga was so far ahead that C= didn't know what it had...we all wanted to see the Amiga go cloned but C= said no. Such a pity...
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Has 100 Linux Titles
6. Re: GOG.com Has 100 Linux Titles Oct 14, 2014, 16:04 WaltC
 
It will be interesting to see how well Gog does with this...Linux gamers should have a nice pent-up demand...be interesting to see how they'll react to actually being able to buy some games!...;)  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 14:06 WaltC
 
Sad, but I've seen it before, and from other companies...it's more console pandering--which always reinforces my life-long decision never to buy a console. Ugh. Getting lied to and manipulated is par for the console PR course. Those poor suckers...

Ubisoft has to be practically idiotic, however, to deliberately hobble the game to run at a lower resolution on the PS4 than is possible simply because of the lower specs of the xBone. The game may well ship @ 900 for the PS4 but it will be interested to see if that is actually *locked* into the game and not adjustable by the user. I'm guessing because it isn't mentioned the PC version won't be locked at that ridiculously low resolution--to do that would be incredibly, astronomically stupid...;) But, it's Ubisoft, so who knows...?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 17:45 WaltC
 
Remember kiddies...;)...At the end of the day, 80% of all of the drives did not fail at all during the time span, and that very few people run their hard drives under such a continuous pace and load, 24/7...;) Translated for the consumer, the facts uncovered in these tests need not apply at all to home use...Seagate probably looks worse than it should look under these results if we're talking home use; the other guys look better than they should look under home scenarios. What matters *most* for the consumer with hard drives is surely not the "brand" you buy, but rather the depth and breadth of the factory warranty you get, and the advisability of keeping backups of your critical stuff no matter what HD's you own. Brand matters only insofar as calculating whether the company you buy from will be around long enough to make good on its warranty if called upon to do so.

As far as Americans "loving Apple", well, as an American I am quite pleased to say that Apple doesn't make anything I even like, let alone "love"...;) [Ah, fanpeople and their delusions...:D] You don't have to worry about Apple factory warranties as they are *all* brutishly short...;) [Apple has such faith in its products that it insists you pay extra for what is industry-standard warranty coverage most everywhere else--which explains why, among several other reasons, that the OS X Mac is still the least-loved computer platform on earth...;)]
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $53M
33. Re: Star Citizen Passes $53M Sep 18, 2014, 11:08 WaltC
 
harlock wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 21:56:
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4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Christ Roberts replied. “My hour has not yet come.”...


The only problem with this that I can see is that "Christ Roberts" does not exist. Of course, atheists also do not exist (at least, I personally don't believe in them.) Come and join us at Freedom from Atheism.org !

(This was a half-joking post, and I was surprised to find that "freedom from atheism" organizations do indeed exist! I find that very healthy, actually. Now, all we need do is invent the word "hetereophobia" to apply to homosexuals just as they invented the word "homophobia" to describe heterosexuals!)

Eh?...

Personally, I think people who don't like Robert's continuing fund- raising are just jealous, and that's about the size of it. I mean, if Microsoft can throw away $2.5B on a worn-out Lego blocks game for kiddies, then what's $53M among friends?



 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 18, 2014, 10:39 WaltC
 
PBSNewsHour is liberal in political leaning and like all such "news" outlets it is doing its best to report on anything and everything except the ever-unfolding Obama collapse. If the story is ridiculous, incredulous, and utterly unimportant it doesn't matter: it means they can spend less time trying spin/defend the indefensible Obama administration. And there you have it...;)
 
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News Comments > Divinity: Original Sin Free DLC
7. Re: Divinity: Original Sin Free DLC Sep 16, 2014, 11:42 WaltC
 
Verno wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 09:46:
I tried to do another playthru but it didn't hold up very well. Once you know whats effective its very hard to artificially challenge yourself and the games writing is subpar so you feel like you're just going through the motions. Some of the pixel hunt puzzles are just silly too.

I do love the combat system and hope that perhaps some modders come up with better campaigns for the game.

Pixel hunt? Hold down the Alt key...

 
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News Comments > Styx: Master of Shadows Trailer
2. Re: Styx: Master of Shadows Trailer Sep 11, 2014, 12:05 WaltC
 
I've seen maybe three trailers for it in the last few months...the first one impressed me, but the subsequent trailers seem to be bringing new meaning to the phrase "repetitive game play." If this game has a story of some kind and more to it than leap-somersault-grab-pullup-stab-spin-quaff-repeat I admit to being puzzled about that...;)

 
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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
102. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 15:29 WaltC
 
The only thing dumber than this would have been Microsoft's purchase of Yahoo!...;) Yahoo! saved them from that mistake--and Yahoo!'s founder cost Yahoo! stockholders a bundle! Close call for Ballmer's nonsense. Should this happen I will think Microsoft has lost its cotton-pickin' mind... (And here I thought the company was on the way back to sanity.)

Microsoft could build a powerful, deeply talented gaming studio with $2B. But Microsoft needs to concentrate on *game development* first and xBox crap a distant second. If they are thinking of doing this to prop up the ailing xBone--good gosh, it's all over--Microsoft has become completely lost.

Giving the money to a one-trick game company specializing in low-priced, Lego-block themed DX6-level graphics games the intellectual equivalent of "Tic-tac-toe for 6-year olds" would undoubtedly prove to the world that Microsoft has been taken over by morons and pretenders. If this utterly ridiculous news turns out to be true...gosh this has got to be just the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Impossible, I'd say, except for how close Microsoft came to throwing away $40B on Yahoo!.

I first saw this rumor published on Joystiq (through a 3rd-party link yesterday), and will say I think the WSJ is blowing its credibility by publishing garbage like this before it's verified. The Joystiq article had no attribution or credibility either. We'll see. I'm getting tired of rumor-mongering.

 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
14. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 10, 2014, 08:56 WaltC
 
I am happy to say that because

a) I don't own any flavor of iPhone and never shall
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b) The games I play won't run on mobile (toy) platforms, and never shall...

that no, the iPhone6 will not inconvenience or otherwise ruin my life in any way, shape, or form...;)



 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 11:08 WaltC
 
UHD wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 10:42:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 10:34:
Task wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 09:46:
I still laugh every time I see that word "Gamergate" as if its somehow anything 'like' Watergate. "One of these things is not like the other one."
So does that mean every time the MSM puts "gate" to the end of something like bridegate, or whatever else it is less of an issue?

No, it means "Watergate" was an actual scandal that had significant real-world consequences, whereas "Gamergate" is inconsequential and only has importance if you get mad when someone you don't know says something vague but negative about your preferred subculture.

Watergate was little more than a Democratically controlled Congress hurling stones at a Republican president who won reelection over a Democrat by a wide margin. It was political clap-trap from day 1. "Gamergate," indeed, is even less--it is less than nothing.

It was really amusing--the liberal press as usual asking stupendously stupid questions, like: "Is this the end of the Republican party?" ...And then later Reagan & the Republicans take Congress and the Presidency, etc. When it comes to "stupid," nobody is dumber than liberal Democrats, imo...;) What morons! They are fantastically delusional.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 8, 2014, 20:51 WaltC
 
Who could forget the eminently forgettable "suck it down" ad campaign about a game of villainous frogs descending like a Biblical plague on a runt and his Wacky-Doodle-Do sword...? (Me, for one.) Ugh.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Sep 8, 2014, 09:39 WaltC
 
Counting the days until people grow bored out of their minds with cell phones...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 23, 2014, 11:03 WaltC
 
Graphics & gaming...and for ATi & AMD...that started about 15 years ago ~1999, roughly. Two companies, 15 years each = 30 years. I would think that is the only way they could come up with this number. AMD had a really nice gaming cpu in 1999, the original Athlon. But ATi, well, ATI really didn't enter the 3d gaming arena in a strong way until R300 in 2002. However, long before 3d gaming came to be, 2d games were very popular, and ATi made some decent 2d accelerators pre-R300 (they also had several attempts at 3d, but they were all pretty poor efforts so I won't count those...;))

Man, this makes me realize just how recent 3d gaming really is...!


 
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