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Signed On May 14, 2003, 04:38
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News Comments > Titanfall 48GB Install is 35GB of Audio
20. Re: Titanfall 48GB Install is 35GB of Audio Mar 11, 2014, 20:50 Boston
 
Doesn't seem right. 35GB of uncompressed audio? Assuming 44khz, 16bit, mono (mono is typically used for in-game effects because the mixer is responsible for positional sound), that's over 110 hours of audio data! Why is there so much sound in this game??

Plus I don't buy their explanation one bit. Streaming massive amount of data from the slowest thing on a PC (HDD) is likely to cause more stalls than decoding audio on the fly (especially on an old machine that's not likely to have an SSD). Most likely they didn't have the time to build a streaming decoder into their game engine.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 11, 2014, 13:13 Boston
 
Yeah - it's basically like cable companies owning the highways, and you get to choose between walking and using a car.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 28, 2014, 13:02 Boston
 
Amazon’s Android console to launch this year priced below $300.

An Android console? That'd better be waaaay below $300.
 
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
13. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 12:41 Boston
 
Wait, what "firsthand impressions"? I don't see anything in the linked article.  
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News Comments > Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com
12. Re: Entire Wing Commander Series Now on GOG.com Nov 21, 2013, 13:14 Boston
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 11:32:
I got Armada at the time, but it was a terrible, terrible game. Just a cheap cash-in on the Wing Commander name.

Hmmm... I don't remember much about the game, but I have fond memories of enjoying split-screen multiplayer in Armada. I think it was the only game in the series to have that particular feature.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
7. Re: Hardware Reviews Nov 5, 2013, 17:04 Boston
 
WaltC wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 16:07:
[H] has been among AMD's harshest Crossfire critics--before these new cards. Now [H] loves 'em--can't seem to get enough of 'em, it seems like. [H] hands down recommends them over anything nVidia makes. "Cherry picking" refers to cards that overclock better than average--can't say that about card reviews that don't overclock anything, can you?

It seems like with the introduction of new PowerTune and GPU Boost 2.0, there's a lot of performance variance between retail units in both AMD and nVidia camp, regardless of whether you overclock or not (due to the way they handle thermal ceilings and throttling).
Not sure what's up with Tom's review units vs retail units - I don't think they're pissed off at AMD as you suggested (they did receive review units, and 290X was the first video card to receive their "elite" recommendation award for what it's worth).
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: Hardware Reviews Nov 5, 2013, 12:54 Boston
 
Tom's review of 290

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-review-benchmark,3659.html

It also reveals a disturbing fact that their two retail-bought 290X perform significantly worse than the ones AMD cherry-picked for press, and even perform slower than 290 AMD sent to press.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Tech
10. Re: NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Tech Oct 18, 2013, 16:47 Boston
 
This is absolutely amazing. We PC gamers for the longest time had to pick our poison, between tearing and stuttering (even if you had the fastest hardware with 144hz monitor, not all games will make it in that 7ms window and suffer noticeable stuttering), and this elegantly solves the problem with one fell swoop.

I hope AMD licenses this solution or come up with something equivalent.
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode One Trailer
4. Re: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode One Trailer Oct 4, 2013, 13:28 Boston
 
El Pit wrote on Oct 4, 2013, 11:00:
Revisiting Rapture sounds great, but playing as Elizabeth is kind of a downturn, unless they make playing her character fun somehow.

I, for one, am looking forward to scrounging for ammos and health items and throwing them at the guy who's doing all the actual work.
 
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News Comments > SimCity Expands
11. Re: SimCity Expands May 29, 2013, 15:06 Boston
 
This is actually pretty brilliant. Except chances are the guests will be controlled by SimCity's broken agent sim and won't have any sort of depth you'd expect from Rollercoaster Tycoon and the like.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 13, 2013, 10:56 Boston
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 12, 2013, 21:39:
What is really driving me nuts is that every single file operation wakes ALL my USB drives. WTF Windows .. why you waking up drives that are not taking part in IO Operations (is it because the application looks what drives are there, and that triggers resume from standby ?

Agreed. I have 3 HDDs and 1 SSD on my primary machine. 99% of the time HDDs are in standby mode (only large media are stored there), and every time I do anything I have to wait like 10 seconds for all HDDs to wake up. Why? I don't even use them. I can't wait to get rid of them and replace them with SSDs and cloud media.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld IP & Games Kickstarter
17. Re: Homeworld IP & Games Kickstarter Mar 11, 2013, 16:35 Boston
 
Why the hell are people funding this? Homeworld is my favorite RTS of all time, and I'd much rather see the IP get raped by big publishers than by these fools (or a fool) who's never made a game before and likely to just squat on the IP.  
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News Comments > SimCity Pares Down Features to Meet Demand
59. Re: SimCity Pares Down Features to Meet Demand Mar 8, 2013, 08:28 Boston
 
MisterBenn wrote on Mar 8, 2013, 01:06:
These early problems with always online AAA games are not going to go away. It's always cheaper to plan server capacity based upon expected levels at the 1 week or month mark rather than spend extra for the initial surge and then decommission or reallocate servers afterwards. You just need to explain away the problems until the surge dies down and then congratulate yourselves on the budget savings.

Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. They could just as easily use cloud computing services with massive capacities (eg amazon aws), and scale the servers on demand. But I guess the same paranoia that made the game always-online is making them hesitate passing off the server code to another company.
 
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News Comments > GeForce GTX TITAN Announced
19. Re: GeForce GTX TITAN Announced Feb 19, 2013, 11:34 Boston
 
I would keep expectations in check. It will be by far the fastest single-GPU card out there, but won't trump 690 or 7970 in crossfire in gaming performance.

here's what Tom's Hardware says (without revealing numbers):
Pay the same $1,000 for a GeForce GTX 690 if you only want one dual-slot card and your case accommodates the long board. It remains the fastest graphics solution we’ve ever tested, so there's no real reason not to favor it over Titan.

The Titan isn’t worth $600 more than a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Two of AMD’s cards are going to be faster and cost less. Of course, they’re also distractingly loud when you hit them with a demanding load. Make sure you have room for two dual-slot cards with one vacant space between them. Typically, I frown on such inelegance, but more speed for $200 less could be worth the trade-off in a roomy case.
 
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News Comments > Steam Linux Plans
33. Re: RE: Follow up Jul 17, 2012, 14:57 Boston
 
Agrajag wrote on Jul 17, 2012, 14:10:
I would very much disagree in regards to the programming, at least... I write plain C code all day, and I'd kill myself if I had to do it in Windows... Mainly because I really couldn't unless I wanted to live in the ancient past of old-school ANSI C, since last I heard MS still doesn't support C99 and has no plans to support C11... They seem totally focused on C++ only... Plus, I can't live without vim! (Yes, I'm sure there's a port and of gcc, too... But, you were talking about MS's own native offerings being superior here...)

C programmer here as well. Honestly, it's not THAT bad on Windows. It's just the matter of installing the right tools (cygwin/mingw/gvim/whathaveyou).
And Visual C++ isn't too bad either - most of C99 features you can already use under C++ mode and I can live with that (unless you need to cross compile).
 
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News Comments > Steam Linux Plans
27. Re: Steam Linux Plans Jul 17, 2012, 13:11 Boston
 
Makes sense. This has to be Valve's long term strategy for survival. If Metro takes off and Windows users use Metro almost exclusively, they won't use Steam and rather use Microsoft web store to buy games and apps (because 3rd party app stores are not allowed under Metro interface).  
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News Comments > Steam Summer Sale Begins
5. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Jul 12, 2012, 13:54 Boston
 
My prediction: At some point Borderlands will be 75% off. ($5)  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 10, 2012, 12:45 Boston
 
$99 for a Tegra3 Android machine including a controller? They probably have to cut every corner possible to break even. Plus the kind of games it will attract with free2play-only restriction don't appeal to me at all.  
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News Comments > Linux Steam Client This Year?
3. Re: Linux Steam Client This Year? Jun 6, 2012, 10:16 Boston
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jun 6, 2012, 10:02:
What we need is a credible alternative to Windows to keep Microsoft under pressure. Just take Windows 8 - it's quite a dramatic shift in paradigm and end users have little choice in the matter. There's only so long people can hold out with Win7. And it's unhelpful that Apple has so actively shunned game on Mac, as it leaves Windows as the only viable gaming platform.

I agree. Not only that, Microsoft is giving the desktop second-class citizen treatment (no access to the latest Windows APIs, no free dev tools) and putting all its focus on Metro, where the end users can only get new applications through Microsoft's online store.
 
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News Comments > Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Underway
14. Re: Civilization V Free Weekend & Sale Underway May 25, 2012, 01:20 Boston
 
Yeah this is a good Civ game to play if you've never played one before and don't know how much better the previous games were.  
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