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Nickname Mikus_Aurelius
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Signed On May 29, 2003, 00:55
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting AMD Mantle Support
8. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting AMD Mantle Support Apr 15, 2014, 20:30 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Gadzooks wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 18:18:
Marketing Gimic is gimicky.

Move along.

Maybe. I've never seen Firaxis bragging on graphics tech. I doubt they'd commit the dev time, if it weren't improving the play experience.
 
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting AMD Mantle Support
4. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Getting AMD Mantle Support Apr 15, 2014, 12:18 Mikus_Aurelius
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 15, 2014, 11:38:
I have no idea what you're talking about.

But Civ is far more reliant on CPU than GPU. You will improve your FPS more, and cut down a lot on time between turns, with a better processor. It's practically a 2D game in terms of its visual load; when you have a huge game going and you're scrolling around the map, it's more your data processing capabilities (CPU/RAM/disk) that are the limiting factor, not rendering all the tiny, repeating, and not-very-detailed 3D models.

Yup, anything to move graphics load from the CPU to GPU is welcome for this genre.
 
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed?
13. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed? Apr 12, 2014, 14:45 Mikus_Aurelius
 
One thing I love about Firaxis: they wait to reveal until the game is pretty well cooked. I think XCOM revealed about 9 months before release, and it looks like we have a similar wait for this.

Super.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
47. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 11, 2014, 21:24 Mikus_Aurelius
 
HorrorScope wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 20:58:
I'm not much a guildy, but if I were ever wanting to be in one, it would be one in Star Citizen with the main goal to go after people that spent big $$$ on certain ships. I would just find pleasure in that.

I think the real money ships come with lifetime insurance. That would take a lot of the fun out of it.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers
46. Re: Star Citizen Gameplay Trailers Apr 11, 2014, 21:22 Mikus_Aurelius
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Apr 11, 2014, 20:28:
Meanwhile, the game looks like it was made in 1999 with a second rate engine....

I'm sure you're exaggerating, but you reminded me how much fun I had in 1999 playing Xwing Alliance and Freespace 2. I wonder how many more times I'll dust those off and play through them before this releases.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 10:48 Mikus_Aurelius
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 10, 2014, 10:38:
Have you guys even read the article? Im going to be the devil's advocat on this one but he makes a lot of fair and reasonable points.

His points are reasonable because he's refuting his own straw man.

The only widely held complaint he refutes is the exploitation of kids, to which his answer is: the government only found $32million worth. But then, the FTC thought Bernie Madoff was unworthy of investigation too, didn't they.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Apr 10, 2014, 09:59 Mikus_Aurelius
 
I'm glad I brought my straw man along when I clicked that link, cause he kicked the shit out of it.

Does anyone really care if a bunch of housewives and kids enjoy repetition, skinner boxes, and casinos? I sure don't. I'm only going to be grumpy about the F2P model when my favorite PC developers get axed by a publisher who sees more money in making games that aren't fun (to me).
 
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News Comments > Tropico 5 in May
7. Re: Tropico 5 in May Apr 3, 2014, 08:48 Mikus_Aurelius
 
dj LiTh wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 08:35:
3 and 4 is kind of where the series lost me TBH, i'm hoping like others that this will be a big enough departure.

I liked some of the new infrastructure ideas of 3 (roads and cars), but the industries they added were too profitable, and the presidential speeches they added made it too easy to win elections.

I remember losing Tropico 1 a bunch (on sufficiently hard settings). I'd like to have that experience with all the modern bells and whistles.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Mar 31, 2014, 12:55 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 31, 2014, 11:37:
Good to see AoW3 is getting 8/9s across the board. Ugh another half hour to release. Can't believe they didn't allow for a pre-load though.

Come back and give us a user review. I've given up on paid reviewers for strategy games. They are often satisfied by imbalanced games with easy choices and pretty lights.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 21, 2014, 20:37 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Qbex . wrote on Mar 21, 2014, 11:49:
On the flipside Intel without competition on high end, I expect bonkers prices for those chips.

Intel has been without high end competition for awhile. I think the lack of demand for PCs is the bigger price control than AMD. I remember buying a nice i5 for under $200 that had much better game performance than anything AMD offered at the time. The good news is that their mid-range processors will probably continue to be kickass and affordable.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Cities in Motion 2: European Cities
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Cities in Motion 2: European Cities Mar 11, 2014, 23:29 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 11, 2014, 20:34:
Someone get this and tell me how it is.

Yes please.

I couldn't get into CiM2 because the cities felt so generic (a real step backwards from the first one). This seems like something that might fix that problem.
 
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News Comments > Tropico 5 Beta Signups; Testing Next Month
2. Re: Tropico 5 Beta Signups; Testing Next Month Feb 26, 2014, 12:34 Mikus_Aurelius
 
If you get in, give these clowns some feedback on their difficulty sliders. Every since Heamimont took over the franchise, I haven't lost an election. They also nerfed wage pressure so badly that after the first two years it becomes a hoarding money simulator.
 
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News Comments > X Rebirth Patch & Future Plans
15. Re: X Rebirth Patch & Future Plans Feb 26, 2014, 11:36 Mikus_Aurelius
 
dj LiTh wrote on Feb 26, 2014, 10:59:
Are you joking? Cause i played Rome2 last month and its vastly improved. Infact i finally feel good about it now. As for Rebirth its still in an absolutely awful state.

I think the point wasn't that CA doesn't fix mistakes. It was that CA doesn't admit mistakes. Often they'll pretend that very common bugs are in fact isolated and rare (siege AI). Rome 2's political system was gutted in the months before release, but CA PR still pretends that it's a finished and meaningful part of the game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jan 15, 2014, 16:57 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Creston wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 12:06:
The US and China are no different, and fuck our government for pretending otherwise.

Wow, really? I'm pretty glad I don't live in China.

Is this a post-Snowden thing, or have we always taken living in a liberal democracy for granted?
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 13, 2014, 22:38 Mikus_Aurelius
 
mag wrote on Jan 13, 2014, 19:41:
I think the takeaway from the NSA article is that these people think that they are special and beyond reproach because they're protecting the country.

That sounds more like what you came in with than a takeaway.

The article describes a belief (held by the interviewees) that we'd judge the NSA better if we knew the whole story. That is not the same as believing we have no right to judge them.
 
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News Comments > Cities in Motion 2 Expansion and Linux Plans
2. Re: Cities in Motion 2 Expansion and Linux Plans Jan 3, 2014, 15:20 Mikus_Aurelius
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 3, 2014, 15:16:
Listen, you guys have a lot of work similar to Sim City ahead of you and you announce an expansion. I don't see this pristine correlation you are trying to portray.

I played CIM2 at launch and I'd say that's an overstatement. There was certainly a disappointing amount of content, and a few systems needed a rework. I wouldn't equate it to the unsalvageable mess that Simcity was/is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
8. Re: Evening Previews Dec 13, 2013, 10:25 Mikus_Aurelius
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 13, 2013, 00:50:
I wouldn't mind a reboot with a new cast and heavy Joss involvment.

"Heavy" meaning he's writing the scripts himself. His brother is really making a mess of Agents of Shield.
 
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News Comments > Stratego Games Planned
6. Re: Stratego Games Planned Dec 4, 2013, 19:37 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Most old boardgames look pretty sad compared to the releases of the past 15 years or so. You can't really judge a kids game made before the Euro revolution by what we have today.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Dec 4, 2013, 11:00 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Verno wrote on Dec 4, 2013, 10:43:
Sure I'd love to see a better return policy on digital products, I was just amused by the bizarre terminology

Really I'd love for Blue's to be one of the few enclaves on the web where people actually use the term "fascist" correctly. There aren't a lot of fascists left in the world. The chance that the particular person you're pissed off at happens to be one is quite slim.
 
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News Comments > Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming?
10. Re: Windows/Xbox Convergence Coming? Dec 4, 2013, 10:31 Mikus_Aurelius
 
Over the last few months, all my favorite game devs have announced future support for SteamOS. I'll wait a few months after launch for the bugs to settle down, then I'm jumping ship. All of the old games I might want to fire up are dx9 and will run in WINE.  
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