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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 2, 2015, 23:51 jimnms
 
Saboth wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 20:56:
I've currently got 105 down with Comcast, and right now (8:51 pm), I'm getting 29 Mbps. Some nights, that's as low as 5-10 Mbps. All depends on neighborhood traffic. I get 105-110+ all day long, but during the hours I'm actually on the internet, I'm getting 1/10-1/3 of the speed I'm paying for. So that "2 GB" might end up being more like 50-100 in the real world.

I only get 20Mbit, but like you I get a fraction of that during peak hours. Some days I'm lucky to even get 1-2Mbit after 7pm. I began to notice the slowdown toward the end of December, before that it was fine. I used to be able to watch HD Netflix, HD Amazon, 1080p YouTube and Twitch streams at any hour. Now I can only get any streaming in HD after hours, and for some reason even during off-peak when I am getting the full speed I still can't watch Twitch streams. I don't watch much Twitch anyway, so I can live. I mainly watched the KSP developer streams and a few other official Twitch channels.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V 60FPS PC Trailer
34. Re: Grand Theft Auto V 60FPS PC Trailer Apr 2, 2015, 15:40 jimnms
 
MajorD wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 11:29:
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 11:08:
I'd love to know what sort of a hardware you'd need to get the kind of details shown in the trailer running at 1080p-60fps.
I doubt my GTX760 will cut it.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing; however, unless they've bumped them up recently, I recall the 'recommended' system requirements being pretty reasonable:

•CPU Core i5-2500T 2.3GHz or Phenom II X4 975
•GPU: GeForce GTX 480 or Radeon HD 6970
•RAM: 6GB
•OS: Windows 7,8,8.1 64bit
•HDD Space: 20GB

/shrug

Oh, and if the game actually looks that good on my PC (i7 2600K & 780ti), I'll be a happy gamer.

Where did you get those specs? The recommended specs listed on the GTA V website and Steam are:

Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB

I really wish they would have some sort of standard for the minimum and recommended specs, say 720p30fps for min and 1080p60fps for recommended.

I have a GTX 660OC, but I'm still using a first gen i5 750. I started picking parts for a new PC build back in November, but never committed to it. I'm wondering if I should wait and see how my system handles before upgrading, or just go for it. I'm only concerned because the current generation CPU and chipsets have been out a while, and it seems about time for something new to be coming out soon. I'd be kind of pissed to build a new system with current gen parts, then next month they come out with new shit.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program
10. Re: GOG.com Reclaim Your Game Program Apr 2, 2015, 14:47 jimnms
 
This was the first thing I saw in my email this morning. I still have my original STALKER box on my shelf so I grabbed it and plugged in the CD key. I have all three STALKER games on Steam also. Steam gives CD keys for CS and CoP which worked for me, but I've seen comments from others that say they don't work. It might just have to do with how long ago they were purchased.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 31, 2015, 22:17 jimnms
 
Out of curiosity, does anyone know if the schools where this happened teach abstinence only sex "education?"  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
23. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 29, 2015, 19:26 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 29, 2015, 17:14:
Because you need a pad to start a heist. And they aren't cheap. This way you can start with one and be the leader if you wish - otherwise, have fun with the grind.

I was reading about the heists yesterday. Besides a pad, I thought it said you have to be at a certain level too (12 I think?). I caved and pre-ordered from GMG last week when they sent me a 27% off coupon. I was going to do it the week before with a 25% off coupon, but I goofed when converting GMT to local and the coupon expired 2 minutes before I was checking out. I didn't get anything else for the pre-order, unless you don't get it until the game releases, but I already have the GTA Complete pack on Steam (the one with GTA1 through SA).

I'm in the Blues News crew on Rockstar Social club, I hope to see people getting together on it.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
70. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 27, 2015, 06:16 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 23:58:
Didn't realize it until tonight, but the gog copy includes pc, mac, and linux. Pretty nice.

Doesn't Steam also have mac and Linux versions? I see system requirements for the three OSes on the store page. Did you go with GOG?

Who went with GOG and who went with Steam? If it weren't for the physical DRM free disk, I would definitely go with GOG, but until I know what kind of support the DRM free disk based version is going to get I'm going to hold off.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
63. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 23:28 jimnms
 
NewMaxx wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 21:15:
Need to stick to my guns on my policy of not trying indie games until they're patched 6-12 months or more. I have no doubt it's a fantastic experience but I'd rather it be smoothed out by lots of play, first. Hell, I waited on D:OS and Wasteland 2 and still tons of bugs, I still haven't touched Grimrock 2 since I knew they'd have a ton of shit to fix, etc. Not complaining mind you, just saying, waited this long...best wait longer for the perfect experience.

I'm probably going to wait a few months or until my physical stuff arrives, like I did for WL2, before I play it. I also need to finish WL2, and I haven't even started D:OS yet. It took several months before I got my WL2 physicals, and by then it had been patched several times. I was loving WL2 until I got to Hollywood. I think I managed to get somewhere I wasn't supposed to get to yet and bypassed a huge chunk of story because stuff wasn't making sense, i.e. people acting like I had done/knew about things I haven't done yet. Once I realized something wasn't right, I'll need to load an earlier save and replay a bit to "fix" it, it kind of put me off and I haven't touched it in over a month.

Until then, I can't decide if I want to redeem my game on GOG or Steam. I backed WL2 and D:OS for collectors boxes, which came with a Steam key in the physical box and a digital key from KS. I redeemed the KS key on GOG since the physical box had a Steam key, so I have them on both GOG and Steam.

I backed PoE for a regular box, and they're doing it different than the others. The physical disk is DRM free, so I'm leaning toward redeeming my KS key on Steam. Are they going to supply patches for the DRM free disk versions though?
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
14. Re: Morning Screenshots Mar 25, 2015, 20:56 jimnms
 
I broke down and pre-ordered it a few days ago. GMG had a 27% off code for it, so I bit. I figure I can always cancel it before release if previews look bad.

My only question is what kind of performance will you get at their recommended specs. I have a GTX 660OC and I'm still using a first gen i5 750, currently still at stock clock. Most games don't use more than 2 cores, and if I recall it runs at 3.4GHz in 2-tread mode and 2.66 in 4-thread mode. When I was breaking it in, it would do 3.8GHz easily, but at 4GHz it was hitting the heat limit, though it would pass an 8-hour stress test. It didn't get any errors until I went above 4GHz where it would get too hot and produce errors after an hour of so during the stress test. I doubt any game would push the system like the stress tests do. I could just overclock it and maybe a GPU upgrade.

At the time I built it, it could handle everything I had at the stock clock, so I left it alone. The only game I can't run at max settings is Battlefield 4, and I haven't really been playing that much lately. I run it at at mostly high with some settings turned down to medium. It seems like the current generation CPU and chipset hardware out now has been out quite a while and it it's about time for new stuff to be out soon.
 
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News Comments > Fighting Cities: Skylines Piracy with Customer Support
11. Re: Fighting Cities: Skylines Piracy with Customer Support Mar 14, 2015, 18:32 jimnms
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 16:44:
Cutter wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 15:14:
Steam is DRM. No, what they should be doing is offering a stand alone - or via GOG - Steam/DRM free edition instead. In fact everyone needs to start doing that. I'm pretty tired of Steam and their shitty policies and lack of CS.

Steam is DRM but its benefits far outweigh its downsides. Cloud saves, automatic updates, achievements, trading cards, one-click installs, leaderboards, matchmaking... buying and playing a game on Steam is usually more convenient and productive than playing a pirated copy.

Steam's DRM is optional. Lots of games sold on Steam don't use the DRM component and can be run without Steam.
 
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News Comments > Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service
20. Re: Valve on Improving Steam Customer Service Mar 14, 2015, 18:22 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 17:04:
I think it has more to do with Steam's monopoly position. Unlike the ISP market there's lots of competition.

Lots of ISP competition? Since when? Maybe you don't live in the US where the ISPs divide up cities and agree not to compete.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
22. Re: On Sale Mar 14, 2015, 14:27 jimnms
 
Maajussi wrote on Mar 14, 2015, 08:25:
Have there been any coupon code for GMG what gives some discount in GTA5 preorder?

There have been a couple of 23% off coupons in the past. They sent me one that is 25% off a couple of days ago, but it says it's a one-time use personal code that expires Monday.

I'm also curious as to the RGSC deal. GTA IV had it, but it was only required for MP. I also want to know if they will be doing any Steam specific features for the Steam version.
 
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News Comments > Three Steam Free Weekends
5. Re: Three Steam Free Weekends Mar 12, 2015, 22:54 jimnms
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 20:22:
Nighthawk wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 19:41:
Payday 2 is awesome, I picked it up on steam and haven't regretted it.
Most of the DLC is decent, some are IMO overpriced, but that's each to ones own.
TL;DR - Fun game, worth the price
Is it ok to play with bots or do you absolutely need human players to make this fun?

You can play with bots, but it's definitely better with humans. Don't even bother attempting the stealth missions with bots.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Into the Black Mar 12, 2015, 15:50 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 08:02:
$1,750,000 - Alan will read every funders name in an episode.

holy shit...

If it hits that, I predict a flood of $1 pledges from Mike Hunt and his friends.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 11, 2015, 20:04 jimnms
 
Speaking of slow internet, local cable co. has gone to shit recently. I almost wish I had one of "the big three" ISPs here. When they were new and the only option other than DSL, which I couldn't get, their service was horrible. It would go down all the time, but at least when it was up I got what was advertised.

After AT&T started offering U-verse, my ISP got their shit in gear and upgraded everyone to decent speed. Each time AT&T offered something faster, the cable co. would go faster.

I pay $50 for the standard tier internet, which for the last few years has been 20/2 although their website still lists 16/2. Starting around the middle to end of December, just in time for Steam sales, I started noticing slight slowdowns in the evening during peak hours. It has gotten worse over the past few months. It now has gotten to the point where during the hours of 7pm to 11pm it gets as slow 1Mbit.

I have been running speed tests during various times of the day and documenting it. I finally emailed the log to my ISP's customer service yesterday which clearly shows the speeds dropping only at certain times. They replied asking me to call their phone support to assist in solving "my problem" or to schedule a technician to come out and see what is wrong.

Obviously they aren't going to find anything wrong if they come out because the technician will be coming during off-peak hours when there is no problem.

I don't want to switch to AT&T for a few reasons. The main reason is I hate AT&T, then the fastest service they offer in my area is 12/2 for more than I'm paying for 20/2 and finally they have a BS 250GB data cap. My ISP at one point put in a 250GB data cap clause in their TOS. They never enforced it as I have gone over 250GB several times, and now it's gone completely.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 7, 2015, 00:00 jimnms
 
I remember when uTorrent was just a small (200-300KB?) stand alone .exe, no installer necessary. I'm using the latest version and I don't have any ads or bloat. I've seen screen shots, but mine is just a clean interface. Maybe because I've been upgrading it through the app for so long and haven't run the installer which puts all this new crap in.  
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News Comments > Steam Machines in November
30. Re: Steam Machines in November Mar 6, 2015, 11:53 jimnms
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 03:37:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 02:17:
jimnms wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 21:36:
They'll put in some DRM that checks to check the UEFI make sure it's a licensed Steam Machine.

That's pretty cynical.

Not to mention wrong. Case in point: Steam OS can be installed on any machine.

When was the last time you two had your sarcasm detectors checked? Inquisitive
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines in November
14. Re: Steam Machines in November Mar 5, 2015, 21:36 jimnms
 
harlock wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 20:48:
who fucking gives a shit? seriously.. maybe a big gaggle of middle age nerds - but in total, its only a handful of gamers that still care about this

hell most of them dont even know wtf half life is in the first place

you cant go home - take off the rose glasses and move on guys

My 12 year old niece knows what Half-Life is, and I didn't tell her about it. She came over a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I had Half-Life because she wanted to play it. I have my old gaming system set up for her to play games on with her own Steam account and family sharing. I asked her how she knew about Half-Life and she said some kids at school were talking about it.

DangerDog wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 21:05:
Install SteamOS
Play HL3
Reformat system

They'll put in some DRM that checks to check the UEFI make sure it's a licensed Steam Machine.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines in November
8. Re: Steam Machines in November Mar 5, 2015, 20:14 jimnms
 
Half-Life 3 will be an exclusive title for Steam Machines.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?
40. Re: Fallout 4 Announcement at E3? Mar 2, 2015, 21:36 jimnms
 
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 15:22:
Kris Redbeard wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 10:46:
As long as it is more like Fallout New Vegas, less like Fallout 3, I'd be happy enough.
Happier still if they stopped using highly-modified GameByro and shifted to <insert modern engine here>.

Oh, hell no! I want city action, underground complexes, Subways and Military bases. Along with an entire underground system to travel through. that was the one very appealing thing for m about Fallout 3. I just love being underground like that and having a topside to run around too. Fallout 4 was very lacking in this area. I totally lost interest after about 50 hours in.

I believe Kris Redbeard is talking more about the writing and quests. FNV's world wasn't as good as FO3, but the rest of FNV was so much better that it made it the better game. FO3's main quest, hell most of the side quests too, were linear with no choice. Find dad, dad dies, work with the BOS and finish dad's work. At no point are you ever given the option to say "fuck dad and fuck the BOS, these Enclave guys rock I'm going to work for them." Compare that to how many options you had for FNV's main quest.

Bethesda does a good job at creating worlds, but they are shit when it comes to filling that world with good branching quests. FFS Skyrim is worse than FO3. I've yet to finish it, though I go back to it from time to time, but the bland story and quests don't hold me long. I have more fun just exploring the world. The majority of the side quests are all linear, go somewhere, do something, come back to collect reward. The main quest, at least as far as I've gotten, is go somewhere, meet someone, do what they say. No options, just a linear story set in an open world.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
11. Re: Saturday Metaverse Mar 1, 2015, 21:26 jimnms
 
Ant wrote on Mar 1, 2015, 14:10:
The problem is that no one has figured out how to break DRM since it ever came out. Also, what happens when you get a new computer? No way to get the DRM from Unbox. I got two/2 duplicate Unbox announcement e-mails.

Maybe they sent you my announcement. I find it hard to believe the Unbox DRM hasn't been broken since every other DRM out there has been broken.
 
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