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News Comments > GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs
71. Re: GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs Apr 9, 2015, 17:13 jimnms
 
descender wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 14:24:
refusing to give discounts on things when everyone else is, is getting really annoying

/boggle

Those other services basically HAVE to give launch day discounts or else no one would ever buy games from them. Expecting launch day discounts is just being greedy, and blaming Steam for not having them is just childish. Especially considering the ridiculously deep discounts Steam offers on a regular basis.

Doesn't Steam let publishers controls the prices of their games? There have been pre-order discounts and week-long release discounts (usually 10%) for other games. I would be willing to bet that Rockstar wouldn't discount the Steam version so more people would buy the Rockstar codes from other places since they'll get a bigger chunk, even if it's discounted.

Now that my preload finished verifying, unless the launcher changes when the game unlocks, I don't see any kind of backup and restore or way to verify it like Steam's built in verify game cache and backup utility. I'll have to make a backup of it after it unlocks so I can restore it to an "out of the box" state if I install mods or a file gets corrupted. It would suck to have to spend 8 hours re-downloading 60GB because one little file got corrupt. I'm starting to think it might have been worth it to spend the extra money to get it on Steam. It's probably too late now.
 
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News Comments > GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs
65. Re: GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs Apr 9, 2015, 13:05 jimnms
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 08:58:
I know what you mean about having all the games in one place, however about patching I believe GTA5 will be using the Rockstar client to do all that stuff and not Steam.

I read an article a while back that said patching would be done with the Rockstar client even for Steam version, but it won't. When I started preloading last night from the Rockstar launcher, I had to log in to the Social Club website and register the key to my profile. I think it was on that page it had information about patches. It said the game will be be patched through the launcher or you can manually download patches too, but under there it said Steam version will be patched through the Steam client.

My pre-load finished a little while ago and it's still verifying. I kind of hoped it would download an installer that I could backup for re-install later and not have to re-download 60GB. Maybe the Rockstar launcher has a backup/verify feature like Steam.

yuastnav wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 09:17:
There is a Rockstar client?

I was a bit confused since it looks like nuuvem gives you a key for the Rockstar social club and no Steam key, or am I mistaken?

But yeah, 27€ on nuuvem vs. 60€ on Steam seems almost like a steal.

I'm not aware of any place that sells Steam keys for GTA V. All key retailers are selling keys for the Rockstar client thing. Even if you get it on Steam, you'll have to have use the Rockstar Launcher, just like Ubisoft games still go through Uplay on Steam.

Is Nuuvem a trusted reseller? I've heard of them and hear about people buying from them all the time, but you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true. Buying cheap keys from Brazil seems a little shady to me.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Cinematic
33. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Cinematic Apr 9, 2015, 02:46 jimnms
 
Task wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 16:46:
Lots of other non-boss fight situations had the same approach; like saving JC Denton's brother (I managed that only by accident, I thought the game was presenting a no win scenario, but I somehow blasted away tons of soldiers with everything I had).

That part of the game was one of the most memorable for me. The first time I played it I was like "I'm not leaving ya bro." Then when they busted through the door and kept coming, I was like "it was nice knowing ya bro."

The second or third time I played it I decided I was going to see if I could save him. I fought until I ran out of ammo and they were still coming and sending tougher guys, so I bolted thinking it was meant to be a no-win situation. Somehow though when I got to the part later in the game where you had to retrieve something from his body in the morgue, he was still alive.

Then when I played it again another time, I prepared myself for it. I was determined to see if it could be won. I set up traps before they came in, and this time I managed to fight them off. The cool thing about it is the game changed to reflect that he was still alive instead of the first time knowing he was dead and the second time thinking he was dead, the game changed dialogs and such to reflect that he was alive.
 
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News Comments > GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs
44. Re: GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs Apr 9, 2015, 02:15 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 01:55:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 9, 2015, 01:22:
Driving and shooting was easy with a M&K in GTA4, why would it be any more difficult in 5?

One of the cool things they added/changed going from last gen to current gen consoles (and I'd be shocked if the pc didn't have it as well) is, instead of a single button press to aim/shoot (IE the gun begins firing the moment the button is pressed, even if you're not on target yet), now you can have one button press to aim, and then another to shoot. Or, you can also change it back to the traditional method it was before.

There's lot of cool options like that, also how you can specify what you want the default camera to be in car, or on foot. They seem to have embraced the idea that people play the game differently, and try to support as many options as they can.

The aim and shoot in GRA IV PC are different buttons, did they change it to one button for GTA V in the old gen consoles?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 8, 2015, 21:23 jimnms
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 05:13:
You checked "give recommended updates the same way as important updates"

Which is not default, and that means you changed it to that All recommended updates are by default listed under optional.
It takes user action to change that default behavior. Likely like TONS of other people I know you clicked through that when windows first booted back when you installed it.. easy mistake to make, makes your MS rant quite hilarious though

What MS rant? I'm calling the article BS for claiming it's optional. If it were optional, it would be optional not recommended.

I'm pretty damn sure the recommended updates option is selected by default. I don't know if it always was. I know I didn't have it selected for a long time on my PC. The last several times I've installed Windows for someone it was checked by default, so I finally turned it on for my system.
 
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News Comments > GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs
21. Re: GTA5 PC Graphics Options Detailed; Game May Span 7 Discs Apr 8, 2015, 20:47 jimnms
 
For our short stint with the game we played in 4K with two GTX 980s in SLI, 32GB RAM and an i7-5930k processor at 3.50Ghz. That's beefy - higher than the average machine will run at - but the minimum specs are much less demanding. In fact, they're lower than you'd probably expect. The aim, says Rockstar, was to make GTA 5 malleable to a vast number of different setups so that most, if not all players, should feel as if they're getting the definitive GTA experience. The true performance of GTA 5 on lower-spec rigs remains to be seen.

Then why didn't you test the game on a lower spec system? Rolleyes I really don't give two shits on how this plays on a $4000 PC, I'd rather have an idea of what it would do on something normal.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 7, 2015, 22:15 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 21:03:
It's Recommended, but it's under the Optional banner.

Not for me. Look at the second screen shot I posted, it's in the Important section.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 7, 2015, 20:52 jimnms
 
MajorD wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 19:31:
This did come up for me as an 'Optional' update, which I have forgone FTB.

It showed up as a recommended update for me. I have Windows update set to only notify me of updates. I remember getting the updates that Saturday. First it was just one update that required a restart. Then after restarting, two more showed up, but didn't require a restart.

After uninstalling it, a little while later I got a notice of an important update. The description is a lie too. It says "Install this update to resolve issues in Windows."

It's odd that the update was installed Saturday, but this morning was the first time the GWXConfigManager.exe set off the firewall.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 7, 2015, 19:11 jimnms
 
Microsoft has released an optional update that “enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user”.
Optional my ass. I don't install optional updates and this morning I was greeted with a firewall prompt when GWXConfigManager.exe tried to connect to something. A search for the file lead to a lot of forum posts about people wanting to know what it was, and I finally found one that had the answer as to what it was. I didn't have time to read the details, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't infected with something.

I've been home about an hour and it's fired up two more times, each time my firewall prompting me to allow or block it, while I was trying to find out if I could uninstall it and how.

Microsoft, I will probably take advantage of the free Win10 upgrade, but don't get pushy with this shit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 7, 2015, 11:47 jimnms
 
LittleMe wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 23:52:
Try complaining to the city/county government or get a petition going. Get on your knees and beg the government because they're the ones upholding the duopoly. In some seriousness, they probably do write in some sort of service requirements that Comcast is supposed to deliver. Not like they enforce that regulation as you have found out.

"But, but, regulations solve everything!"

I sometimes wish I could get Comcast or one of the big corrupts ISPs because at least they deliver what you pay for. This is some no name re-branded shit my local cable co. sells. My only other option is AT&T Uverse. I get shit in the mail all the time trying to get me to switch. The ads say they have plans up to 45Mbps, but I checked and the fastest they can deliver to my house is 12Mbps. I hate AT&T and would rather not have to switch though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 6, 2015, 21:23 jimnms
 
I decided to look up the terms on my ISP's website and this is what they have to say:
Actual speed and latency may vary depending upon these and other factors. We generally expect
that absent the factors described above, actual performance of our services will be within 80% of
the maximum advertised speed. The FCC has reported that customers of coaxial cable-based
broadband Internet services experience an average latency of 28 milliseconds, and receive mean
download speeds that are within 93% of maximum advertised speeds during non-peak hours and
mean download speeds of 85.7% of maximum advertised speeds during peak hours of 7 pm to 11
pm.

I'm lucky to get 1% of what I'm paying for during these peak hours.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 6, 2015, 21:19 jimnms
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 17:03:
That's the issue is the large window of time they have to schedule techs because they have too few techs and way WAY to many customers to service. I had an issue years ago with my internet cutting out completely after dark. Turns out it was a BNC barrel full of water. During the day, when 12 technicians examined my cables, it was liquid and passing along the connection. At night it froze and stopped being conductive enough to get a connection. The 13th technician was finally able to figure out the issue, but only because he was supposed to be by at 3PM and didn't make it until 8PM.

I doubt it's anything like that. On weekends it's all over the place, but still mainly after 6pm till midnight. Also, back in Feb we had some snow, which rarely happens here, so the whole town shut down. With schools out and most everyone not going to work, network performance was like a weekend, except in the middle of the week.

A tech came out in late September when a tree limb fell on the cable line coming the house. It didn't appear to be causing any issues, but the line was hanging low. He put the line back up, came in and hooked up some meter to the cable and said everything looked good.

I didn't start noticing it until the end of December either, before then it was fine. I don't know if it's a coincidence, but this is also around the same time is when they started switching off the analog channels and replacing them with digital. Can the digital cable TV interfere with the cable internet?

Cutter wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 17:44:
You could but it likely wouldn't go anywhere. It's why ISPs advertise speeds as "up to X Mbps". Doesn't mean you're going to get it.

If they say up to 20Mbps, you should at least be able to get close to 20Mbps at most times during the day, not at 3am when no one is on. Car manufacturers can't claim a car gets up to 100MPG*** and put in small print that it's only when driving down hill in neutral, they'd never get away with that.
 
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News Comments > Transmissions - Element 120 HL2 Mod
6. Re: Transmissions - Element 120 HL2 Mod Apr 6, 2015, 20:58 jimnms
 
Task wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 17:49:
Gotta start from the beginning. Half-Life 1, then Opposing Force, then HL2.

What about Blue Shift?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 6, 2015, 16:38 jimnms
 
Does anyone know if you can file a complaint with the FTC (or FCC) if your ISP isn't delivering the speeds you're paying for? I pay for 20Mbit, but after around 5:30pm until after midnight it's so overloaded I'm lucky to get up to 2Mbit. I've complained to the ISP, but they insist nothing is wrong. They keep wanting to send a "technician" out every time I contact them, but one has already come out and found no problem. No shit you're not going to see the problem when you come out at 3pm when it's not overloaded.  
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News Comments > Transmissions - Element 120 HL2 Mod
4. Re: Transmissions - Element 120 HL2 Mod Apr 6, 2015, 16:22 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 09:58:
I just played through HL2 this past week, there was a ton of stuff I didn't remember. I played through Half Life 2 Update. I didn't notice much of the visual stuff, but I watched a video of a really cool HL2 mod that puts in real weapons and sounds. I'll find the link and post it. Going to play through HL2 again, I'll throw that one on.

I did the same. When I finished HL2: Update I played Episode 1 and 2 again too. I hate that it just ended the way it did. Come on Valve, learn to count to three goddammit. We should start a campaign to send cards cut out in the shape of threes to Valve until we get a HL3 and Portal 3.

I played HL2 a while back with a realism mod called SMOD: Tactical. It hasn't been updated since I last played it, so it probably doesn't work anymore after the Steampipe update to the HL2 games. Some of the battles were damn hard with that mod. It added the floating weapon like you see in Insurgency, and there was no crosshair so you had to use iron sights.
 
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News Comments > Project Reality Devs Announce Squad
10. Re: Project Reality Devs Announce Squad Apr 6, 2015, 16:08 jimnms
 
I thought it looked like a mod for ArmA or ArmA2 while watching. Didn't these guys also make a Project Reality mod for ArmA or ArmA2?

You can already do this in ArmA 1/2/3 if you play with the right people. I used to play with a serious group back in the ArmA/ArmA2 days. We played on Sunday and Monday. On Sundays there were a lot more people so we did team vs. team, and Monday we did missions against the AI.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
30. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 6, 2015, 02:49 jimnms
 
siapnar wrote on Apr 5, 2015, 11:30:
Any tips on where to get GTA cheapest?

Looks like GMG has it for $10 less than Steam, which is kind of surprising

http://www.dealzon.com/deals/grand-theft-auto-v

I too wanted it on Steam, but I don't think it's going to use any Steamworks features and it's still tied to RGSC anyway. I figured I might as well skip the extra DRM. I also read that patches for GTA V will be delivered by the Rockstar launcher, even for Steam versions. The article I read didn't have a source for that, so it may or may not be true.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 5, 2015, 11:53 jimnms
 
siapnar wrote on Apr 5, 2015, 11:30:
Any tips on where to get GTA cheapest?

Looks like GMG has it for $10 less than Steam, which is kind of surprising

I got it for 27% off from GMG last week. They had a few 23% off codes for it a while ago. If you sign up for their deal emails, they send personal one-time use codes. I got a 25% off code for it, but by the time I finally decided to pre-order it, I realized I had converted the expiration date on the code wrong and missed it by 2 minutes. When they sent me a 27% off code, I went ahead and grabbed it.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: Into the Black Apr 4, 2015, 01:56 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 3, 2015, 19:53:
Rhianna shows up at my house, at 0100, with money, singing, in my bed......my pants are coming off....

You sleep in your pants?
 
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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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