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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 GotY Becomes Director's Cut
10. Re: Wasteland 2 GotY Becomes Director's Cut Jun 23, 2015, 14:33 Silicon Avatar
 
Rigs wrote on Jun 23, 2015, 13:48:
Ugh...Brian Fargo. I want to hate him so much for what he did during Klingon Academy's development and aftermath but he's so damn likable...so conflicted...


=-Rigs-=

Klingon Academy was released 15 years ago. Maaaybe it's ok to release that grudge.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jun 23, 2015, 09:41 Silicon Avatar
 
Backlog problem more like first world problem.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 23, 2015, 09:36 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm glad SDCC banned selfie sticks.

Swords and shields and etc. don't stick out 2 feet in front of your face in a room so crowded that you can barely turn around.

There is also zero time to stop in the flow of traffic (or in a line or almost anywhere) and take a selfie. SDCC isn't that kind of convention.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs
25. Re: Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs Jun 22, 2015, 20:26 Silicon Avatar
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 18:59:
Fion wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 14:30:
There will be graphics mods on the PC version within a month that vastly out-strip the games base graphics anyway.

Sure. You'd think though with their coffers, that they would review major mods and focus on adding these types of things out of box.

If they have a low baseline then people with older or cheaper PCs can still play and everyone else can mod.

 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs
12. Re: Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs Jun 22, 2015, 14:35 Silicon Avatar
 
ItBurn wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 14:02:
I for one am FOR sold mods. If done right.

I don't see how they can get all mods on console. Like, there's no way they'll allow the script extender or ENB modifications. All of the best mods use these.

Maybe they built a bunch of the script extender's functionality into the toolkit this time.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2015, 13:52 Silicon Avatar
 
Games now are way cheaper than they used to be. I can get a full 40 hour RPG for $15-25 if I just wait a little bit. It's kind of nuts.

Developers are going to run into the same problem webcomics and mobile app makers have run into. They priced themselves to the very bottom and now fans expect things for low prices and/or free.

It's easy to pull out of though - quit selling things below equilibrium and take the hit on # of units sold. They'd end up with fans who would pay full price. Then up-market those fans with cool merch and extras. I suspect that is more lucrative than selling to cheap people. After the buzz is gone, sell what's left cheap and immediately launch a new game.

So, basically, go back to the old model.

 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs
3. Re: Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs Jun 22, 2015, 13:39 Silicon Avatar
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 13:25:
Duh...

Question is, are they going to try to sell mods?

They already said no.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 22, 2015, 00:41 Silicon Avatar
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 21, 2015, 19:57:
I feel like a old person saying this (get of my lawn!) but I can honestly say I skipped Facebook and any other social media crap and I feel glad for it. I don't want to talk to tertiary family members, people I once met and now are irrelevant in my life etc. In some way Facebook even disenfranchises you from your own private life... you lose control over what is you and what is virtual you. And put it in the hands of a giant evil corporation, which in case of Facebook is meant quite literal. And worse, Facebook "friends" tagging you in images...

Btw, all those other news links are about the same level of depressing


You didn't miss a thing.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jun 21, 2015, 19:39 Silicon Avatar
 
I wouldn't think AMD would want to split now that they have announced new graphics cards. That would make people wait to see what was going to happen instead of buying the new cards.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 21, 2015, 19:33 Silicon Avatar
 
I wiped my FB a few months ago along with a bunch of other "social media" and I feel better for it.

I should have dumped it even sooner but I stupidly thought it would get better somehow.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Jun 21, 2015, 19:28 Silicon Avatar
 
I didn't buy anything this year. I have too much backlog right now to add new things.

 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2015, 14:28 Silicon Avatar
 
I think I tried to get in once and the server wouldn't let me play so I quit and forgot about it.

I didn't even buy anything on sale. I just have to much stuff to finish already.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 20, 2015, 14:07 Silicon Avatar
 
If AMD splits can we just call their graphics arm ATI again?

ATI has about a third of the market for graphics cards as far as PCs go. They can probably make it. I don't know about AMD CPUs though. Maybe they want to shed that division so that it's attractive for some big buyer (who isn't Intel) to add to a patent portfolio. I could see that happening.

 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 19, 2015, 23:31 Silicon Avatar
 
Sounds like HDs are finally on the way out. I can't think of anything they can do to compete.

 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
28. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 19, 2015, 14:26 Silicon Avatar
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 14:13:
gravity wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 12:51:
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 10:28:
Apparently there's an existing controversy in the news about Apartheid flags replacing Confederate ones as a symbol of prejudice and discrimination in the more backward parts of America, brought to light by an association with the suspect in the supposedly racially-motivated shooting in Charleston a couple days ago. So it seems a fair bit of bad timing for Squeenix and the reveal of this game using that phrase as a slugline.

Not to be a "correction-jerk," but it's not 'supposedly racially motivated.' Matter-of fact, that's exactly what it was (admitted to it, and was hoping to incite a "civil war"), and it also is quite a thing here in the southern states to invoke apartheid of Zimbabwe/South Africa.

All said, I agree with the labeling of DX. It's exactly that, and I look forward to exploring the storyline.

I tend to use words like 'apparently' and 'supposedly' and 'allegedly' when referring to ANYTHING in the mainstream media. It's unwise to take everything you see there as plain fact, especially when you're dealing with sensationalist reporting of intangible things like motive and intentions.

Yeah... I think anytime you walk into a black church and kill black people and you are a known racist it is a good chance that your killing wasn't just "supposedly" racially motivated. I mean, if the news channel you are watching is trying to spin that you need to get off that news channel and watch something else.


 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 19, 2015, 14:24 Silicon Avatar
 
Good to know about the zero fan mode thing. I may look at that. Right now I have a case fan that is pretty noisy and I'm thinking about replacing it when I replace my video card. The PC should be pretty quiet after that.

It sounds like the 970 memory thing is not that big of a deal.

I imagine most people will have cards with 1 or 2 gigs onboard for the near future.

That is what I kind of hate about most review sites - they make all the reviews at 4k resolution with some beast machine but what I want to know is what I can expect at 1080p with an older i7.

When I look at the Steam Hardware Survey my specs are still above average for most gamers so I don't know why hardware sites have to push the $999 video card when everyone is really spending less than $200.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2015, 10:35 Silicon Avatar
 
The light-up doorknob is kind of cool since it draws power from the door being opened and closed. I think they could sell it just because it lights up and not even worry about killing germs.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 19, 2015, 10:26 Silicon Avatar
 
AMD's new architecture is interesting I guess but what I really want to see is real-world benchmarks from 3rd party reviewers. I assume those will come out on day 1 of product release.

Currently I'm looking at 980s but I'm going to wait until winter to buy anything. By then there will be price drops and maybe Christmas bargains.

The 970 is closer to what I really wanted to pay but apparently there is some issue with it effectively having 3.5GB of video RAM instead of the advertised 4GB and fans are so mad I can't tell if it matters or not. Maybe the Fury Nano is what I will want. Nobody knows because all we have at the moment is a bunch of charts and speculation and no product on the shelves.

I will probably still be playing at 1080p for the next 2 years or so. I am just not that excited for 4k.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 18, 2015, 11:28 Silicon Avatar
 
I liked New Vegas (I beat it multiple times) but it was lacking in exploration. The main map routed you on a specific path (which I hate) and a lot of the buildings couldn't even be entered. It had a much better story than Fallout 3 though.

Fallout 3's map made me feel more immersed in the wasteland and I felt like I was constantly finding new areas and new skeletal vignettes. The story was mostly okay if I recall, but not as good as NV. The only reason I kept replaying NV was because the engine had enough improvements to make me like it more overall. I very much enjoyed hard-core mode, for instance.

I haven't found any of the villains of any of the games as compelling as The Master from FO1. That could be nostalgia though. That's the big thing with Fallout. Everyone has a favorite and everyone is nostalgic for some specific game.

I REALLY enjoy that FO4 is not afraid to use color. I think it better underscores the loss than brown / green. You can see nature trying to come back - but humans are absent and everything man built is destroyed. I like that contrast.

Edit: The skeletons in their automated environment suits from the OWB DLC were a really creepy concept and one of the best new monsters I thought came out of any DLC. As far as DLC goes, OWB is the best I've ever played.

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News Comments > AMD HBM-based 300 Series Announced
53. Re: AMD HBM-based 300 Series Announced Jun 17, 2015, 14:59 Silicon Avatar
 
Drayth wrote on Jun 16, 2015, 23:53:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jun 16, 2015, 20:45:
Those cards with 8GB on board - I wonder if they would help Skyrim cope with using a lot of texture mods at normal playable resolutions (not 4k).


Unfortunately Skyrim has a 4gig software limit. The game just doesn't make use of anything above that limit no matter what your card has.

Oh. I thought one of the patches undid that.

 
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