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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor
44. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 18:07 Silicon Avatar
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 17:35:
What's funny is the Bethesda engine has actually been a ton more stable due to Skyrim patches, gets fantastic performance, great visuals, large open area's, modable, wonderful story line branch mechanics and then many treat it like complete trash. Their games in several ways are so far ahead then others... it's sort of amazing how many cannot see it.

I think Skyrim is solid. It's pretty and I hardly ever have technical problems with it. It could use more enemy diversity and better enemy AI but the engine seems pretty solid now. The only engine problem I've experienced (that hasn't been fixed by a patch) is z-fighting of mountain textures in the background of certain areas - and I think that is due to a mod.


 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 31, 2012, 12:56 Silicon Avatar
 
What a crap article.

The whole thing sounds like it was written by some manager who had never touched a computer other than to type out a new resume.

One part of it says that companies who weren't hip enough (whatever) could not hire the "most sought-after recent graduates". Huh? You mean like the recent grads who can't find jobs because people with more experience take them?

Who the hell goes down the interview list and says "Boy I sure would like to have a bunch of college newbs working in IT."?

Fortran and Cobol going away? Hah.

Everything on the "cloud"? HAH!

Plugging devices into machines willy-nilly without letting them get vetted by IT to check for security and usability problems? HAHAHA.

Whoever wrote this article is living in fantasy land. Sadly this is exactly the kind of article that jack-off managers read and use to convince their "superiors" that IT needs less money or people.

 
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News Comments > GNU Guru: Linux Steam "Unethical"
23. Re: GNU Guru: Linux Steam Jul 31, 2012, 12:45 Silicon Avatar
 
Eh, he does have a point, sort of.

Look at it this way:

Valve is scared of the MS app store that's going to be built into Win 8. They're scared that eventually Steam will be made inconvenient or get locked out somehow. Win 8 is closed source and Valve can't change the OS so they move to Linux. On top of Linux they launch a ton of closed source games, perpetuating the problem they ran from (inability to change source code) on an OS that was built to avoid that very thing.

Stallman might sound crazy and look weird but he has a point.

Valve should give something significant back if they're going to build on top of open source software.

 
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News Comments > Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor
16. Re: Bethesda S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Rumor Jul 31, 2012, 12:21 Silicon Avatar
 
It seems weird for Bethesda to publish another post-apocalyptic franchise. I'm sort of surprised they would do that.

I guess getting eaten up by Bethesda is better than being eaten up by EA. At least Bethesda is mod friendly - and when they buy properties they generally use them. EA buys stuff just to bury it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
21. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jul 29, 2012, 23:54 Silicon Avatar
 
Dev wrote on Jul 29, 2012, 21:45:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jul 29, 2012, 21:41:
I like my desktop but I like to actually build them from parts.

It's just a hobby ...snip...

3d printers? Can get them for around $500 now
Plus you could build robot parts with one.

That would definitely be cool too. I'm also sort of looking at desktop laser cutters. Those are pretty neat also, though I think they need to vent out a window.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
16. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jul 29, 2012, 21:41 Silicon Avatar
 
I like my desktop but I like to actually build them from parts.

It's just a hobby I have though - there's no true need to do that anymore. I guess I'll keep doing it until I decide to move on to hobby robotics or something like that. A couple thousand will buy a pretty cool robot now and I'll be thinking about that when it comes to rebuild the desktop in a few years.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
8. Re: Romero Jul 29, 2012, 21:34 Silicon Avatar
 
Snozzle wrote on Jul 29, 2012, 19:54:
Romero should speculate on the future of Romero instead.

Aww man, somebody beat me to it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
16. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jul 28, 2012, 20:43 Silicon Avatar
 
Flatline wrote on Jul 28, 2012, 15:43:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jul 28, 2012, 14:30:
I'll probably get it eventually.

I "finished" with Skyrim a while back and am actually thinking about replaying New Vegas again with a bunch of mods. Then maybe I'll do Skyrim with some DLC.

I thought Oblivion had better guild quests. Skyrim seems sort of bland and short in hindsight.

I'm hip-deep in New Vegas again. Forgot what a fun game it is, though it's boring as hell until you get to the Strip proper, then it opens way up.

Yeah, I always go straight to the strip from Goodsprings. You can do it if you are careful and a little lucky.

http://twofoldsilence.diogenes-lamp.info/2012/05/jsawyeresp-v4.html

I am thinking of using J.E. Sawyer's mod for Fallout: NV this time. It sounds like it might be pretty cool.

Most of the bad reviews for Dawnguard seem to be people who got mad that it wasn't the size of Shivering Isles. So what I'm getting out of that is that people think it's too short, not that they think it's necessarily bad.

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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jul 28, 2012, 14:30 Silicon Avatar
 
I'll probably get it eventually.

I "finished" with Skyrim a while back and am actually thinking about replaying New Vegas again with a bunch of mods. Then maybe I'll do Skyrim with some DLC.

I thought Oblivion had better guild quests. Skyrim seems sort of bland and short in hindsight.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 28, 2012, 00:43 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm not sure that instantly accessible information has enriched my life that much.

I could probably do just as well with a feed of highlights delivered weekly. Maybe even bi-weekly.

I guess I'd still have to check e-mail every day. Everything else I read and check could easily wait when I think about it. I'm starting to wonder if that might actually be the way to go.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
16. Re: etc., etc. Jul 27, 2012, 01:04 Silicon Avatar
 
This is the kind of crap you run into when 5000 people want to apply for the same job and HR doesn't feel like sorting through all the apps.

Fair enough I guess, but Metacritic is the best metric they could come up with? Really?

 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition in September
25. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition in September Jul 27, 2012, 00:58 Silicon Avatar
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 22:17:
It didn't "luck out". Infinity Engine was a brilliant adaptation (or port, really) of D&D to PC. Sure, Baldur's Gate was rough around the edges (and all those edges were brilliantly smoothed over via its sequel), but every year or so when I get a hankering for some classic cRPG I always start where Infinity started, with Baldur's Gate. I wish to god BioWare had stuck with what worked and kept making actual RPGs instead of these dumb fucking Mass Effects.

Did you try NWN? I thought it was a much better computer estimation of D&D. It even had a DM mode and users could make their own mods.

 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition in September
15. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition in September Jul 26, 2012, 22:08 Silicon Avatar
 
I always thought that BG lucked out and released at the right time rather than being all that awesome in and of itself. There are a lot of RPGs out there now, so I think I'll pass on the redo.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jul 26, 2012, 20:32 Silicon Avatar
 
Sounds like a company to walk away from - or they have a clueless stupid HR department.

It'd be funny if Irrational's next game bombs on Metacritic. Then they could all fire themselves.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 26, 2012, 11:27 Silicon Avatar
 
Zynga? A fad? Say it ain't so! I never would have guessed. :O

Seriously, Zynga and Facebook are both bubble/fads waiting to pop. Anyone in tech with half a brain could have told investors that.

 
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Sets Sales Record
12. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Sets Sales Record Jul 25, 2012, 19:57 Silicon Avatar
 
Dev wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 19:16:
BTW, the linked announcement contains more info. Worth a read.
NegaDeath wrote on Jul 25, 2012, 17:14:
The power of Steam.
Now if only someone at matrix games would get a clue from this and put something like distant worlds on steam, instead of trying to sell a paltry few games at its current $100 price.

Yeah, I hear that. I'm not checking their games out until they clue up.
 
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Sets Sales Record
5. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Sets Sales Record Jul 25, 2012, 17:53 Silicon Avatar
 
Yeah, I want a Galciv 3 too. That's all I really care about Stardock doing.  
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - "Windows 8 is a Catastrophe" - Gabe Newell
16. Re: Quoteworthy - Jul 25, 2012, 17:18 Silicon Avatar
 
The OS (and office-like suites) are becoming more fungible. MS must have / should have seen this writing on the wall a long time ago. Obviously Gabe is starting to think that way too... Or he's just gearing the company up for a Steam Console.

And no, the last "great" OS from Microsoft was not the security-bug-&-virus-ridden XP. It might be Windows 7 though.
 
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News Comments > WoW Mists of Pandaria in September
12. Re: WoW Mists of Pandaria in September Jul 25, 2012, 12:00 Silicon Avatar
 
I'm not sure how "off course" it is though.

I think they are right on the mark. WoW came out with cartoony graphics, a really high fantasy story, enormous weapons and armor, etc. I'm not sure it was even originally designed to be all that serious. People just got serious about it because they invested a lot of time in it.

You can probably chart WoW's step back from the brink soon after the Southpark episode aired and the Blizzard execs came to realize that maybe they needed to cater to a more broad fan base.

That is just my perspective from the outside though. I never really got much into WoW.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 25, 2012, 11:54 Silicon Avatar
 
I heard there were some notes and stuff they wanted to use to stretch into a 3rd movie. I guess it's story that happened between The Hobbit and LoTR.
 
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