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Signed On Aug 13, 2003, 17:28
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News Comments > Game Reviews
21. Re: Game Reviews Dec 30, 2011, 18:01 Silicon Avatar
 
Yeesh. 829 hours is like 5 months of full-time employment.

 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
18. Re: Game Reviews Dec 30, 2011, 15:41 Silicon Avatar
 
Some of the DLC are pretty good and they're 75% off on Steam right now. Even the crap ones are worth a dollar or so.

I hear Old World Blues is the best, but I haven't finished that one yet. I liked the Sierra Madre one (Dead Money) pretty well. The others were pretty good too, but I bought them on sale, so my expectations were not outrageous.

 
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News Comments > J.E. Sawyer's New Vegas Mod
8. Re: J.E. Sawyer's New Vegas Mod Dec 29, 2011, 15:24 Silicon Avatar
 
Creston wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 14:58:
Dev wrote on Dec 29, 2011, 14:10:
Does that mean no more patches either?

Yup.

Creston

I figured that the patches were done when the last DLC came out.

I'd call the current version stable - for an Obsidian game.

There's still micro-stutter (use the 4gb enabler mod to get rid of it) and numerous glitches (use the error corrections mod to get rid of those) but..

Well, there's no but. It's an Obsidian game. It's as stable as Obsidian games get.

I still play it though. If you mod it enough it looks pretty good and doesn't crash that much.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2011, 14:10 Silicon Avatar
 
Tiny houses?

When BBC says "for many Americans" what they mean is "for a handful of hipsters".

Then the article makes more sense.
 
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News Comments > J.E. Sawyer's New Vegas Mod
5. Re: J.E. Sawyer's New Vegas Mod Dec 29, 2011, 13:45 Silicon Avatar
 
Here's some stuff to look for if you're new.

Interior lighting
http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=35794

Error Corrections
http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=44204

Essential Visual Enhancements
http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=42666

There's one on file planet called operation fixed terrain if you Google for it. It's kind of handy.

Those are sort of the ones I always put on anyway. I use a ton of other good ones (New Vegas Bounties, etc.) but the list would get too long.

I'll probably try Sawyer's mod on my next play-through. I have been looking for a harder experience and his mod sounds like it would deliver.

 
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News Comments > Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears?
13. Re: Bethesda & Interplay Fallout Settlement Nears? Dec 29, 2011, 13:31 Silicon Avatar
 
Interplay could be right, but it doesn't matter to gamers. They're still crap these days and they'll never make a decent Fallout MMO. That's the only news story I care about and that hasn't changed.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Dec 27, 2011, 13:37 Silicon Avatar
 
All I got out of the article was that some app developer got butt-hurt because some other app developer cloned his unoriginal crap game idea. Then he spawned a drama and made up a bunch of LOL about how the whole industry was going to collapse.

I guess he's new and missed the past 30-40 years worth of game clones.

Admittedly I skipped past some bits because the article is TLDR and an obvious bid by some Guardian editor to sound like an industry analyst/editor.

 
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News Comments > Unofficial Skyrim Performance Boost
8. Re: Unofficial Skyrim Performance Boost Dec 24, 2011, 12:31 Silicon Avatar
 
This is pretty cool. Maybe Bethesda will do similar optimizations.

I wish they could go back and make these optimizations for FO:NV.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 23, 2011, 18:13 Silicon Avatar
 
killer_roach wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 17:32:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Dec 23, 2011, 11:06:
Boo hoo. Start entry level IT jobs at a higher salary and provide better benefits and/or a better workplace or hire older employees. Problem solved.

Except for one problem - entry-level people in IT are just that... entry level. Their level of applicable skills are limited, and can typically be replaced at will. It's because so many people could do their jobs that they get paid as low as they do.

That being said, once they're on the job a couple of years and develop specific skills, their pay starts climbing pretty quickly, but the problem for people seeking employment in that sector is that surviving those first 2-5 years can be quite unpleasant.

I don't know if you've looked at "entry level" IT jobs lately, but the ones I've seen are not wanting "entry level" qualifications. They want a bachelor's degree to install Windows anymore. It's ridiculous. Companies like that get what they deserve.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 23, 2011, 11:06 Silicon Avatar
 
Boo hoo. Start entry level IT jobs at a higher salary and provide better benefits and/or a better workplace or hire older employees. Problem solved.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 23, 2011, 01:13 Silicon Avatar
 
Kenneth Weiss misses the point. Picture authentication is to keep your family member out of your account. It's not to secure military installations...

 
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News Comments > EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward
7. Re: EA/Activision Lawsuit Moves Forward Dec 23, 2011, 01:11 Silicon Avatar
 
EA has a longer history of ruining games than Activision does. I sort of hope they lose.

At the same time a lot of people are employed by EA and I'd hate to see them take such a hit that they had to fire people.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2011, 14:40 Silicon Avatar
 
So a surgeon takes a pen out of a patient's stomach and thinks to himself "Huh, wonder if this still writes?"

I think the worst part of that story is that she swallowed it 25 years ago and was unable to convince her own doctor (or husband) that she'd done it until now.

 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 21, 2011, 21:54 Silicon Avatar
 
"Stack the blocks" is as much a fad as "launch the thing".

He's just mad that more people are launching the thing than stacking the blocks.

 
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News Comments > Skyrim LAA Patch
31. Re: Skyrim LAA Patch Dec 21, 2011, 10:48 Silicon Avatar
 
Whiterun has a little building in it that must have geometry out the wazoo (or some other mistake) because when I remove the building I get an extra 10 fps in that area.

All the other areas in the game run smoothly.

I had to run the 4gig aware program for Fallout New Vegas to get rid of micro-stutter, but Skyrim doesn't have that problem for me which is a very welcome improvement.
 
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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2?
7. Re: Company of Heroes 2? Dec 20, 2011, 12:06 Silicon Avatar
 
Maybe they will add Russians and Japanese this time.

USA vs. Germany is getting really stale for me.

 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
76. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 19, 2011, 23:08 Silicon Avatar
 
I noticed Geneforge saga was $10.

If anyone else is into those I've heard they are pretty good.

They're really old school style RPGs so check screen shots before you buy. A lot of people will probably be put off by the graphics.

Avadon is on sale. Same publisher. Similar style.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Dec 19, 2011, 22:59 Silicon Avatar
 
When I look to buy games I go to Steam first. If they have it I often wait for a sale.

I'd never even heard of Gamers Gate. When I went to look at it (and their "tutor" FAQ) what did I see? "Installer never starts", "Unable to install", "Can't activate my game", etc.

So basically this story is: Loser CEO talks trash about service he can't compete with.

 
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News Comments > Enhanced Skyrim UI
47. Re: Enhanced Skyrim UI Dec 19, 2011, 12:20 Silicon Avatar
 
The interface needs improvement and this mod is a good start.

Now I need someone to redo the game textures without just doubling the resolution and slapping on a sharpen filter...

 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 Silicon Avatar
 
Minecraft creator eats lunch! Minecraft creator takes a dump!

 
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