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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 09:17
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News Comments > StarCraft II Movie
12. Re: Unimpressed. Sep 16, 2007, 18:53 Ventura
Am I the only one who's been spoiled by Supreme Commander's strategic gameplay, superior resource management system, and impressive sense of scale and zoom modes? StarCraft 2's tiny Battlecruisers floating 20ft above the ground just don't look impressive to me in the least; indeed, the effect is downright jarring. Most of the units look more like children's toys!

Supreme Commander is kinda like what Quake 3 was to me. It's technically very good, it looks good, it sounds good... but for some reason, it gets very boring, very quickly. And you don't quite know why.

Starcraft is going to be a much more easily accessable game, the pick up and play type. You won't be waiting 45 minutes for something to happen, let's put it that way.

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News Comments > Crysis DirectX 9 & 10 MP Performance
94. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2007, 22:11 Ventura
explain to me how they "really aren't DX10".

I think what he was trying to say is that there's no way these features aren't doable without dx10. MMO's have been doing the day/night cycle thing for many, many years now, and that's with a hell of a lot more people connected.

explain to me how Microsoft is paying gaming developers

So you don't think there's a financial incentive why they're setting up some of their game's more enticing features as Vista only? What possible other reason could be behind their being willing to effectively split their game's community in two by not allowing XP players to play on Vista servers?

If you don't think that screams "financial incentive", you're living in a dreamworld. This happened because Microsoft wrote them a cheque, it really is that simple.

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News Comments > Crysis DirectX 9 & 10 MP Performance
83. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2007, 14:20 Ventura
Of course it's relevant. If my OS is nine months old, why should I have to replace it to run a few games which could deliver the same capabilities on XP if written using OpenGL or other techniques

You realise of course, that XP can only be compared so favourably to Vista because of the excellent work Microsoft have been doing keeping it so up to date. Over the last 6 or so years too, I might add. That's a long, long time in this industry.

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News Comments > Crysis DirectX 9 & 10 MP Performance
43. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2007, 08:00 Ventura
This is about change & change is good. Most of you don't realize this but these kinds of games where high-end hardware is required is not something new

Nice contradiction there :-)

But who is the smarter one here? The guy that spends 250% more on his computer and computer games because he buys them brand new, or me, who will wait 6 months to a year

This isn't about intelligence, or lack thereof; paying a premium to have something sooner is about choice. And to those out there who are a lot more passionate about their gaming than clearly you are about yours, it's not an altogether difficult decision atall.

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News Comments > Crysis DirectX 9 & 10 MP Performance
39. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2007, 04:51 Ventura
When Windows XP was released is irrelevant as it was still bundled with all consumer PC's until this year, and even today PC's with Windows XP installed instead of Vista are still sold. In addition XP's development has certainly not stood still for six years, so it is not just the same OS it was when it was released

When you bought xp also happens to be irrelevant. It's not like any of us pay for it's continual development. If it were a game, they'd call it an MMO and make you pay by the month.

There are two sides to the coin though, of course. I realise the whole deal with dx10 being Vista only stinks. It was obviously done to force gamers to upgrade to an OS that just ain't worth upgrading to right now. Despite picking up Vista on release day, I had XP back on my dual core machine inside of a couple of months later.

Money does make the world go round though, and it's not unreasonable to expect consumers to have to upgrade every 6 or so years.

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News Comments > Crysis DirectX 9 & 10 MP Performance
22. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2007, 00:44 Ventura
you care about money, money and more money you greedy fat bastards

In this day and age, who doesn't?

Incidentally, when was XP released again? 2002? 2001? What with it being over 5 years at least, I don't actually think Microsoft are asking for too much.

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News Comments > ETQW Demo Details
32. Re: gah! Sep 7, 2007, 01:41 Ventura
Just curious - do you know what strafejumping is?

Also, why do you say this? I feel that Quake's item control + advanced movement + projectile weapons are quite unforgiving.

I stand with Jerykk.


Quake doesn't have points on the map to capture. It doesn't have classes that have different weapons, it doesn't have vehicles, and it doesn't have a commander.

I stand with The Half Elf.

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News Comments > ETQW Demo Details
26. Re: gah! Sep 6, 2007, 23:24 Ventura
People may be stupid but bots will always be worse. Even the most base of human player is capable of at some moment even a meager display of cunning.

Heh, I think you're giving the average Quake/Battlefield gamer much more credit than he deserves. Either that or, maybe we've just been playing on very different servers all these years.

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News Comments > ETQW Demo Details
24. Re: gah! Sep 6, 2007, 22:55 Ventura
Killing a bot is ZERO satisfaction. Killing a human being, especially a little kid who cries and whines and goes on and on about it; that's satisfaction right there.

I think you'll find the satisfaction comes from not having to play with the "little kid who cries and whines and goes on and on about it". I've done my time playing against real people, and because of that, I'm more than happy to leave them behind and play against the computer controlled variety. More than happy.

It's not like most games don't allow you to heavily set the odds in their favour, so you can't argue that the challenge is not there. I've played BF2 games with the opposing side having 3x the number that's on my side, and it's a rush when you take a spawn point and they come at you to get it back. By about the time you've dropped anywhere from half a dozen to a dozen of them, and the next one's finally gotten you, you'll still die with a smile on your face.

It's because this game has bots, that there's even a chance I'll be buying it. If it didn't, I wouldn't even bother with the demo.

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News Comments > Vanguard Patched
7. Re: Is this the patch... Aug 17, 2007, 06:50 Ventura
I have played the game for the last 2 months or so and had a great time, especially for the budget they had after they refused to let m$ change their designs and lost funding

Microsoft didn't pull the plug on Vanguard because they didn't like the direction in which it was going. They pulled the plug because it didn't actually seem to be going in a direction atall. It's only natural to, sooner or later, want to see some return on all the cash you're spending.

But just incase you missed that old employee review, which makes for some very entertaining reading, here's a link:

The bit I particularly like is the bit where he says what went out the door was created in the last 15 or so months of the game's development cycle.

I'm no Microsoft fanboy or anything, but they're hardly the ones responsible for Vanguard crashing and burning like it did.

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News Comments > BioShock PC Demo Update
34. Re: Intrigued Aug 14, 2007, 05:08 Ventura
I would'nt count WOW anyway, its off on its own little planet

You can't not count WoW. Over 9 million people paying by the month to play. Each one paying, what? $15 a month. Do the math.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You said it yourself, some devs don't even bother to remove the 360 control scheme. And they wonder why it doesn't sell.

The life expectancy of a brand spanking new Nvidia 9900GTX Turbo? About one year. Maybe

You can upgrade on a yearly basis, sure, but that's only if you absolutely have to be at the cutting edge all the time and have money to burn.

For the rest of us though, you can go two years between video card upgrades easy. I picked up my 7950gt over 6 months ago back when the 8800's had just come out, and it will do me another year no sweat.

I would argue, qualitiatively, that playing Crysis on my Xbox 360 will be just as good an experience for me, as it will for someone who has a $6,000 bleeding edge PC

If you can handle FPS'ing with that controller, sure.

Maybe it's just because I spent most of my early 20s deathmatching Quake 1 with the mouse & keyboard, but if I had to choose between Cyrsis on the 360 or not atall, I'd choose not atall.

Now, if I could plug my USB keyboard and mouse into my 360's usb ports and then play games like Cyrsis and Command and Conquer 3 like I can on the pc, you might have something.

Until then however, I'll be buying those sorts of games on my pc instead, no questions asked.

There's also, and I don't want to make to big a deal out of this because it always creates the break down of society in these threads, but it plays a part, piracy

While I'm not technically disagreeing with you here, they also use piracy as a means to justify the high prices.

The most I've ever spent on any game was $133AUD for the original NBA Jam back on the Super Nintendo. What with the cartridge system, there was no pirating that bad boy back then, and it was also back when the Aussie dollar was worth a lot more than it is now.

I'm not saying piracy isn't a factor, but as has always been the case, they grossly overexaggerate how much a factor it really is.

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News Comments > Transformers: The Game Demo
17. Re: And I garuntee you.. Jul 28, 2007, 11:37 Ventura
'Dare - dare to believe you can survive
You hold the future in your hand'

'Dare - better keep all your dreams alive
It's time to take a stand
And you can win if you dare'

Truly, one of the best songs ever written.

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News Comments > Transformers: The Game Demo
15. Re: And I garuntee you.. Jul 28, 2007, 06:24 Ventura
No, you can't equate that with any guarantee

So what, 98% of games made from movies suck instead of 100%?

I'd still bet on those odds.

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News Comments > Transformers: The Game Demo
12. Re: And I garuntee you.. Jul 28, 2007, 00:10 Ventura
Dare to be stupid
Dare to be stupid

Hehe. Nice one

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News Comments > Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance Announced
8. Suck Jun 28, 2007, 18:59 Ventura
This does suck.

They call this a standalone title so that they can max up the price once more because it's not going to require the original to play. It's not an expansion pack, it's technically Supreme Commander 1.5.

Nah, I've had enough of GPG and Chris Taylor. You won't catch me buying this on release day at full price like I did with the original.

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News Comments > GeForce 8800 Beta Vista Drivers
14. Re: No subject May 15, 2007, 19:22 Ventura
What problems are you having with the current drivers?

None at present, but that's kinda not the point. Improvements and optimisations can always be made, and 6 months is a long, long time without updated drivers for a fairly recent video card. Especially when it's the most expensive component in your computer.

When you bought your 7k range Nvidia card, you had stable drivers. People that buy 8k range cards did not/do not

Shipping a new card revision without stable drivers ready to go was their fault mate, not ours. Those of us with a 7 series geforce shouldn't be paying for that.

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News Comments > GeForce 8800 Beta Vista Drivers
9. Re: No subject May 15, 2007, 07:17 Ventura
Exsqueeze me? I just paid 400 bucks for a 320meg 8800gts card 3 weeks ago. Seems we're the smart ones.

I said 6 months, not 3 weeks. I realise prices for the 8800gts model have dropped quite nicely over the last few months, but half a year ago you couldn't have picked up any 8800 model for less than $800au.

What I said still stands.

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News Comments > GeForce 8800 Beta Vista Drivers
3. Re: No subject May 15, 2007, 01:14 Ventura
How about some new fucking drivers for my god damn 7950GX2. Haven't even owned this card for a year and Nvidia considers it obsolete?

I'm with you mate.

Paid just over $450au for my 7950GT barely 6 months ago, which still made it one of the more expensive cards available at the time, but the Geforce 7 series of XP drivers still haven't been updated since November of last year.

Whatever the problems are with drivers for Vista, as customers thats not our concern. The vast majority of users will still be using XP, and those of us smart enough to actually wait for the 8800's to drop in price are being punished for it.

Go figure.

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News Comments > Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Testing
12. Re: Played Mar 21, 2007, 06:36 Ventura
Adding bot code to a game for a Multiplayer environment is just a waste of developer resources and time, since its a dead code path

Define dead code path.

I purchase MP games to play alone or (if I'm lanning) with other people against AI, not the least because bots don't chuck hissy fits when they're getting their asses kicked.

They're great for filling out the teams when you'd much rather just play with friends, rather than risking going up against the average cockheads you'll meet on an online server.

You're welcome to steer well away from bot-infested servers, but don't even try that "waste of developer resources" shit around here. There are far more people playing in games filled with bots than you could possibly imagine.

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News Comments > Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Testing
11. Re: Played Mar 21, 2007, 06:24 Ventura
So one aspect of the game "the movement of the robots" makes the game "TOTALLY suck"?

It might pay to actually read what he wrote again. He said a friend played and said it totally sucked, and that when he watched the vids he felt that the movement of the robots looks like a joke.

People have hyped this game up so much to themselves, that any negativity prior to it's release gets slammed. They just can't take it atall well, because time and time again what with having to deal with one shit game after another, it's all been about how QW will save the day. There's no slagging this game off - not without being flamed.

If you let yourself get caught up in the hype in this industry, you're fucked. The best games you've ever played are the ones that you didn't see coming. You know it, and I know it.

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