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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
16. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 13:25 Pigeon
 
theglaze wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 12:41:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 6, 2015, 09:47:
I almost forget creative is still around. I remember when adding a sound card made made a huge difference. Now, unless it's implemented poorly, on-board audio is more than most people need.

I disagree, sound always seems to be the most overlooked element to system building.

If you have +$50 headphones, or frequently use voip, onboard audio IS limiting the quality of the experience

Just like any other component in a system, there should be balance and each component compliment the other. Most people buy mediocre motherboards (~$100) that will generate mediocre sound from mid-range Realtek onboard processing. Maybe the high-end boards with Creative Core, Asus SupremeFX or Realtek ALC1050 sound just as good as a decent dedicated card, but those are only found on +$300 mobos.

Perhaps my advice is falling on deaf ears because most people think Beats are high-end headphones....

ALC 1150 is easily found on MB's that are around $100, or lower w/rebates. I have no doubt a good dedicated card can offer a better audio experience, but you're going to need better headphones/speakers and music that actually benefits from better hardware; streamed pop music isn't going to improve cause it's coming from a $500 dedicated sound card. The gap between dedicated and on-board has narrowed tremendously in the last 10 years.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 6, 2015, 11:34 Pigeon
 
If it's anything like my Walkman, about $1100 less than the one in the story, the battery won't last for shit (2 days when the device is turned off) and the headphones will have wire problems if used during any activity other than sitting.  
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
1. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 09:47 Pigeon
 
I almost forget creative is still around. I remember when adding a sound card made made a huge difference. Now, unless it's implemented poorly, on-board audio is more than most people need.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 5, 2015, 09:59 Pigeon
 
Good games yesterday, specially the Cowboys' game. I usually dislike the Cowboys, but that's mostly due to them getting treated like an elite team, when they've been mediocre way more often than not since 1999. At least now their performance merits the praise they get. Good luck in Greenbay though...  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
16. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 4, 2015, 20:06 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2015, 17:22:
I still haven't done the DLC for Skyrim yet, so yeah, I'm good for yet another playthrough or two still. Until Fallout 4 shows up this year at any rate.

I'll def grab Wolfensteen at some point but yeah, SoM is really effing good.

W2 didn't really grab me, but Shadowrun Berlin Director's Cut is the way to go and DoS as well. Pillars of Eternity better be ready to go in Feb however. They've had more than enough time now.

Been enjoying SoM too. It's maybe not as structured as the Arkham series, but I don't really see that as much of a detraction. It's unfortunate you can't get revenge on caragors, cause they tear me up. Two captains and a mass of underlings no problem, a single caragor and suddenly I'm a squeaky chew toy.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2015, 16:47 Pigeon
 
The NFL games were fun yesterday, though it's frustrating to get both outcomes wrong after torturing myself over the choices, since it makes me feel like I missed the winners by this much (picture me holding my fingers really close together).

I seconded guessed myself too much yesterday as well, letting the Panther's losing record influence my decision despite them having played well the last several games.

At least I can always count on the Bengals to lose the second they set foot in a play-off game
 
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News Comments > Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users [Updated]
2. Re: Steam Tops 8.5M Concurrent Users Jan 3, 2015, 11:39 Pigeon
 
Simon Says wrote on Jan 3, 2015, 11:05:
ONLY 8.5M? I thought Steam was the revolutionary shiznit and everything hearing people talk about it here...

8.5 Million is for people logged on at the same time. As pointed out in yesterday's thread active users is somewhere over 100 million.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 2, 2015, 15:10 Pigeon
 
Julio wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 13:07:
At least they extended the PS+ subscriptions to make up for the downtime. I wasn't expecting anything, customer service is in the toilet these days.

Yeah I saw that too. I didn't really use my PS4 during all the problems so for me it's all gravy.

I'm not particularly knowledgeable about the subject, so I don't know how negligent Sony has been at putting systems into place to manage DDOS attacks. It's Sony so I always suspect some negligence, but if the solution is the equivalent of piling up sandbags to hold back a flooding river I have a hard time faulting them too much.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 2, 2015, 11:20 Pigeon
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 2, 2015, 10:59:
A 10% coupon isn't actually an apology.. that's like saying hey, pay me 45$ instead of 50$ to make me say sorry (when I am really not).


The cynic in me says it's just a plot to sell more games than they otherwise would. 10% isn't that much, but since it applies to the whole cart, customers will get more "savings" the more they buy. I'll probably just use mine for that slight discount re-subbing for psn+.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jan 2, 2015, 10:59 Pigeon
 
I eventually ended up grabbing Shadows of Mordor after having heard lots of good things here and other places. SO far I've spent most of my time futzing with it trying to get my game-pad to work. I guess supporting direct-input devices is too much work when you can just port over the 360 xinput API. Anyways got it to work without running out and buying an Xbox controller. Only other issue I have is for some reason when I'm in full screen mode if I go to the skin chooser the screen goes black and I'm stuck with just a cursor and music. Seems to work fine in the various windowed modes though.

Now to see if the game is fun and probably discover I prefer the mouse and keyboard anyways
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 31, 2014, 15:26 Pigeon
 
Fion wrote on Dec 31, 2014, 12:29:
First Guy's GotY is Watch Dogs of all things.

Though at least by page 3 we see someone pick Dark Souls 2 (+DLC). I've found DS2 to be easily one of the greatest games of the year, though I realize a good number of gamers dislike it because of it's difficulty. Almost every 'top game of 2014' list is utterly devoid of my personal GotY.

I saw that and stopped reading the second I saw this:
Few games received as much hype as Watch Dogs. But Ubisoft’s cyberthriller about a rogue hacker who takes control of a modern city lived up to it.
From what I understand the game was one of the biggest let downs of the year. Their runner up was Titanfall
I'm going to guess this is the kind of person that will believe anything if the marketing campaign is big enough. I suppose these are personal favorites, but man I really have to call this guy's sense of taste into question.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XV PC Online Hint
3. Re: FINAL FANTASY XV PC Online Hint Dec 31, 2014, 15:10 Pigeon
 
The upcoming and last two (non-mmo) FF games just don't interest me. I know they're trying to evolve rather than stagnate, but it seems they're getting rid of things I liked, and turning it more into an interactive FMV.  
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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale Dec 31, 2014, 09:08 Pigeon
 
There have been a few game that have tempted me, but I have a hard time justifying it when I have a lot of unplayed games. I've basically been filling out my wish list, so if something pops-up on sale in the coming months I can snag it if I want.

Currently I'm just finishing up Bioshock Infinite which I picked up in the summer. On Part 2 of the DLC which has been pretty good. Not sure what I'll hit up next. Maybe finish out the 1 remaining DLC in borderlands 2.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 30, 2014, 22:10 Pigeon
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 21:58:
Creston wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 21:49:
OMG PEOPLE ARE BUYING TABLETS, QUICK, LET'S FOCUS EVERYTHING ON TABLETS!

*five years later*

WHAT, PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING TABLETS ANYMORE??? NOW WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!


- Basically every single tech CEO everywhere, ever.

SWITCH TO WATCHES!

WATCHES?! WHY THE HELL DID WE THINK WATCHES WOULD SELL? STUPID STUPID STUPID
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
24. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 30, 2014, 17:06 Pigeon
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:48:
The parental generation of this professor said the same things about the professors generation. You'd think a teacher would see the revolving use of words like "kids these days", they've said it since the dawn of time. Lets get it together people. And if it is "kids today" who is leading and teaching them... yes... "Adults these days".

Kids these days can't even make their own soap out of the rendered fat from the pig they slaughtered earlier in the morning.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 29, 2014, 21:49 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 20:52:
Hey Transistor is on sale. There was so much hype on this game (by the Bastion devs), then when it came out I heard nothing. Anyone have any thoughts? Should I pick it up?

I haven't gotten anything yet this Steam sale. I either have what I want, or can't justify the expense given my backlog, but Transistor looks like something I'll play sooner than later.

I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a good game, but I think people were expecting it to be Bastion on steroids good. Like Bastion it doesn't give you a whole lot of story at the start, but unlike Bastion the story doesn't unfold quite as well. Like Bastion story components are often implied rather than directly stated; unfortunately they play a little too coy with the story and things don't really start snapping into place till the end. That's probably why some people found the beginning to be particularly slow and/or confusing.

The art and music are top notch, and I really enjoyed the battle system, though that seemed to be hit and miss with people. For $7 you should give it try. Plus its not an exceptionally long game, so it won't delay you much as you plug through your back log.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Dec 29, 2014, 11:55 Pigeon
 
I always prefer reviews that break it down into categories, like Graphics, game-play and story. I think it encourages the reviewer to look at the game more objectively, and helps the reader separate out the components that matter to them. If a reviewer is forced to recognize that other components of a game are well implemented they may be less likely to give the game a low score because all the female characters are carrying around a pair of award winning watermelons. Basically forcing the reviewer to look at other aspects of the game than focus solely on one component.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2014, 09:54 Pigeon
 
I missed parts of weeks, damn Thursday games, but truth be told that probably only would have picked me up another win or 2. I mostly did good, but I had a couple of terrible weeks where I attempted to pick a few upsets, and lots of upsets occurred, just not where I predicted.

Also congratulations to the Panthers for sneaking in with a losing record. I'd almost support not allowing teams with losing records in and treating that spot like another wild card.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Dec 29, 2014, 09:29 Pigeon
 
Suckage wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 04:35:
mag wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 00:57:
Illumin wrote on Dec 29, 2014, 00:39:
Pigeon wrote on Dec 28, 2014, 10:48:
Not surprising about Game of Thrones. Access to current episodes is still behind two pay walls, TV service and HBO, and the Blu-rays are $35+ a season. Maybe when they make HBO-GO standalone they'll see the piracy levels drop.

35$ for 10 hours of entertainment. Thats like 5 movies. Frozen (on blueray) 1 hour 40 min long is $25.00 Pretty weak excuse to pirate Game of Thrones.

Still have to wait out almost a year of spoilers before you have that option.

How exactly is this different from other disc releases? People make up the damnest excuses to pirate shit.

I don't think anyone here is claiming these reasons make it morally right to pirate. I was pointing out that compared to the other shows on the list Game of Thrones has a higher barrier to access. The next most pirated show has over 3 million less downloads. It also happens to be accessible on several streaming services not tied to a paid TV service, and the blu-rays tend to be cheaper, specially older seasons and box sets. Moral or not people are doing it and price/accessibility appears to be a factor.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Sunday Metaverse Dec 28, 2014, 19:29 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 28, 2014, 16:37:
Leave it to Ars to turn into a clickbait article. In the context NK said it they meant he was foolish, it wasn't racial. Besides, last time I checked Obama was half-white anyway.

I suppose it's possible it was meant as a racial slur, but unless there's evidence North Koreans use monkey as a racial slur for black people I think it's just a regular, less dramatic, insult. It's foolhardy to assume other cultures have the same racial slang as ours or are even necessarily aware of it.

Or to put it another way:
Ars always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.
 
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