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Description Game handle: Ventus
Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com
Signed On Aug 20, 2003, 21:03
Total Comments 2336 (Senior)
User ID 18104
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2009, 17:37 Bucky
 
As for the Ajax-style approach, it's my understanding in that case you are having every user load all the data on the page, but just not showing some of it, but a goal here is to be able to present more stories in less space and keep the page size managable.

Understood. I was looking at it from a narrow point of view as well. Thinking about it, that would amount to a great deal of extra data to pull in since the frontpage shows two days worth of news.

Well that is certainly appreciated. The thought here is to allow the best of all worlds in regards to presentation. Previously some stories would have to take up as much space here as two or three stories that would be arguably of greater interest. Take the system requirements story, that's a lot of yellow text for readers who don't care. The goal here is to create breakpoints in long stories at a point of active interest, certainly not to do that blogger thing of making everything about getting you to click to another page. It also allows greater freedom to report on items that seem like they would take up more space than their level of potential interest justifies, so we're not discriminating against what might be "wordy" stories.

I think this is a really positive step here, but if it proves unpopular in execution, then I will obviously reconsider that notion.


I probably should have made myself a bit clearer, instead of taking the easy way and stealing someone else's post. I find the new method to be an improvement, and I certainly don't see it as any sort of attempt to generate more pageviews. My only real gripe is that the "Continue here..." line doesn't seem to fit right with the rest of the page flow. I keep staring at the page trying to figure out what it is, but I can't pin it down. Perhaps just a 'Full Story' link while giving it a format that makes it unique on the page. *shrug*
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 25, 2009, 15:32 Bucky
 
Frankly, I don't like the "Continue Here" mechanism at all. If it were an Ajax implementation that would expand without reloading, I would be on board, but redirecting to an entirely new page (and waiting for an entirely new set of ads to load--which is the bulk of the page render times) takes away from the experience quite a bit.

Blues has been my one stop news shop for the gaming world for a long time and I've always considered the presentation as one of the strongest points.

Anyway, I'm here one way or the other, just throwing out the opinion of a very long time reader.

Thanks

I'm just going to borrow your post, since I'm lazy and it says everything I want to.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Serious Sam HD
9. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Serious Sam HD Nov 24, 2009, 19:36 Bucky
 
If they put together a bundle of The First and Second Encounter I'll be all over it. I can wait.  
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News Comments > Borderlands Steam Patch
1. Re: Borderlands Steam Patch Nov 18, 2009, 21:45 Bucky
 
Just don't run the 9.11 Catalyst drivers. They introduced an ugly missing texture/grey replacement bug (ATI, not Gearbox). I'm also seeing a lot of reports with shadow weirdness due to the patch (Gearbox, not ATI), though I haven't seen that one myself.

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News Comments > The State of Stardock/Impulse
3. Re: The State of Stardock/Impulse Nov 18, 2009, 21:44 Bucky
 
Take a close look at things--Brad's comments over the last few months have frequently been blown way out of proportion. This isn't to say that he's not outspoken at times, because he is. He's open and honest and will call it like he sees it, which is a two-edged sword. Then there's the small matter of the internet, which will give even the simple and most innocent of statements a horrifying life of it's own.

I'm more of a fan of Stardock because of his approach, but I can see how others might prefer more 'professional' conduct.

About my biggest gripe right now is that for a company who's bread-and-butter is Windows customization, Impulse still does not have jump lists integrated into it. I hate to say it, but Steam does, and I love it.
 
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News Comments > New ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers
13. Re: New ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Nov 17, 2009, 17:55 Bucky
 
Right on top. Doesn't even require reboot. It's awesome.

Just did it. I swear I heard an Elder Gaming God shriek when I did it, though.

Thanks for the answers. Now I just hope my mouse doesn't strangle me in my sleep tonight.
 
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News Comments > New ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers
8. Re: New ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Nov 17, 2009, 16:36 Bucky
 
Yeah. Don't buy Sapphire to reduce your chances of a bad unit. They are cheaper for a reason...

I've got a Sapphire 9800 Pro that's still running like a top. What was once my gaming rig is now my mothers' desktop.


I'm curious, what's the prevailing wisdom on driver installation these days? Is the old wisdom of completely remove, reboot, install still valid or can you just install the new drivers right on top of the old ones?
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
14. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 17, 2009, 12:20 Bucky
 
The game is a blast. Sure, the UI needs serious work but Borderlands overcomes that issue. I haven't encountered any crashing or BSD issues and I've been playing it like crazy.

Glad Lilith got fixed especially since I just started a game with her.
 
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News Comments > New FRAPS Adds Win7 Support
15. Re: New FRAPS Adds Win7 Support Nov 7, 2009, 21:34 Bucky
 
Don't be. I know XP-64 bit sucked, but since Vista the 64 bit OS's have been fine.

I agree. I'm running 7 Home Premium 64, and before that it was Vista Home Premium 64 without any problems. Vista was a necessary evil in some ways, possibly the biggest being the new driver architecture and support. Vista forced manufacturers to pay attention to 64 bit, and they did (eventually). The end result is that there aren't the teething issues with 7 that Vista had.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2009, 10:07 Bucky
 
Droid as in Motorola. Great phone. Now to return my case.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2009, 17:50 Bucky
 
Posting from my Droid.

Playing with mine now. Don't buy any of the hard cases, they suck. The one I picked up locks underneath the slider, but sticks out too far. As a result every time you move the slider it hits a whole bunch of keys and doesn't operate smoothly. I'll be returning that tomorrow.


The first thing I did when I went to the Verizon Wireless store was pick up a Droid and load Blue's News. I then turned around and said "I want one."
 
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News Comments > Digital Dragon Age Woes
2. Re: Digital Dragon Age Woes Nov 4, 2009, 17:00 Bucky
 
I picked up the DDE via Impulse. No DLC stuff atm, though I can play the game just fine. I'm not worried about it though; I have faith that Stardock will get everything sorted.


As for forcing EA.com and Bioware Social Network account creation: that really fucking pisses me off. From EA, I expect this. But from Bioware? I pre-purchased DA:O because of the goodwill they've built up with me, and while the game may be good (I've yet to spend any real time with it) I'll be damned if I'm gonna preorder another game they make.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 1, 2009, 14:14 Bucky
 
For $20 there isn't a single RPG* fan anywhere that should pass up Torchlight. I'd also strongly recommend Borderlands; both games are great.



*I use RPG in the context of game genre. Just so we don't keep beating that dead horse.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2009, 14:11 Bucky
 
The evil Flash pop-up is the only reason I have Blues ads blocked. If that's gone, I'll unblock this site immediately.

Agreed. I've already put Blue's back on my whitelist. Thank you, blue, for taking care of your readers. It's why Blue's is still my homepage after so many years.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 29, 2009, 16:34 Bucky
 
I've been splitting my time between Borderlands and Torchlight. The problem is I usually end the night with Torchlight, and I end up in the same situation as Blue. Getting up in the morning is starting to become difficult.

It's worth $20 easily. I understand it's supposed to be easy to modify, so hopefully a good community will spring up around Torchlight.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Preorder Demo
4. Re: L4D2 Preorder Demo Oct 28, 2009, 22:35 Bucky
 
"This game is currently unavailable. Please try again later."

I got that with the Borderlands pre-load, and the L4D2 Demo preload. Both times it was well after the unlock point. A quick restart of Steam fixed it both times.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Preorder Demo
2. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Preorder Demo Oct 28, 2009, 21:37 Bucky
 
Ugh. My gaming pool went from nothing much (except for older games) to Borderlands, Torchlight, L4D2 Demo and soon to be released Dragon Age and Left 4 Dead 2. I'm gonna have to quit my job to play everything, but then I can't afford the addiction hobby.


Played one quick match, so far I like it. Everything just seems better than L4D, and the melee stuff is actually pretty fun (and useful!) I might never get over the experience of decapitating a zombie with a guitar.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 28, 2009, 21:28 Bucky
 
I've really been looking to the Motorola Sholes Droid and had planned on picking it up day one. Problem is, Android is preventing apps from being installed on the SD card (microSD, to be exact) and the phone only has 512MB on it (256 reserved for the system).

*sigh*. As much as I hate Apple I probably would have picked up an iPhone long ago if it wasn't for that fact that it's locked to AT&T. Ah well, I'll still probably get the Droid. It'll even double as a GPS now.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released
38. Re: Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released Oct 27, 2009, 22:18 Bucky
 
Borderlands is busy sucking away all of my gaming time, but after an hour or so of playing I can already highly recommend this game. I never did pick up Fate, but I'm having a blast with this so far. For $20, you can't go wrong.  
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News Comments > Impulse Top 10
10. Re: Impulse Top 10 Oct 27, 2009, 16:03 Bucky
 
I see Dragons Age is $5 more on Impulse than on Steam. Also strange that Dragons Age didnt even crack the top 10.

I actually picked up the Digital Deluxe Edition from Impulse for $53 thanks to a coupon from Stardock. Most Stardock coupons (for filling out surveys, etc) can be applied to anything they sell via the service, which is nice.
 
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