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Signed On Aug 20, 2003, 21:03
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News Comments > Gold - Demigod
13. Re: Gold - Demigod Apr 6, 2009, 17:18 Bucky
We'd all love to try it out except they are afraid to let us and won't give us a demo. No open beta and straight to retail?

Right on the Demigod homepage is a listing for a demo, even if the date is TBD. It would seem that they are planning one, so simply wait and see. As for the open beta comment--that's precisely what Stardock hates. An 'open beta' is nothing more than a demo of the game prior to gold status. I think they're better served by releasing a demo based on the shipped code, but that's open to opinion.
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News Comments > Gold - Demigod
9. Re: Gold - Demigod Apr 6, 2009, 16:30 Bucky
From what I've seen in the forums, beta testers like it. This is saying far more than it would about other games in beta, because Stardock actually uses their beta's to test the game instead of as a 'demo'.

GalCiv2 + expansions are the first games I install on any system. Sins of a Solar Empire was what I expected and worth the money. My interest in this game has been high, so I'll probably end up pre-ordering tonight. Stardock hasn't let me down yet.
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News Comments > New ATI Drivers
5. Re: New ATI Drivers Mar 18, 2009, 16:02 Bucky
I'm so glad I bought my ATI 4870 (my first ATI since 1994). OpenGL performance is great ever since the Aug 2008 drivers and DX performance is good too.

My 4870 was sitting on the steps for me when I got home--about 5 minutes ago. Now to build the new rig. This'll be my first ATI card since my 9800 Pro 256, which was a phenomenal card.

Edit: The AMD website hates me, it keeps choking on Firefox and spitting out invaled referrer messages. Gotta be how I have FF set up...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2009, 16:00 Bucky
Have you guys seen Logitech's G15 Gaming Keyboard?! It has a freaking LCD screen that can be setup to display the current time on a song, your CPU's temperature, or any number of possibilities!

Couple it with Everest and you can display just about any system information you can think of. Very handy for overclocking.

Edit(2): Well that was odd, my edit ended up in the wrong post.

This comment was edited on Mar 18, 2009, 16:05.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2009, 06:10 Bucky
I actually downgraded from the G9 back to the 2-button G5. The G9 is a phenomenal mouse, but the way the outer shells forced me to grip the mouse started to cause some serious discomfort after even moderate length gaming sessions. I had high hopes that Logitech would eventually release shells of different shapes (I was one of the first adopters of the G9) but since release all they've done is offer a single stock shell with a customizable logo.

With that said, maybe I'll dig it out and try again since it seems to have helped the Quake Live experience so much. That's right after all the parts arrive today for my new Core i7 rig.
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News Comments > Impulse's Million Man March
8. Re: Impulse's Million Man March Mar 17, 2009, 16:22 Bucky
How about they just dump Impulse and go back to SDC?

Impulse is soooooo fugly and cheap looking...

Oh god no. Impulse is, by far, better than SDC. I can remember having to regularly clear out log files and change servers just to get SDC to see the latest GCII beta releases. Not to mention the crashes, hard locks, and corrupt downloads.

I'll let the cheap looking part slide since that's a matter of justifiable opinion, but fugly? Compared to what, Steam? Now there's a true example of Fugly*.

I think the most promising part is that Stardock has been making significant strides forward on Impulse, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so. It should be fun to play with the new stuff right along side Demigod.

*I have no real problem with Steam, or Impulse. In fact, I think both are about equal.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 11, 2009, 16:21 Bucky
I've been jumping into Quake Live regularly for a quick match or two. It made me realize once again what true skill separation is, though I've gotten significantly better since day one. The graphics aren't spectacular, but it's not even noticeable given the pace of the game.

I think the biggest issue for me is that they didn't directly preserve the Q3A weapon balance, but I'm sure this will continue to get tweaked (it is still beta, after all).

I did some comparing of UT3 vs Quake Live over the weekend, and I've gotta say that I think UT3's biggest failing is that Epic stopped focusing on the gameplay. I really think QL made this stand out for me. UT3 has too many gimicks, and too much extra crap in the levels. Just my .02 though.
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News Comments > BioWare Montreal and Mass Effect 2
7. Re: BioWare Montreal and Mass Effect 2 Mar 2, 2009, 17:56 Bucky
Hm, I must be in the minority then. Mass Effect was one of the most stable games I've played in a long time. I don't recall ever having a single crash.

Maybe I'll reinstall and give it another whirl, seems like it's about time.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 2, 2009, 09:13 Bucky
Yeah, this storm convinced me to call out today. It's a shame, I'm gonna have to spend most of the day playing Quake Live.  
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News Comments > QUAKE LIVE Beta Live
3. Re: QUAKE LIVE Beta Live Feb 24, 2009, 21:02 Bucky
I registered, saw the queue (I was at 1200) and figured it would take way too long so I bailed. Heh, maybe I should've stayed in it. Ah well, I'll fire it up this weekend for a go.  
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News Comments > Weekend Sales
4. Re: Weekend Sales Feb 21, 2009, 10:41 Bucky
Yeah, the Steam deal is amazing. I picked up Eets awhile ago for $10 and it was well worth the money. Getting all the other games along with it would just be a bonus. Heck, I still might pick up this indie pack. Damn Valve and their great weekend deals...  
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News Comments > Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Movie
8. Re: Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Da Feb 7, 2009, 00:36 Bucky
I actually picked it up via Fileplanet hitpoints back when I was stupid enough to subscribe to Fileplanet. I didn't expect much, and got one of the best games I've ever played.

It really is a great game. I highly recommend picking it up, even now, if you've never played it before.
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News Comments > New Stardock Studio & Game Plans
10. Re: New Stardock Studio & Game Plans Feb 4, 2009, 18:11 Bucky
I'd catapult money at them by the great heaping gob-fulls if I could and if it meant getting more of what they are selling.

Do what I did, pick up some of the desktop customization stuff. I did so without expecting to use any of it, and now some of it is always running on my desktop.

I haven't pre-ordered Demigod or Elemental simply because I don't want to beta test, and I don't want to play the betas. If I had 'em available, I wouldn't be able to resist. Both games are instant buys for me when they launch, though.
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead Patched
5. Re: Left 4 Dead Patched Jan 24, 2009, 00:42 Bucky
So, just how many months is "soon" in Valve time?

You must be new.
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News Comments > On Impulse Reactor Two
3. Re: On Impulse Reactor Two Jan 23, 2009, 17:59 Bucky
Steam: You MUST run Steam if you wish to play a Steam game.

Impulse: You don't have to run Impulse at all unless you want to log-in to get the official patch.

To me, that is a big difference.

Huge. Whenever possible I'll purchase via Impulse if a game is available on both services. I also think Impulse is going to see a lot of updates and changes in the coming year, and all for the better.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2009, 19:42 Bucky
And if you're considering excercising and making a real investment, consider a rowing machine. Rowing is the overall best excercise there is. Nothing combines overall muscle and cardio work better, - not even swimming.

I picked up an exercise bike about a month ago. I've been doing an hour a day since, steadily increasing resistance (or using a harder program) and it's already made a phenomenal difference. I haven't lost much weight yet, but combined with the crunches and pushups I already look better and I feel great. The problem is it's habit forming; I caught myself looking for rowing machines after reading that before I'd even given it any thought.

The weird part is the shift in my thinking that's gone along with it. In the span of 5 minutes I've decided that the money I was going to spend on a fancy new LCD TV might be better off going into a rowing machine.
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Jan 7, 2009, 16:36 Bucky
I like the post format Blue.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Logitech G Series Jan 6, 2009, 21:53 Bucky
It seems the 'New' mouse is just the G9 with a better laser; 5000 DPI now instead of the 3200 max on the G9. For the record, I picked up the G9 early. It's been shelved for several months in favor of the G5. The G9 grips both force a claw-like fingertip hold for me, which is very uncomfortable. Then there's the fact that the other grips that Logitech said they would make available for the G9 never materialized. So far the only 'new' grip available is the Wide Boy with a custom logo. The dual-setting mouse wheel (it has a free-spin mode) is awesome, but other than that, I really don't think the G9 is better than the G5---especially considering it fails in the most critical area: comfort.

As for the G series keyboards, I think they're over-hyped. Granted, my 'old' G15 is incredibly durable but there's not much this keyboard can do that matters to me. The G keys never get used while taking up a ton of real estate. The LCD is nothing more than a gimmick, since all it really does is duplicate on-screen UI info (except when run with Everest, then it is somewhat useful). The best thing about the keyboard is the 'feel' of the keys IMO, along with well backlit keys and a truly useful switch to turn the Windows Super key off.

Wow, you'd think after all of that I must hate Logitech. Heh, I own the Z-680 5.1 speakers, USB Mic, old G15, two G5s (one and two button species) and the G9. They make good hardware, they just have a bad habit of tacking on some frivolous stuff.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 27, 2008, 12:03 Bucky
I picked up Sacred 2 (via Steam) last week, and I've gotta say, it's under-rated. I've been having a blast playing it, and I haven't noticed any bugs at all. The thing to remember is that it's a hack n' slash that doesn't take itself seriously, so don't expect a high level of immersion.

The tombstones have had me laughing a number of times already.
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News Comments > GOG for the Holidays
8. Re: GOG for the Holidays Dec 23, 2008, 13:43 Bucky
*Grins and rubs FS1 and FS2 (plus Silent Threat) cases*  
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