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Signed On Aug 20, 2003, 21:03
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User ID 18104
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News Comments > Age of Conan DX10 Delay
2. No subject May 19, 2008, 20:43 Bucky
As I mentioned earlier, I wonder what the early access client is running in with DX10 selected. I'm definitely seeing a performance hit, but I don't know how much extra eye candy I'm getting for it. Still can't log in and check either.....  
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: Well, Conan may have lost me permane May 19, 2008, 18:10 Bucky
Ay, +1 game is awesome. So much so that I've rolled nearly every class and still can't pick. Gonna roll me a Necro when the servers come back up.

Early impressions: Lots of polish, great NPC dialog, fun single player quest line (under level 20), damn pretty even if you need a hefty rig, good UI, and classes that are all useful. Even the healers can do significant amounts of damage, but you still don't want to have a barbarian sneak attack from behind you...

Also, Funcom has been right on top of fixing issues as they've popped up. I'd recommend AoC to anyone looking for a new MMO, just keep an eye on the system requirements. If you're barely running WoW.....
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: Well, Conan may have lost me permane May 19, 2008, 17:45 Bucky
You canceled your CE preorder on the basis of open BETA performance observations? Dumbass. I kept trying to think of a better way to say it, but I can't.

I'm getting 30-40 fps (which is plenty) at High settings using DX10, 1680*1050 no AA 16xAF. 60+ if I drop it to DX9, at which point I'd turn on some AA. Game looks and plays great; I'd be playing right now if all the US servers weren't down for release day prep.

Vista 64
Core 2 Due E6600 (Conroe 2.4GHz) OCed to 3.0
4 GB DDR2-800 OCZ (running at 866 IIRC)
EVGA 8800GT stock, 175.16 Drivers
Asus Xonar DX

Pretty sure those are the pertinent details.

It wouldn't be a collector's edition if the number wasn't limited.

QFT. My CE should be here Thursday.

Edit 2: Just saw an announcement from Funcom saying that they won't be shipping a DX10 version of the game. So either early access is getting it and it'll get yoinked or I'm running in DX10 without any extra pretty and still getting the performance hit. Hmmmm. Gonna have to look into this one a bit more.

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News Comments > New PCIe Sound Blaster Cards
23. Re: RE: HT Omega May 16, 2008, 16:31 Bucky
Asus Xonar DX!

$90, PCI-e (though it requires a floppy power connection as well), excellent drivers, EAX emulation that sounds about the same to me, and great sound quality. I was previously using on-board audio, but the quality difference was very noticeable when I dropped the card in. FYI, this is using Logitech Z-680 5.1 speakers and Sennheiser 555 headphones.

I had sworn off dedicated sound in favor of onboard, but I won't make that mistake again. The sound quality is worlds better than my onboard (Realtek ALC883 Hi-Def)

Edit: Newegg linky with all the other fun facts.

Seriously, for anyone looking for good quality sound this is the way to go.

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
12. Re: Valve on DX10 May 15, 2008, 18:51 Bucky
Add Steam games to the Vista Games Explorer with ratings info and high resolution icons.

Please God no. I freakin' hate that little 'games explorer'.

Regarding DX10, companies like Valve and Stardock have it right, and are successful. Meanwhile you've got Epic making a game no one wants anymore* and Crytek making a game no one can play** and both predicting the death of PC gaming. (Edit: And blaming it on piracy instead of the fact that no one wants their product)

*Some people enjoy old school DM. I did, in fact, buy UT3 and enjoy it.
**Mostly in reference to posted screenshots and such. Why show off this great graphics engine when no one can play at those settings?

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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
10. Re: No subject May 14, 2008, 06:24 Bucky
I can guess that it's because the card doesn't know how to control its fan speed (that's why I flashed mine).

Correct. Mine will still hit 74C under gaming conditions without the fan speed ever moving from 29%. You can set it manually in the nVidia control panel, with Rivatuner, or using the EVGA Precision overclocking software that they just released.

I need to continue to look into it and see if there's something I can do to fix it.
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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
1. No subject May 13, 2008, 22:31 Bucky
Gah, installed these two days ago in beta form after flashing my 8800GT. Probably no point in getting the WHGL'ed ones since the version numbers match.  
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News Comments > Age of Conan Getting Very Testy
25. Re: Age of Conan May 13, 2008, 16:20 Bucky
I don't follow hype and don't cruise forums for games pre-release. I simply check out the website, maybe a preview or two, and try to get a feel for the game. AoC looks like I'll enjoy it, and I've had a CE preorder since early April.

I've got 4 trial keys left unspoken for. Fellow guildies from GW get first shot (if any are left alive) with fellow BNers next. I'll probably drop into one of the patch threads post launch to try and hand them out if I've still got any left.
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News Comments > Age Of Conan Pre-Orders/Early Access Changes
3. Re: I like it! May 5, 2008, 22:09 Bucky
Haven't touched any of the betas, though my pre-order is still in place. Haven't had a MMO addiction since Guild Wars...  
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News Comments > Full Age of Conan Pricing
16. Re: Why are the Brit's getting hammered? May 2, 2008, 06:21 Bucky
What's this about a Beta starting in a few days? Is this the open Beta finnaly? If that's true where do I sign up??

Read as Fileplanet subscriber beta. The 'open beta' name has a lot of people thinking the same thing.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor
3. Re: No subject Apr 30, 2008, 15:50 Bucky
Woo! Been holding off on the betas, time to lose many, many more hours to this freakin' awesome game.

<Insert obligatory Stardock is great comments here>
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Bats Apr 29, 2008, 16:36 Bucky
What's a GTA?

Seriously though, I've never played 'em. Any of them.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Ubuntu Released Apr 24, 2008, 21:08 Bucky
For those wanting to try out Ubuntu, here's the Window's installer

Better to just grab the LiveCD, if you like it drop it onto it's own small partition (which it'll even carve out at a size of your choosing for you).

I've actually got Synaptic chugging away right now, trying to pull in some of the basic stuff (flash, java, nvidia-glx-new,etc) but the servers are getting freakin' hammered right now. I'm not even gonna try for some of the goodies like Compiz Fusion and AWN for a few days, at least until their servers stop crying. memory usage with Synaptic and Firefox 3b5 running: 210.5 MB. The fonts still looks better than Windows (Vista included) too.

Now to see if anyone's whipped up a way to get sound out of the Xonar DX.

Edit: Meh, GNOME still irritates me (anyone that suggests Kubuntu will be shot). I'll keep playing with it, but I'm really waiting for openSUSE 11 in a couple of months, though I'll likely check out Fedora 9 too.

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News Comments > Gold - Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
25. Re: lite Apr 22, 2008, 17:53 Bucky
IMHO 30GB is just ridiculous.

As was multiple floppies, then multiple CDs, DVDs, etc. You get the idea---or maybe you don't, given the gripe about space requirements. I mean, if you have a $3700 gaming beast and yet don't have enough hard drive space, or are unwilling to part with it, then that $3700 beast might as well be a $1000 laptop.

but I assume that version we played is the version that just went gold

From everything I've seen the PvP weekend was a beta client that is several months old; it was setup more as a hardware stress test than anything else.

He's an idiot.

Actually I represent most gamers.

Edit: Tag fix

This comment was edited on Apr 22, 17:55.
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News Comments > Age of Conan System Requirements
27. Re: Pre-order Apr 21, 2008, 16:04 Bucky
Anyone planning on pre-ordering for the mammoth mount, don't order it from GoGamer. I was about to and noticed that unlike all the other retailers, they did not list the mount as one of the pre-order perks, so I sent them a mail asking if they forgot to put that down. They said that they did not in fact include it and that was why they were $5 cheaper.

So, no mounts from GoGamer. What about the bow? I'm about to cancel my preorder there if they don't include any of it.
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News Comments > TF2: Meet the Scout Trailer
9. Re: It's great Apr 20, 2008, 15:21 Bucky
I would love to see a full blown movie by Valve with all the classes.

It would be sure to cause a riot among those who still have a hatred for all things that cost money, but I'd pay for a movie like that.

Maybe I'll get back into TF2 now, CoD4 has worn really thin on me. Playing CoD4 also reminds me of why there are no grenades in TF2...

Is it just me, or have the facial animations gotten even better?
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: No subject Apr 19, 2008, 22:12 Bucky
Or his cable has proven less reliable than the dsl.  
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News Comments > Project Origin Trailers
7. Re: Consolitis Apr 19, 2008, 11:55 Bucky
Uh.....what? Fear runs just fine on Vista, on a 24" widescreen LCD no less

For some reason I have trouble. A switch from XP to Vista 64 with no hardware changes resulted in a literal slideshow at any setting for me. I finally gave up, though I still think it was something sound related.
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News Comments > Project Origin Trailers
2. Re: Consolitis Apr 18, 2008, 19:41 Bucky
I just wish I could get FEAR to work on Vista. I have some horrible performance issues that I can't seem to resolve.  
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News Comments > Age of Conan Presales
18. Re: No subject Apr 16, 2008, 22:13 Bucky
Without going through the post history, this is at least twice now that I've seen smashtinator post that link with the same negative comments. Both times people have followed the link and pointed out that the posts there aren't quite as negative as you seem to believe they are.

PropheT, you may have just won the post of the year award. I'll nominate you right now.

I'm actually thinking about picking up the CE. I realized the other day that I'm in need of an MMO again, and this looks pretty good. I've also never ordered a CE of any game, so it'll be a nice impulse buy (though still not as good as the Asus Xonar DX impulse buy last week). Of course, this may just be due to latent sparkley-hands envy from Guild Wars....
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