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Signed On Nov 15, 2003, 10:47
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
124. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 3, 2009, 01:11 Reactor
 
I'm a big Stardock fan, but... yes, I make the exact same assumption.  
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
122. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 3, 2009, 00:22 Reactor
 
False, XP can kill unresponsive apps from the task manager if and when they happen.

After about four years of waiting, sure. Process Explorer is the only real way to kill an app under XP, and a lot of (DRM'd) games clash with it. But... task manager? Yeesh.

VLC player for XP free of Windows Media Player and free period.

Yes, and it's also ugly as all heck, clunky, and hardly plays anything back.

XP + window blinds + object dock + dreamscapes is a better looking, faster performing and more compatible OS than Vista and 100% less annoying, unlike you

Go on, tell us. You've just turned 10, haven't you?
 
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News Comments > No PC PoP DLC
2. Re: No PC PoP DLC Feb 2, 2009, 20:59 Reactor
 
I wonder if he realises people take business decisions personally  
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
82. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 2, 2009, 05:06 Reactor
 
It's all about the goodness of the uninstall dialogue. I love XP, but uninstalling programs is just a chore. Under Vista, it's actually somewhat enjoyable.  
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
80. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 2, 2009, 04:12 Reactor
 
Every time I want to remind myself why Vista is better than XP, I go and uninstall a program.

That was worth the upgrade cost alone.
 
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
59. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 1, 2009, 22:39 Reactor
 
This is illustrated by the fact that while people who stuck with Vista now like it, while those who tried it and quit have been turned off from ever trying it again.

With that I completely agree. If that's what you meant by what you said, no worries.
 
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
53. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 1, 2009, 21:52 Reactor
 
It has nothing to do with never actually changing from something, dumbass.

No, you're the dumbass. That's not what I was talking about. Good job defending the point no one was attacking. Anyway, on with the thread...
 
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
49. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 1, 2009, 21:22 Reactor
 
For those saying that Vista is good, you have to remember that you only get one try at making a first impression, and that impression sticks with you forever.

OH MY GOODNESS! FOREVER!?

Seriously, that is one brainless statement. If impressions stay with you forever, put your computer in the bin and forget being a software user.
 
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News Comments > Mount & Blade MP Expansion
11. Re: Mount & Blade MP Expansion Jan 31, 2009, 03:18 Reactor
 
Best news evar.  
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News Comments > Delta Force 10th Anniversary Collection
5. Re: Delta Force 10th Anniversary Collection Jan 27, 2009, 19:15 Reactor
 
LAN play, it never worked, multiplayer code was horrific back then.

Really? I played it a lot... and it still ranks as one of the best sniper hunting games
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
32. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 27, 2009, 04:47 Reactor
 
Nope. It's just the most logical solution I could come up with.

Uh oh.

Unfortunately, the first group is significantly larger than the latter which is why we have so much mediocre drivel reigning over the market. As always, profit takes precedence over quality.

I agree, but there you go with the 'quality' word again. Also, I like how you make it sound as if everyone that isn't a hardcore gamer is a drooling idiot, who has no interest in (and let's use the magical term) quality writing. Of course, you're right that the majority likely don't care, but don't push it. Just because games these days cater for the majority doesn't mean they're all rubbish.

...the bars set years ago when accessibility and mainstream appeal weren't the primary focus in game development....

When was that? Whenever it was, I sure missed it. Last time I checked the vast majority of games have always been developed for the majority. Casual gamer numbers have grown, for sure, but it's not as if everyone suddenly decided to switch from developing for the minority.

Scottish Martial Arts provided a lengthy explanation for you.

No, he provided me with quite strange, opinionated drivel.

In my humble opinion, good writing ultimately accomplishes two things: It makes you think and it evokes emotion.

Yes, in your opinion. But, as we've discovered, a team of experienced hardcore super-gamers with yourself at the command does not exist, so the term 'quality' is not defined by your opinion.

So yeah, no one wants to read shit they find boring.

I couldn't agree more, which is why this was the only line of your post I read.

...failing to surpass the writing of a great game renowned for it's writing isn't a failure. Fallout 3 has more interesting quests and a better defined storyline than many many other games.

I agree with that.
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
27. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 27, 2009, 02:15 Reactor
 
At the very least, the bar should be set by an elite group of players who have tons of experience and know which games are truly the best.

Sorry, I don't mean to sound insulting... but did you get a 12 year old friend to write that?

Just quality.

Sorry, I'll need more than "Just quality", or a few aspects you personally consider important.

Stories are about people...

You lost me at that statement.
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
22. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 27, 2009, 01:47 Reactor
 
How? Are you talking about grammar, style, pacing or something else?  
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News Comments > UT3 "Titan Pack" Plans
27. Re: UT3 Jan 27, 2009, 01:45 Reactor
 
It has different content and modes, but importantly it plays a lot smoother (imo anyway)... a lot more like Quake 3.  
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
20. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 27, 2009, 01:02 Reactor
 
In Bethesda's case, that "measuring stick" would be money.

Yes, game developers have two things- both money and time.

Care to explain why you found the writing in Fallout 3 of good quality?

What do you mean by 'quality'? I can tell you if I was entertained by it, and I can tell you if it distracted from the other elements of the game. But 'quality', you'll have to define for me.
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
18. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 27, 2009, 00:28 Reactor
 
The bar for quality and innovation should constantly be raised.

And by what measuring stick should developers measure quality, or innovation? Is it whatever you decide, or is there some universal high-bar that rises over time, over which every game must jump?

Your comment is a silly one.

This is the difference between good and bad writing: one resonates with you at an emotional level, the other just sits there, inert, and undramatic.

Writing doesn't need to 'resonate with one at an emotional level', in order to be good. I didn't find the final scenes of HL2 emotional, but I'd agree the writing was good. It's different for different people, and like movies, very small factors can affect how someone at that time might be emotionally moved... from how you feel at the time (amount of sleep you've had, etc), to whether you have vsync on or not during the game.
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
14. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 26, 2009, 22:53 Reactor
 
Because people generally go to support forums to post about how well their game is working, right? Of course everyone there is having problems.

You haven't been there, have you?

The game never crashed for me once in 50+ hours of playing it. The three other guys I work with that played it on PC never had a problem, either.

So, it only crashes on a really large number of PCs, compared to all of them? Awesome news!
 
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News Comments > UT3 "Titan Pack" Plans
23. Re: UT3 Jan 26, 2009, 22:43 Reactor
 
So then it's settled: when the Titan Pack is released in full, we're all going to drop whatever we're playing and play some UT3.

If you can get Derek to drop Battlecruiser and join us, yes.

That's it. And that's the TRUE measure of a game's quality.

UT3 is the Vista of the fps world. No one likes it, but it's actually pretty darn good. (and it needs a new system to run it)
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 3
11. Re: On Fallout 3 Jan 26, 2009, 21:40 Reactor
 
In the entire time I played Fallout 3 only crashed twice. I didn't notice any glaring problems.

Some people are lucky. Have a look at the Fallout 3 support forums. It's a large, complex game, but after their previous games you'd think they'd have most of the engine stability issues worked out by now. Somehow the latest patch sent my game into 'crash every two seconds' mode, until I upgraded my Nvidia drivers from .20 to .22. How on earth do you get a game to do that?
 
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News Comments > UT3 "Titan Pack" Plans
14. Re: UT3 Jan 26, 2009, 21:23 Reactor
 
I picked it up for $10 (on Steam) a while back, and it's great for a quick go online. However, one level seems to crash out of the game for me, so... I'm starting to get somewhat reserved about playing it.

When it works, it's like a pretty version of good ol' UT.

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