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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
101. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 15, 2013, 09:23 wtf_man
 
What Is The Worst Thing About Working At Microsoft.

Apparently employees are butthurt of the company's reputation, and think that they innovate a lot.

Unfortunately, a majority of Microsoft products are complete utter shit. Not all of them, but most of them. And that's where the company gets it's reputation from. That and bullying the tech sector for so long, trying to ram some of the shittier products down our throats.

So, if you accept a job with Microsoft... you basically have to put up with the crap that comes with their stellar reputation.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > DICE: Linux Needs "One Killer App or Game"
37. Re: DICE: Linux Needs Oct 14, 2013, 08:58 wtf_man
 
DanteUK wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 07:47:

Wrong, just wrong.

The whole point of Linux is it's "Open" the masses of people that work on and with Linux don't really want lots of 'Commercial' closed source software on their machine.

Your open source beliefs are irrelevant to the masses.

Yes, hardcore linux users care about open source, and Richard Stallman's open "vision".

Your average joe doesn't give 2 shits about it.

And that's the point of why Linux has never made any serious market penetration on the desktop. The people that care about "open source only" are a niche group and pretty much always will be.
 
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News Comments > DICE: Linux Needs "One Killer App or Game"
28. Re: DICE: Linux Needs Oct 13, 2013, 18:57 wtf_man
 
For Linux on the Desktop, it has always been the "chicken or the egg" thing, and it still is.

Linux needs a large quantity of Commercial Software support in order to be viable on the desktop (Not just games).

Commercial software needs a large quantity of linux adoption in order for it to be worth creating a linux version.

The Desktop itself, and "software installation" is as easy as windows nowadays... no opening terminal and configuring a bunch of text files, anymore. So, the user-unfriendlyness is mostly gone.

While open source has some great stuff out there... some of it will just never replace commercial software on the professional level (Like GIMP VS. Photoshop).

The only way Linux could ever become viable on the desktop is if there was a sudden WAVE of popular commercial software available for the platform. NOT just one "Killer App".

The problem is... that will most likely never happen. Why would someone port their product, when the first thing that will happen is a ton of folks will point people to free open source equivalents in their support forums.

That said... a non-cloud centric version Android on the Desktop (Aka Anti-Chrome) OR a Distro that is Android App Compatible has a chance. This is mainly because of the App base that is available for Android. That really is about the only way I can see Linux getting a huge market share on the desktop.
 
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News Comments > SimCity Offline Mode a "Possibility"
6. Re: SimCity Offline Mode a Oct 4, 2013, 16:45 wtf_man
 
I'm still Origin-free... so, I probably wouldn't buy this even if they offered and offline mode.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 27, 2013, 20:53 wtf_man
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 19:32:
killer_roach wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 18:50:
She's considered to be the most likely successor.

In the news today... Ford's CEO is being mentioned.

Ford has been doing great, so that would be a good choice (Even though I'm a Mopar guy ).

Julie would steer the company towards being irrelevant, just as much as Ballmer has been, lately.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 27, 2013, 14:08 wtf_man
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 27, 2013, 11:04:
Ballmer was a salesman. I hope they get an Engineer or maybe UI Designer as CEO next.

So you want the main creator of the ribbon and tile interfeces as the CEO??? (Julie Larson-Green)

Uhm... No Thanks.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $20M
11. Re: Star Citizen Passes $20M Sep 26, 2013, 22:36 wtf_man
 
I don't give a shit about the MMO part. If the single player game is good..., I'll have gotten my minimal backing's worth.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $20M
2. Re: Star Citizen Passes $20M Sep 26, 2013, 21:34 wtf_man
 
Ayup.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 26, 2013, 10:12 wtf_man
 
PS4 and Xbox One not ready for photorealistic visuals, say tool providers.

I personally don't want photorealism in my games. It tends to actually ruin immersion for me, because everything else can't be as realistic. Let me clarify... I'm talking complete realisitic photorealism.

We've been at "good enough for near photorealism" for years... there really is no need to go any further on that front. Besides... a bit of fantasy color is welcome.

Fricken Lichdom is looking awesome... and is a good example of Cryengine 3 not going for total photorealism.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announced
77. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 25, 2013, 21:07 wtf_man
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 18:48:
Jivaro wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 16:46:
Just dropping this here...

http://i.imgur.com/UbnwGnI.jpg

Heh.

From the screenshot:
On Friday we announce Source 2... ...it doesn't have a line of DirectX in it... supports Linux, Windows and OSX... ...and tentative PS4.

I'll crap if that turns out to be true.... No XBone support... LOL

Then again... I think even a good chunk of AAA developers are looking hard at the Unity engine... so they'd have to compete price-wise with that.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announced
16. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 25, 2013, 15:40 wtf_man
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 15:38:
wtf_man wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 15:35:
Announcement #3... HL3 will be a SteamOs / Steam Machine exclusive. Devil

Right, and no one will crack the game to work on Windows. lol

If we're talking native linux... that will be rather hard to do... it would call for a full community port.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Announced
10. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 25, 2013, 15:35 wtf_man
 
Announcement #3... HL3 will be a SteamOs / Steam Machine exclusive. Devil  
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News Comments > NVIDIA: "No Longer Possible" for Consoles to Better PC Graphics
43. Re: NVIDIA: Sep 24, 2013, 15:38 wtf_man
 
MajorD wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 10:11:
Unless significant noticable advancement are made in the PC graphics chips during each console life cycle, people aren't really going to care. I really didn't see any huge WOW factor between the two during the last life cycle (360 & PS3).

Pretty much this. My 8800GTX lasted over 5 years... I never had a graphics card last the long before... I was upgrading every 18 months or so. I expect my GTX680 to last just as long... and it's already been a year and a half.

Graphics has been "more than good enough" for years.... at least for gaming.
 
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News Comments > SteamOS Announced
92. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 19:05 wtf_man
 
Someone on Ars Technica posted this:
Linux is the future of gaming, so long as it is no longer called Linux, is locked down from outside control, and will stream stuff from the Steam Store (but no word of streaming games purchased through GoG or other vendors?

Let me put it this way: if and when Steam allows other storefronts without SteamOS, then I will believe the cries of "open source" were anything but marketing material.

I pretty much agree. This looks like their own "Walled Garden" that they were bitching of MS doing, on an OS base that is supposed to be "Open". Talk about ironic... and potentially hippocratical.

That said... a PS4 will already be in my living room... which is a huge step for me since I mostly hate consoles... or to be more accurate... gaming pads.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Saturday Mobilization Sep 22, 2013, 12:07 wtf_man
 
Pankin wrote on Sep 22, 2013, 11:21:
Where we learn Steve Ballmer doesn't need a ton of unsold Zunes to fall on his head:

...or Surfaces or Kins.

...or Vista or Windows 8 Retail boxes. (And probably 8.1 too)
 
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News Comments > Learn Gaming from the Romero Professors
4. Re: Learn Gaming from the Romero Professors Sep 18, 2013, 10:11 wtf_man
 
Yeah! I wanna learn how to make the gaming community my bitch!

...since that worked out so well for John.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction Houses Shutting Down Next Year
52. Re: Diablo III Auction Houses Shutting Down Next Year Sep 17, 2013, 20:05 wtf_man
 
Optional nickname wrote on Sep 17, 2013, 18:12:
mark my words, this game WILL NEVER GO OFFLINE, save your blue faces, peeps.

Then I will NEVER have any interest in it.

Same for Sim City.

/shrug
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 13, 2013, 15:29 wtf_man
 
Thankfully, I'm only releasing to our beta group this weekend... I'll avoid these if they are still listed in our WSUS servers.

Our policy is to release to a beta group the following Friday after patch Tuesday, then release to production the Friday after. It's saved our bacon from roll-backs numerous times.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 13, 2013, 14:26 wtf_man
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 13, 2013, 12:24:
"Power" isn't really what defines the dominant console, though.

Alright, the SNES was the more powerful system and sold the most.
N64 was the more powerful system and it sold 1/3 what the PS1 did.
The Xbox was more powerful than the GC, which was more powerful than the PS2, and the PS2 destroyed them.
This generation, who really knows? It seems the general dev consensus is that the 360 was ultimately more powerful (but the PS3 could be better tuned), and the Wii seems to have destroyed them all in sales, but I don't know if you can call any of them a winner. Wii sold the most then tanked, PS3 and 360 are mostly neck-and-neck.

So power isn't really all that important. Unless it really is ultra-significant. Honestly, I don't think being the weaker system is what will doom Microsoft here, everything else is doing that just fine. I do wonder if they learned the wrong lesson from the Wii - gimmicks sell, not power. But yeah, sure, in the first 3 years, then it craters. Maybe they thought they were strong enough to keep the momentum where Nintendo couldn't.

However, we're talking the same architecture here. Both are x86. The OS's are different... so quality and optimization will count for both the OS and Raw Power of the device.

So, I think it does make a difference, this time... even if devlopers shoot for the XBone being the lowest common denominator, from a performance standpoint, the PS4 should have no problems.

But, let's say the PC is the lead platform... which box do you think will be able to more closely resemble the PC version?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 13, 2013, 11:23 wtf_man
 
For cross platform games... they'll probably target 60fps on the PS4 to make sure it runs ok on the Xbone for at least 30fps.

Visually there will be little visual difference, but I bet there will be "a stutter here and there" on the XBone while the PS4 will be smooth as butter.
 
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