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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
4. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jul 6, 2015, 02:57 ViRGE
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 20:47:
I didnt even know there were any physical prototypes.
200 were made, but they were all supposed to be destroyed. That one lived is a bit of a surprise.
mag wrote on Jul 6, 2015, 01:28:
Contemporary CD-based systems were... really bad, though. The load times where absolutely abysmal on all of the competitors of the day. I doubt it would be remembered very fondly, if the SNES had been CD-based.
Indeed. Keep in mind that the SNES was not just a cartridge system, but its entire RAM setup was based on the fact that it had direct, instant access to any cartridge bank it wanted, so there was no need to load assets into RAM.

Sega had to put 768KB of RAM in the Sega CD to counteract this. Even then, it still means you had to take the time to load up that RAM.

We really didn't get better about transfer rates and efficiently packing content on disc until the sixth generation of consoles.

This comment was edited on Jul 6, 2015, 03:14.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
24. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 23:36 ViRGE
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 22:53:
Krowen wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 20:56:
Macs are great, I do a lot of gaming on my Macbook. The Apple laptop market keeps growing each quarter while PC shipments keep declining. The biggest problem Macs face is just drivers and retarded Apple bullshit where they can't decide if they're going to take gaming seriously or not.

Actually, PC sales have stabilised and just about everything Apple sells is experiencing declines. It's just that iPhone growth is enough that it's outpacing those declines financially be a wide margin.
The latest numbers disagree with that.

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/04/09/apple-mac-shipments-estimates-1q15/

It's not massive growth, mind you, but their share of the US market and the total number of units shipped to it continues to increase. It's enough to justify chasing this market if you have a game that can run on a variety of machines and can appeal to more than a niche crowd.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced
46. Re: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced Jul 5, 2015, 17:01 ViRGE
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 11:14:
This. Also, why would anyone consider DX12 exclusivity to be anything but a bait job to lure 'gamers' into upgrading and how is that exactly a good thing?
DX12 goes hand-in-hand with WDDM 2.0. And WDDM 2.0 is the biggest overhaul of the underlying Windows graphics layer since WDDM 1.0 and Vista in 2006. Everything from memory management to task pre-emption is being touched and improved. These aren't changes that can be backported to older versions of Windows.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
45. Re: Op Ed Jul 5, 2015, 06:34 ViRGE
 
Dreagon wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 19:57:
After all these years I find myself in the astonishing position of logging on just to agree with Derek Smart

*cue apocalypse*
In all seriousness it's kind of an unsettling feeling. Derek has always been this well-meaning designer that can't keep his products on-track and who can't cope with failure/criticism, ultimately leading to him running his mouth off and being a blowhard. Which is to say, the kind of person I'd normally write off.

Maybe it's a case of a stopped clock being right twice a day, but in this situation he's not wrong. And it's kind of weird to see him back in touch with reality all of a sudden.

Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 23:11:
Fantaz wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 21:33:
koolout wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 20:15:
Executive Producer leaves

http://bit.ly/1JFTB5X

yikes! :S

as someone who was/is stupid enough to have kickstarted this...

I'm hoping Chris Roberts realizes soon that his massive vision of super everything game is completely retarded and he should just concentrate on making his squadron 42 single player game.
Ditto. All I ever wanted was to play pew-pew spaceships. I didn't want multiplayer, I didn't want an FPS, I didn't want no bloody A, B, C, or D. I just want SQ42 done, and to be done gloriously like Roberts and his immense experience from Wing Commander should be able to pull off.

We're in the space sim renaissance, and yet it seems like no one can make a proper single player game.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced
38. Re: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced Jul 5, 2015, 05:59 ViRGE
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 23:35:
Blackhawk wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 19:47:
From what I've seen, this is a replacement for the mobile version of the game, meant for Win 10 devices, not PCs (although it is playable on Win 10 PCs.) It is not the replacement for the PC version.

MS just did a crappy job of communicating that.

Then why give it to owners of the standard Java version for free? That right there implies its purpose as a replacement. The mobile version for iOS and Android isn't being replaced by a Windows store app, and considering their respective mobile market shares, a change of direction for the Windows Phone version is hardly worthy of attention on its own. Watch this new unified Win10 version go forward with development while the original PC edition is abandoned.
Because can you imagine the holy hell that would erupt if they charged for it, when you can already play Minecraft on Windows via Java? There's a no win situation here; there are legitimate reasons to port the Pocket Edition to Windows for use on Win10 tablets and such, as Java Minecraft is comparatively speaking an absolute hog. PE/Win10 is going to run a lot better on those low-end devices, like it does today on Android and iOS tablets.

That said, I do suspect you're right in that this is the eventual direction of Minecraft. With the common PE codebase among all platform-specific versions, the Java version of Minecraft is the odd man out. At some point Mojang is going to want to wind down having two code bases. But there's a long way to go until PE (or rather, I suspect this is based on the XB1 version) can replace the Java version, even without accounting for mods.
 
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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Gun Metal Update
7. Re: Team Fortress 2 Gun Metal Update Jul 3, 2015, 21:11 ViRGE
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 3, 2015, 02:21:
TF2 was still kind of fun the last time I played it, I dont doubt it's still pretty great. Im not going back though, found it a little bit douchy that I had to grind to get drops to set the loadouts I wanted for the characters I wanted to play. Douchy, because I paid full price for this game when it came out with the Orange Box (and purchased two copies as gifts for RL friends) & I hate grinding in FPS games. Hope there is none of that shit in Overwatch, will be trying that out for laughs...
Agreed in full. Make it skill based or make it random, but don't make it based on time or money.
 
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News Comments > OS X & Linux DirectX 11 Support Plans
5. Re: OS X & Linux DirectX 11 Support Plans Jun 30, 2015, 18:15 ViRGE
 
jomisab wrote on Jun 30, 2015, 09:46:
Just in time for DX12.
Interestingly, DX12 will be much, much easier to support. It's so thin that there's not a whole lot to be done besides reformatting a few things and passing them on to Vulkan.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft PC Sells > 20M
3. Re: Minecraft PC Sells > 20M Jun 30, 2015, 18:10 ViRGE
 
Well then I suspect this easily secures Minecraft's place as the best-selling PC game ever. It couldn't have happened to a better game.  
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth E3 Trailer
1. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth E3 Trailer Jun 30, 2015, 18:09 ViRGE
 
Blue, you may want to note that it's for the Rising Tide expansion in the title. Otherwise I suspect this title is going to confuse quite a few people as the base game has been out for quite some time.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Trailer
5. Re: Overwatch Trailer Jun 26, 2015, 01:39 ViRGE
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 25, 2015, 23:23:
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jun 25, 2015, 19:36:
You know the game stinks on ice whenever:

1. It's Blizzard's new IP, I mean come on.. BLIZZARD!
2. It's a new genre for them (FPS)
3. It has supposedly borrowed from the Titan game

and yet... nobody seems to care one damn bit about the game.

Good lord that looked boring and slow. Like they captured the unfun parts of a MOBA and made them first person.

Speak for yourself. I think the game looks great and the only Blizzard game I've cared about in years.

Also, not sure I understand your MOBA reference. Overwatch isn't a MOBA in any way. There are no towers or minions or jungle mobs or leveling or equipment and you aren't trying to destroy the enemy base. Overwatch has more in common with TF2 than any MOBA.
Agreed. I'm waiting to see the final version, especially due to the rough edges with the overlay graphics, but this game at least has me mildly interested.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight PC Sales Suspended
26. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight PC Sales Suspended Jun 25, 2015, 17:26 ViRGE
 
Drazula wrote on Jun 25, 2015, 10:50:
Wow! Will they piss off PC gamers by never re-releasing it?!
No, of course they'll re-release it. There's tens of millions of dollars in sales at stake here, plus contractual relationships with NVIDIA and the like. Fixing it will be much cheaper than losing out on all of those sales.
 
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News Comments > People Can Fly Returns
4. Re: People Can Fly Returns Jun 24, 2015, 16:02 ViRGE
 
Huh, I wonder what they were working on up until now? If Epic let them go, then that means whatever it is they were working on was canned.  
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News Comments > Tales from the Borderlands Episode 3 Released
3. Re: Tales from the Borderlands Episode 3 Released Jun 23, 2015, 16:41 ViRGE
 
The game has been out for what now, 8 months? And they're just now getting around to episode 3?  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues
30. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight PC Issues Jun 23, 2015, 16:40 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Jun 23, 2015, 10:36:

edit: Looks like they also did the vita port of BL2, which I hear was atrocious.
To be fair to Iron Galaxy, porting Borderlands 2 to the Vita just flat-out wasn't a good idea. They did an admirable job, but the Vita isn't powerful enough for the task.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Specs Updated; AMD Issues Noted
25. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Specs Updated; AMD Issues Noted Jun 22, 2015, 20:38 ViRGE
 
descender wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 19:25:
Still UE3, still same game... specs went up.

Please buy moar hardware!

I don't believe these specs for a minute lol, they are almost as stupid as the GTA5 specs were.
Well the baseline is the XB1/PS4 now, not the last-gen consoles. So they've been able to bump up the asset quality and complexity significantly.
 
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News Comments > Tale of Tales Closing
55. Re: Tale of Tales Closing Jun 22, 2015, 07:40 ViRGE
 
Jerykk wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 04:25:
The issue is that the game's premise holds little to no appeal for most gamers, hence the terrible sales. The fact that the developers considered Sunset a "gamer's game" shows a major disconnect with their target audience, which is again reinforced by the lackluster sales.
Now I'm curious, what would the crowd here consider a "gamer's game" anyhow?

It seems to be it would be something like Super Mario Bros/Super Mario Galaxy: heavy on the gameplay, lots of variety, and easy to play but very difficult to master.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Metroid Jun 19, 2015, 06:56 ViRGE
 
Cram wrote on Jun 18, 2015, 19:14:
I don't get Nintendo here either or what in the hell they are thinking with the Metroid franchise. Or most of their franchises, for that matter.
Clearly the idea was to put together a fun co-op handheld FPS. The issue is that while Metroid as a universe is a good setting, Metroid as a franchise is a hard sell because it has always been about Samus.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed in November
3. Re: Need for Speed in November Jun 15, 2015, 21:53 ViRGE
 
Does anyone remember when NFS was just a fun game about racing exotic cars in cool locations?  
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News Comments > Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Announced
2. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Announced Jun 15, 2015, 21:50 ViRGE
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 20:48:
Shit. Next.
It could have been a legitimately good game had they not gone P2W...
 
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News Comments > South Park: The Fractured But Whole Announced
8. Re: South Park: The Fractured But Whole Announced Jun 15, 2015, 21:48 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 20:29:
Not Obsidian.

Indeed. I liked SoT, but without Obsidian I have my doubts that anyone else can match that level of quality, even with Parker & Stone taking part.
 
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