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Signed On Dec 16, 2003, 17:42
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News Comments > Half-Life 3 TMed
7. Re: Half-Life 3 TMed Oct 1, 2013, 22:44 ViRGE
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2013, 21:13:
I'm not hopeful about this. If it happens it happens, super. Otherwise forget it. Particularly if it's tied into needing their Steam OS and their gamepad or some such nonsense. And even if it does get announced in the next year this is Valve we're talking about. So you'll likely be waiting several more years after that to boot.
Agreed. If it happens I'll take interest in it when it's released; until then Valve's development cycles are too sketchy to waste the energy caring.
 
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News Comments > Terraria Patched
8. Re: Terraria Patched Oct 1, 2013, 11:20 ViRGE
 
DrSquick wrote on Oct 1, 2013, 10:02:
I bought Terraria very early on, and just haven't been able to get into it. I absolutely love Minecraft, and have easily sunk 2000+ hours into it, so it absolutely is my genre of game. The biggest issue I seem to have is the graphics are so bad that I have a lot of trouble telling the ores apart.
Ditto to all of that. Despite the fact that it's essentially 2D Minecraft, Terraria never gripped me. Something about being 2D is too constraining, coupled with the fact that like you I can't tell half the ores apart due to how similar they look.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Sep 30, 2013, 20:14 ViRGE
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 30, 2013, 13:14:
Some games with QTEs are damn near impossible.
Some games with QTEs are absolutely vile to your hardware. Wardens in SR4, anyone? It practically requires beating up your keyboard.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 20, 2013, 23:31 ViRGE
 
That's nearly 17 million units of the game moved in 3 days. Geeze...  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 19, 2013, 20:40 ViRGE
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 19, 2013, 20:20:
they all use pretty standard 5400RPM hard drives.
Hard drive performance increases with density, though. Specifically, sequential read/write rates. It may not make a huge difference in this case, but a 60GB HDD is definitely on the low-end of the performance scale.
 
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News Comments > Saints Row IV "GAT V" Pack Free Today
1. Re: Saints Row IV Sep 17, 2013, 09:48 ViRGE
 
A knife gun. Sweet!  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Open Beta on October 4th Confirmed
4. Re: BF4 Open Beta on October 4th Confirmed Sep 17, 2013, 09:46 ViRGE
 
The poor bastards buy Medal of Honor and they only get the beta 3 days early, on a Tuesday no less? That's cold, man.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 17, 2013, 01:49 ViRGE
 
If you haven't already purchased Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, do so. It's easily the best kart racer in years, never mind the fact that as far as PCs go it's head and shoulders above the other meager offerings.  
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News Comments > Valve Remains Bullish on Linux
3. Re: Valve Remains Bullish on Linux Sep 16, 2013, 20:04 ViRGE
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Sep 16, 2013, 19:43:
Gabe needs to be the next Microsoft CEO. He is about the only chance MS has to turn the company around.
Gabe would never work. His flat management style would mean nothing ever gets done on time, which for a company heavy vested in business software like Microsoft would be a massive issue.

As for Gabe's Linux prognostications, I still think his expectations exceed reality. I completely get why he doesn't like Windows 8; the WinRT environment completely locks out 3rd party stores. But all the same Linux on the desktop is still a distant 3rd now, just as it was 10 years ago.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
16. Re: Nice HTML tags. Sep 14, 2013, 22:44 ViRGE
 
nin wrote on Sep 14, 2013, 17:07:
(I understand the pun, but) I won't say all, but more than a few of these people just got their copies early. They're posting unboxings, receipts, etc...

I don't get how Rockstar thinks they have any right to restrict unboxing videos and the like. The game copies are legitimately owned, and the copyrighted material within (i.e. the game) isn't being exposed. They have no standing to restrict that kind of thing, and consequently they're being overbearing, childish bullies.

Which on that note, this tells me that they have absolutely no confidence in the game. It's like a movie: when a studio doesn't do early screenings for critics, it means they know the movie is a stinker and are trying to snag consumers before they figure out how bad it is. Rockstar is going through a lot of effort to make sure no one finds out how "good" GTA V is...
 
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News Comments > Metro Last Light for OS X
1. Re: Metro Last Light for OS X Sep 12, 2013, 04:12 ViRGE
 
Given that 4A Games is such a small studio, I'm genuinely shocked that they made this one Steam Play. I'm not sure how they're supposed to be able to afford making a Mac OS X version if it's going to spur on so few sales.  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Announced
3. Re: Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Announced Sep 10, 2013, 13:02 ViRGE
 
Which just goes to show that the original needed a bit more time in the oven. It should have never shipped with the performance issues it did. Nor with the universally reviled disguise system, for that matter.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements
19. Re: Battlefield 4 Beta Access and System Requirements Sep 9, 2013, 23:16 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 22:39:
Recommended Windows 8? Rotfl
Win8 means they can tap some of the features introduced in D3D 11.1 and 11.2, specifically the AMD GCN optimizations that were added to the API as part of the XB1's development.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
16. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 9, 2013, 22:28 ViRGE
 
Jivaro wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 10:55:
Yeah, I am onboard for the Vita TV as well. I dig my Vita and have gotten a lot of use out of it. Anybody buy Dragons Crown btw? Curious what folks thought of it around here.
It's a great game. The level of repetition will bother some people (since it's hand drawn there's only 9 dungeons) but I've thoroughly enjoyed it all the same.

Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 9, 2013, 13:31:
I think they are removing the OLED screen to make it cheaper. Sony is really into getting people to adopt the Vita for use with the PS4, and one way they are doing it is by offering cheaper and cheaper Vitas.
It stands to reason that any LCD will be cheaper than the OLED screen they currently use, though by how much is anyone's guess. But given the battery life constraints I strongly suspect that the change is also about power savings. OLED's are great on dark colors, but ramping up the intensity of the subpixels really puts the squeeze on power consumption. For bright, colorful games (which given Sony's casual pivot will become more common), an LCD is going to draw less power than an OLED, potentially a lot less if the new Vita uses a TN panel (as opposed to IPS).
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 8, 2013, 10:12 ViRGE
 
Aww. Rayman Legends didn't even make the top 10.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat
11. Re: Star Citizen Hits $18M - $20M Goal is Planetary FPS Combat Sep 7, 2013, 12:13 ViRGE
 
siapnar wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 11:08:
I think all the money, regardless of the amount, should be used solely for streamlining and improving the original game design, rather than adding things on. Make it the best possible game of it's kind, never mind to extended ideas and added on stuff.
It sounds like the $20mil goal is it for major stretch goals. They won't be adding any more major features after that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2013, 12:09 ViRGE
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 10:49:
Portland isn't weird by any stretch.
Oh I'd say it's still fairly weird compared to most parts of the country; if you've seen Plunderathon going down the street then you'll understand. (And Eugene isn't weird, it's just dirty hippie). Portland's also rather perverse, being the strip club capital of the USA.
 
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News Comments > Steam Trade Offers Launch
44. Re: Steam Trade Offers Launch Sep 5, 2013, 18:55 ViRGE
 
Creston wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 13:12:
ViRGE wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 12:52:
Unfortunately the 24 hour check-in is what makes the whole thing work. You can't have digital resales without a reliable and timely revocation method, otherwise everyone "sells" their game and keeps on playing. So for Steam to offer something like that, offline mode would have to go from months to days.

It's like love and marriage. You can't have one without the other.

Not necessarily. Obviously you need to be online to be able to sell your game, so the moment you sell your game, the sales server sends a command to the 180 to "Uninstall Game X."

The 180 then sends back a command after game X has been uninstalled, and the server proceeds with your payment.

This "having to check in every 24 hours" was just stupidly unneccesary. MS wanted the console to be always online solely so they could serve more ads to it, and make more ad money.
That works very well if you limit digital games to a single system. However with Steam you can of course have your Steam library installed across multiple systems, so long as only one is actually running Steam at the time. So if Steam did offer game resales, only one Steam library would be deactivated. The other libraries would continue to be able to play it in offline mode for some time to come.
 
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News Comments > Steam Trade Offers Launch
25. Re: Steam Trade Offers Launch Sep 5, 2013, 12:52 ViRGE
 
yonder wrote on Sep 5, 2013, 10:30:
The comments here are exactly why Microsoft's XB1 deal was, minus the horrific 24 hour checkin requirement, so appealing on a certain level.

If they had simply said "like Steam but better" throughout their presentation, it would have gone over so much better. That, plus, the 24 hour thing. Ugh...
Unfortunately the 24 hour check-in is what makes the whole thing work. You can't have digital resales without a reliable and timely revocation method, otherwise everyone "sells" their game and keeps on playing. So for Steam to offer something like that, offline mode would have to go from months to days.

It's like love and marriage. You can't have one without the other.
 
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Survey & Linux
14. Re: Steam Hardware Survey & Linux Sep 4, 2013, 19:27 ViRGE
 
Panickd wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 17:01:
2.34% of people are operating Steam on a 56k network speed, aka dial-up? How? And WTF? And 1.56% has 7GB of RAM? Seems kind of a left field amount for so many people.
8GB of RAM with some portion dedicated to integrated graphics.
 
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