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Signed On Jan 26, 2004, 18:42
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 12, 2015, 18:51 BIGtrouble77
 
Opinion of a "Game Reviewer" with very specific "Game Reviewer" needs. This article is a joke, as is most polygon/verge content.

I am a huge Apple fan and I take my fair share of abuse here for that, but I detest these types of articles. This belongs on a message board, not on a "respected" gaming news site. Pure click bait.
 
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News Comments > Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks Next Month
3. Re: Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks Next Month Nov 11, 2015, 16:06 BIGtrouble77
 
The iterative development process of EU IV and CK2 has turned out 2 unbelievable games that are going to be ridiculously hard to follow up with a sequel.

I have no interest in seeing these games get a sequel in the next 5 years. I have all of the DLC for both and have enough new content to last me at least 5 years to come.

This is the way to do DLC, I just wish they packaged the art and music updates with the base DLC, I'd rather they just raise the base price of the dlc a bit if they feel it's worth it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Nov 8, 2015, 20:37 BIGtrouble77
 
I would have killed small fuzzy animals to have this back when I used Linux as my daily driver. Everyone wins when there's progress on this front.  
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News Comments > Space Engineers Sales Soar
5. Re: Space Engineers Sales Soar Oct 29, 2015, 12:13 BIGtrouble77
 
I had to stop playing this game almost as soon as I started... for some reason the camera makes me extremely nauseous. It seemed like it had potential, but I couldn't play more than 15 minutes at a time.  
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News Comments > Another Steam User Record
20. Re: Another Steam User Record Oct 26, 2015, 15:42 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm amazed at how bad the Steam app performs after all of these years. The app still has huge issues refreshing data in the views, responsiveness is terrible, authentication breaks all the time, etc.

The steam app is just a glorified web app that can manage installations and a streaming server. I think a web app is the right way to go, but it's just implemented poorly. They should be using a reactive interface that handles state change better. It also looks like the app's caching isn't great because it takes too goddam long for content to refresh.

Anyway, I still use the hell out of Steam. I follow many forums and engage quite a bit, but it's a terrible web app. Even the new iOS release is just horrible. Valve has this internal structure where the employees to whatever the hell they want... I can't believe no one with any ability has taking up the charge to modernize this POS app.
 
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News Comments > New Star Citizen Alpha
30. Re: New Star Citizen Alpha Oct 25, 2015, 04:43 BIGtrouble77
 
Hopefully after Horizons is released Frontier gets their shit together and renders themselves some sick cinematic cut-scenes with 1980's voice actors. Nothing will get my juices flowing like Captain Kirk Cameron battling Lavian Brandy smugglers in season 2 of next years compelling content updates. I'm sick of this "modeling planets with real science shit". Just give me a good cheese story and tell me what the fuck to do!
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Update
23. Re: Star Citizen Status Update Oct 19, 2015, 11:46 BIGtrouble77
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 19, 2015, 11:32:
We're talking about a single map in CryEngine. An engine specifically made for FPS gameplay. And they can't hack a simple single level in any projected and scheduled amount of time? Does that give you confidence in this game's leadership? If so then more power to you, Sir...

One thing that set them back quite a bit was the way they decided to implement animations. Roberts wanted all of the character animations to be the same where every other game has separate animations for the first person view character vs the rest of the characters. Turns out this is not practical or possible with existing technology. So they ultimately had to redo all of the animations. That's a pretty big time sink for a lot of people.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Retina Windows? Oct 13, 2015, 14:46 BIGtrouble77
 
Can windows 10 even handle (scale the fonts/chrome) a monitor with the DPI of a Retina iMac? I use my non-retina 27" iMac as a monitor for my PC gaming rig now, but I'm curious if upgrading it is even an option.

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News Comments > Prison Architect Released
2. Re: Prison Architect Released Oct 6, 2015, 18:43 BIGtrouble77
 
So many youtube bloggers doing Prison Architect LPs today. I wonder how they orchestrated that.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Employees "Speak Out"
29. Re: Star Citizen Employees Oct 1, 2015, 19:35 BIGtrouble77
 
Disgruntled employees are the worst sources to get this kind of information. It makes for great theatrics, but I would take it with a grain of salt.

As much as people bitch about what Frontier Dev. did with Elite, I think they approached developing a very similar game in a significantly better way. They scoped it conservatively for the initial release and plan to add the major content additions as DLC. If the DLC adds something significant and is priced reasonably, then I think it's a good strategy.

We are learning that it takes a fuckload of effort to make space not seem empty and boring.
 
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News Comments > Cities: Skylines - After Dark Dawns
12. Re: Cities: Skylines 1.2.0 Sep 24, 2015, 19:08 BIGtrouble77
 
walrus1 wrote on Sep 24, 2015, 14:15:
Agreed It might be worth $5 or maybe $8 but $15 is way over priced.

That is until every mod requires the DLC to run.
 
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News Comments > PC Assassin's Creed Syndicate Delayed
11. Re: PC Assassin's Creed Syndicate Delayed Aug 26, 2015, 21:00 BIGtrouble77
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 16:08:
I just snagged a cheap copy of Unity and started it yesterday. Whatever problems it may have had initially seem to be gone now as it plats silky smooth all cranked up. They sure nail the historical art spot on.

I've been holding out for a decent price drop on Unity, mind sharing where you picked it up cheap?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2015, 02:57 BIGtrouble77
 
dangerman77 wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 17:02:
"...husband of Kathie Lee Gifford..."

Really? That's what we're going with?

I was going to say the same thing. Something like "Football Legend", or "Sports Broadcasting Icon" seems a bit more fitting.
 
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News Comments > Arma 3 Video Diary
3. Re: Arma 3 Video Diary Jul 31, 2015, 01:34 BIGtrouble77
 
Amazing this is being produced as DLC And not an entirely new game. I've seen less progression in FarCry 3-4 than what I'm seeing here.  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 26, 2015, 13:12 BIGtrouble77
 
I've been using AppleTV for a few years, but ever since I got my Tivo Roamio I've almost completely abandoned it. The Tivo can aggregate shows from the dvr, netflix, amazon prime and other services. Blows everything else I've used away.

For streaming my own content (movies and shows on a 4tb drive) I started using Plex on the Fire Tv. Only thing I use the fire tv for, but it's glorious(roku works just as well).
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2015, 19:03 BIGtrouble77
 
DrSquick wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 15:42:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 14:14:
Apple To Axe Major Component In iPhone 7.

The walled garden?

Hey, a man can dream, can't he?

SIM cards if anyone wants to avoid the click bait title. It will be a hard wired internal SIM card so you can't change carriers.

"This would allow users to easily change carrier, without going through the rigmarole of switching-out sim cards and potentially having to unlock the device."

Just once I'd love to hear out an Apple naysayer that actually has some factually true and compelling to say.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 16, 2015, 14:59 BIGtrouble77
 
I'm in the process of moving to Canada from the US and this is the first thing my son noticed when we visited BC a few weeks ago. The ironic thing is that his favorite show (Mighty Machines) is not available in Canada despite being a Canadian show.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 14, 2015, 03:56 BIGtrouble77
 
InBlack wrote on Jul 14, 2015, 02:14:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jul 13, 2015, 23:28:
I use my macs for critical development work and I'll gladly pay the premium for that kind of service.

What exactly is 'critical development work' and why does it require Macs? Do the software tools run better on a Mac? Are they unavailable on desktop PCs? Is the Mac inherently more stable?
I'm a web developer that's completely optimized for *nix environments. I spend at least 50% of my day in the terminal. My tools are all based on the Mac ecosystem, which I think is superior to windows, but that's very subjective. What's not so subjective is the fact that the gnu open source tools are just light years beyond what windows offers.

I could use Ubuntu (I did for 4 years), but it hasn't quite met my standards lately, but I do love Linux. I use virtualbox so I can run headless Linux server on my Mac. I've had great luck stability wise... I've had over 200 days uptime on my mbpro, that's pretty insane for a laptop. I almost never reformat my macs, my windows boxes get wiped all the time. There's almost no Mac spyware/viruses. Mac ecosystem is getting very strong. Device hand off actually works well for me, iCloud works pretty well.

I still have a good gaming rig, but it's only for games. I have trouble managing windows apps, I always seem to install way more crap than I want to so I'm suspicious of every download. Security in windows still seems wonky. If I just stick to steam, everything just works on my pc so that's all it does.

 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 13, 2015, 23:28 BIGtrouble77
 
I was just in the Apple store this past weekend. I set an appointment with a "genius" to look into my mbpro sleep issues. The dude sat with me for 45 minutes trying to figure out the problem. We ultimately identified it was a bug in virtualbox's kernel extensions that was causing the problem.

Say what you will about apple, but they take care of their customers and don't insult our intelligence. I use my macs for critical development work and I'll gladly pay the premium for that kind of service.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
10. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jul 11, 2015, 22:34 BIGtrouble77
 
I listened to a pair of Beats Solo 2's in the Apple store yesterday. Hooked it into my iPhone and played some rock/metal tracks. I have to say, you can do much worse for a $150 on a set of portable headphones.

I strongly prefer the Koss PortaPro's which are under $40, but they aren't even close in comfort and look horrific in public. The Beats were extremely comfortable. They really didn't sound that bad either, I can see why people might prefer them for rap and hip hop.

Every pair of Bose headphones I've tried simply sound awful, I have no idea why people buy that crap. I have a pair of modded Grados that I use at home with a dac and amp. As much as I like this setup, it's completely unpractical to use outside of my home. Add to that the Grados aren't all that comfortable, they are too light and all the components (except the drivers) feel like they came out of a dollar store- definitely the opposite extreme to Beats buying people.

Headphones are always going to be a give and take between price/style/build/sound. All of us have different criteria and pockets. I try not to be so judgmental now a days.

 
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