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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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News Comments > DNF Date Announcement, Trailer, Demo Details
61. Re: DNF Date Announcement, Trailer, Demo Details Jan 21, 2011, 17:25 Ratty
 
Console games don't use AA? How come I never knew that?  
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News Comments > DNF Date Announcement, Trailer, Demo Details
38. Re: DNF Date Announcement, Trailer, Demo Details Jan 21, 2011, 14:29 Ratty
 
Despite the well-deserved ridicule this title has earned over the MANY years, I've always looked forward to it.  
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News Comments > On Skyrim Mod Support
24. Re: matthew@welchkin.net Jan 20, 2011, 16:31 Ratty
 
Bows are a coward's weapon, heh. And it does take awhile to get it up to something useful, definitely. I just started Oblivion again for the first time in over a year and this time I thought I'd try Oscuro's Overhaul - I'd never installed it before. Man is it AWESOME. But it's also very tough at low levels. I'm level 2 and my Marksman's still only at 21 so my arrows do almost no damage. I find I have to run out of dungeons screaming like a girl to the nearest horseback patrol and let them finish off the bandit or whatever while I snipe them ineffectually from a distance.

But once you get the knockdown perk at level 75 it's a scream. And a lot of things will go down with a single stealthy shot from a long way away. It's tough to get there but for me it's always worth it.

In Morrowind it was your accuracy that was affected by skill, not the damage (or perhaps both). I remember standing 2 feet away from an enemy, firing an arrow and watching it fly off literally at right angles. At low levels almost every shot missed. In Oblivion the accuracy is as good as you are with the mouse, that's the way it should be. Even at the lowest skill you can aim at something 100 yards away, just a bit over the head to correct for the arc, and you can hit it. And since it's so far away getting the stealth damage multiplier was easy.
 
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News Comments > On Skyrim Mod Support
20. Re: matthew@welchkin.net Jan 20, 2011, 11:51 Ratty
 
Watter wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 08:53:
I did the same. But what i could never get over was the horrible combat in Morrowind and Oblivion

Amen!!
Just out of curiosity what was wrong with Oblivion's combat system? It was my favorite improvement over Morrowind. I thought it was visceral and brutal. You could really feel the sword hacking in. And blocking with a shield was realistic too. I thought Marksmanship in Morrowind was useless, lord knows I tried, but bows are my weapon of choice in Oblivion. Personally I've never played any other game whose combat mechanics even comes close to Oblivion's

Maybe you're complaining about leveling: that hacking at a crab gives the same XP as taking a swing at Umbra?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. TV Survival Scorecard Jan 14, 2011, 11:32 Ratty
 
I watch Fringe and Supernatural - they're both in the Shaky Ground category. It's probably just as well, I still love Supernatural but even I admit the concept is getting kind of stale. I see The Cape is there too. It's normally a show I'd check out but given NBC's tendency to cancel these types of shows I decided I wouldn't bother investing in it. I watched Million Dollar Money Drop which is kind of a fun concept and could have been good but the questions are so asinine I'm glad it'll be canceled.  
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News Comments > No S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Console Compromises
5. Re: No S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Console Compromises Jan 12, 2011, 10:55 Ratty
 
fds wrote on Jan 12, 2011, 10:22:
The key difference should not be simply taking advantage of the better hardware but having a different control/user interface, save system, menus, modding, open multiplayer

Simplify all those for a console gamer sitting on the couch far away from a TV screen with no mouse and keyboard at hand, and presto, lousy console port. It's not about the graphics.
It's absolutely not about graphics, I agree with you completely. I think fundamental gameplay is affected as well. There was a quote from the XBox guy at Microsoft I read many years ago. I've never been able to find the quote again online but I'll never forget it. He said "We don't do circle-strafing" in reference to a game which I now don't remember. So if you have to design a game, its enemies, the weapons, the movement keys, simply to eliminate the necessity or advantages of circle-strafing to mollify console users then PC users get shitted on again.

Still remember circle-strafing zombies with a pitchfork in the original Blood. Good times.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Specs
25. Re: Bulletstorm Specs Jan 11, 2011, 16:27 Ratty
 
Verno wrote on Jan 11, 2011, 15:46:
Honestly the people who constantly prattle on about XP ... With Windows Vista there was some understandable(but misguided) resistance to upgrading but Windows 7 is a fantastic operating system.
To be fair to me, except for my vague paranoia about DRM, I never claimed XP was superior to W7. I'll not be one of those people that gets a new computer and scours eBay for old copies of XP. All *I* ever said was I had no need to upgrade and that I was glad that I'll be able to play PCF's new game cause I love those guys. When I *have* to upgrade I'll get a new OS as well and I'm sure I'll probably be very happy with it.

Really, for a primarily gaming computer that has been stable and never given me a day of troubles why should I shell out the bucks for a new OS? How would it enhance my gaming experience?

I'm sure you weren't calling me out specifically, I just want to make sure I'm not lumped in with the cranks.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Specs
15. Re: Bulletstorm Specs Jan 11, 2011, 14:53 Ratty
 
JoeNapalm wrote on Jan 11, 2011, 14:20:
Free horse armor
Heh
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Specs
7. Re: Bulletstorm Specs Jan 11, 2011, 13:08 Ratty
 
Halo wrote on Jan 11, 2011, 12:33:
What is there to hate about XP? I use XP because I'm still running seven year old hardware on this PC.
Yeah, my PC is about 6 years old now. It's primarily a gaming PC and so far I've been able to play every game I've wanted at high settings. It's a single-core 3.6 MHz which was top of the line when I bought it. I only upgraded the video card once.
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 11, 2011, 11:56:
I don't understand why people still cling to XP. Win7 is better in pretty much every way imaginable.
I'm happy with what I have. Why should I upgrade? I guess there are some people that always have to have the latest and greatest, I'm just not one of them (also I'm cheap).

But another reason is that I'm wary of all the new DRM crap being built into everything new nowdays. Rightly or wrongly, I'm a bit paranoid. I have heard, but correct me if I'm wrong, that one cannot play HD content of any kind without an HDMI cable in Windows 7. So if I upgraded my OS I'd also have to upgrade my monitor as well. Intel is planning to build DRM into the very core of its processors. I know eventually I'll have to surrender, but when I do get a new PC I'm keeping the old one to use as a media center.
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I'm sure a Model T would still classify as "already working" too. However, I prefer modern conveniences like air conditioning.
Wow, that's a stunningly retarded analogy. Did I say I wanted to keep my room-sized Univac, or maybe my old DOS 1.0 box?
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm Specs
1. Re: Bulletstorm Specs Jan 11, 2011, 11:52 Ratty
 
Yay! Supports Windows XP. I know it won't be long until I have to upgrade - most likely due to a DX 10 requirement in some upcoming game I really want to play - but I'm trying to wait until the very last minute.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 22, 2010, 14:47 Ratty
 
I have no problem with tiered services or data caps as long as they are completely data agnostic. The consumer pays for more bandwidth and faster speed - fine. Let the market decide how viable that turns out to be.

But when the content is used to determine network priority that's when I have a huge problem. We're potentially looking at content-based packages similar to the channel packages we all love soooo much from our cable companies. Pay a certain amount of money to access Google, Youtube, and Hulu at high speeds and high data caps. But not Netflix because Comcast owns NBC and Hulu and Netflix competes with its own Pay Per View service. Netflix would be part of a "premium" package because they refused to pay some exorbitant fee.

Because of all the weasel words and loopholes, I don't see anything in this legislation that would prevent that.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Trailer
6. Re: Crysis 2 Trailer Dec 20, 2010, 14:33 Ratty
 
I like that they ask for a numerical age rather than making you navigate dropdown lists to input some birthdate that's BS anyway. I'm surprised more age-restricted games don't do that cause we all know everybody lies on them anyway.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 18, 2010, 20:35 Ratty
 
Oh Blue. Elbow grease for a nerd like you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGCx9HZwYBo
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Syfy closes Stargate Universe Dec 17, 2010, 13:28 Ratty
 
Well crap! Canceling Caprica was no big deal. I sort of watched it but didn't love it. But SGU was really getting interesting and I started to look forward to it on Tuesdays. You look at all the absolute shit SyFy spews and yet you've always had to give them a little credit for things like Stargate and BSG. I guess they needed that timeslot for reruns of Sharktopus and Mansquito.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Delay
24. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Delay Dec 16, 2010, 15:35 Ratty
 
hope they concentrate well on a great PC version with all proper platform adjustments

Ha! Good one. I just spit coffee on my keyboard. Oh, wait ... you were serious ...
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 15, 2010, 11:59 Ratty
 
Oh he's a Republican... from Florida.

I don't think I can refute the Florida part but Democrats haven't been any friendlier to internet freedom than Republicans have.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announced
25. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announced Dec 12, 2010, 18:53 Ratty
 
At Quakecon didn't Todd say, when asked if they were using rage;s engine for a new game that their "next announced game" would be using Gamebryo instead?

What I remember is that he said they would not be using Tech 5. I don't remember him saying specifically they would be using gamebryo. Someone should hunt up that quote and post it so everybody can spend 10 pages dissecting it. -- Oh, I see someone already did below. Never mind.

What surprises me is that they're even bothering with a new engine. If you're developing primarily for consoles why would a game ever start to "show its age" on the same hardware? Do newer console games ever really look better than old ones?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
18. Re: On Sale Dec 10, 2010, 15:01 Ratty
 
While Amnesia is definitely worth more, $10 is an ideal price point for people on the fence.
Like me! I've heard so little about this game but saw a few tidbits about it here a while ago and told myself to take a closer look at it but never got around to it. This article has reminded me once again and for $10 I'm gonna go ahead and get it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 3, 2010, 11:02 Ratty
 
Agreed. The corporatized media has failed to do its job. Something like Wikileaks evolving to take its place is inevitable.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2010, 13:26 Ratty
 
I guess I was wrong. Turns out it's not water. It's arsenic.  
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