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Signed On Apr 11, 2005, 20:15
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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.
The Advocate wrote:
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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2010, 11:39 Ratty
 
Personally I think it has something to do with that Japanese probe that came back from that comet a while ago
Nah, it's probably just about water somewhere. It always comes down to water.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Islamic Video Game Rating System Announced Nov 30, 2010, 12:42 Ratty
 
An Onion article with that title just about writes itself, doesn't it?  
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor
55. Re: Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor Nov 23, 2010, 15:58 Ratty
 
Exact opposite here. I thought the generic fantasy setting of Oblivion was pretty boring, whereas Morrowind was pretty intriguing.
And I totally respect that opinion. I guess it's my sloped forehead that makes me prefer the more familiar I always found those plant houses soooo annoying with their narrow winding staircases where I kept getting stuck on the walls. And don't get me started on the wizard buildings - levitation required! But the big crab-shell city was pretty cool.

 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor
47. Re: Arena: The Elder Scrolls... Nov 23, 2010, 15:29 Ratty
 
The first Elder Scrolls game is my favorite game of all time, I still think about it from time to time.
One word: PASSWALL!!
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor
30. Re: Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor Nov 23, 2010, 14:12 Ratty
 
About the new id engine, there was a posting here just a couple of days ago where Todd Howard specifically said they weren't using rage because it was best suited to smaller, more linear games while Gamebryo was best for large non-linear expansive games. You guys can stop dreaming now.  
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor
29. Re: Elder Scrolls 5 Rumor Nov 23, 2010, 14:07 Ratty
 
As someone who has played every ES game since Arena (on floppy disks no less!) I decree Daggerfall was the best and buggiest of them all. It totally trashed my hard drive and I had to replace it. It was also the last of the HUGENORMOUS dungeons and dynamically generated content both of which I adored and miss bitterly in the last two sequels.

It's sacrilegious I know but I enjoyed Oblivion way more than Morrowind. Morrowind was too "weird". Oblivion had grass and trees and honest-to-god castles and medieval style hamlets. Morrowind had those stupid shopping mall cities I detested. Archery was actually a useful skill as was Alchemy (I mastered both in Oblivion, never bothered to in Morrowind). Poisons kicked ass! Combat was more visceral and realistic. Never really cared that they got rid of Unarmored and other fluff skills - tho I know people vowed to never play another Bethesda game ever AGAIN because of it. And HORSIES! You could ride HORSIES!

OK, leveled enemies and loot just totally sucked ass and damaged the game tremendously. I think they learned their lesson there. I also missed levitation a lot. I know they had to do it because cities were in their own loading zones (and how annoying is that?). I wish they'd come up with an engine that could do large detailed cities with no separate loading zone like in FarCry or something. I'm sure limitations of the XBox has a lot to do with that so it's something we'll have to live with until the next gen.

Yeah, OK, I'm doing ANOTHER Morrowind vs Oblivion post. Sue me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 18, 2010, 11:55 Ratty
 
While I'm still all for legislated net neutrality it's just this sort of thing that's always made me wary of the government getting involved in the internet.  
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