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Signed On Jun 2, 2005, 22:47
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 1, 2015, 22:49 Asmodai
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 1, 2015, 20:07:
Dogfight ability has zero relevance to plane performance in a modern AWACS supported war.

And... F-35 in Dogfight.. would be a major fail of the command structure. Considering the US can get the IRIS-T, which is a "furball" missile. Meaning it can turn around and chase targets that are behind, below or above a plane without having to turn the plane in that direction....

If inability to dogfight were it's only issue, then you might have a point. But considering just what this aircraft is expected to do, it's another cross in a column that is already overloaded with them.

And if the rule "technology will always win the fight" applies, why are aviators still issued with hand guns when flying over hostile territory? The long and the short of it is that tech is great until it's not great anymore, then you fall back on more traditional methods. Having a latest gen jet fighter being unable to outclass a 40 year old design (F16) carrying underwing fuel tanks is, in short, atrocious.

eg. Replacing the ageing yet incredibly solid A-10 with F-35's, part of the reasoning to move that way was because the A-10 is relatively slow and unwieldy and wouldn't fare well against modern Chinese or Soviet jet fighters. However, in it's role as a ground attack aircraft, it is dreadfully good at it's job.

Now, the F-35 is revealed to be disadvantaged in a dogfight (probably less so than the A10, but at 10 times the cost per jet) and wouldn't do particularly well in a ground attack role. It certainly wouldn't be able to carry home it's pilots with the same level of damage some A-10's have managed.

The F-35 is a case of a solution looking for a problem. Instead of building a range of air craft that could fill specialist roles, the US went for a one size fits all approach and jammed it full of technological marvels, used a variety of contractors remote from each other to do so, and now wonders why it has an overly expensive, incredibly late, under performing piece of junk on it's hands... The F-35 is the very definition of "too big to fail", it has so much momentum to be rolled out now because to scrap it would be to admit to a colossal waste of time and money.

It makes me pretty cranky when I see that Australia is traipsing down the yellow brick road and wanting these jets in service. I imagine when these things finally get in to service and the body bags start rolling back, supporters of the program might suddenly have a change in heart over how good the thing is.

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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
6. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Jun 22, 2015, 17:45 Asmodai
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 22, 2015, 12:48:
I always have the latest WHQL drivers installed. Zero crash issues here. You guys need to stop breaking shit!

The "game ready" drivers that came out for Witcher 3 caused many issues, not the least of which were problems with the Kepler core cards (which they released a hotfix for), problems with surround systems (which could be alleviated by plugging all displays in to one card if your card could support it) and CTD's/blue screens from things like browsers.

If you pulled your head out of your ass for five seconds, you'd see plenty of info on the problem on various forums including Nvidia, WSGF, major tech sites etc.

Just because you do not have a problem (well, this problem, you obviously have problems) doesn't mean a problem doesn't exist princess... ; )
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jun 21, 2015, 23:23 Asmodai
First steam sale in... well, ever, where I haven't spent a single cent (the 3 cards I picked up to make 1 badge were paid for out of selling other duplicate cards).

Very weak sale imo, any of the titles I don't have and might have been tempted by weren't very discounted if at all.

And that click game... Who came up with that piece of shit. 35 seconds was enough to convince me all you had to do was log in, get cards, log out. I'm 40 and fight RSI already, I don't need that bullshit to add to it.
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jun 19, 2015, 02:53 Asmodai
Cutter wrote on Jun 18, 2015, 20:44:
Anyone get ARK yet? Looks fun but most of the reviews lead me to believe it's still a hot mess atm.

Got it, mileage varies. Optimisation sucks ass, graphics and visuals are impressive but let down by the lag etc, gameplay is pretty fun and full on but there are some things that just need some more work.

That being said, I think it's loaded with potential. Haven't been very impressed with the Steam sale so far (and my dance card is full atm) but if you do enjoy co-op survival (or even single player, although it would be a staggering amount of work to try and run solo through the game), it might be worth a shot.

Have a look at the Worth a Buy vid review for a laugh and a pretty frank run down of where the game sits currently.
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News Comments > The Division in March
9. Re: The Division in March Jun 16, 2015, 06:22 Asmodai
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 15, 2015, 20:49:
Shit. Next.

Ironic, that's what I say when I see your posts... =)
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News Comments > Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian
31. Re: Chris Avellone Leaves Obsidian Jun 9, 2015, 17:51 Asmodai
If nothing else, CJ Parker provides a convenient barometer in that if my opinion is diametrically opposed to his, I'm pretty confident that I'm on the right track...

As for PoE, I enjoyed the heck out of it. It's another one of the games that fell in to me "sorely missing from the standard palette of shovelware that coming out these days". Best of luck to Chris in his future endeavours.
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight NVIDIA GameWorks Trailer
22. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight NVIDIA GameWorks Trailer Jun 8, 2015, 17:49 Asmodai
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 13:52:
descender wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 13:47:
They should just rename this nVIDIA Clutterworks. Or just skip right over that and go to ClusterFucks.

Adding shit no one wanted to games that didn't need it on hardware that can't run it. Great! Unless they come up with a new combat tactic other than "press the counter button" I don't think I'll be buying this... I'm pretty burned out on this fighting system after AC/Shadow of Mordor.

Dude. STFU. I, for one, am glad that at least someone gives a fuck about PC gaming and getting the most out of the superior PC hardware.
Big kudos to Warner Bros for not accepting bribes from Microsoft that would have prevented the PC version from looking better than the lame-ass Xbone version.
This is great stuff and I wish more developers/publishers would have the balls and the spine to give Microsoft the finger and use the excess PC performance for a better looking game.

Oh the express PC performance?

How about 2 "game ready" drivers + 1 "game ready" hotfix that still leave SLI surround players with gimped performance and crashing (everything post 350 has resulted in some major league crashes on both desktop and in game).

How about gimped support for the Kepler GPU's, almost as if they were trying to force people to upgrade just to avoid shitty performance?

nVidia only care about "pc gaming" insofar as they can soak it for more revenue, not for any altruistic "best platform" reasons. Dropping 10-20 frames a second just to give more realistic hair that you can only take true advantage of on anything bigger than 1920x1080/1200 with SLI top of the line Titan X's is a fucking joke.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 7, 2015, 23:23 Asmodai
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 7, 2015, 13:03:
Sad to see Lego Worlds is single player only for now. Sad that the last TT Lego game to have multiplayer online was Lego Star Wars.

There was an article recently saying that the costs of moderation for the online lego space was ridiculous because Lego has a very strict "there shall be no penises" policy, and of course dongs are a very common form of "expression" for teens... Apparently... = \
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News Comments > Överwatch Trailer
7. Re: Överwatch Trailer Jun 5, 2015, 01:39 Asmodai
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 4, 2015, 23:47:
siapnar wrote on Jun 4, 2015, 23:24:
I think this game will be a huge success. Looks like they've combined FPS and MOBA pretty damn well.
Gonna sell like hot cakes

To me it seems less a moba, and more a TF2 clone

Indeed, right down to game modes etc. The constant screen obscuring wacky reloads and bs like that annoys me (TF2 is relatively clean on screen) but I do loves me some TF2 so it's probably going to get some play.
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News Comments > The Bard's Tale IV Trailer
15. Re: The Bard's Tale IV Trailer Jun 4, 2015, 17:44 Asmodai
KilgoreTrout wrote on Jun 4, 2015, 15:16:
As long as I can face death itself in the form of 99 Berserkers, 99 Berserkers, 99 Berserkers and 99 Berserkers, I'm in!

I knew someone was going to mention the 4x 99 beserkers. I'd really hope to see some sort of quirky homage such as a kill all weapon called the Mibble which can be triggered in that room, and some funny PC chat complaining about how long they are taking to die... X D
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Trailer
69. Re: Fallout 4 Trailer Jun 3, 2015, 17:09 Asmodai
The graphics can look like poo for all I care, what I'm concerned about is the rampant bugs in the previous titles...

eg. FalloutNV. My save game developed corruption (checked by going back through saves and trying to load the corrupted bits via console) at ~ the 60 hours played mark. I did not start seeing the issues of the corruption until the 120 hour mark when I was close to finishing the game. To bypass non spawning quest NPC's etc, I spawned them manually via the console to progress, but eventually hit a dead end where entering Hoover dam hard crashed the game and there was no possible way forward.

So, I never completed the game, nor did I get to enjoy the various DLC's that I purchased (apparently Lonesome Hearts was fantastic) because I was so completely disgusted that even though I took the precautions of turning off auto save and not using quicksave, I was denied the ability to play out the finale due to a serious bug.

Skyrim proved to be far more robust (if still a little queer in places) so fingers crossed. I am a huge Fallout fan and despite the issues of the graphics, this looks fantastic.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Jun 2, 2015, 20:35 Asmodai
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 2, 2015, 19:29:
After watching the "Hatred" video, I can honestly say what a dumb game. I find it hilarious that anyone could even think this is entertaining. I mean seriously there are thousands of better shooters out there, how can you be so blind?

Because the liking of something is subjective and not everyone is you?

You've fallen in to the trap of believing that your opinion is the only one that is correct...
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News Comments > NVIDIA Launches GTX 980ti; New Drivers; & GSYNC Features
49. Re: NVIDIA Launches GTX 980ti; New Drivers; & GSYNC Features Jun 1, 2015, 19:38 Asmodai
And they still have not addressed the Witcher 3 surround sli scaling...

eg. Run a single monitor with sli disabled, the with sli enabled, Witcher 3 will substantially improve in performance.

Run surround with sli disabled, then enabled. Framerate is actually worse in surround with sli enabled than it is with it disabled...

Fucking flagship cards in the flagship configuration (multi gpu) on a game where nvidia has been balls deep in development on a demanding multi screen array and they just can't get it right... Even the nvidia tweak page for W3 recommends SLI, but I guess that only applies to single screen...
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup May 27, 2015, 18:23 Asmodai
"Invasion Force" is everything that is wrong with Greenlight. A static turret shooting game with awful graphics, absurd HUD, shitty action and yet it's cluttering up a shopfront that already has far more products than it needs...

The signal to noise ratio on Steam has gone to shit.
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Crusader Revealed
4. Re: Heroes of the Storm Crusader Revealed May 10, 2015, 08:56 Asmodai
Lol, this game has not jumped the shark in the slightest...  
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm: Kael'thas Trailer
2. Re: Heroes of the Storm: Kael'thas Trailer May 7, 2015, 21:55 Asmodai
Yup, that's what we need, another whiney douchebag who hasn't figured out he's irrelevant...  
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News Comments > Diablo III Blood Shard Bans
13. Re: Diablo III Blood Shard Bans Apr 25, 2015, 17:38 Asmodai
Armengar wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 16:46:
Zarkov wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 14:21:
Never on a project large enough to suddenly have users be responsible for bugs.

start exploiting bugs on gambling sites and see where it gets you.

Which deals in real money in competitive play against other people.

F#cking apologists are awful at analogies...
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News Comments > Killing Floor 2 EULA vs Griefers
16. Re: Killing Floor 2 EULA vs Griefers Apr 25, 2015, 10:56 Asmodai
Xylemon wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 05:02:
Yeah, god forbid anyone criticize them for restricting someone's freedom of expression.

Freedom of expression comes with responsibilities, but it is exercised in appropriate forums.

Using someone's game as a platform would be the same as demanding the right to take over TV programming and saying whatever you want. You do not have the right to use the game as a vehicle for expression as the game is not a democratic society, it's a product sold for entertainment purposes.

Much like forums, the people running the game have the right to clamp down on whatever they see fit, and you have the right to choose not to buy it.

Stop confusing the right to express yourself with trampling others rights, in this case, the creators of the game. If you feel so strongly about freely expressing yourself in a game, make your own...
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News Comments > WoW Token Pricing Shift
9. Re: WoW Token Pricing Shift Apr 9, 2015, 09:10 Asmodai
NKD wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 23:17:
Asmodai wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 23:01:

WoW = People rushing to throw tokens up and undercutting like crazy to get in quickly before the market gluts.

You can't undercut anyone, Blizzard sets the price, and the person who puts up the token gets the price they listed it for, not the price the person bought it for.

Hrm, I heard "AH" and assumed it was just a free market thing.

Not too put too fine a point on it but that seems awful convenient that Blizz skims an extra 5 bucks off the top & sets the gold price for these things based on "dynamic analysis of availability and demand"... Obviously, holding on to your tokens until it's sub rollover time should get the best bang for buck, but the inherent flaw in this system is that there are far more people that want to buy gold imo than there are that want tokens. Dunno, the whole system seems fishy to me, they knew a roaring trade in gold sales were going on and the easiest way to combat that is to join the fun and cut out the gold sellers.

I do like that they have made the things soulbound on sale (so they can only be sold once) to prevent AH manipulators from buying them up en masse and holding them until it's end of month time to jack the prices.
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News Comments > WoW Token Pricing Shift
6. Re: WoW Token Pricing Shift Apr 8, 2015, 23:01 Asmodai
The commodity market of Wildstar was a superior implementation (even Station Cash was better because you could gift SC items to people and they could pay you in plat).

Commodity = put up a price you're willing to pay and wait for the market to meet it.

WoW = People rushing to throw tokens up and undercutting like crazy to get in quickly before the market gluts.
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