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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 13, 2012, 16:24 JeffD
 
I laughed when I read that report about most popular monitor resolution. That is like saying the most popular 3d accelerator is intels GMA2000. Thats cause the number of crap utility PCs in the world far outnumber gaming PCs. 1366x may be the resolution of choice for bottom of the line OEM monitors and laptops, but that doesn't mean anyone enjoys that resolution.  
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Bullet Time Trailer
3. Re: Max Payne 3 Bullet Time Trailer Apr 13, 2012, 16:21 JeffD
 
I dunno, in the end the pc version is still the best gta4. Also the dot was targeting heads no more then a few pixels big, it was probably all done on a pc with mouse so that bolds well for us.

Also in the end it will come down to I wont touch a controller for a shooter. You can keep your gay assed auto aim.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 11, 2012, 20:04 JeffD
 
Beamer, pretty much all of the big stores can lookup receipts using the card at hand. We can just scan the card and then start scanning items to locate if the card was used to purchase it.

Cutter, never was asked for a phone number. I would probably ask to pass or put a fake one in cause my cell phone has a limited number of minutes. The problem with saying you don't have id is there is a good chance they will deny the return.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 11, 2012, 11:24 JeffD
 
They don't scan your license for purchases, they scan them for returns. Big difference. I work at target and know how they feel. target only scans your license for returns that have no receipt, we essentially give you a line of like $60 of forgiveness per year per license. If you have the receipt, its pretty much a no questions needed (we ask, but generic answers work) return policy.

In the case in the article, it looked like the guy did several returns and exchanges over Christmas, imo if you are that anal about buying your crap, don't buy it at an expensive electronics store. Pretty much if you return it, it no longer looks new and we need to repackage it or salvage it. Some electronics get returned but it's still a loss. And taking a loss because the customer is stupid is unfair to us. Worse yet if the guest is trying to scam us.

IMO, take it or leave it. best buy may store your personal info but its being done by a 3rd party that is structured around credit and information securities so I would feel safe. Target's return desk I am not sure where it stores your info, we probably do it with a bank. I am fairly certain though that when we scan licenses on the lanes for over 21+ items, nothing is stored. I haven't come across hearing about any other 3rd party software ours is interacting with at the time, and it is never used to deny someone from something, ie we never get a response back saying this guy bought too much beer or that he has been trespassed. It just looks at the age value inside the barcode.

I was kind of surprised that its legal to say no to valid returns though. Afaik state law is usually at least 15 days under lemon policies?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 4, 2012, 05:20 JeffD
 
to be fair, and if you rename privacy policies to EULA's and call them as they are, the reason they are so huge is because we are such a bunch of litigious bastards who will sue you in a moments notice. If taking people to court wasn't so damn easy, then maybe they could loosen up their wording.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 3, 2012, 17:12 JeffD
 
Angry birds is a bad example. it had no marketing, it was released and THEN the hype started up. Now all its marketing money is from money it has allready made.

It really does seem though that most of a games budget is all on advertising.

Game cost will baloon to as much as the author wants it too. Texture sources usualy start out high, models can take abit more development time. Animation has actually become easier because physics and 3d engines are now able to adjust them on the fly so many little animations done in the past can now be tweened by the engine on the fly. Also motion capture is getting easier and easier to do.

Level design does get more intense, but this really isn't a hardware limitation, and more to do with the artistic vision of the set piece being done.

As far as game cost have come... we are still paying 60 bucks and they still make crappy games. some things never change.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Next-gen consoles mean increased development costs, this is a repeat Apr 3, 2012, 12:58 JeffD
 
I've heard this exact same headline for when the ps2 came out, the ps3, and now the ps4 generation. However in todays world it could never be more false.

Anyone who knows how model or texture worth a shit will do so at a high detail to begin with. You don't know what hardware the game will end up on and starting low will make it suck. Downsizing both models and textures couldn't be more easier, and dx11 hardware is more then ready to do the job FOR you.

The jump from ps2/xbox to the 3/360 gen was pretty big and developers really needed to learn how to go all out on quality textures and models, but at the same time the development tech to build these things at higher polys and higher resolutions was made available and easier.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 2, 2012, 01:14 JeffD
 
Uhmm.. 3 things here that can tuen this into a mighty big pay day.

#1 Assumed guilty with no actual proof. Just hearsay.

#2 Freedom of speech is being violated.

#3 Under the 5th, under no circumstances could the FB password be forced from you.
 
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News Comments > EverQuest Now Free-To-Play
1. Re: EverQuest Now Free-To-Play Mar 17, 2012, 14:37 JeffD
 
Was all over this yesterday.. unfortunately if you are an old-time raider, be prepared to disappoint. Pretty much all of the LDoN augments (the first augs in the game) are marked prestige so if you played after plane of time, you are likely to log into a whole bunch of gear you can't wear.

It seems in several ways, EQ F2P was never ment to re introduce old players back to raiding. You can level up in bad gear, but that is about it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
33. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 9, 2012, 19:30 JeffD
 
I say no way. Games are getting bigger and bigger, and when you consider PS3 versions can almost double in size because of of the true HD bluray video, they can jump over the 12gb hurdle pretty easy. This is not something that can be easily replaced with net downloads and SD cards which can still run over 20 bucks for a 16gb version.

Kiosk sound like a nice idea but it is very hard to replace the easy to handle disc media.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2011, 13:45 JeffD
 
Bullcrap its a myth. You've got a flooded sewer system, every man hole and sewer pipe is backed up to the surface. It isn't rocket science.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2011, 13:30 JeffD
 
oh man... those people in thai land are going to be in for a surprise swimming in that disease infested water, not including the wonderful little creatures that will hole them selves up your neither regions.  
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News Comments > Project Zomboid Code Theft
27. Re: Project Zomboid Code Theft Oct 17, 2011, 00:40 JeffD
 
In other news... 2 noobs leave their doors unlocked and their security alarm system password is "password"

I can't think this game was worth 2 coins if these computer savvy programers have no idea how an external backup drive/tape/offline site works.
 
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News Comments > S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Always-on DRM?
66. Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Always-on DRM? Oct 9, 2011, 03:52 JeffD
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Oct 9, 2011, 01:45:
NicklePop wrote on Oct 8, 2011, 23:33:
2. DRM is a response to the aforementioned fuck-nuts that fucked everything up, and as much as I hate it, I get it

DRM is used to prevent resale and to give companies complete control over the game. It has nothing to do with piracy and does not prevent piracy.

Quoted for the truth. No drm has prevented piracy, and pirats get the luxury of not having to deal with such crap ever. DRM is instead used to control the legit buyers copy for resale and multiple installation situations.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III DRM Problems
25. Re: Diablo III DRM Problems Sep 22, 2011, 18:09 JeffD
 
He really does sound like a little bitch doesn't he. Its beta! If anyone knows blizz, things don't get perfect on the first pass.  
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News Comments > Ray Traced Wolfenstein at 1080P
1. Re: Ray Traced Wolfenstein at 1080P Sep 15, 2011, 23:05 JeffD
 
Still waiting to be impressed. Not a knock at raytracing, just the demo at hand. Come back to me when that is rendered in real time on a single cpu.  
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News Comments > Wing Commander 3 on GOG.com
24. Re: Wing Commander 3 on GOG.com Sep 13, 2011, 16:34 JeffD
 
I didnt play this game until it was on 3d0... so major spoiledness I was. The video was almost dvd quality with high quality audio. And the in cockpit videos were also in color.  
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News Comments > More on Euclideon's "Unlimited Detail" Engine
21. Re: More on Euclideon's Aug 11, 2011, 05:41 JeffD
 
Crustacean Soup, the only possible tricks that come about deals with memory management. Reusing object models reduces their footprint in the video cards memory so having a whole forest of trees dosn't bring the video card to its knees. Thats it. If there are 12 statues on the screen, it does not matter if they are copies of each other or they are totaly different, the system still has to render 12 objects.


All of which is moot since currently all object are stored and rendered in system memory. And the grid like pattern is simply the side effect of lacking time to create a more unique map. When you got 3 weeks to make a demo, even less time to devote to the creation of the world you are going to display, automation tools like cut and paste and the rectangle tool are a fact of life.

How about you take your ass over to scene.org and take a look at just what "other" people get done in a meare 3 weeks (or more) of work. Not alot of that stuff is pretty, and alot of it suffers from the same computer generated layouts you see here.
 
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News Comments > More on Euclideon's "Unlimited Detail" Engine
17. Re: More on Euclideon's Aug 11, 2011, 03:22 JeffD
 
Jensen wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 03:14:
Anyone can see that there are a lot of instances of a small number of highly detailed objects. Why didn't they at least put the instances on a procedural generated organic terrain instead of putting it on a grid that's blockier than Minecraft?

Youve got 3 weeks, lets see you do something better. ^^
 
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News Comments > More on Euclideon's "Unlimited Detail" Engine
16. Re: More on Euclideon's Aug 11, 2011, 03:21 JeffD
 
This was an outstanding interview, and everyone who is skepticle and just suck it. He had this running on a laptop... IN SOFTWARE! The resolution was 4:5 1024x, but were talking a non optimised 3 week demo.

If anything however, it looks like if he is going to use GPUs, e is going to use them for crunching code, not rendering polygons. This is a whole new rendering system, and thus current 3d cards wouldnt work on it.

Also to the people who are complaining about the lack of variety in objects and textures, #1 most tech demos don't, this is purly a graphics department issue and your asking for the same amount of artwork put into a multi million doller game to be put into a free demo? #2 considering the number of unique objects littered in the ground, the number of objects in the demo are actually pretty vast. #3 Despite the repeated number of trees and such, the texture work is still pretty high resolution. Infact if anyone noticed near the end of the interview when he was looking at the bark on the ground, you could see the flat ground under the rocks which appeared to have a pixilated texture. Does this mean the engine is NOT doing texture smoothing atm???

Anyways, euclideon just seriously burned all naysayers, packed up its toys saying they don't need anything from us, and are going back to doing what they set out to do. And I will await them.

 
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