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News Comments > On Duke Nukem's Future
34. Re: On Duke Nukem's Future Dec 27, 2009, 08:44 Ray Marden
 
Nothing like spending a decade doing nothing and still having the balls to brag about it...
I mean, really, Miller? Really???
Wishing they had any respect for the market, franchise, or (especially) the gamers,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
11. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 12:54 Ray Marden
 
Nor have I - it's both funny and saddening having a 24" monitor and sitting at the Windows desktop with black bars on all four sides (depending on the resoultion.)

Samsung 2433BW:
http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/office/monitors/essential/LS24CMKKFV/ZA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

Vistiontek HD 4850 512MB:
http://graphics.visiontek.com/video/4000/4850.html

This is using DVI, with and without the monitor driver installed, and I would have to be back at home to break down which resolutions do what.

Everythign was fine on the Windows 7 x64 install and even the 9.11 drivers up until I actually selected a different refresh for one resolution (I think it was 1680x1050 where I noticed Windows was running at 59hz, but I selected 60hz) and then everything went screwey.

Literally, I am at my wit's end on this - I've tried with and without the monitor drive, custom timings (that disappear,) different driver versions, removing all drivers, etc.

I have found quite a few people with similar issues via Google, but no specific cause/fix as of yet. It's quite funny/sad spending so much time just trying to get an video signal to fit my monitor (which works pre-Windows, certain resoultions, when I set Windows to a specific resolution/refresh, etc.)

I didn't have time to fiddle with it last night nor will I have much time tonight, but I am hoping to resolve it this weekend. This is a fresh install of Windows 7 x64 so I may just give in and try rolling back or even doing another fresh install...
And no hardware changed what so ever and all worked until that one point.
Shrugging,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
8. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 18, 2009, 10:21 Ray Marden
 
Yes, my whininig aside , ATI is significantly better than what it was.

In the old days, price and performance might not have mattered as much - the real question was whether or not you could get the thing running reliably.

I am just frustrated that, with each time I jump over to ATI, I frequently run into some bizarre bugs. In a weird way, it's less about the quantity of bugs so much as how strange they are (like the above mentioned letterbox issues...WTF??? )

Having said that all, ATI is about the only company making video cards these days. It really is just a Nvidia/ATI world (R.I.P. everybody else,) but clearly NVIDIA has no idea what in the heck it is doing right now. Maybe, maybe we'll see something early next year - but at what price? What performance level? What will ATI be able to respond with in turn? I do have to give ATI credit, too, for not abusing its position as nvidia would historically do. Yeah, some prices have edged up a bit, but nothing like the past.

Ultimately, they're the only company pshing (I use that relatively) 3D graphics on PCs right now and you aren't wrong for purchasing an ATI card, but I could definitely go for a generation of card/driver that didn't give me some really strange functionality. Mind you, I make matters worst by virtue of constantly mixing a combination of 2D and 3D items simultaneously (DVD playback, work document, DreamScene, and a windowed game...)

Likely to upgrade in the next generation,
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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
6. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 20:36 Ray Marden
 
http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=78815

As for the ATI/Windows 7 refresh issues, go look them up on Google. I haven't honestly tested the new drivers since being home, but the previous version(s?) was a nightmare.

I had one game that was acting a little strange, acting like it was running at the wrong refresh rate. I went to check the refresh rate in CCC and it was set lower than it should.

No problem - just change it back and.....WHAM 80% of my resolutions are now running in letterbox. It's like a full resoltuion (1900x1200) signal is being sent to the monitor, but the desktop is only displaying at the corresponding pixel count (black borders on all four sides, depending on the resolution selected.) You can manually fix your desktop resolution, but CCC won't save changes to non-selected resolutions.

These current drivers still make some mention of the issue (which is scary,) but any manually set resolutions would disappear. I'll find out this weekend if everything is fixed, but.......fail, total fail, by ATI.
Seriously, can ATI not bother to fix the 2D/3D bug???
Edit: Yes, obviously, I have the correct monitor driver.

Tired of ATI,
Ray

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News Comments > New ATI Reference Drivers
1. Re: New ATI Reference Drivers Dec 17, 2009, 17:44 Ray Marden
 
Maybe Borderlands won't constantly reset the display adapter now without tinkering with the CCC?

Maybe most Windows 7 resolutions won't run in letterbox now?

Yeah, about that driver kWaLitTeE...
Queue the rabid supporters...
Hoping NvIdIa will give me something in the new year,
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation
9. Re: F.E.A.R. 3 Speculation Dec 15, 2009, 17:37 Ray Marden
 
The second game was an average shooter with some absurd action moments, but really out of touch for what made the first game so special and the combat was a major downgrade.

I'd like a third F.E.A.R. game eventually, but only after some time spent mulling over what made them go so offcourse and, ideally, with some different people.

In the meantime, I would really like to have an updated NOLF and I would be interested in a modern Blood. Heck, I might even be up for the silliness that is Shogo.
Heck, I'd even take a new Claw over the next F.E.A.R.
Noting new IPs are always nice, too,
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General Discussion > Site suggestions
15. Re: Post display Dec 14, 2009, 13:04 Ray Marden
 
I think this is the single biggest flaw (and a significant one at that) of these forums.

Have you ever been posting here and then had somebody ask you whe people were talking about? Or what the current discussions are?

You either set the forum to the lackluster "Flat" view and just have somebody view a gigantic wall of text without any coherent direction or you set it to the "Thread" view and then the poor person has to spend an absurd amount of time clicking on each and every post (along with all the joys of refreshing the entire page each and every time.)

Look, I love Blue's and I'll die with this damn site , but I've never heard a positive comment from somebody when they see that (and quite a few make comments about age/layout/quality.)

Otherwise, navigation could use a nice update. For a new person, what is this site? Even if they do find the FAQ, it is a bit oudated. Do people have the ability to received e-mail updates? Or control how/when/if a thread is marked as inactive? Any easy way to view thread updates? Edit: This is in relation to a new user - how would they know? The account setup area is a bit rusty...

What about the often requested donation button? Don't ever make the assumption that people will donate, but a few might - dump it in an account and maybe you can get an update at some point down the road.

How about a handful of always active threads/forums/folders not tied to a daily update? Have a coupon? Post it here. Have a tech question? Post it here. Why not integrate these "general" threads onto the main page?

How about cleaning up the post interface? Should emoticons be above the login and not closer to the Special Codes section so somebody can see all text/mark up options in one general area? Should the "Forum Rules" be more prominent rather than being the lowest, most right-sided items? For that matter, do we need special codes listed as text and as a button? If I was new here, doesn't that blank button look a little strange?

Can I please put a character after an emoticon like I used to be able to? N o t t h a t I d o n ' t l i k e s p a c e s o r a n y t h i n g.

Sacrilege, I admit, but could I have an option for a lighter shade of blue background? If not a few?

Can we clearly state the superiority of fruit roll ups and compound spreading?
Make it so!
Thinking that last one is the most important,
Ray

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Patch
38. Re: Dragon Age Patch Dec 8, 2009, 13:03 Ray Marden
 
To each their own, obviously, but I just didn't feel it.

You get blatantly screwed over by Mr. Bitter Loghain.

You then spend the next 80% of the game just acquiring allies, almost ignoring the darkspawn threat.

While doing the above, you might get a few "Ha ha, you suck because Loghain says so! Die!" encounters.

Then, only at the very end, does he really play up his reasons for his actions (which again, do fly a bit in the face of the numerous, blatant "bad" things they've shown him as doing.)

That's kind of how the game felt to me: quickie origin story, go grab your set allies, get a quick blurb from Loghain, and then go kill the last boss. I just think weaving in more connection between all the locations as well as showing/proving the threat of the darkspawn would have done more for the overall story. Alternately, even if the same structure was more or less kept, it would have been nice to see my actions have more impact on the greater world; instead, the various zones felt distinctly confined and separate (elf, dwarf, mage, human.)
The dwarves themselves are constantly holding back darkspawn. Not so threatening...
Wanting less focus on humans; thining the elfs have a crappy backstory,
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News Comments > WoW Patched
13. Re: WoW Patched Dec 8, 2009, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
Eh, I am mixed about things.

I just went through some major guild dRaMaZ and haven't really played the game for the past few weeks.
I expected the guild to follow its rules. Unfortunately, it was a real-world clique.
On one hand, I miss parts of the game like the weekly struggle to accomplish the next goal with a large group of people.

On the other hand, it's nice to have nights to myself or let me post-work day play out in a casual way. Also, I dread the whole guild initiation process - the begging to join, the jaded criticism, and dynamics of politics in a game that is based around hunting down the next gear upgrade.

It's weird, too, because I either need to start playing immediately while my gear is still current, else I will endlessly be behind the gear curve and really shouldn't bother until the next expansion semi-resets everything. After the last two-plus years of constant raiding, it's a little peculair (and extremely pathetic. )

As for LK, I think Blizzard really fine tuned a lot of mechanics, but it has simultaneously made some out of the blue changes that reinforce the idea that it really doesn't know what to do with the game in the long term. More than anything, the lack of varied content combined with the excessive rehashing of supplied content (5 person, 10 person, 25 person, hard mode for all, heroic mode for all) is a bit tiring. As ever, I think Blizzard has achieve some phenomenal lows in customer service, particularly on its forums.

Really tempted by that Lost Blu-Ray collection deal on Amazon...,
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Patch
21. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Patch Dec 7, 2009, 19:14 Ray Marden
 
I'm seeng an increase in loading times, but it's more game length related than time spent playing in a current session (the farther and farther I get into the game, the worse this is, regardless of whether I have played for 3 minutes or 3 hours.)

The longer I played the game and the more items I collected, the longer my load times became. At the end of the game, I was pushing 15+ second load times on everything. When testing out a new character, load times definitely decrease.

Otherwise, stupid AI aside, my only bugs were the dwarf noble story wiping all DLC items (nice testing there) and the two or three quests that couldn't complete properly.
Yes, I know you can disable and re-enabled the DLC to get it back.
Ultimately, I cannot argue with the ~60 hours I've put into this game, but the game world still feels really, really small, I don't feel a deep connection to my party members (toss 'em a few gifts and they all love you; pick whichever slut you want to have sex with,) the "good" and "bad" choices are still blatantly obvious, I'm not blown away by the main story (I guess there were some darkspawn during my quest to shame Loghain?,) and there is that ever present Bioware disconnect between the individual character stories and the main story (Ciao Duncan and Whine-istair is quite forced.)

It's a good game in many ways, it's certainly the best of the formulaic Bioware games (KotOR, Jade Empire, and Mass Effect,) but I think it still has some room for improvement. If there was as much, if not more, of a world to explore as there was combat, I think this would be an absolutely fantastic game. Having some more optional, non-linear places would be nice, too.

Brittany absolutely LOVES this game and is on her second play through so I do have to give Bioware props for that.

Wishing I didn't play DA the same way I play WoW,
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News Comments > More on ECA Cancellations
1. Re: More on ECA Cancellations Dec 7, 2009, 18:31 Ray Marden
 
Admittedly, I had no idea who ECA was until very recently, but what tidbits I have picked up from people really, really make this company sound like a bunch of jerks.

The fact that they are telling customers that did cancel via the website that those were not valid cancellations and only accepting correspondences (with pre-emptive warnings that they cannot control what gets lost in the mail...) is ridiculous.

Toss in the fact that it actually markets itself as a consumer advocacy group, this is just absurd.

I can only hope this entire company shuts down immediately and that its employees suffer some type of significant legal penalty.
Or just a punch in the face?
Neeeeeeevvvvvveeeeeeerrrrrrrr going to support this company,
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Announced
12. Re: Dead Space 2 Announced Dec 7, 2009, 12:35 Ray Marden
 
Maybe some proper widescreen support, too.
Hey, look! 2/3 of my screen is my character! w00t!
Interesting; hoping the PC version works; wondering what route this will take,
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News Comments > Pandemic Closure: Blame California
19. Re: Pandemic Closure: Blame California Dec 5, 2009, 07:19 Ray Marden
 
Living in the bay area, I absolutely loved California. I have yet to find any other location with as nice weather and the ability to, within two hours of driving in a given direction, experience beach, swamp, snow, desert, plains, mountains, redwoods, etc.

Of course, that isn't to say that it doesn't have a bit of a zany budget and unhealthy cost of living, particularly in regards to housing itself. Although I would argue that, in many ways, it's simply an exaggerated or accelerated magnification of what this country is generally going through.

I am endlessly amazed at this country's acceptance of housing and banking being the holy grails of economic growth. Who cares about education? Who cares about industry? Who cares acount science? Who cares about the future?

As for Pandemic itself, let's be honest - it was not a very good developer. At the very least, it was not a strong competitor. Coupled with it's location, this economy, and other factors, this company's flaws affected it much more and/or sooner than other companies.

What Pandemic games were the pinnacle of perfection? Revolutionized games? Had few, if any, flaws? Averaged a 90% or higher review? Would be viewed as the leader of their respective genre at time of release? Didn't have to rely on the "It's not an amazing game, but it's kind of fun now and then..." argument?

Looking at all the games it had a part in, maybe two of them actually piqued my attention. Yet in both cases, the games were flawed, I had better or more intriguing games to play in comparison, and I was not immediately sold on their premise.
Poor socialism. Disregarded as handouts. No recognition of community advancement.
If this developer consistently released great games in a timely manner that sold well, California would be a non-issue. Conversely, if you wan to champion the California argument, what of Pandemic's decision to be located in California in the first place?

Really, really, really disliking EA,
Ray

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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: Amazon.com Black Friday Deals. Nov 27, 2009, 13:03 Ray Marden
 
I have completely avoided the stores today, but still some nice deals out there.

If ever anybody wanted a PS3, this is the time to buy one - $300 price tag, 120GB version, at least two games, and a third bonus (third game, gift card, etc.) Quite a few of the GPS systems are $70+. The Harry Potter and Star Trek films are all ~$10.00 per Blu-Ray and Amazon is going to sell the X-Men trillogy for $30.00 in roughly two hours, etc. Steam's two sales have been a little bland (Really? It doesn't even have the best LFD2 sale???,) but there are/were some steals on older games if people didn't already buy them. If you look betwee the various stores, there are some nice discounts on games old and new.

I already have them, but there are a number of great deals on HDTVs as well as ~$100 Blu-Ray players. Some places even let you sneak out even larger deals by having a fantastic Black Friday price coupled with some other type of financing offcer (10% new account at Sears, various no-interest options, cashback from Bing, Discover card discount at Amazon, etc.)

I've ordered a ton of $8-$12 Blu-Rays between Amazon and BestBuy (Walmart has deals, too, but you go to hell if you buy from there .) I did pick up one of the $30 wireless dualshock controllers from Radio Shack and I finally purchased Borderlands for $20.

Short of the BSG collection (Blu-Ray) or some fantastic deal on a soundbar, I have purchased everything I could possibly want for the next month or two.
Why isn't there something between the HTCTC-100 and HTCT-500???
Edit: It's criminal to not be registered at CAG and following the forums: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/

Having lots of goodies coming and having spent very little,
Ray

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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Specs & DRM Details
7. Re: Mass Effect 2 Specs & DRM Details Nov 25, 2009, 12:26 Ray Marden
 
Not to mention a good terabtye drive costs less than $100.00 these days...
To say nothing of even larger drive...
Still having some 600GB fee on mine,
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 Out of Africa?
2. Re: Far Cry 3 Out of Africa? Nov 25, 2009, 12:03 Ray Marden
 
They can set the game in a living room so long as they include some actual gameplay and story this time around...
Vehicle w/mounted gun = Instant win. Now repeat endlessly.
Unable to recall the last time I launched the snoozefest that is FC,
Ray

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News Comments > GameStop Profits Up
7. Re: GameStop Profits Up Nov 19, 2009, 12:30 Ray Marden
 
Or pay the developer/publisher for one copy of a game and then sell it five or six times...
F*ck Lamestop. And yet it is number one. So sad.
Wondering if you would ike an extended warranty with this post...,
Ray

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Modern Warfare 2 (Except for Steam)
28. Re: Ships Ahoy - Modern Warfare 2 (Except for Steam) Nov 10, 2009, 12:57 Ray Marden
 
I think it just speaks to the overall stupidity of all the parties involved.

I can't...because.

Nor can I; I want to, but I am the victim here.

I totally would and think we should, but they say no.

And we are not really saying no. I mean, we are, but that is only because of this one thing.

And those other people do not have to worry about that one thing, but we ought to out of principle.

Yeah, I heard you. You are totally the victim here and cannot do what you want to about it.


Blah blah blah...you have a bunch of parties pointing fingers at each other instead of just one person stepping forward and correcting the discrepancy.

Meanwhile, I have no plans on buying MW2 anytime soon (and not for less than $20.) I only purchased the first game a litlte over a week ago and it really isn't much of a game. Yes, the presentation is there and it's nice to think about how cool you are, but you don't really do anything. It just feels like scripted segment after scripted segment or like I am stuck in some mechanical shooting range. It amuses me for a level or so, but then I just get overwhelmed with how utterly pointless and static it is.

It's probaby worth the $20 I paid for it, but I am not dying to complete it, much less rush out and buy this game. With the $60 price...with the limited functionality...with the same generic gameplay...with the anti-PC sentiments from the developer and publisher...
I almost feel like I am playing a military propoganda simulator...
Wishing there was at least one big, exciting, new game for the end of year,
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 9, 2009, 19:35 Ray Marden
 
Fermi? Graphics? Cards?

From nViDiA?

That company is still around?
I just don't see it being as great as NvIdIa needs it to be...
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News Comments > WoW Microtransactions Begin
9. Re: WoW Microtransactions Begin Nov 4, 2009, 17:48 Ray Marden
 
Pandaren Monk:
http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/images/news/2009/august/pandarenmonks.jpg

Lil' KT:
http://static.mmo-champion.com/mmoc/images/news/2009/september/lilkt.jpg

General non-combat pet news:
http://www.warcraftpets.com/

General news/rumor/leak information:
http://www.mmo-champion.com/
Stupid TCG pets!
Having more pets than I will admit to :o,
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