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Signed On May 23, 2007, 03:50
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News Comments > Diablo III in Early 2012; Beta to Expand
35. Re: Diablo III in Early 2012; Beta to Expand Sep 23, 2011, 15:48 MattyC
 
zincthallinide wrote on Sep 23, 2011, 13:48:
Warcraft, RTS lite. I could never get into Starcraft, which strikes me as a highly generic sci-fi-ish RTS game.

You think WarCraft was RTS lite and you couldn't get in to the longest running RTS success ever? I think you just don't like RTS games.


But yes they have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard_Entertainment
the best known would likely be Blackthorn and Lost Vikings.
 
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News Comments > Dead Island Ships 1M in North America, Approaches 2M Worldwide
32. Re: Dead Island Sells 1M in North America, Approaches 2M Worldwide Sep 16, 2011, 11:39 MattyC
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 15, 2011, 12:07:
The entire game is coop except the prologue (the bit in the hotel), but the prologue can be skipped.

Good to hear, I might be picking this up. I do love good co-op. It is what has made the Gears of War games so awesome for me when otherwise they aren't that special.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Lag-Free?
49. Re: Diablo III Lag-Free? Sep 14, 2011, 20:22 MattyC
 
To the people saying marketing / what Blizzard says: This seems to be gamers IncGamers talked to or some such thing. This isn't like some official Blizzard press release or claim.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Andy Whitfield Sep 12, 2011, 11:49 MattyC
 
kanniballl wrote on Sep 12, 2011, 11:03:
Yeh, that's a shame. Andy Whitfield was friggin' young.

I think he did a great job in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.


Agreed. Thought he was doing better too :/
 
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News Comments > Six Blizzard Releases Expected Over Three Years [Updated]
16. Re: Six Blizzard Releases Expected Over Three Years Sep 9, 2011, 10:17 MattyC
 
Verno wrote on Sep 9, 2011, 10:04:
Flatline wrote on Sep 9, 2011, 05:13:
Err... Diablo 2 had an expansion pack. Worked just fine. The DLC areas probably just won't be accessible to you unless you pay. Or they'll add more characters... or whatever. I don't care. I'll be skipping it.

And I'll believe that SC2's other 2/3 of the game will be coming out in 3 years when I see it. It will have taken 2 years to get the first of the two out the door.

At the end of the day I don't care. WoW got old, D3 looks like a whiff (always on is an auto-fail for me, elaborate auction houses and real money sh*t means legitimate gold mining. Yay.), and SC2 was halfway interesting for the one playthrough it got (not interested in playing competitively online). Maybe Titan will interest me, but I'm not holding my breath.

Blizzard isn't the company it used to be.

I don't agree with everything you said but I think your sentiment is spot on. Remember all of those people who claimed SC2 was a must have and that everyone would buy it no matter what they said on a forum and blah blah blah? Well it turned out they were wrong and SC2 was barely a blip for most people. It sold well but it isn't exactly the must play game that everyone is talking about anymore.

Speak for yourself. I think SC2 is incredible. I still play it and follow the tournaments regularly. Stoked for DreamHack Valencia, NASL S2, and the next GSL season. Yes I left out the GSL finals. I love the season, but their finals always seem to disappoint.
 
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 in March 2012, Multiplayer Support Confirmed
4. Re: Max Payne 3 in March 2012, Multiplayer Support Confirmed Sep 8, 2011, 10:32 MattyC
 
Verno wrote on Sep 8, 2011, 10:26:
Rockstar rarely lets me down

Agreed. When I read new Max Payne I was like 'I dunno about this...' but seeing that it is being done by Rockstar gives me hope.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Public Beta "Very Close"
25. Re: Diablo III Public Beta Sep 7, 2011, 14:26 MattyC
 
Wildone wrote on Sep 7, 2011, 11:52:
FUCKING BULLSHIT



"Unable to Continue
You must have at least one full version of a Blizzard Entertainment game attached to this Battle.net account in order to set up your beta profile."


FUCK YOU

Seems pretty logical to me. It reduces people making 20 accounts trying to up the odds of getting an invite. Surely you have one Blizzard game? StarCraft and Diablo II keys work just fine.
 
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News Comments > Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced
33. Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced Sep 1, 2011, 17:08 MattyC
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 16:09:
MattyC wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 15:29:
PHJF wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 14:50:
Because toslink is incompatible with the current top-end audio formats, formats which have been in place for YEARS. Say what you will about HDMI as an industry standard, but regardless it IS the industry standard. Toslink is 25+ years old and was designed specifically for stereo sound.

Such as? Seems to be working fine for me. And my current setup is stereo. I have 4 Infinity Interlude IL10s and a IL36C, but I currently only use 2 of the IL10s simply to reduce clutter. This is a PC setup, not my HT. I don't really see the need to change anything on it.

Bluray formats... DTS-HD, TrueHD, and PCM. Toslink can handle PCM as long as it's two channel. I spent all of $200 on my Sony HTIB for use with my PS3 and I get 5.1, uncompressed LPCM audio via HDMI.

I am talking about for a PC. I have a HT setup with 5.1 and HDMI for movies, TV, and my Xbox. I just see no use for it on the PC. Particularly when I rarely have anything but 2.1 hooked up to it. I <3 my Interludes. They sound and look great, but they are also huge to be using in a 5.1 computer setup, so most of the time only the two are out.
 
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News Comments > Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced
31. Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced Sep 1, 2011, 15:29 MattyC
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 14:50:
Because toslink is incompatible with the current top-end audio formats, formats which have been in place for YEARS. Say what you will about HDMI as an industry standard, but regardless it IS the industry standard. Toslink is 25+ years old and was designed specifically for stereo sound.

Such as? Seems to be working fine for me. And my current setup is stereo. I have 4 Infinity Interlude IL10s and a IL36C, but I currently only use 2 of the IL10s simply to reduce clutter. This is a PC setup, not my HT. I don't really see the need to change anything on it.
 
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News Comments > Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced
25. Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced Sep 1, 2011, 14:13 MattyC
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 12:59:
You're fucking kidding me, right? Optical audio?

What is this, 1985?

What is wrong with optical? I don't need to pass video so I see no reason to upgrade my setup just to use HDMI.
 
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News Comments > Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced
10. Re: Sound Blaster Recon3D Announced Sep 1, 2011, 10:44 MattyC
 
Frijoles wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 10:21:
I haven't bought a sound card since Doom 3 came out. I think I've used on-board for the last two or three upgrades I've done. I don't see that changing any time soon.


I went a step further and just said forget it. I just use onboard optical output to a receiver since around 2004ish. Great sound and no worrying about support.
 
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News Comments > No GFWL for Batman: Arkham City?
54. Re: No GFWL for Batman: Arkham City? Aug 29, 2011, 21:29 MattyC
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 09:01:
TurdFergasun wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 07:57:
Jerykk wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 06:09:

You don't honestly believe that M/KB is the ideal control scheme for every genre of game, do you? Some genres (like racing and fighting) are simply better suited to alternate controllers. Technically, you don't need to use a gamepad for any PC game. However, if you refuse to use anything but M/KB, you won't be getting the optimal experience in some genres.

fighting and sports games are the only type of games that benefit from a control pad. racing, if you have been behind the wheel of an actual vehicle (which if you haven't your opinion is useless to begin with) should be done with a force feedback wheel. There are some racing games, that are crap with either wheel, kbm, or control pad, but those are incredibly shitty games to begin with and should be shunned like poison.

Agreed 100%.
I tried racing games with a gamepad for a while and then I got sick of it. I tried a joystick and it was much better, but then I got a wheel and its fantastic.

Its all about how the developer gets the controls done. If its a cheap console port, the controls with M/KB will suck, even on a shooter. That wont mean I will ever use a controller instead, just because the developer/publisher were too cheap to make a proper PC version.

Oh and I sold my controller again as well. I simply dont have any games on the PC that justify it. And I wont buy em either.

Interesting. I have used a few wheels before and maybe they just sucked, but I didn't much care for them. I have always enjoyed racing games on a gamepad. Then again that may reflect that (other than a bit of Need For Speed) most serious racing game play started with Gran Tourismo on a PS1 dual shock.
 
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News Comments > Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 Lives
4. Re: Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 Lives Aug 27, 2011, 17:27 MattyC
 
HoSpanky wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 15:51:
I found the first two games to be quite entertaining. Very interested in the new route they're taking here, as well as Zeboyd getting a well-known IP to work with.

Same here. I am really just happy they are going to make a third game.
 
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News Comments > XCOM E3 2011 Playthrough - Changes Detailed
16. Re: XCOM E3 2011 Playthrough - Changes Detailed Aug 27, 2011, 13:23 MattyC
 
Beelzebud wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 13:12:
Fallout 3 still sucks compared to the original two.

I have always been on the fence on that. I don't want to say it sucked. I mean, I had a lot of fun with Fallout 3 and NV. That said it clearly wasn't a Fallout game. They should have called it "Oblivion II: Now with guns n stuff". It just wasn't anything like the first two.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Steve Jobs Was 'Henry Ford' of The Computer Industry. Aug 27, 2011, 13:14 MattyC
 
yuastnav wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 10:14:
MattyC wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 00:59:
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'Snake oil salesman' generally refers to someone selling something of minimal to no benefit. Pretty much just pure BS. I have [...]

And there will be people who swear that what they just took is not a placebo. Yes, you use that, doesn't mean someone else cannot say it's snake oil because it's useless.
Furthermore you did nothing to disprove the fact that comparing Ford to Jobs is utter bullshit and reeks of fanboyism and/or a lack of a intelligence to discern someone with real ides from some public figure.

What? The Placebo effect is perceived action. I don't imagine that my iPod plays my music, video, and surfed the web. Those are things it did and it is clearly observable to others. I also like working on my MBP. I like multiple desktops and expose. I wish Windows had such features. Other people can observe me using them quite easily... those are features, not something I perceive. You can go on calling it snake oil all you want but yeah..

I also listed that Jobs has done more than just raw marketing. And even if he had JUST been a marketing master - that matters. Marketing determines all kinds of trends in society. Even if that were the case you would be raging over semantics.

As an example I really don't get The Sims. I just don't see how it could be fun. That said I don't pretend Maxis is hawking 'useless snake oil' or pretend the series hasn't been successful and important. You don't have to like something to observe its impact.

Creston wrote on Aug 26, 2011, 12:07:
MattyC wrote on Aug 26, 2011, 09:25:
I think some British guys were the first to actually come up with it, but IIRC it was Cadillac that rolled out the modern peddle system and layout.

Top Gear proved you wrong on that.

Creston

Really? I thought I learned that from Top Gear Embarassed Who actually rolled it out to the mainstream?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Steve Jobs Was 'Henry Ford' of The Computer Industry. Aug 27, 2011, 00:59 MattyC
 
The Advocate wrote on Aug 26, 2011, 13:02:
MattyC wrote on Aug 26, 2011, 09:25:

Random comments and ad hominem attack

Refinements really have nothing to do with the point that, unlike Jobs, Ford founded an entire industry and revolutionized other industries with his designs. Assembly line driven mass production, for example.

I can't be bitter about something I am not personally involved with. Jobs is a salesman and that's that. The way he pushes sales is very much akin to used car salesmen and snake oil salesmen. Just as Ballmer is a belligerent, sweaty, loud bully. Ever wonder why Sinofsky is now the public face of Windows development?

I'm sorry if you think I somehow shat in your Apple flavored kool-aid.

'Snake oil salesman' generally refers to someone selling something of minimal to no benefit. Pretty much just pure BS. I have an iPod and a MacBook Pro. Would the MBP replace my desktop PC for gaming? No, but I love it, and use it for most everything else. I also enjoy my iPod touch. Both were great buys. It isn't "kool-aid". You may not like it (and that is just fine), but what you are stating is false. Lots of people like Apple's products. You don't have to found an entire industry to have a large impact on things.

Jobs worked with more than Apple. He also did work with NeXT and Pixar. Both did a number of things well. Tim Berners-Lee (web) and John Carmack (Doom) did some nice stuff on NeXT, not to mention Pixar has done quite well for itself.

If you don't like Jobs or Apple, that is fine. However pretending they had no impact on technology and it was all just sales is nonsensical at best. Refinements matter. You trying to dismiss them as marketing is silly. They weren't marketing moves, things were done.


I would also add that generally if your post is going to involve <x> kool-aid it probably lacks merit. I could be wrong and someone could show me an awesome post/point/paper with an <x> kool-aid statement in it, but in general it is a good bit of text to black list. This is sort of reinforced by your edit of my quote. If you don't want to quote my message ... don't. Trying to ignore it and call it "Random comments and ad hominem attack" is well
 
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News Comments > Torchlight 2 Classier, Not Pricier
3. Re: Torchlight 2 Final Class and Price Revealed Aug 26, 2011, 11:20 MattyC
 
While I fully plan on picking up Diablo 3 at launch I have to say I will be doing the same for Torchlight 2 as well. I always felt multiplayer was the only thing that kept the first one at ok rather than great.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Steve Jobs Was 'Henry Ford' of The Computer Industry. Aug 26, 2011, 09:25 MattyC
 
The Advocate wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 22:55:
Bullshit. That easily belongs to Robert Noyce or, Hell, most of that team from Fairchild Semiconductor.

Henry Ford actually designed, built and mss produced something, personally, and was an engineer his entire life. Steve Jobs soldered a couple of components on a bread board in comparison.

Steve Jobs is a slick used-car and snake oil salesman. He's good at selling the idea that you "need" iDevice but he didn't found an entire industry. While Apple may have come out on top of the sales, every thing they ever produced was merely a refinement of some other tech that came before.

I would agree but only in so much as he and Apple were more the Cadillac. Have you ever seen a Model T? It was horribly designed. It could do the job, but you sure wouldn't want to be driving that way today. I think some British guys were the first to actually come up with it, but IIRC it was Cadillac that rolled out the modern peddle system and layout. Ford refused to convert for quite some time (and still sold fairly well), but eventually we ended up with the layout we have today. I see Apple in a role somewhat similar to that rather than revolutionary.

As for the "a slick used-car and snake oil salesman" comment I disagree. That is just you doing some bitter "wahhhhhh someone likes something I don't. Why aren't they ccoooool like MMEEEEEEEE" thing. If you don't like Apple products, don't buy them. No one else cares if you do or don't.

 
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News Comments > Razer Declares PC Gaming Lives
30. Re: Razer Declares PC Gaming Lives Aug 23, 2011, 09:36 MattyC
 
Razumen wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 23:33:
wtf_man wrote on Aug 22, 2011, 23:06:
I have a 9-button programmable Razer Lachesis mouse. I've had it for about 4-5 years.

Every once in a while, after I boot my gaming rig... for some reason the mouse isn't "detected" and I have to go to the back to the machine and pull it... then plug it back in. This has gone on with 2 different motherboards and OSes (Xp and 7), and several driver updates. It's definitely the Mouse.

As for it's performance and functionality (when it works)... it's "Meh.. OK"

That said... I'll probably never buy another Razer product again. My next programmable mouse will probably be a Logitech... like my G-11 Keyboard.

/shrug

You're complaining about a mouse that's 5 years old? Man that's considered ancient in tech years-in fact you're lucky the thing works at all still.

I've been using Razer mice for years and I've never regretted paying the slight premium for quality.

Not if you don't buy junk. I use a relatively new Logitech G500 on my desktop, but I am also using an original 4 button optical Microsoft Intellimouse on my laptop. Its from... I think 2002 or 2003; either way it is ancient. Still works just fine. It replaced my launch model MX510 which still worked but you had to keep the cord bent to the left which was likely a result of being rolled up that way for years and packed in my laptop bag.


No reason you have to trash mice or keyboards constantly.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
10. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 19, 2011, 10:39 MattyC
 
Numinar wrote on Aug 19, 2011, 00:08:
Was Blizzard dead when the playstation version of Diablo 1 was released? I have seen soooo many forum posts by PC gamers who got their licks playing inferior ports of Xcom, Populous, Star Control 2 or Civilization on consoles.

They might have been inferior ports, but they in no way detracted from the initial release being brilliant and those dudes guys grew up into people who will plunk thousands down on fancy new PC hardware and software every year, which is good for all of us. Think of it as a form of PC missionary work. Bringing god to the unwashed masses!

No kidding, I don't see any reason to view this as something new. Blizzard has had console ports of its titles for years. They are still a PC first dev and Diablo 3 is clearly being developed primarily for the PC.
 
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