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Real Name Ben Jarivnen   
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Nickname RenownWolf
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Description I make games, I play games
Homepage http://www.renownwolf.com
Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 12:52
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 8, 2015, 07:55 RenownWolf
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 7, 2015, 20:50:
First step is to ditch the misleading core marketing of your products.

They have, they have ditched the CMT setup with multiple cores sharing a FPU unit and now are using the same SMT setup as Intel and each have their own FPU unit. They are also going to be on the same process size as Intel, so maybe they will get it right finally.

Too much time running after their tails, I want them to get it right so Intel has proper competition. Same applies to their GPUs with Nvidia. They are claiming 40% increase just from the redesign not including the node down sizing which is pretty awesome considering the FX series is still using a 32nm unit and these will be 14nm.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 30, 2015, 13:11 RenownWolf
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 09:56:
To watch GoT in Germany you'd have to pay somewhere around 300 per year And get delayed airing too.

Similar deal here in Australia. They even try to claim they are doing us a favour by doing that. Too bad season one you could download the HD version from iTunes the day after it aired, however, now you can only get it with a cable subscription.

Distribution rights in regards to TV shows/Movies are completely fucked up. While game developers generally (excludes EA) try and get their product world wide and by as many channels (Steam, GoG, retail, PS Store, Xbox store etc...), TV Shows/Movies seem to want to limit their availability. Naturally this leads to "black market" situations and people copying it for their friends.

You make the bed you lie in.
 
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News Comments > Twitch Breach
2. Re: Twitch Breach Mar 23, 2015, 20:01 RenownWolf
 
Lucky I now keep different passwords for different sites. At this point it's become a joke with all these major sites being hacked. Although most the time it's SQL injection or admin account passwords being key logged, so it's hardly "hacking" just amateur security hour.

The captured in clear text on the 3rd is a real kick in the guts along with your last login IP (screwed if you have a static address).

I imagine a few people will get stung by this, as with all that detail there won't be any red flags for Credit Card purchases especially for virtual/subscription products. Especially since all these hacks become lists that are then cross linked until they have all the information they need.
 
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News Comments > Descent Reboot Kickstarter
33. Re: Descent Reboot Kickstarter Mar 11, 2015, 12:41 RenownWolf
 
Sigh... paying for individual ships. No single player. It's almost like they have a list of things to turn me off the game. Next bet is no local servers?

Got to love it =\
 
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News Comments > Source 2 Games Must Use Steam
14. Re: Source 2 Games Must Use Steam Mar 5, 2015, 12:56 RenownWolf
 
The part that really matters is the tools for the developers. Would be interesting to see somebody pull off a "it's on Steam but if you buy from our site you get free stuff" and use something like the humble widget, itch.io or similar and pull off good sales with under 10% going to a distributor.

Then again, if Valve do this right and maybe give source games a nice hat tip of say only 25% or similar while doing something crazy like providing 100% solid wine support for MS Office (dance with the devil ) and the other major consumer apps (either by offering to fund porting, or better Wine support) in Steam OS; they could become a real stand up replacement for Windows. Ohh yeah... and get AMD to do better with their linux drivers =\

Though first things first, they need to actually show the engine/tools and get it released. Valve time...
 
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News Comments > Unity 5 Released
18. Re: Unity 5 Released Mar 3, 2015, 17:27 RenownWolf
 
Level 11 doesn't lock anything away, it just gives you access to extra deals and some free assets. Think of it like PS+ where you can buy the games at the normal prices/sales, but PS+ members get extra deals and free games.  
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News Comments > Unity 5 Released
16. Re: Unity 5 Released Mar 3, 2015, 16:41 RenownWolf
 
I am using Unity 5 for my current game (I also had a sub for the now "free" UE4). Project started with Unity 4 with added PBS/PBR shaders and IBL lightning (same that is used in UE4), but with Unity 5 it's all built in, uses Enlighten real time global illumination (same GI as Battlefield 4) and runs faster.

This announcement though means the Pro version removes the splash screen (made with unity) and gives you some other added extras (Cache server, free Level 11 access (think PS+ or Xbox Live) and some other cloud stuffs). While the new "Personal" edition is free to use and includes all the previous Pro features (important things like Occlusion Culling, Profiler!!(why I went pro), render to texture for image effects and some other things).

However, personal edition is limited to companies/individuals earning less than $100,000.00 USD per year. Though a once off $1500 or $75 pm is heaps cheaper than Unreal Engine 4 at that point ($4400 assuming $100,000.00 income that year for 5% after the free $3000 per quarter). Another note with UE4 is the 5% is off the retail price, so even if Steam takes 30%, you still lose another 5% to Epic.

My biggest hope is that more people can show off graphically what Unity can now do, though it seems the better artists like showing off in Unreal as it was cheaper.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2015, 14:56 RenownWolf
 
That Power Rangers short was pretty mad. Only issue I had with it was the constant fade to black at the start... that drives me insane. Otherwise, I'd pay to see a feature length version ^_^  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 10, 2015, 03:52 RenownWolf
 
Doesn't help Nvidia when they purposefully left out Displayport 1.2a on their new 900 series cards. I understand them missing 1.3 but missing 1.2a just to force the use of G-sync is a bit disingenuous.

I'm just curious if the Oculus will support either in the future, as this would be great for it.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Jan 7, 2015, 10:05 RenownWolf
 
And I just realised I said "chicken". It appears cooking while posting does not mix... =\  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Jan 6, 2015, 06:48 RenownWolf
 
Funny you mention her mag! When I first heard they were doing a GiTS real time movie I thought of the chicken from Pacific Rim. You know it's a bad choice when my wife goes "I have bad news for you..." and then shows me an article announcing it.

I'll watch it just like I watched Enders Game (that still hurts) but just like that I'll wait until the bargain bin unless the reviews are stellar. I really do fail to understand the casting choices and need to screw with the original story with movies. Sure you have to fit the medium... but they go right out and fuck with stuff. It blows my mind everytime.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 17:27 RenownWolf
 
Never mind. Also, it's Spelt Millennial.

This comment was edited on Sep 15, 2014, 18:40.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 13, 2014, 18:24 RenownWolf
 
Kickstarter really isn't any different from a business pitch. Just like any business pitch, be it games or laundry services, you have to prove you know what you're doing with the money.

Can you provide the service in a timely matter? Will it generate a return (fun)? Is it something new or serves an underserved area? Also, just because it's a niche doesn't mean it's profitable.

So many factors equate to a successful pitch (or kickstarter) but people don't know and fail for the same reasons on both.

Then again, just because a kickstarter looks easier than an actual pitch to real investors (angels, corporate or otherwise) doesn't mean it actually is.
 
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News Comments > Toxikk Dedicated Servers Requested
7. Re: Toxikk Dedicated Servers Requested Aug 6, 2014, 08:06 RenownWolf
 
It's highly confusing o_0 They are using the Unreal Engine (be it 3.0 or 4.0), it has dedicated servers and lan functionality built in.

So they are purposefully removing a feature of the engine to control servers... They must have seen how Battlefield now makes money via controlling the servers (albeit they are numerous and easy to get) and wanted in on that action.

I'm not understanding why devs want to control the servers so badly, I rather miss community run servers with Admins who actively moved against cheaters/dickheads. I know there are still servers with active admins, but it just doesn't seem the same. Unless the cheat detection finds the hack, a public server now usually has a cheater that can come in and empty it out damn fast.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 30, 2014, 02:10 RenownWolf
 
You also have to setup a forced detected screen in Windows. That will make the GPU active. It's all a bit funky sometimes, but it does work, and you don't have to plug anything into the onboard stuff.

I currently have this setup running on 3 PCs and a Surface Pro. 2 PCs and the Surface run Windows 8.1 and the last PC runs Windows 7 (it is also the main streaming PC that contains 2x HDMI input cards).

If you want some help and that doesn't do the trick feel free to post in here and I'll drop some contact info.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 29, 2014, 18:15 RenownWolf
 
You can use quicksync as long as the CPU has the inbuilt GPU and it's enabled in the bios.

You don't have to use the actual GPU for anything other than a forced hidden screen. You can then use it for transcoding (works ace with OBS).

But I am going to guess your desktop CPU doesn't have the GPU since it's o/c'ed.

Alternative is NVENC from Nvidia which is meant to have comparable results. This also works great with OBS. Though Vegas was mentioned and I don't know what it's level of support for NVENC is. It also requires getting access to the right .dll or getting access via nvidia. (The dll is posted a million times around the OBS forums and elsewhere.)

Nothing beats pure CPU power though for the best quality encodes though Speed however is another matter.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 17, 2014, 09:49 RenownWolf
 
Double! Where 2 becomes 4!

Xbox One, double the sales, half the profits, bye kinect.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 8, 2014, 17:26 RenownWolf
 
WaltC you should come to Australia. Where we went from upgrading to a all Fibre network, and are now downgrading to a Fibre to the Node and then copper network! Politics win, voters lose.

Need to change our joke from down under to backwards =\
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jul 6, 2014, 13:07 RenownWolf
 
The biggest goof in my opinion is the digitizer pen. Going from a quality Wacom to a heavier battery powered one was a bad idea.

I'll keep using my first gen until they go back =\
 
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News Comments > Heavy Bullets Early Access
6. Re: Heavy Bullets Early Access May 16, 2014, 03:50 RenownWolf
 
ViRGE wrote on May 16, 2014, 00:20:
It looks like they're doing some kind of Steam cross-promotion too. I received a 10% off coupon a few hours ago.

Though I can't say this is my kind of game. I like FPSes, but among other things the visual style is way too abstract for my tastes.

I got the same thing, I am guessing you get it for watching the trailer on their page.

Interesting marketing trick, got me by surprise ^_^
 
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