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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 > New Wildman Video; Tiers
5. Re: New Wildman Video; Tiers Jan 27, 2013, 17:26 RenownWolf
 
Somebody mentioned he reads things, I'm not interested in the game from a gameplay pov.

However, from a marketing perspective he really should play up the dinosaur part. That concept looks cool and should be shown as a reach goal to have a playable dinosaur humanoid character.

People love dinosaurs and they sell.

Would love to see them succeed just because of his previous games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 21, 2013, 10:56 RenownWolf
 
From the looks of the specs PS4 coding will likely be similar to developing for a PC using opengl, as their current API is really similar to opengl as it is.

Xbox will naturally be more liken to directx (a subset no doubt, with some hardware specific addons).

So really it will be not far off making a game that supports Mac, Linux and Windows. Hopefully that is what will happen meaning it'll take less time for developers to get their games out and start learning to take full advantage of the system (with the hope of it leading back to PC aswell).

The memory part is here nor there, Sony has chosen faster ram, but less of it, while MS has gone with more but slower. It will really come down to transfer rates than the size of the ram. Console devs are already very good at streaming the data they need when they need it.

I remember learning about how they would position the data on their discs for the PSX to get the best loading times. While the bad games that didn't optimize it would have shitty load times.
 
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News Comments > Rob Pardo on Jay Wilson and Diablo III
12. Re: Rob Pardo on Jay Wilson and Diablo III Jan 19, 2013, 20:01 RenownWolf
 
It is rather interesting that Starcraft 2 can have offline play but no Diablo 3. That has to be one of those things that tick people off.

Then again, SC2 has no LAN and they cop rage every time there is a issue at a major tournament.

Listening but also dismissing what is said. Unfortunate they are slowly turning themselves into the bad guy. What's that old quote? Live long enough to see yourself become the bad guy or something.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 10, 2013, 06:55 RenownWolf
 
Beamer I disagree HTPCs are closer to what the steam box will most likely be. Difference I see is that they will all have the same (or close to) CPU/Video setups to keep that part consistent.

Imagine they release 2 versions, the normal package which runs the majority of games at med-high settings, then a second top tier which runs them at the high-ultra levels. Assuming you only had to support 2 CPUs (both same manufacturer), 2 GPUs (same as cpu), same motherboard/audio you could just have a steambox update monthly (or whatever period that suits) which would make it idiot proof.

And since they are doing the updates and distributing them themselves they can check if the drivers work with the games before release, or force a rollback if required.

If they could also get netflix/hulu/media company to add their stuff to it, then add all the computer software that they find compatible, sure you can uses whatever, but this way they have a short list of what is safe to use, and as we know people will generally use what they are told.

This is why I think steam wanted to start working with selling software too. Plus they control what products go there, and then they can on boot show off ads for the new software. Really they don't have to spend heaps on R&D the best they can do is use their market power (ie buying millions of units) to get the cpu/gpu/audio/ram combo down to cheap and box it up. I believe the Xi3 stuff is simply their way to test the market, and see if it is feasible.

These guys are damn smart if they are going that way, and I look forward to it. If they can get it on the same level as a console but with the power of a pc they will make people happy. Why have a locked down console when you have choices, you can even Skype to grandma with her pc while you sit on the couch.

I can see this as a better way to get into the living room, and worry about making game/software sales. The hardware business is nothing more than a vehicle to get there.

Heck, they make it look like the Xi3 I can unplug goto a friends place, find a spare screen (most middleclass houses these days have multiple screens with HDMI or similar connections) and just get into gaming.

Finally if they could license something similar to the keyboard/mouse combo that the phantom console turned into (google it) then they could even put me on the couch playing an RTS.

Lots of ifs and maybes, but damn it could be good. They really just need to work on the manufacturing costs and distribution. I hope Xi3 is a great test pilot for them. Cutting out the cost of the OS will save them bundles that can be gained as profit. Heck breaking even on the Steambox would be a great strategy just because they are getting their store in front of more eyes, and people already love it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: More Big Picture Details Dec 19, 2012, 17:31 RenownWolf
 
I speculate that your post has made a valid point.

Holy crap! You just doubled in value!!!

Tomorrow you might make a post about something that isn't interesting...

Oh no! You've dropped to 5% value! What are you doing HorrorScope!

Unfortunately for most business it's all about the Quarters and Yearly reports not long term sustainable (see profitable) business.
 
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News Comments > Free Duke Nukem 3D Kicks Off GOG.com Sale
19. Re: Free Duke Nukem 3D Kicks Off GOG.com Sale Dec 12, 2012, 16:46 RenownWolf
 
Give this a go jdreyer. It's not the single player version, but feels nicer. http://drackbolt.blogspot.com.au/

Otherwise http://play-dune.com/# for a online version of the single player but without updates.

Glad this popped up, I've been pulling out the classics lately, especially the older FPS games. Amazing what people have taken the time to update to run on new harder with minor tweaks for controls or games that still work as they are.

Playing Warcraft Orcs and Humans in dos box at the moment... it's so much harder than the later ones. Only 4 unit selection, no selection box and no hot keys! Madness!
 
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News Comments > AMD for Sale?
2. Re: AMD for Sale? Nov 13, 2012, 22:12 RenownWolf
 
Would love to see Intel buy up the ATI division and then work on what AMD has started with the lower power options.

That way they could then profitably support the high end divisions R&D. Though, I don't know if intel is a great choice for driver support though =(
 
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News Comments > StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm in March 2013
26. Re: StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm in March 2013 Nov 13, 2012, 18:03 RenownWolf
 
Verno wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 11:04:
InBlack wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 10:54:
Im probably going to skip this. Just for spite. I might even pirate it, depending on whether I want to check the story out or not at the time. Fuck Blizzard.

Err ok, piracy out of spite is really silly but whatever. Personally I'm going to skip it simply because I didn't really enjoy SC2 that much. Even the SP stuff felt really weird because half of the game was essentially tutorials and I rarely felt like I got to bring everything to bear until the very end.

The custom mapping community just doesn't seem there compared to War3, not sure why. The vanilla MP takes too much time/commitment to get good at unfortunately as well so I'm left with few reasons to purchase it.

The mod scene isn't going aswell because of the system Blizzard has in place, the new more awful battle.net. It's been quite a wash considering they call it 2.0 and it was missing basic features and it's taking an exp to add them.

Impossible to find the custom game you're after, and even then you get the wrong version, or it's hosted on another region (players can only upload to their region). It's all been a joke in my opinion.

I can't see myself bothering, I was watching some of the major tours but now I have been watching fighting games instead. At least those guys don't have to worry about a match going to hell because of the online DRM.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Nov 7, 2012, 18:54 RenownWolf
 
I've got to say, I'm heaps impressed with the All Your History series.

They do a good job and research well (very few if any errors) and presentation is well thought out.

My only gripe would be the low quality, maybe if they could release a HD set on DVD or Blu Ray I'd buy it. Or even a downloadable HD version that costs, I'd pay for it. =)

Edit: So I type that, and notice the videos now support 720p. Hell yeah!
 
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News Comments > Iron Sky: Invasion Delay
11. Re: Iron Sky: Invasion Delay Oct 29, 2012, 12:49 RenownWolf
 
Not American, and it was awful. Turned it off before it finished.

A game to follow makes even less sense.
 
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News Comments > Linux Steam External Beta Plans
1. Re: Linux Steam Eternal Beta Plans Sep 27, 2012, 10:58 RenownWolf
 
The steam linux will be forever Eternal!

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News Comments > Rhode Island & Mellon Bank Taking Possession of 38 Studios
4. Re: Rhode Island & Mellon Bank Taking Possession of 38 Studios Aug 10, 2012, 13:14 RenownWolf
 
Which can take weeks to complete... What the hell... Who is taking weeks to copy files or image hard drives then wipe them???

Must be a gov. organization
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 16, 2012, 11:46 RenownWolf
 
Doh! My bad, I'll take better notice next time.

Damn our names being a few letters different. Thanks though =)
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2012, 16:01 RenownWolf
 
Well I am Australian so if you care to point which Aus site you found out about it first I'd be heaps interested.

Rather amazing over here how many people don't seem to care how much the IP and Copyright laws in Australia are now being heavily influenced by American media companies. Sometimes we get wins with judges but not all the time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 14, 2012, 13:13 RenownWolf
 
It's okay Ant we've got blue.

Just think Taken, instead with a BBQ busting bad ass with dogs at his side saying "Your password will be taken, but I will find them".

Then he goes on some crazy ass adventure to kill the little hackers around the world. Pow pow pow, another hacker goes down.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2012, 12:09 RenownWolf
 
Mind linking what you are talking about?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 23:57 RenownWolf
 
Techie714 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 16:21:
LOL! Nice! Yea I think most the folks at Blues are close in age at least Gen X. It's always nice to hear from a client that thinks you do good quality work. I'm of the mindset that cutting corners will just lead to more problems. Fix the issue & then go back & double check it to make sure it does not happen again.

I am a Gen Y (I dislike the whole gen system, but that is where I fall) and I could not imagine a system without console access. I don't work in tech support but sometimes help others with their pcs and even deal with my own.

It was sad to see at uni during my comp sci courses the people who had no idea how to use command line interfaces... the linux class was hilarious after doing the course on Windows based command prompt.

I've also heard the "I think you do a better job because you don't even need the mouse". I love hot keys, especially since I spent half my time using a laptop on the move. I hate touch pads so hot keys are far more efficient.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 22, 2012, 05:14 RenownWolf
 
Yea snookie the bitch! Trying to stop us from getting the nookie like a star wars wookie!  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 19, 2012, 11:17 RenownWolf
 
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to feature new playable character as DLC.

Eww... The game looks fun, but this sounds like Capcom with it's crappy DLC/new version setup.
 
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News Comments > 38 Studios Bankrupt; FBI Investigating
40. Re: 38 Studios Bankrupt; FBI Investigating Jun 8, 2012, 04:38 RenownWolf
 
Maybe the Feds are involved in regards to the previous property that was meant to be sold in another state which some employees just got payment demands for.

I figure that it is across state property crimes? Would that not involve the FBI?

Such things can include suspect accounting practices also, so maybe... I wonder if the IRS will chime in.

This is all from my limited knowledge of american law and accounting enforcement agencies
 
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