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News Comments > Sunday Previews
3. Re: Sunday Previews Jan 31, 2016, 14:11 NewMaxx
 
The game is actually pretty solid, but the beta is awful. They limit you to just one main mission (main game will have 10+), 2 side missions (30+) and a dozen encounters in the SP portion. In the MP portion, you're limited to just 1/3 of the Dark Zone (with a correspondingly smaller instance population of 24 vs. 64) and zones < level 8 in the SP portion (2 hubs). Your base is limited to just one wing and the vast majority of stuff is cordoned off even for that. You do get some sense of guns, mods, and such, but options for getting them are limited. All in all, this is more of a demo than a beta, a stress test at best. People expecting a real meaty beta are bound to be disappointed. This is more of a marketing move to let people try the game out for a few hours to get a feel for it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 7, 2016, 05:45 NewMaxx
 
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 10:08:
All of the leads delivered last year save for Vince Vaughn who was totally miscast.

My biggest problem with the season was that they took a simple story and told it in an incredibly convoluted way.

Absolutely agree on the actors. Vince Vaughn was completely the wrong choice. I actually cringed or laughed at the way some of his (admittedly terrible) lines were delivered. I also agree with you that McAdams rose to the occasion as a nice surprise. Also, for me, forcing in a homosexual story-line like that was just...no. It's too generic these days.

I also agree about the story. The first season had a much more traditional horror theme to it, not quite noir, and put a modern spin on it. The major themes weren't particularly new but the way they meshed them together and paced it was just right. Season two played it more safe and they, more damagingly, let their prior success impact the pacing, rather than pretending it was the first season all over again with a new story (which, to be fair, is exactly what is stated in the linked article).
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
32. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 27, 2015, 04:41 NewMaxx
 
I've worked the industry, too. When something like this happens you pull the plug. You ever hear of the Chernobyl disaster? This level of incompetence is comparable. I've been in that situation. Much smaller scale, sure, but they hire you with the understanding that there is a chain of command and if that breaks down you pull the damn plug. History is full of lieutenants defying their superiors to great effect, but this is more akin to a bunch of chickens running around without their heads. A good employee stands up, takes command, and makes the decision.

I only say this because it is a clear sign that Valve's management style has started to lean a little bit too liberal. When you have a community like that, who takes responsibility? That's exactly why you have clear lines of authority. It's why management styles based around group hugs and improvised pow-wows don't work in a crisis. If this were any other company you'd expect someone to resign by now, right? You'd probably make fun of it - a scapegoat! Yet to not point even one finger is even more ludicrous.

It works on a small scale. It doesn't on a large one. It's why communism and socialism fail beyond the compounds that first tried it in the 19th century. Mankind has evolved to work in groups of up to 100 but we lose traction past that; it requires a different way of thinking. Valve needs to adapt its initially successful approach or it risks being swallowed up by the morass of prior technology upstarts.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 15, 2015, 06:27 NewMaxx
 
I used Angie's List quite a bit when I moved a few years back. No problem with any of the contractors in terms of quality although I didn't perhaps get the best deal. Still, coming to a new area, I trusted it better than a dart into the yellow pages. That being said the site itself misrepresented some things and I was part of a (successful) class action lawsuit and I stopped using them after that, obviously.  
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online on Steam
1. Re: MechWarrior Online on Steam Dec 10, 2015, 20:50 NewMaxx
 
Intelligent step for them, I wish the franchise the best, but frankly (as I've stated in other MWO threads on here) I think they kinda botched things through initial poor community relations and later through design decisions that make it seem monetization takes precedence. (and none of the "you can do fine playing free!" and "they exist to make money!" retorts, please; there's a vast amount of gradients when it comes to F2P)  
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News Comments > Chucklefish Forums Breached
8. Re: Chucklefish Forums Breached Dec 10, 2015, 19:11 NewMaxx
 
Bishi wrote on Dec 10, 2015, 17:54:
It's so amateur

It's absolutely and completely ridiculous. Forums are essentially just database entries, which actually compress incredibly well. It still adds up, don't get me wrong, but it's not like 2TB of videos or something. In this day with all the options available (there really are a dozen or more) it's...inexcusable frankly.
 
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week
25. Re: Elite Dangerous Horizons Next Week Dec 9, 2015, 17:24 NewMaxx
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 9, 2015, 11:27:
If there is one thing I wish Elite had, it was a better tutorial introduction. Have new players run through a three to five mission arc that shows them the basics of the game organically instead of the currently very stilted scenarios.

I agree wholeheartedly. I bought it during the recent $15 sale and I'm a video game veteran, but them just throwing you into the deep end is...ridiculous. I tried to get a refund from Steam but I had spent >2 hours on the tutorials they did have (I like to take my time, not to mention keybinding alone took 30 minutes). Yes, you can do the "demo" for free, like I was even aware of that, but it wouldn't have changed the fact you need 10+ hours to even know what the game is like. Even at 15-20 hours I was just consistently frustrated by nuanced shit that screws you over if you don't know exactly what's going on.

In a way it is more "immersive" as someone else stated and it was fun learning new stuff, but on the whole I have to say they have no chance in hell of maintaining new players with how it is right now. I just found the entire experience to be lacking in what I consider very basic things. I'm sure it remains attractive to a small subset of gamers but there's a ton of potential there and they just seem to "leave money on the table" so to speak. The few friends I did let try the game threw their hands up in utter dismay at the clumsy interface and lack of newbie guidance.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2015, 20:51 NewMaxx
 
3.5GB is plenty for a 970, unless you're running SLI. I run two 760s at 2GB and I play at 1080p with great success. AMD cards especially have fantastic memory design with tons of bandwidth and generally more memory. Yet you have the 2GB, 128-bit width GTX 960 which is just a fantastic card. VRAM is massively overrated and always has been. It's all about profit margins.

With modern games like Armored Warfare (CryEngine), I come in at 74% memory usage (again, 2GB) at 1080p with everything at ultra. That's about 1.5GB with cards that manage >970 performance. Generally this means 60 FPS at 60-80% GPU usage which is the sweet spot for me. If my intention was 1440p and 120 FPS/Hz, sure, 3.5GB might be limiting, but that level of performance is beyond a single 970.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 24, 2015, 17:11 NewMaxx
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 24, 2015, 14:31:
Welp, the article proved that more RAM is in fact sometimes detrimental to performance.

I studied memory design in college for my computer engineering degree. Specifically, cache optimization. What you find is that having more cache after a certain point is detrimental to performance. The amount of money Intel has spent on determining the right amount for their CPUs would probably surprise a lot of people. The best example of this concept is the first rendition of WEI, where chips with smaller caches actually performed better because the randomized nature of the test meant that anything that was cached was useless; caching more, and searching through that larger cache, reduced your score.

RAM in a modern operating system is essentially between a HDD (or SSD) and the CPU caches in performance. A typical system has more than enough RAM so you get a lot used as system cache by the OS. This often improves performance for consistent or predictable workflows. I mentioned above that the WEI test scored worse because it was intentionally randomized; the same thing applies here. If a game is coded such that from the system's perspective, every memory request is unique, having more RAM will actually reduce performance. It's not rocket science, it's just poor programming.

Additionally applying these concepts to a multi-threaded scenario means you will have some cores or core threads waiting longer for results because they are unique. This reduces parallel performance and in fact might lead to CPU-limited environments where there shouldn't be such a thing. A good example of that in a modern engine would probably be the CryEngine. Armored Warfare's Object Detail setting is entirely CPU-limited largely because it has redundant calls for objects that are treated as novel. It's a huge trade-off but it illustrates how engine design is geared towards specific (console) devices.

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News Comments > Hideo Kojima's Konami Exit
17. Re: Hideo Kojima's Konami Exit Oct 20, 2015, 06:49 NewMaxx
 
edaciousx wrote on Oct 19, 2015, 20:58:
They get moved to a position they hate and hope that they will let themselves out, kind of like what happened with Kojima.

Actually a pretty common policy in Japan.
 
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News Comments > GeForce Experience Users to Get Drivers First?
41. Re: GeForce Experience Users to Get Drivers First? Oct 16, 2015, 17:24 NewMaxx
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 16, 2015, 16:44:
We live in an age where operating systems become smorgasborgs occupying gigabytes of memory for no reason, where printer drivers are hundreds of megabytes, and where videocard companies push their crapware onto the customer.

Hey NVidia, shadowplay sounds great. How about putting it into your already extensive and feature-rich NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL, you buttholes? No?

Well, fuck you then.

ROFL! Awesome.

It's called memory creep. When memory outpaces software - and keep in mind that in the old glory days of gaming it was the opposite situation - developers get lazy. It's been a huge problem in javascript programming for years now. I'll admit that's a different thing because of how the language works with its dump/heap mechanics, but one could argue the language got popular in response to this situation.

With Windows and proper design, extra memory is used as cache to speed up overall performance by predicting what you'll require. People often decry this as wasting memory, others say it's good. The reality is your CPU already does this with multiple layers of cache. Then it does it again with RAM. The OS is just another layer on top of that which is better aware of your actual usage. A large, and I mean large part of CPU design is based around branch prediction and the best use of cache. Source: designed it before

My point is, memory as we know it - RAM - is so ridiculously cheap for its size and performance relative to software needs that programmers don't even consider it in the vast majority of cases. That being said, you're absolutely correct. It's just that it's no longer a priority to the eggheads.

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News Comments > Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up
26. Re: Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up Oct 2, 2015, 13:04 NewMaxx
 
Couldn't help myself, read some of the anonymous comments. It's ridiculous to me because half of that stuff happens to EVERYBODY who works in programming in the gaming business. Seriously. You're overworked, you're treated like expendable shit, and that's pretty much the way of it. It really sounds like some people got excited and went to work for the company and then realized it isn't a liberal arts painting weekend but 80+ hour grind weeks where you sleep in the office...because that's WHAT IT IS.

I could care less about this game or this particular shit-throwing contest (outside of the journalistic integrity part) but seriously, I see "a Game of Thrones" type management? ROFL. Welcome to a majority of the studios in development today. I'm just giving my insight based on experience in the industry and what I read is nothing new to me, it's the same shit I've read from people who couldn't hack it in the industry and got canned because they don't realize the ridiculous demands it has on people's lives.

Really. It ruins your social life. It breaks up marriages. There's a reason the turnover rate is ridiculously high. If you're not passionate and willing to work yourself to the bone for an asshole of a boss, then DON'T TAKE THE JOB. You signed up for it, don't come back later and anonymously be a bitch about it because you got in over your head.

(P.S. I previously made a post about the voice actors union thing where I said for this industry - gaming - they need to get one for the programmers and essential components first, and THIS IS WHY)

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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
54. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 24, 2015, 03:04 NewMaxx
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 23, 2015, 23:22:
Are you serious? The ONLY decent voice work done in STO is by Worf, Tuvok and Leeta. Whoever was the voice coach and writer for the rest of the Trek cast needs to be shot and fired. It is CRINGE WORTHY.

I mentioned Kurland by name. Kurland here! Absolutely awful. Still, the point stands, he can't (terribly) reprise his role.
 
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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
49. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 23, 2015, 18:08 NewMaxx
 
Kosumo wrote on Sep 23, 2015, 18:02:
From a gamer point of view - I'm against it due to it then making the deep discounting of games less likely if they have to pay redudals (a cut) on every copy sold.

Allow me to offer a recent, real world example of what happens with things like this.

I'm an avid Star Trek Online player and I know many people here also enjoy the game. In the past we've enjoyed voice work done by many of the original Star Trek actors but we also had random people and game staff doing lesser voices for the game. The most notable example is, of course, Kurland, but there are many others.

Well STO's parent company, Perfect World Entertainment, has decided to go with SAG. This makes it impossible for Kurland's voice actor to reprise his role. It also raises the general rate (cost) for voice actor work, reducing the amount of star voice actors returning to reprise their roles. The game community has of course not responded positively to this and it has had at least some impact on the game.

I'm not pushing this forward as an argument in one direction or another but rather pointing out what this may mean for less popular games and the industry as a whole.
 
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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
47. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 23, 2015, 17:31 NewMaxx
 
The problem I have with the whole idea, at least from the standpoint of the gaming industry, is that you have so many jobs that are really in a deplorable state. Programmers, artists, writers, even musicians have terrible hours and a ridiculous turnover rate. I used to work in the industry and maintain friends still in it and they all say the same thing. Yet you end up getting unions not with the vital components of the industry but with the ones that are peripheral at best. Essentially what I'm saying is that I'm not against the idea of unions in the industry so much as against the fact they're always misapplied.

Anyone who has worked in programming will tell you just how overworked they are, and how they are treated as fungible assets to be dispensed of once work is complete. The demands on a programmer are often vague and may expand to cover other areas. That is pretty much the definition of stress in the workplace. Voice actors come in after the script is ready, read off the lines on a schedule, and go home. Certainly that makes it easier to form a union but that's also the job least requiring it; it is this irony, or contradiction if you prefer, that makes this so absurd. It's like giving guns to the militia before the army.

That's not even getting into matters of corruption and rampant patronage. Just read about the old guild systems found in late Medieval and Renaissance Italian city-states and you will see why the arts today cling so tightly to unions, and also how they really work.

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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
43. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 23, 2015, 17:11 NewMaxx
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 23, 2015, 13:56:
Don't forget about Ellen McClain and Jennifer Hale!

Jennifer Hale already supports it.
 
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News Comments > Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking
18. Re: Video Game Voice Actors Consider Striking Sep 23, 2015, 11:45 NewMaxx
 
Wil Wheaton supports it, enough said.  
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News Comments > GOG.com Indie Piņatas
16. Re: GOG.com Indie Piņatas Sep 13, 2015, 08:04 NewMaxx
 
Bub wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 07:33:
Gambling has found the digital generations sucker play.

It seems like every online game now has this cheesy form of gambling in the cash shops. They go by different names, Packs, Mystery Boxes, etc. You pay cash for an package containing one or several items, with a very small chance it might be something of value.

...

This really needs to be regulated.

You're exactly right. It is out of hand. Regulation should, and will come...many people are fine with the rudimentary descriptions of commerce and are willing to fund it, though.
 
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News Comments > Sword Coast Legends Headstart Begins
3. Re: Sword Coast Legends Headstart Begins Sep 11, 2015, 20:53 NewMaxx
 
Keep us apprised, Darks! I have hopes for this one.  
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News Comments > The Witcher III Cost $81M
14. Re: The Witcher III Cost $81M Sep 10, 2015, 02:06 NewMaxx
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 9, 2015, 20:22:
Only $62.5 million so far(in profit)? Wow that's depressing. I thought that game sold way more.

The numbers are deceptive. We see that marketing and development was $81 so that implies a total revenue of about $143 million. However, that ignores many of the costs of the product. Publishing costs money and even though they self-published (GOG) much of their sales, that isn't free (staff, hardware, etc). Naturally a lot went to Valve and other middle men vendors. In other words, you can't look at it even as $143 million / $60 but rather more like $143 million / (40% of $60), which would be 6 million copies.
 
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