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News Comments > Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B?
71. Re: Microsoft to Acquire Mojang for $2B? Sep 10, 2014, 13:59 NewMaxx
Minecraft. Oculus Rift. Kinect. Put two and two together here, people. Microsoft is going to put this shit into 3D!  
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News Comments > Stardock Publishing AOE Vets' Game
2. Re: RE: Follow up Sep 9, 2014, 22:09 NewMaxx
Bruce Shelley is the shit.  
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News Comments > Transverse Announced
9. Re: Transverse Announced Sep 9, 2014, 22:04 NewMaxx
Overon wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 17:51:
Oh boy. Piranha Games Inc have pumped MWO and they will be dumping it soon without delivering on the promis

As much as I wish it weren't true, I have to agree with you on this. My very first thought on reading this announcement was exactly that. I never paid anything into MWO (thankfully) but I did play it a while and followed the community. I had considered paying in but after seeing things like the was pretty clear what they were doing.
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News Comments > Next Total War Reveal This Month
10. Re: Next Total War Reveal This Month Sep 9, 2014, 22:01 NewMaxx
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 18:36:
Ps.: Far more likely is a off-shoot into Chinese history or Medieval 3.

Warring States through the Three Kingdoms would be pretty awesome, could possibly involve the 16 Kingdoms as well.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
4. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 7, 2014, 20:15 NewMaxx
Windows 2000 and Windows Vista were actually more popular than Windows XP and Windows 7, respectively, among power users. It wasn't until Windows XP SP2 and Windows 7 SP1, again respectively, that this changed. In fact, Windows 7 (and XP) were made to be much better for the common user which is why they took off despite not being greatly superior products. Most businesses are well behind on OS for a variety of reasons, they are never adopting cutting edge things, so general popularity really has nothing to do with that. On a smaller/local scale obviously people rely on their neighborhood expert but I'd say the average person is more affected by "popular computing" news and sites (which purport to be sourced from power users, but rarely are) than actual power users.  
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News Comments > WBIE TMs WB Play
9. Re: WBIE TMs WB Play Sep 7, 2014, 18:58 NewMaxx

Not exactly the same thing but it sure feels that way. I don't even buy a lot of games anymore and I have at least five digital distribution platforms on my computer (Steam, Desura, Capsule, Origin, Uplay, and I might be forgetting one or two).
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
8. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 7, 2014, 17:01 NewMaxx

: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other
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News Comments > PopCap Founder Pops Out
12. Re: PopCap Founder Pops Out Sep 6, 2014, 17:24 NewMaxx
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 14:16:
Rich guy sells out to EA, screws a lot of his employees in the process, goes to "think about life".

Pretty formulaic.

This happened with HostGator last year. They were the best independently-owned host for the average person/small business in the entire country for many, many years. The owner had made promises to his customers and to his employees (in fact his blog post announcing the sale/transition exuded how much he he retired to Hawaii) but then sold out to the webhosting conglomerate he had made his money opposing for a decade.

Actually, the sale was kept secret for many months but I figured it out when my performance started to nosedive and I realized it happened after a server "maintenance" period. I discovered they had moved to a shared server farm that all the generic web hosts share within that conglomerate. Thankfully, I was able to confirm this with the webhostingtalk forum people and was able to move all my stuff over to a new host that was pretty close to the original HostGator in style (Arvixe).

I realize this has nothing to do with the gaming industry but I wanted to share my experience as it is not atypical when big companies swallow smaller ones. It's always easy to blame the big guy, but it takes two people to tango. Basically, employees and customers are lied to, and you need to follow the money trail to see where some of the blame should fall; it's often purposefully swept under the rug. Don't buy into the BS.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Sep 5, 2014, 22:41 NewMaxx
I pre-ordered a coop game for my friend and I from GameStop several years ago. The experience has entered legend to the point where he tells everybody the story, that's how bad it was. I can't even rehash the details as it still blows my mind but the short of it is...never f'n pre-order a game from GameStop, especially not a Limited Edition, and especially not two at once you take days off of work to enjoy immediately after launch.

P.S. We did get to play but we had to con the store manager to do so, making multiple trips involving varying degrees of deception
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News Comments > ArcheAge Open Beta
15. Re: ArcheAge Open Beta Sep 5, 2014, 16:42 NewMaxx
I wouldn't go so far as to lump it in with the other "grindy asian MMOs" I've played, but neither is it my cup of tea. All things considered it felt pretty polished and definitely had some good, old school vibes, but...I'm done with MMOs and especially "Eastern" ones.  
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News Comments > ArcheAge Open Beta
9. Re: ArcheAge Open Beta Sep 5, 2014, 13:53 NewMaxx
Played the beta a bit, as I do all MMO betas...I was impressed at the performance and the fact SLI scaled so well, can't remember the last MMO I played even after launch with proper support (ESO and Wildstar, most recently, took forever).

Shame you're on Waterson, I play TR on Connery and could use a good outfit.
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News Comments > Ryse: Son of Rome Next Month; Specs Revealed
32. Re: Ryse: Son of Rome Next Month; Specs Revealed Sep 4, 2014, 17:33 NewMaxx
Fantaz wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 14:46:
this actually worries me... i bought two 2GB GTX 770's for SLI and i'm wondering if it will be enough to play future games at all.

Your use is legitimate, but it actually touches on one of my pet peeves: people who get more memory on a video card then they need and act like it was a good choice. Drives me nuts because not only does it waste memory (and thus energy and heat), but it also wears out the memory controller faster (and often won't overclock as well) and raises prices of memory for everybody else. Wake up, people...companies sell these thicker cards to make a bigger profit from you.

I say your use is legitimate because SLI/Crossfire is one of the few places you really need that extra memory. In most cases a GPU's core won't be able to keep up with the memory at the settings required to use enough memory to make a difference. Actually, HARDOCP did a review about the differences of 2GB and 4GB on the GTX 670 (equivalent to GTX 760). Their findings?

"To make the 4GB of VRAM on the GTX 670 work for you, you are going to need at least three of them for 3-way SLI, to give you the performance to back up the VRAM."

Yet I've seen people on this very site praise their (single) 4GB GTX 760...yeah, thanks for driving up GDDR5 prices.

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News Comments > Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated
17. Re: Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated Sep 4, 2014, 11:47 NewMaxx
The release of the first game was an amazing event for me. When I was younger I played games like Little Computer People, so I followed The Sims development very closely for years. My entire neighborhood came over to check the game out at my place, we made a shared neighborhood where everybody lived, it was pretty awesome. That being said I really feel that after TS2 they started to get away from what made the game great and started pandering to geeks.

By that I mean, Will Wright's initial vision was for a house builder that turned into a life simulator, but it in no way was ever meant to be Facebookesque. I bring that up to Sims fans and they just point at Spore as one of his debacles. To be honest I think Spore was an awesome idea - how far away, really, was its idea from being a kickstarter on the level of SC? In fact it only supports my point that EA turned both games into what we have today.
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News Comments > Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated
15. Re: Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated Sep 4, 2014, 11:42 NewMaxx
harlock wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 11:22:
i almost got interested in playing this back when cracked ran that article from Seanbaby detailing his Sims experiment... named his guy "turbo sexophonic" or something..

You made me do it...
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Layoffs; Struggling Financially?
2. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Layoffs; Struggling Financially? Sep 3, 2014, 21:12 NewMaxx
ESO has been selling surprisingly well (check the UK charts) and most developers these days (and especially MMO developers) cut staff after launch. That being said, the reason I left the game is because I felt they weren't addressing key issues because they were too wrapped up in the development of the console version. This was a fairly predictable outcome as they really released the PC version too early (I said as much even when I was praising the game in months past). Many of the people on the team were actually great with the community, but ZeniMax itself really just shot themselves in the foot with some of the decisions they made.

I had a blast with the game. I even managed VR10 without going crazy. That's when the bone-headed changes were made (and ones that were needed, not made). So, what options did I have at that point? Well, I had to grind VR1-VR10 due to dumb end-game decisions. PVP was ridiculously broken (vampires, DKs, ridiculous lag issues, etc). PVE wasn't that bad, immediately, typical dungeon-farming fare, but as someone who liked solo space (and many TES fans do) I found them increasingly nerfing the ability for a single person to get anything done (nerfed farming multiple times, buffed VR mobs "by accident," put out the first new area too soon without balance, etc).

I stated before and I stick by my comments...they needed momentum to maintain until console release, and they had the right team to do it, but instead ZeniMax completely f'n blew it.
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
9. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Aug 31, 2014, 18:24 NewMaxx
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 16:05:
Icewind Dale 1 was superb. Easily the best dungeon design of the IE series, and among the best of CRPGs in general.

If I recall correctly, during Matt Chat's interview with Chris Avellone the latter stated that Icewind Dale was his favorite. High praise.
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News Comments > West Games' License Expires
7. Re: West Games' License Expires Aug 23, 2014, 21:39 NewMaxx
Task wrote on Aug 23, 2014, 20:45:
I hurd Obama backed these guys.

Considering how the healthcare website (among other things) went, you might be right.
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News Comments > MMOGs Under Attack
11. Re: MMOGs Under Attack Aug 22, 2014, 20:45 NewMaxx
Tjold wrote on Aug 22, 2014, 17:20:
Who the fuck goes around packeting MMOs?
And, like, why?

To find and exploit vulnerabilities in the systems for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to hacking accounts and designing cheats. It's actually a substantial trade in Asia (read: Russia and China), criminals sell rolled-up information like that the same way US banks trade mortgages. Botnets are directly attached to this, of course.

Check this out:

Interesting that they call it a "business feud," yet somehow the system came online just ONE DAY before the attacks began and just happened to have sufficient capacity to handle it.

I won't go into my theory about how corporations are taking over the role that states have since abandoned (through progression and evolution) but simply put, there's more than meets the eye going on in cyberland these days.
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Free Weekend; Pre-Sequel Pre-Purchases
20. Re: Borderlands 2 Free Weekend; Pre-Sequel Pre-Purchases Aug 20, 2014, 23:45 NewMaxx
It's been $48 at Gamefly for a while now and I'm sure it'll be that price on GMG, too. Previously they did say they would like to price it less than the past two games but that it was up to the publisher. It really should be cheaper.

As far as BL2 vs BL1 goes, both had their moments. BL2 had many improvements but there are some areas that weren't addressed to my satisfaction, and also I feel that BL1 was better in many ways. I also feel that depending on how you approach the series - whether as solo, coop, console or PC - determines your take on it.
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
44. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 19:58 NewMaxx
Tom wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 19:13:
What I'm saying is that niche technologies sometimes go mainstream. ... who knows what technologies VR may contribute to in the future.

I absolutely have to support you here, as when the OR came up most recently I made a post about it explaining that my work in AI and robotics had opened me up to the possibilities of VR. I included a few links to relevant topics in Google Scholar, as well. I fully understand that people have opinions about the technology but very few of them have intimate knowledge with it and even fewer have an engineering background to back it up. I'd also say that most people like jumping to easily containable conclusions that fit their mental archetype that have nothing to do with the validity of a technology for things beyond its initial intended scope.

The technology the OC is harnessing has already been explored in an academic setting, in NASA, in DARPA, and in many other places as well. The foundation of not only HUDs for military weaponry and drones but also information-sifting technologies is, for the future, rooted in VR. Psychologists even believe there is an analogue between our perception of reality and the connection we will have with AI through VR. I could go on.

My personal experience with robotics has shown that the basic way we program their navigation and sensory apparati is "virtual" while not being very different than the way life interacts with the world. Indeed, our brain processes tons of information at any given moment and makes sense of it through various tricks and illusions, things no different than VR would become. To suggest this is an isolated, useless technology that won't be embraced by the average person is...well, short-sighted. Chances are very good that within 20-30 years, for example, our surgeries will be done through the use of VR (with potentially very distant surgeons) and robotics.

As far as the OR goes, know, tons of people told me the Raspberry Pi would be niche when I first brought it up.
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