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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
27. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 15:21 NewMaxx
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:10:
This doesn't mean Comcast is all happy and friendly and no problems and caps will never come. It just means they haven't been enforced for over two years. They're still rotten and I'd never trust them, but I've had multiple providers in multiple states and never had cap issues.

Consider yourself lucky, then, I guess. I, on the other hand, have had to use a VPN service for well over a year to get proper service, in both PA and FL.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
17. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:02 NewMaxx
 
Comcast absolutely had a cap, sometimes official and sometimes not depending on where you lived. Very rarely was it explicitly tracked or stated (later on they did track it on your account and did have an actual cap), and generally you would just lose your connection or get throttled once you got near it. It was 250GB/month originally, then they tried 300GB more openly, and that latter number is what they'll use down the road (charging extra for every so many GB over). For the record I used to track my usage exactly using DD-WRT (router) and root access to the modem and I can assure you this was how they approached the issue.

They had all sorts of trick with this that I won't get into but the most obvious is an IP change. You'd exceed the virtual cap and maybe get spotty net for a few days, and next thing you know you'd lose it one night/morning and when it came back you'd have a new IP, despite it being static for months on end otherwise. This is one method they used to track the "top 1%" of users or whatever, by switching them to certain IP ranges, but good luck finding that discussed anywhere. It got to the point where I'd watch a ton of Netflix one week and just say to myself "great, gonna have shitty Internet now," and bam...within 24 hours, suddenly problems left and right that persisted for 2-3 days.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
16. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 13:57 NewMaxx
 
NetHead wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:05:
I kid, though on a serious note that doesn't make any sense, it would be in the developers/publishers interest for the game to be accessible to as many PCs as possible.

For a more relevant example, see Shadow of Mordor. It overinflated the video card requirements on top of it not even being well-optimized, and when you first start the game what do you see, nothing other than... Nvidia...THE WAY IT'S MEANT TO BE PLAYED!

Now this game recommends a GTX 670 with 4GB of VRAM, with the requirement being a GTX 460 with 1GB. Hmm, both Nvidia graphics cards, the recommended just happening to be how much VRAM the new Nvidia cards have. Yes, I can't imagine why anyone would suspect a conspiracy here.
 
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News Comments > Styx: Master of Shadows Trailer
6. Re: Styx: Master of Shadows Trailer Oct 2, 2014, 18:05 NewMaxx
 
Saboth wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 17:51:
If I were this publisher, I'd wait a bit for the clamor about Mordor to die down before releasing this.

Yeah, talk about bad timing...although on the other hand, Mordor is making me want more of the same, so it might play to its benefit in a strange way.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
53. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 21:22 NewMaxx
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 21:11:
Whoever said it was easy though, whew. I have been killed a bunch and gotten a bunch of nobody orc fodder guys promoted to captains. Not to mention the actual captains that keep hunting me down.

I haven't played it yet (beyond performance-tuning) but from what I've heard along these lines, it reminds me of the Mr. Freeze fight in their Arkham City game.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
50. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 21:04 NewMaxx
 
JayDeath wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 20:23:
I'm wondering if the devs put forth the bogus extra VRAM requirement for the ultra textures just to cover their asses if many ppl had trouble running it in ultra.

Yeah, it's nice to have options but really they're just driving up video card sales and GDDR5 prices. You might wonder what they have to do with either of those, until you realize AAA games (on the PC) rely on sponsorship (kickbacks/assistance) from Nvidia or AMD more times than not these days. The fact it came out at the same time as the 4GB GTX 970 and 980 is not a coincidence.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
4. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 09:59 NewMaxx
 
Played it but only to test SLI and performance settings... lol  
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Trailer
14. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass Trailer Sep 30, 2014, 07:40 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 05:40:
Performance seems really good. Note that if you use SLI, Nvidia somehow failed to get an SLI profile ready for this ahead of time. I forced AFR2 in the control panel and that got SLI going. It seems to scale really well with SLI too.

Can confirm this works. You can alternatively add the game's .exe to the F.E.A.R. 3 profile with Nvidia Inspector, which forces DX10 AFR/DX9 AFR2 but also has SLI compatibility bits.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 30, 2014, 07:09 NewMaxx
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:21:
There's a fun look at the typical iPhone owner as well. Apparently they're more likely to be better educated, richer, older, taller and female compared to Android users. They also give more to charity, drink fancier coffee and watch the Simpsons. So, basically iPhone owners are a great bunch of people.

That last sentence takes it a bit too far.

There are a lot of problems with those results. For example, let's say...teenagers are a lot more likely to have an Android device. Well, that means they're less educated, poorer, and younger by default; that also explains less charity, less fancy coffee, and Family Guy over Simpsons. They do account for the height metric, though, saying "for gender and age." Wait, it doesn't account for ethnicity, does it? There are also overlaps...for example, it's known that taller people tend to be more successful in business ("professional/managerial" in the article), and I'm sure there are other things that muddy the data. For example, women are in a minority for both types of phone, despite being a slight majority in population. The fact that they prefer iPhone slightly is far less relevant than the fact women are significantly less likely to have a smartphone on the whole, when compared to men.

I could go on all day! Here's another one for you...iPhones are on average more expensive than Android phones. Therefore, richer (and more successful) people can afford the former in greater numbers. I mean really, the entire thing is ridiculous. Yes, it does tell you something more about the average iPhone user, but using that in a comparison (to Android users) is completely worthless from a scientific standpoint.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans
76. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans Sep 30, 2014, 06:02 NewMaxx
 
Had some time to try various settings and configurations with this game early this morning (I'm taking one for the team, going to regret it later). There's three types of settings: ones that take GPU power, ones that take memory, and ones that take both. This reveals a bit of the "options are always good" part of my previous post. If you happen to have an under-powered GPU that has extra memory, you have some flexibility here. If you have a powerful GPU that is in the lesser memory configuration (for ex., 2v4 GB), you have more flexibility, too.

Memory usage tends to be most prominent with two things: resolution and textures. However, you do not need 3GB VRAM for High or 6GB for Ultra, etc. By adjusting the various values I got a range of VRAM usage. I should add that you can also exceed maximum memory usage at the cost of less smooth gameplay. The difference between high and ultra is mostly underwhelming. If you're like me you expect 60 solid FPS from a game and that is doable here at reasonable settings, but it doesn't look particularly "next gen" regardless.

This comment was edited on Sep 30, 2014, 07:36.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans
75. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans Sep 30, 2014, 04:37 NewMaxx
 
You know, I made a post on here recently about how getting a (single) card like the GTX 670 or 760 with 4GB of VRAM was a waste, and it seemed that this game would have proven me wrong. Would have...had I been wrong. Again, my basic feeling was that (historically) extra memory was to sell video cards (new ones, and more costly ones) and bump up GDDR prices, and I still stand by my original assessment.

Here's some initial data on Mordor's texture settings (in German):
http://bit.ly/10is6eu

Indeed, the HD pack is labeled "high MIP archives" internally, meaning the only advantage is having higher texture quality at range. It's possible there is a mistake here and things are not properly enabled yet, this close to release, so I reserve final judgment, but it's as I expected thus far. Still...better than unoptimized crap, I guess; options are always good for the PC gamer!
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans
65. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans Sep 27, 2014, 12:31 NewMaxx
 
SLI is awesome and very cost effective, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for the average person. The cards I've had, in order with dates of purchase, are:

2x8800 GTS (G92) - Jun 2008
2xGTX 460 - Dec 2010
2xGTX 760 - Jun 2013

All 3 sets were about the same price ($250 per card), all of them overclocked fantastically, each lasted 2.5 years before being relegated to my secondary gaming machine for another 2.5 years. Yes, I got 5 years out of my 8800s for <$500, and the performance was awesome even when I replaced them in my secondary with the 460s.

If you see SLI as something requiring 2x780 Tis and triple monitor gaming, that's where you're going wrong. Yes, a lot of showy people with cash to burn do that, but the more reasonable user (who tends to be a lot quieter about the experience) can do very well for him or herself. <$100 a year to have great gaming on two machines is a good deal if you ask me.

P.S. I used to be one of those guys who bought a $500 flagship every 2.5 years instead (GF3 Ti-500, 9800 Pro, X800 XT-PE, X1900XT) and honestly my gaming experience has been superior with SLI over any given period of time. I'd never go back to a single card.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans
57. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Reviews; Hi-Rez Texture Plans Sep 26, 2014, 22:57 NewMaxx
 
Fion wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 18:59:
The day Destructoid gave Witcher 2 - one of the most defining RPGs of our time - a 6/10, is the day I stopped visiting that website and swore off ever trusting their reviews. Most reviews seem to be pretty positive, saying the story isn't that solid (typical action-adventure) but the combat is fun, difficult and the Nemesis system is a really f'ing cool.

Personally, I feel The Witcher 2 was massively overrated. Now the reality is most review sites start an average game out at 7.0 or so, which skews scores upwards. If in reality 5.0 were average, I could see 6/10 being a reasonable score for the game, from my perspective. I understand a lot of gamers like the whole action RPG with mature story thing but for me it was a huge turn-off...the combat was awful, itemization was all over the place, the story fell off a cliff after a certain part, there were QTE segments...sorry but that's not "one of the most defining RPGs of our time." I did enjoy the game a lot more than Dark Souls, but I think the latter is a better game.

As far as this game looks, though...I' m very interested. I didn't read the Destructoid review yet, though. I just expect it to be a pleasant surprise of a game.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Sep 24, 2014, 23:07 NewMaxx
 
It's rude to impersonate the target in front of the target. I know from experience!  
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News Comments > Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Unannounced MMOG
46. Re: Titan Falls: Blizzard Cancels Unannounced MMOG Sep 23, 2014, 21:24 NewMaxx
 
Total-Khaos wrote on Sep 23, 2014, 14:50:
There is no need for creative direction. They are now catering to a bunch of gamers who tap away on iPhones and iPads. The days of MMO's are numbered, they just saw the writing on the wall before wasting even more of their money.

Exactly. I predicted multiple times on this site that Titan wasn't going to pan out successfully, if at all. However, I think the problem is that people see WoW as a MMO success and I've come to realize over recent years that it's flawed thinking. WoW belongs more with the MOBAs than it does any MMO I've played. MMOs were always relatively niche, never massive successes, and people made the mistake of thinking WoW broke that mold...when it really was just a different type of animal hiding within the MMO mold. Hearthstone is much closer to that animal. Blizzard was going to realize sooner or later that building Titan as a MMO rather than designing a social experience was against what made WoW popular; that is more or less what I've stated numerous times. The portion of people who really enjoy WoW for other reasons, who expected more of that, already have that option: it's called WoW. Why would Blizzard compete with themselves for a smaller market? I applaud them for finally making the right choice (much as I applauded when they decided to "reboot" it and I stated then that the project would probably end up dead).
 
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News Comments > New Oculus VR Unit; Carmack's VR Talk
17. Re: New Oculus VR Unit; Carmack's VR Talk Sep 21, 2014, 21:06 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 20:39:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 20:06:
Yah all nice ...blah blah blah.....but No one is going to want to put Carjacks barf making torcher device on their head.

"No one is going to sit in a car powered by explosions"

-. Cavemen

What, sir? You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense.

- Napoleon Bonaparte
 
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News Comments > New GeForce GPUs & Drivers
36. Re: New GeForce GTX 980 & 970 GPUs & Drivers Sep 19, 2014, 15:22 NewMaxx
 
The 970 is incredible...I find it mind-blowing that many review sites are saying "yeah it's good" or "not bad!"...what are they smoking? 145W TDP with 4GB stock, which is ridiculous, hitting (or exceeding) Titan performance at stock, and it's putting out +14% performance on Fire Strike with a moderate overclock. It's closing in on my 2x760 score and my cards use over double the wattage. As far as I'm concerned it cleans the table and is certainly my #1 suggestion for builds...I wish I had the money, I'd get two of them.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 17, 2014, 14:18 NewMaxx
 
Oh, man, had this argument with my cousin sooooooo many times over the years. We had regular LAN parties (2-3 times a year) over the course of 15 years or so, and pretty much every time we'd broach the subject.

Usually I'd have a bunch of games set up on all the machines and everybody would have to wait for him to change the keys painstakingly (and of course, sometimes the game wouldn't save properly or something and it would reset, or it turned out his choices weren't ideal for that particular game until after testing, etc). He's as stubborn as I am so he would always go through it, each and every time.

My argument was as Blue puts it, it's just easier to use the default keys (or a similar rendition of such) so you're familiar and ready to play with it moving forward. Keep in mind I play tons of co-op games and always had LAN parties (there were some years where I had more days playing co-op on LAN than not) and was always trying out every game, and it's just ridiculous to wast everybody's time with the nonsense of changing every key. What's worse is I had shared machines so the very next time someone else who reset to defaults, then the next night the original player might want them all set back...it's just a mess.

Now if I were someone who only played by myself, and the only player on that machine, sure...
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
109. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 16, 2014, 08:39 NewMaxx
 
You guys do realize Microsoft has the 2nd largest cloud infrastructure in the world, and the 1st in terms of growth, right? It's like people don't even keep up with industry realities or something. Don't underestimate Microsoft.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
9. Re: Evening Consolidation Sep 15, 2014, 22:00 NewMaxx
 
He's not wrong. I've been saying this shit for a while now, Microsoft damn well knew this a while ago. I'm just surprised he actually got something even partially correct for once!  
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