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News Comments > ZeniMax Sues Oculus
30. Re: ZeniMax Sues Oculus May 22, 2014, 13:40 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on May 22, 2014, 13:01:

Actually it easy to predict.

Actually it isn't.

History is full of things panned as passing fads taking off, and things praised as the next big thing being flops. Rap was something that would only ever appeal to urban youths. E-Commerce was a fad because people value the certainty that comes with seeing a product face to face and talking to an actual salesperson. The Internet itself will only see mainstream usage in educational institutes. Streaming video, digital distribution, and cloud storage are all going to flop because of various technical hurdles which weren't as impossible to overcome as laypersons claiming to be experts made them out to be, and no one wants to trust their software to someone else.

The success chances of a particular concept has proven very difficult to predict, historically speaking. Even people like Einstein were wrong on things that were very much based on fact rather than the nebulous idea of social adoption, like the feasibility of nuclear power. There's actually a fair bit of study that has gone into the subject.

It's just not easy to say with better than a 50/50 chance how the market will adopt a technology and how long it will last.

If it was, then businesses would never make a product that didn't catch on.

 
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News Comments > Crytek Announces Arena of Fate
17. Re: Crytek Announces Arena of Fate May 22, 2014, 13:24 NKD
 
I'll always despise MOBAs for what they did to my online gaming experience. I can look at my Steam friends list and it's just a bunch of fucking DOTA 2 all day long, and no one wants to play anything else anymore.

Even hardcore MMO addicts spend more time playing other games than these guys do.

I guess I'm just a dinosaur who, aside from whatever MMO I'm dabbling in, has aged out of multiplayer gaming.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 22, 2014, 13:10 NKD
 
I used a Zip disk like I use a USB flash drive now. It was much bigger than floppies, and operated like a floppy instead of like the hassle that was burning CDs at the time.

It was a good stop-gap measure, and eventually I did switch over to burning CDs when the cost of media went down and even the cheap CD drives no longer had problems reading burned CDs.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 13:02 NKD
 
Henry Dorsett wrote on May 22, 2014, 12:25:
Beamer, I think I speak for most of us when I say that you really need to screw off. Nobody cares.

Apparently a lot of people care enough to get angry that someone is bringing the subject up. In fact, any time race is brought up here in an article, there are a lot of angry white men making angry posts.

I personally think this criticism is silly and trivial, and explained earlier why Japanese companies are like this and why it won't change. But we should ask ourselves why angry white men come out of the wood work any time someone mentions race or encourages diversity.

In general, here at Blue's News any time anything regarding diversity is posted, whether it be race, gender, or sexual preference, a lot of straight white males get very angry and talk about how consideration for these things just isn't necessary and how people should just shut up about it.

Gay gamer con? Fuck you, go to the regular cons. This is a waste of time and money.

Women portrayed as perpetual victims in games? Fuck you, that problem doesn't exist, and if it does, it isn't actually a problem. Games are designed for men, if you're a woman, go play The Sims. Here's a list of three female characters that are exceptions that disprove you.

Racial stereotypes in gaming? Shut up, stop mentioning race, you racist!

Why is that? Even if specific criticisms are a bit silly, why the anger?

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 10:53 NKD
 
Japan is going to be very ignorant on issues of race because, surprise, they live in a country where it's 98% Japanese and 99.9~% Asian. The motivations and reasoning behind their lack of concern for diversity are perfectly understandable. This isn't anything new. Japanese media is absolutely laden with stereotypes about other races and nationalities that would get you absolutely clobbered for racism here in the US. But since they have no one to offend in their own country, they don't care.

This is Nintendo we're talking about, they are so out of touch and behind the times in just about every respect that this is just one more to add to the list, and it's not going to change any time soon. They are the product of an insular and generally race-ignorant culture.
 
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News Comments > Steam In-Home Streaming Launches
16. Re: Steam In-Home Streaming Launches May 22, 2014, 01:40 NKD
 
Redmask wrote on May 21, 2014, 21:02:
Cutter wrote on May 21, 2014, 18:07:
- Thinner, faster client

I agree that there are improvements to be made but this one makes little sense to me. You don't get the sort of advanced features you're looking for with a 2MB client. Steam is already fairly lightweight and beyond the profile verification on startup pretty much everything is fast for me. I have more complaints about the reliability of Valves network than anything to do with the performance of the client itself.

I don't understand what he's talking about there either. Steam is absolutely tiny. It uses very little memory, and basically no CPU. I doubt you could reduce the footprint any further without seriously gutting the client, and even then the gains would be minimal. And as for "faster", faster at what? It's a stripped down web browser, essentially. The only thing it does that takes time is downloading and installing games, which it can't do anything to speed up.

And like you said, Steam's main issue is the servers getting into periods where they seem to hiccup every few hours.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Sues Oculus
7. Re: ZeniMax Sues Oculus May 21, 2014, 23:36 NKD
 
The timing on this makes it an obvious ploy. ZeniMax can't innovate on their own, so they wanted to bully Oculus into settling for giving them a cut of whatever money they make out of the Facebook dealings.

Hopefully Facebook fucking buries them.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed
62. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed May 21, 2014, 17:34 NKD
 
Just a note for anyone wondering, SLI doesn't work with this. There's an "SLI profile" in recent beta drivers, but the profile just forces single card mode.

id Tech 5 engine doesn't play nice with SLI, evidently.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed
45. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed May 20, 2014, 16:19 NKD
 
Picked this up. Pretty good fun so far. Solid shooter, fantastic art style. On the hardest difficulty it's even reasonably challenging. Not much more to say really. It's a Wolfenstein game. You kill Nazis.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed
27. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Shipped, Reviewed May 20, 2014, 11:44 NKD
 
Fantaz wrote on May 20, 2014, 11:23:

one thing that i noticed from the TB video linked earlier is the poopy texture res. the game is nearly 50GB and with poop textures?! what's taking up all that space then? uncompressed streaming audio?

It's id Tech 5 engine bro, MegaTextures or whatever.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The New Order Preloads
22. Re: Wolfenstein: The New Order Preloads May 20, 2014, 06:50 NKD
 
El Pit wrote on May 20, 2014, 04:26:
EDIT: Wow. About 40 GB of data. Unnecessarily uncompressed audio again?

id Tech 5 engine. Probably MegaTexture data.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 19, 2014, 12:32 NKD
 
Ozmodan wrote on May 19, 2014, 12:19:
So unless you are a heavy graphics user and the software you use is available for Unix, what good is Ubuntu to anyone with an expensive video card?

No good at all. But a lot of people who read that site are die-hards who have been claiming for almost 20 years that Linux is the next big thing in gaming.

The problem is that since Windows is a platform anyone and their cousin can develop for, with a rich developer ecosystem, there's not much incentive to go anywhere else. Linux gaming will only take off once Windows gaming somehow stops being attractive. Until then it will always be sloppy stuff like WINE and bad native ports and bad drivers.

Some people, like Gabe Newell, legitimately believe that Windows is going to become an Apple-like closed platform where you can only buy stuff through an app store and develop approved applications. So you get a lot of idiots buying into the circlejerk that Windows isn't bad for gaming, but soon will be.

As long as Windows remains a platform where anyone can make whatever the fuck they want, and the graphics drivers are good, there's not much reason to even look at Linux for gaming unless you're some kind of zealot. It's not even 10% the gaming OS that Windows is, plain and simple.
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. Online Beta Next Week
5. Re: F.E.A.R. Online Beta Next Week May 19, 2014, 11:33 NKD
 
Seems a bit pointless.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 May 18, 2014, 13:36 NKD
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 18, 2014, 13:25:
I don't understand why people insist on buying Early Access. There are so many ACTUALLY COMPLETE games out.

A game being "ACTUALLY COMPLETE" is no guarantee that it's going to be any good, or even remotely worth the asking price. I'm sure plenty of people have extracted more fun and enjoyment out of Early Access titles than some of the "ACTUALLY COMPLETE" titles on Steam.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander This Month
1. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander This Month May 17, 2014, 12:35 NKD
 
Alright boys, you can commence the customary ritual bitching and whining and fighting about the game, my popcorn just finished popping.  
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Video
12. Re: Watch Dogs Video May 17, 2014, 12:06 NKD
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 17, 2014, 10:51:
Still no game play.....not good....

Is that somehow different from Ubisoft's other titles? They've always preferred flashy trailers and gimmicks instead of actual gameplay. It doesn't mean their games aren't pretty fucking good generally speaking. It generates them more YouTube views and more sales, and can be done entirely by the marketing department or an outside firm. Gameplay trailers require a lot of cooperation from the development side and a lot of bickering about what to show can arise, etc. It's just messy and since it doesn't generate sales, they don't bother.

Besides, even if they were showing more gameplay, they could just as easily cherry-pick gameplay segments that they felt would appeal to more people.

If you're a smart buyer you should be waiting for a verdict on the final product anyway, not trying to prognosticate based on what they are, or are not showing in their trailers.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs Video
9. Re: Watch Dogs Video May 17, 2014, 10:18 NKD
 
Watched this, not sure if staged, but didn't find the racism that was so ironically alluded to by our resident Nazi sympathizer.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials
8. Re: Ubisoft Financials May 17, 2014, 10:05 NKD
 
Re: Assassin's Creed, it does really eventually become history porn. AC4 is a bit of a one-off in that they chose an era which is heavily romanticized and happened to come with a pervasive activity which allowed for some new and fun gameplay. Other settings won't bring so much to the table in terms of spicing up the gameplay. So if you're bored with AC gameplay and the pirate stuff is all that got you through AC4, eh, you might as well skip the next title.

AC's thing is always going to be the freedom to plop down a guy in any era they want and tie it into the overall plot of the never ending battle between the Assassins and Templars, and all the First Civilization stuff. Obviously they'll tweak the gameplay here and there, but they are in kind of a stickier spot on the gameplay.

They've opted for a sandbox approach to the game design. A common complaint is that the main character is too much of a badass and he doesn't really need to assassinate, he can use his swords and become a human Blendtec Blender. That's where the problem of a sandbox comes in. You want to be able to use the bucket and shovel and stuff to meticulously make a sandcastle sometimes, but other times you just want to say fuck it and bury your dog up to his head or see how far he'll let you get.

Funneling everyone into the sometimes frustrating save-and-reload world of stealth games is pretty antithetical to sandbox freedom. Especially if you're doing it for something so shallow as fitting the title of series better.

AC isn't a stealth game, and never has been. But I don't think that kills the stealth approach from being fun or interesting. If anything, the stealth approach has become more feasible with the addition of stalking zones and sleep darts and all that jazz, all without killing the ability to just go ham with your swords if you want.

I think some people are looking for a game that is Hitman but set in historical periods. That might be cool, but it would be hard to do interesting world-building and really take advantage of those historical settings when your character only sees it from a series of carefully crafted levels designed around killing one or two particular dudes without being seen before having a cutscene and then another mission.
 
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News Comments > The Division Delayed
12. Re: The Division Delayed May 15, 2014, 22:34 NKD
 
I had to actually go remind myself which game this was. Not surprised they are delaying it, they haven't even talked about it.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition
22. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition May 14, 2014, 01:41 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on May 14, 2014, 01:15:
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 13, 2014, 22:34:
Dragon Dragon's Age Ages Inquisition Inquisitor's Editions

Try saying that 5 times fast.

DEREK SMART
DEREK SMART
DEREK SMART

Wait... that's something else...
 
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