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News Comments > Fallout 4 Shipped 12M on Day One
62. Re: Fallout 4 Shipped 12M on Day One Nov 13, 2015, 14:05 NKD
 
This is like 50% more than Skyrim IIRC.  
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News Comments > Online GTA Mods Closed
1. Re: Online GTA Mods Closed Nov 10, 2015, 10:49 NKD
 
Sending private investigators to intimidate people? Maybe they should just send some goons to break these guys legs. Rockstar as classy as ever.  
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4
11. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Fallout 4 Nov 10, 2015, 10:43 NKD
 
Having fun with this so far. I have run into surprisingly few bugs for a Bethesda game. I've got 6 hours in or so and haven't actually had any bugs that impacted gameplay. Haven't crashed or run into performance issues either. I was going into this expecting a lot worse, based on things I had read.

So far I've had fewer issues than I had with previous Bethesda titles.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Preloads
13. Re: Fallout 4 Preloads Nov 6, 2015, 23:11 NKD
 
Great White Shark wrote on Nov 6, 2015, 21:54:
Cutter wrote on Nov 6, 2015, 20:33:
Looks more like a steaming load to me.

No one gives a shit what you think.

Couldn't have said it better myself.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Not F2P?
12. Re: Overwatch Not F2P? Nov 5, 2015, 19:58 NKD
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 5, 2015, 19:55:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 5, 2015, 19:27:
Are you guys getting angrier every day? Almost every post from you guys is like "I'M SO ANGRY! GRRRRRRR" Furious2

Take a chill pill.

Considering the like, 4th post that appears in your post history where you concur with Zanthar on some really nasty insult you should maybe not throw pebbles out of that paper thin chill pill laced glass house

Ehem....

To be fair, Cutter DOES need to kill himself.
 
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News Comments > On Fallout 4's Graphics
40. Re: On Fallout 4's Graphics Nov 5, 2015, 00:36 NKD
 
There's literally no reason they can't improve upon the same engine for all eternity. It's not like there's some untouchable code that can't be refactored or rewritten that requires them to trash everything and start over, or that the software has some zombieism that requires the code to be burned to protect the living.

In software it's fucking retarded to throw away code that is doing it's job. No one just decides on a whim "Let's do a new engine!" unless their engine is so under-developed or neglected that they'd need to rewrite 90% of it anyway. And even then, you can bet they are keeping that 10% of the code that is working when they start their "new" engine.

The only reason to drop an in-house engine that you've been actively developing is if you decide to license an engine instead. There's no reason to throw out one in-house engine to start another. The only time you should be starting over is when you move from licensed to in-house, or in-house to license.

If Fallout 4 is graphically dated, it's not because they are hamstrung by their current engine, it's because they lack the talent to make it better, and making a new engine wouldn't fix that.
 
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News Comments > No More WoW Numbers
44. Re: No More WoW Numbers Nov 4, 2015, 20:16 NKD
 
Krovven wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 19:31:
What I don't understand is how they can not report them, being a public company. Shareholders deserve to know and should demand to be kept informed.


The various disclosure laws that apply to publicly traded companies don't require them to disclose it. There's all kinds of operational data that companies don't disclose simply because they aren't required to by law, and because the shareholders aren't asking for it.

Most MMO developers stopped disclosing things like subscriber/concurrency numbers years ago, or never released that data at all. When the numbers inevitably begin to decline, it creates negativity in the community and perpetuates a snowball effect as people leave a "dying" game. Meanwhile the shareholders really don't give a shit about that number because it doesn't tell them anything that the financial data doesn't already tell them.

Another way to look at it: because of that snowball effect and bad PR from declining subscriber numbers, continuing to release that info would hit shareholders right in the money.

The subscriber numbers have always been more interesting to the lay-person than the shareholders, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Yet Another New Steam Record
15. Re: Yet Another New Steam Record Nov 3, 2015, 02:10 NKD
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 01:31:
The service isn't passive. People are buying and playing their games THROUGH the service. Clearly you don't understand the significance. Here are the hard numbers.

- PlayStation 4 - 29.3 million units sold
- Wii U - 10.73 million units sold
- Xbox One - >10 million units sold

Steam has more concurrent accounts, meaning the number of people playing games on Steam at the same time, than the Wii or Xbox One and almost half of Playstation 4. Steam has 86% more active accounts than PS4, Wii U and Xbox One combined. Do you get the significance?

Steam isn't an "inactive tray icon automatically launched on boot-up". It's a gaming platform that happens to run in Windows. The only difference is Steam is software not hardware. So people can keep upgrading their tech indefinitely. They never have to worry about not playing games they bought on Steam. Eventually consoles get old and outdated and they will stop making them. They'll work on the next console and unless they support backwards compatibility gamers will be out of luck unless they keep the console. After awhile they're going to have a glut of consoles.

That's the significance. Steam is a software platform. Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Wii U are hardware platforms. Xbox One is $350. Playstation 4 is $350. Steam is free.

Um, if you hadn't directly quoted me, I'd think you quoted the wrong post.

I did not mention nor even come near comparing Steam vs. consoles. The only comparison, in fact, was your comparison to World of Warcraft, which I pointed out was a bit silly due to Steam and WoW being very different applications. Literally apples and oranges. Your bizarre sidetrack aside...

Here is some more meaningful data.

1% of Steam users own 33% of the games. 20% own 88%. To be a 1%'r you have to own 107 games. To be a 20%'r you have to own only FOUR games.

There are approximately 1.3 million users who are the "1%" and who buy a significant number of games that you can reasonably hope a good number of them will buy your title if you market it properly and make a good game.

So while growth is growth, my point is that we should really temper our expectations of what these concurrency numbers actually mean.

And frankly, any record that is broken every day is probably not worth reporting on. Steam is significant, daily updates on how many people are logged in? Less so.
 
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News Comments > Yet Another New Steam Record
13. Re: Yet Another New Steam Record Nov 2, 2015, 21:53 NKD
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 2, 2015, 14:52:
Exactly. 2 million more concurrent users is huge. Right now Steam has more concurrent subscribers than WOW had subscribers, at its peak. We all know for a fact WOW's 12 million subs didn't play simultaneously.

Erm, that's an odd comparison to use. It's a lot easier for what is effectively an inactive tray icon automatically launched on boot-up to rack up concurrency, and for a service that is a few megs to download, and free, to rack up active accounts.

To be honest, we don't really need daily updates on this shit. It will probably increase nearly every day through the holiday season as people are buying/receiving/playing new games and spending more time indoors.

It's also a fairly meaningless statistic unless you like getting hyped over the number of people who forget they have Steam running in their system tray, or use it as a glorified messaging service, and, as the statistics show, don't buy any games.

Definitely not news worthy. We've known Steam is the only game in town for PC gaming for some time. We've also known that only 1 or 2 million of those 100-200 million Steam users are spending money and supporting the PC as a gaming platform.
 
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News Comments > Another New Steam User Record
8. Re: Another New Steam User Record Nov 1, 2015, 16:23 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 1, 2015, 15:14:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 1, 2015, 14:20:
%20 increase in two weeks? Awesome. FWIW Blue I like seeing these Steam concurrent user records.

Blue, thanks again for being an all things PC related gaming website.
These steam records hopefully foretell an increase in the number of developers making games for the platform.

While it may sound good, unfortunately as that article a few weeks back showed us, the amount of games Steam users are buying is smaller than people think.

To be in the top 20% of Steam users you need only own 4 games.

Growth is growth, but we should be careful not to portray Steam as millions of users willing and eager to buy full price games. A large majority of users don't spend any meaningful amount of money.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
18. Re: Into the Black Oct 31, 2015, 09:23 NKD
 
jimnms wrote on Oct 31, 2015, 04:17:

I can't drive or ride in a car without a seat belt. It just feels weird, like leaving the house without pants on.

That's how I feel. Far from being a nuisance or chore, I have to have my seat belt on or I just feel naked or exposed or something. My theory is that it's because my first vehicle was a truck with a bench seat and floaty suspension. Without a seatbelt on I would be bouncing all over in there even just driving normally. I just like the feeling of being strapped into my car. It gives this placebo effect of being more in control.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 30, 2015, 01:51 NKD
 
Should you upgrade from plugging your setup directly into some crap integrated audio? Yes. But PC sound cards are pointless, particularly anything marketed towards gamers. Hardware 3D audio has been dead for a while so it's not like the old days where you're buying yourself performance with a fancy processor to do all the audio work in your games. PC focused audio gear is overpriced and underbuilt. Get a proper external setup for your preferred way to listen whether it be headphones or speakers, and output digital audio via USB and let actual audio hardware handle the rest.

 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Review Flags Removed
19. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Review Flags Removed Oct 29, 2015, 17:36 NKD
 
Anything prior to the release date generated for the title is flagged as pre-release automatically by Steam. And the release date cannot, last I checked, be altered manually by the developer. (It's possible they've added this in the time since, but I don't see why they would.) This whole thing was probably just a goof by whoever at Valve reactivated the title for WB.

 
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News Comments > Paradox Interactive Acquires White Wolf
18. Re: Paradox Interactive Acquires White Wolf Oct 29, 2015, 16:39 NKD
 
Saw this coming when CCP cancelled the MMO. They aren't really interesting on hanging on to IPs for no reason.

Hopefully Paradox can get a solid game in the works.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
69. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 28, 2015, 02:11 NKD
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 27, 2015, 17:06:
Cutter wrote on Oct 27, 2015, 13:56:
Invisible sky wizards

Can we please not get into this? Yes, there are those of us who actually believe in God. You don't have to agree with my beliefs but at least be respectful. This is an community of varying expressions.

I'm loath to agree with Cuttard, but you come in here using Biblical folktales as a reason why certain dietary choices are the "right" ones, you deserve to be laughed at. It's the same as if you posted about how the universe was created in literally 6 days.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 27, 2015, 04:24 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 26, 2015, 13:43:
InBlack wrote on Oct 26, 2015, 12:30:
I can play football (soccer) but I can't play it on the same level as Ronaldo or Messi. Same with any e-sports game. There is no way I can play those games on the level that I can watch pro teams going at it on twitch.

Sure you could. Play it for 8-12 hours a day and you could do it easily. Question is would you want to, which the answer is no. I don't care what the potential financial upside is I'd rather spend most of my life doing other things - traveling, eating and drinking well, having sex with actual females, etc.


You say that, but you seem to spend most of your time bitching on the Internet, spreading misinformation, and having wrong opinions.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2015, 12:09 NKD
 
Very sad. One of the few PC centric Youtubers out there of note as well. I hope he can defy the odds and pull through.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 15, 2015, 13:59 NKD
 
Again Cutter with his armchair lawyer incorrect bullshit again. Unless the photographer got a signed release, his nude photos of his girlfriend have zero protection and he has no legal right to publish them. Go fuck yourself you retard.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Has 1M Backers; More Get Alpha Access
29. Re: Star Citizen Has 1M Backers; More Get Alpha Access Oct 14, 2015, 12:34 NKD
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 14, 2015, 11:40:

Conservative estimated total: $37,000,000


I too believe this project is going nowhere, but your numbers aren't conservative, they are wildly inflated. You're not even in the ballpark of what actors get paid, or how long it takes, to get voice recording done.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Oct 13, 2015, 13:51 NKD
 
Game is super dark with Revision. Be sure to tweak your brightness or you'll spend the whole game with your flashlight eyeballs turned on.

Also if you have a problem with dialogue audio not playing, launch DX GOTY at least once after installing it, then go back to Revision.
 
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