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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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News Comments > Watch Dogs 101 Trailer
8. Re: Watch Dogs 101 Trailer May 13, 2014, 23:41 NKD
 
Looks like a little bit of a Saints Row feel in those little virtual reality games. It's good way to let players go off the reservation a bit when you've got a relatively grounded setting that doesn't allow for anything too fantastical beyond hacking and some near-future tech.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. May 13, 2014, 23:39 NKD
 
I used to wonder what corporate finances could be....  
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News Comments > Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition
20. Re: Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition May 13, 2014, 23:36 NKD
 
I too am in the camp that didn't feel DA:O was all that amazing. It's hard to describe what was wrong with it specifically. Just about every part of it felt like "Okay, but it could be better." I guess "generic" would be the word I'd use. I played through once and that was that. It didn't pull me in the way the Mass Effect trilogy did, or KOTOR before it. DA2 was considerably worse and it wouldn't be hard to beat it, but I think that DA:O is still too low a bar to set for Inquisition.

Certainly enough years have past that a few decent ideas that go beyond "Generic Shadow of BG2" should have percolated in the developers minds.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup May 13, 2014, 21:51 NKD
 
I'd be interested in something like this. Sub fee only if you want to play on their "official" servers, but you can run one of your own apparently.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed May 13, 2014, 13:39 NKD
 
Not much point in pre-ordering in the era of digital distribution. You don't need to guarantee a copy for yourself, and you have a slew of reviews available to you right off the bat.

Just wait and see what people have to say, then decide whether or not to buy. Seems fairly simple and you'll rarely end up with a shitty game.

That's why my Steam library is like 300 games and not 1500.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. May 13, 2014, 13:36 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:04:
Optional Nickname! wrote on May 13, 2014, 11:24:
As a Star Citizen backer, I say hiring anyone who had any connection with Diablo III's development process is insulting by rewarding failure.

But by hiring the lead producer of one of the most poorly produced and received big budget titles in many years to work on a project that is supposed to be 100% player-centric and devoid of all of what Diablo III's failure represented is like suddenly seeing a space albatross circling your hangar.

Game development involves an enormous amount of people providing input. Sometimes the producer isn't just putting his thoughts to paper but forced to do the best he can while incorporating the demands of others.

I feel like gamers get stuck in this weird fantasy world instead of how game development actually works. A title not turning out the way gamers want equates to the idea that the people involved in the title should never work again or should not be taken seriously.

Quite frankly if that's how people REALLY want to be, they ought to just quit gaming altogether, because just about everyone who has been in the industry a long time has a few stinkers on their resume.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Adds "Extreme" Frame Rate Support
16. Re: Titanfall Patch Adds May 13, 2014, 13:20 NKD
 
Creston wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:10:
Brumbek wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:06:
Bottom line: try a 120/144Hz monitor and it will blow you away and you won't ever want to go back to a lame 60Hz.

I did try one, and honestly, while it is very nice, I didn't feel it was worth the substantial difference in price.

The other downside is that they are virtually all TN panels. So you're getting a higher refresh but you're losing color reproduction, viewing angles, and contrast.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Adds "Extreme" Frame Rate Support
14. Re: Titanfall Patch Adds May 13, 2014, 13:07 NKD
 
DrSquick wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:36:
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Fuck, I wish Bethsoft would patch Skyrim for that.

Does it look good, or is it similar to the "soap opera" effect that you get on the 120hz TVs that do frame interpolation; where it looks "off" or unnatural. Do you know the effect I am referring to? My screen is only 60hz, so I can't tell if this video accurately represents it, but here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_dE6HPIAJM

120/144hz monitors are actually capable of 120 or 144hz. No interpolated frames.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse May 12, 2014, 15:13 NKD
 
Quboid wrote on May 12, 2014, 12:17:
According to a recent poll, 50% of people wouldn't want to pay $2 a month when it's purely hypothetical and they don't actually have to lose their shows.

According to a recent poll, 50% of people said that they'd rather try to persuade Netflix not to increase their prices.

According to a recent poll, 50% of people stated that a worthless poll is worthless.

Exactly. No one in their right mind is going to throw away all that content for $2. Sure, they'll talk big when they don't have to put up or shut up, but when it comes down to it they probably wouldn't even notice the rate increase.

Netflix is a steal for the price they charge, even if you don't use it much.
 
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