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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 28, 2014, 03:38 InBlack
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 21:56:
DangerDog wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 21:50:
could it be that the content of the media sucks?

No, it's that no one wants to buy.
I am working on something at work that I keep stressing will fail for this reason. Who buys anything anymore? I have about a billion DVDs and CDs that I consider albatrosses. I want nothing to do with them. They're a huge hassle to move from apartment to apartment (I tend to last no longer than 18 months in any given place.) I never use them. I never look at them.

And even digital purchases are over. Why would I ever buy an mp3? I have Spotify. Any song I want available immediately for no money at all. Yeah, I hear a commercial every 5 or 6 songs (I think two commercials, as of this month.) But I pay nothing for it. Nothing at all. And Spotify has an enormous selection.

For movies, I use Amazon Prime or Netflix or HBO On Demand or, most frequently, pay $3.99 or $5.99 to watch it On Demand from my cable provider. I rarely repeat watch things, though I once thought I did (and when I have kids I'm sure I will again), so why would I pay more to have something I have to store that will just collect dust?

We are also far from a complete economic recovery. Things might be improving in the states, but most of Europe is in the shithouse. Winter is coming and if Russia decides to turn off the gas, things will get even worse. People buy shit when they have disposable income to waste. Well turns out that portion of the populace is dwindling pretty much anywhere except in the US. I guess you guys got us by the balls pertty good...
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com?
37. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com? Oct 28, 2014, 03:31 InBlack
 
ViRGE wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 01:28:
Quboid wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 23:08:
Prez wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 20:26:
TangledThorns wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 20:13:
Some games are just too damn old to play. Sorry, it's really hard to go back to dated graphics.

Same here. I'm not a graphics whore but those games are so old as to be jarring in their ugliness. Remakes are in order.

I'll play Tie Fighter but I'm sure the graphics will be terrible. I remember it looking quite blocky, and that was on a 14 inch monitor.

It's not just that games like Tie Fighter will be ugly, it's that playing them now might diminish their memory. I have rose tinted memories of games like Tie Fighter, based on comparisons with other games from the same time period. It was a shock to recently play Doom on the original settings, the low resolution was really distracting and took away from the experience. I've grown so used to higher detail and smaller pixels that I need to play one of the remakes like ZDoom to get the original feeling.
The hardest part about replaying X-Wing or Tie Fighter is the physics. Until XvT, Totally Games was trying for a Newtonian-ish model that meant giving the ships absolutely awful agility (poor turning, poor acceleration).

They didn't hit upon the "modern" arcadey flight sim model until XvT, and then stuck with it for XWA. It goes without saying that after flying the modern model, the low agility model is really frustrating at times.

I dont know what youre talking about, the physics in Xwing and especially in Tie Fighter felt absolutely 'perfect'. (Hardly Newtonian, but very close to how the ships moved in the films) No game since has captured the atmosphere and feel that you are there, in the Star Wars universe. The sound, the music, the awesome missions, the briefings, rewards, the awesome campaing etc. etc. Sure the graphics are probably outdated as hell, but Im gonna be buying a few of these just to give those cockblockers at Disney a hint that people actually want proper sequels to these games.

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News Comments > Evolve Alpha Details
15. Re: Evolve Alpha Details Oct 27, 2014, 19:15 InBlack
 
grudgebearer wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 14:56:
Would have rather have seen some sort of 4 on 4 or 5 on 5 asymmetric alien type vs human gameplay.

There's a lot more potential in that model than there is in this 4 vs 1 crap.

Yeah, sort of L4D style, except not zombies but mobs of other kinds maybe. Alien creatures, and whatnot. Still, Ill wait and see with this one, Im not going to judge it prematurely because the concept sounds cool in theory at least.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2014, 13:46 InBlack
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 11:00:
Always has a small crush on actresses like Marcia Strassman and Jan Smithers as a kid. Always liked WBK as a kid. Even named my pet budgie, Vinnie.

And unless they can find the operator of that drone I don't know how on earth they can assert his intention. The fact that he vamoosed says to me it was very much an accident and he didn't want to get into trouble. That aside, what is with this insanity about drones anyway when people have been using RC vehicles for years without anyone batting an eye.

And wtf happened to Pack last night? That was painful to watch.

Well traditional RC helicopters, planes etc. took some serious money, tinkering and knowhow to operate correctly. A friend of mine is seriously into RC choppers, hell to even learn to hover correctly takes some serious dedication and skill. These new quad-copters are stable as hell, a child can literaly fly it from day one.
 
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News Comments > Evolve Alpha Details
5. Re: Evolve Alpha Details Oct 27, 2014, 13:40 InBlack
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 11:02:
InBlack wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 10:23:
This game is coming along nicely. Lets hope its more substance than hype though but they seem to be prety confident they have a winner on their hands. Also compare the specs of this 'alpha' build to the 'release candidate' build of Assasin's Creed Unity for some perspective on how to code for the PC.

Is it really a surprise that next gen games actually need more hardware then the previous generation? Then why wouldn't the spec's increase as well, even if a PC port?

Yes it is actually. Especially since the 'next gen' turned out to be 'current gen' 1.5
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 27, 2014, 10:47 InBlack
 
Kind of dissapointed that they focused so much on obviously failed projects instead of those that are not nearly as obvious as being failures or frauds or end up in development hell. Sure they finish up the article on that point but some more examples would have been nice.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2014, 10:29 InBlack
 
Only 8 episodes? What gives? Did they have ratings/budgetary problems or was this planned?  
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News Comments > Evolve Alpha Details
1. Re: Evolve Alpha Details Oct 27, 2014, 10:23 InBlack
 
This game is coming along nicely. Lets hope its more substance than hype though but they seem to be prety confident they have a winner on their hands. Also compare the specs of this 'alpha' build to the 'release candidate' build of Assasin's Creed Unity for some perspective on how to code for the PC.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2014, 08:57 InBlack
 
Prez wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 07:02:
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 01:36:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 15:07:
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 14:13:
Here's a thought on unwashed jeans: Imagine oral sex with someone who hasn't washed their jeans in a year.

/Thread.

Don't be a scumbag, wash your pants.

That only applies if you're going commando. Most people wear undies.

I used to only wash my jeans every 2 or 3 wears unless I've gone hiking or it was summer or something. They just don't get dirty in a single wear otherwise.

Because underwear is impermeable to bacteria and sweat, right?


I change my underwear after four days. You get four wears out each pair - after the first day turn them around. The next day, wear them inside out. On the fourth day, it's inside out AND backwards. Prez is my name, Hygiene is my game!!!!

Ok. Now That was funny!
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 27, 2014, 08:34 InBlack
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 07:12:
You can do pretty much do whatever you want here.

For posting w00t?? Kind of harsh.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
8. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 27, 2014, 04:09 InBlack
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 19:33:
By the time we wake up and realize that google is doing evil shit they'll have amassed an army of robots to take care of any dissent.

Thats a damn fine article. I dont agree with everything Assange writes but his mind is as sharp as a razor blade. Google becoming 'de facto' the internet, is worrying.
 
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News Comments > On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support
25. Re: On Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Mantle Support Oct 27, 2014, 03:19 InBlack
 
So this might be a bit off topic, but what is the game like? Is it any good?  
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Specs; Trailer
14. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Specs; Trailer Oct 24, 2014, 08:31 InBlack
 
jomisab wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 08:10:
But on a more serious note, while the speed of the 680 is decent, having only 2GB VRAM is becoming a serious handicap.

Are you gaming at 2560x1440 or 4k perhaps? Unless you are running one of these resoltions or are a fan or downsmpling there is no need to have more than 2G VRAM. I got a 4GB gfx card and its serious overkill for my 1080p monitor. Maybe at some point I will get a better/bigger monitor and be thankful for the ram, but by that point Ill probably need to buy another card anyway.

 
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Media
14. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Media Oct 24, 2014, 08:24 InBlack
 
Bots gonna be bottin, haters gonna be hatin...  
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News Comments > Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Media
12. Re: Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Media Oct 24, 2014, 07:04 InBlack
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 06:48:
InBlack wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 02:51:
I don't get it. What's wrong with chess?

Maybe that any decent AI can totally pwn you at chess nowadays? that it has moves that will always lead to a draw and that the CPU can always 100% win?

chess is broken

There is always multiplayer
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
18. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 24, 2014, 06:47 InBlack
 
NKD wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 06:19:
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You are both missing the point. The point is responsibility. A CEO sets policy and strategy. He doesnt as you say get involved in the 'fine details' of the day to day business but he is the one who dictates what the company should focus on and how, and ultimatively this work ethic is filtered down through the ranks.

Okay. So what's the point we're missing? I don't debate that the CEO takes responsibility for the general direction of a company. In fact I said as much.

He claims because Riccitiello had what he considers a consumer-unfriendly strategy for running EA, that somehow he's going to try crowbarring a completely incompatible business strategy into a very different company. I claim that because he's run diverse companies in the past, there's not much reason to suspect he can't continue to do so in the future.

Am I wrong? I'm not sure what you're trying to get at exactly.

Its not about whether he can run a company, but how he runs one. You are right, there is no way he would implement the same exact same strategies from EA in this case, but is it really foolish to assume that at least some of the 'streamlining' that he is credited for at EA wont be carried over to this new company at a detriment to their customers and ultimately us gamers? (Although it might be benficial to Unity Technologies' bottom line in the short term) In no way am I saying that this is a given, he might be the best thing to happen to Unity since sliced bread but given his track record at EA I dont think its surprising that gamers are sceptical at this point.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
16. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 24, 2014, 06:09 InBlack
 
You are both missing the point. The point is responsibility. A CEO sets policy and strategy. He doesnt as you say get involved in the 'fine details' of the day to day business but he is the one who dictates what the company should focus on and how, and ultimatively this work ethic is filtered down through the ranks.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2014, 04:42 InBlack
 
Good thing I held off on these drivers! Also have a 760GTX.  
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68. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 04:29 InBlack
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 19:12:
But for the first time maybe in my life, on that Saturday afternoon, I walked towards that pair of gamers and I didnít smile. I didnít say hello. In fact, I crossed the street so I wouldnít walk by them. Because after all the years of gamer love and inclusiveness, something had changed in me. A small voice of doubt in my brain now suspected that those guys and I might not be comrades after all. That they might not greet me with reflected friendliness, but contempt.

dang, good thing she didn't smile and say hello, they might have smiled and said hello back.

keep living in your little bubble of fear girl

Read the article dude. She actually admits at the end that was the wrong thing to do. This is actually a personal op-ed piece that advocates common sense in this whole mess. Bravo Felicia!

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News Comments > Arma III Free Weekend
17. Re: Arma III Free Weekend Oct 24, 2014, 04:19 InBlack
 
Prez wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 03:33:
I will always fondly remember Operation Flashpoint as the game that introduced me to real modern warfare, AND as the most tense singleplayer experience I ever had. That mission when you are alone sneaking through the woods behind enemy lines had me literally sweating it was so intense. I rememeber it came out at the same time that Ghost Recon did, and while everyone was quick to call that one the superior game I jsut kept playing OpFlash. I've dabbled with the Arma games off and on since. I love the design - there still isn't anything else like the Arma games out there.

Yeah OpFlashpoint was pure epicness. There was nothing quite like it. It was clunky and buggy, but it was sure as hell worth it. I remember that mission quite well. I think I 'appropriated' a civilan tractor to get to where I was going for that one...

Im going to get ArmaIII at some point, just not sure when. Im mostly into hardcore sims nowdays anyway.
 
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