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News Comments > Steam Video Recording Nears, Mobile Steam Possible
5. Re: Steam Video Recording Nears, Mobile Steam Possible Mar 22, 2011, 11:25 Tom
 
Valve should just license FRAPS for integration into Steam. But I guess they've already done a good chunk of the work by making the overlay work with a wide variety of games (despite the best efforts of those morons at Even Balance).

They did a great job with the new screenshot feature. I'm sure tons of people looked at that and said wow, wouldn't it be great if they took it to the next level and did the same thing for video.
 
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News Comments > AMD Knocks DirectX
20. Re: AMD Knocks DirectX Mar 18, 2011, 15:31 Tom
 
Richard Huddy has been around since the early days of DirectX. ~10 years ago he was working in dev relations for NVIDIA, then somewhere along the line he changed over to ATI. He knows what's what. IMO these statements were either not considered very carefully, or this is part of some agenda.

Developers have plenty of room to innovate within the framework of DirectX. Look at how much innovation happens in frameworks that build on top of DirectX like XNA and various game engines. Between shaders and GPGPU there's plenty of room for innovation.

What's holding back PC games compared to console games when it comes to taking advantage of the more powerful hardware? I really doubt it has much to do with DirectX. It seems much more likely to be simple economics. It's difficult and costly to make a game scale to take full advantage of a range of hardware. It's easier and cheaper to target consoles first and then throw in a few token improvements for the PC port, which we've seen more and more blatant examples of lately (like DA2).
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age II Launch Trailer
11. Re: Dragon Age 2 Launch Trailer Mar 10, 2011, 16:06 Tom
 
Hmm surprising, I didn't expect people here (of all places) to come to its defense. Maybe it's a good game after all.

And Kate Mulgrew... dang. I might just have to pick this up someday.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age II Launch Trailer
2. Re: Dragon Age 2 Launch Trailer Mar 10, 2011, 12:39 Tom
 
I'm totally digging the Metacritic for this game. CHA-CHING!  
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News Comments > Crytek on Crysis 2 Cheating
18. Re: Crytek on Crysis 2 Cheating Mar 10, 2011, 11:38 Tom
 
So um, I tried the multi in Crysis 1 once and was like "what? why? no." Is there anything worthwhile about multi in Crysis 2? I kinda wish they'd just stick to single.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Playing Titan Already
7. Re: Blizzard Playing Titan Already Mar 9, 2011, 11:45 Tom
 
Yes, enough with the fantasy already.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution in August?
2. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution in August? Mar 8, 2011, 11:04 Tom
 
5 months is not really that long. It will be here before you know it.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Speculation
5. Re: Mass Effect Speculation Mar 4, 2011, 11:25 Tom
 
I might get it when it's $20 or less on Steam. Still haven't finished DA1..  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2011, 09:48 Tom
 
Those Wikipedia editors are just a bunch of power-drunk fascists anyway.  
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News Comments > Civilization V Patch Notes
7. Re: Civilization V Patch Notes Feb 18, 2011, 19:01 Tom
 
Basically, Civ4 was fairly crappy and Civ5 is solid crap. I don't know what people see in these games. Every game of it takes forever and is so utterly boring, predictable, and anti-climactic. Mining planets in Mass Effect 2 was more interesting.

I see the potential, and I try to give these games the benefit of the doubt because I have a number of friends who put a lot of time into them. I got tired of Civ4 after 2 or 3 games, and the Civ5 demo was just awful. I think it's just poor execution. I missed out on Civ3 and earlier and I'm always wondering if praise of the older games is just nostalgic or if they really were much better than this modern mush.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 14, 2011, 22:19 Tom
 
The GTX 560 Ti seems like the sweet spot right now. At $250 it should be around the same price point as your old card was.

You could also save $50 by going with a 460 if you want to trade off some cost for performance. The performance per dollar and performance per watt of those two seem very close.

Great review here:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_560_Ti/
 
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News Comments > DCS: A10C Warthog Interview
7. Re: DCS: A10C Warthog Interview Feb 10, 2011, 13:17 Tom
 
GAU-8 Avenger vs. zombies. YES! DCS: A10C / L4D mashup, please.  
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News Comments > On PC Crysis 2
16. Re: On PC Crysis 2 Feb 9, 2011, 15:32 Tom
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 9, 2011, 15:07:
They assume that the game should run perfectly on the highest settings given a reasonably high performance machine at the time of release. And if not, it's unoptimized garbage.

As opposed to what? Releasing a game that you can't run on max settings with a high powered machine? What's the point in releasing a game that people can't run on max settings with the best machines of the day? Sure, maybe 5 years later, they can finally do it, but that's not going to help your game now. Including settings in the game that no one can actually use is pretty stupid, and if that leads to complaints about your game, the only one you should be blaming is yourself.

Ok see if you can wrap your head around this: On the PC, games have to support a huge variety of configurations. From low powered systems up to extremely powerful ones. This means the developer has to make their game scalable. If they fail at this task, the game will require too powerful of a machine to run at all, or it won't take advantage of the power of the more powerful machines, or both.

Scalability involves varying the burden the game places on the system. For example, varying the polygon count, shader complexity, fill rate burden, physics load, AI complexity, and so on. Modern systems are so complex that it's very difficult to automatically adapt the game's burden on the system to find the optimum point where the game offers the best balance of framerate and visual quality.

So, games tend to automate some of their choices, while leaving other choices to the user in the form of settings. Also, different users have different priorities - sometimes even the same user will want to prioritize framerate at one time, and visual quality at another time.

Now here is a very important point: The game developer has to tune the settings (which settings are available and what they do) to find a balance between fitting the scaling abilities of the game and being accessible to the user, who typically doesn't want to learn about all of the gory internal details of the game systems. (And if they do, they can tweak settings in config files and such.)

If the balance is too conservative, the game's scaling may support looking way better on a more powerful system, but the user won't have a way to use it... so the potential is wasted. This is needless waste.

If the balance is too aggressive, you get people whose feelings are hurt by running at lower than the highest settings when they think their system is totally awesome. You should focus more on what you get for a given level of settings, rather than just whether or not they are the highest settings available.

Today's high powered machine will always be blown away by tomorrow's mid-range. So if the game developer already has to do all this work to make the game scalable, why not future-proof the game a bit? Haven't you ever revisited a game after a few years and had the satisfaction of being able to crank everything to the max now that you have a generation or two newer components?

Offering high end scaling also provides some reward for those who really do go all out and build very high end systems. What's the point of building such a system if you can't get real-world benefits from it? So you can get some number that's higher than some other number in a benchmark?
 
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News Comments > On PC Crysis 2
15. Re: On PC Crysis 2 Feb 9, 2011, 15:14 Tom
 
Ok you're right, my comment on SLI was too harsh. It's not stupid if you're actually effectively addressing a bottleneck with it. The examples you gave are the only real cases where it makes sense. What I was thinking about is the typical gaming setup involving a single monitor costing under $1000 (just the cost of the monitor I'm talking about), where SLI seems to be more trouble and cost than it's worth.

And you're right, I've never had SLI. I'm basing my thinking on reviews, comments from people who do have SLI, release notes, specs, prices, and a modest understanding of the techniques and bottlenecks of realtime 3D graphics.
 
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News Comments > On PC Crysis 2
5. Re: On PC Crysis 2 Feb 9, 2011, 13:01 Tom
 
Crysis was a problem of perception and settings. People don't understand what settings are and what they mean. They assume that the game should run perfectly on the highest settings given a reasonably high performance machine at the time of release. And if not, it's unoptimized garbage.

When Crysis came out, I played it on a GeForce 8800 GTS with most of the settings on medium. For the most part, the game still looked amazing, and the frame rate was fine. Not perfect, but not a trainwreck either.

I think people overpay for their components, waste money on stupid stuff like SLI, or they just cheap out and expect to still run stuff on high settings... either way, instead of taking responsibility or looking at the situation rationally, they just blame the game developers.

The logical response for the game developers is to treat their customers as the idiots most of them are and stop offering extreme settings. Sure, the game may still present similar looking settings, but what they mean will be different. As a result, games will max out on the present (often not even the high end present) instead of scaling into the future.

Most game developers have already done this. Thanks to all the complainers out there, really appreciate it, nice job. You sure showed them.

Now you can shift your complaints to "oh it's limited by the console!" No, it's limited by your stupidity. Cause and effect.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Groupon Feb 9, 2011, 11:36 Tom
 
Yep, that ad was dumb, dumb, dumb. Google must be thrilled.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Details
42. Re: Battlefield 3 Details Feb 8, 2011, 14:39 Tom
 
I have a couple hundred hours into BC2 and have hardly ever seen obvious cheating going on, but I saw a really blatant instance of it the other day. Some punk was spawn camping a whole team on one of the Vietnam maps. As soon as someone would spawn or otherwise come into his field of view, he'd instantly headshot em with a machinegun. It was sad. But when that happens.. it's new server time.

As for commander mode. Well. I kinda miss airdropping jeeps and supply crates onto snipers, but otherwise it's not a huge loss. And a lot of whiny server admins wouldn't even let you do that. Sort of like admins in BC2 that kick you because they got Carl'd one too many times. Time to man up, babies!
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Details
9. Re: Battlefield 3 Details Feb 8, 2011, 10:51 Tom
 
The maps in BC2 are large and full of detail. And BF3 is supposedly going to go way beyond that. How long does it take to make a map like that? Is it really something a modder would do? I'm still remembering what it was like to map in the Quake 1 / Unreal era... I would hope the tools are way better nowadays, but are they better enough to compensate for the increased detail and size of one of these maps?

I also wonder how much map-making grunt work will be necessary for the fully destructible environments in BF3. I imagine it was pretty labor-intensive for BC2. Then there's the new lighting workflow using some middleware for realtime radiosity. Could maps be made without using this middleware's tools? Would they have to license the middleware's tools for doing some kind of mod tools release? What about stuff they got from other EA businesses like the new animation system?

These things get complicated.
 
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News Comments > Frostbite 2 Trailer, BF3 Details
41. Re: Frostbite 2 Trailer, BF3 Details Feb 7, 2011, 18:52 Tom
 
Really folks, how hard is it to use your brain to correct this:
"Huge Maps. Tanks Defibrillators. Jets. Team play"

into this:
"Huge maps. Tanks. Defibrillators. Jets. Team play"

Or is it that it's just not enough to have merely tanks and defibrillators? You won't be satisfied until there are also tank defibrillators, now that your imagination has been stimulated by this quirky juxtaposition brought on by the tragic omission of a single punctuation mark...
 
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News Comments > Ridge Racer Unbounded Announced
12. Re: Ridge Racer Unbounded Feb 6, 2011, 11:38 Tom
 
The dictionary begs to differ.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbounded
 
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