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Signed On May 21, 2000, 15:34
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News Comments > Auto Assault to End
19. Re: ... Jul 3, 2007, 01:06 Tom
Starlancer was kind of meh, I'd say we haven't had a good space sim since Freespace 2.

Freespace 2 was ok but a little meh too. The space sim is truly an underserved genre. I don't think there have been any truly good space sims other than Wing Commander 2 and Tie Fighter, which is very sad.

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News Comments > Crysis Website
7. Re: Official Crysis site Jul 2, 2007, 17:44 Tom
Vista is a very touchy subject. It's easy to see how

With Vista and a good DX10 card your comp will be ready for Crysis.

could be interpreted as

Without Vista, you're gonna be screwed!

especially if someone didn't connect it with the previous post.

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News Comments > TrackMania United StarForce-ectomy
13. Re: Good news Jul 2, 2007, 16:55 Tom
Heh yeah right, you know someone's just going to comment out a #define somewhere and run a batch file to rebuild the whole thing. Only a complete moron would code it in the worst case you describe. (Of course, there are plenty of such people programming...)

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News Comments > Saturday Q&As
11. Re: WoW jumped the shark Jun 30, 2007, 23:26 Tom
Just because someone doesn't like raiding doesn't mean MMOs aren't their type of game. A lot of people, myself included, happen to think raiding sucks, and there's much more fun to be had in leveling up. Woody outlined the reasons pretty well in his post. But you can only level up so much and then it's over. That's why I quit within a month once I reached 60 and never looked back. Well, there were plenty of other reasons, but that was a big one.

My advice - forget about WoW. There are many things that are more fun and less painful that you can do with your life. Life's too short to waste on WoW!

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Meh Jun 30, 2007, 00:53 Tom

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News Comments > BF2 Stats SNAFU
8. Re: tards Jun 20, 2007, 11:41 Tom
I've never seen vehicle drops beyond the regular (infrequent) rate. That sounds interesting. What I have seen is vehicle drops on helicopters and infantry, which seems to bother some people a lot but I find it hilarious...

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News Comments > BF2 Stats SNAFU
7. Re: tards Jun 20, 2007, 11:37 Tom
Oh yeah? I've seen plenty of cheating in CounterStrike over the years. People running faster than they should. Jumping higher. Flying through the air. Shooting through walls. Magically knowing exactly where everyone is. Getting ridiculous numbers of kills or kill/death ratios for no apparent reason.

I haven't seen ANY OF THAT in BF2.

I'm not saying there aren't cheaters in BF2. I'm sure there are. But it isn't nearly as rampant as people around here make it out to be. Either that or my friends and I have been incredibly lucky.

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News Comments > BF2 Stats SNAFU
3. tards Jun 20, 2007, 11:06 Tom
I still play this a couple of nights a week with friends on external voice comm. It's a total blast. We join random ranked servers. With 400+ hours into the game, I don't think I've ever experienced a problem with anyone cheating or hacking. And the only bug that I run into every now and then is the game not recognizing my rank or unlocks, so I have to restart the game and reconnect.

I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of this game and expect to continue playing it for some time to come. It's very annoying to see stupid posts on here saying the game is completely broken. Just look at the number of people playing it. There's a LOT. Why would so many people continue to play a completely broken game? It's been a couple of years and there are plenty of other games out there, right?

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. FIOS sucks! Jun 20, 2007, 00:15 Tom
Verizon can go to hell. They wired my whole town for FIOS except my street. rrrrrrrrr.........

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News Comments > EA's Mac Attack
22. Re: No subject Jun 12, 2007, 07:41 Tom
its not so much a burden as it is a compatibility issue. directx networking uses components that cannot be ported to unix. i.e. active x and dcom.

This is BS. Relatively few games have used DirectPlay, and most of the ones that have have had crappy netcode problems as a result. (Midtown Madness 2 anyone?) MS has even officially deprecated DirectPlay for some time now. The vast majority of games have used Winsock, which is just a simple sockets based API very similar to what's available on other platforms.

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News Comments > On UT3 Specs
16. Re: WTF? May 30, 2007, 23:08 Tom
Look the concerns about vista are not fud. Vista has all that drm shit. That's not fud. Right now we don't see the consequences of it all yet, but inevitably we will and I don't think the consumer will like it.

Do you know what FUD is? It's an acronym that stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Basically what you just said:

Fear: You're afraid of the bad consequences of Vista's DRM support.
Uncertainty: What are those bad consequences? I'd say there's a great deal of uncertainty around what those consequences are, will be, and the extent to which they'll affect people.
Doubt: You doubt Vista's worth as a product and are trying to get other people to doubt it.

If you're going to say something about Vista, back up your comments with facts. Otherwise it's just more FUD.

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News Comments > On UT3 Specs
8. Re: No subject May 30, 2007, 16:42 Tom
PAE is useless for a game that runs as a single process, unless the game developers jump through hoops and use special API to access the memory (kind of like the expanded/extended memory days of old). 32-bit Windows is limited to a 32-bit address space (4GB) per process no matter what you do. By default, the upper half of that is reserved by the OS. With the /3GB switch you can get another 1GB of address space for the application. (App gets lower 3GB, OS gets upper 1GB.)

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News Comments > Dungeon Runners Running
16. Haters May 30, 2007, 09:55 Tom
As expected, tons of negative comments here.

Well, I tried this game on the recommendation of a friend about a month or two ago. At first I thought "wow, this is crappy, low production values". But after I gave it a chance, I found it to be a decent rendition of Diablo 2 in 3D with some nice features to keep the game fast and fun. For example, being able to right-click on anyone in your party and say "Goto" instantly teleports you to them. The classless system is nice. Want to cast spells but also use ranger DOTs? No problem.

If you liked Diablo 2, you'd probably enjoy this game if you gave it a fair chance. It is shallow in some ways and has its share of problems, but it's fun. Note that the free mode is crap and you'll have to pay the $5/month to really have any fun with the game. But you could play it for a couple of months, quit, and still come out ahead of most other games when it comes to value.

Alright, now bring on the shill accusations, bitches.

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News Comments > DIRT: Colin McRae Off Road Demo
12. Re: awesome May 24, 2007, 19:14 Tom
RBR may be the best rally game but in terms of racing games it doesn't hold a candle to LFS.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: ColdFusion May 24, 2007, 17:04 Tom
Ok, I see the distinction, but it still seems wrong to me. For an example of something in her list that's RIGHT, see PowerBuilder. Personally I find it offensive to see ColdFusion and PowerBuilder together in a list like this.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: ColdFusion May 24, 2007, 16:04 Tom
ColdFusion is FAR from dead or dying. The author of that article was simply clueless and/or trying to provoke a response.

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News Comments > Saturday Hardware Reviews
12. Re: No subject May 13, 2007, 22:00 Tom
I'm really tempted to go for the 8800GTS, but then I'm right back to heat/power/temp/noise problems (maybe). Plus driver problems, although I only care about XP right now. Native resolution for my LCD is 1600x1200, and I really would like to be doing anti-aliasing at that resolution.

Thing is, the X1900XT had good performance at 1600x1200 with anti-aliasing, and according to the specs the 7950GT seems to have even higher theoretical fill rate than the X1900XT. Still, for a very demanding game like Oblivion, there's no question the 8800GTS would be better...

Guess I'll just have to wait another couple of weeks and see what happens once ATI releases their new cards.

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News Comments > Saturday Hardware Reviews
9. Re: No subject May 13, 2007, 18:13 Tom
Believe me, I've thought about swapping out the cooler, but it's not very attractive for the following reasons: 1) I only have one PCI Express gfx card - no backups. 2) I've read about some people killing their cards trying to install this stuff, and also some very critical comments about the design of the Accelero X2. 3) I'd rather put the money into a better card. 4) I'm pretty sure my card is toasted, since it's artifacting at much lower temps than it used to run fine at. 5) None of the third party coolers exhaust the heat from the case, although I hope my case fans would take care of that ok.

Also, I don't see the 7950GT as much of a downgrade from the 1900XT. According to this table it's really pretty close:

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News Comments > Saturday Hardware Reviews
6. Re: No subject May 13, 2007, 15:38 Tom
Also very concerned about temps. My 1900XT regularly ran at 80-90C with the fan sounding like a vacuum cleaner. After awhile the geometry started artifacting. To prevent that, I now have it underclocked to 75% of original clocks, running games at lower res with details turned down, and it still happens sometimes. Fan settings are set aggressively with ATITool (it ramps up to LOUD at 61C, SUPER LOUD at 65C, and rock concert^jet engine at 69C). Now it idles at 55C and peaks at 60-65C depending on the game. At least it's never crashed on me. But it's so noisy.. even at idle the fan (at 27%) is totally audible and is by far the loudest thing in my case.

I can't wait to buy a new card. Power consumption, operating temperatures, and noise level will be primary purchasing factors. If any of those have to be sacrificed for performance, forget about it! So far it sounds like the 2900XT is another step in the wrong direction, but at least it should help drive down prices of more reasonable cards.

I'm actually seriously considering the XFX GeForce 7950GT. It's passively cooled and should get good coverage by the 120mm exhaust fan just above the gfx card slot in my case (P180B). Anyone have experience with this card or other passively cooled cards (that aren't totally weak)?

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News Comments > KOTOR MMORPG?
9. Re: apples, oranges Apr 25, 2007, 21:56 Tom
Agreed, MMOs are crap and I don't see that changing anytime soon. If they are indeed working on an MMO, it doesn't matter whether it's for consoles, PCs, or both. It's an MMO. /ignore

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