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Real Name Derek French   
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Description Producer, Live Team
BioWare
Homepage http://www.bioware.com/
Signed On May 27, 2000, 19:09
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User ID 5028
 
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News Comments > On Mass Effect & Spore Copy Protection
134. /wave May 6, 2008, 19:35  CrushBug 
 
Hey guys. I am not ignoring you all, I am just posting on about 4 other forums right now for the past 4 days, so my bandwidth is limited. Catch me on our forums if you have more feedback.  
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Dilbert Goes Flash, Readers Revolt Apr 20, 2008, 17:34  CrushBug 
 
Yeah, its pretty horrible. I mean, they don't even have a "previous" button to go to yesterday's cartoon. And the old "Archive" page that I had bookmarked, they just deleted so I am greeted with a 404 page.  
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect Specs
56. Save Games location and DLC Apr 16, 2008, 22:09  CrushBug 
 
Mass Effect's save games and settings are stored here (XP in this case):

My Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect\

Saves, logs, settings, etc. are all in there.

They've already said it won't have the DLC: http://au.pc.ign.com/articles/865/865541p1.html

Not in the box, but we haven't announced when/how its going to be made available for the PC.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Vacuum for Solid Parenting? Apr 16, 2008, 20:35  CrushBug 
 
I think they were trying to tell her, that her parenting pretty much sucks.  
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect Specs
46. Re: Hard Drive Space: Apr 16, 2008, 17:37  CrushBug 
 
The current English/Spanish games install size is 9.6 Gig - FIG is about 11.2 Gig. Throw in some save games, and we went with 12 Gig as the safe call for the drive space, just in case some files had to change at the last minute.

Man, you should have seen back when the game was at 38 Gigs.
 
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect Specs
25. A whole bunch of replies Apr 16, 2008, 12:21  CrushBug 
 
Hopefully, that means that ME will look absolutely awesome at 1920x1200!
It does look pretty damn good in widescreen.

Its not really clear from the req. are those dual core specs for the CPU or single core?
We didn't specifically call it out. I think the GHz difference between the single and multi was 0.1 or 0.2 so we decided not to make it a big deal.

I'm a bit puzzled at no multi-core?
The Unreal Engine and thus Mass Effect support multi-core. It will definately use 2.

I should be okay with ATI 1950XT 256MB right?
Yes, you should be fine.

How the hell is an X1600 Pro below the minimum spec if an X1300XT isn't? The X1600 pro is a 12 pixel shader card that supports Shader Model 3.0. Depending on its clock speed, it isn't that much slower than an X1300XT if any.
Except that in our testing, it was. The GPU clock on a X1600 Pro is a little higher than a X1300XT, but the RAM clock on the X1600 Pro is half that of the X1300XT, thus the below min spec performance that we saw.

Thanks for all the comments!
 
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News Comments > Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance, Descent, and MDK Sequels?
20. Re: MDK Apr 9, 2008, 12:02  CrushBug 
 
Did Bioware do both MDKs, or just the second? I think it was just the second one?
Correct. We did MDK2 and Shiny did MDK.

Having a little nostalgia wash. MDK2 for the PC was the first game I worked on at BioWare. Man, that is almost 8 years ago, now.
 
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News Comments > PC Mass Effect Delay
10. Re: Loomy Apr 8, 2008, 18:06  CrushBug 
 
Go outside and kiss a girl for once you nerd!

You know, I did that once and now I am married with two kids, so be careful of suggestions on public forums!

The More You Know®

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect Delay
6. Re: DLC Apr 8, 2008, 16:09  CrushBug 
 
Still no comment of if it'll include the DLC from the 360 version?

Correct. We don't have that worked out yet. We are hoping to announce it at the same time as when we lock down the system requirements.

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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. CoD4 SP DLC Mar 31, 2008, 20:57  CrushBug 
 
Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect 2 Confirmed
15. Re: Dear Bioware.. Mar 14, 2008, 10:42  CrushBug 
 
And CrushBug, you are not included in that statement as you have been great to us Bluesnews people.
Uh... Thanks!

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect 2 Confirmed
14. Re: Windows 7 Mar 14, 2008, 10:41  CrushBug 
 
It'll be a Windows 7 only exclusive.
Over my dead body...

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect May 6
36. Re: DEMO?? Feb 26, 2008, 20:05  CrushBug 
 
Any word on a demo?
None at this time. If we release one, it would have to be after the retail game is done.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect May 6
20. Release date, DLC, and Steam Feb 26, 2008, 16:45  CrushBug 
 
May 2008 is the targeted release month, but we won't announce anything until the game goes gold and we know exactly when the game will hit store shelves.

Yo Crushbug! Will this include the content that ships next month to Live?
Since neither the game, nor the DLC has been finalized yet, we aren't yet ready to talk about this yet.

Any word on if this'll reach Steam?
The game will be distributed digitally, but we don't have a final list to announce yet. Steam is neither in nor out at this time, but we will announce it once things get finalized.


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News Comments > New KOTOR Follow-up
5. Re: ... Feb 14, 2008, 12:54  CrushBug 
 
Meanwhile, at Bioware:

"Calm down everyone! We're not doing another KOTOR. Let's just get TIE Fighter sequel with RPG elements finished, ok?"


(I can't dream, dammit.)
Sheesh, nin, I just got a chill down my spine. I need to start pitching that, ASAP.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect in May
69. Re: Vista or XP too? Feb 12, 2008, 18:19  CrushBug 
 
Will this be Vista only?
Mass Effect PC will run under Windows XP and Windows Vista using DirectX9.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect in May
51. Re: No subject Feb 12, 2008, 15:22  CrushBug 
 
I hope you realize i was being sarcastic and poking fun
Oh, yeah, and I just poked back a little.

It will also be awesome to be free of the horrible texture popping of the 360 version.
That is an Unreal Engine 3 thing that we may not be able to do anything about.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect in May
40. Re: No subject Feb 12, 2008, 14:29  CrushBug 
 
Optimized controls designed specifically for the PC. - We won't force you to use a joystick!
Correct, the default setup is for common mouse control for the things you would expect and WASD and other hotkeys for other controls.
High resolution visuals – Mass Effect for the PC features highly detailed textures, characters and environments. - You can select different resolutions!
Of course you can select different resolutions and the source textures for the game will be higher than the 360.

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News Comments > PC Mass Effect in May
28. Re: ME Feb 12, 2008, 12:43  CrushBug 
 
I really hope they fix that texture pop-in issue on this version...
Unreal Engine 3 thing. There might not be much we can do about it.
they all told me that microsoft would never do that, and that clearly i didnt know what 'exclusive' meant.
EA is publishing Mass Effect for the PC.
"Xbox 360 only"
Most of those statements are usually speaking directly to other consoles. There are no current plans for Mass Effect to come out on the PS3, for example.
Will this be the version that contains explicit sex and graphic nudity that I heard about on Fox News???
Mass Effect PC will contain the exact same lack of explicit sex as in the 360 version.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Black Friday? Nov 23, 2007, 18:54  CrushBug 
 
What the hell is "Black Friday"?

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