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Real Name James Hinkley   
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Signed On Jun 10, 2000, 12:18
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News Comments > Majesco and Valve Get Steamy
6. Re: No subject Sep 14, 2006, 14:22 vacs
 
Just picked up Advent from gogamer for like $5.90...

yeah well, Psychonauts is also available at amazon for 10 bucks less than on Steam but hey, Valve is just trying to get money to pay the costs of all their content servers or aren't they? The bandwidth of content servers is of course like everybody knows much more expensive than boxes, cds and shipping costs.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0008134P4/sr=8-1/qid=1155246403

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News Comments > Majesco and Valve Get Steamy
3. No subject Sep 14, 2006, 14:09 vacs
 
I really hope that Advent Rising will be a success on Steam so we might get the sequels of the trilogy.

Advent Rising is definitely one the most story-driven action-adventure games of the last few years. Nice graphics, excellent music, beautiful alien-world settings but above all a blast to play.

Nice to hear that Psychonauts will also get a new chance to show gamers what they have been missing in games for several years now: Originality and insane creativity.

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News Comments > Broken Sword: The Angel of Death Ships in EU
1. No subject Sep 14, 2006, 09:47 vacs
 
Already?

ok, ordered

 
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News Comments > Secret Files Tunguska Demo
2. No subject Sep 4, 2006, 13:17 vacs
 
I heard the story is the main problem with this game. Puzzles and ambience is said to be really nice but the story is lacking...

 
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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Demo Plans
32. No subject Aug 31, 2006, 07:56 vacs
 
You could be one of the first to get into the demo of the most-anticipated game of 2006

Again, who decides what game will be the most anticipated game of whatever year, because BF2142 is certainly not on my "to-buy" list.

 
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News Comments > The Late Show
2. Re: UT2007 Aug 24, 2006, 08:16 vacs
 
wake me up when Unreal 3 ships....

 
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News Comments > EA Gets Unreal
26. No subject Aug 19, 2006, 22:32 vacs
 
I'm still waiting for id software to sign a deal with Epic to use their UE3 engine for id's next game...

 
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News Comments > New ATI WinXP & Linux Drivers
3. No subject Jul 28, 2006, 18:58 vacs
 
Are these driver officially endorsed by AMD?

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
29. Re: Purchased CE; cannot install Jul 11, 2006, 16:29 vacs
 
I was able to copy the files from the DVD to the destination directory on my HD. The game runs now and I didn't have to use the Setup at all.

Good to hear that, my first guess actually was there might be data corruption on your DVD and therefore the installer fails.

Fortunately all of the ID engine based games can be copied manually from the CD/DVD to the harddisk. This "feature" is actually meant for linux installations so they don't need to include a seperate installer but it also can help in other situations... like yours

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
20. Re: Purchased CE; cannot install Jul 11, 2006, 14:10 vacs
 
Error number: 0x80040703
Description: Failed to Find DLL function: CDkey.GetCDKey
Setup will now terminate.


The problem is obvious. You've entered the CDkey but bought the DVD version. Insert the DVDKey to continue the installation process.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
12. Re: No subject Jul 11, 2006, 12:07 vacs
 
ppl are writing...

Yeah, people are writing that you downloaded the illegal pre-release version of Prey and that you are not fair enough to admit it.

Of course you only read in a warez forum that something special will happen after the credits but you only read those warez threads because you are not really interested in pirated copies.

... and I can read.

Congratulations for this amazing achievement! You're now officially a level 2 bluesnews' poster (98 more levels to go).


Anyway, I really hope that the rest of the game offers the same quality than the whole demo. The game looks very promising so far... even the multiplayer.

 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Prey
6. Re: No subject Jul 11, 2006, 10:37 vacs
 
hint: dont skip the credits at the end!

omg, you downloaded the illegal release candidate of Prey. You are my hero!

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Bill Gates has failed? Jul 2, 2006, 21:00 vacs
 
Only a jackass could believe that. I'm certainly not one of MS biggest fanboys, but stating that Bill failed because out of the 100+ important technology inventions he was directly responsible of, only 1 or 2 failed, is indeed fricking stupid.

Most people don't realize where we would be nowadays if MS didn't exist. Sure, Linux is god concerning servers but when talking about desktops or 85% of the market, there is no other reasonable solution than Windows eventhough Windows has many faults.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Sony's Stringer Says Movie Studios Jun 26, 2006, 17:57 vacs
 
Personally I want Blu-Ray to win, purely because's it bigger and that either means better quality

If anything, it certainly doesn't mean better quality!

BluRay movies will be encoded in MPEG2. Eventhough this format offers excellent picture quality when using high bitrates, it cannot compete with H264 which is used for HD-DVDs.

H264 has slightly better image quality while compressing almost twice as good as MPEG2. Of course the quality difference is almost not noticeable. Almost my complete HDTV collection is encoded in MPEG2 (even Robocop 2 @ 1080i) and the quality is just perfect.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Sony's Stringer Says Movie Studios Jun 26, 2006, 17:50 vacs
 
But is that enough to warrant a $500-$1000 player when DVD players come in around $50? Is that enough to warrant a $20-$30 disc when DVDs come in between $5 and $20?

You have no idea how much I spent last year to be able to watch 1080i and 1080p at home. And it was worth every penny!

1080i or 1080p stands head and shoulders above the normal DVD quality. If you have experienced real HDTV quality once a high-end tv sets, you'll never want to go back to DVD.

I don't need fancy, looping menus or interactive language selection screens. I just want to watch movies in the best quality possible: 1080p.

Two weeks ago I noticed how addicted I already am to HDTV. I watched the DVD version of Unleashed and eventhough I like the movie, I actually didn't pay to the movies but spent the complete 90min guessing which details could be seen if I had that movie in 1080p. (I do have it now in 1080i and the difference is fricking amazing)

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News Comments > New NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
9. Re: No subject Jun 24, 2006, 12:47 vacs
 
This thing looks like it's trying to compete with the ATI panel.

No, if it was meant to compete with ATI's CCC, the new nvidia control panel would be slow, unresponsive, sluggish and using tons of memory.

 
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News Comments > DoD: Source Map Plans
4. Re: Funny, Jun 23, 2006, 10:01 vacs
 
The escort mission map is not the final map. The reason must be something different.

 
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Episode One Stats
3. No subject Jun 23, 2006, 09:58 vacs
 
This is nothing new, Valve has been admitting this for a long time. It's the same for CS:S or any other Steam game. Valve is collecting every possible information you didn't agree to share.

 
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News Comments > DoD: Source Map Plans
2. Funny, Jun 23, 2006, 08:19 vacs
 
If you click on the following link provided by the latest Steam update ( http://www.steampowered.com/stats/ep1 ) and the choose the question mark besides "Games completed", valve gives a explanation on why they think only 22% of the owners of HL2 Ep1 actually finished the game ( bug in how they collected the data ).

Maybe it's because 78% of the gamers fell asleep while "experiencing" the new form of episodic games, being average, uninspiring, short mini-games without offering anything new.

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News Comments > Prey Demo
85. Re: ... Jun 22, 2006, 17:34 vacs
 
You are remembering what Carmack said wrong. Quake 3 has the same fixed time system as you call it, and it was at 20hz.

No, it's you who is mixing up things here. What Rolphus said is right. Every game has an internal "clock-timer" running to synchronize motions, gunfire, jumps, scripts, whatever.

Quake 3 has it, Doom3 has it, the only difference between both games is that the internal tic simulation is fixed for Doom 3 which is not the case for Quake 3. You could change the frequency and by that abuse it which has been done by some great extends. This is no longer possible with Doom 3 because it's a fixed tic-simulation now.

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