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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 26, 2015, 20:23 NetHead
Cutter wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 19:06:
So it doesn't sound like there's going to be a decent PC GUI. Sigh. No sale.

Unfortunately I also get the impression the GUI will leave some or a lot to be desired. Like the video recently posted I could easily moan about how they used screen realestate with the HUD, what and where they were displaying and when, even the minimap rotating (if it's not a vehicle/racing game don't rotate the damned thing, it's so much fun trying to run East around obstacles in the wild with monsters on a spinning minimap, what's wrong with some people).

Who the hell wants..


"Look for the Grossbart brothers in
southern Ard Skellig"

...constantly displayed under the spinning minimap with other useless information.

All that from a few seconds without even having seeing something complex like inventory management.

Might even say GUI is a weak point for them even before crap leaking in from the console side. It will probably be manageable in the end but I'd be shocked if it's great, decent is probably being at least somewhat optimistic.

On the bright side, being optimistic, if mod support if good enough it could end up solid. Just look at the nightmare GUI in Skyrim compared to a current modded version, not perfect but worlds better, hell it even has a search function now.

Something game devs just don't seem to get, the PC GUI for anything even slightly complex should be designed from the ground up for the PC keeping in mind more than just the input devices.
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News Comments > The Witcher III Video; Previews
11. Re: The Witcher III Video; Previews Jan 26, 2015, 19:49 NetHead
Very high hopes for this game and thoroughly enjoyed the series so far, can't really say much bad about the games or CD Projekt RED.

Looking forward to seeing how they handle the open world change but have conflicting feelings, on the one hand I want the meticulously crafted environments as usual and on the other I want a very large world to explore with things to find or miss. So I guess I'm hoping they manage to balance that well.

One unfortunate thing with games of this nature is bugs, loads of them, could take ages to sort out most of them. Also if it supports being extensively modded it could take years for the game to reach its full potential if the community embraces it, which is also a positive.

Considering what a modded Skyrim can be today, I'm also exited for what The Witcher 3 might be in a few years.

ps, the hair in that video ranged from disappointing to crap, with things like TressFX these days I really expected better especially for the main character, hope that's still work in progress.
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News Comments > DOOM Mythbusters
11. Re: DOOM Mythbusters Jan 26, 2015, 15:20 NetHead
Guess this is where I say something like "People still watch this?"

Last time I watched, most of, an episode it seemed like mostly advertising and rehashing.

Never really cared much for their results and they certainly weren't foolproof but at least it used to be entertaining, long long ago.

I wonder how much they're being paid to turn it into a DOOM advert, probably a fortune, wish they would just add that money towards making the game instead...
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News Comments > Ubisoft on Watch Dogs 2 Expectations
31. Re: Ubisoft on Watch Dogs 2 Expectations Jan 16, 2015, 18:30 NetHead
NewMaxx wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 13:27:
"Over-achieved" in creating expectations for the series.

Translation: marketing did better than expected rather than development under-performing

Or marketing doublespoke through their teeth because that's what they do with select wording (when not outright lying) and because they don't know a damned thing about actually making games or the technology while getting ever more control and say over even a games development and design. Leaving those that actually have a clue to scramble and try to live up to impossible expectations within contradicting confines, feeling like a web designer who has clients saying "the site should have more *pop*, no no we want it to appeal to hipsters too so redo that part".

It's as if marketing has performed some sort of coup, especially at these larger companies and Ubisoft seems the prime example. Pretty much every big game they make lately has the same recipe, capture something, reveal area, grind, etc, rinse repeat, ending. Them making games seems to be a marketing defined/dictated algorithm with limited/predicable variables for story, characters and such.

They seem to have even gone beyond designing games for markets, instead having a formula which they then build their games onto in each genera, FPS, platforming, whatever.

Don't know if this started with the POS knows as Far Cry 2 or earlier, but since then their games feel like you do them on auto pilot. Almost funny that the best Ubisoft game is actually a Warner Bros game in the from of Shadow of Mordor, sure it's just as mind numbing and an auto pilot clickfest but has some moments to wake you up even if they're virtually all violence related and the great LotR setting of course helps.

It's a shame Ubi is sitting on franchises like Beyond Good and Evil, whatever happened with that sequel, it seemed like they might actually make something good there.
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News Comments > MS: Windows 10 "Best" OS Ever Created for Gamers
65. Re: MS: Windows 10 Jan 16, 2015, 17:45 NetHead
It's gotten to the point I wish Microsoft would just leave games alone and not even think about it when it comes to Windows, because virtually every time they do something game and Windows related it ranges from disgusting to dumbfounding.

The conflict of interest they have between PC gaming and Xbox is insane, especially since this Phil Spencer has been running things they seem to think PC and Xbox are direct competitors and anything they take or loose on the PC gaming side means a plus on the Xbox side.

One would think any company which allows an environment where different divisions think or behave like they are competitors would eventually fall over, nevermind when they then give the head of one control over the other. To big to fail helps there I guess.

I wouldn't be surprised if Window 10 comes out with Xbox teeth sinking into it on one side and Windows Phone from the other with a touch of exclusive DirectX.
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News Comments > Game Set Between Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Planned
5. Re: Game Set Between Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Planned Jan 8, 2015, 22:26 NetHead
Beamdog has done nothing original and despite having a name worth mentioning involved (which now seems to have their head anywhere but in game design), trusting them with such a loved franchise to do anything more than tweaking seems like a mistake.

Already that they would want to place something between Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 isn't something that inspires confidence, they've already written themselves into a narrow corner with no room to do anything, at best it will have to be a fork or some kind of offshoot as far as the Buldur's Gate story goes (or a predictable path between two points made convoluted to draw it out). Though maybe that's for the better as simply, they frankly don't deserve to play with such a franchise.

Then there's the whole infinity Engine, yes it was fine in its day, 17 years ago, though in an industry were 5 years is ancient this shows a complete lack of commitment and technical ability.

I dread the thought of them getting their hands on Baldur's Gate 3 somehow. More than enough franchises have been ruined, both new and old, thanks to garbage games and with something like Baldur's Gate 3 if it isn't really good, by BG standards no less, it will be the death of the IP's future. No matter how dead it may seem today at least that door is still open, it's not the kind of franchise where one can pretend a failed game doesn't exist. I'd rather Baldur's Gate 3 remained in limbo indefinitely than be slapped together by some wannabe studio or go off course like pretty much every great franchise has lately.
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News Comments > $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced
4. Re: $500 Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Announced Jan 6, 2015, 10:47 NetHead
Creative Labs is such an incredibly scummy company, if anything they are the bane of audio in gaming especially.

Sitting on patents they don't deserve (I think they even went and registered one after it was publicly demonstrated/discussed) and would loose in court, but that costs money.

Creative even infringed on a competitors tech (Aureal) then dragged it out in court, Aureal won but still went under due to the cost then Creative bought it and their patents.

For their customers they prefer to say their old hardware can not work on new systems and to upgrade, until some Average Joe modifies the old drivers to get the older hardware working again which is where Creative jumps in with legal threats to stop it. Now that's support.

Chances are if it wasn't for Creative Labs we would have great audio in games today, sound that takes into account the surroundings and their substance would be as common in games as depth of field by now.

People like to berate Apple for many reasons, many valid, but Apple can't hold a candle to Creative Labs, they're like the damned Nestle of PC tech.

Why someone would want to fork out so much money, or any, for sound hardware from the company that has single handedly done the most to hold back the field is beyond stupid.
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News Comments > Pardo: Olympics Should Include Esports [Updated]
9. Re: Blizzard: Olympics Should Include Esports Dec 24, 2014, 11:48 NetHead

Piss off.

Nonsense like this makes me want to cringe at the mention of "eSports". Masturbation is more worthy of being an Olympic sport than video games, chess, golf or any of that other crap some idiot prattles on about being an Olympic sport. Just because this idiot has a soap box to shout from when he has a brain fart, nevermind it's purely self serving, lets take it seriously this time.

Olympic sport is about rare physical prowess.

Wouldn't be surprised when someone chimes in with "finger reflex, is physical" etc, I'd like to point them back to my first succinct point.

The only argument for having such crap as an Olympic sport is that the Olympics are so bad it even borders on a sad irony, like wrestling not being in it. If the argument is that the Olympics is so watered down and boring why not add this other crap too then hey point won, hands down, though it's hardly going to help improve things is it.

Also just think about having a certain, profiting, licensed, game as an event in something like that, I'm sure there's no room for abuse there. What's the point in playing or making other RTS-x or FPS-x game if the only one anyone cares about is more damned COD rehashes. Guaranteed publicity and sales no matter how bad the game truly is. Oh someone has an idea for a great new RTS, to bad there's aleady ONE RTS game out there, don't need another and since yours won't really matter...

This has so many layers of self interest, pandering and being short sighted. Getting their product, yes product not sport, in such a situation would be a wet dream. Pandering to their masses of players who have delusions of grandeur because they play video games, no doubt expecting them to all voice support, sadly many probably will. Short sighted because the whole eSports (what a screwed up word and concept) thing may one day rival the Olypmics in viewers so they should just host their own events where they can maintain complete business control.

I hope the whole eSposts things dies a horrible gurgling death but it will probably get insanely larger from here. Great that we could have massive events where an event is a product, a sport is pretty much a company or property of. I'm sure this wouldn't result in competitors especially upstarts being damned, innovation will no doubt flourish. The big publishers would form their own little OPEC locking out whatever they don't like, while the fans (consumers) march behind them because most of them are average Joe's who couldn't make it in the Olympics if their family tree depended on it but with this we can all feel special and get a well deserved ribbon because we're all winners. Fat chance, more like a business Elysium is on that hill for these already mammoth publishers if this eSports thing grows into such a monster.

Oh hell, please kill it.
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News Comments > GSC Game World Website
9. Re: GSC Game World Website Dec 23, 2014, 07:30 NetHead
Cutter wrote on Dec 23, 2014, 01:15:
If and when we see a new - real - Stalker, super. If not I'm not holding my breath.

The first Stalker was announced in 2001 and released in 2007. So who knows when, if ever, there will be a Stalker 2 game.

This comment was edited on Dec 23, 2014, 07:55.
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Dec 22, 2014, 15:38 NetHead
Creston wrote on Dec 22, 2014, 14:04:
as well as a huge price promotion on Ubisoft’s ‘The Crew’ boosting sales by 92% and propelling it from No11 to No6

Always a great sign when you have to price promote your two weeks old game.

From what I know about the game The Crew, I wouldn't give it a go if it was free and I don't even mean F2P. If it was a free, and DRM free, download I don't think I'd use the bandwidth on it.

Though that has been my impression since the first bit of news I heard about the game. I always got the impression or presumed it was going to be an Assassin's Creed/Far Cry type game except you're in a car or are a car, that game type seems to be the standard for Ubi games lately and Far Cry 3 is the only one I can say I enjoyed (Blood Dragon was better) and even then it gets monotonous (and quite stupid) pretty quickly, though I haven't tried Far Cry 4 yet.
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News Comments > GSC Game World Back in Business
9. Re: GSC Game World Back in Business Dec 21, 2014, 21:39 NetHead
Icewind wrote on Dec 21, 2014, 21:15:

Thanks, but no thanks. There is only one Stalker mod, and that's the "complete" one. It's regarded as the single most important addition to the series and until this day, I've never seen a Stalker fan who used any other mod other than complete. This redux nonsense is new to me...

There's no shortage of Stalker fans who don't like the "Complete" mods, though I think they're well worth it and a solid accomplishment.

Still having said that it's nothing compared to Misery, which is an overhaul. Some of the guys in this thread going on about recoil and bleeding would probably wet their pants with joy and dread in Misery.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 17, 2014, 21:50 NetHead
killer_roach wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 19:59:
Apparently Purch owns Tom's Hardware... far, not exactly making me hopeful.

I saw that too. Used to read THG like a madman. Especially enjoyed when they pulled the HSF off CPUs while running, at the time AMD had a problem in that their CPUs wouldn't shut down and started melting, burning and puffing out smoke. Also remember using pencils and superglue to overclock.

Used to be an awesome site.

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News Comments > Hatred Gets Steam Redlight
49. Re: Hatred Gets Steam Redlight Dec 16, 2014, 06:32 NetHead
Cutter wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 21:48:
DangerDog wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 21:36:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 21:05:
And this is why Steam should never gain total market dominance....

Censorship in all it's forms be damned.

Not to mention blatant double standards, I'm sure you can do just as horrible things in GTA V - are they going to stop that from being sold on Steam?

While you can, that's not the point of the game and it's certainly not the intent...and intent matters.

It's not as is Steam has Manhunt or something like that where the intent is purely to kill for whatever reason, or even to make a snuff film.

Well considering Steam does have the snuff film making Manhunt and countless other games where the intent, goal and objective is to kill, right down to the core design of the game it is hypocrisy.

Sure most of the killing games make you play the role of the "good" guy, but if they bothered to make decent story and characters "good" would basically depends on point of view most of those game where one kills hundreds. Anyway long useless debate down this road.

Valve absolutely has the right to only sell what they want, just as people should be able to purchase what they want and consume what they want, the issue here is the hypocrisy of Valve who is already no stranger to even snuff film making games and countless games which kill hundreds banning a game for what, violence and killing, based on it's trailer?

Valve has more than cornered the market and like it or not that puts more eyes and extra responsibility on them. While legally they have every right to dictate such things, that doesn't mean their decisions are immune to criticism or that what they do is automatically right or good or non-controversial or not insulting or not hypocritical. People have as much right to discuss, moan and be disgusted by this as Valve has to do it.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 10, 2014, 09:21 NetHead
Quboid wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 23:29:
I'd be nervous about signing in to Facebook with my fingerprint. Even if they don't actually receive any biometric data (I think, I'm not sure!) that is a little creepy.

Lets not forget that in some places they can order you to give any biometric data (ie fingerprints etc) but not passwords, as some places consider that akin to testifying against oneself since it is knowledge.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 10, 2014, 08:56 NetHead
PropheT wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 20:09:
ISP's add 4k video streaming to list of benefits starting in 2035.

There's the giant Elephant turd in the soup. I don't think there are many places that can really do 4K streaming, even highly compressed 1080p video can hit 40GB and require 20Mbps for the video alone.

So taking a 4K video and keeping that kind of quality the bandwidth requirements would be massive. Not only that but it would destroy any bandwidth caps I've seen with just a few hours of watching. 500GB, hah, would last the weekend at best with quality 4K video.

Unless of course it's just upscaled to 4K so they can say they have 4K content and charge more for the upscaled crap. Same goes for if it's actual 4K but with low bitrates, would be pointless.
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 10, 2014, 08:39 NetHead
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 22:33:
I'm just amazed that no lawyers/law firms are jumping all over all these scams yet..

I really like the idea of crowdfunding and fully support the thought that those getting the money are completely accountable for delivering what was promised, including not adding negatives after the fact. So I really hope we start seeing some of those that fail to deliver and especially these bait and switch scams get taken to court not only for the funds but also for fraud and whatever else they can appropriately be charged with.

Crowdfunding has no hope of reaching its potential as long as those funded can just turn around and give a finger to those that funded them for not delivering what was promised or again adding negatives that weren't clearly stated beforehand.
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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes III HD Next Month
4. Re: Might & Magic Heroes III HD Next Month Dec 10, 2014, 02:45 NetHead
Nowhere have I seen them mention whether or not it has Armageddon's Blade and The Shadow of Death.

Also no mention of if it supports existing community made content/maps.

These would be worth bragging about to any HoMM3 fan, also I doubt they have manually redone each of the maps for the game as it would take ages, even just testing every mission would take ages, so they must have a way of importing the content the old game could use.

If Ubi doesn't let customers import the old community stuff it would be suspicious to say the least. Having looked at the old and new artwork, if Ubi is preventing people from using old community content in this it isn't worth it unless you "have to have" it on a tablet.

HoMM3 with Armageddon's Blade and The Shadow of Death can currently be had on GOG for $2.50 on special and of course there's loads of community content, patches and HoMM 3 HD patch.

I wouldn't be surprised if this comes out at $20.
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst Omega Released
4. Re: AMD Catalyst Omega Released Dec 9, 2014, 12:04 NetHead
I have to say I don't like this yearly release for drivers they're on about, I want to say it's short sighted but guess obtuse is a better word.

It sounds like one will either have to wait for the yearly update or use a beta driver for any of a plethora of reasons, keeping in mind they love pointing out their beta drivers are "not supported".

{PH}88fingers wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 10:54:
just installed these on my system-sapphire vapor-x r9 290. not sure if I should risk turning hardware acceleration back on in browser-vids and risk the blue screens or not to see if they fixed it.

If you do turn it back on without problems maybe post about it (including browser/versions/etc). I've been sticking with v13.12 because it gives me the fewest problems, the BSODS on v14.4 with things as simple as browsing/videos was the last straw for me and haven't risked updating again.

Unless AMD has all their driver related problems sorted by the time I get my next card it will be nVidia. My last 6-7 cards have been ATi/AMD normally due to price/performance but I really am tired of there always being at least 1 thing wrong with each driver.

GrenadesNHam wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 11:30:
Anyone else annoyed at the use of Omega since omega drivers have been a thing (

The moment I read Omega I thought about Omega Drivers, was great using them. If I remember right didn't ATi and Omega Drivers have some kind of spat/problem and he stopped doing ATi drivers, maybe it was nVidia, can't remember.

Either way I think using that name is a rather shitty thing to do.
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer
3. Re: Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer Dec 4, 2014, 21:30 NetHead
DangerDog wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 19:05:
Or how about a map where two teams go at each other in Deathmatch mode?

oh, you can't do that? They want to sell multiplayer maps as DLC?

So damned sad and low that they do this kind of crap.

It's not just that they don't want their DLC competing with potentially better community made content, they don't want community content keeping the game alive past the release of Far Cry 5.

So damned short sighted, these greedy stupid moneygrubbers.
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News Comments > Black Friday Tech Bits
4. Re: Black Friday Tech Bits Nov 29, 2014, 05:47 NetHead
vacs wrote on Nov 28, 2014, 19:08:
VLC does also have native MKV and FLAC since ever

Chances are everything other than Windows supports MKV and FLAC (and more), so there's nothing special about any media specific program supporting them, it's par for the course.

Though honestly I didn't know Windows still wasn't supporting MKV or FLAC, since I probably haven't opened Windows Media Player even by accident in 3-4 years.

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