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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 8, 2015, 17:49 TheEmissary
 
I hope "Ultra HD Bluray" is a working title and not what it will actually be called. Can they cram any more buzz terms in there. It really should be short and sweet and able to have a meaningful abbreviation.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Server "Strike" Plans
55. Re: Battlefield 4 Server Jan 2, 2015, 14:22 TheEmissary
 
Matchmaking can be great when it works out that your placed on a server with people of comparable skill or experience. The main problems with matchmaking right now really is either its really strict which lengthens the queue time or have a lax policy just emphasizing on filling lobbies. In both cases it really comes down to the working population of the game and how they define the player skill.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Server "Strike" Plans
30. Re: Battlefield 4 Server Jan 1, 2015, 18:36 TheEmissary
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jan 1, 2015, 17:26:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 1, 2015, 16:04:
The reaction from dice will most likely be that games going forward won't have any dedicated servers and just be instanced from a cluster of servers hosted by Amazon or Microsoft, 64 player games be damned if need be.

Hardline will still have dedicated servers but who wants to bet that the Star Wars flavored Battlefield game is "one click play" match making on instanced servers.
I know this is presented as a bad thing, but really, that's my ideal. Compare stats, find 23/31/47/63 equally skilled players, start a VM with the game server, pick 3 similar players by factors such as tendency to play the objective vs. killing, lone wolf vs. following orders, talkativeness, etc. and squad me with them.

A data-driven approach to creating the perfect game every time? Sign me up.

TitanFall supposedly does this and the quality of the matches really isn't much better than ones found through a server browser. It seems like all it does is give the developer complete control over the end client experience.
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam
8. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines and AvP 2010 No Longer Sold on Steam Jan 1, 2015, 13:44 TheEmissary
 
I a have feeling it was a case of the game not selling at all on the service. Everywhere I have seen ACM still sold its under $5 in some bargin bin. Also It might have to do with controlling the reputation of the Alien brand. A new Alien game came out not to long ago and some people might be put off my the user reviews of the other games.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Server "Strike" Plans
3. Re: Battlefield 4 Server Jan 1, 2015, 13:07 TheEmissary
 
I don't think DICE will react at all to this considering they are shifting gears anyway to promote Hardline. I think these server admins should instead protest by not paying for servers for hardline.  
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News Comments > Christmas Consolidation
15. Re: Christmas Consolidation Dec 27, 2014, 00:29 TheEmissary
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 27, 2014, 00:04:
TheEmissary wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 20:34:
They really shouldn't be using third party sites to release information when the first places people will be likely looking for this information are their official status pages.

Think about how that would work for a minute....figure it out yet? How would they post information on their official websites when THEIR FUCKING SITES ARE DOWN? /facepalm

For thousands of companies, communicating to their customers via Twitter or Facebook is the norm now because they can reach a wider audience via retweets and wall posts from those users. Where have you been for the last 5+ years?

The threats were made as much as a month ago and continued throughout the month. BBC has even apparently interviewed some of the assholes that did it. They did it because they can. Sony don't need to be forthcoming about anything other than what they have done. Services are down and they are working on it. In fact they can't be any more forthcoming than that, as standard procedure for any company worth their salt is to not elaborate on those details as
an investigation would be ongoing and likely the FBI and other agencies will be involved.

The services are down yes but Microsoft and Sony's website still work as a landing page. Being able to use it to login and participate in the forums is another matter. The website itself wasn't down for very long. That its not really an obvious /facepalm.

Twitter maybe used by "thousands" of companies but its not the most ideal way of releasing information. Let see people will have to search to find the twitter/facebook profile they are using or they can just visit the website and see a status message. I tell you what I hate having to drudge through twitter correspondence for something they could have taken two seconds to post on their official blogs.

 
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News Comments > Christmas Consolidation
13. Re: Christmas Consolidation Dec 26, 2014, 20:34 TheEmissary
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 18:28:
TheEmissary wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 12:01:
Krovven wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 10:54:
TheEmissary wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 10:24:
I wonder how MS and Sony are going to make this right for people. The outages kind of ruined the gift experience for people getting those systems or games. Its going to leave a bitter taste and possibly some screaming kids. Sigh, why do people get off on DDOS?

They don't owe anyone anything. Douchebags that think they are owed something obviously don't comprehend that there is only so much companies can do to defend against DDoS attacks. You want to point a finger? Point it at the low life little shits that deserve a severe beating for pressing a button and then act like they are doing the world of favor.


They need to be more forthcoming with what is going on. The networks are still down to the point where you can't even play the games properly. I am not expecting free DLC or a game out of this but I want to see an actual acknowledgement of the problems and how they plan to address it in the future. As of right it feels like they are burying their head in the sand and hoping the problems go away and frankly that is unacceptable.

I understand they are being DDOS'd but some responsibility has to fall on MS and Sony for not having a robust enough infrastructure to handle the Christmas pressure and DDOS'ing. They already went through this in August and they still learned nothing.

Not sure what you expect from them. They have communicated on Twitter. There are numerous reporting of this on the usual gaming sites. It's not a secret they are trying to keep from you.

So you know what they can do to defend against DDoS attacks? Sony, MS and a ton of other companies around the world would love to know what you apparently know and nobody else has figured out.


They haven't really communicated anything of substance other than the usual boilerplate. They really shouldn't be using third party sites to release information when the first places people will be likely looking for this information are their official status pages. Good luck trying to get anything worthwhile off of that. I didn't see one notice from MS/Sony about outages late on the 24th or a good portion of Christmas morning.

I have hunch that the servers are still offline to cooperate with an investigation on top of maintenance. My point is we simply have no clue at this point because they haven't told us anything.

I understand that DDOS is extremely difficult to defend against but if the network was actually bit more prepared it wouldn't have been down for 2-3+ days. Blizzard and Valve have been hit by DDOS attacks in the past and weren't down for nearly this long.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Consolidation
10. Re: Christmas Consolidation Dec 26, 2014, 12:01 TheEmissary
 
Krovven wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 10:54:
TheEmissary wrote on Dec 26, 2014, 10:24:
I wonder how MS and Sony are going to make this right for people. The outages kind of ruined the gift experience for people getting those systems or games. Its going to leave a bitter taste and possibly some screaming kids. Sigh, why do people get off on DDOS?

They don't owe anyone anything. Douchebags that think they are owed something obviously don't comprehend that there is only so much companies can do to defend against DDoS attacks. You want to point a finger? Point it at the low life little shits that deserve a severe beating for pressing a button and then act like they are doing the world of favor.


They need to be more forthcoming with what is going on. The networks are still down to the point where you can't even play the games properly. I am not expecting free DLC or a game out of this but I want to see an actual acknowledgement of the problems and how they plan to address it in the future. As of right it feels like they are burying their head in the sand and hoping the problems go away and frankly that is unacceptable.

I understand they are being DDOS'd but some responsibility has to fall on MS and Sony for not having a robust enough infrastructure to handle the Christmas pressure and DDOS'ing. They already went through this in August and they still learned nothing.
 
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News Comments > Christmas Consolidation
7. Re: Christmas Consolidation Dec 26, 2014, 10:24 TheEmissary
 
I wonder how MS and Sony are going to make this right for people. The outages kind of ruined the gift experience for people getting those systems or games. Its going to leave a bitter taste and possibly some screaming kids. Sigh, why do people get off on DDOS?  
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News Comments > Sportsfriends on Steam Tomorrow; Move Issues for PC Joust
5. Re: Sportsfriends on Steam Tomorrow; Move Issues for PC Joust Dec 18, 2014, 15:32 TheEmissary
 
Minuit wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 13:57:
It's shocking that Microsoft Windows has support for Microsoft Kinect but somehow Microsoft engineers at Microsoft aren't working really hard on providing support for the Sony PlayStation Move controller, which could be used to replace Microsoft Kinect.

It's almost like they don't want to officially promote a competing product or something.

Actually this probably has more to do with proper drivers for the Move Controller. It isn't enough to simply have bluetooth support for it but actually knowing how to map the motion to usable inputs. The DS4 controller works under Windows as USB/Bluetooth controller but there are feature support missing like the Touchpad or six-axis motion sensing. It is on Sony to provide a working set of drivers for these controllers not MS.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 18, 2014, 14:34 TheEmissary
 
The KillZone SF lawsuit isn't really going to go anywhere. I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what resolution actually means in this case. The MP component of KZSF is still outputting a 1080p image it uses an algorithm to stitch previous frames together to pull it off. The Single player side is native 1080p. For the lawsuit to go anywhere they are going to have to then prove there is a steep enough quality different between the two modes of the game.

To be honest they would have more of a case over the framerate than the resolution. In all the media they claim the game runs at a solid 60fps.

This comment was edited on Dec 18, 2014, 14:40.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App
14. Re: Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App Dec 15, 2014, 10:56 TheEmissary
 
peteham wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 10:50:
Verno wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 09:48:
Axis wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 09:42:
More useless bloat in their OS... as expected.

On this we are in full agreement.

Microsoft's treatment of PC gaming over the years is one of the biggest missed opportunities I've seen and its all the more glaring because its on their own turf.
The problem as always is that there's no competition in the desktop gaming space. Apple is a non-contender for now because of their restricted hardware platform and also because they don't really seem to care. And I wonder if we'll ever see SteamOS/Linux in a form that's usable to end-users. Even if SteamOS was a viable feature-complete contender today, it would still take years for Microsoft's backwards-compatibility edge to go away.

The backwards-compatibility issue may not as bad as you think. Most popular games have a shelf-life of around 5-10 years. Popular games older than that get re-released on modern platforms anyway or so old they can be straight up emulated. If developers start targeting open standards or technologies common to multiple Operating systems the issue of ports and BC will become less and less of an issue.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App
12. Re: Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App Dec 15, 2014, 10:49 TheEmissary
 
Verno wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 09:48:
Axis wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 09:42:
More useless bloat in their OS... as expected.

On this we are in full agreement.

Microsoft's treatment of PC gaming over the years is one of the biggest missed opportunities I've seen and its all the more glaring because its on their own turf.

I think it has to do with their belief that the inertia from the PC monopoly will be enough. They only do enough to keep the technology and core functionality to update.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App
10. Re: Leaked Win10 Reveals Xbox App Dec 15, 2014, 10:41 TheEmissary
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 10:33:
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 10:18:
Next thing we will hear is we need an xbox live account to play games on the PC.
Stop giving Microsoft execs ideas please

Considering that an Xbox Live account is the same as a Microsoft account it isn't that far of a stretch. You need to have a MS account if you want to use any of the online MS services as it is. The app however seems more like the windows phone version more than anything.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
78. Re: Op Ed Dec 13, 2014, 07:15 TheEmissary
 
Creston wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 11:31:
Just when the entire rhetoric had died, here come the fucknozzles at Polygon, whining their asses off again.

Everyone please stop going to their shitty website. Blue, please stop linking to their shitty website.

I think Polygon likes to stay "trendy" because there original review of the game wasn't nearly as comdemnning of the game. The fact the game is making news again means they have to add their opinion as well. Basically Click baiting.

Sorry for adding another polygon review but here is the original review http://www.polygon.com/2013/9/16/4720458/gta-5-review-grand-theft-auto
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 17, 2014, 17:11 TheEmissary
 
It is crazy how fragmented the Marvel IP is in terms of the Movie rights. Sony has the Spiderman IP, Fox has X-Men and Fantastic four, and Disney outsources the rest for the cinematic universe. There are so many interesting plot lines that can't be covered because it would involve crossover characters. It is silly that the Cinematic universe can't even properly refer to mutants directly instead calling them gifted.

I guess either way Marvel still profits off the success of the characters but it would be nice if the Marvel movie universe was bit more unified.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
9. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 17, 2014, 17:03 TheEmissary
 
Numinar wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 13:13:
If HL3 never comes out, it's because nobody there wants to make it!

Nothing worse than a game made by developers who wish they were doing something else. Linear FPS probably sounds like a dead end to the people there, no seemless world events, cool face tech or a physics based puzzles to save them this time. Maybe they should shop it off to another Dev. The Metro or new Wolfenstein guys maybe.

Also, why do people want to play this? I loved those games, especially the first, never want to play the episodes again, and cannot remember if there was a story or interesting characters we need resolution on or beg further exploring. Valve will pull a dimension/time traveling/Bioshock 3 style boondoggle to set up whatever scenario they want to deal with in any case like they did last time.

I also don't agree that the move away from carrying 18 weapons at once is a bad thing.

People want HL3 because the series ended on a cliffhanger. If the game had a resolved ending it wouldn't be a big deal. The series needs a game to close most of the loose ends. Once that is done Valve can move on to more interesting projects.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within > 30 FPS "Not Supported"
82. Re: The Evil Within > 30 FPS Oct 9, 2014, 19:20 TheEmissary
 
You would think that Bethesda would realize this will likely anger lot of PC players. Just when most Developers start learning that the PC isn't a console they pull a stunt like this. There is absolutely no reason to have letterboxing considering the fov can be changed dynamically. The 30FPS lock is lazy as well considering they probably don't want to bother to redo the animations or fix the engine to be compatible with hfr.

Kobalt there are people who are sensitive to the framerate. In this case I am more annoyed about the forced aspect ratio.
 
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News Comments > DICE: BF4 Launch "Absolutely" Damaged Player Trust
33. Re: DICE: BF4 Launch Oct 8, 2014, 16:52 TheEmissary
 
I am not so sure the main DICE office has learned anything but I think DICE LA which is rebranded Visceral Games has certainly lot to prove with this game. In BF4 they are still working to make the game playable and bring back the feeling of BF2/2143 style play with Classic Mode. The main office all the complaints fell on deaf ears but the LA guys at least are making an effort to fix BF4.

Personally I think they should release HardLine without any Day-one DLC perks so people don't feel the need to preorder over waiting for post-launch reviews. A good pre-release demo (not beta) couldn't hurt either.

BF4 definitely hurt the brand I think if my group of friends is anything to go by. The group I normally game with tended to play all the previous BF games for several hours a day but have largely dropped the game because its too frustrating waiting for bugs to get fixed. If you have BF gamers with hundreds or perhaps thousands of hours of playtime in other titles giving up then you know you messed up.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
2. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Oct 5, 2014, 15:01 TheEmissary
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 12:05:
Now there is a large cry from the people... Modular TV's.

I think this patent is going to have more of an impact on diy pc builds than it will for TVs. I doubt most TV viewers are going to want to tinker with the TV and I doubt the manufacturers would want to encourage that. Most people that want a wall sized TV already buy 60+ in TVs as it is.

On the PC side of things you already have a well established diy scene that tinkers with removing bezels for multi-screen setups.

On the GTX980 OpenCL news. This benchmark more or less is saying that the GTX960 and GTX970 are probably going to be way over priced when the coin miners start buying them up.

 
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