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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 17, 2014, 14:51 TheEmissary
 
Its not a hardware or a cost issue its a software/content issue. You have convince to film studios to make the switch in how they encode the films. You also have to get the industry to settle on one standard which hasn't happened yet. Highend Home audio systems and 3DTVs aren't priced out of reach of normal consumers any more.  
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs
50. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs Aug 13, 2014, 09:15 TheEmissary
 
NKD wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 00:16:
In before Deus Ex and Hitman move to Xbone Exclusivity.

I really hope Deus Ex isn't caught up in this mess. I wonder if the TR call was crystal dynamics or Square Enix decision.

It annoys me greatly all the politics that goes in to distributing and publishing games. As a gamer I just want to play the games I like but they are certainly making it difficult. I can begrudgingly accept series that start exclusive and stay exclusive to one system but I will never accept the case when a multiplat goes exclusive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 4, 2014, 11:50 TheEmissary
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 4, 2014, 10:41:
EA has totally mismanaged the Ultima franchise and the worst part is that they never part with IP so you know it's stuck there 'forever'. With so many great RPGs on the horizon its begging for a re-release.

That isn't a completely true as The Wasteland IP proves. I would imagine some one with a unique connection to the series could gain control back. It might be a decade or more before that happens if ever.
 
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
12. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 13:14 TheEmissary
 
NegaDeath wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 13:01:
I'm hoping for the best but this game is giving me serious Spore vibes.

It does feel like a more fleshed out space phase. Based on the rumors and what the developers have said it appears to even have the same objective of trying to reach the center of the galaxy. Both games have procedurally generated planets and lifeforms that were either fetched from a database or created randomly. In spore the space phase was just the last phase of the game not the entire focus.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Aug 1, 2014, 13:07 TheEmissary
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:15:
When Linux becomes as easy as Windows and games run the same way under it then people will adopt. Otherwise it'll always be a pipe dream.

There are plenty of distributions and Windowing Shells that are as easy as windows. The problem is that Linux has too many competing standards and formats that make it difficult for new users to make sense of it. The amount of redundant effort for certain things can hurt as much as it can help.
 
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
10. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 12:57 TheEmissary
 
Tumbler wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:53:
I'll bet there is tremendous pressure behind the scenes to sideline pc versions of popular upcoming games because it's a no brainer to make these games available on the pc.

It seems all the fidelity people were excited about in game demos are turning out only to be on pc so if games like destiny and Watchdogs come out looking amazing only on the pc it's going to push more people to pick up pcs. Gamers dropped $400 plus on these likely to lay certain games in particular so it's not crazy to think they might spend $500 on a pc to get the best experience. And the prices on steam sales have got to scare them shitless.

Its just par the course when it comes to console and PC gaming. Everything that is going on is cyclical. Consider what has happened the last few generations they will largely ignore PC gaming as a concept but take the innovations that took hold.

The cycle usually starts with the PC running high in a dominant position after the previous console started getting long in the tooth. New consoles are released the PC versions are limited to the quality of the new consoles or outright delayed for months. At some point a manufactured crisis (ie. drm, piracy) will appear to keep interest away from the PC while the PC hardware advances. Once the performance gap between the console and PC performance becomes too large to ignore you start seeing developers praising PC again.
 
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News Comments > Defiance Game Not Dependent on TV Series
4. Re: Defiance Game Not Dependent on TV Series Jul 31, 2014, 13:24 TheEmissary
 
The TV series is actually better than the game by far. Last time I played the MMO it felt like one of those licensed games that used to be churned out by the dozens. Its not a bad game just not one you will go out of your way to play.

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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 14:52 TheEmissary
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 23, 2014, 14:45:
1960s: Those people that write about racial inequality should just shut up already. Constantly writing about it won't do anything.

It should be talked about but not at the expense of ignoring other similar issues. There is lot of discrimination and harassment in general that needs to be sorted out. It isn't like women are the only groups getting harassed. Its just one of the more visual groups.

The tech industry discriminates against people based on age quite a lot and other industries have there other biases.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 14:14 TheEmissary
 
Most people are harassed on a daily basis for a multitude of stupid reasons be it gender, race, age, orientation, political views, region, and so on. Harassment period needs to end and to do that we shouldn't be accepting of it any form. We shouldn't ignore the other forms it occurs.

It is a worth while topic but I don't think Polygon is helping matters. Constantly getting on the pulpit the way are is just going to cause people to get adversarial or just tune out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 21, 2014, 11:31 TheEmissary
 
I can't help but facepalm after reading about PC gamer's booing the Xbox games at the QuakeCon. For something that should be inclusive to all things ID and Quake they have to go and pull the "master race" or "elitist" BS. I may not agree with MS policies on a great many things but the least you can do is give the speaker your respect and or just quietly ignore them.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 15, 2014, 11:20 TheEmissary
 
I would imagine for a lot of people the Wii was their first entry in to console gaming or gaming in general. The motion control gimmick managed to drive early adoption like crazy in demographics that normally never gamed before. So it is smart that they are trying to show these people that there are either games for them or more mature focused games that might interest them.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jul 15, 2014, 11:12 TheEmissary
 
Primalchrome wrote on Jul 15, 2014, 10:26:
Cutter pretty much nailed it. If you don't like it...don't buy it. If publishers are incentivized to sell crap DLC, the trend will only grow. That being said, I tend to buy games after release (read: on sale) and then buy the DLC I want....or get the GotY edition. Some of it's great stuff like CivV, Borderlands2, or Xcom. Others....it feels like there is more DLC than the original game (and all of it is piss poor).

If you play or enjoy any type of online multiplayer it isn't quite as easy to simply choose not to buy it. More often than not if you want to continue playing an online game you are goaded in to buying the DLC or suffer reduced matchmaking pools or reduced number of populated servers running without the dlc. Buying the complete package well after launch has the same problem except its more likely that people have moved on to another game. So if you care at all to play a certain you are more or less forced to stay current with it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 11, 2014, 09:17 TheEmissary
 
It is strange they have to keep saying they aren't going to sell "Xbox" brand. There must be some serious attempts to spin it off by either the board or the stock holders.
 
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News Comments > BF4 Test Environment Results
5. Re: BF4 Test Environment Results Jun 29, 2014, 19:15 TheEmissary
 
Brumbek wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 17:31:
Absolutely pathetic that DICE can't get netcode right. Quake 3 got it right 10+ years ago, which meant Modern Warfare 1-3 got it right as a result. Now, any serious CoD player will know that ironically CoD:Ghosts also ruined their netcode, introducing the "you duck behind cover then die" and the "turn a corner and die instantly" phenomenon that BF4 suffers from.

Sigh...as if Battlefield and CoD weren't bad enough with derivative content...now both series can't even do netcode right (BF never could).

On the plus side, CoD:AW this year is by a very competent developer and can possibly redeem CoD netcode-wise and maybe innovation-wise. Still, boring!

I'm tired of unranked, totally anti-competitive FPSs. I'll take Destiny Co-op over BF and CoD nonsense.

The reason older games had better netcode is because they were far simpler simulations. Quake had fewer players, smaller maps, and raycast weapons. Modern games have orders of magnitude more entities and object states that they have to worry about synchronizing. The more complex something becomes the higher likelihood of errors cropping up.
 
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News Comments > EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans
10. Re: EA Investigating Incorrect BF3 Bans Jun 23, 2014, 14:19 TheEmissary
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 13:39:
I don't really play any multiplayer FPS often enough to have any experience with it. I personally haven't had any troubles with it but that isn't saying much when you have been exposed to it as infrequently as I have.

I have just always wondered how it made money for the original developers and why there wasn't more competitive options for publishers to use instead of Punkbuster. Online games are such a huge money maker right now, you would think the market would be full of Punkbuster clones by now. Maybe I just don't know of them because it isn't really part of my interest in our hobby.

As far as third party anti-cheat middleware goes it is pretty much just Punkbuster, VAC, FairFight, Warden (Blizzard), and HackShield. I think the reason you don't see more companies creating middleware solutions is that because its a cat-and-mouse game and often not tailored completely to protect a game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 17, 2014, 01:34 TheEmissary
 
Is there really a market for the Ouya anymore? Other Micro-consoles like the Kindle Fire TV and Playstation TV are priced similarly and already have better games. Then you have the fact that the big three consoles have made inroads to supporting indie development.

I have a strange feeling they are applying their own interpretation of what they consider a developer. A thousand developers a month seems a bit high for the console.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 16:12 TheEmissary
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 15:46:
TheEmissary wrote on Jun 16, 2014, 14:54:
Most Youtube alternative sites have failed hard and fast because of the lack of content. The only way comcast is going to get content is to either scrap the data from other video sites like what some search engines do with google results and the other option is to pay content producers more than YT. Scraping the data is borderline illegal to illegal in most places so that isn't really an option. I can't really see Comcast offering paid monetization for videos on the platform.


Or the third option, put YouTube in an ultra-slow lane with a too high a fee charge to have YouTube move a decent speed again. When people can't use YouTube, they won't.

This isn't some random website like before, this is the gatekeeper.

I can't see this ending well as I don't see that other Peering networks and ISPs being anymore open to the idea. Verizon and ATT also throttle things like Youtube to Netflix similar to what you described.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 16, 2014, 14:54 TheEmissary
 
Most Youtube alternative sites have failed hard and fast because of the lack of content. The only way comcast is going to get content is to either scrap the data from other video sites like what some search engines do with google results and the other option is to pay content producers more than YT. Scraping the data is borderline illegal to illegal in most places so that isn't really an option. I can't really see Comcast offering paid monetization for videos on the platform.

 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
13. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jun 16, 2014, 14:49 TheEmissary
 
Creston wrote on Jun 15, 2014, 02:39:
jimnms wrote on Jun 15, 2014, 00:41:
From what I remember of the video reviews of SD and the fighting aspect of it looked like QTE city. Wait for opponent to flash, press button to counter.

You CAN play it that way, but you don't have to. Once you've got a few moves under Wei Shen's (best character ever for a game like this, btw) belt, you can fairly easily kung-fu your way through a group of enemies in style. The counter is just there to not get hit while you're doing so.

So what does SD have to offer if the driving is crap, and the fighting looked meh to me.

I think it has a great story, and some excellent missions. It also, imo, has great fighting. Videos don't really do it justice, it's very fluid, very satisfying. Wei Shen turns into a total badass with just a few extra moves, you really feel like Bruce Lee mowing down hordes of unskilled fools.

But yeah, the driving is horrible. You won't be driving around for fun in SD.

The Melee system in SD was really good and pretty far away from being a QTE. My only concern with SD melee was the fact that lot of the advanced combos the keys wouldn't register properly on either the PC or 360.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
13. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jun 16, 2014, 14:44 TheEmissary
 
The GTX800 could be cheaper for any number of reasons such as less costly/better fabrication method, and possible a result of competition from AMD and consoles. It could be combination of everything I posted above. Consider right around the launch of launch of the 360 and PS3 you had 8800GTX cards that went for $600-700 too and the generation after that was more sanely priced.

The prices might be something along the lines of GTX880 ($490), GTX870 ($390), GTX890/Titan ($600-$750).
 
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