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Real Name Grant P McKinney   
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Signed On Nov 14, 2010, 09:18
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News Comments > State of Decay DLC Next Week
5. Re: State of Decay DLC Next Week Nov 17, 2013, 16:40 Asmo
I've had a lot of fun with this once I found the GUI key rebinder thing. Still a bit quirky, and the FOV is downright painful, but otherwise, the gameplay is a buttload of fun, bugs and all.

I'd really like to see some of the issues addressed before DLC starts dropping, but in a couple of months they have implemented full keys vs controller, more resolution options and the next patch should include native rebinding. As soon as they add FOV (and dare I hope, Surround support), I'll be in zombie heaven (hell?).
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News Comments > World of Warplanes Takes Off
12. Re: World of Warplanes Takes Off Nov 13, 2013, 19:18 Asmo
re: War Thunder, flying stick in arcade = complete waste of time, the planes are UFO's and you have no where near the precision you need.

In historical, M+KB has an edge due to the instructor, but that's also it's greatest weakness. On an even keel, the instructor will flatten out all the little bumps like turbulence. But in combat, the instructor stops you from pulling the more extreme manouvers including stalls etc. You also have no analog control over turns which means every turn is pulling as hard on the stick as possible, then the instructor mitigates the ill effects.

The stick on the other hand gives much more accurate and predictable control, but is far far more punishing because the instructor isn't holding your hand. Try to bank turn too hard and suddenly you'll be hearing the whooshing of wind drag indicating that you've gone from aerodynamic to anchor (which is absolutely terrible for energy fighting). Of course, you can apply small amounts of change and the planes respond far better than under mouse control.

You also need to tune your stick well (there are tonnes of options) but some flight models still have the jitters which makes gunnery problematic.

In Full Realism, stick is the only way to fly. It also helps to have track IR or something similar because you need to visually identify the enemy and the in game tools for head control are pretty dodgy when paired with something like a hat control.

re: AI gunners, last time I played they will not fire on you if you are outside of 300m (that might have changed but I doubt it). It's pretty easy, when you're chasing a heavily laden bomber with all the maneuverability of a slug, to line up your shot and drop a few rounds near the cockpit from 400-500m. Of course, the pilot can take manual control and I've sent more than a few over enthusiastic pilots to their graves with a few taps in to the engine.

You also have to deal with damage models being different. eg. The Il-2m is a flying tank but the rear gunner is very poorly protected. Most Japanese fighters are flying explosions waiting to happen (no sealed fuel tanks/armour) etc etc. Some bombers have rifle calibre rear weapons, some have cannons, so pick your targets wisely... /grin
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2013, 17:35 Asmo
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2013, 14:22:
Cutter wrote on Nov 10, 2013, 14:14:
When will these places in hurricane zones start building housing designed for hurricanes, like domes where the winds can't catch onto flat surfaces. Stilt housing, etc. Building boxes on the ground in these places is ultimately a waste of resources and money.

I would say probably when these places get rich enough to afford that?


And not to put too fine a point on it, but a storm like that would lay waste to a lot of the cyclone rated housing in Aus (ostensibly cat 5 rated but YMMV). After seeing some of the pictures of what Katrina did to the US, or Yasi did in Aus, second world buildings cobbled together from whatever people can lay their hands on are nothing better than ammunition for the storm.
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News Comments > Diablo III Reaper of Souls Trailer
11. Re: Diablo III Reaper of Souls Trailer Nov 8, 2013, 00:35 Asmo
Angrius Maximis wrote on Nov 7, 2013, 23:18:
I like how all the derps that think Path of Exile is better come in here and bag on this already. POE is such a shitfest. Typical anti blizzard idiots thinking its cool to hate the better title.

Well, since you brought it up...

It has maps (rifts) with scalable difficulty
No class restrictions on items
content patches monthly
Random maps

In fact, the only thing it doesn't have is a fucking AH...

Is it the best game ever made? Nope. It's still a hell of a lot of fun and the price is right.

But that's okay, you can toddle back to Blizz and they'll let you have the privelege of giving them your money while you lick their ass. Enjoy!
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News Comments > Next Mass Effect Teases
15. Re: Next Mass Effect Teases Nov 8, 2013, 00:26 Asmo
I dunno, I'd like to see a totally unrelated character with a new slant on things added to the ME franchise.

I already know the cast and like them the way they are. Since I'm not going to have the opportunity to find out what happened to my plucky little red headed Femshep (I used the default ME1 pic for my femsheps), I honestly don't want tacked on background filler info. In the end, no matter how corny spaceboy was (really, the person in the dreams and that appeared should have at least been whoever died on Virmire), the main character managed to turn back the greatest threat the entire galaxy had ever faced... Playing crime solver Garrus or digging through ancient ruins as Tomb Raider Liara would just be anticlimactic.

A new set of characters frees them up to portray an epic story that might not be quite as epic in terms of scale and stakes at the end, but is still wonderful in it's own right.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2013, 17:12 Asmo
Agent.X7 wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 17:58:
Asmo wrote on Nov 5, 2013, 17:13:
Fuck football, SCOTCH!!! (sry, I'm Australian, in the race between booze and sport, booze wins

Srsly, if you buy one good bottle a year, throw money at Glenmorangie... =D

And if you must drink it cold, get scotch rocks ( ffs, a single malt that good should not be raped by ice cubes...

I don't know, for us laymen many expensive liquors taste so alike that spending money on a more expensive brand is futile. I worked at a bar for over a year, and I could not justify spending the type of money some of these distillers want for their product.

Had a friend whose rich aunt and uncle gave her a $200 bottle of wine for her college graduation. Her, her brother, brother's girlfriend, and I popped that bottle open, let it breath a bit, and then toasted. We all promptly spit it back out and ended up mixing this ridiculously priced wine with fruit juice to make it palatable.

Wine is like liquor, to me. I've done many wine tours, I've tasted many liquors. Some added expense usually nets you a better product, but it seems like once you go above a certain threshold you're just paying for the prestige and the taste doesn't get any better.

Case in point - My favorite tequila is Cabo. Just excellent, smooth, agave liquor. At around $40 - $50 a bottle, it seems to be the sweet spot for tequila. I've tried $100 a bottle Angel Bendito and thought it didn't taste as good.

Indeed. I picked up a 400 buck bottle of Chivas Royal Salute scotch for a mates 40th birthday and on drinking, it was good but not great (and seriously, for 400 you'd expect it to cure blindness or somesuch). And I still have a soft spot for Sam Couger bourbon even though I generally drink Makers Mark or Bookers (30 bucks vs 80+).

But Glenmorangie scotch is always a fine drink. A 'regular' bottle will run about 70-80 AUD and it is delightful, so at 150, this Elanta sounds like it might be worth investing in for a wee dram over the Christmas season...
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround
46. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Matchmaking Workaround Nov 6, 2013, 16:53 Asmo
Creston wrote on Nov 6, 2013, 16:41:
Fantaz wrote on Nov 6, 2013, 16:26:
Sad how COD games always beat out Battlefield in terms of popularity...

I would imagine it's because of the solo vs team gameplay? You couldn't PAY me to play a team game with a bunch of unknowns on the internet, so I can see how a 'solo' MP experience (where you're by yourself against others) would be more drawing the bigger crowd.

Ah I don't have that big a problem with it (/takes blood pressure medication after an extended bout of World of Tanks on the SE Asia server), used to pub a lot in TF2 and mostly it was good fun...

re: Ghosts, I think at this point each game is just an escalating dare to see how bad they can make it while still topping their previous high water mark...

I imagine the next one will literally make you eat a piece of shit as part of the purchase agreement prior to playing...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2013, 17:13 Asmo
Fuck football, SCOTCH!!! (sry, I'm Australian, in the race between booze and sport, booze wins

Srsly, if you buy one good bottle a year, throw money at Glenmorangie... =D

And if you must drink it cold, get scotch rocks ( ffs, a single malt that good should not be raped by ice cubes...
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
47. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 19:34 Asmo
Ceribaen wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 10:36:
Seeing as how my PS3 does DLNA and music playing and such. I think I'll wait for these features to be re-enabled before buying.

Basically by removing them, I've seen quite a few people like me looking at their ps3 and deciding there's no reason to upgrade in the near future.

Bingo, my PS3 only get's used occasionally for games, but mostly for media serving. PS3 media server + PS3 + 1 gig wired network + bluetooth remote control = very easy, very reliable media server...

I'm not sure why people are so blasť about chopping out features which really create a rounded system which increases it's value. I already have 3 computers in the computer room(mine, wife, son), a server & a PS3, I don't want to add a media PC to the collection if I replace the 3 with a 4...
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News Comments > QVADRIGA Announced
4. Re: QVADRIGA Announced Oct 22, 2013, 23:30 Asmo
Lol, this is one hell of a niche title... =)  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Oct 21, 2013, 23:40 Asmo
Never fails to amaze me how people fall for that shit...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2013, 17:51 Asmo
It's a bizarre feeling to have been a (mostly lurking) member of a community so long you actually remember when Hudson first arrived. Happy

Srsly Blue, we've seen a lot of personal news over the years and I think that's one of the things that keep me coming back, you actually respect your readers enough that you do share with us. Never feel like you can't.

With that in mind, all the best for Hudson. We'll all be here no matter what happens.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Hits $21M; Video & Hangar Patch Released
53. Re: Star Citizen Hits $21M; Video & Hangar Patch Released Oct 15, 2013, 20:01 Asmo
SlimRam wrote on Oct 14, 2013, 23:39:
If you remember, the Falcon had probably minimal shields, didn't look like much, but was VERY FAST and quite maneuverable for her size (she could almost out fly tie fighters).....Also i'll have to make some hidden cargo areas....for hiding myself if I get boarded *Cue the Darth Vader theme* DUM DUM DI DUM DUM DI DUM DUM DI DUM

I don't want to go all super nerd on you but the Falcon had ridiculously good shielding along with Imperial cruiser class hull plating (ablative armour). In almost any game system which limits the ability for a player to pack tech on a ship, it would be considered WTFOP

I gotta say though, there is some sort of divine madness surrounding this project. The TOG (The Older Gamers, I'm a member) 'fleet' consists of 116 members, 260 ships including 4 fucking Idris corvettes (3x P and one of the limited M variants) and a Vanduul Scythe (also limited)...

We're looking at a combined 'investment' of 30+ grand so far (the Rear Admiral pack with the Idris P runs 5,000 USD...), and every new ship released get's quite a few purchases.

I've felt burnt before dropping a couple of hundred on a lifetime sub for The Secret World. There's no way in hell I would drop 5 fucking thousand on a virtual spaceship for a game I don't even know if I like yet..

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 7, 2013, 17:37 Asmo
It's weird, I've been using it for ages and literally never had a problem since moving to it (used to use the corporate version we had of McAfee which we were licensed for home for, but it was kludgy as hell).

Guess it's time to look for a new product..
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2013, 19:09 Asmo
Erm, wasn't the video card replaced previously/recently and the issues persisted?

If so, I'd go with mobo.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 12, 2013, 18:54 Asmo
NKD wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 18:03:
Ragers are usually blaming their losses/shortcomings on other people, and as such aren't as likely to improve as someone goes "Welp, I fucked that up, I'll do something different next time."

It's a bit of a chicken/egg argument though.

People rage for a reason. From not getting your lane/jungle pick, or someone else choosing the champ you wanted to use, or from trying to play your best while the rest of the team feeds, or fucks around or w/e. Yeah, it can often be a person with crappy skills blaming the rest of the team, but I'd guess it's as often a good player completely demoralised and annoyed that they are being dragged down by poor players.

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News Comments > WoW Revenue Drops 54% - Analyst
38. Re: WoW Revenue Drops 54% - Analyst Sep 12, 2013, 18:41 Asmo
Bill Borre wrote on Sep 12, 2013, 12:48:
So the Pandas were a disappointment?

Disappointment infers high expectations...

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News Comments > Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending
50. Re: Steam Family Sharing Announced; Will Allow Game Lending Sep 11, 2013, 17:52 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Sep 11, 2013, 17:35:
Looks like there's considerable confusion over this that needs to be cleared up as to the nuts and bolts of how it all exactly works.

Indeed, although I'm somewhat optimistic that at some point, they'll enable access so the owner can be logged in playing one game, and the borrower can be logged in playing another. Maybe some sort of check out/in system rather than access to the entire library.

The biggest boon from this for me is that I can set up a PC for my son which he can screw with to his hearts desire (staying away from my pristine unfucked games PC), and he can play my considerable library when I'm not online. Previously, I would have had to let him use my computer or buy a second copy. Certainly a step in the right direction for the enabling of users to share their content, particularly games they've already played and uninstalled.
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News Comments > Space Engineers Announced
7. Re: Space Engineers Announced Sep 9, 2013, 18:08 Asmo
I contributed very early to Miner Wars (I love the whole Descent style gameplay) and they never even came vaguely close to fulfilling their promises on it. It's a half baked game and, imo, a cash grab. Fool me once and all that.
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2013, 00:09 Asmo
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 3, 2013, 23:06:

Seriously, it takes no effort at all to ignore something you don't like, but it takes a real effort to get all worked up over nothing. The comic was FUNNY. It was meant to illustrate how ridiculous these theme park quests are in MMOs. Instead a very loud vocal minority latched on to the word rape in the comic and ARMAGARD! DICKWOLVES! RAGE!!


The joke was that the "hero" ceased to care when he had finished his x of y quest. They could have said they were slapped to sleep with trouts. A glaring contrast was established by using a most heinous crime with the complete lack of care from the PC character.

I find myself dramatically unsympathetic when people get offended about a joke without understanding (or in most cases, even knowing) it... Or worse, purposefully ignoring the actual joke and trying to say that it's about rape when it's clearly not.

Good for page counts though...
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