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Signed On Jan 2, 2011, 16:34
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News Comments > Mojang Developing Three Games
12. Re: Mojang Developing Three Games Jan 13, 2012, 21:01 MisterBenn
 
It will be interesting to see how Mojang fares in the coming months and years. You certainly can't base a business around all your indie releases being as big as Minecraft. It's a bit crude to call that a fluke since there is a genius concept behind it that noone else had thought to create... but at the same time to even have a second idea that stirs up its own culture in the same way is amazingly unlikely. I'd admit Notch was truly a genius if he achieved it again.

Regarding spreading Mojang thin, it's probably true even if it's one person per game full time. They seem to be set up as a straightforward small developer, with a dev team and a consultant providing business/marketing/sales analytics etc. They need one of these follow-up games to do a lot better than your average indie game otherwise they'll lose cash with all the infrastructure they have. They're gonna have to find steady, strong sales from somewhere otherwise the Minecraft money will steadily evaporate.

The best resource that Mojang has right now is its brand recognition. They need some way to leverage that such as becoming an indie game outlet as well. Indie games are surging due to the proliferation of the electronic marketplace and Steam channels most of the profit at the moment. Mojang has enough brand, capital and (currently) indie credentials that they could rival them if they tried...
 
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News Comments > Intel's Fake Ultrabook Gaming Demo
10. Re: Intel's Fake Ultrabook Gaming Demo Jan 10, 2012, 20:13 MisterBenn
 
Veryangry "It's a FAAAAAAKE!" (picture an optolithic data rod in hand)

That's a very odd clip, seems most likely to be a case of laughing off a failed attempt to sync up with the clip. Who on Earth would make a demonstration based upon setting up that kit then disappointing the audience that it's not actually happening? Also I can't believe that laptop had to organise itself for a couple of seconds before showing a video!!! My laptop with Radeon X600 Mobility doesn't do that and it's from the stone age...
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
5. Re: Cooler Master Cosmos II Case Jan 3, 2012, 17:56 MisterBenn
 
I have the Cosmos I case right now, I've had it for a couple of years. It's rock solid and very spacious but even as an enthusiast I've got to say that it's probably overkill! Unless you are planning to keep buying more and more drives and PCI devices then I can't imagine that you'd ever need that much space.

I would say that it's been great to work with, all the wiring is straightforward with all the space and access that you have and your drives click in and out nicely... but the case is massive! I was generally thinking of being completely future proof when I got it, but now that slimline laptops and tablets are so common it really is starting to look monolithic. Also it is much, much heavier than it looks! I moved it into a different room for some Christmas Pro Evo with the family and I was actually outraged by how much it weighed!

The functionality is good and apart from the size the design is good too. That new model looks even better in plain black. It comes with 8 regular case fans which are louder than my CPU fan (my E8400 is clocked up from 3000 to 3400MHz and I adjuested the fan upwards) - probably a fan controller would be good advice if you're looking for minimum noise.

If you are the sort of person that has the case open all the time and accumulates loads of internal devices then you might love the case, it does do everything well and the expandabiliy is great. If you keep your case closed most of the time or it is not hidden away then probably there is a better compromise than a case as large as this...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 29, 2011, 21:00 MisterBenn
 
I can relate to the need for lots of dental work! I've had 5 extracted teeth - 4 milk teeth when I was young and a fifth a few years back that had an abcess underneath... removing that one was agony. I had three rounds of root canal around the year 2000 as well! Finally, last year I had an overgrowth of gums due to being allergic to a medication, I almost had to have a gingivectomy where they shave away the excess gum tissue!!! Luckily I escaped that but they needed to clean underneath this new gumline where I couldn't keep it clean properly... that involved pulling the gums away from the teeth and it produced a lot of blood! Anyhow this all taught me that it's possible to learn a phobia from scrath, I was fine with dentists years ago but I hate it now!

MisterBenn (smashing the stereotype about British teeth)
 
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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes VI Patched
14. Re: Might & Magic Heroes VI Patched Dec 24, 2011, 18:49 MisterBenn
 
Thanks I appreciate the answers, and merry Christmas!  
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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes VI Patched
9. Re: Might & Magic Heroes VI Patched Dec 23, 2011, 20:13 MisterBenn
 
So I have a question - is this game / series any good? I know that it's got a big following and heritage, and also being made of all the things I like (turn based strategy / fantasy setting / 4x gameplay aspects) I really should be loving this game. Unfortunately I tried it (played through the missions of the first campaign map) and it's completely left me cold.

Any 4x potential in it seems to be diminished by the fact that you move a single hero around with the army attached. The battles should be great (I love that Wesnoth / Fall From Heaven way in which your units have a great many attributes and statuses and you can see all the detail) but in fact everything I saw was like 2 stacks versus 2 with little room for tactics apart from what order to attack what. Also the first campaign map at least was very linear!

So I ask - have I just not seen enough of the game yet? Should I ignore the campaign because it's all about the skirmish and multiplayer? Is VI not the best in the series? Do I need my head examined? I would appreciate any thoughts on this, on paper I should be loving it and it's rare that I don't get what a game is at least trying to do.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 22, 2011, 13:59 MisterBenn
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 22, 2011, 11:31:
Football is better than soccer and I defy anyone to dispute this with a straight face. Clearly, football is a much better name for that game which involves your foot and a ball.

(Really shouldn't reply to an opinion post like this but you caught me at a weak moment!) Not trying to belittle American Football since I respect that it's huge and beloved... but wouldn't it have spread over the planet if it were "clearly" better than soccer?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 15, 2011, 11:30 MisterBenn
 
Longest headline of the day!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 14, 2011, 10:14 MisterBenn
 
I'm in the UK and it behaves as you said Blue. The first link produces the site's 404 page and the second link leads to the patch notes with /en/ in the URL.  
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News Comments > Distant Worlds - Legends Patch
1. Re: Distant Worlds - Legends Patch Dec 12, 2011, 13:01 MisterBenn
 
I can't get over how good this game is! I was put off 4X games that play in real time after Sins of a Solar Empire, where the pace was too fast and it played just like an RTS.

I finally bought in after seeing some vids of the Legends expansion... the scale and detail are superb, the game mechanics are extremely well-conceived and executed, and the micro and macro management options are well done and keep the game flowing. It's the best space strategy I've played in a long time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2011, 14:23 MisterBenn
 
I also got the germs as of yesterday, I must have caught them while going for my winter flu jab!  
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News Comments > Skyrim Creation Kit Next Month
10. Re: Skyrim Creation Kit Next Month Dec 1, 2011, 21:02 MisterBenn
 
Great news! I think there'll be a place for third party sites, there's no way the Steam Workshop will host something like a killable children mod.

Also if the workshop doesn't allow manual installation it might be annoying, by the time you have some customised and merged mods and levelelled lists you usually want full control of what you install and where.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Nov 30, 2011, 21:19 MisterBenn
 
Love it!  
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News Comments > Skyrim Patch Wednesday
4. Re: Skyrim Patch Wednesday Nov 28, 2011, 21:26 MisterBenn
 
I used RadeonPro to set the frames rendered ahead to 0, which improved the mouse input lag a lot too. The mod version of this replaces the directx dll file and I couldn't use it at the same time as my post process injector...

Between the ini commands for h and v mouse sensitivity and the responsiveness fix above, it seems for me the frame rate / sensitivity coupling is the last issue around the mouse for me.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patch Wednesday
2. Re: Skyrim Patch Wednesday Nov 28, 2011, 20:57 MisterBenn
 
Yeah it's a bit odd, and left and right don't seem to change?!?! I had what I expect is the NPC sleeping animation bug... during an Imperial quest I had to report to an NPC who happened to be in bed. I got there and he was laid there completely unanimated, screaming at me "Quick, you must act now!!!"

Very strange, but that's about the limits of my problems. We need the construction kit!
 
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News Comments > AMD Catalyst 11.11b Performance Drivers
9. Re: AMD Catalyst 11.11b Performance Drivers Nov 26, 2011, 23:04 MisterBenn
 
I also had some trouble with cities (not catastrophic but lower frame rates) and the best thing I found to improve things is in SkyrimPrefs.ini:

fShadowDistance=3000.0000

Check your value isn't higher than this, mine was 8000 although that may have been from a shadow mod's ini file while I was experimenting. It's the distance at which shadows are drawn, setting at 3000 is almost never noticable in towns and saved me a great deal of FPS, even with the quality of shadows set highter than Ultra. In the open wilderness 3000 is a little noticable though, we'll need a util to set these kinds of values depending on interior, exterior and wilderness locations I think. Also I suspect the FPS loss in cities is caused by CPU limit not GPU limit in many cases, mine was.

Edit: oh and I didn't really notice a performance increase with these drivers but I have not had a single crash since. Before while using one of the FXAA injectors I was CTDing occasionally.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2011, 14:29 MisterBenn
 
Happy Thanksgiving. I confess I had to look up the date when Blue ran "Skyrim patch might come out the week after Thanksgiving" !!!  
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News Comments > 1M CoD Elite Premium Subscribers
26. Re: 1M CoD Elite Premium Subscribers Nov 22, 2011, 22:52 MisterBenn
 
If you enjoy steak, does it matter that millions eat fast food every day?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2011, 22:05 MisterBenn
 
Mine reports 1920x1080, I've never seen 1080p reported. When I play Duels of the Planeswalkers, it swaps mode and reports 1080i!?! Apart from the res I have no further control in that game.

I definitely think TVs are viable and cost effective these days, the only downside mine has is it needs to be turned on seperately and it waits 15 minutes on no signal before going to sleep. A 1080 dektop has never troubled me and sitting where I do I have to turn my head slightly to check the corners of the screen, you couldn't really imagine a screen taking more of your view!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2011, 19:31 MisterBenn
 
Creston - I did exactly the same and bought a 32" Samsung HD TV when my old 30" monitor died. It's a UE32C6000 LCD.

I am connected via direct HDMI from my 6950 and there is no problem with sharpness. I did have to go through the options and set a few things to be more computer-relevant rather than TV.

Most important - turn off image post processing. You might have a direct control for turning that off, I struggled with that for a while and on my TV I had to Google around and I discovered that it was engaged automatically once you renamed one of the HDMI ports as a PC input! Before I engaged that the main problem I had was input delay, it was more than half a second and it felt like someone else was operating my mouse... I was horrified. Modern TVs remember this for each input so it won't affect regular TV if you use that too.

Second is to adjust the contrast, it's insanely high by default to penetrate a room and the bright areas can bleed depending on the colours, that might explain the blurriness of text. For example on mine I have picture mode to "Movie" (this is apparently THX compliant and is adjusted for a low level of backlight for movie watching in a fairly dark room), I also have power save mode to Medium (which is lower contrast and backlight). Finally the TV has automatic brightness which also tends to reduce the picture brightness when I play at night. After all of those it's a very similar level of clarity and brightness as a monitor, I can't tell the difference. Right now I am less than 2 feet from the screen and it's totally comfortable and all my surfing / Pro Evoing / Skyrimming (not sure I like that word!) takes place on it. I really did struggle with the picture settings at first (and the default brightness modes are pure pain at such close range) but I got there.

I didn't have to set anything specific with regard to aspect ratio or scaling with mine, I guess experiment with those if you've tried everything else but I think merely connecting via HDMI sets the important stuff correctly.

I am incredibly happy with mine overall, I dropped 1K on the old monitor and this one was 500ish a year ago. They go a bit cheaper than that but this is super slimline and other features are really good. The only slightest drawback is that the response time isn't quite as good as monitors, if someone was intent on competition gaming in something requiring reflexes it might be a tiny disadvantage. It's not really noticable in most games (and it is of course what consoles have all the time) but it's occasionally noticable in Touhou and it's definitely noticable in Tetris the Grand Master which is very timing intensive.

Edit: Still hunting around - in CCC I see my monitor is detected as Samsung PnP (I recall I didn't do anything special here originally) and I have GPU scaling off and ITC processing on (both of which were so by default).
 
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