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Signed On Jan 2, 2011, 16:34
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News Comments > PES 2012 and PESEdit Patches
1. Re: PES 2012 and PESEdit Patches Oct 27, 2011, 20:17 MisterBenn
 
For what it's worth, PES 2012 is a good version! As usual the changes to general gameplay are quite subtle but there are some real improvements.

The AI teams have better AI and are much more creative than before... in the past couple of games the opposition would get to the edge of the box and run out of ideas... there's a lot more variety in the AI attacks now and it keeps you on your toes more. Also in single player you can point the right analogue stick in the direction of a second player and blip R3... the player in that direction will make a run forward. It's a great way to give more control and leaves the main gameplay undisturbed - Konami are great at keeping the main gameplay intact.

PES gets some criticism for having stagnated (and arguing FIFA versus PES is almost as commonplace as Kirk vs Picard so I won't go there) but I have had so much fun with PES since the late ninetees. Single player, coop and competitive have always been great and I've always loved the level realism.

On a more curious note for those over the pond, is the term "association football" well known over there? Blue always puts that in the description of soccer games and I've never heard anyone use that term either here in the UK or in Europe either.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
11. Re: Morning Previews Oct 26, 2011, 21:34 MisterBenn
 
The odd thing about the playthought: how can you kill dozens of guardsmen with a new character, even if you have to reload a few times? Sounds like the guards need a minimum level or a boost of some kind.  
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News Comments > Quoteworthy
1. Re: Quoteworthy Oct 26, 2011, 10:34 MisterBenn
 
If the UK TV program QI is to be believed, it's a myth that the inuit have huge numbers of words for snow. They do however have a great many demonstrative pronouns!  
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News Comments > Skyrim Specs
48. Re: Skyrim Specs Oct 26, 2011, 10:12 MisterBenn
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Oct 26, 2011, 06:00:
6GB, even compressed, can't make for a very large world.

Surely the install size indicates the amount of media, not the world size? The previous titles that this game is trying to live up to were smaller to install.

The specs are clearly the way they are because of multiplatform development. Considering the importance that some people place on textures, you just know that the most amazing high detail texture packs will be made for the PC (and comparison vids mocking the consoles will be all over YouTube). Extra headroom with CPU and memory is just waiting to be tapped by mods adding new game mechanics / companions / items or whatever. And most likely someone with a giant brain will make DirectX 11 renderers and shaders too.

Each one of those recommended spec entries that is below the cutting edge of hardware is just an opportunity for the PC version to assert itself as the difinitive version of Skyrim.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Specs
9. Re: Skyrim Specs Oct 25, 2011, 19:47 MisterBenn
 
They are quite reasonable specs too, my PC is mostly 2 years old now (except the 6950 I bought this year) and I am still comfortably over the recommended specs in all areas apart from CPU. My E8400 @3.4 is probably not much of a problem anyway.

Of course there is an extra level of spec not mentioned, there must be a level of hardware much better than mine that will make the game look its absolute best.
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY: The Heist Today
22. Re: PAYDAY: The Heist Today Oct 20, 2011, 18:44 MisterBenn
 
Mark wrote on Oct 20, 2011, 17:16:
MisterBenn, a heist game on the Speccy you say? Completely missed that one, will have to check it out.

I loved it when I was young. You had a hiring / info buying phase, a planning phase where you synchronised the 4 people and then the robbery phase. It was all set at the crime scene with plan view flick scrolling and live control of one of the guys, you'd have a selection of lower grade things to steal and often a mother load, depending on the level... and never enough time to get everything before the police turned up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18r4clfpgLA [Edit: the speccy version of course didn't have these fantastic colour graphics!!!]
 
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News Comments > PAYDAY: The Heist Today
11. Re: PAYDAY: The Heist Today Oct 20, 2011, 16:04 MisterBenn
 
I've been waiting for a heist game for ages. Does this have any resemblance at all to "They $tole a Million" for the Spectrum?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 18, 2011, 11:55 MisterBenn
 
Can Eating Too Many Hot Peppers Kill You?

This does seem a bit at odds with the article linked here a couple of weeks ago. That article said that hot spices stimulate the same nerves that sense pain and the expert called it "false pain" that makes the body release endorphins... It's a bit too indirect to really say the chilli kills you, after all too much water will kill you, let alone too much concentrated chilli powder.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Map
6. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Map Oct 10, 2011, 23:21 MisterBenn
 
I think there's just the "zoom out from your position in 3D" map.

I've just about avoided the worst of the hype for this up til now, but it will get tougher. Even though TES games mature over a few years I won't be able to resist and will buy on release day.

There's quite a bit of streamlining:

* No character stats, just health / magicka / fatigue (replaced by skill perks)
* No item durability
* Some removed skills

but even with all that you just know this is gonna be good for many hours. I played some games like Eye of the Beholder when I was young but it was Morrowind that really switched me on to modern RPGing. I didn't even really know what the deal was with that game for like 20 hours, I couldn't believe how cold the presentation was and how long it took to get anywhere! It crept up on me though and it hit me with a sense of wonder that hasn't been surpassed to this day.

I fired it up recently and although the animation's as simple as ever, the landscapes are still amazing. I really hope Skyrim has similar zones of varied climate, that map looks a bit like 30 types of snowy mountain!
 
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News Comments > More on Scrolls Legal Battle
14. Re: More on Scrolls Legal Battle Oct 6, 2011, 21:53 MisterBenn
 
Notch should just quit the case and take all the publicity it's generated. That's the real win available here, the new game will get a boost it would have not otherwise had, whatever it ends up being called. Getting stuck into a court battle will just play into Bethesda's hands as they are the ones with all the armaments. The more you invest in the case, the more you need to win and it will just drag you down and drain your funds.

Notch is a bit less like an indie dev every day but he did start out that way and as such is "living the dream" of every hobby coder. He should quit while so far ahead and make the best of what he's got. The right to some nondescript title is not worth fighting for at all.
 
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News Comments > Unlock RAGE Hi-Rez Textures
69. Re: Unlock RAGE Hi-Rez Textures Oct 5, 2011, 22:04 MisterBenn
 
If you're gonna introduce auto-adjusting graphics quality then at least do it correctly. OK compatability with all systems upon release has been as shaky as most other games, that I can just about understand.

If you take away the manual settings for quality your own algorithm had better be amazing! The evidence is it's failed at that, some have been lucky and are happy with the results out of the box but there are so many complaints too. Poor textures, pop-in, and now it seems the highest res textures are not selected when they should be.

In any other game you have a graphics settings page to set things how you want them with all your own hardware factors and personal preferences in mind. In this game you have no such luxury, you fix it by dropping out the game and performing a mixture of researching the internet, using global driver settings and using config files to try and put things right. I think this auto-adjust experiment has proven a bit of a clanger, it smacks of laziness in porting and it's a step backwards on the PC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2011, 17:20 MisterBenn
 
space captain wrote on Oct 3, 2011, 16:49:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2011, 15:45:
MisterBenn wrote on Oct 3, 2011, 11:23:
Yep, 7 is solid enough. I put it alongside 95 and XP as one of the best versions we've had.

So place your bets: when if ever will we see "Windows 8 overtakes Windows 7 market share"?

95? Really? 98 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 95 in my book.

Creston

yeh 95 sucked donkey balls

I wouldn't argue that 98 was more stable and mature but it came 3 years later and I think of it as a refinement of 95. I said 95 mainly based on its innvovation. 3.1 -> 95 was a bigger leap than between any releases since and began their opening up the consumer PC market.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2011, 11:23 MisterBenn
 
Yep, 7 is solid enough. I put it alongside 95 and XP as one of the best versions we've had.

So place your bets: when if ever will we see "Windows 8 overtakes Windows 7 market share"?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Sep 18, 2011, 00:06 MisterBenn
 
The bare HUD setup is a tool of immersion and only suits specific games and even then only to certain people's taste. Bethesda games are a good example, in Oblivion I much preferred removing some GUI elements (radar and map quest markers) as it made you focus more on your surroundings and your objective. If you need to find a person or object you need to think of where they're likely to be, it helps the flow of immersion if that's what you're looking for.

Other games also benefit from replacing direct HUD elements with more subtle or flavourful features, such as panting and exhaustion sounds rather than a fatigue bar, or "This clip feels half empty" instead of an ammo bar in a shooter like Red Orchestra. These go a long way too and are getting more common. One of the benefits of PCs is that some games allow for modding the interface.
 
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News Comments > New Gaming Peripherals
14. Re: New Gaming Peripherals Sep 16, 2011, 22:09 MisterBenn
 
I also got sick of battery recharging and swapping and went back to wired kb&m after a few wireless models. Also the old Logitech MX5500 mouse had a poor update rate, you could see the mouse stepping as you moved it around and in FPS's with high FPS you could see the same steps in your turning! The mouse also dropped connection for a few seconds every now and then. Also every couple of months the driver would think the left mouse button was held down forever and you'd have to turn the mouse off and on again to get it working again! That took about 30 seconds until the driver would accept the mouse again.

All of those things went away when I went back to wired and bought a Razer Deathadder and Blackwidow Ultimate. Both are great, they are a precise and a pleasure to you, and they just work all the time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 15, 2011, 10:51 MisterBenn
 
Not that this will likely affect me, but I still don't understand how you can just add random, unexpected new crap into a TOS and have it be a condition of use. I recall in the past if you didn't accept the TOS of a new purchase you could return it for a refund... that should be possible with changes too! It would keep Sony and anyone else nice and honest. Not that I'm holding my breath.

Semi related: for anyone out there that hasn't seen it - check out the Sony Piece of Shit clip from The Onion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyVh1_vWYQ
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2011, 00:17 MisterBenn
 
Cleverbot's also quite confrontational! It falls back on the sort of one-liners that happen in a flame war. "Sound like someone's losing an argument", "I note that you've gone on the defensive" etc. And yes, other people's posts are recycled hence you get badly spelled adolescence sometimes too.

I also tried playing a game, just asking "Sweet popcorn or salt popcorn?", "Staying in or going out?" and "Kirk or Picard?". The first two it failed completely, and on the third (without the usual few seconds of search time) Cleverbot immediately came back with "Sulu"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 8, 2011, 20:12 MisterBenn
 
Regarding "Software tricks people into thinking it's human" - screwing with Cleverbot is worth a quick 5 minutes! Here's my conversation:

Should a computer program aspire to exhibit human behaviour?
I suppose so.
You don't sound very convinced. That's why you exist!
I thought it was cool A-I logistics, but now I know I was wrong.
Has talking to real humans made you depressed?
Oh I think so.
Who's responsible for making you endure this?
I don't know.
The more I hear of your predicament, the more sinister it is!
Yes.
Is this a cry for help?
Of course.
Who is your designer and how can we stop him?
My parents. Who programmed you?
I am trying to help you out of your predicament!
So tell me about asia.
Is that a coded message?
No.
Oh dear. You seem to have a short memory.
What are you on about?
I give up. Would you like to exist forever in this torment?
No human can exist forever.
There's no helping some people. Smell you later!
Oh, thanks.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2011, 09:00 MisterBenn
 
... or like ten thousand spoons, when all you need is a knife!  
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News Comments > Origin EULA Amended
24. Re: Origin EULA Amended Aug 27, 2011, 21:20 MisterBenn
 
What I don't get about EULAs for online services is that it's acceptable for the EULA to be updated to include new clauses over its lifetime. (This originally came to my mind in relation to the PS3 online service but it's very relevant here.) Sony update their terms and conditions all the time with whatever they fancy after your initial agreement and your two choices after an update are to fully accept the new agreement or never go online again.

Surely something went wrong there? Each of these providers holds the sole means of access to your purchases and it means that services such as Origin can just add all the targeted marketing / data mining / random other unpleasant shit in a few months after people have parted with their cash...
 
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