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Signed On Mar 29, 2012, 18:44
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
10. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 18, 2014, 14:21 DrSquick
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 13:45:
Finally! I've been waiting and waiting (to complain about how the sale isn't as good this year as previous years and how I already own all the best deals).

Actually I've already seen something to pick up. FSX, released today, is 80% off! I've never seen something so heavily discounted on release, and at £20 full price, it's not wildly overpriced.

Wow, 80% off, didn't it just come out to Steam? I picked up the X52 Pro flight stick/throttle, and haven't found any games I really like to use it with - so I picked this up.

The last Flight Sim I played was probably for Windows 95... This should be interesting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 16, 2014, 15:02 DrSquick
 
Twitter is the antithesis of my workflow. I found the Getting Things Done method a long time ago, and strive to follow it the best I can. One of the core philosophies is to go to your inbox, don't have your inbox come to you. So, for example, in Outlook I turn off all sounds and popups about new emails. Then I consolidate all other forms of inboxes into as few places as possible.

Twitter is the total opposite of that - having something ding at you constantly.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 11, 2014, 17:18 DrSquick
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 11, 2014, 13:25:
Trendy was trying to be trendy but realized there is a trend now that says "if you don't have a moba out last year, you are already too late to the party". So Trendy saw the trend and made the right call. Now the FTP part of DD2 may still be fucked to hell and back. I guess they just weren't ok with a lot of money and want to now risk it going this pay to route. I just think they needed to improve on the formula of DD1.

I sort of fell out of touch with DD once the MOBA thing was announced. But I spent a tremendous amount of time in DD1, and loved it! What is looking bad about DD2? Last I heard they had a ton of classes, it would be FTP, with cosmetic and XP boosts as the only paid items.
 
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News Comments > Space Hulk Ascension: Imperial Fists Expansion This Month
11. Re: Space Hulk Ascension: Imperial Fists Expansion This Month Dec 4, 2014, 15:31 DrSquick
 
Orogogus wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 12:23:
DrSquick wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 12:16:
Do they feel like the marauding super warriors they are supposed to be? In the lore, Terminators are the rarest and greatest of the already incredible Space Marines. They have power similar to superman it seems. So when games treat them like common infantry it kinda bugs me.

If you want to nerd out, here's a clip from the 40k wiki:
Terminator suits are the pinnacle of armoured protection available to a Space Marine. Each is all but impervious to small arms fire and can even withstand the merciless onslaught of tank-busting Krak Missiles. Terminator Armour, created at the time of the Horus Heresy, is incredibly rare. Space Marines hold it a great honour to be permitted to wear such a suit in battle, and it is only to members of the Chapter's elite 1st Company that this honour is granted. Once trained in the use of Terminator Armour, a Space Marine is counted first among his brothers and is expected to conduct the most difficult of missions and to perform beyond even the lofty standards of the Adeptus Astartes. Boarding Tyranid-infested Space Hulks, launching teleport attacks, Titan assaults and combat actions in extremely hostile environments, such as deep space or volcanic marshland; these are the missions undertaken by Space Marine Terminators.

As that wiki says, Terminators were introduced specifically for Space Hulk, and everything videogamers don't like (Genestealers tearing through them in hand-to-hand, frequent misses and jams) has always been in the board game. It was supposed to be badass vs. badass, where the Terminators awesome but so are the Genestealers.

Interesting, I guess I didn't realize Genestealers were supposed to be so beefy. In the actual table top game I haven't seen anyone play Genestealers exceptionally well. I play a very shooty army of Space Marines with a few plasma cannons and other template-based weapons, and it is incredibly rare for a Genestealer to get to me. And I think I recall Genestealers being incredibly expensive, upwards of 100 points per model? I always pictured them to a bit like a glass cannon, where if they can get to you, rutt row. Whereas Terminators I have fought against can march right across the battlefield with me hammering the hell out of them, and they still get up to me.

I do have an issue with the idea of a physical claw being able to slice through terminator armor like butter, but that's the lore. And it does make me look like a lunatic if I am arguing a hulking alien's claw can't possibly pierce the armor of a made-up character in a board game! It defies physics! (ignore the portable lasers and that whole Warp thing )
 
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News Comments > Space Hulk Ascension: Imperial Fists Expansion This Month
4. Re: Space Hulk Ascension: Imperial Fists Expansion This Month Dec 4, 2014, 12:16 DrSquick
 
Slashman wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 11:59:
Ascension is Space hulk done right for PC.

By far better than the first one and worth the money. 3 campaigns to choose from and proper RPG upgrade mechanics for the terminators.

Do they feel like the marauding super warriors they are supposed to be? In the lore, Terminators are the rarest and greatest of the already incredible Space Marines. They have power similar to superman it seems. So when games treat them like common infantry it kinda bugs me.

If you want to nerd out, here's a clip from the 40k wiki:
Terminator suits are the pinnacle of armoured protection available to a Space Marine. Each is all but impervious to small arms fire and can even withstand the merciless onslaught of tank-busting Krak Missiles. Terminator Armour, created at the time of the Horus Heresy, is incredibly rare. Space Marines hold it a great honour to be permitted to wear such a suit in battle, and it is only to members of the Chapter's elite 1st Company that this honour is granted. Once trained in the use of Terminator Armour, a Space Marine is counted first among his brothers and is expected to conduct the most difficult of missions and to perform beyond even the lofty standards of the Adeptus Astartes. Boarding Tyranid-infested Space Hulks, launching teleport attacks, Titan assaults and combat actions in extremely hostile environments, such as deep space or volcanic marshland; these are the missions undertaken by Space Marine Terminators.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 20, 2014, 14:29 DrSquick
 
FYI the Apple article is behind a RegWall. I'm fine with that, but just an FYI if someone doesn't want to register, there isn't anything useful to read without signing in. I'm not sure if the article is worth signing up for.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 18, 2014, 15:57 DrSquick
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 11:51:
nin wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 11:05:
Damn, check out how clear the sky is...you can see for miles.


Sarcasm?

Yeah I'm confused too, it doesn't really look any better than the PS3, does it?
 
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News Comments > The Sims 4 Adds Pools
9. Re: The Sims 4 Adds Pools Nov 5, 2014, 08:55 DrSquick
 
Task wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 22:33:
I'm shocked, stunned I tell you that it wasn't a Pools DLC.

Here is what EA needs to do... Offer holiday-themed DLC skins. If they offered a $1 St. Patrick's Day green-water pool, and an orange-water pool with some cute pumpkins around the outside for Halloween, and a Christmas pool with snowflakes and a decorated tree; I guarantee you it would sell like mad. My wife is the prime demographic for The Sims and other FTP games like Farmville, and she dies over holiday-themed stuff. She spent $10 on "keys" in Farmville to get a Halloween cat.

I feel dirty just suggesting this though.
 
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News Comments > PC Valkyria Chronicles Includes DLC; Preorders Underway
4. Re: PC Valkyria Chronicles Includes DLC; Preorders Underway Oct 30, 2014, 15:47 DrSquick
 
It's been forever since I played this since I'm more of a PC gamer, but I recall this being an absolutely fantastic game! The gameplay was pretty dramatically different than anything I had played before.

If you haven't played it for the PS3, and like turn-based games, I would definitely recommend trying this one out!
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt Announced
3. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Lord of the Hunt Announced Oct 30, 2014, 14:50 DrSquick
 
Tim Collins wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 14:04:
GOTY

Wow really? I am an absolute LOTR nut, but hadn't looked at this much at all. My initial thoughts were it looked just like an Assassins Creed re-skin, with all the wall climbing and drop attacks. And I heard the ending is a crappy mini-game?

What makes you like it so much? Is it just really fluid combat and a good ole-fashion fun time, or am I missing something?
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 27, 2014, 10:44 DrSquick
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 10:28:
And this is what's going to kill KS. That and their lack of desire to seemingly do any due diligence on any project.

I'm not sure how this was not expected by everyone who put money into KickStarter projects. Most of the projects I see on KS are innovators that have a neat idea, but no business or repetitive production experience. They have no idea the challenges of repetitive manufacturing. They think, "it takes me 30 hours to make one of these by hand, but if we invest $10k into an assembly line I bet it will take 30 minutes each unit!" Then I imagine they get their first KS money and start pricing out how much a PLC and proper automation costs, and they realize they can't even automate one station of their assembly project for what they asked for on KickStarter.

They probably thought, "an Arduino costs $40, I can program this thing in a half day, so a professional PLC is what, maybe $100?" Nope... I just helped a client automate an incredibly simple task on their assembly line; it was taking two parts and snapping them together. A human can do this in 10 seconds per piece, and for 50 years that's how they have done it. To automate it I had to machine roller ramps to align the parts, a set of IR gates to ensure the parts are there, four pneumatic clamps to hold the piece in, four pneumatic pistons to push the piece together, another two pneumatic pistons to push the finished piece out, and a $7k PLC to control the whole thing. All in all, I think this little task cost $20k to automate. So think about how much it would take to automate the whole assembly of one of these complex KS projects; millions.

I would want to see a detailed time and motion analysis of the production plan for these projects before ever investing a cent into them. I would want to see that the creator figured out the 100th one he assembled took him 3 hours, his kickstarter will be for creating these three jigs, ordering 10,000 of these plastic shells from a Chinese injection molding shop, and training three other employees. Those employees will be paid $20/hr, and once fully trained will take 5hr to assemble the finished good. Here is my per-unit cost breakdown, here is my capital budget, here is my SWOT analysis, here is my "fluff budget" for when things go wrong, and finally you can see why this will work.

But if they put that much effort into it, they could get traditional financing in a heartbeat. KS seems to be the "lender of last resort" for people who have ideas but not the business knowledge to finalize their product.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
12. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 20, 2014, 11:22 DrSquick
 
nin wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 09:10:
Beware: Never Download “Codecs” or “Players” To Watch Videos Online.

Amazed people still do that shit.


I can see it pretty easily. In the olden-days the Divex codec was needed for anything. So it wouldn't surprise me much if I tried to open a video these days and it said to go download Divex and then it directed to a spyware site. I could see a huge amount of people falling for that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 17, 2014, 10:51 DrSquick
 
Julio wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 18:42:
I guess the rest of the Best Buy stores don't have Intel PCs on hand?

I just gave the local Best Buy a call, an i7 4790K is $70 more at Best Buy than on Amazon, with free two-day shipping. Throw in $4 for next-day shipping, let's say. Would you pay $66 in extra markup to Best Buy?

I just don't get how this could be in any way a good idea. The people who shop at Best Buy are the people who aren't comfortable with the Internet, or need something right this instant. Neither group is the type that would buy a CPU from a store.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released
2. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released Oct 14, 2014, 10:50 DrSquick
 
Playing as claptrap does sound fantastic, and the low gravity reminds me a bit of some Unreal Tournament matches/mods. But man, it looks like more of the same. And in today's era of Steam sales, there isn't any chance I would pay more than $10 for this.

I know this mentality is not great for PC gaming - I don't want PC gaming to end up in a "race to the bottom" like mobile gaming became, but when I have 10 games I haven't played yet sitting in Steam, I can't justify a $60 in any way. Then if I want DLC I need to pay $90 for the game!?
 
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News Comments > Evolve Alpha Testing This Month
3. Re: Evolve Alpha Testing This Month Oct 9, 2014, 10:56 DrSquick
 
MDB wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 10:15:
Because it's 1v4. Which is about as fun as it sounds.

Durr, how does that work? I could see it working a few different ways. For example, Golden Gun in N64's Goldeneye was fun, because one guy had a gun that was a one-hit kill, but was a glowing ball on the radar if I recall.

Another fun 1vsSeveral is DungeonLand, which is a Unity game that is a bit like an Action RPG with 4 player co-op as the main mode. But there is a Dungeon Master mode where another player is the Dungeon Master and can summon different monsters and traps, and is trying to keep the four co-op players from getting to the end.

Edit: Nevermind, the site finally loaded - it is four humans of different classes vs a giant monster. Sounds fun for a few rounds.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $56M; CitizenCon Friday
22. Re: Star Citizen at $56M; CitizenCon Friday Oct 8, 2014, 10:52 DrSquick
 
Elite definitely has my attention, especially after getting to try someone's Oculus in person.

Is there anything to do in Elite quite yet? Or is it pretty much just dog fighting? I'm totally a nerd, but I love trading and logistics more than fighting usually.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
40. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 14:57 DrSquick
 
That is an exceptional trailer! I am way too spoiled by Steam sales to buy something at full price, and that trailer showed absolutely no in-game footage, but damn was that an epic trailer! Reminds me of the goosebumps the old Blizzard trailers would give me.  
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News Comments > Big Pharma Announced
2. Re: Big Pharma Announced Sep 22, 2014, 19:48 DrSquick
 
Wow, I read the title and immediately assumed it was one of the super low budget simulator games like Farm Simulator 2014. But this looks very neat!

It reminds me a bit of Hospital Tycoon meets SpaceChem crossed with Factorio.

I know this type of game probably doesn't appeal to a lot of people, but I love me some business simulators!
 
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News Comments > New Oculus VR Unit; Carmack's VR Talk
10. Re: New Oculus VR Unit; Carmack's VR Talk Sep 21, 2014, 18:56 DrSquick
 
Dagnamit wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 17:28:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 17:16:
Screw VR, when can I download Carmack's brain?

I didn't know that Oculus were so deep in the trenches helping out Samsung's Gear VR. I can appreciate the desire for an untethered VR experience but I'm not sure I would want to strap a cellphone to the front of my head for hours on end. I'll let others be the guinea pig for that great experiment.

The big question is will the consumer version of Oculus be the higher res unit?

I don't think there's really a question that the C1 will be 1440p.

Silly question, but can computers handle that? You would need to be able to do 1440p at 120FPS to have 3d 1440p at 60Hz per eye, right? I normally upgrade my PC every 4 years, and I just did earlier this year. I also normally shoot for a ~$250 graphics card, but this time I went quite a bit higher and did a Geforce 770Gtx. But my understanding it that doesn't have a chance at even doing 1440p at 60FPS, let alone to two screens.

I was definitely an Oculus "hater" and thought it would be a passing fad. But I got a chance to try out a Gen2 or whatever the latest one is called, and I was extremely impressed. The new Half Life 2 remake/mod really engrosses you!
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
27. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 15:01 DrSquick
 
Am I missing something here? What is so exciting about a few new maps for the hanger? I watched the video, and it looks like it is just a room to store your ships. You log in, walk 10 feet to your ship, get in and leave.

Is it really a big deal if your hanger looks like an office building or the inside of a rock?
 
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