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Nickname The Pyro
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Description Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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Signed On Jul 10, 2000, 20:19
Total Comments 270 (Amateur)
User ID 6134
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift $599
8. Re: Oculus Rift $599 Jan 6, 2016, 12:13 The Pyro
 
Ouch. At $400 my nerd-lust could just barely override the nagging "this is really expensive dumb idea" train of thought in the back of my mind. But I can't swing $600 - not right now, anyway. And certainly not on pre-order with no product reviews or information about game support.  
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday
19. Re: Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday Jan 4, 2016, 17:33 The Pyro
 
Placid wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 17:10:
About how much will the Oculus Rift cost?

That's the big question... $400 is probably on the low side, though hopefully it's in the ball park. The bigger cost is the fancy PC you need to run it. You need a beefy video card (GTX 970 at the minimum) because VR requires high refresh rates and renders two images (one for each eye) at the same time, so it's also more than double the number of pixels of a 1080p display.

Older games might not need such beefy hardware, of course, but then they're also less likely to have great VR support to begin with.
 
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News Comments > PC Final Fantasy VI Next Week
1. Re: PC Final Fantasy VI Next Week Dec 8, 2015, 20:47 The Pyro
 
My favorite FF ever! Unfortunately I've already played it so much that I don't think I could bring myself to do another run-through; there's just not that much character customization. Still, if you're nostalgic for JRPGs and never got around to trying FF6 then go for it!

I still listen to the orchestral versions of the music on a fairly regular basis. Some of Uematsu's best work IMO.

EDIT: Listen to Dancing Mad for example.

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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Coming to Steam
23. Re: MechWarrior Online Coming to Steam Nov 14, 2015, 20:08 The Pyro
 
For the record, I'd love a great MW single player and or co-op experience, too, but that's just not what MWO is.

For what it's worth, single player is on the docket for 2016. Some of the groundwork was needed for the tutorial, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 GeForce Tweaking Guide
69. Re: Fallout 4 GeForce Tweaking Guide Nov 9, 2015, 22:12 The Pyro
 
I understand the disappointment re: SLI given that it's a significant investment. But for me, the only issue mentioned here that's relevant is the mouse acceleration thing... which is inconvenient, but can be fixed via .ini changes.

That's a real head-scratcher for me, though, as I can't imagine their entire dev team plays with acceleration. Maybe QA or somebody made them remove it from the menu.
 
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News Comments > EA Financials
2. Re: EA Financials Oct 29, 2015, 19:26 The Pyro
 
For the uninitiated, GAAP is "generally accepted accounting practices". So non-GAAP revenue is when you use all sorts of strange tricks to cook the books
 
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News Comments > DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games
9. Re: DMCA Changes for Abandoned Games Oct 27, 2015, 19:53 The Pyro
 
Wait a minute... since when does the Library of Congress have legislative power? Sorry, too busy to RTFA  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer
14. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer Oct 23, 2015, 18:06 The Pyro
 
peteham wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 17:43:
Problem is, my OCD won't allow me to skip it when it's such a huge source of both story/background *and* XP.

LOL you and me both. I can't resist the urge to hack absolutely everything. The mini-game is kinda fun anyway.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer
12. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer Oct 23, 2015, 17:21 The Pyro
 
Some of those sequences looked really choppy. I hope that doesn't indicate that the devs can't get decent framerates even when showing the game off. I suppose it could also be a video encoding issue.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Luck Video
11. Re: Fallout 4 Luck Video Oct 21, 2015, 18:05 The Pyro
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 16:04:
I still can't get over the system requirements on the AMD side of things. I fully expect to see either a giant nVidia logo or 'Fuck you, AMD' splash on the loading screen before the menu.

The system requirements look steep. Recommended processor is a Core i7 4790? That's basically the fastest consumer processor on the market now, right?

I want to try the game but I'm afraid I'll need a new PC to enjoy it properly. I've been squeaking by for too long...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
132. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 22:32 The Pyro
 
I make a little over $100K and I don't have any of that stuff. Damn. How come your buddy is living so large?

A lesson for any young'uns browsing this board: cost of living is huge deal. $100k/year in Silicon Valley, for example, might buy you a cardboard box to live in. But in a modest neighborhood in a southern state, it's enough to live very comfortably while occasionally buying $900 spaceships.

Unless you have a big family

Family size matters a lot because health insurance is one of the biggest budget items for most households. If you're a bachelor who gets health insurance through his employer then you may not realize how expensive it is. For a family of 4 we're talking *at least* 10k per year, and that's with a high deductible plan that only pays out in case of a disaster. A nicer plan is more like $15k to $20k... if you're healthy.

Food for a whole family, multiple vehicles and associated maintenance, clothing for kids who are constantly outgrowing stuff, school supplies, extracurricular activities / sports fees and equiment, toys/entertainment/whatever to keep 'em out of your hair on occasion, cell phone plans for older ones... it adds up in a hurry. And don't forget to set some aside for weddings, college tuition (if you're so inclined), and retirement.

*shivers* and some families still have student loans to pay off.
 
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News Comments > Mighty No. 9 in February
3. Re: Mighty No. 9 in February Sep 27, 2015, 08:06 The Pyro
 
KS backers were given access to a demo version on Friday and I finished it yesterday. It was a positive experience overall, considering I only paid $20 in the first place. I've enjoyed working out how to maximize my score on the levels provided. However, I was a bit disappointed that the transformations were removed until the full version comes out. Since that's one of the core features that was pitched on the Kickstarter, I can't imagine why they decided to strip it from the demo.

If you can still get it for $20, and if you happen to be a Mega Man fan, it'll probably be worth your time. The game has been polished pretty well, but it's not exactly AAA in terms of graphical quality. $20 is probably the upper limit of what it ought to sell for these days.
 
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News Comments > Mighty No. 9 Delayed
9. Re: Mighty No. 9 Delayed Aug 5, 2015, 08:19 The Pyro
 
UPDATE: Alas, I received an official e-mail this morning confirming that the project has been delayed They said they need more time to fix bugs with online features. Looking at a Q1 2016 release now.

TBH I don't remember "online features" being part of the original Kickstarter goals. It sucks when feature creep delays the only content that backers wanted in the first place and which is (according to Comcept) already finished.

My only consolation is that I can look forward to similar drama playing out in Star Citizen world...
 
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News Comments > Mighty No. 9 Delayed
8. Re: Mighty No. 9 Delayed Aug 1, 2015, 20:00 The Pyro
 
For what it's worth, the preorder page on Square Enix's site still lists the September 15th release date.

EDIT: Steam is also still showing the September 15th release date.

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News Comments > Demons Age Announced
1. Re: Demons Age Announced Jul 30, 2015, 21:08 The Pyro
 
Queue trademark infringement suit in 3... 2... 1...  
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News Comments > Diablo III Kanaiís Cube Previewed
3. Re: Diablo III Kanaiís Cube Previewed Jul 28, 2015, 19:15 The Pyro
 
Still haven't tried PoE because the F2P aspect turns me off... I want to try Diablo 3 but Blizzard almost never puts their stuff on sale. I'd drop $20 on it easily, but I'm not curious enough for $40.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
30. Re: Op Ed Jul 17, 2015, 23:26 The Pyro
 
Let's do a Kickstarter!

$15,000 goal - D. Smart asks RSI politely about the money
$30,000 goal - D. Smart posts another dozen blogs asking hard questions about the money
$100,000 goal - D. Smart hosts a weekly podcast interviewing industry insiders about the money
$500,000 goal - Full blown Star Citizen awareness campaign. Facebook challenges?
$1,000,000 goal - Lawyers and accountants galore
$5,000,000 goal - Class action lawsuits!
$10,000,000 STRETCH GOAL - Congressional inquiry
$200,000,000 STRETCH GOAL - Just make another space game I guess
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Patched
36. Re: MechWarrior Online Patched Jul 7, 2015, 19:13 The Pyro
 
For those that are not already biased and have a genuine interest in the game:

1) P2W? The only "pay" advantage is receiving access to new mechs a couple months earlier. Sometimes these mechs are good, and sometimes they're... definitely not. MWO does not feature gold ammunition, or repairs, or any other mechanic that prevents you from competing at a high level without paying.

2) It's all PvP right now, but PGI does want to start working on PvE / coop missions soon. If that's what you want to do then keep your ear to the ground; I'd guess they're about a year out from that sort of content.

3) Gameplay is solid with a high skill ceiling. It's kept my attention since beta. But you need a fairly hefty gaming rig to run it smoothly.

4) I expect several more much-needed UX improvements in the next couple months (tutorials, mech selection interface, ...stuff...) as MWO prepares for a Steam launch. You might consider waiting until then if you're on a limited time budget. It'll help with the learning curve. I hope.

5) Complete weapon rebalance is expected in about a month. Another reason to wait, frankly, as all the weapon quirks you learn now are about to change
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Sales Disappoint
49. Re: Alien: Isolation Sales Disappoint May 11, 2015, 19:07 The Pyro
 
I bought the game during an early sale. The reviews were solid and I liked the first two moves. As a PC gamer, though, I was disappointed by the poor mouse options. There's no way to disable acceleration. I tried to muck through it using a controller, but didn't make it far.

Yes, it feels like you have to creep *everywhere* making the game painfully slow to play. Just wasn't my style.

Amazing atmosphere, though. I appreciate the attention to detail and the visual style of the 1st Alien film.
 
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News Comments > Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support
7. Re: Age of Wonders III Expands; Adds OS X & Linux Support Apr 15, 2015, 18:00 The Pyro
 
I own AOW3 and its first expansion, Golden realms. I've had a lot of fun with them (200+ hours on Steam). The campaigns are good but I've probably spent more time playing random maps. IMO the game has a lot of replayability because of all the different race/class/magic specialization combos.

Compared to Civ 5 there's a much bigger focus on combat (IMO) and on finding a good mix of units that can support each other. There are some *really* devious unit combinations, and the fact that you get to customize your heros (and even equip them!) means that there's always plenty of stuff to min/max. If you're into that sortof thing.

I still have not tried multiplayer... kindof afraid to after reading on the forums about the crazy tricks those guys have figured out already

Finally... the map artwork is beautiful!

EDIT: I think a big reason I enjoy AOW3 is that the game promotes being active on the map. The treasure site mechanic means there's always stuff for your units to do (in addition to scouting), even in the first few turns of the game. Half the strategy is squeezing every last drop of usefulness from your troops. For example, if you can fight battle X a little more efficiently then maybe you can attack another site in the same turn, earning additional resources.

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