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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 1, 2013, 02:34 PropheT
The PS4 interface they showed at the reveal looked a lot like the current store you see on the PS3, which sort of reminds me of the ad-covered TV screens they had in Idiocracy.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 27, 2013, 20:40 PropheT
What a great set of stories.

But if the research is still being debated, with nothing definitive found, then why are so many scientists and pundits on both sides acting like we have a verdict?

Because if we keep looking and not finding anything after a decade or more of searching, then either it's not there or we're only finding it in specific cases because we're so focused and determined to find something that it's being created to say a result was there, however inconclusive...

..which, as the other story points out, may be because public opinion sways the argument by being so sure there must be something wrong; due in no small part to being repeatedly bombarded with the idea that there is a connection, despite there being no actual evidence.

It's like one side points at research to say there's not a major issue, then the other side makes them look again because gosh darn it, there must be a problem there, everyone already knows there is.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 27, 2013, 20:19 PropheT
I'd guess that people want it, they just can't afford to pay $200 or whatever ridiculous amount a month they charge to get it.

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News Comments > AMD's Hair-Raising Tech
16. Re: AMD's Hair-Raising Tech Feb 26, 2013, 13:12 PropheT
wtf_man wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 10:06:
So, this is what they're concentrating on? Hair?

Sorry, I don't need Movie CG quality hair in my games to be immersed. I'd rather see a much higher quality FXAA (like TXAA) that works on any game engine without developers having to code anything, especially for the cruddy ports that don't have any AA options. Set it once in the drivers, and forget it. FXAA injection helps some... but it's still crap for the most part.

It's stuff like this that moves things forward, whether it's a plugin like Havok or SpeedTree or's things like this that start showing up in various games over time that make them more lifelike.

FXAA injection is just putting FXAA post processing effects where they weren't in the first place, so it's entirely dependent on the game whether or not this is even an issue. It's not the sort of thing you could just turn on in the drivers, it already is... if the software you're running supports what the drivers do.

And in this particular case, it might be worth pointing out that the PC version of Tomb Raider does have graphics options that aren't in the console counterparts (they've said increased tesselation, post-filter effects like what you're talking about so an injector wouldn't be necessary anyway, and so on). I'd also be more than willing to bet that people will notice a persistent physics effect in a game well before they'll differentiate between various post-processing methods in use in the graphics engine as long as it looks good either way.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 26, 2013, 00:34 PropheT
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 00:22:
Netflix: We’re Only Doing One Season Of Arrested Development. Thanks nin.

Watched all the eps on Amazon a while that no longer possible? (Amazon Prime is awesome)

They're still there on Amazon; this is just talking about the new season that Netflix is going to have.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 26, 2013, 00:32 PropheT
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 00:20:
Cutter wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 22:36:
The economy is likely to get worse so counting on increased sales, particularly at increased prices is pretty laughable right now.

All throughout time, entertainment is the 1 thing that stays constant no matter the economy. The idea is people need to have fun no matter what. They need that escape.

That's true to a point, but that doesn't mean video game sales are immune. Most indicators from the last couple of years would say it's not. A price increase is just as likely to send people to more easily attainable entertainment methods as it is to get people to spend the extra cash on games, anyway. People will always spend money on entertainment, but they won't dump money into luxury entertainment like video games when they're on a tight budget.

Trevellian wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 21:31:
I used to buy far more games during the Xbox/PS2 generation because they were 50 dollars.

I don't know that I bought far more games, personally, but I took a chance on a lot more games that I wasn't sure about. At $69, if they hit that mark, the odds of me buying anything that's not a sure bet while it's at or near that price are virtually zero.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
17. Re: More Big Picture Details Feb 24, 2013, 21:17 PropheT
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 24, 2013, 20:15:
JohnBirshire wrote on Feb 24, 2013, 18:19:
I loved Skyrim and finished 70% of the content or so. Finished main quest, mages guild, dark brotherhood, and companions. The game got incredibly boring though when you were so powerful you could tear every enemy up in two seconds on hardest difficulty, so didn't get around to finishing imperials vs locals or the thieves guild. Does Dragonborn make the game any more challenging?


Mods definitely fix that, but one thing to consider is that most of them of that nature require a fresh game start to really work. I agree it's the way to go, and I enjoy them a lot myself, but it's not a solution unless someone is willing to completely restart a very, very long game to do it.
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News Comments > Tomb Raider PC Details; Specs
13. Re: Tomb Raider PC Details; Specs Feb 22, 2013, 15:25 PropheT
PHJF wrote on Feb 22, 2013, 12:49:
Lookin' at you Dark Souls.

Definitely would have bought that (again) had they put even minimal effort into port.

Get the graphics patch that the community put out and it's the best version of the game. It sucks that they didn't do it themselves, but the good thing about PC games is that it's not the end of the story.
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News Comments > Tomb Raider PC Details; Specs
7. Re: Tomb Raider PC Details; Specs Feb 22, 2013, 12:40 PropheT
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Feb 22, 2013, 12:00:
Already preordered. Looking forward to it.

Me too. I haven't been gaming much for a few months now, but I've been looking forward to it for a long time and I'm pretty confident it'll break my game slump.
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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock 2 Announced
29. Re: Legend of Grimrock 2 Announced Feb 21, 2013, 19:37 PropheT
deqer wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 17:22:
How is it you feel that the lifetime of a game should be only 2 years? Why should someone move onto LoG 2 just because your business needs to survive constantly? Not our problem the business needs to keep 10 people employed with salaries or whatever.

If LoG is so great, then it's the kind of game that goes for 10 years or more. ESPECIALLY SINCE A LEVEL EDITOR WAS RELEASED.


A better question is why you think they should continue with updating and adding to a completed game instead of making a new one when there's little to no benefit to be gained from doing so.

2 years for the lifetime of a game is longer than most games get from bigger publishers. It's well longer than the majority of a game's players are actually around for, too, especially a game tailored more for a hardcore crowd that tends to migrate from game to game more frequently than casual people do.

A level editor means they don't have to keep supporting the game, it means the community can work on and make changes and add to it in a way that they'd never be able to do themselves. Look what Skyrim grew into on PC because of its mod community entirely alongside, or even in spite of, the DLC that Bethesda has released officially.

And if none of that matters at all, it might just be a good idea to remember that businesses exist to make money and them doing something to achieve that goal doesn't make them "fucktards" at all.
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News Comments > Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO
19. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 19:21 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 17:33:
IGN has actually improved quite a bit.

I haven't really seen any evidence of that, unless Kotaku outpacing them in dumbassery for hits means something. 90% of what they do is hyping whatever buys their ad space and reviewing it according to how much hype it got. When they more or less ran off all of the old forum posters a year or two back now there's just been no reason to even go there.

To be fair, though, Blue's is the only gaming site I even frequent anymore. When the hand-wringing drama that goes with every single gaming forum starts to translate into a site's news stories and interviews it just gets tiring to even try to read most of the stuff out there anymore. Maybe they're grabbing journalistic tips from Headline News, where they like to start stories with, "Doesn't this make you so mad?" or "You're not going to believe this" and manufacture some outrage with each of their stories to grab attention.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
10. Re: More Big Picture Details Feb 21, 2013, 12:21 PropheT
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 09:36:
“If your kid is playing these video games, you have to step up now. I beg you, pray on it if you want confirmation,” he added. “The only way we’ll survive is if we pull together as a team. Video games — for our children, not for adults — but video games are a gateway drug for our kids. And instead of a high, they get a numbness. They get an indifferent heart and a mind that cannot tell the difference between fiction and reality.”

You know, going by that description video games aren't going to turn your kids into killers, they're going to turn them into Fox News talk show hosts.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 21, 2013, 12:19 PropheT
Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 11:33:
So it'll be interesting to see whether EA and Activision continue trying to shove that bullshit down everyone's throat.


Yeah, that's the main thing I'm worried about. $400 tag for the system probably wouldn't keep me from buying it, but $70+ per game would. There's not much point to a system like that if building any kind library for it is prohibitively expensive, and even at $60 a game it tends to cut out anything from even a stable (and ample) gaming budget that's not a must-have title.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
35. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 20, 2013, 22:07 PropheT
Looks good to me, but there'll need to be more info to know for sure if it's a winner. Microsoft's follow-up to it is going to be interesting, at least.

The controller looks better than the rumor-mill ones that have been floating around, too. I'm still curious about any backward compatibility it might have and other things that'll make it worth jumping on it as soon as it comes out...I didn't see anything that'd make me not buy it, at least.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Feb 19, 2013, 23:17 PropheT
netnerd85 wrote on Feb 19, 2013, 23:02:
He also disses video games. Hard.
Really? I fail to see it. He's just dribbling shit about the good old days.

Yeah, pretty much.

Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered "yes" was... zero.

Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, "Can you blame them?" How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc?

Well, that might be because they don't exist anymore more in a lot of places. There's 0 in my area; every single music shop is gone, the last one that I was aware of disappearing more than 5 years ago. The only places to buy music around here are department stores and Best Buy's dwindling collection.

That was the lead in to his mouse clicks have no soul thing, anyway, along with a blurb against e-books for taking human interaction out of buying reading material. It's not that he's wrong; I hate my cell phone because of the removal of interaction that it has bred, for instance, but it's idealistic in a way that ignores the reality that what he's talking about may as well be drive-in move theaters and American Bandstand.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 19, 2013, 12:45 PropheT
Best Buy has already killed Best Buy for good as far as I'm concerned. The only reason to go there was the showroom items like TV's; just stopping in for a cable or adapter or computer part is either an exercise in frustration or bad judgment when they want $35 for a $5 HDMI cable or something similar.

Or when I was installing a hard drive for a friend at work and needed another molex to SATA power connector and they drug out their geek squad guys to insist that such a thing didn't exist, when most of the retail box hard drives they stock on their shelves and charge people to install come with one.

I really used to like them but I just don't go there anymore.

Hotmail going away could suck. I hope I can change the sites I have that email address registered to without any trouble. Hopefully I don't lose all my email there with another conversion like when Microsoft took over in 98 or whatever it was.
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Feb 19, 2013, 12:30 PropheT
Yesterday's quote still strikes me as one of the most stupid comments to roll out of the game industry in a while, and I guess it shouldn't surprise me that a site chose to defend it. The problem with the Ars quote (as listed here) is that those sales of Call of Duty don't reinforce the point unless a good chunk of those 400,000 PC players are playing CoD on a controller.

If "Losing the FPS market" means not selling as many copies on PC, then PC is losing every genre's market except maybe RTS games and MMO's I'd imagine. KBM players aren't becoming less and less relevant, it's just a contrast between people playing on a given console; based on the same data used to argue the point, are we going to say that the PS3 controller is less relevant than the 360 controller because CoD sold way more copies on the 360? Or, more like the original quote, because the Xbox-exclusive Halo did? It's idiotic.

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News Comments > New WHQL-certified GeForce Drivers
12. Re: New WHQL-certified GeForce Drivers Feb 19, 2013, 02:47 PropheT
Atomic wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 20:06:
So far, I've been unable to use anything newer than 296.10 on my PC. If I try, any game I run goes to black screen, and I have to reboot. I think it has something to do with over-scanning the display, but I can't figure it out. Very frustrating.

Go into the Nvidia control panel, click on change resolution, hit Customize, and uncheck the box for "enable resolutions not exposed by the display" and see if that helps. If the monitor/TV you're on is reporting correctly that should prevent it from doing anything like overscanning, but your problem sounds more like a VPU reset issue (driver stops responding) if it happened even after a fresh Windows install.

Would probably need more information for anything more than that (3D, HDMI/DVI, Card type, SLI or no, etc.).
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News Comments > Bungie on PC Destiny Possibilities and How Nobody Wants to Play with Mouse/KB
14. Re: Bungie on PC Destiny Possibilities and How Nobody Wants to Play with Mouse/KB Feb 18, 2013, 20:47 PropheT
"We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people," Jones told them. "We limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game -- almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time. We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo 'cause nobody wants to."

You know, after pointing those out, those are pretty much the worst things about every shooter using that formula in the last 10 years.

As far as no one wanting to play with a mouse and keyboard, that's just idiotic. "You cannot possibly be serious" is about the only thing I can come up with as a response. Playing shooters with a controller is an exercise in frustration to anyone who's used to the more precise controls offered with a keyboard/mouse... it's something you use if there's no better option, not because it's the best solution out there. Especially coming from a guy whose games were Xbox/Xbox360 exclusives, no shit they didn't want keyboard/mouse. It wasn't even an option for them to choose; that's like being told to choose between Navy Seals or Jedi when going to fight terrorists in Afghanistan. You're a little limited by the 2nd option given that little problem where they don't actually exist.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 18, 2013, 12:53 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 11:34:
I hit it all the time in presentations and Excel, plus I use some Excel and PowerPoint add-ons that exist solely for it.

Yeah, and unfortunately that's enough to seriously derail it in a business setting. I've set a few people at work, who didn't have another option at the time, up with OO, but Excel/Powerpoint incompatibility issues are so common that it's impossible to use as a full replacement.

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