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Nickname Grokk
Email grokk@thehouseofgrokk.com
ICQ 36449305
Description I play Games, manage unix servers and write programs.
Homepage http://www.thehouseofgrokk.com
Signed On Aug 13, 2000, 23:56
Total Comments 180 (Novice)
User ID 6672
 
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News Comments > DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed
21. Re: DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 Claimed Feb 18, 2015, 20:47 Grokk
 
This is all great, but it's not going to help make Minecraft run any better is it?


Seriously though, buying a native 1440p 27" monitor was the best and worst thing I've ever done.
I gave up tinkering and shit long ago, so I don't have the time or patience to piss about with SLI/X-Fire anymore. I just want something that can feed a decent framerate to the monitor, and for developers to get rid of all the speed blur shit and the like.

Dropping half a $G on a card should let me play last years games at a decent rate, one would think.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 12, 2015, 22:54 Grokk
 
garrywong wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 20:15:
Wait, it was EVER legal to post nude pictures of someone without their explicit consent? Wut?

Well I'm sure it was always fine if you never got caught, but I'd be surprised if most countries didn't have some law to stop the average joe from posting anything explicit, let alone that of someone else.

Would it not just come under something like "public exposure" or the like?


Either way, I'm glad the gub'mint is trying to do something in this matter.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 9, 2015, 20:46 Grokk
 
I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that multiplayer on the PS4 required an active PSN subscription.

After getting rid of GTAV and my PS3, I got the game for PS4 only to discover that I couldn't play multiplayer without the subscription.
Very disappointing to say the least.

I'm nowhere near active enough on the console to warrant a monthly/yearly subscription.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 9, 2015, 20:42 Grokk
 
I was pointed to this yesterday and I was thinking the same thing about how much they're asking. For what they seem to want to do, I'd say they've underestimated how much they're going to need.

It does look very interesting however. Though I'd like a lot more information on the actual "game" than they've noted at this point.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone Undertaker Card Nerf
3. Re: Hearthstone Undertaker Card Nerf Jan 28, 2015, 18:30 Grokk
 
It seems all I ever hear from Blizzard nowadays is balance.
They spend way too much time trying to balance stuff, that anything else takes forever and a day to arrive.

They'd be better off pushing out more content, that effectively overwrites the unbalanced stuff with newer items/objects.

Just look at the mess that WoW is with gear. The iLevel is so far above the actual player level it's insane. They've reworked everything so many times that there's nothing left to be overpowered. Everything is more or less the same thing.

In the end, the min-maxers will figure out which item/object/character/race whatever is best and everyone will flock to it. Sometime down the track it gets nerfed, everyone complains and the cycle continues.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight
17. Re: Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight Dec 30, 2014, 12:29 Grokk
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 11:50:
Way to skip taking any responsibility for your actions. Pandering to the lowest common denominator for a buck in the name of "freedom" is always the arguement of the immoral. What next? An Auschwitz simulator where you get to stuff children into ovens for shits and giggles?

After playing Payday2 for the last couple of hours, I'm not quite sure where you're coming from.
Shooting an endless number of law abiding citizens and the police/swat and the like trying to protect them and their assets.
Honestly how is going on a rampage any different. I mean, just look at games like Carmageddon.

There are already many many games where killing innocent people is the majority of the gameplay. What does one more matter?

As for an Auschwitz simulator, I think it would be boring to play personally. However, a full fledged Nazi propaganda and war sim where you can partake in the atrocities of WW2 would be fine by me.
Perhaps you could steal enough scientists for Germany, so they can build a bomb to drop on a million Japanese women and children rather than waiting for the Americans to do it.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight
16. Re: Hatred Earns Steam Greenlight Dec 30, 2014, 12:19 Grokk
 
walrus1 wrote on Dec 30, 2014, 10:42:
great more fire to fuel the all video games are evil and needlessly violent crowd. Great job STEAM.

Yeah, blame steam. The platform used by millions of people for a lot of things other than this game.
How about you try pointing your finger at the developers instead, since it's their idea and such.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
1. Re: Sunday Consolidation Nov 17, 2014, 02:12 Grokk
 


"Happy 13th Birthday, Xbox -- Microsoft's video game brand is a teenager"

Hey look, the console is the same age as the people that play it!!
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
183. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 02:10 Grokk
 

Jackplug wrote on Nov 17, 2014, 01:56:
Always online wtf! Then again, it would be massively pirated if this wasn't changed. He really should of done this at the beginning, not at the end.


I get that the developers want to make some cash when the game goes live and on sale, but for what it's worth, didn't the kickstarter actually pay for the development?

I'm not saying piracy is a good idea since the game should technically have made back the investment cost, but using piracy as a reason for adding always online DRM for a kickstarter game is pretty weak.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
181. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 17, 2014, 02:06 Grokk
 

Disclaimer! I didn't bother reading all the comments.

This did however make me think of another single player game that accidently went online only a little while back. Man.. the rage that; that inspired in people was madness.
I don't get why anyone else would do the same after the fallout from the previous one.

Earlier today I was on the verge of grabbing another pair of 27" monitors and a nice stick to play this game with. At the moment though, I'm holding back until this shitstorm blows over.

The last video I watched about this game had assloads of disconnects which would frustrate me to no end. (Yes I know it's beta, I also know it happens to games when they're live).

Soo many games with login issues nowadays. D3 is a prime example.
It's just bullshit.

They should scrap the online thing, allow updates via a web service type API for the people that want to use it, and be done with it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 13, 2014, 18:30 Grokk
 
Perhaps they managed to triple the sales from the previous week?

Then again, are they even talking about actual sales, or just how many have been pushed out to retail to hopefully be sold in the run up to xmas, and if so, what is that in relation to? Is it the previous quarters output, the last 12 months?

Sounds like a bit if hype to get people onto the bandwagon, which will hopefully actually see the sales increase.


"OMG!! Everyone is getting one of these, you better get yours quick too before they all sell out!!"

 
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News Comments > EVE Online Deploys Phoebe
2. Re: EVE Online Deploys Phoebe Nov 4, 2014, 19:54 Grokk
 
This is a completely different game to the one I started playing in 2008.
With the new development cycle, pushing updates out every 6 weeks or so, things are moving quite quickly. It's great to see that they can push out small patches like these which do enhance the game greatly.

I must admit though, the new UI changes with all of your bookmarks showing up on screen can be overwhelming. It does offer more visually when you need to align to something though. Seeing where a bookmark is and being able to select it is quite brilliant.

Will be interesting to see how the changes to jump range actually affect things though. There was a lot of cyno activity yesterday, which I assume was people moving their ships back home again.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs
5. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs Oct 23, 2014, 11:42 Grokk
 
BigShot wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 10:04:
should be called call of unreal tournament since that's who they're stealing from...15-18 year old tech, wow exciting...im pumped? pfft!


Watching the video, I'd have to agree. Quake then UT both had this type of gameplay over 15 years ago. Looking at some of the people they interviewed though, I'd be surprised if they even knew of those games.
As much as I love fast paced, FPS deathmatch, there's nothing there that really excited me at all.
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIII for PC Announced
15. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIII for PC Announced Sep 18, 2014, 21:43 Grokk
 
Frijoles wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 20:02:
Isn't this the shitty version where you basically just push "A" until the game ends? Pretty movie, lousy game. At least they're trying. I think. Guess we'll see how good of a port it is before I say that.

I'm pretty sure it is the shitty version you mention. I was excited for it after playing X,X2 and such. I missed the XII version and was immensely disappointed with the XIII release to the point that I gave up about 5 hours in. To me, there just wasn't any actual "game". It was a barely interactive movie, with a shit boring story line.
 
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News Comments > Uncensored L4D2 Released for AU
8. Re: Uncensored L4D2 Released for AU Sep 15, 2014, 21:01 Grokk
 
I'm pretty pleased with Valve for going through the classification system again to get the game uncensored.
I might even give it another bash to see how it looks, since previously all I could do was run the uncensor patch which locked you out of most multiplayer games.

In reply to some of the other questions, it comes down to being governed by conservative politicians that will pander to the majority with their moral views. The media throws some shit out there about how gaming is bad, the sheep pipe up and start bleeting, so the politicians all go "Woo, if I do this, then the sheep will follow!" and all of a sudden you're in a nanny state.

I understand the cycle pretty well, through growing up in a smallish country town it was impossible not to agree with everyone else. Wasn't until I moved away in my early twenties that i got to see the world in a different light.
Most people never get that and continue on following through with their lives based on the influence of the same people around them.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 9, 2014, 03:50 Grokk
 
CairnBassetHound wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 03:29:
Grokk wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:05:
I'd really have to question whether 10Mbps was enough to be classified as broadband. If you're watching anything streamed in HD then 4Mbps is going to bawk and shit itself constantly.
With the changes Youtube made to the way stuff streams a couple years ago it's just about impossible to even buffer half a video so you don't get lagged to crap trying to watch it.

I'm not sure what the US calls it, but ADSL1 here in Australia goes up to 8Mbps, while ADSL2 is up to ~20.
I'm just thankful I live in a part of Melbourne where I can get 100mb cable internet.

Your ISP just sucks, then. I lived on 4 Mbps for for years until a few months ago; Netflix, Amazon, Youtube, all that junk, worked perfectly.


I lived on dialup for years too, that doesn't mean that it was actually good.
Broadband is about getting the content you want, when you want it. Just getting by with slower speeds and having to wait for anything isn't what broadband is all about.
Throw in the fact that in a lot of cases household will only have 1 internet connection, to service the typical 2 adults and 2 children, at 4mbps, if anyone is doing anything on the internet other than social networking, then chances are the rest will be slowed down to shit.

Finally, for what it's worth, in AU you also have to deal with upwards of 250ms ping to a lot of content. It's getting better of late, but there's still a majority of content coming straight out of the US and that's a fair distance from here.
With that said, this is about the "standard" in the US so maybe they should leave it how it is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 8, 2014, 21:05 Grokk
 
I'd really have to question whether 10Mbps was enough to be classified as broadband. If you're watching anything streamed in HD then 4Mbps is going to bawk and shit itself constantly.
With the changes Youtube made to the way stuff streams a couple years ago it's just about impossible to even buffer half a video so you don't get lagged to crap trying to watch it.

I'm not sure what the US calls it, but ADSL1 here in Australia goes up to 8Mbps, while ADSL2 is up to ~20.
I'm just thankful I live in a part of Melbourne where I can get 100mb cable internet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 3, 2014, 20:40 Grokk
 

I just did a quick "bing" search for "four chan", which I assume the uninitiated would think. The top two links were from the 4chan site itself and then the Wikipedia page for 4chan.
There really is no excuse.
 
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News Comments > The Carbon Footprint of Games Distribution
12. Re: The Carbon Footprint of Games Distribution Sep 3, 2014, 20:31 Grokk
 
I can't wait to see where they take this new information.

Next it will be that working from home isn't as 'green' as sitting in gridlocked traffic for an hour each way when working from an office!

Just imagine what "The Fappening" has done to the environment. I mean all that uploading/downloading over such a short period of time, I'd be shocked if that alone hasn't killed off 93 different species in the Amazon or something.
 
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News Comments > Uncut Left 4 Dead 2 Cleared in AU
9. Re: Uncut Left 4 Dead 2 Cleared in AU Sep 2, 2014, 19:59 Grokk
 
The R18+ rating came in for games January 2013.

This game however, I've had for years and could never really play it. From memory the main changes were mostly around the "no gore" premise. With no blood, no spatter and sadly and the most annoying, no corpses. As soon as you killed something, it would fall onto the ground and just vanish. It wasn't even a nice vanish like soaking into the ground or something, it was just hit the floor and fade out within a second.

There are a few videos online, showing side by side comparison.
I was actually gifted the game as I wasn't going to buy it with the censorship in place, and because of that, I tried a few times to get into it, but for me, it was actually unplayable.

I don't know exactly what it is about FPS games, but the lack of exploding bodies and such just leaves me feeling like something is really missing. It completely takes away the immersion in the game, and for something like L4D2 it becomes pointless. There's no real satisfaction at all.
 
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