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Re: Engagement Ring
Mar 30, 2024, 14:46
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Re: Engagement Ring Mar 30, 2024, 14:46
Mar 30, 2024, 14:46
 
Diablo4 has a great campaign and the core level 1-50 gameplay. The five classes play different enough that it's fun going through level 1-50 at least two three times if not more. That's 30-50 hours easily.

The complaints mostly come from those who want to play Diablo4 all the time for hundreds or thousands of hours, just grinding to get better items to grind further. For them the end game above level 70-80 is boring. The main game doesn't even matter to them, because they only play Diablo4 to reach level 100 and start grinding. They don't want any challenge in the main game (till level 50-60/campaign) because it's only a nuisance to reach level 100 where the main game of item slot-machine begins for them.

Youtube streamers are all on that grinding treadmill because that's what drive viewers. Their comments are all from this grinding perspective, but then they are repeated everywhere on web forums and subreddits endlessly.

D4 sold 8-9 million copies. Even if 2% of them got it for grinding and 2% (of that 2%) post a lot online, that's still a lot of word of mouth about a specific way to play a game (endless grind runs). It creates a completely incorrect picture for a vast majority of gamers who'd play it like any other PC game, finishing the campaign with multiple characters and moving on to other games, and coming back off and on for major patches, seasons or DLCs.
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Re: Biz Buzz
Mar 1, 2024, 18:22
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Re: Biz Buzz Mar 1, 2024, 18:22
Mar 1, 2024, 18:22
 
ForgedReality wrote on Mar 1, 2024, 15:03:
We've proven offices are irrelevant, disruptive, and damaging to the environment. When are billionaires going to chillax?

I don't agree with this argument. There is a definite benefit of having people walking up to someone's office and discussing something on the whiteboard. The type of information and perspective exchange that happens in person is very different from the one that can happen online. It's especially brutal for new employees whose only interactions can be online.

The key here is flexibility. Setting up a rule is fine, as long as there is total flexibility in how the employees can come and go during the day or not come at all. Good managers can build such environments. Of course I am talking about positions where you can have flexibility in both time of day and working remotely.
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Re: Op Ed
Sep 8, 2023, 23:50
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Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2023, 23:50
Sep 8, 2023, 23:50
 
This article itself has the same problem it's pointing out. It never once mentioned what type of game Starfield is and the fact that it generally got extremely positive reviews with some outliers, or the fact that it's the most successful Bethesda launch ever. Instead, it's taking the internet arm-chair experts and detractors' voice, making it into the overall market's reaction to the game and then trying to explain it, when there is no mystery around such things. Games get bashed all the time and especially when they are trying a few different and new things, angering the 'why is the game same' and 'why is the game not more different' crowd equally.
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Re: A Tale of Two Games
Aug 13, 2023, 22:39
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Re: A Tale of Two Games Aug 13, 2023, 22:39
Aug 13, 2023, 22:39
 
Saboth wrote on Aug 13, 2023, 13:44:
D4 feels like 1/3 of a game. They focused on cosmetics and making money first, and everything else second.

Not at all. Diablo4 OOTB has the best and most complete gaming experience of all Diablo games, and I have been buying them since Diablo came out. The campaign is excellent with some really nice callouts to Diablo2 - some done in such a subtle manner you may have to play again to notice the build up talking about Duriel's appearance and how it was built-up within that dungeon with indirect dialog hints, creatures and graphic/sound effects. Besides Diablo2 influence, the overall campaign was excellent with very nice setpieces coming till the end. The side quests are great. Skill tree is awesome, and the leveling is interesting from level 1 all the way to campaign's end and credit roll. This should take about 30-50 hours, and more if you try alt characters.

Now if you belong to the comic book guy club, who only plays Diablo games, to get their slot machine kick, and for whom the gameplay, characters, leveling, world etc don't matter at all, and where the only thing you look for is how can you get the best item drops at the fastest rate, in order to grind for more highest level items, and for whom a game can be mediocre/garbage/incomplete/trash (pick your choice) after playing it for 100+ hours because it can't be your 2000 hour game, then sure it's right now a very in thing among such PC gaming idiots to bash Diablo, when even from that stupid criteria of success, it's the most content-heavy at launch Diablo game ever.
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Re: On Jedi: Survivor PC Launch
Apr 29, 2023, 00:21
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Re: On Jedi: Survivor PC Launch Apr 29, 2023, 00:21
Apr 29, 2023, 00:21
 
I am still not sure who is actually running into issues playing on PC. There's a PC gamer review which mentioned some occasional problems, but they didn't have access to day-1 patch, and still found the game enjoyable enough to give an 8/10 rating. There are some comments here and there by folks running 4090 and 3080, that the game is not consistently hitting 90+ fps, and sometimes dips to 40-50 fps. The day-1 patch has improved the performance on some of the very high-end rigs. I haven't heard about many issues on Radeon cards, and they released a driver for this game yesterday.

And then there's usual pile-on of bad reviews on Steam, by people who either dislike EA or Origin or both.

If anyone in this thread has suffered horrendous (Cyperpunk2077 on PS4 level) problems on any PC, I'd like to know. I got the game for PS5, mostly because of the pretty good DualSense support, but I'll get it for PC too eventually as well. Looking forward to it quite a bit. It plays fine on PS5 (HDR) in the first hour or so.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 19, 2023, 00:31
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Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2023, 00:31
Apr 19, 2023, 00:31
 
yonder wrote on Apr 19, 2023, 00:11:
As for experiencing it... watch a video. Read the wikipedia page. If you aren't playing it as intended... then your gameplay experience is 100% invalid. Talk to someone who only played Half-Life with a controller and see what they think. Their opinion is wrong, for a reason.

Playing Alyx without VR is not how it was intended, and YOU might be able to acknowledge that your view on gameplay is irrelevant because you're not VR'ing it (I don't know you, so who knows, might be able to, might not) but most people aren't, cuz people are dumb.

For the first part of your statement, I disagree. The gameplay experience is whatever I see and enjoy. It's 100% valid for me and for others who also don't care about VR.

I think what you may be saying is that if I butt into other threads where people are gushing about HL:A and how revolutionary it feels in VR, only for me to say that the gameplay is quite ordinary, then that's not a qualified opinion because I didn't play in VR. To that, I agree. But as I said, I can enjoy the game a lot in non-VR mod (orders of magnitude more than watching a YouTube video), and I can provide feedback to others too.

As a sidenote, there are some who can enjoy HL on a controller too. The strength of PC games has always been (from the 80s) to provide as many control systems as possible, and while some controls are always better for specific genres, if the game allows multiple control types, PC gamers have the freedom to use them. I know folks who played Sierra adventure games in the 80s with a joystick/keyboard combination. I have played Wing Commander games with keyboard, mouse, dual-stick controller and proper rudder/throttle/hat flight stick.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 19, 2023, 00:19
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Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2023, 00:19
Apr 19, 2023, 00:19
 
PC gamer article about the nuisance of live-service hits home quite a bit for me. I always feel bewildered seeing discussions on battle-passes, and even worse, the claims that certain games are undeniably bad because there's nothing to do after 50-100 hours of gameplay.

This is where, I think games like Diablo 4 can appeal to both types of gamers - those who want to experience the gameplay/story leveling up characters once, and those who consider the real game to begin only after taking a character to the end of highest difficulty and starting boss-runs and collecting high level gear (or battlepass rewards). Diablo games also offer enough variability between the core character mechanics, where even the campaign only gamers can have fun taking two or three different class characters to the end (basic difficulty).

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Re: Op Ed
Apr 19, 2023, 00:01
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Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2023, 00:01
Apr 19, 2023, 00:01
 
VR hardware is not an upgraded PC, rather a new and different way to play PC games. I am not interested in putting a headset on for the time it takes to finish HL:A, but yes getting it working with non-VR mod and seeing the story/part-of-gameplay to a reasonable extent with mouse/keyboard controls and on a good display panel, sound fine to me.
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Re: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Reviews
Mar 3, 2023, 02:59
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Re: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Reviews Mar 3, 2023, 02:59
Mar 3, 2023, 02:59
 
Darks wrote on Mar 3, 2023, 00:53:
If I wanted to play with a controller, I would have bought a fucking console!

You were probably not alive in 80s or 90s, when PC games like Wing Commander and Falcon 3.0 were played with joysticks, and no one complained. This moronic notion of how PC games should be played with mouse/keyboard is an invention of late 90s, when a glut of FPS and RTS suddenly brought new mouse/keyboard equipped PC gamers out of woodwork, who later ruined entire genres (and with publishers backing off) in which mouse/keyboard to this day, remains a sub-optimal way of controlling the game.

PC gaming is all about flexibility, and its strength is to have the best and most varied control, graphics and game-buying options. Forza Horizon 5, Jedi Fallen Order, Hollow Knight, to name a few work best with controller, just like Deathloop, Apex Legends, and Far Cry game play by mouse/keyboard. For that matter, Forza works best with wheels, and MS FlightSim or a DCS game pretty much requires a good flight stick.
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Re: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Reviews
Mar 2, 2023, 23:36
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Re: Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Reviews Mar 2, 2023, 23:36
Mar 2, 2023, 23:36
 
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2023, 12:09:
I suggest you play the demo first. the Mouse controls are atrocious.

Could be a fun game, but unless those issues are addressed you are wasting your time. It feels like they are emulating a joystick for the mouse controls. really, really bad!

This type of game plays best with controller anyway. I'd say playing it with mouse/keyboard is same as playing an FPS with a controller.
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews
Oct 11, 2022, 22:56
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Re: RTX 4090 Reviews Oct 11, 2022, 22:56
Oct 11, 2022, 22:56
 
phinn wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 19:12:
You are enormously clueless if you thought a single GPU generation would see gains like that. That's ~3 gens of gains you're talking about. Nvidia never said that, and anyone with any understanding of GPUs would never think that.

Three generations of gains?? The first link you provided is from FarCry 6, and at 4K high quality, 4090 is 40% better than 6900XT (about $600-650) and 6800XT ($550-600). 40-60% improvement is what we used to get and at about the same price for one generation. That is, until both nVidia and AMD started stalling, and keeping generations last longer and for much smaller gains.

It's a fine card, but the $1600 price completely ruins it.

To clarify further, this card is an enormous let down for me, because it performs about 40% better compared to a $550-600 card, but costs $1600.
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Re: Pentiment Announced
Jun 13, 2022, 04:41
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Re: Pentiment Announced Jun 13, 2022, 04:41
Jun 13, 2022, 04:41
 
RogueSix wrote on Jun 12, 2022, 19:59:
Yeah… huge LOL at the folks who were all gung-ho about the Microsoft acquisition and how it would help Obsidian make some huge ass AAA big budget mega games . Yep… almost.

Pentiment is a small-scale experimental title from Obsidian. They are however working on a big AAA first person RPG "Avowed" set in the world of Pillars of Eternity. Then there is Outer Worlds 2, which was announced earlier.
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Re: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Announced
May 27, 2022, 21:18
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Re: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Announced May 27, 2022, 21:18
May 27, 2022, 21:18
 
Awesome news! Fallen Order is one of my favorite games of 2000s, and I'd rank it alongside the original Tie Fighter and Jedi Knight as one of the three best Star Wars games, I have played.

This will be a day one purchase.
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Re: MS Purchasing Activision
Jan 18, 2022, 23:41
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Re: MS Purchasing Activision Jan 18, 2022, 23:41
Jan 18, 2022, 23:41
 
Dacron wrote on Jan 18, 2022, 22:26:
With Bethesda being bought out isn't Starfield confirmed to be xbox/PC only? I can imagine Elder Scrolls 6 following suit, at least at launch.

Yes, Starfield is PC/XBox only.
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Re: MS Purchasing Activision
Jan 18, 2022, 15:24
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Re: MS Purchasing Activision Jan 18, 2022, 15:24
Jan 18, 2022, 15:24
 
iD and Raven Software will now be part of same company!
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Re: Get Darkest Dungeon for Free
Dec 25, 2020, 17:25
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Re: Get Darkest Dungeon for Free Dec 25, 2020, 17:25
Dec 25, 2020, 17:25
 
It's one of those games, I never purchased because I wasn't sure if I would like it. Now that I have played it (just 20 minutes or so), it definitely has potential. If my interest doesn't fade quickly, then I'll get this game on GoG too, in order to have a DRM-free copy.

Epic store's free game deals are quite amazing.
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Re: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition on GOG.com
Nov 25, 2020, 12:10
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Re: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition on GOG.com Nov 25, 2020, 12:10
Nov 25, 2020, 12:10
 
Awesome development. I'll buy this for sure today. I am glad, I didn't buy it on Steam.
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jul 11, 2020, 11:42
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 11, 2020, 11:42
Jul 11, 2020, 11:42
 
I bought a new graphic card very recently - about 4-5 weeks back. My existing card broke in an HTPC on a 4K TV where we often play games and in HDR if we can. It was an old RX 470 card. I initially thought about waiting to see what the new offerings are, but most news articles pointed to both AMD and nVidia coming out with at least $500-600+ GPUs first. I eventually found a Radeon 5700 for $300, and it's a fantastic card.

Once that performance level is surpassed with good margin at $300-350, I may consider the new option.
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Re: Saturday Interviews
Jul 4, 2020, 20:15
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Re: Saturday Interviews Jul 4, 2020, 20:15
Jul 4, 2020, 20:15
 
She had friends who witnessed the attack and helped her in piecing up what happened. Then there's the nonsensical tweet exchange. Not sure why WaltC is getting so offended by these reports.

I feel sad when reading these things come to light. I was always a big fan of Chris Avellone, but yes few years away from industry will probably do good for him. Hope he turns his life around.
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Re: Evening Mobilization
Jun 27, 2020, 00:38
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Re: Evening Mobilization Jun 27, 2020, 00:38
Jun 27, 2020, 00:38
 
This looks interesting. It can serve as a perfect PC for running Kodi for a 4K Television, especially if you have a Plex server or WMC server (hosting old WMC recorded files). It should be able to handle simple PC action games (put a bluetooth dongle, and connect multiple PlayStation or XBox controllers), play Youtube videos and other gaming HTPC tasks.
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