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Nickname Scottish Martial Arts
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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 27, 2016, 21:44 Scottish Martial Arts
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 20:04:
Those Apple prices must be for the tricked out SLI CrossFired gaming versions, how much for just a normal Apple laptop that runs windows.

Of the new ones? $1500 starting price. The fully tricked out 15" definitely has some of the highest specs available in a laptop today but the price is pretty jaw dropping. I was looking at upgrading, but it's tough to pull the trigger on a $3500 purchase. I can try to justify it as "I'm a software engineer and I'm investing in a tool of my profession", but I was hoping to have that conversation with myself for about $1000 less than this. D:
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 27, 2016, 18:50 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 11:49:
I never understood the idea behind Mad Men. It might have been critically acclaimed, but it still tried to glorify a stupid drug dealer. I don't watch such trash.

You're referring to Breaking Bad, presumably. The drug dealer in question wasn't stupid, but he was prideful. And you know what they say goes before a fall...

Frankly, only a stupid person would interpret Breaking Bad as a glorification of drug dealing. An otherwise decent man destroys himself and his family because he was too proud to accept that by middle age his dreams of youth hadn't come to fruition? Yeah, that totally sounds like glorification.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 26, 2016, 18:55 Scottish Martial Arts
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 26, 2016, 18:41:
Here it is... omg such a reinvention. I haven't seen anything like this since Little Nicky transformed a Coke into a Pepsi.


https://i.gyazo.com/1c67b5963c6c79531497d9ca2d35f3cc.png

The hinge swings down, allowing the person to use it as a stylus tablet. For CAD and graphics applications this is fairly significant: what was once an awkward setup wherein you drew on a peripheral tablet while watching the monitor is now an integrated system wherein your PC becomes a drafting table on demand. I have no need or desire for something like this, but for the target users, this is a clear step up over the iMacs most of them are currently using.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 26, 2016, 18:02 Scottish Martial Arts
 
WaltC wrote on Oct 26, 2016, 15:30:
The desktop PC (I don't mean laptops, "hybrids" or other battery-powered abominations) is by far the best value going for consumers because (a decent) desktop is user upgradable and user-serviceable.

Except that users by and large don't want user-upgradeable and user-servicable. They want something that they can use while sitting on the couch or while on their commute. While not comparable to a modern desktop, a modern laptop has more than enough horsepower to serve the use of anyone who isn't a hardcore gamer or graphics/video editor. Amazingly, most people don't like sitting at a desk unless they have to.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
20. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2016, 23:46 Scottish Martial Arts
 
ShakaUVM wrote on Oct 23, 2016, 21:50:
It's different enough to be justified in calling it a new game.


I suppose. I didn't spend enough time playing it to get into the nitty gritty details of how it differs, of which I'm sure there are plenty. My first impression however was that this was a new art style, a reskinned UI, reworked civics, and reworked city building, i.e. districts and builders. Everything else felt like tweaks around the margins, and as I was getting close to that 2 hour mark, I realized I wasn't comfortable dropping 60 bucks on this.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 23, 2016, 18:36 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I bought, and then returned, Civ 6. Too much like Civ 5 to be worth the full asking price. All other Civ games felt meaningfully different from their predecessors, whereas this one felt like a Civ 5 expansion pack. A meaty expansion pack, but an expansion pack nonetheless, and I can't justify $60 for a game I already own.  
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released
23. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 22, 2016, 10:40 Scottish Martial Arts
 
MattyC wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 05:39:
I have never missed any part of the series other than BE.

Sounds like you didn't miss anything then.

I must admit, the bad taste left over from BE is the only thing holding me back from pulling the trigger on buying this. BE was *so* bad that's hard to imagine this being worthwhile at launch, even if the general impression seems to be "yes, it is."

Help!
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
50. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 22, 2016, 10:17 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Slick wrote on Oct 22, 2016, 02:23:
Also, I fly totally with KB+M, some pros use the keyboard, but they switch to the mouse for actually shooting, you can't accurately track and lead with a joystick or def not with the keyboard compared to a mouse, it's just the most direct input on offer.

Hmm, see that's kind of interesting because with flight simming, one of the first things you learn about employing guns is that you fly your airplane so that the enemy flies into your crosshairs, as opposed to flying your crosshairs onto the enemy. Typically, that means developing a certain rate of turn and holding it for long enough that everything lines up and you can get off a solid burst. For that kind of sustained, measured control, I've never found anything to better than a joystick.

Sorry, not meaning to be contrarian here. I just find it interesting that a control scheme that absolutely would not work in, say, DCS, is by far the best way to play in Battlefield these days. Particularly because in the Battlefield 1942/Battlefield 2 days, my old logitech joystick was a huge asset to flying the planes and helicopters.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
44. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 22, 2016, 00:29 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 22:36:

Nope, I have a full CH HOTAS setup, tried it. Didn't help one bit.

Huh, go figure. But if it works, I guess it works. I've never played Battlefield's air game competitively, but I have been flight simming on and off for 15 years now, and it's just hard for me to conceive of a keyboard ever flying an airplane better than a joystick.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
40. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 22:08 Scottish Martial Arts
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 21:41:

some of the more competent flyers in Battlefield just use the keyboard only, you fly in third person for situational awareness arrow keys for direction W and S for throttle A and D for yaw, assign spacebar for pitch up. Fire with right control key.

In BF4 there was the UCAV unlock tied to playing Air Superiority mode and you had to get jet kills, I tried all sorts of configurations but finally did best with just keyboard only. That was brutal, you had people just hanging out who had mastered the max speed for optimum turns and could wipe out a whole server of n00bs in seconds.

The extent to which people will go to avoid buying a $30 joystick. Hey, whatever works I guess.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
38. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 19:30 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Slick wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 19:14:

Even back in the Descent days, the competitive scene all migrated towards KB+M over joystick, it just offers more accuracy, and faster accuracy.

Descent had completely different flight dynamics than that of an airplane though.

Granted, the Battlefield flight model isn't remotely realistic but it at least mimics the way airplanes fly, which means you need to hold various continuous, analog inputs for different maneuvers. Carefully swiping the mouse a set number of times just seems like holding yourself back compared to pulling back partially on the stick for however long you need it.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
30. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 15:54 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 15:17:
Yeah, unconfirmed but I read on EA's forums that numerous large retailers and gaming companies are under a DDOS attack by bots.

Not just gaming and retail. It's a general attack on the DNS infrastructure of the internet. Any server that doesn't have an up to date entry in your DNS cache will likely have intermittent connectivity.
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Released
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 13:05 Scottish Martial Arts
 
So... worth a buy at full price if you've generally enjoyed Civ/Alpha Centauri?  
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 12:47 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 12:37:
Thats not what I mean. I know very well that it wasnt just trench warfare. But getting thrown into the game with everything developed already, not getting shown how much that war changed war, that is just stupid.

Ah, my mistake. I saw the WWII comment and assumed you meant there wasn't enough trench warfare.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 21, 2016, 12:17 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 12:03:
Quboid wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 11:53:
TotalBiscuit's comments on the single player have put me off, they seem to have completely missed the style of WW1.

Well, its pretty obvious also if you watch some gameplay videos.
Feels more like a mix of WW1 and WW2, leaning stronger to WW2. Fictitious.

Note: the Western Front from September 1914 to the start of 1918 was not what the rest of the war looked like. The Battle of the Somme is perhaps the strongest image of WWI which survived to present, but focusing only on the Somme neglects the rest of the war, and creates a skewed image. The Eastern Front, the Italian and Roumanian Fronts, and the Western Front in 1918 can be characterized by mobility, encirclement, infiltration, breakthroughs, and great tactical innovation. Yes, trenches were involved everywhere -- just like trenches are still dug today for prepared defensive positions -- but the classic image of massed infantry charges across no-man's land under withering machine gun, mortar and artillery fire is something that only applies to parts of the war.

Sorry, this is a pet-peeve of mine. If you're interested in a more general vision of the combat experience of WWI, and the tactical lessons the US Army was drawing from them in the 1930s, check out the superb Infantry in Battle.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Statement
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 19:54 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Grokk wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 19:22:
These companies are immensely profitable, and successful games which are the only games this dispute is about
The time has come to end the freeloader model of compensation

I'm confused as to what they're saying. On one hand, they want to freeload off the work of a *only* successful companies, but on the other they want an end to "freeloading".

Do you not understand what a royalty is, or are you being willfully dense to point out what you perceive as a contradiction?

I have no problem with voice actors being paid royalties, but I also have no idea what is standard practice for this line of work, which would determine whether or not this is an appropriate ask.
 
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News Comments > Nintendo Switch Announced
35. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 16:59 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Kabuto wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 15:15:
Bumpy wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 13:17:
Hmmm...connect a bluetooth gamepad to your phone or tablet and you, for the most part, get the same thing.

Or am I missing something obvious?


And play what? The processing power might be there but the games aren't.

It's an entirely different gaming market with an entirely different target audience leading to entirely different games. The fact that AAA console games aren't available on mobile devices doesn't deter the people who don't buy those games in the first place. I don't have the stats, but I would not be surprised if the iPhone is currently the world's most popular gaming device. At any rate, turn-based strategy, puzzle games, racing games, minecraft-style sandboxes, and adventure games are what are most popular on mobile devices, and most of them are not available on consoles or the PC.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Free Update 4
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 16:43 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 15:23:
I don't know what B's readers saw in this game.

Frenetic, fast-paced, movement-based, action with satisfying weapons, swarms of mobile, aggressive enemies, and periods of maximum tension that last 5+ minutes at a time. There were times where I literally caught myself holding my breath, the action would come so fast, and so intense.

What's not in the demo: https://youtu.be/BwAVoaZcN6Y?t=1m11s
 
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News Comments > DOOM Free Update 4
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 14:56 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Angrius Maximis wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 13:43:
My biggest waste of money game wise in 2016 was this turd

Huh? Best shooter campaign I've played in a long time. Multiplayer does suck though, I'll give you that.
 
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News Comments > Nintendo Switch Announced
25. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 20, 2016, 14:54 Scottish Martial Arts
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 14:30:
Pretty sure it's the latter. No one is going to want to carry around yet another device. I don't see anywhere that this can connect to the internet. Does it replicate other tablet functions? Is the screen multitouch? People will expect these things. And cartridges???

I'd be shocked if the tablet didn't have wi-fi connectivity. I would similarly be shocked if the tablet was not multi-touch although that functionality wasn't demoed so who knows. As for cartridges, I generally appreciate it when mobile devices have a flash card slot. Maybe you prefer the baked in capacity of an iPad?

Look I don't know if this thing will be worth getting or not. But I can say that basically everyone in my peer group of 30-something non-gamers is buzzing about it, just like they were buzzing about Pokemon Go. I can easily see this system being a thing, or it could be another Wii U. The fact that it's not a PS4 and likely has less powerful hardware is not what's going to kill it though. The seamless transition, or not, between use cases and ease of use being equally compelling in all use cases is.
 
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