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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
64. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 07:14 DG
So, any guest passes going spare?

edit: EU here

This comment was edited on May 15, 2012, 09:23.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 14, 2012, 08:09 DG
Rigs wrote on May 13, 2012, 02:28:
I've had a Samsung ML-2010 black laser
Yeah good printer except it jams. Best to have the paper tray no more than half full and it's fussy about the paper put in it.

I'm still using the toner that came with it - they actually give (or did back when I bought it) a full toner, whereas most places just give you a token amount.
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News Comments > Risen 2 DLC Already on Disc?
17. Re: Risen 2 DLC Already on Disc? May 6, 2012, 16:41 DG
I don't get it. On the disk, not on the disk, what's the difference where the bytes are stored?

I dislike DLC in principle because:
- I am concerned that content that otherwise would have been included with the game is being hived off for additional charge;
- Game design is being compromised in order to facilitate selling DLC;
- I dislike this "nickel and dime" approach.

On-disk DLC doesn't prove any of the above occurred. All it proves is that some of the development took place before the game went gold. So what?

I can only guess the outraged people don't have jobs. The way it works is marketing make a best-guess that a game will sell say $10m and the DLC say $1m so each is given a budget of say $7m and $0.7m respectively. If there was no DLC, the game budget is still $7m. What relevance is it whether the additional $0.7m is spent before or after release?

If you think that the time of development is somehow the important thing that determines "game" vs. "DLC", well it isn't - it's cost. If time was all that mattered it'd be free.

As for people annoyed that the "DLC" isn't actually downloaded... You're annoyed that they saved you both some bandwidth? Really?

There's plenty not to like about either the concept or the execution of DLC, but whether it comes on the disk or a subsequent download is totally irrelevant.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Open SSID's (wifi) May 5, 2012, 07:09 DG
Er, what?

Every router I've had for many years now has come with a unique password. Definately the Netgear I bought myself in the early 2000's and the couple I've been given by my ISP since then. Same for all the ones at friends' houses etc.

Is that just a UK thing then? Ours all come with a generated password and a sticker on the base of the unit to remind you what it is.

The dearth of open wifi is actually getting to be a nuisance here. Not so long ago most bars, coffeeshops etc would have free wifi (albeit some giving out the day's password with a purchase) but now they're all into some scheme. It's either BT Openzone, which you can get via a BT broadband subs or certain cellphone contracts, or a couple of other commercial schemes. The other day I was a stone's throw from half a dozen pubs and not one had open wifi.

Just seems daft to me. The cost even for a business line must be negligible so why not provide that service? I can't imagine the revenue for taking part in the schemes can be anything other than utterly trivial.
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News Comments > Saints Row 3 Standalone Expansion Plans
30. Re: Saints Row 3 Standalone Expansion Plans May 4, 2012, 14:07 DG
Jerykk wrote on May 4, 2012, 01:57:
By "ran fine," do you mean you got a constant 60 FPS?
Yeah I should think so, so I never felt the need to enable an FPS counter... (6950 running stock clocks).

FWIW I enjoyed the game, nice break as it felt like the devs decided "fuck it, lets just do shit that sounds like fun". So forget compelling storyline or anything but say hello to fun time.

That said I feel reluctant to call it a "great game". Great fun sure, worth the time & money definitely, but doesn't have the "thing" that makes me think of it as a classic.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 4, 2012, 13:55 DG
Bhruic wrote on May 4, 2012, 11:34:
Not even just having to pay for WMC, but they won't natively have the ability to play DVDs or Blu-Ray any more in Windows 8. You'll have to get codecs from a 3rd party.
Eh, don't you have to anyway?

I've not been able to play a DVD without having PowerDVD installed in at least WinXP, Vista and 7.

BR is the bloody farce though. Even WITH a licenced codec installed I have to play it through that specific program. This also doesn't work because my version of PowerDVD can't handle the audio encryption.

So I have to decrypt my legit BR to disk then either mount it as a virtual BR or open the individual m2ts video file using VideoLAN.

I swear these guys actually do not want my money.

BTW Vista was perfectly fine post-SP1. I never had any issues with it despite jumping into 64bit. Bit of a RAM hog if you look at the stats but the way it worked it never actually affected anything. The lauded W7 is Vista with a few tweaks, many aesthetic.

W8 is being panned for the UI. A UI that may be default but is optional and I'd bet nearly all of us will disable, so it's W7 with a few tweaks.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Weekend Operation
10. Re: Mass Effect 3 Weekend Operation Apr 26, 2012, 13:40 DG
The MP annoys me due to having to buy equipment via either credits won by playing or your credit card.

The best bit is, when you "buy" stuff (with either real or game money) you don't actually get to decide what you buy. You buy packs and the items are random. Amongst other stuff, you have a chance of getting one random weapon mod in a 20k credit pack which should take about 2-3 half-hour games to earn the credits for.

This wouldn't be so bad except weapon mods make a substantial difference, at least to a soldier class. In SP my assault rifles have mods that add at least 20% to damage and bypass at least 50% of armour. In MP these mods haven't turned up and it's like I have a pea-shooter. Oh, well I do have Barrel III for pistols, which I don't use, partly because the pistols I have found are crap. I did get armour-piercing bullets as a 1 mission upgrade thing and instead of the usual >25 kills badge I get the >75 kills one.

Speaking of which, where are the most useful soldier powers like armour-piercing, disruptor and fire ammo?

I'm enjoying the basic concept as a fun little diversion, but the above are really irritating.
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News Comments > Leaked Valve Employee Handbook?
21. Re: Leaked Valve Employee Handbook? Apr 21, 2012, 19:55 DG
killer_roach wrote on Apr 21, 2012, 18:10:
*sigh* Yet another posting with the same "four years experience required" BS... really getting annoying for somebody just out of grad school when everyone wants 3-5 years experience for most any position.
Congrats on the phd, a great achievement.

But it doesn't prepare you for commercial work. You need to be able to combine academic knowledge with commercial experience in order to put it into relevant context before it's expertise. I'd strongly suggest trying to take a route where there will be someone with working knowledge of your field plus commercial experience who can guide you from the academic environment into the commercial one.

It may be unappealing but large corporate (particularly banks and consultancies) are generally set up for that. It's common for people to leave uni, take the corporate grind for a few years then they get into the position of being able to do what they want.

Smaller companies, well you're looking at reporting to the board on big-money stuff straight off. There's not much room for figuring stuff out, they need someone who can deliver right away. There is the holy grail of smaller companies who specialise in your shit, but holy grails are hard to come by.

Think about it from Valve's perspective - they'd have no idea what you're talking about and you'd have no idea what they really need.

I'm sorry if I'm the one breaking this to you, but a phd doesn't walk you into a $100k+ salary, not unless you're really lucky or did your thesis on some new technique you've figured out for drilling oil or something. It does make the route a lot shorter and will pay off in the long run though.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:48 DG
For Skyrim, I just went with the maps with roads.

I have the compact hideout now, basically so there's one loot/materials/etc stash connected to all the houses, though I got that late on when I was just tidying up the missions.

Most of the mods seem to be minor graphical improvements with a risk of them changing the "artistic integrity" or whatever so I didn't bother. The HD texture pack is worth it but the other stuff didn't seem quite worth the hassle.

As for SkyUI, everyone using KB+M says it's a must, but using the MS controller it's not necessary. Yeah, seems heretical but personally I found the controller to be a lot better for Skyrim at everything except archery. I was really sceptical but tried it and immediately found it very clearly better.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:40 DG
For burgers try venison.

The lamb I'd be thinking about a curry or shepherd's pie.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 17, 2012, 17:51 DG
Um, one dead card isn't exactly the scientific method in action. Out of numerous cards from both designers the one card I've had die on me is a 7800GTX. So what?

Generally both designers are good bar the one blip of Nvidia's big whoopsie of a few years back, which mainly affected laptops.

Differences in hardware reliability are between the specific manufacturers, of which there's a range on both sides. Otherwise it's pot luck.
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News Comments > Valve Confirms Hardware Plans
26. Re: Valve Confirms Hardware Plans Apr 13, 2012, 12:43 DG
Seems pretty obvious it's not a "console", if it's going to be a platform it's going to run windows or else they lose the catalogue and require the same kind of developer support that MS, Sony and Ninty need. If there's going to be a platform it's going to be a Windows PC with standardised gaming spec. More like Apple hardware than Xbox.

Still more likely it's a plug-in of some kind though. Otherwise they'd need lots of staff, and why else "across a wide range of platforms".
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Weekend Event
5. Re: Mass Effect 3 Weekend Event Apr 12, 2012, 13:21 DG
I take it all this stuff is MP only?

Yeah, I caved on my "not Origin" thing :/
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News Comments > GTA5 in October?
28. Re: GTA5 in October? Apr 9, 2012, 18:36 DG
Same engine? :/ Maybe things were improved on a decent PC over the 360 (not from what I recall of the commentary around release) but...

What annoyed me about IV was how blurred everything was a very short distance away, like Niko needed glasses.

On top of that the console/engine often felt pushed just beyond it's limits, so you get this laggy feel. Not long after I was playing Burnout Paradise, which is a kind of racing game in an open city but graphics are really sharp with a good view distance and it runs very smoothly at 60fps. Of course there's a lot less for the engine to deal with (no people, for one) but one of the main things I remember about it was how utterly awful the feel of GTA was compared to this.
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 to Add 5th Class Via DLC
5. Re: Borderlands 2 to Add 5th Class Via DLC Apr 9, 2012, 12:52 DG
Verno wrote on Apr 9, 2012, 10:48:
It's going to be amusing when people go back to their old library in 10 years and try to play some of these games with a shitload of "day one" type DLC.
Valid point, but what games do you anticipate going back to in 10 years?
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 2, 2012, 16:00 DG
Xbox 720 will require an always-on internet connection as an anti-piracy measure.

Media pre-releases, maybe. Consumer units, nope.
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 PC Features
49. Re: Borderlands 2 PC Features Mar 18, 2012, 08:17 DG
Bought the first game a while after release and really enjoyed it.

Occasionally a bit of a grind re-doing areas under different quests (identical but for picking up some item, or whatever) and there's the typical levelling issues for an action-rpg (it's even worse in Skyrim) but overall A++++++ would buy again.

BTW you could turn the cell-shading outlines off using a console command. I preferred them on.
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News Comments > Portal 2 BAFTA's "Best Game"
27. Re: Portal 2 BAFTA's Mar 18, 2012, 08:02 DG
Skyrim might have missed out due to the way the eligibility works. Basically nominations come in by 3 November and any later releases skip the first round and have to be added by the jury.

I'd guess any games released for Christmas have a degree of disadvantage.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 9, 2012, 15:49 DG
I'm going to call BS at this point though it's not inconceivable that they switch to flash media.

They could just sell an SD card in a box, or make a bigger leap to downloads complemented by kiosks which are basically download stations to a USB3 stick. I would guess starting with the former and a gradual progression towards the latter.

At the cost of the kiosks (hardware, space rental and bandwidth) there's a few dollars saved per unit on the drive itself. And a few more dollars per unit average on warranty costs associated with the mechanical drive.

More significantly, it nets them the retailer's margin (I guess 30%?) and ensures the full library of content is available everywhere. And it could kill the used game market. And, they probably fantasise, could kill piracy.

And, if Sony's stuck with optical media, Sony may be reliant on retailers who are already fragile and will be even more so if a huge swathe of the Xbox market is taken away from them. Strategically, there is some scope for nuking their competitor's distribution channel. Of course that also means nuking the main channel for selling consoles and peripherals, and there's going to be an awful lot of retailers pushing Sony and saying bad things about Xbox.

On the technical side it should have significantly faster read speeds than an optical disk, removes capacity constraint, may allow potential for virtual memory and advanced DRM. Oh, and it's quiet.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 7, 2012, 13:50 DG
Why... Why would they do that?

It's idiotic.

"Play Store" sounds at best like a place to buy games. And the icon doesn't even say Google Play so it sounds like some third party crap that the phone company has dumped on your phone.
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