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Signed On Oct 31, 2002, 20:40
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Tales of Zestiria
3. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Tales of Zestiria Oct 20, 2015, 14:54 killer_roach
 
Brumbek wrote on Oct 20, 2015, 13:05:
30 FPS lock for gameplay, 24 FPS lock for cutscenes. NOPE. (And reviews are saying the game itself is outdated and messy, so those of us who demand 60 FPS aren't missing much.)

Quality of environmental textures just isn't there - they're practically PS3 quality. Character models are fairly good and well animated, however.

While somewhat inexplicably framerate locked, it's not really a game that needs a high framerate, nor is it much of a challenge for the game to keep at the rate limit at all times (I'm running the game at 4K with all graphics options, including anti-aliasing and texture filtering, maxed out, and the framerate just doesn't budge). Then again, at 4K most of the time you're limited to 30Hz refresh rate anyway unless you're using DisplayPort (which I'm not).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2015, 13:21 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:58:
Clocks not Glocks....Rofl...

Funny and Smart!

On one hand - concealed carry, you're doing it wrong.

On the other - if a counter-demonstrator tells you to go screw yourself, you're already prepared...
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
17. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 10:16 killer_roach
 
NasWulf wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 10:08:
If The Escapist was someone like the New York Times than I could agree with that statement but seeing how the xscape is probably has a legal team of one guy who was also the editor I would be very afraid if I was them with the financial backing that CIG could bring to a legal situation

Really, the question would be how it would play out in the UK, as their protections are quite a bit weaker as it pertains to libel. Supreme Court jurisprudence in the US has been pretty clear about extending Sullivan protections as far down the food chain as mere bloggers, and the recklessness standard that has to be overcome (in this case, at least) is significant. It's exceptionally rare to get allegations of recklessness to stick against a piece of long-form journalism, even if the entity publishing has a bit of a troubled reputation when it comes to due diligence.
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
13. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 10:06 killer_roach
 
NasWulf wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 09:58:
But you're assuming that The Escapist is considered a credible press organization protected under the law, which they have demonstrated on several occasions that they are not. Slander and bigotry allegations are quite serious and detrimental to whomever is associated with them. If CIG can prove slander to them or one of thier employees, freedom of the press will be meaningless.

"the First Amendment protects the publication of all statements, even false ones ... except when statements are made with actual malice (with knowledge that they are false or in reckless disregard of their truth or falsity)."
- Justice William J. Brennan Jr., The New York Times Company vs. L. B. Sullivan, 1964

Mind you, since CIG is not a government entity, the test they would have to clear is a bit different, laid out by Curtis Publishing Co. vs. Butts in 1967, which indicates the standard being for protection being that the information was checked and not "recklessly gathered".
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
8. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 09:53 killer_roach
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 09:46:
Going after the press (even the gaming press) in the courts is a little bit like committing suicide. Especially if the author & editor are standing by their original assertions and sources.

The lawyers will like their paychecks though. They always do.

Not sure about how it would possibly go down in the UK, but a lawsuit of this nature would go absolutely nowhere in the US. Being able to prove sufficient malice aforethought to meet the standards of the Sullivan Test is very tricky indeed (unless Roberts tries subverting it by saying that he and his company are not public figures - good luck with that).

The reaction also invites further inquiry - it's like they've gotten their foot caught in a bear trap, pried the trap open, and then stuck their head in instead.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
2. Re: Sunday Mobilization Oct 5, 2015, 09:16 killer_roach
 
Simon Says wrote on Oct 4, 2015, 15:12:
What kind of crappy speed test is that? Might as well compare an orange to an apple. Standardized tests, like Geekbench, Basemark, Kraken and GFX are unbiased and valid since its ( as much as possible ) the same code running on both machines without any human factor. The code also tries to stay as OS neutral as possible. Wherehas with standard applications there's always a lot of optimization involved. Look at all the PC hardware reviews from serious sites. They're all objective standardized tests, none of that manual input subjective and subject to human error as well as external factors optimized crap.

BTW: Here are the Note 5 hard numbers: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note5-review-1286p5.php

Just compare them to what the 6S plus will churn out. There, done. Enjoy.

Here's a comparison for example in the 6S review with the S6 and other phones: http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_6s-review-1314p6.php

( Those complaining about input lag, when below a certain threshold, it becomes irrelevant and so do those "manual input" tests. )

Also sometimes interesting to see which tests people tend to focus on - Apple fans will usually cite Kraken and other Web benchmarks (due to Apple's SoCs being heavily optimized for single-threaded code as well as extensive browser optimizations) as well as onscreen GPU benchmarks (combine a powerful GPU with a low-res screen and watch what happens...), while Android fans will usually more emphasize Basemark or 3DMark (more multithreaded benchmarks), offscreen rendering tests (level the resolution playing field) or battery tests with Basemark or GFXBench (while the iPhone has top-tier battery life for web browsing - thanks to their engineering focus cited above - get the SoC to flex its muscles a bit and the battery life suffers).
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 29, 2015, 23:11 killer_roach
 
Bill Borre wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 20:15:
It sounds like Amazon is just trying to compete with UPS. I don't know how that will go for them.

Very different sort of model. This is more of a "last mile" sort of service, more comparable to local couriers than anything due to the lack of node-to-node sortation and shipment. Much closer to what your typical pizza delivery boy does than what UPS is doing.

(That being said, this isn't the first time Amazon has used an arrangement like this - they have contracted with couriers, some of whom operate by bicycle and moped, to deliver packages from fulfillment centers in India.)
 
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Kickstarter
31. Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 18:53 killer_roach
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 18:38:
I said virtual goods. I understand that shipping physical goods here costs money. And while I don't agree with how my government devalues our currency there's little I can do about it. A copy of software is a whole different ball of wax however. They have regional pricing for every other country...except us, so hell no.

In all fairness, this exchange rate is closer to historical norms (still remember in high school when the exchange rate was basically 2:1...). Most any country with exports based around oil is getting their currency values hammered right now - some, like the currencies in Norway, Russia, and Brazil, make the Loonie seem practically stable in comparison.
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: etc. Sep 29, 2015, 16:49 killer_roach
 
Fion wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 14:11:
Haha the funny thing is he has no idea that the e-sports gamers at the top of their field are virtual rock stars in Asia (and have ever-growing popularity in the west) worth millions of dollars and are surrounded by young, beautiful women.

That or he knows and he's bitter about the fact that today you can be successful in a competitive environment without sucking up to frat bros.
 
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News Comments > BATTLETECH Kickstarter
26. Re: BATTLETECH Kickstarter Sep 29, 2015, 16:46 killer_roach
 
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2015, 15:33:
Since Kickstarter decided to go with a brilliant payment processor that seems to not comprehend the existence of a Discover credit card, I have been unable to KS anything.

I'd back this, but alas.

Yeah, not entirely sure what was wrong with Amazon Payments for them to go with a new processor... doesn't affect me much, but still...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 28, 2015, 12:42 killer_roach
 
panbient wrote on Sep 28, 2015, 10:33:
Even better!!! Variable scroll speed!

WOOOooooooo.....

Somehow that's apparently a higher demand than something like online play.

Keep in mind that a lot of Rock Band diehards came to music games from the Bemani scene - variable scroll speed is pretty much just expected out of a Japanese or Korean rhythm game. Personally I always took more of a "set and forget" approach to scroll speeds, but it was rare that I'd ever look at the scroll speed for a music game and go "yep, that's just where I want it".
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 21, 2015, 10:30 killer_roach
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 21, 2015, 10:19:
I just thought it was a pathetic bundle. "Buy this video card, get a $10 skin for a character you probably got unlocked from owning a Diablo 3!"

It's the "You really should've bought a 970!" bundle.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2015, 13:33 killer_roach
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 15, 2015, 12:36:
San Fran?!? Ah, the language of the non-local or 'never been there'. Don't get me started on 'Frisco'.

Personally I'd just use SFO, but maybe that's habits from work catching up with me.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed: No Paid DLC or Microtransactions
4. Re: Need for Speed: No Paid DLC or Microtransactions Sep 15, 2015, 12:35 killer_roach
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 15, 2015, 11:51:
It could also mean that EA expects this to be a flop already.

My guess is they saw the sales trend for Rivals, and realized that quite a few people were waiting for the Complete Edition, then those buyers came to the conclusion that, since they've waited that long, they could wait for a sale on that edition as well (I ended up picking it up from a Black Friday sale at Walmart for $15 last year - was well worth it at that price, although I probably wouldn't have paid much more than $30 for it).
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 14, 2015, 22:06 killer_roach
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Sep 14, 2015, 21:21:
What!? Dead Space... the mobile game? Wow how the mighty have fallen. Dead Space 1 was great, and Dead Space 2 is literally one of my favorite games, all time.

The mobile game's pretty old - came out before Dead Space 2, if I recall correctly. Wasn't too bad for an early attempt at a smartphone FPS, but the slow pacing really doesn't suit the platform.
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed PC Needs More Time
2. Re: Need for Speed PC Needs More Time Sep 14, 2015, 13:06 killer_roach
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 14, 2015, 12:56:
Better late than Arkham Knight, although EA's track record says they'd happily hand out a busted game and won't ever fix it.

Nah, the EA way for PC releases is to get it working on hardware at the moment it's released, but not care at all about supporting any hardware or OS releases after that.

...the not patching, though, is pretty much true (although sometimes they'll throw out a token compatibility fix just before they mothball a title - looking at NFS Carbon's patch to support Vista).
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
6. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 13, 2015, 18:46 killer_roach
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 13, 2015, 14:25:
NAND are only going to get smaller and cheaper to produce. They absolutely will become cheaper than HDD.

That being said, mechanical hard drives are continually becoming cheaper to produce as well, and even some of the more newer mechanical drive tech can have its costs offset by the fact that they enable absolutely monstrous capacity. They'll likely have to get NAND down to about 7 nm processes just to crack $100 a terabyte, and that's a pretty daunting task.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Indie Piñatas
12. Re: GOG.com Indie Piñatas Sep 12, 2015, 19:22 killer_roach
 
I was going to pass it up, but I decided that since I got a payout from Project Cars recently I'd buy two pinatas.

Got The Blackwell Bundle and Spelunky.

Not bad, although I had all of them but one of the Blackwell games on Steam already.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Sep 11, 2015, 19:01 killer_roach
 
Wallshadows wrote on Sep 11, 2015, 16:05:
Huh, just checked Steam and noticed the pre-purchase for XCOM 2 is $80CDN.

Mind you, at current exchange rates $80CDN is $60US...
 
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News Comments > Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Plans
6. Re: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen PC Plans Sep 8, 2015, 18:16 killer_roach
 
harlock wrote on Sep 8, 2015, 17:50:
yeh this one is good, played the very first for a while back on PS3

its a bit like demons souls in the "hardcore-ness", but its not nearly as sadistic

combat is really good too

I'd think of it more as a cross between Demon's Souls and Monster Hunter, actually.
 
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