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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Intel may turn to AMD for Radeon graphics tech licensing. Mar 28, 2016, 02:20 killer_roach
And between the two of them they still probably can't write a halfway decent video driver to save their lives...  
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Mar 19, 2016, 21:41 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Mar 19, 2016, 11:46:
It's called ROI. How much money is there to be made refurbishing old games? Some no doubt but enough to make it worthwhile? GOG gets by sure, but they also have new games. And how many GOGs could be sustainable?

Pretty sure a lot of it comes down to economies of scale - try to resurrect a couple games through emulation, you're probably never seeing your money back. A couple dozen? Maybe. A couple hundred? Now you're at least getting into the conversation - after all, if you only have to develop (or license) the emulation tech once for each class of hardware, getting to market with as much as is humanly possible seems a near-requirement in terms of making anything like that happen in an economically-viable way.
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News Comments > CryENGINE V Goes Pay What You Want
14. Re: CryENGINE V Goes Pay What You Want Mar 16, 2016, 06:41 killer_roach
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 03:45:
CryEngine must be a beast of complexity with fairly poor documentation according to info from many CIG behind the scenes features. I agree that it was probably the worst engine choice they could possibly make but that's what happens when you have a CEO who returns to gaming after a decade and just knows that Crysis looked cool and goes for it.

Anyway, I doubt that there will be many indie devs able to put it to good use due to the high demands. They will be using engines that will get the job done more efficiently (less cost, less time, less training, less support). It's probably also much easier to find employees who have experience with UE or Unity than with CE.
That's why I wouldn't exactly expect a flood of CE games from this move... unless what Yerli said is actually true and CE 5 really is a massive revamp of the whole thing but that sounded more like marketing talk than anything else. Guess we'll see...

Well, not really a surprise that they went that route, as Amazon Lumberyard already does similar (and that uses CryEngine as a base). Might be a case of "why pay for CryEngine when Lumberyard gives me all this stuff for free (apart from the cost of AWS for online features)?"
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2016, 01:24 killer_roach
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 23:20:
To be clear, Mythbusters did not prove we landed on the moon, they just disproved some of the contrarian theories out there. Namely that the ambient lighting, flag physics, and footprint preservation are scientifically accurate as depicted in that old footage.

Well, they also tested one of the retro-reflectors left on the moon by one of the Apollo missions... basically indicating there were man-made objects placed on the moon where the astronauts said they put them.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2016, 21:29 killer_roach
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 20:46:
Maybe if they add water to it like Gremlins....

No charging it after midnight.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2016, 20:37 killer_roach
ZeroPike1 wrote on Mar 5, 2016, 15:00:
Amazing, a dormant cyber plague on the guys Iphone. Words... not enough words to say to this idea. Yeah make up BS to get your way in the courts.

If it's dormant, all the better reason not to be poking at it...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2016, 13:12 killer_roach
PHJF wrote on Feb 28, 2016, 11:01:
I would say they can't heavily award Fury Road because in the end it was a thrill ride instead of a cohesive and thoughtful narrative... but they gave Gravity best picture, so what the hell do I know. Revenant was the same, albeit with more cinematographic gusto. Boyhood was boring as fuck all but in an industry now ruled by Marvel boots, reboots, and sequels, I guess you gotta give people chops for doing something different.

Boyhood was directed by Richard Linklater, who carries a lot of art-house cinema cred. There's cinephiles who will go nuts over anything he does, regardless of quality (and he's usually short on quality, but long on creativity, even if that creativity often borders on novelty).
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 23, 2016, 00:14 killer_roach
jimnms wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 18:04:
You're also forgetting that these VW engines already passed the emissions tests when they were certified and weren't cheating. There are many ways to clean diesel exhaust, the most common is to use an exhaust fluid which reacts with the NOx and breaks it down into water and nitrogen. The exhaust fluid method works and doesn't impact performance or mileage, and not much of it is needed so the the exhaust fluid only needs topping off during an oil change. For some reason VW decided to go with a NOx trap instead, which traps the NOx and periodically burns it off, but during this cycle the engine is less powerful and consumes more fuel. Then they decided to cheat and turn off this cycle to keep the engines from losing power and fuel economy.

Yeah, the urea (AdBlue) process works pretty well - it's what Chevy uses in their Cruze diesel (which, thanks to Dieselgate and the drop in gas prices, can be had relatively affordably), and what BMW and Mercedes use in their diesels (as well as VW/Audi diesels with six or more cylinders, although those are currently under a stop-sale order like their four-cylinder kin due to having the defeat device despite likely being okay on emissions still). Mercedes and BMW already have their diesels meeting EURO 6 emissions targets, which are actually somewhat stricter than those the EPA uses (for once)... also, for low-end torque there just isn't anything that beats a diesel that doesn't require being plugged in on a regular basis (the current Mercedes four-cylinder diesel is good for almost 300 lb-ft of torque - more than the eight-cylinder petrol engine in my car produces).
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2016, 13:07 killer_roach
Creston wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 10:39:
Something that VW was already planning anyway.

Jalopnik isn't reporting this yet, so I wonder how true it is.

Granted, not that it's necessarily sales opportunities. Keep in mind that FCA has hybrid/electric versions of almost their entire range, and sell almost none of them. Wouldn't surprise me if they're being pushed in that direction both from the US and Europe, however. (Somewhat interestingly, even their worst-offending diesels would have still qualified as good under EURO 4 emissions standards a decade ago...)

I'm a bit bummed about VW's turn towards full-electric vehicles, mostly because they have a lot of engine technology that not only could play nice with hybrid tech, but could be altered to be relatively fuel-efficient as well. (The W engine design, for instance - would be very simple to deactivate half the engine, turning a 600hp W12 into a 30mpg VR6, or a 300hp naturally aspirated W8 into a frugal four-banger...) I'm in the middle of a career development track that should be putting me in some degree of money in a few years' time, so I was genuinely hoping to buy a Phaeton when they reintroduced them to the US market. At this point, I'll probably have to "settle" for something like a Volvo V90 or an E-Class Merc - simply put, I don't have a lot of faith in a fully-electric car to spring to life in the middle of a Wisconsin winter.
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News Comments > Need for Speed PC Specs
19. Re: Need for Speed PC Specs Feb 20, 2016, 08:28 killer_roach
Julio wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 18:46:
I decided to stay with the prior NFS game on PS4, no need to buy this one. They even had an under $30 sale on this game for PS4 and it's just not worth buying.

Always online, always night driving - NFS isn't what it used to be.

Not that Rivals was much better... although either are still better than The Run, which I'll continue to argue was the low point in the franchise (excluding whatever that mess they released on the Wii was).
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News Comments > Need for Speed PC Specs
8. Re: Need for Speed PC Specs Feb 19, 2016, 13:25 killer_roach
Avus wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 10:56:
If you want to play a 2016 racing game with no in-car view, short list of cars, always drive in the dark and wet, rubber band AI, stupid story, Monster drink product placement.... this is the game for you.

I paid about $15 for it on PS4... that seemed about the right price for it.

The AI rubberbands, but it's not as bad as previous games in the series - the bigger issues I have are the rather limited selection of cars, the hilariously bad FMV sequences (seriously, who thought that was a good idea?), and the fact that completing drifting missions is necessary to advance through the game. The gameplay itself isn't half bad - it's a shame they make you jump through so many damn hoops in order to actually get to it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 18, 2016, 17:21 killer_roach
Blue wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 15:01:
PHJF wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 12:50:
What inspired you to spend $150 on a Logitech keyboard? Really into The Division, are you?

Well, it was only half-intended. For a variety of reasons I thought I might want one, but was (of course) hesitant about the price (and the fact that I'm not that interested in a third person shooter diminishes the value greatly for me). I pre-ordered it thinking I had time to reconsider before what was projected to be an April release.

Then Monday I got word it was coming Tuesday, and I decided it was fate.

Just ordered a Corsair K70 keyboard myself - was going between that and the G810, but I just liked the look of the Corsair better. Likely to be a near-record long delivery time for it from Amazon - despite the keyboard being sold by Amazon (and not a third party), has to make it here to Wisconsin from shipping out of a non-sort facility in California. As a result, despite ordering the keyboard on Tuesday morning, it's not supposed to get here until Monday. (Also showing the value of Amazon's sort centers right there - with a sortable package things can get from California to Wisconsin in a day to two. But when USPS handles it end-to-end, like they do with non-sortable items...)
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News Comments > Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week
6. Re: Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week Feb 15, 2016, 19:44 killer_roach
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 16:13:
If this port this well and it's not twice the price as on mobile, it could be cool.

Well, looks like (from the press release) it's priced 60% higher than mobile ($7.99), although the PSN release comes with Vita and PS4 versions for that price.
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News Comments > Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week
2. Re: Hitman GO: Definitive Edition Next Week Feb 15, 2016, 11:16 killer_roach
ViRGE wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 11:09:
I want to get excited about a new Vita game, but another mobile port?

Seeing how similar the Vita hardware is to the now three-plus-year-old iPhone 5, it tends to go without saying that it'll attract its fair share of mobile ports...
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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
8. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 3, 2016, 17:32 killer_roach
ksaun wrote on Feb 3, 2016, 14:02:
(BTW, I think this is a different Steve Jackson.)

It is. British author and game designer, not the American game designer.
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News Comments > Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released
2. Re: Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2 Released Feb 2, 2016, 20:58 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 2, 2016, 20:48:
This looks good for a tablet game, and I've always liked SJG. Anyone play it yet? Is there really a lot of replayability?

I've played them on my Kindle Fire tablet - they play somewhat similarly to 80 Days, but they do play pretty well on a tablet, and there's enough choice and randomization to make repeated plays somewhat worth it.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 2, 2016, 00:40 killer_roach
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 21:46:
Only 16 million? I find it amazing the number is that low. I figured there were wide swaths of the west which wouldn't have it. Hmmm...

There are - just nobody lives there
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 12:46 killer_roach
Cutter wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 11:38:
And yes, the Pro Bowl is weak sauce. The only reason anyone plays is a free trip to Hawaii. Hold it in Duluth this time of year and see how many of them show up.

The NFL doesn't have the balls to hold a Super Bowl in Green Bay or Chicago because of the weather - they sure as hell wouldn't for the Pro Bowl. (The only reason they had the one Super Bowl in New York was... well, it's New York, a new stadium, and I'm sure a metric crapton of money changed hands on that one.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2016, 10:29 killer_roach
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 09:57:
What about the fact that tackling causes brain damage? Personally I do not watch "sports" where violence that leads to severe injury is a legit unpunished tactic. For the same reason MMA and boxing are not sports, they are arena fights. On the same level as the gladiators from 30bc, just less bloody.

Tackling doesn't cause brain damage - what causes brain damage is hits leading with the head or targeting the head. You don't have the same risk of CTE in rugby or Australian rules football, for instance. Why is that? They don't wear helmets, and as a result are very careful about hitting with the head, or putting their head in a position to be hit hard (and if it is they get knocked out and taken out of the game, arguably preferable in terms of long-term brain health than having several smaller impacts linger).
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 30, 2016, 10:35 killer_roach
Ratty wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 12:03:
Pigeon wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:54:
Cutter wrote on Jan 29, 2016, 10:24:
When is it ever enough for the psychopaths of Wall St.?

Exactly; it's not that Amazon is a bastion of goodness in the business world, but their whole business model is built around providing good value to customers and continuing to add new and/or improved services. While those things take money and don't lead to as much profit as they theoretically could make, it does maintain a very, very large and stable customer base. Wallstreet isn't happy unless you're squeezing your customers like an orange, then discarding the husks to be used as mulch.
That's exactly right. I think the worst change we've seen in recent decades is an obsession with short term profit over long term growth and sustainability. A new CEO comes into a bank or brokerage, focuses on risky investments and mortgages, the bank makes a bundle, shareholders are happy, CEO leaves with a multi-million dollar payout, market crashes, mortgages become toxic but everyone's happy because the government bails them out. No one's looking at the long term growth of the company because the short term is all that matters anymore. A lot of it has to do with the consolidation of small companies into large mega companies. There aren't any family-owned businesses anymore. They're just another asset for a mega corp to squeeze dry and sell to the next comapny down the line.

The funny thing is that the reason why you see so much short-term thinking in corporate America was due to a change that was done supposedly to make companies think more long-term - the move toward compensating C-level executives primarily in stock options rather than salary. All it meant is they had to ride things out for the length of the vesting period for their options and little more.

(Interestingly, though, you're now seeing the idea of giving stock to rank-and-file employees as a partial solution to the problem of "I'm only making X while the company makes billions in profits" - variable bonus compensation and stock grants actually do quite a bit to allow for wage flexibility while still giving the ground-level workers a chance to be rewarded by their employer's successes.)
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