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Tall dark, handsome. Compulsive lair.
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49.
 
Re: placeholders
Jun 20, 2007, 18:45
49.
Re: placeholders Jun 20, 2007, 18:45
Jun 20, 2007, 18:45
 
If ads offend you:
find out the host name used ie ads.etqw.com
Then edit this file:
c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
add:
127.0.0.2 ads.etqw.com

That should stop them, if they use IP's it's more complicated.

Also.
I recommend getting blinkers to avoid see bill boards will driver
Don't switch on you TV or Radio
Avoid all the arseholes that give free advertising by wearing overpriced clothes with big logos.

Alternatively you could just ignore all adverts everyone like most sane people do.

106.
 
Over reacting bunch of idiots.
Jun 20, 2007, 05:57
Over reacting bunch of idiots. Jun 20, 2007, 05:57
Jun 20, 2007, 05:57
 
So what if the lorry in the street in the urban map has a real product on the side of it instead of fake Acme type thing.
So what if a bill board on a street or poster in a room has a real product instead of a fake one.
The statement from Splash Damage it sounds like there is an ad in the beta somewhere - I haven't noticed it in my 4 hours of playing.
If posters, bill boards and the side of some lorry have real products is it going to hurt me? damage me? cheapen me someone?
Get real people, if those ads provide finance for on going maintenance of the game and it's stats servers plust future extras etc then I see no problem.
The choice is subscription gaming - now that idea I hate!! I play games when I like, not because I want to justify the fact I've paid for 3 months or whatever.

Static images in sensible places are not as bad as all the 'flash' ads all over the net, including this site - that's by I use Firefox with Adblock - animated ads are distracting and I would never support them in a game (unless maybe it was a TV shop in a high street and the TV's played an ad, that would be in keeping with a modern high street - wouldn't bother me ).

Given the utter hate for adverts here - I will be very disappointed tonight if the evening news doesn't have a story on mass vandalism of Advertising Boards and Lorries barring Adverts on their sides. Come on people stop being hypocrites.
All those wearing clothing with a visible brand name should STFU now (unless You were actually paid to wear the garment ).


23.
 
Not complaining
Jun 19, 2007, 15:06
23.
Not complaining Jun 19, 2007, 15:06
Jun 19, 2007, 15:06
 
Splash Damage and id don't have the inferstructure to manager a controlled release with passwords and signin's etc let alone the bandwidth for 60,000 to download 800mb each in the space of a few days.
So logically choice is to team up with someone that handles that type of thing all the time.
In return fileplanet get to say New Yearly subscribers get it a today ( ME and enjoying it ) existing subscribers start getting their keys tomorrow and thursday, then by the weekend the remaining 30,000 keys will go to anyone signed up for it and signed up with FP (ie free subscripters as in no charge)

Splash Damage and id won't get a penny from this but will get a ton of data and feedback, it doesn't matter if 80% of the people playing don't report anything anywhere - they data from the server logs will still be usefull.

7.
 
Ploy
Jun 12, 2007, 12:05
7.
Ploy Jun 12, 2007, 12:05
Jun 12, 2007, 12:05
 
I clever MS ploy - twice as many people will buy the games now thinking they can run them on XP - then, oh, sorry guys, it's all a pile of crap - you will have to buy Vista and upgrade your hardware to run those games you bought

I hope no one falls for it. I'd love MS's first Vista only games to be complete flops, just to prove to MS that adding a little translucency to the desktop is not enough to justify such high minimum spec for Vista to run half decent!

Besides all the really gullible suckers out their have already fallen for the MS hype and bought Vista already.

10.
 
Re: No subject
Jun 8, 2007, 16:54
10.
Re: No subject Jun 8, 2007, 16:54
Jun 8, 2007, 16:54
 
When did PC gamers become so reluctant to admit that their systems won't always be able to run cutting-edge games?

When it also meant a FORCED upgrade of the OS - Vista today is a waste of money, time and computer resources.
When we all run 3-4ghz multi core machines with 4gb as standard memory and all have 2nd or 3rd generation DX10 video cards then it won't matter if you run Vista(with service pack2) - but to today it does.

This comment was edited on Jun 8, 16:55.
64.
 
Re: Not this world
May 25, 2007, 18:50
64.
Re: Not this world May 25, 2007, 18:50
May 25, 2007, 18:50
 
Biggest causes more war and violence:
1st: Religion
2nd: Politics

Big cause for laughter:
Someone mooning

I guess it's right that more posts argue about the serious topics of the world gone wrong.

On the other hand it's Gaming Forum - Get over it or take it else where.

Yes, America's leaders, political and religious prefer the populace to all owns guns and enjoys violence rather than see a pair of breasts or an arse - they don't want the ignorant masses to breed, just shot each other ( too bad it's not working )

This comment was edited on May 25, 18:52.
3.
 
Re: Hmm...
May 24, 2007, 04:28
3.
Re: Hmm... May 24, 2007, 04:28
May 24, 2007, 04:28
 
I signed up due to lack of choice and wanting to play HL2, I completed HL2, reliesed it was over hyped and haven't played it since. So my steam account has been inactive for well over a year and I've no intention of ever using it again.
I hated the Steam before trying it and confirmed it's shiteness when I used it. Voteing with my feet and not touching it again.


This comment was edited on May 24, 04:30.
7.
 
Re: Mac's can play games?
Apr 24, 2007, 09:54
7.
Re: Mac's can play games? Apr 24, 2007, 09:54
Apr 24, 2007, 09:54
 
Funny, I've never had to tweak or configure my Nvidia driver on my Linux machine, plays Doom3 and Quake IV fine. Maybe you were one those unfortunate ones that thought ATI knew how to write a video driver on Linux

I also hate the fact that most developers ignore anything that doesn't have MS stamped on it.

A lot of people are saying the Dx10 is great and so much better than previous version, they are properly right, so why the f**k has everybody been using Dx7/8/9 for so long when they could have used open standards been able to port to Linux & Mac, hell the DoomIII engine made it onto consoles so obviously they have openGL drivers on console too!!

Obviously Valve are x MS employees so no change of them using any open standards or open anything.

id & Epic are the only ones that properly support OpenGL and linux - as two of the best game engines out there surely that proves the technology works!

3.
 
Vista Had Major Mac Envy
Jan 30, 2007, 14:17
3.
Vista Had Major Mac Envy Jan 30, 2007, 14:17
Jan 30, 2007, 14:17
 
That's alright, I bet Apple has major Microsoft Envy too, I bet they wish they could release a new OS so late and minus half the features originally promised, crippled so it will only run on high end machines ( it looks worse than XP without DX9 hardware ) and YET still millions of morons will go out and buy it!!

How the times have changed( or not )
MS still playing catch up to Apple.
MS still producing bloated software.
MS still producing OS's that requires way too much resources to run
Ms still ruling the world of software.

Even rival OS's with more features, more security, lower hardware requirements and FERE can't take on MS.

Vista is more secure than previous versions of Windows(not that that is saying much), you now need to have the patience of a saint or be a very determined idiot to screw it up. Of course hackers and such will quickly find the holes but your average Joe will now find it much harder to install something they shouldn't or delete something they shouldn't ( of course it's just as hard to install or remove things you should be able to, but hey nothings perfect - certainly not Vista )


This comment was edited on Jan 30, 14:24.
10.
 
Re: Downgrading to Vista.
Jan 27, 2007, 06:41
10.
Re: Downgrading to Vista. Jan 27, 2007, 06:41
Jan 27, 2007, 06:41
 
"I could approach this by attacking your spelling and grammar, or lack thereof. Instead, I'm going to disagree with you in a civil way. "
I've always been an easy target on spelling and grammar, that's why I prefer to program computers, fewer key words to learn how to spell and nice and simple grammar rules

Basically to sum you up, next year with reasonable hardware Vista will be fine and dandy and do everything at a reasonable speed.
Well thats great, but just how much faster and easier will things be if we all just stuck with XP? - XP's not getting any slower and throwing more resources at it will always make it even faster.
I'd rather up grade hardware to make my system faster, not to make my Vista install run at the same speed as my XP install already does!

PS: I have been playing and testing the Vista beta and if I didn't have to have it on my work machine for compatibility testing I wouldn't bother with it.
My desktop was the only one in our office that met the min reqs to install on anyway. Even then I had to upgrade my video card at home so I could add a DX9 card to my work machine because without DX9 hardware Vista is slower and looks worse than XP!!
With DX9 hardware it looks good but some things are still slow, try the slideshow feature, it dropped the resolution to 640x480(I think) and still looked like it was chugging, yet that video card can play Doom3 at 1024x768 and give higher frame rates!!

PPS: My linux install in a virtual machine with emulated S3 video(no acceration) can do transparency on window and menus etc!! M$ can't give you those effects with DX9 hardware and even then it's not quick!

This comment was edited on Jan 27, 06:44.
1.
 
Downgrading to Vista.
Jan 26, 2007, 12:16
1.
Downgrading to Vista. Jan 26, 2007, 12:16
Jan 26, 2007, 12:16
 
Requirements for Downgrading to Vista.
More Memory ( 1gb min for usability )
More Processor power
More disk space
Full Frontal Lobotomy

It may look pretty but don't expect it to run any quicker and don't expect it too be easier to use if you're a serious PC user.
Still, the lobotomy will help by providing:
a) an excuse for drooling over the eye candy
b) help you forget that Tranparentency and such were available in Linux and Mac OSX long before Vista was released.
c) stop you feeling patronized and insulted by all the dumbing down that M$ have done to it

If you have a good old Ford Escort and you add a skirt, a spoiler, paint go-faster-strips down the side, replace the back seat with giant speakers to deafen the neighbours - it's

still just a Ford Escort - it will most likely go slower and use more petrol; so do you think anyone with brains is really going to be impressed by it?

117.
 
Requirements for Downgrading to Vista.
Jan 14, 2007, 11:08
Requirements for Downgrading to Vista. Jan 14, 2007, 11:08
Jan 14, 2007, 11:08
 
Requirements for Downgrading to Vista.
More Memory ( 1gig min )
More Processor power
More disk space
Full Frontal Lobotomy

It may look pretty but don't expect it to run any quicker and don't expect it too be easier to use if you're a serious PC user. Still, the lobotomy will help provide an excuse for drooling and it will stop you feeling patronized and insulted by all the dumbing down that M$ have done to it.

If you have a good old Ford Escort and you add a skirt, a spoiler, paint go-faster-strips down the side, replace the back seat with a speaker to deafen the neighbours - it's still just a Ford Escort - it will most likely go slower and use more petrol, so do you think anyone with brains is really going to be impressed by it?

116.
 
Re: I can just see Balmer thinking
Jan 14, 2007, 10:49
Re: I can just see Balmer thinking Jan 14, 2007, 10:49
Jan 14, 2007, 10:49
 

Remember OpenGL doesn't just run on Windows, MacOSX and Linux, it's must have been ported to the XBox and XBox360 too because I bet the Doom3 engine wasn't ported to DirectX for Doom3(XBox), Quake4(XBox360) & Prey(XBox360).

Wasn't it stated a while back that Sony(or one of other console makers) were going support OpenGL to make porting easier for PC games to X platform.

79.
 
Why bother.
Jan 13, 2007, 08:54
79.
Why bother. Jan 13, 2007, 08:54
Jan 13, 2007, 08:54
 
As someone that works in IT and does a fair bit of programming too, I can tell you that using Vista is painful. It now takes longer and more mouse clicks to do simple things like change an IP address than it ever took in XP.
Vista offers the user 3 benifits(So they say):
1) Better security - Something that should have been a given anyway, the price we pay for that is a OS that's locked down to point of making it painfull to use - Unless your the average brain dead teenager that does nothing more that talk on MSN till the early hours or watch crap on YouTube.
2) Better Visuals in Desktop - This is a joke because it's nothing I haven't seen already on the Mac or on Linux and on
Linux I can do transparency without 3d hardware and it's not any slower than Vista with a cheapo Dx9 card. Vista without a
DX9 card looks worse than XP, with a DX9 card it looks very nice, but it's not quick. Take the new slideshow feature, that really chugs on my GF5900 and it's just a slideshow for Christ sake!! I get better performance from Doom3 than from MS's

slideshow feature, this just goes to prove M$ programs can't or can't be bothered to write efficient programs.
3) DX10 - Wow a few new features that many people will never notice and a big marketing gimmick to try and force people to

upgrade. If you want to see the newest features of the top of the lines Nvidia cards then you can run the Nvidia demos now,

how? because they are OpenGL. I guess that's why ATI haven't bothered rushing their DX10 capable cards out the door, they

have always favoured M$ and struggle to produce decent OpenGL drivers.

So whats the real cost of these 'new' features ? you need a machine with at least 512mb or Vista won't even install, you need at least a DX9 level Gfx card or it looks like s**t and some of the features can't be enabled and you need about a 2.4ghz processor or it will crawl. So if you upgrade to meet these requirements and install Vista will your experience of using Windows be faster ? will it be safer ? will it be worth the expense ? - maybe in 2/3 years time the answers will be Yes, but today the answers are No! - Save you time and money and stick with XP
By the time it's actually worth thinking of upgrading to Vista, Linux will have already improved to the point where anyone can install and use it for any task that previously they thought was only possible on Windows. ( for the more techie crowd Linux is already there ).

This comment was edited on Jan 13, 08:56.
1.
 
Weather
Nov 9, 2006, 10:12
1.
Weather Nov 9, 2006, 10:12
Nov 9, 2006, 10:12
 
Not sure how many miles away from I am but...
I was think exactly the same thing. A beautiful day here in the south coast of England, not normal at all for the time of year.

I guess I should thank you Americans for your huge contribution to globals warming. Sure cuts down on my heating bills, still I really should be worrying about the state of this planet we're leaving to our children.

This comment was edited on Nov 9, 10:12.
35.
 
MS lost the plot
Nov 9, 2006, 04:11
35.
MS lost the plot Nov 9, 2006, 04:11
Nov 9, 2006, 04:11
 

Someone should point MS Here

Clearly they have forgotten what an Operating System is suppose to do.

It's a platform to run 'Application Programs' on.

For a single user desktop Pc to require 512mb of memory just to run is a joke. Only one PC in our office came close to the min reqs for Vista, and I've got Vista Beta2 running on it. ( without the flash gui because none of our desktops have DX9 cards, why should they it's an office!)
What do we get for giving the OS all that memory and processor?
A slower and more cumbersome OS!

And transparent window requiring DX9 hardware and 128mb memory - KDE 3.5 can do that on an S3 class video card, In fact I have Suse 10.1 running inside a MS virtualPC with transparent windows turned on!

My main home PC runs XP fine, it could run Vista but it would most likely be slower, so whats the point?

Biggest problem is most people only know one Operating System and thats Windows, they think this shit is normal and acceptable - It isn't - MS write poor, resource hungry bloated programs. Just compare IE7 to Firefox or Opera - IE has less features as standard, less secure, it's not really faster(slower than Opera) and the update it's self is twice the size. Opera and FF can be installed cleanly into a folder so you can run different versions for web testing, IE is so Dependant on windows .dlls that's not possible - does that dependance allow it to be smaller ? No - Of course it loads faster than FF or Opera, that's because half it's .dlls are already loaded in memory at boot time.

Bottom line is if you're a windows user stick with XP unless you're running a top of the line PC and don't mind the OS using more resources than any sane Desktop OS has a right to use.

38.
 
No subject
Jun 16, 2006, 12:01
38.
No subject Jun 16, 2006, 12:01
Jun 16, 2006, 12:01
 
All whose bashing the Doom3 engine must be forgetting Quake4, it's much brighter, more open and improved net code.
Of course ET:QuakeWars looks set to beat all of them. The screenshots and movies look a lot better than the Source engine.
I'm really looking forward to this demo.

[q]Heh doesnt every single FPS ever made spawn enemys out of thin air Even the ones without some gimmick do it. [\q]
Obviously you've not seen the vids, portals you can shoot through, portals that move about...

I don't think PlayTriton can be as bad as Steam. I've nothing against a one time only 5 second connection to validate my install key. Anything more than that and I'm going to get annoyed.

Specs state it clearly(last item):
Minimum

* CPU Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.0Ghz / AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor
* RAM: 512MB system RAM
* Video Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB video card with latest manufacturer drivers (see supported chipsets below)
* Drive: 8X CD-ROM (standard edition), DVD-ROM (Limited Collector's Edition)
* Hard Drive: 2.2GB of uncompressed free hard drive space
* Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
* Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP with latest service pack installed
* DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
* Internet: Internet connection required for one-time authentication upon installation.

This comment was edited on Jun 16, 12:02.
1.
 
Microsoft: Vista Most Secure OS Ever.
Jun 16, 2006, 08:56
1.
Microsoft: Vista Most Secure OS Ever. Jun 16, 2006, 08:56
Jun 16, 2006, 08:56
 
for some very good reasons:
1) due to compatibility problems most viruses won't work. ( of course a fair number of non-virus type programs won't either, but hey ).

2) Most viruses are small very efficient programs requiring very little memory and very little CPU time, M$ have developed a way to detect this type of program and because any small, efficient program can't possible be written by M$ they can just stop it from running!

3) Most virus creators will not bother wasting time writing viruses for an OS with so many bugs already, because no one would notice the virus anyway.

4) For the next couple of years at least Vista( assuming it does get released ) not be worth trying to hack into because it will be a very little used OS due to it's system requirements. I know in our office none of the machines meet the min reqs to run Vista. ( yet all can run XP and OfficeXP fine ).

Vista will still end of being used because:
1) Most IT managers will recommend M$ because they know if they suggest anything else to the higher management that the higher management hasn't heard off, then they will have to spend a lot of time and effort justify themselves.

2) M$ will force it on hardware companies as the default OS.

3) M$ will force it on gamers by not porting DX10 to windows XP so any DX based game in the future will either require Vista or run with reduced visuals regardless of your hardware.
Why will all game developers switch to DX10 ? because the alternative is OpenGL which currently gives you platform independence ( Windows 98SE & XP/Linux/Mac OSX) but on Vista it will have to be a layer on top of DX10 and will run like a dog ( assuming it runs at all ). M$ have been trying to kill off OpenGL for over ten years now, Vista may finally succeed.
Spot the OpenGL games tested here: “Will Vista Run Your Games? “
http://discuss.extremetech.com/forums/2/1004322278/ShowPost.aspx#1004322278

48.
 
Steam = Console
Apr 30, 2006, 07:44
48.
Steam = Console Apr 30, 2006, 07:44
Apr 30, 2006, 07:44
 
Strange title I know, but for me if it's on steam it might as well be a console game. I've no interest in it.

Valve made far too many mistakes with Steam and over hyped HL2 and it's engine to a level that I actually bought it.(retail dvd) very average game made much worse by steam.

All I can say is I'll never again buy a valve game or any game connected with steam.

5.
 
Whose computer is it, anyway?
Apr 28, 2006, 16:17
5.
Whose computer is it, anyway? Apr 28, 2006, 16:17
Apr 28, 2006, 16:17
 
My computer is my computer.

M$ is not my Bitch!

The last Linux distro I installed has most of the features Vista promised years ago but has yet to ship.


XP is a good desktop OS but it's time is running short I feel.

So long M$ and thanks for all the bluescreens...


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