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News Comments > World of Warcraft EU Price Increases
8. Re: World of Warcraft EU Price Increases Mar 24, 2017, 18:01 HoSpanky
Omni wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 17:41:
Darks wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 13:19:

Asking Blizz to do that would be like asking them to cut off one of their arms. This is why I rarely support Blizz anymore. They are just to greedy anymore.

Indeed those services should be free with limited amount of use.

I agree, limited use cases SHOULD be free. I always thought the cost was a penalty designed against people trying to keep a high level character after they burned some bridges on their server. But the change in price here kills that theory.

As for lowering their game prices...Bilzzard earns their premium prices, mostly. The length of time they support a title is unbelievable, and their software is reliable. Not the most efficient, and their tech is usually a bit behind the curve, but their games just WORK. There are very few developers with a track record even CLOSE to theirs. Whether or not you like their games isn't my point here, it's whether or not their high prices are justified. About the ONLY other company that makes "sure thing" games is Naughty Dog.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 22, 2017, 14:37 HoSpanky
It's not a game, as much as it's an "experience". It leads you through a few activities and then it's done, much like The Martian experience.

Although today, an actual GAME is now available for Vive/motion controls: Obduction. I'm waiting to read impressions on their forums before picking it up, especially since they didn't do the usual sale price that most games do when major patches come out. The game ITSELF is considered awesome, I'm just curious how they did the controls. Another VR game similar to it, The Assembly, apparently just use the motion controls as laser pointers, there's no feeling of actual interaction. I'm not interested in a halfass implementation, especially if they want me to pay full price.
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News Comments > Vulkan Multi-GPU Support for Windows
8. Re: Vulkan Multi-GPU Support for Windows Mar 22, 2017, 14:32 HoSpanky
This would be super interesting news if devs would actually DO something with it, but even when it's been made comparatively easy (like VR SLI), no one implements it.

I used to be hardcore SLI, always binding a pair of midrange cards together. Now I buy single, badass cards, since SLI support has dwindled down to effectively nonexistent in the last three years. I'm definitely not the only one, and all that does is drop the number of SLI owners down, lowering the value to devs. Oh sure, a game here or there will support it, but they're rare, and even rarer that it's a game I give a shit about. Or, like Far Cry, proper support shows up 6 months after the game comes out.

I think SLI still has a place, especially when it comes to VR, but so far, devs just don't think it's worth bothering with.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 19, 2017, 14:28 HoSpanky
Creston wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 12:24:
"Lawmakers, in need of money yet again, threaten airline industry, await bribes."

Haha, love it! I have no doubt that's one possible goal for this bill. Personally, I'd rather have more space between the seats so I don't have to be pressed right up against the fat sweaty fuck who didn't shower all weekend. I AM ALL FOR making huge people pay for multiple seats if they're the size of two normal humans. I HATE that they never believe they should, and try to squeeze their behemoth ass into a normal sized seat, spilling over ONTO me.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan
9. Re: Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan Mar 19, 2017, 12:21 HoSpanky
Came in here expecting to see everyone saying "yeah, fuck windows 10" and ignoring the obvious "it's more work than expected and has delayed the game another 6 months" that they'll post when pressured on release dates.

Was pleasantly surprised that this thread is focused on the delay tactic. I feel bad for the people who got excited about the game initially and put money into it. Anyone STILL doing so is a fool.
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
28. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 16, 2017, 16:56 HoSpanky
I've got no hate for win10. I don't have any ads, unless they're showing up in places I don't go, which would be a rather stupid place to put them. It runs great, the ONLY issue I had with it was when I first installed it and had a pair of 970s, it saw them as a single 8gb card, and refused to believe otherwise. Disabling one let me install the drivers, and then re-enabling the second one worked as expected. SLI is dead anymore, so those 970s have new homes and have been replace with a single 1080.

Rambling! Point is, Microsoft does NOT want to keep supporting their old OS', and honestly that's their choice to not support new hardware. I'm sure Nvidia/AMD would LOOOOVE to only have to write one set of drivers, but neither one wants to be the first to say "this card only supported under Windows 10", because gamers want the latest and greatest, except when they don't because oh noes spying on me/ads, let me complain about it on my smartphone.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
10. Re: Game Reviews Mar 15, 2017, 12:52 HoSpanky
Man, I really hope this is "early dev cycle" work and not indicative of the whole game.

I'm finishing up H:ZD, and not once has it disappointed. Yes, you will be doing your fair share of scanning (similar to Witcher sight) and following trails, and it feels very Mass-Effecty when you're in conversations, but the story constantly surprises, and side missions are fantastically well done. The ONLY one that was a fetch quest ("get me 9 of this and 6 of that!") sneaks an interesting bit of lore into it about one of the mech types, AND the stuff you get rolls into a secondary mission where you get to play with a ridiculously OP weapon. You don't get to keep it, sadly, but it's riotously fun to use for the 3 minutes or so that it works. Each side quest is unique, and expands your knowledge of the world the game takes place in. The devs clearly made sure you never feel like your time is being wasted, while ME:A seems like they're intentionally wasting time.

With BotW and H:ZD both being game design masterpieces, I think ME:A is looking less impressive just by comparison. It may turn out to be a decent space romp! This preview certainly isn't looking promising, though.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
23. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 13, 2017, 15:46 HoSpanky
descender wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 12:17:
If I paid any amount of money for Windows 10 I might be upset... but I didn't, so I'm not whining that a free OS came with a few ads (which I must have inadvertently disabled because... no fuckin ads here).

That glass house won't stand for long. There's not much worse than people whining about something completely optional that they were given for free.

Ok so I haven't seen these ads either, and I don't recall disabling more than a handful of things when I first installed Win10. And yeah, it's free (and still is, if you're willing to tell Microsoft you have an unspecific disability), and works pretty well. I'm having a hard time complaining about it, aside from that 1.5 second wait between pressing a button and being able to log in. STILL super annoying.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 13, 2017, 15:30 HoSpanky
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 15:25:
Verno wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 11:57:
Zelda is the only Switch game that is worth buying anyway

Exactly. If you have a Wii-u you can just buy the game as it runs and looks the same.

It's Switch's only game that I want, and I have a Wii U, so I'm fine. I AM going to buy mine from the online store, as the disc version apparently has issues streaming data reliably in areas with multiple NPCs.

As for the article, I was able to read half of it before one of their ads hijacked my phone's browser ("congratulations! You're the 1 millionth visitor!"). I TRY to not block ads, especially on blues, but I'm always punished for it. What do website operators EXPECT when that shit keeps happening?
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 12, 2017, 10:21 HoSpanky
Let's not forget that most games still aren't particularly multi-thread friendly. The games that I see hitting performance walls on my machine are doing so with a single CPU core maxed out. Throwing more cores at that won't solve anything. Oh sure, game devs *should* code their games to be more multi-core-friendly, but good luck getting already-completed games rebuilt.
When benchmarks came out, Ryzen's single core performance versus Intel was pretty sad, and no scheduler bug is responsible for that. I'm not really in the market for a new processor yet, but currently it's still looking like Intel's gonna get my money.
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
3. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 11, 2017, 15:40 HoSpanky
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 11, 2017, 13:40:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 11, 2017, 13:16:
I'm all for safer robots but i wonder why the robot wasn't disconnected from the power grid for repair.
Death was preferable to watching this Lock Out Tag Out safety training video.

Holy shit RedEye, we just had to watch our company's version of that. Blaaargh.

Still, In an assembly plant, multiple robots work in unison, and it may be difficult to determine which one is going to become a problem when repairing another. The entire section of the assembly line should have been shut down. The entire case will hinge on whether or not she knew that and ignored it.
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News Comments > Overwatch Custom Game Exploit Warning
3. Re: Game Developers Choice Awards Mar 9, 2017, 17:14 HoSpanky
I think that not jumping straight to "no xp in custom matches" is quite the surprise. It's sad, but some people would rather do ANYTHING other than do what's expected of them. If you don't like the game enough to level up by *just playing it*, why the fuck would you CARE that you're getting levelled? You gain no advantage from it. In fact you end up looking like a moron who can't learn, as your level won't relay your skill.  
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News Comments > WoW Bans
11. Re: etc. Mar 9, 2017, 16:50 HoSpanky
deqer wrote on Mar 9, 2017, 16:36:
I've always hated WoW's "song and dance" boss fights. And now you can't even pay for someone to help you? Heh

If all bosses were just tank n spank, raiding would be incredibly boring. They're dull enough with everyone standing around for 5 minutes to more after a wipe.

For the achievement toward flight, the LFR version of Xavius has simplified mechanics and super low damage. Even without ever doing a raid prior, you can easily get to ilvl860 just from world quests, so it's not like you'd be forced to go in weak. Even if you went in at the minimum ilvl, it's an easy ride. I'd rather they lock flight behind "actually doing stuff" than a paywall, you lose a real sense of the geography when you can just glide a mile above it to your destination. They spent a lot of time crafting the zones, they want you to look at them! The achievements are largely linked to "just playing the game".

I do feel that guilds charging real money for "ride alongs" is insane. I'm not too proud to admit I paid gold to ride along on a raid fight that gave a mount (Grove Warden). My guild couldn't pull it off and I wanted the mount.
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews
29. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 9, 2017, 16:33 HoSpanky
Alamar wrote on Mar 9, 2017, 16:20:
I had no idea the 1080 was rated higher than the 980 Ti, and I'm very disappointed to learn that...

Is this sarcasm? I thought it was common knowledge.
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News Comments > Post-Release Mass Effect Andromeda MP Maps Free
4. Re: Post-Release Mass Effect Andromeda MP Maps Free Mar 7, 2017, 23:30 HoSpanky
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Mar 7, 2017, 17:08:
I'm debating buying this for PS4 or PC. my PC is a beast of a system but I was thinking for better multiplayer if I should get it for PS4..

Not sure yet.. Would use my XIM4 adapter too.

I'm buying it for the PS4 because the fiancée wants to play it as well, and it's simply easier to do that on the console. I'm not sure I'll ever play the multiplayer, I don't have PS+. None of the games I bought for the PS4 is multi, this would be the only one.
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Released
30. Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Released Mar 7, 2017, 21:33 HoSpanky
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 7, 2017, 19:31:
HoSpanky wrote on Mar 7, 2017, 17:58:
Has anyone been running hardware monitors while playing this? The questionable performance may be CPU limited, which would explain a 1080 and a 980 running about the same.


Check out the Evening Tech Bits link for this article at TechPowerUp. Matches my observations with a GTX 1080 exactly. Roundabout 50fps at 1440p all maxed out to the brim.
It also shows that the game is GPU limited, of course. GTX 980 and 1080 aren't even in the same ballpark. Whoever is claiming something silly as that probably doesn't know what the fuck they are doing or how to even access the graphics options or something like that. The game scales very nicely the fatter the graphics card.

Holy shit, CJ said something that wasn't bashing the game, included a link to proof of his argument.

The world ends tonight, possibly.
Although it'd take Luke posting something positive, without the clown emoji, to convince me it was the end of the world.
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News Comments > Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Released
20. Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Released Mar 7, 2017, 17:58 HoSpanky
Has anyone been running hardware monitors while playing this? The questionable performance may be CPU limited, which would explain a 1080 and a 980 running about the same.

I'm on a 1080, the beta ran silky smooth with everything on max except I think shadows, but I also have a g-sync monitor which makes lowered framerate far less obvious. Lately, framerate limitations in games have been entirely due to one of my CPU cores being maxed out. Game devs still don't seem to have a good way to deal with multiple cores efficiently, one of them is usually at 100% while the others dawdle along at 60 or less.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2017, 12:57 HoSpanky
descender wrote on Mar 6, 2017, 12:19:
The best part about ambiguous religious texts is that you literally get to choose when and where they apply, and if you were wrong... then you only misinterpreted it! That one didn't apply to any plagues or diseases prior to 1914? How convenient!

It would be great if you stopped trying to push your half-assed bible study on us as "fact". No one here is asking for it, and I'm certain you could find a more receptive audience for it elsewhere.

I do love how people act like one book, written by the rich to keep the poor from raiding them, is used like some cryptic predictor. The Bible is a set of Aesop's Fables, written in waves and clearly changing with popular opinion at the times of additions. It no doubt has an extensive pile of generally good life lessons, and also favorably mentions plenty of ridiculously outdated and barbaric practices. It's unbelievable how many people believe in something that has no proof of existence, like god, and yet blatantly ignore scientific proof of things like global warming. But hey, there are still people living in developed countries who honestly believe the earth is flat.
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
1. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Mar 6, 2017, 10:17 HoSpanky
Horizon Zero Dawn earns that top spot pretty handily. It's clearly a labor of love, with a surprisingly non-sexualized female main character, a LONG introductory section that makes you give a shit about the characters involved, and has a solid premise for what you go about doing. I'm maybe a bit over half done with the game, just in terms of area discovered. The difficulty in fighting the various monsters is intimidating even on Normal difficulty, requiring you to prepare ahead of time and often retreat when your plans go very wrong. It's not worth buying a PS4 JUST to play it. but if you were even SORT of considering one, it adds a lot of weight to that decision.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Mar 5, 2017, 15:40 HoSpanky
This is a bit worrying for beercades. We have one downtown here called Tappers, it's pretty great. They'll probably have to start replacing the tubes with LCDs, and some of the games (specifically the X-men arcade game) may have some unsolvable issues. The xmen game uses two CRTs, one larger and mounted down inside the machine, reflected up next to the other, to get a super widescreen image. I'm not sure if the game code would actually WORK on a superwide LCD. It's one of their most popular games, as it's the rare 6-player version. Hopefully someone will see this problem coming and develop a solution before it's impossibly expensive.

Beercades are fucking great, but I do worry about their power bill. Despite the lack of authenticity, a machine running on a raspberry pi and on an LCD would cost SO much less to keep running. If they power them down overnight most lose their high scores table. I don't want to lose my ridiculously high score on Pengu! Seeing people say "how the fuck did you get 42,000, I can't get more than 400!" Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. The closest I've seen anyone get is 7200.
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