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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > SEGA Freebies
15. Re: SEGA Freebies Feb 17, 2016, 06:35 HoSpanky
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Feb 16, 2016, 22:49:
save yourself the trouble with the sega stuff, its pretty awful. Poorly emulated Sega Genesis ports of arcade games on Steam. Just get mame and the actual roms and do it right. These are *really* bad.

I don't see why it's bad, I tried it out....yes, it reset my rosy glasses view of the game (Golden Axe), but it ran perfectly fine. goofed off with it for a few minutes, uninstalled.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 16, 2016, 02:25 HoSpanky
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 16, 2016, 01:15:
??? Unix time can handle negative numbers just fine in fact that is literally the way it handles pre 1970 dates.

So if the iBrick behaves like that, Apple SERIOUSLY fucked up the unix time implementation. (if that is the cause at all)

I think the real question here is "why the fuck would you tell your phone it's 1970?". There's no useful reason whatsoever. Why does the phone even have that option? It shouldn't allow you to set the time to anything before when the phone COULD have been manufactured.
Anyone have a legitimate reason someone would change the date on their phone by decades?
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News Comments > On DOOM's Campaign Length
15. Re: On DOOM's Campaign Length Feb 14, 2016, 20:12 HoSpanky
ViRGE wrote on Feb 14, 2016, 19:54:
Dentorro wrote on Feb 14, 2016, 19:46:
MajorD wrote on Feb 14, 2016, 18:34:
Since RAGE, I no longer get excited about id Software games. I may pick I up on a Steam sale, but with all the other Indie games I've been enjoying, I doubt it.

I don't get all the hate on Rage, while shorter then I expected, it was and still is a nice game and I had more fun with it then Doom 3 and a lot of other more recent FPS games, but to each his own.
I enjoyed Rage overall, but it had two pretty notable problems: the driving was superfluous and otherwise unfun (Borderlands did this much better), and the plot just suddenly ended, as if there's half an act or so missing. They aren't killer problems, but it means that if the gunplay doesn't hook you then there won't be much of a reason to play it.

Don't forget that textures looked ps1-level bad on anything you got near. Vistas were beautiful but that was a small part of the game. As soon as you were on foot, the environment looked godawful. When I bought it at $5, there still was no fix for the issue.
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
2. Re: Sunday Interviews Feb 14, 2016, 20:07 HoSpanky
Slick wrote on Feb 14, 2016, 14:22:
it's not hard to understand, i can summarize the problem with one line:

"the xbox can't retain 2 totally different parts of the city in it's memory, let alone process them at the same time without exploding"

Why call out the Xbox on this? The ps4 is only marginally more powerful, and they have the same amount of ram. Neither system was a powerhouse, ever, which is the first time in console history. If they put in split screen, the game would look no better than if it'd been made single-screen for the 360/PS3.

I'm more disappointed that Ubi admitted they held back the PC version visually, so that the consoles didn't look woefully outdated already. That pulled this game from a "let's see about getting my buddies to buy it with me within the first couple weeks" to "maybe in a few months or so". At $30 or lower. I didn't build a monster just to have it run games built for a netbook.
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Feb 13, 2016, 01:02 HoSpanky
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2016, 00:43:
I'm really torn about Deadpool, very cool license but ...isn't this douche, the actor who bombed a couple of movies like Green Lantern and treated Scarlett Johansson like crap...think I'll pass on it all, just like I'm sadly passing on watching the other clown playing Batman in the new moive, bleh. Puke

I don't know about Scarlett, but Green Lantern wasn't his fault. The deadpool movie is a riot, and absolutely happy to directly poke fun at his prior failures. They're not exactly weak jabs, either. This is THE character for Reynolds, much like Wolverine is for Jackman and Stark is for Downey Jr. The movie starts off with a glorious display of silliness and gore, which it keeps up for most of the movie. It does slow down here and there, but it feels more like they knew you needed a couple minutes to stop giggling.

And of course, stay through the credits.
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News Comments > Deadpool Pack for Marvel Heroes 2016
2. Re: Deadpool Pack for Marvel Heroes 2016 Feb 12, 2016, 23:49 HoSpanky
Ridiculous price.

But the movie was a ton of stupid fun! It feels SUPER short, largely due to how they handle the opening sequence. He doesn't have his 3 personalities, but that'd be difficult to manage in video anyway.
Saw it in a German movie theater (in English). Was completely packed, literally one open seat. There were some jokes the natives didn't get, despite being capable of understanding English.
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News Comments > PC Need for Speed in March
12. Re: PC Need for Speed in March Feb 12, 2016, 02:19 HoSpanky
It's disappointing that they delayed the game a year to make a "quality title", and it's still stripped of features.

For me, the dealbreaker is the 100% night racing. It always feels like a cheap excuse to hide a short draw distance and make upcoming turns harder to discern.
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News Comments > GRIP Early Access
2. Re: GRIP Early Access Feb 2, 2016, 21:51 HoSpanky
This is basically a "We love RollCage" love letter, and so far, it looks like it's going to deliver on that.  
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News Comments > PC Rise of the Tomb Raider Rises
20. Re: PC Rise of the Tomb Raider Rises Jan 28, 2016, 15:43 HoSpanky
Glad to see the game runs well. I've got a massive backlog that I'm ACTUALLY GOING THROUGH finally, and won't get around to THIS game for at least another 6 months. I'll pick it up then.
I'm at the halfway point of Witcher 3, dunno how far into DMC (which has been WAY more fun than expected), just knocked out Legacy of the Void's campaign and Wolfenstein: New Order.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Jan 27, 2016, 20:29 HoSpanky
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 27, 2016, 15:25:
Thanks for supporting Microsoft's bullshit shady backstabbing exclusivity deals. Thank you very much indeed.

There's no backstabbing going on here. Instead of a halfassed port, the game got pretty good treatment. The game isn't out a year after the console version, just a couple of months. By contrast, Arkham Knight wasn't actually ready for PC for 6+ months after the console release, and it's STILL kind of a mess.

Please, CJ, shut the fuck up. We all know you hate microsoft for some perceived injustice years ago, maybe they touched you in your private parts. We don't know, but your incredible hate for them makes your statements incredibly childish.
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News Comments > FNaF World Pulled; Refunds Offered
3. Re: FNaF World Pulled; Refunds Offered Jan 25, 2016, 22:25 HoSpanky
It's certainly not the masterpiece that What's Under Your Blanket is.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Jan 22, 2016, 12:43 HoSpanky
The elite:dangerous issue may not really BE an issue, but it does show that there's going to be games that work on one or the other. It feels like it'll be 3dfx/powerVR all over again, until someone swoops in with a VR standard and older hardware gets software fixes cobbled together to make them work with it.

It's going to be a long, frustrating road ahead, but VR is absolutely "the next big thing". The next game consoles will likely have it, as "moar power" won't draw people in. PSVR is going to test those waters, ahead of a whole new console designed around VR. They won't even need to hook up to a TV.

While the story in Ready Player One is unlikely, the SETTING? Oh yeah. That sort of thing is almost guaranteed. Make VR compelling enough and people will all but abandon their shitty real lives for it. They'll spend every cent they can on upgrading hardware. Full-body sensor suits are likely a long way off, but I guarantee you that more than one of these VR companies are already lookin at the viability of such a thing.
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News Comments > Atari Vault Announced
2. Re: Atari Vault Announced Jan 22, 2016, 11:44 HoSpanky
I'm afraid it'll be something like the Hasbro thing where it's a "portal" and you buy individual games in it.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Cablecards Jan 21, 2016, 17:31 HoSpanky
Ugh, here we go again.

The Cablecard was effectively stillborn, due to ZERO compatibility rules and fines...especially the fines. EVERY tv manufacturer made their own cable cards, which may or may not actually work with their own tvs. I recall having to take a big box of various cards into a customer's house, and spend HOURS finding that a specific version of a Samsung card worked in one certain Sony tv.

So, the idea is to have a box the customer can purchase to get tv service on, which would drop the rental charges. Sounds good, yes? Yep, RIGHT UP UNTIL you have a problem with it, and you call the cable company to fix it because the box manufacturer COULDN'T POSSIBLY have fucked something up. Then the cable company has to send someone out, who isn't responsible for your stupid ChingShang cable box, and bills you $100 for wasting their time. You then lose your fucking mind because you can't get it to work and neither company will accept responsibility.

THAT is how that scenario would play out. The cable companies stopped letting people BUY boxes because those SAME PEOPLE would get all shitty when their box failed and the cable company wouldn't replace it for free. I still get to deal with this every spring, when storms rip through the state and tons of customer-owned modems get fried. They want a replacement, right then, for free. That's not how that works. That's how it works if you're renting the box.

These demands that people have for their tv service only sound good when nothing's going wrong. WHEN (not if) it goes wrong, you're on the hook and then suddenly it's the cable company's fault.
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News Comments > Paragon Trailer
3. Re: Paragon Trailer Jan 21, 2016, 06:00 HoSpanky
Well that was frustrating to watch. Next time they should put only 3 frames in each time before cutting to a new angle, just to make it even harder to follow what's happening.  
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News Comments > MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux)
50. Re: MS: New CPUs Will Require Windows 10 (or Linux) Jan 16, 2016, 23:34 HoSpanky
So, I have Win10. Ran into one rather unfortunate issue when I upgraded, it's behaved rather well ever since. I wouldn't consider myself a "power user", but I'm also not Billy Bob Backwoods with no clue how to do anything. I don't do any automated backups or clever networking; the only info I need to keep is my resume and tax information, which is stored in multiple physical locations in case of Oh Shit. I do play a lot of games, and Win10 has performed successfully at that task.

As for the spying, I don't have much that I worry about on that front either, BUT I can see how it could be an issue for people with a more....volatile life. Win10 Enterprise would be ideal for them, but that is supposedly difficult to come by. If your job (say, foreign reporter) is dependent on secrecy, Windows in ANY form isn't your OS.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Jan 15, 2016, 15:11 HoSpanky
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 14:39:
Exactly. The standard is PC > all. Fuck consoles and controllers. Easy.

Lol ok buddy. The complete lack of analog control on a keyboard makes it a joke to use for racing games, top-down games or pretty much anything needing finer control than "full speed or nothing". Also good luck pulling off complex maneuvers in fighting games without a proper d-pad. What's the plan for games with local multiplayer?

I would really like to read your "solutions" for those. ALL of those things are reasonably common, so saying "but I don't do any of those things" is an invalid response. If mouse and keyboard is the ONLY "valid" way to use a PC, then cough up your secrets, buddy. If not, please go back to your friendless existence where you only play a couple kinds of games.

I play all sorts of games, some of which I only play because my friends want to play them. I use the best device for the job, and the PC supports them all. This is an ideal situation, I'm unsure why someone would intentionally cripple their experience.
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News Comments > The Division Beta This Month
3. Re: The Division Beta This Month Jan 15, 2016, 14:27 HoSpanky
Well, the trailer looks decent. It doesn't appear to have lost a lot of fidelity since the original trailer, Altho I saw nothing as stunning as the street with the smashed taxi.

I'm curious if the gameplay is still the same...groups of 4 completing objectives against the AI, and occasionally running into other teams.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 13, 2016, 13:53 HoSpanky
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 13:18:
Integrated CPU graphics catching up with discreet video cards? LOL Someone call the DEA and have them raid Intel's offices, because they're not just smoking crack, but it sounds like they're trying to convince others to smoke it too.

Seriously. They're catching up to LOW END discrete cards, maybe. But the "80% of all discrete cards" only counts if they mean "weaksauce sub-$50 cards".
They admit they aren't at "enthusiast" levels. This isn't an announcement for gamers, it's an announcement for people who honestly don't know what a discrete card IS.
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News Comments > Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders
27. Re: Amazon Prime Discounting Game Preorders Jan 13, 2016, 08:58 HoSpanky
cackle wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 22:18:
Brilliant business plan, while the devil just looks to steal your soul, Amazon will give you everything today to get not only your soul but your childrens soul as well... Guess what little john, you have to work at amazon for minimum wage cuz i got a discount as a company takes over the world giving away everything at cost for your future john boy!! woot!

Someone here is a moron. Amazon warehouse employees make more than almost any other warehouse job (except for medical warehouses and AT&T).

I worked there for 10 months when a job unexpectedly disappeared from under me. I was able to keep my house. The work was hard and they run it in the most military fashion I've ever seen, but that's due to the workers doing everything they can to avoid working.
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