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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > On Destiny 2 Networking
14. Re: On Destiny 2 Networking May 27, 2017, 22:57 HoSpanky
 
Suppa7 wrote on May 27, 2017, 15:18:
Creston wrote on May 27, 2017, 14:15:
What's the tradeoff for client-server, exactly? That it works great and everyone has a smooth match?

Oh wait, cost-benefit analysis. So you ARE trying to save money.

The whole thing is bullshit PR, anyone who knows how computers work know there is no reason not to give players control of servers. Quake and unreal had dedicated servers BUILT into the fucking game. But once game companies realized the average gamer is a fucking moron we got this shit of company controlled servers because the average gamer is grade A fucking tech illiterate.

Quake and Unreal had NO persistent data. Any game with persistent characters CAN'T let people run their own servers. The very first thing that would happen is there'd be "get all legendary gear in 3 seconds!" servers.
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for Two VR Games [Updated]
2. Re: Free Weekend for Two VR Games May 27, 2017, 15:46 HoSpanky
 
BlazeRush is more of a top down racer, like Micro Machines. I'm irritated that it's only got VR support for the Rift, because there's literally NO reason for that except "we were paid to keep it off the Vive".

 
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News Comments > RiME Time
1. Re: RiME Time May 26, 2017, 13:37 HoSpanky
 
This weekend seems to be a huge Indie release time. This, Everspace, and at least one high profile (for VR) VR-only title launch today. Everspace jumped the gun yesterday, after announcing the 26th as their release date, but clearly the goal is to get these games out when a large portion of the US population has 3 days off.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization May 26, 2017, 13:26 HoSpanky
 
Wonder what the mobile WoW game will be a copy of. If I was forced to, I'd bet on it being Marvel Puzzle Quest. Blizzard would polish their version to a sheen, and likely offer WoW rewards (pets, mounts) for events.  
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News Comments > Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies
17. Re: Grim Dawn Sells 1M Copies May 25, 2017, 15:51 HoSpanky
 
Well holy shit I totally forgot about this game. The torrent of positive mini-reviews on this thread are pretty much all the convincing I need. I'll be grabbing it from the Humble store this evening.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse May 19, 2017, 15:52 HoSpanky
 
ItBurn wrote on May 19, 2017, 13:19:
That UK article is the scariest thing. They're actually openly saying that they want to control what people say, think and look at... I guess it's true what they say about evil people not realizing they're evil.

So, who actually would vote for such a thing? "Hey I want the internet to become just another platform for me to tell you what *I* want you to hear, and absolutely nothing else."
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 PC Will Trail Consoles; Has No Dedicated Servers
22. Re: Destiny 2 PC Will Trail Consoles; Has No Dedicated Servers May 19, 2017, 15:14 HoSpanky
 
Bundy wrote on May 19, 2017, 14:52:
CJ_Parker wrote on May 19, 2017, 10:37:
Definitely no (single player) demo and/or no free (multiplayer) trial = no buy

You must not buy many games. Both these are becoming a rarity. Especially single player demos.


Oh please, CJ doesn't play games, he just comes on Blue's to bitch about every game that exists. Nothing is good enough for his royal highness.

On one hand, the two Halo games we got were...not suited for PC to begin with, and Halo 2 required an OS no one wanted.

On the other hand, Blizzard is putting their name on this, and that's no small consideration. They'd rather kill a game weeks before launch than put out something short of stellar.

So I'm willing to bet that's why they're claiming it'll be good to go from day 1....Blizzard is probably demanding it. I wouldn't be surprised if the multiplayer is PC only, because while the co-op wouldn't matter, the versus mode would be packed with console players claiming pc users are cheating.
 
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News Comments > New Life is Strange Game Announced
1. Re: New Life is Strange Game Announced May 18, 2017, 23:50 HoSpanky
 
I bought this during a sale, then promptly forgot all about it. I oughta fire it up, apparently it's quite good.  
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Gameplay Trailer
2. Re: Destiny 2 Gameplay Trailer May 18, 2017, 16:43 HoSpanky
 
While I wasn't super impressed with the first Destiny, that was mostly due to the story having been gutted entirely and your primary source of information being bored with his role. It kept me from being interested.

The gameplay itself was rock solid and fun, just terribly repetitive and with no functional reason as to WHY things happened. Hoping this one is better.

Your NMS reference, Cutter, is wildly misplaced. Grindey gameplay? Well yes, it's essentially an MMO. Par for the course. The difference is that it takes actual gameplay skill into account as much as your gear.
 
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News Comments > F1 2017 in August
4. Re: F1 2017 in August May 17, 2017, 17:08 HoSpanky
 
theglaze wrote on May 17, 2017, 10:42:
Also... without VR, I don't think I care as much now compared to previous years.

I wonder if Dirt 4 will also launch without VR?

There's been no mention of VR support for Dirt 4, and they never got around to putting Vive support in Dirt Rally, so whatever, Codies. Guess I'll have to keep waiting on Project Cars 2.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 10:26 HoSpanky
 
The only part of the article that paints Valve in a light any worse than ANY other distributor is the royalties on user-created content. Seems stupid that Valve takes a HUGE portion of earnings on something someone else made. Why is it any more than the 30% they take on games?

The one-game-at-a-time thing is to keep people from all chipping in on ONE account and then they all play different things from it. I currently have family sharing going with the only friend who also bought a VR headset. Since most VR "games" are short and single player, the sharing lets each game get twice the use out of it, making the cost of each more tolerable. Yeah, we can't play the same game (unless we both bought it: Valkyrie), but at least we CAN share them. It's not like Steam had ANY obligation to do so.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2
1. Re: Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 May 16, 2017, 20:26 HoSpanky
 
Maybe The Crew 2 will actually run decently. They certainly never bothered to make sure the original did.  
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News Comments > MS Planning Mixed Reality, Cross-Platform MMOG
14. Re: MS Planning Mixed Reality, Cross-Platform MMOG May 16, 2017, 18:18 HoSpanky
 
Dr donkles wrote on May 16, 2017, 14:59:
Cool, might be an interesting project.

Though, not if they force players into groups. I've never liked the whole team up aspect of mmos to accomplish anything.

Soooo you like single player games, not MMOs. Got it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale May 15, 2017, 22:29 HoSpanky
 
Red Alert 3's campaign (entirely co-op!) is friggin hilarious, ridiculous fun.  
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News Comments > DiRT 4 Trailer
1. Re: DiRT 4 Trailer May 12, 2017, 23:23 HoSpanky
 
I always thought rivers were just ...rivers. What makes them professional? Is the Mississippi considered professional? Also, I'm not sure what they have to fear, or even if they have the capacity to fear.

Also, this is for a game called DIRT, not WATER. So weird.
 
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News Comments > GeForce Prey Hotfix Drivers
2. Re: GeForce Prey Hotfix Drivers May 11, 2017, 12:41 HoSpanky
 
Timmeh wrote on May 11, 2017, 11:58:
What? Nvidia needs a hotfix???

But but.. its only ATI drivers that the sux....

The "certain configurations" means "G-sync monitors", so Nvidia has a bit of a priority to NOT make that investment look bad. I have one, and had this issue, and the fix was to roll back the driver one version.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation May 10, 2017, 20:29 HoSpanky
 
I bought a PS4 PRO, but only because I didn't have a PS4 yet and why not get the faster of the two. If they do a...PS4 PROPRO, I'll probably skip it. If they bump up consoles every 4 years, but keep them actually compatible for a cycle or two, it'd be like the PC market except with a lot less hassle. I love the idea that a game I buy today will work on a PS4 PROPROPROPROPRO, and maybe even run better.

And by "a game", I mean "Horizon Zero Dawn". I mean, shit, it's almost worth buying the console for, alone. If I can play it again in a few years at 60 fps, then hot damn.

I already have an Xbone, and the games I want for it are now showing up on Windows, so I don't think the Xbone is aimed at me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation May 9, 2017, 19:20 HoSpanky
 
The Hot Wheels expansion is...well, it's impossibly gorgeous. Like in real life, the track pieces aren't completely opaque. The sun glowing through them as they twist around skyscrapers and rock formations will put you in awe of the developer's skills. Ridiculous, of course, but that's the point.

The bigger deal is the patch they snuck out with it with pretty much no notice, that fixes the super-low-framerate issue the game had since launch in two zones of the game. The game would max out one core of your processor in these areas. No mention of what they did, specifically, but holy crap the game runs butter smooth now.

Yes yes, you Win10/Windows Store/UWP hating jackholes can go ahead and post about how you'll never buy it, because whaaaa it's not packaged exactly how you want. Your loss. FH3 is fucking incredible.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 7, 2017, 13:59 HoSpanky
 
Screen resolution won't kill a mouse, but if you have a high resolution screen (1440, 4K), 1600 will feel sluggish. That's only desktop usage, in games it'll behave the same.

Edit: so, I am a stupid. Totally forgot about where the extra DPS are actually noticeable:

So, in games, there's almost always a mouse sensitivity setting. Bumping this up will move your mouse or view faster, at the cost of precision...it will make larger jumps, making it actually impossible to move the cursor pixel-by-pixel.

Now, if you bump the mouse DPI very high, and then bring your in-game mouse sensitivity setting DOWN, you now actually gain precision, while still only moving the mouse the same amount as before. It will feel a LOT smoother, especially if you've got a monitor/card capable of embarrassingly high framerates. It's super noticeable in fPS games at 4K, where moving a low dpi mouse the smallest distance jumps the reticule 10+ pixels. Where this whole thing falls apart are fake high-DPI mice, where they double or quadruple the input. It's a common cheat in cheap mice. It's why Razer mice can be adjusted down to a one-dpi difference, and some mice only have a few presets...those tend to be cheating at the top end to hit their DPI rating.

This is not saying Razer mice are the only good ones. And shit, I've gone thru several, always failed with the dreaded double-clicking button. But WHEN they work, they're hella responsive.

I don't play even sort of competitively, so I haven't wanted to fiddle with every game's internal mouse speed, so I sit at 1800. I might fiddle with it again and see if it helps the somewhat jumpy movement in WoW though.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits May 7, 2017, 10:28 HoSpanky
 
Slick wrote on May 7, 2017, 01:55:
why not 16 million DPI? no one uses more than 1600... 2400 max.

Oh I'm sure someone out there disagrees with you. Not me! I roll right around the 1800 mark. But I'm sure someone just can't get enuffa dos deeps.

Glad to see a positive outlook on PC sales for once. Aside from my friends' kids, I wasn't sure too many pre/teens were interested in PC gaming. Thankfully, not true. There's a local church that has a LAN every last Friday of the month (with no religious slant to it), and the kids who go initially showed up with horrible machines. But then one of them mowed lawns all summer to pay for an i5/1060, and the others noticed that hey, it CAN be done. So the DIY-PC crowd doesn't appear to be ending.

As for Amazon, perhaps it's because the working conditions aren't actually terrible - they just expect you to actually work. The pay is top notch for warehouse work. And their "weak profits" are due to Bezos putting the money back into the company, not his shareholders' pockets. I watched them rebuild a huge section of a warehouse, because a couple bits were deemed inefficient. And yes, I worked in an Amazon warehouse for about 10 months. Was rough work, but nothing slave-labor levels.

 
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