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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2016, 15:18 HoSpanky
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 14:43:
Shineyguy wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 14:11:
Yosemite Sam wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 13:14:
So all your games are going to work on Windows 7 and 8 right Microsoft? The bullshit is strong with this one, and anyone who believes this BS is in for a surprise when they release the next best thing and and force you to upgrade in order to play the next best game.

For a short time Windows 10 is still a free downgrade. Not MS's fault if you don't want to take them up on that.


In what way is win10 a downgrade? It's the better parts of win7 and win8. It installs easily, the upgrade function actually WORKS. The features people hate can be turned off. There are a few bits that are a pain initially, as they have admitted that they move stuff around "to make it feel new", because people don't notice what's changed behind the desktop.

If you STILL are bitching about the metrics collection, fucking unplug from the Internet and go live in the woods. Every device you have reports on what it's doing, and your phone reports an AWFUL lot more about you than Win10 does, even if you don't turn any of the reporting off.

There's software you can run that basically "pre-registers" your motherboard so you can upgrade to 10 later, when you stop acting like a timid chipmunk. Or you could install it and roll back, both will let you install win10 on that system later.

Crying about Microsoft not supporting their older OS's with their new releases is stupid. The ONLY reason they expect you to cling to win7/8 is because business software is often written poorly and can't adapt easily. Or maybe it's written quite well, so that the programmers get more work to do each time a new OS comes out. Games aren't something needed for productivity, they are quite the opposite. So yes, MS is pushing it on their new OS. I don't see you complaining that all the new titles aren't ALSO coming out on the 360, or the original Xbox.

If you want to live in the past, you have no right to complain about being left behind. Besides, IF they made the games work on win7/8, not ONE of you whiny fucks would buy it anyway, and they know it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2016, 11:59 HoSpanky
"We have introduced things like frame rate unlock, which needs to be in there according to our PC users".

That comment makes it clear that they honestly have no idea what PC gaming is about. If you didn't KNOW you needed unlocked framerate, or dedicated fullscreen (not just borderless windowed) modes on PC, or WHY those things are important, than maybe you should do some research before shitting out a crippled version of a game.

I mean, I SORT OF get it. It's easier compatability, but they wrongly assumed PC gamers wanted to sacrifice performance for ease of use. That's SPECIFIALLY what a console is for: diminished power, but significantly easier to set up/use.

Forza Apex is a step in the right direction. It's free, so it's not a financial risk to people to check it out. It's got a surprising amount of graphics options, including just letting it set everything dynamically. At first I thought it was a stupid idea, giving us a gimped Forza 6, but I think it's being used to test the waters. Once they figure out what features really NEED to be in a title to make PC gamers happy, they'll encorporate those into their full games. I'm ridiculously excited for Forza Horizon 3, and that purchase isn't a risk for me; I was going to buy it for the Xbone anyway. Now I can see if it works well on the PC, and play it there instead, at zero risk. Despite being part of the MS store...I like that. I'm not saying I trust Microsoft to keep their word about being serious about PC gaming, but...this isn't a step in the WRONG direction.
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Free Heroes Weekend
1. Re: Heroes of the Storm Free Heroes Weekend Jun 25, 2016, 08:10 HoSpanky
Tried Chromie out this last week, and while I was initially annoyed that every single one of her abilities has a time-delay, she's the only character that has a lore-based excuse for those shenanigans.

If you can get the various timings down, however, good LORD she hits like a freight train. That she's insanely vulnerable in between shots and can't really push towers, she's best placed dancing around back of a skirmish where a healer would be.

So far, Bouzzard hasn't made any carbon-copy heroes, and most of their abilities stay very close to the characters' abilities and personalities from their original games. When the game was first announced, it felt like a me-too cash grab, but it's clear they put a lot of thought, work and polish into each component of it.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 24, 2016, 16:09 HoSpanky
Task wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 10:33:
Hey, Thanks Judge Kangaroo!

Ugh, it got pushed through because it's a child porn case. This is exactly the sort of thing the FBI's been looking for. They thought they had it with that stupid iPhone they wanted to get Apple to make a custom unlocker for. Cases like this are trotted out specifically so no one feels like THEIR privacy is compromised, just the privacy of those child-rapists! Nevermind what setting precedence like this does.

As for the Valve / CSGO case, is THAT why the game is always a top seller? I had no clue there was a gambling subculture for it. The kid suing is now an adult, who is basically mad that he gambled and lost. He wouldn't have pushed for the case if he gambled and WON. It's not Valve's responsibility to police OTHER websites, especially if they're based in countries other than the US where they're based out of. The site may or may not have asked if he was 18. If it did, he lied. Hey, kiddo, time to learn real world consequences. I wonder how much he lost that he's trying to sue Valve, though.
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News Comments > Battleborn XP Bonus & Play With the Devs
9. Re: Battleborn XP Bonus & Play With the Devs Jun 24, 2016, 15:40 HoSpanky
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 15:10:
The kids were impressed with all the hype so I bought them battleborn. I bought Overwatch for myself and guess what they all want to play Overwatch, they say that Battleborn sucks lol.

ugh, how many wasted copies of Battleborn did you buy?
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News Comments > Whore of the Orient Cancelled?
11. Re: Whore of the Orient Cancelled? Jun 24, 2016, 14:55 HoSpanky
NegaDeath wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 14:40:
Oh you just know someone got majorly triggered by that title.

Ohhhh yeah, I have no doubt that name has gotten them a massive pile of hatemail. Although if that was the only issue, they'd just change the title and go on with it. It's entirely possible that they just couldn't wrangle their tech and constantly missed milestones. Or those milestones may have been unrealistic. Or the game type was considered unmarketable for the cost of creation.
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News Comments > Battleborn XP Bonus & Play With the Devs
3. Re: Battleborn XP Bonus & Play With the Devs Jun 24, 2016, 12:12 HoSpanky
MrGrosser wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 11:16:
Wait.. people still play this instead of Overwatch?

That's what they're desperately trying to do. They stupidly launched their "lots of wacky characters in team combat" game at the same time Blizzard did, hoping their Borderlands pedigree would get them just as much attention.

Anyone here have Battleborn? Is it any good? What's different enough about it (from Overwatch) to warrant purchase?
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News Comments > American Truck Simulator Scale Change Plans
3. Re: American Truck Simulator Scale Change Plans Jun 24, 2016, 12:06 HoSpanky
I'm still waiting on this or ETS2 to get proper VR support before picking it up. By then gtx1080s probably won't be scarce, and I'll have the muscle to push it. The whole "a 970 is fine" is sooooo incorrect. It's the bare minimum for some games. Elite: Dangerous runs like shit on it, as does Project Cars.

I'm not sure I care either way about the added length of routes, although if you don't make more money per run, it means the game is just being artificially lengthened.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 22, 2016, 19:42 HoSpanky
Well, everyone sits here wanting to blame Netflix, but they're NOT the reason the price is going up. They'd happily never raise the price, if content owners weren't constantly thinking their back catalog was worth more and more and more. Back when Netflix started, those slow-thinking behemoths didn't think it would catch on, and let Netflix show their stuff for a song. But now that they see people WANT that content, they're demanding several hundred times what they originally wanted for it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Neo won't shorten PS4 lifecycle Jun 22, 2016, 19:36 HoSpanky
WaltC wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 19:06:
Creston wrote on Jun 22, 2016, 13:04:
Uh-huh. At least not until Neo achieves a significant market volume. At that point, bye PS4.

Which really doesn't matter at all...;) It's like when you buy a new GPU and you say goodbye to the old one...ho-humm, technology marches on, etc....I don't know why people make a big deal over this. The days of consoles advancing with the speed of glaciers are thankfully over--and now that consoles are actually AMD x86 PCs inside, advances will come almost as fast as they do for the x86 PC hardware market--which is to say, "Lightning fast"...;) All the more reason to just buy a PC to start with, eh? There are surely no consoles in my future (or past, for that matter.) Buyt for people who prefer consoles for their simplicity, there's never been a better time to buy a Neo or a Scorpio console...:D It is also good to see the hardware makers lighting fires under the butts of the lazy console game developers among us...!

The problem here is that your basic consumer isn't informed enough to make decisions like this. There's a HUGE portion of the population who has NO FUCKING IDEA what makes the ps4 better than the ps3, just that their friends have one and they want to play online with them so they buy one. You severely underestimate the idiocy of the General Population.

I think Sony and MS were happy with their new machines until VR really started getting attention at trade shows. Their machines could barely manage 30/1080, how on EARTH were they gonna pull off a solid 90? So here come the machines these consoles SHOULD have been, and yet they didn't take nearly as long for these companies to put them together, because they're basically super-duper versions of the originals.

At no point will online multiplayer games work better on one version over another. It's one of the reasons people play on consoles: it's a level playing field. PCs and varying-power consoles are NOT.

Now, that's not to say that I'm not going to BUY one of these newer machines. The PS4 has hit my tipping point on exclusives that I very much want to play, and I'll be buying a Neo to do so, because why the fuck wouldn't I?
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
32. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 17:01 HoSpanky
I'm not sure I'd pay $60 for DOOM (family sharing from a friend), but it's definitely the closest thing to a love letter to the old games as possible. The enemy designs are super faithful, the doom knights especially. The imps move eerily realistically, with a few exceptions. They move so fluidly, and they're the most agile enemy I've seen in a game leaping up onto columns, then running behind cover, only to come out again wth a friend strafing you from the side...all the while, never looking like canned animations.

It's really, REALLY difficult to not hit R when you realize you've got a second in cover, because you don't reload.

Yes, you still gather keycards, there are things that define DOOM and they're all in the new one. The only thing it doesn't have is 40 enemies onscreen at a time, because the detail on them would buckle anyone's rig.

At $20-$25, it'd be a solid buy.
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
3. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 21, 2016, 09:56 HoSpanky
ItBurn wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 09:49:
Why are they doing this? It's been proven time and time again that demos don't work. Also, it's not Bethesda's habit to release demos. Seems like a waste of resources to me.

It's been proven time and again that poorly done demos, or demos of mediocre games, don't work. Demos of shit-hot, great games DO work. DOOM's multiplayer is blah, but the single player game is so, so much better than I expected.

If you have a 360 or Xbone, try the Forza Horizon or FH2 demos. They give you a taste of the full game, with a surprising amount of playable space, but not so much that you feel like you've done it all when you're finished.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 21, 2016, 08:10 HoSpanky
Oculus IS focusing on exclusives, no matter what they say. If they refuse to let Vive users play games from their store, THE ARE LOCKING PEOPLE OUT. This is not a misunderstanding. Valve could just as easily lock Rift users out of the Steam store, how many Rifts do you think would get sold after than news dropped?

I don't know if the writer is just a moron, or if this is a paid article to soften Oculus' image.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jun 19, 2016, 20:52 HoSpanky
Good review, hits on the high points, and doesn't smooth over the bad stuff. I had NO IDEA some people had those sort of issues with the breakout box, mine's worked fine. The cables stay in it, and it doesn't cause the computer any grief about eating USB resources. Shame that people have gotten questionable hardware, I didn't find ANY piece of it to feel sub-par.

As for the games, it's the wild west, and people are trying all sorts of stuff to see what works. His comments on teleporting are THINK it'd destroy immersion, but it really doesn't. Your brain accepts it the same way we accept camera angle changes in films.

He's right, it's NOT consumer-level yet. What it IS, is enthusiast level, and a way for those of us who can afford one to show their friends a glimpse of what's coming.
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News Comments > Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam
4. Re: Quoteworthy: Microsoft on Returning to Steam Jun 18, 2016, 12:45 HoSpanky
Really hoping to be able to buy Forza Horizon 3 on Steam instead of the stupid Microsoft Store. I want the game, but if I can avoid their goofy ass "invisible" games, I will.  
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News Comments > Dead Rising 4 Win10 Exclusivity is 90 Days
32. Re: Dead Rising 4 Win10 Exclusivity is 90 Days Jun 17, 2016, 17:25 HoSpanky
ItBurn wrote on Jun 17, 2016, 17:05:
You guys are not good at history.

We're constantly accepting things that are slightly shittier, because it's not so bad, or because most people don't care. Now we have to pay 15$ for a DLC containing a new multiplayer map. Back then, maps were free and you had deep mod tools to make your own. That's ONE example.

That's a pretty terrible example. "Back then", the work involved in building a map was far, far less than it is now, UNLESS you want maps that look like shit. If that's your thing, well, then I'm super sorry for you. The level of polygonal and textural detail we now expect in a single map for a game exceeds what most games had in their entirety, "back then".
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News Comments > Dead Rising 4 Win10 Exclusivity is 90 Days
24. Re: Dead Rising 4 Win10 Exclusivity is 90 Days Jun 17, 2016, 15:38 HoSpanky
I really don't understand all the win10 hatred, aside from the overblown "they're spying on us!" shit. It tracks less about you than your phone does, and is a solid OS. I'm not excited about the Microsoft App Store crap, but that's mostly down to UWP games currently being unfriendly to high end tech (no SLI, fullscreen, or G-sync/freesync). Those issues are slowly going away, and if they get their shit straight by the time these games start rolling out, I might actually spend money on their store, specifically for Forza Horizon 3.
The exclusivity thing is a bit annoying, but whatever. It'll show up on steam in no-UWP form after that, and you'll all wait a year for it to be cheap during a steam sale anyway.

Ah, and to those who think you can weasel out of your phone tracking you: you can stop SOME of it, but not everything, same with win10. Really no difference.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Cable STB Compromise Jun 17, 2016, 07:00 HoSpanky
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 17, 2016, 00:17:
PHJF wrote on Jun 16, 2016, 22:33:
Ummmm you've been able to use your own modem with Time Warner for, like, ever. Don't know why you think a STB would be a stretch... especially after how successful a little STB named TiVo was.

Exactly. One cable provider in my area wants $11 friggin dollars a box. So in the 70's I could have 5 tv sets playing no additional cost. That would be an extra $55 a month.

You have absolutely no idea how many times people who own their own modem want me to hand them a new one when theirs gets hit by lightning or the wifi stops working. And years ago, I remember dealing with customers about their two-cablecard-tivos, and the massive clusterfuck that was. But hey, let's ignore that and pretend the TiVo thing didn't happen, and that the customer-owned-modem thing doesn't still happen at least once a week.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Jun 16, 2016, 19:40 HoSpanky
couldn't watch the Overwatch bootcamp thing for more than a couple minutes, the guy spends more time clearing his throat than talking. I skipped through it to various areas and INVARIABLY it'd land on him doing it again. voer and friggin over. I dunno if he was sick, or had gone through too many interviews, or was just super nervous, but it was just....unpleasant.

Owlchemy Labs had about the ONLY hour-long presentation I was able to watch, because they actually know how to keep your attention. It was about the things they discovered when making their first VR game, and it's super well done. Also, they don't spend half of it clearing their throats and saying UM.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 16, 2016, 19:23 HoSpanky
Happy 29th birthday, MrsBlue!  
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