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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 12, 2016, 16:08 HoSpanky
He spent almost $200 on the case, saying "it's ugly but all cases are ugly". Clearly neither he nor his "helper" took a glance at NZXT's S340. $70, incredibly pretty. The paint job is shiny like a new car, even on the inside.

And that's just one of several doofus mistakes, although to be fair, everyone's first computer build is a bit harrowing and overwhelming. But if a friend of mine can get his 9 year old, ADHD son to successfully assemble his own machine (albeit from pre-chosen parts), it's not rocket science. It's absolutely not as easy as a console, but the muscle and configurability is the tradeoff. Cost isn't nearly what he's making it out to be, either.

I wonder if anyone hosts "learn to build a computer" classes. I think the biggest issue keeping people from PC gaming is not knowing where to begin.
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News Comments > Gas Guzzlers Extreme Adds DirectX 11 Support
1. Re: Gas Guzzlers Extreme Adds DirectX 11 Support Jul 12, 2016, 14:01 HoSpanky
Picked this game up in a bundle for around $5, included the DLC. The racing is alright, but the zombie DLC is a hoot in multiplayer, as are pretty much any of the non-racing modes.

Glad to see they've put out what appears to be a substantial update. Will have to see if it's actually noticeable.

Either way, trying to escape a herd of dynamite-strapped kamikaze buffalo while screaming for someone to take them down, then getting t-boned by a giant skinned dog will still be weird, great fun.

Edit: it's $7 on steam right now with both expansions. if you can get a couple friends to buy in as well, it's great in multi. So-so single player.

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News Comments > Just Cause 3 MP Mod Halted
9. Re: Just Cause 3 MP Mod Halted Jul 11, 2016, 18:45 HoSpanky
Moog wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 11:38:
Parias wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 11:08:
God, I would love to have co-op play in Just Cause 3. The most similar type of game I can think of that had this was Mercenaries 2, which turned a somewhat average experience into something hilarious and awesome.
Mercs 2! What an amazing co-op game
Frigging EA shut down the servers barely 18m after releasing the game, turning it into a SP game only. Cunts.

God...Mercs2! Despite some severely buggy gameplay, was a riot in co-op. Getting in WAY over our heads was such hilarious fun.
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News Comments > Gone Gold - No Man's Sky
20. Re: Gone Gold - No Man's Sky Jul 7, 2016, 23:11 HoSpanky
I'm hoping there's some cohesive gel that makes the game super fun that just doesn't show in the videos, or that they're intentionally keeping secret.

Also, I will be extremely disappointed if you guys who do buy it don't immediately name every animal of the same sort that you find, a Florp.
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
7. Re: New GeForce Drivers Jul 7, 2016, 07:34 HoSpanky
Nuhauser: currently, yes, because there's a standard (openVR) and oculus decided not to use it. Their headset is close enough that there's software called ReVive that makes Oculus-only titles work on the Vive. It's not ideal, and Oculus may give up their pointless lockdown and allow Vive headsets to have native support in their store. Right now their exclusivity is only hurting their store's revenue, it gains them nothing.

eRe4s3r: HTC badly wants VR to work, as their phone business is sinking. They specifically put up a $100 million VR fund to aid VR game development, but have not mentioned where any of it has gone. Valve is distancing itself slightly from the Vive so other manufacturers will make headsets, which is why it's called the HTC Vive.
A game being on Steam DOES NOT mean it's Vive compatible. About half of the VR titles on Steam will ONLY work in VR with a Rift. Some of them will work using ReVive, but not all. I do not have ReVive installed because it can cause games that work for both headsets to run using the Rift profile, which apparently causes weird shit to happen. VR is the last place you want weird crap happening in a game.

As racing/cockpit games get these VR retrofits, the need for more muscle is plainly obvious. A 970 DOES NOT CUT IT for any retrofitted game, as their lowest detail levels are STILL too much for it to render at 90 FPS reliably. I keep looking for a non-scalper 1080. Not one game so far has mentioned being altered to use Simultaneous Multiprojection, however, which should almost double framerate. Devs should be jumping all over that, but they aren't. Just like none of them have embraced VR SLI from the 700/900 series.
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News Comments > Trials of the Blood Dragon Demo Can Unlock Full Game
2. Re: Trials of the Blood Dragon Demo Can Unlock Full Game Jul 6, 2016, 23:41 HoSpanky
Nice promotion, shame the game is getting...not-good reviews. But hey if you can snag it for free, go for it!  
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
2. Re: New GeForce Drivers Jul 6, 2016, 23:39 HoSpanky
And yet again, despite the Vive seemingly outselling the Rift in the 2-to1 range, the Rift gets preferential treatment. Where did all of this money HTC is putting into VR development go? Because you can clearly see who Oculus funded.  
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News Comments > VIVE & GTX 10 Series Display Port Issue
2. Re: VIVE & GTX 10 Series Display Port Issue Jul 6, 2016, 12:58 HoSpanky
If you use the HDMI port, which behaves better all around on the Vive anyway, you're fine. They make it sound like a disaster.  
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jul 4, 2016, 01:45 HoSpanky
Picked up Tabletop Simulator and Cloudlands, probably returning TTS. It's not what I expected, somehow, and is PONDEROUS to play in VR, as it inexplicably doesn't hard-attach items to your "hand". So they don't move 1:1 with your hand, and when most games are about placing objects rather precisely, having a game with floaty movement makes it rather worthless. There's also an inability for pieces to "snap" onto each other, so games involving stacking multiple pieces onto others (battleship) don't work at all. And "throwing" pieces is broken, due to the aforementioned floaty "grip" you have.

Cloudlands, on the other hand, was way more fun in multi than expected, despite any physical interaction with other players. Has a level editor coming soon, but it sadly doesn't allow custom geometry ("not initially"). Will definitely expand the game's longevity with Steam Workshop downloads.
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
3. Re: Hardware Reviews Jul 3, 2016, 13:56 HoSpanky
These two chips are also almost indentical in price. My VR rig is running the 4790k, already found out the hard way you can't get away with using AMD for VR (at least not the processor). Truthfully if you're looking into a VR setup, avoid AMD altogether. Message boards for VR games are packed to the gills with people complaining about their AMD cards having issues.

I'm not hating on AMD here. You can build a cheap rig using their hardware, that can run almost everything maxed out at 1080p. If you were starting from scratch, and had a low budget but wanted to get into PC gaming, AMD all the way.

It really feels like we've hit a performance wall for processors, and the only solution is more cores. Sadly, multi-thread coding isn't being utilized much yet in gaming. It's a rare game that doesn't stress ONE core heavily while leaving very little (or nothing) for the other cores to do.
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
3. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 3, 2016, 13:32 HoSpanky
Wallshadows wrote on Jul 3, 2016, 13:07:
What about a MOBA inside of a MOBA?

Someone fund me.

Wooooooah double MOBA all the way!

We ARE getting old. Kids love the shit out of MOBAs and "how shitty looking and aimless can we make it" Minecraft games. My neices are obsessed with Minecraft, yet they don't really DO anything in it.
Thankfully, games for "us" are still being made, just not as frequently as they used to. The reason for that is in almost every thread in here..."we" wait for sales. Kids don't.
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News Comments > The Assembly This Month
1. Re: The Assembly This Month Jul 2, 2016, 15:18 HoSpanky
Wait, what? A full length VR game that's available on the Vive?

Oh, I see. No room-scale support or motion controls. Well that's disappointing, and moves this game from "buy it NOW!" to "when it's cheap". Or if they patch in motion controller use, which might be possible.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Xbox Fitness Sunset Announcement Jun 29, 2016, 13:30 HoSpanky
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 12:21:
This is the danger of "software as service." Once the service is no longer profitable for the provider, you are out what you spent on it. This is the actual "anti-consumer" practice in the industry now, and no one seems to care. Give me a DVD with a program on it any day...

I don't understand why they're not just...ceasing production of additional content for it. It's not a multiplayer game that needs constant servers, just file downloads.
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
2. Re: Hardware Reviews Jun 29, 2016, 10:29 HoSpanky
Task wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 09:56:
Holy Smokes, the eVGA ACX 1080 is a beautiful beast.

Yuuuuup. I thought maybe this time around I'd look into buying another company's card, but pricing and performance-wise....EVGA is on top of it again.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 28, 2016, 18:47 HoSpanky
Luke wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 15:06:

you clearly don't get it

Yes, you explained it so well just now that I think I do. /s
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News Comments > System Shock Specs
6. Re: System Shock Specs Jun 28, 2016, 12:27 HoSpanky
Razumen wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 10:40:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 10:25:
Flo wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 10:17:
Hate that unity crap, I've experienced micro stutters on Homeworld: Kharak and House of the Dying Sun. No clue how to fix that.

Easy fix: Don't play that garbage.

If you want to donate to me for this awesome advice PM me for PayPal details, kthx!

House of the Dying Sun is garbage? Wow, your account should be charged for comments like that.

The specs here do look pretty steep, but from the videos it looks like they're pushing a lot of dynamic lighting and soft particles, which may account for that.

Ignore CJ, he hates everything about gaming. He apparently plays 2 games total, and anything else is garbage, whether or not he's played them. I'm pretty sure he's 14-15 years old, judging from his SUPER witty renaming of things like the Xbox being called the shitbox. HOLY COW where does he come up with these scathing names? I just assume his life hasn't turned out how he thought it would, and he's just angry at the world. This probably isn't the only forum he comes in and talks shit about everything.

Hey CJ, if these games are all such crap, please make one yourself and let us witness your brilliance! Oh wait, that'd take skill, patience and diligence, three traits you rolled a 1 on.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 28, 2016, 12:15 HoSpanky
Ehh, win10 is a surprisingly smooth upgrade, except maybe for whoever that was with the dog face avatar's girlfriend whose machine updated and goofed up...I've bumped 4 machines up to win10, the WORST issue I had was it seeing two 970s in SLI as a single 8gh video card, which caused some weird ass video issues. Removed one, reloaded the drivers, put the second card back in and bam, off and running like a champ. I have since removed the second card to power the VR rig, but all in all, quite smooth.

Now, it's probably a different story when it comes to laptops with a ton of integrated devices, some of which may not have sent drivers to Microsoft early enough to get them into the initial installation build, which is honestly the hardware vendor's fault. That'll change over time as install builds get updated.

As someone ELSE in the comments yesterday stated, people on this board whine about every single new Windows release. Microsoft claims win10 is the last named Windows release, but IF they ever make a newer one, I guarantee the exact same people will be crying about MS trying to get them to give up their precious, infallable Windows 10.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 27, 2016, 15:55 HoSpanky
I think the timeline for the final episode is supposed to take place over several months. It's poorly handled and could have been much better served with a cheesy but effective time lapse, maybe showing the moon going through a cycle or two.
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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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