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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
62. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 21, 2018, 10:02 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 09:35:
Slick wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 08:31:
The only working title they had to show off couldn't hit 60 FPS @ 1080p with raytracing on on the Ti. And it's thought that the game wasn't even running at max settings.

What the hell? That first pic in that article, where you can switch between Ray tracing off and on, I was like "Well, you know, there's a pretty big difference in quality here. It's easily visible."

Only to then realize that the better quality screenshot is with Ray tracing OFF...

I thought that was one of the coolest demos (it looks great in motion.)

Look at the shadows. For the boys dancing up front, they don't have shadows with Ray Tracing off, because there are too many light sources, including one in their hands. In the back, the shadows are very sharp, despite there being numerous light sources. With Ray Tracing on, those boys have shadows, and the shadows in the back blend together naturally. More importantly, you can have individual lights all over the place, swinging around, casting correct shadows in real time, to a degree impossible today. In motion, it's pretty damn impressive.

This is the lighting Doom 3 promised, and I think the biggest breakthrough in gaming graphics since colored lighting or hardware t&l. But yeah, to start, it will be minimal, and remain that way unless it works universally (the days of GLIDE are over.) And this is something that will take a while, as I said either below or in the other thread, I'd wait until Gen3. Just because the concept is a huge breakthrough doesn't mean the implementation or these cards will be.

I don't fully get all the "but I'm a competitive player!" arguments, though. Competitive players often turn down most of the graphics options so that it's more clear. They play with settings that intentionally make a game look worse. Wouldn't expect stuff like this to be for them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 21, 2018, 09:56 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 09:23:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 04:26:
WTF is the difference between a novel, novella, and novelette???
A couple of minutes with Google says:

A novelette is longer than a short story, but shorter than a novella. The word count is usually between 7,500 words to 17,500 words.

A novella must be able to stand on its own as a book, but the exact word count is not set in stone: 30,000 to 60,000 words may be an appropriate length for a novella in most markets.

Or, more for jdreyer, a novella is something you have to walk uphill both ways in the snow to read, and a novelette is something kids read when they won't get off your lawn.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
26. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 09:11 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 23:10:
Quboid wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 22:20:
The children separated from their parents at the south border.

AHH!! That "nugget". You do realize Obama was the one who started that right??

Do I agree with separating kids from parents of illegals? NO!

Quboid wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 22:20:
You consistently advocate for Trump and his policies...

No. i don't "advocate".
I just like pointing out what "crybabies" some people are over an election loss.
If you had any shred of credibility at all you would admit that the "sooking" over Trumps win in 2016 has been over the top and ridiculous in hyperbolic measures.
If Trump loses in 2020 well... Too bad so sad.
That's politics for ya. Hardly "advocating" eh?

See, this is you being misinformed again, yet spouting a loud opinion.

Obama did not start it. Under numerous presidents, Obama included, but also Bush, children were occasionally separated from their parents at the wall. This was in very, very rare circumstances.

Then Jeff Sessions made it policy. He signed it. Trump touted it widely and bragged about it. Now, this could be another case of Trump doing literally nothing and taking credit for it, which would be bad, but it was worse - he actually changed policy. Infinitely more children were being separated. It wasn't the rare exception, it was the rule. ICE needed to do new construction to handle it.

And it isn't "laid to rest." Again, if you're going to constantly try to troll, or have a loud opinion, please inform yourself. This stuff is everywhere in the news - a quick Google would show you Obama didn't do it, and it isn't yet solved. May be worth it before putting your foot in your mouth?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
25. Re: removed Aug 21, 2018, 09:04 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 08:41:
Beamer wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 07:21:
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This comment was deleted on Aug 21, 2018, 08:39.

Please don't punctuate your posts with personal insults if you want them to remain. If you *really* want to discuss politics here it's going to require more civility than normal, not less.

Apologies.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
23. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 08:38 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 21, 2018, 08:32:
While we're at it I wouldn't mind seeing a lot of far left extremists and nutty faked moon landers booted off Twitter and Youtube too.

Can you name some left extremists on YouTube? I'm sure they're on Twitter, but on YouTube, the closest I can come up with is FemFreq, but their YouTube (not Twitter) isn't extremists. It tends to be delicate and careful with what it does (unlike its Twitter.) Honest question, not a challenge, as it's certainly possible tons exist but I never hear about them because no one brings them up to me.

As a whole, I feel like far right people often go "but look at this YouTube video!" but far left people never really seem to. Video is an inherently deceptive and easily-manipulative medium, and I don't think it gets the same traction on the left as it does from the college-aged males that make up the Milo, Sargon, and some of the Alex Jones audience.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
57. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 21, 2018, 08:19 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 19:30:
I wonder if RT will be like PhysX: a cool gimmick, but hardly essential.

That was my first fear - that this is something NVIDIA exclusive, and therefore underutilized. We'll see. If it's easy to do, we'll see it, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
46. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 21, 2018, 08:18 Beamer
 
I mean, you know even the White House admitted there were fewer people there in person over a year ago. You were here fighting a fight even Trump himself conceded. But you say you're usually well informed.

For some reason, it seems like the pro-Trump people here are usually the opposite of that. That, or they think being "informed" is watching YouTube videos from individuals and thinking that's how to be reliably informed. Actually, kind of wagering that's you. But that's two big pro-Trump posters in two days admitting that they don't know what they're talking about and, rather than saying "hey, wonder if there's anything else I'm ill-informed about that I have very strong opinions on," they double down with "but actually, the Left is the one that's misinforming!"
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
21. removed Aug 21, 2018, 07:21 Beamer
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 20, 2018, 22:39 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 22:06:
Quboid wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 21:23:
ventry wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 21:07:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 18:53:
One good thing about twitter banning accounts is that sooner or later they'll pull the dotards dance dunce? card.


There he goes again Beamer. *darth Vader voice* The Trump Derangement Syndrome is strong with this one. */darth Vader voice*
My statement is valid and stands:
Almost 2 years and still...
#TRIGGERED Rolleyes2 Laugh Laugh Laugh Rolleyes2

This is a weird angle to take. How long should people care about caged children being drugged and raped? Or would you want people to forget about that, since Trump fans like you are complicit?

What the fuck you on about?? What "children"? link please.

I couldn't give a fuck about who is POTUS however, I am enjoying the temper tantrums of those who don't like Trump.
I can't even imagine the levels of butthurt that there will be IF Trump gets voted in again in 2020.
It will be EPIC!! (Already got a good supply of popcorn in anticipation)
As an outsider, your country looks stronger (financially) than ever.
I don't particularly like Trump but, I gotta hand it to him, despite ALL of the shit thrown in his direction he is like a chunk of iron.
It bounces off him and he keeps on truckin' and at the same time is able to easily trigger "snowflakes" via Twitter on a constant basis. GOLD!! Cool Laugh2 Laugh2 Cool
He's owning your arses and you don't even realize it.

Oh, good. You're thoroughly ignorant of actual current events, and support someone just because he pisses people off. Support, despite being too lazy, stupid, or ignorant to research what you applaud.

Why should anyone have to hear your opinion when you can't be bothered to educate it? Trump separated families and can't be bothered to fix them, but you're giddy because people dislike that. You're too ignorant to know what they dislike, you just assume it's stupid because... you are?

Read the news is keep your uninformed opinions to yourself. And you can't whine I'm insulting you when you admit to being uninformed and just happy because others aren't.

Who's delusional? Those angry about current events they understand, or the guy such an asshole that he supports someone he's too lazy to read about just because it makes others angry? Ignorance isn't bliss, but it's how you live, eh?
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 20, 2018, 18:08 Beamer
 
Wait, you're right. That Chrysalis mission was a bitch but doable. Your base flaw story reminds me of the base invasion in Xcom. I'd forgotten about that. That, to me, was kind of unfair. I much preferred the ones in XCOM 2. Those were doable and kind of a rush. The base invasion in XCOM just felt unfair.

My biggest complaint in XCOM 2 was just that the operations side wasn't much fun to manage. "Which of these 3 things do you want to do?" All.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2018, 16:27 Beamer
 
BTW, Amazon is about to discontinue the 20% off physical media preorders. I'd actually thought they'd done this ages ago, but I suppose not.

Last chance to preorder something you know you'll play on Day 1 for 20% off. It's kind of hard finding PC games with physical media, though. I grabbed Doom Eternal, because it'll be more of the same, and more of the same is what I've been wanting, as we never got SP DLC. I don't preorder much of anything, but that seems pretty safe @ 20% off.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
16. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 20, 2018, 15:44 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 15:40:
Eh....pass. I always wait for the 3rd party cards anyway. I am partial to my almost silent Asus STRIX cards. ONce that is out, I will still wait for the price of the 2080 to come down. My 1080 runs everything just fine right now.

Soon
And costly.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 20, 2018, 15:39 Beamer
 
I still need War of the Chosen. Thus far it hasn't really been on sale, and I haven't been itching for a return to X-COM. I'm sure I will when it gets colder.

I did 2 runs of the original. One normal, then an Ironman on an easier difficulty. Did the same with the expansion, though never finished the Ironman run because, with the robots (forgot what they were called) it was just too easy. I was actually losing fewer soldiers than when I save-scummed. I should have restarted with increased difficulty, but meh.

In X-COM 2, the only thing I remember being really damn difficult was the fight on the rooftop in Shen's Last Gift. Ugh. Much harder than the hardest part of X-COM 1 for me - running through the fisherman's village against a billion Chrysalids.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
10. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 20, 2018, 15:18 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 15:14:
Which one is the 4K60+ card?

Pretty sure any card of the last many years can do 4K60+, it's just a question of what content you're wishing to run at those settings and what other settings you turn on.

Are we talking running Quake at 4K60+, or running Battlefield V at 4K60+ with all the options on and SSAA anti-aliasing (yes, I know I basically just said PIN number, but...) For the latter, just like the 90s, you need to wait a few years for hardware to be able to run software with everything on.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 14:17 Beamer
 
Scratch that  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 14:01 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:17:
$600 bones for a 2070, that'll sell a shit ton of 1080's.


Those were incorrect, btw. $499 for the 2070.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
14. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:32 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:20:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 21:54:
If you need a card now, I would buy it, the 20xx series will be in short supply until close to xmas. A lot of the vendors are still ramping up production.
Not only that but $600 bones for a 2070 makes getting the 1000 series a no brainer.


This feels arguably like the largest generational shift in like 20 years, but yeah, I say wait for gen 2 or gen 3. By the time this is really taken advantage of, these cards will be struggling a bit, I'd guess.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:26 Beamer
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:18:
re:Beamer

Sure the "Grandma and Jr. needs a computer" demo is probably saturated/fading, but it seems like gaming is still pretty healthy and despite twenty years of effort there's still no real competitor to Windows there. Nearly every "innovation" by Microsoft in the OS space has kind of made it worse for us anyway.

The big coup which this article doesn't really talk about was, imo, was when Apple got their ecosystem in. Tons of people think Apple is the UberBlack gateway to the internet. They had a chance to tap into the video game stream but they shied away from hardware solutions as usual and the Mac game situation remains pretty dire even on year 40.

Gaming is definitely pretty healthy right now. But what % of total sales do you think have been gaming related? I know this is a gaming site, but these articles aren't discussing just gaming, they're talking about the larger market as a whole.

I just don't see how anyone can think the PC market as a whole is healthy. Where do you even buy a desktop anymore - does Best Buy have them? How many laptops are in your average Best Buy, relative to a decade ago?
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Dead Living Zombies This Month
6. Re: Far Cry 5 Dead Living Zombies This Month Aug 20, 2018, 13:24 Beamer
 
The Far Cry Vietnam DLC was kind of cool. Kind of. A few cool ideas, but overall underwhelming. I haven't done the Mars one yet, but don't hear very good things.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:01 Beamer
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 12:51:
These people are measuring/gauging an industry by looking at stock speculation (guessing). For some reason they never seem to think that sales drop because there is no need to buy a new computer and most households have at least one. PCs are not a status symbol like cell phones so most won't upgrade after 2 years just to fit in...

Ok, but you're making huge and incorrect assumptions all over the place here, no?

For one, they do consider why the sales slow. If someone is buying every 6 years instead of every 2, that's a massive sales slowdown. Massive. Think about the repercussions of that. The entire supply chain slows down, with there being less R&D invested. This somewhat reinforces the loop, with people buying less frequently because there are fewer reasons to upgrade.

For another, people are going somewhere. I know most here are older, but have you ever asked your younger friends or coworkers how they go online? You'll find hardly any have desktops, and even laptops are hardly used. People here can deny this all they want, but PCs are just less necessary. People still want them for some activities, but those activities are less common, meaning the devices spend a lot of time dormant, meaning they're not being replaced very often, compounding the entire issue of there being less money in the category.

Lastly, phones have been changing pretty rapidly. Arguably it's slowed in the past 18 months, but looking at the screens and cameras of a phone 4 years ago and comparing to one now is a bit mind-boggling. The improvements are ridiculous, and those improvements are why people upgrade.

So yeah, you're showing your age, but not because you don't buy into "being cool," but because you write off consumer behavior you don't understand as being due to "being cool" rather than understand what's actually driving it.
 
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