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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Mar 3, 2016, 12:19 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 12:08:
Beamer wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 11:55:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 11:34:
I knew from the very first footage from it that its scenery had something very familiar, even though I played FC4 only for like 3 hours before I quit it.
Really getting ridiculous.
Wait for it now, they are going to blame pirates or the theme.

Blood Dragon reused the FC3 map, I don't see anyone complaining.

And before someone says "well, that was $15," this is true, but:

a) Do you pay for a game, or a map? If the only value added is a map, well...

b) The map is the same in 2D but not at all the same in 3D. They completely changed it when you're actually in it. Just the sketch is the same

I mean, multiple games have used NYC as the map. They look the same in 2D. They don't look the same in 3D.
Youre kidding, right?
Yes, its exactly the price!
Your points are moot.

Every rock and piece of foliage is in a different place. The cliffs are different. The river follows a different path. The lakes are different sizes.

Every single polygon, every texture, every object, has been rebuilt, to the point that it's very unlikely that they merely made adjustments and much more likely they either built from scratch or modified a very early version that didn't have any detail.

I had several dozen hours into FC3 and probably a dozen in BD, never once noticed map similarities, but again, it was identical.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Mar 3, 2016, 11:55 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 11:34:
I knew from the very first footage from it that its scenery had something very familiar, even though I played FC4 only for like 3 hours before I quit it.
Really getting ridiculous.
Wait for it now, they are going to blame pirates or the theme.

Blood Dragon reused the FC3 map, I don't see anyone complaining.

And before someone says "well, that was $15," this is true, but:

a) Do you pay for a game, or a map? If the only value added is a map, well...

b) The map is the same in 2D but not at all the same in 3D. They completely changed it when you're actually in it. Just the sketch is the same

I mean, multiple games have used NYC as the map. They look the same in 2D. They don't look the same in 3D.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Primal Released
26. Re: Far Cry Primal Released Mar 3, 2016, 08:16 Beamer
 
Mercenar wrote on Mar 3, 2016, 08:06:
My post on the official forums about the graphical downgrade (aliens colonial marines feeling here) :

link

The fur looks identical. The only real difference I notice is the bump mapping on the nose, but that could just be the lighting.

Post more comparisons.
 
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News Comments > Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10
25. Re: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10 Mar 2, 2016, 17:47 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 14:20:
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 14:04:
nin wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 10:24:
If I'm reading the fuckometer right, it's registering as zero.

Let me check again - yep, zero fucks.


Didn't mind the first one, but then they never gave us PC folk the sequels. Doesn't look like they plan to, but they still want to try to milk a re-release on PC. Fuck. That.

Wait, this doesn't include the original trilogy, just the first game, which already had a PC release?

Wow. I'd really thought it was the entire first 3 games.

Yep, they were just being lazy about this. I'm really surprised this got re-done as it is.

They paid for the games and the series, but it will take at least 3 years for a product to come out, so while the A team builds Gears of War 4, or whatever, it makes sense for a B team, or an outsourced team (most likely, I know the Xbone version was largely Splash Damage) to take something existing and port it so they can start seeing a return on investment immediately.

It just happens that whoever ported it was somewhat inept and whoever was managing the project was wholly inept.
 
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News Comments > Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10
15. Re: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10 Mar 2, 2016, 14:20 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 14:04:
nin wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 10:24:
If I'm reading the fuckometer right, it's registering as zero.

Let me check again - yep, zero fucks.


Didn't mind the first one, but then they never gave us PC folk the sequels. Doesn't look like they plan to, but they still want to try to milk a re-release on PC. Fuck. That.

Wait, this doesn't include the original trilogy, just the first game, which already had a PC release?

Wow. I'd really thought it was the entire first 3 games.
 
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News Comments > Homefront: The Revolution Pre-purchase Bonuses
4. Re: Homefront: The Revolution Pre-purchase Bonuses Mar 2, 2016, 10:17 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 02:54:
I think the premise has potential. Unfortunately, what I've seen and read makes it look like Far Cry in a city.

That sounds good, haha.

First Homefront was a terrible game I couldn't play more than the first quarter of, if that. This one I have more hope for, due to the dev team. One of the Timesplitters guys is the lead dev, which hopefully speaks well.
 
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News Comments > Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10
2. Re: Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Released for Windows 10 Mar 2, 2016, 10:05 Beamer
 
Dear god that name is terrible.  
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News Comments > Far Cry Primal Released
20. Re: Far Cry Primal Released Mar 2, 2016, 07:03 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 00:44:
fujiJuice wrote on Mar 2, 2016, 00:28:
I am no longer buying these template based game franchises. Always the same experience, and they design the core game to be so vanilla to ease in the repackaging, that everything ends up disjointed. Side quests, npcs, and environment don't flow well with the main story line or game world, and it all just seems so very generic and bland in the end despite the top of the line tech.

I know that reusing tech for different games is nothing new, but it feels like it's become more of an assembly line than a canvas.


Absolutely. They update for the next year, and push it out the door. UBI and EA are particularly guilty of this...


It was a shorter time between this and other FC games of this type, and the main people behind the others didn't do this, so we'll probably get a FC5 next year, but it will probably be a much bigger change.
 
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News Comments > HTC Vive Preorders This Morning
37. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 1, 2016, 14:16 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 1, 2016, 00:14:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 18:18:
I'm an ole man these days, but don't feel as old as the comments I read here. Not sure if there is a better gaming site now with some fresh optimism. But overall this audience seems to be getting too old for my pov.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one feeling this way/noticing these things. I registered in 2002, and honestly, it seems like 1/4 - 1/3 of the comments these days seem to be stuck in that year for all the relevance they have to computing/gaming in 2016.

It's been that way for a while, with a lot of people endlessly complaining about modern games being terrible or dumbed down or consolized. It makes me wonder how some people stay in the hobby when they hate everything.

There are some fantastic posters here, but the negativity ultimately pushed me to be here less and be elsewhere more (much to the joy of some posters.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2016, 11:57 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Mar 1, 2016, 11:05:
Glad to see the Dark Tower project is finally coming together, can't wait to check it out.

I'd be shocked if it's good. To the point that, given all the advanced news, I can't say I'd even check it out.

It's nice that it's happening, but I'm just not convinced it'll happen well.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
17. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 29, 2016, 10:12 Beamer
 
Rattlehead wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 09:41:
Redmask wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 07:17:
Cutter wrote on Feb 28, 2016, 18:58:
That's why I quit IT

You never worked in IT. You said you worked in games development. Then some BS about fine dining. Then it was something about being an engineer. I lost track of how many "careers" you've had at this point. Frankly I think you're making it all up.
I honestly think that guy is housebound. Look at how many posts he has. He comments on almost every single thing written here. There's no way he has steady work yet still finds time to have like 22k posts.

I dunno. Someone working in IT, then working as a bar manager, then launching their own business, and for much of all but the bar manager job, sitting around with a browser open seems reasonable.
 
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News Comments > WW1 Battlefield 5 in October? [Updated]
14. Re: WW1 Battlefield 5 in October? Feb 26, 2016, 13:19 Beamer
 
WWI flight sims? The best. No lock-on, fire-and-forget, and unforgiving physics that make wing sheer, or even just crashing into the ground, something you need to constantly take into account.

WWI infantry? The worst. Weapons are dull, regardless of how else you spruce it up.

Doom taught us all that you need weapons that go boom in a good FPS.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 25, 2016, 13:41 Beamer
 
A few questions:

1) How would this guy know he hacked the person sitting in front of him? There's no way to physically know what seat someone is on, and if he "hacked everyone," he'd have a few different people he'd have to narrow it down from

2) Isn't it possible, even likely, that the guy behind him could see the screen through the seats? I once watched someone build a mind-blowing rollercoaster in Minecraft on a flight, only to see after we'd landed that I'd been watching a 7 or 9 year old do it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
33. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 25, 2016, 13:36 Beamer
 
I've only had a few issues with W10 usability:

1) Connecting to Bluetooth is annoying and clunky. W7 had it much better. I could also save a shortcut to a specific device on W7, saving quite a bit of clicking. I can't do that in W10

2) Edge is much improved over IE, but Edge doesn't let you highlight a word/phrase and right click to search in Google. You can right click to ask Cortana, which then brings up a subwindow that may have the link you want or may say it needs to be searched... in Bing. Again, more steps, but no one is forced to use Edge, so...

3) The file structure seems worse at sorting large folders. I have a poorly sorted external HDD full of pictures I took from like 2004-2014, and I'll go in from time to time. With W7, it was happy being sorted by date, how I prefer it. With W10, it wants to be alphabetical, and if I have it set to sort by date it will sort it each and every time I go to the top level directory. So if I go into a folder and then hit back it will take ~10 seconds to reorder itself by date, as I watch, every single time. W7 would just pop it back open, still sorted by date. This one may have an option somewhere to cache that I haven't explored yet
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
28. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 25, 2016, 13:04 Beamer
 
I'll also point out that these ads aren't terrible.

Microsoft shows me, for lack of a better term, "pretty pictures" at my login screen. And they are pretty. Some are pretty spectacular. It is, or was, what Bing did, and the only thing I liked about Bing. It's nice variety, and I wish it updated my background with it.

The two examples in that article [i]mostly[/i] fit. Mostly. The Tomb Raider one is pretty, and the minions one is pretty, though ruined by minions. Neither is a huge, ugly ad like what Amazon puts on my Fire Tablet unlock screen. They're images that could very easily be on a "Good Backgrounds" site.

Which doesn't mean feeding ads to people not expecting ads is ok, just that it's nice that Microsoft is showing some restraint here, whereas it seems like everyone else doing this is just giving you the same crap we had back in those BonzaiBuddy days.
 
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News Comments > Alan Wake Returns TMed
12. Re: Alan Wake Returns TMed Feb 25, 2016, 13:01 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 12:11:
Beamer wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 11:45:
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:31:
Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:20:
Quantum Break with rumors of Forza, the new Gears and etc to follow. I'm referring to the seeming intent of bringing their games to both platforms instead of just on the crapbox.

Ah OK, I misunderstood the "previously" then because I thought you were talking about old games or remakes/rehashes.

I'm still not willing to give MS any credit for bringing those other games to PC though. The obvious reasons why they are doing so is that for one the Shitbox is losing the console race by a landslide so MS is just trying to use the additional sales potential on PC to cut their losses (not to be taken too literally) and the other one is promoting the Windows store as much as possible.

This isn't really about caring about the PC as a gaming platform or taking PC gaming more seriously. The only way they could convince me of really caring would be my above mentioned PC-exclusive flagship DirectX 12 title that would take full advantage of the PC's capabilities.

Lame-ass Shitbox ports to PC in order to make an additional buck and promote the Windows 10 store do not cut it - at all!

Your logic is fueled by anger. The 360 had the lead over the PS3 for quite some time, and they ended up tied.

The only reason the 360 had a lead over the PS3 initially was the fact that the 360 came out pretty much exactly a full year before the PS3. It had a one year headstart and still only ended up in a tie.

You seem to be under the impression MSFT is abandoning the Xbone, which... is kind of seeing what you want to see, no?

In an ideal world, the Xbox should never have happened and it can not disappear from the face of this planet soon enough. I know that another console would take its place and I have no problem with that.

The specific and unique problem with the Xbox is that Microsoft owns the DirectX and the Windows platform. Ever since 1998 A.D. (or so) they've had this vision that people MUST use PCs for work, MS Office, Internet Explorer et al and that people MUST shift their gaming to a yet to be announced living room "PC" which then later turned out to be the Xbox.

Microsoft has never given up on this vision and have done everything in their power, no matter how dirty, sleazy and backstabbing, to pull PC gamers away from their PCs and try to force them into the living room with a Shitbox.
There is a constant clash of interests, hypocrisy, double standards and bullshit when it comes to Microsoft's actions against PC gamers.

That, my friends, is why I have come to fucking hate Microsoft's guts with a passion (it has not always been like that). It would be beyond awesome if they would shut down or sell off the Shitbox division in order to focus back on DirectX gaming like before the time the first Shitbox got dumped on us.

Finally, it is also unforgivable that those assholes shut down Ensemble and Aces. And don't get me started on Freelancer and Starlancer still nowhere to be seen on GOG or any other digital download service. Those lazy fucks. How about adding those to the Windows store instead of garbage ware, MS?

You see... it's really a bit of a love/hate relationship... though mostly hate. Yes.

I'm not doubting that you hate Microsoft of why, just saying you're interpretation of what is going on here is tinged more by what your hate wants to happen than what is an actual business decision.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 25, 2016, 12:11 Beamer
 
In the two weeks I've had W10 I've never seen these, and I use Spotlight. But I don't use a screensaver (I just use energy-saving options instead), and my copy of W10 wasn't "free" or free, since it was a new PC, so the first point (combined with the small sample size) or second point can explain it away.  
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News Comments > Alan Wake Returns TMed
9. Re: Alan Wake Returns TMed Feb 25, 2016, 11:45 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:31:
Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:20:
Quantum Break with rumors of Forza, the new Gears and etc to follow. I'm referring to the seeming intent of bringing their games to both platforms instead of just on the crapbox.

Ah OK, I misunderstood the "previously" then because I thought you were talking about old games or remakes/rehashes.

I'm still not willing to give MS any credit for bringing those other games to PC though. The obvious reasons why they are doing so is that for one the Shitbox is losing the console race by a landslide so MS is just trying to use the additional sales potential on PC to cut their losses (not to be taken too literally) and the other one is promoting the Windows store as much as possible.

This isn't really about caring about the PC as a gaming platform or taking PC gaming more seriously. The only way they could convince me of really caring would be my above mentioned PC-exclusive flagship DirectX 12 title that would take full advantage of the PC's capabilities.

Lame-ass Shitbox ports to PC in order to make an additional buck and promote the Windows 10 store do not cut it - at all!

Your logic is fueled by anger. The 360 had the lead over the PS3 for quite some time, and they ended up tied.

You seem to be under the impression MSFT is abandoning the Xbone, which... is kind of seeing what you want to see, no?
 
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News Comments > Postal Redux This Spring
6. Re: It Still Looks Like Ass Feb 25, 2016, 08:37 Beamer
 
ELITE wrote on Feb 24, 2016, 21:12:
Hmmmmm I think they should have just released the original again - Since this looks like ass for being updated - Guess the effort went into importing old assets into a new engine - not updating old assets.
The odds of those old assets still existing are slim to none, and the work of updating them from 320x200 to 1080p is more than creating new ones.

This is a high def update in the same style as the original. The original had a weird, sketched kind of style. This is keeping it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Mod Support in April; Survival Mode Beta Soon
12. Re: Fallout 4 Mod Support in April; Survival Mode Beta Soon Feb 23, 2016, 18:50 Beamer
 
No fast travel sounds miserable. Fun in theory, but miserable.  
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