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Signed On Jan 31, 2003, 04:03
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Advertising Investigation
1. Re: No Man's Sky Advertising Investigation Sep 28, 2016, 20:36 WaltC
 
This reminds me of the old days in late 80's & early 90's when they would advertise on the boxes of all platform versions the Amiga screen shots, which for years looked dramatically superior to the PC DOS images you'd see in the actual DOS games themselves..;) Four-color CGA looked like garbage warmed over compared to the Amiga's 16 & 32-color modes, and it would be years yet before DOS/Windows games even were released in 16-color EGA as a minimum standard. I remember getting the Tandy 1000 version of Test Drive--which featured AMiga screen shots on the box...;) I was pretty flipped at the CGA output at the time--horrible, with those awful shades of magenta...! I had thought at the time (as I owned both a Tandy 1k and an Amiga 500) that at least the Tandy version should use 16 colors as Tandy had a proprietary 640x200/400 16-color mode available to developers long before EGA became the defacto x86 DOS standard for PCs)--it did not...! I was much younger then and not in the habit of reading the fine print on the game boxes as well as I should have...lol. But all this is just to say that I remember well what it felt like to buy computer software (and hardware!) that was advertised to do things it actually never came close to doing! ($50 back then was like $125 or more today--and the hardware was a terrible buy compared to the price and performance of hardware today--but it was all we had so we bought it gladly when we could!)

NMS...it may seem like a frivolous complaint but I agree with it. Screen shots and artwork as well as rendered videos for promotional purposes--inaccurately called "demos" today (a real demo is *playable*)--should be exactly what the game offers and supports. There is no reason to even use "enhanced artist renditions" anymore as frame grabbing screen shots is so easy today, practically everyone does it at home, etc. Truth in advertising is a worthwhile goal, imo. But with NMS it's unusual because this is a complaint we don't see that much anymore--because it is so easy to publish actual game screenshots and so on. To falsely represent a game's screen shots you have to work at it--doesn't happen by accident.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated]
67. Re: Oculus Facing Political Backlash [Updated] Sep 24, 2016, 09:53 WaltC
 
Anyone who would ostracize another person because of his choice of presidential candidate is a jackass in my view (and I don't mean anyone in this thread because I haven't read it.) I support Trump 110% and I also support the right of whoever chooses to support Clinton or Johnson or even Sanders 110%! We live in a free country--I have never seen so much hate and vitriol spewed during an election--it's disgusting. 95% of the people who hate Trump are responding not to anything Trump has said or done but to things people have willingly made up about the guy--he's never made a so-called racist-hate speech--not once! That's a pure lie.

From my view, it is 100% the anti-Trump people spewing the hate and the venom. Just like at Trump rallies it isn't Trump supporters friggin' destroying property and hurting people--it's the anti-Trump people--and in many cases people *paid* to incite riots! Soros should be under the jail--but unfortunately we live under a presently lawless administration--thank God that's about to change!

Any developer who would ostracize customers simply because he doesn't like their choice of presidential candidate is a fool. I don't intend to argue this. There is nothing to argue.
 
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News Comments > Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve
8. Re: Digital Homicide Sues Steam Users; Gets Dropped by Valve Sep 17, 2016, 14:01 WaltC
 
Wherever you find stories like this you'll find crooked lawyers! No decent attorney would touch something like this.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 1, 2016, 17:25 WaltC
 
People funding Kickstarters should be *very* careful with games that promise fantastic development for a very small investment. $100k for At the Gates should have put up a big, red flag for everyone. It is far too little for any sort of decent game. Backer patience is irrelevant. Backers don't get their money back under any conditions, and impatience isn't one of them, unless the person starting the Kickstarter elects to return it. 99 times out of 100 that money will be spent in the first year, however. Many people make more than $100k per year at relatively "normal" jobs--just to illustrate how small that amount really is.

I would never support a KS game in which the creator asks for a mere $100k--they ask for a ridiculously low amount because they know they have a far better chance of seeing a successful $100k Kickstarter than they would if, say, they asked for a much more reasonable $1M - $10M dollars. The $100k amount is evocative of a person merely wanting to get his hands on some cash as opposed to someone wanting to develop a really great game, imo. (By way of comparison--Valve said it spent $40M on HL2 development.)

"Personality disorder"...? I think you can kiss that money goodbye...;) What a lame excuse. Caveat Emptor. The only Kickstarters I support are those done by people with established records in the games' industry--who often put up some of their own money in addition to Kickstarter funds--like Brian Fargo, etc. Really, I don't think it would be too much to have Kickstarter itself ask for a Medical Doctor's OK showing that the KS principals have no medical/psychological conditions which might affect completion of the project if successfully funded. Kickstarter could also ask for a recent tax-return--I mean, would you want to hand over $100K+ to a pimply-faced kid, 19, who was employed at a Burger flipping job--or who was unemployed, etc.? No. Don't think so. At the very least KS should publicize a couple of things like that along with the KS presentation--and let the contributors decide if this is someone they want to give their funds to.
 
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News Comments > BT Steamed at Valve: Suing
12. Re: BT Steamed at Valve: Suing Sep 1, 2016, 16:46 WaltC
 
The BT patents will probably be declared invalid--rightfully so, because "general" software patents are usually invalidated if challenged--which explains why BT has waited so long to sue. BT figured if they do nothing the patents will expire and so they chose to sue on the off-chance that they will win before that happens. They probably have their own in-house legal so they figure the cost for them will be very small--so they have decided to roll the dice. Another example of archaic law engineered for the benefit of lawyers and nobody else. The law ought to be that if you bring suit and you lose then you must eat the attorney's fees for the winner--that's only fair. But the lawyers rallied and got that consequence narrowed to practically nothing--which means that more frivolous suits may be filed--and the lawyers get paid either way! What a con job.

Shakespeare had it right: "First thing we do let's kill all the lawyers!"...;)
 
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News Comments > New AMD Radeon Crimson Drivers
2. Re: New AMD Radeon Crimson Drivers Aug 31, 2016, 21:17 WaltC
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 20:55:
Call me when they fix the HDMI audio issue.

No trouble with it here...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 30, 2016, 17:38 WaltC
 
Hopefully this will educate Tim Cook on how horrible this "globalism" is--the EU is wrecking Europe--destroying civilizations there that have thousands of years of history. Must be Germany's revenge for losing two world wars...;) If embraced in the US, the same sort of globalism that has ruined Europe will begin ruining the US (Much industry and many jobs have already been transferred out of country, but it can get much worse yet.) And Apple is a big, fat target--just like Microsoft--EU consumers need the EUC "looking after their interests" like they need a hole in the head--this is nothing but a sick cash grab that is in complete harmony with the EU's sick, self-destructive illegal immigration policies.

Cook should simply pull Apple out of the EU, although I am a little confused because Ireland is included in the Brexit, isn't it? Anyway--I'm sure England will provide legitimate tax breaks for companies who come in and hire thousands of their people. It's becoming perfectly clear that the EU is run by a cadre of stupid, dictatorial bureaucrats who know practically nothing about economies in relatively free markets. Dictators are by definition stupid people--and unfortunately the EU sounds more like a dictatorship with each passing day. Hard to believe--but with Germany leading the way anything stupid is possible, sad to say. The German people are smart and I admire them--their leadership seems as dumb as a box of rocks, however.
 
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News Comments > Halo 5: Forge PC Specs
17. Re: Halo 5: Forge PC Specs Aug 27, 2016, 19:31 WaltC
 
Timmeh wrote on Aug 27, 2016, 15:37:
ok so Halo is an xbox title...

xbox is entirely based on AMD hardware.

recommended specs for pc feature intel and NVidia...

Something smells in Denmark.


You beat me to the same remarks...;) Microsoft is just simply dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to gaming--for reasons I will never, ever understand. The company really struggles with getting computer gaming right conceptually--when it is all so very simple to grasp. xBox & Ps4 are both tailored to AMD-powered cpus and GPUs--but here is Microsoft listing hardware specs as though the company has no clue about anything! They don't--have to remember Microsoft paid $2B for Minecraft--a game that when they bought it was already "as old as the hills and 2x as dusty"...;) Think about that...for the same money Microsoft could have opened a new game studio and published fifty AAA titles @ an average investment of $50M *each*...! What a colossal waste of money. Most people reading these forums could do a much better job than Microsoft with its "gaming division"--if that's what it's called at Microsoft. Amazing crazy ignorance and rank incompetence--I suppose! I don't know how they can be so smart with OSes and other software but so incredibly dumb about computer gaming! Every time I think Microsoft is making progress the company does something like this which changes my mind about that completely!...;)
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Aug 27, 2016, 07:56 WaltC
 
From the first day I saw the absolutely horrible *name* of the game I doubted it would be anything except a third-rate, in-early-access-forever, grossly amateur game...;) NMS has to be the worst title I've ever seen! I mean, maybe if you cast the game as "There are no other men besides you anywhere in the galaxy" it's at least half-way accurate...;) This game looks like the Ken-and-Barbie-doll notion of space exploration--I've tried to get interested but I just can't. I'm just too old, I guess.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 27, 2016, 07:32 WaltC
 
No company with a brain is going to pay a 100M-dollars out just because the highly politicized FCC says it should...;) Apple wouldn't do it--nobody would, either. FCC is going to have to either prove its case in court or else drop the issue entirely. I really get sick of stupid web sites with an ax to grind against private companies like AT&T--not that I'm crazy about AT&T, of course...;) But Ars is making something of a completely normal event that Ars is attempting to miss-characterize. There's no story here atm.

And, sorry, but there is no way that 5 partisan political appointees can ever hope to adjudicate ~250,000,000 Internet users in the USA...;) Not gonna' happen. The FCC is a holdover from the 1920's or thereabouts...! Stupid (D)'s however, remain clueless and endlessly seek to turn the Internet into a political body that acts outside of common-sense business methods.
 
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News Comments > PlayStation Now Coming to PCs
2. Re: PlayStation Now Coming to PCs Aug 23, 2016, 15:38 WaltC
 
Please don't forget mouse & keyboard support, as well as resolution and texture support fitting the PC environment--if you'd like these games to do well. Dead-dropped ports won't do at all. Thx...  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Released
41. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Released Aug 23, 2016, 15:31 WaltC
 
Lord Tea wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 11:35:
nin wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 11:06:
I've also seen folks say it takes 20+ hours to get to the end,

Source? "20+" means from 20.0 hours (likely) to 20 million hours (unlikely).

Not willing to pay $60 for a 20 hour title that has a bad ending.

Agreed...that's demo length...hardly worth it. We shall see--perhaps that is someone foolishly skipping 3/4 of the content to rush to the end. I'll wait for reviews...

Can anyone explain this coherently...

With more than 100 awards and nominations before launch

That's like Dumbo Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize before he'd done anything...;) sigh, everything is so rigged these days...but I'll reserve final judgment until after reading a few reviews.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 18, 2016, 13:44 WaltC
 
Simon Says wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 11:38:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 10:00:
It's a good thing gas cars never catch on fire, no wait.

1 Tesla fire post shield installation per 100 million miles driven.

Compared to:

1 traditional car fires per 20 millions miles average driven.

Still 5 times safer with the current, albeit limited, data.

Someday they'll have to stop making a fuss out of every incident, 1 traditional car catches fire every 17 hours in average and that's ONLY in the US.

Very amusing...been driving gasoline cars for more decades than I sometimes care to think about, over a dozen new (mostly) cars--and I had one gas fire--that extinguished itself in less than a minute, with zero damage to the car--other than I had to replace a leaking gasket that was the cause--and that was in 1987 in a Chrysler 2.2L turbo-charged engine. I wound up putting 103000 miles on the car before I traded it. Never, ever had one simply catch fire and burn to the ground, much less in five minutes...;) Never even heard of a brand-new gasoline auto *ever* doing that...;)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 18, 2016, 11:31 WaltC
 
Quote from the press release:

"The first desktop systems featuring 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors and new AM4 sockets are scheduled to ship in the second half of 2016 in OEM PC designs."

 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 14, 2016, 14:13 WaltC
 
Be interesting to learn how many times Watson has guessed wrong--and what the consequences, if any, might be. Computers are all garbage-in/garbage-out, never smarter/better than their programmers. Their only advantage is in speed--which is substantial and very positive--but their major disadvantage is being fed bad data--or erroneous data, because computers do not reason and don't think as we do--they simply run data as the program instructs, like a giant abacus, and the computer doesn't care whether the data is good or bad. Watson could as well have described a course of treatment that would have killed the woman outright, but her human doctors would have ignored that advice, certainly...;)  
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News Comments > New AMD Radeon Crimson Drivers
1. Re: New AMD Radeon Crimson Drivers Aug 14, 2016, 14:00 WaltC
 
This did indeed fix the secure boot problem in 16.8.1 that did not affect 16.7.3, for some reason.  
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News Comments > More Overwatch Bans
17. Re: More Overwatch Bans Aug 2, 2016, 05:56 WaltC
 
Would someone (with a big, mushy, leaking heart that is bleedin' green blood everywhere) explain to me why people who buy only goofy-looking MSRP-ed games like this go apoplectic when the game developer decides to clamp down on cheating...! I had been their conscience-in-a-bottle for years, I s'pose (alas and hooray!)-- but no more! (Quoth the Raven Nevermore! Cawwwww-w-w-w-w! Quack-Q-Q-Q-Q--sure-thing-)... Why would anyone buy such a game and then pay out more money just to cheat it?...;)

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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jul 30, 2016, 11:55 WaltC
 
Glad to see the state isn't trying to throw someone into prison for its own incompetence in the 38-studios snafu. Politicians are dumb and dumber.  
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News Comments > New AMD Crimson Drivers
11. Re: New AMD Crimson Drivers Jul 30, 2016, 08:56 WaltC
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 29, 2016, 19:40:
I have been going on 4 years and feel bad about it knowing that a clean reinstall of 7 would make my system a little faster, but running on an SSD i can live with the bloated beast that i have created.

One of the really nice things I've noticed about Win10x64--through the last dozen or so upgrades through the Insiders program--is that quite unlike earlier Windows OSes it doesn't slow the more programs are installed. (Not sure how much of that is because of my boot SSD, though...!)
 
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News Comments > New AMD Crimson Drivers
1. Re: New AMD Crimson Drivers Jul 29, 2016, 11:29 WaltC
 
FYI, am pleased to report that these drivers finally fix the certificate problems with win10x64 build 14393.5 (problems that have before now mandated a user turn off secure boot to install and run all Crimson drivers after 16.5.3)!  
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